[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Keith]

The other side of the family issues a plea for Jennifer Short's safe return, while investigators chase down new leads.


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[VO-NAT]

And a higher tax on cigarettes wins support among Virginians... as one way out of the state budget mess.
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[Sports-head]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Tonight in sports, the Bath County Chargers are ready to make a move towards another state title, the Winston all-star race isn't moving anywhere, and
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[VO-NAT]


and the Avs aces explain why they're so successful, despite giving up big numbers.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Looking for ways to stay cool as the forecast is hazy, hot and humid. Details just ahead.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 3-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=Video Open]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]



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[SOT]
[IN Q=Whoever you are]
[RUNS=:06 ]
[OUT Q=bring her back to her family]
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[VO-NAT]


Sightings today in North Carolina and searches in the Henry County area... but authorities looking for Jennifer Short say they've found nothing but dead ends.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]


Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry. Shannon is off this week.

[Missing-Girl]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#02-33 TC26:05]
[GRAPHIC=Jennifer Short]


Reports of a possible sighting overnight in Winston-Salem spawned more calls there this afternoon.
Officers also searched locations in Henry County and the City of Martinsville today.
[Henry Co. Double Boxes=Keith and JoeD/Microwave]


Joe Dashiell is at the Henry County Sheriff's Office. So what were the results of those searches?
[Live=JoeD Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Joe1;]
[SUPER=05-Henry Co.;]
( ad lib)
(Rollcue: they did not.)
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[SOT]
[IN Q=A wooded area]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Frank Cassell/Henry Co. Sheriff; :10]
[SUPER=01-Frank Arrington/Michael Short's Uncle; :41 QUICK]
[RUNS=:46]
[OUT Q=back to her family.]
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[Live=JoeD Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Henry Co.;]
( ad lib)
[Henry Co.-Martinsville Double Boxes=JoeD and Justin/Microwave/Starlink]



[Visitation]


[ANCHOR=Justin]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#02-27 TC58:04]
[GRAPHIC=Jennifer Short]





[Henry Co.-Martinsville Double Boxes=JoeD and Justin/Microwave/Starlink]
(joeD tosses to Justin)



[Live=Justin Full/Starlink]
[SUPER=@Justin1;]
[SUPER=05-Martinsville;]
( ad lib)
(Dave will call for Family picture)

[TAKE FULL SCREEN PICTURE]
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[Live=Justin Full/Starlink]
(Rollcue: at Figsboro elementary. )
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[VO-NAT]

[***JUSTIN'S MIC HOT***]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./Last Week]
[RUNS=:30]
[OUT Q=press conference tomorrow]
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[Live=Justin Full/Starlink]
[SUPER=05-Martinsville;]
( ad lib)
[Martinsville Double Boxes=Keith and Justin/Starlink]



[West-NIle]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=02-24 TC1:21:17]
[GRAPHIC=West Nile Virus]


As health officials track the spread of the West Nile Virus, they're not just testing birds but mosquitos as well.
That's because mosquitos transfer the virus to humans.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg]


Virginia Tech is helping to collect and identify mosquitos so that they can be sent to Richmond for testing.
It's a tedious process because there are several of species of mosquitos.
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[SOT18:01:00]
[IN Q=It's very important because if we]

((BRYAN JACKSON/TECH GRADUATE STUDENT; IT'S VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE IF WE DID FIND WEST NILE IN CERTAIN SPECIES OF MOSQUITOS THAT'S NEVER BEEN SHOW TO HAVE IT BEFORE THAT'S A BIG NEWS ITEM))
[SUPER=01-Bryan Jackson/Tech Graduate Student]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=a big news item]
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[VO-NAT]


While several birds have tested positive for the Virus in Southwest, Virginia... mosquitos are of greater concern, because birds migrate.
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[SOT18:11:30]
[IN Q=But if you find it in mosquitos]

((SALLY PAULSON/TECH ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR; BUT IF YOU FIND IT IN MOSQUITOS THAT TELLS YOU THE VIRUS IS ESTABLISHED IN THIS AREA. AND THERE IS A VERY GOOD REASON TO ASSUME THAT IT IS GOING TO REMAIN IN THIS AREA))
[SUPER=01-Sally Paulson/Tech Associate Professor;]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=REMAIN in the area]
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[VO-NAT]


