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[WRITER=chr]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=#4070;weekend headline banner]
[SUPER=@Denise1;]
[SUPER=@Leo1;]


Coming up ...Michael Vick makes plans for a career in the Georgia Dome.
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And a protest in south Florida ... remembering the Elian Gonzalez raid exactly one year ago. We will have more on those stories in just a few minutes.
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[2-shot toss to Hello]

[Michael-Vick]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=01-24 tc 9:13]
[GRAPHIC=Michael Vick]


A day of firsts for former Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


Vick was the first player chosen in the NFL draft.
He was also the first african-american quarterback to be taken as the top pick.
Vick is the first sophmore quarterback and the first southpaw signal caller to go number one.
He'll start his pro career as an Atlanta Falcon.
The Falcons secured the top pick in a trade with San Diego on Friday.
We'll hear from Michael Vick later in the newscast.
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[Fan-React]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-06 tc 1:55:51]
[GRAPHIC=VT Football]

The hoopla surrounding Vick and the draft didn't stop Hokie fans from cheering on their team yesterday at the annual Spring Game in Blacksburg -
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


Tailgaters surrounded Lane Stadium as spectators made their way in for the game's two p-m kickoff.
The event gives them a chance to see the team on the field working plays for the upcoming season.
Even though their star Michael Vick is off to Atlanta, Hokie fans are confident the team can once again get to the top of college football.
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[SOT-10:37:11 and 10:41:14]
[IN Q=THEIR FINALLY]

((JON EASLICK/TECH FAN; THEIR FINALLY GONNA GO BACK TO THEIR RUNNING GAME WHICH WAS THERE BREAD AND BUTTER GAME FOR YEARS. BENJI LAYMAN/TECH STUDENT;INSTEAD OF PASSING I THINK WERE GONNA HAVE TO CHANGE FACE AND GO A LITTLE MORE OF A RUNNING GAME.))
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[SUPER=01-Jon Easlick/Virginia Tech Fan; 00]
[SUPER=01-Benji Layman/Virginia Tech Student; 06]
[OUT Q=RUNNING GAME]
[RUNS=09]
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[VO-NAT]


The Hokies kickoff their 2001 season against the University of Connecticut September 1st.
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[Cuba-Boy]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Elian Gonzalez]

One year ago today a caravan of white vans pulled up outside Lazaro Gonzalez's Little Havana home to retrieve his nephew, Elian Gonzalez.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL;]


About 300 people gathered outside the home where Elian lived while he was in the U.S. They held hands and raised signs with pictures of the little boy taken during his five-month stay.
You may remember, last year U.S. Border Patrol agents plowed through the stunned crowd, entered the home and took Elian from the man who had pulled him out of the Atlantic five months earlier.
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[Peru-Plane]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The Bush administration confirms a U-S surveillance plane tracked the single engine American missionary plane shot down over Peru yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lima, Peru;]


Veronica Bowers and her infant daughter died.
The U-S tracking plane was taking part in a long standing project with Peru.
The U-S crew believed the small plane was operating without a flight plan in airspace often used by drug-runners, and urged the Peruvians to check it out.
Peru shot it down after mistakenly deciding it was carrying drugs.
Peru isn't supposed to use U-S information to attack a suspected drug plane unless the plane has no flight plan.
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[460-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=01-23 tc 2:38]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]


A truck overturned on 460 yesterday in Bedford causing traffic to be backed up for several hours.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford;]

Officials say Vicky Lynn Wiley was driving her tractor trailer too fast around a curve when the load shifted - causing the trailer to overturn. She was treated for minor injuries. Her passenger - the owner of the truck - was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He was standing and talking before he was transported. V-Dot rerouted traffic until about three yesterday afternoon. Wiley has been charged with reckless driving.
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[Boty-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]

