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[ANCHOR=Jean]

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Coming up on News 7-
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[VO-NAT]


What started out as a calm afternoon- turned stormy on Smith Mountain Lake- We'll check the damage.
Did John Rocker take the mound in Richmond? Ellen Qualls has a report.
And a series of Central Park attacks- Find out why one woman is angry with police.
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[Talent=Jean]


News 7 is next.

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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[SOT 24:02]
[IN Q=I just thank]

((I JUST THANK GOD THAT NO ONE WAS HURT. IT COULD'VE REALLY BEEN BAD))
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[OUT Q=been bad]
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[VO-NAT]


Strong winds rip through part of Franklin County near Smith Mountain Lake.
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[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 11]


Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.

[Wind-Damage]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-22 TC26:11]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at Eleven]


The storm hit around 3-30 this afternoon and witnesses say it took less than 15 minutes for it to leave a path of destruction.
Joy Sutton takes us to one of the areas hardest hit.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Stong Winds]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;00]
[SUPER=01-Wayne Bailey/Homeowner;]
[SUPER=01-Dan Reid/Tree Surgeon;]
[SUPER=@Joy2;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=n7 Franklin County]

((
Strong winds uprooted this tree sending it crashing through the sunroom of Wayne Bailey's home in Lakewood Forest.
Wayne says it sounded like hail -- he had no idea the storm had done this much damage.
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[SOT 23:48]
[IN Q=We didn't realize it was]

((WAYNE BAILEY: WE DIDN'T REALIZE IT WAS THIS BAD UNTIL JANE CAME UPSTAIRS AND SAID THE WHOLE ROOM IS GONE. I THOUGHT SHE WAS EXAGGERATING TILL I CAME UP AND LOOKED))
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[OUT Q=and looked]
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[SOT 24:34]
[IN Q=It didn't shake the house]

((WAYNE BAILEY: IT DIDN'T SHAKE THE HOUSE. I DIDN'T HEAR THE HOUSE SHUTTER FROM THUNDER. ))
[RUNS= 05]
[OUT Q=and thundering]


Bailey's home wasn't the only one to feel the wrath of the storm's vengeance.
Just blocks away the roof was torn off this trailer -- and high winds blew threw this house and toppled trees.
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[SOT 10:52]
[IN Q=I'm not sure]

((DAN REID/TREE SURGEON:I'M NOT SURE IF IT'S SOME SORT OF TWISTER. BUT IT TAKES QUITE A BIT OF MICRO BURST OR SOME TYPE OF CONDENSED AIR FLOW THAT DOES SOMETHING LIKE THIS))
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[OUT Q=like this]

[nat sound of sawing off tree]
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And now the mess must be cleaned up-- and trees must be removed.
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[SOT 12:25]
[IN Q=We'll go in]

((DAN REID/TREE SURGEON: WE'LL GO IN AND SECURE TREES AND HOMES. SO THEY CAN BE CAN BE REPAIRED. IT COULD BE ABOUT A WEEK, WEEK AND HALF BEFORE IT WILL BE BACK TO NORMAL))
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[OUT Q=to normal]


But for Bailey and his family, they're just happy that no one was injured.
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[SOT 24:50]
[IN Q=I feel we]

((I FEEL WE WERE BLESSED THAT NO ONE WAS UP IN THE AREA AND NO ONE WAS HURT))
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Joy Sutton News 7, Franklin County.))

[Schools-Heat]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=School Info]


The continuing hot weather is forcing some schools to shut down early.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARDS]
Bedford City and County schools will close two hours early for the rest of the week.
In Lynchburg, Sheffield and Dearington elementaries will shut down at 1 P-M tomorrow and Thursday.
And all Pittsylvania County schools will close at 1:00 tomorrow and Thursday.
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[Rocker]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=00-11 TC:29:31]
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Richmond is still waiting for relief pitcher John Rocker.
The outspoken Brave is making his home-turf debut in the minor leagues tonight.
Ellen Qualls has the story from the Diamond.
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[Lane-Furniture]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-07 TC2:01:15]
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By the end of the month, the Lane Furniture company will have cut a third of its workforce.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Altavista]


The process of cutting 310 jobs started this week.
But the president of the company, Jerry Ruff says many have found jobs elsewhere and so they left early to start their new jobs.
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[SOT 50:45]
[IN Q=Fortunately, this is a good]

((JERRY RUFF/LANE CO. PRESIDENT: FORTUNATELY, THIS IS A GOOD ENVIRONMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT. IN FACT 150 HAVE LEFT BECAUSE OF OTHER JOBS.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Ruff/Lane Furniture President;]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=other jobs.]
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[VO-NAT]


At the completion of the job cuts, the furniture company will have 600 employees at the Altavista plant.


