[News-Heads]

[ANCHOR=Teresa]

[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#]
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Coming up on News 7- A local sheriff is arrested following an alleged domestic dispute.
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[VO-NAT]

Members of a Danville National Guard unit prepare for their next assignment-- Volunteers using a helicopter come to the rescue of a horse... While-- crews continue to work to bring an orphaned killer whale back home.
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]

News 7 is next.




[Sheriff-Arrest]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 11]

Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
A local sheriff is free on bond following an alleged domestic dispute. State police arrested Giles County sheriff Larry Falls yesterday afternoon. Authorities say Falls is charged with assault and battery against his sister-in-law-- along with breaking and entering. Officials say the incident allegedly happened this week. NEWS 7 contacted Sheriff Falls at home tonight-- but he declined to comment.

[Natl-Guard]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=02-24 TC-52:15]
[GRAPHIC=none]

A National Guard Battalion from southside officially got its marching orders today.
It is the first time the entire unit has been called up since the Korean Conflict more than fifty years ago. Justin McLeod has more on their mission and why they're needed.
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[SOT 1:30:52]
[IN Q=Military status is]
[SUPER=03-Danville; :00]
[SUPER=01-Maj. Paul Griffin; :27]
[SUPER=@justin1; :44]
[SUPER=01-Maj. Fred Bolton; 1:02]
[SUPER=01-Scott Patterson/National Guard Soldier; 1:16]
[RUNS=1:32]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Danville]

((((NAT SOUND OF WOMEN TALKING; 1:30:52 "MILITARY STATUS IS"))
The people you see here are about to give up a year of their lives....to serve their country.
[SOT 1:38:46]
[IN Q=If this is what I got]

((SHAWN RANDLEMAN: IF THIS IS WHAT I GOT TO DO I HAVE TO DO WHAT I HAVE TO DO. I DON'T MIND SERVING MY COUNTRY.))
[Runs= 04]
[OUT Q=serving my country]


It is a sentiment shared by all 318 members of the first battalion 246th Field Artillery unit.
They've been called to active duty to help with homeland defense. (SHOT OF HELICOPTER AT 1:08:11)
This is all in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11th.
[SOT 1:16:23]
[IN Q=We know through our]

((MAJ. PAUL GRIFFIN: WE KNOW THROUGH THE MOBILIZATION ORDER THAT WE WILL BE DOING A SECURITY TYPE MISSION.))
[Runs= 07]
[OUT Q=security type mission]

((QUICK NAT SOUND AT 1:29:58))
It's a mission that officially begins August 1st.
[SOT 1:41:35]
[IN Q=These troops will spend]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THESE TROOPS WILL SPEND THE NEXT WEEK HERE IN DANVILLE DOING A LOT OF THE PAPER WORK YOU SEE HERE. FROM THERE THEY'LL GO TO NEW JERSEY FOR SEVERAL WEEKS OF INTENSE TRAINING. AFTER THAT, IT IS NOT EXACTLY KNOWN WHERE THEY'LL BE STATIONED BUT WE DO KNOW IT WILL BE SOMEWHERE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES.))
[Runs= 13]
[OUT Q=in the United States]

((NAT SOUND OF STAMPING 1:15:30))
Before the troops can leave, their affairs must be in order.
They go through a complete medical checkup.
A lot of them also seek family assistance.
[SOT 1:19:42]
[IN Q=Once their out of the area]

((MAJ. FRED BOLTON: ONCE THEIR OUT OF THE AREA THE GOAL IS TO FAMILY TO BE SELF SUFFICIENT AND FOR THE FAMILY TO BE PREPARED FOR THE SOLDIER TO BE AWAY FROM HOME.))
[Runs= 08]
[OUT Q=away from home]


It is a goal that can be difficult for financial and personal reasons.
[SOT 1:37:04]
[IN Q=It's kind of hard]

((SCOTT PATTERSON: IT'S KIND OF HARD BECAUSE I AM EXPECTING A BABY. MY WIFE IS KINDA TAKING IT HARD.))
[Runs= 08]
[OUT Q=taking it hard]


A hard choice but a price these men and women are willing to pay in the name of freedom. (SHOT OF FLAG)
Justin McLeod, News 7, Danville.))

