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[TALENT=Keith]

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First indications of what caused the bridge collapse in Charlotte.
That's our lead story tonight on NEWS 7.
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[TALENT=Keith]


And a most unlikely alliance comes together to help build Habitat for Humanity houses.

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[ANCHOR=Roy]
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[WRITER=rst]
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In sports, The Braves beat the Brewers Mike Stevens has a report on a visit Dodge made to the Lowes Motor Speedway today.
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[VO-NAT]


And the Atlanta Hawks have hired college coach Lon Kruger as their new head basketball coach.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
[SS=None]


The strong thunderstorms have moved to the coast. Things will dry out a bit tomorrow and temperatures return to normal as well.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=Video Open]



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[VO-NAT]


A common chemical may have been the cause of Saturday Night's walkway collapse.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[Bridge-Collapse]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=MST]
[TAPE#=00-06 TC1:43:47]
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One of the main elements in salt appears to have caused the collapse that injured 107 people at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte.
Mike Stevens has more on the findings released this afternoon.
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[SUPER=01-Charles Manning/Accident Analyst;]
[SUPER=01-William Lowndes/Tindall Concrete CEO;]
[SUPER=01-"Humpy" Wheeler/Lowe's Speedway President;]
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[Greenfield]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-12 TC57:35]
[GRAPHIC=Education]

Botetourt County supervisors have buckled in the name of education. They're offering the school board an extra 257-thousand-dollars -- as long as it's spent to open a new school.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]
[TAPE#=00-24 TC04:34]

It looked like Greenfield Elementary School might not open next year. Supervisors gave the school board only enough money to raise teachers' pay OR open Greenfield. The school board sided with teachers.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=HOLD]

But at the last minute, the supervisors said they would pay half the cost of opening the school -- on top of the money they've already approved. The school board is meeting right now. We'll have the latest on this compromise tonight on News7 at 11.

[M'ville-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-07 TC1:40:47]
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A Martinsville man died early this morning and a 16 year old is in custody in connection with the shooting.
This is the second murder at the Rivermont Apartments in Martinsville since the beginning of April.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Surae/DAnville Bureau]


Surae Chinn has been covering the story and she is in our Danville Newsroom.
[Live=Surae Full/Danville Bureau]
[SUPER=@Surae1;]
[SUPER=05-Danville;]


Keith, this morning's murder actually makes it the fourth murder in less than two months inthe city.
Two of them did happen at this apartment complex.
Authorities and managment are trying to do what they can to make it safer.
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[SOT 5:39:00]
[IN Q=I need help]
[SUPER=01-Bessie Kent/Rivermont Apartments' Manager; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lt. Jim Minter/Martinsville Police Dept.; 1:02]
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[OUT Q=and safer place.]

(( ((BESSIE KENT/RIVERMONT APARTMENTS MANAGER: I NEED HELP I NEED SOMEONE WHO WILL STAND BEHIND ME AND WANT THE SAME FOR THESE PEOPLE. THEY'RE NOT DOGS.)) [RUNS:10]
Bessie Kent has lived at the Rivermont Apartments for four years. She's also the apartment manager. She's says it's now her mission to make life safer at rivermont where she says drugs have been a problem.
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((BESSIE KENT/RIVERMONT APARTMENTS' MANAGER: I MIGHT DIE TRYING I DON'T FEAR MY LIFE I FEAR MY SONS LIFE I FEAR THOSE KIDS LIVES OUT HERE THERE ARE TOO MANY OUT HERE IT'S LIKE THEY HAVE NO BACK BONE. IT SEEMS LIKE PEOLE DON'T CARE.)) [RUNS:15]
But she cares. Days before the shooting that left a Martinsville man dead behind this building, Bessie started a petition. She hopes to receive a grant that would bring a police substation and up to three officers to the complex.
The Martinsville Police Department is concentrating its efforts here as well--increasing patrols and meeting with Bessie.
[SOT 5:25;15]

((LT. JIM MINTER/MARTINSVILLE POLICE DEPT. : THEY'RE TALKING BACK AND FORTH AND TRYING TO COME UP WITH IDEAS AND A SOLUTION IN REFERENCET TO THE PROBLEMS AND TRY TO ADDRESS IT AND MAKE IT A BETTER LIVING AREA AND SAFER PLACE.)) [RUNS:09]))
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Seven state troopers have been brought in this month to help reduce overall crime in the city and some of them are helping out at Rivermont.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith and Surae/Danville Bureau]



[Wythe-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-17 TC29:08]
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Investigators in Wythe County are still trying to piece together how a squabble between a landlord and his tenant turned fatal.
Authorities were supposed to talk with the 65-year-old landlord, James Compton, today... but he's still in the hospital with a concussion.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wythe Co./Yesterday;]


