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IRAQ

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


Today in Baghdad an American-led weapons inspection team was prevented from carrying out its work.
Iraqi officials say the monitoring team led by former U-S Marine Scott Ritter has too many Americans...and they claim Ritter is a spy.
Randall Pinkston reports the latest from Baghdad.
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SUPER=01-Scott Ritter/UN Inspection Team Leader;:49
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TOKYO-standoff


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=standoff


A harrowing day at the Tokyo Stock Exchange and it had nothing to do with trading.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Tokyo;


An armed man took an official hostage, demanding to meet with the Japanese finance minister.
The hostage was freed six hours later and trading at the exchange was not interrupted.
That was good news because the Nikkei index closed up more than half a percent.
SUPER=03-Hong Kong;


And in Hong Kong, the Hang Seng gained more than seven percent after plunging nearly nine-percent yesterday.
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ice-storms


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=winter weather


In the Northeast, more than a half million homes and businesses are still without power this afternoon.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Champlain, NY;


Utility workers from as far away as Hawaii are trying to restore service in the region.
Yesterday, FEMA director James Lee Witt toured some of the hardest-hit areas of New York State.
SUPER=03-Montreal; :11


In Canada, electricity has been restored to downtown Montreal, but more than a million people outside the city are still without power.
At least 15 deaths have been reported in Canada.
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E-Abed


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-88
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


Jury selection is in its second day in the trial of Roanoke's alleged Abed crime family.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke


Just two of the nine defendants are out on bond, nearly a year after the racketeering indictment was returned in U-S District Court in Roanoke.
The case is expected to take six weeks to try.
With jurors coming from as far away as Cumberland County- -in hopes of finding citizens who haven't heard about the case- -the court may have to rent rooms in Roanoke for some jury members.
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E-Elections-Lawsuit


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-87
GRAPHIC=Virginia Seal


Special elections in Tidewater, Northern Virginia, and suburban Richmond could shift the balance of power in the House of Delegates.
The question over when these results can be certified is making its way through the state's courts.
Governor Allen is even suing his own appointees to the State Board of Elections-- and losing.
Ellen Qualls has this report.
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SUPER=01-John Gibney/Meadows' Attorney; :27
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Electoral Board Secretary Bruce Meadows won't allow his board to meet to certify the special election votes before Friday -- two days after the House votes on the re-election of powerful Democratic Speaker Tom Moss.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I THINK NORMAL PEOPLE THINK "AS SOON AS POSSIBLE" MEANS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THAT MEANS RIGHT QUICK, OR EXPEDITIOUSLY, OR TODAY AS OPPOSED TO THREE DAYS LATER.))
runs=:11


So Allen and Attorney General Richard Cullen took it court -- and lost.
sot 07:05:25

((JOHN GIBNEY: I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE GOVERNOR'S TRYING TO DO...PROCESS.))
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sot standup


The Governor says he will appeal.
All the legal wrangling only matters if Republicans win all three special elections -- bringing their total to 49 in the house and making Bedford Independent Lacey Putney their new best friend to force a power sharing agreement.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

E-Special-elections


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
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TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=VA Seal


Meantime the state supreme court will consider the issue today.
Last night a federal judge refused to stop local electoral boards from speeding up the certification of the three special elections for House of Delegates seats.
Judge Robert Payne ruled that the process the local boards are planning after today's elections does NOT violate the federal Voting Rights Act.
However, his decision could be moot after a Richmond Circuit Court judge ruled the State Board of Elections can wait until Friday to certify the election results.

E-Cranwell


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-94
GRAPHIC=NONE


The special elections aren't the only things making news in Richmond.
This weekend Jim Gilmore will be inaugurated.
House Majority Leader Dick Cranwell of Vinton was to introduce Gilmore at the ceremony.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond/January 1994;


Perhaps remembering the bitter cold of four years ago, Cranwell is bowing out.
He tells The Washington Post he did not want (quote) "to go out and get fitted for a morning suit and sit out in the cold. Nothing less, nothing more."
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E-Allen-Portrait


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Cut in
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-86
GRAPHIC=George Allen


Meantime as Governor Allen prepares to leave office, his mark is being left at the state capital,
Or rather his image.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


His official portrait was unveiled yesterday.
He stands tall in front of columns.
But the artist tried to portray his warmth with the color scheme.
Governor Allen had a chance to talk about the painting, despite a slight interruption.
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SOT 04;22:54
IN Q=Each and every

