[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

New jobs are cropping up in Henry County.
We'll show you which company will be hiring hundreds of workers.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

And, two local K-Marts may be checking out.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]

Tonight on News 7 sports, Tyson gets license to fight nearby. We'll check in on the Roanoke College lacrosse team getting set to open the season.
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[VO-NAT]

And VMI and the Citadel are moving the Military Classic of the South into the Queen City the next two years.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Hoping for hydrometeors. But then, we are a little weird that way. Rain showers in the Wednesday forecast.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 4-Shot]


News 7 is next.
[Video-Open]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=Video Open]



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[SOT]
[IN Q=The man gets ready]

((THE MAN GETS READY TO SIGN OFF AFTER A MISSION IMPOSSIBLE JOB IS DONE, HE PUTS A CIGAR IS HIS MOUTH AND SAYS I LOVE IT WHEN A PLAN COMES TOGETHER. I DON'T SMOKE BUT I STILL LOVE IT WHEN THE PLAN COMES TOGETHER.))
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=comes together.]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


New jobs and plans for a Technology Campus get a boost from the state and Henry County.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


But getting another deal like it could be the next mission impossible.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Shannon Young.
[Henry-Jobs]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-54 TC1:54:33]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Henry County plans to turn the old DuPont plant into a center for industry and technology.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-shot]


The first tenant will be a South Carolina company called Cerxon -- and Cerxon will bring 250 news jobs with it to Southside. [***NEWS 7@6 MB GRAPHIC***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-SHannon & Jennifer /MB SET]


Business Reporter Jennifer Miele is here to tell us why similar deals may be hard to cut. Jen.
[LIVE= Jennifer /FULL MB SET]
[SUPER=@jennifer1]


Keith and Shannon, 200-thousand dollars in contributions to the deal came from the Governor's Opportunity Fund.... a fund that could get hacked in the next State Budget.
But today, Virginia's Secretary of Trade and Commerce says Governor Warner won't let that happen.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=They're cleaning out]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Michael Nixon/Cerxon Microelectronics; :18 QUICK!!!!!]
[SUPER=01-Mark Crabtree/Martinsville Mayor; :36]
[SUPER=01-Michael Schewel/VA Commerce & Trade Secretary; :56]
[RUNS=1:12]
[OUT Q=and signed it.]

(( They're cleaning out at the old DuPont plant, and making room for new high-tech industry.
In less than three weeks, this site will be home to Cerxon Microelectronics.
The company grew out of its South Carolina Headquarters... and found a perfect fit in Henry County.
[SOT]

((MICHAEL NIXON/CERXON MICROELECTRONICS: THIS IS A PRESSURE SENSOR THAT WE DO THAT GOES INTO A BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR.)) [RUNS06]
Some of the training money for the 250 new high-tech manufacturing jobs will come from the Governor's Opportunity fund.
But proposed budget cuts have put that fund is in danger of being downsized...
[SOT]

((MAYOR MARK CRABTREE: RATHER THAN CUT IT, THEY SHOULD LOOK AT SPENDING MORE ON IT, BECAUSE THAT'S GOING TO BE THE FUTURE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. IN A RECESSION, YOU DON'T WANT TO CUT OUT WHAT HELPS TO BRING JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES TO PEOPLE.)) [RUNS11]
At the announcement today, Virginia's Secretary of Commerce and Trade says the Governor will fight any proposal to cut his opportunity fund.
[SOT]

((MICHAEL SCHEWEL/SECRETARY COMMERCE AND TRADE :I SENT THE PROPOSAL FOR THIS PROJECT TO THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE AT ABOUT 2:00 IN THE AFTERNOON. AT 2:30, I HAD A CALL BACK FROM HIS OFFICE THAT HE RECEIVE THE PROPOSAL AND SIGNED IT.)) [RUNS15]))
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[***NEWS 7@6 MB GRAPHIC***]
[LIVE=Jen /FULL MB SET]


The Tobacco Commission and Henry County itself contributed more than 600-thousand dollars to the Technology Campus project.
They say its part of their commitment to attract new economy companies.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Jennifer /MB Set;]


Keith, Shannon.

[DuPont-Plant]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=01-60 TC1:55:41]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The DuPont facility has stood idle and empty for more than two and a half years.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./1993;]


But it was once home to five thousand jobs after opening in November of 19-41 .. the second factory in the world to produce nylon yarn.
DuPont began twelve years of cutbacks and layoffs in the mid 19-80's ..
[SUPER=04-June 30, 1998;]

and when 400 workers there punched their final time cards on June 30, 1998, nylon production there came to a close.
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[ANHCOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The facility has seen some other limited uses since then, but today's announcement is the first that would bring back hundreds of jobs.

