[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


With less than a week before his scheduled exeuction, Tommy David Strickler's case goes before a federal judge.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And a former K-K-K leader enters the fray over the Lee Mural.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[SS=None]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Strickler]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Strickler]


Tommy David Strickler's latest attempt to avoid the death penalty goes before a federal judge later today.
Strickler's execution is set for Wednesday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file]


This latest appeal argues that the real killer of Leeann Whitlock was co-defendant Ronald Lee Henderson, who received three life terms.
The appeal cites a letter of disputed authenticity in which a witness against Strickler says she committed perjury.
We'll have the latest on the proceedings tonight on News-7 at Six.
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[E-Lee-Mural]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-23 1:10:16]
[GRAPHIC=Lee Mural]


Former Klan leader David Duke will be in Richmond this afternoon to weigh in on the Lee Mural controversy.
Duke said the effort to remove the portrait of Robert E-Lee from the city's Canal Walk sounds like political correctness.
Both sides in the dispute said Duke should stay home.
Meanwhile the disagreement over the mural could be getting close to resolution.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/July 6]


More than one thousand Richmonders have now spoken out about the revised Civil War mural.
It shows Lee two days after his surrender.
74-percent of residents who responded say the new display is inclusive and balanced.
That's good enough for a 19-member advisory panel, which recommended yesterday that the revised murals go up.
But the Richmond Council member who originally objected to Lee still wants a Council vote on taking the entire display down.
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[Pinchback]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-17 TC1:32:50]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A Danville man has been cleared in a Pittsylvania County murder.
A jury found Calvin Lamont Pinchback not guilty of first degree murder in the shooting death of Delvecchio (Del-VECK-eee-o) Farmer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./October 1997;]


Farmer was gunned down inside the front door of his home in October 1997 after what prosecutors said was a failed robbery attempt.
Another Danville man, Quientin Lamont Stevens, was convicted of second-degree murder for Farmer's shooting last year.
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[Beville]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jbi]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Jack Beville]


A Roanoke County man faces up to 20 years in jail for embezzling money from the Cave Spring Volunteer fire department. Jack Beville pleaded no contest to taking more than three thousand dollars between July and December 19-97. Beville was the department's treasurer for 18 years-- and had access to funds.
He used the money to personal items for himself and his business.

The volunteer fire department has now changed its bookkeeping practices.[cRANE-ax]


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


The search continues this afternoon for clues in the deadly construction accident yesterday at the future staduim for the Milwaukee Brewers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Milwaukee, WI;]


Three people were killed and five injured when a huge crane collapsed.
It was lifting part of the stadium's retractable roof.
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[7:04:22-34]
[IN=AS FAR AS CHECKING THE AREA...]
[SUPER=01-Lawrence Gardner/Milwaukee Fire Chief;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT=AT THIS POINT..]
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[VO-NAT]


Knicknamed ``Big Blue,'' the 567-foot-high crane was one of the biggest in the world.
The Brewers postponed tonight's game out of respect for the victims.
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[Patient-Rights]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Health Care]


An all-out war is being waged on capital hill over health care.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]

[7:15:53]
The Senate today is debating a measure giving patients the right to sue H-M-O's if they are denied care.
Lawmakers will then take a final vote on the so-called patients bill of rights.
So far, Republicans have defeated most of the Democrats' H-M-O reform plan.
But the Senate has approved a measure.. requiring insurance companies to pay for overnight hospital stays for women with breast cancer.
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[Clinton-guns]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Gun control]


They've experienced gun violence first-hand -- and now they're taking their case to Washington.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Littleton, CO/April 20;]

[stock-file]
At this hour, 80 of the students who survived the Colorado high school shooting are meeting with the president at the White House.
They will talk gun control before heading to Capitol Hill to lobby lawmakers.
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[ANCHOR=MELANIE]
[SS=HOLD]


President Clinton is hoping to increase the pressure as Lawmakers try to reconcile a Senate-passed juvenile justice bill with a House version that lacks Clinton-backed gun measures.

