[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A convicted killer is executed in Jarratt for a 19-87 Mass murder in Amherst.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And Operation Rescue lodges charges against Liberty University involving child pornography.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[SS=None]


Not a bad day we've got going, but clouds will move back in tonight, bringing some rain by morning, and maybe even a thunderstorm tomorrow. I'll have your complete forecast, along with basketball from the NCAA and NBA.
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.[Buchanan]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#98-7]
[GRAPHIC=Death Penalty]


As a teenager he killed four members of his Amherst County family, and a decade later Douglas Buchanan has paid for it with his life.
Joe Dashiell reports on last night's execution.
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[SUPER=01-Tammy Brown/Operations Officer; :00]
[SUPER=@File;:22]
[SUPER=01-Steve Smallshaw/Media Witness; :48]
[SUPER=@Joe1; 1:10]
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[E-Leftwich-Guilty]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#98-11]
[GRAPHIC=Murder]


The death penalty could also be imposed in the case of a man who admits he killed a North Carolina woman after stealing her pocketbook.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=How say you to this ]

((HOW SAY YOU TO THIS INDICTMENT GUILTY OR NOT GUILTY. GUILTY.))
[SUPER=03-Danville;]
[RUNS=:03]
[OUT Q=guilty or not guilty? Guilty.]
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[VO-NAT]


Joe Adrian Leftwich pleaded guilty yesterday in Danville Circuit Court to ten charges including capital murder and robbery.
He admits he shot Teresa Anderson Hayes in the head in December 1997.
She was found dead in her car on Chatham Avenue in Danville.
Leftwich faces the death penalty on the capital murder charge and a maximum life sentence on the robbery charge.
His sentencing has been postponed while the case is still being investigated.

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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sly]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Jerry Falwell]


Reverand Jerry Falwell is coming under fire from an unlikely source--abortion opponents.
Operation Rescue is accusing Liberty University of selling child pornography.
The group says the campus bookstore sold a copy of a book that contains nude photographs of children.
A Liberty spokesman denies the allegation and says Falwell will hold a news conference later today to respond.
Falwell criticized Operation Rescue director Flip Benham for leading an abortion protest last fall at Lynchburg's E-C Glass High School.

[Clinton-Probe]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#Net]
[GRAPHIC=Bill Clinton]


House leaders are apparently in agreement on the first step toward impeachment proceedings -- if the investigation of President Clinton comes to that.
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[VO-NAT]


"The Washington Post" reports that a small group of House members -- would be assigned to look at the evidence that prosecutor Kenneth Starr has gathered.
Meantime, Starr's grand jury wraps up another week of investigation into the President's relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
[SUPER=03-Las Vegas, NV;]


Lewinsky's name came up during a speech given by President Clinton yesterday in Las Vegas.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

(( HECKLER SAYING "MONICA, GO TO HELL," AUDIENCE MEMBER RESPONDING "SHUT UP!" CLINTON SAYING, "I COULDN'T HAVE SAID IT BETTER MYSELF" ))
[RUNS=:05]
[OUT Q=it better myself.]
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[VO-NAT]


The White House later said Mr. Clinton did not hear what the heckler said.
Starr is investigating the possibility of obstruction of justice and perjury involving President Clinton.
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[Salmonella]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#Net]
[GRAPHIC=Food Safety]


The Clinton administration is about to get behind what could be a revolutionary technique in food safety.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]


The process to be announced by the Agriculture Secretary this afternoon kills salmonella in chickens.
A product called Preempt contains 29 harmless bacteria that reduce the possibility salmonella and other harmful microbes will grow inside chickens.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=Food Safety]


The process involves spraying chicks with a solution allowing them to peck at their wet feathers and ingest the solution.
When this bacteria grow, they shut out the harmful organisms.

