[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

Laid-off workers receive a hand- delivered message from Washington.
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[VO-NAT]

And a horse in Southwest Virginia succumbs to West Nile Virus. We'll see what's being done to stop the disease.
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[Sports-head]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=]
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In sports, Michael Vick speaks to the media for the first time today since breaking his fibula, little brother Marcus finds himself on a video game,
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[VO-NAT]


and we will see what the picture looks like for the Franklin County Eagles this upcoming season.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


The lazy, hazy days of summer are in play over the next few days. A check on the temperatures in our forecast coming up.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 3-Shot]


News 7 at Six is next.
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[VO-NAT]


Senator George Allen comes to Southside and brings along millions in aid for laid-off Pillowtex workers.
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[ANCHOR=Keith ]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]


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

[Allen-Goode]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#03-22 TC1:45:20]
[GRAPHIC=Pillowtex]


Pillowtex workers say the help couldn't come soon enough.
Today senator Allen joined state and local officials to announce a seven-million dollar emergency grant.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Justin/Microwave]


Justin McLeod is in Henry County tonight with details. Justin?
[Live=Jusitn Full/Microwave]
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[SUPER=01-Jerry Hairston/Former Pillowtex Worker; :43 ]
[SUPER=01-Georgia Hairston/Former Pillowtex Worker; :1:05]
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[ANCHOR=Keith ]
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Another potential buyer for Pillowtex has emerged.
The British textile company Broome and Wellington claims it wants again to buy the bankrupt firm.
Welspun India also says it's interested in submitting a bid for the company.

[Henry-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-25 TC1:49:43]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


The closing of Pillowtex will also deeply affect Henry County schools but it may not be as bad as once believed.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./File Tape]


The county will lose 915-thousand dollars in tax revenue with the closing of the Fieldale plant.
Because of that, county leaders ordered the school system to make 650-thousand dollars in cuts for the upcoming school budget.
The school board then met and agreed to 470-thousand dollars in cuts.
News 7 has now learned the county administrator and Superintendent have come up with a compromise.
If it's approved, the school system will not have to make additional cuts.
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[Fries-School]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-28 TC58:42]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Mayor of Fries says a mold problem at one of the schools has been blown out of proportion.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fries/File Tape;]

Fries Middle School will NOT reopen next month because of mold. But, town Mayor Carolyn Jones says the problem isn't as big as school board officials claim. She and other town officials plan to conduct their own air quality study. The group has called a special meeting tonight to discuss its plans. About 170-students attend Fries Middle school. Most of them will transfer this Fall to Independence.
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[Radford-Streets]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-29 TC1:11:44]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It isn't mold, but construction that's causing problems for students in Radford.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford;]

East Main Street has been closed due to construction since the beginning of May. But officials at Radford University say they plan to TEMPORARILY reopen the road this Friday and Saturday, during student move-in. The work is part of a safety improvement project, to rebuild a parking lot so students won't have to cross the street to get to class.
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

Near Virginia Tech, V-Dot officials say bridge work along Prices Fork in Blacksburg should be finished in time for student move-in there tomorrow. Although they do warn drivers should still expect delays.
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[IN Q=especially on 81]

((DAVID CLARKE/VDOT: ESPECIALLY ON 81 COMING SOUTH, WHERE 64 HITS UP NEAR STAUNTON. THAT'S WHERE YOU'RE GOING TO GET A LOT OF TRAFFIC COMING DOWN BECAUSE YOU GOT BOTH UNIVERSITIES ARE GOING TO BE USING 81.))
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[VO-NAT]

Classes at both Radford and Tech begin Monday.
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[DMV]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Roanoke's treasurer is closing a satellite office at the Division of Motor Vehicles.
The counter inside D-M-V at Crossroads Mall will shut down September 12th.
City treasurer David Anderson says more people are paying their personal property taxes through the mail.
The D-M-V will still have a box for any city resident who wants to drop off a payment.

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=NONE]


Protecting against West Nile Virus can be an expensive proposition.
We'll see how a horse farm in this area is dealing with the disease when News Seven returns.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus rebirth at Longwood University, more than two years after fire devastated the campus.
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[Horse-Nile]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=03-27 TC1:10:45]
[GRAPHIC=West Nile VIrus]

[***ANCHOR TAG***]
A Botetourt County farm lost one horse to West Nile Virus, but it's taking steps to ensure it doesn't happen again.
As Marya Jones reports, it's getting a big hand from some horse lovers.
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[IN Q=Sheri, pull your]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Marilyn Slocum/Slocum's Appaloosa Ranch; :16 QUICK]
[SUPER=@Marya1; :41]
[SUPER=01-Cat Bass/Trail Guide; 1:05]
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((NATS: SHERI, PULL YOUR LEFT KNEE AND LOCK YOUR ELBOWS. ARMS STRAIGHT. GOOD JOB.))
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Trail rides and lessons are an everyday occurrence at Slocum's Appaloosa Ranch.
But two weeks ago, the ranch became the first this year in Southwest Virginia to lose a horse to West Nile.
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[SOT 2:37:58]

