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[TALENT=Marya]

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[VO-NAT]


On News 7 at Noon, a federal marshal from Salem is arraigned on a charge of cocaine possession.
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[ANCHOR=Marya]


And... a gunman opens fire at an Indiana aircraft parts plant ... killing three co-workers and himself.
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[ANCHOR=Leo]


A beautiful sunny day across the region but rather cold....I'll have your warmer weekend forecast....
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[ANCHOR=Marya 2-Shot]


News 7 at Noon is next.

[Bruer]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[TAPE#=00:14:06 02-09]
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Deputy U-S Marshal Joe Bruer was arraigned this morning on a charge of cocaine possession.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]

He was still in custody- -the day after his arrest for simple possession.
He'll be released on 10-thousand dollars bond later today. Joseph Bruer, Junior, was stopped on East Main Street in Salem late Wednesday night. Police say he had a small amount of coke in his car. They also searched his apartment and confiscated some items for testing. Whatever it was... was "not a significant amount, according to Salem Police Lieutenant Reg Gray. He says Bruer is a "user." That's all. But Lt. Gray acknowledged the case has greater significance because Bruer is a federal law enforcement officer. Bruer's wife and daughter were also arraigned today. Lois and Keisha Bruer were arrested yesterday for allegedly trying to intimidate a witness.
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[ANCHOR=Marya]
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JOE Bruer has been with the Marshal Service for almost 22 years. He's been placed on administrative leave WITH pay until the cocaine charge is resolved.

[Stamp-Rate]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
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The price of mailing a letter will go up another three cents.
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[VO-NAT]


The Postal Rate Commission approved raising the price of a first-class stamp from 34 to 37 cents this morning.
Postcards will go up two cents to 23 cents.
The new rates could take effect as early as June.
Organizations that usually fight postal rate increases agreed to this one.
The Postal Service was in bad financial shape even before the September 11th terror attacks and the anthrax-by-mail infections that cost the agency hundreds of millions of dollars.
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[Indiana-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
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Police in South Bend, Indiana, say a man shot and killed three co-workers before taking his own life.
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[VO-NAT]
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The shootings happened this morning at an aircraft parts plant.
The gunman is described as a disgruntled employee who worked in the company's shipping and receiving department.
Police say he led them on a high-speed chase into Michigan that ended when he shot himself.
Several other co-workers are being treated for injuries.
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[Italy-Bus]


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Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a bus crash that killed three American tourists who were vacationing in Italy.
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[VO-NAT]
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Eighteen tourists from Pennsylvania were on the bus when a truck going the other way jumped a guardrail and hit them.
It happened yesterday on a highway that connects the Tuscan cities of Lucca and Florence.
Police say two American women and a man, all in their 70s, were killed in the crash.
Several other people on the bus were injured.
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[Mideast-Peace]


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Peace talks between Israel and Palestine resumed today, but so did the violence.
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[VO-NAT]
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A Palestinian man blew himself up at an Israeli military checkpoint in the West Bank this morning.
An Israeli officer was also wounded in the third suicide bombing in the region in three days.
U-S envoy Anthony Zinni delivered a stern stern message to Yasser Arafat.
In a meeting today, he told the Palestinian leader he hasn't done enough to crack down on militants.
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[Pearl]


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The man accused of masterminding American reporter Daniel Pearl's kidnapping and murder was charged in Pakistan today.
Omar Saeed confessed to abducting Pearl - but later retracted it.
As Lee Cowan reports, he told the court today that he wants to act as his own attorney.
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[AM-Rescue-Mission]


