12:00-01

NOON-HEADLINES

TALENT=Melanie
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VO-NAT


A Florida landmark collapses killing and injuring some workers.
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ANCHOR=Melanie


And Mayor Bowers responds to criticism over his and council's salary raises.
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TALENT=Patrick
SS=None


Sunshine today, a slight chance of showers tomorrow. All of that in your weekend forecast, as well as a look at Dogwood Anthracnose today on Growin' It.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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Stick around, News 7 at Noon is next.

Bowers


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=12 pm
WRITER=tte
TAPE#97-34
GRAPHIC=roanoke city seal


The mayor of Roanoke is backing away from a controversial vote on his own pay raise.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


After a storm of public criticism, Mayor David Bowers says he wants to delay the final vote until June 2nd.
But Bowers says he deserves a 28-percent pay hike.
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SOT 10:06:33
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((WE DIDN'T MAKE A MISTAKE. THE MAYOR OF ROANOKE SHOULD BE PAID 23-THOUSAND-DOLLARS. THE COUNCIL SHOULD BE PAID AT LEAST, AT LEAST 16-THOUSAND-DOLLARS. OUR TOP ADMINISTRATORS SHOULD RECEIVE A 5-PERCENT PAY RAISE.))
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VO-NAT


Bowers says a pay raise would keep his salary in step with city employees and other Virginia cities.
He says he spends about 20 to 30 hours a week as mayor.
But Bowers says the system of city council approving their own pay raises is suspicious and might need to be changed.
Bowers is welcoming public comment on the issue.
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Building-Collapse


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


Disaster today at a demolition site in Miami.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Miami Shores, FL;


Police say two workers were crushed to death while demolishing a Miami landmark.
They were part of the crew taking down the Biscayne Kennel Club, the nation's second-oldest dog track.
Three other workers suffered minor injuries.
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BOMBER-PILOT


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


The nation's first female B-52 pilot may be able to avoid a court martial.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Minot AFB/January 1995;


The Air Force says if Lieutenant Kelly Flinn offers to resign before her trial, the service will consider it.
Flinn is charged with adultery, lying to superiors, fraternization, and conduct unbecoming to an officer.
But so far Flinn appears reluctant to leave her military life behind.
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IN Q=

((SECOND LT. KELLY FLINN/CBS EYE ON PEOPLE:I BELIEVE IN THE AIR FORCE AS AN INSTITUTION. I BELIEVE IN EVERYTHING IT STANDS FOR AND I CAN'T SEE MYSELF DOING ANYTHING ELSE. BECAUSE OF THIS WHOLE MISUNDERSTANDING THAT HAS OCCURRED BETWEEN US - THERE'S NO REASON TO FORGET WHERE MY ROOTS ARE AND WHERE I CAME FROM. ))
SUPER=07-Kelly Flinn;
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VO-NAT


Flinn's court martial is scheduled for next Tuesday.
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Zaire


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


After holding power for more than 30 years, the President of Zaire is giving way to rebels.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Kinshasa, Zaire;


Zaire's information minister says President Mobutu Sese Seko
(moh-BOO'-too SAY'-say SAY'-koh) has given up running the government and has

left the capital city.
There's speculation he'll now go into exile.
His departure could mean that Zaire's generals have struck a deal to let the rebels enter the capital without a fight.
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Serial-Rapist


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


A comedian wanted in connection with a series of rapes on several college campuses says he is 101 percent innocent.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Newark, NJ;


Thirty-five- year- old Vinson Champ waived extradition during a court appearance yesterday in New Jersey.
He was arrested earlier this week at Newark International Airport.
Authorities believe he is responsible for attacks on seven women in five states.
The comedian has been appearing on college campuses in several states.
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MISSING-GIRL


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


A search is underway in Oklahoma for a missing eight- year- old girl.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Midwest City, OK;


