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NOON-HEADLINES

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A North Cross High School star athlete dies suddenly from apparent cardiac arrest.
There's word of a new hostage situation in Chechnya.
And five years later, remembering the Gulf War.
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It looks like it's going to be a bit chilly and damp this afternoon. We may see some afternoon drizzle. I'll have the forecast for you in a few minutes.
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Don't go away, the news is next.

Hooper


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An 18-year-old North Cross student died yesterday afternoon of an apparent heart attack.
Grayson Hooper of Salem was the Captain of the Football Team, and a member of the wrestling team.
He complained he wasn't feeling well while working out on the track at the school.
While resting, he passed out, and could not be revived through C.P.R.
He was pronounced dead at Lewis Gale Hospital.
A counselor is on hand today at the Roanoke County school to help students deal with the tragedy.

high-rise


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Some terrifying moments this morning for office workers in downtown Boston.
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A seven- alarm fire broke out in a 10 story office building shortly before eight.
The fire started on the fifth floor and the smoke quickly spread to the upper floors.
More than a dozen people found themselves trapped on the top floor.
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((WILLIAM OATS: I WAS ON THE TENTH FLOOR AND WERE WERE LUCKY TO GET OUT OF THERE AS YOU CAN SEE I'M IN A SHAMBLES. GORDON BARRETT: IT GOT SCARY AT THE END BECAUSE THE OFFICE FILLED UP WITH SMOKE AND THEY COULD ONLY BREATH BY STANDING AT THE WINDOW...FIREFIGHTERS CAME AND SAVED THEM. THANK GOD AND THANKS TO THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT. ))
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Six people, including a firefighters were injured.
Damage is estimated at half a million dollars.
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Barber-Fire


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TAPE#95-114
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What was one of Rocky Mount's oldest buildings, is now in ruins after a blaze ripped through it yesterday.
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Fire gutted a barber shop and an adjacent auction house yesterday morning.
They were located in the Old Mount Theater...a 60-year old building.
Fire officials think the blaze started in the back of the barbershop.
They suspect a kerosene heater could be the source.
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((CHIEF POSEY DILLON/ROCKY MOUNT FIRE DEPARTMENT: I THINK FROM WHAT... I HAVE TO GATHER IT WAS A POSSIBILITY THAT THERE WAS ONE LOCATED WITHIN, WHETHER THAT WAS THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE, WE'RE NOT SURE. ))
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A fire fighter suffered a heart attack during the blaze.
He is in stable condition at Franklin Memorial Hospital.

RUSSIA


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The hostage crisis in southern Russia drags-on despite a massive attack on the hostage-takers--
Chechen rebels are holed-up in a small and now heavily-damaged village.
Meanwhile, tensions remain high in Chechnya where 30 workers were seized at a power plant in the capital, Grozny and taken away in buses.
Tom Fenton has the latest from Moscow.
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GULF-WAR


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Five years ago today Americans watched and listened as the Persian Gulf War began.
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The campaign against Iraq and Saddam Hussein, led by 450-thousand U-S troops, lasted six weeks.
Some analysts are still debating whether the U-S-led coalition should have tried to oust Saddam after driving his forces from Kuwait.
Today he still has a firm grip on power but foreign policy experts say Iraq's economy is in trouble and its 20 million people are suffering.
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whitewater


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The Senate Whitewater committee resumed its hearings this morning, and it now appears the committee will be working far past its February 29th deadline.
The chairman says he expects to extend the investigation another two or three months.
Meanwhile, a White House aide reportedly will appear before a Whitewater grand jury in Arkansas today.
A source says investigators want to quiz Carolyn Huber about how she recently found some old law-firm billing records for Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The records were subponaed two years ago.
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Yesterday in an interview with National Public Radio Mrs. Clinton said she would be willing to testify before the Senate Whitewater panel, if it would clear things up.
But she says the committee is very partisan and fears she wouldn't be treated fairly.
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When News 7 returns,
Virginia's state song hits a sour note once again with politicians.
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And a man who may have provided a huge chunk of the cocaine sold in the U-S is behind bars.
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wx While it is fairly chilly out there today, we're still expecting warmer air for the week. Highs tomorrow should reach near 50 degrees. This afternoon may be a little drizzly with more rain in the forecast by Thursday. I'll tell you more about that in a few minutes. music up full
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DRUG-LORD


