12:00-01

NOON-HEADLINES

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VO-NAT


Teenage girls are the latest victims of Middle East violence.
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And Los Angeles police arrest a suspect in the murder of Ennis Cosby.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.

Israel-shooting


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


President Clinton is urging Mideast leaders to redouble their efforts toward peace -- after yet another mass shooting.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Naharayim, Jordan;


A Jordanian soldier opened fire this morning on a group of Israeli schoolgirls, killing seven and wounding six.
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(( NOW THE LEADERS IN THE REGION MUST WORK HARD TO CALM THE SITUATION--TO DO EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER TO CREATE AN ATMOSPHERE IN WHICH VIOLENCE IS REJECTED RATHER THAN EMBRACED. ))
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VO-NAT
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This afternoon hundreds of Jordanians are lining up to give blood for the young victims.
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COSBY


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=murder investigation


Entertainer Bill Cosby issued a statement thanking the Los Angeles Police Department for its efforts in solving the murder of his son.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;


Late last night Police Chief Willie Williams announced that one man had been arrested and two others were being questioned.
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It was nearly two months ago when Ennis Cosby was gunned down on a California freeway.
"The Los Angeles Times" reports police think the 27- year- old was the victim of a "Russian" robbery gang.
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Abed


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#net (edit of 97-14)
GRAPHIC=NONE


The last of ten men indicted last week in a major racketeering and arson case is in custody.
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VO-NAT
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(Ah-mahd Thee-ahb) Ahmad Thiab was arrested as he arrived at Dulles Airport in Northern Virginia.
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Three years ago the nightclub he co-owned in Salem burned to the ground.
(Thee-ahb) Thiab allegedly hired five members of the Abed "crime family" to torch the place.
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WYTHE-SCHOOLS


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=AFR
TAPE#net (edit of 597-11 & 96-15)
GRAPHIC=race relations


Wythe County residents took their concerns about racism at George Wythe High School to the school board last night.
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VO-NAT
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Superintendent Jim Vaught says he's sending some teachers to a "Dismantling Racism" workshop.
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((JIM VAUGHT/SUPERINTENDENT: OUR STRENGTH IS IN OUR DIVERSITY. AND WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT. AND WE NEED TO LEARN THAT OUR UNITY COMES THROUGH EDUCATION AND AWARENESS ))
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VO-NAT


Last month, several students were suspended for tying their drawstrings into nooses.
A joint task force of school staffers and Concerned Citizens is continuing to discuss the problem of Racism at the High School.
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Beyer


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#net (edit of 597-04 & 97-8)
GRAPHIC=beyer


Democrat Don Beyer is already on the campaign trail.
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VO-NAT
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He told Lynchburg supporters his main goals are improving education and getting tougher on crime.
The two-term lieutenant governor says upgrading Virginia's public schools does not have to cost a lot of money.
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((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: MOST OF THE THINGS THAT WE WANT TO DO DON'T COST A LOT OF MONEY. RESTORING CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE ISN'T A BIG TICKET ITEM. DEMANDING WE GET OUR MONEY'S WORTH FOR THE SIX BILLION THAT WE ALREADY SPEND.))
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VO-NAT


Beyer backed away from a statement he made last week that educational improvements might mean higher taxes.
That led his likely opponent, Attorney General Jim Gilmore, to label Beyer a "tax and spend liberal."
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Danville-Fire


ANCHOR=Mel
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=THa
TAPE#net (edit of 97-17)
GRAPHIC=fire


Fire officials are trying to determine what sparked the blaze that destroyed one of Danville's newest restaurants.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Danville;


When firefighters arrived at the "Shanghai Express" on Old Riverside Drive this morning the roof over the back part of the building had already collapsed.
The Chinese restaurant had only been open a short time, but fire fighters say there was little hope of saving the business.
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E-Tultex


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tbr
TAPE#97-16
GRAPHIC=Tultex


Expansion is in the future for one of Southside's largest employers.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Martinsville/File Tape;


Yesterday Tultex agreed to acquire California Shirt Sales, a firm that sells Tultex shirts on the west coast.
The Martinsville- based company says the move fits well into its plan to increase its tee-shirt sales.
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Forecasts
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GUMBEL


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


Bryant Gumbel has ended the rumors and speculation.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-New York, NY;


The former Today Show host announced today that he's joining C-B-S.
Gumbel will anchor a new weekly prime-time magazine show.
The Washington Post reports Gumbel will be paid around five MILLION a year. (----------------)