Police say it appears Kirsten Hatfield was abducted from her bedroom sometime Tuesday night.
Investigators found blood spots on a window sill and on a six-foot-high wooden backyard fence.
And they found a pair of Kirsten's underwear in the back yard.
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WIPE/WIPE/WIPE

HOME-ALONE


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=WIPE/WIPE
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Tulsa, OK;


Meantime, an Oklahoma mother is expected to be charged today with neglect and abandonment for leaving her ten- year- old daughter home alone for four months.
Audrey Saylor was spotted yesterday in a Tulsa check cashing store.
Her daughter Ashton told deputies she was left in a trailer and turned to puppy chow and dog biscuits after she ran out food.
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E-Bank-Robbery


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tal
TAPE#97-27
GRAPHIC=Bank Robbery


Police are still searching for a man they say robbed a Wytheville bank yesterday.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Wytheville;


The robbery took place at the East Main Street branch of Premier Bank.
Police say a man showed a teller a note demanding cash.
She handed over a bank bag filled with money, and the suspect drove off in a dark gray, four-door Mazda.
Police believe the car was last seen heading north on Interstate 81.
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VCU-Protest


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


Some Virginia Commonwealth University students are planning a silent protest during Governor Allen's speech tomorrow at commencement ceremonies.
The students are upset over what they see as Allen's attacks on higher education and his refusal to seek federal Goals 2000 money for public schools until pressured to do so by the General Assembly.
Allen aides say the governor is aware of the planned protest but will not cancel his speech.
The students say they will wave handkerchiefs and turn their backs on Allen during his speech.

E-Driving


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sta
TAPE#=97-31
GRAPHIC=NONE


A new program is trying to make driving easier on seniors, and get them a discount on their car insurance.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


"55 Alive" is a series of driving classes for people ages 50 and up, complete with a diploma.
Seniors get a refresher course in driving do's and don'ts--a course some say helps them stay up-to-speed with changing times.
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IN Q=There are many

((JOAN CHIDESTER/SENIOR DRIVER: THERE ARE MANY THINGS THAT THEY BROUGHT OUT, THINGS THAT WHEN I FIRST STARTED TO DRIVE WE DIDN'T DO. SO, WHEN I WENT THROUGH THE BOOK I NOTICED A LOT OF THINGS THAT ARE NEW TO ME.))
SUPER=01-Joan Chidester/Senior Driver;
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OUT Q=new to me
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file


Classes are offered nationwide and focus on common driver errors like tuning-in the radio and tuning-out traffic noise-- especially sirens from emergency vehicles.
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P-Road-Projects


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=jmc
TAPE#97-22
GRAPHIC=Smart Road


A contractor from Beckley, West Virginia will be in the drivers seat as construction starts on the "smart road."
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VO-NAT
SUPER=04-File Tape;


The state awarded a 17-million dollar contract yesterday to Vecellio
(veh-SILL-ee-oh) and Grogan of Fishersville, which they originally said was

from Augusta County.
That's for the first two-mile stretch of the six-mile Smart highway in Montgomery County.
The project is designed to test technology that improves highway safety and traffic flow.
Opponents of the Smart Road say more study is needed on the project's environmental impact.
State officials couldn't say when construction would start.
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E-Squirrel-Ladder


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-24
GRAPHIC=None


An unusual country club is causing a bit of a stir at the state Capital.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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IN Q=We can all
SUPER=03-Richmond; :00
SUPER=01-Don Williams/Dept. of General Services; :22
SUPER=01-Judy Lipscomb/Squirrel Observer; :31
SUPER=01-Linda Taylor/Squirrel Observer; :38
SUPER=29-State Worker; :54
SUPER=@Ellen2; 1:06
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OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.


