[Ramirez]

[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mel]
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He's on a cross country train trip of terror.
And at this hour, the F-B-I in Houston is presenting its latest information on their search for serial killer Rafeal Resendez -Ramirez.
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Agents believe Ramirez stayed at a homeless shelter in Louisville, Kentucky last week.
He's already wanted for one murder in that state and has been linked to several others in two other states.
Investigators believe the 38 year old Mexican is a master of disguises and is making his way from town to town by hopping freight trains.
As we said, the F-B-I is briefing the media on developments in the manhunt. We will take you there live when it begins.
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[Serial-Killer]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ejo]
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All the deaths are near rail lines, from Illinois to Texas, and as Bob McNamara reports, some towns along the tracks are scared.
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[10:03:24 NAT]
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[SUPER=01-Larry Wick/Gun Salesman; :26]
[SUPER=01-Bill Livingston/Police Chief; :52]
[SUPER=01-Bob McNamara/CBS News; 1:03]
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((NATSOUND/TRAIN WHISTLE
TRACK: For decades.. the sound of a freight was like background music to a small town way of life..But today.. in Weimar, Texas.. the scream of the engine whistle is the signal of fear..

NATSOT "..(CLICK OF SHOTGUN)..THAT MEANS BACKUP AND GO.."


TRACK: Weimar's hardware store has sold as many guns in a month as they sell in a year.. and all the ammo they can stock..
SUPER: LARRY WICK/GUN SALESMAN
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"..I HAD A SCHOOL TEACHER IN HERE YESTERDAY SHE SAID I'M JUST TERRIFIED AND SHE'S BUYING A HANDGUN.."
TRACK/GRAPHIC What scares this town is what happend here in the last month and a half... (GRAPHIC) 46 year old Norman Sirnic -- a minister -- his 47 year old wife Karen.. and 73 year old Josephine Konvika.. are all suspected murder victims of (WANTED POSTER) Raphael Resendez Ramirez the alledged serial killer on the FBI's 10 most wanted list..
SUPER: BILL LIVINGSTON/POLICE CHIEF
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"..EVEN THOUGH HE'S GONE TO ILLINOIS ALL HE HAS TO DO IS HOP ON ANOTHER TRAIN AND COME BACK SO WE'RE NOT LETTING OUR GUARD DOWN ONE IOTA..YOU NOT? NO SIR, NO SIR.. .."
MCNAMARA ON CAM TAG
OUTCUE: BOB MCNAMARA, CBS NEWS, DALLAS))


[College-Tuition]


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[WRITER=ejo]
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Virginia lawmakers are pledging new efforts to cut college tuition bills.
State officials say they are dismayed by a report this week that says the recently approved 20 per cent tuition cut will have a very limited impact.
The reason: Virginia's 15 public colleges raised NON-educational fees, like room and board, to the point that little of that 20 per cent cut was left.

[Flag-Burning]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=eea]
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Some say it's about patriotism.
For others, it's a question of rights.
The House today is expected to approve a constitutional amendment to outlaw flag burning.
But the measure is likely to suffer another defeat when it winds up in the Senate.
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Just hours before the debate begins, Attorney General Janet Reno presented her objections.
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Backers say free expression should not include desecration of America's national symbol.

[Toy-recall]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
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[WRITER=mel]
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The popular pool toys known as diving sticks are being recalled.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says at least six children have impaled themselves on the hard plastic cylinders, which kids throw in the pool and retrieve.
The governement is also recalling Star Wars Lightsabers because a number of children have been burned by batteries that are overheating.[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A first for a drunk driving case in Roanoke. That story is still ahead on News 7 at noon.
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And the F-B-I is coming .. to Kosovo. American investigators are on the hunt for war crimes evidence.
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[Talent=Kimberly]

[Wx-Tease] [Weatherpro]
By later this afternoon and tonight, we'll be watching mainly scattered showers head into the viewing area.
But a few isolated areas of rain did make its way into the Beckley area early this morning, dropping just about 100th of an inch there...
Here's the latest radar picture.... [music up full] [comm1]

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The bombers are coming home ... and the peacekeepers have moved in. Now the F-B-I is coming to Kosovo.
American investigators are there to investigate atrocities... committed in the province... these past months.


