12:00-01

NOON-HEADLINES

TALENT=Melanie
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VO-NAT


Fargo, North Dakota is a city in waiting today, as the Red River prepares to crest several feet above the flood level.
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ANCHOR=Melanie


And overnight frigid weather in southwest Virginia has fruit growers inspecting for devastating crop damage.
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TALENT=Patrick
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Bitter cold last night, but a gradual warming trend is now upon us, and the hard freeze locations will be few and far between tonight. All that, plus some State hoop honors go out to O-D-U.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


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

Frost-Damage


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=12
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-14
GRAPHIC=none


Freezing temperatures overnight may have claimed a significant share of the fruit crop in parts of western Virginia.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.


On Bent Mountain in Roanoke County, Glenn Reed is still holding out hope that part of his apple crop will survive.
But temperatures fell below freezing overnight, and this morning he was not finding many encouraging signs.
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((GLENN REED/REED'S ORCHARD: LOOKS PRETTY BAD THIS MORNING. 28 DEGREES IS THE BOTTOM LINE FOR FREEZE DAMAGE. WE HAD TEMPERATURES IN THE LOW 20S. SO WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT WILL DO TO YOUR CROP. I'M SURE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF INJURY FROM IT. IT'S REALLY JUST TOO EARLY TO TELL YET.))
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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Reed is worried about the possibility of another freeze on Bent Mountain tonight.
He says it may be a couple of days before the extent of the freeze damage is known.

Fargo-Flooding


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


Residents in Fargo, North Dakota are preparing this afternoon for the worst flooding in decades.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Fargo, ND;


Sand bag after Sand bag is being stacked against the rising Red River.
It's expected to crest some 22 feet above flood stage late today or early tomorrow.
The river has already crested across the stateline in Minnesota.


Lee Cowan has more.
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flooding


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
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TAPE#net
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SUPER=01-Bruce Wahlstrom/Resident; :29
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OUT Q=LEE COWAN CBS NEWS ST. PETER MINNESOTA.

((
THIS IS THE VIEW OUTSIDE THE WAHLSTROM'S BASEMENT WINDOW. THEY MOVED IN HERE A YEAR AGO, NOW IT'S NOT NEIGHBORS KNOCKING AT THE DOOR, ITS THOUSANDS OF POUNDS OF RIVER WATER INSTEAD.
"Water level out there is probably at least that high."
LUCKILY THEY STILL HAVE ELECTRICITY TO KEEP THE PUMPS GOING, AND THE HEAT GOING. TWO PRECIOUS COMMODITIES IN WHAT HAS BECOME A ICY WATERY MESS. Bruce Wahlstrom, Resident: "YOU DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO".
IN FARGO NORTH DAKOTA, THE DEFINITION OF MISERY. NOT ONLY FLOODED STREETS BUT NOW FROZEN STREETS AS WELL.
RESIDENTS HERE ARE BEING TOLD LITTLE CAN BE SALVAGED UNTIL IT ALL THAWS OUT, WHICH COULD BE WEEKS.
THE YOUNG AND THE OLD ARE BEING PUT TO WORK IN SANDBAGGING OPERATIONS THAT BOGGLE THE MIND.
THERE ARE NOW MILES OF THEM WHERE THERE USED TO BE SIDEWALKS, MORE THAN ANYONE HERE CARES TO COUNT.
EVEN THOSE WHO HAVE LIVED IN THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY ALL THERE LIVES SAY MOTHER NATURE HAS DEALT THEM A DIRTY HAND. Dave Hoffmann, Resident -- Note: Spelling of HOFFMANN is correct) "Nothing like this ever, it's unbelievable is what it is."
WITH MORE COLD WEATHER ON THE WAY AND THE THREAT OF SNOW IN THE FORECAST, EVEN THE OPTIMISTS HERE ARE GETTING WORRIED.
AND THIS IS A PLACE WHERE OPTIMISM SEEMS TO GROW LIKE MIDWEST GROW.
LEE COWAN CBS NEWS ST. PETER MINNESOTA.))




