[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A new congressional report says two decades of spying paid off big time for China.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A former teacher at a Christian school enters a no contest plea in connection to molestation charges.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[SS=None]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Carroll]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#=99-11 TC1:13:02]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A former principal and teacher at a Christian school in Radford pleaded NO contest today to having sex with one of her students.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford;]


If convicted, 34- year old Cynthia Carroll could spend 70- years in prison.
The encounters allegedly happened at the Three Angels Christian school-- where Carroll used to work.
The allegations came to light last year when Jeremy (Cull-tiss) Cultice-- who's now 21 filed a civil suit against Carroll and the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
He says the abuse began when he was 14- years old.
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[SOT--- 9:39:56]
[IN Q=It's hard]

((JEREMY CULTICE: IT'S HARD TO TELL YOUR PARENTS BECAUSE YOU'RE, LIKE, WELL, THEY'RE GOING TO BLAME THIS ON ME, BUT WHEN I TOLD MY MOTHER, SHE WAS RIGHT THERE, SO, KIDS, IF THIS EVER HAPPENS DON'T HESITATE TO TELL YOUR PARENTS.))
[SUPER=07-Jeremy Cultice; :00]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=your parents.]
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[VO-NAT]


The judge will render a decision on Carroll's guilt or innocence in August-- in order to give the court time to prepare a pre-sentence report and victim impact statement.
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[Simpson-Remark]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-12 TC1:18:29]
[GRAPHIC=Lawrence Simpson]


Pressure is mounting for Lynchburg sheriff Lawrence Simpson to step down because of a cross- burning remark he made two weeks ago.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Simpson told deputies they should "burn crosses on the lawns" of city council members to lobby for a four percent pay raise.
The comment has outraged members of Lynchburg's minority community, and last night the city's Democrats voted to ask Simpson to resign.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 21:14:06]
[IN Q=We feel like]

((GIL COBBS/LYNCHBURG DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE: WE FEEL LIKE THAT THE ONLY WAY THAT WE CAN RESOLVE THIS MATTER, TO GET HARMONY AND TOGETHERNESS IN THE CITY, THAT NO ONE OFFICE IS BIGGER THAN THE CITY ITSELF AND THE SHERIFF SHOULD RESIGN SO THAT WE CAN MOVE FORWARD.))
[SUPER=01-Gil Cobbs/Lynchburg Democratic Committee]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=can move forward.]
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[VO-NAT]


Simpson says the situation has been blown out of proportion and he has no intention of resigning.
City council may discuss the matter tonight.
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[SOL-Hearing]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Standards of Learning]


The public will have a chance to comment of the new Standards of Learning tests.
Hearings are set for seven tonight at Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke and Robert E-Lee High School in Staunton.
Some of the topics to be discussed are whether and how to reward schools where students perform well on the tests and what to do about schools whose students peform poorly.

[Train-ax]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Train Accident]


A tragedy in Connecticut where a walk on train tracks proved deadly.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fairfield, CT;]


Three children and a woman are dead after an Amtrak train hit them early this morning.
The children range in age from three to 12.
Another child survived, but lost his left leg.
He's in critical condition.
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[china]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A scathing Congressional report on spying by China -- is out.
It says that for two decades -- Beijing has been stealing U-S nuclear weapons technology... and that the espionage campaign may still be underway.
Lee Cowan has the latest from washington.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Christoper Cox /(R) Cmte. on National Security;]
[SUPER=01-Bill Richardson/U. S. Secretary of Energy;]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting;]
[RUNS=1:35]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.]

(((( NAT MISSILE )) FOR CHINA, THERE SEEMS TO BE FEW QUESTIONS LEFT TO ANSWER ABOUT U-S WEAPONS TECHNOLOGY - ACCORDING TO TODAY'S REPORT - CHINA HAS BEEN GETTING THE ANSWERS FOR TWENTY YEARS.
(( SOT: REP. CHRISTOPHER COX/R-CHAIRMAN, SELECT CMTE. ON NATL.SECURITY ))

THE 700 PAGE DOCUMENT CONCLUDES CHINA HAS BEEN ABLE TO STEAL DATA ON ALL MODERN NUCLEAR WARHEADS IN THE U-S ARSENAL - INCLUDING THE DESIGNS TO MAKE THEM, AND THE COMPUTER CODES TO TEST THEM.
(( SOT: COX))

((graphics )) IT'S THE RESULT OF A SOPHISTICATED ESPIONAGE ASSAULT FOCUSED ON THE NATION'S TOP WEAPONS LABS IN LOS ALAMOS, LAWRENCE LIVERMORE, OAK RIDGE AND SANDIA UNDER THE WATCH OF FOUR DIFFERENT PRESIDENTS. ALTHOUGH THE THEFT OF INFORMATION DATES BACK TO THE LATE 70'S AND EARLY 80'S, THE REPORT SAYS IT WASN'T DISCOVERED UNTIL THE MID 1990'S AND SUGGESTS IT COULD STILL BE GOING ON - SOMETHING THE ADMINISTRATION SAYS IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE.
(( SUPER: BILL RICHARDSON/US SECRETARY OF ENERGY )) (( SOT ))

