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[TALENT=Keith]

Coming up on News 7: the search for a missing hiker
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[VO-NAT]


And the move to create a Gay Pride license plate raises hackles before it even has a sponsor.
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[Sports-head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]

Football notes from Tech, UVa and the NFL are on the way, plus we'l check in with the folks at the Lowes Motor Speedway who
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[VO-NAT]

did this to make a point in the name of safety today - honestly.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
[SS=None]


Lots of clouds and periods of showers. The recipe for a wet forecast and that's what we have coming up.

[Missing-Hiker]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-33 TC20:11]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at Six]


A search is underway for a missing hiker in Montgomery County.
The man's been missing since Saturday.
(XXXXXXXXX)

[TAKE MAP FULL]
Rescuers efforts are concentrating around an area just outside Blacksburg... on a National Forest trail at Glade Road and Bobcat Lane.
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[Double Boxes=Keith and Marya/Microwave]


Marya Jones was out at the search and now joins us with details from the New River newsroom.
[Live=Marya Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Marya1;]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]
(ad lib)
(rollcue... missing for three days.)
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[VO-NAT]

[***MARYA's MIKE HOT***]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]
[OUT Q=organizing the search now.]
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[Live=Marya Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]
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[Double Boxes=Keith and Marya/Microwave]


Keith?[Gay-Plate]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-29 TC1:02:58]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Virginia's General Assembly has considered license plates honoring everything from the Sons of Confederate Veterans to pig memorabilia.
But now, a Richmond gay and lesbian group wants a state tag with the word "pride" and a rainbow rectangle.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We have a]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :00]
[SUPER=01-Shirley Lesser/Virginians for Justice; :21]
[SUPER=01-Robin DeJarnette/Family Foundation; :35]
[SUPER=@Ellen2; 1:22 ]
[RUNS=1:30]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7.]

(( We have a plate that commemorates bowlers.
We've even got a hillbilly on a state plate.
We've got 180 different license plates to choose from in Virginia.
The Richmond Pride Coalition is suggesting just one more.. a pride plate with a rainbow logo.
The state's chief gay advocacy group applauds the idea.
[sot 13:15:17]

((SHIRLEY LESSER/VIRGINIANS FOR JUSTICE: I THINK IT'S GREAT. I THINK IT'S GREAT. I THINK IT'S WONDERFUL THAT PEOPLE -- GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDERED -- WHO HAVE BEEN SO BEATEN DOWN, PARTICULARLY IN VIRGINIA, SO DISENFRANCHISED AND DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, ARE STANDING UP FOR THEIR CULTURAL PRIDE.)) [runs:15]
[sot 12:41:35]

((ROBIN DEJARNETTE/FAMILY FOUNDATION: IF THEY WANTED TO DO SOMETHING ON THEIR OWN, HAVE A STICKER ON THEIR CAR, THAT'S ONE THING. BUT ONCE THEY'RE ASKING THE GOVERNMENT'S ENDORSEMENT, WHICH IS A SEMI-ENDORSEMENT OF THE GAY PRIDE PARADE, I THINK THEY'VE CROSSED THAT LINE. I DON'T THINK THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMONWEALTH ARE READY FOR THAT YET.)) [runs:25]
The conservative Family Foundation says a plate essentially promoting homosexuality ignores the fact that gay marriage and sodomy are illegal in Virginia.
NO lawmaker has yet offered to sponsor the plate.
Would such a bill even have a chance?
[sot 13:18:46]

((SHIRLEY LESSER/VIRGINIANS FOR JUSTICE: SO I THINK IF POLITICIANS LISTEN TO THEIR CONSTITUENCY, YES. DO I THINK THAT VIRGINIA POLITICIANS WILL LISTEN TO THEIR CONSTITUENCY IN THIS ELECTION YEAR? NO. SO DOES IT HAVE A CHANCE? PERHAPS. IS IT WORTH INTRODUCING EVEN WITHOUT A CHANCE. CERTAINLY BECAUSE WE CAN ENGAGE IN CONVERSATION AND DISPEL SOME MYTHS.)) [runs:20 ]
Either way, if you're clever enough, you can make your own license plate statement anyway.
A lot of messages are apparently kosher to the DMV.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))

[Altec]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-22 TC2:02:52]
[GRAPHIC=Altec]

