[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Could peace be on the way for Kosovo?
Both Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic and the Serb parliament reportedly are ready to accept the western backed peace plan.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A many today are asking why the pilot of the doomed American Airlines pilot landed in Little Rock Tuesday night during a storm.
The pilot was killed but investigators hope the co-pilot can provide some answers.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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News 7 at noon is next.

[kosovo]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#None]
[GRAPHIC=Serbia Peace Deal]


Some major developments in the conflict in Kosovo.
Both Yugoslavia's parliament and the government of Slobodan Milosevic have approved a Western-backed peace deal.
But, the plan provides for a series of steps, including the withdrawal of Yugoslav troops, before NATO will halt its attacks.
The Pentagon calls today's development a hopeful sign but is waiting to hear more details.
Until then U-S officials say the air campaign against Yugoslavia will continue.
Lisa Hughes reports from Washington.
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[SUPER=03-Belgrade, Yugoslavia;]
[SUPER=01-Jamie Shea/NATO Spokesman;]
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[Live=Hughes Full/Newspath]
[SUPER=05-Washington DC]

((Super: Belgrade,Serbia
(nats_Serbian parliament)

Serb lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the deal this morning which would allow for the return of roughly 850-thousand Kosovar refugees. After two and a half-months of NATO airstrikes, some Yugoslav leaders felt accepting the agreement was the only real solution.
(9:28:56 we are satisfied. We are very happy. And I do hope that most of

Serbian population will share our happiness)
(9:29:13 YES_LONG TIME_Ataasarri/Milosevic shake hands)

Serbian leaders voted after an almost two-hour meeting between President Milosevic and envoys from Finland and Russia. The agreement calls for a halt in the NATO bombing only once there is proof Serb forces are withdrawing from Kosovo. At this morning's NATO briefing, spokesman Jamie Shea says once the real pull-out begins, it should be obvious.
(Super: Jamie Shea/NATO Spokesman

9:12:05 W CAN VERIFY YUGOSLAV WITHDRAWL IF WE CAN FIND A CAMOFLAGED TANK IN A DITCH) Super: Cologne, Germany
(9:44:26 applause at EU meeting/Cologne)

Western leaders are cautiously optimistic this is not merely another bluff by Milosevic. NATO bombed new targets overnight near the Albanian border and the airstrikes will continue until the Serb withdrawl is underway.))

[military-crash]


[ANCHOR=melanie ]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Helicopter Crash]


One person is dead after military helicopter crashes at Fort Bragg.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]


The victim was one of six people hurt when the chopper went down last night.
The five others on board received only minor injuries.
The Air Force special operations chopper crashed in a wooded area of Fort Bragg, while on a training mission.
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[Plane-crash]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=MD-80 Crash]


The investigation continues into Tuesday's deadly jetliner crash in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Many are asking why the American Airlines pilot attempted to land during a severe hailstorm.
Nine people died, including the pilot and dozens were injured.
Investigators today hope to interview the co-pilot.
Maureen Maher reports.
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[11:30 UPDATE WINDOW]
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[SUPER=03-Little Rock, AR;]
[SUPER=01-Wayne McDaniel/Crash Survivor;]
[SUPER=01-George Black/NTSB Investigator;]
[SUPER=01-Maureen Maher/Reporting;]
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(((LOCATOR: LITTLE ROCK, AR) Staring at the broken and burned fuselage of the MD-80 that was flight 1420. it's hard to imagine that anyone walked away alive from a landing that brought the jet screaming down a Little Rock airport runway, before crashing into a set of metal light poles.. Officials now say that nine of the 145 passengers did not make it out, including the pilot, Captain Richard Bushman. Since the crash Tuesday night, there has been great speculation as to why Bushman, an experienced pilot, would try to land during a sever thunderstorm.
((nat sot of 911 call..))

