[Open-Heads]

[ANCHOR=Joy]

[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=#4070;weekend headline banner]
[SUPER=@Joy1;]
[SUPER=@Brent1;]

Coming up on News 7 Saturday Morning....... Weather may be to blame for a train derailment in Kansas.
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And with gas prices down Americans are hitting the road this holiday weekend. We will have more on those stories in just a few minutes.

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[2-shot toss to Hello]

[Holiday-Travel]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Holiday Travel]

It's Memorial Day weekend - the unofficial start to summer - and many people are hitting the road to escape for the holiday.
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[vo-nat]
[SUPER=@file;]

Triple-A says Americans are traveling despite concerns over terrorism, SARS and the economy. Many are expected to stay on the ground rather than fly. Helping matters - gas prices are down 20 cents from their record highs of two months ago.
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[11Cable-Satellite]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=03-08 TC2:02:58]
[GRAPHIC=Satellite TV]

You now have more options for local programming -
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[VO-NAT :19]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]

Now that local channels are available from DIRECT-TV and DISH Network, people are looking at their options. Cox Communications says cable is better because they are a local company, staffed with local people. Cox doesn't require a contract and when it comes to cost, officials say cable's comparable even after recent hikes.
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[SOT 16:43:51]
[IN Q=satellite]

((MICHAEL PEDELTY/COX COMMUNICATIONS; SATELLITE HAS PRICE INCREASES AS WELL AND THEY HAVE THE SAME PRESSURES OF PROGRAMMING COSTS AS WE DO THEY HAVE PROGRAMMING AS DO WE AND THAT'S WHAT DRIVES PRICE INCREASE FOR BOTH SATELLITE AND CABLE.))
[SUPER=01-Michael Pedelty/Cox Communications;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=SATELLITE AND CABLE.]
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[VO-NAT :14]

But satellite providers like DISH Network say they provide more channels for less and have longer contracts with programmers to avoid hikes.
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]

Officials also say satellite service holds up during bad weather just as well as cable.
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[SOT 16:55:18]
[IN Q=it takes]

((LORIE DEAL/ECHOSTAR DIR. OF OPERATIONS; IT TAKES VERY VERY STRONG WEATHER TO INTRUDE, HOWEVER HOW MANY CABLE SYSTEMS GO OUT WHEN THERE IS A VERY BAD THUNDERSTORM WITH US RAIN FADE IS VERY VERY MINIMAL.))
[SUPER=01-Lorie Deal/DISH Network;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=VERY VERY MINIMAL.]
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[VO-NAT]

Local channels are now available on DISH Network satellite systems. Direct-TV is not far behind.
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[take webaddress FS] If you would like more information on satellite television, go to our website at wdbj7.com.
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[Bridge-Collapse]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=sat am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A major interstate in Nebraska is shut down after a bridge collapses.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Near Big Springs, NE]


Officials say a truck driver hit one of the support beams of this bridge over Interstate 80 last night.
The bridge fell killing the driver of the truck and injuring several others.
Interstate 80 is one of the major routes for truckers and for people traveling between Nebraska and Denver.
The interstate is expected to re-open sometime today.
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[Derailment]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=sat am ]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A major train derailment in Oklahoma.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Eufaula, OK]


This Union Pacific train hit a wash out - sending 36 cars off the track. The conductor was not seriously injured but did hurt one of his knees.
None of the trains cars were carrying hazardous materials.
The train was headed from Kansas City, Missouri to Fort Worth, Texas.
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[11National-Guard]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=None]

It may be homecoming for many National Guard units across the country, but some Roanoke guardsmen found out last night they are being called to active duty.
The army says 35 soldiers of "C Company, 1st Battalion" of the 116th Infantry will enter federal service on June 2nd.
They'll head to Fort Dix, New Jersey for training, but the army won't say where they'll be stationed after that.
The mobilization is in support of homeland security and is scheduled to last at least a year.

