[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

It may be a concept no more popular than it was two years ago... eliminating schools in Henry County, but they say it'
s got to be done.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

And the link between Roanoke and some stolen photographs uncovered in New York.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
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Tonight on News 7 sports - Travis Wells checks in from the TPC at Avenel with Chip Sullivan and Cameron Yancey. Serena Williams is beaten in the French semis,
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[VO-NAT]

and Sammy Sosa's bats get a clean bill of health after they get x-rayed.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


A nice, warm end to the week, but will the weekend hold the same? Details next.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 4-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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[SOT 9:36:36]
[IN Q=We were]

((WE WERE PRETTY MUCH OUT OF OPTIONS.))
[RUNS=:02]
[OUT Q=of options]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Henry County's school board says it's left with no choice but to consolidate some schools.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


This time, its asking for help from the public on how to do it.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[Henry-Schools]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=03-12 TC1:23:27]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-shot]


An old controversy is new again in Henry County, as the school board moves ahead with a plan to consolidate several schools.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


The plan was shot down nearly two years ago.
This time, it's not a matter of IF but HOW the system's 20 schools will be combined. [***School Consol. in Monitor***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Marya /Pulpit;]


Marya Jones was at today's school board meeting and has more.
Keith and Shannon, a lot has changed since the last time the board talked consolidation in 2001.
[LIVE= Marya /FULL Pulpit]
[SUPER=@Marya1;]


The school system has lost 2-and-a-half MILLION dollars AND 400 students.
Board members say that made today's vote to consolidate some schools inevitable.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=NATS: All those]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-James Franklin/Henry Co. School Board;]
[SUPER=01-Judy Forsythe/Against Consolidation;]
[SUPER=01-Jesse Crawford/For Consolidation;]
[SUPER=01-Curtis Millner/Henry Co. School Board;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=any recommendations submitted.]
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[SOT 9:28:53]

((NATS: ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION, RAISE YOUR HAND.)) [RUNS:03]
The vote to consolidate some Henry County schools was unanimous.
But figuring out how to do it is bound to be long and tricky.
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[SOT 9:36:50]

((JAMES FRANKLIN: CERTAINLY, IT'S GOING TO BE PAINFUL. WE NEED TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO MAKE IT THE SMALLEST DISRUPTION WE CAN WITH OUR STUDENTS AND WITH OUR STAFF.)) [RUNS:12]
Board members say the situation is much worse than in 2001.
More area jobs have been lost and so has a large chunk of the school budget.
Some schools are only half-full.
And many buildings desperately need repair.
Deciding what to do about it is dividing the community.
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[SOT 9:34:49 TAPE 2]

((JUDY FORSYTHE/AGAINST CONSOLIDATION: I DON'T WANT US TO BE BURNING BRIDGES BY CLOSING SCHOOLS WE DON'T ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO. )) [RUNS:06]
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[SOT 16:26 TAPE ONE]

((JESSE CRAWFORD/FOR CONSOLIDATION: I REALIZE I'M NOT TAKING A POPULAR POSITION HERE WHEN I SAY CLOSE SOME SCHOOLS. BUT THERE'S NO WAY WE NEED AS MANY HIGH SCHOOLS AS WE HAVE. )) [RUNS:09]
After being criticized for leaving people out of earlier discussions, the board isn't making the same mistake twice.
It's placed ads encouraging public input in the local paper and on TV.
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[SOT 9:31:36]

((CURTIS MILLNER/SCHOOL BOARD: I HOPE THAT THE PUBLIC WILL SUBMIT SOME OF THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS AND WE WILL CONSIDER ANY RECOMMENDATIONS SUBMITTED. )) [RUNS:09]))
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[LIVE= Marya /FULL Pulpit]


The real task of deciding which schools to close and which schools to consolidate won't start until a work session July 3rd.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Marya /Pulpit;]


The board plans to have the changes in place for the 2004-2005 school year.

