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Several members of Congress, including Virginia's own Chuck Robb, are heading to the Balkans for a close up look at the NATO attacks and
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a judge says he would like the government to keep closer tabs on the female cadets at VMI. These stories and more just ahead on News 7 Saturday morning.
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[2-shot toss to Hello][Hello]


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[Open]
Good morning, I'm Scott Goldberg
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And I'm Andrew Freiden
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It's Saturday April 17-th. And Welcome to New-7 Saturday Morning. There's lots of news and sports ahead, but first let's get a peek at the weather.
[ANCHOR=Andrew]
[ESS-C/FULL=]"WEATHER STORY"
(Andrew ad libs today's weather story)


[Pulaski-Fatal]


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A Pulaski County high school student is dead from a single gunshot wound to the neck.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski;]


The 17- year old girl, who's name has NOT been released, was shot in the throat around ten-thirty, last night on Hickory Avenue in Pulaski.
Authorities have charged 61- year old Kenneth Whorley in connection with the shooting.
Whorley lives at the residence where the girl was killed.
Police say the victim and her boyfriend were acquaintances of Whorley and had been visiting when the shooting happened.
Whorley is being held in the Pulaski County jail without bond.
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[Armed-Robbery]


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Danville police are looking for the man that robbed a small convenience store.
It happened just before closing, around 11:43 last night at the Sun Rise Convenience Store located at 2305 North Main Street.
A black male wearing a cream colored sweatshirt, and black pants entered the store--masking his face with pantyhose.

Using a small hand gun he demanded money from the clerk and then stole her purse---fleeing on foot. Police believe t

he subject is about 6 foot tall and weighs between 180 and 200 pounds.
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[Take Full screen Pinnacle board] Danville Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at the number you see here: (804) 799-6510.


[Kosovo]


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The Pentagon is confirming this morning that a Serb army officer has been captured and turned over to the United States.
Meanwhile... there's more bad weather in Serbia .
But correspondent Dave Browde reports that's not stopping NATO from striking more Serb targets.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Serbian TV;00]
[SUPER=01-Vladislav Jovanovic/Yugoslav U.N. Envoy;16]
[SUPER=01-William Cohen/Secretary of Defense;58]
[SUPER=01-James Rubin/State Department Spokesman;1:36]
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[OUT Q=david browde, cbs news, new york.]



[11Robb-Kosovo]


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Tne NATO bombing campaign is personally being checked on by several members of Congress.
Senator Chuck Robb is representing Virginia in the trip to the Balkins.
Robb will stop first at the air base in Aviano, Italy.
Then, he'll be touring either Albania or Macedonia.


[11VMI]


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A federal judge says Virginia Military Institute has done a good job of integrating women into the corps of cadets, but says it may be necessary for the government to keep tabs on the school for another two years.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville]


Judge Jackson Kiser made his comments following a court hearing in Danville yesterday.
The Department of Justice says V-M-I needs to release more information about how the assimilation process is going and what steps are being taken to correct problems.
But V-M-I attorneys say the government is trying to micro-manage the school.
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[SOT 3:55:08]
[IN Q=We are encouraged]

((WILLIAM HURD/VMI LEAD COUNSEL: WE ARE ENCOURAGED THAT THE COURT RECOGNIZED THE INAPPROPRIATE ATTEMPT TODAY TO MICRO-MANAGE V-M-I. WE ARE ENCOURAGED BY THE COURT'S RECOGNITION OF GENERAL BUNTING AT V-M-. AS TO WHAT THE COURT MAY EVENTUALLY DECIDE, WE WON'T PREDICT.)) ((MICHAEL MAURER/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ATTORNEY: AGAIN, WE SAID THAT IT WAS PREMATURE TO DISMISS THE CASE AND IF THE JUDGE IS GOING TO CONTINUE SUPERVISION THEN WE'D BE PLEASED WITH THAT. BUT WE'LL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE WHAT THE ORDER SAYS.))

