[Open-Heads]

[ANCHOR=Joy]

[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


[roll cold out of the open]


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=#4070;weekend headline banner]
[SUPER=@Joy1;]
[SUPER=@Brent1;]

Coming up on News 7 Saturday Morning....... L.A. Laker Kobe Bryant tells the public he's guilty of adultry but not of sexual assault.
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[anchor =Joy on cam]

and officials find the body of an apparent drowning victim in a Pittsylvania County lake.
We will have more on those stories in just a few minutes.

[2-shot toss to Hello]

[Kobe-Charged]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Kobe]


N-B-A Superstar Kobe Bryant has gone before the cameras to say he's innocent of a sexual assault charge. The Los Angeles Laker was hit yesterday with the felony charge of raping a 19 year old woman at a Colorado resort. Bryant ADMITS to having sex with the accuser, but insists the assault charge is false. Manuel Gallegus has details.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA; :00]
[SUPER=07-Kobe Bryant; :10]
[SUPER=01-Mark Hulbert/Eagle Co., CO District Attorney; :32]
[SUPER=01-Joshua Yandle/Friend of Alleged Victim; 1:16]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/CBS News; 1:20]
[RUNS=1:30]
[OUT Q=standard]
((NAT SOT -KOBE (OR ACTUAL NEW SOT FROM KOBE)


WITH HIS WIFE AT HIS SIDE, KOBE BRYANT, THE SUPERSTAR LA LAKER GUARD SAYS HE IS GUILTY OF ADULTERY, BUT NOT RAPE.

-SOT-KOBE BRYANT, LA LAKER.


BRYANT IS BEING CHARGED WITH THE FORCIBLE SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A 19 YEAR OLD WOMAN AT A RESORT HOTEL NEAR VAIL COLORADO. THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY THERE SAID THE DECISION WAS NOT EASY.

-SOT-MARK HURLBERT, EAGLE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTY.

I feel that after looking at the evidence that I can prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt
THE D.A. WOULD NOT DISCUSS ANY DETAILSIF CONVICTED BRYANT FACES FOUR YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON.

-NAT SOT -BRYANT


THE 24 YEAR OLD WAS RECENTLY MARRIED, A FATHER OF A BABY GIRL. HIS SKILLS ON THE COURT AND HIS CLEAN CUT IMAGE HAVE MADE HIM A HERO FANS WERE DISAPPOINTED TO THINK HE WOULD RISK IT ALL.

-SOT-MOS

I think he s stupid for cheating on his wife - when he had everything going for him in life.

-SOT- are you disappointed? Oh Yeah, so are his sponsors.


BRYANT RECENTLY SIGNED A REPORTED 45-MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT WITH NIKE AS FOR THE ALLEGED VICTIM.HER FRIENDS SAY IT S BEEN ROUGH AND SHE WOULD NEVER DO THIS FOR FAME.

-SOT-JOSHUA YANDLE, FRIEND OF ALLEGED VICTIM

people can t just make biases against someone just because a celebrity is involved.
-UPDATED NIGHT STAND-UP- BRYANT MUST APPEAR IN COURT AUGUST 6TH. AND IT S TOO SOON TO KNOW IF HE CAN PLAY IN THE FALL. MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES. ))

[11Pitts-Drowning]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dgr]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Authorities in Pittsylvania County have found the body of a man they believed drowned in Cherrystone Lake. The body was recovered around 7 o'clock last night. The police were called when the man's vehicle was seen parked at the lake unattended. Divers and the Chatham Rescue Squad assisted in the recovery. Police say they do not suspect foul play. The body is being sent to Roanoke for an autosy.

[11Mountain-Lake]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-19 1:27:12]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Mountain Lake hotel isn't just a place to get away to anymore. It has now become a learning environment.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Giles Co.;]

Yesterday, the Wilderness Conservancy at Mountain Lake started a new environmental education program called "Lakes Alive." With help from his assistant Iggy, the program is led by retired Virginia Tech professor Bruce Parker, who spent most of his career studying the lake. Parker says the idea is to inspire people of all ages to learn more about the lake, and why it has mysteriously emptied and refilled for hundreds of years.
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[SOT 1505]
[IN Q=i'm using lots]

((BRUCE PARKER/DR. FINN E. FRAUG: I'M USING LOTS OF EQUIPMENT TO MEASURE TEMPERATURE, THE CHEMISTRY OF THE WATER TO COLLECT THE DIFFERENT PLANTS AND LIFE THAT'S COLLECTED IN THE LAKE AND THEN I SHOW IT TO THE PEOPLE.))
[SUPER=01-Bruce Parker/"Dr. Finn E. Fraug";]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=to the people]
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[VO-NAT]

"Lakes Alive" is free and open to the public.
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[Pain]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Medical News]


