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Coming up on News 7-
What Microsoft's ruling means. We'll have a report.
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Two powerhouses politicians are in Roanoke tonight.
Results of Dan River workers contract vote.
Ands Madonna is back on the big screen-
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And will your phone bill go up?
Stay with us-
News 7 is next.

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We may soon see a Microsoft One and Microsoft Two.
As expected- a federal judge today ordered the company broken into two.
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[Microsoft]


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What will the decision mean for the consumer- Experts are trying to figure that out-
Todays ruling that Microsoft must split up could affect millions.
Lee Cowan has more on today's ruling and what it means for Microsoft.
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[SUPER=01-Janet Reno/Attorney General;]
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(( The historic decision was timed to coincide with the close of the stock market Microsoft had been one of the most actively traded shares all day with most everybody betting against the most successful company in the world.
So no one was surprised when a federal judge ordered Microsoft to be cut down to size split up -- the harshest punishment allowed for the company s anti-competitive practices. JANET RENO/U-S.ATTORNEY GENERAL
Although it s the most dramatic corporate dismantling since AT&T ---- it probably won't take place for years-- i

f at all --
Microsoft has already vowed an appeal. BILL GATES, CHAIRMAN MICROSOFT
The court agreed with the US Justice Department that the only way to prevent Microsoft from unfairly dominating the marketplace was to divide it. With one company handling Windows , while another separate firm would market Microsoft s Internet browser and software applications.
The biggest worry, say critics, is that splitting up such a huge company, could create TWO MICROSOFT monopolies instead of one and that could start the legal process all over again. COWAN ON CAM:))

[React-Microsoft]


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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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The effects of the breakup are a concern to Neil Schlossberg.
His Boones Mill business has come to depend on Microsoft.
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[IN Q= The systems]

((THE SYSTEMS ARE NOT GOING TO BE INTEGRATED AS WELL, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE MORE PEOPLE TO TALK TO FOR SUPPORT, MORE PEOPLE TO DO THE WORK TO DEVELOP THE MICROSOFT PLATFORMS, OR WHATEVER THEY BECOME.))
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Even though Microsoft plans to appeal to the Supreme Court, for now, the decision stands.
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((IN THE SHORT RUN, I DON'T THINK THERE'S GOING TO BE MUCH DIFFERENCE, IN THE LONG-TERM, THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY IS GOING TO HAVE TO PAY.))
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Today's decision came after the stock market closed, so Microsoft stock gained almost a point.

[Dan-River]


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The second time's a charm for union employees of Dan River Incorporated.
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The union rejected the company's contract two months ago, but tonight employees changed their minds.
Dan River spokesperson Joe Bouknight (BOCK-night) says the company is pleased with the long term agreement.
The five year contract goes into effect tomorrow.
(Bock-night) Bouknight says the union voted on the original contract with some modification but would not go into the details of the new contract.
The original proposal gave the textile company the flexibility of extending shift hours and cutting down on overtime pay.
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[Dole]


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Republican Senate candidate George Allen has two big-time politicians backing him.
During a fundraiser tonight Bob and Elizabeth Dole threw their support behind Allen.
Kate Weidaw was there.
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As the Virginia senate race heats up, George Allen received the support of Bob and Elizabeth Dole during a campaign fundraiser.

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((ELIZABETH DOLE: WHEN YOU SEE A CANDIDATE WITH SUCH A STRONG RECORD OF ACCOMPLISHMENT AND YOU KNOW WHAT A DIFFERENCE HE CAN MAKE FOR VIRGINIA AND THE COUNTRY IT'S JUST A PRIVILEGE TO BE ABLE TO CAMPAIGN FOR HIM MY HEART IS IN IT.))
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And supporters of Allen have their heart and pocketbooks in his campaign as well -- the fundraiser brought in an additional 50-thousand dollars.
So far the Allen campaign has raised six point one million dollars.
And he's hoping by challenging his opponent Chuck Robb to five televised town hall style debates he'll attract more votes.

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((GEORGE ALLEN: I DO THINK THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THESE TELEVISED TOWN HALL STYLE DEBATES WHERE THE PEOPLE CAN ASK US QUESTIONS DIRECTLY LET THEM SEE OUR VALUES IDEAS ABOUT THE FUTURE.))
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And as Allen looks toward the future Elizabeth Dole highlighted his past accomplishments -- like cutting taxes by a billion dollars, leaving the Governors office with an 80 percent approval rating, and improvements in education.

