[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Bedford County authorities are searching for an escaped prisoner this afternoon.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A former substitute teacher in Pulaski County is sentenced for supplying cigarettes to students.
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[TALENT=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


Strong to severe thunderstorms are moving into the viewing area, some of them could contain hail and high winds.
We'll have the latest radar in just a couple of moments.
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[WX-One]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
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A line of storng thunderstorms is pushing through the viewing area.
For the latest on the situation, let's talk to Kimberly McBroom.
(toss to Kimberly)

[Kimberly in WXCenter]
[WX ALERT=FULL]
[WXPro=Full]
(Toss back to melanie)


[Barfield]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=rsp]
[TAPE#=99-35 TC09:05]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Bedford County Deputies are still looking for a prisoner who escaped from their custody last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montvale]


Edgar Barfield was being transported from Virginia Beach to Roanoke County when he escaped.
He asked the deputy to stop at the Thomas Motor Roadside Market in Montvale so he could use the bathroom.
When the deputy removed Barfield's handcuffs he fled from the store toward some train tracks.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


He was last seen wearing an orange jumpsuit and NO shoes.
He was to appear in Roanoke County court today on assault and battery charges.

[81-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=99-34 TC18:44]
[GRAPHIC=81 Accident]


The northbound lanes of Interstate 81 near Buchanan are open, now that this morning's tractor-trailer accident has been cleaned up.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.]


State police say the northbound tractor-trailer hit an embankment on the right side of the road, turned over and skidded across the interstate into the median.
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[VO-NAT]


The driver was not seriously injured in the crash and no other vehicles were involved.
Northbound traffic was detoured around the area for about two hours while the wreck was cleaned up.
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[Wells]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-33 TC24:55]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A former substitute teacher in Pulaski County must perform 25- hours of community service for supplying cigarettes to students.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dublin/May 27;]


34- year old Andrea Lynn Wells was arrested in May.
Today in court, a judge sentenced Wells to community service but agreed to dismiss the charge after six months in exchange for good behavior.
However, Wells legal problems aren't over, just yet.
She still faces felony charges for allegedly smoking marijuana with two students.
Those charges were today forwarded to a grand jury.
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[Drug-Bust]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=99-28 TC30:29]
[GRAPHIC=Drug Bust]


A marijuana growing operation has been put out of business by Bedford County authorities.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


Deputies say they found 30 to 60 plants as well as growing equipment last night in the basement of a house on Irene Drive in the Stewartsville area.
William Webber Junior is charged with manufacturing narcotics.
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[VO-NAT]


Webber could face as many as thirty years in prison if convicted.
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[Tax-bill]


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


The Senate today is set to consider the Democrats 500 billion dollar alternative tax cut plan.
While the vote could be close, it's expected to be defeated in favor of the
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC/Yesterday;]

[3:52:56] G-O-P's 790 billion proposal.
It's expected to pass in a vote tomorrow even though President Clinton says he'll veto it.
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[3:54:01-10]
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Trent Lott/(R) Majority Leader;]
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[VO-NAT]


Democrats claimed their more modest proposal would leave enough money to safe guard Social Security and medicare.

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[3:54;19-28]
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[SUPER=01-Sen. John Breaux/(D) Louisana;]
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[OUT=would like us to do something.]
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[VO-NAT]


The vote comes as Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan renewed his warning against such a large tax cut.
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[WIPE/WIPE/WIPE]

[Clinton-Balkans]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[VO-NAT]
[super=03-Washington DC;]

[10:04:24]
President Clinton is keeping the heat on the Senate to scale down the tax cut proprosal.
He called the large G-O-P proposal short-sighted, irresponsible, and risky to the economy.
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[SOT]

[10:04:24] (("THE SENATE IS ABOUT TO MAKE A PIVOTAL CHOICE, WHETHER TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE SOUND STRATEGY THAT LED US TO THIS POINT, OR TO RETURN TO THE RECKLESS POLICIES THAT THREW OUR NATION INTO STAGNATION AND ECONOMIC DECLINE."))
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[OUT Q=and economic decline.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Andrews AFB, MD;]


The president's comments came this morning before he headed to Sarajevo for a summit on how to rebuild the Balkans.