E-Confederate-Month


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-17
GRAPHIC=None


Virginians now have something new to think about in April, but not everyone is celebrating.
Governor George Allen dubbed April (----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;

Confederate history and heritage month.
Two black civil rights groups say they're appalled.
Allen's proclamation recalls the Confederate legacy as "a source of pride, honor, and respect for millions of Americans," but makes NO mention of slavery.
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SOT 13:36:44
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((SALIM KHALFANI/VA. NAACP: I THINK IT GOES ALONG WITH THE PATTERN THAT GOVERNOR ALLEN HAS EXCLUDED AFRICANS FROM HIS CABINET. HIS WIFE HAS A CAT CALLED BUCKWHEAT. I THINK THE ALLENS ARE VERY INSENSITIVE AND THIS BORDERS ON BEING JUST PLAIN RACIST.))
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: PART OF OUR HISTORY--LOOK AT THE MONUMENTS. IN FRONT OF VIRTUALLY EVERY COURTHOUSE IN VIRGINIA, THERE'S A MEANING FOR IT, AND FOR THOSE WHO DON'T WANT TO CELEBRATE THE MONTH, I'M NOT GONNA COMPEL ANYONE TO DO SO. BUT THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO THINK WE OUGHT TO COMMEMORATE OUR HISTORY AND I'M ONE OF THEM.))
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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The N-double-A-C-P and Southern Christian Leadership Conference are demanding an apology from Allen for what they call a "slap in the face."

S-Allen-Execution


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-20
GRAPHIC=Allen


Meantime, Governor Allen is unhappy about a decision that was taken out of his hands.
Tuesday the U-S Supreme Court postponed a convicted murderer's lethal injection.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


The Governor is telling the U-S Supreme Court, in NO uncertain terms, Amherst County killer Doug Buchanan deserves to die.
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((HE KILLED MORE THAN JUST HIS FATHER... COME HOME FROM SCHOOL.))
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VO-NAT


The high court halted Buchanan's execution to decide if it would hear his appeal.
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P-Beyer


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#597-08
GRAPHIC=beyer


He calls a "no tax pledge" a gimmick, but that is NOT stopping Don Beyer from emphasizing, that if elected, he has NO plans to raise taxes.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


The Democratic candidate for governor in fact says he'd like to eliminate the corporate tax on Virginia's smallest businesses.
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((91-PERCENT OF VIRGINIA'S CORPORATIONS MAKE LESS THAN 50- THOUSAND DOLLARS NET. THAT'S 131- THOUSAND SMALL COMPANIES ACROSS THE STATE.))
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VO-NAT


On Monday, Beyer said he'd also finally repeal the sales tax on over-the-counter drugs.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: BUT I DO FIND IT INTERESTING THAT NOW IN A WAY OF TRYING TO GAIN SOME POLITICAL FOOTING HE SAYS HE'S FOR THESE THINGS. WHERE WAS HE IN 1995 WHEN WE CERTAINLY HAD A MAJOR BATTLE ON THE REDUCTION OF TAXES?))
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VO-NAT


But Beyer says he has a record of pushing for and winning tax reform for businesses.
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((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: SO THIS IS A PART OF EIGHT YEARS OF LEADERSHIP, NOT TO DO CATACLYSMIC, DRAMATIC TAX CUTS, BUT TO DO THE SMALL TARGETED CUTS THAT I THINK CAN SERVE A DEFINITE AND DEFINED PUBLIC PURPOSE.))
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VO-NAT


Republican candidate Jim Gilmore said through a spokesman yesterday he will NOT raise taxes, either.
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E-Abbott-Letter


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-21
GRAPHIC=Abbott


The government says he's the head of an organized crime family, but Joe Abbott says says he's no Godfather and there is no crime family.
In a letter from the city jail, the racketeering suspect says there can NOT be a crime family when he's not even on speaking terms with MEMBERS of the family.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke


Abbott changed his name from Abed to Abbott while in the Army.
The Government says Abbott heads the Abed crime family.
Abbott says there's "No such thing."
In his two-page letter, Abbott says his brother has worked for Fairfax County for 23 years.
He says he and his brother have not been on "talkative terms" for years.
He says the same goes for his son, (Ree-odd) Rayed, and two nephews who're charged along with him.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=hold


He says his son and nephews were not even allowed in the Pancake House he used to run.
And he says he can prove it.

