[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


City officials begin their crackdown on people who aren't following the new water restriction guidelines.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And it could be a major breakthrough in the fight against Alhzeimer's disesase.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[SS=None]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[City-Water]


[ANCHOR=MElanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#99-28 TC11:55]
[GRAPHIC=Water Restrictions]


As Roanoke enters its second day of mandatory water restrictions, water conservation officers are now on patrol in city neighborhoods.
[Double Boxes=MElanie and JoeD/Microwave]


Joe Dashiell was along for the ride this morning, as one of the officers issued his first warnings. Joe What did he find?
[Live=JoeD Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Joe1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]


Melanie... the city is banning all non-essential use of water... that includes watering the lawn, washing a car in the driveway, filling a swimming pool... Those are the type of violations the conservation officers are looking for.

(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Larry Beheler]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Larry Beheler/Water Conservation Officer; :16]
[RUNS=:45]
[OUT Q=because it is a bad situation]


((Larry Beheler spent most of the morning driving slowly through the streets of south Roanoke.
With many people at work, there was little activity in most yards... but Beheler did find one home with at least three sprinklers watering the shrubs.
[IN Q=The sprinklers were running]

((LARRY BEHELER/WATER CONSERVATION OFFICER: THE SPRINKLERS WERE RUNNING SO I ISSUED A WARNING TICKET, GAVE HER SOME INFORMATION AND SHE PROMISED SHE WOULDN'T DO IT AGAIN.)) [RUNS:06]
[OUT Q=wouldn't do it again.]


The officers are planning random patrols, in all neighborhoods, at all times of the day and night. While they are issuing warnings at this point, they're hoping their presence will convey the seriousness of the situation.
[IN Q=I try to educate them]

((LARRY BEHELER/WATER CONSERVATION OFFICER: I TRY TO EDUCATE THEM. I HAVE SOME HANDOUTS TO GIVE THEM ON WHAT THE MANDATORY RESTRICTIONS ARE. SOME TIPS ON HOW TOSAVE WATER AND TRY TO GET ACROSS TO THEM THE IMPORTANCE THAT WE ALL HAVE TO SAVE, BECAUSE IT IS A BAD SITUATION.)) [RUNS:12]
[OUT Q=bad situation.]))
[Live=JoeD Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]


The measurement this morning out at Carvins Cove... set the water level at 24 point two feet below spillway.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and JoeD/Microwave]


So Melanie, yesterday's downpours did not provide much relief... the water level is continuing to fall.

[Helm]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#=99-27 TC19:07]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A former secretary in the Montgomery County prosecutor's office will spend the next 30- days in jail as part of a plea agreement.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


Linda Hodges Helm worked under Commonwealth's Attorney Phil Keith for a little less than two years.
In court-- she admitted informing a local man that the state was planning to indict him on drug charges.
He later fled to another state.
Helm could've been sentenced to SIX months in jail but because she's a first time offender Special Prosecutor Randal Duncan believes the 30- day jail sentence was fair.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I think]

((RANDAL DUNCAN/SPECIAL PROSECUTOR: I THINK IT IS FAIR TO SAY THAT ANYONE, BASED ON MY UNDERSTANDING, WHO WOULD HAVE WORKED WITH HER, WOULD HAVE BEEN SHOCKED AND DISMAYED AND SOMEONE WHO YOU WORK WITH UNDER THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES, WHO YOU TRUST AND THEN YOU FIND OUT THAT THEY'VE DONE THAT TO YOUR GOALS AND THE TEAM EFFORT-- ANYONE WOULD HAVE BEEN DISAPPOINTED.))
[SUPER=01-Randal Duncan/Special Prosecutor; :00]
[RUNS=20 APPROX.]
[OUT Q=been disappointed.]
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[VO-NAT]


Helm and her husband, Richard, also admitted to having someone purchase cocaine on their behalf-- which is a felony.

