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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

They're passing out leaflets, hoping to jog loose some leads in an unsolved murder.
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[ENG#=1]
[VO-NAT :04]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

And a small Salem sign sparks a standoff over civil liberties.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Tonight on News 7 sports - Mark Byington joins Gillen's staff at UVa. Lacrosse is becoming the next soccer as far as popularity,
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[VO-NAT]


and Lance Armstrong rides in the rain and takes over the lead at the Tour De France.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Localized downpours but in general, we were missed again today. Forecast details and a look around the region with the News 7 WeatherBug in a moment.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 4-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

Nearly two years after the murder of a Grayson County teenager, the family is keeping his memory alive.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

They're trying to make sure the trail to his killer doesn't grow colder.
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[SOT:10:00:00]
[IN Q=I hope]

((SHERRY BILLINGS: I HOPE EVERYDAY, I MEAN EVERY DAY. NO PARENT SHOULD HAVE TO STAND AND DO THIS.))
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=and do this.]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[Billings]
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[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=04-29 TC13:03]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


It's been nearly two years since 18 year old Brandon Billings was found shot to death in his pick-up truck in Grayson County.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

Investigators have NO new leads and NO suspects.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Rachel /Microwave;]

But as New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel DePompa found out, the family still has hope their son's killer will be found.
[LIVE= Rachel /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=@Rachel1;]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]

Keith/Shannon, Thanks to a local printing company, Kyle and Sherry Billings have found a new way to keep the community thinking of their son. They're hoping fliers like this will start jogging some memories.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Galax;:00]
[SUPER=03-File Tape;:20]
[SUPER=01-Sherry Billings/Brandon's Mom;:32]
[SUPER=01-Linda Billings/Brandon's Cousin;:52]
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[OUT Q=fight for Brandon. ]

((One paper at a time.
NATS... 17:31:00 HERE YOU GO HUN.. THANK YOU... THANK YOU...
One person at a time.
NATS- 17:26:00 CAN I GIVE YOU A PAPER SIR... THANK YOU.
Sherri and Kyle Billings are making sure their son is NOT forgotten.

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[SOT:10:31:00 to :36]
[IN Q=I'm hoping]

((SHERRY:WHEN IT COMES TO BRANDON WE WANT TO DO ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING POSSIBLE.)) [RUNS:05]
[OUT Q=will be made.]


Brandon was found shot to death in his pick-up truck the day after his 18th birthday. He was a senior at Galax High School and a tackle for the football team. His killer or killers have never been found.

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[SOT: 8:49:00 to :54]
[IN Q=Somebody's got]

((SHERRY: SOMEBODY'S GOT TO KNOW SOMETHING. AND I BELIEVE THEY'RE SCARED TO TALK.)) [RUNS:06]
[OUT Q=to scared to talk]


NATS 18:48:00 HANG IT UP SOMEWHERE IF YOU KNOW SOMEWHERE.
The family has printed 2-thousand fliers and are hanging them everywhere and handing them out to whoever will take one.

NATS 16:21:00 CAN WE GIVE YOU A PAPER SIR.. THANK YOU.

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[SOT: 12:32:00 ]
[IN Q=If we could]

((LINDA: IF WE COULD GIVE OUT THESE JUST TO ONE PERSON THAT WOULD SAY SOMETHING AND GIVE IT A BREAK, THEN THEY COULD FIND SOME CLOSURE AND HAVE SOME PEACE OF MIND AND MAYBE END THEIR PAIN.)) [RUNS:12]
[OUT Q=their pain.]



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[SOT:1:59:00 to 14]
[IN Q=Brandon deserves.]

((SHERRY: BRANDON DESERVES JUSTICE. AND IF ITS ANY WAY POSSIBLE US DOING SOMETHING THAT MIGHT BRING THAT JUSTICE THEN WE'RE GOING TO DO IT. :10 WE ARE GOING TO FIGHT FOR BRANDON.)) [RUNS:15]
[OUT Q=for Brandon.]))
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[TAKE GRAYSON CRIME STOPPERS] If you have any information call Grayson County crimestoppers at 276-236-7300
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[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Rachel /Microwave;]

The family is offering a 13-thousand dollar reward for any information leading the arrest and conviction of their son's killer.