(( We can all understand.
After a big meal, you really need something to wash it all down with.
But for the squirrels of Capitol Square, the newly renovated fountain became a daunting death trap.
Until... Department of General Services workers stepped in with a solution -- a creative solution.
In fact, what they named the Squirrel Country Club was a little TOO creative for their boss.
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((DON WILLIAMS/GENERAL SERVICES DIRECTOR: I'D SAY THAT MORE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PAUSING BY THE FOUNTAIN AND PAYING ATTENTION THAN THEY HAVE IN THE PAST.))
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SOT TAPE ONE 03:00:16

((JUDY LIPSCOMB/SQUIRREL OBSERVER: IF WE DIDN'T DO IT, I GUESS WE'D EITHER A. COME OUT HERE AND SEE A BUNCH OF DEAD SQUIRRELS FLOATING IN THE WATER, OR B. THE NEXT THING IS WE'D CUT THE WATER OFF.))
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((LINDA TAYLOR/SQUIRREL OBSERVER: I MEAN THE WILDLIFE DOWN HERE IS FINE. AND LIKE I WAS JUST TELLING YOU A WHILE AGO, I'VE EATEN SQUIRREL. BUT I SHOOT 'EM DURING HUNTING SEASON.))
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So in the midst of the public scrutiny, the administration got a little squirrelly.
We were barred from talking to the workers who designed it on camera...so we're protecting one's identity. 04:07:44 ((STATE WORKER: THEY TOLD US TO TAKE IT UP AND PUT THE ROCKS DOWN AND EVERYBODY COME BY AND I SAID "WELL YOU BETTER LOOK AT IT GOOD BECAUSE IT'S GONE." AND THEY SAID "WHAT DO YOU MEAN IT'S GONE? AND I SAID "I'VE BEEN TOLD TO TAKE IT UP." "YOU CAN'T TAKE IT UP. THAT THING IS CUTE.))
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So in stepped Governor George Allen -- to fight for the exclusive country club.
And his agency head's tone changed.
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((DON WILLIAMS/GENERAL SERVICES DIRECTOR: IT WAS MADE SOMEWHAT HASTILY BY THE FOLKS. BUT IT WAS A GREAT IDEA. WE INTEND ON KEEPING IT THERE.))
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Along with the 300 dollar rock apron Williams approved.
The original country club was free... made from scrap wood.
The squirrels must be hoping the controversy fades into the background so they can back to the nuts ...and bolts... of squirrel business.
Ellen Qualls, News 7 Richmond.)) ))

E-Rimes


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sta
TAPE#=97-33
GRAPHIC=NONE


She picked up top honors at the Grammies and the Country Music Awards, and last night the 14- year- old country singer was in Salem.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Salem;


Leann Rimes performed some of her latest hits for the local crowds.
Rimes shot up to the top of the country music scene with her multi-million selling album "Blue."
But in spite of the sudden fame she says she'll have no problem maintaining her momentum.
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(( ))
SUPER=07-Leann Rimes
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OUT Q=rest of forever
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VO-NAT


Rimes and her band have been touring for about a year with stops overseas in Canada and Australia.
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GROWIN'-IT


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=PEV
TAPE#field
GRAPHIC=growin' it


Dogwood Anthracnose is a prevalent and dangerous disease that has already devastated much of the wild dogwood population, but you can protect the trees in your yard.
Here's more on today's Growin' It.
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SUPER=01-Jay Stipes/Tree Care Expert; :36
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take Weather shot Patrick's MIC HOT
(weather stats)
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Weather-Shot
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WEATHER
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E-Crown


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-32
GRAPHIC=NONE


Another company's corporate headquarters is moving to Lynchburg.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg;


Three executives from Crown Cork and Seal of Philadelphia have bought a packaging machinery business. The cost- 200-million dollars.
They'll call the new company Crown Simplimatic and run it out of the Hill City.
Crown Simplimatic has one thousand employees in nine plants, on six continents.
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Hillcats


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


The Salem Avalanche put the Lynchburg Hillcats on ice last night in a 4-nothing shutout.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Avalanche vs. Hillcats;


