!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/REC-html401-19991224/loose.dtd"> WDBJ 7 morning news for 08/24/00
 


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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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Up Next on News 7--
Verizon workers are returning to the job today now that company and union officials have reached a tentative agreement.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And just in case you missed last night's much- hyped season finale of "Survivor", we'll tell you who the million- dollar winner is, coming up.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Join us for News 7 Mornin.

[11Verizon]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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The Verizon strike is over. The company and the rest its striking workers have reached a tentative agreement.
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That means the thousands of workers are returning to the job today. The agreement, which still must be ratified by union members covers Virginia and five other mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia. Verizon officials say it will take about a month to clear a backlog of 63-thousand repair requests and 200-thousand orders for new service that have come in since the strike began August 6th.
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[11Rogers]


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A former Virginia Tech administrator was sentenced to probation yesterday for defrauding the school of money.
Professor Craig Rogers was convicted on two charges of obtaining money by false pretenses.
Tech alleged he used public funds on several thousand dollars worth of personal expenses, including airline tickets.
Earlier this week, Rogers resigned from his job as a dean at the University of South Carolina.

[Winner]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
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He OUTPLAYED, OUTWITTED, AND OUTLASTED--
Richard Hatch was the ultimate "Survivor" in last night's finale of C-B-S's summer hit.
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Hatch had earned a reputation for scheming and organizing alliances, but all that paid off in a one- million - dollar prize.
Runner- Up Kelly Wigglesworth lost by just a single vote.
But spending 39 days on the South Pacific island did earn her 100- thousand- dollars.
All 16 castaways and their family and friends partied in Los Angeles after watching the last episode together.
We'll hear from Richard and Kelly coming up a little later in the newscast.
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[MarketWatch]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Energy stocks may continue to rise well into the winter and an online car buying service will be launched today.
Stacey Tisdale has those stories and more in today's Marketwatch.
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SOARING ENERGY PRICES HAVE BEEN BAD NEWS FOR CONSUMERS BUT GREAT FOR INVESTORS. ENERGY STOCKS HAVE POSTED DOUBLE DIGIT GAINS THIS SUMMER...AND YESTERDAY WAS NO DIFFERENT.

ESS=graphic "Energy Stocks"


NEWS THAT OIL INVENTORIES FELL TO A 24 YEAR LOW LAST WEEK GAVE A BOOST TO OIL PRICES AND STOCKS LIKE EXXON MOBIL, ROYAL DUTCH, AND DRILLERS LIKE SCHLUBERGER.

ONCAM=Stacey Tisdale


ANALYSTS SAY THESE STOCKS COULD MOVE EVEN HIGHER AS WE MOVE INTO THE WINTER SEASON.
CHECKING IN NOW ON YESTERDAY'S OVERALL MARKET ACTIVITY:

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A LACKLUSTER SESSION FOR THE BLUE CHIPS: THE DOW GAINED 5 AND A HALF POINTS TO CLOSE AT 11 THOUSAND 1-44.

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INTEL WAS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY AFTER REACHING AN ALL TIME HIGH.

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BUT THE TECH GROUP PUT IN A STRONG PERFORMANCE: THE NASDAQ ROSE NEARLY 53 POINTS.

ESS=graphic "Biotech Stocks" (CEGE, PVLS, AMGN)


BIOTECHNOLOGY STOCKS PUT IN A STRONG PERFORMANCE. "CELL GENESYS" LED THE WAY AFTER REPORTING PROMISING RESULTS FROM GENE-THERAPY EXPERIMENTS FOR TREATING SEVERAL TYPES OF CANCER.
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SHARES OF "PROVALIS" SOARED IN RESPONSE TO NEWS ITS HEMOGLOBIN MONITOR USED FOR DIABETICS HAS BEEN CLEARED FOR SALES IN THE U-S.
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AMGEN GOT A LIFT FROM A POSITIVE ENDORSEMENT FROM BROKERAGE GIANT MORGAN STANLEY DEAN WITTER.

VT=VO/Amazon.com


ATTENTION AMAZON DOT COM LOVERS: THE ONLINE RETAIL GIANT TODAY WILL LAUNCH AN ONLINE CAR BUYING SERVICE IN A PARTNERSHIP WITH GREELIGHT DOT COM.

ONCAM=Stacey Tisdale


AMAZON'S CAR BUYING WILL INITIALLY BE AVAILABLE IN ABOUT 30 MARKETS, INCLUDING NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO, AND CHICAGO.

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FOR MORE BUSINESS AND CONSUMER NEWS, CLICK ON C-B-S DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM,

ONCAM=Stacey Tisdale


I'M STACEY TISDALE IN NEW YORK.))


