12:00-01

NOON-HEADLINES

TALENT=Melanie
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VO-NAT


Two days before the Super Bowl, tragedy strikes at the Louisiana Superdome.
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And alcohol is linked to a fatal head-on collision in Christiansburg.
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TALENT=patrick
SS=None


A winter weather advisory is in effect for most of the viewing area, which means rain mixed with sleet for a portion of the day. I'll have all the details on this situation, which looks like it will dissipate by evening.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.

C'burg-Fatal


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#97-2
GRAPHIC=fatal accident


One man is dead and another faces D-U-I charges following a head on collision last night in Christiansburg.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg;


State police say Timothy Chaffin was in the wrong lane driving with his headlights off when he hit another vehicle.
The driver of that car, 27- year- old Steve Burton was killed.
Chaffin was trapped in his car for 45 minutes.
He was treated and released from the hospital.
In addition to D-U-I, Chaffin may be facing other charges.
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superbowl-ax


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


A bungee jumping routine has been cut from the Super Bowl halftime show following a fatal accident last night during rehearsal.
Officials say a woman fell more than 100 feet and hit her head on the floor of the Superdome.
Dennis Woltering reports.
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IN Q=
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA;
SUPER=01-Dennis Woltering/Reporting; :44 (No SU)
RUNS=1:19
OUT Q=For CBS News.


ALBRIGHT-COHEN


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


Former Senator and Republican William Cohen has been sworn as defense secretary.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington DC;


Cohen took the top defense post in an Oval Office ceremony this morning.
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SOT
IN Q=

(( COHEN:WE MUST ENSURE WE CAN RESPOND .. THAT WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY TO RESPOND QUICKLY AND DECISIVELY. ))
SUPER=01-William Cohen/Defense Secretary;
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=quickly and decisively.
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VO-NAT

10;00:33
Meantime, Madeline Albright began her first full day as the new Secretary of State with a photo opportunity in her office.
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Bramblett


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#96-
GRAPHIC=bramblett


Capital Murder suspect Earl Bramblett won't be tried next month after all.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Salem


In a brief appearance in court today one of Bramblett's attorneys said they're not prepared for trial.
The judge granted the continuance, after Bramblett himself conceded it would be better to wait until his lawyers are ready.
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SOT 9:30:38
IN Q=Last time

((LAST TIME I WAS IN COURT I DIDN'T HAVE A CHANCE TO SAY MUCH, BUT I THINK I GOT ACROSS THE IDEA THAT I WAS ANXIOUS TO GO TO TRIAL. BUT I'M NOT AN IDIOT. I DON'T WANT TO GO TO TRIAL, UNTIL WE'RE READY. ))
SUPER=01-Earl Bramblett/Capital Murder Suspect
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=we're ready.
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VO-NAT


The judge set June 10th as the new trial date... what promises to be a complex case that could take a month- -or more- -to try.
SUPER=03-Vinton/August 1994;


Bramblett is charged with murdering the hodges family in 19-94 before setting their house on fire.
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p-Green


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=spr
TAPE#597-08
GRAPHIC=green


A judge said no more pets for the Franklin County animal breeder accused of neglecting and mistreating her animals.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;


Yesterday, a General District Court judge took more than a hundred animals away from Valery Green and awarded them to the Humane Society.
SUPER=04-File Tape;


Witnesses testified that the animals were not properly cared for and that the yard was covered with animal waste.
Green says she'll appeal the decision.
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SOT
IN Q=This is

(( ))
SUPER=07-Valery Green;
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=a lot of money
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VO-NAT


The Humane Society can not put any of the animals up for adoption until the appeal is heard.
Green is expected to appear in CIRCUIT court in two weeks... where she'll face criminal animal cruelty charges.
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E-Parents-Rights


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-102
GRAPHIC=Session 97


One sentence in the Virginia Constitution giving parents the right to raise their children is causing a stir in Richmond.
It simply reads: the right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children shall be a fundamental right.
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SOT 57:33
IN Q=A lot

((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: A LOT OF PEOPLE TALK ABOUT A VILLAGE RAISING THE CHILDREN. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PARENT PRIMARILY. IT'S ONE OF THEIR MOST IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITIES TO RAISE CHILDREN. AND I THINK WE IN GOVERNMENT OUGHT TO RECOGNIZE THAT. AND I THINK THAT WE IN GOVERNMENT OUGHT TO RECOGNIZE THAT. NOW IF A PARENT IS ABUSING A CHILD, NEGLECTING A CHILD, DOING SOMETHING HARMFUL TO A CHILD, OBVIOUSLY AS A SOCIETY WE'LL WANT TO PROTECT THAT CHILD.))
SUPER=@Allen;
RUNS=:24
OUT Q=that child.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


