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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=#4070;weekend headline banner]
[SUPER=@Denise1;]
[SUPER=@Jacey1;]

Coming up .. Crews are out this morning on the Appalachian trail -- searching for a Roanoke man missing since Wednesday.
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[vo-nat] And .... He's only been there little more than an hour - but President Bush is hoping he can help complete Russia's transition into a Democracy.
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[2-shot toss to Hello]

[Search]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=01-30 41:42]
[GRAPHIC=None]


If you plan on hiking in a certain area of Roanoke County today - local authorities will be asking for your help.

They're looking for a man last seen Wednesday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night]

Police responded to a parking area off Route 3-11 to get a dog out of a locked car yesterday. That's when they discovered that the car belongs to 50-year Richard Simmons of Roanoke city. His medications were in the vehicle. Authorities say it appears Simmons does have medical conditions that ARE cause for concern. Eight search teams are combing the Appalachian Trail and areas around McAfee's knob at this hour... and say they WILL be asking hikers to be on the lookout for Simmons today.
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[TAKE DESCRIPTION FS] He's described as a white man... 50 years old. He's 5-foot-11-inches tall, weighs 3-hundred pounds and has gray hair.
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[Bush-Russia]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=George W.]


President Bush has made the last stop on his first European tour.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Ljubjana, Slovenia]

He arrived in Slovenia a little more than an hour ago.
Bush and Russia's President Vladimir Putin will be talking about Russia completing its transition from communism to a nation as Bush calls it ``fully reformed, fully democratic.''
Aides to the president don't look for any breakthrough on missile defense out of today's get-acquainted session...
Bush's plan to scrap a 29-year-old treaty and press ahead with an anti-missile shield has drawn fire from Russia and U-S allies.
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[11Tax-Refund]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=501-08 28:05]
[GRAPHIC=Taxes]


For many Virginians - refund checks have been slow in coming this year.
That's due in part to errors resulting from new state tax forms.
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[VO-NAT :24]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


State finance officials also admit they had a computer glitch that has slowed down the processing of some forms.
But Governor Jim Gilmore's NOT exactly putting to rest legislators' accusations that the tax department may be delaying tax refund checks to help boost the revenue picture at the end of the fiscal year.
More state revenues help keep the "no car tax" promise on schedule.
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[SOT 12:53:37]
[IN Q=I'm just not gonna speculate]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I'M JUST NOT GONNA SPECULATE ON THAT KIND OF THING. I BELIEVE THAT THEY'RE PERFORMING THEIR JOB PROPERLY, AND THEY'RE DOING THEIR FUNCTIONS WELL. AND THAT'S WHY THEY'RE APPOINTED AND HIRED TO DO THESE THINGS IN THE FIRST PLACE.))
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[OUT Q=things in the first place.]
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[VO-NAT :1]


Yesterday, a bi-partisan mix of lawmakers asked the state auditor to look into the refund check delays.
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[Redistricting]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Redistricting]


Virginia's redrawn House of Delegates district lines have been approved by the U-S Department of Justice.
The General Assembly approved the redistricting plan back in April.
The justice department is still reviewing the plan to redraw district lines for State Senate Seats.
Virginia is one of 16 states required to submit changes in voting practices or procedures to the department for approval.


[11YMCA]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-34 TC03:42]
[SS=YMCA]


The YMCA could be getting a new home downtown.
The city of Roanoke is considering giving the organization a two-million- dollar contribution to help get things started.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The 40- thousand- square- foot facility would be built on property the city owns at the intersection of 5th Street and Luck Avenue, not far from the existing YMCA location.
Once the new building is complete, the city would get the old property, with the exception of the annex gymnasium.
The city would also contribute two million dollars over ten years toward construction of an indoor aquatic center.
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[ANCHOR=Denise]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


City Council will consider the issue on Monday, and a public hearing is expected in July.
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[IN Q=Forget Jurassic Park]
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[OUT Q=Weekend Morning Returns. NATS DINOSAUR]


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[Dinosaurs]


[ANCHOR=Jacey]
[NEWSCAST=Saturday a.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=Time Off #2 TC 57:10]
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With Jurassic Park Three about to crash the movie theater dinosaurs are making a comeback. In this week's Time Off Shannon Young shows us where we can spend some quality dino-time.
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[IN Q=Steven Speilberg isn't the only dinosaur fan thinking big.]
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[SUPER=01-Stuart Hill/Science Museum of Western Virginia; :25]
[SUPER=@Shannon1; 53]
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(( Steven Speilberg isn't the only dinosaur fan thinking big. The Science Museum of Western Virginia is flaunting its own Jurassic park, minus the blood and guts.
[SOT 11:48:20-11:48:23]
[IN Q=People are just so fascinated...]