It's estimated that millions of Americans suffer from a hard to diagnose disease known as R-S-D or REFLEX SYMPATHETIC DYSTROPHY.
Pain Management Specialists are seeing more and more cases, but many patients suffer in silence. R-S-D often shows up after injuries - when the tissue and bones have healed, but the pain proceeds. Doctor Mallika Marshall profiles a new treatment that helps ease the discomfort.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=there was a point...]
[SUPER=03-Boston, MA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Eva Avezzano/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Patient; :10]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Mallika Marshall/CBS News; :40]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Michel Dubois/NYU Medical Center; :51]
[RUNS=1:39]
[OUT Q=standard]


((THERE WAS A POINT-NOT THAT LONG AGO-WHEN EVA (EEVA) AVEZZANO COULD ONLY DREAM OF TAKING A SIMPLE WALK WITH HER HUSBAND ....FREE OF PAIN.

SOT: EVA AVEZZANO/RSD PATIENT

IT WAS SO UNBEARABLE I COULDN T TAKE IT ANYMORE. I WENT TO GO SEE EVERY DOCTOR POSSIBLE. NEUROLOGISTS, CHIROPRACTORS, ACUPUNCTURE(TRAIL VIDEO)TO STILL)
NO ONE COULD STOP THE PAIN. IT STARTED WHEN AS A POLICE OFFICER-SHE CLIMBED AN ELECTRIFIED FENCE-AND WAS BLOWN OFF. HER KNEE AND SHOULDER EVENTUALLY HEALEDBUT HER HAND STARTED TO SWELL AND BECOME INCREASINGLY PAINFUL.

(NAT: ) THIS HAND WAS 2-3 TIMES THE SIZE OF THE LEFT HAND AND YOU HAD

SWELLING TO THE ELBOW.
STANDUP: IT WAS YEARS BEFORE SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH R-S-D REFLEX SYMPATHETIC DYSTROPHY. A NEUROLOGICAL DISEASE - CHARACTERIZED BY RECOVERY OF THE BODY S TISSUES FROM AN INJURY-BUT NOT ITS NERVOUS SYSTEM.

SOT: DR. MICHEL DUBOIS/NYU MEDICAL CTR.

IT S AS IF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM IS TAKING OVER THE REGULATION OF THE DISEASE-WHICH GETS TOTALLY OUT OF CONTROL.
WHEN DRUGS AND NERVE BLOCKS DIDN T HELP EVA-SHE TRIED AN IMPLANTABLE NEUROSTIMULATOR - COMMONLY USED ON BACK PAIN PATIENTS.

SOT: (B-ROLLED WITH X-RAY) T1:00:15:00 THE STIMULATION OF THE SPINAL

CORD CREATES SOME KIND OF FILTERING OF THE ALL PAIN SIGNAL TO THE BRAIN.
NAT: SQUEEZE YOUR HAND.// THE ELBOW IS MOVING-WHICH WAS TOTALLY FROZEN BEFORE.
EVA AND ALMOST 70% OF THE R-S-D PATIENTS WHO TRY THE DEVICE--RESPOND TO IT -AND ARE ABLE TO USE THEIR HANDS, ARMS, LEGS AND FEET AGAIN. EVA SAYS SHE STILL HAS PAIN BUT NOT ENOUGH TO KEEP HER FROM THOSE STROLLS OR VACATIONS WITH HER FAMILY. DR. MALLIKA MARSHALL, CBS NEWS. )

[INTERVIEW NEXT]

[NAACP-March]


[ANCHOR=Joyt @ Performance Set]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The Roanoke Branch of the NAACP and Southern Christian Leadership Confererence are holding a peaceful prayer march today to bring attention to concerns they have with Roanoke Police Department.
[SUPER=01-Brenda Hale/Roanoke NAACP;]


Here to tell us more is Brenda Hale the President of the Roanoke NAACP.




[JOY TOSS TO BUMP]

[2Open-Heads]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


[roll cold out of the open]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=#4070;weekend headline banner]

Coming up on News 7 Saturday Morning...... It's a case of Road Rage to the extreme - as a domestic dispute plays out on the New Jersey Turnpike.
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And one D-M-V program is geared to educate elderly drivers about the signs of driving difficulities.
We will have more on those stories in just a few minutes.
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[2-shot toss to hello]

[Iraq]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq Casualties]

In the news this morning - Another American soldier was killed earlier today in Iraq. Officials say the soldier was shot while guarding a bank in Baghdad. This soldier is the 149th killed in combat since the Iraq war began in March. Meanwhile, the military says its latest sweeps have resulted in hundreds of arrests and thousands of weapons have been seized.
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[vo-nat]
[SUPER=@FILE]

