[7E-Miss-Virginia]

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The preliminary competition for the Miss Virginia Scholorship pageant got underway last night at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Joy Sutton has the story.
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(( 26 young women from all around Virginia made their stage debuts.
Each one hoping to capture the judges eyes and take home the title of Miss Virginia.
And the pageant had an extra special touch this year...the Miss Virginia Men. They danced along side the girls...and showed off their physiques with the contestants during the swimsuit competition.
Pageant Director Hugh Copeland says adding the men is something he knew the audience and girls would like.
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((HUGH COPELAND/PAGEANT DIRECTOR:I JUST THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GOOD CONCEPT..IN ADDITION TO HAVING ALL THE BEAUTIFUL CONTESTANTS ON STAGE TO HAVE THE MALE ASPECT OF DANCERS AND SINGERS TO SUPPORT THAT AND MAKE IT A TOTAL IMAGE..AND AT THE SAME TIME NOT HAVE FEMALE DANCER TO COMPETE WITH THE BEAUTY OF THE CONTESTANTS)) [RUNS 14]
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((NAT SOUND: MARY CATHERINE SINGING)) [RUNS 5]
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For contestant Mary Catherine...Miss Apple Blossom Festival...this is her last chance to take home the crown.
This is her third time competing...in 1997 she made the top ten...in 1998 she won third runner-up.
And she is hoping the third time is a charm.
Catherine says a bubble gum fortune she opened when was 12...told her she was destined to be Miss America.
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((MARY CATHERINE/CONTESTANT:ONE PARTICULAR WRAPPER I GOT SAID SOMEDAY YOU WILL BE MISS AMERICA...THIS IS A TRUE STORY..AND I STILL HAVE IT. I WORE IT IN MY SHOE IN MY INTERVIEW.)) [RUNS 8]
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But it will take more than luck to win...
The contestants must shine in stage...and show they have what it takes to represent the state of Virginia.
Joy Sutton, News-7, Roanoke.))

[7E-State-Boards]


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Governor Gilmore says there's no room for racism in his administration, despite recent complaints of racial bias on some appointed state boards.
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The complaints have come from Gerald Glenn, Director of Virginia's Department of Juvenile Justice following a dispute with board members, and from Reverend Rufus Adkins after the Corrections Board elected an all- white slate of officers.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE'RE NOT GOING TO PERMIT ANY TYPE OF RACIAL BIAS IN THIS ADMINISTRATION, AND I DON'T THINK WE'RE SEEING ANY. MY GOAL OF MY ADMINISTRATION IS TO BE INCLUSIVE, TO BRING PEOPLE IN, MAKE THEM PART OF THE ADMINISTRATION, TO BRING EVERYBODY IN TO THE PUBLIC POLICY PROCESS. PARTICULARLY MEMBERS OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY. WE'RE DOING THAT.))
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Adkins is also a member of the State Social Services Board, but he had no comment today in Roanoke after three white members were elected to leadership positions.
Adkins says he won't speak publicly until he meets with Governor Gilmore's Chief of Staff.
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Taking a look at your Friday forecast... cloudy skies with a 30-percent chance of rain... highs will be in th upper 70's. Chance of rain continues tonight with lows in the low to mid 60's. Your weekend will be starting out with cloudy skies and a chance of rain... highs will remain in the upper 70's to near 80 degrees... lows dropping to the low to mid 50's
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[SUPER=#555;][7BIRTHDAYS!] 6/26/99


Saturday:

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Anniversary:
[SUPER=130-40th/Billy & Dorothy Arndt/Natural Bridge]


7Anniversary:
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[SUPER=130-/Tim Crouse/Dublin]


No Pictures:

[SUPER=131-/Donnie Chitwood/Bassett]



[SUPER=131-/Seth Prillaman/Snow Creek]


Anniversary:
[SUPER=131-/Bill & Sylvia Hodge/Snow Creek]


