[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


Forget Spring fever-- It's LOTTERY fever that's catching, as the Big Game Jackpot approaches 200- million dollars.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And NATO says it will NOT stop its attackes, despite Yugoslavia's announcement of a uni-lateral cease fire.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[SS=None]



[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Kosovo]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#None]
[GRAPHIC=Serbia Under Attack]


The Yugoslav government has announced a uni- lateral cease- fire in observance of Orthodox Easter this Sunday.
But NATO says that promise will NOT stop its bombing campaign.
In fact, NATO declared today that it had one of its most successful bombing missions yet, because of good weather conditions.
Lee Cowan joins us now with the latest.
[Live=Lee Full/Newspath]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting;]
[SUPER=05-Washington DC;]
( ad lib)

[***ROLLED FROM NEWSPATH****]
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-David Wilby/NATO Air Commander;]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]
[SUPER=01-Jamie Shea/NATO Spokesman;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=]

(((( NAT JET TAKE-OFF )) CLEAR WEATHER OVER THE BALKANS IS PROVING TO BE NATO'S GREATEST ALLY, AND DESPITE AN ANNOUNCED YUGOSLAVIAN CEASE FIRE FOR ORTHODOX EASTER, NATO SAYS THE BOMBINGS WILL CONTINUE. (( NAT EXPLOSION )) THE 13TH STRAIGHT NIGHT OF AIR ATTACKS WAS THE MOST FEROCIOUS YET - HITTING TARGETS DEEP INSIDE THREE OF YUGOSLAVIA'S LARGEST CITIES. IT CAME AS SERB FORCES FIRED BACK-HITTING NOTHING, BUT UPPING THE STAKES - WITH SERBS CLAIMING NATO BOMBS HAD KILLED AT LEAST 5 CIVILIANS AND INJURED DOZENS IN AN APARTMENT BUILDING - NEARLY HALF A MILE AWAY FROM A MILITARY TARGET. FOR THE FIRST TIME, NATO RELUCTANTLY ADMITTED, THAT WAS POSSIBLE.
(( SUPER: AIR COMMANDER DAVID WILBY//NATO )) (( SOT AT 9:07:46 ))

"Despite_technical defect." TARGETING SERB FORCES REMAINS THE CHIEF OBJECTIVE NOW - BUT NEARLY TWO WEEKS UNDER THE COVER OF CLOUDS HAS GIVEN THEM PLENTY OF TIME TO MOVE. (( NAT APACHE )) THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON IN THAT ASSAULT IS THE ARMY'S APACHE ATTACK HELICOPTER. NATO HAS APPROVED IT'S DEPLOYMENT FROM BASES IN GERMANY, BUT IT COULD TAKE UNTIL THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK BEFORE THEY ARRIVE. (( NAT REFUGEES )) BY THAT TIME, MOST ANALYSTS PREDICT KOSOVO WILL BE VIRTUALLY EMPTY - NEARLY ALL IT'S ETHNIC ALBANIAN POPULATION ENDING UP HERE - MUDDY,TIRED, COLD, AND HOMELESS.
(LOCATOR: THE WHITE HOUSE)

NEVERTHELESS, THE PRESIDENT SAYS THE MISSION WILL CONTINUE.
(( CLINTON SOT ))

TONS OF RELIEF SUPPLIES HAVE BEGUN TO ARRIVE -AND AN AIRLIFT TO FLY THOUSAND OF REFUGEES OUT, ALREADY UNDERWAY AS WELL - NATO DESCRIBING THE HERCULEAN EFFORT AS SIMPLY:
(( SUPER: JAMIE SHEA//NATO SPOKESMAN )) (( SOT AT 9:17:45 ))

"This is the Good Samaritan at his very best." (( LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS ))))
[Live=Lee Full/Newspath]
[SUPER=05-Washington DC;]
( ad lib)


[Big-Game]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=The Big Game]


Lottery sales are heating up again as the Big Game jackpot approaches 200 million dollars.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Friday]


