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From the Gridiron to the courthouse. Virginia Tech leads an end run around potential defectors from the Big East.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

And a hazardous materials spill produces injuries at a local high school.

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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Tonight on News 7 sports - Highlights from the spring jubilee's state semi-final Friday. Jimmie Johnson gets the pole at Pocono,
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and Jim Weaver says despite what everyone keeps saying - Money really does matter.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
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Most of you have heard rumors of a wet forecast for Saturday. They are all true, and then some. Detail of a Flood Watch in a moment.
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News 7 is next.
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[SOT - 14:02:56 TECH PRESSER]
[IN Q=We genuinely regret...]

((CHARLES STEGER/VIRGINIA TECH PRESIDENT; WE GENUINELY REGRET IT HAS COME TO THIS STEP, BUT IT IS REALLY THE ONLY TOOL WE HAVE LEFT TO DEAL WITH THE ISSUE AT HAND.))
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[OUT Q=the issue at hand.]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

Five football playing members of the Big East file suit to keep their conference alive.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

The suit claims that Miami, Boston College and the A-C-C conspired to break apart the Big East.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[Big-East]
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The lawsuit seeks an injunction to stop the A-C-C's expansion, or to recoup monetary damages the remaining Big East institutions would suffer if three schools left the conference.
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[SUPER=@file; ]

Officials of the five schools called the lawsuit a last ditch effort to keep the conference together. The lawsuit claims the A-C-C has been privately negotiating with Miami and Boston College since 1999, even as those schools were publicly stating their intentions to stay with the Big East. Based on those promises, representatives of the five schools said they spent hundreds of millions of dollars to expand their athletic programs.
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[SOT - 15:09:52 WVU TAPE/SOT 11:55:02 - UCONN TAPE 2]
[INQ=These talks were...]

((DAVID HARDESTY, JR./WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT; THESE TALKS WERE GOING ON AT PRECISELY THE SAME TIME AS WE PERCEIVED A MUTUAL ASSURANCES AND PLEDGES PUBLICLY THAT THE BIG EAST WAS STRONG, AND THESE SCHOOLS HAS NO INTEREST IN LEAVING.)) ((RICHARD BLUMENTHAL/CONNECTICUT ATTORNEY GENERAL; IT'S NOT ONLY ABOUT THE MONEY AT STAKE, IT IS ABOUT THE REPEATED EXPLICIT UNEQUIVOCAL ASSURANCES YEAR AFTER YEAR THAT THESE COLLEGES WERE COMMITTED TO THE BIG EAST.))
[SUPER=01-David Hardesty, Jr./West Virginia University President; ]
[SUPER=01-Richard Blumenthal/Connecticut Attorney General; :16]
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[OUT Q=committed to the Big East.]
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[VO-NAT]

Syracuse University, the third school slated for the expansion, was not named in the suit. Big East officials maintain Syracuse was essentially strong armed into the expansion plans by Miami, Boston College and the A-C-C.
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[Tech-Reaction]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WRITER=myr]
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Virginia Tech says it has and will continue to lose millions of dollars if Miami and Boston College breaks their commitment to the Big East. The university held a press conference this afternoon stating why it too had no other choice but to take the matter to the courts.
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New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens joins us now with more. Shannon, as you said this whole ordeal is already costing Tech.
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[SUPER=@Myranda1;]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]

The university invested about 37-million dollars into the west end expansion of Lane Stadium, but construction plans on that project are now on hold because of the uncertainty of the Big East conference. But as president Charles Steger said during today's conference, money isn't the only thing at stake.
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[RUNS08] Virginia Tech President Charles Steger says the university has invested too much time and money into the Big East, to watch it all be destroyed by the departure of two or three schools. Aside from the two and a half million dollar commitment the university made in 1999 when it joined the conference, Steger says it also made a commitment to the supporters who helped make it happen.
[SOT 244]

