[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Shannon]

What should have been a safe place for young campers is accused of promoting fighting.
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[VO-NAT :06]

And, Roanoke businesses give props to a discount airline they hope will land in the Star City.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
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Tonight on News 7 sports - the Yanks beat the Sox, the Avs look to warm up their lumber on the road -
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[VO-NAT]

And qualifier Hilary Lunke stuns the US Open field by winning the crown with a birdie putt on the 90th and final hole.

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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


It's a simple, July forecast featuring high heat and humidity. The lazy, hazy details in a moment.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 3-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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[SOT 59:40]
[IN Q=The 4 H Center]

((BECKY GILLIS/DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING: THE 4-H CENTER WAS MADE AWARE OF THESE ALLEGATIONS EARLY THIS MORNING AND WE'RE TAKING THESE ALLEGATIONS VERY VERY SERIOUSLY.))
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[OUT Q=very very seriously]
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[VO-NAT]


An investigation is launched over allegations involving physical abuse at a local camp.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]


Good evening, I'm Shannon Young. Keith is off tonight.

[4H-Camp]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#03-14 TC4:17:26]
[GRAPHIC=NEws 7 @ 6]


The alleged incidents happened last week at the 4-H Camp at Smith Mountain Lake.
They involve counselors who allegedly staged fights and forced kids to take part in them. [***News 7 @ 6 In Monitor]
[Double Boxes=Shannon and Justin/BAM]


Justin McLeod has been working on this story and joins us now with more. Justin?
Shannon, Franklin County's Commonwealth Attorney is now launching an investigation.
[Live=Justin Full/BAM]
[SUPER=@Justin1;]


A team of six investigators spent the day at the camp interviewing counselors as well as tracking down campers who stayed there last week.
We should say from the outset these allegations do not involve any full-time staff at the camp therefore authorities say parents should not worry about campers who are currently there.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


Nearly 400 kids ages nine to 13 were at the camp last week which is located near Burnt Chimney.
During the summer, the camp is used only by 4-H groups and volunteer counselors usually accompany the campers.
It is alleged that some of those counselors who range in age from 15 to 20 staged fights with some of the campers in one of the lodges.
We're told the kids were forced to take part and the counselors charged admission to these fights.
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[SOT 55:27; 1:00:00]
[IN Q=We're not investigating]

((CLIFF HAPGOOD/FRANKLIN CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: WE'RE NOT INVESTIGATING ANYBODY THAT'S ON THE PERMANENT STAFF AT THE 4-H CENTER OR ANY COUNSELOR THAT IS THERE AT THIS MOMENT. ALL THE PEOPLE WE ARE INQUIRING ABOUT ARE NO LONGER THERE. THEY CAME WITH THE CAMPERS AND THEY LEFT WITH THE CAMPERS.)) ((BECKY GILLIS/4-H CAMP: WHAT WE WANT PARENTS TO KNOW IS THAT THERE ARE THEIR CHILDREN ARE COMPLETELY SAFE HERE AND THINGS ARE GOING SMOOTHLY AS EVER AND KIDS ARE OUT HAVING FUN AT THIS MOMENT.))
[SUPER=01-Cliff Hapgood/Franklin Co. Commonwealth's Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=01-Becky Gillis/4-H Programming Director; :15]
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[Live=Justin Full/BAM]


Hapgood says the incident involved several campers and counselors and that they came from Central Virginia.
He says charges could be filed but he declined to even speculate what those charges could be.
[Double Boxes=Shannon and Justin/BAM]


We should mention Shannon, that Virginia Tech which oversees 4-H groups here in Virginia is also launching an investigation.

[Lewis]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-21 TC51:39]
[GRAPHIC=Butch Lewis]


The controversy surrounding the reassignment of a school resource officer has reached Roanoke City Council. Today, the mayor and two other council members said they don't want police officer Butch Lewis to become a scapegoat.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Lewis was in the audience at this afternoon's meeting, but did not address council.
He worked at Patrick Henry for ten years, but was recently reassigned to patrol duty after he discussed concerns about school safety with a reporter.
This afternoon, council members defended Lewis and his right to address safety concerns.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I am not willing]

