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Mother Nature is showing no mercy in areas already reeling from days of stormy weather.
There are threats of more tornadoes today from Missouri to Louisiana.
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[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]


And police have their hands full with not one, but TWO morning bank robberies.



[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Leo]
[SS=None]

We still have a chance for afternoon showers and thunderstorms. I'll have your forecast.
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[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY 2-Shot]


News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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[SUPER=@Kimberly1;]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
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[VO-NAT]

Two bank robberies this morning. One is the third bank holdup for Roanoke in ten days.
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[Bank-Robberies]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=03-10 1:13:07]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at Noon]


Both banks were Valley Bank branches ... and they were hit just minutes apart.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The first was on Crystal Spring Avenue.
Police say that a gunman with a stocking over his face entered the bank and demanded money from a clerk.
Police are NOT saying how much money he stole.
The manager of the neighboring grocery store followed him -- at a safe distance -- to his car.
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[SOT 30:17]
[IN Q=A lady came]

((OTIS GILLIAM/STORE MANAGER: I JUST EASED ON OUT HERE AND I SAW A MAN COME OUT WITH A WOMEN'S HOSE ON HIS HEAD AND A BROWN JACKET. AND WENT AROUND THE CORNER AND I SLOWLY FOLLOWED HIM AROUND THERE AND SAW A BURGUNDY DODGE COME OUT OF THE ALLEYWAY.))
[SUPER=01-Otis Gilliam/Store Manager;]
[RUNS=:22]
[OUT Q=of the alleyway]
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[VO-NAT]


Police say the robber was slender white man, wearing a brown coat and driving a two-door burgundy Dodge or Chrysler.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Several minutes later, a Valley Bank branch on Starkey Road in Roanoke County was robbed. The F-B-I and Roanoke County police are investigating.
If you have information about either robbery, you're asked to call police.


[City-Council]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=12]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-21 01:59]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Recent steps to improve security at the Roanoke Municipal Building are raising complaints.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The city is now requiring visitors and employees to use the main entrance on Church Avenue.
With the exception of one door that is handicapped accessible, most other entry points have been secured.
This morning, council members questioned whether the changes have actually improved building safety.
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[SOT 32:57]
[IN Q=If I thought it was going to keep us]

((LINDA WYATT/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: IF I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO KEEP US SECURE, THAT WOULD BE ONE THING, BUT WHAT I THINK WE'VE GOT NOW IS NOT AT SECURE AS IT IS INCONVENIENT.))
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[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=as it is inconvenient.]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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City Manager Darlene Burcham says she believes the improvements are overdue. While the security plan may be adjusted, she says it is unlikely that all of the doors will be re-opened.

[National-Wx]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=Tornado]


It's not a forecast people in the Central U-S want to hear.
More severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are a good bet for parts of Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Missouri, which was perhaps the hardest hit.
Elizabeth Sanchez has an update.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=As the people]
[SUPER=03-Pierce City, MO;]
[SUPER=01-Doug Chapman/Resident;]
[SUPER=01-Mark Peters/Pierce City Mayor;]
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Sanchez/CBS News;]
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[OUT Q=Sanchez, CBS News, Pierce City, MO.]
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AS THE PEOPLE OF PIERCE CITY, MISSOURI STRUGGLE TO FIND A FUTURE....GRAY SKIES ARE A STARK REMINDER THAT MORE SEVERE WEATHER IS FORCAST . WITH BARELY ANYTHING LEFT OF THEIR TOWN....ANOTHER STORM COULD DELIVER A KNOCKOUT PUNCH.
Sot: Doug Chapman/Resident
(not verbatim: "what else happen here")



SOME OF THAT BAD WEATHER HIT DESOTO, SOUTH OF ST. LOUIS OVERNIGHT.

PROPERTY DAMAGE WAS WIDESPREAD...A JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL GYM WAS LEVELED...OTHER BUILDINGS WERE DESTROYED AND TRACTOR TRAILERS WERE FLIPPED OVER. SO FAR, THERE HAVE BEEN NO REPORTED DEATHS OR SERIOUS INJURIES.
AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE DIED IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS OVERNIGHT WHEN SEVERE WEATHER SWEPT THRU A MOSTLY RURAL AREA. DOZENS OF HOMES WERE DAMAGED.

(NATZ)


BACK IN PIERCE CITY...OFFICIALS ARE GETTING READY TO DEMOLISH DOZENS OF BUILDINGS THAT HAVE BEEN DECLARED UNSAFE. SOME STORE OWNERS ARE CALLING THAT UNFAIR.

SOT:

"THEY ARE TELLING US WE HAVE TO GET OUT OF HERE AND THAT'S RIDICULOUS.

