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[ANCHOR=Keith]

A Lynchburg man admits to stalking anchorwoman Melanie Moon.

We'll hear from her on the subject and from the prosecutor.
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[VO-NAT]


And we all know what Good Friday means... it's something else to experience a MOCK crucifixion first hand.
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[ANCHOR=Roy]


In sports, the Avalanche, Hillcats and Danville 97s are ready to open their minor league seasons tonight.
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[VO-NAT]


And Karl Malone was fined and will sit out tonight's game for an elbow that hit knocked David Robinson out earlier this week.
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[TALENT=Robin]
[SS=None]


A few more sprinkles but not enough to wash out opening day baseball games around the region. A sunny weekend for

ecast is just ahead.[Duff]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=98-34]
[GRAPHIC=David Duff]


The man accused of stalking News 7 anchor Melanie Moon was due in court today for a bond revocation hearing, but David Duff surprised prosecutors with a guilty plea.
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[VO-NAT]


Duff was accused of harassing Moon in a series of unwanted letters and telephone messages. On one occasion, he was spotted in the parking lot of the television station.
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Prosecutors moved to revoke Duff's bond after he allegedly sent a letter to another female news anchor, Frances Scott, of the Roanoke Fox affiliate WJPR.
Today, he plead guilty to stalking, a misdemeanor that carries a jail sentence of up to six months.
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[SOT 12:08:28]
[IN Q=It was just very disturbing]

((MELANIE MOON/NEWS 7 ANCHOR: IT WAS JUST VERY DISTURBING FOR ME AND I THINK PEOPLE HERE AT THE STATION. AND I WAS JUST GLAD TO SEE THAT HE ADMITTED WHAT HE HAD DONE WAS WRONG AND THAT HOPEFULLY IN THE FUTURE HE WON'T TAKE THIS ACTION AGAIN, WON'T CONTINUE TO WRITE OR HARASS ANYONE ELSE.))
[SUPER=01-Melanie Moon/News 7 Anchor]
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[OUT Q=anyone else.]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Duff remains free on bond. He will be sentenced in May.[Crucifixion]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#98-23]
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A re-enactment outside a Montgomery County church is reminding Christians what happened two thousand years ago on this day.
Church volunteers are portraying Jesus and the two thieves crucified on Good Friday.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Elliston; :06]
[SUPER=01-Jon Highsmith/Church Member; :15]
[SUPER=01-Virgil McHone/Seneca Baptist Church Pastor; :34]
[SUPER=01-Todd Robertson/Church Member; :55]
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((It's one of the most powerful images taken from the Bible.
Jesus suffering and nailed to a cross.
For the man portraying Jesus on this day-- it's an act of faith.
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[5:13:25]
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[IN Q=He's ]

((JON HIGHSMITH/CHURCH MEMBER:HE'S MEANT EVERYTHING, FOUR YEARS AGO, THIS APRIL 17TH, I ACCEPTED HIM AS LORD AND SAVIOR IN MY LIFE, HE'S CHANGED MY LIFE COMPLETELY. )) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=life completely.]


This is the first time Seneca Baptist Church has attempted a mock crucifixion.
Even Pastor Virgil McHone was amazed at how realistic it all seemed.
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[4:37:27]
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[IN Q=The first]

((VIRGIL MCHONE/SENECA BAPTIST CHURCH PASTOR: THE FIRST RESPONSE WE GOT WAS THE POLICE CAME TO SEE IF THEY WAS NAILED TO THE CROSS AND THEN WHEN HE SEEN THAT THEY WAN'T HE HAD TEARS IN HIS EYES AND SAID TELL THEM I SAID GOD BLESS THEM.))

[RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=god bless them.]


Other motorists also stopped by--
And while Mother Nature could've cooperated a little better--
The wind and cold were a small price to pay compared to the images revealed in the Bible.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I'm just]

((TODD ROBERTSON/CHURCH MEMBER: I'M JUST THINKING ABOUT HOW MUCH WORSE IT MUST HAVE BEEN WHEN HE WAS ACTUALLY THERE GOING THROUGH IT, VERSUS WHAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH. WHAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH COMPARED TO WHAT HE WENT THROUGH IS NOTHING TO WHAT HE WENT THROUGH, THE PAIN THAT HE FELT. )) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=that he felt.]


Church members have NOT decided if another mock crucifixion will take place next year.


Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Elliston.))[Penske-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#98-31]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]


A rental truck was demolished on Interstate 81 this morning near the Dixie Caverns exit.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


State police believe the driver fell asleep and drifted off the right side of the road.
The back of the truck was destroyed in the crash.
Fire fighters had to remove the top of the cab to get the driver out.
State police say the driver and passenger were NOT wearing seat belts but are doing well.
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[Welfare-Reform]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#98-21]
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Getting off welfare and finding work can be difficult.. especially when you have no way of GETTING to your new job.


