[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A Florida woman is dead, after a court allowed her to disconnect a ventilator that kept her alive and her mother may be charged with murder.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And Russia's envoy to the Kosovo conflict says there has been ``a step forward'' in negotiations with Yugoslavia.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


We'll be enjoying a mostly sunny day, with winds picking up from the north in the wake of the cold front that passed through yesterday.
Our next chance for rain probably won't arrive until Sunday.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[Kosovo]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Serbia Under Attack]


This could be the latest NATO misfire.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Belgrade, Yugoslavia;]

[4:01:34]
Yugoslav television says a serb hospital was struck by missiles overnight.
At least three people were killed, and parts of the building were destroyed.
The injured had to be taken to other hopsitals.
The blasts came hours after president Milosevic agreed to accept principles of a peace plan formed by the G-8 nations.
But the move still falls short of NATO demands.
(------------)


[Right-to-die]


[ANCHOR=kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A daughter's wish to end her own life-- could mean murder charges for her mother.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

[4:05:39]
Forty-two year old Georgette Smith died yesterday in Florida, after being taken off life support.
[SUPER=03-Orlando, FL;]


She was left paralyzed after her mother allegedly shot her in the neck, after overhearing her talking about sending the mother to a nursing home.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

(( CANDACE SMITH/SMITH'S DAUGHTER; I CAN COMPLETEL UNDERSTAND HOW SHE WOULDN'T WNAT TO LIVE NOT BEING ABLE TO DO NOTHING BUT LOOK IN HER EYES.))
[SUPER=01-Candace Smith/Smith's Daughter;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=look in her eyes.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Prosecutors have said they plan to charge her 68-year old mother, Shirley Egan with murder.
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[E-Henry-Drugs]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-19 13:40]
[GRAPHIC=Henry Co. Drug Arrests]


It's the largest drug bust Henry County and Martinsville have seen in years.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.]


64 people were indicted on drug charges, including selling crack cocaine and marijuana.
The arrests are the result of a 14-month investigation.
Police say some of the people charged were making as much as 3-thousand dollars a day selling crack.
They could face a penalty ranging from 5 to 40 years in prison.
(------------)


[E-Missing-Woman]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-21 16:00]
[GRAPHIC=Pulley $50,000 Reward]


The reward is up to 50-thousand dollars for the safe return of a missing Pittsylvania County woman.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Thirty-seven year old Patty Jo Pulley disappeared almost five days ago.
[SUPER=03-Caswell Co., NC/Tuesday]


Her truck was found Saturday across the state line in North Carolina.
Police are continuing to search the area for Pulley, but so far they say they've uncovered few leads.
There's also a 10-thousand dollar reward for information on her whereabouts.
(------------)


[E-Racetrack-Folo]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-13 1:05:38]
[GRAPHIC=Horse Racing]


The Virginia Racing Commission has ordered a full scale review of the state's only parimutuel horse racing track.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New Kent Co./File Tape]


Commission members say they have very serious concerns about Colonial Downs' attitude toward live horse racing in the Commonwealth.
The Commission held off yesterday on sanctions against the track.
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


That was to allow time for a contract to be mediated between Colonial Downs and the horsemen's association.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 14:18:18]
[IN Q=That is ]

((ROBIN TRAYWICK-WILLIAMS/VIRGINIA RACING COMMISSION: THAT IS EVERYONE'S GOAL, TO HAVE SUCCESSFUL LIVE RACING. AND WE'RE CERTAINLY HOPEFUL THAT MR. SCHOENEFIELD CAN MEDIATE THAT AGREEMENT. PERHAPS THEY WILL REACH AN AGREEMENT ON THEIR OWN IN THE MEANTIME. SO WE'RE WILLING TO GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO DO THAT, WITH THESE VERY SERIOUS SANCTIONS HANGING OVER THEIR HEAD. Would you call that a last chance? IT'S A PRETTY SERIOUS SANCTION FOR A PRETTY SERIOUS PROBLEM.))
[sot 14:24:12]

