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Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX: reaction from Southside to the Supreme Court ruling that the government canNOT regulat
e tobacco as a drug.
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And they're poised for a strike at U-S-Airways Saturday. A LIVE report from the Airport.
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Tonight on News 7 sports, Frank Beamer is hooking up with the Express. Steve Mason checks in from the Roundhouse tonight,
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while Rusty Wallace check in to the Martinsville Speedway looking to regain the magic formula that helped him dominate the track in the 90's.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=ejo]
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A tobacco ruling is a set-back to the Clinton Administration... but a relief to Virginia's tobacco growers.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[SupCort-Tobacco]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=tha]
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The Supreme Court today ruled the government lacks the authority to regulate tobacco as an addictive drug.
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[VO-NAT]


In a five to four ruling, the justices said the Food and Drug Administration overreached in 1996 .. when it sought to crack down on cigarette sales to minors.
The decision is a major setback for the Clinton Administration's anti-smoking campaign.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=99-56 1:33:28]
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The Supreme Court's decision is a set back for anti-tobacco activists but not for many tobacco growers. Surae Chinn has reaction from both sides.
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With many quotas and cutbacks, there is little doubt the tobacco farmer has struggled in the past several years. Part of that struggle could soon end for tobacco growers like Bobby Wilkerson since the Supreme Court decided the FDA cannot regulate tobacco as an addictive drug.
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((BOBBY WILKERSON/TOBACCO GROWER: I'M HOPING IT'S GOING TO TAKE SOME OF THE RESTRICTIONS AWAY THAT WE ARE UNDER. WE ARE RESTRICTED IN SO MANY WAYS.))
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But in so many ways it's a major setback for anti-tobacco activists like Dr. David Lewis.
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((DR. DAVID O. LEWIS/ANTI-TOBACCO ACTIVIST: THE CANCER SOCIETY, HEART ASSOCIATION ETC THOUGHT THE FDA BY LAW CAN REGULATE CIGARETTES SO I'M DISAPPOINTED.))
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Doctor Lewis is President of the Health Advocacy Group of Southside. He says they will immediately lobby local congressmen for laws to regulate tobacco.
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((SURAE CHINN/REPORTING: BUT TOBACCO FARMERS SAY THE DECISION IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION TOWARD RECLAIMING THE INDUSTRY.))
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((BOBBY WILKERSON/TOBACCO GROWER: YES I THINK SO. TOBACCO IS LEGAL AND IT'S IN THE MARKET AS A LEGAL PRODUCT.))
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While cigarette opponents say tobacco is a drug that kills, others like Wilkerson says it's the one thing that keeps his livelihood going. Surae Chinn, News 7.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=99-60 1:34:58]
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US Airways could shut down this weekend.
That's the word from the airline, which has not reached a contract agreement with its flight attendants.
It could affect a lot of local air travelers.
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Kate Weidaw is at the Roanoke Regional Airport tonight with more.
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The first degree murder trial of Norman Douglas White has gone to a jury in Lynchburg.
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White is charged with the shooting death of Morris Anthony in this home on Stuart Street last July.
Police say White burst into the home and shot Anthony several times as he sat on a living room sofa.
It happened in front of the home's owner and her two small children.
A five- man, seven- woman jury heard evidence against White today.
They deliberated about ninety minutes today without reaching a verdict.
They'll be back in court tomorrow morning.
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[Olivarri]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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An Appomattox woman charged with killing her husband and dumping his body pled guilty to second degree murder today.
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30-year-old Sandra Olivarri was set to stand trial next week for the murder of her husband in September of 1998.
Nick Olivarri's body was found along a roadside in Campbell County. He'd been shot twice in the head.
A plea agreement today allowed Sandra to plead guilty to a lesser charge.
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((DEBORAH DRINKARD/VICTIM'S SISTER: IT'S BEEN A HARD DECISION, BECAUSE WE ALL WANTED TO THE DEATH PENALTY BUT WE FEEL LIKE SHE WILL SUFFER JUST AS MUCH PULLING A MAXIMUM OF FORTY YEARS POSSIBLY.))
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Olivarri could not have gotten the death penalty ...even if her case had gone to trial.
She'll be sentenced in June.
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[Perkins]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=tha]
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A Floyd County man will spend the next two years in prison for plotting to kill his estranged wife.
Larry James Perkins was sentenced today for solicitation to commit murder.
State police say he wanted his estranged wife murdered for 20-thousand dollars.


