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Several students receive minor injuries when the bus they're riding in rams into a truck in Franklin County.
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[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]


And, they're plugging potholes on parts of Interstate 81.
We'll check in live to see how the work is affecting traffic.


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Another beautiful sunny day across the region as the temperatures soar to near 80 by late this afternoon. I'll have your forecast.
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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[VO-NAT]


A school bus accident in Franklin County sends a dozen students to the hospital this morning.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.

[Bus-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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There were no serious injuries, but students complained of neck and back pain following the collision.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount]


The bus was carrying about sixty students to Benjamin Franklin Middle School and Franklin County High.
The accident happened on Route 40 in Rocky Mount, when the bus hit the rear of a truck.
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[SOT 01:30:24]
[IN Q=There was a vehicle]

((THERE WAS A VEHICLE IN FRONT OF THE BUS THAT MOVED TO THE LEFT HAND LANE TO MAKE A TURN. AND AS HE WAS IN THAT LANE, SOMEBODY FROM AN ADJACENT PARKING LOT PULLED OUT IN FRONT OF THE VEHICLE THAT WAS IN THE LEFT HAND LANE. THAT VEHICLE MOVED BACK INTO THE RIGHT HAND LANE AND THE BUS STRUCK THAT VEHICLE IN THE REAR.))
[SUPER=01-Steven C. Oakes/Transportation Director]
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[OUT Q=struck that vehicle in the rear.]
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[VO-NAT]


Ten of the students were transported from the site of the accident on Route 40. Two others complained of injuries after they arrived at school.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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No charges have been filed against the drivers involved in the accident, but police are reportedly looking for the car that pulled out in front of the truck.

[Crop-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=Net]
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A bankrupt Blacksburg biotech company is getting a loan to stay in business.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/File;]

A federal bankruptcy judge is authorizing a one-hundred thousand dollar bank loan for Crop Tech. The company develops genetically modified tobacco for medicine. Crop Tech is based in Blacksburg but had planned on moving operations to South Carolina. The move was put on hold because of financial problems. The company was given the loan because it's in talks with a potential buyer.
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[Potholes]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=ejo]
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Our warm mid-April week sure feels like spring, and for V-DOT, springtime means pothole repairs. Today, the agency is focusing on Interstates 81 and 581.
[ROANOKE CO. DOUBLE BOXES=Kimberly & Shannon/Microwave;]

Shannon Young is near the Hollins exit of I-81 with more.
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((ROLLCUE:...Our area is over the worst of it.))
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[OQ=which maintenance crews can work.]
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(LEO TOSS to KIM)






[Iraq]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=After Saddam]


In Iraq, dozens of delegates from various political and tribal factions have met today.
They're trying to begin the challenging process of deciding who will rule the country now.
This, as Iraqis slowly attempt to get their lives back together.
Aleen Sirgany reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=(NATSOT Protest)]
[SUPER=203-Baghdad, Iraq; :00]
[SUPER=203-Nasiriyah, Iraq; :24]
[SUPER=201-Brig. General Vincent Brooks/U. S. Central Command; :45 QUICK]
[SUPER=203-Washington, DC; :57]
[SUPER=201-Aleen Sirgany/CBS News; 1:16]
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[OUT Q=Sirgany, CBS News, Washington.]

((
Pkge:
(natz of protest)


IRAQIS ARE USING THEIR NEW-FOUND FREEDOM TO MAKE THEMSELVES HEARD.

(MORE NATZ)


THIS PROTEST IS IN BAGHDAD OUTSIDE THE HOTEL WHERE MEDIA FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE STAYING. THE PEOPLE WANT BETTER SECURITY IN THE CAPITAL CITY AND OTHERS ARE CALLING FOR FREE ELECTIONS. THAT WHILE A GOVERNMENT BUILDING WAS UP IN FLAMES AND SPORADIC LOOTING WAS STILL SEEN IN PARTS OF BAGHDAD.

(NATZ OF MEETING)


NEAR NASIRIYAH....A MEETING TO DISCUSS THE FUTURE OF IRAQ. THE PARTICIPANTS INCLUDED KURDS, SUNNI AND SHIITE MUSLIMS...FACTIONS THAT HAVE FOUND LITTLE COMMON GROUND IN THE PAST. BUT EVEN TODAY SOME GROUPS PROTESTED....SAYING THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH REPRESENTATION.

