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[TALENT=Jean]

One of Carroll County's biggest employers is shutting down-- sending its operations south of the border.
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And thousands will decend on the Bedford D-Day Memorial and Smith Mountain Lake this holiday weekend.
Find out how V-Dot plans to get everyone there without any major traffic jams.
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[ANCHOR=Roy]
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[WRITER=rst]
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In sports, The Roanoke Steam prepares for tomorrow nights game against Charleston Serena Williams will not play in the French Open.
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[VO-NAT]


And we'll have a report on the Virginia High School Leagues reclassification that will affect several teams from our area.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
[SS=None]


Looks like a typical Memorial Day weekend. Temperature near 80 with a chance of showers tossed in as well.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=ejo]
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Bedford's newest attraction and Smith Mountain Lake are expected to draw record numbers of visitors to Bedford County Monday-- all hoping to avoid massive gridlock.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[Bedford-Traffic]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=tfl]
[TAPE#=00-07 TC1:43:26]
[GRAPHIC=D-Day Memorial]


The Virginia Department of Transportation is preparing for a flood of holiday traffic this year on Route 460.
10-thousand people are expected to travel to Bedford Monday to attend the D-Day Memorial dedication ceremony.
[Double Boxes=Jean and Tonya/Microwave]

Tonya Flory is at the site. Tonya, how are they going to deal with those cars and the ones already on the road destined for popular places like Smith Mountain Lake.
[Live=Tonya Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Tonya1;]
[SUPER=05-Bedford; ]

It's event traffic on top of holiday traffic mixed in with a little regular traffic. But V-DOT is setting up alternate routes for drivers so they can hopefully get out of the car before the day is over.


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((JASON BOND/V-DOT: WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT IS TRYING TO SPLIT THE THRU TRAFFIC FROM THE EVENT TRAFFIC AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE VARIABLE MESSAGE BOARDS TO THE EAST AND WEST OF BEDFORD ENCOURAGING DRIVERS TO MAKE THEIR LANE CHANGES EARLY SO THEY CAN GET TO THE EVENT.)) [RUNS:14]
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[PRE-PRO] Even with the changes, the heavy flow of traffic is still going to create delays, But V-DOT suggests to make the drive smoother -- Eastbound route 460 motorists should use the Route 460 Business exit at the west end of the Route 460 Bedford Bypass. Westbound traffic will be funneled into the right lane and will need to use the Route 122 interchange to the event. Holiday travelers headed to Smith Mountain Lake are advised to avoid those roads all together. From the Roanoke area -- Lake traffic will need to take Route 24 to Route 757 or Route 634 to steer clear of the D-Day congestion. And from Lynchburg or Forest, lake travelers can use Route 811 to Route 24. The take Route 43 to Route 626 through Huddleston.
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((JASON BOND/V-DOT: WE'RE ASKING PEOPLE WHEN THEY APPROACH BEDFORD FROM EITHER SIDE TO MAKE THEIR LANE CHANGES EARLY, WATCH FOR THE MESSAGE BOARDS AND BE PATIENT BECAUSE THERE ARE PROBABLY GOING TO BE SOME DELAYS AS YOU HEAD TO THE EVENT.)) [RUNS:11]
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[Double Boxes=Jean and Tonya/Microwave]



[Cross-Creek]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-19 TC14:30]
[GRAPHIC=Plant Closing]


In two months, Carroll County will lose one of its biggest employers for good.
Cross Creek Apparel is closing the doors of its Hillsville sewing plant at the end of July, putting 245 people out of work.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Floyd Co./1998;]


The company shut down its Floyd County apparel plant two years ago.
With this latest closing, Cross Creek is moving the last of its Virginia sewing operations to Mexico and Honduras.

The company cites fierce competition from offshore operations as the reason.
It still runs four apparel plants in North Carolina.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


This is the fourth in a series of blows to the area job market in recent months.
Grayson Garment, Hillsville Apparel and Invensys (In-VEN-sis) Appliance displaced more than 400 area workers when they closed.

[Lynch-Dunnigan]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-06 TC1:45:52]
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A Christiansburg loan officer and a Dublin Builder pleaded guilty today to charges of writing and benefiting from fraudulent loans.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


38-year old Michael Lynch and 54-year old Robert Dunnigan were arraigned in federal court after misappropriating more than 400-thousand dollars from the Christiansburg Branch of Central Fidelity Bank.
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((THE BANK, WHEN INVESTIGATING SOME OF MIKE LYNCH'S LOAN FILES, DETERMINED THAT THERE WERE FICTITIOUS LOANS MADE IN INDIVIDUALS NAMES AND THE INDIVIDUALS KNEW NOTHING ABOUT THEM.))
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The men each face a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a million dollar fine.
They are out on signature bond until their sentencing in August.

