[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Dozens are injured in a crash involving two school buses and tractor trailer.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And federal investigators are in South Dakota today looking for answers in the lear jet crash that killed Payne Stewart and five others
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[SS=None]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[bus-crash]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=School Bus Accident]


In Indiana, at least 70 have been injured in an accident involving two school buses and a tractor trailer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Sullivan, IN;]


There are few details about the accident, but it happened shortly after eight this morning at a railroad crossing.


Authorities say most of the injuries are minor, but at least three are believed to be serious.
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[stewart-crash]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Payne Stewart ]


Federal investigators are back at the scene of yesterday's learJet crash that killed golfing great Payne Stewart and five others.
Investigators say autopsies could tell whether the pilot and crew suffered oxygen decompression.
The bodies remain at the crash scene in South Dakota while the probe continues.
Drew Levinson reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Mina, SD;]
[SUPER=01-Robert Francis/NTSB;]
[SUPER=01-Phil Mickelson/Professional Golfer;]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/Reporting;]
[RUNS=1:30]
[OUT Q=Mina SD]

(((LOCATOR: MINA, SD)
AS THEY SIFT THRU THE DEBRIS OF WHAT'S LEFT OF THE DOOMED LEAR JET, INVESTIGATORS ARE SEARCHING FOR EVIDENCE. THEY'RE LOOKING FOR ANYTHING THAT WOULD HELP THEM FIGURE OUT WHAT WENT WRONG... WHAT LED TO A CROSS-COUNTRY ODUSSEY THAT ENDED IN A SOUTH DAKOTA FIELD.
SOME AVIATION EXPERTS BELIEVE THE PLANE MAY HAVE SPRUNG A LEAK AT A VERY HIGH ALTITUDE, RENDERING THE SIX PEOPLE ABOARD UNCONSCIOUS.

SOT: ROBERT FRANCIS/NAT'L TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD

"THERE'S BEEN ALOT OF SPECULATION ABOUT THE DECOMPRESSION ISSUE, THAT'S SOMETHING WE WILL BE LOOKING AT, BUT NOT AT THE EXCLUSION OF OTHER THINGS."
FRANCIS SAYS THAT SINCE THE WRECKAGE IS IN A VERY CONCENTRATED AREA IT CREATES A CHALLENGE FOR INVESTIGATORS.

SOT: FRANCIS

"THE CRATER IS PROBABLY SEVEN FEET DEEP WITH WRECKAGE AROUND IT."
WHILE THE INVESTIGATION PUSHES FORWARD... SO DOES THE WORLD OF PROFESSIONAL GOLF.. AS IT MOURNS THE LOSS THE PAYNE STEWART. THE TOURNMANET STEWART WAS SCHEDULED TO PLAY IN THIS WEEKEND WILL GO ON AS PLANNED.
MANY OF STEWART'S COMPETITORS REMEMBER HIM AS A SPECIAL PERSON.

SOT: PHIL MICKELSON/PGA GOLFER

"At the height of his career winning the u-s open and he came over to me and said "phil you are about to become a father, it's the greatest thing you can imagine. and for him to thinlk about someone else at that moment shows what type of individual payne stewart was.))

[Preston-Avenue]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=99-47 TC04:47]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


Some Roanoke residents were being more than "neighborly" when they rescued a boy and helped fight a house fire this morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The blaze started at about 8-30 in a rear bedroom at 261 Preston Avenue.
A 16-year-old boy was the only one home at the time.
Fire officials say two neighbors pulled the boy out of the house, through a basement window.
A neighbor and a passer-by also sprayed the home with a garden hose until fire crews arrived.
Fire officials say that helped save much of the house, which still ended up with extensive smoke damage.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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[581-Rocks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-45 TC27:30]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Some drivers on Interstate 581 in Roanoke were dodging rocks last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Witnesses say three adults and one juvenile were throwing rocks off the side of the road near the Liberty Road overpass.
At least nine cars were damaged.
John Hancock was a passenger in a car that was hit by a rock the size of a softball.
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[SOT 2:21:00]
[IN Q=I turned off]

((JOHN HANCOCK/PASSENGER: I TURNED AROUND AND NOTICED SOMEONE HAD DROPPED A ROCK THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD ON US AND I CHECKED OURSELVES, PULLED OFF ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD TO MAKE SURE NO ONE WAS CUT.))
[SUPER=01-John Hancock/Passenger]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=no one was cut]
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[VO-NAT]


A truck driver pulled over after his rig was hit by a rock, and went to find the rock THROWERS.
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[SOT 2:22:55]
[INQ=We went back]