When welfare reform took hold two years ago, transportation was considered one of its biggest obstacles..
..but a unique program in Lynchburg is helping solve that problem.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Robin Grover]
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[SUPER=01-Robin Grover/Loan Recipient; :13]
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(( Robin Grover is working her way off welfare, but it hasn't been easy.
[natsot phone 20:16:15]

((HUMAN SERVICES..)) [RUNS:01]
A full- time Social Services employee, Grover had to find a way to get her son to daycare and herself to work.. all without a car of her own.
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[IN Q=My mom was]

((ROBIN GROVER/LOAN RECIPIENT: MY MOM WAS ALSO HELPING ME BY PICKING ME UP AFTER WORK AND ACTUALLY TAXIING ME AROUND, WHICH WAS A BURDEN TO HER.)) [RUNS:07]
[OUT Q=burden to her.]


All that changed a few weeks ago.
Grover applied for and received a 25- hundred dollar loan through a special program of Family Services.
The money helped buy her a 1992 Geo Tracker.. it's also given her some job security.
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[IN Q=We're like a]

((WE'RE LIKE A BANK AND A HELPFUL AGENCY AT THE SAME TIME.)) [RUNS:03]
[OUT Q=same time.]


Ron Carl heads up the Family Loan program, a pool of unspent welfare money from around central Virginia.
Applicants are people trying to get off welfare, whose bad credit rating prevents them from getting a regular bank loan.
The money can help buy a used car, repair an existing vehicle or even move the recipient closer to their job.
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[SOT 3:24:43]
[IN Q=Welfare gets]

((RON CARL/FAMILY SERVICES DIRECTOR: WELFARE GETS THEM UP THE FIRST HUMP, THIS PROGRAM GETS THEM UP TO THE NEXT LEVEL THAT THEY NEED TO BE SELF- SUFFICIENT, AND THAT IS THE GOAL OF THE PROGRAM, SELF- SUFFICIENCY.)) [RUNS:11]
[OUT Q=self-sufficiency.]


53 applications were filed in the first two weeks.. so far loans are making a difference in the lives of fifteen of those people.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))[Tease#1]

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=NONE]
No defective products from one area school system---coming up on News 7 at Six we'll tell you about a plan to offer

graduates who are guaranteed.
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[VO-NAT]


And members of a Roanoke County church travel to Africa to help victims of a civil war. They found both scenes of both beauty and devastation, and will share their experience, coming up.
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[TAPE#=98-28]
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[**Note Anchor Tag**]
A missionary team from Roanoke County's Church of the Holy Spirit recently returned from a trip to the Sudan and Northern Uganda.
In the Sudan, there's a bloody civil war underway between the Muslims in the north and the African Christians in the South.
News 7's Steve Mason documented the church group's journey and has prepared a two part report.
Tonight, a look at the scars of war.
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[SUPER=01-David Fuller/Mission Director; :24]
[SUPER=01-Courtney Mauzy/Church Elder; 1:24]
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[SUPER=01-Charlie Tull/Church Elder; 2:27]
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((
The Nile River flows with both power and grace; knifing through the vast countryside of Africa. The animals that patrol its banks also rome free. Beautiful scenery scarred by the ugly civil war between Christians and Muslims--a war that has imprisoned the people of the Sudan since 1956. ((DAVID:))
The Roanoke-based group was accompanied by Southern Sudan soldiers. The missions team's immediate task was to develop a plan to supply food and water to the Sudanese refugees. A more long term plan involves building a compound with schools, a medical center, and a church that would provide worship and pastoral education. ((DAVID FULLER:))
One and a half million Sudanese have been killed in the war. Four and a half million have been displaced; some travel 300 miles by foot out of the Sudan into Northern Uganda to find safety, food, and shelter. Thousands are forced to live under trees; unprotected from the elements. ((COURTNEY:)) ((STEVE MASON:))
On the morning of the Roanoke team's arrival, seven soldiers were admitted to the Nimule hospital. They were suffering from third degree burns after being ambushed by the Lord's Resistance Army--gorilla rebels funded by the north. ((QUIGG:))
Despite the desperate state the team found the refugees in throughout the camps, there was a degree of happiness, especially on Sunday. ((CHARLIE:))
The people of Sudan call their plight a forgotten war; the Roanoke group hopes to spread awareness of the ordeal back in southwest Virginia. In the Sudan, Steve Mason News 7.))
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[Talent=Keith]
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Steve's report from Sudan continues tomorrow on News 7 at Six, with a look at a safari.


[Diploma-Warranty]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#98-24 30:41]
[GRAPHIC=Education]


You get a warranty with a new appliance or a new car.
One Southside school district wants to give employers a warranty with every graduate they hire.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


The "diploma warranty" is a program just being developed by the Danville Public Schools.
The idea is to prove a high school education can prepare students for the working world.
If students can NOT meet real-world standards... the school district will re-educate them.
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[SOT 4:09:54-:14]
[IN Q=If they hire]

((ANDY OVERSTREET/DANVILLE SUPERINTENDENT: IF THEY HIRE ONE OF OUR SENIORS INTO AN ENRY LEVEL JOB AND THAT EMPLOYEE THAT THEY'VE HIRED IS INADEQUATE IN THEIR READING, WRITING OR MATH SKILLS, WE WILL WORK WITH THEM TO UPGRADE THEIR SKILLS TO THE LEVEL THE EMPLOYER REQUIRES.))
[SUPER=01-Andy Overstreet/Danville Superintendent;]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=the employer requires.]
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[VO-NAT]