The company president says he does not plan to announce any more layoffs.
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[Shell-Building]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-05 TC2:00:11]
[GRAPHIC=New Jobs]


Meanwhile in the New River Valley one business is expanding.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


A-C-T MicroDevices is consolidating its operations in the New River Valley and moving into the Blacksburg Industrial Park, this fall.
Company officials were considering moving to Pennsylvania but say Blacksburg had more offer.
The company was started by four Virginia Tech graduates-- who were also impressed with local and state incentives.
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[SOT 01:03:16]
[IN Q=The Governor]

((THE GOVERNOR AUTHORIZED 500- THOUSAND DOLLARS WHICH WILL MATCH FUNDS FROM MONTGOMERY COUNTY TO HELP WITH SITE DEVELOPMENT FOR THE COMPANY.))
[SUPER=01-John Sternlicht/Va.Community Relations Dir.;]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=for the company.]
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[VO-NAT]


A-C-T MicroDevices makes components for the photonics and fiber optics industry.
Right now the company employs 70-people but expects to employ as many as 300 in the next three years.
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[Tultex]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-13 TC1:07:30]
[GRAPHIC=Tultex Chapter 11]


Thousands of pieces of Tultex equipment are up for bid.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville;]


Knitting, dyeing, sewing and finishing equipment have gone on the auction block in Martinsville.
The three day bankruptcy auction started this morning. You have one more day in Martinsville to check out the items. Then your last chance to bid is Wednesday in South Boston.
There is also a web site you can bid directly on line or just view the more than two thousand items for sale.
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[TAKE WEB WATCH ADDRESS FULL]
You can hook on to that site through the webwatch section of our homepage at WDBJ-7-dot-com.
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[Nuclear-Secrets]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jja]
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Six managers at the Los Alamos nuclear lab in New Mexico have been put on paid leave.
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[VO-NAT]
[Super=03-Los Alamos, NM;]


This after top-secret nuclear weapons data disappeared from the lab several weeks ago.
The secrets have been missing since fires broke out near the Los Alamos Testing Lab.
The Energy Secretary says he does not believe this is espionage- he thinks the data was misplaced.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=15:15:48]

((BILL RICHARDSON/ENERGY SECRETARY: WE'RE NOT GOING TO TOLERATE THIS. THERE WILL BE ACCOUNTABILITY AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Richardson/Secretary of Energy]
[RUNS=07]
[OUT Q=and disciplinary action.]
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[VO-NAT]


The missing hard drives provided data to the U-S team trained to respond to nuclear disasters.
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[Tease1]
[ANCHOR=Jean]
[writer=chr]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
[SS=None]


There's a new plan to decide who will go to the new South Roanoke County high school.
We'll have the details when News 7 returns.
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[VO-NAT]


And a terrifying day in the park for several women.
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[Sports-Preview]


[ANCHOR=steve]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=first audio]
[RUNS=:23]
[OUT Q=in sports"]
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(( HEY EVERYBODY, STEVE MASON WITH YOUR SPORTS TONIGHT, THE BABE AND I WILL BRING HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YANKEES AND THE RED SOX, IS THE STEAM PIPIN MAD THEIR QUARTERBACK IS HURT? A FORMER FLORIDA STATE KICKER IS CLEARED OF BRIBERY CHARGES, THE EXPRESS INKS ANOTHER PLAYER WHILE TWO OF HIS TEAMMATES ARE HIKING AND PITCHING AND THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES ARE BACK, ALL OF THIS IN SPORTS.))

[Central-Park]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jja]
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A day in the park turned into a nightmare for several women in Central Park Sunday. They were molested, stripped and terrorized by a group of young men.
Some of the crime was caught on videotape- and As Bobbi Harley reports- at least one of the women claims police did not do enough to stop the attack.
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[SOT 20:04:#7]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=04-Amateur Video/Sunday; :00]
[SUPER=01-Anne Peyton Bryant/Victim; :29]
[SUPER=01-Howard Safir/NYC Police Commissioner; :59 quick!]
[SUPER=01-Bobbi Harley/Reporting; 1:15]
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[OUT Q=New York.]