[Wythe-Body]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WRITER=rde]
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A family's in jail tonight for the death of an elderly woman.
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[TAKE MAP] Around 7:00 yesterday morning the rescue squad was called to a home in the Speedwell section of Wythe County. Rescuers found 65 year old Ester Crigger dead. The sheriff's office was called out for what look liked a case of neglect.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=None]

Ester's husband, 79 year old Elmer Crigger and her two sons, 39 year old Daniel and 37 year old Donald Crigger have each been charged with felony neglect of an incapacitated adult. Investigators won't say HOW Crigger died, they will ONLY say they are waiting on medical tests and more charges are likely.

[Hodnett]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=504-00 TC1:17:42]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]
[ENG#=1]


A murder outside a high school football game last fall could send a Pittsylvania County man to prison for the rest of his life.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chatham;]


It took a jury just one hour to convict 23-year old Edwin Rontae Hodnett of the first degree murder of Lynwood Powell.
The two were part of a group that was arguing and fighting outside the gates of Gretna High School's Football field.
Hodnett claimed he fired once in the air in self defense.
The 29 year old Powell died of two gunshot wounds to the back.
The jury recommended life in prison. Hodnett also faces eight years on related firearms charges.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=HOLD]


He'll be sentenced next month.
A second suspect Jonathan Lynn Carter will stand trial in September.

[Hurt]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=khu]
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[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]
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The murder of an 83-year old Roanoke County woman three months ago was apparently meant to be murder- SUICIDE. The medical examiner's report shows 83-year old Neva Underwood Hurt died of manual strangulation and smothering. She'd been clinically depressed, suffering from a host of ailments.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

Her body was found in the living room of her home on Parkwood Drive with a plastic bag over her head. Her husband, William Wallace Hurt was lying unconscious in the basement with a plastic bag over *his* head.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=HOLD]

His son, Randy, found the couple. He told police his father said he'd struck himself in the head with a hammer and drank some weed killer. He was released on 10-thousand dollars bond, charged with first degree murder.

[ACLU-Sign]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=04-18 TC1:20:03]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=3]


A controversial sign in a Salem bookstore parking lot is back up.
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[VO-NAT :23]
[SUPER=03-Salem;]

Chip Givens of Givens Books is using a signage board in his parking to express displeasure with road construction outside his East Main Street store. The words read "Thank Mayor Tarpley and Forest Jones for this road mess" and are followed by a phone number for the city manager's office.
Yesterday, building official Charles Aldridge personally removed the letters.
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[SOT 3:16:00 - 3:16:11]
[IN Q=He claimed the sign was in violation...]

((CHIP GIVENS/GIVENS BOOKS: HE CLAIMED THE SIGN WAS IN VIOLATION OF CITY ORDINANCES AND I DON'T SEE HOW A SIGN LIKE THAT CAN BE IN VIOLATION OF ANY CITY ORDINANCES. I DON'T SEE HOW THEY CAN CIRCUMVENT THE FIRST AMENDMENT.)) [BUTT BUTT BUTT]
[SOT 3:26:04 - 3:26:24]

((CHARLES ALDRIDGE/SALEM BUILDING OFFICIAL: TYPICALLY ON SIGNS LIKE TEMPORARY BANNERS OR SOMETHING THAT HAS PERMISSION WE DO GIVE THEM NOTICE BUT THIS IS KIND OF LIKE BEING ON THE CITY RIGHT OF WAY SO, IT'S AN ILLEGAL SIGN SO I DON'T FEEL I HAD TO GIVE HIM ANY NOTICE.))
[SUPER=01-Chip Givens/Givens Books; :00]
[SUPER=01-Charles Aldridge/Salem Building Official; :12]
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[OUT Q=had to give him any notice.]
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[VO-NAT :09]

This afternoon, though, Aldridge decided to consult with the city attorney about the matter. In the meantime, Givens is being allowed allowed to replace the message.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]

The ACLU today wrote Aldridge a letter accusing Salem of suppressing Givens' right to free speech and demanding that the city allow Givens to restore the sign. The city says Aldridge made his decision before seeing that letter.

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


Still ahead on News 7, a local family remembers their son... a Marine killed in Iraq.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And we'll meet some of the dozens of Somali refugee families... and the Roanoke group working to make them feel at home in Southwest Virginia.
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[1st-Wx]
[Marine-Death]

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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=04-24 TC31:56]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq]
[ENG#=1]


Deshon Otey (DEE-shon OH-TAY) was a football fan, who loved music and the U-S Marine Corps.
Now relatives in Roanoke are mourning the Kentucky native who was killed in Iraq two weeks ago.
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[VO-NAT]


Otey was one of four Marines killed in an ambush June 21st.
He was born and raised near Fort Knox Kentucky, and joined the Marine Corps after graduating from high school.


