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SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYRaleigh, North Carolina - March 26, 20141. Wide of Wade Edwards monument.2. Tight of angel's face.3. Tight of Wade Edwards' face on monument.4. Photo of Wade and John Edwards.5. Tight of stone in grass with word "Remember."6. SOUNDBITE (English), Robert Mihaly, Sculptor. (Pronounced "Mi-HAY-lee") (transcript below)7. Wide of Wade's stone with bench in front.8. Tight of Wade Edwards' name on granite bench.9. Tight of cherub statute in front of bench.10. Tight of sign in grass with words, "Hope sees the invisible and achieves the impossible."11. Wide of Mihaly chiseling on statue.12. Tight of chisel and dust flying.13. Wide of Segways entering cemetery archway.14. Tight of "Oakwood Cemetery" carved in arch.15. Tight of tree blossoms waving in breeze.16. Medium of Oakwood Cemetery historic marker.17. Wide of military gravestones.18. Tight of NC State flag fluttering on grave.19. Tight of "Valvano" on coach's stone.20. File of Elizabeth Edwards giving speech.21. Animated still of Edwards.22. File of John and Elizabeth Edwards holding news conference.23. Wide of two grave monuments and Elizabeth's simple foot stone.24. Tight of foot stone.25. Wide of tourists looking at Edwards' monument.26. Tight of women's faces.27. Wide of Segway tour rolling to stop at grave.28. SOUNDBITE (English), Lori Clark, Tourist. "The monument is beautiful."29. Wide of Mihaly grinding on Elizabeth's stone.30. Medium of sculptor grinding.31. Tight of dust flying in sculptor's face.32. Tight of hammer and chisel on bench.33. SOUNDBITE (English), Robert Mihaly, Sculptor. (transcript below)34. Animated photo of Elizabeth Edwards and daughter Cate.35. Tight of sculptor's sandals and rock chips.36. Wide of sculptor's face showing through gap in marble.37. Tight of face through gap in marble.38. SOUNDBITE (English), Robert Mihaly, Sculptor. (transcript below)39. Medium of Mihaly using pneumatic chisel.40. Tight of Mihaly's face.41. Tight of pneumatic chisel carving marble.42. Tight of bird detail.43. Tight of bird at top of sculpture.44. Animated still photo of Wade Edwards' sculpture with Mihaly in background.VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:THE MARBLE ANGEL WATCHING OVER WADE EDWARDS' GRAVE IS KNOWN AS A SURROGATE MOURNER. BUT THE STONE WOMAN CRADLING THE 16-YEAR-OLD BOY'S HEAD CAN ONLY HINT AT THE DEPTH OF ELIZABETH EDWARD'S GRIEF.FOR YEARS AFTER HER SON'S DEATH, EDWARDS WOULD COME TO HIS GRAVE AND READ ALOUD, OR BRING HIS FAVORITE DRINK _ CHERRY COKE.SOUNDBITE (English), Robert Mihaly, Sculptor. (Pronounced, Mi-HAY-lee)"You know, it's almost like SHE was that kind of Pieta here with her son. I mean, she would sit on the bench or even the ground _ and even lie on the ground."NOW, THE MOTHER'S OWN GRAND MEMORIAL IS TAKING SHAPE BESIDE HER SON'S.RALEIGH'S HISTORIC OAKWOOD CEMETERY IS THE FINAL RESTING PLACE FOR MANY PROMINENT NORTH CAROLINIANS.FROM GOVERNORS... TO WAR HEROES ... TO NC STATE BASKETBALL COACH JIMMY VALVANO.TO MANY, THE LONG-SUFFERING POLITICAL WIFE WAS ALSO A HERO _ FACING CANCER AND HER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE HUSBAND'S INFIDELITY WITH COURAGE AND GRACE. SINCE HER DEATH IN DECEMBER 2010, A STEADY STREAM OF TOURISTS AND ADMIRERS HAS COME TO VISIT HER GRAVE.SOUNDBITE (English), Lori Clark, Tourist."The monument is beautiful."NEAR THE END, EDWARDS CALLED SCULPTOR ROBERT MIHALY TO HER DEATH BED TO DISCUSS HER GRAVESTONE.HE HAD CREATED THE MARKER FOR HER SON, WHO DIED IN A CAR CRASH.SOUNDBITE (English), Robert Mihaly, Sculptor."I had my ear up to her mouth as she tried to explain what she wanted."SHE DESCRIBED MARBLE VINES TRAILING ACROSS THE GROUND FROM HER STONE AND CLIMBING UP TO EMBRACE WADE'S.SOUNDBITE (English), Robert Mihaly, Sculptor."It's the most wonderful idea. And it's where all the real pathos is. It's what's really going to make her monument special."AN IMAGE OF A PUBLIC WOMAN'S SPIRIT, TAKING FLIGHT. OF A MOTHER AND SON, UNITED FOREVER.ALLEN BREED, ASSOCIATED PRESS, RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA