[FIRES]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#none--ROLL FROM NEWSPATH]
[GRAPHIC=Brush Fires]


Thirty thousand more people on Florida's east coast have been forced to flee their homes as wildfires continue to spread.
Homes in Flagler County, between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine are in most jeopardy.
Even before today's evacuations, some 40-thousand people were ordered out of their homes in Brevard and Volusia counties.
A Federal Emergency Management Agency official says there are fires to the north, south and west and the big concern is that they'll all converge into one big blaze.
And that very well could happen.
The weekend forecast calls for more dry, windy weather and no chance for rain.
Lee Cowan has the latest from Volusia County.
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[SOT]

[11:30-UPDATE WINDOW]
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[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting;]



[SUPER=05-Ormond Beach;]
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[OUT Q=CBS News]

(( WEATHER CONDITIONS WERE SOFTENED JUST ENOUGH LAST NIGHT TO GIVE FIREFIGHTERS A SLIM EDGE. BUT BEFORE THEY KNEW IT, THAT EDGE, WAS GONE WITH THE WIND.
(( NAT AM FLAMES ))
GUSTS OF UP TO 20 MILES AN HOUR FANNED FLAMES INTO A FURY.

(( RESIDENT SOT ))

"looked outside, and saw a wall of flames coming at me."
RESIDENTS IN FLAGER COUNTY, JUST TO THE NORTH OF WHERE SOME OF THE WORST FIRES HAVE BEEN BURNING, HAVE NOW BEEN ADVISED TO EVACUATE, MOST OF THE COUNTY, BEING ASKED TO LEAVE.
(( LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS )) "These are exactely the kind of flare up fire fighters are worried about. 30 second ago, there was nothing there, now look at it. (whoosh of water )."
IT HAS BECOME A TREACHEROUS PATTERN HERE IN THE WOODS OF CENTRAL FLORIDA. DESPITE THE FACT IT'S PREDICTABLE, IT'S NOT STOPABLE. FIRE FIGHTERS CAN ONLY PLAY CATCH UP BY ENGAGING IN A BIZZARE GUESSING GAME WITH MOTHER NATURE.

(( SOT FIRE?? ))


IT'S UNCLEAR AT THIS POINT JUST HOW MANY OF THE ESTIMATED 350 THOUSAND RESIDENTS IN FLAGER COUNTY WILL HEAD THE WARNING TO LEAVE. MANY ARE PLANNING TO SAY, AND FIGHT IT OUT THEMSELVES. WITH RESOURCES ALREADY STRETCHED TO THE LIMIT, IT MIGHT BE THEIR ONLY CHANCE. LEE COWAN, CBS NEWS, VOLUSIA COUNTY.))

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[E-Taylor]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#98-46 40:24]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A lawsuit against Blacskburg police officers has been thrown out of court.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/August 9, 1995;]


Maurice Taylor was shot and killed in 19-95 while police were trying to arrest him.
Taylor was shot 12-times after he pointed a fake handgun at three police officers attempting to arrest him inside the drug store.
His mother filed a wrongful death suit.
The judge who dismissed the case wrote that the use of deadly force in this incident was justified and that it was Taylor who set the deadly chain of events in motion.
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[S-Branham]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#98-31 TC 1:59:49]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


Murder charges have been certified in the Amherst case of a game of horseshoes that turned deadly.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Amherst]


Police say 29-year old Kenneth Eugene Branham of Amherst County killed one man and wounded two others during a party on Memorial Day weekend.
Branham allegedly used a 12-guage shotgun to kill Richard Lee Eubank and wound Bobby Beverly and Ricky McDaniel.
Authorities believe Eubank was an innocent bystander when Branham went to confront Beverly and McDaniel about an argument they'd had earlier in the day.
Branham faced a preliminary hearing yesterday and may be indicted by a grand jury in October.
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[wipe wipe wipe][Simmons-Plea]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=net-G; from 97-11, 4-23-97]
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[vo-nat]
[super=04-File Tape]


Meantime a double murder in Harrisonburg results in a 20-year prison sentence for the suspect.
Brent Simmons is accused but not convicted of murdering two James Madison University students in 1996.
The victims were his former girlfriend, Margaret Olson, and her new boyfriend, Keith O'Connell.
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[anchor=Melanie]
[ss=hold]


Simmons' trial earlier this year ended in a mistrial when the jury deadlocked.
Relatives of the victims objected to the plea agreement.
But Circuit Judge Porter Graves says he agreed to it because of the strong chance for Simmons' acquittal.



[Tibbs-Sentence]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


A woman convicted in the slaying of Stacey Hanna has been sentenced to life in prison.
Hanna was murdered shortly after she moved from Lynchburg to Richmond last year.
Yesterday 19-year-old Kelly Ann Tibbs burst into tears as her sentence was read.
Tibbs then turned to Hanna's mother and apologized.
Three other women were convicted in the murder.
Authorities say Hanna was killed because she interfered in a lesbian relationship.



