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Coming up on News 7-
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Who's to blame for a massive fire at a Roanoke County tire dump? In an exclusive interview with News 7, the dump's owner says *he's* not responsible. Plus, why rain could do more harm than good until the fire's out. And, a Lynchburg photographer adds a sound track to his still photos.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Those stories and more, next on News 7.

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[VO-NAT]


Smoke and flames intensify as crews work to gain the upper hand on a brush and tire fire in Roanoke County.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Good Evening, I'm Shannon Young.

[Tire-Fire]


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[TAPE#=02-01 TC-1:33:19]
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It will get worse before it gets better... thick smoke is blanketing much of the Roanoke Valley as the area deals with the effects of two separate fires that continue to burn. One is at the Keeling Tire Dump. The other is a brush fire that's consuming hundreds of acres.
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Teresa Hamilton is near the command post and has an update.
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((ROLLCUE:...put plans into motion.))
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[SUPER=01-Zeph Cunningham/Park Ranger; :26]
[SUPER=01-Chris Thomsen/Department of Forestry; 1:28]
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[OUT Q=mopping up and cleaning up.]



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[Road-Info]


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Several roads around the area are still closed because of the fire.
Roanoke County officials are asking motorists to avoid the area.
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[TAKE ROADS PAGE FS 1000] That includes the intersection of Starkey and Merriman and the Intersection of Buck Mountain and Starkey. Starlight Lane is also closed at this hour.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Meanwhile, the seventeen mile section of the Blue Ridge Parkway between Routes 2-20 and 221 is still closed.

[Residents]


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[WRITER=jus]
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The fire prompted several families to evacuate their homes.
They're either staying with friends or at a shelter set up by the American Red Cross.
Justin McLeod tells us why some of those families are in no rush to move back home.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Robert Hale/Evacuated Resident; :14 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Annie Fountain/Evacuated Resident; :32]
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Molly O'Dell/VA Dept. of Health; 1:25]
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((((NAT SOUND IN SHELTER))
These are some of the people who are affected the most by the fire.
They've been asked to leave voluntarily for health and safety reasons.
[SOT 1:46; TAPE 2]
[IN Q=It's really been]

((ROBERT HALE/EVACUATED RESIDENT: IT'S REALLY BEEN HARD TO DO BUT WE JUST PUT OUR FAITH IN THE LORD AND EVERYTHING.))


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[OUT Q=the lord and everything]


They'll need that faith now more than ever.
Officials have told these residents it could be days before it is safe to return home.
They were allowed to go home Sunday morning to gather some belongings.
[SOT 7:10; TAPE 2]
[IN Q=The snoke was actually]

((ANNIE FOUNTAIN/EVACUATED RESIDENT: THE SMOKE WAS ACTUALLY IN THE HOUSE. YOU GO FROM ROOM TO ROOM, EVEN THOUGH THE BEDROOM DOORS AND THINGS WERE CLOSED BUT THE SMOKE WAS IN EVERY ROOM.))
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[OUT Q=was in every room]
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[IN Q=To give you an idea]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA WHAT SITUATION THESE RESIDENTS ARE LIVING WITH TAKE A LOOK BEHIND ME, THIS IS WHERE THE TIRE DUMP FIRE IS GOING STRONG. RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET THERE ARE SIX OR SEVEN NEARBY HOMES. AS YOU CAN SEE, YOU CAN'T SEE ANY SMOKE HERE BUT YOU CAN DEFINETELY SMELL IT AND FOR SOME RESIDENTS THAT'S A PROBLEM.))
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((NAT SOUND))
Virginia's Department of Health has tested the air several times.
Those test came out normal.
But that brings little comfort to residents who fear they may have to breathe those fumes for several months.
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[IN Q=I can't breathe]

((ANNIE FOUNTAIN/EVACUATED RESIDENT: I CAN'T BREATHE A LOT OF THAT STUFF BECAUSE I'VE HAD LUNG PROBLEMS BEFORE AND THAT'S NOT GOOD FOR ME.))
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[OUT Q=good for me]


The Department of Health says anyone who has problems with their eyes or lungs should seek medical attention immediately.
As for any long term effects to breathing that air, officials say we simply don't know.
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[IN Q=There haven't been any]

((DR. MOLLY O'DELL/VA DEPT. OF HEALTH: THERE HAVEN'T BEEN ANY LONG TERM STUDIES FOR CHRONIC EXPOSURES TO THOSE THINGS BUT WE KNOW IN THE SHORT TERM EFFECT THAT IT OBVIOUSLY IRRITATES LUNG DISEASE AND AGGREVIATE CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE.))

