[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A Roanoke apartment house goes up in flames this morning.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Dennis has has moved back closer to the North Carolina coast, bringing more evacuations in coastal communities.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[SS=None]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Roanoke-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-39 TC05:04]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


Fire heavily damaged a Roanoke house this morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


When firefighters arrived they could see smoke and flames coming from the upstairs section of the house at 926 Winona.
A woman and two children were home in an upstairs apartment, but were not hurt.
Next door neighbors were worried the fire would spread.
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[SOT 00:05:18]
[IN Q=at first the]

((RICK KYSER/NEIGHBOR; THE FLAMES WERE COMING OUT BIG BACK THERE IN THEIR KITCHEN, BUT THEY GOT HERE SOON ENOUGH AND SAID IT WOULD BE IN NO DANGER.))
[SUPER=01-Rick Kyser/Neighbor;]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=no danger]
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[VO-NAT]


Firefighters were already in the neighborhood.
They were responding to an alarm at James Madison school when they saw the smoke and were dispatched to to the house fire.
The cause is under investigation.
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[Weeks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Death Penalty]


Unless the U-S Supreme Court or Governor Gilmore intervenes, Lonnie Weeks will be given a lethal injection tonight.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Prince William Co./1993;]


In 1993, Weeks and another man murdered a state trooper during a traffic stop on Interstate 95 in Dale City.
The children of Jose Cavazos have asked Gilmore to stop the execution. But the trooper's widow wants the sentence carried out.
The National Black Police Association is also opposed to the execution.
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[81-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=99-28 TC1:04:04]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]


A tractor-trailer wrecked on I-81 near Buchanan this morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.]


State police say the truck blew a tire and ran off the highway near mile marker 163.
The accident slowed traffic in the southbound lanes for a while.
The driver was taken to the hospital-- police say it appears his injuries weren't serious.
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[dennis]


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


Forecasters say they still expect Dennis to pay the North Carolina coast-- another visit.
But this time-- only as a tropical storm-- or less.
Residents along the outer banks meanwhile are worried about more flooding.
Lee Cowan has the latest from Kill Devil Hills.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Kill Devil Hills, NC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; :20]
[RUNS=1:25]
[OUT Q=cbs news Kill Devil Hills, NC.]

((LOCATOR: KILL DEVIL HILLS, NC
In it's game of cat and mouse with the Carolina coastline---Dennis has become annoyingly predictable.

The track it took away from the Outer Banks of North Carolina late Monday, has became the very same path it's taking back. STANDUP: "The state's Governor has declared a state of emergency - and the worst may be to come. Forecasters are predicting winds of 30-40 miles an hour will batter the coast for at least two more days, bringing as much of 5 inches of rain - on top of nearly a foot, Dennis has already left behind." As such, warnings remain in effect from Surf City, North Carolina to Chincotegue, Virginia. Thousands remain without power. Flooding has closed more roads, and mandatory evacuations orders have been expanded to include parts of south Nags Head and Kitty Hawk -both densely populated areas of beach front property along the scenic Outer Banks.
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(MOS)

14 foot waves continue to crash long the coast - eroding the Outer Bank's fragile beaches - places that are supposed to be filled with holiday tourists. The last gasp of summer has turned into North Carolina's last stand against a storm creating plenty of labor for the labor day weekend. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.))

[WX-One]


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


For more on what Dennis may do, let's talk to Patrick Evans.
(Toss to Patrick)


[Patrick in CK]
[CK=WXPro]



(toss back to MElanie)



[plane-crash]


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


At least Sixty-nine people have been killed in a plane crash in Argentina.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Buenos Aires, Argentina; ]

[4:03:07]
The Boeing 7-37 made a quick descent just after takeoff from Buenos Aires.
It then skimmed a highway and slammed into a golf course.
News reports say the plane hit at least three cars on the highway.
Hospital officials say 34 have survived but many are badly burned.
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[Monterey]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=99-33TC57:58]
[GRAPHIC=Education]


Overcrowding at a Roanoke elementary school has temporarily displaced some special needs students.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


