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A huge drug bust on Interstate-81 yesterday.
Around noon, State Police stopped a tractor-trailer for a traffic violation.
The men inside the rig said they were taking Mangoes from Texas to New Jersey.
What police found were plastic bags containing about two-thousand pounds of marijuana.
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Police estimate the street value to be about 32-hundred dollars a pound-- a grant total of nearly six and a half MILLION dollars.
Olympic medal skiier Picabo Street took a tumble yesterday- breaking her leg in the final event of the season.
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Street was skiing in the World cup Downhill in Montana Switzerland when she lost her balance, leaned too far back- and skidded down the hill.
Doctors say she fractured her left femur- and it may be months before she skis again.
The Olympic Super G champion was air lifted from the course by helicopter.
Street won gold for America just last month in Nagano.
People travel across the globe to set their sights on one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
But Southwest Virginia residents have one located just off Interstate 81.
In this week's segment of "Time Off," Kimberly McBroom shows us the wonders of Natural Bridge.
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[SUPER=01-Abby Heilman/Tourist; :23]
[SUPER=01-Sheree Rhoads/Tourist; :33]
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[SUPER=01-Margie Chittum/Wax Figure Creator; 2:09]
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(( Natural Bridge was first discovered by Monacan Indians--
George Washington surveyed the area, and carved his initials.
In the 1700's Thomas Jefferson bought the bridge, to make sure the public would be able to enjoy it.
NOW the truly "natural beauty" is a major tourist attraction.
Abby Heilman and Sheree Rhoads stopped off to see the wonder during their Spring Break road trip.
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((ABBY HEILMAN/TOURIST: IT WAS SO PRETTY, YES. IT'S JUST AMAZING TO THINK ABOUT HOW THAT WAS FORMED FROM WATER, JUST AMAZING.))
((SHEREE RHOADS/TOURIST: IT'S GREAT. IT'S NEAT. DIFFERENT. YOU WON'T GET ANYTHING LIKE THAT WHERE WE'RE FROM. IT'S PRETTY NICE. IT'S NICE TO SEE.))
The Natural Bridge Inn and Conference Center has 180 guest rooms and hillside cottages to accomodate visitors.
This is one of the third floor "King" rooms, which runs about 59 dollars a night during the off season.
In season rates start at 89- dollars a night.
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((DAVE PARKER/NATURAL BRIDGE MARKETING DIR.: BECAUSE THIS IS THE DOWN TIME OF THE SEASON WE'RE IN THE MIDST OF RENOVATIONS WITH THE PUBLIC AREAS, THE HALLWAYS, THE CORRIDORS, SOME OF THE SOFT RENOVATIONS GOING ON ARE REPLACEMENTS OF BED SPREADS AND THAT KIND OF THING, DRAPERIES, AND SHEARS ON THE WINDOWS. BUT WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO A BUSY SEASON.))
The entire second floor is getting a major facelift right now.
All renovations should be finished by April first, so the hotel can be ready for the onslaught of spring tourists.
((DAVE PARKER/NATURAL BRIDGE MARKETING DIR.: IT'S A BROAD SPECTRUM. AND I WOULD SAY, IT'S MOSTLY VACATIONERS, ESPECIALLY IN THE HEART OF THE SEASON. BUT ALSO, A LOT OF CHURCH GROUPS AND A LOT OF SCHOOL GROUPS THAT'LL COME IN JUST FOR DAY TRIPS.))
And while visitors are here-- many find their way to Natural Bridge's gift shop.
Remodeled last year, the shop offers everything from the typical tourist sweatshirts to pottery and water gardens.
There's even a full service deli.
And more items are expected in the future.
((DAVE PARKER/NATURAL BRIDGE MARKETING DIR.: IT'S GOING TO BE NICE, BECAUSE THERE'S GOING TO BE DIFFERENT FEATURES OF THE GIFT SHOP THAT ARE GOING TO KEEP EVOLVING AND KEEP GETTING BETTER. SO, IT'S GOING TO BE A PLACE THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE WANTING TO SEE, ALONG WITH THE OTHER ATTRACTIONS. BUT THEY'RE GOING TO FOCUS ON THIS BY ITSELF, TOO.))
And when you've grown tired of shopping-- you can drop in on some famous friends.
Wax figures aren't just on display here, this is also where they're MADE.
((Kimberly McBroom/News 7: Does it ever get kind of creepy in here, with all these faces staring at you? MARGIE CHITTUM/WAX FIGURES CREATOR: NO, YOU GET KIND OF USED TO THEM, UNLESS SOMEONE MOVES ONE YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT, THAT'LL SHOCK YOU. laughter. ))
More life-like scenes from history will be played out this spring during the Civil War encampment at Natural Bridge.
And just around the corner, the annual Easter Sunrise Service coming up April 12th.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Natural Bridge.))
For those planning to attend the Easter sunrise service, this year's will be delivered by Doctor Lloyd Ogilvie, Chaplain of the U-S Senate.
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Corned Beef and Company turned into Highlander heaven last night.
At least before Radford's game against Duke.
The faithful gathered at the restuarant and bar to show support for the first time tournament team.
But it wasn't long before everyone could read the writing was on the wall.
Here the Blue Devils save the loose ball at the start of the second half and use touch passes to get it to Elton Brand underneath.
Off the inbounds pass, Radford circles the parimeter before Ryan Charles gets the score, but Duke moves on winning 99-to-63.
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The Liberty ladies have their date with destiny tonight.
The undefeated Flames were disappointed in the 16th seed and match up with the University of Tennessee in the Women's N-C-Double-A Tournament.
The Vols are ranked number one in the country and also undefeated.
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[SUPER=01-Rick Reeves/Liberty Head Coach; :14]
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Tip off is 9:20 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Va Tech meets Wiconsin at six in Gainsville, Florida.[S-Tennis]
The third annual United States Cellular Tennis Invitational continues today at the Hunting Hills Country Club.
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Hunting Hills pro John Barker is part of the invitation only tournament which includes sixteen of Roanoke's best men's tennis players.
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((JOHN BARKER/DIRECTOR OF TENNIS:))
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Miss Virginia Kelli Quick will be in attendance at the tournament later today to sign autographs from 10 am to 1.[Diner-Bump]
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Finally this morning, did you see that?
One of the members of the world's greatest basketball show held a private performance at Carilion Medical Center for Children.
Reggie "Airman" Dixon says the athletes are entertainers, but community service is a large part of calling yourself a Globetrotter.
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((REGGIE "AIRMAN"DIXON/GLOBETROTTER:THE GLOBETROTTERS ARE THE GOOD WILL AMBASSADORS OF SPORTS TODAY, IT'S WHAT SPORTS REALLY SHOULD BE. IN OTHER WORD'S WE DON'T GO AROUND KICKING CAMERAMEN WE PRETTY FRIENDLY TOWARD THEM. A LOT OF PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES DO THIS, SO THIS IS THE BRIGHTER SIDE OF SPORTS.))
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And it certainly was a brighter day for the young patients.
Dixon spent the afternoon spinning balls on their fingers and putting smiles on their faces.
This was the first time some of these children got to meet a real life Globetrotter in person, but they have seen them before.
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((BRIAN WINSLOW/PATIENT:ON SCOOBY-DOO.))
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The children also got an autographed picture of the athlete and their own Polaroid picture with him, spinning ball included.
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