[B'Burg-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]

Blacksburg police have released the name of a murder victim found at the Clayton Estate mobile home park yesterday. Police have identified the victim as 20- year old Marika Ariel Cooper. 26- year old Michael Stevenson Parks is charged with second degree murder. Authorities say it's possible Cooper and the suspect knew each other.
Parks is being held without bond in the Montgomery County jail.

[Molest-Charges]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A man charged with molesting two girls could face life terms if convicted. The Montgomery County Sheriff's office has charged 28 year old Charles Melvin Silcott, Junior of Elliston with molesting the girls, ages 5 and 6, last night in the Lafayette section of the county. The charges include abduction and aggravated sexual battery. Investigators say the girls were not seriously hurt.

[Foundry-Embezzlement]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=02-16 TC-1:42:58]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Several former union officials have entered guilty pleas to charges of conspiring to embezzle more than 17- thousand dollars from the union and a disaster relief fund at a plant in Radford.
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[VO-NAT 02-01 56:28]
[SUPER=03-Radford/March 2000;]

The relief fund had been established to help workers at the Intermet New River foundry, where three people were killed in a March 2000 explosion. The former union officials are Edward Alexander Ramsey, William Edward Fricker, Joseph William Burros and Rhonda Lorraine Creed. A fifth defendant, Elizabeth Jane George, remains at large.
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[Bluegrass]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=02-20 TC-2:05:05]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Today's rain did little to dampen spirits at the Salem Farmer's Market Bluegrass Festival.
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[SOT]
[INQ=nat sound]
[RUNS=5]
[OUTQ=nat sound]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem;]

The view of the stage may have been blocked by umbrellas, but that did NOT stop the music. The Bluegrass Festival featured acts such as the Lonesome River Band, and the Upland Express & Bluegrass Brothers. It was all to benefit the Southwest Virginia Ballet. The concert wrapped up this evening around 9 o'clock.
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[DUI-Driving]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=02-28 TC-08:04]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A Roanoke County supervisor plans to take his fight to Richmond to make drunk drivers pay for the problems they cause.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape]


The Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance in March that allows the county to recover the expense of responding to wrecks caused by drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
But before the fees can go into effect, the General Assembly must amend the current law and that won't happen until at least next year.
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[SOT 52:33]
[IN Q=This is such a positive]

((BUTCH CHURCH: THIS IS SUCH A POSITIVE ACCOUNTABILITY THAT I DON'T CARE HOW TOUGH IT IS I'M GOING TO FIGHT FOR IT BECAUSE IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. AND SOMETIMES THE RIGHT THING TO DO IS NOT THE EASIEST THING TO GET PASSED. I REALLY FEEL THAT I'M GOING TO GET SUPPORT FOR IT AGAIN BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF EVERYONE HAVING TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY FOR ACCOUNTABILITY.))
[SUPER=@church]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=way for accountability]
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[VO-NAT]


The fees would range from 500 to a thousand dollars and would be in addition to any criminal penalties.
Church says the money collected would be earmarked back to the E-M-S and safety divisions.
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[VBA]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=02-13 TC-1:59:34]
[GRAPHIC=none]

The Virginia Bar Association's meeting is in full swing in Bath County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bath Co./Yesterday;]

This is the one- hundred twelfth year for the summer conference which is taking place at the Homestead in Hot Springs.
Yesterday-- the Reverend George Conway lead a panel discussion for the attorneys on the pros and cons of Virginia's "Standards of Learning" exams. Conway, who's headmaster of Saint Anne's-Belfield School in Charlottesville, is opposed to S-O-L's.
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[SOT 00:14:14]
[IN Q=ALL THAT]
[SUPER=01-Rev. George Conway/St. Anne's-Belfield School; ]

((ALL THAT TESTING DOESN'T REALLY GET TO THE HEART OF THE PROBLEM. THE HEART OF THE PROBLEM IS, WHAT DO THESE KIDS NEED TO KNOW?))
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[OUT Q=KIDS NEED TO KNOW.]
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[anchor=Teresa]
[ss=none]

The Bar Association conference will wrap up tomorrow.

