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[ANCHOR=Shannon]

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Coming up on News 7-
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[VO-NAT]

A Danville landlord discovers two of his tenants dead. We'll hear from him. Plus, Renfro employees are socked with layoff news. Hopes soared but homemade aircraft did not at a competition in London.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]

And, severe thunderstorms rumble across the area. News 7 is next.


[Video-Open]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=]


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[VO-NAT]

A couple is found dead inside their home. The cause of death is a mystery.
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[anchor=Shan]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 11]


[Danville-Death]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=03-32 TC17:53]
[GRAPHIC=NEws7 @ 11]

Danville police are waiting for autopsies to determine how to proceed with the case. Until then, they're treating the couple's deaths as suspicious.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Teresa /Newsroom;]

Teresa Hamilton spoke to one of the men who discovered the bodies and joins us now with more.
[LIVE= Teresa /FULL Newsroom]
[SUPER=@Teresa1;]

Shannon, earlier tonight we had a chance to speak to the couple's landlord who was there when the bodies were discovered and notified police.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Well they just ]
[SUPER=03-Danville; :04]
[SUPER=01-Charlie Saunders, Jr./Landlord; :30 ]
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[OUT Q=on this street, yes. ]
(((///sot///)
[sot 00:33:34]
[in q= Well they]

((WELL THEY JUST STAYED TO THEMSELVES, WENT TO WORK, CAME BACK HOME. )) [RUNS06]
[OUT Q= came back home. ]

Charlie Saunders Junior had rented to 27 year old David Duane Totten and his 20- year old girlfriend Davida Edmonds for the past two and half years. He says they were a quiet pair and sensed something was wrong when Davida's parents told him they could not get the couple to answer the door to their home. Because the front door was locked-- Saunders decided to crawl through a front window to get inside. Davida's parents were also with him.
(///sot///)
[sot 00:33:03]
[IN Q= WELL I ]

((WELL I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT, SO WHEN I WENT IN I FOUND BOTH OF THEM DECEASED.)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q= THEM DECEASED.]

Saunders immediately contacted police-- He says the couple had been shot and were lying on the floor.
(//sot///)
[sot 00:32:32]
[in q= we've never had ]

((WE'VE NEVER HAD NOTHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN ON THIS STREET BEFORE, IT'S QUIET AND PEACEFUL, MORE OR LESS ON THIS STREET YES. )) [runs07]
[out q= on this street yes.]))
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[LIVE= Teresa /FULL Newsroom]

Saunders says he saw a gun between the couple.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Teresa /Newsroom;]

But Shannon, until autopsies are performed, Danville police will not confirm the cause of death and will only say they are treating the deaths as suspicious.


[School-Safety]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-31 TC34:40]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Members of Roanoke City Council are calling for a new task force on school safety, and tonight they asked that changes in the resource officer program be put on hold until a new study is completed.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Former Resource officer Butch Lewis was in the audience this afternoon.
Supporters spoke in favor of his return to Patrick Henry High School.
Council member Bill Bestpitch proposed the task force to develop recommendations by the end of the year.
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[SOT 04:13:25]
[IN Q=I think this will give us]

((BILL BESTPITCH/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: I THINK THIS WILL GIVE US A MUCH BETTER PROCESS THAT WILL GIVE ALL THE PARENTS, STUDENTS, TEACHERS, OFFICERS, ANY CITIZEN OF ROANOKE WHO HAS A CONCERN ABOUT THIS ISSUE TO COME FORWARD, GET INVOLVED AND MAKE POSITIVE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE FUTURE, AND HELP US MOVE IN A BETTER DIRECTION.))
[SUPER=@Bestpitch; ]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=move in a better direction.]
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[VO-NAT]


The resolution also asked the city manager to consider suspending changes related to school safety until the review can be completed.
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[Victory-Stadium]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-23 TC1:16:46]
[GRAPHIC=Victory Stadium]


Two years after Roanoke City Council decided to build a replacement for Victory Stadium, a narrow vote will keep the controversial project moving forward.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Roanokers who favor the renovation of Victory Stadium have been working to derail construction of the new stadium and amphitheater, and they filled council chambers again this afternoon.
Council considered a motion that would have stopped construction of the new multi-purpose facility, but Alfred Dowe cast the deciding vote to keep the project on course.
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[SOT 04:12:04]
[IN Q=Sometimes the hardest thing]

