[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A Lynchburg man is shot to death and his shooter remains at large.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And After much political posturing, the patients' bill of rights finally will be debated on the Senate floor.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[SS=None]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Spangler]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#=99-22 TC1:25:08]
[GRAPHIC=News-7 at Noon]


Giles County's commonwealth attorney WILL be able to continue practicing law.
Garland Spangler was in jeopardy of losing his license following a state bar investigation for mishandling several criminal cases while serving as prosecutor.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pearisburg/File Tape;]


The investigation found that Spangler lost two cases because he failed to prosecute the suspects within the required time.
There were also two instances in which Spangler failed to notify the court about a suspect's prior criminal record.

During today's hearing, which was held over the phone, Spangler's attorney said his client had no excuse other than simply overlooking the paperwork.
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[SOT 9:15:40]
[IN Q=The speedy]

((THE SPEEDY TRIAL ACT AND THE EVIDENCE OF PRIOR CONVICTIONS ARE ALL ISSUES THAT, IN MY VIEW, COME UNDER THE HEADING OF ADMINISTRATIVE PROBLEMS.))
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[OUT Q=administrative problems.]
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[ANCHOR=MEL]
[SS=None]


Spangler's attorney requested a public reprimand for his client-- which was granted by the three judge panel.
This means anyone wanting to check out Spangler's record as any attorney-- will be told about the state bar investigation.

[L'burg-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-21 TC56:08]
[GRAPHIC=Murder]


A Lynchurg man is dead and this afternoon police are still searching for his killer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg;]


Police were called to 705 Stuart Street just before midnight.
That's where 26- year- old Morris Anthony of Hackensack, New Jersey had been shot several times in the chest and arms.
He died shortly after arriving at Lynchburg General Hospital.
The shooting took place in front of a woman and her eight- year- old son.
They told police the gunman burst through the front door, fired several shots at the victim, then ran out the back door.
There's been no word yet on his identity or whereabouts.
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[Hanna]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-35 TC05:11]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


She pleaded guilty to hiring a hit man to kill her husband.
But Peggy Irene Hanna won't be sentenced until a psychiatrist evaluates her.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


The 36-year-old was supposed to be sentenced today to as many as five years in prison.
But Roanoke County judge Roy Willett said he wasn't comfortable putting Hanna behind bars until a doctor determines if she has a mental illness.
Hanna's lawyer said delaying her sentencing was the right thing for the judge to do.
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[SOT 10 02 49]
[IN Q=there's a big]

((MARK CLAYTOR/HANNA'S LAWYER: THERE'S A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LEGAL COMPETENCE AND SANITY. HE THOUGHT SHE SUFFERS FROM MENTAL ILLNESS, AS DO I. THIS GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIND OUT ADDITONAL INFORMATION AND PROPOSED ADDITIONAL TREATMENT.))
[SUPER=01-Mark Claytor/Attorney]
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[OUT Q=ADDITIONAL TREATMENT]
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[VO-NAT]


Hanna was arrested in February after hiring a hit man to kill her husband, Blair.
The "hit man" turned out to be an undercover police officer.
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[Bedford-Wreck]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=99-34 TC08:56]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]


An accident in Bedford County has killed the driver of a tractor-trailer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


It happened about nine this morning on Route 460 near Thaxton.
The truck overturned, blocking the westbound lanes.
Officials are diverting traffic into one eastbound lane, so traveling in both directions is slow going.
State police are trying to figure out what caused the wreck.
Some diesel fuel also leaked from the truck, but firefighters were able to contain that.
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[Republican-Bedrosian]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-28 TC17:25]
[GRAPHIC=Bedrosian]


The local Republican party chairman says Al Bedrosian's assault and battery charges may actually HELP him beat Delegate Dick Cranwell.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Bedrosian admits he spanked 2-year old Malik Campbell's backside Friday in the waiting room of the Lewis Gale Clinic.
Bedrosian says Malik was rowdy, knocked over a candy jar, and could have hurt his infant daughter.
The Republican party chairman says this will motivate Bedrosian's supporters.
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[SOT 10:53:57]
[IN Q=They could see]

((THEY COULD SEE A PARENT ACTING TO PROTECT A CHILD. AL HAS ALWAYS EMPHASIZED FAMILY VALUES IN HIS CAMPAIGN. TO SOME VOTERS THIS COULD FALL RIGHT INTO THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Ed Lynch/Roanoke Co. GOP Chairman;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=right into that]
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[VO-NAT]


Delegate Dick Cranwell is staying out of this issue -- he says it will have to be sorted out in court.

