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More than two dozen suspected drug dealers are arrested in Craig County.
Details, up next.
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And an apartment building in Northwest Roanoke catches fire, forcing residents to evacuate.
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A little sunshine this afternoon will lead to evening clouds and some patchy drizzle. I'll have your weekend forecast.


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News 7 at Noon starts right now...


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Craig County makes its largest drug bust in three decades.
25 people are charged with possessing and selling drugs.
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After the overdose of a local teenager and a year of investigating, Craig County's sheriff says the drug trade has suffered a significant hit.
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State police and sheriff's deputies from three counties started rounding up 25 people early this morning.
The charges against them ranged from possessing and selling drugs to child neglect.
Investigators say over the last year, confidential informants and undercover agents were able to buy heroin, crack cocaine, oxycontin, marijuana and sleeping pills from the defendants.
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((DON ROSS: WE THINK ABOUT THE DRUG CULTURE PERMEATING OUR SOCIETY, WE THINK ABOUT THE METROPOLITAN AREAS AND YET WE'VE GOT A RURAL COMMUNITY WHERE WE'VE GOT FARMERS AND HARD-WORKING COUNTRY FOLKS AND YET WE'VE GOT 25 INDIVIDUALS WE'RE ARRESTING FOR DRUG DISTRIBUTION CHARGES. ))
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Deputies and state police started their work a year ago, after a local 19-year-old died of a drug overdose.
They say people started coming forward, offering to be drug informants because of the young man's death.
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Roanoke firefighters battled flames inside an apartment building this morning. A third floor unit was destroyed, and water damaged the apartment below.
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The call was sounded just after 8 A.M. to 5105 Hildrebrand Road, a few blocks west of the Crossroads Mall in northwest Roanoke. Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and flames but quickly got things under control. No word yet on the cause .. no injuries reported. Damage is estimated at 30-thousand dollars.
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We have a correction to a story aired earlier this week about a racial discrimination suit the E-E-O-C filed against the Wal-Mart in Radford.
We said that a federal judge in Roanoke ruled that Wal-mart was not guilty of discrimination when it fired a black employee.
What we should have said is that the judge dismissed the lawsuit by agreement between the E-E-O-C and Wal-Mart.

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Mother Nature isn't very popular these days in Oklahoma, which has seen tornadoes for a second straight week.
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Along the Oklahoma- Texas border, severe thunderstorms and at least one tornado tore through yesterday.
Residents reported seeing several funnel clouds, but there were no reports of any serious injuries.
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((WE WATCHED IT, AND IT COME DOWN, IT LOOKED LIKE A SKINNY CLOUD AND IT KIND OF SUCKED BACK UP AND WHEN IT MOVED ACROSS IT GOT REAL WIDE, KIND OF LOOKED LIKE A MUSHROOM.))
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In Kansas, a tornado blazed a destructive trail, damaging trailer parks, overturning cars, and breaking windows.
Today, many of the streets are still flooded.
No one was injured.
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[SARS-Taiwan]


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The deadly SARS outbreak has cost Taiwan's top health official his job.
The health chief has resigned to take responsibility for the crisis, which is getting worse in that country.
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Meanwhile, the president of Taiwan has warned his people to prepare for a prolonged battle against SARS.
That comes after a warning of another possible wave of infections from hospitals.
Taiwan has 274 cases of SARS and 35 deaths, the world's third-highest behind China and Hong Kong.
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[Peterson]


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There's new evidence in the murder trial of Scott Peterson.
But details of how exactly his wife, Laci and their unborn son died may NOT be known for a long time.
Gloria Gomez reports.
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That was Gloria Gomez reporting.
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Coming up next on the newscast, students who allegedly took part in a bizarre hazing incident will face criminal charges.
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Plus singer-songwriter June Carter Cash has passed away in Nashville.
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[Beamer]


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Even though few games are being played early next week, major decisions will be made in the college sports world. The Big East conference is holding its annual meeting near Jacksonville, Florida in hopes of keeping the league together, and keeping Miami from bolting to the A-C-C.
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Today, Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer took to the air to head to the meetings, and was optimisitic a plan can be worked out.
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((FRANK BEAMER/VT HEAD FOOTBALL COACH; I AM VERY HOPEFUL THAT WHEN WE GET DOWN TO JACKSONVILLE THAT ALL THE PEOPLE THERE WILL BE TOGETHER AND WORK TOGETHER TO SAVE THIS LEAGUE, BECAUSE IT IS A GREAT LEAGUE WITH A LOT TO OFFER, AND THAT'S WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN.))
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Both Beamer and Athletic Director Jim Weaver say they are confident the league can be held together, but if it does not, the school would like to be one of the teams headed for the A-C-C.

