[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

Some Craig County residents say help isn't there when they need it now that rescue workers are in short supply.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

And, residents in parts of far Southwest Virginia wade into the mud to gauge damage from what could be their worst flood on record.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
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Chris Jones leaves Bath County football to take over at Heritage high school. Florida State hoops also have a new coach tonight.
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[VO-NAT]

And the old coach everyone loves to hate is back. We'll hear from a kinder - gentler John Brophy tonight in Sports.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Drizzle and fog tonight but with the saturated ground, concerns for tomorrow with the threat of additional rain. Details ahead.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 4-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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[SOT15:58:11]
[IN Q=If we don't have a good rescue squad]

((IF WE DON'T HAVE A GOOD RESCUE SQUAD IN OUR COMMUNITY WE CAN'T STAY IN CRAIG COUNTY. WE'LL HAVE TO MOVE))
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[OUT Q=we'll have to move]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


An upset family says it waited more than an hour for an ambulance.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


It happened as Craig County works to revive its ailing rescue squad.
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[ANCHOR=2-Shot]


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


And I'm Shannon Young.
[Craig-Rescue]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=01-58 TC1:56:03]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


It's been a tough month for the squad. It started when the state suspended its captain for violating certain rules.

[ANCHOR=Keith 2-shot]


So he resigned .. and so did four other volunteers .. leaving the county's rescue squad with only three members.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Shannon/MB Set]


As Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton tells us, one Craig County family believes that rebuilding the squad can't come soon enough.
[ANCHOR=JOY FULL]
[GRAPHIC=News7at 6 in MB Monitor]
[SUPER=@JOY1;]


Keith and Shannon,
The Smiths say last Thursday they waited more than an hour for an ambulance --and when one finally did come, it had to come a long way.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Mary Smith is]
[SUPER=03-Craig Co.;]
[SUPER=01-Mary Smith/Craig Co. Resident;]
[SUPER=01-Ralph Smith/Craig Co. Resident;]
[SUPER=01-Rex Hale/Former Craig Co. Rescue Squad Cpt.;]
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[OUT Q=if I have to, I will.]

(( Mary Smith is undergoing a stress test to make sure she doesn't have any heart problems. Last Thursday --she had chest pain so severe --she thought she was having a heart attack.
Her husband called an ambulance --then she waited .. and waited.
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[SOT15:57:15]
[IN Q=And then no one came]

((AND THEN NO ONE CAME AND I REALLY FREAKED OUT THAT WAS SCARY. IT WAS REAL SCARY)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=it was really scary]


The Smith's say continued to wait --and when one finally came it wasn't the Craig County Rescue Squad --but one from Paintbank, more than 20 mountainous miles away.
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[SOT16:00:36]
[IN Q=It was well over an hour]

((IT WAS WELL OVER AN HOUR IT WAS VERY SCARY. YOU'RE SETTING THERE AND I'M ON THE PHONE WITH THE DISPATCHER GOIGN COME ON, COME ON, GET SOMEBODY HERE)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=get somebody here]


Rex Hale says that's one of things he was concerned about when he resigned.
He says even though he was forced to resign after the state suspended him for violating some rules -- he always acted in the best interest of the patient.
And now he's very concerned about Craig County residents -because there now only 3 active members on the squad.
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((IT SCARES THE HECK OUT OF ME. I WORRY ABOUT THE PEOPLE.. THESE ARE MY PEOPLE)) [RUNS03]
[OUT Q=these are my people]


The secretary for the Craig County Rescue Squad say things are looking brighter. They have 20 people including paramedics and drivers who are helping out until they can get more members. And the rescue squad will hold EMT classes in April to train more volunteers --24 people have already signed up.
Still, the Smiths wonder and worry if things will improve.
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[SOT16:05:00]
[IN Q=If the rescue squad]