"We feel very confident right now the steps are very, very strong, and this can't happen again." FOR ITS PART, CHINA SAYS THE ALLEGATIONS ARE FALSE-COOKED UP-- SAYS THE GOVERNMENT - BY PEOPLE WHO WANT TO SLANDER CHINA.)) [tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The Clinton's won't be going back to Arkansas when they leave Washington.
We'll find out where they're headed when News-7 at Noon returns.
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[VO-NAT ]


They expected more than a hundred, but only a few showed up.
More on last night's attempt to get public input on a new Roanoke City Manager is still ahead.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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

[wrestling-death]


[ANCHOR=MELANIE]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Homicide detectives are investigating how pro wrestler Owen Hart dropped 90 feet to his death Sunday night.
(-----------)
[SUPER=@File;]


They're checking out the rigging of the cable that his harness was attached to at the Kansas City arena.
A police spokesman says Hart's harness may have been attached incorrectly.
But the World Wrestling Federation president says Hart may have accidentally pulled a release mechanism.
[SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/Last Night;]


Despite the death, the W-W-F went ahead with its scheduled ``Raw is War'' event in St. Louis last night.
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[SOT]

[4:08:05-28]
[IN Q=IN RESPECT TOWON...]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=HERE IN WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION.]
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[VO-NAT]


The federation has canceled several upcoming live events -- and will not replay Sunday's match on pay-per-view, as was scheduled.
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[police-brutality]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


One of the New York police officers on trial for torturing a man in their custody has pleaded guilty.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/August 1997]


Officer Justin Volpe (VOHL'-pee) has admitted sodomizing a Haitian immigrant with a stick inside a stationhouse bathroom.
But it's not a plea bargain, meaning he could still get a life sentence.
Four other members of the force are also on trial, accused of violating Abner Louima's (loo-EE'-mah's) civil rights.
Their cases are expected to continue.
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[SOT]

[4:06:29-36]
[IN Q=]

((WE ARE JUST PROCEEDING...IF WEAR INE COURT ALONE..))
[SUPER=01-Joseph Tacopina/Defense Attorney;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=in court alone.]
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[VO-NAT]


Volpe decided to throw himself on the mercy of the court, rather than wait for a jury verdict after several of his fellow officers testified against him yesterday.
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[Hillary-NY]


[ANCHOR=MELANIE]
[NEWSCAST=nOON]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Hillary Clinton]


Will she or won't she?
When it comes to Hillary Rodham Clinton and a possible run for the Senate, the guessing game will go on.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]

[7:10:55]
The first lady had nothing to say on the matter last night, during a New York fund-raiser.
Clinton tells C-B-S that no matter what she decides, she plans to live in New York after leaving the White House.
In the meantime, the president and first lady begin a six-day vacation Tuesday in the backwoods of northeastern Florida.
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[City-Manager]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal]


Roanoke City officials are hoping for a better turnout at tonight's public forum on the search for a new City Manager.
It won't take much to top last night's attendance.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night]


The turnout, after subtracting city staff, volunteers and elected officials was just four people.
Billy Bova was one of them.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=They are at]

((BILLY BOVA; THEY ARE AT LEAST TRYING TO HAVE AN OPEN PROCESS HERE, THEY WANT THE CITIZENS TO HAVE INPUT AND REALIZE WE'RE SEARCHING FOR A NEW MANAGER. ))
[SUPER=07-Billy Bova]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=a new manager]
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[VO-NAT]


Organizers were a bit dismayed by the turnout, saying the meeting was well advertised ahead of time-- they were pleased by the results.
This small group plastered the wall with more than 20 criteria for a new manager, including a proven enconomic development track record, a business background, and a good understanding of the Roanoke region.
Citizens have one more chance to speak out... the second forum is tonight at seven at the Jefferson Center.
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[E-Y2K]


[ANCHOR=Mealnie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-10 TC1:57:33]
[GRAPHIC=Y2K]


Virginia has spent 128 million dollars so far fixing Y-2-K problems... and can guarantee that less than half its "mission critical" services will NOT fail on January first.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/File Tape;]


But, state officials say, almost all the rest of those 319 critical services will be "Y-2-K compliant" by August first.
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[SOT 14:24:35]
[IN Q=The question]

((BETTE DILLEHAY/VIRGINIA Y2K DIRECTOR: THE QUESTION I'M ALWAYS ASKED WHEN I GIVE A PRESENTATION REALLY IS "AM I GOING TO HAVE ELECTRICITY ON JANUARY ONE?" NOW, YOU KNOW, STATE GOVERNMENT CAN'T NECESSARILY MAKE THAT HAPPEN. BUT IF IT DOESN'T HAPPEN, I THINK WE HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY IN ENSURING THAT AS MUCH IS DONE AS POSSIBLE.))
[SUPER=01-Bette Dillehay/Virginia Y2K Director;]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=as possible.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


