[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

The way 4-H runs local youth camps could be in for an overhaul.
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[VO-NAT :05]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

And, Southside residents against a proposed power plant are letting off steam.
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[Sports-Head]


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

Tonight on News 7 sports - the author of a Kobe Bryant book - Roanoke's Roland Lazenby weighs in on the superstar's recent problems,
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[VO-NAT]

and the Big East decides not to pursue football expansion until 2005 at the earliest.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


More thunderstorms are inbound, the beach forecast if you are outbound. And an update on Tropical Storm Claudette all ahead in weather.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 4-Shot]


News 7 at Six is next.
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[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=Video Open]



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[SOT 15:39:08]
[IN Q=We're going]

((WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT OUR SYSTEM AND DETERMINE IF THERE'S CHANGES THAT NEED TO BE MADE THERE. ))
[RUNS=:04]
[OUT Q=be made there.]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Organizers of a 4-H Camp say they don't understand how they missed signs that kids were having staged fights.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


But -- if there's a problem -- they pledge to fix it.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[4H-Investigation]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=03-15 TC4:14:06]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Investigators are still interviewing dozens of kids from Bedford and Halifax County who attended last week's 4-H Camp at Smith Mountain Lake.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Kids as young as 10 say teen camp counselors arranged fistfights between campers.
Something else is coming to light in the interviews -- parents and camp organizers agree there may be a need for some changes. [***4-H INVEST. IN MONITOR***]
[TOSS ACROSS=Keith-Shannon & Marya /BAM;]


Marya Jones is here with some new information.
Keith and Shannon, 4-H officials AND a Halifax county extension agent who was at the camp
[LIVE= Marya /FULL BAM]
[SUPER=@Marya1;]

say there was NO rivalry between Bedford and Halifax County kids.
It was the first time they'd camped together.
Instead, they say it appears only Bedford kids did the fighting.
4-H has suspended all the teen counselors accused of arranging fights until the investigation's over.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=As far as we can tell,]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :08]
[SUPER=01-Charlie Stott/Virginia Cooperative Extension Spokesman; :24]
[SUPER=01-D. J. Rawls/Bedford Co. Camper; :46]
[SUPER=01-Poppy Rawls/D. J.'s Mother; 1:03]
[RUNS=1:13]
[OUT Q=all night long.]
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[SOT 15:38:13]

((CHARLIE STOTT: AS FAR AS WE CAN TELL, THERE WAS NO RIVALRY, THERE WERE NO PEOPLE FROM HALIFAX INVOLVED. )) [RUNS:03]
Charlie Stott says 4-H is letting Franklin County investigators determine who instigated fights at the camp last week.
But 4-H is making an inquiry of its own... into why 22 adults and 52 teen leaders who were there either never noticed or never mentioned that kids were fighting ... and getting hurt.
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[SOT 15:38:37]

((CHARLIE STOTT: I THINK WE'RE STILL TRYING TO DETERMINE WHAT WENT WRONG. WE HAVE A NUMBER OF PROCEDURES AND WE'RE LOOKING TO SEE THAT THOSE WERE FOLLOWED. IF THOSE WEREN'T SUFFICIENT WE'LL BE INSTITUTING NEW ONES. )) [RUNS:12]
10-year-old D-J Rawls thinks that's a good idea.
He says his teen counselors roped him into five different fights ... and charged money for them.
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[SOT 5:01:48]

((D-J RAWLS: IF YOU DIDN'T PARTICIPATE IN THE FIGHTING, YOU WERE TOLD TO SHUT UP AND GO TO YOUR ROOM. )) [RUNS:05]
4-H camp supervisors say in the day, kids are supervised by adults.
But, after dark, they're supervised only by counselors, ages 14 to 19.
That's when the fights are said to have occurred.
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[SOT 5:14:23]

((POPPY RAWLS/CAMPER'S MOTHER: THERE NEEDS TO HAVE SOME KINDS OF CHECKS AND BALANCES IN PLACE, SO THAT THEY CAN SUPERVISE THESE TEENAGE COUNSELORS THAT ARE LOOKING AFTER OUR KIDS ALL NIGHT LONG. )) [RUNS:11]))
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[LIVE= Marya /FULL BAM]


The 4-H organization says this is the first time teen counselors have EVER been a problem.
It's waiting for the results of Franklin County's investigation to decide IF and HOW it should change procedures.

