[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


A new special counsel has been chosen to find out what went wrong during the 19-93 fatal fire at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And if you haven't made lunch plans yet... stick around to find out what's new on the menu for a landmark Roanoke restaurant that just re- opened.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[SS=None]



[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


Stick around, News 7 at noon is next.

[Reno]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at Noon]


This morning former U-S Senator and ordained priest John Danforth was given a tough new task.
He was named to head the investigation into how the F-B-I handled the Waco disaster in 19-93.
Lee Cowan reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]
[SUPER=01-John Danforth/Waco Special Counsel;]
[SUPER=01-Janet Reno/U. S. Attorney General;]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting;]
[RUNS=1:39]
[OUT Q=Cowan, CBS News, Capitol Hill]

((After calling it a daunting task, the man in charge of investigating the incident at Waco says it boils down to two simple issues: Was there a cover up, and are Federal officials guilty of murder.
SOT/JOHN DANFORTH, WACO SPECIAL COUNSEL

9:34:53 What we're going to be looking at is whether there was bad acts, not whether there was bad judgment." For 6 years, the Justice Department had maintained the Government had done nothing that would have ignited the inferno that left 80 members of the Branch-Davidian cult dead after a 51 day stand off. But a week ago, a videotape surfaced - one held by the FBI that seems to show agents firing tear gas into the compound - flammable canisters that critics charge were enough to spark the blaze.
SOT/JOHN DANFORTH, WACO SPECIAL COUNSEL

9:35:18 The thing that really undermines the integrity of government, is whether there were bad acts, whether there was a cover up and whether the government killed people. The revelations have cast doubt on the Attorney General's office- prompting some to again call for the resignation of Janet Reno and a promise to launch a separate Congressional inquiry. But as has been her character in the past, this morning, Reno said she has no plans of stepping down.
SOT/JANET RENO, US ATTORNEY GENERAL

9:46:36 I don't run from controversy, and I don't run from situations where we need to pursue the matter to get to the truth, and then take whatever steps are appropriate." NARR: Danforth, a former Republican Senator and Episcopal priest is no stranger to controversy. He guided the stormy nomination process of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas back in 1991. LEE ON CAM: Known on the hill as "St. Jack" his reputation for integrity has few complaining about his selection to lead the Waco probe - an investigation he says has no time limits, but one he'd like to finish as quickly as possible. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Capitol Hill."))

[Miami-Bust]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Drug Bust]


It's becoming all too familiar in Miami...
For the second time in less than a month, federal agents made a round of drug busts connected with the Miami International Airport.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL;]


Fifteen people were arrested at their homes this morning for allegedly moving drugs aboard planes at the airport.


Those arrested included ramp workers and their supervisors, but none work for any airlines.
This latest bust stems from a larger sting operation that netted nearly 60 people on drugs and weapons conspiracies charges last month.
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[Moscow-Explosion]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Explosion]


An overnight explosion at a Moscow apartment complex has left at least 16 people dead and dozens injured.
But there are still more than 100 people UN- accounted for.
Bill Gasperini has the latest.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Moscow, Russia; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Gasperini/Reporting; 1:04]
[RUNS=1:26]
[OUT Q=Bill Gasperini, CBS News, Moscow]



[Shockwave]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=99-20 TC1:50:46]
[GRAPHIC=King's Dominion]


There's been another incident involving the Shockwave roller coaster at King's Dominion.
A 13-year boy jumped from the coaster last week when he feared his safety restraint was too loose.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Doswell/File Tape]


Officials said the boy mistakenly thought his shoulder harness wasn't locked.
He was able to slip under the waist guard and jump from the ride just as it started.
The teenager said he and others tried but failed to get the operator's attention.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=HOLD]


The ride was inspected after the incident.
Last month, a man fell to his death on the same roller coaster after climbing out of his restraints.

