12:00-01

NOON-HEADLINES

TALENT=Melanie
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VO-NAT


A federal probe could lead to criminal charges against Tobacco Company executives.
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ANCHOR=Melanie


And a Roanoke City councilman has a change of heart about the big raises council just approved for its members and the mayor.
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TALENT=Patrick
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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Stay with us, News 7 at Noon is next.

tobacco-probe


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


New information today into a U-S government investigation regarding Tobacco industry executives.
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VO-NAT


C-B-S News has learned a Federal law enforcement task force is working on the first major case, involving POSSIBLE criminal charges against top cigarette industry executives.
A federal grand jury in Washington is said to be looking into charges that tobacco companies intentionally deceived federal agencies about their products, specifically the addictiveness of nicotine.
Also being investigated, the lawyers for tobacco companies.
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((REP. MARTY MEEHAN/I WOULD BE CONCERNED IF I WERE A TOBACCO COMPANY LAWYER. THERE ARE ETHICAL RULES AND STANDARDS OF CONDUCT THAT ALL LAWYERS HAVE TO ADHERE TO, AND THAT WOULD BE A VIOLATION OF THAT STANDARD OF CONDUCT.))
SUPER=07-Rep. Marty Meehan;
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OUT Q=THAT WOULD BE A VIOLATION OF THAT STANDARD OF CONDUCT.
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CIGARETTE-LABELING


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire


Meantime, some smokers are about to get stronger warnings with their cigarettes.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Liggett Group, as promised in its lawsuit settlement, is printing the phrase "smoking is addictive" on its cigarette packages.
Liggett's brands include Eve, Chesterfield and L AND M.
The new packs should arrive in stores within a week.

council-pay


ANCHOR=melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tte
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=roanoke city seal


A Roanoke city council member who voted for a pay raise is changing his mind.
Jack Parrott was one of five city council members who approved a 14-percent raise for council, plus a 28 percent raise for the mayor, earlier this week.
Councilman Parrott joins Kimberly McBroom in the studio today, Kimberly...
anchor=kimberly
SUPER=01-Jack Parrott/Roanoke Councilman;


Thanks, Melanie.
Mr. Parrott, thanks for joining us today.
Now, I understand you've re- considered your decision about the council pay raises.
I know you all have to vote again on this issue Monday.. what motion do you plan to make?

(What made you change your mind?)



(Why did you vote for the pay raise in the first place?)



(How do you think Council will react to this?)


What kind of phone calls have you received from local residents?)
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E-Hutchins


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=THa
TAPE#97-19
GRAPHIC=Hutchins


Ten- year- old Reggie Hutchins is home from the hospital after being gunned down in the doorway of his home almost a month ago.
The fourth grader may not understand why he was shot, but his mother says she thinks she knows.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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IN Q=I guess
SUPER=03-Danville; :06
SUPER=01-Carolyn Hutchins/Reggie's Mother; :12
SUPER=07-Reggie Hutchins; :36 QUICK
SUPER=@Teresa2; :57
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OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.

((
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((CAROLYN HUTCHINS/REGGIE'S MOTHER: I GUESS WE JUST TAKE ONE DAY AT A TIME.))
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OUT Q=at a time.


It's been nearly a month since Carolyn Hutchins' ten year old son was shot twice-- once in the chest and once in the stomach.
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IN Q=Actually

((CAROLYN HUTCHINS/REGGIE'S MOTHER: ACTUALLY THE PERSON HAD OPENED THE STORM DOOR ALREADY AND WHEN REGGIE OPENED THE BIG DOOR, THE SHOTS WERE FIRED, AND MY HUSBAND SAYS HE JUMPED UP AND REGGIE TOLD ME THE SHOTS ACTUALLY KNOCKED HIM BACK IN THE FLOOR. ))
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OUT Q=in the floor.


Reggie spent three weeks in critical care before returning home-- with the dozens of balloons and cards that once filled his hospital room.
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IN Q=How does

((REPORTER SPEAKS:HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL TO KNOW SO MANY PEOPLE CARE? REGGIE HUTCHINS:HAPPY. ))
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OUT Q=happy.


Reggie doesn't like talking about what happened or why.
But his mother is speaking out.
She says her husband made it clear they did NOT want drug dealers around their home.
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IN Q=We've never

((CAROLYN HUTCHINS/REGGIE'S MOTHER:WE'VE NEVER HAD ANYTHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN WHAT OTHER REASON WOULD THERE BE. ))
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OUT Q=there be.


