[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

Church leaders enlist the support of local civic leaders in an attempt to clean up city streets.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

And the Radford P-D hopes money from Washington will pay the salaries of additional officers.
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[Sports-head]


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[NEWSCAST=6pm]
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In sports, VMI is granted its early release from the Southern Conference, Duke bound basketball star J.J. Redick gives back to his community,
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[VO-NAT]


and the Roanoke Express will change it's logo again, but to what? Find out in sports.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Heading into a period of warm and humid conditions. And the Atlantic tropical season is getting set to begin. That's our WeatherSchool question tonight.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 4-Shot]


News 7 at Six is next.
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[OUT Q=a racetrack.]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Speeding traffic and other concerns drive northwest Roanoke neighbors to band together.
[ANCHOR=SHannon 2-Shot]


Tonight they're asking city officials for help making their streets safer.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[Safer-streets]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=02-09 TC1:52:23]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


A Roanoke community is trying to take back the streets.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And residents want want the city to help them.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Meghan /Microwave;]


Meghan Muldoon is in Northwest Roanoke with more on the problems and the proposed solutions.
Traffic, trash and crime
[LIVE= Meghan /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=@Meghan1]
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--those are their major concerns.
And they're taking them directly to the people they hope can do something about it.
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[IN Q=The congregations of Williams]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]
[SUPER=01-Michael Burwell/Resident]
[SUPER=01-Alberta Bond/Resident]
[SUPER=01-Rev. David Miller/First Church of the Brethren]
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[OUT Q=they can do to help us along.]

(( The congregations of Williams Memorial and First Church of the Brethren want to improve their neighborhood.
Tonight they'll meet with city officials about their plan for a safer community.
Michael Burwell plans to attend the meeting and he says he'll have plenty to say about crime in the community.
Just this morning, Burwell awoke to find his vehicles vandalized.
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[IN Q=When I walked out, my tires]

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Crime isn't the only problem.
Alberta Jones has lived here forty years.
A few years ago, she witnessed a car crash that killed her neighbor.
She blames the speeding traffic and thinks the city should install more four-way stop signs at intersections.
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[OUT Q=It's just horrible.]


Residents are also concerned about dilapidated houses in the area attracting crime.
They think fixing those houses up, providing more street lighting and increasing police patrols will do alot to make the streets safer.
Community leaders are hopeful that city officials will agree to meet them half way.
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Vice-Mayor Elect Nelson Harris, City Manager Darlene Burcham and Police Chief Joe Gaskins are expected to be here tonight.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Meghan /Microwave;]


Organizers of the meeting are expecting about 150 residents.

[Croptech]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[TAPE#=02-16 TC41:57]
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A Blacksburg biotechnology company is moving its operations to South Carolina...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/File Tape;]

CropTech uses tobacco plants to develop vaccines for life threatening human diseases. The company has benefited from Virginia's tobacco settlement money. Almost 2-years ago CropTech received 2-million dollars to help find alternative uses for tobacco. Officials say construction of CropTech's facility in Charleston will be completed later this year. The company's website lists 28-employees. A news release says they will employ 40-people in South Carolina during the first year of operations and at least 110 by 2004.
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[Job-Fair]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=kar]
[TAPE#=02-20 TC1:31:45]
[GRAPHIC=New Jobs]


A job fair at the Rocky Mount National Guard Armory attracted hundreds of people interested in working at the new Trinity Packaging Corporation.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.]


Franklin County will become the home of the plastic bag manufacturer.
There will be 300 new jobs, ranging from mechanic to fork lift operator.
With recent layoffs in the area.... potential job applicants were lined up half an hour before the event started.
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((BRUCE JOHANESSEN/VIRGINIA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION - I THINK IT'S A WONDERFUL TURNOUT, WE WE'RE EXPECTING IT. WE KNEW IF WE CAME TO FRANKLIN COUNTY WE'D HAVE A GOOD TURNOUT FOR MANUFACTURING.))
[SUPER=01-Bruce Johannessen/Virginia Employment Commission]
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[OUT Q=for manufacturing]
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[VO-NAT]


One hundred and fifty people will begin work by the end of the year. The rest are expected to be added in the future.
The Standard Register building in Rocky Mount will house the Packaging Corporation.

