[11Munsey-Warrants]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-12 TC56:27]
[GRAPHIC=Tara Munsey]


Unsealed warrants shed new light on the evidence that linked a suspect to Tara Munsey's murder.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./February;]


The warrants connect suspect Jeffrey Allen Thomas to the murder weapon.
They reveal that shell casings recovered from the crime scene were fired from a 22-caliber Marlin rifle that a friend said he loaned to Thomas.
However, the murder weapon has not been found.
Thomas was arrested and charged with capital murder back in February.
That was after investigators searched his car.
Warrants indicate they took samples of his blood, head hair, pubic hair and saliva.
His sneakers were also taken to determine if they matched footprints found near Tara Munsey's body.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


A preliminary hearing on the case is scheduled for June 9th.

[11County-Supers]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-17 TC26:25]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Co. Seal]


Roanoke county supervisors have approved a new budget, but not without some concern over the way the county will buy new vehicles.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


The board was considering the 265- million dollar spending plan... when Hollins Supervisor Bob Johnson objected to the lease purchase of seven fire vehicles and trash trucks.
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[SOT 50:18]
[IN Q=And I'm telling you]

((AND I'M TELLING YOU, LEASE PURCHASES ARE A NARCOTIC. THEY CAN BE VERY ADDICTIVE AND YOU NEVER SEEM TO PAY THEM OFF BECAUSE THEY KEEP WEARING OUT.))
[SUPER=01-Bob Johnson/Roanoke Co. Supervisor]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=they keep wearing out.]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


The board ultimately approved the budget on its first reading... but the supervisors could revisit the lease- purchase plan when the county solicits bids for the vehicles.

[Air-Merger]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=US- Airways]


The friendly skies are about to get a little less crowded....
There's word that United Airlines is buying U-S Airways.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC;]


The deal will make the world's largest airline even larger.
An announcement is expected today.
A source says the boards of both United and U-S Airways have already approved the union.
United's parent company will reportedly pay four-point-three-billion dollars in cash and assume seven-point-three- billion in debt.
The new company will have hubs on both coasts, including one in Charlotte.
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[SOT 3:23:56]
[IN Q=WE certainly]

((JERRY ORR/CHARLOTTE-DOUGLAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: WE CERTAINLY HOPE WE WOULD REMAIN A HUB. I THINK THE HUB IS A VERY IMPORTANT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOOL FOR THIS REGION. HOWEVER, WE'RE NOT A HUB BECAUSE OF WHAT THE CITY DOES. WE'RE A HUB BASED ON AN AIRLINE DECISION.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Orr/Charlotte-Douglas Int'l Airport;]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=airline decision.]
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[VO-NAT]


Since both carriers have mileage-sharing deals with other airlines, the merger could prove to be a boon for frequent fliers.
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[6-Hybrid-honda]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-28 TC02:53]
[GRAPHIC=None]


You don't have to travel far to see the latest vehicles. The new Hybrid Honda 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.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It's not a ]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mike Coyle/Rick Woodson General Manager;:26 ]
[SUPER=19-Jennifer/Miele;1:14]
[RUNS=1:30]
[OUT Q= News 7, Roanoke.]

(( 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.
[SOT TC:00:02:24]
[IN Q=It's like a giant]
[RUNS= :08]
[OUT Q=80,000 miles.]


((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]
[IN Q= Car and driver says]
[OUT Q= but, can it perform?]
[RUNS= :09]


Car and driver says Insight meets ultra-low emissions standards. So it's safe, inexpensive and environmentally sound, but can it perform?
[SOT TC:00:01:09]
[IN Q=Everybody thinks]
[RUNS= :13]
[OUT Q=performance of it.]

((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.
[SOT TC:00:03:20]
[IN Q=The battery's here]
[RUNS= :14]
[OUT Q=they are right.]

((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.))