((People are just so fascinated with dinosaurs.))
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[OUT Q=fascinated with dinosaurs.]

These monsters WILL look you in the eye and even make a move in your direction thanks to robotic technology. And they're not afraid to let you know you're on THEIR turf.
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[IN Q=ROAAAAARRRR!]

((Roaaaaarrrrrrr!))
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[IN Q=We specifically are looking at...]

((We specifically are looking at dinosaurs from the crutaceous, which is the first period of dinosaurs, the period that's famous because of T-Rex.))
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[OUT Q=because of T-Rex.]
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[IN Q=And then also the older period...]

((And then also the older period, the Jurassic, where some of the early dinosaurs were getting started.))
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[OUT Q=early dinosaurs were getting started.]

You may remember Rex and pals from their first visit to the museum during the nineties. Now, you're invited back for a second helping of an exhibit worth sinking your teeth into.
[SOT STANDUP 12:09:59-12:10:12]
[IN Q=Some of the dinosaurs are new, some are not.]

((Some of the dinosaurs are new, some are not. But if you saw them when the exhibit was here ten years ago you might recognize some differences in your old friends.))
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[OUT Q=some differences in your old friends.]

Hill says that's because paleontologists are learning more about dinosaurs every day.
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[OUT Q=recognize some differences in your old friends.]
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[IN Q=We once thought that T-Rex stood upright...]

((We once thought that T-Rex stood upright, sort of like a human being, whereas now we realize that they were using their legs as a kind of see-saw to balance their weight so that they were more horizontally positioned.))
[RUNS= 17]
[OUT Q=more horizontally positioned.]

Most of the beasts are life-sized except for T-Rex and the Apatosaurus, formerly known as Brontosaurus, which are built to half scale. But their smaller stature in no way decreases their thrill factor. In fact, Hill says the Speilberg film is just an appetizer.
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[IN Q=Go see the film and then...]

((Go see the film and then come see us and see the real thing.))
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[OUT Q=see the real thing.]

Shannon Young, News 7, Roanoke.))

[Kid-Safety]
[anchor=Denise]
[newscast=Sat AM]
[tape=None]
[graphic=None]


Now that summer is here, child safety is a bigger concern than usual. Kids are outside more often and things like swimming and bike riding can be dangerous...
[DOUBLE BOXES = Denise / JACEY AT PERFORMANCE SET WITH 3 GUESTS]


Jacey Birch joins us now with a a few guests who have some safety tips for us. [FULL - JACEY]
Summer fun and playtime can turn dangerous but there are some ways you can avoid accidents. Today we have Lisa Haupt from East End Baptist Church and 2 of her "helpers" to help us out. Lisa what is today's Kids Safety Training & Rescue Rally all about? What are some of the things you'll teach the kids? Who will be there? Demonstrate safety tips with girls. Rehash time and location
[SUPER=01-Lisa Haupt/East End Baptist Church]



[super=07-Julie Haupt; (9 year old)]
[super=07-Emily Haupt; (5 year old)]



Jacey wraps up interview and goes into Weekend Calendar



[WeekendCalen]


[ANCHOR=Jacey]
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[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=none]
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If you're still looking to fill your schedule this weekend, here's some ideas from the weekend calendar.
[Take full screen calendar board] [Chyron 7157]

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[11Boat-Ramp]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-14 TC1:31:38]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A once run-down site has now become part of central Virginia's newest waterfront park.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Amherst Co.]


