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[Anchor=Teresa]

The school board says the Blacksburg Indian must go, now the question is how much will it cost to get rid of him.


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[VO-NAT]


And the shad run for cover, as Virginia politicians crank up their runs for office.
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[Sports-Heads]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sports heads]
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In sports, UVA slams six home runs to beat Tech in Blacksburg. Two major softball tournaments are coming to Salem and
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[VO-NAT]


catch up with Tommy Edwards. The Radford Highlander and Virginia Tech football star lost his career to alcoholism, but has recovered to help others.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
[SS=None]


A hard freeze warning is in effect tonight from the Roanoke Valley east. Details on that and a snap warm up expected by the weekend.
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]


News 7 is Next.

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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=Video Open]
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[RUNS=:06 ]
[OUT Q=cookin it.]
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[VO-NAT]


The shad-planking is underway in Wakefield, reminding Virginians that the politics nevers stops in the state with an election every year.
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]

Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.

[Shad-Planking]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#01-07 TC1:31:42 ]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2001]


John Warner's running again next year. So he's off tasting the shad.
But the three men running for governor this year are in full campaign mode.
It's the 53-rd annual shad planking hosted by the Wakefield Ruritan Club.
[Double Boxes=Teresa and Ellen/Starlink]


Every year we send Ellen Qualls to take the pulse of Virginia politics.
[Live=Ellen Full/Starlink]
[SUPER=@Ellen1;]
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[SUPER=03-Wakefield; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mark Warner/(D) Candidate for Governor; :13]
[SUPER=01-John Hager/(R) Candidate for Governor; :30]
[SUPER=01-Mark Earley/(R) Candidate for Governor; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Ralph Smith/Roanoke Mayor; 1:29]
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[OUT Q=politics than ever before.]
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[Boty-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-12 TC37:51]
[GRAPHIC=Botetourt Budget]


Botetourt County School Board leaders say programs for kids may be cut if the county's budget for next year is approved.
Under the proposed budget, schools get one-point-7 million dollars less than they wanted.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./August;]


The school board says that shortfall could mean cutting elementary school classes, like music and physical education, or increasing class size.
Activity buses and school nurses could also go.
Board members say it's because they have to continue to raise pay for teachers, while paying off debts on Greenfield Elementary School.
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[SOT 49:29 - :37]
[IN Q=It's somewhere between]

((MICHAEL BEAHM/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: IT'S SOMEWHERE BETWEEN NAUSEATING AND PAINFUL. BECAUSE WE FEEL LIKE WE NEED TO BE BUILDING MORE PROGRAMS INSTEAD OF ELIMINATING ANY.))
[SUPER=01-Michael Beahm/School Board Member;]
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[OUT Q=eliminating any.]
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
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The county's 52-point-6 million dollar budget includes NO tax increases.
A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for 7 tonight in Fincastle.

[Corporal-Punishment]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=01-25 TC06:44]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Virginia's ban on corporal punishment of foster children will stay in effect.
The state Social Services board voted unanimously today to continue the ban.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/File Tape]


Last year the board voted to allow shaking and spanking of foster children, but put the policy on hold after child advocates complained about the potential for abuse.
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[Lee-Hospital]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=01-06 TC1:51:50]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A bankrupt hospital is getting new owners and a new life.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pennington Gap/File Tape;]


A for-profit hospital chain based in Florida will purchase Lee County Community Hospital for almost 25-million dollars. The hospital filed for bankruptcy protection last summer. Now it will be able to pay off all creditors in full, plus interest.
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The purchase will also fund a new tax-exempt trust to provide more than a hundred thousand dollars a year for community-based projects in Lee County. It's in the heart of Virginia's coalfields and one of the state's poorest.