A disagreement between neighbors ended in gunfire - and sent one to the hospital. Botetourt County authorities say 39 year old Ricky Lee Stout was shot in the head after an argument with Bradly Calvin Murphy. Officials contend Stout had borrowed Murphy's truck and wrecked it Murphy then followed Stout to the "It's a Wonderful Life"Campground and shot Stout. Murphy is being held without bond on malicious wounding and firearms charges. Stout is listed in stable condition at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

[Earth-Day]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=slo]
[TAPE#=01-21 TC-13:09]
[GRAPHIC=Earth Day]

People nationwide are paying tribute to Mother Nature today - by celebrating Earth Day.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Virginia Western Community's arboretum came to life with its own celebration yesterday.
Representatives from 27-local environmental groups set up to inform folks about upcoming events in the valley.
The day drew participants of every age and walk of life, reminding them to appreciate nature.
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[SOT-12:08:59]
[IN Q=Not Just one day]

((BILL MODICA/EARTH DAY COORDINATOR; NOT JUST ONE DAY BUT HOPEFULLY ALL YEAR LONG BECAUSE THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT IS A VERY BIG PART OF THE ENJOYMENT OF THE ROANOKE VALLEY.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Modica/Earth Day Coordinator;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=Roanoke Valley]
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[VO-NAT]


Live music for the event was provided by local performers.
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[Tease#1]



[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun Am]
[SS=None]

[BOTH MICS HOT]
Redistricting - it's a problem plaguing the General Assembly .. but it's not the first time. Coming up next, we'll take you back four decades when the Supreme Court had to intervene to solve the problem.

[ANCHOR=Leo]

And...
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[vo-nat] Life's just peachy for Michael Vick - we'll talk with him about his new home later on News 7 Sunday Morning.
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[Reel-OPEN]


[ANCHOR=Leo]
[NEWSCAST=Sun-AM]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=Va Newsreel]
[GRAPHIC=Va. newsreel]

"One man, one vote." Virginia Republicans say they're closer now to achieving that goal than ever before with redistricting plans recently approved by the House and Senate. Many Democrats would beg to differ... arguing the recent redistricting plans are more about politics and squeezing them out. But redistricting in 2001 isn't any more contentious than in years past. In today's Virginia Newsreel, Keith Humphry revisits redistricting in the early 1960's - and the U-S Supreme Court ruling that would change the makeup of legislative representation forever.

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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[SUPER=21-Del. Caldwell Butler/(R) Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=21-Del. D. Henry Allman/(D) Roanoke Co.; :29]
[SUPER=21-Mayor Wick Anderson/(R) Roanoke; :46]
[super=21-Richmond/November 30, 1964;] OVER GOV HARRISON SPEAKING AT SPECIAL SESSION; 1:04
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[IN Q=FOUR DELEGATES]

((21:04 -- 4 DELEGATES FOR THE CITY OF RKE AND RKE CO. 2 WOULD BE FROM THE CITY AND ONE WOULD BE IN THE CO. AND A FLOATER WOULD BE FOR BOTH ROANOKE AND RKE CO . -- 21:14)) [RUNS-10]
[OUT Q=ROANOKE COUNTY.]

[from A-19 TC 29:53 - Assembly meeting pics and building] In the early 1960's - Republicans came up with a redistricting plan that- -just like today... many people liked... plenty of others did NOT.
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[SOT A-19 21:17 ]
[IN Q=THIS PORTION]

((21:17 --THIS PORTION OF OUR PLAN HAS THE SUPPORT OF THE REST OF THE RKE CITY DELEGATION. -- 21:21 -- QUITE NATURALLY THE RKE CO. DELEGATES HAVE OPPOSED THIS PORTION OF OUR PLAN -- 21:26))
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((22:57 - D. Henry Allman - THIS IS MY PRINCIPLE OBJECTION TO THE PLAN AS PROPOSED BY THE REPUB CAUCUS... UH I THINK THAT IF WE END UP W/ A FLOATER B/T RKE CITY AND RKE CO IT'S GONNA BE TANTAMOUNT TO GIVING RKE CITY THE ENTIRE DELEGATE - 23:11 )) [RUNS-14]
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[SOT from A-19 TC 24:49]
[IN Q=I WAS PARTICULARLY]

((24:49 - Willis M. Anderson - I WAS PARTICULARLY GRATIFIED AND VERY PLEASED THAT THE PLAN INCLUDED RKE CITY - RKE CO FLOATER SEATS . -- 24:58)) [RUNS-09]
[OUT Q=ROANOKE COUNTY FLOATER SEATS.]

