[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

A Tennessee man is in custody charged with initiating a standoff at a local place of peace.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

Interstate 73 is on its way to becoming a reality. We'll tell you how today's vote by the Transportation Board changes the route suggested by VDOT.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Tonight on News 7 sports, a 12 year old who has qualified for the US Open is swinging in Roanoke this week. Roanoke College is living large at the Division Three tournament.
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[VO-NAT]

And William Byrd senior Bryce Chalkley picks up a $16 thousand dollar scholarship from the Don Holliday committee.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Keeping an eye on the sky for some thunderstorms later this evening. We will check out the doppler radar in a moment.
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[ANCHOR=Ketih 4-Shot]


News 7 at Six is next.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


After eight years in concept and four years of intense study, Virginia has a route for Interstate 73.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Southside businesses may be the big winners.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And I'm Shannon Young.
[I-73]
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[ANCHOR=SHannon 2-Shot]


In the end, it was an eight to four vote, with the two local board members voting in minority.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


But the Commonwealth Transportation Board said yes today to I-73 and it said yes to an eastern route around Martinsville, contradicting the path recommended by V-Dot.
[Double Boxes=Keith-Shannon and Ellen/Azimuth]


Ellen Qualls is at the Fredericksburg V-Dot Office where the board met today.
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[React-73]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=01-19 TC42:18]
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Homeowners along the designated route have mixed feelings about the interstate.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Frankin Co.]

Jack Gunter, owns 30 acres on route 6-57 in Franklin County. Gunter and his wife retired one year ago, and planned on buildinng a new home on their property.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.]

A couple of miles down the road, in Henry County, lifelong resident Avis Fulcher says if the road doesn't take her home, she's going to stay anyway.
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Even though I-73 is still years away, residents along the route say they'll start making plans for their future homes now.
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[Pitts-Standoff]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
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A swat team used tear gas to end an eight hour standoff in Pittsylvania County today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.]


The standoff began just before eight this morning at Victory Baptist Church in Ringgold.
Deputies say 55 year old William Freeman of Tennesse went to the church seeking assistance.
A church worker called deputies after Freeman became disorderly.
Freeman then held himself up in the church annex armed with a knife.
After negotiations failed, deputies used tear gas to end the standoff just before four o'clock.
Freeman is charged with felony abduction for trying to hold the church worker hostage.
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[Accidents]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=01-29 TC11:28]
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An early morning car fire killed a Roanoke man yesterday.
Authorities say 21 year old James Sexton Junior parked his car on Merriman Road. Then, investigators say, he may have fallen asleep, and dropped a lit cigarette on his seat. Investigators found Sexton about 30 feet away from his car with burns over most of his body.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

A Roanoke teenager is still in critical condition following an accident on Peters Creek Road last night. Police say the 16- year old pulled into the path of a Ford Explorer. Authorities are not releasing the boy's name because of his age.
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[Earley-Drugs]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=01-11 TC1:21:34]
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Virginia's attorney general continues to look for ways to control prescription drug abuse.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Abingdon]


Mark Earley met with doctors, sheriffs and drug company officials to talk about abuse of oxycontin.
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[IN Q=My goal is]

((MARK EARLEY/VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: MY GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS KIND OF PAIN MEDICATION IS AVAILABLE TO THE PATIENTS WHO NEED IT AND DOES NOT LEAK OUT TO BE ABUSED AND RESULT IN DEATHS AND ADDICTION IN OUR POPULATION.))
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It's the first meeting for the oxycontin task force. The group holds a public hearing tonight.
The manufacturer, Purdue Pharma, has come up with a ten-point plan to address the problem.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]


Still ahead on News 7 at Six, Mill Mountain Zoo's baby snow leopards are getting their first view of the world.
We'll have an update on those cats.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And one of World War Two's most unique airplanes is on its way to the D-Day Memorial in Bedford.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Few people want a highway or power line near their home.
But how about a resort lake?
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Smith Mountain Dam and Lake are unusual examples of the uses of eminent domain, the taking of private property for public use.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 1-Shot]
[SS=Eminent Domain]


In this case, the primary use was electric power, but the lake created a retirement and resort center .. and a financial windfall for those with the luck, or foresight, to buy property along the water's edge.
Kate Weidaw has the story.
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(( 600 miles of scenic shoreline. Expensive homes along the water, and more going up. A favorite spot for golf, boating and fishing.
But before there was a Smith Mountain Lake, there was this -- forest and farmland for tobacco growing. APCO looked at the land and the nearby rivers as a perfect place to build a hydroelectric dam. The company bought 500 properties, 30 of which had to be taken by eminent domain.

