[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Some local ties to the man who allegedly went on a hate crime shooting spree in California.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And the lights are back on in Chicago, but not before downtown businesses lose millions.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[SS=None]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[CA-SHOOTING]


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


The Clinton administration is renewing its efforts to pass a federal hate crimes bill in the wake of mass shootings this week in Los Angeles.
The man suspected of killing a postal worker and wounding children at a Jewish community center reportedly scouted several places for Jewish targets.
But the L-A Times says Buford Furrow stumbled upon the community center by accident.
Bobbi Harley reports.
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[SOT]

[4:01:05]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Alejandro Mayork/U. S. Attorney; :18]
[SUPER=01-Hovik Gaibyan/Taxi Driver; 1:18]
[SUPER=01-Bobbi Harley/Reporting; 1:25]
[RUNS=1:39]
[OUT Q=cbs news Los Angeles.]

((Authorities say this is the face of hate. Buford Furrow is the man accused of murdering a postal worker, and opening fire at a Jewish Center. Now, prosecutors have released disturbing details of his crime spree through Southern California.
(SOT: Alejandro Mayorkas, US Attorney)

"He stated that the postal worker was a good "target of opportunity" to kill because he was "non-white". The account is from the alleged confession of the white supremacist. In it, prosecutors say Furrow told the FBI gruesome details about the postal worker's death.
(SOT: Mayorkas)

"He asked if the mail carrier could mail a letter for him. When the mail carrier agreed, Furrow pulled out the Glock and shot the carrier two times." Furrow, shackled and handcuffed, was led into a courtroom Thursday morning - arraigned on federal charges. The 37-year-old man is accused of gunning down the postal worker, who is Filipino American, and opening fire in the Jewish Center Tuesday morning. There, he hit five people, including three small children.
(NATS)

Furrow surrendered to the FBI after taking a taxi to Las Vegas. The cab driver who took him there says he had no idea his passenger was a wanted fugitive.
(SOT: Hovik Gaibyan/Taxi Driver)

"I didn't know it was him until I saw him on TV."
(STANDUP)))



[Furrow]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-32]
[GRAPHIC=Furrow]


Furrow's grandmother lives in the viewing area.
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[VO-NAT]


And Furrow's father attended Jefferson High school in Roanoke.
He's pictured here in a 1950 yearbook.
[SUPER=03-Salem]


Furrow's grandmother, Clarsie Furrow, lives in Salem.
She says the family believes that the younger Furrow is mentally ill--and it may have contributed to the shooting.

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[SOT 02:21:23]
[IN Q=His mind is]

((CLARSIE FURROW/SUSPECT'S GRANDMOTHER: HIS MIND IS SO MESSED UP. I DON'T THINK YOU COULD TALK TO HIM. I THINK HE WOULD BE INCAPABLE OF BEING TALKED TO.))
[SUPER=01-Clarsie Furrow/Suspect's Grandmother]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=being talked to]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Clarsie says she has no plans to talk to her grandson--but continues to pray for him daily.

[E-Drowning]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-31 29:12]
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A swimming trip to McCoy Falls turned deadly for a Montgomery County man.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Giles Co.;]


Authorities say 25-year old David Lee Long of Christiansburg was swinging from a rope tied to a tree yesterday and apparently hit his head when he dove into the water.
State police believe the injury caused Long to lose consciousness and drown.
They say Long had been doing somersaults from the rope into just four feet of water.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Apparently ]

((SGT. BILLY WIATT/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: APPARENTLY THE VICTIM STRUCK HIS HEAD ON A ROCK IN THE BOTTOM OF THE RIVER AND WAS PULLED OUT FROM THERE APPROXIMATELY 20 TO 25 FEET FROM WHERE HE WENT UNDER.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Billy Wiatt/Montgomery Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00]
[RUNS=14 approx.]
[OUT Q=went under.]
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[VO-NAT]


Friends at the scene estimate Long was in the water about five minutes before they realized something was wrong and pulled his body from the river.
He died about an hour later at the hospital.
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[Hepatitis-I95]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Hepatitis A]


A Hepatitis case in North Carolina has sparked health warnings up and down the east coast.
North Carolina health officials say an employee at a steakhouse off Interstate 95 in Smithfield had Hepatitis-A, and as many as two-thousand people may have been exposed to it.
The Texas Steakhouse is near the popular Carolina Pottery shopping area, about 25 miles southeast of Raleigh.
Officials are warning anyone who ate at the Texas Steakhouse on July 31st, August first, second, seventh or eighth to see a doctor and get a shot.

