12:00-01

NOON-HEADLINES

ANCHOR=Melanie
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VO-NAT


Attorney General candidate Mark Early is campaigning across the state today, one day after joining Jim Gilmore and John Hager on the G-O-P ticket.
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And a veteran Roanoke County officer is promoted to Chief of police
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Some sunshine breaking through the morning clouds--
You can look forward to another day in the low 80s.
But will showers dampen the days ahead?
We'll tell you, in the forecast.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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Stick around. News 7 at Noon is next.

County-Chief


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=KHu
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Roanoke County has promoted an 18-year veteran of the Police Department to the top job.
Ray Lavinder was named Chief of Police at a news conference an hour ago.
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Keith Humphry is here to tell us more about Captain Lavinder... now CHIEF Lavinder.
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E-Results


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sly
TAPE#None
GRAPHIC=Campaign 97


The nice weather couldn't coax people out to the polls yesterday.
The statewide primary had a low turnout.
TAKE FULLSCREEN essC 150 RACE #1


Voters elected Chesapeake State Senator Mark Earley to take on Democrat Bill Dolan in November's race for Virginia's Attorney General. He beat fellow Republicans Jerry Kilgore, Ken Stolle and Gil Davis.
TAKE FULLSCREEN essC 151 RACE #3


Here in Roanoke, the Democratic candidate for Commissioner of Revenue will be Sherman Holland. He defeated Marsha Compton Fielder. Holland now faces Republican Guy Byrd in the November election.

GOP-Primary


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-23
GRAPHIC=Republicans


Republican Mark Earley was celebrating after last night's win.
Ellen Qualls was at the victory party last night.
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holland


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
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TAPE#net (edit of 97-34)
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A first time run for political office is still on track for Sherman Holland.
Voters elected him as the democratic candidate for Roanoke's Commissioner of Revenue.
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VO-NAT
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Holland has worked in the Commissioner of Revenue's office for 16 years-- the last three and a half have been under incumbent Marsha Compton Fielder.
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((I'D LIKE TO CONGRATULATE SHERMAN ON HIS WIN. THE TURNOUT WAS THE DECIDING FACTOR IN THIS, WHEN THIS FEW PEOPLE VOTE, WHO KNOWS WHAT'LL HAPPEN. ))
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He says a recently completed audit of the Commissioner of Revenue's office is what convinced him to run against his boss.
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((FROM DAY ONE, I'VE ALWAYS SAID, THAT FAIR AND CONSISTENT TREATMENT WAS NOT GIVEN IN THE COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE'S OFFICE. AND THE AUDIT JUST CONFIRMED WHAT I'VE BEEN SAYING ALL ALONG. ))
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VO-NAT


Holland will take on Republican Guy Byrd in the November election.
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OK-TRIAL


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
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The defense has rested in the sentencing phase of the Timothy McVeigh trial.

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VO-NAT


The end of the defense case came after emotional testimony from McVeigh's mother and father.
McVeigh's mother, Mildred Frazier, said she could not imagine the pain and suffering experienced by the people of Oklahoma -- but that she still can't believe her son caused such devastation.
His father, William, told jurors he loves his son, and asked them to keep him alive.
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Harvey


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=jmc
TAPE#net
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A soldier at Fort A.P. Hill has been indicted for murder in a fire that killed a Radford University student.
Twenty- year- old Michael Harvey of Barboursville was indicted yesterday, in the death of Christopher Mirch.
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VO-NAT
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Mirch died in a fire at the Delta Tau Chi fraternity house.
The fire started early in the morning on the back porch of the building.
Firefighters found Mirch on the floor of a bathroom.
He was given C-P-R, but died at the hospital.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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Harvey, a former Radford University student, was taken into custody last night.
Radford police say he's scheduled to be brought to the city jail today.

E-Bedford-Ax


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sly
TAPE#None
GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident


One man is dead after a accident at a roadside construction site.
Reginald Falls stepped behind a dump truck which was getting ready to unload gravel for the re-paving of the westbound lane of Route 4-60.
Police say the driver of the truck did not see Falls and struck him with the wheels of the vehicle.
Falls died at the scene.

