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[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]

Hundreds are believed to be trapped alive in collapsed buildings across Taiwan.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Tropical Storm Harvey is bringing heavy wind and rain to southern and central Florida.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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News 7 at noon is next.

[Taiwan]


[ANCHOR=mel]
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[WRITER=mel]
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Authorities in Taiwan believe more than 23-hundred people are trapped in the worst earthquake to hit the island in a decade.
More than 15-hundred people are reported dead and 38-hundred injured.
Arch-rival China is offering 100-thousand dollars in aid and 60-thousand dollars worth of relief supplies.
Barry Petersen reports from Tapei.
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[SUPER=01-Barry Petersen/Reporting;]
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[Harvey-flooding]


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


Forecasters weren't kidding when they predicted an active hurricane season.
While Bermuda prepares for a close brush with Hurricane Gert today,
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Sarasota, FL;]

[10:10:45] South Florida bracing for Tropical Storm Harvey.
The storm is shifting its aim southward as it lurches along the Gulf Coast.
Up to 12 inches of rain is reported already in Naples, on the west coast opposite Miami.
Flood watches in the Tampa area have been canceled.
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((SOT:I'M WAITING FOR THE NEWS TO TELL ME WHAT TO DO."
SOT: "WE JUST CAME DOWN TO THE BEACH TO SEE WHAT WAS GOING ON, SEE WHAT THE OTHER PEOPLE WERE DOING."))
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[OUT Q=OTHER PEOPLE WERE DOING.]
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[SUPER=03-Tarboro, NC;]

[10:09:15]
There are new flood worries today for people who are already affected by Hurricane Floyd.
In North Carolina, more than an inch and a-half of rain has fallen in areas still reeling from more than 20 inches from Floyd.
It could cause some new flooding and keep rivers already above flood stage from receding.
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[Monty-Ax]


[ANCHOR=mel]
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[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-40 TC31:12]
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The tables were turned this morning for some employees with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]


Instead of administering help-- today they were on the receiving end.
The workers were traveling from the coast back home to Texas when their truck and camper overturned on Interstate 81.
It happened near Christiansburg.
State police say the driver was attempting to pass a tractor trailer when the wind apparently caused the driver to lose control.
No one was seriously injured and traffic is expected to return to normal within the hour.
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[Agreement-Water]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
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[WRITER=dse]
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Roanoke city residents will begin paying for this summer's drought January first, thanks to new water agreement.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Last night, city council unanimously approved a water-buying contract with Roanoke County.
Because of the contract, the city will lose 1 point 6 million dollars in revenue from water sales TO the COUNTY.
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[IN Q=]

((JIM RITCHIE/ACTING CITY MANAGER: AS A RESULT OF THAT IT WAS NECESSARY FOR THEM TO INCREASE THE WATER RATES BY 18 PERCENT EFFECTIVE OF JANUARY FIRST OF NEXT YEAR AND THEN A YEAR FROM THEN ANOTHER 10 PERCENT.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Ritchie/Acting City Manager]
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[OUT Q=another 10 percent.]
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[VO-NAT]


That means by 2001 - water bills will have gone up by about 2 dollars and 30 cents per month.
If city residents are unhappy about it, it wasn't evident at the city council meeting--no one spoke against it.

Officials say the water share contract will provide a long term solution to the drought.
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[Bedford-Outbreak]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Last year there were only 100 documentated cases of measles in the United States.
Now there are 9 reported cases of the illness in Bedford County alone.
Health Officials said the outbreak started with a man who was infected during a visit to Africa.
He and his three children were the first patients, and the other five all had contact with the family.
School authorities were notified, even though the infected children aren't enrolled in public schools.

[Radford-Meningitis]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=dse]
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A Radford University professor has died from a meningitis-like infection.
But New River Health District officials say the death of 56-year-old Roxie Reynolds Novak was an isolated case that isn't part of an outbreak of the disease.
Officials say the infection is transmitted only through close contact and there was no need for mass treatment on the Radford campus.
The mathematics professor died last week.