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Two teachers are indicted. Still ahead, police allege criminal activity on school property.
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And a local hospital makes sure young patients have a friend:
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((FOR THE CHILD, IT'S NICE TO HAVE SOMEONE THAT'S THERE JUST FOR THEM AT FIRST.))
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Doctors say this healing program is unique -- and very helpful.
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Two Radford school teachers are facing criminal charges for offenses allegedly committed on school grounds.
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James Anthony Dehart (DEE-hart) ... head wrestling coach at John Dalton Intermediate School ... was indicted yesterday.
He's charged with stealing Ritalin and Adderall from the school. Those are prescription drugs used to treat learning disabilities.
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Carroll Purcell, a gym teacher at Radford High School, was charged with attempted assault and battery of a 14-year-old female student at the school.

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The woman found floating in the Dan River in Danville Sunday had been questioned about shoplifting the day before her body was discovered.
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The medical examiner today confirmed Sandra L. Cobbs drowned.
On Saturday the 38-year old woman had been stopped by a security guard at Value City.
Cobbs bolted from the security officer during questioning and ran.
After relatives reported her missing Sunday, a search of the area led to the discovery of Cobbs' body in the river.
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[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
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A federal judge's decision today to dismiss a request for Elian Gonzalez's political asylum has struck a hopeful note for one man in southwest Virginia.
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Walter Benda's two daughters, Mari (MA-ree) and Ema (Emma) were kidnapped by his wife in 1995, when the family lived in Japan.
Benda has spent the last five years fighting for custody of the girls in American and Japanese courts ... with no success.
Japan has no laws against parental abduction.
Benda's experience led him to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month, urging Congress to send Elian back to Cuba.
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[IN Q=Parents like me]

((WALTER BENDA: PARENTS LIKE ME WON'T HAVE MUCH GROUND TO STAND ON WHEN WE GO TO COURT IN OTHER COUNTRIES AND SAY THE U-S HAS BETTER LAWS IN THIS AREA .. BECAUSE WE WON'T ANYMORE... IF WE LET THIS GO THROUGH.))
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[OUT Q=if we let this go through.]
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On News 7 tonight at 11, we'll tell you what hope Walter Benda has for seeing his daughters again ... and why he's looking to Elian Gonzalez's case for help.
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[Stocks]


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Stocks shot up across the board today. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
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The Dow climbed 227 ... NASDAQ up 102, and the Bloomberg-News 7 local index rose two points.
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The American Academy of Pediatrics says a Roanoke hospital is one of a kind for children. Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital spends about 45-thousand-dollars a year for someone called a Child Life Specialist. This woman befriends young patients because nurses and doctors rarely have the time. Doctors say without Janice Zack, children might miss out on essential treatment. Tina Tenret explains why.
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(( Victoria Woffenden just had her appendix removed and is undergoing a critical part of her healing. She's playing.
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((SOMETIMES WHILE YOU'RE PLAYING, SOMETIMES YOU EVEN FORGET THAT YOU HAVE AN IV OR SOMETHING. BECAUSE IT MADE ME FORGET I HAD SURGERY DONE.))
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((SHE WAS JUST ECSTATIC TO GET OUT OF THE ROOM TO FIND OUT THERE WERE OTHER CHILDREN HERE.))
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Playing is how Janice Zack -- Carilion's child life specialist -- got Victoria out of bed. Zack gets paid to make sick children happy. Today she's collared a surprise guest.
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[SOT 10:58:04]
[IN Q=I love dogs]