[RUNS12] ((CHARLES STEGER: AND WE FEEL A PARTICULAR OBLIGATION TO THE FINANCIAL AS WELL AS EMOTIONAL INVESTMENTS THAT THOSE INDIVIDUALS HAVE PLACED WITH THE INSTITUTION AND THE TRUST THEY'VE SHOWN IN US 56)) Steger says the money Tech has earned through its success in football has not only helped build the university's name, but has also helped make the university more competitive both in and out of the classroom.
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[RUNS18] ((CHARLES STEGER: WE HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN EARNING REVENUES IN FOOTBALL WHICH HELPS TO FINANCE OTHER SPORTS MORE PARTICULARLY HELPS US TO KEEP OUR STUDENT ATHLETIC FEES EXTREMELY LOW 59 THERE ARE OTHER INSTITUTIONS IN VA WHERE THE STUDENT FEE IS THREE TIMES WHAT IS PAID IN VIRGINIA TECH 2205))))
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Steger says discussion of the lawsuit did not come up during Wednesday's meeting with Miami President Donna Shalala, but he says Miami, along with Boston and Syracuse were told there would be legal consequences if they left to join the A-C-C.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Myranda & Shannon /Microwave;]

But, Steger says he wants the Big East to remain in tact, and he's working toward that goal. But, Shannon it will be interesting to see what type of relationship the schools will have if that happens.

[Brookville-Spill]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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It was no end-of-the-year prank.. just an accident.
That from authorities who were called out to a hazardous materials spill at Brookville High School this afternoon.

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Just before two, a chemical known as paradychlorovenzine (PAIR-uh-die- CLOHR-oh- VEN-zeen) was spilled in the school's chemistry lab.
Only faculty and staff were in the building at the time and fire officials say five people were exposed to the substance.
One was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment of an aggravated asthma condition.
Dozens of firefighters from Lynchburg and Campbell County responded to the incident.
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[IN Q=We keep safety]

((ROBERT LIPSCOMB/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: WE KEEP SAFETY IN MIND WITH EVERYTHING WE DO AND WE TAKE EVERY PRECAUTION WE CAN AND DON'T SHORTCUT ANYTHING ON OUR RESPONSE AND HANDLING OF THE SITUATION.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Lipscomb/Lynchburg Fire Dept.]
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[OUT Q=of the situation.]
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Officials say a graduation party planned at the school tonight will take place as scheduled.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
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Still ahead on News 7, a Salem couple is tying up success in the textile industry.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


And on this anniversary of D-Day, we'll head to Bedford, where memories of the invasion are still vivid.
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[D-Day]
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It's been 59 years since Allied forces changed the course of history on the beaches of Normandy.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Memories of that fateful day are still fresh in many veterans' minds.
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Bedford's D-Day Memorial marked the anniversary with a ceremony honoring the dozens of World War Two veterans and those who died June 6th, 1944.
The survivors also received a handmade American flag from Thaxton Elementary school students, along with a letter thanking them for their service.
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((PETE FANTACONE/U.S. NAVY VETERAN: I KNOW IT WAS DIFFICULT.. ...STILL HERE TODAY.)) ((JOHN BARNES/CO. A/116TH INFANTRY: THROUGH THE MANY YEARS.. ...REMEMBERED AND HONORED.))
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[SUPER=01-John Barnes/Co. A, 116th Infantry; :08]
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[OUT Q=remembered and honored.]
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Meanwhile, D-Day officials say an influx of private donations and fundraising continue to help erase the foundation's debt.
They expect to pay off half the three and a half million dollars they owe within the next fiscal year.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=D-Day Memorial]

The Foundation also named half a dozen new directors today. Among them are Roanoke attorney Bill Poff, Butch Miller- -who's a past Commander of the American Legion- -and Skip Shannon who ran the capital campaign for the World War Two Memorial in Washington.