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[Suspicious-Device]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=02-11 TC1:42:12]
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State and local authorities want to know who planted a fake pipe bomb outside a home in Lynchburg this afternoon.


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


Authorities were called to the 1300 block of Radcliff Avenue around three.
A homeowner had found what looked like a pipe bomb with batteries wrapped around it next to his house.
Officers cordoned off the area while bomb experts examined the device and determined it to be fake.
Police have no suspects at this time.
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[HV-Threat]


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[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=02-23 TC17:58]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A 14-year-old Roanoke County boy who took a disarmed grenade to school may get treatment instead of punishment.
He pleaded NO CONTEST today to charges that he threatened to bomb his school.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./May 15;]


One-thousand students at Hidden Valley Junior High were evacuated earlier this month, after students said the 8th grader showed them a hollowed out World War Two grenade.
The boy told police he was playing with the grenade and accidentally took it to school.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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The judge took the boy's case under advisement until next month.
In the meantime, he ordered the boy to undergo comprehensive psychiatric testing.
The 14-year-old's attorney says his client faces other charges in court and is under a psychiatrist's care.

[Radford-Police]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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The Radford Police Department wants more officers on the streets and is looking to the U-S Department of Justice for help. Officials are pursuing a federal grant in hopes of finding funds to hire more help.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Rachel /Microwave;]

New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel Cannon is in our Blackburg Newsroom with more on the grant application process.... Rachel? Keith, the grant application process is long, involves a lot of paperwork and according to officials...is worth every minute.
[LIVE= Rachel /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=@Rachel1; ]
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If the grant goes through - it's basically free money for the Radford P-D...they will use it to add to their force.
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((TC 30:14:07 The work Ryan Funk does at his desk is helping Radford's Police Department out on the streets. As a criminal justice planner he's handling a federal grant to hire more officers.
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[IN Q=the federal]

((RYAN FUNK/CRIMINAL JUSTICE PLANNER; THE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THIS GRANT IS ACTUALLY 75-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR A THREE YEAR PERIOD FOR EACH ADDITIONAL OFFICER))
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In Radford's case it's two officers. The department's original request was for five, but last night city council voted to accept the lesser number. Why? Money.
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[IN Q=after]

((AFTER THE THREE YEARS ARE UP THE CITY HAS TO PICK UP THE SALARIES OF THE ADDITIONAL OFFICERS AND IT WAS DECIDED 2 MAY BE ALL WE CAN HANDLE AT THIS POINT. ))
[OUT Q=AT THIS POINT.]

Funk says it's better than none and really needed in the City of Radford.
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((WHEN YOU COMPARE RADFORD CITY TO MUNICIPALITY OF SIMILAR SIZE WE DO LACK A FORCE THAT IS NEEDED TO COVER THE CITY BASICALLY COMPARED TO OTHER MUNICIPALITIES WE'RE AT A MINIMUM OF 10 OFFICERS BELOW THAT STRENGTH. ))
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The grant was officially submitted to the Department of Justice yesterday.
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They expect to hear back in a few months and at that point they can start advertising for the positions and begin the hiring process.

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]


Still ahead on News 7, fire destroys a Bedford County home.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Plus we'll see how developers are turning an old Norfolk and Western building into one of the area's most unusual apartment buildings.
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[Bedford-Fire]
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[TAPE#=02-03 TC1:38:38]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Investigators are looking into the cause of a fire that destroyed a Bedford County home this afternoon.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


Crews were called to a home off Falling Creek Road just before noon after neighbors spotted smoke and flames coming from the building.
Authorities believe the fire had been burning for some time before they arrived.
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((Reporter: Any idea how long it might have been burning before you got here? DONALD HALE/BEDFORD VFD CHIEF: WE HAVE NO IDEA. WE HAD MEMBERS THAT WERE ABOUT FIVE TO EIGHT MINUTES AWAY FROM IT WHEN THE ALARM FIRST WENT OFF AND ABOUT HALF THE HOUSE WAS ALREADY ENGULFED.))
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[VO-NAT]