. but passenger Wayne McDaniel, who made the frantic 911 call for help believes Bushmann may actually be responsible for saving lives rather than loosing them.
(SOT/Wayne McDaniel, Crash Survivor) "We lost control, he regained control we lost it- I'm sure he had his hands full -

I just wish instead of everyone guessing what was on his mind - I wish he was there to tell it." Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board will instead question the co-pilot, who they are hoping will have more insight as to how and why the decision to land was made.
(SOT/George Black/NTSB) "Certainly we are interested in the issue of wx in this investigations but it's not the only fo

cus." Other factors like just how much wx information did air traffic control pass on and a power failure that occurred at the airport about the same time as the crash.
(MAHER CLOSE, ANALYZING BLACK BOXES)))


[Crozet-Monument]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
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The sole survivor of a 1959 plane crash in Albemarle County will build a monument to the 26 people who died in the accident.
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The plane was on its way from Washington to Roanoke when it smashed into a mountain near (crow-Zay) Crozet.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/August 1998]


Phil Bradley of Clifton Forge was the only survivor.
Bradley will build the monument at his own expense, and Albemarle County will be responsible for routine maintenance after it is built.
A wheel from the airplane and a plaque bearing the names of those who died will be on display.
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[Franklin-Property]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=12]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-23 TC26:02]
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A Roanoke property owner at odds with the city says he just wants to be treated fairly.
Today, Herbert George and his attorney said they will fight the city's efforts to condemn his land for a public park.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The city wants the property on the corner of Franklin Road and Elm Avenue to build a fountain that would serve as a gateway to downtown.
But George and city officials have been unable to agree on a price.
With the city moving forward with condemnation proceedings, George's attorney says they are prepared to fight in court.
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[SOT ]
[IN Q=It makes you irritable and disgusted]

((HERBERT GEORGE/PROPERTY OWNER: IT MAKES YOU IRRITABLE AND DISGUSTED THE CITY WOULD TAKE YOUR LAND. THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT US.)) ((JOSEPH WALDO/GEORGE'S ATTORNEY: THE PROPERTY'S BEEN OWNED BY THE FAMILY FOR 56 YEARS. THEY'VE ASSEMBLED THE ENTIRE PARCEL AND ALL THEY WANT IS TO BE TREATED FAIRLY, AND I'M GOING TO SEE THAT THE CITY OF ROANOKE TREATS THE GEORGE FAMILY FAIRLY.))
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[SUPER=01-Joseph Waldo/George's Attorney; :08]
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[OUT Q=treats the George family fairly.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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City officials were unavailable for a response this morning. [tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Good news about unemployment for the Commonwealth and most of the viewing area.
Still ahead on News-7 at Noon, we'll find out where unemployment news is not so good.
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[VO-NAT ]


And the Discovery astronauts say goodbye to the Internation Space Station and get ready to come home.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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[Vegas-Shooting]


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


A shooting rampage at a grocery store in Las Vegas leaves four people dead and one critically injured.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Las Vegas, NV;]


Police say young man opened fire this morning at an Albertson's store near the Vegas strip.
Frightened shoppers and employees huddled in an area in the back of the store until police were able to get the suspect out.
Police are still trying to determine the motive.
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[Truck-Crackdown]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Truck Safety]


State troopers are in their final hours of the safety crackdown on Interstate 81 truck traffic.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.]


Scales on interstate 81 and Route 11 were open round the clock yesterday.
Inspectors say after several years in the business, they can often pinpoint an overweight truck just by looking at it, but to make sure, they use portable scales.
They look, and work, like bathroom scales... but they have a capacity of 20 thousand pounds each.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=those scales are]

((JEFF SMITH/VDOT TRUCK WEIGHT DIVISION; THOSE SCALES ARE PORTABLE WHICH MEANS WE CAN TAKE THEM AND GO ANYWHERE WITH THEM, THE ONLY THING WE TRY TO DO IS WEIGH THEM IN AS SAFE AND LEVEL A SPOT AS WE CAN. ))
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[VO-NAT]