Cosby-Witness


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


The key witness in the Ennis Cosby killing reportedly could not identify the suspect in a police lineup.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


A Los Angeles T-V station and the Los Angeles Times report the woman failed to identify Michael Markhasev (MAHR'-kuh-sev) during a lineup conducted sometime after his arrest in March.
Sketch artists developed a drawing of the suspect based on the woman's description.
Police and prosecutors won't comment on the reports.
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PARKINSON'S


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


A possible breakthrough in the treatment of Parkinson's Disease.
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VO-NAT


Parkinson's is a degenerative disease of the brain that can rob a person of control over body movements and speech.
Researchers have discovered a compound, called G-P-I 10-46, that shows promise in reversing the effects of the Disease in rats and mice.
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(( Hamilton:I WOULD CERTAINLY SAY, THAT WHAT WE HAVE SHOWN FOR THE FIRST TIME IS THAT AN ORALLY ACTIVE DRUG IS CAPABLE OF REVERSING THE PARKINSONIAN STATE IN ANIMALS. ))
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VO-NAT


The news is so exciting, even Mohammed Ali, now a spokesman for the National Parkinson's Foundation, called the organization to find out more about the drug.
But doctors still caution what works in animals may not be a miracle drug for humans.
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Chrysler


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


Chrysler Workers are on strike this afternoon at a key engine plant in Detroit.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Detroit, MI;


Workers walked off the job at midnight after bargainers failed to reach agreement on a new contract covering 18-hundred employees.
The plant is the sole supplier of engines for some of Chrysler's popular pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles.
Chrysler says assembly plants supplied by the Detroit plant could run out of engines as early as tomorrow.
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P-Route-220


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=eea
TAPE#597-09
GRAPHIC=highway improvements


And no matter what kind of car you drive, expect delays driving into Roanoke on Route 2-20.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


Yesterday afternoon, workers closed one lane, about a mile north of the Franklin County line.
Today, the Virginia Department of Transportation plans to monitor the traffic flow, then decide where to place a more permanent concrete barrier.
The lane is closed so construction crews can work on a drainage system along side the road.
V-DOT expects the project to be complete by May 23rd.
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E-College-Paper


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-13
GRAPHIC=NONE


At Lynchburg College, students are finding themselves defending their First Amendment rights.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg


The "Critograph" student newspaper recently ran two stories on a campus security guard who was caught stealing credit cards from the student mail.
At a public forum yesterday, newspaper staff members found themselves defending how they reported the story.
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((PETE GILLESPIE/CRITOGRAPH REPORTER: WE ALL PUT TOGETHER A PAPER.. YOU COULD USE.))
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VO-NAT


College president Dr. Charles Warren says school administrators have "not" tried to censor the paper, or threaten to withdraw its funding because it published the story.
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P-Radford-Corn


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tal
TAPE#597-10
GRAPHIC=none


Corn is the grain of choice at Radford University-- in fact the topic has been integrated into 40 courses this year.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Radford;


Yesterday the university celebrated the Day of the Corn.
Appalachian artists demonstrated crafts such as husk chair- bottoming and doll- making.
You could even get a free bag of freshly- ground corn meal.
It's all part of Radford's Year of Corn and Culture, focusing on the significance of corn to the region, both in the past and the present.
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((MARILOU AWIAKTA/APPALACHIAN CHEROKEE POET: AS OUR COUNTRY IS BECOMING MORE AND MORE DIVERSE AND WE'RE LEARNING TO RESPECT PEOPLE OF DIVERSE CULTURES EVEN MORE, THAT IT'S WONDERFUL TO HAVE A YEAR OF CORN AND CULTURE TO THINK ABOUT WHAT THE CORN MEANS TO US ECONOMICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY.))
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In June, Radford will open its (seh-lu) Selu Conservancy, a retreat center named for the Cherokee corn mother.
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S-Trebuchet


