12:00-01

NOON-HEADLINES

TALENT=Melanie
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VO-NAT


A verdict is in in the Michael Knowles murder trial.
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ANCHOR=Melanie


And a Denver jury may soon begin deliberating the fate of Oklahoma bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh.
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TALENT=Patrick


Clouds rolled in overnight, and some light precipitation is on the way for about the next 48 hours. I'll have all the weather details, plus a look at the decisive Bulls-Heat playoff game.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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News 7 at Noon is next. Stay with us.

Knowles


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=jda
TAPE#97-35
GRAPHIC=knowles,Micheal


Micheal Knowles is guilty of first degree murder and attempted capital murder.
A Montgomery County jury returned that verdict this morning.
Double Boxes=Melanie and JoeD/Microwave


Joe Dashiell has been following the case this week and he joins us now from the Montgomery County court house.
Live=JoeD Full/Microwave
SUPER=@Joe1;
SUPER=05-Christiansburg;
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(Rollcue:see of the eight charges Knowles was facing)
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IN Q=we the jury
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OUT Q=first degree murder
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg;
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RUNS=:13 (approximate)
OUt q=hugged in the court room.
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Live=JoeD Full/Microwave
SUPER=05-Christiansburg;
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Double Boxes=Melanie and JoeD/Microwave
(Q:Which charges produced verdicts of not guilty?)


COOPER


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


A man wanted in Baltimore after going on violent crime spree yesterday morning has been apprehended in Montgomery County.
Archie Cooper is being held in the Montgomery County jail in connection with three stabbings, assault, rape, burglary and auto theft.
Authorities say early yesterday morning he stabbed his estranged wife, her boyfriend and another man.
Cooper also allegedly raped a thirteen- year- old girl, attacked a woman and stole two vehicles- all in the Baltimore area.
He was arrested early this morning while sleeping in one of the stolen vehicles at the Ironto rest stop.

E-Cole


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=abr
TAPE#97-31
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


A man who accumulated eleven misdemeanors and seventeen felonies in just five years was sentenced yesterday for killing his girlfriend's young son.
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VO-NAT


Steven Wayne Cole pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death of two- year- old Joshua Blevins.
SUPER=03-Hillsville/File Tape;


Cole received a thirty year sentence with ten years suspended.
He could face more prison time for unrelated crimes.
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E-VMI


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=spr
TAPE#97-24
GRAPHIC=VMI


Brother and sister rats at Virginia Military Institute will be treated the same.
That's according to the school's latest status report.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=04-File Tape;


Female rats will not have locks on their rooms.
If a female cadet is changing clothes, she will be allowed to close the shades.
Anyone wishing to enter that room must knock and have permission to enter.
As expected, female rats will get the traditional "crop cut" for the first six weeks.
After that they'll still have to keep their hair short... but quote-- "not so short as to be unattractive in a civilian setting."
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


Almost half of the 65 women who have been accepted to V-M-I have secured their spot.

OK-TRIAL


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


Closing arguments are underway this afternoon at the Oklahoma City bombing trial.
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VO-NAT


That means later today jurors could begin deciding the fate of the man accused of killing 168 people in 19-95.
Timothy McVeigh's lawyers rested their case yesterday after spending three days trying to tear apart the government's case.
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IN Q=Probably the biggest....

(( JOHN WALSH, CBS NEWS LEGAL CONSULTANT:PROBABLY THE BIGGEST SURPRISE HAS BEEN THE INCREDIBLE SPEED WITH WHICH BOTH SIDES PRESENTED THEIR CASE." CHARLES TOMLIN, FATHER OF VICTIM) "WE CAN SEE NOW A TRIAL CAN GO ON AND WE WONT HAVE ALL THE MICKEY MOUSE STUFF GOING ON IN OUR COURTROOMS." ))
SUPER=01-John Walsh/CBS News Legal Consultant;
SUPER=01-Charles Tomlin/Father of Victim;06
RUNS=:13
OUT Q=in our courtrooms.
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VO-NAT


