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Next on News 7-
NASA catches pictures of that New Mexico fire from space.
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A Park official who ordered the controlled fire is given administrative leave. We'll have a live report.
Internet service 100 times faster than using a phone line- We'lll tell you how.. and how much-
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[Talent=Jean]


News 7 is next.

[NM-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=jja]
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The man who ordered the controlled burn in New Mexico has been put on administrative leave-
[Double Boxes=Jean and Manny/Newspath]


Manuel Gallegus is in Los Alamos where the fire is still raging out of control.
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[SUPER=03-Los Alamos, NM;]
[SUPER=01-Toby Martinez/State Forester;]
[SUPER=01-Don Shianin/Albuquerque Fire Dept.;]
[SUPER=01-Bill Richardson/Energy Secretary;]
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[OUT Q=pending an investigation]

((MOTHER NATURE IT IS CLEAR-- IS ON ONE SIDE OF THE LOS ALAMOS FIRE LINE... AND THE FIREFIGHTERS ARE ON THE OTHER. TOBY MARTINEZ/STATE FORESTER THIS IS ONE OF THOSE CASES WHERE MOTHER NATURE IS COMPLETELY IN CONTROL. GUSTY WINDS OF UP TO 60-MILES PER HOUR CONTINUE TO WHIP FLAMES THROUGH THE DRY BRUSH... WHOLE NEIGHBORHOODS ARE GONE.


IN ONE CASE --- RESCUE WORKERS WERE THERE-- BUT THERE WAS NO WATER.

DON SHIANIN/ALBUQUERQUE FIRE DEPT. ALL OF OUR HYDRANTS WENT DRY BECAUSE THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM WENT DOWN YESTERDAY. FIREFIGHTERS ARE TRYING TO SAVE THE REMAINING HOUSE WITH AN AIR AND LAND ASSAULT OF WATER AND CHEMICALS. BUT THE COMMUNITIES ARE ABANDONED. 18-THOUSAND PEOPLE IN AND AROUND LOS ALAMOS HAVE ALL LEFT. AT THE LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY, OFFICIALS ARE REASSURING.... SAYING FLAMES DAMAGED A RESEARCH BUILDING AND GOT CLOSE TO A PLUTONIUM STORAGE FACILITY... BUT THAT ALL OF THE NUCLEAR MATERIAL IS PROTECTED.
SOT: BILL RICHARDSON/ENERGY SECRETARY

WE ARE ENSURING THAT ALL THE STEPS HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO KEEP THE FACILITIES HERE SAFE. STANDUP: THE FIRE-- WAS ORIGINALLY SET BY THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE-- TO CLEAR SOME BRUSH. TONIGHT-- THE FALLOUT FROM THAT DECISION MAY HAVE ALREADY BEGUN. THE SUPERINTENDENT IN CHARGE OF MAKING THE FINAL DECISON TO BURN-- HAS BEEN SUSPENDED WITH PAY .... PENDING AN INVESTIGATION.))
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[NAACP]


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The president of the Roanoke branch of the N-double-A-C-P announced his resignation today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Martin Jeffrey's 14-year old son has been missing since Monday night.
Police are treating Broderick's disappearance as a "runaway." His father fears something may have happened to him.
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[SOT 10:14:40]
[IN Q=My decision to]

((MY DECISION TO LEAVE- -WHILE UNDERSCORED BY THIS RECENT EVENT- -IS MY NEED TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH MY CHILDREN. AND NOW IS THE TIME FOR ME TO MOVE ON TO SOMETHING ELSE.))
[SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President]
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[OUT Q=something else.]
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[VO-NAT]


This son of a Baptist Minister is going into training for the ministry. Seven of his 13 brothers are also ministers.
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[Henry-industry]


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[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-06 TC1:24:34]
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Nearly nine hundred jobs are coming to Henry County and Martinsville.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.;]


