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Coming up on News 7-
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A fight a teenager and a gun- the latest on some trouble tonight at a Roanoke apartment complex.
What it's like to take a year off from college to serve the country. One local woman tells us.
And batter up- and batter out. 18 strike outs in all tonight for one local girl.
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[Talent=Jean]


News 7 a little later is next.

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((PRESIDENT BUSH: THE MAJOR OPERATIONS IN IRAQ HAVE ENDED AND THE ALLIES HAVE PREVAILED. APPLAUSE.))
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A major announcement from the President and a thank you to U-S forces.
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((PRESIDENT BUSH: BECAUSE OF YOU OUR NATION IS MORE SECURE. BECAUSE OF YOU A TYRANT HAS FALLEN AND IRAQ IS FREE. APPLAUSE.))
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[OUT Q=Iraq is free. applause.]
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[Bush-Speech]


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[SUPER=219-Jean Jadhon/jjadhon*wdbj7.com]


Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
[SS=Combat Over]


The President spoke from aboard the deck of the U-S-S Abraham Lincoln- saying the liberation of Iraq is crucial to advancing the campaign against terror.
But, the President stopped short of declaring victory or an end to the war and he said there is still work to be done.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Elizabeth /Newspath ;]


Elizabeth Sanchez joins us live from San Diego tonight with more on the President's speech.
[LIVE= Elizabeth /FULL Newspath]
[SUPER=201-Elizabeth Sanchez/CBS News]
[SUPER=205-San Diego, CA]
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((FROM THE MAJESTIC DECK OF THE USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN ... FLANKED BY THOUSANDS OF SAILORS AND MARINES ... PRESIDENT BUSH CLOSED A SIGNIFICANT CHAPTER OF THE WAR. PRESIDENT BUSH: " major combat operations have ended " THE PRESIDENT THANKED U.S. TROOPS FOR MAKING THE WAR A SUCCESS SO FAR, BUT HE SAID THE MILITARY'S ROLE IN IRAQ IS NOT OVER. PRESIDENT BUSH: "We are bringing order to parts of that country that remain dangerous MR. BUSH TOLD THE NATION ... THE FOCUS HAS NOW SHIFTED TO REBUILDING IRAQ. PRESIDENT BUSH: "The dictator built palaces for himself, instead of hospitals and schools for the people? the transition from dictatorship to democracy will take time, but it is worth every effort." AND THE PRESIDENT EMPHASIZED IRAQ'S LIBERATION IS CRUCIAL TO WINNING THE GREATER WAR ON TERROR. HOURS BEFORE THE HISTORIC SPEECH, MR. BUSH ARRIVED ON THE LINCOLN IN A NAVY JET. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME A SITTING PRESIDENT HAD NOT BOARDED A CARRIER BY HELICOPTER. DRESSED IN A FLIGHT SUIT, THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF THEN MINGLED WITH SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN ... ANXIOUS TO GET HOME. PRESIDENT BUSH WILL SPEND THE NIGHT ABOARD THE LINCOLN, WHICH WILL DOCK HERE IN SAN DIEGO FRIDAY, BEFORE TRAVELING TO ITS HOMEPORT IN EVERETT, WASHINGTON. THE LINCOLN HAS BEEN AWAY FOR NEARLY 10 MONTHS-- THE LONGEST NAVAL DEPLOYMENTS IN DECADES. ELIZABETH SANCHEZ, CBS NEWS, SAN DIEGO.))
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[Rumsfeld-Afghanistan]


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Another announcement today- this one from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld who says the major combat is also over in Afghanistan.
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((DONALD RUMSFELD/DEFENSE SECRETARY: WE'RE AT A POINT WHERE WE'VE CLEARLY MOVED FROM MAJOR COMBAT ACTIVITY TO A PERIOD OF STABILIZATION AND RECONSTRUCTION AND ACTIVITIES.))
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But Rumsfeld does acknowledge there are still dangers, and pockets of resistance.
The U-S still has the majority of the troops on the ground- Seven-thousand out of the 12-thousand there.
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[National-Guard]


