[1-News-Head]

[TALENT=Keith]

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[V/O-NAT]
The Enchanted Castle goes up in flames.
The fire may have been deliberately set.
A LIVE report from Rockbridge County in just a moment.
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[TALENT=Keith]


And we'll see how the Sons of Confederate Veterans intend to deal with the loss of an official declaration on Confederate Heritage.

[Sports-head]


[ANCHOR=mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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Tonight on News 7 sports, the Bassett girls' hoopsters take home another coveted award. Dale Jarrett talks about his Martinsville masterpiece. While the Dale Earnhardt investigation drags on into the summer.
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[VO-NAT]

And it's the end of an era in Dallas as Troy Aikman officially retires from the NFL.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
[SS=None]


It's not just warm, it's setting records for the third day in a row. Could it stretch to four? We'll check the forecast is a few minutes.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=Video Open]
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[VO-NAT]


Natural Bridge's Enchanted Castle lies in ruin tonight, after a suspicious fire.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[Enchanted-Castle]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#01-07 TC1:20:30 ]
[GRAPHIC=Ench. Castle Fire]


The Enchanted Castle burned to the ground overnight.
It's been a roadside museum and one man's workshop for over a decade.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Marya/Starlink]


Marya Jones is in Natural Bridge tonight.
So why do some people think this fire was set Marya?
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[OUT Q=how much you worship God.]
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[Roanoke-Body]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-16 TC19:12]
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Authorities in Roanoke have identified the body found yesterday near Campbell Avenue-- it's that of 33-year-old Billy Ray Green of Roanoke.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday]


Police found Green's body yesterday morning in a cement canal in front of the Norfolk Southern Machine Shop.
He was lying face down in the water with cut on his head.
Police say the cause of death will be determined after an autopsy tomorrow.
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[Rivera]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-05 TC1:47:42]
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A Lynchburg teenager could face a long prison term for a stabbing at Heritage High School in January.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


20- year- old Eric Beard was stabbed in the stomach and arm during a confrontation with 16- year- old Robert Michael Rivera January 16th.
Rivera claimed he was acting self- defense, but several witnesses testified today they saw Rivera charge at Beard with a knife in his hand.
The fight started out over drugs, but the prosecutor says something else was involved.
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[SOT 13:38:21]
[IN Q=The drug was]

((MIKE DOUCETTE/PROSECUTOR: THE DRUG WAS TESTOSTERONE, AND AS WE JUST SAW HERE AFTER COURT BREAKS UP, IT'S JUST A BUNCH OF YOUNG MALES POSTURING AND CERTAINLY IN THIS CASE THE POSTURING GOT WAY OUT OF HAND. AND FORTUNATELY FOR ALL, ERIC BEARD DID NOT DIE BUT IT COULD HAVE VERY EASILY HAPPENED.))
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[OUT Q=very easily happened.]
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[VO-NAT]


Rivera could face twenty years to life in prison when he's sentenced in June.
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[Hager]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=01-09 TC54:52]
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The Sons of Confederate Veterans say "from this day forward through eternity" April shall be Confederate History and Heritage Month in Virginia.
Though there's one candidate for governor who sympathizes with them, he's not the front- runner in the race.
Ellen Qualls has today's update on an on-going saga.
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[IN Q=They protested Mark Earley]
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[SUPER=01-Doug Wilder/Former Governor; :55 ]
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[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]

(( They protested Mark Earley for NOT supporting them.
But the Sons of Confederate Veterans and other southern heritage supporters say they've turned out in force for John Hager at local mass meetings where delegates commit themselves to one of the two Republican candidates for governor.


That's because Hager's the best hope to keep the Confederacy alive at the Capitol.
[sot 14:08:03]

((LT. GOV. JOHN HAGER: I HAVE TOLD THEM MANY TIMES THAT I'M IN TOTAL SYMPATHY WITH THEIR TRADITION AND THAT WE WOULD CERTAINLY BE IN A POSITION TO TRY TO DO FOR THEM WHAT'S RIGHT. NOW HOW THAT'S INTERPRETED IS UP TO THEM AND UP TO YOU.))
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S-C-V officers say he's gone further with them, promising to declare a Confederate History Month if he becomes governor.
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((DOUG WILDER/FORMER GOVERNOR: AND THAT WILL ENSURE JOHN HAGER'S DEFEAT.))
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The nation's only elected black governor says Jim Gilmore took the issue away this year... and Hager's position is a disappointing one for black Virginians.
[SOT 14:01]

((DOUG WILDER/FORMER GOVERNOR: HAGER'S A DESPERATE MAN. HE'S TRYING TO GET THE NOMINATION. AND I'M A BIT DISAPPOINTED THAT HE WOULD TAKE THAT POSITION. AND SO NO GOVERNOR WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS AGAIN. IT'S GONE. HUMPTY DUMPTY FELL OFF THE WALL. HAHAHA. AND HE BROKE UP!))
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But Hager says he'd like to bring people together on the issue.
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((LT. GOV. JOHN HAGER: I'VE GOT A STRONG TRACK RECORD OF WORKING WITH THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY. I HAVE TO AFRICAN-AMERICANS OUT OF MY FIVE PERSON OFFICE STAFF. I WOULD WORK WITH THEM AS WELL.))
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Until Hager is elected, or another pro-Confederate candidate comes along, the S-C-V may have to shell out seven thousand dollars to The Richmond Times-Dispatch each April to declare its own month in a full page ad.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=NONE]


