An emotional discussion in Germany, as President Clinton meets with some Kosovo refugees.
And Amy Fisher learns whether she'll be released on parole.
News 7 at noon is next.
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Russia has come on board with a plan to put international peacekeepers in Kosovo, as part of a peaceplan that would eventually see Kosavar refugees returned to their homes.
And in Germany, the three former U.S. P-O-W'S received more honors today.
Maureen Maher is in Germany with the latest.
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(((LOCATOR: WUERZBURG, GERMANY)
IT WAS A DOUBLE CEREMONY OF HONOR FOR THE 3 FORMER AMERICAN POW'S. CHRISTOPHER STONE, ANDREW RAMIREZ AND STEPHEN GONZALEZ EACH RECEIVED A
PURPLE HEART FROM THE U.S. MILITARY AS WELL AS THE UNITED NATIONS SERVICE MEDAL FOR THEIR 32 DAYS IN SERBIAN CUSTODY.
(LOCATOR: SCHWEINFURT, GERMANY)
FROM THERE THE TRIO MOVED ON TO A MUCH LESS FORMAL WELCOME HOME PARTY AT
THEIR HOME BASE IN SCHWEINFURT.
(SOT, POW SOT, NAME TO COME)
AS THE ARMY CELEBRATED THE END OF THE SOLDIERS' CAPTIVITY, MEMBERS OF
(LOCATOR: BONN, GERMANY)
THE G-8 MET TO NEGOTIATE A PROPOSED END TO THE WAR IN KOSOVO. FOR THE FIRST TIME, RUSSIA HAS AGREED TO AN INTERNATIONAL PEACEKEEPING FORCE IN THE YUGOSLAVIAN PROVINCE, EVEN THOUGH NATO TROOPS WERE NOT SPECIFICALLY
MENTIONED IN THE PROPOSED DEAL.
(LOCATOR: INGELHEIM, GERMANY)
ALSO IN GERMANY THIS MORNING, PRESIDENT CLINTON ON THE TAIL END OF HIS 2 DAY TOUR OF AMERICAN AIR BASES, TOOK A MOMENT TO DEAL WITH THE REFUGEE ISSUE, PROMISING A GROUP OF KOSVAR ALBANIANS THEY'LL RETURN TO THEIR HOMES.
(SOT, CLINTON, "MISTER MILOSEVIC HAS NOT SUCCEEDED... YOU WILL GO HOME
AGAIN IN SAFETY AND IN FREEDOM.")
(MAHER STANDUP: THERE WAS LITTLE OPEN DISCUSSION OF THE KOSOVO CRISIS AT THE WELCOME HOME OF THE U.S. SERVICEMEN. BUT T
HERE IS A GERNERAL SENSE THAT UNTIL SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC AGREES TO A PEACE DEAL, THERE WILL BE NO HOMECOMING PARTIES FOR THE REFUGEES, ONLY THE CHANCE FOR MORE ACTION FOR
OUR U.S. TROOPS. MM, CBS NEWS, SCHWEINFURT, GERMANY.)))
The official death toll in the Oklahoma tornados today rose to 44, with many people still trying to find relatives who are unaccounted for.
Manuel Gallegus reports on the continuing cleanup in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore.
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Sunrise in Oklahoma signaled another day of cleanup for thousands of victims left without shelter, clothes and precious mementos.
Despite the loss of just about everything many are determined to stay put.
SOT, No name, "my plans right now are to clean up this mess and start again."
Three days after the deadliest tornados in half a century, victims face months of rebuilding. Nearly three thousand homes and 47 businesses were destroyed in oklahoma. In kansas, over a thousand buildings were
Search efforts continue today in the town of Bridgecreek, oklahoma where several people are still missing.
One Bridgecreek family is reunited after their nine year old daughter was swept away during the height of the storm.
She was found in a local hospital critically injured with head trauma. In the next bed her
six year old sister also critically injured.
Sot: Cyndy Tennamin/tornado victim
"I want to watch them run, I want to watch them swim, I want them fight with each other, I want to hear them argue and I want them to just sit on my lap and give me a hug and tell them they love me."
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The woman dubbed the Long Island Lolita is being released from prison.
Amy fisher was granted parole this morning.
She was just 16 when was fired a bullet into the head of Mary Jo Buttafuoco, the wife of her boyfriend Joey.
Fisher has served seven years of five to 15 year sentence.
New York officials say she'll be released within a week.
Authorities in Western New York are expected to charge a suspect today for the October murder of a doctor who performed abortions.
Doctor Barnett Slepian was killed by a sniper inside his home near Buffalo.
Sources say anit-abortion ativist James Kopp will be charged with the murder.
Police have been looking for Kopp since the killing, calling him a material witness.
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Cutbacks hit the Radford Ammunition plant-- even while fighting continues in the Balkans.
That's just one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Noon
And we'll go for a bus ride-- to see how employers can offer better daycare.
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Its another sad story involving teens and guns.
Pittsylvania County authorities say a 15 year old boy was playing with a nine-millimeter handgun in his trailer home yesterday when he dropped the weapon and it fired.
The boy, Mark Anthony Hale, was hit in the chest and died before police arrived on the scene.
Neighbors say Mark lived with his 18-year old brother and that he wasn't in school because he'd been expelled earlier in the year.
He was at home with another teen at the time of the shooting.
Neighbors are puzzled over how he got hold of the gun.
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((DIANE BOWEN/NEIGHBOR: WHEN I ASKED THEM IF THEY HAD ANY GUNS, BECAUSE THEIR FATHER SAID THEY TOOK ALL THEIR GUNS THAT THEY HAD, THEY SAID NO. I HAVEN'T PERSONALLY SEEN IT, SO I DON'T KNOW.))
