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[TALENT=Jean]


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Tonight on News 7, Roanoke's snow leopards lose their fight for suvival.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]


And the battle over walls at a Botetourt County elementary school.

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[ANCHOR=Roy]
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[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=Sports-Head]
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In sports, The Lakers lead the Pacers 3 to 1 in the N-B-A championship The Avalanche opens a big series at Memorial Stadium tonight.
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[VO-NAT]


And the roanoke Express signs its 10-th player today for next seasons East Coast Hockey league.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
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Severe thunderstorms continue to pop up over the area. A watch is in effect until 7pm. A look at the trouble spots coming up.

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[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=Video Open]



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((NOW LOOK AT THIS. CAN YOU IMAGINE YOUR CHILD BEING IN A CLASSROOM THIS SIZE? THIS IS WONDERFUL.))
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[VO-NAT]

Teachers and parents in Botetourt County do not want their kids walled in.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.

[Eagle-Rock]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-08 TC1:59:25]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at Six]

Botetourt County could barely afford to open a new school this month, but now it's borrowing 700-thousand-dollars to build classroom walls. Some parents and teachers say this is not only a waste of money, it will also hurt students. Tina Tenret explains.
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[SUPER=01-Doris Lowe/Teacher]
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[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Botetourt County]

(( Eagle Rock Elementary School is so small, there's only one class per grade. So working with no walls can be a treat.
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[SOT 9:44:34]
[IN Q=Look at the]

((DORIS LOWE/TEACHER: LOOK AT THE ROOM WE HAVE! WE HAVE THE LARGEST SPACE AVAILABLE FOR TEACHING. BUTT BUTT BUTT OUR TEACHERS SING WITH THE KIDS. THEY DO THIS IN A GROUP OVER HERE WHEN USUALLY YOU'D HAVE TO BE SITTING IN A DESK LISTENING TO THE TEACHER. WHY DO WE WANT TO GIVE THAT UP?)) [RUNS:17]
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Walls might help the other four elementary schools. But some folks at Eagle Rock would rather spend their 73-thousand-dollars elsewhere.
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[SOT 10:01:23]
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((NAT SOT: MORE IMPORTANT THINGS THAN WALLS WE DON'T NEED. WE NEED COMPUTERS, WE NEED PLAYGROUNDS))

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The superintendent says parents countywide have pushed for walls for years. He says the ones in Eagle Rock classrooms will probably be portable and muffle noise.
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((IT'S OUR SCHOOL. WE SHOULD HAVE A VOICE.)) [RUNS:04]
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But teachers -- who say their petition fell on deaf ears -- will meet parents tonight at the Eagle Rock Community Center. Tina Tenret News7 Botetourt County.))

[Snow-Leopards]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-07 TC2:03:51]
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This was a sad day for Mill Mountain Zoo, and a setback for its endangered species breeding program.
The two snow leopard cubs born on Tuesday, died this morning.
[Double Boxes=Jean and JoeSMicrowave]


Joe Dashiell is on Mill Mountain tonight with more on the disappointing news.
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[SUPER=@Joe1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke]


Jean, on Tuesday zoo officials were thrilled with the birth of the two female cubs... but 24 hours later when they had to remove the cubs from their mother... they knew they had a challenge ahead.
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((By midday Wednesday it had become clear that the mother wasn't going to nurse her newborns..
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((WE ALWAYS KNOW THAT HANDRAISING IS KIND OF A LAST RESORT FOR US ANYWAY, BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY THE MOTHER RAISING THEM IS THE BEST SITUATION, NOT ONLY FOR THE HEALTH OF THE ANIMAL, BUT ALSO FOR IT TO BE PART OF THE BREEDING PROGRAM IN THE FUTURE..))
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[OUT Q=program in the future.]


