[1-News-Head]

[TALENT=Keith]

A Roanoke jury continues to deliberate the Church Avenue arson case.
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[VO-NAT]


And Patrick Henry High School graduates "imagine" the future.
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[Sports-head]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


In sports, Bud pole qualifying from Michigan, the Avalanche have won eight in a row and a few players are named to the all star team today,
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[VO-NAT]


and the VHSL spring jubilee is in full swing in the valley, highlights of baseball and soccer in sports.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
[SS=None]


Two words for the weekend, Sunny & Hot. And how powerful are hurricanes? Our final WeatherSchool for the season coming up.

[Jackson]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#00-10 TC1:48:53]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


The Arson and murder case against Brian Jackson is still in the hands of a Roanoke jury tonight.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Microwave]


Keith Humphry is at the courthouse with a status report.
[Live=Kieth Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Keith1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]
( ad lib)
(Rollcue:to get this case before a jury. )
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/May 18, 1998; ]
[SUPER=01-Donald Caldwell/Commonwealth's Attorney; :33]
[SUPER=01-Richard Lawrence/Jackson's Attorney; 1:18]
[RUNS=1:28]
[OUT Q=Care and Caution. TRIPLE OUT!!!!!]



[Live=Keith Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]
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[Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Microwave]
(Question: Has there been any word from the jury at all?)



[Henry-Murder]


[ANCHOR=JEan]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Murder]


Authorities in Henry County are investigating a murder tonight.
A motorist found 28-year old Keith Mandrell Thomas lying in the road near Bassett.
He was taken to a hospital where he later died.
Investigators believe Thomas was killed by a single gunshot wound to the back.
The state medical examiners office will perform an autopsy, and the Henry County sheriffs department says a team of investigators has been assigned to the case.

[Champion]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-12 TC1:11:42]
[GRAPHIC=Legal scales]


More than six years after she abandoned her newborn baby, a Lynchburg woman has been convicted of felony child neglect.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


21-year old Shekita Champion gave birth to the baby girl in November of 1993, then wrapped it in a plastic bag and left it outside her home.
Champion and her sister had claimed they found the baby after hearing its cries.
But subsequent fingerprint and D-N-A testing identified Champion as the baby's mother.
The girl is now living with an adoptive family.
Champion faces up to ten years in prison when she's sentenced in August.
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[Thomas]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-15 TC43:55]
[GRAPHIC=Jeff Thomas]


The suspect in the capital murder of Radford teen Tara Rose Munsey was in Pulaski County court today.
That's where prosecutors laid out the first details of the evidence against him.
[Double Boxes=Marya and Jean/Microwave]


Marya Jones was there and joins us to tell what they revealed.
[Live=Marya Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Marya1;]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]


Jean, there were no cameras allowed in the preliminary hearing today.
But in it, several friends of Jeffrey Allen Thomas were called to the stand.
And their testimony helped unlock the mystery of what led to his arrest.
(rollcue... led to his arrest.)
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[SOT]
[IN Q=30-year-old]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski; :00]
[SUPER=01-Brian Scheid/Thomas' Attorney; :54]
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[OUT Q=credibility problems.]

(( 30-year-old Jeffrey Allen Thomas was led out of court after two hours of witness accounts implicating him in Tara Munsey's death.
Two of his friends took the stand as key witnesses against him.
Barbara Helton said that the morning after Munsey disappeared, a "nervous" Jeff Thomas told her he'd killed her. [INSERT PRE-PRO QUOTE]
Helton testified: "He said he was stupid, made a mistake ... He kept saying she made him mad ... He said he didn't mean to shoot her."
Helton said Thomas told her he picked Munsey up from work at Taco Bell... drove out to the woods to "party"... tried to make a pass at her ... fought with her ... and then shot her.
Her body was found in a ditch two weeks later.
A forensic scientist testified that her shirt was found nearby ... ripped.
In court, Munsey's parents put their arms around each other as they heard the testimony allegedly recounting their daughter's last moments.
Thomas' friend Kevin Williams said on the stand that he'd left the rifle linked to the murder by authorities in the back of Thomas' car ... just days before the teen was killed.
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[SOT 5:14 - :25]

((BRIAN SCHEID/THOMAS' ATTORNEY: MY CLIENT, JEFF THOMAS, STILL MAINTAINS HIS INNOCENCE. AND AS I THINK WAS CLEAR IN THE COMMONWEALTH'S EVIDENCE, THE COMMONWEALTH HAS SOME SIGNIFICANT CREDIBILITY PROBLEMS.)) [RUNS :11]))
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[Live=Marya Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg]


Those credibility problems, he said, included choppy recall AND conflicting accounts from witnesses...
Also, the fact that Barbara Helton waited several weeks before coming forward with her story.
The case was certified to the Circuit Court.
[Double Boxes=Jean and Marya/Microwave]


It will go before a June 26th grand jury.