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One of the world's most wanted drug traffickers faces a U-S magistrate today in Texas.
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Juan Garcia Abrego arrived in Houston last night after being arrested Sunday in Mexico.
The alleged leader of mexico's cocaine cartel was also on the F-B-I's ten most wanted list, indicted in 19-93.
His arrest is being seen as a victory on both sides of the border.
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((MANUEL PEREZ/MEXICO CONSUL: I THINK THIS IS VERY GOOD NEWS ABOUT EFFORTS THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN DOING IN THE PAST YEARS FOR PREVENTING DRUG TRAFFICKING. ))
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Authorities say Garcia Abrego may have provided up to one-third of all the cocaine sold in the United States.
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Ramos


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A Lexington police officer has been cleared of any wrong doing after an investigation into a citizen's complaint.
Last Fall a woman filed a warrant against officer Mark Ramos, charging him with assault and battery during an arrest.
Ramos had been suspended with pay, pending a state police investigatation.
He was back on duty yesterday.

Cardwell


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A lawsuit against Pittsylvania County officials for allegedly using bogus subpoenas during child abuse investigations has been settled out-of-court.
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The Home School Legal Defense Association last fall agreed to represent Daniel and Laurie Cardwell-- who home school two of their four children.
Their attorney says a social worker tried to use an illegal subpoena to force the family into cooperating with an investigation of alleged child abuse.
No charges were ever filed.
The Cardwell's were awarded three-thousand dollars.
Their attorney says the Pittsylvania County Department of Social Services also has to sign an agreement promising not to use unauthorized subpoenas.
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State-Song


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NEWSCAST=noon
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"Carry Me Back to Ole Virginny" isn't the tune some people want to carry--
Once again the state song is being criticized for what some say are objectionable lyrics.
Ellen Qualls has the latest.
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((Carry me back to ole Virginny.))
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So far so good.
But when you get to the part about the "darky's heart" and "Ole Massa," that's where the voices of historic preservation lose a little volume.
But hey, check out "The Old Dominion," written in 1987 and pitched ever since as a non- threatening substitute.
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((MY SONG IS FOR THE OLD DOMINION, HOW I LOVE THIS LAND!))
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((DEL. BOB MARSHALL/R-MANASSAS: MUSIC IS A FORM OF INSTRUCTION. THE ORIGINAL SONG WAS INTRODUCED TO EDUCATE THE KIDS ABOUT VIRGINIA. WE CAN'T USE THAT SONG ANYMORE. AND IT'S KIND OF A SITUATION THAT IF WE GO BACK TO THE REASON FOR THE ORIGINAL STATE SONG, WE SHOULD CHANGE IT AND HAVE THIS SONG RIGHT NOW. AND IF YOU'RE GONNA ASK ME TO SING IT, I'LL JUST TELL YOU MY FRIEND. I'M AGAINST EUTHANASIA.))
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Northern Virginia arch-conservative Bob Marshall is NOT what political observers would call a voice for "political correctness."
But that doesn't mean he's got a better shot with this bill.
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((SEN. MADISON MARYE/D-SHAWSVILLE: I THINK THAT A STATE SONG SHOULD SPRING FROM THE PEOPLE, I THINK THAT IT SHOULD BE POPULAR. I THINK THAT IT SHOULD BE WIDELY KNOWN AND SUNG BEFORE IT BECOMES THAT STATE SONG.))
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Marye's given it a lot of thought.
He was the last one, last year, to fight for the song to be changed.
He only tried--
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((SEN. MADISON MARYE: OH JUST ONE TIME. AND I TOOK A LICKING ON IT. AND I'M NOT ABOUT TO DO IT AGAIN.))
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((NOW THE REST IS UP TO YOU AND ME.))
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And Bob Marshall's ability to twist some arms on a very sensitive issue.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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Still to come on News 7,
Will the snow of 96 become the flood of 96?
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and Deputies at the Bedford Sheriff's Department are spending more time on the streets.
We'll tell you how these ladies have helped.
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Bedford-Volunteers