[Chicago-OUTAGES]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
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Chicago merchants who lost millions of dollars worth of business because of a power outage want some compensation.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chicago, IL;]


Almost three thousand downtown Chicago business lost power yesterday afternoon.
It's estimated the blackout cost them about 100 MILLION dollars.
Officials at the downtown Hilton had to break into their Y-2-K stash of glow sticks to help quests find their way.


Officials with the power company blame equipment failure.
But an angry Chicago mayor is demanding a full explanation.
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[SOT]

[4:10:57-4:11:08]
[IN Q=I firmly believe this compnay has to]
[SUPER=01-Richard Daley/Chicago Mayor;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=this is any emergency.]
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[VO-NAT]


Com-Ed... the city's power supplier was already feeling the heat after an outage in July when temperatures climbed to record levels.
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[Tornado-LATEST]


[ANCHOR=MELANIE]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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The mayor of Salt Lake City says this week's surprise twister has left behind 150 million dollars worth of damage.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT;]

[4:09:01]
That figure could rise today when the Federal Emergency Management Agency completes its report on the twister.
Federal assessors fanned out into the city yesterday to survey the damage.
The tornado killed one person and injured dozens of others.
More than 150 homes were damaged or destroyed.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

(( DARREN MARSHALL, WITNESS, "IT WAS ALMOST AN OMINOUS FEELING. IT WAS JUST OVERPOWERING. IT WASN'T LIKE A SCARY FEELING. IT WAS JUST A DIFFERENT FEELING. SO YOU STOOD THERE AND WATCHED? YES, I STOOD THERE AND WATCHED." GOV. MICHAEL LEAVITT, UTAH, "IT HAD TO HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED JUST A RARE ATMOSPHERIC CONDITION THAT CAME ALL AT ONCE, AND I DON'T KNOW HOW IT COULD HAVE STRUCK AT A MORE SENSITIVE PLACE AND TIME."))
[SUPER=01-Darren Marshall/Witness;]
[SUPER=01-Gov. Michael Leavitt/(R) Utah;]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=stood there and watched.]
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[VO-NAT]


Once FEMA completes its report Utah's governor will formally ask President Clinton for federal aid.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=HOLD]


Forecasters say the mountains surrounding Salt Lake City made it nearly impossible to predict Wednesday's tornado.


That's because the city's radar system is positioned to detect weather patterns nine-thousand feet or above, while the tornado formed right over the city.
[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


One of the oldest active baseball stadiums in the country is here in Southwest Virginia and it may get a new honor.
That's one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And if your kids are crazy for anything with Pokeman on it-- beware.
It could be a fake.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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


[Iraq-deathrate]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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The United Nations says Iraqi children are dying at a catostrophic rate.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Baghdad, Iraq;]

[7:14:46]
In a report out today, the U-N Children's Fund says the death rate in government-controlled areas has doubled since the 19-91 Persian Gulf War.
Officials say the jump in the child mortality rate is due to a number of factors -- including economic sanctions, two wars, and Iraq's own inability to serve the needs of its children.
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[SOT]

(( DR RA'AD AL JANABI, SADDAM CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL: "IF THE SANCTIONS ARE NOT LIFTED IMMEDIATELY, THAT MEANS WE WILL HAVE MORE AND MORE DEATHS DAY BY DAY." HANS VON SPONECK, UNITED NATIONS: "CAN WE CONDONE A SITUATION WHERE INNOCENT LIVES ARE FORCED TO VEGETATE AND LEAD WHAT AMOUNTS TO A VERY DEGRADING EXISTENCE?" ))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Ra'ad Al Janabi/Saddam Children's Hospital;]
[SUPER=01-Hans Von Sponeck/United Nations;]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=a very degrading existence.]
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[VO-NAT]


At the same time, there has been a decline in the number of young children dying in areas where the U-N operates a humanitarian relief operation.
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[Pokemon-fake]