[581-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=503-07 TC34:10]
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Some drivers couldn't help but feel a little flat on the morning commute in Roanoke today.
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[VO-NAT - :23+]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Debris produced flat tires on about 15 to 20 cars in the Northbound lanes of Interstate 581 around 10-30. State Police say a metal bracket that fell from another vehicle was most likely the cause. V-DOT crews closed two of the three northbound lanes and cleaned up the debris. Authorities say they aren't sure where the debris came from, but would like anyone with information to call Virginia State Police.
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[I-81]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-19 TC36:56]
[GRAPHIC=I-81 Improvements]


A week after adjusting their plans for Interstate 81 improvements, V-DOT officials are changing them again.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Last week, V-DOT Commissioner Philip Shucet said the state would complete an environmental study BEFORE signing any agreements with Flour Virginia or Star Solutions.
Today Shucet said the state WILL enter into agreements with the two companies vying for the I-81 contract.
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[SOT 14:21:48]
[IN Q=THE SCHEDULE FOR IMPROVEMENTS]

((PHILIP SHUCET/VDOT COMMISSIONER: THE SCHEDULE FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO INTERSTATE 81 HAS NOT CHANGED AT ALL. THE ONLY CHANGE OR REFINEMENT THAT WE ANNOUNCED TODAY WAS THAT WE WOULD INDEED ENTER INTO AN APPROPRIATE COMPREHENSIVE AGREEMENT WITH EACH OF THE PARTNERS TO WORK TOGETHER WITH US DURING THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS. :10))
[SUPER=01-Philip Shucet/Commissioner/VDOT Commissioner]
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[OUT Q=DURING THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS.]
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[VO-NAT]


Shucet says construction is still expected to begin on I-81 "sometime around 2008."
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[Bassett]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=03-11 TC1:46:16]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]

Sleek, contemporary and made in Christiansburg.
Bassett Furniture is expanding its successful division in the N-R-V. Business Reporter Rachel Cannon tells us what the change means for the area.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg; :00]

[NO SUPER HERE TOO QUICK]
[SUPER=01-Brenda Cook/Weiman Employee; :35]
[SUPER=@Rachel2; :41]
[SUPER=01-Mike Buskirk/Weiman General Manager; :50]
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[OUT Q=News 7, Christiansburg.]

(( NATS 21:20:21 "THIS IS A SEAT OPERATION, THIS IS THE FIRST STEP IN UPHOLSTERY." At Basset's Weiman division, employees complete all the steps in making furniture. And now they'll be doing more. Bassett is announcing the purchase of a new line.
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[SOT 21:16:10]
[IN Q=the preview]

((MIKE BUSKIRK/WEIMAN GENERAL MANAGER; THE PREVIEW COMPANY WAS HAVING FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES AND THEY WERE LOOKING FOR A BUYER.))
[OUT Q=BUYER.]

So Basset stepped in. The company is bringing Preview's operation from High Point, North Carolina to this location. The furniture style is similar to what's already made here, sleek and contemporary pieces.
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[SOT 21:22:51]
[IN Q=as far as]

((BRENDA COOK/WEIMAN EMPLOYEE; AS FAR AS HAVING A NEW LINE A NEW THINGS TO DO IT'S A CHALLENGE EVERYDAY FOR US.))
[OUT Q=FOR US.]

NATS 21:25:42 STAPLING It's also expected to help production rates and morale. Ten new jobs are created immediately and more hours will be available for current employees.
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[SOT 21:19:16]
[IN Q=right now]

((RIGHT NOW WE'RE ONLY WORKING FOUR DAYS A WEEK SO THIS WILL ALLOW US TO WORK A FIFTH DAY WHICH THAT WILL BE A 25-PERCENT INCREASE IN OUR PRODUCTION RIGHT OFF THE BAT. ))
[OUT Q=THE BAT]

Weiman is looking to double production within three months. A sign to these workers that the furniture industry is still secure. NATS SEWING 21:22:22
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[SOT 21:24:34]
[IN Q=from time]

(( FROM TIME TO TIME WE ALL HAVE OUR HARDSHIPS, BUT I THINK WE'RE BOUNCING BACK. ))
[OUT Q=BOUNCING BACK.]

