[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Keith]

They're just numbers on an envelope. Now the people who put them there are obsolete.
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[V/O-NAT]
And Miss Virginia Contestants come from all over the state every year, but not the from Roanoke Valley this time.

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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Tonight on News 7 sports, the Tigers and Tech are getting closer to a real date. We're tumbling in Christiansburg. Plus, we'll head back to the Barbers' camp and
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[VO-NAT]

check in at William & Mary - where Donovan McNabb dropped in on the campers.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


All right, typical Late June weather in this forecast cycle. Highs near 90 and only a slight chance for showers. Details are coming up.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 3-Shot]


NEws 7 at Six is next.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Almost 400 hundred postal employees arrive at work only to be told their time on the job is running out.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=News 7 at Six]


Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
Shannon is off tonight.

[Postal-Center]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=slo]
[TAPE#=01-26 TC38:21]
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Their number is up.
The Postal Service is closing Remote Encoding Centers, five at a time, nationwide. This afternoon, employees of the Salem branch were given the news .. they have less than a year.
As Sloane Smith reports, the word was expected, but not welcome.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Sherri Mitchell/Employee; :00]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :11]
[SUPER=01-Tania Kelekian/Employee; :21]
[SUPER=01-Helen Skillman/U. S. Postal Service; :45]
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[OUT Q=SS, News 7, Salem.]
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[SOT 00:24:24]
[IN Q=I knew it was possible]

((I KNEW IT WAS POSSIBLE, WE'VE KNOWN EVER SINCE WE'VE BEEN HERE, SIX YEARS...AND WE KNEW IT WAS POSSIBLE TO END. SO...IT'S OKAY, LIFE GOES ON.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q= goes on.]


For Sherri Mitchell, and the rest, no news was good news for years at the Salem center.
But now, as the Postal Service eliminates these facilities nationwide, workers are learning that their time is coming to an end.

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[SOT 00:20:42]
[IN Q=Well let me explain]

[RUNS12]
[OUT Q=when these close.]


This part of the postal system was created to read the addresses on your letters and send them in the right direction. Now, computers do that. So the employees are no longer necessary.
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[SOT 00:25:34]
[IN Q=For me it means]

[RUNS21]
[OUT Q=sorry for that.]


The 64 full-time employees here will be moved to other facilities by next May. Under their contract, they should not be moved more than 100 miles.
But the 328 part-timers are on their own.
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[Comair]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Comair says jet service between Roanoke and Cincinnati will resume shortly.
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[PRE PRO]
Now that its pilot strike is over, 10 a.m. Comair flights to and from Cincinnati will resume on July 17th.
September first, four p.m. flights.
October first, late in and early out flights.
And on November first, 8 p.m. Comair flights will begin again.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/March]
[TAPE#=01-24 TC36:59]


The Roanoke Regional Airport Commission says Comair will rehire the six employees let go during the strike.
Comair is also attempting to buy back regional jets that were sold off during the strike.
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[Norman]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#01-16 TC1:42:05]
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A preliminary hearing got underway today for a Henry County woman accused of killing her four year old son.
Brenda Donielle Norman is charged with second degree murder for the death of her son Stephen Kelly.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Justin/Microwave]


Justin McLeod was in the courtroom today.
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[SUPER=05-Henry Co.;]
( ad lib)
(Rollcue:when she found out the boy was dead.)
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[***JUSTIN'S MIC HOT***]
The medical examiner then testified Stephen Kelly died from blunt force injuries over much of his body.
The defense, in cross-examination, argued the boy could have suffered some of those injuries when the mother performed C-P-R.
Brenda Norman sat quietly, wiping away tears, throughout the proceding.
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If convicted she faces 5 to 40 years in prison.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Justin/Microwave]
(Justin ad lib toss to Keith)



[Gibson]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-23 TC 49:54]
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A 19-year-old Franklin County man charged with killing his mother and cousin faced the judge today, alone.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.]