((GROPING AND GRABBING THIS MOB TURNED A DAY IN THE PARK INTO A DISASTER.
NAT SOT - MOB SCENE

AT LEAST SEVEN WOMEN HAVE GONE TO NEW YORK CITY POLICE - WITH TALES OF TERROR THIS HOME VIDEO TAPE SHOWS WERE ALL TOO REAL. THE SCENE TOOK PLACE SUNDAY - CROWDS FROM A FIFTH AVENUE PARADE SPILLED INTO CENTRAL PARK - VERY CLOSE TO ITS POSH SOUTH SIDE. ANNE PEYTON BRYANT WAS JUST FINISHING HER IN-LINE SKATING LOOP. ANNE PEYTON BRYANT/VICTIM I was skating out of the park when I was pulled down on my back, first I was doused with water and then pulled down on my back at which point I was surrounded and people were groping me and attacking me. SHE MANAGED TO GET AWAY - BUT THE CROWD KEPT CORNERING WOMEN - DRENCHING THEM WITH WATER - RIPPING THEIR CLOTHES OFF - SOME EVEN STEALING MONEY. IN A CITY THAT TOUTS ITS DROPPING CRIME RATE -- ESPECIALLY TO TOURISTS-- TWO OF THE WOMEN ATTACKED WERE VISITORS..WHAT HAPPENED HERE IS ENOUGH TO MAKE PEOPLE VERY CONCERNED. TOURIST REAX WITH TWO ARRESTS SO FAR - POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR AS MANY AS TWENTY MORE PEOPLE AND DEFENDING HOW A SOMETHING LIKE THIS COULD HAVE SLIPPED BY THEM. - HOWARD SAFIR/NEW YORK POLICE COMMISSIONER - If I put 10,000 cops in Central Park, we couldn't cover every single area. BUT AS BRYANT TELLS IT - POLICE DIDNT HELP AT ALL ANNE PEYTON BRYANT/VICTIM - 10:01:27 - They told me I could file a report, I told them well thats fine and well, but could you do something now, this is happening now. INVESTIGATION -- POLICE ACTION AND CENTRAL PARK ASSAULT.))

[County-Supers]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-08 TC1:55:43]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Co. Schools]


Roanoke County School Board members have yet another redistricting plan to consider.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


The school board is now deciding how to re-draw attendance zones to accommodate the new south county high school.
Two previous plans have generated controversy, and now a third is making the rounds before a public hearing June 20th.
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[SOT 01:31:15]
[IN Q=We have been listening]

((JERRY CANADA/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: WE HAVE BEEN LISTENING. WE HAVE CONCERNS NOW FROM TWO PLANS WE PUT OUT THERE. AND WE'VE TRIED TO PUT TOGETHER SOMETHING, KNOWING THAT WE CAN'T PLEASE EVERYONE, BUT SOMETHING THAT ADDRESSES MOST OF THE CONCERNS OF BOTH THE CITIZENS AND THE SCHOOL BOARD.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Canada/School Board Chairman;]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=and the school board.]
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[VO-NAT]


The three major redistricting proposals are outlined on the county schools' website.
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[TAKE WEBWATCH FULL SCREEN]
You can find a link on our webpage at wdbj7- dot- com. Just click on the Webwatch icon.
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[L'burg-SOL]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-14 TC1:08:30]
[GRAPHIC=SOL's]


Lynchburg city schools are getting a passing grade with the state on the new Standards of Learning tests.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


The unofficial results of this year's testing show ten of the city's seventeen schools meet the state standards.


