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Coming up on News 7 at Noon,
One of Lynchburg's largest employers may be up for sale.
Published reports indicate First Colony Life Insurance may be bought by General Electric.
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and an autopsy is being performed on the body of a Pittsylvania County man found yesterday after his family reported him missing.
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Don't go away News 7 at Noon is next.

Pitts-Murder


ANCHOR=Beth
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A man was found dead yesterday afternoon on a farm road in Pittsvylvania County.
The sheriff's office says the body of 40-year-old Jesse Leroy Davis was discovered in the Mount Cross Road/Whitemell section of the county, soon after his family reported him missing.
Davis had last been seen in Danville on Friday.
Authorities do NOT know the cause of death; the medical examiner in Roanoke is doing an autopsy today.

First-Colony


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#96-36
GRAPHIC=Business News


One of Lynchburg's largest employers may be on the selling block.
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First Colony Life Insurance confirms it's considering a buyout offer.
Industry analysts tell the Wall Street Journal that General Electric's G- E Capital unit may be the suitor.
G- E Capital won't comment.
First Colony was spun off by its parent company, the Ethyl Corporation, several years ago.
At last count First Colony had roughly 800 employees in Lynchburg.
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Fighter-Jet


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=bmy
TAPE#net
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A U-S Navy A-6-E Intruder was accidentally shot down by a Japanese destroyer during joint naval exercises about 16- hundred miles west of Hawaii. Japan is apologizing for the incident, which happened yesterday afternoon.
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The A-6-E's home ship is the U-S-S Independence.
The plane was towing a target at the time of the accident.
Both U-S crew members ejected safely, were rescued and are in good condition.
The military has not yet released their names.
The military exercises began May 22nd.
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French-Rocket


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=bmy
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Europe's Ariane-5 rocket exploded about 30 seconds into its maiden flight AFTER blasting off from the European Space Agency launch center.
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Space officials say the rocket, carrying FOUR identical scientific satellites, BLEW UP at an altitude of 12-thousand, 600-feet.
No one was injured in the explosion.
Officials say this is a major setback for western Europe's bid to conquer a dominant share of the world commercial satellite launch market.
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Israel-Elections


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=bmy
TAPE#Net
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The outgoing and incoming Prime Ministers of Israel met today for the FIRST time since last week's election.
It's the FIRST step toward laying the ground work for Israel's NEW government...and a LIKELY change in Middle East politics.
Jesse Schulman reports.
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(( The changing of the guard begins... Prime Minister-elect Benjamin Netanyahu met today with the man he defeated in last week's elections, Shimon Peres, to discuss the details of handing over power. Netanyahu is hoping to be at his new desk and at work before the end of the month.

(Netanyahu recent - meets supporters - WTN video)

The incoming Prime Minister has been conferring with his political allies about the shape of the government to come... His main preoccupation right now is with appointing a cabinet... Its make-up will contain the first clues as to his intentions once he's in power.

(Super: Cairo, Egypt)
(Assad and Mubarak yesterday meet - WTN video)

Arab leaders are anxious to know whether he intends to stick his uncompromising election rhetoric... Meeting in Cairo, Syria's President Assad and Egypt's President Mubarak said they would wait and see. But they concluded, the signs don't look good.

(London, England)
(Arafat activities in London yesterday - BBC video)

Almost everything is worrying for the Palestinians right now. On a visit to Britain, Yassir Arafat has been determinedly upbeat... Repeating that he signed a deal with Israel, not with a particular leader. But he knows he'll need help, if the peace process is to be kept from unravelling.

SOT/Yassir Arafat, Palestinian President): The whole of the international

community must push and we are in need of their push and their help.
OC: The first big test is likely to be Hebron, on the West Bank. Peres committed Israel to a partial pullback there. If Netanyahu doesn't go ahead with it, the Palestinians will be up in arms. If he does, his supporters will cry betrayal. JS CBS news Tel Aviv ))

Dole


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Soon-to-be Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole will be in the Richmond area today.
Dole will join Senator John Warner and Governor George Allen at a home construction site.
Dole is using the setting to argue that Clinton administration policies are causing Americans to pay millions MORE in "stealth taxes" because of HIGHER interest rates and stagnant wages.

Hikers-Death


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Police say the deaths of TWO women found in the Shenandoah National Park are being treated as homicides.
24-year-old Julianne Williams and 26-year-old Lollie Winans are described as experienced hikers who were WELL acquainted with the outdoors.
They met last summer as interns for Woodswomen, a Minnesota-based adventure

travel organization for women.
Their bodies were found Saturday at the northern end of the park near the Appalachian Trail.
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Still to come on News 7,
A NEW twist in Christy Brzonkala's rape case -- and it's brought on by HER attorney,
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and the issue of a Rush Limbaugh book in a Bedford County School has made it to FEDERAL court.
We'll tell you the outcome.
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Brzonkala