(NATZ OF TROOPS)


AND WHILE MOST OF THE SHOOTING HAS ENDED IN IRAQ...THE SEARCH FOR WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION HAS NOT.

SOT: BRIG. VINCENT BROOKS/U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND SPOKESMAN (07:49:10)

"IT WILL TAKE TIME TO UNCOVER THOSE THINGS THAT ARE DELIBERATELY HIDDEN."
THE MILITARY HAS FOUND TRUCKS LOADS OF MISSILES IN A RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD IN BAGHDAD. THEY'VE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS SOVIET-MADE SURFACE TO SURFACE MISSILES.
AND IN WASHINGTON.. DURING A ROSE GARDEN EVENT ON THE ECONOMY...PRESIDENT BUSH TALKED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF IRAQ. (wild line: President Bush talked about another problem...syria)

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[SARS-Testing]


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A German biotech company is distributing what it calls the first commercial test for SARS.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Hamburg, Germany;]


Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome has killed more than 140 people and infected well over three- thousand.
The company is providing the test kits at no charge.
The test can detect the virus from throat swabs or saliva.
Its makers say the test produces results in two hours.
They say other tests typically take 10 to 20 DAYS to provide results.
The kits have already gone out to a number of Asian countries and labs in Australia and Scandinavia.
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[Jackpot-Mistake]


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[WRITER=kmc]
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Back in the U-S, a strange day at the casino brought good luck, then bad, then good again .. but it took a little arm-twisting for a Washington state woman to come out on top.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tulalip, WA;]


After playing the slot machine for over two hours, Debra Hughes won 12- thousand- dollars.
But when she went to collect her earnings, officials at the tribal casino said she couldn't have it because the machine was operating in a ``demo mode.''
That allowed Hughes to win about 200 times more often that she was supposed to.
But lady luck smiled again on Hughes, and the company that made the machine gave her back the money.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It was not the fault]

((FRANK MILLER/MULTIMEDIA GAMES ATTORNEY: IT WAS NOT THE FAULT OF MISS HUGHES SO WE DECIDED TO MAKE IT RIGHT AND PUT THIS BEHIND US. ))
[IN Q=Yes, this is]

(( DEBRA HUGHES/CASINO PLAYER:YES, THIS IS A GODSEND CHECK. ))
[SUPER=01-Frank Miller/Multimedia Games Attorney; quick!!]
[SUPER=01-Debra Hughes/Casino Player; :06 quick!!]
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[OUT Q=Godsend check.]
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[VO-NAT]


In case you're wondering, Hughes only shelled out 10- dollars of her own money before hitting the jackpot.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Rodney King is in trouble with the law again. The details are still ahead.
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[VO-NAT ]


And family and friends of Laci Peterson await word in California .. have police found her body?
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[Laci-Peterson]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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The discoveries of two bodies in northern California-- one an adult, the other a newborn boy-- has investigators wondering if they might be on the verge of solving the Laci Peterson case.
The pregnant woman from Modesto disappeared last Christmas.
Manuel Gallegus reports.
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[OUT Q=Gallegus, CBS News, Modesto.]

(( This stretch of shoreline on San Francisco bay may hold the key to the mystery of 28 year-old Laci Peterson, a pregnant Modesto woman who has been missing since December.
Two sets of human remains have been discovered on the rocky coast. One is the body of a full term baby boy, the other, the torso of a woman.
The badly decomposed adult body was discovered Monday morning when a woman out walking her dog and spotted the remains in the shallow waters of Point Isabelle.
The site is a little more than a mile away from where the body of a decomposed infant was found on Sunday with his umbilical cord still attached.
Both bodies were located a few miles from the Berkley Marina where Laci's husband Scott told police went fishing the day she vanished.
Nat: Police search shore
Detective from the Modesto Police Department were called to the scene. They are investigating Laci's disappearance with a careful eye on her husband. He has been questioned and his house has been searched, but Scott Peterson has never been named as a suspect.