Tech hopes to send off its first batch of mosquitos today or tomorrow for testing in Richmond.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=NONE]


An 18 year old owns up to his part in a deadly convenience store shooting.
That's next on News 7 at six.
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[VO-NAT]


And teachers at one area elementary school try to turn a difficult situation into a learning experience.
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[Krug]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=02-19 TC2:01:45]
[GRAPHIC=None]

[***ANCHOR TAG***] It lasted less than one minute. A spur-of-the moment convenience robbery. One of the clerks is dead, another shot in the shoulder. Two young men face the rest of their lives in prison.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]
[SUPER=01-John McNeil/Prosecutor]
[SUPER=01-Chris Kowalczuk/Krug's Attorney]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=THE REST OF HIS LIFE]

(( Christopher Krug had just celebrated his 18th birthday nine days before the robbery. Today he stood before a Roanoke judge and entered a "straight-up" guilty plea... admitting his guilty in all ten counts as charged... wearing a mask in public, attempted robbery, malicious wounding and murder... without making a deal with the prosecutor.
[SOT @ 16:54:30]

((HE FACES LIFE + 73 YEARS.)) Shortly before midnight February 25, two men entered the Stop-in on Hershberger Road and terrorized the clerks: Joyce Parish and Stephen Rivera. Krug's accomplice allegedly ordered Krug to shoot Rivera, saying "butt him."
[SOT 15:13:10]

((AT WHICH POINT, MR. KRUG POINTS HE HANDGUN AT MR. RIVERA, FIRES ONE SHOT AT MR. RIVERA LYING ON THE GROUND.)) [RUNS09] Rivera took a bullet through the shoulder and survived. Joyce Parish was dead by the time police arrived... allegedly shot in the back of the neck by Mark Neamo.
[SOT 16:55:45]

((IT DOES NOT APPEAR A LOT OF PLANNING INSIDE THE STORE. SOME UNFORTUNATE CONSEQUENCES AS IT DID IN THIS CASE.)) [RUNS:19]

[SOT 16:58:40]

((OBVIOUSLY THE MAIN TRAGEDY MS. PARISH'S DEATH AND MR. RIVER A'S WOUNDING... ONE MINUTE IN THAT STORE CHANGED THE REST OF HIS LIFE.)) [RUNS16]))
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=Legal Scales]

Neamo is due to face the judge tomorrow.

[Newman]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6p]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=02-31 TC28:33]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A new animal cruelty law in Virginia has passed its first legal test.
A judge in Franklin County today found enough evidence to send the case to the grand jury.
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[VO-NAT]


Lee Newman is accused of failing to provide decent care for his dogs, allowing one of them to die.
He's being prosecuted under a law that took effect this year, making it a felony to torture or kill a pet.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=HOLD]


At the preliminary hearing this afternoon, Newman said that he couldn't get to where he'd left his dogs because his car didn't have the proper tags.

[Tobacco-tax]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=02-25 TC1:29:55]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Most Virginians support raising the cigarette tax, according to a recent survey by the American Lung Association of Virginia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Their Mason-Dixon poll finds 67- percent of Virginia voters favor a 60-cent increase in the tobacco tax.
That is: IF it's part of an effort to help fix the state's budget problems and keep kids from smoking.
Supporters say raising the tax will reduce cigarette use but some smokers are finding that logic hard to inhale.
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[SOT 11:03:57-61]

((DR. WALTER LAWRENCE: THE DATA DON'T LIE. IF YOU RAISE THE PRICE, SMOKING GOES DOWN.))
[SOT 15:17:48]

((JASON YOUNG/SMOKER: I'D EAT LESS SO I COULD SMOKE MORE OR SMOKE THE SAME.))
[SOT 15:19:40]