[Plane-Crash]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation]


Pieces of wreckage from the plane crash that killed 19 people in Pennsylvania Sunday were moved to a hangar for closer inspection.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wilkes-Barre, PA;]


The engines and fuselage were unloaded from flatbed trucks last night.
Experts finished shooting photographs of the crash and documenting where plane parts were found.
Forensic investigators are assisting in identifying the remains of victims.
So far, there are few clues as to what caused the plane to lose power in both engines.
Now, the investigation will focus on the air traffic control tower's tape.
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[11Charleston]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-07 TC1:38:18]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]


A former strip club dancer from West Virginia admitted she killed her husband to Botetourt County authorities.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]

35-year-old Arm-nta Ramsey was hitchhiking with her five-year-old son when she stopped at the Troutville truck stop yesterday to call sheriff's deputies.
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[SOT 4:15:25]
[IN Q=Did you shoot]

((DID YOU SHOOT YOUR HUSBAND? DIDN'T MEAN TO. YOU DIDN'T MEAN TO BUT YOU DID?))
[SUPER=01-Arminta Ramsey/Murder Suspect;]
[RUNS=:04]
[OUT Q=you did]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-South Charleston, WV;]

Police say Ramsey's husband was shot to death in the couple's home in South Charleston, West Virginia. He owned a strip club where Ramsey used to dance. Ramsey went back to West Virginia with officers yesterday, and relatives picked up her son.
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[11New-Brokers]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-06 TC1:42:11]
[GRAPHIC=business News]


A leading Wall Street investment firm is now open for business in Roanoke.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The New Salomon Smith Barney office is located in the old First Union Building on Jefferson Street.
The company and its local brokers will furnish customers with retirement plans, insurance benefits, and personal and corporate investment information.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=All the people]

((ALL THE PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE ARE ALL LOCAL PEOPLE AND ARE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT STARTING A NEW BUSINESS RIGHT HERE IN TOWN WITH A REPUTABLE FIRM.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Dunkenberger/Acting Branch Manager;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=reputable firm.]
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[VO-NAT]


Historically, Salomon Smith Barney has had little presence in our region, but Roanoke is now considered a target for the firm's expansion plans.
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[11Defibrillators]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-10 TC1:29:02]
[GRAPHIC=None]


When it comes to surviving a heart attack, every second counts.. that's where a new program in central Virginia hopes to start making a difference.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


The Centra Health Foundation is sponsoring "HeartSave".. a program aimed at putting automatic external defibrillators in the hands of local emergency officials.
Defibrillators are machines that can shock a person's heart back into a regular heartbeat.. and getting one quickly to the scene of an emergency can make the difference between life and death.
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[SOT 1:44:28]
[IN Q=So you can]

((CAROL DRISKILL/CENTRA HEALTH FOUNDATION: SO YOU CAN SEE THAT TIME IS REALLY THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT THAT PATIENT HAS.. THE SHORTER THE TIME BETWEEN FALLING DOWN AND HAVING SOMEONE ARRIVE WITH A DEFIBRILLATOR WHICH CAN CONVERT THEIR HEART RHYTHM, THE MORE LIKELY THEY ARE TO SURVIVE.))
[SUPER=01-Carol Driskill/Centra Health Foundation]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=are to survive.]
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[VO-NAT]


HeartSave plans to buy 40 defibrillators over the next two years and give them to local police departments and rescue squads.
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[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]


In medical news,

Doctor Dave Hnida has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:20]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]



(ad lib to weather)


[China-Trade]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A showdown House vote is set for today on whether to normalize trade relations with China.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


The debate began last night.
Supporters say they think their lobbying efforts will pay off with a victory.
But opponents are skeptical of China's intentions.
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[SOT 3:20:45]
[IN Q=There is serious]

