[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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Up next on News 7--
The Commonwealth Transportation Board selects a path for Interstate 73.
Board members say safety and economic development were crucial factors in their decision.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And a California Congressman is reportedly questioned about a missing Washington intern.
[ANCHOR=Leo]
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Get your Friday off to a good start-- join us for News 7 Mornin.

[11I-73]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=slo]
[TAPE#=01-13 TC52:51]
[GRAPHIC=Interstate 73]


The Commonwealth Transportation Board picks a route for Interstate 73 that will go east of Martinsville. Members passed the newly revised plan yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fredericksburg]


Most board members agree that a new Interstate would make for safer travel between Roanoke and the North Carolina border.
However economic development was also an important factor in their decision.
That's why a route that runs between Martinsville and Danville was approved yesterday. Board members say it's promising for both of the cities.
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((HOBIE MITCHELL/AT LARGE BOARD MEMBER; I SAW IT AS A KEY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR BOTH CITIES FOR BOTH DANVILLE AND MARTINSVILLE AND UTILIZING AN EXISTING ROAD.))
[SUPER=01-Hobie Mitchel/At Large Board Member]
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[OUT Q=existing road.]
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[VO-NAT]

The new route will connect with routes 57 and 58, and comes close to the southern tip of Martinsville to join route 220 South.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]

Because of funding and federal approval, construction will not begin any sooner than eight years from now. The interstate will displace 506-homes and 42-businesses.


[11React-I73]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=01-]
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Homeowners along the approved route have mixed feelings about the interstate running through their back yards.
Kate Weidaw has their story.
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[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;:14]
[SUPER=01-Jack Gunter/I-73 Opponent;:27]
[SUPER=01-Eugene Blair/Lives Along Approved Route;:48]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.;1:17]
[SUPER=01-Avis Fulcher/Lives Along Approved Route;1:30 QUCK!!]
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((JACK GUNTER: IT WILL START AT THE TRACTOR GO DOWN THAT WAY TO WHERE THE GRASS IS OVER HERE.))
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[RUNS8]
Tears come to Jack Gunter's eyes when he pictures Interstate 73 running through his back yard. Gunter and his wife were the first ones to move onto route 609 in Franklin County back in 1966. Now part of his 30 acres will become a super highway.

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[INQ=]

((JACK GUNTER: WE WERE GOING TO SELL THIS PLACE AND BUILD UP THERE AND NOW THE ROAD WILL BE COMING RIGHT THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF BOTH OF THEM, SO WE'RE OUT OF LUCK.))
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Gunter's neighbor calls I-73 a lucky move for Henry County. As a former truck driver he says he understands how important major highways are for industry.

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((EUGENE BLAIR: WE DO HAVE INDUSTRIAL PARKS THAT CAN'T BE UTILIZED PROPERLY I BELIEVE BECAUSE YOU CAN'T GET THE EQUIPMENT IN TO DO IT, I THINK WITH THESE SUPER HIGHWAYS GOING THROUGH IT WILL HELP THE ECONOMY.))
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Blair says if the house he and his wife have lived in since 1977 must be taken in the process, he'll understand.

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((EUGENE BLAIR: I'M NOT GOING TO STAND OUT HERE WITH A SHOT GUN AND SAY DON'T YOU CROSS MY LINE, I BELIEVE IN PROGRESS.))
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Avis Fulcher also believes progress is the right move. As a life long resident on route 657 in Henry County she says if the highway comes through she's staying put.

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((AVIS FULCHER: WE'LL HAVE TO LISTEN TO THE NOISE AND BUT I'M SURE THERE WE WILL HAVE ACCESS ROADS SO WE CAN GET TO THE OLD 220.))
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[RUNS7]
While it may be a decade before bulldozers begin making the highway's path, residents say it's something they'll just have to live with. Kate Weidaw News7 Franklin County.))