[Kosovo]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#Net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Today is the deadline set for Serbia to withdraw its forces from the troubled province of (KOH'-soh-voh) Kosovo or face tough new sanctions.
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[7:00:40]
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[VO-NAT]


More than 40-thousand took to the streets of Pristina in the province of Kosovo (KOH'-soh-voh) this morning to protest against the Serbian government and what they say is its police action against the ethnic Albanian community.
The U-S and Europe are calling on Serbian authorities to immediately open a dialogue with representatives of the Albian community.
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[CO-Nino]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#Net]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]


Don't tell Colorado residents winter ends tomorrow.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Denver, CO;]


Wide parts of the state are digging out from a storm that dumped up to three feet of snow yesterday.
Meantime, it looks like it's goodbye El Nino.
A government forecaster says the storms that clobbered much of the country will taper off in the next few weeks.
The effects may linger though. Record wet and warm temperatures have created a record season for pollens and molds, meaning misery for millions of allergy sufferers.
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[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead on News 7 at Noon, Roanoke City police are led on a chase that ends with the suspect crashing his car,
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[VO-NAT ]


and in New York City, public school children won't have to worry about what to wear to class anymore. Those stories are coming up when the news continues. First let's check in with Patrick in the weather center...
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[Talent=Patrick]

[Wx-Tease] [Weatherpro] [music up full] [comm1]

[NY-Uniforms]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#Net]
[GRAPHIC=Education]


The Board of Education in the nation's largest school district has voted unanimously to recommend uniforms for its half-million elementary school students.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


One New York City Board member says the policy will allow students to focus on their studies and not worry about their clothing.
Some parents are expressing opposition to the plan.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=All students]

((PARENT: STUDENTS SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO DECIDE WITH THEIR PARENTS, WHAT IS APPROPRIATE DRESS FOR SCHOOL. PARENT: AND WE QUESTION WHERE THE ANALYTICAL DATA IS THAT CORRELATES UNIFORMS WITH INCREASED PERFORMANCE.))
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[OUT Q=wearing of uniforms.]
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[VO-NAT]


The provision affects all pupils from kindergarten to fifth grade.
Eventually, it could be expanded to all ages, about a million students.
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[Radford-TAP]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-4]
[GRAPHIC=Education]


A Roanoke public service group says it will recruit students to Radford University and offer jobs after graduation -- in exchange for staff training at the college.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Total Action Against Poverty, also known as TAP, signed an agreement with Radford.
TAP hopes to send more of its young participants and faculty to study at Radford.
The group says it will sponsor college fairs and job opportunities for Radford students.
Radford president Douglas Covington says he wants more students to volunteer.
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[SOT 10:53:41]
[IN Q=This year I've been]

((BENNIE KELLY: THIS YEAR I'VE BEEN ... ALREADY WORKING WITH FAMILIES.))
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[OUT Q=with families]
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[VO-NAT]


The two organizations also say by applying for grants together they stand a better chance of receiving funds for research and training.
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[E-Police-Chase]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-8]
[GRAPHIC=Police Chase]


A stabbing suspect tried unsuccessfully to run from Roanoke police last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


City police were responding to a stabbing in the 16-hundred block of Eastern Avenue.
Police pursued the suspect once his car was spotted a few blocks away from the fight.
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[SOT=09:11:57]
[IN Q=IN THE VICINITY]

((VICINITY G.C. HURLEY/ROANOKE CITY POLICE; IN THE VICINITY OF WILLIAMSON AND ORANGE, THE HOOD OF THE CAR FLEW UP AND THE DRIVER COULDN'T SEE WHERE HE WAS GOING. SO HE HAD TO LEAN OUT THE WINDOW AND CONTINUED DOWN ORANGE AVENUE, TURNED SOUTH ONTO 8TH STREET, MADE A LEFT ON MCDOWELL AND ENDED UP WRECKING INTO A TELEPHONE POLE.))
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[OUT Q=A TELEPHONE POLE.]
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[VO-NAT]


The man then fled the scene on foot, but was caught a few blocks later.
The stabbing victim was transported to the hospital.
The names of the suspect and victim were not released.
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[E-Greenfield]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-2]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A citizens group in Botetourt County wants to tie two issues together--they say the restoration of a business park on an old plantation should not move forward unless a school with significant ties to local black history is re-named.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


The Botetourt Countywide League says William Clark Middle School is an important part of local history, built before integration for African-American students only.
It was known back then as Central Academy and league members want that name restored.
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[IN Q=They loved it]

