[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

Comair pilots strike a deal, Norfolk Southern plans furloughs, Frito Lay has a new snack.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And the governor frees up 4 million dollars for a museum parking garage in Richmond... to the dismay of ROANOKE museum officials.
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[Sports-head]


[ANCHOR=steve]
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[WRITER=sma]
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In sports, the U.S. Open is underway as Tiger defends his crown, words from former UVa tight end and now Carolina Panther Casey Crawford,
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[VO-NAT]


and G.W. Danville names it's new head boys basketball coach, words from him coming up
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


A low spinning near the Nroth Carolina coast is forcing thunderstorms into central Virginia. And it's likely to continue tomorrow. Forecast details just ahead.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 4-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


They've been out of the cockpit and on the picket lines for nearly two and a half months.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Now Comair pilots could soon be back in the air.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[Comair]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=01-24 TC36:59]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Comair has reached a tentative contract agreement with its striking pilots.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Today's deal follows three days of talks with federal mediators to try to reach an agreement.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/March]

The airline serves 95 cities and, until March, a half-dozen Comair Jets flew in and out of Roanoke every day.
That's when Comair's 13-hundred pilots walked out after talks broke down over work rules, retirement, job protection and pay.
A source close to negotiations told The Associated Press that the union agreed to speed the ratification process and try to conduct a vote within ten days.
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[NS-Furloughs]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-35 TC05:28]
[GRAPHIC=Norfolk Southern]


Norfolk Southern is targeting its East End shops in the latest round of cost-cutting measures.
162 Roanoke employees will begin a three- week furlough on June 24th. [***NORFOLK SOUTHERN MB GRAPHIC]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Jennifer/MB SET;]


News 7 business reporter Jennifer Miele joins us with more on the future of the Roanoke shops.
Shannon, this isn't the first time the East End shops
[LIVE=Jennifer /FULL MB SET]
[SUPER=@jennifer1]

have been affected by cost-cutting measures, and sources say it may not be the last.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=162 Roanoke Car shop employees]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :18]
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[OUT Q=East End complex.]

(([PRE PRO]
162 Roanoke Car shop employees were notified yesterday of a three-week furlough.
Layoffs at the East End Shops will begin June 24th and end July 14th.
842 Car shop employees in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania got word yesterday as well. [END PRE PRO]
Those 150 plus employees are about all that is left of the East End Shops.
Couple that with the company's plans to rid itself of track, buildings and excess machinery and you may be left asking a bigger question.... what is the future of the Roanoke Shops?
Most of the equipment there was recently auctioned off, including all 100 locomontives being stored in the shops.
Buyers who attended the auction say they believe the East End complex will be sold-off by the end of the year.
Still, Norfolk Southern says the East End Complex is NOT up for sale.
But those buyers say a Texas-based railcar company called "Trinity" may even bid on the shops.
Trinity would not comment, but records show the company has closed some of its own facilities, making it somewhat unlikely that the company would purchase the East End complex.))
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[*** Norfolk Southern MB Graphic]
[LIVE=Jennifer /FULL MB SET]


We were able to speak to some of the East End Shop employees.... they would not go on camera but they did say they were saddened and disappointed by the recent news.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Jennifer /MB SET;]


Norfolk Southern officials insist we emphasize once more that the East End complex is NOT up for sale.

[Frito-Lay]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-21 TC1:03:53]
[GRAPHIC=Frito Lay]


All those snack chips you've been eating have been paying dividends for Lynchburg.
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[VO-NAT :16]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Today, Frito- Lay announced a 15- million dollar expansion at its Hill City plant which will create more than 50 new jobs.
Since it opened in 1998, Lynchburg's Frito-Lay factory has turned out 250- thousand pounds of Dorito's, Tostitos and "Wow" chips every day.
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[SOT 12:30:14]
[IN Q=Today's expansion]