[SUPER=01-William Hurd/VMI Lead Counsel; :00]
[SUPER=01-Michael Maurer/Justice Dept. Attorney; :19]
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[OUT Q=the order says.]
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[VO-NAT]


Judge Kiser indicated yesterday he may re-instate the original sexual discrimination lawsuit that forced V-M-I to go co-ed.
Kiser would like the government to oversee the school at least until the first class of female cadets graduates in another two years.
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[81-Accident]


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An accident backed-up traffic for several miles along interstate 81 in Botetourt County.
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It happened around three o'clock yesterday afternoon on the bridge over the James River.
A witness said heavy winds were pushing this van and camper from side-to-side just before they jacknifed.
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[SOT14.06.25 - 14.06.32]
[IN Q=I could see]

((LORIN CROSBY/WITNESS:I COULD SEE EVERYTHING GOING BACK AND FORTH. THEY WEREN'T PASSING ANYBODY, NOBODY WAS PASSING THEM AND NEXT THING YOU KNOW THEY CAUGHT A BUNCH OF THIS DUST AND STUFF ON THE SHOULDER AND IT WAS ALL OVER WITH.))
[SUPER=01-Lorin Crosby/Witness;]
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[OUT Q=all over with.]
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No one was seriously injured in the accident.
However, traffic remained backed-up for almost three miles before police were able to re-open the southbound lanes.


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[11Parking-Meter]


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Roanoke's parking meters are now history.....
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The last of 140-meters was removed from city streets yesterday.
Drivers weren't sure how to react.
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[IN Q=does it mean]

((MAN: DOES IT MEAN PEOPLE JUST CAN'T USE A COUPLE OF QUARTERS AND PARK? Scott Goldberg: It means they don't have to pay to park on the street. MAN: OH! WELL THAT'S GOOD! YEAH!! ////// 1:36:26 Scott Goldberg: Do you even notice parking meters around here? WOMAN: TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH, NO. ARE THEY THERE?))
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[OUT Q=THEY THERE?]
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The city councilman who led the charge to get rid of the meters said they no longer made any money for the city.
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((ALVIN HUDSON: IT WAS COSTING US PROBABLY MORE TO MAINTAIN THEM THAN WE WERE GETTING OUT OF THEM. AT ONE TIME THEY WERE A GOOD REVENUE SOURCE. BUT NOT ANYMORE.))
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The city will replace meters with posted parking time limits.
The old meters will be put up for bids at an auction next weekend.
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[11-Adelines]


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Trade in the hats and red stripes for high heels and sequins.
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[IN Q=NAT SOUND]

[02:00:38] ((music))
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[VO-NAT]
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The Roanoke Civic Center is hosting the Sweet Adelines barber shop quartet competition this weekend. There are no prizes at this competition. The winners move on to the international contest where they can win crowns and become the Queens' of Harmony.
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[DiMaggio]


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Thousands of baseball fans will head to Yankee Stadium later this month to honor Joe Dimaggio-- a legendary athlete few have ever met face-to-face.
But, that's not the case with Lexington resident Doug Chase-- who spent some time with DiMaggio following a chance encounter in the late '80s.
Stacey Martin has more.
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[IN Q=After 11 years]
[SUPER=03-Lexington; :00]
[SUPER=03-Lexington/April 12 1988; :15]
[SUPER=01-Doug Chase/Newspaper Columnist; :27]
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((After 11 years Doug Chase has finally let the public in on a closely held memory--the day he says he was "kidnapped" by Joe DiMaggio.
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[SOT 15.50.27 - 15.50.32]
[IN Q=He said do you]

((DOUG CHASE/COLUMNIST: HE SAID DO YOU HAVE A CAR AND I SAID YEAH AND HE SAID WHERE IS IT AND I SAID IT'S OVER THERE AND HE SAID WELL LET'S GET OUT OF HERE.)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=get out of here.]


The Yankee Clipper was in town to attend a dedication of VMI's new baseball field.
And, Chase just happened to be at the right place at the right time following a press conference.
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[IN Q=Everybody else left]

((DOUG CHASE/COLUMNIST: EVERYBODY ELSE LEFT AND I JUST KIND OF HUNG AROUND AND WENT DOWN STAIRS OF THE BUILDING OVER AT VMI AND NEXT THING I KNOW HE WALKS INTO THE ROOM AND SAYS HI I'M JOE DIMAGGIO AND I WAS THINKING TO MYSELF I COULD PROBABLY GUESS THAT.)) [RUNS15]
[OUT Q=probably guess that.]


