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[TALENT=Melanie]

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A crackdown on Interstate 81 results in hundreds of tickets.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And the Supreme Court allows Virginia's parental notification law to stand.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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News 7 at noon is next.

[I-81]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#99-1 TC39:10]
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Virginia State Police were out in force on Interstate 81 on Sunday as they intiated a crackdown on speeders.
And officials believe they are already making an impact.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and JoeD/Microwave]


Joe Dashiell is in Salem overlooking the interstate this afternoon with more on the story.
Joe how many people did the state police catch yesterday?
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[Parental-Notification]


[ANCHOR=MElanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Supreme Court]


The U-S Supreme Court has let Virginia's parental notification law stand.
Without comment today, the justices turned away arguments that the law wrongly denies most mature girls under 18 the right to an abortion without parental involvement.
The action isn't a decision, and doesn't preclude the possibility the court may review the Virginia law, or one similar to it, at some future date.
A spokeswoman for Governor Gilmore says the governor is pleased with the court's action.
The 1997 state law requires that unmarried girls under 18 and not living on their own tell one of their parents at least 24 hours before having an abortion.

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[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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In France, it's the last day of talks ... and perhaps a last chance to nail down a peace accord... to end the violence in Kosovo.
The province in the former Yugoslavia has been the flash point between ethnic Albanians and Serbs.
It may be the trigger point for NATO air strikes.
Tom Fenton is at the talks near Paris.
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Police on both sides of the Irish border have rounded up more suspects in the deadliest attack in Northern Ireland's 30-year conflict.
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[10:09:49]
Police detained five men in the Irish Republic, while detectives in Northern Ireland say they have arrested a number of people.
[SUPER=03-Omagh, Northern Ireland/August 15, 1998;]


The bomb blast killed 29 and injured 370.
It's believed a group calling themselves "Real I-R-A" carried out the attack - after it split from the main terrorist organization over the cease-fire called in 19-97.
[SUPER=03-Sydney, Australia;]


Meantime, in Australia today Sinn Fien Leader Gerry Adams said it wasn't disarmament that threated the peace process, but the failure of political leaders to fulfill their commitments.
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((GERRY ADAMS "THE PEACE PROCESS HAS STALLED BECAUSE THE NEXT STEPS WHICH ARE TO BRING ABOUT THE INSTITUTIONS AGREED ON GOOD FRIDAY, AND WHICH SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN PLACE LAST YEAR, NEED TO BE PUT IN PLACE VERY QUICKLY.))
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Adams is calling on British Prime minister Tony Blair to push for a power-sharing executive of pro-British Unionists and pro-Irish Republicans by March 10th.
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[Philip-Morris]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
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[WRITER=mel]
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Jury selection is underway this afternoon in a Portland, Oregon, in a 110 million-dollar lawsuit against Philip Morris.
The family of a lung cancer victim claims he was deceived about the health risks from the Marlboros he smoked for 40 years.
Earlier this month, a San Francisco jury ordered the company to pay an ex-smoker over 50 million dollars.
[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


While Virginia State Police are cracking down on speeders, cops in New York are cracking down on drunk-drivers-- by taking their cars.
More on the controversy surrounding the new law is still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And tens of thousands of European farmers clash over government imposed price cuts.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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

[Mexico-C]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=net]
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Seven dollars a day won't buy you much in America.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Matamoros, Mexico;]

[from Novalink 4 tape]
But that's how much money this woman earns in a Mexican sewing plant.
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((ALICIA: PUES, SE LIMITO MUCHO.... (just let this run for a couple of seconds then fade).))
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She told she makes just enough money to buy what she needs. [novalink 1 -- walking shot]
This week on News-7, Scott Goldberg takes us inside a Mexican sewing factory.
He'll introduce us to people doing the sort of work that used to be done in Virginia ....
And to the people who have been laid off.
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((ALICE CAMPBELL: IT WAS TOUGH. IT WAS REALLY HARD AT FIRST ... MY LIFE, THAT'S ALL I HAD DONE.))
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD]
Our in-depth look at the apparel industry that's Going South begins tonight, on News-7 at six.
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[Rice-Arrest]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=The Internet]


A one-time aide to a West Virginia governor is accused of soliciting sex from a minor in Virginia over the internet.

