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Virginia's Speaker of the House submits to political pressure and resigns.
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[VO-NAT]
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And the Roanoke County tire fire may have been sparked by some teenaged boys' burning hatred.
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[Sports-head]


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In sports, Travis Wells will join us from Lynchburg for a report on the Hillcats, the Avalanche talks about doubling up opponents,
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and former Cave Spring baseball standout Tyler Lumsden will soon be playing in the world series..the college world series.
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[WX-Head]
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Showers and thunderstorms popping up throughout the region. Will they stick around for the remainder of the evening? I'll have your forecast coming up.
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NEws 7 at six is next.
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The Speaker of Virginia's House of Delegates has stepped down.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Vance Wilkins becomes the first Virginia speaker ever to resign under pressure.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[Wilkins]
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We recevied official word less than 15 minutes ago.
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Wilkins' days as Virginia's most power legislator are over.
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The decision comes after Wilkins admitted paying at least 100 thousand dollars in hush money to a woman who accused him of sexually harassment. That led to calls within from many in his Republican party to resign, and today that's what he did.
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[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Shannon/Meghan Richmond Microwave]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

Richmond Bureau Chief Meghan Muldoon has been following the story from the capitol today.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


She joins us now with official word that arrived very recently.
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Vance Wilkins has served in the General Assembly since 1978,
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith and Shannon /JoeD Pulpit;]


and tonight Joe Dashiell is in the studio with more on his history in the House.
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[SUPER=@Joe1;]


Keith and Shannon, Vance Wilkins spent many years in the minority... but as he helped to engineer Republican victories, the Minority Leader stood in line to become the Speaker of the House.
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((
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In November, 1999 House Republicans gave Wilkins the nod over northern Virginia Delegate Jack Rust...
And in January, he was sworn as speaker of the house.
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Bolstered by a first ever Republican majority in the House... Wilkins became the first Republican to hold the post.
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He is the state's first Republican speaker
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and now the first Virginia speaker ever pressured to step aside

[VA-Budget]


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Virginia's likely to end the fiscal year with a revenue shortfall of at least 150 million dollars.
That's the bottom line in a report delivered to the Senate Finance Committee today by state Secretary of Finance John Bennett.
Bennett said the state will still end the fiscal year in the black because of a built-in 133 million-dollar cushion and state agency spending reductions.
But he said the shortfall will have a ripple effect on next year's budget.
He blames the decline in revenues largely on sagging income tax collections.
State budget director Ric Brown also told the committee that the car tax cut is costing more than legislators had expected.

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The Roanoke County tire fire was just one of several acts of arson that may have been racially motivated. Now that investigators have outlined a pattern and pinpointed a motive, charges against the juvenile suspect have been upgraded to felonies.
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[SUPER=01-Tony Dow/Roanoke Co. Homeowner; :21]
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[OUT Q=the right way.]

(( Tony Dow is an Elliston native. He came back to Virginia after a career in the Marine Corps. He and his wife just wanted to retire on this 180-acre horse farm in Roanoke County. That was a year ago. They began having trouble with kids in the neighborhood almost from the start.
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[IN Q=My wife and I]

((MY WIFE AND I WERE COMING IN FROM CHURCH ONE DAY. THEY FOLLOWED US IN ON THEIR BICYCLES IN THE DRIVEWAY, LIKE THEY KNEW WHO WE WAS. AND ASKED US IF WE WERE THE NEW NIGGERS THAT MOVED IN THIS PLACE.)) [RUNS15]
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That was eight or nine months before the fire... not the fire that consumed millions of tires on Willie Keeling's property along Starlight Lane, but the day Tony Dow came home to find a group of boys running from the house.
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((THEY COME OUT OF THE BASEMENT....)) [RUNS02]
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As he chased them across the lawn into the woods, Dow says he saw one of the boys dump a can of gasoline and set fire to it.
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((THAT FIRE WAS ON ITS WAY UP TO THE MOUNTAIN. I TELL YOU IT WAS A BLAZE.)) [RUNS06]
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((THAT BURNT THIS DOWN TO THE GROUND. THERE WASN'T NOTHING THERE LEFT.)) [RUNS03]
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((WE COULD HAVE LOST OUR HOME.))
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He didn't know any of the boys by name, but neighbors said it was some of the same boys who'd been treating the home as their private club house for some time.
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((WELL, CLUB HOUSE. WHATEVER THEY THOUGHT THIS WAS, WE WAS INVADING. WE WASN'T SUPPOSED TO BE HERE. LIKE, "NIGGERS, YOU NEED TO LEAVE AND FIND YOU A NIGGER TOWN TO LIVE IN." IT WAS JUST STUPID.)) [RUNS17]
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Dow is frustrated that it was only after the tire fire that police began treating his complaints seriously, but he gives them credit for a thorough investigation that has one boy at Coyner Springs.
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((I HATE TO SEE THE KIDS IN JAIL. BUT THE PARENTS DIDN'T TEACH THEM, CORRECTLY THE RIGHT WAY.)) [RUNS07]
[OUT Q=the right way.]))
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Trial for the 14- year old suspect is set for later this month.