An additional kindergarten class this year at Monterey Elementary forced school officials to move the T-M-D class to a lower level classroom.
But some parents say the room isn't fit for students.
Janet White says she plans to take her niece out of school until changes are made.
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[SOT 12:28:34]
[IN Q=It's just not]

((JANET WHITE/CONCERNED PARENT: IT'S JUST NOT ENOUGH SPACE IN IT, THAT THE DESKS, I FEEL LIKE, THEY'RE PACK- JAMMED LIKE SARDINES. THEY HAVE NO ROOM TO SIT ON THE FLOOR TO DO PUZZLES. IT LOOKS LIKE A DUNGEON. THE PIPES ARE HANGING.))


[SUPER=01-Janet White/Concerned Parent;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=pipes are hanging]
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[SOT 12:23:28 ]
[IN Q=It is cozy]

((LISSY RUNYON/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS: IT IS COZY AND WE WILL LISTEN TO THE FIRE MARSHAL AND TO OUR PARENTS AND LOOK IF WE CAN FIND SOME ADDITIONAL OR CLOSE SPACE NEARBY TO ACCOMODATE THE CLASSROOM.))
[SUPER=01-Lissy Runyon/Roanoke City Schools;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=the classroom]
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[VO-NAT]


Runyon says the Fire Marshal gave the school system 10 days to find a new location for the class.
In the meantime, excess furniture and materials will be removed from the classroom to provide more space for students.
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[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The A-C-L-U is warning teachers and school administrators not to let school safety get in the way of free speech.

That's just one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And tougher standards for child safety seats go into effect today.
Find out what that means for parents next.
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[music up full] [comm1]


[CHILD-SAFETY]


[ANCHOR=MEL]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Child Safety Seats]


A government push to improve the safety of children's' car seats kicked off today in Washington.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]

[11:03]
Stricter head protection standards for child car-seats go into effect today, meaning that most new seats will have to be equipped with a tether strap.
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[11:04:20-32]
[SOT]
[IN Q=WE ADD THE TETHER STRAP...]
[SUPER=01-Ricardo Martinez/NTSB Administrator;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=FOR OUR CHILDREN.]
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[VO-NAT]


Once all cars and seats have the new system, the government estimates up to 50 lives will be saved each year and three-thousand injuries prevented.
As for the thousands of child seats already in use, seat manufacturers and automakers are offering kits to add the tethers to existing seats.
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[mahoney-FREE]


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


The man responsible for nation's deadliest drunken driving accident -- is a free man today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]


Larry Mahoney walked out of a Kentucky prison this morning after spending more than 10 years behind bars.
Mahoney's blood alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit when he drove his pickup truck the wrong way and slammed into a church bus killing 27.
Mahoney earned early release with good behavior and education.
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[Davis]


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


The search is on in Prince Edward County for an escaped inmate.
State Police say Maurice Davis broke out of the Piedmont Regional Jail around two this morning.
Davis was being held on federal charges.
Police describe him as six-feet-two and 240 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

[E-Villarini]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-24 1:57:56]
[GRAPHIC=Mutilated Money]


Banks are suppose to put aside "Mutilated money,"or currency that's badly damaged, so it can be returned to the treasury department.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


But, Federal prosecutors say the stacks of dirty cash at the Bank of Floyd was not always counted properly.

Head Teller Karen Villarini at the Cave Spring Branch is charged with embezzling 83-thousand dollars from the bank.
She allegedly reported there was more mutilated money in the vault than there was over the years.
Her trial continues in federal court today.
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[ACLU-Schools]


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


The American Civil Liberties Union wants to make sure Virginia educators do NOT infringe on student's Constitutional rights for safety's sake.
The group told school superintendents in a letter that nervousness over school safety following the Littleton, Colorado school shootings in April should not interfere with free speech rights.
The A-C-L-U says it will provide legal assistance to students whose rights have been violated.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/June;]


The organization cited a case last year in which a Surry County High School student was suspended for having blue hair.
The A-C-L-U successfully challenged the student's suspension in federal court.
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[E-Hog-Farms]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-31 47:10]
[GRAPHIC=Hog Farm]