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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-20 1:00:24]
[GRAPHIC=Al Bedrosian]


Meanwhile, the woman who's child Bedrosian spanked is telling her side of the story.
Melissa Campbell says Bedrosian was out of line.
Eric Earnhart has details.
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[IN Q=Al Bedrosian and ]
[SUPER=@File; :12]
[SUPER=01-Al Bedrosian/Candidate for Delegate; :19]
[SUPER=01-Melissa Campbell/Mother; :25]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :35]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount; :57]
[SUPER=@Eric2; 1:16]
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[OUT Q=EE, News 7]


(( Al Bedrosian and Melissa Campbell agree on some points.. Bedrosian spanked 2-year old Malik Campbell's backside, and Malik was not injured...
It happend while both sat in the waiting room of the Lewis Gale Clinic, as Malik ran past Bedrosian, bumped a table and knocked over a candy container.
[SOT 01:51:21]
[IN Q=my reaction]

((AL BEDROSIAN/CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE; I JUST HELD MY BABY, AND I GRABBED HIS ARM AND I GAVE HIM A LITTLE WHACK ON THE BUTT AND SAID DON'T DO THAT ANYMORE AND THAT WAS IT.))
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[OUT Q=do that anymore]
[SOT 17:55:43]
[IN Q=before I could say]

((MELISSA CAMPBELL/MOTHER; HE LAID HIS INFANT IN HIS LAP, SCOOPED MALIK UP WITH ONE ARM AND SPANKED HIM ON THE BOTTOM WITH THE OTHER ONE, AND PUT HIM BACK ON THE FLOOR AND LOOKED AT HIM AND SAID NO DON'T DO THAT. ))
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[OUT Q=don't do that]


Bedrosian says Malik was out of control... rowdy, running, at one point pulling at his infant's arms... putting her at risk as he ran by, and he acted out of protective instinct.
[SOT 01:53:59]
[IN Q=no and I'd probably]

(( AL BEDROSIAN/CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE; I'D PROBABLY DO IT AGAIN TO PROTECT MY CHILD, QUITE FRANKLY, AND YOU THINK BACK AND SAY, YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO TOUCH ANOTHER CHILD, I GUESS WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO PROTECTING YOUR OWN CHILD, THAT'S WHAT IT IS. ))
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[OUT Q=that's what it is]


But Campbell, says her son was only restless after a long wait for a doctor's appointment. She says she stopped him when he touched Bedrosian's child, and wasn't threatening anyone...
[SOT 17:57:27]
[IN Q=if anybody ]

(( MELISSA CAMPBELL/MOTHER; IF ANYBODY PUT THE BABY IN DANGER IT WAS HIM HIMSELF WHEN HE LAID THE BABY IN HIS LAP AND PICKED THE 2 YEAR OLD UP TO SPANK HIM.. WHEN HE HAD MALIK UP IN THE AIR MALIK COULD HAVE KICKED THE BABY OR ANYTHING FOR THAT MATTER. IF ANYBODY PUT HIS CHILD IN DANGER IT WASN'T A 2 YEAR OLD CHILD, IT WAS HIM HIMSELF. ))
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[OUT Q=him himself.]


Campbell, who didn't know who Bedrosian was when she called police says she'll go ahead with the charges, to keep it from happening to another child.
Bedrosian, who goes to court later this month says being a dad comes first, and he doesn't care how this affects his campain.
Eric Earnhart, News 7))

[Mural-Controversy]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Mural Dispute]


A group of activists who say a portrait of Robert E-Lee should be permanently removed from an outdoor exhibit in Richmond are now asking the city to take down all of the portraits.
Richmond Councilman Saad El-Amin plans to ask city attorneys today whether City Council must authorize any display because it's public property and public money was used to restore it.
A majority of council members have said they believe Lee's image should be part of the display.

[flooding]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Flooding]


Flash flooding in Southern California has killed at least one woman and destroyed more than a dozen homes.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Forest Falls, CA;]

[4:00:55]
Search dogs are sniffing through the muck for more bodies.
Authorities think at least one person is still missing.
About one and a-half inches of rain in less than an hour caught the town of Forest Falls by surprise.
The flash floods swept away homes, vacation cabins and cars into area creeks.
One woman was stuck up to her neck in the mud for three hours.
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[SOT]
[2sots 4:03:37-44 AND]
[IN Q=It looks like the river...]
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[OUT Q=In a matter of seconds.]
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[VO-NAT]
[super=03-Riverdale, UT;]

[4:05:06]
In Riverdale, Utah, at least 80 people were evacuated from their homes yesterday after a nearby irrigation canal ruptured.
There were no reports of deaths or injuries.
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[Guns-gore]