James Gibson had no legal counsel or family members with him as he was arraigned today on two counts of capital murder.
He allegedly killed his mother, Annette Gibson. and her nephew, George Patterson, with a large, military- style knife.
A motive for the murders has not yet been determined. Gibson told authorities he "just snapped."
Judge Sarah Rice told Gibson an attorney would be appointed to represent him within the next two days.
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[Danville-Deputies]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Two sheriff's deputies charged with sexual misconduct are expected to plead guilty .. but two others will go to trial. All four are charged with having sexual contact with inmates at the Danville jail.
Deputies Doyle Cook and Steve Terry plan to plead guilty next month.
Deputies Marvin Riggins and Ernest Carter have trials scheduled next month. They have pled NOT guilty.

[Boty-Inmate]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=jmc]
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A Botetourt County jail inmate is accused of making coffee taste like dishwater... and making three deputies sick.

Thomas Lehman (LAY-man) is charged with assaulting police officers, and tampering with food.
The sheriff's office says Lehman put tablets used to sterilize rinse water in the deputies' coffee last Sunday.
They developed stomach and throat problems and had to be sent to the hospital.
They're fine now.
Lehman has been transferred to the Alleghany County jail.

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=NONE]


Some controversial artwork in a Lynchbug courtroom may be coming down.
Find out why when News 7 at Six returns.
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[VO-NAT]


The Miss Virginia contestants are in Roanoke, but where are the women who represent the Roanoke Valley?
Find out right here in about ten minutes.
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[Redistricting]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=01-13 TC1:38:22]
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Virginia Democrats are off to court over the House and Senate districts Republicans handed them this year.
And seven years after electoral defeat, Oliver North is back-- making a case for a Congressional district ...in the court of public opinion.
Richmond Bureau Chief Ellen Qualls has more on both.
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(( Remember the gap-toothed grin.
The embodiment of patriotism or perjury, depending on your perspective, of the Iran Contra scandal.
Clarke County's perhaps most famous resident wants to run for Congress, in far southwest Virginia's 9th district, against Abingdon's Rick Boucher.
Ollie North sent a clear message this week: if Republicans build it, he will run.
Not likely says one of the fellow Republicans who controls his fate.
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((SPEAKER VANCE WILKINS/R-AMHERST: WELL, WHEN FRANK WOLF RETIRES, HE'S IN THAT DISTRICT I THINK. BUT I DON'T THINK YOU CAN STRETCH ONE FOUR HUNDRED MILES JUST TO ACCOMMODATE-- I MEAN, HE'D BE A GOOD CANDIDATE. I'D LOVE TO DO IT TO WIN THE SEAT. BUT I JUST DON'T SEE-- I THINK IT WOULD VERY DIFFICULT TO DO THAT.))
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Republicans are right now drawing those congressional maps for a July 9th redistricting session.
In their first such session this year, they already squeezed together some of the best and the brightest of the Democrats, with maps the Democrats have finally filed a lawsuit challenging ... on the grounds that they dilute black and female voting power and they're politically motivated.
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Creigh Deeds says the suit was filed in the circuit court of Salem.
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((DEL. CREIGH DEEDS/D-BATH CO.: WHY SALEM? BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE MORGAN GRIFFITH LIVES... KEEPING SENIOR LEGISLATORS FROM RURAL AREAS FROM RURAL SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA IN THE LEGISLATURE.))
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((SPEAKER VANCE WILKINS/R-AMHERST: WELL I THINK THEY'RE GRASPING AT STRAWS. BUT IF YOU'RE DROWNING, I GUESS THAT'S WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO.))
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House Speaker Vance Wilkins says he and Morgan Griffith are the NEW House leadership... and they represent enough of rural Virginia to keep it a powerful constituency.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

[Missing-Man]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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An assisted living facility in Blacksburg says it's still not 100- percent sure how a resident left the grounds undetected last week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/June 18;]

83-year-old Thomas Marlow wandered away from the Warm Hearth Village June 16th. Rescue workers found him nearly two days later. An investigation, say officials at Warm Hearth, indicates: Marlow's security ankle bracelet was working and that proper procedure was followed. They are making some security changes though, including more technology and staff training.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Profit warnings and layoff announcements made for another mixed day on Wall Street. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW dropped 32 points.
NADAQ gained 14.
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[L'burg-Mural]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-21 TC1:19:04]
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Two controversial pieces of artwork in Lynchburg's court buildings could be coming down, if the city can find the money to do it.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Minorities and others say the mural "Going Down to Lynchburg", which shows a white man and a black man presumed to be his slave, is racist and has no place in the juvenile court building.
They also object to stylized metal figures in the circuit court lobby.
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[SOT 10:25:18]
[IN Q=But both of]

