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NOON-HEADLINES

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Three American servicemen are found guilty of rape in Japan.
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And the voting has started into today's New York G-O-P Primary.
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Most of the rain is behind us now and the flood watch has been cancelled for the New River Valley and far southwest Virginia.
The weather conditions are looking better.
I'll have the latest forecast in a few minutes.
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Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.

Halifax-Murder


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One man is dead and another in custody today after a shooting in Halifax County last night.
Authorities say an argument apparently led to the fatal shooting.
They say 33- year old Anthony Meadows was shot once in the upper chest with what appeared to be a small caliber gun.
He died at the hospital.
Sheriff's deputies arrested 26- year old Barry Dwight Thomas, Junior of South Boston.
He's been charged with first degree murder.
The shooting happened around 10- 30 at a mobile home East of Turbeville
(TUR-ba-ville).



Subway-bombing


ANCHOR=Melanie
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WRITER=mel
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A New York man was convicted this morning of attempted murder for firebombing a New York subway.
Edward Leary admitted he placed bombs on trains in December of 1994, but claimed he was taking prescription drugs that made him insane.
Prosecutors argued Leary knew what he was doing.


JAPAN


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Three U-S. servicemen based in Japan have been convicted in the rape of a 12-year old Okinawan girl.
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They'll serve sentences ranging from six-and-a-half to seven years in a Japanese prison.
Relatives of the servicemen say the men are being used as scapegoats.
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((KIM CANNON:I'M VERY UPSET...
BARBARA CANNON:WORD'S CAN'T EXPRFESS..WHAT FAMILY IS GOING THROUGH. ))
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The case has strained relations between the U-S and Japan, sparking months of protest that included a call for the removal of American troops from the island.
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New-Industry


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The textile industry in Martinsville and Henry County has seen its share of setbacks in the past month.
Three separate companies have cut more than 500 jobs.
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But this morning, some good news.
A California pillow maker says it will set up its east coast operation in Henry County, and initially employ 100 people.
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((GREG PARBS/AMERICAN FIBER INDUSTRIES: WE'RE GONNA TRY TO GET OUR KEY PEOPLE IN LINE IN MAY AND WE WILL START PRODUCTION TRAINING HOPEFULLY IN JUNE, AND THE PRODUCTION SHIPPING OUT IN JULY.))
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American Fiber Industries is one of the five largest pillow manufacturers in the country.
It's big customers include household names like WalMart, Sears, and Montgomery Ward.

PRIMARIES


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In the Republican Presidential push to add delegates, today brings a one stop bonanza.
The New York primary today offers 93 delegates, and the first test for a new three-way contest.
Sandra Hughes reports.
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That was Sandra Hughes reporting.

SOUTHERN-WX


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At least five people were injured this morning, two seriously, when a twister touched down near Augusta, Georgia.
Seven homes were destroyed and at least a dozen more sustained heavy damage.
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Yesterday, tornadoes ripped through Alabama killing eight people.
Four of the dead were killed as a tornado ripped through a trailer park.
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When News 7 returns -
Questions on Capitol Hill concerning the safety of air bags,
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and some kids in Martinsville are learning what it's like to be a part of law enforcement.
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The flood watch has been cancelled for the New River Valley and far southwest Virginia. In Highland County, the Winter Storm Warning is now a winter weather advisory. That means 1 to three inches of snow is expected. It looks like most of the precipitation will be out of our area by the time the really cold air moves in later this evening. Temperatures will be dropping into the 30s by late this afternoon. I'll have the full details in a few minutes. music up full
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Salvation-Ax


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The Roanoke Salvation Army Store got a donation they could have done without today.
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A woman drove through a large glass window at the Salvation Army Thrift Shop on Williamson Road shortly before 11 this morning.
The manager of the shop says the store will not close and that she hopes business will pick up now that they have a drive-thru.
No one was hurt in the accident--but everyone was shocked.
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((BRENDA WRIGHT/MANAGER; THEN WHEN I TURNED AND LOOKED AND SEEN THE CAR COMING, I JUST STOOD THERE SCREAMING, JUST WATCHING IT, JUST JUST COME ON IN. IT'S JUST UNREAL.))
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Police are still investigating the incident.

AIR-BAGS


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A Senate Committee is holding a hearing today on the safety of air bags.
The hearing follows the deaths of at least eight children killed in accidents in which air bags inflated.
Among those scheduled to testify: an administrator from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and an official from the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers.

Carroll-Administrator


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WRITER=tal
TAPE#96-9
GRAPHIC=State Police Investigation


Carroll County administrator Billy Mitchell is suspended with pay amid a state police investigation into possible missing county funds.
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The board of supervisors suspended Mitchell Saturday after an auditor's report turned up some discrepancies.
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Since then, county attorney Phillip Jones says the auditors have raised more concerns.
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((PHILLIP JONES/CARROLL CO. ATTORNEY: THE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION THAT'S BEEN GATHERED THOUGH HAS CREATED A SITUATION WHERE PROCEDURALLY IT WOULD BE PROPER TO BRING THE STATE POLICE IN TO INVESTIGATE IT FURTHER. ))
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Mitchell was treasurer of the Industrial Development Authority and the Public Service Authority, which NEWS-7 has learned may be focal points of the investigation.
County supervisor Emmett Jones says the board will no longer allow the county administrator--no matter who it is-- to serve in that capacity.
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((EMMETT JONES/CARROLL CO. SUPERVISOR: AT LEAST, I THINK THREE OF THE AUTHORITIES HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED TO APPOINT TEMPORARILY A NEW SECRETARY/TREASURER. ))
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The board appointed Jimmy Alderman of Carroll County's computer operations department as acting county administrator.