It could be the country's second biggest lottery jackpot ever.
No one has won since February Second.
If there's just one winner tonight, that ticket holder could take the money in a lump-sum or receive 26 annual payments of seven-point-three million dollars.
Of course, that's before taxes.
But the odds of winning tonight are slim-- 76 million to one.
A statistician says at those odds, you have a better chance of going to the moon.
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[Clinton-Crime]


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


President Clinton is calling for tougher hate crime legislation.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]


At the White House this morning, Mr. Clinton announced he'll support a "Hate Crimes Prevention Act".
The proposed legislation would allow hate crimes to be federally prosecuted when they're based on a person's sex, sexual orientation or disability.
It also would lift restrictions on when the federal government can prosecute hate crimes.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 11:33:30]
[IN Q=When we see]

((WHEN WE SEE SLAUGHTER OR ETHNIC CLEANSING ABROAD, WE SHOULD REMEMBER THAT WE DEFEAT THESE THINGS BY TEACHING AND BY PRACTICING A DIFFERENT WAY OF LIFE AND BY REACTING VIGOROUSLY WHEN THEY OCCUR IN OUR MIDST.))
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=IN OUR MIDST]
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[VO-NAT]


Mr. Clinton says he also wants colleges to report hate crimes each year.
(------------)


[Shepard]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Gay Hate Crime]


The move comes just a day after one of the men accused in the fatal beating of gay college student Matthew Shepard entered a guilty plea-- avoiding a murder trial.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Laramie, WY;]


21- year- old Russell Henderson told the judge he knows what he did was wrong.
Henderson will serve two consecutive life terms.
One for murder, and one for robbing Shepard of 20- dollars as he was beaten to death.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 4:13:24 ]
[IN Q=He knew, of course,]

((WYATT SKAGGS/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: HE KNEW, OF COURSE, THAT MR. SHEPARD-- AND HE KNEW LATER ON IN THE CRIME THAT MR. SHEPARD WAS, OF COURSE, GAY. BUT THAT WAS NOT HIS MOTIVATION FOR THIS PARTICULAR OFFENSE.))
[SOT 4:13:35]

((CAL RARUCHE/ALBANY CO. PROSECUTOR: IT IS MY HOPE THAT MR. HENDERSON WILL DIE IN THE WYOMING STATE PENITENTIARY AND THE ONLY TIME HE LEAVES THE WYOMING STATE PENITENTIARY IS WHEN THEY BURY HIM.))
[SUPER=01-Wyatt Skaggs/Defense Atttorney;]
[SUPER=01-Cal Raruche/Albany Co. Prosecutor;]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=bury him.]
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[VO-NAT]


Supporters of Matthew Shepard were dressed as angels outside the courthouse.
Meanwhile, BOTH gay and anti- gay rights supporters demonstrated on the University of Wyoming campus.
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[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Another member of America's most notorious crime family is headed to prison.
That's the next story on News-7 at Noon.
(--------------)
[VO-NAT ]


And we'll check in with Southwest Virginia's most famous cooking show and it's new co-host.
First let's talk to Patrick Evans and see what's cooking in the weather department.
(---------------)
[Talent=Patrick]

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

[Gotti-Plea]


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


Accused mob boss John Gotti, Junior worked out a surprise plea bargain last night...just before his racketeering trial was about to start.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-White Plains, NY;]


Gotti pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering, bribery, and extortion in the mob takeover of a Manhattan club.
In exchange, he'll receive a seven- year prison sentence.
Meanwhile, Gotti's defense attorney said earlier he was being "persecuted" because of his famous name.
The younger Gotti was accused of taking over the running of the Gambino crime family, after his famous father was sentenced to life in prison in 1992.
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[E-Martin]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-2 1:14:42]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD!!!]