[Hotel-Roanoke]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=02-04 TC-1:51:02]
[GRAPHIC=none]


One area restaurant appears to have found the recipe for success.
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[VO-NAT - :26]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The Regency Room at the Hotel Roanoke has been recognized as a Distinguished Restaurant of North America.
The DiRoNA Award was established in 1990 to promote the fine dining industry.
Only 768 restaurants in the world hold this distinction, 12 are in Virginia.
An anonymous 75-point inspection was conducted to review the quality of the food and wine, service, as well as the physical property and decor.
The Regency Room will pick up its award in September.
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[Amphitheater]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=02-19 TC-1:01:03]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The stage is almost set for more entertainment in the city of Danville.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville]


Construction is almost complete on the new Carrington Pavilion.
The amphitheater will be located behind the Danville Science Center and will seat 12-hundred people with room to accommodate another 45-hundred on the lawn.
The one point 75 million dollar project is being financed by city money and funds provided by the Carrington Foundation.
The first scheduled event for the Carrington Pavilion will be the Music Man performed by the Danville Little Theatre August 23rd through the 25th.
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[Tease1]
[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[WRITER=rle]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
[SS=None]

Still to come on News 7 at 11, two local golfers are in contention going into the final round at the Crown Royal Open.
Travis Wells will have highlights coming up a little later in sports.
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[VO-NAT]

Also-- authorities are trying to send an orphaned twelve foot killer whale back to her native waters. The story when NEWS 7 at eleven returns.
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[Orphaned-Orca]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]

Scientists are taking a two-year-old orphan orca back to her home waters in Canada.
The lovable killer whale known as 'Springer' waits to return to her native waters as scientists figure out the best time to set her free... Manuel Gallegus reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Bob Lohn/Natl. Marine Fishery Service; ]
[SUPER=01-John Nightingale/President, Vancouver Aquarium; ]
[SUPER=@gallegus2; ]
[RUNS=1:32]
[OUT Q=MG, CBS News;]

((

WITH THE HELP OF MARINE SCIENTISTS, IT WAS THE END OF A LONG JOURNEY, AND THE START OF WHAT WILL HOPEFULLY BE LONG LIFE AT SEA FOR THE ORCA NICKNAMED, "SPRINGER."

(nats..)

EARLIER, THE 2-YEAR OLD ORCA WAS SLIPPED INTO A GIANT SLING..AND LIFTED FROM HER PEN BY CRANE. SPRINGER CHIRPED A FEW TIMES, THEN SETTLED INTO A WATER-FILLED BOX, ABOARD A HIGH-SPEED CATAMARAN.

SOT - BOB LOHN/NATL. MARINE FISHERY SERVICE

"It was a very smooth loading, she hardly vocalized at all, so she seems to be content
HANDLERS COVERED SPRINGERS' BODY WITH WET TOWELS, TO PREVENT EXPOSURE TO THE SUN. .. AND SLATHERED HER DORSAL FIN IN DIAPER RASH OINTMENT TO KEEP IT MOIST.

(nats...boat leaving)


AND WITH THAT, THE 400-MILE JOURNEY FROM SEATTLE TO CANADA BEGAN. CREW MEMBERS TOOK TURNS IN THE BOX, TALKING AND PETTING THE ORCA TO COMFORT HER.
SICKLY AND SUFFERING FROM A SKIN DISEASE, SPRINGER STRAYED INTO PUGET SOUND LAST WINTER, APPARENTLY MAKINGHER WAY DOWN THE COAST ALONE, AFTER HER MOTHER DIED.
MARINE SCIENTISTS HOPE TO REUNITE HER WITH HER FAMILY POD NEAR VANCOUVER ISLAND. .. SOMETHING NEVER BEFORE DONE WITH AN ORCA.

SOT --John Nightingale/President, Vancouver Aquarium

"We can plan the human part of this, but pretty quick, it's gonna be up to her, when we open the gate and see what happens."
IT IS AN EXTRAORDINARY NEW BEGINNING FOR THE 'LAID-BACK' ORCA, SCIENTISTS ARE NOW CALLING AN INTERNATIONAL CITIZEN. MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS...))