[Mascot]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#01-21 TC07:20]
[GRAPHIC=Mascot]


Blacksburg High School says good-bye to the Indian.
The Montgomery County School Board decides to ban it's use as a mascot.
[Double Boxes=Teresa and Rachel/Microwave]


New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel Cannon joins us with reaction to the vote.
Teresa, the school board president summed it up last night when he said this has not been a simple issue.
[Live= Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Rachel1;]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]


That can be seen just by looking at the board meetings, public hearings and emotional discussions that have all been devoted to influencing the outcome of one single vote.
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[IN Q=NATS "MOTION PASSES"]
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[SUPER=01-Eric Miller/Indian Mascot Opponent; :30]
[SUPER=01-Jim Klagge/Board Member; 1:00]
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[OUT Q="WANTED WAS REPSECT"]

((NATS - TC 15:16:03 "MOTION PASSES 5 TO 2" A vote that took less than a minute to take has been over a year in the making. The five to two decision to accept a policy that retires Blacksburg High school's Indian mascot has been controversial from the beginning. NATS-(public address, 15:12:46 "MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE AND RETIRE THE MASCOT" "IN SUPPORT OF KEEPING THE MASCOT :04)
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The newly adopted policy prohibits the use of any race, religion, ethnicity or nationality as a mascot.
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[IN Q=THE SCHOOL]

((ERIC MILER/INDIAN MASCOT OPPONENT; THE SCHOOL HAS DONE THE RIGHT AND MORAL THING, IT'S BEEN 18 MONTHS OF PAIN AND HARD WORK BUT NOW IS A TIME FOR HEALING THEIR COMMUNITY.))
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A sentiment board member Jim Klagge (Kla-ga) agrees with even though he was one of the two voting to keep the mascot. He cites the recommendation of the 30-member task force to retain the Indian as a driving force behind his choice, but says he will lend complete support to the majority.
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[IN Q=I'LL BE READY]

((JIM KLAGGE/BOARD MEMBER; I'LL BE READY TO SUPPORT THE SCHOOL BOARD IN MOVING FORWARD, I HOPE WE CAN FIND WAYS TO BRING THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER AND SUPPORT OUR GOOD SCHOOLS REGARDLESS OF THE WAY WE FEEL ABOUT THE MASCOT .))
[OUT Q=THE MASCOT]

So while Klagge and the rest of the board look to make a smooth transition for the community and students, Indian mascot opponent Eric Miller says he will continue his quest to make people understand what a mascot means to many.
[SOT-15:16:41]
[IN Q=ALL WE EVER]

((ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS RESPECT.)) [RUNS:04]
[OUT=WAS RESPECT]))
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[Live=Rachel Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]


The next subject the board needs to address is paying for the elimination of the Indian mascot by July 2003... that includes new sports uniforms, refinishing the gym floor dealing with other Indian depiction's in the building.
[Double Boxes=Teresa and Rachel/Microwave]


Teresa, it could get costly.

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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[SS=NONE]


Yesterday she turned in her resignation.
Tonight Hollins University's outgoing president talks about the state of the school.
We'll hear from her next on NEws 7 at Six.
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[VO-NAT]


And it may never make it off the ground, but this plane will soon have a high-honor... as a memorial to the Airmen who helped make the biggest invasion in history a success.
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[Hollins-President]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=01-11 TC50:47]
[GRAPHIC=Hollins Univ.]


Hollins University's outgoing president says she wouldn't have done anything differently.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Janet (RAS-mus-sin) Rasmussen resigned effective at the end of the academic year.
Despite serious declines in enrollment and an "eroding endowment", Rasmussen says the school's fundraising is strong.
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[SOT - TC-10:50]
[IN Q=Our annual fund]

((JANET RASMUSSEN/HOLLINS UNIV. PRESIDENT; OUR ANNUAL FUND HAS GONE UP CONSISTENTLY EVERY YEAR I'VE BEEN HERE. OUR FUNDRAISING HAS IMPROVED. THE FUND FOR HOLLINS WAS COMPLETED 16-PERCENT ABOVE EXPECTATIONS. WE'RE THREE-QUARTERS OF THE WAY FOR OUR VISUAL ARTS FACILITY. OUT ALUMNAE HAVE RALLIED BEHIND HOLLINS THE WAY I WOULD EXPECT THEM TO.))
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[VO-NAT]