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[45E-Jefferson-Reunion]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[TAPE#=99-17 1:05:34]
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It's a lucky few who get to enjoy their 70th high school reunion.
But as intern reporter Juliet Bickford found out, 50 members of Jefferson High's class of 19-29 are still full of school spirit.
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[SUPER=01-Ruth Williamson/Reunion Coordinator; :37]
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((YOU'VE FORGOTTEN ME, RUTH. I REMEMBER YOU.))
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They graduated 70 years ago--but they remember their days together well.
Fifty members of the class got together to reminisce over yearbooks, pictures, and newspaper clippings. Some memories stuck out more than others.
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((MILLICENT URQUHART/ CLASS OF 1929: THE TRIP THAT WE TOOK TO LYNCHBURG FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL GAME. THEY HAD A COMPLETE TRAIN OF PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO GO TO THAT GAME.))
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High school days were carefree--"the roaring twenties"--but on the brink of the Great Depression.
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((WE WERE THE LAST OF THE INNOCENTS. WE DIDN'T WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING. WE WERE JUST HAPPY.))
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((JULIET BICKFORD/ REPORTING: A LOT HAS CHANGED OVER THE YEARS--JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL IS NOW USED AS A CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS AMONG OTHER THINGS. BUT THE CLASS OF 1929'S SCHOOL SPIRIT IS STILL VERY MUCH ALIVE.))
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((singing))
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[OUT Q=rah rah, laughing.]

They remembered Roanoke as a smaller--more tight-knit community back in the days when the afterschool hangouts were Guy's soda shop and Hobby's record store. They still feel loyalty to each other and their school.
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(( I'll be loving you always. haha.))
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There were fewer classmates in attendance than at their fiftieth reunion but out of the 268 students that graduated--they think they're doing pretty good. Juliet Bickford. News 7. Roanoke.))

[45E-Hiker-Donor]


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A hike from Georgia all the way to Maine on the Appalachian Trail is a long haul...but 24- year- old Asher Wolf is more than willing to make the trip.
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He's just glad to be around to do it after suffering from Lupus and having a kidney transplant five years ago. Wolf says he's making the six month trek to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation.
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((ASHER WOLF/HIKER: THE THING THAT'S UNBELIEVEABLE TO ME ABOUT ORGAN DONATION IS IT'S COMPLETETLY PREVENTABLE, NOBODY NEEDS TO DIE WAITING FOR AN ORGAN.))
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Wolf passed through Botetourt County yesterday -- he estimates he'll reach the end of the trail by October.
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[45E-Woodson]


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In the wake of the Columbine shootings, a Roanoke high school student thought it would be funny to call in a bomb threat at his school.
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Only Jason Woodson wasn't your typical "call-in the-threat" kind of bomber.
He wasn't a BOMBER at all.
In Juvenile Court yesterday Spanish Teacher Leslie Cleveland testified the incident with Woodson came on the heels of an earlier bomb scare the same day.
She was returning to her classroom with the students, when Woodson asked her: "Has your room blown up, yet?" She indicated it had NOT, and then- -by HER account, Woodson said: "Well, it's going to."
Woodson denies making the second remark.
An hour later the building was evacuated a second time.
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Judge Joe Clarke concluded Woodson was suggesting he had some control over the situation and so the judge said the 16-year old was guilty of making a bomb threat. That's a felony.
The judge postponed a decision on punishment... for two months.

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Taking a break from the news now to check the forecast...
Cloudy today, with a chance of rain and thunderstorms.
Highs in the upper 70s.
A lingering chance of showers overnight with lows in the low to mid 60s...
The five day forecast is calling for the possibility of scattered showers...


