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NOON-HEADLINES

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Coming up on News 7 at Noon,
The F-B-I is prepared to pull the plug on the Freemen's electricity,
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and a Roanoke man is sentenced to life in prison for murder.
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Don't go away, the news is next.

Crump


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There was more sobbing than screaming in Roanoke Circuit court this morning... after a Roanoke man was sentenced to life in prison.
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It's been more than two months since Michael Crump was convicted of killing Eric "Nike" Jones.
And at the end of the trial Crump's relatives erupted in the courtroom.
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Today's hearing lasted just 11 minutes... but before the sentence was handed down, the convicted killer maintained his innocence.
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((MICHAEL CRUMP/SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON: I'M A HUNDRED PERCENT INNOCENT OF THIS CRIME. I'M A VICTIM OF INJUSTICE. I JUST HOPE THE TRUTH PROSPERS ON MY BEHALF. ))
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Crump's sentence is suspended after 37 years.
Defense attorney Jim Cargill plans to appeal.
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Leftwich


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Also in court today -- the man accused of starting a fight with Roanoke police after the vehicle he was riding in was pulled over.
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Steven Leftwich had testified that he cooperated with the officers until they began beating him.
But the court has sided with the officers.
Leftwich was sentenced to four years in prison and was fined four- thousand dollars.
But his jail term will be suspended after two years.
Leftwich will remain free on bond until his appeal is heard.
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Derailment


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A C-S-X train derailed in Botetourt County this morning.
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A couple of cars carrying grain ran off the tracks in the Oxbow section of the county, between Eagle Rock and Buchanan.
No one was hurt, but the accident caused heavy damage to the track.
No word on the cause of the derailment.
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FREEMEN


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In Montana, members of the anti- government Freemen could find themselves in the dark soon, if they don't give up.
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The Justice Department says the F-B-I may cut electricity to the group's ranch.
Agents have moved in portable generators to maintain power to neighboring homes.
The action follows a break down in talks and a new show of defiance.
Yesterday the Freemen flew a U-S flag upside down, while some members toyed with their high-powered rifles.
Meantime one of the two young girls inside the ranch compound rode her bicycle.
It's that girl and her sister who have become a crucial issue in negotiations and now the Freemen reportedly have moved those girls into the same quarters used by the group's leader.
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A petition circulating around Jordan, Montana is quickly filling with signatures expressing support for authorities to use "reasonable" force to end the eight week standoff.
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Weapons


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Federal agents call it the largest seizure of smuggled automatic weapons in U-S history.
A law enforcement source confirms agents in Northern California have seized four MILLION dollars worth of A-K-47's.
A court document outlining the sting operation may be made public today.

Min-Wage


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A political battle is expected today on Capitol Hill today over the minium wage bill.
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It would raise the minimum wage 90 cents an hour.
But Democrats are angry over a Republican provision that would exempt small businesses.
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President Clinton has threatened to veto the bill if it includes that exemption.
Mr. Clinton was fund-raising last night in Connecticut, generating a record-breaking two-point-three million dollars for the Democratic party.
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Summit


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Today President Clinton is in Milwaukee for a mini summit with German Chancellor Helmet Kohl.
The two leaders will discuss World trade and post cold war politics.
Following their meeting they will speak at a downtown rally.
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Still to come on News 7 at Noon-
Two parents are arrested for trying to sell their children,
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and what South Koreans originally thought to be an air attack turns out to be a defection.
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PILOT-DEFECT


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An air raid alert sounded over South Korea today.
A North Korean fighter jet crossed into the airspace-- and then kept going.
Bruce Dunning has the latest on a rarity in this region--an airborne defection.
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valujet


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In the Forida Everglades today some 70 workers continue to search for debris from ValuJet flight 5-92.
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Leaders of the recovery operation now say they will wait another two days to bring in heavy dredging equipment to be used in the crash crater.
Earlier this week divers found little wreckage in the crater, but federal investigators say radar indicates there could be large, compacted pieces of metal under the muck and water.
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PLANT-FIRE


