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A fire at a nursing home in Nashville kills seven residents.
Fire officials say those lives might have been saved if the building would have had a sprinkler system.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And Norfolk Southern is making a deal with some employees in another effort to trim its workforce.
[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Leo]
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Another comfortable day across the area but don't put your jackets to far away because cool weather heads our way over the weekend. I'll have your forecast.
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[ANCHOR=KIM 2-Shot]


News 7 at Noon starts right now...

[Countess]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[TAPE#=03-31 1:52:54]
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The Roanoke woman accused of killing her own mother last year displayed her fragile state of emotions in court this morning.
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[VO-NAT]
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Cindy Gail Countess was the first witness for the defense. Her attorney did not ask anything about the night the defendant's mother died. The lawyers limited their questions to medication Countess had taken. When Countess was asked what drugs she's on now, Countess suffered what SHE called a nervous breakdown.
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[SOT 10:57]
[IN Q=It's a paranoid]

((IT'S A PARANOID THING, BEING IN TROUBLE... SOMETHING I WOULD NEVER DO IN A MILLION YEARS... FOR THE ONE I LOVED SO MUCH, GAVE ME MY LIFE. I'D HAVE GIVEN MY LIFE FOR HER.))
[SUPER=01-Cindy Countess/Defendant]
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[OUT Q=life for her.]
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[VO-NAT]

Up to that point in her testimony, the only references to her mother, Edna Dooley, came from Countess in similar moments of emotional distress.
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[Amherst-Stabbing]


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Authorities in Amherst County have charged a 12-year-old boy with involuntary manslaughter in the fatal stabbing of an eight-year-old.
The victim, Brandon Ryan Thornton, died last week at a Lynchburg Hospital.
The second-grader at Amherst Elementary School suffered a knife wound to the chest. Officials haven't released details about how the stabbing happened.
The 12-year-old was served with the manslaughter petition and appeared in juvenile court yesterday.
He's been released into his parents' custody.

[Norfolk-Southern]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#= #02-43 TC 1:25:34]
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Norfolk Southern is cutting its workforce by asking certain employees to leave of their own accord.
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The Corporation today announced a voluntary seperation program for non-union workers with at least two years of service. In return for their resignation they'll be given severance pay of three weeks for every year of service, free health coverage for a year and assistance finding a new job. The program is designed to increase the company's efficiency. All non-union Norfolk Southern employees are welcome to apply. The company has about 19-hundred workers in Roanoke.
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[Nursing-Home]


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Seven elderly residents are dead, and many others are in critical condition after a fire at a Nashville nursing home.
As Stacy Case reports, because the facility was built in the '60s, it wasn't required to have sprinklers.
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[SOT]
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[SUPER=03-Nashville, TN;]
[SUPER=01-Maryelleen Mayfield/Nursing Home Employee;]
[SUPER=01-Lee Bergeron/Nashville Assistant Fire Chief;]
[SUPER=01-Stacy Case/CBS News;]
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((
PKGE: LOCATOR: NASHVILLE, TN

(NATZ OF BURNING BUILDING)


TRACK: ONE RESCUE WORKER CALLS THIS THE WORST POSSIBLE SCENARIO FOR ANY FIREFIGHTER.... A SIX ALARM BLAZE IN A NASHVILLE NURSING HOME THAT HAD NO SPRINKLERS.

SOT: MARYELLEEN MAYFIELD/NURSING HOME EMPLOYEE (07:12:29)

"Pretty indescribable (sobs) this is not what you want any of your family to ever have to go through."
TRACK: SOME 120 ELDERLY RESIDENTS WERE IN THE BUILDING WHEN THE FIRE BROKE OUT... FIREFIGHTERS RESCUED 70 OF THEM. MANY WERE LOWERED TO SAFETY THROUGH THEIR WINDOWS. BUT SEVEN LOST THEIR LIVES...AND THAT NUMBER COULD GROW.

NAT: sot..


TRACK: A FIRE CHIEF'S 96 YEAR OLD MOTHER WAS ONE OF THE RESIDENTS. THE CHIEF RESPONDED TO THE FIRE ONLY TO LEARN HIS MOTHER HAD DIED. IN ADDITION,...MORE THAN 2 DOZEN RESIDENTS WERE INJURED.

SOT: LEE BERGERON/NASHVILLE FIRE DEPT. ASST. CHIEF

"Three of the 20 that are critical are not doing well, we hope we don't add to this numer."
TRACK: SO FAR, INVESTIGATORS KNOW THE BLAZE STARTED IN A PATIENT'S SECOND FLOOR ROOM, BUT THEY AREN'T READY TO SPECULATE ON HOW IT STARTED.

