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NOON-HEADLINES

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Coming up on News 7 at Noon,
An apparent natural gas explosion at an apartment complex in Russia kills six people,
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and Richmond police make an arrest in one of the Golden Years slayings.
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Don't go away, the news is next.

Richmond-Murders


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TAPE#96-36
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Richmond police think they've solved one piece of the puzzle in a string of murders of older women.
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The so- called Golden Years Task Force has arrested an 18- year old woman -- who would have been 15 at the time of the murder with which she's charged.
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((SHE IS NOT CURRENTLY A SUSPECT IN ANY OF THE OTHER GOLDEN YEARS HOMICIDES THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT. ROBBERY WAS THE MOTIVE IN THIS CASE.))
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Police say the young woman was already incarcerated in a state prison when arrested yesterday.
She'd been in prison since October -- and five Golden Years murders have happened since that time.
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In another development in the Golden Years slayings, Richmond police say they are going to Texas to see if a murder suspect there might be linked to the killings.
The man, Karl Smetana (Sme-TANA), frequently travelled back and forth between Texas and Richmond.
He was arrested Saturday for the strangling murder of his mother, whom he said was possessed by demons.

Allman


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TAPE#96-33
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The man accused of causing a fatal traffic accident while fleeing from Roanoke County police had a history of bad driving.
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In court this morning, a judge pointed out Scott Allman's poor driving record of 49 driving demerits.
The 21-year-old faced two traffic violations -- one for failure to appear in court and the other for driving on a suspended license.
Allman was ordered to pay a 100- dollar fine and was placed on 12 months probation.
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Allman is accused of leading police on a high speed chase last month which resulted in the deaths of a Vinton couple and their infant.
Allman's preliminary hearing is scheduled for later this month.
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Russia-fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
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Six people are dead and more than a dozen missing after an apartment building disintegrated in northern Russia today.
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The five-story building collapsed following an explosion.
Officials believe the blast was caused by a natural gas leak.
A plane with workers and equipment is being sent to help with rescue efforts.
The town where the building collapsed is about 90 miles northwest of St. Petersburg.
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Freemen


ANCHOR=Melanie
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The Montana Freemen are on the move for the first time since the beginning of their 59- day stand off.
They have sent out armed members to patrol the compound.
The increased show of force comes as the latest mediation between the F-B-I and the Freemen breaks down.
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Colorado State Senator Charles Duke -- a leader of his own state's "patriot" movement -- says the freemen haven't kept their word and they can't be trusted.
He says those on the ranch "need to feel some pain."
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He continues, saying he's convinced the F-B-I has done all it can to end the standoff without violence.
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((IT IS CLEAR THAT WHAT EVER COMPROMISABLE SOLUTION THAT THE FBI PRESENTS, THE FREEMEN ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO ESCALATE IT I DO NOT BELIEVE THEY WANT A PEACEFUL SOLUTION TO THIS. ))
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Duke says talk isn't working, now the F-B-I should take action.
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CONGRESS


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The House today is set to vote on a minimum wage bill.
It would raise the minimum wage 90 cents-- to five dollars and 15 cents an hour over two years.
The debate follows yesterday's passage of a bill that temporarily suspends the 19-93 four- cent a gallon federal gas tax.
Sharyl Attkisson has more on the vote and who it benefits.
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((Democrats imposed the latest tax on gasoline in 1993...but last night, they laroely voted with republicans who WANTED to ax the tax.
"THE YEAHS ARE 301 AND THE NAYS ARE 108."
But final passage did not come without a fight from Democrats who wanted guarantees that oil companies would pass along the four-point-tiree cent per gallon savings to consumers.
REP. NICK RAHALL, D- W VA: "IF ANYBODY REALLY BELIVES THE ACTION WERE GONNA TAKE HERE TODAY BY REPEALING THE 4.3 CENTS GAS TAX IS GONNA LEAD TO LOWER PRICES AT THE PUMP, THAN I SAY IF YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT WELCOME TO LA-LA LAND."
But Republicans balked, accusing the democrats of never meeting a tax they didn't like.
REP. TOM DELAY, R-TX.: "FOR 40 YEARS, THE CONGRESS HAS BEEN NICKEL AND DIMING THE AMERICAN FAMILY TO DEATH.
Now, repeal of the gas tax goes to the Senate where democrats are expected to try to delay a vote as long as they can.
SEN. TOM DASCHLE, D-SD/ MINORITY LEADER: "THERE ISN'T A BURNING DESIRE TO DEAL WITH THE GAS TAX ISSUE ON OUR SIDE."
That's because the popular move to kill the tax was senator bob dole's idea.

Even if passage is inevitable, Democrats want to postpone, as long as possible, giving Dole this tax cut to brag about on the Republican presidential campaign trail.
Sharyl Attkisson CBS News, Capitol Hill.))