The total cost for the state alone to be ready for Y2K computer glitches is estimated at 200- million dollars.
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[S-ODYSSEY-MIND]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=pev]
[TAPE#=99-17 TC25:24]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Cars and high school students just seem to go hand in hand, but some Roanoke teens aren't looking for a joy ride.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


In a vehicle designed and built by an all-female team of students from Cave Spring High School they are about to do some traveling to compete at the national level.
By designing the car with two power sources, and allowing it to navigate a complicated obstacle course, the team has already won regional and state competitions.
The initial problem was simple.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Our problem was]
[SUPER=01-Katherine Garret/Cave Spring High School Student;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=mountain at the end.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Odyssey of the Mind world competition takes place in Tennessee this weekend.
The team must run the car through it's paces during an eight minute skit in order to win, so the competition encompasses both problem-solving and performance skills.
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[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead on News-7 at Noon-- we'll talk to actor Noah Wiley and the search for some real life-heros.
(-----------------)
[VO-NAT ]


And later in sports we'll check in with the Hokies as they get ready to head to the N-C-double-A baseball tournament.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]


[Sat-Interview]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


[***ROLL COLD OUT OF BREAK***]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The makers of ]
[SUPER=01-Noah Wiley/Actor; :29]
[SUPER=01-Officer Juan Diaz, Jr./Suffolk Co., NY Police Dept.; :54]
[RUNS=2:13]
[OUT Q=there, Patrick]

[****TAPE TOSSES TO PATRICK****]

[Stocks]


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 66 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Coming up in sports--
N-F-L owners vote on new ownership for the Redskins today--
(----------------)
[VO-NAT ]


And quite a crowd turned out for an educational night at the Avalanche game last night--
But the team seemed to forget to show...
This and more after the break.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]


[Skins-Owner]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=nte]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Redskins]


N-F-L owners vote today on whether or not to make 34-year-old Daniel Snyder the youngest majority owner in the league.
The owners are expected to approve the Maryland businessman's 800-million-dollar bid for the Washington Redskins.
Snyder and his partners, Fred Dresner and Mort Zuckerman, are putting up more than 350-million in cash.
The new owners will also acquire Jack Kent Cooke stadium in the deal.

[S-Surf]


[ANCHOR=pev]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-31 1:31:27]
[GRAPHIC=avalanche/hillcats]


The Salem Avalanche joined forces with the Bedford County Sheriff's department during yesterday's Avalanche- Hillcats game.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]


Over four thousand kids wrapped up Internet education week with Operation Blue Ridge Thunder Safe Surfin Day designed to create awareness on how to keep children safe on the Internet.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="I can't]

((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD COUNTY SHERIFF:)) ((DAVE OSTER/AVALANCHE GENERAL MANAGER:))
[SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dave Oster/Avalanche General Manager; :07]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=......bring to us"]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Hillcats vs. Avalanche;]


On to the game.
In the bottom of the fourth, Salem's' Todd Sears sends this pitch over the left-center field wall. The solo shot closed the Hillcats advantage to one.
[SUPER=37-Lynchburg/9/Salem/3; :]

But ini the top of the fifth, Steve Matcuk's pitch gets by the Salem catcher allowing Lynchburg's Kory DeHann to score, and the Hillcats win 9-to-3.
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[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=pev]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-34 tc 57:04]
[GRAPHIC=TECH BASEBALL]


The Virginia Tech Hokies will be playing close to home when NC-double-A baseball tournament begins.
Pairings were announced yesterday afternoon.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Yesterday;:00]


The Hokies--who have won 17 out of their last 18 games --will play Richmond in their opening game Friday in Winston-Salem.
Tech beat Richmond during the regular season, but the newly crowned A-10 champs are more excited about playing close to home.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="Well, as much...]
[SUPER=01-Chuck Hartman/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=....SO FAR."]
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[S-VMI]


[ANCHOR=pev]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-35 tc 1:08:42]
[GRAPHIC=VMI Football]


The Keydet's first year head coach is installing a new offense and defense in hopes of bringing more "W's" to VMI.

(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem;]


Cal McCombs visited the Roanoke Valley Sports Club last night.
He's been doing a lot of visiting lately.
McCombs says he's been traveling the state, meeting with high school football coaches to learn more about the Old Dominion's high school football programs.
He says the Virginia Military Institute's future football success will be built with state talent.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=we should]
[SUPER=01-Cal McCombs/VMI Head Coach;]
[RUNS=21]
[OUT Q=at VMI]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


McCombs inherits a Keydet team that's only had one win in the past two seasons.
But he's bringing a new game plan to the school.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=and in my]
[RUNS=24]
[OUT Q=more blitzin']
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[S-Jarrett]


[ANCHOR=pev]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-43]
[GRAPHIC=LOWES MOTOR SPEEDWAY]


The Winston Cup stars will be back in action tomorrow night in Charlotte for pole night festivities for the Coke 600.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00]


But tonight you will have a rare opportunity to meet current Winston Cup points leader Dale Jarrett.
He will be in Lynchburg at the River Ridge Mall signing autographs. (-------------) Jarrett will be signing autographs from 4:30 to 6 this evening in the parking lot area outside of Sears.