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Coming up on News 7-
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A white man claims discrimination against a civil rights group-
Uncle Sam may be watching over gas pumps this summer. We'll tell you why.
and why this movie star is trading the big screen for the small screen.
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plus new jobs are coming to one local city.
News 7 is next.

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[SOT 59:20]
[IN Q=Any attempt he makes]

((REV. WILLIAM KEEN/SCLC PRESIDENT: ANY ATTEMPT HE MAKES TO DERAIL FREEDOM IS GOING TO BE A FAILED ATTEMPT.))
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[OUT Q=be a failed attempt]
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Charges of racisim as the annual meeting of the Virginia Southern Christian Leadership Conference gets under way.
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[SS=News 7 @ 11]



[SCLC-Convention]


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Members of the S-C-L-C began gathering in Danville tonight to elect a new president.
But a Bedford County man says he's the rightful president and that any election held during the convention is illegal.
Now, a court may decide who runs the civil rights organization. [***NEWS 7 @ 11 GRAPHIC***]
[TOSS ACROSS=Jean & Justin / Pulpit;]


Justin McLeod was in Danville tonight and joins us now with more on the controversy?
Jean, at issue is when exactly does the organization elect its president, at a board meeting or the annual convention.
[LIVE= Justin /FULL]
[SUPER=@justin1]


Last January, the state board nominated Jack Mills to be president-elect of the traditionally black-led organization.
A month later, board members rescinded the nomination and that's where the dispute begins.
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[***JUSTIN'S MIC HOT***]
Mills who is white claims he's being discriminated because of his race.
[SUPER=03-Danville; ]


But S-C-L-C members disagree saying his conduct prompted them to dump him.
Mills contends that under the organization's by-laws he is still president elect.
But some SCLC members see it a different way.
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[SOT 1:00:14]
[IN Q=The board can make a recommendation]

((REV. WILLIAM KEEN/INTERIM SCLC PRESIDENT: THE BOARD CAN MAKE A RECOMMENDATION FOR THE STATE OF OFFICERS FOR AN OFFICE TO BE IMPOSITIONED BUT THAT DOESN'T SECURE YOUR ELECTION. YOU HAVE TO BE ELECTED AT THE CONVENTION BY THE CONVENTION MEMBERS.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. William Keen/Interim SCLC President]
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The board has since thrown its support behind Danville's William Keen who is currently the interim president.
S-C-L-C hopes to elect a new president this weekend.
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[LIVE= Justin /FULL Pulpit]


But Jack Mills is not giving up just yet.
He has filed an injunction to halt the state conference and election.
[TOSS ACROSS=Jean & Jennifer / Pulpit;]


But Jean, there is no indication a judge will actually make a decision before that election which is scheduled to take place Saturday morning.

[Danville-Tourism]


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The city budget also took center stage in Danville tonight.
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[SUPER=03-Danville]


City council held a public hearing on the proposed budget for next year.
One part that's generating a lot of debate is who should handle tourism for the city.
The local Chamber of Commerce is fighting a plan to take all of the city's tourism funding away from the Chamber and give it to the Department of Parks and Recreation.
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[IN Q=We feel like tourism]

((BOB CHILDRESS/CHAMBER BOARD MEMBER: WE FEEL LIKE TOURISM SHOULD BE A FULL-TIME RESPONSIBILITY OF SOMEONE WHO THINKS IT, DRINKS IT, EATS IT EVERYDAY AS A OPPOSSED TO BE A LINE ITEM AND PART OF A RECREATION DEPARTMENT.)) ((JOHN HAMLIN/DANVILLE MAYOR: WE WILL BE LOOKING AT THAT PROPOSAL AND LOOKING AT WHAT THEY WANT TO OFFER AND THEN COMPARING IT WITH WHAT THE PARKS AND RECREATION AND OUR PRESENT BUDGET SITUATION WOULD DEEM THEM HAVE TO MAKE A CHOICE.))
[SUPER=01-Bob Childress/Chamber Board Member; :00]
[SUPER=01-John Hamlin/Danville Mayor; :13]
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[OUT Q=make a choice]
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The Chamber is asking for an additional 60 thousand dollars this year added to the 80-thousand the Chamber already receives in tourism funding.
City Council is expected to vote on the proposal at its May 21st meeting.
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[Pipe-Bomb]