[Gen Assembly speech from A-28 TC 1:26:28] A 1962 ruling by the U-S Supreme Court forced a special session of Virginia's General Assembly in 1964. Democratic Governor Albertis Harrison, Junior was none too happy about it.
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[SOT A-31 1:38:10]
[IN Q=WE MUST NOW]

((WE MUST NOW FACE THE INESCAPABLE TRUTH THAT WE EITHER TAKE THE NECESSARY ACTION TO COMPLY WITH THE MANDATE OF THE COURT OR ELSE FACE AN EVEN MORE DISTASTEFUL CONSEQUENCE OF HAVING THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY APPORTION OUR LEGISLATURE FOR US . -- 1:38:26 )) [RUNS-16]
[OUT Q=our legislature for us.]

[from BAKER V CARR TAPE - Baker v Carr ruling on Encyclopedia Britannica web site] Baker-v-Carr - now etched into political history - was a case that forced lawmakers to redistrict according to population - to enact the "one man, one vote" rule of representation. [Gov Harrison in interview - from TAPE A-31 1:37:01]
Governor Harrison strongly disagreed with the "one man, one vote" doctrine, [Gov Harrison addressing Special Session - from TAPE A-31 TC 1:38:33] arguing that population wasn't the ONLY factor in fairly determining legislative districts. But by November of '64 - it was apparent the implications of the suit originally filed in Tennessee stretched into Virginia:
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[SOT A-31 1:40:22]
[IN Q=GOVERNOR HARRISON WARNED]

(( DON MURRAY: 1:40:22 --GOVERNOR HARRISON WARNED THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY THIS AFTERNOON THAT THE FEDERAL COURTS WILL REDISTRICT THE LEGISLATURE UNLESS THE LEGISLATORS THEMSELVES DO IT NOW. -- 1:40:32)) [RUNS-10]
[OUT Q=LEGISLATORS THEMSELVES DO IT NOW.]

[holdover Harrison in special session] So Harrison enlisted lawmakers to carry out the first redistricting after the High Court ruling that shifted the power of state government away from rural America - to urban areas instead.
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[SOT A-31 1:39:06]
[IN Q=I HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE]

((1:39:06 - I HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE THAT YOU WILL FACE YOUR TASK FORTHRIGHTLY AND WILL SOLVE THE PROBLEMS ATTENDANT UPON IT. THIS WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED IN THE VA. TRADITION OF FAIR PLAY AND PERSONAL INTEGRITY. - 1:39:24)) [RUNS-18]
[OUT Q=fair play and personal integrity.]

That's Virginia Newsreel. I'm Keith Humphry.))

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[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=NRV Speedway]


In sports, Late Model Stock car driver Tink Reedy has raced to another win at the New River Valley Speedway.
Here are the results from the Checkered Flag Sports-Carquest 200.
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[music under boards]
[take full screen Late model board #1]
[Take Full screen Late Model Board #2]
[take Late model truck FS #1]
[Take Full screen Late model Truck#2]
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[Albums-Bump] [2-SHOT] [soft music under]
(adlib toss to albums bump)

[Take Full Screen albums Bump]
[Chyron #7151 ]



[COMM # 3][Health-Check]



[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=weekend am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=Health Check tc 1:56:31]
[GRAPHIC=Health Check]

