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NOON-HEADLINES

TALENT=Melanie
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Pennsylvania residents who evacuated their flooded homes this weekend watched them burn this morning.
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A Roanoke County man admits to molesting neighborhood children.
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In weather, clear skies and warmer temperatures are on the way.
I'll detail the complete forecast coming up shortly.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.

Dallas


ANCHOR=Melanie
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A 50-year-old Roanoke County resident admitted in court today to taking indecent liberties with his neighbors' children.
The sexual abuse dates as far back as the late 1970s, and continued until his arrest just this last year.
According to the prosecutor Robert Paul Dallas preyed upon children from broken homes, where the victims were most vulnerable.
After months of negotiating, Dallas entered a plea agreement today in 24 sex offenses.
If the judge accepts the agreement, Dallas ultimately faces a total of 185 years in prison.

Wythe-Murder


ANCHOR=Melanie
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WRITER=Dal
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Two Wythe County men are charged in the murder of a 17-year-old Wythe County boy whose body was found on a creek bank near the Wythe-Pulaski county line.
Authorities say Ricky Lee Coleman's mother reported him missing on Saturday - his body was found yesterday after one of the suspects led deputies to the creek on Route 6-18.
19- year- old Jason Dennis Hibbs and 20- year- old Eric Dwayne Ball, both of Max Meadows, are charged with abduction and first degree murder.
Charges against an unnamed 17- year- old are pending.
Authorities say the murder may have been the result of a fight during a party at Hibbs' home last Thursday night.

Shooting


ANCHOR=Melanie
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Police say a fight is probably what led to the fatal shooting of a man outside a night club in Lynchburg yesterday morning.
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Investigators say 24-year-old Robert Lewis Allen was apparently involved in an altercation in the parking lot of The Glass House.
Allen was shot in the chest.
He was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital, where he died.
Police are not saying if they have a suspect.
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Fatal-Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=Dal
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In Roanoke, a weekend house fire claimed the lives of four children and their grandmother.
Authorities are calling it the worst fire in the city in 30 years.
The Red Cross is asking for donations for the mother who survived the blaze.
Denise Allen reports.
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((Smoke billowed from the house on Stewart Avenue in Roanoke.
Inside six year old Mark, his brothers five year old Clyde, four year old Patrick and their sister three year old Nancy, along with the childrens' grandmother, Goldie Christie Duncan, were all trapped by the flames.
The mother of the children, Patricia Leftwich told fire fighters she smelled smoke.
She went downstairs to investigate.
The fire spread so quickly she was unable to get back to her children and mother.
A neighbor dialed 9-1-1 and tried to help. ((TONY SHEPPARD/NEIGHBOR: SMOKE COMING OUT OF THE TOP OF THE HOUSE. KIDS HOLLERING OUTSIDE THE WINDOW. WENT BACK IN MY HOUSE, PUT ON A COAT AND GRABBED A FLASHLIGHT. WENT IN THE FRONT DOOR THERE WAS JUST TOO MUCH SMOKE.)) ((CHIEF JIM GRIGSBY/ROANOKE CITY FIRE DEPT.: THE STAIRWELL TO THE SECOND FLOOR IS IN THE BACK. THEY WENT AND WERE ABLE TO GET A FAIRLY QUICK KNOCK DOWN OF THE FIRE AND WE DISCOVERED THE BODIES INSIDE THE HOUSE.))
The fire apparently started in the kitchen.
Investigators say a short in an extension cord connecting a space heater to an electrical outlet is the cause of the fire.
Family members say Patricia Leftwich is in shock.
Neighbors say they too are devastated by the loss. ((TINA FISHER/NEIGHBOR: SHE WOULD SMILE AND WAVE. HAD A LITTLE ANGELIC FACE AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT I'LL MISS MOST. SHE WAS SO PRECIOUS. I MEAN THEY WERE ALL PRECIOUS.)) ((WE ARE DEALING WITH OUT FIRE FIGHTERS RIGHT NOW AND TRYING TO DE-BRIEF THEM. IT'S A VERY EMOTIONAL ISSUE FOR ALL OF US. IT'S A TRAGEDY FOR THIS NEIGHBORHOOD.))
Neighbors say Patricia Leftwich was planning to move her family this Friday.
In addition to the move family members say she was working hard to better her life by studying to be a nurse.
Fire investigators say they'll finalize their investigation early this week.
But family members say their struggle to understand this tragedy may never end.
Denise Allen News 7.))

