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[TALENT=Keith]

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A collision between a fire chief's car and a loaded school bus in Bedford County.
That's our top story tonight on NEWS 7.
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[TALENT=Keith]


And we'll hear testimony from the intended victim and from another man implicated in the Church Avenue arson case.

[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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The Avalanche looks to extend its winning streak tonight in Lynchburg. Rocker reports. The Express signs two players.
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[VO-NAT]

And Little E won't be back to defend his title this weekend in South Boston, but we will preview the track's biggest racing weekend of the summer tonight in sports.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
[SS=None]


Temperatures are warming up...about 10 degrees above normal by the weekend. Details coming up.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[SOT 13:25:35]
[IN Q=Just driving along]

((JUST DRIVING ALONG.. ..KEEP HIM CALM.))
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=keep him calm.]
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[VO-NAT]


Two dozen schoolchildren are okay but a volunteer fire chief is hospitalized from a collision with a schoolbus in Bedford County this afternoon.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[Forest-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[GRAPHIC=School Bus Accident]


There actually were TWO accidents.
The first was a head-on crash on Route 221 in Forest.
Thirty six- year- old Buddy Russell, the chief of the Forest Volunteer Fire Department was responding to that crash when he was involved in an accident himself.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


Officials say a Bedford County schoolbus lost control on Route 811 and struck Russell's vehicle head- on.
Rescue crews spent more than an hour getting Russell out of his mangled car.
Authorities say other cars had pulled over for Russell's emergency vehicle, but the bus couldn't stop in time.
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[SOT 13:30:36]
[IN Q=Two vehicles]

((TROOPER G.R. SNEAD/VA STATE POLICE: TWO VEHICLES.. ..HIT IT HEAD- ON.))
[SUPER=01-Trooper G. R. Snead/State Police]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=hit it head-on.]
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[VO-NAT]


Russell suffered a broken leg and is listed in stable condition at Lynchburg General Hospital.
The schoolbus was coming from Forest Elementary School with 26 children on board.. they were shaken up but not hurt.
Charges are pending.
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[Jackson]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-26 TC12:09]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


It was the final day of testimony in Roanoke's Church Avenue arson trial.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The jury got]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/May 18, 1998; :05]
[SUPER=01-Willie Caldwell/Intended Arson Victim; :35]
[SUPER=04-Tuesday; :51]
[SUPER=01-Andrew "T Bird" Terry/Defense Witness;]
[RUNS=1:19]
[OUT Q=night? No, sir.]

(( The jury got to meet the man at the center of it all... Willie Caldwell, the intended victim of the fire.
Only, he wasn't home when the fire broke out. He was at the police station being interrogated about a fatal shooting he'd been involved in a few hours earlier.
Caldwell shot Keven Jones. It was self defense, a jury later decided.
Caldwell says Jones and Jones' cousin, Brian Jackson, had shoved him into the bushes outside 502 Church Avenue and beat him up. Then, according to Caldwell, Jackson and another man, Jay Clements, threatened to set fire to the house... the same house where six people died about ten hours later.
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[SOT 1:37:05]
[IN Q=Thursday nite Brian]

((THURSDAY NIGHT BRIAN HAD SAID THEY WAS GOING TO COME AND RIDDLE THE HOUSE, AND THIS TIME HE HAD SAID IF ANYTHING HAPPENS TO ANYBODY, THAT HE'LL BURN THE HOUSE DOWN. AND JAY SAID, "YEAH, WE'LL COME BACK," AND HE SAID LIKE THIS: "YEAH, WE
'LL COME AND WE'LL BURN THIS M------ F------ HOUSE DOWN. ))

[RUNS16]
[OUT Q=house down.]


Clements is serving 25 years for arson in this case, the only person convicted of the crime, so far. He testified Tuesday that Jackson, the defendant in this case, was the one who made arrangements to buy the gasoline.
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Clements said THIS man, Andrew Terry- -better known as T-Bird- -bought the gas- -even suggesting that Terry might have set the fire.
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[SOT 4:39:55]
[IN Q=Did you start]

((DID YOU SET THE FIRE AT 502 CHURCH AVENUE? NO, I DID NOT.)) [RUNS03]
[OUT Q=I did not.]


