12:00-01

NOON-HEADLINES

TALENT=Melanie
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VO-NAT


Danville police investigate a late night shooting.
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And the jury may get the Simpson case today.
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ANCHOR=Patrick
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Sunshine prevails today, but we do have more precipitation in the forecast. I'll detail it for you, as well as a look at U-V-a A-C-C victory last night.
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TALENT=Melanie
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Don't go away the news is next.

D'ville-Shooting


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#97-5
GRAPHIC=murder


Danville police are investigating the murder of a 19- year- old Pennsylvania man.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Danville;


Police responded to a call on Ferry Road last night.
They found Derrick Levar Crawford lying just inside an apartment with a single gunshot to the chest.
He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
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SIMPSON


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=simpson


Jury deliberations could begin tonight at the O-J Simpson civil trial.
But first, closing arguments have to be concluded.
Jennifer Sabih is in Santa Monica with the latest. **********take NEWSPATH**********
SUPER=05-Santa Monica, CA;
SUPER=01-Jennifer Sabih/Reporting;
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((
THEY'LL FILE OUT OF THEIR JURY BOX AND INTO THE JURY ROOM WITH TWO VERY DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF EVENTS AND VISIONS OF THIS MAN. O.J. SIMPSON, SAY PLAINTIFFS, STALKED HIS EX-WIFE NICOLE. HE DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO STALK HER, SAYS HIS DEFENSE. PLAINTIFF LAWYER DANIEL PETROCELLI TOLD JURORS SIMPSON HAS NO ALIBI FOR THE TIME OF THE MURDERS. HE HAS NO MOTIVE FOR MURDER, SIMPSON'S LAWYER ROBERT BAKER RETORTED. SIMPSON LEFT A TRAIL OF EVIDENCE BEHIND, PLAINTIFFS SAY-- A HAT, A GLOVE, SOME DROPS OF BLOOD. DEFENSE SAYS SIMPSON WOULD HAVE TO BE THIS BUMBLING IDIOT, DROPPING EVIDENCE HITHER AND YON, AT THE CRIME SCENE AND HIS ESTATE, WHILE MANAGING TO DISPOSE OF ALL THE IMPORTANT BLOODY CLOTHES AND MURDER WEAPON.
PLAINTIFFS QUESTION WHY SIMPSON MADE NO MENTION OF THE 30 NEWLY FOUND PHOTOS OF HIMSELF WEARING THE SAME SORT OF SHOES THE KILLER WORE. DEFENSE ASK WHY PLAINTIFFS NEVER MENTIONED THE POSSIBILITY OF POLICE CORRUPTION OR PLANTED EVIDENCE, CORNERSTONES OF THEIR CASE. PETROCELLI PLAYED A VIDEOTAPE OF RON GOLDMAN WHEN HE WAS STILL ALIVE. IT BROUGHT AT LEAST ONE JUROR CLOSE TO TEARS. BAKER ACCUSED PLAINTIFFS OF PLAYING ON JURORS EMOTIONS IN A PLAY FOR SYMPATHY. PETROCELLI READ A POEM ABOUT A FATHER'S LOVE FOR HIS SON AND SAID FRED GOLDMAN'S LOVELY LIVING BOY IS NO MORE. BAKER SAID, I'M NO POET BUT IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE TIME, YOU MOST CERTAINLY CAN'T COMMIT THE CRIME.))


Chopper-crash


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


In southern Florida, a helicopter crash has killed four people.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Broward Co., FL;

10:01:07
It happened this morning in a remote area of Broward County.
Officials say the chopper struck a radio tower and than fell to the ground.
There is no word yet on what caused the crash.
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P-XGR


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#596-43
GRAPHIC=session 97


Virginia abortion SUPPORTERS conceded defeat in their biggest battle in recent years.
Planned parenthood of Virginia admits it will probably lose the parental notification fight this year.
A warning-- you're about to hear some graphic comments.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


This year, the bill requiring that parents be notified before a girl gets an abortion will go to a friendlier Senate committee.
Planned Parenthood is already working to defeat it in the court after it passes.
Meanwhile, Virginia is seeing its first bill to ban so-called "partial birth" or late term abortions.
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SOT 01:47:09 tape one
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((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM: WELL I DIDN'T EXPECT THEM SO EARLY OR SO GRAPHIC ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE.))
SOT EARL TAPE 12:39:40

((DEL. BOB MARSHALL: THEN THE DOCTOR OPENED THE SCISSORS UP. THEN HE STUCK THE HIGH-POWERED SUCTION TUBE INTO THE HOLE AND SUCKED THE BABY'S BRAINS OUT.))
SUPER=@Woodrum
SUPER=01-Del. Bob Marshall/(R) Manassas; :06
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VO-NAT


The late term abortion bill has NOT yet been debated in committee.
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E-Wythe-Drugs


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tal
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=Drug Bust Cocaine


An undercover investigation in Wythe County turned up a range of drugs, from crack to L-S-D.
The year-long operation wrapped up yesterday as police began arresting about 35 people.
Sheriff Wayne Pike also expects some FEDERAL charges.
The investigation was carried out with a 60 thousand dollar state grant, which was recently renewed for another year.