((I LOVE DOGS A LOT. BUTT BUTT BUTT IT'S SORT OF WEIRD, HAVING A DOG IN A HOSPITAL. IF IT WERE AN ANIMAL HOSPITAL IT WOULDN'T BE WEIRD BUT FOR A PEOPLE'S HOSPITAL IT WOULD.))
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Zack reigns over the sacred playroom at Community Hospital, where medical procedures are forbidden, and dolls coax out kids' fears.
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((BAND AIDS! BUTT BUTT BUTT THE REASON A BANDAID IS SO IMPORTANT TO A YOUNG CHILD IS THEIR BODIES ARE VIEWED AS CONTAINERS. YOU PUT A HOLE IN THEM AND IF YOU DON'T PUT THAT BAND AID ON, EVERYTHING ELSE IS GOING TO LEAK OUT.))
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Now that Janice Zack has helped Victoria see past her pain, it's time to go home. But not without a warm goodbye.
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((YOU'RE NOW PART OF OUR TEAM SO YOU GET TO TAKE THIS AND WEAR IT AT HOME, OKAY? I'M VERY PROUD OF YOU, YOU DID A GREAT JOB, THANK YOU. YOU'RE WELCOME. AND BEST OF LUCK TO YOU TOO))
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Victoria has already planned a visit back to the children's ward and says now, she can tell other new patients not to be afraid. Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke.))
[ANCHOR=Keith]
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The American Academy of Pediatrics says this is only program of its kind in southwest Virginia. Tomorrow we'll take a look at how a child life specialist caters to parents during a hospital visit.

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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Coming up tonight on the Big 7, Rusty Wallace gives the Martinsville Speedway a workout today. Frank Beamer is coming to the Roundhouse,
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And Steve Mason will join us tonight with the latest freezer notes concerning the Express in tonight's edition on Roundhouse Wrapup.
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[WRITER=mst]
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The Martinsville Speedway plays host to the Goody's 500 on April 9th, and today a trio of drivers got in some hot laps at the track.
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[SUPER=03-Martinsville/This Afternoon; :00]

Rusty Wallace, Jeremy Mayfield and Jerry Nadeau each spent the blustery day working on their qualifying and race setups. Rusty owned Martinsville in the mid-90's when he won four straight spring events at the speedway. The fact that he even scheduled a two day test at one of his best tracks is evidence that he is anxious again be the Martinsville Master.
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[OUT Q=....race better."]
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[VO NAT CON'T] Wallace got around the track in a timely matter and he also got to the track in a hurry today, flying his six passenger Bell 407 helicopter up from Mooresville.
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[S-House]


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[WRITER=sma]
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The Express begins a two game home stand Friday night that begins with Johnstown. [WIPE TO FULL SCREEN PINNACLE-ROUND HOUSE WRAP UP]
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Steve Mason joins us with another installment of Round House Wrap Up.
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((STEVE MASON:ONE AREA OF CONCERN THE EXPRESS WANTED TO ADDRESS IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS WAS THE TEAM'S SUB PAR ROAD RECORD. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. IN THE LAST EIGHT GAMES ROANOKE IS 6 AND 2 AND WON A SEASON HIGH FOUR STRAIGHT AWAY FROM THE COMFORTABLE CONFINES OF THE ROUND HOUSE.)) ((SCOTT GORDON/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:WELL I THINK OUR SCHEDULE HAS BEEN A LITTLE BIT BETTER. WE WENT INTO THE WEEKEND HAVING A FULL WEEK OFF, PLAYED THREE GAMES IN THREE NIGHTS. WINNING THE FIRST TWO WAS OBVIOUSLY IMPORTANT BUT GOING INTO IT WE WEREN'T IN A SITUATION WHERE WE HAD A LOT OF FATIGUE GOING INTO THE GAMES.)) ((Mike Peron spent Tuesday in the training room. His x-rays on his injured right hand are back. ((MIKE PERON/HAS MISSED THREE GAMES:THERE'S NOTHING BROKEN IN THERE SO I GOT THE GREEN LIGHT TO GO BACK OUT ON THE ICE AND NOW IT'S JUST GONNA BE WHETHER OR NOT I GET SOME STRENGTH BACK IN IT AND I CAN HANDLE THE PUCK AND SHOOT IT AND WHEN THAT COMES BACK I'LL BE ABLE TO RETURN TO THE LINE UP. I AM NOT SURE, HOPEFULLY I'LL BE ABLE TO GET IN A GAME THIS WEEKEND, BUT IF NOT, THEN HOPEFULLY ON THE ROAD BEFORE THE PLAYOFFS.)) In nine games since being acquired by Greensboro, 23 year old rookie Aniket Dahdphale has three game winners, seven goals and three assists. ((ANIKET DAHDPHALE/EXPRESS LEFT WING:I'M NOT DOING ANYTHING DIFFERENT, I JUST AM PLAYING ON A BETTER TEAM.))
Dave Gagnon and Daniel Berthiaume lead the ECHL in goals against average and are also one of three tandems in league history to win 20 games each.)) ((DANIEL BERTHIAUME/20-10 AND 4 THIS SEASON:THAT'S TO BAD, I THOUGHT WE WERE THE FIRST, NO BUT THAT'S GREAT:)) ((IT'S PUCK NIGHT FRIDAY NIGHT AGAINST JOHNSTOWN. THE FIRST 1500 FANS WILL RECEIVE FREE PUCKS AND THEN SATURDAY NIGHT AGAINST RICHMOND MARKS FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT WHERE THREE THOUSAND TEAM PHOTOS WILL BE GIVEN OUT, STEVE MASON ROUND HOUSE WRAP UP.))

