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Roanoke's loss is Franklin County's gain, as a company moves some jobs.
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And health officials say the death rate from SARS is nearly twice what was originally believed.
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[ANCHOR=Leo]
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Sunny calm weather returns for now and then more storms will head our way tomorrow. I'll have your forecast.
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[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY 2-Shot]


News 7 at Noon starts right now...

[New-Jobs]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Franklin County's largest employer is getting bigger.
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[VO-NAT :21]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount;]

M-W Manufacturers is expanding its operations in Rocky Mount. The window maker is moving a division currently located in Roanoke to this building, a former Lane facility. The one-hundred thousand square foot building is across the street from M-W's existing production plant. The move means 70-jobs at the Roanoke facility will move to Rocky Mount and 70-new jobs will be created.
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[SOT 00:11:34]
[IN Q=they range]

((LYNN MORSTAD/MW MANUFACTURERS; THEY RANGE FROM ASSEMBLY POSITIONS THROUGH MAINTENANCE ROLES SUPERVISORY POSITION MANAGEMENT POSITIONS SO THERE IS A VARIETY OF VERY COMPETITIVE WAGES AND SOME OF THE BEST BENEFITS IN THE AREA.))
[SUPER=01-Lynn Morstad/MW Manufacturers;]
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[OUT Q=THE AREA.]
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[VO-NAT]

They expect to begin operations in the new facility by June. The company received 3-hundred thousand dollars in state and local incentives to make the deal happen.
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[Attempted-Robbery]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
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[TAPE#=none]
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A man was unsuccessful in his attempt to rob a grocery store last night.
About 8 o-clock, a man walked into the Hollins Kroger store and gave a clerk a note demanding money.
The man left before he could take any. Roanoke County police are trying to figure out if this attempt is connected to other recent robberies in the Valley.




[Hungary-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Hungary-Ax]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal accident]


A ride aboard a double- decker bus turns deadly for at least 32 German tourists.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Near Siofok, Hungary;]


Authorities say a passenger train cut through the tour bus at a railroad crossing in central Hungary.
Nine people were injured.
Hungary's prime minister has called it ``one of the all- time worst traffic accidents'' in the history of the country.
Officials aren't sure what led to the collision, but they believe the bus started onto the crossing while red signal lights were still flashing.
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[SARS]


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


The World Health Organization has issued another warning about SARS.
The agency has raised the death rate for the disease to as high as 15- percent.
The rate did stand at between six and 10- percent.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Beijing, China;]


Help has arrived from Germany to help ease the burden on health- care facilities that are being stretched to the limit.
The aid includes respirators and x-ray machines.
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[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
[GRAPHIC=SARS]


Meanwhile, China's also getting some help from basketball star Yao Ming.
The N-B-A star is planning to host a telethon Sunday in his home town of Shanghai, to raise money for SARS research.

[Bun-Festival]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Net]
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Because of SARS, an annual festival created to fend off a plague in the 19th century is taking on new meaning this year in Hong Kong.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Hong Kong, China;]


Tens of thousands of local residents flocked for the four- day- long Bun Festival.
Crowds cheered and applauded as children dressed as doctors, cleaners and traditional Chinese folklore characters, stood on stilts at the top of the colorful floats.
The festival marks an epidemic over a century ago that claimed the lives of scores of people, a tragedy that echoes with the current SARS outbreak. Many chose to attend the festival to try and ward off the threat of the illness.
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[11City-Stadium]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-15 TC2:51:48]
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Lynchburg's minor league baseball team had wanted to be playing in its newly renovated stadium by now.
But the multi-million dollar re-working of city stadium is months behind schedule.
As Justin McLeod tells us, the Hillcats's home field is still just a diamond in the rough.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Joe Wills/Hillcats Fan; :16 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Megan Cool/Hillcats Fan; :31]
[SUPER=@justin1; :57]
[SUPER=01-Paul Sunwall/Hillcats General Manager; 1:25 (QUICK)]
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[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Lynchburg]