((IAN STEWART/COLONIAL DOWNS: I THINK THAT RACING IN VIRGINIA CAN WORK...GROWING PAINS.))
[SUPER=01-Robin Traywick Williams/Virginia Racing Commission; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ian Stewart/Colonial Downs; :34]
[RUNS=:38]
[OUT Q=growing pains.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Colonial Downs says it can only offer as many days of live racing in New Kent County as it can fund through its four off track betting parlors around the state.
No date's been set yet for the review of Colonial Downs' license to operate.
(------------)


[1-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In sports,
The N-C-Double-A softball tournament strikes Salem today.
Mike Stevens has more.
Good Morning Mike.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Howdy Folks 22:01]
[RUNS=2:02]
[OUT Q=THis morning 2:24:21]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(Melanie ad lib toss to Kimberly/Wx)


[One-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M99-2]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]



[On Record]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]


This October 16 kids from across the United States will be featured in a calander called "KidHero 2000" sponsored by Sears.
They were chosen based on their acts of kindness and ability to influence positive change in their community.
16 Year old Ashleigh Drysdale is one of them.
After suffering 4 years of abuse at the hand of her biological mother, in 1994 she was fortunate enough to find a new home and a new life.
But that doesn't mean she has forgotten her past, and in 1996 she had the opportunity to make her voice heard all the way to capitol hill.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I got a chance]
[SUPER=07-Ashleigh Drysdale; :00]
[SUPER=04-1996; :40]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg; 1:16;]
[RUNS=2:30]
[OUT Q=love them unconditionally]


[Steve Live]
(I'll call for board)

[essc8700]

(Steve tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM] ((Archive: sears child abuse calander))

[E-Zoo-Overnight]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-22 36:15]
[GRAPHIC=Mill Mtn. Zoo]


When selecting a site for a summer camp-out, most people would rather not pitch their tent in the middle of a bunch of wild animals.
But that's exactly what they'll be doing on Mill Mountain this summer.
Eric Earnhart has details.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=It puts a visit to]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-David Jobe/Program Specialist; :12]
[SUPER=@Eric1; :37]
[RUNS=1:23]
[OUT Q=EE, News 7]

(( It puts a visit to the zoo in a whole new light... As the sun goes down... Program Specialist David Jobe says things begin to change here.

[SOT 07:10:26]
[IN Q=we are open ten to]

(( DAVID JOBE/PROGRAM SPECIALISTS; WE ARE OPEN TEN TO FIVE, WHICH IS DURING THE DAY BUT A GOOD NUMBER OF OUR ANIMALS ARE MORE ACTIVE DURING THE NIGHT SO TO INTRODUCE THE RESIDENTS OF ROANOKE TO THE NIGHT TIME LIFE OF ANIMALS, WE DECIDED TO START A NEW PROGRAM CALLED "NICHE AT NIGHT". ))
[RUNS= 13]
[OUT Q=nich at night]


[standup] This little guy is a good example. If you've visited the zoo during the day, the Red Panda is probably asleep. It's just about sundown here now, his eyes are open and he's ready to play.

And he's not alone, a number of animals are at their best in the dark... So from April through October, parents and children can bring a tent, camp out with the night creatures, and learn a few things.

[SOT 07:10:43]
[IN Q=we talk a lot ]

(( DAVID JOBE/PROGRAM SPECIALISTS; WE TALK A LOT ABOUT NOCTURNAL ANIMALS AND THE ANIMALS THAT ARE OUT DURING THE NIGHT, THE KIDS COME UP AND THEY DO CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES RELATED TO WHAT IT'S LIKE TO LIVE AFTER DARK. THE SENSES THAT YOU NEED AND THE ADAPTATIONS THAT YOU NEED IN ORDER TO SURVIVE DURING THE NIGHT))
[RUNS= 14]
[OUT Q=survive during the night]



Jobe himself is developing some new nocturnal habits, hosting an animal chat on AOL every Wednesday night at seven o'clock...
But while you can learn a lot on the internet,nothing compares to standing eye-to-eye with a tiger at sunset.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))