In this week's Health Check Review... Virginia Tech gets two new lactation rooms for nursing moms. A local mother who lost her son speaks out on the dangers of inhalant abuse. Joy Sutton has a recap of those stories plus the story of an 18 year old's gift that saved five lives.
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[IN Q=A new study]
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[SUPER=01-Mary Huffman/John's Mother; 1:11]
[SUPER=01-Jessie Meltsner/Tech Women's Center; 1:32]
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[on-camera] ((A new study reveals one out of every five students has tried an inhalant by the time he or she reaches the 8th grade. And there are more than 6-hundred household products that kids use to get high. [tape 500-9, 1:59:58]
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[SOT8:02]
[IN Q=He did aersol cans, he did butane lighters]

((KATIE WEDDINGTON: HE DID AEROSOL CANS, HE DID BUTANE LIGHTER, HE WOULD GO OUT INTO THE GARAGE AND INHALE THE GAS FROM THE GAS CAN)) [RUNS-10]
[OUT Q=from the gas]


Katie Weddington says her son Brian's addiction to inhalants ultimately led to his death.
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[SOT8:50]
[IN Q=Some kid at school told him]

((SOME KID AT SCHOOL TOLD HIM HE COULD HIGH ON ANTIFREEZE AND WITH THE ADDICTION INVOLVED TO GET HIGH. WE HAD NO LIQUOR --SO HE RESORTED TO DRINKING ANTIFREEZE AND OF COURSE THAT KILLED HIM)) [RUNS-17]
[OUT Q=that killed him]

There are signs of inhalant abuse that parents can look for-- such as hand tremors, a drunk, dazed or dizzy appearance, red or runny eyes or nose, unusual breath odor, spots or sores around the mouth --and chronic headaches. [on-camera] Also making medical headlines --National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness week. [tape 501-21, 1:49:08]
Just one month before he was killed in a car accident --18 year old John Huffman decided he wanted to be an organ donor.
His organs saved five lives --including former UVA footfall player Mark Lindsey who received John's heart. The Huffmans say knowing their son gave the gift of life --has helped them to cope with their loss.
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[SOT2:52:33]
[IN Q=This was typical of him to be that giving]

((THIS WAS TYPICAL OF HIM TO BE THAT GIVING AND TO CONSIDER BEING THAT GIVING IN DEATH AND SO HE DID)) [RUNS-13]
[OUT Q=and so he did]

[on-camera] In other health news, Virginia Tech is making it easier for nursing moms to come back to work while continuing to breast feed. [500-8, 2:00:13] The University recently opened two new lactation rooms bringing the total number of campus nursing facilities to five.

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[SOT47:07]
[IN Q=Before these rooms were available]

((JESSIE MELTSNER/TECH WOMEN'S CENTER:BEFORE THESE ROOMS WERE AVAILABLE WOMEN WERE USING STAIRWELLS, THEY WERE HAVING TO GO OUT TO THEIR OWN CARS AND PUMP. THEY WERE PERCHING ON TOILETS. WE EVEN HEARD FROM A WOMAN WHO USED A JANITORS CLOSET)) [RUNS-14]
[OUT Q=a janitors closet]


That's this weeks health check review. I'm Joy Sutton.))


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[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=net]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=#4070;weekend headline banner]

Coming up.. it's negotiating time for Michael Vick and the Falcons. Atlanta makes him the league's top draft pick.
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And more questions about a missionary plane shot down over Peru. An American woman and her baby are killed.
We will have more on those stories in just a few minutes.
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[2-shot toss to hello]

[Vick]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=01-16 - TC 30:29]
[GRAPHIC=Michael Vick]

The wait is finally over - and Michael Vick will be staying on the east coast. He was yesterday's Number one pick in the N-F-L draft. Our own Mike Stevens and Photographer Greg Moore caught up with Vick yesterday in the Big Apple.
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[ANCHOR=Denise]
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[WRITER=dal]
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There are conflicting reports this morning, whether the missionary plane shot down over Peru had filed a flight plan with air controllers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lima, Peru;]


