Ahead on News 7 at noon, the passing of a Roanoke legend.
And an Ohio high school has been ordered closed because of threats of violence by students.
News 7 at noon is next.
Former Roanoke Mayor Noel C. Taylor has died.
The retired pastor of High Street Baptist Church was admitted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital late yesterday afternoon... and a spokesman says Taylor died of heart failure shortly before 10 o'clock this morning.
Joe Dashiell has more on the life of the Reverend Noel Taylor.
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[OUT Q=his retirement last December.]
((Noel Taylor spent 22 years on city council... 17 as mayor.
As the city's top elected official, he was also its chief booster, and when he wasn't in the pulpit of High Street Baptist Church he was preaching with pride about Roanoke's progress and its promise.
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[IN Q=And we look forward]
((AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT 100 YEARS AS A CITY EXCITED ABOUT ITS FUTURE, A CITY OF OPPORTUNITY, A CITY OF UNITY OF PURPOSE SEEKING QUALITY OF LIFE THAT'S GOOD FOR ALL OF ITS CITIZENS.))
[OUT Q=a great bond of love has been established.]
A native of Bedford County, Taylor began his career as a rural elementary school teacher... until he says he could resist his calling no longer. He came to prominence in the civil rights struggles of the early 60s, such as the movement to close the Washington Street dump.
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[IN Q=We say to those tonight that would]
((WE SAY TO THOSE TONIGHT THAT WOULD HOLD US DOWN THAT THE TRAIN IS STILL ROLLING. THE TRAIN IS COMING. YOU'D BETTER GET YOUR BUSINESS RIGHT. YOU'D BETTER SET YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER, BECAUSE THE TRAIN MAY BE HERE TONIGHT.))
[OUT Q=may be here tonight.]
Taylor defied political stereotypes. In 1970, he sought the Republican nomination for city council.
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[IN Q=It is my earnest request]
((IT IS MY EARNEST REQUEST THAT YOU WILL VOTE FOR NOEL C. TAYLOR ON JUNE 9TH 1970.))
[OUT Q=on June 9th, 1970.]
He won. Taylor became mayor in 1975... eventually serving longer than any other mayor in Roanoke's history. But in 1992, under treatment for prostate cancer, Taylor decided to step down from city council.
And on June 30th, he cleaned out his desk, turned off the light and walked from his office at city hall.
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[IN Q=I hope the work I've done]
((I HOPE THE WORK I'VE DONE WILL SPEAK FOR ME AND WHEN THE GOSPEL TRAIN COMES I WANT TO CATCH IT... AT THE ROANOKE STATION. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR MANY PRAYERS AND FOR THE MANY, MANY BLESSINGS. AND MAY THE LOVE OF GOD ABIDE WITH YOU ALWAYS AND MAY THE LOVE OF GOD BE VERY REAL TO EACH ONE OF YOU. AND I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART.))
[OUT Q=Love you with all my heart. APPLAUSE]
After his exit from city hall, Taylor was in the public eye less often. He was honored by members of the General Assembly, and he appeared in the play To Kill a Mockingbird at Mill Mountain theater.
But his energies were focused on his family and his church... where he continued to preach until his retirement last December.))
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Golf champion Payne Stewart is being remembered today in Orlando.
Tiger woods is among Stewart's golfing colleague's attending today's funeral Service.
Play has been suspended at the Tour Championship in Houston so the players could be in Orlando.
Stewart was flying to the tournament Monday when his learJet mysteriously veered off course and crashed in South Dakota.
All six on board were killed.
The miracle mom is finally home.
Maria Lopez joined her twins and her husband at home in California... after waking up from a coma.
Lisa Hughes reports.
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[SUPER=01-Sandra Hughes/Reporting; 1:06]
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((LOCATOR: LOMA LINDA,CA
MARIA LOPEZ IS LIVING A MIRACLE.... 6-MONTHS AGO, A BLOOD VESSEL RUPTURED IN HER BRAIN. SHE WAS IN A COMA AND PREGNANT WITH TWINS.
SOT: DR. SCOTT STRUM/LOMA LINDA MEDICAL CTR.
