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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

There had never been any question how Christopher Hanes died last Summer. His killer confessed and has now entered a plea in court.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

And state budget amendments could cost Roanoke some museum funding.

[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
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[ENG#=2]


In sports, we will showcase the vast and expensive improvements to a new an improved Motor Mile Speedway, The Lakers say they will win tonight,
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[VO-NAT]


and the familiar sound of the ball hitting the bat returns to Salem as the Avs are back in town.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Leo]
[SS=None]


The evening commute's being plagued by some heavy downpours as the warm and humid weather continues. I'll have your hometown forecast.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 4-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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[SOT 4:01:32]
[IN Q=I think this makes]

((DAVID LAWRENCE/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: I THINK THIS MAKES THE MOST SENSE AND IS THE ONLY WAY FOR THE JUDGE TO DO THE SENTENCING.))
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[OUT Q=to do the sentencing]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


A man accused of killing his landlord avoids a trial by pleading no contest.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


He now faces life in prison for killing Christopher Hanes.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[Majeed]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=04-12 TC1:35:21]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Muhammed Majeed confessed to police he pulled the trigger.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-SHot]


But today the 24 year defendant pled no contest rather than guilty. [***NEWS 7 @ 6 IN MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Justin /Newsroom;]


Justin McLeod was in the courtroom is here to tell us why. Justin?
Keith and Shannon, defense attorney's say this was the logical choice.
[LIVE= Justin /FULL NEwsroom]
[SUPER=@Justin1;]


Majeed says he doesn't remember the actual shooting.
So today he pled no contest to murder and shortly there after a judge found him guilty.
The shooting was apparently over a dispute between a landlord and his tenant.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]
[SUPER=01-David Lawrence/Defense Attorney; :12]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./July; :22]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Bret Altimore/Roanoke Co. Police Department; :33]
[SUPER=01-Randy Leach/Commonwealth's Attorney; :58]
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[OUT Q=GOING TO KNOW THEIR FATHER]

((((NAT SOUND OF MAJEED PLEADING NO CONTEST))
Muhammed Majeed pled no contest and avoided a trial which was set for this week.
His attorney admits the evidence against him was overwhelming.
[SOT 4:02:00]
[IN Q=There is no question]

((DAVID LAWRENCE/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: THERE IS NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT. HE CALLED UP THE POLICE HIMSELF TWICE. THE SECOND TIME SAYING WHAT'S TAKING YOU SO LONG.)) [Runs06]
[OUT Q=YOU SO LONG]


That call came on July 8th 2003.
Prosecutors say Muhammed Majeed walked into Christopher Hanes home on Larson Avenue and shot him several times.
The defendant had rented property from Hanes and went to the home to get his security deposit.
[SOT 1:30]
[IN Q=Majeed states again]

((SGT. BRET ALTIMORE/ROANOKE CO. POLICE: MAJEED STATES AGAIN THAT HE SHOT JUST A MAN, COME ARREST ME. HE STATED THAT THE SUM HANES OWED HIM WAS 575 DOLLARS.)) [Runs06]
[OUT Q=was 575 dollars]


Defense Attorneys point out Majeed called police, did not flee the scene, and allowed Mrs. Hanes and her two children to leave the home.
They hope those actions will lead to a reduction in sentence.
Majeed faces up to life in prison.
Prosecutors say the family is relieved with today's outcome.
[SOT 4:00:22]
[IN Q=She is a young]

((RANDY LEACH/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: SHE IS A YOUNG WIDOW NOW WITH TWO YOUNG CHILDREN. SHE IS VERY UPSET WITH WHAT HAPPENED AND I THINK VERY I WOULDNT SAY RESENTFUL BUT VERY SORRY THAT HER CHILDREN ARE NOT GOING TO KNOW THEIR FATHER.)) [Runs10]
[OUT Q=GOING TO KNOW THEIR FATHER]))
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[LIVE= Justin /FULL NEwsroom]


The Commonwealth's Attorney says there were no deals, so Majeed's sentence is entirely up to the judge.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Justin /Newsroom;]


Keith and Shannon, the sentencing hearing is set for next month.

