12:00-01

NOON-HEADLINES

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A billion dollar railway merger in the works will create the world's leading freight transporation company.
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And a number of Campbell County grade schoolers are injured in a school bus accident.
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TALENT=Patrick


Sunny skies will give way to some cloud cover over night. I'll have the complete five day forecast, along with the latest in the world of sports.

ANCHOR=Melanie
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Stick around. News 7 at Noon is next.

Merger


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#96-83
GRAPHIC=business news


Two of the largest railroads in the country have decided to join forces, and odds are it will ultimately have some effect on our area.
C-S-X is buying Conrail for more than eight- BILLION- dollars.
The new freight company would rival the nation's largest rail lines in size.
For the past decade, there has been speculation that Conrail would merge with NORFOLK SOUTHERN, the dominant railroad in southwest and central Virginia.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Len/Newsroom


Len Besthoff has been working the phones this morning to try to answer a number of questions that remain about this deal.
For starters Len, what are the odds of this going through?
Live=Len Full/Newsroom
SUPER=@Len1;


Well Melanie, as you might guess, there are a number of regulatory hurdles and hoops that must be jumped through.
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The deal must be approved by not only the federal government, but also by shareholders of both railroads.
Don't forget that about 10 years ago Conrail and Norfolk Southern were in merger talks that were held up in part because of a challenge by C-S-X.
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And in a release this morning, N-S sounds like a challenge by them to THIS deal could be a possibility.
N-S said this combination raises serious concerns, it will act aggressively to protect the interests of the shipping public, and it does not rule out any options.
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Live=Len Full/Newsroom


Melanie there are numerous other questions as well, like, what about all the cooperative agreements that currently exist between N-S and Conrail.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Len/Newsroom
ANCHOR=Melanie


And I understand C-S-X has about 200 employees in the Clifton Forge area. Could this deal affect them?
Double Boxes=Melanie and Len/Newsroom
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Industry


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#net (edit of 96-75)
GRAPHIC=Business News


One Salem employer is moving out, but another is moving in and saving the more than 100 jobs at stake.
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Almost one year to the day after the announcement that L'eggs was leaving,-- Levy Home Entertainment of Chicago has reached an agreement to purchase the site.
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((HOWARD REESE/LEVY HOME ENTERTAINMENT: LEVY HOME ENTERTAINMENT HAS SIGNED AN AGREEMENT WITH SARA LEE DIVISION L'EGGS PANTY HOSE TO TAKE OVER THIS FACILITY EFFECTIVE JANUARY THE FIRST.))
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The company, believed to the largest book distribution firm in the U-S, plans to give all of the L'eggs workers a chance to stay on board with basically the same benefits.
By the end of next year Levy expects to have about 125 employees.
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((JOHN HIGGINS/L'EGGS OPERATIONS MANAGER: BUT WE DO HAVE GREAT PEOPLE, A GREAT WORK ETHIC IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY, OF COURSE NOW I'M GONNA GET PREJUDICED, I'M ALSO A FIRM BELIEVER THAT THE BEST EMPLOYEES IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY ARE RIGHT IN THIS BUILDING.))
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And getting Levy to move into the L'eggs site did NOT require a big bundle of incentive money....though the state will cover the cost of retraining any L'eggs workers who stay on with Levy.
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GM-STRIKE


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=gm logo


It's good news, bad news for General Motors.
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VO-NAT
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10:00:00
The auto giant reports earning nearly one point three billion dollars in the third quarter, double what it made last year.
But a strike is crippling G-M'S Canadian operations and causing layoffs in the U-S.
So far nearly six thousand workers at G-M assembly and parts plants in the U-S and Mexico have lost their jobs since the Canadian Auto Workers went on strike October third.
The company says another 21-hundred workers could be laid off today.
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HEBRON


