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[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Several Caroll County students spend several hours stranded on buses when a snowstorm catches everyone by surprise.


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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And he was hated by some revered by by others, a history making Supreme Court justice dies.
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[TALENT=Kimberly]
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Snow flurries and snow showers blowing in the wind this morning, as we say goodbye to the winter storm that dumped some heavy snow across the higher elevations.
We'll also soon be saying farewell to the extremely windy conditions-- details on that, coming up.
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.


[I-77]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-6 TC 31:25]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Storm]


We'll have the latest forecast in just a minute as well as some school information.
But first, the worst appears to be over... But the winter storm that dropped a surprizing amount of snow in western Virginia yesterday is still causing problems.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Carroll Co./Last Night]


It was a long afternoon and evening for the truckers and motorists who were caught on Interstate 77 near Fancy Gap.
An accident snarled traffic on the highway, then road crews were unable to clear snow and ice.
[SOT 03:06:39]
[IN Q=The wind's blowing]

((THE WIND'S BLOWING SO HARD, IT'S BLOWING THE TRUCKS SIDEWAYS WHEN THEY START TO MOVE, UNTIL THEY GET THE SNOW AND ICE OFF THE ROADS.))
[SUPER=01-Ronald Jones/Parent;]
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[OUT Q=off the roads.]
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[VO-NAT]


Two hundred students on six buses were caught in the storm until they were evacuated in four wheel drive vehicles.
Many of the Carroll County students were taken to nearby schools, but none had to spend the night.
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[SOT 03:14:38]
[IN Q=For the safety of the children]

((FOR THE SAFETY OF THESE CHILDREN. THE COMMUNITY SUPPORTS US AND WE'RE HERE TO HELP THE COMMUNITY AND HELP THE KIDS.))

[SUPER=01-Tom White/Cana Rescue Squad]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=and help the kids.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The higher elevations were the hardest hit.
While light snow fell in the Roanoke Valley, near blizzard conditions were present in places such as Bent Mountain.
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[NRV-Storm]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#99-6]
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The weather and wind isn't done with western Virginia just yet.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Teresa/Starlink]


Teresa Hamilton is down in Wythe County this morning, and has an update on problems caused by that fast-moving system yesterday.
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[WX-One]


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[DOUBLE BOXES=Teresa and Kimberly/Starlink]
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[WX-Pro=FULL]
(Ad lib weather segment)
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(Kimberly tosses back to Melanie NO Double Boxes.)[Schoolwatch]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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We do have some school information for later tonight and tomorrow.
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[TAKE SCHOOLWATCH FULL SCREEN]
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[Rockbridge-Bust]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=dse]
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Police seized some 25-thousand dollars worth of marijuana yesterday in Rockbridge County.
They found eight pounds of pot in the trunk of a car they pulled over on Interstate 81.
Curtis D. Mills of Roanoke and Virginia and Mark S. Reid of Troutville are all charged with felony possesion and intent to distribute marijuana.
Police say they admitted to buying the pot in Washington D-C.

[Marine-Trial]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
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[WRITER=mel]
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[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A verdict has been reached in the court martial of a Marine Pilot.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Camp Lejeune, NC;]

[10:39:40]
The eight member military panel has found Captain Richard Ashby INNOCENT of manslaughter.
In February of last year, Ashby was flying a jet in the Italian Alps that clipped a ski gondola cable, killing 20 skiers.

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[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=US Supreme Court]


The man who authored the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion has died.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]


Retired Justice Harry Blackmun died today at a hospital in Arlington from complications following hip replacement surgery.
Blackmun served 24 years on the high court after his appointment by President Nixon in 1970.
His most important decision came in 1973, in Roe versus Wade, when he wrote the majority opinion legalizing abortion.
Justice Blackmun was 90.
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[IBM-MERGER]


[ANCHOR=MELANIE]
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[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Business NEws]


Two of the biggest names in the computer world are teaming up.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]