[Spotsylvania-murders]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


Today marks the third anniversary of the disappearance of Sofia Sylva.
The 16-year old girl was the first victim in a suspected series of serial murders in Spotsylvania County.
But a former F-B-I behavioral scientist believes the murderer is either dead or in jail for other crimes.
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[VO-NAT]


Sofia Silva disappeared from her home in 1996.
Her body was found in King George County five weeks after she vanished from the front porch of her home.
And in May 1997, sisters Kristin and Kati Lisk, ages 15 and 12,
[SUPER=@file]

were abducted from their home.
Their bodies were found in Hanover County five days later.
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[Buford]


[ANCHOR=kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-37]
[GRAPHIC=Buford]


Roanoke authorities' two-week search for Timothy Buford ended in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC;]


But the man accused of killing 19-year old Prentice Jordon at a Roanoke night spot a month ago says he'll fight extradition to Virginia.
Family members of Prentice Jordon are relieved to hear Buford is in custody, but it comes as no surpise that he is the suspect.
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[SOT]
[SOT 2:06:45]
[INQ=I'm very]

((PAM JORDAN/PRENTICE JORDAN'S MOTHER: I'M VERY MUCH RELIEVED BUT I'M STILL HURTING LIKE I SAID NOTHING CAN TAKE THE PLACE OF MY SON BEING HERE.)) ((TASHA JORDAN/PRENTICE JORDAN'S SISTER: HE ALWAYS PICK ON MY BROTHER AND THROW UP THE SYMBOL LTP BABY JUST DOING HIS HAND LIKE THAT LETTING US KNOW WHO HE WAS.))
[SUPER=01-Pam Jordan/Prentice Jordan's Mother; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tasha Jordan/Prentice Jordan's Sister; :10]
[RUNS=:24]
[OUTQ=he was]
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[VO-NAT]


During courtroom hearings yesterday, Buford refused to be extradited to Virginia.
Another hearing will be set within the next 30 days in North Carolina.
And when Buford finally does return to Virginia, the Jordon family will be in the courtroom.
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[Little-Chef]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-25 TC1:40:27]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Just in time for lunch -- Roanoke's Little Chef restaurant has re-opened.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The Little Chef shut down in July, unable to compete with bigger chains.
But now a woman who's been in the restaurant business for 30 years has taken over.
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[SOT 10:18:50]
[IN Q=What's so]

((WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT THIS PLACE? BERTIE MORGAN/MANAGER: WILLIAMSON ROAD, I GUESS. IT'S ALWAYS BUSY ON WILLIAMSON ROAD.))
[SUPER=01-Bertie Morgan/Manager;]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=on Williamson Road]
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[VO-NAT]


They have new lunch specials, sandwiches and now hot dogs on the menu.
Everything's homemade, but a new chef means that famous sausage gravy isn't quite the same.
Nancy Jordan's been waiting tables here for almost a decade.
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[SOT 10:28:37]
[IN Q=What have]

((WHAT HAVE PEOPLE SAID ABOUT THE SAUSAGE GRAVY? NANCY JORDAN/WAITRESS: SOME HAVE ASKED ABOUT IT. BUT MOSTLY THIS IS REAL GOOD TOO. SHEILA MAKES IT AND SHE MAKES HER OWN BISCUITS SO THEY'RE REAL GOOD TOO.))
[SUPER=01-Nancy Jordan/Waitress;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=real good too]
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[VO-NAT]


They also want to serve a different type of sauce -- Little Chef has applied for a liquor license.
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[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


U-N workers in Indonesia aren't delivering aid anymore-- it's being delivered to them.
The latest on the violent situation is still ahead.
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[VO-NAT ]


And it was supposed to be a preview of Y2K.
Next on News-7 at Noon, find out how the nations computers responded to 9-9-99.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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

[Computer-Problems]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Battling the Bug]


It's not just Thursday, September 9th.... to computer programmers, it COULD have been an early onslaught of Y-2-K.
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[VO-NAT]


Utilities and banks around the world are reporting few problems today after entering the date "NINE-NINE-99."
Programmers were worried the date would be interpreted as an "end-program" command.
[SUPER=03-San Diego, CA;]


In general, a national poll found that Americans aren't as worried about Y-2-K computer problems as they were six months ago.
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[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Closer to home, American Electric Power held a system-wide Y2K drill overnight.
An A-E-P manager said they encountered only minor problems and those problems will be fixed by December 31-st.