Some local playgrounds may get a little safer.
Find out how later on News 7 at Six.
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[VO-NAT]


And deputies bust a huge marijuana farm just across the Virginia-North Carolina line.
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[Reedy]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=01-03 TC1:45:27]
[GRAPHIC=Davey Reedy]


For more than 13 years Davey Reedy has been proclaiming his innocence.
Convicted in 1988 of setting a fire that killed his own children, Reedy is serving two life sentences.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Today his attorney offered her final argument in the appeal for a new trial.
Roberta Bondurant presented some of Reedy's drawings to the judge.
She insists Reedy did not set fire to his home in August, 1987.
Though her client was not in court today, Roberta Bondurant became emotional as she tried to read from Reedy's statement about how much he loved his children.
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[SOT 2:58:15]
[IN Q=Y'all are going to have]

((ROBERTA BONDURANT/REEDY'S ATTORNEY: Y'ALL ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PUT UP WITH ME, BECAUSE I'M THE ONLY LAWYER MR. REEDY COULD FIND. SO YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO PUT UP WITH THIS A LITTLE BIT. I APOLOGIZE.))
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[OUT Q=this a little bit. I apologize]
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[VO-NAT]


Bondurant told the judge she felt she had proven Reedy innocent through two long days of evidence in January.
Judge Clifford Weckstein hasn't said whether he'll grant a new trial.
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[Robbery-Charge]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=None]
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A seven-month investigation into a Botetourt County robbery may be headed for closure.
The Botetourt County Sheriff's Department charged Alex Perez Batista with armed robbery.
Batista allegedly held a desk clerk by knife point and demanded money at the Comfort Inn Motel last September.
He was charged at the Roanoke City Jail where he is being held on unrelated charges.

[Marijuana-Farm]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-04 TC1:22:23]
[GRAPHIC=Drug Bust]


A 15 million dollar farm went to pot over the weekend...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rockingham Co., NC]


That's because authorities just across the state line in Rockingham County North Carolina discovered 10 thousand immature marijuana plants in the woods off of Highway 29.
A tip led deputies to find the plants whose estimated value is 15 million dollars.
The Rockingham County Sheriff says someone had quite an operation growing there... which included seeds, cultivated tracts, miracle-gro and insect killer.
No one has been arrested yet.
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[Foot-Mouth]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
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Virgnia has lifted the ban on horses imported from countries grappling with foot and mouth disease.
State officials say their decision was in response to new requirements set by the U-S Department of Agriculture.
The new federal guidelines require horses and personnel in quarantined areas to be groomed and disinfected before leaving, then disinfected again upon arrival in the United States.

[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Wall Street started the week on a positive note. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW rose 54 points.
NASDAQ gained 25.
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[B'Burg-Playgrounds]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-10 TC34:42]
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It's no longer just fun and games on Blacksburg playgrounds as the town looks for ways to make them safer.
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[VO-NAT]
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The town's approved 226-thousand dollars for playground improvement projects.
The Director of Parks and Recreation says some of the area's parks have been around for 25-years and are in need of upgrades.
Depending on their current status, equipment will be improved or replaced to meet new national safety guidelines.


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[IN Q=It's basically]

((DEAN CRANE/PARKS RECREATION DIRECTOR; IT'S BASICALLY SAFETY FIRST WHERE A CHILD CAN'T GET ENTRAPPED IN A CERTAIN AREA, FALL AREAS AND PROTECTION AREAS AS WELL AS SURFACING THAT GOES UNDER THE PLAYGROUNDS ))
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[OUT Q=goes under the playgrounds.]
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[VO-NAT]


A total of 18 parks will be improved, four of which are school playgrounds.
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[Nursing-Volunteer]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=01-06 TC1:41:19]
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He's a 17 year old high school senior -- who spends most of his time helping the elderly.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington]


In fact, Ronald Wright volunteers at the Stonewall Jackson Hospital Extended Care Facility 7 days week.
And since last summer he's worked more than 650 hours.
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[SOT20:35]
[IN Q=I love it here.]