The National Catalog Corporation says it needs more space and workers.
The company is expanding its distribution center in Henry County and call center in Martinsville.
Development officials say it couldn't have come at a better time.
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[SOT 4:45:28]
[IN Q=We have a lot]

((SHERRY RAMSEY/PATRICK HENRY DEV. COUNCIL: WE HAVE A LOT OF DISPLACED WORKERS THAT ARE GOING TO RUN OUT OF BENEFITS. THESE JOBS WILL BE CREATED IMMEDIATELY..GREAT NEWS.))
[SOT 4:50:40]

((BOB RHUDY/NATIONAL CATALOG CORP. G.M.: IT'S A WONDERFUL FEELING TO BENEFIT A COMMUNITY ...DURING THESE TIME THEY HAVE GONE THROUGH.))
[SUPER=01-Sherry Ramsey/Patrick Henry Dev. Council; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bob Rhudy/National Catalog Corp. G. M.; :11]
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[OUT Q=they have gone through.]
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[VO-NAT]


The company is starting the hiring process tomorrow morning.
The 875 jobs will be filled in the next six months.
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[Rubatex]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Hundreds of workers at Rubatex have been walking the pickett lines for eight months now.
There's been no movement in negotiations between the two sides since, but there WILL be movement in the streets next week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford/File Tape]


The Local 240 union has been granted a parade permit for Saturday, May 20th in downtown Bedford.
Officials say the parade and rally are designed to show the community the union is still standing strong in its ongoing dispute with Rubatex.
Labor leaders from across the country are being invited to speak.
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[Dehart]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-59 TC2:03:28]
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A Radford teacher will not be going back to work after pleading no contest to stealing prescription drugs from the school.
The Radford school board voted to suspend James Anthony DeHart (DEE-hart) without pay until next year and will reconsider hiring him in 2001.
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[VO-NAT]
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The 43-year-old DeHart (DEE-hart) taught gym at Dalton Intermediate School.
He was caught on videotape taking prescription drugs used to treat learning disorders- the drugs were taken from a cabinet inside the school.
His attorney said DeHart took the drugs to keep his energy up for long work days.
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[SOT 10:55:17 - :28]
[IN Q=Tony can turn]

((JIMMY TURK/DEHART'S ATTORNEY: TONY CAN TURN THIS INTO A VERY POSITIVE THING. CERTAINLY THE STUDENTS WILL SEE AND KNOW WHAT TONY'S DONE AND KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO SOMEBODY LIKE HIM.))
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[OUT Q=somebody like him.]
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DeHart will have to undergo one year supervised probation and drug screening and counseling.
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He's also banned from school property, except for events involving his own children.

[Cox-Internet]


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Faster Internet access -- will soon be a click-away for many who live in the Roanoke.
Starting July 1st, Cox Communications will launch Cox-at-Home.
Joy Sutton has details on how this might change the internet industry.
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[SUPER=01-Larry Coldiron/ECPI Instructor;42]
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((NAT SOT: OF MOVIE PREVIEW ON INTERNET))

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Downloading audio and video images like this one -- can take a matter of seconds with the Cox-at-home.
Cox Communications says it's new high-speed Internet service is up to a hundred times faster that a typical telephone modem.
And everything is transmitted through the cable line.
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[SOT 4:46:57]
[IN Q=Since this is a high]

((ROGER BAIERS/COX COMMUNICATIONS:SINCE THIS IS A HIGH SPEED LINK THERE WILL BE A MODEM TO PURCHASE OR LEASE FROM US. THERE IS A MONTHLY SERVICE FEE )) [RUNS09]
[OUT Q=service charge]


The modem costs around 280 dollars -- and the monthly fee is about 30 dollars for current cable customers.
Dozens came out to the company's demonstration.
And some say the technology is well worth the cost.
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[IN Q=It's going to give us]

