12:00-01

NOON-HEADLINES

TALENT=Melanie
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The nation's two biggest cigarette makers are reportedly talking settlement in liability lawsuits.
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ANCHOR=Melanie


And a furniture company goes out of business in Brookneal, leaving hundreds jobless.
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TALENT=Patrick
SS=None


Clouds are moving in this afternoon, and we're looking for much colder conditions by tomorrow afternoon. All that, plus a look at UVA's bowl woes coming up in sports.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


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

RJR


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire


A stunner for the Tobacco industry this afternoon.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;

10:04;56 and 10:05:49
R-J Reynolds and Philip Morris are are reported to be in secret talks aimed at settling smoker lawsuits.
"The Wall Street Journal" says the proposed settlement would absolve the industry of liability for smoking- related sickness.
The companies would pay up to 300 billion dollars over 25 years and cut back on advertising.
Officials in Florida and Minnesota confirm the talks, but say at this point

they are very preliminary.
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Thomasville


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=jmc
TAPE#97-18
GRAPHIC=business closing


The town of Brookneal is still reeling from the news that one of its biggest employers is closing its doors by the end of June.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Brookneal;


The 320 workers at Thomasville Furniture got the word late yesterday that their factory was shutting down, and they would be without jobs in two months.
Thomasville officials blame a decline in the furniture market for the closure.
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(( ))
SUPER=01-Tom Rasdell/Plant Manager
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VO-NAT


The Thomasville plant has been in Brookneal for 20 years.
Employees will receive job search counseling and some extended healthcare benefits after they leave.
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E-Train-Fatals


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-25
GRAPHIC=Train accident


Two teens were struck and killed on the train tracks in Altavista last night.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Altavista


Police got the call just before six.
Two people were crossing the railroad tracks when they were hit by a southbound Norfolk Southern train.
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SOT 7:28:20
IN Q=It turned out

((SGT. JERRY ROWLAND/ALTAVISTA POLICE: IT TURNED OUT THAT IT WAS PROBABLY A QUARTER OF A MILE NORTH OF WHERE THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS. WHEN WE FINALLY DID LOCATE THE BODIES, IT WAS INDEED TWO BODIES RATHER THAN ONE.))
SUPER=01-Jerry Rowland/Altavista Police; :00
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=rather than one.
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VO-NAT


Police say the victims are 17- year- old Richard Thomas Lancaster from Lynch Station and 18- year- old Kevin T. Childress from Hurt.
Police say the railroad tracks are frequently used by pedestrians looking for a shortcut to the downtown area.
Police say one train had already passed and police think the teens did not see that a second train was coming.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=none


Autopsies are being done on both victims.
An investigation into the accident is continuing.

Plane-search


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


The Air Force is bringing in a new team of investigators to look over evidence in the search for a missing warplane and its pilot in Colorado.
Investigators also plan to re-interview local witnesses, including a man who reported seeing a glow in the Rockies two weeks ago.
Mike Hooker reports.
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SUPER=03-Eagle Co., CO; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Campbell/U.S. Air Force; :17
SUPER=01-Chuck Mitchell/Army National Guard; :32
SUPER=01-Mike Hooker/Reporting; 1:08
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OUT Q=FOR CBS NEWS.



E-Transkrit


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-23
GRAPHIC=transkrit


HE says he was a victim of sexual discrimination, but a federal judge in Roanoke did NOT agree with the former Transkrit employee.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Salem/May 1996


Greg Holdren was one of nine people hired by Transkrit in late 19-93. Eight of the nine were men.
Holdren got fired after nine months on the job, because he was not keeping up with production quotas. Sheila Janney's performance was worse than his, so he claimed he was discharged because of his sex.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=none


The judge found no discrimination.

E-Davies


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-21
GRAPHIC=NONE


After being led by one man for two decades, Virginia's Council of Higher Education will soon be looking for someone else to head the organization.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file;


Gordon Davies' contract expires in June and will NOT be renewed.
He's widely credited for giving Virginia colleges a higher national stature.
But he's had strained relations with Governor Allen's appointees to the council. Members engineered a seven-to-three vote yesterday to end his contract.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


Davies attributed his dismissal to what he called: "a difference in perception on how you do this job."
Davies had resisted continued cutbacks and money-saving plans the Allen administration has pushed for state colleges.

E-Cutler


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-14
GRAPHIC=Cutler


The State Council of Higher education is not the only group looking for a new leader.
Rupert Cutler left Virginia's Explore Park after six years of service.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.