Rasmussen says her resignation was caused by "differences" with the Board of trustees.
Walter (ROO-gay-ber) Rugaber will serve as interim president.
He's currently a member of the board of trustees, and former publisher of the Roanoke times.
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[Wytheville-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It may be the second murder suicide in three days.
Wytheville Police are investigating the deaths of Robert and Donna Burgess.
The couple was found with gunshot wounds to the head at a home on North 30th Street yesterday evening.
One of their sons was there and called 9-1-1.
Police are waiting for autopsy results before confirming their theory that 64-year-old Robert killed his 47-year-old wife before turning the gun on himself.

[Alleghany-ID]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-14 TC25:16]
[GRAPHIC=None]


One company's bankruptcy is causing some money troubles in Allegheny County, but a fix may be quick.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Alleghany Co./1999]


The county broke ground in 1999 hoping L-K-M would move into its shell building, but things fell through when L-K-M went belly up.
Now the Economic Development Authority is left with the bill --
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[SS=None]

two hundred thousand plus for building upgrades, and one hundred thousand dollars for a bond issue.
Two manufacturing companies are now actively inquiring about filling the space permanently.
The Economic Development Authority in Alleghany County is also planning to announce who will buy a former C-S-X brown field next week.

[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
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[WRITER=]
[TAPE#=None]
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A surprise cut in interest rates by the Federal Reserve fueled a big rally on Wall Street. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW climbed 397 points.
NASDAQ gained 156.
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[D-Day-Plane]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-18 TC15:24]
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Most everyone knows the story of how Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in June of 1944.. a move that marked the beginning of the end of World War Two.
But lesser known are the contributions of the Air Force during D-Day.. now a Bedford County group is working to change that.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[IN Q=Less than forty]
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[SUPER=01-Rucker Tibbs/Restored Airplane; :35]
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[SUPER=01-Richard Burrow/D-Day Memorial Director; 1:13]
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[OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.]

(( Less than forty of them were ever made and fewer still survive.. but this 1942 L-3 reconnaissance plane played a vital role in the world's greatest armed conflict.
[natsot 20:46:46]

((WHAT THEY DID WITH THIS AIRPLANE, THEY WOULD GO OUT AND FIND THE ENEMY, THEN CALL BACK TO THE ARTILLERY AND THEY'D SHOOT AT 'EM.))
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L-3's like this one took part in the invasion of Normandy.. so when a Martinsville man offered the plane to the D-Day Memorial, officials there were glad to accept.
Since last July, a group of men at the New London Airport under the direction of Rucker Tibbs has been painstakingly renovating the airplane... right down to the invasion stripes on its wings.
[SOT 20:51:56]

((RUCKER TIBBS/RESTORED AIRPLANE: FUN WE HAD WORKING, IT WAS A LOT OF FUN. TELLING TALES, YOU KNOW, MESSING UP, DOING IT AGAIN.. STUFF LIKE THAT.))
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[Standup 21:16:31] ((Rucker Tibbs and his crew will move the plane here to Bedford next month and it will be pieced together on this spot in time for the dedication June 6th. Its permanent home will be inside the education center, once that's constructed in the next two years.))
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The memorial, of course, commemorates the contributions of ALL the armed forces that took part in D-Day.. not just the Army and Marines.
[SOT 21:17:55]

((RICHARD BURROW/D-DAY MEMORIAL DIRECTOR: BUT ALSO THE NAVAL SUPPORT OF BETTER THAN 5- THOUSAND SHIPS AND THE AIR FORCE SUPPORT OF BETTER THAN 11- THOUSAND SORTIES THAT WERE FLOWN THAT DAY, SO WE WANT TO PAY TRIBUTE..THEY'RE ALL D-DAY PARTICIPANTS AND VETERANS.))
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And they'll all be remembered on June 6th.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))

[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sports tease]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Coming up, Tommy Edwards has been at the top of the college football world, and fallen into the depths of despair personally. His inspirational story coming up
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[VO-NAT]


