[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Teresa]

Coming up on NEWS 7 at six...
A Roanoke man is in custody-- after a three year old boy accidentally shoots and kills himself.
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[VO-NAT]

And, start counting those pennies. Begining tomorrow, the price of a first-class stamp jumps another three cents.
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[Sports-head]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
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Coming up in sports, the Indy Racing League is set to go under the lights tonight in Richmond, the Steam is ready for the stretch run,
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[VO-NAT]


and Tom Hagan is finding himself to be a very busy man this summer.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Another partly sunny and warm day across the region. Temperatures in the upper 80's for many, 90's for others. Tomorrow looks to be much the same, I'll have your complete forecast coming up. [Video-Open]
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[WRITER=dse]
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[VO-NAT]

A three year old Roanoke boy dies today after getting his hands on a gun.
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]


Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.

[Child-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=02-14 TC-1:53:04]
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According to Roanoke police, three year old Juwan Marcus Smith shot and killed himself shortly before noon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Police say the the child's mother left him in the care of 44 year old Rodney Patterson on Friday at this apartment building on Westside Boulevard. Police say that's where the three year old picked up the weapon and accidentally shot himself in the head. They say the 9- millimeter pistol was left beside Patterson's bed-- When authorities arrived, the child was unresponsive and died about a half hour later.
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
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Rodney Patterson is currently being held at the Roanoke City Jail without bond on felony child neglect charges.

[M'ville-Arrest]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=02-28 1:28:12]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]

Martinsville police have a man behind bars - charged with killing his estranged girlfriend.
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[SUPER=03-Martinsville/June 22nd; ]

48 year-old Janice Payne was found lying in the grass at the Rivermont Apartment Complex last Sunday. Her estranged boyfriend - 49-year old Donatus Voil Hilton - turned himself into authorities last night. He faces first degree murder charges. Police believe Payne was assaulted inside her apartment before she either jumped or was thrown from a third story window.
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[anchor=Teresa]
[ss=none]

The funeral for Janice Payne was held today in Henry County.

[Stamps]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=02-16 TC-1:14:48]
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Starting tomorrow, it will cost you more to mail a first class letter.
Rates for stamps will rise three cents, from 34 to 37 cents.
Justin McLeod has more on the postal increases and why not everyone is giving it the "stamp of approval."
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[SOT 2:11:01]
[IN Q=Nat sound of people walking into post office]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Victoria Smith/Postal Customer; :27]
[SUPER=01-Anne Murray/Roanoke Postmaster; :43]
[SUPER=01-Patrick Leach/Postal Customer; 1:01 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=@justin1; 1:08]
[RUNS=1:36]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]

((((NAT SOUND OF PEOPLE WALKING INTO POST OFFICE; 2:11:01))
Post offices everywhere are especially busy this weekend.
[SOT 2:12:15; 2:11:27; 2:13:28]
[IN Q=I needed stamps]

((DELORES REED: I NEEDED STAMPS.)) ((VICTORIA SMITH: I HAD TO GET SOME NEW STAMPS.)) ((GEORGE YATES: I JUST WANT TO MAIL AS MANY AS I CAN FOR 34 CENTS.))
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[OUT Q=for 34 cents]


That's because starting Sunday postal rates will increase nearly eight percent.
A first class stamp will go from 34 to 37 cents.
Priority Mail will jump from 3.50 to 3.85. (SHOT OF PRIORTY MAIL; 2:06:22)
And it will cost you 1.20 more to use express mail.
[SOT 2:11:33]
[IN Q=It's really not that bad]

((VICTORIA SMITH: IT'S REALLY NOT THAT MUCH WHEN YOU CONSIDER OTHER COUNTRIES AND THE EFFICIENCY OF OUR POSTAL SERVICE, I THINK IT'S WORTH IT.))
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[OUT Q=it's worth it]