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Firefighters don't have to worry about Roanoke County's tire fire any longer.
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But that's not the case in Rockbridge County where they're battling a growing forest fire.
That story when News 7 at Six returns.
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[Rockbridge-Fire]
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Three significant forest fires have charred more than a thousand acres in Rockbridge County over the past week.
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Two are out, and the one that is still burning has grown to nearly 500 acres. Richard Lesko has more.
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(( The fire in the James River Face Wilderness is still burning, and forestry officials can do little but wait for it to come to them. They are lighting backing fires along established trails to stop the blaze in its tracks.
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((DALE REMINGTON/FORESTER; THE MAIN GOAL IS TO LET THIS FIRE BACK NICE AND SLOW ON ITS OWN, STOP IT AT THIS LINE AND KEEP IT OFF PRIVATE LAND. WE'RE STILL IN SUPPRESSION MODE RIGHT NOW. IT'S NOT A LET-BURN POLICY. WE'RE DEFIANTLY TRYING TO PUT THIS FIRE OUT.))
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Firefighters can't make a direct assault on the fire because of steep and rocky terrain. Excessive fuel and unsure footing have made the heart of the fire virtually inaccessible.
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[INQ=It's very dangerous...]

((ALAN CRAFT/VA DEPT. OF FORESTRY; IT'S VERY DANGEROUS TO PUT PEOPLE IN THERE, WHEN IT'S ROCKY AND STEEP, SO WE'RE DOING A CONTAINMENT TYPE SUPPRESSION ACTIVITY USING EXISTING LINES AND ROADS THAT ARE IN THE AREA.))
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These fires are coming later in the year than normal. The traditional time for fires in Virginia is in the spring and fall, when the trees and shrubs haven't shown growth.
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[INQ=We're outside our normal...]

((DALE REMINGTON/FORESTER; WE'RE OUTSIDE OUR NORMAL SEASON RIGHT NOW AND THINGS AS GREEN AS THEY USUALLY ARE, USUALLY OUR FIRE SEASON DROPS DOWN WHEN THINGS GREEN UP, BUT THE DROUGHT HAS BEEN PUSHING THE FIRE SEASON WELL INTO THE SUMMER AND AS YOU CAN SEE. UNDER GREEN CONDITIONS IT'S BURNING WITH PRETTY GOOD INTENSITY FOR A BACKING FIRE.))
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((RICHARD LESKO/RLESKO@WDBJ7.COM; FORESTRY OFFICIALS HOPE THEY CAN GET A LITTLE HELP FROM MOTHER NATURE. A STEADY RAIN WOULD HELP PUT THE FIRE OUT, BUT LIGHTNING FROM THUNDERSTORMS COULD SPARK MORE PROBLEMS. RICHARD LESKO, NEWS 7, ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY.))
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A family is devastated by the seizure and sale of its Penhook home.
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The farmhouse and 99-acres were taken by the federal government after a moonshine still was found on the land more than a year ago. The owner, Ralph Adkins, said he didn't know who the still belonged to. Neighbors say the Adkins were given 30-days to vacate the property despite the fact that no charges were ever filed in connection with the case. Today the government put the land up for auction. Cheryl Adkins says she's heartbroken and that the situation is "sick". Neighbors agree.
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[IN Q=As far as the liquor still goes...]

