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Coming up on News 7,
A mobile home fire last night in Franklin County leaves one person dead.
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And hundreds of Roanoke College graduates say goodbye to the school and the man who led it.
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Tonight in sports, we'll talk racing SoCal style, and we'll meet
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Will Montogmery, Tech's redshirt junior who expects to be right in the center of things for the Hokies in the fall.
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[WX-Head]
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If you left home prepared, then the day wasn't half bad. But the scattered showers continue across the southwest Virginia. More are on the way for Sunday. A look at Skytracker7 radar, plus your May Alamanac coming up.

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Hundreds of Roanoke College students graduate while saying goodbye to their long time leader and friend.
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Good evening, I'm Myranda Stephens.

[Gring]


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David Gring has held the reins at Roanoke College for 15 years, but in July he'll step down. Today he presided over his last commencement - one that not even rain could spoil. Jennifer Wishon has more from Salem.
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[SUPER=01-David Gring/Retiring Roanoke College President; :16 ]
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[SUPER=01-Ann Gunter/Roanoke College Graduate; 1:16 ]
[SUPER=01-Brandi McKee/Roanoke College Graduate; 1:38 ]
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((For more than 350- men and women Saturday marked their last day as Roanoke College students.
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((NATS OF DAVID LAUGHING.))
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David Gring is also starting a new chapter - donning his robe for the last time after a 15 year tenure as president of Roanoke College.
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[IN Q=I'll definitely miss the students]

((DAVID GRING: I'LL DEFINITELY MISS THE STUDENTS AND I'LL MISS THE LIVELINESS AND ENERGY OF AN ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT. YOU'RE BLESSED IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS TO BE WORKING WITH THE BRIGHTEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.))
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A career academic, Gring earned his masters and ph-d in zoology and genetics from Indiana University before a 13 year
stint at Concordia College in Minnesota.

But for Gring, coming to Roanoke College was an easy decision.
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[IN Q=It was clear from ]

((DAVID GRING: IT WAS CLEAR FROM FIRST STEP ON CAMPUS THAT ROANOKE COLLEGE WAS A COLLEGE WHICH ALREADY HAD SIGNIFICANT MOMENTUM.))
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A momentum he carried. During his tenure, enrollment at Roanoke College has reached an all- time high. The school increased its endowment money from 25- million in 1999 to 84 million this year and the campus landscape has evolved with the addition of buildings like the Colket Center and Sutton Commons.
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((ANN GUNTER: I KNOW EVERYONE IS REALLY SAD TO SEE HIM GO AND HIS BACCALAUREATE SPEACH WAS REALLY GOOD AND IT WAS REALLY FUNNY AND IT WAS NICE TO SEE HE WAS HAPPY ABOUT HIS DECISION AND HAPPY TO BE ABLE TO BE THERE WITH US.))
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And in keeping with recent Roanoke College tradition the students time with Gring was extended. Rain hurried a sea of umbrellas from the quad to the Bast Center delaying graduation by an hour.
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((BRANDI MCKEE)) [RUNS 06]
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But before students received their diplomas Gring and his wife Susan were awarded honorary degrees for their service.

[6:51:07 - APPLAUSE AFTER HIS DEGREE] His message to students is simple.
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[IN Q=A bird does not sing]

((DAVID GRING: A BIRD DOES NOT SING BECAUSE IT HAS ALL THE ANSWERS, THE BIRD SINGS BECAUSE IT HAS A SONG AND I THINK OUR GRADUATES HAVE A SONG AND THEY ARE CALLED TO SING IT IN THE WORLD.))
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Jennifer Wishon, News 7, Salem.)) [First-Wx]
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A woman was killed overnight in a mobile home fire in Franklin County.
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Officials responded to the fire around one this morning on Lucky Lane off of Scruggs Road.
A joint investigation between the public safety and sheriff's departments is continuing.
Crews from Scruggs Fire and Rescue, Smith Mountain Lake and Burnt Chimney fire departments responded.
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The mobile home is considered a total loss. Damages are estimated around 50-thousand dollars.


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Fire damaged a home in Blacksburg early this morning. Shortly before 5 o'clock, fire broke out in the attic of a home in the 24-hundred block of Woodland Hills Drive. After the blaze was extinguished, fire officials found that wiring for an outside light may have sparked the fire. No one was injured.

