[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

(----------------)
[VO-NAT]


A survivor is found in the earthquake rubble in Taiwan, even as the death tolls climbs dramatically.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And its the government's turn to go after big tobacco.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[SS=None]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Tanker-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Tanker accident]


A fuel tanker wrecked and caught fire on Interstate 64 in Alleghany County this morning.
State police say one person was killed.
(XXXXXXX)

[TAKE FULL SCREEN MAP]
The accident happened around 10:30, at mile marker 10 just west of the city of Covington.
The tanker ran into a flatbed loaded with lumber, and burst into flames. Police say the driver of the tanker was killed.
The fire is out, but the interstate is blocked in both directions.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=HOLD]


A News-7 crew is in the area and we'll have more information as it becomes available.

[Earthquake]


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


With more than two-thousand now confirmed dead from Monday's earthquake in Taiwan, rescue efforts are being hampered by aftershocks.
But a small glimmer of hope today as an American rescue team from Virginia found a man alive beneath a crumbled building.
Bruce Dunning reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Taipei, Taiwan; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bruce Dunning/Reporting; :36]
[RUNS=:55]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS, Taipei.]



[Floyd]


[ANCHOR=MEL]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Floyd Aftermath]


Here in the U-S, residents in North Carolina are still coping with the after effects of another natural disaster, Hurricane Floyd.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tarboro, NC;]

[4:08:]
Much of eastern North Carolina remains under water, six days after Hurricane Floyd dumped record rainfall.
And more rain yesterday, meant more despair for flood ravaged residents.
Many are still living in shelters.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[4:08:59]
[IN Q=I just don't understand, i'm 47..]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=in my whole life.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


More than 16 hundred families throughout the state lost everything..... while the damage to crops is estimated at near a billion dollars.
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[E-Franklin-Flooding]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-45 12:20]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


International Paper says it will rebuild its flooded mill in Franklin but there's no word when folks will get back to work there.
The heart of the city is still deep under water.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin;]


Diesel fuel and sewage have turned a flood into a "hazmat" site that's crippling the cleanup.
Even with 186 business owners still unable to get back to their buildings, residents say morale is improving.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 14:34:08]
[IN Q=Everybody]

((EVERYBODY HAS PULLED TOGETHER... LIKE THIS HAPPENS.))
[SUPER=01-Lorrie Doughty/Franklin Resident;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=this happens.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Water levels have dropped almost three feet from their high water mark on Sunday.
That still leaves more than five feet of water covering a multi-block area of Virginia's hardest hit city.
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[E-Tobacco-Market]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-31 1:12:47]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Floyd's blow to North Carolina tobacco crops may be a boost to the price of Virginia tobacco.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


While Hurricane Floyd left Southside tobacco farmers' crops in good shape... it destroyed a lot of the crop in North Carolina.
Local farmers hope that will increase demand for the leaf and drive up recent low prices.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:11:56 - :1:12:06]
[IN Q=In the past, it always has]

((KENT OWEN/TOBACCO FARMER: IN THE PAST, IT ALWAYS HAS. WE HOPE IT DOES, BUT WE DON'T WANT TO BE GLOATING IF IT DOES, BECAUSE THEY'RE IN SUCH BAD SHAPE DOWN THERE. ))
[SUPER=01-Kent Owen/Tobacco Farmer;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=such bad shape down there.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


But some local warehouse operators caution farmers against getting their hopes up.
That's because they expect more surplus tobacco this year.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:15:11 - :20]
[IN Q=We're not sure exactly what]

((HARRY LEA/PIEDMONT BIG SALE WAREHOUSE: WE'RE NOT SURE EXACTLY WHAT IT'LL DO TO PRICES ON THE WAREHOUSE FLOOR. WE'RE OPTIMISTIC THAT THERE'LL BE PRESSURE ON THE PRICES AND THAT THE PRICES WILL GO UP.))
[SUPER=01-Harry Lea/Piedmont Big Sale Warehouse;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=and that the prices will go up.]
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Tobacco markets have been closed this week because of flooding in North Carolina. They're expected to re-open ... at least in Southside... next week.