They say yesterday, Compton, a former school principal, shot 27-year-old Darren Womack amid a struggle in the front yard.
Autopsy results today indicate that Womack died of gunshot wounds to the head and chest.
Compton's attorney says he had been trying to evict his tenant for some time and had come to the house to check on his cattle.
No charges have been filed.
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[Habitat]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-10 TC1:30:40]
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Gilmore, Allen, Baliles, and Robb.
They were all working together today for one Virginia family.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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[SUPER=07-Lynda Robb; :00]
[SUPER=01-Roxane Gilmore/First Lady of Virginia; :18]
[SUPER=@Ellen1; :53]
[SUPER=07-Susan Allen; 1:13]
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((LYNDA ROBB: IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S NOT QUITE EVEN. BUT I DIDN'T CUT THAT ONE!)) [runs:04 ]
That's Lynda Robb, Jeannie Baliles, Roxane Gilmore, and Susan Allen.
Four current or former First Ladies of Virginia, setting aside their political pasts for a south Richmond Habitat for Humanity house.
[sot 14:07:57 ]

((ROXANE GILMORE: WE'VE HANDED BOARDS TO EACH OTHER AND NAILS, AND HAMMERED TOGETHER. AND IT REALLY IS A UNIFYING PROJECT.)) [runs:06]
It's a four room house, for a single mother of three.
But it's really just two that we came to see.
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((SUSAN, I'M GONNA MOVE YOU A LITTLE BIT.... WE'RE FINE.)) [RUNS:06]

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((LYNDA ROBB: I HELD THE LADDER AND MOVED A LITTLE BIT FOR SUSAN. SO SHE DIDN'T HAVE TO STRETCH TOO FAR.)) [runs:05 ]
Chuck Robb and George Allen are locked in a bitter duel for the U-S Senate.
But here, Lynda's cutting boards for Susan.
Incidentally, Susan decided Lynda's board was too long to fit.
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((A REPUBLICAN PARTY NEWS RELEASE SENT OUT DURING THIS CAMPAIGN LABELED CHUCK ROBB'S CAMPAIGN EFFORTS PATHETIC. THE ROBB CAMPAIGN FIRES BACK THEY'RE INSULTED AND THEY UNDERSTAND WITH RECENT POLL RESULTS WHY THE ALLEN CAMPAIGN MIGHT BE ON THE AGGRESSIVE. THEY JUST HOPE IT DOESN'T TRANSLATE INTO FLYING HAMMERS AND NAIL GUNS HERE ON THE JOB SITE WITH THE FIRST LADIES. )) [RUNS:22]
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((SUSAN ALLEN: OH IT'S THE HEALTHY HUMAN COMPETITION OF POLITICAL DEBATE AND COMPETITION. AND GOSH IT'S TO BE EXPECTED.)) [runs:06 ]
[sot 14:23:55]

((LYNDA ROBB: SHE BROUGHT QUITE A FEW PEOPLE WHO SAID THEY WERE FROM HER CAMPAIGN STAFF. AND I HELPED HOLD LADDERS.)) [runs:08]
So the nails were out and both sides were pounding.
Now the campaign shifts back to their husbands.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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A 91-year old man faces a charge of sexual battery.
That's still ahead on News 7.
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[VO-NAT]


And it's a prickly situation at Mill Mountain Zoo, thanks to two new residents.
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[Dudley-School]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-21 12:07]
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Kids who live near Smith Mountain Lake could be the test pilots for a new school program. Volunteers are teaching them how to care for the lake, and state education officials say they may soon put a program like this in all schools. Tina Tenret takes us to Dudley Elementary School in Franklin County to see why.
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((NAT SOT: HAH! OKAY TAKE SOMETHING OUT. OKAY WHAT'D YOU GET, WHAT'S THAT? TREES. OKAY IS THAT A GIFT WE HAVE? YEA

H. YES!)) [RUNS:10]
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Lorraine Conary is teaching on her own time. She's spent months making props showing how to protect Smith Mountain Lake. The Lake Association backed her up with volunteers and 14-hundred-dollars.
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[RUNS:07] The Lake Association bought several children's books for the school library.
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((NAT SOT: ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU, EACH ONE OF YOU, IS VERY VERY IMPORTANT. YOU CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN YOUR ENVIRONME

NT. butt butt butt CHAD ENGLISH/STUDENT: I THINK I CAN PROTECT ... IN THE LAKE.)) [RUNS:18]
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They recycle a popular game show theme to play -- Who Wants to Be an Environmentalist?
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((NAT SOT: A TOMATO IS ... ))

[RUNS:14] Conary ties these lessons closely to the state's standards of learning --
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[RUNS:05] and she seems to be hitting the right note. Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County))

[Mitchell]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-11 TC54:35]
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A 91-year old nursing home patient has been arrested and charged with sexual battery for allegedly fondling a woman at the home.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


Buck Mitchell is legally blind and almost totally deaf.
At the time of the alleged incident he was living at the Salem Rehab Center.
He was working his way along the hall- -white cane in one hand- -the other hand gripping a handrail.
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[IN Q=and when he]

((AND WHEN HE COMES UP ON SOMETHING: BUMP. HE TAKES HIS RIGHT HAND AND FEELS TO SEE WHAT IT IS, AND SOMETIMES HE TOUCHES INAPPROPRIATE AREAS.))
[SUPER=01-Barbara Mitchell/Suspect's Daughter-in-Law]
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[OUT Q=inappropriate areas.]
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[* * * Keith on ENG * * *]
Even with his daughter- in-law's help, it is hard to communicate with Mitchell.
He knows what he's charged with, though.
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[IN Q=Women, fooling with]

((WOMEN, FOOLING WITH WOMEN, THEY SAY. THAT'S ALL I HEAR. I DIDN'T TOUCH VERY MANY.))
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[OUT Q=touch very many.]
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The Commonwealth's Attorney says EIGHT woman filed complaints against Mitchell before this one in March.
Mitchell family members point out the complaints occurred only while he was at Salem Rehab. None before or since.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=HOLD]


A trial date has not been set.