SOT: BERGERON AGAIN

"This is a multi agency investigation. it's going to take a while."
TRACK: FIRE OFFICIALS ON THE SCENE SAY A SPRINKLER SYSTEM PROBABLY WOULD HAVE SLOWED THE SPREAD OF FIRE AND SMOKE, HOWEVER A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NURSING HOME SAID THE BUILDING MET ALL APPLICABLE FIRE CODES. STACY CASE, CBS NEWS
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Meanwhile, firefighters have been out since early this morning battling a gas pipeline fire in Illinois.
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Just before sunrise, flames could be seen shooting into the sky for miles.
The blaze broke out at the Phillips Petroleum refinery, which is located just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis.
Authorities say a propane pipeline apparently ruptured, touching off the inferno.
Firefighters are pumping water out of nearby reservoirs to battle the blaze.
No injuries have been reported, and no homes in the area appear to be threatened by the flames.
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[Japan-Quake]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Experts say the damage from today's earthquake in northern Japan could have been a lot worse.
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[SUPER=03-Hokkaido, Japan;]


The U- S Geological Survey says the magnitude- eight earthquake was the strongest the world has seen in more than two years.
More than 300 people were injured and two fishermen are missing, believed swept away by ocean waves.
The earthquake also cracked roads, capsized fishing boats, and knocked out power.
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[Hurricane-Relief]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-41 TC08:27]
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A week after Hurricane Isabel pelted much of the state with high winds and heavy rain.
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[VO-NAT]
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Now Governor Warner is asking Virginians to donate items to help Isabel's victims.
Relief organizations say what they need most are canned foods and beverages, cleaning supplies, toiletries, and paper goods.
One place you can drop off donations is the second harvest food bank in Roanoke.
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[IN Q=We'll be collecting]

((PAM IRVINE/SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA HARVEST FOOD BANK: WE'LL BE COLLECTING UNTIL THE NEED IS OVER. WE WOULD LIKE TO GET A TRUCK LOAD WHICH IS USUALLY 40-THOUSAND POUNDS. WE WILL STORE IT HERE UNTIL WE GET WORD TO MOVE IT. IF WE NEED TO MOVE INTO SEVERAL SHIPMENTS WE WILL DO THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Pam Irvine/Southwestern Virginia Harvest Food Bank; ]
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[VO-NAT]


You are discouraged from donating perishable items or clothing.
You can drop off supplies 8:30 to 4 PM Monday through Friday at the second harvest food bank on Shenandoah Avenue in Roanoke.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=HOLD]


Other drop off sites include the Lynchburg Area Food Bank, the Sonrise Food Bank in Hillsville, and the second harvest food bank in Covington.

[Do-Not-Call]


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The national "Do Not Call" list is on hold again--
As Jennifer Donelan tells us, the free speech issue is now the one causing all the interference.
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[SUPER=01-Jennifer Donelan/CBS News;]
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((

Nat sot ringing.

IT'S STRIKE TWO FOR THE NATIONAL DO NOT CALL LIST.

FOR THE SECOND TIME IN 48 HOURS, A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS BLOCKED THE GOVERNMENT'S ATTEMPT TO STOP UNWANTED PHONE CALLS FROM TELEMARKETERS.
THIS LATEST RULING SAYS THE LIST VIOLATES FREE SPEECH....BECAUSE THE DO NOT CALL LIST ....DOES NOT APPLY TO NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.
AND BECAUSE IT'S NOW AN ISSUE FOR THE COURTS......CONGRESS APPEARS TO BE OUT OF THE GAME OR AT LEAST WATCHING IT FROM THE BENCH FOR NOW.

nat sot congress


THE WHOLE ISSUE HAS BEEN ANYTHING BUT ON HOLD THIS WEEK.. WITH SPEED .... RARELY SEEN, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, IN BOTH HOUSES, stepped UP TO THE PLATE AFTER A FEDERAL JUDGE RULED THAT THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION DIDN'T HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO ENFORCE THE LIST.
SO ON THURSDAY CONGRESS THREW THE COURTS A CURVE BALL AND GAVE THE F-T-C THE POWER TO RUN WITH IT.
THEN CAME THE CLINCHER...MINUTES LATER A FEDERAL COURT SAID THE LIST WAS STILL A NO- GO.. ......AND IT'S NOT FOR CONGRESS TO DECIDE WHAT CONSUMERS CAN AND CANNOT HEAR.
50 MILLION SIGNED UP FOR THE LIST AND EXPECTED TELEMARKETERS TO STOP RINGING THEM AT HOME NEXT WEDNESDAY...BUT IT APPEARS DO NOT CALL IS ON A LOSING STREAK... FOR NOW. AND THE BUSINESS OF SELLING OVER THE TELEPHONE HAS TAKEN THE LEAD.
STANDUP: TO COME: SO WHAT'S NEXT.... JENNIFER DONELAN CBS NEWS WASHINGTON ))
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Coming up next on the newscast, an American writer who was always willing to take chances has passed away.
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[VO-NAT ]

Also the music world is mourning the death of singer Robert Palmer.
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[Grundy-Shootings]


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A grand jury in Buchanan County will consider capital murder charges against the former student charged in last year's fatal shootings at the Appalachian School of Law.
A district court judge certified three capital charges against Peter Odighizuwa this morning after a preliminary hearing.
The defendant also faces three attempted murder counts, and several firearms charges.
Odighizuwa is accused of shooting and killing three people at the Grundy school in January of 2002.