[Dog-Attack]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=500-15 TC18:45]
[GRAPHIC=none]


An aggressive search is underway in Henry and Pittsylvania Counties for a pack of dogs.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.]


Animal control officers say four dogs attacked an 11 year old boy last night.
The boy is in intensive care recovering from surgery in North Carolina.
Officers are setting up traps and picking up stray dogs that fit the descriptions.
They are looking for two Chows and two German Shepherds.
The 11 year old was playing near a creek at a friend's house when the dogs attacked.
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[SOT 10:50]
[IN Q=When I got to the creek]

((MIKE STAMETS/SAVED BOY: BY THE TIME I GOT TO THE CREEK THE DOGS WERE TEARING AT HIM...I PICKED UP THE CHILD AND ALL I CAN REMEMBER IS THAT HE WAS IN MY ARMS AND THE DOG WAS JUMPING UP AND THEN I LAID HIM IN A BLANKET AND TOOK HIM TO THE HOSPITAL.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Stamets/Saved Boy;]
[RUNS=:26]
[OUT Q=to the hospital.]
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[VO-NAT]


The animal control chief does not know if the dogs have rabies. He suspects they are wild.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=NONE]


A Bedford standoff ends peacefully.
That's next on News 7 at Six.
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[VO-NAT]


And yesterday's school bus accident raises questions about safety at the new Forest Elementary
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[Bus-Safety]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-14 TC1:00:05]
[GRAPHIC=School Bus Accident]


Bedford County school officials say yesterday's accident involving a schoolbus highlights the need for safety precautions near the county's new elementary school.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


The head-on crash between a schoolbus and a volunteer fire department vehicle occurred just a few hundred yards from the entrance to the new Thomas Jefferson Elementary School on Route 811.
Officials say they are working on plans that will ease congestion on the road by the time the school opens this fall.
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[SOT 9:19:58]
[IN Q=We are looking]

((HAROLD JONES/TRANSPORTATION SUPERVISOR: WE ARE LOOKING AT THE ROUTES FOR THE NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.. UNDERSTANDING THE CONGESTION WE HAVE HERE, WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO TAKE THE BEST ROUTE WE CAN TO GET THE KIDS HOME AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.))
[SUPER=01-Harold Jones/Transportation Supervisor]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=quickly as possible.]
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[VO-NAT]


Jones also refutes an eyewitness account that the bus's first aid kit was empty yesterday.
He says a passerby who helped treat the children grabbed the wrong box from the bus.
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[Fralin]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-16 TC56:09]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]

The teenager who's friend died in a high speed police chase is now counting on his family to come up with 25-thousand-dollars.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount;]

If Josh Fralin cannot make his 25-thousand-dollar bond, the judge might lower it. Police say Fralin was drinking when he sped away from police last weekend, driving through downtown Rocky Mount before veering off the road into the ditch. His 16-year-old passenger died. Fralin now faces charges of manslaughter and refusing to stop for police. His trial is July 27th.
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[Bedford-Standoff]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-17 TC44:15]
[GRAPHIC=Standoff]


A Bedford man with an extensive criminal background has added a few more charges to his record following a standoff in Bedford this morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


41-year old Randy Kim Webster was arrested after holding police at bay for three hours outside his North Street apartment.
Authorities had responded there for a domestic disturbance, when Webster sprayed an officer with an aerosol can then refused to leave his home.
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[SOT 00:06:08]
[IN Q=We set up]

((MILTON GRAHAM/BEDFORD POLICE CHIEF: WE SET UP A PERIMETER.. WE WEREN'T SURE, THERE WAS A COUPLE OF SIGHTINGS OF LONG OBJECTS BEING POKED THROUGH ONE OF THE WINDOWS SO WE WERE CONCERNED AS TO WHETHER HE HAD ANY WEAPONS.))
[SUPER=01-Milton Graham/Bedford Police Chief]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=had any weapons.]
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[VO-NAT]


Police recovered several items from the home- including a cane and a broomstick with a mirror taped to the end of it.
Webster faces a variety of charges including assault on a police officer.
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[Robb]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-08 TC1:50:44]
[GRAPHIC=Chuck Robb]


It's the first big policy speech of Chuck Robb's 2000 Senate campaign.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


Robb toured the tele-medicine labs at M-C-V Hospital in Richmond, and laid out a five point health care plan.
Robb says he's fighting now in the Senate for a prescription drug benefit for seniors on Medicare.
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[SOT 13:57:12]
[IN Q=Because private]

((SEN. CHUCK ROBB/D-VIRGINIA: BECAUSE PRIVATE SECTOR INSURERS CAN NEGOTIATE BETTER PRICES, MOST WORKING AMERICANS INSURED BY THESE PLANS PAY LESS THAN THE FULL RETAIL PRICE FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. NOT SO FOR OUR SENIOR CITIZENS, WHO TYPICALLY PAY 15 PERCENT MORE THAN PEOPLE WITH COVERAGE.))
[SUPER=@Robb;]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=with coverage.]
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[VO-NAT]