((RONALD WRIGHT: I LOVE IT HERE. THE PEOPLE ARE GREAT. THE RESIDENTS THEY'RE FUN TO BE AROUND THEY HAVE SO MANY STORIES TO TELL))
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[VO-NAT]


Ronald says caring for his ailing grandfather made him realize he really enjoyed helping others.
And now he plans to turn this passion into a lifetime career in nursing.
Stonewall Jackson Hospital says encouraging young people to choose health careers is more important than ever.
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[IN Q=Of course we know that the older]

((KAREN JACKSON/DIRECTOR OF VOLUNTEER SERVICES: OF COURSE WE KNOW THAT HE OLDER POPULATION IS GROWING SO THERE ARE GOING TO BE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO NEED HEALTH CARE IN THE COMING YEARS. WE'RE ALSO FACED WITH A SHORTAGE OF NURSES))
[SUPER=01-Karen Jackson/Volunteer Services Director]
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[OUT Q=shortage of nurses]
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[VO-NAT]


Ronald says he loves Stonewall Jackson hospital so much -- that he plans to start his career there.
The staff and residents say they wouldn't have it any other way.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Coming up tonight on News 7 sports we'll meet this year's winners of the annual Civitan Sportsmanship award. One of the NFL's all-time greats heads into retirement.
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[VO-NAT]

And Dale Jarrett talks about his hot start to the season and puts his latest win at Martinsville into a little historical perspective.
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[S-Cowboys]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-83 15715tc]
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Redskins' fans hated him, Cowboys everywhere adored him and absolutely everyone respected him. Troy Aikman, the three-time Super Bowl champion with the Cowboys officially retired from the NFL today after 12 amazing seasons. Aikman 's heart is still very much in the game, but after 9 concussions, his body just can't take the punishment any longer.
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[TALENT=MIKE]
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Aikman, who is now 34, had 188 TD passes in his career counting the regular season and the playoffs.

[S-Belt]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-84]
[GRAPHIC=DALE OBIT]


If you're like many folks who keep wondering when will the talk surrounding Dale Earnhardt's death go away, it appears we all have a long hot summer to endure before anything simmers down.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC/February 23rd; :00]

This afternoon NASCAR officials confirmed that they have hired an accident reconstruction crew to take an extensive look at what happened to Dale Earnhardt in the crash that look his life on February 18th. NASCAR said five days after Earnhardt's death that his seat belt broke, but nothing more has been said about that finding since it was disclosed. President Mike Helton issued a statement today in a teleconference, but took no questions. NASCAR says it will August at the earliest before the investigation is finished.
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[S-Jarrett]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-87 13116TC]
[GRAPHIC=DALE JARRETT]


Don't look now, but this 2001 racing season is starting to look an awful lot like the 1999 championship year for Dale Jarrett. DJ and the UPS gang
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/Virginia 500; :00]

picked up their 3rd win in the first eight races of the season yesterday by capturing the Virginia 500 in front of a sun-baked standing room only crowd. Jarrett only led one time for 6 laps, but those laps were the final six as he passed teammate Ricky Rudd on lap 495.
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Jarrett's victory yesterday was his first ever at Martinsville - a track that has always had special meaning to his family, but rarely provided it with much pleasure.
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[vo nat con't] With Rudd finishing second, Robert Yates Racing swept the day. Yates, on the right of your screen, almost got a third surprise, as well. After the race, his pregnant daughter in law Whitney Yates was taken from the track in a rescue squad. The pains were real, but premature. She is back home resting comfortably in Charlotte.
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[S-Civitan]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-82 13908 tc]
[GRAPHIC=CIVITAN AWARD]


The Civitan Club of Roanoke passed out its annual Good Sportsmanship award this afternoon at the Patrick Henry Hotel.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Afternoon; :00]

Often winners aren't associated with good sportsmanship, but that just isn't the case this year. The Bassett high school girls basketball team, the reigning Group Two A champion, was given this year's honor in voting done by high school refs throughout southwest Virginia.
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((LISA BLACK:)) ((ERNIE BRADD:))
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[SUPER=01-Ernie Bradd/Former Officials Commissioner; :15 ]
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The Civitan Club also presented Bassett senior captain Triaillyn (Tree-LYNN) Copening with a $500 scholarship. She plans to attend Winston Salem State.
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((TRIAILLYN COPENING:))
[SUPER=01-Triaillyn Copening/Scholarship Recipient; :00]
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[OUT Q=...FEEL HONOR."]
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[S-Stargell]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6PM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sp-86 12504tc]
[GRAPHIC=Pirates]


One of my boyhood idols, left handed slugger Willie Stargell - the Pirates' patriarch died today of a stroke in Wilmington, North Carolina.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-MLB;]


Stargell, was only 61 years old, but he had been in failing health for several years with a kidney disorder. He led the Pirates to World Series Championships in '71 and '79 and hit 475 homers in his career.
[SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/This Afternoon; ]


The Pirates opened their new ballpark Saturday and unveiled a 12-foot bronze statue of Stargell
Today fans turned the statue into a memorial and honored the man known as "Pops".
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[Promo]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=jus]
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The Roanoke Valley isn't the only place in our area where a new pipeline is causing a major debate.
An energy company wants to build a natural gas pipeline through Patrick and Henry Counties.
Jean Jadhon has a preview of one of the stories you can see on News 7 at Eleven.
[LIVE=Jean Full/MB Set]
[SUPER=@JEan1;]


Keith, Duke Energy is holding a public meeting tonight in Patrick County.
Company representatives want to educate the public about how natural gas pipelines are constructed and operated.
But many residents don't want one in their backyard. We'll tell why tonight on News 7 at Eleven.