And the Cavaliers take control of English Field, blasting the Hokies with homers. Highlights next.
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[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-85 (1:53:44)]
[GRAPHIC=Tech Baseball]


In Blacksburg, Virginia Tech hosted Virginia this afternoon at English Field.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Hokies vs Cavaliers; :]


The Hokies opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. Chad English hits a grounder into left field scoring Addison Bowman and Tech took the early lead 1 to nothing.
But the Cavaliers rallied in the top of the fourth with three straight homers. This solo homer off the bat of Jon Benick just clears the left field fence to tie the score at 1 to 1.
Then the very next batter Mark Ruefferet takes this Ian Ostlund fast ball deep over the centerfield wall and the Cavaliers took the 2 to 1 lead still in the fourth.
[SUPER=34-Virginia/9/Virginia Tech/3/;]


The Cavaliers would add to that lead when Dan Sheet sends this pitch over the left centerfield wall for a three run homer and Virginia goes on to win the game 9 to 3.
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[S-Michael]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-93 tc 04:08]
[GRAPHIC=Vick]


Michael Vick's agent and the San Diego Chargers are no longer at the bargaining table.
Vick's agent is reportedly asking for a deal between 50 and 60 million dollars and a 15 million dollar signing bonus.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-San Diego/Last Week;]


But the Chargers are reluctant to pay a big signing bonus.
The former Virginia Tech quarterback is still likely to be the first pick in Saturday's draft, but it's not as certain as it looked last week.
San Diego is now exploring other possibilities because they want to draft Vick on their terms.
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[ANCHOR=Denise]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


While Vick is waiting for the draft he's showing up everywhere.
He's on HBO with Bob Costas and Friday he's on the C-B-S ``Early Show'' and M-T-V Friday afternoon.

[S-Edwards]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-81 (1:33:55)]
[GRAPHIC=Tommy Edwards]


As one of the top athletes ever at Radford High School, It was all good for Tommy Edwards.
But even through his high school career and a two year stint at Virginia Tech, Edwards was dealing with a problem that would take him from the top all the way to the bottom.
Roy Stanley has more.
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[SUPER=07-Tommy Edwards; :23]
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[OUT Q=......news 7 sports."]

((On the football field is where most of the folks around Radford would see Edwards the most. The former Friday Football Extra player of the week, who he was different than most students at Radford, excelled on the gridiron despite dealing with a problem that most adults have trouble with, Alcohol.)) ((TOMMY EDWARDS:)) ((After high school, Edwards would accept a scholarship at Virginia Tech, where his dad played college ball.
His freshman year he scored 10 touchdowns and his Hokie teammates named him Touchdown Tommy. But Edwards would leave Tech in 1994 with 2 years of Eligibility remaining and transfer to Boise State.)) ((EDWARDS:)) ((Edwards has come to gripes with his alcohol and drug problems and he's giving back to the Community.
He now devotes his time to speaking to students throughout the New River Valley and his love of art)) ((EDWARDS:)) ((Edwards is back in Radford working on his art and playing with his band Imbryo. Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
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[S-Softball]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sp-82 tc 1:44:29]
[GRAPHIC=softball]


Salem is hosting two major softball tournaments this summer, during the same week.
150 division one and division two college scouts will be watching as the 2001 ASA Girl's Class A Fast Pitch 18 and under National Championships are played out at the Moyer Sports Complex.
The tournament takes place the August sixth through the 12.
At the same time The Tour of Fastpitch Champions comes to Salem
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[SUPER=01-John Shaner/Moyer Sports Complex Manager]
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[Promo]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
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[WRITER=tbr]
[TAPE#=01-04 TC1:34:14]
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They've logged more time in court than most attorneys.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem;]

Today a Roanoke County couple got a subpoena to their 60th wedding anniversary and the Salem Courthouse. Murry and Suzee (SUSIE) White have been avid trial watchers in Salem and Roanoke County courthouses for nearly 20 years.
They don't miss a day and today their courthouse friends are rewarding their perseverance with a party. We'll talk to them about why they do it tonight on News 7 at 11. (------------)