The owner of the home had left about an hour earlier and was not inside when the fire broke out.
The blaze apparently started in the rear of the building near the garage, but authorities aren't sure how.
The home was a total loss.
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[Bank-Robbers]


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[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=02-12 TC1:35:25]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]

A father and son team of bank robbers has pled guilty to an armed robbery in Galax on Christmas Eve.
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[VO-NAT]

Forty year old Edgar Lynwood Burton and his son, 18-year old Edgar Lynwood Burton, the Second, admitted they were the ones caught on the bank surveillance camera at the Galax branch of the National Bank of Blacksburg. They got away with about 37 hundred dollars.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=HOLD]

They're from Spartanburg, South Carolina. They were apprehended as suspect in a string of bank jobs in that area. Authorities contacted federal prosecutors in Roanoke and arranged to have the Burtons plead guilty to the Virginia charges without leaving South Carolina.

[Brennan]


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A used car dealer from Logan, WEST Virginia has been indicted for ripping off Shelor Chevrolet in Christiansburg. William Brennan, the Third, bought 50 vehicles at auction from Shelor last August. He allegedly wrote checks totaling 183-thousand dollars for the vehicles without enough money in the bank to cover the checks. The Government alleges Brennan hid the cars in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky and sold several of them. Shelor has since recovered all but 15 of the vehicles.

[Warner]


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[TAPE#=02-13 TC1:09:13]
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Governor Mark Warner offered his views today on the cross burning controversy.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Ft. Payne, AL/June 1997]

The U-S Supreme Court announced this week it will hear an appeal of Virginia's cross burning law. Last November the STATE Supreme Court ruled the law against cross burning is a violation of free speech.
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]

Governor Warner said today if there is intent to intimidate someone by burning a cross, the action goes beyond speech.

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[IN Q=Those kinds...]

((GOV. MARK WARNER; THOSE KINDS OF ACTIONS USED TO INTIMIDATE PEOPLE IN THE CASE OF CROSS BURNING, WHICH I BELIEVE IS A FORM OF TRYING TO REFLECT DISCRIMINATION AND USED SOMETIMES AS A SYMBOL OF HATRED, HAS NO PLACE IN VIRGINIA.))
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[VO-NAT]

The General Assembly has re-written the cross-burning ban, and Warner predicts it WILL survive a Constitutional challenge.
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[Stocks]


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The major stock market averages ended the day little changed. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW dropped eleven points.
NASDAQ fell seven and a half.
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[Amherst-School]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=02-14 TC1:18:58]
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An old school building in Amherst County may be spared the wrecking ball, if a group of concerned citizens can find the money to renovate it.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Amherst Co.]


The Madison Heights Elementary School had been slated for demolition before architect Lynn Cunningham asked the county for a second chance.
The board of supervisors agreed to delay the demolition while Cunningham's group looks into the possibility of using historic tax credits and private investment to restore the building.
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((LYNN CUNNINGHAM/ARCHITECT: ARCHITECTURALLY AT LEAST.. ..DESERVES ANOTHER CHANCE FOR RESTORATION.))
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[OUT Q=chance for restoration.]
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[VO-NAT]


Cunningham says it could cost about a million dollars to renovate the building.
The plan has the support of neighboring residents.
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[Jefferson-Place]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=02-08 TC2:02:07]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It served the Norfolk and Western Railway for most of the 20th century.
And this summer, a former office building near the Hotel Roanoke will re- open as upscale apartments.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The building railroad employees knew as G- O- B- South is now Eight Jefferson Place.
The first of 87 luxury apartments are taking shape... and planners say they've tried to mesh modern requirements with the building's historic character.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=that's been the objective]

((DANA WALKER: THAT'S BEEN THE OBJECTIVE, LEAVING UNITS WITH ALL THE CHARACTER THAT COULD BE PRESERVED AND BUILT WITH A PROJECT SUCH AS THIS.)) ((ED MURRAY: YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SEE THINGS, THE OLD BEAMS AND THE OLD STRUCTURE OF THE BUILDING. SO WE'VE TRIED TO DO THAT , BUT THE SECOND THING WE'VE TRIED TO DO IS UPDATE THE BUILDING AND MAKE IT REALLY A LIVING PLACE THAT EVERYONE WOULD BE HAPPY TO LIVE IN.))
[SUPER=01-Dana Walker/Hall Associates, Inc.]
[SUPER=01-Ed Murray/Roa. Redevelopment and Housing Authority; :11]
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[OUT Q=would be happy to live in.]
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[VO-NAT]


