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Next on News 7-
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It's official Al Gore gets the nomination- while one Virginian revs up the crowd.
A furniture stores is filing bankruptcy.. shutting down several area stores.
And it's where people used to go to get their groceries- today this old store goes up in flames.
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News 7 is next.

[Convention]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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It's official Al Gore has the Demoratic Nomination for President-
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Manuel Gallegus is in Los Angles with highlights-
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[SUPER=201-Joseph Lieberman/(D) Vice Presidential Cand.;]
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((IT WAS A HERO'S WELCOME FOR JOE LIEBERMAN, THE SON OF A BAKERY TRUCK DRIVER. THE VICE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE WENT STRAIGHT ON THE OFFENSIVE.
-SOT: JOE LIEBERMAN/DEMOCRATIC VP

I'm glad the GOP has changed their rhetoric. But I wish they would also change their policies. As my friend John McCain might say, let me do some straight talking about the record. -Nat protests- OUTSIDE THE CONVENTION HALL, THERE WAS ANOTHER TENSE STAND-OFF WITH POLICE. THOUSANDS MARCHING AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY WERE MET BY A WALL OF RESISTANCE. POLICE WIELDED BATONS AND FIRED RUBBER BULLETS. THIS PHOTOGRAPHER WAS HIT.
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-NAT GORE AT WARNER BROTHERS FAR AWAY FROM ANY DISTURBANCES, AL GORE WAS GIVEN A WARM WELCOME BY HIS TENNESSEE DELEGATION AT WARNER BROTHERS STUDIOS. EARLIER--GORE CALLED CALIFORNIA THE ROAD TO VICTORY.
-SOT- AL GORE))
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[Robb]


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Earlier in the evening, Senator Chuck Robb took the podium-
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He spoke for about five minutes, saying he was addressing skeptics who wonder if voting in the election really matters.
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[IN Q=If you care...]

((SENATOR CHUCK ROBB: IF YOU CARE ABOUT CIVIL RIGHTS, IF YOU CARE ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS, IF YOU CARE ABOUT REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, IF YOU CARE ABOUT WORKERS RIGHTS, EQUAL RIGHTS, VOTING RIGHTS...IT MATTERS.))
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[OUT Q=it matters.]
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Robb also addressed budget deficit reduction by Democrats over the past eight years - saying electing Al Gore means continued progress.
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[McCain]


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On the republican side- word today that Senator John McCain of Arizona has skin cancer.
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McCain apparently knew about it last week as he campaigned with George W. Bush and when reporters noticed a bandage on his temple.. he reminded them to use sunscreen.
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((JOHN MCCAIN/R- ARIZONA: EVERY FEW MONTHS I HAVE TO GO OUT AND GET THESE BASAL CELL THINGS CUT OUT FROM HAVING A LOT OF EXPOSURE TO THE SUN WHEN I WAS VERY YOUNG.))
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McCain was in a tight race with George W. Bush for the GOP nomination.
The Senator has a history of skin cancer- and had a melanoma removed in 1993- He will meet with his doctors tomorrow in Phoenix and is expected to hold a news conference to talk about it on Friday.
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[Boty-Fire]


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Fire ripped through a old store in Botetourt County late this afternoon.
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Flames broke out at the old store near the corner of Jennings and McFalls Creek roads.
The structure was built around 1940 but was vacant for two or three years.
Firefighters do not yet know how it started.
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[Indictment]


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A new indictment has been handed up against Roanoke police officer Fred Pledge.
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Pledge is charged with one count each of Conspiracy and Racketeering. The new indictment adds seven new acts to the racketeering charge. Now, Pledge is accused of accepting nearly 18-thousand dollars in cash, as well as guns, drugs and alcohol from known drug dealers. The original indictment claimed he accepted less than three-thousand in bribes.
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The N-double-A-C-P today spoke out in support of Pledge - and against the federal investigation of the police officer.