Sources say the judge is considering sequestering jurors until they reach a verdict.
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Megan-trial


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=legal scales


A New Jersey jury today is deliberating the case of the man accused of raping and killing Megan Kanka.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;

11:07
Her 19-94 murder inspired a national movement that changed laws pertaining to convicted sex offenders.
SUPER=03-Trenton, NJ/Yesterday;


In closing argument yesterday, the lawyer for defendant Jesse Timmendequas
(tih-MEHN'-deh-kwahs) suggested the real killers were Timmendequas's two

roommates, who were also convicted child molesters.
But the prosecution told jurors the roommates had alibis.
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WIPE/WIPE/WIPE

casino


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=WIPE WIPE WIPE
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Long Beach, CA;


An 18- year- old high school student is being held in Southern California for allegedly raping and killing a seven- year- old girl at a Nevada Casino.
SUPER=@File; 4:08:47


Security cameras at the casino caught Jeremy Strohmeyer following the child into the women's restroom.
Sherrice Iverson was found dead in a bathroom stall early Sunday, she had been raped and strangled.
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Tornado


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=tornado


The death toll has climbed to 28 in the town of Jarrell, Texas following Tuesday's killer tornadoes.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Jarrell, TX;


But state emergency officials say they've accounted for the rest of the missing.
Officials plan to begin allowing residents to return to their property sometime today.
Texas Governor George W. Bush has declared the town of Jarrell a disaster area and is seeking federal assistance.
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CLINTON-BLAIR


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


President Clinton is in London this afternoon for his first meeting with Great Britain's new Prime Minister Tony Blair.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-London;


The two leaders are pledging to pull together to make improvements at home and encourage peace around the globe.
One of the major items on the agenda for discussion today was the Blair government's attempt to restart the peace process in Northern Ireland, something President Clinton is anxious for the U-S to help with in anyway it can.
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11:09:26 ((THE GOAL OF THIS PEACE... THAT CAN ONLY SUCCEED IF THERE IS AN UNEQUIVOCAL CEASE FIRE. ))
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=UNEQUIVOCAL CEASE FIRE.
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VO-NAT


Blair's landslide election victory earlier this month ended 18 years of conservative rule in Britain.
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Dylan


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


Rock legend Bob Dylan has been hospitalized with a life-threatening lung infection.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;

4:30;17
Publicists for the 56- year- old singer songwriter says the infection is called histo-plasmosis.
It causes swelling of the sack that surrounds the heart and carries symptoms similar to pneumonia.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=none


The illness has forced Dylan to cancel a European tour.

P-Drowning-Heros


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=spr
TAPE#97-27
GRAPHIC=None


Virginia honored two brothers who showed they know what it means to be a hero.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;


Nathan and Jesse Foutz received the first ever Director's Award for Heroism for trying to save a drowning man at Smith Mountain Lake last month.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Last Month;


The brothers risked their own lives trying to rescue Vietnam war veteran Gary Marshall... but their attempt was not successful.
It was a day the Foutz family will always remember.
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SOT 2:26:56
IN Q=I can't swim

((LANCE FOUTZ/FATHER: I CAN'T SWIM AND HAVING TO WITNESS THE WHOLE THING FROM THE SHORE WAS AN EXPERIENCE I'LL NEVER FORGET. WONDERING WHETHER THEY WOULD MAKE IT TO THE MAN OR NOT. AND WONDERING IF THEY WOULD MAKE IT BACK AFTER THEY HAD GOTTEN OUT THERE. ))
SUPER=01-Lance Foutz/Nathan and Jesse's Father;
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=gotten out there
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VO-NAT


Members of the Marshall family were on hand to thank the brothers for their rescue attempt.
Gary Marshall's sister presented each of them with a rose before the ceremony.
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E-Vets-Cemetery


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-28
GRAPHIC=None


Virginia opened the gates yesterday to a new federal cemetary with room for 55-thousand veterans.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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IN Q=It's a strange
SUPER=03-Amelia Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Charlie Montgomery/VVA State Council; :15
SUPER=@Allen; :41
SUPER=01-Donald Duncan/Va. Dept. of Veterans Affairs; :52
SUPER=01-Luther Anderson/VFW State Commander; 1:06
SUPER=@Ellen1; 1:12
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OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Amelia County.