((RUSSELL BURTON/FRITO-LAY ECON. DEVEL. MANAGER: TODAY'S EXPANSION OF THIS FACILITY AND THE ANNOUNCEMENT IS REALLY A TESTIMONY TO THE PARTNERSHIP TO THE FACT THAT THAT PARTNERSHIP HAS GROWN, PEOPLE FEEL GOUOD ABOUT IT AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT ALL PARTIES WANT TO CONTINUE, WHICH IS SOMETHING I THINK EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF.))
[SUPER=01-Russell Burton/Frito-Lay Economic Devel. Manager; ]
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[OUT Q=very proud of.]
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[VO-NAT]


The expansion will add a product line of a new bite-sized snack chip that will be unveiled in September.
Frito-Lay currently employs about 300 people in Lynchburg.
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[Gilmore-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=01-19 TC1:04:34]
[GRAPHIC=Jim Gilmore]


When Governor Jim Gilmore's staff promises he'll make "a major budget announcement" at a Richmond museum, cultural agencies all over the state take notice.
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[VO-NAT :15]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


So it was anti-climactic today when the Governor announced he'd freed up four million dollars to build a parking garage at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Gilmore says th garage is needed for big exhibits like the museum's Faberge Egg show.
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[SOT 10:20:07]
[IN Q=But I was somewhat horrified]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: BUT I WAS SOMEWHAT HORRIFIED TO SEE THAT THE ONLY WAY THAT COULD BE DONE-- AN AMBITIOUS PRESENTATION LIKE THAT -- WAS BY PARKING PEOPLE AT THE DIAMOND AND BUSSING THEM INTO THE MUSEUM.))
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[OUT Q=bussing them into the museum.]
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[VO-NAT :21]


First Lady Roxane Gilmore sits on the museum's board.
The Governor looked over the museum's collection after his announcement.
That left new state Finance Secretary John Forbes to explain why Gilmore can't help "non-state agencies" like the museums in the Roanoke Valley -- which were cut out of the budget that starts July first.
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[SOT 10:37:39]
[IN Q=Clearly the Governor has a very]

((JOHN FORBES/STATE FINANCE SECRETARY: CLEARLY THE GOVERNOR HAS A VERY STRONG DESIRE TO HELP ROANOKE MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS. THE PROBLEM EXISTS HOWEVER IN THE FACT THAT IF IT'S A NON-STATE AGENCY AND WE DON'T HAVE THE AUTHORITY UNLESS IT WAS IN A PREVIOUS APPROPRIATION. ))
[SUPER=01-John Forbes/State Finance Secretary;]
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[OUT Q=it was in a previous appropriation.]
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[VO-NAT :08]


The Governor reminded reporters that he views this year's historic budget impasse as the fault of the state senate.
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[Museums]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=01-16 TC1:34:50]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Cultural organizations in southwest Virginia are disappointed but not surprised by the Governor's announcement.
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[VO-NAT :13]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

And while the president of Roanoke's Center in the Square says he understands the need to provide additional parking at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts he also thinks the money could have been better spent elsewhere.
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[SOT 2:20:23-2:20:38]
[IN Q=That four million dollars...]

((JIM SEARS/CENTER IN THE SQUARE; THAT FOUR MILLION DOLLARS, HAD 75-PERCENT OF THAT BEEN DIRECTED TO ROANOKE, WE COULD HAVE ADDRESSED THE NEEDS OF 13 INSTITUTIONS THAT ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE IT NOW AND WILL BE STRUGGLING EVEN MORE NEXT YEAR.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Sears/Center in the Square;]
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[OUT Q=struggling even more next year.]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Center in the Square and the six cultural organizations it houses had asked the state for slightly more than 3-million dollars. Instead, the general assembly reached no agreement on the budget and the Center was allocated NO money.