((SOMETIMES THE HARDEST THING FOR CITIES TO COME TO GRIPS WITH IS THAT THEY ARE IN TRANSITION. WE ARE NOT A LARGE CITY MARKET ANY MORE. I THINK SALEM'S BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL IN RECOGNIZING YOU CAN GO AFTER SMALLER VENTURES AND DO THEM SUCCESSFULLY, AND THEN DO THEM CONSISTENTLY AND YOU'LL CONTINUE TO BE SUPPORTED.))
[SUPER=01-Alfred Dowe/Roanoke City Council;]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=you'll continue to be supported.]
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[VO-NAT]


Construction of the new stadium amphitheater may ultimately seal the fate of Victory Stadium, but today's vote did not address the future of the Roanoke landmark.
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[Renfro]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=03-22 TC1:29:02]
[GRAPHIC=Layoffs]


More textile workers in our area are getting bad news.
Renfro Corporation today announced it will terminate 166-jobs at its Pulaski facility.
New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens says a weak economy and foreign competition are being blamed.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Copmpany officials]
[SUPER=@Myranda1; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jacqueline Brock; :13 QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski; :28]
[SUPER=01-Anita Chrisley; :40]
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[OUT Q=Myranda Stephens, News7.]

((Company officials would NOT go on camera, but we're told the company has had several layoffs in the last few months.
So for many of the workers, the question was NOT will they lose their jobs, but when?
[SOT 3815]

[RUNS04] ((JACQUELINE BROCK: IT'S LIKE A ROUTINE. I MEAN THEY'VE BEEN LAYING OFF. THIS IS MY SECOND TIME BEING LAID OFF SO 19))


[SOT 3849]

[RUNS02] ((REPORTER: YOU LOOK LIKE YOU'RE OKAY. OH YEAH I'LL BE ALRIGHT.)) But not everyone took the news as well.
[SOT 4336]

[RUNS02] ((I'VE LIKED MY JOB HERE. IT'S BEEN A GOOD PLACE TO WORK. 38)) Anita Chrisley has worked at the plant for nearly 15-years. But while seniority protected her from previous layoffs, she had a feeling it would only be a matter of time before this day would day would come.
[SOT 4344]
[RUNS=]

((WE'VE HEARD RUMORS FOR QUITE A WHILE BUT WE ALWAYS JUST HOPED IT WOULDN'T COME TRUE 48)) Many of the workers say with so many companies laying off workers, it's going to be tough finding another job close to home.
[SOT 4355]
[RUNS=]

((THIS AREA'S PRETTY SLACKED WITH WORK RIGHT NOW JUST HAVE TO HOPE FOR THE BEST FOR EVERYBODY .))))


[Pillowtex-NC]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=03-34 TC23:04]
[GRAPHIC=Pillowtex Closing]


While the shutdown of Pillowtex eliminated a thousand Virignia jobs, it's eliminated nearly 5 times that number in North Carolina.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Kannapolis, NC]


Today, Governor Mike Easley and U-S Senator Elizabeth Dole met with many of the laid-off workers in North Carolina.
They offered more than just a shoulder to cry on.
Four North Carolina corporations have pledged 350-thousand dollars for an emergency fund to help the employees.
Blue-Cross and Blue-Shield of North Carolina has started a low-cost health insurance program.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((GOV. MIKE EASLEY/(D) NORTH CAROLINA; WORKERS AT PILLOWTEX AND OTHER TEXTILE MANUFACTURING FACILITIES IN THE COUNTRY BUILT THIS COUNTRY. THEY WERE THERE WHEN AMERICA NEEDED THEM AND IT'S TIME FOR US TO BE THERE WHEN THEY NEED US. SEN. ELIZABETH DOLE/(R) NORTH CAROLINA; THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST HEARTBREAKING THINGS I'VE EVER DEALTH WITH.))
[SUPER=01-Gov. Mike Easley/(D) North Carolina; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Elizabeth Dole/(R) North Carolina; :15]
[RUNS=19]
[OUT Q=i've ever dealt with.]
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[VO-NAT]


Easley says his government won't rest until it finds workers all the help available.
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[Liberia-Peace]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=tco]
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U-S officials say there's a "possibility" American forces will be dispatched to Liberia to help.
For now two U-S warships off the coast of Liberia will provide logistics and communication assistance to the West Africans along with air support.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Monrovia, Liberia]

Meanwhile about 200 Nigerian troops arrived in the country today. Hundreds of Liberians poured into the streets with joy, hoisting a Nigerian colonel onto their shoulders.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="It shows the love...]