The murder for hire trial of a Botetourt County woman continues today.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


Dorothea Martin is accused of plotting a murder with her lover Thomas Gray.
Gray is already in jail for planning to kill Martin's husband once.
Prosecutors say last summer -- Martin sent Gray 450-dollars in jail to pay a hitman..
But the hitman was really the sheriff working undercover.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 13:51:35]
[IN Q=I was to kill]

((I WAS TO KILL MR. MARTIN WITH HIS OWN RIFLES AND MAKE IT LOOK LIKE A SUICIDE.))
[SUPER=01-Reed Kelly/Botetourt Co. Sheriff; QUICK!!!!]
[RUNS=:04]
[OUT Q=like a suicide]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Defense attorneys say Martin will take the stand today to say she knew nothing about the murder for hire scheme.


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


[E-Bramblett]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-10 45:44]
[GRAPHIC=Bramblett]


He's not the only inmate in America with his own Web Site.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


But Earl Bramblett is probably Virginia's only Death Row Inmate with one.
Sentenced to die for the murder of the Hodges family in 1994, Bramblett still insists he's innocent.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


And this 68-year old former police officer is inclined to believe him.
Doug Graham started taking an interest in the case even before Bramblett became a suspect.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 15:26:55]
[IN Q=The police chief]

((THE POLICE CHIEF SAID- -MONTHS AFTER THIS HAPPENED- -BRAMBLETT WASN'T A SUSPECT. .))
[SUPER=01-Doug Graham/Web Site Creator;]
[RUNS=06]
[OUT Q=wasn't a suspect.]
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[V/O-NAT SOT]


Graham notes that Chief Foutz has been quoted more recently as saying he knew all along that Bramblett did it.


(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Where he said]

((WHERE HE SAID, "THE SECOND DAY I KNEW HE WAS GUILTY." WAS HE LYING THEN, OR IS HE LYING NOW?))
[RUNS=05]
[OUT Q=or is he lying now?]
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[V/O-NAT SOT]


Chief Foutz isn't bothered by the criticism, saying Bramblett had the opportunity to testify at trial, and chose not to. Foutz says simply, "justice was done."
(XXXXXXXXX)

[TAKE WEB Page FULLSCREEN]
If you want to see the Web Site for yourself, there's a LINK to it on OUR Web Page, at W-D-B-J-7.dot-com.
(---------------)





[E-Cookin-Cheap]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-6 57:41]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A month after his death, the cooking show Laban Johnson founded is still serving up a good time.
As Scott Goldberg reports, Cookin' Cheap and the co-host who replaced Johnson haven't missed a beat.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Hey! Welcome]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;00]
[SUPER=@Scott1;24]
[SUPER=01-Doug Patterson/Cookin' Cheap Co-host;1:04]
[SUPER=01-Larry Bly/Cookin' Cheap Co-host;1:15]
[RUNS=1:44]
[OUT Q=SG N7]
(([SOT 2:20:43]
[IN Q=hey! ]

((NATSOUND: HEY! WELCOME TO COOKIN CHEAP. LARRY BLY, DOUG PATTERSON. HEY! HE NOW KNOWS HIS NAME.)) [RUNS 03]
[OUT Q=HIS NAME]


It's only the third time he's stepped up to the stove and into the spotlight on the set of Cookin' Cheap.
Doug Patterson is still learning his way around public TV's best-known kitchen.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 2:20:52]
[IN Q=look at]

((NATSOUND: LARRY: LOOK AT THE RIGHT CAMERA. THE ONE WITH THE BIG LIGHTBULB THERE. DOUG: OH! HI THERE.)) [RUNS 03]
[OUT Q=HI THERE]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[standup]
[IN Q=even though]

((SCOTT GOLDBERG: SCOTT GOLDBERG: EVEN THOUGH HE'S A FULL-TIME ACTOR AND EVEN THOUGH HE ONLY HAS TO PLAY HIMSELF ON THE SET OF COOKIN CHEAP, PATTERSON SAID THIS NEW ROLE IS GIVING HIM A LITTLE STAGEFRIGHT.)) [RUNS 09]
[OUT Q=STAGEFRIGHT]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 2:09:33]
[IN Q=strangely]