He says it was Clements- -not Jackson who gave him a 5-dollar bill and a small amount of "crack cocaine" to buy the gasoline.
Terry says there WAS a third man in the car that night, but it wasn't Jackson.
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[SOT 4:34:22]
[IN Q=Is this the]

((IS THIS THE INDIVIDUAL WHO WAS IN THE CAR WITH YOU AND MR. CLEMENTS THAT NIGHT. NO. SIR.)) [RUNS04]
[OUT Q=night? No, sir.]))
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=HOLD]


The jury will be back in the morning to hear instructions and closing arguments and then deliberate Jackson's fate.

[Greenfield]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Botetourt County's Greenfield Elementary is one step closer to opening this fall.
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The Board of Supervisors voted this afternoon to allocate 325-thousand dollars toward the half a million dollars needed to open the school.
Originally, supervisors said they could not afford to give any more money for the project.
But the board decided to take the money out off the capital projects reserve fund -- because opening the school was top priority.
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[SOT 15:09:51]
[IN Q=I think we're acting]

((TERRY AUSTIN/BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: I THINK WE'RE ACTING FINANCIALLY IRRESPONSIBLE HERE TO A CERTAIN EXTENT. I MEAN WE'RE THE MANAGERS AND TO KNOW THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE IN A CRISIS AND THAT WE MAY HAVE TO BORROW MONEY, TO EXTEND ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS IS NOT PRUDENT FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT. HOWEVER, IT IS OF IMPORTANCE THAT SCHOOL OPEN))
[SUPER=01-Terry Austin/Board of Supervisors Chairman]
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[OUT Q=school open]
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Now it's up to the School Board to come up with the rest of the money.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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The School Board meets tonight to make a decision -- we'll have the results on News 7 at 11.

[Dan-River]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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A new five-year contract went into effect today for union employees of Dan River Mills.
This means the company will move forward with expansion plans, and it could mean several hundred jobs will be saved.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Surae/Dannville Bureau]


Surae Chinn is here to tell us the effect of the contract.
[Live=Surae Full/Danville Bureau]
[SUPER=@Surae1;]
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Keith, The company has been conducting management meetings all day about the new contract.
The bottom line is that it's going to mean a lot of changes for both the company and employees.
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[IN Q=This new contract]
[SUPER=01-Joe Bouknight/Dan River Incorporated; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mernice Marable/Union Employee; :35]
[SUPER=01-Hermon Moran/Union Employee; second appearance :50]
[RUNS=1:30]
[OUT Q=our weekend schedules.]
(([SOT 3:20:42]

((JOE BOUKNIGHT/DAN RIVER INCORPORATED: THIS NEW CONTRACT MEANS JOB SECURITY. DOES THAT MEAN THERE WON'T BE CHANGES. NO THERE WILL BE SOME CHANGES.)) [RUNS:10]
Those changes include giving Dan River Mills the option to increase shifts to 12 hours at certain operations and cutting back on overtime pay. Wage and pension benefits will increase.
Mernice Marable likes the sound of that.
[SOT 49:58]

((MERNICE MARABLE/UNION EMPLOYEE: I THINK THE RATIFICATION IS GOOD IN ORDER TO KEEP THE JOBS HERE. THE 12 HOUR SHIFT SHOULD WORK BETTER FOR SOME.))
But not for others.
[SOT 54:50]

((HERMAN MORAN/UNION EMPLOYEE: I DON'T LIKE A 12 HOUR SHIFT)) [RUNS:02]
Herman Moran voted against the contract twice.
[SOT 55:23]

((HERMAN MARABLE/UNION EMPLOYEE: VOTED AGAINST IT AWHILE BACK AND THEN THEY KEPT ON AND KEPT ON. THE COMPANY WANTED THE UNION TOO. IT'S UNDERHANDED THEY WERE WORKING TOGETHER THE UNION'S GOING TO SUFFER FOR IT.)) [RUNS:16]
[SOT 52:39]

((CAROLE EAST/UNION EMPLOYEE: I DON'T FEEL THAT WAY. I FEEL IT'S GOOD FOR THE COMPANY I REALLY DO.))
Dan River officials say the contract gives them the competitive edge in the textile industry along with reloca
ting some of its equipment to Mexico--- costing 480 jobs. But 300 of them will be saved when the company's apparel fab

rics weaving operation is converted into its home fashions division. But without a doubt some will lose their jobs once work schedules change.
[SOT 3:22:15]