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Another force has been added to the Bedford County sheriff's department.
The price tag? Nothing.
Steve Smallshaw explains.
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((Meet Carol and Bevie...the two newest members of the Bedford County sheriff's department.
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((LET ME GET THIS OFF HERE AND WE CAN MAKE OUR COPIES...))
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They may not wear badges and guns, but these two senior citizens are providing valuable assistance to Sheriff Mike Brown and his staff.
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((SHERIFF MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO.: WHETHER YOU'RE WITH THE STATE POLICE, THE CITY OR COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE, LAW ENFORCEMENT IS JUST SHORTHANDED. WE NEED ASSISTANCE.))
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That's where Carol and Bevie come in.
They're both members of Bedford County's TRIAD program, which provides links between law enforcement and senior citizens.
Starting this week, ten elderly volunteers are lending their time and expertise to chores like sorting through the department's daily avalanche of paperwork.
All that helps free up deputies for more important law enforcement duties.
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((BEVIE JOHNSON/TRIAD VOLUNTEER: I'VE WORKED SOME WITH COMPUTERS, I ENJOY WORKING WITH COMPUTERS. I AM RETIRED NOW AND I HOPE TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE AND IT ALSO HELPS ME.))
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After less than two hours on the job, both women seemed right at home in their new part- time careers.
They hope to get other senior citizens involved as well.
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((CAROL DUUS/TRIAD VOLUNTEER: WE WOULD LIKE OTHER PEOPLE TO GET INTERESTED BECAUSE IT REALLY IS A FUN THING TO GET OUT AND SEE NEW PEOPLE AND NEW ADVENTURES. AND I'M SURE THERE WILL BE A LOT MORE BEFORE WE'RE FINISHED.))
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It's a partnership both sides seem thrilled with.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))

No-Flooding


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Will all the melting snow now cause flooding problems?
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The warm temperatures combined with the threat of rain in the forecast later in the week has created some concerns.
But the National Weather Service isn't sounding any alarms just yet.
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((JEFF STEWART/NWS METEOROLOGIST: RIGHT NOW WE'RE IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE. THE RIVER LEVELS AND STREAM LEVELS AROUND THE AREA ARE VERY LOW RIGHT NOW, MAINLY BECAUSE WE HAD SUCH A VERY DRY DECEMBER. ))
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Rain is in the forecast for Thursday.
The National Weather Service is predicting less than an inch of rain.
Stewart says as long as it doesn't amount to more than an inch there shouldn't be any problems with flooding.
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Working-Women


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When it comes to pay, there's still a sizeable gender gap.
A new survey by Working Woman magazine reports that for every dollar a man earns on the job, a woman earns 85 to 95 cents, on average.
The research found the pay gap narrowed in some industries, but widened in others in 1995.
The magazine says discrimination appears to play some role in the difference.



Montcalm


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It opened less than two years ago, now a Buena Vista company is closing its doors.
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Friday, the Montcalm Corporation shut down all operations.
It employed about 20 people.
The company made fuel pellets out of recycled paper.
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The company said the difficulties in obtaining raw materials and management oversights made operating difficult.

HOUSING-STARTS


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The first economic report in weeks is out -- and there's good news.
NOVEMBER'S housing starts were up five-point-seven percent.
That's the biggest gain in a year.
The report had been delayed because of the partial government shutdown.

