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SUPER=#4065
SUPER=70-Connie Stevens;
SUPER=70-Roy Stanley;
ANCHOR=Connie
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IN Q=TONIGHT ON

(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
OPENING STATEMENTS TODAY IN THE OKLAHOMA BOMBING TRIAL ARE COMPLETE.
A JUROR IN A MURDER TRIAL TEN YEARS AGO IN BEDFORD COUNTY NOW SAYS SHE WAS THE LONE HOLD-OUT IN THE DAVID FISHER CASE. ))
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top-story


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=amo
TAPE#top
GRAPHIC=none
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TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's THURSDAY, April 24TH, our Top Story
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IN Q=SHAME SHAME SHAME

(( ))
RUNS=:06
OUT Q=I LOVE THIS COMPANY
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VO-NAT


Tobacco giant Philip Morris comes to Richmond for its annual shareholders meeting...and a face to face fight over tobacco.
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P-Philip-Morris


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#597-11
GRAPHIC=news-7 pt


This is NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.
Good Evening, I'm Connie Stevens.
SS=philip morris


The world's largest producer of consumer packaged goods and America's top taxpayer had another year of record earnings.
And many predict that a secret settlement of health lawsuits could mean a massive boost in share prices.
As Ellen Qualls reports, the annual Philip Morris pow-wow at its Richmond cigarette plant is always about one thing: tobacco.
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SOT
IN Q= iF THERE
SUPER=03-Richmond; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. David Lewis/Martinsville Physician; :06
SUPER=01-Anne Donley/Virginia GASP; :24
SUPER=01-Mildred Cassaday/Richmond Shareholder; :37
SUPER=01-Russell Beggs/Retired Philip Morris Employee; 49
SUPER=@ELLEN1; :53
RUNS=1:09
OUT Q=QUALLS, news-7 richmond.

(( If there was ever a company with an outspoken conscience, it's Philip Morris.
sot 20;16:51

((DR. DAVID LEWIS/MARTINSVILLE PHYSICIAN: I BECAME VERY VERY ANGRY IN THE LAST FOUR OR FIVE YEARS BECAUSE OF WHAT THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY HAS DONE.))
runs=:07


He's a shareholder.
But he'd rather NOT see the tobacco giant settle cases and be protected from future suits.
CEO Geoffrey Bible told the crowd in a NO cameras meeting NO comment.
sot 20:24:09

((ANNE DONLEY/VA. GASP: I THINK FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS, MR. BIBLE'S BEEN INCREASINGLY CAREFUL OF EVERYTHING THAT HE SAYS. AND THE SECURITY HERE IS INTENSIFIED. I MEAN I DON'T KNOW ANYWHERE ELSE WHERE YOU GO WHERE IT'S LIKE AN ARMED CAMP.))
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sot 20:11:52

((MILDRED CASSADAY/RICHMOND SHAREHOLDER: IT'S PERFECTLY ALRIGHT TO GET A GUN AND SHOOT 40 PEOPLE, AND TO SMOKE POT, AND CRACK, AND COCAINE, AND ALL THAT JAZZ. BUT DON'T LIGHT A CIGARETTE. THAT'S A MORTAL SIN.))
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sot 20:09:37

((RUSSELL BEGGS/RETIRED PHILIP MORRIS WORKER: AND YOU CAN'T GIVE 'EM ENOUGH. ALWAYS WANT MORE.))
runs=:04

))

p-bv-council


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=jda
TAPE#597-14
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Buena Vista;


There were more questions tonight in Buena Vista over the planned purchase of the Old Blue Bird plant.
Last week, city council approved the regional project that would bring Deschamps Laboratories to the former bus factory.
But now critics on council and some residents are asking if Buena Vista is receiving a fair shake from Rockbridge County and the city of Lexington.
The Buena Vista Council did not reconsider its vote tonight, but members did propose some changes in the agreement.
The Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors and Lexington City Council will vote on the issue next week.
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P-Abbott