[CLINTON-china]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net-E]
[GRAPHIC=Bill Clinton]


President Clinton is on his way home from China.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Hong Kong;]

[9;08:09]
He wrapped up his nine day visit the way he started it, by urging the country to improve human rights.
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[SOT]

[10:08:24]
[IN Q=Clearly]

(( CLINTON:CLEARLY, CHINA IS CHANGING, BUT THERE REMAIN POWERFUL FORCES RESISTING CHANGE, AS EVIDENCED BY CONTINUING GOVERNMENTAL RESTRICTIONS ON FREE SPEECH, ASSEMBLY AND FREEDOM OF WORSHIP.. ))
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[OUT Q=AND FREEDOM OF WORSHIP.]
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[VO-NAT]

[10:13:16]
Before heading back to the U-S the First Family did a little shopping.
Clinton, Hillary and Chelsea walked through Hong Kong's shopping district, where the President stopped to shake a few hands.
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[WIPE/WIPE]

[ireland]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net-H]
[GRAPHIC=wipe/wipe/wipe]
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[VO-NAT]


At a Presidential news conference today Mr. Clinton appealed to Northern Irleand to give peace a chance by giving the newly-elected Belfast Assembly a chance.
[SUPER=03-Bangor, Northern Ireland; :09]


Violence is on the rise again.
Arsonists in Northern Ireland struck two Protestant church buildings and a Catholic school today, just days after ten Catholic churches were burned.
[SUPER=03-Belfast; :19]


The attacks come as a militant Protestant group called the Orange Order promises to march into a Catholic neighborhood despite a ban on the march.
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[SOT]

[10:15]
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(( CLINTON:I THNK IT'S VERY IMPOSSIBLE...THE BIGGER PICTURE IN THE MOMENT. ))
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[OUT Q=THE BIGGER PICTURE IN THE MOMENT.]
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[VO-NAT]


The march has sparked widespread violence for the past three years.
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[fireworks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net-A]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Fourth of July fireworks display has proved deadly in Independence, Ohio.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Independence, OH;]


A twelve-year-old girl was killed last night when a rocket misfired and exploded into a crowd.
A 76-year-old woman was also hurt. She's hospitalized in serious condition.
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[SOT]

[7:16:19]
[IN Q=A big gold]

(( SCOTT LADUE/WITNESS A BIG GOLD FIREWORK.. IT LOOKED LIKE A DUD... SUPPOSE TO GO HIGH IN THE AIR. ))
[SUPER=01-Scott Ladue/Witness;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=TO GO HIGH IN THE AIR.]
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[VO-NAT]


Two others people were treated for minor burns.
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[E-Hemp-Store]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=98-54 98-54]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Blue Ridge Hemp Company brings a product to downtown Roanoke that some say is a solution to the tobacco debate.

But local police are keeping an eye on hemp, a marijuana look-alike.
Stacey Martin has the story.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Hemp has had]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :05 QUICK!!]
[SUPER=01-Kerry Underwood/Owner; :17]
[SUPER=03-Vinton; :25]
[SUPER=01-W. F. Brown/Vinton Police Department; :32]
[SUPER=04-File Tape; :40 QUICK!!]
[SUPER=@Stacey2; :49]
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[OUT Q=SM, News 7, Roanoke.]

((Hemp has had a twisted history in the U-S--now add one more knot--soap, rope--yes, even camel-colored Adidas tennis shoes, ALL made of 100 percent hemp-- giving customers at this store a new look at an old fabric.
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[SOT 16.18.24 - 16.18.34]
[IN Q=Usually when they]

((KERRY UNDERWOOD/OWNER: USUALLY WHEN THEY LEAVE HERE THEY HAVE A DIFFERENT IDEA ABOUT HEMP AND THEY DON'T FEEL THE SAME WAY.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=lot of questions.]


While hemp is a close cousin, it's NOT marijuana, though you'd have a hard time convincing officers of the law, who may think suspected growers were trying to string them along.
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[SOT 15.32.37 - 15.32.45]
[IN Q=If we would]

((LT. W.F. BROWN/VINTON POLICE DEPT.: IF WE WOULD GO INTO A HOUSE AND THEY HAD SEVERAL DIFFERENT PLANTS AS WE HAVE DONE BEFORE AND THEY WOULD TRY TO EXPLAIN TO US THAT THEY WERE GROWING THIS FOR HEMP ROPE I WOULDN'T BELIEVE IT.)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=wouldn't believe it.]


That's because growing ANY type of cannibas was banned in the United States in the 1970s.
However, Underwood gets around the law by importing only finished products.
And, while he's in business to make a profit, he's hoping hemp will help revive the future of farming.
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[SOT 16.19.45 - 16.19.54]
[IN Q=Our farmers are]

((KERRY UNDERWOOD/OWNER: OUR FARMERS ARE GETTING READY TO LOSE THEIR ONLY CASH CROP WHICH IS TOBACCO. AND, EVERYONE KNOWS THAT AND EVERYONE YOU TALK TO KNOWS THAT TOBACCO IS ON ITS WAY OUT. WHY NOT GIVE THEM HEMP TO GROW?)) [RUNS09]
[OUT Q=hemp to grow?]


