Coming up on News 7-
Tech's affirmative action policy is under fire again. Now one group wants a federal investigation.
Brush fires are burning in several spots tonight.
Plus the beauty the beast and the
Rock band, all at the Roanoke Civic Center.
And say goodbye to the temperatures in the 80's.
News 7 at Eleven is next.
Several brush fires burn hundreds of acres and that means a busy night for area firefighters.
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Four brush fires tonight have consumed seveal hundred acres already.
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Two fires are burning on Poor Mountain just west of the Roanoke-Montgomery County line.
Virginia Department of Forestry officials say the fires have blackened about 23 acres.
They think a downed power line started the blaze.
Firefighters from Roanoke and Montgomery Counties are working on the fires in some difficult terrain.
They plan to call in helicopters in the morning to help contain the fire.
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A third fire is burning on Draper Mountain in Pulaski County.
That fire has charred about 20 acres so far a helicopter will also help with that fire tomorrow.
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There is an even larger fire in Rockbridge County tonight.
A prescribed burn by the Department of Game got out of hand.
More than 300 acres have burned on Bratton Mountain.
It is located one mile south of Goshen on Route 39.
That fire is 80--percent contained.
An arrest has been made in connection with a recent string of arson fires on the Liberty University campus.
18-year-old Christopher L. Lee.. a freshman from New Jersey.. was arrested without incident yesterday.
Authorities believe Lee is responsible for setting six small fires over a three-day period last week, including one that caused significant damage inside the school library.
So far he faces a single count of arson.. other charges are pending.
Police have "not" determined a motive.
A conservative group is asking the U-S Department of Education to investigate affirmative action practices at Virginia Tech.
The Center for Equal Opportunity sent a letter today to the Office for Civil Rights to complain of ongoing hiring, admissions and scholarship programs at Tech that consider race and other factors.
A spokesperson for the education department says the complaint has been received but no decision has been made on whether to investigate.
The U-S military is shifting into the next phase of the war in Iraq.
The Pentagon says U-S commanders may soon move their operational headquarters into the liberated country.
The TOP U-S field commander, General Tommy Franks, made his first visit to Baghdad since the war began.
That as the Pentagon also offered its first accounting of the COST of the war: 20-Billion dollars so far .. and another two-Billion a month as long as the occupation lasts.
Teri Okita has the latest.
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[SUPER=201-Maj. Gen. Buford Bount/3rd Infantry Division Commander; :46]
[SUPER=201-Teri Okita/CBS News; 1:31]
[OUT Q=CBS news, Iraq.]
((THE RESCUED AMERICAN PRISONERS OF WAR SHOOK HANDS AND WAVED ... AS THEY ARRIVED AT RAMSTEIN AIR BASE IN GERMANY. ALSO IN GOOD SPIRITS -- THEIR WOUNDED COMRADE -- SHOSHANA JOHNSON. THE SEVEN POWs ARE NOT EXPECTED TO STAY AT THE BASE HOSPITAL FOR VERY LONG, BUT NO DECISION HAS BEEN MADE ON WHEN THEY'LL RETURN HOME.
AS FOR THE WAR THEY LEFT BEHIND -- IT'S ENTERING A NEW PHASE.
U.S. COMMANDERS MAY SOON MOVE THEIR OPERATIONAL HEADQUARTERS TO IRAQ ... AS THEY TRY TO GET THE COUNTRY BACK ON ITS FEET.
LOOTING IS STILL A PROBLEM, WATER AND POWER REMAIN SHUT OFF IN MANY AREAS, AND THE HOSPITALS ARE IN CRISIS MODE. A TALL ORDER FOR THOSE IN CHARGE OF THE REBUILDING EFFORTS -- AND FOR THE SAFETY OF THEIR TROOPS.
MAJOR GENERAL BUFORD BLOUNT/COMMANDER, THIRD INFANTRY DIVISION: Any transition can be dangerous...what we can't lose sight of is that there is still a fight with the terrorists."
U.S. OFFICIALS ARE NOW CONSIDERING CHARGES AGAINST ABU ABBAS. THE ADMITTED MASTERMIND OF THE 1985 ACHILLE LAURO HIJACKING WAS NABBED IN THIS BAGHDAD APARTMENT. COALITION FORCES ARE ALSO LOOKING FOR ABDUL YASIN (ab-DOOL ya-sin) ... ACCUSED OF HELPING TO MAKE THE BOMB IN THE FIRST WORLD TRADE CENTER ATTACK. AND AHMAD KHLIL AL-ANI (ack-mad ka-LEEL al-onie) ... WHO WORKED AT IRAQI INTELLIGENCE HEADQUARTERS.