Opponents say the wording is simply too vague.
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SOT 01:03:20
IN Q=We will

((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: WE WILL OPEN THE DOOR FOR PARENT LAWSUITS AGAINST IMMUNIZATION LAWS, AGAINST SCHOOL ATTENDANCE, AGAINST THE NEW STANDARDS OF LEARNING, EVEN MOST IMPORTANTLY AGAINST CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES. ALL THOSE TIMES WE'VE HAD TO GO IN AND TAKE A CHILD THAT'S BEING BEAT UP, THAT'S BEING SEXUALLY ABUSED AND YANK 'EM OUT OF THAT ABUSIVE HOUSEHOLD.))
SUPER=@Beyer;
RUNS=:21
OUT Q=abusive household.
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VO-NAT


A tense procedural fight broke out in the Senate yesterday over when the parents rights bill will be considered.
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Simpson


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


It will be Monday before jurors at the O-J Simpson trial can begin deliberations.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;

4:06:39
But first they must hear the rest of the defense's closing arguments and the Plaintiff's rebuttal.
After that, the judge has about an hour of instructions to give the jury before deliberations can begin.
Yesterday Simpson's lawyers told jurors that the evidence had been tampered with or was planted.
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SWatch


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=school information


Some schools are closing early today due to the bad weather.
In Floyd County students at Check, Indian Valley, Willis and Floyd Elementary, as well as Floyd High School will be dismissed early. The students will remain at the schools until it has been determined that road conditions are safe for school busses. take School Watch

MAMMOGRAMS


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


The question of when a woman should begin testing for breast cancer continues to go unanswered.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington DC;

4:37:42
After two days of debate, advisors to the National Cancer Institute have been unable to agree on whether women should start having mammograms in their 40's or wait until 50.
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SOT
IN Q=

(( DR. LEON GORDIS, EPIDEMIOLOGIST, JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY WE HAVE COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT WE CANNOT AT THIS POINT MAKE A CROSS THE BOARD RECOMMENDATION FOR MAMMOGRAPHIC SCREENING FOR WOMEN IN THEIR FORTIES. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Leon Gordi/John Hopkins University;
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=in their forties.
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VO-NAT


But many doctors and officials disagree, including the DIRECTOR of the cancer institute, insisting the tests should begin no later than age 40.
Richard Klausner will take up the issue next month before a panel appointed by the president.
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Davis


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#net (edit of
GRAPHIC=davis, gil


He may be seeking the G-O-P attorney general nomination, but Gil Davis says he does NOT owe anybody an apology.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file;


Davis has responded to a videotape that shows him discussing a Playboy appearance with a female client.
He represents Paula Jones in her case against President Clinton.
He said the videotape shows voters they're not getting a stuffed shirt.
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./Last Week;


A Davis campaign aide and a political consultant have resigned from his campaign since the tape was released.
Davis has asked a judge to release him from representing the woman who made the tape public.
She had sued her employer after she was fired, alleging sex discrimination.
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E-Allen-Pardons


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-99
GRAPHIC=George Allen


Governor George Allen has abolished parole in Virginia and won longer sentences for criminals.
But he has now granted more full pardons than any of his recent predecessors.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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IN Q=When George
SUPER=03-Richmond; :00
SUPER=@Allen; :07
SUPER=@Beyer; :33
SUPER=@Woodrum; :47
SUPER=@Ellen1; 1:23
RUNS=1:35
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.

(( When George Allen pardoned a Newport News man falsely accused of rape last week, he set a modern record.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I THINK ACTUALLY HAVING AN ANALYSIS OF THE MOST VERSUS OTHER GOVERNORS. THERE'S CERTAIN EVIDENCE THAT WAS PRESENTED TO ME IN EACH OF THESE CASES THAT PREVIOUSLY GOVERNORS DIDN'T HAVE. IN PARTICULAR DNA EVIDENCE.))
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That's true for 2 of Allen's five full pardons.
In a News 7 analysis of the last two decades, Doug Wilder granted four, Jerry Baliles two, Chuck Robb zero, and John Dalton three.
sot 02:08:48 WEDNESDAY TAPE

