[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

A Roanoke neighborhood looks to the future after burying a family.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

And, a soggy spring makes for a sour strawberry season.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]

Tonight on News 7 sports - Travis Wells checks in from Martinsville where Gordon and Earnhardt captured the front row.

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[VO-NAT]

And Tiger struggles mightily in his first round today at Augusta National.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


A long lasting storm system is finally heading out to sea, leaving us with a pleasant weekend forecast. The story just ahead.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 4-shot]

[Video-Open]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=Video Open]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It's time for healing]

((IT'S TIME FOR HEALING. IT'S TIME FOR HEALING. ALL THE KILLING GOT TO STOP.))
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=all the killing got to stop.]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


A week after four members of one family were shot to death in their Roanoke home, a community comes together.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Angela Arrington and her three children were buried this afternoon, following an emotional funeral and farewell.

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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Keith Humphry.

[Arrington-Funeral]


[ANCHOR=Keith 2-shot]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-13 TC-16:13]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Relatives and friends of the Arrington family found strength in their religious faith today, as they grieved for a mother and three of her children.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-shot]

[TAKE ARRINGTON FS IN BAM]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith and Shannon/Joe at BAM;]


Joe Dashiell attended the funeral service and he's with us tonight.
[LIVE=Joe /FULL]
[SUPER=@joe1;]


Keith and Shannon, consider the difficulty of one death,
But today there were four caskets lined up in the sanctuary of Pilgrim Baptist Church.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=And even though]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :11]
[SUPER=01-Bishop Milton Hardy Sr./Angela Arrington's Uncle; :57]
[RUNS=1:18]
[OUT Q=don't let this be in vain for god is love.]
(([SOT 39:41]
[IN Q=And even though]

((AND EVEN THOUGH WE DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THESE THINGS HAPPEN, WE THANK YOU THAT YOU'LL LET US KNOW THAT WE'LL UNDERSTAND IT BETTER BY AND BY.))
[RUNS= :09]
[OUT Q=understand it better by and by.]


Mourners filled the pews of Pilgrim Baptist Church. Many others listened to the service in the fellowship hall nearby. [NAT SOUND OF CHOIR 03:29:01]
32- year- old Angela Arrington was a private duty nurse remembered today for her kindness, sense of humor, and love for others.
13- year- old Lavoe played basketball, loved school, and enjoyed spending time with her friends.
10- year- old Devonte also played basketball, enjoyed riding his bike, and playing video games.
While 8- year- old Kadeesha loved to dress up, dance, and go to school.
Angela Arrington's uncle Bishop Milton Hardy Senior delivered the eulogy and urged the family to call on their faith in God.
[SOT 03:59:40]
[IN Q=I refuse to leave]

((BISHOP MILTON HARDY SR.: I REFUSE TO LEAVE OUT OF HERE WITH HATRED IN MY HEART, WITH MALICE IN MY HEART, WITH THINKING DIFFERENT OF ANYBODY, DON'T LET THIS BE IN VAIN. FOR GOD IS LOVE.))
[RUNS= :19]
[OUT Q=for God is love.]))
[LIVE=Joe /FULL]


Angela, Lavoe, Devonte and Kadeesha Arrington are survived by a large extended family, Keith and Shannon...
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith&Shannon /Joe BAM;]


Of course that includes Kierra, Angela's oldest daughter, who is still recovering from the injuries she received in the shooting last week.

