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Next on News 7-
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Thousands of unwanted animals normally go the SPCA. That could change.
Authorities uncover a tunnel system leading from Mexico to the U-S.
Thousands believe they've seen visions near a teenager- We'll hear what the church says. And a Roanoker is heading to the NBA-
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News 7 is next.

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What will happen to these animals--and thousands of unwanted pets like them?
Normally they head to area pounds.
But, the group that manages most of those pounds is backing out.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]


Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.


[SPCA]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=99-3 12:03]
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Area officials are meeting to find a way to deal with the thousands of animals that end up in area pounds every year--now that a local agency is getting out of the business.
[Double Boxes=Jean/Stacey Newsroom]


Stacey Martin is in the newsroom with more.
[Live=Full/Newsroom]
[SUPER=@Stacey1;]


Jean-- for years the SPCA has been caring for about eight thousand unwanted animals a year at five area pounds.
But, now they say the day-to-day operations are getting to be too much and getting them away from their main mission-- education.
(Rollcue:main mission--education.)
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[IN Q=Don Thorne has been]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Don Thorne/SPCA Exec. Dir.; :13]
[super=01-John Chambliss/Roanoke Co. Administrator; 1:10]
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[OUT Q=regional type program.]

((Don Thorne has been on the job for only 15 months--but already the SPCA's Executive Director is grappling with new solutions to an old problem--pet overpopulation.
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[IN Q=Basically we're seeing that]

((DON THORNE/SPCA EXEC.DIR.: BASICALLY WE'RE SEEING THAT THE PROBLEM IS NOT BEING SOLVED AS IT IS NOW, WE'RE JUST BASICALLY CARE-TAKING DOGS, CATS, AND OTHER ANIMALS ON A DAILY BASIS AND DOING THE SAME THING DAY IN AND DAY OUT.))
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[OUT Q=day in and day out.]


For years the organization has managed five area pounds--tending to the thousands of unwanted pets.
But, that's posed a constant strain, and pulled the group away from efforts to attack the real source of the problem--the lack of education.
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[IN Q=We want to kind]

((DAN THORNE/SPCA EXEC. DIR.: WE WANT TO KIND OF SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OUT THERE THROUGH EDUCATION--NOT ONLY PET EDUCATION BUT ALSO PET EDUCATION FOR OWNERS AND TRAINING OF ANIMALS A LITTLE BIT SO THAT THEY'RE SOCIALIZED AND ALSO WORKING ON SPAY AND NEUTER PROGRAMS.))
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[OUT Q=spay and neuter programs.]


The SPCA hopes to be out of the pound business in a few years--so local officials are meeting now to find a way to deal with the thousands of strays and former pets that end up at area pounds.
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[IN Q=If we had to begin]

((JOHN CHAMBLISS/ROANOKE CO. ADMINISTRATOR:IF WE HAD TO BEGIN HOUSING THE ANIMALS OURSELVES WE NEED TO FIND PLACES TO CONSTRUCT SUCH A FACILITY--TO LOOK AT THINGS SUCH AS COULD THIS BE PUT TOGETHER AS A REGIONAL TYPE PROGRAM.))
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))
[Live=Stacey Full/Newsroom]


Officials are considering the size and possible cost of a regional facility but it's still very early in the process and they are looking into many other alternatives.
[Double Boxes=Jean/Newsroom]


Jean--


[Tobacco-Bill]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#598-77 61:29]
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Tobacco farmers may be getting the cash they've asked for.
R-J Reynolds came back to the table and all the major American tobacco companies agreed to pony up five-point-one Billion dollars for tobacco farmers in six states.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Governor Jim Gilmore and Attorney General Mark Earley returned from two days of negotiations in Durham to announce the tentative creation of a fund for the farmers.
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[SOT 15:28:01]
[IN Q=But Virginia]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: BUT VIRGINIA AND THE OTHER TOBACCO STATES HAVE A PROBLEM THAT THE OTHER PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY DON'T HAVE. AND THAT'S THAT WE HAVE THE FARMERS!...ADDITIONAL AGREEMENT TO PROTECT THEM.))
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[OUT Q=protect them.]
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[vo-nat]
Gilmore's NOT sure how much of the five Billion dollars Virginia farmers would see-- but it the money would be in addition to the cash the state will get from the Master Settlement Agreement all 50 states reached in November.
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[Confed-Plate]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#98-74 1:04:47]
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The Sons of Confederate Veterans want to put the Confederate battle flag on a Virginia license plate.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


