12:00-01

NOON-HEADLINES

TALENT=Melanie
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VO-NAT


The rear axle from a Ryder truck is in the spotlight today at the Oklahoma City bombing trial.
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ANCHOR=Melanie


And a possible shake up in Virginia's campaign '97.
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TALENT=Patrick
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Flooding along the Dan River will continue before subsiding Wednesday and Thursday, but weatherwise, we're going to enjoy sunny and pleasant conditions for the next couple of days. All that plus sports coming up.
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Don't go away. News 7 at Noon is next.

Andrews


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=andrews, coleman


The Republican frontrunner for Lieutenant Governor is dropping out of the race.
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VO-NAT
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A source says northern Virginia businessman Coleman Andrews says he will make that announcement this afternoon.
Andrews has the endorsements of key Republicans around the state and had raised the most money of any Republican candidate but Jim Gilmore.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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We'll update you this evening for any public reasons Andrews gives at an afternoon news conference for dropping out.

Standoff


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


In west Texas, members of an armed separatist group say they will stay and fight rather than surrender to police.
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VO-NAT
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Members of "the Republic of Texas" are demanding a referendum on independence for Texas.
They've been in a standoff with law enforcement for three days.
Yesterday the group released two hostages in exchange for one of its members who was arrested by police on a weapons charge Sunday.
One of the hostages had angry words for the group's leader Richard McLaren.
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8;06:14-21 ((SOMEONE TRYING TO TAKE OVER OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, HE'S TRYING TO GET SOMETHING FOR NOTHING, HIS OPERATION IS TOTALLY ILLEGITIMATE, HE'S BEEN INVOLVED IN ONE LAND GRAB SCHEME AFTER ANOTHER.))
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VO-NAT


Authorities say McLaren has called for the United Nations to get involved in the negotiations.
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McVeigh


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


The prosecution's most critical piece of evidence will be shown to jurors today in the Oklahoma City bombing trial.
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VO-NAT


It's the axle from the Ryder truck that carried the deadly bomb.
Prosecutors say investigators used the vehicle identification number on the axle to link defendant Timothy McVeigh to the bombing.
Yesterday's testimony focused on items found in McVeigh's car.
They included earplugs, a loaded gun, a knife and an envelope containing anti-government writings.
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P-Westvaco


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=spr
TAPE#597-15
GRAPHIC=westvaco


Westvaco retirees say they're being discriminated against and they're filing suit against their former employer.
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VO-NAT
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Yesterday afternoon, about 50 retired workers picketed outside the Covington plant.
They claim the company is trying to short- change them when it comes to their pensions.
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((CLARENCE FARMER/WESTVACO RETIREES ASSOCIATION: I'D LIKE TO SEE WESTVACO GIVE RECOGNITION TO THE RETIREES AND SET DOWN AND TALK ABOUT THE DISPARITIES WITHIN THE PENSION PLAN. MAKE SOME ADJUSTMENT FOR THE FOLKS WHO REALLY REALLY REALLY NEED IT. ))
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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Company spokesman Robert Crockett says there are currently no plans to make adjustments to pension benefits.
He says the Westvaco Retirees Association has no formal relationship with the plant in Covington.

NS-Workers


ANCHOR=mel
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=spr
TAPE#97-23
GRAPHIC=ns


Last week, Norfolk Southern announced that 62 rail car workers would be transferred.
This morning, those employees were given their options.
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VO-NAT
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Workers and managers met at the Tanglewood Holiday Inn for about two hours.
Soon- to- transferred employees were handed a list of cities to choose from... but the selection process will be determined by seniority.
Some of the cities were as far away as Kansas City, Missouri and Fort Wayne, Indiana.
But it could take some time for those transfers to be completed.
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((TIM JONES/NORFOLK SOUTHERN WORKER: IT COULD BE ANYWHERE FROM THIS WEEK TO 3 OR 4 MONTHS OR FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD. IT'S JUST A MATTER OF HOW LONG IT TAKES TO WORK IT OUT. ))
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VO-NAT


Company officials have said the rail giant is required to make the transfers because of Federal regulations.
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IRA


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


Some major highways around London have reopened this afternoon following another security scare.
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VO-NAT
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A series of bomb threats forced evacuations of four main roads and London airports.
Morning rush hour traffic was a mess and a number of flights were delayed.
The bomb threats are believed be part of the I-R-A's attempt to disrupt Thursday's national elections.
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CHEMICAL-BAN


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


The worldwide treaty banning chemical weapons takes effect today.
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VO-NAT


The U-S ratified the pact last week, but Russia and other key countries have yet to sign on.
The United States and Russia are the only countries acknowledging they have chemical weapons.
The treaty prohibits the development, production, purchase or stockpiling of chemical weapons.
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spacewalk