((((NAT SOUND OF THE GAME))
If you attend a Lynchburg Hillcats game this season, you'll notice right off the bat (SHOT OF BATTER), it is a whole new ballgame.
[SOT 14:52:45]
[IN Q=It's not quite]

((JOE WILLS/HILLCATS FAN: IT'S NOT QUITE LIKE IT SHOULD BE, IT'S GOING TO BE BETTER WHEN THEY FINISH I'M SURE.)) [Runs04]
[OUT Q=I'm sure]


What they need to finish is a six million dollar renovation project here at Lynchburg city Stadium.
Until it is completed, fans are having to do more walking than the baserunners.
[SOT 15:00:16]
[IN Q=The bathroom is way]

((MEGAN COOL/HILLCATS FAN: THE BATHROOM IS WAY ON THE OTHER SIDE AND IT'S NOT VERY NICE. THE CONCESSION STAND IS WAY OVER THERE)) [Runs07]
[OUT Q=way over there]


That will eventually change.
New concession stands, bathrooms, and even an indoor souvenir shop will be located within feet of the stands.
New fold down chairs will be installed along with an elevator to make the stadium handicap accessible.
The team is also putting in luxury's like a picnic area and sky boxes.
[SOT 15:06:27]
[IN Q=The Hillcats had hoped]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE HILLCATS HAD HOPED TO HAVE THIS ALL COMPLETED BY OPENING DAY BUT THAT HARSH WINTER WE HAD DELAYED THE PROJECT SEVERAL MONTHS AND IT'S BEHIND SCHEDULE EVEN FURTHER THANKS TO THE RECENT RAINY WEATHER.)) [Runs11]
[OUT Q=rainy weather]

((NAT SOUND OF THE GAME))
Team leaders say it could now be June or July before the work is completed.
As a result, business is dropping.
The stadium can now only accommodate roughly a thousand fans.
Concession sales are also down significantly.
[SOT 14:39:00]
[IN Q=It's a bit of a challenge]

((PAUL SUNWALL/GENERAL MANAGER: IT'S A BIT OF A CHALLENGE BUT ONE IT'S ONE THAT WILLING TO TAKE THAT CHALLENGE KNOWING THE END RESULT WILL BE NICE.)) [RUNS:06]
[OUT Q=will be nice]


It is an end result that the team hopes will be a hit with everyone. ((NAT SOUND OF THE GAME))
Justin McLeod, News 7, Lynchburg.))

[11Skate-Park]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=03-17 TC10:53]
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Skateboarders in Lynchburg could soon have their very own place to play.
The city has put the wheels in motion to build a skateboard park.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=If anyone doubted]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Craig Cassell/Skateboarder; :25]
[SUPER=01-Kay Frazier/Lynchburg Parks & Rec; :52]
[SUPER=@ssm1; 1:04]
[SUPER=01-Chris Proffitt/Skateboarder; 1:19]
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[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]

(( Any doubts about the interest in building a skate park in Lynchburg were answered in this standing-room only crowd Wednesday night.
After years of just talk, the city has finally found the perfect partner for the project in the Amazement Square Children's Museum.
And now plans are rolling along.
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[SOT 3:09:59]

((CRAIG CASSELL/SKATEBOARDER: TO HAVE AMAZEMENT SQUARE, PARKS AND RECREATION HERE AND THIS MEETING PERIOD, VERY EXCITED TO HAVE THE CITY REACHING OUT TO THE COMMUNITY.))
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[OUT Q=the community.]


