[HEADLINES]

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[10:35:03] (("I DID NOT EXPECT THIS TO HAPPEN IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD."))
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Deadly twisters tear through the midwest.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And the debate over Greenways continues in Roanoke.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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News 7 at noon is next.

[OK-Twisters]


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


One Oklahoma City firefighter describes it like this " the Murrah Building, but instead of nine stories tall-- it's spread out over a large area."
A massive tornado touched down last night in Oklahoma City killing and injuring dozens and blowing away entire neighborhoods.
Other twisters tore through other parts of the state and Kansas, making it the deadliest string of tornadoes to hit the midwest since 19-85.
Forty are reported dead in Oklahoma and five in Kansas and the death toll could climb even higher.
Manuel Gallegus joins us from Oklahoma with an update.
[Live=Gallegus Full/Newspath]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/Reporting;]
[SUPER=05-Moore, OK;]
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((NATSOT OF TODAY'S ACTIVITIY-GOING THROUGH WRECKAGE

THE DEATH TOLL CAN ONLY RISE AS WORKERS BEGIN THE GRIM TASK OF SEARCHING FOR MORE VICTIMS IN THE RUBBLE LEFT BY MONDAY'S KILLER TORNADOES.
NATSOT-PIX OF TWISTER SWIRLING

AS MANY AS FOUR DOZEN TWISTERS SNAKED ACROSS OKLAHOMA AND KANSAS..SOME REPORTEDLY ONE MILE HIGH AND TEN MILES WIDE. OKLAHOMA CITY AND WICHITA, KANSAS WERE THE HARDEST HIT
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SOT/WICHITA KANSAS SOT-WE'VE GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO

RESIDENTS OF WHAT'S KNOWN AS "TORNADO ALLEY" ARE FAMILIAR WITH NATURE'S FURY BUT THE SCENES OF DESTRUCTION IN THE WAKE OF THE TORNADOES CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS "SURREAL". OKLAHOMA'S GOVERNOR DESCRIBED THE DAMAGE AS REMINISCENT OF THE 1995 BOMBING OF THE MURRAH FEDERAL BUILDING.WHICH HAPPENED ALMOST FOUR YEARS.))

[Greenways]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#99-7 TC1:40:50]
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An agreement between the US Forest Service and the State of Virginia is opening the way for a world class trail in Southwest Virginia.
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Joe Dashiell is reporting from the Governor's conference on Greenways where the agreement was signed this morning.
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[kOSOVO]


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


The Senate today tabled a plan to give President Clinton expanded authority in Yugoslavia.
NATO, meanwhile, denies involvement in yesterday's reported attack on a civilian bus.
In Germany, military medical officials say the former P-O-W'S have been give a clean bill of health despite some minor injuries that include fractured ribs and a broken nose.
Their family members spoke to reporters today, Maureen maher has the story.
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[11:30-UPDATE WINDWO]
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[SUPER=01-Deanna Stone/Soldier's Sister; :19]
[SUPER=01-Vivian Ramirez/Mother; :35]
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(((AFTER YESTERDAY'S EMOTIONAL REUNION...) FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE THREE U-S SERVICEMEN MET WITH MEDIA TODAY... EXPRESSING THEIR GRATITUDE TO THE THOUSANDS OF WELL WISHERS WHO HELPED THEM THRU THEIR ORDEAL.
HOWEVER.. FEW DETAILS WERE OFFERED ABOUT THE MEN'S TIME IN CAPTIVITY.
SOT:DEANNA STONE/SISTER "WE REALLY DIDN'T DISCUSS ANYTHING THAT HAPPENED, WE WERE JUST GLAD TO SEE THEM AND THAT WAS I

T." THE MOTHER OF STAFF SERGEANT ANDREW RAMIREZ SPENT MOST OF HER DAY EMBRACING HER SON.
SOT: VIVIAN RAMIERZ/MOTHER "I COULDN'T LET GO. I HAD TO LET HIM GO SO HE COULD BREATH."

ARMY DOCTORS HAVE GIVEN ALL THREE SOLDIERS A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH DESPITE AN ASSORTMENT OF MINOR INJURIES. THE MEN ARE STILL BEING DEBRIEFED AND THEN WILL BE GIVEN 30 DAYS LEAVE.))