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A plan to expand the Roanoke Rescue Mission moved forward Thursday, as the city Planning Commission voted to rezone property for the project.
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[VO-NAT]
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The Rescue Mission wants to start a new residential recovery program for women and their children.
Plans call for a new building across Dale Avenue from the current facility.
The proposal has strong support and vocal opposition, as members of the Planning Commission learned Thursday afternoon.
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((MARYELLEN GOODLATTE: THE RESCUE MISSION IS PROUD OF THE SERVICES IT PROVIDES FOR OUR COMMUNITY, THE HOPE AND HELP IT EXTENDS TO THOSE WHO DESPERATELY NEED IT, AND THE HAND OF FELLOWSHIP AND PARTNERSHIP IT EXTENDS TO ITS NEIGHBORS.)) ((JOHN MCGONIGAL: IF THE MISSION FEELS LEAD TO BUILD THIS FACILITY, WE DON'T WANT TO IMPEDE GOD'S WORK, BUT FOR THE SAKE OF THE WEST BELMONT NEIGHBORHOOD AND ITS PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE, WE FEEL IT SHOULD BE BUILT IN ANOTHER AREA OTHER THAN SOUTHEAST.))
[SUPER=01-Maryellen Goodlatte/Rescue Mission Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=01-John McGonigal/Historic Belmont Association; :12]
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The staff of the Planning Department had recommended against the rezoning, but the Planning Commission approved the request.
City Council will consider the issue in April.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Still to come on the newscast, students at a local school say they could sue after it drops their course of study.
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Also, a home mortgage company will have to pay 60 MILLION dollars to settle claims it cheated its customers.
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A California based home mortgage lender will have to pay 60 MILLION dollars to settle a lawsuit that accused it of taking advantage of borrowers.
The Federal Trade Commission says First Alliance used hidden fees and misleading sales pitches to prey on its clients.
Cynthia Bowers has more.
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[SUPER=01-Gloria Celeketic/Loan Victim; :23]
[SUPER=01-Timothy Muris/Federal Trade Commission; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Bill Lockyer/California Attorney General; 1:19]
[SUPER=01-Cynthia Bowers/CBS News; 1:27]
[SUPER=01-Sarah Ludwig/Community Activist; 1:45 QUICK]
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((When John and Gloria Celeketic decided to refinance their suburban Chicago home, they went with the company that had been soliciting them for months.
On paper, what First Alliance was offering was appealing. No application fee, no appraisal fee, no credit hassle...

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and NO MENTION of an almost 20 thousand dollar origination fee, which amounted to more than 16% of their total loan. (graphic out)

(Sot/ Gloria Celeketic) THAT'S THE THING THAT BOTHERS ME THE MOST,

BECAUSE THEY KNEW RIGHT THERE...WE TOLD THEM WE CANNOT BORROW ANY MORE MONEY THAN WE HAVE...AND THEY EVEN WENT BEHIND OUR BACKS.
The Federal Trade Commission says what happened to the Celeketics is a classic example of how predatory lenders operate. According to the complaints, now bankrupt First Alliance

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Lured customers in with a sophisticated telemarketing and direct mail campaign
Misled consumers with a canned sales pitch that concealed huge fees - that totaled up to 25% of the loan
And kept quiet about the potential for the mortgage's interest rates to rise.

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(Timothy Muris - FTC Chairman)

The message today should be unmistakable. Fraud and deception will not be tolerated 07
As part of settlement, First Alliance agrees to pay as much as 60 million dollars to compensate 18 thousand victims in half a dozen states, including California.

(Bill Lockyer - California Attorney General)

"There are wolves that will prey on what they think are complacent sheep. We are the hunters."

(stand up)

The settlement leaves the door open for class action lawsuits to continue against big investment banks like Prudential and Lehman Brothers that financed First Alliances by buying their loans.
New York legal advocate Sarah Ludwig says Wall Street should be worried.

(Sot/Sarah Ludwig Community Activist) It should send a shock wave

across the industry but for Wall Street these predatory lenders couldn't operate.
The FTC says the compensation checks will average about 3,000 dollars...no where near the 20,000 the Celeketics still owe, but for them this is more about the message, than the money. Cynthia Bowers, CBS News, Chicago.))

[AM-Radiology]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=jsu]
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The College of Health Sciences is shutting down its Radiologoic Sciences program until it can meet accreditation standards.
That means some students will soon have to change their course of study or transfer to another school.
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Some students are upset because they say the college knew about the accreditation problems and waited until the last minute to tell students.
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College officials say they were forced to close the program because accreditation standards for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools required professors to have graduate-level degrees.
So all of the program's professors will now be going back to school.
Officials are not sure how long it will be before the program is offered again.
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There are 46 students in the program. Seniors and Juniors will get to complete their studies and graduate. Freshman and sophomores will have to make other arrangements.
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[5-Cancer-Bus]


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Supporters of cancer research helped give their cause a rolling start yesterday in Lynchburg.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


The "Celebration on the Hill" bus is spending seven months on the road, touring 150 cities in 40 states.
Cancer survivors and people who have lost friends and family to cancer are signing the bus to urge Congress to continue funding research into the disease.
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((KEENAN CALDWELL/AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY: BY ADDING THEIR SIGNATURES, WE'VE SEEN MANY PEOPLE JUST GRAVITATE TOWARDS THE BUS TO SAY 'I CAN BE A PART OF SOMETHING MUCH BIGGER IN SENDING A MESSAGE TO CONGRESS'.)) ((SUSAN BARNEY/CANCER SURVIVOR: WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY AS WELL AS OTHER CANCER ORGANIZATIONS. WE WANT CONGRESS TO CONTINUE TO FUND CANCER RESEARCH AND KEEP US AT THE TOP OF THEIR LIST AS THEY HAVE IN THE PAST.))
[SUPER=01-Keenan Caldwell/American Cancer Society; :00]
[SUPER=01-Susan Barney/Cancer Survivor; :11]
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More than 34- hundred people have already signed the bus, including several at yesterday's stop in Lynchburg.
The bus tour will wrap up in Washington, D.C. in September.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Coming up next on the newscast, Leo will let us know what the weekend forecast will be like,
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Also.... if a new museum in Massachusetts is hot stuff or receives a chilly reception, it's owner will be the first to know. We'll tell you why after the break.
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[Thermometer]