(( It's a strange sight.
Rows of marble plaques with NO names, behind which will rest ashes.
Acres of a cemetery with NO markers.
But all too soon, these 125 acres in Amelia County will be busy with more than celebration.
sot TAPE ONE 11:34:42

((CHARLIE MONTGOMERY/VVA STATE COUNCIL: THE VETERANS CEMETERY IN VIRGINIA IS LONG OVERDUE AND WE STILL NEED MORE FOR OUR AGING VETERANS. WE HAVE ONLY STARTED THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.))
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The dedication of the first state-run veterans cemetery in Virginia caps off a fight that has spanned five governors.
Doug Wilder finally made a state commitment.
He won a bronze star.
Perhaps ironically, it was the one without any military record who saw it to completion.
sot 11:57:31 TAPE ONE

((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THIS CEMETERY BEARS THE SILENT TESTIMONY TO WHAT SO MANY FRIENDS AND FAMILIES HERE KNOW FIRSTHAND: THAT FREEDOM DOES NOT COME WITHOUT A PRICE.))
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((DONALD DUNCAN/VA. DEPT. OF VETERANS AFFAIRS: WE'RE PHASING OUT SOME OF THE NATIONAL CEMETERIES AND WE HAVE A LOT-- WORLD WAR TWO, WHICH HAS THE LARGEST NUMBER OF VETERANS THAT HAVE SERVED THIS COUNTRY ARE ALL GETTING OLDER AND MANY OF THEM ARE DYING. AND SO WE NEED THIS PLACE AS A FINAL RESTING PLACE FOR THOSE SOLDIERS.))
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sot TAPE ONE 11:32:13

((LUTHER ANDERSON/VFW STATE COMMANDER: THEY BROUGHT OUR FREEDOM WITH THEIR SACRIFICES. AND GOD BLESS ALL OF 'EM.))
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sot STANDUP tape two 12:48:36

((OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS THE REMAINS OF THE FIRST VETERANS WILL START BEING INTERRED IN THIS CEMETERY. OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARS, THE REMAINS OF 55- THOUSAND VIRGINIA VETERANS WILL BE LAID TO REST HERE. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, AMELIA COUNTY.))
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E-Truck-Belts


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=eea
TAPE#97-25
GRAPHIC=Safety Belts


The Virginia Pediatric Society says as many as three children each year die when they're thrown from the back of a pickup truck.
Such an accident
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./May 24;

happened in Montgomery County last Saturday.
Seven- year- old Samantha Rentch was thrown from the back of a pickup when it crashed into another vehicle.
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Doctor Hugh Craft, who heads Community Hospital's pediatric intensive care unit, AND the pediatric society, says he and his colleagues will make another attempt to ban unrestrained children in pickup truck beds.
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IN Q=For us this

(( FOR US THIS IS KIND OF A NO BRAINER, IT'S VERY MUCH LIKE WHY SHOULD YOU PUT A CHILD SAFETY SEAT IN THE CAR, CHILDREN RIDING IN THE BACK OF PICKUP TRUCKS ARE AT RISK NOT ONLY BECAUSE THEY MIGHT BE INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT, BUT OVER HALF THE CHILDREN THAT ARE KILLED OR INJURED RIDING IN THE BACK OF PICKUP TRUCKS ARE THROWN OUT JUST DURING REGULAR OPERATION OF THE VEHICLE. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Hugh Craft/Virginia Pediatric Society;
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OUT Q=of the vehicle
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


Governor Allen has vetoed pickup truck restraint legislation twice.
Craft says the bill's legislative sponsors will re-introduce the bill next year, in hopes that Governor Allen's successor will have a different viewpoint.

