[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

Roanoke County is no longer burning rubber.
The tire fire is out.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

And a missing child case has a happy ending in more ways than one.
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[Sports-Head]


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

Tonight on News 7 Sports, the Blacksburg soccer teams and the Cave Spring softball team are in the spotlight.
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[VO-NAT]

And Radford high school's Caroline Downs decides she has a pretty good racket at home as she signs to play her college tennis for the Highlanders.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


A big time smashing of record temperatures today including one that lasted 106 years in Lynchburg. Big time heat-- our lead weather story tonight.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 4-Shot]


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



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[SOT]
[IN Q=I'm very exited]

((I'M VERY HAPPY AND EXITED TO INFORM YOU THE FIRE IS UNDER CONTROL AND HAS BEEN EXTINGUISHED.))
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=has been extinguished.]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

The fire chief declares Roanoke County's tire fire is out.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

Now the clean-up begins.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Shannon Young.
[Tire-Fire]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=02-06 TC1:19:50]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

It didn't take as long to put out the fire as officials predicted.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


They had given themselves 'til the END of the month to get that done.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

As of this morning, though, it was officially out... a fact confirmed by thermal imaging scanners shortly after day break. Willie Keeling's huge collection of used tires had burned for more than three weeks. It took the help of a Hazard Control team from Texas to get the fire out.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT11:03:15]
[IN Q=Williams is packing up]

((RICK BURCH/ROANOKE CO. FIRE & RESCUE CHIEF; WILLIAMS IS PACKING UP AND GETTING READY TO GO BACK TO TEXAS. THAT'S AN OFFICIAL SIGN THIS FIRE HAS BEEN EXTINGUISHED.))
[SUPER=01-Rick Burch/Roanoke Co. Fire & Rescue Chief]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=has been extinquished.]
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[VO-NAT]

[KEITH ON CART!!!]
[SUPER=04-March 23]

When it started three to four million tires were on fire... sending huge clouds of noxious smoke into the air. With the help of federal and local agencies, the disposal problem has been reduced to a matter of three or four THOUSAND tires to be disposed of at state expense.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 11:08:10]
[IN Q=It certainly falls within]

((NORM AULDRIDGE/VA DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY; IT CERTAINLY FALLS WITHIN THE ACCEPTABLE MARKET.))
[SUPER=01-Norm Auldridge/Va Dept. of Environmental Quality]
[RUNS=05]
[OUT Q=acceptable market.]
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[VO-NAT]

[KEITH ON CART!!!] The County Administrator was on hand for today's announcement, expressing pleasure that the fire was put out so quickly with the help of D-E-Q and E-P-A. Elmer Hodge says the County has learned some valuable lessons that may aid officials worried about some 300 other tire dumps across the Commonwealth.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 11:14:10]
[IN Q=But you can't say]

((KEITH HUMPHRY/NEWS 7: But you can't say the first thing you do is: not have a fire. ELMER HODGE/ROANOKE CO. ADMINISTRATOR; THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT. MY FIRST ADVICE WOULD BE: TO CLEAN THEM UP JUST A QUICKLY AS YOU CAN. YOU BET.))
[SUPER=01-Elmer Hodge/Roanoke Co. Administrator]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=you can. You bet.]
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[VO-NAT]

With the fire out, the E-P-A has already begun the next phase of clean up and damage assessment.
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[L'burg-Registrar]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=02-02 TC1:52:24]
[GRAPHIC=None]


There's a new twist in the investigation into spending in the Lynchburg registrar's office.
The city's top prosecutor is asking for a special grand jury to look into the matter.. and he's firing back at the local newspaper over its charges of investigative foot-dragging.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It was last]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Petty/Prosecutor; :22]
[SUPER=@ssm2; 1:18]
[RUNS=1:23]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]

(( It was last December when the state police began looking into whether former Lynchburg electoral board member Al Grant had abused the spending privileges on his city-issued credit card.
An internal audit found 23-thousand dollars worth of questionable charges.. and Lynchburg prosecutor Bill Petty says tracking down the paper trail has been difficult and time-consuming.
[SOT 19:43:43]

((BILL PETTY/LYNCHBURG PROSECUTOR: WE HAVE HAD DIFFICULTIES IN THIS CASE. WE ARE DEALING WITH OUT-OF-STATE CORPORATIONS. DESPITE THE SUGGESTION BY THE NEWS AND ADVANCE THAT ALL I HAVE TO DO IS PICK UP A TELEPHONE AND RECORDS FALL INTO MY LAP I CAN TELL YOU THAT'S NOT SO.))
[RUNS= 13]
[OUT Q=that's not so.]