The park will be built on this city-owned strip of land along the riverfront, directly behind the museum.
But the layout... the ramps, the loops and the pipes.. is still in the minds of these young people.
[natsot 3:02:12]

((YOUR FEEDBACK IS GOING TO BE VERY IMPORTANT, YOUR IDEAS, IF YOU HAVE VISUALS, IF YOU HAVE SKETCHES..))
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For skaters, who drive at least an hour to other skateparks around the region, the benefits are obvious.
For the city, it's the perfect fit.
[SOT 3:12:12]

((KAY FRAZIER/LYNCHBURG PARKS & REC: IT TIES INTO OUR VISION FOR THE DOWNTOWN, IT TIES INTO THE VISION FOR AMAZEMENT SQUARE AND IT JUST GIVES US, THE CITY, THE ABILITY TO DO SOMETHING FOR THE CITIZENS THAT'S BEEN WANTED FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS.))
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[OUT Q=and years.]

[Standup ] ((Over that time, skateboarders have had to make do honing their skills in the empty parking lots and streets of Lynchburg, as they've watched police chase them off one spot and another. And if you wonder why it's taken so long to build a skatepark here, skaters admit their image, rightly or wrongly, may have been part of the problem.))
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[OUT Q=the problem.]
[SOT 3:20:07]

((CHRIS PROFFITT/SKATEBOARDER: WE'RE NOT BAD PEOPLE, WE DON'T SIT AROUND AND BE LAZY AND WAIT UNTIL NIGHTTIME TO GO SKATE. WE STILL WORK EVERY DAY, AND JUST COME HOME AND DO OUR THING JUST LIKE THEY DO, WE JUST HAVE SOMETHING ELSE WE LIKE TO DO INSTEAD OF READING THE NEWS PAPER, OUR THING IS SKATEBOARDING OR BIKES OR ROLLER BLADES.))
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[OUT Q=roller blades.]


The city's putting up 50-thousand dollars towards the project, another 150-thousand will have to be raised privately.
They hope to start building later this summer.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg. ))
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Coming up next on the newscast, some students in Illinois say what was supposed to be a powderpuff football game turned into something that definitely was not lady like.
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[VO-NAT ]

Plus a rock music legened has been cleared of child pornography charges, but Pete Townshend's troubles are not completely over.
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[Hazing]


[ANCHOR=Kimbelry]
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[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Net]
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Police and school officials are reviewing videotapes of a violent hazing incident in suburban Chicago to see who the ringleaders were.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Northbrook, IL;]


It happened during a high school's "powder puff" football game between junior and senior girls.
During the annual ritual, seniors threw animal intestines, waste, and blood at the juniors.
Five girls ended up in the hospital.
One of the victims described her ordeal, but asked that her last name be kept private.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The worst part]

((THE WORST PART WAS SOMEONE THAT I WAS FRIENDS WITH KICKED ME IN THE HEAD, STRANGLED ME, I COULDN'T EVEN BELIEVE IT. I HAVE A CONCUSSION, I HAVE SCRAPES AND BRUISES, I HAVE TROUBLE SWALLOWING CAUSE MY NECK GOT STRANGLED, I'M JUST PRETTY BRUISED UP.))
[SUPER=01-Lauren/Hazing Victim;]
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[OUT Q=pretty bruised up.]
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[VO-NAT]

Up to 50 students have been identified as taking part in the incident. They could face criminal charges.
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[Peterson]


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[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Net]
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Laci Peterson's family is weighing in with Congress about a pending bill called the "Unborn Victims of Violence Act."
In the wake of the murders of Laci and her unborn son, family members sent a letter, suggesting that Congress consider naming it "Laci and Conner's Law."
Meanwhile, as Gloria Gomez tells us, police were willing to try anything to find the victims, including the use of psychics.
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[SUPER=01-Mark Geragos/Scott Peterson's Attorney;]
[SUPER=03-Modesto, CA;]
[SUPER=01-Greg Deselms/Laci's Former Web Designer;]
[SUPER=01-Joe Herrera/San Joaquin Co. Sheriff's Department;]
[SUPER=01-Gloria Gomez/Reporting;]
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[OUT Q=Gomez, for CBS News, Modesto, CA.]

