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[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A plea agreement in last year's deadly rooming house fire in downtown Roanoke.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And several people are killed in a church van accident in California.
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[TALENT=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


You'll want to enjoy this sunny, rather pleasant afternoon, because a strong cold front will soon usher in the chilliest air of the season...with winds picking today and staying blustery through the weekend.
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Clements]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=12]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-41 TC24:01]
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A year and a half after the deadliest fire in Roanoke one man has accepted responsibility for setting it.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Keith/Newsroom]


Keith Humphry is just back from Circuit Court with the story.
[Live=Keith Full/Newsroom]
[SUPER=@Keith1;]


It's been a long time coming, and no one was sure Michael Clements would actually go ahead with it.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


But he did. The 21-year old pled guilty to a single count of arson, even though he's not the one who actually set the fire.
According to a summary of the evidence, Clements went along for the ride, helped purchase gasoline that was poured on the rooming house.
[SUPER=04-May 18, 1998]


It burned for hours, and when it was over there were five bodies inside. A sixth victim died later at the hospital.
The prosecution dropped six murder counts against Clements on the condition that he help finger others involved.

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Michael Clements will serve 25 years in prison for his role in the incident.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Keith/Newsroom]


Melanie, it's clear that the most important part of the deal he made with the Commonwealth is to cooperate in the investigation and possibly testify against the others.



[Henry-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=12]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=none]
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A single car accident claimed a life early this morning in Henry County.
State police say 32- year- old Gary Keith Hairston of Axton was driving north on route 648.
His sport utility vehicle ran off the left side of the road, hit a tree and overturned.

[81-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=99-46 TC06:04]
[GRAPHIC=81 Accident]


One northbound lane of Interstate 81 in Botetourt County is now open.
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[VO-NAT]
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A truck carrying tomatoes overturned near Mile Marker 162-- that's near the Buchanan exit.
Crews are still cleaning up the mess and fixing the guard-rail.
No one was hurt in the wreck.
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[TAKE MAP FULL SCREEN]
V-Dot says one northbound lane will remain closed throughout the day.
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[Van-crash]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
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Police along the central California coast are investigating a single vehicle accident that's left seven people dead.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Atascadero, CA;]

[10:03:02]
A van was carrying 14 people when it overturned on California's highway 101 and rolled across two lanes.
Five of the dead were thrown from the vehicle.
Officials say the van was rented by a church group and was headed to San Francisco from Los Angeles when it crashed late last night.
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[Papon]


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


A major coup for authorities in Europe.
They've captured convicted French war criminal Maurice Papon [pa-PAWN].
Swiss authorities have ordered his immediate extradition and he's now on his way back to France.
Elaine Cobb has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Elaine Cobb/Reporting; :45]
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((Locator: File/Paris Just hours after an international arrest warrant was issued, authorities in neighboring Switzerland captured Maurice Papon. He'd been hiding out under an alias at a hotel. He fled France days before he was due to appear in a French court to appeal his ten year jail sentence. In a statement issued earlier this week Papon said he left his homeland to uphold his honor. The 89 year old was convicted last year for crimes against humanity. Officials say he played a part in the deportation of more than fifteen hundred Jews. During the Second World War he held a leading post in the pro-Nazi Vichy regime. He is the highest ranked official of that government to be convicted. Papon's capture ends an embarrassing episode for the French government. After his conviction last year, the courts freed him, his passport was not revoked and they placed no restrictions on his travel. Elaine Cobbe for CBS News, Paris.))

[ali-lawsuit]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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It was a legal fight over the life story of boxing champ Muhammed Ali.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/June 9;]

[TAPE 99-21]
One round was fought in Roanoke Federal Court last June.
Attorneys for Columbia pictures defended their right to make film about Ali, starring actor Will Smith.
Two his former associates had filed a 3 million dollar lawsuit claiming they share the rights to Ali's story.
In a joint statement, Ali and the men say the suit was settled on confidential terms.
Filming is set to begin in the Spring.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The fate of a controversial voter I-D program hangs with the state supreme court.
That's just one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And Russia steps up its war on Chechnya and civilians are caught in the middle.
First let's talk to Kimberly McBroom about our weekend forecast.
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[Talent=Kimberly]

[Wx-Tease] [Weatherpro]
We've already had a taste of some cool temperatures over the past few nights...but this weekend will be downright COLD, with highs struggling to make it into the low 50s.
You'll want to make sure those furnaces are working properly...
In the meantime, today's southwest wind flow is bringing pretty mild numbers across the area at this hour.... [music up full] [comm1]

[Russia-Bombing]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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Russia is stepping up its attack on Islamic militants in Chechnya.
At least 10-missles hit targets in the capitol of Grozny yesterday killing 118 and injuring 400 others.
At least 30 of the victims were new mothers and their babies in a hospital maternity ward.
But Russia says it was targeting an illegal arms market and was not going after civilians.
David Hawkins reports.
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(((APTN) The market in downtown Grozny is in shambles today. More than a hundred were killed...and hundreds more injured... by what Chechen authorities describe as a Russian rocket attack on the city.
(APTN)