Among the most unusual features are 22 vaults that will serve as libraries or dens.
And one apartment will include the former pedestrian bridge across Centre Avenue.
The building has 20 different floor plans with rents ranging from 545 dollars to almost 1200 dollars a month.
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[Sports tease]


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The Express is putting Loco, the junk yard dog in the kennel for good, VMI's early departure from the Southern Conference is approved,
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[VO-NAT]


and Duke bound hoopster J.J. Redick offers some sound advice to some future AAU stars.
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[S-VMI]


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[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-121 8:44 ]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 sports]


VMI's request for an early departure from the Southern Conference was unanimously approved by the league voting members this morning at a conference meeting in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington; :00]

The conference falculty athletic representatives have let VMI go early and that means VMI's affiliation with the conference ends June 30th 2003. This means the Keydets can begin competition in the Big South Conference for the 2003-2004 year.
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[anchor=steve]
[graphic=news 7 sports]


The Southern Conference also approved VMI's request to remain in the conference in wrestling as an affiliate member.[

S-Express]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-117 1:50:38]
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Some notes from the ice. Sources tell news 7 sports that the Roanoke Express will change it's logo back to the original Express logo, the train.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


The Express logo and mascot since 1997 has been Loco, the junk yard dog with a hockey stick in its mouth. The announcement should come sometime in July.
Also, the Express will hold a news conference tomorrow at the Roanoke Civic Center to announce the signing of three players. Center Mike Peron is one of them, Peron has been in Roanoke for the past weekend and a half having arthroscopic knee surgery. Defenseman Duncan Dalmao is another player that will be signed tomorrow and the third player is right wing Brad Essex.
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[anchor-steve]
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The Express has also announced that the team signed Mike McPhearson as Roanoke's new scout. He will serve in place of an assistant coach. McPhearson was a scout for the ECHL Mississippi Bandits this past season. He will work out of Ontario, Canada and will scout potential players for the Express. He has a one year contract and will also scout next season for an AHL team.

[S-Mast]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-115 1:53:20]
[GRAPHIC=NASCAR]


Winston Cup drivers head to Dover this weekend and Rick Mast will NOT be joining them. Mast is still suffering from fatigue and weight loss.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC; :00]


Mast's illness will sideline him for two more weeks and that means that, in his absence, Hermie Sadler is back in the number 90 Dunlavey Racing Ford for the next two weeks. Sadler will race the Sauer's Ford at Dover and then again at Pocono, according to team manager Jason Hedlesky.
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[S-AAU]


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[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-119 13539TC]
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AAU basketball teams from the area make it to the national tournament every year, but it's not every day that young aspiring basketball players get to learn about the AAU experience before they get there.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00]

The 11 and under Botetourt Wolves are one of three teams from Botetourt County that qualified for national play. Last night this group of players got some top flight advice from Duke-bound J.J. Redick. The sharp shooter has played in 8 national AAU tournaments, and was on the national title team the past two years. But he warned these young guys that the road to the top can get bumpy in national play.
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[IN Q=WE WERE....]
[SUPER=01-J. J. Redick/Played in 8 National AAU Events; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ron Alderman/Botetourt Wolves Coach; :18]
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[OUT Q=...anything can happen."]
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[VO-NAT con't]

The Wolves also are getting some help from new Hidden Valley high school coach Chris Morris, who has a son on the team. The Wolves will play in New Orleans next month, and they are currently in the process of raising $5 to $10 thousand dollars to pay for the trip to the Big Easy.
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[S-NBA]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-113]
[GRAPHIC=NBA]


The Nets and the Celtics will play game six of their best of seven eastern conference finals tomorrow in Boston.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ; :00]

Jason Kidd's family might not attend because of security concerns. The Nets lead the series 3 games to 2.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="well]
[SUPER=01-Jason Kidd/Nets Point Guard; :00]
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[OUT Q=.....get a win up there"]

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