[7-S-Tech-Religion]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-39 14:35]
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Some Virginia Tech students say they have found a way to handle college life.
They are turning to God.
Joy Sutton has more.
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[IN Q=It's Sunday morning]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; 00]
[SUPER=01-J. R. Woodward/Pastor New Life Campus ; 15]
[SUPER=01-James Griffin/Catholic Campus Minister; 20]
[SUPER=01-Tabatha Crostic/Virginia Tech Student; 57]
[SUPER=01-Scott Pharr/Virginia Tech Student; 1:10]
[SUPER=@Joy1; 1:19]
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[OUT Q=N7 Blacksburg]


(( It's Sunday morning and on Virginia Tech's campus hundreds of students are worshiping God.
The number of students attending service and joining religious organizations has risen significantly over the past couple of years.
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[SOT 21:37]
[IN Q=We started with]

((J.R. WOODWARD/PASTOR NEW LIFE CAMPUS FELLOWSHIP: WE STARTED WITH 24 PEOPLE AND NOW WE HAVE OVER 900 PEOPLE THAT COME TO FOUR DIFFERENT SERVICES))
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[OUT Q=different services]
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[SOT 00:15:41]
[IN Q=The numbers vastly increased.]

((REV. JAMES GRIFFIN/CATHOLIC CAMPUS MINISTER:THE NUMBERS VASTLY INCREASED. OUR CHURCHES ARE FULL. THIS CHAPEL IS FULL FOUR TIMES A WEEKEND))
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[OUT Q=a weekend]


Reverend James Griffin says already this year they have 400 new members.
And he says students are turning to religion to help them deal with life's problems.
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[SOT 17:46]
[IN Q=Their starting to see]

((REV. JAMES GRIFFIN/CATHOLIC CAMPUS MINISTER:THEIR STARTING TO SEE THAT THEIR LIVES GO TOGETHER. THEY DON'T HAVE RELATIONSHIPS WITHOUT RELIGION. YOU DON'T HAVE ACADEMIA. IT'S ALL ONE LIFE THAT THEY LEAD. IF THE FAITH PART IS LACKING THE REST OF IT IS GOING TO BE LACKING))
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[OUT Q=to be lacking]


And several students agree -- they say having a religious foundation helps them to succeed.
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[IN Q=It keeps me grounded]

((TABATHA CROSTIC/VA TECH STUDENT: IT KEEPS ME GROUNDED. YOU DON'T GET STRESSED WHEN YOU KNOW WHERE YOU'RE GOING, WHERE YOUR PATH IS. JUST BE SO GROUNDED, LIKE WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE JUST GIVES YOU SO MUCH CONFIDENCE))
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[OUT Q=so much confidence]
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[SOT 33:23]
[IN Q=If we're having]

((SCOTT PHARR/VA TECH STUDENT:IF WE'RE HAVING STRESS, HE CAN JUST TAKE IT AWAY AND CAN JUST SMOOTH EVERYTHING OUT, PROBLEMS IN OUR LIVES, PROBLEMS WITH FRIENDS. HE CAN HELP))
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[OUT Q=he can help]
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[SOT 35:20]
[IN Q=And several students say]

((JOY SUTTON/REPORTER: AND SEVERAL STUDENTS SAY LEARNING ABOUT GOD IS A PART OF THEIR EDUCATION AS A STUDENT HERE AT VIRGINIA TECH AND THEY HOPE MORE STUDENTS WILL FIND THE HAPPINESS THEY HAVE FOUND. JOY SUTTON, N7 BLACKSBURG))
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[OUT Q=N7 Blacksburg]))



[7-S-Pride-Walk]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-40 45:25]
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A group of Patrick Henry High School students is spreading a positive message to the community.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


It's called the Patrick Henry World Wide Pride Team.
Yesterday students held a walk-a-thon to raise money for a trip to the World drug free conference.
The pride team conducts activities speaking out against drug and alcohol abuse through song, dance, poetry, skits and workshops.
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[SOT 06:47]
[IN Q=If we can at ]

