[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Deliberations may begin today in the Scales twins murder trial.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And Norfolk Southern takes a hit from U-P-S.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[SS=None]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[UPS-Railroads]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=NS Growing Pains]


United Parcel Service is pulling half its business from Norfolk Southern and C-S-X.
U-P-S says it can no longer tolerate the frequent rail delays the companies are experiencing.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file;]


A U-P-S official said the company used the railroads to ship nine- and a half million packages a day in 1998 at a cost of more than 500 million dollars.
Officials for the two railroads say they've been working to get the packages delivered on time and have made some improvements.
The loss of business could be a significant blow to the two companies, which have suffered heavy losses this year after splitting up Conrail.
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[Henry-Ax]


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


A 13-year-old Henry County boy is in critical condition this afternoon after being hit by a car on his way to school.
The boy was walking to the bus stop for his first day of school at Drewry Mason Middle School.
State Police say he was hit by a car driven by Toni Yvonne Craig of Martinsville.
She has not been charged.
The boy was taken to Martinsville Memorial Hospital with broken bones and internal injuries.
He's being transferred to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem later today.

[Scales]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tbr]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Closing arguments will not begin until after lunch in the murder trial of Terry and Kerry Scales.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/Yesterday;]


This morning, prosecutors and defense attorneys have been working on jury instructions.
The defense maintains the shooting inside a restaurant two years ago was self defense.
Prosecutors say the twins should be convicted of first degree murder in the death of 30 year old Richard Bullard.
None of the prosecution's witnesses ever backed the twins' claim that Bullard grabbed Kerry Scales by the neck.
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[S-Fulcher]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-31 32:35]
[GRAPHIC=Mike Fulcher]


A federal jury could begin deliberations today in the Bland Prison drug trafficking trial.
They'll have to make a decision without hearing from the lead defendant-- Mike Fulcher.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Former Prison Guard Billy King was the only defendant who did testify.
King admitted he had unauthorized contact with Fulcher's family half a dozen times,
[SUPER=03-Bland Co.]

but he flatly denied taking drugs into the prison.
He had refused to go undercover and help investigators gather evidence against other guards and inmates, because he feared for his life.
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[Airline-busted]


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


Dozens of American Airlines employees have been arrested in an alleged drug smuggling ring.
(------------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL;]

[7:44:52]
Forty airline workers were taken into custody this morning in Miami.
Fifty eight are named in indictments.
Officials say the suspects were using American planes to smuggle drugs from South America.
The drugs included marijuana and cocaine.
Officials say some of the contraband was even smuggled aboard airline food trays.
No management officials, pilots or flight attendants were indicted.
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[sheinbein]


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


A murder suspect from Maryland... who fled to Israel to escape prosecution in the United States... is now expected to plead guilty to the crime in an Israeli court.
Bruce Dunning reports from Tel Aviv.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[10:07;01]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Tel Aviv, Israel/July 5;]
[SUPER=01-Doug Gansler/Maryland State's Attorney]
[SUPER=01-Bruce Dunning/Reporting;]
[RUNS=1:35]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS TEL AVIV.]

((The plea bargain came as a surprise. Sheinbein fought for a year and a half to be tried in a court in Israel for a murder in America. Just weeks ago, when Sheinbein's trial finally started, he pleaded NOT guilty. Now he's changed his plea and accepted a 24-year sentence for murdering Alfredo Enrique Tello. Tello's body had been so badly hacked apart and burned that at first police could not identify him. Sheinbein's accomplice in this killing for kicks hanged himself in jail. Sheinbein fled to Israel where he claimed citizenship because his father is Israeli. Israel's high court ruled that Sheinbein could not be extradited to the U.S. because of a law which stated that Israeli citizens must be tried in Israeli courts even for crimes committed in other countries. If the three trial judges accept the plea bargain, Sheinbein will be eligible for parole in 14 years. American prosecutors call this "unacceptable."
Gansler SOT: "He would have undoubtedly been convicted in the United States and would have undoubtedly been sentenced

to a term of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Now, he's going to be in all likelihood walking free in the streets of Israel at the age of thirty-three. He'll begin getting weekend furloughs in as few as four years from now." Israeli authorities say this is the heaviest sentence ever imposed on a minor, and they are angry at the Americans for revealing the plea bargain before the trial court accepted it. Ironically, the law has now been changed - to allow Israelis to be extradited in cases like this. But the change is not retroactive, so Samuel Sheinbein has escaped American justice. Bruce Dunning, CBS News, Tel Aviv.))

