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[ANCHOR=Teresa]

[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#]
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Coming up on News 7- A civil rights group issues a warning to Virginia Military Institute
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[VO-NAT]

He's best known as George Jefferson. Find out what brings actor Sherman Hemsley to town. The country music world says goodbye to a legend.
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]

And, a Russian airliner crashes killing everyone aboard.
News 7 is next.

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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jha]
[TAPE#=]



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[VO-NAT]


Police haven't been able to find him or the woman he's suspected of abducting.
Tonight, Dewey Lee Summerlin's landlord says he's talked to him.
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[ANCHOR=TERESA]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 11]

Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton...

[Missing-woman]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=01-19 TC1:20:51]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at Eleven]


Summerlin called his landlord last night and said the woman he's with is all right.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.]


Lawrence Wolfe rented a basement apartment to Dewey Summerlin.
The house is at the end of a secluded, steep driveway at Lynville on the Lake in Hardy.
Wolfe says Summerlin was depressed when he called late last night.
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[SOT 11:53:35]
[IN Q=He said I shoud]

((LAWRENCE WOLFE/LANDLORD; HE SAID, "I SHOULD PUT A BULLET IN MY HEAD." I SAID, "THAT'S NOT NECESSARY." I ASKED IF THE LADY WAS ALL RIGHT AND HOW HIS SON WAS. THAT'S PRETTY MUCH ALL I WAS CONCERNED WITH.))
[SUPER=01-Lawrence Wolfe/Landlord]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=that's pretty much all I was concerned with.]
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[VO-NAT]


Police would like to talk with Summerlin about the disappearance of Jennifer Barker. Today they scoured the area around the house with a tracking dog after searching the house last night and finding a sawed- off shotgun. A car they'd been looking for was also there.
The search warrant affidavit indicates "human blood was found in the vehicle which was not present at the time Robert Wingfield loaned the vehicle to Summerlin" last week.
The warrant cites Barker's abduction as the reason for the search.
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[VMI-Pregnancy]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=VMI Seal]

A civil rights group has warned Virginia Military Institute against plans to require cadets involved in a pregnancy to leave school or face expulsion. The A-C-L-U says the policy violates privacy rights and the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection. The A-C-L-U urged V-M-I to treat pregnancy as a temporary medical disability. The state Attorney General's office has not yet responded.

[Hemsley]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jha]
[TAPE#=01-36 TC12:54]
[GRAPHIC=None]


One man who will probably be keeping an eye on the sky tomorrow is actor Sherman Hemlsey.
The man best known for his role as George Jefferson is bringing his talent to western Virginia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Hemsley flew into the Roanoke Regional Airport this evening but it was just a stopover.
He'll eventually make his way to Lexington where he'll participate in The Annual Bruce Allen Fourth of July Celebration.
It's all part of a funraiser for local charities.
Hemsley will be entertaining the public as a favor to his friend Bruce Allen.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Well before I perform]

((SHERMAN HEMSLEY/ACTOR; WELL BEFORE I PERFORM I'LL BE INTRODUCING KEITH BRYANT THE SINGER AND I'M GOING TO DO A LITTLE STANDUP MYSELF AND JUST TRY TO MAKE EVERYBODY HAPPY AND MAKE EVERYBODY LAUGH.))
[SUPER=01-Sherman Hemsley/Actor]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=everybody laugh.]
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[VO-NAT]


Hemsley will be performing at Davidson Park in Lexington.
All the festivities, which include music and food, kick off at 4 and run until 10.
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[Virginia-Heights]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=slo]
[TAPE#=01-14 TC1:49:21]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Three days after their van crashed, four young members of a Roanoke church remain in the hospital.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Yesterday]


A spokesman from Moses Cone Hospital says that the conditions of the three patients there have not changed.
[SUPER=03-Level Cross, NC/Sunday]


Jessica Lewis and Helen Vandegrift are still in critical condition while Marella Dizdarevic remains in fair condition after doctors operated on her back. UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill says Ben Wheeler had surgery on his leg and is a little better today but he remains in serious condition.
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[WIPE TO PINNACLE]
Virginia Heights Baptist Church is now accepting accepting donations to help with medical expenses.
You can send them to Ministry Fund, care of Virginia Heights Baptist Church, 2014 Memorial Avenue Southwest, Roanoke. The zip code is 24015.
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[Woodrum]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-16 TC1:53:35]
[GRAPHIC=Chip Woodrum]


Roanoke Delegate Chip Woodrum says he will run for re- election in the 11th House District.
[ANCHOR=Dick Cranwell]


