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ANCHOR=Ron
NEWSCAST=11p
WRITER=rjo
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Next on News Seven more than 30
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people were killed in Australia today as a lone gunman opens fire in a tourist town.
The killings are considered the worst massacre in Australia's history.
President Clinton took the stand for the first time in the Whitewater case.
And the Peace Corps celebrates thirty-five years of serving mankind.
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ANCHOR=Ron
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News Seven is next.

Australia-Massacre


ANCHOR=Ron
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=jmo
TAPE# net
GRAPHIC=Shooting


A bloody massacre is over in Australia.
Police have captured a man who opened fire with two military-type rifles, killing at least 32 people at a tourist spot on the island of Tasmania.
He set fire to a cottage where he held three hostages.
Vicki Mabrey has the story.
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(( The gunfire caught tourists off guard at first, as this amateur video shows.
But surprise quickly turned to terror as it became obvious the shooting was real.
Those who could escape crowded into whatever shelter they could find, as the gunman roamed the tasmanian tourist attraction, using a high-powered rifle to pick off his victims.
Police say the 29-year-old alleged gunman has been treated for mental illness.
Witnesses describe him as a blond surfer type who calmly hunted for targets in a cafe, a parking lot, and a hotel on the site.
HE SAID THERE'S A LOT OF WASPS AROUND HERE TODAY, THERE'S NOT MANY JAPS AROUND, AND THEN HE STARTED MUTTERING TO HIMSELF, AND THEN HE WALKED INSIDE AND THAT'S WHEN ALL THE GUNSHOTS STARTED GOING OFF.
Most of the dead are believed to be australians, asians and canadians.. including some children.
An american from Washington State who is among the injured is listed in stable condition.
HE'S GOT SOME POLICE OFFICERS DOWN THERE.. HE'S SHOOTING AT THEM.
After the shooting, the gunman fled to a nearby guest cottage where he held three people hostage overnight and continued firing at the 200 officers who had surrounded the house.
As police kept their distance, the house caught fire.
The suspected gunman came out alone.
He was arrested and taken to the hospital, treated for burns, no word yet on the fate of the hostages. vm, cbs news, london.))

New-Mexico


ANCHOR=Ron
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=jmo
TAPE# net
GRAPHIC=Fire


Unpredictable winds and steep terrain are keeping firefighters from gaining control of a fire that's scorched more than eleven-thousand acres in New Mexico.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Near Sante Fe;


The fire is threatening ancient Indian artifacts and inching toward the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Officials estimate the flames are six miles from the famed nuclear research facility.
Emergency crews at the lab are clearing areas of grass and weeds away from three technical areas.
Experts say they don't expect the fire to be fully contained for a week.
Officials say a campfire sparked the blaze, and that two people have been arrested.
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Brush-Fire


ANCHOR=Ron
NEWSCAST=11
WRITER=afr
TAPE# 96-27
GRAPHIC=Brush Fire


Closer to home...
Firefighters from three localities are on the scene of a brush fire this evening.
Authorities report that the fire is under control.
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SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;


Four to five acres near the Falling Creek Reservoir burned early this evening.
Firefighters from Roanoke City, and the counties of Roanoke and Bedford are staying on the site overnight to monitor hot spots.
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Whitewater


ANCHOR=Ron
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=jmo
TAPE# net
GRAPHIC=Clinton


A court-imposed gag order is keeping the lid on President Clinton's four and a-half hours of videotaped testimony at the White House today.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington DC;


Clinton gave the deposition as a defense witness in the criminal trial of his former Whitewater business partners.
The President took defense questions for about an hour, then faced more than three hours of cross-examination by the prosecution.
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C'Burg-Shooting


ANCHOR=Ron
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=jmo
TAPE# none
GRAPHIC=Shooting


Christiansburg Police shot a woman today while responding to a suicide call to 9-11.
The call came at about 8-30 from an apartment at the Old Farm Village.
According to a press release, a woman called 9-1-1 dispatchers and told them she was considering committing suicide.
Officers arrived and heard a shot fired.
Stella Arcaro (ARE-CAR-ROW) then exited the apartment pointing a rifle at an officer.
The officer fired, striking Arcaro in the leg.
She's in stable condition at Montgomery Regional Hospital.
Police have not said if Arcaro is the woman who made the call to 9-1-1.
The Christiansburg Police Department and State Police are investigating.
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ANCHOR=Ron
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Coming up on news-7,
Inspectors were on the scene of the balcony collapse in Blacksburg.
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And,
The Peace Corps has been going strong for 35 years.
We'll visit a class reunion of sorts.
But first, here's Kimberly!
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ANCHOR=Kimberly

