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Aren't they CUTE?
The three snow leopard cubs at Mill Mountain Zoo show the doctor how much they've grown.
We'll have a report on their latest check-up.
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And the commonwealth picks a route for I-73. The vote just came in ... we'll have the result.
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The clouds are hanging tuff across the area as the drizzle exits....Will we see more rain I'll let you know in my forecast...
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News 7 at noon, after this break.


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[2-I-73]


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We have just learned that the Commonwealth Transportation board has approved a route for interstate 73 that goes east of the city of Martinsville.
The vote was 8 to 4, for a route that would track east of the city and and then head back west, south of the city near the Martinsville speedway.
It would rejoin 220 to North Carolina.
Both the Lynchburg and Salem district board members voted against the option. We'll have details on this decision,

and what it means, on News 7 at 5 and 6. [Bush-Energy]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
President Bush's energy plan emphasizes long-term solutions by increasing supplies of oil, gas and nuclear energy.
It also predicts the need for 13-hundred new power plants.
Bush calls it the first comprehensive energy plane in a long time.
But the plan does NOT offer any ideas to bring down this summer's soaring gas prices.
The President says the U-S is facing the most serious energy crisis since the 19-70s.
Aleen Sirgany is in Washington, and joins us now with details.
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[SUPER=03-St. Paul, MN;]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Tom Daschle/(D) Minority Leader;]
[SUPER=01-Phil Clapp/National Environmental Trust;]
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[OUT Q=environmental laws.]

((NATBush PRESIDENT BUSH IS CONFIDANT.

(SOT: BUSH: "This is the first comprehensive energy plan ever or at

least in a very long time." 16:53:40)
FOR WHAT HE CALLS THE MOST SERIOUS ENERGY SHORTAGE IN THIS COUNTRY SINCE THE 1970'S, BUSH SAYS HIS PLAN IS THE SOLUTION.

(SOT)BUSH My plan helps people in the short term and long term by

recognizing the problem and by expediting energy development. 12:52:51)
THERE ARE ONE-HUNDRED-FIVE RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE PRESIDENT'S ENERGY POLICY, 35 FOR INCREASING ENERGY SUPPLIES,INCLUDING MORE OIL AND GAS DRILLING ON PUBLIC LANDS. AND THEN THERE ARE TAX BREAKS FOR ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY ENERGY PROJECTS.
BUT DEMOCRATS SAY NONE OF THAT HELPS CONSUMERS PAYING HIGH GAS AND ENERGY PRICES RIGHT NOW.

(SOT)DEM Sen. Tom Daschle/Minority Leader: We're concerned, of course,

about the fact that they appear not to find any value in short-term solutions that could be very helpful in the immediate and near-term.
THE PRESIDENT IS ALSO CALLING FOR FEWER REGULATIONS ON CLEAN AIR AND ON CONSTRUCTION OF REFINERIES AND NUCLEAR REACTORS. AND HE WANTS TO SEIZE PRIVATE PROPERTY ON WHICH TO PLACE POWER LINES. ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS ARE OUTRAGED.

(SOT)Phil Clapp/NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL TRUST7A-MTC7:19:11

"This policy is an attack on environmental laws."
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Part of the President's new energy plan calls for the construction of hundreds of new power plants.
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[SUPER=03-Pikeville, KY;]


Many of those would be powered by coal-- but that's NOT necessarily welcome news to those in the coal industry.
As one generation of coal miners heads toward retirement, there isn't a large percentage of young miners ready to take their place.
For George Standifur, Junior-- the SON of a miner-- it's a family tradition he doesn't want to continue.
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[SOT 10:10:28]
[IN Q=If you lived]

((GEORGE STANDIFUR, JR./COAL MINER'S SON: IF YOU LIVED AROUND HERE, YOU WOULDN'T WANT TO BE A COAL MINER, CAUSE EVERY FAMILY ROUND HERE'S GOT SOMEBODY BEEN KILLED IN THE MINES AND I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE MY FAMILY DRY LIKE THAT." ))
[SUPER=01-George Standifur, Jr./Coal Miner's Son']
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Coal companies worry they'll be left in the dust, instead of cashing in on the potential boom from the President's energy policy.
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[Pitts-Standoff]


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A stand-off with Authorities is entering its fourth hour in Pittsylvania County.
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It began just before eight this morning at the Victory Baptist Church in Ringgold.
Police describe the man as a vagrant who had arranged to receive assistance from the church.
A church worker called the Sheriff's Department after the man became disorderly.
The unidentified man then held himself up in the annex of the church, armed with a knife.
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[SOT 17:11:02]
[IN Q=We have a negoiator there]