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New information tonight on the man accused of planting bombs in mailboxes...
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[VO-NAT 20:53:54]
[SUPER=03-Reno, NV]

A Nevada Sheriff says Luke Helder, the 21- year- old college student accused of planting the bombs- said he drew a smiley face on a map-- with the clusters of bombs in Iowa and Illinois, using Nebraska for the eyes. Authorities believe he was working on the mouth when police caught up with him in Nevada. Friends and family are still baffled about what caused Helder to commit the acts of terror.
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((ALENA SWANSEN/COLLEGE CLASSMATE: LUKE WOULD HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE LAST PEOPLE I EVER WOULD HAVE SUSPECTED.))
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Helder is being held in a Reno jail... A judge today would not release him to his parents saying it's obvious he has some mental problems. If convicted Helder could go to prison for life.
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[Middle-East]


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It appears the five and half week standoff at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity is ending
13 Palestinian militants are expected to leave the church at daybreak Friday-
Teri Okita has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Abed Rabbo/Palestinian Spokesman;]
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((MIDEAST OFFICIALS SAY PALESTINIANS STILL HOLED-UP IN THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY COULD SOON BEGIN LEAVING MANGER SQUARE ... NOW THAT THERE'S WORD OF ANOTHER DEAL. THIS ONE WOULD SEND 13 SUSPECTED MILITANTS TO SEVERAL COUNTRIES. OTHER GUNMEN WOULD BE SENT TO GAZA, AND THE CIVILIANS WOULD BE FREED. GUNFIRE ERUPTED AS ISRAELI TANKS ROLLED INTO THE TOWN OF RAFAH AND OTHER PARTS OF THE GAZA STRIP. ISRAEL HAS CALLED UP THOUSANDS OF RESERVISTS ... IN PREPARATION FOR A POSSIBLE MILITARY ATTACK. THE MOVE COMES AFTER TUESDAY'S SUICIDE BOMBING OUTSIDE TEL AVIV THAT KILLED 15 ISRAELIS. ABED RABBO/PALESTINIAN SPOKESMAN: "The war against Gaza and against other parts of the Palestinian territories will only lead towards widening this vicious circle of violence." IN AN APPARENT RESPONSE TO GROWING U.S. PRESSURE, PALESTINIAN LEADER YASSER ARAFAT ARRESTED SEVERAL MEMBERS OF HAMAS -- THE MILITANT GROUP BELIEVED RESPONSIBLE FOR MOST OF THE SUICIDE ATTACKS. President Bush: I was pleased that Chairman Arafat spoke in Arabic against terrorism. That's good. That s a positive development. Now, it s up to Chairman Arafat to perform. MEANWHILE , TENSIONS ARE SPILLING OUT INTO THE STREETS. IN RAMALLAH, DEMONSTRATORS CARRIED PALESTINIAN BANNERS AND SET ISRAELI, AMERICAN, AND BRITISH FLAGS ON FIRE. IN JERUSALEM, DEMONSTRATORS TORE UP PALESTINIAN FLAGS AN CARRIED SIGNS SAYING, PALESTINE-NEVER. TERI OKITA: UNLIKE THE WEST BANK OFFENSIVE, THE MISSION IN GAZA IS EXPECTED TO BE SHORTER AND MUCH MORE LIMITED IN SCOPE. BUT FIGHTING THERE WILL ALSO BE RISKIER ... BECAUSE OF GAZA'S DENSE POPULATION. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))

[Warner]


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Virginia's specialty tags program will continue despite the recent confederate flag controversy.
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The state battled the Sons of the Confederate Veterans over the use of the confederate flag logo on the plates... and lost.
Last week the Attorney General's Office decided not to appeal the case further.
Some have been calling for the elimination of the license plates program to prevent future controversy.
[SUPER=04-Today]


Governor Warner said today he has no plans to halt the program because it offers benefits.
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((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES DO GENERATE FOUR AND ONE-HALF MILLION DOLLARS AND THOSE ARE NEEDED BUDGET REVENUE. AND AS THE U.S.S. COLE SIGNING THE OTHER DAY, THERE ARE CERTAIN AREAS THAT ARE APPROPRIATE FOR MEMORIALIZATION.))
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Warner says he does support improving the process for obtaining the specialty tags.
He thinks members of the General Assembly currently spend too much time reviewing the applications.
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[Civic-Development]


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Martinsville has a New Jersey-based teleservice firm to thank for creating 125-new jobs. Civic Development says it will add 75-positions at its facility on Lavinder Street and 50 more through an affiliate, Millennium Telemarketing. The city's Economic Development Director, Tom Harned, says the move "confirms to other companies that they can maintain a quality workforce in Martinsville."