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((AS I LOOK AT OFFICER PLEDGE, I'M NOT DEFENDING WHAT HE DID OR DIDN'T DO - BUT THE WAY THAT THAT THEY WENT ABOUT DOING IT. IT'S ALMOST AS IF WE WANT TO SET THIS MAN UP.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Carl Tinsely/NAACP Acting President]
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Not all Roanoke NAACP members stand behind Pledge, though. In a memo to News 7, member Jeff Artis states "Pledge's problems aren't because he's Black .. Pledge has problems because he got caught."

[Heilig-Meyers]


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Heilig-Meyers filed for bankruptcy and plans to close stores in Christiansburg, Radford, Martinsville, Collinsville and (Rain-ell) Rainell, West Virginia.
Jennifer Miele has details about the downsizing of the nation's number one furniture company.
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(( The chapter 11 protection will allow Heilig-Meyers to continue operations as it implements a restructuring plan.
70 to 80 percent of the store's sales were financed directly through the company. With so many stores in so many medium-sized markets, the company has had to spend a large amount of money collecting those finance payments.
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((BRIAN GOTTSTEIN/LEGG MASON: THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF DELINQUENCIES THAT THEY HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING SO THEY'VE HAD TO WRITE A LOT OF THAT OFF. THEY'VE HAD TO SPEND A LOT MORE MONEY ON, FROM WHAT THE RESEARCH SHOWS, ON MARKETING COSTS TO BRING NEW CLIENTS IN.))
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Some analysts say customers who have furniture financed through the company are at the mercy of the company who buys those debts.
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((BRIAN GOTTSTEIN/LEGG MASON: THEIR DEBTS WOULD BE SOLD TO WHOMEVER THE NEW FINANCIERS ARE, A NEW COMPANY COMING IN AND BUYING THEIR OLD DEBT. THOSE CUSTOMERS WOULD CONTINUE THOSE OBLIGATION, TO A NEW FINANCIER.))
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Finance restructuring may also be a worry for workers-- Heilig-Meyers employs 16 thousand people in twenty nine states.
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((ONE COMPANY HAS MADE A COMMITTMENT TO BUY MORE THAN TWO MILLION DOLLARS OF CUSTOMER DEBT. NO WORD YET ON HOW THAT WILL EFFECT CUSTOMERS WHO STILL OWE THE COMPANY MONEY. JENNIFER MIELE, NEWS 7.)) [RUNS11]
[OUT Q=JM News 7.]))
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[Truck-Chase]


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A tractor-trailer driver led state police on a high speed chase through three counties this afternoon.
It started in Botetourt County when a trooper tried to stop the truck.
Troopers deployed several tire-deflation strips in Botetourt and Rockbridge Counties, but they didn't stop rig.
Finally, troopers at the Rockbridge-Augusta County line shot out the radiator and the truck came to a stop.
The driver-- Thomas J. (Lee-man) Lehman of Oklahoma-- was arrested without incident.
He's charged with felony assault, attempt to elude and reckless driving.

[Submarine]


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No sound from a trapped Russian Submarine all day- no tapping on the hull, no clues to the condition of the 116 men trapped in a freezing darkness- with a diminishing air supply.
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The Russian Navy has repeatedly dropped a manned rescue capsule, but the crippled sub is on its side, 350 feet down- swirling currents and near zero visibility have foiled attempts at a link-up.
Late today more aid was on the way: a sophisticated deep-sea lifeboat sent by the British after the Russians finally accepted a foreign offer to help.
But this mini-sub won't be on station till Saturday -- experts believe any surivors will run out of air Friday.
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Still ahead on News 7, a Roanoke College fraternity is suspected of hazing.
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And a popular toy is being recalled tonight.
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[Sports-Preview]


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((ALRIGHT EVERYBODY, THANKS FOR STAYING UP LATE, STEVE MASON TRYING TO MAKE YOUR NIGHT A LITTLE BETTER IN SPORTS. THE AVS ONCE AGAIN TAKE ON THE KINSTON INDIANS, BRAVES AND PADRES HIGHLIGHTS TO COME, NOT AGAIN...JAMES MADISON STANDOUT FOOTBALL PLAYER TONY BOOTH HURT AGAIN AT PANTHERS CAMP, DRUCKENMILLER GETS A MIAMI PINK SLIP, IS COUGAR COUNTRY RICH IN FOOTBALL THIS YEAR, AND LETS COOL OFF AT PATRICK HENRY, ALL OFF THIS IN SPORTS.))

