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[ANCHOR=Jean]

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Coming up on News 7-
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[VO-NAT]


An accident tonight in Bedford County sends two people to the hospital.
Mandatory water restrictions may go into effect in the city of Roanoke.
This man is arrested in the Columbine School Shootings.
And a peak at the Star Wars Music Video.
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[Talent=Jean]


News 7 is next.

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[SUPER=@Jean1;]
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[City-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#99-16 7:45]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke City]


While Roanoke City Council considers a cut in the real estate tax rate, officials are also proposing an increase in the lodging tax.
And tonight, both of those proposals brought pointed reaction from citizens.
[Double Boxes=Jean/Joe D. - Newsroom]


Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom with more on tonight's public hearing.
[Live= Full/Newsroom]
[SUPER=@Joe1;]


Jean, the city administration has proposed a 176- million dollar budget, but these two issues... the proposed one cent cut in the real estate tax rate... and the one percent increase in the lodging tax that have generated most of the debate.
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[IN Q=As members of Roanoke City Council]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ray Rushton/Rodeway Inn; :18]
[SUPER=01-Esther Cirasunda/Roanoke Education Association; :43]
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[OUT Q=if the cuts were not made.]


((As members of Roanoke City Council gathered at the Civic Center Exhibition Hall, the city's lodging industry lead off.
While Roanoke hotels and motels are wary of any increase in the transient occupancy tax, they say they can accept it if the money goes toward an increase in local tourism promotion.
[SOT 00:49:23 tape 1]
[IN Q=Northern Virginia]
[RUNS= 15]
[OUT Q=if we let them know we're here.]


Only one person spoke in favor of the proposed cut in the real estate tax rate... and several suggested the reduction will take valuable resources from important programs... including the schools.
[SOT 15:13:57 tape 2]
[IN Q=Although Roanoke city property owners]

((ESTHER CIRASUNDA/ROANOKE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: ALTHOUGH ROANOKE CITY PROPERTY OWNERS INCLUDING MYSELF AND MANY OTHER SCHOOL SYSTEM EMPLOYEES WILL BENEFIT SLIGHTLY FROM THE PROPOSED TAX CUT, ROANOKE'S CHILDREN OUR PROPOSED FUTURE, COULD BENEFIT FAR MORE IF THE CUTS WERE NOT MADE.))
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[OUT Q=if the cuts were not made.]))
[Live= Full/Newsroom]


A penny cut in the real estate tax rate will save the owners of a 75, 000 dollar home, seven dollars and fifty cents on their tax bill.
[Double Boxes=Jean/Joe - Newsroom]


Jean, council will consider these issues this week, and adopt the budget next Tuesday.

[Bedford-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=99-22 8:37]
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A car crash involving 4 people forced authorities to close off a Bedford County road tonight.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Tonight]


2 cars reportedly collided on Hardy Road this evening - sending 2 people to the hospital.
Police are still looking for another person involved in the crash who is believed to have fled the scene on foot.
An eyewitness says it appears that a car was trying to pass on the 2-lane road, when it was struck by an oncoming Jeep.
No word yet on the conditions of those injured in the crash.
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[Kosovo]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=net-A]
[GRAPHIC=Soldiers Released]


The Three American soldiers released from Yugoslavia reunited with their families today- while it was a night of diplomacy at the White House.
President Clinton met with Russian President Victor Chernomyrdin and Reverend Jesse Jackson.
Maureen Maher has more from (Land- stuhl) Landstuhl Germany.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The 3 American]
[SUPER=03-Landstuhl, Germany; 00;]
[super=07-Rev. Jesse Jackson; 56]
[SUPER=01-Maureen Maher/CBS News; 1:15]
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[OUT Q=Landstuhl, Germany.]