(( IF THE RESCUE AINT THERE IN SIX MONTHS OR SOMETHING WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GO I DON'T WANT I LOVE CRAIG COUNTY BUT IF I HAVE TOO I WILL)) [RUNS13]
[OUT Q=but if i have too i will]))
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[ANCHOR=Joy Full]
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The rescue squad is expected to be a hot topic at tonight's board of supervisors meeting.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Shannon/Joy at MB Set]


We'll tell you what happens tonight on News 7 at Eleven.
Keith and Shannon -

[Saltville]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-62 TC1:56:26]
[GRAPHIC=Flooding]


Parts of far Southwest Virginia are picking up the pieces after devastating floods.
Officials are advising people in Wytheville to boil their water before using it... that's because flooding knocked out the town's water treatment plant.
The health department is concerned that some creek water might get into the system.
The town manager says the threat of contamination is very low, and that he hopes the treatment plant will be back on line soon.. In Smyth County residents say the rain came in hard and fast....leaving behind plenty of damage. About 75-people were evacuated from the area and are returning to their homes today to salvage what they can...
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Rachel /Microwave;]

New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel Cannon joins up with more on this story...Rachel
[LIVE= Rachel /FULL]
[SUPER=@Rachel1;]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]

Shannon.... we visited the Smyth County communities hardest hit by flooding While officials say no one was hurt during the storm...they believe it's the worst flood the area has ever experienced.
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((NATS TC Mary Creggers has lived in Saltville along the North Fork Holston River for 10-years. ((23:27:25 WE NEVER DREAMED THAT IT WOULD GET UP THIS HIGH.)) She says during the flood, all she and her husband could do was watch the water destroy their home.
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((MARY CREGGER/FLOODING VICTIM; I MEAN ITS ALL THE WAY UP ON TO THE COUCH ABOUT THAT FAR AND THE CHAIRS AND THEN IN THE BACK BEDROOM.))
[OUT Q=BACK BEDROOM.]

Not far from the Creggers house are V-DOT crews working to contain mudslides above a heavily traveled road. Route-91 flooded quickly from the overflowing river and closed...traffic is banned until it's declared safe.
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[SOT 8:21:03]
[IN Q=you couildn't get]

((STEVE ROUTH/VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER; YOU COULDN'T GET IN OR OUT TO DEAL WITH THE PEOPLE AND DO WHAT WAS BEST FOR THEM.))
[OUT Q=for them]

Steve Routh is one of the Saltville volunteer firefighters who's been working around the clock since rain began on Sunday. He says about 75-residents were evacuated safely and now clean-up is the top priority.
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[IN Q=PUMP BASEMENTS]

((STEVE ROUTH/VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER; PUMP BASEMENTS THAT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS WE'VE GOT TRYING TO GET THE BASEMENTS PUMPED OUT AND DEAL WITH THE PUBLIC AND HELP THEM ANYWAY WE CAN.))
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(BUTT BUTT)
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((THIS IS THE WORST I'VE SEEN IT AND I'VE LIVED IN SALTVILLE ALL MY LIFE.))
[OUT Q=ALL MY LIFE.]))
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[LIVE=Rachel /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]

Members of the Saltville Fire Department say they received a lot of help from neighboring communities. About 20 to 30 people came in to assist with rescues and
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Rachel /Microwave;]

that's is one of the reasons no one was hurt...

(Keith & Shannon toss to Robin)
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[Roanoke-robbery]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=02-04 TC52:33]
[GRAPHIC=None]

City police apparently did NOT find the mask they were looking for when they searched Mark Lamont Neamo's apartment last week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/February]

The search warrant indicates sources told police they recognized Neamo's voice from the surveillance tape recorded during the robbery at the Texaco Stop In on Hershberger Road. While both suspects wore masks, police cite individuals who say Neamo told them he was the one who fatally shot store clerk Joyce Parrish. Some of the same people said they saw a mask- -like the one in the horror movie "Scream"- -in Neamo's apartment. A list filed with the court today indicates the mask was NOT among a dozen or so items seized from Neamo's apartment Thursday.
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[Vinton-accident]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=02-08 TC42:47]
[GRAPHIC=Accident Invest.]