The debate that has divided a community over hog farms is not over.
The vote for tougher restrictions on Halifax County hog operations has angered farmers as well as environmentalists.
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[VO-NAT]


Citizen activists say they're pleased with some aspects of the new hog farm rules ... such as requirements that hog farms be three-thousand feet from homes and one-thousand feet from property lines.
But Southside Concerned Citizens' leader says the Supervisors failed to protect citizens when those setbacks didn't increase with the number of hogs.
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[SOT 1:13:51 - 1:14:01]
[IN Q=I'm very disappointed]

((JACK DUNAVANT/SOUTHSIDE CONCERNED CITIZENS PRES.: I'M VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THE POLITICIANS THAT WE'VE ELECTED. THEY WEREN'T PUT IN THERE BY PIGS, THEY WERE PUT IN THERE BY PEOPLE.))
[SUPER=01-Jack Dunavant/Southside Concerned Citizens;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=were put in there by people.]
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[VO-NAT]


Halifax County's Farm Bureau president says the setbacks were a blow to some farmers who are losing profits and looking at hog farming as another way to make living.
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[SOT 1:23:02 - :09]
[IN Q=All the farmers]

((JAY REESE/HALIFAX CO. FARM BUREAU PRES.: ALL THE FARMERS ARE LOOKING FOR SOME TYPE OF COMMODITY THAT MAY HELP THEM HOLD ON TO THEIR FARMS. ))
[SUPER=01-Jay Reese/Farm Bureau President;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=hold on to their farms.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The eight existing hog farms in the county were grand fathered in.

[E-L'burg-Airport]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-27 59:24]
[GRAPHIC=air travel]


Lynchburg airport officials have a new plan designed to cut down on flying costs and the number of people driving to bigger airports for cheaper flights.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Thanks to state and local grant money, United Express is the first to offer cut- rate round-trip fares from Lynchburg to any airport in Virginia, including the airline's hub at Washington- Dulles.
Officials say it no longer makes sense to start your trip outside of central Virginia.
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[SOT 9:32:27]
[IN Q=The absolute]

((RICK DELISI/UNITED EXPRESS SPOKESMAN: THE ABSOLUTELY SMARTEST, BEST AND ECONOMICAL WAY TO GO ANYWHERE IN THE U.S. OR ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD IS TO START RIGHT HERE AT LYNCHBURG REGIONAL AIRPORT.))
[SUPER=01-Rick DeLisi/United Express Spokesman]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=Lynchburg regional airport.]
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[VO-NAT]


Surveys show more than a third of local travelers drive to another airport to save money.
The 99- dollar round-trip fares on United Express will last through December.
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[5-Spiderman]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tbr]
[TAPE#=599-15 7:09]
[GRAPHIC=Drug Use]


The nation's Drug Czar wanted to spin a compelling anti-drug message for young people, so he turned to someone who knows alot about spinning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]


Spiderman, Barry McCaffrey, and several middle school children gathered yesterday to unveil what is billed as the nation's most comprehensive school based drug prevention effort ever.
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[SOT 15:12:06]
[IN Q=You shape young]

(( YOU SHAPE YOUNG PEOPLE'S ATTITUDES WHEN THEY'RE IN THEIR ADOLESCENT YEARS AND IT AFFECTS THEIR DRUG USING BEHAVIOR FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES.))
[SUPER=01-Barry McCaffrey/Drug Czar;]
[RUNS=06]
[OUT Q=rest of their lives.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Clinton administration is teaming with Marvel Comics to issue a four part special series of comic books that will feature Spiderman and an anti-drug message.
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[SOT 15:12:40]
[IN Q=I've gotta tell]

((I'VE GOTTA TELL YOU, I'M THRILLED RIGHT DOWN TO MY WEB-SLINGING TOES THIS MORNING TO TAKE A DAY OFF FROM FIGHTING THE BAD GUYS IN NEW YORK AND WEB MY WAY DOWN TO WASHINGTON, DC AND PERSONALLY DELIVER THE VERY FIRST COPY OF THIS VERY SPECIAL SPECIAL-EDITION MARVEL COMICS, ONDCP INSERT THAT IS GOING TO EMPOWER KIDS AGAINST DRUGS.))
[RUNS=:30]
[OUT Q=kids against drugs.]
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[VO-NAT]