((REEDIE WAID: THEY LOVED IT. THEY TOOK CARE OF IT. IT WAS THEIR LIFE. THEY HAD LOTS OF OCCASIONS THERE OF FELLOWSHIP AND IT MEANT A GREAT DEAL TO THEM, MORE THAN ANY SCHOOL I'VE EVER KNOWN.))
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[VO-NAT]


League members say the county is ignoring the school's significance -- so it should NOT preserve slave quarters on the former Greenfield plantation.
They say they have written to the Virginia Historic Society to BLOCK funding for Greenfield, which is also slated to include a business park and recreation site.
The county administrator says the league should not tie its school campaign to the future of Greenfield, because the park will benefit all residents.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


The school board says it's willing to compromise with the league.



[Mfume]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-6]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The aftermath of the Gene McKinney trial continues.
McKinney is suing one of the women who accused him of sexual harrassment.
The former Army Sargent Major was acquitted of most of the charges brought against him.
There had been accusations that the prosecution of McKinney was racially motivated, but one civil rights leader says it's time to put the matter to rest.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


N-double-A-C-P President Kweisi Mfume(Kwa-EE-see oom-FOO-may) was in Southwest Virginia last night for a speech at Virginia Tech.
He says his organization was concerned about the McKinney case, after several black drill sergents were prosecuted for sexual misconduct at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds.
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[SOT 3:07:35]
[IN Q=while there's]

((KWEISI MFUME/NAACP PRESIDENT; WHILE THERE'S NO CONNECTION HERE, IT HAS CAUSED US AT LEAST TO LOOK AT THIS IN A SPECIAL SORT OF WAY, AND HOPE QUITE FRANKLY THAT IT WOULD FIND IT'S LOGICAL CONCLUSION, IT HAS DONE THAT. I THINK THAT FEELINGS ON BOTH SIDES OF THIS OUGHT TO BE PUT BEHIND US AND WE OUGHT TO FIND A WAY TO MOVE ON. ))
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[VO-NAT]


Mfume is traveling to college campuses like Virginia Tech because he says the leaders of tomorrow are sitting in the classrooms today.
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[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Up next on News 7 at Noon, Patrick Evans has the latest on your warm Thursday forecast,
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[VO-NAT ]


And residents of one Roanoke neighborhood can finally put their stamp of approval on the post office's supervision practices...We'll explain when the news continues.
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[E-Postal-Service]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-3]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Postal Service has been checking up on some of its employees, and that caused some confusion in one northwest Roanoke neighorhood.
David Johnson explains.
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[IN Q=A Barberry]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jacqueline Brown/Northwest Resident; :14]
[SUPER=01-Billy Martin/Roanoke Postmaster; :46]
[SUPER=@David2; :59]
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[OUT Q=NEWS 7.]

(( A Barberry Avenue resident didn't know what to think when she witnessed the mail carrier make his usual delivery, only to have another individual, who didn't live in the neighborhood, drive up behind him and start going through the mail.
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[IN Q=I NOTICED HOW]

((JACQUELINE BROWN/NORTHWEST RESIDENT; I NOTICED HOW HE WAS LOOKING THROUGH THE MAIL AND IT REALLY CONCERNED ME. SO I CAME OUT FOR HIM TO SEE ME AND MY GRANDDAUGHTER CAME OUT. THAT WAS THE REASON WHY I DIDN'T GET HIS LICENSE NUMBER, BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON.)) [RUNS:16]
[OUT Q=WAS GOING ON.]


With the news of a recent scam involing people who go through the mail of others, stealing pre-approved credit cards and making purchases, the community grew alarmed.
But the post office says this time it was nothing more than STREET SUPERVISION.
[SOT=05:05:50]
[IN Q=THE SUPERVISOR WAS]

((BILLY MARTIN/ROANOKE POSTMASTER; THE SUPERVISOR WAS CHECKING THE STREET TIME FOR THIS PARTICULAR ROUTE AND ALSO WAS CHECKING FOR THE ACCURACY OF THE MAIL THAT WAS DEPOSITED IN THE MAILBOX TO ENSURE THE RIGHT MAIL WAS GOING TO THE RIGHT BOX.)) [RUNS:16]
[OUT Q=THE RIGHT BOX.]