[5-County-Schools]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=599-10 43:21]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Co. Schools]


Improvements planned for Glenvar Middle School were scheduled to move forward this year.
But now the construction project may be delayed for several months.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


The architects are just a couple of weeks from completing their designs... and the project was scheduled to go to bid before the end of the summer.
But with the pricetag now four and half million dollars higher than earlier estimates, the county supervisors are urging the school board to hold off until Spring.
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[SOT 02:47:41]
[IN Q=These are critical]

((MARION ROARK/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: THESE ARE CRITICAL THAT THEY GO AND THAT WE RECTIFY THE PROBLEMS WE KNOW WE HAVE, JUST AS PROMPTLY AS WE CAN.))
[SUPER=01-Marion Roark/School Board Chairman]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=as promptly as we can.]
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[VO-NAT]


School Board Chairman Marion Roark believes the Glenvar improvements should go forward on schedule.
But board member Mike Stovall says the school system must take a closer look at possible savings identified in a review of the project.
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[SOT 02:44:10]
[IN Q=I want to make sure]

((I WANT TO MAKE SURE BEFORE WE SPEND 7.9 MILLION DOLLARS OF THE TAXPAYERS DOLLARS THAT WE'VE DONE IT RIGHT.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Stovall/School Board Member; ]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=done it right.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


The discussion will continue when the School Board meets tonight. [tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Is there another secession movement brewing?
Still ahead on NEws-7 at noon find out about the new Southern Party and what their plans are.
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[VO-NAT ]


And 25 years after forced bussing brought protests to Boston, city-council votes to end the program.
First let's talk to Patrick Evans.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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

[N-Ireland]


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


Diplomats are trying to mend Northern Ireland's broken peace accord.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Belfast, N. Ireland;]

[10:06:21]
The main protestant party refused to attend today's session of the Belfast legislature to nominate ministers for the new power-sharing government.
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[SOT]

[7:08:35-45]
[IN Q=we have decided...]
[SUPER=01-David Trimble/Ulster Unionist Leader;]
[RUNS=;10]
[OUT Q=in assembly today.]
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[VO-NAT]


Trimble would have led the new government.
Trimble's Ulster Union is refusing to support any administration that includes Sinn Fein, the political allies of the Irish Republican Army.
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[China-compensation]


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


Compensation talks for NATO'S deadly bombing of the Chinese embassy in Yugoslavia are underway in Beijing.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Belgrade/May;]

[10:03:11]
Three people were killed and the embassy suffered extensive damage when it was hit by American bombers.
[SUPER=03-Beijing, China;]


The Chinese government still refuses to accept the U-S explanation for what they call a tragic accident.
The talks are expected to continue until tomorrow.
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[Boston-busing]


[ANCHOR=NOON]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


School officials in Boston have voted to end the city's 25-year old busing program, the one that sent the city
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Boston, MA;]

into turmoil in the 19-70's.
The decision came after a group of white parents filed suit, claiming the policy has kept their children out of the schools of their choice.
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[SOT]
[2 SOT 4:02:02-09 AND 4:01:26-34]
[IN Q=I THINK WHEN CHILDREN...]
[SUPER=01-John O'Toole/Plaintiff;]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Gloria Fox/(D) Boston;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=UNDER THE TABLE.]
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[VO-NAT]

[SHOW FILE VIDEO FROM 74]
In 1974, a court order forcing school busing in Boston.. sparked huge protests.
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[E-Orange-Avenue]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-27 TC23:23]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It's been an on-going controversy in Roanoke about changing the name of a street.
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[VO-NAT 99-16 1:55:27]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


At Tuesday night's planning commission meeting, commissioners voted to recommend to city council that Orange Avenue be renamed Orange Avenue- slash- Martin Luther King Junior Avenue.
Now some businesses are saying they're not happy about that decision.
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[SOT 32:23]
[IN Q=REALLY THEY]

((DIANE KOSSOW/BERTIES RESTAURANT: REALLY THEY OUGHT TO JUST LEAVE IT ORANGE AVENUE, IT HAS BEEN THAT WAY FOR YEARS, PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO CHANGE THE LETTER HEADS ON THEIR BUSINESS THAT'S A LOT OF AN EXPENSE.))
[SUPER=01-Diane Kossow/Berties Restaurant]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=OF AN EXPENSE]
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[VO-NAT]

The Southern Christian Leadership Council thought up the idea for the name change and says all the expense to businesses to change letter heads and signs will be tax deductible. But for residents like Kathy Hurt who grew up along Orange Avenue, she says the change will be confusing.
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[SOT 35:09]
[IN Q=IT WILL BE]