[Airport-Screeners]


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A new tool could help keep airlines safe.
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It's a machine that scans people for traces of explosives.
A New Jersey company designed the machine-
Passengers walk through the device which can detect more than 30 compounds that might indicate the presence of explosives.
The machine can screen about seven people a minute and costs about 100 thousand dollars.
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[Open-House]


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Now that we have been in our "Building for the Future" for three weeks, you can join us for a tour this weekend.


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[Take Open House FS]
Our Digital Broadcast Center Open House runs Friday from 2 until 9, and Saturday from 9 until 5.
We'll offer autographs and answer your questions about digital television.
Take I-581 in Roanoke to Hershberger Road West.
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Roanoke's budget is in the red, now the question is where will the cuts come from.
That story when News 7 returns.
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And when you fill up this summer, the federal government may be watching.
Find out why next.
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[Sports-Preview]


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((Hey folks this is Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office as Duke's Mike Dunleavy says he's heading to the NBA early. The Hornets are already there and tonight they cut down the Nets. Duncan gets the MVP, while this do it all Terrier gets a 16 thousand dollar scholarship. The Western Virginia Education Classic will have a local flavor, and the Steam looks to continue its redhot play tonig

ht on THE BIG 7.))[Gas-Prices]


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Tired of high gas prices? So are some federal officials who today
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said they'll monitor thousands of gas stations in 360 cities nationwide.
They're trying to determine the cause of price spikes.
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((BILL KOVACIC/FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION; WE WANT TO HAVE A BETTER IDEA OF WHAT IS MAKING PRICES GO UP AND DOWN AND WE'LL LOOK FOR IRREGULARITY IN PRICE PATTERNS.))
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[OUT Q=IN PRICE PATTERNS.]
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Just last week the senate released findings that the oil industry has pushed up gas prices, not by fixing prices, but by restricting the amount of oil the industry makes into gasoline.
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((TYSON SLOCUM/ENERGY ANALYST PUBLIC CITIZEN: YOU CAN INTENTIONALLY WITHHOLD A CRITICAL COMMODITY LIKE GASOLINE FROM THE MARKETPLACE IN ORDER TO DRIVE PRICES UP AND IT IS NOT ILLEGAL.))
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[OUT Q=NOT ILLEGAL.]
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Despite repeated investigations, oil companies have always been cleared of charges they fix prices- what's new is the question: Are they fixing supply.
Now for the first time the Federal Trade Commission is actively watching.
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[81-Wreck]


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State police say it may take a few days to sort out the chain of car wrecks that caused a 40-car pileup on Interstate 81 near Salem yesterday.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


Two people remain in the hospital -- one man with a broken collarbone and another with severe cuts to his face.
Six others were treated and released.
Right now, state police attribute the accidents to rain-slicked roads and motorists who were following too close.


They say some motorists may be charged.
Hundreds of other motorists spent hours stuck on the interstate.
V-DOT says that in the future, they'll get advance warning of trouble ahead.
The highway department plans to install several overhead message signs on 81, 581 and 460 by the end of the year.


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[City-Budget]


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Roanoke officials have come up with a plan to trim more than a million dollars from the city's proposed budget, but the cost- cutting won't include the elimination of three fire department positions.
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The city was already facing a cut in state funding, when officials recently learned that local revenues were lagging as well.
Despite the shortfall, council members moved to reinstate three fire department positions, and they encouraged the city manager to fill vacancies in the police department, if possible.
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((DARLENE BURCHAM/CITY MANAGER: OBVIOUSLY WITH LESS FLEXIBILITY WE'VE GOT TO CUT SOMETHING, EITHER CUT SOMETHING OR FIND SOME ADDITIONAL REVENUES. AND I DON'T THINK THE LATTER IS GOING TO BE POSSIBLE. ON THE OTHER HAND, I'M APPRECIATIVE OF THE FACT THAT THE BALANCE OF THE BUDGET COUNCIL DID FIND TO BE SATISFACTORY.))
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Meanwhile, Council member Bill White says the city must do a better job of collecting and monitoring its local tax revenues. He proposed an audit review board that would examine the city's collections on a monthly basis.

