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[TALENT=Kimberly]

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UP next on News 7--
Key evidence is presented in the capital murder trial of Jeffrey Thomas.
Prosecutors say the items prove that it was Thomas who killed Tara Munsey.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And authorities find a man's body hanging outside a B-B-and-T Bank branch in Martinsville.
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[TALENT=Jacey]
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It may be cloudy today but we're still expecting a high of nearly sixty degrees. The weekend ahead looks colder and wetter.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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News 7 at noon, right after this break.



[M'ville-Body]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=kmc]
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Authorities discover a man's body hanging outside a B-B-and-T Bank branch in Martinsville.
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Police say the 20- year- old man apparently hanged himself last night.
An officer noticed the man hanging from a railing alongside a wall outside the bank on the corner of Ellsworth and Church Streets around 11-30 P-M.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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They say the man was NOT an employee of the bank.
Police are not yet releasing the man's name.

[Thomas]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tbr]
[TAPE#=00-49]
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Jurors in the capital murder trial of Jeffrey Allen Thomas are getting a first look at the items prosecutors say implicate him in Tara Munsey's murder.
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[VO-NAT]
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Pulaski County investigator John Kellam spent the morning explaining how he collected and preserved evidence from the area where Munsey's body was found.
Prosecutor Mike Fleenor contends DNA left on some of the items will help prove Thomas' guilt.
On cross examination, defense attorney Mike Barbour questioned the way evidence was collected and raised doubt about whether Munsey was killed in the area where her body was found.
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[Payne]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=01-06]
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No jail time for the V-M-I grad who set a fire in the barracks as a senior cadet three years ago.
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[VO-NAT]
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John Daniel Payne was sentenced this morning to three years probation.
The 23-year old Hanover County resident told the court he'd consumed an "enormous amount of beer and hard liquor" the night of the fire.
That's one reason it happened, his lawyer says, but not an excuse.
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Payne will also have to make restitution to Virginia Military Institute at the rate of 50-dollars a month.
The Institute says the fire caused 5-thousand dollars damage.
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[Hostages]


[ANCHOR=Kimbelry]
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[WRITER=kmc]
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Seven oil workers taken hostage last year in Ecuador are now free and in good condition.
They say during their captivity, they were forced to march through the jungle almost the entire time.
Randall Pinkston has the hostages' story.
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RELEASED IN THE JUNGLES OF ECUADOR - 7 KIDNAPPED OIL WORKERS...INCLUDING AMERICANS STEVE DERRY, JASON WEBER, ARNOLD ALFORD AND DAVID BRADLEY - WALKED TWO AND A HALF HOURS TO FREEDOM. PAYMENT OF A REPORTED 13-MILLION DOLLAR RANSOM BROUGHT AN END TO THEIR CAPITIVITY.

(SOT: STEVE DERRY/GOLD HILL,OREGON: ) i'd like to say thanks for helping

us out.

(SOT: (no id) in spanish.. Randall say track over him.


THIS AMERICAN SAID ' I have a wife and two children. I want to go home.
VO2: FOR 5 MONTHS,THEY WERE HELD IN CHAINS ... FORCED TO CARRY HEAVY BAGS OF SUPPLIES...WALKED AT GUNPOINT THROUGH WATER UP TO THEIR WAISTS... THEIR DIET WAS RICE AND RATS ... MOST LOST 15 TO 20 POUNDS .....
THEIR HARROWING ORDEAL BEGAN OCTOBER 12TH AT THIS OIL CAMP NEAR THE BORDER OF ECUADOR AND COLUMBIA. THE MYSTERIOUS KIDNAPPERS -POSSIBLY DESERTERS FROM A LEFTIST GUERRILLA GROUP - TOOK 10 WORKERS. TWO ESCAPED. WHEN A DEMAND FOR 80-MILLION DOLLARS FAILED, KIDNAPPERS EXECUTED AMERICAN RON SANDER OF SUNRISE BEACH, MISSOURI -. SCRAWLED ON A SHEET DRAPED OVER HIS BODY, THE WORDS: ' FOR NON PAYMENT OF RANSOM. HP COMPANY'... APPARENTLY REFERRING TO HELMRICH-PAYNE.
ON THE EARLY SHOW,, SANDER'S WIDOW APPEALED TO THE COMPANY TO SAVE HER HUSBAND'S CO-WORKERS..