((BILL BESTPITCH/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: I AM NOT WILLING TO STAND BY AND SEE ANY SPECIFIC INDIVIDUAL SCAPEGOATED FOR LARGER PROBLEMS THAT DO NOT APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN OF HIS MAKING.)) ((RALPH SMITH/ROANOKE MAYOR: WE CAN'T HAVE A SITUATION WHERE SOMEONE IN HIS POSITION'S HANDS ARE TIED TO SAY WHAT SOMETIMES NEEDS TO BE SAID.))
[SUPER=@Bestpitch; :00]
[SUPER=@Smith; :20]
[RUNS=:31]
[OUT Q=what sometimes needs to be said.]
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[VO-NAT]


City Manager Darlene Burcham said she is currently conducting her own investigation, but declined to discuss specifics about Lewis' case, because it is a personnel matter.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Meanwhile, officials from the State Department of Education were due in Roanoke today.
The team will review the city schools' procedures for reporting incidents of discipline, crime and violence.

[Victory-Stadium]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#03-15 TC4:06:56]
[GRAPHIC=Victory Stadium]


The fight to save Victory Stadium is gaining momentum.
Thousands have now signed a petition, urging city council to let voters decide the landmarks fate by placing the issue on the ballot.
[Double Boxes=Shannon and Teresa/Microwave]


Teresa Hamilton has more on the group's effort to keep the stadium intact.
[Live=Teresa Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Teresa1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]
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(Rollcue:would feel the same. )
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[IN Q=If Brian]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Brian Wishneff/Citizens for a Sensible Stadium Decision; :27 ]
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[OUT Q=saving the landmark.]
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[Spam]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-20 TC1:02:32]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Virginia's tough new anti-spam law went into effect last week, but it will be some time before your inbox is rid of those annoying messages.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Law enforcement officials say pinpointing the sources of spam is the hardest part of enforcing the new law.
They say spammers go to great lengths to camouflage the paths they use to send billions of messages everyday.
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[SOT 23:39:16]
[IN Q=THE PROLIFERATION OF SPAM]

((LISA HICKS-THOMAS/ATTORNEY GENERAL'S COMPUTER CRIME UNIT DIRECTOR:THE PROLIFERATION OF SPAM IS JUST OUT OF THIS WORLD. IT'S INCREASED PROBABLY THREE-FOLD FROM LAST YEAR. AND A LOT OF PORNOGRAPHIC SPAM HAS PROBABLY INCREASED FORTY PERCENT SINCE LAST YEAR.))
[SUPER=01-Lisa Hicks-Thomas/Attorney General's Computer Crime Dir.]
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[OUT Q=FORTY PERCENT SINCE LAST YEAR.]
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[VO-NAT]


Virginia is the first state to make illegal spamming punishable by prison time.
The law does not apply to every commercial solicitation but only those with hidden sources or obscene subjects.
You can report spam by calling or sending the offending email to the attorney general's office.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=NONE]


One of the area's most well-known thoroughfares is getting a makeover... one officials hope will improve more than just its looks.
That's still ahead on News 7.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus a low-cost airline is a step closer to landing in Roanoke.
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[Airfare-Campaign]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=03-25 TC54:59]
[GRAPHIC=None]

The effort to bring a low cost airline to Roanoke taking off. With a fundraising goal almost met ... talks with a carrier are getting ready to start.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Rachel /Newsroom Pod;]

Business Reporter Rachel Cannon joins us with the latest on this. Shannon, the cost of flying out of Roanoke Regional is a top concern among business leaders.
[LIVE= Rachel /FULL Newsroom]
[SUPER=@Rachel1;]

But it's a problem some people in the region think they can change. A Campaign for Fair Airfares is an effort that has worked in other cities and now is being put to the test in Roanoke.

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[SUPER=01-Beth Doughty/Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce; :16]
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[IN Q=we have ]

((RALPH SMITH/MAYOR OF ROANOKE; WE HAVE A GOOD AIRPORT BUT WE NEED TO USE IT MORE, THIS IS THE KEY.))
[OUT Q=THE KEY.]

Mayor Ralph Smith is confident low airfares will translate into dollars going to Roanoke. He says a busy airport is a busy city. Something Roanoke Regional is not.
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[SOT 00:18:44]
[IN Q=THE COST]

((BETH DOUGHTY/ROANOKE REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE; THE COST OF THE AIRFARE IS CONSISTENTLY ONE OF THE TOP ISSUES THAT IS IDENTIFIED BY THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY. ))
[OUT Q=COMMUNITY.]

