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Possible sabatoge in the derailment of a freight train this morning in
Minnesota.
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ANCHOR=Melanie

and more legal twists and turns in Virginia Tech's rape case.
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Cold air poised to move in on the wings of some light precipitation tonight. Stay tuned for all the weather details.
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STAY with us the news is next.

Brzonkala


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-10
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More legal maneuvering in the civil case against Virginia Tech and two football players a former student has accused of rape.
Tech's attorney filed a motion yesterday, saying that Christy Brzonkala has no grounds for a discrimination suit against the university.
An attorney for one of the players, Tony Morrison, also filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
And attorneys for Brzonkala say the U-S Justice Department will intervene as a plaintiff.
Ellen Qualls spoke with Brzonkala yesterday.
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(( A year and a half after her alleged multiple rape, Christy Brzonkala is just 19 years old, and back in college life -- this time at George Mason University.
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((AND NOW IT'S SO WILD, CAUSE IT'S LIKE STATE POLICE... LIKE TOO MUCH, YOU KNOW.))
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That's not all that's too much.
An aggressive attorney has gotten her intense national media attention -- some of it too close for comfort.
Like a New York Times piece about her life before the alleged rapes.
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((AND THEY GOT REALLY PERSONAL AND THAT WAS HOW I WAS THEN. IT MAKES ME MAD BECAUSE I HAD TO CHANGE AND I'M NOT THAT INNOCENT YOUNG GIRL ANY MORE. I USED TO SAY I WISH I COULD GO BACK TO HIGH SCHOO.))
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Brzonkala says she is skeptical about the Attorney General's office ordering a state police investigation -- but is hoping for the best.
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((BUT IT'S NOT, I MEAN IT'S A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION AGAINST THE MEN, NOT VA TECH. I FEEL MADDER AT VIRGINIA TECH THAN THE MEN RIGHT NOW BECAUSE I WOULD HAVE BEEN HAPPY WITH WHAT THEY HAVE HIM THE FIRST TIME. I COULD HAVE GOTTEN ON WITH MY LIFE AND IT WOULD'VE BEEN FINE.))
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One unnamed network would like to make her life more fine by paying her for the rights to a made-for-TV movie.
She says she hasn't completely ruled that one out.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Fairfax.))

Morrison


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tal
TAPE#96-5
GRAPHIC=LEGAL SCALES


One of two Virginia Tech football students accused of raping Christy Brzonkala answered to unrelated charges in a Blacksburg courtroom this morning.
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Tony Morrison was charged with destroying property and stealing money from the tip jar at a Blacksburg night spot last December.
Judge Thomas Frith dropped those charges because Morrison paid for the damages.
He convicted the 20 year- old under the traffic code for public drunkenness, and for possession of his brother's driver's license.
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((TONY MORRISON/DEFENDANT: HE LEFT THE I.D. BEFORE, I GUESS A MONTH BEFORE I WAS ARRESTED AND I WAS JUST HOLDING IT, KEEPING IT IN A SAFE PLACE. QUESTION: DID YOU EVER TRY TO USE IT? ANSWER: NO, I DIDN'T INTEND TO USE IT THAT NIGHT AND I NEVER DID. ))
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Morrison's lawyer says the conviction will not impact the federal lawsuit filed by Brzonkala.

DUI-Fatal


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
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TAPE#edit of 95-93 (salem-ax)
GRAPHIC=legal scales


The night a young man's car struck and killed a woman in Roanoke County, the 16- year- old driver reportedly told police he had consumed more than seven shots of vodka.
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Police say it turned out he had a blood alcohol level of point-two-one, more than two and a half times the legal limit.
Witnesses to the accident that killed Bonnie Kitts in December say the driver of the car asked them what happened.
He kept saying -- quote -- "I've got to leave, I can't handle this" - end quote.
He indicated he might have hit another car rather than a pedestrian.
Witnesses estimated the young man's car was exceeding 55 miles an hour in a residential community.
A judge is deciding at this hour whether the teen will be tried as an adult.
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TRAIN-AX


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Sabotage is suspected in an an overnight train wreck in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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A runaway train crashed into a railroad office building injuring nine people.
The brakes on the Burlington Northern train failed and a spokesperson for the railroad says the train may have been tampered with.
One rail yard worker describes how he and several other men came within five feet of being hit.
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((MIKE JOHNSON/RAIL YARD WORKER: EVERYBODY RAN OUT AND I DIDN'T KNOW WHICH WAY TO GO, SO I WENT DOWN AND I COVERED MY HEAD, IT SOUNDED WORSE THAN A FREIGHT TRAIN, IT WAS MORE LIKE A HURRICANE -- THE TRAIN WAS RIPPING THROUGH THE BUILDING AND IT WAS COMING CLOSE AND CLOSER.))
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The F-B-I is now at the scene investigating.
Four of the injured remain hospitalized, but none of the injuries is considered life-threatening.
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BOMB-SCARE


ANCHOR=Melanie
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WRITER=MEL
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Police say they deactivated a bomb in central London today after getting coded warnings.
So far, no one has claimed responsibility.
This comes only days after an Irish Republican Army bombing in east London that killed two people and injured dozens more.