[Bryant]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=khu]
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[ENG#=1]

The shoe fit the crime. A sneaker, actually. That's what linked one of the suspects to a scene of church vandalism in January.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/January]

Amid the rubble of broken windows and fixtures, hymnals and pews, there was a footprint. The sole of a tennis shoe was preserved in the chemical spray from a fire extinguisher.
[SUPER=04-Today]

At first Zachary Bryant denied having anything to do with it. As he began to explain to detectives what happened, however, he turned over his shoes. They matched. Church members who attended the court hearing were amazed how quickly Bryant had confessed.
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[SOT 21:21:10]
[IN Q=Well, to be frank]

((LELIA CLAYBORNE/MT. MORIAH CHURCH MEMBER; WELL, TO BE FRANK WITH YOU, YOU HAVE TO FEEL SORRY FOR HIM, BECAUSE IF I DO THAT KIND OF DAMAGE, I BE RUNNING, SAYING "I DIDN'T," OR SOMETHING. EVEN IF I THOUGHT I COULDN'T GET OUT OF IT, I WOULDN'T HAVE PLEAD LIKE HE DID. I JUST FEEL SORRY FOR HIM, YOU KNOW.))
[SUPER=01-Lelia Clayborne/Mt. Moriah Church Member]
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[OUT Q=for him, ya know.]
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[VO-NAT]

Police estimated the damage at 50-thousand dollars. Church officials said it was more like 77-thousand. Insurance paid less than 16-hundred. Bryant will be sentenced in late September, after his alleged accomplice is tried.
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[XGR]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=04-14 TC1:50:44]
[GRAPHIC=VA Budget]


The state's budget debate is not over quite yet. After an unprecedented 115 day session, legislators still have one more day to go.
The General Assembly returns to the State Capitol tomorrow to vote on the Governor's proposed amendments to the new budget.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Meghan /State Microwave;]


Richmond Bureau Chief Meghan Muldoon joins us with more on what to expect.
Shannon, Lawmakers will vote on 43 different budget amendments tomorrow
[LIVE=Meghan /FULL State Microwave]
[SUPER=@Meghan1]
[SUPER=05-Richmond]

and one in particular has Roanoke lawmakers concerned. They say it could cost a local museum hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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[IN Q=FINALLY AFTER A SPECIAL SESSION]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/File Tape; :00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :13]
[SUPER=@Griffith; :25]
[SUPER=01-John Marshall/VA Secretary of Public Safety; :50]
[SUPER=01-Tamara Neale/VA Dept. of Transportation; 1:13]
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[OUT Q=THERE IS SCARCE FUNDING LEFT FOR ANYTHING NEW.]

(( Finally, after a special session that lasted 55 days, the General Assembly approved a 60 billion two year state budget that includes one-point-four billion dollars in new taxes.
Also contained in the spending plan is 200-thousand dollars for the Science Museum of Western Virginia.
Now Roanoke-area legislators are concerned that a move by the Governor threatens to take those funds away.
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[IN Q=HE'S ASKING US TO]

[RUNS:13]
[OUT Q=LOSE IT COMPLETELY AND THAT'S MY FEAR.]


During Wednesday's budget veto session, Legislators will also be asked to spend additional money to promote tourism in the state and to fight a growing problem...gangs.
[SOT 16:05:08]

((SECRETARY JOHN MARSHALL/VIRGINIA'S SECRETARY FOR PUBLIC SAFETY: THE GANG ISSUE IS NOT A NEW ISSUE BUT THE LEVEL OF VIOLENCE HAS REALLY REACHED SUCH A LEVEL THAT WE HAVE TO GIVE IT SOME DIRECT ATTENTION AND MORE FOCUSED ATTENTION THAN WE HAVE IN THE PAST.)) [RUNS:12]
Governor Warner is also seeking changes that would protect transporation dollars.
But even with those changes, V-DOT is expected to slash its funding for new projects.
[SOT 14:21:56]

((TAMARA NEALE/VIRGINIA DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION: FOR THE MOST PART OUR REVENUE SOURCES HAVE BEEN FLAT, SO AFTER WE FINISH PAYING FOR MAINTAINING OUR ROADS THERE IS SCARCE FUNDING LEFT FOR ANYTHING NEW.)) [RUNS:16]))
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[LIVE=Meghan /FULL State Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Richmond;]


Another issue that is expected to come up tomorrow is the state's projected budget surplus.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Meghan/Microwave;]


Some Republicans are accusing the governor of keeping the extra money a secret in order to gain support for his tax package.

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]
[ENG#=V10]


They labored for years with the hope that retirement would eventually make life easier.
Still ahead on News 7, retirement's going to be a lot harder for hundreds of Southwest and Central Virginians.
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[VO-NAT]

[***USE NAT SOUND UNDER***]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And details of a fiery accident on a busy Roanoke street.
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[1st-Wx]
[RBX]
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[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=04-15 TC1:47:03]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

It's protection they depended on.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

But, at the end of this month, hundreds of R-B-X retirees will lose their retirement benefits, including health coverage.
[ANCHOR=Shannon ]
[SS=None]

Myranda Stephens has more on what it means for one retiree who dedicated 37-years to a company he says would later betray him.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-John Key/RBX Retiree; :12]
[SUPER=04-File Tape; :28]
[SUPER=@Myranda1; :57]
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[OUT Q=News 7, Bedford Co.. ]

