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At the height of beach season, thousands of coastal Carolina residents and tourists are packing up and heading inland, trying to escape Bertha,
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and he's, back.
A familiar face returns to presidential politics.
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And as Bertha makes a bee-line for the Coastal Carolinas we'll look at the stats on the storm, as well as your local forecast.
That's coming up from the News 7 Weather Center.
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Stick around News 7 at Noon is straight ahead.

Bertha


ANCHOR=Melanie
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Hurricane Bertha is heading toward the Carolinas --- and coastal communities

are bracing themselves for powerful winds that could show up as early as this afternoon.
Still some 300 miles out to sea, forecasters don't expect Bertha to come ashore until tomorrow morning.
But Bertha's winds, at tropical storm force, extend 230 miles from the center meaning the storm's effects will appear hours before landfall.
Bertha's top SUSTAINED winds are still near 100 miles-per-hour.
Elizabeth Kaledin joins us from Nags Head, North Carolina for the very latest.
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SUPER=01-James Lee Witt/Fed. Emergency Management Agency;

(( The sun rose over the Outer Banks to paint a picture of beauty, a picture that will almost certainly be blown away later today.
Hurricane Bertha continues moving towards the Carolina Coast, packing winds of around a hundred miles an hour.
Hurricane warnings remain in effect along both Carolina coasts, and the evacuations that began yesterday in and around Wilmington continued into the early morning hours. ((IF THEY MAKE ME GO, I'LL GO. IF NOT, I'LL WATCH THE STORM, ETC.))
Hurricane warnings have been dropped for Florida, much to the relief of residents with memories of Andrew still fresh in their minds.
Hurricane Bertha, a catagory 2 storm, is not as powerful as Andrew, which caused devestation that is still evident in some places. Still, Bertha has the potential to cause millions of dollars in property damage, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency is ready to spring into action.))
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Rockslide


ANCHOR=Melanie
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In California today rescue workers have resumed their search after a massive rock slide last night in Yosemite National Park.
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Park officials say a handful of people were injured in the slide, two of them seriously.
There have also been conflicting reports that someone was killed, but as of yet no body has been discovered.
The slide started when a 200 foot boulders broke loose from the base of Glacier Point, a popular vantage point overlooking Yosemite Valley.
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Moscow-explosion


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Several people were injured this morning when a bomb ripped through a commuter bus in central Moscow.
The Federal Security Service says no one has claimed responsibility for the blast.
It comes one month after a bomb in the Moscow underground railway killed four people and seriously injured eleven.
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Ireland-Clashes


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
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Nearly 100 British soldiers have arrived in Northern Ireland today amid the worst street clashes in a decade.
They are the first of one-thousand reinforcements scheduled to arrive by the end of the week.
The trouble is centered around the town of Portadown where Protestants are trying to march through a Catholic neighborhood to commemorate 17th century religious battles.
The marches are due to come to a climax tomorrow.
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perot


ANCHOR=Melanie
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The speculation concerning Ross Perot appears to be over this afternoon.
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Perot says he WILL seek the presidential nomination for the reform party he created.
Perot's announcement comes just two days after former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm said he would run for President.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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When News 7 returns, an optical company with its eye on expansion takes its first tangible step,
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and if you have an emergency in Henry County, you're going to have to pay extra for it.
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Reynolds


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=cro
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Still no word on what killed Alicia Showalter Reynolds -- an autopsy has failed to pinpoint how she died.
A State police spokeswoman declined to say why the cause of death could not be determined.
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photo of alicia
The 25-year-old woman vanished in March while traveling from Baltimore to Charlottesville to meet her mother.
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Her car was abandoned on U-S 29 near Culpeper. Her body was found in May about 15 miles away.
Police believe she stopped for a man who convinced her that something was wrong with her car.
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Henry-Ambulance