((LARRY: STRANGELY ENOUGH ON THE FIRST SHOW HE SAID HE WAS A LITTLE NERVOUS. I SAID WHY? YOU GO OUT ON THE STAGE IN FRONT OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AND COULD FALL INTO THE ORCHESTRA PIT ON AND HAVE ON AT LEAST ONE OCCASION. DOUG: I DID. ONCE I DID. )) [RUNS 17]
[OUT Q=I DID]


Patterson takes over for Laban Johnson.
Johnson invented Cookin' Cheap and hosted it for 19-years...until he died last month.
Patterson knew him well.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 2:10:51]
[IN Q=i really feel]

((DOUG: I REALLY FEEL THAT THIS IS A TRIBUTE TO LABAN. AND OF COURSE I WANTED LARRY TO KEEP DOING THIS, TOO. BECAUSE HE IS SO FAB IN THIS SHOW. )) [RUNS 12]
[OUT Q=]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 2:12:12]
[IN Q=laban]

((LARRY: LABAN HAD ALWAYS MADE US VERY CLEAR THAT IF ANYTHING EVER HAPPENED TO EITHER ONE OF US, WE SHOUD CONTINUE THE SHOW AS LONG AS PEOPLE WANTED TO SEE IT.)) [RUNS 10]
[OUT Q=SEE IT]


Judging by the massive amount of e-mail sent from fans around the country, everyone wants to see the show go on.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 2:21:33]
[IN Q=that's the]

((NATSOUND: THAT'S YOUR MIKE THAT YOU'RE BANGING ON. HE'S STILL GETTING A LITTLE USED TO THE TELEVISION THING THERE! )) [RUNS 03]
[OUT Q=THING THERE]


And judging by the way these two longtime friends are blending in the kitchen, Cookin' Cheap's newest ingredient will be part of a recipe for continued success.
Scott Goldberg, News-7.))
(-----------)[Tease2]

[SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The Pioneer Maid cruised Claytor Lake as a dinner boat for years.
Now a group of preservationists want to return the boat to its original role-- a warship.
That's just one of the stories still ahead in the newscast.
(-----------------)
[VO-NAT ]


And Harry Houdini couldn't do it, but this magician hopes to.
Find out what we mean when News-7 at Noon returns.
(-----------------)

[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]

[E-Lake-Boat]
[Anchor=Kimberly]
[Newscast=Noon]
[Writer=JoeD]
[Tape#=98-82 1:47:53]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Seven years after its arrival, the Pioneer Maid is on its way out.
But how the former tour boat will leave Claytor Lake is still a subject of some controversy.
(-------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./May 1, 1992;]


The Pioneer Maid arrived on the lake with great fanfare in the spring of 1992, and it operated as a dinner cruise boat for almost five years.
But long before that, the boat's captain says it was the P-T- 48, a naval craft with an important place in the history of World War II.
(//////////////)
[SOT 10:20:12]
[IN Q=The hull of that boat]

((THE HULL OF THAT BOAT IS THE SOLE REMAINING SURVIVOR OF THE FAMOUS ELCO 77 FOOT PT BOATS. THIS PARTICULAR ONE FOUGHT IN THE BATTLE OF GUADALCANAL, AND DISTINGUISHED HERSELF GOING OUT ON SUICIDE MISSIONS NIGHT AFTER NIGHT.))
[SUPER=01-Howard Barrett/Pioneer Maid Captain; ]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=night after night.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Today, the Pioneer Maid floats at its mooring beside Claytor Lake State Park. Its paint is peeling and it hasn't carried any paying customers since the fall of 1996.
Barrett says a preservation group in Norfolk is interested in renovating the boat, but he says it will take six to eight weeks to make the necessary arrangements.
(-------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Meanwhile, park officials say the boat is an eyesore, and a hazard.
They say they've tried to work with Barrett, but after more than two years without any progress, they are moving forward with plans to dispose of the Pioneer Maid.