The excursion lasted for about 45 minutes.
Chase showed DiMaggio the Rockbridge County countryside and described meeting a man who seemed lonely, and at times sad.
DiMaggio talked about his days as a ball player, living with fame and his legendary 56 consecutive -game hitting streak.
Though the hall-of-famer's style and success are hard to match he left some words of encouragement for young athletes.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I want you ball]

((JOE DIMAGGIO: I WANT YOU BALL PLAYERS TO KNOW THAT THIS IS A GAME NOW GO ON OUT AND PLAY AND I WANT TO WISH YOU LUCK IF YOU HAVE FUTURE BASEBALL AMBITIONS, I HOPE YOU MAKE THEM.)) [RUNS09]
[OUT Q=I hope you make them.]


Baseball players and fans will once again honor the legendary athlete April 25th at Yankee Stadium.
Stacey Martin, News 7.))

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Coming up in the second half hour of News 7 Saturday Morning...... A teenager is dead following a late night shooting in Pulaski County and
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Bedford County authorities catch another internet sexual predator
we will have more on those stories coming up in just a few minutes.
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[2-shot hello][2-Pulaski-Fatal]


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Police are investigating a shooting that killed A Pulaski County high school student.
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The 17- year old girl, who's name has NOT been released, was shot in the throat around ten-thirty, last night on Hickory Avenue in Pulaski.
Authorities have charged 61- year old Kenneth Whorley in connection with the shooting.
Whorley lives at the residence where the girl was killed.
Police say the victim and her boyfriend were acquaintances of Whorley and had been visiting when the shooting happened.
Whorley is being held in the Pulaski County jail without bond.
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[2-Armed-Robbery]


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A gunman robbed a small convenience store in Danville.
It happened just before closing, around 11:43 last night at the Sun Rise Convenience Store located at 2305 North Main Street. A black male wearing a cream colored sweatshirt, and black pants entered the store--masking his face with pantyhose.


Using a small hand gun he demanded money from the clerk and then stole her purse---fleeing on foot. Police believe

the subject is about 6 foot tall and weighs between 180 and 200 pounds.
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Danville Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at the number you see here: (804) 799-6510.


[2-Kosovo]


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The United States has a prisoner of war.
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[VO-NAT]


The Pentagon confirms a Yugoslav army officer was captured and turned over to American troops.
This could give the U-S some leverage negotiating the release of three American soldiers being held by the Serbs.
The Yugoslav officer has been in captivity since Wednseday.
But officials have said nothing until now, focusing instead on new evidence of mass graves in Kosovo.
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[SOT5:49:03]
[IN Q=this new]

((JAMES RUBIN/STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN: THIS NEW INFORMATION OF MASS KILLINGS ARE EVIDENCE THAT PRESIDENT MILOSEVIC'S POLICIES ARE AIMED TOWARD KILLING CIVILIANS.))
[SUPER=01-James Rubin/State Department Spokesman;]
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[VO-NAT]


Still no word on whether U-S reservists will be called into action...
Or whether the tank-busting Apache helicopters will see action.
The Pentagon said those low-flying helicopters could put pilots' lives at risk.
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[11-Dr.-Evil]


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On the internet he's known as Dr. Evil.
Yesterday, an undercover sting on the net lured him right into the custody of local police.
47-year-old Raymond Canupp is being held at Bedford Regional Jail tonight without bond.
He is the third alleged "traveling" sexual predator nabbed by Bedford County authorities in as many months.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


They say he will travel any distance to have sex with a child.
Canupp drove from Charlotte, North Carolina yesterday to meet who he thought was a 13-year-old girl.
But what Dr. Evil found out is that the girl was really an undercover police officer.
This arrest is one of many that's keeping some pedophiles out of area.
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[IN Q=During these investigations;]
[SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff]
(MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF:DURING THESE INVESTIGATION WHERE OUR UNDERCOVER OFFICERS ARE ON THE INTERNET AND ARE CH

ATTING WITH POTENTIAL PEDOPHILES OR CHILD PORNOGRAPHERS, DISTRIBUTORS OF CHILD PORNOGRAHPY AND MANUFACTURERES, AS SOON AS THEY GET ANY IDEA OF THE PERSON THAT THEY ARE TALKING TO ARE IN THE BEDFORD, LYNCHBURG, OR ROANOKE AREA, USED TO JUST BE BEDFORD AREA, AND WE'D SAY BEDFORD, NOW ITS BEDFORD, LYNCHBURG, AND ROANOKE AREA THEY GET OFF.)
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[OUT Q=they get off.]
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Among other things, Canupp is charged with soliciting a minor to commit crimes against nature.