(( The three American servicemen released by Yugoslavia enjoyed their first day of freedom. And a reconciliation with their families.
But it appears the good will gesture by Slobodan Milosovic won't end the NATO bombings. Clinton: Our air campaign cannot stop until he's willing to end the nightmare of the Kosovars. At a news conference, President Clinton thanked Jesse Jackson for his mission to free the soldiers. But he said the United States cannot forget the plight of the Kosovar refugees.
Clinton: Three americans are home, their family and friends must be grateful but nearly 1.5 million Kosovars can't go home.
Pressure is rising from several corners for a diplomatic solution to the crisis And Jesse Jackson said the U-S response to the soldiers' release fell short of his goal. Jesse Jackson: Meanwhile Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin met with the President about the Kosovo crisis. It was the latest attempt by Moscow to end the six-week long standoff.))
[Toss-2-Robin] Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey [WX1] [11:00pm] [05/03/1999] [MCU]WEATHER OFFICE [ENG/FULL]
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AD LIB LEAD IN ABOUT ROUGH WEATHER IN CENTRAL PLAINS
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A series of brush fires in Botetourt County this afternoon may have been set off by a train.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.]


Four fires burned through the woods along a two mile stretch of track in the Blue Ridge area.
Firefighters from seven companies in Botetourt and Roanoke counties responded. It took firemen a little over six hours to extinguish the flames.
Winds and rough terrain hindered fire fighters because they could not get trucks into the area where trees were still down from winter ice storms.
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[Dana-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Buena Vista]

A welding torch sparked a blaze at a local business today.
Flames broke out at the Dana Corporation in Buena Vista around mid-day, but the biggest problem was the smoke.

Firefighters were able to put out the flames in just 15 minutes and eventually cleared out all the smoke. The workers were allowed back in, but the welding area remains closed. A few workers were treated with oxygen.
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[Carvin's-Cove]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=eea]
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Roanoke City water officials say there's a good possibility residents will face mandatory water restrictions at some point in the future.
The Carvin's Cove Reservoir is 18 feet below full pond, and may not fill back up this year.
Eric Earnhart has more.
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[SUPER=01-Kit Kiser/Roanoke Utilities Director; :19]
[SUPER=01-Gary Robertson/Roanoke Co. Utility Dir.; :52]
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((A year ago these children would be swimming... now they can walk on the bottom of Carvin's Cove where water was once a dozen feet over their heads.
City Utilities Director Kit Kiser says if May passes without significant rain, things get serious.

[SOT 00:12:27]
[IN Q=you've got]

((KIT KISER/ROANOKE UTILITIES DIRECTOR; YOU'VE GOT JUNE, YOU'VE GOT JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, ARE DRY, HIGH USE MONTHS, AND THE RESERVOIR NORMALLY DROPS 2 TO THREE FEET A MONTH ))
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Fifteen percent of that drain comes from Roanoke County. The city has an contract to sell the county water well into the next century.
Technically, the County doesn't need it... the Spring Hollow Rervoir is full.
But some North County residents are connected the the City system, and have no access to Spring Hollow.
County officials say it might be possible to give some of that water back.

[SOT 00:21:32]
[IN Q=We already have some]

((GARY ROBERTSON/ROANOKE CO. UTILITY DIRECTOR; WE ALREADY HAVE SOME PLACES IN MIND THAT WE COULD TAKE SPRING HOLLOW WATER INTO AREAS OF THE CITY TO OFFSET SOME OF THE WATER WE'RE USING FROM CARVINS COVE ))
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[OUT Q=from Carvins Cove]


Thanks to Spring Hollow, County residents will NOT face any water restrictions this summer.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))

[Columbine]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=jja]
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The first arrest in the Colubmine School Shooting case.
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[vo-nat]
22 year old Mark (MAN-is) Manes is suspected of supplying a pistol used in the Colorado School Shootings.
He turned himself in today.
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[SOT 16:07:29]
[IN Q=He is being booked]

((STEVE DAVIS/JEFFERSON CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT: HE IS BEING BOOKED IN AS WE SPEAK ON FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND FOR PROVIDING A HANDGUN TO A MINOR.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Davis/Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Dept.;]
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Investigators traced a handgun used in the shooting and found (Manis) was the last person who had it before it was supplied to the teen gunmen.
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[Kids-Back]


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Littleton, CO]


It was back to school for students from Columbine High- They got a warm welcome from nearby Chatfield High where they're going now.
Morning classes are for Chatfield students.
Columbine students will use the classrooms in the afternoon.
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[Campbell-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Autopsy reports show a Campbell County woman who was shot by her husband over the weekend, died from a single bullet wound to the neck.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co.]


