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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - Go outside and enjoy the day - It's going to be partly sunny with highs in the upper 80's. Jacey Birch has your complete forecast coming up in just a couple of minutes.




[7-Wachovia]


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Wachovia Bank shareholders vote on a propsed merger with First Union today.
Analysts predict a very close outcome.
SunTrust Bank has offered more money in a competing bid for Wachovia.
News 7 Business Reporter Jennifer Miele will be in Winston- Salem today, and she'll report on the vote tonight on News 7.




[7-Small-Banks]


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As Wachovia shareholders are deciding who they want to marry -
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Smaller banks are seizing the moment.
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First National Bank says some big bank customers are just plain sick of merger mania.
Officials there say the cloud of uncertainty surrounding the merger could mean more customers for F-N-B.
Most small banks say they'll win over customers with personal service.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=You'll deal with]

((DANNY HARDY: YOU'LL DEAL WITH SOMEBODY YOU GO TO CHURCH WITH, SOMEBODY YOU SEE AT LUNCH, SOMEONE THAT YOUR KIDS PLAY ON THE PLAYGROUND WITH.))
[SUPER=01-Danny Hardy/FNB President]
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[OUT Q=playground with.]
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Not all smaller regional banks attribute a recent customer influx to the merger.
Banks like N-B-C say promotions draw in just as many people.
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[7-11Hanover-Fire]


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Roanoke firefighters are still looking for the cause of a house fire yesterday.
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Firefighters responded to this home along the 24-hundred block of Hanover Avenue.
They arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the second floor and attic.
Four people lived in the house but only one was home when the fire broke out.
The fire department believes the fire started on the second floor.
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[7-Paramedic]


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A Wytheville man has been arrested for posing as a paramedic.
Lexington police arrested 33-year old David Sult this week. They say he did not have proper life- saving certification, and obtained rescue- squad equipment by false pretenses. Sult was suspended from the Lexington Livesaving and First Aid Crew last month, after allegedly giving false information about his credentials.
They say he left Lexington with nearly 800 dollars worth of rescue squad equipment. Sult is currently free on 10-thousand-dollars bond.

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - Don't forget the sunscreen today. It's going to be partly sunny with highs in the upper 80's. Jacey Birch has details coming up after the news.




[45-Zebra-Foundation]


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A Bedford County man hopes to help at-risk kids by giving them someone to look up to.

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Jack Mills has started the Zebra Foundation, a non- profit corporation that wants to put at- risk kids back on the right track.
Mills wants to help troubled children through a combination of volunteers, donations and grant money.
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[IN Q=Too many parents]

((JACK MILLS/ZEBRA FOUNDATION, INC.: TOO MANY PARENTS HAVE ABDICATED RESPONSIBILITY TO TEACH THEIR CHILDREN TO RESPECT THEMSELVES AND OTHERS AND SOCIETY. THAT'S THE PROBLEM IN AMERICA. ALL THE OTHER STUFF.. THAT'S THE PROBLEM. AND GOVERNMENT CAME IN A COUPLE OF GENERATIONS AGO TO TAKE OVER THE PLACE OF DADDY AND GOVERNMENT MAKES A VERY POOR DADDY.))
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[OUT Q=very poor daddy.]
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Mills also wants to provide children with a computer to help with their education.
The first shipment of donated P-C's arrived at the Foundation's headquarters yesterday.
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[45-Paramedic]


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A Wytheville man posing as a paramedic could have endangered lives - according to officials. Lexington police arrested 33-year-old David Sult for posining as a paramedic. They say he did not have proper life- saving certification, and obtained rescue- squad equipment by false pretenses. Sult was suspended from the Lexington Livesaving and First Aid Crew last month, after allegedly giving false information about his credentials.
They say he left Lexington with nearly 800 dollars worth of rescue squad equipment. Sult is currently free on 10-thousand-dollars bond.