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((MIKE THACKER/HYDRO SUPPORT MANAGER AEP: AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE YOU TRY AND NEGOTIATE WITH THE PROPERTY OWNERS AND ACQUIRE PROPERTY THROUGH WILLING BUYERS WILLING SELLERS SITUATION AND ON SOME USE WE HAD TO RESULT TO THE USE OF EMINENT DOMAIN.))
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Construction on the dam began in 1960 and water from the Blackwater and Roanoke rivers began filling the lake in 63. Two and a half years later, Smith Mountain Lake reached its full size.

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((MIKE THACKER: SMITH MOUNTAIN IS A LITTLE UNUSUAL IT WASN'T CLEARED OF ALL THE VEGETATION AND ALL THE STRUCTURES WERE EITHER CLEARED OR ANCHORED DOWN SO THEY WOULDN'T FLOAT AND THERE WAS A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT FLOATED TO THE SURFACE AFTER A NUMBER OF YEARS AFTER THE PROJECT WAS BUILT.))
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But While some properties were submerged forever, others became prime lakeshore property, and over time, quite valuable.
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((RON WILLARD: YOU COULD BUY A ONE ACRE LOT ON THIS LAKE WHEN THEY FIRST STARTED OPENING IT UP AT 25-HUNDRED DOLLARS AND THAT WAS A BIG PRICE TO PAY.))
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Now Ron Willard sells a plot of land for a single family home for a minimum of 5-hundred thousand dollars. His grandfather is one person who saw it coming.
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((RON WILLARD: MY GRANDFATHER WOULD ALWAYS SAY YOUNG MAN, YOU SEE THESE BEAUTIFUL TREES, ONE DAY YOU WILL BE RIDING A MOTORBOAT 50 FEET ABOVE THESE, I'LL BE GONE BUT IF YOU USE YOUR HEAD SON THIS HOLE OF WATER EVERYONE IS WORRYING ABOUT WILL MAKE YOU A WEALTHY MAN.))
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So on his Grandfather's advice Willard bought his first farm in 1969 at the age of 23. He later developed Waterfront, then Water's Edge, and the Boardwalk. He's watched the lake change the look of the communities around it.
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((RON WILLARD: THE MOVIE STARS THAT ARE HERE AT THIS LAKE ARE INCREDIBLE, THE ARTISTS, THE WRITERS, THE PEOPLE WHO WOULD HAVE NEVER COME TO THIS AREA IF IT HADN'T BEEN FOR SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE IT IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST ECONOMIC MOVE FOR SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA.))
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And highly profitable for people who own land near its shores .. even though Smith Mountain Lake would not exist unless other land, now under water, was taken to make it possible.
Kate Weidaw News7 Franklin County.))
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


We wind up our three-week look at Eminent Domain tomorrow. There's good reason to believe we'll see it used even more in coming years. And we'll look at efforts to change Eminent Domain laws to provide more protection for property owners.

[First-Union]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=jmi]
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The bidding war for Wachovia Bank continues.
First Union says its made a better offer for the bank than SunTrust.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File]


A merger between First Union and Wachovia was announced about a month ago.
Integration was going as planned until SunTrust started a hostile takeover of Wachovia last week.
First Union C-E-O Ken Thompson defended his bank's offer today, claiming it's a better deal for shareholders.
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((KEN THOMPSON/FIRST UNION CEO: WE BELIEVE OUR COMBINATION CREATES A COMPELLING BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY AND CULTURE.))
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Critics of First Union say its trouble with mergers in the past may mean merger trouble in the future.
But Thompson says 80 of the bank's 81 recent takeovers have been successful.
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[Stocks]
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Wall Steet extended yesterday's rally. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW climbed 33 points.
NASDAQ gained 27
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[LPD-Awards]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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A Lynchburg police officer injured in a K-9 attack earlier this year was given the department's highest commendation for bravery today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Sergeant Rick Ruggieri (roo-JER-ee) got a standing ovation as he received the Medal of Honor during ceremonies at the Lynchburg police department.
Ruggieri suffered serious injuries February 28th when a police K-9 dog turned on him.. but he was able to prevent the dog from attacking other officers.
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((SGT. RICK RUGGIERI/MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT: I DON'T FEEL I DID ANYTHING DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER K-9 HANDLER. IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT MATERIALIZED RELATIVELY QUICKLY. I HAD TO ACT AND JUST FORTUNATELY I WASN'T INJURED ANY WORSE.))
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Three other officers were honored for their help in putting the dog down after the attack.
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[Snow-Leopards]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
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The new snow leopard cubs at Mill Mountain Zoo are growing up.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

