12:00-01

School-shooting

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


In Mississippi, an eleventh grader is under arrest for allegedly shooting several people after killing his mother.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Pearl, MS;


The shootings occurred at a high school near Jackson and police say it stemmed from a troubled romance.
Two people were killed, included the alleged gunman's ex-girlfriend.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


Four others were wounded.
Police say earlier the teen killed his mother by slashing her throat.
The wounded were taken to area hospitals.
Their conditions do not appear to be life-threatening.

israel


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=mideast peace


In a goodwill gesture, Israel today released the ailing spiritual leader of the Palestinian militant group, Hamas.
(shayk AHK'-mehd yah-SEEN') Sheik Ahmed Yassin is now in Jordan after Jordan's King Hussein urged Israel to take positive steps to salvage mideast peace.
Jesse Schulman reports.
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7:00:36
IN Q=
SUPER=03-Central Israel; :00
SUPER=03-Jerusalem, Israel; :36
SUPER=01-Jesse Schulman/Reporting; :44 (NO SU)
RUNS=1:00
OUT Q=JESSE SCHULMAN, CBS NEWS, Jerusalem.

((
SHEIKH AHMED YASSIN WAS RELEASED FROM AN ISRAELI PRISON WHERE HE WAS SERVING A LIFE SENTENCE, AND FLOWN BY MEDICAL EVACUATION HELICOPTER TO THE JORDANIAN CAPITAL OF AMMAN.
THE AILING MUSLIM CLERIC WAS THE FOUNDER OF THE ISLAMIC RADICAL GROUP HAMAS AND ITS SPIRITUAL GUIDE.
PALESTINIANS HAD LONG CALLED FOR HIS RELEASE ON HEALTH GROUNDS - BUT THEY ARE TODAY CONDEMNING ISRAEL'S DECISION TO DEPORT HIM TO JORDAN INSTEAD OF ALLOWING HIM TO RETURN TO HIS HOME IN THE GAZA STRIP.
ISRAEL'S GOVERNMENT SAYS IT RELEASED YASSIN IN PART BECAUSE OF HIS FAILING HEALTH.
THE SIXTY ONE YEAR OLD IS PARALYZED, PARTIALLY DEAF AND SUFFERS FROM CHRONIC AND SUFFERS FROM CHRONIC INFECTIONS.
AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT SAYS PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU AGREED TO THE RELEASE AT THE REQUEST OF JORDAN'S KING HUSSEIN AS A GOOD WILL GESTURE TO HELP THE PEACE PROCESS.
BUT THERE'S ALREADY SPECULATION OF MORE CYNICAL MOTIVES, RANGING FROM FEAR OF HAMAS REVENGE SHOULD YASSIN DIE IN ISRAELI CUSTODY, TO THE UNCONFIRMED SPECULATION YASSIN'S RELEASE COULD HAVE BEEN PART OF A SECRET SPY SWAP.
JESSE SCHULMAN, CBS NEWS.))


E-Power-Line


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-68
GRAPHIC=Powerline


An announcement from American Electric Power lets Craig County off the hook,

but as Joe Dashiell reports Bland and Tazewell Counties sit in the new path of a high-voltage power line.
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SOT
IN Q=A-E-P selected
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Dan Carson/American Electric Power; :26
SUPER=@Joe2; :49
RUNS=1:02
OUT Q=JD News 7


((A-E-P selected its new preferred route and five alternatives with the help of experts from Virginia Tech and West Virginia University.
The company claims the latest plan has the least impact on people and the environment.
Opponents have questioned the need for a new 765-kilovolt line, but AEP hasn't built a new backbone here since 1973, and the company claims the region risks major outtages without the construction.
SOT
IN Q=It's becoming very critical

((DAN CARSON/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: IT'S BECOMING VERY CRITICAL. CONSTRUCTION OF THE LINE IS IMPERATIVE. IT'S CRUCIAL FOR OUR BEING ABLE TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE RELIABLE SERVICE IN THIS AREA. IT'S CRUCIAL TO THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE HAVE IN THIS SOUTHWEST AND WESTERN VIRGINIA REGION.))
RUNS=:18
OUT Q=western va region.