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-15
GRAPHIC=VMI


Canon blasts from the campus of Virginia Military Institute are common place in Lexington, but yesterday students got a chance to try out a different kind of heavy artillery.
Joe Dashiell reports that it took teamwork to conquer a medieval challenge.
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((On a windswept hill outside of Lexington, a dedicated crew has been working since Saturday.
V-M-I cadets, their professors, and a group of experts on timber frame construction were building a trebuchet. nat sound of guys working on sling
A cousin of the catapult, the trebuchet may not have a place in a modern arsenal, but in medieval times it was a powerful weapon, capable of launching large rocks at enemy fortifications.
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The first shot was a misfire, but the crew made a few adjustments.
Cadets muscled the 22-foot arm back into position and then watched as the machine sent a 60- pound rock sailing over the Rockbridge County countryside.
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The project required eight thousand dollars worth of materials and many times that amount in volunteer labor.
Four days after the group began with a pile of timber, members celebrated atop a working trebuchet.
Joe Dashiell News 7)) WEATHER
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E-Marley


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tbr
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=New Jobs


The economic forecast for Smyth County is looking positive.
Marley Mouldings is investing 10 MILLION dollars to expand its operations in the county.
The expansion should create up to 96 new jobs.
Governor George Allen approved a 100 thousand dollar grant from his Opportunity Fund to assist the project.
Marley makes window and picture frame mouldings.

MASTERS


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=pga


The 61st Masters golf tournament is under way this afternoon at Augusta National.
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VO-NAT
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4:41:31
Last year's champion Nick Faldo is paired with Tiger Woods in the first round.
Faldo is a three time winner at Augusta. 4:43:31
Meantime, Sandy Lyle won the PAR 3 CONTEST yesterday, beating Mark McNulty on the second playoff hole.
The contest was played on a scenic 9-hole course next to the course where the masters is being played.
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Hillcats


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=twe
TAPE#net (edit of s7-6)
SS=avalanche


It was too cold in Salem for the Avalanche to play last night so they postponed their game with Wilmington until later today.
SS=hillcats


It was also freezing in Lynchburg, but the Hillcats still took on the Frederick Keys at City Stadium.
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SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Hillcats vs. Keys;


The Cats broke through for a run in the 3rd. Derek Swafford hits the grounder that just gets under the second baseman's glove, as big Charles Rice hustles in to third.
Two batters later, Rice would score when Frederick pitcher Todd Dyess balks on this delivery to Shon Walker to give
SUPER=34-Frederick/5/Lynchburg/3/Hillcats Now 4 & 2;

the Hillcats a 1-zip lead, but they lose it 5-to-3.
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Ferrum


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#net (edit of S6-26)
GRAPHIC=Ferrum Logo


Things were swinging in Ferrum yesterday as the Panthers ripped Guilford 17-to-3.
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-Ferrum/Ferrum vs. Guilford; :


Ferrum catcher Riley Hodges hits this pitch over the centerfield wall for a solo homer to tie it the score at 1.
Guilford scored in the top of the second but the Panthers came back in the bottom of the inning. Todd Cunningham hits this solo homer to right field the game was tied again at 2.
Then later Chuck SUPER=34-Ferrum/17/Guilford/3/;Jarrett hits a two run

homer over the right field wall to make it 4 to 2 Panthers and Ferrum goes on to win the game 17 to 3.
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Hodge


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S7-2
GRAPHIC=NCAA COLLEGE HOOPS


The State's sports information directors released their picks for all-state college basketball honors yesterday.
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VO-NAT eng#
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Heading up the first team is former Laurel park star Odell Hodge, who was also voted Virginia's player of the year.
Odell averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds this season.
His O-D-U coach Jeff Capel was named the state's coach of the year.
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ANCHOR=Patrick
SS=hold logo


Ace Custis was a first team selection along with Liberty's Peter Aluma.
U-V-a's Harold Deane and Courtney Alexander earned second team honors along with Radford's Anthony walker.

JUPITER


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


And finally, there could be more evidence of life on other planets.
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VO-NAT

4:13:45
New pictures from the unmanned space probe Galileo show what appears to be a large ocean covered with a thin layer of ice on Jupiter's moon, Europa.
Scientists say volcanic activity below the surface may support life without sunlight.
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SUN


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=WIPE WIPE WIPE
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VO-NAT


So far there are no ill-effects from a solar eruption detected earlier in the week by another NASA space gadget, the "Soho" satellite.
The images show a huge wave rolling across the face of the sun after the eruption.
Similar eruptions have been known to knock out power and affect communications equipment, but most scientists believe this particular "solar (----------------) burp" is too small to do any damage.