((ED BARKSDALE/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: BUT BOTH OF THEM ARE VERY OBJECTIONABLE. AND IN A CITY LIKE LYNCHBURG AND IN A CITY IN A DEMOCRACY WE DON'T NEED TO BE ADVOCATING ANYTHING THAT'S OBJECTIONABLE TO OUR CITIZENS. NOT EVEN TO ONE SEGMENT OF OUR CITIZENRY OR THE ENTIRE CITIZENRY.))
[SUPER=01-Ed Barksdale/Lynchburg Council Member]
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[OUT Q=the entire citizenry.]
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[VO-NAT]


It will cost about 55- thousand dollars to remove the mural.. the city is still waiting on an estimate for the other figures.
Council will take up the issue again in August.
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[Pulaski-Water]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Some residents in the town of Pulaski are boiling over their water bills.
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[SUPER=03-Pulaski;]

Viola Morefield has lived in her home for 45 years and says she has never seen the cost of water so high. Town officials say a 20-percent rate increase went into effect on January first following a public hearing on the issue. Though charges for trash and sewer are included on water bills, Morefield says the totals don't add up.
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[IN Q=WHEN IT CAME]

((VIOLA MOREFIELD/PULASKI RESIDENT; WHEN IT CAME UP 47 DOLLARS THIS MONTH LAST MONTH IT WAS 30 SOME AND THE MONTH BEFORE THAT IT WAS 34 AND I CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY THEIR JUMPING BACK AND FORTH WITH IT.))
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[OUT Q=AND FORTH WITH IT.]
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[VO-NAT]

A utility meeting is being held at the municipal building this evening and residents plan to question officials about their bills.
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[County-Supervisors]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
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[TAPE#=01-18 TC1:30:37]
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It's been a long time coming, but families in the Palm Valley neighborhood of Roanoke County are finally seeing relief from years of flooding.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./April 22, 1992]


Homes along Carvins Creek have been flooded repeatedly since 1985... leaving homeowners to deal with major damages.
But with state and federal funding, Roanoke County has been able to purchase eight homes, and today the supervisors accepted another grant that will allow them to buy five more.
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[IN Q=If we were to go in and buy land]

((IF WE WERE TO GO IN AND BUY LAND FOR A RETENTION POND OR DO SOME KIND OF DEEPENING OF THE CHANNEL THAT'S IN THERE, IT WOULD COST MUCH, MUCH MORE AND THE BEAUTY OF THIS TOO, IS WE CAN COVERT THAT LAND TO A GREENWAY.))
[SUPER=01-Elmer Hodge/Roanoke Co. Administrator;]
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[OUT Q=convert that land to a greenway.]
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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The county hopes to qualify for more hazard mitigation grants, to address flooding problems in Palm Valley and oth

er areas.[Miss-Va]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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The Miss Virginia Pageant is in town, but Miss Roanoke Valley, Miss Botetourt and Miss Vinton Dogwood Festival are not.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


The Miss Roanoke Valley and Miss Botetourt Pageants were never held, because organizers left the area.
A new group of backers had been formed but wasn't able to get the shows put together in time.
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[IN Q=I think we]

((PATICE HOLLAND/MISS CENTRAL SHENANDOAH VALLEY; I THINK WE NEED TO HAVE MORE REPRESENTATION THROUGHOUT THE TOWN, STATE. THERE ARE SO MANY COUNTIES AND SO MANY GREAT GIRLS THAT ARE LOSING THE OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE SOME AREN'T ABLE TO COMMUTE TWO HOURS FOR A PAGEANT.))
[SUPER=01-Patice Holland/Miss Central Shenandoah Valley]
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[OUT Q=for a pageant.]
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[VO-NAT]


Pageant officials say many of the competitions in Southwest Virginia that were canceled will be back next year, including Miss Roanoke Valley.
Today, the contestants played the annual Miss Virginia Cup to raise scholarship money.
They hope to make 15-thousand dollars from the golf tournament at Hunting Hills Country Club.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
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Coming up tonight on the Big 7, football news from the Barbers' Camp and we'll hear from Donovan McNabb who has been camping out in the Commonwealth this week.
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[VO-NAT]

And a brand new gymnastics academy has opened in the New River Valley with a familiar face at the helm.
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[S-Tech]


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[WRITER=mst]
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It appears that the home and home football series between Virginia Tech and LSU is moving closer to being a reality. Details are still being worked out but TV is driving the deal and that means it likely will get done. LSU would travel to Blacksburg next season to play the Hokies on August 31st on ESPN. The Hokies would return the favor with a game in Baton Rouge in 2004.

