[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Kimberly]

(----------------)
[VO-NAT]


One of the best- known grocery stores in the area is leaving western Virginia.
A live report on Harris Teeter's plans to bag it.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And jurors have reached a verdict in the capital murder trial of Bud Pritchett.
(/////////////)
[TALENT=Patrick]
[SS=None]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Store-Swap]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#99-1 TC1:30:58]
[GRAPHIC=Store Swap]


One of this area's best-known chains of grocery stores is about to check out of Western Virginia.
Harris Teeter's parent company announced today it is selling all but one of its supermarkets in this part of the state to Kroger.
[Double Boxes=Kimberly and Scott/Microwave]


Scott Goldberg is following this story and is our newsroom with details.
[Live= Scott Full/Newsroom]
[SUPER=@Scott1;]


Kimberly, this is going to happen pretty quickly.
Harris Teeter is selling 11 grocery stores to Kroger, including both stores in Roanoke and all three in Lynchburg.
And, Kroger is selling 10 of its stores in North Carolina to Harris Teeter.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

[pre pro]
Here's how it breaks down:
Kroger will take over all five Harris Teeters in Lynchburg and Roanoke, one each in Blacksburg, Martinsville, Lexington, Appomattox, Farmville and Waynesboro.
Danville's Harris Teeter will stay open. [page two]
At the same time, Harris Teeter will buy 10 stores from Kroger in North Carolina. [VIDEO]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


This is happening because Harris Teeter has not done very well in Western Virginia, but Kroger has.
At the same time, Harris Teeter has done better than Kroger in parts of North Carolina.
Both companies will move out of regions where they're not so popular, and into areas where they are.
(--------------)
[Live= Scott Full/Newsroom;]


Harris Teeter store managers found out about the store swap this morning.
This deal should be done by the middle of may.
[Double Boxes=Kimberly and Scott/Newsroom]

Kimberly.
(QUESTION: What happens to the people who work at Harris Teeter?)



[Pritchett]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#99-8 TC1:10:06]
[GRAPHIC=Pritchet Vedict]


There's a verdict in the murder trial of Bud Pritchett, the man accused of killing Estel Singleton at an Interstate rest area last year.
[Double Boxes=Kimberly and JoeD/Microwave]


Joe Dashiell has been waiting for the verdict at the Montgomery County courthouse and joins us now with the latest details.
[Live=JoeD Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Joe1;]
[SUPER=05-Christiansburg;]
( ad lib)
(Rollcue:Reached a verdict )
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=of first degree murder]




[Live=JoeD Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Christiansburg;]
( ad lib)



[Double Boxes=Kimberly and JoeD/Microwave]



[Kosovo]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Serbia Under Attack]


The Pentagon is describing the capture of three American soldiers in Yugoslavia as an "abduction."
The three were taken yesterday while patrolling the border between Yugoslavia and Macedonia.
Meanwhile, military leaders are demanding that Yugoslavia abide by international law in its treatment of the soldiers in custody.
Lee Cowan has more.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=The first day]
[SUPER=01-Gen. Wesley Clark/NATO Supreme Commander;]
[SUPER=01-Javier Solana/NATO Secretary General;]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=CBS News, the White HOuse]

((THE FIRST DAY OF APRIL SAW THE FIRST GROUND ENCOUNTER WITH U-S FORCES-AND THE SECOND TIME SERB TELEVISION BROADCAST PICTURES OF AMERICANS IN TROUBLE. THREE SOLDIERS ON ROUTINE PATROL, ARE NOW PRISONERS OF WAR - STAFF SERGEANTS ANDREW RAMIREZ, CHRISTOPHER STONE, AND SPECIALIST STEVEN GONZALES. THEY APPEARED BRUISED AND BEATEN, BUT ALIVE.
(( SUPER: GEN. WESLEY CLARK/NATO SUPREME COMMANDER )) (( SOT AT 8:26:37))

"We've all seen the pictures - have a long memory about this kind of thing." THE SOLDIERS WERE NOT PART OF THE NATO ATTACK FORCE, BUT WERE THERE PROTECTING THE MACEDONIA BORDER. SERBS CLAIM THE SOLDIERS HAD CROSSED INTO YUGOSLAVIA. THE PENTAGON IS QUESTIONING THAT. AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY.
(( SUPER: JAVIER SOLANA/NATO SECRETARY GENERAL )) (( SOT AT 8:25:37 ))

"We will hold Milosevic responsible for the safety of the three U-S soldiers, and he has to know that very clearly. (( NAT PLANES TAKING OFF )) THE CAPTURE MAY BE A POLITICAL COUP FOR THE SERBS, BUT NATO SAYS IT WILL NOT INTERFERE WITH CONTINUED AIR STRIKES - STRIKES THAT DESPITE BAD WEATHER, HAVE ESCALATED INTO YET ANOTHER PHASE - NOW TARGETING AREAS INSIDE THE SERB CAPITOL OF BELGRADE - INCLUDING THE HEADQUARTERS OF SLOBODON MILOSEVIC'S ELITE SERBIAN FORCES. NEVERTHELESS, MILOSEVIC WAS SEEN MEETING TODAY WITH A MODERATE ALBANIAN LEADER - A MEETING SOME SUGGEST WAS FOR THE CAMERAS ONLY-ANY REAL TALK OF ETHNIC PEACE, LOST LONG AGO. (( LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS )) "Military officials concede that the three Americans are probably too deep inside Yugoslavia to mount any successful rescue effort - instead the U-S is forced to rely on promises from the Serbs that the prisoners will be treated well. Lee Cowan, CBS News, the White House.))

