[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


An ambush in Texas leaves three law enforcement officers and the suspected gunman dead.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And Route 220 in Roanoke County got a little more crowded this morning.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[TX-SHOOTING]


[ANCHOR=MEL]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=mel]
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In Texas, a man used a phony 9-1-1 call last night to lure officers into a deadly shootout.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pleasanton, TX;]


He fatally shot three officers and wounded two others.
The gunman, 21 year old Jeremiah Engleton, apparently had been arrested Monday night after his wife accused him of beating her.
One of the three officers killed in the shootout had been Engelton's arresting officer.
The two other officers were wounded when they arrived as backup.
The shootout ended when the suspect took his own life when police cornered him.
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[Clinton-Forest]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Bill Clinton]


President Clinton is expected in Augusta County today, kicking off a plan to protect U.S. forest land.
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[SUPER=05-Augusta Co.]


The president will make the announcement from the top of a mountain in the George Washington National Forest.
He's expected to set aside more than 40 million acres of federally owned land, protecting it from logging, mining and other development.
The plan is being criticized by logging companies, but cheered by environmentalists.
Most of the protected land would be in the Western states, but the order could also affect sections of the George Washington and Jefferson National forest in central and southwest Virginia.
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[SCV-Lawsuit]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=dse]
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The state is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit from the Sons of Confederate Veterans over a special license plate.
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[Take Full Screen Board]
The state has approved a plate for the group but won't allow use of the Confederate battle flag.
Virginia argues that the organization has no grounds to sue because state law says 350 members of any group must buy a plate before the state issues it.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans haven't done so.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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The head of the S-C-V's Virginia division says his group will buy more than enough plates once they're allowed to use their logo.
The S-C-V has won similar lawsuits in Maryland and North Carolina.

[Cook-Lawsuit]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Two years ago, Pulaski County football player Danny Lee Cook died on the field.
Now his parents are suing for 5 million dollars.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/October 1997]


Cook died after what seemed like a harmless block in a game at Victory Stadium in October 1997.
Doctors determined he suffered a rare type of heart attack triggered by a sudden blow to the chest.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=HOLD]


The lawsuit claims the two paramedics failed to check Danny's vital signs.
The suit also claims two emergency-room doctors failed to make adequate attempts to revive him.
The owner of the ambulance firm says his paramedics did all they could do.
Roanoke Memorial Hospital declined comment.

[Lowes]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#99-33 TC1:56:50]
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The 220 corridor in Roanoke County has a new addition this afternoon.
The Lowe's home improvement warehouse has opened for business.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and JoeD/Microwave]


Joe Dashiell is there with more on the project and its impact on the community.
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[Bedford-Wreck]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[TAPE#=99-27 1:43:33]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]


A Staunton River High School student was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital after an accident shortly before eight this morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;]


The driver apparently ran his pick- up truck off the road, and crashed into a tree on Route 24 near Chamblissburg.

State police are investigating, but have NOT yet released the young man's identity.
Authorities say he suffered facial lacerations, but was conscious when he was transported to the hospital.
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[81-accident]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=81 Accident]


All the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 are now open in Rockbridge County.
One of the northbound lanes was closed at Exit 180 near Natural Bridge after an overnight tractor-trailer accident.
Crews have since repaired the damage and cleaned up the wreck.

[Morris-Cigarettes]


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


Tobacco isn't safe.
And smoking is addictive.
Those statements come today -- not from health advocates, but from Philip Morris, the company that makes cigarettes.
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[VO-NAT]


The company is launching a 100 million dollar ad campaign, in hopes of re-defining its image.
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[VO-NAT]

[9:04:27]
The tobacco giant has launched a corporate Web site, stating in one section that ``there is no 'safe' cigarette.''
The company also admits that smokers face tremendous health hazards.
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[Pakistan]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
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[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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The Pakistani army shows no signs of relinquishing power one day after overthrowing the civilian government.
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[VO-NAT]

[10:11:33]
[SUPER=03-Islamabad, Pakistan;]

[3:11:44]
Soldiers are now in control of the state run media and have placed the prime minister under house arrest.
India, which fought a mini-war with Pakistan earlier this year, has now put its forces on high alert along the border.
The coup has also mobilized Pakistani opposition politicians --including ir Bhutto, who is now urging new elections.
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((BENAZIR BHUTTO/FORMER PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER; I WOULD LIKE TO URGE THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO TALK TO MILITARY RULERS AND INFLUENCE THEM TO RETURN THE COUNTRY TO REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT ,))
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[OUT=representative government.]
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[VO-NAT]


