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Coming up on News 7-
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Fire is burning tonight- and the dry conditions are not helping. We'll have the latest.
Five wives... one just 13 years old.... now this Utah man is facing charges.
And this guy didn't strike out at tonight's Avalanche Game.. he got engaged.
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News 7 is next.

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Steep terrain, wind and dry conditions make for a long battle with a brush fire in Carroll County.
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Good evening...

[Carroll-County]


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It's a tough battle for firefighters.
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[TAKE MAP FULL]
They're working on a blaze on Fancy Gap Mountain in Carroll County at this hour .. they'll continue working through
the night.
Six homes in the region have already been evacuated just in case.
With more on the story .. New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel Cannon.
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((Nats fire What started as a small brush fire down along Route-52 .. becomes a blazing forest fire traveling up Fancy Gap Mountain . . devouring some 75-acres.
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((DARRELL EDWARDS/CANA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT; IT'S PROBABLY CAUSED BY POSSIBLY SOME CARBON COMING OUT OF TRACTOR TRAILER EXHAUSTS.))
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[Nats - helicopter tc] Crews are taking to air and land to stop this fire in it's tracks. At last report, over 60-percent was contained. What's keeping them at work are hard to reach spots.
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((DARRELL EDWARDS/CANA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT; WE'VE GOT ONE RIDGE THAT WE CAN'T GET ANY SUBSTANTIAL LOOK ON DUE TO THE HEAVY SMOKE, THE HELICOPTER CAN'T WHEN HE'S MAKING HIS WATER DROPS HE CAN'T GET A GOOD LOOK AT IT.)) Officials say using four-wheelers will gain them access to that ridge and enable back burning to further control a blaze that spread so quickly.
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((RACHEL CANNON/NEWS 7: PLAYING A ROLE, DRY CONDITIONS AND GUSTY WINDS, TWO REASONS CREWS WILL BE ON ALERT FOR BRUSH FIRES TILL AND THE END OF THE MONTH AND PERHAPS LONGER. RACHEL CANNON, NEWS 7, CANA.))
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[Teacher-Shooting]


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A Florida jury now holds the fate of 14-year-old Nathaniel Brazill- He's accused of murdering his teacher a year ago.
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Today was the defense's last chance to convince jurors the shooting was an accident-- that Brazill never wanted to harm his favorite teacher-
That's why his attorney asked the jury to consider manslaughter.
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((ROBERT UDELL/BRAZILL'S DEFENSE ATTORNEY: YES, MAKE A LEGAL DECISION. PLEASE MAKE A WISE ONE TOO. PUNISH NATHANIEL FOR WHAT HE DESERVES.))
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But the prosecution counters Brazill was a troubled child who shot his teacher out of anger --
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((MARK SHINER/PROSECUTION ATTORNEY: IS THIS YOUNG MAN'S ACTIONS CONSISTENT WITH THIS BEING AN ACCIDENT. THAT'S RIDICULOUS.))
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The jury deliberated for a few hours tonight but did not reach a verdict.
Deliberations will resume tomorrow.
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[Gun-laws]


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If you commit the crime- you'll do the time-
That's according to President Bush who today says gun crimes are unacceptable in America.
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He used a police ceremony in Philadelphia today to announce a two year, 550-million dollar plan to stop gun violence.
It'll put more federal and local prosecutors on gun related crimes- it'll also send out a clear message.
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((IF YOU USE A GUN ILLEGALLY YOU WILL DO HARD TIME THIS NATION MUST ENFORCE THE GUN LAWS WHICH EXIST ON THE BOOKS.))
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The new plan is called Project Safe Neighborhoods.
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[Witcher]


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A California Congresswoman kept him from losing his house...
But a Franklin County farmer says he's losing his SHIRT as he waits for his share of a discrimination settlement against the government.
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Sherman Witcher is one of the plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against the U-S Department of Agriculture.
He says he was repeatedly denied farm loans because of his race.
Last year, a court-appointed arbitrator awarded him 1-point-3 million dollars.
But since then, the case has remained tied up in appeals.
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((SHERMAN WITCHER: THEY'RE DELIBERATELY STALLING MY CASE SO I WILL BE IN A FINANCIAL DEFICIT.))
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Last month, when creditors planned to foreclose on Witcher's home, California Congresswoman Maxine Waters intervened.
She says she'll push for the government to settle claims faster.
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((REP. MAXINE WATERS/(D) CALIF.: I THINK THEY'VE BEEN MUCH TOO LONG AND THEY HAVE COMPLICATED THE LIVES OF A FEW PEOPLE WHO HAVE TRIED TO JUST WORK THROUGH THESE CLAIMS.))
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Waters got Witcher another month to pay his debt.
He hopes to settle his case in the meantime.
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[Franklin-Schools]