(NATZ DUST STORM)


ON TUESDAY...A DUST STORM ROLLED THRU HERE...SENDING NERVOUS RESIDENTS RUNNING FOR COVER...BUT LUCKILY DID NO FURTHER DAMAGE.

SOT: MAYOR MARK PETERS/PIERCE CITY MISSOURI

"YOU JUST FEEL LIKE A MORON TRYING TO TELL PEOPLE NOT TO PANIC WHEN THEY HAVE EVERY REASON IN THE WORLD TO DO JUST THAT."

(STANDUP; TO COME: (WHERE RESIDENTS LIVING/WHO PAYING )

))

[11Red-Cross]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-11 TC54:00]
[GRAPHIC=Tornado Aftermath]


One local volunteer has already left for the Midwest, and other disaster relief workers from western Virginia are likely to follow.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The Roanoke Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is prepared to send the emergency response vehicle stationed here. The mobile feeding unit can serve thousands of meals every day.
Several more disaster relief workers are also on standby, waiting for the call to join the tornado relief effort.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The volunteer who went out]

((AMY WHITTAKER/RED CROSS SPOKESPERSON: THE VOLUNTEER WHO WENT OUT THIS MORNING IS WORKING IN FAMILY SERVICES, AND WHAT SHE'LL BE CHARGED WITH IS BASICALLY SITTING DOWN WITH EACH FAMILY WHO COMES IN AND WHAT THEIR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS ARE. YOU CAN IMAGINE THERE IS A LOT OF DEVASTATION AMONG THESE FAMILIES, MANY HAVE LOST EVERYTHING THEY OWN.))
[SUPER=01-Amy Whittaker/Red Cross Spokesperson;]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=many have lost everything they own.]
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[VO-NAT]


The local Red Cross chapter has about 50 disaster relief workers, and officials say it's likely that more will soon head to the midwest to help communities recovering from tornado damage.
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[Iraq]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=Saddam Hussein]


Whether Saddam Hussein is dead or alive has yet to be confirmed.
Now U-S officials are hoping to get answers from a new audio tape that may or may NOT contain his voice.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=204-File Tape;]


An Australian newspaper has the tape that's said to be a recording of Saddam from two days ago.
The voice on the 14- minute tape calls on Iraqis to wage a secret war against U-S forces.
It also refers to recent events in Iraq.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We've had it analyzed]

((CONNIE LEVETT/SYDNEY MORNING HERALD:WE'VE HAD IT ANALYSED IN ITS ROUGH AUDIO FORM BY A LINGUIST IN MELBOURNE WHO BELIEVES FROM WHAT HE HAS HEARD THAT IT IS IN ALL LIKELIHOOD IS SADDAM. THE RHETORIC IS VERY SIMILAR, THE CONTENT IS SIMILAR, THE TONE. ))
[SUPER=201-Connie Levett/Sydney Morning Herald;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=similar, the tone.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Baghdad, Iraq;]


Meanwhile, there's confusion in Baghdad, as coalition officials try to figure out who should take part in the new administration, since most of the former leaders had ties to Saddam.
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[Hazing]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Dozens of high school girls in suburban Chicago are under investigation after a violent hazing incident.
Home video shows victims being beaten and splattered with paint while other students watched.
Alita Guillen (ghee-yen) reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Northbrook, IL; :00]
[SUPER=01-Zack Blum/High School Senior; :57]
[SUPER=01-Mike Riggle/Glenbrook North High School Principal; 1:19]
[SUPER=01-Alita Guillen/Reporting; 1:28]
[RUNS=1:47]
[OUT Q=Guillen for CBS News.]

((
PAINT, OIL, MUD, AND EVEN REPORTS OF HUMAN FECES...AND DOZENS OF HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS. THIS IS THE ANNUAL POWDER-PUFF FOOTBALL GAME TURNED HAZING EVENT BY GLENBROOK NORTH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. IT IS NOW UNDER POLICE INVESTIGATION AFTER SEVERAL GIRLS WERE HOSPITALIZED.
THE HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS SAY THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE SIGNING UP FOR A FUN
AND TRADITIONAL INITIATION BY OUTGOING SENIORS---A "PASSING THE TORCH,"

