12:00-01

Bedford-Explosion

ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sta
TAPE#=97-85
GRAPHIC=Explosion


Investigators are sifting through the rubble left when a home in Chamblissburg exploded, killing one man.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;


A neighbor said the explosion rattled his windows and sent a cloud of smoke into the air.
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SOT 08.26.30 - 08.26.45
IN Q=I was sitting

((MIKE HAMMER/NEIGHBOR: I WAS SITTING ON THE COUCH AND MY WINDOWS STARTED RATTLING AND I LOOKED TO MY LEFT AND LOOKED BACK IN THE WOODS AND I SAW A LITTLE BIT OF FIRE AND THEN A BIG MUSHROOM AND A LOUD EXPLOSION THEN I CALLED 911.))
SUPER=01-Mike Hammer/Neighbor;
RUNS=:15
OUT Q=called 911.
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VO-NAT


The incident happened at the home of Danny and Maria Beckner along Saunders Road off route 6-16 in Chamblissburg last night.
The explosion and fire blew off the roof and gutted the inside of the home.
Officials are still trying to identify the body.
They say Maria escaped the fire and was taken to a nearby hospital.
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Explosion-Update


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


For the latest, let's turn to Steve Smallshaw, who's at the Chamblissburg
Double Boxes=Melanie and Steve/Microwave

Rescue Squad Building, near the scene of last night's explosion.
Steve what can you tell us?
Live=Steve Full/Microwave
SUPER=@Ssm1;
SUPER=05-Bedford Co.;
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Double Boxes=Melanie and Steve/Microwave




Henry-Murder


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=jmc
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=murder investigation


An elderly man was found dead in his home in Henry County yesterday morning.
Authorities say the victim was 70- year- old John Henry Yancey, Senior of Bassett.
Yancey's son found him lying in a pool of blood in an upstairs bedroom.
The son told investigators that he heard his father coughing and went upstairs to check on him.
The cause of death has not been determined.

IRAQ


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=iraq conflict


U-N weapons inspectors are back in Iraq today.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Manama, Bahrain;

8:05;28
Under an agreement brokered by Russia, Baghdad has promised to let members of the U-N special commission.. including Americans go back to work as soon as tomorrow.
The U-N hopes the Iraqis will provide free and unconditional access to all sites believed to be hiding weapons of mass destruction.
But it's made no promises about lifting economic sanctions.
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4:01:41
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((BILL RICHARDSON, US AMBASSADOR: 'THERE HAVE BEEN NO CARROTS, NO CONCESSIONS, NO WINKS, IN FACT MAYBE IRAQ BLINKED." ))
SUPER=01-Bill Richardson/U.S. Ambassador;
RUNS=:06
OUT Q= Iraq blinked.
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VO-NAT


Despite the inspectors' return, the U-S military buildup is continuing.
The aircraft carrier U-S-S "George Washington" is due to arrive in the Persian Gulf later today.
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CHINA-DISSIDENT


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


A leading Chinese dissident who spent 18 years in prison held his first press conference this morning.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-New York, NY;


Wei Jingsheng (way jeeng-shuhng) came to the United States after the Chinese government released him from prison Saturday and put him on a plane to Detroit.
The 47- year- old former electrician spent the week hospitalized there, undergoing treatment for hypertension and other ailments that worsened during his time in prison.
Wei (Way) arrived in New York last night.
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SEPTUPLETS


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


The remarkable development of the McCaughey (McCoy) septuplets took a giant leap forward today, when doctors removed one of the babies from its breathing machine.
Maureen Maher reports from Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.
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11:30update window
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SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Shaw/Methodist Medical Center;
SUPER=03-Carlisle, IA;
SUPER=01-Kenny McCaughey/Father of Septuplets;
SUPER=04-The Late Show With David Letterman;
SUPER=01-Maureen Maher/Reporting;
RUNS=:00
OUT Q=cbs news, Des Moines.