[TOSS ACROSS=Keith-Shannon & Marya /BAM;]


Franklin County's sheriff says interviews COULD be completed as early as tomorrow.

[Patsel]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=03-05 TC36:37]
[GRAPHIC=Sentencing]


A Franklin County man is headed to prison for 23 years for sexually abusing five boys.
But he may go free after three years because he's eligible for parole under old sentencing guidelines.
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[VO]
56-year-old Danny Lee Patsel (PATE-sul) says he's sorry for molesting the boys and that he was a victim of sex abuse himself.
Prosecutors say he abused boys as young as six and as old as 14.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


The abuse took place between 1980 and 1994.
Patsel was a friend of the boys' families and took them on camping and fishing trips, where the abuse occurred.

[Tax-reform]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-20 TC1:09:18]
[SS=None]


They already admit some taxpayers are not going to be happy if they succeed.
Nevertheless, state lawmakers have begun work to restructure the state's tax code.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Meghan/State Microwave;]


Meghan Muldoon joins us from Richmond with more.
Keith, members of the state's newest Tax Reform Commission say
[LIVE= Meghan /FULL State Microwave]
[SUPER=@Meghan1]
[SUPER=05-Richmond]


there will be winners as well as losers in this process. They just can't agree on who will be what.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=VIRGINIA RELIES MORE ON]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :00]
[SUPER=@MarkWarner; :18]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Emmett Hanger/(R) Mt. Solon; :39]
[SUPER=01-Del. Leo Wardrup/(R) Virginia Beach; :49]
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[OUT Q=AWAY VERY OPTIMISTIC.]

(( Virginia relies more on income tax revenue than other states.
To change that, Governor Warner and ten lawmakers sat down for the first time to talk about adjusting income brackets, taxing services as well as goods and giving local governments more taxing authority, all with one goal in mind.
[SOT 15:09:14]
[IN Q=WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT]

((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS MAKING IT FAIR. IS IT FAIR THAT SOMEONE WHO MAKES 22,000 DOLLARS A YEAR PAYS MORE IN VIRGINIA IN INCOME TAX THAN THAT PERSON LIVING IN NEW YORK OR NEW JERSEY? I DON'T THINK THAT'S FAIR.)) [RUNS:11]
[OUT Q=THINK THAT'S FAIR.]


The problem is agreeing on what is fair.
Some Republicans think while the state is looking for more things to tax, it should also start chipping away at the estate and car taxes.
[SOT 15:03:10]
[IN Q=THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER]

((SENATOR EMMETT HANGER/R-MOUNT SOLON: THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT SOME OF US HAVE AN AGENDA OF TAX RELIEF AND I DON'T THINK YOU CAN GET TO TAX FAIRNESS WITHOUT SOME ADDITIONAL TAX RELIEF.)) [RUNS:09]
[OUT Q=SOME ADDITIONAL TAX RELIEF.]




[SOT 14:58:10]
[IN Q=WE DON'T WANT TO]

((DELEGATE LEO WARDRUP/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: WE DON'T WANT TO SET OURSELVES UP FOR ANOTHER REVENUE PROGRAM THAT'S GOING TO GENERATE TREMENDOUS REVENUE AT THE EXPENSE OF THE TAXPAYERS OF THE COMMONWEALTH.)) [RUNS:07]
[OUT Q=OF THE COMMONWEALTH.]


Some Republicans criticized Warner for not providing more details about his ideas on tax reform.
[SOT 14:54:55]
[IN Q=THE GOVERNOR WOULD]

[RUNS:05]
[OUT Q=DIRECTION.]


The bipartisan group agrees that reconciling their differences won't be easy.
This is the third attempt in seven years to fix Virginia's aging code.
Still, Warner says he confident that tax reform will give him the legacy he's been waiting for.
[SOT 15:10:50]
[IN Q=THE OVERWHELMING]

[RUNS:12]
[OUT Q=VERY OPTIMISTIC.]))
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[LIVE= Meghan /FULL State Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Richmond;]


Many gave this latest panel a better chance of succeeding because of the state's budget problems. But today, Warner announced that Virginia just registered a surplus this last fiscal year.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith& Meghan /State Microwave;]


That's great news for the state but may jeopardize any hopes for tax reform.

