[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


President Clinton is in Mexico talking about drugs and trade as a big vote on a Mexican aid package approaches.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And we'll take a trip under the sea in search of Billions of dollars worth of gold and silver.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[S-Danville-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=98-74; 1:43:12]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


We now know the identity of the apparent murder victim found in Danville.
Police identified the man as Anthony Broadnax of Danville.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


A resident found Broadnax's body behind her home yesterday morning.
The woman lives at the 100 block of Walker Street in Danville.
Police are handling the case as a homicide and are waiting for autopsy results.
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[Cancelled-Case]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=99-20 TC02:24]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Pulaski County commonwealth's attorney has decided to drop MURDER charges after being convinced that the defendant acted in self-defense.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.;]

(Ah-Mahd Bog-NUDE-ah) Ahmad Bognuda was charged in the shooting death of 19-year old John Christopher Dean at the Washington Square Apartments two months ago. Bognuda claims he was defending himself after Dean pulled a gun on him first. Prosecutors say the claim was valid and that deadly force was justified. But Dean's girlfriend says it's not over.
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[SOT=00:22:26]
[IN Q=IF I HAVE]

((TIFFANY WILLIAMS/VICTIM'S GIRLFRIEND; IF I HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT, WE'RE GOING TO PURSUE IT BECAUSE HIS LIFE WAS TAKEN FOR DEFENDING SOMEONE ELSE. HE DIDN'T GET TO SEE HIS SON GROW UP. JUSTICE WASN'T SERVED.))
[SUPER=01-Tiffany Williams/Victim's Girlfriend;]
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[OUT Q=WASN'T SERVED.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Bognuda will be prosecuted for illegal possession of a firearm.

[clinton-mexico]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Bill Clinton]


President Clinton and Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo are meeting at this hour on an estate on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Merida, Mexico;]

[10:02:57]
President Clinton wants to encourage Mexico's fight against drugs, and he also wants to promote Mexican purchases of U-S exports.
The President and Mrs. Clinton arrived in Mexico last night.
Before Airforce One touched down the White House Press Corp was treated to some Valentine candy.
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[SOT]

[10:04:48-58]
[IN Q=Come on guys, get in there...]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=did you get some too.]
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[VO-NAT]


After the summit Mr. Clinton will announce a four-billion financial aid package for Mexico.
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[iraq]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq Attack]


The Iraqi government says five civilians were killed today when U-S planes attacked military sites in the southern ``no-fly'' zone.
Meanwhile, the U-S is assessing damage done to defense sites in the northern zone.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Baghdad, Iraq;]

[8:18:02yesterday's 8 pm newspath]
The latest military action comes one day after the Iraqi government raised the stakes in its standoff with the U-S.
In a statement on Iraqi Television it said it was able to attack American and British bases in the Gulf that are used to launch airstrikes against Iraq.
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[Kosovo]


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


Some defiant words from Serbia's president today at the Kosovo peace talks outside Paris.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rambouillet, France;]


He says any peace agreement with the ethnic Albanians in Kosovo shouldn't be backed by foreign troops.
And he says if NATO launches bombing raids to force a deal, it would amount to a war crime.
The deadline for ethnic Albanians and YugoslaV serbs to reach an agreement has been pushed back until next saturday.. because so little progress has been made.
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[American]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=mornin]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#-net]
[GRAPHIC=American Airlines]


The pilots are coming back to work as American Airlines tries to get back to a normal schedule.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL;]


Many of the pilots ended their sickout yesterday after a judge found the union in violation of a court order.
Pilots started calling in sick last Saturday, in a dispute concerning the airline's use of pilots from recently purchased Reno air.
Negotiations on the issue restart later today.
At least 10 percent of the airline's flights were cancelled today.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


It's President's Day-- so what better time to kick off a new campaign to raise awarness about George Washington?
That's just one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And it may not be an exact science, but more and more companies are turning to it.
We'll find out how hair testing may take over the drug-screening business.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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

[hair-Testing]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The American Academy of Forensic Scientists is meeting in Florida this week to study a new form of drug testing that's moved out of the bathroom and into the barber shop.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


A snippet of hair can reveal more information about drug use than a urine sample.
Chemical analysis can detect whether youve used cocaine, marijuana, P-C-P... or amphetamines within the last three months...instead of just the last three days.
But many scientists say hair testing is still not an exact science.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

(( DR. DOUG ROLLINS:FOR EXAMPLE, THE COLOR BIAS ISSUE, WHERE BLACK COLORED HAIR COULD HAVE HIGHER CONCENTRATION THAN BLOND COLORED HAIR. UNTIL THESE ISSUES ARE RESOLVED WE DONT KNOW HOW TO INTERPRET THE DATA THAT ARE BEING GENERATED OUT THERE BY STATE OF THE ART TECHNOLOGY. ))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Doug Rollins/Center for Human Toxicology;]
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[OUT Q=OF THE ART TECHNOLOGY.]
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[VO-NAT]


Still, around 15-hundred companies are using hair testing on potential employees.
And the New York and Chicago police departments are using it on recruits.
But the federal government, the nation's largest employer, chose NOT to use hair testing in the workforce until scientific questions are resolved.
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[Volvo]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Volvo]


Volvo is trying to make its truck division bigger.
Published reports say the company is talking to U-S truck manufacturer Navistar about a takeover.
Volvo may be interested in Navistar's heavy truck operations only.
The deal could be worth about three Billion dollars.
Navistar is the third largest heavy truck maker in the U-S.