The Postal service cites fuel costs, rising health benefits, and additional deliveries as reasons for the rate increase.
September 11th also played a role.
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[IN Q=A lot of the businesses]

((ANNE MURRAY/ROANOKE POSTMASTER: A LOT OF THE BUSINESSES CUT BACK ON THEIR MAILING EXPENSES AND CUT BACK ON THEIR MAILINGS AND THAT REDUCED THE AMOUNT OF REVENUE WE HAD COMING THROUGH THE POSTAL SERVICE.))
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[OUT Q=postal service]


The customers we talked to understand the need for the hike and are willing to pay more, but they would like to see the postal service go a step further.
[SOT 2:15:41]
[IN Q=Why not just make]

((PATRICK LEACH: WHY NOT JUST MAKE IT FIFTY CENTS AND THEN IT WILL BE FIVE SIX YEARS BEFORE YOU HAVE TO MOVE IT UP AGAIN.))
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[OUT Q=move it up again]
[SOT 2:20:01]
[IN Q=You won't see one]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: YOU WON'T SEE ONE MAJOR INCREASE TO 40 OR EVEN 50 CENTS BECAUSE THE POSTAL SERVICE SAYS YOU SHOULD NOT PAY MORE THAN IS NECESSARY. THEY ALSO STRESS THAT MOST POSTAL CUSTOMERS BUY THEIR STAMPS IN BULK RATHER THAN SINGLES SO PENNIES ARE USUALLY NOT INVOLVED.))
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[OUT Q=usually not involved]

((NAT SOUND OF RIPPING TAPE; 2:05:49))
Customers hope the new rates will stick around for awhile.
[SOT 2:16:47]
[IN Q=It's kinda hard]

((GLORIA LUCAS: IT'S KINDA HARD TO KEEP UP WITH THIS UNLESS YOU WRITE IT DOWN.))
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[OUT Q=you write it down]


They'll probably be plenty of people writing it down (SHOT OF WRITING 2:07:17) when post offices re-open Monday morning.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))


[Rke-Water]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
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[WRITER=jus]
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Two new water sources are in place for Roanoke residents needing to wash their car or water their lawns and gardens.

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

The city has placed rented, seven thousand gallon water tanks at two new locations.... one at Wasena Park, the other at the Brown Robertson Park. The tank at Wasena park will pull water from the Roanoke River-- while the tank at Brown Robertson will pull water from Lick Run. Each tank has two water hoses attached to it, and will be available to residents 24- hours a day.
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[IN Q=I'M NOT MAD]
[SUPER=01-Ralph Patterson/Roanoke Resident]

((I'M NOT MAD ABOUT IT BUT I THINK THE VALLEY SHOULD HAVE A REGIONAL WATER SUPPLY AND I DON'T REMEMBER WHEN THEY TALKED ABOUT IT BUT THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE IT YEARS AGO THAT'S MY OPINION ANYWAY.))
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[OUT Q=MY OPINION ANYWAY.]
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[VO-NAT]

The water is UN-treated... so it cannot be used for drinking or for filling swimming pools.
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[Miss-Virginia]


[ANCHOR=Teres]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=02-23 TC-35:08]
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If beauty pagents are your fancy, then Roanoke is the place to be this weekend.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night]

A new Miss Virginia will be crowned tonight at the Roanoke Civic Center. The last two nights, women from all over the state competed in the premliminaries. Tonight, the 27 candidates will be narrowed down to ten. Those finalists will then compete in the talent portion of the show. We'll let you know who the new Miss Virginia is tonight on News 7 at 11.
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
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And you can catch the winner live tomorrow on News 7 Sunday morning beginning at 8 o'clock.

