[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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Ahead on News 7 mornin, A deadly helicopter crash near the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And a mysterious church explosion in Illinois injuries dozens.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Hail- producing thunderstorms roared across the area last night, leaving behind clouds and patchy fog this morning.

What's your Memorial Day going to look like?
Find out in the forecast. [2-shot]

[ANCHOR=Melanie][NC-CRASH]



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Authorities are on the scene of a helicopter crash near Charlotte, North Carolina this morning.
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[VO-NAT]
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At least five people are dead.
The chopper was apparently carrying people from the Charlotte Motor speedway when it crashed onto U-S 74 shortly before one this morning.
The Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race, ended about two hours before the crash.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=MEL]
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Federal agents are on the scene of a church explosion in Danville, Illinois, trying to find out what caused yesterday's blast.
At least 33 people, most of them teenagers, were injured when an explosion rocked morning services.
Investigators say nothing has been ruled out as a possible cause.
Drew Levinson has more.
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[SUPER=03-Danville, IL; :00]
[SUPER=00-Theresa Frazier/Church Member; :07]
[SUPER=01-Rev. Dennis Rogers/First Assembly of God; :24]
[SUPER=01-Jerry Singer/ATF Agent; :52]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/Reporting; :59]
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((
The explosion happened just as members of the First Assembly of God gathered for their morning worship service:

VT=SOT Theresa Frazier/Church member



The blast tore through the side of the church, ripping a large hole and injuring 32 people. Most of the injured were sitting in the first three rows, many of them teenagers:

VT=SOT Rev. Dennis Rogers/First Assembly of God



There is a nursery in the church, but there's no word if any of the children were hurt. 23 have been treated and released, 6 are hospitalized with serious injuries. Neighbors heard the blast from their homes.
So far the cause of the blast is not known. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are on the scene trying to determine if a bomb may have caused the blast:

VT=SOT Jerry Singer/ATF


Drew Levinson/CBS NEWS.))

[SCHOOL-SHOOTING]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=School Shooting]


Oregon officials are trying to head off copycat incidents following last week's fatal shooting spree at a Springfield high school.
Two students from two other high schools were taken into custody this weekend after they allegedly threatened to kill classmates.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Springfield, OR;]

[4:08:16]
A memorial service was held yesterday for the victims of Thursday's shooting.
Funeral services for one students killed is today.
The funeral for the second student will be held tomorrow.
Fifteen year old Kip Kinkel, who is also accused of killing his parents remains under a suicide watch.
Classes resume tomorrow at Thurston High School.
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[4:09:44]
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(( JAMON KENT/...ITS GOING TO BE A ...REGULAR DAY ... THE KIDS WILL COME TO SCHOOL ... START WITH THEIR REGULAR CLASS PERIODS ... GO THROUGH THE DAY ... COUNSELORS AVAILABLE FOR BOTH STAFF AND STUDENTS. ))
[SUPER=01-Jamon Kent/School Superintendent;]
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[OUT Q=STAFF AND STUDENTS.]
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[VO-NAT]


Two student remians hospitalized in serious condition.
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[RockyMount-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=kimberly]
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[WRITER=sta]
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Meanwhile, Franklin County police have identified the victim in Saturday night's shooting as 19-year old Mickey Ellis.
Authorities say Ellis was shot in the face during an argument at a McDonald's parking lot in Rocky Mount.
Police arrested Randy Moran (MOR-ANN) in connection with the shooting.
Ellis was transferred to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
His condition is NOT known.

[11-Franklin-Search]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=98-39; 28:10]
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Nearly 50 rescue workers will search a 15-square mile area in Franklin County for an elderly man missing since early yesterday morning.
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Authorities say George W. Walker wandered away from the Franklin Manor Rest Home between six and eight yesterday morning and hasn't been seen since.
Henry, Pittsylvania, and Roanoke County E-M-S workers are helping with the search.
Police say Walker is a 68 year-old black man and was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt, and brown pants and tennis shoes.
He's about five foot-seven and 139 pounds.
Police are asking people with information to contact the Franklin County Sheriff's Department.
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The search was halted overnight because of darkness, but will resume today.