[Toy-Recall]


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Playskool is voluntarily recalling a popular children's toy because it's potentially dangerous.
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The recall involves 420-thousand Busy Poppin' Pals toys.
Small springs inside the toy can break loose, posing a choking and laceration hazard to young children.
Playskool received 16 reports of the springs breaking. Five children reportedly put the broken springs in their mouths- and two suffered cuts.
The Busy Poppin' Pals have a white carry handle and the playskool logo on the front.
They sold nationwide for the past four years for about ten dollars.
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[Roanoke-Fraternity]


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A Roanoke College fraternity has been suspended amid allegations of hazing.
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(Pie Kappa Fi) Pi Kappa Phi is being investigated by the college and its national fraternity.
The school says the conduct in question happened in the Fall of 1999 but did not come to light until this past Spring.
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[Wythe-Outhouse]


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An eldery Wythe County man who spent three days trapped under his outhouse is recovering in the hospital tonight.


76-year old Coolidge (WINE-set) Winesett was rescued from the outdoor toilet yesterday after his mailman came looking for him.
He'd been trapped since Saturday when he fell five feet through the floor into some sludge.
Authorities say he's doing well tonight.


[Tobacco]


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A farmer in Pittsylvania County is first in Virginia to grow the new kind of tobacco used in biomedical research.

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Joe Williams is raising a quarter acre of the Oriental tobacco that researchers say will be a medical and financial cure. He can grow more of these plants per acre -- at a cheaper cost. And he can harvest this type of tobacco with a machine, rather than pay scarce workers to pull each leaf by hand.
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((JOE WILLIAMS/FARMER: IT'D BE A GREAT BENEFIT. THE LESS LABOR YOU HAVE THE LESS EXPENSE YOU HAVE AND THAT'S PART OF OUR PROBLEM NOW. OUR LABOR COSTS CONTINUE TO INCREASE WHILE OUR QUOTA DECREASES.))
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Researchers say the challenge is that this crop is more susceptible to disease and pests. They say within three years, they'll start building processing plants, which will produce new jobs.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Bedford County's community cannery is back open for business.
More on that when News 7 returns.
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And later, Canada's pie-brigade strikes again-- this time at the country's prime minister.
We'll explain.
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[Graduate-Center]


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Can Danville and Pittsylvania County compete with Northern Virginia or North Carolina's Research Triangle?
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Business and political leaders say the region can, with some work.
The "Future of the Piedmont Foundation" is helping to establish a graduate and research school....called the Dan River Institute.
It's a joint effort between Virginia Tech, Averett College, and Danville Community College.
A Multi Media Service Access Point or M-SAP will also be created to provide high speed internet service at low costs.
Business officials say it will be more advanced than the best equipped cities in the country.
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((PETE CASTIGLIONE/DANVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE: YOU MAY DO THIS EVERY 200 YEARS. WE SURVIVED WITH THE TOBACCO AND TEXTILE FOR YEARS BUT WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO DO THAT.))
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((SENATOR CHARLES HAWKINS/(R) CHATHAM: WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY. IT IS BASICALLY US BECAUSE WE ARE COMPLACENT. IF WE DON'T SEIZE THIS OPPORTUNITY WE'LL GET OLDER AND POORER AND OUR CHILDREN WILL VISIT US ON OCCASIONS.))
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If all goes according to plan, the institute and the high speed internet service will be up and running in a year.
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[Bedford-Schools]


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With another school year fast approaching, some local educators were in class today hoping to learn a little more about school safety.
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That was the topic of a "day- long" seminar for teachers and administrators sponsored by the Bedford County sheriff's department.
Authorities say they've prepared tactical response plans in the event of a crisis at any of the county's public schools.
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((SGT. MIKE MILLER/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: WE KNOW WHERE WE'RE GOING TO BLOCK THE STREETS AND WHERE THE LIFESAVING CREWS ARE GOING AND DIFFERENT THINGS LIKE THAT, SO OUR EVACUATION PROCEDURE IS IN PLACE JUST IN CASE.. SO WE HOPE IT NEVER HAPPENS.))
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The plans include the blueprints and aerial photos of each building.
In the meantime, more school resource officers are being deployed in each of the county's middle and high schools.