[Suicidal-Runaway]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=netA]
[GRAPHIC=None]

A week after escaping from a mental health institute, a suicidal Salem teenager is still on the run.
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[VO-NAT]

Hospital authorities say they don't know where to look for Noah "Drake" Schaffer.
[SUPER=03-Smyth Co.;]

Last Monday, the 16-year old jumped from a second story window of the "Adolescent Unit" of the Marion State Hospital.


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[IN Q=HE FOUND A]

((JERRY DEANS/DIRECTOR; HE FOUND A WINDOW THAT WAS NOT SECURED AT THE TIME. WE WERE HAVING UNSEASONABLY WARM WEATHER LAST WEEK AND A WINDOW WAS LEFT OPEN THAT SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN LEFT BEEN.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Deans/Adolescent Director;]
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[OUT Q=BEEN LEFT OPEN.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]

Schaffer tried to commit suicide a number of times while he was at Coyner Springs, including an attempt to hang himself with a bedsheet last month.
[SUPER=03-Salem;]

Family members say they've heard little from authrities and fear Schaffer may make another attempt on his own life before he is found.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=WE JUST WISH]

((SHERI RIERSON/SCHAFFER'S MOTHER; WE JUST WISH SOMEONE WOULD CONTACT US. EVEN IF HE DOESN'T WANT US TO KNOW WHERE HE IS. WE BASICALLY JUST WANT TO KNOW HE'S OKAY.))
[SUPER=01-Sheri Rierson/Schaffer's Mother;]
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[OUT Q=HE'S OKAY.]
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[VO-NAT]

Schaffer contacted his family over the weekend to let them know he is alive, but not where he can be found.
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[Washington]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


This President's Day holiday also marks the kick off an agressive year long campaign to bring George Washington back into public consciousness.
The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, is devoting three million dollars to the campaign.
A spokesman for Mount Vernon says on a recent trip to a Virginia school, he couldn't believe all the blank looks he got from children who didn't know the story about Washington admitting that he chopped down his father's cherry tree.
The campaign is also aimed at showing a more personal side to Washington such as his love for dancing, gambling and horseback riding.

[WebWatch]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=WebWatch]
[GRAPHIC=Web Watch]


Free computers and ten-cent dirt are just a few of the things Eric Earnhart dug up this week.
Here's the latest edition of Webwatch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The N-C-Double-A]
[RUNS=1:25]
[OUT Q=EE, News-7 ]

(([intro] [RUNS05]
The N-C-Double-A wants an all-out federal ban on internet gambling. The organization says online gambling is a serious threat to college sports, because student-athletes could be tempted to place bets anonymously, then throw the game.
If you're buying on-line, the government's counting. Beginning this year the U.S. commerce department is keeping track of annual consumer sales made on the internet. As internet commerce takes off, the government wants to have accurate statistics. Right now internet sales make up less than one percent of all retail sales.
We're not sure how they would count this... An entreprenuer on E-bay, the popular online auction site, was selling an ounce of guaranteed Roanoke dirt. Starting price one cent plus shipping. The seller is out to prove you can sell ANYTHING on the internet, and settle a bet with a friend... he won, the dirt sold for 50 cents.
Dirt costs half a buck but computers are free online. At free-pc-dot-com they'll GIVE you a computer to use for 2 years, plus free internet service.... but it will cost you some privacy.... you have to fill out a questionaire, and let them flash advertisements around the screen while you're using their pc.
For links to these sites, click on WebWatch, at the WDBJ website, at WDBJ7-dot-com.)) [Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Billions of dollars in gold and silver are just sitting below the ocean near Japan.
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[VO-NAT ]


But scientist say it is impossible for humans to work in this geologic work in progress.
We'll have more on the story when we return.
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[COMM BREAK #2]


[Gold&Silver]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


There is a place on earth where some 200 hundred tons of gold sits untouched by man.
And as Barry Petersen reports, it may remain FOREVER untouched.
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[SOT]

[10:15:23]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Off the Japanese Coast; :00]
[SUPER=01-Barry Petersen/Reporting; :15]
[RUNS=1:10]
[OUT Q=cbs news, Tokyo.]



