[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A guilty verdict for the Salem couple accused of abusing dozens of cats.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And the Christy Brzonkala case is headed to the U-S Supreme court.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Dead-cats]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=12]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-28 TC1:35:45]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


The Salem couple who lived in a house full of dead and dying cats will spend two weekends in jail.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


Cheryl and Michael Boyd will have to pay a fine and work for the S-P-C-A, but that's not the hardest part of the sentence.
They had fifty cats at one time, but now have only three.
Judge Vince Lilly gave the Boyds two weeks to get rid of the remaining cats, before Animal Control Officers take them away.
The couple was at a loss to explain exactly how they ended up with so many cats.
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[SUPER=01-Cheryl Boyd/Cat Owner]
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[VO-NAT]


The Judge compared the Boyd's compulsive behavior to the kind of addiction suffered by drug addicts.
Judge said he didn't doubt that they loved the animals, but said their love was "misguided."
He ordered them not to have any domestic animals in their possession.
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[Brzonkala]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=US Supreme Court]


The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Christy Brzonkala's case against Virginia Tech and two men accused of raping her.

The court will use her lawsuit to test the limits of the Violence Against Women Act.
That law allows rape victims to sue their attackers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape]


Brzonkala says her civil rights were violated by Virginia Tech and the two former football players.
A federal appeals court in Richmond threw out her case and said Congress went too far by allowing rape victims to sue for damages.
The Supreme Court will hear arguments sometime this winter.
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[Franklin-Reopening]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Floyd Aftermath]


Franklin officials hope to open the city's entire downtown today, one day after business owners started to return.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin/Last Week;]


The entire downtown has been off-limits since rains from Hurricane Floyd swamped the town two weeks ago.
There are signs that life is starting to return to normal-- schools were scheduled to reopen today.
But problems still remain-- phones don't work, 33 people are still living in a shelter, the city's sewage plant is inoperable and raw sewage is being dumped into the Blackwater River.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=HOLD]


That's prompting fears about contamination.
Anyone who went downtown yesterday had to have their boots and tires sprayed at a decontamination point.

[starr-interview]


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


Linda Tripp, the woman who brought the Monica Lewinsky scandal to light, is suing the White House and her employer, the Defense Department.
And now Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr is breaking his silence, somewhat.
Richard Roth explains.
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[10:01:51]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Richard Roth/Reporting; :00]
[SUPER=03-London, UK; :32]
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[OUT Q=cbs News, London.]

(((Roth O/C open) HERE IN LONDON TO DELIVER A SPEECH, STARR AGREED TO JUST ONE BROADCAST INTERVIEW - ON BBC RADIO THIS MORNING. HE DEFENDED HIS 40-MILLION DOLLAR INVESTIGATION OF THE PRESIDENT, WHITEWATER AND MONICA LEWINSKY -- WITH ONLY ONE REGRET.

(Starr intvw graphic over radio intvw audio)

starr: i regret the impression that there was anything other than a professional law enforcement, investigative and prosecutorial activity underway as opposed to a clash of personalities which there was not from my perspective.
ROTH O/C BRIDGE: FROM HIS PERSPECTIVE , HE SAYS, THERE WAS NO VENDETTA AGAINST THE PRESIDENT. HE WOULD NOT BE DRAWN OUT, THOUGH, ABOUT THE PRESIDENTS WIFE.

(Starr invtvw graphic over radio intvw audio)

question: as far as hilary clinton is concerned, she now wants to become a senator for new york state, is she fit to do that job in your view? starr: i just dont think i should comment especially as there are two areas of our investigation that remain underaqwy and i think it is imprudent to comment.
ROTH O/C CLOSE: HIS LECTURE HERE IS ON ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT. ORGANIZERS ARE SELLING TICKETS FOR ABOUT SIXTEEN DOLLARS EACH; THEY WONT SAY HOW MUCH STARR IS BEING PAID. RR, CBSN, LONDON.

(NOTE: The lecture is closed to cameras and the press.)))


[Clinton-Breakfast]


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


Since the Lewinsky affair President Clinton has been meeting with three clergymen for counsel.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]


Today at a White House breakfast with religious leaders he called those meetings interesting and not always comfortalbe and he asked those at the breakfast to pray for him.
He also says he's grateful for what he calls the unmerited forgiveness he's received.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I HAVE BEEN PROFOUNDLY MOVED AS FEW PEOPL HAVE...]
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[OUT Q=THE GOD WHOM I BELIEVE.]
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[VO-NAT]


Last year, at a similar event, and with tears in his eyes, President Clinton apologized for the Lewinsky scandal.
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[Reagan-Book]


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


An authorized biography on another U-S president hits bookshelves Thursday, but it's already stirring controversy.


