[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Shannon]

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[VO-NAT]

Oklahoma City observes a moment of silence for victims of the federal building bombing.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]

Plus, controversy follows a couple of Roanoke developers from the court room to the dining room.
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[TALENT=Jacey]
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Warmer temperatures today combined with sunny skies make for a great Thursday. We'll take a peek at the weekend forecast coming up.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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News 7 at noon is next.

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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
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[VO-NAT]

6-years after the Oklahoma City bombing families of the victims are still mourning.
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[Bombing-Anniversary]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=net]
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Oklahoma City is marking the anniversary of the worst act of terrorism ever on American soil. It was 6-years ago today that a bomb brought down the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
Survivors and victims' families are honoring the 168- people who died.
Teri Okita reports.
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[SUPER=03-Oklahoma City, OK;]
[SUPER=01-Kathleen Treanor/Victim's Mother;]
[SUPER=01-Ronnie Shinn/Memorial Visitor;]
[SUPER=01-Susan Walton/Bombing Victim;]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/Reporting;]
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((Narr: Even after 6 years the quiet is still chilling. One hundred and sixty-eight seconds of silence - one for each life lost in the 1995 Oklahoma city bombing.
Narr: They've been here before.. to remember their loved ones

nat sot pop (names being read.)


narr; But this year a sense of closure and relief embraces this crowd . In less than one month many here will watch Timothy McVeigh be put to death.

sot: Kathleen Treanor /Daughter killed in bombing.

I'll be facing down the man who' s caused a great evil in my life and there is something important to me about that. Standing up before him and saying I'm still here - but you are not.
Narr; The memorial center has been open for just 2 months . The intensity here is palpable.

sot: Ronnie Shinn/visitor to memorial

There must be a penalty worse than death for a man that would do this - to this many families.
Track: Susan Walton who was buried beneath the rubble in the blast has undergone 25 surgeries ..she's visiting the memorial center for the first time but doesn't plan on being there for the closed circuit broadcast of McVeigh's execution.

sot: Susan Walton/bombing victim.

We just don't really need to witness that - to know justice has been rendered.
Standup Teri :(to come.... closure in an American tragedy)))


[Boty-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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If the Botetourt County budget is approved - schools may see a cut in programs.

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[VO-NAT]
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That brought lots of people out for last night's public hearing.
Under the proposal, the school system would get nearly two million dollars less than it wanted.
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./August]


The school board says that could mean cutting some music and phys-ed classes, eliminating activity busses and nurses and increasing class size.
Board members say that's the only way to continue teacher pay raises and pay off the new Greenfield elementary School.
Some laid the blame at the feet of county supervisors.
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((JACK THOMAS/BOTETOURT CO. SUPERINTENDENT; IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY, YOURS AND MINE, TO PROVIDE THE BEST EDUCATION FOR OUT CHILDREN. IT SHOULD NOT BE THE RESPONSIBLITY OF CHILDREN TO CARRY FIX YOUR FISCAL MISTAKES BY CARRYING THE GREENFIELD INDUSTRIAL PARK AND SHELL BUILDINGS ON THEIR BACKS.))
[SUPER=01-Jack Thomas/Botetourt Co. Superintendent;]
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[OUT Q=buildings on their backs.]
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[VO-NAT]


Still others say throwing more money at the schools won't solve the problems.
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[IN Q=Instead of the]

((INSTEAD OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAVING TO TAKE IT ON THE CHIN EVERY TIME THE SCHOOL BOARD BRINGS A BUDGET TO THEM...)) ((I BELIEVE THE WAY TO RESPONSIBILITY LIES WITH THE BOTETOURT SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION AND SCHOOL BOARD TO BE BETTER STEWARDS OF OUR MONEY AND TAX DOLLARS.)) [**NO SUPER**]
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[OUT Q=our money and tax dollars.]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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The County's 52-point-6 million dollar budget includes no tax increases.

[Mascot]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=rca]
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The Montgomery County School Board has a new task in front of it.
Members have to figure out how much it will cost to replace Blacksburg High School's Indian mascot.
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[VO-NAT]
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The school board must find funds to order new sports uniforms, refinish the gym floor and eliminate other Indian depictions in the building.
A cost for all this has yet to be addressed.
The school does have until July 2003 to comply with the new policy that prohibits the Indian.
Some believe a smooth transition will be helped by having the community involvement seen during the debate.
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((JIM KLAGGE/MONTGOMERY CO. SCHOOL BOARD; I THINK ONCE PEOPLE GET INVOLVED AND SEE THE VALUE OF EDUCATION GENERALLY THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO COME TOGETHER BEHIND OUR SCHOOLS REGARDLESS OF THE MASCOT ISSUE.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Klagge/Montgomery Co. School Board;]
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[OUT Q=regardless of the mascot isue]
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[VO-NAT]


The next school board meeting is May 8th and budget issues are on the agenda.
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[Meeting-House]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jmi]
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A pair of Roanoke developers just can't seem to win with the city of Roanoke.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Jim Body and Winter Hodges are already in court over the height of their 5-story condominium project.
Yesterday, Roanoke's Zoning Administrator threatened to shut down their new restaurant.
Evelyn Dorsey says "The Meeting House" doesn't have a certificate of occupancy.
But Body and Hodges say they got an O-K to open from the head of the building department.
As of now, the Meeting House is still open.
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[South-Pole]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
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[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=net]
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U-S aviators are awaiting word to fly to the South Pole to rescue a sick American doctor. Doctor Ronald Shemenski is the only physician at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica. He suffers from pancreatitis, a potentially life-threatening condition. Jerry Bowen has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Betty Carlisle/Replacement Doctor; :19]
[SUPER=01-Jerry Bowen/Reporting; 1:24]
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[China-Plane]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
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[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=net]
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The next meeting between U-S and Chinese negotiators is on hold.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Beijing, China;]

