[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Serb forces have until today to meet their first deadline for troop withdrawal from kosovo.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And a critical vote in Danville on school improvements.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[SS=None]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Danville-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=News-7 at Noon]


Danville residents are voting on a mutli-million dollar school bond issue.
The polls opened early this morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/Last Week;]


The 18-point- four million dollar bond would go toward air conditioning and replace old windows at seven schools.

I would also pay for the construction of a new elementary school.
Some critics say that taxpayers should be able approve the work as it's being done instead of up front.
But school officials say taxpayers will only see a slight increase in their real estate taxes that will pay other dividends for Danville-- like increased business and industry.
Polls close at seven p-m.
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[E-Pitts-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-14 1:26:19]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]


Still no leads in yesterday's double shooting in Pittsylvania County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.; ]


Deputies believe the incident began yesterday afternoon as an argument outside some homes in Blairs.
47-year old David Motley was outside when he was shot in the chest, arm and leg.
Deputies say his uncle, RALPH Motley, was inside his home when a bullet hit him in the ankle.
Both men have been released from the hospital.
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[kOSOVO]


[ANCHOR=MELANIE ]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Serbia Peace Plan]


NATO keeps warning Kosovar refugees it's not safe to go home yet, and today the tragic proof.
Two refugees were killed by a land mine and another critically injured as they crossed back into Kosovo from Macedonia.
Elsewhere in Kosovo, Dutch peackeepers have discovered another mass grave, containing the bodies of some 150 men.


But so far Serb troops appear to be sticking to their pullout timetable.
NATO says they'll be out of zone one in SOUTHERN kosovo by midnight.
Kimberly Dozier reports from the Kosovo capital of Pristina.
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[10:01:45]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Kimberly Dozier/Reporting; :00]
[SUPER=03-Pristina, Kosovo; Hot Change]
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[OUT Q=cbs news, pristina, kosovo.]



[KOREA-conflict]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The White House is closely monitoring today's action between North and South Korea in the Yellow Sea.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]


South Korean Military officials they had no choice but to fight back after a northern torpedo boat opened fire.
The South managed to sink one vessel and badly damage another during a ten-minute clash.
Northern fire hit two boats from South Korea, but failed to disable them.
At the heart of the dispute is a vital fishing area in waters between the north and the South.
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[Pope-sick]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=John Paul II]


Pope John Paul has fallen ill, forcing him to cancel all events on day eleven of his tour his native Poland.
The Vatican says the pope's flu is likely connected with a viral flu-like symptoms.
Jesse Schulman has the details.
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[9:11:19]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Sosnowiec, Poland/Monday; :00]
[SUPER=03-Krakow, Poland; :10]
[SUPER=01-Joaquin Navarro-Valls/Papal Spokesman; :23]
[SUPER=01-Jesse Schulman/Reporting; :37]
[RUNS=:47]
[OUT Q=cbs news, London]

[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


As one civil rights leader in honored in Washington today, an attempt to honor another here in Roanoke is stirring controversy.
That's still ahead on NEws-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And we got a little rain overnight, but will is be enough ensure a good tobacco crop?
We'll find out more when News 7 at Noon returns.
Right now, let's talk to Patrick Evans to see if any more showers are on the way.
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[Talent=Patrick]

[Wx-Tease] [Weatherpro] [music up full] [comm1]

[Rosa-Parks]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST= noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


President Clinton today presents Civil Rights pioneer Rosa Parks with the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian medal.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]

[7:22:17]
In 19-55, Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus to a white man.
Her arrest led to a year-long bus boycott led by the Reverend Martin Luther King.
Those events are widely regarded as the start of the modern civil rights movement.
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[E-Orange-Avenue]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-16 1:05:50]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Meanwhile, an effort to honor another civil rights leader by changing the name of Roanoke's Orange Avenue is causing controversy.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The Southern Christian Leadership Conference wants to rename the road after Martin Luther King, Junior.
But the owner of one business wrote a letter to the city, saying he would have to move his business if the road's name changed.
He said naming it after King would give his business the perception that it's located in a black neighborhood.
The S-C-L-C called him a racist.
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[SOT 28:19 tape 2 ///// 2:36:41 tape 1]
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[IN Q=you would think]