((
IT IS A MAJOR DEVELOPMENT FOR THE MCCAUGHEY FAMILY. THE LARGEST AND APPARENTLY STRONGEST OF THE BABIES, KENNETH, HAS BEEN TAKEN OFF THE VENTILATOR AND UPGRADED FROM SERIOUS TO FAIR CONDITION.
DR. ROBERT SHAW: "HE'S BREATHING ON HIS OWN... CUTEST LITTLE CHEEKS, ETC."
BOBBI MCCAUGHEY REMAINS IN GOOD CONDITION, AND COULD GO HOME IN A COUPLE OF DAYS.
NOW, DOCTORS ARE STARTING TO THING ABOUT HOW, OR IF, SHE'LL BE ABLE TO NURSE 7 BABIES. DR. SHAW:, STILL WAITING TO SEE HOW BOBBI'S MILK PRODUCTION IS DEVELOPING.
BOBBI MCCAUGHEY COULD BE HEARD FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE BIRTH, WHEN THEY PLAYED A PORTION OF PRESIDENT CLINTON'S CONGRATULATORY PHONE CALL. VOICE OF PRESIDENT CLINTON AND BOBBI MCCAUGHEY, "YOU'LL DO GREAT. YEA, IF I DON'T END UP IN A STRAIGHT-JACKET FIRST.
THE MCCAUGHEY'S HOME TOWN OF CARLISLE IS ENGULFED IN SEPTUPLET FEVER. THERE ARE BALLOONS, SIGNS AND SMILES EVERYWHERE IN THIS SMALL TOWN WHOSE POPULATION HAS JUST TAKEN A QUICK JUMP. THE FAMILY IS GETTING DONATIONS OF EVERYTHING FROM GROCERIES TO A BRAND NEW VAN. THE PROUD FATHER IS FILLED WITH GRATITUDE, BUT DOESN'T WANT A CIRCUS ATMOSPHERE.
KENNY MCCAUAGHEY, FATHER OF SEPTUPLETS: BUT USE THE LATTER PART OF THE BITE WE DIDN'T USE YESTERDAY)
BUT THERE'S NO GETTING AROUND THE FACT THAT THE MCCAUGHEY SEPTUPLETS ARE THE TALK OF THE NATION.
"THE FAMILY IS ACCEPTING DONATIONS... OH MY GOD... LAUGHTER... SO.")
THEY'LL BE ABLE TO HOLD BABY KENNY SOON FOR THE FIRST TIME Maureen Maher, CBS News, Des Moines.))

E-Preemies


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Dal
TAPE#97-77
GRAPHIC=NONE


Premature births are the norm in multiple birth pregnancies.
Doctors say the (McCoy's) babies beat the odds just by being born.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


In fact, doctors say in most cases, the more fetuses there are the earlier the birth.
Preemies such as these often have to be placed on breathing machines for several weeks.
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((DR. CAREY WINKLER/ MATERNAL FETAL MEDICINE: THEY CAN HAVE SOMETIMES SIGNIFICANT VISION PROBLEMS CAN HAVE FEEDING PROBLEMS, TEMPERATURE INSTABILITY OR GETTING YELLOW JAUNDICE. BUT THEN AGAIN MOST OF THOSE ARE SHORT TERM PROBLEMS.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Carey Winkler/Carilion Maternal Fetal Medicine;
RUNS=:15
OUT Q=short term problems
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


And if the birth occurs before the 32nd week, the baby's brain might not be fully developed-- putting him at risk of birth defects such as Cerebral Palsy and mental retardation.
Dr. Winkler says the McCaugheys (mih-KOYs) should know within a few weeks whether the babies will experience any severe problems.

Parents-Owe


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=va seal


Driving could soon become difficult for Virginia parents who neglect to pay child support.
In a program launched in the last few weeks, metal "boots" are attached to cars to immobilize the vehicles until the parent agrees to a payment schedule.
The steel boots are blue and pink -- to remind parents of their neglected sons and daughters.

NS-Waste


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=sgo
TAPE#97-
GRAPHIC=Norfolk Southern


Earlier this year, News-7 ran a series of reports about Norfolk Southern's system of waste disposal on its trains.
Today, there's an update.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=04-File Tape;
tape #97-19


N-S says it will replace its "dry hopper" system...
A system that has workers onboard N-S trains relieving themselves in plastic bags.
Unions and railroad workers have complained that the dry hoppers are unsanitary.
And as News-7 reported, farmers in Bedford County say they've found bags filled with human waste on their property.
N-S officials say they don't have a timeline for when the new toilets will be installed.
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TWIN-verdict


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


A California women could spend 25 years in prison for trying to kill her twin sister.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Santa Ana, CA;

4:14:06
A jury yesterday found Jeen Han guilty of conspiring with two teenage boys to murder her sister, Sunny Han.
Jeen Han was also convicted of burglary and false imprisonment for sending the two teenagers to tie up her twin and a roommate.
Sunny Han foiled the plot by calling the police.
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CHICAGO-FIRE