Danville police are still investigating-- but do NOT have a suspect.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Danville.))

E-Gardner


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-24
GRAPHIC=NONE


A judge says no to a Bedford County father who says his son should be able to read Rush Limbaugh material in school.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape;


A teacher said the book "The Way Things Ought to Be" was too advanced for nine- year- old Jason Gardner, and refused to let him read it in class.
Gardner's father sued, claiming his son's First Amendment rights were violated.
But yesterday a judge said he'll probably dismiss that part of the lawsuit.
Gardner still claims there have been other incidents where teachers have engaged in "viewpoint discrimination".
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((JOHN PYLE/GARDNER ATTORNEY: I THINK HE'S GOING TO ALLOW THE AMENDMENT. THE AMENDMENT TALKS ABOUT NEW INCIDENTS THAT HAVE OCCURRED THIS YEAR, WHICH I THINK SHOWS THERE'S AN ONGOING PROBLEM AT THE SCHOOL AND WE'RE REALLY PLEASED ABOUT THAT.)) ((PAUL LACY/SCHOOL SYSTEM ATTORNEY: THESE ALLEGATIONS RELATING TO THE INCIDENTS IN THE FIFTH GRADE ARE JUST THAT, THEY'RE ALLEGATIONS, THEY HAVEN'T BEEN PROVEN, THEY'RE JUST BALD ALLEGATIONS, WHICH WE CATEGORICALLY DENY.))
SUPER=01-John Pyle/Gardner's Attorney; :00
SUPER=01-Paul Lacy/School System Attorney; :11
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OUT Q=we categorically deny.
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VO-NAT


The alleged incidents involve teachers asking Jason Gardner to remove an Oliver North bumper sticker from his book bag and an anti-Bill Clinton patch from his shirt.
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E-roanoker


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=afr
TAPE#97-29
GRAPHIC=Fire aftermath


After a fire tore through Leisure Publishing, the owner estimated minimal damage, but a thorough inspection the next day turned up more trouble than expected.
Andrew Freiden reports.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Monday; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :07
SUPER=01-Richard Wells/Publisher; :15
SUPER=@Andrew2; 1:02
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OUT Q=Roanoke Co.

(( The fire started on the top floor, and didn't reach the main level.
And it looked like the publishing company would be back in business soon.
But inspections Tuesday morning revealed a different story-- the smoke damage was extensive.
SOT 6:14:44

((NAT SOUND OF SAWING/HAMMERING ))
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SOT 6:39:26

((RICHARD WELLS/OWNER: WE'RE HAVING TO GUT 1500-2000 SQUARE FEET OF THE BUILDING, IT'S LIKE WE'RE STARTING OVER. ))
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The company's Art department wasn't damaged, but right upstairs, it's a construction zone.
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((IT'S A HUGE HASSLE-- WE'RE NOT REALLY ABLE TO CONDUCT BUSINESS AS USUAL. SOME OF OUR PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO WORK OUT THEIR HOMES-- WE HAVE MOVED OTHER PEOPLE INTO THIS PART OF THE BUILDING WHICH WAS RELATIVELY UNAFFECTED.))
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A conference room has been turned into a makeshift office...
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((IT'S VERY HARD, AS YOU CAN SEE WALKING AROUND HERE. TO GO ON BUSINESS AS USUAL, I DIDN'T SEE THAT MONDAY AFTERNOON, BUT NOW WE'RE LIVING IN A CONSTRUCTION ZONE AND MY CONTRACTOR SAYS HE MAY BE HERE A MONTH. ))
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Despite the mess and disorganization, Wells says upcoming projects will make it to press, just a few days later than normal.
Andrew Freiden, News7 Roanoke county.))

Air-safety


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=airplane safety


It's been a year since the crash of ValuJet crash Flight 5-92 and Congress wants to know what's been done to improve safety.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington, DC;


A House hearing has opened on restricting hazardous material on passenger planes.
SUPER=@File;


The Valujet disaster has been blamed on a fire caused by oxygen canisters in the cargo hold.
In testimony this morning the head of the N-T-S-B said early warning of trouble in an aircraft's cargo hold can mean "the difference between life and death."
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shuttle


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=shuttle


The shuttle Atlantis is on its way to the Russian space station Mir this afternoon, on a critical resupply mission.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Ctr.;


Following its flawless pre-dawn launch, Atlantis will deliver a new oxygen generator and equipment to repair Mir's cooling system.
Atlantis is also transporting astronaut Michael Foale (Full) to replace Jerry Linenger.
Foale is scheduled to live on Mir for four and a half months.
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Whitewater


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


One of the two Whitewater grand juries reportedly has finished its work.
The "Washington Times" reports the federal grand jury in Washington has been dismissed.
The panel has been looking into the removal of papers from the office of White House attorney Vince Foster after his death in 19-93.
The Times says it's unclear whether the jury reached any conclusions or voted to return any indictments.