[Pulaski-School]


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Some Pulaski County parents are fighting to keep a local elementary school open.
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[SUPER=03-Pulaski;]

A petition with 2-hundred signatures asks school officials to re-consider a consolidation plan. School officials want to close Northwood and Claremont Elementary to build a new facility for all students. But some Northwood parents say they don't want to lose their small, community school.
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((DONNA DALTON/CONCERNED PARENT; THEY HAVE VERY SMALL CLASS SIZES THEY GET VERY INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION I THINK MAYBE THE LARGEST CLASS MIGHT HAVE 20-CHILDREN IN IT.)) ((DON STOWERS/PULASKI CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT; WE HAVE TO THINK OF ALL OF OUR CHILDREN WE HAVE TO CONSIDER ALL THE CHILDREN IN THE COUNTY AND MAKE DECISIONS THAT ARE EQUITABLE FOR ALL OUR CHILDREN.))
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[SUPER=01-Don Stowers/Pulaski Co. School Superintendent; :09]
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[OUT Q=ALL OUR CHILDREN.]
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Stowers says declining enrollment numbers and outdated buildings are why a new facility is a good move. The school board still has to vote to approve the consolidation plan.
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[Bridge-Suicide]


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Mental health advocates say a Lynchburg woman's suicide last year could have been prevented if she'd had better professional care... or if the city had listened to concerns about the safety of its Rivermont Avenue Bridge.
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48- year- old Theresa Wilkerson jumped to her death from the bridge last August. The Department of Rights for Virginians with Disabilities issued a report last week claiming local mental health professionals ignored or misdiagnoes Wilderson's suicideal tendenceies.
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg;]

Now the state Mental Health Department is reopening its investigation into her death.
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[IN Q=I hope they find]

((DON WILKERSON/SUICIDE VICTIM'S FATHER: I HOPE THEY FIND THE TRUTH. I'D LIKE FOR EVERYONE IN THE WHOLE UNITED STATES TO KNOW... ...GO THROUGH THIS.))
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[OUT Q=go through this]
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Wilkerson's friends and family continue to push the city to erect a higher fence on the Rivermont Bridge to prevent future suicides.
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A chunk of ice the size of Chicago is now floating out to sea.
We'll show it to you when News Seven returns
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[VO-NAT]


Plus Julia Robert plays a different role in this movie... as an advocate for medical Research.
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[Rett-Syndrome]


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She is an academy award winning actress, but Julia Roberts latest project is not on the big screen.
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[SUPER=04-Discovery Health Channel;]


Instead she hopes she'll see her in a documentary- informing people about Retts syndrome.
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((JULIA ROBERTS: YOU MAY.... WHO'S LIVING WITH IT.))
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[OUT Q=who's living with it.]
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Retts syndrome is a genetic disorder that randomly afflicts seemingly normal little girls between the ages of 6 and 18 months.
Today Roberts testified on capitol hill- asking for money to research Retts syndrome.
The documentary called Silent Angels will air June first on the Discovery Health Channel-
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[IcebergS]


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It is the size of Chicago- and it's much colder.
It's an iceberg and it is floating off the coast of Antarctica.
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[Super=04-National Ice Center;]


This is a satellite picture from the national ice center
The iceberg known as C-18- broke off a section called the Ross Ice Shelf.
It is 47 miles long- and four and half miles wide.
This is the 18th iceberg that has broken off Antarctica since the government started tracking it in 1976.
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[S-Extra]


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The Hornets bounce back, while another Dookie is headed to the NBA early. We'll check on the Don Holliday scholar, the return of the western Virginia Education Classic and the the turnaround of the Roanoke Steam, but first in tonight's Extra Point -
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[SUPER=@file]

Former Fighting Irish head football coach Dan Devine died today at the age of 77. Devine coached in college at Arizona State, Missouri and Notre Dame. He led the Irish to the 1977 national championship. Devine won 172 games and lost just 57 over his 22 collegiate seasons. He is a member of the college football Hall of Fame His family says he failed to recover well from bypass surgery.
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[S-HORNETS]