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Salem Police are investigating a string of break-ins overnight.
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They happened in this strip mall on Apperson Drive where police say five businesses were broken into. Store owners came in to work today to find holes in either their doors or their windows. At "Buy the Season consignment" some change was stolen, but other than that, the main damage was the broken glass in the door. "More than Lights" owner Steve Knighten says he never thought anyone would break into his store and has asked Salem Police to do more night-time patrols in the area.
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((STEVE KNIGHTEN: THERE WERE SOME PICTURES AND MIRRORS MISSING, THE BED IS BROKEN DOWN THAT'S IN THE FRONT WINDOW. LOOKED AROUND, DIDN'T SEE ANY MORE EVIDENCE, WENT INTO THE WAREHOUSE - THEY'D GONE THROUGH THE WAREHOUSE KICKED THE BACK DOOR IN AND GONE INTO BLANCO MANUFACTURING IN THE REAR.))
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Officials say they're still investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call Salem Police.
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Still to come on the newscast, a plan that will allow additional logging in National Forests has activists up in arms,

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and also, a group of women in Roanoke try to make life a little more comfortable for sick children and their families.

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[National-Forest]

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The Roanoke Branch of the Sierra Club may be concerned about what happens to forests in the area, but the group was out and about in several Roanoke NEIGHBORHOODS today.
Intern reporter Tom Zimmerman has more on what they were trying to do.
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((((NAT SOUND OF WATERFALL))
When you live in Southwest Virginia, you become accustomed to scenes like these.
Miles of foot-trails cut through the Jefferson and George Washington National Forest leading to views of the valley below.
But the local branch of the Sierra Club believes this all could be in danger if the new management plan for the Jefferson National Forest proceeds as planned.
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((DAVID MUHLY/APPALACHIAN REGIONAL SIERRA CLUB: HERE IN VIRGINIA THE JEFFERSON AND GEORGE WASHINGTON NATIONAL FOREST IS A SOURCE FOR OUR CLEAN DRINKING WATER. IT'S A DESTINATION FOR SPECIAL RECREATION FOR FOLKS AND WE FEEL THAT THE NEW MANAGEMENT PLAN DOES NOT ADEQUATELY PROTECT THESE AREAS.))
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The new management uses what the Forest Service calls a balanced strategy.
According to Forest Supervisor William Damon, many uses of the forest have to be considered to create a balanced plan for the forest, including recreation, mineral use, and timber harvesting.
But the Sierra Club believes their opinion is being placed below political motives.
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((BOB EGBERT/SIERRA CLUB ROANOKE RIVER GROUP: WE DON'T BELIEVE THE NO LOGGING OPTION WHICH SIERRA CLUB PROPOSED WAS EVEN GIVEN SERIOUS CONSIDERATION.))
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((DAVID MUHLY/APPALACHIAN REGIONAL SIERRA CLUB: WE'D LIKE RESIDENTS OF THE ROANOKE VALLEY TO KNOW THAT THIS IS HAPPENING AND IF THERE'S MANY RESIDENTS IN THE VALLEY THAT ARE UPSET ABOUT THESE THINGS THAT ARE WILLING TO SPEND SOME TIME AND EXPEND SOME EFFORT TO MAKE SOME CHANGE HAPPEN.))
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((TOM ZIMMERMAN/REPORTING: THEY'RE BRINGING THAT MESSAGE HERE TO SEVERAL ROANOKE NEIGHBORHOODS AND THEY'RE HOPING TO GET EVEN MORE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY INVOLVED.))
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((NAT SOUND OF CONVERSATION))
The club hopes to open the eyes of residents to what they say is the danger of logging... convincing them that sights like these should be around for the next generation.
Tom Zimmerman, News 7, Roanoke.))

[Playground]


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Sick kids in the Roanoke Valley already have a place to call home ... now they also have a place to play.
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As part of its annual community project, the Junior League of Roanoke Valley decided to build a playground at the Ronald McDonald House.
The organization made up of women raised nearly ten thousand dollars to pay for it and spent more than a month putting it together.
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((MELISSA BOWLING/JUNIOR LEAGUE: THIS WILL PROVIDE A PLACE FOR PARENTS TO COME OUT AND RELAX AS WELL AS CHILDREN TO COME OUT AND PLAY. WE'RE ALSO PUTTING IN A BASKETBALL GOAL AND SO SOMETIMES PARENTS JUST NEED THAT STRESS RELIEF IF THEY'VE HAD TO BE IN THE HOSPITAL ALL DAY OR DEALING WITH SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT FAMILIES HAVE TO DEAL WITH HERE AT THE RONALD McDONALD HOUSE.))
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The playground was dedicated this afternoon.
Today also marks the 20th anniversary of the Ronald McDonald House in Roanoke.
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Still ahead on the newscast, Brent will be along with your full soggy forecast in just a few minutes.
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but before that, even rain couldn't tame some of the hottest chili in the state.
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[CF-Walk]