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


Chicago firefighters say at least six people were injured this morning in a four-alarm blaze at an apartment building.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Leyden Township, IL;

7:20;46
Some people were seen hanging out of second and third floor windows when firefighters arrived.
Firemen helped several escape the smoke and flames by carry them down ladders.
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((ROY YOUNG, RESIDENT: BIG FLAMES-- GLASS CAME OUT THE WINDOW. KESHA RICHARDSON/ HELPED VICTIMS I WAS SO SCARED, I GRABBED A BLANKET, IT LOOKED LIKE A GAS FIRE BECAUSE THE APARTMENTS KEPT EXPLODING. ))
SUPER=01-Roy Young/Resident;:01
SUPER=01-Kesha Richardson/Helped Victims; :10
RUNS=:19
OUT Q=KEPT EXPLODING.
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VO-NAT


Gas is the suspected cause, but fire officials are still investigating.
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E-Henry-Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tbr
TAPE#97-70
GRAPHIC=Fatal Fire


A fire killed Henry County family Wednesday when a wood stove set their home ablaze.
There was nothing firefighters could do.
While not all fires are preventable, officials say there are things residents can do to protect themselves.
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SUPER=02-Rodney Howell/Henry Co. Fire Marshall
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=away from it
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VO-NAT


Fire Marshall Rodney Howell says departments will inspect any home for free at the owner's request.
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(( ))
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VO-NAT


Howell adds smoke detectors with fresh batteries are essential.
Residents should also have an escape plan in case of fire.
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E-Rt-114


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mfe
TAPE#97-89
GRAPHIC=NONE


Some Montgomery County are concerned at the rising death rate on route 1-14.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;


Last night they took their concerns to the Virginia Department of Transportation and state police.
Most in the crowd agreed that the road should be widened, but that step is a long way off.
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SOT 08:47:51
IN Q=Years, unfortunately,

((JIM SHULER/DEL BLACKSBURG: YEARS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE STATE OF VIRGINIA HAS GOT 40 BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF IDENTIFIED ROAD PROJECTS, AND OF COURSE THAT IS NOT AN ANSWER FOR THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE ON 114.))
SUPER=@Shuler
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=live on 114.
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VO-NAT


Many were looking for more immediate solutions-- slower speeds, better lighting or more D-U-I checkpoints.
State police spokesman Sergeant F.W. Duffy says drinking and driving by students travelling between Radford and Virginia Tech is a big part of the problem.
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SOT 08:56:33
IN Q=I think

((I THINK THERE IS SOME EDUCATION THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED AT THE UNIVERSITY'S OWN DRINKING AND DRIVING. THERE ARE A LOT OF PARTIES THAT ARE HELD AT FRATERNITY PARTIES THAT THE YOUNGER KIDS CAN GET BEER.)) ((JOHN HESS/RESIDENT: I THINK ITS PROBABLY UNFAIR TO BLAME IT ON TECH STUDENTS AND RADFORD STUDENTS. GRANTED THAT POPULATION PROBABLY HAS MORE ABUSE OF ALCOHOL, BUT THERE ARE LOCAL RESIDENTS THAT ALSO ABUSE ALCOHOL.))
SUPER=01-F. W. Duffy, Jr./Virginia State Police; :
SUPER=01-John Hess/Resident; :12
RUNS=:25
OUT Q=abuse alcohol
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


V-DOT says it is considering making improvements to the road condition, but reminds drivers to be extra-cautious.

Car-Tax


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=personal property tax


Eliminating the personal property tax could cost Virginia almost double what Governor-elect Jim Gilmore estimated.
State budget analysts say implementing Gilmore's No-Car-Tax campaign pledge will cost as much as two- point- eight billion dollars.
Democrat Joe Gartlan of Fairfax said he expects even some Republicans to balk.
But G-O-P committee members said they'll find a way to deliver on Gilmore's promise.

Harvests


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


This summer's drought will soon be felt throughout Commonwealth.
It left below-average harvests for Virginia's cotton, corn, soybean and peanut crops.
Cash receipts from the four crops totaled 309 million dollars last year.
Agricultural economists haven't yet estimated the year's losses.
Supplies of the four crops are up elsewhere, which means prices will stay low.
Most of Virginia's tobacco crop is irrigated, so the drought did NOT cause much tobacco damage.