So at a General Assembly hearing today in Richmond, their strategy was to have two of the idea's four supporters be African-American.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=They are ]

((REV. CHARLES GREEN/ROANOKE SUPPORTER OF SCV: THEY ARE UPRIGHT CITIZENS. THEY ARE GOOD PEOPLE...BRING BACK UNITY. WHAT WE ALL SHOULD BE DOING. ))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Charles Green/Roanoke Supporter of SCV;]
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[OUT Q=should be doing.]
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[VO-NAT]


The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People provided the only counterpoint.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=In many]

((KING SALIM KHALFANI/VIRGINIA NAACP: IN MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY'S OPINION, THAT FLAG REPRESENTS INTIMIDATION, TERRORISM, LYNCHING....SUPREMACIST GROUPS. ))
[SUPER=01-King Salim Khalfani/Virginia NAACP;]
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[OUT Q=supremacist groups.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Confederate flag plate has yet to come to a vote in Richmond.
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[Impeachment]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=jja]
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The defense wrapped up opening arguments with a plea-
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC]

from former senator and long time Clinton friend- Dale Bumpers from Arkansas.
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[SOT 20:03:06]
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((DALE BUMPERS/FORMER SENATOR: THE PUNISHMENT OF REMOVING BILL CLINTON FROM OFFICE WOULD PALE IN COMPARISON TO THE PUNISHMENT HE'S ALREADY INFLICTED ON HIMSELF.))
[sUPER=01-Dale Bumpers/Former Senator;]
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[OUT Q=on himself.]
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[VO-NAT]


The President's personal attorney claims the obstruction of justice case is based on circumstantial evidence.
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[IN Q=14:48:25]

((DAVID KENDALL/PRESIDENT CLINTON'S PERSONAL ATTORNEY: EVIDENCE MATTERS, FAIRNESS MATTERS, RULES OF PROCEDURAL REGULARITY MATTER, THE PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE MATTERS.)) [butt to 20;02:43] ((REP. ASA HUTCHISON/R- ARKANSAS: CLEARLY THE OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE ARTICLE THAT WAS SET FORTH IN MY PRESENTATION IS SOMETHING THAT TROUBLES THE WHITE HOUSE DEEPLY.))
[SUPER=01-David Kendall/Clinton's Personal Attorney;]
[Super=01-Rep. Asa Hutchison/(R) Arkansas; 13]
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[OUT Q=HOUSE DEEPLY.]
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[vo-nat]
Still no word on whether witnesses will be called as the trial moves on.
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[Goode]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#98-81 37:45]
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Democrats in Virginia's 5th Congressional District say they don't want their own Congressman co-hosting a reception with them.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington/File Tape;]


But the statewide Virginia Democratic Party says Virgil Goode is more than welcome at the rest of the party's annual Jefferson Jackson Day February sixth.
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[SOT 11:50:21]
[IN Q=The Democratic]

((DEL. KEN PLUM/VIRGINIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY: THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS THE PARTY OF INCLUSIVENESS. ALL GOOD DEMOCRATS ARE INVITED. VIRGIL GOODE SERVES US WITH GREAT HONOR AS A MEMBER OF THE CONGRESS. WE LOOK FORWARD TO HIS ATTENDANCE.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Ken Plum/Va. Democratic Party;]
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[OUT Q=his attendance.]
[TALENT=Jean]
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Goode says he's still a Democrat-- but he voted FOR impeaching the President, and has voted against the President on other matters nearly three quarters of the time.