((BABBIE POTTER/NEIGHBOR: AS FAR AS THE LIQUOR STILL GOES, YEAH, THEY FOUND ONE. NO TRIAL, NO CHARGES. THERE'S BEEN NO TRIAL. I ALWAYS THOUGHT, WITH OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM THAT WE WERE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.))
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The property sold for 260-thousand dollars.
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Federal law says the government can seize property if the evidence indicated it was more likely than not used for illegal purposes. The U.S. Attorney's office says the Adkins had the opportunity to contest the forfeiture but failed to do so.

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A federal jury is hearing the bomb threat case against a Muslim woman charged with threatening to blow up the Bedford Wal-Mart last Fall.
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42- year- old Rosilyn Boston-Khaliq (KAH-lick) was arrested October 12th after police traced the call to a phone at the local Pizza Hut. Boston-Khaliq at first denied making the call, but two witnesses testified today they saw a woman matching her description near the phone at the time the threat was made. She later told police she'd tried to make a call but the phone...
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[Stocks]


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A drop in retail sales and reduced outlooks for the financial sector have prompted investors to sell off. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The dow fell 115 points. The Nasdaq was down 22.
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[Steam]


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Two local companies want the former owners of the Roanoke Steam to pay up.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape]


Those former owners filed for bankruptcy protection last month.
In a creditors meeting today, the former General Manager was grilled by companies who provided signs and uniform patches for the team.
They say they did the work and now they deserve to be paid.
But it's unlikely they'll see any money once the bankruptcy proceedings are completed.
They call the filing a coward's way out by millionaires who can afford to pay the small businessman.
The team's former G-M did not respond to that.
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[Salem-SOL]


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Good news for the Salem School System..
All of the city's schools will receive the state's "fully accredited" rating, because of their success with the Standards of Learning tests.
This year Salem *High* School joined the city's other schools in reaching the required 70-percent "pass rate" in core academic areas.
School officials say it took a team effort to reach the goal..
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((WAYNE TRIPP/SALEM SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT; OUR TEACHERS OUR GUIDANCE COUNSELORS OUR ADMINISTRATORS OUR LIBRARIANS EVERYBODY INVOLVED, I THINK WORKED VERY HARD MADE MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS AND MOST ESPECIALLY WE WOULD WANT TO THANK THE STUDENTS))
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[OUT Q="want to thank the students"]
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Salem is ahead of the Standards of Learning schedule..
All Virginia school systems must reach fully accredited status by 2007.

[Sports tease]


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Travis Wells will join us from Lynchburg for a report on the Hillcats, former Cave Spring baseball star Tyler Lumsden, who will play in the college world series, talks about his awesome freshman year
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[VO-NAT]

and the Lakers tell us why they are three-peat NBA champions.
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The Lynchburg Hillcats are an amazing 44 and 22 on the season. Tonight, they open a four game homestand with Kinston.
[STEVE TURNS AND TALKS TO TRAVIS= /Microwave;]


Travis Wells joins us from Merrit Hutchinson Stadium. Trav.
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((ROLLCUE:...sounds familiar, it should.))
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[OUT Q=my grandfather."]
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[S-AVS]


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Tonight, the Avalanche face Myrtle Beach, the team that just swept the Hillcats to win the Southern division title.
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[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]


The Avalanche is in Myrtle Beach for a four game series with the pelicans. The Avs will need their offense to win. Salem leads the Carolina League in doubles and is on pace to hit over 300 two baggers this season.
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[OUT Q=....extra bases"]
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Roanoke will be represented in Omaha this weekend in the College World Series. Clemson freshman Tyler Lumsden will take the hill for the Tigers who are making their 10th appearance in the World Series.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Clemson, SC; :00]


The former Cave Spring Knight boarded the bus with the rest of his teammates earlier this week. Lumsden has made the most of his opportunity with the Tigers this season. The freshman is one of two left-handers on the staff, and he surprised even himself with his first year performance.
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The Los Angeles Lakers won their third straight world championship last night, sweeping the New Jersey nets 4-zero. While Shaquille O'Neal was the finals MVP, he is the first to call his coach the most important piece to the Lakers puzzle.
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[SUPER=01-Phil Jackson/Lakers Head Coach; :15]
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[OUT Q=......very experienced team"]

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