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[OUT Q=cardiovascular disease]

((NAT SOUND OF CAR DRIVING OUT OF DRIVEWAY))
That's the main reason why some residents are in no rush to move back home, as they continue to hope for the best but prepare for the worst.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke County.))


[Back-Creek]


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Along with air quality, another major environmental concern is potential contamination of groundwater and nearby streams.
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The State Department of Emergency Management says there have been no such problems, and they're taking steps in hopes of preventing, or limiting, any possible effects.
Back Creek is near the fire, and crews are doing their best to protect it. They have created an "underflow" designed to take in any toxic runoff from the fire.
They're also digging ravines nearby to catch any oil or runoff.
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[Rain-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WRITER=ejo]
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The possibility of toxic runoff is just one reason rain could be detrimental in this case.
State officials say rain cold create health problems not just in the water, but also in the air.
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[IN Q=You would think]
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((BRETT BURDICK/VA DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES: YOU WOULD THINK THAT RAIN WOULD PUT THE FIRE OUT, BUT ALL THE EVIDENCE THAT WE HAVE WITH RESPECT TO TIRE FIRES IS THAT THE HOTTER THEY BURN, THE LESS THEY POLLUTE THE AIR.))
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[OUT Q=less they pollute the air.]
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Fire officials normally prefer to let tire fires burn themselves out, but since this one is near a populated area, they may consider a way to extinguish this one sooner. One possibility is the use of a special foam which can be brought in if needed.
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[Keeling]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=11]
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The owner of the tire dump says he's not to blame.
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[VO-NAT]
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69-year old Willie Keeling has owned the dumping ground for more than fifty years.
He was convicted of operating the illegal dump more than a decade ago.
Since then, state and local authorities have unsuccesffuly tried to force him to clean up the site.
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[SOT 39:23]
[IN Q=You feel any responsibility]

((WILLIE KEELING/PROPERTY OWNER: YOU FEEL ANY RESPONSIBILITY THOUGH WHAT'S HAPPENED? NO, I DON'T FEEL NO RESPONSBILITY WHEN I COME HERE I WAS LEGAL. I WAS 100-PERCENT LEGAL, M2 ZONE ON THIS PLACE AND EVERYTHING AND WERE I AM RESPONSIBLE. NO, I'M NOT RESPONSIBLE.))
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[VO-NAT]


Keeling did sign an agreement with the Department of Environment Quality and Roanoke County to authorize them to clean up the site.
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[County-React]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Roanoke County has been trying to get the site cleaned up for nearly 40 years.
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County officials say they were prepared to start on site work as early as this week, and may have started removing some of the tires within two months. Officials say they tried all available means to work with Willie Keeling to get the dump cleaned up.
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[SOT - 7:13:30 - TF 10:30 Press Conf.]
[IN Q=We've utilized lawsuits...]

((PAUL MAHONEY/ROANOKE CO. ATTORNEY; WE'VE UTILIZED LAWSUITS, WE'VE UTILIZED NEGOTIATIONS, WE'VE UTILIZED ALL THE VARIOUS TOOLS THAT ARE AVAILABLE IN OUR SYSTEM TO ADDRESS THIS KIND OF PROBLEM. WE HAVE TRIED TO WORK WITH THE LAND OWNER ON MANY OCCASIONS.))
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[OUT Q=...land owner on many occasions.]
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[VO-NAT - :14+]

