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In Russia today, a vote that could return the nation to communism,
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and utility officials try to pin down the cause of widespread power outages in the West.
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After a VERY bumpy ride yesterday, we've got nothing but smooth sailing from here through the end of the week. I'll tell you all about it in just a few minutes.
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Stick around. News 7 at Noon is straight ahead.

Russia


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Early returns in Russia's presidential primary give Boris Yeltsin a slight lead over his communist challenger.
Voters had two candidates to choose from, reflecting two difficult choices.
The continued reforms of Boris Yeltsin or a return to communism under Gennady Zyuganov (geh-NAH'-dee zyoo-GAH'-nawf).
Jonathan Sanders reports from Moscow.
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In other news from the former Soviet Union, a tram car accident in Ukraine killed 30 people and left dozens injured.
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The accident happened last night as commuters headed home from work.
When the brakes failed the tram was thrown off the rails and into a wall.
Today was declared a day of national mourning for the victims.
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Floods


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Over 100 people have died in Southern China following days of torrential rains and flooding.
Thousands of houses have been destroyed and tens of thousands of acres of farmland are underwater.
Officials expect the number of dead to rise as rescuers search through the collapsed houses.
The torrential rains are expected to continue for at least four more days.
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The lights are back on in the West, but officials still don't know what caused a massive blackout yesterday.
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The outages affected at least eight states and left one and a-half million customers without power.
A utility spokesperson says authorities think the problem originated in the Rocky Mountain states.
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4:02;41 ((TERRY WINTER/SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC: ONE OF OUR MAJOR ALTERNATING CURRENT LINE UP INTO OREGON, TWO LINES, TRIPPED OUT, WE DON'T KNOW THE REASON FOR THAT IT'S STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION, BUT WHEN THAT OCCURRED 4800 MEGAWATTS OF POWER COMING SOUTH ON THAT LINE AND WHEN IT OPENED SUDDENTLY YOUR SHORT 4800 MEGAWATTS. ))
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The blackout came as the mercury climbed over 100 degrees in some areas, but officials aren't saying if increased demand led to the failure.
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I-73


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The plan to bring Interstate 73 through the Roanoke Valley continues to move forward, but today government and business leaders urged supporters of the project to keep up the pressure.
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Today, Virginia Transportation Secretary Robert Martinez presented a symbolic check to local officials.
The state has allocated six million dollars for planning and design work.
But officials also warned that local supporters must maintain a united front in the face of intense competition for federal funds.
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The state has identified a five-mile wide corridor that will run from Bluefield through Roanoke and down US 220 to the North Carolina line.
State officials say it will take about three years to identify the actual alignment of the highway.
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Still to come on News 7,
State officials celebrate a year of success with Virginia's welfare reform,
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and these twins fought for about 15 minutes while their parents videotaped them.
They say it's a form of instruction, but the courts say it's child abuse.
Where is the line drawn? We'll talk to a counselor.
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SIBLING-COMBAT


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In Michigan, authorities were given a videotape of twin six- year- old children entangled in a vicious fight.
They were ordered to do so by their parents.
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Authorities say sometime in April Gary and Taalisa Downes orchestrated and videotaped the brawl between their daughter and son.
The parents said they were simply making an instructional video to stop the twins from fighting.
But the Downes have now been charged with child abuse.
If convicted the couple could face up to 15 years behind bars.
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Wally Scott, Director of Counseling at Family Service of Roanoke Valley joins us with his reaction to the tape.
Do you think this couple is guilty of child abuse or just poor parenting skills?
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(The children suffered little physical injury, but what kind of emotional scars

might be left behind?)

(The parents say they made the tape to teach their children not to fight.

What's the proper method for teaching this?)

C-PAC


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The Danville police department is being accused of using excessive force during an arrest.
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The Reverend Thomas Motley outlined the allegations at a news conference surrounded by members of C-PAC (see-pac)-- otherwise known as Citizens Policing Against Corruption.
17- year old Natasha Fitzgerald and 18- year old Kwanza (kwan-za) Cobbs say police used excessive force in arresting them last month for allegedly trespassing at a local clothing store.
Angela Crowley says she witnessed what happened.
She said when she tried to find out the girls names to call their parents she was thrown to the ground and charged with obstructing an officer.
Danville Police Chief Neal Morris says he's unaware of any complaint being filed against his department.
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Welfare-Reform


