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Coming up on News 7,
Officials in Radford open a new path to the city's future.
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And the race for the 9th District Congressional seat heats up after a former Nascar executive wins the Republican nomination.
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Tonight in sports, Chip Sullivan hangs tough in Richmond,
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and Kerry Earnhardt talks about trading paint with Nascar's best tonight in Charlotte.
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A dry, but hot day across the region. High ranged from mid 80's to low 90's. If you liked today, your like tomorrow.
I'll have the full forecast, plus a Live look at conditions from our newest Weathernet partner. [Video-Open]
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((KEVIN TRIPLETT: THIS IS THE CULMINATION OF A LOT OF MONTHS OF HARD WORK TO GET TO THIS POINT AND TO GET THE NOMINATION AND BECOME THE CANDIDATE OF RECORD.))
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Republicans nominate a former NASCAR executive in hopes of winning back the ninth congressional district, but the man who holds that seat has no intentions of giving it up.
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Good evening, I'm Myranda Stephens.

[9th-District]


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Ninth District Republicans cast their nomination votes for Dickinson County native Kevin Triplett today. [TAKE NEWS 7 AT 6 IN BAM]
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Jennifer Wishon attended the convention and also caught up with Triplett's opponent. Myranda, the Ninth District seat has been dominated by Democrat Congressman Rick Boucher for the past 22- years,
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But Republicans feel confident they've found a candidate who now has a chance of unseating Boucher in November.
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Republicans stood and cheered as Kevin Triplett accepted his parties' nomination at George Wythe High School Saturday.
They hope he'll be able to convince Boucher loyals it's time for a change.
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((KEVIN TRIPLETT: WHEN YOU'VE SEEN MANUFACTURING JOBS CLOSE, WHEN YOU SAW 138 COAL MINES CLOSE IN THE 90'S IT'S A MAJOR ISSUE. I MEAN THIS COUNTRY HAS BEEN ABLE TO RECOVER FROM THREE RECESSIONS, YET THE 9TH DISTRICT HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO LATCH ON TO THAT AND THE CHALLENGE IS LETTING PEOPLE KNOW THAT 22 YEARS IS LONG ENOUGH.))
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Friday Triplett received an endorsement from Attorney General Jerry Kilgore and says his campaign was validated last month when Vice President Dick Cheney joined him in Roanoke for a fundraiser. A former NASCAR executive, Triplett has been back in the Ninth District for about a year now. He says his experience with the fastest growing sport in the nation will help him get the District's economy back on track.
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((KEVIN TRIPLETT: SOMETIMES I THINK JUST HAVING A COMMON SENSE BUSINESS PRAGMATISM AND JUST BEING ABLE TO SAY WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND, WHAT ARE YOUR CONCERNS AND BEING ABLE TO TAKE THAT AND HELP I THINK IS BETTER THAN BEING DISCONNECTED AFTER 22 YEARS.))
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But for many District residents Congressman Rick Boucher is very much connected. Saturday he held a town meeting at Carroll County High School - just one of about a hundred such meetings held across the district each year.
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((RICK BOUCHER: I THINK THE PEOPLE OF THE 9TH DISTRICT ARE VERY COMFORTABLE WITH THE WORK WE'RE DOING. MY PRIORITIES ARE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. WE'VE CREATED 40,000 NET JOBS SINCE THE TIME I TOOK OFFICE, THE ECONOMY IS IMPROVING... MEASURES OF SUCCESS OF A MEMBER OF CONGRESS.))
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The Congressman says one example of his continued commitment to economic growth can be seen at Carroll County's Twin County Airport. Earlier this month he secured more than a million dollars in federal funding to widen and resurface the runway- an improvement he believes will help attract new industries to the area.))
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For now, Boucher says he'll focus on the job he was elected to do.
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Myranda he says he won't kick his re-election campaign into high gear until Congress goes into recess in the Fall.

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The driver of a school bus that crashed in Roanoke County yesterday is still in the hospital.
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Walt Kugelman is listed in serious condition at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He was the driver of bus 147 that ran off of Buck Mountain Road near the Blue Ridge Parkway overpass around 3-thirty yesterday. 26 elementary and middle students were on the bus when it crashed, three suffered minor injuries.
Witnesses say the driver apparently had a medical problem just before the accident.
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[SS=NONE]WEATHER CENTER Position #1


[WXPRO/FULL]WEATHER MAP Pollen Forecast TOMORROW FORECAST
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[Community-College]


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Tuition at Virginia's Community Colleges is going up again.
Less than two years after it voted to raise tuition by 31-percent, the State Board for Community Colleges voted yesterday to boost the tuition by 6-point-9 percent.
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The board supported an increase in October 2002 in the face of budget cuts that were leading to layoffs, larger classes and fewer course offerings.
Now, board members say the increase will raise more than nine-million dollars for the state's 23 community colleges to pay for full-time faculty and projects.
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The rate increase means tuition for in-state students will jump from just over 59-dollars per credit hour to more than 63 dollars. [take dollar board fs]
That'll be about 50-dollars more per semester for a full time student, who's tuition will now be just under 760-dollars.
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The board also voted to give faculty a one percent raise on top of the three percent that Virginia's budget provides for effective November 25th.