[Missing-Intern]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


There's new information about a missing Washington intern--
The "Washington Post" is reporting that 24- year- old Chandra (LEE-vee) Levy visited California congressman Gary Condit's apartment in D-C on several occasions.
Condit is among the witnesses police have questioned about Levy's disappearance.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


Meanwhile, police and the F-B-I are looking for the woman.
She hasn't been seen since finishing an internship with the government nearly three weeks ago.
Congressman Condit is from Levy's hometown of Modesto, California.
He says the two were just good friends during her stay in Washington.
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[Bush-Energy]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Bush]


President Bush will visit a hydro- electric power plant in Pennsylvania today to argue that his energy plan is NOT a threat to the environment.
The plant has a multi- million- dollar fish lift.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-St. Paul, MN;]
Bush unveiled his energy policy yesterday in Minnesota.


It calls for increased oil, coal, and nuclear energy development to ease the country's energy shortage.
But critics say the plan includes nothing that will relieve high gas and energy prices.
Bush says he's confident America can boost energy supplies without harming the environment.
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[11Firearms]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-09 TC1:40:58]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Roanoke city and county police will be able to train at a new firing range. They say the facility will help them target crime.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


The Roanoke Regional Firearms Training Center allows officers to hone their skills on moving targets.
The center also boasts a range tower and two classrooms.
Roanoke city and county officials cut the ribbon on it yesterday.
They paid about 250-thousand dollars for the project.
Officers from both jurisdictions spent the last year building it.
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((SGT. JERRY CUSTER/ROANOKE CO. POLICE: WE WORKED OUR REGULAR SHIFT UP HERE IS WHAT WE DID. THE POLICE DEPARTMENT KEPT UP OUR SALARY. INSTEAD OF WORKING THE ROAD, WE WORKED UP HERE.))
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((RAY LAVINDER/ROANOKE CO. POLICE CHIEF: IT MEANS WE CAN GIVE BETTER TRAINING TO OUR PEOPLE AND THEY CAN PARTICIPATE IN SOME TACTICAL EXERCISES THAN THEY HADN'T BEEN ABLE TO DO BEFORE.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Jerry Custer/Roanoke Co. Police Department; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ray Lavinder/Roanoke Co. Police Chief; :06]
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[OUT Q=able to do before.]
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[VO-NAT]


Officers demonstrated the range's capabilities and gave the public a shot at it, too.
Roanoke Mayor Ralph Smith even tried his hand at sharpshooting.
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[11Shaftman-Hall]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=01-16 TC1:02:13]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A week of special performances is underway at the newly renovated Shaftman Performance Hall inside the Jefferson Center. The Roanoke Symphony kicked it off last night.
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((NAT MUSIC))
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[VO-NAT]


The one-thousand seat Shaftman Hall boasts state- of- the- art sound systems and glamorous surroundings.
The last time the Jefferson Center hosted such events, it was a quarter century ago, and was known as Jefferson High School.
Performance by Opera Roanoke, the Roanoke Ballet Theatre, the Inflatable Theater Company and the Dukes of Dixieland continue through next Thursday.
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[Sudan-Open]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=Sudan]
[GRAPHIC=Surviving the Sudan]



Our Surviving Sudan series wraps up this morning with Steve Mason's final installment of his diary.
In this segment he takes us on the final leg of the missions trip in a town called Maridi(Ma-ri-dee).
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[Steve Live]
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(ad-lib toss to kim)



(Steve tosses to Kimberly for Marketwatch)


[11Etoys-KB]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]


In business news this morning, Etoys may be gone, but it's name lives on.
[SS=Etoys]


At a bankruptcy auction, K-B Toys picked up the rights to the eToys name and its well-known Web site for three-point-four million dollars.
K-B's deal means visitors to eToys-dot-com now will be sent automatically to K-B's own struggling K-B-kids Web site.
After a promising start, eToys fizzled earlier this year, when it declared bankruptcy and shut down.

[Marketwatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]


In business news, Wall Street hopes to end the week on a positive note.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[OUT Q=your local stocks]

((Information:
(ON CAM)

WALL STREET WILL TRY TO MAKE IT THREE RALLIES IN A ROW AND SOME GOOD EARNINGS NEWS MAY KEEP THE POSITIVE MOMENTUM ALIVE..
AFTER THE CLOSING BELL, DELL DIDN'T DISAPPOINT.. THE P-C MAKER POSTED PROFIT OF 17 CENTS A SHARE.. THAT WAS RIGHT IN LINE WITH ESTIMATES ALTHOUGH IT WAS STILL DOWN 10 PERCENT FROM THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR. DELL PREDICTS WE'LL SEE A RECOVERY IN THE PERSONAL COMPUTER INDUSTRY IN THE SECOND QTR OF NEXT YEAR.