State and local officials yesterday cut the ribbon on a new boat ramp providing access to the James River.
The ramp will be part of a 30- acre state park that's being developed along the riverfront.
The ramp helped launch several batteaux that are taking part in the 16th annual James River Batteau Festival.
Crews and their boats are leaving for Richmond today.
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[Home-Tours]


[ANCHOR=Jacey]
[NEWSCAST=Sat. AM]
[WRITER=jbi]
[TAPE#=Home Tours #3]
[GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe]


If you've ever put any time or money into remodeling a home... you'll be able to appreciate this week's Home Tour.
The Newsoms moved to Salem from New Hampshire and began renovating their twelve room home. Three years later it looks like this.
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[IN Q=(Doorbell rings)]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :03]
[SUPER=04-Three Years Ago; :21]
[SUPER=07-Damon Newsom; 1:16]
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[ANCHOR=Jacey]

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If you think YOUR home would make for an interesting Home Tour - send me your address, phone number, pictures and a description to Home Tours Care Of WDBJ7.....P.O. Box 7, Roanoke....Virginia 24022-0007. News 7 Saturday Morning will be right back.
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[2Open-Heads]


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=#4070;weekend headline banner]


Coming up .. Search crews are scouring the Appalachian trail this morning for a missing Roanoke man.
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[vo-nat]
And .. Oxycontin has taken hundreds of lives .. now a lawsuit could cost its makers Millions.
More on those stories just ahead.
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[2-shot hello]


[2Search]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=01-30 41:42]
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Authorities from Roanoke City and County have joined forces - to search for a man last seen Wednesday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night]

Eight search crews including three dog teams are looking for Richard Simmons. Police discovered the Roanoke City man's car in a parking area off Route 3-11 in the County yesterday when they responded to get a dog out of the locked car. Simmons' medications were in the vehicle. Authorities say it appears he does have medical conditions that ARE cause for concern. Search crews are combing the Appalachian Trail and areas around McAfee's knob at this hour... and say they WILL be asking hikers to be on the lookout for Simmons today.
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[TAKE DESCRIPTION FS] He's described as a white man... 50 years old. He's 5-foot-11-inches tall, weighs 3-hundred pounds and has gray hair.
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[OxyContin-Suit]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=01-33 7:50]
[GRAPHIC=OxyContin]


Seven southwest Virginia residents are suing the maker of the painkiller OxyContin for Millions.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape]


The 5-point-2 million dollar lawsuit against Purdue Pharma was filed in Lee County Circuit Court yesterday.
The lawsuit claims Purdue and four affiliates failed to warn patients that the drug was dangerously addictive.
OxyContin has been linked to more than 120 deaths nationwide including more than three dozen overdose deaths in southwest Virginia.
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[Bodies-Exhumed]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=Net]
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The suspicious deaths of more than two dozen people has authorities exhuming bodies from a North Texas cemetery.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montague Co., TX;]


Investigators are trying to determine whether the patients at Nocona General Hospital died of natural causes... or were murdered.
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((MONTAGUE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY, TIM COLE: AFTER EXTENSIVE REVIEW OF MEDICAL RECORDS AND EXTENSIVE INVESTIGATION THESE ARE THE TEN THAT IN THE OPINION OF INVESTIGATORS AND MYSELF ARE THE MOST LIKELY TO YIELD RESULTS FROM THE AUTOPSY AND TOXICOLOGY TESTS.))
[SUPER=01-Tim Cole/Montague Co. District Attorney;]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=Toxicology]
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[VO-NAT]


Former Nocona General nurse, Vicky Dawn Jackson faces two civil lawsuits accusing her of injecting her patients with a lethal dose of MIVACRON.
Jackson was also on duty when when 22 of the 23 patients died.
She has since been fired.
Investigators say it could take up to a year to gather enough evidence to file charges.
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[11Relay]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=01-39 TC07:03]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Salem High School's track had some visitors overnight.
Dozens of cancer survivors camped out there to participate in an annual fundraiser.
It's called Relay for Life and it brings in more than half- a million dollars each year for cancer research. Kate Weidaw has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]
[SUPER=01-Gina Parker/Cancer Survivor; :18]
[SUPER=01-Aimee Marshall/Gina Parker's Daughter; 31]
[SUPER=01-Lillian King/Cancer Survivor; :48]
[SUPER=01-Stephanie Yopp/Cancer Victim's Daughter; 1:05]
[SUPER=01-Jackie Baldwin/Lewis-Gale Nurse; 1:18]
[SUPER=@Kate2; 1:27]
[RUNS=1:37]
[OUT Q=KW, News 7 Salem]