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((BITE)) SUPER: Mark Gragos, Scot's Attorney THERE WERE PSYCHIC'S..VOICE ANALYSTS..

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THERE WAS SCOTT'S ATTORNEYMARK GERAGOS EARLIER THIS WEEK.. CALLING THE PROSECUTION DOCUMENTS "RIFE WITH INADMISABLE VOODOO TYPE INVESTIGATIONS"

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SUPER: Greg Deselms, Laci's Former Web Designer
I'M HEAR TO TELL YA THEY DID NOT LET PSYCHIC DRIVE THIS CASE ..NO WAY!
((TRACK)) GREG DESELMS SHOULD KNOW. FOR WEEKS HE ENCOURAGED MODESTO POLICE TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT A WOMAN WHO CLAIMED TO HAVE PSYCHIC ABILITIES. GREG WHO WAS, UNTIL RECENTLY THE WEB DESIGNER FOR LACI'S WEBSITE FILTERED THROUGH COUNTLESS E-MAILS..A FAIR AMOUNT WERE FROM PEOPLE CLAIMING TO BE PSYCHIC.. WHILE GREG WILL BE THE FIRST TO ADMIT HE DOESN'T BELIEVE IN PSYCHICS-HIS SKEPICISM DROPPPED A FEW NOTCHES WHEN IT CAME TO THIS FLORIDA WOMAN
IN HER VISIONS SHE SAW A BRIDGE, CONSTRUCTIION EQUIPMENT..CERTAINS COLORS OF THINGS THAT MATCHED WITH A LOCATION THAT WE ACTUALLY FOUND
((TRACK)) GREG SAYS THE LEAD DETECTIVES IN LACI CASE DIDN'T PLACE A HIGH PRIORITY IN PSYCHIC INFORMATION..YET HE WASN'T TURNED AWAY
((BITE)) SUPER: Greg Deselms, Laci's Former Web Designer
THIS OFFICER WAS MORE OPEN TO IT BUT BY NO STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION A BELIEVER

(TRACK

THAT OFFICER..IS ACTUALLY SGT. RON CLOWARD WHO WAS IN CHARGE OF THE LACI SEARCH EFFORT
((DESELMS BITE))
WERE TALKING ABOUT A POLICE OFFICER WHO KNEW GOING INTO THE CONVERSATION THAT THEIR WAS NO POINT REALLY IN TAKING ANY OF THE PSYCHIC STUFF SERIUOSLY BUT HE WAS WILLING TO AT LEAST SPEND SOME TIME A HALF HOUR I DON'T KNOW WHAT EVER HE WAS WILLING TO SPEND TO HEAR WHAT THIS WOMAN HAD TOLD ME AND TO HEAR WHAT INDEPENANT RESEAECH I HAD DONE.
TRACK BUT SHORTLY AFTER THAT CONVERSATIONLACI AND CONNER BODIES WASHED UP IN THE BAY.

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SUPER: Sgt. Joe Herrera, San Joaquin County Sheriff's Dept.
WHEN SOMEONE COMES OUT TO SAY VOODOO LIKE INFORMATION..THAT'S THEATICAL.
((TRACK)) SGT. JOE HERRERA WITH THE SAN JOAQUIN CO SHERIFF'S DEPT HAS WORKED IN LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR 25 YEARS. HERRERA SAYS WHEN IT COMES TO HIGH PROFILE CASES..EXPECT TO HEAR FROM A SLOUGH OF SO-CALLED PSYCHICS.