((JOE BOUKNIGHT/DAN RIVER INCORPORATED: IF WE DO THAT AND WHEN WE DO THAT WE WILL DISCONTINUE WITH MOST PERHAPS ALL OF OUR WEEKEND SCHEDULES.)) [RUNS:08]))
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We won't see some of these shift changes for another six months. Also the relocation of part of the plant to Mexico won't happen for another year and a half.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Still ahead on News 7, Biological Warfare takes center stage at the Virginia Tech Vet school.
We'll explain when we come back.
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And find out why some veterans aren't happy about the publicity this Lynchburg landmark is getting.
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[Monument-Terrace]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Tourism officials in Lynchburg are hoping to get lucky with the Virginia Lottery's newest scratch ticket game.
But some wonder whether the city's most famous landmark should be used to promote gambling.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[IN Q=It is 139]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Brian Knopp/Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce; :27]
[SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Council Member; :50]
[SUPER=@ssm1; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Steve Bozeman/Marine Corps Veteran; 1:14]
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[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]

(( It is 139 steps worth of memories.. for years, Monument Terrace has adorned pictures, posters, paintings.. and now lottery tickets.
[natsot 16:44:54]

((HOW MANY DO YOU WANT? HOWEVER MANY IT IS TO THE LYNCHBURG..))
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Starting this week, Monument Terrace is appearing on more than 800- thousand scratch- off tickets across Virginia.

When the state began looking for new tourist sites for their "Virginia Is For Lovers" game, Lynchburg officials jumped at the chance to promote the city.
[SOT 16:40:52]

((BRIAN KNOPP/LYNCHBURG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: WE JUST HAD TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY, THERE WAS NO COST AT ALL TO THE COMMUNITY AND WE THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE A GOOD WAY TO LET PEOPLE KNOW WHAT WE HAVE HERE IN OUR CITY.))
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[OUT Q=in our city.]
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((IT BOTHERS ME AND I'M ONE PERSON ON CITY COUNCIL.. ))
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Republican Jim Whitaker opposes the lottery on principle to begin with.. and he says letting people scratch away at the city's war memorial is inappropriate.
[SOT 11:15:18 #2]

((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: MONUMENT TERRACE IS A MONUMENT TO OUR WAR DEAD AND TO ME, THIS DIMINISHES THE VALUE OF THAT MONUMENT AND WHO IT REPRESENTS.))
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[OUT Q=who it represents.]

[Standup ] ((But veterans groups we talked with say they don't really have a problem with the tickets.. and with efforts to restore Monument Terrace and the whole Ninth Street corridor already in the works.. they feel this kind of publicity can only help.))
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[OUT Q=can only help.]
[SOT 16:43:12]

((STEVE BOZEMAN/MARINE CORPS VETERAN: IT'S GAMBLING, BUT YEAH, IT DOES BRING.. ON THE GOOD SIDE, IT BRINGS VISIBILITY TO LYNCHBURG AND PARTICULARLY MONUMENT TERRACE, AND THAT IN ITSELF TO ME IS A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE.))
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[OUT Q=a positive experience.]


And the city may already be a winner.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))

[Helmick]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Police say a Botetourt County man murdered his baby daughter, less than a month after his fiancee died.
Derrick Helmick is in an Ohio jail.
His fiancee died last month of heart trouble according to the medical examiner.
Helmick then took the couple's baby from Buchanan to Virginia Beach.
When the baby died last week of head injuries, Helmick fled to Ohio.
Police expect to bring him back to Virginia Beach next week.

[Biological-Warfare]


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Virginia Tech's Vet School played host today to a United Nations expert on biological warfare.
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[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


Doctor David Kelly kept track of Iraq's biological weapons capabilities... until Iraq refused further U-N inspections in 1998.
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[SOT 2:11 - :24]
[IN Q=There is intelligence]

((DAVID KELLY/UN BIOLOGICAL WARFARE EXPERT: THERE IS INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION THAT INDICATES THAT IRAQ HAS A CONTINUING INTEREST IN BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL WEAPONS. AND THAT SADAAM'S STRATEGY IS TO STILL HAVE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AVAILABLE TO HIM FOR HIS POLITICAL AMBITIONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST. ))
[SUPER=01-David Kelly/U.N. Biological Warfare Expert;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=ambitions in the Middle East.]
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[VO-NAT]


Virginia Tech's Vet School has a grant from the U-S Army to produce vaccines that could one day combat biological weapons.
The school's infectious disease lab is working on a vaccine that would protect soldiers from exposure to brucella
(BREW-sella) and anthrax.