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[Cannery]


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Good news for Bedford County gardeners...
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[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


Last night, county supervisors voted 4 to 3 to spend 21- thousand dollars to connect the New London Cannery to a new wastewater system.
Dozens of residents use the facility every year to can locally- grown fruits and vegetables.
A previous effort to keep the cannery open failed on a tie vote, but supervisor Robert Bashore provided the winning margin last night.
Critics have said too few residents use the cannery to justify spending county money on it.
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[S-Extra]


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Avalanche highlights, plus Braves/Padres and another Carolina Panther goes down with injury and you know him
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[SUPER=75-Louisville, KY; :00]

But first our extra point. The 2000 PGA Championship gets underway tomorrow and you can bet Tiger Woods will be ready. he got in a few practice rounds. He seemed calmed, but a few other tour stars don't feel the Valhala golf course is up to par for a major.
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[S-Avs]


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The Avalanche was looking to rebound from Tuesday night's loss to Kinston in game two of this three game homestand last night.
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[SUPER=03-Salem/Indians vs. Avalanche; :00]


Elvis has definitely NOT left the building as the king entertained fans at Salem Memorial tonight.
[SUPER=37-Kinston/10/Salem/7;]


The Avs break bad in the bottom of the second. Eric Johnson starts things off with a home run blast to left field...see ya lata, a solo shot and Salem trailed 5-2.
The next batter, Juan Uribe says.....whazzz uppppppp to another pitch, another solo shot.
The next batter, Luis Lendetta crushes this pitch to right, Salem back in business down 5-4.
But the Indians Matt Curtis pulls out his woopin stick and you know the story, Avs fall 10-7.
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[S-Braves]


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On to the Majors and the Braves...taking on the San Diego Padres.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA; :00]


In the bottom of the fourth, Andres Galarraga says "not in my house" to this pitch, which he sends over the wall in left center, his 24th on the season, one-zero Braves.
[SUPER=35-Atlanta/4/San Diego/1;]


The Braves decided to take this one home, and this bottom-eight Andruw Jones single would bring in Rafael Furcal for the deciding run. Final score, four-one Braves.
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[S-Cards]


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[VO-NAT WIPE TO #ENG!!!!]
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Cardinals visiting Cubs. The scoring would start early with this second-inning 3-run bomb off the bat of Edgar Renteria.
[SUPER=35-St. Louis/5/Chicago/1;]


Finally, ex-Cub Shawn Dunston rips a solo shot to complete the rout. Cards take it, five-one.
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[S-Booth]


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The Carolina Panthers mascot is a black cat and with all of these pre-season injuries, maybe the team should change that. The Panthers announced yesterday
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Spartanburg, SC; :00]


that defensive back/safety Tony Booth is out for the season.
Booth injured his left knee during practice August 10th, that according to the Panthers.
Sadly enough for the former James Madison star, he missed all of last season after injuring a knee in training camp.
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[S-Druck]


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The Miami Dolphins cut former Virginia Tech quarterback Jim Druckenmiller yesterday afternoon.
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[SUPER=04-NFL; :00]

Druckenmiller, who was a first round pick of the 49ers in 1997, could not climb the depth chart in Miami playing behind Damon Huard, Jay Fielder and now Mike Quinn. Druckenmiller's agent says the Dolphins never gave him a chance to excel. The problem now is that he may have trouble getting picked up. The Dolphins were unable to find anyone wanting to trade for Druck and his $652 thousand dollar salary.
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[S-Cougars]


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Winning the Roanoke Valley District usually means you gotta go through cougar country to get it and this year, according to Pulaski County, will be no different.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.; :]