Rachel Cannon, News 7, Christiansburg.))

[Tessa]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=03-10 TC2:02:05]
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Doctors said if she survived she'd probably be comatose.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

But Tessa Milliner woke up after surgery and has been making progress ever since. The nine- year- old still has problems with her balance, short term memory and motor skills, but is recovering nicely.

[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./May 11;]

She suffered her severe head inuries when she fell more than 30- feet while hiking with her family. Her mother, was the first person to reach her.
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[SOT 04:28:28]
[IN Q=Probably about five]

((SHANNON MABRY/TESSA'S MOTHER: PROBABLY ABOUT FIVE MINUTES INTO IT SHE THREW HER ARMS UP AROUND ME AND I DON'T KNOW WHY BECAUSE SHE WASN'T RESPONDING TO ME, HER EYES WERE CUT ALL THE WAY TO THE RIGHT AND YOU COULD ALMOST JUST SEE THE WHITES IN HER EYES.))
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[VO-NAT]

Despite damage to her brain, Tessa's mother says she's more playful now than she was before her accident.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]


Could a treasure trove of stolen railway photos eventually end up in Southwest Virginia?
More on that possibility when News 7 returns.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And a year ago it could barely live up to its name, but Mountain Lake is back, thanks to a wet winter and spring.


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[Link-Photos]
[NEWSCAST=6PM]
[WRITER=tst]
[TAPE#=03-17 TC42:52]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Last week, police in Pennsylvania found a rental storage unit that contained hundreds of items stolen from photographer O. Winston Link by his ex-wife.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Several projects related to Link's work are going on here in the Roanoke Valley.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=None]


All of them could be affected by the find.
Ted Stone tells us what's at stake.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kent Chrisman/History Museum Exec. Director; :14]
[SUPER=01-Joan Thomas/Link's Business Partner; 1:10]
[SUPER=@Ted1; 1:25]
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[OUT Q=News 7.]

(( The O. Winston Link Museum will be opening in Roanoke later this year.
Museum organizers have already acquired numerous Link prints, but some of them were produced from Link's negatives after his death.
The recovery of hundreds of stolen prints means the museum might be able to trade up. ((KENT CHRISMAN/HISTORY MUSEUM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: IT'S POSSIBLE THAT SOME OF THE IMAGES RECOVERED THAT WE'RE ACTUALLY HAVING TO RECEIVE IN AN ESTATE-PRODUCED FORMAT RATHER THAN AN ORIGINAL BY WINSTON. IF SOME OF THEM ARE ORIGINAL, WE'LL WANT THOSE INSTEAD.))
A trustee of the Link estate says the storage locker also contained some of Link's non-railroad photographs. Kent Chrisman says the museum might eventually acquire some of those, as well.
While Link is primarily known for his photographs, he also made and sold audio recordings of Norfolk & Western steam trains.
Link's longtime friend and business partner Joan Thomas is working to re-issue the recordings as a boxed set of CDs. She has Link's raw tapes -- about 130 of them. What she does not have are the master tapes containing the specific audio segments Link selected to go on the vinyl records. That's causing problems in creating the CD set. ((JOAN THOMAS/LINK'S BUSINESS PARTNER: THE EASIEST WAY TO DO THAT IS TO HAVE THE MASTER TAPES. IF I HAD THE MASTER TAPES, WE COULD GET GOOD, CLEAN SOUND. WITH THE TECHNOLOGY TODAY WE COULD PRODUCE A WONDERFUL REPETITION OF THAT.)) ((TED STONE/NEWS 7: One of Link's trustees is helping to catalog the recovered items. He says so far, he has not seen any audio tapes.
Also still missing: the Holy Grail for Link researchers -- his cameras.))
Link's associates are hoping that with new charged pending, either Link's ex-wife or her new husband will eventually lead them to the rest of the stolen loot. Ted Stone, News 7.))