Once the cubs were removed, they were given medical care and close attention.
Zoo staff members attempted to bottle feed the cubs, but the animals continued to weaken overnight.
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((THEY WERE JUST REALLY TOO WEAK AND REALLY HADN'T TAKEN ENOUGH NOURISHMENT TO SURVIVE. A PRETTY SAD DAY FOR US, BUT WE WILL ATTEMPT AGAIN, START BREEDING THE LEOPARDS AGAIN AND MAYBE THE SECOND TIME AROUND, MAYBE THE MOM WILL DO A BETTER JOB.))
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[OUT Q=will do a better job.]))
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[Live=JoeD Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke]


The zoo's Snow Leopards are part of a program for endangered species and Boris and Tasha WILL remain on the breeding list. Jean
[Double Boxes=JoeD and Jean/Microwave]


Zoo officials hope to breed the snow leopards again next winter... with the possibility of another birth about this time next year.

[Celanese]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-21 TC27:18]
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Workers at Celanese Acetate in Giles County began voting on an unpopular new contract today, threatening that a strike might not be far behind.
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[VO-NAT]
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About half of the one-thousand Celanese union members cast their votes on the proposed three-year contract.
Union leaders advised members to reject it.
They're unhappy with wages, pensions and mandatory overtime at the plant.
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((JIMMY MULLINS/UNION PRESIDENT: THEY HAVE CUT EMPLOYEES IN EVERY DEPARTMENT THEY JUST DON'T HAVE ENOUGH EMPLOYEES TO DO THE WORK. ))
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[OUT Q=to do the work.]
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[VO-NAT]


Celanese makes acetate fibers used in clothes and cigarettes.
It's the New River Valley's eighth-largest employer.
Workers have one more day to vote on the contract.
They say if they can't re-open talks with Celco by the end of their present contract Monday night, they'll strike.

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[Tultex]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-05 TC2:01:54]
[GRAPHIC=Tultex Chapter 11]


The last of three Tultex bankruptcy auctions ended today in South Boston.
More than two thousand items were sold this week.
Surae Chinn was there as the last items went to the highest bidder.
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[SUPER=01-Ed King/Auctioneer;]
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(((nats of auction 23:16:39)
They were going going gone. Veronna Barksdale of Halifax County is a former Tultex employee who's worked on these machines before. So she knows exactly what she's looking for in her at-home sewing business.
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((VERONNA BARKSDALE/BIDDER: I WAS INTERESTED IN MACHINES LIKE THIS RIGHT HERE BECAUSE OF THE WAY IT DOES SEW AND THE WAY IT CUTS THE EXCESS MATERIAL OFF. )) [RUNS:08]
In room after room bidders bought machines. (nats auction 23:23:15) The auction then moved outside. Even a car was on the block--sold at 50 dollars.
[SOT 23:25:11]

((ED KING/AUCTIONEER: WELL THERE ARE PROBLEMS WITH THE CAR 50 BUCKS IT'S GOING TO TAKE THAT MUCH TO GET IT OUT OF HERE.)) [RUNS:04]
And just like that, everything but memories of Tultex disappeared.
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((VERONNA BARKSDALE/BIDDER: I'M KIND OF SAD. I HATE TO SEE IT CLOSE DOWN. IT'S BEEN HERE FOR SO MANY YEARS AND IT'S BEEN A GOOD SOURCE OF INCOME FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE IT'S GOING TO BE MISSED.)) [RUNS:09]
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((SURAE CHINN/REPORTING: WHILE SOME PEOPLE ARE SAD THAT ALL THIS SOLD IT MEANS MORE BUSINESS FOR AUCTION COMPANIES.)) [RUNS:08]
Auctioneer extroardinar Ed King does about 200 of these types of events a year.
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((ED KING/AUCTIONEER: IT'S JUST ONE OF MANY PLANTS ACROSS AMERICA THAT ARE GOING BANKRUPT AND LOSING BUSINESS TO OVERSEAS. IT'S A SHAME BUT HELPS MY BUSINESS.)) [RUNS:10]
A business where some people lose out. In the end Barksdale didn't get her sewing machine. The bid started too high at 700 dollars. Surae Chinn News7, Halifax County.))
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
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A-E-P is now one of the biggest power companies in the country.
Find out how that might affect you when News 7 returns.
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[VO-NAT]


And later-- they may not be the boys of summer any more, but these Lynchburg senior citizens are still rounding the bases.
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[Lee-Funeral]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=500-11 TC50:36]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Roanoke police officer Connie Ray Lee Jr. died early Sunday following a motorcycle accident on Brambleton Avenue.