(SOT: SHEILA SANDER -February 5, 2001) I feel like they let me down and

they let Ron down by not paying the ransom.
randall on cam close: AFTER THE KIDNAPPERS THREATENED A SECOND EXECUTION, ECUADORAN POLICE SAY NEGOTIATORS AGREED TO THE 13-MILLLION DOLLAR RANSOM . (cover)ONE WEEK AFTER IT WAS DROPPED FROM A HELICOPTER, THE 7 SURVIVING HOSTAGES WALKED OUT OF THE JUNGLE.-FREE. RANDALL PINKSTON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK. ))

[Gilmore-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=kmc]
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Governor Gilmore says he's found 31- million dollars in savings to help balance the state's budget.
Gilmore says the money comes from an agency that funds local constitutional officers and book- keeping changes.
The Governor is in the midst of a stand-off with Republicans state senators over how much to cut the car tax this year.
His administration is looking to cut 421- million dollars from agency spending plans this year and next.
That is, unless lawmakers adopt a budget later this month.

[Tech-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=00-47 1:57:19]
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The state budget stalemate is having an impact on state colleges.
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They've been asked by the Governor to submit "contingency spending reduction proposals" today.
Virginia Tech was told to reduce spending by more than 3-and half million dollars for the fiscal year, ending June 30th.
A spokesman says they will look for the money in the general fund.
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Radford University is also trying to tighten its belt to meet a 630-thousand dollar cut.
Officials at both schools say it's especially tough because it's so late in the fiscal year.
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[Napster]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
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Napster heads back to court in about an hour--
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The recording industry is suing the popular music- swapping service.
It hopes the pending injunction will finally ban free distribution of copyrighted music over the Internet.
Napster's attorneys, meanwhile, are expected to argue that the company should be allowed to survive -- and be able to find a way to comply with the injunction.
Napster tried to settle the case last month by offering the recording industry a billion dollars, but the offer was rejected.
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[OxyContin]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-53 1:22:53]
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Oxycotin is one of the most advanced synthetic pain relievers doctors can prescribe.
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[VO-NAT]


The illegal abuse of OxyContin has caused 28 deaths in southwest Virginia in the last two years, the prosecution of four doctors -- and yesterday, a seven-part agreement between Maryland and Virginia's Attorney General and the drug's maker.
All acknowledge the drug's BENEFITS when properly used.
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((ATTORNEY GEN. MARK EARLEY: BUT WHEN IN THE WRONG HANDS, FOR THOSE TO WHOM IT HAS NOT BEEN PRESCRIBED, TO THOSE WHO WISH TO ABUSE IT ILLEGALLY, IT IS AN AGENT OF DEATH AND AN AGENT OF ADDICTION.))
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[OUT Q=death and an agent of addiction.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley has appointed a special task force to report July first.
The drug's maker, Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma, among other things, will provide tamper-resistant prescription pads for doctors in southwest Virginia.
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[Drug-Bust]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=slo]
[TAPE#=01-03 57:02]
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[VO-NAT]
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It wasn't OxyContin, but crack that Lynchburg police went after yesterday afternoon.
The raid happened at this home on Johnson Street.
One person inside was arrested but another got away.
Police say they found drugs inside and outside the house, which has been the subject of neighbors' complaints for months.
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[11Breastfeeding]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=01-04 31:35]
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[**ANCHOR TAG**]
Researchers at Virginia Tech are preparing a study that may help breast-feeding mothers increase their bone density .. and prevent osteoporosis.
A breast-feeding mom goes through something similar to menopause .. she stops having periods and loses bone mass.


Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has more.
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[SUPER=01-Julie Cook/Expectant Mom; :13 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Jeannemarie Beiseigel/Human Nutrition Grad Student; :25]
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((Julie Cook is just a few months away from delivering her first baby.
She plans to breast feed. And because she has a family history of osteoporosis --she wants to do all she can to prevent bone loss.
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((JULIE COOK: WITH MY GRANDMOTHER IT WAS JUST SO PAINFUL, SHE WAS JUST IN SO MUCH PAIN))
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That's why she is participating in the study at Virginia Tech. Graduate student Jeanemarie Beiseigel is conducting it.
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[IN Q=The thought with this study]

((THE THOUGHT WITH THIS STUDY IS THAT THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SOY ISOFLAVENS TO PREVENT THE LOSS OF BONE DENSITY DURING THE BREAST FEEDING PERIOD))
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Even though breast feeding moms do regain their bone density during the weaning period ... Beiseigel hopes to give them more bone mass than what they started with --giving them a higher bone density to prevent osteoporosis.
As for Julie Cook, is looking forward to the new addition in the family --and she plans to do all she can to stay healthy for years to come.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Blacksburg.))

