12:00-01

NOON-HEADLINES

TALENT=Melanie
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VO-NAT


A State Health Department investigation is underway at Roanoke Community hospital following complaints about understaffing.
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ANCHOR=Melanie


And in Giles County a man reportedly kills his girlfriend before taking his own life.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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Stick around, News 7 at Noon is next.

Giles-Shootings


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


Another case of domestic violence in Southwest Virginia comes to a tragic end.
Giles County authorities were called to the scene of a murder-suicide early this morning.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Tracy/Microwave


Tracy Altizer joins us from our New River Valley newsroom with details.
Live=Tracy Full/Microwave
SUPER=@Tracy1;
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Melanie, it happened in the Glen Lyn section of Giles County, at a secluded home on East River Mountain Road.
The 9-1-1 call came from a family member of one of the victims, 34- year- old Anthony E. Meadows.
(Rollcue: Anthony E. Meadows )
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((WILLIE LUCAS/GILES CO. INVESTIGATOR: HE HAD CALLED TO LET THEM KNOW THAT THERE WAS PROBLEMS AND THEY WENT OVER TO CHECK ON THEM AND THEY WENT IN AND FOUND BOTH BODIES. ))
SUPER=01-Willie Lucas/Giles Co. Investigator;
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VO-NAT
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Lucas says Meadows shot his live- in girlfriend, 32- year- old Susan Jean Sartin in the head with a small- caliber rifle.
Meadows then took his own life with a high- powered rifle.
Lucas says before the shooting, Meadows dropped off a child at his sister's house.
About 15 minutes later, he called his sister saying the problems were about to end.
Live=Tracy Full/Microwave
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Meadows and Sartin were both dead when authorities arrived.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Tracy/Microwave

QUESTION:(( Tracy, do you know if there was any warning that something like this may happen, any history of violence with this couple?))

LINCOLN-TERRACE


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=AFR
TAPE#97-27
GRAPHIC=none


Roanoke police faced gunfire last night as they tried to execute a search warrant at the home of a suspected drug dealer.
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VO-NAT
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Officers say it happened in the Lincoln Terrace Housing project at the 18-hundred block of Gandy Drive.
They suspected the tenant was dealing crack cocaine.
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((K. A JOHNSON/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: WHEN THEY WENT TO ARREST THAT INDIVIDUAL, HE RETRIEVED A GUN, AND ATTEMPTED TO USE IT ON THE OFFICERS. A STRUGGLE ENSUED, AND THEY WERE ABLE TO GET HIM UNDER CONTROL WITHOUT SERIOUS INJURY TO ANYONE. ))
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Police say a crowd gathered, and some people tried to assist the person being arrested, to get him away from the officers.
That's when backup was called in to secure the area while vice officers searched the home.
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((WE GOT A LOT OF BOTTLES THROWN AT US, A LOT OF SHOTS WERE FIRED, FROM THE CROWD, A LOT OF TAUNTING AND THINGS. ))
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Officers say the search DID reveal narcotics in the residence, and the suspect was taken into custody.
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SOT 10:33:26
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((WE ALSO RECOVERED THE WEAPON FROM THE INDIVIDUAL WE ARRESTED, WE ALSO RECOVERED WEAPONS THAT HAD BEEN DROPPED FROM INDIVIDUALS THAT HAD BEEN FIRING THEM IN THE CROWD. ))
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No one was seriously injured in the incident.
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Carilion


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=eea
TAPE#97-
GRAPHIC=carilion community hospital


The State Health Department is investigating understaffing complaints at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File


The complaints are directed at the neo-natal intensive care unit.
For the past six months, some nurses have accused the hospital of staffing the unit below state guidelines.
Today a Carilion spokesperson confirmed that state inspectors are in the hospital conducting an investigation.
Carilion officials say according to their personnel records, staff levels in the unit DO meet state guidelines.
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TOBACCO


