[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


First Henry County authorities take charge of a sewer treatment plant, now its owner faces criminal charges.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And North Carolina authorities search for a suspect in connection with a mass shooting.
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[TALENT=Andrew]
[SS=None]

Today's weather story features a picture perfect afternoon and a rain free weekend. Details coming up.
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Roanoke-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=12]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-41 TC15:50]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


Three people were killed in an early morning car accident in Roanoke.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


All three victims were passengers in a car that hit a tree in the four-thousand block of Hershberger Road.
They're identified as 22- year- old Donnie Yates, 27- year- old Les Deaner, and 27- year- old Christy Smith.
The driver, 22- year- old Timothy Wayne Sayers, was taken to the hospital, but his injuries did not appear life- threatening.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=HOLD]


No charges have been filed, but police have not yet completed their investigation.

[Henry-Sewage]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Henry Sewage]


The owner of a Henry County sewage plant has been arrested for polluting the environment and jeopardizing the health of area residents.
69-year-old Richard Anthony...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./Last Week;]

who owned the Fair Acres sewage treatment plant ... has been charged with operating the plant in a way that threatened the health of area residents and the environment.
The plant was seized by Henry County yesterday, under an emergency declaration.
Anthony came under investigation by state police and the Department of Environmental Quality after officials discovered dangerous levels of sewage in Blackberry Creek.
Neighbors say they complained for years of sewage backing up in their homes.
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[Carilion]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=99-29 TC1:29:18]
[GRAPHIC=Carilion]


The Roanoke Valley's largest employer is cutting its work force.
Carilion Health System is eliminating 51 positions, mostly through attrition.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Ten of those people will be laid off, but Carilion hopes to find other jobs for them within the company.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Carilion runs lean]

((BETH BALDWIN/CARILION SPOKESWOMAN: CARILION RUNS LEAN ANYWAY BUT WE'RE STILL BEING IMPACTED NEGATIVELY BECAUSE REIMBURSEMENTS ARE WAY DOWN. SO THE PLACE TO LOOK TO CUT IS ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS. OUR PATIENT CARE IS NOT AFFECTED. OUR BEDSIDE NURSING WAS NEVER CONSIDERED TO BE AFFECTED.))
[SUPER=01-Beth Baldwin/Carilion Spokeswoman;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=to be affected.]
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[VO-NAT]


Carilion employees will also have to pay more for their own health plan, starting today.
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[nc-shooting]


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


Authorities in Waynesville, North Carolina have arrested one suspect and are looking for another in the shooting deaths of five family members.
The victims were apparently shot last night after returning home from a local fair.
Two of the victims' cars were found wrecked in the area.

[College-bombings]


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


Authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with two separate bombings at Florida A and M University.
The university was rattled by two explosions -- the first in late August and the second one last week.
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[VO-NAT]

[11:13:41]
Forty-one year old Lawrence Lombardi was taken into custody this morning at his home in Tallahassee.
[SUPER=03-Tallahassee, FL;]

[11;15-fbi news conference]
No one was injured in either blast, but racist telephone calls accompanied each incident.
Lombardi is white and Florida A and M is predominantly black.
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[SOT]

[11:14;18-37]
[IN Q=An audio tape in which....]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=to law enforcement.]
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[VO-NAT]


Lombardi is charged with a single count of manufacturing a bomb.
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[Japan]


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


In central Japan, Hundreds of thousands of people in who were told to stay indoors after an accident at a uranium processing plant are now free to leave their homes.
But some are still afraid to go outside, saying they don't trust the government.
And questions remain about the cause of the accident... and its long-term effects on those exposed to dangerous levels of radiation.
Barry Petersen reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

[10:14;01]
[SUPER=03-Tokaimura, Japan; :00]
[SUPER=01-Barry Petersen/Reporting; 1:00]
[RUNS=1:16]
[OUT Q=Tokaimura Japan.]


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


The death toll from yesterday's earthquake in Mexico is growing.
The latest on the situation is still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And Jesse Ventura sticks his foot in his mouth-- again.
Find out about his latest gaff when we return.
First, let's talk to Andrew Freiden.
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[Talent=Andrew]

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

[Ventura-Flap]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Jesse Ventura]
Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura is well known for his outrageous comments.


And he seems to have done it again.. this time in an interview playboy magazine.
Pat Kessler Reports.
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[SOT]

[7:11;50]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Gov. Jesse Ventura/(I) Minnesota; :10]
[SUPER=03-St. Paul, MN; :17]
[SUPER=01-Pat Kessler/Reporting;1:13]
[RUNS=1:25]
[OUT Q=St. Paul, Minnesota]



[Mexico-quake]


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


The death toll has climbed to 15 in the wake of yesterday's massive earthquake in Mexico.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Oaxaca, Mexico]

[4:01:33]
The seven point five quake hit Mexico's pacific coast shortly before noon.
The epicenter was in the resort city of Oaxaca (wah-HAW'-kah).
But it could be felt in Mexico City, some 280 miles away.
Hundreds of buildings in both city's were damaged or destroyed.
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[S-Tidwell]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=99-27 1:28:42]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


