[News-Heads]

[ANCHOR=Teresa]

[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=THa]
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Coming up on News 7- A Halifax County man is found dead from multiple gunshot wounds.
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[VO-NAT]

Roanoke officials prepare for Carvin's Cove to hit a record low. The Roanoke Steam wraps up another season-- but will it be their last in the star city? And, area bikers hit the road for a good cause this weekend...
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]

News 7 is next.




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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=]
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[VO-NAT]

After last week's massive losses on Wall Street-- investors hope the new week gets off to a better start.
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 11]

Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.

[Wall-Street]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 11]

The chairman of the New York Stock Exchange hit the Sunday morning talk shows with reassuring words. He says the economy is strong and that inflation is non-existent. But as Teri Okita reports-- recent events have not helped investors feel secure.
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[SOT 20:02:00]
[IN Q=On the heels]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dick Grasso/New York Stock Exchange CEO; :17]
[SUPER=01-Allen Sinai/Decision Economics Inc.; :44]
[SUPER=@okita1; 1:17]
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[OUT Q=STD]

((
( Nat: NYSE Floor)

On the heels of last week's huge losses in the stock market, investors can likely expect more of the same when the Opening Bell rings on Monday. Deeply rooted mistrust from accounting scandals and a steady stream of poor earnings reports has the investment community reeling.

SOT: DICK GRASSO, CHAIRMAN AND CEO, THE NEW YORK STOCK (Meet The Press)


"Mondays following Friday declines have always been difficult, and I suspect tomorrow will be no different."
The recent losses differ from the panic sell-off following last year's terrorist attack when stocks tumbled to three-year lows. Back then it was institutional investors who came to the rescue after a weeks of heavy selling, . This time a lack of investor confidence across the board has everyone looking for the bottom.

SOT: Mr. ALLEN SINAI/Chief Global Economist, Decision Economics Inc
(Face The Nation)


"Even from these levels, I'm sorry to report, another 8 percent or 10 percent, possibly, down before we could bottom out and then move up." On the political front, President Bush is keeping up the pressure on congress to adapt legislation that will put the brakes on the accounting scandals rocking corporate America before the August recess.
SOT: Abbi Joseph Cohen/Goldman, Sachs & Company: (Face The Nation) I

think it's important that all politicians keep their hands off of the technical details, including accounting. But I think it is right to demand accountability on the part of our corporate leaders." Okita Close: This week will feature a rush of corporate earnings reports as Wall Street braces for one of the busiest weeks of the reporting period. The results could trigger a end to the steep declines or give investors that final push over the edge. ))


[World-Com]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]

Meanwhile, there's more trouble for WorldCom.
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[VO-NAT 20:01:13]
[SUPER=@file; ]

The telecommunication's giant has filed for Chapter Eleven bankruptcy protection-- Last month, WorldCom admitted that it falsely accounted for three-point-85 billion dollars in expenses, which had the effect of inflating profits.
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[GRAPHIC=hold]

The filing, which had been expected, is the biggest bankruptcy in U-S history. Officials say the filing should not cause any immediate problems for customers.


[Carvins-Cove]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=02-25 TC-53:52]
[GRAPHIC=Drought]

A Roanoke record is most likely going to be broken early this week-- in the form of a new low at Carvins Cove.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Carvins Cove]


Today, the level of the city's main reservoir stood at 29- point- one feet below the spillway. That's just one tenth of a foot from the historic low recorded in the summer of 1999.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Any time you set a new record]

((MIKE MCEVOY: ANY TIME YOU SET A NEW RECORD THERE'S ALWAYS SOME SIGNIFICANCE IN THAT. AND I THINK IN THE FUTURE YEARS, HOPEFULLY THAT WILL BE OUR NEW RECORD AND WE WON'T SEE ANYTHING LOWER THAN THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Mike McEvoy/Roanoke City Utilities Dir.;]
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[OUT Q=won't see anything lower than that.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The next ten days will also bring some progress in the city's efforts to supplement its water supply. A temporary filter system at Crystal Spring, and a new well in southeast Roanoke should add about five million gallons a day by the end of the month.
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Stage Four of the city's water conservation plan kicks in when the level of Carvins Cove hits thirty feet below the spillway.... but right now officials say they are NOT planning any tougher restrictions when the water falls below that level.