[K-Mart]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-58 TC1:21:08]
[GRAPHIC=K-Mart Chapter 11]

Two K-Mart stores in our region are on a list of locations likely to close down later this year.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford;]

In bankruptcy court documents, K-Mart says it will sell the inventory of 291 unprofitable stores .. to save 250-million dollars a year. Stores in Radford and Madison Heights are on the list .. along with two others in Richmond and suburban Washington D.C.
A judge is scheduled to rule on that plan next month. The Radford store's manager says he cannot comment on the closing and will not say how many people work there.
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[Walker]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=01-56 TC1:35:46]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Bernard Walker chose NOT to testify when he was tried a couple of months ago for killing a man in a Roanoke convenience store.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

He made up for that today, though, taking the witness stand before being sentenced. Walker wanted the judge to know that he was afraid the crowd in the store had been ready to kill him.
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[SOT 15:39:10]
[IN Q=I was surrounded]

((I WAS SURROUNDED, JUST THEM, AND I WAS BOXED IN IN A CORNER, COULDN'T BACK UP OR GO AROUND THEM OR NOTHING.))
[SUPER=01-Bernard Walker/Second Degree Murderer]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=or go around them or nothing.]
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[VO-NAT]

Walker admitted he fired the single shot that took Reaco Hilton's life December 24th, 2000, but he said it was self defense. Hilton's mother implored the judge to impose the 48-year sentence set by the jury.
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[SOT 15:30:45]
[IN Q=Reaco was my love]

((REACO WAS MY LOVE, MY BEST FRIEND, THE PROVIDER FOR ME AND MY DAUGHTERS. WITHOUT HIM... LIFE ISN'T THE SAME WITHOUT HIM.))
[SUPER=01-Nikita Thomas/Victim's Mother]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=life isn't the same without him.]
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[VO-NAT]

Judge Clifford Weckstein knocked three years off the 48-year sentence, reducing the time for possession of a firearm by a previously convicted juvenile. So 20-year old Bernard Walker begins serving a 45 year prison term for second degree murder, a conviction his attorney says he will appeal.
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[Webster]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Franklin County's director of public safety has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.
Today, a judge found Claude Webster guilty of brandishing a gun during an argument with another customer at a Roanoke Wendy's drive thru.
He was ordered to pay a 200 dollar fine and turn in his weapon.
In December, Roanoke resident Anita Peggins filed a complaint saying Webster threatened her with the gun.
Webster's attorney says he held the holstered gun up by the handle after Peggins approached his car, yelling.

[Giles-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=02-01 TC55:40]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


A woman burned in a fire in Giles County last night has died.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rich Creek]


The Rich Creek fire chief says Joyce Lockhart fell asleep while smoking, setting herself and a recliner on fire.
She had third degree burns over most of her body and was taken to the U-V-A medical center.
Officials say Lockhart died early this afternoon.
The fire did an estimated 200-thousand dollars to her apartment building and a business downstairs.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]


Still ahead on News 7, the effort to cut out cut-rate gas stations comes under fire.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And Virginia's senior Senator says he wants six more.
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[2-OxyContin]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=02-04 TC25:06]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

OxyContin can be a highly addictive, even dangerous drug.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

Those who suffer the pain of cancer and other chronic deseases often find OxyContin helps them lead a normal life.
[ANCHOR=Keith ]
[GRAPHIC=Oxycontin]

[***ANCHOR TAG***] So there are two perspectives, as we see in part two of Teresa Hamilton's series of reports: "A Dose of Trouble."
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I live with ]
[SUPER=03-Boones Mill; :06]
[SUPER=01-Connie Booth/Patient; :13]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski; 1:31]
[SUPER=@Teresa1; 1:52]
[RUNS=2:07]
[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.]
(((////sot////)
[sot 00:15:57]
[in q=I live with ]

((I LIVE WITH THE PAIN 24 HOURS A DAY.))
[runs= 05]
[out q= hours a day. ]

Connie Booth is under strict doctor's care for a number of ailments, ranging from diabetes to degenerative disc and muscle disease... problems which make getting out of bed a struggle.
(///sot///)
[sot 00:16:46]
[in q= I'm only ]

((I'M ONLY 45 YEARS OLD BUT I FEEL, AND I'VE BEEN TOLD, I'M IN A VERY OLD BODY.))
[runs= 10]
[out q= very old body. ]

To function, Booth takes medication- including pills containing a generic form of the active ingredient in OxyContin.�
Booth says the medication is a lifeline but worries addicts are giving those who legitimately need narcotics a bad name.
(///sot/////)
[sot 00:25:15 ]
[in q=That's ]

((THAT'S NOT FAIR TO THE REAL PEOPLE THAT REALLY TAKE IT AND ARE HONEST ABOUT IT.))
[runs= 10]
[out q=about it. ]

But for OxyContin addicts, fairness and honesty rarely matter. This young man-- who asked that we conceal his identity says he became hooked on the painkiller after weeks of snorting it on a daily basis.
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[sot 00:23:24]
[INQ=I don't feel]
[RUNS= 05]

((I don't feel normal no more without one. It scares me.))
[OQ=It scares me]

[**BUTT**BUTT**]
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[sot 00:23:36]
[INQ=The addiction just]
[RUNS=05]

((The addiction just takes over your mind and I swear you don't know how it feels. I don't wish it on nobody.))
[out q=wish it on nobody.]