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THE GAP POSTED A MORE THAN 50 PERCENT DROP IN EARNINGS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER.

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THE INSURANCE COMPANY SAFECO PLANS TO CONSOLIDATE ITS COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS AND FOCUS ON INSURANCE FOR SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED BUSINESSES.. ABOUT 450 JOBS WILL BE LOST AS A RESULT.

(ON CAM)

AND KEEP YOUR EYE ON PALM - THE MAKER OF THE PALMPILOT HANDHELD ORGANIZER NIXED PLANS TO MERGE WITH EXTENDED SYSTEMS.
ON WALL STREET, NO FIREWORKS BUT MODEST GAINS AS INVESTORS BUILT ON WEDNESDAY'S SPECTACULAR RALLY.

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THE DOW ROSE 32 POINTS TO 11-248

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WHILE NASDAQ MOVED UP 27 POINTS TO 2193.

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AND AMERICAN AIRLINES, AND THREE OTHER CARRIERS MATCHED NORTHWEST AIRLINES NEW LOWER FIRST CLASS FARES AS THE AIRLINES TO TRY WIN BACK BUSINESS PASSENGERS. NORTHWEST WAS JOINED BY AMERICAN, DELTA, US AIR AND AMERICA WEST IN CUTTING SOME FIRST CLASS RATES BY 60 PERCENT.

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TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM - AT THE NASDAQ,

(ON CAM)

I'M AC IN NEW YORK.))
(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]

[11Pulaski-Body]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=01-12]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Police in Pulaski are still searching for relatives of a man found dead last month.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski/Last Month]


50-year-old William Lee Hurley was found in a coal yard at the end of First Street.
Although he apparently lived in Pulaski, officers haven't been able to find any relatives.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=None]


It's believed Hurley was originally from Fayette County, West Virginia.
If you have any information, you're asked to call the Pulaski police department.

[11Fulcher]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Fulcher]


A federal appeals court says a prison inmate caught drug-dealing behind bars should get a new trial.
Michael Fulcher claims his work was part of a federal undercover investigation.
More than a year ago, a federal judge in Roanoke granted a new trial to Fulcher, his wife and his mother, but the government appealed.

[5-Cancer]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=501-03 15:43]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Health Check]


In this morning's Health Check, it takes time and effort for many cancer survivors to regain their strength after treatments deplete their energy.
But local survivors are getting a boost from a program called Strides to Strength.
As Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton explains, it's not only given three local cancer survivors more energy than before, but also more confidence in themselves.
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[SUPER=01-Mildred McDuffie/Cancer Survivor;31]
[SUPER=01-Annette Martel /RAC Dir. of Wellness;54]
[SUPER=01-Doretha Holley/Cancer Survivor;1:04]
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(( They are three women -who've overcome one of the biggest challenges of their lives -- cancer.
For Karen Booth --it was breast cancer. For Doretha Holley it was thyroid cancer. And for Mildred McDuffie it was colon cancer.
Now they have another challenge -- getting back in shape.
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[IN Q=When i finished all my]

((KAREN BOOTH:WHEN I FINISHED ALL MY TREATMENT I WAS JUST A COACH POTATO JUST DIDN'T HAVE THE ENERGY TO GET UP AND GO AND STRUGGLED TO GO TO WORK EVERYDAY)) [RUNS10]
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((MILDRED MCDUFFIE:LACK OF ENERGY AT TIMES. I FELT VERY WEEK IN MY LEGS)) [RUNS04]
[OUT Q=in my legs]


But now these cancer survivors --are regaining their strength --one step at a time, twice a week--through the Strides to Strength program at the Roanoke Athletic Club.
At least 95 percent of the participants improve in one area --whether its cardio-vascular endurance, strength or flexibility.
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[IN Q=One of their main goals]