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Some local National Guard troops will be heading home in a couple of months.
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[SUPER=03-Danville/August 4]


The First Battalion of the 246th Field Artillery shipped out for active duty in August.
The unit's scheduled to be released from federal service on July 31st.
The soldiers from Southside have been guarding Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.
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[Citizen-Soldier]


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A Roanoke College student knows the difficulty active duty can create.
She's getting ready to graduate one year late, thanks to service with the army. But she told News 7's Richard Lesko she's a better person for it.
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(( For the most part, Sirena LaBrake looks like your average college student. However, she signed up for the army reserve about three years ago. Since then, she served almost a year of active duty following September 11th, and was called up again in January with the military police at Fort Eustis. Now a year late, she is finally graduating from Roanoke College.
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((SIRENA LABRAKE/U.S. ARMY RESERVIST; ALOT OF THE PEOPLE ON THIS CAMPUS DON'T REALLY KNOW, A LOT OF THE PROFESSORS AND TEACHERS KNOW, BUT ALOT OF THE STUDENTS DON'T KNOW THAT THIS IS LIKE WHAT I DO.)) [RUNS9]
[OUTQ=this is what I do.]

Since January, Sirena has making the four-hour drive from Tidewater to Salem once a week to take the last class she needs to graduate. She says it has been difficult, but should set her apart when she finally gets the chance to start looking for a job.


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((SIRENA LABRAKE/U.S. ARMY RESERVIST; MOST STUDENTS HAVEN'T GONE THROUGH THIS EXPERIENCE AND WHEN I GET OUT I'M GOING TO BE A STEP AHEAD OF SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE APPLYING FOR A JOB LIKE MAYBE LATER ON FOR A FEDERAL JOB, I'LL HAVE A STEP AHEAD OF THEM BECAUSE I'LL HAVE MORE EXPERIENCE.)) [RUNS13]
[OUTQ=have more experience.]

While other students worry about where their journeys will take them, for now Sirena's mission is clear, serving the country at Fort Eustis. Richard Lesko, News 7, Salem.))


[Roanoke-Gun]


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An E-M-S crew responding to one emergency tonight in Roanoke was confronted with another.
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The incident unfolded outside an apartment complex on Plantation Road.
A report of an injured child brought emergency medical personnel to the scene.
Once they arrived, a fight broke out between an adult male and a teenager, and police say the 14- year- old pulled a gun.
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((AMIE SHEAFF: THEN ABOUT THAT TIME THE EMT WAS STANDING THERE AND THEN HE KIND OF WAVED AROUND AND POINTED AT HER. AND SHE JUST KIND OF PUT HER HANDS UP AND SHE RAN BEHIND THE AMBULANCE AND IMMEDIATELY CALLED POLICE I GUESS. ))
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Police were planning to charge the adult with assault... the teen with brandishing a weapon.
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The gun turned out to be an air pistol, but police say it looked like a more lethal firearm.

[Hunt-Lawsuit]


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The family of a man shot and killed by Danville police last year is suing the city over his death.
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67-year-old Rennie Hunt died last May after a standoff with police inside his North Main Street apartment.
Police shot Hunt when he allegedly brandished a screwdriver after holding his girlfriend hostage for several hours.

The lawsuit--filed in federal court--is seeking 7 and half million dollars in punitive and compensatory damages.
It also wants a court-ordered reform of how Danville police deal with mentally ill persons.
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[Carter]


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A Roanoke man accused of murder was convicted of a lesser charge today.
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37- year- old Darrell Jeffrey Carter pled no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the death of 27-year-old Timothy Smithers.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/August 2001]


The prosecutor says Carter and Smithers got into a fight in southwest Roanoke one night.
At one point, Carter had Smithers in a bear hug. Smithers was able to free himself, but lost his balance, hitting his head.
The blow turned out to be fatal.
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Carter will be sentenced in June.