The plans of Vinton Delegate Dick Cranwell remain unclear, but the House Minority Leader has apparently decided not to run in the 11th.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Woodrum has served in the House of Delegates since 1980, but the recent redistricting placed him and Cranwell in the same district.
Woodrum says he had a number of discussions with Cranwell before deciding to seek the Democratic nomination.
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[SOT 02:55:41]
[IN Q=And he felt it more appropriate]

((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: AND HE FELT IT MORE APPROPRIATE THAT I CONTINUE TO REPRESENT THE CITY DISTRICT, AND HE CHOSE NOT TO SEEK NOMINATION TO THE 11TH HOUSE DISTRICT. DICK BRINGS A LOT OF LEADERSHIP TO THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES AND I HOPE HE WILL CONTINUE.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Chip Woodrum/(D) Roanoke]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=and I hope he will continue.]
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[VO-NAT]


Whether Cranwell will challenge Salem Delegate Morgan Griffith or some other legislator remains unclear.
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Attempts to reach Delegate Cranwell today were unsuccessful.

[Jones]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-17 TC1:10:57]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2001]

The race for the 7th House of Delegates District is heating up in the New River Valley. Today a second Republican announced his candidacy. New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel Cannon reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Nats "clapping"]
[SUPER=403-Montgomery Co.; :00]
[SUPER=401-Jim Jones/(R) House of Delegates Candidate; :25 ]
[SUPER=403-Christiansburg/May 30; :41]
[SUPER=401-Dave Nutter/(R) House of Delegates Candidate; :54 ]
[SUPER=420-Rachel Cannon/rcannon*wdbj7.com; 1:03]
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[OUT Q=RC, News 7, Montgomery County.]

((Nats tc Jim Jones is back at the podium after an unsuccessful bid in 19-99 for State Senate. This time he seeks the Republican nomination for the 7th House District.
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[SOT :41:12]
[IN Q=WERE GOING]

(((COVER BITE)WERE GOING TO KEEP THIS CAMPAIGN LOCAL WERE GOING TO KEEP THIS CAMPAIGN SIMPLE.))
[OUT Q=simple]

An ambulance service owner, Jones is choosing to focus his platform on an issue rooted firmly in his life. Paramedics, rescue squads and volunteers.
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[SOT :39:37:26]
[IN Q=I KNOW WERE]

((JIM JONES/(R) 7TH DISTRICT HOUSE CANDIDATE; I KNOW WERE EXPERIENCING A SHORTAGE OF VOLUNTEERS, SYSTEMS WILL BE SURELY STRAINED IN THE FUTURE WERE LOOKING AT A GLOBAL PROBLEM IN VIRGINIA.))
[OUT Q=IN VIRGINIA]

Jones is addressing his 19-93 conviction of misdemeanor assault and battery. Maintaining his innocence, he says the charges are unfounded. [Nats Nutter file] G-O-P Dave Nutter also wants to represent the 7th District. The Virginia Tech Media Relations director has been campaigning since the beginning of June. He believes the extra time has given him a chance to line up support for his platform.
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[SOT :43:25:21]
[IN Q=CREATE OPPORTUNITY]

((DAVE NUTTER/(R) 7TH HOUSE DISTRICT CANDIDATE; CREATE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CITIZENS HERE IN THE NEW RIVER VALLEY, PROVI
DE INTEGRITY RESTORE INTEGRITY FOR GOVERNMENT ((COVER AND BUTT SOT'S PICK UP AT :43:35)) AND ENHANCE PROSPERITY THROUGH

JOBS AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR THE REGION.))
[OUT Q=REGION]

A Republican candidate will be chosen at a July 26th meeting. That person is expected to face Democrat Benny Keister Rachel Cannon, News 7, Montgomery County.))
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[Earley-Vouchers]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=01-21 TC1:29:05]
[GRAPHIC=MArk Earley]


In 1994, Mark Earley co-sponsored a voucher bill.
In 1997, the Christian Coalition Voter Guide still listed him as a supporter of the idea.
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[VO-NAT :19]
[SUPER=403-Richmond;]


Now -- as a candidate for governor -- Mark Earley is against vouchers to pay private and religious school tuitions.
His campaign spokesman even allegedly told The Roanoke Times last month "we've never uttered the word vouchers."
Earley dismisses the position change as an evolution of thought.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=You know, I think when]
[sot tape 10:37:24 ]

((MARK EARLEY: YOU KNOW, I THINK WHEN YOU SERVE IN GOVERNMENT YOU LOOK AT CERTAIN THINGS, YOU TRY THEM OUT. AND SOME YOU REALIZE DON'T WORK AND YOU MOVE ON TO OTHERS THAT DO WORK AND ACCOMPLISH THE OBJECTIVE.))
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[OUT Q=work and accomplish the objective.]
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[Anchor=Teresa]
[SS=HOLD]


Earley now supports tuition tax credits for private and religious school parents, and for corporations and individuals who provide scholarships to private schools.
He's proposing a pilot program if elected governor.
[SS=MArk Warner]


Democrat Mark Warner supports neither private school tax credits, nor vouchers.