((BRIAN STUMP/TRUCK DRIVER: WE WENT BACK AND FOUND TWO GUYS IN THE WEEDS BEFORE THE COPS COULD FIND THEM AND THE COPS CAME IN WITH DOGS AND DRUG THE OTHER TWO GUYS OUT.))
[OUTQ=two guys out.]
[SUPER=01-Brian Stump/Truck Driver]
[RUNS=10]
[OUTQ=two guys out.]
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[VO-NAT]


State troopers arrested the four suspects.
No serious injuries were reported.
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[Manager-Search]


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


Roanoke's long search for a new city manager has ended with a historic first.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Norfolk]


Darlene Burcham will be new city manager and the first woman to hold the post in Roanoke's history.
Burcham is currently an assistant city manager in Norfolk and brings a long list of economic development accomplishments.
Burcham says even without the unanimous vote by city council, she knows she can bring a lot to Roanoke.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I would have]

((DARLENE BURCHAM/NEW ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: I WOULD HAVE PREFERRED TO HAVE HAD A UNANIMOUS VOTE BUT IF I CAN'T HAVE THAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO WHEN I COME THERE TO HAVE TO CONVINCING THEM THEY DID MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION.))
[SUPER=01-Darlene Burcham/New Roanoke City Manager; ]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=the right decision]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Mayor David Bowers says even though he and Linda Wyatt voted against Burcham's appointment, he's interested in getting back to business as usual.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=now we have]

((MAYOR DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE CITY MAYOR: NOW WE HAVE TO BE ABOUT BRINGING THIS COUNSEL TOGETHER WORK TOGETHER AND BRING THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER AND WORK TOGETHER))
[SUPER=@bowers]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=and work together.]
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[VO-NAT]


Darlene Burcham will receive a 130-thousand dollar salary as well as a car and retirement plan.
She'll start no later than January First.
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[Dragging-death]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Attorneys in the last of three murder trials in the dragging death of a black man hope to further reduce the jury pool today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Jasper, TX;]


Shawn Allen Berry is accused of killing James Byrd junior.
The other two defendants who both had ties to white supremacists were found guilty and sentenced to death.
Yesterday about 170 potential jurors packed a Texas courtroom.
Today 132 remain and attorneys plan to individually question them.
The prosecution hopes to get some black residents on the panel.
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[SOT]

[3:07:26-37]
[IN Q=we need several....]
[SUPER=01-Guy James Gray/Prosecutor;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=this time.]
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[VO-NAT]


Berry claims he's not a racist and was unable to stop his former friends from killing Byrd.
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[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


One week to election day and incumbent state Senator John Edwards picks up an endorsement.
The details are still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And Bob Barker is back on the set of The Price is Right.
First let's talk to Patrick Evans.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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

[Edwards]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-36 TC1:05:57]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 99]


State Senator John Edwards picked up an endorsement this morning from local black leaders.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The Reverend Carl Tinsley and a handful of others gathered on the steps of City Hall.
Tinsley praised Edwards and fellow Democrat ... Delegate Chip Woodrum ... for their leadership.
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[SOT 52:41]
[IN Q=we're few in numbers]

((REV. CARL TINSLEY: WE'RE FEW IN NUMBERS. BUT THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE STANDING BEHIND US. AND WE WANT YOU TO KNOW WE'LL DO ALL WE CAN TO SEND THESE PEOPLE BACK TO RICHMOND.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Carl Tinsley/Edwards Supporter]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=TO RICHMOND]
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[VO-NAT]


Tinsley also accused Edwards' opponent ... William Fralin ... of running deceptive ads.
Edwards called today's endorsement proof he can pull together all segments of the Roanoke Valley.
Earlier this month ... the Southern Christian Leadership Conference said it would not support Edwards.
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[Giles-Prosecutor]


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


After a term full of scandal, the prosecutor in Giles County is throwing in the towel.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pearisburg]


Surrounded by members of his church, Garland Spangler announced yesterday that he will not run for re-election.
He thanked his supporters, but he said the stress caused by the publicity has taken a toll on his health.
And he doesn't believe that he's strong enough to handle a second term.
It's too late to get Spangler's name off the ballot.
If he were to win, a replacement would be appointed in January to fill the spot, until November of two- thousand when a special election would be scheduled.
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[E-Chapman]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-41 27:27]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Bond been set for one of the men accused of plotting to kill a Montgomery County judge, but he's still in jail.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/Last Week;]


Derek Chapman's bond was set at 60-thousand dollars-- after a hearing yesterday afternoon.
Chapman was arrested a little more than a week ago for allegedly plotting to shoot Circuit Judge Ray Grubbs in the head.
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


