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Coming up on News 7 at Noon --
Video of what we believe to be a tornado in Pittsylvania County,
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and a 13-year-old is arrested in connection with the burning of a black church in North Carolina.
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Don't go away News 7 at Noon is next.

Tornado


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Southside residents awoke to a series of tornado warnings this morning.
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Teresa Hamilton joins us live from Chatham, where heavy wind and rain have knocked down hundreds of trees and power lines.
Teresa?
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Storm-Damage


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Damage from the severe storms throughout southwest Virginia this morning and yesterday is being evaluated by a meteorologist from the National Weather Service today.
Areas of Henry and Pittsylvania Counties will be looked over as well as Franklin County where a house was destroyed yesterday.
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A house under construction was ripped off its foundation during a period of heavy rains yesterday afternoon.
The house was 90 percent complete before the storm.
A National Weather Service Meteorologist says that tornados are rare in our region-- and that if they happen, they are often brief and relatively weak.
Whatever tore through the area picked the house up and moved it 100 feet from its foundation and carried debris up to two miles away.
Witnesses said they heard noises like a jet or a roaring freight train in the area.
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CHURCH-FIRES


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Some progress today in the probe of black church fires hitting the southern U-S.
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Three white men are being held for questioning in connection with a fire last night, at a black church in Greenville, Texas.
And federal agents have charged a 13-year-old girl with last week's fire at a church in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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More than 30 black ministers are in Washington talking with federal officials about the status of the investigation.
In a press conference today the pastors voiced frustration because they feel the federal inquiry is focused more on the church members and clergy than on outside suspects.
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More than two hundred federal agents are currently working on the case.
President Clinton has promised a stepped-up federal investigation, saying he believes racial hostility is behind the crimes.
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Alaska


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Some residents forced to evacuate their homes by a massive wildfire in Alaska hope to return today.
But some may not have homes at all.
Authorities say more than 350 structures have been burned in the Big Lake area.
Yesterday federal officials toured the fire area by helicopter.
Firefighters expect to contain the blaze by tonight.
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Up next, more unrest along the West Bank following the drive-by shooting of a jewish couple,
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and an Australian long-distance swimmer says she's done what she set out to do, and she won't do it again.
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Israel


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Another wrench was thrown into the Mideast peace process today when an Israeli army patrol was attacked in southern Lebanon and Israeli forces quickly fired back.
Bob Simon reports.
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(( Israeli forces retaliated with artillery fire directed at shiite villages and guerilla routes near the south lebanese town of nabatiyeh. Police report that one Lebanese soldier was killed and a civilian man injured.
This follows last nights fatal drive by shooting of an israeli couple midway between jerusalem and tel aviv.
The man and woman were returning to their settlement near the west bank town of hebron.
Their car was raked by automatic weapons fire and they died within seconds. Their seven month old baby boy in the back seat of the car was unharmed. ASSAF HEFETZ, POLICE COMMISSIONER: WE FIND HERE TWO PEOPLE THAT WERE KILLED HERE AND A LITTLE BABY THAT STILL ALIVE
Police this morning confirmed that it was a terrorist attack. . . which would make it the first in more than a month. . . and the very first since Netanyahu was elected prime minister.
The attacks seem to be a challenge to the incoming prime minister. you talked tough during the campaign. . . the islamic militants appear to be saying. . . what are you going to do now?
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Ireland


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Meantime, they're looking for peace today in Northern Ireland.
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Northern Ireland's political leaders have gathered at a castle for historic talks on the future of the province.
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The Sinn Fein party has been banned from the negotiations because its ally, the Irish Republican Army, has not resumed the cease fire it ended in February.
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SNIPER-TRIAL


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The military trial of an alleged sniper is underway this afternoon at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
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Twenty-seven year-old Army sergeant William Kreutzer (KROYT'-zur) is accused of opening fire on his own unit last year, killing one soldier and wounding 18.
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The defense is focusing on Kreutzer's mental state during the shooting, saying that Kreutzer had been harrassed by members of his unit.
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Swimmer


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She didn't reach her goal but Australian long distance swimmer Susie Maroney says she's satisfied with her effort.
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Rough seas forced the 21-year old to give up her attempt to become the first person ever to swim the 112 miles between Cuba and Key West.
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Maroney was pulled from the water just ten miles shy of land.
She was hustled to a Key West hospital for treatment and released last night.
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Next on News 7 at Noon --
We'll check in with Roanoke's former special events coordinator -- Laban Johnson -- to find out what he's been doing since he retired,
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and a red letter day for a Mill Mountain landmark.
Roanoke's star attraction earns a note in this week's viewer mailbag.
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Feedback-6/9