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[SOT ]
[IN Q=He left home to help people]

((RONALD OTEY: HE LEFT HOME TO HELP PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE. REMEMBER HIM LIKE THAT SMILING. HE WENT TO HELP HE DID HIS THING AND HE DID IT WELL. HE DID IT WELL.))
[SUPER=01-Ronald Otey/Deshon Otey's Father;]
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[OUT Q=He did it well. He did it well. DOUBLE OUT]
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[VO-NAT]


Deshon's (DEE-shonz) father Ronald Otey (OH-TAY), and several aunts and uncles live here in the Roanoke Valley.

The 24- year- old Lance Corporal was buried with full military honors Saturday in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
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[Bank-robbery]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Henry County deputies need help finding a bank robber.
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[TAKE SUSPECT FS] Around 11 this morning a man entered the Fidelity Bank in Collinsville and handed a teller a note demanding money. He left with an undisclosed amount of cash. Deputies say minutes before the robbery, the man was seen at an ATM in front of the bank with a white man.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=None]

The two suspects were believed to be driving a black or dark- blue, four- door vehicle, possibly a Nissan Altima. Anyone with information should call the Henry County Sheriff's Office.

[McClure]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=khu]
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[GRAPHIC=Darlene Burcham]
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The author of an on-line article critical of Roanoke City Manager Darlene Burcham says he may have to publish an apology.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Month]

Bill McClure wrote about an encounter he believes he had with Burcham in the Tanglewood Mall parking. The roanoke journal-dot-com column claimed she cut him off and that he had to slam on his brakes to avoid hitting her.
Burcham says she wasn't there that day, and has filed a 10-thousand dollar defamation claim against McClure.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=None]

The deadline for a response has passed. McClure says he doesn't have the money to fight it. He says he's working through an intermediary to see if a retraction will convince Burcham to drop the case.

[Center-Square]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WRITER=syo]
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Center in the Square is celebrating it's most successful fundraising campaign ever.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

In May, President Jim Sears predicted Center would close in three years if it didn't raise more money. Since then, donors have stepped up and ended the campaign on a high note.
Sears says the non-profit organization raised 689-thousand of its 700-thousand dollar goal, including a 100-thousand dollar gift from a donor who chooses to remain anonymous. Next year's campaign is already underway.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
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Wall Street ended a three session skid with a win today. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


The DOW gained 21 points.
NASDAQ rose three.
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[SPONSOR ANNOUNCE]
[COMMERCIAL]
[Refugees]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-SHot]

Two Somali Bantu families will arrive in Roanoke this week.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

They're political refugees who are joining two dozen such families already in the region.
[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=None]

And there are more on the way. Connie Stevens says Roanoke Refugee and Immigration Services has the largest number of resettlement cases since it opened 28 years ago.
[ENG#=1]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Barb Smith is taking]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=10-Rahema Maingua/Somali Refugee/Voice of Translator; :40]
[SUPER=01-Barbara Smith/Refugee & Immigration Services; 1:10]
[SUPER=01-Connie Stevens/Reporting; 1:35]
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[OUT Q=Connie Stevens, News 7.]

(( Barb Smith is taking her first peek at this weekend's donations-- furniture, kitchenwares, linens-- it will all be used to stock one of the many refugee apartments her office is busy putting together.

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[SOT 21:18:08 ]
[IN Q=IT'S ALWAYS INTERESTING TO OPEN THESE UP, A TELEPHONE! WE NEED TELEPHONES AND NOT HAVING TO BUY THE PHONE CAN SAV

E US ABOUT TEN BUCKS FOR A FAMILY. ] [RUNS:12]
[OUT Q=for a family]



A family, like that of Roanoke's newest Somali Bantu resident-- little Linda Maheengua (Mah-Een-Gwuh) was born to her mother Rahema at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital Monday night.

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[IN Q= mother speaking Somali]

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[OUT Q=mother speaking Somali]



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[SOT21:05:40]
[IN Q=SOME OF HER OTHER KIDS SHE HAD THEM AT HOME, SHE SAID IT WAS MORE PAINLESS TO HAVE THEM HERE THEN IT WAS BACK AT

HOME] [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=back at home]



Baby Linda is named after her mother's Roanoke mentor, Linda Malone, who can't pass up a chance to hold the little one. It's a cross-cultural relationship so many of these Somali Bantus are now forming despite the language barrier-- it begins here in the orientation at the Refugee and Immigration Office-- with lessons on living the American life.
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[SOT 21:35:13]
[IN Q=BARB SMITH: THEY'RE GETTING A LOT OF ENGLISH WITH VOLUNTEERS, WE'VE HAD MANY PEOPLE COME FORWARD TO VOLUNTEER TO