Home-Survey


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Does the Roanoke Valley offer affordable housing compared to other cities in the country?
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The Coldwell Banker real estate company ranks 300 U-S cities on the average price of a four bedroom, two-and-a-half bath house.
Roanoke is number 78.
Oklahoma City comes in as the number one in affordability.
A 22-hundred-square-foot home there costs 97- thousand dollars.
In Roanoke, the same size house averages about 155- thousand dollars.
Housing costs are the highest in Beverly Hills.
A home there will run you an average of 745-thousand-dollars.
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Stocks


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On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was UP nearly four points.
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Stick around.
When News 7 returns, we'll tell you about the night the lights went out in....Radford,
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the lights were shinning bright on the Hokies, though, as they win another one on the road.
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Tech


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The Virginia Tech Hokies entertained over 6 thousand fans at the Roanoke Civic center last night as they beat Atlantic-10 foe George Washington 79-71.
Steve Mason has a wrap on the Hokies' continuing run through their new conference.
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((The Hokies hit foreign ground for the second straight game thanks to a lot of snow and a Cassell Coliseum roof with not enough support. But the nations 11th ranked team shrugged off being the second traveling team on the floor and beat The Colonials by 8.
A win that even impressed ESPN-2 color commentator Terry Holland. ((TERRY HOLLAND:))
four hokies were in double figure scoring. Ace Custis did the most damage, registering 18 points. ((ACE CUSTIS:))
The Hokies fast start and unanswered run before the half proved to be a winning combination. A one/two punch that knocked out Mike Jarvis and his Colonials. So is the conference now second guessing adopting this rising heavy weight? ((MIKE JARVIS:))
The respect is mutual, especially when the Hokies addressed the fact they were hardly giant killers when it came to stopping 7'1" goliath Alexander Koul; who finished with 20. ((BILL FOSTER:))
Tech leads the west division outright and playing the last two games away from home could yield positive results down the road.))


Radford


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Saturday the Hokies had to play in the Dedmon Center at Radford University.
Last night the Highlanders were back on their own turf playing Big South rival Liberty.
And both teams shot the lights out!
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A few minutes into intermission, the electicity went out in the building.
American Electric Power says the outage was not limited to the Dedmon Center--it also blacked out the campus, the city and parts of Pulaski County.
Fans found some ways to entertain themselves during the 37 minute delay, However Radford officials were concerned.
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((RICK ROGERS/RADFORD INFORMATION DIRECTOR:))
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Liberty stormed out to a 15-to-2 lead before Radford went on its run.
Anthony Walker scored his one-thousandth career point on this three-pointer.
Then Chibi Johnson dishes to Eric Bowens for the easy bucket off the glass.
Bowens had six points in the first half.
Liberty extended its lead late in the half on this lean-in by Larry Jackson.
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Radford answered with some great passing as Johnson goes to Walker to Jason Landsdowne for the hoop and Radford moves to the 500 mark on the season with the 71 to 65 overtime win.
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Camby


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The Atlantic 10 conference's marquee player will be benched for at least two weeks, until doctors can find out what is wrong with him.
University of Massachusetts center Marcus Camby
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passed out in the hallway after warmups before the U-Mass game with St. Bonaventure and was taken by helicopter to the hospital.
After spending the night undergoing tests he was released yesterday and says he feels 100-percent.
Doctors say his heart is fine and that the flu may have weakened him to the point of collapsing.
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U-Mass has remained in the number one spot since Christmas-- The latest A-P top 25 poll ranks the Minutemen again number one-- followed by Kentucky and Cincinnati.

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Coming up today on Health Check-- more on the death of North Cross student-athlete Grayson Hooper, who died yesterday of an apparent heart attack.
Connie Stevens talks with a Roanoke cardiologist, for some understanding of untimely cardiac events.
Join us for 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.