((REP. NANCY PELOSI/D- CALIFORNIA: THERE IS SERIOUS REASON TO REJECT THIS PROPOSAL ON THE BASIS OF TRADE ALONE. MR. CHAIRMAN, CHINA HAS NEVER HONORED ANY OF ITS TRADE AGREEMENTS WITH THE U.S.))
[SUPER=01-Rep. Nancy Pelosi/(D) California;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=with the U.S.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Beijing, China;]


But an American businessman who has several companies in China says the trade deal would be mutually beneficial to both countries.
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[SOT 3:18:56]
[IN Q=The largest]

((DWIGHT NORDSTROM/AMERICAN ENTREPRENEUR: THE LARGEST TRADING RELATIONSHIP IN THE WORLD WILL BE CHINA AND THE U.S. WE'LL BE DOING MORE BUSINESS IN CHINA AND THEY'LL BE DOING MORE BUSINESS WITH US THAN WE WILL OR THEY WILL WITH ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.))
[SUPER=01-Dwight Nordstrom/American Entrepreneur;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=in the world]
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[VO-NAT]


If it passes, the bill would give China the same low- tariff access to U-S markets that most countries have.
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[SC-Flag]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The controversial confederate flag is one step closer to removal from South Carolina's capitol dome.
Yesterday, Governor Jim Hodges signed legislation to officially remove the flag from the dome, where it's flown for 38 years.
The flag won't actually come down until July first.
It will then fly at a Confederate soldier memorial on the statehouse grounds.
In his address, the Governor asked citizens to get past the controversy.
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[SOT 3:25:49]
[IN Q=WE must heal]

((GOVERNOR JIM HODGES/R- SOUTH CAROLINA: WE MUST HEAL THE WOUNDS OF THIS DEVISIVE DEBATE. WE MUST STRIVE FOR RECONCILIATION. WE MUST NOW WORK TOGETHER ON THE OTHER CHALLENGES THAT CONFRONT OUR STATE.)).
[SUPER=01-Gov. Jim Hodges/(R) South Carolina;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=our state.]
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[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Meanwhile, the N-A-A-C-P says the move isn't enough-- the flag still represents hatred.
The organization will continue its tourism boycott of the state.
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[KY-TORNADO]


[ANCHOR=ANDREW]
[NEWSCAST=MORN]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Tornado]


A powerful storm barreled through Kentucky last night spawning tornadoes and leaving a trail of destruction across three counties.
Tim Seymour has details.


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[SOT - 03NA - 03:01:53]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Leitchfield, KY; :00]
[SUPER=01-Willetta Mattingly/Escaped Injuries; :15]
[SUPER=01-Amanda Bernhard/Wilson Dental Clinic; :44]
[SUPER=01-Tim Seymour/Reporting; :56 QUICK]
[Super=01-Brad Hudson/Grayson Co. Sheriff; 1:18]
[RUNS=2:02]
[OUT Q=for CBS News]




[Sheriff-Pay]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-16]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Co. Seal]

The Roanoke County Sheriff went before the Board of Supervisors last night to propose a new pay plan and grievance procedure for his departments. Kate Weidaw has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=This was the]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Gerald Holt/Roanoke Co. Sheriff; :20]
[SUPER=01-Fuzzy Minnix/Roanoke Co. Supervisor; 1:02]
[SUPER=01-Joe McNamara/Roanoke Co. Supervisor; 1:22]
[SUPER=@Kate2; 1:30]
[RUNS=1:40]
[OUT Q=kw news 7 roanoke co.]

((This was the second time this month Sheriff Gerald Holt went before the Board of Supervisors to ask for a new employment agreement with the county. The reason -- right now eight deputies are paid more the county's pay plan thanks to additional funds from the state. The proposal would have allowed the sheriff to create a separate pay plan.

[SOT 21:20]
[INQ=]

((SHERIFF GERALD HOLT: IT'S A MATTER OF BEING IN COMPLIANCE WITH BOTH THE COUNTY'S CLASSIFICATION PLAN THE STATE'S MANDATED PAY RAISE.))
[OUTQ=]

[RUNS09]
That way the 8 deputies salaries would not be lowered to what the county plan calls for. However some questioned the proposal saying it would allocate to much power to the Sheriff and possibly give some employees preferential treatment. Under the proposed grievance plan employees would not be able to take their concerns to the board of supervisors.