TEACH THEM ENGLISH AND SHOW THEM ABOUT LIFE IN THE US, HOW TO BUDGET MONEY, HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR BILLS.] [RUNS12]
[OUT Q=of their bills]



Bills that must be paid with a total government allotment of $400 per refugee.
Tutoring, and stuff-- the Refugee and Immigration office needs a lot of it-- these are the things that help new residents become self-sufficient. But there's also an important emotional homecoming-- Barb Smith is thankful that so many are eager to simply spread a warm smile or offer help when they see a new face in town.
Connie Stevens, News 7.))

[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - Lance takes over the lead at the Tour. A Salem product is hired by Pete Gillen,
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[VO-NAT]

and lacrosse campers at Roanoke College are getting lessons in fundamentals of the game and life this week.
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[S-Lance]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-179 1448TC]
[GRAPHIC=NEWS 7 SPORTS]
[ENG#=1]

We begin tonight with the Tour De France - where American Lance Armstrong has moved into the lead - and his closest chaser is one of his teammates.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Arras, France/OLN; :00]

Today, the talented Texan and his US Postal Service team simply dominated the 40 mile team time trial. Despite racing in terrible conditions today that would see several riders get up close and personal with the pavement.
Armstrong and his teammates averaged 32 miles an hour and posted the third fastest time trial in the race's history. And here's a good look at why it will be tough to beat Lance. As they approached the finish line today, watch Armstrong's teammates wave him to the front so he could finish at the front of the pack and wear the yellow jersey.
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[S-Yanks]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-177 5100TC]
[GRAPHIC=mlb]
[ENG#=2]

In the big leagues this afternoon the Tigers won a series in New York for the first time in 8 years.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/MLB-ESPN; :00]

The Tigers needed a win today and they got it in an offensive slugfest.
[SUPER=35-Detroit/10/New York/8;]

Carlos Guillen had three hits including a three run homer as the Motor City hitmen win it 10-to-8.
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[S-AAU]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=AAU]

Summertime means AAU national basketball tournaments and the area has had some great success so far this year. This past weekend, the Valley Hoosiers 13 and under boys' team finished 2nd in the nation in Division Two in Memphis, Tennessee losing to Las Vegas in the finals. Last Friday, the Pulaski Wolves 10 and under girls team won the national title going unbeaten in Orlando.

[S-UVA]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-178 2210TC]
[GRAPHIC=uva]
[ENG#=3]

The UVa men's basketball staff has taken on a Roanoke Valley flavor tonight. Pete Gillen has hired former Salem high school great Mark Byington
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/2000; :00]

to serve as the director of basketball operations for the University. He spent two seasons at UVa as a graduate student manager while getting his masters degree. The past two years he has been an assistant coach at the College of Charleston.
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[TALENT=MIKE]
[GRAPHIC=UVA]

Gillen also hired John Fitzpatrick to be an assistant today.

[S-Camp]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-177 49:51]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke College]
[ENG#=4]


165 athletes from eight different states are staying at Roanoke College this week for the 15th annual Bill Pilat lacrosse camp.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]

The ages range from seven to 18. Pilat, the camp director, tries to teach the game and educate the kids on the importance of academics from the college selection perspective. Nelson Davis from the Roanoke College admissions department talks with the kids about the college process.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Bill Pilat/Roanoke College Men's Lacrosse Coach; :02]
[SUPER=01-Nelson Davis/Roanoke College Admissions; :18]
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[OUT Q=......not to early"]
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[VO-NAT]


25 lacrosse players are from the Roanoke Valley and Blacksburg and testing their game against more experienced northern players and learning what college lacrosse programs require is a plus at the camp.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Mike Moreno/Cave Spring Freshman Midfield; :00]
[SUPER=01-Robert Sterrett/Blacksburg Freshman Goalie; :12]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=.......division one football"]
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[S-Promo]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=NEWS 7 SPORTS]

Your emails, phone calls and conversations have conveyed the frustration and disappointment you feel concerning the behavior of some of the state top athletes.
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[GO TO APRISA 1029] Tomorrow night News 7 sports will try to answer some of your questions as we begin a two part series entitled "Above the Game." Steve Mason has spent the past several weeks talking with a coaches and administrators at both Virginia Tech and UVa to find out why athletes feel like they're above the law and the games they play. Join us tomorrow and Friday nights on News 7 at six and 11.
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