[Workman]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=03-03 TC-1:56:55]
[GRAPHIC=Workman]

Attorney's for D-E-A Agent Timothy Workman believe he deserves a new trial based on newly discovered evidence.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Workman WAS set for sentencing today. But his lawyers recently heard about a statement made by a defendant in another case... one that may support Workman's self-defense claim. Detective Mike Meador read from inmate Jerry Mackey's statement about shooting victim Keith Bailey and James Bumbry- the Second, the night of the incident at O'Charley's.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 9:51:25]
[IN Q=James Two Bumbry]

((HE'S THE ONE WHO TRIED TO PASS KEITH A GUN, AND THE OFFICER, DEA, HAD TO RESPOND, WHATEVER HAPPENED. AND J II, ALL THAT, J II FLED THE SCENE WITH THE WEAPON. TONY ANDERSON/WORKMAN'S ATTORNEY: BUMBRY, HIMSELF, ON CROSS EXAMINATION, SAID, WHEN ASKED, "HAVE YOU EVER CARRIED A FIREARM OR POINTED IT AT ANYONE?" HE SAID, "NO." WE NOW HAVE FOUR SEPARATE INCIDENCES IN WHICH EYEWITNESSES SAY DIFFERENTLY.))
[SUPER=01-Tony Anderson/Workman's Attorney; :10]
[RUNS=26]
[OUT Q=say differently.]
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[VO-NAT]

The judge did not rule today on the motion for a new trial. Workman remains on bond, still facing a possible six-year -9-month sentence set by the jury last year.
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[Iraq-Latest]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq Baghdad]

President Bush today said Saddam Hussein's rule in Iraq is over but the war will continue until all military objectives have been completed.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Bethesda, MD;]

The President spoke to reporters after visiting the wounded at two military hospitals. He said he doesn't know if Saddam is alive or dead -- but he'll declare victory in Iraq only when military leaders tell him the mission's been accomplished.
[SUPER=203-Baghdad, Iraq;]

Meanwhile in Baghdad, the looting continues. Many banks, hospitals and government buildings are being stripped clean. U-S military officials say the looting is just a phase Iraq is going through on its way from repression to freedom.
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[Marine-Statue]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=03-11 TC-29:50]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq Baghdad]


It was early February the last time a Franklin County woman spoke to her Marine son fighting in Iraq. That is, until Wednesday when she not only heard from him twice but also saw him on TV.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It's one of the defining images...]
[SUPER=203-Baghdad/Wednesday;:00]
[SUPER=201-Becky Markham/Mother of Marine;]
[SUPER=203-Roanoke;]
[SUPER=201-Byron Markham/Father of Marine;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=sacrifice to do it.]

((It's one of the defining images of Operation Iraqi Freedom, a statue of Saddam Hussein dangling from its platform, a symbol of the dictator's toppled regime. But all Becky Markham could see was her son.
[SOT 15:01:44-15:01:56]
[IN Q=When the statue starts to topple...]

((BECKY MARKHAM/MOTHER OF MARINE: WHEN THE STATUE STARTS TO TOPPLE HE IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE TANK AND HE TURNS AROUND WHEN IT STARTS TO FALL AND HE HAS A BIG SMILE ON HIS FACE.))
[RUNS =:12]
[OUT Q=big smile on his face.]

Corporal B. T. Markham, otherwise known as Travis, is a member of the Third Battalion, Fourth Marines. His parents say they knew the 23-year old radio expert was in Baghdad. But it wasn't until two phone calls Wednesday that they knew what he'd been up to.
[SOT 15:00:51-15:01:00]
[IN Q=He said go home and look at the news...]

((BECKY: HE SAID GO HOME AND LOOK AT THE NEWS. THE TANKS THAT ARE WITH ME PULLED DOWN THE STATUE OF SADDAM.))
[RUNS= :09]
[OUT Q=statue of Saddam.]
[SOT 15:05:17-15:05:26]
[IN Q=There's not but two...]

((BYRON MARKHAM/FATHER OF MARINE: THERE'S NOT BUT TWO ACTUAL SERVICEMEN ON THE GROUND AND THEN THEY PAN AWAY FROM HIM.))
[RUNS= :09]
[OUT Q=they pan away from him.]

But the glimpse was enough. The Markhams say they're thrilled to have had the opportunity to check in on their child from half a world away.
[SOT 15:03:06-15:03:20]
[IN Q=Wonderful. Wonderful just to see all of 'em.]

