[7E-Hidden-Valley]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=598-37 1:47:54]
[GRAPHIC=Bomb Threat Arrest]


Two more students have been arrested in Roanoke County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/April 27]


The ninth-graders were handcuffed and taken into custody at the school yesterday afternoon.
They're accused of causing the bomb scare that forced the evacuation of the school last week.
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[7E-PH-Playwright]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=MOrn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-8 1:46:33]
[GRAPHIC=None]

[****ANCHOR TAG****]
A musical written and composed by students is hitting the main stage at Patrick Henry High School.
Eric Earnhart reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Lake Texoma]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-John Bryant/Author; :37]
[RUNS=1:27]
[OUT Q=EE, News 7]

(( Lake Texoma is a story of young men and women who lost their way, abandoned their dreams, and ended up living in a Roadhouse in Texas.
When a drifter challenges them to reclaim their lives, they're thrown into an emotional whirlwind of fear, and hope.

[SOT 00:21:18]
[IN Q=if at this]

(( IF AT THIS VERY MOMENT I FELT ANY BETTER, I'D BE CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP! )) [RUNS :08]
[OUT Q=chicken noodle soup]



Senior John Bryant wrote the play over Christmas break and gave it to his drama coach. It began as an idea, and grew into a story he wants his classmates to hear.

[SOT 01:06:26]
[IN Q=they're going to be]

((JOHN BRYANT/AUTHOR; THEY'RE GOING TO BE GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND THEYR'E GOING TO HAVE TO GET OUT IN THE WORLD AND SEE WHAT THEY WANT TO DO WITH LIFE. )) [RUNS :06]
[OUT Q=do in life]



[natsot music-00:24:19]

[RUNS :20]

As each character searches for the way out of the Lake Texoma, Bryant hopes the play strikes a chord with other young people who are struggling with their own fears, looking for the strength to follow their dreams.

[SOT 01:06:40]
[IN Q=I think that's something]

(( JOHN BRYANT/AUTHOR; I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING INSIDE A TEENAGER, THEY JUST NEED TO GO OUT AND FIND OUT WHAT THEY WANT TO DO IN LIFE AND THEN GO DO IT.)) [RUNS 06]
[OUT Q=go do it]



Which is exactly what Bryant is doing right now...
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=None]


"Lake Texoma" will be performed this Friday and Saturday night at 8, and Sunday afternoon at 2:00.


[7E-Confed-Plate]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-5 1:49:12]
[GRAPHIC=SCV License Plate]


The Sons of Confederate Veterans say they'll take Virginia to court.
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[VO-NAT]


The group says it will file a federal lawsuit in July to get its logo on a state license plate.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 19:58]
[IN Q=It's just]

((RED BARBOUR/SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS: IT'S JUST THAT PEOPLE NEED TO BE EDUCATED ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THAT FLAG AND WHAT IT STOOD FOR--NOT WHAT THEY THINK IT STANDS FOR.))
[SOT 19:32]

((THAT ISSUE IN GEORGIA'S NOT THROUGH, AND THEY GOT THEIR LICENSE TAGS WITH THE S-C-V LOGO. MARYLAND'S GOT THEIRS, NORTH CAROLINA'S GOT THEIRS. ALABAMA HAS JUST GOT THEIRS.))
[SUPER=01-Red Barbour/Sons of Confederate Veterans; :00 ]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=got theirs.]
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[VO-NAT]


The General Assembly approved a special plate this year-- but rejected the logo as the controversial part.
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[SOT 11:42:19]
[IN Q=We've been]

((SEN. HENRY MARSH/D-RICHMOND: WE'VE BEEN ON A STEADY MARCH TOWARD PROGRESS, TOWARD ELIMINATING SOME OF THE VESTIGES OF SLAVERY. AND IT'S SLOW AND STEADY. AND IT WOULD SET US BACK. I THINK EVENTUALLY WE'RE GONNA GET THERE. BUT IT CERTAINLY WOULD SET US BACK IF THIS ISSUE IS RESOLVED IN FAVOR OF THE CONFEDERATE POINT OF VIEW.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Henry Marsh/(D) Richmond; :00 ]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=point of view.]
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[VO-NAT]