I-B-M and Dell announced this morning a strategic multi billion-dollar technology agreement .
The pact will be the largest of its kind in the information technology industry.
The Wall Street Journal cites sources who say the deal could generate significant revenue for I-B-M.
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[Monica-book]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
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[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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You've seen the interview.
Now, Monica Lewinsky hopes you'll buy the book.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]

[8:19:00]
``Monica's Story'' hits book stores today, complete with admissions that she still misses President Clinton and detests prosecutor Kenneth Starr and his tactics. [7:05;44]
Last night Lewinsky told part of her story in a tearful television interview.
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[IN Q=]

((DIMITRIS ATHANASSATOS/BOUGHT MONICA'S STORY:"SHE BECAME A REAL PERSON AS OPPOSED TO BEFORE SHE WAS JUST THIS IMAGE OF THE TABLOIDS. THERE WAS SOME TRUE EMOTION THERE, THERE IS A REAL PERSON BEHIDN TEH SCANDAL ADN THE CIGARS AND EVERYTHING-- BUT NOW-- THOSE WERE REAL TEARS."))
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[OUT Q=those were real tears.]
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[VO-NAT]

[7:05:44]
An estimated 70- million people watched at least a portion of Barbara Walters two hour interview with Lewinsky.
But that's doesn't top the ratings for Opraphy Winfrey's 19-93 interview with Michael Jackson.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


First Union employees are on pins and needles.
We'll find out why in just a moment.
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[VO-NAT ]


And we'll check in with the kids at Woodrow Wilson Middle School as they take part in the Jason Project.
A live report is coming up when News-7 at Noon returns.
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[Wilson-Jason]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#99-13 TC15:15]
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It may be chilly outside today but Roanoke students feel like they're in a 98 degree rain forest.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Tina/Microwave]


Tina Tenret is at Woodrow Wilson Middle School where students are watching a live broadcast from a famous scientist who's in Peru.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD TONIGHT AT FIVE]
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[Double Boxes=Melanie and Tina/Microwave]
(Question: Can the kids here talk to Robert Ballard?)


[E-First-Union]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-5 30:23]
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They don't know for sure when it will happen or where.
But First Union employees do know the ax is about to fall.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


The bank said it will slash up to 10-percent of its workforce nationwide.
That's more than 7-thousand people.
Workers at Roanoke's service center got copies of a memo from corporate headquarters in Charlotte.
It said First Union will enact the job cuts by mid-March.
Yesterday, a bank spokeswoman said she wasn't sure how many Roanoke area workers might be affected.
The bank employs almost two-thousand people in the Valley.
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[E-State-Police]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=eea]
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Virginia's new sex offender Web Site has generated it's first arrest.
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[VO-NAT]


State police say a young child and his parents were going through the site, when the child identified a family friend, and said the man had abused him.
The suspect was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual battery.
His name was not released to protect the identity of the victim.
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[Colon-Testing]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Colon Cancer]


Health professionals are making a new push for an old test.
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[VO-NAT]


It's a simple, inexpensive home test that could prevent colon cancer in thousands of people.
Officials are encouraging everyone over fifty to take the exam that is sent to a professional lab for evaluation.
Researchers say Colon cancer is one of the slowest growing of all tumors.
It starts as a harmless growth called a polyp.
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[OUT Q=a ten year period.]
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[VO-NAT]


Colon cancer kills more than fifty thousand americans per year.. but is highly treatable if caught early.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


It's been close to a hundred years since the Wright Brothers first took to the air.
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[VO-NAT ]


So why is NASA rebuilding their plane?
We'll find out when News-7 at Noon returns.
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[Defibrillator-training]


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[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Medical News]


By the end of the day 1-thousand people in this country will have died of a heart attack.
In an effort to reduce that number the American Red Cross is targeting the place we spend most of our time...the office.
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[VO-NAT]


It's training workers to use a device known as an automatic defribillator which can shock a heart into pumping again if it stops.
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((FRANK DONAGHUE/AMERICAN RED CROSS: WE WANT TO SEE THESE IN HEALTH CLUBS, AND GOLF COURSES, AIRPLANES AND RESTAURANTS..CERTAINLY IN THE WORKPLACE EVERY HALLWAY WHERE YOU SEE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER YOU SHOULD SEE A DEFIBRILLATOR.))
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[OUT Q=you should see a defibrillator.]
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[VO-NAT]