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[8E-Kosovo-Refugees]


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Only a few weeks have passed since they were stuffed into tents by the hundreds in refugee camps in Macedonia.
Tonight, two refugee families from Kosovo are at their new homes in Martinsville.
But as Marya Jones reports, they haven't left the memories of violence or their dreams of returning home behind.
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(( Even as Kemail Bela sits in his Martinsville living room, his thoughts are in Kosovo.
He's haunted by two women he and his children saw shot there by Serbs. [NATSOUND: BELA TALKING from 1:06:19] [RUNS :02]
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((HE MANAGED TO CARRY THOSE TWO FEMALES WITH ONE OF HIS FRIENDS ON HIS SHOULDERS FOR 13 HOURS. AND ONE OF THOSE FEMALES WAS PREGNANT. AND BY THE TIME THEY MADE IT TO THE MACEDONIAN BORDER, SHE DIED.)) [RUNS :15]
But getting over the nightmares is just the first obstacle for the Bela family.
All 7 of the children are malnourished from living in camps.
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((QUICK NATSOUND FROM CHILDREN)) [RUNS :02]
Their doctor -- a Kosovo refugee himself -- says 9-year-old Albana broke her arm playing last weekend ...because her bones were weakened by rickets.
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((DR. XAJE HASANAJ: ALL THE SERBIAN AGGRESSION HAS AFFECTED MOSTLY THE CHILDREN. )) [RUNS :05]
The Belas also have to learn English.
They want their children to go to school here.
And they hope to eventually find jobs.
Kemail Bela was a teacher in Kosovo. [1:22:23 - :32] ((DR. XAJE HASANAJ: THEY WILL AGREE TO DO ANYTHING THEY CAN TO BUILD TO SOME DEGREE THEIR HOPES FOR THEIR FUTURE. )) [RUNS :09]
21-year-old Lindita (Hay-RU-lah-hu) Hajrullahu came here with her mother and 5 brothers and sisters.
Her father stayed to fight in the Kosovo Liberation Army.
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She says, "THERE'S NO DOUBT GOING BACK IS ALWAYS IN MY MIND. JUST I HOPE AND PRAY MY FATHER WILL SURVIVE."
Lindita sang in a band in Kosovo.
And she says if she can't go back, her dream is to sing with Bill Clinton.
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((LINDITA HAJRULLAHU: YEAH.)) [RUNS: 02]
For these two families, it'll be a long road to recovery.
But they've found a place to heal in Martinsville.
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((NAT SOT: LITTLE GIRL SINGING))

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Marya Jones, News 7.))

[8S-Fire-Cause]


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[TAPE#=99-35 2:56]
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According to Roanoke Fire Officials, the cause of an Apartment house fire last Sunday has now been determined.
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Authorities say electrical problems are to blame... but they are still unable to pinpoint the nature of the electrical malufunction.
Eight people including several small children were inside when the fire started at 14-05 Campbell.
Fire officials say there was 75-thousand dollars in damages... and another 10-thousand dollars to the house next door.
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[8E-Airport-Service]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[TAPE#=99-16 1:24:25]
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Officials for the Roanoke Airport say they want to see it start flying high...

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Delta pulled one of its A-S-A jet flightsout of the daily lineup to Atlanta.
It was replaced with a smaller, slower plane.
Now only four jets serve the Atlanta flight each day... and the airport's director knows some passengers aren't happy.
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((JACKIE SHUCK: OF COURSE, TO THE LOCAL PASSENGER IT'S A BIG DIFFERENCE. IT'S A JET VERSUS A TURBO PROP. SO IT'S NOT SOMETHING I'M REAL PLEASED WITH.))
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Some passengers are defecting to Greensboro for cheaper flights.
A ticket from Roanoke to Atlanta can cost more than 900-dollars.
The same ticket from Greensboro is only 100.
Roanoke's airport is trying to land a low-fare airline like Southwest.
But Southwest usually flies to bigger cities... and right now there's not enough of a demand to support the airline in Roanoke.
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Before we finish the morning updates...here's one more look at the forecast.
Today should stay rather cloudy, with a possibility of showers and thunderstorms.
Highs in the upper 70s to near 80.
A chance of rain lingers overnight, with lows cooling into the mid 60s..
Looking at the weekend forecast and beyond....


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