Cutler left Explore on March first. He's now organizing the Western Virginia land trust.
The group is working with private landowners to draft voluntary conservation easements.
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SOT 01:22:52
IN Q=The purpose of the

((RUPERT CUTLER/WESTERN VA. LAND TRUST: THE PURPOSE OF THE WESTERN VIRGINIA LAND TRUST IS TO SAVE ALL OF THE THINGS THAT WE TREASURE SO DEARLY IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY AND WESTERN VIRGINIA, RANGING FROM THE UNDEVELOPED RIDGE LINES AND MOUNTAINSIDES TO ROANOKE RIVER, PLACES FOR GREENWAYS AND HISTORIC SITES WE TREASURE SO MUCH.))
SUPER=01-Rupert Cutler/Western Virginia Land Trust;
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OUT Q=we treasure so much.
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VO-NAT


Meanwhile, the search for Cutler's successor at Explore stalled after a committee narrowed the field to five candidates.
But Roanoke County employee Gardner Smith is filling in as interim director, while officials call in an executive search firm to come up with a new list of prospects.
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Saudi-service


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


Prayers services were held today in Saudi Arabia for those who died yesterday in a massive fire in a religious camp near Mecca.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Mecca, Saudi Arabia;


Muslim faithful prayed for the 217 people who died in the blaze.
More than one thousand were injured.
SUPER=03-Mina, Saudi Arabia/Yesterday;


The fire was sparked by a propane gas bottle used for cooking.
Flames covered a ten mile area and burned down thousands of tents in the camp.
Panic among pilgrims fleeing the blaze triggered a stampede adding to the injuries.
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WIPE/WIPE/WIPE

TEXAS-EXPLOSION


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=wipe/wipe/wipe
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Texas City, TX/April 16, 1947;


An explosion and fire 50 years ago today in Texas left 576 people dead and three-thousand injured.
A freighter full of fertilizer exploded in the Gulf Coast port of Texas City.
It was the worst industrial disaster in U-S history.
Survivors observed a moment of silence at nine o'clock this morning, the exact time of the explosion.
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Ramsey


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


Investigators in the JonBenet Ramsey case are NOT finished with the child's mother Patricia Ramsey.
They're asking her for a fifth handwriting sample.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


Mrs. Ramsey is the one who found a ransom note before the body of the six- year- old Colorado Beauty queen was discovered in the family's basement.
A family spokesman says the Ramseys are considering the "appropriateness" of the request.
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S-New-Century


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-20
GRAPHIC=None


Partnership is the answer to creating more sites for industrial development.
That's according to the New Century Council's proposal to help develop our region's economic future.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Week;


The Council has convinced the Commonwealth to allow communities in the area to jointly develop business parks and share the tax revenue generated from them.
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SOT NEW INDUSTRY II TOT 14:12:21
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((BEV FITZPATRICK/NEW CENTURY COUNCIL: WE'RE ABLE TO ALLOW CITIES THAT DON'T HAVE ANY LAND TO INVEST IN A LONG TERM FUTURE, AND THE RURAL AREAS THAT DON'T HAVE MONEY TO UTILIZE URBAN MONEY TO BEGIN THE PARTNERSHIP.))
SUPER=01-Bev Fitzpatrick/New Century Council;
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OUT Q=the partnership.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Dublin/File Tape;


The first piece of land the New Century Council is targeting is a two- thousand acre site in Pulaski County next to the New River Valley Airport.
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S-Greenfield


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=spr
TAPE#97-11
GRAPHIC=None


Botetourt County Administrator Jerry Burgess is hoping some green pastures will help industry to grow.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;


Yesterday morning, a marketing and recruiting plan was unveiled for Botetourt Center at Greenfield...
SUPER=04-Recruiting Video

which will be one of the largest multi- use parks Southwestern Virginia has ever seen.
Officials are hoping to have at least one new corporation in place by the fall of '98.
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((JERRY BURGESS/BOTETOURT COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: WE'RE TARGETING VERY HIGH END COMPANIES THAT PAY ABOVE AVERAGE WAGES. WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE THIS A UNIQUE PROJECT ALONG THE I-81 CORRIDOR IN VIRGINIA. ))
SUPER=01-Jerry Burgess/Botetourt Co. Administrator;
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OUT Q=in Virginia
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VO-NAT


Botetourt Center at Greenfield will sit on a 922 acre tract between Daleville and Fincastle.
But only part of the land will be used for business purposes.
The center will also offer recreation and education facilities, as well.
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E-Soccer-Fields


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-26
GRAPHIC=none


Soccer may have the most vocal supporters, but a study says Lynchburg needs to address ALL of its recreational shortfalls equally.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg;


City council has been considering whether to spend more than one million dollars in unused flood relief money on recreational programs.
Consultants told council yesterday that money could improve handicapped access, renovate community centers AND build a new soccer field.
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SOT :44:33
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((MARK GIONET/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: THE STUDY INDICATED THAT RECREATION.. IN ALL THOSE AREAS.))
SUPER=01-Mark Gionet/Landscape Architect; :00
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OUT Q=all those areas.
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VO-NAT


The study also recommends the city consider a scaled-down version of the proposed sports complex.
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Funding


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=campaign spending


In the spending race, Republican Jim Gilmore has nearly caught Democrat Don Beyer.
According to campaign finance figures released yesterday, Gilmore's gubernatorial campaign raised one-point-two (M) million dollars from January through March.
Beyer took in a little more than 800-thousand dollars during that time.
The additions brought Gilmore's total to three-point-oh-five million dollars.
Beyer's total is three-point-34 million dollars.