[Palmer]


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He soared to pop stardom in the late '80s with his upbeat songs and slick videos.
Singer Robert Palmer died this morning of a heart attack.
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[VO-NAT]


This song was on his recent album, "Drive," but Palmer was best known for hits like "Addicted to Love" and "Simply Irresistible."
Also in the '80s, Palmer formed a group called Power Station with two members of the group, Duran Duran, scoring three top- 10 hits.
His manager says Palmer was in Paris this week, on a two-day break following a T-V appearance in Britain.
Palmer was planning to head home to Switzerland, where he'd lived for the past 16 years.
Robert Palmer was 54.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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And word came late this morning that writer George Plimpton has died.
Plimpton was best known for his work, "Paper Lion."
In it he wrote about trying to make the Detroit Lions as a 36 year old rookie quarterback.
A longtime friend says Plimpton died last night at the age of 76.

[Cancer-Kid]


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The Utah parents who were charged with kidnapping their own son to keep him from undergoing chemotherapy for a rare form of cancer now claim the boy is cancer- free.
They say the best medicine for their son is to be left alone.
Debbie Worthen reports.
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[SUPER=01-Parker Jensen/Cancer Patient; :04]
[SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT; :16]
[SUPER=02-Daren Jensen/Parker's Father; :40]
[SUPER=01-Carol Cisco/Division of Child and Family Services; :56]
[SUPER=01-Mollie McDonald/Child Advocate; 1:02]
[SUPER=01-Ione Ward/Neighbor; 1:37 quick]
[SUPER=01-Don Brower/Neighbor; 1:41]
[SUPER=01-Debbie Worthen/Reporting; 1:58]
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SCRIPT
parker jensen i know you're all interested in hearing the reults of my test. and the results are they dind't find any cancer at all and the state of utah needs to leave us alone.
A STRONG STATEMENT FROM 12-YEAR OLD PARKER JENSEN HIMSELF. LAST APRIL, THREE DOCTORS LOOKED AT A TISSUE SAMPLE AND AGREED THE 12-YEAR OLD NEEDED CHEMOTHERAPY WITHIN 7-TO 10 DAYS FOR A RARE FORM OF DEADLY CANCER. THAT'S WHEN THE BATTLE BEGAN. THE JENSENS TOOK THEIR SON ON THE RUN SAYING THEY WANTED AN INDEPENDENT TEST BY A DOCTOR OF THEIR CHOICE. AFTER A LEGAL WRANGLING THEY GOT THAT. NOW THEY SAY THIS IS PROOF THEIR SON IS CANCER FREE.
DAREN JENSEN
they're all negative.
here's the mri. no evidence of anything.
DAREN JENSEN SAYS NEW TESTS TAKEN AT AN IDAHO HOSPITAL ARE IN AND THEY'RE ALL NEGATIVE. THE STATE OF UTAH ISN'T SO SURE.
carol cisco/division of child and family services all the doctor told us is that he has additional information and he would really like to talk to the jensens.
mollie mcdonald/guardian ad litum i think the only thing we can say today is that dr.. johnston has been trying to contact the jensens.
THE JENSENS SAY THEY HAVE NO IMMEDIATE NEED TO TALK TO THEIR SONS DOCTOR UNTIL AN APPOINTMENT NEXT WEEK. AND SAY IF HE'S A GOOD DOCTOR HE WILL NOT RECOMMEND CHEMOTHERAPY.
darren jensen if he's a man of integrity, he will go by what the tests say and not by what some piece of tissue said months ago.
nats playing football
WHILE A PHONE CALL FROM THE DOCTOR MAY OR MAY NOT BURST THIS BUBBLE, THIS NIGHT AT THE JENSENS IS A CELEBRATION AND NEIGHBORS ARE GLAD.
ione ward/neighbor what mother would not fight to do what they thought was right for their child?
don brower/neighbor it's a hard thing. i've known these people for years and they're normal people.
EVEN WITH THE NEW TESTS... THE JENSENS SAY THE FIGHT IS FAR FROM OVER.
daren jensen whether it's alternative treatment or whether it's through any other hospital it's our choice. not the states.
THE JENSENS STILL FACE KIDNAPPING CHARGES. CHARGES THEY SAY THEY WILL FIGHT IF IT TAKES EVERYTHING THEY HAVE. ALREADY, IT'S BEEN A TOUGH BATTLE EMOTIONALLY AND FINANCIALLY. DAREN JENSEN LOST HIS JOB DURING THIS ORDEAL... YOU CAN SEE THEIR HOUSE IS UP FOR SALE. FOR THE EARLY SHOW. DEBBIE WORTHEN. CBS NEWS.))