The Cougars have failed to make the playoffs the past two years. And last year the Cougars lost several games in the last two or three minutes of the game.
But players on those teams have grown up.
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((JOEL HICKS/COUGARS HEAD COACH: OF COURSE IT WAS COMPETITIVE LAST YEAR. WE LOST TWO OR THREE GAMES BY A SMALL MARGIN. THREE GAMES WE LOST IN THE LAST COUPLE OF MINUTES OF THE GAME SO THAT COMES AND GOES. THE SCHEDULE THAT WE PLAY THERE'RE GOING TO BE A LOT OF GAMES LIKE THAT THIS YEAR THAT ARE GOING TO BE VERY TIGHT.))
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[OUT Q=.....VERY TIGHT."]
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That schedule includes three straight games on the road beginning with E.C. Glass, Salem and Bluefield, West Virginia.
But with more experience and confidence Hicks says the Cougars can handle that schedule.
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[IN Q="We got...]

((HICKS: WE GOT TO KEEP OUR HEAD A SCHEDULE LIKE THAT YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN YOU CAN WIN 2 OR 3 BY VERY CLOSE MARGINS YOU CAN LOSE 2 OR 3 BY A VERY CLOSE MARGIN. SO OUR IDEA IS TO BE BETTER THAT SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON KEEP THE PLAYERS FROM LOSING CONFIDENCE AND KEEP MORAL HIGH AND THAT'S THE COACHES JOB.))
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The Cougars will host their Hudson Classic preseason jamboree this Friday afternoon beginning at 2 Franklin County, Lord Botetourt and Varina, one of the top programs in the state, will compete in the classic. Also, GW Danville holds its annual jamboree this Friday night starting at six.
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[GO TO PINNACLE 1031] And keep in mind that Friday Football Extra annual preseason special is coming up for you this Friday night at 11:35 right here on Your Hometown Station.
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[S-Water]


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The recent death of a Tennessee Tech football player emphasizes just how huge staying hydrated is for athletes. 18 year old Preston Birdsong died when he overheated at practice last week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


At Patrick Henry they're beating the heat with a state of the art hydration system.
The misting tent cools off the players and the cooler dispenses cold water by running water through an iced coil inside.
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[SUPER=01-Tim Bane/Patrick Henry Trainer;]
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[VO-NAT]


Coaches and trainers stress to their athletes that taking in fluids is a matter of life and death.
Staffs all over the country have got the strategy of water breaks down to a science.
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[S-Averett]


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[TAPE#=sp-74 3703TC]
[GRAPHIC=COLLEGE FOOTBALL]


Virginia Tech football....UVa football... but don't forget about the Cougars of Averett.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville; :00]

This morning Averett College in Danville held the school's first ever football practice. More than 100 young men turned out for the opening day of workouts as Averett prepares for its first season of intercollegiate competition.
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[SUPER=01-Frank Fulton/Averett Head Coach; :00]
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[OUT Q=....the program."]
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[VO-NAT con't]

The Averett College Cougars open the season on September the second at Ferrum.
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[S-Golf]


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The Middle Atlantic PGA Section Club Professional Championship at Hillendale Country Club in Baltimore Maryland is over and Wayne DeFrancesco held off Roanoke's Chip Sullivan and Dirk Schultz for the win. DeFrancesco finished six under for the tourney. Chip fired a flawless six birdie, no bogey round for a tournament low round of 66 to finish two strokes back.

[S-Hobbs]


[ANCHOR=steve]
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A former EC Glass standout is on the move.
David Hobbs was the head basketball coach at Alabama from 1993 to 98.
He joined Tubby Smith's staff at the University of Kentucky yesterday.
Hobbs played basketball at VCU and was an assistant with the Rams before joining the Crimson Tide in 1985 as an assistant.

[Pie]


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It's not always easy be a politician-
Look what happened today to Canada's Prime minister-
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NO Egg on his face..... just pie.
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Jean (Cray-tee-en) Chreitein bowed his head, removed the plate and was lead to the Washroom to clean up.
The attacker was grabbed by police and led away. He claims his motive was a protest for students, people on welfare and for social reform.
Throwing pies at political figures and others has become a sporadic form of protest by the Montreal-based group- the Pie Brigade.
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