[Smith-Water]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=02-18 TC-1:34:58]
[GRAPHIC=Drought]


Mayor Ralph Smith says the city of Roanoke is doing everything it can to prevent the water crisis from happening again.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Carvins Cove]


The Mayor plans to discuss the problem and possible solutions in his "state of the city address" this week.
Smith says it is important to look to the future and not point fingers as to what happened in the past.
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[SOT 40:46]
[IN Q=You have to realize]

((RALPH SMITH/ROANOKE MAYOR: YOU HAVE TO REALIZE THEY DIDN'T SEE THE HISTORY, YOU CAN'T SEE AROUND THAT. IT'S THEIR BEST JUDGMENT. WAS IT FULLY THOUGHT OUT? WELL, YOU CAN DEBATE THAT BUT WITH THE FACTS THAT THEY HAD AT THOSE TIMES IT'S REALLY HARD TO ANALYZE THOSE NUMBERS TO CRITICIZE THOSE BEFORE ME.))
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[OUT Q=those before me]
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The mayor will deliver his state of the city address at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast Thursday morning.

[SML-Water]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=02-28 TC-12:17]
[GRAPHIC=Drought]

Smith Mountain Lake is also seeing decreased water levels because of the drought.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Smith Mt. Lake]


The lake is currently nearly three feet below full pond.
Due to the on-going drought, American Electric Power has requested several variances this year to decrease the amount of water released from its Smith Mountain Pumped Storage Project.
A-E-P says lake levels are continuing to decrease under the variance-- but at a slower rate.
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[SOT :38]
[IN Q=We're required by law]

((TODD BURNS/AEP SPOKESPERSON: WE ARE REQUIRED TO BY LAW TO RELEASE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF WATER. THAT'S NORMALLY 650 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND. WE'VE ASKED TO REDUCE THAT AMOUNT TO 450 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND AND THAT REQUEST WAS GRANTED. SO MOST DAYS OUT OF THE WEEK WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SATURDAY WHEN WE TIME THINGS TO ALLOW A LITTLE MORE WATER DOWN STREAM WE'RE RELEASING LESS WATER THAN WE NORMALLY DO FROM SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE.))
[SUPER=01-Todd Burns/AEP Spokesperson]
[RUNS=21]
[OUT Q=from Smith Mountain Lake]
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[VO-NAT]


The current variance expires at the end of the month.
A-E-P says it plans to ask Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality to extend the variance.
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[Cascades-Fall]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=02-27 TC-19:10]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Authorities today released the name and condition of the woman who fell nearly 70- feet from the top of a waterfall at the Cascades on Friday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Giles Co./Friday; ]

31- year old Joyce Thompson of Peterstown, West Virginia is in extremely critical condition with head trauma and internal injuries. Officials say Thompson was at the Cascades in Giles County with her two young daughters and cousin when she fell Friday afternoon. Rescue crews and National Forest personnel had to use four-wheelers to carry Thompson two and a half miles to a waiting ambulance. Thompson is being treated at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
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[South-Boston]


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

South Boston Police are investigating a murder. The body of 33- old Robert Franklin Bray of Halifax County was found in his car last night around 6:45 on the 300 block of Easley Street. Police say Bray died of multiple gunshot wounds. So far no one has been arrested... and police are urging anyone with information on the crime to call the South Boston Police department . The incident is still under investigation.

[Steam]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=02-19 TC-1:14:30]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Steam]

The Roanoke Steam wrapped up its last game of the season, and possibly the last one ever. A lack of ownership caused numerous problems for the team this season leading some to speculate the team will not be back next year. Justin McLeod has more on the team's future.
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[SOT 21:32]
[IN Q=Nat sound of fans walking through the gate]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Marc Pr'Out/Steam Fan; :11]
[SUPER=01-Ed Jenkins/Team General Manager; :23 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Matt Eres/Arenafootball2 League Official; :43]
[SUPER=@justin1; :55]
[SUPER=01-Richie Ingram/Steam Fan; 1:24]
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[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]

((((NAT SOUND OF FANS WALKING THROUGH THE GATE; TAPE 1 21:32))
As the fans walked through the gate (QUICK NAT SOUND OF THE GAME) and the team took the field, many wondered if the game is over for the Roanoke Steam.
[SOT 27:41]
[IN Q=What would it be like]

((MARC PR'OUT/STEAM FAN: WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE NOT TO HAVE THEM AROUND? I THINK IT WOULD GET PRETTY DULL REALLY.))
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[OUT Q=dull, really]


And that is a real possibility according to team officials.
[SOT 8:40]
[IN Q=What are the chances]

((ED JENKINS/TEAM GENERAL MANAGER: WHAT ARE THE CHANCES THE STEAM WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR? I THINK THEY ARE BETTER THAN 50/50. RIGHT NOW WE'RE TALKING TO A LOCAL INVESTOR WHO IS VERY SERIOUS ABOUT KEEPING THE TEAM IN ROANOKE.))
[Runs= 10]
[OUT Q=team in Roanoke]