County officials say its much too early to discuss any lawsuits that may be filed against Keeling. So far, there is no estimate on how much it will cost to fight the fire, and then clean up the area, but county officials say they know it will be expensive.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[WRITER=rle]
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Still ahead on News 7 at 11, major awards are handed out in Tinsletown... We'll have an update on the Oscars just ahead...
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[VO-NAT]

and we're not alone battling major brush fires. A blaze in the Southwest has consumed more than 30 homes. We'll have that and more coming up.
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[NM-Fires]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=11 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
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The governor of New Mexico says a fire that destroyed at least 30-luxury homes appears to be accidental.
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Governor Gary Johnson says it appears someone dumped still smoldering ashes from a fireplace in a back yard. Authorities had said the fire appeared suspicious. Wind gusts of up to 50 miles an hour are hampering firefighters' efforts to contain the blaze in a heavily forested mountain resort where homes are worth up to a (m) million dollars.
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[IN Q=Situation today is much worse...]
[SUPER=01-Gov. Gary E. Johnson/R-New Mexico;]

((Gov. Gary E. Johnson/R-New Mexico: Situation today is much worse than it was yesterday, I mean yesterday you had one point of origin, today you potentially have a thousand points of origin and again what's clear when you go out and look at this fire, is that not much has burned relative to what could've burned or what still could burn.))
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[OUT Q=or what still could burn.]
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Elsewhere in New Mexico, about 200 people have been told to evacuate near Hondo, where a fire that started on the Mescalero Apache Reservation grew to 16-thousand acres overnight and now threatens homes.


[Oscars]


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[WRITER=rle]
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For the first time in more than 40-years the Academy Awards are being held in Hollywood. Chris Lawrence tells us who's going home with Oscar tonight.
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[IN Q=We are well into the 74th annual...]
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((We are well into the 74th annual academy awards... and the oscars are rolling out.

(nats of beautiful mind)

Jennifer Conelly picks up her first academy award for her role in Beautiful Mind.

(nats of lord of the rings)

The Lord of the Rings is a winner as well... for both make up and cinematography

(nats of moulin rouge)

And Moulin Rouge wins for best costume and art direction.

(nats of crowd)

Before the event began all the action was outside. Where you could see just about everyone and everything. Including a 1 million dollar pair of shoes. And of course the stars.

(SOT - Russell Crowe)

"it is absolutely exciting I can't wait for the race to begin"
STANDUP: AND RUSSELL CROWE WILL HAVE TO HOLD THAT EXCITMENT. IT WILL BE A LITTLE WHILE UNTIL HE FINDS OUT IF IT'S GOING TO BE BACK TO BACK OSCARS. CHRIS LAWRENCE, CBS NEWS, HOLLYWOOD.))

[Pope]


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Pope John Paul is heading into Holy Week in frail health.
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For this first time in his papacy, the Pope had a cardinal celebrate Palm Sunday Mass for him at the Vatican while he listened from a chair John Paul did read the Gospel but remained seated. His voice was, words slurred and he appeared weary. The Vatican hasn't given a reason, but the pope has had to cancel several public appearances recently because of knee pain. He'll be 82 in May.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[WRITER=rle]
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Still to come on News 7 at 11, Kurt Busch gets his first win on the Winston Cup circuit. And Maryland and Kansas advance to the Final Four. Roy Stanley will have all the highlights in sports...
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but before that, one local man is making a unique blend of two separate arts. We'll have that and more coming up.
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[WEB-ADDRESS]
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[Web Address Announce] [Pinnacle 4885ess]

[VA-Profile]


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Pictures alone have the ability to produce powerful emotions...imagine the reaction when sound is added.
Steve Smallshaw explains in this week's Virginia Profile.
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[SUPER=01-David Duncan/Photographer; :33]
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(( Pictures and audio together usually make for good television, but a Lynchburg photographer is proving they also can combine to form a different and compelling art exhibit.
[natsot 11:49:09]

((THIS IS LYNCHBURG GENERAL AIRPORT, NATIONAL GUARD WATCHING PASSENGERS AS THEY GET OFF..))
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David Duncan is a photographer for the Lynchburg News & Advance.. since September 11th, many of his assignments have had to do with the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on America.
So he's been shooting extra frames here and there.. with an eye towards exhibiting them later.
[SOT 11:4:22]

