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NOON-HEADLINES

ANCHOR=Melanie
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A word from Danville National Guard members in Bosnia helping police the peace.
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And some big economic news for the Roanoke Valley in the wake of Innotech's union with Johnson and Johnson.
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Some fast- moving clouds are keeping temperatures a bit cooler than expected on this St. Patrick's Day.
Meanwhile, showers re- enter the forecast by tomorrow.
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Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.

Innotech


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#net
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Last month a high tech Roanoke firm unveiled plans to merge with a fortune 500 company and today Innotech followed up by announcing plans to hire an additional 400 employees.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Len/Microwave


Len Besthoff is live down at city hall where the news conference is just wrapping up.
So Len, is there a connection between this announcement and Innotech's pending merger with johnson and Johnson?
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Innotech's existing facility...
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Double Boxes=Melanie and Len/Microwave
( So this confirms what Innotech said about a year ago?


What kind of pay will these jobs have?
When's the job completion date?)

Bosnia-Troops


ANCHOR=mel
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=spr
TAPE#97-5
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Their mission is one of peace... but for the dozens of local soldiers now stationed in Bosnia, their first GOAL is to get acclimated to their new surroundings.
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Forty- six members of a Virginia National Guard unit from Danville arrived in the war torn country a few days ago.
Most have been pleasantly surprised by the LACK of violence they've seen.
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((STAFF SERGEANT FRANKIE HUDGINS/VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD: I'D PREFER TO BE BACK HOME, BUT WE HAVE A JOB TO DO AND IT SEEMS TO BE WORKING. EVERYTHING IS PRETTY PEACEFUL OVER HERE RIGHT NOW. WE SEEM TO BE DOING A GOOD JOB. )) BUTT! BUTT! BUTT!
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((SERGEANT CHRIS BENNETT/VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD: WE ALL MISS OUR FAMILIES. THAT'S THE HARDEST THING. IT'S REALLY SHOCKING TO GET OVER HERE AND SEE ALL OF THE CONSTRUCTION AND EVERYTHING. WE'RE HOPING IT WILL MAKE IT EASIER TO REACH A SETTLEMENT. ))
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The local guardsmen could be stationed in Bosnia for as many as nine months.
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Suicide-Threat


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NEWSCAST=noon
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TAPE#97-
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A man apparently threatening suicide chained himself to a bench outside the Poff Federal Building this morning.
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Federal Marshalls first noticed the man, smoking a cigarette, and holding a jug of what he said was gasoline.
While an ambulance and fire truck waited out of site, police negotiated with the man.
Officials did not release the man's name, but said he was on federal probation.
After about 30 minutes, the man's probation officer talked him into unlocking the chain.
He put the chain and the jug of liquid into the back of a pickup truck and was escorted into the building.
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E-Campbell-Shooting


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Dal
TAPE#97-2
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A domestic dispute outside a Campbell County business Saturday turned deadly.
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The sheriff's department says 30- year- old Jennifer Susannah White of Forest, had apparently been fighting with her ex-boyfriend in the parking lot of C.T. Town and Country.
Witnesses say she was trying to get away when John Richard Mustain shot her once in the chest with a 38 caliber handgun.
Mustain then fled the scene.
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((SGT. JOHN RIEGER/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: THE VEHICLE WAS SEEN BY AN ALTAVISTA PATROLMAN AND PULLED OVER IN THE ALTAVISTA AREA OF THE COUNTY. ONCE THE OFFICER APPROACHED THE VEHICLE THE SUBJECT INSIDE THE VEHICLE SHOT HIMSELF ALSO.))
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Police pulled Matrin over on Route 43 near Altavista.
Both he and White were transported to Lynchburg General Hospital where they died.
The bodies will be brought to Roanoke this week for autopsies.
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E-Bedford-Fatal


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Dal
TAPE# 97-12
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A head-on collision in Bedford County Saturday claimed three lives.
One of the three casualties was a long time Roanoke County educator.
Police say 52- year- old James "Monty" Johnson of Vinton died yesterday morning.
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Johnson was the principal at Arnold R. Burton Vocational and Technical school.
Friends say the community has lost a dedicated educator who worked to help all his students succeed.
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((DEANNA GORDON/ROANOKE COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: THEY KNEW HE WAS VERY INTERESTED IN THEM AND INTERESTED THAT THEY ACHIEVE HIGH STANDARDS AND BECOME VERY PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF THE WORKFORCE AND MANY OF THEM OF COURSE WENT ON TO COLLEGE SO HE WAS MR. J TO THEM.))
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State police say Johnson was driving north on Route 43, when he swerved to miss a car parked on the shoulder of the road.
His car then went airborne.
It landed in the opposite lane hitting a station wagon.
79- year- old Jesse Willard Goad and 68- year- old Katie Lee Goad, both of Bedford County, died at the scene.
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E-County-Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Dal
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Fire consumed a Roanoke family's home yesterday.
David and Darlene Francisco were both at work when the fire began.
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The blaze had a big jump on fire fighters.
Officials say flames were shooting out from the living room when they arrived at the home on Carvins Cove Road.
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((DONALD GILLISPIE/ROANOKE COUNTY FIRE MARSHAL: SHE CAME HOME FROM WORK AND FOUND SMOKE COMING OUT OF THE HOUSE. ABOUT THE SAME TIME A NEIGHBOR OBSERVED SMOKE AND HEARD SOME POPPING AND GLASS BREAKING AND THEY IMMEDIATELY CALLED THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.))
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The family dog did not survive the fire.
Officials are investigating the blaze and would not speculate on the cause.
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CLINTON


