12:00-01

NOON-HEADLINES

TALENT=Melanie
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VO-NAT


In Denver, the jury is set to hear eyewitness accounts of the Oklahoma City bombing.
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ANCHOR=Melanie


And a federal judge hands both sides a victory in the tobacco debate.
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TALENT=Patrick



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ANCHOR=Melanie
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Stick around, News 7 at Noon is next.

FDA


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=Lba
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire


Both sides are claiming victory this afternoon after a federal judge rules tobacco falls under the jurisdiction-- though not completely-- of the Food and Drug Administration.
The judge ruled the F-D-A can restrict access to cigarettes.
At the same time, the North Carolina judge barred the F-D-A from restricting tobacco advertising and promotion.
The government is already praising the ruling. An assistant attorney general says he's glad the court believes the F-D-A has the power to regulate tobacco to protect children's health.

E-Philip-Morris


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-13
GRAPHIC=Philip Morris


Before the F-D-A ruling came down, Philip Morris shareholders were glowing about the company's profits.
But the earnings were clouded by other legal issues.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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SOT
IN Q=Shame shame
SUPER=03-Richmond; :00
SUPER=@Ellen1; 05:
SUPER=01-Dr. David Lewis/Martinsville Physician; 39:
SUPER=01-Russell Beggs/Richmond Shareholder; 59:
SUPER=01-Anne Donley/Virginia GASP; 1:06
SUPER=01-Mildred Cassaday/Richmond Shareholder; 1:12
RUNS=1:28
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7 Richmond

((
SOT 17:27:10
IN Q=Shame!

((SHAME! SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!))
sot 20:07:59

((RUSSELL BEGGS/RETIRED PHILIP MORRIS WORKER: I LOVE THIS COMPANY.))
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sot 19:45:19

((THESE MEETINGS ARE GRAND THEATER... NO COMMENT.))
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Bible instead refers shareholders to the company's most recent financial filings... where he says the company will listen to and explore all reasonable measures that make sense to resolve lawsuits.
Health activists hope NO deal is struck... and the company pays in every courtroom in America.
sot 20:15:22

((DR. DAVID LEWIS/MARTINSVILLE PHYSICIAN: I REALIZED THAT 25-PERCENT OF ALL THE PATIENTS THAT COME THROUGH THE DOOR OF MY BUSY HOSPITAL IN MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA ARE VICTIMS OF TOBACCO. THEY EITHER HAVE THE MAJOR PROBLEMS: THE LUNG CANCER, THE HEART DISEASE, THE CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE. OR THEY HAVE BRONCHITIS, AND SINUS INFECTIONS, AND EAR INFECTIONS, AND ASTHMA, AND PNEUMONIA.))
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sot 20:08:17

((RUSSELL BEGGS/RETIRED PHILIP MORRIS WORKER: IT'S EASY TO QUIT. AND I'D LIKE TO ...PILLS AND PATCHES... DO IS QUIT.))
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sot 20:23:41

((ANNE DONLEY: I think it was.. shareholders.))
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sot 20:11:12

((MILDRED CASSADAY/RICHMOND SHAREHOLDER: BUT I THINK THESE NUTS WHO COMPLAIN SHOULD EITHER SELL THEIR STOCK OR SHUT UP.))
runs=:06


The Marlboro man may be waiting to exhale.
This meeting came on the eve of a federal court ruling on FDA control of tobacco.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

Bedford-Schools


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-28
GRAPHIC=education


The public had its say in the battle over school budget cuts in Bedford County.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Bedford/Last Night;


About five hundred concerned parents, teachers and students turned out to let the school board know they opposed cutting jobs or school programs.
But faced with a four million dollar shortfall, the school board could still eliminate dozens of teaching and assistant principal positions.
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SOT 9:50:58
IN Q=I know this