[NATO]


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NATO says despite the release of three U-S POW's the strikes against Yugoslavia will continue.
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Two NATO officers visited W-D-B-J this morning to discuss NATO's role in Kosovo. Both officials say that NATO's 19 countries all agree that they will not let down until President Milosevic meets their goals.
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((MAJOR JEAN-MARIE DEBLENDE/BELGIAN ARMY: THE ONLY THING THAT CAN CHANGE THE ATTITUDE OF THE ALLIANCE IS COMPLIANCE WITH WHAT WAS REQUESTED BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.)) ((MAJOR TOM JACOBSON/U.S. AIR FORCE: MILOSEVIC HAD PLANNED THIS MASS EXODUS AND THE BOMBING IS HELPING AND IS SLOWING MILOSEVIC DOWN.))
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[SUPER=01-Major Tom Jacobson/U. S. Air Force; :12]
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[VO-NAT]

NATO just marked its 50th anniversary last month, but toned down celebrations because of the current crisis.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A well-known Roanoke restaurant will keep its doors open-- for now.
That's just one of the stories still on the menu for News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And the water level at Carvin's Cove is still dropping-- we'll find out what that means for Roanoke residents.
And is there any relief in sight-- let's check in with Patrick.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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

[grayson-murder]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-9 TC1:20:30]
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The U-S justice department will NOT be pursuing charges against the two white men accused of burning and beheading a black man in Grayson County almost two years ago.
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[VO-NAT]


The case is that of Garnett "G-P" Johnson, who was burned alive and later decapitated at a drinking party in Elk Creek in July of '97.
[SUPER=03-Grayson Co./File Tape;]


Some felt Johnson's civil rights has been violated and asked that the justice department to get involved.
Federal officials today announced the end of their probe.
According to a press release, the department felt it did NOT need to get involved due to the successful prosecution of both defendants.
Both Lois Ceparano and Emmett Cressell, Junior were sentenced to life in prison.
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[Cafeteria]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=net]
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S-and-S wants its Roanoke customers to know the cafeteria is still cookin'.
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[VO-NAT]
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S-and-S and its landlord have a verbal agreement to extend the cafeteria's lease through Christmas.
Two weeks ago the leasing agent at Towers Mall said S-and-S was not going to renew its lease and would be out by June.
The cafeteria serves more than nine-thousand people a week.
And a spokeswoman said S-and-S does not want to leave Roanoke or its loyal customer base.
By December the cafeteria wants to work out a long-term deal that will assure it stays in Roanoke.
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[Park-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
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Dry, windy conditions are fueling a brush fire in the Shenandoah National Park.
17-hundred acres have already burned and a 40-mile stretch of Skyline Drive is closed.
No one has been hurt, and no structures are immediately threatened.
The fire started by accident over the weekend from embers left by a planned burn that officials thought was extinguished.

[E-Campbell-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
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Autopsy reports show a Campbell County woman who was shot by her husband over the weekend, died from a single bullet wound to the neck.
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[VO-NAT]
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27-year old Douglas Pendleton told police he was showing his wife how to fire a Glock semi-automatic pistol when the gun accidentally went off.
28-year old Jennifer Pendleton died early Saturday morning.
Her husband has "not" been charged and the investigation is continuing.
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[Colorado-Latest]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=School Shooting]


It will be another day at school for Columbine High School students today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Littleton, CO;]

[7:20:14]
They returned to the classroom yesterday for the first time since last month's bloody rampage.
They're finishing out the academic year at a nearby school.
But friends and associates of the two shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, will stay at home with the Jefferson County school district providing them tutors.
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(( RICHARD KAUFMAN/DIR. OF COMMUNICATIONS/JEFFERSON CO. SCHOOLS SOT..(134045)."PRIMARILY FOR THEIR WELL-BEING AS WELL A

S BECAUSE IT'S A VERY DIFFICULT TIME FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED."))
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[VO-NAT]


A former Columbine High School student was arrested yesterday for allegedly supplying a semiautomatic handgun used in the massacre.
Twenty-two-year-old Mark Manes (MAN'-ihs) has been booked for providing a handgun to a minor, though it's not clear which gunman received the weapon, or whether it was sold or simply given.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


They say everything is bigger in Texas--
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Even the cake.
We'll get a taste of a true 20-gallon hat-sized treat when News-7 at Noon continues.
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[Carvin's-Cove]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
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Roanoke City water officials say there's a good possibility residents will face mandatory water restrictions at some point in the future.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.]