((DAVID DUNCAN/PHOTOGRAPHER: I WOULD GET MY JOB DONE FIRST AND THEN SHOOT FOR MYSELF, MAYBE DURING SOME DOWN TIME, DURING LUNCH OR IN BETWEEN ASSIGNMENTS. A LOT OF IT WAS OFF TIME, HOURS AND HOURS SPENT AFTER WORK SHOOTING, RECORDING, EDITING, PRINTING.))
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The images are both powerful and haunting: firefighters in hazmat suits.. a young boy joining the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.
The pictures themselves are strong enough to stand alone, but Duncan has added a new twist.
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((BEING AN AMERICAN MEANS YOU ARE HERE, YOU ARE FREE AND GOD WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU.))
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In addition to his usual camera apparatus, he's also been carrying a tape recorder.. talking with the subjects he's photographed, and making their voices part of his exhibit.
[SOT 11:57:38//11:56:44]

((DUNCAN: IT ADDS A REALIZATION TO IT, YOU HEAR THESE PEOPLE IN FIRST PERSON TALK ABOUT.. I MEAN THERE'S GREAT WRITERS OUT THERE AND GREAT T-V, BUT TO HEAR THESE PEOPLE TALK ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES FOR FIVE MINUTES REALLY GETS INTO YOUR HEART, IT'S AMAZING. THEY ALWAYS SAY IMAGES SPEAK A THOUSAND WORDS, BUT THESE SPEAK MILLIONS AND I WAS HAPPY TO BE ABLE TO CAPTURE THAT ON MY AUDIO.))
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Visitors can stroll through the exhibit with headphones, putting voices with the faces they see in the pictures.


"Innocence Lost" runs through April 25th.
The memories it documents will last a lifetime.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))


[S-Hawks]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-118 (41:16)]
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Kansas is headed to the final four. The Jayhawks held off a tough Oregon team winning the Midwest Championship 104 to 86.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Madison, WI/CBS SPORTS; :]


Kansas turned back every challenge from the Ducks in the first half.
Drew Gooden gets it inside and throws down the overhead reverse jam and the Jayhawks led 27 to 19.
But when Robert Jones pulled up and hit this three pointer the score was tied at 40 to 40.
Kansas came right back Nick Collerson takes it inside for the score and Jayhawks led by six at the half.
Oregon made a run to start the second half Frederick Johnson with the hoop and foul and the lead was cut to four.


[SUPER=33-Kansas/104/Oregon/86/; :]


But the Jayhawks answered every Oregon rally and Kansas pulls away to win it 104 to 86.
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[SUPER=01-Roy Williams/Kansas Head Coach; :]
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[OUT Q=......on the boards."]
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[S-Terps]


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[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=rst]
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The Jayhawks will play Maryland in the final four this Saturday. Lonny Baxter scored a season high 29 points to lead the Terps to a 90 to 82 win over Connecticut.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Syracuse, NY/CBS SPORTS; :]


The Terps looking to get past U-Conn for their second straight trip to the final four.
Caron Butler throws the alley oop pass to Johnnie Selvie for the jam and the Huskies led 22 to 20.
But on this play Chris Wilcox makes a block at one end of the court races to the ohter end taking the pass from Bryon Mouton for the game and Maryland led 44 to 37 at the half.
U-Conn rallied in the second half Butler knocks down another three pointer to make it 54 to 53 Huskies.
But Maryland's Juan Dixon hits three of his 27 points and the game was tied at 77 to 77.
[SUPER=33-Maryland/90/Connecticut/82/; :]


Then late in the half Steve Blake hits the three pointer for his only points of the game and Maryland wins it 90 to 82.
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[SUPER=01-Gary Williams/Maryland Head Coach; :]
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[OUT Q=...been incredible."]
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[S-NBA]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-119 (33:45)]
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Detroit's Ben Wallace set an N-B-A record with a season high 28 rebounds to lead detroit over Boston 109 to 101.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Auburn Hills, MI/NBC SPORTS; :]