[SUPER=03-Sarajevo, Bosnia;]

[10:05:38]
Ahead of that summit, opinion remains divided as to whether the billions of dollars of aid received from donor countries over the past four years have been put to the best use.
In Sarajvevo many buildings which were destroyed in the three-year Bosnia war have been restored to their former glory.
Workers have been frantically putting the final touches on the summit venue this week, beefing up security, planting trees, and installing phone lines for the international media covering the event.
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[HEAT-WAVE]


[ANCHOR=MEL]
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[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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Rain may be falling here but much of the nation will continue to bake again today in a deadly heat wave.
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[VO-NAT]

[7:27:20]
The scorching temperatures are being blamed for close to 60 deaths across the country.
Records are being shattered everywhere.
In Missouri it's been in the 90's for 14 straight days while in Bismarck, North Dakota the mercury hit 100 for the first time in eight years.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


It may be painless, but a goose gun is ruffling feathers at Smith Mountain Lake.
That's the next story on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And a dramatic rescue from the slopes of Mount Saint Helens.
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[Goose-Gun]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-29 TC20:12]
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A Smith Mountain Lake development is firing a propane cannon to scare away geese.
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[VO-NAT]


Many times, the loud noise barely ruffles a feather, but the point is to shoo geese away from the residential resort at Bernard's Landing.
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[SOT 13:20:05]
[IN Q=We have ]

((MAE OVERMAN/RESIDENT: WE HAVE BETWEEN 70 AND 80 AT ANY TIME BETWEEN OUR FRONT DOOR AND THE WATER. WE HAVE A LITTLE HARD TIME GETTING THERE. IN THE WINTER TIME WE HAVE ANYWHERE BETWEEN 2 AND 3 HUNDRED.))
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[VO-NAT]


It's hard to walk through the fields of Bernard's Landing without stepping in goose droppings.
The health department says this raises the risk of disease, especially for swimmers.
But other residents say the cannon makes too much noise and is cruel to geese.
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[SOT 11:40:37]
[IN Q=Geese since this]

((GEESE, SINCE THIS IS A DROUGHT SITUATION ARE NOT FINDING ENOUGH FOOD TO EAT AND WE FEEL THEY DO HAVE VALUE TO THE LAKE AS A WILDLIFE.))
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[VO-NAT]


Titus has offered to pay for a spray chemical that would leave a bad taste in the animal's mouth.
We'll have more on how the geese affect the health of humans-- tonight on News7 at Five.
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[STHelens-Rescue]


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


A daring rescue from Mt. St. Helens.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Mount St. Helens, WA;]


An injured climber was pulled to safety after she fell into a crevasse near the top of the Washington state volcano.
Two Rescuers had to endure blowing volcanic ash as they were lowered by helicopter.
The woman injured her back and was lifted on to a stretcher and flown to a Portland hospital.
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[Alaska-crash]


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


Officials hope to solve a mysterious plane crash that happened 51-years ago.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wrangell Mtns., AK;]


Searchers have finally found the wreckage of a chartered Northwest airliner that slammed into a peak in Alaska's remote wrangell mountains March 12th, 19-48.
On board were 24 merchant marines on their way from New York to Shanghai.
They and the six crew members on board all perished.
Two pilots turned sleuths found the wreckage.
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[SOT]

[4:56;04-14]
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[VO-NAT]


The crash site was unreachable for decades, but glacial movement has shifted the debris to a less dangerous area.
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[spy-plane]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Putumayo State, Colombia;]

[7:16:17]
Meantime, Searchers have found the wreckage of a U-S reconnaissance plane that crashed into a mountain in southern Colombia last week.
So far four bodies have been recovered, but all seven on board are considered dead.
The plane hit a 9-thousand foot peak while it was flying above a major drug-producing area near the southern border with Ecuador.
It's the first time American military personnel have been killed while on a mission fighting illegal drugs in Colombia, which is considered the number one cocaine-producing nation.
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[E-SOL-Results]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-27 TC31:43]
[GRAPHIC=SOL]


An improving report card for Virginia schools: The scores are higher statewide on all 27 Standards of Learning tests this year.
But many are still far from the 70-percent passing rate schools will eventually need to be accredited by the state.