The rest are provisionally accredited but show areas that need improvement.
Superintendent Jim McCormick says the scores are encouraging, especially at the elementary level.
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[SOT 17:07:01]
[IN Q=We're extremely]

((JAMES MCCORMICK/LYNCHBURG SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: WE'RE EXTREMELY EXCITED THAT SIX OF OUR SCHOOLS ARE PROVISIONALLY ACCREDITED AND MEET STATE STANDARDS, AGAIN I'M ENCOURAGED THAT FIVE MORE ARE PROVISIONALLY ACCREDITED AND NEED SOME IMPROVEMENT. I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE 12TH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BUT AGAIN, WE WILL MAKE PROGRESS.))
[SUPER=01-James McCormick/Lynchburg School Superintendent]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=will make progress.]
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[VO-NAT]


The final test scores won't be available until August.
All state schools must meet the standards for accreditation by the year 2004.
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[Co-Fires]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Forest Fires]


More wildfires out west-
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[VO-NAT 20:13:56]
[SUPER=03-Near Denver, CO;]


This time fires not far from Denver- have devoured at least 35 hundred acres- and destroyed dozens of homes.
Hundreds have been evacuated in the area southwest of Denver where the Hi-Meadow Fire is burning.
And North of Denver, a twin blaze spurred by gusty winds is racing through dried out forests and threatening homes there.
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[Tease2]
[ANCHOR=Jean]
[writer=chr]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
[SS=None]


Doctor-J is asking for help tonight.
Find out why when News 7 returns.
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[VO-NAT]


And actor Andy Griffith recovers from a heart attack.
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[Griffith]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=tbr/jja]
[TAPE#=500-6 50:34]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Actor Andy Griffith is recovering from a heart attack and quadruple bypass surgery.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-The Andy Griffth Show;]


Griffith suffered from the heart attack last month, but it was just publicized this week.
The actor is at home and still weak, but his spokesman says Griffith's prognosis is excellent and doctors expect a full recovery.
Andy Griffith is 74.
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[Erving]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Former NBA Superstar Julius Erving is in the limelight again- only this time he's asking for help.
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[VO-NAT]


Erving's 19-year old son Corey Marvin Erving disappeared from home 16-days ago-
[Super=03-Orlando, FL;]


He went to the grocery store for bread and told his dad he'd be back in 20-minutes.
But no one's seen him since.
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[SOT 20:23:40ish ]
[IN Q=]

((SHERIFF DON ESLINGER/SEMINOLE COUNTY: HIS LIFE MAY BE ENDANGERED BUT WE HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO SIGHTINGS AND AGAIN NO CREDIBLE INFORMATION CONCERNING HIS WHEREABOUTS.)) [butt to 20:23:29] ((JULIUS ERVING/FATHER OF MISSING TEEN: THIS BAD DREAM HAS GONE ON FOR 16 DAYS NOW, 16 VERY LONG DAYS.))
[SUPER=01-Don Eslinger/Seminole Co. Sheriff; 00]
[SUPER=01-Julius Erving/Father of Missing Teen; 06]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=VERY LONG DAYS.]
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[VO-NAT]


Corey Erving has struggled with drug problems since he was 14 and he grew up as a learning disabled child. The Erving family announced a 25 thousand dollar reward for information leading to his safe return.
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[Video]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=sbu]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]
Anywhere from two to six inches of rain fell on the eastern part of North Dakota when severe weather blew (---------
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[VO-NAT]
[Super=X5052 (loads FX)]
[Super=X5045 (starts FX)]
[SUPER=75-Fargo, ND]

through last night.
Our video of the day comes from a television tower camera that caught the storm.
You can see the vivid lightning and heavy downpour as the storm blew through the area.
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[Super=X5043 (clears FX)]



[S-Extra]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=extra]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


Yankees/Red Sox highlights for you, as well as the latest on the injury to Steam quarterback Will Burch
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[vo nat eng#]
[SUPER=75-New York, NY; :00]

But first our extra point. The Closing of the New York Stock Exchange had a little extra punch to it today as a few members of the recently crowned NHL world champion New Jersey Devils were on hand with the Stanley Cup. I wonder if stock in the NHL goes up now.
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[GO TO BREAK][S-Steam]


[ANCHOR=Stove]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=gki]
[TAPE#=SP-70]
[GRAPHIC=Steam]


The Roanoke Steam is coming off it's second win in three tries and look to continue that momentum into a rare Friday night kickoff in Augusta.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]


Last night at the Roundhouse the Steam took to the artificial turf in this short week of preparation. Quarterback Will Burch threw with tape on his throwing hand.
Burch injured his thumb in the third quarter of the teams win against Greensboro.
This week Burch was diagnosed with torn ligaments in his hand, but that should not stop him from playing.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The thumb is going....]
[SUPER=01-Will Burch/Steam Quarterback/:00]
[SUPER=01-Pete Shaw/Steam Head Coach/:10]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=he's gonna be fine.]
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[S-Kicker]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-74]
[GRAPHIC=Florida State]