[11Casteen]


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The University of Virginia won't say for sure if it is -- or isn't -- using racial preferences.
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[VO-NAT]
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But University of Virginia President John Casteen says Virginia has a "moral obligation" to give preference in admissions to minority students.
That's because of a history of racial discrimination.
The declaration puts him in opposition to Virginia's current policy.
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[SOT 02:20]
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((JOHN CASTEEN/UNIV. OF VIRGINIA PRESIDENT: THE QUESTION THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED IS THIS: WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS ACROSS GENERATIONS, WHEN CHILDREN GROW UP IN A CLIMATE IN WHICH IT'S A MATTER OF PUBLIC RECORD THAT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND THE GOVERNOR WOULD RATHER CLOSE SCHOOLS AND DENY EDUCATION THAN HAVE THOSE CHILDREN'S PARENTS OR GRANDPARENTS STUDY IN SCHOOLS WITH WHITE CHILDREN?))
[sot 06:31]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THE KEY IS NOT TO LOOK BACK. THE KEY IS TO LOOK AHEAD. AND MY POLICIES ARE TO BE INCLUSIVE, TO BE REACHING OUT. BUT NOT TO SUPPORT QUOTAS OR RACIAL PREFERENCES. I THINK RACIAL PREFERENCES ARE WRONG, AND PROBABLY DUBIOUS UNDER THE LAW.))
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Casteen's critics say he admitted to using racial preferences in his State of the University speech.
Governor Gilmore says he's sure U-V-A will stop using racial preferences if it has been doing so.
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[Florida-Fires]


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The raging brush fire in Florida did not do as much damage as officials first thought.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Port St. Lucie, FL]


They've scaled back their estimate of how many acres burned...
From 24-hundred to FIVE-hundred-45.
Near Port Saint Lucie the fire destroyed 43 homes.
It damaged another 33.
A two-and-a-half month drought in Flordia turned trees into fuel.
Firefighters have been struggling.
But they could get some help today.
The forecast is calling for thunderstorms around Port Saint Lucie.
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[Needle-Scare]


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A needle scare in California has state health authorities urging hundreds of people to get tested for H-I-V and Hepatitis.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Palo Alto, CA]


A technician at this medical lab in Palo Alto admitted reusing needles.
The SmithKline Beecham lab is now under investigation.
The technician apparently washed needles after using them, then put them in a container for fresh needles.
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[SOT 6:10:37]
[IN Q=the evidence]

((DR. ED KAUFMAN/SMITHKLINE BEECHAM: THE EVIDENCE SUGGESTS THIS HAPPENED A FEW TIMES, IT WAS AN ISOLATED EVENT AT THIS LAB, WE BELIEVE THE RISK ANYONE WAS INFECTED IS VERY LOW.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Ed. Kaufman/SmithKline Beechham]
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[OUT Q=VERY LOW]
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[VO-NAT]


Thirty-six hundred people who used the lab will get letters recommending they get new blood tests.
The employee accused of reusing the needles has been suspended.
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[ANCHOR=Scott]
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Still to come on News 7 Saturday Morning.......

In sports, Roy Stanley has qualifying highlights from the Goody's Body Pain 500.....
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[VO-NAT]

and In Time Off, Kimberly McBroom goes inside the mysterious world of a cave and tells us about a ghost named Emma who is believed to live there.

but first here are the bestselling books of the week.
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[no 2 shot go straight to the bestsellers]

[soft music under][11Danville-Police]


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A former Danville police officer faces charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
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[VO-NAT]


Dewey Hancock left the force last month. Police won't say what led to the morals charge, except that the incident happened in December.
[SUPER=03-Danville/1997]


Two years ago, Hancock shot and killed a shoplifting suspect during a struggle.
An investigation cleared him of any wrongdoing.
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[11Gilmore]


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[WRITER=ame]
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Governor Gilmore hopes four-million dollars will help develop some of the Commonwealth's industrial parks.
He announced the grant yesterday.
It will be shared by five different industrial sites, including the New River Valley Commerce park and the Progress Park in Wythe County.
The money comes from the Virginia Industrial Site Development Fund.