Trailer-Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=jmc
TAPE#96-101
GRAPHIC=fire


Fire destroyed a mobile home in Bedford County this morning.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.


The fire broke out about 10 o'clock in the Hardy section of the county.
Owner Robert Bryant says he heard his dogs barking, saw flames coming from the building and called the fire department.
Bryant was renovating the trailer and was using it primarily for storage.
No one was hurt.
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FOOD-LION


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


A-B-C says it will appeal a five and a-half million dollar punitive damages award to Food lion.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


The case involved a "Prime Time Live" report that used undercover workers with hidden cameras.
It alleged that Food Lion knowingly sold spoiled meat.
The trial did not address the truthfulness of the A-B-C report.
Jurors found the network only committed fraud.
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E-Local-Food-Lion


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=eea
TAPE#96-99
GRAPHIC=Lawsuit


A professor at Washington and Lee was called upon to testify at the trial.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lexington;


Lou Hodges specializes in journalism ethics.
He says undercover work should be used with caution, but in this case it served the public interest.
He's concerned about the message the verdict sends.
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SOT 4:15:59
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((LOU HODGES/W&L PROFESSOR; IT CALLS INTO QUESTION MORE THAN A CENTURY LONG TRADITION IN JOURNALISM, THE WHOLE PRACTICE OF USING UNDERCOVER MEANS OF GATHERING INFORMATION YOU CAN'T GET OTHERWISE, OF COURSE UNDERCOVER MEANS ALWAYS INVOLVE DECEPTIVE TACTICS, THAT DOESN'T SIT WELL WITH AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO HAVEN'T THOUGHT IT THROUGH VERY CLEARLY. ))
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


Hodges says he would not be surprised if the case reaches the U.S. Supreme Court.

EBONICS


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=Washington dc


Educators and language experts have traveled to Capitol Hill today to talk to Congress about ebonics, otherwise known as black English.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington DC;


A Senate committee is holding a hearing on the topic in the wake of recent controversy in California.
The Oakland school board ruled to recognize ebonics as a separate language.
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Albright


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


Madeleine Albright is scheduled to make history very soon.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington DC;


Moments from now she will be sworn in as the first female Secretary of State.
That will make her the highest ranking woman ever in the federal government.

The Senate confirmed her nomination yesterday along with William Cohen as Defense Secretary.
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E-Carroll-Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tal
TAPE#97-1
GRAPHIC=NONE


The recovery process is beginning for a father and son injured Tuesday when a fire swept through their home.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Carroll Co./Tuesday;


Edward Spears and his 14- year- old son Matthew escaped the fire, which killed two younger boys, 11- year- old Mark and 13- year- old John.
Yesterday their father was moved out of intensive care.
He remains in satisfactory condition, suffering the effects of smoke inhalation.
Matthew's condition has been upgraded from serious to fair at the Shriner's Burn Center in Cincinnati.
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S-Radford-Hospital


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tal
TAPE#96-104
GRAPHIC=Carilion


Carilion Radford Community expects to open its new hospital in the Fall of 19-98.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;


Officials celebrated the start of construction yesterday with a groundbreaking.
The 56 million- dollar facility will provide special focus on out- patient care.
And officials say it's designed to feel less like a hospital and more like an upscale spa or hotel.
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((SKIP LAMB/CARILION EXECUTIVE V.P.: MAJOR EMPHASIS ON TRYING TO DE-INSTITUTIONALIZE CARE AND TREATMENT. OUR ARCHITECTS WERE TOLD THAT WE WANT THE HUMAN ELEMENT STRESSED AND THE INSTITUTIONAL ASPECT MINIMIZED. ))
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VO-NAT


The hospital will be located just outside the Radford City limits in Montgomery County.
Besides Radford, it will also serve residents from eight surrounding counties.
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E-State-Song


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-110
GRAPHIC=va state seal


Virginia may carry its old state song into retirement.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