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Franklin County's School Board unanimously passed a resolution seeking a 2-point-8 million dollar bond referendum today.
The money would pay for athletic and recreation projects at the high school and middle school, including a field house, tennis courts, and stadium seats for the football stadium.
The school board also voted to cut 700-thousand dollars from its budget because of the state budget impasse.
As a result, there will be no personnel increase and no new textbooks purchased for grades 6 through 12.

[Strongman]


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Organizers of this year's Festival in the Park are putting a lot of muscle into this year's schedule. This year's event will feature the Strongman Challenge. And, as Teresa Hamilton reports one competitor is getting pumped up for the event.
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(([NAT SOUND] [RUN03] For most people-- finding the strength to pull an eleven thousand pound pickup truck would be impossible. But for Shawn Semones of Roanoke it's a hobby. [nat sound] [RUNS03] The 37- year old is training for the upcoming Strongman Challenge where he'll be competiting against other heavyweights to see who can pull a 29- thousand pound fire truck the fastest.
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[nat sound] ((IT'S SOMETHING I DO TO JUST KILL TIME LIKE I SAY IT'S JUST THE TEST YOU EIGHT CAN DO IT YOU DON'T. THAT MAKES IT A LOT OF FUN.)) [RUNS10] Semones, who's a dental technician by day, trains about three days a week at the Iron Sports gym in Roanoke. And, while he'll be competiting in a number of other events. He says flipping an 800- pound tire is his favorite.
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(( AND THEN, EVENTS, LIKE THE STATUE HOLD, WHERE WE'LL HAVE 25 POUND WEIGHTS, THAT TENDS TO BE RATHER PAINFUL, BUT SOME OF THE EVENTS LIKE THE KEG TOSS THAT'S MORE OF A FINESS MOVE.)) [runs10] William Shrader is one of Semones' closest friends and helped organize the local competition. [nat sound] [runs03] He says Semones has the mental skills necessary to compete. [nat sound]
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((IT'S ALWAYS JUST HIM AGAINST HIM, HE'S COMPETING SOLELY AGAINST HIMSLEF AND NOT EVEYRONE ELSE IN THE FIELD.)) [RUNS10]
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Right now-- there are 38- men signed up for the competition. Organizers say about half are from Southwest and Southside Virginia. The event itself will be held May 26th. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke.))
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It hasn't happened for nearly 50 years... but tonight Utah is taking a man to court... because he has five wives.

Details are still ahead on News 7.
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And the Supreme Court says no to medical marijuana.
Now those who use it say they'll continue to fight
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((Hey folks this is Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office in a giving mood tonight. We're passing out thousands of dollars in scholarship money from B'nai B'rith and the King Family. The Blacksburg Indians soccer win streak is stopped tonight. The Salem high school baseball team is limbering up for the Blue Ridge tourney. The Spurs knock out the Mavs in the West. And these two get engaged in the bottom of the third at tonight's Avalanche game. Tonight on the Big 7.))

[Medical-Marijuana]


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Smoking marijuana- some say it can ease pain and nausea for the seriously ill, but the Supreme Court says it's illegal.
Chris Lawrence has the latest as the high court rules on the medicinal use of marijuana.
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((A lot of these patients are fighting AIDS, cancer and other diseases. Now they're ready to fight the federal government to keep these 'medical marijuana clubs' open. ANGEL MCCLARY/MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT: "We are the ones who are out there sick! Why are they attacking the weak of our country? These are American citizens who are suffering and dying." CHRIS LAWRENCE/CBS NEWS: "Although some referred to them as 'clubs,' they were more like doctor's offices. And one that ..if you didn't know what you were looking for ..you wouldn't even know it was there." California voters approved Proposition 215 five years ago. It allowed doctors to prescribe marijuana to control the pain from cancer and other diseases. At this club in Los Angeles ..you had to have a membership card AND a note from your doctor. But three years ago the Justice Department sued the clubs ..saying distributing pot is against the law. "Proposition 215 does not allow for storefront operations. And they don't even have to be storefront. It could be back room and still be illegal." Voters in several states are considering medical marijuana laws. Opponents say there's no proof it works any better than legal drugs. Supporters say the drug eases side effects from chemotherapy and saves AIDS patients from wasting away. They attacked the court's decision.
(JEFF JONES/OAKLAND CANNABIS BUYERS CO-OP): "I feel it's heavy-handed and misguided. And it does not take into account

what these patients should do with no alternative." The decision does not strike down state laws allowing medical use. But it leaves those distributing marijuana open to prosecution. Chris Lawrence CBS News Los Angeles.))

