12:00-01

NOON-HEADLINES

TALENT=Melanie
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VO-NAT


Jurors from O-J Simpson's criminal trial are under investigation for possible jury tampering at his civil trial.
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And a report today raises new questions about whether F-B-I lab problems affected the Oklahoma City bombing case.
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TALENT=Patrick
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Clouds are slowly pulling out of the region, and by tomorrow, a little sunshine and warmer weather are in the forecast. I'll have all your weekend weather details coming up.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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Stick around News 7 at Noon is next.

simpson-jury


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


Jury deliberations are set to resume in O-J Simpson's civil trial.
Meanwhile, investigators are focused on a letter sent to two of the jurors from a juror at Simpson's CRIMINAL trial.
Jeannette-Meyers has more.
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SUPER=01-Brenda Moran/Simpson Criminal Trial Juror;
SUPER=01-Jeff Brodey/Moran's Attorney;
SUPER=01-Kristin Jeannette-Meyers/Reporting;
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10:00:38

FBI-Problems


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


There is new information this afternoon about the F-B-I crime lab's mishandling of evidence in some major federal cases.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


Today's New York's Times details the lab's sloppiness in the Oklahoma City bombing probe.
The paper reports lab examiners shipped defendant Timothy McVeigh's jeans in a brown paper sack instead of a sealed plastic bag.
And cocaine traces from McVeigh's car may have resulted from dirty testing equipment.
The U-S Deputy Attorney General is now responding to the allegations of evidence mishandling.
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SUPER=01-Jamie Gorelick/Deputy Attorney General;
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4;19:12
Meantime C-B-S news has learned prosecutors have a videotape apparently showing McVeigh near the shop that rented the bomb truck.
A security camera in a McDonald's taped McVeigh just minutes before the truck was rented.
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E-Williams


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tal
TAPE#97-6
GRAPHIC=NONE


Police say blood tests show that Evelyn Williams of Blacksburg HAD been drinking when she struck and killed a Virginia Tech student on campus earlier this month.
Williams' blood alcohol level registered below the legal limit,
But Tech police chief Mike Jones says he's sure a forensic formula to calculate blood alcohol levels hours earlier will prove Williams was legally intoxicated.
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VO-NAT
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Williams refused a breath test and field sobriety tests at the scene of the accident on Southgate Drive.
Police had to get a warrant to draw her blood six hours AFTER the crash.
Jones says 20- year- old Daniel Kelly was walking on the edge of the road when he was hit from behind.
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E-Helms


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=THa
TAPE#96-110
GRAPHIC=Helms


State prison is where a Henry County teenager will spend his life for a violent crime spree that ended in murder.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Henry Co./May 1996;


17- year- old Tommy Helms was sentenced yesterday to life plus 23-years for a series of armed robberies and the murder of a teenage girl in the fall of '95.
15- year- old Lavina Scales was shot eight times in the head.
Helms ultimately confessed to killing the young woman.
Before imposing punishment, the judge spoke about how Scales was robbed of the chance to graduate from school, marry and have children.
The comments brought tears to the eyes of Scales' father.
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((JAMES VAUGHN/SCALES' FATHER:THE FIRST STEP TO ANY KIND OF HEALING IS JUSTICE, AND WITHOUT JUSTICE YOU CAN'T BE HEALED, SO THE HEALING PROCESS BEGINS.))
SUPER=01-James Vaughn/Scales' Father; :00
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


The prosecution and defense agreed that Helms should start his sentence in the juvenile detention center.
But the judge ruled that Helms will serve his sentence in state prison.