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


Yasser Arafat wants U-S troops to patrol the West Bank town of Hebron.
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VO-NAT
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Negotiations on Israel's troop pullback from Hebron have been stalled because of Israel's demand for tighter security for Jewish settlers in the city.
Arafat says U-S troops could help-- and would silence Israeli demands.
But the Israeli government is dismissing the idea.
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Arafat spoke at a joint news conference with Jordan's King Hussein in Jericho.
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10:13:56-10:14:14 ((ARAFAT:THERE WAS SUPPOSE TO BE AN AMERICAN ARMY IN GOLAN HEIGHTS, WHY NOT AMERICAN ARMY WITH INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE IN HEBRON. THIS CAN CLOSE THEIR CONTINUAL SLOGANS CONCERNING SECURITY.))
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Hussein visited the West Bank today for the first time since losing the territory to Israel in the 19-67 war.
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Bus-Accident


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-80
GRAPHIC=accident


Nine Campbell County elementary school students suffered minor injuries when their school bus was struck by a car today.
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It happened at about 8:30 at the intersection of Rainbow Forest Drive and Crossway Street.
The bus, carrying 56 Tomahawk Elementary school students had stopped to pick up a passenger when it was rearended by a van.
Police say the driver of the van was blinded by the sun and could not see the bus until it was too late.
Nine students were transported to Lynchburg General Hospital complaining mostly of neck pain.
All nine were treated and released.
Police say the van driver will not be charged in the incident.
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Drivers-Bus


ANCHOR=mel
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=spr
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


Botetourt County school bus drivers continue to DRIVE their point home.
This morning, they vented their frustrations at the Board of Supervisors meeting.
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They're upset over a number of work- related items... including wages and benefits.
The bus drivers got on the agenda... but that was about all they got.
Board members told them nothing could be done, because the school budget had already been set.
Now the group is considering getting some legal advice.
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((VICKY DICKERSON/BOTETOURT COUNTY SCHOOL BUS DRIVER: US DRIVERS HAVE TALKED ABOUT IT AND WE HAVE AGREED THAT IF NOTHING WAS DONE TODAY-- WE DIDN'T GET ANY SATISFACTION-- WE WERE GOING TO CHECK INTO GETTING US A LAWYER. ))
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Last week the group discussed their working conditions with the school board.
Two weeks ago, they threatened to strike if their demands were not met.
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ANCHOR=Melanie


Still to come on the newscast,
The pope is returning to the vatican after surgery,
But new rumors about his health are making the rounds.
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and,
The Republican party is dropping hints that it's going on the offensive and the President's character is the target.
But first, let's check in with Patrick.
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Character


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=campaign 96


Bob Dole is getting ready to attack President Clinton on ethics during tomorrow night's debate in San Diego.
Bill Clinton is in New Mexico prepping for the event with mock debates.
And as Bill Plante reports, he appears unconcerned about Dole's character attacks.
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The president shrugged off bob dole's attack on his character and his administration's ethics, suggesting it will make little difference in his preparations for tomorrow's debate.
CLINTON:I'M GOING TO DO WHAT I ALWAYS DO. I'M REPARING TO DO MY DEBATE, TO ANSWER WHATEVER QUESTIONS MAY BE ASKED."
MR. Clinton is well aware that some of the questions may be about his character - but hopes most of the queries from the audience of undecided voter will be on the issues.
CLINTON:I LOOK FORWARD TO IT, JUST AS I LOOKED FORWARD TO THE LAST ONE, AND THE MOST IMPORTANT THING, I HOPE, IS THAT IT WILL BE SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE WILL FEEL BETTER ABOUT WHEN IT'S OVER."
Asked about house speaker gingrich's call for an investigation of contributions to the campaign from an indonesian businessman and his associates, the president dismissed it saying, "it's election time."
The clinton campaign strategy now, with three weeks to go, ignore the substance of all character and ethics charges, and simply claim that the republicans are just desperate.
Bill PLante, CBS News, with the president's campaign in Albuerque.))

Forbes


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-73
GRAPHIC=Campaign 96


Virginia Republicans reinforcing Dole's attack on the President's character.
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State party chairman Randy Forbes is delivering a speech he calls "Character Counts" to children and voters around the state.
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Along with the words of wisdom, "Character Counts" ribbons are being handed out statewide.
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TALENT=Melanie
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Virginia Democratic party chairwoman Sue Wrenn says it's a sign that Republicans are desperate.
Virginia has not gone Democratic in a presidential race in 32 years.