When the high goes away, intense physical pain takes over. When we spoke-- Jeff had gone two days without snorting OxyContin .. and was feeling the affects.
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[sot 00:23:51]
[IN Q= Cold chills ]

((COLD CHILLS, VOMITING SOMETIMES, DIARRHEA MOSTLY, ACHING, SWEATING REAL BAD, NO HUNGER.))
[RUNS= 10]
[runs=no hunger.]

Jeff, who's NOT able to hold down a job, gets his OxyContin from drug dealers around Pulaski County-- who charge anywhere from 40 to 80 dollars a pill depending on the miligram.
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[sot 00:24:13]
[IN Q= Yes, maam]

((YES, MA'AM, I STOLE FROM MY MOTHER, FAMILY AND OTHER PARTS AND THAT'S WRONG, I WOULD NEVER DO THAT IF IT WAS IN THE RIGHT STATE OF MIND.))
[runs= 09]
[out q=right state of mind.]

[take su] Jeff has kicked the habit twice before-- but when we last spoke he was living in a motel and still abusing OxyContin, and like many addicts in southwest Virginia, no closer to reclaiming his life.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7. ))
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=Oxycontin]

Tomorrow night-- we'll hear from a southwest Virginia doctor serving a nearly six year sentence for illegally writing prescriptions for narcotics, including OxyContin.

[Rke-Elec-Steel]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Electric Steel]


Roanoke Electric Steel had a rough first quarter.
The company reported a loss of about 45 cents a share.
It blames a 22 percent decline in sales on poor business conditions.
But Roanoke Electric expects things to pick up in the second quarter.

[Stocks]


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


Concerns that a congressional investigation of Enron could spread to Wall Street sent stocks lower. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
[RUNS=:30]
[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-y/159.21/9743.83/y/55.35/1749.85;]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


The DOW dropped 159 points.
NASDAQ fell 55.
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[VO]
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[SUPER=274-i/1.22/60.63/h/0.08/74.96/h/0.10/45.71/i/1.08/30.52/i/0.74/59.29;]
[SUPER=#555; Reset]


[Gas-Prices]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-62 TC1:22:03]
[GRAPHIC=None]


They won the approval of the State Senate, but today independent Gasoline retailers took their fight against predatory pricing to a skeptical House committee.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg]


The measure would have outlawed the sale of gasoline below cost.
Small independents maintain that some large chains are taking a loss on gasoline to drive their competitors out of business.
And today they made their pitch to the House Commerce and Labor Committee.
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[SOT 15:51:14 :13]
[IN Q=You can't be in business]

(( BONNIE BURNLEY CREWS/CAMPBELL CO. MARKET OWNER; YOU CAN'T BE IN BUSINESS FOR OVER FORTY FIVE YEARS WITHOUT A BASE OF LOYAL CUSTOMERS, BUT THEIR LOYALTY WAS GREATLY TESTED WHEN POSTED PRICES OFTEN DIFFERED BY TEN CENTS FOR WEEKS AT A TIME.)) [16:26:09 :13] ((MIKE CORTEZ/SHEETZ VICE PRESIDENT; I WANT TO KNOW WHEN THE CONSUMERS OF THE STATE OF VIRGINIA HAVE COME TO YOU AND SAID YOU KNOW YOU NEED TO PROTECT US FROM THIS EVIL, YOU NEED TO PROTECT US FROM THIS LOW PRICE APPLAUSE.))
[SUPER=01-Bonnie Burnley Crews/Campbell Co. Market Owner; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mike Cortez/Sheetz Vice President; :15]
[RUNS=:26]
[OUT Q=protect us from this low price (APPLAUSE).]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The chains deny they sell below cost in an effort to put anyone out of business.
And today the committee refused to act... voting down the legislation in a close vote.