((JACKIE JONES/PARENT: I KNOW THIS IS A DIFFICULT JOB FOR YOU BUT YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE AS PARENTS HAVE GREAT CONCERNS FOR OUR CHILDREN AS WELL AS OUR CHILDREN IN THE COMMUNITY.)) ((GLENN FIELDS/TEACHER: BEFORE THE ELIMINATION OF PROGRAMS, YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO THE CHILDREN OF THIS COUNTY TO DO ALL YOU CAN TO PRESERVE THEIR EDUCATION. YES, THE SCHOOL BOARD RECEIVED LESS MONEY THAN IT WANTED, BUT YOU HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO FIND AN ALTERNATIVE WAY TO FUND THESE PROGRAMS.))
SUPER=01-Jackie Jones/Parent; :00
SUPER=01-Glenn Fields/Teacher; :12
RUNS=:32
OUT Q=fund these programs.
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VO-NAT


The board voted last night to save a quarter million dollars by reducing employee pay raises from three and half to three percent next year.
But nothing is written in stone... the board will meet again next Tuesday to try and finalize its budget.
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ok-trial


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=ok trial


Jurors are hearing testimony this morning in the trial of Oklahoma City bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh.
The prosecution's first witnesses are expected to include a woman who caught the explosion on audio tape and family members of victims.
Lee Cowan reports from Denver.
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IN Q=

11:30-UPDATE WINDOW
SUPER=01-Dr. Paul Heath/Spokesman for Families; :00
SUPER=03-Denver, CO; :45
SUPER=01-Stephen Jones/Defense Attorney;
SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:15
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OUT Q=CBS NEWS, DENVER;

((
SOT, DR. PAUL HEATH, SPOKESMAN FOR FAMILIES, "AT 9:02, A SOUND LIKE BOOM

HAPPENED")
THAT'S WHAT DR. PAUL HEATH REMEMBERS HAPPENED APRIL 19TH TWO YEARS AGO, AND IT'S THAT KIND OF TESTIMONY THE PROSECUTION WANTS JURORS TO HEAR OVER AND OVER AGAIN I THE COMING DAYS. WITH OPENING STATEMENTS BEHIND THEM, THE PROSECUTION WILL BEGIN SETTING THE STAGE, MUCH AS IT DID YESTERDAY BY TELLING A STORY, BRINGING JURORS BACK TO THAT DAY WHEN LIFE STOPPED SO SUDDENLY FOR 168 PEOPLE IN OKLAHOMA CITY.
ALTHOUGH FOREWARNED BY THE PROSECUTION, THIS IS THE DAY SOME FAMILY MEMBERS DREAD, HAVING TO RELIVE THE HORROR OF APRIL 19TH ALL OVER AGAIN THROUGH COURT TESTIMONY. SOME HAVE EVEN GONE TO THE CORONER'S OFFICE IN OKLAHOMA CITY TO LOOK AT PHOTOS TO PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR WHAT IS SURE TO BE A GRISLY AND HEARTWRENCHING MORNING. THE PROSECUTION HAS GONE OVER HUNDREDS OF HOURS OF VIDEOTAPE OF PICTURES AND WITNESS INTERVIEWS. IT WILL ALL COME TOGETHER TO CREATE A TIME LINE OF THE BOMBING. THEN IT'S EXPECTED THE ATTORNEYS WILL BACKTRACK AND BEGIN TO PIECE TOGETHER THE EVENTS THAT LED UP TO THE BLAST.
FOR HIS PART, TIMOTHY MCVEIGH HAS SEEMED EMOTIONLESS. THE ONLY NOTICEABLE FACIAL EXPRESSION SO FAR IS BEST DESCRIBED AS A SCOWL. HIS ATTORNEY STEPHEN JONES WOULDN'T COMMENT ON HOW MCVEIGH FELT AFTER THE FIRST GO-ROUND BETWEEN ATTORNEYS, ONLY SAYING...

(SOT, STEPHEN JONES, DEFENSE ATTORNEY, "I THINK HIS DEMEANOR WAS

APPROPRIATE.")

(STANDUP CLOSE: APPROPRIATE MAYBE, BUT DECIDEDLY DIFFERENT FROM HIS DEMEANOR

DURING THE JURY SELECTION PROCESS. THERE'S NO MORE JOKING AROUND WITH HIS ATTORNEY. INSTEAD, HE'S MUCH MORE SERIOUS, STARING INTO THE EYES OF THE 12 PEOPLE WHO COULD SEND HIM TO HIS DEATH. LC, CBS NEWS, DENVER.)))