((LARRY COLDIRON/ECPI INSTRUCTOR: IT'S GOING TO GIVE US MUCH FASTER ACCESS TO THE RESOURCES THAT WE NEED IN ORDER FOR THE STUDENTS TO LEARN HOW TO USE THE INTERNET TO GO TO TO PLACES, DOWNLOAD UPGRADES AND SOFTWARE, TO FIND HARDWARE UPGRADES AND THINGS LIKE THAT)) [RUNS11]
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((GEORGE SHEN/COMPUTER SALESMAN: FASTER ONE CABLE YOU CAN GET EVERYTHING FROM ONE CABLE THAT'S GREAT)) [RUNS03]
[OUT Q=great]


With this Internet service users stay connected 24 hours a day-- and with a partnership with Excite at home -- users have access to local and national content.
Bill Ward -- a computer consultant says once the high speed lines come in -- telephone modem services will have to change to compete.
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[SOT 5:06:18]
[IN Q=The cable co.]

((BILL WARD/COMPUTER CONSULTANT: THE CABLE COMPANY OBVIOUSLY IS GETTING THERE FIRST. BUT YOU HAVE YOUR STANDARD ISP PEOPLE AND ALSO TELEPHONE COMPANY WHO ARE ALL GOING TO BE COMPETING FOR THAT HIGH SPEED MARKET AND WE'RE ONLY GOING TO SEE LOWER PRICES)) [RUNS13]
[OUT Q=lower prices]


But if you think this technology is moving faster than you can click -- watch out wireless Internet access could soon be the wave of the future.
Joy Sutton, News 7.))

[SC-Flag]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=jja]
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The N Double A-C-P says the confederate flag compromise in South Caroilna isn't good enough.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Columbia, SC/File Tape;]


Therefore the group says it will continue the tourism boycott of the state.
South Carolina's house of representatives voted to take the flag off the top of the statehouse and put it up at a nearby confederate soldiers memorial.
N-double A-C-P says the flag will still be too prominent.
The measure goes to the Senate next, then on to the governor.
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[Tease1]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=V7]
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Is Jerry Falwell illegaly mixing politics with the pulpit?
Find out what one group has to say when News 7 returns.
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[VO-NAT]


And did you know that women get paid an average of 75 cents for every dollar a man makes-
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((WAGE DISCRIMINATION IS JUST AS UNACCEPTABLE AS DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RACE OR ETHNICITY.))
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[OUT Q=or ethnicity.]
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[VO-NAT]


Find out what's being done to close the gap.
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[Sports-Preview]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[OUT Q=......big 7."]

(( Hey folks this is Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office with news of a history making day in Chicago. Junior smokes em all at Charlotte, Some rookies are looking large and moving up, while some of the top triple a schools in the area are looking to make a move down. Redistricting talks and much more tonight on the Big 7.))
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[Equal-Pay]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=jja]
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If you're a woman chances are you don't get paid as much as men who do the same job.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC]


That's according to national statistics- Now the President wants to do something about it.
On today- Equal Pay Day- the President is establishing an Equal Pay Task Force-
It's designed to make sure claims of pay discrimination are investigated properly.
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[SOT 15:13:57]
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((CLINTON: IF YOU'RE MAKING LESS YOU'LL GET LESS SOCIAL SECURITY. YOU'LL HAVE LESS TO PUT ASIDE FOR RETIREMENT. THE AVERAGE WOMAN WHOSE ABOUT TO RETIRE IF SHE GETS A PENSION, CAN EXPECT HALF OF THE PENSION BENEFITS OF THE AVERAGE MAN WHO RETIRES.))
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[OUT Q=WHO RETIRES.]
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The President says now is the time to close the gap.
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[Falwell]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=don]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Jerry Falwell]


Reverend Jerry Falwell may be in the hot seat again for mixing politics with his ministry.
Americans United for the Separation of Church and State has filed a complaint with the I-R-S against Falwell.
Falwell sent out fund-raising letters in which he complains he has been "vilified" by Al Gore.
Churches can engage in general political activity, but may have their tax-exempt status revoked if their efforts are partisan.
In 1993, Falwell paid a 50-thousand dollar fine for improper political activity.