Veronica Bowers and her infant daughter died.
The Bush Adminsitration confirms a U-S surveillance plane was taking part in a longstanding project with Peru and was tracking the missionary plane.
The U-S crew believed the small plane was operating without a flight plan in airspace often used by drug-runners, and urged the Peruvians to check it out.
Peru shot it down after mistakenly deciding it was carrying drugs.
Peru isn't supposed to use U-S information to attack a suspected drug plane unless the plane has no flight plan.
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[2-Cuba-Boy]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Elian Gonzalez]


Residents of Little Havana marked the anniversary of the federal government entering the home of Lazaro Gonzalez's to retrieve Elian Gonzalez by demonstrating through the night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL;]


About 300 people gathered outside the home where Elian lived while he was in the U.S. holding hands and raising signs with pictures of the little boy taken during his five-month stay.
You may remember, last year U.S. Border Patrol agents plowed through the stunned crowd, entered the home and took the six year old boy from the man who had pulled him out of the Atlantic five months earlier.
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[Mount-View]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-12 TC-45:27]
[GRAPHIC=none]

State officials plan to conduct an administrative hearing ... to determine whether a home for adults in Botetourt County should remain open. Its operating license appears to be in jeopardy.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fincastle/July 2000;]

The Department of Social Services first threatened to revoke Mountain View Two's license last year. The state said the adult home failed to report the sexual abuse of three residents by a staff member. Officials say another inspection in February revealed more violations .. that's why a hearing is likely.
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[Roanoke-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=01-09 TC - 1:07:51]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]

A gas grill is to blame for a fire at a Roanoke home yesterday - according to officials.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Crews responded to the 47-hundred block of Northridge road. Fire officials say the family was grilling on the deck, went inside and then heard an explosion. No one was injured in the fire. Officials say the damage was minor, and confined mainly to the attic and an interior wall.
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[RV-Fire]


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Vinton]

Another fire - this one in Vinton - destroyed an R-V and damaged nearby vehicles before fire fighters could put out the flames. Fire crews responded to the blaze about 12-thirty yesterday afternoon. Flames scalded nearby vehicles, and it took firefighters about 10 minutes to put out the blaze. No one was injured, officials say the fire started in the R-V's fuel line.
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[MS-Walk]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
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[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-08 TC-1:07:46]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Some Roanoke residents put on their walking shoes yesterday for a good cause -

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

They took part in a 5- mile walk organized by the Blue Ridge Multiple Sclerosis Chapter. The event raises money for research and awareness of the disease. Many of today's estimated 250-participants walked for donations because a friend or family member is fighting their own battle with M-S.
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[SOT-5:02:43]
[IN Q=I JUST APPRECIATE]

((JOHN WALKER/PARTICIPANT; I JUST APPRECIATE THE ALL THE PEOPLE THIS YEAR WITH US WHO ARE PARTICIPATING IN THIS WALK AND IT'S SOMETHING WE REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO DOING.))
[SUPER=01-John Walker/Participant;]
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[VO-NAT]


Southwest Virginians weren't the only ones walking today, MS Walks were held across the country.
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[Biz-Review]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=Biz Review]
[GRAPHIC=Business Review]

First Union and Wachovia will now be joined as one - the two big bank rivals will merge withing the next three years.


News 7 Business Reporter Jennifer Miele has that story and more in this week's Business Review.
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[SUPER=04-First Union;:25]
[SUPER=01-Joe Sailor/Railroad Retiree;1:11]
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(([TAPE#=01-16 TC23:05]

((MR. BAKER ON PRE PRO: BUT I MAKE THE POINT TO YOU NOW, THAT TOGETHER AT THE NEW WACHOVIA WE ARE NOT JUST BIG. IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT PIECES, AND STRATEGICALLY, THEY WILL FIT TOGETHER WELL.)) [RUNS-16]
The supposed "merger of equals" brings long-time bank rivals First Union and Wachovia Corporation together.
900 million dollars and 7000 employees will be shaved from the new company's budget.
No word yet on when or where the layoffs will happen. [INSERT GREEN FLASH HERE]
[TAPE#=01-25 07:20]