SOT: Thought it was prudent to notify the Modesto Police about the body

that we have on the shoreline.
The bodies were found 90 miles north west of Modesto. Investigators had already searched the area around the Berkeley Marina in the weeks after Laci disappeared. And also the area near where the woman's body was found.
-STAND-UP- HERE IN THE COMMUNITY WHERE LACI LIVEDSOME OF THE VOLUNTEERS WHO HELPED SEARCH FOR HER ARE EXPECTING BAD NEWS BUT THEY WOULD JUST LIKE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO HER. SCOTT PETERSON IS SAID TO BE WITH HIS FAMILY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS MODESTO.
))

[11Philip-Morris]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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A judge's decision in Illinois will probably mean millions of dollars for Virginia, and the money is expected to arrive today.
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[VO-NAT]

[NO SUPER] An Illinois judge has reduced the bond Philip Morris must post to appeal a tobacco lawsuit decision from 12 billion dollars to 6 billion.
That means the cigarette maker should be able to continue paying Virginia and 45 other states under the National Tobacco Settlement.
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[King-Crash]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
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Rodney King is making headlines again.
The man at the center of the infamous Los Angeles police beating case is in the hospital in fair condition after crashing his car into a house over the weekend.
Police say King was driving 100 miles- an- hour before the crash.
Authorities say they suspect that King was intoxicated at the time.
A blood sample was taken, but the results aren't yet released.
It was his beating, which was caught on videotape that led to the 19-92 riots in Los Angeles. [Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


One day after the fire, a restaurant promises to reopen. The details are still ahead.
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[VO-NAT ]

And guys in Japan line up for THIS contest .. to see which balding men can re-grow the most hair.
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[VOB-Vinton-Fire]


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The owner of a fire-damaged pizza restaurant hopes to be open for business again within a month.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Vinton]


The fire broke during the busy dinner yesterday at the New York Pizza, along Hardy Road in Vinton.
Firefighters successfully contained the fire to the attic area.
But the restaurant part did sustain some water damage, and for now, the owners have closed it down for repairs.
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[SOT 21:26; 25:02]
[IN Q=The smoke was just]

((NICOLE HAULTON/RESTAURANT WORKER: THE SMOKE WAS JUST COMING DOWN, I WENT TO USE THE RESTROOM, CAME BACK, EVERYBODY WAS RUNNING OUT AND THE WHOLE PLACE WAS FULL OF SMOKE, YOU COULDN'T EVEN SEE.)) ((TONY MONTUORI/RESTAURANT OWNER: WE'RE LOYAL TO THEM, THEY ARE LOYAL TO US AND WE WILL MAKE SURE WE OPEN BACK UP AND MAKE IT GOOD AGAIN.))
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[SUPER=01-Tony Montuori/Restaurant Owner; :07]
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[OUT Q=good again]
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[VO-NAT]


The fire marshal is still trying to determine the cause, but believes the fire was accidental.
Damage estimates top more than 30-thousand dollars.
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[11Ringgold-Business]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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New jobs are on the way to Southside. Intertape Polymer will expand its operations, and that means 50 more workers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.]


Yesterday, the company announced it will spend five-million dollars building a distribution center near its exisiting factory in the Ringgold West Industrial Park.
Intertape has 15 plants nationwide, but 200-thousand dollars in state and local incentive grants convinced the company to expand here.
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[SOT 00:04:55]
[IN Q=It plays a]

((DAVID BENNETT/INTERTAPE POLYMER: IT PLAYS A BIG PART BECAUSE FUNDS ARE TIGHT AND THIS ALLOWS US TO TAKE OUR WORKING CAPITAL AND PUT IT INTO EQUIPMENT RATHER THAN BUILDING AND LAND AND PROPERTY.))
[SUPER=01-David Bennett/Intertape Polymer; ]
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[OUT Q=land and property.]
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[VO-NAT]


Intertape employs about 240 people in Danville, and more than 26-hundred nationwide.
It manufactures adhesive tapes for packaging systems.
Construction on the new facility should be finished later this year.
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[5LG-Korea]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=jsu]
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Roanoke's sister-city relationship with Wonju Korea is taking a healthy turn this month. Two health care workers from Wonju are spending two weeks at Lewis-Gale Medical Center.
As Healthcheck reporter Joy Sutton tells us they're participating in an a hospital exchange program.
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[SOT]
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[SUPER=01-Hye-Ryeon Hong/Wonju Christian Hospital;26]
[SUPER=01-James Thweatt/CEO Lewis-Gale Medical Center;54]
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((
As a nurse at Wonju Christian Hospital, Hyun-Sook Jung is no stranger to medicine --but Lewis Gale Medical Center has shown her and her colleague a new way of doing things.
The two health care workers say they are impressed with Roanoke and the hospital's use of electronic medical records and technologies like the hyperbariac chamber which is used to help people with wounds heal faster.
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[SOT4:32:24]
[IN Q=It looks like a beautiful picture.]