((ANNETTE /DIR OF WELLNESS:ONE OF THEIR MAIN GOALS WHEN WE START THE PROGRAM IS TO INCREASE THEIR ENERGY LEVELS AND THEIR STAMINA. JUST TO BE ABLE TO DO THEIR NORMAL DAILY ACTIVITIES JUST A WHOLE LOT BETTER)) [RUNS10]
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[IN Q=I feel great. I do feel better]

((DORETHA HOLLEY:I FEEL GREAT. I DO FEEL BETTER. I THINK THE WALKING IS ONE THING THAT HAS HELPED TREMENDOUSLY)) [RUNS07]
[OUT Q=has helped tremedously]


The women say the bond they have formed with each other during this six week program has also made a big difference.


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[IN Q=It's given me some ]

((KAREN BOOTH:IT'S GIVEN ME SOME MENTAL UPLIFTING. IT'S REALLY HELPED IN MY LIFE. AND HELPED ME DEAL WITH LIFE SITUATIONS)) [RUNS14]
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((MILDRED:I THINK PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN SERIOUSLY SICK NEED TO BE AROUND PEOPLE TO GET A GOOD ATTITUDE ABOUT WHAT LIFE IS ALL ABOUT)) [RUNS08]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]


The program costs only 20 dollars for the participants... Thanks to a grant from the American Cancer Society.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)


[bump-chyron] [Streaming-Video]
[comm #3]





[2-HEADLINES] [Kim at Desk]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Interstate 73 will run to the EAST of Martinsville.
The decision was made yesterday, as board members agreed the new interstate would make for safer travel between Roanoke and the North Carolina border.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


According to the "Washington Post", a missing intern visited the D-C apartment of a California Congressman several times.
Police have questioned Congressman Gary Condit about the disappearance of Chandra Levy.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And they're still cute and cuddly--
But the three snow leopard cubs at Mill Mountain Zoo are GROWING.
Their latest health report, coming up.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Friday, May 18th .
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.



[2-11I-73]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=slo]
[TAPE#=01-13 TC52:51]
[GRAPHIC=Interstate 73]


The Commonwealth Transportation Board chooses the route for Interstate 73. Yesterday, members approved the eastern route around Martinsville.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fredericksburg]


Most board members agree that a new Interstate would make for safer travel between Roanoke and the North Carolina border.
However economic development was also an important factor in their decision.
That's why a route that runs between Martinsville and Danville was approved yesterday. Board members say it's promising for both of the cities.
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[SOT 18:01:46 ]
[IN Q= I saw it]

((HOBIE MITCHELL/AT LARGE BOARD MEMBER; I SAW IT AS A KEY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR BOTH CITIES FOR BOTH DANVILLE AND MARTINSVILLE AND UTILIZING AN EXISTING ROAD.))
[SUPER=01-Hobie Mitchel/At Large Board Member]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=existing road.]
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[VO-NAT]

The new route will connect with routes 57 and 58, and comes close to the southern tip of Martinsville to join route 220 South.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]

Because of funding and federal approval, construction will not begin any sooner than eight years from now. The interstate will displace 506-homes and 42-businesses.


[2-Missing-Intern]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


In national news--
The "Washington Post" is reporting that a missing intern from California visited a Congressman's D-C apartment on several occasions.
Police have questioned California Congressman Gary Condit about 24- year- old Chandra (LEE-vee's) Levy's disappearance nearly three weeks ago.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


Police and the F-B-I are looking for the woman.
Levy hasn't been seen since finishing an internship with the government.
She was interested in becoming an F-B-I agent.
Congressman Condit is from Levy's hometown of Modesto, California.
He says the two were just good friends during her stay in Washington.
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[York-Mayor]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Just two days after winning a primary, the mayor of York, Pennsylvania is arrested on murder charges.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-York, PA;]


