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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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Many citizens are still on the warpath over an Indian symbol representing Blacksburg High School.
As a result, the school board is considering dropping the mascot.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And you can expect more delays on northbound Interstate 81 today.
Monday night's tractor- trailer accident is still affecting traffic.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Wake up with us-- on News 7 Mornin.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=net]
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The Montgomery County school board is considering retiring the Blacksburg Indian.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Night;]

Some 40- people spoke at an emotional public hearing last night on the issue. The school board is considering eliminating the Blacksburg High school Indian name and mascot as part of a county wide policy. Some board members are concerned the use promotes stereotypes and racism. But others told the board the Indian symbol is source of pride for those who attend or have graduated from B-H-S.
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[IN Q=A Blacksburg]

((A BLACKSBURG HIGH SCHOOL INDIAN PORTRAYS HONOR, COURAGE, BRAVERY, VALOR, RESPECT. ALUMNI ARE NOT INDIANS, STUDENTS ARE NOT INDIANS, THEY'RE PEOPLE, LETS TEACH OUR PEOPLE THE RIGHT THING.))
[SUPER=01-Henry Bryant/Indian Mascot Opponent; :08]
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[OUT Q=the right thing.]
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[VO-NAT]

The school board held the hearing to gain input on its proposal. But it did not make a decision last night. The board, however could render a final decision on the fate of the Indian name and mascot as early as next week.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=01-17 TC07:50]
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Monday night's accident on Interstate 81 will likely still cause problems there today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Northbound traffic was backed up for several miles near the 581 interchange yesterday.
V-Dot was working to repair damage to the bridge there.
[SUPER=04-Monday Night]


Monday night, a tractor trailer hit the bridge and caught fire.
Crews will work on the bridge again today from 9 to 4.
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[Police-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
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In national news this morning--
Cincinnati remains a city under siege.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH;]


Protesters are looting stores, damaging buildings, and setting fires.
The violence stems from a community protest against the police shooting of an un- armed black man.
Over the weekend, a white police officer shot and killed 19- year- old Timothy Thomas.
Police say the officer had been trying to arrest Thomas on 14 pending misdemeanor charges.
Last night, the mayor made an appeal to end the violence, and replace it with public discussion on the matter.
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[China-Plane]


[ANCHOR=shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


In national news--
The American ambassador to China says talks are still underway to secure the release of the 24 U-S crew members.

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[VO-NAT]


The diplomatic tug-of-war is focused on a letter, in which the U-S expresses regret for the death of a Chinese pilot and for violating Chinese air space.
The American crew members are aware of all the political maneuvering.
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[SOT 4:41:15]
[IN Q=They do get]

((NEAL SEALOCK/U.S. DEFENSE ATTACHE: THEY DO GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE NEWSPAPERS AND TO SEE THAT THE WHOLE NATION IS BEHIND THEM. THEY ARE GETTING INDICATIONS THAT THE ENTIRE NATION IS BEHIND THEM. WE ARE WORKING VERY HARD FOR THEIR RELEASE. ))
[SUPER=01-Neal Sealock/U. S. Defense Attache;]
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[OUT Q=for their release.]
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[VO-NAT]


Meanwhile, President Bush is preparing Americans for what could be a long wait for a resolution.
But after nearly two weeks of the stand-off, some conservative Republicans are urging Bush to taken a tougher stance against China and threaten trade sanctions.
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[Marketwatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]


In business news, The DOW closed above the ten-thousand mark for the first time in weeks yesterday.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00 ]
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[OUT Q=your local stocks.]


((Information:
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MORE RED INK THAN EXPECTED AT MOTOROLA COULD HALT THE MARKET'S TWO DAY WINNING STREAK.

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AFTER THE CLOSING BELL, MOTOROLA SAID IT LOST 9 CENTS A SHARE, THE STREET WAS EXPECTING A LOSS OF 7 CENTS...MOTOROLA ALSO SAID IT SEES A CONTINUING DOWNTURN IN THE U-S ECONOMY. THIS IS MOTOROLA'S FIRST QUARTERLY LOSS IN 15 YEARS.

(on cam)

IN OTHER AFTER THE BELL ACTION: THE ONLINE BROKER E-TRADE DID THE EXPECTED AND BROKE EVEN IN ITS FIRST QTR.
AND THE TELECOM EQUIPMENT MAKER SONUS SURPRISED INVESTORS WITH BREAK-EVEN RESULTS INSTEAD OF THE LOSS THE STREET WAS EXPECTING.
YAHOO WILL BE NEXT TO STEP UP TO THE EARNINGS PLATE .. INVESTORS HOPE THE INTERNET SEARCH ENGINE CAN MEET ITS ALREADY REDUCED PROFIT ESTIMATES.
WALL STREET WILLL TRY TO MAKE IT THREE WINNING DAYS IN A ROW...
BARGAIN HUNTERS PUSHED THE NASDAQ UP 6 PERCENT AND THE DOW BACK ABOVE THE 10K MARK FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE MID-MARCH

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THE DOW SHOT UP 257 POINTS TO 10-102

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WHILE THE NASDAQ SPRINTED 106 POINTS TO TOP 18-HUNDRED.