THERE ARE CONFLICTING REPORTS ABOUT WHETHER HE MET 9-11 HIJACKER MOHAMMED ATTA IN PRAGUE ... BACK IN APRIL 2001.
ALONG WITH THE HUNT FOR TERRORISTS, THE MILITARY CONTINUES TO FIND ITSELF IN THE UNCOMFORTABLE ROLE OF BEAT COP.
IN MOSUL, AT LEAST 3 IRAQIS WERE KILLED AND SEVERAL WOUNDED IN A STREET FIGHT WITH U.S. TROOPS.
TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, KUWAIT.))
The family of a man killed in the 1985 Achille Lauro hijacking says justice has finally being served.
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U-S special forces captured Abul Abbas in a raid in Baghdad yesterday.
He is the man who ordered the shooting of Jewish American tourist Leon Klinghoffer.
Klinghoffer was killed and thrown overboard in his wheelchair during the attack.
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((ILSA KLINGHOFFER/LEON'S DAUGHTER: WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE WORLD THAT WE WILL NOT FORGET, WE WILL HUNT PEOPLE DOWN AND BRING THEM TO JUSTICE.))
[SUPER=201-Ilsa Klinghoffer/Leon's Daughter;]
[OUT Q=them to justice.]
The sisters have been waiting for 18 years. They say they won't rest until Abbas is behind bars.
But with the arrest comes an international tug of war.
Italy wants to extradite Abbas to serve time there.
The Palestine Authority though claims he should walk free under a 1995 Israeli Palestinian agreement granting some criminals immunity.
An expert on Middle East Affairs says that won't hold up.
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((FOUAD AJAMI/MIDDLE EASTERN AFFAIRS, JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY: THIS IDEA THAT A MAN WHO IN FACT ORDERED THE EXECUTION OF AN OLD MAN COULD SOMEHOW ESCAPE JUSTICE IS NOT AN IDEA WE CAN HONOR. IT'S REALLY AN ARGUMENT AND A WHOLE NEW WORLD THAT TERROR WILL NOT GO UNPUNISHED.))
[SUPER=201-Fouad Ajami/Middle Eastern Affairs Expert;]
[OUT Q=NOT GO UNPUNISHED.]
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U-S officials have not said how they'll handle Abbas.
[GRAPHIC=George W. Bush]
He's one of those people you see in dark suits surrounding the President, part of the staff that helps our nation's chief executive plan and execute his daily routine.
Presidential aide Tim Goeglein (GAYG-line) today gave Liberty University students a little insight into what it's like to work in the White House these days.
Throughout the war with Iraq, Goeglein says the President's morale and the morale of his staff has remained very high.
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[IN Q=Our priority]
((TIM GOEGLEIN/PRESIDENTIAL SPECIAL ASSISTANT: OUR PRIORITY HAS BEEN THE WAR. WE REALIZE THAT IN LARGE MEASURE, THIS IS A WAR PRESIDENCY, AND THAT GEORGE W. BUSH WILL BE MEASURED NOT JUST IN THE SHORT TERM BUT IN THE LONG TERM OF HIS HISTORY BY THE SUCCESS OF THIS WAR. SO WE'VE DONE EVERYTHING WE CAN AS A STAFF TO MAKE SURE WE'RE ALWAYS FULLY PREPARED TO DO WHAT THE PRESIDENT NEEDS.))
[SUPER=201-Tim Goeglein/Presidential Special Assistant]
[OUT Q=what the President needs.]
Goeglein calls Bush "God's choice" to lead America in this chapter of its history.
Some Pulaski students took a break from class today to support area troops headed for the war.
The fifth graders at Claremont Elementary organized care packages for a Virginia National Guard unit, which is scheduled for deployment to Kuwait any day now.
The packages include items like toothpaste, razors and candy.
In all, the kids made 109 packages, one for each soldier in the unit.
They say they also plan to write letters thanking them for their service.
Two different shows made for one interesting night in Roanoke.
The Roanoke Civic Center hosted Broadway and Rock n roll together.
As Justin McLeod discovered it caused more confusion than it did problems.
