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A Salem plant is closing.
Police prepare for trouble at N-B-C studios as it gets ready to interview O-J Simpson.
And John Bobbitt tries to patch things up with his wife.
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More gorgeous weather follows us through mid-week, and Roxanne continues to drop heavy rain across the Yucatan Pennisula. Stay tuned for all the latest.
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Don't go away.
The News is next.

Sara-Lee


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#95-75
GRAPHIC=sara lee knit products


A plan to realign manufacturing operations at Sara Lee Hosiery will close a distribution center in Salem by July of next year.
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The facility on Intervale Drive employs 132 people.
Sara Lee has decided to combine hosiery finishing and distribution operations at a facility in Florence, South Carolina, and the Salem employees will have an opportunity to transfer there.
Workers who decide not to move will receive a severance and benefits package based on their years of service.
The company is also promising job placement and other employee assistance.
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Roanoke-abduction


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=KHu
TAPE# editnone
GRAPHIC=none


The car taken from a Roanoke woman over the weekend has turned up in Massachusetts.
The 19-92 dark red Oldsmobile was spotted in Boston last night.
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State Police say the man found asleep in the car matches the description of the man who abducted the 86-year old victim at Towers Mall Saturday.
They say the suspect refused to produce an I-D, became violent and was arrested on a weapons charge.
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Police won't name the elderly victim who was abducted, tied up with neck ties and left in the woods in Amherst County.

Simpson


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=MEL
TAPE# net
GRAPHIC=simpson


Controversy swirls around N-B-C News today as it prepares to air a live interview with O-J Simpson.
Some companies have pulled ads from the Network and the National Organization for Women plans a demonstration during the broadcast.
Police are also planning to tighten security around N-B-C's Burbank studios.
James Hattori has more.
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(( NBC'S decision to broadcast a live interview with O-J Simpson tonight has created a firestorm of controversy.
Protestors have inundated NBC with phone calls.. and women's groups have vowed to picket the network's studio.
The head of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women calls the decision an outrage:
TAMMY BRUCE, NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN: WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO HEAR.. I LOVED HER.. I DIDN'T KILL HER.. OR I LOVED MY CHILDREN.. I HATED JAIL.. WHAT IS THAT ABOUT NEWS.. THIS IS SENSATIONSLISM.. IT'S EXPLOITATIVE.."
The appearance will mark Simpson's first extensive public questioning since his acquittal.
Lead defense attorney Johnnie Cochran..appearing on a Los Angeles radio talkshow..said the interview will give Simpson a chance to answer lingering questions..but Cochran acknowledges some people's opinions will never be changed.
JOHNNIE COCHRAN, SIMPSON ATTORNEY: HE'LL BE VERY COMPELLING AND VERY PERSUASIVE, BUT I THINK THAT THOSE WHO HAVE AN AGENDA...IT'S GOING TO BE VERY HARD TO REACH THEM. AND I HOPE THAT HE CAN.
But already there's an anti O-J backlash in the offing.. Star magazine was flooded with angry phone calls for printing photos from Simpson's post trial celebration..some stores are even refusing to sell the magazine..NBC is also expecting to take some flak from viewers...and those who say they'll refuse to tune in.
THIS INTERVIEW WILL BE BASED ON A TRAGEDY THAT SHOULD BE LET ALONE..."
I DON'T THINK NBC SHOULD ALLOW IT.. I THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE STAYED OUT AND FORGET OJ..>>."
Aware of the sensitivity.. NBC announced it will not air any commercials during tonight's Simpson appearance, however commercials immediately before and after the segment have jumped in price to as high as 600- thousand dollars per spot..James Hattori. CBS NEWS LA.))

Menendez


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE# net
GRAPHIC=none


In fallout from the Simpson case, there will be NO cameras allowed at the Menendez brothers retrial.
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Opening statements begin today.
Eric and Lyle are accused of killing their parents in 19-89 at their Beverly Hills mansion.
In their first trial two years ago they had separate juries and both panels could not reach a verdict.
This time there will be one jury.
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Selena


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE# net
GRAPHIC=none
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SUPER=03-Houston, TX;


Opening remarks also begin today in the trial of the woman accused of murdering pop star Selena.
Thirty-five year old Yolanda Sal-divar is the former president of Selena's fan club.
She's accused of fatally shooting the Grammy Award-winning artist at a Corpus Christi motel last March.
Defense attorneys will try to show the shooting was an accident.
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amtrak


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE# Edit from Net C
GRAPHIC=amtrak derailment