NATO Commander Wesley Clark says... that the horrors being uncovered... provide clear justification... for NATO's bombing campaign.
Kimberly Dozier reports.
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[drunk-driving]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
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[WRITER=mel]
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A first conviction in Roanoke under a tough new D-U-I law.
Thirty one year old David Poff will spend nearly three years in prison for injuring two people while driving drunk.
Prosecutors say before the maiming law went into effect, Poff would have faced only a maximum of 12 months behind bars.
When Poff's car slammed into another vehicle March 7th, the driver was left in a coma for three weeks and her passenger suffered a collapsed lung.[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A special Jonbenet Ramsey grand jury runs into problems. The details are still ahead.
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[VO-NAT ]


And could it be? ... taking a vacation into space? Some people say it's more likely than you think.
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[Rocket-Launch]


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An American rocket was launched into space just about 25 minutes ago, with an ambitious scientific mission.
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The "FUSE" spacecraft took off from its pad at Cape Canaveral at 11:44 AM. You just heard the mission described. The mission is all science research ...nothing less than trying to help us learn how our universe was created.
It may be years before we know if the mission is successful.
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[Space-tourism]


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[WRITER=mel]
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How this for a vacation idea, a trip to outer space?
I know that sounds more like science fiction, than reality.
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[VO-NAT]
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[10:19:49]
But at a Washington gathering of aerospace industry executives, government officials and few astronauts their discussing the idea of actual space tourism. [animation]
This is what some American toursim companies have in mind, an airplane, flying on the outer reaches of the earth's atmospher, releasing a smaller rocket to transport tourists to the moon and beyond.
Okay, so it sounds far fetched, but the idea has the support of the orginal moonwalker, Buzz Aldrin.
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BUZZ ALDRIN, FORMER ASTRONAUT: "I THINK IT'S CLEAR IN THIS COUNTRY THAT THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THE UNLEASHING OF THE MARKET ECONOMY, OF ADVERTISING AND PROMOTING OF PRODUCTS FROM HIGH-VISIBILITY OPPORTUNITIES AND SPACE IS A HIGH-VISIBILITY OPPORTUNITY." ))

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[OUT Q=high visibility opportunity. (Double out)]
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Aldrin says companies should look even beyond his old territory of the moon.
So perhaps one day, tourists will enjoy taking in the Martian landscape or a view of the earth from space.
The ambitious idea of space tourism does have its drawbacks, perhaps the biggest being the cost.
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[Ramsey]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Jonbenet Ramsey]


Police weren't able to crack the Jonbenet Ramsey murder case, so prosecutors hoped a special grand jury might lead to an arrest.
The grand jury has been investigating for close to a month, but as Raj Chohan (rahzh CHO-hahn) reports, it looks like D-N-A evidence is causing major problems.
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[SUPER=01-Dan Caplis/Legal Analyst; :13]
[SUPER=01-Raj Chohan/Reporting; :50]
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[OUT Q=for CBS News.]




[Wynonna-Divorce]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ejo]
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Wynonna's divorce is final.
The singer filed for divorce from Arch Kelley in November -- citing irreconcilable differences. The couple was married in January 1996.
Wynonna will have primary responsibility for their two children.
She'll pay Kelley a lump sum of a quarter of a (m) million dollars. He won't be paying child support because he's unemployed.



[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=chr]
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was down 124 points. [tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Coming up next on News 7....
Players are "loving" Wimbleton as the competition heats up...
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and the Roanoke Valley Horse Show shows us some horses that are too cute to lose.
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[S-McHale]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-35]
[GRAPHIC=NBA FINALS]


The San Antonio Spurs are a game away from winning it all.
They took a three games to one lead over the Knicks last night-- winning 98 to 89.
A win tomorrow night will make the Spurs the first former American Basketball Association team to win the N-B-A championship.
[GRAPHIC=celtics]


One of the sixth best men of all time was honored yesterday by the basketball hall of fame... former Boston Celtics great Kevin McHale.
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[WIPE TO ENG#!!!!!!!]


[S-Thompson]


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[wipe to eng#!!!!!!!!]
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[VO-NAT]
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The other leader in this year's class of indutees is former Georgetown coach John Thompson, who won 596 games and one national championship in his 27 years of coaching the Hoyas.
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[S-Horse]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-37 (1:01:11)]
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Hoops and horses have a lot in common this week at the Roanoke Valley horse show.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :]


The connection is Tom Brennen a former basketball coach and a steward for the American Horse show association.
Brennen is in Salem this week overseeing the show as the head steward.
No, he's not a policeman but he makes sure that the riders follow all the rules in each category.
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Brennen was an assistant basketball coach for Al McGuire for 13 seasons at Marquette where the two won the NCAA title in 1977.
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[2Ramirez]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ejo]
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As we said at the top of the newscast, the F-B-I in Houston is presenting its latest information on their search for serial killer Rafael Resendez -Ramirez.
We take you now live to that press briefing already in progress.
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[TAKE News conference live]
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[SUPER=05-Houston, TX] [SUPER=01-(name)/FBI]