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Roanoke Valley residents made "Great Strides" towards finding a cure for a devastating disease today.
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More than a hundred people beat the rain and walked a three mile route to raise 20- thousand dollars for Cystic Fibrosis-- exceeding the original goal of 16- thousand. There is currently no cure for the disease that affects 30- thousand children and young adults nationwide.
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((KAREN DENNIS: CF IS A DISEASE THAT AFFECTS THE LUNGS AND THE PANCREAS. IT BUILDS UP A THICK STICKY MUCOUS THAT REALLY CAUSES LIFE- THREATENING LUNG INFECTIONS, WHICH IS REALLY ONE OF THE MAJOR COMPLICATIONS.))
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8- year- old Nicholas Hodges was diagnosed with C- F at birth.
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((NICHOLAS HODGES: I WANT TO GET A CURE. Reporter: And what do you want to get a cure for? CF.))
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The U-S Senate recently declared May "National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month." Money raised at all 600 walks across the country will go towards finding a cure and improving life for those affected by the disease.
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Today's rain couldn't cool down the Virginia Championship Chili Cookoff in downtown Roanoke.
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Hundreds turned out to sample many different kinds of chili.
While most seemed to keep their recipes under wraps, one former champion was willing to talk about her secret ingredient.
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[SUPER=01- Jackie Koltz;]

((JACKIE KOLTZ: MY CHILI WAS SO HOT, MY SECRET INGREDIENT, I HAVE TO TELL YOU WAS SOUR CREAM TO BRING THE HEAT DOWN. I ALMOST DIDN'T TURN IT IN, IT WAS SO HOT.))
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[OUT Q=it was so hot.]
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The chili cooks say they spend many weekends showing off their talent for worthy causes.
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((JACKIE KOLTZ: CHILI COOKS HAVE A GOOD TIME. YOU KNOW, WE'RE ALL FRIENDS. IT'S LIKE, WHEN WE GET TOGETHER, IT'S A BIG PICNIC WITH ALL YOUR FRIENDS EVERY OTHER WEEKEND AND WE RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY.))
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[OUT Q=money for charity]
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The cookoff was co-sponsored by W-D-B-J.
The proceeds from the event will benefit the Children's Scholarship Fund at the Greenvale School.
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Coming up, we'll check on the Busch race at Fontana as well as the wet Kentucky Derby, plus
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Roanoke College is set to battle Washington & Lee in tomorrow's ODAC lacrosse championship.
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Today's Busch Series race in Fontana is winding down at this hour. Martin Truex, Junior has spent some time out front today in his quest for a second straight series win. But Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart lead the field with under 30 laps to go until the checkers. We'll have some highlights tonight at 11.

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The Nextel Cup cars take over the speedway tomorrow with the running of the Auto Club 500. This will be the 8th Cup race at the track, and the surface has changed quite a bit since the facility first opened in 1997.
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Last weekend the Hokies were wrapping up spring football practice with the Maroon and White game while former Hokie Jake Grove was getting drafted by the Raiders.
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The man who emerged from the spring workouts as Grove's successor at center is Will Montgomery - a six-three - 300 pound former walk-on who played guard last season.
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[OUT Q=...switching over.]
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Montgomery says he learned a great deal playing beside Grove last season and that he also inherited some of his nastiness.
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The ODAC men's lacrosse tournament championship faces off tomorrow at two PM in Lexington as Washington & Lee hosts Roanoke College.
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The Generals edged the Maroons earlier this season 12-9. Roanoke rides some momentum coming into the game tomorrow thanks to an impressive 13-5 victory over Hampden-Sydney in the tourney's first round. But the Maroons are aware of how good the Generals are.
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We finish up on the big league diamond where the New York Yankees won their 5th straight today, beating Kansas City.
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Ruben Sierra was the big gun today for the Bronx Bombers. Sierra blasted 2 homers, including a grand slam, driving in 7 runs on the day. The Yankees won it 12-4 behind John Lieber who made his first major league
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