[1-News-Head]

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[VO-NAT]

The murder suspect and his girlfriend- -in separate vehicles- -had been stopped by Deputy Frankie Betterton just before his was killed.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]

Which kids go to which Roanoke County elementary schools- -there's resistance to some proposed changes.

[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Tonight on News 7 sports, Jeff Burton drops by Virginia International Raceway before heading to Charlotte to defend his Coke 600 title.
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[VO-NAT]

And the hottest thing in sports - the Lynchburg Hillcats try to extend their current winning streak to 13 games tonight as they host Potomac.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[SS=None]


Another cold night ahead, but milder weather awaits us by the end of the week, stay tuned for your complete forecast from the News 7 Weather Center...
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[ANCHOR=KEith 3-Shot]


News 7 is next.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[VO-NAT]


New information on the traffic stop that took the life of a Sheriff's deputy.
The stop was NOT entirely routine, as it was described Friday.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry. Shannon is off tonight.

[Deputy-Killed]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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The information comes in court papers filed by Virginia State Police.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./Friday;]


They confirm reports from various sources that Deputy Frank Betterton stopped not one, but two vehicles along Route 58 in Pittsylvania County Friday.
One of those belonged to Roy Inge, the man charged with killing Betterton.
The other car belonged to Inge's girlfriend.
Those records indicate Inge was seated in the patrol car before the shooting, which would be consistent with reports that Betterton was shot from the passenger's side of the car.
What the papers still do not reveal is the reason for the traffic stop .. or the shooting death of Deputy Frank Betterton.
His funeral is scheduled tomorrow afternoon at four o'clock, at Brosville United Methodist Church.
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[Rycroft]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=mjo]
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In Botetourt County Court today, an Eagle Rock man stepped up and told the judge said he never meant to kill his friend and neighbor during a drunken argument.
Victor Rycroft pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, for the death of William Clayton Saunders Junior.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./January;]


It happened in Rycroft's home on Narrow Passage Road in January.
Rycroft told deputies they were drinking together and that the gun went off when Sanders reached to grab it.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Rycroft remains free on bond until he's sentenced on August 5th.
He told Sanders' family he was sorry for what happened.

[County-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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A school redistricting plan is raising red flags in Roanoke County. [***NEWS 7 @ 6***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & JoeD /Pulpit]


Joe Dashiell reports some parents are protesting new attendance zones for three county schools.
Keith... This redistricting plan is designed to relieve overcrowding, and there are parents on both sides of this issue...
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[SUPER=@Joe1;]


but those who object say it's a quick fix for a problem that demands a long -term solution.
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[IN Q=We wanted the small town school]
[SUPER=01-Kimberly Daniels/Back Creek Parent; :00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :21]
[SUPER=01-Linda Weber/Roanoke Co. School Superintendent; :59]
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[OUT Q=what's going to happen over time.]
(( [SOT 02:52:44]
[IN Q=We wanted the small town school]

((KIMBERLY DANIELS: WE WANTED THE SMALL TOWN SCHOOL. WE WANTED THAT COMMUNITY FEELING AT BACK CREEK. WE WANTED THE SMALLER ATMOSPHERE AND I FEEL LIKE THEY'VE TAKEN THAT OPTION AWAY FROM ME, TO MAKE THAT DECISION FOR MYSELF AND MY KIDS AND THAT PROBABLY HITS HOME MORE THAN ANYTHING.))
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[OUT Q=more than anything.]


Kimberly Daniels says she and her husband chose their Roanoke County neighborhood so their children could attend Back Creek Elementary.
Now Daniels, neighbor Alise Culbertson and other parents are organizing to see that doesn't change.
The redistricting plan would affect students who live in The Gardens, The Groves, and Scenic Hills developments along Cotton Hill Road.
New students from those neighborhoods would attend Penn Forest Elementary instead of Back Creek Elementary. In addition, all elementary students living in Hunting Hills would attend Clearbrook School.
School officials say they understand the objections, but believe the changes are necessary to ease overcrowding and use existing facilities more efficiently.
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[IN Q=People are concerned]

((LINDA WEBER: PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO SPLIT FAMILIES, AND THEY'VE BOUGHT INTO A COMMUNITY AND THEY'VE BOUGHT INTO A SCHOOL. AND I UNDERSTAND ALL OF THOSE THINGS. I THINK ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE LEGITIMATE. UNFORTUNATELY WE JUST CAN'T PREDICT WHERE POPULATIONS SPRING UP AND WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN OVER TIME.))
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[OUT Q=what's going to happen over time.]))
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Critics of the plan say school officials should develop a long-term plan that takes into account the rapid growth expected in southwest Roanoke County... and they plan to make that case at tonight's school board meeting.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & JoeD /Pulpit;]


Keith, school board members will have the final say, and they are now scheduled to vote on the redistricting plan on June 20th.

[Lake-Zoning]


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Residents of a Smith Mountain Lake community are urging county supervisors to stop a subdivision before it gets off the ground.
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Local developers want to build 37 upscale single family homes called "Indigo at Smith Mountain Lake" -- 11 of them on the waterfront.
But the zoning they're seeking also allows "large-scale development."
Neighboring homeowners Jim and Karen (Kleh-Peck) Klepek just moved from Alaska and built their home here.
They say they don't oppose development.... They're just worried their quiet cove will be overcrowded with homes, boats and businesses.
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[SOT 2:55:32 - :41]
[IN Q=People coming in]

((JIM KLEPEK/HOMEOWNER: PEOPLE COMING IN ARE GOING TO BE LOOKING FOR WHAT WE WERE -- QUALITY OF LIFE. AND YOU JUST DON'T WANT TO KILL THE GOOSE THAT'S BEEN LAYING SO MANY GOLDEN EGGS.))
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[OUT Q=many golden eggs.]
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The land is just off of Route 616 ... across from Crazy Horse Campground.
Supervisors will vote on the new development after a public hearing tonight.
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[Tech-Bonus]


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State officials are hoping a bonus or vacation will make up for the lack of raises in state salaries.
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[VO-NAT :16.5]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

Virginia Tech employees are among the state workers benefiting from a new program approved by the General Assembly. Tech's classified workers will have a choice between a two- and a half-percent cash bonus or 10-days of paid leave. Employees have until a week from Friday to decide.
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[SOT 2:09:46]
[IN Q=OUR UNIVERSITY]

((LARRY HINCKER/UNIVERSITY RELATIONS; OUR UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEES ARE VERY APPRECIATIVE THAT THERE WAS A TWO AND A HALF BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET DEFICIT IN THE STATE AND YET THEY STILL MANAGE TO COME UP WITH 2.5 PERCENT BONUS FOR EMPLOYEES. IT'S NOT BIG BUT I THINK IT SHOWS THE INTENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO TAKE CARE OF STATE EMPLOYEES.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/University Relations;]
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The bonus money will be paid out on August 30th. The paid leave can be taken within the next year. Hincker says the faculty staff at Tech will receive the two-point-five-percent bonus but will not have the option for leave.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
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State employees aren't the only ones thinking about taking some time off.
So are some 29-million Americans. More on Memorial Day travel and falling gas prices next on News 7.
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And some are so complicated evne adults can't figure them out. But one program is helping children know how to use cell-phones in the event of an emergency.
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[Gas-prices]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Memorial Day weekend, the start of the summer travel season, is just a few days away.
More people are expected to travel this holiday weekend than last year, and a greater number of them are getting there by car.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Meghan /Microwave;]


Meghan Muldoon is near Interstate 81, tonight, where things are expected to get pretty busy.
Keith, air travel is down and automotive travel is up.
[LIVE= Meghan /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=@Meghan1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke]


As travelers map out their summer plans, it appears that the economy and terrorist attacks are still on their minds.
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[SUPER=01-Joyce Bradford/Roanoke AAA]
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(( Joyce Bradford of the Roanoke AAA says she's seen a significant decrease in air travel following September 11th.
She's booking more trips within the U.S. these days and less to overseas destinations like Europe because people are staying closer to home.
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[IN Q=IF SOMETHING POSITIVE CAME]

