[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Shannon]

A local murder suspect turns up a state away.
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[VO-NAT :05]

And, special equipment's credited with sparing lives during a Henry County explosion.
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[Sports-head]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Tonight in sports, we'll talk pigskins with Jim Hickam and Jack Turner, the Wahoos hope to paint Duke into a corner, and
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[VO-NAT]


qualifying for the Southern 500 in Darlington.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Hot, humid and noisy during the afternoon hours. Your weekend forecast also includes a look at the tropics in a moment.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 3-Shot]


News 7 at Six is next.
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[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
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[VO-NAT :05]

A bloodied murder suspect is returned to Virginia to face charges in his cousin's death.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]



[Goins]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=03-24 TC1:56:41]
[GRAPHIC=NEws 7 @ 6]

Good evening. I'm Shannon Young. Keith Humphry has the night off.
[SS=Milen Goins]

A Botetourt County man is back in Southwest Virginia to face a murder charge, but it wasn't easy getting him here.
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[VO-NAT :55]
[SUPER=03-Fincastle/This Afternoon]

The Botetourt County Sheriff's Department says Milen Rube Goins was arrested in Stokes County, North Carolina this morning. The 47-year old man was apparently visiting his sister.
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Wednesday;]

Goins is charged with murder in the shooting death of his cousin, 46-year old David Bowman, at the Willowbrook Trailer Park Tuesday night. When confronted by a North Carolina detective, Goins surrendered without resistance.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Afternoon;]

But while being transported back to Botetourt County this afternoon, Goins apparently became "disorderly." Sheriff's deputies called for backup after experiencing "some kind of difficulty" with the suspect on Interstate 581 near the Orange Avenue interchange. Goins and an officer appeared scratched and bloody. With help from Roanoke City Police, a shackled Goins was transferred from a cruiser into a transport van to continue the trip.
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[Elsakaan]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-23 TC1:59:20]
[SS=None]


They were arrested in Roanoke on suspicion of terrorism last spring.
Today Ahmed (ah-MEHD) and Hatem (hah-TEHM) Elsakaan were in federal court facing very different charges... AND levying some of their own.
[DOUBLE BOXES=SHannon & Meghan/State Microwave;]


Meghan Muldoon was in the courtroom. She joins us now from Richmond.
The Elsakaan brothers admitted to defrauding Virginia's D-M-V
[LIVE= Meghan /FULL State Microwave]
[SUPER=@Meghan1]
[SUPER=05-Richmond]


But their supporters question whether justice was served.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=THE ELSAKAAN BROTHERS WERE APPREHENDED]
[SUPER=@file; :00]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :10]
[SUPER=01-David Lassiter/Hatem Elsakaan's Lawyer; :29]
[SUPER=01-Ahmed Hassaballa/Defendants' Cousin; :47]
[RUNS=1:06]
[OUT Q=TURNED INTO A NIGHTMARE AND THAT'S IT.]

(( [insert bus station cover here]The Elsakaan brothers were captured at the Greyhound bus terminal last March.
[insert dam cover here to ]after one of them was spotted taking pictures at a hydroelectric dam near Knoxville, Tennessee.
The F-B-I soon discovered neither was involved in terrorism.
Both were, however, among a long list of people who used the same Virginia address to obtain phony drivers licenses.
Still, Ha-teem's attorney say the brothers were treated differently because of their Middle Eastern background.
[SOT 09:37:31]

((DAVID LASSITER/HATEM ELSAKAAN'S LAWYER: HAD THEIR LAST NAMES BEEN JONES AND THEY HAD SUBMITTED ONE OR TWO PIECES OF FRAUDULENT INFORMATION TO DMV I DON'T THINK THE PROSECUTOR WOULD BE IN THERE TALKING ABOUT THE RAMIFICATIONS OF 9/11.))
[RUNS:13]
Their cousin says Ahmed and Hatem come from a good family.
He admits that what they did was wrong but believes the case was blown out of proportion because of nine-eleven.
[SOT :42:26]

((AHMED HASSABALLA/FRIEND AND COUSIN: THE CASE WAS THEY HAD IDS THAT THEY WEREN'T SUPPOSED TO HAVE BUT THE PURPOSE OF THOSE IDS THEY GOT WASN'T TO HURT THIS COUNTRY.)) [RUNS:12]
He says his cousins came to America to earn money for their ill mother back home.
[SOT :46:12]
[IN Q=THEIR DREAM TURNED]

((AHMED HASSABALLA: THEIR DREAM TURNED INTO A NIGHTMARE AND THAT'S IT.)) [RUNS:03]
[OUT Q=AND THAT'S IT.] ))
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[LIVE= Meghan /FULL State Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Richmond;]


23-year-old Hatem received a six month jail sentence.
His older brother Ahmed will spend one year behind bars.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Meghan /State Microwave;]


And Both brothers face deportation back to Egypt.

[Viral-Meningitis]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Add Virginia to the list of states that have seen a sharp rise in the number of viral meningitis cases in the month of August.
The Central Virginia Health District says it's had more than forty reports of the disease over the last month.
The illness affects the central nervous system and is characterized by headache, fever, stiff neck, sensitivity to light and nausea or vomiting.
Health officials say patients who have had viral meningitis do not pose a risk to anyone else once they've recovered.
They urge everyone to practice good hygiene to avoid spreading or contracting the disease.

[Henry-Explosion]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=03-27 TC1:27:02]
[GRAPHIC=Explosion]

An industrial accident in Henry County today had the makings of a major tragedy.
But thanks to well-trained employees and built in safety mechanisms, a local company was spared. Jennifer Wishon has more on an explosion stopped in its tracks.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=To look at]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Steve Eanes/Henry Co. Public Safety Officer; :07]
[SUPER=01-Capt. Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sherriff's Department; :17]
[SUPER=@Jennifer2; 1:08]
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[OUT Q=JW, News 7, Henry County]

((To look at Mehler Engineered Products you'd think it was just another day on the job.
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[SOT 1:58:27]
[IN Q=The situation turned]

((STEVE EANES: THE SITUATION TURNED OUT EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD CONSIDERING THE CIRCUMSTANCES.)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=the circumstances]

But dispatchers feared the worst this morning when they received word of an explosion.
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[SOT 1:15:52:03]
[IN Q=People were screaming]

((KIMMY NESTER: PEOPLE WERE SCREAMING THROUGHOUT THE PLANT AND THEREFORE THEY THOUGHT PEOPLE HAD BEEN BURNED AND INJURED WHEN THEY PLACED THE 911 CALL.)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=placed the 911 call]

Fire officials say the problem stemmed from a 90- foot work station.
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[SOT 1:59:05]
[IN Q=It's got liquid components]

((STEVE EANES: IT'S GOT LIQUID COMPONENTS ON EACH END THAT FIBER RUNS THROUGH THAT IT'S DIPPED IN AND DRIED IN BETWEEN AND SO FORTH SO IT'S LIKE A BIG DRYER BOX.)) [RUNS09]
[OUT Q=big dryer box]

Once the box caught fire employees put their training to work and activated a safety mechanism-- saving their lives and sparing the facility.
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[SOT 1:17:45]
[IN Q=Had there not been a fire]

((KIMMY NESTER: HAD THERE NOT BEEN A FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEM AND SOMEONE COULD GET TO IT AND ACTIVATE IT, ALONG WITH FIRE EXTINGUISHERS, IT HAD POTENTIAL TO SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE PLANT.)) [RUNS09]
[OUT Q=throughout the plant]

Fire officials tested the atmosphere and now deem it safe, but maintenance still has to pump out the chemicals and dispose of them.
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[SOT 1:17:22]
[IN Q=Everybody's just exstatic]

((EVERYBODY'S JUST ECSTATIC THAT AS BAD AS IT MAY BE WE HAVE NO INJURIES TO REPORT.)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=injuries to report]

The German based company manufactures nylon cording used in fan belts and radiators. A team of engineers from Germany is expected to arrive over the weekend to try and determine the cause of the explosion and ensure it doesn't happen again. Jennifer Wishon, News 7, Henry County.))

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


Blacksburg's already seen the crush of returning Tech students, now the town's preparing for tens of thousands of football fans.
That story's still ahead on News 7 at Six.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus business owners at Smith Mountain Lake hope for a busy and sunny end to the summer season.
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[Salem-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=03-30 TC1:38:52]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


It could take longer than expected to determine the cause of a fire at a Salem business.
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[VO-NAT :30]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Last Week;]

Because of the collapse of the roof over the main part of the Northwest Hardware store last week, Fire Chief Pat Counts says it's been unsafe for investigators to enter that portion of the building. He says once they make it inside the process will be further slowed by efforts to avoid contaminated air.
[SUPER=04-Monday]

Meantime, the Salem Fire Department is awaiting the results of tests conducted on waterways near the fire site. Preliminary reports showed the presence of herbicides in a creek near the hardware store.
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[Elm-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]

A teenager is charged in the shooting of two Roanoke men last night. City police say the 17-year old Roanoke male faces two counts each of malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. The charges stem from a disorder in the 3-hundred block of Elm Avenue around 10:30. 42 year old Randy Hudgins was shot in the chest. 18-year old Brandon Boardley was shot in the leg. Both were taken to Roanoke Memorial for treatment.

[Lake-Holiday]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=03-33 TC33:38]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Business owners at Smith Mountain Lake hope beautiful weather this holiday weekend will help them recoup losses sustained during the rainy period this year.
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[VO-NAT - :14.5]
[SUPER=03-Smith Mountain Lake;]

Labor Day weekend marks the traditional end of the summer business season. It's one of the most profitable weekends along with Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. With several recent weeks of hot, dry weather, business owners say traffic has been good.
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[SOT - 15:01:08]
[IN Q=I've been really busy...]

((KEITH "HAWK" LAMB/CAPTAIN'S QUARTERS BOAT RENTAL MANAGER; I'VE BEEN REALLY BUSY, GOOD CUSTOMERS, DECENT WEATHER. BUT I LOST MARCH, APRIL, MAY AND TWO WEEKS OF JUNE, BUT WE'RE GOING GOOD NOW, AND WE HOPE THE RAIN HOLDS OFF FOR US.))
[SUPER=01-Keith "Hawk" Lamb/Captain's Quarters Boat Rental Manager;]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=holds off for us.]
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[VO-NAT - :07+]

Business people on the lake say traffic was light today, but that it should pick up significantly tomorrow and Sunday.

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[Stocks]


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


Wall Street polished off another positive month with a steady session. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
[RUNS=:30]
[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-x/41.61/9415.82/x/10.20/1810.58;]


The DOW rose 42 points.
NASDAQ gained ten.
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[Police-Hillsville]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#=03-21 TC2:01:46]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Hundreds of thousands of people are descending on Southwest Virginia this weekend.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Hillsville;]


The 37th annual Gun Show and Flea Market in Carroll County is in full swing.
The event adds about 250 thousand people a day to Hillsville's usual population of 29 hundred.
To get around in the crowd the police department has started a bike patrol.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Sometimes we have]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Greg Bolen/Hillsville Police Department]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q= between 10 and 12]
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[VO-NAT]


The event runs through Monday at 4 PM.
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[TAKE WEBPAGE FS]
For more information about Hillsville check out our website at WDBJ7.com and click on websites in the news.
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[Tech-Football]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-29 TC1:22:38]
[GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech]

Another big area event is less than 48-hours away-- Virginia Tech's football season opener against Central Florida. New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens has a few you things you may want to know before heading to the game.


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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mike Maher/Virginia Tech Student; :12]
[SUPER=01-Lynn Martin/Museum Committee Chair; :34]
[SUPER=01-Debra Duncan/Virginia Tech Police Chief; 1:00]
[SUPER=@Myranda2; 1:10]
[RUNS=1:20]
[OUT Q=news 7, blacksburg]

(([NATS @ 2009] [RUNS02] ((THERE YOU GO, AND YOU CAN GET YOUR TICKETS THROUGH THE FIRST DOOR.)) More than 64-thousand people are expected to fill the stands Sunday at Lane Stadium. And for many, it will be their first time.
[SOT 1910]

[RUNS05] ((MIKE MAHER/VIRGINIA TECH STUDENT: I'VE HEARD TECH GAMES ARE THE BEST GAMES. MY SISTER WENT HERE SO I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT IT.)) [NATS OF BUS @ 1818] Blacksburg Transit will offer its usual park and ride service so that GETTING to the stadium can be less the hassle. And for 15-bucks, the town is offering additional parking this year inside its Harrell Street lot. The money will go toward building a new museum.
[SOT 1624]

[RUNS14] ((LYNN MARTIN/MUSEUM COMMITTEE CHAIR: I HOPE PEOPLE SEE IT AS A SMALL FEE TO HELP THE MUSEUM TO GET STARTED AND OFF THE GROUND AND DOWN THE ROAD IT WILL BE A VERY POSITIVE THING FOR B'BURG AS WE ESTABLISH OUR HISTORICAL MUSEUM.)) No matter how they get there, police say fans will want to be on their best behavior. About a hundred more officers will be on hand before, during and after the game...to help keep things under control.


[SOT 9:55]

[RUNS10] ((DEBRA DUNCAN/VT POLICE CHIEF: AND WE ALSO LOOK TO SEE WHAT KIND OF KINKS WILL NEED TO IRON OUT WHAT HAPPENS THAT MAYBE WE NEED TO PREPARE FOR THE NEXT GAME, SO IT'S A PRETTY GOOD INDICATOR OF HOW IT'S GOING TO BE FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.)) And if a peaceful game Sunday is a good indicator of what's in store for the rest of the season, perhaps a WIN will likely be the same. Myranda Stephens, News 7, Blacksburg.))


[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Travis]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Coming up, the Cavs talk about the Dukies, and Ryan Newman wins the pole for Sunday's race at Darlington,
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[LIVE=Steve Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@steve1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke Co.]
(Steve adlibs live tease)
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[S-Live]


[ANCHOR=Travis]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-150 40:04]
[GRAPHIC=FFE]


The 20th season of Friday Football Extra kicks off tonight and our spotlight game features the Northside Vikings against the Pulaski County Cougars.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Mike & Steve /Microwave;]


Steve Mason joins us from Viking Stadium. Steve
[LIVE=Steve/FULL]
[SUPER=@Steve1; :00]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke Co.; :00]


travis all 13 games on our Friday Football Extra slate will be exciting for fans and their communities and that is indeed the case here. I am joined by Northside coach Jim Hickam and first year Pulaski County coach Jack Turner. Coach Hickam, let me start with you. How weird is it to be doing this interview across from someone other than Joel Hicks?
[SUPER=01-Jim Hickam/30th Season as Northside Football Coach; :00]
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[VO-NAT]

[PLEASE B-ROLL OVER SECOND QUESTION AND ANSWER]
[TAPE=SP-150]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]
[RUNS=:13]

You have to replace all of your skill players but you are big up front with a line that averages over 250 pounds. This is the first time you have ever opened the season against Pulaski, your thoughts.
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[STEVE COMES BACK AFTER B-ROLL AND INTERVIEWS PULASKI COUNTY COACH]
[LIVE=Steve Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke Co.;]

Jack Turner, you were 4 and OH as a player against Northside. But now you're the head coach following a legend of 24 seasons.
[SUPER=01-Jack Turner/First Season as Pulaski Co. Head Coach; :00]
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[VO-NAT]

[PLEASE B-ROLL OVER SECOND QUESTION AND ANSWER]
[TAPE=SP-148]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.;]
[RUNS=:18]
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[LIVE=Steve Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke Co.;]

you return all your skill players. Three back field players, Burks, Anderson and Hodge that produced 90 percent of your scoring last year. [COACHES ANSWERS SECOND QUESTION]
Coach I understand Joel Hicks talked to you earlier today, what did he tell you. [QUICK ANSWER FROM COACH]
Word out of Pulaski is that Coach Hicks will not be here tonight. He is running in a marathon in Charleston, West Virginia this weekend.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Steve & Travis/Microwave;]


But Travis, Coach Hicks might be the only person from both of these camps not here. A lot of intrigue surrounding this game. Northside has beaten beat Pulaski the last two seasons. Game time is set for 7:30, highlights at 11.

[S-Show]


[ANCHOR=Travis]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-159 3019tc]
[GRAPHIC=NCAA FOOTBALL]


We're also doing our best to get you ready for the start of the local college season that begins tomorrow. Here's Mike Stevens with more on that.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=@mike1; :00]
[RUNS=:33]
[OUT Q=....your home town station.]
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[S-Cavs]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-155 27:49]
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[VO-NAT wipe to #eng!!!!!!]
[SUPER=03-Durham, NC/2002 Duke Game; :00]


The Cavaliers open the season tomorrow in Charlottesville against Duke at seven PM. UVa is favored by 16 points.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Al Groh/UVa Head Football Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=...Oakland Raiders look"]
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[S-Qualify]


[ANCHOR=6pm]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-154]
[GRAPHIC=Nascar]


Ryan Newman has captured his series leading 6th pole of the season after mashing the gas today in Darlington.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Darlington, SC/SPEED; :00]


The only thing hotter than the 92 degree air temperature was Newman's fast lap which clocked in at 169.048 miles per hour. Jimmie Johnson will start on the outside of row one. Here's a look at the starting grid for Sunday's Southern 500.
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[SUPER=0107-16. Mike Skinner//17. Jamie McMurray//18. Kevin Harvick//19. Dale Jarrett//20. Tony Stewart//;]
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[SUPER=0107-21. Casey Mears//22. Bill Elliott//23. Christian Fittipaldi//24. Kenny Wallace//25. Robby Gordon//;]
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[SUPER=0107-26. Todd Bodine//27. Joe Nemechek//28. Jeff Burton//29. Ward Burton//30. Ricky Rudd//;]
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[SUPER=0107-31. Kurt Busch//32. Steve Park//33. Tony Raines//34. Rusty Wallace//35. Jeff Green//;]
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[S-Soccer]


[ANCHOR=Travis]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-151 38:57]
[GRAPHIC=Soccer]

Former Northside star soccer player Danny Karbassiyoon has signed a pro contract.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Vinton; :00]

The 18 year old signed with Arsenal, one of the world's best teams. Arsenal is England. It is a two year deal with a two year option and sources say the contract is worth over 100 thousand dollars.
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[Telescopes]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=03-31 TC1:09:48]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The best view of Mars in more than 60-thousand years has spawned new interest in astronomy.
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[VO-NAT - :14]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]

Jim Shauberger (SHAW-burg-ur) owns Scopes and Stuff, and says his shop has been flooded since Mars' orbit has brought it relatively close to earth. He says a good pair of binoculars can give you better views of Mars than many inexpensive telescopes.
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[SOT - 1:32:08]
[IN Q=I don't recommend...]

((JIM SHAUBERGER/SCOPES AND STUFF OWNER; I DON'T RECOMMEND YOU GO OUT AND BUY A TELESCOPE TO JUST VIEW MARS. IF YOU WANT TO LEARN SOME ASTRONOMY AND LOOK AT SOME OTHER THINGS, AND THERE'S A LOT OF THEM THAT ARE MUCH PRETTIER, YES I'D RECOMMEND THAT IN A HEARTBEAT. BECOME INTERESTED IN ASTRONOMY BUT DON'T GO OUT AND BUY A TOY TELESCOPE AND THINK YOU'RE GOING TO SEE DETAILS ON MARS.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Shauberger/Scopes and Stuff Owner; ]
[RUNS=18]
[OUT Q=see details on Mars.]
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[VO-NAT - :07+]

Shauberger suggests attending one of the free viewings put on by local astronomy clubs.
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