[45-Crime-Dig]


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Fighting the relic hunters and grave robbers of Virginia is big business these days.
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So, the camouflaged man in these woods is a law enforcement instructor faking a Civil War battlefield looting.
Two state agencies and the F-B-I convened the week-long training session for police and historians.
The Roanoke field office of the state department of Historic Resources set the tone in southwest Virginia three years ago. It broke up an "Indian burial ground looting ring" in Wythe County.
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[SOT 13:38:09]
[IN Q=There's a tremendous black market.]

((TOM KLATKA/ROANOKE ARCHAEOLOGIST: THERE'S A TREMENDOUS BLACK MARKET. WE DO HAVE A VERY HIGH LEVEL MIDDLE MAN WHO BRINGS IN A JET FROM THE WEST COAST... INTERNET AUCTION HOUSES.))
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[OUT Q=Internet auction houses.]
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Virginia's "time crime" training is believed to be the most comprehensive in the nation, and draws students from other states and countries.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - Warm temperatures and partly sunny skies will make for a great start to the weekend. Jacey Birch has details coming up in a couple of moments.




[8-Goshen-Bridge]


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Crossing Calfpasture River may be a little muddy - the bridge is temporarily out of order.
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The historic Goshen Bridge is undergoing renovation for the first time since being built 110-years ago. All that remains are the support beams used to dismantle the structure.
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Parts of the original bridge are being sandblasted and salvaged by a Radford company. Those pieces and newly manufactured parts will then undergo a galvanizing treatment to prevent corrosion over the next half century. Reconstruction is expected to be complete next spring.
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[8-Franklin-Speedway]


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A local speedway is shifting gears into the spotlight. It's not Martinsville or Charlotte - but the Franklin County Speedway that is racing into the big time. Justin McLeod explains.
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((((NAT SOUND OF CARS FLYING BY))
They're fired up here at the Franklin County Speedway. And for good reason. The speedway is featured in a national magazine.
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[IN Q=Everybody all over the world]

((SANDRA GIBSON/SPECTATOR: EVERYBODY ALL OVER THE WORLD WILL BE WANTING TO COME HERE. WE WON'T HAVE ROOM FOR THEM, THATS WHAT IT WAS.)) [Runs06]
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This is what fans are riding high about.
It's a five page spread in this month's E-S-P-N magazine.
The article calls this one of the wildest tracks in the country.
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[IN Q=So how did a small town]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: SO HOW DID A SMALL TOWN SPEEDWAY END UP IN A BIG NATIONAL PUBLICATION LIKE ESPN MAGAZINE? THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE, WORD OF MOUTH FROM LEGENDARY FOOTBALL COACH JOE GIBBS)) [Runs10]
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((WHITEY TAYLOR/SPEEDWAY OWNER: WHOEVER IS IN CHARGE OF ESPN MAGAZINE WAS TALKING AND HE SAID WHAT'S THE WILDEST RACETRACK YOU'VE EVER BEEN TO IN AMERICA. HE SAID FRANKLIN COUNTY SPEEDWAY, RIGHT UP THERE ABOVE ROANOKE, NEXT TO MARTINSVILLE.)) [Runs09]
[OUT Q=next to Martinsville]

((NAT SOUND OF CARS FLYING BY))
What they do here won't be found in speedways like Martinsville.
Take this one, called the any car race.
The rules are simple, you must wear a seatbelt and a helmet.
Wrecks and spinouts are encouraged.
And its not uncommon to see kids as young as twelve racing on this track.
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[IN Q=I've run it since]

((BOBBY GILLESPIE/RIDER: I'VE RUN IT SINCE I WAS 15 YEARS. I STARTED AT ANY CAR AND WORKED UP MY WAY TO LIGHT MODEL.
ITS A GOOD FAST TRACK. ITS HARD TO BEAT AROUND HERE.)) [Runs07]
[OUT Q=beat around here]


Its hard to beat what an article like ESPN magazine can bring to a speedway like this one.
The owner hopes it will lead to bigger races and crowds.
But one thing that will never change is the small town enthusiasm, that never runs on empty.. (shot of car that ran out of gas; 18:03)
Justin McLeod, News 7, Callaway.))