[Mark-Warner]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-18 TC1:19:58]
[GRAPHIC=Mark Warner]


Meanwhile, Mark Warner says it was a mistake to zero out support for arts and cultural agencies other than the Virginia Museum.
The Democratic candidate for Governor says arts and culture are as important as shell buildings and tax breaks in the effort to bring new industry and more jobs to western Virginia.
Economic Development was on Warner's agenda today as he met with employees of a Franklin County furniture plant that's scheduled to close later this year.
Joe Dashiell has that story.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Two years ago it was ]
[SUPER=403-Rocky Mount; :00]
[SUPER=401-Mark Warner/(D) Candidate for Governor; :51]
[SUPER=420-Joe Dashiell/jdashiell*wdbj7.com; 1:00]
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[OUT Q=JD News 7]


((Two years ago it was Tultex in Martinsville. This summer the Lane Furniture Plant in Rocky Mount... but Mark Warner says the story's the same.
[SOT 15:35:35]
[IN Q=This is an economic catastrophe]

((THIS IS AN ECONOMIC CASTASTROPHE. THIS IS THE SAME THING AS WHEN THERE WAS A FLOOD IN FRANKLIN CITY, OR A TORNADO IN PETERSBURG.)) [RUNS:08]
[OUT Q=or a tornado in Petersburg.]


As the Democratic candidate for Governor met with employees of the Lane furniture plant, he heard frustration that local jobs are heading overseas, and uncertainty about the future. [NAT SOUND]
[IN Q=What do you suggest]

((WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST WE RETRAIN IN, BECAUSE WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT EVENTUALLY WILL COME INTO THIS COUNTY.)) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=will come into this county.]


Warner told the workers there is no silver bullet, no guarantee that traditional industries will recover... but he said the state can do a better job of partnering with local governments to help in times of crisis.
[SOT 15:44:52]
[IN Q=My fear is that]

((MY FEAR IS THIS WILL HAPPEN AROUND OTHER COMMUNITIES ACROSS VIRGINIA. WE'VE GOT TO BE READY FOR THIS. WE CAN'T ALLOW THESE COMMUNITIES TO FLOUNDER IN THEIR TIME OF DIFFICULTY.)) [RUNS:08]
[OUT Q=in their time of difficulty.]


If he's elected in November, Warner promises an economic SWAT team, and other state assistance to help communities and individual workers adjust to changing times.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Rocky Mount))

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]


Pete Gillen knows basketball, but he also knows business.
Today he brought his message to Roanoke. We'll hear from him a little later on News 7.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And they may look harmless, but flocks of geese are causing problems at an area park.
Find out what's being done and how you can help next.
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[Geese]
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[TAPE#=01-14 TC1:28:02]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Some say they're cute....others say they're too belligerent, too hungry, and too messy.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


We're talking about Canada geese.
[ANCHOR=Keith ]
[SS=None]


Danville Bureau Chief Justin McLeod has more on the problem at one state park and one possible solution.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Nat sound of geese]
[SUPER=03-Patrick Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Gene Fouquette/Crew Member; :14]
[SUPER=@justin1; :32]
[SUPER=01-John Grooms/Park Manager; :52]
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[OUT Q=News 7, Patrick Co.]

((((NAT SOUND OF GEESE))
To many, Canada geese are a cute bunch.
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[IN Q=I love them]

((PAMELA LAWSON/PARK VISITOR: I LOVE THEM. I THINK THEY'RE BEAUTIFUL.)) [Runs02]
[OUT Q=they're beautiful]


But what they leave behind isn't pretty.
And that's ruffled the feathers (shot of feather; 25:22) of officials here at Fairystone State Park in Patrick County.
Its their job to clean it all up.
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[IN Q=If you don't do it everyday]

((GENE FOUQUETTE/CREW MEMEBER: IF YOU DON'T DO IT EVERYDAY IT JUST TAKES FOUR HOURS THE NEXT DAY.)) [Runs05]
[OUT Q=the next day]


Some park visitors have expressed concerns about the health effects of geese droppings especially in the water where people swim.
Park officials test the water once a month and so far so good.
[SOT :33:53]
[IN Q=Recent court rulings]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: RECENT COURT RULINGS PREVENT ANYONE FROM KILLING GEESE. IN FACT, THEY ARE NOW A FEDERALLY PROTECTED ANIMAL. THE ONLY THING PARK OFFICIALS CAN DO IS KILL THEIR EGGS AND HOPEFULLY CONTROL THE PROBLEM.)) [Runs11]
[OUT Q=control the problem]