Boty-Supers


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
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TAPE#96-34
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The economic explosion continues in Botetourt County.
Last month the county board of supervisors gave the go ahead to a 300-home golf course community... on Route 220.
Yesterday, the board approved land for more development across the street.
Scott Prince has the story.
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((The Botetourt County Board of Supervisors has taken an industrial-sized step toward... more industry.
The board voted to rezone more than eighty percent of the 923 acre tract... soon to be known as Botetourt Center at Greenfield.
But the decision didn't go unopposed at a public hearing.
Those against the plan say Greenfield does not mean greener pastures.
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((BOB BAGNOLI: REMEMBER THAT THE COUNTY SEAL BEHIND YOU HAS A HAY STACK ON IT-- NOT A SMOKE STACK )) BUTT!BUTT!BUTT!
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((DAVE MANKIN: I SUDDENLY SYMPATHIZE WITH THE AMERICAN INDIAN WHO FOUGHT THE GOVERNMENT FOREVER, AND ENDED UP LOSING HIS LAND. ))
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((Those opposed to Botetourt Center at Greenfield are also afraid of traffic. They say this plan, along with a golf course community across the street, could equal a number of headaches for motorists.))
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But County Administrator Jerry Burgess points to an independent study, showing that traffic will not be significantly affected.
For all of the nay-sayers, there were plenty of people on hand supporting the 11- million dollar project.
Initial plans show it will eventually be home to an elementary school, a recreation area and a massive business and office park... spanning 150 acres.
Burgess is hopeful the county will receive Federal and state grants for the project.
Construction could start as early as this winter.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Botetourt County.))
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Coming up on News 7 at Noon-
We all know the conventional wisdom- water is good for us and salt is bad, but is that really so?
We'll have the latest studies,
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and a local school without grades celebrates a quarter century of educating youngsters.
We'll show you how it's survived and thrived.
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WATER


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There's a warning out this afternoon about the safety of our drinking water.
A new report says disease outbreaks are becoming increasingly likely, even in developed countries, because of population growth and aging water systems.
The report, by a 65-member panel of experts, is being presented in New Orleans at a meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.
The scientists say the problem of decaying systems and decreased water testing is even more serious than contamination from toxic waste.

SALT


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And while some water may be bad for you -- there's news that salt may not be all THAT bad, after all.
A new study out of Canada says that healthy people and even some people with high blood pressure don't gain much by lowering salt in their diet.
The report, however, is being challenged by the director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Byron Harlan reports.
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((
Stroll into any supermarket and you'll find them: product labels which proudly say, the producers slashed the salt inside.
Traditional thinking has been if you cut the salt, you cut your risk of high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease.
On that point there is still widespread agreement among many doctors.
But, just listen to this:
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WORRY.
Dr. burgess is the president of canada s hypertension society.
She supports a report, that s now been published in the journal of the American Medical Association, which says, reducing salt in your diet will probably not reduce your blood pressure.
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WORRYING ABOUT CURRENT CONSUMPTION OF SALT.
But not people who have certain types of health problems.
Those folks may want to reach for low-or-no-salt foods.
BURGESS: THOSE KINDS OF PRODUCTS MAY BE OF VALUE IN PEOPLE WHO HAVE HEART FAILURE OR OTHER EXTREME DISEASES.
But before you stock up on chips and other high salt goodies, some critics want you to know that, the company that makes campbell s soup paid for a portion of the study.
Read the back label and you ll see, you get nearly half the sodium the government recommends each day from one can of soup.
But the study s authors will tell you, the soup-maker didn t control the report.
Everyone will tell you, a healthy lifestyle is what you should aim for. cut-back on the fatty foods, work-out and get a blood pressure check...good habits, proven to lead to good health.
Byron Harlan, CBS News, Chicago.))


Green-Twins


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The mother of a seven- year- old boy killed two years ago while vacationing in Italy has given birth to twins.
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Maggie Green gave birth to a baby girl and boy yesterday.
Telephone calls congratulating the couple poured in from across the world.
In 1994, the Greens were vacationing in Italy when bandits shot their son Nicholas in the head.
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((MAGGIE GREEN;OUR HOUSE HAS BEEN EMPTY SINCE NICHOLAS HAS BEEN GONE... AND WHILE THESE BABIES WON'T REPLACE HIM IN OUR HEARTS, THEY'LL MAKE A LOT OF NOISE. ))
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The Greens gained national attention after they donated their son's organs to save seven Italian patients.
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B'burg-School