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[VO-NAT]

[20:16:52 newspath]
"Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan," details the clouds that descended on Reagan during the final years of his presidency.
Author Edmund Morris details the troubles that afflicted Reagan late in his tenure, including the Iran-Contra scandal and apparent mental strain.
First lady Nancy Reagan hand picked Morris to write her husband's biography, but a close friend says she's not pleased with the end result.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=BECAUSE IT]

((EDMUND MORRIS 60 MINUTES; ...BECAUSE IT OBSERVES HER HUSBAND VERY, VERY OBJECTIVELY. AND I DO NOT HIDE THE FACT THAT REAGAN WAS FREQUENTLY AN OLD, SPACED-OUT MAN, INATTENTIVE TO DETAILS. ))
[SUPER=01-Edmund Morris/Author;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=to details.]
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[VO-NAT]


Former president George Bush is dismissing some claims made in the book.
He says allegations that he and Barbara Bush were not welcome upstairs in the Reagan White House are ridiculous.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Just how much retirement money can you expect from Social Security?
You'll soon find out.
The details are next on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And it's never been seen before in the United States.
But New York health officials are battling an outbreak of the West Nile Virus.
First let's talk to Patrick Evans.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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


[Social-Security]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=99-29 TC1:14:18]
[GRAPHIC=none]


[ROLL COLD OUT OF MINI-OPEN]

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[IN Q=Welcome back to ]
[SUPER=@scott1; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kenneth Apfel/Social Security Commissioner; :37]
[SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD; :52]
[SUPER=01-Kenneth Apfel/Social Security Commissioner; 2:10]
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[5-Microwave-Baby]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=598-39 2;05:28]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


The woman accused of cooking her newborn baby to death in a microwave oven faces a court appearance tomorrow.
For now, the New Kent County woman is in a secure mental facility.
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[VO-NAT]


19 year old Elizabeth Renee Otte (Oh-tay) has been charged with first degree murder.
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[SUPER=01-Linwood Gregory/New Kent Co. Prosecutor; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chris Walker/Neighbor;:17]
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[OUTQ= what she did, but]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lanexa]


Authorities say the autopsy shows it was the microwave that killed one month old Joseph Martinez.
The Commonwealth attorney says he will ask for a psychiatric evaluation at Otte's Wednesday arraignment.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


Family members say she may use an epileptic seizure to explain her alleged actions.
The epilepsy foundation says impaired consciousness and confusion can result from an epileptic seizure but the circumstances of this case are not known yet.

[School-Violence]


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


It's a top priority at schools across the country this year-- preventing violence.
Last night at Cave Spring High School parents learned about the warning signs.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Littleton, CO/April 20, 1999; ]


It's every parent, student, and teacher's worst nightmare: a school shooting like the one at Columbine High School in Colorado.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night;]


Virginia State Trooper Tom Foster tried to shed some light on that matter for parents.
During the presentation, a video showed a police officer concealing more than 97 pounds of weapons in his clothes and on his body.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I was amazed]

((MARY GRACE CENTIAL/PARENT: I WAS TOTALLY AMAZED AT HOW MUCH HE COULD CONCEAL AND KEPT THINKING MY SON WEARS LOOSE CLOTHING HOW MUCH COULD HE REALLY CARRY IN THERE.))
[SUPER=01-Mary Grace Cential/Parent; ]
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[OUT Q=carry in there.]
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[VO-NAT]


Trooper Foster says there are specific warning signs in young people who commit acts of violence, like prior violence, substance abuse, and being picked on by peers-- these were all present in the young boys who committed school shootings last year.
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[west-nile]


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


New York City officials say the flu-like illness that sickened 14 people this past summer-- killing three-- was not St. Louis encephalitis after all.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


Federal researchers found it was a less dangerous disease called West Nile fever virus.
It too, is spread by mosquitoes.
But the West Nile virus has never before been detected in the western Hemisphere.
The mystery of the disease began to unravel at the Bronx Zoo after a vet became suspicious about the high death rate of crows in the area followed by the deaths of several of the zoo's exotic birds.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((TRACEY MCNAMARA/VETERINARY PATHOLOGIST/NY WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY: ALL OF THE BIRDS I WAS WORKING ON HAD SEVERE CHANGES IN THEIR BRAINS AND HEARTS..IT WAS UNLIKE ANYTHING I HAD EVER SEEN DESCRIBED IN ANY OTHER BIRD VIRUS. ))
[SUPER=01-Tracey McNamara/Veterinary Pathologist;]
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[OUT Q=any other bird virus.]
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[VO-NAT]