After all, Underwood says, they'd only be taking a hint from the past.
Stacey Martin, News 7, Roanoke.))

[E-Carilion]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=98-44 44:56]
[GRAPHIC=Carilion]


Carilion has earned an award thanks to a revolutionary system that beams X-rays from one hospital to another.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The health-care company won Bell Atlantic's "Excellence in Networking Award" for this fiber-optic network.
It lets Carilion move lots of patient information in a short amount of time.
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[IN Q=in some cases]

((DR. WAYNE GANDEE/RADIOLOGIST: IN SOME CASES THAT'S CRITICAL IN TERMS OF LIFE SAVING. OTHER TIMES IT'S A MATTER OF CONVENIENCE. IN EITHER CASE, THE MORE WE CAN REDUCE THE WAIT TIME FOR THE PHYSICIAN AND THE PATIENT, THE BETTER THE CARE PROVIDED.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Wayne Gandee/Radiologist;]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=CARE PROVIDED]
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[VO-NAT]


The quality of images transmitted on the system is almost as good as old-fashioned x-rays.
And the images can be sent from remote clinics to Roanoke Memorial Hospital in a matter of minutes.
Carilion was chosen from among 460 Virginia companies to receive the networking award.
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[E-Lime-Kiln]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=98-49 33:27]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Lime Kiln Theater has more than artistic performance on the line-up for fall.
A primary goal of the Lexington theater is now efficiency.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington;]


Jennifer Anderson took the top position at the Lime Kiln last month.
She says congressional cuts to funding for the arts have made it harder for local theatre groups to survive.
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[SOT 18.14.19 - 18.14.32]
[IN Q=Things have changed]

((JENNIFER ANDERSON/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: THINGS HAVE CHANGED A LOT IN THE ECONOMY AND MONEY OF COURSE IS HARDER TO COME BY SO WE'RE HOPING JUST TO MAKE THINGS RUN A LITTLE MORE EFFICIENTLY--FIND SOME NEW SOURCES FOR FUNDING TO MAKE THINGS RUN A LITTLE BETTER, A LITTLE SMOOTHER IN THE CHANGING ECONOMY.))
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Anderson/Executive Director;]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=the changing economy.]
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[VO-NAT]


The theater has already shortened its season--showing two instead of three shows to cut costs.
Anderson said they're also offering a raffle to raise money later this summer.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


The theatre is in its fifteenth season and is currently featuring the off-broadway musical, Oil City Symphony.

[E-Cat-Vaccine]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tfl]
[TAPE#=98-48 23:26]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Vaccinations may keep your pet healthy, but one veterinarian says a popular vaccine could prove deadly to some cats.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; ]

The chance of an indoor cat getting feline leukemia is almost non-existent because cats get it from contact with an infected cat. Now vets are saying the vaccine for feline leukemia causes malignant tumors between the shoulder blades from repeatedly getting the shot in the same place.
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[SOT 10 32 56]
[IN Q=Generally when]

((DR. CONNIE CANODE/VETERINARIAN:GENERALLY, WHEN WE USED TO GIVE THE VACCINES ONLY BETWEEN THE SHOULDER BLADES, THAT'S WHERE WE OFTEN FIND THEM, NOW VETS ARE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT WHERE THEY GIVE THOSE VACCINES AND MONITORING WHAT BRAND OF VACCINE YOU USE. THE VACCINES ARE SPREAD ACROSS THE BODY NOW, SHOULDERS ARE EVEN BACK LEGS, DIFFERENT LOCATIONS DIFFERENT TIMES.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Connie Canode/Veterinarian; ]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=different times]
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[VO-NAT]


Doctor Canode says that way vets know what's causing the tumor in case it happens.
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[S-IHOP]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=98-43 TC 47:23]
[GRAPHIC=None]


If you like your pancakes with a little flair, listen up.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The International House of Pancakes is under construction in Roanoke.
It's going up on highway 220 in the Tanglewood Mall area.
Another one is being built in Christiansburg.
The IHOP chain has nearly 800-locations across the United States.
The restaurant is known for serving big breakfasts and varieties of pancakes at all hours of the day.
The IHOPs in our area are scheduled to open in September.
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[Hull]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tbr]
[TAPE#=net-s]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Brett Hull is the latest star in the N-H-L.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape]


After ending an eleven year run with the St. Louis Blues, Hull didn't take long to find a new team.
It only took him three days to come to terms with the Dallas Stars.
Details of the contract have not been released, but Hull turned down a 15 million dollar contract from St. Louis in March.
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[SLOT-WINNER]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net-]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Pittsburg woman made a stop in Las Vegas looking for a winter home...now she has the money to buy it.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Las Vegas, NV;]

[7:44:52]
Before house hunting the Ann DeSantas decided to try out the slot machines at Casears palace.
At the first two slot machines she won 13- hundred dollars.
She went to a third mahine pulled down the lever and hit the million dollar jackpot.
It's the 16th time Caesar's has given out more than a million dollars to an individual winner.
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