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NOON-HEADLINES

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A plea is reached in the trial of a Montgomery County man accused of brutally murdering his wife,
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and a manhunt is underway in Roanoke for a man suspected of starting a house fire following a domestic dispute.
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TALENT=Patrick
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Showers will taper off later this afternoon, and cooler temperatures will move in for tonight and tomorrow. I'll have the complete weather story coming up.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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Don't go away, the News is next.

Overby


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tal
TAPE#96-23
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Jury selection in the trial of a man accused of killing his wife came to an abrupt halt today, as Scott Overby pled no contest to a charge of capital murder.
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Overby had already admitted strangling his estranged wife, Sheila Ann Stafford last August.
And yesterday he pled guilty to defiling her body by sexually assaulting her with various objects, urinating on her, and mutilating her body with a knife.
His lawyer says listening to the details described for prospective jurors proved too much.
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((JIMMY TURK/OVERBY'S LAWYER: HE JUST COULDN'T COPE WITH GOING BACK OVER AND AND SEEING VISUALLY ALL THE PICTURES AND REMEMBERING ALL THE EVENTS THAT OCCURRED WHEN HE TRAGICALLY TOOK HIS WIFE'S LIFE. ))
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With no plea bargain, Overby may still face the death penalty.
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((PEGGY FRANK/ASST. MONTGOMERY CO. PROSECUTOR: WE WOULD NOT AGREE TO ANY PLEA LESS THAN THE DEATH PENALTY, LIKE LIFE IN PRISON OR ANY OTHER ON THE RAPE OR THE OBJECT PENETRATION. ))
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It's now up to the judge to decide whether Overby is guilty of capital murder, and whether he should be sentenced to die.
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Roanoke-Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
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TAPE# 96-39
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Roanoke police are looking for a man accused of burning a home and a car following a domestic dispute this morning.
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It happened at the 1600 block of Keswick Avenue.
Police say 23-year-old Robin Williams and Benjamin Greene where in an apartment sleeping when Williams' ex-boyfriend came to the residence.
Both were awakened when the suspect allegedly set Greene's car on fire, and then threw burning objects into the apartment.
Greene fired several shots with a handgun and scared the suspect away.
He and Williams escaped the burning house with numerous burns and cuts.
Williams was taken to the hospital.
Her injuries did not appear to be life threatening.
Police say the suspect is wanted for attempted murder and several other charges.
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NM-Fire


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Thousands of acres in the West are going up in smoke.
In Arizona, more than a thousand firefighters are battling range fires that have consumed some 43-thousand acres.
In Southern California, changing weather conditions offer hope to firefighters trying to put out wildfires in Ventura and San Diego counties that have have burned eleven-thousand acres.
And the Los Alamos, New Mexico, nuclear lab is still in the path of the Dome Fire -- a fast moving blaze that has swept over 14 thousand acres.
Julie Havel reports.
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That was Julie Havel reporting.

FLOODS


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And while the west is trying to put out flames the MIDwest is struggling to stay above water.
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In Missouri, four people are dead after a storm damaged buildings, knocked out power to thousands of homes, and derailed a train in a freak mudslide.
Forecasters say that by week's end, parts of Indiana could see near record flooding.
So far about 500 people have been evacuated from their homes in Indiana.
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GAS-PRICES


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
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The American Petroleum Institute calls President Clinton's idea to release stockpiled oil to bring down gas prices a little more than a drop in the bucket.
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Yesterday the president said he would authorize the sale of 12-million barrels of oil from the nation's strategic oil reserves.
An institute economist says it may have some impact on prices, but the real impact depends on improving production from the world's oil fields.
The recent rise in the cost of gas is prompting Congress to consider a repeal of the President's 19-93 gas tax.
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FAT-DRUG


ANCHOR=Melanie
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The F-D-A has approved the first anti- obesity drug in 22 years.
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The drug DEXFENFLURAMINE (dex-fehn-FLOO-rah-meen) fools users into feeling full so they lose weight.
Worries about the drug's negative effects on animals were thought to be insufficient to prevent widespread use by humans.
But critics say, at high doses, dexfenfluramine can be toxic and can cause nerve damage.
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The drug is due on the market this summer.
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When we come back --
What a judge decided in the case of two girls accused in a drowning hoax,
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and a man charged with 35 deaths in Tasmania is causing problems for the hospital that's treating him.
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Australia