Wx ad lib
Thanks, Ron!
After today's sunshine-- we're looking at mostly cloudy skies tonight.
But by tomorrow-- you'll need the sunglasses again.
Our next chance of showers isn't too far off, though-- a cold front swinging through on Tuesday will likely bring some moisture.
We'll check out the forecast-- coming up a little later. MUSIC UP FULL
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Lexington-Shooting


ANCHOR=ron
NEWSCAST=11
WRITER=spr
TAPE# 96-32
GRAPHIC=Pickral, John


It's being called a tragic accident.
Now it's up to the Lexington Commonwealth's Attorney to decide.
Yesterday, a small boy was killed when a gun was discharged at the Virginia Military Institute.
Scott Prince has more.
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(( Family members describe 10- year- old John Pickral as a boy full of life.
He loved sports... especially hunting.
But his life came to an abrupt halt after a gun went off at the Virginia Military Institute Rifle Range.
Pickral was there to take a skeet shooting lesson from rifle coach Jim Thorp... the man left holding the 3-80 caliber pistol.
Police say the bullet went through Thorp's hand and into the chest of the 4th grader.
Before the incident happened, conversation focused on the gun show at the Salem Civic Center. standup 16:24:20
That's when Thorp took out the 3- 80... saying he had bought it at a gun show.
He retracted the slide to see if there was a round in the chamber.
What Thorp didn't know was that the magazine was loaded.
As he tried to put the gun away, it went off.
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IN Q=A .380

((RICK BIRNBACH/VALLEY GUNS: A .380 WOULD BE TREATED JUST LIKE ANY OTHER SEMI- AUTOMATIC PISTOL. IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE ITS CHECKED, HAVE THE MAGAZINE WITHDRAWN, MAKE SURE THAT WAS EMPTY, BRING THE SLIDE BACK LOOK DOWN THE ACTUAL BARREL AND IN THE MAGAZINE WELL, LOOKING FOR ANY CHANCE OF A LOOSE ROUND. ))
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Pickral was pronounced dead at Stonewall Jackson Hospital... the same place where Thorp is recovering.
At this point no charges have been filed against the rifle instructor.
But V- M- I has turned the case over to the Lexington commonwealth's attorney.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))

Balcony-Collapse


ANCHOR=Ron
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=jmo
TAPE# net-b; edit 96-21
GRAPHIC=None


Inspections are now complete of the Blacksburg apartment complex where second and third floor balconies collapsed early yesterday morning.
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SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Yesterday;


The two balconies at the Terrace View Apartment complex fell under the weight of nearly 40 students.
Three people remain hospitalized.
Thirteen others were treated at local hospitals for injuries ranging from cuts and broken bones to emotional trauma.
The apartment manager says the rental policy states only 10 people should be on the balcony at one time.
Town Manager Ron Secrist says he expects to get the results of the inspection early this week.
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Peace-Corps


ANCHOR=ron
NEWSCAST=11
WRITER=spr
TAPE# 96-28
GRAPHIC=None


A very "peaceful" thirty- fifth anniversary took place in Lexington today.
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SUPER=03-Lexington;


Dozens of Peace Corps volunteers gathered at the Washington and Lee Pavilion to celebrate the organization and to talk about their experiences.
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((BRIAN MURCHISON/FORMER PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER: IT'S JUST A GOOD IDEA. SENDING PEOPLE WHO WANT TO SEE A LITTLE BIT OF THE WORLD AND WHO WANTED TO DO SOMETHING FOR THEIR FELLOW MAN AND WOMAN. AND GOING OVER TO COUNTRIES THAT ASK FOR THEIR HELP. IT'S JUST A VERY GOOD IDEA. IT'S SIMPLE. IT MAKES SENSE. ))
SUPER=01-Brian Murchison/Former Peace Corps Volunteer;
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VO-NAT


Currently there are 65- hundred Peace Corps volunteers nationwide serving 94 countries.
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Business-Review


ANCHOR=Ron
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#=BIZ
GRAPHIC=Frito Lay


A Snack food company plans to "chip" in a thousand jobs to Lynchburg,
SS=Bell Atlantic