[McVeigh-Nichols]


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FBI Mistakes in Timothy McVeigh's trial are already spelling change for accomplice Terry Nichols.
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Although he was sentenced to life in prison- his attorneys have already asked the Supreme Court for a new trial.
McVeigh's lawyers could do the same thing or at the very least.. ask a judge for more time.
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[Five-Wives]


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Five men and three women have been chosen to hear Utah's first polygamy prosecution in decades.
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52-year-old Tom Green is charged with four counts of bigamy and one count of criminal non-support.
He's the father to some 25 children by several different women and he's currently married to 5 women.
Green claims religious persecution by the state of Utah and the Mormon Church- even though Mormons abandoned the practice of polygamy 100 years ago.
Green also faces separate child rape charges because he began a relationship with one of his wives when she was only 13.
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[Pulley]


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Authorities remain optimistic they'll one day solve the disappearance of a Pittsylvania County woman.
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Two years ago today, Patty Jo Pulley of Ringold was last seen going shopping in Danville.
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Her red pickup truck was found parked the next day outside Milton North Carolina.
Investigators have no concrete leads.
Regardless, they are still treating this as a high priority case.
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((HAROLD PLASTER/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF: IF ANY INFORMATION COMES IT DON'T MAKE NO DIFFERENCE IF WE PERCEIVE IT TO BE SMALL OR LARGE, THOSE INVESTIGATORS DROP WHATEVER THEY ARE DOING AT THAT TIME AND CHECK THAT OUT.))
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The Sheriff's Department still considers this a missing person's case because there was no evidence of a crime.
They have even contacted national media to publicize this case.
Patty Jo's husband has since moved away from the area.
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[Clement]


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Attorney General candidate Whitt Clement picked up several endorsements in Southside today.
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Senator Roscoe Reynolds of Martinsville, sheriff's of both Henry and Franklin Counties, as well as other elected officials in Pittsylvania County all endorsed Clement today.
He's just one of four democratic candidates running for Attorney General.
The others include State Senator John Edwards of Roanoke, Delegate Don McEachin of Henrico County, and Richmond Attorney Sylvia Clute.
The Democratic primary is Tuesday June 12th.
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The war for Wachovia heats up...
Next on News 7, another buyer enters the fray.
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And it's bringing new homes and new hope to residents of a Roanoke neighborhood.
Tonight, a progress report on Lincoln 2000.
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[Suntrust]


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First Union's takeover of Wachovia may be in trouble-- that's because Sun Trust wants a piece of the action.
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The bank made an unsolicited 14- point seven billion dollar bid for the company. It's a move that now threatens to derail First Union's plan to buy Wachovia.
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((BOB LAWSON/SUN TRUST WESTERN VA PRES.: OUR PROPOSAL WOULD DO AWAY....CONSOLIDATION OF BRANCHES.))
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If Sun Trust and Wachovia were to merge it would create the eighth-largest bank holding company in the U-S.
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[Lincoln-2000]


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A four year, 41- million dollar renovation will bring major improvements to Lincoln Terrace.
But residents of the public housing community are also doing their part to build a better future.
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Construction is now well under way... Crews are renovating 155 units and will build 60 more.
To qualify for a new apartment, residents must take part in Upward Mobility through Public Housing.
So far, 39 families have signed up for the program that will provide job training, and support.
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((VALERIE CLAY: IT GAVE ME HOPE AND A DREAM. BEFORE I DIDN'T HAVE ANY. NOW I'M KIND OF CATCHING UP ON WHAT I SHOULD HAVE HAD, A WHILE BACK.)) ((TRINA WILLIS: IT'S A GOOD FEELING TO KNOW THAT YOU'VE GOT PEOPLE STANDING BEHIND YOU, THAT WANT TO SE YOUR LIFE CHANGE.))
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Lincoln 2000 is now at the halfway point. Two years from now, the Housing Authority hopes to have convincing evidence that the project has transformed a housing project and the lives of its residents.
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[S-Extra]