[Horse-Rescue]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Another animal rescue, this one in Los Angeles.
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[VO-NAT - :26+]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA; ]

A horse slipped on some algae in the Los Angeles River today. The 26-year old horse named Obadiah fell down in the river and couldn't stand back up. So rescuers brought out a helicopter to help get him out of the river. They hoisted the horse into the air and flew him to dry land where he tried to stand up. The horse's owner eventually coaxed him with a treat and he eventually got to his feet. By all accounts, Obahdiah appeared to be fine after the ordeal.
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[Tease2]
[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[WRITER=rle]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[SS=None]


Still to come on the newscast, Johnny (SAW-ter) Sauter raced to the checkered flag at today's Tropicana Twister 300. Highlights in sports.
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[VO-NAT]

and these guys had a WHALE of a time at this underwater music festival. We'll have details coming up.
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[Commercial]

[Paintball]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=TimeOff #4 TC-18:26]
[GRAPHIC=none]

It's a fast paced game of cat and mouse, with paint flying at nearly 2-hundred miles an hour. In this week's Time Off Shannon Young takes us on a paintball adventure.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Alright guys, game starts in five seconds!]
[SUPER=03-Salem;:00]
[SUPER=01-Bruce Stec/Paintball Player;:22]
[SUPER=01-Steve Blecher/High Velocity Paintball Field;:39]
[SUPER=@Shannon2;:49]
[SUPER=01-Tom Tucker/Paintball Player;2:10]
[RUNS=2:40]
[OUT Q=STD]
(([SOT 8:00:26-8:00:37]
[IN Q=Alright guys, game starts...]

((AWRIGHT GUYS, GAME STARTS IN FIVE SECONDS! FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE, GO! GO! GO! GO! GO!))
[RUNS= :11]
[OUT Q=Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! (5 times)]

There are no bullets, no bloody wounds, no life or death scenarios, but make no mistake...this is a battle. Dozens of times a day, this Salem street corner witnesses war the paintball way.
[SOT 8:48:00-8:48:07]
[IN Q=Everybody's shooting. There isn't one person...]

((BRUCE STEC/PAINTBALL PLAYER: EVERYBODY'S SHOOTING. THERE ISN'T ONE PERSON ON THE FIELD WHO ISN'T SHOOTING. YOU'RE ALWAYS RUNNING, TRYING TO GET COVER. IT'S GREAT.))
[RUNS= :07]
[OUT Q=Trying to get cover...it's great.]
[SOT 8:57:02-8:57:11 - UNDER VIDEO, PLEASE]
[IN Q=You're bunkered down, crouching in your bunker...]

((STEVE BLECHER/HIGH VELOCITY PAINTBALL FIELD: YOU'RE BUNKERED DOWN, CROUCHING IN YOUR BUNKER, LOOKING FOR YOUR ENEMY WHO'S SHOOTING A 68-CALIBER PAINTBALL AT YOU.))
[RUNS= :09]
[OUT Q=68-caliber paintball at you.]

[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
[SOT 8:57:19-8:57:25 STEVE ON CAMERA]
[IN Q=And, you know, it's common nature...]

((STEVE: AND, YOU KNOW, IT'S COMMON NATURE, WHEN SOMEONE'S SHOOTING AT YOU YOU WANT TO SHOOT BACK.))
[RUNS= :06]
[OUT Q=you want to shoot back.]

According to Blecher, paintball is the fastest growing extreme sport in the world. He says the game got it's start in the early 80's when forestry and agricultural workers using paint to mark trees and cattle turned the markers on each other. Since then, nearly 100-variations of paintball have come to life, including the speedball being played today. All have a common denominator.
[SOT 8:54:10-8:54:19]
[IN Q=Basic rules are oone paintball...]

((STEVE BLECHER: BASIC RULES ARE ONE PAINTBALL ON YOU OR YOUR GUN, YOU'RE USUALLY CALLED OUT OF THE GAME.))
[RUNS=: 09]
[OUT Q=usually called out of the game.]

