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More than 250 homes have gone up in flames, as firefighters struggle to get the upper hand on a wildfire in Arizona.


So far, the blaze has burned more than three- thousand acres near Tucson.
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[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]


And the Commonwealth may take some heat over a shortage of state funding for higher education.





[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Leo]
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After a few heavy downpours this morning things are beginning to look up. I'll have your weekend forecast.
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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[Financial-Aid]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=net]
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The cost of higher education may be going up in Virginia, but state funding is not.
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[vo-nat]
[SUPER=@file]

The General Assembly's goal is for the state to cover half of the estimated student need. A report released yesterday found that financial aid money for the budget year that starts at the beginning of next month will only cover about 36-percent of the demand. The study also found that the average cost at a four year school for undergraduates will be nearly eleven-thousand dollars for the upcoming year.
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[11Kilgore-ACC]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-14 TC3:52:42]
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The possibility of Virginia Tech getting a bid to the ACC could get a little messy with the looming lawsuit. Attorney General Jerry Kilgore says the battle will likely be in the courtroom before the football field.
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[SUPER=03-Washington, DC/June 4]


Two weeks ago, Virginia Tech filed a lawsuit against the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Now the Hokies may join that organization.
Kilgore says there will be legal matters to address no matter what Tech decides.
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[SOT 11:00:38]
[IN Q=IF THE PRESS REPORTS ARE ALL]

((ATTORNEY GENERAL JERRY KILGORE: IF THE PRESS REPORTS ARE ALL TRUE THERE WILL BE LEGAL ISSUES THAT HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH ARISING FROM THE LAWSUIT FILED IN CONNECTICUT, ARISING FROM OTHER ISSUES AS TECH OR UVA WILL GO FOWARD INTO A NEWLY DEVELOPED CONFERENCE.))
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Kilgore says his office is advising Virginia Tech of all their legal options.
But he says the final decision rests with Tech's Board of Visitors.
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[AM-Athletes-Grades]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-29 TC 6:13]
[GRAPHIC=none]

The Pittsylvania County school board is looking into whether student athletes should be held to a tougher academic standard.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./File Tape]


Currently, the county requires student athletes to pass three classes the previous semester in order to be on a team.
One school board member is proposing that students now be required to pass all four subjects.
The students would also have to have fewer than two behavioral office referrals.
But the majority of people who spoke at a forum last night believe changing the rules would do more harm than good.


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[SOT 3:42:27; 3:34:56]
[IN Q=I believe one of the adverse]

((PATRICK TOUART/TEACHER: I BELIEVE ONE OF THE ADVERSE IMPACTS OF THIS PROPOSAL IS IT COULD INCREASE THE DROP OUT RATE AMONGST ATHLETES AS MANY OF THE STUDENTS ATHLETICS SERVES AS A MOTIVATIONAL FORCE FOR THEM TO REMAIN IN SCHOOL AND CERTAINLY SCHOOL PROGRAMS.)) ((DR. JERRY WEBB/SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS: IT'S NOT A QUESTION OF WHAT IS ONE RIGHT AND ONE WRONG WE WANT TO BE SURE WHAT WE DO IS REFLECTIVE OF THE SENTIMENTS OF OUR COMMUNITY.))
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[SUPER=01-Jerry Webb/Pittsylvania Co. Superintendent; :17]
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The school board must now decide whether changes need to made or should the requirements remain the same.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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There is no indication when the board may vote, but it should come soon because if changes are made they would go into effect for the next school year.


[Serial-Killer]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


D-N-A has linked a sixth victim to a serial killer in Louisiana.
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21- year- old L-S-U graduate student Geralyn DeSoto was found stabbed and beaten to death in her home in January of last year.
Investigators say the woman's cell phone was missing.
Other victims of the serial killer had personal items missing, as well.
DNA evidence has linked DeSoto's murder to the murders of five other women.
Suspect Derrick Todd Lee is currently in custody, awaiting trial in the killings.
Police in Louisiana are also looking at other unsolved murders for a possible connection to Lee.
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[Wildfires]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Wildfires]


Mother Nature isn't making life any easier for firefighters in Arizona.
High winds are hampering efforts to stop a wildfire that's already ravaged hundreds of acres in a mountainous area north of Tucson.
Chris Lawrence has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Chris Lawrence/CBS News;]
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((
HUGE PLUMES OF SMOKE MASK THE DESTRUCTION BELOW.... -- AS A RAGING INFERNO RACES ACROSS A RESORT TOWN NEAR TUCSON.

(nats...fire)

IT'S HOT -- IT'S INTENSE....AND IT'S GETTING BIGGER BY THE MINUTE.