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Along side the New River now sits Radford's newest way to get around.
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The first phase of the Riverway is paved and open for pedestrian traffic. The trail runs along side the New River from the Dedmon center to Wildwood park.
Plans for the trail date back to the 80's but a lack of funding kept them from being put into action.
In 1998 Bruce Mahin (May-Hen) founded Pathways for Radford, a means to make the Riverway a reality.
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((BRUCE MAHIN/FOUNDER OF PATHWAYS:WENT TO THE CITY AND WE APPROACHED THEM AND SAID WE REALLY NEED SOME FORM OF ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION IN THIS CITY AND THEY AGREED WITH US, AND SO WE HELD A TOWN MEETING. WE HAD ABOUT 75 PEOPLE AT THE TOWN MEETING, THIS WAS LIKE 6 YEARS AGO, AND ITS JUST GROWN EVER SINCE.))
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After receiving over 900 thousand dollars through the Transportation Enhancement Act and money from the city, the 1-point-2 million dollar price tag was able to be paid and construction began.
In the fall, Pathways hopes to obtain additional funds from the federal government and complete the Riverway's loop around the city.
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Still ahead on the newscast, teaching kids how to help themselves if they are approached by a kidnapper...
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and also, we're still a week away from officially unveiling Washington D-C's newest war memorial, but yesterday some folks got a sneak peek.
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Some Virginia veterans got a sneak peek of the newest memorial in the nation's capital.
More than 100-thousand
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people are expected to attend the dedication of the World War Two Memorial NEXT Saturday. Because of that, Senator George Allen is encouraging people to visit the site early. Yesterday he hosted a preview tour for state veterans.
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((SEN. GEORGE ALLEN: I HOPE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WILL VISIT THIS SITE WILL BE REMINDED OF THE TENUOUS MOMENTS IN OUR HISTORY WHERE THE OUTCOME, THE OUTCOME DEPENDED ON THE BRAVERY, DETERMINATION AND SACRIFICE OF THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND PREVIOUS GENERATIONS.))
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Allen also laid a wreath at the base of the Virginia pillar in honor of those who died in the war. For complete coverage of dedication events Memorial Day weekend, tune in to your Hometown Station. A News 7 crew will have live reports from Washington.
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[Biz-Review]


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A military supplier is found guilty of falsifying records, and hundreds of new jobs come to the N-R-V and Lynchburg. Donald Graham has more in News 7's Business Review.
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(( Virginia daycare centers will have to make room for baby and some new regulations, if they want to stay in business. A state council voted to increase the amount of space per child at licensed day-care centers from 35 square feet per child to 25. But some day care operators are concerned the new space requirements may push them out of business.
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((CLARK ANDRS/DAY CARE CENTER OPERATOR: MY NERVOUSNESS IS THAT IF THESE STANDARDS ARE IMPLEMENTED...THESE NEW STANDARDS...THESE CHANGES ARE IMPLEMENTED...WE'LL HAVE QUALITY. WE'LL HAVE GREAT QUALITY BUT IT'S GOING TO BECOME UNAFFORDABLE. THAT'S THE BIG CONCERN. THAT'S WHAT MY PARENTS ARE TELLING ME.))
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The changes are scheduled to go into effect on January first. Existing day care providers will have eight years to comply with the new rules. A Pulaski company that falsified compliance certificates on military contracts has pledged to teach other government contractors to comply properly. Bondcote Technical Manager Darrell Wayne Holden pled guilty in federal court, falsyfying certificates that Bondcote fabric met government specifications. When federal agents seized samples of material used in tents and tarps, they claimed the fabric was being treated with a chemical that can cause cancer. The company was fined a quarter of a million dollars and will pay one-point-seven million dollars to settle a civil suit. [MUSIC AND GRAPHICS] EchoStar Communications plans to hire 300 customer service representatives at its Christiansburg facility. The company says it needs more workers to handle the high demand for the DISH Network satellite- T-V. Officials hope to fill the new positions by the end of the year. [MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]
200 high-paying jobs are headed to Lynchburg. Microwave Circuits will spend more than two million dollars to move into the old C&P Telephone building on Kemper Street. The company makes components for communications equipment, including technology used in homeland security operations. Officials say the company chose Lynchburg in part because of the strong pool of engineers left behind by the closing of the Ericsson plant. For News 7, I'm Donald Graham and that's Business Review. [MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]))
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Still ahead on the newscast, coming up in weather we'll track storms that are popping up in the area...
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and also, Roanoke's library system will soon be organized under a new book.
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[Steal-Proof]