[Allen]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-10 TC1:33:24]
[GRAPHIC=George Allen]


George Allen says he "likes to run like he's half a lap behind."
Today, the former Governor said his campaign for the U-S Senate is right on time.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Allen met voters today at Towers Shopping Center.
Recent polls suggest he's in a dead heat with Democratic incumbent Chuck Robb. At this point in the campaign Allen says that's fine with him.
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((GEORGE ALLEN: ALL I CAN COMPARE IT TO IS WHEN I WAS RUNNING STATEWIDE IN 1993 FOR GOVERNOR. AND AT THIS STAGE I DID NOT HAVE THE NOMINATION, HAD NO MONEY AND I THINK I WAS ABOUT 31 PERCENT BEHIND IN THE POLLS. SO THINGS LOOK VERY VERY GOOD AND I THINK WE'RE POSITIONED WELL. AND IT SEEMS LIKE WE'VE GOT A LOT OF GOOD GRASS ROOTS SUPPORT.))
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State Republicans will gather in Virginia Beach next weekend to nominate Allen for the U-S Senate race.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Jean]
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President Clinton comes to Virginia to protect the nation's shoreline.
Details are still ahead on News 7 at Six.
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And take a trip to an Island getaway-- in the middle of Smith Mountain Lake.
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[ISLAND-HOUSE]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-08 TC1:30:45]
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A New Jersey businessman is building Smith Mountain Lake's first house on an island. The eleven acres buzz like a city all its own -- full of toys. Tina Tenret takes us to Carter Island.
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(( This is the only way to get to Bill Carter's house. He owns an island.
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((IT'S TOUGH TO TAKE OUT THE GARBAGE, IT'S TOUGH TO GET THE FRIDGE FIXED. YOU HAVE TO BRING SOMEBODY OUT. butt butt butt YOU'LL SEE WHEN YOU GET ON THIS ISLAND THAT IT'S MORE THAN MADE UP FOR IT.)) [RUNS:09]
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His dock alone is big as a house -- he says it's got to be to fit the boat he's going to buy.
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[RUNS:03] Hauling concrete in by barge took too long, so Carter set up his own concrete factory. He flies his contractors out to Las Vegas when they finish a job.
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((NAT SOT: WHEN WE DO INVOICES AND STUFF WE NEED TO GET THAT STUFF DONE.))

[RUNS:02] Several people have tried to develop this island before but failed. So when Carter snagged it four years ago for a quarter million bucks -- power lines were already underwater.
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[RUNS:03] Ultimately he and his wife want to build a twelve-suite home with a helicoptor landing pad. But for now they're content to live in the guest house.
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((WELCOME TO THE ISLAND. EVERYTHING IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION SO IT'S A MESS. BUTT BUTT BUTT THE SCENERY AT SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE IS SO GORGEOUS YOU REALLY DON'T CARE WHICH WAY YOU LOOK AND ON AN ISLAND YOU GET A VIEW OF 360 DEGREES ALL THE TIME.)) [RUNS:13]
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He rigged the house with cameras and wired them to the Internet, so he can watch the sun rise here from anywhere in the world.
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((IN THE TOWER ABOVE THIS WE ACTUALLY HAVE A LIGHT IN THE TOWER THAT ROTATES LIKE A LIGHTHOUSE.)) [RUNS:08]
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Carter plucked this toy off a Russian battleship.
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((YOU KNOW YOU CAN SEE ANYTHING YOU WANT ALL THE WAY AROUND THE ISLAND.)) [RUNS:03]
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Carter won't say how much his kingdom cost -- except that it's in the millions. And he says come wintertime -- he'll just bundle up for the boat rides. Tina Tenret News7 Smith Mountain Lake. ))

[Washington-Park]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=6p]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=00-17 TC30:25]
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Roanoke officials have set up a meeting to discuss the future of Washington Park.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/May 15]


The public workshop concerns the plan from the Catholic Diocese of Richmond to develop athletic fields at the park.
The church has offered 300-thousand dollars to improve the park, as long as Roanoke Catholic high school has guaranteed acccess.
The meeting is scheduled for June sixth, a week from Tuesday.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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More interest rate worries forced Wall Street lower today. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
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The DOW fell 25 points while NASDAQ lost a fraction.
The Bloomberg NEws-7 Index dropped a quarter of a point.
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[Clinton-Coastline]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=dse]
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[GRAPHIC=Bill Clinton]


President Clinton was in Virginia today, to give greater protection to beaches and coastal waters.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Assateague Island]