Water-Break


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=12
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#95-114
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Roanoke City crews hope to have a water main break repaired by mid- afternoon.
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The break in a 12- inch water line was discovered about seven o'clock this morning near Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
The problem initially caused low pressure in homes and businesses, but officials say the pressure should be back to normal this afternoon.
Jefferson Street between Flannagan Drive and McClanahan Street will remain closed until repairs are completed.
Some residents may see brownish water which could stain clothing, so the city is advising them to hold off on doing any laundry until the water clears.
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When News 7 returns,
Governor Allen talks about the G-O-P presidential race on national television.
We'll show you what he had to say,
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and we'll show you what happened during China's latest attempt to explore space.
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Teacher-Abuse


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=THa
TAPE#96-20
GRAPHIC=NONE


A Martinsville teacher charged with sexually abusing a former female student apparently had the chance to retire before the charge was presented to a grand jury, but did not take it.
59- year old Anna Corbin was a fifth grade teacher at Albert Harris Elementary school for 33- years.
The alleged victim,
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who's now 29, says the abuse began when she was eleven and continued until she left for college.
Commonwealth's Attorney Randy Smith says he wanted to indict in November, but held off until February.
He says Corbin's attorney asked that she be allowed to retire before presenting the case.
Smith says he was surprised to learn, Corbin in fact did NOT retire.
She was still employed as a teacher when the indictment was handed up this week.
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((RANDY SMITH/MARTINSVILLE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY: IF WE HAD THOUGHT THAT SOMEBODY WAS GOING TO BE IN JEOPARDY WE OBVIOUSLY WOULD NOT HAVE, BUT WE HAD NO EVIDENCE THAT ANYBODY WAS IN JEOPARDY BY WAITING OR DELAYING THE INDICTMENT. ))
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The alleged abuse included fondling and oral sex.
Corbin was suspended without pay this week.

Allen


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tho
TAPE#96-1
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Governor George Allen appeared on C-B-S This Morning showing his support for presidential hopeful Bob Dole.
As the nation's first primary nears and the list of G-O-P contenders thins -- things are heating up between Pat Buchanan and Bob Dole.
Political analysts claim that Dole will take a populus stand against Buchanan in New hampshire.
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Sharing the same view--Governor Allen called Bob Dole "a proven effective common sense conservative."
Governor Allen said that THIS characteristic will sway independents and conservative democrats who are drawn to bringing power back to the states and communities.
Even more importantly--Governor Allen says that Dole's conservative stand will unify the G-O-P.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN/; I LOOK AT BOB DOLE AS A MAN OF CHARACTER, A MAN OF PRINCIPLE, AND A PROVEN CONSERVATIVE WHO CAN UNITE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. WE NEED TO BE UNITED WITH ALL THE VARIOUS WINGS OF OUR PARTY FLAPPING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.))
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DEBATE


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
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Meantime The G-O-P presidential hopefuls are gearing up for a big debate tonight in the Granite state.
Meantime some new polls are giving conflicting outlooks in the race.
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One has Bob Dole well in front of the field.
A second has Dole, Pat Buchannan and Lamar Alexander in a statistical tie.
And a daily tracking poll for ``The Boston Globe'' shows Dole leading with 27 percent, followed by Buchanan with 17 percent, Forbes with 16 percent, and Alexander with 12 percent.
The standings could change after tonight's debate.
Yesterday the field of Republican contenders was narrowed to eight, when Phil Gramm quit the race. from net a
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(( SEN. PHIL GRAMM/R-TEXAS: WHEN THE VOTER SPEAKS I LISTEN ESPECIALLY WHEN THE VOTER IS SAYING SOMEBODY ELSE'S NAME. ))
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Voters cast ballots Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary.

YELTSIN


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=MEL
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In less than four months Russia holds ITS Presidential election.
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And President Boris Yeltsin announced this morning that he plans to run for a second term.
The announcement comes as no surprise, despite Yeltsin's heart problems, and despite a strong showing by opposition parties in December's parliamentary elections.
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China-Rocket


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=MEL
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It was definitely NOT a strong showing for China's fledgling space industry.
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Just seconds after takeoff yesterday a Chinese rocket carrying a communications satellite exploded.
It was the first launch attempt of China's newest and most advanced rocket.
An investigation into the cause is underway.
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Just ahead on News 7,
A Tennessee man wakes up from a seven year coma, only to face complications from pneumonia,
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and this 17-year-old Martinsville student has a few tricks up his sleeve.
We'll show you what he's up to when we return.
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COMA-MAN


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=MEL
TAPE# net
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In Tennesse, it looks like a second miracle for Gary Dockery.
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The 42- year- old man, who emerged from a seven-year coma this week, is said to be doing well after undergoing life-saving surgery this morning to stave off potentially deadly pneumonia.
The Tennesse police officer had been in a coma since he was shot in the head in 19-88.
Monday he spoke for the first time.
Doctor's had feared that today's surgery might send Dockery back into a coma.
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Magician