Petty was referring to Sunday's editorial in the Lynchburg newspaper which questioned what it felt were delays in the investigation.
The paper wondered whether Petty was up to the job of pursuing the investigation against Grant, a fellow Republican.. and whether he was caught in a conflict of interest between protecting city taxpayers or members of his own political party.
The charges led Petty to fire back.
[SOT 19:49:30]

((BILL PETTY: IF WE'RE TO DO OUR JOB EFFECTIVELY, WE NEED THE TRUST AND THE CONFIDENCE OF THE PEOPLE OF THIS COMMUNITY. AND WHEN AN INSTITUTION SUCH AS THE NEWSPAPER.. WITHOUT FACT TO SUPPORT IT.. CHALLENGES OUR AUTHORITY, I DON'T THINK WE CAN JUST IGNORE THAT.))
[RUNS= 16]
[OUT Q=just ignore that.]


Petty has requested a special investigative grand jury to help track down evidence and possibly issue indictments.

Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))

[Falwell]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=02-05 TC1:34:30]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A federal judge says a centuries-old clause in Virginia's Constitution is actually UN-constitutional.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape]


Judge Norman Moon ruled yesterday that a state law preventing churches from incorporating violates the First Amendment right to free exercise of religion.
Reverend Jerry Falwell had sued the state over the ban.. and is also challenging the limits on how much land a church can own.
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[SOT 19:55:49]
[IN Q=It's a victory]

((JERRY FALWELL JR./ATTORNEY: IT'S A VICTORY NOT JUST FOR THOMAS ROAD BUT FOR ALL THE OTHER DENOMINATIONS AND CHURCHES. IT'S A BIG PART OF THE BATTLE BECAUSE THIS IS THE LAW THAT WAS IN THE VIRGINIA CONSTITUTION, NOT JUST IN THE CODE OF VIRGINIA.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Falwell, Jr./Attorney]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=code of Virginia.]
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[VO-NAT]


Falwell Junior says the case will likely reach the U-S Supreme Court.
Virginia and West Virginia are the only two states with such laws still on the books.
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[Big-Game]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=02-07 TC1:10:23]
[GRAPHIC=Big Game]


Virginia lottery dealers are expecting a busy evening.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Emporia/Friday]


Tonight's "Big Game" jackpot is worth at least 325-million dollars .. the second largest jackpot in U-S history.
And despite the 76 million-to-one odds, that has players putting down a lot of money. The play is especially heavy at outlets near state lines.
A reminder that you can see the Big Game drawing tonight on News 7 at 11.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]


Some call it the Golden Age of Television... but, at the time, one official called it a vast wasteland.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Still ahead on News 7, we'll see what folks were watching when we moved into this home in 1961.
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[LIVE=Jennifer Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Jennifer1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]

((JENNIFER LIVE TEASE: IF YOUR CHILD IS MISSING, WOULDN'T YOU WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW? POLICE SAY DON'T COUNT ON IT. WE'LL TELL YOU WHY, NEXT ON NEWS 7.))
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[Missing-Child]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=02-08 TC1:14:38]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Roanoke police say their missing child alert system worked wonders yesterday when a four year old boy disappeared.