The S-C-V points out that groups like the National Rifle Association and labor unions have Virginia's approval for plates with logos on them.
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[7E-Greenways]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-7 1:45:16]
[GRAPHIC=Greenways]


A new agreement between state and federal officials will clear the way for the connection of three major trails in southwest Virginia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Yesterday, representatives of The U-S Forest Service and the State Department of Conservation and Recreation signed a memorandum of understanding.
They'll work together to connect the New River Trail State Park, the Virginia Highlands Trail, and the Virginia Creeper Trail.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 00:02:04]
[IN Q=So it just ties together]

((SO IT JUST TIES TOGETHER A LOT OF OUR COMMUNITIES HERE IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA WITH AN ENORMOUS RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITY THAT WILL BE GREAT FOR RECREATION AND GREAT FOR TOURISM AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.))
[SUPER=01-John Paul Woodley/State Natural Resources Secretary;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=economic development.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Officials say they'll move as quickly as they can to connect the trails.

[7WEATHER]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=CUTIN]
[WRITER=KMC]
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Taking a look now at your midweek forecast..
Clouds will build up today, bringing with them a chance for some showers. Look for highs in the low to mid-70s.
The threat for some additional showers continues into the overnight hours, as lows drop into the upper-50s.
The extended forecast...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 5/6/99
Thursday:

[SUPER=130-14/Joshua Barnett/Christiansburg]


Anniversary:
[SUPER=130-10th/Nick & Pat Montgomery/Rocky Mount]



[SUPER=130-9/Jessica Lynch/Gretna]



[SUPER=130-7/Nicole Alley/New Castle]



[SUPER=130-8/Olivia Laprad/New Castle]



[SUPER=130-7/Erin Woods/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-25/Danny Lovern/Elliston]


No Pictures:

[SUPER=131-61/Peggy Dooley/Moneta]



[SUPER=131-/Kayla Terry/Raleigh, NC]


Anniversary:
[SUPER=131-/Myrl & Nancy Martin/Snow Creek]


Anniversary:
[SUPER=131-/Douglas & Janet Perdue/Snow Creek]


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[45E-Grayson-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#=99-9 1:25:13]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The U-S Justice Department says the murder of a black man in Grayson County at the hands of two white men will NOT be labeled a hate crime.
As Teresa Hamilton reports, two people close to the case support yesterday's decision.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Garnett]
[SUPER=03-Grayson Co./File Tape; :09]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Johnson/Victim's Cousin; :31]
[SUPER=01-J. D. Bolt/Grayson Co. Prosecutor; :54]
[SUPER=@Teresa1; 1:10 approx]
[RUNS=1:23]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7, Independence.]

(( Garnett "GP" Johnson was burned alive and later decapitated at a drinking party in Elk Creek, almost two years ago.
Both Louis Ceparano and Emmett Cressell, Junior were later convicted of murder.
But the justice department says it will not pursue additional charges against the pair.
Federal officials say proving the victim's civil rights were violated would be difficult since Johnson was on private property at the time he was killed.
Johnson's cousin, Jeff, says he supports the decision.
[sot]

(( JEFF JOHNSON/VICTIM'S COUSIN: I DON'T KNOW WHAT FEDERAL PROSECUTORS WOULD HAVE DONE OTHER THAN TO OPEN UP OLD WOUNDS. ))
Another reason the justice department decided NOT to pursue the case as a hate crime is that both killers are already serving life sentences, thanks to the work of Grayson County prosecutor J-D Bolt, who hopes the victim's family and community can continue to heal.
[SOT]
[sot= So many]

((J. D. BOLT/GRAYSON CO. PROSECUTOR: SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY THIS AND I THINK IT'S A GREAT COMPLIMENT OT THE PEOPLE AND TO THE AREA THAT, THE WAY THE FAMILY AND CITIZENS HANDLED IT, I COULDN'T BE MORE PLEASED.)) [SU]
Despite the federal decision, we still have not heard the last of this case, since Cressell has appealed his conviction. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Independence.))

