[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


The top Republican presidential contender makes a campaign swing through Roanoke.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The Valley view interchange on 581 opens for traffic.
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[TALENT=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


We've had some sunshine breaking through the clouds...but it looks like the clouds will win out by this evening, as low pressure promises at least some scattered showers overnight and into tomorrow.
Also, things are heating up in the tropics....the latest on two tropical depressions, coming up.
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Bush]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#99-28 TC53:44]
[GRAPHIC=George W. Bush]


The top Republican presidential contender for the White House is in Roanoke this afternoon even as questions fly about illegal drug use..
Earlier today huge crowds showed up as he made stops at the West End Center and the downtown Market.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Scott/Microwave]


Scott Goldberg joins us with the latest on the Bush visit.
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[SUPER=01-George W. Bush/(R) Presidential Candidate;]
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[OUT Q=should I be elected.]




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[Double Boxes=Melanie and Scott/Microwave]




[Pitts-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Forest Fire]


Crews are making progress on the forest fire near Smith Mountain Lake.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN MAP]
The fire was first reported yesterday afternoon.
It's burning in the Northwest corner of Pittsylvania County near Route 40.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.]


A state forestry official says the fire on Smith Mountain has burned between a hundred and 2-hundred acres.
They've got a line around it and are working to douse the hot spots.
The fire did jump the line at one point, and a helicopter has been brought in to help fight the flames.
It appears the fire started from a lightning strike during a storm last week.
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[Valley-View]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#99-34 TC28:24]
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It's taken much longer than expected, but the new exit from Valley View Boulevard onto Interstate 581 is now open.

[Double Boxes=Melanie and JoeD/Microwave]


Joe Dashiell is there, where traffic opened within the last hour.
[Live=JoeD Full/Microwave]
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[Scales]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


It's been nearly two years since one man was killed, and another wounded, inside a Blacksburg nightspot.
Today, a jury was seated to hear the evidence against the identical twins charged with murder and malicious wounding.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/August 31, 1997]


Attorneys for Terry and Kerry Scales say what happened that night on the dance floor in Arnold's Restaurant was self-defense.
A jury was seated and opening arguments just wrapped up.
We'll have courtroom testimony at News 7 at 5 and 6.
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[Milk-Buyout]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=rsp]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]


The Virginia milk cooperative that produces Shenandoah's Pride milk is getting a new owner.
The members of the co-op voted Tuesday night to let (Swee-za) Suiza Foods Corporation buy out them out.
The Dallas based Fortune 500 company has made more than 30 acquisitions since 1993 and had sales last year of three-point-three billion dollars.
The co-op represent more than a quarter of Virginia's 997 Grade A dairy farms.

[Alcoa-Reynolds]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=None]
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Alcoa has won its hostile takeover bid for Reynolds Metals of Richmond.. after offering four-point-four billion dollars in stock.
The combined company will own 300 locations in 36 counties.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Russell Co./June 1996]


Among them, a Reynolds plant in Russell County that opened with great fanfare three years ago. The plant manufactures forged aluminum wheels.
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[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


One of the people charged in connection the Columbine shooting could face years in jail after entering a plea.
That's one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And in Turkey, the death toll continues to rise-- it's now above the five-thousand mark.
But, first let's check in with Kimberly McBroom in the weather center.
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[Talent=Kimberly]

[Wx-Tease]
Showers are starting to push into neighboring West Virginia and Kentucky...but it may be this late this afternoon or tonight before we see any rainfall around here.
And considering the growing list of counties with water restrictions...any moisture will be welcomed.
Let's take a look at the current radar.... [Weatherpro] [music up full] [comm1]

[Turkey]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
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More than six-thousand, and still counting.
The number of dead from Tuesday's earthquake in Turkey continues to rise.
Another 21-thousand are reported injured.
But a huge fire at Turkey's biggest oil refinery is finally under control.
Lisa Hughes reports.
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[SOT]

[11:30-UPDATE WINDOW-NEWSPATH]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Izmit, Turkey;]
[SUPER=01-Mike Tamillow/Fairfax Co. Search and Rescue;]
[SUPER=01-Fred Krimgold/Architecture Professor;]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Hughes/Reporting;]
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[OUT Q=]

((LOCATOR :IZMIT TURKEY Somewhere in this mess, rescuers from Fairfax County, Virginia found two survivors. They're working in Izmit--the town hardest hit by the quake using special cameras, listening devices and sniffer dogs. But they are working against the clock. super: Mike Tamillow/Fairfax Co. Search & Rescue WE CONTINUE TO SEARCH ON. THERE ARE STILL A LOT OF BUILDINGS Frantic civilians refuse to give up hope
(NATS_RESCUERS YELLING UPON DISCOVERY)

This woman was buried for more than 60 hours. She's alive_one of 21-thousand people injured. People lucky enough to escape injury are now living outside. Some are too afraid to return home. Others have no home left. Many of the apartment buildings that collapsed were poorly constructed_designed for low-income tenants. SUPER: Fred Krimgold/Architecture Professor WHAT WE'VE SEEN NOW IN TURKEY IS A SITUATION WHICH COULD VERY EASILY BE REPLICATED IN MANY OTHER SEISMIC ZONES IN THE WORLD Virginia Tech architecture professor Fred Krimgold says most of the people who lived in these buildings had no idea just how poorly they were built. THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE PEOPLE WHO SUFFER ARE REALLY INNOCENT VICTIMS Victims who have lost everything in a country where rebuilding could take years.))