[E-Kroger]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-25 14:36]
[GRAPHIC=Kroger Opening Day]


Is it really a better way to shop?
That's what customers at new stores will decide when they go Krogering.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Kroger opened four new stores yesterday inside old Harris Teeter stores... including two in the Roanoke area.
The big Brambleton Avenue store looks a lot like it used to.
Kroger employees pledged to go out of their way to make loyal Harris Teeter shoppers feel like they're at home.
A total of nine former Harris Teeters will reopen as Kroger by the end of the week.
(------------)


[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]


In medical news, foreign travelers are coming down with some tough to kill illneses-- and eating meat may be to blame.
Mika Brzezinski has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Mika Brzezinski/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:14]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

(( AMERICANS TRAVELING ABROAD COULD BE COMING HOME WITH HARD TO TREAT ILLNESSES.
VT=VO

((vo))
FOR THE FIRST TIME, A STUDY HAS LINKED THE GROWING PROBLEM OF HIGHLY-RESISTANT BACTERIA.. TO FOREIGN TRAVEL.
ACCORDING TO A REPORT IN TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE...
TOURISTS WHO ATE MEAT TREATED WITH ANTIBIOTICS CALLED QUINOLONES.. WERE MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP BACTERIAL INFECTIONS THAT ARE DRUG-RESISTANT.
AND RESEARCHERS SAY THE USE OF ANTIBIOTICS IN CHICKENS.. RIGHT HERE IN THE U-S.. IS ONLY ADDING TO THE PROBLEM.//
VT=VO

((vo))
THE PENTAGON SAYS STRESS APPEARS TO BE PLAYING A ROLE IN THE UNEXPLAINED ILLNESSES SUFFERED BY GULF WAR VETERANS.
THOUSANDS OF EX-SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN HAVE COMPLAINED OF SYMPTOMS RANGING FROM FATIGUE AND JOINT PAIN.. TO MEMORY LOSS.
SO FAR, AN OFFICIAL CAUSE HAS NOT BEEN FOUND...
BUT A PENTAGON-COMMISSIONED STUDY HAS CONCLUDED THERE IS A MODEST LINK BETWEEN STRESS EXPOSURE AND THESE POST-WAR MALADIES.//
VT=VO

((vo))
A STUDY FINDS THAT EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENTS COST LITTLE MORE THAN STANDARD CARE-- EVEN THOUGH MOST INSURERS SEEM TO THINK OTHERWISE.
RESEARCHERS SAY EXPERIMENTAL THERAPIES ON AVERAGE.. COST ABOUT 250-DOLLARS MORE A MONTH.
BUT MOST HEALTH PLANS STILL REFUSE TO PAY FOR THESE NON-CONVENTIONAL METHODS.//
AND THAT IS A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M MIKA BRZEZINSKI, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

(ad lib to weather)


[Two-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#NONE]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[On Record]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]



(I'll call for board)

[essc8700]

[Double Boxes=KMC & SPA]
(toss to Kimberly)

[2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=Mel/Kmc]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A Florida woman is dead, after a court allowed her to disconnect the ventilator that kept her alive. But for her family, the ordeal continues.
Georgette Smith's mother is already charged with shooting her -- and now she may be charged with murder.
Before her death, Smith gave prosecutors a videotaped deposition from her hospital bed.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


Serb media reports NATO bombs overnight hit Belgrade and its suburbs.
Reports say a hospital was hit and at least three people are dead.
Meantime, Russia's envoy to the Kosovo conflict says there has been ``a step forward'' in negotiations with Yugoslavia.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And a Blacksburg teenager who was rescued from the New River tells her story.
18-year old Jennie Preston will never know the man who saved her.
26 year old Jimmy Gilmore died rescueing her, but Preston says she will never forget the man she calls a hero.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Thursday May 20.
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[Daughter-murder]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Right to Die]


