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[TALENT=Keith]

Ballistic evidence comes to light that links the suspect to the death of Tara Munsey.

We'll examine freshly- unsealed search warrant papers in just a moment.
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[VO-NAT]


Ahhhhhhhhh... the clean mountain air. The Roanoke Valley flunks the state's smog test. A report from Richmond on that on NEWS-7.
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[Sports-Head]


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Tonight on News 7 sports, Charlotte gets set to open up a brand new race track just a few hundred yards from the fallen bridge. The Liberty Flames talk about their upcoming challenge in the NCAA tournament.
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[VO-NAT]

And Al Clark and the Steam part ways, as the team gives the former Hokies is requested release.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
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Our first batch of showers was pretty light. Some heavier stuff may arrive later this evening.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[VO-NAT]


New information tonight on what led authorities to the suspect in the Tara Munsey murder case.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[Munsey-Warrants]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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It's been nearly five months since the murder of a 16-year-old Radford girl and nearly four since the arrest of a suspect.
Just tonight, court documents were unsealed that shed new light on what led authorities to arrest Jeffrey Allen Thomas.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Marya/Microwave]


Marya Jones is in our New River newsroom to tell us what they say.
[Live=Marya Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Marya1;]
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Keith, up until now, authorities have been tight-lipped about the evidence in this high-profile murder case.
But these search warrants help explain what may have linked Jeffrey Allen Thomas to the murder.
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One piece of evidence that's never come out before is that shell casings recovered from the crime scene were fired from a 22-caliber Marlin rifle that a friend said he loaned to Jeff Thomas.
Thomas was arrested and charged with capital murder back in February.
Prior to the arrest, investigators searched his car.
[SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./February;]


The search warrants indicate they also took samples of his blood, head hair, pubic hair and saliva.
Investigators also took his sneakers, to see if they matched footprints left at the crime scene, where Tara Munsey was discovered, shot in the head and body.
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[Live=Marya Full/Microwave]
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Of course, we'll be able to hear much more of the evidence against Jeff Thomas at his preliminary hearing.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Marya/Microwave]


That's scheduled for June 9 in Pulaski County.

[Smog-Report]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
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The air may NOT be more polluted... but the rules are stricter.
Virginia has until the end of June to list which regions are smog alert zones-- and how to clean the air.
Ellen Qualls reports Roanoke and Shenandoah National Park are on the target list.
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[IN Q=What will]
[SUPER=01-Bill Hayden/Dept. of Environmental Quality; :]
[SUPER=@Ellen2; :]
[SUPER=01-Bob Solley/American Lung Association; :]
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(( What will it mean to violate the E-P-A's new, stricter ozone standards?
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((BILL HAYDEN/DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY: IF YOU DON'T MEET THE AIR QUALITY REQUIREMENTS, YOU CAN LOSE YOUR FEDERAL FUNDING.)) [runs:03]
For Virginia, that means road building money-- at a time politicians say we're in a crisis.
For the Roanoke area, something's got to give.
Pollution levels can't increase, at a time when one interstate will be widened and another could be routed through town.
So the state is right now meeting with the worst air offenders, warning that the E-P-A rules focus on new industry and new roads.
But the real problem causers are:
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((BOB SOLLEY/AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION: MOTOR VEHICLES, ESPECIALLY THE DIESEL FUELED VEHICLES. THE POWER PLANTS, AND ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE OUTDATED, AND A LONG TIME AGO HAD BEEN GRANDFATHERED IN AND DO NOT HAVE TO ADHERE TO THE AIR QUALITY STANDARDS THAT ARE CURRENT TODAY.)) [runs:16]
The American Lung Association took the E-P-A levels, and gave every region of Virginia an "F" in a new study.
Except for Wythe County, which got a "D."
The state has a stick-- federal funding-- but also a carrot for localities.
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((BILL HAYDEN/DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY: THE WHOLE QUESTION OF OZONE POLLUTION POTENTIALLY AFFECTS A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE RESPIRATORY OR OTHER HEALTH ISSUES. SO THAT'S ONE REASON-- WE REALLY DO WANT TO IMPROVE AIR QUALITY, AND THAT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST CARROTS WE HAVE.)) [RUNS:15]
Roanoke's had one red day and 14 orange... unhealthy only for the most sensitive... in the past three years.
But for the E-P-A, that's NOT good enough.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))

[Speedway-Safety]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#00-08 TC1:26:27]
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Auto racing is the fastest ....and fastest GROWING... sport in America.
Critics say the pedestrian bridge collapse at Charlotte Saturday night is a bright yellow caution flag... that track owners need to make sure they can handle the ever- larger crowds.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Surae/Microwave]


Surae Chinn is at the Martinsville Speedway with more tonight.
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[Charleston]


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A former strip club dancer from West Virginia says she killed her husband but stopped in Botetourt County out of love for him.
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35-year-old Arminta Ramsey quit hitchhiking with her five-year-old son today and called the sheriff's deputies from the Troutville truck stop to turn herself in.
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((DID YOU SHOOT YOUR HUSBAND? DIDN'T MEAN TO. YOU DIDN'T MEAN TO BUT YOU DID?))
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Ramsey's husband was killed at home in Charleston Saturday. He owned a strip club where police say Ramsey once danced. West Virginia officers picked her up today and relatives took her son home.
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[Wythe-Burglary]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=mjo]
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Wythe County investigators had no trouble finding their suspect in a burglary yesterday morning.
They say he dropped his address book with his name and social security number in it right outside the Old Fort Western Store, shortly after burglarizing it.
They caught 24-year-old Jeremy Donald Smith about four hours later.
He's charged with breaking and entering, destroying property and petty larceny.

