[1-News-Head]

[TALENT=Keith]

One NEWS 7 tonight we'll begin with a landlord- tenant dispute that ends in death.
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[VO-NAT]


And U-S-Airways stock went up almost 23-dollars a SHARE today, based on United Airlines' merger offer.
We'll put down at the Roanoke Airport in a moment to see what passengers think.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=Sports-Head]
[GRAPHIC=None]


And coming up in sports, Mike Stevens will have a live report from the Charlotte Motor Speedway as the Winston Cup drivers prepare to qualify for the Coca Cola 600.
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[VO-NAT]


And Liberty University is preparing for the first round of the N-C-Double-A baseball tournament.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
[SS=None]


Watching for some showers, but so far things are quiet. The forecast through the holiday weekend coming up.

[Wythe-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-17 TC28:06]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]


A battle between a Wythe County landlord and his tenant turned deadly this afternoon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wythe Co.;]


Authorities say a fight ended in a fatal shooting.
It happened shortly after one, outside a house just off Reed Creek Drive near Draper.
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[SOT 8:15 - :24]
[IN Q=Apparently ]

((KERMIT OSBORNE/WYTHE COUNTY SHERIFF: APPARENTLY THIS WAS A LANDLORD-TENANT DISPUTE AND AT THIS TIME IT'S UNDER FURTHER INVESTIGATION.))
[SUPER=01-Kermit Osborne/Wythe Co. Sheriff;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=under further investigation.]
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[VO-NAT]


Authorities say the tenant, 27-year-old Darren Womack, was found shot to death in the front yard.
They say the landlord, 65-year-old James Compton, was severely beaten.
He was flown to Bristol Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Sources say the two men had been involved in an ongoing dispute.
The sheriff says he has to investigate further before he can release their names AND details on how the dispute escalated to death.
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[Merger-Setup]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Merger]


The first truly- efficient nationwide airline-- That's what some say the merger of United and U-S Airways will produce.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file]


If it's approved, United's parent company would pay more than four Billion dollars for U-S Airways.
The combined airline would offer about 65-hundred flights a day. That's nearly three thousand more than its closest competitor.
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[US-Airways]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-11 TC53:35]
[GRAPHIC=Merger]


Local US-Airways and United employees are confident that the merger will be good for them and their customers.

[Double Boxes=Keith and Jennifer/Microwave]


Jennifer Miele is at the Roanoke Regional Airport where she's been talking with passengers.
[Live=Jennifer Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@jennifer1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]


Keith, while the airlines continue their negotiations, Roanoke customers are left with questions.... what will change, and more importantly, will the changes be good changes?
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Wayne Morris/Roanoke; :11]
[SUPER=01-Blondine Williams/Roanoke; 32]
[RUNS=:43]
[OUT Q=airport larger]

(( Wayne Morris has lived in the Roanoke area for 25 years. He uses the airport and US-Airways several times each week.
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[IN Q=I'm worried about]

((I'M WORRIED ABOUT IT BECAUSE IT'S ROANOKE AND THIS IS OUR MAIN AIRLINE AND THAT'S WHAT WE REALLY NEED TO KEEP. WE DO HAVE JET FLIGHTS HERE WHICH A LOT OF AIRPORTS NOW ARE JUST COMMUTER FLIGHTS.)) [RUNS:11]
[OUT Q=commuter flights.]


U-S Airways flies mainly north-south and United east-west, and the two combined would comprise the majority of the airline market here in Roanoke. Some local customers see the merger as an opportunity for growth.
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[IN Q=I think it's]

((I THINK IT'S A GOOD IDEA. IT WILL EXPOSE US TO LARGER AIRPORTS AND GIVE US MORE PLACES TO GO. IT WILL MAKE OUR AIRPORT LARGER.)) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=it will be good.]))
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[Live=Jennifer Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke]


Employees and passengers alike are still in the dark about the merger because it is still so early in the game.
If employees and government officials approve the deal, the company is expected to profit in less than 2 years.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Jennifer/Microwave]



[L'burg-Manager]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-13 TC45:00]
[GRAPHIC=Lynchburg Seal]


Long- time Lynchburg city manager Charles Church is stepping down this summer to do battle with terminal prostate cancer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Church underwent surgery in 1996, but learned recently the cancer had returned and was incurable.
Flanked by city council and other employees, he announced today he was resigning effective August 1st to spend more time with his family.
Church came to Lynchburg from the city of Danville in 1991.. Mayor Pete Warren credited Church with putting Lynchburg on a strong financial footing and creating a more "customer- friendly" city government.
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[Dalton]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Dalton]


Flags are flying at half staff in Henry County in honor of the late Jack Dalton.
The Chairman of the Board of Supervisors died of cancer this morning at the age of 72.
Dalton served on the board for 25 years.
The funeral is Friday at the First Baptist Church of Collinsville.