And two baby Bells join forces.
SS=Business Review


Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
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SUPER=03-New York, NY/Monday; :07
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :17
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Tuesday; :29
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((After months of speculation, Bell Atlantic and Nynex have made it official.
The two Baby Bells will join forces in a 23 million dollar deal, the biggest telecommunications merger ever.
Revco and Rite Aid have called off their merger plans, which could have affected a number of stores in our area.
The drug store chains gave up their bid in the face of strong opposition from federal regulators.
The Hill City has emerged the winner of the Frito Lay Sweepstakes.
Lynchburg leaders have confirmed that the world's largest snack company will put its newest plant there, possibly creating as many as a thousand jobs.
Norfolk Southern says it had a strong first quarter in spite of bad weather and a strike at General Motors.
The rail giant is one of the region's largest employers.
Valley Bank says its first year in business was a good one.
The Roanoke bank posted a loss for fiscal 1995, but it says it expected it because of costs associated with starting up a new operation.
Dublin businessman Hiawatha Nicely has backed out of his new job as director of the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance.
Nicely was unable to adjust his business and personal activities to devote full attention to the Alliance.
An attorney with Quibell says the Roanoke soft drink maker has halted production for the past few weeks because of a dispute with a bottle supplier.
The company expects to be up and running again next month.
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it rose 33 points, closing at 5567.99.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.)) Nat Sot
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Trigon


ANCHOR=Ron
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=jmo
TAPE# net-a; edit 95-55 (Trigon)
GRAPHIC=Trigon
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


A settlement has been reached between Lynchburg and Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield officials.
The city claimed it had been defrauded of up to one MILLION dollars because Trigon did not pass on discounts it negotiated with hospitals for city employees' health care.
Neither Trigon nor the city would disclose terms of the settlement.
The case was to come to trial next month.
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Farris


ANCHOR=Ron
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE# 96-38
GRAPHIC=Farris, Mike


The conservative Christian Republican defeated by Don Beyer for the Lieutenant Governor job has a book and movie deal in the works.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond/June 1993;


Loudoun County constitutional lawyer Mike Farris hasn't ruled out another political run since his '93 defeat --
SUPER=03-Purcellville;

but he's ruled IN a sideline career as a novelist.
His first novel is called "Anonymous Tip" and is due out in October.
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IN Q=It's about

((IT'S ABOUT A SINGLE MOM WHO WAS TURNED IN FOR A FALSE CHILD ABUSE ALLEGATION BY HER EX-HUSBAND. AND SHE HAS TO FIGHT FOR HER CHILD AND THEN HER RIGHTS. AND IT'S A CHRISTIAN, JOHN GRISHAM-STYLE NOVEL. SO THEY'VE SIGNED ME TO A FIVE NOVEL CONTRACT. AND I'M ACTUALLY WRITING NUMBER TWO RIGHT NOW.))
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The deal is through a Southern Baptist publishing house -- which is also considering two offers from filmmakers to bring "Anonymous Tip" to the movie screen.
Meanwhile, Farris continues his work as a national advocate for home- schoolers, and a national co- chairman for Pat Buchanan's Presidential effort.

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ANCHOR=Ron
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Coming up,
Lynchburg officials have things rolling on the river.
A beautification is underway.
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And,
A unique way to fly the friendly skies.
Steve Smallshaw has the story up next.
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L'burg-Riverfront


ANCHOR=Ron
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE# 96-40
GRAPHIC=L'Burg Seal


Old man river is getting face lift in Lynchburg.
The riverfront is being cleaned up, in preparation of the "Festival by the James."
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SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Last Week;


Work crews spent the past week grading and landscaping the area, and removing the debris from several demolished buildings.
The city hopes to have the area cleaned up before thousands of tourists converge on the riverfront in June.
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((PAUL HARVEY/LYNCHBURG COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: THE FIRST STEP IS MAKING IT LOOK NICE AND MAKING IT AN ATTRACTION FOR PEOPLE TO COME VISIT. IF YOU COMBINE THAT WITH RETAIL DEVELOPMENT FURTHER UP THE HILL THERE ON COMMERCE AND MAIN, THE ADDITION OF THE TOURIST MUSEUM AND THE RIVERVIEWS PROJECT, DOWNTOWN'S GOING TO BECOME MORE OF AN ATTRACTION TO PEOPLE.))
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The riverfront area eventually will be seeded, and built into a park- like setting.
Federal grant money is picking up the cost of the project.
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Trees


ANCHOR=Ron
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE# 96-21
GRAPHIC=None


The landscape of one Roanoke neighborhood is changing and residents say they like what they see.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