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


A consumer alert for all the grownups whose children are clamoring for anything and everything related to the Pokemon craze.
Beware, counterfeiters are flooding the market with fakes.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rancho Dominguez, CA;]


The kids all know what pokemon is.
But just in case you don't pokemon is Japanese for pocket monster and its the name of a phenomenally successful line of nintendo video games based on 150 different pokemon characters.
Right now there are a thousand licensed pokemon products from T-shirts to lunch boxes.
In just four years the pokemon phenomenon has taken in 5 Billion dollars.
And counterfeiters are trying to cash in.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((RICHARD FLAMM / NINTENDO OF AMERICA; AND THEY SELL CRAP. AND THESE PRODUCTS ARE EXTREMELY UNSAFE, THEY'RE EXTREMELY LOW QUALITY AND THE CONSUMERS ARE GETTING RIPPED OFF BY THEM ))
[SUPER=01-Richard Flamm/Nintendo of America;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=off by them.]
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[VO-NAT]


Customs agents all across the country are now on alert for bogus Pokemon merchandise and the companies selling the real products are on the attack hiring private firms to track down the pokemon pirates.
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[E-81-Safety]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-19 1:58:46]
[GRAPHIC=81 Safety]


Drivers got a chance to tell a safety task force how they'd change Interstate-81.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington]


The group met in Lexington.
Highway experts talked about their plans to make 81 a safer place to drive...
The drivers had a truckload of their own suggestions.
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[SOT 16:55:58////////16:54:58 task force tape]
[*********BUMP TWO SOTS**********]
[IN Q=I KNOW THAT 81]

((BRENDA BROWN-GROOMS: I KNOW THAT 81 IS AN ECONOMIC CORRIDOR FOR THIS SECTION OF THE WORLD. BUT I'D LIKE US TO DO WHAT CALIFORNIA HAS DONE. IN CALIFORNIA, THEY HAVE RESTRICTED TRUCKS TO THE SLOW LANE. /////////////// THURMAN WRIGHT: IT'S NOT NECESSARY THAT WE SPEND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. JUST PUT A LITTLE TEETH INTO IT. YOU KNOW? DO SOMETHING.))
[SUPER=01-Brenda Brown-Grooms/Natural Bridge;00]
[SUPER=01-Thurman Wright/Lexington;12]
[RUNS=18]
[OUT Q=DO SOMETHING]
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[VO-NAT]


Rumble strips to wake up weary drivers will be added to the highway in the next few months.
So will signs warning of bad conditions.
It will take about 20 years to widen the highway to five lanes.
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[E-Pulaski-Grant]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=99-20 TC1:35:16]
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The state has tossed the town of Pulaski a grant designed to protect one of its historic sites.
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[VO-NAT 97-31]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski/1997]


The town will use it's share of the 65-thousand dollar grant to put Calfee Park on the national register of historic places.
The town owned ball-park was built in the 1930's and is one of the oldest active baseball stadiums in the country.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


Fairfax, Richmond, Suffolk, Leesburg and Middleburg will also get chunks of the grant.
The state expects the projects to begin next month.
[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


We've heard a lot about the decline of the family farm--
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[VO-NAT ]


But some say a Buena Vista farmer's methods can save the them.
That story and more when News-7 at Noon returns.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]


[Poultry-Farm]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=rsp]
[TAPE#=99-25]
[GRAPHIC=Farming]


Let them roam free...that's the secret behind one Buena Vista farmer 's success.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Buena Vista]


Andy Lee's innovative methods of raising poultry has attracted the likes of Willie Nelson's farm aid group.

They say Lee's way is the ideal for saving small family farms.
Lee contends local farmers can making a killing selling this kind of free-range poultry to big grocery chains.
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[SOT 11:09:16]
[IN Q=But because]

((ANDY LEE/POULTRY FARMER: BECAUSE THEY CAN GO IN AND OUT AT WILL THEY'RE MUCH CLEANER, YOU SEE, AND APPEAR MUCH HEALTHIER.))
[SUPER=01-Andy Lee/Poulty Farmer]
[RUNS=:06]
[Out Q=much healthier]
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[VO-NAT]


Lee receives two dollars a pound for poultry- he says factory farmers earn only pennies per pound.
Lee and his family offer weekend courses on their farm for 285-dollars in hopes of helping small farmers survive.
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[Speed-Fest]


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


NASCAR fans heading to the Winston Cup races in Martinsville this October have something else to get revved up about: Speed Fest '99.
The city and Coca-Cola will hold a two-day festival October first and second.
It will feature the music of Ricky Scaggs, along with games and appearances by NASCAR drivers.
The Chamber of Commerce expects the event to bring more than 50,000 visitors to Martinsville.