[45E-Diversion-Center]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-10 1:28:14]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A new Chatham facility will offer an alternative to prison for non-violent offenders.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chatham]


The Diversion Center will occupy theChatham Correctional Unit 15..will be the home for the center which used to be a medium security facility.
It will house 100 male probationers from Western Virginia.
The probationers will be trained and will get jobs in the community.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 01:26:01]
[IN Q=They will make a salary]

((SHERMAN LEA/REGIONAL ADMN.: THEY WILL MAKE A SALARY..MINIMUM WAGE OR HIGHER..THAT MONEY WILL BE USED TO PAY COURT COSTS..THAT MONEY WILL BE USED TO REPAY VICTIMS OF CRIME..THAT MONEY WILL BE USED TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT))
[SUPER=01-Sherman Lea/Regional Administrator]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=pay child support]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The center will save tax payers thousands of dollars in prison costs..
It's scheduled to open on May 17th.

[45E-Confed-Plate]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-5 1:49:12]
[GRAPHIC=SCV License Plate]


It could be a court battle between the state of Virginia and the the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
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[VO-NAT]


The group says it will file a federal lawsuit in July to get its logo on a state license plate.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 19:58]
[IN Q=It's just]

((RED BARBOUR/SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS: IT'S JUST THAT PEOPLE NEED TO BE EDUCATED ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THAT FLAG AND WHAT IT STOOD FOR--NOT WHAT THEY THINK IT STANDS FOR.))
[SOT 19:32]

((THAT ISSUE IN GEORGIA'S NOT THROUGH, AND THEY GOT THEIR LICENSE TAGS WITH THE S-C-V LOGO. MARYLAND'S GOT THEIRS, NORTH CAROLINA'S GOT THEIRS. ALABAMA HAS JUST GOT THEIRS.))
[SUPER=01-Red Barbour/Sons of Confederate Veterans; :00 ]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=got theirs.]
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[VO-NAT]


The General Assembly approved a special plate this year-- but rejected the logo as the controversial part.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 11:42:19]
[IN Q=We've been]

((SEN. HENRY MARSH/D-RICHMOND: WE'VE BEEN ON A STEADY MARCH TOWARD PROGRESS, TOWARD ELIMINATING SOME OF THE VESTIGES OF SLAVERY. AND IT'S SLOW AND STEADY. AND IT WOULD SET US BACK. I THINK EVENTUALLY WE'RE GONNA GET THERE. BUT IT CERTAINLY WOULD SET US BACK IF THIS ISSUE IS RESOLVED IN FAVOR OF THE CONFEDERATE POINT OF VIEW.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Henry Marsh/(D) Richmond; :00 ]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=point of view.]
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[VO-NAT]


The S-C-V points out that groups like the National Rifle Association and labor unions have Virginia's approval for plates with logos on them.
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[45WEATHER]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=CUTIN]
[WRITER=KMC]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Taking a break from the news to check the forecast...
Increasing clouds today, with a chance of showers.
Highs in the mid 70s.
Mostly cloudy overnight, with scattered showers possible.
Lows in the upper 50s.
The outlook is wet for the next couple of days... showers and thunderstorms likely tomorrow.
Highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s.
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[8E-Meeks-Ayers]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-13 45:25]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 99]


The Amherst County Sheriff and prosecutor are both seeking re-election as a UNIFIED ticket.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Amherst]


Commonwealth's Attorney Ed Meeks and sheriff Jimmy Ayers announced their plans at a joint news conference yesterday.
Meeks has never faced opposition in his 20 years on the job.. Ayers beat out nine other candidates to become sheriff in 1995.
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[8E-Grayson-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#=99-9 1:25:13]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The slaying of a black man by two white men in Grayson county is NOT considered a hate crime.
That's according to yesterday's decision by the U-S Justice Department.
Teresa Hamilton has more.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Garnett]
[SUPER=03-Grayson Co./File Tape; :09]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Johnson/Victim's Cousin; :31]
[SUPER=01-J. D. Bolt/Grayson Co. Prosecutor; :54]
[SUPER=@Teresa1; 1:10 approx]
[RUNS=1:23]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7, Independence.]