This week, employees of Laurel Creek Nursery planted 115 trees along Marshall and Day Avenues in old Southwest.
Residents say the new dogwoods and red maples are just one sign of improvement in their neighborhood.
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((CHRIS MUSE/ROANOKE RESIDENT: I THINK WHAT'S MADE THE DIFFERENCE IS PEOPLE DECIDING TO TAKE CHARGE, NOT SITTING BACK THINKING OF THEIR OWN PROPERTY AS THEIR LITTLE CASTLE. PEOPLE HAVE TO REALIZE THAT THEIR CASTLE IS SITTING NEXT TO SOMEONE ELSE'S CASTLE AND YOU HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER. AND AS SOON AS YOU START WORKING WITH YOUR NEIGHBOR, YOU EXPAND IT OUT TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND AS SOON AS YOU EXPAND IT TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, YOU EXPAND IT TO YOUR COMMUNITY.))
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OUT Q=expand it to your community.
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Residents had originally planned to spend a thousand dollars for new plantings, but with help from the city they were able to plant 10- thousand dollars worth of trees.

S-Race


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#R-32
GRAPHIC=Talladega Logo


Bill Elliott was taken to the hospital with a fractured hip and Ricky Craven suffered a back injury in a crash involving over a dozen cars.
But Sterling Marlin outlasted the field to win the Winston Select 500.
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SUPER=03-Talladega, AL/ESPN; :


Ernie Irvan running with a patched up engine managed to lead the race after passing Dale Earnhardt.
But Sterling Marlin had the fastest car on the track he worked his way through traffic to take the point about 60 laps into the race.
The third caution of the day came out when Bill Elliott's car gets airborne and slams down in the grass on all four wheels on lap 79 of the race. Elliott remained in the car until a crew was able to cut him out. He was taken to an Alabama hospital with a dislocated hip.
Ward Burton led for a lap but Terry Labonte was the leader at the half way mark after holding off Earnhardt and Terry Labonte. After they crossed the line Earnhardt was the leader of the race.
Michael Waltrip in the Woods Brothers Citgo ford took the lead with 69 laps to go.
Then the fourth caution of the day came out when several cars get involved in a crash un turn one. Ricky Craven's car flips and gets airborne several cars went under craven and he hit the fence in turn one. Craven was shaken up but not seriously injured. 14 cars were involved including Jeff Gordon, Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin.
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((MARK MARTIN/6 VAVOLINE FORD: ))
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Marlin took the lead with less than 25 laps to go and he would hold off Dale Jarret to win the Winston Select 500 at Talladega.
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((STERLING MARLIN/WINSTON SELECT 500 WINNER: ))
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OUT Q=.........feels great."
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ANCHOR=Roy
SS=Hold Logo


Jarrett was second Earnhardt third Terry Labonte fourth and Michael Waltrip fifth.
THat's it for sports have a great day everybody...

S-Golf


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#S6-8
GRAPHIC=Greater Greensboro


North Carolina native Mark O'Meara won the P-G-A's greater Greensboro Classic this afternoon for his fifth win in the last 13-months.
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/CBS SPORTS; :


After a four shot lead at the turn O'Meara stumbled in for the victory. He flubs this shot from the rough as he was approaching the 18-th green to finish the round.
O'Meara bogeyed the hole shooting a final round three under par 69. He finished two shots in front of Duffy Waldorf who shared the lead at the start of the round.
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((MARK O'MEARA/GREATER GREENSBORO CLASSIC CHAMPION: ))
SUPER=01-Mark O'Meara/Greater Greensboro Classic Champion; :
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OUT Q=......VERY FORTUNATE."
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We'll have highlights of the Talladega 500 a little later on mornin'.

Sports Tease


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#Tease
GRAPHIC=NONE


The Magic, Bulls and Spurs win second round N-B-A playoff games.
And we'll see who the Pittsburg Penguins will meet in the Eastern Conference Semi Finals.
Stay tuned.

S-Magic


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#BB96-3
GRAPHIC=NBA PLAYOFFS


Shaquille O'Neal scored 29 points as the Orlando Magic beat Detroit to take a two games to none lead on the Detroit Pistons.
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SUPER=03-Orlando, FL/NBC SPORTS; :


Shaq gets out of his B-M-W ready to go to work.
And early in the first quarter he gets the slam as the Magic took a 7 to 3 lead.
Then watch Shaq with the pass to Penny Hardaway for the easy layup and a 16 to 7 first quarter lead.
The Pistons tried to get back in it in the second quarter Grant Hill pulls up and nails the three pointer Detroit trailed by 8.
But Shaq led a 12 point run in the
SUPER=32-Orlando/=92/Detroit/=77;third quarter he finished the game with 29

as the Magic beats the Pistons 92 to 77.
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((SHAQUILLE O'NEAL/SCORED 29 POINTS: ))
SUPER=01-Shaquille O'Neal/Scored 29 Points; :00
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OUT Q=.....get go."
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S-Spurs