(([NATS OF KEY SPRAYING TREES!!!!!] [RUNS05] As a farmer, John Key works hard to protect his apples from sickness and disease. The same way he thought HE would be protected after retirement.
[SOT 2:53:54]

[RUNS08] ((WE TOOK WHAT RAISES WE'D GET ALONG AND WE PUT IT INTO INSURANCE OR PENSION OR SOMETHING OR OTHER AND THE COMPANY WOULD MATCH IT. 02)) [BUTT BUTT BUTT BUTT]
[SOT 2:54:25]

[RUNS09] ((AND THEY TOLD US THAT IT WOULD NEVER CHANGE IT WOULD NEVER GO UP AND IT WOULD NEVER COME DOWN... WELL ALL OF THAT WASN'T NOTHING BUT A PACK OF LIES 34)) On Monday, a federal court judge upheld a motion by Key's former employer, R-B-X, to terminate all retiree benefits -- including health insurance and prescription cards. By doing that, the bankrupt company can use the money to pay off it debts.
[SOT 2:55:52]

[RUNS13] ((IT'S ABOUT THE NASTIEST THING THAT YOU EVER FELT IN YOUR LIFE. WHEN YOU WORK ALL OF YOUR LIFE AND YOU GET TO WHERE YOU CAN'T WORK AND THEN YOU HAVE IT TAKEN AWAY FROM YOU BY SOME HYPOCRITES.))
[SOT 3:11:27]

[RUNS10] ((REPORTER: KEY SAYS HE AND HIS WIFE SPEND ABOUT 300 TO 400 DOLLARS A MONTH JUST ON PRESCRIPTIONS ALONE. BUT WITHOUT THAT PRESCRIPTION DRUG CARD, HE'S NOT SURE WHAT THEY'LL DO.))
[SOT 2:56:46]

[RUNS06] ((I'M GONE DO ON AS I'VE BEEN DOING -- VERY LITTLE -- CAUSE THERE'S NOT MUCH THAT I CAN DO 52)) The retiree benefits will end June 30th -- giving Key and others at least another week to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Myranda Stephens, News 7, Bedford Co. ))
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=None]

R-B-X officials had no comment on this report.

[Radford-Fatal]


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[WRITER=rde]
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A construction worker died last night after a fall. It happened around 10:00 last night in Radford at a sewage pump station. Police say the electrical worker fell about 60 feet. His name has not been released. Another worker was injured in the fall and taken to the New River Valley Medical Center. There's no word on his condition. Police say OSHA has taken over the investigation.

[Orange-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
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Two men were injured today when a motorcycle collided with a truck in Roanoke.
Witnesses told police the motorcyclist may have been performing stunts before the fiery wreck.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The motorcycle was heading east on Orange Avenue.
Witnesses told investigators the motorcycle was speeding and "possibly doing a wheelie" before it collided with the pickup.
The driver of the motorcycle was thrown from the wreck. The bike burst into flames.
Both men were taken to the hospital, but their injuries did not appear life- threatening.
Police say charges are pending against the driver of the motorcycle.
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[MLK-Bridge]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jbu]
[TAPE#=04-11 TC1:40:10]
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[ENG#=3]


A memorial in Roanoke to honor Dr. Martin Luther King has caused some controversy... but organizers hope the newest plans bridge the gap.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

An open house was held this afternoon near the old First Street Bridge, which the plan under consideration now would turn into a memorial to King. Founder of the Martin Luther King Committee believes the bridge will be a fitting tribute.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=A lot of the civil rights]

((PERNELLER WILSON/FOUNDER OF THE MARTIN LUTHER KING COMMITTEE:A LOT OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT FROM SIC AND THEY MARCHED OVER THAT BRIDGE TO MAKE SURE THE LUNCH COUNTERS WERE INTEGRATED AS WELL AS OUR HOSPITALS AND I WANTED THE BRIDGE TO BE NAMED AFTER DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING.))
[SUPER=01-Perneller Wilson/Martin Luther King Committee Founder]
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[OUT Q=DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING]
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[VO-NAT]

If approved, the old iron bridge will be replaced with steel, and will be divided between pedestrians and one way vehicle traffic.
It will have numerous reminders of Dr. King including some famous quotes, and a park with a statue of the civil rights leader.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
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[WRITER=dse]
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Worries about inflation and higher interest rates eased a bit on Wall Street. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


The DOW rose 46 points today.
NASDAQ gained 26.
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[SPONSOR ANNOUNCE]
[COMMERCIAL]

[Chambers]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
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The State Bar has suspended Attorney Mac Chambers' law license AGAIN. He lost his license for a year in the Fall of 2002, but had resumed his law practice in the Roanoke Valley. The State Bar says Chambers failed to diligently represent clients and failed to communicate with them. His latest one-year suspension begins September first.