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Roanoke's star attraction makes our viewer mailbag this week.
Someone wrote to say they're concerned about Roanoke's plan to change the Mill Mountain star to Red after every alcohol and drug related traffic fatality.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean with Feedback.
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(( A viewer from Roanoke says "The proposal to use the Mill Mountain Star to indicate deaths (of any cause) is not very uplifting for a city wanting to project a progressive appearance. Why not use the Star to a real plus advantage? It already has yellow, red and blue. Add a white strobe light for the center and change its use to an indicator of weather for the next 24 hours. Showing red would indicate warmer, blue colder and yellow to signal not much change. The strobe light could indicate precipitation due (either snow or rain). At present the Star is a somewhat outdated symbol bcause it doesn't do anything except show as a star. Let's put it to work that would be seen and appreciated by a large number of people in the valley for many years to come."
If you have any ideas about topics in the news or our news coverage, send your letters to News-7 Feedback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022.
Our fax number is 540-343-7269.
And E-mail goes to wdbj7@teleweb.com.
Joe McKean, News-7. ))

Laban-Johnson


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The man at the helm of providing some of the best entertainment in Roanoke recently called it quits.
Due to health reasons, Laban Johnson retired as Roanoke's Special Events Coordinator this spring.
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He joins us today to tell us how he is doing.
A lot of people want to know -- how are you feeling these days?
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Valley?)

(You've done a lot more than serve as Roanoke's special events coordinator.

You've also been in radio and television -- on T-V as co-host of the syndicated show "Cooking Cheap." What's been the most rewarding experience for you?

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Cereal


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Kellogg wants a bigger bite of your cereal dollar, so it's cutting prices.
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The company announced this morning it's reducing the cost on about two-thirds of its cereals.
For instance, Fruit Loops will cost 27 percent less, while Rice Krispies will drop 17 percent.
The move follows price cuts by competitors.
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Common-Sense


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There's a lot of information out there about mutual funds.
But you need to know what to ask for, as Len Besthoff explains in the latest edition of Common Sense.
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((The question is the place to find a fund's listing of its actual investment holdings is: a-a prospectus, b-annual and semi-annual reports, c-investment reports, d-a financial magazine. BEN HARTMAN/EDWARD JONES & CO.: AND THE ANSWER TO THAT ONE LEN WOULD BE "B", ANNUAL AND SEMI-ANNUAL REPORTS. THESE REPORTS ARE ISSUED AND THEY LIST ALL OF THE HOLDINGS OF THE FUND, MUCH LIKE THE BALANCE SHEET OF A CORPORATION. THEY LIST ALL OF THE INVESTMENTS THAT THE FUND IS INVESTED IN, STOCKS, BONDS, TREASURIES, GOVERNMENT SECURITIES, THINGS LIKE THAT. THE ANNUAL AND SEMI-ANNUAL REPORTS LIST THE DOLLAR AMOUNTS INVESTED IN THESE VARIOUS HOLDINGS AND ITS A GREAT WAY TO CHECK UP ON YOUR MUTUAL FUND AND SEE EXACTLY WHAT THE FUND INVESTS IN.))
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Stocks


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Stocks have begun sliding after a mixed opening.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was DOWN 23 points.

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We've got sports, next, including N-B-A highlights,
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and where's the Pied Piper when you need him?
Rats are invading the ice during the Stanley Cup finals.
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NBA


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The Chicago Bulls can wrap up the N-B-A Finals with just one more win.
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They crushed the SuperSonics 108-to-86 last night to take a commanding three-games-to-none lead in the best-of-seven affair.
Game four is Wednesday night in Seattle.
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PANTHER-RATS


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The battle for hockey's coveted Stanley Cup may be decided tonight... in of all places Miami, Florida.
The Colorado Avalanche are the visiting team, but the home town heroes have a lucky mascot on their side... a rat.
Diana Gonzalez reports.
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Steamy south florida has fallen head over heels.
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For ice hockey... a whirlwind romance that's taken hold over the past few months. DOUG MCLEAN, PANTHERS COACH IT'S JUST BEEN AMAZING THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IVE RUN INTO THAT HAVE GONE TO 2 OR 3 GAMES AND ALL OF THE SUDDEN THEY'RE ADDICTED TO THE SPORT.
Fans have been going crazy over the florida panthers since this three year old team made it to the stanley cup playoffs. doctor scott weinstein.... a family psychologist undergoes a strange metamorphisis when the panthers play at home.
We won our first game against Boston and it brought luck and people say you have to wear the costume every game now.
Dr. weinstein becomes "rat man" and the miami arena turns into the rats nest. here's what happens every time panthers score a goal...
A deluge of rats. after the first panther goal saturday night... more than a thousand plastic rodents hit the ice. the craze started after a player's encounter with a real rat. DAN PLATT, RAT MAN:THE RAT HAD RUN ACROSS THE LOCKER ROOM AND HE GAVE IT THE OLD SLAP SHOT AGAINTS THE WALL AND OUT IT OUT OF ITS MISERY...THEN HE WENT OUT AND SCORED TWO GOALS.
Tonight the panthers will need more than the luck of the rat. colorado leads the finals three games to none... just one game shy of winning the stanley cup.... and ruining a happy ending for an underdog team that's enjoyed a story book season. Diana Gonzalez CBS News Miami.))


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