[Virginia-Cares]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=cda]
[TAPE#=03-24 TC43:23]
[GRAPHIC=None]

State budget cuts made for an uncertain future for "Virginia Cares". But the program that helps former convicts in Virginia will be around for another year, thanks to federal funding.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape;]

People were angry with the potential cutback of the program. Newly acquired federal money has given the program at least another year. The organization helps ex-offenders find jobs and places to live.
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[SOT-11:03-11:12]
[IN Q=Without a program in place]

((ANN FISHER/VA CARES:WITHOUT A PROGRAM IN PLACE TO PROVIDE THESE SERVICES, YOU ARE NOT GIVING THEM AN ALTERNATIVE TO GOING BACK TO WHAT THEY KNEW, WHETHER IT BE BREAKING INTO YOUR HOME OR DEALING DRUGS ON YOUR STREET CORNER.))
[SUPER=01-Ann Fisher/VA Cares]
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[OUT Q=on your street corner.]
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[ANCHOR= Keith ]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]

Virginia Cares has been relying on private donations and money from sub-contracting agencies. The program's been in operation since 1980.

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]


Opposition to a tire-burning power plant in Southside gets rolling, but is it too late?
That's next on News 7.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Plus when modern medicine fails, a local vet says she can cure your pet's pain with a little needling.
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[Tire-Plant]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=03-25 TC1:01:09]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

The heat is on in Martinsville where a proposed tire burning power plant is getting closer to reality.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

While residents have environmental concerns...
[ANCHOR=Keith ]
[SS=None]

[***ANCHOR TAG***] builders have only one more step before breaking ground.
Business Reporter Rachel Cannon has more from both sides..
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[SOT]
[IN Q=only seven]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville; :14]
[SUPER=01-Linda Bates/Concerned Resident; :27 2nd Ref!!]
[SUPER=04-File Tape; :37]
[SUPER=01-Larry McDorman/Tire Energy Corp President; :43]
[SUPER=@Rachel2; :52]
[SUPER=01-Steve Dietrich/Dept. of Enviornmental Quality; 1:01]
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[OUT Q=RC, News 7, Martinsville.]

(( NATS 21:36:43 "ONLY SEVEN PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT THIS TIRE PLANT." Linda Bates wants all of Henry County to know about the new business trying to move into town. This tire burning power plant.
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[SOT 21:32:22]
[IN Q=i just]

((LINDA BATES/CONCERNED RESIDENT; I JUST DON'T FEEL THAT WE NEED THIS IN OUR COMMUNITY.))
[OUT Q=community]

A coalition of residents is circulating petitions against it. They believe air and water is at risk ... that burning tires will expose the area to harmful chemicals. NATS 21:37:50 "INSIDE IS THE NYLON THAT'S GOT ALL KINDS OF STUFF"
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[SOT 21:35:22]
[IN Q=we're hoping]

((LINDA BATES/CONCERNED RESIDENT; WE'RE HOPING WE HAVE ENOUGH CITIZENS TO STAND UP FOR THIS COMMUNITY TO STAND UP FOR OUR AIR AND OUR WATER.))
[OUT Q=AND OUR WATER.]

Larry McDorman, President of the company proposing the project, says burning tires is safe if done correctly. They will be incinerated at high temperatures to produce steam.
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[SOT 21:45:49]
[IN Q=people have]

((LARRY MCDORMAN/PRES. TIRE ENERGY CORP; PEOPLE HAVE A VISION THEY'RE ARE GOING LOOK AT THIS PLANT AND THAT THERE IS GOING TO BLACK SMOKE BELCHING THE DEQ WILL NEVER ALLOW THAT.))
[OUT Q=NEVER ALLOW THAT]

Tire Energy Corp needs a permit from the Department of Environmental Quality before it can begin work on the site. The company says it's done studies and will meet all requirements.
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[SOT 21:17:20]
[IN Q=there are]

((STEVE DIETRICH/DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY; THERE ARE BOTH STATE AND FEDERAL REGULATIONS THAT WE HAVE TO ADHERE TO THOSE REQUIREMENTS ARE INCORPORATED INTO THE AIR PERMIT.))
[OUT Q=AIR PERMIT.]