((NAT SOUND OF THE GAME))
The Roanoke Steam has been around for three seasons.
It was run by a local group until May when the owners filed for bankruptcy.
The arena football-2 league then came in and took over the team.
[SOT 15:28]
[IN Q=I think the biggest]

((MATT ERES/ARENAFOOTBALL2 LEAGUE: I THINK THE BIGGEST THING IS THAT IT NEEDS TO BE A LOCAL GROUP THAT COMES IN HERE TO RUN THE TEAM. THE COMMUNITY NEEDS TO KNOW THAT THE TEAM IS HERE TO STAY.))
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[OUT Q=here to stay]


The league would like to have those new owners in place by the end of the summer.
[SOT 5:47:22]
[IN Q=Part of the problem]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: PART OF THE PROBLEM IS ALSO A LACK OF FANS. THE STEAM RANKS NEXT TO LAST IN THE LEAGUE FOR HOME ATTENDANCE, AVERAGING JUST UNDER TWO THOUSAND PEOPLE PER GAME.))
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[OUT Q=people per game]

((QUICK NAT SOUND OF FANS CHEERING))
That is down from a high of just more than three thousand fans per game two years ago.
This season, overall attendance is up nearly twenty five percent but down significantly since the teams ownership problems came to light. ((NAT SOUND OF DRUM PLAYING; TAPE 1 24:26))
Loyal fans hope to drum up support by word of mouth.
[SOT 25:41]
[IN Q=I'm trying to get people]

((RICHIE INGRAM/STEAM FAN: I'M TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO COME HERE FROM THE ROANOKE ALTHLETIC CLUB. A LOT OF PEOPLE I'VE WORK WITH AT PITT OHIO, TRYING TO GET PEOPLE DOWN HERE. I DON'T THINK THEY REALIZE WHAT THEY'RE MISSING.))
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[OUT Q=they're missing]


And unless an owner is found quickly, they may be missing it for good.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[WRITER=rle]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
[SS=None]

Still to come on News 7, officials in the middle east are hoping the bombing of a train won't derail peace talks...
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[VO-NAT]

and friends and family of a California girl abducted and murdered try to make sense of a tragedy.
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[Kidnapped-Girl]


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


The suspect in the kidnap and murder of 5- year- old Samantha Runnion is scheduled for arraignment in California tomorrow. That comes as family and friends of the young girl try to put their lives back to normal. Natalie Pujo (PU-zho) has more.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Marshele Nelson/Neighbor; :01]
[SUPER=03-Stanton, CA; :11]
[SUPER=01-Erin Runnion/Samantha's Mother; :19]
[SUPER=01-Robin Jacobs/Neighbor; :33]
[SUPER=01-Hannah Diaz-Jacobs/Friend; :49]
[SUPER=01-Sandy Hill/Grief Counselor; 1:02]
[SUPER=01-Lydia/Neighbor; 1:23]
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[OUT Q=Pujo for CBS News.]




[Train-Bomb]


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


A bomb exploded under an Israeli train today following more peace talks between Israel and Palestine.
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[VO-NAT 15:16:47]
[SUPER=03-Near Rehovot, Israel;]

The explosion occurred during rush hour under a double-decker passenger train. The driver was the only person wounded and the train did NOT derail. Israeli police suspect the attack was carried out by Palestinians. An Israeli official says it indicates the Palestinian leadership has not taken action to stop the terrorist attacks.


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[SOT 15:16:58]
[IN Q=About three weeks]

((RAANAN GISSIN/ISRAEL FOREIGN MINISTRY: ABOUT THREE WEEKS AGO THERE WAS A SIMILAR ATTACK NEAR LOD, CLEARLY INDICATES THAT THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY HAS TAKEN NO ACTION WHATSOEVER TO STOP THESE TERRORIST ATTACKS.))
[SUPER=01-Raanan Gissin/Israel Foreign Ministry;]
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[OUT Q=these terrorist attacks]
[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[SS=none]

Palestinians in eight West Bank cities have been locked-up in their homes and unable to work since Israeli troops moved in over four weeks ago. That move came after Palestinian suicide attacks killed 26 in Jerusalem.