A new company plans to hire 150 people and invest almost 13 million dollars in Botetourt County by 2003.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]

Altec Industries builds aerial lifts for companies like A-E-P and tree surgeons. The firm plans to open a new plant in Botetourt's Greenfield Industrial Park next year. Altec pays employees about 12-dollars an hour.
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[SOT 10:48:45]
[IN Q=We'll be looking]

((JON STYSLINGER/ALTEC INDUSTRIES: WE'LL BE LOOKING FOR ENGINEERING AND TECHNICAL STAFF AS WELL AS SKILLED AND SEMI SKILLED PRODUCTION. THAT WOULD INCLUDE WELDING, HYDRAULICS, ELECTRICAL, ASSEMBLY, FABRICATING.))
[SUPER=01-Jon Styslinger/Altec Industries;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=fabricating]
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[VO-NAT]

Botetourt County did not charge the company for 36 acres of land. This is Botetourt's fifth transportation-related company. Officials say they're deliberately specializing in that industry.
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[Etoys]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-30 TC12:48]
[GRAPHIC=E-Toys]


E-toys has a game plan for the holiday season-- a mulitmillion dollar expansion plan.
Surae Chinn tells us about the plan and who showed up for the announcement.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.;]
[SUPER=01-Derek Linder/Etoys Employee;]
[SUPER=@Surae1;]
[SUPER=01-Mischael Edmunds/Etoys Employee;]
[SUPER=@Gilmore;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=News7, Pittsylvania County.]

(( EToys sells lots of games but they don't like to play around this time of year. (nats) Workers like Derek Linder are gearing up for the holiday season.
[SOT 27:56]

((DEREK LINDER/ETOYS EMPLOYEE: IT'S KIND OF LIKE RUSH HOUR IN NEW YORK CITY FOR THREE MONTHS STRAIGHT.)) [RUNS:07]
Although the dot com company has yet to make a profit in its 4 year history, sales last year grew five times from the previous year.
[SOT 2:20:45 TAPE 2]

((SURAE CHINN/REPORTING; THE BOXES OF TOYS ARE STACKED TO THE LIMIT. IT WAS OBVIOUS TO COMPANY OFFICIALS THEY NEEDED MORE ROOM TO PLAY AROUND WITH.)) [RUNS:10]
( 18:13 nats of ribbon cutting "1,2,3 cut")


So the company invited Governor Gilmore and others for the official ribbon cutting ceremony for a multimillion dollar expansion. Two building complexes cover 1.2 million square feet. This will allow faster service to more customers.


[SOT 20:18]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THIS CONTINUES TO SHOWS THE ABSOLUTE COMMITMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA TO THE SOUTHSIDE. AND TO THE OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER NEW JOBS AND WORKING OPPORTUNITIES TO THE SOUTHSIDE AND PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY.)) [RUNS:11]
Opportunities for Mishael Edmunds and about 1500 other seasonal employees--needed for the mad rush.
[SOT 24:13]

((MISCHAEL EDMUNDS/TEMPORARY EMPLOYEE: I JUST LIKE THE PLACE HERE. I ENJOY MY JOB.)) [RUNS:04]
She's not the only one. Derek says he likes working in a new and different type of industry.
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((DEREK LINDER/ETOYS EMPLOYEES: I'M REALLY FASCINATED ABOUT THE WHOLE INTERNET THING. SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO HOW FAR ETOYS IS GOING TO GO AND I'LL BE HERE.)) [RUNS:09]
Workers say there is no guaranteed success in ecommerce but they'll work hard to make it happen for eToys. Surae Chinn News7, Pittsylvania County.))
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[BV-Heads]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#00-24 TC1:09:32]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Three presidential heads are rolling towards Buena Vista. The 16-to-18 foot busts of Abraham Lincoln, William Henry Harrison and Zachary Taylor were supposed to arrive today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Buena Vista]

But apparently, they've got "noses for trouble" because problems with the flatbed truck hauling the busts has held up delivery. Officials at Glen Maury Park, where the busts will be housed, say they've gotten the heads up that the Presidents will be in place by tomorrow.
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[SOT @ 1:51:22 - 1:51:30]
[IN Q=I'd like to...]