A second man-- Chris (dee-moran-ville) DeMoranville was arrested two days later.
He's accused of trying to hire Chapman to carry out the plot.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[E-Wolfe]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-44 23:37]
[GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe]


[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wytheville/File Tape;]


Charges were certified yesterday against a Wytheville man accused of murder-- 22- year old Jason Sanders Wolfe.
Wolfe is accused of fatally beating 23- year old Michael Wayne Alderman, in August.
he is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.
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[Patel]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Another (Buck-an-nun) Buchanan County physician has pleaded guilty to illegally dispensing prescription drugs.
Under a plea agreement, Dan Patel submitted more than two million dollars to go toward restitution, fines, forfeitures and further investigations.
Patel also agreed to see no more than 35 patients a day and to provide 100 hours of free care a year to poor patients.

[Wallens-Ridge]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Va. Prisons]


More out-of-state inmates are on their way to a southwest Virginia prison.
Connecticut is sending 500 of its prisoners to Wallens Ridge, near Big Stone Gap.
Last month, New Mexico sent 120 inmates to the maximum security prison.
Virginia has been letting other states use Wallens Ridge, because at one point it was only half-full.

[E-Trail-Dancer]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-33 30:22]
[GRAPHIC=None]

A New York City ballet dancer stepped off the Appalachian Trail to teach Roanokers rhythm.
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[SOT]
((nat sot))
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]
[RUNS=:05]
[OUTQ=NAT MUSIC]
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[VO-NAT]

Jacques (dam-BWAHZ) D'Amboise is about halfway along his two-thousand-mile hike of the Appalachian Trail. On the way he teaches communities to dance, raising donations for teacher scholarships.
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[SOT 14:03:03]
[IN Q=Whoever makes]

((WHOEVER MAKES THE MOST DONATIONS ... DOING PROGRAMS.))
[SUPER=01-Jacques D'Amboise/Dancer;]
[RUNS=:05]
[OUT Q=doing programs]
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[VO-NAT]

Politicians, police officers and children from across Virginia unite under his direction.
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[SOT 14:06:43]
[IN Q=Sure there's a larger]

((SURE THERE'S A LARGER MESSAGE ... ROANOKE VALLEY))
[SUPER=01-R. A. Hogan/Roanoke Police;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=Roanoke valley]
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[VO-NAT]


D'Amboise hits the trail again today, headed for Georgia.
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[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The last of the Liberty Trees is now firewood.
Find out why when News-7 at Noon returns.
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[VO-NAT ]


And they're ready for a howling good Halloween in Houston.
Stay with us.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]


[Barker-back]


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


Bob Barker is back on the set of The Price is Right following a minor stroke and surgery.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Beverly Hills, CA;]

[3:28:41]
Yesterday was first day back on the job since he was first hospitalized in Washington D-C September 16th.
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[SOT]

((BOB BARKER:THERE WAS SO MUCH MORE MEDIA ATTENTION THAN EVER EXPECTED, INSTEAD OF JUST SAYING I WAS IN WASHINGTON FOR THIS SURGERY, THEY WOULD EXPLAIN THAT I WAS IN WASHINGTON TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF HR 2929, A BILL THAT WOULD BAN THE USE OF ELEPHANTS IN CIRCUSES. SO THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO SAY THAT I DID MORE FOR THE ELEPHANTS FLAT ON MYBACK THAN I EVER DID ON MY FEET."))
[SUPER=01-Bob Barker/"Price Is Right" Host;]
[RUNS=:22]
[OUT Q=THAN I EVER DID ON MY FEET.]
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[VO-NAT]


Barker says he feels better everyday.
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[Liberty-tree]


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


Baltimore residents say goodbye to the nation's last surviving "Liberty Tree."
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD;]

[6:39:05]
Wreaths were laid at the base of the 400-year-old tulip poplar and a bell tolled 13 times -- one time for each of the original 13 colonies.
Then the chain saws did their work.
The Liberty Tree was a powerful symbol of the American Revolution.
Maryland's was damaged by Hurricane Floyd and horticulturalists said the wound was fatal.
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[DOG-COSTUMES]


[ANCHOR=MELANIE]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Halloween]


They're already celebrating Halloween in Houston.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Houston, TX;]

[3:38:52]
These dogs modeled their hallows eve gear early for the Three Dog Bakery costume contest.
Judges must have had a devil of a time picking a winner.
All the costumes were original, while some participants opted for the glamorous look, others thought being sweet would do the trick.
A couple of pugs, dressed up as bees, offered a stinging commentary on the whole affair.
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[Stocks]