The 132- mile route crosses the state line west of Bluefield. It moves south through Bland and Tazewell counties which weren't a part of the previous plan.
The proposal may face new opposition there, but A-E-P officials hope a new approach will help them complete a project that's already four years behind schedule.
Joe Dashiell News 7))

5-AEP-Reaction


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=THa
TAPE#597-38
GRAPHIC=Powerline


The change of location is NOT the announcement some power line opponents were hoping for.
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VO-NAT


The Giles County group, "Citizens Organized to Protect the Environment", believes the new route is actually worse than the old one--
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./File Tape;


And that it appears to impact even MORE people.
Cliff Shaffer (SHAY-FER) says his argument is still the same-- that the power line is NOT needed.
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SOT
IN Q=Our primary

((CLIFF SHAFFER/POWER LINE OPPONENT: OUR PRIMARY POSITION, IS THAT THIS POWER LINE, IS NOT INTENDED TO SERVE THE PEOPLE OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA BUT INSTEAD TO ALLOW AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER TO SELL MORE ELECTRICITY, OUT OF STATE, AND OUT OF THIS REGION. ))
SUPER=01-Cliff Shaffer/Power Line Opponent; :09
RUNS=:16
OUT Q=of this region. (quick out!!)
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


Shaffer says his group has been in contact with Bland County concerning the powerline.

JET-COLLISION


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=plane crash


At Denver International Airport three people were injured in an early morning collision between a shuttle bus and a cargo jet.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Denver, CO;

10:15:25
It happened on a taxiway at the airport.
The driver of the bus, which transports airport employees, and the jet's co-pilot were among the injured.
There is no word yet on who was responsible for the crash.
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WIPE/WIPE/WIPE

TWA


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=WIPE/WIPE/WIPE/
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


Federal investigators believe they know what caused that streak of light that more than 200 people reported seeing just before T-W-A flight 800 crashed.
A new study by the C-I-A says it wasn't a missile- but the plane itself breaking up and spilling burning fuel after a mid-air explosion.
The cause of the explosion is still unknown.
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NICHOLS


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=Nichols, Terry


The jury selection process inches along today in Denver, where Terry Nichols is on trial for the Oklahoma City bombing.
Yesterday the Judge got into a verbal sparring match with one prospective juror.
The man, who was a computer programer, said he thought computers could do a better job than humans at decided guilt or innocence.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


Meanwhile, an appeals court has denied Nichols' civil challenge to the death penalty in the bombing case.
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Bickley


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tfl
TAPE#97-70
GRAPHIC=legal scales


A Wythe County man who allegedly made threatening comments to an I-R-S employee over the phone was found not guilty this morning in federal court.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


David Bickley says he was upset with the government because they owed him money.
Last March he called the I-R-S and told a female employee to get a gun and shoots him to end his misery.
Bickley says he does NOT regret what he did, but he has learned a lesson from the experience...
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SOT 1:21:42
IN Q=I have

((DAVID BICKLEY:I HAVE TO BE A LITTLE MORE CAREFUL OF WHAT I SAY...OR HOW I SAY IT))
SUPER=01-David Bickley/Defendant;
RUNS=:05
OUT Q=say it
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VO-NAT


A Federal Judge says Bickley comments were indecent and insensitive, but there was not enough evidence to prove Bickley intended to harm anyone.
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Girls-Girls


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


Jurors have asked for a V-C-R and lunch as they deliberate the obscenity case against the Roanoke night club, "Girls, Girls, Girls."
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday;


This morning the jury heard closing arguments and was given final instructions before begin deliberations about an hour ago.
The panel of five women and three men must decide if the nude dancing is offensive or whether it has some redeeming artistic, political or social value.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


News 7 at five and six will have the latest information.

SPACEWALK


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


The crews on the space shuttle "Atlantis" and the Russian space station "Mir" are gearing up for a "first" today.
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VO-NAT

7:08:06
An astronaut and a cosmonaut will venture out for a five-hour spacewalk.
While a spacewalk is NOT unusual, this will be the first time that a person from outside the U-S will conduct the walk from an American ship.
The American- Russian team will retrieve four experiment boxes that were attached to Mir's docking module last year.
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tv-ratings


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=tv ratings


Parents are now getting some additional warnings about how appropriate T-V programs are for their children.
Letters warning parents about violence, language and sexual content were added today to the current ratings system.
N-B-C executives have refused to go along with amended system, citing constitutional concerns.

S-Ward-System


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tja
TAPE#97-61
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal


Representation on Roanoke's City Council is being debated.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The Committee For Better Representation wants city voters to approve the November referendum which would create a ward system.
City council would then consist of five districts, with one Council member elected to represent each district, and the mayor and vice-mayor elected at large.
Currently all members represent the city at-large.
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SOT=12:36:53
IN Q=A district system

((BILL BESTPITCH/COMMITTEE FOR BETTER REPRESENTATION: A DISTRICT SYSTEM PUTS COUNCIL MEMBERS CLOSER TO THE PEOPLE THEY REPRESENT, GIVING YOU MORE DIRECT ACCESS TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVES ON CITY COUNCIL. DISTRICT MEMBERS WILL PROMOTE A GREATER FOCUS ON NEIGHBORHOOD ISSUES))
SUPER=01-Bill Bestpitch/Comm. For Better Representation;
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=neighborhood issues.
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VO-NAT