[Kent-Square]


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The look of downtown Blacksburg is soon about to change.
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Officials broke ground today for the Kent Square development project. The project will include more than 100-thousand square feet of retail and office space, and a four-level parking garage.
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((ROGER HEDGEPETH/BLACKSBURG MAYOR; I THINK THE MOST SIGNIFICANT THING IS IT WILL BE A MAJOR PROJECT AND ACHIEVEMENT IN ITSELF BUT IT WILL ALSO START A NEW WAVE OF THINKING AS TO HOW THE COMMUNITY THINKS ABOUT DOWNTOWN ))
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Kent Square will be located off Main Street, where the historic Alexander Black House once stood. The project should be complete by next May.
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The Dixie Chicks return to the stage in the U-S. But are their remarks about the President hitting a sour-note with concert goers?
Find out when News 7 returns.
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((MAY THE GLORY OF THE LORD RISE AMONG US.))
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And 25-hundred voices tune up in Salem for the Southwest Virginia Festival.
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[Sports-preview]


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(( Hey folks - Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office as Cal McCombs gets a contract extension, the Avalanche opens its series with Myrtle Beach with a win. James River's pitching phenom keeps rolling. The Orioles are rolling as well these days. And the 38th annual Cosmo track meet opens tomorrow right here on the Big 7.))

[Graham-Choir]


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A church choir is usually made up of 25, maybe 30 people.
But when thousands of people are expected to attend one service, you need thousands of people to sing.
Justin McLeod has more from the final dress rehersal of the Southwest Virginia Festival.
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((((NAT SOUND OF SINGING))
The Roanoke Valley has never seen or heard anything like this before. ((NAT SOUND OF SINGING GOING INTO BITE))
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((YVONNE GUM/CHOIR MEMBER: IT'S HARD TO EXPLAIN, IT'S BREATH TAKING.)) [Runs02]
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It's a breath taking moment made up of thousands of singers from more than five hundred different area churches.
Together, they make up the choir for this weekend's Southwest Virginia Festival.
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((CHRISTINA HAUN/CHOIR MEMBER: IT'S REALLY GREAT BECAUSE THEY'VE BEEN PLANNING IT FOR YEARS AND IT'S FINALLY COMING TOGETHER AND I'M REALLY EXCITED.)) [Runs05]
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It is an excitement that began more than a month ago for these choir members.
Hundreds gathered at several area churches for three seperate practices.
Thursday night was the first time they all came together.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: CHOIRS LIKE THIS ONE ARE NOTHING NEW TO THE FRANKLIN GRAHAM CRUSADES. AT EACH STOP THERE IS USUALLY A CHOIR MADE UP OF LOCAL PEOPLE. WHAT MAKES THIS ONE UNIQUE IS THE SIZE OF IT.)) [Runs09]
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((QUICK NAT SOUND OF SINGING))
Typically the choir is made up of about 15-hundred singers.
This one is well over 25-hundred, some joining in at the last minute.
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((TED CORNELL/MUSIC DIRECTOR: THAT TELL US THAT ROANOKE IS EAGER FOR THIS AND THEY'RE HUNGRY FOR THIS AND THAT MAKES US EVEN MUCH MORE EXCITED ABOUT IT.)) [Runs08]
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Ted Cornell should know.
He's been the music director for the Graham crusades for nearly 35 years.
Choir members say it's truly a blessing to have him and the cooperation of everyone.
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((ANNABEL COBB/CHOIR MEMBER: IT'S OVERWHELMING CAUSE IT JUST HAS AN AWESOME EFFECT.)) [Runs09]
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((QUICK NAT SOUND OF SINGING))
You can hear it for yourself when the choir performs Friday night and Sunday afternoon.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Salem.))

[Dixie-Chicks]


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Protesters greeted the biggest act in country music tonight after one of the band members made an ill-recieved comment about President George W. Bush.
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The Dixie Chicks performed to a sold out crowd.
It is their first U-S performance since lead singer Natalie Maines said she was ashamed George Bush was from Texas during an overseas show. Some people who paid 60-dollars for a ticket... traded them in for tickets to another show with the Marshall Tucker band... billed as an anti-chicks concert. After the Maines' comment, some radio stations pulled the Chicks from their playlists and their record sales dropped dramatically.
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[Air-pollution]