((AJA MIDDLEBROOK/PATRICK HENRY WORLD WIDE PRIDE TEAM: IF WE CAN REACH ONE PERSON TO BETTER THEMSELVES MAYBE THEY CAN TEACH ANOTHER PERSON AND IT CAN GO DOWN THE LINE AND REACH A GROUP OF PEOPLE))
[SUPER=01-Aja Middlebrook/P. H. World Wide Pride Team]
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[OUT Q=group of people]
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[VO-NAT]


This is one of many events the team has organized to raise the 25-hundred dollars needed for the trip.
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[7-Lynchburg]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The Lynchburg Region is having a hard time holding onto its' young adult population.
In fact, they are leaving the area at an alarming rate.
According to census figures, the number of 20 to 34 year olds has dropped more than 10 percent this decade in Lynchburg and seven surrounding localities.
That's four times faster than the state-wide rate.
City officials say young people aren't interested in taking well paying manufacturing jobs in the region.
And a lack of social opportunities is also a factor.


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For today's weather, look for mostly cloudy skies this morning with rain today and this evening.
Highs today around 70 and lows tonight in the 60s.

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[45-Webwatch]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=webwatch]
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It's a blast from the past and a look ahead to a population explosion in this week's web Watch.
Eric Earnarts reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=More than 30 years]
[RUNS=1:26]
[OUT Q=ee, News-7]

(( [intro]
[RUNS= :05]

More than 38 years after it splashed down and sank to the ocean bottom, Gus Grissom's Liberty Bell Seven has landed online. The craft now resides at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, which specialized in space craft reconstruction.
You can watch the renovation process on their webcam, which updates every minute.

Everyone else is online... why NOT funeral homes?
Several funeral homes have websites, but this Michigan funeral home has taken a bold step into cyber-space... With floral decorations and organ music playing in the background, the site offers online obituaries...
And online condolences... you can send your message of sympathy and support to the bereaved family electronically.
The site also as a list of grief counseling services.

Feeling a little crowded? The United Nations is counting down to the big 6-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0... They estimate the world's six billionth person will be born on October 12th... There's a world population counter on their site... you can put it next to your y2k countdown clock...
The site, created by the UN's population fund, also contains facts about world population growth.

For links to these sites, click on WebWAtch, on the WDBJ website, at WDBJ 7-dot-com.))

[45-S-Pride-Walk]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-40 45:25]
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Some Roanoke high school students want to go global with their anti-drug and alcohol message.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


They are members of the Patrick Henry World Wide Pride Team.
And yesterday they held a walk-a-thon to raise money for a trip to the World drug free conference.
The pride team conducts activities speaking out against drug and alcohol abuse through song, dance, poetry, skits and workshops.
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[SOT 06:47]
[IN Q=If we can at ]

((AJA MIDDLEBROOK/PATRICK HENRY WORLD WIDE PRIDE TEAM: IF WE CAN REACH ONE PERSON TO BETTER THEMSELVES MAYBE THEY CAN TEACH ANOTHER PERSON AND IT CAN GO DOWN THE LINE AND REACH A GROUP OF PEOPLE))
[SUPER=01-Aja Middlebrook/P. H. World Wide Pride Team]
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[OUT Q=group of people]
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[VO-NAT]


The walk-a-thon is one of many events the team has organized to raise the 25-hundred dollars needed for the trip.
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[45-Franklin]


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As damage assessments begin in flood ravaged Franklin, Virginia, officials say property damage to the downtown area is extensive.
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[SUPER=03-Franklin;]


Hurricane Floyd left a coat of brown mud and muck that covers nearly everything.
The insides of buildings are in shambles and store inventories are washed away.
Some businesses are filled with hazardous gases from fuel and sewage contamination.
A warehouse has to be vented because heat from fermenting peanuts threatened to set it on fire.
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[45Weather]


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Taking a break now from the news to check the forecast...
Periods of rain today with cool easterly winds.
Highs this afternoon near 70.
More rain likely overnight, lows near 62.
As for the next few days... showers continuing into Wednesday with sunshine expected for the latter part of the work week.