[1218-Update]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[TAPE#=03-24 TC10:31]
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Another one of Winston Link's old friends is getting a makeover.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


Steam locomotive number 12-18 is being spruced up, to go on exhibit in the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
The work is being done in Norfolk Southern's East End Shops.
Link was adamant that the locomotive be preserved and displayed as a condition for allowing the O. Winston Link Museum to be located in Roanoke.
The refurbished 12-18 will be unveiled a week from Saturday.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Dissapointing news on jobless claims and factory orders made for a choppy day on Wall Street. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-x/2.32/9041.30/x/11.36/1646.01;]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


The DOW gained two points.
NASDAQ rose eleven.
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[Mountain-Lake]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-14 TC3:36:29]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

After months of what feels like non-stop rain, the return of the sun gave many folks something to smile about today.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


But as New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens tells us , even the rainy days can feel like sunshine for the folks at Mountain Lake in Giles County.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Giles Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-H. M. "Buzz" Scanland/Mt. Lake Hotel General Manager; :10]
[SUPER=04-Last October; :13]
[SUPER=@Myranda1; :45]
[RUNS=1:02]
[OUT Q=News 7, Giles County. ]

((When others curse the sight of yet another day of rain, Buzz Scanland, general manager of Mountain Lake hotel, welcomes it with open arms.
[SOT 4117]

[RUNS03] ((OH YEAH THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT WE LOVE THE RAIN 4120)) That's because thanks to this year's record-breaking snow and rain, the lake's water level is now up 15-feet from what it was in October. Scanland says it's proof that sometimes even the most advanced technology can't outsmart Mother Nature.
[SOT 4157]

[RUNS16] ((WE DROVE A WELL SIX HUNDRED FEET DEEP AND THOUGHT WE WERE GONE GET ABOUT A HUNDRED MAYBE TWO HUNDRED GALLONS A MINUTE OUT OF THE LAKE, OR OUT OF THE WELL 4205 AND WE GOT NOTHING.06 WE GOT ABOUT SEVEN GALLONS A MINUTE. SO INSTEAD WE DECIDED TO LET NATURE TAKE IT'S COURSE AND IT DID. ))
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[RUNS09] ((REPORTER: AND IT ISN'T JUST THE LAKE'S WATER LEVEL THAT'S MAKING WAVES. JUST LAST MONTH THE HOTEL OPENED UP NINE NEW COTTAGES THAT ARE AVAILABLE YEAR ROUND. 702)) So between the lake and the new cottages, Scanland says it looks like it's going be a very good summer. Myranda Stephens, News 7, Giles County. ))

[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sports tease]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - Sosa's bats get a clean bill of health. Serena Williams loses in the French semis,
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[VO-NAT]

and Chip Sullivan is one golfer with local ties playing in this weekend's Capital Open.
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[S-Sosa]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-143 13223TC]
[GRAPHIC=MLB]


Sammy Sosa played this afternoon while Major League baseball continues to decide how it will punish the popular slugger.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chicago, IL; :00]

76 of his bats were confiscated and then also x-rayed the five Sosa bats that were in the hall of fame. All were found to be 100 percent wood and containing NO cork. Sosa took batting practice today and had an RBI single in the Cubs 8 to 1 win over the Devil Rays.
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[talent=mike]
[graphic=bam]

The man who will decide his punishment, Bob Watson, is in Chicago today.