[Tobacco-Suit]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=tobacco Under Fire]


The Justice Department is suing big tobacco.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]

[11:30-UPDATE WINDOW-RENO]
Attorney General Janet Reno announced the lawsuit today in Washington.
The government will seek to recover billions of dollars paid by taxpayers on health care related to smoking.
Reno also formally closed a nearly five-year-old criminal investigation of whether the tobacco companies lied to Congress or to regulatory agencies about the addictive nature of tobacco.
(-----------)



[E-City-Manager]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-30 1:33:02]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Mgr. Search]


Roanoke City Council is now focusing on two outside candidates as the search for a new city manager moves forward.
Council members confirm that acting city manager Jim Ritchie is NOT among the two finalists.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape]


Five council members met on Saturday.
But with Mayor David Bowers recovering from eye surgery and Linda Wyatt absent because of a previous commitment... the decision to narrow the search left some hard feelings.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=And I don't think]

((LINDA WYATT/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: AND I DON'T THINK TWO OR THREE DAYS WOULD HAVE MADE A LOT OF DIFFERENCE IN THAT PROCESS, BUT IT CERTAINLY WOULD HAVE TO THE MAYOR AND TO THE PERCEPTION OF AN OPEN PROCESS.)) ((JIM TROUT/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: WHEN YOU HAVE OUTSTANDING CANDIDATES, ESPECIALLY TWO, THEY'VE ALSO GOT APPLICATIONS ELSEWHERE. IF ROANOKE DID NOT SHOW A STRONG INTEREST THEY WOULD WANT TO KNOW.))
[SUPER=01-Linda Wyatt/Roanoke City Council; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jim Trout/Roanoke City Council; :11]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=they would want to know.]
(-------------)
[ANCHOR=melanie]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


The top two candidates are municipal officials... one here in Virginia, the second in another southeastern State.
The city's consultant is now arranging for both to visit Roanoke and hold more discussions with members of council.

[E-Griffin]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-35 1:03:50]
[GRAPHIC=Griffin-New Job]


Danville's former city manager is headed to Kingsport, Tennessee.
Ray Griffin, Junior, will take over as city manager there on October First.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/July;]


Danville's City Council fired Griffin in July. He worked there for seven years.
Griffin will take a pay cut to go to Kingsport. He made nearly 108-thousand dollars a year in Danville. The Kingsport job offers about 17-thousand less.
(------------)
[anchor=melanie]
[graphic=HOLD]


Griffin says he is pleased with the new job offer.


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


Still ahead on News-7 at noon, Heidi Fleiss is getting out of jail,
(--------------)
[VO-NAT ]


And pop-diva Diana Ross is too.
Find out why she was there in the first place when we return.
But first, let's talk to Patrick Evans.
(---------------)
[Talent=Patrick]

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

[Ross-arrested]


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


When police in London ordered singer Diana Ross to STOP, it was NOT in the name of love.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Heathrow Airport, London;]

[11:30 UPATE WINDOW]
British news agencies say the Mowtown legend was taken into custody at Heathrow Airport for allegedly assaulting a female security guard who was trying to conduct a body search of Ross.
Ross was at the airport to catch a flight on the Concorde to New York.
She was later released and not charged-- and, as she left the airport police station, told reporters she had been treated well.
(------------)


[WIPE/WIPE/WIPE]

[Fleiss-Freed]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=wipe/wipe/wipe]


[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]

[7:13:25]
Former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss is a free woman this afternoon.
She has been released from a federal prison in northern California where she was serving time for tax evasion, money laundering and attempted pandering after being arrested in 19-93.
She served three years of a six year sentence.
(------------)


[E-Missing-Prisoner]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-34 52:08]
[GRAPHIC=None]


An escaped inmate is back behind bars this afternoon.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Anthony Lee Belcher escaped from the Augusta Correctional Center Friday.
Police caught him yesterday at an auto parts store in Clifton Forge.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[graphic=none]


Belcher is serving a 12-year sentence for burglary, grand larceny, assault, attempted flight and escape.

[E-Interstate-Driving]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-32]
[GRAPHIC=I-81 Safety]


Two accidents in two days on Interstate 81 and now one on Interstate 64... they all add to the perception that the highway are dangerous.
But experts say there's a lot drivers can do to make it safer.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.]


Driving instructor Gabe Saker has been training motorists for 14 years.
He says you have to be alert behind the wheel.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 5:13]
[IN Q=people need to]

((GABE SAKER/SAKER'S DRIVING SCHOOL: PEOPLE NEED TO DRIVE THE SPEED LIMIT, THEY NEED TO KEEP TWO TO THREE SECONDS DRIVING DISTANCE BETWEEN THEM AND THE PEOPLE IN FRONT OF THEM. LOOK AT LEAST 12 TO 15 SECONDS AHEAD.))
[SUPER=01-Gabe Saker/Saker's Driving School]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=15 SECONDS AHEAD]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Saker says it's also important to watch trucks.
Don't pass them unless you're going uphill.
And if you have to drive in the rain, slow down.
Saker says it's a good idea to drive in the tracks of the car in front of you to avoid hydroplaning.
State and federal officials plan to make the highway safer by widening it.
But that project will take 20 years.
(------------)



[E-Noise-Ordinance]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=599-11]
[GRAPHIC=SML]


Residents at a Smith Mountain Lake resort get to decide whether loud noise should be outlawed in Franklin County.