((MAJOR GARY GOODSON/PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: WE HAVE A NEGOIATOR THERE TALKING WITH HIM. HE'S JUST THREATENING TO DO BODILY HARM AT THIS TIME. WE'RE JUST TRYING TO ASSISTANCE HIM AND TRY TO TALK HIM OUT.))
[SUPER=01-Maj. Gary Goodson/Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff's Dept.]
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The Sheriff's Department believes the negoitations are working at this time.
They won't release the man's name.
But authorities describe him as a man in his fifties who is originally from Tennessee.
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The emergency room at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital will likely be closed for the rest of the day.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Crews are busy cleaning up after a water pipe above the E-R burst around 11:30 last night.
The nurse's station and four rooms were damaged by the water -- but no patients were harmed.
A Carilion Spokesperson says cleaup will continue throughout the day.
Officials expect the E-R will re-open around 7 a-m tomorrow.
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[Accidents]


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A Roanoke teenager is in critical condition, the result of an accident in the city last night.
Police say the 16- year old was attempting to turn onto Peters Creek Road when he pulled into the path of a Ford Explorer. The S-U-V struck the teen on the driver's side. Authorities say the car had to be cut open to remove the teen. The driver of the Explorer was also taken to the hospital.
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[N'wide-Expansion]


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100 new jobs are headed to Lynchburg, thanks to the expansion plans at Nationwide Insurance.
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[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Nationwide already employs about 350 people at its current location near Graves Mill Road.
The company announced plans this morning to build a new 20- thousand square foot claims center directly behind the existing facility.
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[SOT 20:45:02]
[IN Q=We're very]

((JAMES LUCAS/NATIONWIDE VP: WE'RE VERY CONCERNED AND VERY COMMITTED TO EXPANDING NATIONWIDE'S PRESENCE IN THE VIRGINIA INSURANCE MARKETPLACE AND THIS EXPANSION IS INDICATIVE OF THAT EFFORT, IN TERMS OF PROVIDING QUALITY SERVICE AS WELL AS A COMPETITIVE PRICE TO OUR CUSTOMERS.))
[SUPER=01-James Lucas/Nationwide VP]
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[OUT Q=to our customers.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Lynchburg Industrial Development Authority is helping the project by funding the expansion of Nationwide Drive.
Nationwide hopes to have the new center up and running by this fall.
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[11Celanese-Jobs]


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The Celanese plant in Giles County is also adding jobs.
But the welcome news there comes at the expense of a Celanese plant in South Carolina, where more than 445 positions are being cut.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Giles Co./August;]


Celanese officials say SOME of those jobs will move to the plant in Giles County. No word yet on how many.
The company says consolidating production in Narrows will make operations more efficient.
The plant currently employs more than one-thousand workers.
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[Snow-Leopards]


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Mill Mountain zoo's new residents are getting fat and feisty.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The three snow leopard cubs born earlier this month got their latest checkup this morning.
Their eyes have opened.
And they've gained between a third and a half a pound since last week.
The cubs mother, Tasha, is doing well, too.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Her mothering instincts]

((DAVID WOOD/CURATOR: HER MOTHERING INSTINCTS ARE GRET. SHE SPENDS ENOUGH TIME IN THERE TO NURSE ESPECIALLY WITH THE WEIGHT GAINS WE'RE SEEING. BUT SHE NEEDS HER MOM TIME AWAY. SHE NEEDS HER LITTLE MOM TIME TO HERSELF.))
[SUPER=01-David Wood/Curator;]
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[OUT Q=time to herself.]
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The zoo is breeding the snow leopards as part of a program to protect the animals from extinction.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Which route will they pick? Still ahead, a decision is due today on I-73.
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[VO-NAT ]


And Darryl Strawberry gets yet another chance. A judge rules he doesn't have to go to jail. The details on this morning's hearing is next, but first, let's hear from Leo in our Weather Center.
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[Strawberry]


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No prison time for former New York Yankees star Darryl Strawberry.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tampa, FL;]


Today, a Florida judge ordered Strawberry to return to a drug treatment center.
The judge said Strawberry needs special treatment for his drug addiction, cancer and depression.
Strawberry walked out of a drug treatment center in March, and went on a four- day binge.
Meanwhile, the judge also told Strawberry he's been a winner on the field, and must now prove he can be a winner OFF the field.
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[2-Oxycontin]