The F-B-I has some 100 agents at the site of Monday's Amtrak derailment in Arizona that killed one and injured dozens.
That makes it one of the biggest crime scene probes in bureau history, second only to the Oklahoma City bombing.
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A letter found on the scene was signed "Sons of the Gestapo," raising fears the sabotage was the work of anti-government extremists.
Federal investigators have broadened their search to cover a mile square area surrounding the crash.
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They are not commenting on another incident that happened in Phoenix, a day after the train derailment.
A truck driver said he woke up to see something suspicious.
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((BURT JOHNSON/TRUCKER: I HEARD SOME TYPE OF NOISE AND RAN OUT TO SEE A COUPLE OF SUSPICIOUS LOOKING PEOPLE CARRYING SOMETHING HEAVY TOWARDS THE TRACKS.))
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By the time the police got there the two men were gone, but the F-B-I did find a large tool on the tracks.
Amtrak says it could have caused a derailment.
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Still to come, a multi-million dollar slander suit is filed against a dog groomer and a Roanoke T-V station,
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and some low-income residents in Roanoke are in the dark about why their power's been cut off.
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pitts-murder


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tha
TAPE#95-79
GRAPHIC=Murder


A man serving time in a South Carolina prison on a firearms charge has been charged with ANOTHER crime -- a murder in Pittsylvania County.
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42- year old Thomas Alvin Martin, formerly of Danville, was taken to the Chatham jail last night.
He is accused of killing 41- year old Paul Nathaniel Deshazo of Ringgold.
Police discovered Deshazo's car burning on September 7th, 1990-- near
(Bras-ville) Brosville.


Six days later Deshazo's body was discovered nearby.
Authorities say he'd been shot several times.
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((HAROLD PLASTER/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF: THE STATE POLICE WITH THE ASSISTANCE FROM PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REALLY CONDUCTED A FIVE YEAR INVESTIGATION OF THIS AND MY HATS TO THE STATE POLICE AND TO ALL THE OFFICERS WHO WORKED ON THIS, TO BREAK A CASE THIS OLD AND NOW BE ABLE TO PUT SOMEONE IN JAIL FOR IT. J. R. RUHLAND/VA. STATE POLICE: ANYTIME THAT YOU HAVE A CASE THAT GOES OVER THIS PERIOD OF TIME, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH YOUR WITNESSES REMEMBERING WHAT HAD OCCURRED THE NIGHT OF THE OFFENCE BUT ONCE YOU GET EVERYONE TOGETHER AND THE INTERVIEWS TAKE PLACE THEN YOU KIND OF TICKLE THEIR MEMORY AND THEY CAN REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED.))
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Police are NOT elaborating on what led to the arrest.

Puppyland


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=rjo
TAPE# 95-81
GRAPHIC=lawsuit


The owner of a Roanoke dog grooming business is suing a former employee and Roanoke television station W-S-L-S for 16-MILLION dollars.
The former worker accused Puppyland owner Chris Benson of ABUSING his customers' pets.
But Benson says he was slandered.
Ron Jones has the story.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00
SUPER=01-Chris Benson/Puppyland Owner; :19
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(( Chris Benson opened Puppyland in 1971.
Last month he was accused by a former employee of abusing and killing his client's pets.
Former employee, Amy Martin, says she witnessed the abuse for two and a half years.
Benson denies the accusations and says Martin is just a disgruntled employee trying to ruin him.
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((CHRIS BENSON/PUPPYLAND OWNER: APPARENTLY SHE'S GOT AN AX TO GRIND WITH ME AND THIS IS WHAT'S HAPPENED.))
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Benson says the friction began when he discovered Martin gave his customer list to a competitor.
He says when he asked her about it-- she walked off the job and went to work for that competitor.
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((AMY MARTIN/FORMER EMPLOYEE: WELL, THAT'S NOT TRUE, THE DAY I ENDED UP QUITTING THERE I LEFT EARLY AND HE CALLED ME AT HOME AND WE GOT INTO IT OVER THE PHONE. I QUIT AT THE MOMENT, I DID NOT PLAN IT SO I HAD NO CHANCE OF GETTING ANY OF THE FILES.))
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Martin sticks with her story that Benson abused the animals.
Benson is now suing Martin for slander. Also named in the lawsuit are W-S-L-S, and reporter Kris Lloyd.
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But are the charges true?
We spoke with someone who says her dog did die at Puppyland. But we also spoke with those who were pleased with the service.
Benson's attorney accuses W-S-L-S of jumping the gun without getting all the facts.
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((BARRY M. TATEL/PUPPYLAND ATTORNEY: AS A RESULT OF THOSE NEWS BROADCAST MR. BENSON AND PUPPYLAND HAS SUFFERED IRREPARABLE DAMAGE TO THEIR REPUTATION, TO THEIR BUSINESS, TO THEIR STANDING IN THE COMMUNITY.))
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Animal Control Officers say their investigation of Puppyland is still ongoing.
Amy Martin refuses to comment on the law suit and W-S-L-S officials says they may respond at a later date.
And Puppyland's attorneys say they'll seek the truth in court.
Ron Jones, News Seven, Roanoke.))