[Clinton- Norfolk]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssi]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Bill Clinton]


President Clinton is in Virginia today visiting with the families of U-S service men and women.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC]

The President flew from Washington to the Norfolk Naval Base this morning. He will greet military families to thank them for their sacrifices in the current crisis in Kosovo. Clinton is also expected to make a call from Norfolk to the Aviano Air Base in Italy. Many of the NATO air strikes are leaving from that base.
(------------)


[Cable-Car]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


The sentencing hearing is under way for Marine navigator Joseph Schweitzer.
(-------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Camp Lejuene, NC/File Tape;]


Attorneys have been arguing over how many character witnesses can be presented for Schweitzer's defense.
He's pleaded guilty to obstruction and conspiracy charges related to last year's gondola accident in Italy.
Each of those charges carry a maximum five- year prison sentence.
Schweitzer was the navigator of the jet that snapped a gondola cable, killing 20 people.
(-------------)

[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Roanoke County's I-T-T Night Vision plant has a big new contract.
That's just one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
(--------------)
[VO-NAT ]


And from Broad Street to Wall Street-- we'll have more on Governor Gilmore's trip to the Big Apple when we come back.
But first let's talk to Patrick Evans.
(---------------)
[Talent=Patrick]

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

[Gilmore]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssi]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Jim Gilmore]

Governor Gilmore ran with the bulls this morning.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Nat Bell]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY]
[RUNS=:03]
[OUT Q=nat Bell]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

The governor rang the opening bell on Wall Street this morning. He was joined by his family. And greeted with applause. The Dow rose more than thirty points in the opening hours of trading.
(------------)



[E-ITT]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssi]
[TAPE#=98-39]
[GRAPHIC=ITT Night Vision]


This is turning into a great week for one local company ... worth millions of dollars.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./July 1, 1998]

The U-S Army has awared I-T-T Night Vision was awarded a nine-million dollar contract. This grant will allow the company to produce an improved mount for attaching night vision goggles to infantry helmets.
The new helmet mount eliminates "wobbling" and improves the vertical tilt, which is useful when a soldier is lying on the ground.
(------------)


[Fire-Truck]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=99-2 1:11:39]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]


A Roanoke County fire engine collided with another vehicle this morning.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


The Read Mountain fire company truck was returning from a call when it hit a Jeep almost head-on.
The accident happened just before eleven, near the Cloverdale Post Office on Sanderson Road.
The driver of the Jeep was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Her injuries did not appear to be critical.
(------------)


[Missing-woman]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssi]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]

The search is on for a missing Alzheimer's patient in Pittsylvania County. 77-year-old Nellie Bradner was reported missing from Main Street in Chatham yesterday afternoon. Bradner has gray hair and eyes, is 5 foot 2 and weighs about 90 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pink dress with white polka dots, a red sweater and a knee length black-and-white coat. Anyone with information is asked to call the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's office.

[E-Rabies]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-10 41:20]
[GRAPHIC=Rabies]


Three months ago, an inmate at Nottoway Correctional Center contracted rabies and died. It was the first confirmed case of human rabies in Virginia since 1953.
His death has focused fresh attention on the problem in the state.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Last year, there were more than 500 cases of animal rabies in Virginia.
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg]


Yesterday in Blacksburg, state and national experts said it's a threat the public should take seriously.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=If you have]

((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT: IF YOU HAVE DOMESTIC ANIMALS, IF YOU HAVE CATS AND DOGS, YOU DON'T LET THEM ROAM FREE PARTICULARLY IN RURAL AREAS. YOU NEED TO VACCINATE THEM. WE NEED TO EDUCATE CHILDREN ABOUT NOT HANDLING WILD ANIMALS, NOT GOING TO A RACOON THAT'S OUT DURING THE DAY, NOT LEAVING PET FOOD OUT AT NIGHT, SO THAT IT ATTRACTS WILD ANIMALS.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/New River Health District]
[RUNS=19]
[OUT Q=attracts wild animals.]
(-------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


In western Virginia, Hershey says there is a significant rabies problem among cats.
He's encouraging pet owners to have domestic animals vaccinated.