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Alabama authorities have launched an investigation into an early morning fire at a Nuclear power plant.
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The blaze heavily damaged an UNUSED cooling tower.
Eight percent of the wooden tower was destroyed.
Plant officials say it has not been used since the 1980's and they add the blaze had no effect on operating units at the plant.
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When we return-
Area health officials worry about Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever as the tick population increases,
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and pets that can carry those ticks need to be licensed, if not, you could face a citation and a fine.
We'll have details when we return.
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Twins-sale


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In Florida, two parents have been arrested in the Tampa Bay area for allegedly trying to sell their newborn twins for 25-thousand dollars.
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The twin boys were born less than a week ago.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department says soon after their birth Jeffrey May and Christine Love put out word that the babies were for sale.
Officers acted on a tip, and quickly arranged for the couple to take a deposit.
They were arrested when they took the money.
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Spotted-Fever


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In Pulaski, a 10-year-old child is recuperating from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
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It is spread by dog ticks, and it can be fatal.
In recent years, only about 20 cases have been reported.
But health officials worry that all forms of tick-bourne illnesses could increase this year because of the growing tick population.
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Symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever include:
-- flu-like aches and pain
-- headache
-- chills
-- confusion
-- light sensitivity
-- and a high fever.

Dog-Licenses


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Some pet owners in Montgomery County are being dogged by animal control officers to license their pets.
As Tracy Altizer reports, it's a door- to- door effort that could sent some folks to the dog house.
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((CHECKING DOG TAGS IN THE AREA TODAY, DO YOU OWN A DOG? NO WE DON'T OWN A DOG. NO DOG. ))
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For deputy animal warden Al Vaden, it's been a busy Spring.
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((HAVE YOU WRITTEN A LOT OF TICKETS THIS SPRING? YES I HAVE. ))
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Vaden and other Montgomery County animal control officers are pounding the pavement for proof of pooch permits.
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((AL VADEN/MONTGOMERY CO. DEPUTY WARDEN: IT'S MEANT TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF RABIES. YOU CAN'T BUY A MONTGOMERY COUNTY TAG UNLESS YOU HAVE AN UP-TO-DATE RABIES INNOCULATION FOR YOUR ANIMAL. ))
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State law requires current rabies shots for all dogs at least four months of age.
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Most counties also require the purchase of tags to support animal control operations.
Some even require cat licensing.
Montgomery County does not, but if you're caught without your dog tags...
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It's a citation and fine, in addition to the cost of shots and tags.
Vaden says the strict enforcement has made a difference.
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((IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY WE DON'T HAVE MANY RABIES REPORTS. ))
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It's all in the name of pet and people protection. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))

Tobacco


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More ammunition for anti-smoking activists today.
There are reports about a 1973 document in which R-J Reynolds secretly concluded that skyrocketing Marlboro sales were due to extra nicotine added by competitor Philip Morris.
The stories are running in "The Los Angeles Times" and "Wall Street Journal."
Critics claim the document proves that manufacturers manipulate nicotine content to hook customers.
Reynolds, however, points out that between 1973 and 1988 Marlboro sales were steady or up, even with less nicotine -- which means its earlier conclusion was wrong.