((sot Herrera))

WE DO TAKE THEM SERIOUSLY WE DO LOOK INTO THE MATTER TO SEE IF THERE'S ANY VALITY TO IT..AND WEIGH IT FROM ONE CASE TO THE NEXT. Sgt. Joe Herrera/San Joaquin Co. Sherrif's Dept
((STANDUP)) AND WHILE MODESTO POLICE WON'T COMMMENT ON THIS REPORT THEY HAVE SAID IN THE PAST WHEN IT COMES TO TIP NO MATTER WHO THEIR FROM..THEY ARE DOCUMENT AND THOROUGHLY EXAMINED BEFORE BEING DISCOUNTED. GLORIA GOMEZ, FOR CBS NEWS MODESTO CALIFORNIA ))
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Actor Roger Moore is in the hospital after he collapsed on stage. We'll have the details after the break.
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[VO-NAT ]

Plus a local town will get to hang on to its new relics of the past for at least a little while longer.
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[Townshend]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tbr]
[TAPE#=Net]
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Rock legend Pete Townshend has been cleared on charges of possessing child porn.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


But he has been placed on a national register of sex offenders.
The Who guitarist was arrested in January on suspicion of possessing child porn.
He has admitted using a credit card to access the Web site -- but says he did it while researching his autobiography.
Townshend believes he was sexually abused as a child.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


He said in a statement that he was wrong to have gone to the site.
Townshen says it was part of his campaign to counter damage done by child porn on the Net.

[Roger-Moore]


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[WRITER=kmc]
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He's known for playing James Bond in several films of the spy series.
Actor Roger Moore is hospitalized in New York, after collapsing on stage yesterday.
His assistant says the 75- year- old actor fell down during a dance number.
The assistant isn't offering many details, but has told Britain's Press Association that Moore is ''doing well.''
Moore starred in seven Bond films during the '70s and '80s.

[11Dinosaurs]


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[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=03-13 TC38:55]
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A half dozen dinosaurs due for extinction in Rockbridge County are getting a longer life.
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[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co./April 1;]

At this week's Town Council meeting in Glasgow, artist Mark Cline said the dinosaurs will stay a while longer, and they'll have some company. Six more will be lumbering into town over the next several weeks.
The creatures were originally supposed to be in town for just a few weeks, but will now stay through the summer. The original beasts have lived in Glasgow since the beginning of April.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly 2-Shot]
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[WRITER=kor]
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 17 points. The NASDAQ has lost six points.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

Coming up...The Big East Softball tournament begins in Salem today....
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[VO-NAT ]

and a change in plans for Micheal Jordan after he heads into retirement once again.
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[S-Jordan]


[ANCHOR=kim]
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[WRITER=mst]
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Michael Jordan and the Wizards are parting ways - and it's not a happy ending.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00]

Jordan met with owner Wizards owner Abe Pollin yesterday, and quickly left afterwards in his Mercedes. Pollin - who honored Jordan in his final game as a Wizard - decided that Jordan would not be welcome back as president of basketball operations. Earlier last night, a stunned Jordan released a statement in which he said - quote "I am shocked by this decision, and by the callous refusal to offer me any justification for it." Meanwhile, Robert Johnson, the owner of the new Charlotte franchise,says Jordan can have any role he wants on that team. He and Jordan talked last night.
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[S-extra]


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[WRITER=mst]
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Robert Yates Racing has named a new crew chief for Dale Jarrett's car. Raymond Fox held the same position on team mates Elliott Sadler's car. He will move over to Jarrett's team before the Charlotte races.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-NASCAR; :00]

Meanwhile Mike Wallace will serve as replacment driver for Jerry Nadeau until he is able to come back and drive the Army Pontiac. Wallace subbed for MB2 motrosports last year when Johnny Benson was hurt.
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[S-Softball]


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[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=twe]
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The Big East Softball tournament opens at the Moyer Complex in Salem today. Defending champ Notre Dame is in town, along with Boston College, Seton Hall, and Villanova. The Hokies didn't make it this year - leaving the event without its local drawing card.
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[SUPER=01-John Shaner/Tournament Director; :00]
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[OUT Q=that Salem can do."]
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The tournament begins today at 5. And On the high school diamond, James River's Angela Tincher - the young lady we profiled on Monday night - struck out 15 out of 15 batters last night against Bath County.
She now has 99 K's on the season.
The Knights won 14-to-nothing.
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