E-Carter


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=THa
TAPE#97-7
GRAPHIC=Carter


A Pittsylvania County man who shot and killed two people and seriously wounded another will also spend his life in prison.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Chatham;


25- year- old Mark Anthony Carter signed a plea agreement yesterday to avoid the death penalty.
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./February 1996;


He admitted to shooting and killing Sydney Sherell Hairston and Darrell Womack last February.
Carter also pleaded guilty to shooting and stabbing a third victim, who survived the attack.
Before imposing punishment, the judge gave Carter a chance to speak.
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((MARK ANTHONY CARTER:I'D LIKE YOU PEOPLE TO KNOW, I DIDN'T WANT TO KILL NOBODY THAT NIGHT, I JUST WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW THAT IF IT WEREN'T FOR KNOVA DAY, THESE PEOPLE WOULD STILL BE ALIVE TODAY. ))
SUPER=07-Mark Anthony Carter;
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OUT Q=alive today.
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VO-NAT


(Ka-Nova) Knova Day was in the courtroom.
During the attack, he was stabbed 14-times and shot twice but says he's satisfied with the agreement.
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((KNOVA DAY/PROSECUTION WITNESS:I DON'T WISH NOBODY DEATH, EVEN THOUGH HE KILLED TWO PEOPLE AND ALMOST KILLED ME, YOU KNOW, I'M NOT THAT COLD HEARTED, BUT IF IT HAD BEEN ABOUT SIX MONTHS AGO, THE WAY I WAS FEELING, YEAH, I WOULD HAVE WISHED HIM DEATH. THERESA RICHARDSON/DARRELL WOMACK'S SISTER:I'M TRYING TO GO ON AND BE STRONG, BUT I DO FEEL LIKE HE SHOULD HAVE GOT THE DEATH PENALTY FOR WHAT HE DONE, BECAUSE HE DIDN'T DESERVE TO TAKE MY BROTHER'S LIFE NOR SHERELL'S LIFE.))
SUPER=01-Knova Day/Prosecution Witness; :00
SUPER=01-Theresa Richardson/Darrell Womack's Sister; :15
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OUT Q=Sherell's life.
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VO-NAT


Carter was sentenced to two life terms, plus 63- years.
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CITADEL-Women


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=citadel


At the Citadel, twenty-four women are in and one male is out.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


The South Carolina military college has accepted 24 women for the fall semester.
Meantime, one of the male cadets accused of hazing two of the school's first female cadets has resigned.
Citadel officials say ten other male cadets are facing military action.
Hearings for them will be held next month.
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MALL-COLLAPSE


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


Officials in Houston say they have no idea yet what caused a 150-foot section of a shopping mall's wall to collapse yesterday.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Houston, TX;


It killed three women and injured seven others.
There had been fears that six more people were trapped in the rubble, but authorities said this morning everyone missing has been located.
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Marijuana


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#net (edit of 96-109)
GRAPHIC=marijuana


The House of Delegates has voted to ban the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


Yesterday's vote was 86-13, despite some strongly worded objections.
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((DEL. KENNETH MELVIN: THIS IS A MATTER OF COMPASSION HERE. WE HAVEN'T HAD ANY PROBLEMS. THIS HAS BEEN ON THE BOOKS. WHY ARE WE RUSHING TO DO THIS? SIMPLY BECAUSE OF SOME KNEE-JERK REACTION TO SOMETHING GOING ON ON THE OTHER COAST.))
SUPER=01-Del. Kenneth Melvin/(D) Portsmouth;
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The issue came up this session after some lawmakers learned that a 1979 Virginia law addressed the medicinal use of the drug.
The measure now goes to the Senate, where it's expected to be approved.
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ITT


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


A big contract for the I-T-T Night Vision plant in Roanoke County.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
ITT INTERIORS (MOSTLY FILE) lbstock# 4 00:06:30


It has won a 26- million- dollar deal to supply equipment that the Swiss Armed Forces will use in its night vision systems.
The equipment is something called image intensifier tubes.
The five- year- deal is the largest international contract received to date by I-T-T.
The general manager of the Night Vision division here says its reputation as the leading supplier of night vision products to the U-S military gives it unquestioned credibility abroad.
Last year it won the U-S government's most recent multi- year procurement of night vision devices.
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Donnelley


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#net (edit of 96-105)
GRAPHIC=RR Donnelley


R-R Donnelley is having no trouble recruiting employees for their new plant in Roanoke County.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke;