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We begin with the N-B-A playoffs where the Charlotte Hornets returned to the Hive and finally broke through with a win in their best of seven Eastern Conference semi-final series with the New Jersey Nets.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/TNT Sports; :00]

Nets coach Byron Scott had a long night in the "Queen City" For starters, his point guard Jason Kidd butts heads with the Hornets David Wesley. Kidd had to leave the game and get stitches over his right eye. The Hornets then ran the nets off the floor. Lee Nailon leads the break, pulls up, and rolls in this 15-footer as the Hornets pull away in the second half.
[SUPER=33-New Jersey/97/Charlotte/115;]

Then Baron Davis drives, draws the defense and dishes it to Roanoke's George Lynch for the bucket along the baseline. Charlotte beats New Jersey 115-to-97. They now trail the best of seven series 2-games-to-1.
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[S-Duke]


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The Duke Blue Devils basketball team is losing a player a week. Jason Williams, Carlos Boozer and now Mike Dunleavy have declared themselves eligible for the NBA draft.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-ACC; :00]

Dunleavy is the latest to make the move, and his departure is somewhat unexpected. He reportedly has scheduled a Saturday news conference to make his decision official. He is not going to sign with an agent at this time, leaving open the possibility he could return to Duke if he finds out before the draft that he will not be a top 10 selection.
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[S-Duncan]


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[WIPE TO ENG#!!!!!!!!!!!!]



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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX; :00]

Off the court yesterday - Tim Duncan was officially presented with the NBA's most valuable player trophy Duncan edged New Jersey Nets guard Jason Kidd for the honors in the award's fifth closest finish since the media began voting in 1981. Shaquille O'Neal was third. Duncan and his Spurs face the Lakers in game three of their series tonight.
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[S-STEAM]


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The Roanoke Steam are back home at the Roanoke Civic Center Saturday night to face the Norfolk Nighthawks in an Arena Football 2 game. The Steam are riding a three-game winning streak.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Steam Practice; :00]

They'll face a Norfolk team that just won its first game of the season last Saturday. Steam coach Steve Jerry says he's concerned his players will overlook the 1-and-3 Nighthawks and allow their three-wins in a row to cause a case of over-confidence.
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Kickoff for Saturday night's game at the Civic Center is 7-30. Also today, the steam announced that the starting time for their May 25th home game has been moved to 2-30.

[S-Classic]


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The Western Virginia Education Football Classic is set to settle into the Star City for a third straight year this September with Virginia Union playing Livingstone College.
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Today, TAP and the Star City officially kicked off the event with a news conference that included many familiar faces.
TAP board of directors member Sherman Lea, himself a graduate and a former football player at Virginia Union, introduced former William Fleming stars and now VU players Derrick Ruben and Marcus Smith, who will play on their home turf at Victory Stadium. The event, in three years, has itself become a victory.
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TAP and organizers of the game also presented a gift to the family of WDBJ-7's Roy Stanley. Roy was one of the biggest supporters of the game from the outset.
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The Washington and Lee lacrosse team will be on the road this Mother's Day for the team's second round NCAA game.

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The Generals will next face Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland Sunday afternoon at 1:30. W&L barely lost to this team in the regular season falling to the Shoremen 9-to-8. If the Generals can win on Sunday they will advance to the national semi-finals.
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Virginia Tech opened up the Big East softball championships at the Moyer Complex yesterday by stunning of top seeded Notre Dame 8-to-3. Carmen Farmer and Amy Voorhees each had two hits for the Hokies. Ashlee Dobbe went the distance for the Tech for her 29th win of the year. The Hokie will now face Villanova this afternoon at one at the Moyer. Villanova beat Syracuse 3-to-2.

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William Byrd's Whitney Morris picked up a $16 thousand dollar scholarship this morning. Whitney is number one in her class of 230 and she is also number one in the eyes of the Don Holliday Memorial Scholarship Committee members.
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This morning Whitney, who in her spare time captains the basketball and soccer squads at Byrd, collected her scholarship that will be spread out over her four years of college James Madison. She hopes to one day become a physician's assistant. The award is named after Don Holliday, who lost his battle with cancer, a situation that hit close to home for this particular scholarship recipient and her family members.
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Whitney is only the second female to win the award. She is also a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and the RAM House and she is the senior class president.