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-18
GRAPHIC=Abbott, Joe


The government wants a delay in the case of Joe Abbott-- and the rest of the Abed family.
It's an unusual step-- and even more so: Lawyers for at least one of the defendants hope to block the delay, pushing for trial May 12th.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke


Abbott himself was back in court today, as his lawyer discussed whether he and the prosecutors may remain on the case.
The Abeds have already contacted ANOTHER lawyer, in the event the judge removes Jack Kennett.
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SOT
IN Q=I'm not

((JOE ABBOTT/RACKETEERING SUSPECT: I'M NOT A CRIMINAL. THEY ARE THE CRIMINALS, THE MURDERERS, THE KILLERS.))
SUPER=01-Joe Abbott/Racketeering Suspect
RUNS=:04
OUT Q=the killers.
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VO-NAT


Abbott was referring to the fact that many of the government's key witnesses are convicted criminals themselves.
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ANCHOR=Connie
SS=HOLD


The Judge made no decision on the status of attorneys in the case, but he DID say he intends to postpone the trial.
The government says it'll take four weeks to put on evidence of racketeering.

P-Fisher


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-22
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


Ten years ago a Bedford County jury sentenced a man to die in a murder- for- hire scheme.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Bedford/1987


Now, one of the jurors in the David Fisher case, says she was the "lone 'hold-out'" against a death sentence.
Bertha Thomas says she finally went "along with the rest of them," only after her husband told her to.
Fisher was found guilty of arranging the murder of 18-year old David Wilkey on a hunting trip in the Stone Mountain area in 1983.
Fisher had been named Wilkey's guardian and had taken out a 50-thousand dollar life insurance policy on the young man.
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ANCHOR=Connie
SS=Legal Scales


In a sworn affidavit filed in federal court, Bertha Thomas also says the jury learned during deliberations that Fisher had said he'd kill the jurors if he ever got out of prison.
A federal magistrate today ordered a new hearing to determine whether Fisher should be re-sentenced.

P-Monty-Drugs


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=tal
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=drug bust


Distributing drugs on university property--
That's the charge against seven Virginia Tech students-- at least six of them live in dorms on campus.
The students are among 20 people the Montgomery County Drug Task Force has investigated over the last six months.
A grand jury returned a total of 47 indictments against the suspects.
The investigation turned up cocaine, crack, L-S-D, mushrooms, pot and several prescription drugs including Ritalin.
Police say the task force focused on individuals, rather than an organized drug ring.

P-OK-Bombing


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=cst
TAPE#NET-F
GRAPHIC=OK TRIAL


Testimony begins tomorrow in the Oklahoma City bombing trial.
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VO-NAT


Today was devoted to opening statements.
The prosecution says Timothy McVeigh blew up the federal building to spark a second American revolution.
SUPER=03-Oklahoma City, OK/April 1995;


They described how mothers rushed to the building frantically looking for children killed in the day care center.
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SOT 20:01:58
IN Q=And used that

((JOHN WALSH/FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR: AND USED THAT AS SORT OF AN EMOTIONAL PUNCH TO PUT THE JURY IN A FRAME OF MIND THAT WHAT A HORRIBLE THING THIS WAS.))
SUPER=01-John Walsh/Former Federal Prosecutor; :
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=thing this was.
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VO-NAT


The defense maintains their client is innocent-- and the government has the wrong man.
McVeigh's attorney says one witness contends the man she saw emerge from the Ryder truck was short and stocky-- not the lanky Tim McVeigh.
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music under
ANCHOR=Connie
SUPER=x5040; Primetime Tease Load
SUPER=x5045; Start Motion
SUPER=x5041; Primetime Tease Stop


The employee of an elected official in ROanoke, now wants his boss' job.
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VO-NAT


And a little later...Fourth and fifth- graders at a Blacksburg School saw the fruits of their labor today...stay with us.
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WEFC!!! go to break

P-Clerks


ANCHOR=cst
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=cst
TAPE#NET-e
GRAPHIC=MURDER INV.