((JOYCE BRADFORD/ROANOKE AAA: IF SOMETHING POSITIVE CAME OUT OF LAST YEAR I THINK IT WOULD PROBABLY BE THAT PEOPLE ARE DOING MORE WITH THEIR FAMILITES, DOING FAMILY REUNIONS WHETHER IT BE ON A CRUISE OR JUST GOING TO THE FAMILY HOME AND EVERYBODY GETTING TOGETHER. SO WE'RE SEEING A LOT OF THAT.)) [RUNS:20]
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Travelers may also be hitting the open road for economic reasons.
In Roanoke, the current average price for self-serve regular is $1.24 per gallon.
That's 26 cents lower than last year.
In fact, gas prices are the lowest they've been in the last three years.
That's good news for summer travelers even though some like Norma Willis say gas prices weren't even a consideration in her travel plans.
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[IN Q=we hadn't really considered it]

((NORMA WILLIS/SUMMER TRAVELER: WE HADN'T REALLY CONSIDERED IT. WE HIT IT LAST YEAR GOING TO DISNEY. WE TOOK OUT KIDS ALL TO DISNEY, GRANDCHILDREN. AND SO WE PAID DOUBLE BECAUSE OF THE TWO CARS GOING DOWN. YOU KNOW IF SOMETHING'S REALLY WORTHWHILE TO YOU, IT'S WORTH PAYING THE PRICE.)) [RUNS:16]
[OUT Q=WORTH PAYING THE PRICE.]))
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[LIVE= Meghan /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke Co.;]


AAA agrees that gas prices don't seem to impact many people's travel plans but if you're one of the 29.3 million Americans traveling by car this Memorial Day weekend, the huge savings at the pumps can only add to the fun.
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[581-accident]


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A jack-knifed tractor trailer sent two people to the hospital and slowed traffic on Interstate 581 earlier today.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


State police say around 11:30 this morning, a tractor trailer traveling in the center southbound lane of 581 jack-knifed while braking to avoid a car.
Another car became tangled as the tractor trailer buckled.
That vehicle then crashed into the guardrail.
The drivers of the truck and second car were taken to a hospital.
Authorities say their injuries do not appear to be serious.
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[Jones]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Prosecutors say as many as four girls may have been raped while they stayed at the Sanctuary Crisis Intervention Center for troubled teens.
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[VO]
A Botetourt judge certified rape, sodomy and child abuse charges against Jimmy Lee Jones, a former night watchman at the center.
He's charged with the rape of TWO girls, but prosecutors say other girls are making similar allegations.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Jones remains in jail without bond.

[Powell]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Lynchburg pediatrician John Powell is out of prison, having done his time for trafficking in child pornography. Yesterday the F-B-I seized new evidence from his home computer indicating that he may still be in search of child erotica.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/1998]

Doctor Powell pled guilty in 1998 and was sentenced to serve two years and nine months in prison. He got out a year ago, apparently unchanged. He told his parole officer last month that he "felt his life was out of control and that the only thing he could control was the computer." He claimed he was not driven by the explicit images of children, rather by the "quest."
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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A search of Powell's home yesterday turned up a list of Internet sites, a C-D and 65 video tapes.

[Sears]


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Former American Express Financial Advisor Wanda Sears has won the latest round in the fight with her former employer.

AMEX fired her last month, and claimed she was trying to take her clients with her. The company got a federal judge to issue a temporary restraining order to keep her from soliciting or serving customers. The court referred the case to a panel of the National Association of Securities Dealers for arbitration. The N-A-S-D denied the company's motion for a permanent injunction against Sears. HER lawyer believes the T-R-O was "wrongfully obtained" and says he plans to file a counter claim against American Express.


[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Despite better-than-expected retail earnings and a settlement for Merrill Lynch, investors were still cashing in profits. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW fell 124 points.
NASDAQ dropped 37 and a half.
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[School-Motto]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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A Bedford County organization has won its battle to place the national motto "In God We Trust" in every public school in the state.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Governor Mark Warner singed the bill last week after the Forest-based Family Policy Network found a donor to pay for the printing of three thousand of the posters.
F-P-N director Joe Glover says seeing the motto every day will help remind students that America is a nation founded under Godly principles.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=This is a]

