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[ANCHOR=Keith]

A giant moonshine bust tops News 7 at SIX.

A-E-P is back- -fresh from the drawing board, with an entirely new proposed route for its high- voltage power line.
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[VO-NAT]


And we go to court to see what happens to the wrecker driver who caused a fatal school bus accident in January.
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Tonight on News 7 sports, we'll get you ready for mother's day at the Scott Robertson golf tournament and the graduation stage at Marshall University.
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[VO-NAT]


And we'll head out to Salem for day one of the A-10 softball tournament where the lady Hokies were upset.
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Thunderstorms with large hail and gusty winds prompt seevere thunderstorm warnings. We will show them to you in a moment.

[Still-Busts]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6p]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=99-12 1:03:41]
[GRAPHIC=Moonshine Bust]


The long-running battle between moonshiners and revenuers reared up again today in western Virginia.
Local, state and federal agents raided farms, homes and businesses in several counties, looking for bootleg whiskey and stills.
They executed 10 search warrants in Franklin, Craig and Pittsylvania Counties, and broke up an operation that produced an estimated 7 million dollars worth of moonshine.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Craig Co.]


One of the still busts was just off Route 621, about seven miles from New Castle.
Officials would not allow us on the scene.
But they have brought in a tanker to help pump away the illegal liquor.
Neighbors say they knew something was up. But they had no idea it was this big.
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[SOT 8:47]
[IN Q=we've seen an increase]

((VICKI MEYER: WE'VE SEEN AN INCREASE IN HELICOPTER ACTIVITY..OF WE'RE ALWAYS COMMENTING THEY'RE LOOK FOR DRUGS..BECAUSE WE'RE USED TO SEEING THAT IN THE SUMMER))
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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A federal search warrant affidavit says the targets of this 8-month investigation include some of the more notorious figures in the moonshine trade over the years....
Including William Gray "Dee"Stanley.
They also went after the Ramsey and Williams Helms, and their Helms Farmers Exchange in Rocky Mount.
But so far, the government has not made any arrests.

[Gray]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-7 1:49:30]
[GRAPHIC=School Bus Accident Trial]


A Salem man was convicted of manslaughter today for causing a fatal accident with a school bus.
Michael Gray admits he killed an eight-year-old girl and her grandmother died, but said it did not amount to manslaughter.
Tina Tenret says it was a common mistake that caused the accident.
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31-year-old Michael Gray could spend up to 20 years in prison for taking his eyes off the road. He apparently was glancing at a clipboard as he drove a rollback wrecker down Route 220 South. He crashed into a car, pushing it under the school bus, and killing the two victims.
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((HE WAS SAYING HE WAS HOLDING IT AND LOOKING UP. HE DID THAT ABOUT FOUR TIMES THEN HE LOOKED OVER TO THE RIGHT TO LAY IT DOWN WHEN HE LOOKED UP THERE WAS THE SCHOOL BUS.))
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Despite steep hills and S-curves in that area of 220 South, the judge says Gray should have seen that the bus had stopped -- or at least the signs that warned of a bus stop ahead. A date for Gray's sentencing has not been set. Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County





[Power-Line]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#99-9 1:32:18]
[GRAPHIC=Proposed Line]


After all of the hearings and all of the debate ... it looks like American Electric Power will have to go through it all again.
Today the company turned over to state examiners a detailed study for a new high-voltage power line that follows a different route.
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[TAKE MAP]
Instead of connecting power stations in Wyoming County, West Virginia, and Cloverdale...
The alternative route would run from West Virginia to the Jacksons Ferry power station.
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A-E-P said this alternative WOULD protect Southwest Virginia's power supply.
But not as well as its first choice -- which would bring electricity to Cloverdale.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Microwave]


And that's where Scott Goldberg is tonight ... at A-E-P's Cloverdale sub station in Botetourt County.
[Live= Scott Full/Microwave]
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[SUPER=01-Ken Schrad/State Corporation Commission;]
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[power line shots]
The problem as American Electric Power sees it is simple.
The power company hasn't built a major power line into Southwest Virginia since 1973.
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[IN Q=in the last]

((IN THE LAST 23 YEARS, WE'RE PROBABLY USING AT LEAST 10 TIMES MORE ELECTRICITY THAN WE USED TO.))
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[OUT Q=USED TO]


And AEP says without a new 765-thousand volt line, the demand for electricity will put such a strain on the system, it could cause massive power outages.
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[IN Q=without a new]

((TODD BURNS: WITHOUT A NEW POWER LINE SOON, THE RELIABILITY OF OUR ELECTRICAL SUPPLY WILL CONTINUE TO BE IN JEOPARDY. AND THAT WILL ONLY GET WORSE OVER TIME.))
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[map]
Virginia's State Corporation Commission will decide if a new power line is the best way to back up the power supply... and if so, which route is the most economical and does the least harm to the environment.
The five-volume study AEP handed over today should help the SCC decide.
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[SOT 23:26]
[IN Q=basically]

