12:00-01

NOON-HEADLINES

ANCHOR=Melanie
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VO-NAT


A former Network news reporter says friendly fire downed T-W-A flight 800.
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And the bidding continues in the N-S, C-S-X fight for Conrail.
ANCHOR=Patrick


Heavy rains cause some school closing, and usher in much colder weather for our weekend. Stay tuned for the complete forecast, all coming up.
ANCHOR=Melanie


Stick around News 7 at Noon is next.

Rail-Merger


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#96-
GRAPHIC=rail merger


One of the largest employers in our area has taken a bidding war to an even higher level.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Len/Newsroom


Len Besthoff says a battle between Norfolk Southern and C-S-X has become so intense that N-S has upped its offer for Conrail to 10- BILLION- dollars cash.
Live=Len Full/Newsroom
SUPER=@Len1;


Melanie the move announced by N-S this morning represents about a ten- percent increase in what it's willing to pay.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file;


The N-S hostile bid now tops the friendly offer from rival C-S-X by more than a billion- dollars.
Two days ago C-S-X sweetened its bid.
The reason this deal is so important is because whoever wins the bidding war will have a huge amount of control over freight lines in the eastern half of the United States.
The other guy will basically be left out in the cold, and in a weakened position that could make it a takeover target by one of the railroads out west.
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Live=Len Full/Newsroom


Melanie a purchase of Conrail by either company will create the third largest railroad in the U-S.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Len/Newsroom

((Melanie question: It seems like an easy call for conrail if N-S is offering so much money...but I'm guessing it's not that cut and dry.))

clinton-cabinet


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=Clinton;


President Clinton has named his new chief of staff.
Charlotte businessman Erskine (UR'-skin) Bowles accepted the job this morning.
Administration officials say the President will make the announcement today at his first post-election press conference.
Current Chief of Staff, Leon Panetta, is expected to confirm his resignation at that event.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington DC/Yesterday;


Panetta's resignation comes one day after Secretary of State Warren Christopher announced he was stepping down.
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((WARREN CHRISTOPHER:BEING SECRETARY OF STATE IS TO TAKE PART IN HISTORY'S RELAY RACE. IT'S BEEN A GREAT PRIVILEGE FOR ME TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RUN THIS CHALLENGING LEG. ))
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=none


White House sources say Labor Secretary Robert Reich (rysh) and Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros are also expected to step down.
That makes at least seven resignations out of the 14-member Cabinet.

TWA


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=crash investigation


The crash of T-W-A flight 800 may soon be ruled an accident.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


Today's Washington Post reports N-T-S-B officials are getting ready to make that move if no evidence of a bomb or missile is found in wreckage from sea floor dredging.
SUPER=03-Cannes, France;


Meanwhile, former A-B-C newsman Pierre Salinger claims he has government documents proving the U-S Navy accidentally shot down the 7-47.
Salinger says he got the document from an un-named intelligence agent.
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((PIERRE SALINGER:WELL, WE KNOW EXACTLY WHERE IT WAS FISED> IT'S A SPECIAL REGION WHICH IS OFF THE COAST OF LONG ISLAND, WHERE THEY DO MISSILE TESTS 4,5,6 TIMES A YEAR. THE BASE OF IT IS IN NORFOLK, BUT THEY COME NORTH AND DO THOSE TESTS. ))
SUPER=01-Pierre Salinger/Former ABC News Correspondent;
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OUT Q=and do those tests.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=hold


Investigators deny the charge, but say they want to see the documents.