Today, his family, friends and fellow officers filled a Roanoke church.
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[VO-NAT]
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Mourners spilled out of High Street Baptist Church where Lee's funeral service was held this afternoon.
The crowd included many police officers, and members of the motorcycle club that Lee belonged to.
Lee joined the Roanoke Police Department in 1991. He was 31 years old.
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[Organ-Donations]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-10 TC1:59:23]
[GRAPHIC=Organ Donations]


Twice a year, they make some of the most ethically complex decisions any group of citizens ever makes.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


Today in Richmond, the board of the United Network for Organ Sharing gave a slight preference to dying adolescents.

Margo Akerman (AY-kur-man) is on the board and has twice had a kidney transplant herself.
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((MARGO AKERMAN/UNOS BOARD MEMBER: IT'S IMPORTANT NOT TO BECOME EMOTIONALLY ATTACHED. I MEAN YOU COULD ATTACH THE SAME EMOTIONS TO A YOUNG MOTHER WHO IS RAISING CHILDREN. AND THAT IS THE POPULATION THAT MAY WELL BE IMPAIRED BY SOME DECISIONS IF AN ORGAN IS GIVEN TO AN ADOLESCENT WHICH OTHERWISE WOULD HAVE GONE TO A 25 YEAR OLD MOTHER OF A THREE AND A ONE YEAR OLD.))
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[OUT Q=one year old.]
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[VO-NAT]


The board voted 24 to 3 to give teenagers who need livers preference over adults -- given the same medical urgency.


UNOS (U-noce) is based in Richmond and handles organ distribution for the entire U-S.
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[AEP-Merger]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-24 TC11:03]
[GRAPHIC=Electricity Deregulation ]


Eight-thousand A-E-P customers will be able to buy their own power as early as October.
They'll be part of a new retail choice pilot program.
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A-E-P says deregulation and a new merger could mean lower electric bills.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-AEP Video]


A-E-P finished a buyout of Central and South West Corporation today.
A company spokesperson says the merger may mean over a billion dollars in savings for customers in the first ten years of operation.
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((WE WILL HAVE AN OPERATION THAT IS SECOND TO NONE IN TERMS OF THE ABILITY TO GENERATE ELECTRICITY AND TO DELIVER IT TO CUSTOMERS. IF WE WERE LOOKING FOR A PARTNER, WE COULDN'T HAVE FOUND A BETTER ONE THAN CENTRAL AND SOUTH WEST.))
[SUPER=01-E. Linn Draper, Jr./AEP Chairman]
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[OUTQ=And South West.]
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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The new company will now serve five million customers in 11 states.

[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Advances by tech stocks led to a modest day on Wall Street. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
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The DOW gained 27 points, NASDAQ climbed 48.
The Bloomberg News 7 Index lost about a point and a half.
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[Senior-Softball]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-17 TC49:17]
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While some senior citizens are satisfied to watch a ballgame on t-v, a group in Lynchburg is spending its golden years on the diamond.
Steve Smallshaw has their story.
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[SUPER=01-Don Tyree/Softball Player; :50]
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[SUPER=01-Mary Price/Softball Player; 1:11]
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((BATTING FIRST, WE GOT MARY, CLYDE, WES...)) [RUNS03]
The lineups change each week, but the faces mostly remain the same.
Each Wednesday, two dozen Lynchburg- area senior citizens dust off their cleats and gloves and gather at Miller Park for a couple of hours of friendly competition.
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[RUNS03]
They may have lost a little speed over the years, but they make up for it with good old- fashioned hustle..
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((COULDN'T PLAY LAST YEAR BECAUSE MY LEGS WERE BAD, BUT I'M PLAYING THIS YEAR..)) [RUNS04]
In fact, most of these players have suffered one health problem or another.. from heart attacks to bypass surgery.
But they say the best therapy can be found here.. between the chalk lines on a warm spring morning.. enjoying the camaraderie and fellowship that comes with America's pastime.
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((DON TYREE/SOFTBALL PLAYER: JUST THE CAMARADERIE HERE WITH ALL THE PEOPLE, YOU GOT A GROUP HERE THAT'S THE SAME AGE, NOBODY EXCELS, IT'S JUST FUN AND EXERCISE, THAT'S ALL.)) [RUNS08]
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[SOT 14:58:54]