It's supposed to help develop the sites and stimulate the economies where they're located.[Natural-Bridge-Caverns]


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[NEWSCAST=Saturday AM]
[WRITER=kmc]
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After surveyors first tunneled through the Natural Bridge Caverns, a century passed before the public was allowed to enter the cave.
It WASN'T because of slow workmanship...it was because of who or WHAT is believed to live in the caverns.
Kimberly McBroom takes us spelunking in this week's "Time Off".
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Since 1979, the public]
[SUPER=03-Natural Bridge; :00]
[SUPER=01-Charles McFadden/Caverns Manager; :19 QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=@Kimberly1; :58]
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[OUT Q=McBroom, News 7, Natural Bridge]


(( Since 19-79, the public has been able to leave the light of day...and enter the dark, damp, mysterious world of the Natural Bridge Caverns.
On Easter weekend, the caves began a new tourist season-- it's always closed during the winter months to allow the formations time to recover.
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[SOT 10:13:35]

((CHARLES MCFADDEN/CAVERNS MANAGER: THE CAVE MOSS DIES OUT NATURALLY. WE DON'T LIKE USING CHEMICALS OR AND MANIPULATING THE CAVE AT ALL. SO, WE LET ALL THAT DO IT NATURALLY. AND THE THREE MONTHS DURING THE WINTER IS THE BEST TIME TO LET IT DO THAT. THAT WAY, WE CAN KEEP THE CAVE GROWING AND FORMATIONS ALIVE.)) [RUNS:14]
The caves are in their natural state-- no colored lights or painted surfaces.
The growth is steady, but slow--just one cubic inch every 100 to 400 years.
Natural Bridge Caverns are the deepest on the east coast....their lowest point dropping 347- feet underground.

There's no documentation or official discovery date of the caves.
But the story surrounding its development is legendary--
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[SOT standup bridge 10:28:51 ]

((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: SMALL BATS STILL INHABIT THE CAVE. BUT IT WASN'T BATS THAT SCARED AWAY THE ORIGINAL GROUP OF SURVEYORS BACK IN THE 19TH CENTURY...IT WAS A GHOST.)) [RUNS:08]
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[SOT 10:36:17]

((CHARLES MCFADDEN/CAVERNS MANAGER: AS THE NOISE GREW TOO LOUD TO BE A PERSON, ONE OF THE GROUP CONVINCED THE OTHERS IT WAS A GHOST. THE NEAT THING ABOUT IT WAS, AS THEY BEGAN TO WORK THEIR WAY BACK OUT, THE NOISE FOLLOWED THEM OUT. THEY STARTED RUNNING AND IT CHARGED THEM OUT OF THE CAVE.)) [RUNS:14]
The noise was that of a woman's cry...the ghost was later dubbed "Emma".
McFadden says the surveyors were SO frightened...they left behind some tools and a couple of lanterns.
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[SOT 10:09:47 ***B-roll some with shot of lantern]

((CHARLES MCFADDEN/CAVERNS MANAGER: THE ORIGINAL SURVEYORS GOT TO THAT POINT RIGHT THERE, WHERE THE LANTERN IS AND THE GHOST SCARED THEM OUT OF HERE. OCCASIONALLY THERE WOULD BE A SMALL GROUP OF PEOPLE TO COME IN AND LOOK AT THE CAVE. BUT THAT'S WHY THE CAVE WASN'T EVER DEVELOPED BEFORE THE LATE 1970S. AT THE END OF THE 19TH CENTURY, WHEN THE OTHER MEN LEFT, NOBODY ELSE WANTED TO BE IN HERE FOR QUITE A WHILE. )) [RUNS:20]
But these days, there are plenty of visitors brave enough to see what lies "down under"--
Just remember to wear good walking shoes, watch for low ceilings... and don't be too afraid if you happen to hear "Emma's" cries.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Natural Bridge.))









[Profile-Preview]


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Two Blacksburg men are among the few who've been awarded a bronze medal of valor from the Civil Air Patrol.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg]


Mike Kirk and Chris Schultz were honored for their efforts during a fiery accident last fall on Interstate 81, near Ironto.
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[SOT 16:58:32]
[IN Q=It's a very]

((CHRIS SCHULTZ/CIVIL AIR PATROL MEMBER:IT'S A VERY REWARDING FEELING THAT SOMETHING I DID MATTERED TO SOMEBODY ELSE, I ALWAYS SAY, I'D LIKE TO LOOK BACK ON MY LIFE AND SAY, HEY, LOOK , I DID THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Chris Schultz/Civil Air Patrol Member; :00]
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[OUT Q=i did that.]
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[VO-NAT]

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The Civil Air Patrol awards just ten bronze medals of valor, each year.
In this week's Virginia Profiles, We'll explain what the two did that day to earn the prestigious honor. That's coming up tomorrow on News 7 Sunday Morning. (----------------)