[Stocks]


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 145 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports-- a teenager is in the lead as the P-G-A Championship enters its second day.
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[VO-NAT ]


And one of the greatest women's tennis players of all time leaves the court permanently.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]



[Graf-Retires]


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[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Steffi Graf]


Saying it just wasn't fun anymore, Steffi Graf said her goodbye to professional tennis this morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Heidelberg, Germany;]


After 15 years and 22 Grand Slam singles titles, Steffi Graf announced her retirement.
Even a surprising win at the French Open this year and an appearance in the Wimbledon finals couldn't keep her in the game.
Graf won Wimbledon seven times and spent a remarkable 377 weeks ranked number one in the world.
She said her decision to retire had nothing to do with the string of injuries she's endured over the past few years.
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[PGA-Champioship]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=PGA]


Overnight leader Sergio Garcia is on the course in the second round of the P-G-A Championship.
The Spanish teenager opened a two-shot lead over three others yesterday with a 6-under 66.
At 19, Garcia is the youngest player in the P-G-A Championship since Gene Sarazen in 1921.
Golfers are fighting breezy conditions this morning.

[S-VMI]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-37]
[GRAPHIC=VMI Logo]


VMI is ready to begin the Cal McCombs era.
Roy Stanley has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=First audio]
[SUPER=03-Lexington; :00]
[SUPER=01-Robbie Chenault/VMI Quarterback; :21]
[SUPER=01-Teray Frost/VMI Halfback; :33]
[SUPER=01-Cal McCombs/VMI Head Coach; 1:05]
[SUPER=@Roy1; 1:24]
[RUNS=1:31]
[OUT Q=.....NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
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[S-Harvey]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-45]
[GRAPHIC=SKINS TRAINING CAMP]


The Washington Redskins open their preseason schedule tonight in Foxboro against the New England Patriots.
Darrell Green is listed as iffy for the contest due to a dislocated finger.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Frostburg, MD/This Summer; :00]


The 34 year-old fan favorite Ken Harvey is definitely out. He announced his retirement from the NFL yesterday after battling knee problems at the end of last season and start of this one.
The talented linebacker
[SUPER=04-1996;]


spent 11 years in the NFL, 6 with the Cardinals and 5 with the Redskins. He made the Pro Bowl 4 times with the Skins.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[S-Freeman]


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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[WIPE TO ENG#!!!!!!!!]
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-NFL; :00]


Last night, former Hokie Antonio Freeman came to terms with the Packers.
The pro bowl free agent signed a one year deal worth over $3 million.
He likely will sign a long term deal in the next few days that might just make him the highest paid receiver in the NFL.
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[S-Avalanche]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-41]
[GRAPHIC=AVALANCHE]


The Salem Avalanche were swept last night in their home yard as Myrtle Beach took game three of this series 1-to-nothing to drop Salem 4 and a half games out of first place.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Pelicans vs. Avalanche; :00]


Some visitors from Brooklyn making their way up the east coast stopped by to take in the game and enjoy a burger.

I hope they were in their seats before the first pitch. In the top of the first, Junior Brignac singles down the third base line and drives in Rafael Furcal from third.
The Pelicans take a 1-to-nothing lead.
[super=37-Myrtle Beach/1/Salem/0;]


That would be the only run either team would get as Myrtle Beach wins it 1-to-nothing to complete the 3 game sweep.
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[Anthem-toddler]


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


It's now in the record books, a two year old Washington state girl is officially the youngest person ever to sing the National Anthem at a professional sporting event.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Tacoma, WA;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=nats of singing]
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[VO-NAT]

[7:49:06]
Kylie Morton belted out the Star Spangled Banner at a Tacoma Rainier baseball game last night.
Her father taught her the tune and Kylie's been practicing for several days at her home just blocks from the stadium.
Her next ambition is singing for fans at a Seattle Mariners game. (------------)