[Tease2]
[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[WRITER=rle]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[SS=None]


Still ahead on News 7 at 11, Ward Burton finds victory lane, while a host of other drivers just find the garage in a race dominated by yellow flags. Travis Wells will have highlights.
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[VO-NAT]

and also, a baby seal is recovering after washing up on Virginia's coast. We'll have that and more coming up.
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[Commercial]


[Egypt-art]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=02-26 TC-30:33]
[GRAPHIC=none]

The ownership of a piece of Egyptian history currently in the custody of Virginia's largest art museum is being called into question.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The legal ownership of this Egyptian artifact in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond is under debate.
An Egyptian government official says the piece is stolen and they want it back.
The five-foot-long granite relief has been in the museum's collection since 1963.
Museum officials say they're mystified by Egypt's claim.
And that they have no evidence the artifact was stolen.
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[SOT 14:51:35-48]
[IN Q=WE HAVE NO PROOF AT THIS POINT]

((Kathleen Schrader/VA Museum of Fine Arts: WE HAVE NO PROOF AT THIS POINT THAT WOULD INDICATE THAT THIS PIECE WAS ILLEGALLY EXPORTED FROM EGYPT AND I GUESS I'M JUST GONNA CONSIDER IT INNOCENT UNTIL ITS PROVEN GUILTY.))
[SUPER=01-Kathleen Schrader/VA Museum of Fine Arts]
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[OUT Q=UNTIL ITS PROVEN GUILTY.]
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[VO-NAT]


Museum officials say they will return the artifact if Egypt proves it is stolen.
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[Bikers-Food]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=02-31 TC-3:35]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


An area food bank received a hefty donation from some local bikers today.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF MOTORCYCLE REVVING UP]
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[OUT Q=]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The Star City ABATE organization has been collecting food at various locations for the last several weeks.
Today, more than thirty bikers collected that food and delivered it the Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank.
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[SOT 1:10:19; 1:00:22]
[IN Q=It's obvious that a lot]

((JOE NASH/ORGANIZER: IT'S OBVIOUS THAT A LOT THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT COME HERE AND GET FOOD. I THINK OVER A THOUSAND ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE INVOLVED IN GETTING THE FOOD BANK AND WE FIGURED IT WOULD BE SOMETHING GOOD FOR US TO GET INVOLVED IN.)) ((KITTY TABOR/SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK: RIGHT NOW IN THE FOOD WE HAVE A LOT SNACKS AND SODA AND WE NEED CANNED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AND SOUPS AND WHATEVER NON-PERISHABLE FOODS THAT CAN COME HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Joe Nash/Organizer; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kitty Tabor/Second Harvest Food Bank; :09 ]
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[OUT Q=can come here]
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[VO-NAT]


The bikers collected more than 500 pounds of food.
They planned to hold a similar drive around Thanksgiving.
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[VA-Seal]


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

A baby seal made a rare appearance in Virginia Beach this weekend.
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[VO-NAT 19:25:12]
[SUPER=03-Virginia Beach;]

Scientists say it's unusual for a seal to surface this time of year. They're usually spotted in the later months of the year as the weather gets cooler.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Well the first thing]
[SUPER=01-Susan Barco/Research Scientist;]

((WELL THE FIRST THING WE THOUGHT, WAS ITS JULY, ITS HOT, ITS VIRGINIA, A SEAL SHOULDN'T BE HERE PERIOD. JUST KNOWING THE SEAL WAS IN THE AREA WAS CAUSE FOR ALARM. ))
[SUPER=01-Susan Barco/Research Scientist; ]
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[OUT Q=cause for alarm.]
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[VO-NAT]

The baby seal, named Jordan, is anywhere from six to ten weeks old. After being examined, scientists discovered that he was underweight, had a high temperature and was more congested than normal. Jordan is resting up and receiving antibiotics to help him return to full health. He will soon be headed to a stranding rehabilitation center in New Jersey
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[S-Avalanche]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-121 TC4326]
[GRAPHIC=Avalanche]


The Salem Avalanche closed out a seven game homestand tonight. The Avs were hoping to break a two game losing streak against Wilmington and gain some momentum for a four game road trip which starts Tuesday in Winston-Salem.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]


It was a great night for baseball at Salem Memorial.
The Blue Rocks struck first in this one. Tony Americh rips a shot to left. It would go for a triple and Justin Cowan scores to make it 1-nothing Wilmington in the second.
[SUPER=37-Wilmington/2/Salem/3/;]


Scott Dohman went five strong innings for the Avs striking out four. Salem scored twice in the ninth to win it 3 to 2.
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[S-Race]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-128 TC1533]
[GRAPHIC=Nascar]


Virginia's Ward Burton found his way back to victory lane this afternoon, but he may have been the only happy driver after today's New England 300. That's because a newly repaved surface at New Hampshire International Speedway led to a whopping 14 caution flags.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Loudon, NH/TNT; :00]