((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: EACH AND EVERY ASPECT OF THAT PAINTING-- YOU HAVE KIDS CRYING... FRIGHTEN THE BABY. ACTUALLY IT WAS YELPING IN JOY AND HAPPINESS.))
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VO-NAT


Allen's portrait takes its place among the other governors just outside the office he'll vacate this weekend.
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Low-Taxes


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=VA Seal


Despite the dreaded personal property tax, the Commonwealth is a low tax state.
That's the finding of a new study conducted by a University of Virginia economist.
It found Virginians paid an average of 98-dollars and 25-cents in state and local taxes for every thousand dollars of income in fiscal 19-94.
That's the fifth lowest in the country -- after Alabama, Tennessee, New Hampshire and Missouri.
The national average per thousand was 113 dollars and 57 cents.

E-Halifax-Student


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=djo
TAPE#97-93
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


A Halifax County high school student who claims she was raped now faces sexual misconduct charges.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Halifax Co./July 1997;


The teenage girl alleged she was sexually assaulted by two 16- year- old students while two others played watchdog.
She says a teacher finally walked in and stopped the attack.
A Judge rejected the girl's rape claims.
Prosecutors say evidence showed the girl was not forced into sexual relations.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


The girl has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sodomy and one fornication charge.
Each of the boys were charged with one count of sodomy and one was charged with fornication.
They both pleaded "no contest" to all of the charges.

S-Sakellaris


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=chu
TAPE#97-90
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


Lawyers presented evidence in a million-dollar lawsuit against three Danville police officers.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=04-File Tape;


Sam Sakellaris, Junior says he was beaten by three officers during a routine traffic stop.
This is what Sakellaris looked like after the alleged attack in February 19-94.
The officers say they did nothing wrong... and say it was Sakellaris who started throwing punches.
The civil trial got underway yesterday in federal court in Danville and is expected to last through the week.
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E-City-Firefighters


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-82
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Seal


Whether or not local judges will be able to rule on grievances generated by the consolidation of Roanoke's Fire and E-M-S Departments is still unclear.
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VO-NAT


Last year, a group of employees unsuccessfully challenged the policy that requires them to serve on ambulance crews.
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Fifteen- year veteran Ron Mathews says the standards he agreed to when he was hired did not include emergency medical service.
He has returned to court with what he contends are new issues.
But Chief Jim Grigsby says the new grievance is identical to the one the court rejected last year.
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E-Bedford-Supes


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


Some extra money for Bedford County could translate into some extra input from residents.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Bedford


Many of them spoke out at last night's board of supervisors meeting.
The supervisors learned that Bedford County is looking at a 13 percent growth in revenue this year.
That's the highest increase the county has seen in recent memory.
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((KATHLEEN GUZI/DEPUTY CO. ADMINISTRATOR: OVERALL, ALL OF THE REVENUES FOR THE GENERAL FUND HAVE INCREASED BY OVER 13 PERCENT, THAT'S MADE OF REVENUE INCREASES FROM OTHER GOVERNMENTAL SOURCES THAT WOULD INCLUDE MONEY WE RECEIVED FROM THE CITY OF BEDFORD, THE COMMONWEALTH, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.. THAT HAS INCREASED BY MORE THAN TEN PERCENT.))
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VO-NAT


Guzi (GUZZ-ee) says the increase was spurred by the residential growth Bedford County has experienced.
That growth means the county needs things like new schools.. the board will decide how MANY in two weeks.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


But some residents last night said they want more input on the budget process.
One taxpayers group is asking that the first half hour of every supervisors meeting be devoted to public discussion about spending.

E-Tech-Study


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=THa
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=NONE


One in ten jobs in information technology in America is vacant.
That's according to a survey conducted by Virginia Tech.
Federal officials are addressing the issue.
The Clinton administration is planning to provide MILLIONS of dollars in educational grants.
The money will be used to help industry attract and train workers.
A nationwide job bank will also be posted on the Internet.