((MARILYN SLOCUM: SHE WAS OBVIOUSLY IN DISTRESS. THE HEAD WAS DOWN. SHE WAS DROOLING.))
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A 22-year-old Appaloosa mare named Hope was put down after 72 hours.
For her owners, the loss was eye-opening.
They had 108 other horses that could still be vulnerable.
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[SOT 2:40:35 cover with video]

((MARILYN SLOCUM: HOPE GAVE HER LIFE FOR THE REST OF THE HORSES. ))
[BUTT WITH SOT 2:40:45 on camera]

((AND IF IT WASN'T FOR HER, NOBODY WOULD HAVE KNOWN ANYTHING AND IT COULD HAVE BEEN A LOT WORSE. ))
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[SU 2:58:05] ((MARYA JONES/NEWS-7: THE SLOCUMS WEREN'T ABOUT TO TAKE ANY CHANCES WITH ANY OF THEIR OTHER HORSES. SO, WITHIN A WEEK OF HOPE'S DEATH, THEY STARTED VACCINATING THEM. PAYING FOR IT, HOWEVER, WAS A BIT OF A CHALLENGE.))
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((NATS: PICK UP YOUR REINS.))
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The ranch couldn't afford the 45-hundred dollar vet bill, so it looked to students, boarders and employees to help out.
So far, donations have topped 15-hundred dollars.
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[SOT 2:57:03]

((CAT BASS/TRAIL GUIDE: I ACTUALLY PAID FOR MY TWO FAVORITE HORSES AND A LOT OF THE OTHER TRAIL GUIDES DID THE SAME.))

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The Slocums are now trying to follow the health department's advice -- changing water in the troughs more frequently and using larvicide in standing water.
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[SOT 2:44:17]

((THEY ALL LIVE OUTSIDE, SO IT'S PRETTY HARD TO MINIMIZE.))
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But Slocum says, it's well worth the expense of trying.
Marya Jones, News-7, Botetourt County.))
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


The state health department says it's no longer testing dead birds for West Nile in the Roanoke Valley because the virus has spread to horses and humans.
It's turned up in 13 horses in the Virginia this year. There are two probable human cases.

[Vinton-Betting]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=03-35 TC18:42]
[GRAPHIC=None]

A proposal to bring an off- track betting parlor to Vinton is drawing mixed reaction.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Vinton]

Republican Senate candidate Brandon Bell learned about it this week and wants residents to also be aware. Colonial Downs operates off- track betting facilities in four locations around the state and wants to add southwest Virginia to the list. Supporters say the facilities are essentially sports bars where patrons can wager on live horse races simulcast from all over the country-- But opponents see trouble.
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[IN Q=It brings in ]
[SUPER=01-Brandon Bell/(R) State Senate Candidate; :00]

((BRANDON BELL/(R) STATE SENATE CANDIDATE; IT BRINGS IN AN ELEMENT THAT WOULD NOT BE CONDUCIVE TO GOOD COMMUNITIES THAT WE HAVE, THE WHOLE IDEA OF GAMBLING BRINGS IN A LOT OF ABUSE, A LOT OF ADDICTION... GAMBLING TYPE INTERESTS. ))
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[VO-NAT]

In order to locate in Vinton- the town's voters would have to approve the facility through a referendum. Tonight at eleven, we'll heard from a business owner who supports the idea.
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[Edwards]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-21 TC1:42:54]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2004]


Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards says he would do a better job protecting factory workers than President Bush has.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Edwards was campaigning today in Virginia.
The North Carolina Senator says he grew up in a textile family.
And has seen first-hand the effect of plant closings on families and communities.
Edwards says U-S trade agreements need stronger labor standards to stop unfair overseas competition.
He also supports creating a national venture- capital fund to help induce companies such as Pillowtex to stay in small towns.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Edwards says Virginia is an important state to him and he plans to campaign hard here.

[Stocks]


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


Tech shares led a Wall Street advance today. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW gained 16 points.
NASDAQ rose 21 and a half.
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[Jazz-Festival]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-23 TC1:41:48]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In just a few weeks, the Roanoke Valley will be all jazzed up.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Today, organizers unveiled the lineup for the seventh annual Taste of the Blue Ridge Blues and Jazz Festival.
This is the first year the festival is run by the event zone which is a combined effort between the city's special events committee and Festival in the Park.
Event organizers believe the partnership will bring new opportunities for the festival.
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[SOT 1:07:16]
[IN Q=Bigger isn't always]

((STU ISRAEL/EVENT ORGANIZER: BIGGER ISN'T ALWAYS BETTER. WE WILL HAVE TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THIS YEAR BUT OUR GOAL IS TO CONTINUE TO REFINE THE EVENT AND MAYBE BRING BIGGER NAMES AND YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT'S IN STORE.))
[SUPER=01-Stu Israel/Event Organizer]
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[OUT Q=what's in store]
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[VO-NAT]


Also new this year, you can buy tickets in advance and the Kick-Off Gala at the Hotel Roanoke will be open to the public for the first time.
The three day event runs from Friday September 12th through Sunday the 14th.
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[Sports tease]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Our Friday Football Extra crews check in on Franklin County, We will have Michael Vick's first interview since breaking his leg,
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[VO-NAT]

as well as the story of his video game jinx and his little brother's video game coming out party.
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[S-Break]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-154 15:14]
[GRAPHIC=Michael Vick]


Atlanta QB Michael Vick met the media today for the first time since breaking the smaller of the two bones in his lower right leg.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA; :00]


Vick entered the news conference on crutches and said, that when he returns in hopefully six weeks, there will be no difference.
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[SUPER=01-Michael Vick/Out for Six Weeks; :00]
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[OUT Q=......let myself heel"]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Saturday;]


Doctors must wait 10 days to two weeks before re-examining Vick for ligament damage that would require surgery. There has been question as to whether Vick was wearing the correct cleats on the new Georgia Dome FieldTurf. he did wear a right ankle brace for the game for the first time.
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[S-Vick]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-152 3056tc]
[GRAPHIC=MIKE VICK]


Vick's injury is not a surprise to the "video game " experts. Mike Stevens explains.
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[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Saturday; :00]
[SUPER=04-EA Sports-Madden 2004; :30]
[SUPER=01-Michael Vick/Atlanta Falcons Quarterback; :44]
[SUPER=01-John Madden/Hall of Fame Coach & Broadcaster; :54]
[SUPER=@mike2; 1:07]
[SUPER=01-Jeremy Strauser/Madden 2004 Supervising Producer; 1:23]
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[OUT Q=....NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
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(( It's called the Madden jinx - and those who believe in such superstitions are blaming Vick's injury, not on the Falcons' turf but this - the cover of the Madden 2004 video game. The last four players - including Vick - to appear on the cover have either been hurt or turned in a career worst performance. ((nat sound)) But making it on the cover of a game that has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide - no player including Vick worried about the jinx or getting hurt. ((MICHAEL VICK:)) He won't be back on the field in real life for 6 weeks, so this is really the only way to see Vick work his magic and thanks to a new feature on this year's game - you can make Vick stop and go just like his leg was never broken. ((MIKE VICK)) ((eas guy)) The game has become such a part of the pro football landscape that it now has its own place in the hall of fame. Mike Stevens News 7 sports.))

[S-Marcus]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-157 17:47]
[GRAPHIC=]


[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[VO-NAT wipe to #ng]
[SUPER=04-NCAA 2004; :00]


Michael's little brother is making his video game debut in NCAA 2004. Marcus says they did a decent job of re-creating him.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Marcus Vick/Virginia Tech Quarterback; :00]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=......he's awesome"]
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[VO-NAT]


It seems the video game maker was a little off on its computer generated Frank Beamer.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Football Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=......in that video"]
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[S-Eagles]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-150 TC3154]
[GRAPHIC=Friday Football Extra]


Franklin County was 9 and 2 last season and made the playoffs for the first time.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount; :00]


Head Coach Billy Miles returns virtually everybody from that squad and the expectations in Rocky Mount are thru the roof. But the defending Western Valley District champs aren't ready to rest on their laurels.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Billy Miles/Eagles Head Coach; :02]
[SUPER=01-Daniel Brooks/Eagles Quarterback; :16]
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[OUT Q=win it again this year."]
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The Eagles schedule received a facelift with three brand new opponents.
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[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=a little bit tougher ourselves."]
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[Longwood]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=03-24 TC1:35:17]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Twenty-seven months after a devastating fire, and one year after they began rebuilding, the first restored building at Longwood University is ready to accept students and teachers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Farmville]


Faculty, alumni and local dignitaries helped dedicate the new Grainger (GRAIN-jer) Hall on the Longwood campus this morning.
Grainger was one of four buildings lost to fire in April of 2001 and the first to be rebuilt.
On the outside, the new structure looks very much like the orginal but the inside is wired for the 21st century.


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[SOT 9:35:47//9:52:13]
[IN Q=If anyone doubted]

((DAVID CORDLE/LONGWOOD U. DEAN: IF ANYONE DOUBTED THAT LONGWOOD, THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AND MODERN LANGUAGES WOULD COME OUT OF THIS STRONGER THAN EVER, THEN WE CAN PUT THAT CONCERN TO REST BECAUSE WE ARE DOING JUST FINE.)) ((PATRICIA CORMIER/LONGWOOD U. PRESIDENT: PEOPLE DON'T ALWAYS BELIEVE YOU WHEN YOU HAVE A TRAGEDY THAT YOU'RE GOING TO GET OUT OF IT. I THINK WHAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE THAT YOU CAN HAVE A PRETTY HORRIFIC THING HAPPEN TO YOU AND RISE ABOVE IT AND MOVE FORWARD.))
[SUPER=01-David Cordle/Longwood Univ. Dean; :00]
[SUPER=01-Patricia Cormier/Longwood Univ. President; :15]
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[OUT Q=and move forward.]
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[VO-NAT]


Construction on the new Ruffner Halls and the Rotunda should be finished in the spring of 2005.
All told, the renovation is costing the school more than 22 million dollars. (------------)