27-year old Douglas Pendleton told police he was showing his wife how to fire a Glock semi-automatic pistol when the gun accidentally went off.
28-year old Jennifer Pendleton died early Saturday morning.
Her husband has "not" been charged and the investigation is continuing.
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[Tease1]


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


Still ahead on News 7 - Governor Gilmore is campaigning against a member of his own party.
The story when we return.
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[VO-NAT]


And a little later -- the movie hasn't hit the box office yet -- but this week the frenzy over the latest film in the Star Wars saga gets off to an early.
A sneak peak, coming up.
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[Sports-Preview]


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[IN Q="Hey guys...]
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((Hey folks this is Mike Stevens in the News 7 sports office with news of Chip getting back in the swing on the PGA tour. The Express makes a switch in net as game thrree approaches.
The folks in Charlotte take stes to help the victims in Saturday night's crash. We'll also munch on some RVD softball as the regular season winds down.
But please keep your elbows and your knees for that matter off the table.))
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[Wasena-sex]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-5 1:44:49]
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Eighteen men charged with soliciting sex in Wasena Park WILL go to trial in Roanoke.
Judge Richard Pattisall (PAT-uh-sahl) issued a 15-page opinion today, rejecting the defendants' claim that the charges violate their right to privacy.
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Attorney Sam Garrison was on the losing side of the argument, though he took some satisfaction in the judge's ruling that there IS a "right to privacy" under the state Constitution.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Today's ruling clears the way for the trial of 18 men accused of trying to get undercover vice squad officers to engage in oral sex.

[Gilmore]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=99-14 34:54]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 99]


A Richmond house race has turned Republican against Republican as Governor Gilmore goes after a member of his own party.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Republican delegate Panny Rhodes has voted against some of Gilmore's proposals.
So, he's endorsing her opponent, Ruble Hord, in next month's primary.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Delegate Rhodes]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: DELEGATE RHODES VOTED FIVE TIMES AGAINST GOVERNOR ALLEN PROPOSAL TO CUT STATE INCOME TAXES AND OPENLY OPPOSED AND JEOPARDIZED MY PLAN TO CUT THE CAR TAX.))
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[OUT Q=cut the car tax.]
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Rhodes says she finds all this ludicrous.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I'm a Republican]

((DELEGATE PANNY RHODES: I'M A REPUBLICAN. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN A REPUBLICAN. I VOTE WITH REPUBLICANS. I CERTAINLY WANT TO MAINTAIN MYSELF AS A REPUBLICAN. ))
[SUPER=01-Del. Panny Rhodes/(R) Richmond;]
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[OUT Q=as a Republican.]
[VO-NAT]
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Other GOP leaders joined Gilmore in the attack on Rhodes.
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[Bedrosian]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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One local politician is urging lawmakers NOT to use the high-school massacre in Colorado to justify stronger gun-control laws.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Al Bedrosian told a crowd outside his house today that nobody should "cower" to the anti-gun lobby.
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[SOT 2:04:07]
[IN Q=after a while]

((AL BEDROSIAN/REPUBLICAN DELEGATE CANDIDATE: AFTER A WHILE IT GETS SILLY. I MEAN YOU GOT KIDS BEING KILLED BY CARS, WE'RE NOT BANNING CARS. IT'S A SILLY ... WE'RE MAKING THESE ANALOGIES AND IT'S WRONG.))
[SUPER=01-Al Bedrosian/(R) Delegate Candidate;]
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Bedrosian said one solution to violence in schools is giving parents tax credits to take children out of public schools and help pay for a private education.
His opponent in the Republican primary said he, too, would support a plan like that...
But Ed Lynch said it may not have been the best idea for Bedrosian to make his announcement so soon after the Colorado shootings.
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[SOT 2:09:12]
[IN Q=but that doesn't]