But the drug charges against both will be dismissed if the two successfully compete a rehab program.
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[Baby-Switch]


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


The mother of one of the two little girls switched at birth vows to get her biological daughter back.
Yesterday, Paula Johnson verbally lashed out at the family raising Rebecca Chittum after a judge sent her custody case to another venue.
The Stafford County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge sent the case to a Buena Vista court.
The split in the relationship between the families of the two girls has been growing since both sides consented to an informal visitation agreement last year.

[Drug-bust]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Drug Bust]


One of the biggest anti-drug operations in Europe has resulted in the seizure of some 10 tons of cocaine.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Canary Islands, Spain;]

[7:03;58]
The drugs were hidden on a boat sailing near Spain's Canary Islands.
Sixteen Russian crew members were arrested.
[SUPER=03-Arromoyolinos, Spain;]


In another drug bust in a suburb of Madrid, Spainish police confiscated 450 pounds of heroin and a half million dollars in cash.
Thirty-eight people were arrest in connection with that case.
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[Tobacco-Trial]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net ]
[GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire]


Lawyers involved in a landmark lawsuit against big tobacco are back in the courtroom this afternoon to set a date for the penalty phase of the trial
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Yesterday;]

[4:08]
Yesterday a Florida jury ruled that tobacco companies are liable for making a defective product that causes illnesses.
It's the first class-action lawsuit by smokers ever to go to trial.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[4:08:34-45]
[IN Q=This jury was impresssed...]
[SUPER=01-Bob Brown/Attorney;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=to conceal the information.]
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[VO-NAT]


Plaintiffs are seeking 200 BILLION dollars.
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[Alzheimer's-Vaccine]


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


An experimental vaccine is showing amazing promise for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

[7:37:27]
Researchers in San Francisco have created a vaccine that seems to prevent the buildup of brain clogging deposits linked to the disorder.
So far the vaccine has worked in mice.
Human trials could begin later this year.
Around 4 million Americans have Alzheimer's.
Patients usually die within five to ten years after being diagnosed.
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[WIPE/WIPE/WIPE][Whole-Grain-Label]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Wipe/wipe/wipe]

[WIPE WIPE WIPE]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]


Get ready for some new reading on your cereal box.
Starting today, the makers of whole grain breads and cereals can advertise some added benefits of their products--such as they help fight heart disease and cancer.
But the foods must contain 51 percent or more whole grain ingredients.. in order to make these claims.
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[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Those S-U-V's may not be as safe as you think.
Find out the best and the worst according to a new study when News-7 at Noon returns.
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[VO-NAT ]


And the journey of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is almost over.
First let's talk to Patrick Evans.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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

[Lighthouse]


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


The historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has almost reached its new home.
Since June 17th engineeers have been pushing the 128 year old structure to a site that's farther from the Atlantic Ocean.
Ericka Lewis has an update.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Dare Co., NC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ericka Lewis/Reporting; :56]
[RUNS=1:30]

[OUT Q=Cape Hatteras, NC][SUV-Test]



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


Sport utility vehicles are put to the crash test.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

[7:34;28]
The insurance Institute for highway Safety crash-tested popular S-U-V's at 40 miles per hour to see how well the frames stood up.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((BRIAN O'NEILL/INSURANCE INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY: SPORTS UTILITY VEHICLES HAVE THIS ROUGH TOUGH RUGGED IMAGE PEOPLE THINK BECAUSE THEY ARE SOLID VEHICLES THEY ARE AUTOMATICALLY SAFE VEHICLES.))
[SUPER=01-Brian O'Neill/Institute for Highway Safety;]
[RUNS=]
[OUT Q=automatically safe vehicles.]
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[VO-NAT]


The insurance group says Mercedes-Benz and Lexus models performed best in a front end crash.
They're also the most expensive S-U-V's.
The worst performer was the Mitsubishi Montero Sport.
It was rated poor for a major collapse of the passenger compartment.
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[Recall]


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


A warning for parents -- thousands of Cosco car seats are being recalled because infants could fall out of them.

The Arriva and Turnabout seats double as baby carriers, and there are problems with the handle locks.
Parents can get a free repair kit from the manufacturer.