The Carvins Cove Reservoir is 18 feet below full pond, and may not fill back up this year.
City Utilities Director Kit Kiser says if May passes without significant rain, things get serious.
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((KIT KISER/ROANOKE UTILITIES DIRECTOR: YOU'VE GOT JUNE, YOU'VE GOT JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, ARE DRY, HIGH USE MONTHS, AND THE RESERVOIR NORMALLY DROPS 2 TO THREE FEET A MONTH ))
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[VO-NAT]


Fifteen percent of that drain comes from Roanoke County.
The city has an contract to sell the county water well into the next century.
Technically, the County doesn't need it because the Spring Hollow Rervoir is full.
But some North County residents are connected to the City system, and have no access to Spring Hollow.
Roanoke County residents should not have to deal with any water restrictions this summer.
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[Texas-Cake]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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Some Texas children got a Texas-size treat.
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[SUPER=03-Austin, TX;]


The Texas state board of tourism has kicked off its "Week of Tourism" with a true 20-GALLON HAT size cake.
The cake was actually in the exact shape of the Lone Star State.
The cake and week-long festivities are to celebrate the fact that Texas ranks the number-two state in the nation for tourism.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE# none]
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 44 points.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports, they say money talks, but it's not saying much in Baltimore.
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[VO-NAT]


We'll have more on the Oriole's latest embarassment-- plus a look at pro wrestling's debut at Camden Yards-- when News 7 at Noon continues.
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[Charlotte]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-32]
[GRAPHIC=Lowe's Speedway]


Lowe's Motor Speedway is trying to help ease the pain after three spectators were killed Saturday night by flying debris during an Indy Racing League Event.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Concord, NC/Saturday;]


The race was immediately cancelled, and 50-thousand spectators were sent home.
Sunday, the speedway announced it's scheduled counseling sessions at the track today, plus it has established a trust fund for the families of those who were either killed or injured.
It's the first time since the track opened in 19-60 that a spectator has been killed in Charlotte.
Speedway officials say they are considering raising the height of the 15- foot fences around the track.
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[NHRA]


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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dinwiddie/Sunday; :00]


Meantime, Sunday's N-H-R-A event outside Richmond was also marred by tragedy.
A piece of Paul Romaine's top fuel dragster flew off into the stands after the engine blew up at the Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie.
The engine piece hit a man in the head. He is listed in serious condition at M-C-V in Richmond.
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[Orioles]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-35]
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A Cuban missile struck Baltimore last night. Danel Castro led the Cuban all-star team's 18- hit attack on the Orioles, going 4 for 5 in the Cuban's 12 to 6 victory at Camden Yards.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/HTS; :00]


But all the action wasn't on the basepaths.
In the 5th inning, a fan came out of the stands carrying a sign with the words "Freedom strike out Castro".
He made the mistake of running in the direction of Cuban umpire Cesar Valdez, who would eventually wrestle him to the ground.
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[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[ss=hold!!!]


Now there's word that one of the members of the Cuban delegation has defected.
The Associated Press says the person is being processed.
The rest of the Cuban team and entourage returned to Havana this morning.
The loss may have been the last for manager Ray Miller, who's led the Orioles to a 7 and 17 record this season.
There's been speculation the club would wait until after the Cuba game to make a change.

[Cave]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-31 (1:19:37)]
[GRAPHIC=Softball Logo]


With 5 games left in the regular season, Cave Spring and Franklin County are the frontrunners in the Roanoke Valley District softball race.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Cave Spring vs Franklin Co.;]


Right now, the Knights seem to have the advantage. They've beaten Franklin County twice already, and are currently 9-and-0 in the R-V-D.
The Lady Knights have played tough defense all year, but are looking for a little more balance, after showing only a little power at the plate.
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The Lady Eagles have just the two losses in the district. Even though they've hit consistently and played strong defense, they've yet to get over the hump when it comes to playing the Lady Knights.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[GRAPHIC=Hold!!!]


The Lady Knights and Eagles play this afternoon in Rocky Mount before the tournament next month at the Moyers Sports Complex in Salem.

[Express]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-36 55:26]
[GRAPHIC=Express/Renegades]


Down two games to none in the Kelly Cup playoffs, the Express is hoping to finally find the net tomorrow night against the Renegades.
And while Roanoke is known around the league for its goaltending, it's Richmond's netminder that keeps stealing all the headlines.
Steve Mason reports.
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[SUPER=01-Scott Gordon/Express Head Coach; 1:08]
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((STEVE MASON:)) ((MIKE PERON/EXPRESS CENTER:)) ((Even though Renegades star center Ryan Kraft lost some blood during the first of two games in Roanoke, it is the Express that desperately needs an offensive transfusion. Roanoke has scored just two goals in two games, despite 78 shots. ((:)) ((:)) Maxime Gingras has been one main reason for the Express scoring drout. Since game two, Scott Gordon, a former goalie himself, has spent considerable practice time going over how tot beat the 21 year old phenom. ((:)) ((:)) nd. At the Round House, Steve Mason, News 7 sports.)) Monday afternoon, Gordon also announced that Dave Gagnon will start in net for the Express Wednesday night in Richmo