((IT LOOKS LIKE A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE. I LIKE IT HERE I LOVE IT HERE AND THIS HOSPITAL IS VERY LUXURY IT'S LIKE A HOTEL))
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The health care workers says it seems like a hotel because its so clean and hospital goes out its way to make the patient feel comfortable.
Lewis-Gale Medical Center says while the hospital has a lot to offer it can also learn a lot from the hospital in Wonju.
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[SOT4:26:15]
[IN Q=The are more advance in some areas]

((THEY ARE MORE ADVANCED IN SOME AREAS THAN WE ARE LIKE CODING, WHICH IS WHEN WE CODING OF DIAGNOSTICS. THERE ARE AT A HIGHER LEVEL THAN ANYONE IN THE US. ))
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[OUT Q=strong other programs]

That's why Lewis Gale plans to send some of its health care workers to Korea in 2004.
Lewis-Gale say this exchange program is more than just about sharing ideas --but establishing friendships, and breaking down barriers.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Salem.))



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[Stocks]


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On Wall Street at Noon,
[super=460-x/22/x/5;]

the Dow was UP 22 points. Nasdaq was UP 5 points.


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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

Still ahead in sports, the Tar Heels' new coach is an old hand to Tobacco Road.
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[VO-NAT ]


And M-J gets more honors at his last home game before he retires.... again.
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[ANCHOR=kim]
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The North Carolina Tarheels finally got their man. Roy Williams accepted the challenge of coaching his alma mater. The decision to leave Kansas was not an easy one for the 52 year old coach. The job of telling his Kansas players yesterday afternoon that he really was leaving was brutal.
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Williams plans to bring his staff with him - including Roanoke native Steve Robinson. He says he finally made up his mind about the job late Sunday night.
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[IN Q=MY ROOTS...]
[RUNS=:25]
[OUT Q=...HE DID LAST TIME."]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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The final details of the contract still have to be worked out, but it is an 8 year deal.

[S-Jordan]


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Michael Jordan played his final home game for the Washington Wizards last night at the MCI Center in downtown DCTERMS.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00]

The night began with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld presenting Jordan the flag that flew over the Pentagon on the one year anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
Rumsfeld's ovation was as loud as Jordan's. Michael then came out firing in the game against the Knicks. He took nine shots in the first quarter alone, and finished with 21 points and 8 rebounds.
For the record he was 9 out of 22 in 37 minutes of action. The Wizards couldn't get him a win, as the Knicks beat Washington, 93-to-79. After the game, Wizards owner Abe Pollin and his wife presented Jordan with a unique honor. In his name - they donated 15 computers to each of Washington's 18 public high schools.
The computer labs at each school will be named after Jordan. The final game of his career is Wednesday night in Philadelphia against Iverson and the Sixers.
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[S-Ferrum]


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The Ferrum College baseball team is now number 4 in the nation in the brand new Division 3 baseball poll. The Panthers are 25-and-3, and they have proven they have the ability to beat teams a number of ways.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=YOU NEVER KNOW...]
[SUPER=01-Abe Naff/Ferrum Head Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=...WE WANT TO CONTINUE."]
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[vo nat con't]
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Ferrum opens the Dixie conference tournament Wednesday in Danville.
The Panthers won the regular season title with a 10-and-2 mark.
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[TALENT=MIKE]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD FERRUM]

Steve Mason will have much more on the Panthers' success and their hopes for the postseason tonight on News 7.

[Hair-Contest]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


And finally today,
Some people headed to Tokyo for what they hoped would be a hair- raising experience.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tokyo, Japan;]


Or, at least a hair- GROWING one.
Those who used to be bald, or are close to losing their hair gathered yesterday for an unusual contest to see who was able to grow back the most amount of hair.
A company that owns a chain of salons organized the contest.
Before and after pictures were projected on giant screens, as each contestant came out to bow to the judges and display their crown.
The winner walked away with nearly 25- thousand dollars in prize money.
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