E-Saltville-RR


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


The town of Saltville is making tracks to regain railroad service.
Town Council and Roanoke-area businessman Bill Pinkerton last night wrapped up a contract that allows Pinkerton to buy the nine miles of track that link Saltville with the Norfolk Southern main line in Glade Spring.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington Co./March 20;


Norfolk Southern abandoned the railbed in 19-84, and gave the tracks to the town.
Saltville Town Manager John Clark says Pinkerton will buy the line for 180 thousand dollars.
Pinkerton has had a crew clearing the rails since back in March. He's forming his own railroad to run on the tracks.
He hopes to begin hauling freight by early fall.
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P-Poplar-Forest


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#597-20
GRAPHIC=NONE


Visitors will now get an even more realistic picture of Thomas Jefferson's life if they return to his Poplar Forest estate.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;


Workmen have spent the last few months rebuilding the south portico roof which was destroyed by fire in 18-45.
Using heavy timbers and early American construction methods, craftsmen have reconstructed the roof to Jefferson's original specifications.
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IN Q=It's sort of

((DOUG RIDEOUT/CRAFTSMAN: IT'S SORT OF LIKE BUILDING AN ENGINE. YOU WANT TO USE THE BEST QUALITY PARTS TO MAKE IT LAST. AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE ON THIS PROJECT. SO IT'S NOT OFTEN YOU GET TO WORK WITH THESE TYPES OF MATERIALS.)) ((TRAVIS MCDONALD/ARCHITECTURAL RESTORATION DIRECTOR: AND WE REALLY CAN PUT BACK EVERY DETAIL AS WE KNOW JEFFERSON CONSTRUCTED IT AND SOME OF THOSE DETAILS HAVE BEEN MISSING FOR 150 YEARS, AFTER THE HOUSE WAS REMODELED AND SO THAT'S THE IMPORTANT PART NOW IS SEEING IT AS JEFFERSON WANTED IT TO BE SEEN.))
SUPER=01-Doug Rideout/Restoration Craftsman; :00
SUPER=01-Travis McDonald/Architectural Restoration Director; :16
RUNS=:33
OUT Q=wanted it to be seen.
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VO-NAT


McDonald hopes to have the roof completed and the scaffolding removed by the fall.
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E-Franklin-Speedway


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=afr
TAPE#97-30
GRAPHIC=Taylor


The owner of the Franklin County Speedway is not winning his financial race.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;


Whitey Taylor says he's behind on payments for a 25 thousand dollar loan, and his creditors want 20 thousand dollars by June 10th.
Otherwise, the Speedway goes up for auction.
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SOT 14:14:03
IN Q=I WANT MY FRIENDS

((WHITEY TAYLOR: I WANT MY FRIENDS, IF THEY'RE MY FRIENDS, I WANT THEM TO SHOW UP NO, TO SHOW UP WITH MONEY, OR TO SEND MONEY, TO BAIL ME OUT. THAT'S WHAT I'M ASKING FOR, AND I WANT TO FIND OUT WHO MY FRIENDS ARE, DON'T WAIT TILL I DIE TO SEND THE FLOWERS, CAUSE I WON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT. SEND IT NOW, IF YOU GOT IT, SEND IT TO ME.))
RUNS=:18
OUT Q=give it to me.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./1980;


Taylor blames his financial troubles on a failed Willie Nelson concert at the track back in 19-80.
When the concert never happened, angry fans set fire to a barn on an adjoining property.
Taylor had to replace the barn, and he lost money on the concert, putting him more than 200 thousand dollars in debt.
Now he said he's considering declaring bankruptcy.
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SOT 14:47:42
IN Q=i don't want

((WHITEY TAYLOR/FRANKLIN COUNTY SPEEDWAY: I DON'T WANT TO, BUT IF IT COMES TO IT, I WILL. LARGER CORPORATIONS THAN WHITEY TAYLOR HAVE BANKRUPTED BEFORE. ))
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OUT Q=bankrupted before
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./Last Year;