[11Illegal-aliens]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=03-11 tc 1:21:09]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Two truck-loads of illegal aliens were stopped on I-81 near Wytheville this month. The Mexicans were not loaded in tractor trailers, like they were in those incidents in Texas last week. And none of the undocumented aliens died in this case.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

But these two men allegedly transported 32 Mexicans- -crammed into two Ford pick-up trucks.
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[SOT 10:42:50]
[IN Q=One driver was]

((ONE DRIVER WAS PAID ALLEGEDLY $150. THE OTHER WAS PAID $200 TO DRIVE THE TRUCK.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Eckert/Assistant U. S. Attorney]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=drive the truck.]
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[VO-NAT]

The drivers apparently told authorities they were taking one group of 15 to masonry jobs in Arlington where they'd get 7-50 an hour to start. The other 17 were headed for a farm in Pennsylvania.
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[SARS-Canada]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=sat am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


U-S Health officials have reinstated a travel alert to Canada.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Toronto, Canada]


This after Canadian officials announced Friday a new cluster of SARS cases in Toronto.
Officials say apparently there was an undiagnosed case at a hospital and the person may have infected health care workers, other patients, and their families in late April.
Meanwhile, scientists now believe they know the source of the SARS virus in humans -- the civet cat.
Tests found that the cats carry large amounts of a corona virus that's very similar to the human version.
In Southern China, the cats are considered a delicacy. Officials believe unsanitary conditions in Chinese markets and slaughter houses may have been the way the virus was transmitted to humans.
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[Lipitor]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Recall]

If you take Lipitor for cholesterol - you may need to check your bottle.
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[VO-NAT 19 plus pad]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Authorities are recalling about 100 thousand bottles of what looks like a branded cholesterol lowering medication, but are counterfeit.
The Food and Drug Administration could not comment on whether the ingredients in the bottles may pose health risks, but did say the contents are being examined.
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[WIPE TO PINNACLE BOARD]
To spot the fake version look for the words Repackaged by MED-PRO incorporated, Lexington Nebraska on the lower left corner of the bottles.
The bottles would also have the following lot numbers [CHANGE PINNACLE]
2-0-7 22-V Expiration 9-2004.
04-132-V Expiration 01, 2004
and lot number 169-42-V Expiration of 9- 2004
If you have any of these bottles the FDA asks that you return them to the pharmacy where you bought them.
The recall was issued by Albers Medical Distributors which ships the medication to pharmacies.
A criminal investigation is underway but so far no one been charged.
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[Focus-Health]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=none]

This time of year the weekends are filled with fairs and festivals. We hear plenty from organizers and performers, but what goes on behind the scenes? Jennifer Wishon has more on the role the health department plays in area events.
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[JENN ONE SHOT] Good Morning Joy. Those fairs and festivals wouldn't be complete without all the good food they serve, but what is being done to make sure the food is safe to eat. [JEN/GUEST TWO SHOT]
[SUPER=01-Karen Saul/Roanoke Health District Supervisor;]
[SUPER=@Jennifer1; ]


I'm joined now by Karen Saul, who works for the Health Department to find out what types of standards vendors have to meet.

((Jen and guest ad lib))
((Jen tosses to Joy)) So Joy it may not be something people are aware of, but the health department is involved in area events to make sure the food we eat is sanitary.
[TOSS TO JOY]
[ANCHOR=jOY]

News 7 Saturday Morning will be right back.

[11Doobies]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-22 TC16:19]
[GRAPHIC=Festival Concert]

Roanoke's Festival in the Park is underway - and so far things seem to be in tune with patrons.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF BAND]

((NAT MUSIC))
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]
[RUNS=:05]
[OUT Q=NAT SOUND OF BAND]
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[VO-NAT]


The Doobie (Dew-BEE) Brothers helped kick off this year's festivities.
Organizers had to move the concert to the Civic Center from Victory Stadium because of a threat of rain.
More than nine thousand people came out to hear the Doobie Brothers perform.
The band is now on its way to Alabama for the next leg of its tour.
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[11Festival]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-23 TC15:59]
[GRAPHIC=Alchohol Sales]

[******ANCHOR TAG*****]
Some would like to "can the ban", others want to keep it the way it is.
At issue is whether the city of Roanoke should be allowed to sell more beer and wine at Roanoke Civic Center events.