Mark-Warner


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#95-78
GRAPHIC=Warner, Mark


Two new environmental endorsements backed Senate Candidate Mark Warner, as he charged incumbent John Warner with trying to roll BACK environmental protections.
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Mark Warner received the backing of the Sierra Club and the National League of Conservation Voters.
Speaking with reporters on the banks of the Roanoke River- The democratic challenger said a strong economy and a clean environment are not mutually exclusive.
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((MARK WARNER/D- CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS: NOW I HEAR THAT JOHN WILL RESPOND BY SAYING HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A FRIEND OF THE ENVIRONMENT, BUT ONCE AGAIN THE RECORD SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. ON PRESERVING VIRGINIA'S ENVIRONMENT, JOHN WARNER MAY TALK LIKE A BOY SCOUT, BUT HE DOESN'T ACT LIKE ONE.))
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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John Warner's campaign responded with its list of endorsements from groups including the Environmental Defense Fund and the National Parks and Conservation Association.

Grey


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#96-71
GRAPHIC=campaign 96


In what incumbent Bob Goodlatte terms scare tactics, Sixth district congressional candidate Jeff Grey is calling Goodlatte no friend to Medicare.
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Grey made his comments yesterday at Friendship Manor as he accepted the endorsement of the National Council of Senior Citizens.
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((JEFF GREY/D- CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS: I THINK THAT MEDICARE DESERVES TO BE SAVED AND RESPONSIBLY SO, KEEPING IT A TRUST FUND, SETTING UP THE 1-800 TELEPHONE HOT LINE THAT I HAVE PROPOSED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE TO REPORT WASTE FRAUD AND ABUSE IN MEDICARE IS ESSENTIAL. MEDICARE IS WORTH SAVING FOR MY FATHER, WHO WORKED 45 YEARS AND EARNED IT AND IT'S ESSENTIAL TO SAVE FOR MYSELF AND MY CHILDREN AS WELL.))
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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Grey says Goodlatte voted to cut 270- billion dollars from Medicare.
But Goodlatte says the plan passed by congress actually increases spending for each senior citizen.
He says it is "the height of irresponsibility" to scare senior citizens with the issue.

Hostage-Standoff


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=sly
TAPE#Net
GRAPHIC=Standoff

In Atlanta a tense hostage standoff situation continues at this hour.
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VO-NAT
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A 22- year- old man has been holding his wife, baby son and teenage brother hostage since last night.
Police say the man stabbed his wife's five- year- old son at a house in Atlanta's Grant Park neighborhood, before taking the hostages and fleeing to his mother's home.
Another hostage -- a ten- year- old girl -- left the house earlier today.
She went through a window.
We'll have more details as they become available later today.
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POPE


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


Doctors are letting Pope John Paul return to the Vatican.
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VO-NAT
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They removed his stitches today, one week after his appendectomy.
Doctors say the 76- year- old pontiff's surgery was a success.
But Vatican officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, now say John Paul may be suffering from Parkinson's disease.
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ANCHOR=Melanie


Up next,
Some Campbell County voters want the right to buy a hurricane at local restaurants,
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While SNOW is readily available in Alaska-- where Winter has started early.
Stick around
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Mixed-Drinks


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-90
GRAPHIC=NONE


Mixed drinks will be on the minds of Campbell County voters in November.
The question of allowing restaurants to serve them will be on the ballot.
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A group known as Citizens for Change got more than 23-hundred signatures to get the referendum on the ballot.
Supporters say allowing the sale of mixed drinks will spur economic development in the county.
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((ART BUNNELL/PETITION DRIVE ORGANIZER: NOT HOTEL, MAJOR HOTEL, WOULD EVER CONSIDER COMING TO THIS COUNTY BECAUSE THEY DO NOT HAVE MIXED BEVERAGES AND TO GET THE BUSINESS TRAVEL THAT THEY NEED, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT THEY NEED TO HAVE. JUST AN ECONOMIC THING, REALLY.))
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Bunnell (bun-NELL) says his own property directly across from the Lynchburg airport would be an ideal site for a hotel.
He says restaurants like Jeanne's on Route 460 has lost business because it cannot offer mixed drinks.
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SNOW-anchorage


