[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Kimberly]

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For the first time, Timothy McVeigh admits publically to the Oklahoma City bombing.
A new book about to be released details his reasons behind the mass killing.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And we'll have a live report from V-M-I, where a former U-S President is accepting an award.
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Rain showers started early this morning and they're not ending today... how long will they last?
We'll have the wet forecast next.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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All that coming up on News 7 at noon.


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The good deeds of a former U-S President earn him special honors on the V-M-I campus.

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[VMI-Carter]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Former President Jimmy Carter is in Lexington today. He's at Virginia Military Institute to accept a new humanitarian award only recently established at V-M-I.
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Keith Humphry is at V-M-I this afternoon. Keith????
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[Paving-Scam]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
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Botetourt County's Sheriff is warning citizens to beware of driveway sealing scams.
Deputies arrested four men from West Virginia who they say took thousands of dollars from two local residents.
The residents thought they were getting their driveways sealed with "leftover materials."
One of the men was also charged with intent to distribute Oxycontin.
Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle says that home and driveway repair scams are prevalent at this time of year.
He advises residents to check out any contractors before hiring them.

[McVeigh]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=kmc]
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Two authors say Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh showed NO remorse when they interviewed him for a new book.
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The authors say for the first time, McVeigh has admitted to blowing up the Murrah Federal Building to avenge raids at Waco and Ruby Ridge.
They say he only regrets killing 19 children, because their deaths got in the way of his cause.
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((CARL BROWN/VICTIM'S FATHER: I THINK THE MAN IS INCAPABLE OF REMORSE. HE'S INTERESTED ONLY IN HIMSELF AND MAKING HIMSELF LOOK GREAT. HE 'S NOT A PERSON. HE'S AN ANIMAL. I FEEL GUILTY THAT I HAVE NO SYMPATHY FOR HIM. HE'S BELOW WORDS. ))
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[OUT Q=he's below words.]
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The book, "American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing'' is due out on Tuesday.
McVeigh is scheduled for execution in May.
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[Dog-Attack]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=kmc]
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A California couple will be arraigned today on charges that their dogs mauled a female neighbor to death.
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Yesterday, a judge set bail at two- million dollars for Marjorie Knoller and one- million for her husband, Robert Noel.
The judge says he set bail at such a high amount, partly because the couple had tried to flee.
Knoller and Noel both face involuntary manslaughter charges.
Knoller is ALSO facing a second- degree murder charge, because she was there when the mastiffs attacked 33- year- old Diane Whipple.
But Whipple's partner says Knoller did NOT try to help the victim.
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((SHARON SMITH/VICTIM'S PARTNER:SHE DID NOTHING, AT THE END THERE WAS NO CALL TO 911, NO KNOCKING OR BANGING ON THE DOORS.))
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Meanwhile, Knoller and Noel blame WHIPPLE, claiming she didn't protect herself and provoked the dogs.
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[Child-Death]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Officials say they now know the cause of a Henry County boys' death last month.
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Four-year-old Stephen Kelly lived with his mother and stepfather at this home on Bassett Heights Extension.
On February first, Herbert Norman called 9-1-1 after finding his stepson unconscious in bed.
Efforts to revive the boy were unsuccessful.
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A preliminary autopsy failed to determine a cause of death.
But deputies say later tests found the boy died from blunt force injuries to the head, chest, abdomen and extremities.
No word on what or who may have caused the injuries.

[Volvo]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Volvo is cutting more jobs at its Dublin plant.
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Approximately 3-hundred hourly and salaried employees at the Dublin plant will be eliminated April 30th.
This move is on top of 400-job cuts in February and 11-hundred last year.
A local union leader is not surprised by the cutbacks or optimistic about the future...
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((BILL BURTON/UAW LOCAL 2069 PRES.; IT DON'T LOOK GOOD, THE FUTURE I MEAN LOOKING AT THE ORDER BOARDS, IT DON'T LOOK GOOD AND YOU LOOK AT THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS, HOPEFULLY SOME DOWN WEEKS WILL TAKE CARE OF IT))
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Volvo is the New River Valley's second largest employer behind Virginia Tech.
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[Boty-Rescue]


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Botetourt County hopes two paid rescue workers will help relieve a volunteer shortage.
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In next year's budget, the county's set aside about 96-thousand dollars to pay for two full-time rescue personnel.

They'll respond to calls around the county when volunteers can't get there fast enough.
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((GERALD BURGESS/BOTETOURT CO. ADMINISTRATOR: THE RESCUE SQUADS WANT TO REMAIN VOLUNTEER AND MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, MANY ARE DOING OTHER THINGS.... IT'LL SUPPORT THE VOLUNTEERS. IT WILL NOT REPLACE THEM, BUT IT WILL SUPPLEMENT THEM.))
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Botetourt rescue squad members say they're seeing fewer new volunteers all the time.
The paid crew would respond to calls all around the county if no volunteers are dispatched within four minutes.
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[Military-Funeral]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Several hundred mourners gathered in Germany today to remember two U-S Army pilots who died in a plane crash earlier this week.
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Two bouquets of red flowers and pictures of the crash victims were placed at the altar of the military chapel.
Chief Warrant Officers George Graves and Lance Hill were killed when their reconnaissance plane crashed Monday on the way back to their base, outside Frankfurt.