Opponents to the ward system believe it would pit city neighborhoods against each other.
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E-Women-Count


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#597-37
GRAPHIC=campaign 97


In the Commonwealth, it's doesn't appear to be the political year of the woman.
If every female candidate in the House of Delegates races wins -- the percentage of women would remain about the same.
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SOT 10:32:01
IN Q=Right now

((CLAUDIA SALOMON/MAKE WOMEN COUNT: RIGHT NOW WE HAVE 21 WOMEN IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. THAT'S 15- PERCENT OF OUR LEGISLATURE... SO WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO.))
SUPER=01-Claudia Salomon/Make Women Count; :00
RUNS=:17
OUT Q=way to go.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


The bi-partisan group "Make Women Count" announced its endorsements yesterday and heard from Don Beyer and Roxane Gilmore.
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SOT 10:36:32
IN Q=I think

((DEL. JEAN CUNNINGHAM: I THINK VIRGINIA IS VERY MUCH STILL THE OLD SOUTH. WE TALK TALK ABOUT IT BEING THE NEW DOMINION, BUT THERE'S STILL A LOT OF THE OLD DOMINION HERE. AND IT WILL TAKE SOME MOVING AND PROMPTING AND SOME RECOGNITION BY MEN I THINK OF THE POTENTIAL FOR THE FEMALE VOTE: YOU GET IT MOBILIZED AND YOU COULD HAVE A REAL PROBLEM.))
SUPER=01-Del. Jean Cunningham/(D) Richmond;
RUNS=:22
OUT Q=a real problem.
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VO-NAT


Make Women Count contributes money and expertise to female candidates of any party.
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Farming-Campaign


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


Virginia's candidates for governor campaigned for farm votes yesterday at the State Fair of Virginia.
Both Democrat Don Beyer and Republican Jim Gilmore embraced a ten-point initiative to promote agriculture and forest products.
The candidates appeared separately at a forum sponsored by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation and the Virginia Agribusiness Council.
The groups are pushing "The Ag Initiative," which calls for farm-friendly policies and a balance between environmental protection and landowner rights.

Young-Farmers


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=aje
TAPE#net (edit of 97-62)
GRAPHIC=Farming


And there isn't any place more farmer friendly than Halifax County, where a couple was just named Virginia's "Young Farmers of the Year."
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Halifax Co.;


Not only do Dan and Sara Reese grow tobacco, but pumpkins, strawberries, even okra also share the land.
Don Reese wants to be prepared in case the government eliminates tobacco.
Health advocates wonder why all farmers don't make the switch -- from tobacco to veggies.
But Don Reese admits he could not feed his family on vegetables alone.
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SOT
IN Q="It's a lot more

(( ))
SUPER=01-Don Reese/Young Farmer of the Year;
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=cantaloupe you grow."
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VO-NAT


Another moneymaker is the family store which helps insure they can keep their farm.
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Cold-Cure


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=medical news


It's not a cure for the common cold, but close.
Researchers say they've successfully tested a new medicine that attacks the cold virus itself, not just its effects.
The announcement was made at a medical convention in Canada.
But store sales are still years away.

Road-Watch


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=afr
TAPE#97-71
GRAPHIC=NONE


An unlikely alliance begins today-- It's an effort to improve safety along Interstate 81.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


State police enlisted truckers to improve safety along Virginia's Highways.
It's all part of a new campaign called "Road Watch."
State Police vehicles are being outfitted with C-B Radios-- and they will communicate with Truckers who will provide extra sets of eyes and ears.
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SOT 10:24:20
IN Q=some of the

((GERALD MASSENGILL/STATE POLICE: SOME OF THE FINEST FRIENDS WE HAVE ON THE HIGHWAY ARE THE TRUCKERS. AND AS YOU SEE IN MANY INSTANCES, WHEN OUR TROOPERS NEED HELP, ASSISTANCE OF ANY TYPE, NORMALLY, THERE'S A TRUCKER THERE TO RENDER THAT ASSISTANCE. ))
SUPER=01-Lt. Col. Gerald Massengill/Virginia State Police;
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=that assistance
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VO-NAT


State Police officers monitor C-B Channel 9 for distress calls, and they encourage commuters to dial "pound-7-7" when they spot an emergency.
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Richmond-Hotel


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


A historic Richmond landmark is getting a second chance at grandeur.
A trip to the auction block proved beneficial for the John Marshall Hotel.
Michael Ford has the story.
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IN Q=
SUPER=03-Richmond; :00
SUPER=01-Ralph Spencer/Harrison & Bates; :14
SUPER=01-Greg Granger/Owner's Son; :43
SUPER=01-Helen Inconstant/Realtor; 1:02 QUICK
SUPER=01-Michael Ford/Reporting; 1:08
SUPER=01-Gil Granger/Highest Bidder; 1:12
RUNS=1:23
OUT Q=cbs news


Global-Climate


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=sly
TAPE#None
GRAPHIC=NONE


Anyone at the White House needing a weather forecast is in luck today.
Hundreds of meteorologists are attending a conference on global climate issues like global warming.
They're also being allowed to do their forecasts from the White House lawn.
News 7 Chief Meteorologist Robin Reed is there, and he will report live during News 7 at Five and News 7 at Six.