[Senate-Race]


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[TAPE#=00-12 TC42:29]
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U. S. Senator Chuck Robb and challenger George Allen are running neck and neck.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wakefield/April 19]


The likely Republican nominee has raised a lot more money for this fall's campaign than the Democratic incumbent.

But Robb is holding his own, in a survey released today by Virginia Commonwealth University.
41 percent of the people questioned back Allen; 40 percent prefer Robb.
18 percent are undecided at this point.
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[Lake-Plans]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Smith Mountain Lake volunteers hope to win land for a major community complex and retirement home.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]

They're trying to lease at least part of these 400 acres in Burnt Chimney from the state's community college system -- to build a community center, retirement home and cultural arts building. Also new at the lake -- a Y-M-C-A will open June first at Westlake Corner, and Virginia Western Community College will offer classes around the lake starting this fall.
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((WE'RE GOING TO OFFER COMPUTER ... THAT SORT OF THING.))
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[VO-NAT]

Volunteers are also asked lake business owners to adopt village-type storefronts like those at Westlake Corner -- NOT, they say, like the one at Dollar General.
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[Cuban-Boy]


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[WRITER=jja]
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The case of Elian Gonzalez moved to Atlanta today- and so did the protests.
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[IN Q=Elian...]

((ELIAN ELIAN ELIAN...))
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[OUT Q=ELIAN! (third time)]
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[VO-NAT]


Protestors chanted out front- while inside three federal appeals judge heard arguments.
It'll be several weeks though before they decide whether the six year old can legally apply for asylum against the wishes of his father.
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[SOT 14:47:52]
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((JUAN MIGUEL GONZALEZ..... BEHALF OF HIS SON.))
[SUPER=01-Edwin Kneedler/Deputy Solicitor General;]
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[OUT Q=behalf of his son.]
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[VO-NAT]


The boy and his father remain in seclusion at a Maryland retreat.
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[Tease2]
[ANCHOR=Jean]
[writer=chr]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
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Folks may soon be racing to Danville to check out the Science of Speed.
The details are next on News 7 at Eleven.
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[VO-NAT]


And we'll have a whale of an educational story from Radford.
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[Racing-Exhibit]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-07 TC1:23:39]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A new exhibit has sped into Danville.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


Second graders from Lynchburg's Sheffield Elementary School got a sneak peak into the Danville Science Center's racecar display-- the "Science of Speed."
They got to climb into racecars, learn about the dynamics of racing and the people and history behind the sport.
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[SOT 15:23:00]
[IN Q=It was put]

((GINNY LAUBINGER/DANVILLE SCIENCE CENTER DIR.: IT WAS PUT TOGETHER BY THE MARYLAND SCIENCE CENTER AND IT HAS BEEN TRAVELING THROUGH OUT THE UNITED STATE. BUT WE WANTED TO BRING IT HERE PARTICULARLY BECAUSE IT HAS A GRAND TIE INTO OUR AREA. THIS IS THE VIRGINIA RACING REGION. DANVILLE LIES IN BETWEEN THESE WONDERFUL RACETRACKS.))
[SOT 15:20:38]

((LIZA DAVIS/2ND GRADER: I LIKE WATCHING HOW FAST THE CARS GO AND THE DIFFERENT KIND OF CARS.))
[SUPER=01-Ginney Laubinger/Danville Science Center Dir.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Liza Davis/2nd Grader; :16]
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[OUT Q=different kind of cars.]
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[VO-NAT]