During the 48 hour check, they were set up at the weigh station pull-off on alternate 220... The driver pulls his rig up onto the scales as inspectors add up the numbers.
Since they're not an immediate safety hazard, overweight trucks are allowed to continue, but they are ticketed.
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[S-Unemployment]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=99-18 27:59]
[GRAPHIC=Va Unemployment]


Virginia's unemployment rate is at an all-time low.
And the news is good for most of our part of the state.
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[VO-NAT]


Virginia unemployment fell to 2-point-3 per cent in April, matching the lowest figure since Virginia started keeping numbers in 19-50.
It's also an all-time low for the Lynchburg area, at 1-point-8 per cent.
The number is lower in the Roanoke area... 1-point-6 per cent .. but not a record.
Unemployment is still considerably higher in the Danville region .. the April rate: 5-point-9 per cent.
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[Shuttle]


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


The Shuttle astronauts have turned off the lights and the closed the hatches on the new international space station.
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[VO-NAT]

[4:12:52-YESTERDAY'S 4 AM]
Discovery pulls away from the station tonight.
Yesterday, the astronauts held a news conference and gave a tour of the new space hub.
The crew has spent the past several days doing repair work and dropping of nearly two tons of supplies for the astronauats who move in next March.
Discovery returns to Earth on Sunday.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Charismatic has won two of the three legs of the triple crown.
A little later in sports we'll check in on preparations at Belmont for this weekend's final leg.
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[VO-NAT ]


And a theater group from Ferrum College is headed for the spotlight in New York. More on the Jack Tale Players next on News-7 at Noon.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-12 1:38:29]
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The Jack Tale Players are going from Ferrum College to the Big Apple this weekend.
Tina Tenret takes us behind the curtain.
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[SUPER=03-Ferrum; :00]
[SUPER=01-Nikki Payne/Jack Tale Player; :21]
[SUPER=01-Rex Stephenson/Director; :45]
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[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County]
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[IN Q=going up]

((GOING UP CRIPPLE CREEK, GOING IN A WHIRL, GOING UP CRIPPLE CREEK TO SEE MY GIRL.))
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[OUT Q=to see my girl]


The Jack Tale Players are not going to Cripple Creek exactly.
This bunch of Ferrum College students and community actors have been invited to the Provincetown Playhouse in New York.
The old stomping grounds of playwright Eugene O'Neill.
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[SOT 10:35:27]
[IN Q=How do you think]

((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: HOW DO YOU THINK IT WILL FEEL TO BE ON STAGE OFF BROADWAY? NIKKI PAYNE: EXCITING. IT'S BEEN A DREAM AND NOW THAT I'M GETTING TO FULFILL IT I THINK I'M REALLY GOING TO ENJOY IT.))
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[OUT Q=TO ENJOY IT]
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The group has carried folklore from Southwest Virginia to 34 states -- but never off-Broadway.
They often play family shows in local schools.
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[IN Q=They feel]

((REX STEPHENSON/DIRECTOR: THEY FEEL IT'S A BIG DEAL. I HAVEN'T EVER PLAYED OFF BROADWAY BUT IN A SENSE HOPEFULLY IT'S NO DIFFERENT FROM PLAYING FLOYD OR ROCKY MOUNT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.))
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[OUT Q=Rocky Mount]


Well, New York City may look a little different -- but this group will be back in the Blue Ridge by Monday.
Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County))

[Stocks]


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 75 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The NBA playoffs resume tomorrow night, and one team will find out if their achilles heel will put them one a step behind the rest in postseason...
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[VO-NAT ]


And they may not be the NBA.. but local doctors are doing their best to help children by heading to the courts.
More when News 7 continues
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[S-Ewing]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-40]
[GRAPHIC=NBA PLAYOFFS]


NBA playoffs get back underway tomorrow night and the Knicks may have trouble keeping pace for the remainder of the postseason.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/TNT-Tuesday Night; :00]