Weapons-treaty


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


The U-S is now among 75 nations to ratify the chemical weapons treaty.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington DC;


The Senate ratified the treaty last night with a vote of 74-to-26, seven more than the two-thirds needed.
It prohibits the development, production, purchase or stockpiling of chemical weapons.
President Clinton says the chemical treaty makes the future for Americans more secure.
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SOT
IN Q=this vote is...
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=for the common good.
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VO-NAT


The treaty goes into affect Tuesday.
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SPCA


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#97-
GRAPHIC=alexander, al


The Roanoke Valley S-P-C-A is losing its executive director.
After serving four years, Al Alexander has resigned from his post effective today.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


A news release states Alexander is leaving for personal reasons.
Alexander was recently investigated amid allegations of sexual harassment.
Last month, three former S-P-C-A employees took their harassment complaints to the State Council on Human Relations.
The S-P-C-A board had done a previous investigation in November.
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ANCHOR=MELANIE
SS=none


Alexander has denied the harassment allegations.
Officials say the shelter will continue its normal operations until a permanent replacement is found.

E-BV-Council


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-26
GRAPHIC=NONE


Unanswered questions about some new job possibilities may keep Buena Vista's idle Blue Bird factory from getting off the ground again.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Buena Vista;


Deschamps (deh-shomps) Laboratories wants to expand its local operations, but it does not need the entire site.
The result is a complicated, regional agreement that would share the debt and eventually the revenues.
Last week, Buena Vista City Council approved the agreement, but members are still debating whether the city has gotten a fair shake from Lexington and Rockbridge County.
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IN Q=We're creating an agreement

(( ))
SUPER=01-Butch Floyd/Buena Vista City Council; :00
SUPER=01-Debbie Garrett/Buena Vista City Council; :19 Quick
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OUT Q=into the community.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


Buena Vista City Council did not reconsider its approval, but there are questions about the legality of the original vote.
The Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors and the Lexington City Council are expected to vote on the agreement next week.

P-Monty-Drugs


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tal
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=drug bust


Seven Virginia Tech students are facing charges of distributing drugs on university property.
The students are among 20 people the Montgomery County Drug Task Force has investigated over the last six months.
A grand jury returned a total of 47 indictments against the suspects.
The investigation turned up cocaine, crack, L-S-D, mushrooms, pot and several prescription drugs including Ritalin.
Police say the task force focused on individuals, rather than an organized drug ring.

Home-alone


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


A two- year- old boy is in a Chicago hospital this afternoon, after being left home alone for five days.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Woodbridge, IL;


The toddler was found last night after neighbors heard him crying.
Police say he survived by eating ice cream, bread and raw hamburger meat.
A Chicago T-V station reports the mother left the child to pick up a prescription at a drug store, got into an argument at the store and ended up at a mental facility.
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wipe/wipe/wipe

CLERKS


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=Wipe/wipe/wipe/
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Clarksville, TN;


Tennessee police today are searching for two men who are suspected of killing two ice cream store workers.
The bodies of 16- year- old Michelle Mace and 21- year- old Angela Holmes were found yesterday, two miles from the Baskin Robbins store where they worked.
Police say they were abducted during a robbery Wednesday night.
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E-Fisher


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-22
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


A new hearing for a ten- year- old capital murder case.
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VO-NAT


David Lee Fisher arranged to have 18- year- old David Wilkey killed on a hunting trip in the Stone Mountain area in 19-83.
SUPER=03-Bedford/1987


But a member of the jury now says she went along with those who wanted Fisher to die... only after her husband told her to.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=hold


In a sworn affidavit, Bertha Thomas also says the jury learned during deliberations that Fisher said he'd kill the jurors if he ever got out of prison.
The magistrate wants to hear testimony on the issue of outside influence on the jury before deciding whether Fisher should be re-sentenced.