((RONNIE COFFEY: I'D LIKE TO SEE THEM COME IN ON TIME BUT OF COURSE MECHANICAL PROBLEMS, RAIN....WHEN THEY COME IN.))
[SUPER=01-Ronnie Coffey/Recreation & Parks Dir.]
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[OUT Q=come in]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-York Co./March 17]

Glen Maury park will be the heads' foster home. A York County developer wants to house the busts of all 41 Presidents at a park there, but is currently engaged in a dispute over zoning. No one knows how long the three busts will be in Buena Vista.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=NONE]


The major work is done, but a popular Roanoke short- cut may remain closed for a few more months.
We'll find out why later on News 7 at Six.
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[VO-NAT]


And see how the internet is changing the look of the real-estate market.
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[VDOT-Towers]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-19 TC1:53:04]
[GRAPHIC=None]


V-DOT and Montgomery County may be on the road to a legal battle.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]


The Department of Transportation wants to build a telecommunications tower near Exit 109 of Interstate 81.
It plans to lease space on the tower to telecommunication companies.
And it says it doesn't need the county's approval to do it.
But Montgomery County's Board of Supervisors is threatening legal action.
Supervisors say V-DOT should be subject to the same procedures as anyone who puts up a cell-phone tower.
That includes public hearings before the planning commission and supervisors.
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[SOT 1:05:33 - :40]
[IN Q=The issue]

((MARTY MCMAHON/COUNTY ATTORNEY: THE ISSUE, WE THINK, IS THAT THEY'VE JUST CUT A DEAL WITH THE TELECOMMUNICATION INDUSTRY TO LET THESE TOWERS ON THEIR RIGHTS OF WAY SAYING THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO GET OUR LOCAL APPROVAL.))
[SUPER=01-Marty McMahon/County Attorney;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=our local approval.]
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[VO-NAT]


VDOT says it needs the tower for its "Intelligent Transportation System" on the interstate.
It also has plans for cell towers in Augusta, Botetourt and Pulaski Counties.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Montgomery County contends that a state Supreme Court decision prevents V-DOT from circumventing county land-use procedures.

[HUD]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-27 TC52:51]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to an area community college.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


The Danville Community College is one of them.
The College plans to use the nearly 400 thousand dollars to help three low income neighborhoods in Danville.
Those communities include Camp Grove, North Main and Liberty View.
Residents there will have access to educational opportunities, job placement and training.
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[Virtual-Tour]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-23 TC33:53]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Putting your house on the market can also mean putting your house on line.
Jennifer Miele shows us one way local Realtors are opening more doors and closing more deals than ever before.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Amy Hudson hates]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;:00]
[SUPER=01-Amy Hudson/Owens & Company;:23]
[SUPER=01-Tim Garrison/Boone & Company;:37]
[SUPER=01-Patti Dunbar/Boone & Company;:57]
[SUPER=@JENNIFER1;1:24]
[RUNS=1:30]
[OUT Q=JM News 7.]


(( Amy Hudson hates Realtors. She had such a bad experience when she sold her house that she decided to become a Realtor herself.
Then Hudson took her business on-line. Her customers can now get a 360 degree view of every room in the house of their choice just by bringing up her website.
Hudson's business is booming.
[IN Q= I attribute it]

[TC:04:05:46] ((AMY HUDSON/OWENS & COMPANY: I ATTRIBUTE IT TO THE WEBSITE, AND THE EXPOSURE FROM THE WEBSITE. WE ADVERTISE IT NOT ONLY ON OUR SIGNS BUT IN ALL OUR NEWSPAPER ADS, OUR REALEST ATE REVIEW ADS SO THAT WE DRIVE PEOPLE TO THE SITE.)) [RUNS12]
[OUR Q=to the site.]


Her competitors are also e-selling. [NAT SOUND] [tc: 05:15:00] ((THE INTERNET AND THE USE OF IT, THERE'S JUST SO MUCH MORE YOU CAN DO WITH IT.)) [RUNS05]
Want a look at the local school district? Boone & Company's relocation center is helping clients from around the world to build foundations in the Valley.
[IN Q=The husband is]

((PATTI DUNBAR/BOONE & COMPANY: THE HUSBAND IS AT SEA IN A SHIP IN NORMANDY. HE'S ABLE TO ACCESS THE INTERNET, HAS BEEN ON THE INTERNET PREVIEWING HOUSES...HAS E-MAILED HIS WIFE A LIST OF HOUSES THAT HE WANTS HER TO LOOK AT WHILE SHE'S IN ROANOKE.)) [RUNS16]
[OUT Q= she's in Roanoke.]