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((ELIZABETH DOLE: HE TOOK VIRGINIA BACK TO BASICS BY TEACHING MATH, HISTORY, SCIENCE, CORE CURRICULUM WITH HIGH STANDARDS THAT'S WHAT IT TAKES.))
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And when Elizabeth Dole was done with her speech there was little left for Bob Dole to highlight on.

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((BOB DOLE: IT DON'T HAVE A SPEECH IT TOOK QUITE A WHILE TO PREPARE HERS.))
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Jokes aside, both Doles agree George Allen is the man for the job come November. Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))

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Allen's opponent, U-S Senator Chuck Robb, is offering support for a federal hate crime bill that's pending before Congress.
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The Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 1999 is currently stalled.
Today the Democrat introduced a resolution urging his fellow lawmakers to approve the bill.
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((CHUCK ROBB: BASICALLY THIS WILL INCREASE THE NUMBER OF CRIMES THAT ARE SUBJECT TO THE LEGISLATION AND WILL SEEK TO PROVIDE THE SENTENCING THAT WAS FIRST ATTEMPTED BACK IN THE 102ND CONGRESS.))
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The press conference was held today to mark the second anniversary of the death of James Byrd Junior who was dragged to death by three white men in Texas.
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[Greenfield]


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Botetourt County politicians say by tomorrow night they might have a half million dollars to open Greenfield Elementary School.
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To open Greenfield, the school board says it can spend less money in other schools to build classroom walls. Kids would go without a new bus. County supervisors say they'll pitch in about 300-thousand-dollars -- but that still puts them about 100-thousand-bucks short.
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((I THINK IT'S HAD A VERY NEGATIVE EFFECT ON CHILDREN. THEY GET THEIR HOPES UP AS TO WHERE THEY'LL BE GOING TO SCHOOL, GET THE RUG DRAGGED OUT FROM UNDER THEM. BUTT BUTT BUTT AND I THINK THAT'S VERY HARD ON KIDS. I KNOW IT'S HARD ON PARENTS. THERE ARE PROBABLY PARENTS TRYING TO GET DAYCARE ARRANGED.))
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School board members hope to make a decision at their meeting tomorrow night.
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Research that could improve traffic safety nationwide is about to get underway on the Smart Road.
That story is still ahead on News 7.
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And details on A-T-and-T's quietly implemented rate increase.
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((THE PRICES RANGED FROM A TEN PERCENT TO A WHOPPING 160 PERCENT INCREASE.))
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[Sports-Preview]


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((Hey sports fans, The hottest ticket in town is at Salem Memorial Stadium were the Avalanche is on a 7 game winning streak, John Rocker failed to report to Toledo, where the Richmond Braves open a three game set with the Mudhens and a par six golf hole in the Valley, Mike Stevens will give us the scoop on that plus all the latest coming up in sports.))
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[AT-T]


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Rates are on a rollercoaster at AT and T.. so will your phone bill go up or down?
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Last week the Federal Communications Comission touted the biggest telephone rate cut ever- 3 billion dollars flowing back to consumers.
But in fact the same day A-T and T, which controls 60 percent of the long distance market, quietly implemented a sweeping rate increase.
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((BASED ON A TYPICAL CONSUMER CALLING PATTERN WE FOUND THESE PRICE INCREASES FROM AT AND T AVERAGE ALMOST 39 PERCENT RATE INCREASES FROM LAST WEEK.))
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[Vo-Nat]
The new rates were put into effect June first- but today A-T and T still had not sent a letter of explanation to its customers.
Late today the F-C-C said not so fast- A statement said A-T and T promised to pass savings on to consumers. The new plan doesn't do that.
The company gave in to mounting pressure and this evening suspended rate incrases-- instead announcing it is re-evaluating its rate structure.
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[Smart-Road]


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The U-S government is making Virginia's Smart Road ITS test track for national traffic safety research.
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Virginia Tech's Transportation Institute got a 15-million dollar, three-year contract from the U-S Department of Transportation today.
National highway safety officials hope to find answers to common traffic hazards on the Smart Road.
The road opened for business in March.
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[Grant]