The man who helped a Campbell County woman dispose of her husband's dead body has been convicted.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Appomattox/March]

[Shots of Tidwell, from 99-44]
Curtis Tidwell was charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Nick Olivarri last fall.
But the prosecutor decided there wasn't enough evidence to convict him,
So he went for two lesser charges, including illegal disposal of a body.
Tidwell was convicted on those counts yesterday. He'll be sentenced in December.
Olivarri's wife, Sandra, is still awaiting trial for the murder.
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[S-Woodson]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-30 1:43:00]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


A 16 year old Roanoke boy has been convicted of making a bomb threat at Patrick Henry High School.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Jason Woodson made the threat one week after the shootings at Columbine High.
He was suspended from school for a year but is still earning credits toward graduation.
He has also been in counseling and is on medication for depression.
Woodson's felony conviction include 64 hours of community service, a 250 dollar fine and restriction of his driver's license for 3 months.
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[E-Wells]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-28 1:43:24]
[GRAPHIC=wipe]


[wipe wipe wipe]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski;]


A former substitute teacher in Pulaski County faces at least four years in prison for smoking marijuana with students.
34 - year old Andrea Lynn Wells pleaded guilty to two felony charges yesterday.
The incident happened last spring while Wells was working as a substitute at Pulaski County's Alternative school.
In court-- she admitted to leaving school property during lunch, and smoking a marijuana cigarette with two teenage students.
A sentencing date has not yet been set.
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[E-Rubatex]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-33 1:35:40]
[GRAPHIC=Rubatex Strike]


The on-going Rubatex strike could end up costing some of the strikers their jobs.
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[VO-NAT]

[****start with video from 99-43****]
[SUPER=03-Bedford/September 13]


The United Steelworkers local 240 has been walking picket lines for almost three weeks.
Now, the company's chief negotiator says there's a good chance some of the strikers will never get called back.
Rubatex is using temporary workers.
And the company says its production levels haven't dropped -- even though the strike has cut its workforce in half.


Rubatex will not say how many strikers might lose their jobs.
Meanwhile ... there's no end in sight to the strike.
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[E-Camera-Police]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-38 22:39]
[GRAPHIC=None]


They've been used across the country to help police keep an eye on crime.
And as Joy Sutton reports the Roanoke City Police Department is using them in our area.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It's a small camcorder]
[SUPER=03-Wilmington, OH/Feb. 15, 1997; :08]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :19]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. D. R. Boyer/Roanoke City Police; :33]
[SUPER=@Joy2; 1:19]
[RUNS=1:31]
[OUT Q=N7 Roanoke]

(( It's a small camcorder mounted inside a police car.
When things go wrong it can be a police officer's best eye witness.
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[SOT Feed Tape 17:03:30]
[IN Q=NAT sound of shooting]

((NAT SOUND OF SHOOTING))
[RUNS= 5]
[OUT Q=Nat sound]


This shooting in Wilmington, Ohio was caught on tape by a video camera in an officer's car.
The Roanoke City Police Department is among several police forces across the country using the hi-tech help to record evidence, and identify suspects.
Cameras are installed in every Roanoke district vehicle -- and police say there are several benefits.
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[SOT 17:47:34]
[IN Q=We've had at least]

((SGT. D.R. BOYER/ROANOKE CITY POLICE:WE'VE HAD AT LEAST TWO INSTANCES WHERE THERE WERE ALLEGATIONS OF OFFICER MISCONDUCT, WHERE THE CAMERA WAS ABLE TO EXONERATE THE OFFICER))
[RUNS= 8]
[OUT Q=no evidence]


The camera starts recording automatically when an officer turns on the blue lights.
The officer can also trigger the camcorder with a remote - which has a mic attached to record sound up to 1500 feet away.
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[SOT 17:53:46]
[IN Q=And the camera]

((JOY SUTTON/REPORTER: AND THE CAMERA CAN ALSO BE TURNED AROUND INSIDE THE VEHICLE SO THE OFFICER CAN RECORD AND MONITOR THE PERSON IN CUSTODY))
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[OUT Q=in custody]


The camera records the date, time, and vehicle number.
Every tape is categorized and held as evidence.
And once something is recorded - only a supervisor has access to the tape.
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[SOT 17:50:48]
[IN Q=The individual officer]

((SGT. DR BOYER/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: THE INDIVIDUAL OFFICER OR ANYBODY ELSE WHO WOULD BREAK INTO THE CAR DOES NOT HAVE THE ABILITY WITHIN THE VEHICLE TO TAPE OVER OR TO ALTER OR TO EJECT THE TAPE))
[RUNS= 10]
[OUT Q=the tape]


The camcorder may not be as good as a partner - but with many Roanoke officers traveling the streets alone, Sergeant Boyer says these cameras are welcome assistants.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Roanoke.))
[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A field trip to Mill Mountain theater is creating controversy at a Roanoke school.
Find out why when News-7 at Noon returns.
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[VO-NAT ]


And it's a big fiftieth birthday party-- for China.
Stay with us.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]