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=cro
TAPE# edit of TAPE#96-17
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The lawyer for a woman who contends she was raped by TWO Virginia Tech football players has asked that a THIRD player be DISMISSED from a lawsuit against the other players.
Attorney Eileen Wagner said she's learned Cornell Brown could NOT have witnessed the alleged attack.
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Christy Brzonkala alleges she was raped in September 19-94, then subjected to sex discrimination during campus disciplinary hearings.
James Crawford was cleared in the hearings and Tony Morrison was suspended, but then allowed to return to school.
No criminal charges were filed.
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Obremski


ANCHOR=Beth
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TAPE#96-49
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A man suspected of making obscene phone calls to young girls is now facing NINE more felony charges.
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A Roanoke grand jury indicted Michael Obremski yesterday on FOUR counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor, and FIVE counts of making abduction threats.
All of the NEW charges involve calls to girls, from January of 19-94 to December of last year.
Obremski was arrested last month on a misdemeanor charge in Roanoke County.
Authorities believe he is the SAME man who was seen stalking school children in the Raleigh Court neighborhood.
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Fathers-Welfare


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-34
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A Christiansburg woman, a Smyth County woman, and a Winchester woman believe ONE part of Virginia's 19-95 welfare reform is UN-constitutional.
That's the part that requires they identify the fathers of their children, so the state can FORCE deadbeat dads to pay up.
The three women say they don't know the idenities of their children's fathers--and they're suing because the state plans to cut off the money they receive.
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((MARTIN BROWN/VA. SOCIAL SERVICES DEPT.: THIS IS A GOOD THING BECAUSE IT HELPS PEOPLE. FOR 30 YEARS OR 40 YEARS WELFARE HAS CAUGHT WOMEN IN A CYCLE OF DEPENDENCY. IT'S CAUGHT CHILDREN IN A CYCLE OF POVERTY. AND WHAT THIS DOES IS IT PUTS THEM ON NOTICE THAT NO LONGER WILL THEY RECEIVE ASSISTANCE FOR AN UNCONDITIONAL PERIOD FOR UNCONDITIONAL BENEFITS.))
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The Virginia Poverty Law Center says the state is violating FEDERAL regulations.
The Center says those rules allow mothers who can NOT identify fathers to attest to a LACK of information, under penalty of perjury.

Limbaugh-Book


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=NOON
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TAPE#96-39
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A federal judge says a nine- year- old Bedford County boy canNOT take his Rush Limbaugh book back to school this year.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
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(( The flap started two weeks ago when Jason Gardner's copy of this Rush Limbaugh book was taken from him during a "recreational reading" time in his Montvale classrom.
Jason's teacher Robert Bays says when he saw the word "condom" at the head of Chapter 12, he didn't feel that was appropriate material for a fourth- grader to be reading.
Jason's father Tom disagreed, and he filed suit to get the book back in Jason's hands and back in the classroom.
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((TOM GARDNER/FATHER: I'M VERY WORRIED ABOUT RIGHTS BEING TAKEN AWAY AN INCH AT A TIME, AND I FEEL LIKE IF THERE IS A VIOLATION, IT SHOULD BE BROUGHT UP AND STOPPED AT THAT POINT.))
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But Judge James C. Turk agreed with educators who felt the Limbaugh book was above Jason's reading level.
Turk refused to allow Jason to bring the book to class during this final week of school, but left open what will happen next year.
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((JOHN FISHWICK/GARDNER'S ATTORNEY: TOM GARDNER HAD GIVEN PERMISSION TO JASON TO READ THIS BOOK AND WE THINK THAT'S AN ISSUE WE'LL PURSUE AT TRIAL, THE JUDGE SAID THE NEXT THREE DAYS HE WON'T BE ALLOWED TO REVIEW THAT BOOK.))
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((Lawyers say what's at stake is a child's constitutional right to read what they want in class, and a parent's right to help them choose it. The case will move forward in the federal court system, as Gardner and his son, with the support of Limbaugh himself, continue their fight. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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When News 7 at Noon returns,
A Virginia politician helps keep part of Amherst County beautiful,
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and the START of the Summer Olympics in Atlanta is FAST approaching.
We'll tell you WHAT measures are being taken to keep the games SAFE.
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Olympics


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=bmy
TAPE#net
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Security is a BIG issue in Atlanta with the '96 Summer Olympics just over a month away.
By order of the Vice President, hundreds of ATF agents will be part of the security force, many coming from Dallas.
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There has been NO evidence of threats to the summer games so far, but a pipe bomb manufacturing facility was recently found in Atlanta.
Dallas agents will specialize in locating bombs.
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((TOMMY WITTMAN/ATF SPECIAL AGENT: WE HAVEN'T HAD ANY THING TO THIS POINT, BUT WE CERTAINLY DON'T WANT TO GET CAUGHT IN A SITUATION WHERE SOMETHING HAPPENS AND WE'RE NOT ABLE TO RESPOND TO IT. ))
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Wittman says during the Olympics, there will be 200 A-T-F agents in the different arenas...about 3O from the Dallas office will be devoted to hunting for guns, and fake and real bombs.
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Mount-Pleasant