[Stocks]


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Weakness in financial stocks undermined the market today. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
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The DOW plunged 211-points. NASDAQ lost 65.
The Bloomberg News 7 Index dropped a point and a third.
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[Airline-Merger]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-05 TC1:39:03]
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As U.S. Airways and United continue to negotiate a merger, analysts are debating whether fares will rise as a result.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


With fewer airlines competing against each other, consumers will have fewer choices when flying from city to city.

If an airline lowers its fairs in one city, the competing airline will raise its fairs in another city in retaliation.
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((VIJAY SINGAL/VA. TECH FINANCE PROFESSOR: THE SMALLER THE NUMBER OF PLAYERS IN THE MARKET THE MORE LIKELY WE ARE TO HAVE THIS TYPE OF IMPLICIT INCLUSION, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE WORRIED ABOUT. THAT AS A RESULT OF THIS MERGER, THESE COMPANIES ARE GOING TO BE MORE INTERDEPENDENT. THE FAIRS ARE GOING TO GO UP FROM A COMPETITIVE STANDPOINT.))
[SUPER=01-Vijay Singal/Va. Tech Finance Professor]
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[OUT Q=from a competative standpoint.]
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[VO-NAT]


If the merger goes through, the airlines have promised to freeze rates for two years until the deal is complete.
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[Zoo]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6p]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=00-26 TC06:36]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A couple of prickly characters showed up at the Mill Mountain Zoo today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Two Asian Crested porcupines took up residence this morning, much to the delight of the zoo's younger customers.
Each critter weighs 30 pounds, and those quills can be up to a foot-long.
The brother and sister porcupines are on loan from a zoo in Buffalo.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=Sports Tease]
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And coming up in sports, Virginia Tech prepares for the first round of the N-C-A-A baseball tournament more highlights from girls softball.
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[VO-NAT]


And the Braves beat the Brewers this afternoon behind the bat of Andres Galarraga.
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[ANCHOR=Roy]
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[WRITER=rst]
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The Virginia High School League has been meeting for most of the day considering re-classification as requested by several schools in the state.
From our area, William Fleming has applied to drop to Group Two A and become a member of the Blue Ridge District, which has already accepted the Colonels. Pulaski County is also seeking re-classification and would also like to be a member of the Blue Ridge.
E.C. Glass has applied to drop to Group Two A and become a member of the Seminole District.
The re-districting committee is expected to release its results tomorrow.


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[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-62 (47:45)]
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Cave Spring comes behind to beat William Fleming 8 to 3 in the Roanoke Valley District tournament championship.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Cave Spring vs Wm. Fleming; :]


The players being introduced before the start of the game.
In the top of the first, Fleming's Chanel Craighead lays down the bunt Cave's catcher Nikki Childress picks it up and overthrows the play at third scoring Dana Kratt and Nicole Williams to make it 2 to nothing Fleming.
With the score 3 to nothing Fleming in the third, Cave Spring's Lauren Lows drops a bloop single into right field scoring Danielle Spangler from third to give the Lady Knights their first score.
[SUPER=34-Cave Spring/8/William Fleming/3/;]


Later in the same inning Mary Thomas hits a shot to deep left field scoring two more runs to tie the game at three and the Lady Knights win it by a score of 8 to 3.
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[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sp-65 tc 51:25]
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One Hokie has a special motivation to succeed when Tech takes the field tomorrow in the first game of the NC-Double-A Tournament.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/This Season;]


Chad Foutz lost his mom to cancer this past Mother's Day.
She had been ill for a while and being away from her to play ball this season was difficult.
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[ANCHOR=Roy]
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Tech and USC meet tomorrow at six eastern time.

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[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-64 (51:06)]
[GRAPHIC=MLB LOGO]


The Atlanta Braves were on the road at Milwaukee this afternoon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Milwaukee, WI/TURNER; :]


The two teams hooked up at County Stadium.
Leading 1 to nothing, Atlanta's Andres Galarraga sends this Jeff Damico pitch over the centerfield wall for a solo homer and the Braves took the 2 to nothing lead.
Still in the sixth, Terry Mulholland hits this line drive shot to left centerfield scoring Reggie Sanders and the Braves were on top by a score of 4 to nothing.
[SUPER=35-Atlanta/7/Milwaukee/3/;]


Milwaukee would get on the board in the bottom of the sixth as Mark Lorettta hits this two run homer to left field to make it 4 to 2 but Atlanta wins it 7 to 3.
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[S-Dodge]


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


Second round Winston cup Qualifying is taking place at this hour at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte. This morning Mike Stevens caught up with some fast company in Victory Lane.
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