Robb's also calling for limited tax credits to small employers who insure their workers, and a full deduction for self-employed workers.
A spokesman for Republican George Allen ridicules Robb's speech-- saying it's the height of hypocrisy for Robb to talk about tax cuts or credits.
Allen favors individuals getting a hundred percent deduction for health insurance.
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[Stocks]


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


Wall street ended the day on a mixed note. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
[RUNS=:30]
[SUPER=x5102;]
[SUPER=430-y/54.66/10614.06/x/49.38/3874.94/y/1.20/111.26;]


The DOW lost 55 points while NASDAQ gained 49.
The Bloomberg News 7 Index lost about a point and a quarter.
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[SUPER=432-u/25!/i!/3/hg/44c/i1c/31@/ic/39e;]
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[SUPER=434-hb/13c/i2/59e/hc/46c/i2!/69!/i2d/54;]


[Corning]


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


Union workers at the Blacksburg Corning plant have ratified a new three- year contract.
The agreement includes annual wage increases, plus improvements in the retirement plan and other benefits.
The new labor agreement takes effect immediately. It runs through July 2003.

[PH-Graduation]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-18 TC52:29]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A memorable commencement today for graduates of Patrick Henry High School.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=nat singing]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]
[RUNS=:03]
[OUT Q=nat singing]
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[VO-NAT]


They're Valedictorian sang to them -- instead of giving a speech.
Weston Turner says Jon Lennon's song Imagine -- was the perfect tune to sum-up the special occasion -- and to give graduates a powerful farewell message.
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[SOT 3:35:11]
[IN Q=They can do anything]

((WESTON TURNER/VALEDICTORIAN: THEY CAN DO ANYTHING THEY WANT TO AS LONGS THEY TRY HARD. IF THEY PUT THEIR MINDS TO IT NOTHING CAN STOP THEM))
[SUPER=01-Weston Turner/Valedictorian]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=nothing can stop them]
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[VO-NAT]


For the graduates it's an emotional occasion as they prepare for a new chapter in their lives.
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[SOT 3:02:58]
[IN Q=We're a very loving]

((DENISE BROWN:WE'RE A VERY LOVING CLASS. YOU SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE HUGGING A LOT OF EMOTIONS. I HAVEN'T SEEN THAT WITH A WHOLE LOT OF OTHER CLASSES))
[SUPER=01-Denise Brown/Graduate]
[RUNS=07]
[OUT Q=other classes]
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[VO-NAT]


278 students received their diplomas today.
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[Sports tease]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


the state high school final four is here for soccer, baseball and softball, highlights to come, the Steam talks about this weekend's game against Greensboro,
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[VO-NAT]


And we will check in on the first round of the Roabnoke Valley Hall of Fame golf tournament at Countryside.
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[S-Soccer]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-76]
[GRAPHIC=Soccer Logo]


The Virginia High School League Spring Jubilee started today at various locations throughout the Roanoke Valley.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Blacksburg vs Jefferson Forest; :]


Lets go to Cave Spring Middle School where undefeated Blacksburg hooked up with Jefferson Forest in the Soccer Semi Finals.
After moving the ball up and down the field Blacksburg's Michael Walker gets the ball and boots it in over the goalies head and the Indians would take the 1 to nothing lead in the first half.
[SUPER=34-Blacksburg/3/Jefferson Forest/0/;]


The Cavaliers would come right back and challenge the Indians. But Blacksburg goalie Harper Thorsen comes up with this big save right in front of the net and the Indians win it 3 to nothing.
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[S-Baseball]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-77]
[GRAPHIC=Group A baseball]


Over in Salem at the Kiwanis Field, Glenvar and John Battle opened play in the Group A baseball semi finals.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Glenvar vs John Battle; :]


The Highlanders scored 6 runs in the second to lead 7 to 1.
John Battle would rally in the top of the third. Alex Snead gets all of this pitch it hits the scoreboard in left centerfield two runs round the bases to score and the Trojans trimmed the lead to 7 to 3.
[SUPER=34-Glenvar/10/John Battle/12/;]


The Trojans would continue the rally in the third. Keith Davis hits this high fly to right field. A runner tags at third to score making it 7 to 3 and John Battle goes on to win the game 12 to 10 and advance to the championship.
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[S-AVS]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-70]
[GRAPHIC=Avalanche]


The Avalanche will try and make it nine in a row tonight, but the Lynchburg Hillcats stand in the way. Today, the Carolina League released it's all star team and three Avalanche players made the team. Utility standout Chone (Shawn) Figgins along with two pitchers. Luke Hudson and Chuck Crowder. Crowder has especially been awesome.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="it's]
[SUPER=01-Alan Cockrell/Avalanche Manager; :00]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=....continue for us"]
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[S-Qualify]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Michigan]