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[SUPER=01-Anna Wilson/Beauty and the Beast Fan; :25]
[SUPER=01-Karen Alexander/Def Leppard Fan; 1:07]
[SUPER=01-Sarah Wilson/Beauty and the Beast Fan; 1:19]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]
((((NAT SOUND OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST))
Inside, it was tale as old as time.
Outside, it looked more like a tale of two cities.
In the auditorium, you had Broadway's Beauty and the Beast.
And in the coliseum, you had the rock group Def Leppard.
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF LEPPARD GOING INTO THE BITE))
[IN Q=People over there]
((ANNA WILSON/AUDIENCE MEMBER: PEOPLE OVER THERE THEY LOOK VERY ROCK AND PUNK LIKE ALL AND I'M GOING TO HAVE A GREAT TIME AND PARTY HARTY HARTY AND PEOPLE OVER THERE ARE GOING TO A FANCY PLAY.))
[OUT Q=to a fancy play]
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF PERFORMANCE))
It doesn't happen often but ocassionally the Civic Center books two groups for the same night.
It proved to be confusing for some fans, a few of which ended up in the wrong line.
[IN Q=We thought by]
((GERALD DIERSCHOW/AUDIENCE MEMBER: WE THOUGHT THE WAY WE LOOKED BY THE PEOPLE WE WERE IN THE WRONG CROWD.))
[OUT Q=in the wrong crowd]
And there were a few in the right crowd but looked they may be in the wrong one especially those who brought the kids.
[IN Q=Would they be more]
((KAREN ALEXANDER: WOULD THEY BE MORE COMFORTABLE AT OVER BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. NO NO, THEY TOLD ME COMING OVER THAT WAS SILLY.))
[OUT Q=that was silly]
And some who were in the right crowd may have wished they were in the other.
[IN Q=It's a very hard]
((SARAH WILSON/AUDIENCE MEMBER: IT'S A VERY HARD DECISION BETWEEN GOING TO BEAUTY AND THE BEAST OR DEF LEPPARD BUT I'M GOING TO THIS NOW SO THAT IS ALL THE MATTERS.))
[OUT Q=all that matters]
What mattered most to fans was before the shows.
The Civic Center sent out e-mails warning the public to come early to avoid a traffic jam.
They apparently heeded the advice.
[IN Q=Traffic was great]
((JOEL DERR/DEF LEPPARD FAN: TRAFFIC WAS GREAT ACTUALLY JUST POPPED RIGHT IN, NO PROBLEM.))
[OUT Q=no problem]
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF DEF LEPPARD))
There were very few problems in this tale of two cities.
In fact, in the end there was nothing but a happy ending.
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST))
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
Beauty and the Beast runs until Sunday. There are still plenty of tickets available.
There's a reward being offered for information about the deadly shooting of a hunter.
More on that when News 7 returns.
And this is no joke, the Easter Bunny is helping some cops catch dangerous drivers.
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((Hey, folks. Travis Wells here in the News7 Sports Office. Coming up, high school diamond action from Cave Spring, plus college hits from Blacksburg. Spring football is in the air for Justin Hamilton and the Hokies, and the Winston payday just got a whole lot bigger. All that and more coming up in sports.))
D-N-A experts are working on the bodies found in the San Francisco Bay area.
There is much speculation that the bodies could be Laci Peterson and her son-
Forensic Analysts and DNA experts are in the process of identifying the bodies. Even though they were badly decomposed, the bodies can still offer clues to their identities.
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((JOHN TONKYN/MISSING PERSONS DNA PROGRAM SUPERVISOR: IT IS NOT INCONCEIVABLE TO GET DNA FROM BODIES THAT HAVE BEEN SUBMERGED FOR THAT LONG.))
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[OUT Q=for that long.]
[VO-NAT 19 plus pad]
Samples from the bones and muscle tissue of both bodies were submitted to the lab say they won't know for at least a few days, possibly weeks if the bodies are Laci Peterson and her child.
Genetic experts took DNA samples from Laci's parents and were given samples from Laci's belongings such as her toothbrush and hairbrush.
The death of a turkey hunter in Rockbridge County has prompted a reward fund and a plea for more information.
44- year- old David Stack of Maryland was hunting between South Buffalo Road and Bluegrass Trail on Saturday when he was shot in the back. His body was found Sunday morning.
Today, state game officials announced a one thousand dollar reward from the National Wild Turkey Federation for information leading to an arrest. They say this is the first Virginia hunting fatility since 1990, in which the shooter remains unknown.
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A 19-year old Martinsville man is free- acquitted of being part of a murder-for-hire scheme.