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NEWSCAST=NOON
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TAPE#96-47
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A scenic area in Amherst County now has the LAW on its side.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte has dedicated a part of the George Washington National Park as the Mount Pleasant Scenic area.
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The Congressman said he proposed legislation to maintain trails in the area and protect the site's natural beauty.
There are ONLY SEVEN other such areas in the country.
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((BOB GOODLATTE/CONGRESSMAN 6TH DISTRICT: THIS WAS A MAJOR CONCERN FOR AMHERST COUNTY AND A NUMBER OF ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS WHO FELT THAT THIS VERY BEAUTIFUL SCENIC AREA WAS NOT BEING PROTECTED UNDER THE PREVIOUS LAW.))
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Because it's a designated SCENIC area, NO commercial development or timber sales will be allowed.
Environmentalists also want to protect a reservoir in the park that provides drinking water for the city of Lynchburg.
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Car-Recall


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WRITER=nle
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Chrysler is disputing a major recall of its vehicles.
The government says this afternoon it has ordered a recall of 91-thousand, 1995 Chrysler Cirrus and Dodge Stratus models.
Officials say the cars' seat belt anchors aren't strong enough.
The company says it won't comply voluntarily, so the government is going to court.

Radios


ANCHOR=Beth
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WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-46
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Campbell County officials have decided on a company to provide the county's NEW radio equipment, but the decision was NOT without controversy.
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The Elecom company of Madison Heights won the original contract with a 450- thousand dollar bid last month, beating out the Ericsson Corporation.
But the supervisors agreed then to let Ericsson submit another bid.
Last night, an emergency communications committee again recommended Elecom be given the contract, but the board voted 6 to 1 in favor of Ericsson.
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((TOM BARKSDALE/ERICSSON: THIS IS A HOMETOWN, THIS IS ECONOMY, THESE DOLLARS WILL STAY IN CAMPBELL COUNTY AND THE CENTRAL VIRGINIA REGION, AND IF ANYTHING CATASTROPHIC EVER HAPPENS, WE ARE TEN MILES AWAY AND WE CAN CALL OUT THE TROOPS TO DO WHATEVER'S NECESSARY TO RE- ESTABLISH THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM HERE IN CAMPBELL COUNTY.)) ((MACK BURKHOLDER/ELECOM: I GUESS THEY FEEL LIKE THEY'RE DOING WHAT'S IN THEIR BEST INTERESTS BUT YOU WANT TO LOOK AT ALL THE THINGS THAT HAVE GONE DOWN, IT HAS BEEN HIGHLY UNETHICAL. I'M LEAVING HERE WITH MY INTEGRITY TONIGHT, THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE THAT WON'T.))
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Elecom is a local dealer for the Motorola Company, Ericsson's biggest competitor in the communications market.
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Stocks


ANCHOR=Melanie
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WRITER=cro
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Stocks are gaining ground in quiet trading today.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was UP just over 34 and half points.
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Stick around - Patrick has sports next, including an outstanding basketball player accused of accepting gifts while in college,
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and we'll talk to another famous basketball player who made a stop right here at Channel 7.
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Camby


ANCHOR=Patrick
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WRITER=cro
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A published report says college basketball player- of- the- year Marcus Camby accepted money and gifts while at the University of Massachusetts.
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The "The Hartford Courant" says Camby told the paper, quote "the opportunity was there and I took it."
Camby's agent denies the report, but "The Courant" is standing by the story.
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Avalanche


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=CL-96
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Salem Avalanche got off to a smooth start last night in a game that was rocky the rest of the way.
The Avalanche played Wilmington Blue Rocks - they scored the games' first run, but that was about it as the Rocks crushed Salem 11 to 2 at Salem Memorial Stadium.
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Avalanche manager Bill McGuire put Mike Vavrek on the mound only to watch one of his aces get rocked.
In the bottom of the second, Salem gets one run off of Blake Barthol's 2
out triple to center that SUPER=34-Wilmington/=11/Salem/==2;

just gets over the center fielder's glove.
Chad Gambill scoots home.
But that's all Salem could muster, as Wilmington rocks Salem 11-2.
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Lynch


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S6-12
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George Lynch's Basketball camp is coming up later this month.
But for now, the Laker star is concentrating on keeping his career on track.
Lynch was in town this weekend and talked to Mike Stevens about that, and a number of other things.
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(( In George's three years in the NBA, he's played under four different coaches, changed jersey numbers and changed lockers. The latter move was made to accommodate the return of Magic Johnson, whom George says did more harm than good in the long run. ((GEORGE LYNCH/L.A. LAKERS FORWARD:))
With Magic out of the picture, George says the Lakers have assured him that he will not be traded. But he desperately wants more playing time next season, and to increase the likelihood of that he's on a strict daily workout schedule summer in Northern Virginia. ((GEORGE LYNCH:))
George regrets not being able to spend more time in the Roanoke Valley during the offseason, but when he's in town for his week long camp, you can rest assured he'll be in town and on the court fulltime.)) Mike Steves, News 7 Sports.)) ((GEORGE LYNCH:))