SOT - FIREFIGHTER - (too fast to font)

"This fire could go anywhere it wants." AND IT HAS.....
DRIVEN BY 60 MILE PER HOUR WINDS AND FUELED BY THOUSANDS OF BONE DRY TREES....THE WILDFIRE ROARED THROUGH THE TOWN SUMMERHAVEN. NOW IN ITS SECOND DAY OF DESTRUCTION -- THE ASPEN FIRE HAS DESTROYED HALF THE COMMUNITY -- MORE THAN 250 HOMES BURNED DOWN OVERNIGHT.

SOT - RESIDENT - NO CG

"We were trying to get as much stuff as we could and now the thought of everything burned down is really upsetting."

(more nats)

OVER 600 FIREFIGHTERS ARE BATTLING THE BLAZE.... ALONG WITH AIR TANKERS AND HELICOPTERS. THE FIRE IS ENGULFING EVERYTHING IN ITS PATH -- WIPING OUT AN AREA THAT DEPENDS ON TOURIST DOLLARS TO SURVIVE.

SOT MOS/RESIDENT -

"I don't know if the shop is even there and if there's even a job to go back to."
FIREFIGHTERS SAY THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO SAVE NEARLY A HUNDRED HOMES, BUT THE FAST MOVING BLAZE IS NOW THREATENING HUNDREDS MORE.

SOT - MOS/RESIDENT -

"We're just hoping and praying a little bit that maybe our house was spared."
THE FIRE JUMPED A NARROW MOUNTAIN TRAIL THAT HAD BEEN THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE. CREWS ARE NOW PLOTTING THEIR COUNTER-ATTACK TO CONTAIN THE FURIOUS FLAMES.
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OFFICIALS ARE PESSIMISTIC THAT THE WEATHER WILL BE MUCH OF A HELP. HIGH WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY ARE EXPECTED HERE FOR SEVERAL DAYS. CL...CBS NEWS.. ))[WX-Tease] ((KIM TOSS TO LEO)) [6/20/2003]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Colin Powell hopes to get things moving on the "road map" for peace -
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[VO-NAT ]

And and Virginia drivers will soon have a new, historical choice when they hit the road.
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[Iraq]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=After Saddam]


New efforts are reportedly under way to find Saddam Hussein.
"The New York Times" reports American intelligence officials now believe Saddam is probably still alive and in Iraq.

Sources tell the Times that the recent intelligence has re- intensified the search for Saddam and his two sons.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Near Baghdad, Iraq;]


Meanwhile, the series of attacks against U-S soldiers in Iraq continues.
Today a grenade attack killed yet another soldier and wounded two others.
Officials say the attacks are taking a toll on all U-S soldiers.
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More than 40 U-S soldiers have been killed since President Bush declared that major combat in the war was over.
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[Middle-East]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
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In the Middle East, U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell says negotiating a truce with the militant group Hamas is NOT enough.
He's calling on the Palestinian Prime Minister to strip the group of its terror network.
Aleen Sirgany has more on the latest attempt to find peace.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Jericho, West Bank;]
[SUPER=01-Colin Powell/U. S. Secretary of State;]
[SUPER=01-Ariel Sharon/Israeli Prime Minister;]
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(( HOPING TO SALVAGE THE U.S ROADMAP TO PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST, SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL IS IN THE REGION WITH STRONG MESSAGES FOR THE ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS. ....DELIVERED IN PERSON.

(SOT)COLIN POWELL/SECRETARY OF STATE

TC9:36:50 NONE OF THIS IS EASY, BOTH SIDES NEED TO MAKE DECISIONS AND TAKE STEPS.
STEP ONE.POWELL SAYS THE PALESTINIANS ABSOLUTELY MUST STOP THE KILLINGS. HE DENOUNCED HAMAS AS QUOTE AN ENEMY OF PEACE. AND WHEN HE MET WITH PALESTINIAN PRIME MINISTER MAHMOUD ABBAS TODAY, HE WARNED THE PALESTINIANS MUST DO MORE THAN SIMPLY NEGOTIATE A TRUCE.

(SOT)9:37:07

VIOLENCE AND TERROR IS NOT THE WAY TO BUILD A STATE.
ABBAS AGREED BUT ALSO ARGUED THE ISRAELIS ARENT EXACTLY M AKING IT EASY TO BUILD THAT STATE. HES DEMANDING THAT ISRAEL EASE THE RESTRICTIONS ON THE PALESTINIANS AND STOP SETTLEMENT BUILDING. ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER ARIEL SHARON SAID THE PALESTINIANS ARE THE ONES WHO NEED TO STOP WHAT THEYRE DOINGAND HE WARNED AS LONG AS THE VIOLENCE CONTINUES THERE WILL BE NO PROGRESS.