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[Anchor=Kim]

[TAKE FS PINNACLE]
If you're interested in participating in the study, you can contact the Virginia Tech Bone Lab at 540-231-7387.
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[11Clement]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-01]
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He was a prominent business leader, and a man who worked behind the scenes to promote civic projects in the Roanoke Valley.
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[VO-NAT]

G. Frank Clement (CLEM-ent), the retired President of Shenandoah Life Insurance, died yesterday morning at age 93.
Clement joined the insurance company in 1949... and rose through the ranks to become President and Chairman of the Board.
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[Substation-Update]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-]
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Lafayette Boulevard was once known as a rough community, but now it's a quiet neighborhood. Kate Weidaw tells us it's all thanks to the new police substation that became part of the neighborhood in September.

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((John Overstreet didn't always feel comfortable doing work in his yard.

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((JOHN OVERSTREET: PEOPLE DIDN'T GET OUT AS MUCH THEY'D COME TO THEIR FRONT DOOR AND THEY WOULD DO SOMETHING IN THEIR YARD AND WOULD RUN BACK IN THE HOUSE.))
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Overstreet says he used to see teenagers hanging out on every corner, and some of them were trouble.

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((JOHN OVERSTREET: THEY'D LAY OUT HERE IN THE YARD AT NIGHT JUST DOING WHAT THEY WANT TO DO JUST LIKE THEY LIVED HERE.))
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But that's not the case anymore since the Roanoke City Police Department created a substation on Layette Boulevard in September. Natasha Smith says the police presence has turned a street that was once known for selling drugs and drive by shootings into a quiet neighborhood.

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((NATASHA SMITH: THEY ARE PATROLLING A WHOLE LOT, I GUESS IT'S KEEPING PEOPLE FROM STANDING OUT MAKING THEM SCARED TO STAND OUT HERE. I WOULDN'T WALK WITH MY KIDS AT FIRST DOWN THIS STREET BECAUSE IT WAS ALWAYS CROWDED BUT NOW I CAN.))
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((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: BUT NOT EVERYONE IS HAPPY ABOUT THIS SUBSTATION MOVING ONTO THIS STREET, A SHORT TIME AFTER IT OPENED A BRICK WAS THROWN THROUGH THAT WINDOW.))
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Beanetra Nichols and her friends say even though they're hanging out on the street corner it doesn't mean they're selling drugs.

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((BEANETRA NICHOLS: THEY GOT IT LIKE WE ARE OUT HERE DOING SOMETHING BUT DON'T ANYTHING BUT STAND HERE, CHILL, HAVE FUN, WHATEVER.))
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But with crime down and residents enjoying a safer neighborhood, officials say the substation is here to stay and more like it may pop up in other neighborhoods. Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))



[Miss-USA]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
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Tonight marks the 50th anniversary of the Miss U-S-A Pageant.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Gary, IN;]


Rehearsals are under way for the event, which takes place this year in Gary, Indiana.
The theme of the show is both a look forward AND a look back.
Pageant officials say viewers can expect a very slick, modern production.
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((WILLIAM SHATNER/MISS USA PAGEANT HOST: I THINK MISS USA IS NOT YOUR FATHER'S BEAUTY PAGEANT.))
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[OUT Q=beauty pageant.]
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[VO-NAT]


With all of its up-to-date style, this year's pageant is also honoring a long tradition.
A special reunion dinner brought together former winners of the Miss U-S-A crown.
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[SOT 10:36:31]
[IN Q=It's a real]

((BOBBI JOHNSON/MISS USA 1964: IT'S A REAL HONOR TO WIN, BUT THEN IT'S A JOB REPRESENTING THE ORGANIZATION AND OUR COUNTRY.))
[SUPER=01-Bobbi Johnson/Miss USA 1964;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=and our country.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Miss U-S-A pageant can be seen right here on C-B-S tonight at 9. (------------)