[Russia-Plane]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=Noen]
[GRAPHIC=Plane Crash]

A Russian airliner twice tried to land before the plane crashed and burned in Siberia. That according to Russian television reports. The plane, believed to be carrying 133 passengers and ten crew members, crashed earlier today killing everyone aboard.
For now, there's no indication whether any foreign passengers might have been on the plane which was en route from the Ural Mountains to Russia's Far East.

[Atkins-Funeral]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Nashville said goodbye to legendary guitar player and record producer Chet Atkins.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Nashville, TN]


Atkins' funeral was held today at the famous Ryman Auditorium.
Atkins died on Saturday following a long battle with cancer.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I felt so]

((VINCE GILL/SINGER; I FELT SO BLESSED TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BEEN HIS FRIEND AND PLAY SOME MUSIC WITH HIM AND KNOW HIS FAMILY.))
[SUPER=01-Vince Gill/Singer;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=know his family.]
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[VO-NAT]


Marty Stuart, Vince Gill and Steve Wariner performed during the service.
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[Tease1]
[ANCHOR=Jean]
[WRITER=dse]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
[SS=None]


New questions tonight for a California Congressman.
Did he make a confession about a missing intern to his mistress?
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[VO-NAT]


And it's a medical milestone... the world's first self-contained artificial heart is now beating inside a patient's chest.
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[Sports-preview]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]



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[SOT]
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[RUNS=:27]
[OUT Q=THE BIG 7"]
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(( Hey folks this is Mike Stevens back in the News 7 Sports office with the latest on the pending sale of the Express. Steve Mason will have the lowdown for us. George Lynch closes out his Hometown Hoops camp at PH. Serena loses her match and almost loses her lunch at Wimbledon. And the Roanoke Steam gets left out in the cold tonight right here on the Big 7.))

[Intern]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jha]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Authorities continue their search for missing intern Chandra Levy ..
And once again the spotlight is on Congressman Gary Condit.
This time amid allegations of an affair with a flight attendant.
Aleen Sirgany has the latest from Washington
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[SOT]
[IN Q=If the latest]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00]
[SUPER=10-Anne Marie Smith/Flight Attendant/Courtesy Fox News; :16]
[SUPER=01-Aleen Sirgany/Reporting; 1:17]
[RUNS=1:33]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS]

((IF THE LATEST ALLEGATIONS ARE TRUE, THAN GARY CONDIT COULD HAVE A LOT OF EXPLAINING TO DO. HIS ALLEGED FORMER MISTRESS IS TALKING. ANNE MARIE SMITH SAYS SHE BROKE OFF AN AFFAIR WITH CONDIT AFTER THE DISAPPEARANCE OF CHANDRA LEVY. SHE SAYS SHE CALLED THE CONGRESSMAN AFTER SHE GOT A PHONE CALL FROM THE F-B-I.


(SOT)ANNE MARIE SMITH/COURTESY FOX NEWS CHANNEL SPECIAL REPORT

13:59:36 He told me you don't have to talk to the media, you don't have to talk to the media, you don't even have to talk to the FBI. SMITH SAYS CONDIT NOT ONLY ASKED HER NOT TO TALK... BUT TO LIE. THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT SAYS CONDIT'S ATTORNEY SENT OVER THIS AFFIDAVIT SAYING I DO NOT AND HAVE NOT HAD A ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP WITH CONGRESSMAN CONDIT. SHORTLY AFTER CHANDRA LEVY DISAPPEARED APRIL 3OTH, CONDIT ALLEGEDLY PHONED THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT SAYING HE WOULD HAVE TO LAY LOW FOR A WHILE.
(SOT) ANNE MARIE SMITH/COURTESY FOX NEWS CHANNEL SPECIAL REPORT

14:00:09 He's like, it's nothing between you and me. Everything between you and me is fine. But I just am going to have to disappear. I said, are you in trouble? Is it your job? Your family? He said, no, nothing like that, but I think I may be in some trouble. CONDIT MAINTAINS HE WAS A GOOD FRIEND OF LEVY'S BUT DENIES CLAIMS FROM HER RELATIVES THAT THE TWO WERE HAVING AN AFFAIR. HE'S BEEN INTERVIEWED TWICE BY POLICE, WHO NOW WANT TO INTERVIEW HIS WIFE.
(STANDUP)

CONDIT STATEMENT DENYING AFFIDAVIT, ETC.))