You could say it got a dry run at last night's Doobie (Dew-BEE) Brothers concert.
Justin McLeod has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dave Self/Attended Concert; :40]
[SUPER=01-Chip Snead/Acting Civic Facilities Director; 1:04]
[SUPER=@justin1; 1:23]
[RUNS=1:34]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]

((((NAT SOUND OF WOMAN ASKING ABOUT BEER))
There were plenty of people who wanted to drink at the Roanoke Civic Center Friday night.
Some who attended say it wasn't easy.
[SOT 20:44:00; 20:45:37]
[IN Q=I think it]

((CAROLANN PROULX: I THINK IT WAS A LITTLE BIT HARD TO GET A BEER.)) ((EDDIE BURGESS: IT WORKS BUT IT A SLOW PROCESS.)) [Runs05]
[OUT Q=a slow process]


A process that began at an id station.
You must first show an id and receive a wristband.
The alcohol is then sold nearby where a worker marks off each time you purchase one.
What you see here is how the Civic Center does it when it sells alcohol at sporting events.
The Civic Center hopes to soon officially sell beer and wine at concerts like this one.
[SOT 20:43:25]
[IN Q=Just enjoying]

((DAVE SELF: JUST ENJOYING A COUPLE OF BEERS, HAVING SOME GOOD FOOD AND ENJOYING A GOOD CONCERT, NOTHING WRONG WITH IT.)) [Runs07]
[OUT Q=wrong with it]


Many area churces say differently.
They fear expanded alcohol sales will hurt the Civic Center atmosphere especially for families.
Civic Center officials hope this concert proves their critics wrong even though it was Festival in the Park volunteers who actually sold the alcohol.
[SOT 9:32; TAPE 2]
[IN Q=I think the event here]

((CHIP SNEAD/ACTING CIVIC FACILITIES DIRECTOR: I THINK THE EVENT HERE TONIGHT GOING WELL WILL AGAIN SHOW THAT THIS TYPE OF THING CAN BE DONE AT OUR FACILITY AND DONE BY THE LAWS OF OUR STATE AND SAFELY FOR THE PATRONS WHO COME TO OUR BUILDING.)) [Runs17]
[OUT Q=to our building]
[SOT ]
[IN Q= ]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: AN ABC OFFICER HAS GRANTED THE CIVIC CENTER A LICENSE FOR EXPANDED ALCOHOL SALES. BUT OPPONENTS ARE APPEALING THAT DECISION AND A HEARING IS SCHEDULED FOR NEXT THURSDAY IN RICHMOND. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))


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[ANCHOR=Joy]
[SS=HOLD]


We should point out this was Festival in the Park's license and their volunteers actually sold the alcohol.
The Roanoke Civic Center only provided the facility.

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[Take Full Screen Sports Bump] [Chyron 7160] ((SPORTS BUMP - STRAIGHT TO BREAK)) [COMM]

[2Open-Heads]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


[roll cold out of the open]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=#4070;weekend headline banner]

Coming up on News 7 Saturday Morning...... A 90 car pile-up is slowing things down for holiday travelers in Maryland -
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And the summer is getting off to a slow start as cool tempertures keep area pools from opening this Memorial Day weekend.
We will have more on those stories in just a few minutes.

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[2-shot toss to hello]

[Police-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=sat am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


New York police are investigating the shooting death of an unarmed African immigrant by a plain clothed police officer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY]


Authorities say the plain clothed officer shot Ousame Zango (ooz-mahn ZHAHN'-goh) four times after chasing him through the hallways of a storage unit.
Zango's unit was down the hall from where a recent raid had taken place involving a compact disc counterfeiting operation.
Officials say Zango had no connection to the operation and no criminal record. That's why authorities say they are not sure why the officer was chasing Zango.
The 43 year old immigrant leaves behind two children.
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[11Gonier]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=03-15 TC3:13:16]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Two men admitted to a federal magistrate that they'd be better off behind bars than out on the street, after being charged with bank robbery. They also acknowledged they're addicted to crack cocaine.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Douglas Earl Gonier (GOHN-yea) was indicted yesterday for bank robbery. He's charged with taking 16-hundred dollars from the Valley Bank on Starkey Road May 7. It's across the street from the Holiday Inn Tanglewood, where Gonier (GOHN-yea) worked as a painter. Katherine Burch dated Gonier (GOHN-yea) until recently. She agreed to talk with Keith Humphry, because she wants people to know about what she calls the disease of addiction and what it can do to people.
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[SOT 9:57:02]
[IN Q=He decided to]

((HE DECIDED TO COME BACK AND TURN HIMSELF IN AND ADMIT TO ROBBERIES THEY DIDN'T KNOW HE HAD DONE. You didn't know? NO, SIR. BUT THEY DIDN'T EITHER. BUT HE WANTS HELP.))
[SUPER=01-Katherine Burch/Gonier's Friend]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=he wants help.]


