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A vote to slice over 40- thousand dollars in funding for a non- profit agency is drawing sharp criticism in Lynchburg.
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And in Roanoke, some parents voice their outrage over the school board's decision to cut down the number of school resource officers.



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Sunshine today, increasing clouds tonight, with showers tomorrow. I'll have your forecast.
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Plus, we'll talk to legendary singer- songwriter James Taylor.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...

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((TOM PREST/ALLIANCE FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN: BECAUSE OF THEIR IGNORANCE, THEY DON'T REALIZE THAT WE'RE FAMILY HERE AND THEY HAVE UNLEASHED A PASSION AND A DETERMINATION NOT SEEN IN A LONG TIME IN OUR CITY.))
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Leaders of a Lynchburg non-profit agency are vowing to fight last night's vote that cut city funding to two of their programs.
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It was just a small percentage of a 127-million dollar city budget, but it created the most controversy during last night's council meeting.
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Lynchburg city council did "not" approve more than 44-thousand dollars in funding for the Alliance for Families and Children.
The Alliance's chief operating officer, Joan Foster, also is a member of city council and she could "not" vote on the matter.
Her dual role led two councilmen: Julian Adams and Robert Garber, to vote against giving money to the agency.
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((TOM PREST/ALLIANCE FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN: BY NOT FUNDING THESE PROGRAMS, MR. GARBER AND MR. ADAMS ARE TURNING THEIR BACKS ON THE FAMILIES AND CHILDREN WHO MOST NEED A HELPING HAND.)) ((JOAN FOSTER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: I WOULD HOPE THAT THE INTERESTS OF OUR COMMUNITY WOULD BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN SOMEONE GETTING BACK AT ME FOR BEING ON COUNCIL AND HAVING SOME SORT OF PERSONAL VENDETTA AGAINST ME.))
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The funding cuts affect the Child Care Resource Center and the Partnership for the Prevention of Substance Abuse.


Foster and the others say they'll start working today to try and find other sources of money to keep the programs going.
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Parents stayed late at last nights Roanoke School Board meeting last night.
They are trying to convince the city to keep three resource officers in each high school.
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The debate came at the end of a lengthy school board meeting last night.
The president of the Patrick Henry P-T-S-A said the discipline, crime and violence report submitted to the Virginia Department of Education does not reflect the actual number of incidents.
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UP HERE AND STANDS UP AND PUTS DOWN ALL OUR GOOD PEOPLE IN OUR SCHOOLS.))
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The school superintendent and chief of police are now discussing the role of the resource officers, and their future in the two high schools.
Wayne Harris said he expects to make a recommendation to the school board next month.
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A federal judge in Roanoke ruled yesterday that the Wal-mart store in Radford was NOT guilty of discrimination when it fired a black emloyee.
The E-E-O-C sued the store claiming greeter Charles Aikens endured racist comments from a sales associate.
The suit said Aikens complained to managers at Wal-Mart, but the store did nothing.
In June of 2000, Aikens came into the store on his day off and confronted the sales associate.
Wal-Mart officials said Aikens was fired because he threatened the employee.
A company spokeswoman said yesterday that there was no discrimination.
Aikens' attorney declined to comment.
(EDITOR'S CORRECTION: The federal judge dismissed the lawsuit by agreement between the E-E-O-C and Wal-Mart. There wa

s no "not guilty" finding. See correction in noon news of 05/16/03.)

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Authorites say a tractor trailer containing human remains MAY have been hauling illegal immigrants into Texas.
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That after more than a dozen bodies were found near the trailer of an 18- wheeler.
Sheriff's deputies found the bodies early this morning, when they responded to a report of a disturbance inside a trailer at a truck stop.
Officials say they're not sure if the victims were illegal immigrants.
A Texas radio station is also reporting that the truck was crammed with 50 suspected illegal aliens, and that 12 of them are hospitalized. Federal immigration agents are on their way to investigate.
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Westerners are packing their bags and heading out of the capital of Saudi Arabia.
Officials say the new death toll stands at 34 in the aftermath of the suicide bomb attacks.
Eight of those were Americans.
Aleen Sirgany is in Washington with the latest.
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AS INVESTIGATORS SEARCH THROUGH THE RUBBLE OF THE THREE HOUSING COMPOUNDS BOMBED IN SAUDI ARABIA, THE BLAME GAME OVER THE TERRORIST ATTACK HAS BEGUN.
THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS IT'S NONSENSE .. TO SUGGEST THE U.S COULD HAVE DONE MORE TO PREVENT THE BOMBINGS. AND THE U-S AMBASSADOR TO SAUDI ARABIA - SAYS IT'S THE SAUDIS WHO COULD HAVE DONE MORE. THERE WERE WARNING SIGNS AN ATTACK WAS IN THE WORKS....AND THE U.S. HAD ASKED FOR HELP.

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We continue to work with the Saudi's on this, but they did not as of the time of this particular tragic event provide the security we requested.
BUT THE SAUDIS CLAIM THEY CAME CLOSE TO STOPPING THE PLAN.
EARLIER THIS MONTH, IN A SHOOTOUT WITH 19 SUSPECTED AL-QAIDA TERRORISTS, SAUDI INVESTIGATORS CAME ACROSS A HUGE WEAPONS STOCKPILE. THE SUSPECTS GOT AWAY. AND THE MEN, BELIEVED TO BE TAKING ORDERS DIRECTLY FROM OSAMA BIN LADEN, ARE THE PRIME SUSPECTS IN MONDAY'S ATTACK.