[1-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=chr]
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In sports, Jeff Gordan takes the checkered flag at Charlottte.
Steve Mason has the highlights.
Good Morning Steve.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(Melanie ad lib toss to Kimberly/Wx)


[Basket-Building]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=Net]
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An Ohio businessman has found a way to keep all his employees in one basket, literally.
Maureen Maher reports.
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[IN Q=Welcome to Dresden]
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[SUPER=01-Shelly Green/Tourist; :29 ]
[super=01-Maureen Maher/Reporting; :53]
[Super=01-Dave Longaberger/Longaberger Baskets Owner; 2:09]
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[out q: Dresden, OH.] ((Welcome to Dresden, Ohio, where the name Longaberger carries as much weight here as Kennedy does in Boston. There is the restaurant, the gathering place and even clothing, but the heart of Dresden lies in Longaberger baskets. So when the Longaberger company decided to build a new headquarters, it seemed only fitting that is should reflect the company's most well known commodity.
(SOT, Shelly Green/Tourist) "I saw these big handles - and this big ol' basket

- and the closer you get, you're like, NO WAY!" Those gigantic handles weigh a whopping 75 tons a piece, each is equipped with a warming device, so ice won't form and crash through the atrium's glass ceiling... THE JOLLY GREEN GIANT SIZED REPLICA IS BOWED AND COLORED JUST LIKE THE ORIGINAL.
(Maureen Maher/stand up) "A seven story, $30 million dollar basket is

impressive, but what really takes your breath away is the energy and enthusiasm of the man behind the building." This is - Dave Longaberger, the only man many say capable of pulling off such a feat...
(Dave Longaberger) "...it took a while to get a lot of people to see the big picture."

It is a picture of the American dream come true, and like most it has been full of challenges. The first of which came when he was a schoolboy, WHERE A SEVERE STUTTER FORCED HIM TO REPEAT THE FIRST GRADE TWICE, AND THE 5TH GRADE THREE TIMES. Later, he convinced his father - who hand made baskets for local farmers - that homemakers would want to buy them, too.
(NEW... NAT SOT OF DAVE IN BOARDROOM WITH ME, DAUGHTER AND THE REST OF THE FOLKS)
(TAPE 3 - 59:56 NAT SOT OF BOARDROOM FOLKS SAYING HELLO)

THE NOW AFFABLE LONGABERGER HAS HAD A MUCH EASIER TIME COMMUNICATING WITH HIS EMPLOYEES -
(VIDS OF BASKETSW BEING MADE - PLANT FLOOR)

...WHOSE WORKMANSHIP AND LOYALTY HAS HELPED TURN THE COMPANY IN TO A 700-MILLION DOLLAR BUISNESS. AND JUST WHEN EVERYONE THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE TIME FOR DAVE LONGABERGER TO SLOW DOWN A BIT, HE IS GEARING UP FOR HIS GREATEST CHALLENGE OF ALL - RECENTLY DIOGNOSED WITH KIDNEY CANCER, DOCTORS HAVE GIVEN HIM ONLY A 20% CHANCE OF SURVIVING..
(SOT, Dave Longaberger) "But they all agreed that 80% of it is attitude - and

I said okay - get out of my way, I can create an attitude." AN ATTITUDE THAT IS PROOF POSITIVE THAT THE FUTURE CAN BE WHAT EACH OF US CHOOSES TO MAKE OF IT.
(SOT, Dave Longaberger) "I'm excited about that - I mean - don't get me

started - I mean, it's just, it's a great life." MM CBS News, Dresden, Ohio))

[11-R'bridge-Taxes]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=98-34; 1:08:01]
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Folks in Lexington and Buena Vista will be shelling out a little more money for real estate taxes.
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[VO-NAT]
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Lexington's City Council recently approved a three-cent tax hike.
That raises the total tax to 72-cents for every 100 dollars of assessed value.
The increase prompted some concerns that city residents are being overtaxed.
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[SOT 10.31.45 - 10.31.58]
[IN Q=Any time you]

((JON ELLESTAD/LEXINGTON CITY MGR.: ANY TIME YOU RAISE TAXES IT'S AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT LEXINGTON HAS ONE OF THE LOWEST TAX RATES OUT OF ANY OF THE OTHER CITIES IN VIRGINIA. LAST TIME I LOOKED WE WERE ABOUT THE FIFTH LOWEST. AND, I THINK RAISING IT THREE CENTS IS REASONABLE.))
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Buena Vista residents will also likely get a three-cent hike in their real estate taxes.
However, city officials are currently reassessing the value of area real estate.
And, they say that increase could change when their reassessment is complete.
Glasgow officials voted NOT to change real estate taxes this year.
Increases in Buena Vista and Lexington go into effect July first.