Pakistan is one of the world's newest nuclear powers.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Some Lynchburg parents are fighting to keep two small elementary schools open.
The details are still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And as soon as the weather breaks-- the polar rescue mission is ready to go.
First let's talk to Patrick Evans about the weather closer to home.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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[pole-rescue]


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An American doctor at the South Pole is one step closer to being rescued.
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[VO-NAT]

[10:06:42]
Two National Guard planes have arrived on Antarctica's coast.
Crews must now wait for a break in some of the world's most hostile weather before making their 840-mile roundtrip mercy flight.
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[10:15:11]
One plane will make the flight while the other waits as a backup in case of mechanical problems.
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[10:15]
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[VO-NAT]


At the pole, the plane will pick up Doctor Jerri Nielsen who is feared to have breast cancer.
From touchdown to takeoff, the pickup is expected to take 20 minutes.
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[E-Rubatex]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-42 24:29]
[GRAPHIC=Rubatex Strike]


A few miles from Bedford County's Administration Building, Rubatex workers have been on the picket lines for more then a month now, and when their replacements roll by, the strikers get loud.
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[VO-NAT]


The company is now busing the workers who keep production going as the strike goes on. Rubatex says it's to prevent vandalism to workers' vehicles.
As for the strikers, they say Rubatex is getting unskilled workers who are not producing a satisfactory product.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((BRENDA ARRINGTON/RUBATEX STRIKER: THEY CAN'T REPLACE US AND COME IN HERE AND DO THE JOBS A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GETTING HURT AND A LOT DON'T KNOW THAT.))
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[VO-NAT]


The company says it has been able to meet its full production schedule.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


Meantime, Rubatex workers brought their pickets west yesterday.
A handful of union members moved the protest to company headquarters in Roanoke County.
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[E-L'burg-School]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-45 17:02]
[GRAPHIC=Lynchburg Seal]


In Lynchburg last night, parents made an emotional plea to save two of the city's smaller elementary schools.
Steve Smallshaw was there and has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Webster Trant/Parent; :25]
[SUPER=01-Rick Holland/Parent; :33]
[SUPER=01-Nathan Schweikart/Kizer E. S. Student; :45]
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[SUPER=01-Ellen Nygaard/School Board Chairman; 1:10]
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[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]

(( It is the smallest of Lynchburg's twelve elementary schools.. squeezed onto a five- acre plot, Kizer Elementary uses three trailers for classrooms and has little, if any, room to expand.
But its small size is also exactly what has drawn many families to Kizer over the years.. they see the school as a place where their children flourish in an academic setting that offers close personal attention.
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((WEBSTER TRANT/PARENT: I SEE KIZER AS AN AMBASSADOR FOR THE CITY OF LYNCHBURG, PEOPLE COME TO KIZER AND FEEL WELCOME, THEY'RE PART OF THE COMMUNITY IMMEDIATELY.))
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((RICK HOLLAND/PARENT: I PLEAD EACH OF YOU TO PLEASE CONSIDER BEFORE TEARING APART A GREAT SCHOOL TO CHOOSE A PLAN THAT WOULD NOT DISRUPT THE 206 STUDENTS AT KIZER.))
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((NATHAN SCHWEIKART/KIZER E.S. STUDENT: WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR DECISION, REMEMBER ME.. I'M ONE WHO IS AFFECTED. PLEASE KEEP KIZER OPEN.))
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[OUT Q=keep Kizer open.]


The school board has several options: add on to both Kizer and Dearington Elementary, redistrict some of their students to other elementary schools, or close Kizer and Dearington and build a new, bigger school altogether.
The decision will be just a small part of the school system's overall capital improvement plan.
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((ELLEN NYGAARD/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: WE HAVE TO WEIGH BOTH SIDES, WE HAVE TO WEIGH THE EMOTIONAL SIDE AND WHAT IS BEING A GOOD STEWARD OF PUBLIC MONIES.))
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A decision will be made next week.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))

[E-Scooter-Law]


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[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-44 8:39]
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Lynchburg authorities will be keeping a closer eye on motorized scooters.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


The surge in popularity of mopeds among young people has also resulted in a growing number of complaints about their use.
City council last night voted to require scooter owners to register their vehicles and wear a helmet while riding them.
The changes won't be enforced until January in order to educate the public about the new laws.
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[Vinton-Police]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=None]
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State troopers are investigating a complaint against a member of the Vinton police department.
Officials won't identify the officer, or the nature of the charges.
State police in Salem are referring questions about the case to the Roanoke County commonwealth's attorney, Skip Burkart.
Burkart is refusing to comment at this point.