A Senate committee approved it becoming the state song (E-meritus) "emeritus."
But the committee decided to reconstitute the old song WITHOUT the racially offensive lyrics as the new state song.
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SOT 03:17:25
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((SEN. LOUISE LUCAS: DREAMER INSTEAD OF OLD DARKY.. WE DIDN'T GET ALL THAT WE HOPED FOR, BUT THIS IS THE FIRST STEP.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Louise Lucas/(D) Portsmouth;
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VO-NAT


The bi- partisan Senate team of Louise Lucas and Steve Newman will now fight for the change on the Senate floor.
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Tow-Trucks


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#net (edit of 97-3)
GRAPHIC=none


Getting your car towed may cost more than you expect.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Tow truck operators say their charges to customers reflect the expenses they have to pay in order to operate.
But some say overall, the rise in costs has NOT been that significant.
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((TOMMY WOODS/WOODS TOWING & RECOVERY: BASICALLY, WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT, THE PRICE OF A TOW HAS NOT REALLY GONE UP THAT MUCH IN THE LAST 10 YEARS. 10 YEARS AGO A NORMAL TOW WAS AROUND 25- DOLLARS HERE LOCALLY. THEY'VE GONE UP 10 DOLLARS IN 10 YEARS. THAT'S NOT BAD. ))
SUPER=01-Tommy Woods/Woods Towing & Recovery;
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VO-NAT


Woods hopes more wrecker services will join the state association to help keep their prices down.
Currently, regulations of tow truck drivers come primarily from individual localities.
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IN Q= Make sure they have

((LT. RAMEY BOWER/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A SECURE STORAGE LOT WITHIN THE CITY. MAKE SURE THAT THEIR TRUCKS ARE PROPERLY MARKED. MAKE SURE THAT THEIR PRICES AND PRICE LISTS ARE PROPERLY POSTED. ))
SUPER=01-Ramey Bower/Roanoke City Police Dept.;
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OUT Q=PROPERLY POSTED
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VO-NAT


To avoid being taken advantage of, Woods suggests sticking with a wrecker service you know.
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E-Museum


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-2
GRAPHIC=NONE


Martinsville's Virginia Museum of Natural History may have found the world's oldest fossil,
But now they're in need of some new money, more than one and a half million dollars.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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(( They showed off their insects.
They wined and dined the influential.
And Martinsville and Henry County supporters of the state's only natural history museum lobbied.
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((TOM HARNED/MARTINSVILLE PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT: OH I THINK WE'LL GET SOME MONEY THIS YEAR...SUCH AS MARTINSVILLE.))
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((BUD OAKEY/REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: AT WORST CASE, IT IS A PRECURSOR FOR NEXT YEAR...THIS IS BEING DRIVEN BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR.))
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The vision is to demolish the old Martinsville General Hospital.
It's loaded with asbestos.
That has a price tag of 1-point-6 million dollars.
Then the old Martinsville museum would become just the storage and research wing... and a whole new touristy museum would be built where the hospital was torn down.
The problem is that Governor George Allen has allocated NO money for the project.
Cabinet Secretary Becky Dunlop says the private sector needs to quote "step up to the plate."
And the most powerful voice Southside had in Richmond is now in Washington.
sot 07:57:29

((SEN. ROSCOE REYNOLDS: VIRGIL'S LENGTH OF SERVICE...FOR A WHILE.))
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At least this year, the specter of the museum leaving Martinsville is NO longer hanging over these heads.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

P-Elfun-Society


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#597-02
GRAPHIC=computers


Computers have become a necessity in many schools, but the cost can be overwhelming.
Volunteers in Salem are trying to fill the gap by recycling used computers.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Salem;


Members of the Elfun Society have spent thousands of hours refurbishing computers donated by Roanoke Valley businesses.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;


Two gifts of 35 computers helped Elliston- Lafayette (luh-FAY-et) Elementary School expand a lab and put more technology in classrooms.
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IN Q=We're preparing

((JOHN MARTIN/MONTGOMERY CO. PUBLIC SCHOOLS: WE'RE PREPARING WITH THE WONDERFUL ASSISTANCE OF SOME COMMUNITY BUSINESSES THAT MAKE THE EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE TO US, WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO BUILD A PROGRAM THAT WE BELIEVE IS GOING TO HELP OUR CHILDREN.)) ((TOM BLAKLEY/ELFUN COMPUTER PROJECT: WE'RE NOT DOING IT JUST BECAUSE WE'RE GOODY GOODY, WE'RE DOING IT BECAUSE WE ENJOY IT. AS I SAID WE'RE JUST GRUMPY OLD MEN WORKING TOGETHER DOING WHAT WE LIKE HELPING TEACHERS TEACH THE KIDS.))
SUPER=01-John Martin/Montgomery Co. Public Schools; :00
SUPER=01-Tom Blakley/Elfun Computer Project; :13
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VO-NAT