[11Robb]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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A Southwest Virginia school for gifted students is still overcrowded and underfunded despite a federal grant.
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Senator Chuck Robb delivered the Governor's School a 138-thousand dollar check yesterday to help it get a new building.
The school needs 2-and-a-half million dollars to reach its goal.
As governor in 1985, Robb started the Governor's school system.
It provides accelerated math and science classes to students from six nearby school districts.
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[15:10:16 - :25] ((PAT DUNCAN/GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL DIRECTOR: WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A NEW BUILDING. THIS IS WHAT WE NEED DESPERATELY BECAUSE OF THE SMALL SIZE OF THE BUILDING AND THE INCREASING NUMBER OF STUDENTS.))
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The school has 122 students in a building meant for under 100.
The Governor's School hopes to combine with a magnet school on the campus of the New River Community College.
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Searchers have found the cockpit voice recorder from the jetliner that crashed yesterday in the waters of the Persian Gulf.
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All 143 people on board were killed.
The plane went down after circling the airport in Bahrain's capital at the end of a flight from Cairo.
An air traffic controller says he saw no flames or any sign of trouble.
U-S Navy helicopters joined the night- time search and rescue effort.
Authorities say searchers also recovered both flight data recorders, which should help them determine what caused the crash.
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[Emergency-Landing]


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An American Airlines jet made an emergency landing in Houston, Texas yesterday.
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The plane apparently hit some heavy turbulence over the Gulf of Mexico.
Airline officials say at least four people were carried off the plane on stretchers after Flight 304 landed at Bush Intercontinental Airport.
The flight was bound from Dallas- Fort Worth to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
60 passengers and eight crew members were on board.
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[11Henry-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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An elderly man is okay after being trapped upside down in his truck.
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Rescue crews took an hour and a half to free 81 year old John White.
A delivery truck landed on top of the victim's truck that flipped over.
The two vehicles collided on North Daniels and Cherwood Roads yesterday afternoon.
The driver of the delivery truck was not injured.
The victim's wife stood by watching the whole rescue effort.
White has been treated and released from the hospital.
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[11Pitts-Ax]


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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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Another accident yesterday threw a teenager out of his car.
The 17 year old was taken to Danville Regional Medical Center.
Witnesses say he was conscious and said he lost control to avoid a deer.
State troopers say he seemed to be doing okay.
Authorities charged the teen with failing to maintain control of the car.
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[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
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In medical news, Diabetes is on the rise.

Bobbi Harley has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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((on cam)) DISTURBING NEWS TODAY FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL. DIABETES CASES AMONG AMERICAN ADULTS ARE UP.....WAY UP.

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((vo)) BETWEEN 19-90 AND 19-98, THERE'S BEEN A 33 PERCENT INCREASE NATIONWIDE. AMONG PEOPLE AGED 30 TO 39 THE INCREASE WAS A STAGGERING 70 PERCENT.
DOCTORS BLAME THE JUMP ON THE GROWING PREVALENCE OF OBESITY AND A DECLINE IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY.
DIABETES, IF NOT TREATED... CAN LEAD TO BLINDNESS, AMPUTATIONS, KIDNEY FAILURE AND HEART ATTACKS.

VT=VO

((vo)) HERE'S SOME NEWS THAT MAY SURPRISE PARENTS. THE COLDS OR INFECTIONS THAT MAKE YOU AND YOUR KIDS MISERABLE TODAY MAY PROTECT THEM FROM ASTHMA TOMMOROW.
RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA SAY HAVING AN OLDER BROTHER OR SISTER IN DAYCARE DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF A BABY'S LIFE REDUCES THEIR RISK OF DEVELOPING ASTHMA.
THE FINDINGS..REPORTED IN THIS WEEK'S NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE MAY EXPLAIN THE PARADOX OF WHY ASTHMA HAS BECOME MORE PREVELANT DESPITE INCREASED STANDARDS OF PERSONAL HYGIENE AND SMALLER FAMILY SIZES.

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((vo)) AND COULD YOUR FAVORITE CHOCOLATE BAR WARD OFF CAVITIES AND TOOTH DECAY?
RESEARCHERS IN JAPAN SAY PARTS OF THE COCOA BEAN..THE MAIN INGREDIENT IN CHOCOCLATE..FIGHT MOUTH BACTERIA.
THE COCOA BEAN HUSK WHICH USUALLY GOES TO WASTE COULD ONE DAY BE PUT BACK IN CHOCOLATE OR ADDED TO TOOTHPASTES AND MOUTH WASH.

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((on cam)) AND THAT'S A LOOK AT THE DAY IN HEALTH. I'M BOBBI HARLEY, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

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[2-Winner]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=kmc]
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Corporate trainer Richard Hatch is the sole "Survivor"...
Hatch walked away from C-B-S's hit summer game show a million dollars richer in last night's final episode.
Manuel Gallegus has a wrap- up.
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A month of organizing alliances, roasting rats and spearing sting rays paid off for corporate trainer Richard Hatch. He is the Survivor --and a million dollars richer today.