((COLONEL EGBA EMEKA/NIGERIAN ARMY: IT SHOWS THE LOVE, THE CONFIDENCE THEY HAVE IN THE NIGERIAN SOLDIERS AND THE ECOWAS.))
[SUPER=01-Col. Egba Emeka/Nigerian Army]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=...and the ECOWAS.]
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[VO-NAT]

Today's arrivals made up the first wave of an expected 15-hundred Nigerian troops.
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[Anchor=Shannon]
[SS=None]

In the coming days, the U-S-S Iwo Jima and the U-S-S Carter Hall will move into positions where they can be seen from land as a show of force.

[Tease1]
[ANCHOR=Jean]
[WRITER=dse]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
[SS=None]


Charges of pornography and inappropriate contact delay a vote on the nation's first gay Episcopal bishop.
More on that next on News 7.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus bourbon burns, as a massive fire rips through a distillery.
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[Sports-preview]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]



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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[RUNS=:23]
[OUT Q=THE BIG 7."]

((Hey folks Mike Stevens back in the News 7 Sports office as Frank Beamer gets a stading O at the Roanoke Valley sports club meeting tonight. Danny Wuerffel hopes to bring them to their feet on his second go around in DCTERMS. High school football practice opens with everyone trying to keep up with the Joneses. Plus, one of Kobe's sponsors says so long tonight on the Big 7.))


[Gay-Bishop]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=11 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=None]

The Episcopal church will hold off on voting over a gay candidate for bishop pending an investigation. A church official says Reverend Gene Robinson is accused of having inappropriate contact with a man and being affiliated with a youth website with a link to pornography. Scott Rapaport explains.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=An 11th hour bombshell in the...]
[SUPER=03-Minneapolis, MN; :00]
[SUPER=01-Susan Russell/Robinson Supporter; :21]
[SUPER=01-Scott Rapoport/CBS News; :53]
[RUNS=1:35]
[OUT Q=CBS News...New York.]

((AN 11TH HOUR BOMBSHELL...IN THE VOTE TO CONFIRM THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH'S FIRST OPENLY GAY BISHOP.
THE RATIFICATION OF REVEREND GENE ROBINSON WAS ABRUPTLY POSTPONED...AMIDST ALLEGATIONS INVOLVING WHAT A CHURCH SPOKESMAN TERMS "TOUCHING" AND "PORNOGRAPHY", ALLEGATIONS THAT SO FAR ARE UNSUBSTANTIATED.
(SOT, SUSAN RUSSELL, ROBINSON SUPPORTER)

Reverend Robinson is a 56 year old divorced father of two, who's been in a committed relationship with the same man for the last 13 years.
In Minneapolis, church leaders were deciding whether Robinson would be permitted to serve in the New Hampshire Diocese...when news of the allegations hit.
Robinson was approved yesterday by a panel of clergy and lay people. Stand-up Bridge- "It is a move that opponent's say (could, would, will) fracture the church. a move that's already left some of the faithful deeply divided." Sot: "Nowhere in the scriptures does it affirm homosexuality." The Robinson case has riled church conservatives...and brought on threats of a split in the 77 million-member Anglican church.
While some see the ratification of Robinson as a move toward inclusion and tolerance...there are others who say electing Robinson is tantamount to the church blessing same-sex marriages. Nat/Sot Music in Church... Now, the faithful on both sides are in turmoil...wondering what and who to believe.
Scott Rapoport...CBS News...New York.))


[Verizon]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=03-20 TC1:52:33]
[GRAPHIC=Verizon Neogiation]


They're back at work, but it's not business as usual.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Verizon's union employees decided not to walk out when their contract expired Saturday, but they ARE mobilizing. Today workers wore red and handed out sheets explaining what it means to work without a contract. Picket schedules have been ready for months.
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[SOT 2:39:27]
[IN Q=Our members still]

((GUY ANGELL/CWA LOCAL 2204 PRESIDENT: OUR MEMBERS STILL WANT TO DO QUALITY SERVICE FOR THE PUBLIC. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEIR PHONES WORK AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE REPAIRED IN A TIMELY MANOR. WE DON'T FEEL LIKE THAT IS ON THE TOP OF VERIZON'S LIST RIGHT NOW. ))
[SUPER=01-Guy Angell/CWA Local 2204 President;]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=VERIZON'S LIST RIGHT NOW. ]
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[VO-NAT]

Verizon officials say the company can't be competitive without some changes in the union contract.
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[SOT 13:49:09]
[IN Q=We're facing]

((PAUL MILLER/VERIZON SPOKESMAN: WE'RE FACING INTENSIVE COMPETITION FROM A LOT OF PLACES. OTHER PHONE COMPANIES, CABLE TV COMPANIES, CELLULAR COMPANIES. WHEN PEOPLE MAKE A CELL PHONE CALL WE LOOSE BUSINESS AND WE HAVE TO OPERATE COMPETITIVELY OR WE'RE SIMPLY NOT GOING TO SURVIVE.))
[SUPER=01-Paul Miller/Verizon Spokesman;]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=NOT GOING TO SURVIVE.]
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[VO-NAT]