Militia


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=sly
TAPE#None
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


In West Virginia a federal grand jury returned indictments today against seven men with militia ties. They are accused of conspiring to bomb the F-B-I center in Clarksburg.
Among those named: Floyd "Ray" Looker of Harrison County--commander of the Mountaineer Militia.
Prosecutors say the charges carry maximum penalties of ten years in prison and 250 thousand dollar fines.

sex-scandal


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


Another sex scandal is rocking the U-S military.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Aberdeen, MD;

7:05:40
The army is charging an officer and a drill sergent with raping or sexually harassing female recruits at a training school in Aberdeen, Maryland.
So far, at least a dozen women have been identified as victims.
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10;17:40 ((- MAJOR GENERAL ROBERT SHADLEY COMMANDER, ORDINANCE CENTER:THE TRAINEES ARE VERY YOUNG AND IMPRESSIONABLE AND SHOULD BE TREATED WITH RESPECT. THESE INSTRUCTORS SHOULD BE LEADERS NOT LECHERS. ))
SUPER=01-Robert Shadley/Ordinance Center;
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OUT Q=NOT LECHERS.
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VO-NAT


Another sergeant is charged with obstruction of justice.
Investigators say they expect to find even more victims as they try to interview up to one-thousand women who trained at the center from June through August.
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Citadel


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


Three female cadets at the Citadel are sporting new doo's, and facing disciplinary action.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


School officials say they gave themselves extremely short haircuts, reportedly so they would be like the rest of the cadets.
The Citadel's fourth female cadet did not cut her hair.
The cadets could now face confinement because they did not follow the college's haircut policy.
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Brawl


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tal
TAPE#596-28
GRAPHIC=tech


Virginia Tech officials are coming under fire for their handling of recent grand jury indictments against football players.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Wednesday;


Yesterday, Head coach Frank Beamer took the heat from all sides, after suspending seven players.
An attorney for two players, Angelo Harrison and Brad Baylor says the university should've waited for a finding of guilt before taking action.
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((MARC LONG/DEFENSE LAWYER: IF YOU'RE GONNA FIND FACTS LET'S FIND THEM AND THEN PUNISH, BUT DON'T PUNISH BEFORE YOU KNOW ALL THE FACTS. ))
SUPER=01-Marc Long/Defense Lawyer;
RUNS=:06
OUT Q=all the facts.
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VO-NAT


But Tech officials have also been under pressure for waiting too long to punish the players allegedly involved in a fight last August.
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SOT 23:21:18
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((LARRY HINCKER/UNIV. RELATIONS DIRECTOR: MANY, MANY STUDENTS WERE INVOLVED IN THIS SITUATION. WE KNEW THAT THE BLACKSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT WAS GONNA BE CONDUCTING AN INVESTIGATION AND WE FELT THEY WERE IN A MUCH BETTER POSITION THAN UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS TO DETERMINE WHAT ACTUALLY TOOK PLACE. ))
SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/University Relations Director;
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=actually took place.
TALENT=Melanie
SS=virginia tech


The investigation into the fight took two months to finish.
Hincker says Tech officials called police weekly, in hopes it would be wrapped up much more quickly.


Payne


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=Allen


A convicted killer on death row had a muted reaction to news that Governor George Allen spared his life.
It's the first time Allen has intervened in an execution.
Ten have been carried out under his watch.
The Governor says he gave NO consideration to juror affidavits that they may have wrongly convicted Joseph Payne of the 19-85 murder.
Payne faced lethal injection for burning another inmate to death while incarcerated for a prior murder.
The Governor says there's ample evidence of Payne's guilt -- but he commuted Payne's sentence to life in prison.

tease#1

HARD MUSIC UNDER
ANCHOR=Melanie


When we return,
Dutch AIDS researchers say they have a breakthrough discovery.
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VO-NAT


And,
Halifax County High School students got a surprise break from classes yesterday when police raided for drugs.
But first, let's check in with Patrick.
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Talent=Patrick

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AIDS


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


Dutch researchers report a major, critical step forward in the battle against AIDS.
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VO-NAT


They say a powerful drug cocktail appears to eliminate all traces of the virus from the body.
Previous studies have shown that the same mixture of a protease
(PROH'-tee-ayz) inhibitor,