[DRAGGING-DEATH]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
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[WRITER=mel]
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[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Defense attorneys this afternoon are trying to persuade a Texas jury to spare the life of the second white man convicted of murder in the dragging death of a black man.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bryan, TX;]

[4;07:35]
The punishment phase of the trial of Lawrence Russell Brewer continues today.
Yesterday, the jury returned a guilty verdict against Brewer in the 19-98 death of James Byrd Junior.
The same jury is now hearing additional testimony before deciding if Brewer will join his friend, John William King, on death row.
King was convicted and condemned in February.
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[4:09:27]
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((MARY VERRET/BYRD'S SISTER:THEY HAVE FACTS TO SHOW THAT THIS PERSON ENJOYED WHAT HE DID TO MY BROTHER. HE WAS TORTURED AND THEN HE WAS KILLED. AND THEY GOT MUCH SATISFACTION OUT OF THAT. ))
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[OUT Q=SATISFIED RIGHT NOW.]
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A third defendant, Shawn Bery will be tried sometime this fall.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


In the middle of what may be the biggest money-laundering scandal in U-S history, President Clinton promoses to crack down.
That's next on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And Governor Gilmore puts a price on the heads of drug kingpins.
First let's talk to Patrick Evans about our forecast.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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

[un-money-laundering]


[ANCHOR=mel]
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[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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The Clinton administration is planning to make it harder for foreigners to launder money through American banks.


Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers is telling Congress today about those plans.
But he also says the U-S must continue to support Russia, despite what may be the biggest money-laundering scheme in U-S history.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]

[10:37]
Meantime, in New York President Clinton today called for an ''unrelenting battle against poverty'' around the world.

In a speech marking the opening of the new U-N General Assembly session, he told fellow leaders that no part of humanity should be left behind as nations prosper.
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((WE ARE STILL SQUANDERING....THAN SOMEONE IN THE U.S.))
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dili, East Timor;]


The President also addressed the U-N's peacekeeping chores in East Timor, Kosovo and around the world.
He called for renewed efforts to fight terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
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[E-Appox-School]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Appomattox County will build a brand new elementary school instead of rennovating an old one.
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[VO-NAT]
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The county's minority residents fought to keep the current school open, because it is built around the old Carver- Price School.. which served as the black high school in Appomattox County before desegregation.
But the board of supervisors last night voted 3- to- 2 to build a new school.. the Carver- Price building will be turned into a community center.
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((GARET BOSIGER/BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE PRESERVE THE HERITAGE AND WITH THE SCHOOL BEING USED IN THE FUTURE TO BENEFIT THE COUNTY FROM A CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL STANDPOINT AND MAYBE EVEN EDUCATIONAL, WE FEEL THAT IT CAN STILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE COUNTY.))
[SUPER=01-Garet Bosiger/Board of Supervisors Chairman]
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[OUT Q=to the county.]
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Supervisors set a 9- million dollar price limit on the new school.. they expect to have it built within two years.

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[E-L'burg-Students]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=ssm]
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And another controversial proposal in Lynchburg, to bus very young students across town to a new school, is off the table.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Because of increased enrollment this year there was no room for 14 pre-Kindergarten students at Sheffield Elementary School.
A plan to send the children to another school miles away was scrapped in favor of using nearby Heritage Elementary.
Parents say the whole problem could have been avoided if students were registered earlier.
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((ANGELA HEHIR/CONCERNED PARENT: I THINK HOWEVER THAT WE HAVE CURED A SYMPTOM AND WE HAVE NOT SOLVED THE PROBLEM YET. SO I HOPE THAT PARENTS IN THIS CITY WILL STAND UP AND JOIN WITH THE LYNCHBURG CITY SCHOOL BOARD TO MAKE SOME CHANGES WITHIN HOW WE HANDLE PRE- REGISTRATION.)) ((JIM MCCORMICK/SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: WE TALK ABOUT IT EVERY YEAR, WE CAN'T COME UP WITH A BETTER PLAN IF YOU WILL.. ESSENTIALLY THERE ARE PEOPLE COMING AND GOING. SO WE BACK OFF TO ABOUT A WEEK BEFORE CLASS STARTS.))
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[VO-NAT]


Parents say they'd like to see a spring registration to give educators more time to decide where the students will go.
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[E-Gilmore-Drugs]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-32 59:36]
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The Governor wants to put a price on the head of drug dealers and make Virginia's drug laws the toughest in the nation.
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[IN Q=No more]

((GILMORE: NO MORE FANCY CARS, RESORT LIFESTYLES, AND GUNS.))
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[OUT Q=and guns.]
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[VO-NAT]
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The Governor is proposing a 60-million dollar program to lower the threshold at which drug kingpins could be put away for life.
He also wants to add 210 state police troopers, and increase substance abuse treatment for convicts.
Virginia Democrats, meanwhile, say the Governor has picked the wrong crime issue.
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((LESLIE BYRNE/D-HOUSE CANDIDATE: WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ZERO TOLERANCE FOR GUNS.))
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Democratic party executive Craig Bieber says he thinks more voters are concerned about school safety.