(( Garnett "GP" Johnson was burned alive and later decapitated at a drinking party in Elk Creek, almost two years ago.
Both Louis Ceparano and Emmett Cressell, Junior were later convicted of murder.
But the justice department says it will not pursue additional charges against the pair.
Federal officials say proving the victim's civil rights were violated would be difficult since Johnson was on private property at the time he was killed.
Johnson's cousin, Jeff, says he supports the decision.
[sot]

(( JEFF JOHNSON/VICTIM'S COUSIN: I DON'T KNOW WHAT FEDERAL PROSECUTORS WOULD HAVE DONE OTHER THAN TO OPEN UP OLD WOUNDS. ))
Another reason the justice department decided NOT to pursue the case as a hate crime is that both killers are already serving life sentences, thanks to the work of Grayson County prosecutor J-D Bolt, who hopes the victim's family and community can continue to heal.
[SOT]
[sot= So many]

((J. D. BOLT/GRAYSON CO. PROSECUTOR: SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY THIS AND I THINK IT'S A GREAT COMPLIMENT OT THE PEOPLE AND TO THE AREA THAT, THE WAY THE FAMILY AND CITIZENS HANDLED IT, I COULDN'T BE MORE PLEASED.)) [SU]
Despite the federal decision, we still have not heard the last of this case, since Cressell has appealed his conviction. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Independence.))

[85-Hidden-Valley]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=598-37 1:47:54]
[GRAPHIC=Bomb Threat Arrest]


Police have arrested two more students in Roanoke County for allegedly making a bomb threat.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/April 27]


The ninth-graders were handcuffed and taken into custody at Hidden Valley Junior High school yesterday afternoon.


They're accused of causing the bomb scare that forced the evacuation of the school last week.
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[8E-Diversion-Center]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-10 1:28:14]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A new "diversion center" opening in Chatham will offer non- violent offenders an alternative to jail.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chatham]


Chatham Correctional Unit 15..will be the home for the center which used to be a medium security facility.
It will house 100 male probationers from Western Virginia.
The probationers will be trained and will get jobs in the community.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 01:26:01]
[IN Q=They will make a salary]

((SHERMAN LEA/REGIONAL ADMN.: THEY WILL MAKE A SALARY..MINIMUM WAGE OR HIGHER..THAT MONEY WILL BE USED TO PAY COURT COSTS..THAT MONEY WILL BE USED TO REPAY VICTIMS OF CRIME..THAT MONEY WILL BE USED TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT))
[SUPER=01-Sherman Lea/Regional Administrator]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=pay child support]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The center will save tax payers thousands of dollars in jail costs..
It's scheduled to open on May 17th.

[8S-S&S]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-17 16:40]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Longtime customers of Roanoke's S-and-S Cafeteria can still head to their favorite lunch spot for another seven months.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


S-and-S has reached a verbal agreement with its leasing agent to stay at Towers Mall through Christmas.
Two weeks ago, the leasing agent said the cafeteria would be gone by June when its lease expired.
S-and-S says it serves more than nine-thousand people every week and doesn't want to leave Roanoke.
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[8WEATHER]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=CUTIN]
[WRITER=KMC]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Time now to look over the mid- week forecast...
Increasing clouds today, with a chance of showers by this afternoon.
Highs near 75.
Mostly cloudy tonight, with more showers possible.
Lows in the upper 50s.
The extended forecast is calling for showers and scattered thunderstorms tomorrow...with a drying trend starting for the weekend.
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