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[11Brown]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=03-17 TC31:14]
[GRAPHIC=wipe]


[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

35- year old Jerome D. Brown is the other bank robbery suspect indicted yesterday. The prosecutor said Brown confessed to
[SUPER=04-Thursday]

Thursday's hold-up at the Bank of Botetourt on Peters Creek Roanoke. This was the case where two high school students chased the get-a-way car and got the tag number for police. After passing a note to a teller, demanding money, Brown allegedly made off with about 18-hundred dollars. He, too admitted he has a severe crack habit. He's from Queens and is wanted in New York for four more bank robberies.
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[11Purse-Snatching]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Christiansburg police have arrested two people they think are behind a recent string of purse snatchings. Harold and Angela Nester of Dublin have both been charged with credit card fraud, forgery and use of a stolen credit card. Police say after the suspects stole the purses, they would use the credit cards inside to buy items at area convenience stores. Six stolen purse cases were reported during the month of April, mostly by elderly women.

[11Word]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=03-14 TC3:25:32]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Three Lynchburg men who scammed Internet customers out of more than 100-thousand dollars are now paying for their crimes.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Prosecutors say 19-year-old Jermal Word was the mastermind. Word sold high-value camera equipment on the auction site E-Bay to customers across the country.
The problem is the equipment never existed and federal authorities eventually caught up with him.
Word was given a 46-month prison term and ordered to pay restitution.
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[SOT 11:06:28]
[IN Q=I think it]

((RANDY RAMSEYER/ASSISTANT U. S. ATTORNEY: I THINK IT WILL BE A LONG TIME BEFORE THE MONEY IS REPAID, IF EVER. I THINK THE COURT ORDERED TWENTY DOLLARS PER MONTH WHILE HE'S IN JAIL, FIFTY DOLLARS PER MONTH AFTER HE'S OUT OF JAIL, SO IF YOU DO THE MATH ON THAT, HE'D HAVE TO LIVE TO BE A PRETTY OLD PERSON TO PAY BACK A HUNDRED AND SOME THOUSAND DOLLARS.))
[SUPER=01-Randy Ramseyer/Assistant U. S. Attorney]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=hundred and some thousand dollars.]
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[VO-NAT]


21-year-old Steven Carter was given a one-month prison term, while 20-year-old Jermaine Anderson got probation.


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[11Sanmina]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=03-20 TC29:58]
[SS=Layoffs]


Ten years ago, it was Lynchburg's biggest employer.
Come August, the Sanmina (san-Meena)- SCI plant will be a ghost town.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Plant officials say the sluggish world economy is responsible for the closing of the Lynchburg plant and laying off of its 330 workers.
Sanmina (San-meena) is what's left of the old G-E Mobile Communications factory which was later bought out by the Ericsson Corporation.
Sanmina is an electronics manufacturer serving larger communications, computer and automotive contractors.
Operations will shut down in August.
The building is owned by Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby, which plans to donate it to the Reverend Jerry Falwell for his new Thomas Road Baptist Church.
The closing will *not* affect those plans.
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[Car-Pileup]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Holiday Travel]


It's Memorial Day weekend - and Triple-A says Americans are traveling despite concerns over Terrorism, SARS and the economy. Many are expected to stay on the ground rather than fly. Gas prices encouraging the road trips now that they are down 20 cents from record highs two months ago.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Finzel, MD]

Holiday travel came to an abrupt halt in Maryland yesterday when an estimated 90 cars crashed. At least three people are dead and another 60 hurt. Officials say a 20- mile stretch of interstate 68 remains closed and holiday traffic is backed up for miles. The pileup is being blamed on heavy fog.
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[11City-Pools]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-10 1:38:56]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Chilly water will delay the start of swimming season in the city of Roanoke.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Public pools at Fallon Park and Washington Park will remain closed this weekend.
The cool, wet weather has caused the water temperature to fall into the 60s, well below the 70 degree minimum the city requires.
Parks and Recreation officials say the cold water could present a risk of hypothermia.
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[ANCHOR=Joy]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The Evelyn Alexander Water Park at Pulaski County's Randolph Park is also closed today because of the cool water temperature.
But officials there plan to open as scheduled tomorrow and Monday.
[toss to brent for wx]

[Biz-Review]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=Biz Review ]
[GRAPHIC=Business Review]