P-Abbott


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-18
GRAPHIC=Abbott, Joe


In an unusual twist-
The government is asking for a delay in the case of Joe Abbott-- and the rest of the Abed family.
And on top of that.. Lawyers for at least one of the defendants hope to block the delay, pushing for trial May 12th.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke


Abbott himself was back in court yesterday, as his lawyer discussed whether he and the prosecutors may remain on the case.
The Abeds have already contacted ANOTHER lawyer, in the event the judge removes Jack Kennett.
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SOT
IN Q=I'm not

((JOE ABBOTT/RACKETEERING SUSPECT: I'M NOT A CRIMINAL. THEY ARE THE CRIMINALS, THE MURDERERS, THE KILLERS.))
SUPER=01-Joe Abbott/Racketeering Suspect
RUNS=:04
OUT Q=the killers.
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VO-NAT


Abbott was referring to the fact that many of the government's key witnesses are convicted criminals themselves.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


The Judge made no decision on the status of attorneys in the case, but he DID say he intends to postpone the trial.
The government says it'll take four weeks to put on evidence of racketeering.

E-Times-Fiber


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


Two was the magic number for some Pittsylvania County workers pushing to unionize.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.;


Workers at Times Fiber Communications in Chatham ruled in favor of union representation.
This is the employees' second attempt in one year to unionize.
The union was voted down last time.
But the National Labor Relations Board set aside that vote and ordered a new election after the union accused the company of several violations.
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SOT
IN Q=I'm very excited

((WESLEY FEARS/UNION SUPPORTER: I'M VERY EXCITED. I BEEN PULLING FOR THIS FOR OVER TEN YEARS, I'VE BEEN EMPLOYED HERE ELEVEN AND I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS FOR TEN YEARS STRONG. I AM SO HAPPY I CAN'T CONTROL MYSELF. EVERYONE FEELS GOOD. FREDRICK STROUD/UNITED STEELWORKERS: UNION REPRESENTATION FOR EMPLOYEES AT TIMES FIBER MEANS SIMPLY THIS: THAT IT WILL NOT BE BUSINESS AS USUAL. THESE EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN MISTREATED, THESE EMPLOYEES IS A GOOD SET OF EMPLOYEES THEY WORK HARD FOR THEIR MONEY, AND THE ONLY THING THEY'RE ASKING FOR IS JUSTICE ON THE JOB.))
SUPER=01-Wesley Fears/Union Supporter; :00
SUPER=01-Frederick Stroud/United Steelworkers Rep.;:14
RUNS=:29
OUT Q=justice on the job.
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VO-NAT


Three hundred-21 of the 470 workers voted in favor of the union.
The company makes co-axial cable.
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Atlas


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


The nation's newest weather satellite is in the air.
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SOT

4:01:57
IN Q=

((AND WE HAVE LIFT OFF OF GOES WITH THE SATELLITE FROM CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA.))
SUPER=03-Cape Canaveral, FL;
RUNS=:05
OUT Q=cape canaveral, Florida.
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VO-NAT


NASA launched the Atlas Rocket "Goes" or Geo -stationary Operational Satellite, early this morning.
The 220 million dollar satellite will provide invaluable data that can be used for televised weather reports.
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NEW-PLANET


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=NONE


In other news from space, another planet has been discovered.
The Jupiter- sized object is orbiting a start some 50 light years from Earth.
It's not the first to be discovered circling another star, there are at least nine others, but scientists say this latest planet fills in a gap in their expanding collection.

Arboretum


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=tal
TAPE#net (edit of 97-21)
GRAPHIC=none


Spring is finally back in the air and some students at Tall Oaks School in Blacksburg were out enjoying it yesterday.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Blacksburg;


They hiked the Spring Bulb Walk they helped create at Nellie's Cave Arboretum.
Although the early Spring blooms are gone, there was still evidence of the 250 bulbs they planted last year.
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SOT 1:53:04
IN Q=I THINK IT'S

((STEPHANIE VOSHELL/4TH-GRADER: I THINK IT'S NEAT BECAUSE YOU GET TO PLANT SOMETHING AND SEE WHETHER IT WORKED, THEN YOU GET TO LEARN WHAT YOU SHOULD DO NEXT TIME TO MAKE IT WORK BETTER. ))
SUPER=01-Stephanie Voshell/Fourth Grader;
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=make it work better.
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VO-NAT


