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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

Supporters of a local high school football coach are stunned by his conviction for assault.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

And, what's on Donna Shalala's mind when it comes to the Big East Conference? Virginia Tech gets to ask... in person.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Tonight on News 7 sports - Sosa waits for his punishment. The Hillcats look to deliver some more tonight. The NBA finals open,
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[VO-NAT]

and Bruce Smith is cleared on drunken driving charges in Virginia Beach.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
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A chance to dry out over the next 48 hours and then another round of weekend showers. Details ahead.
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News 7 is next.
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The politicking to keep the Big East Conference together continues.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


School presidents meet with the woman calling the plays in Miami.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Shannon Young.
[Big-East]
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The Big East trying to keep it together and it made a step in that direction today.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


The heads of five Big East schools sat down with Miami's president to get some answers about the conference's future.
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Meghan Muldoon is in Washington D.C. where the meeting took place. Meghan?
Keith and Shannon, will Miami stay or will they go?
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Virginia Tech and the other Big East schools still don't know the answer to that question.
But they said today's meeting was a good and useful discussion.
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[Clifford]


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It wasn't an "egregious breach of the law" but it was a "breach of the law" none-the-less. That's how a Halifax County judge today explained his assault conviction of a Roanoke City football coach.
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[SUPER=03-Halifax Co.;]

Kevin Clifford was surrounded by students and friends at the Halifax County Courthouse today. The Patrick Henry High School coach had been accused of swearing at and slapping then-16-year old player Brett Moyer on the face after a winning game against Halifax last November. After investigations earlier this year Clifford was suspended for five days and from two games. Social services found him guilty of a minimal form of abuse.
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((KEVIN CLIFFORD/PATRICK HENRY FOOTBALL COACH: I JUST WANT TO SUPPORT EVERYONE THAT'S SUPPORTED ME THROUGH THIS TRYING YEAR. YOU'LL NEVER KNOW HOW MUCH IT MEANT TO ME.)) [BUTT BUTT BUTT]
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((CATHY ESWORTHY/MOYER'S MOTHER: I THINK IT'S HARD TO SAY WE'RE HAPPY ABOUT IT. I REALIZE HE HAS A FAMILY AND I'M SORRY ABOUT THAT BUT I THINK WE ALL HAVE TO BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR OUR CHOICES AND THAT'S BEEN DONE HERE.))
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[SUPER=01-Cathy Esworthy/Moyer's Mother; :08]
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[ANCHOR=Shan]
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Judge Anderson Nelson dismissed the "curse and abuse" charge. For the assault he imposed a fine of fifty dollars. Clifford's attorney says he's unsure what the ruling means for his client's job.

[Halifax-Murder]


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Halifax County investigators believe they have finally solved a decade old murder case.
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[SUPER=03-Halifax Co./December 1993]


It happened on December 21st 1993 in the parking lot of the Riverdale Amoco on Highway 58, near South Boston.
23 year old Joseph Gibbons and 20 year old John LaPrade both of Lynchburg were found shot in the back of the head.
Today, Sheriff's Deputies arrested 30 year old Verlie Word Junior of Halifax.
Investigators say the motive appears to have been robbery.
A drug investigation two years ago produced several leads that led to today's arrest.
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More arrests are expected in this case.

[Cranwell]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Everyone's asking: "Will Dickie run?"
Only Dick Cranwell knows for sure whether he plans to seek the 22nd Senate Seat. In fact, some Democratic party leaders wonder whether the former Vinton delegate has made up his mind yet himself.
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[SUPER=@file]


Party leaders here and in Richmond, including Governor Mark Warner, have urged Cranwell to run.
So far, the Republican nominee, former State Senator Brandon Bell, has no Democratic opposition.
Cranwell has kept his cards close to the vest, and associates claim not to know what the veteran lawmaker has decided.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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We should know something soon. The filing deadline is Friday, though party rules allow for open nominations at the party caucus Monday night. Cranwell did not return calls yesterday or today.