The facility would operate 24-hours a day and employ 12-people. It would be the first of its kind in Virginia and only the second in the country.
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[SOT 21:46:06]
[IN Q=THERE IS]

((LARRY MCDORMAN/PRES. TIRE ENERGY CORP; THERE IS NOT GOING TO BE THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT THAT PEOPLE .... ENVISION. ))
[OUT Q=INVISION.]

Still some residents say the only burning rubber in Martinsville, should be at the speedway. ((NAT BURST)) Rachel Cannon, News 7, Martinsville.))
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[ANCHOR=Keith ]
[GRAPHIC=None]

There is a public hearing for the final permit on the project set for 7 p-m on Monday at the Henry County Administration Building.

[Roanoke-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=03-28 TC20:01]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


Fire damaged a business in Southest Roanoke today, and the owner says it may be arson.
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[VO-NAT - :22+]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Fire broke out at the Southeast Automotice Service on Tazewell Avenue around 4:45 this morning. The garage and the second story apartment suffered about 25-thousand dollars in damages. The owner of the business says the fire is the third at the garge recently and that he thinks someone is setting them.
Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze. Nobody was hurt.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[Jamison-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
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[TAPE#=03-18 TC2:03:52]
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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


Traffic briefly backed up after an accident in Roanoke this afternoon. Witnesses say a car ran a stop sign, and hit a car causing it to overturn on Jamison Avenue shortly before 1-o'clock.

The driver then turned down a one-way street hitting two more cars. There is no word on any injuries, or whether charges will be filed.
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[Stocks]


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


Stocks tumbled amid more signs of a weak job market. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
[RUNS=:30]
[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-y/136.69/9019.52/y/31.77/1715.69;]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


The DOW fell 137 points.
NASDAQ lost 32.
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[VO]
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[Downtown-Improvements]


[ANCHOR=Keith ]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-19 TC1:12:55]
[GRAPHIC=None]


This time next year downtown Blacksburg may look like a whole new world.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

The Downtown Merchants of Blacksburg and the Downtown Advisory Group kicked off their Campaign for Main drive this week. The goal is to raise 50-thousand dollars for improvements to Main Street, including new streetlights, park benches and brick sidewalks.
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[SOT 3619]
[IN Q=cause anytime]

((JIM DYMOCK/CAMPAIGN FOR MAIN CHAIR: CAUSE ANYTIME YOU ENHANCE THE DOWNTOWN, IT IMPROVES RETAIL. THAT'S NOT ONLY IN THE TYPE OF BUSINESS THAT I WAS IN BUT RESTAURANTS AND THINGS ALONG THIS LINE. AND SO THE WHOLE GOAL IS TO MAKE IT A BIGGER AND BETTER PLACE.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Dymock/Campaign for Main Chair;]
[RUNS=18]
[OUT Q=better place]
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[VO-NAT]

Dymock (Dehm-ick) says he hopes to finish the project by next Spring, in time for the opening of the Kent Square shopping plaza.
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[Pet-Acupuncture]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=03-31 TC23:25]
[GRAPHIC=None]


When modern medicine failed to do the trick --one local horse owner decided to give alternative medicine a try.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Peter not only gets his back and neck adjusted --but also gets acupuncture.
This is the fourth treatment to help his ailing back.
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[SOT 17:42:36]
[IN Q=You went from him being so sore]

((LISSA KELLY/PETER'S OWNER; YOU WENT FROM HIM BEING SO SORE THAT YOU COULD BARELY BRUSH HIM TO BEING ABLE TO POKE ON HIS BACK... THE VERY FIRST TREATMENT))
[SUPER=01-Lissa Kelly/Peter's Owner; ]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=the very first treatment]
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[VO-NAT]


Veterinarian Martha Moses says while she mainly uses chiropractic and acupuncture to treat muscle-skeletol problems -- both can be used to treat other ailments.
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[SOT17:48:58]
[IN Q=It releases endorphins which are]

