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The three soldiers released from Kosovo this weekend are sure to get a happy homecoming when they return to the U-S.

But, readjusting to life back home may not be that easy.
Joy Sutton has more.
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((Robert Gray served in the Korean War back in 1949.
Shortly after entering the war he was captured and held in captivity for 34 months.
He said he didn't know whether he would survive.
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((ROBERT GRAY/FORMER PRISONER OF WAR: TO BE A PRISONER OF WAR..FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES..IT'S LIKE YOUR DEAD YOU DON'T EXIST.))
[OUT Q=you don't exist.]


Gray says once he was released and returned to the U-S he adjusted to life at home just fine.
But, he says that wasn't the case for many of his fellow prisoners of wars.
He says family and friends should be understanding..and try to avoid references to the past.
Dr. Delmare Short is a psychiatrist at the Salem Veterans Medical Center..he says about half of those who are P-O-W's will experience "post traumatic symptoms."
Dr. Short says the best advice for the families of the three former P-O-W's is to allow them to express their emotions...and be good listeners.
And if the soldiers start experiencing any problems to seek professional help.
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[IN Q=short says it could]

((JOY SUTTON/SHORT SAYS IT COULD TAKE MONTHS OR EVEN YEARS FOR SIGNS OF PROBLEMS TO OCCUR..BUT ONCE THEY DO, RECOVERING FROM BEING A PRISONER OF WAR COULD TAKE A LIFETIME)) [RUNS11]
[OUT Q=Joy Sutton, News-7, Roanoke]))


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A body was found floating in the New River yesterday.
Montgomery County investigators have identified the man as 66-year old Charles Max Walker.
His body was found around one-thirty yesteray afternoon near the Sportsman Bar, just outside Radford.
Witnesses told investigators Walker had been camping near the Sportsman and when they woke up this morning he was gone.
Walker's body has been sent for an autopsy.

[7E-ATV-Wreck]


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A man had to be airlifted to the hospital last night following a wreck in Christiansburg.
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It happened in the Houchins-Crossing area.
Montgomery County police say several people were riding four-wheel ATVs.
One of the riders lost control and the vehicle rolled over him.
Lifeguard 10 transported the man to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
There's still no word this morning on his condition.
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[7E-SOL]


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Students throughout Virginia will be tackling the SOL tests on tomorrow.
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Students from kindergarten to 12th grade will take part in the exam.
Virginia Board of Education President Kirk Schroder, says it's important to raise the bar for students.
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((KIRK SCHRODER/PRESIDENT EDUCATION BOARD: EDUCATION IS ABOUT IMPROVEMENT. I THINK EVERY SCHOOL WANT TO IMPROVE OR DO BETTER AS WELL AS MEET A STANDARD.))
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By the year 2007, 70-percent of each schools' 5th, 8th, and 11th graders must reach the benchmark set by the state...or the schools could lose accreditation.
The exams will be held through May 14th.

[7E-Explore-Park]


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The Virginia Explore Park officially opened an "Outback Mountain Bike Trail System" yesterday.
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A dedication ceremony was held for the trail which was sponsored by Subaru.
The trail is a first of its kind in Roanoke...and it's 11 and half kilometers long.
Liz Belcher, the Roanoke Valley Greenway Coordinator, says that more trails need to be opened in Virginia.
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((LIZ BELCHER/ROANOKE VALLEY GREENWAY: WE LIKE TO SEE GREENWAYS AND TRAILS PROMOTED..AS QUALITY OF LIFE AS WELL AS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.WE COULD HAVE PEOPLE COMING TO VIRGINIA TO RIDE TRAILS.))
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Belcher said Virginia has more than 9,000 miles of Greenway trails so far.

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And it looks like we have another nice day ahead of us.
It will mostly sunny with wind out of the northeast at 10 to 15 miles-an-hour.
Highs in the low-to-mid-70's.
This evening should turn partly cloudy, with the wind calming down.
Lows between 42 and 46 degrees.
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A body found floating in the New River yesterday has been identified as 66-year old Charles Max Walker.
Montgomery County authorities say his body was found around one-thirty yesterday near the Sportsman Bar, just outside Radford.
Witnesses told investigators Walker had been camping near the Sportsman and when they woke up this morning he was gone.
Walker's body has been sent for an autopsy.