[John-Warner]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-57 TC1:30:46]
[GRAPHIC=John Warner]


With no opposition and the Republican party solidly behind him, John Warner has kicked off his campaign for a fifth term in the United States Senate.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Warner began a five-day, 17- city swing to announce his re-election plans.
He gathered with republican lawmakers in front of the State Capitol, a few steps from where he took the oath of office in 1978.
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[SOT 11:45:10]
[IN Q=And I thanked the voters of Virginia then]

((AND I THANKED THE VOTERS OF VIRGINIA THEN AS I THANKED THEM THROUGH THE YEARS AND I OFFER MYSELF AGAIN. NO VOTER SHOULD VOTE FOR ME FOR WHAT I HOPEFULLY HAVE ACHIEVED IN THE PAST. THEY SHOLD VOTE FOR ONLY FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVE I CAN ACHIEVE IN THE FUTURE.))
[SUPER=@johnwarner]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=achieve in the future.]
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[VO-NAT]


Warner visits Roanoke tomorrow.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]

Coming up tonight on the Big 7, VMI agrees to play the Military Classic of the South farther South. Tyson get s license to fight in DCTERMS.
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[VO-NAT]

And we'll check in with the Roanoke College lacrosse team that is getting ready to open its season this weekend.
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[S-VMI]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-120 2115TC]
[GRAPHIC=VMI FOOTBALL]


VMI and the Citadel have played each other in football 61 times, this coming season they'll do so in the Queen City of Charlotte.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington/2000 Season; ;00]

This afternoon the Charlotte Regional Sports Commission announced the "Military Classic of the South" will be played at American Legion Memorial Stadium each of the next two years. The organizers hope to turn the game into a mini-version of the Army-Navy game. This year's game will be played on November 16th.
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[S-Tyson]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-115 4201TC]
[GRAPHIC=tyson]


Mike Tyson now has a boxing license and he may be fighting Lennox Lewis in our own backyard. This afternoon the Washington, DC Boxing and Wrestling commission voted unanimously to grant Tyson a license. DC officials stand by their decision.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=BITE]
[SUPER=01-Michael Brown/D. C. Boxing Commission; :00]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=...district of columbia."]
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[S-Lax]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-118 17:55]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Lacrosse]


The Roanoke college men's lacrosse team scrimmaged Bates College earlier today. The Maroons officially open their 2002 campaign this weekend. Steve Mason caught up with head coach Bill Pilat earlier today.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=@Steve1; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Pilat/14th Season at Roanoke; :22]
[RUNS=1:42]
[OUT Q=News 7 sports"]
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[S-Ward]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-106 12832tc]
[GRAPHIC=WARD BURTON]


The Ward Burton's Daytona victory tour continued today with a stop over at the Regis and Kelly show in New York.

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[VO-NAT]

The show aired this morning on Your Hometown Station and Ward was decked out in his leather winner's jacket. The questions were weak, but Ward did a nice job and got some great exposure for Virginia and South Boston.
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[S-NBA]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=JORDAN]


Michael Jordan's right knee will keep him out of the Wizards next game tomorrow night in Detroit. The problem is tendinitis in the knee. He plans to play Thursday night against New Jersey.
[GRAPHIC=BULLS]

Meanwhile, his old team the Chicago Bulls pulled off a big trade with the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers ship Jalen Rose, Travis Best and Norman Richardson to Chicago in exchange for Ron Artest, Ron Mercer, Kevin Ollie and Brad Miller.

The trade comes two days before the league's trading deadline.[S-Stuff]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-108 12550TC]
[GRAPHIC=STRAWBERRY]


Troubled baseball star Darryl Strawberry, who has battled cancer and drug problems is again getting a pat on the back and helping hand from George Steinbrenner. The Yankees' owner is giving Strawberry a job as player development coach in the minor leagues.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-WTA; :00]

And Venus Williams will pass Jennifer Capriati next week to become the number one ranked women's tennis player in the world. Williams has won three events this year, The World Tennis Association says Williams will be the first black player with a Number One ranking since Arthur Ashe in 1975.
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[Promo]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Are those old "welcome" signs still welcome in Appomattox County?
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Hundreds of residents want to keep them.. but the county may be ready for something new. [***NEWS 7 MB GRAPHIC***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Jean/MB SET]


Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom with more..
[LIVE=Jean Full/MB SET]
[SUPER=@Jean1;]


Keith, Shannon, the Appomattox board of supervisors is expected to decide tonight whether to keep the county's existing welcome signs or order some new ones.
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[VO-NAT]


More than 300 residents have signed petitions asking that the original wooden signs be allowed to stay.. they feel the signs are in line with the historic nature of the county.
The county has grant money ready to spend on new signs however..
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[***NEWS 7 MB GRAPHIC***]
[LIVE=Jean Full/MB SET]


A decision could come at tonight's meeting.. there's also a public hearing to discuss the use of biosolids as fertilizer on Appomattox County farms..
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Jean/MB SET]

..we'll have more for you on News7 at Eleven.