SO TO SPEAK.
BUT THIS GIRL SHOWS STITCHES FROM A HEAD WOUND, ANOTHER SHOWS BRUSIES ON HER BACK. THIS ONE SAYS PIG INTESTINES WERE WRAPPED AROUND HER.
"When people are going into the hospital, it's not hazing anymore, it's just inhumane." NO FONT
THIS VIDEO SHOT BY A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR, SHOWS PAINT BEING POURED OVER THE GIRLS HUDDLED TOGETHER.
HERE, IT ALSO SHOWS A STUDENT HITTING ANOTHER WITH A FISH. SOME STUDENTS SAID THEY DIDN'T REALIZE HOW BAD IT WAS UNTIL IT WAS TOO LATE.
ZACK BLUM, SHOT VIDEO OF HAZING "It's not as funny anymore, I didn't know they were getting hurt, and I wish I could done something to stop them from getting hurt."Zack Blum/Shot Video
THOUGH THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON WAS NOT SPONSORED BY THE SCHOOL AND WAS HELD OFF CAMPUS, AT CHIPPLEY-WOODS FOREST PRESERVE, STUDENTS SAY IT IS DECADES OLD. KNOWN TO MOST AS THE "HOMECOMING POWDER-PUFF FOOTBALL GAME," WHICH ENDED IN THE LATE 70s.
"They thought the play was too rough, some of the spectators were behaving improperly, and it was something the school wanted to be associated with at that time." Mike Riggle/Principal, Glenbrook North
TAG: "School officials say there is little disciplinary action they can take, b/c this event was not held on school property, and it was held over the weekend. As far as police go, no official cahrges have been filed, but after reviewing the tape, they say that could soon change. In Northbrook, IL, Alita Guillen for CBS News. )) [2Tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A small find could uncover, and make, Virginia history. The details are still ahead.
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[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]

(Brent ad libs)

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[MDA]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=bwa]
[TAPE#=Net]
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The Wyndham hotel has been turned into a prison today, as dozens of people are being arrested and locked-up "for good."
[ROANOKE DOUBLE BOXES= KIM/BRENT Microwave;]

Brent Watts is one of those spending some time in jail and he joins us live this afternoon with more.
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[11Powhatan]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=03-18 TC22:48]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Right now, it's just a few pottery shards. But that discovery in eastern Virginia could turn into a major historical find.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Gloucester]


When Lynn and Bob Ripley bought their 300-acre farm in Tidewater, they didn't believe speculation that it was once the site of a famous Indian village.
But Lynn soon began finding artifacts while taking walks around the property.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It wasn't]

((LYNN RIPLEY/FARM OWNER; IT WASN'T UNTIL THE ARCHEOLOGISTS COME OUT AND LOOKD AT THEM AND GOT SO EXCITED THAT I REALIZED THIS WAS SOMETHING SPECIAL.))
[SUPER=01-Lynn Ripley/Farm Owner]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=was something special]
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[VO-NAT]


Scientists believe the farm is the location of the village of Powhatan, the powerful Indian chief and father of Pocahontas.
Some 15-thousand Native Americans lived in the village in the 1600's.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=This was]

((THIS WAS WHERE IT ALL BEGAN IN A LOT OF SENSES.)) [NO SUPER]
[RUNS=:04]
[OUT Q=a lot of senses.]
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[VO-NAT]


This summer, researchers from the College of William & Mary and the historic resources department will look for evidence of homes on the property and find out more about the history there.
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[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Virginia Tech will help little ones fight their phobias. The details are still ahead.
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[VO-NAT ]


And SARS worries go to the dogs. Pet owners in some places better keep them inside, or else.
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[SARS-Animals]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=SARS]


It's now a crime to walk your dog in parts of China.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Beijing, China;]


Officials say they're worried pets belonging to families infected with SARS could carry the potentially deadly virus to others.
Infected pet owners are being told to keep their dogs and cats inside, if not, the animals could be rounded up and killed.
Meanwhile, animals at the Beijing Zoo are receiving a special cocktail of medicines and vitamins aimed at boosting their immune system.
So far, no cases of SARS have been detected in animals or people at the zoo.
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[5Phobia-Project]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=5pm]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=502-04 2:03:01]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Researchers at Virginia Tech are developing a therapy system to help children overcome their greatest fears.
They've received a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to conduct a four year study. Joy Sutton has the story.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=His parents say it's ]
[SUPER=03-Radford; :00]
[SUPER=07-Will King; :12QUICK]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :28]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Thomas Ollendick/Virginia Tech Child Study Center; :33]
[SUPER=@Joy2; 1:21]
[RUNS=1:33]
[OUT Q=Joy Sutton, News 7.]