P-Bank-Robbery


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=THa
TAPE#597-25
GRAPHIC=none


Montgomery County authorities are on a man hunt today for the suspect in bank robbery.
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VO-NAT
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The National Bank of Blacksburg on Route 4-60 was held up yesterday at gunpoint.
Authorities say the suspect apparently took a taxi to the bank and then stole the vehicle.
The taxi was recovered a short time later outside Montgomery Regional Hospital.
The suspect is described as a white male, six feet tall, wearing a gray T- shirt, faded blue jeans and aviator sun glasses.
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Bedford-Campaign


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lba
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Bi-partisan politics are taking a back seat in the race for Virginia's General Assembly -- another independent has thrown his hat in the ring.
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Bedford Delegate Lacey Putney's opponent will be another Independent.
Eric Thompson, a United Parcel Service employee, announced yesterday that he'll challenge Putney, who has served in the House since 19-62.
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Neither Democrats nor Republicans are running a candidate in the race.
If Putney wins and serves out another term, he'll tie a Virginia record for House of Delegates service set by former Speaker John Warren Cooke.

Gilmore


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#none
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As November draws closer, more rumblings about Attorney General Jim Gilmore.
The head of a state agency that protects the rights of the mentally ill stopped just short of accusing Gilmore of blocking a probe of a Central State Hospital death.
But director Sandra Reen of the agency said interviews with Central State employees have NOT even started.
Gloria Huntley died a year ago while her arms and legs were bound to a bed, even though her doctor had warned against such action.
A Gilmore spokesman denied any effort to block the rights of the agency's investigation.

GERONIMO


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


A former black panther leader is a free man this afternoon after spending 27 years behind bars for a murder he says he did NOT commit.
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VO-NAT
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10:00:00
Geronimo Pratt was released on 25-thousand dollars bail after his conviction for the 19-68 murder of a Santa Monica schoolteacher was overturned.
Prosecutors had failed to disclose their main witness was a government informant.
Pratt claims the F-B-I framed him.
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((PRATT: "MY MOTHER DIDN'T RAISE A MURDERER. THE LAST PERSON I KILLED WAS IN VIETNAM. I DIDN'T KILL ANYONE AFTER THAT." ))
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VO-NAT


Geronimo is free while prosecutors appeal, a process that could take a year.
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SPY-ARREST


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


A Georgia woman and former Army soldier is facing espionage charges.
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VO-NAT
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4:15:54
Thirty-one- year- old Kelly Warren was charged yesterday with providing classified information to the Hungarian and Czechoslovakian governments.
The alleged spying occurred more than ten years ago when the Soviet Union and its allies were considered a threat to the U-S.
Warren is considered to be part of a spy ring.
Four other people have already been convicted in that ring.
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disaster-bill


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=Washington DC


It's another day of wrangling in Congress over a disaster relief bill.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Capitol Hill/Last Night;


Democrats staged an all-night vigil at the Capitol claiming that the bill was being held hostage by the G-O-P agenda.
On Monday, President Clinton vetoed the measure because Republicans had tacked on several unrelated provisions.
G-O-P leaders say they're willing to make a compromise.
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Mash-Disbanded


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
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Major Frank Burns and Major Charles Winchester the third are in South Korea today.
It's not a re-run of the popular C-B-S T-V show "MASH."
Instead, it's the end of a long run for the real-life MASH unit that inspired the series and the movie.
Bruce Dunning reports.
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"Mash" the television show may be more famous -- but Mash -- the real thing -- has been running a lot longer.
Now like the TV show that folded its tents 14 years ago, the Army's Korea-based 43rd Mobile Army Surgical Hospital today folded its flag....the tents they'd given up years ago.
Among the real-life military brass saying good-bye to the famed unit were a couple of the actors who kept the TV Mash running for 11 seasons....and the producer who dreamed it up all up, Larry Gelbart.
Super -- Larry Linville "Major Frank Burns" My favorite experience....well..it's just.... but also of great quality. Remember Frank Burns...remember the pompous major Winchester...how about Hotlips Hoolihan...and Radar.
From 1972 to 1983, they spun comedy and pathos from the off-stage horrors of the Korean war .... for audiences grown weary of the real-life war in Vietnam.
Now the Army is phasing out its last four remaining MASH units...including the 43rd. They're being replaced with more modern, more efficient -- but obviously less funny -- units called Dep-meds....deployeable medical systems.

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"There is a sense of proper honor....."
Time and new technology have made the old hospital unit obsolete. So, like the TV show, the real-life MASH marches into history. Bruce Dunning, cbs news, tokyo.))