Because of cost, business travelers often drive to other airports. A habit the Campaign for Fair Airfares wants to stop. The group's collecting pledges from businesses in the region.
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[SOT 00:17:18]
[IN Q=out goal]

((BETH DOUGHTY/ROANOKE REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE; OUR GOAL WAS TO RAISE TWO MILLION DOLLARS IN PLEDGES AND WE'RE JUST ABOUT THERE WE'RE ONLY ABOUT 40-THOUSAND DOLLARS SHORT))
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A pledge means that a business will commit to using 50-percent of its air travel budget on Air Tran if it came to Roanoke Regional.
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[SOT 00:30:00]
[IN Q=it's an]

((IT'S AN OBVIOUS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOOL THAT DOESN'T REALLY COST ANYONE YOU'RE ONLY PLEDGING TO DO BUSINESS WITH SOMEONE WHO IS OFFERING TO SELL YOU A PRODUCT AT A LOWER PRICE.))
[OUT Q=LOWER PRICE].))
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[LIVE= Rachel /FULL Newsroom Pod]

No word on how long talks will take with Air Tran or when it will make a decision on whether or not to come to Roanoke Regional. That pledge goal of two million dollars is not a guarantee the carrier will make a deal, it was simply a number decided by Air Tran before discussions would happen.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Rachel /Newsroom Pod;]

But Mayor Ralph Smith says if the airline decides not to, there are other low cost carriers we could go for. Shannon, he says it too important of an economic tool not to make this happen.

[Shallenberger]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=503-05 TC31:40]
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The trial for the third defendant in a Pittsylvania County double homicide is expected to last all week.
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[TAKE PINNACLE FS # 4044]

Jury selection started this morning in the case of Matthew Shallenberger.
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[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./October 30]

Shallenberger is accused in the October murders of Julian Lewis Jr. and his 25 year old son Charles at their Keeling home. Prosecutors say Shallenberger and another man, Rodney Fuller, joined Lewis' wife, Theresa, in a murder-for-hire scheme. Theresa Lewis was sentenced to die for the crime. Fuller pled guilty and is serving a life sentence.
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[Bates]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
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A woman accused of embezzling from a community service organization in Covington will avoid prison time if she stays on good behavior. Sandra Bates this morning pled guilty to five counts of embezzling from Jackson River Enterprises. In exchange, she was sentenced to five years suspended, three years unsupervised probation, restitution and 50 hours of community service.

[ITT-Strike]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=03-22 1:01:17]
[GRAPHIC=ITT STRIKE]

ITT Night Vision and its striking Union went back to the bargaining table today. The two sides are trying to hammer out a new contract as a strike at the plant enters its third week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Week;]

As they did last week ... today more than three-hundred union members gathered in front of the plant to picket and hoist signs. Union leaders say the main issues are pensions, mandatory overtime and health care costs. Workers say they're prepared to walk the picket line for as long as necessary. ITT says the strike will not affect its customers and that it will not publicly discuss contract issues.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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The global rally that started in Asia, ended the day on Wall Street. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-x/146.58/9216.79/x/57.79/1721.25;]


The DOW jumped 147 points.
NASDAQ rose 58.
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[Williamson-Road]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-17 TC1:24:26]
[GRAPHIC=Noen]


Change is coming to Williamson Road.
The makeover includes a new median engineers hope will improve the view and traffic safety.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Within the next few weeks crews will begin shifting travel lanes, and putting out barricades.
The city plans to resurface the road, provide left turn lanes at key intersections, and make the corridor more friendly for pedestrians.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I think it does improve safety]

((KENNETH KING/TRANSPORTATION DIVISION MANAGER; I THINK IT DOES IMPROVE SAFETY, BY PROVIDING LEFT TURN LANES AND CONTROLLING ACCESS IN SOME REGARDS. IT ALSO HELPS TO SLOW TRAFFIC HOPEFULLY BY PUTTING IN THE LANDSCAPING. NARROWING THE FIELD OF VIEW OF THOSE MOTORISTS TENDS TO SLOW THEM DOWN. AND IT WILL CERTAINLY MAKE IT A MORE ATTRACTIVE CORRIDOR.))
[SUPER=01-Kenneth King/Transportation Division Manager;]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=a more attractive corridor.]
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[VO-NAT]


Construction should begin by the Fall, and the city hopes to complete the paving by next Spring.
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[Seniors-Conf]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=eki]
[TAPE#=03-19 TC1:05:51]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Some of Roanoke's senior citizens are worried they are being scammed.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Many attended the Senior Conference this morning at the Roanoke Higher Education Center to learn about issues like fraud.
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[IN Q=Very afraid of fraud..]