[Poundstone]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=twa]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Comedian Paula Poundstone had her day in court today.
Pounstone has been out on bail since police arrested her last week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles; :00]


At an arraignment today, she pleaded "not guilty" to charges of endangering the welfare of two boys and two girls and committing lewd acts on a girl under 14 years of age.
The children in question are her three adoptive children and two foster children.
The judge has ordered Poundstone to stay away from children unless their parents are present.
That order applies to her own adoptive and foster children as well as any other minor.
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[SOT 44:26]
[IN Q=It is going...]

((PAULA POUNDSTONE/COMEDIANNE: IT IS GONNA BE SO HARD TO JUST SAY NOT GUILTY YOUR HONOR. IT'LL BE THE SHORTEST SPEECH OF MY LIFE.))
[SUPER=01-Paula Poundstone/Comedian]
[RUNS=07]
[OUT Q=...of my life.]
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[VO-NAT]


Pounstone will be back in court at the end of the month.
If convicted she could go to prison for up to 13 years.
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[Hanssen]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]

Government prosecutors have struck a deal with former F-B-I agent, Robert Hanssen.
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[VO-NAT :18]
[SUPER=@File;]

His attorney says the accused spy will plead guilty on Friday as part of a deal that avoids the death penalty. In return, Hanssen's going to have to spell out to the C-I-A and the F-B-I exactly how much damaged he did by spying for Moscow. The deal also allows Hanssen's family to receive benefits under his government pension.
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[Science-Museum]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=slo]
[TAPE#=01-23 TC58:11]
[GRAPHIC=None]

The Science Museum of Western Virginia has received some good news. After ten years of work, it has received national accreditation.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape]

The national recognition is welcome after the Museum's loss of state revenue. Thanks to budget cuts, the Science Museum lost 750 THOUSAND dollars of state money. Because of this loss, open days and hours have been cut back, along with staff.
Museum officials hope accreditation will reassure the public that the museum is a safe investment.
And they say while the short term future looks bright, the museum will still need private support to stay open.
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[Heart-Transplant]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Medical News]

A Kentucky heart patient is resting comfortably after receiving the first-ever self-contained artificial heart.
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[VO-NAT 15.5]
[SUPER=03-Louisville, KY;]

Surgeons implanted the titanium and plastic pump yesterday at Jewish Hospital in Louisville. Doctors expect the device to extend the patient's life by perhaps a month or so, but say such implants could eventually provide new hope for heart patients.
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[SOT 4:30 feed]
[IN Q=The abiocor]

((KATHY KEADLE/JEWISH HOSPITAL SPOKESPERSON: THE ABIOCOR IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER DEVICES IN THAT IT'S TOTALLY IMPLANTED. THERE ARE NO WIRES THAT CROSS THE SKIN AND THE SURGEONS HAVE BEEN IMPLANTING THEM HERE IN RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE AND JEWISH HOSPITAL FOR THREE YEARS.))
[SUPER=01-Kathy Keadle/Jewish Hospital Spokesperon; ]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=for three years.]
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[VO-NAT 13.5 plus pad]

The company that makes the device has been given permission to perform transplants on five patients. For now, though, human trials with the device are to only be conducted on patients with less than a month to live and no hope of a transplant.
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[Tease2]
[ANCHOR=Jean]
[writer=chr]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
[SS=None]


Still ahead on News 7-- Robin has a closer look at the holiday forecast.
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[VO-NAT]


And the man who's greeted folks in Buchanan with a smile and a wave, prepares to greet Independence Day... as marshal of the town's Fourth of July parade
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[WEB-ADDRESS]
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[Web Address Announce] [Pinnacle 4885ess]
[Junie]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-29 TC30:13]
[ANCHOR=Teresa]


He's 66-years-old and has muscular dystrophy.
But Junie Smith doesn't let that stop him.
Smith has started his own business ..... he's even been named the marshal for Buchanan's Fourth of July parade.
Marya Jones has his inspirational story.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Junie Smith's]
[SUPER=03-Buchanan; :00]
[SUPER=01-Marty Rickman/Carnival Chief; :25 QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=01-Ginny LeBon/Junie's Niece; :47]
[SUPER=01-Jeremy Mullins/Friend; 1:05]
[SUPER=01-Rex Kelly/Buchanan Mayor; 1:14]
[SUPER=@Marya1; 1:36]
[RUNS=1:58]
[OUT Q=MJN7, Buchanan.]