The company would also like the ability to lay off and transfer employees in extreme situations. Negotiations continue in Washington and forward movements are being reported.
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[Sheltered-Industries]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=03-29 TC57:25]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Officials at Lynchburg Sheltered Industries say their workplace is safe and that friends and relatives have no reason to fear for the safety of the clients working there.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


L-S-I recently settled a Department of Labor complaint about conditions inside the workshop.
The agency will pay a fine of two hundred dollars and undergo two years of safety consultations.
Officials say most of the violations were minor and that everything has been corrected.
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[SOT 13:31:38]
[IN Q=We wanted to]

((DAVE TAYLOR/LYNCHBURG SHELTERED INDUSTRIES: WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT, AND STILL DO WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS OF OUR EMPLOYEES ARE PERFECTLY COMFORTABLE WITH L-S-I BEING A SAFE WORK ENVIRONMENT FOR THEIR FAMILY MEMBER.))
[SUPER=01-Dave Taylor/Lynchburg Sheltered Industries]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=for their family member.]
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[VO-NAT]


The most serious complaint.. that workers at L-S-I had been exposed to asbestos.. was dropped in the final settlement.
Sheltered Industries employs about 100 physically and mentally handicapped adults.
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[Aquatics-Program]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=11 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-21 TC1:24:34]
[GRAPHIC=None]


An aquatics program for kids with disabilities is keeping its head just above water.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/July 2002]


Kids Special Situations Program or KISS lost all state and local funding last summer.
The Y-W-C-A which runs the program has since raised four thousand dollars and secured an additional seven thousand dollars in United Way funding.
But it costs nearly seventeen thousand dollars to run the program each year.
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[SOT 20:46:49]
[IN Q=We are just trying]

((PAULA JONES/YWCA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: WE ARE JUST TRYING TO FIGURE WAYS MAKE UP THE DEFICIT. WE ARE STILL GOING TO HAVE THE PROGRAM. WE'RE GOING TO STILL OFFER AT THE SAME TIMES TWICE A WEEK, WEDNESDAYS AND SUNDAYS AND WE'RE JUST GOING TO DO BEST WE CAN AND HOPE WE DON'T HAVE TO RAISE FEES AT ANYTIME.))
[SUPER=01-Paula Jones/YWCA Executive Director]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=fees at anytime]
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[VO-NAT]


The program is for kids with mental and physical disabilities.
The pool allows them to sharpen their physical as well as social skills.
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[Tease2]
[ANCHOR=Jean]
[WRITER=dse]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[SS=None]


More thunderstorms are rumbling.
How long will they last?
Robin will be here with the forecast when News 7 returns.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus they aren't exactly the Wright Brothers.
But some makeshift aircraft and their creators are taking flight, or at least trying to.
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[Commercial]


[AIDS]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=eki]
[TAPE#=03-24 TC1:16:11]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A report released by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of HIV cases in the US is on the rise.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The virus infected more than 42-thousand people in the US last year. That's a two-point-two increase from the year before.
With more than 4-hundred cases now reported in Roanoke, HIV Activist Pam Meador says the disease is more of a problem than many people may think.
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[SOT 15:17:03-15:17:19]
[IN Q=I think through]

((PAM MEADOR/ASSISTANT DIRECTOR COUNCIL OF HIV/STD DIVISION: I THINK THROUGH THE YEARS PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN TIRED OF WEARING CONDOMS. PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF BEING PREACHED TO THEM. WITH THE YOUNGER AGE GROUP THAT IS COMING UP THEY HAVEN'T SEEN ANYONE PASS AWAY FROM AIDS COMPLICATIONS.))
[SUPER=01-Pam Meador/Council of HIV-STD Division Asst. Director ;]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=from AIDS complications.]
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[VO-NAT]


Activists say HIV prevention and education programs are needed to combat the disease and keep people aware of the dangers.
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[Jim-Beam]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=11 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


Damage to a Kentucky distillery is expected to be significant after a fire today.
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[VO-NAT :25]
[SUPER=03-Bardstown, KY;]

The Jim Beam bourbon plant in Bardstown may have been struck by lightening during an afternoon thunderstorm. At this point, the cause is uncertain. No one was injured. Just one of the warehouses caught fire but, fueled by the liquor, the flames spread quickly. Most of the warehouses hold nearly 20-thousand barrels of alcohol. Over 95 percent of the world's bourbon is produced in Kentucky distilleries.
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[S-Extra]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=EXTRA & SP-156 1054TC]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]