(Toss to Patrick)



[WX-One]


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


It's a busy day in the weather center.
For the latest on the rain here and storms in the tropics, let's talk to Patrick Evans.
(toss to Patrick)


[Patrick in CK] [WXPRO]

(toss back to Melanie)



[storms]


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


Forecasters are continuing to keep an eye on a trio of storms churning in the Atlantic Ocean, Cindy, Dennis and Emily.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Falfurrias, TX;]

[4:04:55]
Meantime, In parts of southern Texas, cleaning up after Hurricane Bret had to be put on hold yesterday because of flooding.
Contaminated water faces many plus downed power lines.
[SUPER=03-Driscoll, TX;]


Flooding in Driscoll, Texas forced the evacuation of several elderly residents, others ventured back to see what remained.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=everthing that's left...]
[RUNS=:04]
[OUT Q=is gone.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Laredo, TX;]


Rain from the former hurricane also flooded close to 200 homes in Laredo.
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[Fralin]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=99-28 TC57:45]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 99]


State Senate Candidate William Fralin wants to see some changes in Virginia's tax collection.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


Outside the Roanoke county administration building this morning, the Republican state senate candidate proposed doubling the personal exemption for state residents.
That's the base amount all Virginians may exempt from their state income taxes.
That figure stands at 800-dollars--
It's risen only 200-dollars in the last 28 years.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 22:02:41]
[IN Q=So, what we]

((WILLIAM FRALIN/R- STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: SO, WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS SAY "LOOK, IT'S HIGH TIME WE DOUBLED THE PERSONAL EXEMPTION IN VIRGINIA." THERE ARE SOME TAXPAYERS IN VIRGINIA THAT DON'T PAY FEDERAL INCOME TAXES, BUT THEY STILL PAY VIRGINIA TAX, BECAUSE OUR PERSONAL EXEMPTION IS SO LOW. WE NEED TO FIX THAT.))
[SUPER=01-William Fralin/(R) State Senate Candidate;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=need to fix that]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Fralin is running against incumbent Democrat John Edwards.
(------------)


[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The invetigation into the fatal accident at King's Dominion continues today-- now park officials say misconduct by the victim may have contributed to his death.
The details are still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
(--------------)
[VO-NAT ]


And they had given up on survivors-- but there are signs of life in the rubble left by the Turkish earthquake.
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[music up full] [comm1]

[Helvestine]


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


Frank Helvestine died in prison yesterday.
He was serving time for a racially motivated bombing that unintentionally killed a toddler.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/September 26, 1997]


Helvestine died while serving a 12 year sentence for his role in the 1975 bombing meant to kill an interracial couple in Roanoke County.
Instead, the bomb killed 23-month-old Carrie Ann Mask, whose family had parked their van next to a car with the bomb in it.
The case was unsolved until 1996, when Helvestine's son-in-law told police he knew about the bombing.
(------------)



[Lawsuit]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Lawsuit]


A federal appeals court has upheld the decision to dismiss a ten million dollar lawsuit against Blacksburg police.

The case was filed by the family of a man shot to death by two Blacksburg police officers.
Maurice Taylor's family claimed that the officers used excessive force and violated his civil rights...
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/August 9, 1995]

when they shot him 12 times inside a drugstore in August 1995.
At the time of the shooting, Taylor was wanted on a fugitive charge, and he pulled out a B-B gun that looked like a 45 caliber pistol when the officers approached him.
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[E-Amherst-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-23 2:02:30]
[GRAPHIC=Amherst Murder Probe]


Authorties are turning to the public for information in connection with the burning death of an Amherst County man.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Amherst Co.]