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


Snow is nothing new to Alaska, but an early winter blast is setting records.
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VO-NAT
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Meteorologist say it's the heaviest October snowfall they've ever seen.
Nearly two feet of snow have fallen in the Anchorage area.
The National Weather Service said the storm easily broke some old October records for the area dating back to 19-16.
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WALL-Street


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=stocks


Wall Street opened trading today in record territory.
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The Dow Jones industrial average opened above the six-thousand mark for the first time, after rising some 40 points yesterday.
Analysts attribute the market's upward trend to more people buying stocks to save for retirement.
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Stocks


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE# none
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Momentum from yesterday appears to be continuing at Noon, the Dow was UP 5 points.
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ANCHOR=Melanie


Up next,
It's early morning feedings for the material girl.
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And,
The Atlanta Braves' hitters feed on St. Louis last night--
Patrick has all the sports highlights when we come back.
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MONDAY-FOOTBALL


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=pev
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=NFL


A gigantic match up last night in Green Bay as the Packers hosted the San Francisco 49ers, and the game lived up to the hype.
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Trailing by 11, Brett Favre has the Pack on the move after a long TD catch, they go for two, and cut the lead. It's 17-14 San Francisco.
The 49ers punt, and Green Bay again takes the ball down field, settling for a game tying field goal off Chris Jacke's foot.
But later Favre would be intercepted by Marquez Pope, and Jeff Wilkens would kick San Francisco into the lead, 20-17 with 1:50 remaining in regulation.
With only seconds left on the clock, Chris Jacke ties it at 20 apiece, sending the game to overtime.
In the extra period, Chris Jacke's magic toe boots the game winner, a 53 yard field goal--the longest ever to win an overtime game in the N-F-L. The Packers take this one, 23 to 20.
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Braves


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S6-16
GRAPHIC=BRAVES/CARDS


The Atlanta Braves are far from finished in the National League Championship series. Last night, facing elimination, the Braves embarrassed St. Louis.
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The Cards could do little more than watch as the Braves played good ball.
John Smoltz, who got the win on the mound, also collected two hits and drove in Jave Lopez with this single as the Braves beat the Cards 14 to 0.
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Smoltz had a record setting night himself upping his postseason strikeout total to 98, the best ever. It's four more than Whitey Ford's record.
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ANCHOR=Patrick
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St.Louis still leads the series 3 games to 2 with game six in Atlanta tomorrow.

Express


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#s6-21
GRAPHIC=express


The Roanoke Express unveiled its 1996-97 team last night during an elaborate ceremony at the Roanoke Airport Marriott.
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General manager Pierre Paiement and head coach Frank Anzalone took turns greeting the players and handing out jerseys to those lucky enough to make the 20 man roster.
And if training camp is any indication, the season should be outstanding.
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One of the newcomers introduced last night was Jeff Cowan, who will be here for a while, but will likely one day be in Calgary playing for the Flames.
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The Express opens the season Thursday night at Knoxville and then inhabits the Roundhouse for games on Friday & Saturday.
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NHL


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=ksh
TAPE#ICE-96
GRAPHIC=NHL LOGO


Former Chicago Blackhawk star Jeremy Roenick will now be the center of attention in Phoenix.
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SUPER=04-NHL; :00


After a near two month holdout Roenick has come to terms with the Coyotes after a trade from the Chicago.
The Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette reported yesterday that the 4 to 5 year deal is worth "at least three and a half million a season", with incentives.
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PrimeTImePromo


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=none


For the latest on the railway merger..
Don't forget to tune in to the area's first 10 p-m newscast, News 7 Prime Time on W-E-F-C.
Then tune back here to your hometown station for News 7 at 11.

Griffin


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


Entertainer and business mogul Merv Griffin is suffering with prostate cancer.
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SUPER=@File;


But his publicist says doctors expect a full recovery.
The publicist says Griffin will undergo four weeks of radiation therapy.
The treatments will take place on an outpatient basis at a hospital in the Los Angeles area.
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MADONNA


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
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The material girl has gone maternal.
Pop star Madonna gave birth to a six-pound-nine-ounce girl last night in Los Angeles.
The child's name: (LOOR'-dis) Lourdes Maria.
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A spokesperson says both mother and daughter are doing fine.
The 30- year- old father, Carlos Leon, is a personal trainer and boyfriend to the pop singer and actress. (----------------)