Church-Theft


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While Methodist choir members in Roanoke County were going through their lyrics, a theif was going through their belongings.
Authorities say three United Methodist churches have been hit in the last three weeks, apparently by the same person.
More than a half-dozen choir members at Bonsack United Methodist Church were victimized Sunday.
As choir members sang during the morning service, someone entered the choir room, rifled through purses and took a wallet from a man's jacket.
Two church members reported seeing a man leaving the building and getting into a small white car.
The description matched that of a man seen at two other churches.


Citizens-Police Academy


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Teens in Martinsville are learning what it's like to be a part of law enforcement.
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The Martinsville police department has started a teen police academy.
Last night's lesson: learning to pay attention to details at a crime scene.
High- school students go through an eight week mini-version of basic training.
Besides showing them the ropes-- the department hopes to build better rapport with teens.
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((DAVID EDWARDS/MARTINSVILLE POLICE CHIEF: YOUNG ADULTS THAT WE'RE GETTING IN THESE CLASSES PROBABLY AREN'T THE KIND THAT'S GOING TO GIVE US A PROBLEM ANYWAY-- I DON'T KNOW. I HOPE WE'VE GOT SOME BORDERLINE PEOPLE IN HERE WHO MAY BE LEANING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. BUT WHEN THEY COME IN AND SIT THROUGH THIS ACADEMY, THEY'LL MAYBE HAVE A CHANGE OF HEART AND SWING OVER.))
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The program is also stirring interest among aspiring police officers.
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((JIM LOWELL/MARTINSVILLE HIGH SENIOR: I JUST WANT TO GET AN EDGE ON THE POLICE ACADEMY AND EVERYTHING ELSE-- NOT MUCH OF AN EDGE, OF COURSE-- BUT LEARN A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN I WOULD NORMALLY GOING INTO IT. ))
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Students learn patrol and arrest procedures, as well as investigation techniques.
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Still to come,
The space shuttle Columbia runs into a little trouble during its mission,
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and CBS throws a "rather" unique anniversary party.
News 7 at Noon will be right back.
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shuttle


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Some trouble aboard the Shuttle Columbia.
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This morning during a routine flight check astronauts on board discovered a critical computer circuit has failed.
There's no danger to the crew, but NASA is considering ordering Columbia to land tomorrow.
That may also force the shuttle to touch down in California instead of Florida.
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rather


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It has been 15 years since Dan Rather took over the C-B-S news anchor desk from a retiring Walter Cronkite.
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Last night the who's who of the news industry attended a party held in his honor.
Even his predecessor showed up with some kind words.
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The president of C-B-S News praised Rather's commitment to the craft of journalism.
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Layoffs


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This week, two textile manufacturers in Southside announced major layoffs.
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Sara Lee Knit Products is closing its Martinsville facility -- that plant employs 420 workers.
And yesterday Tultex announced it will eliminate up to 140 jobs by the end of the month.
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What is the psychological impact of losing a job so suddenly, and through no fault of your own?
Business reporter Len Besthoff joins us with some answers.
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SUPER=01-Ward West/Family Service of Roanoke Valley;
(What goes through someone's mind when they're laid-off?)



(Some companies have used your services to counsel workers, what do you do?)



(Is there hope for these workers?)


Stocks


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Stocks are showing little change from opening levels.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was DOWN 7 points.
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Don't go away -
Sports is next including a preview of the Big South tournament beginning tonight,
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and UVa talks about its meeting with Wake Forest in the A-C-C tournament.
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Rhode-Island


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The Virginia Tech Hokies will play Rhode Island tonight in the second round of the Atlantic 10 tournament.
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The Rams of Rhode Island were leading La Salle 75 to 52 with two minutes left to play.
It was big game for guard Tyson Wheeler.
He goes coast to coast, then slices up the Explorer defense for the tough lay up.
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Wheeler had some help from Michael Anderson, who cleans up the mess on Wheeler's miss.
Rhode Island advances on the 85 -59 win.
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UVa


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U-V-a is focusing on Friday's night's game with Wake Forest in the A-C-C tournament.
The Cavaliers beat Wake in their last meeting by containing Tim Duncan, but there's the Deacons' outside shooting to contend with as well.
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South


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And the Big South Women's basketball tournament opens play today at the Dedmon Center.
Roy Stanley takes a closer look at the tourney and some area players who are competing.
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((UNC Greensboro won the Big south regular season title and earned the number one seed in the tournament.
Because of injuries, The Lady Spartans have used several different lineups throughout the season and head coach Lynn Agee says that's helped in team balance.)) ((LYNNE AGEE/UNC GREENSBORO HEAD COACH: )) ((Agee and the other big south coaches have recruited this area very strong.
Freshman Samantha Ferguson of Collinsville is on the Spartan roster.
Michelle Wyms, who played at Radford High School is a starter for Liberty University.
Floyd county's Leigh-Ann Pursifull is a starter for Winthrop averaging around 10 points a game.
And freshman Kim Hairston is a starter for Radford averaging a team high 15 points.)) ((KIM HAIRSTON/RADFORD GUARD: )) ((LEIGH-ANN PURSIFULL/WINTHROP GUARD: )) ((The Highlanders have won the tournament title six straight years but it's getting harder each year since the winner gets an automatic bid to the NCAA.)) ((LUBOMYR LICHONCZAK/RADFORD HEAD COACH: )) ((ROY STANDUP: ))
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WRAP


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Coming up today on Health Check-- grieving for children.
Connie Stevens interviews an author of a book on the topic, who will share her experiences with us.
Plus, the Postal Service unveils its weapon in the fight against breast cancer.
Those stories, coming up today on News 7 at FIVE.
That's it for News 7 at Noon. Thanks for joining us.