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A community leader in Elliston has died.
Grant Estes Bryant, known to many as "Shorty", helped found what is now the Shawsville Rescue Squad, and donated its first ambulance. He also helped found the Elliston Fire Department, and used his own funds and personnel at Bryant Funeral Home to call out the volunteers by phone, before there were radio dispatchers.
Bryant opened his funeral home in 1956, and retired last year.
He died last night of complications from a stroke he suffered in December.
Shorty Bryant was 77.

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Nashville is mourning the loss of June Carter Cash.
She was a native of Scott County near Bristol, before she began a music career that spanned more than half a century.
Paul Reece has more.
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((COUNTRY MUSIC MATRIARCH JUNE CARTER CASH HAD LINGERED IN CRITICAL CONDITION SINCE SUFFERING COMPLICATIONS DURING HEART SURGERY ON MAY 7TH AT NASHVILLE'S BAPTIST HOSPITAL. HER DEATH DRAWS TO A CONCLUSION ONE OF THE TRULY BALLAD-LIKE CAREERS IN AMERICAN MUSIC. BETWEEN HER EARLIEST DAYS ON STAGE, AS A MEMBER OF THE INFLUENTIAL CARTER FAMILY, RIGHT THROUGH A GRAMMY-WINNING CAREER WITH HER HUSBAND JOHNNY CASH AND A RECENT SUCCESSFUL RETURN TO SOLO RECORDING, JUNE CARTER CASH WAS A PERENNIALLY POISED AND POLISHED STAR IN THE COUNTRY MUSIC CONTELLATION. SHE MOVED GRACEFULLY THROUGH A LIFETIME THAT INCLUDED IMPROMPTU DUETS WITH ELVIS PRESLEY, A ROMANCE WITH JAMES DEAN, CONCERTS, HIT RECORDS, AND A MOVIE ROLE OPPOSITE ROBERT DUVALL. ALL THE WHILE COMFORTABLY CLOAKED IN THE PERSONA DESCRIBED IN ONE REVIEW AS "A SIMPLE COUNTRYWOMAN OF PURE AND SPIRITUAL HEART." JUNE CARTER CO-WROTE THE JOHNNY CASH HIT "RING OF FIRE," WHICH ROSE TO NUMBER ONE IN 1963. SHE BECAME JUNE CARTER CASH IN 1968. HER BIOGRAPHERS CREDIT HER WITH HELPING CASH TO REDISCOVER RELIGION AND TO OVERCOME HIS DRUG PROBLEMS. ON SUNDAY JOHNNY CASH ASKED FANS EVERYWHERE TO PRAY FOR JUNE'S RECOVERY.
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JUNE CARTER CASH WAS 73.

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Some 15 high school students involved in a brutal hazing incident outside Chicago now face criminal charges.
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Prosecutors say a dozen girls and three boys will face misdemeanor battery charges, which carry a punishment of up to a year in jail.
They say the students- all 17 and 18- year- olds-- will be charged as adults.
The students are seen on videotape beating up on girls in what was supposed to be a powder puff football game.
Five girls ended up in the hospital.
Meanwhile, the high school has suspended more than 30 students involved in the incident.
Some have filed lawsuits to overturn the suspensions.
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Sources say the U-S is keeping as many as 30- thousand Baath Party officials out of the new government in Iraq.
As the new Iraq begins taking shape, there are still some tiny reminders of the former regime-- hundreds of Iraqi children who became orphans after the war.
Teri Okita has the story.
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TRACK: TWO-YEAR-OLD RIHAB WAS BROUGHT TO THIS BAGHDAD ORPHANAGE LAST YEAR ... AFTER HER MOTHER WAS EXECUTED BY SADDAM HUSSEIN'S REGIME. (nat) LITTLE HASAN WAS BORN IN PRISON, BUT WHEN SADDAM RELEASED HIS MOTHER, SHE LEFT HER BABY HERE ... PROMISING TO RETURN. THAT WAS A YEAR AGO. IN POST-WAR IRAQ, HASAN, RIHAB, AND THESE OTHER LITTLE ORPHANS MAY BE THE MOST VULNERABLE IRAQIS.