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Billy Ray Manns had been charged with shooting Lisa Nicole Muhammad in September of 2000.
Prosecutors say Manns was hired to do the shooting by Muhammad's husband, Maverick.
Family members and prosecutors said the NOT guilty verdict was a travesty, while defense attorneys said the state had not proved its case.
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((JOAN ZIGLAR/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; BILLY MANNS CAN COME OUT RIGHT NOW AND TELL YOU HE KILLED LISA AND THERE'S NOT A THING ANYONE IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA CAN DO.))
((STEVE MAHAR-MILANI/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; IT WAS A HUNG JURY LAST TIME AND THAT TELLS YOU IT COULD HAVE GONE EITHER WAY, I TELL ALL MY CLIENTS GOING INTO A JURY TRIAL, WIN LOSE OR DRAW YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE THE SAME PERSON YOU WERE WHEN YOU STARTED.))
[SUPER=01-Joan Ziglar/Commonwealth's Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=01-Steve Mahar-Milani/Defense Attorney; :07]
[OUTQ=you were when you started.]
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Prosecutors declined to comment on whether they will seek charges against Maverick Muhammad.
A party at the playground was not what some kids expected in Tennessee.
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An inflatable slide called the Titanic Slide collapsed- injuring six children.
People at the park said the slide appeared to buckle and then collapse on one side.
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((ALL THE VOLUNTEERS SAW WHAT HAPPENED IT WAS KIND OF A SLOW MOTION THING. WE ALL RAN. WE WERE MORE CONCERNED THERE WERE CHILDREN UNDERNEATH IT.))
[OUT Q=CHILDREN UNDERNEATH IT.]
There were not though.
The injured children were all conscious when they were taken away in ambulances.
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Why does the Easter Bunny cross the road?
In California it's to catch motorists not stopping for pedestrians.
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On Wednesday a Van Nuys police officer dressed as the Easter Bunny and crossed the road while his fellow officers on motorcycles watched to see who did not stop.
The idea is if you can't see or don't care that a six-foot-two, 250 pound Easter Bunny is in the crosswalk, what are the chances of a pedestrian making it across safely?
More than 90 pedestrians a year are killed in cross -walk accidents nationwide with some 600 injured.
If that statistic isn't enough to make people stop, consider a ticket, which can run a couple hundred dollars.
Still ahead on News 7, a Danville pilot is flying high after a special honor.
We'll tell you why.
And, the life of Booker T Washington comes alive, thanks to the work of some area schoolkids.
The 100th anniversary of powered flight is coming up soon.
And a Danville pilot is one of only fifty across the country chosen to help celebrate it.
Michael Davis was picked by the Experimental Aircraft Association and the National Park Service. He'll represent Virginia in the "50 Flags to Kitty Hawk" program.
This Saturday, he fly his rebuilt Piper J-3 Cub to North Carolina to place Virginia's flag at the Wright Brothers' National Memorial.
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[IN Q=I can't really believe that they picked me...]
((MICHAEL DAVIS/PILOT: I CAN'T REALLY BELIEVE THAT THEY PICKED ME TO FLY THE FLAG. I HOPE EVERYBODY, ESPECIALLY THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA JOIN ME IN THIS CELEBRATION.))
[OUT Q=join me in this celebration.]
He'll also be carrying a proclamation by Governor Mark Warner making April 19th "Virginia 50 Flags to Kitty Hawk Day."
The Wright Brothers made their historic flight December 17th, 1903.
Coming up, Cave Spring entertains the 25th ranked baseball team in the country, the Hokies and Hoos meet up on the diamond, and the Winston purse is growing, but first in tonight's extra point,
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Michael Jordan played the final game of his career tonight in Philadelphia, and it wasn't one to remember. Number 23 scored just 15 points on the night in 28 minutes of action. But the Sixers won the game 107 to 87 to take some momentum to the post season, which starts later this week.
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We start on the high school baseball diamond where the Cave Spring Knights hosted Mills Godwin of Richmond. The Eagles are ranked 25th in the country and
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Eagles vs. Knights; :00]
sport a top draft prospect in shortstop Matt Moses.
Moses is pretty good at the plate delivering an RBI single for the visitors right here back up the middle.
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Cave Spring couldn't muster enough offense today and Mills Godwin went on to win it 7 to 1.