Taylor says he could have SCRAPED-BY financially, but a colder than normal spring put the brakes on ticket sales.
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WEATHER
SUPER=300-55/57/SE 5mph/30.33f/94/1941/40/1949;
SUPER=301-58/60/Variable 3mph/30.34f/95/1941/42/1902;

Forecasts
SUPER=X5000;
SUPER=330-Mostly Cloudy/Patchy Rainfall/50-54/Cloudy/Scattered Showers/65-68;
SUPER=331-Mostly Cloudy/Patchy Rainfall/50-54/Cloudy/Scattered Showers/66-70;
SUPER=332-Mostly Cloudy/Patchy Rainfall/52-56/Cloudy/Scattered Showers/68-72;
SUPER=333-Mostly Cloudy/Patchy Rainfall/50-54/Cloudy/Scattered Showers/61-65;
SUPER=334-Mostly Cloudy/Patchy Rainfall/52-56/Cloudy/Scattered Showers/68-72;
SUPER=X5001;



ITT


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=itt


The I-T-T Night Vision has won a large contract with the Australian Defense Force.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;


The Roanoke County plant will supply the military Down Under with 80- million- dollars worth of night vision devices.
Deliveries will begin in early 19-98 through 19-99.
Options do exist to extend the contract beyond that, though.
No word on if this will mean any new jobs.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=hold


Earlier this year I-T-T received a 26- million- dollar contract to supply night vision equipment to Switzerland.
I-T-T is also the largest supplier of night vision devices to the U-S Army.

NCAA


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#net (edit of S7-9)
GRAPHIC=NCAA BASEBALL


The Southern Maine Huskies wasted Wooster to win the N-C-A-A division three baseball title last night in Salem.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Salem/Wooster vs. S. Maine; :00


Maine's Jason Crepeau rips this shot over the right field fence. It's one to-nothing in favor of the Huskies.
Wooster's Travis Snyder lifts one over the right field fence to make it 1-all.
But Southern Maine would dominate the game the rest of the way scoring 14 unanswered runs.
SUPER=34-Southern Maine/15/Wooster/1;


The Huskies beat Wooster for the second time in the tourney, capturing the Division Three title with a 15-to-1 win.
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Franklin


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=net (edit of S7-10)
GRAPHIC=Regional baseball


In high school baseball--the Eagles fought it out. Franklin County grounded G.W. Danville.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./Eagles vs. Eagles; :00


In the fifth, with two outs, Matt Ferguson connects on this bullet that splits the Eagle outfielders. Ferguson ends up on third with a triple.
Then, Jeremy Scott smacks the pitch down the third baseline, Ferguson scores for a 1 to nothing Franklin County lead.
SUPER=34-Franklin Co./2/G.W. Danville/0;


Franklin County's Brian Strong gets his first shutout of the season as the Eagles win 2-nothing.
They will play in the regional final Friday.
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((F.L.SLOUGH/FRANKLIN CO HEAD COACH:))
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NBA


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#net (edit of s7-8)
GRAPHIC=nba playoffs


The Chicago Bulls put the freeze on the Miami Heat last night with victory in game five of the Eastern conference final that sends the Bulls to the Finals.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/NBC; :00


Jamal Mashburn tried to keep the Heat from getting turned down too quickly, but he was no match for the Bulls.
Jud Buechler to Brian Williams on the break for the slam and the Bulls
SUPER=32-Miami/87/Chicago/100/Bulls Win 4-to-1;

advance to the N-B-A Finals with the 100 to 87 win in game five.
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Cute-Kicker


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


A visit from the stork is meaning more work for folks at the Burnet Park Zoo in Syracuse.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Syracuse, NY


The mother of this rare baby snow leopard has NOT shown her maternal instinct, so the zoo staff members have been playing nursemaid.
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