"A-Z-T" and "3-T-C" wiped out the virus in the blood.
This latest work examined the lymph glands where most of the AIDS virus is produced, they too were disease-free.
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7;10:15 ((DR. DANNER: WE WERE ABLE TO BRING DOWN THE BIRUS LOAD IN THE LYMPH TISSUE TO UNDECTIBLE LEVELS IN ALL THE PATIENTS WE TESTED. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Sven Danner/Univ. of Amsterdam Medical Ctr.;
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OUT Q=WE TESTED.
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VO-NAT


Researchers says it's the strongest suppression of the virus yet.
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mars


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


The Mars rush is on.
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4:20:57
IN Q=and we have
SUPER=03-Cape Canaveral, FL;
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=back to the red planet
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VO-NAT


NASA yesterday launched the first in a series of probes to Mars-- with the hope of finding out if life did once exist on our solar-system neighbor.
Another American probe called the Mars Pathfinder will be launched December second, and a Russian spacecraft is also set to go before the end of the year.
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Boty-Schools


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=spr
TAPE#96-88
GRAPHIC=NONE


Botetourt County bus drivers are stuck in first gear in their drive to improve their pay scale.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;


Last night, for the second time, the group addressed the school board.
The drivers say that at least one official admitted their pay scale is inaccurate.
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SOT 8:01:28
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((RICHARD RONK/BUS DRIVER: THE DRIVERS FEEL WHEN THE SCALE WAS FOUND TO BE WRONG, THAT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN CORRECTED IMMEDIATELY. BUT THE DRIVERS ARE STILL BEING ASKED TO WORK BY THIS SAME SCALE THAT IS INCORRECT. PLUS THE EXTRA WORK THAT HAS BEEN ADDED ON TO THE DRIVERS. ))
SUPER=01-Richard Ronk/Bus Driver;
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OUT Q=the drivers
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VO-NAT


At this point, it's unclear whether the pay scale glitch has caused a significant impact on salaries.
Regardless, school board members say nothing can be done until the next budget is approved.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


The embattled bus drivers will meet separately with the superintendent in two weeks.

Halifax-Drugs


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=THa
TAPE#96-83
GRAPHIC=NONE


A surprise raid at Halifax County High School turned up little evidence of drugs.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Halifax Co.;


Officers used metal detectors and dogs in their search.
A pocket knife and part of a marijuana cigarette were the only things discovered.
School officials and authorities believe assigning a deputy to patrol the school has made a difference.
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((LARRY CLARK/HALIFAX CO. HIGH PRINCIPAL:I THINK THAT THE UNIFORM PRESENCE DOES MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE, IT'S NOT A RENT A COP, AND IT'S NOT A PART TIME SECURITY PERSON, IT'S A REAL LIVE POLICE OFFICER, WHO IS WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY AND WORKING WITH THE SCHOOL, YES, I THINK, IT'S MADE A REAL DIFFERENCE, FOR THE SCHOOL. ))
SUPER=01-Larry Clark/Halifax Co. Principal; :00
RUNS=:15
OUT Q=for the school.
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VO-NAT


Officers also raided a nearby school for troubled students.
17- year- old Greg Hamlett was the only student arrested.
Authorities found several pieces of aluminum foil in his pocket, which they say contained a substance with the appearance of crack.
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Tease#2

SOFT MUSIC UNDER
ANCHOR=Melanie


When we return,
We'll have a live interview with a local author with a unique perspective on life.
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VO-NAT


And,
The singer who did it HIS WAY is now doing it his DOCTOR'S way.
Stay with us.
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Sinatra


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


A Los Angeles T-V station is reporting today that Frank Sinatra's health is deteriorating and he's now being treated for pneumonia and heart failure.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file;


The 80- year- old entertainer checked into the hospital last week, reportedly for treatment of a pinched nerve.
But K-C-B-S cites a hospital source who said Sinatra's private room looks like an intensive care unit.
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Garth-Brooks


ANCHOR=mel
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=spr
TAPE#net (edit of 96-88)
GRAPHIC=NONE