A Florida woman who asked to have her life support removed is dead this morning -- and her mother may now be charged with murder.
Cathy Moss reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[4:05:39]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Orlando, FL;]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Schultz/Lucerne Medical Center;]
[SUPER=01-Candace Smith/Smith's Daughter;]
[SUPER=01-Cathy Moss/Reporting;]
[RUNS=1:32]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS, ORLANDO]

((IT IS A CASE THAT BECOMES MORE COMPLICATED WITH EACH PASSING CHAPTER... 42-YEAR OLD GEORGETTE SMITH ... PARALYZED FOR THE LAST TWO MONTHS UNABLE TO WALK, EAT... OR BREATH ON HER OWN... MADE THE ONE DECISION SHE COULD-- TO HAVE HER VENTILATOR TURNED OFF.
SOT: LISA SCHULTZ /LUCERNE MEDICAL CENTER SPOKESPERSON

SMITH'S DECISION WAS CARRIED OUT -- ONLY AFTER A JUDGE APPROVED IT-- HAVING MET SMITH AND HER DAUGHTERS AND DECIDED SHE ALONE COULD DECIDE IF SHE LIVED OR DIED.
SOT: SCHULTZ

THIS ENTIRE PROCESS HAS BEEN DIFFICULT...OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THE SMITH FAMILY.
SOT:

CANDACE SMITH'S GRANDMOTHER-- GEORGETTE SMITH'S MOTHER IS ACCUSED OF SHOOTING HER DAUGHTER.... ALLEGEDLY AFTER OVERHEARING SMITH DISCUSSING PLANS TO PUT HER IN A NURSING HOME. NOW-- PROSECUTORS SAY THEY ARE LIKELY TO CHARGE 68-YEAR OLD SHIRLEY EGAN WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER. A VIDEOTAPED DEPOSITION BY HER DAUGHTER -- BEFORE THE VENTILATOR WAS TURNED OFF-- WILL BE AMONG THE EVIDENCE AGAINST EGAN-- IN A DIFFICULT CASE THAT WILL PIT A MOTHER'S ANGER AGAINST HER DAUGHTER'S RIGHT-TO-DIE.))

[2-KOSOVO]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=MORN]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Serbia Under Attack]


NATO jets have again been pounding Belgrade and its suburbs.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Belgrade, Yugoslavia;]

[4:01:34]
And a hospital is apparently among the sites that were hit.
Yugoslavia's state-run news agency says an operating room was demolished -- and rescuers have been evacuating infants and pregnant women from the maternity ward.
At least three people are reported dead.
Meanwhile, Russia's envoy to the Kosovo conflict says there has been ``a step forward'' in negotiations with Yugoslavia.
President Slobodan Milosevic has accepted the principles of a Kosovo peace plan, but demands that the U-N take part in negotiations.
(------------)


[E-Roanoke-Soldier]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=99-18 19:37]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The assignment is Albania for one Roanoke soldier.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Albania/U. S. Army Video]


And from the looks of things there, her biggest enemy may be mud.
The Army distributed video from the base near Tirana (Ti-RAH-na), in western Albania.
The soldiers are supporting Apache attack helicopters and artillery rocket systems to be deployed against Serbia.


Specialist Christel Key of Roanoke is among the American troops on this muddy mission
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="I wish..]
[SUPER=01-Spec. Christel Key/Army Cook]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=...all the mud."]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Specialist Key is a cook for the Fifth Corps, which has helped build this camp from what was an empty field a month ago.
(------------)


[E-Drowning-Follow]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#=99-11 1:04:16]
[GRAPHIC=River Survivor]


The Blacksburg high school student who nearly drowned in the New River spoke publicly about the man she will always consider a hero.
Jimmy Gilmore lost his life trying to save her.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=18- year old]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./Monday; :08]
[SUPER=07-Jennie Preston; :30]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. D. W. Bolejack/Montgomery Co. Sheriff's Dept.; 1:11]
[SUPER=@Teresa2; 1:25]
[RUNS=1:34]
[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.]