[S-Cats]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-146 1:40:46]
[GRAPHIC=Hillcats]


The Lynchburg Hillcats can point to their hitting as one reason the team is at the top of the Carolina League's Northern Division.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]


The team is currently fourth in the league in hitting with a collective .268 batting average. The Cats lead the league in homeruns and runs per game knocking in nearly 6 a contest. The skipper says the ability of these athletes to play together has been crucial.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Dave Clark/Hillcats Manager; :00]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=......got each others back"]
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[anchor=mike]
[graphic=hillcats/avs]

The Hillcats open a three game series with the Salem Avalanche this Friday at Salem Memorial Stadium.

[S-Links]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-140 TC14925]
[GRAPHIC=PGA Tour]


With all the wet weather in the Washington, D.C. area this week, it shouldn't be too hard to make a splash at the Capital Open. That's exactly what two golfers with local ties hope to do as Travis Wells explains from Potomac, Maryland.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Potomac, MD; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chip Sullivan/Ashley Plantation Pro; :23]
[SUPER=@travis1; :57]
[SUPER=01-Cameron Yancey/PGA Tour Rookie; 1:12]
[RUNS=1:58]
[OUT Q=News 7 Sports."]

((Chip Sullivan spent 1997 as a card carrying member of the PGA Tour teeing it up alongside the top players in the world. Sullivan is back on Tour this week, having qualified to play in his 3rd Capital Open. The Ashley Plantation Pro hopes three's a charm at Avenel. He hasn't made the cut in his two previous appearances.
Chip:
Sullivan will try to hit those fairways with new sticks he is debuting this week. He recently traded in his Callaways for Cleveland irons.
Chip:
Travis: While Sullivan is no stranger to Tour Events, Blackstone, Virginia native Cameron Yancey is getting used to being called a rookie. In December, the former Virginia Cavalier became the first Uva golfer to gain fully exempt status on the PGA Tour.
Cameron:
Yancey is a Scott Robertson tourney alum, who may have gone to school in Charlottesville, but he has a Hokie connection on his bag in caddie J.J. James.
Cameron:
The 24 year old Yancey has made just three cuts in seven events this season. In Potomac, Maryland, Travis Wells, News 7 Sports.))

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[anchor=mike]
[graphic=PGA Tour]


Both Yancey and Sullivan teed off at 1-30 this afternoon. Chip stands at even while Yancey is at 5 over. Both are through 14 holes.

[S-Tennis]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-134 14417tc]
[GRAPHIC=VHSL GIRLS A]


The Virginia High School League's spring jubilee opens for everyone tomorrow - but today the Group A tennis singles got a jump on things with Radford high's Ashton Downs winning the championship. Her older sister won the title the previous two years.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Paris, France/ESPN; :00]

On the French clay - Serena Williams was upset in the semi-finals by Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-2, 4-6 and 7-5.
Justine was down 2-4 at one point in the third set before rallying to break Williams' serve three straight times. She also beat Williams in April at a tournament in Charleston, South Carolina. Henin-Hardenne will face Kim Clijsters (KLY'-sturs) in the finals.
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[Great-Race]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-13 TC1:22:55]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


A team from Floyd County will be in the running later this month, when more than one hundred vintage vehicles take off on the Great Race.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shjot]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford]


Mike Metzler will be behind the wheel of his 1929 Ford Model A Speedster. The 14- day, 4000 mile road rally will carry the teams from Detroit to Daytona Beach.
The race will be a family affair.
Metzler's son David will serve as navigator. His brother in law, Brian Rorrer, will drive the chase truck.
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[SOT 03:04]
[IN Q=Primarily we hope to finish]

((MIKE METZLER/GREAT RACE COMPETITOR: PRIMARILY WE HOPE TO FINISH. THAT ALWAYS THE MAIN THING. OTHER THAN THAT I HAVE NO EXPECTATIONS. I WOULD NOT MIND DOING WELL BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THE IDEA IS TO FINISH. MANY VEHICLES DON'T. OBVIOUSLY FOR THAT DISTANCE, FOR THESE OLDER VEHICLES MANY DROP OUT.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Metzler/Great Race Competitor;]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=many drop out.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Great Race gets underway June 21st. (------------)