((NAT SOUND OF WATER))
They must first obtain a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.
Park personel say population control is the best weapon so far but its firing power is limited.
[SOT :23:49]
[IN Q=This year we found]

((JOHN GROOMS/PARK MANAGER: THIS YEAR WE FOUND TWO NESTS AND ADDLED THE EGGS. UNFORTUNATELY, WE MISSED ONE SO THERE ARE A FEW YOUNG THIS YEAR BUT ADDLING THE EGGS HAS BEEN EFFECTIVE.)) [Runs12]
[OUT Q=has been effective]


The park has also tried fencing and noise making devices to try to frighten the gesse away.
All have failed.
But there is one successful thing park visitors can do to help control the population....don't feed the geese.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Patrick County.))

[Canoes]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=bmo]
[TAPE#=01-28 TC31:21]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Roanoke Police are close to recovering the canoes that were discovered missing yesterday from Victory Stadium.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday]


Roanoke Police received a large number of tips that they say will lead to recovery of the stolen City Parks and Recreation canoes.
The suspect is a Southeast Roanoke man.
Charges are pending.
He'll be identified when they're filed.
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[Hike-Hope]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-11 TC2:00:25]
[GRAPHIC=None]

In a year's time, six hikers will walk more than 4-thousand miles and travel through sixteen states.
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[VO-NAT :18.5]
[SUPER=03-Radford;]

Hike for Hope 2001 is in Virginia today making its way from the New River Valley to the Star City. The hikers say they are traveling to raise money and awareness for OxFam, an organization that fights hunger. Their journey started in Florida on January first with a typical day covering 20 to 50 miles.
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[SOT 18:51:03]
[IN Q=WE HAVE]

((DAKOTA LACROIX/HIKE FOR HOPE 2001; WE HAVE A WEBSITE HIKE FOR HOPE 2001 DOT ORG AND THE IDEA OF THE WEBSITE IS TO ATTRACT PEOPLE TO OUR JOURNEY LET THEM SEE THROUGH OUR EYES THROUGH OUR JOURNAL ENTRIES THROUGH OUR PHOTOS.))
[SUPER=01-Dakota LaCroix/Hike for Hope 2001;]
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[OUT Q=OUR PHOTOS]
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[VO-NAT]

From Roanoke, the group will travel to Lynchburg. Their goal is to reach Canada by the end of the year.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Another bad day on Wall Street as negative news sends stocks downward. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-y/181.49/10690.13/y/77.59/2044.07;]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


The Dow dropped 181 points, and Nasdaq dropped 78 points.
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[VO]
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[Tech-Field]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-13 TC1:20:47]
[GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech]

The new football field being constructed at Virginia Tech is one of only three in the country.
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[VO-NAT :18.5]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

At this point, the grass field is growing at the Tech Airport where it is watered continuously. Once it reaches maturity, the field will be cut, lifted and placed in Lane Stadium. Workers there are completing drainage and filtration systems, the features that make this modular grass system so unique.
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[SOT 14:17:52]
[IN Q=were going]

((JOHN HILSON/FIELD PROJECT MANAGER; WERE GOING TO BE ABLE TO NUMBER ONE HAVE FASTER DRAINING TURF SO THE RAIN DELAYS WON'T BE AN ISSUE WE'LL ALSO HAVE AND ABILITY TO PUT A VACUUM ON THE FIELD AND ENHANCE THAT.))
[SUPER=01-John Hilson/Field Project Manager;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=enhance that]
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[VO-NAT]

Hilson expects to have the grass in the stadium by July - and says playing on the field will probably start in August.