Cross-Burning


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Residents living in a Roanoke home where a cross was burned this weekend told police the incident may be racially motivated.
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It happened at two a-m Saturday.
The house is located in southeast Roanoke, at 12-22 Tompkins Avenue.
Firefighters responding to the scene found a four- and- a- half- foot cross burning in the yard.
The people living in the house told Roanoke city police the incident could have been motivated by their interracial relationship.
Police are investigating the incident.
In Virginia cross burning is a felony crime.
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PA-WX


ANCHOR=Melanie
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Flood ravaged Pennsylvania has taken another big hit.
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In Harrisburg, an early morning fire has damaged seven homes evacuated because of high waters.
Firefighters had to struggle through hip-deep water and chunks of ice to get to the blaze.
President Clinton declared Pennsylvania a disaster area yesterday but the state's governor complains federal help has been slow in coming.
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((GOV. TOM RIDGE/R-PA: IT'S ABOUT TIME THAT THE GOVERNMENT GAVE US SOME HELP. THEY SHOULD COME OUT AND SEE THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR HOMES, LOST THEIR BUSINESSES.))
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Pennsylvania officials estimate more than 70 million dollars in damage to roads, bridges and homes.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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When News 7 returns,
This weekend's election in Israel is a victory for Yassir Arafat,
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and thousands of pro-life activists rally on the anniversary of the decision legalizing most abortions.
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ARTIS


ANCHOR=Melanie
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A former Patrick Henry High School Teacher says he will run for Roanoke City Council in May.
Jeff Artis hopes to secure the Republican party nomination for the two year term.
Artis is no stranger to politics.
In November he made an unsuccessful bid for Vic Thomas' House of Delegates seat in the 17th district.

Israel


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=Mel
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Palestinian elections this weekend are being read as a double mandate.
One of support for Yasser Arafat.
The other, to press forward for a Palestinian state.
Jesse Schulman has the results and reaction from Tel Aviv.
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(( It was no surprise, but it still is news.
The weekend's landmark Palestinian elections were a victory on all fronts for PLO chief Yassir Arafat.
Not all votes have yet been counted... this "democray in diapers" has its teething troubles... enough have (ABU AMAR, ABU AMAR) to confirm Arafat as President-elect with eight-five percent of the vote.
The numbers that spoke the loudest, though, were the numbers of voters turning out - turning their backs on Islamic fundamentalist calls for a boycott.
Most Palestinians rejoiced in what they saw as another step in their emergence as a free nation.
But how free will it be? Voters also chose a legislature, but Arafat is more autocrat then democrat, and the Arab world isn't noted for Western freedoms.
DR. HANAN ASHRAWI, LEGISLATOR-ELECT: WE MUST MAKE SURE THIS COUNCIL IS NOT A RUBBER STAMP, THAT IT DOES LEGILATE JUST AND CONTEMPORARY LAWS, THAT THESE LAWS ARE APPLIED UNIFORMLY.
For now, though, even the Israelis are applauding... Prime Minister Shimon Peres says the outcome shows the Palestinian public wants to give peace a chance.
SHIMON PERES: AS FAR AS WE ARE CONCERNED, DEMOCRACY IS THE BEST BET, THE MOST IMPORTANT GUARANTEE OF GOOD RELATIONS AND FOR A PEACEFUL FUTURE.
The man once reviled as a terrorist is now an elected President with an international seal of approval... what he's president of, is not a state... but the independence he wants now seems a far less impossible dream.
Jesse Schulman CBS News, Tel Aviv.))

Russia


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
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Russian President Boris Yeltsin is offering strong hints today that he'll seek a second term in June.
He would face strong competition from communist and nationalist parties.
Meantime in Moscow today, thousands of mourners remembered the Russian soldiers killed last week in the attack against Chechen hostage takers.
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Yeltsin says 27 soldiers were killed and 93 injured in the attack.
But many Russian servicemen are still unaccounted for and presumed dead or captured by the Chechen guerillas.
One T-V report today said the Chechens will free their remaining hostages tomorrow.
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ABORTION


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=MEL
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Thousands of abortion opponents are hitting the pavement today in Washington for their annual rally and march from the White House to the Sumpreme Court.
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It was 23 years ago today that the high court legalized abortion with its Roe Versus Wade decision.
Norma McCorvey, the "Jane Roe" of that decision, is participating.
She stunned many people last year when she announced that she now opposes abortion.
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Still to come,
Temperatures are up and so are profits for Roanoke Gas investors,
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and it was a golden night for some stars last night.
We'll show you who left Hollywood with the world in the palm of their hand.
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Golden-Globe