5-Warners


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#597-10
GRAPHIC=campaign spending


Last year's campaign made spending history.
Reports from 19-96 show congressional candidates across the nation raised and spent a record amount.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file;


But Virginia Democrat Mark Warner tops the list.
Warner raised and spent 11-point-6 million dollars -- more than any other Senate candidate.
And he lost.
Ten-point-3 million of that cash came out of his own pocket.
Republican John Warner took the most special interest political action committee money in the nation.
He spent 5-point-2 million dollars to win re-election.
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S-JLARC


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#None
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal


Virginia will face at least 18 investigations into state business this year.

That's according to the General Assembly's watchdog agency.
Among them, the impact that welfare reform is having on Virginia's families.
The Tidewater area will be phased into the welfare- to- work requirement today.
The Joint Legislative Audit Review Commission will also look at:
-- the availability and regulation of child day care,
-- staffing and programs at Virginia's prisons,
-- and if there is a wage gap between men and women in the state work force.
Reports are due in the fall.

Explosion


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=none


A bit of excitement in class this morning at Stuarts Draft High School. Several students were injured when a science experiment blew up. Principal Fred Keeling says the students suffered minor injuries after being cut by flying glass.
Keeling says there was NO damage to the class or surrounding area.
A hospital spokesman says ten students were taken by rescue squads to Augusta Medical Center in Fishersville, where they were treated in the emergency room.
None of the injuries was life-threatening.

S-Richardson


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tal
TAPE#97-13
GRAPHIC=tech


After winning a Nobel prize for his work in physics, a Virginia Tech alumnus now says the science was never really one of his favorite interests.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Blacksburg;


Robert Richardson is visiting his alma mater in Blacksburg this week.
He's come a long way from the self- described average student with a normal childhood curiosity.
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SOT 12:07:37
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((ROBERT RICHARDSON/NOBEL PRIZE WINNER: I MEAN I HAD CHEMISTRY SETS AND I ALWAYS TRIED TO MAKE LITTLE THINGS THAT WOULD SMELL BAD OR BLOW UP OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. I DIDN'T HAVE ANY SPECIAL INTEREST IN PHYSICS. I WAS ALWAYS INTERESTED IN MATHEMATICS. I LIKED ASTRONOMY WHEN I WAS LITTLE. ))
SUPER=01-Robert Richardson/Nobel Prize Winner;
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OUT Q=I was little.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=none


In December Richardson and two colleagues were awarded a Nobel prize for their discovery 25 years ago of a superfluid form of helium-3.
Richardson is the first Virginia Tech graduate to win a Nobel prize.

Robinson


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=robinson


The nation is marking fifty years since Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play major league baseball.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


Robinson's first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers was on April fifteenth, 19-47.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;


Last night at New York City's Shea Stadium, Robinson's widow, President Clinton and thousands of fans paid tribute to the man who broke baseball's color barrier.
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7:07:17
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((IF JACKIE WERE HERE TODAY, HE WOULD SAY WE'VE DONE A LOT....BUT WE NEED TO EXTEND BEYOND SPORTS AND INTO THE BOARD ROOM.))
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OUT Q= throughout corporate america.
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The acting baseball commissioner retired Robinson's number 42.
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Softball


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#net (edit of s6-27)
GRAPHIC=SOFTBALL


The Radford women's softball team chalked up two more wins yesterday, both against the Lady Hokies.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Radford vs. Va. Tech; :00


Tech was down 5-to-nothing in the third, but this three run homer by Michelle Meadows over the left field fence put the Hokies on the board.
But the Highlanders would bring home 6 runs in the fourth. Chasity Chronick rips the double to left and plating one of those.
SUPER=34-Radford/13/Virginia Tech/9;


Then Laurie Riley singles up the middle scoring two runs and the Lady Highlanders win game one of the doubleheader 13-to-9.
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ANCHOR=Patrick
SS=hold logo


Radford won game two of the doubleheader 3-to-0.

UVA


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=uva


The University of Virginia lost money on the Carquest Bowl.
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VO-NAT

VF96-2, SP-UVA, 12/27/96
SUPER=03-Fort Lauderdale, FL/December 1996;


For the first time in nine years of post-season games, U-V-A showed a deficit.
The school lost 43-thousand dollars and sold only about half of its ticket allotment.
The football office says the deficit will be covered by revenue from previous bowl appearances.
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Panthers


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S7-2
GRAPHIC=PANTHERS


If you have plans to go watch the Carolina Panthers in action later this Fall, you'll be paying more than you might think.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Last Season; :00


Yesterday team officials announced that they are raising the prices on single-game tickets by 30 percent.
The price for an upper deck seat in Ericsson Stadium will jump from 26 to 35-dollars, and the lower spots in the 72-thousand seat arena will increase 10 dollars to 45-dollars each.
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Tech


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#net (edit of ST5-27)
SS=TECH HOOPS


The women Hokies' basketball program welcomed back an old friend to lead Tech into the next century.
And Steve Mason says Bonnie Henrickson is ready for the challenge.
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IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00
SUPER=01-Bonnie Henrickson/New Va. Tech Women's Coach; :13
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Va. Tech Athletic Director; :40
SUPER=01-Lynette Nolley/Va. Tech Rising Senior Forward; :52
SUPER=@steve1; 1:03
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