[2NBA]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=LA LAkers]


Laker fans are celebrating in Los Angeles this morning.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=cheering]

((NATS CHEERING))
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[OUT Q=NATS CHEERING]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;]


More than 18-thousand fans jammed into L-A's Staples Center to watch the game on big-screen TV.
After the decisive victory they poured into the streets, a few set small fires and some threw rocks, and bottles.
But apparently there have been no serious injuries and little damage.
[super=03-Philadelphia, PA/NBC Sports;]


This is what they're celebrating. The Lakers outmanned the 76ers, Kobe Bryant misses the first attempt here, but L-A gets three shots. Bryant finally puts it away for two of his 26 on the night.
Shaquille O'Neal led the way with 29 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked
[super=34-Los Angeles/108/Philadelphia/96/Lakers Win Series 4-1;]

shots... and the Lakers win the NBA title 108 to 96.
Allen Iverson scored 37 points for Philadelphia despite suffering, for most of the game, from bruised ribs.
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[Tease#2]



[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[SS=None]

[BOTH MICS HOT]
The world's top-ranked men's tennis player is taking a pass on Wimbledon... We'll tell you why, coming up.
[ANCHOR=Jacey]

And...
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[VO-NAT]

Roanoke's providing safe haven... and a home... for more than a dozen young Africans forced to flee their homeland. We'll explain, still ahead. But first if you are traveling today........
[Jacey ad-lib the travel forecast -- WX PRO]
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[Leo MIC hot] [ No 2-shot toss go straight to Travel Bump] [soft music under]

[6Sudan-Boys]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-13 TC1:23:19]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Several young Africans forced to flee their homeland because of a brutal civil war - are making a home in Roanoke.
Marya Jones reports on "the Lost Boys of Sudan" - thirteen young Sudanese men - ranging in age from 19-to-26...
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[IN Q=This Grandin Court]
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[SUPER=01-David Nicodemus/Sudanese Refugee; :15]
[SUPER=03-Sudan; :30]
[SUPER=01-Peter Mauut/Sudanese Refugee; 1:15]
[SUPER=01-Jon Kon/Sudanese Refugee; 1:32]
[SUPER=01-Barbara Smith/Refugee & Immigration Services; 1:50]
[RUNS=2:07]
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(( This Grandin Court apartment filled with donated furniture is thousands of miles away from their families.
But it's the first place these Sudanese young men have been able to call "home" in 14 years.
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((DAVE NICODEMUS/SUDANESE REFUGEE: I CAN MAKE A HOME HERE, YEAH.....)) [BUTTBUTTBUTT WITH 15:03:33 - :42] ((PEOPLE ARE VERY KIND AND I CAN SAY THE WEATHER IS OK.)) [RUNS:12]
At 19, David Nicodemus is the youngest of the Sudanese refugees.
He and his friends spent the last 14 years enduring hunger and the threat of being killed in Kenyan refugee camps.

They walked hundreds of miles over three countries to escape religious persecution.
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[SOT 15:02:29 - :39]

((DAVID NICODEMUS: I CANNOT BE HAPPY SOMETIMES WHEN I FEEL OK BECAUSE I LEFT MY... AND MY FRIENDS BEHIND IN A VERY BAD SITUATION.)) [RUNS:10]
Sudan's Islamic government has been locked in a civil war with David's people, the Dinka... Christians in southern Sudan.
He says children of Christian families there were routinely slaughtered by the Islamic military...
So these young men left their villages and fled the country to spare their lives.
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[SOT 15:01:26 - :32]

((I WAS 5 YEARS OLD WHEN I LEFT MY FATHER IN 1987.)) [RUNS:06]
Like most of the other young men, Peter Mauut does not know what happened to his family.
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[SOT 15:11:49 - :54]