WEATHER
SUPER=300-62/54/W 12/29.97R/90/1953/32/1993;
SUPER=301-67/47/NW 9/29.93R/93/1933/34/1993;

Forecasts
SUPER=X5000;
SUPER=330-Clear & Chilly/Light Winds/38-42/Sunny &/Cool/65-69;
SUPER=331-Clear, with/Diminishing Winds/38-42/Sunny Skies/Light Winds/65-69;
SUPER=332-Clear &/Very Chilly/35-39/Sunny/Skies/65-69;
SUPER=333-Clear &/Cold/32-36/Sunny,/Unseasonably Cool/58-62;
SUPER=334-Mostly Clear/Light N Winds/30-35/Sunny &/Cool/62-66;
SUPER=X5001;


Dominion-Business


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mfe
TAPE#97-65
GRAPHIC=NONE


Dominion Business School is now a full fledged college.
And Dominion College has the right to issue degrees.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


In addition to the name change, Dominion moved to a bigger building, has new Internet- ready computers, medical lab upgrades and even a mock doctor's office.
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SOT 06:15:08
IN Q=We feel as though

((KATHLEEN DUNCAN/DIRECTOR, DOMINION COLLEGE: WE FEEL AS THOUGH WITH A NEW LOCATION WE'RE CENTRALLY AS I SAID, THAT THE HIGH SCHOOL POPULATION MIGHT BE A POTENTIAL TARGET FOR US.))
SUPER=01-Kathleen Duncan/Dominion College;
RUNS=:06
OUT Q= target for us.
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VO-NAT


For now Dominion will offer just one degree, they say they're looking to expand.
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Yanks


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S7-14
GRAPHIC=YANKS/INDIANS


The defending world series champion Yankees made it clear they are determined to be two-time winners.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Indians vs. Yanks - FOX; :00


After falling behind 6 to 1 after four innings the Yankees completed a most unlikely comeback with three homers in a row in the 6th inning courtesy of Tim Raines, Derek Jeter and Paul O'Neill.
SUPER=35-Cleveland/6/New York/8/Yankees Lead 1-0;


The Yankees win game one 8 to 6.
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Braves


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S7-11
GRAPHIC=BRAVES/ASTROS


The Braves opened their best of five against the Astros on a winning note yesterday.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Atlanta/Astros vs. Braves - ESPN; :00


The Astros put up quite a fight.
But the first pitch of the second inning spelled their doom as Ryan Klesko lifts this Darryl Kile pitch out of Turner Field.
It would be the last hit the Braves would get all game.
But Atlanta wins it 2 to 1 as Greg SUPER=35-Houston/1/Atlanta/2/Game One;

Maddux strikes out seven in a complete game gem.
Game two is later this afternoon.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=MLB


Also in the national league, Florida beat San Francisco 2-to-1.

Sight


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S7-8
GRAPHIC=TEE OFF FOR SIGHT


The wind couldn't keep a bunch of area golfers from taking to the links for charity in the 16th annual Tee off for Sight event at Hunting Hills yesterday.
Prevent Blindness of Virginia was the big benefactor, and the big guest was the P-G-A tour's Chip Sullivan.
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SOT
IN Q="I can't believe...

((CHIP SULLIVAN/213TH IN MONEY EARNED ON TOUR:))
SUPER=01-Chip Sullivan/213th in Money Earned on Tour; :00
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=...BEEN BACK."
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Tech


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#TF97-1
GRAPHIC=TECH FOOTBALL


The 12th ranked Hokies are back home this Saturday taking on Miami of Ohio.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Saturday; :00


The Hokies are coming off an easy 50 to nothing blowout win over Arkansas State.
But Frank Beamer says the 3 and 1 Red Hawks, who beat Army this past Saturday, will be a much tougher opponent.
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SOT
IN Q="I'm not sure...

((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
RUNS=:22
OUT Q=...READY TO PLAY."
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Peddle-Paddle


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


And finally this afternoon,
Bike fans now have a new way to cycle on water.
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VO-NAT

05:01:45
SUPER=03-Amarillo, TX;


Texas resident Jay Perdue invented the amphibious bicycle.
He says it's easy to ride and impossible to tip over.
"Peddle-Paddle" sells for under 400 dollars and begins mass production next spring.
No word on whether this set of water wheels will be making its way to Smith Mountain Lake. (----------------)