((JEFF ARTIS/SCLC: YOU WOULD THINK THAT AS WE ENTER INTO THE 21ST CENTURY THAT THIS TYPE OF MENTALITY WOULD BE NON EXISTENT IN A COLOR-BLIND SOCIETY. BUT OBVIOUSLY THE GENTLEMAN IS A RACIST. PURE AND SIMPLE ///////// MATT WHITCOMB: THEY CAN CALL ME WHAT THEY LIKE. IT DOESN'T BOTHER ME A BIT. Scott Goldberg: ARE YOU RACIST? Whitcomb: I HAVE THE SAME RESPECT FOR BLACK AS WHITE AND I HAVE A FAIR NUMBER OF BLACK CLIENTLE JUST LIKE I DO WHITE.))
[SUPER=01-Jeff Artis/SCLC Vice President; 00]
[SUPER=01-Matt Whitcomb/ACS President; 16]
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[OUT Q= LIKE I DO WHITE]
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[VO-NAT]


City Council votes on the name change later this summer.
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[E-Celebrity-Stalkers]


[ANCHOR=MElanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-21 37:03]
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For eight years, few outside the walls of Western State Hospital have known about it.
NEWS 7 has the first look at a one-of-a-kind program to treat people who stalk celebrities.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Staunton;]


They've either lived in Virginia and stalked the first family... or they've stalked a Virginia governor or a celebrity who lives in Virgnia.
Eight deeply delusional people have been on the ward at Western State that they call "the Followers Program."
It's the brainchild of the Virginia Capitol Police, who help protect the governor, intercept his weird mail, and found themselves imprisoning the mentally ill instead of helping them.
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[SOT tape TWO 12:19:37 ]
[IN Q=The same]

((DR. GREG SAATHOFF/WESTERN STATE HOSPITAL: THE SAME KIND OF MAGNETISM THAT MIGHT CAUSE PEOPLE TO GO OUT TO THE POLLS MAY ALSO CAUSE SOME INDIVIDUALS IN THE COMMUNITY WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM A MENTAL ILLNESS TO BECOME ROMANTICALLY ATTACHED.)) ((MIKE JONES/VIRGINIA CAPITOL POLICE: THEY'RE SENDING WORN UNDERGARMENTS... HATS, GLOVES, SOCKS. YOU NAME IT. THERE'S NO RHYME OR REASON.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Greg Saathoff/Western State Hospital; :00 ]
[SUPER=01-Lt. Mike Jones/Virginia Capitol Police; :20]
[RUNS=:31]
[OUT Q=rhyme or reason.]
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[VO-NAT]


The FBI and the Secret Service are now looking at what Virginia's learned about celebrity stalkers and how to treat them.
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[Testing]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-24 TC37:07]
[GRAPHIC=Standards of Learning]


Students and schools are crunching the numbers on the second set of Standards of Learning tests
The early results are encouraging.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


School systems are waiting for official results from the independent testing company.
In the meantime they're performing their own calculations... and the news is good.
Roanoke School Superintendent Wayne Harris reports dramatic improvements in a number of areas, including the end- of- course testing.
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[SOT 02:18:25]
[IN Q=On five or six of those tests]

((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: ON FIVE OR SIX OF THOSE TESTS, 70 PERCENT OR MORE OF THE STUDENTS SCORED AT LEAST PROFICIENT OR HIGHER. THAT COMPARES TO NO TESTS LAST YEAR, WHERE WE HAD 70 PERCENT OR MORE PASS. THAT'S EXCITING.))
[SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke School Superintendent;]
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[OUT Q=that's exciting.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Other school systems are reporting similar results. With a few exceptions, Roanoke County and the City of Salem are reporting substantial improvement across the board.