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#NET
GRAPHIC=NONE


An American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut made a bit of history today.
They went out on the first U-S Russian spacewalk ever.
Jim Axelrod reports.
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((
What's been a star-crossed space mission for American astronaut Jerry Linenger...got a lift this morning.
A successful five-and-a-half hour spacewalk for Linenger and Russian Vasily Tsibliev...the spacewalker with the red stripe on his suit.
Linenger and Tsibliev installed a monitor to test the effects of space on certain materials...materials under consideration for spacecraft construction.
They also retrieved a package of experiments that's collected cosmic dust...and measured the impact of space debris on the MIR.
Not only is this the first U.S.-Russian spacewalk...but it's the first time an American has worn a Russian spacesuit.
These firsts come on the heels of a rough couple of months for MIR. Linenger and the two Russians on board have had to deal with a fire in February...leaking anti-freeze fumes... busted oxygen generators...and trouble with the system that scrubs carbon dioxide from the air in the MIR.
Which is why Jerry Linenger will probably look at his 104th day on board the MIR as his best.
Mission accomplished...and in another three-and-half weeks...barring any new trouble...Linenger is scheduled to come home.
Plus: Axelrod on-camera close re coming US-Russian project in space.))

Plane-Emergency


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#net (edit of:from 597-11 net-f)
GRAPHIC=none


As we reported yesterday- a Continental jet made an emergency landing at Roanoke Regional Airport yesterday.
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VO-NAT
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The Boeing 7-37 was headed to Atlanta, but was diverted to Roanoke after pilots shut down one of the engines as a precaution.
Passengers praised the crew, but admitted some tense moments as the plane made its approach.
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((SUSAN MORAN/PASSENGER: I'M NOT READY TO DIE YET. I WANT TO WAIT A LITTLE BIT. I HAVE THREE CHILDREN AND EIGHT GRANDCHILDREN AND I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE THEM YET. I THINK GOD WAS ON MY SIDE.)) ((MARK COURTNEY/AIRPORT SPOKESMAN:))
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VO-NAT


Most of the passengers continued their travels on U-S Airways.
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E-Hardee's


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-27
GRAPHIC=NONE


It's probably not on the kid's menu, but Hardee's has ordered a 327- million dollar merger.
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VO-NAT
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The Nation's fourth largest hamburger chain will soon eat off the same plate as Carl's Junior, a popular chain from California.
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Hardee's will remain headquartered in North Carolina.
The merger will result in some job losses at Hardee's, but not many because the chains have little overlap.
Hardee's popular breakfast items will stay on the menu.
But Carl's charbroiled sandwiches will lead lunch and dinner.
Hardee's outlets will soon have both Hardee's and Carl's logos.
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E-Wilkins


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-19
GRAPHIC=campaign 97


Support for Independent delegate Lacey Putney is getting Amherst delegate Vance Wilkins in hot water with fellow Republicans.
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VO-NAT
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Wilkins announced his own re-election plans yesterday during a three-stop tour across the 24th District.
He's also been urging the G-O-P not to run anyone against Putney in the 19th District.
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((DEL. VANCE WILKINS/R- AMHERST: I'LL PROBABLY RAISE SOME HACKLES AMONGST SOME OF MY FELLOW REPUBLICANS AND THEY'LL PROBABLY CRITICIZE ME FOR IT, BUT I KNOW WHAT LACEY DOES IN RICHMOND, AND HE DOES A GOOD JOB AND HE VOTES CONSISTENTLY WITH OUR PHILOSOPHY AND I THINK IT WOULD BE WRONG TO OPPOSE HIM.))
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Despite Wilkins' request, a Forest lawyer is expected to seek the G-O-P nod to face Putney this fall.
Wilkins himself has NO opposition yet.
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Herpes


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#net----04:24:34
GRAPHIC=none


In medical news today,
Relief may be on the way for people suffering from one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases around.
The disease is herpes and a new drug is being tested to treat the estimated 45-million Americans affected by it.
As Sandra Maas tells us, this new medication is designed to treat two types of herpes.
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E-Childers


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


A local social service agency came up with a tentative solution for Peggy Childers after News 7 aired a story about her living on the Appalachian Trail.
A organization called: "Shelter Plus" will help pay the rent to get her into an apartment.
The 58- year- old homeless woman was released from the city jail yesterday and taken in at the Rescue Mission ...for the time being.
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VO-NAT


She was arrested a month ago in the Jefferson National Forest... after she
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was repeatedly told she could not stay in the temporary shelter.
She'd set up a tent inside, place a tarp over the opening... taking over the place.
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E-roanoke-symphony


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=afr
TAPE#97-26
GRAPHIC=Symphony