The exhibit opens to the public this Saturday.
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[Whale]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=mjo]
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A rare blue whale was spotted in the middle of Radford today.
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[VO-NAT]
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Students got a look at the world's largest living mammal in Radford High School's gym.
10th grade biology students set up the almost full-size plastic whale.
It's 70 feet long and 15 feet high... and kept inflated by fans.
First-graders from all over Radford had a whale of a time journeying into the belly of the beast.
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((KELLY DAVIS/McHARG FIRST GRADER: I REALLY LIKED THE WHALE REALLY MUCH AND I HOPE THAT I COULD SEE A REAL ONE. ))
[sot 1:41:30 - :41]

((FRANK TAYLOR/BIOLOGY TEACHER: I WANTED TO DO SOMETHING THAT REALLY GOT THE KIDS INVOLVED IN SCIENCE, GET THEM OUT OF THE TEXTBOOKS AND DO SOMETHING THEY CAN REALLY SEE AND BECOME INVOLVED IN.))
[SUPER=74-Kelly Davis/McHarg E. S. First Grader; :00]
[SUPER=74-Frank Taylor/Biology Teacher; :07]
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[OUT Q=become involved in.]
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[VO-NAT]


The whale was designed by biology students at the school five years ago.
In future years, teachers say it may be joined by a full-size dinosaur.
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[S-Extra]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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NBA news, a huge win for Liberty U, Cave wins the county showdown with Byrd. And we'll talk about which traditional triple a powers are on the move in the VHSL.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=75-Chicago, IL/WGN-MLB; :00]

But first in tonight's Extra Point, the Cubs Glen Allen Hill hit one of the longest homers in the history of Wrigley Field. The ball cleared the left field fence and actually landed on the roof a house across the street. That wasn't the only history in this one. It ended up being the longest 9 inning game in big league history lasting 4 hours and 22 minutes.
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[S-Jazz]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-71]
[GRAPHIC=NBA PLAYOFFS]


The NBA playoffs continued last night in the West where it appears that the Jazz must finally face the music.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT/TNT-NBA; :00]

Utah returned home down two games to none in its best of seven game series with Portland. But this one was all Blazers. Arvidas Sabonis schools Olden Polynice with the drive and score. He had 22 points for the Blazers. But the surprise for Portland was Bonzi Wells. He came off the bench and scored 19 points in just 14
[SUPER=32-Portland/103/Utah/84/Blazers Lead 3-0;]

minutes. It was ugly and easy at time. Blazers wins it 103 to-84. They lead the series 3 games to none.
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[S-Rookies]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-70 1057TC]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Houston, TX; :00]

Off the court yesterday the league's co-rookies of the year picked up their honors. The Houston Rockets Steve Francis accepted his trophy after leading all rookies in steals.
[SUPER=03-Chicago, IL;]

The Bulls Elton Brand shares the honor. He led all rookies in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and minutes played.

Brand also gave his mom a dozen roses for all her help.
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[S-Liberty]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=LIBERTY]


The Liberty University baseball team has been having an outstanding year, and yesterday it got even better as the Flames upset 6th ranked Clemson 6-to-4 at Worthington Stadium. Trey Miller hot the game winning homer for the Flames who now have 31 wins on the season.

[S-Junior]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-67 2005TC]
[GRAPHIC=LOWES MOTOR S'WAY]


The Winston Cup stars are off this weekend before spending the next two weekends in Charlotte at the Lowe's Motor Speedway.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Concord, NC/Monday Night; :00]

All the speeds from this week's open test sessions at the track are now in, and surprise - Dale Earnhardt Junior was the fastest of the 20 Winston Cup drivers who took advantage of the open test. Junior ran a lap at 181 points 573 miles an hour. That was a whole half second quicker than Ricky Rudd, who was second.
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[S-Chip]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=CHIP SULLIVAN]


Chip Sullivan, the golf pro at Ashley Plantation in Botetourt County, is four over par after the first round of the Richmond Open. Chip is nine shots behind leader Chris Zambri who is at 5 under. Chip tees off this morning at 9.