((BECKY MARKHAM: WONDERFUL. WONDERFUL JUST TO SEE ALL OF 'EM. I PRAY FOR ALL OF 'EM EVERY DAY.))
[RUNS= :14]
[OUT Q=pray for all of 'em every day.]
[SOT 15:04:27-15:04:34]
[IN Q=I'm awful proud.]

((BYRON MARKHAM/FATHER OF MARINE: I'M AWFUL PROUD. I'M GLAD TO KNOW I GOT A KID WHO'S WILLING TO SACRIFICE TO DO IT.))
[RUNS= :07]
[OUT Q=sacrifice to do it.]))
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]

Corporal Markham is a graduate of Franklin County High School. His parents say he always wanted to work in some form of law enforcement.

[Benning-Soldier]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=03-04 TC-1:16:32]
[GRAPHIC=War w/ Iraq]

The wife of another Roanoke soldier who's now in Baghdad says she feels "pulled between two countries." It's not that her allegiances are drawn in any way toward Iraq. The two countries she refers to are the United States and Germany.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=They are in]
[SUPER=201-Linda Stephenson/1st Sgt Allen Stephenson's Wife; :09]
[SUPER=203-Columbus, GA; :20]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=heart is now.]
(([NAT SOT @ 14:47:48]

((THEY ARE IN BAGHDAD.))
[RUNS=02]

Linda Stephenson says Battalion headquarters confirms that her husband's tank division is among those now in the Iraqi capital.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[RUNS= :11]
[OUT Q=]

The Stephensons live at Fort Benning with their nine-year old daughter. We arranged a satellite interview with Linda after her husband was quoted in the Wall Street Journal, complete with a picture.
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[SOT 14:43:15]
[IN Q=Never in my life]
[RUNS= 21]
[OUT Q=looks like him.]

The paper said 1st Sgt Stephenson is from Roanoke. He lists Roanoke as his "home of record, because his father is a retired Lieutenant Colonel who grew up in Roanoke and retired to the area when he got out of the service. Allen and Linda met when he was stationed in Germany.
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[SOT 14:45:55]
[IN Q=Here I am a German]
[RUNS= :26]
[OUT Q=heart is now.]))
[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]

It sounds like the perfect match. Shorter lines at the DMV, and less cost for the state. That story still ahead on News 7 at 6.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

and after last year's drought, could the spring rains be too much of a good thing? One farmer says this years rain is NOT so sweet.
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[221-AX]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=503-05 TC-7:13]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


An accident in Roanoke County last night claimed the life of a teenager.
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[VO-NAT 26 + Pad]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night;]

Police say 17- year- old Amber Nicole Reynolds was traveling north on Bent Mountain Road when she lost control of her Nissan. Her vehicle crossed into the southbound lane where it was struck by a Chevrolet Suburban. Reynolds was transported to R-M-H where she later died. She was a senior at Cave Spring High School. The driver of the Suburban suffered non- life threatening injuries. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts. No charges have been filed at this time.
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[DMV]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-06 TC-1:13:38]
[GRAPHIC=DMV]


Believe it or not, there is an upside to the long lines at the D-M-V.
More customers are now avoiding the wait by using the mail or Internet to conduct their business.
And that ends up saving the state a lot of money.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Officials say nearly 47 percent of the driver's license renewals this year were conducted outside D-M-V offices.
That's an eight percent increase from last year.
The number of vehicle registrations renewed by mail or the Internet is also up.
D-M-V officials say the alternative service methods are cost-savers.
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[SOT 06:08:35]
[IN Q=WE ESTIMATE THAT A FACE TO FACE]

((PAM GOHEEN/DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES: WE ESTIMATE THAT A FACE TO FACE TRANSACTION COSTS ABOUT FIVE DOLLARS PER TRANSACTION WHERE AS IF SOMEONE USES AN ALTERNATIVE SERVICE METHOD, INTERNET OR MAIL, THE COST TO PROCESS THAT TRANSACTION IS ABOUT TWO DOLLARS. SO IT'S A TREMENDOUS SAVINGS FOR THE AGENCY.))
[SUPER=01-Pam Goheen/Va. Dept. of Motor Vehicles]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=SAVINGS FOR THE AGENCY.]
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[VO-NAT]