(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


Two Bernard's Landing residents want county supervisors to make loud noise illegal.
They're tired of hearing the bang of a propane cannon, meant to scare away geese.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 14:25:58]
[IN Q=We hope you]

((CHERRY TITUS/RESIDENT: WE HOPE YOU WILL CONSIDER US AND THE OTHERS WHO ARE NOT PRESENT BUT SIGNED PETITIONS AND WHO HAVE NOT HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON THIS ISSUE.))
[SUPER=01-Cherry Titus/Resident;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=ON THIS ISSUE ... then :03 nat sot of cannon]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-July 29;]


Bernard's Landing says the cannon has not been fired in weeks.
County supervisors say they will only consider a noise ordinance if the majority of Bernard's Landing residents want one.
(------------)



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


Was it a publicity stunt or legitimate business move?
Either way Roanoke's Z-101 is back on the air with its original format.
(-----------------)
[VO-NAT ]


And the Windy City plans to give Malaysia a run for its money-- for the honor world's tallest building.
(-----------------)

[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]


[E-Z101]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-37]
[GRAPHIC=none]


If you tune your radio to 101 point 5 this afternoon you'll hear the sounds of modern rock....again.
After Z101 scrapped its format last weekend - its back on with its old format.
Kate Weidaw explains why the station changed its format back so quickly.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Z101]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bob Travis/Owner; :24]
[SUPER=@Kate1; 1:05]
[RUNS=1:26]
[OUT Q=Kate Weidaw News 7]



(([SOT 1:12:59]
[INQ=]

((Z101 ROANOKE'S MODERN ROCK.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= :5]



Only days after Z101 announced it was changing its format to simulcast with Lynchburg's River --- the station was back

playing modern rock. The owners of the station announced they were changing the format because they couldn't bring in money from advertisers
---but that didn't last for long.



[SOT 1:04:25]
[INQ=]

((BOB TRAVIS/OWNER: WE WERE DELUGED WITH PHONE CALLS AND E-MAILS LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF E-MAILS FROM OUR LISTENERS.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= :9]



This led to new advertisers buying time at the station as well as longer commitments from existing ones.
But could this quick change have been a ploy to get listeners and advertisers to buy into the station?
The owner says that's not the case.

[SOT 1:05:49]
[INQ=]

((BOB TRAVIS/OWNER: I'D LIKE TO CLAIM CREDIT FOR THAT BUT I'M NOT THAT SMART SO IT JUST TURNED OUT THAT WAY.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= :8]


The D.J.s say the listeners are to thank, as call after call tied up phone lines for most of the day.

[SOT 1:07:43]
[INQ=]

((THANKS FOR LISTENING WE APPRECIATE IT VERY VERY MUCH.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= :5]


[STANDUP]
[INQ=]

((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: THE D.J.'S AT Z101 ARE ALSO HAPPY ABOUT THE FORMAT BEING BACK ON THE AIR THEY WERE FIRED ON SATURDAY, AND THEN FOUND OUT YESTERDAY AT 2O'CLOCK THAT HTEY HAD THEIR JOBS BACK. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS=]))




[CMA-AWARDS]


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


The best in country music will be named tonight at the 33rd annual Country Music Awards.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Nashville, TN;]

[YESTERDAY'S 10 Newspath 10:19:42]
C-M-A winner and 19-99 nominee, Vince Gill will host the show.
Country Music stars will be presenting and performing tonight.
And here's a sneak preview from rehearsals.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=NATS OF TIM MCGRAW]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


And you can see the awards handed out right here on your hometown station, beginning at 8 o'clock.
(------------)



[tallest-building]


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


Chicago is making plans to retake its claim as the home of the world's tallest building.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chicago, IL;]

[10:20:20]
City officials have approved plans to build a 112-story skyscraper in the heart of the city's downtown Loop.
The tower would be about 15-hundred-50 feet tall.
Malaysia is currently home to the world's tallest building, at 14 hundred 83 feet.
Chicago's Sears tower previously held the title for 23 years.
Construction on Chicago's mega skyscraper won't be completed until 2003.
(------------)