Postal route inspections are conducted on a regular basis.
Martin says mail theft in the Roanoke area is actually pretty uncommon.
Still citizens who fear their mail is being stolen or tampered with are advised to call the police or local post office.
David Johnson, News 7.))

[Waltrip]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=Mike]
[TAPE#R-39]
[SS=Darrell Waltrip]


Darrell Waltrip has announced he is selling his entire racing operation after this weekend's race at Darlington.
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[VO-NAT eng#]
[SUPER=03-Harrisburg, NC/January; :00]


Just last Tuesday, the 51 year old Waltrip announced he had terminated his sponsorship agreement with Speedblock, Hechinger-Builders Square after the companies failed to live up to their contractual obligations.
Waltrip says he already has had to spend more than one million dollars out of his own pocket this season to keep his team afloat.
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/February;]


He is currently 40th in the points race and hasn't won a race since September of 1992, but his P-R director Keith Waltz told News 7 Waltrip does NOT plan to quit driving.
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[WVU]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=Mike]
[TAPE#FB97-5]
[GRAPHIC=FINAL FOUR]


The men's NCAA tournament resumes today with the regional semi-finals.
In one of the more interesting matchups in the west, 10th seeded West Virginia takes on third seeded Utah.
The players know little about their counterparts, and the two coaches know even less about each other.
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[IN Q=BITE]

((GALE CATLETT/WEST VIRGINIA HEAD COACH:)) ((RICK MAJERUS/UTAH HEAD COACH:))
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[SUPER=01-Rick Majerus/Utah Head Coach; :21]
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[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=Mike]
[TAPE#bb98-3]
[GRAPHIC=FINAL FOUR]


In other tournament action slated for tonight, North Carolina takes on Michigan State, in the friendly confines of the Greensboro Coliseum.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="Back in 86...]

((TOM IZZO/MICHIGAN STATE HEAD COACH:)) ((ANTAWN JAMISON/UNC JUNIOR FORWARD:))
[SUPER=01-Tom Izzo/Michigan State Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Antawn Jamison/UNC Junior Forward; :18]
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[OUT Q=...OUR BEHALF."]
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[**Wipe to Pinnacle board 99050**]
That game will get underway around 7:39, and then tonight's late game has Maryland taking on defending national champ Arizona in the other West region semi-final.
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[Lynch]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=Mike]
[TAPE#VF97-2]
[GRAPHIC=George Lynch]


George Lynch knows all about the NCAA tournament. Back in 1993 he led the North Carolina Tarheels to the national championship.
This year he's been trying to lead the Vancouver Grizzlies to respectability.
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[VO-NAT ENG#]
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Sunshine Network; :00]


Last night George and the Grizzlies were in Miami taking on the Heat and P.J. Brown who can't hit the jumper, but sure can follow up the miss and clean up the mess.
Big George would answer that with some agressive offensive board work of his own. He had 12 points last night. He's averaging 8 points and 5 rebounds a game this season.
But Lynch couldn't keep the Heat from pulling off a 94-to-91 win and in the process handing Vancouver its 50th [SUPER
=32-Vancouver/91/Miami/94;]

loss of the year. The Grizzlies, who have just 15 wins all season, have now loss 11 straight on the road.
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[wipe wipe wipe][Drexler]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=Mike]
[TAPE#extra/FB97-3]
[GRAPHIC=Wipe Wipe Wipe]
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[VO-NAT]


In other N-B-A news, Houston Rockets' star Clyde Drexler was named the new head basketball coach at his alma mater, the University of Houston.
The former member of Phi Slama Jama gets a five year contract and the challenge of turning around a losing program.
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[SWALLOWS]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#Net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The little birds that put a Southern California city on the map are suppose to fly home today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]


This is St. Joseph's Day, the day swallows traditionally return to the mission at San Juan Capistrano.
The feathered flyers wing their way back 75-hundred miles from their winter homes in Argentina.
But the past several years have seen more tourists at the 200-year-old mission than swallows. (----------------) Reconstruction work at the mission appears to be keeping them away.