((AMANDA SCROGGINS/SMOKER: IF THEY LIKE TO SMOKE THEY'RE GOING TO SMOKE REGARDLESS. I, MYSELF, WHEN IT GETS UP TO FOUR, FIVE DOLLARS, WILL BE STOPPING.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Walter Lawrence/Amer. Cancer Soc. Former President; :00 (quick)]
[SUPER=01-Jason Young/Smoker; :05 (quick)]
[SUPER=01-Amanda Scroggins/Smoker; :10]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=will be stopping]
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[VO-NAT]


Supporters of the 60-cent tax increase say it will raise 367 million dollars in additional revenue.
A Philip Morris representative today says it's unfair to ask smokers to bear a greater tax burden.
He adds that a tax increase could threaten some of the 44 thousand jobs directly connected to Virginia's tobacco industry.
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[Water-Grants]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=02-26 TC1:00:22]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A part of Montgomery County is hoping to put an end to it's on-going water problems.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]


The county announced today it's getting a two-million dollar grant from the U-S Department of Agriculture, to help improve the water system in the Prices Fork area.
For over a year now, residents have had to depend on one well for their water supply, after the other was contaminated.
But, officials say the grant will do more than resolve the current situation. It'll also help the local economy.
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[SOT 41:06]
[IN Q=the contractors]

((JOE NEWBILL/USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT: THE CONTRACTORS ARE PAID, THEY PAY THEIR WORKERS, AND THE WORKERS USE THAT MONEY IN THE LOCAL ECONOMY TO PURCHASE GOODS AND SERVICES FOR THEIR FAMILIES.))
[SUPER=01-Joe Newbill/USDA Rural Development]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=their families]
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[VO-NAT]


The project is expected to begin early this Fall.
Pulaski County, Giles County and the town of Dublin will also receive funding toward their improvement projects.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The tech sector and struggling airline stocks led today's market advance. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
[RUNS=:30]
[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-x/84.95/8957.02/x/32.49/1409.08;]


The DOW rose 85 points.
NASDAQ gained 32 and a half.
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[VO]
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[Central-Elementary]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=02-21 TC1:42:55]
[GRAPHIC=None]

For some local grade schoolers, their school IS a classroom. Rockbridge County's Central Elementary is ready to welcome students, while their 43 year old school building is being expanded around them. Richard Lesko explains.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Lexington; :00]
[SUPER=01-Harry Stone/Central Elementary Principal; :11]
[SUPER=01-Eileen Head/Fifth Grade Teacher; 1:08]
[SUPER=@Richard1; 1:23]
[RUNS=1:36]
[OUT Q=RL, N7, Lexington.]

(( The day before the start of school, students at Central Elementary were meeting their teachers and taking a tour of a work in progress.
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[SOT - 12:56:41]
[INQ=Not every child gets...]

((HARRY STONE/CENTRAL ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL; NOT EVERY CHILD GETS TO SEE THEIR SCHOOL BEING BUILT, AND THE CHILDREN WILL REALLY GET INTO THAT. I THINK IT PRESENTS SOME TEACHING AND LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES.)) [RUNS8]
[OUTQ=teaching and learning opportunities.]

Crews are busy gutting rooms, and building a massive addition. Since the start of the project, safety and cleanliness have been top priorities, a fire marshal and a building inspector have already been through the school. But the signs of construction are obvious; ducts and wires are waiting to be covered with ceiling tiles, pie plates wrap around the fire sprinklers to catch heat just in case, and strings of light bulbs illuminate the halls. Also, the water fountains aren't flowing right now,
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[SOT 13:09:44]
[INQ=Glug glug...]

[RUNS3]
[OUTQ=glug glug.]

so students will have to take a drink from water coolers. Meanwhile, teachers say they'll use the construction to their advantage, and it won't be hard to keep students' attention on the blackboard instead of the commotion out the window.
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[SOT - 13:11:14]
[INQ=I'm going to be...]

((EILEEN HEAD/FIFTH GRADE TEACHER; I'M GOING TO BE INTERESTED IN TALKING ABOUT SIMPLE AND COMPLEX MACHINES, ELECTRICITY. I THINK I HAVE SOME GOOD LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR THAT. OTHER THAN THAT, LAST YEAR WHEN WE STARTED THE CONSTRUCTION I FOUND THE KIDS DON'T PAY ANY ATTENTION TO IT.)) [RUNS14]
[OUTQ=pay any attention to it.]
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[SOT 13:17:34]
[INQ=If all goes according...]