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#S6-7
GRAPHIC=NBA PLAYOFFS


The San Antonio Spurs pulled away in the closing minutes of the game to beat Phoenix and take a two games to none lead on the Suns.
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX/NBC SPORTS; :


Suns coach Cotton Fitzsimmons having a cool drink during the game.
San Antonio's Avery Johnson drives to the paint and passes to David Robinson for the jam and a 12 to 7 spurs lead.
In the second quarter Charles Barkley brings it down court and nails the jumper and Phoenix led 36 to 33.
But the Spurs rallied. Johnson with the assist to Chuck Person who hits the jumper for a 47 to 44 Spur lead.
Robinson was the dominate force in SUPER=32-San

Antonio/110/Phoenix/105;the game he scored 40 points to lead the Spurs to the 110 to 105 victory.
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S-MLB


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#S6-4
GRAPHIC=MLB lOGO


Rusty Greer's R-B-I single in the tenth gave the Texas Rangers a 5 to 4 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/HTS; :


The Rangers started the game with a big defensive play. Kevin Elster makes the diving catch at third and throws out Mike Devereaux at first in the second.
The Orioles took the lead in their half of the second. Chris Hoiles hits a solo homer over the left field wall and Baltimore took a 1 to nothing lead.
The Rangers answered in the third SUPER=35-Baltimore/==4/Texas/==5;

inning. Kevin Elster gets all of this pitch taking it over the left field wall to tie at 1 and Texas wins it 5 to 4 in 10.
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S-NHL


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#S6-7
GRAPHIC=NHL LOgo


The Pittsburgh Penguins will meet the New York Rangers in the N-H-L's Eastern Conference Semi Finals.
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-Landover, MD/FOX SPORTS; :


Pittsburgh took the lead in the first period on the Mario Lemieux goal on the power play and never looked back in getting the victory.
For that and all of today's pro scores lets check the boards.
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CHRYON MOTION
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
RUNS=1:05
OUT Q=.....WINNIPEG."
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Ultra-Light


ANCHOR=Ron
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE# 96-26
GRAPHIC=None


It's little more than an airborne go- kart--
And while it may not be the fastest mode of transportation, it certainly looks like the one of the most fun.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
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SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00
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SUPER=01-Jeff Jensen/Buckeye Flying Parachutes; :37
SUPER=01-Dale Wilson/Owner; :52
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(( Like most small airports, the New London landing strip has seen all types of flying machines over the years... nothing, however, quite like Jeff Jensen's contraption.
Jensen is the only person in Virginia who sells the Buckeye Powered Parachute.
It's essentially a lounge chair with wheels, a 66 horsepower engine and prop, and one giant parachute.
Crank it all up and you've got yourself a flying machine.natsot takeoff
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((Since he became a dealer in December, Jeff Jensen has sold two of the Buckeye machines. Judging from the attention they get from people on the ground, these flying parachutes practically sell themselves.))
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((JENSEN: IT'S VERY INTRIGUING, PEOPLE ARE VERY INTRIGUED BY IT. THEY SEE 'EM AND THEY JUST WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT 'EM.))
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OUT Q=more about 'em.


Count Dale Wilson among that group.
He spotted Jensen in the air one day, tracked him down and went up for a two hour flight.
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IN Q=Didn't know what

((DALE WILSON/PARACHUTE OWNER: DIDN'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS WHEN I FIRST SAW IT. HE WAS SO LOW, AND YOU COULD JUST SEE HIM REAL WELL AND HE WAS WAVING, HE HAD ANOTHER GUY IN IT WITH HIM AND THEY WERE WAVING, NEATEST THING I EVER SAW. SO I HAD TO RIDE IN IT AND ENDED UP BUYING IT.))
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On this night, it took a few hours for the wind to calm down enough to take off.
As he soared leisurely over the airport, Jensen says the trip was worth the wait.
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IN Q=It's absolutely

((JENSEN: IT'S ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. SUN'S SETTING OVER THE MOUNTAINS, OVER THE PEAKS THERE IN ROANOKE, IT'S JUST GORGEOUS UP HERE THIS EVENING.))
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Believe it or not, Jensen says it doesn't take long to get the hang of piloting the parachute.
Once you've done that, the rest is a breeze.
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IN Q=Most of the

((JENSEN: MOST OF THE TIME YOU CAN JUST KICK YOUR FEET OFF THE PEDALS, JUST SIT BACK AND ENJOY THE RIDE.))
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natsot
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Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))