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Coming up on News 7,
Some folks in Vinton are living proof that organ donors really can help save lives.
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And the search continues for a Rockbridge County man believed to have drowned.

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Tonight in sports, Washington & Lee wins the ODAC lacrosse championship, the Avalanche plays two with Kinston, and

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Roanoker George Lynch helps the Hornets stay alive in the NBA Playoffs.
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The showers and thunderstorms have arrived. Some have been producing hail, very heavy downpours and gusty winds. Skytracker 7 is tracking the storms, plus we'll detail the workweak forecast in just a bit. [Video-Open]
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((IT IS THE GIFT OF LIFE AND ABOUT CARRYING ON.))
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Organ transplant recipients gather in Vinton to say thank- you to the families of their donors.
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Good evening, I'm Myranda Stephens.

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More than two- thousand people are currently awaiting organ transplants in Virginia. The need for organs is critical, and those who've already received a transplant consider themselves fortunate. As Jennifer Wishon reports, today they got to say thank you to the families of their donors.
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((It was a celebration of life after death in Vinton today. ((NATS OF A NAME BEING READ)) Dozens of donors were remembered and honored for the lives like that of Parke Jones that have been spared. The 51- year- old developed diabetes as a child and suffered from the normal complications as he got older. He needed a new kidney and pancreas and last year his life changed forever.
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The family was Paul and Eileen Lass and the donor was their 14- year- old son Paul Lass the Third. Sunday Parke got to say thank you in person.
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Lives like that of Bedford native Josh Huneycutt. The 13- year- old was born with an under- developed heart. Doctors didn't expect him to live more than a few days, but his parents had faith and at eight days old Josh became the youngest Virginian to undergo a heart transplant.
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One organ donor can help save seven lives, while tissue donors can help save 50.
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Transplants that are helping recipients like Josh Honeycutt live out their dreams while allowing donor families comfort in knowing their loved one lives on. Jennifer Wishon, News 7, Vinton.))

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The search continues today for a missing Rockbridge County man believed to have drowned in the James River.
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Police started searching for 51-year-old Joseph Wheeler Friday night. His friends, who he was camping with near the mouth of Matts Creek on the James River, say he went swimming and never returned.
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Today more crews were brought in to search the river banks while dive teams checked the bottom. State Police also searched with SONAR equipment. Officials say the river is up and moving rapidly making the search a challenge.
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((COLIN BRYNE/BEDFORD COUNTY INVESTIGATOR: WE'RE DEALING WITH ABOUT FOUR FEET OF VISIBILITY SO WHEN WE'RE ON THE BOTTOM WE CAN ONLY SEE ABOUT FOUR FEET AROUND US. SO AS YOU CAN SEE IT'S A FAIRLY WIDE RIVER AND IT BECOMES VERY DIFFICULT TO COVER ALL THE AREA ON THE BOTTOM AND NOT ONLY DEALING WITH VISIBILITY, YOU'RE DEALING WITH THE CURRENTS AND YOU'RE ALSO DEALING WITH THE WATER TEMPERATURE. IT'S FAIRLY COLD.))
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Crews from Big Island to Campbell County came out to help today. Byrne says teams will meet later tonight to decide how to proceed with the search.
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A Wythe County man is in jail after authorities say he led them on a wild chase.
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[TAKE CROSS FS] Officers say they tried to pull over 38-year-old John Olin Cross around eleven last night, when he took off. Officers say they finally arrested Cross after he got out of his car and ran into a house. Authorities say Cross even tried to escape while in custody, but was quickly captured by deputies.
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Cross faces several charges, including malicious wounding and eluding police. He's being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail under no bond.