The meeting to discuss future U-S surveillance flights and China's return of a U-S aircraft had been scheduled for Monday. But a White House spokesman says both sides need time to prepare for a meeting that will likely include the discussion of ways to avoid future incidents. The talks stem form the collision of a U.S. spy plane and Chinese jet earlier this month. Both parties met for about 90-minutes earlier today after the Chinese promised to discuss the return of the American plane that's still in Chinese hands.

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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WRITER=jha]
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A car crash in North Carolina claimed the life of a Pittsylvania County man.
The crash happened in Eden .. where police say a car driven by 50 year old Mark J. Hampton and a private ambulance from Henry County collided.
Hampton was pronounced dead at the scene.
The ambulance driver and her passenger were taken to the hospital- they were treated and released. North Carolina police are investigating.

[Wytheville-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Authorities have released the names of the victims in a Wytheville shooting.
Police have identified them as Robert and Donna Burgess.
The couple was found with gunshot wounds to the head at a home on North 30th Street on Tuesday evening.
One of their sons was there and called 9-1-1.
Police are waiting for autopsy results before confirming their theory that 64-year-old Robert killed his 47-year-old wife before turning the gun on himself.

[L'burg-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[TAKE VIDEO!!!]

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A drive-by shooting in Lynchburg yesterday afternoon, Police say a carload of teenagers fired several rounds at this house on Sixteenth Street.
No one was injured, but police found bullet holes around the doorway.
Authorities stopped the car a few minutes later on Jubilee Drive. Two teenagers were charged with possession of a concealed weapon, and shooting from a vehicle.
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[Lee-Hospital]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
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[TAPE#=01-06 TC1:51:50]
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Lee County Community Hospital is getting a second chance.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pennington Gap/File Tape;]


A for-profit hospital chain based in Florida will purchase the Hospital for almost 25-million dollars. The hospital filed for bankruptcy protection last summer. Now it will be able to pay off all creditors in full, plus interest.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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The purchase will also fund a new tax-exempt trust to provide more than a hundred thousand dollars a year for community-based projects in Lee County. It's in the heart of Virginia's coalfields and one of the state's poorest.

[Shad-Planking]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WRITER=tbr]
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The men running for Virginia governor are in full campaign mode.
They addressed this year's crowd at the 53-rd annual Shad Planking.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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[SUPER=03-Wakefield; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mark Warner/(D) Candidate for Governor;:08]
[SUPER=01-Mark Earley/(R) Candidate for Governor ; :24]
[SUPER=01-John Hager/(R) Candidate for Governor; 1:00]
[SUPER=@Ellen1; 1:05]
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[South-Boston]


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The William Tuck Airport in South Boston is fully operational again.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co.]


This comes more than a month after a fire destroyed the terminal, several planes, and part of a hangar.
The March 5th fire also destroyed a fuse box making night flying impossible.
State funds helped fix the electric problem and all flights resumed this week.
A temporary trailer will house the terminal and offices.
No word yet on what caused the fire
The State Police continue to investigate.
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[D-Day-Plane]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
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A re-created piece of history will be on display at the dedication of the D-Day Memorial on June 6th.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


For the past nine months, Rucker Tibbs and a group of volunteers at the New London Airport have been rebuilding this 1942 L-3 reconnaissance plane.
It's the same kind of plane that helped pinpoint enemy targets during the D-Day invasion in 1944.
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[IN Q=The L-3 that]

((RICHARD BURROW/D-DAY MEMORIAL DIRECTOR: THE L-3 THAT THE GENTLEMEN HAVE BEEN WORKING ON OUT AT THE NEW LONDON AIRPORT LOOKS GREAT. AND THEY'VE DONE IT SO HISTORICALLY ACCURATELY IN TERMS OF THE WRAP AROUND THE WINGS AND THE PAINTING AND THE MARKINGS AND SO FORTH, WE'RE REALLY PROUD TO BE THE RECIPIENTS OF SUCH A WONDERFUL DONATION THOSE GUYS HAVE MADE TO US.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Burrow/D-Day Memorial Director; :09]
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[OUT Q=made to us.]
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Less than forty of the L-3's were made during World War Two.
It will be moved to the D-Day Memorial in Bedford next month.
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[Asian-Markets]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]

In business news this afternoon, The global economy is taking its time reacting to a US interest rate cut.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tokyo, Japan;]

Shares rose across Asia today but most lost steam as the day wore on and prices fell off their peaks.
European exchanges opened with little fanfare. The Nikkei Averge finished up 226 points. Analysts say yesterday's surprise half-point rate reduction by the Federal Reserve could signal the U-S economy is in worse shape than previously believed.

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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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On Wall Street today, stocks aren't staging a repeat of yesterday's big rally. But they've moved modestly higher, after being mixed earlier in the day.
At Noon,

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, the Dow was down 30 points. Nasdaq up 34 points.
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