[Huff-Lane]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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An electrical emergency will give some Roanoke Elementary school students an early start to summer.
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[TAKE SCHOOLTOUCH FS]
Classes for 3rd and 4th graders at Huff Lane Microvilliage Elementary have been cancelled tomorrow.
The 5th grade promotion ceremony will take place at Northminister Presbyterian Church.
Buses will provide transportation to and from the ceremony on regular routes.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
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A water company hopes to bottle success in Rockbridge County.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Find out how the project could become a model for working with conservationists when News 7 returns.
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[Roanoke-Guard]
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Local national guardsmen will play a role in our homeland security.
35 men from Company C, First Battalion, 116th Infantry will go on active duty tomorrow.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Tonight, they're saying good-bye to their families before they head out for a one-year assignment.
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Marya Jones is out at the Virginia National Guard Armory in Roanoke for the send-off.
Keith and Shannon, though good-byes are always tough, this one isn't so hard for these 35 soldiers.
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[SUPER=@Marya1;]
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They're going to be stationed here in Virginia, at Fort Monroe, for the next year.
And though they're trained for combat, it's their skills for keeping the peace that are in demand.
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The soldiers leave tomorrow morning for more training at Fort Dix, New Jersey.
Then, it's back to Virginia to apply what they've learned at Fort Monroe.
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But for now, they're just enjoying one last night at home. Keith and Shannon?

[Alliance-Funds]


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Faced with a 44-thousand dollar shortfall in next year's budget, a Lynchburg non-profit agency is turning to the public for help.
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Last month, Lynchburg city council cut its funding to the Alliance for Families and Children, in part because Alliance C-O-O Joan Foster is a council member.
So this week, the organization began mailing out letters asking for help in making up that difference.
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[SOT 13:36:04]
[IN Q=We're hopeful]

((TOM PREST/ALLIANCE FOR FAMILIES: WE'RE HOPEFUL, WE'RE CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC AND BUT WE KNOW REALLY THAT THE PRIVATE SECTOR HAS TO JOIN FORCES WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AS WELL AS STATE GOVERNMENT TO SOLVE SOME OF THE PROBLEMS THAT SOME OF OUR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES ARE DEALING WITH.))
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The money the city cut helped fund the Child Care Resource Center and the Partnership for the Prevention of Substance Abuse.
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[Big-Springs]


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Officials in Rockbridge County hope that a bottled water company will provide a cascade of new jobs.
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Big Springs is one of several sites that Nestle Waters is considering for a 100-million-dollar water bottling plant. The company still has more than a year of environmental testing before deciding whether to purchase the land and eventually bring about 250 jobs to the area. Early in the planning process, Nestle Waters partnered with the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council, to address environmental concerns the group might have.
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((LAURENCE MANN/ROCKBRIDGE AREA CONSERVATION COUNCIL; IT'S A GREAT WAY TO DO BUSINESS. THIS IS THE WAY WE HOPE WOULD BECOME A MODEL, FOR ALL BUSINESSES TO ADDRESS AN ISSUE LIKE THIS. COME FORWARD FIRST, PUT EVERYTHING ON THE TABLE. ))

((EDGAR SPENCER/RETIRED GEOLOGY PROFESSOR; ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE ARE VERY INTERESTED IN GEOLOGICALLY, IS WHERE IS THIS WATER COMING FROM? CAN WE GET A HANDLE ON WHERE IT ENTERS THE GROUND AND WHAT SORT OF PATHS IS IT FOLLOWING AS IT COMES BACK INTO THE BIG SPRING?))
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[SUPER=01-Edgar Spencer/Geologist; :12]
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The R-A-C-C will hold a seminar at the Big Springs site for the public this Saturday at 10 A-M to will address environmental concerns.
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[Stocks]


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A big rally sent stocks sharply higher today. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW climbed 116 points, closing above the nine-thousand mark for the first time since August.
NASDAQ rose 31.
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[Fair-James]


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Maybe they should call it "Fair NOT By the James".
Lynchburg's annual state fair event gets underway tomorrow.. just not in its usual location.
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This spring's wet weather has delayed work on the riverfront where the Fair has made its home the past several years.
So it's been relocated to the lower level of the Plaza Shopping Center off Memorial Avenue.
Organizers say they don't expect any dropoff in attendance.
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[IN Q=The advertising]