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Roanoke County stepped back into 16th Century England today.
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The third annual Virginia Renaissance Faire was held at Greenhill Park today. Performers dressed in period costume and created a 16th Century village complete with jousting. Organizers say the event is popular because the cast has so much fun.
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The faire also included medieval crafts and food. Organizers say it's important to have these events in Virginia because the state was named in honor of Queen Elizabeth.
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Still ahead on the newscast, We'll meet a graduate of Roanoke College who certainly feels like he's on top of the world...
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and money is soaring into Carroll County to make an upgrade to the county's airport.
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Money is soaring into Carroll County's Twin County Airport.
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The federal government is sending the Hillsville facility more than 1.2 million dollars to widen and resurface the runway. The airport is also designing a new terminal building. Construction on both projects could be finished by the summer of 2005. Officials say the improvements could lead to new industries and jobs for Carroll and Grayson Counties and the city of Galax.
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((RICK BOUCHER: HAVING A MODERN AIRPORT IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. ONE OF THE FIRST QUESTIONS THAT A COMPANY WILL ASKI WHEN IT IS LOOKING AT A NEW LOCATION IS ABOUT THE QUALITY OF GENERAL AVIATION SERVICE. ))
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Five area businessman are also teaming up to build a corporate hanger to house a million dollar turbo jet. They plan on starting a charter business at the airport.
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A popular grocery chain eliminates stores and hundreds of jobs ... while one textile company is moving in, instead of out. Donald Graham has more in News 7's Business Review.
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Webb Furniture Enterprises says it will eliminate 151-workers at two of its manufacturing plants in late June. Officials blame the layoffs on competition from cheap Chinese imports. Webb Furniture employs about 700-people at its four plants. [MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]
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Thousands of textile jobs have left the area over the past few years.
But 60 will come back when Rocky Mount welcomes a new business to its Office and Technology Park. Town council says Jammin Custom Made Apparel and Accessories will relocate from California by early next year.
The family-owned company has been in business for more than 20 years, and is widely known for making athletic team uniforms, including those worn by the L.A. Laker cheerleaders.
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Winn-Dixie is slashing its workforce by thousands, including hundreds in Southwest Virginia. The company plans to sell or close 111-stores including all stores in the Roanoke-Lynchburg and Richmond-Petersburg areas. It was determined the stores were unprofitable with limited opportunites to gain market share. The news took some customers by surprise.
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((DONNA TOLLIE/CUSTOMER: YEAH, I WAS SHOCKED, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'D HEARD THEY WERE CLOSING. IT'S A HOP, SKIP AND JUMP FROM ANY OTHER STORE AROUND HERE. WINN DIXIE'S BEEN HERE ABOUT AS LONG AS I REMEMBER.)) [RUNS:12]
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A company spokeswoman says it's unclear exactly how many jobs will be affected but that each store has approximately 90-employees. With 10-stores in the Roanoke market, she says it's safe to assume the decision will affect about 9-hundred local jobs.
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Still ahead on the newscast, W-and-L and Roanoke battle for the right to go to the N-C-double-A lacrosse tournament. We'll have highlights in sports.
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and these kids are learning a lesson, when life gives you lemons, you might as well make lemonade. We'll have more on that story coming up.
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A Roanoke College alumnus is reaching new heights.
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Sean Burch graduated from Roanoke in 1992. Now USA Today has him ranked as one of the most fit people in the world. Burch recently won his first marathon at the North Pole and last year he climbed Mt. Everest.
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Yesterday, he addressed the graduating class at his alma mater. He credits the education he received at Roanoke College in helping him get where he is today.
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((SEAN BURCH/ROANOKE ALUMNI: A LOT OF IT'S MENTAL, MORE MENTAL THAN PHYSICAL. SO I HAVE A GOOD NACK FOR THE MENTAL PART OF IT WHICH IS MARTIAL ARTS, WHICH I STARTED HERE IN ROANOKE COLLEGE. SO, IT'S KIND OF FITTING THAT I COME AND ADDRESS THE STUDENTS AND TALK ABOUT THAT AS WELL.))
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Burch says his next step is introducing his fitness philosophy throughout the United States and Europe. He trains for four-hours everyday!
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A children's lemonade stand is generating big money for one local organization.
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Yesterday these kids opened their lemonade stand for the season. Instead of collecting quarters to spend on themselves- the kids are raising money for the Rescue Mission's Women and Children's Center. The organization has already raised more than three-million dollars and wants to raise 725-thousand more to aid in construction costs. The stand will be open Monday through Friday from 11:30-1:30, and on Saturdays, from 11:30-2:30.
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Coming up, an update on the AutoClub 500, we'll tour a new sports facility in Covington, and
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crown an ODAC lacrosse champ from Lexington.
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The Old Dominion Athletic Conference lacrosse title game faced off today in Lexington as Washington & Lee battled Roanoke.
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Bill Pilat's Maroons were making their first championship game appearance since the conference went to the tourney format.
The Generals went up 4-nothing in the first quarter, but Roanoke finally came to life with 3 minutes left in the half. Adam Saunders goes hard to the cage and scores to get the Maroons on the board.
W&L led 6-3 at the half, and Richard Williams adds to the lead with this tally in the third period.
In the fourth quarter, Chris Davis feeds Jeff Pattison who finds the back of the net on the low bouncer for Roanoke, but the Maroons still trailed by 2.
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Mike Mcnamara put this one out of reach for the Generals adding another goal as Washington & Lee won it 11-8.
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The Salem Avalanche and Kinston Indians played 2 today at Salem Memorial to makeup for last night's rainout.
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It was good to have a spot in the skybox today with the threat of showers still in the air.
This one was scoreless into the 7th when Pat Peavey lifts a sac fly to right field scoring Ryan Stegall from third to put the Avs up 1-nothing.
Still in the 7th, Gavin Wright laces a base knock to centerfield and Adam Seuss crosses the plate. Salem
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won game one 2-nohting, but trailed 2-zip in the 6th inning of game two.
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[WIPE to ENG!!]
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Salem's parent club, the Astros got a suicide squeeze from Brad Ausmus in the 8th inning that scored Lance Berkman with the winning run, as Houston knocked off Cincinnati 6 to 5.
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Two months into the spring high school sports season the Covington High School Girls Softball Team has a new facility to call home. Intern reporter Tonya Sizemore takes a look at the Jackson River Recreation Sports Complex.
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((Many people in the community of Covington were involved in the project, giving grants and donating land. The 1.2 million dollar facility was completed in late fall. The Jackson River Recreation Sports Complex features five lighted softball fields, basketball courts, lighted tennis courts, soccer fields, playground equipment, plus a walking trail and picnic areas.
Allan: Vance:
Covington is the first community in the country to have the latest technology in sports field lighting. All of the lights are controlled by computers timers through a satellite dish. Movable support panel fences and portable mounds make the new fields versatile, and as a result, they are booked through the end of summer. Covington's softball team is enjoying its new digs, and the players are anxious to introduce other local schools to the facility in the upcoming Blue Ridge District Softball Tournament.
Sara: Tonya:
Dressler has a lot of vision for the future of the complex, but at the moment he is concentrating on the landscaping and aesthetics. In Covington, Tonya Sizemore, News 7 Sports.))

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The New Orleans Hornets forced a game 7 with the Miami Heat today thanks to a helping hand from Roanoke's George Lynch.
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Lynch scored 16 points for the Hornets including this three pointer from the top. New Orleans nearly blew
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an 18 point fourth quarter led but held on to win it 89-83. Game 7 is Tuesday night in Miami.
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The AutoClub 500 is just about two thirds of the way to the finish in Southern California where temperatures are approaching 100 degrees on this spring afternoon. ___________ is in the lead at the moment. We'll have some highlights and here from the winner tonight at 11.