E-VMI


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-20
GRAPHIC=VMI


AT LEAST 30 women will join the rat core at Virginia Military Institute this fall.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lexington/File Tape


Last year the Superintendent said it would take that number of young ladies to make co-education work at V-M-I.
The thirty women have sent in their money to hold a position in the ranks and-- there could be more.
A total of sixty-four women have been accepted.
And-- the once all-male Institute is still accepting deposits, -even some additional applications.
The women who have signed up, so far, represent a dozen states as well as some foreign countries including Taiwan and Russia.
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E-Boxer


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=spr
TAPE#97-28
GRAPHIC=NONE

******ANCHOR TAG********
One boxer at V-M-I is finding he can fight the same way he's lived his life, with strength, determination and toughness.
Scott Prince has his story.
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IN Q=He's barely
SUPER=03-Lexington; :00
SUPER=04-VMI; :13
SUPER=01-Andy Nguyen/Collegiate Boxing Champion; :18
SUPER=04-File Tape; :28
SUPER=@Scott2; :50
RUNS=1:11
OUT Q=S.P., N-7, Lexington


((He's barely 5 feet tall and weighs a meager 112 pounds... but don't make him angry.
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((PUNCHING THE PUNCHING BAG. ))
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VMI senior Andy Nguyen is the National Collegiate Boxing champion in his weight class... winning the title just four years after he first slipped on a pair of gloves.
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((ANDY NGUYEN/COLLEGIATE BOXING CHAMPION: WHEN COACH ASKED ME TO BOX MY RAT YEAR I SAID, 'NO WAY. I CAN'T BOX." ))
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OUT Q=I can't box


Those are pretty surprising comments... considering Andy's been a FIGHTER for most of his life.
When he was just six years old living in Saigon, his parents... fearful of communist rule... sent him to America.
He hasn't seen them since.
And once he arrived in this country he found himself up against the ropes again.
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((NGUYEN: I WAS ABUSED WHEN I WAS A CHILD TOO AND THAT HELPED ME TO GROW UP A LOT. )) BUTT! BUTT! BUTT!
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((NGUYEN: THAT KIND OF PUTS PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT LIFE IS AND WHAT YOU WANT IT TO BE. ))
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Andy could have thrown in the towel at that point... but he didn't.
He went on to live with a family in Richmond, where he flourished in school.
Now he's set to receive his degree in biology and in a few weeks he'll join the Air Force.
Clearly, by rolling with the punches of life, Andy Nguyen has proven himself a winner both in and out of the ring.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Lexington.))
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


Andy (WHEN) Nguyen will get a chance to reunite with his natural family in the coming months.
Once he finishes up his Air Force training he'll be stationed in South Korea... placing him within traveling distance of his native Saigon.

Dare-Graduation


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-21
GRAPHIC=education


You won't find any fifth grade students in class today anywhere in Bedford County.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Bedford


They were NOT skipping.. this was DARE Day in Bedford, and all 900 kids are spending the day at Liberty Lake Park.
All the children have completed 17 weeks of drug and alcohol resistance education.
Today was the day they got to see what kind of careers could be open to them if they stay drug- free.
Law enforcement, the National Guard and emergency service personnel were on hand to talk with the kids and give tours.
A tug of war and rap contest are on the schedule for this afternoon.
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Hillcats


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=twe
TAPE#net (edit of -cl-97)
GRAPHIC=Hillcats/Avalanche


Salem and Lynchburg took to the diamond last night, rain or no rain.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Avalanche vs. Hillcats;


Salem's Chad Gambill gets the base knock up the middle and Garrett Neubart scores for a 1-zip Avalanche lead.
The visitors tacked on another run in the 2nd, with Elvis Pena at the plate.
But the 'Cats didn't whimper. Lynchburg loaded the bases for Nilsson
Antigua in the 4th and Antigua delivers SUPER=37-Salem/3/Lynchburg/6;

with the grounder through the right side of the infield for 2 R-B-I's and a 2-all game. Lynchburg wins it 6 to 3.
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Knicks