Going back to school in your golden years and satellite or cable ... the race is on. News 7's Rachel Cannon has those stories and more in this week's Business Review.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]
[SUPER=03-Lexington; :06]
[SUPER=01-Ruth Woodcock/Kendal at Lexington Resident; :20]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :40]
[SUPER=01-Bill Gibson/Master TV; :53]
[RUNS=1:06]
[OUT Q=MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]

(( [MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]
[TAPE#=03-08 1:59:51]

The retirement business has an educational twist at a retirement community in Lexington. Kendal at Lexington resident Ruth Woodcock is taking a class at nearby Washington and Lee University.
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[SOT 13:18:12]
[IN Q=i'm really]

((RUTH WOODCOCK/KENDAL AT LEXINGTON RESIDENT; I'M REALLY ENJOYING BEING WITH THE STUDENTS THERE'S A VERY LIVELY GROUP OF STUDENTS AND WE'RE HAVING LOTS OF FUN STUDYING DANTE, MACHIAVELLIAN BUCHACCIO.))
[OUT Q=BUCACCHIO.]

Kendal is among a growing number of retirement communities setting up in small college towns and forming an association with a local college. [MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]
[TAPE#=03-11 TC1:16:36]

The wait is over for satellite customers looking to turn on local channels. DISH Network and DIRECT-TV are ready to provide the choice for customers. Local retailers are anticipating that dish sales will double, if not triple, over the next few months.
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[SOT 00:24:51]
[IN Q=I'VE JUST ]

((BILL GIBSON/MASTER TV; I'VE JUST DOUBLED UP MY ORDERS ON WHAT I NORMALLY ORDER FOR MY I CALLED THE VENDORS IT'S ALREADY ROLLING WE EXPECT IT TO GO THROUGH THE CEILING.))
[OUT Q=THE CEILING]

For News 7, I'm Rachel Cannon and that's this week's Business Review. [MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]))

[JOY TOSS TO BUMP]

[11Cotton-Hill]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Residents of Southwest Roanoke County hope to overturn a recent rezoning decision, and this week they filed suit against the Board of Supervisors.
The case involves a 22- acre tract on Cotton Hill Road, rezoned to allow a planned housing development. Opponents say the board disregarded county planning, community opposition, and the impact of increased development on county services.

[11Mod-U-Kraf]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jwa]
[TAPE#=03-13 tc 1:02:00]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


It took 32 YEARS to get to one home in Franklin County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount]


It was a day of celebration at Mod-U-Kraf Homes in Rocky Mount yesterday, as employees there put the finishing touches on the company's ten-THOUSANDTH home.
A cookout and group snapshot in front of the production facility were among the day's festivities.
Home number ten thousand is a ranch...one of the company's most popular styles.
It was sold to builders who plan to re-sell the home in Asheville, North Carolina.
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[11Short-Murders]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Jennifer Short]


Investigators working to solve the murders of Jennifer Short and her parents have another case on their hands-- someone's been sending them threatening letters.
Henry County deputies say Forrest Hayes Wylie of Staley North Carolina was upset about being interviewed in the case and sent a series of threatening letters to two officers.
Wylie was arrested and is being held in a North Carolina jail.
He's charged with sending threatening letters and being a fugitive from justice.

[11Big-East]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-19 tc 26:58]
[GRAPHIC=Big East/ACC]

Montgomery County is sending a pleading letter to Miami. The message; Don't let us down, stay in the Big East.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]

That's what the Montgomery County board of supervisors wrote in a letter today to University of Miami President Donna Shalala (shuh-LAY-luh). [INSERT FOOTBALL VIDEO HERE!!] The board says if Miami joins the A-C-C, the move will not only hurt Virginia Tech.
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[SOT :44]
[IN Q=i want miss shalala]

((NICK RUSH/MONTGOMERY CO.: I WANT MISS SHALALA AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI TO KNOW THE IMPACT THEY HAVE WITH THIS DECISION GOES WAY BEYOND THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI BUT TOUCHES THOUSANDS AND TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE 59))
[SUPER=01-Nick Rush/Montgomery Co. Board of Supervisors;]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=thousands of people]
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[VO-NAT]

Rush says he is urging the rest of the schools in the Big East to write similar letters. [MORE FOOTBALL VIDEO HERE!!] Talks surrounding Miami have already impacted Virginia Tech. Officials say Lane Stadium's west-end expansion is now on hold because of the uncertainty of the conference's future.

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