((JOYCE JENKINS/CONFERENCE ATTENDEE: VERY AFRAID OF FRAUD BECAUSE OUR AGE GROUPS ARE THE ONES TARGETED AND WE BECOME MORE VULNERABLE AS WE GET OLDER TO FRAUD.))
[SUPER=01-Joyce Jenkins/Conference Attendee]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=we get older to fraud.]
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[VO-NAT]


According to the Better Business Bureau, up to seventy percent of fraud is targeted at senior citizens.


Congressman Bob Goodlatte hosted the event to offer seniors information about local resources available to them.
Other issues covered included prescription drug costs and general financial security.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]

Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - a fabulous finish at the women's US Open. The Avs look to warm up their bats, while Pedro fires up the Yanks,
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[VO-NAT]

and before the Hokies hit tobacco road they will no doubt have to travel down a few hostile Big East paths.
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[S-Golf]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-143 15304TC]
[GRAPHIC=GOLF US OPEN]


We begin tonight with the women's US Open golf championship that was decided today in a special 18 hole playoff at the Pumpkin Ridge golf course in North Plains, Oregon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-North Plains, OR/ESPN; :00]

The three way playoff between Angela Stanford, Kelly Robbins and Hilary Lunke came down for the final hole of the special playoff Stanford had to make this long birdie putt to tie Lunke and even the match. And Angela will do just that as she drops in the putt from off the green. But Lunke stayed focused and came right in behind her and played the break and the withstood the pressure to drop in a birdie putt of her own on the 90th hole of the championship. She pocketed $540 thousand for the win.
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[S-Yankees]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-141 20423TC]
[GRAPHIC=mlb]


In the majors this afternoon the Yankees played host to the Red Sox in the marquee game of the day. Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez was the "Hit Man" -
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/YES-MLB; :00]

In the bottom of the first he flat out pegs Alfonso Soriano on the wrist with the pitch that almost bounces into his face. Pedro was just getting warmed up, or maybe he needed some more warm-up because he then hit Derek Jeter on the wrist. Neither played after being hit and went to the hospital for x-rays which were negative. Pedro would settle down as would his counterpart Mike Mussina - who finished with 9 strikeouts.
[super=35-Boston/1/New York/2;]

But the game came down to an error. Todd Walker boots the routine grounder and and Hideki Matsui scores in the bottom of the 9th to give New York the 2-to-1 win.
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[S-Bats]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-148 1:15:24]
[GRAPHIC=Avalanche]


The Avalanche is in the middle of a nine game road swing, the longest of the season. Tonight Salem takes on the Potomac Cannons in the third game of a three game series.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]


The Avalanche is currently batting .242 which is last in the league. The Avs are tied for fifth in homeruns with 45, only Kinston and Myrtle Beach have fewer. Part of the challenge for these young professional is the rigors of a long season.
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[SUPER=01-John Massarelli/Avalanche Manager; :00]
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[OUT Q=......everytime"]
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[VO-NAT]


The Avalanche has struck out 588 times this season and only Kinston has struck out more. The players feel they have the problem figured out.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Todd Self/Avalanche Outfielder; :00]
[SUPER=01-Brooks Conrad/Avalanche Infielder; :21]
[RUNS=:36]
[OUT Q=.......hole for yourself"]
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[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-142 1:58:50]
[GRAPHIC=VT/ACC]


Virginia Tech will pocket over six million dollars at the end of its' first year in the ACC in 2004.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Morgantown, WV; :00]


But the Hokies still have to play next season in the Big East and with the rivalries already heated, this might add even more fuel to the fire.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Bryan Randall/Va. Tech Quarterback; :00]
[RUNS=:24]
[OUT Q=.....at least the fans"]
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[VO-NAT]


The Tech women's basketball team will make a lateral jump considering Big East power UConn won the national championship this past season. Bonnie Henrickson's players are perhaps more prepared for the move than any other Tech program accept football.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Erin Gibson/Va. Tech Sophomore Forward; :00]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=......to both leagues differently"]

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