[Stocks]


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


The stock exchange is closed today in observance of the President's Day holiday. [tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports, a nine- month drought comes to an end for Tiger Woods.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus, its finally a wrap at Daytona.
We'll have all the highlights from the battle between young and old, when News 7 at Noon continues.
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[COMM BREAK #3]


[Daytona]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-28 tc 1:32:14]
[GRAPHIC=Daytona]


Jeff Gordon learned his lessons well.
The defending Winston Cup points champion edged out seven- time champ Dale Earnhardt in the final ten laps to pull out his second Daytona 500 victory in the past three years. 2 million dollars the biggest purse in race history.
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[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL;]


The first half of the race was nearly caution free, but the yellow flag came out on lap 95 when oil was spotted on the track.
Bobby Labonte was among the leaders before engine trouble caused him to take an extended pit stop.
Jimmy Spencer brought out the second flag of the day on lap 122 when his number 23 car hit the wall.
At the halfway point, Rusty Wallace had control of the race. But Jeremy Mayfield grabbed the lead with 123 laps remaining.
Wallace snatched the lead back less than 10 laps later from Bill Elliot. Dale Jarrett was running in third followed by Gordon in fourth place. But Jarrett's luck was about to run out.
On lap 135, trying to cut back into the pack, Jarrett's car spun up the track. Nobody was seriously injured in the ten- car pileup.
Gordon saved his car all day-- staying in the third and fourth spot. He credits a four tire change in the final pitstop as giving him the edge in the last lap duel with Dale Earnhardt.
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[SOT 25:11:14]
[IN Q=I saw him]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/2nd Win in Three Years; :16 QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/Fifth 2nd Place Finish; :21]
[RUNS=:34]
[OUT Q=but I couldn't]
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[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[ss=hold!!!]


Earnhardt was followed by Kenny Irwin, Mike Skinner and Michael Waltrip.
Gordon's win came along with a record- setting purse. Along with his winnings, Gordon picked up the No Bull bonus, for a grand total of more than two- point- one million dollars.

[Craven]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-39 706TC]
[GRAPHIC=hold!!!]


Ricky Craven wasn't among the top finishers, but he made his mark at Daytona long before yesterday's race.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL; :00]


Craven, who is a favorite of charitible organizations and causes, found an open spot on his new Hollywood Video Ford and decided to lend a hand to Walter Payton, who's in need of a liver transplant.
The football Hall of Famer's web site was displayed on the car.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="I think...]
[SUPER=01-Ricky Craven/Hollywood Video Ford Driver; :00]
[RUNS=:25]
[OUT Q=...good about that."]
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[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[ss=hold]


Craven finished up 26th in the 500.

[Hall]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-40 tc 06:16]
[GRAPHIC=R/S Hall of Fame]


The Roanoke-Salem Baseball Hall of Fame is five men richer today, following last night's eighth annual induction ceremony and banquet.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem;]


About 750 people came out to honor Jim Mitchell, Abe Naff, Eddie Popowski, Franklin Stubbs and Dan Wooldridge.
Brooks Robinson was on hand as the guest speaker. The former Orioles great also took the time to sign a few autographs.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=to be]
[SUPER=01-Brooks Robinson/Oriole Hall of Famer; :00]
[SUPER=01-Franklin Stubbs/Former Hokie & L. A. Dodger; :14]
[SUPER=01-Abe Naff/Ferrum Baseball Coach; :23]
[SUPER=01-Jim Mitchell/1999 Inductee; :31]
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[OUT Q=in this area]
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[VO-NAT]


Rounding out this class is Eddie Popowski and Dan Woolridge. Popowski played pro ball in the Roanoke Valley and went onto play against Babe Ruth in the majors.
Wooldridge is known for his work as an official in high school and college sports.
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[Hokies]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-36 tc 11:37]
[GRAPHIC=VT Hoops]


The 11th- ranked Virginia Tech Lady Hokies almost fell victim to a winless underdog yesterday, scraping by Rhode Island on last- second free throws, 64- 62.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Kingston, RI/MSG Network;]


The Hokies committed 30 turnovers.
And Rhode Island took advantage of the mistakes. Amber Janson looks down low to Nicki Blakemore. Blakemore converted for two of her season- high 19 points.
Amy Wetzel would come alive in the second half, scoring all of her 12 points in the final period.
But Rhode Island hangs tough and builds it's largest lead-- six points-- on this three pointer.
[super=33-Virginia Tech/64/Rhode Island/62;]


Then freshman Nicole Jones makes the steal and Tech gets away with this one 64 to 62. Rhode Island remains winless in the A-10 this season.
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[Tiger]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=ssa]
[TAPE#=net-]
[GRAPHIC=Tiger Woods]


Tiger Woods used an eagle on eighteen to get his first P-G-A victory in nine months in the Buick Invitational.
Tiger connected on the 15-foot eagle putt for a two shot victory over Billy Ray Brown.
Woods shot a final round 65 and finished up at 22 under par.
Tiger says it was history that helped him down the stretch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=When I was 15]

((TIGER WOODS: WHEN I WAS 15, I BEAT CHRIS RILEY DOWN THE STRETCH. THEN WHEN I WAS 16, I LOST TO GILBERTO MORALES. I HAD A FOUR OR FIVE SHOT LEAD WITH 13 HOLES TO GO. I MADE A TRIPLE BOGEY ON SEVEN. THINGS LIKE THAT YOU DO REMEMBER. YOU DRAW UPON THOSE EXPERIENCES.))
[SUPER=01-Tiger Woods/Buick Invitational Champion;]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=upon those experiences.]
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