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Police expect results from the boy's autopsy in Roanoke today.
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The Radford Arsenal is in the midst of cutbacks.
About 60- workers recently accepted an offer of early retirement.
Another 14- people were notified last week that they were being laid off.
A spokesman for the company that runs the plant says the cutbacks are part of an overall effort to make the arsenal more cost efficient and competitive.
The same spokesman says the need for ammunition in the future looks secure-- considering what is taking place in Kosovo.
Statistics show the average working Virginia family spends up to 85- hundred dollars a year on daycare.. but it can be difficult to find affordable, quality care that coincides with the parent's work schedule.
Getting employers to help was the goal of a bus tour yesterday in Lynchburg.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( It's not every day you find business leaders in suits and ties playing with small children.. but giving these executives a firsthand look at how daycare centers operate could make them better employers.
((CAROL MASSIE/CHILD CARE RESOURCE CENTER: WE WANTED TO TAKE BUSINESS LEADERS OUT OF THEIR BOARDROOMS AND OUT OF THEIR EXECUTIVE SUITES AND DOWN ON THE FLOOR WITH THE CHILDREN SO THEY COULD SEE HOW THESE LITTLE LIVES WILL IMPACT THEM ON THEIR BOTTOM LINE FIGURE.))
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Massie says the idea seems to have worked.
Each van load paid a visit to four different daycare centers to get a better appreciation for what their employees deal with on a daily basis.
And with the competition for quality workers getting more fierce every day, employers say helping them find and pay for quality child care could become an important part of a benefits package.
((NAT MARSHALL/BWX TECHNOLOGIES: THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT IS VERY, VERY COMPETITIVE AND SO WE HAVE TO DO THE THINGS THAT ARE NECESSARY TO GET THE PEOPLE TO ONE, COME AND TWO, TO STAY.))
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Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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It was a big night for music-- We'll have highlights of the 98-Degrees concert.
And we'll find out who the big winners were in last night's Country Music Awards.
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It was a night to name the best in country music.
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Garth Brook took two awards home at the 34th annual Academy of Country Music awards.
Artist of the Decade and entertainer of the year.
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((GARTH BROOKS-I'VE GOT TO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.))
[OUT Q=THANK YOU VERY MUCH.]
The Dixie Chicks were also big winners.
The trio took the best album and best group awards.
((THE FANS ASK US IF WE ARE HAVING AS MUCH FUN....THE ANSWER IS YES.))
[OUT=THE ANSWER IS YES.]
And it was a big night for country couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
McGraw was named top Male vocalist.
Hill took the Female vocalist award.
And also picked up the awards for best Single and best video.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was down 57 points.
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Still ahead in sports, mystery surrounds the death of a former N-F-L pro-bowler.
And in Colorado, it's one for the record books.
We'll tell you about the Rockies "homecoming", when News 7 at Noon continues.
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Former Dallas Cowboys lineman MArk Tuinei (Two-in-ay) was found dead in his home this morning.
A medical examiner's spokesman said the cause of death is unknown right now.
The 39-year-old Tuinei was a two-time Pro-Bowler at left tackle.
He played 15 years for the Cowboys and was on three Super Bowl champion teams.
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The Express again came up empty in the third game of the E-C-H-L Northern Conference Finals.
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Roanoke was hoping to crawl back into the series last night at the Richmond Coliseum.
Bu one goal is all Richmond would need. Joe Blaznek leaves the puck for Trevor Senn, his shot banks off the left post in the second period for the score.
The Renegades weren't finished. Steve Dumonski is left wide open in the
middle. His goal makes it 2- nothing.
The Express haven't scored in seven and a half periods and lose this one 3 to zero.
Game four is tomorrow night in Richmond.
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A pitcher that first arrived in Salem last April finally has a mark in the win column.
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Cinco De Mayo revelers at the field drank some Mexican brew as part of the festivities.
Salem would go up three- one on this play. Jose Gonzales sends this shot down the right field line. Gonzales is out at third, but two runs score on the play.
Myrtle Beach would re-claim the lead on a two run homer to right by Marcus Giles. But the Shawn (shah-CONE) Chacon and the Avalanche are able to pull out win-- by a score of eight to five.
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The Avalanche's parent team took a bite out of major league history last night.
The Colorado Rockies became the first team in 35 years to cross the plate in every inning.
They're only the third team this century to accomplish that feat, during yesterday's 13- 6 win over the Cubs..
The last team to do it was St Louis. That game was also at Wrigley field. The Cardinals beat the Cubs 15 to 2 back in 19-64.
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In Atlanta, Ryan Klesko smacked this two run shot to give Braves a five-three advantage in the third.
Brian Jordan adds another two run homer for Atlanta, this one to left center. Atlanta wins easily 12 to three.
The Philadelphia 76ers are heading into the playoffs on a high note, after a 105-100 overtime win against Detroit.
Steve Mason caught up with Roanoker George Lynch earlier this week in Charlotte, and spoke to him about his return to P-H, his contract, and N-B-A scoring champ Allen Iverson.
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((In his sixth year in the NBA, George Lynch is finally calling his own shots. After coming off the bench for an entire season in Vancouver last season, he has become a key starter for the sixers, missing only a handful of games because of a right knee sprain. Quality minutes translates into Lynch finishing the season ranked fifth or better in the NBA in steals, rebounds and assists per game.
Lynch not only defends well on the court, but off it. The 28 year old becomes especially defensive when it comes to his younger teammate and mega star Allen Iverson and his troubled past.
the ultimate team player who does all the little things right, George hopes to sign a big contract at season's end when his one year deal with the Sixers is up.
k Henry, where he played over a decade ago, is just the place for him.))
While Lynch's contract is in the works, the site for his summer basketball camp is a done deal and returning to Patric