[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Taimere Robinson was missing for five hours after being picked up by mistake at a playground.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=None]


The man who mistakenly took the boy returned him after seeing the police alert on television.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Jennifer /Microwave;]


Jennifer Miele is in the Horton Park neighborhood where the boy was picked up yesterday.
[LIVE=Jennifer /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=@jennifer1]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke]


Shannon, less than hour after Taimere disappeared, police activated what they call "Amber Alert."
It's a system by which media are alerted to the disappearance and immediately break into programming with a description of the child and his abductor.
Amber Alert also includes the creation of these fliers which hit Roanoke stores within two hours of Taimere's disappearance.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The boy on the]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night;:00]
[SUPER=01-Shelly Alley/Roanoke Police Spokesperson;:10]
[SUPER=07-Wanda Calloway;:31]
[RUNS=1:02]
[OUT Q=use this.]

(( The boy on the left is Taimere. He was mistaken for the boy on the right.
The man who mistook him realized it when he saw an Amber Alert on television.
[SOT]

((SHELLY ALLEY: THE AMBER ALERT SYSTEM ORIGINATED IN TEXAS, A LITTLE GIRL WAS ABDUCTED. THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND MEDIA PARTNERED THERE THEY CAME UP WITH THE PROGRAM.)) [RUNS11]
The disappearance itself frayed the nerves of neighboring mothers.
While police searched, a dark cloud hung over a birthday party going on across the street.
[SOT]

((WANDA CALLOWAY: IT'S REALLY BAD, IT'S BAD. I COULD NOT IMAGINE AND WOULD NOT WANT TO IMAGINE WHAT SHE FEELS RIGHT NOW.)) [RUNS06]
That brings about this question... if every mother asks police to activate Amber Alert for their missing child .. will they?
Roanoke police say no.
It's not for runaways or child custody cases... it's for abductions like Taimere's was thought to be.
[SOT]

((SHELLY ALLEY: WE HAVE HUNDREDS OF RUNAWAYS REPORTED EVERY YEAR, AND CANNOT USE IT. WE WILL EVALUATE EVERYTHING VERY CAREFULLY WHEN WE USE THIS.)) [RUNS10]))
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[LIVE= Jennifer /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]


Roanoke Police have only used Amber Alert once since it was implemented last May.
They say they don't want to desensitize the media to abduction cases.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Jennifer /Microwave;]


Shannon.

[LifeGuard]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=02-09 TC1:05:03]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Some Radford University students are learning what it's like to be a part of Life Guard 10.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Brad Lee is one of the students participating in the Flight Nurse Internship program.
Several times a month he goes out with crew on calls. He's there- -not only to observe- -but to assist with injured and sick patients.
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[SOT10:09:52]
[IN Q=The learning experience has been great]

((BRAD LEE/RADFORD NURSING STUDENT; THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN GREAT. THE CREW IS REALLY GOOD ABOUT TAKING STUDENTS IN AND MAKING US FEEL PART OF FLIGHT CREW... LETTING US EXPERIENCE NEW THINGS))
[SUPER=01-Brad Lee/Radford Nursing Student]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=letting us experience new things]
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[VO-NAT]


Life Guard 10 crew members hope this will help students figure out if this is the right career choice for them.
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[SOT10:17:00]
[IN Q=They keep us on our toes]

((SUSAN SMITH/FLIGHT NURSE; THEY KEEP US ON OUR TOES WE ALWAYS HAVE TOE TO LEARN THE MORE WE TEACH THEM SO IT WORKS FOR BOTH OF US))
[SUPER=01-Susan Smith/Flight Nurse]
[RUNS=07]
[OUT Q=so it works for both of us.]
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[VO-NAT]


Lee is one of two Radford University nursing students as well as two College of Health Sciences paramedic students participating in the program this semester.
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[Stanley-Furniture]


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


Right now Stanley Furniture imports ten percent of its product... the company president says the number will jump to 30 percent within three years.
It's a way to keep prices down, he says.
But what that means for local manufacturing plants is unknown.
The Stanleytown-based company employs three thousand people who make dining room, bedroom, home office and children's furniture.