This new user friendly model is virtually goof proof.
With the push of a button your co-worker in a neighboring cubicle might be able to save your life.
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[Wright-Flight]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=mel]
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It's a high-tech test for an antique aircraft.
NASA researchers are subjecting a replica of the Wright Brothers airplane to a test in the world's largest wind tunnel.
Vince Gonzales explains why.
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[Stocks]


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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 158 points.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


In sports, the A-C-C tournament kicks off tonight with U-V-A taking on top-seeded Duke.
We'll have a preview.
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[VO-NAT ]


And Virginia Tech survived the first round of the Atlantic Ten tourney.
We'll find out how they're doing against Temple when we return.
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[Hokies]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[GRAPHIC=A-10 LOGO]


In the Atlantic Ten conference tournament, Duquesne pulled out a one-point victory over Saint Bonaventure in overtime. La Salle and UMass also scored victories.
And Virginia Tech emerged a first- round winner, beating Fordham 74 to 63.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/Fordham vs. Virginia Tech; :00]


The Fordham Rams thought they had a shot at upsetting the Hokies, but Rolan Roberts rejected those plans in the first half. This block triggers a fast break that will is finished off by the two- handed jam from Dennis Mims.
The Hokies shot 50 percent for the game, and got a big effort from Roberts who scored a team high 19 points and grabbed six rebounds, while blocking two shots.
Brendan Dunlop and Eddie Lucas also scored in double figures for the Hokies.
[super=33-Virginia Tech/74/Fordham/63;]

Lucas had 14 and Dumlop 15.
Andre Ray finished off the Rams with the slam.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Tech tipped it off with top- seeded Temple at noon. And with 12 and a half minutes reamaining in the first half, Temple is up by four points.

[WVU]


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The 46th annual ACC tournament kicks off tonight with the top ranked Duke Blue Devils taking on Virginia at nine o'clock.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Last Night;:00]


Last night, both teams worked out at the Coliseum in Charlotte for about an hour apiece. At the end of UVa's workout Pete Gillen staged a shooting contest-- with the players taking on the coaches and managers. Guess who won this one?
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There may not be much fun tonight. Duke beat UVa by a combined 92 points in their two meetings this season.
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[ACC]


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[WIPE TO PINNACLE BOARD]
And don't forget, you can watch the number one ranked Duke Blue Devils battle Virginia tonight at nine LIVE right here on Your Hometown Station.
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[VHSL]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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The Virginia High School state basketball playoffs tip-off later this week at various sites around the state. Six area teams are still in the hunt for VHSL titles.
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[pinnacle group aaa]
In Triple-A, defending champ George Washington will take on Maury Saturday night at 8. The game is being played at Halifax County high school.
The Cave Spring girls play Deep Creek on Saturday at 4 at Northside high school. (XXXXXXXXX) [go to pinnacle 99002]
In the Group Two A quarterfinals, Salem takes on Grundy at Roanoke College at seven, while Gretna travels to Bristol to play Virginia High Saturday at 7.
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[go to pinnacle 99003]
And in Group A - Auburn plays Pound on Saturday night at seven in Lebanon.
And Friday night at 7, Glenvar hosts Clintwood at Northside high school.
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[Sixers]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=mst]
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The Philadelphia 76ers won their sixth straight game last night-- beating the Bulls 102-to-96.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/Bulls vs. Sixers; :00]


The Sixers used great ball movement to get it to George Lynch, who goes up for the layin. Lynch had six points.
Allen Iverson was under the weather a bit battling the flu, but he mostly made the Bulls sick. The quick step leads to two points off the glass.
[super=33-Chicago/86/Philadelphia/102;]


Then watch this steal and drive, the hesitiation and finally the score and the foul. Iverson scored 24, the Sixers win it 102-to-96. (------------)