12:00-01

Mountain-Ax

ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=eea
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=fatal ax


Two people were killed early this morning when a pickup truck drove over an embankment on Mill Mountain, crashed and burned.
The driver, 25- year- old Christopher DeWeese of Salem survived. Officials say DeWeese sped off after a police officer recognized him at the Mill Mountain parking area.
Police say they were not chasing him when the accident occurred.. by the time the officer caught up with him, the truck had crashed and was burning.
Two passengers in the truck were trapped and burned beyond recognition.
Charges are pending.

p-clinics


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=am,o
TAPE#597-28
GRAPHIC=abortion


Planned Parenthood tried to stop the Parental notification law from going through, but now that the law is on the books officials say they'll comply with it.
The President of Planned Parenthood of the Blue Ridge is meeting with
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;

Roanoke's Commonwealth's Attorney Don Caldwell today for his opinion on a parental notification procedure.
Planned Parenthood says it's been supplying information about the new rule, and preparing.
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SOT 597-09 @ 45:18
IN Q=we have been getting

((DAVID NOVA/PLANNED PARENTHOOD PRESIDENT: ))
SUPER=01-David Nova/Planned Parenthood President;
RUNS=:13
OUT Q=into effect
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VO-NAT


Nova says his staff members are also working on a potential liability problem.
They are taking steps to confirm that a minor actually has her parent's permission.
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E-Welfare-Deadline


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-47
GRAPHIC=welfare in virginia


Virginia's welfare program has given way to a new work-focused system.
Yesterday the state stopped benefits to one Virginian.
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SOT 11:55:03
IN Q=If you'll

((CLARENCE CARTER/VA. DEPT. OF SOCIAL SERVICES: IF YOU'LL REMEMBER BACK IN THE BEGINNING, PEOPLE WERE PREDICTING THAT DEATH AND DESTRUCTION WOULD BE ATTENDING THIS PROGRAM AND WE WOULD BE SHOVELLING BABIES IN THE STREET. ))
SUPER=01-Clarence Carter/Va. Dept. of Social Services;
RUNS=:06
OUT Q=the street.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Charlottesville;


The news came yesterday from the Allen administration at a UPS distribution center that's hiring a few Charlottesville area welfare recipients -- as THAT region begins "workfare."
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


The first region whose two year time limit expired includes Orange County.
Lynchburg and Bedford's timetable to kick any non-working recipients out of the system comes in October.
A full third of the state, including Roanoke, has yet to even start the two year welfare-to-work timeline.

Japan-tanker


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


Cleanup efforts are continuing through the night in Japan after a tanker ran aground in Tokyo Bay.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Tokyo, Japan;


It spilled nearly four million gallons of crude oil, the worst spill ever in Japan.
The resulting oil slick left more than a dozen people sickened from the fumes and it is slowly drifting toward Tokyo.
The tanker was carrying more than SEVENTY- FIVE million gallons of oil.
Authorities say the tanker appears to have stopped leaking crude.
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E-Political-Donations


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-48
GRAPHIC=Allen


One of Governor Allen's policies is stirring up some trouble.
The head of Virginia's Department of Criminal Justice Services resigned -- saying he was a victim of what he called an "illegal, unethical, and unconstitutional" policy, handed down by the Governor's Chief of Staff.
Bruce Morris says he was told he'd have to make campaign contributions to other Republicans or forfeit his 87- thousand dollar a year job.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond/Monday;


Morris says he was told by Chief of Staff Jay Timmons -- shown here -- of
the new policy and its ramifications. SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Yesterday;


The Governor says Morris misunderstood.
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SOT 11:48:20
IN Q=It's not a

((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IT'S NOT A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT, NOR WERE THERE ANY THREATS OF FIRING. IT'S JUST SIMPLY A POLICY AND YOU'D LIKE TO FOLKS TO ADHERE TO IT.))
SUPER=@Allen;
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=to it.
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The policy asked the Governor's political appointees to donate to ALL four Republicans who ran for the attorney general's nomination ... or to none at all.
The policy is aimed at making Allen appear neutral in intra-party contests.
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p-Gilmore


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tte
TAPE#597-23
GRAPHIC=GILMORE


Former Attorney General Jim Gilmore says he didn't want Virginia to be tied to an unfavorable agreement- that's why he did NOT sue on behalf of tobacco farmers.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Danville;


Jim Gilmore told farmers yesterday instead of suing he "MONITORED" the settlement talks.
Gilmore says since the settlement, he's written to congressmen and tobacco companies urging them to protect farmers.
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SOT 27:10
IN Q=We knew

((JIM GILMORE: WE KNEW THE NEXT MOVE WAS CONGRESS AND WE WANTED TO MOVE DECISIVELY AND IMMEDIATELY IN ORDER TO NOTIFY THE CONGRESSMEN THAT WE BELIEVE THE SETTLEMENT WAS DEFICIENT IN PROTECTING OUR FARMERS AND GROWERS.))
SUPER=@Gilmore1;
RUNS=:08
OUT Q=farmers and growers
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VO-NAT