SOT: Richard Hatch/Survivor

"When I saw that vote is was physical, it was really an interesting feeling."
Kelly Wiglesworth lost by just a single vote. But, she does not walk away empty handed. 39 days of enduring the elements on Pulau Tiga earned her a hundred thousand dollars.

SOT: Kelly Wigglesworth/Runner- Up

" I was relived it was over but sorry that I didn't win."
All 16 castaways and their family and friends partied in Los Angeles after watching the finale together....many already parlaying their 15 minutes of fame into new adventures.
An estimated 40 million Americans watched last night's finale even David Letterman got swept away by Survivor fever.. inviting the entire cast to recite a special Top Ten List.

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Stand-Up: Manuel Gallegus/CBS NEWS Now if your already feeling nostalgic for those sandy South Pacific beaches..don't. 16 new contestants will start taping Survivor 2 from the Australian Outback in October. The first episode airs after the Super Bowl. Manual Gallegus, CBS News, Los Angeles.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
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Striking Verizon workers are going back to work today.
The company and striking workers have reached a tentative agreement.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Authorities are investigating a small fire that damaged a Roanoke church.
A pile of firewood and siding at Rosalind Hills Baptist Church caught fire last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And people were glued to their T-V sets last night for the season finale of "Survivor"...
Academics say programs like "Survivor" are changing the way Americans watch television.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Thursday, August 24th .
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[2-11Verizon]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=500-11 TC1:16:25]
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Verizon workers will NOT be on the picket lines today. The company and the rest its striking workers have reached a tentative agreement.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


That means the thousands of workers are returning to the job. The agreement, which still must be ratified by union members covers Virginia and five other mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia. Verizon officials say it will take about a month to clear a backlog of 63-thousand repair requests and 200-thousand orders for new service that have come in since the strike began August 6th.
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[Tropical-Storm]


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[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
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After dumping heavy rain on northern Haiti yesterday, Tropical Storm Debby is now setting her sights on Cuba.
Forecasters are predicting up to 15 inches of rain there.
But it's Debby's predicted visit to South Florida that has U-S officials worried.
Jennifer Jones has more.
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((
Debby is still days from South Florida...and right now is downgraded to a tropical storm. But as it struggles through parts of the Carribean...the threat of the storm regaining hurricane status, remains in effect.

SOT: Max Mayfield,National Hurricane Center

"It's foolish to let our guards down...even though it's been downgraded"
No guards are down just yet for these residents...

SOT: Mark Perez, Resident

"Generator...flash light....duct tape."
Stocking up on supplies...preparing for what many here believe could be a major storm.

SOT: Marcia Garcia, Resident

" For the first time...going to hit us"
Debby is forecasted to hit South Florida sometime late Friday or early Saturday. Meanwhile officals have moved into Phase 1 of their evacuation plan for the Florida Keys. A state of Emergency has been declared. All non-residents have been asked to leave the string of islands that for now, could bear the brunt of Debby.
Stand Up: Since being downgraded to a tropical storm, Debby has sustained winds of 70MPH. To regain hurricane strength, forecasters say it will take at least 24 hours...still plenty of time to greet South Florida with a vengence. ))

[11Roanoke-Fire]


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A Roanoke church was damaged by a small fire.
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Authorities say a pile of firewood and siding behind the recreation building at Rosalind Hills Baptist Church caught fire last night.
They don't know why.
The fire did about 500 dollars damage and is being investigated.
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[11Church-fire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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A church fire in Danville is now being called suspicious.
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The fire ruined the 70 year old Bethel Holiness Church on Grove Street a week and a half ago.
The Danville Police Department along with the Fire Department are trying to find out who did it.
Investigators took debris from the church last week. That's being tested at a forensic lab in Roanoke.
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[11Axton-fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[VO-NAT]
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Authorities are looking into Tuesday morning's suspicious fire at the Harris Grocery in Henry County.
The fire heavlily damaged the store.
Federal, state and local agencies are investigating.
The owner, Michael Marvin Harris pled guilty to dealing cocaine through his store. He was sentenced to seven years in prison six months ago.
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[11Survivor-Party]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WRITER=kwe]
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The million dollar question has been answered. Corporate trainer Richard Hatch walked away the winner from the t-v show Survivor. Viewers were glued to their screens to hear the news and for some it came as quite a shock. Kate Weidaw went to Corned Beef and Company in downtown Roanoke last night where folks were rooting on their favorite castaway.
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(([NAT SOUND FROM CBS FEED]
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The show about 16 everyday people [NAT SOUND CASTAWAYS TALKING]
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put on an island
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captured the attention of folks across the valley.