Overstreet says graduates who need help would attend night adult education classes.
He hopes to have the "diploma warranty" program up and running by the next school year.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=NONE]


The stock market was closed this Good Friday. Just ahead on News 7 at Six-- the art of woodcarving.
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[VO-NAT]


Joe Dashiell introduces us to a unique artist with Southwest Traditions. That story and more when we return.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=98-27]
[GRAPHIC=Southwest Traditions]


Southwest Virginia has plenty of treasures. Men and women who play mountain music, prepare traditional foods or practice the local crafts they learned from their parents.
[FULL SCREEN=SOUTHWEST TRADITIONS]


With the help of the Blue Ridge Institute at Ferrum College, Joe Dashiell plans to introduce us to a few of them... Tonight in Southwest Traditions, we meet George Wright.
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[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :08]
[SUPER=01-George Wright/Wood Carver; :18]
[SUPER=01-Roddy Moore/Blue Ridge Institute; :52]
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[OUT Q=JD News 7]

(([OPENS ON NAT SOUND]
[IN Q=Watch, that's all you need]

((GEORGE WRIGHT: WATCH, THAT'S ALL YOU NEED. YOU DON'T NEED A WHOLE LOT OF EQUIPMENT TO DO THIS.)) [RUNS:06]
[OUT Q=...equipment to do this.]


Put a hatchet in the hands of George Wright... and watch a pine log become a cowboy or an indian.
He discovered the old west as a youngster at the movies, and picked up his passion for carving from his uncles.
[IN Q=Some carvers go by drawings]

[RUNS:24]
[OUT Q=not my style at all.]


Wright has a workshop in the woods near Boones Mill... While his talent is well-known to friends and family, it took some detective work for Roddy Moore to track him down.
[IN Q=I've lived here]

((RODDY MOORE/BLUE RIDGE INSTITUTE: I'VE LIVED HERE 25 YEARS AND IT WAS ONLY TWO YEARS AGO THAT WE FOUND OUT ABOUT GEORGE, SO THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE ALL THROUGH SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA THAT ARE REAL TREASURES WITHIN THEIR COMMUNITIES. SOMETIMES WE KNOW ABOUT THEM, SOMETIMES WE DON'T.)) [RUNS:14]
[OUT Q=sometimes we don't.]


Gracious to the occasional camera crew, George Wright doesn't seek out the attention. He says there's nothing he enjoys more than the time he spends carving and creating.

Joe Dashiell News 7))[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
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[WRITER=rst]
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And coming up in sports, Area minor league baseball teams are set to open their seasons tonight we'll have a live report from Salem.
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[VO-NAT]


And the Roanoke Express opens the second round of the Kelly Cup playoffs with a win over the Hampton Roads Admiral

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[ANCHOR=Roy]
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[WRITER=dal]
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Hope is alive at Salem Memorial Field.
It's opening day and the Avalanche is taking the field with a new attitude.
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Denise Allen is at the stadium.
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[ANCHOR=Roy]
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The Lynchburg Hillcats open their season on the road tonight at Kinston.
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The Hillcats have several veteran players returning and a pitching staff that performed well in spring training.
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The Hillcats will start righthander Paul Ah Yat tonight against Kinston.[S-97s]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-5]
[GRAPHIC=Danville 97s]


Carolina league baseball returns to Danville tonight as the 97s open their season with a game against the Prince William Cannons.
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[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
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The Express and the Hampton Roads Admirals play game two of the kelly Cup playoff second round tomorrow night at the Round House in a 7:35 face off.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :00]


Last night; Roanoke won the opener behind with Dave Gagnon's 29 saves to reocrd the shutt out.
Tim Christian opened the scoring in the second off a Dave Stewart blast.
Travis Smith also scored to compliment an outstanding defensive effort.
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[SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :]
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[ANCHOR=Roy]
[GRAPHIC=Hold logo]


According to Express sources; x-rays today on center Mike Peron's right shoulder; which he re-injured last night;
revealed pulled ligaments. Team sources say he will sit out tomorrow night's game but should return for the remainder

of the series. Roanoke leads 1-nothing.[S-Malone]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-5]
[GRAPHIC=NBA Logo]


Utah forward Karl Malone will sit out tonight's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-NBA; :00]


Malone was suspended for the game and fined 5-thousand dollars for an elbow to the head that knocked David Robinson unconscious earlier this week.
Malone visited Robinson in the hospital and the two remain good friends. Malone will miss just the fifth game of his 13 year career.

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[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
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[GRAPHIC=MLB LOGO]


The New York Yankees opened their home season this afternoon in the Big Apple.
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[SUPER=03-New York, NY/MSG; :00]


Joe Dimaggio on hand to throw out the first pitch.
But Oakland would jump on the Yankees for five runs in the first Ben Grieve hits this grounder into right field scoring two runs to make it 2 to nothing A's.
New York game back in the fifth. Tino Martinez
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sends this pitch over the right field wall for a three run homer and New York goes on to win it 17 to 13.
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