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


The country's largest civil rights group is taking aim at gun makers.
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[VO-NAT]

[7:27:24]
The N-Double A-C-P is expected to announce today.. that it's suing handgun manufacturers, distributors, and importers.
The group will also seek restrictions on the marketing and sales of firearms.
[SUPER=@file;]

[10:01;42]
Meantime, you will need a special photo license if you buy a gun, under a plan being put forward by Vice President Gore.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((GORE:"WE REQUIRE A LICENSE TO DRIVE A CAR AND WITH THE RASH OF GUN VIOLENCE IN OUR COUNTRY THAT HAS SO FAR EXCEEDED THAT IN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. I THINK THAT IT IS OBVIOUS TO MOST AMERICANS THAT WE NEED MORE SAFEGUARDS."))
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[OUT Q=more safeguards]
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[VO-NAT]


Gore will spell out the details of his plan today in Boston.
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[ANCHOR=MELANIE]
[Graphic=Campaign 2000]


Gore, who is also running for President, said he is not deterred by polls showing his possible opponent George W. Bush fifteen points ahead.

[Congress]


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


Congressional Lawmakers are back from their holiday recess debating a different kind of Bill of Rights, the Patients bill of Rights.
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[VO-NAT]

[7:27:24]
It would protect patients covered by H-M-O'S.
But Democrats and Republicans differ on key issues... including whether or not patients should have extended rights to sue their H-M-O when care is denied.
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[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Today's rain is helping douse a forest fire in Bath County.
That's just one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And protestors shut down a major Saint Louis highway at the height of rush hour.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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

[Sharpton-unrest]


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


Major headaches this morning for commuters in St. Louis, courtesy of the Reverend Al Sharpton.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO;]


Sharpton led some 350 protestors down a major artery in dowtown St. Louis, shutting it down in both directions.
The demonstrators were calling for Missouri to hire more minority contractors for highway construction projects.
Sharpton was arrested 20 minutes into the protest.
That led to more arrests, with many having to be carried to police vans when they refused to cooperate.
Traffic was reopened about an hour later.
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[embassy-bombing]


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


Two Egyptian men have been arrested in London in connection with last summer's deadly bombings of two U-S embassies in Africa.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]


They are charged with conspiring with Osama bin Laden and his alleged terror network to murder American citizens.
Authorities say fingerprints of both men were found on faxes that claimed responsibility for the bombings of embassies in Kenya and Tanzania last August.
Two-hundred and 24 were killed in the explosions.
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[air-drop]


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


An Air force Crew is celebrating the success of a daring mission in the South Pole.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Antarctica;]

[4:08:51]
Over the weekend the crew flew to antarctica... where they air dropped medical supplies for a woman who might have breast cancer.
The crew wore protective gear and oxygen masks to combat the blast of freezing air which slammed in as they pushed out each 350 pound pallet.
Researchers on the ground had just 7 minutes to collect the bundles... before they were destroyed by severe cold.

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[IN Q=This what it's all]
[4:09:22=30]
[SUPER=01-Lt. Col. John Pray/Mission Commander;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=to help her out.]
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[VO-NAT]


The 47 year old woman, who wished not to be identified, is part of a 41 member team at a station in the South Pole where astronomers study the universe.
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[E-Forest-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-15 1:37:26]
[GRAPHIC=Brush Fire]


A brush fire in Bath County jumped a fireline last night-- that's making hard work for firefighters.
The fire is located in the
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bath Co.]

Rough Mountain Wilderness, a remote area accessible to firefighters only after a steep two-hour climb.
But this weekend, the Forest Service called in a helicopter crew from Detroit, and firefighters have been making progress in their efforts to contain the flames.
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[SOT 02:34:24]
[IN Q=We've got 40 people]

((RALPH EGAN/ACTING DISTRICT RANGER: WE'VE GOT 40 PEOPLE UP THERE PUTTING A HAND LINE AROUND IT. AND WE GOT THIS HELICOPTER YESTERDAY WHICH HAS A 420 GALLON BUCKET ON IT AND PUTS A LOT OF WATER ON IT AND THAT'S A REAL BIG HELP.))
[SUPER=01-Ralph Egan/Acting District Ranger]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=that's a real big help.]
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[VO-NAT]


Since the first of July, there have been seven fires in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. Six of those were apparently caused by lightning strikes.
Though this is not the time of year when rangers expect to fight forest fires, they say the dry weather has created dangerous conditions.
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[ANCHOR=MElanie]
[SS=HOLD]


Today's rain is, of course, helping the situation.
The Route 42 fire should be fully contained tomorrow. [Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Your wet work-week forecast is still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And later in Sports we'll check in on the Tour de France where an American has taken a commanding lead.
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[COMM BREAK #2]


[Feedback]


[ANCHOR=Melaine]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=Feedback]
[GRAPHIC=Feedback]


Our mail bag this week contained some praise for a recreation league umpire.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with Feedback.
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[IN Q=Major league baseball]
[RUNS=1:01]
[OUT Q=McKean, News-7.]