((ED LYNCH/REPUBLCIAN DELEGATE CANDIDATE: BUT THAT DOESN'T TAKE AWAY FROM THE MERIT OF THE IDEA OF TAX CREDITS FOR PARENTS FOR WHAT I CONSIDER TO BE THEIR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO EDUCATE THEIR CHILDREN THEIR WAY.))
[SUPER=01-Ed Lynch/(R) Delegate Candidate;]
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[VO-NAT]


Lynch and Bedrosian are running for the seat held by Democrat Dick Cranwell.
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[Law-Day]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=ssi]
[TAPE#=99-10 1:26:47]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Three students from ONE high school won a state-wide law day essay contest.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington]

The Rockbridge County Court House honored Virginia Page, Susan Ayer and Cristin Conner today. The Rockbridge High School seniors took the top three places in a contest with over 300 Commonwealth competitors. Judge George Honts presided over the ceremony and called it an awesome occasion.
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[IN Q=In the face]

[02:09:38] ((JUDGE GEORGE HONTS: IN THE FACE OF SO MUCH GRIEF OVER SUCH SENSELESS LOSSES IN OUR SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND IN THE FACE OF THE UNREST AND DIS-EASE THAT HAS FOLLOWED IN THE WAKE OF THOSE EVENTS, IT'S APPROPRIATE THAT WE ARE HERE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THREE SPECIAL YOUNG PEOPLE.))
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[VO-NAT]

The three students were awarded plaques and will receive savings bonds for their accomplishments. They wrote their essays on the controversial "right to die" issue.
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[Tease2]


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


When News 7 at 11 returns, a glimpse at the music behind Star Wars "Episode 1: The Phantom Menace."
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[VO-NAT]


Plus, the toys from the movie that's expected to be a record-breaker hit the shelves today.
Some stores got a jump start - we'll tell you if it paid off.
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NIGHT DRAWING=

Pick 3:
6-0-5

(six, zero, five)


Pick 4:
3-7-3-2

(three, seven, three, two)


Cash 5:
1-7-15-18-27

(one, seven, fifteen, eighteen, twenty-seven)




[Star-Wars]


[ANCHOR=jean]
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[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-11 44:02]
[GRAPHIC=Star Wars Toys]


There are only a few weeks left before "Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace" hits the box office.
But toy characters from the movie hit the shelves today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fort Worth, TX]


Toy Stores around the country opened early today for the premiere of the new action figures.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


In Roanoke, Toys-R-Us opened at midnight..and met the sale goal for the day within two hours.
The store received 70-thousand dollars worth of merchandise..which even included Star Wars legos.
[SUPER=03-Danville]


Kay-Bee in Danville opened its' doors at 6:00 a-m.
Kay-Bee Manager Janice Garrett says the company wanted to be in on the action.
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[IN Q=They just want to be]

((JANICE GARRETT/KAY-BEE TOYS: THEY JUST WANT TO BE KNOWN AS THE DESTINATION FOR STAR WARS PRODUCTS WITH THE MOVIES BEING OUT IN THE PAST AND THE NEW COMING..THEY'RE HOPING TO REACH ALL AGES))
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[Video]


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[VO-NAT]


In tonight's Video of the Day - a glimpse at clips from the latest entry in the Star Wars saga...
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((GET TO YOUR SHIPS))
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[vo-nat]
Five-time Academy Award winner John Williams - who is the composer and conductor of all three film scores from the original Star Wars Trilogy - also took the helm of The Phantom Menace soundtrack.
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[vo-nat]
The motion picture soundtrack will be released in stores tomorrow.
The movie hits theatres May 19th.
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Tonight in sports, we'll have the latest on the weekend's racing mishaps, plus plenty of hockey news is on the way as the Express changes net minders for game three.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=75-Charlotte, NC/TNT; :00]


But first Jean, a lot of people say they don't like pro rasslin because it's fake or too violent. What do you think Jean?
This is Hack and Bam Bam Bigelow taking out the trash tonight at the Charlotte Coliseum.
Keep this is mind if you have a wedding coming up. They set up tables for receptions and take them down, as well.