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
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A hospital says it's recieved several threats because it's treating the suspect in Australia's worst modern-day mass killing.
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Twenty-eight year old Martin Bryant has been formally charged with murder in the weekend deaths of 35 people in Tasmania.
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He's hospitalized for burns suffered in a fire he apparently set at a cottage where he held three hostages.
Bryant faces life in prison if convicted.
Australia has no death penalty.
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GILES-HOAX


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A Giles County judge has dismissed charges against two teen-age girls, ages 16 and 14, who reported that the younger girl had jumped to her death from a bridge near Pembroke.
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Authorities had charged each teen with one count of making a false report after the 14-year-old was found alive two days after she reportedly jumped.
Rescuers put their own lives on the line, braving the icy waters of the New River in search of the girl's body.
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Child-Mourning


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
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When young children die who helps their family, friends, or classmates deal with the loss?
Just recently the Lexington community experienced such a tragedy.
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Ten-year-old John Pickral was killed in an apparent accidental shooting on the range of the Virginia Military Institute.
He was shot by V-M-I Shooting Coach Jim Thorpe.
Last night Thorpe told authorities
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he thought the pistol was empty when he pointed it at his hand and pulled the trigger.
The bullet went through his hand and struck Pickral in the chest.
Pickral was a fourth grader at Waddell Elementary school in Lexington.
Counselors, teachers, and volunteers have been called in to help his classmates with the grieving process.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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Ron Jones is in our studio with an expert to explain that healing process.
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Thanks Melanie-- Dr. Wally Scott of Family Service of Roanoke Valley has been practicing in adolescent counseling for 16 years.
He's here to give us some advice on how to assist kids who are grieving.
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Coming up
Alzheimer's patients will soon have a new home in Roanoke County,
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and Las Vegas is topping itself yet again.
The sky's the limit for this new attraction.
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Richfield-Center


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=12
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#96-27
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Richfield Retirement Community has announced plans to build a 100- bed center for Alzheimer's patients.
The four- million dollar facility will be the largest of its kind in western Virginia.
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The center will be located on Richfield property in western Roanoke County. It will employ 100.
Officials say almost 30- thousand people within a 100- mile radius of the Roanoke Valley suffer from Alzheimer's or related problems.
Construction will begin this fall, and the project should be complete by the end of next year.
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VEGAS-TOWER


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Another project -- this one a mega resort -- opened today in Las Vegas.
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Last night thousands of V-I-P guests and media from around the world got their first look at the Stratosphere Tower.
Plenty of brave souls tried out the resort's rooftop roller coaster.
But the highlight of the evening was a 50- thousand dollar fireworks show.
The casino-hotel opens with 15- hundred rooms, and crews are rushing to add another one- thousand by December.
The 135 story tower is the tallest building west of the Mississippi.
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City-Budget


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#96-38
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Some Roanoke city residents trashed the idea of automated garbage collection, while others thought it was a sweet idea.
Meantime, others called for more money for inner- city children, as well as for greenways.
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Those were just a few of the comments presented at last night's hearing on the 1996-97 Roanoke City budget.
A plea was made for more federal money to go toward centers for special needs children.
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((KAY HALE/WEST END CENTER: YOU ALL NEED TO SPEND MORE TIME IN OUR INNER-CITY POCKETS, NOT JUST DURING ELECTION TIME, AND SEE UP CLOSE THE TREMENDOUS LACK OF RESOURCES IN THESE AREAS, AND THE FUTURE OF OUR CITY. ))
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Meanwhile, Roanoke's consideration of automated trash collection was foul to some-- who say it would cost too much.
But others believe the so-called one-armed bandits are a good alternative.
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((CHARLES HANCOCK: IT'S BIG AND IT'S UGLY, BUT I'D PERFER TO SEE THAT OVER THE TORN- UP BAGS OF GARBAGE STREWN ALL OVER THE YARDS. ))
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And making Roanoke more biker-friendly was on the minds of a few speakers-- who say they want funding for a Greenways coordinator.
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Stocks