[Common-Sense]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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It's important to be patient when you invest.
But how do you know when it's time to sell?
Scott Goldberg has some answers in this week's Common Sense.
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["C-S STANDUPS" at 00:14:15 -- runs :15]
((In our last segment we talked about "buy and hold" -- the investment strategy that says if you're patient with your stocks, you'll make money.
But there does come a time when you and your beloved holdings need to part ways.
This week, Tom Dunkenberger tells us when we should think about selling.
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["COMMON SENSE" tape]
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((TOM DUNKENBERGER/WHEAT FIRST UNION: IF YOU SET A PRICE OBJECTIVE ON A STOCK AND THAT STOCK HAS REACHED THAT OBJECTIVE WITHOUT ANY KEY FUNDAMENTALS CHANGING FOR THE BETTER, THAT'S A GOOD REASON TO SELL. ALSO IF YOU NEED TO ADJUST YOUR PORTFOLIO ASSET ALLOCATIONS -- YOU NEED TO RAISE CASH. SOMETIMES IF THE STOCK HAS RUN UP MORE THAN THE PORTION YOU WANT IT TO BE IN YOUR PORTFOLIO, SELL PART OF IT AND RAISE CASH THAT WAY.)) [RUNS 24]
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["C-S STANDUPS" AT 00:15:42 -- runs 15]
Other reasons to sell stocks?
If you anticipate a merger or acquisition that could hurt your stock.
Or you think your stock's value is so high you think it has nowhere to go but down.
That's this week's Common Sense.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))

[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
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[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]


In medical news, protection from skin cancer may be on the way.
Mika Brzezinski has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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(( GOOD MORNING.
A CERTAIN GENE MAY MAKE SOME BABIES MORE ALERT THAN OTHERS.
((VO))
AN ISRAELI STUDY OF 81 NEWBORNS FOUND THAT INFANTS WHO REACTED STRONGLY TO VARIOUS OBJECTS HAD A GENE CALLED D-R-D-4.
IT IS SIMILAR TO A GENE FOUND IN ADULTS WHO ARE RISK-TAKERS.
SOME SCIENTISTS SAY THEY ARE SKEPTICAL OF THE FINDINGS.. BECAUSE NOT ENOUGH CHILDREN WERE INVOLVED IN THE STUDY.
((VO))
HERE IS A SCARY SUMMERTIME FACT. MORE THAN A MILLION NEW CASES OF SKIN CANCER CASES ARE EXPECTED TO BE DIAGNOSED THIS YEAR.
BUT THERE IS HOPE.
EXPERTS SAY A DRUG RECENTLY APPROVED BY THE FDA HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN TREATING ADVANCED STAGES OF MELANOMA.
--PROLEUKIN--WORKS BY STMULATING THE BODY'S OWN NATURAL DEFENSES AGAINST THE DISEASE.
BUT DOCTORS SAY YOUR BEST BET IS TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE SUN BY WEARING SUNSCREEN.
((VO))
AND BEFORE YOU TAKE THAT LONG-AWAITED SUMMER VACATION, HERE'S SOME ADVICE THAT WILL MAKE SURE YOUR TRIP IS A HEALTHY ONE.
TO AVOID DIARRHEA WHEN TRAVELING ABROAD... HEALTH OFFICIALS SUGGEST STICKING TO COOKED FOODS.
AND THEY SAY YOU CAN REDUCE THE CHANCES OF JET-LAG BY GETTING AS MUCH REST AS POSSIBLE BEFORE-HAND.
SEA-WEARY TRAVELERS PRONE TO MOTION SICKNESS ARE URGED TO EAT LESS, AND TAKE PRESCRIBED MEDICATION.
AND IF YOU'RE PLANNING ON VACATIONING IN ANOTHER COUNTRY, EXPERTS SAY YOU SHOULD CHECK WITH YOUR HEALTH INSURER... TO FIND OUT IF ANY MEDICAL PROBLEMS WILL BE COVERED WHILE YOU ARE ABROAD.
AND THAT'S A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M MIKA BRZEZINSKI, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))