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#96-57
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Starting next week, Henry County residents will pay for a ride to the hospital.
During a six- month trial, a commercial ambulance service will provide back-up service for the county.
Kimberly McBroom explains.
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(( After dialing 9-1-1, Henry county residents usually expect to see these vehicles coming to their aid.
But with nearly eight- thousand rescue calls a year, volunteer squad members are stretched to the limit.
There've been delays in response time.
Last April, there was even an incident when rescue failed to respond at all.
But more help is on the way.
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((RONNIE STONE/STONE AMBULANCE SERVICE: OUR PEOPLE ARE TRAINED. OUR VEHICLES ARE EQUIPPED, AND WE STAND READY TO SERVE THEM. ))
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Starting Monday, Stone Ambulance Service will answer any call the county does not respond to within five minutes.
County officials say the back- up plan is no reflection on the volunteer squad members.
They say the patient is the number one priority-- and so far, residents have been understanding.
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((BENNY SUMMERLIN/HENRY CO. PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR: FOR THE MOST PART, RESPONSE HAS BEEN POSITIVE. PEOPLE REALIZE IF THE VOLUNTEER RESCUE SQUAD IS NOT AVAILABLE, THEY MAY BE TIED UP ON ANOTHER EMERGENCY CALL. THEN IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE SOMEBODY TO RESPOND. ))
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But how much will residents have to pay for the extra assistance?
Costs range from 175- dollars, plus mileage for basic emergency care, to 300- dollars for advanced life support.
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((STONE: WE HOPE THAT BY DOING A GOOD JOB AND LETTING THE COUNTY RESIDENTS AND CITY RESIDENTS KNOW WHAT WE CAN DO FOR THEM, THEY WON'T BE AS APPREHENSIVE IN CALLING THE COUNTY DISPATCH. ))
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((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: STONE SAYS THE BACK- UP PLAN DOES NOT MEAN TO COUNTY INTEND TO PRIVATIZE RESCUE SERVICES IN THE FUTURE. HE SAYS IT'S JUST ANOTHER WAY TO GET PEOPLE THE HELP THEY NEED, WHEN THEY NEED IT. KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7, HENRY COUNTY. ))
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Jail


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
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Meantime, the Henry County Sheriff's department is getting some help of its own.
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The County found itself in the national spotlight earlier this year when U-S News and World Report ran an article detailing the department's struggle with drug dealers and other crime in the Sandy Level community.
The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services has since extended a helping hand.
Thanks to a two year grant, the Henry County Sheriff's department has been able to hire two additional drug investigators.
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((LT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:IT'S HARD TO PLACE A VALUE ON IT BECAUSE WE'VE NEEDED THESE BODIES FOR MANY YEARS. WE FEEL NOW THAT WE'RE MORE FLEXIBLE, WE CAN WORK IN MORE PARTS OF THE COUNTY, AND STILL MAINTAIN CONTROL OF SANDY LEVEL. ))
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Henry County now has five full time drug investigators.
The new hires came on board July first.
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Just ahead on News 7,
Some speedy moves by servers at a local restaurant make the cut for the Olympics,
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and some folks at Smith Mountain Lake are volunteering their time to make sure the water is safe.
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Lake-Volunteers


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=bmy
TAPE#96-54
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Someone is keeping an eye on the water at Smith Mountain Lake this summer.
Forty teams of volunteers are monitoring the water quality between Memorial and Labor Days.
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Eighty sites are sampled weekly.
Many of them are checked for water clarity, phosopherous and chlorophyll levels.
Ferrum College professors train the volunteers from the Smith Mountain Lake Association to collect water samples, then students are employed to do the analysis. All the volunteers and students are taught the proper techniques.
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((CAROLYN THOMAS/FERRUM COLLEGE PROFESSOR: WE TRAIN THEM ON METHODS AND GO THROUGH QUALITY CONTROL WITH STUDENTS. EACH WEEK WE COLLECT SAMPLES. DAPHNE JAMISON/VOLUNTEER: WE TRAINED AT A SITE NEAR HALES FORD BRIDGE AND IT LOOKED EASY, SO I PRACTICE AND EVERY YEAR I HAVE TO RUN THROUGH THE PROCEDURES AND MAKE SURE I'M DOING EVERYTHING RIGHT. ))
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Volunteers have been collecting samples for 10 years.
Results of the analysis go into reports for the Environmental Protection Agency and have helped the lake qualify for federal and state grants.
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Olympians


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=spr
TAPE#96-52
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A couple of workers at the McDonalds in Rocky Mount say Atlanta is their kind of place.
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You see, Virginia Dillon and Donny Smawley are heading for the Olympics.
They're two of thirty McDonald's employees in the Commonwealth who will work for the fast food chain during the games.
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((LARRY MCCARTY/MCDONALD'S OF ROCKY MOUNT: TO BE ONE OF THE STORES CHOSEN, TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE OLYMPICS IS OUTSTANDING. THE CREW IS VERY EXCITED ABOUT IT. NEEDLESS TO SAY THE 2 INDIVIDUALS ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT IT. AND JUST BEING PART OF FRANKLIN COUNTY AND BEING ABLE TO SEND SOMEONE TO HOT ATLANTA IS JUST INCREDIBLE. ))
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The trip to the Olympics certainly won't be all work for Dillon and Smawley.
When they're not serving up burgers, the duo has access to ANY Olympic event.
They'll also being staying in the Olympic Village with the athletes.
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Optical-Cable