[Cat-Show]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
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Some purr-fect beauties are also taking center stage this weekend.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The annual Star City Cat Fanciers competition got underway today at the Roanoke Civic Center.
This year's show features more than 300 cats from 35 different breeds.
Many of the cats are also taking part in a competition where they are judged on beauty, confirmation, and show prescence.
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[SOT 21:26:34]
[IN Q=This is not fun and games]

((NORMAN AUSPTIZ/CAT SHOW JUDGE: THIS IS NOT FUN AND GAMES. THIS IS VERY SERIOUS. MOST OF THESE CATS ARE PETS AT HOME BUT THEY'RE ALSO SHOW CATS AND WE REALLY WORK WITH THEM TO GET THEM USED TO THE CHAOS HERE AND THE CATS ENJOY IT.))
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[OUT Q=the cats enjoy it]
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[VO-NAT]


Contestants are earning points for a final national competition which will take place later this year.
You can catch the show again tomorrow from 10 until four.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[SS=NONE]

Still to come on News 7 at 6, some local kids got a chance to show off their milk mustaches today...
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[VO-NAT]

and some local public safety officials were trying to pull in some big bucks for Special Olympics. We'll have that and more coming up, but first, let's check in with Brent...
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[Got-Milk]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
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[WRITER=jus]
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Some area kids are milking it for all it's worth this weekend .
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The Got Milk? Mustache campaign made a stop today at the Valley View Mall.
Contestants donned a milk mustache and then had their picture taken for a chance to be featured in an ad in Rolling Stone Magazine.
Other activities took place inside the mall including the "Mix it with Milk Contest."
The goal of the campaign is to educate kids on the importance of drinking at least four, 8-ounce glasses of milk each day.
A similar event will take place tomorrow at the Food Lion Supermarket on Starkey Road in Roanoke from one until four.

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[Profile-Preview]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
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[WRITER=rca]
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Un-wanted dogs and horses are getting a helping hand in southwest Virginia.
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[VO-NAT :18]
[SUPER=03-Galax;]

Noah's Station is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding new homes for unwanted dogs and horses. They recently spent the day at a Galax fair to tell the public about their rescue work. Owner Suzie Tompkins says she got her first horse at age four and that it's been a life- long dream to help animals.
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[SOT 22:28:19]
[IN Q=we have] (COVER END)

((SUZIE TOMPKINS/NOAH'S STATION OWNER; WE HAVE OBEDIENCE CLASSES WE HAVE AN INDOOR RIDING ARENA AT OUR FACILITY SO IF PEOPLE WANT TO KEEP THEIR HORSES EXERCISED IN THE WINTER TIME OR IF THEY WANT TO DO AN ACTIVITY WE RENT OUT THE FACILITY BASICALLY WE'RE PRETTY VERSATILE BUT OUR MAIN GOAL IT TO MAKE SURE THE HORSES AND DOGS ARE HEALTHY AND HAPPY.))
[SUPER=01-Suzie Tompkins/Noah's Station Owner;]
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[OUT Q=HEALTH AND HAPPY.]
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[VO-NAT]

Noah's Station works out of a Woodlawn location. They have a small full-time staff and large group of volunteers. Tompkins says they've been successful in finding adoptive homes for the animals. Coming up tomorrow in our Virginia Profile...more on that part of the story when we introduce you to a young girl and her new dog.
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[Police-Pull]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
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Some area cops worked a different beat today, pulling in some major money for a good cause.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


The State Police and the Roanoke County Police Department held an event at Green Hill Park this morning to raise money for Special Olympics.
Teams from police, fire, and rescue agencies competed to pull a fire truck for a set distance.
The Roanoke County Police Department came in first followed by the Roanoke City officers.
Today's event raised nearly 46-hundred dollars for Special Olympics Virginia.
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[Tease#2]
[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[SS=NONE]

Still to come on News 7 at 6, the Roanoke Steam is welcoming yet another Arenafootball-2 powerhouse onto their home turf tonight... Travis Wells will have more in sports.
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[VO-NAT]

and also, if you want to experience what daily life was like hundreds of years ago, then an exhibit at Ferrum College is right up your alley. We'll have that and more coming up.
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[BRI-Farm]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
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[WRITER=syo]
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If you yearn for the good old days when butter was churned by hand and electricity was light years away, Ferrum College can help. In this week's Time Off, Shannon Young drops by the Blue Ridge Institute for a taste of life on the farm.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=He only has teeth on the bottom.]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :08]
[SUPER=01-Rebecca/Interpreter; :27]
[SUPER=01-Jackie Evans/Girl Scout; :57 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Brittany Whitman/Girl Scout; 1:08]
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(([SOT 1:54:04-1:54:11]
[IN Q=He only has teeth on the bottom...]

