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NOON-HEADLINES

TALENT=Melanie
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Dozens of firefighters battle a blaze that destroys some 50 businesses in downtown Baltimore.
A serial killer cuts a bloody trail across the U-S.
And the president and the G-O-P controlled congress are set for a budget showdown that could shutdown the government.
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TALENT=Patrick
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Clouds will work their way into the region starting later this evening, with rain on the way for our Saturday. Stay tuned for the complete weekend forecast.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.

Balt-Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
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Some 200 Baltimore firefighters spent several hours this morning battling one of the biggest fires in the city's history.
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Fire investigators say the blaze was accidentally started by homeless people trying to stay warm in an abandoned warehouse.
Heat and embers spread to an adjacent building that housed about 50 businesses.
Officials estimate damage at three million dollars.
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BOMBING-SUSPECT


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=MEL
TAPE# net
GRAPHIC=none


A new twist in the Oklahoma City Bombing case.
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Suspect Terry Nichols reportedly says fellow suspect Timothy McVeigh may be guilty after all.
Nichols has been indicted as a conspirator in the bombing that killed 169 people.
He has long insisted he knew nothing of the plot and in the first weeks after his arrest he denied his friend McVeigh pulled off the bombing.
But today's Los Angeles Times, citing confidential F-B-I reports, says Nichols later told investigators McVeigh probably IS responsible.
It also reports Nichols says he may have inadvertently helped by giving McVeigh information on how make a bomb out of fertilizer.
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Serial-Killer


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE# net
GRAPHIC=murder


A bloody trail of murder is getting longer.
A serial killer has left another victim in his path.
Thirty-year-old Glen Rogers is wanted for murder in five states.
His first alleged victim was discovered in Ohio, then a second victim in southern California.
Bodies have also been found in Mississippi and Florida, and the latest was discovered yesterday in Louisiana.
Drew Griffin has the latest.
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Hudson


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=tha
TAPE#95-92
GRAPHIC=Hudson


In a murder case in Danville, a teenager has been sentenced to 35- years for HIS role in the fatal shooting of a grocery store manager.
19- year- old Kenneth Hudson pleaded GUILTY to murder and robbery in the shooting of Oliver Lee Everett, Junior.
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Hudson was with Michael Lamont White the night White shot Everett and stole 600 dollars.
White pleaded guilty to murder, robbery and weapons violations last month and was sentenced to LIFE in prison.
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Tech-Education


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tal
TAPE# 95-77
GRAPHIC=VIRGINIA TECH


Virginia Tech is considering phasing out its College of Education and merging programs into other departments.
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University President Paul Torgersen met with faculty and students to outline the proposed streamlining moves this morning.
He estimates the change would save about a quarter of a million dollars in administrative salaries, and says programs and faculty positions would NOT be cut.
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((PAUL TORGERSEN/VA TECH PRESIDENT: EVERY STUDENT CAN GRADUATE IN THE DEGREE IN WHICH THEY'RE NOW ENROLLED, NO FACULTY WILL LOSE THEIR JOBS. THE PLAN IS LARGELY ONE OF EFFECTING AN ADMINISTRATIVE SAVINGS. ))
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Provost Peggy Meszaros (mess-AHR-ohs) will consult with the interim dean and college of education faculty on how to implement the plan.
They'll report back to Torgersen by January 15th.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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Speaking of budget cuts, nasty words continue to fly between the White House and Congress over money matters,
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and what matters to the Roanoke Symphony?
Finding a new conductor. We'll take a look at candidate number two.
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Budget


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE# net
GRAPHIC=clinton


President Clinton could be getting his veto pen ready as the House and Senate prepare to send him stop-gap spending measures.
The President says proposed spending cuts are too harsh.
But without the measures, the government will shutdown on Tuesday.
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Today Mr. Clinton's chief of staff Leon Panetta accused Congress of being irresponsible for not completing its work on balancing the budget.
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((LEON PANETTA/WH CHIEF OF STAFF;AND NOW THEY'RE SAYING, ESSENTIALLY, 'IF YOU WANT US TO CONTINUE RUNNING THE GOVERNMENT, YOU'VE GOT TO BUY INTO OUR BUDGET PRIORITIES.' THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, ONCE HE GIVES INTO THIS KIND OF THREAT, TO THIS KIND OF BLACKMAIL, WHEN DOES IT STOP? THE REPUBLICANS HAVE TO BE RESPONSIBLE WITH THEIR LEADERSHIP, THAT'S WHAT'S INVOLVED HERE." ))
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But Republicans say President Clinton is the one who is being irresponsible by refusing to negotiate.
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((SEN. ROBERT DOLE/R- MAJORITY LEADER: IF HE'S NOT WILLING TO COOPERATE ON A PATH TO A BALANCED BUDGET THEN THE CHOICE WILL BE HIS IF THE GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN HIS FINGERPRINTS ARE GOING TO BE ALL OVER IT.))
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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If the government does shut down, 800- thousand federal workers could be furloughed.