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[S-Charlotte]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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It's been a terrible 48 hours from the folks at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Saturday night three spectators at the Indy Racing League event were killed by flying debris.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Concord, NC/Saturday;]


The race was immediately cancelled, and the 50-thousand spectators were sent home stunned.
Last night the speedway announced that it has scheduled counseling sessions at the track tomorrow, plus it has established a trust fund for the families of those who were either killed or injured.
It's the first time since the track opened in 1960 that a spectator has been killed at the track. Speedway officials say they are considering raising the heigth of the 15 foot fences around the track.
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[S-NHRA]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-27]
[GRAHIC=NHRA]


John Force, Cory McClennathan, Allen Johnson and Brad Jeter were the big winners today at the rain delayed NHRA event outside of Richmond.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dinwiddie/Yesterday; :00]


This this event also was marred by a tragedy. Yesterday at the Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddiea piece off of Paul Romaine's top fuel dragster flew off into the stands after the engine blew up.
The engine piece hit a man in the head. He is listed in serious condition at MCV in Richmond tonight.
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[S-Orioles]


[ANCHOR=MIke]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-35]
[GRAPHIC=ORIOLES]


The Baltimore Orioles hosted the Cuban National team last night at Camden Yards and you just knew something weird was likely to happen.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/HTS; :00]


In the 5th inning a fan came out of the stands carrying a sign with the words "Freedom strike out Castro" on it.
He made the mistake of running in the direction of umpire Cesar Valdez, who himself is Cuban.
Valdez would eventually wrestle him to the ground.
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[S-Cave]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-31 (1:19:37)]
[GRAPHIC=Softball Logo]


With 5 games remaining in the regular season, Cave Spring and Franklin County are the front runners in the Roanoke Valley District Softball race.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Cave Spring vs Franklin Co.;]


The Knights have the advantage at this point in the season. They have beaten Franklin County twice already this year and are currently 9-and-0 in the RVD. The Lady Knights have played tough on defense all year, and at times have hit with power, but they would like a little more balance at the plate.
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[IN Q="We've had...]
[SUPER=01-Lynn Saunders/Cave Spring Head Coach; :]
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[OUT Q=....little bit."]
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[VO-NAT]


The Lady Eagles have just two losses in the district, and even though they have hit and played strong defense, Franklin County has yet to get over the hump when it comes to playing the Lady Knights.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="I don't know...]
[SUPER=01-Todd Hunley/Franklin County Head Coach; :]
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[OUT Q=...a benefit."]
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[TALENT=Mike]
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The Lady Knights and Eagles play tomorrow in Rocky Mount before the tournament next month at the Moyers Sports Complex in Salem.

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The PGA tour heads to New Orleans this week for the annual Compaq Classic. and thanks to a sponsor exemption
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Chip Sullivan, the new club pro at Botetourt County's Ashley Plantation course, has been given a spot in the tournament field.
This is the third PGA event Chip has been added to this year. He won nearly $6000 at the MCI Heritage classic last month, before missing the cut at the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic.
Tiger Woods is not entered, but David Duval is in this week's event.
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Still to come tonight more news from the ice, as the Express
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looks to get back in the game in the northern conference final with Richmond that resumes Wednesday night.
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The Express is hoping the home ice advantage is highly overrated, because they now know Richmond goalie Maxine Gingras is not.
Steve Mason has more as game three with Richmond approaches.
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((STEVE MASON:)) ((MIKE PERON/EXPRESS CENTER:)) ((Even though Renegades star center Ryan Kraft lost some blood during the first of two games in Roanoke, it is the Express that desperately needs an offensive transfusion. Roanoke has scored just two goals in two games, despite 78 shots. ((:)) ((:)) Maxime Gingras has been one main reason for the Express scoring drout. Since game two, Scott Gordon, a former goalie himself, has spent considerable practice time going over how tot beat the 21 year old phenom. ((:)) ((:))
Monday afternoon, Gordon also announced that Dave Gagnon will start in net for the Express Wednesday night in Richmond. At the Round House, Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
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Also this afternoon, Mayor David Bowers awarded the team a proclamation commending the coaches and players for, among other things, reaching the third round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the first time. Each player was given a patch with a star on it. The team was also recognized for it's citizenship off the ice.
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