((HE ONLY HAS TEETH ON THE BOTTOM. NOT ONLY THAT, HE'S A VEGETARIAN.))
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[OUT Q=not only that, he's a vegetarian.]

Come sink *your* teeth into a day at the farm at Ferrum College.
Today, the Blue Ridge Institute's living history museum is hosting a group of girls scouts. The fifth and sixth graders are experiencing German-American farm life as it was in 1800, complete with bonnets, aprons and a long list of chores.
[SOT 2:01:21-2:01:53]
[IN Q=They take a rotation of helping in the kitchen...]

((REBECCA: THEY TAKE A ROTATION OF HELPING IN THE KITCHEN, WORK IN THE GARDEN, BLACKSMITHS SHOP, THIS YEAR WE'RE WORKING WITH THE OXEN.))
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[OUT Q=we're working with the oxen.]

Did she say "work"?
That's not how the girls see their duties.
[SOT 1:55:23-1:55:27]
[IN Q=We get to do alot of fun stuff...]

((WE GET TO DO A LOT OF FUN STUFF WE WOULDN'T GET TO DO IF WE WEREN'T HERE.))
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[OUT Q=if we weren't here.]

And learn skills they might not otherwise have even known existed like, how to wash butter...
[SOT 2:07:40-2:07:54]
[IN Q=After you made it and churned it...]

((BRITTANY: AFTER YOU MADE IT AND CHURNED IT YOU PUT IT IN A BOWL WITH WATER... PUT IT IN A BOWL WITHOUT WATER.))
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[OUT Q=put it in a bowl without water.]

Of course, their efforts pay off at meal time.
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Interpretors, like Philip, explain how it hasn't always been easy to hammer out a living. They hope, by literally wearing the hat of a 19th century farmer, that visitors will more fully appreciate those who came before.
[SOT 2:03:52-2:03:59]
[IN Q=I think we have to have an understanding...]

((REBECCA: I THINK WE HAVE TO HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF WHERE WE CAME FROM IN ORDER TO APPRECIATE WHERE WE ARE NOW.))
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[OUT Q=where we are now.]

One thing's for certain. The experience whetted the girl scouts' apetite for knowledge, along with a hunger for much more than history.
[SOT 2:07:08-2:07:13]
[IN Q=Uh, yeah, probably get my mom...]

((JULIA: UH YEAH, PROBABLY GET MY MOM TO BAKE REAL BREAD INSTEAD OF USING HER BREAD MAKER.))
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[OUT Q=using her bread maker.]

Shannon Young, News 7, Franklin County.))
[ANCHOR=Teresa]
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The Blue Ridge Farm Museum is open by appointment only Monday through Friday. You can drop by unannounced on summer weekends.

[Sports tease]


[ANCHOR=travis]
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[WRITER=twe]
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Coming up in sports, we'll see how Cave Spring's Tom Hagan is spending his summer vacation, the Steam's schedule doesn't get any easier tonight at the Civic Center,
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and he's not Evil Knievel, but he's pretty close. We'll meet Bubba Blackwell next.
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[S-Hagan]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rwa]
[TAPE#=SP-104 TC12102]
[GRAPHIC=Football]