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It's a highly organized, orchestrated plan, a plan with a great deal of sophistication, and it has all of Al Queda's finger prints on it.
EVEN AS A TEAM OF F-B-I AGENTS MOVES INTO SAUDI ARABIA TO SEARCH FOR ANSWERS, FEARING MORE ATTACKS....THE STATE DEPARTMENT HAS ORDERED ALL NON-ESSENTIAL DIPLOMATS TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY.

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u-s is pulling troops out of saudi arabia, hoped that would prevent these kinds of attacks. ))

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A Roanoke-based National Guard unit will return home next week.
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About 120 members of the 229th Chemical Company rolled out of Roanoke in late February, prepared for a deployment of one full year. But the Army National Guard said today the unit will return to its home base on May 21st.
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Still to come on the newscast, some tourists being held as hostages are released after two months of captivity.
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Plus, soldiers are digging up more proof of the brutality of the Iraqi regime.
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New evidence of Saddam Hussein's brutality toward his people is surfacing in central Iraq.
Officials say they don't know how many people are buried in a mass grave there.
There could be as many as three thousand bodies-- possible victims of a failed revolt against Saddam after the FIRST Gulf War.
Some were apparently buried alive.
David Hawkins reports.
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THE MORE THEY DIG... THE MORE BODIES THEY FIND.
THIS MASS GRAVE NEAR THE ANCIENT CITY OF BABYLON... SOUTH OF BAGHDAD... IS BELIEVED TO CONTAIN AS MANY AS 15,000 BODIES. THREE THOUSAND HAVE BEEN EXHUMED SO FAR.

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When we started our action we suspected the presence of a small number... (cover edit with pix of digging) We now have thousands of cadavers.
THE DEAD ARE AMONG THOSE KILLED BY THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT IN 1991... DURING THE SHIITE UPRISING AFTER THE FIRST GULF WAR.
MANY OF THE BODIES SHOW SIGNS OF EXECUTION. OTHER VICTIMS WERE REPORTEDLY TRUCKED TO THE SITE AND BURIED ALIVE.
RELATIVES OF PEOPLE WHO DISAPPEARED ARE SEARCHING FOR CLUES TO LOCATE AND IDENTIFY THEIR LOVED ONES... AND COLLECT THEIR REMAINS.

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More than a dozen European tourists are now free, after being kept prisoner for two months in Algeria.
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Officials say the 17 were being held by a militant group with connections to al- Qaida.
Newspaper reports say Algerian commandos stormed the terrorist camp, killing nine hostage takers.
The tourists were captured while they were exploring the Sahara Desert.
Those held hostage included Austrians, Germans, and one Swede.
They'll likely be able to return home today.
Several other Europeans are still missing, but officials say there's hope they'll also be found.
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State education officials want to know more about a Roanoke reading program.
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Virginia's Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jo Lynne DeMary (de-MEHR-ee) visited Hurt Park Elementary School yesterday
Hurt Park is one of five Roanoke schools that have found success with a mentoring program called Hosts.
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Students at Hurt Park have shown significant improvement in their reading skills.
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The Federal Reserve approved the merger of a Virginia bank yesterday.
The Fed's board of governors determined that the merger between B-B-and-T and First Virignia banks would not threaten competition.
The deal makes B-B-&-T the number two bank operating in Virginia.

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Some feathered creatures were crying FOWL when they got stuck in a New York sewer.
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A motorist says she was driving down the street and saw the mother duck and ducklings in the middle of the road.
Worried that they were going to get hit, she turned around and shooed the ducks away.
That's when she heard the babies crying beneath the sewer grates.
But highway workers and the local S-P-C-A quickly came to the rescue.
They say it's a delicate situation they've dealt with before.
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((LARRY SMITH/HIGHWAY WORKER: THIS IS THE SECOND TIME THIS YEAR SO WE HELP THEM ACROSS THE STREET TOO. YOU SEE THEM YOU STOP YOU TRY TO HOLD UP TRAFFIC AND LET THEM THROUGH. ANYTHING TO HELP THE LITTLE CRITTERS.))
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The ducklings emerged safely from their underground trap, but a search is still under way for their mother.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
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we will speak with singer James Taylor as he prepares to launch a new album and tour.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 38 points. The NASDAQ has lost eight.

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Coming up in sports,
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Virginia Tech is getting some big support from an unlikely source as the team tries to join the A-C-C.
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ACC expansion still isn't a done deal, but one big hurdle has been cleared.
The presidents of the Atlantic Coast Conference institutions have voted in favor of adding three schools that are currently in the Big East. The vote taken late yesterday was 7-to-2, with Duke and North Carolina against it.
Virginia voted yes, but the Cavaliers specifically requested that Virginia Tech, and NOT Boston College be added. Governor Mark Warner is also working hard behind the scenes on behalf of the Hokies.
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Tech needs Virginia's pull more than ever, and in fact, the Cavaliers appear to be the Hokies' only chance of getting in.
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While the vote to expand has gone through - NO invitations have been handed out to anyone. Miami has said all along it will not make a decision until it hears what the Big East has to counter-offer.
The Big East meetings begin this coming Saturday in Ponte Vedra, Florida, just a few miles from where the ACC was meeting.

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The NBA playoffs rolled on last night in the wild west. Game five of the Mavericks and Kings in Dallas -
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And the Mavs played strong defense last night. They beat the Kings 112-to-93 behind that defense and the play of Dirk Nowitzki. He had 16 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists for Dallas, which grabbed a 3-2 series lead and can advance to the conference finals for
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the first time since 1988 with a win on Thursday at Sacramento.
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