((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: IT DOES SURPRISE ME. BUT IT POINTS OUT AGAIN THAT AS WE GET TOUGHER AND TOUGHER ON CRIME -- WE'RE APPROACHING 30- THOUSAND PEOPLE LOCKED UP IN VIRGINIA'S PRISONS -- WE ALWAYS HAVE TO KEEP AN OPEN MIND ON NEW EVIDENCE THAT MAY EXONERATE SOME PEOPLE.))
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SOT WEDNESDAY 01:50:36

((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM: I'M NOT GOING TO CRITICIZE THE GOVERNOR FOR DOING WHAT HE THINKS IS RIGHT, AND WHAT I THINK IS RIGHT TOO. SO, SURE THERE'S AN IRONY THERE, BUT IT'S A HAPPY IRONY.))
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SOT 49:35

((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: AND IF I THOUGHT IN MY HEART AND IN MY MIND THAT SOMEONE IS INNOCENT, AND JUST SAY "OH WELL, THAT'S TOO BAD, I'M JUST GONNA LEAVE THIS PERSON INCARCERATED." I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO SLEEP WELL AT NIGHT. ON THE OTHER HAND, IF I WAS RELEASING SOMEONE WHO I HAD A QUESTION, I'M NOT SURE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, I WOULDN'T FEEL GOOD EITHER. IT'S PROBABLY HARD FOR PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH TIME GOES INTO ANALYZING ALL OF THESE CASES.))
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sot standup


Allen has also commuted one death sentence to life in prison.
And he's the only governor in recent history to grant medical pardons --all four of those for AIDS patients sent home to die.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
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Danville-Guard


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#net (edit of 97-1, 1/21)
GRAPHIC=bosnia


Some Danville weekend warriors are headed to Bosnia.
This is the first time since World War two, a Virginia National Guard unit has been mobilized for overseas duty.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Danville/Tuesday;


Guard officials say a detachment of 46 people from Danville will head to Bosnia next month.
The unit is Detachment one, First Battalion, 246th Field Artillery.
The deployment is for 138 days.
In 1940, during World War two, this same unit was the first in Virginia to get mobilized -- even before the U-S entered the war.
The mission in Bosnia will include planning artillery support for forces involved in peacekeeping operations.
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E-Bedford-Schools


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=jmo
TAPE#97-1
GRAPHIC=Education


Parents in Bedford County are concerned that the number of students is growing but the number of schools is not.
In the past couple of years the county has seen an average of three to four hundred new students each year.
And as Jay Moore report, neither the school board nor the parents are happy with the county's board of supervisors.
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SOT
IN Q=Bedford County is
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00
SUPER=01-John Kent/Bedford Co. School Superintendent; :08
SUPER=01-Betty Earle/Bedford Co. School Board; :35
SUPER=01-Debby Allen/PTA Coalition; 1:01
SUPER=@Jay1; 1:16
RUNS=1:27
OUT Q=Moore, News 7

(( Bedford County is the fastest growing school division west of Interstate 95 in the Commonwealth.
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SOT 6:54:22
IN Q=In the past

((JOHN KENT/BEDFORD CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: IN THE PAST DECADE WE'VE GROWN BY 2500 STUDENTS. OUR PROJECTED STUDIES SHOW WE'LL GROW BY AN ADDITIONAL 2500 STUDENTS IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.))
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OUT Q=next five years.


The kindergarten, first, and second grade enrollment is where most of the growth is occuring.
In '93 the school board approved the building of a new school in the Forest area.
But when it asked the board of supervisors for funding last February the supervisors said no.
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SOT 7:56:43
IN Q=I do agree

(( ))
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=what the needs are.


Another board member says this is an example of why the school boards needs to have tax authority.
The school board will go back to the supervisors and this time it'll have even more on its plate...two schools...one in Forest the other in the western section of the county.
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SOT 7:15:18
IN Q=We feel like

((DEBBY ALLEN/PTA COALITION: WE FEEL LIKE THE SCHOOL BOARD NEEDS TO SAY TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS THIS IS WHAT WE NEED. THIS IS WHY WE NEED IT. HERE'S THE DATA TO SUPPORT WHAT WE NEED. THE SUPERVISORS CAN THEN FUND THOSE NEEDS.))
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=fund those needs.
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SOT 8:07:56
IN Q=The cost

((JAY MOORE/REPORTING: THE COSTS OF THE TWO SCHOOLS WILL BE AROUND 12 MILLION. THE SCHOOL BOARD WILL BE MEETING NEXT THURSDAY WITH THE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO SEE WHETHER OR NOT IT WILL PROVIDE THAT FUNDING. IN BEDFORD COUNTY. JAY MOORE, NEWS 7.))
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OUT Q=Moore, News 7.