[E-Drought-Tobacco]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-20 TC35:13]
[GRAPHIC=Tobacco]


Southside tobacco farmers are still feeling the heat from last week's record temperatures.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


Tobacco growers like Bobby Wilkerson say it hasn't reached a crisis point yet, but they need rain in the next week to 10 days to get good crops.
The dry weather has actually HELPED farmers in the last few weeks, forcing the tobacco plants' roots to grow deeper in search of moisture.
Now, farmers say, all they need is a strong rain to ensure a good crop.
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[S-Treatment-Plant]


[ANCHOR=MElanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-22 TC58:21]
[GRAPHIC=Water Supply]


Lack of water will no longer be a problem for residents of a Bedford County subdivision near Smith Mountain Lake.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


The county yesterday dedicated a new water filtration plant.. the first of its kind in the state.
The plant will draw water from nearby Smith Mountain Lake, filter and clean it, and then release it to the nearby homes.
Residents there HAD been trucking in water for the last fifteen years because their own wells were inadequate.
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[S-Franklin-Project]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-12 TC1:50:29]
[GRAPHIC=New Jobs]


300 undeveloped acres in Franklin County may soon sprout jobs, thanks to a new water system.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


The new water tank can hold half a million gallons of water, enough to feed a thousand jobs in the surrounding industrial park.
Now -- the goal is to attract those companies.
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[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A-E-P is trying to make their powerlines friendlier places for wildlife.
That's the next story on NEws-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And we'll find out why the Australian Navy is actually happy about the destruction of one of their destroyers.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]


[E-AEP-Wildlife]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jbi]
[TAPE#=99-13 1:48:59]
[GRAPHIC=AEP]

American Electric Power hopes tough bargaining won't be needed ... to encourage wildlife growth on lands crossed by its power lines.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Buchanan]

Farmer and quail hunter Jack Spigle (spee-gull) owns lands cut in half by electric lines and he thinks the power company has the right idea.
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[SOT tc 15:16:27]
[IN Q=It's a]

((JACK SPIGLE/ LANDOWNER: IT'S A WONDERFUL THING. I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT WHAT THESE FOLKS ARE DOING FOR OR CAN DO AND WILL DO FOR THE PRIVATE LANDOWNER.))
[SUPER=01-Jack Spigle/ Landowner]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=landowner.]
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[VO-NAT]

He is working with A-E-P and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to develop his land as a Quail habitat. A-E-P is paying him three-hundred dollars an acre in return for developing the land they used to maintain. The partnership sees Spigle as just the beginning--they hope to work with more area landowners to create habitats supporting wildlife.
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[Battleship-blowup]


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


The Australian navy has sought to silence critics of its controversial submarine project by blowing up an old warship for practice.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Near Perth, Australia;]


This is just released navy footage of the torpedoing of a decommissioned 3-thousand ton destroyer by one of Australia's new Collins class submarines.
The navy said the trial proved that the combat systems of the Collins class were effective beyond any doubt.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE# none]
[GRAPHIC=stocks]


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 97 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Coming up in sports--
The Avalanche bring home the bacon with a win over the Winston-Salem Warthogs--
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[VO-NAT ]


And the goals are high for some area soccer teams--
One is ranked nationally--
And two others take their game to the international stage--
That and more coming up after the break--
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[COMM BREAK #3]


[S-Avs]


[ANCHOR=pev]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-29]
[GRAPHIC=Avalanche]


The Salem Avalanche were cookin' late last night, knocking in the game winner in their last at-bat.
Salem beat the Winston-Salem Warthogs 2-1.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Warthogs vs. Avalanche; ;00]