((PETER MAUUT/SUDANESE REFUGEE: I DON'T KNOW ARE THEY ALIVE OR NOT? OF COURSE, I NEVER HEARD FROM THEM AGAIN.)) [RUNS:05]
Education was the boys' only escape from the poor conditions in refugee camps.
They're now studying to pass the G-E-D.
And ALL are embracing their new American life... and the freedom to be Christians.
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[SOT 15:25:16 - :24]

((JOHN KON/SUDANESE REFUGEE: THE TIME WHEN I CAME HERE I GOT VERY HAPPY BECAUSE YOU CAN WORSHIP WHATEVER YOU LIKE.)) [RUNS:08]
Barbara Smith, Roanoke's Refugee and Immigration Services director, helped bring them here and get established.
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[SOT 3:40:59 - 3:41:18]

((BARBARA SMITH/REFUGEE & IMMIGRATION SERVICES: THEY ARE THE ULTIMATE SURVIVORS. WE'VE SEEN LOADS OF SURVIVORS IN REFUGEE WORK FROM THE BOSNIANS TO THE KOSOVARS, BUT THESE YOUNG MEN WALKED THOUSANDS OF MILES, LASTED OVER TENS OF YEARS TO GET TO A LIFE THAT THEY KNEW WAS OUT THERE...THIS IS THE LIFE. SO, YEAH, THEY'RE GOING TO SUCCEED.)) [RUNS:19]))
[anchor=Denise]
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Their financial help from the government and local charities runs out in three months.
But they're eager to take jobs as soon as possible, so they can help more friends come over.

[Escape]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=None]
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An ingenious escape plan has come to light.
Two men in the Central Virginia Regional Jail traded wrist bands to arrange the escape of Miguel Ledezma. Then inmate Nathalio Gonzales got his friends to post bond. When prison officials summoned him, Ledezma answered the call. Ledezma was turned loose just a few days before he was due to be tried in a federal drug conspiracy.
According to documents unsealed at NEWS 7's request this week, Ledezma's wife left him a note at the prison that said "The truck is ready. See you soon."
A search of her apartment on Rutgers Street in Roanoke turned up nothing.
That was three months ago. Ledezma hasn't been seen since.


[11Poorhouse]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-16 1:38:00]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Wythe County husband and wife who spent years restoring their historic farm are being recognized by the state.
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[VO-NAT :16.5]
[SUPER=03-Wytheville;]

The Poorhouse Farm in Wytheville will be named an historic landmark in a marker ceremony today. Sarah and Abner Graham live and display their most valuable keepsakes at the location. They've been collecting items since marrying in 1963 ... They have memorabilia from the as far back as the 1800's.
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[SOT 13:35:15 -:20]
[IN Q=WE CALL IT]

((SARA GRAHAM/POORHOUSE FARM OWNER; WE CALL IT A LIVING HISTORY BOOK WHERE YOU CAN WALK THROUGH HISTORY. ))
[SUPER=01-Sarah Graham/Poorhouse Farm Owner; QUICK]
[RUNS=:05]
[OUT Q=WALK THROUGH HISTORY]
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[VO-NAT]

Each cabin on the farm contains collectibles from a different decade. Guided tours of the Poorhouse Farm are free.
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[Profile-Preview]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=Va. Profile #4 1:19:46]
[GRAPHIC=Va Profile]


Pittsylvania County Sheriff Harold Plaster has seen some tough assignments in his career.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.]


But nothing compares to the one he faced this past year.
Plaster found out in September he had lymphoma.
He went through six chemotherapy sessions but Plaster says the worst part came early on in his treatment.
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[SOT :42:04]
[IN Q=While I was in the hospital]

((HAROLD PLASTER/SHERIFF: WHILE I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL I ALSO HAD A COLLAPSED LUNG AND PNEUMONIA. AND WHEN YOU CAN'T BREATHE, AND PUT ON A VENTILATOR, I WAS PUT ON A VENTILATOR TWICE, THAT WAS MORE THREATENING TO ME THAN THE CANCER PART OF IT.))
[SUPER=01-Harold Plaster/Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=cancer part of it]
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[VO-NAT]


The Sheriff says two things helped him recover from cancer.
You'll find out what they are tomorrow... on this week's Virginia Profile on News 7 Sunday morning. (------------)