Two women who worked at a Baskin Robbins store in Tennessee have been found-- dead.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Clarksville, TN;


Their bodies were recovered in a state natural area two miles from the ice cream shop.
21 year old Angela Holmes and 16 year old Michelle Mace were reported missing last night.
Police say cash was also missing-- as well as the tape from the store's surveillance camera.
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P-Holland


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=abo
TAPE#97-16
GRAPHIC=Sherman Holland


He works for the Commissioner of Revenue, Marsha Compton Fielder.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Now Sherman Holland wants her job-- today he announced his candidacy.
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SOT 14:11:58
IN Q=Since Marsha

((SHERMAN HOLLAND: SINCE MARSHA COMPTON FIELDER'S ELECTION IN 1993, I HAVE BEEN WITNESS TO MANY NEGATIVE TRANSFORMATIONS IN THE COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE.))
SUPER=01-Sherman Holland/(D) Candidate for Revenue Cmsr.
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=Commissioner's Office
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VO-NAT


Holland says Fielder's tax policies hurt working class families, senior citizens and small businesses. If elected he says he would focus on changing revenue assessment.
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SOT 14:24:50
IN Q=I've been there

((SHERMAN HOLLAND: I'VE BEEN THERE FOR 16 YEARS, I'VE SEEN HOW IT HAS BEEN RUN, I'VE SEEN HOW IT'S RUNNING NOW AND I'D INCORPORATE THE BETTER OF THE TWO COMMISSIONERS.))
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=be run now.
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VO-NAT


Holland and Fielder will face-off in the Democratic Primary June tenth.
Meanwhile he still works in the Commissioner's office.
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P-Daughters


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#597-13
GRAPHIC=NONE


Young women entered the job world today in the annual "Take Our Daughters to Work Day."
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


This is the fifth year Hollins College has sponsored the program, to give girls a taste of the working world.
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SOT 11:22:00
IN Q= I think it's

((TINA ROWLAND/ASSOC. DIR. OF CAREER DEVELOPMENT: I THINK IT'S A REALITY CHECK. I ALSO THINK THAT GIRLS NEED TO SEE THAT WOMEN CAN GO OUT INTO THE WORLD AND DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS AND HANDLE RESPONSIBILITY AND DO A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS IN THE WORLD. ))
SUPER=01-Tina Rowland/Assoc. Dir. of Career Development;
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=in the world
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VO-NAT


Girls ages nine to 15 can participate.
The job descriptions ranged from metering mail, to cleaning rest rooms-- even preparing "goody bags" for students.
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SOT 11:22:50
IN Q=WE got to

((SARAH ROWLAND: WE GOT TO COME AND LEARN ABOUT WHAT OUR MOM DOES TO WORK.))
SOT 11:17:10

((MOLLY STEELE: IT'S REALLY NEAT, AND MY MOM WORKS HERE AND I'M A LOT LIKE MY MOM. SO, I THINK I'LL WORK HERE. ))
SUPER=07-Sarah Rowland;
SUPER=07-Molly Steele; :06
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=WORK HERE



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P-Arboretum


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=tal
TAPE#97-21
GRAPHIC=none


Some students at Tall Oaks School in Blacksburg enjoyed seeing their work in full bloom today.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Blacksburg;


The students hiked the Spring Bulb Walk they helped create at Nellie's Cave Arboretum.
Although the early Spring blooms are gone, they still saw evidence of the 250 bulbs they planted last year.
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SOT 1:53:04
IN Q=I THINK IT'S

((STEPHANIE VOSHELL/4TH-GRADER: I THINK IT'S NEAT BECAUSE YOU GET TO PLANT SOMETHING AND SEE WHETHER IT WORKED, THEN YOU GET TO LEARN WHAT YOU SHOULD DO NEXT TIME TO MAKE IT WORK BETTER. ))
SUPER=01-Stephanie Voshell/Fourth Grader;
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=make it work better.
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VO-NAT