Lab tests recently confirm that 40- year- old Herman Branham was soaked with both gas and kerosene in the yard of this home January 27th.
Branham was still on fire when he walked more than a half mile to his mother's home and collapsed.. he died six days later.
Police have a suspect but need more information.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 9:34:36]
[IN Q=Somebody's got]

((JIMMY AYERS/AMHERST CO. SHERIFF: SOMEBODY'S GOT TO KNOW SOMETHING AND THAT'S WHAT I'M BEGGING, IS FOR SOMEBODY TO TELL US SOMETHING TO BRING IT TO A CLOSE.))
[SUPER=01-Jimmy Ayers/Amherst Co. Sheriff]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=to a close.]
(XXXXXXXXXX)

[TAKE CRIMESTOPPERS FULL SCREEN]
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Central Virginia Crime stoppers at 1- 888- 798- 5900.


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[E-Kings-Dominion]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=99-20 1:51:25]
[GRAPHIC=Kings Dominion]


Kings Dominion is still not releasing many details about Monday's roller coaster death.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Doswell]


But they are saying misconduct may have contributed to the man's death.
20-year old Timothy Fan of New York City was killed MONDAY night while riding the Shockwave.
Riders stand while the roller coaster makes several loops - reaching speeds of 50 miles an hour.
A statement released by Kings Dominion says "witness statements indicate rider misconduct on the part of Fan may have played a role in the incident."
Park officials say the ride is safe.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 16:22:25]
[IN Q=It's been]

((IT'S BEEN OPERATING SINCE 1986 WITHOUT INCIDENT, IT IS INSPECTED ON A DAILY BASIS.))
[SUPER=01-Betsy Moss/Park Spokesperson;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=on a daily basis.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The ride is closed along with similar rides at Paramount Parks in Cincinnati and Toronto- while an investigation is done.
An initial investigation found no problem with the ride's restraint system and no operator error.
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[County-Supers]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=12]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke County]


The strained relationship between the Roanoke County School Board and the Board of Supervisors continues to frustrate parents who fear another lengthy delay in school construction projects.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Cost estimates for the new south county high school and Glenvar Middle School improvements are now ten million dollars higher than initial projections.
So the school board and the supervisors must decide whether they can find more funding, or must scale back the scope of the two projects.
Parents are concerned.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 12:29:00]
[IN Q=Once again, it's another delay]

((ONCE AGAIN IT'S ANOTHER DELAY AND IT COULD POSSIBLE PUSH US ANOTHER YEAR BACKWARDS. AND IT'S ALL BECAUSE OF TWO BOARDS THAT CAN'T GET ALONG.))
[SUPER=01-Nancy Hughes/Roanoke Co. Parent]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=can't get along.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Members of the two boards, other officials and the architects will try to sort things out at a meeting Friday morning.

[turkey-survivors]


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


One of the search and rescue teams still in Turkey came close to another miracle overnight.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Cinarcik, Turkey;]

[10;13:10]
A tapping noise was heard deep under the remains of a collapsed five story apartment building.
The rescue workers toiled for hours to reach a number of children known to have been in the building when the quake struck last week.
But their efforts were in vain, they found only corpses.
[SUPER=03-Northwestern Turkey;]

[4:08:06]
Meantime, more rain and a tremor added to the misery of homeless quake survivors.
And there is now a fear of epidemic diseases.
But the World Health Organization says so far, there's no need to worry.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((DR. MICHAEL THIEREN/WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION - AN EPIDEMIC FRONT HAS NEVER BEEN OBSERVED IN ANY DISASTER. THIS IS THE EXPERIENCE OF THE WHO OF 20 YEARS OF OBSERVATION OF NATURAL EVENTS.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Michel Thieren/World Health Organization;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=of natural events.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The death toll has been revised downward to 12-thousand-514.
Some 30-thousand are still missing.
(------------)