Several drivers blamed the pavement for more than one wreck. We pick it up at lap 74 when John Andretti and Casey Atwood get together on the front stretch. The two lock horns right into the wall. Andretti finished 25th. Atwood was 36th.
Late in the race, Dale Earnhardt, Junior who had been among the front runners, gets into a scrape with Geoffrey Bodine. Little E finished 23rd.
Matt Kenseth had a dominant car most of the day, but had a tire go down in the closing laps. That enabled Ward Burton to get by. Burton puts the hammer down to win for the second time this season, but first since the Daytona 500.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Ward Burton/2nd Win this Season; :00]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=all day today."]
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[S-Results]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=none]
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[GO TO NASCAR BOARDS] [WIPE TO MOTION]
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[SUPER=X5013;]
[SUPER=0106-1. Ward Burton//2. Jeff Green//3. Dale Jarrett//4. Rusty Wallace//5. Ryan Newman//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0106-6. Todd Bodine//7. Robby Gordon//8. Kurt Busch//9. Kevin Harvick//10. Elliott Sadler//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0106-11. Jimmy Spencer//12. Jeff Burton//13. Bobby Labonte//14. Sterling Marlin//15. Jimmie Johnson//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0106-16. Mark Martin//17. Ricky Rudd//18. Jerry Nadeau//19. Jeremy Mayfield//20. Michael Waltrip//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0106-21. Ricky Craven//22. Terry Labonte//23. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.//24. Ken Schrader//25. John Andretti//;]
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[OUT Q=.....last driver."]
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[S-British]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-125 TC2159]
[GRAPHIC=Golf]


South Africa's Ernie Els was cruising in today's final round of the British Open, but he squandered a 3 shot lead on the back nine. In the end, Els recovered and won the largest and the longest playoff in the history of major championships.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Gullane, Scotland/ABC Sports; :00]


It didn't come easy though, for the guy known as the Big Easy. He did close with a birdie at 17 and this par at 18 to force the first four way playoff. Thomas Levet of France, and Aussies, Stuart Appleby and Steve Elkington also joined the party. Ekington dropped out after missing a par putt at 18, the fourth playoff hole. As for Appleby, his chances died just a few minutes later when he hit this approach way right into the bunker. He couldn't get up and down and made bogey.
That left Els and Levet to play 18 again. Els found the bunker on his approach, but he likes the beach. With the awkward stance, he hits a great golf shot to within about 4 and a half feet. Levet then tries to run home a long par putt, but just slides it by the cup. Ernie Els nails his putt and claims the British Open for the first time.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Ernie Els/Third Career Major Victory; :05]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=one of the most rewarding..the most rewarding."]
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[S-Maroons]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-126 31:39]
[GRAPHIC=Commonwealth Games]


Teams from various areas across the state competed in this weekend's Commonwealth Games basketball tournament. Roanoke College was one of them. Steve Mason tells us how the summer event could pay off for the Maroons in the winter.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Nate Stewart/Maroons Senior Center; :18]
[SUPER=@Steve1; :31]
[SUPER=01-Robby Pridgen/Maroons Shooting Guard; :43]
[SUPER=01-Bryan Fasnacht/Maroons Point Guard; :53]
[SUPER=01-Josh Foster/Maroons Senior Guard; 1:23]
[RUNS=1:39]
[OUT Q=....News 7 sports"]
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((Robby Pridgen and his fellow Maroons had a lot to smile about after their first round 87-41 Commonwealth games slaughter rule win. Four Roanoke College players on this commonwealth games team will suit up for the Maroons next season and fun is the name of the game. ((NATE:)) ((STEVE MASON:)) ((ROBBY PRIDGEN/MAROONS SHOOTING GUARD:)) ((BRIAN FASNACHT/MAROONS POINT GUARD:)) By any other team's standards, two conference tournament titles over the last six seasons is excellent, but for Page Moir and a Roanoke program that has a league leading 10 titles, it is not good enough. ((:))
The Maroons begin pursuit of an 11th ODAC men's basketball championship this October. Steve Mason news 7 sports.))

[S-Tour]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-131 TC617]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Sports]


We finish up in France where Lance Armstrong extended his lead in the world's most famous cycling event to over 4 minutes.
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[SUPER=03-Mont Venoux, France; :00]


Richard Virenque of France won today's 137 mile stage. Armstrong was third, 2 minutes and twenty seconds behind.
But he now has an overall cushion of 4 minutes and 21 seconds. There are six stages left in the three week event, in(------------) cluding three mountain stages in the Alps. Monday is a rest day for the Tour.