The White House is fighting back against charges President Bush misled the nation about Iraq's nuclear efforts. It released part of last October's "National Intelligence Estimate" - a secret document that was the basis for Bush's State of the Union speech claim about Iraq trying to buy uranium in Africa. The document cites what it calls "compelling evidence" of an Iraqi nuclear weapons program. But it also relfects pre-war divisions within the U-S intelligence community, with the State Department doubting reports of uranium buying. A senior administration official says Bush wasn't aware of the State Department dissent when he gave the speech.
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[Gay-Marriage]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=sat am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Two men from Argentina became the first gay couple in Latin America to take advantage of a new law legalizing same-sex unions.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Buenos Aires, Argentina]


The men signed a document yesterday making their union official.
Now they can share the same insurance coverage and qualify as family members during hospital visits.
However, their union is not the same as marriage because they can not adopt children or get spousal pension benefits.

The couple hopes the new law will help the image of homosexuals and will result in less prejudice and discrimination against gays.
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[Road-Rage]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=sat am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A case of road rage on the New Jersey turnpike leads to a major accident.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Mt. Laurel, NJ]


Police say 28 year old Thomas McGriff used his car as a weapon. Authorities say he was upset at his ex-girlfriend and her male companion, so he repeatedly rammed the rear of their pickup.
Eventually both vehicles spun off the road, flipping over down an embankment.
McGriff was seriously hurt in the accident. His two alleged victims have less serious injuries.
McGriff is expected to face criminal charges.
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[5-Market-Crash]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]

The man who plowed through a farmer's market in Santa Monica Wednesday may have been involved in a hit-and-run just moments before.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA/Wednesday;]

86 year old Russell Weller drove through the busy market killing 10 people and leaving about 50 others injured. Now investigators want to know if Weller may have hit a Mercedes about a block before the market incident. Police have impounded a Mercedes along with the car driven Weller. Officials also want to know why Weller left the scene, if there was indeed an accident.
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[11Elderly-drivers]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-25 1:11:14]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Less than half a second.
That's the time it takes a typical driver to avoid a collision.
That's also why the Virginia D-M-V is trying to raise awareness about the effects of aging on a driver's reaction time.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The pilot project, called Grand-drivers, is designed to educate those 65 or older and their adult children.
State officials say knowing the early signs of driving difficulty will allow older drivers and their families to take action.
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[SOT 05:00:59]
[IN Q=THERE ARE NATURAL]

((PAM GOHEEN/D-M-V SPOKESWOMAN: THERE ARE NATURAL THINGS THAT OCCUR WITH AGING, COGNITIVE CHANGES, PHYSICAL CHANGES THAT CAN ULTIMATELY EFFECT ONE'S ABILITY TO OPERATE A MOTOR VEHICLE SAFELY. WE WANT PEOPLE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THOSE CHANGES AND TO TALK ABOUT IT. WE BELIEVE THE MORE THEY TALK ABOUT IT THEY'LL BE ABLE TO MAKE WISE CHOICES AND STAY ON THE ROAD AS LONG AS POSSIBLE AND AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE.))
[SUPER=01-Pam Goheen/Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles;]
[RUNS=:23]
[OUT Q=AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE.]
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[VO-NAT]


Signs that an older driver needs assistance includefinding it difficult to work the pedals, having trouble seeing other vehicles and ignoring traffic signals.
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[60Car-Pileup]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=sat am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]


Flash flooding in Caracas, Venezuela causes a major pile-up on a congested highway.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Caracas, Venezuela]


Some 60-cars crashed together after rain caused severe flooding yesterday during rush hour.
One person was killed. Authorities say the victim drowned in his car. Most of the motorists were able to escape harm by scrambling to safety on the roofs of their vehicles.
Witnesses say it happened within a matter of ten minutes when flood waters rose to one meter.
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[toss to weather]

[Tease#2]



[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=jen]
[SS=None]

[BOTH MICS HOT] Still ahead - A couple of Cave Spring High School alums went the extra mile - we'll have their story coming up -
[ANCHOR=Brent]

And
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[VO-NAT]

she paid five dollars for what she thought was an ugly painting for a friend - only to find out it's worth MILLIONS.