[460-Development]


[ANCHOR=shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=04-17 TC36:30]
[GRAPHIC=Noen]
[ENG#=1]


An older section of route 460 may lead the way to a new community park in Blacksburg.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

V-DOT is in the process of giving Blacksburg about 34 acres of land that used to be an old exit ramp. The Blacksburg Partnership wants to turn the space into a park with three new soccer fields and two new softball fields. The group wants to lease about six acres of the land to a hotel or restaurant to pay for the two million dollar project.
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[SOT: 22:58:00 ]
[IN Q=If you come]

((DOUG JAUANARENN: IF YOU COME HERE DURING FOOTBALL WEEKENDS OR GRADUATION WEEKENDS OR ANYTIME THERE'S A MAJOR EVENT AT TECH I THINK PEOPLE WILL TELL YOU THERES NO ROOM AT THE INN. SO YEAH IT'S NEEDED.))
[SUPER=01-Doug Juanarenn/Blacksburg Partnership Vice President;]
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[OUT Q=it's needed.]
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[VO-NAT]

V-DOT will turn the land over this fall. Blacksburg town council still needs to approve the project. The park could be open by the spring of 2006.
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[Sports tease]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
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[ENG#=V10]


The Avalanche is back in town, the Lakers talk about staying a live
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[VO-NAT]


and they are racing hard at the Motor Mile Speedway but construction crews have taken the checkered flag on the track's face lift.
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[S-Salem]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-177 35:41]
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[ENG#=1]


The Salem Avalanche is home tonight after a four game road swing to take on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at 7 PM.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]


With Southern Division leading Kinston out of reach for the Avalanche, Salem can play the spoiler role with Myrtle Beach who can still catch the Indians.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Russ Nixon/Avalanche Manager; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mark Saccomanno/Avalanche Infielder; :15]
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[OUT Q=...to win against us"]
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[S-Finals]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-170 1:23:48]
[GRAPHIC=NBA playoffs]
[ENG#=2]


The Los Angeles Lakers will try and stay alive as the Pistons, leading 3 game to 1, will try and finish off shack and company in the NBA finals tonight.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Auburn Hills, MI; :00]

The Pistons seem focussed, the Lakers, uncertain if they will survive.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Shaquille O'Neal/Lakers Center; :15]
[SUPER=01-Rick Hamilton/Pistons Guard; :31]
[RUNS=:25]
[OUT Q=.....win this game"]
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[S-Motor]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[WRITER=mst]
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[GRAPHIC=MOTOR MILE SPEEDWAY]
[ENG#=4]

The Motor Mile Speedway is getting ready for its Father's Day weekend race card this Saturday night. Mike Stevens takes a look at some of the ongoing improvements at the track, now that the season is at the halfway point.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Radford; :00]
[SUPER=01-Larry Shelor/Motor Mile Speedway Owner; :17]
[SUPER=@mike2; :26]
[RUNS=1:53]
[OUT Q=....NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
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(( The signs of change of everywhere when you approach what was formerly known as the New River Valley Speedway. Since the Shelor Group took over the track and renamed it - it's decision makers have been non-stop in their efforts to retool it for the better. ((LARRY SHELOR:)) So far, Shelor and his partners have spent over $1 million dollars just in excavation and rock removal. And another $1 point 5 million has been spent on the spacious VIP suites that rival any in NASCAR racing. ((WATER NAT SOUND)) Leather couches, buffet lines and high back, reclining theater seats are now available for fans. In many ways it's no different than selling a customer that he or she needs a top of the line car. ((LARRY SHELOR:)) So far the truth has included $5 dollar tickets, a new competition garage for the competitors and inspectors, and continued work on what will eventually be a 55 foot wide concrete drag strip parallel with the back stretch of the track. ((LARRY SHELOR:)) Racing this Saturday night features action in 6 divisions including 200 laps of Late Model stock car racing. Mike Stevens News 7 sports.))
[Tech-Truck]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=04-24 TC15:06]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

Imagine an SUV with the fuel economy of a compact car.
[ANCHOR=shannon 2-Shot]

What seems like a far-fetched idea may be closer to reality than you think.
[ENG#=1]
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[SUPER=03-Romeo, MI;]

Engineering students from Virginia Tech are pitting their skills against 14 other universities in the FutureTruck competition in Michigan.
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/April;]

Over the past couple years 80-Tech students have been modifying a 2002 Ford Explorer. The challenge is to improve the rig's fuel economy while retaining its customer appeal as an SUV. Tech's truck is powered by hydrogen and will also be judged on acceleration, off-road performance, and trailer towing.
Grand prize is 6-thousand dollars. The winner will be announced Thursday.
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