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Israeli warplanes bomb power stations and bridges in Beirut, Lebanon.
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And the search for the suspected rail riding serial-killer continues.
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Skies have stayed overcast for most of day, with scattered light showers streaming in from the southwest..
The weekend ahead should bring a mixture of sun and clouds...along with more scattered showers.
We'll have the latest radar picture for you...
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News 7 at noon is next.

[Israel-Lebanon]


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Israel says it will go on attacking Lebanon as long as Hezbollah guerillas based in Lebanon continue striking at Israel.
Israel yesterday unleashed its biggest series of raids -- killing at least seven people and wounding fifty-seven.

The latest raids were in response to rocket attacks on Israel that wounded one soldier and four civilians.
CBS News correspondent Jesse Schulman reports.
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Israeli warplanes rocketed targets on the outskirts of Beirut, carrying the conflict to the... (Super: Beirut, Lebanon)
(Beirut flames)

Lebanese capital in its fiercest raids since 1996. Two power stations went up in flames... Large areas of the city were left in darkness. Firefighters battling the blazes came under attack too, when Israeli aircraft paid a return visit... Tracer bullets streaked across the sky, as anti-aircraft gunners tried to zero in on the attacking aircraft, but failed.
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The warplanes also hit highway bridges south of the city... At least seven Lebanese were reported killed in the raids... dozens more were injured. Lebanese leaders called the Israeli attacks, barbaric...
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(Israel aftermath)

Israel called them self-defense, after Lebanese Hezbollah guerillas fired rockets into Israel earlier Thursday. The out-going government of hardliner Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the escalation overnight. But as Israel stepped up its attacks, Hezbollah guerillas did the same, killing at least two Israeli civilians.
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Usually the fighting remains confined, between Israel s troops in Lebanon and the Lebanese guerillas battling to eject them. This time it s spilled over... both sides say the other is to blame. Schulman OC close: Why Netanyahu ordered these attacks in the last days of his government isn t clear... Perhaps as a final defiant show of strength. Incoming prime minister Ehud Barak has promised to have Israeli troops out of Lebanon in a ear... the current round of fighting won t make that any easier. js cbs news tel aviv))

[Serial-Killer]


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A task-force tip line is receiving hundreds of calls in the search for suspected serial-killer Rafael Resendez-Ramirez.
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Police agencies from across the country are contacting Texas authorities quizzing them about the fugitive. Although Ramirez has been eliminated as a suspect in the 1994 rape and murder of an Ohio State student, he is still wanted in connection with eight slayings in three other states. Authorities believe the ex-convict is moving around by hopping freight trains.
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((DON CLARK/FBI INVESTIGATOR IN CHARGE: WE'VE HAD A AWFUL LOT OF SIGHTINGS. WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO FOLLOW THOSE. WE ARE PROBABLY UP TO ABOUT 1800 BITS OF INFORMATION THAT HAS COME IN TO US. WE ARE DOING OUR BEST TO ANALYZE THOSE AND FOLLOW THEM AS AGGRESIVELY AS WE CAN SO THAT WE CAN APPREHEND RAFAEL RAMIREZ.))
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Clark says police are looking throughout the country for Ramirez and not focusing on any particular area.
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[Kosovo]


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Businesses and stores in the capital of Kosovo are ransacked.
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Looting continued today at Pristina's main shopping center.
Up to one hundred people, both Serb and Albanian reportedly took part in the looting.
Meantime -- U-N officials estimate 300-thousand Albanians have retuned home in the past ten days -- panicked Serbs are accusing the Albanians of chasing THEM out of town.
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More Russian troops are headed to Kosovo to help with the peacekeeping mission.
Russian lawmakers approved the deployment today.
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[Kosovo-Refugees]


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Two refugee families from Kosovo are at their new homes in Martinsville.
But, they haven't left the memories of violence or their dreams of returning home behind.
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Getting over the nightmares is just the first obstacle for the Bela family.
All 7 of the children are malnourished from living in camps.
Their doctor -- a Kosovo refugee himself -- says 9-year-old Albana broke her arm playing last weekend ...because her bones were weakened by rickets.
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((DR. XAJE HASANAJ: ALL THE SERBIAN AGGRESSION HAS AFFECTED MOSTLY THE CHILDREN. ))
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One refugee says going back is always on her mind.
But she says if she can't go back, her dream is to sing with Bill Clinton.
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[Danville-Fire]


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Authorities say arson may have been the cause of a late-night fire in Danville.
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The blaze gutted this house on Westmore Drive last night...
The Danville police have taken a man who was at the fire into custody for possible arson.
Firefighters worked for nearly two hours putting out the blaze.
A woman who lived there was not injured.
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[E-Teacher-Exam]


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They are the highest standards in the nation.
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Prospective schoolteachers must now get the highest scores in the nation on an exam called "PRAXIS TWO" -- if they want to be certified in Virginia.
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((KIRK SCHRODER/STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: THE BOARD CLEARLY WANTS TO EMPHASIZE BASIC SKILLS, ESPECIALLY IN ENGLISH AND MATH. AND WE'RE PUTTING AN EMPHASIS ON THAT IN THE BASICS WITH OUR CHILDREN. SO WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR TEACHERS HAVE THOSE SKILLS AS WELL.))
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The State Board set the new "cut scores" for the exam yesterday.
New teachers hired for this fall will have to meet the new standards.
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You already have to turn your engine off at the gas pump-- now some gas stations are telling customers turn something else as well.
That's next on NEws-7 at Noon.
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And it's called the office of the future-- a place where few employees can say they hate going to work.
First, let's talk to Kimberly McBroom in the weather center.
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[Wx-Tease] [Weatherpro]
Well, you might need those umbrellas as you LEAVE work this afternoon....
Showers have been rather spotty and light....with anywhere from a few 100ths of an inch to about a 10th of an inch expected around here.
Meanwhile, FLOODING rains continue in parts of Texas and along the Gulf coast... [music up full] [comm1]