[Baptist-Britt]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-05 TC1:36:17]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Next month the Southern Baptist convention will consider a proposal to exclude women as Pastors.
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[V/O-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Roanoke's Calvary Baptist Church already has a female pastor.
Donna Hopkins Britt didn't seek the position.
She was content serving as an Associate but agreed to become THE Pastor.
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[SOT 13:17:25]
[IN Q=Can God give]

((CAN GOD GIVE A WOMAN THE ABILITY TO PREACH? I THINK SO.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Donna Hopkins Britt/Calvary Baptist Pastor]
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[OUT Q=I think so.]
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[V/O-NAT]
She is the only female Southern Baptist Pastor in Roanoke. There are fewer than 10 in Virginia, only 100 in the entire country.
The Convention relies on the New Testament book of First Timothy- -in limiting the position of pastor to men.
The Author wrote: "I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men."
Reverend Britt sees that as selective use of the Scriptures to promote a narrow point of view.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I don't want]

((I DON'T WANT TO BE JUDGMENTAL, BUT I FIND THAT I AM, SOMETIMES, BECAUSE MY OPINIONS DO DIFFER FROM OTHER PEOPLE'S. BUT I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT, IF THEY WANT TO BELIEVE THAT, IF THEY WANT TO PRACTICE THAT IN THEIR CHURCH, THEN THAT'S OKAY. LET THEM DO THAT. BUT LET THEM NOT PUSH THEIR OPINIONS ON ME AND WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS CHURCH.))
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[OUT Q=in this church.]
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=NONE]


She says Calvary Baptist was already theologically removed from the Southern Baptist Convention.
If the proposal is ratified next month, the church could sever ties with the S-B-C.

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=NONE]


Virginia may soon have an e-government.
More on Jim Gilmore's plan later on News 7 at Six.
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[VO-NAT]


And students get their hands dirty-- and their feet wet-- cleanin up a Roanoke park.
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[Washington-Park]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-15 TC25:43]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The plan to restore a local stream received a helping hand today from a group of Roanoke fourth graders.
Joe Dashiell reports they pitched in to improve the environment near their school... and picked up some valuable lessons along the way.
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[IN Q=OPENS ON NAT SOUND]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :06]
[SUPER=01-Henry Cao/Fourth Grader; :17]
[SUPER=01-Jamilla Gunter/Fourth Grader; :26]
[SUPER=@Joe1; :33]
[SUPER=01-Connie Goehle/Fourth Grade Teacher; :51]
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(( [OPENS ON NAT SOUND]
[IN Q=That does have some]

((THAT DOES HAVE SOME BIG ROOTS, SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE GET ALL THE ROOTS DOWN IN THERE.))
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[OUT Q=they have over there.]


Forester Bob Boeren had plenty of help, planting red maples and green ash trees in Washington Park.
The fourth graders from Lincoln Terrace Saturn Network were pitching in to improve the environment there.
[SOT]
[IN Q=We've been]

((HENRY CAO: WE'VE BEEN PICKING UP TRASH AND TRYING TO UNPOLLUTE THE WATER. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT'S SO IMPORTANT? SO ANIMALS WON'T GET SICK.)) ((JAMILLA GUNTER: WE DO PAPER WORK AND STUFF IN SCHOOL AND THIS IS LIKE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO GET OUTDOORS AND HAVE SOME FUN.))
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[OUT Q=and have some fun.]


Their fun is part of a larger effort to restore Lick Run, the creek that meanders through the area. Several partners including the City of Roanoke, the Virginia Department of Forestry and the Western Virginia Land Trust are working together on the project, and teacher Connie Goehle says the lessons aren't lost on her students.
[SOT]
[IN Q=They also understand that ]

((THEY ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT IF THE CREEK IS NOT HEALTHY WE CAN HELP THE CREEK GET HEALTHY AGAIN EVEN JUST FOURTH GRADE KIDS CAN HAVE A PART IN THAT.))
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[OUT Q=have a part in that.]


The heavy equipment will move in later this year to adjust the course of the creek, and stabilize its banks.
But the students will return next Spring... to plant more trees here.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))

[Child-Health]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-07 TC1:40:00]
[GRAPHIC=Childrens Health]


The Virginia Social Services department says it has a health care program that can help children of laid-off textile workers, but few seem to know about it.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.;]


The department has set up outreach events throughout Southside for people to apply for the Children's Medical Security Insurance Plan or CMSIP (SIM-sip).
The program has been in place for nearly two years but the agency wants to make sure laid off workers with limited income know about it.
A representative was in Gretna taking applications.
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[SOT 5:32:46]
[IN Q=They'll come into the door]

((RACHEL BOYER/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SOCIAL SERVICES: THEY'LL COME INTO THE DOOR, HAVE AN INTERVIEW, FILL OUT THE APPLICATION. THEY NEED TO BRING THEIR CHECK STUBS AND ANY CHILD SUPPORT THEY RECEIVE. THAT'S ABOUT IT IT'S TWO PAGES IT TAKES ABOUT 15 MINUTES.))
[SUPER=01-Rachel Boyer/Pittsylvania Co. Social Services;]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=about 15 minutes.]
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


The Danville Social Service is holding an outreach event at Wal-Mart in Danville this Saturday between 10 and 2.