Fifteen to 20-volunteers, mostly retirees from General Electric, have refurbished more than 13- hundred computers during the last four years.
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WEATHER
SUPER=300-52/61/W 12mph/30.12r/73/1974/ 5/1970;
SUPER=301-54/59/SW 10mph/30.09r/74/1967/-1/1936;

Forecasts
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SUPER=330-Turning Cloudy/& Colder/28-32/Freezing Rain/Changing to Rain/34-38;
SUPER=331-Turning Cloudy/& Colder/30-34/Freezing Rain/Changing to Rain/36-40;
SUPER=332-Mostly/Cloudy/28-32/Cloudy/with Rain/44-48;
SUPER=333-Turning/Cloudy/26-30/Feezing Rain/Sleet & Rain/32-36;
SUPER=334-Mostly/Cloudy/260-30/Mostly Cloudy/Rain Likely/44-48;
SUPER=X5001;


Rail-Merger


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#net k
GRAPHIC=rail merger


There's word late this morning that Conrail and its two suitors are expected to get together to discuss their merger proposals.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


C-S-X and Conrail have responded to an invitation from Norfolk Southern Chairman David Goode and prodding from federal regulators.
C-S-X Chairman John Snow and Conrail Chairman David Le-Van suggest meeting as soon as possible.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=hold


N-S and C-S-X have significant operations in Virginia and West Virginia.
For the past few months they've been in a bitter bidding war for Conrail, which dominates the lucrative northeastern markets.

UVa


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=twe
TAPE#=net (edit of VB97-1)
GRAPHIC=ACC


After dropping two straight on the road, the Virginia Cavaliers opened a four game home stand last night with a 68-to-64 A-C-C win over Ga. Tech.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Yellow Jackets vs. Cavaliers;


Courtney Alexander nails the jumper for the early lead.
Watch Harold Deane then hit Roanoker Curtis Staples, who drops a dime for Norman Nolan.
But the Jackets hung around. Kevin Morris kicks to Matt Harpring who spots up for the 3.
Gary Saunders then hits this double clutch J on the baseline and Tech trailed by just 3.
Deane nails the 3 ball from the corner pocket just before the half.
SUPER=33-Ga. Tech/64/Virginia/68;

The Cavs move to 3 and 4 in the ACC with the 68-64 win.
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Radford


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=RU LOGO


The Radford University Highlanders lost to Winthrop last night 85-to-75 on the road in Big South play.
Eric Bowens had 23 for Radford, but the Highlanders played with little intensity, and little marksmanship as they hit just 5 of 31 three point attempts.

Favre


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#FB96-4
GRAPHIC=SUPER BOWL


More hoopla in the Big Easy yesterday as the clock continues to tick on the Packers and Patriots.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA; :00


Two-time N-F-L Most Valuable player Brett Favre picked up yet another piece of hardware as he was given the FootAction player of the year award in balloting done nationwide by the fans.
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((BRETT FAVRE/PACKERS QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Brett Favre/Packers Quarterback; :00
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VO-NAT CON'T


Favre also spent part of the day shooting a commercial for what else but Milk.
Besides getting a milk moustache he joked around striking the poses often found in the old time football cards.
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WIPE WIPE WIPE

Sony


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#s6-22
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA; :00


A couple of players also found a way to unwind yesterday.
Green Bay's Edgar Bennett played New England's Terry Glenn for Super Bowl supremacy on Sony Playstation's "Game Day 97".
And despite this Drew Bledsoe T-D pass to Vincent Brisby the Packers and Bennett were able to beat the Patriots 22-to-6.
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Electronic-Chick


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


Ever wanted companionship from a pet but not the mess?
Well a little invention in Japan tries to do just that.
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IN Q=Beep..
SUPER=03-Tokyo, Japan;
RUNS=:03
OUT Q=Beep, Beep, Beep.
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VO-NAT


It's the newest teen craze, a virtual pet called the Love - Egg.
Feed it when it beeps and it grows.
As the days go on, it sends on screen messages, telling how much weight it's gained, and changing sizes as it grows.
Ignore it and uh- oh, up comes a tombstone.
The folks who hatched the idea cannot make them fast enough. (----------------)