!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/REC-html401-19991224/loose.dtd"> WDBJ 7 morning news AM cutins for 08/28/00


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Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech were ready to face off on the gridiron last night, but mother nature made the game a washout. Mike Stevens has the story.
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Before the thunderstorms rolled in thousands of Hokie fans fought bumper to bumper traffic in order to get to Lane Stadium. Jennifer Miele has more on the fans who hit the road, and how they held up.
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(( Flags were flying high as Hokie fans headed for Blacksburg.
The only thing standing between them and the game..... Traffic. [NAT SOUND] ((GO HOKIES!)) [RUNS02]
But each fan was willing to battle the traffic to get there.
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((I'D SIT OUT HERE ALL DAY IF I HAD TO.)) [RUNS05]
A single lane one mile off of interstate 81 is where traffic began to back-up.
Once fans reached the bottleneck, they still had to travel three miles until they reached the stadium. That's why some fans were spotted heading to the game four hours before kick-off.
All lights in town began flashing yellow at 5:00 to help speed-up the traffic.
The only delay came at the intersection of Route 114 and North Franklin Road. A censor was not on the correct cycle, but V-DOT fixed the problem just after 5.
State police say the new exit designed to help the flow of traffic wasn't even used.
No matter what kind of traffic delays, nothing stopped these Hokie fans.
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((I LEFT FOUR DAYS AGO... WE CAME ALL THE WAY FROM NOME ALASKA.)) [RUNS06]
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Jennifer Miele, News 7, Blacksburg.))
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Turning your attention now to weather--
After a stormy night, skies will turn partly sunny today with highs in the mid 70s.
Fog tonight, with a chance of rain.
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A small plane crash injured a pilot in Carroll County. Freddie Wolf Jones of Galax had just taken off from the Twin County Airport when the engine in his ultralight plane failed Saturday night. He crashed 50 yards shy of the runway.
Jones was taken to the hospital with a broken back. No one else was on the plane.


[45-11Tech-Products]


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Virginia Tech products are a hot item these days.
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Virginia Tech police are on the lookout for local vendors selling phony Hokie products.
Tech police say they'll be patrolling parking lots looking for violations.
Violators will be asked to leave, and the public is encouraged to report violations to the police.
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Merchandise is considered phony if it's sold bearing the university's logo without the schools approval.
Legitimate merchandise has to have a collegiate licensed product sticker or hang tag on it.


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A fire has damaged a former Roanoke night club.
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Crews were called to the "Scooches" nightclub around 8 yesterday morning after motorists reported seeing smoke pouring from the building's second floor. Firefighters found a small blaze, and quickly put it out. Damages haven't been estimated, because plans are in the works to demolish the building to make way for a parking lot.
The fire department is calling the fire suspicious.
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Franklin County looked a little like the wild west this weekend.
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The Single Action Shooting Society gives want-to-be gunslingers the opportunity to catch a few bank robbers.
Cowboy Action Shooting has been alive and well since 1994, and participants say it's a safe and fun way to be a hero.
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[TC: 05:59:39] ((WE BREAK INTO TWO DIFFERENT POSSES.)) butt butt butt butt butt butt [TC: 05:59:53] ((WE'VE GOT A TIMER, AND THE MISSES COUNT AS FIVE SECOND ADDED TO YOUR TIME. AND IF YOU SHOOT SOMETHING OUT OF ORDER, THAT'S LIKE 10 SECONDS ADDED TO YOUR TIME.))
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The Roanoke Rifle and Revolver Club and its members dress in cowboy AND cowgirl costumes.
They even manage to russle-up some interest in the next generation of shooters.
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[TC:06:01:00] ((LESLIE RYDER: MY DAD, HE TALKED ME INTO IT, I'VE BEEN AROUND GUNS SINCE I WAS SEVEN. I WATCHED HIM DO IT AND THEN I DECIDED TO START SHOOTING WITH HIM.))
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If you're interested in becoming a living legend, contact the Roanoke Rifle and Revolver Club.
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Time again to check out the back to work and back to school forecast..
Some morning fog, otherwise partly sunny today with highs near 75.
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A pilot was injured in a small plane crash in Carroll County. Freddie Wolf Jones of Galax had just taken off from the Twin County Airport when the engine in his ultralight plane failed Saturday night. He crashed 50 yards shy of the runway.
Jones was taken to the hospital with a broken back. No one else was on the plane.


[8-11Wrongful-Death]


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The family of a Vinton man blames the Department of Veteran's Affairs for his suicide. Relatives of Jack Ellis have filed a 60-million dollar wrongful death complaint against the agency. In 19-97, Ellis went to the V-A Medical Center in Salem after being diagnosed with lung cancer. In March, 1998, a doctor told him his Alzheimer's disease was going to get worse. It was the first time Alzheimer's had been mentioned. Ellis shot himself the next day. His family claims he killed himself because he was mistakenly told he had the disease.








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A former Roanoke night club was damaged by fire.
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Crews were called to the "Scooches" nightclub around 8 yesterday morning after motorists reported seeing smoke pouring from the building's second floor. Firefighters found a small blaze, and quickly put it out. Damages haven't been estimated, because plans are in the works to demolish the building to make way for a parking lot.
The fire department is calling the fire suspicious.
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Instead of Michael Vick passes raining down on the Georgia Tech defense, mother nature decided to bring her own rain.

Mike Stevens has the story.
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Let's take one more look at the forecast...
A drier outlook today...with partly sunny skies by afternoon and highs in the mid 70s...
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