[Lincra]


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What do a retired tennis pro and her coach do after leaving the court? In one local couple's case ... go into textiles. Business Reporter Rachel Cannon explains.
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[SUPER=01-Giulia Gustafson/Lincra USA, Inc.; :32]
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(( Tucked into the hills of Salem, a small company is manufacturing a product that is sent around the world. You may have some of their work in your closet.
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((MIKE GUSTAFSON/LINCRA USA, INC.; WE MAKE THE INSIDES OF NECKTIES.))
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Lincra USA opened in 19-99 and has been growing ever since with sales topping two million dollars a year.
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((MIKE GUSTAFSON/LINCRA USA, INC.; WE ARE MOM AND POP AND I'M PROUD OF IT))
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Giulia and Mike Gustafson along with several employees run the entire operation. No small feat given the highly competitive nature of the textile industry.
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((GIULIA GUSTAFSON/LINCRA USA, INC.; WE GO AFTER THE UPPER END MARKET AND SO THAT'S HOW WE COMPETE.))
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Guila is no stranger to competition. She spent six years playing professional tennis. Her husband was her coach.
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[IN Q=i played]

((I PLAYED WITH SOME BIG NAMES, I GREW UP WITH SOME BIG NAMES, I JUST WASN'T ONE OF THEM. BUT IT WAS GOOD WHILE I DID I TRAVELED THE WORLD IT WAS A GOOD EXPERIENCE I GAVE IT MY BEST AND THEN I WAS ABLE TO MOVE ON.))
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They've both moved on. Tennis is no longer the most important things in their lives. Luca is. NATS 00:33:12 HE'S EXHAUSTED And as he grows, they hope Lincra USA does too. Rachel Cannon, News 7, Salem.))

[Stocks]


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A wave of profit-taking erased some big gains on Wall-Street. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW rose 21 and a half points.
NASDAQ lost 19.
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[Rescue-Award]


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Salem's Swiftwater Rescue team has won an international award for its work.
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The team was put to the test during a day of flooding back in February.
Members pulled two men from the Roanoke River near Elliston and responded to 15 other rescues before the day was through.
The group received a Higgins Langley Memorial Award last week in Reno, Nevada.
The honor recognizes outstanding efforts by a water rescue team.
Salem's Swiftwater Rescue team is one of only three in Virginia.
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[Communities-Care]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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There's a new program in the Roanoke Valley to help reduce prescription drug abuse among teenagers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Purdue Pharma is teaming up with six communities in four states through the "Communities That Care" prevention process.
It is a science- based program designed to help communities identify risk factors such as what substance young people are abusing and why.
Then they'll come up with strategies to reduce those risks.
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((CLAY YEAGER/PURDUE PHARMA: IN ABOUT A YEAR OR SO YOU WILL HAVE A PLAN, YOU WILL HAVE A BLUEPRINT. YOU WILL BE ABLE TO LOOK TO THE FUTURE AND SEE THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT WE NEED TO PUT IN PLACE TO BUILD HEALTHY OPPORTUNITIES, HEALTHY LIVES, AND FUTURE HEALTHY LIVING FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF ROANOKE CHILDREN.))
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[OUT Q=of Roanoke children]
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Yeager says Roanoke was chosen because of several reports of teenagers abusing prescription drugs in the area.
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[Sports Tease]


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Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - more on the Big East lawsuit. The Qualifying rundown from Pocono -
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and we'll head to Radford University where players from all over the state have convened to battle for state title this weekend.
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[S-Hokies]


[ANCHOR=mike]
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The mud slinging between the ACC and the Big East will now apparently be thrown across a courtroom, Today, five Big East schools filed suit against Miami, Boston College and the ACC itself. The league is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. Tech AD Jim Weaver today assessed the role that the 15 million dollar BCS contract played in the decision to sue.
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[S-Salem]


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The Group 2A girl's soccer semi-finals would match Salem against Blacksburg.
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[SUPER=03-Radford/2A Girl's Soccer Semi-finals; :0]


The game was moved to 10 AM this morning in order for the nine Salem seniors to finish and rush back home for graduation.
Blacksburg was meeting the Spartans for a fourth time this season.
Salem went up 1-nothing and then goalie J.R. Ray shut the door with several aggressive saves like this one to [SUPER
=34-Blacksburg/0/Salem/1;]keep the Indians from scoring.