D-M-V officials say greater use of these services also means fewer people waiting for the counter.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]

After strong gains this morning, Wall Street couldn't keep the trend going in the afternoon. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
[RUNS=:30]
[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-y/17.92/8203.41/y/6.76/1358.85;]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

In light trading, the Dow gave up 18 points, the Nasdaq was down 7.
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[VO]
[SUPER=271-i/0.13/47.10/h/0.49/30.59//Unchg/24.00/h/1.30/66.76/h/0.13/71.34;]
[SUPER=272-h/0.07/7.59//Unchg/5.88/i/0.17/56.64/h/0.01/40.28/i/0.02/27.36;]
[SUPER=273-i/0.18/4.72/h/0.92/36.44/h/0.10/13.70/h/0.08/19.50/i/0.14/4.66;]
[SUPER=274-i/0.18/7.70/i/0.25/54.83/i/0.27/33.98/h/0.02/35.24/i/1.60/52.98;]
[SUPER=#555; Reset]


[Strawberries]


[ANCHOR=Shannon - 2Shot]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=03-05 TC-1:27:16]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Strawberries you pick on your own always seem to taste sweeter.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

This year, however, the pickin's may be slim.
Business Reporter Rachel Cannon tells us why.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=NATS]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :06]
[SUPER=01-Charlie O'Dell/Crows Nest Farm; :13]
[SUPER=@Rachel1; :55]
[RUNS=1:19]
[OUT Q=Rachel Cannon, News 7, Blacksburg.]

(( ((NATS 00:43:51 THIS SYSTEM OF RAISED BEDS AND PLASTIC MULCH.)) Strawerries aren't the only crop at Crows Nest Farm in Blacksburg, but Charlie O'Dell says it's his riskiest. The weather can make or break the fruit's harvest.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 00:38:54]
[IN Q=the berries]

((CHARLIE O'DELL/CROWS NEST FARM; THE BERRIES ROT VERY EASILY IN EXTENDED WET, THEY'LL EVEN BLEACH OUT SOME COLOR SOMETIMES AND BECAOME PINK INSTEAD OF RED WHICH IS AWFUL.))
[OUT Q=is AWFUL.]

Awfully wet weather we've been hammered with this week concerns O'Dell. He's lost crops to Mother Nature before.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 00:40:44]
[IN Q=two years]

((TWO YEARS AGO IT DID RAIN ME OUT HERE WE LOST MOST OF OUR CROP TO WET EATHER IT CAME JUST AT THE WRONG TIME.))
[OUT Q=WRONG TIME.]

This year, the rain is coming at a better time. The strawberry plants are starting to bud and not yet in full bloom, their most susceptible stage to moisture and fungus.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 00:41:23]
[IN Q=I'M GETTING]

((I'M GETTING READY TO BE NERVOUS TIME YOU KNOW.))
[OUT Q=YOU KNOW.]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 00:55:30]
[IN Q=All the wet]

((RACHEL CANNON/RCANNON@WDBJ7.COM; ALL THE WET WEATHER WE'VE BEN GETTING ISN'T GOOD FOR STRAWBERRIES OR ANY OTHER CROP FOR THAT MATTER, EXPERTS SAY ALL IT REALLY DOES IS REFILL THE WATER TABLES AND HELP FARMERS RECOVER FROM THE DROUGHT.))

[OUT Q=THE DROUGHT]

((NATS 00:46:54 THIS WILL BE IT'S LAST YEAR)) O'Dell isn't using his irrigation system as of late but is still waiting for the perfect balance that produces the sweetest crop. Rachel Cannon, News 7, Blacksburg.))