It was a perfect night for America's favorite past time as fans came out to cheer on their Avalanche.
In the top of the third inning, the Hogs draw first blood. Chris Heinz gets all of
[SUPER=34-Salem/2/Winston-Salem/1;]

this Ryan Price pitch, sending it over the left field wall to make the count 1-nothing Winston Salem.
The Av's answered with the sacrifice fly off the bat of Rogelio Arias, he plates Bryan Keck from third base.
John Lindsey homers to end the game and Salem takes home the win.
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[S-MLB]


[ANCHOR=pev]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-35]
[GRAPHIC=MLB]


Major League Baseball action continued last night, but many players, managers and fans have been thinking about Hosuton Astros manager Larry Dierker.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Houston, TX/TBS; :00]


His jersey hung in the Astros dugout for the Houston/Atlanta game.
Dierker is undergoing brain surgery to remove a blood vessel mass that caused his seizure during a game Sunday.
The Braves remained focused on the job at hand and in the top of the second, Javier Lopez blasts this shot out of the yard, a solo homer to close Houston's lead to 2-1.
But Craig Biggio answers in the bottom of the 4th with this chopper to left to bring in one run.
Houston goes on to win by the score of--10 to four.
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[S-Manager]


[ANCHOR=pev]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-44]
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Houston, TX; :00]


Dierker (DUR'-kur) collapsed Sunday evening, as we said earlier, in the 8th inning.
He is undergoing brain surgery to remove a mass of malformed blood vessels that caused his seizure.
He is 52 years old
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[SOT]
[IN Q="he]
[SUPER=01-Gerry Hunsicker/Astros General Manager; :00]
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[OUT Q=....for it"]
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[Seth]


[ANCHOR=pev]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=nte]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Former U-V-A pitcher Seth Greisinger will undergo surgery on his pitching elbow today and miss the rest of the season.
The Detroit Tigers hurler has been on the disabled list since April first with a sprained ligament in his right elbow--
Greisinger was the Tiger's first-round draft pick in June of 1996.

[S-Rhythm]


[ANCHOR=pev]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=SMA]
[TAPE#=SP-33 tc 1:36:43]
[GRAPHIC=Sampson]


Former UVA and NBA star Ralph Sampson, now the G.M. and executive Vice President of the new International Basketball League Richmond Rhythm will announce his new coach today.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=right now]

((RALPH SAMPSON/RHYTHM GENERAL MANAGER:))
[SUPER=01-Ralph Sampson/Rhythm General Manager; :00]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=years of experience]
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[Anchor=Patrick]
[ss=hold]


The new league has 10 teams for its inaugral season.
64 games will be played the first year starting this fall.
Richmond will hold a pre-draft camp this Thursday through Sunday.
You can get more information on the Rhythm and the new IBL by looking in the sports section of our Web page.
That address is WDBJ-7-dot-com.

[S-Blacksburg]


[ANCHOR=pev]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-42 1:10:39]
[GRAPHIC=soccer]


The state champion Blacksburg Indians are bursting onto the national soccer scene.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Group 2A State Championship; :00]


In yesterday's national Soccer Coaches of America final poll, the Indians are ranked 15th in the nation as voted on by the coaches.
Blacksburg is one of only two teams in the top 20 without a loss on the season and joins triple A state champion C-D Hylton as the two Virginia schools in the poll.
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[S-Soccer]


[ANCHOR=pev]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-38 tc 1:08:58]


[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Meanwhile, the Roanoke Stars soccer program is going international.
This U-14 team leaves July 15th on a trip to Denmark, Germany, and Sweden.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=we're taking]
[SUPER=01-Lang Wedemyer/U-14 Coach;]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=in the world]
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[VO-NAT]


From there the team travels to Denmark for the Brom-Bee Cup.
The girls are sure to get a taste of different cultures and see soccer in a new light.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I've never]
[SUPER=01-Clair VanBuren/Soccer Player;]
[RUNS=07]
[OUT Q=from different countries]
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[vo-nat] (-----------------------) The Roanoke Stars U-15 boys team is going as well.