High school practice opens as the Skisn welcome home Danny, Frank comes to Salem, and Liberty gets ready for a Big time in the Big South. But first tonight's Extra Point -
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-NBA; :00]

Kobe Bryant is scheduled to be in a Colorado courtroom on Wednesday - today the first of his many endorsement contracts was cancelled. Ferrero, an Italian Company that has a U.S. branch in Somerset, New Jersey is cutting ties with Kobe. The company makes Nutella, a hazelnut-and-chocolate spread that is very popular in Europe.
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[OUTCUE=last score."]
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[S-Danny]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-154 751tc]
[GRAPHIC=REDSKINS]


The Redskins training camp opened up week number two today with a familiar face behind center. Danny Wuerffel, who won the Heisman in 1996 under Steve Spurrier at Florida, and barely won anything as his quarterback in DC last season - returned to the Redskins today as an insurance policy.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=THIS IS...]
[SUPER=01-Danny Wuerffel/Returns To Redskins; :05]
[SUPER=01-Rob Johnson/Redskins Backup Quarterback; :18]
[SUPER=01-Noah Brindise/Redskins Quarterbacks Coach; :31]
[SUPER=01-Steve Spurrier/Redskins Head Coach; 1:04]
[RUNS=1:20]
[OUT Q=...HE'S CAPABLE."]
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD SKINS]

Wuerffel, who is now 29, had been out of work. He signed a one year deal for the league minimum of $530 thousand bucks.


[S-Frank]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-153 1557tc]
[GRAPHIC=FRANK]


While Danny was back in DC, Frank was back in Salem.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]

The head Hokie was the featured guest of the Roanoke Valley Sports Club. Beamer got a standing ovation from the packed house at the Salem Civic Center's Community Room. He'll be getting busy later this week as the freshman and upperclassmen arrive on the same check-in day and begin practice.
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[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-155 1007tc]
[GRAPHIC=TECH]

Earlier today a couple of Beamer's defensive lineman were named to the Hendricks' award watch list.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Last Season; :00]

Nathaniel Adibi, the senior from Hampton, is one of 29 players in the running for the defensive end of the year honor.

Last year Adibi also made this list, and in fact he advanced to the semi-finalist round. This year he is joined by Cols Colas - the senior from Florida. Colas had surgery in the offseason and is expected to be ready for summer practice.
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[S-Liberty]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-158]
[GRAPHIC=LIBERTY]


The Liberty Flames held their preseason media gathering and picture day this afternoon in Lynchburg.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]

The Flames are coming off a 2-and-9 season and they return 15 starters. Today - was all about having a little fun.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I THINK IT'S A GREAT...]
[SUPER=01-Ken Karcher/Fourth Season At Liberty; :02]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=...IT CHANGES."]
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[S-Heritage]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-159 1059TC]
[GRAPHIC=FFE]


High school football practice opened today across the state. Tonight, Steve Mason begins our preseason Friday Football Extra reports with the Heritage Pioneers.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chris Jones/Heritage Head Coach; :15]
[SUPER=01-Pierre Penn/Heritage Wide Receiver; :38]
[SUPER=01-Brad Harris/Heritage Senior Linebacker; :43]
[SUPER=@steve1; :54]
[RUNS=1:41]
[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
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[S-FFE]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=FFE]


Our preseason profiles will continue right up until opening night.
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[go to pinnacle ffe page] And don't forget that on Friday night August 22nd, we'll have a special one hour preseason edition of Friday Football Extra at special 7pm time as we get ready for our 20th season.
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[S-Lynch]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-144 20054TC]
[GRAPHIC=nba]


George Lynch will begin his second decade of play in the NBA with the New Orleans Hornets.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-NBA; :00]

The 10-year NBA veteran, who started 32 games for the team last season, signed a contract extension today. The former first round draft pick of the Los Angeles Lakers was acquired by the Hornets from Philadelphia on October 12th of 2001. George turns 33 this coming September.
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[Flugtag]


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Birds weren't the only ones in the sky today,
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[SUPER=03-London, England]

More than 40 contestants scrambled to launch themselves and their homemade aircraft at the first ever flugtag competition. About 100-thousand people gathered in Hyde Park to watch the contest. The goal was to fly as far as possible from the launch ramp. The longest flight was roughly 14 feet. The winner was judged on style, audience reaction and flying distance. The winning team received 8-thousand dollars. (------------)