[Ireland-Talks]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Talks have ended in Northern Ireland, with no MAJOR breakthroughs.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Belfast, Northern Ireland;]


British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Irish leader Bertie (uh-HURN) Ahern met day and night this week with local politicians.
They were hoping to shore up the Good Friday peace accords brokered last year.
But both leaders indicate that progress IS being made.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 11:06:37]
[IN Q=WE have ]

((TONY BLAIR/BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: WE HAVE INSTRUCTED OUR OFFICIALS TO CARRY ON WORKING THROUGH THE DAY IN ORDER TO GET THAT PROGRESS FIRMED UP AND ALL THE THINGS DONE THAT NEED TO BE DONE IN ORDER TO DELIVER THIS AGREEMENT TO THE FULL.))
[SOT 11:06:51]

((BERTIE AHERN/IRISH PRIME MINISTER: WE'RE PROBABLY DOWN TO ONE POINT, AND THAT DIFFERENCE IS ABOUT TIMING AND DATES AND THAT IS IT. I THINK THE PRINCIPLES ARE ESTABLISHED.))
[SUPER=01-Tony Blair/British Prime Minister;]
[SUPER=01-Bertie Ahern/Irish Prime Minister;]
[RUNS=:23]
[OUT Q=are established]
(-----------)
[VO-NAT]


The two leaders are still hoping for an agreement soon.
They'll resume talks on April 13th.
(------------)

[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Coming up on News 7at Noon, she's the proud mother of two.....
(-----------------)
[VO-NAT ]


Two Baby gorillas!
Find out how this new family is doing when we return.
(-----------------)

[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]


[E-Boundary-Adjustment]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-7; 52:59]
[GRAPHIC=Franklin Co. Boundary Adjustment]


Rocky Mount is about to get bigger, about 300 acres bigger ... thanks to a vote by the town AND Franklin County.


(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./January;]


The town will gain tax profit from WalMart on Route 40 to the east of town, but it will also run utility lines through the Franklin Heights subdivision.
Residents there had circulated petitions saying they wanted to be part of the town.
The signed resolution now goes to the State Commission on Local Governments to proceed with the boundary adjustment.

(------------)


[Baby-Gorillas]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssi]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It's two bundles of a joy for. . . a gorilla.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Oklahoma City, OK]

"Kokamo"-- a ten-year-old Western lowland gorilla-- gave birth to twins at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The twins were born on March 21st. They are the 11th and 12th gorillas to be born at the zoo's "great-escape" exhibit. Zoo officials are trying to let Kokamo raise the twins herself.
(------------)


[Stocks]


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 14 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Today in sports, the Georgia Bulldogs name a new head coach...
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Nat cars]
[RUNS=:02]
[OUT Q=nat cars]
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]

and some thunder at the Martinsville Speedway as drivers stopped by for a learning experience.
That and more in sports when News7 returns.
(---------------)

[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]


[Tech]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-29]
[GRAPHIC=Bonnie Henrickson]


Bonnie Henrickson has signed a new 5 year contract extenson that will keep her in Blacksburg through June 30-th 2004.
She will make nearly 200-thousand dollars a year. But Steve Mason says money isn't everything.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=First audio]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Barnett/Lady Hokie Fan; :11]
[SUPER=01-Bonnie Henrickson/50-13 In 2 Years at Tech; :33]
[SUPER=01-Nicole Jones/Freshman Forward; :50]
[SUPER=01-Amy Wetzel/Sophomore Guard; :57]
[SUPER=@Steve1; 1:40]
[RUNS=1:49]
[OUT Q=.....news 7 sports."]
(---------------)





[Harrick]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-34 (31:13)]
[GRAPHIC=College Hoops]


The lure of coaching in a major conference has Rhode Island head coach Jim Harrick on the move.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-NCAA; :]


The 60 year old Harrick, who guided U-C-L-A to a national championship in 1995, is the new head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs.
Harrick spent the past two seasons at Rhode Island and he will succceed Ron Jirsa who was fired last month after failing to lead Georgia to the N-C-Double-A during his two years.
He gets a 4 year contract paying a half a million dollars annually.
(------------)


[Francis]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-37(27:52)]
[GRAPHIC=ACC Logo]


One of the super stars in the Atlantic Coast Conference is leaving college for the pro game.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-NCAA; :]


Maryland guard Steve Francis announced yesterday that he is declaring himself elibible for the draft.
The 6 foot 3 all american said earlier he was 99-per cent sure he'd come back for his senior season.
Francis averaged 17 point two points a game and led the Terps to the Sweet 16.
(------------)


[Racing]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-32 (1:05:46)]
[GRAPHIC=MARTINSVILLE]


The Martinsville Speedway was the host to six more Winston Cup teams.
They dropped in for a full day of testing and learning.
And Mike Stevens says the drivers weren't the only ones enjoying this unique classroom experience.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville; :00]
[SUPER=01-Derrike Cope/Bahari Racing Pontiac Driver; :19]
[SUPER=01-Kenny Irwin/Texaco Havoline Ford Driver; 1:00]
[SUPER=@mike1; 1:17]
[RUNS=1:29]

(-------------) [OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."]