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


Philip Morris and R-J-R Nabisco reportedly are offering another major concession to settle massive health claims.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington DC;


Today's "Wall Street Journal" reports the cigarette makers might be willing to hand over all their research into smoking and health.
Also reportedly under discussion: a 300 billion dollar deal that would absolve the cigarette industry of liability for cigarette related lawsuits.
Tobacco foes say it's a turning-point.
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(( ATTY. GEN. HUBERT "SKIP HUMPHREY III/MINNESOTA:THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY IS ON

THE ROPES AND AFTER 40 YEARS THEY FINALLY WANT TO COME TO THE TABLE...CRIMES THEY'VE COMMITTED." ))
SUPER=01-Hubert "Skip" Humphrey/Minnesota Attorney General;
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VO-NAT


The deal also includes F-D-A regulations of the cigarette industry and a ban on billboard advertising, which means no more Joe Camel or the Marlboro Man.
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Gingrich


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=Gingrich;


Bob Dole is giving a little financial help to House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


The former Senate majority leader is loaning Gingrich 300-thousand dollars to pay an ethics penalty.
Gingrich says he'll repay the loan over eight years, at ten percent interest.
Gingrich is taking the loan to avoid having to use campaign funds.
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FLOODING


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


The Red River is rising so high in Fargo, North Dakota that it's breaking century old records.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Fargo, ND;


The river hit 39 point 29 inches early this morning, just over the record high set 100 years ago.
In fact, city officials say the river has even passed the 500- year water mark.
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(( PAT ZAVORAL/DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS:"WE ARE CONCERNED OVER THE DRAINAGE.. WE HAVE HAD A RECORD SNOWFALL THIS YEAR..AND HOW IT WILL IMPACT THE RED RIVER." ))
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But even as the River continues to rise, Fargo officials are cautiously optimistic that dikes will hold.
Several barriers were raised higher overnight with a burst of sandbagging by college students.
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NETANYAHU


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


Paralysis grips Israel's government today as it wrestles with influence- trading charges.
A decision on whether to prosecute Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected within 48 hours.
And the opposition is demanding his resignation.
Jesse Schulman reports.
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SUPER=01-Dennis Ross/U.S. Envoy; :33
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(( When Israeli police wound up a three-month investigation on Tuesday, the report they handed prosecutors contained a time bomb that has now exploded. Their recommendation Israel's Prime Minister be charged with fraud and breach of trust leaves Benjamin Netanyahu fighting for his political life.
Also now fighting for life are efforts currently under way by US trouble-shooter Dennis Ross to rescue the peace accords between Israel and the Palestinians.
Ross is trying to bring the two sides back to the negotiating table. He says he'll ignore the scandal and push on.
DENNIS ROSS, US ENVOY: WE FOCUS ON THE ISSUES OF THE PEACE PROCESS AND THE ISSUES THAT ARE RELATED TO WHAT'S GOING ON WITHIN ISRAEL, THOSE ARE MATTERS FOR ISRAELIS TO RESOLVE.
But with headlines screaming "earthquake", the scandal has done the almost-impossible... turned the Israel-Palestinian crisis into back-burner stuff.
The main allegation is that a key Netanyahu ally, tried to get a tame attorney general appointed in January to get himself off corruption charges. The police suspect Netanyahu knew, and went along with it.
Netanyahu has made no public comment, but he's said through his aides he's being railroaded and isn't even considering stepping down.
Even if prosecutors do decide to go ahead and charge Netanyahu there's no law that says he has to resign.
But the facts of political life could make it impossible for him to hold on. JS, CBSN, Tel Aviv.))


Cunningham


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#net (edit of 97-11)
GRAPHIC=Cunningham


Previous violence sent Rhonda Banks Cunningham looking for the gun when her husband got home at 5 a-m.
She told police the revolver discharged while she and her husband were struggling for the gun.
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VO-NAT
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A witness told police he heard the couple fighting.
Police recovered the gun and charged Rhonda Cunningham with first degree murder in the death of her husband, Garrett.
She pleaded guilty to SECOND- degree murder, without admitting guilt.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


The plea agreement calls for her to serve a sentence of 11-and-a half years behind bars.