He excelled in academics and a variety of sports at Cave Spring high school, volunteered countless hours of community service, and will donn a navy and orange football jersey in the Fall. No this is not the story of Ronde or Tiki, but he did work the twins camp this week. Intern reporter Bekkah Warburton caught up with Tom Hagan during his busy summer.
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[SUPER=01-Tom Hagan/Future Virginia Cavalier; :45]
[SUPER=01-Bekkah Warburton/News 7 Sports; :55]
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((You have seen his face everywhere. We have followed him from the baseball diamond through numerous Friday Football Extra clips, to the basketball court where he was a member of the state championship team, and even to the barber shop. These past few years have been encompassed with this 6'2" All-State preformer. While the community has appreciated Hagan's phenominal skills on the playing field, many have enjoyed following his various accomplishments in other realms of high school, as well. Graduating as one of Cave Spring's valadictorians and receiving the elite B'nai B'rith award have only added to Hagan's appeal.
And he's not slowing down either. With high school behind him, Hagan is now focusing on what's to come: playing football for Coach Al Groh's UVA Wahoos.
**soundbite: 2:39:46**
**my standup**
Two weeks ago, Hagan headed up to Penn. where he was coached by Bill Renner, a nationally acclaimed punting instructor.
Renner and staff ranked Hagan seventh out of the top 29 punters in the counrty. An honor not taken very lightly.
**possible soundbite**
Next up for Hagan is the Virginia high school football all-star game in Hampton. Proud to be chosen for the West Team, Hagan also looks forward to meeting up with some future Cavalier teammates.
**Soundbite: 2:38:09**
This local celeb will be taking off for Charlottesville July 26th for pre-season practice. UVA's first game will be Aug. 22nd against Colorado State. In Roanoke County, Bekkah Warburton, News 7 Sports.))

[S-Steam]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-125 TC931]
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The Roanoke Steam will welcome Augusta to the Civic Center tonight for a 7-30 kickoff. Tonight's contest will mark the 7th time this season that the Steam has faced off with a defending division champion.
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[IN Q=first audio.]
[SUPER=01-Tacoma Fontaine/Steam Wide Receiver; :00]
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[OUT Q=big game for us."]
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[ANCHOR=travis]
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Don't forget if you bring a non-perishable food item to the game tonight for the Second Harvest Food Bank, you will receive a dollar off of your admission.


[S-IRL]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-121 TC3105]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Sports]


To the track, where the Indy Racing League has invaded the state capital for tonight's running of the SunTrust Indy Challenge
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :00]


Last night at Richmond International Raceway, Gil de Ferran grabbed the pole with a top speed just under 169 miles per hour. At three quarters of a mile, the action track is the shortest on the Indy circuit, and one of the most demanding.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=first audio..]
[SUPER=01-Gil de Ferran/SunTrust Challenge Pole Sitter; :00]
[SUPER=01-Billy Boat/Will Start 11th in Tonight's Race; :14]
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[OUT Q=a lot of driver at Richmond."]
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[S-Wimbledon]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-122 TC2825]
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On the grass at Wimbledon today, Venus Williams and Tim Henman were among the players to advance to week two of the tournament, but the last American men's player left in the draw wasn't so fortunate.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-London, England/NBC Sports; :00]


The West Virginia native and former Florida Gator, Jeff Morrison, seen in the far court, lost in straight sets to number 18 Scheng Schalken. For the first time in 80 years, no American men's player advanced to the round of 16.
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[S-Bubba]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-124 TC2238]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Sports]


We finish up tonight with something a little different. Motorcycle stunt man Bubba Blackwell, who has broken nearly all of Evil Knievel's records, put on quite a show here in the Valley today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


The 32 year old Blackwell performed for fans today at the Buell Harley-Davidson shop on Peters Creek Road. Last year he was critically injured after attempting to jump 22 cars in California. But he says he's not crazy. Although a trip to the local Harley shop in his home state of Alabama at a very young age, might explain some things.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=first audio.]
[SUPER=01-Bubba Blackwell/The American Daredevil; :00]
[RUNS=:28]
[OUT Q=this is what you get."]

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