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 39 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports, Pittsburgh steels a win from Atlanta in Monday night football,
(----------------)
[VO-NAT ]

and the Braves and Yanks get ready for game three of the World Series.
Patrick has the details, next.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]


[World-Series]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tar]
[TAPE#=Extra]
[GRAPHIC=World Series]


The World Series resumes tonight with the Atlanta Braves heading to New York for game three.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY]


The Yankees have a two games to none lead over the Braves in the best of seven series.
Both teams worked out at Yankee Stadium yesterday in preparation for tonight's game.
The Yankees' starting pitchers have given up just 2 hits in the first two games.
And New York is a gawdy 20-and-3 in the playoffs the last two years.
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[Atlanta-Pitt]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tar]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Falcons/Steelers]


Last night, Pittsburgh and Atlanta locked horns in an cross-conference matchup, with Pittsburgh steeling the win.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/NFL - ABC]


The Steeler defense kept the pressure on Atlanta's Q-B, sacking him seven times.
Pittsburgh held Atlanta scoreless till the fourth when Chris Chandler hit Terance Mathis for a five yard T-D with three-39 left.
The Falcons later had first and goal on the seven but lost the ball on downs...but they got another chance.
[SUPER=30-Atlanta/9/Pittsburgh/13//;]


With two seconds left, Atlanta drove to the Steelers five yard line, but Chandler threw an incomplete pass.
The Steelers held on to win 13 to 9.
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[S-PAYNE]


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


Yesterday the golfing world lost an enviable talent.
Payne Stewart was a champion who had his share of struggles over his 19 year career.
Mark McEwen has more on the legend's career.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The roar]
[SUPER=03-Augusta, GA/NBC;]
[SUPER=01-Jim Nantz/CBS Sports;]
[SUPER=01-Payne Stewart/February;]
[SUPER=01-Mark McEwen/Reporting;]
[RUNS=1:42]
[OUT Q=CBS News]

(((NAT OF US OPEN 1999)
(FROM NBC, JUNE )

TRACK THE ROAR OF A CHAMPION PULLING OUT OF A SLUMP, CHANGING HIS DESTINY WITH A SINGLE PUTT. JIM NANTZ, CBS SPORTS "Last year for payne was clearly the most fulfilling professionally and personally.. he would get choked up even talking about how he had changed as a person, how he had rededicated his central focus in his life to his family." TRACK STEWART TALKED ABOUT HIS NEW PERSPECTIVE AFTER CLINCHING A TOURNAMENT AT PEBBLE BEACH IN FEBRUARY. "i have a beautiful family..at home.. hey guys.. and it's special.. you know I got to do something i always wanted to do with my life-- is play golf for a living."
(APRIL, 1990)

(NAT MM '90) "you need some help.." TRACK AND PAYNE STEWART LOVED GOLF. HE SHOWED ME A THING OR TWO ON THE GREEN. TRACK (NOVEMBER, 1988) . AND TAUGHT ME HOW TO DRESS IN HIS SIGNATURE KNICKERS. "it started back in 1982.. it started as a joke, just something a little different but it's developed into this."
(FROM CBS SPORTS)

TRACK STEWART'S SKILL AND FLAMBOYANCE WAS MATCHED BY HIS GENEROSITY. HE ONCE DONATED A 100-THOUSAND DOLLAR PRIZE TO CANCER PATIENT CARE, AFTER THE DISEASE CLAIMED HIS DAD'S LIFE. FEATURE TAPE "When you think your're invisible and you think you're bullet proof to everything that goes on and then you find out you have an enlarged heart and you have a potential health problem, and then you find out you have cancer, you start realizing that you're NOT invincible." TRACK INVINCIBLE NO.. A CHAMPION ?... NO DOUBT. MARK MCEWEN CBS NEWS))

[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-53]
[GRAPHIC=TECH]


The first Bowl Championship Series rankings of the season were released last night, and not surprisingly the Virginia Tech Hokies were third behind Florida State and Penn State. That means if the season were to end this afternoon, the Hokies would be knocked out of the Sugar Bowl and a shot to play for the national title. But as Frank Beamer knows - there is a lot of football still to be played.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="I don't...]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:30]
[OUT Q=...REALLY MATTERS."]
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[GRAPHIC=TECH]

Right behind Tech is Tennessee in fourth and Kansas State in 5th.

[S-JMU]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=JMU]


Tech isn't the only Virginia team playing its way into the polls.
The JMU Dukes are also making noise in the college football world.
Madison is now 6-and-1 and screaming up the polls as fast as the Hokies.
In the new Division One Double A poll, JMU jumps all the way from 11th to 7th and into the top 10 for the first ti me this year.