[S-VHSL]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-61 13416tc]
[GRAPHIC=VHSL Logo]


The Virginia High School League's redistricting committtee will meet in Charlottesville two weeks from yesterday.
At that time there will be enough business from our side of the state alone to keep the committee hopping. On the deadline for public schools to announce their intentions for the next school year, William Fleming said it would join Pulaski County in asking to be placed in the Blue Ridge district. The longtime Triple-A powers have experienced declining enrollments in the past few years allowing them to drop to Group Two A and leave the Roanoke Valley district. Fleming's acceptance is a formality, but Pulaski's is not.
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[IN Q="It's anybody's guess...]

((JANE LAYMAN:))
[SUPER=01-Jane Layman/William Byrd Athletic Director; :00]
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[OUT Q=...CARROLL COUNTY."]
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[VO NAT CON'T] Pulaski prefers the Blue Ridge over the Southwest district, but all kinds of factors other than competition have to be weighed before any decision is made.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="In Roanoke County...]

((JANE LAYMAN:)) ((SANDY HADAWAY/SALEM ATHLETIC DIRECTOR:))
[SUPER=01-Sandy Hadaway/Salem Athletic Director; :15]
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[OUT Q=...in the classroom."]
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If Pulaski and Fleming both join the Blue Ridge, it will house 10 teams, while the RVD will be left with only three schools.

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To make things even more interesting in the near future - don't forget that once the new Southwest county high school is built in Roanoke - Cave Spring's enrollment will split and those two schools will be added to the Blue Ridge.
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Yesterday afternoon Cave Spring and William Byrd remained rivals from separate districts as they hooked up on the softball field.
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The non-district game was a warm up for both teams as they prepare for next week's respective district tournament.
In the bottom of the first, Nikki Childress hits a line drive to centerfield scoring Dawn Williams and the Lady Knights jumped out to the 1 to nothing lead.
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It remained 1 to nothing until the bottom of the fifth when Cave's Emily Caldwell hit this grounder up the middle scoring Mary Thomas. Cave wins it 3-to-nothing.
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The potential movement is not limited to the Roanoke Valley and Blue Ridge.
For the first time in its history, E.C. Glass High School wants to abandon its Triple- A ranking. The Toppers hope to join the Double- A Seminole District.
Steve Smallshaw tells us why.
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(( E.C. Glass officials will tell you this is not a move down, but a move OVER.
Geographically speaking, Glass sits smack in the middle of the Seminole District and already plays a lot of those teams.
Moving the Hilltoppers to Double- A will save the school both time and money.
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((SUSAN MORRISON/E.C. GLASS PRINCIPAL: WITH THE EMPHASIS ON SCHOOL ACCREDITATION, STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND STANDARDS OF LEARNING, WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE NEGATIVE IMPACT THAT THE AMOUNT OF TIME AND TRAVEL AND DISTANCE THAT THAT IMPOSES ON OUR STUDENT- ATHLETES.))
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Not only will students spend less time on a bus traveling to the games, Glass fans will have an easier time turning out to cheer them on.
That translates into bigger gate receipts, money which helps pay for all those sports teams and their equipment.


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((DENNIS PETERS/HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: PARENTS ARE MUCH MORE LIKELY TO DRIVE HALF AN HOUR THAN THEY ARE AN HOUR AND A HALF TO SEE A GAME.))
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((ROSE FLAUGHER/E.C. GLASS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: TO ME, MORE THAN THE MONEY FACTOR, IS JUST THE FACT THAT OUR KIDS ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO PLAY CONTESTS IN FRONT OF A LOT OF PEOPLE AND OUR FANS ARE GOING TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRAVEL AND TO SEE OUR KIDS PARTICIPATE.))
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Seminole District schools will vote next week on whether to accept E.C. Glass.. a final vote from the V-H-S-L wil Steve Smallshaw, News7 Sports.)) l come May 25th.