After initially denying they had anything to do with the attack... today the Russian military admitted striking the market. A military spokesman said the act was a special operation but continued to insist that neither aircraft nor artillery fired on the city.
(NTV)

Colonel Alexander Veklich said that the operation targeted gun dealers in the market... and said no civilians were hurt.
(NTV)

If there were any casualties, he said, they were people selling weapons and ammunition.
(APTN)

That's clearly untrue. Eyewitnesses report that the market was full of people shopping for food or sitting at open-air cafes when the blasts occurred... and Grozny has been overwhelmed with casualties.
(APTN)

The Chechens say other buildings in Grozny were also hit... including a maternity hospital.
(1st 2 shots: NTV, Grenade launching, RTR, rest APTN)

Russian warplanes and artillery have been pounding Chechen villages around Grozny for weeks in an effort to subdue rebels in the breakaway republic. But despite yesterday's attack on Grozny...the Russians are still sending mixed signals about whether or they are planning an all-out assault on the Chechen capital. David Hawkins, CBS News, Moscow.))

[Taiwan-earthquake]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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Another earthquake rocked Taiwan.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Taipei, Taiwan;]

[10:14:19]
Today's 6.4 magnitude quake collapsed several homes, cut off electricity and sparked a fire at a University.
No deaths have been reported but more than 2-hundered were injured.
Experts say this quake was unrelated to the massive 7.6 quake that struck central Taiwan last month killing more than 23-hundred.
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[kkk-rally]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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The K-K-K will rally in New York City tomorrow with their hoods on.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


The city attempted to block the march by invoking an old state law that says people cannot gather in public places wearing masks
[SUPER=03-Long Island/1997;]


A federal judge says it's within the klan's first amendment rights.
Those taking part in the rally claim despite the klan's long history of racist terrorism it is now non violent.
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[SOT]

[3:02:15-30]
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[SUPER=01-Rev. James Sheley/KKK Grand Dragon;]
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[OUT Q=WRITE OUR OWN HISTORY.]
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[VO-NAT]


The New York Civil Liberties Union sued on behalf of the K-K-K.
A lawyer for the city says he'll appeal.
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[L'Burg-Meeting]


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


Extra police officers will be on duty in Lynchburg tomorrow when Reverend Jerry Falwell and gay activist minister Mel White meet.
The purpose of the meeting at Falwell's Thomas Road Baptist Church is to promote peace and tolerance among conservative Christians and gays.
But anti-gay activist plan to protest outside the meeting.
Also showing up will be gay rights activist Bob Kunst of the Oral Majority.

[Voter-ID]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=net]
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The Virginia Supreme Court could rule today on a controversial voter I-D program.
Yesterday a lawyer for the state urged Virginia's Supreme court to throw out an injunction,
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file]

and permit a pilot voter I-D program to go into effect a week from Tuesday.
It would require voters in ten localities to show ID before casting a ballot.
A Richmond judge blocked the program earlier this week.
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[E-Candidates]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-43 24:24]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 99]


As election day approaches, voters are being inundated with T-V and radio ads.
But last night in Montgomery County, they had a chance to hear from the candidates themselves.
As Teresa Hamilton reports, they got an earful.
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[SUPER=@Marye; :13]
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[SUPER=01-Phil Keith/Montgomery Co. Prosecutor; :47]
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[SUPER=01-Joey Showalter/Commonwealth's Atty. Candidate; 1:05]
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(( The forum was, in part, sponsored by the Montgomery County League of Women Voters--- with that in mind, one of th

e initial questions put forward was just how often the candidates for state office have voted.
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((MADISON MARYE/D-VIRGINIA SENATE: NOW AND THEN I MAKE A MISTAKE, I'LL ADMIT THAT, BUT I CAN TELL YOU THIS, I VOTE.)) [RUNS 05]
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Madison Marye's opponent, businessman Jim Jones, on the other hand, admitted he's voted only twice in the past 14- years.
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((I DID NOT HAVE A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF TIME AT THAT TIME, AGAIN, I STARTED VOTING FOUR YEARS AGO.)) [RUNS08]
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Time was also allowed for the local candidates to address the audience-- including current Montgomery County prosecutor Phil Keith-- who's hoping voters will keep him and his staff of three assistants on for another term.
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((PHIL KEITH/MONTGOMERY CO. PROSECUTOR: I THINK IT'S AN INTERESTING JOB AND I ENJOY DOING IT, IT'S JUST A LOT OF FUN.)) [runs07]
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Keith says over the past four years his office has had a 100- percent murder conviction rate....
A figure, Keith's opponent, Joey Showalter says is technically right but involved a number of confessions.
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((JOEY SHOWALTER/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY. CANDIDATE: WHAT CONCERNS ME IS WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, MY FATHER ALWAYS SAID WHEN SOMEONE COMES HOME WITH A HUNDRED PERCENT....NOT DOING WELL, ESPECIALLY WITH RAPE CASES.)) [RUNS23]
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Phil Keith has undergone extensive treatment this year for a brain tumor that was diagnosed in the 80's....But Keith says he's perfectly capable of handling the job-- adding the only difference he's noticed over the past four years is that he addresses the court sitting rather than standing. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Blacksburg. ))