[SOT 34:21]
[INQ=]

((SHERIFF GERALD HOLT: EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE A GRIEVANCE WOULD TRY TO RESOLVE IT AT THE FIRST LEVEL OF SUPERVISION AND FROM THERE TO THE CHIEF, FROM THERE TO A CITIZEN ADVISORY PANEL.))
[OUTQ=]

[RUNS09]
But in the end the board unanimously denied the proposal.

[SOT 37:48]
[INQ=]

((FUZZY MINNIX: ALTHOUGH I AM SURE AS YOU DEAL WITH YOUR EMPLOYEES IN A FAIR WAY.))
[OUTQ=]

[RUNS05] [BUTT, BUTT, BUTT]
[SOT 38:44]
[INQ=]

((FUZZY MINNIX: MY FEELING THAT IT SHOULD BE DENIED IS THAT WAY BEING ABLE TO PROVIDE MAXIMUM PROTECTION NOT JUST FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES BUT FOR YOU.))
[OUTQ=]

[RUNS13]

[SOT 40:14]
[INQ=]

((JOE MCNAMARA: I TOO AM OF THE OPINION THERE IS MORE POWER AND MORE STRENGTH AND OUR CITIZENS AND THE PEOPLE YOU WORK FOR WILL BE BETTER OFF WITH US WORKING TOGETHER.))
[OUTQ=]

[RUNS10]
Sheriff Holt says even though the plan was denied he's happy the county is willing to work with him on a new plan that will be in compliance with both the county and the state. Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke County.))

[Walkway-Collapse]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Lowe's Speedway Collapse]


Crews began tearing down what's left of the walkway at
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Concord, NC;]


Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.
More than 100 people were injured when the bridge split in half over the weekend.
With the bridge gone, Speedway officials are now planning how to move race fans across U-S 29 to the track for today's races.
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[11Speedway-Safety]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=00-14 TC37:07]
[GRAPHIC=None]



Critics say the pedestrian bridge collapse at Charlotte is a sign that track owners need to make sure they can handle the growing crowds.
But as Surae Chinn reports, folks at the Martinsville speedway say their walkway and bleachers are already checked regularly.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The Way]
[SUPER=01-Steve Sheppard/Martinsville Speedway; :00]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville; :17]
[SUPER=03-Concord, NC/Saturday; :22]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/April; :36]
[SUPER=01-Ward Burton/NASCAR Driver; :53]
[SUPER=@Surae1; 1:15]
[RUNS=1:26]
[OUT Q=News 7, Martinsville]


[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Kmc/Pev]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Unsealed warrants connect suspect Jeffrey Allen Thomas to the weapon used in Tara Munsey's murder.
The warrants reveal that shell casings recovered from the crime scene were fired from a 22-caliber Marlin rifle that a friend said he loaned to Thomas.
However, the murder weapon has not been found.

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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

Roanoke county supervisors have approved a new budget, but not without some concern over the way the county will buy new vehicles. The board ultimately approved the budget on its first reading... but the supervisors could revisit the lease- purchase plan when the county solicits bids for the vehicles.

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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


The Centra Health Foundation is sponsoring "HeartSave".. a program aimed at putting automatic external defibrillators in the hands of local emergency officials.
HeartSave plans to buy 40 defibrillators over the next two years and give them to local police departments and rescue squads.
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[ANCHOR=Patrick]
(Patrick mic hot)
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(Patrick ad lib weather)
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[2-SHOT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Mike Stevens with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good Morning]
[RUNS=22]
[OUT Q=5, 6, and 11]
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[Double Boxes=Kimberly/Andrew and Steve]
(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)

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