(on cam)

BUT IS THE RALLY FOR REAL? IN AN ENCOURGAING SIGN TRADING VOLUME WAS STRONG AND THE RALLY WAS BROAD BASED.
WITH THE EXCEPTION OF GOLD AND DRUG STOCKS, EVERY SECTOR PARTICIPATED WITH INTERNET AND CHIPS LEADING THE WAY.
INTEL, DELL, CISCO

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TO TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION HEAD TO CBS.MW.COM

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I'M ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS IN NEW YORK.))

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
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In New Jersey, police shoot and kill a former postal worker after he stabs four of his ex co- workers.
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Authorities say they had to shoot the man after he refused to drop his weapons, which included a handgun and two knives.
Prosecutors say the man walked into the lobby of the bulk transfer facility in (KAR-nee) Kearny, New Jersey yesterday, and attacked the workers.
The injured victims were taken to hospitals, where they were treated and released. Authorities say the gunman was a former temporary employee at the facility, who resigned in March after a personnel dispute.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
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A second man has been identified in connection with the shooting of a cab driver in Roanoke last weekend.
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[VO-NAT]


29-year-old Shawn Conace Vaughn is charged with robbery, aggravated assault and violating parole after he and another man allegedly shot their cab driver early Sunday morning.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/April 1]


Police say Vaughn and Phillip Alex Foreman demanded money from cab driver John Powers, shot out his two way radio, and shot him in the back.
Phillip Foreman was arrested Monday.
The cab driver is in fair condition at Duke University Medical Center.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=mjo]
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A boy accused of taking part in an attack on a counselor at Arcadia Leadership Academy will stand trial as an adult.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


A judge certified charges of aggravated malicious wounding and carjacking against 17-year-old (Tuh-HEAR) Tahir Alston yesterday.
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./March;]


He's one of four boys at the academy for troubled juveniles charged in the March 5th attack.
Counselor David Allen Hipes testified that another boy beat him with a steel pipe and stole the car they were driving to a restaurant.
The three other boys will be in court next month.
Prosecutors say one planned the crime the night before his release from the leadership academy.
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[5-Dog-Arthritis]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=501-06 5:49]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Health Check]

In this morning's Health Check , humans aren't the only ones who can get arthritis -- so can your pets.
In fact, one out of every five dogs suffers from some form.
As Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton tells us while there is no cure there are ways to control it.
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((NAT SOT: GO GET ... GO GET IT))

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Raijin(Rye-Gin) is an 11 year old Golden Retriever. And while he's getting around pretty well these days. Two years ago that wasn't the case.
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[IN Q=He was slow in getting-up]

((SAM NEWSOM: HE WAS SLOW IN GETTING-UP AND HE WOULD LIMP WITH HIS HIND FEET AND IT TOOK A LONG TIME TO JUST GET HIM LOOSENED-UP A BIT)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=loosened-up a bit]


The Newsom's also noticed that Raijin (Rye-Gin) didn't want to go outside as much. He basically laid around --and wasn't interested in going on walks.
They found out from the veterinarian he suffered from arthritis.
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[IN Q=The suprising truth about it]

((DR. KELLY FARRELL/HANGING ROCK ANIMAL HOSPITAL: THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT IT IS MOST PEOPLE JUST CONSIDER IT AN AGING CHANGE. OH SHE'S JUST GETTING STIFF, SLOWING DOWN A BIT, AND DON'T THINK OF IT AS A DISEASE, THAT CAN BE TREATED AND EVEN PREVENTED IF YOU START EARLY ENOUGH)) [RUNS16]
[OUT Q=start early enough]


Common signs of arthritis include: limping and stiffness, reluctance to climb stairs, lagging behind on walks, personality change, worsening signs in cold or wet weather, and repeated licking of a joint.
Doctor Farrell says the best prevention is to make sure your animal is not overweight and gets regular exercise.
But if your dog does develop arthritis there are drugs that can help minimize the pain and inflammation, and taking medication has made all the difference for Riajin (Rye-Gin)
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[IN Q=I think it's made all the difference]

((SAM NEWSOM: I THINK IT'S MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE AS FAR AS HIS ATHLETICISM. IF THAT'S THE RIGHT WORD. HE'S VERY AGILE AND HE JUST LOVES TO PLAY WITH THE BOYS)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=play with the boys]


The medication to keep --Riajin (Rye-Gi) up and running -- costs about 40 dollars a month.
The Newsoms say it's worth it-- because they say like any pet owner --the love their dog --and want him to be the happiest he can possible be.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Mornin'.))

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[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Dozens of residents express their opinion about the Indian mascot at Blacksburg High School.
The Montgomery County School board is thinking of retiring the Native American symbol.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Meanwhile, students who will attend Roanoke county's future Hidden Valley High School choose THEIR mascot.
Find out what the majority of students want to be known as.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And archaeologists believe they've discovered a long- lost slave cemetery on the grounds of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.
The site may contain more than 100 burial plots.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Wednesday, April 11th.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.