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[8-Tech-Professor]


[ANCHOR=Eric]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=Virginia Profile]
[GRAPHIC=Earthquake]


Turkey's prime minister is heading to Washington, seeking financial support from last month's massive earthquake.
The quake caused over six billion dollars of damage, and killed more than 15-thousand.
One Tech Engineering professor just returned from Turkey.
Joe Dashiel has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Any big earthquake]
[SUPER=01-Jimmy Martin/Va. Tech Engineering Professor; :09]
[SUPER=@Joe2; :52]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; 1:53]
[RUNS=2:04]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Blacksburg]
(( [SOT 35:20]
[IN Q=Any big earthquake]

((JIMMY MARTIN/VA. TECH ENGINEERING PROFESSOR: ANY BIG EARTHQUAKE SUCH AS THIS IS CERTAINLY A HUMAN TRAGEDY. AND THAT'S WHAT WE RECOGNIZE FIRST. HOWEVER, EARTHQUAKES ARE VERY IMPORTANT FROM A LEARNING STANDPOINT. THEY'RE DIFFICULT TO STUDY. THE EFFECTS ARE DIFFICULT TO CHARACTERIZE. AND WE HAVE TO USE EVERY OPPORTUNITY WE CAN TO HAVE A REAL LABORATORY TO STUDY BY.))
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[OUT Q=to study by .]


Jimmy Martin has studied the effects of earthquakes before...
But when he travelled to northwest Turkey this month at the request of the National Science Foundation, not only did he find devastating material damage, but an overwhelming human toll as well.
[SOT 38:59]
[IN Q=It was common to meet]

((IT WAS COMMON TO MEET PEOPLE THAT HAD LOST 40 TO 50 MEMBERS OF THEIR FAMILY IN THIS EVENT. IT REALLY CHANGES THE PERSPECTIVE AND MAKES ME APPRECIATE DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF WHAT WE'RE DOING. I'VE NEVER SEEN THAT KIND OF HUMAN TRAGEDY BEFORE.))
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[OUT Q=that kind of human tragedy before.]


From the air, and on the ground the images were striking. A row of fence posts offset by several feet... A building collapsed upon itself... port facilities in ruins.
As a specialist in geotechnical engineering... Martin and Tech graduate student Gruney Olgun were evaluating soil types... and their impact on earthquake damage.
[SOT 36:18]
[IN Q=Much of the structural damage]

(( MUCH OF THE STRUCTURAL DAMAGE THAT WE SAW WAS DUE TO INADEQUATE DESIGN, HOWEVER THE VARIOUS AREAS THAT WERE DAMAGED HEAVIEST WERE RELATED TO THE TYPES OF GEOLOGY AND SOIL CONDITION THERE.))
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[OUT Q=soil condition there.]


It may take ten years for experts to analyze all the information, but Martin says the lessons they learn from the Turkey quake may have application here in the southeastern united states, an area with similar soil structures and a substantial earthquake risk.
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[IN Q=We've always focused on California]

((WE'VE ALWAYS FOCUSED ON CALIFORNIA, BUT THE EARTHQUAKE RISK IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, THE CENTRAL UNITED STATES, AND ALSO WHAT'S A SURPRIZE TO MANY PEOPLE, THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES... WE'RE QUITE AT RISK TO SIGNIFICANT EARTHQUAKES.))
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[OUT Q=to significant earthquakes.]


And that may be a compelling argument for the earthquake engineering center that Martin and colleagues at Virginia Tech are now organizing... a center that will focus on the earthquake threat very close to home.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Blacksburg.))


[8-Franklin]


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As the water continues to recede, officials say property damage to the downtown area of Franklin is extensive.
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[vo-nat]
[SUPER=03-Franklin;]


Hurricane Floyd left a coat of brown mud and muck that covers nearly everything.
The insides of buildings are in shambles and store inventories are washed away.
Some businesses are filled with hazardous gases from fuel and sewage contamination.
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[8Weather]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tar]
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Time again to check the Monday forecast... periods of rain today with cooler afternoon temperatures near 70.
More rain likely tonight, lows near 62.
The rain should last into Wednesday, with sunshine likely Thursday through Saturday.
Highs in the 70s...lows in the 50s.


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