((KEN SCHRAD: BASICALLY IS WHAT IT DOES IS LAY TWO DIFFERENT ROUTES BEFORE THE COMMISSION. ONE THAT GOES TO CLOVERDALE, ONE THAT GOES TO JACKSONS FERRY. (33) THE COMMISSION THEN MAKES THE ULTIMATE DECISION OF WHICH ONE'S BEST. ))
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AEP says the new route would work .. but not as well.
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((TODD BURNS: IT DOES MEET THE IMMEDIATE NEED. IT HOWEVER DOES NOT PROVIDE THE SAME LEVEL OF REINFORCEMENT THAT WYOMING CLOVERDALE DOES.))
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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News that this latest route would include Wythe County is NOT a total surprise.
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[SUPER=03-Wythe Co.]


A study team has been gathering information and opinions from county residents from several months.
Andy Kegley lives in Wythe County and has been vocal in his opposition.
He believes A-E-P is considering the Wyoming- Jackson's Ferry route because the area is rural and less populated.
But Kegley says folks in Wythe and Bland counties have fought similar battles and won.
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((ANDY KEGLEY: ))
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This latest route does NOT include Montgomery or Giles Counties.
But power line opponents there, like William (dock-er-tee) Dougherty, don't consider it a victory and have pledged their support.
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An opposition group already exists in Bland County and has offered to help residents opposed to the project in Tazewell and Wythe Counties.



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A-E-P has posted more information on its website, including a map of the Wyoming-Jacksons Ferry line.
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We have a convenient link all set up on our home page. Call up WDBJ-7-dot-com ... then click "Webwatch".
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Trigon is laying off workers. Still ahead: the reason for the cutbacks.
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AND heirs to a multi-million dollar estate accuse the woman who drafted the will of making off with their inheritance.
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((YOU SEDUCED HIM OUT OF THE MONEY? THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE SAYING))
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Next on NEWS 7: TWO sides to the tale of what happened to Reid Jones estate.
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The death of a millionaire often brings out the worst in people.
The estate of Reid Jones provides a case in point.
His heirs claim the lawyer who drafted the will- -not only wrote them out of it... they're actually suggesting the attorney had something to do with his death.
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Reid Jones didn't live like a millionaire.
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((HE LIVED IN THIS WHITE HOUSE.))
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Though he was a shrewd, successful businessman in his own right, tax Attorney Dianne Wilcox helped make him what he was: a millionaire.
Jones died in 1996, leaving a fortune worth at least six million dollars- -including a 700-acre farm in Moneta.
[NAT SOT -TRACTOR HAYING]


It's a working cattle farm... one of the principal assets behind the Joco Farms Trust and the Joco Foundation... now run by Wilcox.
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[IN Q=Reid had for]

((REID HAD FOR 20 YEARS WRITTEN WILLS LEAVING ALMOST EVERYTHING TO CHARITY.))
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[OUT=everything to charity.]
[NAT SOT -Margie & I walk up the driveway]


Reid Jones' adopted daughter is contesting the will. Though Margie Irvin settled for three quarters of a million dollars, she's still fighting for the 200-thousand she says her Dad promised each of HER children.
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[IN Q=And they each]

((AND THEY EACH RECEIVED $100 IN THE PRESENT WILL. THAT'S NOT WHAT HE WOULD HAVE DONE TO HIS GRANDCHILDREN. HE LOVED HIS GRANDCHILDREN.))
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[OUT Q=loved his grandchildren.]


Jones SO loved his grandchildren, Wilcox says he gave them each 210-thousand BEFORE he died, and that's why he reduced their inheritance to 100 dollars.
About a year before he died, Margie Irvin got into a fight with her father on the phone.
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Jones decided to hold her to that... and recorded a letter to Margie after the fight on the phone.
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((HE SAID TO ME, "SHE SAYS SHE WANTS LOVE, NOT THE MONEY," SO CUT HER DOWN TO $100.))
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((I THINK THEY GOT MORE INTIMATELY INVOLVED THAN THEY SHOULD HAVE.))
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Wilcox freely admits Jones died in her arms, not unexpectedly while the two were alone in his hospital room.


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((I JUST HAVE GRAVE SUSPICIONS AS TO HIS DEATH. I DON'T BELIEVE IT WAS A NATURAL DEATH. ))
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Wilcox says she loved the man, but emphatically denies they were intimate.
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((WE HAD A FRIENDSHIP THAT I WILL ALWAYS TREASURE. THAT'S ALL IT WAS.))
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Wilcox remains in charge of the Joco Trust and Foundation, even as Jones' heirs try to have her disbarred.