VERY VERY FEW PERCENT OF PEOPLE WAKE UP AT ALL-- MUCH LESS RECOVER THE
FUNCTION SHE HAS...
AND THE RECOVERY BEGAN WHEN DOCTORS THOUGHT HER LIFE WOULD END. IN JUNE-- THEY DELIVERED LOPEZ'S DAUGHTERS BY C-SECTION-- WHILE SHE WAS COMATOSE. THE BABIES WERE ALRIGHT. BUT LOPEZ WAS STILL UNRESPONSIVE. HER FAMILY DECIDED TO END THE LIFE SUPPORT-- AND ALMOST UNBELIEVABLY AS A PRIEST WAS READING THE LAST RITES-- MARIA LOPEZ OPENED HER EYES. HER FAMILY'S PRAYERS WERE ANSWERED.
THERE'S NO WORDS THAT YOU CAN FIND TO THANK THE LORD FOR THE MIRACLE HE HAS DONE FOR OUR FAMILY. THERE ISN'T.
LOPEZ SAYS SHE FEELS GOOD-- EVEN HAPPY.
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HAPPY-- I AM GOING HOME...
BECAUSE SHE'S GOING HOME-- THERE ARE NOW TEARS OF JOY. LOPEZ FACES MONTHS OF REHABILITATION. SHE WILL HAVE TO LEARN TO WALK AGAIN. PERHAPS IT'S NO SURPRISE THIS SURVIVOR IS ALREADY THINKING ABOUT DANCING.
LISA HUGHES, CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES))
President Clinton says it's time to put Americans in charge of their own medical records.
Today he proposed new regulations to protect computerized medical records.
Mr. Clinton cited a recent study of Fortune 500 firms showing a third acknowledge looking at medical records before they hire or promote.
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[IN Q=01-Americans should never have to worry....]
[OUT Q=such violations of privacy.]
The rules would apply to all Americans -- under authority granted by Congress.
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Police are still looking for the men who robbed a Vinton convenience store.
The latest is still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
And a war of words breaks out between France and Great Britain over meat and Mad Cow Disease.
First, let's talk to Patrick Evans about our weekend forecast.
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A high school in Cleveland is closed today, after authorities said they discovered a student plot very similar to the Columbine High School massacre.
The city's Mayor says eleven students face possible disciplinary action.
No weapons have been found, but documents were discovered that appear to be evidence of a planned attack to kill school staff and other students.
The shooting reportedly was scheduled to begin at noon in the school cafeteria.
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The students reportedly planned to end things with a suicidal shootout with police in a courtyard.
The school's homecoming game and dance scheduled for tonight were also canceled.
In Europe, a political hot potato.. over beef.
France is refusing to import British beef.. citing fears of mad cow disease.
And Britain is battling back.. with even dirtier tales.
Tom Fenton reports.
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[SUPER=01-Raymond Blanc/French Restaurant Owner; :55]
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The tiff between the British and the French is getting dirtier, with protesting British farmers accusing the French of such cruel practices as confining pigs to tiny cages, and even worse -- adding what in French
is called 'merde' to animal feed.
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I THINK IT'S ABSOLUTELY SCANDALOUS THE WAY THE FRENCH ARE BEHAVING.
(Tom Fenton Standup)
IT'S LARGELY A MEDIA WAR, WITH MOST OF THE SHOTS BEING FIRED IN THE TABLOIDS.
AND IF THE FRENCH READERS DON'T GET THE MESSAGE, BRITAINS'S LARGEST SELLING
TABLOID DELIVERS IT IN TWO LANGUAGES:
WE DON'T WANT WAR, BUT THE FRENCH ARE WRONG. NOUS NE VOULONS PAS THE GUERRE, MAIS LA FRANCE A TORT.
The dispute is over France's refusal to lift the ban imposed on British beef in the wake of the epidemic of mad cow disease in here.
But it has gone far beyond that, with a European Commission report, widely publicized here...
that French feed manufacturers have been routinely adding animal and human sewage to animal feed .. a practice that this French restaurant owner admitted on television this morning is less than appetizing.
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JUST THE THOUGHT THAT ANIMAL FEED IS MADE FROM SEWAGE AND HUMAN WASTE IF
UNBELIEVABLE BECAUSE IT'S ABOUT TIME WHAT THE CONSUMER WANT IS A CLEAN
FOOD CHAIN AND THAT HAS NOT YET HAPPENED.