[Gas-Cell]


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A new reason not to use cell phones in the car -- but this warning has nothing to do with driving -- it's about using them when you're putting gas in your tank.
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Some gas station owners are telling their customers about the possible danger.
Exxon officials say using or dropping a cell phone can caause ignition and possibly start a fire.
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So far there have been no reports of cell phone related fires in the U-S, but at least three phone manufacturers agree with the gas comapny's recommendation.
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[Office-Future]


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Going to work is as relaxing as a walk in the park -- at least for employees at one California company.
Drew Griffin shows us the office of the future.
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Roanoke is losing another jet flight to Atlanta.
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But that doesn't mean airport officials are giving up on getting a low-fare airline
That story is next when News-7 at Noon returns.
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[E-Airport-Service]


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Roanoke airport officials want to keep people from taking off to Greensboro in search of cheaper fares and more flights.
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Delta pulled one of its A-S-A jet flights out of the daily lineup to Atlanta.
It was replaced with a smaller, slower plane.
Now only four jets serve the Atlanta flight each day... and the airport's director knows some passengers aren't happy.
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((JACKIE SHUCK: OF COURSE, TO THE LOCAL PASSENGER IT'S A BIG DIFFERENCE. IT'S A JET VERSUS A TURBO PROP. SO IT'S NOT SOMETHING I'M REAL PLEASED WITH.))
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[VO-NAT]


Some passengers are defecting to Greensboro for cheaper flights.
A ticket from Roanoke to Atlanta can cost more than 900-dollars.
The same ticket from Greensboro is only 100.
Roanoke's airport is trying to land a low-fare airline like Southwest.
But Southwest usually flies to bigger cities... and right now there's not enough of a demand to support the airline in Roanoke.
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[Stocks]


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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 109 points.
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[ANCHOR=Tonya]


Still ahead in sports-- Virginia Tech gets an invite to the Big East.
But will it attend?
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And ....a former J-M-U star makes his way back to the NFL and Campbell County.
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[S-East]


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The Hokies may be a full time member of the Big East. The school was just offered a place in the conference.
While the Hokies are elated with the possibility of ending nearly a decade of waiting to join the league, Steve Mason says change can cost a school some serious bucks.
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[S-Sosa]


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The Cubs felt right at home behind the plate at Coors Field yesterday against the Rockies-- especially Sammy Sosa.

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Sosa hit his 25th and 26th blasts of the year. Ths first one came in the 6th inning to right center field and put the Cubs in front 9-to-6.
But no lead is safe at this altitude, so for good measure Sosa hit his 26th dinger in
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the 9th. The two run show turned out to be the game winning hit as the Cubs hang on for the 12-to-10 win. Sosa leads the National League with those 26 homers.
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[Parking]


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[WRITER=dse]
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If you're planning to head to the horse show or an Avalanche game over the next two nights, prepare for a traffic jam and parking nightmare.
To help the situation, Salem will run shuttle busses between the G-E Plant and the Boulevard each night.
Busses start rolling tonight at 5:30 and tomorrow at 5.

[S-Haley]


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NFL veteran Charles Haley is back home in Naruna working his annual football camp at William Campbell High School.

Roy Stanley visited with the JMU grad who plans to return to the NFL this coming season.
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((Haley's camp has attracted more than 60 campers this year. And his camp is a little different because Haley goes through the same drills with the campers.
He says its the hands on approach that seems to benefit the kids especially those that need a little discipline in their lives.)) ((CHARLES HALEY/108 CAREER NFL SACKS:)) ((H.S. INGO/CAMPBELL COUNTY HEAD FOOTBALL COACH:)) ((The workouts can only help Haley down the road this year.
The defensive end, who retired in 1996 with chronic back pains, is returning to the N-F-L. Haley, who has 5 Superbowl rings more than another N-F-L player played two playoff games with San Francisco last year.
He's worked out recently for the 49ers, the Washington Redskins and the Carolina Panthers.
And even at the age of 35, Haley says he still has the heart and skills to play the game.)) ((HALEY:)) ((ROY STANDUP:))
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[S-Gordon]


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It's been a while since the Chicago Bears scored six points at Soldier Field as quickly as the U-S Women's Soccer team did last night.
The Americans scored six goals in the last 27 minutes of the first half to crush Nigeria 7-to-1.
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The U.S. actually fell behind one to nothing, but then reeled off seven unanswered goals.
Check out this blast from the right side by none other than (Mee-ah) Mia Hamm, who lights up the Nigerian netminder to make it 2-to-one USA.
The American women also did an excellent job with their corner kicks and
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headers last night. Julie Akers scores twice on headers in close as the US rolls on with the 7-to-1 win in front of a (------------) sellout at Soldier Field.