[Violence-Vigil]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morning]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=DomesticViolence]


A local organization is rallying the community to help end domestic violence.
TAP Women's Resource Center held ...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

a candle light service last night to remember victims of domestic violence and to show support to those who are survivors.
In 1998 110 people were killed in Virginia alone as a result of domestic violence.
The center hopes to use education to stop the cycle of abuse that plagues many families in the Roanoke Valley.
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[SOT 1:16:53]
[IN Q=Besides the human toll]

((ELLEN BROWN/TAP: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THIS, WE NEED TO GET IT OUT IN THE OPEN. SO THAT PEOPLE CAN FREE THEMSELVES FROM FAMILY VIOLENCE.))
[SUPER=01-Ellen Brown/TAP]
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[VO-NAT]


The theme of the event was "Youth Against Violence."
Several children talked about the importance of taking a stand against domestic violence.
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[E-Evangel-Church]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-29 1:42:48]
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A church is moving in next door ... and instead of welcoming it, a group of Roanoke County residents is saying "there goes the neighborhood."
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Residents are worried about the size of Gateway Foursquare Church.
Plans call for a 40-thousand square-foot campus ... including a gym, jogging track and T-V studio in the Clearbrook neighborhood.
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[SOT 44:15]
[IN Q=this is not]

((HOLLY ALOUF/RESIDENT: THIS IS NOT SOME LITTLE COUNTRY CHURCH. THIS IS GOING TO BE LIKE FIRST BAPTIST DOWNTOWN.))
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[VO-NAT]


Right now the church is in Roanoke city and is called Evangel Foursquare.
Its pastor said plans for the new building already have changed to keep traffic off country roads.
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((KEN WRIGHT: IN MY OPINION, THE CHURCH IS THE GREATEST ADDITION A COMMUNITY COULD EVER HAVE.))
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[VO-NAT]


Reverend Wright hopes the church can be built by next fall.
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[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead on News-7 at noon, Kimberly McBroom will be here with the chilly weekend forecast.
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[VO-NAT ]


And Halloween is getting closer.
We'll have the latest trick-or-treating update when we return.
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[E-Halloween]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-32 32:54]
[GRAPHIC=Halloween]


More communities are choosing to move trick- or- treating from the traditional Halloween night.
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[VO-NAT]


Salem, Vinton, Roanoke City and Roanoke County leaders have all decided that trick-or-treating will occur on Saturday October 30th instead of on the true holiday.
They also say all the little monsters should come out between five-thirty and eight-thirty for safety.
They made the change under pressure from teachers and religious leaders.
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[SOT 14:44:56]
[SOT 14:45:08]
[IN Q=Little by little]

((LITTLE BY LITTLE, MORE AND MORE TIME HAS BEEN TAKEN AWAY FROM WHAT CHRISTIANS BELIEVE IS ALL ABOUT -- WORSHIPPING THE LORD. BUTT BUTT BUTT IF WE DON'T SAY SOMETHING NOW, SOON ALL SUNDAY WILL BE CONSUMED BY WORLDLY ACTIVITIES.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Roy Kanode/Ridgewood Baptist Church;]
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[TAKE PRE PRO FULL]
So here's the list of all the communities observing Halloween on he 30th ... Bath, Carroll, Craig, Giles and Henry Counties. [Next page]
Martinsville, Pulaski, Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Salem and Vinton. [Next Page]
For a complete and updated list, you can check our home page any time .. at WDBJ7-dot-com.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE# none]
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We have an update on that accident in Botetourt County-- Both northbound lanes of Interstate 81 are now open.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 133 points.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still to come in sports, Friday Football Extra gets set for week nine.
We'll have a preview of tonight's games,
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[VO-NAT ]

and in Thursday night N-F-L action, the Kansas City Chiefs get a big win on the road against the struggling Baltimore Ravens.
We'll have highlights, next.
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[S-NFL]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-53 tc 25:29]
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It wasn't home sweet home for the Baltimore Ravens last night.
In a Thursday night match up, the Ravens played host to the Kansas City Chiefs and the team didn't take long to wear out its welcome.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/ESPN;]


In the second quarter K-C quarterback Elvis Grbac (gur-bahk) finds Tony Gonzalez.
The 11 yard play is good for the first score on the night.
[super=30-Kansas City/35/Baltimore/8;]


After half time, the story would take a turn for the worse for Baltimore.
James Hasty picks off the Raven's pass and goes 56 yards for the score.
The Chiefs take the 35 to 8 victory.
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[S-FFE]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-49 tc 40:24]
[GRAPHIC=FFE]


Tonight marks the ninth week of the high school football season.
Friday Football Extra will feature 15 games this week.
Here's what you'll see tonight.
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