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A different drug story for southwest Virginia .. the two sides of OxyContin.
It's a powerful pain-killer, but its abuse has reached epidemic levels in some areas.
A state task force will hear both sides of the debate in Abingdon today.
They'll hear one side from
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[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]


.. chronic pain sufferers like Jeanette Murray who need the drug to cope and use it the way it was intended.
A registered nurse whose on the job injury left her with nerve damage, she has used Oxycontin successfully.
But because of widespread abuse, officials say many patients are having a hard time finding the drug and doctor who will prescribe it.
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[IN Q=THERE IS]

((JEANETTE MURRAY/CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERER; THERE IS A CRIMINAL PROBLEM AND THEIR IS AN ADDICTION PROBLEM BUT IT LIES IN THOSE HANDS NOT WITH THOSE OF US WHO ARE USING THIS AS IT'S PRESCRIBED AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH OUR PHYSICIANS.))
[SUPER=01-Jeanette Murray/Chronic Pain Sufferer;]
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OxyContin is blamed for at least 39 overdose deaths in southwest Virginia in the past three years.
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He underpaid his '99 taxes by one dollar .. and for that he was assessed a penalty 18 times as large. Lonnie Morgan of Covington currently pays his state taxes once a year, but since he draws disability income, the state says he should be making estimated quarterly payments.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Morgan says he was eventually able to prove he did NOT owe the dollar .. but he has not been able to wipe out another part of the bill. He was assessed an 18- dollar penalty for not paying his 1999 income taxes every three months. It's called an underpayment charge and angers Morgan who pays his taxes yearly.
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[IN Q=This is not ]

((LONNIE MORGAN/TAXPAYER: THIS IS NOT ABOUT 18- DOLLARS. THIS IS ABOUT PRINCIPLES, THIS IS ABOUT FAIRNESS. THIS IS ABOUT PEOPLE'S RIGHTS. AND SOMETIME OR ANOTHER WE'VE GOT TO STAND UP AND MAKE OURSELVES HEARD WHEN WE'RE DONE WRONG. ))
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[OUT Q=we're done wrong.]
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State officials would not comment on Morgan's case-- but say people who do not have taxes withheld by an employer need to comply with the law. Morgan says he doesn't want to but will eventually pay the bill.

[11DMV-Machines]


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Paying your license and registration bills may soon get much easier.
The Department of Motor Vehicles is putting a high-tech gadget in D-M-V offices called "extraTeller."
It's kind of like an A-T-M .. and if you have pre-printed renewal forms, you can renew your license or registration any time of day, any day of the week.


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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A mayor goes to court, charged with murder. Still ahead, it's a racially-charged case that goes back more than 30 years.
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[VO-NAT ]


And fire strikes a building full of students. Most of them made it out alive, but not all.
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[Korea-Fire]


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A late- night blaze kills eight students who were staying at a boarding house in South Korea.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Seoul, South Korea;]


25 others were injured, some of them seriously.
That means the death toll could rise.
Police say most of the victims suffocated after inhaling toxic gas from the blaze that gutted the four- story building.
It's believed that burning cigarettes may have started the fire.
The institute houses about 100 students, who were preparing for next year's college entrance exams.
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The mayor of York, Pennsylvania has turned himself in to authorities.
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Charlie Robertson was arraigned this morning on charges of criminal homicide and murder.
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[SOT quick nat sound break]
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((CHARLIE ROBERTSON/YORK MAYOR: I'M STILL THE MAYOR.))
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[OUT Q=for saying mayor]
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[VO-NAT]


The charges stem from the shooting death of a black woman during race riots in 19-69, when Robertson was a police officer.
Five other defendants are already under arrest for the shooting death of Lillie Belle Allen.
An affidavit quotes a co-defendant as saying Robertson gave him ammunition, and told him to kill blacks.
A judge has tentatively scheduled a preliminary hearing for May 25th.
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[11Thomas]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Roanoke Delegate Vic Thomas wants to add to his 28 years in Richmond. He's decided to run for another term.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Despite speculation that Thomas would step down, the veteran lawmaker says he couldn't walk away from the recent turmoil in state government.
He says he made his decision, and began calling supporters with the news yesterday afternoon.
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[SOT 01:41:23]
[IN Q=I've been agonizing]

((DEL. VIC THOMAS/D- ROANOKE: I'VE BEEN AGONIZING OVER IT FOR QUITE SOME TIME AND ONCE I FELT LIKE I KNEW WHAT I HAD TO DO, I HAD TO RUN FOR RE- ELECTION. I DON'T KNOW IF I'LL GET RE- ELECTED, BUT I DON'T KNOW, I FELT LIKE I HAD TO TRY. THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO WALK AWAY WHEN THINGS ARE LIKE THEY ARE.))
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[OUT Q=when things are like they are.]
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Thomas was first elected to the General Assembly in 1973. He is a senior member of five House committees including Appropriations.
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[Stocks]


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On Wall Street at this hour,

[super=460-x/75/x/30;]


, the Dow is UP 75 points. Nasdaq UP 30 points.