[East-Timor]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The U-N is moving about two-thousand residents of East Timor from its compound in the capital of the province.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dili, East Timor;]


A spokesman says the refugees are being moved for their own protection -- and that they're assured safe passage to a nearby pro-independence town.
Meanwhile, Indonesian troops have done an about- face after being accused of promoting the violence in the region.

Today they helped deliver supplies to the U-N compound.
[SUPER=03-Auckland, New Zealand;]


The situation in East Timor led to a hastily- arranged meeting of world leaders in New Zealand.
Leaders at the talks included U-S Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and her counterparts from Britain, Australia, Japan and Russia.
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[Palestinian-Prisoners]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Mid East Peace]


Nearly 200 Palestinian prisoners are free, as Israel begins implementing the first phase of the Mideast peace agreement.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tel Aviv, Israel;]


Cheering relatives and bagpipe bands greeted those released today from Israeli prisons.
Thousands of Palestinians turned out to greet the prisoners.
The releases were part of the new interim land-for-security deal, which also calls for the transfer of 160 square miles of the West Bank to Palestinian civilian rule by the weekend.
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[Pink-Hair]


[ANCHOR=kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Mark Early]


Attorney General Mark Earley says the A-C-L-U is disregarding the right of children to learn in a safe environment.

Earley blasted the group yesterday for its defense of a girl with pink hair...
The Richmond middle-school student who was sent home because of her hair was allowed back to class yesterday.
Earley called the ACLU's attempt to protect the speech rights of students "a misguided attempt to micro-manage our schools... and to intimidate schoolteachers and administrators."
The ACLU says hair color has nothing to do with safety.

[E-Juvenile-Justice]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-31 53:11]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A controversial program that teaches officers to kick and strike juvenile inmates will stay in place for another month.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chesterfield Co./June 2;]


The Virginia Juvenile Justice Board still says it needs more info on how other states handle violent inmates.
"Handle With Care Plus" has drawn criticism since state Juvenile Justice director Gerald Glenn put it in place WITHOUT board approval earlier this year.
[SUPER=03-Richmond/Yesterday;]


The program's creators say Glenn is courageous to give his officers the tools they need.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It would]

[TAPE ONE 10;22:42] ((HILARY ADLER/HANDLE WITH CARE PLUS ATTORNEY: IT WOULD GO AGAINST ...BUT THEIR JOB.)) [TAPE ONE 10:59:19] ((BRUCE CHAPMAN/HANDLE WITH CARE PLUS CREATOR: WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS KEEP OFFICERS FROM GOING BACK TO THE "WHATEVER IT IS YOU HAVE TO DO" SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT.))
[SUPER=01-Hilary Adler/"Handle With Care Plus" Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bruce Chapman/"Handle With Care Plus" Creator; :14]
[RUNS=:24]
[OUT Q=of management.]
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[VO-NAT]


But opponents say staffing should be increased before body blows are allowed.
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[SOT TAPE TWO 11:42:29]
[IN Q=This problem]

((DOW CHAMBERLAIN/VIRGINIA INMATE ADVOCATE: THIS PROBLEM HAS EMERGED BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT ISOLATED THE LESS THAN FIVE PERCENT OF THE YOUTH WHO HAVE SOME VERY SEVERE PROBLEMS FROM THE REST OF THE POPULATION.))
[SUPER=01-Dow Chamberlain/Virginia Inmate Advocate;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=the population.]
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[VO-NAT]


The board has tabled a decision on the program twice this summer.
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[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Soldiers have stepped up the war on drought.
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[VO-NAT ]


The National guard is making the first hay deliveries to area farmers.
That story and your forecast are still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]


[E-Hay]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-27 TC1:06:24]
[GRAPHIC=Dought of 99]


More National Guard soldiers have joined the fight against the Drought of 99-- by feeding cows in Bedford County.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;]


They trucked in about 25-hundred dollars worth of hay for farmers who had called a drought emergency hotline.
Each farmer got about four days' worth for free.
The hay comes from hog farms in Eastern Virginia.
Carlton (Skin-ELL) Skinnell is optimistic.
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[SOT 12:43:48]
[IN Q=How much did]