Yesterday the students planted two rhododendrons.
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SOT 2:03:04
IN Q=THERE'S A LOT

((JAMES DUNAY/5TH-GRADER: THERE'S A LOT OF STUFF UP THERE THAT WE NEED TO WEED, AND WEEDING IS HARD.))
SUPER=01-James Dunay/Fifth Grader;
RUNS=:07 ???????????
OUT Q=is hard.
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VO-NAT


Saturday, volunteers are invited to work at the arboretum in celebration of Earth Day.
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WEATHER
SUPER=300-58/49/Variable 7mph/30.08s/89/1990/30/1956;
SUPER=301-59/37/W 10mph/30.07r/94/1925/30/1969;

Forecasts
SUPER=X5000;
SUPER=330-Clear/& Cool/40-44/Mostly/Sunny/68-72;
SUPER=331-Clear/& Cool/40-44/Mostly/Sunny/68-72;
SUPER=332-Clear/& Cool/38-42/Mostly/Sunny/63-67;
SUPER=333-Clear/& Cool/34-38/Mostly/Sunny/64-68;
SUPER=334-Clear/& Cool/36-40/Mostly/Sunny/62-66;
SUPER=X5001;



Avalanche


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#net (edit of S7-5)
GRAPHIC=Avalanche Logo


Last Night the Salem Avalanche had the lead, but lost it late in the game.
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs. Warthogs;


The Avalanche threatened to score in the bottom of the fifth-- Jamie Taylor hits a shot that drops in between two Winston-Salem outfielders for a single but the Warthogs closed the inning.
Then later in the game the Warthogs scored. Clemente Alvarez singles and
SUPER=37-Winston-Salem/9/Salem/5/; Brent Wilhelm rounds the bases to score to

make it 5 to 3 Salem--but Winston-Salem comes from behind to win it 9 to 5.
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Golf


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=aje
TAPE#net (edit of S7-6)
GRAPHIC=greensboro chrysler


There's a three way tie between Sandy Lyle, Mike Hulbery and 24- year old tour rookie Robert Damron for the lead after the first round of the two million dollar Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC; :00


After a shakey start Roanoke's own Chip Sullivan is still in the running.
During a three hole stretch in the middle, he almost self-destructed as he went bogie, bogie, double bogie.
Sullivan rallied out of the woods in the last hole to end the day with eleven pars, two birdies, four bogies, and a double bogie.
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SOT
IN Q=I had to say this

(( ))
SUPER=01-Chip Sullivan/Shot 76;
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=making a lot of birdies.
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VO-NAT


Sullivan says as he tees off today, he's going to just play for himself and try to birdie every hole.
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Field


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=S7-2
GRAPHIC=News 7 sports


Roanoke's Southwest Community is now home to a new sports complex.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Today; :00


The Hidden Valley Junior High Sports Complex was officially unveiled yesterday thanks to sponsors like Outback Steakhouse, boosters and community members that have donated money and time to develop the facility.
In addition to the football and soccer fields; there is new fencing facilities and a new scoreboard.
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SOT
IN Q="We hope

((TODD KAGEALS/HIDDEN VALLEY COACH:))
SUPER=01-Todd Kageals/Hidden Valley Coach; :00
RUNS=:17
OUT Q=...and soccer"
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Series-Promo


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=none


Coming up tonight at 6 and 11..
Norfolk Southern is the only class one freight railroad where crewmembers must go to the bathroom in plastic bags. take ESS board
Many people say that's why bags of human waste are being found near N-S's tracks.
In part three of his series, "Hopping Mad at NS", Len Besthoff will discuss efforts to make N-S change its system.
ANCHOR=Melanie


That's at 6 and 11...
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Ducks


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


Some say they're cute, but others say they're just fowl.
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VO-NAT

Wednesday 4AM Feed 04:34:04
SUPER=03-La Mesa, CA;


A handful of ducks seem to vacation at an apartment complex in La Mesa, California.
Each year at this time the ducks crash for a few weeks.
Residents say they swim in the pool, and leave quite a mess.
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