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Welfare reform in Virginia turns one year old today, and state officials are celebrating the success of the program.
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Social Services commissioner Clarence Carter was in Lynchburg today to thank local workers for helping to implement the plan.
Carter says in the past twelve months, more than two thousand recipients have found jobs, and sixty percent of those are working full time.
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((CLARENCE CARTER/VA SOCIAL SERVICES COMMISSIONER: THIS INITIATIVE HAS A FUNDAMENTAL BELIEF IN PEOPLE, BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THAT WELFARE RECIPIENTS CAN ASPIRE TO THE SAME THING THAT EVERY OTHER INDIVIDUAL DOES. WE DON'T SOMEHOW LOOK DOWN OUR NOSE AND SAY `THOSE POOR PEOPLE, THEY CAN'T DO', THEY SIMPLY NEED SOME ASSISTANCE IN ORGANIZING THEIR PERSONAL INFRASTRUCTURE TO BE ABLE TO DO IT THEMSELVES AND THAT'S WHAT THIS INITIATIVE DOES.))
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Carter also notes that the number of welfare cases is down ten percent from a year ago.
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Just ahead - there's relief in sight for a smelly situation in Clifton Forge,
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and the new design for NASA's next space shuttle is out of this world.
We'll take a peak when News 7 returns.
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NASA'S ready to scrub the shuttle.
No, not the next mission, but the current design.
After long consideration NASA has picked one of three finalists to be its choice for the shuttle's next generation.
Scott Pelley reports.
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THe hard fought competition to replace the shuttle included a buck rodgers design and another patterned after of the tried and true.
But in the end the winner was lockheed/martin's wingless wonder.
DAN GOLDIN: THIS IS A REVOLUTIONARY NEW TEST VEHICLE WE BELIEVE WILL BEGIN THE NEXT CHAPTER OF HUMANITIES QUEST FOR THE HEAVENS.
The X-33 will bound into orbit on one engine, dropping no rockets.
It will land using its body rather than wings for lift.
The goal is simplicity and a 90 percent cut in the cost of launching a payload. GARY PAYTON/NASA: OUR OBJECTIVE IS TO REDUCE THE COST OF GETTING PAYLOADS INTO ORBIT TO THE POINT WHERE MORE ACTIVITY CAN GO ON IN SPACE. INDUSTRIES CAN FLOURISH THERE THAT WE CAN'T EVEN PREDICT RIGHT NOW.
One of the most revolutionary aspects is how the new ship is financed. Taxpayers will cover the one billion dollars for the prototype but after than the private contractor will pay for the construction of the next generation fleet.
IN THEORY, NASA WOULD BE JUST ONE OF MANY CUSTOMERS BUYING A RIDE.
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NASA is predicting a ship that will do what the shuttle only promised, cheap reliable access to orbit. this time both new technology and experience may deliver on the dream. Scott Pelley, CBS News at the Johnson Space Center.))

Dump


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A breath of fresh air for some Clifton Forge residents who had been complaining about a smelly neighbor.
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Last weekend, a temporary trash-transfer station was set up in this neighborhood.
The garbage was supposed to go to an Alleghany transfer station-- but it was not yet operational.
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Last night, city council told citizens the station should be up and running by Monday.
At least one resident says he's confident the city will follow through with its promise and get rid of the temporary- trash- transfer station.
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((JACK HARLOW/CLIFTON FORGE RESIDENT: IF THE COUNTY'S UP AND DUMPING TRASH, THE CITY OF CLIFTON FORGE WILL BE, TOO. AND I THINK THE TRANSFER CONTAINER AND EVERYTHING WIL BE OUT OF THE CITY'S YARDS. BECAUSE I DON'T THINK THEY WANT US BACK AT THE NEXT MEETING. ))
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Meanwhile, the city manager defended the decision to put the trash containers in residents' back yards.
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((DICK MAGNIFICO/CLIFTON FORGE CITY MGR.: EVEN THOUGH IT IS A VERY SENSITIVE ISSUE. MY COMMENT IS IT'S BEEN DONE TO THE BEST OF THE ABILITY. ))
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City officials say after the trash is removed, they'll work on a clean- up.



Stocks


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On Wall Street -- stocks are edging lower in light trading volume.
At noon, the Dow was DOWN 24 points.
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Stick around - when we come back Patick tells us who's still on the court at Wimbledon,
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and how Radford University's new athletic director plans to whip his department into shape.
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WIMBLEDON


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Rain has suspended men's quarterfinal action at Wimbledon.
Three-time defending champion Pete Sampras and Richard Krajicek
(KRY'-chehk) were tied 2-to-2 in the first set.


In another quarterfinal match, Jason Stoltenberg leads fourth seed Goran Ivanisevic (ee-van-EE'-seh-vihch) 5-to-3 in the first set.

Radford


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Radford University has a new athletic director.
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As Steve Mason reports, Greig Denny hopes to take the Highlanders to a new level in the next century.
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That's it for News 7 at Noon. Have a great afternoon