[Pipe-Bomb]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[TAPE#98-82 30:13]
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Authorities say additional charges may be filed against the Dublin woman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill someone.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski;]


39- year old Peggy Jo Sullivan was arraigned in court, this morning.
On Tuesday, she was arrested after allegedly asking an undercover police officer to kill her former boyfriend.
After Sullivan was taken into custody-- sheriff's investigators discovered two pipebombs in her truck.
Sheriff's officials say they still don't know who made the devices but say additional charges may be filed against Sullivan and another person.
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[IN Q=Right, upon]

((JIM DAVIS/PULASKI CO. SHERIFF:RIGHT, UPON DISCOVERY OF THE BOMB, THE DEVICE THAT WE DO HAVE, THE INVESTIGATION AT THAT TIME, A SECOND INVESTIGATION BEGAN, SO TO SPEAK, AND WE'RE TRACKING THAT RIGHT NOW TO DETERMINE THE MAKERS AND THE PROVIDER OF THAT DEVICE. ))
[SUPER=01-Jim Davis/Pulaski Co. Sheriff; :00]
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[OUT Q=that device.]
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[VO-NAT]


Wednesday morning, authorities seized two notebooks and a typed document during a search of Sullivan's home to determine who built the bombs.
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[Bomb-squad]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=98-76 59:04]
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Members of the bomb squad must have one of the most dangerous jobs of all. Right?
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[SUPER=03-Salem]


"No," according to Bomb Squad Technician Gus Necessary of the Virginia State Police.
[SUPER=04-20th Century Fox]


He chuckles at the hero of the movie "Speed" desperately trying to locate the right wire to cut on the bomb attached to a speeding bus.
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[SOT 14:40]
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((BLACK AND RED AND GREEN))
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[SOT 11:29:45]

((THE JOB OF A BOMB TECHNICIAN IS SENSATIONALIZED BY MOVIES.))
[SUPER=01-Gus Necessary/State Police Bomb Squad]
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[OUT Q=by movies.]
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[V/0-NAT SOT]


With the help of a device called A Percussion- activated non-electric disrupter, Necessary says the bomb tech should never have to touch the bomb to render it "safe."
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[City-Retirements]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Two more top Roanoke officials are stepping down.
Building commissioner Ron Miller plans to retire in May, after 15 years with the city. Before that, he was the Vinton town manager.
Miller's office was in charge of the rental housing inspection program, among other initiatives.
Public works director Bill Clark is ALSO leaving, in July. He's been in that job for 15 years, but has been with the city for 23 years.
These announcements came two days after city manager Bob Herbert said he planned to retire this year.



[Toss-2-Robin] Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey

[super=03-Arkansas][Holy-Girl]



[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=jja]
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Thousands believe miracles have happened around a 15 year old girl.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Worcester, MA]


She is called the Sleeping angel by many.
Audrey Marie Santo has been in a coma-like condition for eleven years-
People claim appearances by the Virgin Mary and communinion wafers stained with blood while in her presence.
Others say religious statues near her bed have wept and that marks similar to Christ's have appeared on her hands and feet.
The Catholic Church has been investigating the claims for a year-
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[SOT 15:00:03]
[IN Q=We have]

((WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO CONFIRM CLAIMS OF MIRACULOUS EFFORTS OCCURING AT AUDREY'S HOME OR AS A RESULT OF A VISIT TO AUDREY.)) [butt to 15:01:53] ((AT THIS POINT IT'S EQUIVICOL. THERE'S NO EXPLANATION.))
[SUPER=01-Biship Daniel Reilly/Catholic Diocese of Worcester; 00]
[Super=01-Dr. Robert Ciottone/Physchology Scholar; 11-13!]
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[OUT Q=NO EXPLANATION.]
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[VO-NAT]

Audrey Santo nearly drowned in her family's swimming pool in 1987- She's been in a coma ever since.
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[Tease1]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
[SS=None]


Still to come, a look at why an area school passed the state's new Standards of Learning test with flying colors.
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[VO-NAT]


And straight ahead, it sounds like something out of a movie.
But police find a tunnel from Mexico to Arizona -- used to smugggle drugs.
Details coming up.
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[Sports-Preview]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[OUT Q=....in sports."]