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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

Still to come on News 7 - Roanoke scores a new sports team -
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[VO-NAT ]

and - Some art fans and pop culture followers alike are forking over the green to frame a late legend. We'll explain after the break.
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[S-ACC]


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The NCAA raised more than a few eyebrows earlier this spring when it lifted the ban that prohibited college teams from playing football on Friday nights. By doing this, it put college games in direct competition with high school football. Today, ACC officials voted unanimously NOT to have any of their games televised on Friday nights.

[S-UVA]


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UVA upset Clemson last night in the opening round of the ACC tournament.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fort Mill, SC/Clemson vs. Virginia; :00]

The Cavaliers came in, having lost six straight games to Clemson - including three last weekend. In the top of the third - UVa broke open a scoreless game with four runs.
Three of them came on this Joe Benick (BEE-Nick) three- run opposite- field homer.
[SUPER=34-Virginia/7/Clemson/3;]

Clemson got within a run. But in the 8th, Hunter Wyant put it away with the two- run RBI bloop single. UVa upset Clemson last night 7-to-3.
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Rain wiped out the Avalanche and Hillcats last night -
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]

The two teams tried to close out their series with a doubleheader that actually began under nice conditions. Lynchburg would get it going with Jay Langston lining on into right field.
Justin Martin scores on the play, and it's 1-to-nothing in the top of the second inning. In the third, Martin will drill one right past the pitcher. Jeremy Sickles tries to score from second - but not in this house last night. He is gunned down at the plate. The opening game started at six, and right at seven o'clock the skies opened and the tarp came out.
[super=37-Lynchburg/ /Salem//Cancelled by Rain;]

Both games have been canceled - because the two teams don't meet again in the first half of the season.
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The diamond may have been soaked in Salem - but the sun was shining on the Braves yesterday -
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Fox Net; :00]


This one was an uphill struggle for the Braves, as Ron Gant the FORMER Brave guns down (HAHV-ee) Javy Lopez at the plate to keep things scoreless in the second. Chipper Jones would prove to be the difference. He singles to left field and drives home Andrew Jones.
[super=35-Colorado/4/Atlanta/6;]

Chipper would then win the game in the 8th with this two- run homer. The Braves come back from a 4- run deficit to win it 6-to-4.
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[S-NBDL]


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The NBA's new developmental league - the NBDL - will officially set up shop in Roanoke tomorrow.
Roanoke will then announce that the Star City has been named the fifth city in the new league. The games will begin in November.

[S-NBA]


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Philly took game five of its series with Raptors -
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/TNT; :00]

Despite the efforts of the "Gunner from Grottoes" Dell Curry - who dropped in 4- threes in the first half - Toronto found itself down by 22 points at halftime.
[super=32-Toronto/88/Philadelphia/121/Sixers Lead 3-to-2;]

The reason was Allen Iverson. The "Answer" who was named MVP Tuesday scored 29 in the first half.
He finished with 52, as Philly wins 121-to-88 and takes a 3- games to 2 lead in the series.
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[Recap-I-73]


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[WRITER=kor]
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Repeating our top story, the Commonwealth Transportation board has approved a route for interstate 73 that goes east of the city of Martinsville.
The vote was 8 to 4, for a route that would track east of the city and and then head back west, south of the city near the Martinsville speedway.
It would rejoin 220 to North Carolina.

We'll have details on this decision, and what it means, on News 7 at 5 and 6. [Warhol-Auction]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
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And before we leave you this afternoon--
The late pop artist Andy Warhol has proven HIS fame has lasted far longer than 15 minutes.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


Warhol's 19-64 painting, "Large Flowers" sold for nearly eight-and-a-half-million dollars at Christie's Spring Post-War Art sale in New York.
His well- known classic, "Campbell Soup Can" from 19-62 sold for one-point-seven- million dollars.
And his painting of an ORANGE Marilyn Monroe brought in the second- highest amount at the auction, three-point-seven million.
More proof that if you want original works of art, you've got to reach deep into your pockets...
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