(ad lib to weather)[Survivor-Beauty-Salon]



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[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=Net]
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For cancer survivors a trip to the beauty salon can be a nightmare.
But now there's a salon that has put aside one day a week...just for people who survived cancer.
Trish Bergin has the details.
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[IN Q=A simple hair appointment]
[SUPER=01-Pamela Shields/Cancer Survivor; :17]
[SUPER=01-Mike Fontana/ "Mike & Me Salon"; :43]
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[2-HEADLINES]
[SUPER=#4050; Headline Banner]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Investigators are combing through the wreckage of a helicopter that crashed early this morning near Charlotte, killing at least five people.
Authorities believe chopper came from the Charlotte Motor Speedway, following the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Another mysterious church explosion in Illinois.
Authorities aren't ruling out any causes in a blast that injured 33 people praying inside a Danville church yesterday.
They're still looking into a December explosion that killed one person at a church about 15 miles away.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A memorial service was held yesterday's for the victim's of last weeks deadly shooting spree at an Oregon High School.
One of the two students killed will be buried today.
Meantime, the 15 year old accused gunman is under a suicide watch. 13
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Monday May 25TH.
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back. [2-NC-CRASH]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#Net]
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Investigators are trying to identify five people killed in a helicopter crash early this morning near the Charlotte Motor speedway.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Monroe, NC;]


It happened shortly before one o'clock.
The chopper was apparently carrying people from the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race.
Federal Aviation Administration investigators are now on the scene tyring to determine what caused the crash.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#Net]
[GRAPHIC=Explosion]


A federal agent says nothing has been ruled out as the possible cause of yesterday morning's explosion at a church in Danville, Illinois.
The blast tore through the First Assembly of God Church during a service attended by about 300 people.
Thirty-three people were injured, several of them seriously.
Drew Levinson has more.
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[SUPER=00-Theresa Frazier/Church Member; :07]
[SUPER=01-Rev. Dennis Rogers/First Assembly of God; :24]
[SUPER=01-Jerry Singer/ATF Agent; :52]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/Reporting; :59]
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((
The explosion happened just as members of the First Assembly of God gathered for their morning worship service:

VT=SOT Theresa Frazier/Church member



The blast tore through the side of the church, ripping a large hole and injuring 32 people. Most of the injured were sitting in the first three rows, many of them teenagers:

VT=SOT Rev. Dennis Rogers/First Assembly of God



There is a nursery in the church, but there's no word if any of the children were hurt. 23 have been treated and released, 6 are hospitalized with serious injuries. Neighbors heard the blast from their homes.
So far the cause of the blast is not known. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are on the scene trying to determine if a bomb may have caused the blast:

VT=SOT Jerry Singer/ATF


Drew Levinson/CBS NEWS.))

[MEMORIAL-DAY]


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[WRITER=MEL;]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Memorial Day]


President Clinton will conduct a Memorial Day ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC/PBS;]


Millions of veterans who served our country in the great wars of the 20th century were honored yesterday in a P-B-S Memorial Day Concert.
The annual event was broadcast live from the west lawn of the nation's Capitol.
The 90 minute special featured a blend of musical performances, dramatic readings and archival footage. General Collen Powell was among the celebrities who took part in the broadcast.
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(( GENERAL COLIN POWELL: THIS HAS BEEN A CENTURY OF TERRIBLE WARS BUT IT HAS ALSO BEEN A CENTURY OF TRIUMPH AS WE DEFEATED FACISM AND COMMUNISM AND AS WE HAVE SEEN THE FLOWERING OF DEMOCRACY IN THE DEEPEST CORNERS OF THE WORLD. ))
[SUPER=07-General Colin Powell;]
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[OUT Q=corners of the world.]
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[VO-NAT]


The event not only aired in this country but was also broadcast on National Public Radio and overseas via the Armed Forces Radio and Television Network.
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[2-SCHOOL-SHOOTING]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=School Shooting]


Funeral services for one of the students killed in last week's school shooting in Oregon will be buried today.
The funeral for the second student will be held tomorrow.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Springfield, OR;]


A memorial service was held yesterday honoring the dead and wounded.
Two students remain hospitalized in serious condition.
Meantime, the accussed gunman, fifteen year old Kip Kinkel, remains under a suicide watch.
Kinkel is also accused of killing his parents.
When classes resume tomorrow at Thurston High School, counselors will be made available to both students and staff.