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#96-12
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When it comes to making hospital patients feel better, one Martinsville teenager says a little magic does the trick.
Kimberly McBroom caught up with the 17-year-old magician.
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With the sleight of hand, even the keenest observer finds it difficult to figure out these tricks.
And that's the way Joel Grodensky likes it.
At only 17, he's spent the past seven years perfecting his craft-- starting out as a child with a magic kit.
About once a week, he performs for patients at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville-Henry County-- volunteering through a partnership with his school.
And his magic seems to do the trick for his audience. ((PEOPLE REALLY ENJOY IT. THEY APPRECIATE JUST SOMEONE TO TALK TO A LOT OF THE TIMES-- YOU KNOW, YOU DO SOME MAGIC FOR THEM AND YOU TALK TO THEM FOR A WHILE, AND THEY APPRECIATE JUST HAVING SOMETHING TO DO. ))
The Carlisle School Junior is a paid professional-- performing at everything from birthday parties to the upcoming Business Expo.
As for the future-- there's no telling what he'll have up his sleeve. ((IT'LL ALWAYS BE SOMETHING THAT I'LL DO-- NO MATTER WHAT CAREER I GO WITH. I'LL PROBABLY ALWAYS DO MAGIC SHOWS ON THE SIDE, OR JUST DO SHOWS FOR FRIENDS OR WHATEVER. BUT I WOULD LOVE TO PURSUE IT AS A CAREER. ))
GRODENSKY SAYS HIS ULTIMATE AMBITION IS TO BECOME THE NEXT DAVID COPPERFIELD. BUT NO MATTER WHAT CAREER PATH HE CHOOSES, HE'S SURE TO KEEP HIS MAGIC TOUCH. Kimberly McBroom, News7, Martinsville.))

Citizens-Internet


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=lbe
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People in rural sections of southwest Virginia have not been able to access the Internet yet because of high, long-distance connection charges.
But that's about to change.
The Citizens Telephone Cooperative in Floyd is now offering a FLAT rate Internet connection service to a NINE county area. ESS/FULL
The service, called Citizens Internet, will be offered in Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, and Roanoke counties, as well as most cities and towns in the area.
For more information, call 1-800 9-4-1- 0-4-2-6.

Stocks


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=cro
TAPE#none
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Stocks have broken out of a mixed pattern, turning mostly higher.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was UP eleven points.

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Stick around.
Just ahead, Patrick will have highlights from college hoop action,
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and qualifying for Daytona is just a few minutes away.
Mike Stevens will give us a preview when we come back.
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BALTIMORE


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Baltimore has a familiar face to coach it's new N-F-L team.
Owner Art Modell announced this morning that Ted Marchibroda
(mahr-chih-BROH'-dah) will be the teams new head coach.


The 64-year-old Marchibroda replaces Bill Belichick, who was fired yesterday.
Marchibroda guided the Indianapolis Colts to the A-F-C championship game against Pittsburgh last season before he resigned over a reported contract dispute.
He also coached the Baltimore Colts to three A-F-C East titles in the 1970s.

Daytona


ANCHOR=patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mst
TAPE# r-31
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In just a few minutes nearly 100- thousand spectators will watch today's qualifying races at Daytona.
The 250 lap event determines the starting lineup for Sunday's Daytona 500.
Mike Stevens has a preview.
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UVA


ANCHOR=patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Roy
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The Virginia Cavaliers took their four game winning streak on the road to Durham last night, but Duke came back in the second half to beat the Cavs 79 to 69.
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Virginia Freshman Courtney Alexander goes to the hoop and scores off the glass.
Duke trails by as many as 15 but Ricky Price hits a jumper cutting the lead to 11.
Harold Deane has a good first half, too.
He scores and the Cavaliers lead 40 to 28 at the break.
In the second, Duke's Chris Collins drives and scores to complete a three point play.
Virginia comes right back going inside to Chris Alexander for the jam and foul.
U-V-A leads by 9 but there is plenty of time left.
Harold Deane fouls out with 8 SUPER=33-Duke/=79/Virginia/=69;minutes left

in the game and the Blue Devils beat the Cavaliers 79 to 69.
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VMI


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=twe
TAPE#-BB96-1
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V-M-I is celebrating its 11th straight win after defeating the Southern Conference's top team in the South division, Western Carolina.
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Larry Osborne takes the feed from Bryan Taueg and nails the short turnaround.
The Catamounts hang around awhile.
Joel Fleming hits Kevin Kullum on the break for the big jam, but V-M-I leads by 9 at the half.
Bart Bellairs' troops take control and score the first 7 points of the second half.
Lawrence Gullette with the nice look to Lester Johnson and the Keydets lead by 16.
Then Brent Conley bombs away from outside for 3 of his 20 on the night.
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V-M-I hits 13 treys and routs Western Carolina 90 to 73, clinching a winning season for the first time since '84-'85.
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wrap


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BUH-Bye. And that's it for News 7 at Noon.