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=mel
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The 53rd annual Golden Globe Awards were handed out last night in Hollywood.
The big winners included a story from 200 years ago and one about a talking pig.
David Sheehan has the highlights.
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Roanoke-Gas


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=lbe
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Investors who own stock in the Roanoke Gas Company got some heartwarming news this morning.
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At the company's annual shareholders' meeting, officers explained how Roanoke Gas posted a strong profit in 1995 in spite of a warmer-than-normal winter.
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((JOHN WILLIAMSON/ROANOKE GAS: WE ACTUALLY INCREASED EARNINGS IN 95 IN SPITE OF THE WEATHER PRIMARILY AS A RESULT OF GOOD CUSTOMER GROWTH IN GOOD ECONOMIC TIMES. CUSTOMER DIVERSIFICATION, AS A RESULT OF A LOT OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THAT'S GOING ON IN THE VALLEY.))
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The company is equally bullish on its prospects for 1996.
In the first quarter of Roanoke Gas' new fiscal year, it nearly TRIPLED its profits compared to the same period a year ago.

Stocks


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Stock prices have been mixed to start the week.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was UP almost two points.
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Still to come --
The Cowboys express their faith in head coach Barry Switzer,
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and this local basketball coach is back in action after a car accident two months ago.
Patrick Evans has sports, next, on News 7 at Noon.
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Tampa


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=nle
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have called a news conference this afternoon.
It's believed they will announce the hiring of Minnesota Vikings' assistant

coach Tony Dungy (DUHN'-jee) as their new head coach.

Cowboys


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=Roy
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The Dallas Cowboys are ready to quiet the critics and give their head coach Barry Switzer a Super Bowl ring.
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Switzer has been critized by the media all season long. But he has the respect of his Players.
And when it comes to comparing Switzer to former Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson the players say Switzer is their man.
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((NATE NEWTON/COWBOY OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: HE'S BEEN A POSITIVE. I MEAN A LOT OF TIMES PLAYERS HAVE DOUBTS AND DISBELIEFS, BUT HE'S ALWAYS BEEN A POSITIVE, I MEAN HE'S GOT VERY THICK SKIN. HE SHRUGS OFF A LOT. YOU KNOW A LOT OF COACHES WOULDN'T TAKE WHAT HE'S TOOK THIS YEAR. AND ALL WE GOTTA DO KNOW IS PUT THE ICING ON THE CAKE AND WIN THIS THING. AND IT'LL BE A PERFECT SEASON. I MIGHT AS WELL RETIRE. ))
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The N-F-C champions arrived last night in Tempe, Arizona, for Sunday's Super Bowl.
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They face Pittsburgh Steelers, who will get to town later today.


Mc-Ever


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Macauley Mc-Ever, a Virginia Tech player, coach and fund-raiser, has died.
Mc-Ever died yesterday morning at a retirement home in Salem.
He was 89 years old.
Mc-Ever played on the Hokie football, basketball and baseball teams in the 1920s.
He coached or helped coach those three teams in the 1930s, 40s and 50s.


Panthers


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=Roy
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The head coach of the Ferrum College basketball team is on the road to recovery after an accident more two months.
Roy Stanley tells us Bill Pullen is not about to give up on his Panthers.
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((On October 28-th Pullen lost control of his pickup on a slick Franklin County road and hit a tree. He was trapped in the vehicle for two hours.
After the rescue Pullen was in the hospital with several serious injuries.)) ((BILL PULLEN/PANTHER HEAD COACH: ))
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((But despite those injuries, Pullen was back on the bench coaching the Panthers from a wheel chair and he just recently gave up his crutches.
And because of the injuries and a young team Pullen began to question his coaching ability.)) ((PULLEN: )) ((CHUCK ELLIS/SENIOR FORWARD: )) ((Pullen is back on his feet again but with a noticeable limp.
And even though he's still recovering from the injuries, his main focus is getting the team back on its feet.
When we visited pullen the Panthers were 3 and 6 and 1 and o in the conference.)) ((BILL PULLEN: )) ((Pullen may limp the rest of the season but his main goal is to get the Panthers back to defend their Dixie Conference championship later this season.))
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Wrap


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Coming up today on Health Check, a report on the virus R-S-V.
While in many, it manifests simply as a common cold, it can be very dangerous in infants.
We'll hear from an area pediatrician-- on News 7 at FIVE. Thanks for joining us. That's it for News 7 at NOON.