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[4:09:44]
[IN Q=]

(( JAMON KENT:THE CAFETERIA IS COMPLETELY RESTORED AT THIS TIME. WE'VE GONE IN AND TAKEN OUT ALL EVIDENCE OF ... BULLETS OR ANY STRUGGLE ... COMPLETELY REPAINTED THE HALLWAY SO THAT ....NO REMAINS OF ANYTHING IN THAT SCHOOL. ))
[SUPER=01-Jamon Kent/School Superintendent;]
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[OUT Q=anyting in that school.]
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Oregon officials are now trying to head off copycat incidents.
Two students from two other high schools were taken into custody this weekend after they allegedly


threatened to kill classmates.[11-Bike-Cops]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=98-33; 50:06]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal]


More Roanoke Police officers will be travelling on two wheels this summer.
With the help of a federal grant, the city is expanding its bike patrols.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Over the weekend, additional officers began patrolling four neighborhoods. That number will expand as more uniforms and equipment arrive.
A grant from the U. S. Justice Department is paying for the program, and so far 60 officers have completed the bicycle training course.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Everyone I've talked]

((OFFICER DAVE BOYER/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: EVERYONE I'VE TALKED TO IS DYING TO GET OUT THERE AND RIDE AND USE THE SKILLS THEY'VE LEARNED IN THE SCHOOLS AND GET OUT THERE AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I THINK EVERYONE WANTS TO TRY TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS AND WITH THE AID OF THE BIKE HOPEFULLY WE CAN DO THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Officer Dave Boyer/Roanoke City Police;]
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[OUT Q=hopefully we can do that.]
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[VO-NAT]


Officials say the goal of the program is to strengthen the partnership between the community and the police department. The additional bike patrols will not take away from the department's normal patrols.
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[11-Ninth-District]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=98-51; 02:33]
[GRAPHIC=Republican Party]


Joe Barta believes he can succeed where other Republicans have failed... and defeat Ninth District Congressman Rick Boucher.
The Radford opthalmologist says he will have more than optimism on his side.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wytheville/Saturday]


Barta won the Republican nomination Saturday, at the district convention in Wytheville.
Though Democrat Rick Boucher was first elected to Congress in 1982, and has easily turned away all challengers since, Barta says 1998 will be different.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=This is the]

((JOE BARTA/R- CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS: THIS IS THE BEST CHANCE IN A LONG TIME TO UNSEAT MR. BOUCHER AND ONE OF THE REASONS IS THIS TIME THERE'S GOING TO BE A CLEAR CHOICE IN THE CANDIDATES. MR. BOUCHER AND I ARE NOT MUCH ALIKE. I'M A CONSERVATIVE, HE'S NOT. I'M MARRIED AND I HAVE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN, HE DOESN'T. I'M A VETERAN. HE'S NOT A VETERAN.))
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[OUT Q=not a veteran.]
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Barta predicts his campaign will raise more money than any of the Republican challengers since 1984.
And with a relatively low turnout expected in the November election, he says a strong Republican showing could mean defeat for Boucher.

[Kid-Inventions]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Some ingenius students displayed their creations last week at the 12th annual Inventors Showcase in San Diego.
Over 400 youngsters, kindergarten through 12th grade, exhibited their gadgets.
Larry Himmel was there.
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[super=03-Mission Valley, CA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Larry Himmel/Reporting; 1:35]
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[Girl-Saves-Family]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=none]
When a tornado-like storm struck Shoreview, Minnesota over a week ago, one family escaped with help from an unlikely

source-- 7-year-old Katie Wocken.
Mike Binkley has her story.
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[IN Q=She's only 7]
[SUPER=01-Katie Wocken/Student; :13]
[super=01-Mark Wocken/Katie's Dad; :32]
[super=01-Jean Wocken/Katie's Mom; :52]
[SUPER=01-Mike Binkley/Reporting; 1:06]
[RUNS=1:23]
[OUT Q=kids know best maybe]