A special prosecutor has been designated to look into last month's fatal accident involving a Vinton patrol car.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Vinton/February 23]

Officer John Munsey was pursuing a speeding pick-up when a car carrying Audrey St. Clair and Onita (Ah-NEE-ta) Bryant collided with Munsey's vehicle. The two women were killed instantly. There's been no public account of how fast the police car was traveling. A report from state police was turned over to the County Commonwealth's Attorney, but he has asked his counterpart in Botetourt to consider what should be done. A judge signed the order today naming Joel Branscom Special Prosecutor.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]


Travel agents are losing a source of income.
Still ahead on News 7 at Six, find out why you may have to pay more for your next vacation.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


And authorities in Bedford County bring in a haul of guns, illegal drugs and money.
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[Web Address Announce] [Pinnacle 4885ess]

[Comm#1]


[Switched-Babies]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=02-07 TC45:61]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Another chapter in the switched-babies case is about to begin.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


A Buena Vista judge has agreed to hear arguments by Paula Johnson, who is still seeking custody of her biological child.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file]


Johnson has been raising another couple's child since a well-known baby switch at the University of Virginia Medical Center in 1995.
The switch was not discovered until three years later.
Johnson has custody of Callie Conley, the child she has raised since birth.
Johnson's attorney says she's married and financially stable and can raise her biological daughter Rebecca, who now lives in Buena Vista with her grandparents.
The custody hearing will be held May 24th.
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[Bedford-Drugs]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=02-05 TC1:03:46]
[GRAPHIC=Drug Bust]


Fifty- five people from across Bedford County and southwest Virginia are facing drug and firearms charges, the result of a ten-month investigation.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


Authorities seized guns, cash and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of illegal drugs ranging from marijuana to OxyContin.
Sheriff Mike Brown says it's getting tougher to make undercover drug buys in Bedford County.
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[IN Q=We have some]

((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF: WE HAVE SOME DEALERS THAT WILL NOT SELL TO US.. AND WE HAVE IT ON TAPE.. THEY WILL NOT SELL IN BEDFORD COUNTY. WE HAVE TO GO TO ANOTHER.. AND THIS IS THE REASON FOR SOME OF THE OTHER AGENCIES THAT WERE LISTED.. WE HAD TO GO INTO OTHER JURISDICTIONS BEFORE THEY WOULD SELL.))
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[OUT Q=before they would sell.]
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[VO-NAT]


Brown says officers with the D-E-A, state police, Franklin County and Roanoke City and County assisted with the operation.
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[Franklin-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=02-01 TC1:24:30]
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Franklin County taxpayers will feel some effects of state budget cuts in the coming year.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount;]


Here are some highlights from the proposed budget unveiled today:
Real estate and property taxes will stay the same, but the county administrator is recommending an increase in the 9-1-1 tax ... from 80 cents to a dollar a month.
The cost of county vehicle decals would go up 5 dollars.
Schools would get a 3 percent INCREASE in funding.
The county administrator also proposes using one-million dollars set aside for the central library to cover the shortfall.
The county would then borrow 1-point-5 million dollars to build the library.
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[Travel-Agents]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-61 TC1:22:03]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Three major airlines have hit the brakes on travel agent commissions.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Delta, American and Continental have stopped paying fees within the last week in an effort to cut costs.
Commission cutbacks began in 1995 and worked their way down to none.
That means agents will have to start charging customers for services.
But travelers like Lewis McGuire say a rate hike won't stop him from using agents.
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[IN Q=They have background]

((LEWIS MCGUIRE/TRAVELER: THEY HAVE BACKGROUND EXPERIENCE, THEY CAN DIRECT YOU TO ACTIVITIES, THE BEST SITE TO SEE AND HELP YOU GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR TRIP.))
[SUPER=01-Lewis McGuire/Traveler]
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[OUT Q=your tirp.]
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[VO-NAT]