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We'll pass out scholarship money from B'nai B'rith and the King Family. Plus, Blacksburg's soccer team doesn't win tonight, but still clinches the district. And a local couple got married tonight at the Avalanche game.
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But first tonight's Extra Point comes from the "Alamodome" in San Antonio where the Spurs wrapped up their series with Dallas despite a tremendous effort from the Mavs' Dirk Nowitski. But the Spurs have way too much fire power for the Mavs. Tim Duncan led the way with 32 points as the Spurs win the series 4 games to one and the game 105-to-87 as they get ready for Shaq and Kobe.
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[S-Scholar]


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30 of Southwest Virginia's best and brightest high school athletes became a part of the rich history of the B'nai B'rith athletic and achievement awards.
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For 51 years the Israel Friedlander Lodge of Roanoke has honored students for their accomplishments on an off the playing field.
Glenvar's Hannah Williams won the Artie Levin Personal Life Award for community service and the 1000 dollar scholarship as the top female.
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Pulaski County's David Hale won the one thousand dollar scholarship as the top male.
Hale lettered four years in both football and wrestling, captaining both teams for two of those years.
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If Hale's name sounds familiar, he also won the Friday Football Extra Noel C. Taylor Scholar Athlete Award.
Roanoke City School Superintendent Dr. Wayne Harris was a B'nai B'rith nominee in 1964.
Last night he was the guest speaker.
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[S-King]


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The King Family Memorial Golf Tournament awarded its largest scholarship ever yesterday.
In the first seven years The King Family has given away a total of nine thousand dollars.
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This year, because of the success of the tournament, William Journell received 10-thousand dollars towards his college education.
William says winning this scholarship and getting into the college of his choice are his biggest accomplishments.
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The scholarship is awarded to a high school student with an interest in golf who excels in school and community service.
William is a senior at Salem High School.

[S-Soccer]


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The Blacksburg soccer team came into last night's Blue Ridge District game against Salem riding a 64 game win streak and, they had not lost a game in 78 outings.
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The Indians were hopping before game time, but so were the Spartans.
Salem would play aggressive soccer on this night as both the Indians and the Spartans would get extremely physical with one another.
Salem would come up big defensively as goalie Dan King makes the save with
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just over 26 minutes remaining in the first half.
Salem would draw first blood and from close range as Andrew Hollins puts it in 21 minutes before intermission. And this game ends in a 1-1 tie after two overtimes. Despite the tie, Blacksburg still clinches the district title.
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[S-AVS]


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The Avalanche and the Hillcats opened their three game series in Salem last night.
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A very special night for two fans at Salem Memorial. At the end of the third inning, Brian Ellenwood got down on one knee and proposed to Nicole Hurt. The pair got a standing ovation from family and friends in attendance. By the way, Nicole said yes.
To the game. In the top of the fifth Lynchburg's Paul Weichard connects on the long fly
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ball, the sacrifice fly plates Jeremy Harts and it's 2-1 Hillcats.
An inning later, Jay Langston blasts this shot to right center. B. J. Barnes is gonna score from first to make it 3-1, but Salem's Garrett Atkins hits a three run homer in the Seventh as Salem wins 5-3 and snaps a two game losing streak.
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Today's game two of the series was originally scheduled for 11 AM, but that time has been changed to seven PM.

[S-Salem]


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Floyd County wrapped up the Three Rivers district regular season crown this afternoon with a 2-to-nothing win over Radford.
The Blue Ridge District's baseball tournament begins a week from today. And Steve Mason says a Salem team that wasn't expected to compete this season is suddenly in the thick of things.
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((The Spartans were 8 and 10 last year and lost their two best players. Salem was picked to finish at the bottom of the Blue Ridge. But many baseball players are football players who have experience at beating the odds. ((:)) The Spartans are in second place in the district. Infielder and pitcher Jonathan Wills set the school record for complete games pitched with seven. ((:)) Seven Spartans are batting above .300. Team confidence can be linked to an April win over pre-season district favorite Alleghany and ace Mike. ((:)) ((:)) ((:)) Salem can still win the Blue Ridge regular season, something they've never done before. Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))

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After a week off, the Winston Cup stars head to their home track this weekend for the Winston All-star race festivities. This is the 17th year for the wide open winners only event and features Dale Earnhardt Junior as its defending champion.
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[OUT Q=...WE'LL BE FINE."]

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