Justice-House


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=spr
TAPE# 95-82
GRAPHIC=NONE


Some low-income Roanokers are feeling powerless now that their electricity has been cut-off.
Residents of the Justice House
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are WITHOUT power because the bills have NOT been paid.
About 50 people live at the Justice House... and that includes children and infants.
Many of the adults are on fixed incomes, and buy their groceries only at the beginning of the month.
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((JODY MATCHETT/JUSTICE HOUSE RESIDENT: WE HAVE NO ELECTRICITY OR NOTHING. THERE'S PEOPLE HERE ON DISABILITY AND WHEELCHAIRS AND PEOPLE THAT HAVE KIDS. THEY'RE GOING TO LOSE THEIR FOOD AND EVERYTHING. ))
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Appalachian Power would NOT comment on whether the electricity would be restored, but a spokesman did say the account was delinquent.
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L'burg-Council


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#95-89
GRAPHIC=LYNCHBURG SEAL


If you improve it, they will come.
That's what Lynchburg city officials are hoping now that they've okayed a plan to clean up the city's riverfront.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
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(( Admittedly, Lynchburg's riverfront area isn't much to look at now, but that should all change within the next few years.
City Council Tuesday night approved the "Riverfront Master Plan" which will put bike trails, amphitheaters and landscaped green areas where vacant lots and railroad tracks sit today.
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((JOE FREEMAN/LYNCH'S FERRY AUTHORITY: WHAT WE REALLY WANT TO DO IS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE RIVER AS A NATURAL SETTING. THIS PLAN DOES THAT, I THINK IT'S WHAT PEOPLE LIKE, IT'S WHAT THEY COME DOWN TO THE RIVER FESTIVAL FOR AND WE WANT TO ENHANCE THAT FOR PEOPLE.))
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The city already has federal grant money in hand to buy up vacant railroad property, and convert other land into a series of bike trails.
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((So residents can expect to see some major changes along Lynchburg's riverfront within a year, and economic development officials say that should also translate into big opportunities just a few blocks away.))
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((RICHARD JACQUES/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR: THAT'S ALWAYS BEEN THE STRATEGY OVERALL IS THAT WHEN THE CITY BEGINS TO PUT ITS MONEY INTO INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS, IT HELPS TO SHOW THE FAITH, IF YOU WILL, IN THAT AREA. THE PRIVATE SECTOR WILL FOLLOW THROUGH WITH INVESTMENTS ON ITS OWN, MUCH LIKE IT'S DONE IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA.))
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Jacques expects the city to acquire the necessary property by the end of the year.
Construction and grading should get underway by next spring.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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In other action last night, Lynchburg city council voted unanimously to allow Halifax County to participate in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail project.
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Don't go away.
We've got the latest winners in the Nobel Prize contest,
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and John Bobbitt is trying to reconcile with his estranged wife.
What happened when he showed up with flowers and candy, next.
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Nobel-physics


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE# net
GRAPHIC=Nobel Prize


More honors have been handed out in Sweden.
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The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced today the winners of the Nobel prize for PHYSICS.
It goes to two Americans, Martin Perl and Frederick (RY'-nehs) Reines.
They're being cited for their research into the history of the universe through study of sub atomic particles.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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And discoveries that helped curb destruction of the ozone layer have won THREE people the Nobel Prize for CHEMISTRY.
The winners are Americans Mario Molina and F. Sherwood Rowland and Paul Crutzen of the Netherlands.