Railroad retiree Joe Sailor says changes need to be made to his retirement fun. [PRE PRO]
A bill that's been introduced to Congress would allow railroad companies to invest money that it's employees have saved for retirement -- then hopefully, the investments would payoff.
The bill also says railroad companies will pay the difference if the investments DON'T payoff.
Plus, it would lower retirement age from 62 to 60 for employees with 30 years of service. [END PRE PRO]
Sailor was disappointed when the bill fizzled during the last session of Congress.
But with provisions for retiree spouses, Sailor says its sure to pass this time.
[SOT]

((JOE SAILOR/RAILROAD RETIREE: ALL I'M SAYING IS, I DON'T SEE HOW ANY SENATOR CAN VOTE AGAINST 65,000 WIDOWS.)) [RUNS- 06] [INSER GREEN FLAHS HERE] [JENNIFER STAND UP] ((JENNIFER MIELE/REPORTING: THE WORLD'S LARGEST MOBILE PHONE MAKER, WITH A BRANCH IN LYNCHBURG, SAYS SALES ARE DOWN. ERICSSON SAYS LAYOFFS ARE IN THE COMPANY'S FUTURE. 12 THOUSAND JOBS ARE SLATED TO GO. )) [RUNS-10]
The Dow Industrials average fell 113 points to ten-thousand-579. The Nasdaq composite gave up 18, to finish at 2163.38
For News 7, I'm Jennifer Miele. That's this week's Business Review.))


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[ANCHOR=Denise]
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Still to come on News 7....... Dealing with the curve balls school kids throw in this day and age is a whole new ball game - We'll talk with one guidance counselor about how she deals...

[ANCHOR=Leo]


And...
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[VO-NAT]

Go fly a kite - we'll show you what's painting the sky for National Kite Month. Don't go away - News 7 Sunday Morning will be right back.
[Leo ad-lib into the travel forecast]
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[Leo MIC hot] [ No 2-shot toss go straight to Travel Bump] [soft music under]

[Profile-OPEN]


[ANCHOR=Leo]
[NEWSCAST=Sun-AM]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=Va. Profile]
[GRAPHIC=Va. Profile]


Many kids couldn't get through High School without them.
Guidance counselors are there for scheduling, college applications and as support for the curve balls adolescence throws at us.
Blacksburg High School is lucky to have one of it's own walking the halls doing all that.
In this week's Virginia Profile, New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel Cannon has her story.
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[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;:00]
[SUPER=01-Debbie Campbell/Guidance Counselor;:16]
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((Nats - bell ringing Debbie Campbell can't get far from the guidance office before a student says hello (nats hello) asks a question (nats talking) or just simply wants to talk, but Campbell doesn't mind, she says it's the best part of her job.
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Nats -answering phone Then there's the phone calls, paperwork and large caseload each of the three full-time counselors and part-time Campbell have to handle
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Nats Campbell admits being stuck in her adolescence, feeling right at home in the school, the place where she met her husband of almost 10-years, and graduated from. Perhaps it's the reason Campbell does her job so well, she's been there.
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Rachel Cannon, News 7, Blacksburg))

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Controversy over the star or not - Bridget Jones's Diary is a smashing success. Roger Ebert has more -
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You can see Roger Ebert's reviews today at Eleven here on Your Hometown Station.


[Kite-Fest]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
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Finally, April is "National Kite Month", so you still have nine days left to join in.
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A lot of people did just that yesterday at the third annual Family Kite Festival at Roanoke County's Green Hill Park.
Kite club members from all over Virginia sent specialty kites dancing in the air.
Kroger provided the first 5-hundred children with kits to create their own designs.
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((JORDAN WOZNICKI/LIKES KITES; I REALLY LIKE TO FLY A LOT AND I LIKE THE DECORATIONS OF THEM AND IT'S REALLY EASY FOR ME TO FLY A KITE.))
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Kids received awards for best design and kite flying. (------------------)