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=cro
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Stocks are lower today.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was DOWN 13 points.
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Next on News 7 at noon
A NASCAR driver undergoes surgery,
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and U-V-A is sending more than a dozen athletes to this summer's Olympics.
We'll show you who made the cut.
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Elliott


ANCHOR=patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#R-32
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Bill Elliott is out of surgery and resting at a medical center in Birmingham, Alabama following his accident Sunday in Talladega.
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Last night Elliott underwent a successful two hour operation to repair a broken leg, that was fractured just below the hip.
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A team of surgeons worked on the break, which is characterized as an unstable fracture.
And for that reason it will likely be several months before Elliott drives again.
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Elliott is expected to be in the hospital for 7-to-10 days.
His streak of 395 straight races will now come to an end, with Tommy Kendall replacing him at Sonoma this Sunday.

Craven


ANCHOR=patrick
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#s6-4
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Ricky Craven was involved in a more spectacular crash on Sunday, but his injury news is much better today.
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Craven spent part of Sunday night in the intensive care unit at the Carraway County medical center.
But after passing a battery of tests including a CAT scan, Craven walked out of the hospital under his own power, leaving with nothing more than bruises and a few scratches.
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Swim


ANCHOR=patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Roy
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The University of Virginia will be well represented at the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta as no less than 13 current or former Cavaliers will take part as as players, coaches or trainers.
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Roy Stanley has the story of Virginia swimmer who has the "Wright" stuff to bring a medal back to Charlottesville.
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((Most athletes dream about competing in the olympics at an early age and Wright started his dream in 1984 after watching the olympics on T-V at the age of 11.)
(PETER WRIGHT/OLYMPIC SWIMMER: I REMEMBER WATCHING THE 800 METER FREESTYLE

RELAY, AND THE AMERICANS WIN, AND I THOUGHT IT WAS AN AMAZING THING. EVEN AS A LITTLE KID I THOUGHT WOULDN'T THAT BE GREAT JUST TO BE THERE. SO THAT'S WHEN THE DREAM STARTED.)) ((Wright's dream came true last month in Indianapolis, Indiana when he finished second in the 15-hundred meter freestyle competition.))
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((Mono and a broken arm all but wiped out Wright's senior season at U-V-A. But instead of giving up he took a year off from school and started training for the Olympic Trials.
Wright swims six miles in the morning grinding it out in the pool and six more miles in the afternoon working on his speed.)) ((MARK BERNARDINO/UVA SWIMMING COACH: HE ENJOYS THE MIND GAMES THAT GO ON I THE LONGER SETS AND THE LONGER RE\ACES, AND THE LONGER THE RACE GETS, THE MORE HIS BODY SEEMS TO ACCLIMATE TO THE SWIM, THE BETTER GROOOVE HE CAN PUT HIMSELF IN AND THE FASTER HE'LL GET. HE JUST KEEPS GOING AND GOING AND GOING. )) ((WRIGHT: IF YOU HAVE GOALS AND ARE FOCUSED, THAT'S THE ONLY WAY YOU ARE GOING TO GET THROUGH IT, AND THAT'S RIGHT NOW I COULDN'T HAVE ANY MORE REASON TO SWIM. SWIMMING AT TH OLYMPIC GAMES IS A INCREDIBLE HONOR, AND I REALLY WANT TO PERFORM WELL. SO ITS BEEN A LOT EASIER FOR ME THESE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS TO GET INTO THE WATER AND TRAIN HARD )) ((ROY STANDUP: MELANIE VOLARIO A FORMER UVA SWIMMER ALSO MADE THE US OLYMPIC TEAM. SHE WILL COMPETE AS PART OF THE WOMEN'S 400 METER FREESTYLE RELAY TEAM. IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, ROY STANLEY NEWS 7 SPORTS. ))
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That's it for News 7 at Noon. Thanks for watching.