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
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A big name on Wall Street sets up shop in Roanoke. The details are still ahead on News 7 at 6.
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[VO-NAT]


And get a "charge" out of this car. It's a hybrid ... gasoline and electric, and you never have to plug it in.
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[Hybrid-honda]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=jmi]
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It can go 600 miles without a pit stop-- and it's for sale right here in Southwest Virginia.
News 7 Business reporter Jennifer Miele takes a look the latest Hybrid Honda.
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(( The future of fuel efficient automobiles could be here. The Honda Insight has an electric motor built in with the traditional gas motor. The electric motor charges itself and kicks in when the gas motor needs an extra boost. With a sticker price of $18,880, the Insight averages 61 miles per gallon ... and you never have to plug it in.
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((MIKE COYLE/RICK WOODSON HONDA GM: IT'S LIKE A GIANT CELL PHONE BATTERY, IS THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE IT. THEY PUT A METAL HYDRATE BATTERY IN THERE AND IT'S WARRANTED BY HONDA FOR 8 YEARS OR 80,000 MILES.)) [STANDUP TC 7:23:33]
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[OUT Q= but, can it perform?]
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Car and driver says Insight meets ultra-low emissions standards. So it's safe, inexpensive and environmentally sound, but can it perform?
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((EVERYBODY THINKS WHEN THEY HEAR ELECTRIC AS A TYPE OF CAR THAT IT'S GOING TO BE A SLUG, AND NOT HAVE ANY POWER. THE CAR'S PHENOMENAL. IT'S JUST INCREDIBLE. EVERYBODY THAT COMES IN HEAR TO DRIVE IT IS JUST SO EXCITED ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE OF IT.))
So it's only a two-seater and doesn't come with air.... more power runs through the Insight than runs through an entire house.
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((THE BATTERY'S HERE. WHEN WE FIRST GOT IT WE EXPECTED TO SEE SOME SORT OF WARNING LABEL. TO SHOW YOU HOW HIGH THE VOLTAGE IS, A 144 VOLTS, IT SAYS YOU WILL BE KILLED OR HURT IF YOU TOUCH IT. SO, I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THE COVER OFF TO SHOW YOU, I TRUST THEM THAT THEY ARE RIGHT.))
The Honda Insight is the first of its kind to sit upon American showrooms and only 4,000 are being made this year.
Rick Woodson Honda has only been allocated three.... just in case you want to flag one down. Jennifer Miele, News 7, Roanoke.))

[New-Brokers]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-11 TC52:00]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]


NASDAQ closed today at its lowest point value of the year.
Amid that new wave of red ink, one of the leading investment firms in the country opened a new office in Roanoke.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Salomon Smith Barney has hired several local brokers to get the new office started.
They'll provide retirement plans, insurance benefits along with personal and corporate investment information.
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[IN Q=Salmon Smith Barney]

((SALOMON SMITH BARNEY WAS LOOKING INTO DIFFERENT AREAS OF OUR STATE WHICH THEY DIDN'T HAVE A BIG PRESENCE IN, AND SETTLED ON THE ROANOKE VALLEY AS ONE OF THEIR TARGET SPOTS. THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT USE ROANOKE VALLEY AS THEIR CENTER OF COMMERCE THROUGHOUT THE SOUTHWESTERN PART OF THE STATE AND IT JUST MADE A LOT OF SENSE TO CHOOSE THE ROANOKE VALLEY.))
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The new Salomon Smith Barney office is located in the old First Union Building on Jefferson Street.
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[Stocks]


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Stocks tumbled today, with technology shares hit hardest. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
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The DOW lost 120 points while NASDAQ plunged 200-- some six percent of its value.
The Bloomberg News-7 Index lost a point and a third.
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[CMSIP]


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A program for working families who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but can't afford private insurance is now extending its services to Southside, Virginia.
The Children's Medical Security Insurance Plan or CMSIP (sim-sip) is planning events for laid off residents in Martinsville and Henry County.
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[Take pinnacle page 1000] CMSIP will be at the Health Department in Gretna tomorrow from 8:00 in the morning until 11:00. Volunteers set up in Stuart at Lowe's Grocery Store May 25th from 1:00 to 6:00pm and in Danville Saturday May 27th from 10am-2pm at Wal-Mart. Children 19 years and younger are eligible for CMSIP to receive free or low-income comprehensive health coverage.
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[Defibrillators]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
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We've seen them used on t-v medical shows.. a machine with paddles that deliver a life- saving shock to heart attack victims.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