[Stocks]


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 72 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports, the Tech football team gets some advice from an unusual source in advance of their match up with Clemson,
(----------------)
[VO-NAT ]

and the Hokies' quarterback, Michael Vick, says he'll be ready for his premiere in the national spotlight.
(---------------)

[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]



[Lucas]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Basketball Generic]


Former Tech hoopster Eddie Lucas has been drafted by the C-B-A's Sioux Falls team.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/File Tape;]


Lucas was picked in the fourth round and was the 35-th overall selection.
90-players were selected to play on Colonial Basketball Association teams.
(------------)


[Vick]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tar]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Tech Football]


Virginia Tech hits the grid iron tomorrow night against the Clemson Tigers.
One bright spot for the Hokie offense is the return of quarterback Michael Vick.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/File Tape]


Vick sprained his left ankle during Tech's match up with J-M-U earlier this month.
Since then, the redshirt freshman has been undergoing treatment with team doctors.
One area of concern that remains is moving to one side of the field.
Vick has had problems moving to the right side during practices.
He admits that the ankle is not 100-percent, but he says practices are getting easier.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=You know the]

((MICHAEL VICK/TECH QUARTERBACK: YOU KNOW THE MORE AND MORE I RUN ON IT, THE MORE I PARTICIPATE ON IT, THE BETTER AND BETTER IT GETS EVERYDAY. BUT STILL I'M SORE EVERYDAY AFTER PRACTICE....I CAN DO MORE AND MORE THINGS ON IT.))
[SUPER=01-Michael Vick/Tech Quarterback]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=things on it]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Tech fans can see Vick and the Hokies in action tomorrow night in their nationally televised contest.
The Hokies have not beaten the Clemson since 19-23, but they are favored to win by thirteen points tomorrow.
(------------)



[S-UVA]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-44 1:19:38]
[GRAPHIC=UVa football]


The Virginia Cavaliers travel to Bringham Young this weekend. While the Wahoos and the Hokies maintain one of the biggest rivalries around
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Saturday; :00]


Virginia linebacker Shannon Taylor, who was recruited by both schools, had some constructive thoughts for Tech as the Hokies get ready for Clemson, a team that beat UVa in convincing fashion two weeks ago.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="I]

((SHANNON TAYLOR/UVA SECOND LEADING TACKLER:))
[SUPER=01-Shannon Taylor/UVa Second Leading Tackler; :00]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=this week"]
(-----------------)



[S-Falcons]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-38 2:05:21]
[GRAPHIC=Falcons]


The Atlanta Falcons are OH and Two and without the services of their star running back Jamal Anderson.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Irving, TX/ABC; :00]


In Monday Night's game atTexas Stadium in Dallas against the Cowboys, the Falcon back tore a knee ligament on just his third carry of the night.
Anderson set an NFL record with 410 carries last season, his third thousand yard rushing season in a row.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[SS=Lions]


Another running back is still considering a return to the field.
The Detroit News says Barry Sanders is in for a father-and-son talk.
The News and Detroit Free Press say William Sanders will spend this weekend trying to convince his recently retired son to return to the Detroit Lions.

[S-Gold]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-51]
[GRAPHIC=NASCAR]


If you heard NASCAR Live last night, you may have heard a familiar voice broadcasting from a familiar location.
Eli Gold was in Salem--
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


He broadcasted from WSLC Radio from seven to eight. He called the Winston Cup race from New Hampshire over the weekend and watched Joe Nemechek win his first Cup race.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="i]
[SUPER=01-Eli Gold/NASCAR Live Host; :00]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=emotional]
(--------------)
[VO-NAT]

Gold has interesting ties to the valley that include honey moons and hockey. He was the voice of the Roanoke Rebels hockey team in the late 70's.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="I]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=..to me"]
(-----------------------)



[Tanker-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Tanker accident]


A fuel tanker wrecked and caught fire on Interstate 64 in Alleghany County this morning.
State police say one person was killed.
(XXXXXXX)

[TAKE FULL SCREEN MAP]
The accident happened around 10:30, at mile marker 10 just west of the city of Covington.
The tanker ran into a flatbed loaded with lumber, and burst into flames. Police say the driver of the tanker was killed.
The fire is out, but the interstate is blocked in both directions.
(-------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=HOLD]

A News-7 crew is in the area and we'll have more information as it becomes available.