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[ANCHOR=kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-09]
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The Blacksburg High school Indian. Is it a symbol of school pride or does it demean Native Americans? Some members of the Montgomery County school board are worried its a negative stereotype and want to retire the Indian. Last night-- they heard from some 40- people at an emotional public hearing. Teresa Hamilton has more.
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[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Night; :08]
[SUPER=01-Jim Shockley/Indian Mascot Supporter; :32]
[SUPER=01-George Whitewolf/Indian Mascot Opponent; :52]
[SUPER=01-Eric Miller/Indian Mascot Opponent; 1:08]
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((
Earl Brown was one of many former and current Blacksburg High school students to voice their opinion. The school board is considering eliminating the Indian name and mascot as part of a county wide policy. But those who want to keep what they see as a source of pride reminded the board that a task force organized to study the issue voted to keep both the name and Indian symbol.
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((JIM SHOCKLEY/INDIAN SUPPORTER: ...I'M JUST BEGGING YOU... TO HONOR THE WISHES OF THE BLACKSBURG COMMUNITY.)) But those who want the board to adopt the policy and say the task force was one sided... urged the board to eliminate what they see as demeaning.
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((I CAME HERE IN PITY, I PITY YOU ALL YOU PEOPLE UP THERE... NOT AS A MASCOT.)) ((YOUR ANCESTORS STOLE OUR LAND BUT WE'LL NO LONGER PERMIT YOU TO ROB OUR CULTURE.)) [TAKE TERESA STAND UP] The board did not make a decision. That, however, could come as early as next week. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Blacksburg.))

[11Titans]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=01-23 TC00:20 ]
[GRAPHIC=RKE. CO. SCHOOLS]

Future students of Hidden Valley High School in Roanoke County picked THEIR mascot. They'll be known as the Titans when the school opens in the fall of 2002.
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[VO-NAT]

63 percent of the teenagers at Hidden Valley Junior High, who will go to the new high school, overwhelmingly picked "Titans" over the other finalists that included mainstream names like "Eagles" and even a cutting edge "Vanguard."
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[SOT]
[IN Q="I don't think...]
[SUPER=01-Lauryn Childress/Hidden Valley 6th Grader; :00]
[SUPER=01-Andrew Cunningham/Hidden Valley 9th Grader; :14]
[SUPER=01-Dave Blevins/Hidden Valley Principal; :32]
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[OUT Q=...a great school."]
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The school board is expected to formally approve the mascot choice.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


There's public outrage over the shooting of a young black man in Cincinnati.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH;]


Protesters are looting stores, damaging buildings, and setting fires.
The violence stems from a community protest against the police shooting of an un- armed black man.
Over the weekend, a white police officer shot and killed 19- year- old Timothy Thomas.
Police say the officer had been trying to arrest Thomas on 14 pending misdemeanor charges.
Last night, the mayor made an appeal to end the violence, and replace it with public discussion on the matter.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=01-17 TC07:50]
[GRAPHIC=81-Accident]


You may experience some delays on Interstate 81 today as crews work on the bridge that was damaged in Monday night's accident.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Northbound traffic was backed up for several miles near the 581 interchange yesterday.
V-Dot was working to repair damage to the bridge there.
[SUPER=04-Monday Night]


Monday night, a tractor trailer hit the bridge and caught fire.
Crews will work on the bridge again today from 9 to 4.
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[11Monticello-Archeology]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-05 TC1:51:47]
[GRAPHIC=Monticello]


Historians have made what they call a significant discovery at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.
They believe they've found a long- lost slave cemetery on the grounds of the historic plantation.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville]


Archaeology crews have been digging in this section near a visitors parking lot for the past two months.
They've uncovered the outlines of twenty graves of both children and adults.. they think the site could contain as many as 110 burial plots.
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[SOT 15:06:16]
[IN Q=It's exciting]

((DIANNE SWANN-WRIGHT/HISTORIAN: IT'S EXCITING BECAUSE IT'S A REFLECTION.. ...HERE TO BE BURIED.))
[SUPER=01-Dianne Swann-Wright/Historian;]
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[OUT Q=to be buried.]
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[VO-NAT]


The site eventually will be fenced off and interpretive signs erected to make the site part of the Monticello tour.
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[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Kmc/Syo]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


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

The Montgomery County school board is considering eliminating the Blacksburg High school Indian name and mascot as part of a county wide policy. Some board members are concerned the use promotes stereotypes and racism. But others told the board the Indian symbol is source of pride for those who attend or have graduated from B-H-S.
The board could render a final decision as early as next week.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Monday night's tractor trailer accident on Interstate 81 near the 581 Interchange will likely still cause problems northbound today.
V-Dot crews are repairing the bridge. They'll be back out again today from 9 to 4.

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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A boy accused of taking part in an attack on a counselor at Arcadia Leadership Academy will stand trial as an adult.
A judge certified charges of aggravated malicious wounding and carjacking against 17-year-old (Tuh-HEAR) Tahir Alston yesterday.
He's one of four boys at the academy for troubled juveniles charged in the March 5th attack.

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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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[OUT Q=tonight on News 7 at 6.]
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