ANCHOR=mel
NEWSCAST=noon
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TAPE#96-56
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It's been a banner year for a Roanoke County Company... and its growth apparently has no limits.
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Optical Cable broke ground on its new addition this morning.
In the past few months the fiber optic manufacturer has gone public on Wall Street... and inked a multi- million dollar deal in Japan.
The current facility is 74- thousand square feet... and employs 110 workers.
The size of the building will now double... and the number of workers will increase by nearly three times its current amount.
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((BOB KOPSTEIN/OPTICAL CABLE PRESIDENT: THERE'S A FANTASTIC FUTURE FOR THIS COMPANY AND INDUSTRY. AND EVERYTHING THAT CAN MEAN FOR THE ROANOKE VALLEY. ))
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Kopstein says expansion plans don't end here.
He expects in another two years, the company will expand again... and eventually employ one- thousand workers.
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Stocks


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=cro
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Technology shares are dragging the broader stock market lower as yet another big-name high-tech company is predicting weak earnings.
This time it's Hewlett-Packard.
The announcement came a day after Motorola sparked a market selloff.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was DOWN 91 points.
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ANCHOR=Melanie


Stick around - a lot of sports to talk about including how much it would cost to sign Hornets star Larry Johnson,
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and it's not the price, but the size of this shark that took fishermen by surprise.
The giant fish weighs more than a ton.
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Johnson


ANCHOR=patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=ksh
TAPE#S6-11
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N-B-A owners are scheduled to begin their full-court press on over 150 free agents today -- provided the league and its union put pen to paper on a collective bargaining agreement.
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You might find Hornet's forward Larry Johnson among the big names in the market.
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Charlotte reports say the Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks are the top teams interested in Johnson.
To get Johnson, either team will have to pay the remaining 71 million dollars on his 84 million dollar contract.
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Hillcats


ANCHOR=patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sma
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The Lynchburg Hillcats and the Salem Avalanche renewed their crosstown rivalry for the first time after the break down at City Stadium last night.
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It was a pitcher's dual until the 5th inning when Lynchburg's Freddie Garcia cranks out a two run dinger over the left field wall.
The Cats were cruisin', up 2-nothing.
Lynchburg then went on a tear.
The Hillcats Derek Swafford brings in Erskine Kelly on the R-B-I double to left and that makes the count 3-zip.
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Still in the 5th, Jose Giullen knocks in a pair of runs to give the Cats a 5 run lead.
Lynchburg wins 5-1.
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In the Appalachian League, Danville slipped past Martinsville two to one.

Dawgs


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NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=twe
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The Roanoke Riverdawgs were back at the Dog Pound last night hoping to continue their five game winning streak on the home turf against the Carolina Dynamo.
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The Dynamo had taken 2 previous contests with Roanoke this season, and the two clubs battled to a scoreless tie at the half.
Carolina grabbed a 1-zip lead, but the Dawgs had several missed opportunities, including this one on the free kick.
Michael Gailey padded the visitors' advantage on this tally, with a little help from a couple of Dawgs. 2-nothing Dynamo.
Aaron Ewert had another solid SUPER=34-Carolina/2/Roanoke/0;

performance in the goal once again, but Roanoke falls 2 to nothing.
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Fish


ANCHOR=patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Roy
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The sport of fishing is so big in the Roanoke area that finding a spot along the creeks or streams to fish can be tough.
But Roy Stanley says there is one place that's a trout fisherman's dream.
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((It's called Lake Back-O-Beyon and its only 15 minutes from downtown Roanoke.
Its a private fishing preserve operated by Roanoke Times sports writer Ray cox.
Cox keeps the fish in holding pounds until they weigh more than a pound and a half. Then he stocks Glade Creak for those fishermen who want to pay 30 dollars a day with a six fish limit.)) ((RAY COX/OWNER LAKE BACK-O-BEYON: )) ((The woods surrounding Glade Creek are quiet perfect for trout fishing. And those who fish the creek on a regular basis enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the area.)) ((TOMMY PERDUE/FISHERMAN: )) ((Dover England, a fly fisherman, has been fishing Glade Creek for more than 15 Years.
The creek has survived the urban development in this part of Roanoke county. And all though it has its pro's and Con's, England says preserve fishing will save the natural beauty of the area.)) ((DOVER ENGLAND/FLY FISHERMAN: )) ((ROY STANDUP: ))
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Shark


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=nle
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And if those fish aren't big enough for you, maybe you should try the waters in Australia.
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A one-and-a-half ton shark was caught after becoming trapped in a fisherman's net.
But the excitement doesn't stop there.
One tourist got a little too close while having her picture taken.
The shark was not quite dead and twisted its body toward her.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
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And before we go we've learned that the United Nations war crimes tribunal has issued arrest warrants for the top two Bosnian Serb leaders.
The international warrants authorize the arrests of Radovan Karadzic
(KA'-ra-jich) and military chief Ratko Mladic (RAHT'-koh MLAH'-dich) if they

cross international borders.
We'll have more on that story tonight on News 7 at Five. Thanks for joining us, and have a good day.