Terp


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=12
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-
GRAPHIC=terp, don


Don Terp says Roanoke County should abolish its police department and return the responsibility for law enforcement to the sheriff.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Vinton;


Terp is running for the Hollins District Seat on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors.
Today, he said the county could save from one- and- a- half to three million dollars a year, and devote that money to schools.
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((DON TERP/SUPERVISORS CANDIDATE: IT'S INTERESTING WHEN YOU TALK TO THE PEOPLE IN THE COUNTY. I HAVEN'T FOUND ANYBODY THAT SAID LET'S KEEP THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, NOT A SOUL I'VE TALKED TO AND I'VE TALKED TO PEOPLE IN ALL WALKS OF LIFE. I DON'T SAY THERE'S NO ONE OUT THERE THAT'S GOING TO SAY THAT, BUT I THINK A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF THE PEOPLE ARE IN FAVOR OF GOING BACK TO A SHERIFF'S.))
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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Terp hopes to win the seat that Bob Johnson now holds.
Johnson has scheduled a news conference tomorrow to announce his intentions.

E-Shad-Planking


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-12
GRAPHIC=Campaign 97


It's a political rite of passage in Virginia... and it involves fish.
The 49th annual Shad Planking drew all ten candidates for statewide office.
Ellen Qualls more from the Wakefield fish fry.
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SUPER=@Beyer1; 1:32
SUPER=@Ellen1; :00
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OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Wakefield.




E-Harkins


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=spr
TAPE#97-16
GRAPHIC=Campaign 97


There may not have been any fish, but Franklin County had its share of campaigning yesterday.
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Closer to home, Mary Harkins accepted the Democratic nomination for the 9th District seat in the House of Delegates.
She'll go up against Republican incumbent Allen Dudley.
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((MARY HARKINS/D- NINTH DISTRICT LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATE: I AM VERY GRATEFUL TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR THIS NOMINATION. WITH YOUR HELP AND YOUR SUPPORT, TOGETHER WE WILL WIN THE NINTH DISTRICT SEAT ON NOVEMBER FOURTH. ))
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Harkins is a Rocky Mount attorney... and she's chairwoman of the Franklin County Democratic Party.
If elected, she promises to donate her state salary to programs that promote volunteerism and education.
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E-Cohen


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-13
GRAPHIC=Cohen


U-S Secretary of Defense William Cohen was in Lexington yesterday.
Cohen addressed the top R-O-T-C cadets from
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lexington;

across the country, maintaining there is no place in the military for hazing or harassment.
He invoked the memory of V-M-I grad, General George C. Marshall, and urged the next generation of army officers to act with dignity and respect.
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((WILLIAM COHEN/SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: AND HE UNDERSTOOD THAT THE KEY TO MILITARY SUCCESS, WHETHER AT THE PLATOON LEVEL OR THE NATIONAL LEVEL INVOLVED TRUST AND TEAMWORK AND WHETHER BASED ON SEX OR RACE OR JUST GENERAL RESPECT, HARASSMENT AND HAZING DESTROY TRUST AND BREAK DOWN MORALE AND BREAK DOWN COHESION OF THE TEAM.))
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Cohen also made the case for military preparedness.
If defense cuts continue, Cohen said Americans must be willing to accept more risk.
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p-marrow-drive


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=afr
TAPE#597-19
GRAPHIC=NONE


A bone marrow drive drew a crowd of fans to Martinsville speedway yesterday.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Martinsville;


Bone marrow donation is the only hope for a cure for thousands of people stricken with fatal blood diseases.
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/February;