Blacksburg keeper Eric Jensen was also tough between the pipes. She punches this ball over cross bar for a nice save but the Spartans hold on for a 1-nothing win and advance to the state championship tomorrow at one o'clock against Loudon County.
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[SUPER=01-Josh Jones/Salem Girl's Soccer Coach; :07]
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[S-tennis]


[ANCHOR=mike]
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Hidden Valley High school was one of two local teams vying for a state title appearance in girl's tennis.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford/Group A Tennis Semi-Finals; :00]


Lets start in single A where Galax battled Gate City in their final four. The Maroon Tide would run into a buzz saw as the Blue Devils win 5-nothing. Gate City wins the team competition and ends the Galax season.
[SUPER=04-Group 2A Girl's Tennis Semi-finals;]


In double A, Hidden Valley took on Loudon County in the state final four. The Titans would lose to Loundon County 5-1, however Hidden Valley finishes the season 18 and 1 and returns all 13 players next season.
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[S-VHSL]


[ANCHOR=mike]
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Lets now go to the diamond where single A powers Glenvar and James River were fighting for state title berths in baseball and softball.
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[SUPER=03-Radford; :00]


Glenvar is matched up with John Battle in their final four. Trailing 1-nothing in the bottom of the second, Glenvar gets two runs.
[SUPER=34-John Battle/3/Glenvar/5;]

Dustin Pickle brings in Cam Pickle on a sacrifice fly to left, 2-2 and Glenvar advances to the state championship tomorrow at noon against either Potomac Falls or Stuarts Draft.
[SUPER=04-Group A Softball Semi-Finals;]

In Group A softball, the James River Knights would beat Essex 6 to 0 behind the arm of Angela Tincher. The Gatorade state player of the year tossed a four hitter and struck out 10 in the 6 to 0 win. She got some offensive help in the fifth. Up 4-zip, Hollie Hall doubles to center and that brings in Claire Campbell and Brooke Harlow. James River meets NorthUmberland tomorrow at One for the state title.
[SUPER=04-Group A Boys Soccer;]


In single A boys Soccer, Radford's Jay Tucker scored both of Radford's goals, including this incredible header, against Nandua but the Warriors come back to win 3-2 in overtime, ending the Bobcats season.
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[ANCHOR=mike]
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Other softball, baseball and soccer semi-final contests are being played tonight.[S-Qualify]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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The Winston Cup stars are in the Poconos this weekend, sleeping on the heart shaped beds and turning left on the triangle shaped track. Jimmie Johnson won the pole for Sunday's Pocono 500 this afternoon. Here's the complete starting grid.
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[S-Sosa]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Major League Baseball slapped Sammy Sosa with an 8 game suspension today for using a corked bat.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-MLB; :00]

Most believe it was a one time incident, and in fact 81 of his bats were x-rayed and found to be just fine. Sosa has appealed the suspension - and that means the penalty is delayed so he can play in this weekend's series with the New York Yankees.
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[S-Skins]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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The Washington Redskins training camp is coming back to Northern Virginia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Ashburn; :00]

The team announced today that the club will not return to Carlisle, Pennsylvania and instead with work out of Redskins Park as it did three years ago. Fans are again welcome - the big difference is that the Skins will NOT be charging an admission this year. Everything is free. Camp opens on July 27th.
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[Sullivan]
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[WRITER=cda]
[TAPE#=03-21 TC33:22]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Bishop Walter Sullivan is making his last official visit to Southwest Virginia this weekend.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Bishop Sullivan is retiring at the end of this year. A priest since 1953 and bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond since 1974, Sullivan has also been involved with numerous boards and community groups.
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[IN Q= Its been a great]

((BISHOP WALTER SULLIVAN/BISHOP OF RICHMOND DIOCESE: ITS BEEN A GREAT JOURNEY. I AM A FIRM BELIEVER IN THE SPIRIT BECAUSE YOU REALLY NEVER KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN OR WHAT TOMORROW IS GOING TO BRING. ITS BEEN AN EXCITING FIFTY YEARS FOR ME. PEOPLE HAVE BEEN A TREMENDOUS BLESSING TO ME))
[SUPER=01-Bishop Walter Sullivan/Catholic Diocese of Richmond]
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[OUT Q= tremendous blessing to me]
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[VO-NAT]

While starting a new phase in his life, Bishop Sullivan has no plans for going off into the sunset. The Bishop says he looks forward to traveling, giving talks and reconnecting with friends. (------------)