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A Massachusetts man hopes his cool new museum will be HOT with local tourists.
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Richard Porter has opened the world's only thermometer museum.
Porter has nearly four thousand thermometers in his basement.
The retired science teacher says he started his collection 25 years ago.
Porter has thermometers that resemble the leaning tower of Pisa and a wristwatch.
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(("OLIVER STONE'S STAFF CALLED ME. THEY NEEDED EIGHT OLD THERMOMETERS TO BE USED IN A NEW FILM STARRING JENNIFER LOPEZ AND SEAN PENN. AND SEND THESE EIGHT TO THEM. THEY USED THEM IN THE FILM."))
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[OUT Q=used them in the film.]
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His collection comes from 20 countries and is worth about 85 thousand dollars.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kor]
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN more than 34 points. The NASDAQ has lost 5 points.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Still to come on the newscast, Radford University will have to find a new basketball coach,
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Also.... a missed free throw means the Duke Blue Devils will NOT get the chance to repeat as national champions.
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[Duke]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tbr]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=NCAA TOURNAMENT]


March Madness turned to March Sadness for the Duke Blue Devils last night as the defending champions were eliminated from the N-C-A-A tournament.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington, KY;]


The only blemish on Jason Williams' game has been erratic free-throw shooting.
Last night it cost Williams and Duke as the Blue Devils' lost 74-to-73 to Indiana in the South Regional semifinal.
The Hoosiers trailed by 17 at one point. It used a 17-to-5 run to get back in the game.
Jared Jeffries had 24 points and 15 rebounds for Indiana.
Indiana did not take its first lead until there was less than a minute left in the game.
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[Anchor=Marya]
[Graphic=Hold]


Like Duke, Arizona won't be returning to the N-C-A-A final.
Hollis Price hit six three-pointers and finished with 26 points as Oklahoma pounded the Wildcats 88-to-67.
Tenth seed Kent State and number-12 Missouri continue their surprising run through the tournament.
Kent State ended Pittsburgh's season with a 78-to-73 in overtime.
The Missouri Tigers pulled off their third upset of the tournament, knocking off U-C-L-A 82-to-73.

[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
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When the Roanoke Express took to the ice last night, they were looking to move a step closer to the playoffs.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Cyclones vs. Express; :00]

The post-season possibilities got these young ladies dancing in their seats. We pick up the action in the first period as Kevin McDonald takes the pass from our front in between the circles. He cranks up the slap shot and smokes one into the net with authority as Roanoke takes a 1-to-nothing lead. But the Express would lose a tough one last night, falling to Cincinnati 3 to 2 in a shootout. Roanoke is on the road for back-to-back games with Trenton tonight and Saturday evening.
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[S-Coach]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
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A William Byrd alumnus is heading back to Terrier land to coach the women's basketball team... Michael McGuire graduated in 1995 -
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[SUPER=03-Salem; :]


..and spent this past season as Page (MOYER's) Moir's assistant for the Roanoke College men's basketball team.
His duties included coaching, recruiting and basketball operations -- which he feels has prepared him for this job.
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Byrd's girls basketball team won a state championship in 1997 and went to 16 straight regionals up until that year.
But Byrd has had 4 different coaches over the last 5 years and has struggled.
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[S-Bradley]


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Radford's men's basketball coach is stepping down to take a job as Assistant Coach at James Madison University.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford/File Tape; :]


In 11 years at Radford, Dr. Ron Bradley compiled a 192 and 122 record for a 611 winning percentage.
Bradley suffered his first losing season in 15 years as a head coach this year. It was his first losing season at Radford in 12 seasons.
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[S-Softball]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
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Softball fans will get their first extended look at Roanoke College's team today when the Maroons open play with three games in the East Coach Fast Pitch Classic at Moyer Sports Complex in Salem.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]


The Maroons, who practice at Moyer, are 13 and 1 on the season.
Roanoke was picked to win the Old Dominion Athletic Conference for a third straight year.
The Maroons were also ranked 10th in the nation in the pre-season poll.
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[SUPER=01-Alan Bayse/Roanoke Softball Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Priscilla Hill/Roanoke Junior Pitcher; :19]
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[anchor=Marya]
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The Maroons open play today at Moyer at one o'clock against (CUE-KA) Keuka, then Roanoke battles Emory at three .... and finally the Maroons take on North Carolina Wesleyan at Seven.
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