The charges against Mayor Charlie Robertson stem from the 19-69 killing of a black woman.
Lillie Belle Allen was gunned down in a white section of town.
York was the scene of race riots, and Robertson was a police officer at the time.
Court documents accuse Robertson incited violence at a rally by yelling racist remarks.
The documents also say he might have provided ammunition to white gang members.
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[11LPD-Awards]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-14]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Lynchburg police officer who was seriously injured in a K-9 attack in February has been honored with the department's highest award for bravery.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Sergeant Rick Ruggieri (roo-JER-ee) suffered bites to his hands, arms and head that required more than a hundred stitches when a police dog he was handling suddenly turned on him.
Despite his injuries, Ruggieri was able to keep the dog from attacking other officers.
He was presented with the Medal of Honor yesterday during ceremonies at the Lynchburg police department.
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[Domain-Future]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-10]
[GRAPHIC=Eminent Domain]


They saw little success in the General Assembly this year, but Virginians who are pushing for reform of the state's eminent domain laws say their fight is far from over.
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[VO-NAT]


With the recent flurry of projects that could take private property for public purposes, the chorus of complaints has grown.
While local governments and utilities argue that changes will only encourage expensive litigation, others insist reforms are overdue.
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[SOT 00:12:56]
[IN Q=So I believe]

((NANCY MCCORD/VA. PROPERTY RIGHTS COALITION: SO I BELIEVE WE'RE PROBABLY IN FOR A LONG HARD FIGHT, TO TRY TO GET THIS LEGISLATION PASSED, BUT I THINK WE'RE PREPARED TO DO IT, TO KEEP WORKING AT IT, AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL WIN.))
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[OUT Q=and hopefully we'll win.]



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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Tonight on News 7 at Six, we'll conclude our three-week series with a look at the increasing pace of eminent domain projects, and the prospects for significant reform.

[2-Sudan-Open]


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[11Warner-Education]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-30 TC13:26]
[GRAPHIC=MArk Warner]


Democratic Candidate for Governor Mark Warner has outlined a four-point plan to improve higher education.
He says Virginia has failed to work as a partner with the state's colleges and universities.
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[VO-NAT]


Warner says he would create a Commonwealth Scholars Program that would offer tuition grants to students who earn a B average, and place in the top 20 percent of their high school graduating class.
He would dedicate 250- million dollars a year to fund capital improvements.
Warner is proposing a commission that would "de-politicize" appointments to boards of visitors.
And he promises to convene a summit of education and business leaders to reduce bureaucracy and encourage innovation on college campuses.
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[11Earley-Drugs]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=01-11 TC1:21:34]
[GRAPHIC=Mark Earley]


Meanwhile, one of the Republican candidates for governor 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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[SOT]
[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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[OUT Q=in our population.]
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[VO-NAT]


It's the first meeting for the oxycontin task force. The group held a public hearing last night.
The manufacturer, Purdue Pharma, has come up with a ten-point plan to address the problem.
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[11Snow-Leopards]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=01-24 TC14:25]
[GRAPHIC=Snow Leopards]


The three snow leopard cubs have gained some weight. Mill Mountain Zoo says it's pleased with the cubs' progress.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

The two female and one male snow leopard cubs were weighed yesterday morning for the second time since they were born two weeks ago. They've gained almost half a pound a piece to weigh in between 1-point-3 and 1-point-8 pounds. Zoo workers say their mom, Tasha, has been nursing consistantly, but is also learning to take care of her own needs.
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[SOT 3:12:49-3:12:59]
[IN Q=She spends enough time in there to nurse...]

((DAVE WOOD/CURATOR: SHE SPENDS ENOUGH TIME IN THERE TO NURSE BUT SHE NEEDS HER LITTLE TIME AWAY, SHE NEEDS HER LITTLE MOM TIME TO HERSELF.))
[SUPER=01-Dave Wood/Curator;]
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[OUT Q=her little "mom time" to herself.]
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The cubs have also opened their eyes. The zoo says the blue color will turn brownish-gold as the cubs age.
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Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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A federal appeals court says a prison inmate caught drug-dealing behind bars should get a new trial.
Michael Fulcher claims his work was part of a federal undercover investigation.
More than a year ago, a federal judge in Roanoke granted a new trial to Fulcher, his wife and his mother, but the government appealed.
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The Commonwealth Transportation Board picks a route for Interstate 73 that will go east of Martinsville. The new route will connect with routes 57 and 58, and comes close to the southern tip of Martinsville to join route 220 South. Because of funding and federal approval, construction will not begin any sooner than eight years from now.
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Now here's Mike Stevens with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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