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And Friday night you can not only catch the Chiefs and maybe get a puck, but you can also meet Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer. The head Hokie will be on hand for Friday's game to drop the ceremonial first puckand sign autographs at the first intermission.


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[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
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Two Virginia college basketball teams are still in the hunt for a National Title.
Old Dominion and Virginia are in the sweet 16 of the Women's N-C-Double-A Tournament.
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UVA will play Tennessee Saturday. The Volunteers beat Arizona 75-60 last night to set up the meeting. U-T has made the sweet 16 every year since the tournament began.
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ODU will meet Louisiana Tech on Saturday. The Monarchs beat Southern Methodist 96-76 last night in Norfolk.[Wx-Tape]
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[SUPER=X5001][Webcast]



[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=99-59 1:02:54]
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The flow of information across the internet includes more and more streaming video... and tonight News 7 is adding its broadcast to the world wide web.
[Double Boxes=Keith & Joe/Newsroom]


Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom with a closer look at our webcast... and what it means for viewers in western Virginia and beyond.
[Live=Joe Full/Newsroom]
[SUPER=@Joe1;]


Keith, webcasting is becoming much more common... with stations in the United States and many other countries using new technology to reach a wider audience. [TAKE WEBCAST SIGNAL FULL]
In our case, News 7 at Six will appear on the webcasting site of Rev.net, a local internet service provider.
The program runs about 30 seconds behind the live broadcast... but you won't have to be in western Virginia to watch.
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[IN Q=If you're in a hotel room in Japan]
[SUPER=01-Jim Kent/WDBJ7 News Director; :00]
[SUPER=01-Doyle Edgerton/Rev.Net President; :44]
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[OUT Q=see the picture get better and bigger.]
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[IN Q=If you're in a hotel room in Japan]

((JIM KENT/WDBJ7 NEWS DIRECTOR: IF YOU'RE IN A HOTEL ROOM IN JAPAN YOU CAN WATCH OUR SIX O'CLOCK NEWS. WHEREVER YOU ARE IF YOU HAVE INTERNET ACCESS, YOU CAN SEE THE NEWS LIVE AT SIX, AND THAT'S EXCITING.))
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[OUT Q=and that's exciting.]


For those closer to home who may have missed a newscast, the full media archive will include a week's worth of programs available on demand. [NAT SOUND OF SHOW]
For Rev.Net, the News 7 webcasts are part of a larger effort to bring a wide range of local programming to the internet. The Doc Rivers Show airs daily from a storefront studio at Tanglewood Mall.
While the picture is small... and depending on the modem speed... somewhat jerky... the quality of the webcasts will only improve...
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[IN Q=As we are able]

((DOYLE EDGERTON/REV.NET PRESIDENT: AS WE ARE ABLE TO DELIVER HIGHER BANDWIDTH TO OUR CUSTOMERS AND AS WE SEE THE TRENDS GOING TO HIGHER BANDWIDTH DELIVERY SYSTEMS, WE WILL PROBABLY MAKE 80K AND ABOVE THE NORMAL TRANSMISSION RATE AND YOU'LL SEE THE PICTURE GET BETTER AND BIGGER.))
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[OUT Q=get bigger and better.]))
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Doyle Edgerton says that could happen within a year, as new services with higher transmission capacity are introduced here in the Roanoke Valley.
[Double Boxes=Keith & Joe/Newsroom]


Initially, Keith we will be webcasting only News 7 at Six... but we hope to expand the number of newscasts tha

t will be available on the web.[Web-Address]


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If you want to watch streaming video of News 7 at 6, there are two ways to get there.
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[TAKE FS GFX] You can go directly to WREV-dot-net, or log onto our home page at WDBJ-7-dot com.
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