But with reports now coming to light about sewage sludge and human feces being added to animal feed in a number of other European countries, these disgusting revelations may eventually be enough to put people, if not animals, off their feed.
Tom Fenton, CBS News, London.))
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The U-S Supreme Court spared the life of a convicted killer last night - agreeing to hear his appeal less than an hour before he was to be executed.
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Michael Wayne Williams was sentenced to die for robbing and killing a Cumberland County couple in 1993.
He also pleaded guilty to killing four men in Prince George County in 1992.
Authorities are still searching for two men who robbed a local convenience store at gunpoint in Vinton.
It happened at about 9:30 last night.
Vinton Police say the suspects stole over 800-dollars from Alveros Market on Walnut Avenue... then fled on foot.
Police believe the two suspects are black males in their late teens.
They were last seen wearing dark clothing and both had on a ski mask.
There's finally been some communication between Rubatex and striking employees.
The two sides still have NOT met face-to-face.
But this week they exchanged letters.
The UNION wrote to request more information about the contract that's in dispute.
The COMPANY wrote the union to let members know it's getting close to hiring permanent replacement workers.
That means union jobs might be at risk.
Rubatex says it's producing 80-percent of what it produced before the strike ... and it's doing it with a much smaller workforce.
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Still ahead on News-7 at noon, Patrick Evans will be here with the Halloween weekend forecast.
And we'll take a look at some high-flying logging operations.
Stay with us.
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Leaf watchers along the Blue Ridge Parkway may have noticed the sound of helicopters this week near the Peaks of Otter.
Contractors for Georgia Pacific are using a twin-propeller helicopter to clear a 120-acre stand of ice- damaged trees in Botetourt County.
Crews on the ground cut the trees and the chopper flies them to a nearby staging area.
The operation is quick, efficient and more environmentally- friendly than conventional logging methods.
Three more areas have joined the list of communities observing Halloween on Saturday, October 30.
Radford, Floyd County and the town of Floyd are asking parents and children to do their trick or treating a day early.
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For an updated list of communities observing Halloween one day early, visit our home page any time at WDBJ7-dot-com.
The movie Babe was the story about a pig who ventured out of the pig pen to make all kinds of barnyard friends.
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Life is imitating art on this South Carolina farm.
A certain pig is is spending all her time with a horse.
In fact-- according to the farmer-- the pair is inseparable.
The pig just trails along behind the horse wherever he goes.
And from the horses perspective...it's good to have a 'pen' pal.
By today's standards, a 30-point-drop in the Dow may not seem like much.
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But 70 years ago today, it was huge.
Today is the 70th anniversary of the stock market crash that sparked the Great Depression.
Black Tuesday descended upon the New York Stock exchanges as prices collapsed amid panic selling.
Almost 13 MILLION shares were traded that day.
Even the ticker couldn't keep pace with the volume of activity and was 4 hours behind when the bell sounded at 3 P-M.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 121 points.
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Still to come in sports, find out where our News 7 Sports crews are headed for high school football action, in a preview of tonight's Friday Football Extra,
and Cave Spring runs away with this year's Roanoke Valley cross country championship.
Patrick has the details, next.
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The Cave Spring Knights ran their way to victory yesterday at the Roanoke Valley District cross country meet.
The girls started the day by hitting the course for the 5 k run on the Roanoke College Elizabeth campus.
Cave Springs Lauren Dowdy had a commanding lead on Patrick Henry's Sarah Bond with just over a quarter of the race remaining.
Dowdy would increase that lead and cross the line in a time of 20:45 to win the girls individual title.
Bond was second.
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The Knights also dominated the boys race as the first six runners came into the picture with a quarter of the run remaining.
Cave Spring's Bill Meador set the pace early and he was far ahead of the field when he crossed the line with a time of 16:40.
The Knights' Mike Devaughn was second.
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[OUT Q=......on my opponent.]
The Knights also won both the Boys and Girls team titles.
It's Friday and that means high school football.
Tonight kicks off the tenth week of the regular season.
Here's where the Friday Football Extra crews will be hanging out.
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