((Major league baseball is getting ready for Tuesday's All Star game. Parents and kids in Roanoke's youth baseball program think Connie Welch is an All Star umpire.
The profile our sports department did on him was a hit with one viewer.
"It was great to see a story about someone giving of himself to help children, and to see that both adults and children see the impact of one person on so many others. I want to thank Connie Welch and others in our area making a positive difference in a child's life. With so much negative pressure today, children and youth need positive role models in their life. With over twenty years of service to children, it is obvious Connie Welch cares."
Send your letters to News-7 to the following address: P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
If you prefer to do it by fax, the number is 540-343-7269.
For e-mail, the address is news@wdbj7.com.
And our home page has a moderated on-line forum. You'll find that at wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))


[Stocks]


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 29 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports, a big softball league tournment brought 16 teams to the valley this past weekend.
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[VO-NAT ]


And Jeff Burton didn't think he had chance at winning the Jiffy Lube 300, stay with us for the results.
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[COMM BREAK #3]


[S-Games]


[ANCHOR=patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-32 (1:58:59)]
[GRAPHIC=Commonwealth Games]


The first gold and silver medals were awrded in the Commonwealth games yesterday evening at Salem Memorial.
In the baseball tournament the North team won first place, while West came in second place.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :]


A was scout working the radar gun from behind home plate.
In the bottom of the first, Joe Koshanasky doubles down the right field line scoring two runs for the first runs of the game the North led 2 to nothing.
The North would pad that lead later in the inning. Evan Prout hits a fly ball to left field scoring a runner on the sacrafice fly and the North jumped out to the 3 to nothing lead.
[SUPER=34-North/6/West/1/;]


But the real story was Todd Bessen he threw a complete game here striking Thomas Meeks for the third K of the inning and the North wins it 6 to 1.
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[S-Softball]


[ANCHOR=patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-34 tc 1:2638]
[GRAPHIC=softball]


There was other tournament action this weekend in the Valley.
16 softball teams competed in the ASA Central Atlantic Regionals.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem;]


The Scrappers are a team of girls from seven different area high schools and five different counties.
In addition to this tournament the Scrappers travel up and down the east coast playing the best competition in the nation.
These girls play 16 and under teams as well as moving up to play 18 and under competition.
Next week they will be playing in the Commonwealth Games, but they have several big tournaments after that as well.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=We go to]
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[OUT Q=quite a big one for us]
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[S-Race]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-33 (1:50:29)]
[GRAPHIC=Loudon logo]


He was hoping to defend his two time championship in Jiffy Lube 300 this past weekend.
Getting a provisional start in the 38-th spot, Jeff Burton came through to capture the checkered flag.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Loudon, NH/TNN Sports; :]


Early in the race Jeff Gordon was chasing John Andretti for third place, but he would eventually take the position and lead the race.
Meantime, last week's winner at Daytona, Dale Jarrett was having sheet metal problems after a bump with Michael Waltrip in the pits Jarrett was running 21-st.
Then Bobby Labonte passed Andretti and Jeff Gordon to take the lead with over 180 laps to go in the race.
Rusty Wallace running on the low side of the track gets tapped in the side by Gordon and spins out bringing out the caution with over 140 laps to go.
Tony Stewart was the leader of the race however, with less than 3 laps to go he runs out of gas.
And John Andretti who was running second had to pit for gas.
That opened the door for Jeff Burton he comes from 38-th in the field to win the Jiffy Lube 300
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[SOT]
[IN Q="This....]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Burton/Jiffy Lube 300 Winner; :]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=......fuel milage."]
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[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Kenny Wallace was second, Jeff Gordon third, Dale Jarrett fourth, Bill Elliott fifth and Mark Martin finished sixth.

[S-Tour]


[ANCHOR=patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-43 (1:36:41)]
[GRAPHIC=TOUR DE FRANCE]


American Lance Armstrong wanted to be among the leaders before the Tour de France hit the Alps section. He did better than that, he won the yellow jersey yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Metz, France/ABC Sports; :]


Armstrong starts his final time trial in the 8-th stage of the race.
He had to avoid this crash Abraham Olano loses it making a turn at 40-miles an hour. He would continue the race.
Armstrong made the sprint at the end finishing the 8-th stage in front and taking the overall lead he held after th(------------) e first stage.