Martin Travel in Roanoke says it expects to lose business from smaller-paying customers and will now rely mainly on corporate accounts.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
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Stocks fell off their session highs after the Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged but indicated that an increase might be ahead. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


The DOW climbed 57 and a half points.
NASDAQ gained four.
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[MOVIE-PROMOTION]
[NEWSCAST=SIX]
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[TAPE#=]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


E-T returns to the silver screen this weekend after a twenty year hiatus.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


The re-release boasts digitally updated effects and added scenes once lost to the cutting room floor.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Patrick/Microwave;]


Patrick Evans joins us from Valley View Cinemas, where Q99 radio is providing some contest winners with a special advance screening of the 20th Anniversary edition of the timeless classic.
[LIVE=Patrick /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=@Patrick1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]
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[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Patrick/Microwave;]



[Sports Tease]


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

Coming up tonight on the Big 7, John Brophy is back in town tonight as the Express hosts Wheeling. Florida State has a replacement for Steve Robinson.
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[VO-NAT]

And the man who took little Bath County to the big time in football is leaving the mountains for the hill city.
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[S-Jones]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-115 5837tc]
[GRAPHIC=ffe]

Keeping up with the Joneses, or at least Chris Jones was virtually impossible the past two seasons. The Bath County head football coach led the Chargers to the state title game during his two years at Bath.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00]

Tonight his hiring was approved in Lynchburg as he is leaving Hot Springs to take over the Heritage Pioneers. In his two seasons at Bath County, Jones won 25 games, lost just three, and won the division one state title this past season. This past year the Chargers were named Friday Football Extra's team of the year.
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[S-FSU]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-110 10516TC]
[GRAPHIC=FLORIDA STATE U.]


The Florida State Seminoles didn't waste too much time to in hiring a replacement for Roanoke native Steve Robinson.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tallahassee, FL/This Afternoon;:00]

This afternoon the Seminoles hired Leonard Hamilton. He was the head coach at the University of Miami for ten season before Michael Jordan lured him to the NBA to coach the Wizards. But he lasted just half of a season in the NBA.
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[S-Brophy]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-117]
[GRAPHIC=express]

The Express hosts Wheeling tonight.
[graphic=john brophy]

The game marks the return of controversial coach John Brophy. Steve Mason has more.
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[SUPER=01-John Brophy/Has 997 Pro Hockey Wins; :06]
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[SUPER=01-Rod Taylor/Played Nine Seasons Under Brophy; 1:06]
[SUPER=01-Mark Bernard/Played Four Seasons Under Brophy; 1:16]
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((He's the same old silver haired coach whose fire for the game continues to burn after more than 30 years of coaching. ((:))
Brophy almost did die in a car accident in Nova Scotia in the summer of 2000. He broke a leg and has had several operations on his left eye, which was severely injured in the wreck. He's back to his old self. ((:)) ((:)) ((:))
Brophy has taken a team that had back to back 40 game losing seasons and turned them into Northwest playoff contenders in this his first season. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))

[S-NHL]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-111 10834TC]
[GRAPHIC=NHL]


Today marks the trading deadline in the NHL, but all of the big moves have had to take back seat to what is believed to be the first fan death in the history of the NHL. A 13 year old girl, who was struck in the head by a deflected puck during Saturday night's game between Calgary and Columbus, died last night after fighting for her life for two days in a Columbus, Ohio hospital.
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[OUT Q=...THE WORLD TO US."]
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While the league comes to grips with that tragedy a number of big players have traded uniforms including Pavel Bure who today joined the Rangers for this morning's practice.
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[S-Wood]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-106]
[GRAPHIC=martinsville]


In less than a month the Cup cars and the Craftsman Truck series drivers will be in Martinsville for the Virginia 500 and the Advance Auto Parts 250.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/Last Year; :00]

Jon Wood will be among those tooling around the track on the second weekend of April in a truck. He says his first full year on the series is a lot different from his days in Late Model racing.
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[IN Q=At New River...]
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[OUT Q=...THAT WAY."]

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