(( Junie Smith's day begins when he steps onto his tractor.
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[9:51:28 NATS] ((NATS: IGNITION.)) [RUNS:01]
A 66-year-old with muscular dystrophy, Junie can't drive a car.
So, long ago, he found another way to get around.
He and his John Deere are a familiar sight on the streets of Buchanan.
Greeting everyone with a trademark smile and wave, he's the town's one-man welcoming committee.
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[SOT 23:16:06 - :11]

((MARTY RICKMAN: (COVER) HE MEANS A WHOLE LOT TO THE TOWN. I MEAN (SHOW RICKMAN) :09 EVERY DAY YOU GET UP, YOU LOOK FOR JUNIE.)) [RUNS:05]
When he was born in 1935, doctors told Junie's family he probably wouldn't live long ... and should be placed in an institution.
But his mother said NO.
And with the love of his family and community, Junie blossomed.
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[NATS 23:25:40 - :42] ((NATS: HOOTERS GIRLS: WE LIKE MEN IN TRACTORS. ESPECIALLY US COUNTRY GIRLS.)) [RUNS:02]
Junie lives at home with his niece, Ginny.
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[SOT 10:08:29 - :34]

((GINNY LEBON: DOES EVERYTHING FOR HIMSELF PRETTY MUCH. EXCEPT TO COOK. I DO THE COOKING. )) [RUNS:06]
11 years ago, Junie bought his first John Deere... and started "Junie's Mowing Service."
Junie mows 16 lawns... and the town's carnival grounds.
Jeremy and James Mullins sometimes help out.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 10:10:55 - 10:11:01]

((JEREMY MULLINS: HE'S NICE AND EVERYTHING ELSE. HE'S BEEN OUR FRIEND FOR A LONG TIME.)) [RUNS:06] [show hug at beginning of bite]
Mayor Rex Kelly is Junie's brother-in-law.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 23:21:55 - 23:22:08]

((REX KELLY/MAYOR: (hugging) IT MAKES YOU WARM AT HEART BECAUSE SO MANY OF US DON'T TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WHAT WE CAN DO AND HE TAKES ADVANTAGE OF WHAT HE CAN DO AND DOES A GOOD JOB AT IT.)) [RUNS:09]
That's why the town named Junie this year's Fourth of July parade marshal.
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[SOT 23:18:42 - :46]

((MARTY RICKMAN: HE'S DONE EARNED THAT. WHAT HE'S DONE DONE FOR THE COMMUNITY. HE'S ALREADY DONE EARNED PARADE MARSHAL.)) [RUNS:04]
(///// SOT /////)

[SU 23:24:50 - :58] ((MARYA JONES/NEWS-7: AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 20 YEARS, JUNIE WILL BE CHANGING HIS MODE OF TRANSPORTATION FOR THE PARADE. HE'LL BE RIDING IN THIS CHEVY CAVALIER THAT'LL BE RAFFLED OFF LATER.)) [RUNS:08]
But he won't stay off his tractor for long...
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[NATS 23:26:32] ((NATS JUNIE SAYING "YEAH, YEAH!")) [RUNS:02]
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[SOT 23:18:53 - :59]

((REX KELLY: EVERY COMMUNITY OUGHT TO HAVE ONE LIKE HIM. (COVER WITH JUNIE) HE SURE HAS BEEN SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR BUCHANAN.)) [RUNS:06]
A man who overrode the odds on his tractor ... and won the hearts of a town. MJN7, Buchanan.))