((Welcome everybody to your Thursday night that features among other things a big overtime win for the Hokies in Ohio. Ronald Curry and the Heels shoot down the Cavs tonight. Whiel former Cav Curtis Staples signs with the Bulls, and George Lynch hooks up with Philly. Those stories from Steve Mason and Roundhouse wraup tonight on the big seven.))
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[Drug-Tunnels]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=net-C]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Police have uncovered an elaborate tunnel system- used to bring drugs from Mexico into the United States.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Nogales, AZ;]


One tunnel is under a rented home in a middle class Arizona neighborhood- A trap door leads to what authorities call one of the most sophisticated drug smuggling operations ever seen.
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[SOT 20:12:19]
[IN Q=I think]

((RAYMOND KELLY/U.S. CUSTOMS: I THINK IT JUST SHOWS THE INTENSITY AND EXTENT TO WHICH THEY'LL GO TO GET DRUGS INTO AMERICA.))
[SUPER=01-Raymond Kelly/U.S. Customs;]
[RUNS=07]
[OUT Q=INTO America.]
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[VO-NAT]


One tunnel connects to a storm drain that flows between Arizona and Mexico-
Smugglers would pass through storm drains and enter the tunnel system- set up with electric lights and ventilation.

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[Danville-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-4 14:28]
[GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe]



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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/Last Night]


Closer to home, two men who were shot during a brawl outside a Danville convenience store last night are still hospitalized.
34- year- old Matthew Lynn Alverson and 21- year- old Cory Kinta Preston were both shot once in the head.
Alverson is listed as serious.. Preston is in critical condition tonight.
Police aren't sure what sparked the fight.. no arrests have been made.
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[Allen-Morrison]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#98-79 51:44]
[GRAPHIC=Hazardous Waste]


The Environmental Protection Agency says it has finished cleaning up hazardous chemicals at a Lynchburg sign plant and will close up shop tomorrow.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


The old Allen- Morrison company had been vacant for two years when city officials discovered thousands of gallons of hazardous waste on the property.
The E-P-A was called in to handle the cleanup.. 81 drums of chemicals were removed today and sent to Pennsylvania for disposal.
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[SOT 15:08:27]
[IN Q=We didn't see]

((CHRIS WAGNER/EPA ON- SITE COORDINATOR: WE DIDN'T SEE A LOT OF SPILLS OR MATERIALS SPREAD OUT THROUGH THE FACILITY SO MOST OF IT WAS COLLECTING WHAT WAS LEFT BEHIND AND ARRANGING FOR DISPOSAL.))
[SUPER=01-Chris Wagner/EPA On-Site Coordinator; :00]
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[OUT Q=arranging for disposal.]
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[VO-NAT]


Several nearby residents have asked that their soil and groundwater be tested for possible contamination.
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[Back-Creek]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=98-73 1:29:02]
[GRAPHIC=SOL]


A Roanoke County Elementary School is one of just 39 schools in the state that excelled in the first round of testing on the Standards of Learning.
There are many reasons for the school's high marks.
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[SOT 01:43:05]
[IN Q=I like the way they're teaching]

((I LIKE THE WAY THEY'RE TEACHING. I LIKE THE SCHOOL A LOT.))
[SUPER=01-Eric Lefevers/Third Grader;]
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[OUT Q=I like the school a lot.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


Third Grader Eric Lefevers has been at Back Creek Elementary for just a few weeks, but like his classmates he's proud of the school's performance in the recent round of statewide testing.
With 285 students, the school is a close-knit community, and teachers say their success is a team effort.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The faculty and staff]