Right now, the vaccine is being tested in monkeys at Army labs ... but it could be available to humans in five years.
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[Stocks]


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Blue chips tumbled today thanks to an earnings warning from Proctor and Gamble. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
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The DOW plunged 143-points, NASDAQ dropped 14.
The Bloomberg NEws 7 Index lost a point.
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[2001-Websites]


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You're nobody in politics if you don't have a decent website.
So the battle for governor in 2001 is already being fought online in Virginia.
Ellen Qualls did the pointing and clicking.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=And they will]
[SUPER=@Ellen2; :58]
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((sot 07:05:14 mark warner

((AND THEY WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO WIN.)) [runs:07]
Hardly watchable streaming video is a must.
And Democrat Mark Warner was first out of the chute with a high tech website on May 17th.
Republican Mark Earley was little late.
But campaign aides say their site's more visually pleasing-- and besides, they have the best candidate.
[sot 17:57 ]

((HI, I'M ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK EARLEY.)) [runs:02 ]
Mark Warner-- the northern Virginia high tech entrepreneur -- has the more interactive elements, including an e-campaign where you can organize your precinct off the campaign website.
It even mentions the Warner family dog Sparky-- which could be a good omen-- because a Sparky lives in the governor's mansion now.
Mark Earley's site spelled the current First Lady's name wrong, it's one "n," so that might be a bad omen.
What about Republican John Hager?
We searched and found:
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[runs:05]
Christian singer John Hager.
Wrong guy.
The campaign says the lieutenant governor's campaign site will be in two weeks.
But the name confusion can happen elsewhere.
Search on Mark Earley and you might find an engineer for the National Fluid Power Association.
They've got a dog named Sparky, too, by the way.
Search on Mark Warner, and you find a guy who's into smectic liquid crystal elastomers.
Type in markwarner2001-dot-COM instead of ORG, and you get an address that some guy's trying to sell the campaign for 10-thousand dollars.
We suggest you do your surfing through our politics page at WDBJ7-dot-COM... unless you want the soulful sounds of John Hager.
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Ellen Qualls, News 7.))

[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Coming your way tonight on the Big 7, we'll check out some of the improvements to South Boston speedway as the track braces for a big racing weekend. Also, the Express inks another key player.
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[VO-NAT]

And the red-hot Salem Avalanche takes its seven game winning streak to Lynchburg tonight.
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[S-Avs]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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The Salem Avalanche and Lynchburg Hillcats hook up tonight in the Hill City to begin a three game series. The Avalanche comes in as the hottest team in the league riding a seven game winning streak.
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[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=01-Alan Cockrell/Avalanche Manager; :00]
[RUNS=:34]
[OUT Q=...THE STRETCH."]
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[SUPER=03-Salem/Tuesday Afternoon; :00]

In one other note the Avalanche's John Lindsey, shown here smacking a two run single on Tuesday was named the Carolina League's player of the week today. The designated Hitter hit 571 last week.
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[S-Rocker]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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The man who takes up entirely too much of our lives, John Rocker, finally reported to Toledo this afternoon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Toledo, OH; :00]

The volatile Braves' relief pitcher who was sent to the mimor league to work on his contrtol both on the field and off it had until 5pm today to report or face a suspension.
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[S-Liberty]


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Liberty University's Keith Butler has been named a freshman all-american by Collegiate Baseball magazine. He hit 406 and started all 59 games this season. He's the first person ever to win rookie of teh year and player of the year in the Big South in the same year. He is also Liberty player to be named a division one all-american.

[S-Boston]


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[WRITER=mst]
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The Busch Grand National series returns to the Commonwealth this Saturday for the Textilease Medique 300 at South Boston Speedway, a track that is entering the millennium with a facelift. Steve Mason has more from Halifax County.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-South Boston/1999 Textilease 300; :00]
[SUPER=01-Cathy Rice/South Boston General Manager;:14]
[SUPER=04-This Afternoon; :27]
[SUPER=01-David Stevens/South Boston Race Fan; :35]
[SUPER=01-Ramsey Taweel/Textilease Medique Marketing; 1:06]
[SUPER=@steve1; 1:28]
[RUNS=1:38]
[OUT Q=....NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
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[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
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New Express head coach Perry Florio is doing his best to keep the key pieces of the Express puzzle from leaving town.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Last Season; :00]

Today he signed assistant captain Mike Peron to come back next year. The hustling Peron had 40 points this past season along with 122 as the team's center. (------------) Roanoke also signed Aaron Gates, as well.