Ever since NASCAR owner Rick Hendrick was diagnosed with Leukemia, the racing community has rallied around the cause.
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((STEVE LOVELACE/MARROW CENTER OF VA.: IT'S DEFINITELY RAISED DRAMATIC AWARENESS FOR US. IT'S DEFINITELY MADE IT A LOT EASIER, WITH THE FUNDS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE MARROW FOUNDATION, AND HENDRICK, TO RAISE THE FUNDS FOR THESE EVENTS. ))
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OUT Q=these events.
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Steve Lovelace says many people are needlessly afraid of marrow typing drives.
But all you have to do is donate a small amount of blood.
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((BRIAN LOMAX: IT'S REAL SIMPLE, A LITTLE PAPERWORK, JAB IN YOUR ARM, THAT'S ABOUT IT...)) ((DOLORES EAST/DONOR: IT TOOK MAYBE 5, 7 MINUTES. REALLY PAINLESS, DIDN'T BREAK A SWEAT, SHED A TEAR, OR ANYTHING. IT WAS REALLY PAINLESS. ))
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SUPER=01-Dolores East/Marrow Drive Participant; :05
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It usually costs 47 dollars to join the national registry.
But yesterday's drive was free-- with more than 100 people getting their blood typed.
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ARNOLD


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


Doctors in Southern California expect Arnold Schwarzenegger to make a full recovery following heart surgery.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;

4:30;31
The 49- year- old actor underwent elective surgery yesterday to replace a defective heart valve.
Schwarzenegger says he opted for the procedure now, while he's still young and healthy.
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WEATHER
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Forecasts
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Softball


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sma
TAPE#net (edit of S7-6)
GRAPHIC=Softball Logo


Seminole District power Rustburg lost to Blue Ridge contender William Byrd last night.
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-Vinton/William Byrd vs Rustburg;


The Lady Terriers got off to a quick start. Pitcher Wendy Belcher hits a double to the fence in right center field, scoring Brandy Welch--but Bren Hamblett is thrown out at the plate. Byrd led one to nothing.
The Lady Devils tied the score in the top of the second. Laura Stauffer hits a fielder's choice to second base.
Byrd regained the lead in the SUPER=34-William Byrd/4/Rustburg/1;third.

Belcher brings in Brandy Welch from second and the Lady Terriers go on to win 4 to 1.
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Braves


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sma
TAPE#net (edit of S7-2)
GRAPHIC=BRAVES/REDS


In the majors the Braves left the ballpark with their fifth straight win.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Reds vs Braves - TBS;


In the bottom of the inning Jeff Blauser lifts a solo homer to left field to give Atlanta 3-to-1 lead.
Still in the 5th, Kenny Lofton comes up on the other side of the plate
SUPER=35-Cincinnati/1/Atlanta/7;

and hits his first homer as a Brave to make it 4-to-1.
The Braves go on to win it 7-to-1.
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Wings


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=S6-26
GRAPHIC=NHL


The NHL playoffs have started, with eight teams going head to head
SS=Stanley Cup


in the first round. They all have one thing in mind--winning the Stanley Cup.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Royal Oak, MI; :00


The NHL has issued a strong warning to the Detroit Red Wings that the traditional throwing of these slimy octopi onto the ice during the playoffs will not be tolerated.
The Wings would not hold up against St. Louis. In the first period, Geoff Courtnall puts the puck in the basket on the assist from Bret Hull.
Pierre Turgeon then scored on the power play and that was it, 2-0 Blues.
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Golf


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sma
TAPE#S7-4
GRAPHIC=GOLF


Nearly 200 golfers took some swings for charity yesterday at Countryside.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00


The Cave Spring Corners Kroger grocery store held its sixth annual golf tournament for the March of Dimes.
The one day event raised 12-thousand dollars for the charity through entry fees and a raffle.
And there's always plenty of good food for the participants.
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((MIKE WALKER/CAVE SPRING KROGER MANAGER:))
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