E-Endoscopic


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=jsu
TAPE#97-35
GRAPHIC=None


A new technique to detect gall bladder disease is being pioneered in Roanoke.
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Dr. James Dill is the FIRST in the country to use endoscopic ultrasound.
It was originally used to spot cancer.
The patient is under sedation while a gastro-scope is inserted into the esophagus until it reaches the stomach.
Using an ultrasound probe the doctor can search the gall bladder for stones and signs of disease.
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((DR. JAMES DILL/GASTROENTEROLOGIST: MANY PEOPLE SUFFER FROM GALL BLADDER DISEASE..HAVE TREMENDOUS PAIN AND THE STANDARD GALL BLADDER TEST DO NOT FIND THE PROBLEM ))
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Dill says the device has a high accuracy rate-- 94 percent.
98-percent of the people affected by the disease are women.
Research shows standard tests missed half of all cases of gall bladder disease.

E-Heritage-Grants


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=jmc
TAPE#97-26
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Southwest Virginia now has several grants for historic preservation thanks to the state.
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VO-NAT
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The city of Roanoke got five-thousand dollars to survey historic resources in the Belmont neighborhood.
Private groups and city officials say that part of Southeast has significant architectural and historical value.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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Pulaski County got ten-thousand dollars to document its early industrial development.
Grants also went to projects in Giles and Rockbridge Counties, and the town of Abingdon. WEATHER
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Champions


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=S7-12
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***Note Anchor Tag****
Our W-D-B-J high school baseball and softball teams batted a thousand last night as Glenvar, Rustburg, Grayson County and William Byrd won state championships. Steve Mason has a recap.
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((Glenvar captured the Group A state softball championship yesterday; beating Powhatan 1-nothing in a 16 inning marathon.
While it was a team effort; pitcher Amy Layman carried a gigantic load. The senior pitched 16 scoreless innings, gave up only one hit and struck out 17.
Renae Anderson knocked in Elizabeth Wilbourne in the 16th; that was the game winner as Glenvar adds some metal to it's trophy case. ((:)) ((:))
In baseball; William Byrd held it's first ever state championship trophy high. Byrd downed Tabb 4-1 in Vinton. Tommy Chambers accounted for one of those runs; bringing in Ross Blankenship on this basehit.
The Terriers ace Chris Manning ends the game on a strikeout; Byrd flies to it's first ever group 2A state championship 4-1. ((:))
In Group A; grayson County also won a baseball state title for the first time in school history.
The Blue devils beat Brentsville District 4-1 in front of 1500 fans in Independence. Adam Williams plates the eventual game winner on this basehit that scores a run. 2-1 Grayson Co in the bottom of the sixth.
Pitcher Wes Selfe did the wrest. The senior struck out 14 to lead his Blue devils to the single A title 4-1. ((:))
Congratulations to our Hometown Station winners. Steve Mason News 7 sports.)) ((
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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Rustburg won the Group 2-A softball state championship last night. The Lady Red Devils topped Loudoun Valley 2-nothing. Rustburg has won three softball state championships in the last five years.

Harris


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sma
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=UVa football


On to college football where the Philadelphia Eagles have come to terms with former Virginia star Jon Harris. Harris, who played defensive end for the Cavaliers, is the first player selected in the first round of the draft to sign a contract. The deal is for five years. No terms of the contract have been released.

Hawkins


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=S7-13
GRAPHIC=Radford


Radford University men's basketball coach Ron Bradley announced yesterday that former Highlander Chris Hawkins is R-U's new assistant coach.
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Hawkins; who wore number 11 for the Highlanders, was a point guard for Radford and was an instrumental part of the university's only Big South conference championship.
Hawkins was second team all conference selection and ranks fourth in assists and in steals for the Highlanders. The 19-92 Radford graduate has serves as Bladenburg high schools head coach in Maryland the last two years.
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SEA-MONSTER


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


Scotland has its Loch Ness Monster, the U-S and Canada have Big Foot.
Now it looks like Turkey can claim the Lake Van Monster.
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For more than two years some one-thousand people reported seeing a strange creature in Lake Van.
Images of the 50 foot creature were even captured on home video.
World famous marine biologist Jacques Costeau is planning to fly to the area and examine the lake. (----------------)