In the college ranks this afternoon, Ferrum lost its opener in the Dixie Conference Tournament, dropping a 4-2 decision to Shenandoah. The Panthers will now play Greensboro tomorrow morning at 10 while Shenandoah plays Averett at 4:30.
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In Blacksburg today, Virginia Tech hosted Virginia in the first of three meetings this season between the two teams.
In the bottom of the first, the Hokies jumped out to a 2-nothing lead when Mark Tugwell crushes a two run homer over the left center field fence bringing in Matt Kalish as well.
A couple of batters later--The Hokies strike again, this time with some hustle on the bases-- Brad Bauder slaps a two bagger into the outfield that plates Spencer Harris from second and it was 3-oh Hokies.
In the top of the third, the Wahoos got two back, one coming on this infield sacrifice grounder that scores Ryan Zimmerman from third.
Then check out Kyle Werman as he threads the needle with a double to left and Chris Sweet crosses the dish, but Tech went on to win 5 to 3.
The football Hokies will close out spring workouts this Saturday at two with the annual Maroon and White game at Lane Stadium.
One player who has worked extremely hard to make a positive impression over the past three weeks is receiver Justin Hamilton.
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[IN Q=LAST YEAR...]
[SUPER=01-Justin Hamilton/Virginia Tech Receiver; :00]
[OUT Q=...THE BEST OF MY ABILITY."]
The spring game on Saturday is normally free, but this year there is a $5 charge. All of the proceeds will benefit the Rayna DuBose fund.
The VMI Keydets have put the wraps on spring practice, and for the first time in 80 years, the Keydets will play somewhere other than the Southern Conference. Steve Mason has more on VMI's transition to the Big South.
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[SUPER=03-Lexington/2002 Season; :00]
[SUPER=01-Cal McCombs/VMI Head Football Coach; :13]
[SUPER=01-Josh Lyles/VMI Junior Quarterback; :40]
[SUPER=01-T. J. Snelling/VMI Senior Slot Back; :100]
[SUPER=01-Derik Screen/VMI Senior Linebacker; 1:17]
[OUT Q=....news 7 sports"]
((Gone is Joey Gibson and his 38 touchdown passes, over 56 hundred yards through the air and his senior leadership. The air to the quarterback throne is between four talented athletes.
Josh Lyles played in five games a season ago but is getting stiff competition from k irk Monteleone, David Poldiak and former Rockbridge star Jonathan Wilson.
One of the keys to the defense is former Heritage standout Derek Screen, one of four returning starters on a young unit.
The Keydets have five returning starters back on offense. Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
We start this segment on the track where Nascar has announced that next month's Winston at Lowe's Motor Speedway will feature a new format and a bigger paycheck to the winner-a cool one million dollars which is up from 750 thousand big ones a year ago.
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That's the bulk of the 3.5 million dollar purse, and it translates to about 50 thousand dollars per lap. As for the Winston Open, two drivers have advanced to the big race in the past, but now there will be a 20 lap race which will send the top 14 drivers to a ten lap shootout. Only the winner will advance, and the No Bull Sprint has been eliminated.
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[SUPER=01-Jeff Burton/Citgo Ford Driver; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mark Martin/Viagra Ford Driver; :17]
[OUT Q=over the years."]
Some Franklin County fourth graders are stars this week at the Booker T. Washington National Monument.
Students from Burnt Chimney Elementary are re-enacting history on the farm where the famous black educator was born a slave.
They got a 25-thousand-dollar grant from the state to make a video, CD-ROM and virtual tour of the park for its website.
The kids have spent weeks learning about Booker T. and the park.
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[IN Q=While I lived here]
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((ADDISON NATS: WHILE I LIVED HERE AS A SLAVE, I HAD NO SCHOOLING BECAUSE AFRICAN AMERICAN SLAVES WERE NOT ALLOWED TO ATTEND SCHOOL AT THIS TIME.))
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((TAYLOR MOORE/4TH GRADER: I THINK IT'S REALLY COOL THAT WE'RE ABLE TO DO THIS AND I'VE BEEN HAVING A GREAT TIME WITH IT.))
[SUPER=01-Addison Poindexter/Fourth Grader; :00]
[SUPER=01-Taylor Moore/Fourth Grader; :08 quick!]
[OUT Q=great time with it.]
Franklin County High School students are shooting and editing the video.
Teachers say the kids hardly notice they're learning history, oral and written communication skills AND preparing for the S-O-Ls.
The money from the grant will buy classroom computers, software and digital cameras.
The kids' work will be on the park's website next month.