[E-Field-Trip]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-36 54:28]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Roanoke schoolchildren are filling up theatre seats this week at Center in the Square for a dance theater production.
While the show has received good reviews... it has also generated complaints from some parents.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Third- graders from nineteen Roanoke elementary schools have been visiting Mill Mountain Theatre for "Gathering Stones," a joint production with the Roanoke Ballet Theatre.
Inspired by Native American traditions, the production focuses on man's stewardship of the earth, but Anne Blackwell objects to what she considers religious content.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Any production needs to be strictly]

((ANNE BLACKWELL/ROANOKE PARENT: ANY PRODUCTION NEEDS TO BE STRICTLY OFF LIMITS TO RELIGIOUS BELIEFS OF ANY NATURE, AND THAT WAS MY CONCERN. I WANT MY SON TO BE EXPOSED TO THINGS, BUT I WANT TO EXPOSE HIM TO THAT SORT OF THING.)) ((JERE LEE HODGIN/MILL MOUNTAIN THEATRE: YEAH, I'M A LITTLE SURPRISED, BECAUSE I THINK IT'S JUST ANOTHER WAY, THE PIECE ITSELF IS AN ARTISTIC EXPRESSION AND ANOTHER WAY THAT WE CAN LOOK AT THAT ALL IMPORTANT THING OF HOW WE ARE ALL INTER-RELATED.))
[SUPER=01-Anne Blackwell/Roanoke Parent; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jere Lee Hodgin/Mill Mountain Theatre; :17]
[RUNS=:28]
[OUT Q=to that sort of thing]
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[VO-NAT]


Public performances of "Gathering Stones" continue through the weekend on Mill Mountain Theater's main stage.
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[china-50]


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


There is a big celebration underway in Beijing.
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[IN=nat sound]
[SUPER=03-Beijing, China;]
[runs=:05]
[OUT=nat sound]
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[VO-NAT]


China is celebrating the 50th anniversary of communist rule.
If nothing else, it was a mammoth demonstration designed to showcase the nation's growing military might and its rapid economic progress.
A two mile military parade featured tanks and 10-thousand soldiers in brand new uniforms.
Barred from the parade route by police, most Beijing residents viewed the events on television.
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[Stocks]


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 101 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still to come in sports, the Orioles wind down their season with a win over the Yanks,
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[VO-NAT ]

and the Yellow Jackets sting the Terrapins in an A-C-C grid iron war.
Andrew has highlights next.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]


[GT-Maryland]


[ANCHOR=Andrew]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tar]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=ACC]


Savvy quarterback play was the ticket for number nine Georgia Tech as they beat Maryland 49 to 31 last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/ESPN]


Maryland went into this A-C-C match up as one of the nation's top defenses, but Tech's offense jumped on it early, scoring two touchdowns in the first six and a half minutes.
Georgia Tech quarterback Joe Hamilton threw for 387 yards and three touchdowns.
Hamilton, who is the nation's top rated passer, also ran for a 41 yard T-D.
[SUPER=30-Maryland/31/Georgia Tech/49//;]


Georgia Tech improves its record to 1 and 0 in A-C-C play and 3 and 1 overall.
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[S-FFE]


[ANCHOR=Andrew]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-51 (29:40)]
[GRAPHIC=FFE Logo]


Friday Football Extra will feature 16 games tonight.
Here's a look at the schedule.
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[MOTION]
[IN Q="First audio...]
[RUNS=:37]
[OUT Q=....LAST TEAM."]
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[S-Hoops]


[ANCHOR=Andrew]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-48 (43:09)]
[GRAPHIC=High School Hoops]


Down in Daleville last night, Alleghany and Lord Botetourt would square off in a key Blue Ridge district match up.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Daleville/Botetourt vs Alleghany; :]


Coach Chuck Pound giving his team some last minute advice before tip off and it pays off.
Sarah Stuckey gets the pass and penetrates the middle for the baby jumper to tie the score early in the first quarter.
Then Amber Graham leads the Cavaliers break finding Whitney Dix underneath for the bucket and the Cavaliers took a five point lead.
[SUPER=34-Lord Botetourt/44/Alleghany/38/;]


Some tough Alleghany defense as Shannon Brown tips the pass to Megan McCure who cruises for the easy bucket and Lord Botetourt wins it 44 to 38.
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[S-O's]


[ANCHOR=Andrew]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-44 (1:26:08)]
[GRAPHIC=Orioles Logo]


Baltimore beat New York 5 to nothing in game one of a day-night double-header.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/FOX SPORTS; :]


Roger Clemens would take the hill for the Yankees in game one.
And Baltimore would get to Clemens in the second Ryan Minor hits this ground rule double to centerfield scoring Calvin Pickering and the O's took the 1 to nothing lead.
[SUPER=35-Baltimore/5/New York/0/;]


Baltimore would pad that lead in the third when Charles Johnson hits the pop fly in the gap at left centerfield scoring B. J. Surhoff to make it 2 to nothing and the Orioles win it 5 to nothing.
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[ANCHOR=Andrew]
[SS=HOLD]

The birds lost the second game 12 to 5.