The paintballs consist of water-based paint surrounded by a biologically safe skin. High Velocity avoids red paint because of its resemblance to blood. Markers, or guns, are powered by carbon dioxide or compressed air.
[SOT 8:32:05-8:32:11]
[IN Q=Hit! Got hit? Yep.]

((SHAN: HIT! STEVE: GOT HIT? SHAN: YEP. STEVE: PLAYER OUT! LET HER OFF THE FIELD!))
[RUNS=: 06]
[OUT Q=let her off the field!]

Blecher sets his markers to fire at 285-feet per second. Doesn't sound too bad until you realize that object whizzing by your head is cruising at 193-miles an hour.
[SOT 8:54:35-8:54:45]
[IN Q=How dies it feel...  when you get hit?]

((SHAN: HOW DOES IT FEEL WHEN YOU GET HIT? STEVE: LIKE A STING. ALMOST LIKE A BEE STING BUT YOUR ADRENALINE'S FLOWING SO HARD THAT YOU DON'T REALLY NOTICE IT.))
[RUNS= :10]

Blecher is big on safety. All players are required to wear a protective mask, go through a safety class and outfit their marker with a barrel cover between games.
[SOT 8:46:04-8:46:12]
[IN Q=This sport is actually safer than...]

((TOM TUCKER: THIS SPORT IS ACTUALLY SAFER THAN PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL OR FOOTBALL AS FAR AS ACCOUNTABILITY FOR INJURIES AND WHATNOT. YOU CAN'T BEAT IT.))
[RUNS= :08]
[OUT Q=You can't beat it.]
[SOT 8:41:20-8:41:28]
[IN Q=So, what'd you think?]

((STEVE: SO, WHAT'D YOU THINK? SHAN: IT WAS GREAT, BIG FUN BUT IT TAKES A WHILE TO GET USED TO THE GEAR AND THE EQUIPMENT. YOU WERE LIKE, "GRAB YOUR GUPPY" AND I WAS LIKE, "WHAT? WHERE?"))
[RUNS= :08]
[OUT Q=I was like, "what? where?"]

In the end, uncertainty is what it's about. Players say the adrenaline rush is what keeps them coming back for another chance at the thrill of victory...
[SOT 8:00:56-8:00:57]

((PAINTBALL ON LENS))
[RUNS= :1]

...or the agony of defeat. Shannon Young, News 7, Salem.))

[Underwater-Concert]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Music and water lovers alike got to enjoy a sea- concert off the Florida Keys today.
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[SOT 17:43:20]
[IN Q=NAT SOUND MUSIC]

((MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC))
[RUNS= 05]
[OUT Q=NAT SOUND MUSIC]
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[VO-NAT 17:42:50]

A local radio station put on a six- hour, music festival underwater for divers and snorkelers. The music was broadcast via underwater speakers suspended above the coral reef. Music selections included: "Yellow Submarine," "The Little Mermaid," and the "Theme from Jaws." Divers pretended to play instruments and there was even an underwater bistro complete with a checkered- table- cloth and a mermaid waitress... The marine life didn't seem to mind.
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[S-Busch]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-125 TC1749]
[GRAPHIC=Nascar]


Johnny Sauter survived 8 cautions and a late red flag to win his first career Busch Series race yesterday's Tropicana Twister 300.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Joliet, IL/NBC Sports; :00]


It was a long day for Virginia native Stacy Compton. Stacy spun at lap 11. And then at lap 102, Compton gets caught up in this multi-car crash. He finished 32nd after getting tangled up with Mike Harmon.
Scott Riggs brought out the day's seventh caution when he made hard contact with the wall. Riggs was taken to a local hospital with bruised ribs.
In the end, 24 year old, Johnny Sauter held off Jeff Burton and Todd Bodine to put Richard Childress back in Victory lane.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Johnny Sauter/First Career Win; :00]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=just more sweet."]
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[S-Tickets]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-118 TC20424]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Sports]


The Western Virginia Education Classic is set for Saturday, September 21st. Yesterday was the first day of ticket sales for the football contest between Virginia Union and Livingstone.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