E-Children's-Museum


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-88
GRAPHIC=NONE


There will soon be a place in Lynchburg where children can make almost any dream come true, from performing a heart transplant to milking a cow.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg


Architects yesterday unveiled plans for "Amazement Square", a new hands-on children's museum along the city's riverfront.
Ideas for the exhibits came from focus groups made up of BOTH adults and children.
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SOT 10:49:19
IN Q=The hard part

((TOM JIVIDEN/MUSEUM COMMITTEE: THE HARD PART IN A CHILDREN'S MUSEUM IS APPEALING TO ALL THE DIFFERENT AGE RANGES. WHAT WE TRIED TO DO ARE EXHIBITS THAT TOOK KIDS FROM 2 TO 3 ALL THE WAY UP TO 12 TO 14 AND KIND OF ENGAGED ALL THOSE DIFFERENT INTERESTS, SO IT'S A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING.))
SUPER=01-Tom Jividen/Museum Committee; :00
RUNS=:17
OUT Q=bit of everything.
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VO-NAT


The project will cost about four million dollars.
It should be open for business in 19-99.
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5-Donnelley


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=sgo
TAPE#597-43
GRAPHIC=Donnelley


If you're looking for a Christmas present...there's a new book on the store shelves today.
The very first book all about the Roanoke region rolled off the R-R Donnelley presses.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


It's a 170-page coffee table book that displays the area's geography and economic growth.
A group of local businesses and the Regional Chamber of Commerce produced the opus.
And a native Roanoker snapped all the pictures.
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SOT 12:14:16
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((BARRY WRIGHT/PHOTOGRAPHER: I LOVE THE AREA AND HAVE ALWAYS APPRECIATED THE NATURAL BEAUTY THAT WE HAVE HERE. AND SO I ALWAYS CONSTANTLY PHOTOGRAPH IT ANYWAY. ))
SUPER=01-Barry Wright/Photographer;
RUNS=:09
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VO-NAT


The book includes profiles of local businesses and business leaders.
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WEATHER
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SUPER=301-45/82/South 5mph/30.09s/78/1913/15/1968;

Forecasts
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SUPER=332-Rain/til Midnight/40-44/Mostly/Cloudy/48-52;
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SUPER=334-Rain/Tapering Off/40-44/Cloudy/Showers Possible/46-50;
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Green


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S7-19
GRAPHIC=NBA


Your sports record books are now outdated.
The latest page should include the N-B-A's modern day Iron Man as he put his name in the books last night, much like Cal Ripken did in 19-95 in the major leagues.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX/Sports Channel; :00


Dallas Mavericks forward A.C. Green played in his 907th consecutive game last night as the Mavs hosted the Golden State Warriors.
The 34- year- old Green broke the mark set by former Buffalo star Randy Smith, who was in attendance last night along with Mr. Ripken himself.
The N-H-L's Iron Man Doug Jarvis also took in the game, along with Spiderman, who dropped in out of the ceiling to give A-C a commemorative jersey with number 907 on it.
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UVA-Trouble


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=aje
TAPE#net (edit of VF97-1)
GRAPHIC=UVA football


Virginia football player Antwoine Womack is in the legal penalty box.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=04-File Tape;


The freshman tailback is accused of striking an 18- year- old woman on November 9th at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house.
Womack was released yesterday on bond.
A hearing is set for December 12th.
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FSU


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#net (fb97-2)
GRAPHIC=NCAA COLLEGE FB


This weekend's big national game has number one Florida State at 10th ranked Florida in Gainesville.
It's a rematch of last year's Sugar Bowl in which the Gators chewed up the Seminoles.
Florida's quarterback Thad Busby has been unstoppable passing the ball this season, but the folks over at Florida are looking for the ground game.
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((STEVE SPURRIER/FLORIDA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Steve Spurrier/Florida Head Coach; :03
RUNS=:11
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WIPE TO BIG PINNACLE-essC
And lucky for you the game is right here on Your Hometown Station this Saturday afternoon at 3:30 LIVE from the swamp.
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FFE


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#FB97-5
GRAPHIC=FFE LOGO


After a week's worth of preparation it's time for the regional championships.
Here's a look at the Friday Football Extra schedule for this weekend.
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Human-Flag


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


You'd think next week's holiday was flag day instead of Thanksgiving.
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VO-NAT

04:54:38, 05:12:54
SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX;


One man in Texas has found a unique way to exercise.
He poses as a human flag.
Germaine Munoz (moon-YOZE) does this just about every day. (----------------)