Thomas D. Rice is behind bars in Bedford County.
He was charged as part of an on-going program targeting crimes against children on the internet.
Rice was chief of operations under former West Virginia governor Gaston Caperton.
He was arrested last night and is being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Bedford County.

[NYC-DUI]


[ANCHOR=MELANIE]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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A new law in New York City is cracking down on drunk drivers.
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[VO-NAT]
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[10:07:12]
Today the Big Apple became the first municipality to take more than just the keys away from intoxicated drivers.
Here's how the law works.
Drivers who are pulled over and found to have a blood alcohol limit of .10 or higher will have their cars immediately confiscated.
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[10:08:35]
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((MAYOR GIULIANI:WE LOST 16 THOUSAND PEOPLE TO DRUNK DRIVERS LAST YEAR. MAYBE BY DOING THIS WE CAN CUT THAT NUMBER BY A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT. AND PEOPLE WILL BE ALIVE WHO WOULDN'T BE IF YOU LET SOME OF THESE IDEOLOGICAL GET OUT OF CONTROL.))
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[10:08:35]
Groups like the New York Civil Liberties Union say they will challenge the new law in the courts.
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[Chronic-Fatique]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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Researchers may have found a treatment for an illness that's baffled them for years.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be best described as a complete lack of energy.
More than 500-hundred thousand americans have been diagnosed with this condition-- even though doctors still aren't sure what causes it.
But now researchers at Georgetown University say a nutritional supplement called Enada.. has helped relieve symptoms of C-F-S in 31 percent of the patients tested.
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[ANCHOR=mel]
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It's the biggest farm demonstration in Brussels.
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Tens of thousands of farmers from across the European Union demonstrated against plans to reform subsidy programs.

Farmers clashing with security forces coincided with the start of a meeting by E-U agriculture ministers.
The ministers will be discussing how formerly GUARANTEED farm prices will be cut by as much as 30 percent.
The three mile march had participants from as far away as Greece and Finland.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


It's been orbiting the earth for more than a decade.
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Now Mir's final residents are moving in.
That's just one of the stories still ahead when News-7 at Noon continues.
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[WebWatch]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=Web Watch 16:49:39]
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More people are going on-line to file their tax returns.
And license plates in a nearby state are getting a face-lift.
Eric Earnhart the details in WebWatch.
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(([intro] [RUNS05]
Good news for the IRS, electronic filing is up, which saves time and paper work for IRS workers. As of a week ago, 13-point-three million people filed their tax returns electronically. It's up about 11 percent over last year.
The IRS website has more information and a list of sites where you can file your taxes on-line... good news for consumers too... the average refund is higher this year, and you get it faster when you e-file.
Doctors across the country are participating in a new program at Cornell University's Weill Medical College... The Grand Rounds project allows medical specialists to present interesting cases to their colleagues around the world... a special web page puts the doctor in a video window on the right, and allows him to show slides and images in the frame next to him.
natsot


Doctors who have attended the on-line program say it's just like being there in person. Pennsylvania is tired of its license plates. DOT officials say they're dirty and dingy and don't represent the state very well... and the new plates will be the first in the nation to carry the state's official web address... vonat
The web address will take would-be tourists here... where Pennsylvania can project a more positive image.
For links to these sites, click on WebWatch, on the WDBJ website at WDBJ7-dot-com))

[mir]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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What could be the last crew to live and work on Mir is now docked with the Russian space station.
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[VO-NAT]

[7:20;36]
A Soyuz capsule arrived this morning.
On board was a three member crew.
This is the 27th mission to Mir in 13 years and it could be the last.
Russia wants to keep it going, but lacks the money.
NASA wants Russia to abandon Mir so it can spend its resources building the new International Space Station.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE# none]
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 118 points.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports, all the action from the big race at Rockingham.
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[VO-NAT ]


Plus, caught up in the midst of a spectacular season, the Hokie faithful stop to say goodbye to five women, who wrapped up their college careers at the Cassell.
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[Race]