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mike
TAPE#net (edit of S6-28)
GRAPHIC=NBA PLAYOFFS


The Heat is still in the playoffs after pulling off another win against the Knicks to force game six in their Eastern conference semi-final.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/TNT; ;00


Down three games to one, the Heat needed a win to stay alive.
John Crotty would come off the bench and try to ignite the Heat with a hesitation drive that gets him an open lay in.
Pat Ewing answered that with a
SUPER=32-New York/81/Miami/96/Knicks Lead 3-to-2;


two handed jam, but the Heat is able to win game five 96-to-81. Game six is tomorrow night.
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WIPE WIPE WIPE

Heat


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S6-26
GRAPHIC=WIPE WIPE WIPE
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=04-TNT; :00


The Miami Heat may still be alive. But just barely--watch the bottom right of your screen, as P.J. Brown picks up Charlie Ward and body slams him to the court on the box out.
Three players were ejected.
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Wrath


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=net (edit of S7-4)
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Wrath


The Riverdawgs were officially replaced yesterday by the Roanoke Wrath, a team with new owners, new uniforms and a new home field.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00


The Wrath principals met the media in the Patrick Henry Hotel lobby.
Nine owners make up Roanoke Pro Soccer Incorporated. The Wrath will play this season at Victory Stadium. It is hoped low ticket prices, a new look, and other factors will help the new franchise succeed.
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((GRAYSON PRILLIMAN/ROANOKE WRATH PLAYER-COACH:THIS YEAR WE'VE GOT TWO FULL TIME COACHES WITH THE WRATH, FULL TIME GENERAL MANAGERS, AND OPERATIONS MANAGER. SO THAT'S GOING TO GIVE US A LOT MORE LEADERSHIP AND HOPEFULLY HELP OUT ON THE BUSINESS END. )) ((LANG WEDEMEYER/ROANOKE WRATH MIDFIELDER: THE LEVEL OF SOCCER PLAYING IS GOING TO BE JUST AS GOOD AS IT WAS LAST YEAR. I THINK IT'S GOING OT BE EXCITING, VERY ATTCK ORIENTED SOCCER WITH A LOT OF GOALS AND I A LOT OF SCORING CHANCES.))
SUPER=01-Grayson Prilliman/Roanoke Wrath Player-Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Lang Wedemeyer/Roanoke Wrath Midfielder;
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OUT Q=...chances"
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Education


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=THa
TAPE#97-26
GRAPHIC=raising the bar


Coming up on NEWS 7 at six-- we continue our special series..."Raising the Bar-- Virginia's Schools."
In tonight's installment, Teresa Hamilton reports on a new program in Danville aimed at increasing student test scores.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Danville;


A SECOND high school will open this fall for students who've chosen to enroll in what are called "focus schools".
The program gives high schoolers an opportunity to learn based around a particular theme-- such as business or arts and technology.
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((MACLYN SLACK/FOCUS SCHOOL TEACHER:THOSE OF US WHO ARE INVOLVED IN FOCUS SCHOOLS ARE SEASONED TEACHERS. WE'VE BEEN AT IT FOR A LONG TIME, WE WON'T DO ANYTHING TO HURT THE STUDENTS AT ALL, WE HOPE VERY MUCH THAT WE WILL DO A BETTER JOB AT WHAT WE DO AND SIMPLY THE FACT AGAIN, IF THE STUDENTS ARE INTERESTED IN WHAT THEY'RE DOING THEY WILL SPEND MORE TIME STUDYING AND DOING IT BECAUSE IT'S WHAT THEY'RE INTERESTED IN. ))
SUPER=01-Maclyn Slack/Focus School Teacher; :00
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The class size will be smaller than those at G-W High school-- which is another reason teachers believe the students will excel.
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LARGEST-ROCKET


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

10:07;57
It wasn't a NASA launch, but it wasn't bad for amateurs.
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SUPER=03-Fredericksburg, TX;
RUNS=:04
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VO-NAT


Yesterday, students at a central Texas high school launched what could be the largest model rocket ever built.
Their teacher says the students used calculus, physics and engineering and (----------------) put in hours of hard work to produce a picture perfect launch.