((FRANK SMITH/FRIENDS OF LYNCHBURG SYMPHONY: THE ADVERTISING AND MARKETING THAT WE HAVE DONE HAS WORKED VERY WELL FOR US AND I THINK THE WORD HAS GOTTEN AROUND AND THIS IS A PRETTY BIG ADVERTISEMENT IN AND OF ITSELF, THEY'VE BEEN SETTING UP HERE FOR THE LAST FEW DAYS, SO I THINK THE GRAPEVINE HAS GOT THE WORD OUT OF WHERE WE'RE GOING TO BE.))
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The Fair gets underway tomorrow night and runs through Sunday.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Frank Smith, the organizer you just heard from, also is a sales representative for WDBJ-TV.

[Ashworth]


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From Bedford to H-B-O.
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Bedford Native Chris Ashworth has landed a recurring role on the H-B-O series, "The Wire."
He plays a tough Ukranian named Sergei Malatov.
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((HEY BORIS BORIS. WHY AM I BORIS. I DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS. NEVER I AM BORIS.))
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So how hard is it for a guy from Bedford to pull off a Russian accent?
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[SOT 17:12:23]
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((CHRIS ASHWORTH/ACTOR: NOT TOO BAD I JUST TRY TO REWIND EVERY TIME I HEAR SOMEING IN RUSSIAN. IT'S NOT THAT HARD.))
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[Vo-Nat]
The show is a gritty look at life on the Baltimore streets. It's filmed in Baltimore.
Ashworth went to Liberty High and Averitt College.
He's appeared in the 1999 film the Replacements and Blair Witch 2- the television special.
The Wire is shown on Sunday nights at ten on HBO.
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[Sports Tease]


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Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - the ACC meetings wrap up in Syracuse, Bruce Smith has his day in court -
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and Sammy Sosa is having his day in the court of public opinion after uncorking one last night.
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[S-Sosa]


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Major League Baseball is mulling over what type of punishment it should give one of its ambassadors - Sammy Sosa.
Sosa most certainly will be suspended after he was caught using a corked bat last night. Sammy says he knows fans are thinking the worst, but he insists it was a mistake and that he only meant to use the bat in batting practice.
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The last such incident resulted in an 8 game suspension for Wilton Guerrero in 1997. 76 of Sosa's bats were confiscated and checked by big league officials.

[S-Hillcats]


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Tonight at 7:05 at City Stadium, the Lynchburg Hillcats take on Potomac in the fourth game of a five game series with the Cannons.
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The Hillcats are a half game up on the Wilmington Blue Rocks for first place in the Carolina League's Northern Conference. The team has been able to focus on the championship despite the fact the stadium construction is way behind. The Hillcats have been playing in a park under construction the entire season.
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If you miss the Hillcats in Lynchburg, you can catch them in Salem this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

[S-Nets]


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The NBA Finals open tonight in San Antonio. The Spurs and the "Mighty Western Division" are favored. But, the Nets come in riding a 10 game postseason winning streak.
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Game one tips off tonight at 8:30 in San Antonio.[S-Bruce]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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It has been an eventful week for former Hokie Bruce Smith. On Monday, he resigned from the Board of Visitors and today he was acquitted of a DUI charge.
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[SUPER=03-Ashburn; :00]

Bruce was charged by police back on April 27th when he was pulled over for speeding on Shore Drive in Virginia Beach.

Smith's blood alcohol level was point 07 which is under the state's legal limit of point 08. Judge Pamela Hutchens ruled there was not enough evidence to convict Smith.
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[S-ACC]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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The ACC's touring group including commissioner JohnSwoffrod is wrapping up its two day of Syracuse. The members will then return to Tobacco Road, report to their presidents and no doubt drag out this ongoing saga at least a few more days. Syracuse is the only school of three targeted for expansion that has shown any uneasiness about the move. But it is wicdely believed that the ones who make the decision already have made up their minds to leave.