[E-Murder-Carroll]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-16 1:49:09]
[GRAPHIC=murder]


More details are emerging about the 15 year old Carroll County girl charged with murder.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Carroll Co.; ]


Investigators say the girl shot her grandfather John Joseph Mesics with a 12-gauge shotgun late Tuesday night.
The girl lived with her grandparents at the end of this road in the Dugspur community.
Investigators don't know what led to the shooting but describe the girl as "troubled."
They say the teen had brushes with the law in the past but that none involved violence.
She is charged with first degree murder and the Commonwealth's attorney wants to try her as adult.
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[S-State-Song]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-20 53:03]
[GRAPHIC=State Song]


They're getting closer to a new state song.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


Virginia's State Song subcommittee has narrowed its 336 submissions down to just eight.
That means a new group of unhappy songwriters did NOT make the cut.
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[SOT TAPE TWO 11:04:57 ]
[IN Q=They're all]

((SEN. EMMETT HANGER/STATE SONG SUBCOMMITTEE: THEY'RE ALL GREAT SONGS AT THIS POINT. THEY'RE ALL IN THE FINALS. AND SO IT'S LIKE THE PRETTY GIRL THAT DIDN'T GET SELECTED TO BE THE BEAUTY QUEEN. THAT DOESN'T MEAN SHE'S UGLY.))
[sot TAPE THREE 11:26:57]

((BOB CAMPBELL/SONGWRITER: HOW MUCH DO THEY KNOW ABOUT MUSIC? YOU HAVE DELEGATES FROM THE GENREAL ASSEMBLY. HOW MUCH DO THEY KNOW ABOUT MUSIC? THAT'S NOT THEIR FIELD. ))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Emmett Hanger/State Song Subcommittee; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bob Campbell/Songwriter; :09]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=not their field.]
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[VO-NAT]


Sausage King and country music star Jimmy Dean admitted yesterday he'd been approached by a Richmond lobbying firm, promising his song success with the legislature.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT TAPE TWO 11:17:11]
[IN Q=They told us]

((JIMMY DEAN: THEY TOLD US IT WOULD COST IN EXCESS OF 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS. AND I TOLD DONNA "WELL, I THINK WE COULD RAKE THAT UP. BUT IF WE DO THAT TOTALLY UNLEVELS THE PLAYING FIELD."))
[SUPER=01-Jimmy Dean/Songwriter;]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=the playing field.]
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[VO-NAT]


Dean's song is in the final eight.
For all the rest, you can visit the state song website through the "WebWatch" page on OUR site... at WDBJ7-dot-com.
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[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead on NEws-7 at Noon-- meet a woman who will make a ground-breaking trip into space later this month.
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[VO-NAT ]


And a Dublin woman strikes it rich thanks to Regis and Kathy Lee.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]


[Shuttle-Commander]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Shuttle Columbia]


NASA today sets the launch date for a historic shuttle mission -- the first flight to be commanded by a woman.
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[V0-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]


Air Force Colonel Eileen Collins says she's ready to be at the controls when shuttle ``Columbia'' blasts off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center later this month.
Collins says it's been a long time coming.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[4:14:57-4:15;04]
[IN Q=I didn't have any anger, it...]
[SUPER=01-Eileen Collins/STS-93 Commander;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=and it did. DOUBLE OUT!!!]
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[VO-NAT]


Collins and her crew will deploy the ``Chandra'' observatory.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


It's a sister satellite to the Hubble Space Telescope and will probe the universe using X-rays instead of light.

[Regis-Winner]


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


A Dublin woman proved it pays to watch daytime television and pays big.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dublin]


An early morning phone call warned Beth Copen she was on the hotseat... chosen to tackle the Regis and Kathy Lee trivia question of the day...
And she KNEW when musician Kenny G got his saxaphone.
[SOT 09:15:55]
[IN Q=I can tell]

((I CAN TELL YOU BOTH HE'S HAD IT 25 YEARS AND HE GOT IT IN HIGH SCHOOL... YOU JUST WON TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS...
NATSOT CHEERING.))
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=nat cheering]


And as the audience cheered... what was Beth doing?
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=she started]