((JOE GLOVER/FAMILY POLICY NETWORK: THIS IS A NATION THAT OBVIOUSLY HAS BEEN BLESSED BY GOD. AND SO TO REFLECT THAT BEFORE SCHOOL CHILDREN ON A DAILY BASIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF VIRGINIANS AND AMERICANS BELIEVE WILL BE A GOOD THING.))
[SUPER=01-Joe Glover/Family Policy Network]
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[OUT Q=be a good thing.]
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The U-S Supreme Court has declared the posting of the motto IS constitutional as long as it's placed in a historical context.
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[CellPhones]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=kar]
[TAPE#=02-17 TC49:18]
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In support of Wireless Safety Week....U.S. Cellular associates are teaching elementary students how to call 911 from a wireless phone.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


At G.W. Carver elementary in Salem today....children learned how to use a cell phone versus a home phone in an emergency.
It's common to teach children how to call 911 from home....but teaching them how to do this from a cell phone is usually overlooked.
Each student had the opportunity to use a wireless phone as if there were a real emergency.
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[IN Q=if you're a cellular]

((BETH GORALEWICZ/U.S. CELLULAR - IF YOU'RE A CELLULAR USER WE ASK ONE THAT YOU SHOW YOU'RE CHILDREN WHERE THE POWER BUTTON IS AND OF COURSE WE'VE EXPLAINED TO THE CHILDREN TO ONLY USE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY))
[SUPER=01-Beth Goralewicz/U. S. Cellular]
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[OUT Q=of an emergency]
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[VO-NAT]


How to turn the phone on, pushing send to place the call, and saying your name and exact address were all emphasized to the children.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports - Tech's Kevin Rogers is among the growing fan base offering support to Bryan Randall. The redhot Hillcats go after their 13th straight win tonight.
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And Jeff Burton returns to his home county today to give the Virginia International Raceway a workout.
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[S-HIllcats]


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The Lynchburg Hillcats are back on the home diamond tonight at Merritt Hutchinson Stadium in the Hill City. The team had last night off to cool its heels, but hopefully not its bats.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]

The Hillcats are currently in one of those unbelievable grooves. The team has won 12 straight games - a franchise record. The Cats also have won 19 of their last 20 contests. The Hillcats are 33-and-10 - currently tied for the best overall record in all of minor league baseball.
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[SUPER=01-Ray Navarrete/20 Doubles This Season; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sean Burnett/7 & 0 This Season for Hillcats; :12]
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[OUT Q=...AS A TEAM."]
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Tonight's game with Potomac gets underway at 7:05 or right after Navarrete gets himself cleaned up.
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[S-VIR]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[TAPE#=SP-117]
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Just five days before NASCAR's longest race, the defending champ of the Coke 600 champ was in the area working on his road course skills. Jeff Burton and his number 99 Ford spent the day at the Virginia International Raceway in Alton to turn some laps and prepare for his upcoming road course races.
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[SUPER=01-Jeff Burton/CITGO Ford Driver; :15]
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[OUT Q=...THESE KINDS OF PLACES."]
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(( Burton grew up just 30 miles from the Virginia International Raceway in Halifax County. Despite that proximity the track remained a mystery to him until he got a look at the facility last year. ((JEFF BURTON:)) Now that Burton has become familiar with the 3 point 27 mile track - he has joined a growing list of Winston Cup drivers who have found VIR to be the perfect place to test for Sonoma and Watkins Glen. ((JEFF BURTON:)) Burton and his Citgo team spent most of the day at VIR concentrating on the Taurus - although Jeff took some time to check out the Porsche 911s. The biggest change today was making right turns after doing nothing but turn the wheel to the left since February.)) ((JEFF BURTON:))
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[TALENT=MIKE]
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Burton and the rest of the Winston Cup stars will qualify under the lights this Thursday night at the Lowes Motor Speedway. News 7 Sports will be LIVE in Charlotte on News 7 at 5 & 6 and have your qualifying results at 11.

[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Virginia Tech quarterbacks' coach Kevin Rogers was the featured guest at the Roanoke Valley Sports Club's meeting last night. Rogers told those in attendance that Grant Noel's knee is looking good. Rogers also says he's doing every thing the NCAA allows to have Marcus Vick ready when he arrives in Blacksburg. And Rogers admits that he is among the ever growing number of Bryan Randall fans.
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