((DR. MARTHA MOSES/ECLECTIC EQUINE VET. SERVICES; IT RELEASES ENDORPHINS WHICH ARE PAIN KILLER WHICH HELPS RELAX THEM AND RELEASES PART OF THE PAIN AS YOU PUT THE NEEDLES IN THE SYSTEM))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Martha Moses/Eclectic Equine Vet. Services]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=put the needle in the system]
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Moses says the treatment works for 85-percent of horses.
She also does acupuncture on dogs.
Peter's owner is just glad he's back on his feet and hopes to resume competing with him soon.
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[Sports Tease]


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

Coming up tonight on the Big 7 - the Big East decides to stay put for now. It doesn't pay to mess with sausage. The Mailman is about to make a delivery to LA.
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[VO-NAT]

and we'll put a local spin on the Kobe Bryant saga and check in with a Roanoke man who wrote a book on the Lakers' star - Roland Lazenby.
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[S-East]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-144 14304TC]
[GRAPHIC=BAM]


The Big East conference will now expand in football until 2005 at the earliest.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Ponte Vedra, FL/May 19; :00]

Commissioner Mike Tranghese made the announcement today following two days of meetings with his remaining presidents and athletic directors in Newark, New Jersey. The Big East did decide to bring in Connecticut a year earlier making the Huskies a full fledged football member in 2004.
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[talent=mike]
[graphic=BIG EAST/ACC]

Also, as far as the lawsuit against the ACC, the ACC's lawyers said today that they have no problem with the judge who has been assigned to the case, even though he got his law degree from Connecticut and his undergrad degree from Providence.

[S-Kobe]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-152 4:26]
[GRAPHIC=NBA]


NBA five time all star Kobe Bryant is under investigation in an alleged sexual assault case of a Coloardo woman. Steve Mason says the national story hits close to home for Virginia Tech journalism professor Roland Lazenby, the author of Kobe's first book.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Roland Lazenby/Author and Professor; :19]
[SUPER=@Steve1; :42]
[RUNS=1:51]
[OUT Q=..News 7 sports"]
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((Roland Lazenby has always been up close and personal with the game. In his book Mad Game, the NBA Education of Kobe Bryant, Lazenby was the first to report that the rising star's problems with his teammates were due to a tendency to isolate himself from other players. The possible assault charges are also a mystery to the Lakers. ((:))
Lazenby says, in the many hours he spent interviewing Kobe and getting to know him, he to feels Bryant is not capable of this. ((:)) ((STEVE MASON:)) ((:))
Lazenby has extensive experience with Michael Jordan the person in his book "Blood on the Horns". He watched his airness somewhat deflate as a result of gambling allegantions and alleged affairs. ((:))
The decision on whether or not to charge Bryant with sexual assault will not come down until next week, according to

the prosecutor on the case. Steve Mason News 7 sports.)) [S-Mail]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-150 TC607]
[GRAPHIC=NBA]


The Lakers did get some good news today. After signing free agent Gary Payton earlier this week, today Karl Malone announced that he would don the purple and gold next season.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-NBA; :00]


The Mailman was willing to join the Lakers for a mere 1.5 million dollars next season, a cut of 18 million dollars from his 2002-2003 salary. He likely would have received considerably more money had he signed with Dallas, Sacramento, or San Antonio. Malone turns 40 later this month.
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[S-Tour]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-142 2-215tc]
[GRAPHIC=NEWS 7 SPORTS]


The Tour De France finished up its fifth stage today with a 121 mile ride through the Burgundy region toward central France.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Nevers, France/OLN; :00]

Lance Armstrong finished 53 today, but remained in second place as he was content to hang back and avoid the sprinters and any kind of trouble. Alessandro Petacchi (PUH-TOCK-EE) won for the third time in five stages Victor Hugo Pena remains in front with the yellow jersey as the tour gets ready to hit the Alps this weekend.
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[S-Sausage]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-151 TC323]
[GRAPHIC=MLB]


The Pittsburgh Pirates' Randall Simon is a little lighter in the wallet today after an incident in Milwaukee last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Milwaukee, WI/Fox North; :00]


During the nightly sausage race between innings, Simon took a swing at one of the sausages with a bat, knocking the mascot to the dirt. Simon was taken to the Milwaukee County Jail where he was booked on charges of misdemeanor battery and then released. The 18 year old woman in the costume did not wish to press criminal charges. Today, Simon apologized for his actions and was fined 432 dollars. (------------)