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[Shopping-Center]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-17 TC56:16]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Running a business isn't all fun and games...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville]

that's according to University of Virginia Head Basketball Coach Pete Gillen.
After 30 years in the business of coaching, Gillen says all business owners have got to have a plan.
He sent his message to local retailers today at the International Conference of Shopping Centers in Roanoke.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Nobody listens to me]

[12:48:46] ((PETE GILLEN/UVA HEAD BASKETBALL COACH: NOBODY LISTENS TO ME THE GERBIL, CAT, DOGS SO I DON'T REALLY TELL THEM WHAT TO DO I JUST SHARE THINGS. IT'S LIKE A BUFFET TAKE WHAT YOU WANT LEAVE THE WHOLE THING OR JUST GET A BEER WHATEVER YOU WANT.))
[SUPER=01-Pete Gillen/UVA Head Basketball Coach]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=whatever you want.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Gillen discussed some keys to success.... including patience and resiliency. Those are tricks he says work on and off the court.
About one hundred retailers from across the region came to hear him speak.
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[sports tease]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


G.W. Danville announces it's new boys basketball coach, Salem Avalanche manager Dave Collins gives us a mid season progress report,
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[VO-NAT]


and the NHL names it's most valuable player and he plays for the Stanley Cup champs.
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[S-Danville]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-102]
[GRAPHIC=Hometown Hoops weekly]


The Hometown Hoops Weekly coaching family has another addition, but new G.W. Danville boys basketball coach Bobby Martin's ties to local hoops run very deep. He was named the Eagles coach today.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I've..]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Martin/G. W. Danville Boys Basketball Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=....go from there"]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville; :00]


Martin was an assistant at Danville in 98 and 99 before taking last year off to focus on football and track. He has 11 years of basketball coaching experience and already knows most of his returning players.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="one]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=.....we movin on to the future"]
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[S-Sixers]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-92 (1:35:38)]
[GRAPHIC=NBA Logo]


The Philadelphia 76-ers have their backs against the wall in the N-B-A championship against the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers lead the series 3 games to 1 after winning their second straight on the road in Philly.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="Last year...]
[SUPER=01-Phil Jackson/Lakers Head Coach; :]
[SUPER=01-Larry Brown/Sixers Head Coach; :]
[RUNS=:33]
[OUT Q=.....special team."]
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[Anchor=Steve]
[GRAPHIC=Hold logo]


Game 5 is Friday night in Philadelphia.





[S-Open]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Golf]


The First round of the U.S. Open from Southern Hills in Tulsa Oklahoma was interrupted today by storm warnings. Play was suspended around 4:45. Hale Irwin is the early leader, he fired a 67. Defending champ Tiger Woods stands at three over through nine holes.

[S-Casey]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-101]
[GRAPHIC=Panthers]


The Carolina Panthers open training camp July 22nd at Wofford College in Spartanburg South Carolina.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]


Former Virginia standout and now Panthers second year tight end Casey Crawford was in town recently working on an instructional field hockey video for his wife Michelle, who is a member of the United States National team.
Crawford recently went through mini camp with former ACC rival and Panthers quarterback draft pick Chris Weinke.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="]
[SUPER=01-Casey Crawford/Panthers Tight End; :00]
[RUNS=:27]
[OUT Q=plus for the panthers to have him"]
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[S-Sakic]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-96]
[GRAPHIC=NHL]


The NHL Lester P. Pearson Award, which is given annually to the league's most valuable player, was handed out today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-NHL; :00]


The winner is Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic who beats out Pittsburgh Penguins stars Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr for the honor. Sakic led the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup title without star teammate Peter Forsburg. Sakic is also a finalist for the Hart trophy. The NHL hold's it's awards banquet tonight.
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[S-AVS]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-97]
[GRAPHIC=Avalanche]


The Carolina League all star break is just about here and the Salem Avalanche finds itself in third place in the Southern Division with a 32 and 32 record and nine back of the first place Kinston Indians. Despite the 500 record, management is pleased and looking forward to what's a head.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Dave Collins/Avalanche Manager; :00]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=....close games"]
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[ANCHOR=steve]
[GRAPHIC=avalanche]

The Avs are currently on a 10 game road trip.