((RICHARD LESKO/RLESKO@WDBJ7.COM; IF ALL GOES ACCORDING TO PLAN, THE GYMNASIUM AND CAFETERIA WILL BE OPENING UP LATER THIS FALL, AND THE REST OF THE SCHOOL SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY THE TIME SCHOOL LETS OUT FOR SUMMER 2003. RICHARD LESKO, NEWS 7, LEXINGTON.)) [RUNS14]
[OUTQ=RL, N7, Lexington]))



[Sports tease]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Coming up in sports, the Winston stays in Charlotte at least for now, we'll check in on the Avs pitching staff as they gear up for the stretch run,
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[VO-NAT]


and the Bath County Chargers are in the Friday Football Extra spotlight tonight ready to defend their state title.

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[S-Bath]


[ANCHOR=Travis]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-133 2641TC]
[GRAPHIC=FFE PRESEASON]


We continue our preseason Friday Football Extra previews tonight with a look at the only team in the area last season that was able to bring home a state title - the Bath County Chargers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Hot Springs; :00]

A lot of has changed in Hot Springs since last year including the team's head coach. Will Fields, a former assistant at Alleghany, has replaced Chris Jones who moved on to Heritage high school in Lynchburg. Fields inherited five returning starters off the division one title team, and so far he's been pleased with his players' progress.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=THEY'VE LOOKED...]
[SUPER=01-Will Fields/Bath County Head Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=...COME AROUND."]
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[VO-NAT CON'T]

The Chargers open the season with six non-district games including rugged trips to Fairfax and Winchester. The team will rely on former player of the week Jacob Phillips to lead the squad all season-long.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=BITES]
[SUPER=01-Jacob Phillips/Bath County Quarterback; :00]
[RUNS=:24]
[OUT Q=...high school kids do."]
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[talent=travis]
[graphic=ffe]

And don't forget that coming up this Friday night at 11:35 - Friday Football Extra kicks off its 19th season with our annual preseason special. Hope you can join this Friday night right after News 7 at 11.

[S-AVS]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-124 54:40]
[GRAPHIC=Avalanche]


The second half of the Carolina league season has not gone nearly as well as the Salem Avalanche would have liked. But two bright spots this season are pitchers Kip Bouknight and Scott Dohmann. Steve Mason has more on these resilient pitchers.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]
[SUPER=01-Stu Cole/Avalanche Manager; :13]
[SUPER=01-Kip Bouknight/13-7 Record; :35]
[SUPER=@Steve1; :41]
[SUPER=01-Scott Dohmann/10-5 Record; :55]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Winchester/Avalanche Catcher; 1:24]
[RUNS=1:35]
[OUT Q=...News 7 sports"]
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((Kip Bouknight and Scott Dohmann have combined for over a third of the Avalanche's wins. They are third and fourth in the league in innings pitched and Dohmann is third in the Carolina League in strikeouts with 116. ((:))
Bouknight's 13 wins leads the Carolina league. These two also share another dubious honor. Dohmann is first in the league in homeruns, giving up 20 while Bouknight's 13 homers allowed ranks third. ((:)) ((:)) ((STEVE MASON:)) ((:)) ((:))
Their teammates have taken note of their resilience and Bouknight and Dohman's example has made an impact. ((:))
The Avalanche wraps up the season at the end of August, Steve Mason news 7 sports.))

[S-Winston]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-122 TC10305]
[GRAPHIC=Nascar]


The Winston Cup cars are gearing up for a big weekend in Bristol. Today, back in North Carolina, Nascar officials announced that the Winston all-star race would stay at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Concord, NC/1987 Winston; :00]


For 17 of its 18 years in existence, the Winston has been run in Charlotte. The high dollar event has produced some wild and wooly moments thru the years, but some of the drivers wanted it moved around from year to year. Jeff Burton, for one has since changed his mind.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Burton/Driver, #99 Citgo Ford; :]
[RUNS=:28]
[OUT Q=that we've ever had."]

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