[Iraq]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
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An American soldier has been killed and two others wounded during an ambush attack in northern Iraq.
The U-S military says it happened late last night, when someone fired a rocket- propelled grenade at the soldiers' vehicle.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD;]


Meanwhile, some luckier U-S troops are getting a much needed break from the war zone.
Nearly 200 soldiers arrived this morning in Baltimore.
It's the first wave of a massive relief effort by the military to get those deployed in Iraq a chance to catch some rest at home with their families.
Soldiers serving a year-long tour of duty are entitled to two weeks vacation.
When their two weeks are up, they'll head back to Iraq.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Coming up next, Leo will have our detailed weekend forecast.
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[VO-NAT ]

Plus we'll tell you how the people of eastern Virginia are proving they are NOT fair weather friends.
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[Fair-Isabel]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-29 TC2:00:23]
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Even though many people are still recovering from Hurricane Isabel, it has not been enough to dampen enthusiasm for this year's Virginia State Fair in Richmond.
Meghan Muldoon has more.
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[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF PIG RACES]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jay Lugar/Virginia State Fair Marketing; :32]
[SUPER=01-Anne Baker/Arts and Crafts Hall; :59]
[SUPER=@Meghan1; 1:31]
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[OUT Q= News 7, Richmond.]

(( NAT SOUND PIG RACES
Not even a hurricane can stop these pigs
The swine races are a popular event at the Virginia State Fair.
As is the petting zoo and the rides.
But this year, you are likely to find just as many people at the new FEMA booth as at the new West Texas Rattlesnake Show.
Isabel may have closed down parts of the state, but the fair opened as scheduled.
And is drawing large crowds, because children in the area don't have school and their parents don't have power.
[SOT :00:56]

((JAY LUGAR/VA STATE FAIR: PEOPLE ARE READY FOR A BREAK AND THE STATE FAIR IS HERE AND OPEN A GOOD PLACE TO OFFER A RESPITE FROM THE TOUGH WEEK EVERY ONE HAS HAD.)) [RUNS:11]
But like many Virginians, the fair still felt the effects of Isabel.
Many buildings at the fairgrounds were without power until yesterday so judging was done by flashlights.
And unlike previous years, the exhibit hall is displaying a special hurricane section.
[SOT 16:11:40]

((ANNE BAKER/MGR, EXHIBIT HALL: THESE ARE THINGS RECEIVED AFTER HURRICANE, THEY COULDN'T GET IN TIME FOR THE JUDGING LAST SUNDAY WE WE WILL BE JUDGING THEM SEPARATELY AND THEN AWARDING THEM THE ISABEL AWARD, FIRST, SECOND THIRD AND BEST IN SHOW.)) [RUNS:15]
The fair is also offering a service to the thousands of Virginians whose cars got in the way of Isabel and falling trees.
[SOT :01:50]

((JAY LUGAR: YOU CAN ENTER THE DEMOLITION DERBY AND BRING YOUR DAMAGED CAR AND ENTER IT IN THE DEMO DERBY SO ITS A LOT OF FUN.)) [RUNS:09]
[OUT Q=SO ITS A LOT OF FUN.]


While most fairgoers are here to get away from it all, for the thousands of Virginians without electricity this 1861 Confederate Camp may be alittle too close to home.
Meghan Muldoon, News 7, Richmond))
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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 11 points. The NASDAQ has lost seven.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

Up next in the newscast, Friday Football Extra reaches the midway point.
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[VO-NAT ]

And the Falcons may have to be without Mike Vick longer than expected.
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[S-Vick]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-150 1:06:41]
[GRAPHIC=Micheal Vick]

Falcons quarterback Michael Vick will not be back this Sunday, and he doesn't know when he will return.
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[OUT Q=......I won't come back"]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA; :00]


Vick has been lifting weights since breaking his leg-- with a focus on recovery.
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[S-FFE]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-154 3719TC]
[GRAPHIC=FFE]

Tonight's fifth edition of Friday Football Extra marks the midway point of the season.
One key matchup we are covering sees E-C Glass heading to Pulaski for a 7:30 kickoff.
Here is a complete look at where your favorite school is playing tonight.
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