[S-Barbers]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-100 1130tc]
[GRAPHIC=TIKI AND RONDE BARBER]

The 10 and 11 year old boys took over the Barbers' NFL Twins football camp during day number two at the River's Edge.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]

This is the fourth year for the camp, and while things are running smoother than ever this week, just blocking out a week of time is getting to be more and more difficult for the Twins. As their NFL stature increases, so does the amount of off-season commitments. But Tiki and Ronde feel so strongly about this camp, that it is currently the only thing they will commit to do a year in advance.
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[SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/Tampa Bay Bucs Cornerback; :30]
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[OUT Q=...LATER ON IN LIFE."]
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[VO NAT CON'T] If you hurry you can catch the Barbers at tonight's Avalanche game. They'll be throwing out the first pitch at 7.
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[S-McNabb]


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[WRITER=mst]
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Another high profile NFL player is helping out at William & Mary this week at the annual Colonial all-pro football camp.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Williamsburg; :00]

Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback Donovan McNabb is spending some time in Colonial Williamsburg teaching campers the basics of the game. McNabb accounted for nearly 45 hundred yards of offense and 26 touchdowns last season. But for him, working at these summer sessions is what being a pro athlete is all about.
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[IN Q=For me to have...]
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[OUT Q=...JOY TO ME."]
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[S-Gymnastics]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-95 (40:07)]
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Area gymnasts in the New River Valley no longer need to travel to Roanoke to develop their skills.
Roy Stanley says one of the top gymnast in the area has opened up shop in Christiansburg.
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[IN Q="Christie....]
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[SUPER=01-Christie Epperly/New River Valley Gymnastics; :21]
[SUPER=01-Haleigh Moore/12 Year Old Gymnast; :43]
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[SUPER=01-Kim Helms/Parent of Gymnast; 1:07]
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[OUT Q=........news 7 sports."]

((Christie Epperly, a former Cave Spring Graduate, became a top Gymnist at Radford University. For 3 years at Radford she qualified for the N-C-Double-A Championships.
It took only a year of teaching at the Atlanta School of Gymnastics to steer Epperly toward her lifetime dream of owning her own gym.)) ((CHRISTIE EPPERLY/NEW RIVER VALLEY GYMNASTICS:)) ((100 people signed up the day Epperly opened the doors. And now there are 300 people in the program.
Epperly and her assistants, both former gymnasts at Virginia Tech, teach the sport to kids as young as 18-th months and adults as old as 20.)) ((HALEIGH MOORE/12 YEARS OLD:)) ((CHERYL RISK/INSTRUCTOR:)) ((Having a gym and quality instruction is a relief for parents in the New River Valley. They no longer have to drive to Roanoke or Salem for their kids to practice the sport.)) ((KIM HELMS/PARENT:)) ((ROY STANLEY:)) ((EPPERLY:)) ((Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
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[Promo]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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There's a cry to save the chicken tonight in Franklin County. [***NEWS 7 at 11 MB GRAPHIC***]
[Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/MB SET]


Jean Jadhon is here with a preview of that story.
[Live=Jean Full/MB SET]
[SUPER=@Jean1;]


Keith, at the center of the controversy is an eight foot tall concrete bird.
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[VO-NAT]


The Smith Mountain Lake Association says it's tacky and wants it taken down.
But the owner of the plaza where the chicken stands says the association is squawking over something residents love.
Tonight the issue goes before the County Zoning Board.
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[***NEWS 7 at 11 MB GRAPHIC***]
[Live=Jean Full/MB SET]


Will the giant bird stay or go?
We'll find out tonight on News 7 at Eleven. Keith? [Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/MB SET]