They were on a routine training mission.
An Army spokeswoman says the ongoing U-S military investigation into the accident could take months.
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[Nuclear-Train]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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With extra police protection, a 60- TON shipment of nuclear waste has arrived at its destination in northern Germany.
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The six- truck convoy arrived shortly after dawn today, after prompting days of environmental protests across Europe.
Armored vehicles, police helicopters, and riot police lined the road ahead of the trucks.
The convoy's early- morning arrival apparently caught many protesters by surprise.
Only a small group of demonstrators gathered in the rain, whistling and waving flags.
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[Altavista]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jus]
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Questions are surfacing about Altavista's finances and why the town may be facing some trouble.
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This comes one day after town officials laid off 11 people and eliminated ten vacant positions.
One town employee who was just laid off says some restaurants have failed to pay the right amount on their monthly meal tax.
The former town clerk argues the town would be in better financial shape if leaders enforced the meals tax.
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((JANE POSTIN/FORMER TOWN CLERK: I WOULD SAY IF THE TOWN COLLECTED REVENUE IN THE AMOUNT OF LETS SAY OVER A 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS THAT WOULD CERTAINLY HELP SOMEONE KEEP THEIR JOB.)) ((RAY BURGESS/MAYOR: ANYTIME YOU HAVE ANY TYPE OF TAX EVASION, YOU TAKE IT SERIOUSLY. CERTAINLY, WE'VE TAKEN IT SERIOUSLY. WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT IT AND WE'RE WORKING TO SEE WHAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM OR NOT IF THERE IS A PROBLEM.))
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Town officials are conducting a full investigation into Postin's claims.
But they argue the cuts would have to be made regardless since the town only collects 400-thousand dollars from the meals tax every year.
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[Gas-Merger]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=jmi]
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New Jersey-based energy company N-U-I now owns Virginia Gas.
The merger was approved by the State Corporation Commission on Tuesday.
Officials signed a deal yesterday in hopes of creating a natural gas trading hub in the mid-Atlantic region.

[Somers]


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T-V actress and product pitch-woman Suzanne Somers says she's battling breast cancer.
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The star of "Three's Company" and "Step by Step" says she's been turning to some alternative therapies to cure herself.
54- year- old Somers says she's going public because the tabloids reported she's received liposuction.
She admits to HAVING liposuction, but says she did it because of the negative body image she's had since developing cancer.
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Somers says while her doctors are against some of her alternative treatments, she's confident she'll beat the disease.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=tha]
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Some Roanoke city police officers are riding toward success. As Teresa Hamilton explains - they've spent the last three days hitting the books as well as the pavement.

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(((START WITH NAT SOUND) By the end of the week-- these Roanoke city police officers will have endured 40- hours of training to become a certified bicycle officer.
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((CHRIS PERKINS/INSTRUCTOR: WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT SAFETY, WE WANT THE OFFICERS TO LEARN HOW TO GET OFF AND ON THE BIKE IT'S NOT LIKE BEING KIDS ANYMORE.)) [RUNS10]
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Sergeant Chris Perkins is one of several instructors teaching the week long course which also includes lessons on keeping the appropriate distance from a suspicious subject.
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((CHRIS PERKINS/INSTRUCTOR: AND THEN WE GOT TO BUILD UP SOME ENDURANCE WE'LL TAKE THEM OUT HERE AND RUN THEM HARD, 15 TO 20 MILES A DAY IS WHAT WE'LL AVERAGE. )) [RUNS07]
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On this particular day, though, the officers rode approximately 30- miles to learn what it's like to patrol the city at night.
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((SANDY DUFFEY/ROANOKE POLICE OFFICER: WHEN I WAS A KID I RODE IT EVERYWHERE BUT NOW YOU KNOW THE STUFF I LEARNED IN CLASS RIDING DOWN STEPS, UP STEPS, UP HILLS YOU NEVER THINK YOU'D MAKE IT AND HOW YOU CAN USE THE BIKE AS A TOOL. I'VE LEARNED A LOT.)) [RUNS14]
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((MICHAEL KOCHIS/ROANOKE CITY POLICE OFFICER: I SPENT SIX YEARS IN THE MILITARY AND THIS IS ONE OF THE HARDEST PHYSICALLY HARDEST SCHOOLS I'VE EVEN BEEN TO.)) [RUNS06]
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But the officers say the intensive training is worth it.
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((YOU KNOW KIDS ARE GOING TO REMEMBER THREE THINGS, THE HORSE AND CANINE OFFICERS AND BIKE OFFICERS SO YOU KNOW WE BUILD THAT RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM.)) [RUNS08]
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Once this class finishes up--- approximately a third of Roanoke's officers will be certified bicycle officers.

Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke.))