((
His parents say it's almost unbelievable that Will King who was once was petrified of dogs --now has one as pet.
Even small dogs like Buddy --use to send Will into a panic.
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[SOT 22:30]
[IN Q=I'd describe it]

((I'D DESCRIBE IT AS TERRIFIED)) [RUNS03]
[OUT Q=it as terrified]
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[SOT 22:49]
[IN Q=I'd feel tight in my]

((I'D FEEL TIGHT IN MY STOMACH)) [RUNS02]
[OUT Q=in my stomach]
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[SOT 21:38]
[IN Q=Run in the house]

((RUN IN THE HOUSE THAT'S WHAT I USE TO DO)) [RUNS03]
[OUT Q=what i use to do]


That's before he underwent therapy with Virginia Tech Psychologist Thomas Ollendick. He's testing a new treatment option for children 8 to 17 years old.
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[SOT 3:16]
[IN Q=What we're testing is a one session treatment]

((WHAT WE'RE TESTING IS A ONE SESSION TREATMENT FOR THESE PHOBIAS IN CHILDREN. WE HAVE THEM COME IN FOR A MAXIMUM OF THREE HOURS AND WE'RE TRYING TO OFFER THEM A VERY CONCENTRATED FOCUSED TREATMENT)) [RUNS15]
[OUT Q=concentrated focused treatment]
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[SOT 13:06]
[IN Q=For example]

((JOY SUTTON/REPORTING:FOR EXAMPLE IF A CHILD WAS PHOBIC OF A SNAKE THEY WOULD START OUT THE THERAPY SESSION LOOKING AT THE SNAKE FROM ACROSS THE ROOM. BUT OVER A THREE HOUR PERIOD THEY GET COMFORTABLE ENOUGH TO LOOK AT THE SNAKE UP CLOSE, TOUCH, MAYBE EVEN HOLD IT)) [RUNS15]
[OUT Q=maybe even hold it]


And for Will it seems to have worked --he's therapy ended more than a year ago.
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[SOT 4:54]
[IN Q=So far it's been working]

((SO IT'S BEEN WORKING VERY WELL. WE'RE GETTING ABOUT 70 TO 75 PERCENT OF YOUNGSTERS WHO COME IN RESPONDING POSITIVE TO THE TREATMENT WE'RE PROVIDING)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=treatment we're providing]


And Will says not only is he not afraid of the little dogs --big dogs don't scare him anymore either.
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[SOT24:52]
[IN Q=I think they're actually pretty]

((I THINK THEY'RE ACTUALLY PRETTY FUN. I CAN ENJOY THEM BETTER)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=enjoy them better]))
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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As part of the study, Doctor Ollendick is comparing his treatment option to the results of children whose parents have only been given educational material on how to deal with phobias.
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[Take Pinnacle Page Full]
There are still two more years left in the study. And they are looking for more children to participate.
For more information you call 540-231-3514 or find a link to the project's web site on our web page at wdbj7.com.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly 2-Shot]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE# none]
[GRAPHIC=None]


On Wall Street at Noon,
[super=460-x/38/y/2;]

the Dow was UP 38 points. Nasdaq DOWN 2 points.


[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

A soccer powerhouse is finding its legs once again. The details are just ahead in sports.
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[VO-NAT ]

And they're off! Biggles Bomber, Bilbo Baggins, and the rest of the field in a woolly race to the victory trough.
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[S-Indians]


[ANCHOR=kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-147 1:19:49]
[GRAPHIC=Soccer]


The Blacksburg boys soccer team is now 12 and 1 after beating Pulaski County last night.
And while the defending Group Two A state champions stumbled earlier in the season, Steve Mason says they are still the real deal.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Shelley Blumenthal/86 & 1 District Regular Season Record; :20]
[SUPER=01-Richard Troy/Blacksburg Senior Forward; :44]
[SUPER=@Steve1; :54]
[SUPER=03-Salem; 1:09]
[SUPER=01-Kenny Griffin/Blacksburg Senior Sweeper; 1:35]
[RUNS=1:53]
[OUT Q=....News 7 sports"]
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((The Indians have eight Blue Ridge District wins, but the stat that stands out the most is the one loss Shelley Blemunthal's team suffered against a tough William Byrd team March 25th, a loss that snapped a 93 game streak without a district loss that dates back two days short of exactly six years. ((SHELLEY BLUMENTHAL/BLACKSBURG HEAD SOCCER COACH:))
Blacksburg is in a rebuilding mode, replacing seven starters from a last seasons title team and the fact critics are saying that these Indians are not as strong has only fueled their fire. ((:)) ((STEVE MASON:)) ((:))
Blumenthal's desire to learn more about soccer by coaching with Benne is just one way the Blacksburg boys team has benefited from Blumenthal's experience at Roanoke College. ((:))
The Blue Ridge District boys soccer tournament kicks off May 17th through the 23rd and will be played in Blacksburg. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))

[Sheep-Race]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


And finally today--
They might be too sheepish for the Kentucky Derby, but they're perfect for THIS race.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Telford, England;]


Without a shepherd in sight, the 12th running of the Grand National Sheep Race took off Monday at Hoo farm in the English Midlands.
The race is run on a horseshoe- shaped course.
To make it even more realistic, all 16 participants have knitted JOCKEYS that ride on their backs.
They start the race from their field and gallop over the jumps toward the finish-- a food trough.
Grey Face quickly set himself apart from the rest of the herd, winning the race.
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