((KATHY HURT/OPPOSES CHANGE: IT WILL BE HARD FOR PEOPLE WHO GREW UP HERE AND CAME BACK TO KNOW THERE IS A DIFFERENT NAME, PEOPLE WILL BE LIKE WHERE'S THAT AT.))
[Super=01-Kathy Hurt/Opposes Change;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=WHERE'S THAT AT]
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[VO-NAT]


City council will make the final decision on the name change.
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[E-Franklin-Manor]


[ANCHOR=MElanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-19 1:10:27]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Franklin County home for handicapped and elderly adults is closing down.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


The Department of Social Services started investigating Franklin Manor last fall for health violations -- and for months the state would not allow new residents into the home.
By the time Franklin Manor got its new license last month, it had lost more than 300-thousand-dollars to empty beds.
It will close in two weeks.
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[SOT 11:27:03]
[IN Q=I'm very sad]

((KATHERINE EARLES/RESIDENT: I'M VERY SAD BECAUSE I LIKE FRANKLIN MANOR AND I LIKE ROCKY MOUNT AND I'VE MET A LOT OF NICE PEOPLE AND I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE.))
[SUPER=01-Katherine Earles/Resident;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=don't want to leave]
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[VO-NAT]


Local agencies are making sure residents find new homes.
State police are still investigating employees and former employees for criminal activity.
And the father of a resident who died crossing the street last year is suing Franklin Manor.
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[Southern-Party]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


You may have another choice next time you go to the polls.
The Southern Party is now registered in seven southern states, and has signed up a thousand members.
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[VO-NAT]


Chesterfield County auctioneer Jerry Baxley is the Southern National Committee's first vice-chairman.
He says the Southern Party wants to take its states' rights, pro-gun, Christianity in the classrooms message to 16 southern states.... because it's tired of counting on Republicans.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=the republican]

((JERRY BAXLEY/SOUTHERN PARTY: THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS FAILED MISERABLY EVERY TIME THAT THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO PUSH FORTH THE SOUTHERN PEOPLES' BELIEFS.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Baxley/Southern Party;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=southern people's beliefs.]
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[VO-NAT]


Baxley says the ultimate solution would be seceeding from the Union.
Virginia Republicans think that's:
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[SOT]
[IN Q=a half-baked]

((CHRIS LACIVITA/REPUBLICAN PARTY OF VIRGINIA: A HALF-BAKED IDEA OF TEN GUYS, WHO PROBABLY HAVE ENTIRELY TOO MUCH TIME ON THEIR HANDS, WHO WANT TO FORM A THIRD PARTY AND TALK ABOUT SECEDING FROM THE UNION, WHICH IS TREASONOUS. PERIOD))


[SUPER=01-Chris LaCivita/Republican Party of Virginia; ]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=treasonous. period.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Southern Party's web site just went up ten weeks ago.
Its founders report getting more than 150 e-mails or phone calls a day.
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[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The National D-Day Memorial takes another stride toward completion.
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[VO-NAT ]


And organizers hope to have it completed for the 57-th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion.
All the details are still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]


[E-Hearing-Center]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tfl]
[TAPE#=99-20 1:06:55]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Patients are getting an earful of digital technology at the new Hearing Center in Hollins.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; ]


Old hearing aid devices just amplified all sound -- making it difficult to distinguish speech and just plain noise.
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[SOT ub 10 17 26]
[IN Q=Noise and speech]

((DR. M.D. MACALLISTER/THE HEARING CENTER: TODAY, WITH THESE INSTRUMENTS, WHAT WE CAN DO IS LOOK AT...SOUNDS THAT LAST FOR A LONG TIME OUT THERE, AS COMPARED TO SPEECH AND MUSIC AND BY DIGITALLY TREATING THAT SOUND IN A DIFFERENT WAY, WE CAN ACTUALLY HAVE BETTER RESULTS IN NOISE THAN WE COULD WITH ANY OTHER TYPE INSTRUMENTATION.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. M. D. MacAllister/The Hearing Center; ]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=type instrumentation.]
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[VO-NAT]


The digital audiometer (Aw-dee-ah-MITER) allows patients to hear certain sounds they had lost like notes in music.