The cats were weighed this morning for the second time since being born May fourth. The male and two females each gained between a third and a half pound since last Thursday's weigh-in. Two of the cats have both eyes open. One cub has one eye open, and one eye closed. The zoo says the cubs' blue eyes will turn brownish-gold as they get older. It'll be about another month before the babies will be available for viewing by the public.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
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Coming up tonight on the Big 7 - the Roanoke women roll in the D-3 softball tourney. And a Byrd student picks up a $16 thousand dollar scholarship from the Don Holliday folks.
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[VO-NAT]

Plus, we'll fire up our coverage of the Scott Robertson tournament by meeting a 12 year old girl who has qualified for the US Open.
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[S-Roanoke]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=ROANOKE COLLEGE]

The Roanoke College women's softball team made quick of its first round opponent at the NCAA division three championship tournament in Eau Claire, Wisconsin this afternoon. Roanoke hammered North Central Illinois 8-to-nothing in a game shortened to 5 innings due to the slaughter rule. Amy Layman, who was named a first team all-American last night, pitched a one hitter. She and Crystal Berry each went 2 for 2. The Maroons play Central College of Iowa tomorrow at four.

[S-UVa]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-89 13331 TC]
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It's day two of the ACC baseball tournament and tonight at 8:30 the upstart Virginia Cavaliers will try to continue wrecking the bracket as they take on third seeded Wake Forest.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fort Mill, SC/Last Night;:00]

Last night the 7th seeded Cavaliers upset 2nd seeded Clemson 7-to-3 to stay alive in the Winner's Bracket of the tournament. Clemson had to hang on today to beat Carolina 7-to-6 to avoid being eliminated from the event.
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[S-Don]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
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This Year's recipient of the Don Holliday Memorial Scholarship is William Byrd Senior Bryce Chalkey.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :]


Chalkey maintains a 3 point 5 grade point average and a class rank of 25 out of 245.
He's an avid recreational golfer who enjoys the natural beauty of the game and Chalky plans to use the 16-thousand dollar scholarship to attend Virginia Tech this fall.
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[S-Lady]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=rst]
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When the girls tee it up in the first round of the Scott Robertson Memorial golf tournament, 12 year old Morgan Pressel will be among the girls competing in the 15 to 18 year old age group.
Roy Stanley has more.
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((At the age of 12, Pressel is one year from competing on the American Junior Golf Association Tour.
However, She is one of the top golfers in her age group and she's had success competing against girls 15 to 18 years old.)) ((HERB KRICKSTEIN/MORGAN'S GRANDFATHER:)) ((Pressel will soon realize her dream to play on the L-P-G-A tour. She has qualified for the Women's U.S. Open in two weeks at Pinehurst.
She's also become somewhat of a celebrity. Prior to coming to Roanoke she was interviewed on the C-B-S morning show and she did a phone interview with the golf channel.
And keep this in mind...She's only 12 years old.)) ((MORGAN PRESSEL/QUALIFIED FOR U.S. OPEN:)) ((ROY STANLEY:))
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[S-Rusty]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-94 1813tc]
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Joe Nemechek will likely miss more than just the Winston all-star race this weekend. Today doctors at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Sale discovered that Nemechek not only has a broken shoulder blade but also a broken elbow. He will be in a cast for at least two weeks.
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Meanwhile, qualifying for the Winston takes place tomorrow night at 7. Saturday night the racing begins - and soon after that the crashing starts.
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[D-Day-Plane]
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[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-15 TC51:42]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Another piece of the D-Day Memorial is in place today, thanks to the dedication of some Bedford County residents.

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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


This 1942 L-3 reconnaissance plane is the same kind of aircraft used in the D-Day invasion.
A group of aviation buffs spent the past year rebuilding and repainting it.
It was moved to the Memorial this afternoon where it will be reconstructed in time for the dedication June 6th. (------------)