The students also saw evidence that tulips are a favorite food for deer.
And they learned their work isn't over.
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SOT 2:03:04
IN Q=THERE'S A LOT

((JAMES DUNAY/5TH-GRADER: THERE'S A LOT OF STUFF UP THERE THAT WE NEED TO WEED, AND WEEDING IS HARD. QUESTION: DO YOU THINK YOU'LL COME OUT HERE AND WEED SOMETIME? ANSWER: YEAH, PROBABLY. ))
SUPER=01-James Dunay/Fifth Grader;
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=yeah, probably.
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VO-NAT


Today the students planted two rhododendrums.
Saturday, volunteers are invited to work at the arboretum in celebration of Earth Day.
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Forecasts
SUPER=X5000;
SUPER=330-Variable Clouds/And Breezy/42-44/Turning Partly/Sunny/64-66;
SUPER=331-Mostly Cloudy/Wind W-10/42-45/Partly Sunny/Wind NW-15/65-68;
SUPER=332-Variable Clouds/Passing Sprinkle/38-40/Turning Partly/Sunny/57-59;
SUPER=333-Variable Cloudiness/Wind NW-10/38-40/Partly Sunny/And Milder/58-60;
SUPER=334-Clouds And A/Few Sprinkles/38-40/Slow Clearing/Wind NW-15/52-55;
SUPER=X5001;

RRE-CST-TOSS
ANCHOR=Connie


Don't go away-- there's more News-7 Primetime right after this break.
We have a special report--- for all you secretaries out there.

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P-Oldest-Mom


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=cst
TAPE#597-20
GRAPHIC=childbirth


More and more women are having babies later in life, with the aid of in-vitro fertilization techniques.
At age 63, a California woman has become the oldest woman on record to successfully give birth.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Los Angeles; :


It's a surprising announcement, but by no means extraordinary.
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SOT 20:27:17
IN Q=I have no

((DR. MARK SAUER/COLUMBIA-PRESBYTERIAN MEDICAL CENTER: I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT WE CAN MAKE WOMEN PREGNANT EVEN WELL BEYOND 63.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Mark Sauer/Columbia-Presbyterian Med. Ctr.; :
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OUT Q= well-beyond 64.
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***CONNIE AUDIO ON CART****
Dr. Sauer was the first to treat the woman--
He says new technology can make almost any age woman pregnant, but questions whether it should be done.
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SOT 20:27:30
IN Q=I am concerned

((I AM CONCERNED NOT TODAY ABOUT HER AND HER BABY, I'M CONCERNED ABOUT HER WHEN SHE'S GOT A 15 YEAR OLD WHO MAY BE A REAL PROBLEM, AND NOW SHE'S PUSHING 80. ))
RUNS=:08
OUT Q=pushing 80.
ANCHOR=Connie
SS=HOLD


Most fertility clinics place an age limit of 55 on motherhood.
The 63-year-old woman lied about her age, to get into the program.
Some doctors point out that men have been fathering children in this age group without societal reproach.
All that egg donation does, they say, is level the playing field.


P-Health-Fair


ANCHOR=connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=spr
TAPE#597-15
GRAPHIC=teen health


Remember the high school health fair?
Turns out those annual events may actually be doing something, to improve kids lifestyle habits.
At least that's the thinking at Franklin County High School.
Here's Scott Prince.
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SOT
IN Q=It's not
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./Yesterday; :00
SUPER=01-Jessica Duncan/Student; :53
SUPER=@Scott2; 1:00
RUNS=1:21
OUT Q=S.P., N-7, Franklin County