(SOT)ARIEL SHARON/ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER6:24:41 As long as they have...a

commitment to terror and violence and a desire to destroy the state of Israel, I think this is a problem we have to deal with in its entirety
EVEN WITH THESE LATEST EFFORTS TO FIX THE ROADMAP TO PEACE, THERE WAS MORE VIOLENCE IN THE REGION TODAY. PALESTINIAN GUNMEN OPENED FIRE IN THE WEST BANK KILLING AT LEAST ONE ISRAELI AND WOUNDING THREE OTHERS. .

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SINCE THE MIDEAST PEACE SUMMIT TWO WEEKS AGO, 27 ISRAELIS AND 40 PALESTINIANS HAVE BEEN KILLED. ALEEN SIRGANY, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON. ))

[Cheney-Richmond]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Cheney]


Vice President Dick Cheney is heading to Richmond for a campaign fund-raiser next week. Organizers hope Monday's event at the Jefferson Hotel will raise half a million dollars for the Bush-Cheney re-election effort. Tickets are one-thousand dollars each.



[License-Plates]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=cda]
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[GRAPHIC=DMV - new plates]


After a long haul plans for a new historical license plate are finally on track.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

The National Railway Historical Society has been promoting a new plate highlighting the area's rail history. The tag features a graphic of the 6-11 steam engine that was built in Roanoke.
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[IN Q= Well, I just wanted]

((BILL ARNOLD/NATIONAL RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY: WELL, I JUST WANTED THE PEOPLE IN THE VIEWING AREA OF CHANNEL 7 TO KNOW THAT WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED OUR CAMPAIGN TO SECURE SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS FOR THE NEW J 6-11 LICENSE PLATE VIRGINIA RAILWAY HERITAGE PLATE.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Arnold/National Railway Historical Society;]
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[OUT Q=Virginia Railway Heritage Plate]
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[VO-NAT]

Individuals who ordered plates can expect delivery in a few months. Everyone will have the opportunity to purchase the plate from DMV after September.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

Coming up - Muggles are counting the minutes until the latest Harry Potter book hits the shelves -
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[VO-NAT ]

And Tom Cruise is honored for his role in promoting literacy.
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[Harry-Potter]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jwa]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Bookstores around the world will be open late tonight.
All because of a boy named Harry.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-London]


Harry Potter that is.
At midnight, the fifth in the magical series goes on sale.
More than eight MILLION copies of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" have been printed.
The books are about a child wizard that teams with his friends to fight the forces of evil at his boarding school.

Whatever its literary merit, the Potter books are a hit at bookstores.
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[IN Q=We're expecting obviously]

((DAVID MEEKINGS/HAMLEY'S: WE'RE EXPECTING A BIG UPLIFT THIS WEEKEND WITH THE RELEASE OF THE NEW BOOK BUT WE'VE BEEN VERY HAPPY WITH THE SALES OF HARRY POTTER EVER SINCE WE PUT THE DEPARTMENT IN ABOUT 18 MONTHS AGO. SO A VERY GOOD BRAND FOR US.))
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[VO-NAT]


The Potter series sent author J.K. Rowling from rags to riches.
A recent survey estimated her wealth at 450-MILLION dollars, making her wealthier than Queen Elizabeth.
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[Tom-Cruise]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Hollywood heartthrob Tom Cruise and his actress girlfriend, Penelope Cruz strolled down the red carpet last night, but it wasn't for a movie premiere.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


Tom Cruise was honored with an award for "Excellence in Mentoring" for his role in founding the Hollywood Education and Literacy Project.
It delivers one- one- one tutoring and mentoring for students and their families, as well as training for volunteers.

Cruise says his decision to work with a mentoring program was a personal one.
Years ago, he was diagnosed with dyslexia.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly 2-Shot]
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Stocks are on the rise on Wall Street today - at noon the Dow gained 76 points. The Nasdaq is up 2 points


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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

coming up in sports.. Travis Wells tells us how close the Hokies may be to becoming a part of the A-C-C...
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[VO-NAT ]

and the horse show kicks off with some youngsters riding horses of their own.
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[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-147 TC15112]
[GRAPHIC=ACC/Big East]


Virginia Tech maintains that it has NOT been invited to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.
But as Travis Wells explains, the Hokies may be closer to Tobacco Road than they're letting on.
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[S-Stick]


[ANCHOR=kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-149 1:21:30]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The Roanoke Valley Horse Show is not just for the SERIOUS competitor.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]


Last night, the kids took center ring at the Salem Civic Center in the annual stick horse competition.
Cowgirls and cowboys put on their best threads and hats, and trotted for fans and parents.
Around 35 youngsters participated, and the best thing about it, everybody wins, each stick horse rider gets a ribbon.

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[Prince-William]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


He's next in line to be king, and is considered one of the world's most eligible bachelors.
But Britain's Prince William officially comes of age tomorrow, when he celebrates his 21st birthday.
Tom Fenton has a preview.
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[SUPER=03-London, England; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tom Fenton/CBS News; 2:24]
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