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There is no word yet on the condition of man who's all terain vehicle rolled over him.
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It happened last night in Christiansburg.
Montgomery County police say several people were riding four-wheel ATVs.
One of the riders lost control and that's when the vehicle rolled on top of him.
The man was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
His name has not been released.
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[45-SOL]


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Tomorrow is the day Students throughout Virginia beging tackling the SOL tests.
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Students from kindergarten to 12th grade will take part in the exam.
Virginia Board of Education President Kirk Schroder, says it's important to raise the bar for students.
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[IN Q=Education]

((KIRK SCHRODER/PRESIDENT EDUCATION BOARD: EDUCATION IS ABOUT IMPROVEMENT. I THINK EVERY SCHOOL WANT TO IMPROVE OR DO BETTER AS WELL AS MEET A STANDARD.))
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By the year 2007, 70-percent of each schools' 5th, 8th, and 11th graders must reach the benchmark set by the state...or the schools could lose accreditation.
The exams will be held through May 14th.

[45-Explore-Park]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-15; 16:10]
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Mountain bike riders now have a new trail to explore.
The "Outback Mountain Bike Trail System" was unveiled yesterday at
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the Explore park during a dedication ceremony sponsored by Subaru.
The trail is a first of its kind in Roanoke...and it's 11 and half kilometers long.
Liz Belcher, the Roanoke Valley Greenway Coordinator, says that more trails need to be opened in Virginia.
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[SOT 15:34:45]
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((LIZ BELCHER/ROANOKE VALLEY GREENWAY: WE LIKE TO SEE GREENWAYS AND TRAILS PROMOTED..AS QUALITY OF LIFE AS WELL AS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.WE COULD HAVE PEOPLE COMING TO VIRGINIA TO RIDE TRAILS.))
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[OUT Q=to ride trials.]
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Belcher said Virginia has more than 9,000 miles of Greenway trails so far.

[45-POWs]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=sta]
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Some long-awaited reunions are under way at the U-S military base in Germany.
That's where the families of three former American P-O-Ws are meeting today, following the soldiers release yesterday from Belgrade.
But, readjusting to life back home may not be that easy.
Joy Sutton has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Robert Gray served]
[SUPER=03-Salem;05]
[SUPER=01-Robert Gray/Former Prisoner of War;13]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Delmare Short/Psychiatrist;55]
[SUPER=@Joy1; 1:20 QUICK!!]
[RUNS=1:26]
[OUT Q=Joy Sutton, News-7, Roanoke.]

((Robert Gray served in the Korean War back in 1949.
Shortly after entering the war he was captured and held in captivity for 34 months.
He said he didn't know whether he would survive.
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[SOT 00:23:29]
[IN Q=to be a prisoner of]

((ROBERT GRAY/FORMER PRISONER OF WAR: TO BE A PRISONER OF WAR..FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES..IT'S LIKE YOUR DEAD YOU DON'T EXIST.))
[OUT Q=you don't exist.]


Gray says once he was released and returned to the U-S he adjusted to life at home just fine.
But, he says that wasn't the case for many of his fellow prisoners of wars.
He says family and friends should be understanding..and try to avoid references to the past.
Dr. Delmare Short is a psychiatrist at the Salem Veterans Medical Center..he says about half of those who are P-O-W's will experience "post traumatic symptoms."
Dr. Short says the best advice for the families of the three former P-O-W's is to allow them to express their emotions...and be good listeners.
And if the soldiers start experiencing any problems to seek professional help.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=short says it could]

((JOY SUTTON/SHORT SAYS IT COULD TAKE MONTHS OR EVEN YEARS FOR SIGNS OF PROBLEMS TO OCCUR..BUT ONCE THEY DO, RECOVERING FROM BEING A PRISONER OF WAR COULD TAKE A LIFETIME)) [RUNS11]
[OUT Q=Joy Sutton, News-7, Roanoke]))


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Turning your attention now to weather--
Mostly sunny and breezy today, with highs in the lower 70s.
Turning partly cloudy overnight, with lows near 45.
The five day forecast is partly sunny through Wednesday...with scattered showers returning to the forecast toward the weekend.
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[8-ATV-Wreck]


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An accident in Christiansburg caused a man to be airlifted to the hospital last night.
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It happened in the Houchins-Crossing area.
Montgomery County police say several people were riding four-wheel ATVs.
One of the riders lost control and the vehicle rolled over him.
Lifeguard 10 transported the man to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
There's still no word this morning on his condition.
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[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=sta]
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Authorities are trying to determine what led to the death of a man found in the New River yesterday.
Montgomery County investigators have identified the man as 66-year old Charles Max Walker.
His body was found around one-thirty Sunday afternoon near the Sportsman Bar, just outside Radford.
Witnesses told investigators Walker had been camping near the Sportsman and when they woke up yesterday morning he was gone.
Walker's body has been sent for an autopsy.