[Harper]


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The brother of a murdered Hollins University student has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fairfax Co./September, 1998]


Matthew Harper pled guilty to stabbing his sister, Anne, at their home in Fairfax County over a Thanksgiving break.

[SUPER=04-November, 1995]


He also admitted to setting the house on fire to cover up the killing.
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Wall Street finished the week on the up beat. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
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Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield is issuing pink slips.
The insurance agency is turning its focus to commercial business and away from Medicare dealings.
As a result, 145 employees will lose their jobs effective September 30th.
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[SUPER=03-]

Company officials say the government business does not offer the growth the insurance agency needs.
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((JOHN BERRY/TRIGON: IT WAS A STRATEGIC DECISION. WE'VE ACTUALLY DONE A GREAT JOB FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THIS OPERATION AND WE'VE GOT GREAT PEOPLE IN IT. WE'VE HURT SOME PEOPLE'S FEELINGS THIS MORNING AND WE'RE JUST REALLY SORRY WE HAD TO DO IT.))
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Berry says the company will try to find other positions in Roanoke for many of the employees who are losing their jobs.

[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Coming up on the Friday night edition of News 7 sports, the Tech women get upset in the first round of the A-10 softball tournament.
We'll check out Busch qualifying results from New Hampshire.
And a former Friday Football Extra star is about to reach a milestone.
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[VO-NAT]


And the Scott Robertson Memorial golf tournament is underway in the valley. And it wouldn't be right if we didn't give you the Mother's Day angle on the event.
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[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-39 tc 51:19]
[GRAPHIC=A-10]


A homerun lifted the Hawks over number two seed Virginia Tech in the Atlantic 10 Softball Tournament at the Moyer complex in Salem.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Va. Tech vs St. Joseph's;]


As the third seed St Joseph's was the underdog in this afternoon's contest and for the most part this was a defensive battle.
The Hokies get out of trouble in the top of the second as Pitcher Clarisa Crowell and Laura Flowers team up for the double play.
But in the top of the fourth, Candice Clark steps up to the plate and hammers this solo homer over the rightfield wall and that was all the Hawkes would need.
[super=34-Va. Tech/0/St. Joseph's/1;]


Tech had the opportunities. Three times the Hokies had bases loaded but couldn't drive home the runners. and St. Joseph's gets the one to nothing upset.
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Tech play Dayton at two tomorrow afternoon.
The Flyers lost to U-MASS six to one in the first game this afternoon.

Massachusetts' picher Danielle Henderson set an A-10 record with 17 strikeouts.[S-Express]


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The Roanoke Express is one game away from achieving an unwanted closure.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/Wednesday Night; :00]


Wednesday night in game three at the Richmond Coliseum, the Express was shut out for the second straight game losing 3-to-nothing.
The Renegades can move on to the Kelly Cup finals with a win tonight in Richmond. We'll have highlights tonight at 11.
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[S-Scott]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[GRAPHIC=Scott Robertson]


Moving the date of the Scott Robertson Memorial Golf Tournament enables the three day event to host the most talented field ever. But where would these 186 rising stars be without their mothers! Steve Mason explains on Mothers day weekend.
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[SUPER=01-Hunter Mahan/Defending Boys 15-18 Champion; 1:35]
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[OUT Q=...News 7 sports"]
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((AHHH, the landscape offers ideas on what to give mom this Sunday. After all, this is just one of many tournaments she waits patiently through. She can't even cheer like moms do, only a gesture or two. Not even a recent foot operation could keep Texas mom Viki Melton from watching daughter Nicole. ((:))
on scenic golf courses, Moms stand near pins and needles, right along side their son or daughter, feeling every emotion, after a good or bad shot. And part of the trap these parents and their kids fall into when it comes to this game, is time apart trying to better themselves. ((:))
But for Ohio mom Robin Smith, watching Miranda sink a putt on mothers day weekend is makes up for the missed time. ((:)) ((:)) ((:)) ((:))
Fittingly, the boys and girls champions will be crowned on Mothers day. In Ronaoke, Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))

[S-Reynolds]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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Perhaps no Mom anywhere will have a more joyous weekend than Tuan Reynolds mother, Nancy Ikenberger.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra - 1991; :00]


Reynolds was a star player at Patrick Henry high school and he earned a scholarship to Marshall University where he played every game his freshman year and recorded 89 tackles.
But while playing a pickup game of football in the snow, Tuan injured his spinal cord. He never played again at Marshall after the 1994 accident, but his teammates made him a part of the team by keeping his name on their helmets.
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Tuan is still paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair, but tomorrow he will roll across the stage at Marhsall University and pick up his bachelors degree. [Wx-Tape]
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