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TAPE#96-35
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In Blacksburg, a school that began offering alternative education to children 25 years ago is still going strong.
Tracy Altizer reports, while the parents and students have changed, the mission remains the same.
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Reading, writing and arithmetic are essential for every child.
The difference is in the way they're taught.
At the Blacksburg New School, parents and teachers design the curriculum.
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((What have you been learning about? ALEX KEEN/KINDERGARTEN STUDENT: BATS, AMPHIBIANS, REPTILES. ))
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And instead of grading, students get written evaluations.
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((KATE MORGAN/BNS TEACHER: I THINK THEY'RE MORE RELAXED AND THEY'RE ABLE TO LEARN MORE, AND LEARN MORE AT THEIR OWN SPEED, THEIR OWN PACE, INSTEAD OF HAVING TO KEEP UP WITH THE STANDARDIZED TESTS AND KEEP UP WITH EACH OTHER.))
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The school has four paid teachers, and this year 31 students in grades K through four.
Besides paying tuition, parents work a minimum of one hour a week, doing everything from cleaning the building to serving as teachers aides. suWith the debate over public funding for charter schools, this is a school that's survived 25 years without it. And if public funds were to become available, it's questionable whether the parents here would even want it.
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On the school's silver anniversary, supporters say they'll continue providing what they feel is a golden opportunity in education. Tracy Altizer, News 7. ))
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When we return-
NASA says the giant inflatable antenna is just a memory, but now they're releasing a satellite the size of a trash can,
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and what kind of unnatural acts does it take to make nature so beautiful?
We'll take you to the Chelsea Flower Show in London.
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SHUTTLE


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Another busy day in space for the Shuttle Endeavour crew.
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Earlier this morning astronauts deployed another satellite.
The garbage can- sized craft is equipped with magnetic rods.
The rods are designed to use the Earth's magnetic field to help keep it pointed in the right direction.
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Flower-show


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The weather on this side of the Atlantic hasn't been particularly Spring-like of late.
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So for a sure sign of Spring, we travel to London this afternoon for the the world's most famous flower show.
The Chelsea Flower Show may appear to be an oasis of beauty in central London, but it's actually all based on trickery and big bucks.
These gardens have budgets up to 200-thousand dollars, and the plants are fooled into bloom with artificial sunlight or chilled to prevent premature blossoms.
It's all in effort to assure that every flower is at its peak this week.
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Toys


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Toys "R" Us will face anti-trust charges.
Federal trade regulators voted today to start legal action against the nation's largest toy retailer.
The Federal Trade Commission says the chain "has used its market power to keep toy prices higher."


Outlook


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In Roanoke -- a group is looking for input about the future of the downtown area.
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Downtown Roanoke Incorporated is holding a public meeting at 513 Jefferson Street until one-thirty this afternoon.
It's hoping to turn the downtown area into a 24-hour community by attracting more homeowners and new businesses.
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Plans for Outlook Downtown Roanoke should be complete by Christmas.
Another public meeting is scheduled for seven tonight at the Patrick Henry Hotel.
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Stocks


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Stocks are suffering from a lack of buyer interest, with very little in the way of market-moving news today.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was DOWN six points.
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Coming up in sports-
Patrick has N-H-L highlights,
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and the latest from the N-B-A as the Bulls continue to stampede ahead in the Eastern Conference finals.
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Hornets


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The buzz continues over the Charlotte Hornets.
Owner George Shinn announced today that he and team president Spencer Stolpen have ended their business relationship.
Shinn says no one will be named to replace him.
In a prepared statement, Shinn says the Hornets are facing major decisions regarding the team and where it will play in the future.
Allan Bristow recently resigned as coach, and the team is pondering several scenarios for where its future home will be.

Bulls


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The Orlando Magic blew an 18-point lead in the third quarter and lost their second straight Conference final game in Chicago 93-to-88.
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The Magic scored just 24 points after grabbing a 64-to-46 lead midway through the third quarter.
The Bulls lead the N-B-A's Eastern Conference series 2-to-0.
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NHL


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To the N-H-L --
Detroit has opened the Western Conference finals with a pair of home losses,

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including last night's three-to-nothing shutout by Colorado.
Patrick Roy (wah) blanked the Red Wings on 35 saves to post his seventh career playoff shutout.
Joe Sakic (SAK'-ihk) scored his playoff-leading 14th goal.
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Stuff


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The Winston Cup cars are once again converging on the Charlotte Motor Speedway as preparations for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 begin.
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Last year on Goody's Pole night Jeff Gordon looked cool and then ran extremely fast as he blistered the track and set an event qualifying record with a lap at 183 point 861 miles an hour.
However, he's not so sure that speed will be duplicated tonight.
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((JEFF GORDON/COCA-COLA POLE WINNER IN 1995: GOODYEAR'S GOT A TIRE THAT'S NOT AN EXCEPTIONALLY FAST TIRE FOR QUALIFYING, BUT IT'S A GREAT TIRE FOR THE RACE. SO, I THINK YOUR'E GONNA SEE SOME TIMES THAT ARE GONNA BE CLOSE TO THE RECORD SPEED, BUT I DON'T THINK THERE'S GOING TO BE A RECORD BROKEN IN QUALIFYING. I WANT A POLE THOUGH, SO I'M GONNA DO WHATEVER I GOTTA DO. I HAVEN'T WON A POLE THIS YEAR AND I WANNA GET IN THAT BUSCH CLASH.))
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Don't forget we'll be in Charlotte tonight for all your Goody's pole night activities.
Join us LIVE from the track at 5, 6, and 11.
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And coming up in tonight's Health Check Report--
The latest on a new treatment for the most common form of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Plus, a drug to treat osteoporosis may work better than its makers actually claimed.
Those stories, plus all the news of the day-- on News 7 at FIVE.
Thanks for joining us.