[8-POWs]


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[WRITER=sta]
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The U-S is welcoming the three released servicemen from Kosovo with open arms this week.
But as Joy Sutton reports, they may have a tough time re- adjusting to the freedom of normal life.
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[SUPER=03-Salem;05]
[SUPER=01-Robert Gray/Former Prisoner of War;13]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Delmare Short/Psychiatrist;55]
[SUPER=@Joy1; 1:20 QUICK!!]
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[OUT Q=Joy Sutton, News-7, Roanoke.]

((Robert Gray served in the Korean War back in 1949.
Shortly after entering the war he was captured and held in captivity for 34 months.
He said he didn't know whether he would survive.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 00:23:29]
[IN Q=to be a prisoner of]

((ROBERT GRAY/FORMER PRISONER OF WAR: TO BE A PRISONER OF WAR..FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES..IT'S LIKE YOUR DEAD YOU DON'T EXIST.))
[OUT Q=you don't exist.]


Gray says once he was released and returned to the U-S he adjusted to life at home just fine.
But, he says that wasn't the case for many of his fellow prisoners of wars.
He says family and friends should be understanding..and try to avoid references to the past.
Dr. Delmare Short is a psychiatrist at the Salem Veterans Medical Center..he says about half of those who are P-O-W's will experience "post traumatic symptoms."
Dr. Short says the best advice for the families of the three former P-O-W's is to allow them to express their emotions...and be good listeners.
And if the soldiers start experiencing any problems to seek professional help.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=short says it could]

((JOY SUTTON/SHORT SAYS IT COULD TAKE MONTHS OR EVEN YEARS FOR SIGNS OF PROBLEMS TO OCCUR..BUT ONCE THEY DO, RECOVERING FROM BEING A PRISONER OF WAR COULD TAKE A LIFETIME)) [RUNS11]
[OUT Q=Joy Sutton, News-7, Roanoke]))


[8-SOL]


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[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-12; 54:38]
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Tomorrow is S-O-L Testing Day across the Commonwealth--
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/File Tape;]


Students from kindergarten to 12th grade will take part in the exam.
Virginia Board of Education President Kirk Schroder, says it's important to raise the bar for students.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 00:02:17]
[IN Q=Education]

((KIRK SCHRODER/PRESIDENT EDUCATION BOARD: EDUCATION IS ABOUT IMPROVEMENT. I THINK EVERY SCHOOL WANT TO IMPROVE OR DO BETTER AS WELL AS MEET A STANDARD.))
[SUPER=01-Kirk Schroder/President Education Board;]
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[OUT Q=meet a standard.]
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By the year 2007, 70-percent of each schools' 5th, 8th, and 11th graders must reach the benchmark set by the state...or the schools could lose accreditation.
The exams will be held through May 14th.

[8-Explore-Park]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-15; 16:10]
[GRAPHIC=Explore Park Logo]


Cyclists can now enjoy the new "Outback Mountain Bike Trail System" that just opened at the Virginia Explore Park.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


A dedication ceremony was held for the trail which was sponsored by Subaru.
The trail is a first of its kind in Roanoke...and it's 11 and half kilometers long.
Liz Belcher, the Roanoke Valley Greenway Coordinator, says that more trails need to be opened in Virginia.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 15:34:45]
[IN Q=We would lik to see]

((LIZ BELCHER/ROANOKE VALLEY GREENWAY: WE LIKE TO SEE GREENWAYS AND TRAILS PROMOTED..AS QUALITY OF LIFE AS WELL AS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.WE COULD HAVE PEOPLE COMING TO VIRGINIA TO RIDE TRAILS.))
[SUPER=01-Liz Belcher/Roanoke Valley Greenway]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=to ride trials.]
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Belcher said Virginia has more than 9,000 miles of Greenway trails so far.

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Taking a moment to check the forecast...
Mostly sunny today, with afternoon temperatures warming into the loer 70s.
Becoming partly cloudy tonight, with diminishing winds and lows in the mid 40s.
The extended outlook is a mix of sun and clouds for the next couple of days....then showers possible by Thursday.

Highs in the 70s....lows in the 40s and 50s.
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