E-Blood-Supply


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tbr
TAPE#97-96
GRAPHIC=Red Cross


Roanoke's chapter of the American Red Cross is searching for blood donors.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file;


The Red Cross says bad weather kept donors away from holiday blood drives and now inventories are below emergency levels.
Healthy donors of all types are needed.
The Appalachian Region Red Cross supplies blood to 44 hospitals and nine dialysis centers in the area.
To donate blood, you must be healthy, at least 17- years- old and weigh at least 110 pounds.
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Septuplets


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=JHa
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=septuplets


The McCaughey's (mih-KOY's) welcome home two more of their septuplets.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;

7:34:02
Weighing just over five pounds each, two of the boys, Brandon James and Joel Steven were released from Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines.
They join their brother, Kenneth, who went home on January third.
Four of the world's only known surviving septuplets still remain in fair condition.
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E-Parachutes


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=eea
TAPE#97-85
GRAPHIC=NONE


One of the teams attempting to rack up another first with a round the world balloon flight called it quits just after it began.
Dick Rutan and Dave Melton survived their bail out last Friday thanks to a Roanoke connection.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Near Yeso, NM;


When the two balloonists jumped to safety, the bright orange parachutes that carried them to the ground came were custom made in Roanoke.
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Butler Parachute Systems designed a parachute and survival pack with life raft, oxygen tank and emergency supplies so the men could survive a bail-out anywhere from Africa to Siberia.
Sunday Rutan left a message on their answering machine saying thanks.
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IN Q=yea, the message

((DICK RUTAN/YEA THE MESSAGE AT THE BEEP IS FROM DICK RUTAN, WANNA CALL MANLEY AND THANK HIM FOR AN OUTSTANDING PARACHUTE, ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND DAVE MELTON, GOOD JOB GUY, YOU OUGHT TO BE PROUD OF YOURSELF AND YOU SAVED OUR BUTTS.
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MANLEY BUTLER/BUTLER PARACHUTE SYSTEMS; WE'RE REAL PROUD OF OUR PRODUCT AND EVERYBODY HERE THAT PARTICIPATED IN BUILDING IT, EVERYBODY IN THE BUILDING THAT YOU'RE LOOKING AT HAD A PIECE OF IT ))
SUPER=02-Dick Rutan/Balloonist;
SUPER=01-Manley Butler/Butler Parachute Systems; :16
RUNS=:24
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VO-NAT


Manley Butler met Rutan 11 years ago when he designed the parachutes for the famous round-the-world "Voyager" flight.
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WEATHER
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SUPER=301-48/89/Southwest 8mph/30.10f/74/1932/-3/1886;

Forecasts
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SUPER=331-Clear/& Colder/24-28/Increasing Clouds/& Cool/41-45;
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SUPER=X5001;




CBS-NFL


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=NFL


C-B-S will soon say welcome home to the N-F-L.
The network has clinched a four billion-dollar, eight-year deal to televise American Football Conference games, which had been on N-B-C.
C-B-S sports says the deal will start in the 19-98 football season and will include two Super Bowls.
Fox, meanwhile, is paying four billion to continue televising National Football Conference games.

Mora


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=net (edit of FB97-5)
GRAPHIC=Colts


Within the N-F-L.. The Indianapolis Colts hired Jim Mora as the team's new head coach yesterday.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN; :00


At a news conference; he was flanked by Colts president Bill Polian and team owner Jim Irsay. Mora starts from scratch with a 3 and 13 team. He coached the New Orleans Saints for 10 years and then spent some time as a TV analyst, but is now anxious to rebuild the Colts.
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UVA


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#net (edit of BB98-2)a
GRAPHIC=Tech/UVA


The Virginia Cavalier scored a victory against Virginia Tech last night.
Roy Stanley has this report.
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SUPER=01-Curtis Staples/13 Points; 1:02
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Promo


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NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=NONE


News 7 is now bringing you the latest morning news on weekends with take Wknd Am Promo 9403essC
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News 7 Saturday Morning and News 7 Sunday Morning.
From 8 to 9, Denise Allen and Andrew Freiden will have the latest new, weather and sports, plus some special features like weekend diner.
This Saturday Andrew will be cooking with our own Patrick Evans.
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Matchbox


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


Those little Matchbox cars are made to look so real, but in one town on Long Island, they almost are.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Ridge, NY


Second-graders at the only elementary school in Ridge, New York, won a Matchbox contest and the honor of having their town's name emblazoned on the tiny die-cast emergency trucks and school buses.
The students showed their mettle by re-creating their town and pointing out the importance of community service vehicles.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


The students also picked up 25,000 dolalrs for their school.