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
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President Clinton is back at work, but is spending the day in the White House residence instead of the Oval office.
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Mr. Clinton arrived at the White House yesterday, less than 48 hours after knee surgery.
On Friday doctors repaired a torn tendon in his right leg.
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((QUESTION: SIR, DOES IT HURT EVERY TIME YOU MOVE? CLINTON: NO. QUESTION: IT DOESN'T? CLINTON: NO. YOU JUST HAVE TO LEARN TO USE A FEW DIFFERENT MUSCLES. BUT IT'S QUITE INTERESTING. I MEAN, IT WILL BE A LEARNING EXPERIENCE. IT'S LIKE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL AND LEARNING SOME NEW THINGS. ))
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Despite the knee problems Mr. Clinton meets today with Russia's foreign minister to prepare for this week's summit in Finland with Russian President Boris Yeltsin.
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IRS


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#none
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Big changes at the top could be in store for the Internal Revenue Service.
"The Washington Post" reports the White House is set to outline plans today for a restructuring of the agency.
The aim is to head off years of criticism that the I-R-S is mismanaged, mistreats taxpayers and allows hundreds of millions of dollars to go uncollected.
Deputy Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers says the I-R-S must be more responsive to taxpayers.

Britain-elections


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
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Britain is gearing up for new national elections.
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Prime Minister John Major announced today that an election will be held May first.
And he says he thinks his Conservative party will win.
The Conservatives have been in power for 18 years, but they are far behind the Labor party in recent opinion polls.
The six weeks of campaigning is likely to include the first broadcast debates between leaders of the major parties.
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BRUSSELS-BOMB


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
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Two people are dead and two others missing after a gas bomb attack on a Brussels cafe.
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The bar was popular with North African immigrants and was part of a residential block.
Police say it was a deliberate attack.
Eight people were detained for questioning.
No one was charged.
Firemen also had to rescue a mother and her four children from the roof of the burning building.
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albania


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
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The Italian Coast Guard today was still being called on to rescue and escort fishing boats and other vessels packed with refugees from Albania.
In recent days, an estimated 45-hundred Albanians have arrived in Italy, fleeing the anarchy and mob- rule in many Albanian towns.
Meantime, the anti-government unrest in Albania appears to be subsiding.
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E-Optical-Cable


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lbe

TAPE 97-4
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Optical Cable is looking for more than its local renown.
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The Roanoke County company is working to get more national exposure.
That's what its C-E-O told shareholders at the company's first annual meeting this week.
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((BOB KOPSTEIN/OPTICAL CABLE CEO: WE PUT IN PLACE A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FINANCIAL RELATIONS BOARD WHICH IS KIND OF LIKE AN INVESTOR RELATIONS GROUP OUT OF NEW YORK TO CONTACT A LOT OF THE REAL DIFFERENT STOCK BROKERS AROUND THE COUNTRY AND VARIOUS SMALL AND MICRO CAP FUNDS AND MONEY MANAGERS THAT WOULD BE INTERESTED IN THE COMMUNICATION AREAS.))
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Since it began selling its stock to the public last year, Optical Cable has had a strong, albeit volatile climb.
The company believes that if more people know about its success story, its stock price will continue to rise.
And increased publicity will also put the stock in the hands of more people, which Optical Cable hopes will prevent shares from having such large price swings.
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E-Pluma


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lbe
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A company with a large presence in our area started selling its stock to the public this week.
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Pluma Incorporated, which is based in Eden, North Carolina, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday.
The activewear company has plants and outlet stores in Altavista, Chatham, Martinsville, Rocky Mount, and Vesta.
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Data from American Business Information indicates Pluma has well over 600 employees at those operations.

air-bags


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
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A researcher who helped get air bags into cars apparently has had a change of heart.
"U-S-A Today" quotes John Graham as saying passenger- side air bags don't save enough lives to justify their risk and cost.
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Graham is expected to go over his findings Wednesday as part of a four-day federal hearing on air bags that begins today.
Air bags have been blamed for the deaths of more than 60 children and small adults in low-speed accidents.
The government has moved to make the bags less lethal, allowing automakers to reduce the forceful punch of an air bag by up to 35 percent.
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E-Racism


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Dal
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The Roanoke group People Uniting Against Racism wants to recognize positive developments in the community.
Each year the group honors a business that members feel promotes unity.
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This year W-S-L-C/W-S-L-Q Radio received the award for the stations effort to publicize community events that promote the end of racism.
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((HERM REAVIS/WSLC-WSLQ EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT: BROADCASTING, RADIO AND TELEVISION, NEEDS TO DO WHAT EVER WE CAN TO HELP THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY. SPREAD THE WORD THE BEST WE CAN AND TRY TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER.))
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Members of the group say bringing people together is the purpose behind their organization.
During their bi-monthly meeting members talk about current events and how racism has effected their lives.
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((CLAUDIA WHITWORTH/PEOPLE UNITED AGAINST RACISM: IT'S NOT THAT EASY TO HATE WHITES WHEN YOU SEE MARY AND TOM AND ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO COME VOLUNTARILY TOGETHER AND IT'S HARDER TO HATE BLACKS WHEN YOU'VE GOT ALFRED AND CLAUDIA AND NAMES AND FACES YOU CAN PUT INSTEAD OF RACES.))
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People Uniting Against Racism meets several Thursdays a month at The Roanoke Tribune.