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((YOU CAN NOT WATCH IT ONCE YOU START WATCHING IT.))
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((IT'S WORSE THEN A SOAP OPERA YOU CAN'T LEAVE IT.))
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((EVERYONE ELSE WAS SO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON.))
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As the final four castaways were narrowed down to two
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everyone thought they knew the answer to the summer's hottest questions... who will take home the big bucks?

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((RUDY HE'S A GOOD VIRGINIA BOY HE'S GOING TO TAKE IT HOME.))
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((RICHARD IS GOING TO WIN.))
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((KELLY))
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Some memorable moments were made after the castaways 39 days of feasting on rats and collecting mud on their bodies.

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((EATING THE GRUBS WAS PRETTY DISGUSTING.))
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((THE BEST CONTEST WAS THE BEETLE LARVA WHEN THEY ATE THE BEETLE LARVA I LOST IT.))
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[STANDUP]
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((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: BUT ONE OF THE SHOWS MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS MAYBE THE WINNER. MOST FOLKS HAD BET ON RUDY WINNING AND WHEN THE WINNER WAS ANNOUNCED IT CAME AS QUITE A SHOCK. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7 ROANOKE.))
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[11Marketing-Survivor]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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The Survivor phenomenon may not be over.
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[VO-NAT]


Academics say shows like Survivors are changing the way Americans watch television and it could be a trend that will stick around.
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((JANE TUMAS-SERNA: IT'S LIKE GOSSIP, THEY WANT TO KNOW ABOUT PEOPLE YOU GET INTO THEIR MINDS.))
[SUPER=01-Jane Tumas-Serna/Hollins University Professor;]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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And if you are a Survivor fan the saga isn't over, another series is planned called " Survivor The Australian Outback."
It will debut sometime in January.

[11Pulaski-School]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Pulaski County High school students have returned to school despite an explosion last month.
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15-hundred students went back yesterday.
The only thing missing was air conditioning in their windowless classrooms.
That's expected to be restored by Labor Day.
Until then, students will get out two hours early.
A natural gas explosion in the mechanical room knocked out power, gas and water last month.
School administrators estimate the speedy repairs cost 750-thousand dollars.
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[11Gypsy-Moths]


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Alleghany and Bath Counties are dealing with an insect problem.
Gypsy moths have damaged nearly 25-thousand acres of trees.
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[VO-NAT]
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Steve Bennett is dealing with the gypsy moth problem first hand.
In June, he noticed the insects devouring the leaves on his trees.
The moths aren't the problem... it's when the insects are in the caterpillar stage that they do the most damage.
Experts say folks should destroy the moths' egg masses.
Each one could contain up to a thousand caterpillars.
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((ROY KISER/EXTENSION AGENT: IN THE RESIDENTIAL AREAS THERE'S THE NUISANCE ASPECT, YOU CAN HAVE LITERALLY THOUSAND IF NOT MILLIONS OF CATERPILLARS CRAWLING ON HOUSES, GET IN CARS, GARAGES, THEY WILL THEN EAT YOUR SHRUBBERY.))
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[VO-NAT]


Steve Bennett had portions of his property sprayed over the summer and will probably do so next year.
If you detect a problem... experts say contact your local extension office.
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[11Pigeons]


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A Roanoke family ripped down their roof to rescue two baby pigeons trapped by a repair job.
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Repairmen fixing a carport boarded up the roof, where pigeons had nested.
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((DESIREE HOBSON/RESIDENT: WE TOLD THEM THERE WERE BIRDS IN THERE AND YOU COULD HEAR THEM CHIRPING AND CRYING AND THE MOM FLEW OUT RIGHT BEFORE HE PUT THE BOARD THERE. AND WE TOLD HIM THEY WERE THERE AND HE SAID OH WELL, I DON'T HAVE BIRDS. HE SAID IT WASN'T HIS PROBLEM SO THEY'RE STILL UP THERE I GUESS.))
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[VO-NAT]

Ron Smith says he did not see the birds when he did the repairs, but tore down his work for the residents and Wildlife Rescue Squad. An hour later -- two birds flew free -- nursed back to health with Gatorade.
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The birds are now eating on their own, and Roanoke Wildlife Rescue workers plan to release them in a local park.


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[Local-Recap]
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[2-Shot=Kmc/Syo]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A former Virginia Tech administrator was sentenced to probation yesterday for defrauding the school of money.
Professor Craig Rogers was convicted on two charges of obtaining money by false pretenses.
Tech alleged he used public funds on several thousand dollars worth of personal expenses, including airline tickets.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]

Thousands of Verizon workers are leaving the picket lines and returning to their jobs today.
The company and the rest of its striking workers have reached a tentative agreement. However, it must still be ratified by union members.

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A small fire caused minor damages to a Roanoke church last night.
Authorities say a pile of firewood and siding behind the recreation building at Rosalind Hills Baptist Church caught fire.
The fire did about 500 dollars damage and is being investigated.


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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Robin Reed with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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