[11-Festival-Roundup]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=98-38; 30:34]
[GRAPHIC=Festival in the Park]


Festival in the Park found an appreciative audience yesterday, despite a soggy start.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The rain fell hard this morning, delaying the fun in Elmwood Park.
Food vendors and craft show exhibitors were counting on clearer skies for the afternoon.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We don't have]

((ROBERTA FAVITTA/CRAFT SHOW EXHIBITOR: WE DON'T HAVE THE WEATHER CHANNEL IN MY ROOM AND I'M A WEATHER CHANNEL ADDICT, SO I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT'S SUPPOSED TO DO, BUT I'VE GOT MY FINGERS CROSSED.))
[SUPER=01-Roberta Favitta/Craft Show Exhibitor;]
[RUNS=07]
[OUT Q=my fingers crossed.]
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[VO-NAT]


With a festival that spans two weekends, organizers say they've learned to prepare for the rain, and enjoy the breaks between the clouds.
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[SOT 10:50:04 FESTIVAL/BIKE COP TAPE]
[IN Q=The one thing]

((WENDI SCHULTZ/FESTIVAL DIRECTOR: THE ONE THING IS THERE'S REALLY NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT THE WEATHER SO YOU PLAN FOR IT AND YOU JUST GO WITH IT AND HAVE A GOOD TIME.))
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[OUT Q=and have a good time.]
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The weather did improve yesterday afternoon, and the bicycle time trial on Mill Mountain came off as planned.
Festival in the Park continues today with activities in Elmwood Park, and the Saturn Festival Cup Bike Race downtown.
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[11-Skate-Park]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=98-37; 39:17]
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By this time next week many rollerbladers and skateboarders in Lexington will be practicing their sport--LEGALLY.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington]


It's now against the law in most parts of the city for many skaters to go joyriding.
In January, city council approved construction of a skate park.
And, now the project is almost complete.
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[SOT 15.30.55 - 15.31.07 tape #1]
[IN Q=It was very]

((MARY HARVEY/SKATE PARK COMMITEE: IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO GET A FACILITY LIKE THIS IN THE AREA BECAUSE THERE'S NO LEGAL PLACE FOR THESE KIDS TO DO THEIR TRICK BIKES, THEIR IN-LINE SKATES AND THEIR SKATEBOARDS. SO, WE ASKED THE CITY FOR HELP AND THEY CAME THROUGH.))
[SUPER=01-Mary Harvey/Lexington Skate Park Comm.]
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[OUT Q=they came through.]
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[VO-NAT]


Some local skaters think the park will help change the image of skating enthusiasts.
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[SOT 15.56.50 - 15.57.05]
[IN Q=Where ever you wanted]

((FORREST SMITH & ALLEN BLICKLE: SO, WHERE EVER YOU WANTED TO DO THIS, IT WASN'T ALLOWED. SO, IF YOU'RE JUST DOING STUFF THAT YOU'RE NOT ALLOWED TO DO, PEOPLE JUST LABEL YOU AS BEING UP TO NO GOOD AND NOW THAT WE HAVE A PLACE TO DO IT I THINK PEOPLE WILL REALIZE THAT IT'S JUST ALL FOR FUN.))
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[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=all for fun.]
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[VO-NAT]


The skaters are hoping to raise 20 thousand dollars from Rockbridge County and local businesses to add ramps and rails to the skate park.
It's expected to officially open next week.
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[3-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In sports, a week after running out of gas in the Winston, Jeff Gordon runs to the Checkered flag at Charlotte.
Steve Mason has more on the race.
Good Morning Steve.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning]
[RUNS=2:11]
[OUT Q=a great Monday]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(weather toss)

[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Mel/Kmc]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Authorities in Franklin County will continue their search for an elderly man missing since yesterday morning.
68-year- old George Walker left the Franklin Manor Rest Home between six and eight yesterday morning and hasn't been seen since.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Lexington and Buena Vista residents will have to pay more in property taxes.
In July, both cities will raise their tax rates by three-cents.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And more Roanoke police will be pounding the pavement on bicycles.
A grant from the U-S Justice Department will help the department purchase more uniforms and equipment.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
(Kimberly mic hot)
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[2 shot=Mel/Kmc]
(Kimberly ad lib weather)
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(ad lib bye)