With one year under his belt as head of the Roanoke Symphony, David Wiley last night started work on the group's first C-D.
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VO-NAT
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Wiley got his hands dirty-- He played harpsichord in an eleven person performance before intermission.
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((JOYCE KERNODLE/ROANOKE SYMPHONY: HEY, WE'VE BEEN SOLD OUT, LIKE I SAID EARLIER, THE PUBLIC HAS REALLY ACCEPTED DAVID WILEY WITH OPEN ARMS AND I HAVE NEVER HEARD OUR ORCHESTRA PLAY BETTER. )) ((15 SECONDS OF MUSIC))
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The stage got a little more crowded after intermission.
The Symphony and Choral society joined forces with Choirs from Liberty University and Virginia Tech.
The 350 member group performed Beethoven's Symphony Number Nine last night.
The piece was recorded for the group's first compact disc.
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((BONITA HYMAN/GUEST SOLOIST: IT'S AN EXCITING PIECE OF MUSIC-- AND THE FOURTH MOVEMENT IN PARTICULAR IS EXCITING AND FULL OF LIFE AND ENERGY. ))
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The C-D will be released this summer.
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Braves


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#net (edit of S7-7)
GRAPHIC=BRAVES/DODGERS


It was a game Dodgers fans probably won't want to remember.
Atlanta shut out Los Angeles last night 14-to-0.
Jeff Blauser led the 18 hit attack with 3 hits to raise his average to 411.
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Javy Lopez also got into the act by smacking this two run opposite field homer. Five Braves had at least two r-b-i's
Tom Glavine pitched a three hitter over 7 SUPER=35-Los Angeles/0/Atlanta/14;

innings to raise his record to 4-to-0.
The Braves have now won four in a row.
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Express


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=ICE-97
GRAPHIC=Express


The Roanoke Express could soon look a bit different.
The team is set to hold a news conference Thursday, and it looks like a number of changes will be announced at the meeting.
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VO-NAT #eng
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Sources tell News 7 the hockey organization will unveil a new team logo different from the locomotive one that the team has used since the franchises inception.
Expect changes in the color scheme for team jerseys and clothing apparel for fans as well. Sources say the Express will also announce a few staff changes.
We will have all the details for you this Thursday afternoon.
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Bird


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S7-3
GRAPHIC=NBA


The Golden State Warriors missed the N-B-A playoffs and last night head coach Rick Adelman and his entire staff were fired.
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=04-NBA; :00


And in yet another coaching note from the league - Larry Bird was reportedly in Indianapolis over the weekend having dinner with Pacers president Donnie Walsh.
Bird is a likely and very popular candidate to coach the Pacers next season should Larry Brown move on possibly to the Celtics.
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WNBA


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S7-4
GRAPHIC=WNBA


The women's N-B-A also made some headlines yesterday as the league's eight franchises held their first ever draft with each team picking four players,
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and former U-V-a star Tammi Reiss, on the right of the front row, was the first round pick of the Utah Starzz.
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((TAMMI REISS/UTAH STARZZ FIRST PICK:))
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VO-NAT ENG#
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Another former U-V-a and all-A-C-C guard, Tora Suber was also a first round selection. She was taken by the Charlotte Sting.
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2Bosnia-Promo


ANCHOR=Mel
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=THa
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=bosnia peacekeepers


News 7's series- Bosnia Peacekeepers continues tonight at 6 and 11.
The 46- Danville soldiers stationed in Bosnia do far more than patrol the streets.
The National Guard unit is also on a goodwill mission.
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News 7's Teresa Hamilton and photographer Andrea DiRocco recently returned from a week- long visit overseas.
Tonight they take us along with a group of hometown soldiers who hand out food and supplies to a gypsy community that was poor even before years of fighting.
The separation from friends and family has not been easy, but this is one job the soldiers find rewarding.
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((RECARDO FAULKNER/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:I KNEW IT WAS BAD, BUT NOT THIS BAD, I'VE SEEN POVERTY ACK IN THE STATES BUT I DON'T THINK IT COULD COMPARE TO THIS. ))
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"Bosnia Peacekeepers" airs tonight on NEWS 7 at six and eleven.
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Ostrich


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=aje
TAPE#net (edit of 04:35:55)
GRAPHIC=none


The search is on in Maine for a lost bird.
And he should be easy to find considering he's NINE feet tall and weighs four HUNDRED -fifty pounds.
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VO-NAT
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The ostrich named Clyde broke out of his cage where he lives with his side kick Bonnie.
Doctor Barbara Myers, the veterinarian who cares for the birds, says she thinks Clyde got scared and ran off.
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((THESE ANIMALS IN GENERAL, WITH A LOT OF INSTANT FEAR RESPONSE AND VERY LITTLE INTELLIGENCE. THEY TEND TO RUN AND ONCE THE FEAR IS OVER THEY STOP. ))
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Many people in the town are looking for their feathered friend.
And it's turned out to be a wild, goose, make that wild ostrich chase, especially since they can run up to 40 miles an hour. (----------------)