The Republican gubernatorial candidate is touring local farms, saying he wants to protect growers and their families.
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SOT 1:12:43
IN Q=I rent

((CLARENCE BRYANT/PRESIDENT, CONCERNED FRIENDS FOR TOBACCO: I RENT FROM TWO LADIES. THEIR HUSBANDS ARE DECEASED. THEY'VE WORKED ON A FARM ALL THEIR LIFE AND THEY ARE VERY DEPENDENT ON THE MONEY I PAY THEM, THAT THAT FARM HAS GENERATED. THAT'S PART OF THEIR RETIREMENT. IF THAT'S TAKEN AWAY, WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO?))
SUPER=01-Clarence Bryant/Concerned Friends for Tobacco; :03
RUNS=:22--TIGHT OUT
OUT Q=going to do
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=allen


Meanwhile, today Governor Allen is expected to announce that he's forming a task force to oversee the negotiations of the national tobacco settlement.
That task force would also make recommendations on what would be in Virginia's best interests.

Benton


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=jmc
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=legal scales


A Roanoke man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for murder.
Michael Shrawn Benton was convicted of killing Larry Edward Donahue on Chapman Avenue last September.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/January 30;


The motive is in dispute, but in a summary of the evidence today, a prosecutor said the victim allegedly approached Benton to buy drugs.
The deal went sour, and as Donahue was walking away, Benton took out a gun and fired at Donahue.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=none


The bullet hit Donahue in the back of the head, killing him instantly.

Schuller


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


The Reverend Robert Schuller is defending himself against accusations that he assaulted a male flight attendant on a weekend flight to New York City.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Garden Grove, CA;


The 70- year- old clergyman held a press conference yesterday at his Crystal Cathedral in Southern California.
Schuller's attorney says the dispute was over some carry on luggage.
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SOT

8:02:07-28
IN Q=i'm so use to approaching...
SUPER=01-Robert Schuller/Minister;
RUNS=:22
OUT Q=be considered a violation.
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VO-NAT


Schuller denies being violent, but a United Airlines spokesman says the flight attendant was injured.
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Mitchum


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


Hollywood is mourning the loss of actor Robert Mitchum.
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VO-NAT


He died yesterday at his home in California after battling lung cancer and emphysema.
SUPER=04-"The Story of G.I. Joe"-1945;


It was his role in G-I Joe that made him a star back in 19-45.
He went on to star in more than 125 films including "Cape Fear."
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SOT

7;33;09
IN Q=

((AH, COME ON YOU AINT THAT SCARED WHEN YOU COME DOWN TO IT WHAT IS THERE TO BE SCARED OF. ))
SUPER=04-"Cape Fear"-1962;
RUNS=:08
OUT Q=to be scared of.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=04-1991;


Nearly 30 years later he also had a role in the remake of Cape Fear.
Mitchum was 79.
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p-ROCK-SLIDE


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=AMO
TAPE#597-26
GRAPHIC=NONE


If your holiday plans include driving from North Carolina to Tennessee on Interstate 40, you'll need to find an alternate route.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Asheville, NC;


At least two rock and mud slides shut down a section of Interstate 40 at the Tennessee- North Carolina border.
Huge rocks the size of buses slid off this mountain in Asheville, yesterday morning.
Five motorists were injured.
Officials say the interstate likely will be closed through the July Fourth weekend.
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Hollins


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


Hollins College is seeking University status.
Within the next month Hollins President Janet Rasmussen will register a request with the State Council of Higher Education.
DOUBLE BOXES=Melanie and Ras/Microwave


President Rasmussen joins us now from Hollins with more details.
Good Afternoon President Rasmussen.
( What will this mean for Hollins?
SUPER=05-Roanoke Co.;
SUPER=01-Janet Rasmussen/Hollins College President;



Will becoming a university also mean the school might be considering co-education?

How are alumni embracing the change?

What other changes are in Hollins' future? )
Thank you President Rasmussen for giving us your time this afternoon.

E-Bank-Robbery


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-44
GRAPHIC=Bank Robbery


A suspected bank robber is in jail thanks to some quick police work and a helpful bystander.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg


A man armed with a handgun walked into this First Federal bank and demanded money.
He escaped on foot, but was spotted a few minutes later by Investigator Larry Booth.
While a citizen used Booth's police radio to direct other officers to the scene, Booth struggled to arrest the suspect.
34- year- old Darryl C. Delancey was finally caught, hiding in some nearby bushes.
He's being held without bond on robbery and firearms charges.
Police say Delancey was just paroled last fall, after serving 13 years in prison for ANOTHER bank robbery in Virginia Beach.
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OKLAHOMA-MONUMENT


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


On the same site where 168 people died two years ago at the hands of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, planners unveiled the final design for a memorial.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Oklahoma City, OK/Yesterday;

4:10;50
Out of more than 600 ideas, this is the one survivors and victims agreed spoke best.
168 empty chairs will be framed by towering evergreens, recreating the place where the walls of the Murrah building once stood.
The German design firm that won the bid says the the chairs will appear to float above their translucent glass base during the day. At night, lights will shine on every name.
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SOT
IN Q=