Patrick Ewing, who just missed tying Tuesday night's game two against Indiana with this last second jumper will miss the rest of this series and the rest of the playoffs after doctors determined yesterday he has a partially torn achilles tendon.
Ewing played hurt Tuesday night but will spend the next six weeks in cast.
The series is tied at a game a piece.
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[ANCHOR=PAtrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-36]
[GRAPHIC=NEWS 7 SPORTS]


Carilion Doctors were earning extra money yesterday... for Ronald McDonald.
They attempted to play some basketball and raise money for charity.
The fundraising was the more successful of the two endeavors.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/5th Annual Crockett Cup; :00]


UVa's Pete Gillen and Virginia Tech's Rick Stokes generously gave of their time to coach the attending and resident physicians. The stategy in the game was simple.
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[SUPER=01-Pete Gillen/UVa Head Coach; :00]
[RUNS=06]
[OC=...CHUCK AND DUCK."]
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[VO NAT CON'T]
The players did just that with the "younger" resident physicians winning the Crockett Cup again by a 57-to-49 score.

But in the end, Ronald McDonald House was the real victor
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[IN Q="This year...]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Paul Dallas/Event Organizer; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ricky Stokes/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :12]
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[OUT Q=...COME TO."]
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[VO-NAT CON'T]


Before heading out of town, Gillen made sure he made some lasting contacts with the Docs - just in case.
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[IN Q="I'm...]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=....me open."]
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[S-Moyer]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Paul Moyer]


Paul Moyer, the long time athletic director for Inner City Athletics and the recently named head football coach at Roanoke Catholic for next season, is now recovering from a stroke.
Moyer suffered the setback earlier this week and we wish him a speedy recovery.

[S-Clinic]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-44 00:04]
[GRAPHIC=Football all star clinics]


THe Roanoke Valley All-Star Football Clinics attracted nearly 400 kids last summer.
Later this month the camp return for it's second year, and Steve Mason says it promises to not only be bigger, but also better.
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[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Year; :00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Yesterday; :07]
[SUPER=01-Steve Bowery/All-Stars Football Clinics Founder; :14]
[SUPER=01-Richard Goodpasture/All-Stars Football Clinics Founder; :41]
[SUPER=01-Walt Derey/All-Stars Football Clinics Founder; 1:03]
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[OUT Q=....News 7 sports"]
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((Tiki and Ronde Barber, along with one of the finest groups of high school coaches have found a new class room for their clinic. Rising Stars Sports and Adventure camp. ((STEVE BOWERY:))
The clinics brain trust met at the multi purpose facility to map out a game plan for a camp that could double in numbers. To accomodate the projected increase, the staff has added high school coaches from just about everywhere. ((RICHARD GOODPASTURE:))
If the All-stars clinics are starting to sound community based, that's the way the creators want it. Scholarships will also be offered again this year.))
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[S-Cards]


[ANCHOR=PAtrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
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[vo nat eng#]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


Two top sports card companies are ahead of the game. They have already released their 1999 cards.
Usually only the top two rounds of players make it in these sets, but former Friday Football Extra great Anthony Poindexter, the Bedford County native is in the set. Not bad for the 216th overall selection in the seventh round.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="They...]

((BILL BRYANT:))
[SUPER=01-Bill Bryant/"The Wax Box" Owner; :00]
[RUNS=:12]
[OC=...WHY HE'S IN THERE."]
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[VO NAT CON'T]
Dex is featured right along side the likes of Ricky Williams and Edgerrin James and Bryant thinks he has a chance to be as big of an impact player in the game and the hobby some day.
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[IN Q="People today...]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=...people's attention."]
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[S-Horse]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-31]
[GRAPHIC=Horse Racing]


New York is preparing for the final leg of the triple crown.
The Belmont Stakes gets off and running Saturday afternoon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Belmont, NY; :00]


Yesterday the owners drew for post positions, and "Charismatic" the winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness drew the number four starting spot.
"Charasmatic" is the third straight horse in to make it to the Belmont with a chance to win the Crown.
The gorgeous chestnut colored horse which got little respect in the first two legs is now listed a 2-to-1 favorit(-------------) e.