[Buried-Magician]


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


A man is buried alive in Manhattan-- but it was HIS idea.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


Magician David Blaine appears to be just resting.
But he's trying to accomplish what his idol, Harry Houdini could not-- to stay buried alive for a week.
Blaine is lying in a plexiglass coffin, six feet underground with a two- ton tank of water on top of him.
His has an air supply, and gets a small amount of water, but no food.
There IS nurse on duty..just to make sure his body doesn't play a trick on him....
(------------)


[Stocks]


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 40 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports, Atlanta's pitching just can't get the job done.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT ]


Plus, on the ice, the Capitals try to capitalize on a shaky playoff situation.
Did Washington skate right out of the race? We'll have the details coming up.
(---------------)

[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]


[Braves]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-40 tc 36:41]
[GRAPHIC=MLB]


Baseball's opening day festivities continued yesterday with a slug-fest.
Eighteen homers cleared the fences across the country, including the first of the year for the Cardinal's Mark McGwire.
[ss=Braves]


In Atlanta, a round-tripper spelled trouble for Braves' ace Tom Glavine.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/WTBS;]


The Phillies went up by one in the third, when Scott Rolen takes Glavine deep on the two-run shot over the wall in left-center. That scores rookie Marlan Anderson. The Phils are up 3-2.
[super=35-Philadelphia/7/Atlanta/4;]


The Braves got a jump-start from Brian Jordan, who ties it up in the bottom half of the fourth. But it's not enough, and Philadelphia takes the opener from the Braves seven to four.
(------------)


[Avalanche]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-32 (1:08:20)]
[GRAPHIC=Avalanche]


A new season begins in Salem on Thursday, and the 19-99 edition of the Avalanche arrived in town last night.
The Avalanche has a new manager in Ron Gideon-- who's known for his aggressive style of play.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="If There's...]
[SUPER=01-Ron Gideon/Avalanche Manager; :]
[RUNS=:25]
[OUT Q=...other guy."]
(---------)
[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


The Avalanche will hold its first workout tonight at Salem Stadium, before opening the season Thursday against the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

[Express]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Kelly cup]


On to the ice, where the Roanoke Express heads into the playoffs as the E-C-H-L's Northern Conference champ for the first time in franchise history.
(XXXXXXXX)

[full screen pinnacle 18086]
Roanoke opens up the second season at the Round House tomorrow night at seven against Dayton.
Fans can catch game two Friday. That one starts at 7-30.
Roanoke travels to Dayton for games three and four. And if a fifth game is needed, it will be in Roanoke.
This season the Express is oh and four against the Bombers.

(-------------)[Caps]



[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-37 TC 29:59]
[GRAPHIC=Caps]


On to the big leagues, where the Washington Caps are barely hanging on to their playoff hopes.
The Capitals helped their own cause last night, beating the Panthers by three.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL/SportsChannel-FL;]


Midway through the second period of a scoreless game, Brian Bellows gets what ends up being Washington's winning goal, Caps up one-nothing.
Then Washington opens it up in the third. Sergei Gonchar finds the net for his twenty-first goal of the season.
[super=31-Washington/3/Florida/0;]


And the Capitals shut out the Panthers-- three-zip.
Now the Caps need New Jersey to beat Carolina tonight to make it into the playoffs.
(------------)


[Bodine]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-27 13801tc]
[GRAPHIC=Bristol]


Both the Nascar Busch Series and the Winston Cup cars roll into Bristol this week for the Food City 500.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville; :00]


But a handful of drivers-- including veteran Geoffrey Bodine-- has spent more time lately at the Martinsville track-- getting ready for next weekend's race.
Bodine has been one of the big surprises of the 19-99 season. In just six races in the Power Team Chevy, he has already posted as many top five finishes as he did all of last year.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="oh I'm sure...]
[SUPER=01-Geoffrey Bodine/Power Team Chevy Driver; :00]
[RUNS=:41]

(------------) [OUT Q=...RACE FOREVER RIGHT NOW."]