Stocks


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On Wall Street at noon the Dow was DOWN 18 points.
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Coming up in sports-
Mike Stevens has qualifying from the Charlotte Motor Speedway,
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and professional athletes aren't the only ones in the spotlight.
Last night the B'Nai B'Rith awards honored some local high school atheletes.
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Live


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The Winston Cup Cars were back on the track last night at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Qualifying for Sunday's Coca Cola 600.
Jeff Gordon and the Monte Carlo led the way as Chevrolet grabbed the top five spots.
Mike Stevens reports.
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((It's called Goody's poll night, but they might wanna seriously think about renaming it Gordon's poll night. The regining Winston Cup points champion with 49 challengers for the third straight year to three-peat as the Coke 600's top qualifier. For his efforts, he got $36,000 and and $4,000 Toro mower. (()) He's also looking forward a race next February.His first poll of the season assures him a spot in the 1997 Busch Clash. (()) Gordon now joins his good friend, Ricky Craven in the Clash and in the front row of Sunday's race. Craven celebrated his birthday with a second place effort. (()) John Andretti was the top board qualifyer as he grabbed the third starting spot in Sunday's race. Terry Labonte qualified fourth but the shock of the time trials was the performance of part time Winston Cup driver Chad Reynold, who was sixth fastest in a Pontiac. (()) Mickael Waltrop followed up his Winston select win with an eighth place effort, while the Goodwrich Chevy and the man in blace nailed down the number 20 starting spot.
Now, let's take a look at the top 25. dissolve to patrick

Awards


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Thirty of the region's finest high school athletes were recognized last night at the 45th annual B'Nai B'Rith Awards Banquet.
Two of them walked away with the coveted award.
Kimberly McBroom has the story.
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(( The creme de la creme of high school athletes eagerly lined up as nominees of the B'Nai B'Rith Athletic and Achievement Award.
And the winners were... Amy Moore of Salem High School and Eric East of Glenvar High School.
Both say their victories came as a surprise--
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((AMY MOORE/1996 B'NAI B'RITH AWARD WINNER: THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE BECAUSE I'VE HAD TWO KNEE SURGERIES AND I DIDN'T THINK I HAD A CHANCE-- AND ANYONE WHO HAS A PROBLEM WITH KNEES-- IT CAN BE DONE IF YOU WORK HARD. THIS IS AMAZING.))
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((ERIC EAST/1996 B'NAI B'RITH AWARD WINNER: THIS WOULD PROBABLY BE THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY HIGH SCHOOL CAREER. I WOULD SAY IT WOULD BE. THIS HAS BEEN A GREAT HONOR. ))
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East earned a name for himself playing football, basketball, and baseball.
Moore has been active in soccer, volleyball, and track.
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((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: THE AWARD NOT ONLY HONORS PHYSICAL PROWESS IN THE FIELD OF SPORTS, BUT ALSO RECOGNIZES ACHIEVEMENT IN THE CLASSROOM AND EFFORTS IN THE COMMUNITY. ))
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But the hard- working students weren't the only ones to be honored.
They also paid tribute to late T-V personality and fitness expert Artie Levin-- who helped create the B'Nai B'Rith Awards.
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((DENNIS BRUMBERG: TONIGHT, I HAVE THE HIGH HONOR TO ANNOUNCE THAT HENCEFORTH, THE SCHOLARSHIPS THAT ARE AWARDED WITH THIS AWARD SHALL BE KNOWN AS THE ARTIE LEVIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. IT'S A FITTING TRIBUTE INDEED TO A MAN WHOSE HEART FAR SURPASSED THE SIZE OF HIS ARMS. ))
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Moore and East each received 500 dollars in scholarship money-- along with a commemorative plaque.
As for the tall trophies, their respective high schools will get to hold on to those.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))

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Also on News 7 at Five -- as we mentioned earlier, this is going to be a bad season for ticks.
We'll hear more on the subject from an area veterinarian, today on Health Check.

EMMY


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But before we go --
There was another awards ceremony last night -- and it meant NO sweet sixteen for soap star Susan Lucci.
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For the sixteenth time Lucci lost her bid to win an oustanding Lead Actress Award at the Daytime Emmys.
The award went to Erika Slezak, the same actress who beat Lucci last year.
Slezak plays Victoria Lord Carpenter on "One Life to Live."
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"Another World's" Charles Keating won oustading lead Actor.
"General Hospital" was named Oustanding Drama series.
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