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[WRITER=rst]
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Engine troubles for the Rainbow Warriors opened the door for Mark Martin to win the Dura Lube Big Kmart 500 at the Rock.
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[SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC/TNN Sports;]


Dale Earnhardt was on the move early in the race. Earnhardt used the top of the track to move from 18-th to 12-th place.
Jeff Burton would lead 35 laps until he backed off and let Jeff Gordon take over the point.
Rusty Wallace and Dale Jarrett were racing for the sixth spot on the track with 270 laps to go.
Moments later Burton, who won Saturday's Busch series race, would pull his car to the front.
Then just past the halfway mark, Ernie Irvan and the M and M car brought out the first caution of the day after hitting the wall.
And late in the race, the number 24 car's engine problems sent Jeff Gordon straight to the garage.
Mark Martin survived a couple of caution flags near the end. He holds on, and gives all the credit to his pit crew.
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Dale Jarrett was second, Bobby Labonte third, Jeff Burton fourth and Jeremy Mayfield fifth.

[Hokies]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
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With twenty- five wins under their belts, it was time for the lady Hokies' five seniors to say goodbye to the hometown crowd.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Virginia Tech vs G. W.;]


All five were on the court for the start of their final home game at the Cassell.
Tech jumps out to an early lead off the tip- off. Lisa Witherspoon gets it to Maria Albertson for the short jumper.
The Colonials answered. Mandissa Turner steps out and hits this jumper.
The Hokies were quick on the floor. Witherspoon passes to (Terry) Tere Williams. Tech was up fourteen at the half.
But the Colonials would come back and take the lead in the second half on this jumper from Marlo Egleston.
[SUPER=33-Virginia Tech/66/George Washington/64/;]


But the Hokie seniors took over. Katie O'Connor scored four in a row and Tech holds on for the 66 to 64 win.
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[Upset]


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Top- ranked Tennessee fell victim to an upset in Baton Rouge.
L-S-U clinched the victory when Katrina Hibbard gets the hoop and the foul with eleven seconds remaining on the clock. She gets the extra point for the Tigers.
[SUPER=33-LSU/70/Tennessee/69/;]


Tennessee had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but the shot misses. L-S-U gets the 70- 69 win, ending the Lady Vols thirty-one game S-E-C winning streak.
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[ODAC]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
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[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-35]
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The ODAC championship will be decided tonight at the Salem Civic Center. Randolph Macon advanced to the finals with a 74- 67 win over Virginia Wesleyan.
And Hampden-Sydney beat Emory and Henry 89 to 56.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Hamp-Sydney vs Emory & Henry; :]


And the Tigers were hustling early. They get the ball to Alex Robbins, who puts in the easy layup for the lead.
Emory and Henry would answer at the other end. Donald Thurston pulls up and hits this jumper at the free throw line. But the Wasps were down nineteen.
[SUPER=33-Hampden-Sydney/89/Emory & Henry/56/;]


The Tigers added to that lead. Bobby Jackson takes it to the hoop for two, and Hampden-Sydney routs Emory and Henry 89 to 56.
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[College]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-28]
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In the A-C-C, fifth- ranked Maryland avoided the sting of the Georgia Tech YellowJackets.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Raycom; :]

Alvin Jones kept Georgia Tech in the game early. Here he gets the dunk. The Terps were up three.
But Maryland wasn't about to let this one get away. Steve Francis gets the jam. The Terps led 27- 25.
[SUPER=33-Maryland/91/Georgia Tech/60/;]


Maryland opened it up in the second half. Here Laron Profit uses the pump fake to get the shot. The Terps go on to beat Georgia Tech 91 to 60.
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[Golf]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-42]
[GRAPHIC=Golf]


Bogeys by Tiger Woods and Ted Tryba on the last hole left the door wide open for Ernie Els at the Nissan Open in Los Angeles.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pacific Palisades, CA/CBS Sports; :]


Els struggled over the final four holes-- bogeying two of the final three-- but he finished the round with a 3 under par 68 for a two shot win over Tryba, Woods and Davis Love the Third. (------------) Els has now won a P-G-A event each of the past six years.