During a three day session last week, close to THREE- THOUSAND people filled out applications to work
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;

at the new plant Donnelley is building in Roanoke County.
The jobs start at nine- dollars- an- hour.
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((MARJORIE SKIDMORE/VA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION: THERE WILL BE ADDITIONAL SCREENING AFTER THIS FIRST RECRUITMENT SO WE'RE ASKING THE FOLKS TO GIVE US TIL THE END OF THE WEEK OR THE FIRST OF NEXT WEEK BEFORE THEY CALL AND SAY I'M INTERESTED. BECAUSE WE REALLY DO NEED TO SORT OUT THESE THREE THOUSAND APPLICATIONS AND GET SOME FOLKS CALLED FOR INTERVIEWS.))
SUPER=01-Marjorie Skidmore/VA Employment Commission;
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The new facility will initially have 175 workers when it opens next April, but that number could eventually go to 750 if R-R Donnelley completes all three phases of the project it has planned.
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AEP


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=AEP


Virginia regulators have approved a rate increase for American Electric Power customers.
The rates are already in effect.
It represents an increase to the average residential customer of about a dollar- eighteen- a- month.
A-E-P requested an increase because it spent more on fuel than it expected to because of increased usage.
It's the first increase in A-E-P's "fuel factor" in three years.

E-Roanoke-Housing


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#96-104
GRAPHIC=NONE


Community leaders are hoping Roanokers will come together in the face of a new study documenting racial division in the city.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The study was prepared by a University of Michigan researcher who used 19-90 census data to analyze racial patterns in residential neighborhoods.
The study rates Roanoke as the most-segregated metropolitan area in the state.
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((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: WHERE PEOPLE LIVE SAYS A LOT ABOUT THE NATURE OF THE COMMUNITY. SO, IF IN FACT THIS REPORT IDENTIFIES A KEY PROBLEM AREA AROUND WHERE PEOPLE LIVE, WE MUST NOT BLOW THIS OFF AND WE SHOULD NOT BLOW THIS OFF. WE SHOULD TAKE IT TO INDICATE EXACTLY WHAT IT'S INDICATING, THAT WE HAVE SOME THINGS WE REALLY NEED TO WORK ON.)) ((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: I'M REAL DISAPPOINTED IN THAT HEADLINE. THAT'S NOT ANYTHING FOR US TO BE PROUD OF. IF IT PROMPTS DISCUSSION ON HOW WE CAN BECOME A MORE INTEGRATED, MULTI- CULTURAL COMMUNITY, I'M GOING TO BE AT THE TABLE PARTICIPATING.))
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


Roanoke's rating has improved since the 19-80 census, but still remains above the national average.

E-Bedford-Schools


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


It will take more money than originally expected to build two new elementary schools in Bedford County.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;


Finding the money to pay for them was the topic of a joint meeting between the county board of supervisors and the school board last night.
Officials estimate it will cost about 13 and a half million dollars to build new schools in the Forest and Stewartsville areas...that's up from the original 12 million dollar estimate.
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((JOHN KENT/BEDFORD CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: THE SUPERVISORS AREA AWARE OF THE NEED. THEY'RE BURDENED WITH THE CONSIDERATION OF HOW YOU PAY FOR THOSE NEEDS AND THAT'S PART OF WHY THE COUNTY HAS HIRED A FINANCIAL PLANNER AND THE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE TWO BOARDS TO ENCOURAGE THAT THERE'S SOME STRONG STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR THOSE NEED. AND ALSO COST ASSOCIATED WITH THOSE NEEDS. )) ((LUCILLE BOGGESS/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: WE'RE GOING TO DO THE BEST WE CAN. I DON'T THINK WE'RE GOING TO HAVE ANY CHOICE BECAUSE OF THE GROWTH IN THE COUNTY AND THE GROWTH IN THE SCHOOL POPULATION. I THINK WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO BITE THE BULLET AND DO IT.))
SUPER=01-John Kent/Bedford Co. School Superintendent;
SUPER=01-Lucille Boggess/Supervisor's Chairman;
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Boggess says she's not ruling out a future tax increase to help relieve some of the county's bond debt.
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Biotech