[Schmitz-retrial]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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The case of the "Jenny Jones Show" killing is back in court.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI;]


Opening statements are underway in Michigan in the retrial of Jonathan Schmitz.
He was convicted of second-degree murder for killing a man who revealed during a show taping that he had a crush on Schmitz.
Schmitz was granted a re-trial because of errors by the original judge.
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[School-shootings]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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The man accused of providing a gun to the Columbine shooters has pleaded guilty to charges that could send him to prison for 18 years.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Littleton, CO;]

[7:09:49]
Twenty-two year old Mark Manes admitted selling a Tec-Nine to the Columbine gunmen Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold who were juveniles.
And he admitted to handling a sawed off shotgun at this makeshift firing range with Harris and Klebold.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

(( "EVEN THOUGH MARK HAD NO IDEA ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN AT COLUMBINE JUST THE FACT THAT HE PLAYED A PART THE CHAIN OF EVENTS THE ENTIRE FAMILY THOUGHT THAT HE NEEDED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY." ))
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[OUT Q=He need to take responsiblity.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]

[7:13:04]
Meantime, the teenager accused of opening fire at an Oregon school last year blames himself for inspiring the Columbine gunmen.
The information was revealed in new records filed in the case.
Kinkel is scheduled to go on trial September 27th.
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[Coleman-Bankrupt]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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New trouble for child actor turned security guard Gary Coleman.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;]

[7:18:04]
The former "Different Strokes" star filed for bankruptcy Wednesday in downtown Los Angeles.
Coleman blames his financial problems on a long term medical condition, mismanagement of his money and a lawsuit he settled in 1993.
Coleman once earned 70-thousand-dollars per episode on the television sitcom ``Diff'rent Strokes.''
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[Imelda-shoes]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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If you thought Imelda Marcos' shoe collection as first lady of the Philippines was excessive it's nothing compared to her current collection.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Manila, Philippines;]


Some 2-hundred pairs of her shoes from the palace days have found a new home at the new city shoe museum.
And due to her well-publicized taste for shoes, Mrs. Marcos has apparently continued to receive shoes from friends and well-wishers.
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[IN Q=]

(("I REALLY DON'T KNOW IF IT'S 3-THOUSAND, BUT SURELY THERE'S A LOT OF SHOES BEING GIVEN ME BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT CORY (FORMER PRESIDENT CORAZON AQUINO) DEPRIVED ME OF MY SHOES AND THEN RAMOS CONTINUED TO DO IT, YOU KNOW. SO THEY THOUGHT I WAS SHOELESS, SO EVERYBODY LOOKING AT ME, ))
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[OUT Q=everybody looking at me.]
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[VO-NAT]


When Ferdinand Marcos was ousted from power in 19-86, Imelda left more than a thousand pairs of shoes behind in the presidential palace.
She says she regrets her reputation for being a shoe lover.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The drought conditions plaguing Southwest Virginia force water conservation measures in yet another county.
The details are next on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And Roanoke businesses are preparing for even tougher water restrictions. Those stories and the forecast are still ahead.
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[E-Amherst-drought]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Amherst County is the latest community to see it's water levels dwindle from the lack of rain.
The County Service Authority is now asking for voluntary water conservation.
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[VO-NAT]


Drinking water in restaurants will be available by request only.
Residents are asked not to fill swimming pools, and to turn off ornamental fountains; avoid washing buildings, driveways and other paved areas.
Lawn watering should be restricted to only once a week, between 6 and 8-AM.
And people should only use car washes that recycle water, or have high pressure, low consumption systems.
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[anchor=Melanie]
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Though the restrictions are voluntary, Service Authority members will patrol the community and issue warnings.


[E-Business-Water]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-26]
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Roanoke businesses that rely on water are bracing for tougher restrictions as Carvins Cove continues to dry up.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Normally the hot summer means big demands for swimming pools.
But this year it's illegal to fill them in the city.
The companies that build pools worry that when conservation measures get more drastic, more people will put off buying new pools.
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[SOT 1:37:57]
[IN Q=WE'VE DELAYED]

((JERRY GREEN/AQUARIUS POOLS: WE'VE DELAYED CONSTRUCTION ON A COUPLE OF JOBS SCHEDULED IN THE CITY BECAUSE THEY CAN'T FILL 'EM UP. WE HOPE TO GET TO 'EM THIS FALL.))
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[VO-NAT]


Mandatory reductions on city businesses and residents begin when Carvins Cove drops to 30 feet below full pond.
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[E-Climatologist]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-32 31:09]
[GRAPHIC=Drought of 99]


Virginia's state climatologist says the current drought may not be as bad as we think.
In fact he says this year's dry conditions really aren't that unusual, and that we should expect a drought like this once a decade.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co.]