Bobbitt


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE# edit of
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John Bobbitt reportedly wants his wife back.
The Washington Post reports that yesterday he showed up at the Arlington hair salon where Lorena Bobbit works and tried to woo her back with flowers and candy.
But co-workers say she turned him away twice and was escorted to her car by an off-duty officer when she got off of work.
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In 19-93, Lorena cut off her husband's penis, saying he had raped and emotionally tortured her.
A jury found her innocent of malicious wounding by reason of temporary insanity.
Bobbitt was acquitted of sexually assaulting his wife in a separate trial.
The couple is in the process of getting a divorce.
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ROXANNE


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=cro
TAPE# net
GRAPHIC=hurricane roxanne


Hurricane Roxanne is headed for the Gulf of Mexico after slamming into the Yucatan peninsula.
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SUPER=03-Quintana Roo, Mexico;


The category three storm came ashore on the resort island of Cozumel last night with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour.
Roxanne is now just a minimal hurricane, with 75 mile per hour winds, but forecasters expect it to regain strength as it moves into the gulf.
Forecasters say the storm could eventually turn north and head for Texas but it's likely Roxanne will keep traveling west.
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Pearisburg-Museum


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tal
TAPE# 95-84
GRAPHIC=NONE


The Giles County Historical Society is ready for bids on a new museum.
As Tracy Altizer reports, it's part of a facelift for a national historic landmark in Pearisburg.
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(( Andrew Johnston was a local entrepreneur when he built this house in 1829.
It stayed in his family for generations. Fowler Johnston was among the last of the descendants to live here.
He vowed to never sell it, and 10 years ago donated the home to the historical society.
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((FOWLER W. JOHNSTON: SO I WANTED TO GIVE IT TO SOMEBODY WHO WOULD LOOK AFTER IT. IT'S GOING TO BE A BIG ASSET TO THE COUNTY. ))
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The society has raised almost 140- thousand dollars towards its goal of 225 thousand.
Part of the funds will refurbish the home.
But the biggest expense will be construction of a museum behind the house.
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((ALEX WITTEN/MUSEUM COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: IT'S EDUCATION AND THINGS OF THAT TYPE, THAT IT WILL MEAN SO MUCH TO THE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES OF THE COUNTY. ))
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Witten says the plans have been sent to contractors for bidding.
And though the groundbreaking may be a little premature, organizers hope to proceed with the first phase of the project this winter.
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((WINSTON FAUST/FUNDRAISING CHAIRMAN: WE'RE CONTINUING OUR FUNDRAISING PROJECTS AND ALSO OUR SOLICITATION OF CONTRIBUTIONS. WE'RE VERY CONFIDENT THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE ON WITH OUR CONSTRUCTION UNINTERRUPTED. ))
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The historical society hopes the museum will be completed and ready to open around this time next year. The renovation of the house will likely take a little longer, and will depend on the availability of funding. Tracy Altizer, News 7 Pearisburg.))

Stocks


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=cro
TAPE#none
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On Wall Street at noon, the Dow was DOWN one point.
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Stick around.
We'll have the latest on the major league playoffs,
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and we'll take you to Thailand for some of the most unusual racing in the world.
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Braves


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S5-22
GRAPHIC=NL SERIES


The Atlanta Braves are one game up in the National League championship series.
It took 11 innings to do it, but they beat the Cincinatti Reds last night.
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In the fourth inning the Reds get on the board when Barry Larkin scores on Ron Gant's infield single.
One-to-nothing Reds.
Then in the top of the ninth Atlanta's David Justice
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got a hit that allowed Chipper Jones to score from third.
Atlanta managed to score again in the 11th-- taking game one two-to-one.
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Indians


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S5-23
GRAPHIC=none
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In Seattle, the Indians and Mariners hooked up in the American League championship series opener.
In the second, Mariner Mike Blowers rips one over the centerfield fence.
It's 2-to-nothing Seattle.
Albert Belle, the man who hit 50 homers during the regular season, ties it in the top of the seventh with a mammoth solo shot.
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But the Mariners are back in front in the bottom of the seventh, and they beat the Indians 3-to-2
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Race


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#s5-20
GRAPHIC=martinsville


The Winston Cup cars are off this week, but the Martinsville Speedway is set to host a big Late Modal stock car extravaganza on Sunday with the Taco Bell 300.
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Meantime, let's go to Thailand for no -- not stock car racing -- WATER BUFFALO racing!
For more than 100 years, races have been held in this small town south of Bangkok.
This year more than five-thousand fans watched 159 buffaloes race on the 120 meter track.
Amazingly the one ton animals cover the distance in 11 seconds.
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wrap


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=amo
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Today on Health Check-- a mystery at the National Institutes of Health, as
26 employees were apparently poisoned by a radiactive isotope.


The story, plus all the days news, sports and weather-- on News 7 at FIVE. Thanks for joining us. That's it for News 7 at NOON.