[E-Mayo]


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[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-29 1:06:56]
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A month after being hit by a car and thrown 20 feet, a Henry County boy is making a strong comeback from his life-threatening injuries.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.;]


13-year-old Corey Mayo stopped in to visit friends and family in the back of a limousine.
He was on his way from a North Carolina hospital to Lewis Gale in Salem for physical therapy.
Corey was hit while walking to the school bus stop.
He was in a coma for nine days and can't walk or talk YET because of a broken leg and jaw.
But his father says he's taking his recovery in stride.
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((REV. JOSEPH MAYO/COREY'S FATHER: I THINK HE'S ACCEPTING IT NOW AS A VACATION... AS A LONG VACATION. BUT I THINK HE'D LIKE TO BE IN SCHOOL. ))
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[OUT Q=like to be in school.]
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Corey still faces reconstructive surgeries and extensive therapy before he heads back to eighth grade.
But his dad says he'll be home for tutoring soon.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


She already plays an angel on T-V.
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[VO-NAT ]


Now Roma Downey is hoping to insire people with her angelic voice.
We'll have a preview of her new C-D next on News-7 at Noon.
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[Angel-CD]


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[WRITER=mel]
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[***ANCHOR TAG***]
Her sweet Irish brogue has fans falling in love with actress Roma Downey.
Now the star of "Touched By An Angel" has released an inspirational album.. called "Healing Angel."
Mark McEwen has that story.
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[SUPER=04-"Healing Angel"/RCA Victor; :00]
[SUPER=01-Roma Downey/Actress; :25]
[SUPER=01-Mark McEwen/Reporting; 1:01]
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[OUT Q=CBS NEWS.]
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[ANCHOR=MELANIE]
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A new season of "Touched By An Angel" begins Sunday right here on your hometown station.

[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE# none]
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 137 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports-- the Atlanta Falcons not only lost last night's football game-- they lost their star running back as well.
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[VO-NAT ]


And Patrick will have highlights of the McGwire-Sosa showdown in Chicago.
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[COMM BREAK #3]


[Bristol-Scalpers]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Bristol]


Bristol speedway is cracking down on ticket scalpers.
Speedway officials have canceled a man's season tickets after seeing his Internet offer to sell them to the highest bidder.
This isn't the first time the track has canceled a ticket purchase.
Last season, officials pulled 90 tickets to each of the two major Winston Cup events when they found a buyer was scalping them on the Internet.

[S-Cubs]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-50]
[GRAPHIC=CUBS/CARDS 6255]


The home-run race is heating up as Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire face off in Chicago.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/Cards vs. Cubs; :00]


Last night, Sosa was the first to take a shot at raising the homerun bar in 99.
In the bottom of the first he goes to the opposite field and this ball is headed to the warning track, but no farther as the catch is made on the ivy wall.
The Cubs Jon Lieber retired the first 20 Cardinals he faced including Mark McGwire in the 4th.
Lieber had a perfect game going into the 7th before the Mac Daddy smacked his 59th homer of the season. That breaks up the perfect
[super=35-St. Louis/7/Chicago/2;]

game and leads the Cards to the 7-to-2 win.
Sosa was one for four with a single. He's still at 61.
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[S-Girls]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=GIRSL HOOPS]


Southwest and Central Virginia continue to be well represented in the brand new Associated Press girls basketball polls.
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[Take Full Screen]
In Group Two-A - the Bassett Bengals are unbeaten and number one, while Allegheny is a solid fifth.
Blacksburg checks in at the number six spot, and the Carroll County Cavaliers are 9th this week. Patrick County, Byrd and Laurel Park almost made it in the poll. [Take Next Page]
In the Group A ranks - Rural Retreat is unbeaten and number two this week.
The Shawsville Shawnees are number 6.
J. J. Kelly is seventh while Rye Cove and Northwood are tied for 8th. Glenvar and Galax each got a couple of votes. (---------------)