Bud Pole qualifying got underway today for Sunday's K-Mart 400 at Michigan. Bobby Labonte captured the pole with a speed of 189.883 miles per hour. Ricky Rudd will start second, Jeff Gordon third, followed by Rusty Wallace and Joe Nemechek. Here's the wrest of the top 25.
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[GO TO QUALIFYING] [WIPE TO MOTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]
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[SUPER=X5016;]
[SUPER=0107-1. Bobby Labonte/189.883/2. Ricky Rudd//3. Jeff Gordon//4. Rusty Wallace//5. Joe Nemechek//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.//7. Jeff Burton//8. Bill Elliott//9. Dale Earnhardt//10. John Andretti//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Johnny Benson//12. Kevin Lepage//13. Ward Burton//14. Steve Park//15. Michael Waltrip//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Scott Pruett//17. Dave Blaney//18. Kenny Irwin//19. Mark Martin//20. Ken Schrader//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Elliott Sadler//22. Jeremy Mayfield//23. Matt Kenseth//24. Wally Dallenbach//25. Robby Gordon//;]
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[OC...gordon]
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[talent=steve]
[graphic=Michigan]

Tony Stewart was 26th fastest, Rick Mast 27th, Kyle Petty 32nd, Terry Labonte 38th, Stacy Compton 40th and Dale Jarret

t 46th.[S-Hall]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-69 (37:56)]
[GRAPHIC=Golf Logo]


The 27-th Roanoke Valley Hall of Fame golf tournament teed off today and the three day event is more than just a golf tournament.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :]


Forget the championship, the Hall of Fame's most valuable contribution remains its ever growing commitment to the betterment of local golf.
And this year, the Hall of Fame has awarded an all time high 43-thousand dollars in scholarships to 22 area high school and college students.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="This year...]

((ROBEY ROBERSON/TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR: THIS YEAR THE PLAYERS ARE MAKING A DONATION THROUGH THEIR ENTRY FEE. KROGER HAS AGREED TO MATCH THAT UP TO A CERTAIN AMOUNT. SO WE'VE CREATED A NEW SCHOLARSHIP THERE. THE KING SCHOLARSHIP WILLIS SCHOLARSHIP A NUMBER OA AREA WIDE SCHOLARSHIPS HAVE BEEN ENDOWED OVER THE YEARS THRU THIS AND THAT'S WERE WE GET THE 43-THOUSAND THIS YEAR AND ITS GROWING EVERY YEAR AND THIS IS THE 27-TH YEAR.))
[SUPER=01-Robey Roberson/Tournament Director; :]
[RUNS=:22]
[OUT Q=.......27-th year."]
[ANCHOR=Steve]
[GRAPHIC=Hold Logo]


Robbie Craft of Blue Hills is the leader after the first round. He shot a 4 under par 67. Archie Smith of Countryside is second at 69.
Blue Hills leads the team competition at 435, 8 shots in front of the Botetourt Country Club.




[S-Steam]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-67 (41:16)]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Steam]


The Roanoke Steam starts its second season this weekend when thte Greensboro Prowlers come to town.
Roanoke has only one win through the first 8 games but the team has high hopes to finish strong.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="We've improved...]

((MANCEL JOHNSON/STEAM RECEIVER: WE'VE IMPROVED A LOT EVERYBODY'S LEARNED THE GAME EVERYBODY KNOWS THEIR ROLE AND EVERYBODYS STARTING TO EXECUTE TOGETHER AS A TEAM. THAT'S WHATS GOING TO MAKE THIS GAME ON SATURDAY MUCH MORE EXCITING.))
[SUPER=01-Mansel Johnson/Steam Receiver; :]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=....more exciting."]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :]


Add to that the fact that the Prowlers beat the steam earlier this season in Greensboro 37 to 22.
And then there was that confrontation with the Prowlers last weekend in an airport.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="They're kind....]

((PETE SHAW/STEAM HEAD COACH: THEY'RE KIND OF A TRASH TALKING TEAM. BOTH TEAMS WERE IN THE AIRPORT THIS PAST SATURDAYY AS WE WERE WAITING TO GO TO QUAD CITIES AND THEY WERE WAITING TO GO TO ARKANSAS. THEY CAME BY AND TALKED A LOT OF TRASH. SO WE WANT OUR ACTIONS TO SPEAK LOUDER THAN OUR WORDS.))
[SUPER=01-Pete Shaw/Steam Head Coach; :]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=....OUR WORDS."]
[ANCHOR=Steve]
[GRAPHIC=Hold Logo]

Kickoff at the Roanoke Civic Center is 7 oclock.