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[Lottery Bump]
[Break #5]


[Wx-Hello]

[ANCHOR=Brent]

[BRENT HAS WX HELLO- standing]
[WXPRO/Full]
[toss to Joy]

[11VT-Licensing]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-24 51:44]
[GRAPHIC=VT License Revenue]

Hokie merchandise is flying off store shelves.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

This past year, retail stores sold more than 20-million dollars in V-T products, the highest figure ever. University officials attribute the sales to Tech's growing reputation.
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[SOT 251]
[IN Q=i have to give]

((LOCKE WHITE/DIRECTOR OF LICENSING: I HAVE TO GIVE A HECK A LOT OF THE CREDIT TO COACH BEAMER AND THE FOOTBALL TEAM AND THE WINNING SEASONS AND MOST OF ALL THE VIRGINIA TECH , THE CRAZY VT FANS ,THEY HAVE REALLY JUST GONE CRAZY OVER VT PRODUCTS.))
[SUPER=01-Locke White/Director of Licensing;]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=virginia tech products]
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[VO-NAT]

Locke says he can't say whether Tech joining the A-C-C next year will increase sales, but area store managers say the demand is already here. About 80-percent of Tech's royalties go to the university's general scholarship fund.
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[Ugly-Painting]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=sat am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A painting bought at a yard sale for five dollars turns out to be worth millions.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-San Bernardino, CA]


Teri Horton purchased this painting from a thrift store in 1992 --she thought it was worthless --and in fact ugly.
But she recently found it was the work of Jackson Pollock and worth somewhere between 20 and 25 million dollars.
Horton says she definitely plans on selling the painting.
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[SOT:46]
[IN Q=I'm thinking now]

((I'M THINKING HOW COULD THE LORD POSSIBLY BLESS ME WITH THIS, HE MUST HAVE A PLAN FOR ME TO DO SOMETHING SPECIAL WITH THE MONEY, THAT'S ALL I CAN THINK OF))
[SUPER=01-Terri Horton/Painting Owner]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=all i can think of]
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[VO-NAT]


It's believed that Pollock's brother who use to live in the area gave the painting away, and that's how it ended in a thrift store.
The thrift store is no longer in business.
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[11CS-Runners]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-27 29:12]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Running cross country takes on a whole new meaning for a couple of Cave Spring High School graduates.
That's because they literally just ran across the country. Justin McLeod tells us how they went the distance for their alma mater.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=(NAT SOT RUNNING)]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Laurence Loesel/Cross-country Runner; :11 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Ben Dowdy/Cross-country Runner; :33]
[SUPER=@justin1; :51]
[SUPER=01-Will Stuart/Cross-country Runner; 1:10]
[RUNS=1:47]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke County]

(( ((NAT SOUND OF RUNNING ACROSS FINISH LINE))
They arrived home to a hero's welcome and rightfully so: they just ran nearly three thousand miles.
[SOT 17:22:27]
[IN Q=We were crazy]

((LAURENCE LOESEL/CROSS-COUNTRY RUNNER: WE WERE CRAZY. IT WAS THE ABSOLUTELY THE MOST CRAZIEST THING I'VE EVER DONE.))
[Runs= 04]
[OUT Q=ever done]


The craziness began May 14th in San Francisco when a trio of area runners sought out to run across the country.
They each ran on average 15 miles a day for a total of 45 miles.
The journey spanned twelve states and required several pairs of sneakers.
[SOT 17:09:33]
[IN Q=I had no regrets]

((BEN DOWDY/CROSS-COUNTRY RUNNER: I HAD NO REGRETS AT ALL. IT WAS AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE, EVERY SINGLE DAY THERE WAS A STORY.))
[Runs= 07]
[OUT Q=was a story]


A story that includes beautiful scenery, hot summer days, and the American spirit.
Total strangers gave them everything from a home cooked meal to a hot shower.
[SOT 17:26:17]
[IN Q=This is where]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THIS IS WHERE THEY STAYED FOR THE LAST SEVENTY FIVE DAYS. IT IS A SMALL COMPACT RV AND AS YOU CAN SEE ALL AROUND HERE THERE IS PLENTY OF DIRTY CLOTHES, SNEAKERS, AND SOCKS. NOW IF IT LOOKS BAD, JUST IMAGINE WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE.))
[Runs= 14]
[OUT Q=smell like]

((QUICK NAT SOUND OF OPENING CONTAINER))
The real bad stuff went in this container.
[SOT 17:29:53]
[IN Q=I think we've gotten]

((WILL STUART/CROSS-COUNTRY RUNNER: I THINK WE'VE GOTTEN IMMUNED TO THE SMELL HERE BECAUSE EVERYBODY COMES IN TELLS US IT SMELLS LIKE A LOCKER ROOM.))
[Runs= 05]
[OUT Q=like a locker room]


No one seems to mind when they consider why these three young men made this trek.
They're raising funds to help renovate Cave Spring's track and fields which are in desperate need of repair.
[SOT 17:21:21]
[IN Q=It's all for the cause]

((LAURENCE LOESEL/CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER: IT'S ALL FOR THE CAUSE, IT'S ALL FOR THE KIDS, IT'S ALL FOR THE COMMUNITY, SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.))
[Runs= 04]
[OUT Q=you very much]


Much however still needs to be raised.
They've collected nearly 50-thousand dollars but the total price tag for the project is 1.5 million.
These runners say they'll make their goal eventually one mile at a time.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke County.))