The third annual contest returns to Roanoke's Victory Stadium. Players from the Roanoke Steam, Roanoke Dazzle, and the Roanoke Express were on hand to kick off the ticket sales campaign. The proceeds from the game will benefit Total Action Against Poverty's dropout retrieval program.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Annette Lewis/Director, TAP, This Valley Works; :00]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=to return to education."]
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[S-Golf]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-128 1050]
[GRAPHIC=Crown Royal]


Two local golfers play in the last group in the today's final round of the Crown Royal Open. Roanoke's Dicky Linkous is the leader and Ashley Plantation's Chip Sullivan is just four shots back.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Providence Ford/Comcast Sports Net; :00]


Linkous fired a 3-under par 69 this afternoon at Royal New Kent. Check out the nice lag from just off the green at the par four 14th. That enabled Linkous to save par. His round yesterday included 4 birdies and he is now at 7-under for the tournament. He'll start today's final round with a 2 shot cushion. Sullivan also fired a 69 yesterday and he sits at 3-under for the tournament.
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[S-West]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=6:00pm]
[WRITER=rwa]
[TAPE#=SP-130 10:31]
[GRAPHIC=Commonwealth games]


The 13th annual Commonwealth Games will officially get underway with Friday night's opening ceremonies. But this weekend, the baseball competition has gotten a jump on everybody else.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]

Many feel that the West team, which represents Southwest Virginia, has its best chance to win the gold in recent years thanks to a rich supply of talented players.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=BITES]
[SUPER=01-Jonathan Fulton/West Team Shortstop; :00]
[SUPER=01-Early Page/West Team Pitcher; :15]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=.......good chance of winning"]
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[VO-NAT]


A first place finish and the exposure to top college and pro baseball scouts are not the only highlights of the week-end for one father/son tandem. Jefferson Forest coach and West team assistant Jim Thacker is here with his son, West team second baseman Brennan Thacker.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=BITE]
[SUPER=01-Jim Thacker/West Assistant Coach & Brennan's Father; :00]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=....from that approach."]
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[anchor=travis]


The final competition for the bronze, silver, and gold medals will be held this afternoon at the Kiwanis Field in Salem.

[S-Lax]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mdo]
[TAPE#=SP-123 TC3302]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Sports]


The Roanoke College Lacrosse team hosted its annual lacrosse camp this week in Salem. And as intern reporter Megan Donald found out, the camp attracts lax players from all across the country.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="Our coach told..."]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]
[SUPER=01-Brandon Blais/ Florida Lacrosse Camper; :14]
[SUPER=01-Bill Pilat/ Roanoke Lacrosse Camp Director; :22]
[SUPER=01-Megan Donald/ Reporting; :30]
[SUPER=01-Jacob Pillis/ Eighth Grade Salem Lacrosse Player; :43]
[SUPER=01-Mack Johnson/ Freshman Salem Lacrosse Player; :51]
[RUNS=1:26]
[OUT Q="News 7 Sports."]
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((Coming from as far away as Minnesota, Florida, Michigan and Texas, these kids have learned of the reputation of this

camp and have come to receive valued instruction. ((Brandon Blais)) ((Bill Pilat)) ((Megan Donald)) ((Jacob Pillis)) ((Mack Johnson)) ((Bill Pilate)) It's the first time in the camps 13 year history that an entire team from the valley has attended. The Salem team hopes to carry the skills they have learned to next spring when lacrosse season starts. In Salem, Megan Donald- News 7 Sports.))

[S-Tour]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-127 TC1150]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Sports]


Stage 7 of the Tour de France is in the books and it's one that American Lance Armstrong would just as soon forget.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Avranches, France/OLN; :00]


Armstrong was caught up in this crash about a mile before the finish, losing his place in the pack and finishing 27 seconds behind today's leaders. Armstrong, who was not hurt, is now 34 seconds behind the overall leader, Igor Galdeano. Today's events probably didn't hurt his chances of a fourth title much. He won last year's race by six and a half minutes and is expected to make up plenty of ground in the mountain stages. (------------)