The goal is to distribute the books to 65 percent of the children between the ages of nine to 14.
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[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


New water sources are on the way to Roanoke residents.
Find out what they are when News-7 at Noon returns.
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[VO-NAT ]


And the rumored retirement of some popular collectibles is causing a frenzy on the internet.
Stay with us.
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[COMM BREAK #2]



[beanie-babies]


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


Beanie Babies collectors are all a buzz this afternoon with news that every one of their beloved toys may be retired on New Year's Day.
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[VO-NAT]


Manufacturer Ty Incorporated posted the announcement on its Web site yesterday.
But, company owner Ty Warner and top executives aren't commenting.
News of the possible retirement of all Beanie Babies has caused a virtual frenzy on Internet chat rooms and collectors' Web sites.
Some speculate its a marketing gimmick to boost prices of the older toys and lay the groundwork for a new collection.
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[E-Cove-Well]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-30 1:13:31]
[GRAPHIC=Water Supply]


Dennis may not have solved Roanoke's water woes, but new water sources may help.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Yesterday morning crews began drilling a well at the Carvins Cove filtration plant.
If water is found, it will allow the city to take less water from the Cove.
So far Rorrers Well Digging company has gone down nearly 200 feet and hopes to find water at 600 feet, but that could take several days.
City officials hope the well will provide up to a half million gallons of water per day.
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[Stocks]


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 85 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports-- another big name drops out of the U-S Open.
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[VO-NAT ]


And Martinsville's minor league ball team brings home a league championship after a 50 year drought.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]


[Us-Open]


[ANCHOR=Patrick\]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=US Open]


First Pete Sampras dropped out of the U-S Open.
Now the defending men's champ is out too.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Flushing Meadows, NY]


Patrick Rafter withdrew during his match with Cedric Pioline last night.
Rafter complained of a sore shoulder.
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[SOT 4:14:38]
[IN Q=for me, it's very ]
[SUPER=01-Patrick Rafter/Defending U. S. Open Champ;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=but I didn't]
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[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[SS=HOLD]


Second round play begins today.
Martina Hingis plays in the day session.
Venus Williams plays in the night cap.

[S-Appy]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-44 1:03:41]
[GRAPHIC=Appy league]


For the first time since 1948, a Martinsville minor league baseball team has won a championship.
Last night, the Martinsville Astros beat the Pulaski Rangers 6-5 to sweep the best of three Appalachian League championship series.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/Rangers vs. Astros; :00]


Even though the game was at Hooker Field in Martinsville, a bus load of Rangers fans made the trek to support their team.
In the bottom of the third, Jonathan Helinquist smashes a three run homer over the center field wall to put the Astros up by three runs.
But Pulaski's Jason Jones tries to get the Rangers on the board with this shot right to
[SUPER=34-Martinsville/6/Pulaski/5;]

the centerfield wall. The two bagger is gonna bring in Kevin Mench and the lead is cut to a pair of runs.
Martinsville's Robert Carillo knocks in two runs with the double to left field, the Stros went up 5-1, they fight off a Pulaski comeback to win 6-5.
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[S-Girls]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-42 2:03:16]
[GRAPHIC=Hometown Hoops Weekly]


Shawsville took the Fieldale-Collinsville Tip-Off Tournament.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Collinsville/Shawnees vs. Cavaliers; :00]


The homestanding Cavaliers are lead by coach Liz Ann Russell and her team had its hands full last night.
We pick it up in the second half, watch lady Shawnee Anne Ryan make the dish to T'Neece Ford who finishes with the strong deuce underneath. Shawsville is out in front 42-29.
[SUPER=34-Shawsville/47/Fieldale-Collinsville/33;]


Then, watch the Lady Shawnees on the fast Break. Catherine Childress hits Melissa Graham for the easy lay up extended Shawsville's lead.
Ryan with the repeat favor to Ford for the bucket and Shawsville wins 47-33. (------------)