(( It's not something folks at Franklin County High School are proud of... but "steps" are being taken to make sure the situation is remedied.
At the school's Health Fair, students are given the opportunity to learn about different aspects of fitness... something that appears to have fallen by the wayside in recent years.
In 1991 Franklin County High School students were ahead of the game.
36 percent of them passed the state fitness test... which was better than most schools across the Commonwealth.
But there's been a steady decline recently.
In 1995 only 16 percent of these students were successful... 10 percentage points below the state average.
That's why more emphasis has been placed on this Health Fair.
Here students can see how much fat is in everyday foods.
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NAT SOT 10:35:58
IN Q=Man, I

((MAN I BE EATIN' THESE ALL THE TIME. ))
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OUT Q=all the time


They can also take part in a step aerobics class... something many of these teens have never tried.
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SOT 10:42:07
IN Q=I think

((JESSICA DUNCAN/STUDENT: I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE IT IN OUR SCHOOL. INSTEAD OF JUST DOING PUSH-UPS OR PULL-UPS AND ALL OF THAT STUFF. THIS IS "FUNNER." ))
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=this is "funner"


Across the gym, there's more exercise.
And after some mild exertion... heart rates are measured.
All of this seems to be "working out."
Last year, fitness tests at Franklin County High School showed significant improvement.
And now that the scores are "taking shape"... students are also finding out that fitness can be fun.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Franklin County.))

cool-video


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=amo
TAPE#cool
SUPER=x5042; Video of the Day Load
SUPER=x5045; Start Motion
GRAPHIC=News-7 primetime


Our Video of the Day commemorates National Secretaries Week-- it's for all of you out there who do what you do to keep the world running on schedule.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=75-Springfield, MO; :


In Springfield, Missouri, they're celebrating by hurling big, heavy typewriters from a cherry picker, onto a target on the street below.
Hit the bullseye...and win a prize.
SUPER=75-Grants Pass, OR; :


Or, how about relieving some stress, by beating an office copying machine into a pile of junk.
Why give flowers-- when a sledgehammer will do?
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SUPER=x5043; Video of the Day Stop


SP-Scores


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#S6-28
GRAPHIC=Primetime Logo


Tonight on PrimeTime Sports, The Avalanche was at home again Mike Stevens followed Chip Sullivan at Greensboro today and a couple of High school basketball stars are set to play college ball in the Valley.
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=04-NBA; :


Atlanta Hawks center Dikembe Mutombo is the N-B-A's defensive player of the year. The seven foot two Mutombo got 60 of a possible 115 votes from a media panel to win the award.
He averaged 13 point three points a game ranked second in blocked shots and second in rebounds.
The Hawks open the playoffs tomorrow but here's tonight's scores.
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WIPE TO SCORES
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SUPER=X5011;
SUPER=0093-/Salem/5//Winston-Salem/8/8///Lynchburg/0/j/Kinston/5///;
SUPER=X5010;
SUPER=0091-/Detroit/2/j/Texas/4////Minnesota/11/j/Oakland/12///;
SUPER=X5009;
SUPER=0091-/Cleveland/4//Milwaukee/2/7///Boston/1//Baltimore/0/5//;
SUPER=X5009;
SUPER=0092-/Pittsburgh/1//Chicago/1/4//;
SUPER=X5028;
SUPER=0096-/Charlotte/99/j/New York/109////Orlando/30//Miami/49/2//;
SUPER=X5009;
SUPER=0096-/Minnesota///Houston///Late//L.A. Clippers///Utah///Late/;
SUPER=X5031;
SUPER=0103-/New Jersey/2//Montreal/1/2///Chicago/2//Colorado/0/1//;
SUPER=X5009;
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SUPER=X5029;
SUPER=0104-/Pensacola/5//South Carolina/5/2///Louisiana/1//Peoria/3/2//;
RUNS=:45
OUT Q=....last score."