[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Tonight on News 7 sports - the rain stopped in Augusta so the Masters could get underway with a 36 hole Friday. The rain also stopped in Martinsville this morning.
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[LIVE FROM STARLINK!!!!!!!]
(Travis will adlib to the break.)
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[S-LIVE]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=strarlink]
[GRAPHIC=martinsville]


The rain stopped, the cars started and qualifying got off without a hitch at the Martinsville Speedway this afternoon. [DOUBLE BOX TOSS TO TRAVIS] Travis Wells has been in the middle of the action tonight dodging the cars and the trucks. Trav. [GO TO TRAVIS LIVE VIA STARLINK]
[SUPER=@travis1; :00]
[SUPER=05-Martinsville;]


[TTRAV WILL ADLIB]

[ROLLCUE=...top five race finish."]



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[SOT]
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Virginia 500 Pole Winner; 23]
[SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt, Jr./Outside Pole Winner; :57]
[SUPER=01-Ted Musgrave/Advance Auto Part 250 Pole Winner; 1:16]
[RUNS=1:27]
[OUT Q=...WATCH HIM."]
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[TALENT=TRAVIS LIVE]


[TRAV WILL ADLIB TOSS TO THE BOARDS]
[ROLL CUE: ...THE STARTING LINEUP.]


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[IN CUE: FIRST DRIVER JEFF GORDON] [WIPE TO MOTION]
[SUPER=#556]
[SUPER=X5016;]
[SUPER=0107-1. Jeff Gordon//2. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.//3. Ryan Newman//4. Ken Schrader//5. Rusty Wallace//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Joe Nemechek//7. Jimmie Johnson//8. Tony Stewart//9. Kenny Wallace//10. Jeff Burton//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Jamie McMurray//12. Ward Burton//13. Jimmy Spencer//14. Jack Sprague//15. Dave Blaney//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Terry Labonte//17. Ricky Craven//18. Elliott Sadler//19. Ricky Rudd//20. Greg Biffle//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Mike Skinner//22. Casey Mears//23. Jeremy Mayfield//24. Mark Martin//25. Sterling Marlin//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-26. Jerry Nadeau//27. Tony Raines//28. Johnny Benson//29. Kevin Harvick//30. Michael Waltrip//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-31. Bill Elliott//32. Steve Park//33. Kyle Petty//34. Matt Kenseth//35. Jeff Green//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-36. Kurt Busch//37. Dale Jarrett/Prov/38. Robby Gordon/Prov/39. Bobby Labonte/Prov/40. John Andretti/Prov/;

]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-41. Todd Bodine/Prov/42. Derrike Cope/Prov/43. Hermie Sadler/Prov/;]
[RUNS=:50]
[OUT Q=.....last driver."]
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[TRAV TOSSES BACK TO MIKE WITH FINAL COMMENT]

[S-Masters]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-137 11102tc]
[GRAPHIC=MASTERS]

After getting washed out yesterday, the Masters opened play today at Augusta National.
Darren Clarke leads right now after shooting an opening round of 66.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Augusta, GA/TNN-CBS; :00]

Tiger Woods turned in his worst first round score in a major since he turned pro. The two time defending champ shot a four over 76 and at the time was 10 shots back after the first 18. The good news is that only 7 of the 93 players broke par in the first round.
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[TALENT=MIKE]
[GRAPHIC==masters]

The projected cut is plus 5. Tiger is now got it back to plus 2 for the day. He has three holes to go.
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Join us tonight at 11:35 right after News 7 at 11 for a compete wrapup of today's jam packed session at Augusta. Plus, over the weekend - 7 and half hours of LIVE commercial free coverage right here on WDBJ-7.
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[S-Cats]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=HILLCATS]


The Lynchburg Hillcats, the defending champs in the Carolina League play their home opener tonight at Merrit Hutchinson Stadium. The Cats host Wilmington at seven. The team's last three games at Winston-Salem were rained out this week. Highlights for your tonight at 11.