[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


After ten-thousand years out in the cold--
(-----------------)
[VO-NAT ]

an amazing archaeological discovery comes to light in British Columbia.
That story and your forecast are still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
(-----------------)

[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]


[Carvins-Cove]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-40 TC19:52]
[GRAPHIC=None]


While the major concern at Carvin's Cove has been the water level, last night the attention was focused on recreation.
(-------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;:00]


A consultant team held a third and final public hearing on the Land Use Plan.
They're trying to figure out how to expand recreation activities such as hiking, biking, and horse back riding.
But plans for excluding gasoline or electric powered boats on the water has some people less than satisfied.
Boaters say restricting some types of boats is the answer to keeping the Cove water clean.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 27:46]
[INQ=I'm making]

((I'M MAKING A PLEA FROM THE BOATERS THAT YOU CONSIDER LIMITING HORSE POWER AS OPPOSED TO LIMITING GASOLINE MOTORS.))
[RUNS=:10]
[OUTQ=limiting gasoline motors]
(-------------)
[VO-NAT]


Other suggestions by the consultant team include a fee for using the recreational areas and prohibiting events that would bring large numbers of people to the area.
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[Iceman]


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


In a remote region of British Columbia, a chance discovery led to the stunning archeological discovery.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Whitehorse, Canada; ]

[7:32:06]
An ancient ice man has been discovered in a frozen glacier in Canada.
Officials say the well-preserved remains appear to be of a hunter.
Clothing and tools found nearby indicate the man died in a fall.
Archaeologists say the remains and artifacts could be up to 10-thousand years old - when the last ice age ended.

(------------)



[Stocks]


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 71 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports, the Saints get some bad news--
(----------------)
[VO-NAT ]


And then some really bad news-- their number one draft pick and two pro-bowl linemen go down with injuries.
(---------------)

[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]


[S-Ricky]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-42]
[GRAPHIC=SAINTS]


Ricky Williams will be ready for the season opener-- that's what coach Mike Ditka says.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL/August 13; :00]


Williams limped off the field in the exhibition opener on Friday the 13th of this month with a bruised shin, that was later called a sprained ankle. He missed last week's game and now there are reports in New Orleans saying he may need surgery and miss the next five weeks of the season.
The Saints say he'll miss Saturday's pre-season game..
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[SS=HOLD]

but will be ready to go for the regular season.
The really bad news for the Saints-- their two pro bowl linemen William Roaf and Joe Johnson both went down yesterday in practice with knee injuries.
Johnson is out for the season, Roaf for at least a week.

[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-39 15717tc]
[graphic=Big East/Tech]


It's official. Virginia Tech will become a full time member of the Big East Conference beginning with the 2001-02 academic year.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Nashville, TN/Music City Bowl; :00]


The Hokies, who have been a charter member of the Big East in football, will become the 14th full time member of the conference.
Tech conducts varsity programs in 15 Big East sports.
Men's basketball will receive the biggest initial boost, considering Ricky Stokes will compete against the defending national champs in U-CONN.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="Our]

((JIM WEAVER/VIRGINIA TECH ATHLETIC DIRECTOR:))
[SUPER=01-Jim Weaver/Virginia Tech Athletic Director; :00]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=....women's program"]
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[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Express]


Parking for Express games is getting a little easier.
The team is offering a premium parking pass for the fans this coming season.
The pass will be good for all 35 home games and it will get your car in the main lot located between the front of the Civic center and Williamson road.
The cost is $70.
The Express also named Randy Sieminski its new radio broadcaster.
Previously he was the voice of the South Carolina Stingrays and Lowell Lochmonsters.

[S-Nascar]


[ANCHOR=]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-47]
[GRAPHIC=BRISTOL]


The Winston Cup circuit rolls into the Bristol bowl this weekend and Ernie Irvan will NOT be driving the M&M's Pontiac.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-1999 Season; :00]


Jerry Nadeau who was released from his contract with Melling racing yesterday will substitute for Irvan this weekend on the half mile concrete track and possibly for several more races this season. (------------)