[Fatals]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


A Virginia Tech student was killed this morning when his motorcycle hit a car.
Police say 22- year old Christopher William Taylor was traveling North on South Main Street in Blacksburg when his bike collided with a station wagon.
A Christiansburg man was killed in an unrelated accident yesterday on Rock Road in Radford.
The man's name has NOT been released.
Authorities in Covington are also investigating a fatal accident.
67- year old James Henry Noel died yesterday after pulling into the path of a tractor trailer.

[Easter]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-06 TC1:43:03]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A former athletic trainer and teacher's aide in Radford City Schools was found guilty today of sexual relations with two students.
43-year-old Cotton Lee Easter was convicted on five felony counts of carnal knowledge of a child and one misdemeanor count of sexual battery.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford;]


Prosecutors say that Easter had several sexual encounters with a 14-year-old boy he helped coach at John Dalton Intermediate School.
They say the encounters occured both in the boy's apartment and the school locker room.
Another boy at the school accused Easter of inappropriately touching him.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Easter could face up to 51 years in prison and fines of more than half a million dollars.

[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


The markets bounced back from yesterday's dismal day. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
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[SUPER=x5102;]
[SUPER=430-x/113.08/10535.35/x/106.06/3270.61/x/1.58/109.10;]


The DOW climbed 113-points while NASDAQ gained 106.
The Bloomberg News 7 Index rose about a point and a half.
[SUPER=431-he/35g/ha/34g/h3%/56a/hg/51%/i$/28a;]
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[E-Government]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-18 TC42:40]
[GRAPHIC=Jim Gilmore]


He says he's NOT a lame duck.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; ]


With just under half his term left, Governor Jim Gilmore told his state agency heads today they had important work left to do.
First off, executive order number 65, mandating "e-government."
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[SOT 13:33:04]
[IN Q=People already]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: PEOPLE ALREADY OF COURSE CAN GO OVER THE INTERNET AND RENEW THEIR DRIVER'S LICENSES OVER THE INTERNET. SO THERE'S NO REASON YOU CAN'T HAVE A VARIETY OF APPLICATIONS FOR EVERYDAY CITIZENS WHO ARE COMMUNICATING WITH GOVERNMENT. I THINK ONE OF THE GREAT FRUSTRATIONS I'VE ALWAYS HAD AS A CITIZEN IS HOW HARD IT IS TO GET ON THE PHONE AND GET ANYBODY.))
[SUPER=@Gilmore;]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=get anybody.]
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[VO-NAT]


Gilmore's order appoints his former Y-2-K director to head up the state's effort to do as much business as possible using the most sophisticated computer technology available.
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[Collapse-Injured]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#]
[GRAPHIC=Lowe's Collapse]


The Lowe's Motor Speedwya is back open for business tonight, four days after 107 people were injured when a bridge collapsed outside the speedway.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Mike/Starlink]


Mike Stevens joins us from the track with more on some folks from our area who are still in the hospital.
[Live=Mike Full/Starlink]
[SUPER=@Mike1;]
[SUPER=06-Concord, NC;]
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[SUPER=01-Marty Taylor/Victim from South Boston; 17]
[SUPER=03-Concord, NC/Saturday; :34]
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[OUT Q=banged up pretty good.]




[Live=Mike Full/Starlink]
[SUPER=06-Concord, NC;]
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[MIKE TOSSES TO BREAK]

[S-Live]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Lowes Motor Speedway]


The Winston Cup drivers are at the Lowes Motor Speedway preparing for qualifying for the Coca Cola 600. Mike Stevens is at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Mike.
[Double Boxes=Roy and Mike/Starlink]


Mike ad libs:
[Live=Mike Full/Starlink]
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[SUPER=06-Concord, NC; :]





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[Live=MIKE Full/Starlink]
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[GO TO QUALIFYING] [WIPE TO MOTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]
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[Double Boxes=Mike and Roy/Starlink]


[S-Softball]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-60 (1:32:00)]
[GRAPHIC=Softball Logo]


William Byrd and Northside are in a marathon for the Blue Ridge District Softball Tournament Championship.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Northside vs William Byrd; :]


Northside had a hard time with the Terriers falling behind to Byrd five three in the third.
That lead increased when Lindsay Dean comes in from third off the bunt, and the Terries were up six to three.
In the seventh inning the Vikings started playing a different tune, Jessica Wilkerson lays down the bunt, the throw to first is long and two runs score. Northside is down by one.
[super=34-William Byrd/6/Northside/6/In 13th;]


The tying score comes off the bunt and this one is still going on tied at six in the 13 inning.
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[S-Liberty]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-63 tc 45:06]
[GRAPHIC=Liberty]


The Liberty Flames are hoping the success they experienced in the Big South Tournament will continue this Friday in the first round of the NC-Double-A Tournament.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg;]


The Flames are the fourth seed in the region. Unfortunately that pairs them with the top seed, which is also the number one ranked team in the nation.
When Liberty takes the field against South Carolina, Dan Valentin will be on the mound.
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[SOT]
[IN Q= Danny's been]
[SUPER=01-Randy Tomlin/Liberty Pitching Coach;]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=that first game]
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[VO-NAT]


That first game is Friday night at 7 in Columbia, South Carolina. (------------)