(( SVEN BERG/CO-DESIGNER:WE SEE THEM AS BEING A QUIET REMINDER AND THROUGH THE LIGHT AT NIGHT, THAT IT IS SOMETHING THAT CAN SERVE TO INSPIRE. ))
SUPER=01-Sven Berg/Co-Designer;
RUNS=:06
OUT Q=serve to inspire.
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VO-NAT


The monument is expected to be dedicated April 19th, 19-99.
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Shuttle-Mir


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


The crew aboard the "Mir" space station is getting ready for some crucial repair work.
They're prepping their suits and other gear for a trip next week into "Mir's" damaged module.
The goal is to restore the power Mir lost when a cargo ship cracked open the module.
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VO-NAT

10:15:43
Meantime astronauts aboard Columbia are conducting a number of experiments today.
The shuttle and the same seven crew members that flew in April lifted off yesterday afternoon.
The April flight was cut short because of a faulty generator.
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N-W-Toss
SUPER=05-Roanoke Co.;

WEATHER
SUPER=300-82/58/NW 10mph/29.88s/100/1954/47/1988;
SUPER=301-79/72/Calm/29.86f/99/1898/49/1988;

Forecasts
SUPER=X5000;
SUPER=330-Partly/Cloudy/66-70/Partly Sunny/Hot & Humid/90-94;
SUPER=331-Partly/Cloudy/68-72/Partly Sunny/Hot & Humid/92-96;
SUPER=332-Mostly Clear/Fog Late/62-66/Mostly Sunny/Less Humid/84-88;
SUPER=333-Partly/Cloudy/62-66/Partly Sunny/& Hot/86-90;
SUPER=334-Showers Possible/ Fog Late/66-70/Mostly Sunny/Less Humid/84-88;
SUPER=X5001;


Avalanche


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#net (edit of CL-97)
GRAPHIC=AVALANCHE


After a rain delay the Avalanche finally took to the diamond to claim victory over Durham.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Salem/Bulls vs. Avalanche;


When play resumed the Bulls outfield had to wait forever for this Gilbert Vidal sacrifice fly to come down in center. Ben Petrick scores. It's 2-to-nothing Avalanche in the 3rd.
SUPER=37-Durham/5/Salem/11;


Salem would strike again in the third as Elvis Pena cranks a shot to the right field corner. Two runs score, Pena gets into third and the Avalanche wins it 11 to 5.
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Tyson


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S7-14
SS=TYSON


The Nevada athletic commission met yesterday to discuss appropriate punishment for boxer Mike Tyson.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Las Vegas, NV; :00


The Commission decided to temporarily suspend Tyson from boxing in the state, plus they have frozen the nearly 30- million dollars he was to receive from the fight.
The Commission will meet again next week to determine its final disciplinary action.
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Olympic


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#net S7-
GRAPHIC=OLYMPICS


The 19-96 Olympic games gave a hundreds of athletes a chance to shine on a world stage.
Michigan native Dan Phillips, a world class swimmer, had a opportunity to earn his way onto that stage last year.
But, instead his first olympic experience is happening right here in Roanoke.
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IN Q=nat sound
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Olympic Park Pool; :00
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/1996 Olympic Trials; :26
SUPER=01-Dan Phillips/Olympic Park Head Coach; :43
SUPER=01-Linda Mecca/Olympic Park Swim Team President; :56
SUPER=01-Riley Galloway/13 Year Old Swimmer; 1:14
RUNS=1:49
OUT Q=...MS, News 7 sports."
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(( Welcome to Roanoke's Olympic Park pool, where Phillips is not swimming for medals these days, but instead coaching and teaching 125 youngsters each day. NAT SOUND
After making his mark as a swimmer at the University of South Carolina, where he knew Hootie and Blowfish long before America did, Phillips failed in his attempt to earn a spot on 96 olympic team as a freestyle swimmer, finishing 16th at the trials.
But as a coach, he appears to have all the mettle needed to succeed. ((DAN)) ((LINDA)) ((RILEY)) NAT SOUND
Phillips hopes to eventually land a job coaching in college, but for now he's content to help this group of kids have some fun, improve their strokes, and also find out how to best reach their potential.)) ((DAN))

Coaster-Marathon


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=aje
TAPE#net (edit of 04:40:22)
GRAPHIC=none


Three men in San Diego spent almost two weeks dealing with the ups and downs of competition.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-San Diego, CA;


Twenty two contestants started out on the Big Dipper roller coaster in the "Whril 'Til You Hurl" contest.
After TWELVE days and THREE THOUSAND laps of riding, eating and sleeping on the coaster, three contestants remained.
The "Three Amigos" as they are now known will each enjoy a smoother ride in the new car they each won.
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Raccoon


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


It may have sounded like a puppy, but when rescuers finally got to the scared animal...
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VO-NAT

04:47:36, 06:09:25
SUPER=03-Belmont, CA;


..it turned out to be a baby racoon.
They heard crying coming from a California storm drain and came to the rescue.
Firefighters and humane society workers completed the rescue with a fishing net.
The next stop was an animal shelter where he.. or she.. is recovering nicely. (----------------)