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For the fourth year in a row, Virginia is getting a flunking grade for air quality from the American Lung Association.
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According to the group's new report, nearly all of the counties in the state, including Roanoke, have a smog problem.
The report finds that most Virginians continue to breathe unhealthy amounts of the toxic air pollutant ozone.
While automobile emissions and smokestacks are a source of pollution, experts say most of the state's smog comes from our neighbors.
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((DR. KEVIN COOPER/AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION OF VIRGINIA: MOSTLY ITS OZONE THAT COMES FROM MORE INDUSTRIAL AREAS WHICH ARE FURTHER WEST AND THE PREVAILING WINDS BLOW IT OUR WAY. WE HAPPEN TO BE DOWN-WIND FROM SOME BIG SOURCES, POWER PLANTS AND INDUSTRIES FROM THE MIDWEST AND THE WIND BLOWS THE STUFF OUR WAY.))
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On the upside, experts say air quality is steadily improving.
The state's cleanest air is in Southwest Virginia.
Rockbridge County and Wythe County get the highest grades in the report.
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[WIPE TO WDBJ WEBPAGE FS]
To find out the results for your county, you can log on to our web site at www.wdbj7.com.
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[City-Schools]


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Roanoke School Superintendent Wayne Harris is getting a raise and a two year extension of his contract.
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School board members made the decision today.
With major construction projects under way and the deadline for state accreditation approaching, a majority said the school system needs Harris' leadership.
But the decision was not unanimous.
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((WEBSTER DAY: IT WILL GIVE US CONSISTENT LEADERSHIP OVER THE NEXT FEW CRITICAL YEARS, SO MADAM CHAIRMAN I INTEND TO VOTE FOR THIS RESOLUTION.)) ((MELINDA PAYNE: FOR ECONOMIC REASONS, WHEN TEACHERS AND BUS DRIVERS AND CUSTODIAL WORKERS ALL THE PEOPLE IN THE TRENCHES ARE LOSING GROUND, THE PERCENTAGE OF INCREASE I JUST FIND IT HARD TO SUPPORT.))
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Harris' salary will rise from 142 to 149 thousand dollars a year. His total compensation will increase from 183 to 197- thousand dollars.
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An earthquake shakes parts of Turkey. Hundreds may be trapped.
We'll have the latest next on News 7.
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[VO-NAT]


And fans may say Mister Rogers already has a place in heaven. Now astromers are giving him special recognition.

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[Earthquake]


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Dozens of children remain trapped beneath the rubble of a collpsed dormitory after an earthquake hit the city of Bingol, Turkey.
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More than 2-hundred were trapped in the early morning hours. Anyone who could dug at the ruins of the five story building. Sometimes only a scream... or a hand sticking out of the rubble was all rescuers had to go by. The city of Bingol is built on a major faultline. In 19-99, nearly 20-thousand people were killed in Turkey when a major earthquake shook the country. Shoddy construction was blamed then, and many people are blaming the same thing this time.
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[Mister-Rogers]


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The late Fred Rogers, best known as Mister Rogers, is getting his own spot in the sky.
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[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


The International Astronomical Union says from now on, asteroid number 2-6-8-5-8 will be known as ``Mister Rogers.''

Now, this is not like companies that will rename a star for you if you pay them- this honor can not be bought.
Astronomers vote on who deserves one. Fred Rogers died last February at the age of 74.
He hosted his own children's show on P-B-S for more than 30 years.
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[WX-Almanac]


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The numbers are in and it was a case of April showers indeed. More than 5 inches of rain fell at the Roanoke Regional airport producing May flowers and plenty of pollen. Meteorologist Leo Hirshbrunner has more sky news in our monthly almanac.
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[S-Extra]


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High school softball and baseball highlights are on the way, plus a check on the Avs and a Cosmo preview with the reigning kings. But first in tonight's Extra Point -
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[SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/Fox-Net; :00]

The Orioles beat the Tigers 5-to-2 and 6-to-4 today - and that means the O's are now 3 games over the 500 mark for the first time since May of 2000.
[super=35-Baltimore/5/Detroit/2;]

Baltimore has now won 13 of its last 19 games. Detroit is a Major League worst 3-and-23. Now more of tonight's scores.
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[S-Softball]