Clinton directed the Environmental Protection Agency to create new Clean Water Act regulations to reduce coastal pollution.
The Departments of Commerce and the Interior will also set up a national system of marine protection areas.
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[Sharon-School]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-05 TC1:40:02]
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What was once a landmark to segregation is now getting a new lease on life.
Steve Smallshaw brings us the story of a Bedford County schoolhouse whose final chapter is still being written.
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(( It's one of just a few still standing in Virginia.. a single- story, two- room schoolhouse where generations of black students huddled around a pot- bellied stove to learn the three R's.
Sharon Elementary School in Big Island closed in 1958... its ownership reverted back to nearby Sharon Baptist Church.
Many church members are also former students who have fond memories of the old school.
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((JOHN MACK/CHURCH TRUSTEE: SO IT HAS A LOT OF HISTORY FOR ME PERSONALLY. MY DAD WAS A STUDENT HERE AND MY MOM.. SO I HAVE SOME PERSONAL INTEREST IN SEEING THIS IS REVITALIZED.))
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And with help from alumni scattered far and wide, the school is getting that second chance.
Forty thousand dollars has been raised so far.. money which has paid for a new roof, floors and ceilings.. and a few more modern touches.
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((TIM OTEY/CHURCH TRUSTEE: TRYING TO MAKE IT FUNCTIONAL FOR THIS DAY AND TIME. THE BUILDING DID NOT HAVE PLUMBING, ELECTRICITY, SO WE'RE PRETTY MUCH PUTTING IN THAT, MODERNIZING, BRINGING IT UP TO DATE.))
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((JOHN MACK/CHURCH TRUSTEE: WE THOUGHT ABOUT RESTORING IT, BUT THEN WE WERE GOING TO BE LIMITED IN THE USAGE OF IT. WE DECIDED THAT WE'D REFURBISH IT TO GIVE US MORE PRACTICAL USE.))
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When it's finished, the old school will.. fittingly.. be used for youth activities and after-school programs... so the sounds of children will soon echo within these walls once again.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))

[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
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[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=Sports Tease]
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And coming up, We' ll check in with the latest on high school reclassification the Roanoke Steam gets ready for another home game.
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And the Busch Grand National Drivers finally get a chance to shine in Charlotte tomorrow we'll talk with some of the participants in the Carquest Auto Parts 300.
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[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-61]
[GRAPHIC=Express Logo]


The Roanoke Express will have a new man behind the bench this coming East Coast Hockey League Season.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :]


Today, The Express anounced that assistantt Perry Florio will become the new head coach.
Florio has been an assistant with the Express for 2 years. He also recruited most of the players on the Express team and is considered a great evaulater of Talent.
The Express management said former coach Scott Gordon is pursuing other options.
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[S-VHSL]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-72]
[GRAPHIC=VHSL]


The Virginia High School League's redistricting and reclassification committee wrapped up its meetings late yesterday in Charlottesville. Executive Director Ken Tilley told us this afternoon that the committee had to handle nearly 40 different cases of schools asking to changes districts and classes.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville; :00]

Tilley would not release the information, but sources tells News 7 sports that the VHSL made some rather bold moves including sending Pulaski County to the Region Four Southwest district. The committee also recommends splitting the Seminole district and at the same time allowing both E.C. Glass and Halifax County to drop down to the Group Two A ranks and join it.
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[talent=mike]
[GRAPHIC=VHSL]

Halifax was placed in the Seminole even though that district voted 8-to-nothing not to admit the Comets. In a move that was expected - William Fleming was placed in the Blue Ridge. Expect to hear more on this when schools reopen after Memorial Day.

[S-Green]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-60 13244tc]
[GRAPHIC=LOWES]


The Busch Grand national cars get the spotlight all to themselves tomorrow in the Carquest Auto Parts 300 at the Lowe's Motor Speedway. Tonight, Mike Stevens tells us about a driver named "Green" - who is anything but green when it comes to this series.


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[WIPE TO PINNACLE 1020] And don't forget tomorrow night News 7 sports will present yet another of its NASCAR 2000 racing specials. Join Mike Stevens tomorrow night at seven for a preview of the Coca-Cola 600.
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[S-Steam]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sp-66 tc 29:59]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Steam]


The Roanoke Steam hosts Charleston Saturday night. The Swamp Foxes lost their first three games, but have since won three out of their last four.
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Roanoke has brought in a defensive back and another fullback-linebacker to help off set the injury situation.
The Steam is oh and six so far this season.
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[anchor=Roy]
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Meantime, The Steam signed UNLV running back Rodrick Johnson to their Arena Football 2 roster. Johnson played for UNLV during the 1997 season before an injury ended his career.
Kick off for tomorrow's game is 7 o'clock.


[S-Tennis]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-71 (21:58)]
[GRAPHIC=Tennis Logo]


The draw for the French open was released today and one of the top women players has withdrawn from the field.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File; :]


Serena Williams will not play in the tournament withdrawing just a few hours before the draw.
The reigning U-S open champion has been off the circuit for more than a month with an injured left knee.
Williams had been seeded 8-th and her absence means that Austria's Barbara Schettwill be seeded when play starts Monday.
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[S-NBA]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
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The N-B-A's Western Conference final between Portland and The Los Angeles Lakers resumes tonight.
The Series is tied at one all.(///// SOT /////)
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[IN Q="I think...]

((STEVE SMITH/PORTLAND FORWARD: I THINK WE'RE TRYING TO PLAY TEAM DEFENSE. I THINK THAT'S WHAT WE'VE BEEN DOING ON EVERYBODY. AND JUST TRYING TO MAKE THEM TAKE TOUGH SHOTS SO WE CAN GET A CHANCE TO REBOUND AND GET OUT AND RUN.))
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[OUT Q=...and run."]
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[TALENT=ROY]
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Tipoff tonight in Portland is 9 oclock.