State-Senate


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#95-87
GRAPHIC=State Seal


In Virginia's capitol, the big question is: Who'll call the shots in the State Senate?
Lawmakers there are trying to figure out what to do now that there's a 20- 20 partisan split.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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(( The Democrats turned to UVA constitutional expert A.E. Dick Howard to conclude that Don Beyer gives them the 21st vote on almost ANY issue.
Beyer got more specific.
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((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: THE VOTE ON FINAL PASSAGE OF THE BUDGET DOES REQUIRE 21 ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE SENATE. HOWEVER THAT'S NOT WHERE THE ACTION IS. THE ACTION IS ALWAYS IN THE BUDGET AMENDMENTS. IT'S VERY CLEAR THAT I CAN AS LT. GOVERNOR VOTE ON THE BUDGET AMENDMENTS.))
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However, Beyer wasn't clear on whether he would help keep Republicans off key committees.
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((laughter. I'M READY TO VOTE WHEN CALLED UPON TO DO SO. AND I'LL TAKE THAT RESPONSIBILITY.))
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But the Democrat who last served as Virginia's Lieutenant Governor disagrees with his party.
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((DOUG WILDER/FORMER GOVERNOR: THE QUESTION IS WHAT ROLE DOES THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR PLAY? THE LAW IS PRETTY CLEAR IN SOME INSTANCES. IT SAYS THOSE 40 MEMBERS SHALL COMPRISE THE SENATE. AND THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN ELECTED FROM THE VARIOUS DISTRICTS OF THE COMMONWEALTH. THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR IS NOT ELECTED FROM ANY OF THOSE DISTRICTS. I THINK IT WOULD BE VERY DIFFICULT FOR HIM TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ACTUAL ORGANIZING OF THE SENATE.))
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((BOB HOLSWORTH/VCU POLITICAL ANALYST: I THINK THE PUBLIC WOULDN'T LIKE TO SEE IT... SOME OF THE THORNIER ISSUES HERE WIND UP IN THE COURTS.))
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((DOUG WILDER: IT IS A BRAND NEW DAY.))
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And this building still houses two groups that sometimes disagree for the sake of disagreement.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
ANCHOR=Melanie
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Meantime, State Senate Minority Leader Joseph Benedetti is threatening to -- quote -- shut the place down if long-ruling Democrats do not share power.
Benedetti says Republicans won't be satisfied with a few extra seats on key committees.

Allen-Votes


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#595-27
GRAPHIC=Election 95


Virginia's First Lady managed to gain a couple of votes in Tuesday's election.
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SUPER=03-Richmond/Tuesday;


Susan Allen got ONE vote for the House of Delegates and ONE for the Senate -- NOT enough to upset incumbent Democrats Jean Cunningham and Benny Lambert.
The Richmond registrar's office confirms there were only TWO write- in votes cast in the Allens' downtown precinct, which had NO Republican candidates on the ballot.
The culprit must have been the Governor himself, who borrowed a pen and asked how to write- in candidates.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: YOU'LL PROBABLY FIGURE IT OUT ONCE THE POLLS ARE CLOSED. Cartoon character? OH, NO, NO, NO. I WOULD NEVER DO SOMETHING AS FRIVOLOUS AS THAT.))
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Susan Allen did NOT write in any candidates.
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NAVY


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=MEL
TAPE# net
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The Navy is ordering everyone in the service to pause for 24 hours, so members can think of ways to avoid discipline problems before they happen.
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The order comes on the heels of another sex-scandal.
A female sailor says she was sexually assaulted on board a jet by a chief petty officer and her shipmates did little to stop him.
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Armories


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=cro
TAPE# none
GRAPHIC=none


The Virginia National Guard will close six armories around the state after the first of the year because of defense spending cuts.
They include armories in Altavista and Tazewell.
The Guard says the closings will save 114-thousand dollars a year.


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ANCHOR=Melanie
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Up next, Franklin County officials talk about adding a new attraction to Smith Mountain Lake.
Meantime, let's take at look at some of the attractions already lined up for this weekend.
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Aquarium