SP-Avalanche


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#S7-5
GRAPHIC=Avalanche Logo


The Salem Avalanche was at home again tonight taking on Winston-Salem at Memorial field.
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs Warthogs; :


A nice night out tonight as some fans from Channel 7 watch the action.
The Avalanche threatened to score in the bottom of the fifth-- Jamie Taylor hits a shot that drops in between two Warthog outfielders for a single but the Warthogs closed the inning.
Then later in the game the Warthogs scored. Clemente Alvarez singles and
SUPER=37-Winston-Salem/9/Salem/5/; Brent Wilhelm rounds the bases to score to

make it 5 to 3 Salem but Winston-Salem comes from behind to win it 9 to 5.
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SP-Golf


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=ST5-27
GRAPHIC=Greensboro open


The 59th Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic opened this morning without Fuzzy Zoeller and without the rain.
Mike Stevens and photographer Dennis Brown followed local favorite Chip Sullivan during his first 18 holes.
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SOT
IN Q="Chip's Open
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/This Morning; :00
SUPER=01-Chip Sullivan/Shot First Round 76; :32
SUPER=@Mike1; :45
SUPER=01-Kari Sullivan/Chip's Wife; :59
RUNS=1:25
OUT Q=...News 7sports"
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SP-High


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=STt5-28
GRAPHIC=Hometown Hoops Weekly


Two local high school basketball standouts have decided to play college ball at home.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Roanoke/1996-97 Season; :00


William Fleming senior Brad Dunleavey will attend Roanoke College and play for the Maroons.
Dunleavey, a two year starter for the Colonels, averaged 13 points and 5 rebounds per game this season.
Patrick Henry's Colby Leftwitch has also committed to Roanoke.
Leftwitch averaged 11 points and 5 rebounds per game for the Patriots.
Sources tell News 7 sports that Cave Spring senior Alex Phillips is close to committing to Roanoke. He's also considering Randolph Macon.
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SP-Scharnus


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#S7-4
GRAPHIC=Mike Scharnus


Liberty head football coach Mike Scharnus announced his resignation today.
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-Roanoke/1995; :


Scharnus led the Minutemen to their first playoff in school history in 1995 against William Campbell.
That same year he was the Friday Football Extra Group Two-A coach of the year.
Scharnus, a former receiver at Virginia Tech, will still remain in the Seminole District-- as head coach at Rustburg High School.
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preview-boards


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=amo
TAPE#597-09
GRAPHIC=none


That's all for us-- but for more news in 30- minutes ...Here's what you'll
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dissolve to boards see on NEWS-7 over on WDBJ-7.
SUPER=x5024; Coming up at 11 Load
SUPER=76-"Hopping Mad at NS"


Len Besthoff continues his series, "Hopping Mad at Norfolk Southern."
(----------------)
VO-NAT


There are indications bags of human waste are showing up where Norfolk Southern trains travel...both in and out- of- state.
(/////SOT/////)
IN Q=Well on

((CHESTER MELVIN/RETIRED NS ENGINEER: WELL ON MY DIVISION YOU COULD SEE THEM A LOT. AND I'VE TALKED TO GUYS ON THE OTHER DIVISIONS, IT'S A PROBLEM EVERYWHERE. And your division's where? MELVIN: BLUEFIELD TO ROANOKE WHEN I WAS WORKING. I WORKED BLUEFIELD TO ROANOKE, AND YOU WOULD SEE BAGS, EVERY FEW MILES, YOU'D FIND ONE SOMEWHERE YOU KNOW.))
RUNS=:17
OUT Q=you know.
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VO-NAT


Norfolk Southern is the only "class one" freight railroad in the country where crewmembers on board must relieve themselves in a plastic bag draped over a commode, instead of a toilet.
It's called the "dry hopper" system, and it's apparently not too popular with N-S workers.
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SUPER=77-Bag Sightings;

More on this in part two of our series, "Hopping Mad at N-S"-- tonight: just where people say they've seen these bags.
SUPER=x5025; Coming up at 11 Stop
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ANCHOR=Connie
SS=NONE

Primetime, see you tomorrow, goodnight. Jean Jadhon will be along over on WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching NEWS-7