Pat Michaels calls this a "garden variety" drought, which has hit the northern Shenandoah Valley much harder than the Roanoke- Lynchburg area.
Despite what some may think, Michaels says global warming is NOT to blame.
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[SOT 13:35:27]
[IN Q=What is to]

((PAT MICHAELS/STATE CLIMATOLOGIST: WHAT IS TO BLAME FOR THE DROUGHT IN VIRGINIA IS SOMETHING KNOWN AS RANDOM, BAD LUCK, AND THE FACT THAT OUR SUMMER RAINFALL FALLS IN THE FORM OF THUNDERSTORMS. WE WENT INTO THE SPRING AND THE SUMMER DRY.))
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[OUT Q=the summer dry.]
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[VO-NAT]


Michaels says while Virginia may be suffering, the rest of the United States is actually wetter than normal.

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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE# none]
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 95 points.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports-- He said he was finished with football.
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[VO-NAT ]


But not anymore, as the Reskins coax a former Pro-Bowler out of retirement.
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[COMM BREAK #3]


[Fryar]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
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The Washington Redskins have coaxed Pro-Bowl receiver Irving Fryar out of retirement.
Fryar agreed to a one year deal with the Skins.
He retired at the end of last season--
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-NFL]

ending a 15 year career with New England, Miami and Philadelphia.
He made his last trip to the Pro Bowl in 19-97, when he had 86 receptions for Philadelphia.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=HOLD]


Fryar could be in uniform for tomorrow's home exhibition game against Buffalo.

[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-40 (2:04:14)]
[GRAPHIC=Tech Logo]


Injuries have hit the Hokies this week in practice.
Split-end Marcus Gildersleeve suffered a torn A-C-L in his right knee.
A date for surgery has not been set.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/1999 Spring Practice; :]


Yesterday, Linebacker Jake Houseright, a sophomore linebacker from Gate City, tore cartilage in his right knee.
He will undergo arthroscopic surgery today at Montgomery regional Hospital.
The extent of the injury will be determined after surgery.
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[S-Golf]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-43 20035tc]
[GRAPHIC=MCLELLAND GOLF]


The Cave Spring golf team can claim the Bob McLelland Invitational championship.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./McLelland Invitational; :00]


After playing the first day of the 36 hole event at the Waterfront, the tournament shifted to the tight confines of Hunting Hills Country Club.
Matt Chandler from Franklin County came into yesterday's round with a four shot advantage over Cave Spring's Tommy Rooney, who had the advantage of playing on the Knights' home course.
Chandler would finish up with an even par round of 70 today to win the individual title, but Rooney put up a fight shooting the low round of the day, two under 68 to finish second two shots back.
Matt Pegram was third while Scott Wise and Brandon Welch tied for fourth.
Cave won the team competition by seven shots over William Byrd. Franklin County was third.
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[E-Clockmaker]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-]
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Climbing Roanoke Valley clock towers has made one family stronger-- not physically, but emotionally.
The Rodgers comes from Pennsylvania every year to protect community clocks.
Tina Tenret has their story.
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[SUPER=01-Bob Rodgers/Clock Repairman; :27]
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[SUPER=07-Melissa Rodgers; 1:02]
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[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke]

(( Bob Rodgers remembers climbing up this tower as a boy.
He and his father kept the clock ticking at Greene Memorial United Methodist Church.
Now, Bob's children help him.
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[SOT 18:29:32]
[IN Q=Take the old]

((TAKE THE OLD GREASE OUT. LOOSEN UP THE GEAR HEAD. THAT'S THE PART THAT PRIMARILY GETS SEIZED UP.))
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Together they travel to 150 East Coast clock towers, including Roanoke College and a church in Buchanan.
And they certainly know how to pass time.
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[SOT 18:37:19]
[IN Q=Oh absolutely]
((OH ABSOLUTELY. IT GIVES YOU TIME FROM PLACE TO PLACE FOR CONVERSING AND TALKING. NAT SOT BELLS. YOU HAVE A CAPTIVE

AUDIENCE.))
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[OUT Q=captive audience]


The Greene Memorial timepiece is unique, they say, because it's up so high and in such a prominent location downtown.
It dates back almost a century -- and chimes every 15 minutes.
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[SOT 17:26:32]
[IN Q=I like to go]

((MELISSA RODGERS: I LIKE TO GO WITH MY DAD AND WORK IN THE CLOCK TOWERS AND EVERYTHING BUT I DISLIKED BEING REALLY DIRTY UP IN THE CLOCK TOWERS. ))
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[OUT Q=up in the clock towers]


So will the Rodgers keep this family tradition?
These hands would stand still without them. Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke))