[11Primary]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
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[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2004]


Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry got a big win in the Virginia primary.
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[TAKE LEADER FULL]
These are the final numbers.
Kerry took more than half the vote... well ahead of his nearest rivals, North Carolina Senator John Edwards and Wesley Clark. [PAGE 2]
None of the other candidates could score in the double digits. Howard Dean, Al Sharpton and Dennis Kucinich all got less than ten percent.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]

Voters across central and southwest Virginia generally voted in line with the rest of the state, choosing Kerry by comfortable margins. But six area counties went for John Edwards. He got more than half the vote in Carroll, Patrick and Wythe Counties, and also won in Bland, Grayson and Pulaski Counties.

[National-Primary]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2004]
[ENG#=1]


While Kerry is riding high after yesterday's big wins, another Democrat is bowing out of the race.
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[VO-NAT]


After a disappointing third place showing in the Southern primaries, Retired General Wesley Clark is calling it quits.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The tremendous]

((MARK BENNETT/CLARK CAMPAIGN SPOKESMAN:THE TREMENDOUS MOMENTUM SENATOR KERRY BUILT OUT OF THE IOWA AND NEW HAMPSHIRE RACES.. AND THE MOUNTAIN GOT TOO STEEP TO CLIMB. ))
[SUPER=01-Mark Bennett/Clark Campaign Spokesman;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=too step to climb.]
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[VO-NAT]


Voters angry with President Bush chose the man with the momentum, John Kerry.
Yesterday's victories in the South gave the Massachusetts Senator more fuel for his march toward the nomination.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We will fight]

((SEN. JOHN KERRY/D- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: WE WILL FIGHT FOR EVERY VOTE AND CARRY OUR CAUSE ALL ACROSS THIS LAND. ))


[SUPER=01-Sen. John Kerry/(D) Presidential Candidate;]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=all across this land.]
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[VO-NAT]


With 12 out of 14 preliminary contests under his belt, Kerry plans to rest the next couple of days before taking his campaign to Wisconsin.
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[Gay-Marriage]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=2]


The subject of gay marriage will dominate today's agenda for lawmakers in Massachusetts.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


When they meet, they'll be talking about a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
Thousands of gay rights activists, conservative leaders, and media from around the world are expected to converge on the statehouse for the debate.
Children of gay couples are lobbying lawmakers to leave the state constitution as it is, while conservative activists have collected petitions asking legislators to let the voters decide.
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[FL-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=3]


The man accused of killing the Florida girl whose abduction was caught on tape heads to court today.
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[VO-NAT]


37- year- old Joseph Smith is charged with the kidnapping and murder of Carlie Brucia.
[SUPER=03-Sarasota, FL;]


A surveillance tape at a car wash captured Brucia's abduction.
Meanwhile, Smith's public defenders have asked the judge to issue a gag order in an effort to prevent pre- trial publicity.
More than a thousand people attended a public memorial for the 11- year- old yesterday.
Mourners left flowers and helped plant a tree at the church where the girl's body was found.
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[PKG-Safety-Survey]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-55 TC 50:33]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=4]


The much anticipated teacher survey about school violence in Roanoke was a hot topic at last night's school board meeting.
As Justin McLeod discovered, each side is spinning the results differently.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Linda Wright/Patrick Henry H.S. Parent; :13]
[SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Superintendent of Schools; :31]
[SUPER=01-Anita Price/Roanoke Education Association; :52]
[SUPER=01-Alice Hincker/RSVP Coalition Founder; 1:08]
[SUPER=01-Gloria Manns/School Board Chairwoman; 1:32]
[SUPER=@justin1; 1:38]
[RUNS=1:50]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]


((((NAT SOUND OF CLAPPING))
It is an issue that continues to generate a lot of response.
One parent got up to tell the school board of a recent example of violence in Roanoke City schools.
[SOT 18:01:02]
[IN Q=The demand is made]

((LINDA WRIGHT/PARENT: THE DEMAND IS MADE FOR HIS MONEY, INTO A PLATE GLASS WINDOW.)) [Runs09]
[OUT Q=INTO A PLATE GLASS WINDOW]


Although this incident is unfortunate, the school system continues to say the schools are safe overall.
Adminstrators point to a recent teacher survey.
[SOT 17:41:26]
[IN Q=The overwhelming number]

((WAYNE HARRIS/SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS: THE OVERWHELMING NUMBER OF....IN THEIR WORK LOCATION.)) [Runs08]
[OUT Q=IN THEIR WORK LOCATION]


That is partly true.
The survey conducted by the Roanoke Education Association shows for example 71 percent of teachers feel safe in their schools.
But some say the numbers only tell part of the story.
[SOT 18:14:09]
[IN Q=This is made by a teacher]

((ANITA PRICE/ROANOKE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: THIS MADE BY A TEACBHER....AREN'T SAFE FROM EACH OTHER.)) [Runs06]
[OUT Q=AREN'T SAFE FROM EACH OTHER]


Especially at the high school level.
The survey found 83 percent of teachers believe the number of discpline problems have been increasing over the last three years.
[sot 17:44:29]
[IN Q=There's one item where]

((ALICE HINCKER/RSVP COALITION: THERE'S ONE ITEM WHERE....SO THAT'S LIKE 80-PERCENT.))
[Runs=12]
[OUT Q=SO THAT'S LIKE 80PERCENT]


One school board member admits there is even more concern at the high school level.
The survey found only 30-percent of teachers feel there is effective communication between the faculty and the administration.
[SOT ]
[IN Q=iT'S PRETTY LOW]

((GLORIA MANNS/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRWOMAN: IT'S PRETTY LOW NUMBER....THAT WE CAN REPAIR.)) [Runs05]
[OUT Q=THAT WE CAN REPAIR]
[SOT ]
[IN Q=Some pointed out]

((JUSTIN mcLEOD: SOME POINTED OUT, ABOUT SCHOOL VIOLENCE. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))

[11PH-Plan]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-52 TC1:21:16]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=1]


The new Patrick Henry High School was also on the agenda last night.
The school board learned that construction is going to cost more than expected.
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[VO-NAT]


The original cost for the new school came in at 38-million dollars.
The architect informed the board last night the projected cost is now nearly 47 million dollars.
Many board members say they are disappointed by that news, but would like construction to begin this summer as scheduled.
The board will approve the final design plans and the budget for construction at an upcoming meeting.
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[6-Rage-Plastics]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=New Jobs]


In business news, 25 new jobs are headed to Altavista as an Ohio plastics company decides to expand.
Rage Corporation, a custom injection molding business, will spend two million dollars locating in part of the old Lane Furniture company.
Altavista competed successfully against sites in Ohio for the new plant.

[Marketwatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]
[ENG#=1]


In other business news, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan is scheduled to testify before a Senate committee today and a House panel tomorrow.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:15]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]

((> IT'S ALL ABOUT ALAN GREENSPAN FOR WALL STREET TODAY. THE FEDERAL RESERVE > CHAIRMAN WILL BE ON CAPTIOL HILL LATER TODAY TO GIVE HIS SEMI ANNUAL > TESTIMONY.. INVESTORS ARE ANTICIPATING UPBEAT COMMENTS ON THE ECONOMY FROM > GREENSPAN. THEY'LL ALSO BE LISTENING CLOSELY FOR ANY CLUES ABOUT IF AND > WHEN THE FED WILL RAISE INTEREST RATES.. > > AHEAD OF GREENSPAN'S TESTIMONY > > THE DOW RALLIED 34 POINTS > > AND THE NASDAQ ADDED NEARLY 15. > > MICROSOFT IS WARNING CUSTOMERS ABOUT WHAT IT CALLS A CRITICAL FLAW IN MOST > VERSIONS OF ITS FLAGSHIP WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEM.. > > THAT COULD LET HACKERS QUIETLY BREAK INTO THEIR COMPUTERS TO STEAL FILES > OR EAVESDROP ON SENSITIVE INFORMATION. MICROSOFT LEARNED ABOUT THE FLAWS > MORE THAN SIX MONTHS AGO FROM RESEARCHERS. THE SOFTWARE GIANT RECOMMENDS > THAT USESR DOWNLOAD A REPAIR PATCH FROM THE MICROSOFT WEBSITE. > > OIL RELATED STOCKS WERE GUSHING TODAY AFTER MEMBERS OF OPEC UNEXPECTEDLY > AGREED TO REIGN IN OVERPRODUCTION IMMEDIATELY AND THEN CUT THEIR CURRENT > OIL OUTPUT BY A MILLION BARRELS A DAY BEGINNING APRIL FIRST. THE CUTS ARE > INTENDED TO KEEP PRICES FROM PLUMMETING WHEN DEMAND FOR OIL EASES AT THE > END OFWINTER. > > TRACK ALL THE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM IN NY I'M ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS.)) > > >

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[Iraq-Bombing]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq]
[ENG#=1]


Another suicide bombing in Iraq has left as many as 50 people dead.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Baghdad, Iraq;]


The car bombing happened today outside an army recruiting center in Baghdad-- not far from the high security zone where U-S administrators are headquartered.
Iraqi officials say 50 others were injured when a man driving a white Oldsmobile detonated between 300 and 500 pounds of explosives.
Yesterday, another suicide bombing south of Baghdad killed 53 people. But Iraqi officials say the heightened attacks won't deter Iraq's "march toward freedom."
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[11Council-Supervisors]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-51 TC59:47]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=2]


Roanoke City Council and the County Supervisors have endorsed a six year plan to equalize water and sewer rates in the two localities.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


The Western Virginia Water Authority will set the new rates before July first.
But under the plan outlined yesterday, a city customer using five thousand gallons will pay a dollar 49 cents more per month next year... while a county resident will pay 48 cents less.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I think that]

((DARLENE BURCHAM: I THINK THERE WERE OBVIOUSLY ISSUES ON BOTH SIDES AND THE COMPROMISE IS REALLY WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT.)) ((ELMER HODGE: SIX YEARS IS A GOOD TRANSITION FOR THE AUTHORITY AND IT EASES THE CHANGES FOR THE CITIZENS AS WELL.))
[SUPER=@Burcham; :00]
[SUPER=@Hodge; :08]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=changes for the citizens as well.]
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[VO-NAT]


By the time rates are equalized in 2010, an average customer will be paying 36- dollars a month for water and sewer service.
That's about nine dollars more than city customers are paying now, and two dollars 85-cents less than current county charges.
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[11L'burg-Council]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=03-50 TC1:45:41]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=3]


Some unwed teen mothers in Lynchburg have nowhere to go before and after their baby is born, but that's about to change.
Steve Smallshaw tells us how one woman plans to help turn these lives around, one person at a time.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=This time it]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tracci Diggs/Group Home Owner; :22]
[SUPER=01-Greg Parham/Group Home Owner; :51]
[SUPER=@ssm1; 1:04]
[RUNS=1:26]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]

(( This time it was the right idea AND the right location.
Tracci Diggs' dream of providing a safe haven for teenage mothers took a detour last fall when city council refused to let her set up shop in this home on Arkansas Avenue.
But Diggs was back Tuesday night with a new property, 1620 Grace Street.
It's here where she hopes to give these young girls a fresh start.
[SOT 8:04:10]

((TRACCI DIGGS/GROUP HOME OWNER: FOR MOST TEENAGERS LIVING IN THOSE KINDS OF SITUATIONS, LIVING ON THE STREET OR LIVING IN BAD SITUATIONS, IT'S LIKE 'OH WELL, THIS IS PAR FOR THE COURSE, THIS IS THE WAY THINGS HAPPEN, THIS IS THE WAY MY LIFE IS SUPPOSED TO BE'. AND I THINK IT'S MINE AND MR. PARHAM'S JOB AND OBJECTIVE TO ENLIGHTEN THEM.))
[RUNS= 17]
[OUT Q=to enlighten them.]


Diggs and her partner, Greg Parham, want to start a home for up to four teenagers and their children.
The girls can recover from their pregnancies, learn parenting and job skills and continue their education.
[SOT 8:05:52]

((GREG PARHAM/GROUP HOME OWNER: I THINK WHEN YOU CARE ABOUT PEOPLE, THAT'S THE FIRST START TO THEM CARING ABOUT THEMSELVES AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIVES AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT BABIES NOW, SO CONTRIBUTORS TO SOCIETY, THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO DEVELOP.))
[RUNS= 13]
[OUT Q=want to develop.]

[Standup] ((At first some neighbors didn't want the group home to locate here on Grace Street, an area where in the past two years, police have responded to more than 300 calls for criminal activity. But Diggs says the property will be fenced-in, well-lit and well-supervised.. and her proposal was met with unanimous support.))
[RUNS= 16]
[OUT Q=with unanimous support.]


Diggs and Parham hope to be open for business in three to four months.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg. ))

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[COMM][11Rocky-Mount]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-49 TC1:46:09]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=1]

Rocky Mount's already fixed up downtown, now it's branching out.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount;]

Town officials say they want to make the same type of improvements to uptown Rocky Mount, as they did a few years ago downtown. Some of the improvements include removing overhead power lines, and adding new benches, crosswalks and lamp posts. Mayor Mark Newbill says most of the funding for the project will come from a one-million dollar federal grant. Work could begin as early as next Spring.
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(Kim tosses to bump)

[BUMP]

[COMM][Biz-Brief]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]
[ENG#=2]


In business news, Stocks posted gains yesterday. Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[RUNS=1:10]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]

((STOCKS ENDED TUESDAY IN THE PLUS COLUMN.


THE DOW CLOSED UP 34-POINTS...
AND THE NASDAQ GAINED 14.


BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO POSTED A NET LOSS OF SIX-DOLLARS-57-CENTS PER SHARE FOR ITS FOURTH QUARTER.
THAT COMPARES TO A *PROFIT* OF 17-CENTS PER SHARE A YEAR AGO.
A MAJOR OWNER OF BLOCKBUSTER, VIACOM, SAYS BLOCKBUSTER IS TAKING A HIT FROM WIDESPREAD COMPETITION, INCLUDING LOW-PRICED D-V-DS.
BLOCKBUSTER IS THE NATION'S NUMBER ONE VIDEO RENTAL CHAIN.


VIACOM, MEANWHILE, POSTED ITS OWN FOURTH QUARTER LOSS OF 22-CENTS A SHARE...DOWN FROM A *PROFIT* OF 37-CENTS A SHARE A YEAR AGO.
THE COMPANY SAYS AN ACCOUNTING CHARGE RELATED TO ITS OWNERSHIP OF BLOCKBUSTER CONTRIBUTED TO THE LOSS.
VIACOM SAYS IT PLANS TO DIVEST ITS 81-PERCENT INTEREST IN THE VIDEO-RENTAL CHAIN.


MARRIOTT REPORTED NET INCOME OF 69-CENTS A SHARE FOR ITS FOURTH-QUARTER.
THAT'S UP FROM A LOSS OF 15-CENTS A SHARE A YEAR EARLIER.
THE COMPANY BEAT ANALYSTS EXPECTATIONS BY EIGHT-CENTS.
MARRIOTT IS THE NATION'S LARGEST HOTEL OPERATOR.


WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))


[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS] [STOCKS] [WOOD ROGERS SPONSOR BOARD 5185 ESSC] [COMM]


[2-Iraq-Bombing]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq]
[ENG#=1]


In Iraq, another report of a suicide bombing--
A government official says nearly 50 people were killed.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Baghdad, Iraq;]


The car bombing happened today outside an army recruiting center in Baghdad-- not far from the high security zone where U-S administrators are headquartered.
Iraqi officials say 50 others were injured when a man driving a white Oldsmobile detonated between 300 and 500 pounds of explosives.
Yesterday, another suicide bombing south of Baghdad killed 53 people. But Iraqi officials say the heightened attacks won't deter Iraq's "march toward freedom."
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[11Vans]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-53 TC1:00:44]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=3]


A Roanoke father trying to take 15-passenger vans off the roads was handed a defeat yesterday by the House Transportation Committee.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The Committee failed to advance a bill that would phase out the vehicles.
Joey Erndt's daughter, 14-year-old Jessica Lewis, was killed while riding in a 15-passenger van.
Erndt says the vans are unsafe and he is confident that eventually his efforts will be successful.
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[SOT :38:08]
[IN Q=TRAGICALLY IN THE LAST TWO YEARS]

((JOEY ERNDT/LOST DAUGHTER IN 15-PASSENGER VAN ACCIDENT: TRAGICALLY IN THE LAST TWO YEARS THERE HAVE BEEN DOZENS OF ACCIDENTS AND DOZENS OF FATALITIES SINCE THEN PEOPLE HAVE BECOME MORE AWARE BY SEEING US AND SEEING WHAT THESE VEHICLES HAVE DONE IT'S CHANGED THE MINDS OF A LOT OF PEOPLE.))
[SUPER=01-Joey Erndt/Lost Daughter in Van Accident]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=CHANGES MINDS OF A LOT OF PEOPLE.]
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[VO-NAT]


Some states have already banned the vehicles which are known to have high rollover rates.
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[Early-Years]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Early Years]
[ENG#=4]


If you live, work, or attend school in the Roanoke area and are between the ages of 17 and 24, you could become the next Miss Roanoke Valley.
The pageant takes place March 20th at Cave Spring High School.
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[Take FS Early Years]
In this week's "Early Years" segment, we'll learn why pageant organizers are now requiring contestants to be from the Roanoke Valley.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Mark Schreier/Pageant Executive Director; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Aliff/Miss Virginia 1983 and Roanoke Native; :47]
[RUNS=2:40]
[OUT Q=News 7 Mornin will be right back.]


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