[Stocks]


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


Stocks powered higher as renewed hopes of a recovery got buyers back into the market. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
[RUNS=:30]
[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-x/207.65/10301.32/x/61.39/1815.17;]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


The DOW climbed 208 points.
NASDAQ gained 61.
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[1961-TV]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=02-03 TC1:21:22]

[**ANCHOR TAG**]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Your Hometown Station is just days away from moving into our new Digital Broadcast Center.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


It's a move driven by changes in TV technology ..
[ANCHOR=Shannon ]
[SS=Building for the Future]

but that's not only thing to change since we moved into our present building in the early 19-60's.
(+++++++)

[TAKE BLDG FOR FUTURE FS] As we prepare to enter our "Building for the Future", here is a glimpse of the T-V programs you might have seen during our last move, 40 years ago.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=In '61 the top shows...]
[SUPER=01-Ted Powers/Former WDBJ Executive; :00]
[RUNS=1:43]
[OUT Q=declared it a vast wasteland.]
(([SOT 16:16:34-16:16:41]
[IN Q=In '61 the top 10 shows were...]

((TED POWERS/FORMER WDBJ EXECUTIVE: IN '61 THE TOP 10 SHOWS WERE "GUNSMOKE", "WAGON TRAIN", "HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL"...)) [RUNS:07]
[OUT Q="Have Gun, Will Travel"...]

It was 1961 and the relatively new television frontier was ruled by westerns...
[SOT 16:16:55-16:17:07]
[IN Q="The Andy Griffith Show...]

(("THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW", "THE REAL McCOYS", "RAWHIDE" AND, THAT HAD A YOUNG FELLA IN IT, IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY, NAMED CLINT EASTWOOD.)) [RUNS:12]
[OUT Q=named Clint Eastwood.]

More than 88-percent of American households sported at least one set even though it didn't take long to flip around the dial.
[SOT 16:19:17-16:19:31]
[IN Q=Well, we had basically...]

((WELL, WE HAD BASICALLY 4 CHANNELS: ABC, NBC, CBS AND THERE WAS PUBLIC BROADCASTING.)) [RUNS:14]
[OUT Q=there was public broadcasting.]

[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
[SOT 16:20:01-16:20:13]
[IN Q=In those days it was a family affair...]

((IN THOSE DAYS IT WAS A FAMILY AFFAIR AND I THINK THE PROGRAMMING REFLECTED THAT. ALL THOSE PROGRAMS COULD BE SEEN BY ALMOST ANY MEMBER OF THE FAMILY.)) [RUNS:12]
[OUT Q=almost any member of the family.]

Evenings found many families tuning in to find out what was happening in the world. Powers say attention spans were longer and that news programs followed suit.
[SOT 16:24:31-16:24:38]
[IN Q=I think people watched...]

((I THINK PEOPLE WATCHED NEWS MORE AVIDLY, PAID MORE ATTENTION TO IT.)) [RUNS:07]
[OUT Q=paid more attention to it.]

[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
[SOT 16:25:29-16:25:35]
[IN Q=The local news stories were longer...]

((THE LOCAL NEWS STORIES WERE LONGER, MORE IN DEPTH. YOU KNEW MORE ABOUT IT.)) [RUNS:06]
[OUT Q=longer, more in depth.]

There was also a call for lighter fare.
[SOT 16:17:08-16:17:17]
[IN Q="Candid Camera", "The Untouchables"...]

(("CANDID CAMERA", "THE UNTOUCHABLES", "THE PRICE IS RIGHT", THEY WERE TIED FOR NINTH AND "THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM" WAS TENTH.)) [RUNS:09]
[OUT Q="The Jack Benny Program" was tenth.]

But some things never change. Despite the variety of programming, Newton Minnow, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission surveyed the 1961 television landscape and declared it "a vast wasteland."))
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=Building for the Future]

It would be another six years before WDBJ started broadcasting in local color. We'll take a look at the transition from black and white to rainbow tonight on News 7 at 11.

[Sports Tease]


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

Coming up tonight on the Big 7, lots of high school notes from your Hometown Station's hometown's as a Radford Bobcat signs scholarship papers. The Cave Spring softball team looks to grow up in a hurry.
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[VO-NAT]

And the Blacksburg soccer team is again maintaining the dynasty by reloading in the tough Blue Ridge.