(( 18- year old Jennie Preston and her friends never knew Jimmy Gilmore or his friends, prior to hanging out Monday afternoon at McCoy Falls.
But it's unlikely she'll ever forget any of them.
She says they were all sitting on the edge of the water talking when several people suggested venturing out to the falls.
When Preston mentioned she couldn't swim-- she says Gilmore offered to give her a piggyback.
But once they entered the river Gilmore slipped.
At first, nothing seemed wrong as the two looked for her sandal.
[sot 13:23:40]
[in q=It was ]

((JENNIE PRESTON: IT WAS ONLY UP TO MY KNEES AND IT JUST CAME AND IT TOOK ME AWAY AND THE RAPIDS WAS GOING SO FAST AND HE HAD HIS ARMS OUT TRYING TO GET ME BUT I WAS GOING SO FAST AND THEN OUR HANDS WERE JUST THIS FAR APART, WE COULD ALMOST TOUCH, AND I WAS JUST GOING SO FAST AND A HUGE WAVE CAME OVER.))
[OUT Q=came over.]
[runs= 20]


In a matter of seconds-- Preston and Gilmore had completely separated.
And, while several men would eventually pull Preston out of the river.
It was too late for bystanders to reach Gilmore-- who friends say was good swimmer.
Sgt. David Bolejack says folks need to realize the danger.
[sot 13:43:35]
[in q=Any water]

((SGT. D. W. BOLEJACK/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF'S DPT.: ANY BODY OF WATER YOU HAVE TO RESPECT IT AND BE AWARE THAT SINK HOLES CAN BE A HAZARD, BE AWARE OF THE WATER YOU'RE IN.))
[OUT Q=you're in.]
[RUNS= 10]


It's a lesson-- Preston says she hopes everyone takes to heart.
A memorial fund has been established for Jimmy Gilmore-- at the First National Bank of Christiansburg.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))

[2-E-Missing-Woman]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-21 16:00]
[GRAPHIC=Pulley $50,000 Reward]


The reward is up to 50-thousand dollars for the safe return of a missing Pittsylvania County woman.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Thirty-seven year old Patty Jo Pulley disappeared almost five days ago.
[SUPER=03-Caswell Co., NC/Tuesday]


Her truck was found Saturday across the state line in North Carolina.
Police are continuing to search the area for Pulley, but so far they say they've uncovered few leads.
There's also a 10-thousand dollar reward for information on her whereabouts.
(------------)


[Three-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M99-2]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[On Record]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]


Earlier this morning I introduced you to Ashleigh Drysdale.
The 16 year old is one of only 16 kids who will be featured in a national calander put out by Sears honoring young people who influence positive change in their community.
After 4 years of abuse from her biological mother Asleigh moved in with the Whitts.
Since then her life has turned 180 degrees.
The Christiansburg High Junior hopes that by continuing to speak out about child abuse others will see that life can become good again.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I had a really good]
[SUPER=07-Ashleigh Drysdale; :00]
[SUPER=07-Karen Whitt; :42]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg; 1:56]
[RUNS=3:12]
[OUT Q=Figure out what to do]


[Steve Live]
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[essc8700]

[double Boxes=SPA & MEL]
(toss to Melanie)



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]
(ad lib toss to bump)

[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive: child abuse sears calander))

[Teen-graduation]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


President and Mrs. Clinton will be in Littleton, Colorado today.
It will be the one month anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High.
The president plans to meet with students and their families privately, before delivering a speech to the entire community.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Piscataway, NJ;]

[4:20:53]
Meantime, it's graduation time at Rutgers University.
Among the more than 10-thousand graduating students is a fifteen year old boy who is graduating with double major in Mathematics and Computer Science.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((SARKUNI (PARAPHRASE) 'ACTUALLY PEOPLE ONLY BEGAN TO NOTICE WHEN I WAS IN THEIR CALCULUS CLASS AND I WAS ELEVEN...BUT IT WAS IN A NICE, FRIENDLY WAY ... IT WAS A PLEASANT SHOCK...AND THEN THEY'D GET USED TO IT. NOW THEY PROBABLY DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW YOUNG I AM ... I'M TALL ... 6'3".'))
[SUPER=01-Sehrope Sarkuni/Graduated College At 15;]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=I am tall, 6'3".]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Sehrope is not, however, the youngest to graduate from Rutgers - his brother Hannes became the university's youngest alumnus in 1996 when he graduated at the age of 14.
(------------)