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A Danville man could spend the rest of his life in prison for killing his girlfriend.
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Last night, a judge found 23- year old Ray Matthew Grant guilty of first- degree murder for killing 45 year old Mary Johnson.
Grant admitted killing Johnson. He stabbed her 75 times.
The defense did not present any evidence.
Grant will be sentenced next month.
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[Garage-fire]


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A fire at the central warehouse in Martinsville caused some 250-thousand dollars in damage.
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The fire started last night at the building where the city's industrial supplies are stored.
A passerby saw the flames and called 911. The building did not have smoke detectors.
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((JERRY BROCK/MARTINSVILLE FIRE CHIEF: IT'S QUITE DISTURBING TO US WHEN IT HAPPENS TO US. WE PREACH FIRE SAFETY IT'S SOMETHING WE WANT TO TRY TO AVOID AND DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO AVOID IT.))
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Chief Brock says the fire probably started from an electrical short.
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Bob Hope is up to his old tricks again and out of the hospital.
That's still ahead on News 7.
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and Madonna is headed back to the big screen.
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[Cystic-Fibrosis]


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The Great Strides walk to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research is this weekend at Hollins University.
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[VO NAT] Pediatric Pulmonologist Deborah Froh thinks doctors are closer than ever to finding a cure.
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((DR. DEBORAH FROH/CF CENTER DIRECTOR: FOR OUR PATIENTS WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS BEING DIAGNOSED NOW WE HAVE A REALLY POSITIVE OUTLOOK, WHEREAS YEARS AGO, THE OUTLOOK WAS NOT SO GREAT, THINGS ARE REALLY DIFFERENT NOW.))
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Roanoke valley residents have supported the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation so much in the past few years that the foundation is opening an office in Roanoke.
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[Ferrell]


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V-M-I is looking for a new Dean of Faculty.
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Alan Ferrell has been the Dean or Acting Dean for most of his four and a half years at the Virginia Military Institute, but is now being replaced.
The Class of 2001 made him an honorary Brother Rat, entitling him to wear their Class Ring.
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((BRIG. GEN. ALAN FERRELL/VMI DEAN: I WALKED THE MILESTONES, ALONG WITH THE CADETS. I MADE THE PARADES WITH THEM. I CRAWLED THROUGH THE MUD WITH THEM. I STOOD IN THE RAIN WITH THEM. BUT I THINK THEY SENSE, BEYOND THAT KIND OF SUPERFICIAL THING, THEY SENSE WHEN YOU LOVE THEM.))
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Though he's enormously popular with cadets, he's being eased out of administration.
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Some say he's too controversial, not quite "politically correct."
He'll be on sabbatical in the Fall, then return to teaching full time next Spring.
Associate Dean William Stockwell has been named Ferrell's temporary replacement.

[Madonna]


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The material girl is the movie girl again-
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Madonna showed up at the premiere of her new movie with Boyfriend, Guy Ritchie and co-star Rupert Evertt-
In the movie "The Next Big Thing"- Madonna and Rupert Evert play characters who have a night of un-intended intimacy- The movie details the complicated situation that follows.
By the way, 41-year old Madonna is pregnant.
She and Guy Ritchie are expecting the arrival in September.
Madonna said being pregnant is very inconvenient when you're making a movie but she said the filming the movie was a positive experience.
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[HOpe]


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Entertainer Bob Hope is home from the hospital.
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The 97 year old was hospitalized last week with internal bleeding.
Doctors say he'll continue getting physical therapy at home to build up his strength.
A spokesman said Hope ate a full meal and even flirted with the nurses.
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[S-Extra]


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The Avalanche was going for 7 straight wins tonight at Memorial Stadium We'll take a look at one of the longest golf holes in the state and John Rocker is still missing from the Richmond Braves.
But first out extra Point.
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Washington Wizards fans must wait before Leonard Hamilton is named their new head coach. The Post reported today that Hamilton, The head coach at the University of Miami, has agreed to a 4 year contract with the team.
But Michael Jordan, President of Basketball operations, says that report is not true. Jordan admitted to talking with Hamilton but that a deal has not been worked out.
Now, here are tonight's scores.
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[S-Avalanche]


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The Salem Avalanche was going for its seventh straight win as the Potomac Cannons came to Memorial Stadium last night.
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[SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs Cannons; :]


The little leaguers get a chance to walk to the field with their heroes.
In the bottom of the third Chone Figgins hits this triple and Choo Freeman rounds the bases to score giving the Avalanche the lead in the inning.
Then the very next batter trys to one up his teammate. Juan Uribe gets all of this pitch it turns into a triple the ball going over the outfielders head adding the Salem lead.
With the bases loaded in the fourth, Josh Bard hits the blooper over the first baseman's head scoring a run to make it 5 to nothing Avalanche.
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Salem would score again in the inning Chone Figgins hits a shot to the outfield scoring two more and the Avalanche wins it 8 to nothing.
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[S-Sox]


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The Chicago White Sox but the broom on Cincinnati yesterday beating the Reds 6 to 4 completing a three game sweep.