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[E-D-Day-Memorial]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jbi]
[TAPE#=99-21 59:24]
[GRAPHIC=D-Day Memorial]

Bedford's National D-Day memorial is one step closer to completion.
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[VO-NAT]

A Forest contractor has won the bid to construct the centerpiece--called Victory Plaza. The main feature is a granite arch standing over 40 feet tall. "Final Tribute"--the sculpture that will sit under the arch--is finished and now it just needs someone to build the plaza around it. The foundation selected Coleman-Adams Construction for the job.
[SUPER=03-Bedford]

The contractor offered both the lowest bid and the soonest completion date. The foundation hopes to have the whole memorial complete by June 6th, 2001--the 57th anniversary of D-Day.
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[Stocks]


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


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


Still ahead in sports, UVA Athletic Director Terry Holland might be coaching basketball again.
Stay with us to find out where.
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[VO-NAT ]


And the W-N-B-A all-star game slam- dunked it's way into the Big Apple.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]


[British-Open]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=rsp]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=British Open]


The conditions at the 128th British Open in Scotland are keeping scores high.
The winds are especially working for Australian Rodney Pampling who is leading after shooting an even 71.

Former Masters champ Bernard Langer shot 1-over 72 after the first round.
The windy conditions and the Carnoustie (kar-NOOS'-tee) golf course made for some unusual shots.
Many players just left balls in the bunkers and hit them backwards just to get them out of the sand.

[S-Umpires]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=rsp]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=MLB]


There're outta there.
The Major League Umpires have decided to walk out before the end of the season because of labor disputes.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA]


As of September second, 57 of the 68 umpires will resign.
With four and a-half weeks still left in the season the league will have to find replacements.
But the owners say they aren't worried.
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[S-AVS]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-38 1:22:43]
[GRAPHIC=hillcats/avalanche]


In local baseball action, the Lynchburg Hillcats and the Salem Avalanche hooked up in the first of a three game series at memorial Stadium.
Both teams lead in their respective division.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Hillcats vs. Avalanche; :00]


Mugsy strutting his stuff in anticipation of this weekend mascot show at Salem Memorial where 15 mascots will be on hand, more on that this weekend.
To the action. In the bottom of the third, the Avs draw first blood. Jerome Alviso with the two bagger to right field and Rogilio Arias is gonna come on down from first.
The Cats even the count in the sixth when Derrike Langford singles up the middle,
[SUPER=37-Salem/3/Lynchburg/1;]

plating Billy Bone from third to make the score 1-1.
The Avs score eventual game winner in the 7th. The Alviso show continues as Jerome goes to left this time, and Shawn Figgins scores from second and Salem wins 3-1.
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[S-WNBA]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-33]
[GRAPHIC=WNBA]


The best players of the WNBA tipped off in the Big apple last night for the first ever all-star match up.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/ESPN; :00]


A huge crowd was on hand to witness the West dominate the East 79 to 61.
Watch the West's Cynthia Cooper rip rope in the first half, two of her 8 points on the evening.
The East's Chamique Holdsclaw answered with this baseline drive, the ball finally decides to find the bottom of the nylon, but the former Tennessee all american was limited, to just 5 points in 11 minutes.
She would fracture a bone in a finger and was relegated to the bench for the remainder of the evening.
Lisa Leslie was tough all night, she scored 13 points on her way to becoming the league's first All-Star game MVP.


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[S-Scott]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-40]
[GRAPHIC=Wendell Scott]


A very special exhibit for Wendall Scott at The Harrison Museum of African American Culture begins today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


Wendell Scott, the man Behind the Machine exibit will present roughly a hundred items celebrating his racing career.
Roanoke graphics designer and artist Lex Hairston has been working on the project since April.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=they]
[SUPER=01-Lex Hairston/Wendell Scott Exhibition Creator; :00]
[RUNS=:22]
[OUT Q=art renderings"]
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[VO-NAT]


The display will feature Hairston's renderings of Scott and the various cars he drove. A trophy Scott gave to his son Michael for his work in the pits is also showcased.
The exhibit runs from July 15th through December 31st at the Harrison Museum, it is free to the public.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="The]
[SUPER=01-Aletha Bolden/Museum Director; :00]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=...race car life""]

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