((NEITA KRAUS/THIRD GRADE TEACHER: THE FACULTY AND STAFF WORK VERY WELL TOGETHER. EVERYBODY SUPPORTS EACH OTHER. WE HAVE WONDERFUL PARENTS WHO HELP US AND ASSIST US IN MANY WAYS AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST THE STUDENTS ARE VERY EAGER TO LEARN AND VERY MOTIVATED.)) ((JUDY HUSHOUR/FIFTH GRADE TEACHER: I'M REALLY PROUD OF BACK CREEK. IT'S A FINE SCHOOL. AND I FEEL PRIVILEGED TO WORK HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Neita Kraus/3rd Grade Teacher; :00]
[SUPER=01-Judy Hushour/5th Grade Teacher; :16]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=privileged to work here.]
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[VO-NAT]


Repeating their success isn't automatic. But school officials say students and teachers are working hard to prepare for the second round of testing this Spring.
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[Saunders]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=98-71 1:46:05]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The owner of a 300-thousand dollar home in Huddleston has been indicted for stealing almost exactly that amount from elderly acquaintances.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


The U-S Grand Jury says Dorothy Saunders bilked Alice and Bettie McNeil out of their life savings between 1993 and 1996.
She obtained power of attorney for the two women- -who were in their late 80's.
The McNeil sisters were evicted from the Woodhaven Nursing Home, because Saunders allegedly failed to pay the bill. One of them died shortly afterwards.
Saunders named the house: "Dora."
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[Tease2]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
[SS=None]


Still to come on News 7 at 11,
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[VO-NAT]


New River Valley merchants and politicians urge peace -- to Volvo and Union workers who can't agree on a plan that would mean millions to Pulaski County's economy.
The story after this.
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[lotto]
[SUPER=135-2 4 2/5 7 6 3/2 6 8 9 26]



NIGHT DRAWING=

Pick 3:
2-4-2

(two, four, two)


Pick 4:
5-7-6-3

(five, seven, six, three)


Cash 5:
2-6-8-9-26

(two, six, eight, nine, twenty-six)



[Volvo]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-10 1:42]
[GRAPHIC=Volvo]


New River Valley business and political leaders are urging Volvo and its union workers to reach a labor agreement.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.;]


They want a new deal, so Volvo backs down from its threat NOT to add new jobs at the Pulaski County truck plant.
One of those leaders said she didn't think the uncertainty surrounding the expansion will stop the General Assembly from granting Volvo an incentive package.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I would]

((CAROLE PRATT: I WOULD HOPE NOT. IT'S A WIN-WIN SITUATION AS HAS BEEN SAID SO MANY TIMES BEFORE. IT'S JUST WHAT THE GOVERNOR WANTS. IT'S JOBS FOR THE RURAL PART OF THE STATE THAT SO DESPERATELY NEEDS THEM. IT'S JOBS FOR STUDENTS THAT GRADUATE FROM COLLEGES HERE AND HIGH SCHOOLS HERE. AND THAT'S WHAT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IS ALL ABOUT.))
[SUPER=01-Carole Pratt/New River Ec. Dev. Alliance;]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=all about]
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[VO-NAT]


The new jobs would add millions of dollars in new wages -- and thousands of dollars in taxes -- to the local economy.
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Highlights from both the Tech and UVa games tonight plus, free agent news concerning Staples, Lynch and Curry and Roundhouse wrapup. But first in tonight's Extra Point
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=75-Cleveland, OH; :00]


the expansion Cleveland Browns, who return to the NFL next season, picked Chris Palmer to be their head coach today.