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Barry Larkin warming up in the Cincinnati Dugout.
The Reds got on the score board in the bottom of the first. Ken Griffey Junior sends this pitch over the left field wall Carlos lee loses his glove trying to make the catch and the Reds led 3 to nothing.
[SUPER=35-Chicago/6/Cincinnati/4/;]


Chicago came fighting back in the sixth. Frank Thomas hits this pitch a ton it ends up over the left field wall for a pinch hit home run and the White sox win it 6 to 4.
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[S-MLB]


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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers continued Interleague play yesterday afternoon in Arlington, Texas.
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[SUPER=03-Arlington, TX/FOX SPORTS; :]


Leading 5 to 4 the Dodgers rallied in the top of the sixth. F.P. Santangelo hits this shot that hits on the warning track and bounces over the right field fence for a ground rule double Alex Cora scores to make it 6 to 4 L.A.
[SUPER=35-Los Angeles/11/Texas/6/;]


The Dodgers already had five doubles in the game. Then Dave Hansen makes it six as he hits this shot down the left field line into the corner scoring 2 more runs to make it 9 to 4 Dodgers and L.A. pulls out the 11 to 6 win.
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[ANCHOR=Roy]


Mike Stevens will have a report on the longest golf hole in the valley later on Mornin'.

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Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker has yet to report to the Richmond Braves, Atlanta's triple A affiliate.
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Rocker, who was sent down by the Braves earlier this week was expected to join the team this evening to begin a series with the Toledo Mudhens.
However, just a few moments before game time he was not at the stadium and the team had received no word from him or his agent.
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((RANDY INGLE/RICHMOND BRAVES MANAGER: NOBODY'S TOLD US WHEN HE MIGHT SHOW UP IF HE WILL STILL SHOW UP THAT'S ALL WE'VE BEEN TOLD. WHEN HE COMES OR IFE HE COMES WE'LL GO ABOUT IT DAY TO DAY AND TRY TO DO WHAT EVER WE CAN AND WHATEVER OUR DIRECTION IS THAT WE GET FROM ATLANTA TO HELP HIM GET BACK THERE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO WIN A PENNANT.))
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Rocker hinted on an Atlanta radio station that he might retire from baseball and become a stock broker. He has 3 days to report to the Richmond Braves.



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Later this summer, area golfers will face the ultimate challenge when the longest golf hole in southwest Virginia opens at Ashley Plantation. Mike Stevens gives us a sneak peek of a monster in the making.
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((CHIP SULLIVAN:)) ((That's Chip Sullivan talking about the massive par 6 hole that will be the centerpiece of Ashley Plantation's back nine that is scheduled to open later this summer. There is only one other par 6 in Virginia near Fredericksburg, by the time you play this 714 yard beast you will feel like you have gone to Spotsylvania County and back. ((CHIP AND MIKE)) One question is frequently being asked and that is a par 6 hole legal? The answer is yes. The United State Golf Association recognizes and hole longer than 699 years as a par 6. Once this back nine opens, golfers will have to survive the six, then take on a challenging par 4, before stroking a 235 yard par 3. ((SHIP SULLIVAN:)) If all goes well, the back nine will open on August 1st. Mike Stevens News 7 sports.))
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[ANCHOR=Roy]


That's it for sports, have a great day everybody.

[S-Coach]


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The Hometown Hoops coaching family grew a little bit today. Salem high school announced that Grant Smythers is the Spartans new head boys basketball coach. He comes to Salem from Carroll County high school. He replaces Charlie Morgan.
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VMI head baseball coach Scott Gines has resigned.
Gines has coached V-M-I for the past six seasons compiling a 104 victories including 57 in conference compettition ranked first on the all time Keydet baseball list.