Country fans welcomed Garth Brooks back to the star city for two concerts at the civic center-- the first of which was last night.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Before the show, he met with reporters and talked about his Roanoke performance four years ago, when he missed a rope ladder, and accidentally fell to the floor.
He says this time, he'll get it right.
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((GARTH BROOKS/RECORDING ARTIST: WE KEPT THE LADDER IN THE ACT FOR FOUR YEARS JUST TO COME BACK AND REDEEM OURSELVES. THEN AFTER VIRGINIA, WE'LL PROBABLY GET RID OF THE LADDER. I HAD TO COME BACK AND TRY IT ONE MORE TIME. ))
SUPER=07-Garth Brooks;
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=more time
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VO-NAT


Brooks final local show is today.
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Phyllis-Campbell


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


A new book recently hit the shelves-- and it's written by a local author.
Phyllis Campbell, who is a blind, lives in Staunton and already has two best-selling books to her credit.
She began her writing career as a student at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind, and now serves as a music teacher at the same school. 2-shot Melanie and Guest
Phyllis joins us today to talk about her new book, "Friendships in the dark".
(What can sighted people learn from your book)
Talent=Phyllis Campbell Full
SUPER=01-Phyllis Campbell/Author;


(response) 2-shot
(In your book you talk about how cats and dogs light up your world-- why is that?)
ANCHOR=guest


(response) 2-shot
(In what ways are blind people more lucky than sighted people?) WEATHER
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Stocks


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 19 points.
tease#3

SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
ANCHOR=Melanie


Up next,
The American League selects TWO managers of the year.
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VO-NAT


And,
The Roanoke Valley S-P-C-A wants you to select one of their unique pets-- it has only THREE legs.
Stay with us.
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MLB


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S6-20
GRAPHIC=MLB


Earlier this Fall Joe Torre and Johnny Oates finished back in the pack in the manager of the year balloting done by the Associated Press.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=04-MLB; :00


Last night they got their revenge as the the Baseball Writers of American announced that Torre of the World Champion New York Yankees and Texas Ranger skipper Oates are co-recipients of this year's American League manager of the year award.
Both managers received 89 points but, Oates received more first place votes than Torre.
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Mast


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#R-34
GRAPHIC=ATLANTA


The Winston Cup season begins its final weekend today in Atlanta as drivers arrive for the NAPA 500.
And for local driver Rick Mast, it's his final chance to pull off a win before changing teams next season.
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((RICK MAST/ATLANTA POLE WINNER IN 1992:))
SUPER=01-Rick Mast/Atlanta Pole Winner In 1992;
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OUT Q=...TRY TO DO."
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FFE


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S6-12
GRAPHIC=FFE LOGO


The regular season party comes to a close tonight as Friday football Extra presents highlights from the final week of the regular season.
Here's where you'll find us crowning district champs on Week 11.
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SPCA-Dog


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=spr
TAPE#96-84
GRAPHIC=SPCA


Her name is Tripod, and she's looking for a home.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


This black lab mix was picked up by Animal Control officers a few weeks ago in Northeast Roanoke.
She was born with a deformed leg which was surgically removed.
But as you can see it doesn't slow her down at all.
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SOT 15:16:45
IN Q=She's as

((JOHN PIEDMONT/ROANOKE VALLEY SPCA: SHE'S AS GOOD AS NEW. SHE'S BETTER. SHE'S HOPPING AROUND. SHE'S HAPPY. SHE WANTS TO GET OUT OF HERE. SHE WANTS A NEW HOME. SO SOMEONE IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY IS BOUND TO BE ABLE TO HELP OUT THIS DOG AND GIVER HERE A GOOD HOME. ))
SUPER=01-John Piedmont/Roanoke Valley SPCA;
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=good home
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VO-NAT


Tripod is being kept at the Southern Hills Animal Hospital on Franklin Road.
If you would like to adopt her... or any other dog or cat, you can call the Roanoke Valley SPCA at 344-4840. (----------------)