[S-Extra]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=extra]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Teams and players are on the move tonight from the International level to our own backyard. We'll have the latest on the Roanoke Express situation, check in with George Lynch and take a look at Serena's upsetting loss at Wimbledon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Tonight; :00]

And speaking of getting upset. The Roanoke Steam practiced at Washington Park tonight - they were surprised to be there, as well. The team showed up at the Roanoke Civic Center but the turf wasn't down. Word is that with the Jehovah's Witnesses convention coming to the building on Thursday and the Holiday tomorrow there was no time to turn the Coliseum setup around in less than a day.
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[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-105 1110TC]
[GRAPHIC=Express]


The sale of the Roanoke Express is still up in the air. The owners told us today that they might just keep the team. However, one source speculates that the current owners will just dissolve the team. What we do know is that two separate groups have submitted offers to buy the Express. The ECHL told News 7 sports that the sale of the Express has not gone before the board of governors. Steve Mason puts together the pieces in this complicated puzzle.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=@Steve1; :00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :35]
[SUPER=01-Perry Florio/Express Head Coach; 1:39]
[RUNS=2:16]
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((The local group that wants to buy the team has three parts. Ashby Coleman, the owner of Aylett Coleman Reality would be the majority owner, Chris Pollock, the owner of Rising Star would also own a portion and a local attorney, whose name has not been revealed would own a third part. They have submitted an offer and a counter offer. Peter Gillespie, majority owner of the Augusta Lynx, and Larry Kish have also submitted an offer. This group would most likely move the express to Fayetteville North Carolina. We spoke with GIlliespie by phone from his home in new York today. ((:))
Sources say Gillespie's group would move the express from the Roanoke civic center to the Cumberland county crown coliseum. He addressed that as well. ((:)) ANOTHER POSSIBLE BUYER THAT SOURCES SAY HAS EXPRESSED INTEREST IS CARL SCHEER, PRESIDENT OF THE GREENVILLE GRROWL. SOURCES SAY THE LOCAL GROUP HAS THE BEST CHANCE OF BUYING THE TEAM RIGHT NOW. IT'S SECOND OFFER TO CURRENT OWNERSHIP WAS FOR MORE MONEY THAN THE ORIGINAL.
DICK YANCY IS IN CHARGE OF THE EXPRESS SALE. THE EXPRESS OWNERS SAY IF 4 THOUSAND FANS TURN OUT TO BUY SEASON TICKETS THAT WOULD GO A LONG WAY IN KEEPING THE TEAM IN ROANOKE, BUT NOTHING CAN BE GUARANTEED. THE ECHL HAS COMPLETED IT'S FOURTH DRAFT OF NEXT YEAR'S SCHEDULE, A FACTOR THAT COULD PLAY INTO THE EXPRESS STAYING PUT. ((PERRY FLORIO:)) Florio is now forced to update his resume out of protection for his family, even though he feels he will coach at the round house next season. ((:))
The local group that want to buy the express did talk via conference call with express owners Tuesday afternoon.
POLLOCK, SPEAKING FOR THE LOCAL GROUP TODAY, SAID KEEPING THE TEAM IN THE STAR CITY IS THEIR GOAL, IF THEY BUY THE TEAM. HE ALSO SAID HE THINKS THE LOCAL GROUP WILL KNOW BY THE END OF THIS WEEK IF THE EXPRESS IS SOLD. BUT THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS HAS TO APPROVE IT FIRST. steve mason news 7 sports.))

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One team that is definitely on the move is the NBA's Vancouver Grizzlies. Yesterday the NBA owners gave unanimous approval to move the franchise south of the border.
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The Grizzlies will play in the Pyramid, and after losing about $46 million last season they needed a new home in a big way. This is the first franchise relocation in the NBA since 1985 when the Kings moved from Kansas City to Sacramento.
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Before the Grizzlies could make their way south - the team traded away its top player last week. And yesterday, Shareef Abdur-Rahim arrived in Atlanta, his hometown to prove that you can indeed come home.
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Former Grizzly George Lynch wrapped up his three day basketball camp this afternoon. George says the only problem all week was dealing with an abundance of campers and a lack of space.
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[vo nat con't] Lynch's teammate Allen Iverson celebrated his 26th birthday tonight in DC by closing off a block and renting out two night clubs. But George decided to pass on the Answer's PARTY.
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The Williams sisters suffered through a Pepto Bismol moment at Wimbledon today. Yes, Venus beat Natalie Tauziat 7-5 and 6-1 to move into the semi-finals and keep alive her hope of successfully defending her title. But then younger sister Serena literally was sick after losing to Jennifer Capriati.
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Actually it was Serena had bad stomach problems before the match ended. Serena, who says she been sick all tournament had to stop in the third set and leave the court momentarily. Then she saw her one set lead evaporate as she lost to Jennifer Capriati 6-7, 7-5 and 6-3. The fourth seeded Capriati will now face Justine Henin in the semi-finals. Capriati is after her third straight Grand Slam title.
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Lindsey Davenport joins Capriati and Venus to give America three women in the semi-finals. Venus and Serena have withdrawn from the doubles competition.