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Cutin
WRITER=spr
TAPE#95-82
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Franklin County officials are hoping to catch folks hook, line and sinker on a new public park.
As Scott Prince reports, Smith Mountain Lake won't be the only place you'll find a few fish.
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(( Franklin County officials are trying to reel in support for an aquarium at Smith Mountain Lake.
The 12- hundred square foot aquatic center would be located here in the Scruggs area-- where a proposed public park might be built.
Supporters say the aquarium would serve as an aquatic study center, and bring in tourists at the same time.
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((DAVID HILL/PROJECT'S LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: WHEN PEOPLE SUGGESTED AN AQUARIUM TO US IT SEEMED TO US THAT WAS A VERY APPROPRIATE USE THAT COULD DRAW PEOPLE FROM FRANKLIN COUNTY AND ACTUALLY DRAW A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE BEYOND FRANKLIN COUNTY. ))
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The idea for the aquarium was born at a public workshop this past summer.
The plan calls for exhibits of a wide variety of fish, including striped bass, walleye, trout and carp.
But right now officials are fishing for revenue.
They're hoping for state and federal money, or maybe even a corporate sponsorship.
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((NEIL SIGMON/FRANKLIN CO. PARKS: OF COURSE FUNDING IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE THE MAIN STUMBLING BLOCK. BUT WE HAVE YET TO DETERMINE THE LEASE AGREEMENT.))
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Sigmon hopes the park itself will be open by the summer of '97.
Meanwhile, initial projections show the big catch-- the aquarium, might be on solid ground by 1998.
Scott Prince, News 7.))

Symphony


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=bmy
TAPE#95-88
GRAPHIC=roanoke symphony


The second finalist for conductor of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra meets the musicians for the first time this afternoon.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Stephen Stein (Stine) is currently the Conductor- in- Residence of the Houston Symphony.
He is also an opera conductor and believes it's important to expose young students to all kinds of music.
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((STEPHEN STEIN/SYMPHONY CONDUCTOR CANDIDATE: I WAS A PRODUCT OF THIS. IN ST. LOUIS THE FIRST TIME I HEARD AN ORCHESTRA WAS ON A 6TH GRADE FIELD TRIP. IT'S IMPORTANT TO BE GIVING THAT OPPORTUNITY, NOT JUST TO DO THE SIXTH GRADERS, BUT TO ALL TYPES OF SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS. ))
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Stein will conduct the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra in a "Classic Collection" concert Monday night at eight at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Stein is the second of five finalists auditioning for the position of Music Director.
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And Patrick, I understand you're going to be talking with Stein on Monday.

Industrial-Site


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=jmo
TAPE# 95-89
GRAPHIC=Roanoke County seal


Some Roanoke County residents say the county's "Vision" plan for economic development isn't very clear.
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The county wants to rezone about 45 parcels of land for industrial and commercial development.
But a Glenvar Heights' resident says last night's meeting left him with MORE questions than answers.
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((DAVID SHELOR/RESIDENT: WELL WE GOT NO QUESTIONS ANSWERED. THE ONLY THING WE GOT WAS THAT THIS WAS A SITE THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO USE FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE ANSWER TONIGHT FROM ALL THE RESIDENTS WAS DEFINITELY NO.
TIM GUBALA/ROANOKE CO. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: I THINK AT THIS POINT WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT A GENERAL REZONING WE DON'T HAVE A SPECIFIC COMPANY LOOKING AT ANY OF THESE SITES. WE DON'T HAVE A SPECIFIC PLAN. WE'RE TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE CONCERNS THAT THE CITIZENS HAD AS WE MOVE FORWARD SO WE COULD PRESENT SOMETHING MORE CONCRETE IN THE FUTURE.))
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Gubala says the western part of the county offers larger acreage tracts and the convenience of Interstate 81.
Some residents say they moved to that part of the county to get away from that kind of growth.
Another community meeting is set for January.
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Stocks


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=cro
TAPE#none
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Stocks have spent the day mostly lower, in reaction to the continued political standoff in Washington.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was DOWN 11 points.
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Stick around for tonight's lineup for Friday Football Extra.
But right now, let's take a look at what else is happening this weekend.
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Astros


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=cro
TAPE# none
GRAPHIC=mlb logo


Reports indicate Astros owner Drayton McLane will keep the baseball team in Houston through 19-96.
The Washington Post reports the Astros will stay put another season.
McLane has been talking to a Virginia businessman, who reportedly offered at least 150- million dollars for the team and was considering moving it to Northern Virginia.

Blacksburg


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#girl-94
GRAPHIC=girls basketball


The final girls' basketball tournament game ever in the New River District was played last night at Blacksburg High School.
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Blacksburg got it going early.
Off the inbounds pass, Maggie Kohler passes to Andrea Feret, who scores and puts the Indians in front.
India Easter passes to Bethany Hill, who makes the basket and its a 2 point game.
Angie Farmer takes an Easter assist and converts on the left side to tie the game in the first half.
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The Indians take over in the second period and never look back.
They overcome a slow start this season to win the final New River tourney title 48-to-33.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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In the Three Rivers semi-finals, Floyd County beat Auburn by 15 and Radford topped Shawsville 59-to-50.

FFE


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S5-18
GRAPHIC=FFE LOGO


And let's not forget high school football!
The regular season comes to a close tonight on Friday Football Extra, and that means district titles and playoff spots will be up for grabs.
Here's where you'll find our crews catching the action.
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wrap


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=amo
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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Thanks for joining us, and have a good weekend. And that's it for News 7 at Noon.