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[VO-NAT]


State officials are highlighting the biggest improvements.
In fifth grade English writing test, 65-percent passed last year and 81-percent passed this year.
In high school, Algebra One scores are up-- only 40-percent passed last year, 56-percent passed this year.
Only 31-percent passed the Algebra Two test last year.
51-percent did this year.
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[TALENT=Melanie]
[SS= HOLD]


The passing rates and potential accreditation results for individual schools will NOT be available until mid- to late-August.
These scores are averages of all schools statewide for each test.

[E-Batteau]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-25 TC1:01:15]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Low river levels helped contribute to the discovery of an important piece of Virginia history near Altavista.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Altavista]


Two weeks ago, a boater spotted this 33- foot section of wood submerged in a shallow section of the Staunton River.
It turned out to be a remnant of a 150-year old (Ba-TOE) batteau.. a long, flat boat that was used to transport goods across the state.
The piece is now being preserved and will be displayed at the Avoca (uh-VO-ka) Museum in Altavista.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Next on News-7 at Noon, we'll take a trip through the Shenandoah Valley courtesy of author Andrea Sutcliffe.
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[VO-NAT ]


And later in sports, the Lions start thinking about life after Barry.
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[COMM BREAK #2]


[Shenandoah-tOUR]


[ANCHOR=MEL]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


You don't have to leave the country or even the state for a little summer adventure, just hop in your car and take the back roads to discover the hidden treasures of the state.
And now there's a new book out that help you map out that trip.
Author Andrea Sutcliffe joins us now to tell us about her latest project, Touring the Shenandoah Valley Back roads.
Good afternoon, Andrea---
[SUPER=01-Andrea Sutcliffe/Author;]
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD]
(Dave will call for Board!!!)



( Part of your book is devoted to the southern most portion of the Shenandoah Valley, it's a region of course that our viewers are very familiar with, tell us about the interesting but LESSER known tourist spots.

One thing you mention is how people are often surprised to learn how closely the history of the Shenandoah Valley ties in with the history of the U-S, explain.

Just about everywhere on you backroad tour you show us homes, churches and building that date to the 17 and 18 hundreds and most are still in use, right, in fact you routed the tour with history in mind?

Your Father, a backroad traveler himself, had a saying, a word of travel advice that you have passed on to your readers, tell us about that.

Do you have a favorite stop on the your tour?) [MELANIE TOSSES TO KIMBERLY]
(Toss to Kimberly)


[Stocks]


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 157 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports, a local girl's soccer team is kicking up victories in Europe.
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[VO-NAT ]


And Mike Stevens is in Frostburg to measure up the Redskins training camp.
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[COMM BREAK #3]


[S-Sanders]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-31 (2:04:20)]
[GRAPHIC=NFL LOGO]


After announcing his retirement from football, Barry Sanders says he has no regrets about leaving the Detroit Lions.
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[VO-NAT]


Sanders is quitting the game saying his desire to retire is greater that his desire to play ball.
The all pro running back has rushed for 15-thousand 269 yards in 10 seasons and he was just over 14 hundred yards away from becoming the N-F-L's all time leading rusher.
This annoucement left many people in the N-F-L in shock, including the Lions head coach.
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[OUT Q=...in my life."]
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[S-Skins]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-35(1:48:28)]
[GRAPHIC=Redskins training camp]


The Redskins aren't worried about losing any stars players. But they aren't counting on Sanders joining the team either.
With more on that and day three of training camp here's Mike Stevens in Frostburg Maryland.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=First audio]
[SUPER=03-Frostburg, MD; :00]
[SUPER=01-Brad Johnson/Redskins Quarterback; :20]
[SUPER=01-Dana Stubblefield/Redskins Defensive Lineman; :31]
[SUPER=01-Champ Bailey/Redskins Top Draft Pick; :49]
[SUPER=01-Derek Smith/Redskins Fifth Round Pick; 1:10]
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[SUPER=01-Rodney Peete/Redskins Quarterback; 1:30]
[SUPER=01-Larry Centers/Redskins Fullback; 1:44]
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[OUT Q=.....news 7 sports."]
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[S-Stars]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sp-34 tc 1:39:36]

And the Roanoke Stars Girls Youth 15 and under soccer team won the Brondby Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark.[GRAPHIC=soccer]