((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: HOW MUCH DID THAT RAIN HELP THIS PAST WEEKEND? CARLTON SKINNELL/BEDFORD CO. FARMER: OH, A LOT. IT REALLY CHANGED THE FIELD'S GREEN AND IT HAS HELPED TREMENDOUSLY.))
[SUPER=01-Carlton Skinnell/Farmer;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=tremendously]
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[VO-NAT]


The Farm Bureau says many farmers will run out of hay around Christmastime, in the dead of winter.
Officials say they could BUY hay from neighboring states but cannot afford to deliver it.
And the governor only pays to transport donated hay.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN]
Farmers who need hay or water can call this drought hotline -- 888-824-2457.
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[Stocks]


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


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


Still ahead in sports, the U-S Open semi-finals are being set this afternoon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And Patrick will have highlights of the big women's soccer showdown between the Hokies and Highlanders.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]


[S-Extra]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=extra point]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Two men's quarterfinals headline the action at the U-S Open today.
On the schedule-- seventh-seed Todd Martin goes against Slava Dosedel (DOH'-suh-dehl) and number-five Gustavo Kuerten (KWEHR'-tehn) meets Cedric Pioline (pee-oh-LEEN').
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/USA;]


The Williams sisters make up half of the participants in the U-S Open Women's semifinals
Yesterday, Serena Williams joined her sister Venus in the semis by ousting Monica Seles.
Lindsay Davenport survived two match points to beat Mary Pierce.
For the men Yevgeny Kafelnikov (yehv-GEH'-nee kah-FEHL'-nih-kawf) advanced to the semi's.
He'll take on Andre Agassi.
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[S-Vick]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-48 22:45]
[GRAPHIC=tech football]


Virginia Tech officials announced this morning that quarterback Michael Vick will NOT play Saturday against UAB.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/File Tape; :00]


Tech officials said that Coach Frank Beamer and the staff met sometime after yesterday's practice and evaluated Vick's performance, then decided that he would not play. He will dress out for the game. Vick Has a high left ankle sprain. Junior quarterback Dave Meyer will start in Vick's place.
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[S-RADFORD]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sp-42 tc 2:06:41]
[GRAPHIC=Radford]


Virginia Tech made the short trip down to Radford last night looking for its third straight win.
The Lady Highlanders had tied their season opener and won on Saturday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford/Va Tech vs Radford;]


Some future Highlanders were hoping their larger counterparts would get easy goals like this.
And Radford gets the opportunity to tie it up as Karen Dellavia takes the direct kick, it's off the post, but Kelly Quesinberry is there to take out the trash.
[SUPER=34-Virginia Tech/4/Radford/3/ In OT;]


Tech would go ahead off the corner kick but the Hokies needed extra minutes to beat the Highlanders 4- to -3.
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[S-UVA]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-51 07:05]
[GRAPHIC=acc logo]


Virginia journeys to Death Valley, this weekend
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Clemson, SC/Thundering Herd vs. Tigers; ]


a place that gave new life to Marshall last week.
The Thundering Herd beat the Tigers 13-10 and handed Clemson coach Tommy Bowden his first loss since November of 1997.
One key for the Tigers will be catching UVa''s Thomas Jones by the tail.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="He's]

((CHAD CARSON/CLEMSON LINEBACKER:)) ((TOMMY BOWDEN/CLEMSON HEAD COACH:))
[SUPER=01-Chad Carson/Clemson Linebacker; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tommy Bowden/Clemson Head Coach; :15]
[RUNS=:23]
[OUT Q=....we've got"]
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[S-JARRETT]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-46 tc 17:23:04]
[GRAPHIC=dale jarrett]


Points leader Dale Jarrett stopped in Lexington to help Rick Mast raise money for the Rockbridge Area Free Clinic.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington/Tuesday Night;]


Jarrett is on top of the of the Winston Cup standings, 168 points ahead of Mark Martin.
He's seen his lead decrease because of poor showings in the last two races.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=we're nowhere]
[SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Winston Cup Points Leader;]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=at one time]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/May;]


The drivers head to Richmond this weekend.
Jarrett's done well there, winning the the Pontiac Excitement 400 in May.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=we won]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=race on. DOUBLE OUT!]

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