Rick Carlisle sitting on the bench.
Boston's Antoine Walker drives to the hoop and hits the layup Boston led 66 to 54.
But Detroit's Jerry Stackhouse drives to the hoop for 2 of his 30 points and the Pistons led by 3.
[SUPER=33-Detroit/109/Boston/101/; :]


Wallace runs the floor and gets the alley oop jam and the Pistons win it 109 to 101.
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[S-Scores]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-113 (1:03:40)]
[GRAPHIC=None]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Toronto, ON/TSN; :]


Vince Carter sidelined with an injury as the Wizards were in town. It got down to one shot Michael Jordan puts it up it goes in and out with 4 seconds left and the Raptors hold on for the 92 to 91 win.
And here are tonight's scores.
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[S-Race]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-106 (1:45:30)]
[GRAPHIC=Bristol Logo]


Kurt Busch survived several caution flags and he takes the checkered flag winning the Food City 500 at Bristol.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bristol, TN/FOX SPORTS; :]


The caution flag came out early after 100 laps Dale Jarrett hits Hermie Sadler after Sadler had hit the wall bringing out the fifth caution of the day.
Jimmy Spencer was the man in control and he was the leader with 357 laps to go Spencer was working his way through traffic.
Then pole sitter Jeff Gordon loses control and hits the wall in turn two bringing out the seventh caution of the day.
Tony Stewart still recovering from a sore back after crashing last week was the leader of the race at the halfway mark.
But Dale Earnhardt Junior had a fast car and he moved the front with plenty of laps left in the race.
Tony Stewart had to get out of the car because of his back he was replaced by Todd Bodine on a caution and the car stayed on the lead lap.
Kurt Busch Dodged all the wrecks on the track and he takes the checkered flag winning the Food City 500. It's Busch's first Winston Win.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="I saw Elliott......]
[SUPER=01-Kurt Busch/Food City 500 Winner; :]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=.....victory lane whoo....."]
[ANCHOR=Roy]
[GRAPHIC=Hold Logo]


Spencer was second, Ricky Rudd third, Earnhardt Junior fourth and Bobby Labonte fifth.
Ward Burton was 25th, His brother Jeff 26-th Rick Mast finished 33-rd and Stacy Compton 38-th.





[S-Golf]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-111 (1:10:01)]
[GRAPHIC=PGA tour Logo]


Craig Perks made only 2 pars over his last 14 holes but it was good enough for him to win The Players Championship on the P-G-A tour.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Ponte Vedra Beach, FL/NBC SPORTS; :]


The T-P-C course wasn't very friendly in the final round.
Defending champion Tiger Woods came out hot this birdie putt at the 10-th hole put him at 2 under par. But Woods would finish the round at 1 under.
Perks had a shaky front nine but this birdie putt on the 11-th hole gave him the outright lead with 7 holes to play.
Perks shot an even par 72 finishing at 8 under par 280. He finished eagle, birdie par in winning for the first time on the tour.
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[S-Steam]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-114 (1:25:42)]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Steam]


The Roanoke Steam has been practicing for almost two weeks preparing for their Arena Football League Two season.
Head Coach Steven Jerry took a different approach in filling the roster this season. The priority was quickness, size and experience.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="We have...]
[SUPER=01-Steven Jerry/Steam Head Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=....Kenny Wojciechowski."]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :]


The players are in place now the Steam must perform on the field. And for some Arena Football is a new experience.

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[SOT]
[IN Q="It's pretty......]
[SUPER=01-Fernando Gant/Steam Tight End; :]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=.....basically."]
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[Recap-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=02-17 TC-9:01]
[GRAPHIC=Tire Fire]

Here is the latest information on our top story tonight.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]

Fires continue to burn at the Keeling Tire Dump, and several brush fires have ignited scorching hundreds of acres in southwest Roanoke County. Clouds of smoke and runoff from the tire dump could be causes for concern. And several roads are closed around the fire, including a stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway. County officials ask that you avoid the area.
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We'll have updated live reports on the fire all day tomorrow, starting on News 7 Mornin', beginning at 5:30.