Former Florida state kicker Sebastian Janikowski has always had a leg up on the competition, now he has escaped the strong arm of the law.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA/Sugar Bowl; :00]


Yesterday a jury needed just 50 minutes to acquit Janikowski of a charge he tried to bribe a policeman to release his roommate.
He is the first round draft choice of the Oakland Raiders. Janikowski was accused of offering a policeman 300 bucks to let a friend go who had been arrested on a trespassing charge.
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[S-Yankees]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-67]
[GRAPHIC=Yankees]


To Major League Baseball. First place in the American League east was up for grabs last night as the Yankees welcomed the Redsox to the Big Apple.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/Red Sox vs. Yankees; :00]


Legends all around this yard in the Bronx, the babe would watch a good one.
In the top of the third inning, the Redsox break open a 1-1 tie when Carl Everett sends this L-Duque pitch over Bernie Williams head in deep center, all the way to the warning track. Nomar Garciappara is gonna come on down and the Bo-Sox 2-run third gives them a 2 run lead.
[SUPER=35-Boston/5/New York/3 ;]The Yankees get them back in the bottom of the third. Tino Martinez with a two bagg

er that plates Derek Jeter, the shot finds the corner in right field.
Then, Gorge Posada brings in Williams with a bloop single to center, we are tied at three all, but Boston wins it 5 to 3.
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[S-Track]


[ANCHOR=stvee]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Track and Field]


Radford and Liberty Universities top the list of awards in the Big South Track and Field honors.
[GRAPHIC=RADFORD]

Radford's Khadijah (ka-dee-ja) Conda is the conference's women's track and field player of the year.
Conda transferred in from Purdue and set the Big South record in the 400 meters.
[GRAPHIC=LIBERTY]

Liberty's Michael Decker is the male athlete of the year. Decker earns this award a second straight yea and is Liberty's first in door All-American.

[S-Softball]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=virginia Tech ]


Four Virginia tech softball players have been named to the all state team. Second Baseman Michelle Meadows, outfielder/pitcher Clarissa Crowell, centerfielder Bronwyn Blair and pitcher Ashlee Dobbe all made the Virginia Sports Information Director's all state squad. Meadows is the co-player of the year.

[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-75]
[GRAPHIC=Express]


Roanoke Express head coach Perry Florio continues building his 2000-200 and 1 roster. Yesterday he announced the signing of defenseman Travis Smith.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="i'm happy]
[SUPER=01-Travis Smith/Express Defenseman; :00]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=....real happy"]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


Smith registered 14 points and 133 penalty minutes this past season and lead the team in plus-minus at plus 16.
The Express has now signed nine players.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="it's good]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=.....alot easier"]
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[S-Gates]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-76]
[GRAPHIC=express]


Two of Smitty's teammates are not signing, but hiking and pitching this off season.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


Aaron Gates, an Express defenseman is a noted outdoorsman.
In about two weeks he will complete a hike from Massachusetts to Canada and back. The hike is between 700 and 8-00 miles and he is doing most of it alone. He is hiking 20 miles a day and eats rice and snickers bars.
Forward Rob Sweyer tried out for the Canadian Olympic baseball team this summer and was one of the final cuts.
Sweyer one heck of a pitcher according to the Express play-by play announcer Randy Sominski.
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[S-Games]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-68 47:09]
[GRAPHIC=commonwealth games]


The Commonwealth Games are back in the Valley July 14th through the 16th for an 11th year. Athletes and fans will have a chance to see some new sports in this summer's games.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="we have]
[SUPER=01-Pete Lampman/Va. Amateur Sports Pres.; :00]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=.....game"]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]


Virginia Amateur Sports held a news conference today to promote the games. The commonwealth games committee is expecting to almost double it's number of athletes since the state Olympics began a decade ago.
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The list of rising stars that have moved on from beginnings at the South Boston Speedway is getting longer. But that doesn't mean the track forgets them.
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Recently, the speedway erected the Stacy Compton tower in honor of the former South Boston star who is now competing in Winston Cup.
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[SUPER=01-Cathy Rice/South Boston Speedway GM; :00]
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