[E-Norfolk-Southern]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-32 1:25:01]
[GRAPHIC=Norfolk Southern]


The railroad that carries freight all over the eastern half of the country ... now wants to carry loads of data.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./May]


Norfolk Southern is putting pieces of its communication network up for sale.
The railroad has lots of fiber-optic cable ... more than 21-thousand-miles of track connecting cities ... and 400 microwave towers.
N-S alone has used this communications network for years ... now it wants outside firms to lease some of the space.


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[SOT 2:19:21]
[IN Q=since the]

((RHONDA BROOM/NORFOLK SOUTHERN: SINCE THE ASSETS ARE ALREADY IN PLACE .. IT'S JUST A MARKETING OPPORTUNITY THAT'S UNDERUTILIZED AT THIS POINT.))
[SUPER=01-Rhonda Broom/Norfolk Southern]
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[OUT Q=AT THIS POINT]
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[VO-NAT]


N-S has created a subsidiary to sell network space -- called "Thoroughbred Technology and Telecommunications."
"T-CUBED", as it's called, will broker deals with phone companies, cable-TV companies and other information technology firms.
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[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead on News-7 at Noon, Patrick will have highlights of last night's National League playoff action.
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[VO-NAT ]


And next, find out about one woman's mission of mercy-- for pigs.
Stay with us.
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[COMM BREAK #2]


[Hog-Haven]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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They're said to be one of the smartest animals alive-- but their intelligence can't save them from the Butcher's knife.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX;]

[6:33:51]
But one woman has made it her life's work to rescue pigs from, well you know.
Angharad Rees won't turn away a pig.
They're given to her-- or she picks them up at auctions, giving them a hog haven to pig out in peace.
Right now she has about seventy five pigs, and she's named each and everyone.
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[SOT]

((I JUST GET THE MOST JOY OUT OF HAVING THESE ANIMALS AROUND ME...AND REALIZING THAT THEY'RE HAPPY HERE THEY'RE COMFORTABLE HERE.))
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[OUT Q=COMFORTABLE HERE.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Safe harbor pig refuge is hoping to get their non-profit status by Christmas...so the public can eventually visit the refuge, and interact with the animals.
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[Stocks]


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 81 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]

Still to come in sports, the Braves open the National League Championship series with a win,
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[VO-NAT ]

and the basketball world mourns the death of N-B-A legend Wilt Chamberlain.
Patrick has more, coming up next.
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[COMM BREAK #3]


[WILT]


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


He wore number thirteen, but any team that had him in the lineup was lucky.
Wilt Chamberlain once scored 100 points in a game against the Knicks. Yesterday, he was found dead of an apparent heart attack in his California home.
Sandra Mitchell has more on the death of an N-B-A legend.
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[SUPER=01-Commander David Kalish/Los Angeles Police Department; :12]
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[S-Baseball]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-52]
[GRAPHIC=Mets/Braves]


The National League Championship Series began last night between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/NBC; :00]


The Braves draw first blood in the bottom of the first when Brett Boone connects on a single up the middle and Gerald Williams is gonna come on down to give Atlanta a 1-nothing lead.
[SUPER=35-Atlanta/4/New York/2;]


The Mets come right back with Mike Piazza, his broken bat ground out to Chipper Jones at third scores a run and the game is tied at one a piece.
But the Braves go on to win game one, 4 to 2.
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[S-Haley]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP_49]
[GRAPHIC=ffe]


News 7 sports has learned that Salem star running back Dennis Haley has verbally committed to the University of Virginia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski; :00]


Haley has accepted a full scholarship.
He has 520 yards rushing and 9 touchdowns in six games so far this season.
He is projected to play defensive back or maybe linebacker at Virginia.
He told his Salem team of his decision after practice Tuesday.
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Virginia Tech vs. Virginia;]


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