NAACP


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#None
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Roanoke's first African-American Film Festival attracted an audience of about 100.
Organizers said they're encouraged enough by the weekend turnout to try a repeat next year.
The event had been planned for the Hotel Roanoke but was moved because of an N-DOUBLE-A-C-P boycott of several hotel chains over minority hiring practices.
One of the festival's guests was Richmond civil rights lawyer Oliver Hill.
As a boy, Hill appeared in a 19-22 movie made in Roanoke by pioneer black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux.


Finch-Earhart


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
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Pilot Linda Finch takes off today... on a round the world flight Amelia Earhart failed to complete 60 years ago.
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Finch will be flying a restored electra equipped with modern navigation gear but much the same as the plane Earhart was flying when she took off from New Guinea on July second 19-37.
Earhart vanished near a remote Pacific island, 22-thousand miles into her flight.
Finch plans to drop a wreath when she passes the spot.
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WEATHER
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Common-Sense


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There may be tax implications if you receive Social Security benefits.
Len Besthoff explains in this week's edition of Common Sense.
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((This week on Common Sense, Bill Williams of H&R Block tells us about some special situations if you receive Social Security benefits.))
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((BILL WILLIAMS/H&R BLOCK: THE TAX REFORM ACT OF 1986 PROVIDED THAT SOME SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS ARE TAXABLE DEPENDING UPON THE TAXPAYERS LEVEL OF INCOME. IF THE JOINT RETURN THE INCOME LEVEL IS 32 THOUSAND OR MORE, THEY CAN BE TAXED UP TO 50 PERCENT. IF THEIR INCOME IS OVER 44 THOUSAND, THE BENEFITS MIGHT BE TAXED UP TO 85 PERCENT. THAT IS 85 PERCENT OF THEIR BENEFITS WOULD BE INCLUDABLE IN TAXABLE INCOME.))
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Duke


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#net (edit of BB97-4)
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The Atlantic Coast Conference started the day with three teams looking for spots in the Sweet 16.
Only Clemson survived yesterday's action.
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In the Southeast Regional Providence knocked off second seeded Duke.
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Forward Derrick Brown goes in for this follow up slam in the first half.
Duke's Jeff Capel ended his career by scoring 26 points.
But Brown dominated, scoring a SUPER=33-Providence/98/Duke/87/;career high

33 points as Providence advances to the Sweet 16 with the 98 to 87 win.
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Providence will play U-T Chattanooga which beat Illinois 75 to 63.

Wake


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#net (edit of S7-1)
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Stanford ended Tim Duncan's quest for a national championship yesterday by beating Wake Forest in the West Regional.
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Stanford's big men would work the inside and score the easy basket and lead by 16 at the half.
Duncan would lead a Wake Rally in the second half here he scores two of his 18 points on the day.
But Stanford cashed in at the line SUPER=33-Stanford/72/Wake Forest/66/;in

the closing seconds and the Cardinals beat the Demon Deacons 72 to 66.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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Stanford advances to the Sweet 16 and will play Utah in the Regional Finals. Utah beat UNC-Charlotte 77 to 58.

Race


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=aje
TAPE#net (edit of R-35)
GRAPHIC=martinsville speedway


An action packed afternoon kicked off the late model stock car season at the Martinsville speedway with the Miller 300 race.
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Things started hard for Rodney "six pack" Cundiff who lost his radiator in a crash coming out of turn two in the first of four 25-lap qualifying heats.
David Hyder put his Ford in front for good on lap thirty. He took the checkered flag just three hundredths of a second ahead of Wayne Grubb who place second.
Greg Marlow put up a fight finishing third.
Hyder's first place prize was 25 thousand dollars.
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st-patrick's


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


The nation's largest Saint Patrick's Day Parade is underway at this hour in New York City.
Just minutes ago marchers paused for a moment of silence to honor the hundreds of thousands who starved to death in the Great Irish Famine.
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SUPER=03-Dublin, Ireland;


The Irish version of Saint Patrick's day has often been quiet and sober.
But not this year.
A number of events are being held on the Emerald Isle.
Many people are wearing white ribbons for PEACE along with the traditional shamrocks.
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Pink-dog


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


Most people are sporting green today in honor of St. Patrick's Day, but in Macon, Georgia the color is pink.
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SUPER=03-Macon, GA;


No, this pup is not blushing from all the attention. He's boasting his new pink "do" for the Annual Cherry Blossom Festival.
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