They're called automatic external defibrillators and the technology is now sophisticated enough that you don't have to be an E-M-T to use one.
That's why central Virginia officials want to get as many A-E-D's as possible into the hands of local law enforcement officers.. because they are often first on the scene of a medical emergency.
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[SOT 1:55:10]
[IN Q=If we save]

((DR. MICHAEL VALENTINE/MEDICAL ASSOCIATES OF VA: IF WE SAVE ONE TO TWO LIVES PER YEAR WITH THIS AND BRING THESE PEOPLE BACK TO WORK AND TO THEIR FAMILIES, THEN IT'S TRULY BEEN WORTH ALL THE WORK AND ALL THE EFFORT PUT INTO IT.))
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[OUT Q=put into it.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Centra Health Foundation is spending 45- thousand dollars to buy 40 defibrillators to give to local rescue squads and police agencies.
It's the first program of its kind in the state.
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[Sports Tease]


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Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - the Steam says so long to Al Clark, the Cowboys' boisterous bad boy receiver is told to retire. Liberty limbers up for top ranked South Carolina.
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[VO-NAT]

And the folks in Charlotte hope to regain some normalcy in their lives when they christen a brand racing facility later this week.
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[S-Irvin]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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One of the Dallas Cowboys all-time greats is being advised to retire by both team physicians and his personal doctors.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Landover, MD/September 12, 1999; :00]

Michael Irvin, who has been a thorn in the Redskins' sides all of his 12 years in the NFL was temporarily paralyzed in a game on October the 10th. He has a genetic spinal cord condition and Doctors say if he doesn't retire he'll risk permanent paralysis.
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[S-Redskins]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-71 2119tc]
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The Roanoke Steam will be back in the Civic Center this Saturday night battling the Charleston Swamp Foxes - but they won't have the services of Al Clark.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./May 3; :00]

This afternoon the former Tech quarterback was granted his request to be released by the team. Clark has not played since the third game of the season. In his three games in Roanoke he completed 40 percent of his passes with 3 TDs and 2 interceptions.
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[S-Outlaws]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-62 4506 tc]
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It's been a rough week for the folks in Charlotte - both the ones who were injured in the bridge collapse on Saturday night and those who are associated with the track. But as we know from part expereiences - tragedy never seems to slow down racing.
And later this week a brand new track will be christened just a few hundred yards from the fallen bridge.
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(( Back in January, the ever-ambitious folks at the Lowe's Motor Speedway announced that they had decided to stage World of Outlaw sprint car races. But there was a slight problem - they didn't have a dirt track. They began remedying that problem soon after the announcement as construction crews began moving dirt and defining the layout of the 4/10ths of a mile long track. Now just days before the first races at the facility are held this Thursday and Friday nights - crews are working around the clock to finish up the corporate suites, seats and the catch fence. The main ingredient - 30 inch of red carolina clay is being packed and watered daily. ((HUMPY WHEELER:)) The track features a 12 thousand-five hundred seat grandstand where the spectators can watch the cars negotiate the 80 foot wide turns that are banked at 12 degrees. Winston Cup rookie Dave Blaney, a sprint car legend, was one of the first drivers to give the track a workout. ((DAVE BLANEY:)) The 1200 hundred pound cars use 800 horsepower engines and are capable fo doing 160 miles an hour.))

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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sp-63 tc 44:22]
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Liberty is ready to burn up South Carolina in the NC-Double-A Baseball Tournament.
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[SUPER=03-Lynchburg;]


The Flames are facing the number one team in the nation. The Gamecocks are 52 and 8.
Liberty is three and three against ranked teams and feels it can compete with anyone.
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[S-TECH]


[ANCHOR=MIKE]
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[TAPE#=sp-68 tc 34:29]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


The Hokies are flying high after gaining a bid to the NC-Double-A baseball tournament.
This is the fourth time Virginia Tech has received a bid under Coach Chuck Hartman's guidance.
The Hokies are 34-23 and 2 and have won six straight. As the fourth seed they'll face the number one seed Southern California.
The Trojans are College World Series savy, while Tech is inexperienced.
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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The Hokies leave tomorrow for Fullerton, California.

[Promo]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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The Roanoke County Sheriff is asking the Board of Supervisors for a new employment agreement.
Tonight the board will vote on it.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom]


Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom tonight with more.
[Live=Jean/Newsroom]
[SUPER=@Jean1]


This proposal would allow the Sheriff to take his employees off the county's pay plan.
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[VO-NAT]


Opponents challenge the proposal-- saying it would give preferential treatment to some employees.
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[Live=Jean/Newsroom]


Tonight on News 7 at 11 we'll hear from the Roanoke County Sheriff
[Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom]

and find out the results of the board's vote.