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It was a battle of the rivers on the softball diamond this afternoon as James River welcomed Staunton River to Buchanan.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Buchanan/Eagles vs. Knights; :00]


The Knights came in with a record of 8 and 1 while the Eagles were 9 and 3.
James River's Angela Tincher has a perfect game already this season. Today she struck out 18 Golden Eagles.
The game was scoreless until the 6th. That's when Lindsey Etherton delivered an RBI single thru the hole at short to get Staunton River on the board 1-nothing.
In the bottom of the inning, Tincher laid down the nice bunt. The throw to first was off the mark allowing Kasey Austin to cross the plate with the tying run.
[SUPER=34-Staunton River/1/James River/2;]


James River is able to win a tight one 2-to-1.
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[S-Forest]


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Year in and year out some of the best high school baseball is played in Bedford County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Forest/Pioneers vs. Cavaliers; :00]

No exception again this year as Jefferson Forest entered tonight's game with Heritage with an 11-and-1 record. But even Jim Thacker's team will have an off night every now and then. The Pioneers' Rob Blanchard strikes out, but the catcher drops the ball and has to gun down him down at first. The Cavs then try to double up the runner at third, but the throw is wild and Meeks scores to make it a 5-to-2 Heritage lead.
Forest had an uncharacteristic 9 errors tonight. Heritage also took care of things with the bats. D.W, Moore, the winning pitcher helps his cause with the RBI base hit to left.
[super=34-Heritage/7/Jefferson Forest/2;]

The Pioneers get 14 hits and hand Jefferson Forest its first district loss with the 7-to-2 win.
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[S-Avs]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-143 11232TC]
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On the Carolina League diamond, The Avalanche's seven game home stand continued with Myrtle Beach arriving at Salem Memorial.
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The city of Salem will be the center of the universe for many folks this weekend. And tonight it was the venue for the start of a four game set with the Pelicans. In the bottom of the third with a one run lead, two outs and one man on, Salem looks add some more. Todd Self's base hit to center with get Michael Rodriguez home for a 2-to-nothing Salem advantage. In the top of the fifth, Myrtle Beach gets one back as Tony Pena grounds one to the second baseman, but a throwing error allows Pena to reach safely and a run to score.
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In the top of the fifth - Salem's Renaldo Ruiz guns down Aaron Herr trying to steal second. Salem wins game one of the series 4-to-3.
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The Old Dominion Athletic Conference handed out its postseason lacrosse awards today. Lynchburg's Scott McAlee was selected as the Rookie of the Year. Hornets' Head Coach Steve Koudelka was named the league's Coach of the Year.
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And Roanoke College's Andy Bonasera was named the ODAC's player of the year. The senior attackman from Columbus, Ohio had 74 points on 52 goals and 22 assists this past season. He leaves Roanoke as the school's all-time leading scorer.
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The VMI football team is coming off its best season in two decades, the school is getting ready to play in new conference,
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but the Keydets are holding onto to their old coach. Cal McCombs was given a three year contract extension today - one that will keep him on post until March of 2007. McCombs was the Southern Conference coach of the year in 2002. His challenge now it to lead the Keydets into their first season as Big South members. VMI spent the past 78 years in the Southern conference. McCombs base salary is $96 thousand plus housing.
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The first round of the Michelob Light Classic in Williamsburg at the Kingsmill River course is over with three golfers in front with first round scores of 66. Annika Sorenstam is just two shots back with a 68 and Donna Andrews fired an even par round of 71.

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The Cosmopolitan Invitational track and field meet begins tomorrow afternoon at Salem high school. 33 area schools will bring about 11 hundred athletes from the middle to senior high ranks.
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William Fleming won its fourth Cosmo in five years and 24th overall last year.
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Fleming's Ryan McCoy became the national high school triple jump champion in March at the national meet in Landover, Maryland. Tierra Hubbard, is the defending Cosmo champion in shot put and discus. She is also ranked 10th in the nation in indoor shot put.
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The meet begins tomorrow afternoon at 3. Saturday's competition begins at 9.