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[S-Radford]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-108 15758tc]
[GRAPHIC=TENNIS]


One of the area's top female high school tennis players has decided to stay close to home.
[GRAPHIC=RADFORD]

Radford high school's Caroline Downs today inked scholarship papers with Radford University.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford; :00]

Last spring, Downs dominated the district, Region C and won the state single A singles' title in leading the Bobcats to the state championship. Today, in the school library she made her choice official, decided playing in her hometown at place where her dad works is OK, after all.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=AT FIRST I THOUGHT...]
[SUPER=01-Caroline Downs/Signs Scholarship with RU; :00]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=...gone there."]
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[ANCHOR=MIKE]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD RU]

This year's Spring Jubilee is being hosted by Radford University and she could close out her high school career the same place she will begin her collegiate matches.

[S-Soccer]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-112 m 1:34:12]
[GRAPHIC=Soccer]

[***ANCHOR TAG***]
Blacksburg high school students have not yet made a decision on a new mascot, they plan to vote again this Thursday. One thing the school is certain of his just how good it's boys soccer team is again this season. Steve Mason has more.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Shelley Blumenthal/Blacksburg Head Coach; :12]
[SUPER=01-Elliott Stallings/Blacksburg Senior Forward; :34]
[SUPER=@steve2; :41]
[SUPER=01-John Bohland/Cave Spring Head Coach; :52]
[RUNS=1:14]
[OUT Q=...News 7 ]
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((The Blacksburg soccer team is 66-0 and 5 since it's last regular season loss back on March 27th 1997, but you would never know it talking the head coach. ((:))
When this team is healthy, seven seniors lead an experienced bunch. The calm demeanor that comes with years on the field translates in to one of many strengths. ((:)) ((:))
Blumenthal has won five double A state championships and is proud of players present and past. Cave Spring head coach John Boland played under Shelley in 1990. ((:)) ((:)) Blacksburg opens Blue Ridge District play next Tuesday against Salem. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
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[anchor=mike]
[graphic=soccer]


Blacksburg is 4 and OH so far this season and the Indians will be put to the test tonight against 5 and OH William Byrd in Blacksburg.

[S-Cave]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-117 11739tc]
[GRAPHIC=SOFTBALL]

The high school softball season is well underway for most teams and one of the perennial powers in the area is surprisingly a game under 500 - 7 games into the schedule.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]

The Cave Spring Knights, returned just 3 seniors off of last year's team that advanced to the state tournament. The team is 2-and-1 in the new Western Valley district and 3 and 4 overall.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=THEY'VE SEEN...]
[SUPER=01-Beth Drumbetta/Cave Spring Head Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=...COUPLE OF KINKS."]
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[VO-NAT CON'T]

Tomorrow afternoon the Knights play Patrick Henry in a district game. The addition of the western district clubs, including the Knights' regional semi-final opponent last year, in Halifax is making every night out a critical game.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="Our district...]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=...BE INTERESTING."]
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[S-ODAC]


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


And in the ODAC tonight - the Roanoke College Maroons baseball team, in its first year of existence, takes on Washington and Lee tonight. The game gets underway at 7:30 at Kiwanis Field in Salem.

[S-BRUCE]


[ANCHOR=MIKE]
[NEWSCAST=6PM]
[WRITER=mbr]
[TAPE#=SP-119]
[GRAPHIC=Redskins]


Washington Redskins Defensive End Bruce Smith is on the defensive for a different reason tonight. The former number one selection in the NFL draft is shutting down a charity golf tournament in Tidewater Area that he's hosted for over a decade.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Ashburn/July 2000]

This year's edition of the Bruce Smith Charity Golf Classic will be the last after an investigation by the Virginia-Pilot Newspaper of Norfolk raised questions about the tournament's bookkeeping and how much money charities actually received from the tournament. Smith says he was unaware of any problems with the charity event and his advisers are looking into it, but the newspaper article is the reason he's shutting down the tournament. Smith will donate money out of his pocket to the charities that may not have benefited from the event. The 13th and final edition of the tournament is set for June 10th. (------------)