ANCHOR=mel
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=spr
TAPE#net (edit of 96-102)
GRAPHIC=education


Virginia Tech is helping high school students across the state learn to test D- N- A samples.
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SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;


The university's Outreach Program is supplying thousands of dollars worth of biotechnology supplies to any school that wants to use them for a two week period.
These students at Lord Botetourt are learning to separate D- N- A molecules.
Their teacher says these techniques are being used for a variety of purposes.
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((JOHN MCLAUGHLIN/LORD BOTETOURT HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER: COURT SYSTEMS ARE USING IT FOR IDENTIFICATION. THEY SEE A LOT OF DISEASES AND DISORDERS BEING IDENTIFIED... AND POSSIBLY CURED BY THE SEPARATION OF THE DNA GENES THEMSELVES. ))
SUPER=01-John McLaughlin/Biology Teacher;
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49 schools state- wide are participating in the program.
Virginia Tech hopes to offer immunology and column chromatography kits in the future.
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WEATHER
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SUPER=301-32/96/Calm/29.98f/68/1916/ 5/1934;

Forecasts
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SUPER=330-Partly Cloudy/& Breezy/36-40/Partly Sunny/& Breezy/50-54;
SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/& Breezy/36-40/Partly Sunny/& Breezy/52-56;
SUPER=332-Variable Clouds/& Windy/32-36/Partly/Cloudy/46-40;
SUPER=333-Variable Clouds/Breezy/30-34/Variable Clouds/& Breezy/40-44;
SUPER=334-Mostly Cloudy/Maybe a Sprinkle/38-42/Partly/Cloudy/42-46;
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NFL


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=TST
TAPE#Net
GRAPHIC=nfl


The head coach who took the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl this year is leaving the team.
Bill Parcells reportedly wants to coach the New York Jets, but his contract with the Patriots won't allow that.
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SUPER=03-Foxboro, MA;


So, Parcells says he's getting out of coaching.
At a news conference this morning, he acknowledged he's had a rocky relationship with team owner Bob Kraft.
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((BILL PARCELLS/RESIGNS AS PATRIOTS HEAD COACH: BOB AND I WERE FORCED TOGETHER, O.K. HE DID NOT HIRE ME HERE; I WAS HERE WHEN HE GOT HERE. AND BOB HAS BEEN SUPPORTIVE OF OUR PROGRAM. HE'S TRIED TO DO EVERYTHING THAT HE CAN DO TO HELP US GET TO WHERE WE ARE.))
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Parcells says he's now barred from ever coaching in the N-F-L again.
SUPER=03-Orchard Park, NY;


In other N-F-L news: Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly is meeting with reporters at this moment to announce his retirement.
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UVA


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#net (edit of vb97-1)
GRAPHIC=UVA LOGO


The Virginia Cavaliers won their third straight game last night beating the Richmond Spiders 83 to 66 behind a 23 point performance by Harold Deane.
Steve Mason has more from University Hall.
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SUPER=01-Jeff Jones/UVa Head Coach; :09
SUPER=01-Harold Deane/Season High 23 Points; :32 ((QUICK))
SUPER=33-Richmond/66/Virginia/83; :45 SUPER=01-Curtis Staples/12 Points & 3

Assists; :56
SUPER=@steve1; 1:06
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OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
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STAR-WARS


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


Twenty years after first appearing on the big screen Star Wars is back.
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SUPER=04-Star Wars-Special Edition;


The film trilogy, which explored the conflict between good and evil, opens in theatres nationwide today.
SUPER=04-Twentieth Century Fox;


For those who saw it the first time they will notice a few changes.
Director George Lucas added some back scenes that had to be cut in the original, like this scene with Hans Solo and Jabba the Hut.
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10:33:21 ((JABBA:SOLO. HANS:RIGHT HERE JABBA, BEEN WAITING OR YOU. YOU DIDN';T THINK I WAS GOING TO RUN DID YOU. ))
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The soundtrack has also been digitally remixed. (----------------)