Plamer most recently was the Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator.
The 49 year old gets a five year deal worth around $10 million.
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[SUPER=0098-j/Virginia Tech/73//Dayton/64//Overtime//Virginia/47//N. Carolina #8/71///;]
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[S-Dayton]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-27 10602TC]
[GRAPHIC=ATLANTIC 10]


The Virginia Tech Hokies will battle the Cavs next Wednesday night at the Richmond Coliseum, but last night the Hokies were in Dayton, Ohio playing the Flyers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dayton, OH/WHIO; :00]


Dayton coach Oliver Purnell has seen his team struggle much like the Hokies this season.
But in the first half all he saw was some red hot Tech shooting. Eddie Lucas led a fired up Tech attack as the Hokies led by 12 at one point.
But Tony Stanley got his shooting eye back and by halftime the Flyers had the Tech lead chopped down to just 34-to-29.
Dayton went ahead by as many as seven in the second half before Rolan Roberts asserted himself down low and got Tech back in front.
In fact, Roberts would lead the Hokies with a 23 point effort. 10 more than his seasonal average.
The game went to overtime tied at 61 and the Hokies took over in the extra period outscoring the Flyers 12-
[super=33-Virginia Tech/73/Dayton/64/Overtime;]

to-3. Tech breaks a five game losing streak and wins it 73-to-64.
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[S-UVa]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-29]
[GRAPHIC=ACC]


The news isn't good for UVa as the Cavs failed again to win in the Dean Dome against Carolina.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC/JP Sports; :00]


The Tarheels inside game was just too much for UVa to deal with tonight as the Tarheels outrebounded the Cavs 61-to-32.
Brian Bersticker had a big game for the Heels who played without former Tidewater star Jason Capel.
But the Heels did have Ronald Curry. He came off the bench and threw in this three pointer in the second half.
UVa did its best to keep it respectable. But the
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Heels roll to the 71-to-47 win. UVa hosts Ga. Tech at U-Hall on Saturday.
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Former UVa great Curtis Staples has finally signed a one year contract with the Chicago Bulls.
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The Bulls had to cancel practice yesterday because the team didn't have enough players under contract to workout, but Staples.
With Jordan, Pippen and Kerr all leaving the team, Curtis should get a fair shot at making the squad.
The Bulls also re-signed veteran center Bill Wennington yesterday.
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George Lynch, who helped Patrick Henry win a state title in 1988 and later was part a national title team at UNC, has signed a one year contract with the 76ers.
Lynch will be coached by fellow UNC grad Larry Brown. He is expected to play the small forward spot, and depending on how other signings shake down, he could end up as a starter.
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Dell Curry rejected the Hornets final offer of one million dollars this afternoon.
The veteran free agent guard, who was the only original Hornets still on the team will likely end up in Portland, Milkwaukee or Chicago.
To seal his fate the Hornets signed free agent guard Eldridge Recasner.
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The Virginia Tech women's team returns to the Cassell tonight as the only unbeaten left in women's division one hoops.
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Tech is on top of the west division of the Atlantic 10.
And tonight the Hokies face the top team in the east St. Joseph's. Both are undefeated in conference play.
Pressure or not??
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Still to come on this Thursday night, Steve Mason hits the hardwater
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and brings us another edition of Roundhouse Wrapup from the Express Lane right after this break.
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Peoria invades Roanoke tomorrow night to skate with the Express.
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Steve Mason gets you ready for this weekend's games with this week's edition of Round House Wrap up.
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((The remaining five Express defenders have made the most of the extra ice time. ((DALY:))
Jeremy Schaeffer re-agrivated his January 10th head injury against Peoria and is doubtful for Friday. Mike Peron's sprained right knee is more serious. ((MIKE PERON:))
Recent European acquisition Dan O'Connell has two goals in three games. Daniel Berthiaume and Dave Gagnon are allowing 2.66 goals a game, best in the ECHL. The Bandit, who missed last year's playoffs against Hampton, is 4 and OH against the Admirals this season. ((:)) One final note, sources also say, former Express Coach Frank Anzalone will also be inducted into the Roanoke Hockey Hall of fame. Steve Mason, roundhouse wrap up.))

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