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SOT: Before the war, there were

50-orphans here, but relatives came to get most of them when the bombing started. These kids have been left behind ... their parents most likely will not return.
TRACK: MOST ARE LIKE FOUR-YEAR-OLD SABRIN ... ONE PARENT DIED, THE OTHER IS TOO POOR TO CARE FOR HER. THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF ORPHANS ACROSS IRAQ ... 12-HUNDRED IN BAGHDAD ALONE. BUT RELIEF AGENCIES FEAR THOSE NUMBERS WILL JUMP DRAMATICALLY, ESPECIALLY IN CITIES WHERE U-S-IRAQI FIGHTING WAS THE FIERECEST.

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SOT: If you compare it with the other areas, like Basra, like

Karbala, like Najaf, I think many people killed. That means there is many orphans (:11)
TRACK: JUST BEFORE THE WAR STARTED, THESE CHILDREN WERE EVACUATED TO ANOTHER ORPHANAGE. THEIRS WAS DANGEROUSLY CLOSE TO U-S BOMBING TARGETS, LIKE SADDAM'S MAIN PALACE, THE MINISTRY OF INFORMATION, AND BAGHDAD'S POLICE HEADQUARTERS. THE CHILDREN RETURNED SHORTLY AFTER THE WAR, BUT THE ORPHANAGE HAD NO ELECTRICITY OR RUNNING WATER FOR WEEKS.

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TRACK: THE ISLAMIC RELIEF AGENCY SAYS FOREIGN ADOPTION ISN'T AN OPTION FOR CHILDREN WHO'S PARENTS ARE STILL LIVING ... EVEN IF THE PARENTS DON'T CARE FOR THEM. ARAB CULTURE AND LAWS PREVENT IT, AT THIS POINT.
TRACK: WITH NO FAMILY TO TURN TO, THE FUTURE IS UNCERTAIN FOR THESE LITTLE ONES ... AND THE ODDS MAY GET EVEN WORSE ... BECAUSE NOTHING IN IRAQ IS FOR SURE THESE DAYS. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, BAGHDAD.
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Coming up next, Leo will have our weekend forecast,
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Then a little bit later, we'll meet some people who are lucky to be alive after a rocky trip.
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For those who are disabled, enjoying a trip outdoors might not be a day in the park.
But a unique garden in Roanoke is making it easier for the the disabled to enjoy the same outdoor experiences as everyone else. Brent Watts has details.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 50 points. The NASDAQ has dropped 14 points.

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Coming up next on the newscast,
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The Los Angeles Laker's championship streak is over as the Spurs send Shaq and Kobe home in defeat.
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The Los Angeles Lakers will not make it to the N-B-A Finals this season.
The San Antonio Spurs ended the chance of a fourth title for the Lakers last night.
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It was all San Antonio, as they ended the three- time defending NBA champions' reign with a 110- 82 blow out.
The Spurs' main weapon was Tim Duncan.
He scored a game high 37 points, and pulled down 16 rebounds.
Tony Parker was also sharp for San Antonio, as he poured in 27 points on the night.
[SUPER=32-San Antonio/110/L. A. Lakers/82;]The Lakers were led by Shaquille O'Neal's 31 points, but Kobe Bryant was

held to just 20.
The Spurs advance to meet either Dallas or Sacramento in the western finals.
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A Colorado couple went out for a night of gambling, but it wasn't in the cards.
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Instead, they were lucky just to be alive after a boulder came tumbling down a cliff, and landed right on their car as they were driving in the Colorado mountains.
The big rock hit the windshield between the driver's seat and the passenger's seat.
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((FRED TOSSIE/MOTORIST: WELL, I THOUGHT THAT THIS WAS IT BECAUSE I HAD NO IDEA WHETHER THAT THING WAS GOING TO TAKE US TOTALLY OUT OR WHAT. HAD THAT HAD BEEN EITHER TO ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER I DON'T THINK EITHER ONE OF US WOULD BE HERE TODAY. ))
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Tossie got some cuts, and broke his arm, but otherwise he's okay.
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