Because the West Nile Virus and encephalitis are so similar, officials say pesticide spraying is equally effective against both.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Wrestlers often begin training at an early age.
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[VO-NAT ]


But how about crocodile wrestlers?
We'll have more when News-7 at noon returns.
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[Crocodile-training]


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


It's not your traditional after school activity.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bangkok, Thailand; ]

[7:38:56]
Some youngsters in Bangkok are learning how to become crocodile trainers.
And as you see it involves up close and personal contact with the deadly creatures.
The children are perfecting their skills at one of Thailand's largest crocodile farms, home to 60-thousand crocodiles.
They'll eventually become crocodile wrestlers, a major tourist attraction at the farm.
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[Stocks]


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 113 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still to come in sports, San Francisco upsets the Arizona Cardinals on the grid iron,
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[VO-NAT ]

and the Detroit Tigers throw a grand-slam of a goodbye at their old ballpark.
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[COMM BREAK #3]



[Tiger-Stadium]


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


Robert Fick can claim the honor of the last hit in Tiger Stadium-- and it was a grand slam.
Last night, the Tigers closed the book on the park's 97 year history.
Drew Levinson has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Detroit, MI; :00]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/Reporting; :42]
[RUNS=1:36]
[OUT Q=CBS News Detroit.]

(((natsound from radio- "and the pitch_.." FOR THE SIX-THOUSAND, EIGHT HUNDRED AND SEVENTY THIRD AND LAST TIME, THE FIRST PITCH FLEW AT THE OLD BALL PARK. (NATSOUND COMING INTO PARK) BUT HOURS EARLIER THE FANS WERE ALREADY FILING IN_. TO SOAK IT ALL IN.
(SOT no super)

"It's an old time building that is never going to be replaced, it is gone forever."
(Natsound_hot dogs!)

FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY THE TIGERS HAVE PLAYED AT THE CORNER OF MICHIGAN AND TRUMBALL-THEY'VE BEEN IN THIS STADIUM FOR 87 YEARS.
(STANDUP: Drew Levinson/CBS News )

"If the walls of this old ballpark could talk_the stories they'd tell. You'd hear bout the time Babe Ruth knocked one out of the stadium_he was the first to ever do that. Or the time Ted Williams homered in the bottom of the ninth to win the 1941 all-star game. And this is where Lou Gehrig's consecutive game streak ended at more than two-thousand."
TY COBB, NOT ONLY ONE OF THE GREATEST BUT ALSO ONE OF THE MOST HATED PLAYERS CALLED THIS HOME. SO DID HANK GREENBERG) "Greenberg hits one into the leftfield stands
THERE WAS FIDRYCH , MCLAIN AND GIBSON TO NAME A FEW. DETROIT NATIVE AND TIGER OUTFIELDER WILLIE HORTON WAS A HERO IN THE '68 WORLD SERIES.
(SOT NO SUPER)

"Lotta dreams_lotta good memories."
TIGER STADIUM WILL FOREVER BE REMEMBERED FOR THOSE HORRIBLE SEATS BEHIND THE POLES AND THE FLAG POLE THAT ACTUALLY SITS IN FAIR TERRITORY. MORE THAN 371-THOUSAND OUTS WERE RECORDED HERE-BUT THIS WAS THE ONE THAT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. NATSOUND_.. "And there's the last out ever at _..
DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, DETROIT."))


[Niners-Cardinals]


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


Last night, the 49ers put another win in the record books, even with their star quarterback on the bench during the second half.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tempe, AZ/NFL - ABC]


Steve Young suffered a mild concussion just 28 seconds before intermission.
The Niners held a 17-to-0 until Young left for good.
He threw for 92 yards, including a 13-yard scoring strike to Jerry Rice in the first quarter.
[SUPER=30-San Francisco/24/Arizona/10//]


Lawrence Phillips sealed the win for the Niners with a 68 yard scoring rush with one-42 remaining in the game.
San Francisco improved their record to 2 and 1 with the 24 to ten victory.
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[S-JMU]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-47 tc 33:35]
[GRAPHIC=JMU]


UVA and Virginia Tech have been getting a lot of poll hype.
But another Virginia school has been streaking up the Division one- double-A ranks.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/September 4; :00]


J-M-U has won three straight games including Saturday's victory over then 7th ranked Delaware.
As a result the Dukes are now ranked 22nd in the nation in the new Division One Double-A poll.
Preseason polls predicted the Dukes to finish tenth in the eleven team Atlantic 10 Conference.
The Dukes are 3-and-0 in the Middle Atlantic division of the A-10. (------------)