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S-Whooping-Cough


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sly
TAPE#596-06
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal


Health officials say the number of cases of whooping cough in Virginia in 19-96 was the highest in 26 years.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=04-File Tape;


Officials say 102 cases of the children's disease were reported last year, compared with 31 cases in 19-95.
The majority of cases occurred last fall.
Whooping is transmitted by sneezing and coughing.
It resembles a cold in its early stages.
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Talent=Melanie
SS=hold


State Health officials are advising parents to make sure their children's vaccination schedule is up to date.
There is no vaccine against whooping cough for adults.
WEATHER
SUPER=300-32/85/SE 7mph/30.24f/74/1950/-4/1963;
SUPER=301-33/85/Var. 5mph/30.24f/77/1909/-1/1963;

Forecasts
SUPER=X5000;
SUPER=330-Cloudy &/Rainy/38-42/Morning Rain/Partly Cloudy/50-55;
SUPER=331-Cloudy with/Rain Likely/40-44/Morning Rain/Partly Cloudy/54-58;
SUPER=332-Showers/Likely/34-38/Turning Colder/Cloudy, Showers/30-35;
SUPER=333-Rainy &/Breezy/38-42/Morning Rain/Partial Clearing/42-44;
SUPER=334-Rainy &/Windy/34-38/Rain & Snow/Showers Likely/30-35;
SUPER=X5001;



Rail-Merger


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


It's looking more and more like the railroads involved in the intense bidding war for Conrail are approaching some kind of three- way agreement.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


Yesterday Conrail and C-S-X agreed to meet with Norfolk Southern to discuss the competing offers for Conrail.
And a published report today says C-S-X is preparing to offer significant rail assets in the Northeast to Norfolk Southern.
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SOT from common sense #2 01:24:20
IN Q=I think if

((ETHEL NOELL/NS & CSX SHAREHOLDER: I THINK IF CONRAIL AND CSX ALLOW NORFOLK SOUTHERN SOME OF THAT EASTERN RAIL LINE. IT'S GOING TO BE VERY IMPORTANT AS TO HOW MUCH MUCH THE RAIL LINE ACTUALLY DOES BENEFIT.))
SUPER=01-Ethel Noell/NS & CSX Shareholder;
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=does benefit.
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VO-NAT


The two Virginia railroads are vying for Conrail.
N-S and C-S-X both employ a large number of people in Virginia and West Virginia.
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GRAF


ANCHOR=PATRICK
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=graf


The father of tennis star Steffi Graf was convicted today in Germany of tax evasion.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Mannheim, Germany;


Peter Graf was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.
He will remain free on bail pending an appeal.
Graf was found guilty on six counts of tax evasion on millions of his daughter's earnings.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=hold


Steffi Graf was in Australia during the sentencing, following her participation in the Australian Open.

SAMPRAS


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=australian open


Steffi won't be in the finals this year, she was defeated earlier this week.
But Mary Pierce has a chance to win her second Australian Open title.
She takes on 16- year- old Martina Hingis in Saturdays finals.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Melbourne, Australia;


American Pete Sampras advanced today to the MEN'S final.
The world's number one player ousted Austria's Thomas Muster in the semifinals 6-1, 7-6, 6-3.
He'll take on Spain's Carolos Moya (MO-YEAH) in Sunday's final.
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Honors


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#net (edit of TF96-2)
GRAPHIC=college football


College football may be over, but last night the Roanoke County School Board honored three of the valley's finest student athletes.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00


Tiki and Ronde Barber, the Cave Spring grads, and former Glenvar star Brandon Semones were recognized for not only their athletic ability at U-V-a and Tech, but also their outstanding academic records.
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SOT
IN Q=bites

((TIKI BARBER/FORMER CAVE SPRING STAR:)) ((RONDE BARBER/FORMER CAVE SPRING STAR:)) ((BRANDON SEMONES/FORMER GLENVAR STAR:))
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/Former Cave Spring Star; :00
SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/Former Cave Spring Star; :14
SUPER=01-Brandon Semones/Former Glenvar Star; :31
RUNS=:45
OUT Q=...TO THEIR LIVES."
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PIG


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


A Vietnamese pot-bellied pig in Blue Springs, Missouri must lose 25 pounds or else get out of town.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Blue Springs, MO

7:46:10
Blue Springs has a law regulating the weight of pot bellied pigs-- and porky -- yes, that his name -- is in violation of it.
Joan Pfeiffer says her pig is a good neighbor and cannot understand what all the fuss is about.
Besides, Pfeiffer says, "he's a pig -- you expect him to pig out." (----------------)