((CARRIE HENDRICKS/SOFTBALL PLAYER: IT REALLY HELPS YOU A LOT JUST TO BE WITH THE PLAYERS, AND THE COMPANIONSHIP.. I LOVE EVERY BIT OF IT. I'VE ALWAYS LOVED TO PLAY BALL, I'VE ALWAYS LOVED SPORTS.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=loved sports.]
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[SOT 14:57:36]

((MARY PRICE/SOFTBALL PLAYER: I'VE PLAYED SOFTBALL ALL MY LIFE, FROM A CHILDHOOD WITH BOYS AND IT'S JUST FUN. IT'S A FUN GAME, IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU STRIKE OUT OR MAKE A BOO- BOO, IT'S JUST FUN AND IT'S A GOOD GROUP OF PEOPLE.)) [RUNS12]
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Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))

[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=Sports Tease]
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And coming up in sports, A big week for the Salem Avalanche begins tonight at Memorial Stadium the Lakers beat the Pacers.
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[VO-NAT]


And Andre Agassi suffers an injury that may keep him out of Wimbledon in two weeks.
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[S-Avalanche]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-70]
[GRAPHIC=Avalanche Logo]


The Avalanche will play five games in four days starting with Winston Salem tonight at Salem Memorial Stadium.
Steve Mason and Avalanche manager Alan Cockrell have a drizzly pre game report.
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[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-72 (38:36)]
[GRAPHIC=Express Logo]


The Roanoke Express has signed its 10-th player for next year.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :]


Ben Schust will return to the Express lineup. Schust was the teams number one scorer with 27 goals and he led the team in points with 52.
Schust, a third year center with the team, he also served as a captain for the team.
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[S-Gordon]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-73 (34:08)]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :]


Meantime, Former Roanoke coach Scott Gordon may return to the East Coast Hockey League.
Sources in Augusta, Georgia have told News 7 Sports that Gordon is one of the leading candidates to take over for the Augusta Lynx. Gordon coached the Express for two seasons and last year the team set a club record with 45 wins before losing in the first round of the league playoffs.
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[S-Wrath]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-77]
[GRAPHIC=Wrath Logo]


Roanoke's premier soccer team, the Roanoke Wrath looks for its fourth straight win of the season this weekend against the Charlotte Eagles on the road.
The secret to the Warth's recent success has been the guys up front and some new comers.
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[S-NBA]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-65 (1:03:51)]
[GRAPHIC=NBA Logo]


The Los Angeles Lakers have really put the pressure on Indiana in the N-B-A championship series.
Last night, Kobe Bryant hit several key baskets down the stretch to lead the Lakers to a 120 to 118 overtime win to lead the seires 3 games to 1.
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[SUPER=01-Reggie Miller/Pacers Guard; :14]
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[S-Tennis]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-76 (4:06)]
[GRAPHIC=Andre Agassi]


Andre Agassi's status for Wimbledon is up in the air.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File; :]


Agassi slipped and fell today while chasing a shot in the second set of this third round match at the Queen's Club tournament in London.
He lost the game took a three minute injury time out then lost the next game while limping noticeably. Agassi eventually forfeited the match.
Wimbledon starts in 11 days.
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[Promo]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Should Roanoke Catholic build athletic facilities at Washington Park?
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[VO-NAT]


That will be the question residents will answer tonight during a public hearing.
Roanoke Catholic says they need space for two soccer fields and a baseball field and Washington Park is the ideal location.
Some residents however think other wise.
Tonight on News 7 at 11, we'll bring you reaction to this controversial plan. (------------)