((COURTNEY COPEN; SHE STARTED RUNNING CLOSER AND CLOSER TO THE LIVING ROOM AND STARTED SCREAMING "YES" ))
[SUPER=07-Courtney Copen; ]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=screaming yes]
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[VO-NAT]


Copen says she'll use the money to pay off some bills.
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[Stocks]


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


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


Still ahead in sports-- he's probably the best basketball player ever, but can he sew as well as he shoots hoops?
Stay withus for details.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT ]


And Hot Rod fans are sure to enjoy the roar today in Bristol.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]


[S-NHRA]


[ANCHOR=patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-34 12424TC]
[GRAPHIC=NHRA]


The gates opened early this morning for the the All-Stars of the National Hot Rod Association's at Bristol's Thunder Valley The first ever NHRA Winston showdown is similiar to NASCAR's all-star.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-NHRA; :00]


Part of the showdown will feature for the first time top fuel dragsters racing against funny cars in one massive 24 car field.
The funny cars will get a slight head start in the race for the $200 thousand dollar first prize.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=You know...]
[SUPER=01-John Force/1998 Funny Car Champion; :00]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=...FUNNY CAR TEAMS."]
(------------)
[VO-NAT CON'T]


This weekend's event will also feature pro stock cars, trucks and bikes, but it seems the most anticipated event will be the unique all-stars .
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="I can't wait...]

((ANGELL SEELING:))
[SUPER=01-Angelle Seeling/Suzuki Pro Stock Biker; :00]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=....we're not."]
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[VO NAT CON'T]
Angell will only have to compete against 7 other bikes. The pro qualifying sessions begin today and Friday at four pm.
This is the circuit's first trip back to Bristol since the drag strip was redone and expanded to seat 30 thousand fans.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="I was there when...]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=...HOPE WE GET THERE."]
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[S-Martin]


[ANCHOR=patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-44 2604TC]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]



[WIPE TO ENG#!!!!!!!!]



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[VO-NAT]


NASCAR star Mark Martin under went knee surgery today to repair damge caused from an accident . Last Friday in a practice run he slammed into a wall fracturing his wrist.
Since he didn't know the extent of his injuries, he participated in the Pepsi 400 last Saturday night.
Martin's surgery today repaired a broken tibia plateau in his left knee.
Amazingly, he plans to wear a brace and drive this weekend in New Hampshire.
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[S-Hillcats]


[ANCHOR=patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-41]
[GRAPHIC=HILLCATS/AVALANCHE]


A three game series is underway between the top two teams in the Carolina League as the Lynchburg Hillcats host the Salem Avalanche.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Avalanche vs. Hillcats; :00]


Salem came in winners of seven in a row, but these young Hillcats' fans were hoping to see that streak come to an end last night.
But this game would be all Salem's. The Avalanche built on its five to nothing lead in the fourth as Jerome Alviso comes through with a sacrifice to center field. Doug Livingston tags and scores from third.
[SUPER=37-Salem/10/Lynchburg/1/8 In a Row for Salem;]


Lynchburg finally got out of the inning with a nifty double play, but Salem leaves the yard with a 10-to-1 win. They play game two tonight at seven.
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[S-Jordan]


[ANCHOR=patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=JORDAN]


It seems like Michael Jordan is keeping busy in his retirment.
First he was sidetracked in his attempt to buy the Charlotte Hornets and then he almost gave up retirment to play for the Lakers.
But it seems like this former Bull would rather be sewing!
Jordan is working closely with designer Alexander Julian and NIKE to redesign basketball uniforms for his alma mater the North Carolina Tarheels' .
The finished product will be ready for the upcoming season.

[S-Mile]


[ANCHOR=patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-29]
[GRAPHIC=TRACK AND FIELD]


In other trend setting news, a new record has been set and it's not in fashion.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rome, Italy; :00]


No one expected Jim Ryun's 1966 record mile time to be beat. But last night at the Golden Gala track and field meet in Rome, Morocco's Hicham El Guerrouj (hee-SHAM el gah ROOSH) broke the current world record in the mile by a whopping one point 26 seconds. (------------) His record setting time was three minutes and 43 point 13 seconds.