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It's estimated that 800 thousand children are missing in the United States right now, and today, kids in the New River Valley had a chance to learn the warning signs of an abductor.
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It's all part of a program put on by two safety groups and hundreds of martial artists across the country. Kids watch a fantasy movie called, "Journey of the Steal Proof Masters."
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((THE JOURNEY OF THE STEAL PROOF MASTERS IS A SAFETY PRESENTATION THAT ENGAGES CHILDREN IN A VERY FUN AND EXCITING WAY AND TEACHES THEM ABOUT THE LURES THAT CHILD PREDATORS WILL USED TO TRY AND TAKE THEM.))
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The movie educates children about the "Ten Evil Warriors," characters that represent the most common lures used to abduct and assault children, and how to avoid them. After watching the movie, children took part in a role playing game to better understand the potential dangers of strangers.
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The library is often a place where people go to study, but soon it will become the FOCUS of one in Roanoke.
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The Roanoke Public Library Advisory board is now in the process of organizing a 10-month comprehensive study for the city's library system. Officials say the study will look at things like improving parking to the downtown library, relocating outdated branches, and developing links with higher education facilities.
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((DEMETRIA TUCKERS/ACTING DIRECTOR OF LIBRARIES: AND WE WANT TO HAVE OUR CITIZENS GIVE US INPUT, WHEN IT COMES TO COLLECTION AND THE TYPES OF COLLECTIONS THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE IN THEIR FACILITIES, AS WELL AS IF THESE FACILITIES NEED EXPANSION AND RENOVATION.))
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[TAKE MEETING BOARD FS] The public meeting will be held Tuesday, May 25th at six-p-m in the Jefferson Center's Fitzpatrick Hall. For more information, call 540-853-6419.
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Coming up, Kerry Earnhardt would like to have the million dollar top prize that goes to tonight's all star race winner, we'll hit the diamond with the Avalanche, and explain
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why UVA lax coach Dom Starsia will be in the area on Sunday.
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Nascar's all star festivities are on tap for tonight just outside Charlotte at the Lowe's Motor Speedway. The Nextel Open leads things off followed up by the twentieth all star challenge.
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One guy hoping to gain a transfer spot into the challenge by winning the Open is Kerry Earnhardt, who will drive the 33 Bass Pro Shops machine for Richard Childress. Kerry, who tested at Lowe's two weeks ago, hopes to mix it up with the big boys.
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Earnhardt has an eye towards competing in next week's Coke 600 at Lowe's as well.
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The All Star race is a 90 lap event, split into three segments, including a 40 lapper, a 30 lapper, and a 20 lap dash for cash to the finish. Following the Open, fans will have the chance to vote in one driver to the main event.

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The Salem Avalanche battles Potomac for the second straight night on the home diamond. The team has quietly won four straight games and 7 of its last 9 contests, but still finds itself trailing division leading Kinston by 5 and a half games in the standings. The Indians are 17 games above .500.
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But Russ Nixon still feels good about his club, with just about a month left until the end of the first half of the Carolina League season.
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In the big leagues, the Avs parent club, the Astros take on Cincinnati tonight as Roger Clemens tries to get to 8 and oh on the season.
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This afternoon, the Dodgers Jeff Weaver handcuffed the Braves, throwing 7 innings of shutout baseball while allowing just 6 hits and striking out nine.
Weaver did give up this 3 run homer to Dewayne Wise in the 8th, but little else as the Dodgers beat the
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Braves 7 to 4. Atlanta is just 5 and 9 against the NL West this season.
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Ashley Plantation Pro Chip Sullivan continues to play solidly at the Henrico County Open in Richmond. Sullivan fired a third round 69, his second straight, and he currently sits at 14-under par. Chip is 9 shots off the pace of 23-under set by Daniel Chopra headed into tomorrow's final round. One time Tech golfer Johnson Wagner is 18-under five shots back, and former University of Virginia golfer James Driscoll is also in the hunt. Driscoll is tied for 9th at 16-under, following his round of 65 this afternoon.

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Virginia's head men's lacrosse coach Dom Starsia will be the featured speaker at the season ending banquet for Roanoke Valley lacrosse this weekend.
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Starsia will speak to the girls and boys high school teams from all across the Roanoke Valley at the Wyndam Hotel Sunday. The banquet gets underway at five PM. Starsia has spent 12 seasons at the University of Virginia and in that time he has won two national championships--one in 1999 and the other in 2003. He also took the Cavaliers to the NCAA title game in 94 and 96. Starsia has been selected ACC coach of the year six times. He's widely regarded as one of the best teachers and motivators in the game. (------------)