Tal Light jumps all over this Jason Johnson delivery in the 1st, sending it over the wall in right center for a 1-zip Salem advantage.
The 'Lanche tried to keep rolling. John Clifford rips a shot into left, and Ben Petric races around to score. 2-nothing Salem after 2.
SUPER=37-Salem/4/Lynchburg/0;


Then in the 5th, Vincente Garcia grounds into the fielder's choice scoring Elvis Pena to give Salem a 3 run lead and the Avalanche wins 4-to-nothing.
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NCAA


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#s7-3
GRAPHIC=NCAA TOURNEY


Wisconsin-Parkside, California, Pennsylvania, U-C Davis and Nebraska-Omaha were the first round winners as the N-C-A-A Division Two softball championships opened in Salem yesterday.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Salem/Neb. Kearney vs. Neb. Omaha; :00


The Omaha win was the most dramatic of the day.
Down 1-to-nothing in the sixth, Nebraska-Omaha's Holly Voss, the All-American senior, hits a massive two run homer to give her team a 2-to-1 win over the Nebraska-Kearney Lady Lopers.
The event continues through Monday at the Moyer complex.
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Soccer


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#net (edit of S7-6)
GRAPHIC=SOCCER


In local soccer,
Giles and Glenvar battled it out for the Three Rivers district championship.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Radford/Three Rivers Championship; :00


Giles won the regular season title and last night Neil Schmidt's team took a 2-to-1 lead into the second half.
But the Spartans main man, Robbie Claytor takes another corner kick from the opposite side - hesitates and then pokes it in the left side with the left footed kick. 3-1 Giles.
Then back to the other side, this time Claytor uses his head for the
SUPER=34-Giles/4/Glenvar/1;

final goal of the night as Giles adds the Three Rivers tournament title to its regular season crown.
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ANCHOR=Patrick
SS=SOCCER


The regional tourney is next Saturday at George Wythe.

Tug-O-War


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=mst
TAPE#97-35
GRAPHIC=News 7 sports generic


They're TUGGING it out at downtown Roanoke's First Union Tower-- all to benefit needy children.
Mike Stevens has details.
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IN Q=Child Health
SUPER=@mike1; :00
SUPER=01-Lucy Walton/CHIP Special Events Chairperson; :19
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :40
RUNS=:56
OUT Q=back to you guys


5-Education


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-29
GRAPHIC=raising the bar


Coming up on NEWS 7 at six and eleven-- we continue our special series..."Raising the Bar-- Virginia's Schools."
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Henrico Co.;


In tonight's installment, the bar for the late 19-90's is a computer in every classroom and children surfing the libraries of the world.
But in Virginia, there are as always the haves... and the have- nots.
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IN Q=My mom

((TWYLA SMITH/PETERSBURG 5TH GRADER: MY MOM THINKS SOMETHING BAD IS GONNA HAPPEN TO ME AND STUFF. BUT WE MIGHT GET THE INTERNET AT HOME.))
sot P-BURG TWO 10:51:36

((WALLACE SAVAL/PETERSBURG PUBLIC SCHOOLS: YOU GOTTA HAVE THE INTERNET. THERE ARE NO BOOKS IN THIS LIBRARY THAT ARE THE EQUAL TO WHAT IS AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET. BECAUSE THE WHOLE WORLD IS AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET.))
SUPER=01-Twyla Smith/Petersburg 5th Grader; :00
SUPER=01-Wallace Saval/Petersburg Superintendent; :08
RUNS=:23
OUT Q=the Internet.
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take raising bar promo-essc
Ellen Qualls takes a look at the classroom of tomorrow and how to get there tonight on NEWS 7 at SIX and Eleven.
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Skunk


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=aje
TAPE#net (edit of 04:24:01)
GRAPHIC=none


There's an apartment complex in Los Angeles that has some unusual occupants -- a litter of skunks.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA; :


And you would think the land lord would do something about the smelly creatures.
Well, she does. She has become the skunks surrogate mother.
In fact, she has cared for more than one hundred orphaned skunks.
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