[2-E-Zoo-Overnight]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-22 36:15]
[GRAPHIC=Mill Mtn. Zoo]


People generally try to steer clear of wild animals while camping.
But a new program at the Mill Mountain Zoo is all about camping out and getting up close and personal with night animals.
Eric Earnhart has details.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=It puts a visit to]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-David Jobe/Program Specialist; :12]
[SUPER=@Eric1; :37]
[RUNS=1:23]
[OUT Q=EE, News 7]

(( It puts a visit to the zoo in a whole new light... As the sun goes down... Program Specialist David Jobe says things begin to change here.

[SOT 07:10:26]
[IN Q=we are open ten to]

(( DAVID JOBE/PROGRAM SPECIALISTS; WE ARE OPEN TEN TO FIVE, WHICH IS DURING THE DAY BUT A GOOD NUMBER OF OUR ANIMALS ARE MORE ACTIVE DURING THE NIGHT SO TO INTRODUCE THE RESIDENTS OF ROANOKE TO THE NIGHT TIME LIFE OF ANIMALS, WE DECIDED TO START A NEW PROGRAM CALLED "NICHE AT NIGHT". ))
[RUNS= 13]
[OUT Q=nich at night]


[standup] This little guy is a good example. If you've visited the zoo during the day, the Red Panda is probably asleep. It's just about sundown here now, his eyes are open and he's ready to play.

And he's not alone, a number of animals are at their best in the dark... So from April through October, parents and children can bring a tent, camp out with the night creatures, and learn a few things.

[SOT 07:10:43]
[IN Q=we talk a lot ]

(( DAVID JOBE/PROGRAM SPECIALISTS; WE TALK A LOT ABOUT NOCTURNAL ANIMALS AND THE ANIMALS THAT ARE OUT DURING THE NIGHT, THE KIDS COME UP AND THEY DO CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES RELATED TO WHAT IT'S LIKE TO LIVE AFTER DARK. THE SENSES THAT YOU NEED AND THE ADAPTATIONS THAT YOU NEED IN ORDER TO SURVIVE DURING THE NIGHT))
[RUNS= 14]
[OUT Q=survive during the night]



Jobe himself is developing some new nocturnal habits, hosting an animal chat on AOL every Wednesday night at seven o'clock...
But while you can learn a lot on the internet,nothing compares to standing eye-to-eye with a tiger at sunset.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))

[3-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In sports, the Avalanche struck out against the Lynchburg Hillcats in Carolina League baseball last night.
Mike Stevens has the details.
Good Morning Mike.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q= Carolina League ]
[RUNS=1:38]
[OUT Q= Take care ]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(weather toss)

[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Mel/Kmc]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


There's now a 50-thousand dollars reward for the safe return of a missing Henry County woman.
Thirty-seven year old Patty Jo Pulley disappeared almost five days ago.
Her truck was found Saturday across the state line in North Carolina.
Police are continuing to search the area for Pulley, but so far they say they've uncovered few leads.
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It's the biggest drug crackdown in Martinsville and Henry County in years.
64 people were indicted on drug charges, including selling crack cocaine and marijuana.
The arrests are the result of a 14-month investigation.
Police say some of the people charged were making as much as 3-thousand dollars a day selling crack.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The Virginia Racing Commission has ordered a full scale review of the state's only parimutuel horse racing track.
Commission members say they have very serious concerns about Colonial Downs' attitude toward live horse racing in the Commonwealth.
The Commission held off today on sanctions against the track.
That was to allow time for a contract to be mediated between Colonial Downs and the horsemen's association.
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