Hi-tech equipment helps customers eliminate unwanted houses and Realtors eliminate time-consuming house calls.
[IN Q= Time is]

((PATTI DUNBAR/BOONE & COMPANY: TIME IS MONEY TO THEM, THEY DON'T MAKE ANY COMMISSION UNTIL THEY MAKE A SALE.)) [RUNS04] [STAND UP]
[IN Q=With technology like]

((JENNIFER MIELE: WITH TECHNOLOGY LIKE THAT, FOR SALE SIGNS LIKE THIS MAY SOON BE MOVING RIGHT OUT OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD. JENNIFER MIELE, NEWS 7.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=JM News 7.]))



[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


A mixed day on Wall Street. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
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[SUPER=x5102;]
[SUPER=430-y/37.74/11215.10/x/11.82/4082.41/y/0.65/116.65;]


The DOW lost 38 points, but NASDAQ rose 12.
The Bloomberg News 7 Index fell about two-thirds of a point.
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[VO]
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[SUPER=433-ia/22/ib/16e/h4e/33b/id/31/u/12;]
[SUPER=434-ig/49r/ia/51c/i1@/42c/i1a/55r/i!/49$;]



[Wiley-Drive]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-23 TC1:41:08]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It may take a few more months, but a popular route along the Roanoke River will eventually re-open to traffic.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The stretch of Wiley Drive through Smith Park has been closed for over a year while crews worked on the sewer interceptor project.
That work is complete, but the city has held off on re-opening the road until speed humps and other traffic control measures can been installed.
City officials say they're now working on a construction plan to finish those improvements, they hope by the end of the year.
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[Alien-Lawsuit]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-28 TC1:13:07]
[GRAPHIC=Lawsuit]


It was an "out of this world" claim.
Now , an Alexandria circuit court judge says it's out of his hands.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Springfield/July 25]


Larry Bryant's the man who was suing Governor Jim Gilmore -- alleging the Governor was NOT doing enough to protect Virginians from the alien invasion and threat of alien abduction.
Judge Alfred Swersky says he has NO authority to decide if the Governor's doing a good job protecting us from extraterrestrials.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]

Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, Caseu and Combs make the big time, Majestic Mapp talks about the surgery he had today. Tech gets set for Akron,
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[VO-NAT]

and UVa looks to slow down BYU normally high flying passing attack.
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[S-Mapp]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-70 1:17:02]
[GRAPHIC=UVa basketball]


This morning, UVa sophomore guard Majestic Mapp had surgery to repair his torn ACL in his right knee. Rehabilitation should take six months which will be most of the basketball season.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="Right now...]
[SUPER=01-Majestic Mapp/UVa Sophomore Guard; :07]

((MAJESTTIC MAPP/UVA SOPHOMORE GUARD:))
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=....back together 100 percent"]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville; :00]


Mapp averaged 5.3 points and was second on the team in assists last season. He says this setback should make him stronger.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="my parents]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=.....things that happen to you"]
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[S-BCA]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-76 4827TC]
[GRAPHIC=TECH FOOTBALL]


After getting "zapped" on Sunday, the Hokies now hope to avoid getting "zipped" on Saturday. The Akron Zips are coming to town even though questions about the BCA still linger.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :15]
[SUPER=01-Jim Weaver/Va. Tech Athletic Director; :36]
[SUPER=01-Nick Sorensen/Va. Tech Linebacker; 1:10]
[SUPER=01-Cory Bird/Va. Tech Rover; 1:17]
[RUNS=1:25]
[OUT Q=....PEOPLE OF IT."]
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[TALENT=MIKE]
[GRAPHIC=TECH]

Injury-wise, Sorensen and Larry Austin should be back to full strength. The game is a sellout.

[S-UVA]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-66 1:30:30]
[GRAPHIC=UVa football]


The Virginia Cavaliers biggest challenge this Saturday against Brigham Young should come for the Cougars air attack.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Provo, UT/Last Season; :00]


BYU has three top notch senior receivers that accounted for 132 catches a season ago.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="i'm kinda]
[SUPER=01-Tim Spruill/UVa Cornerback; :04]

((TIM SPRUILL/UVA CORNERBACK:))
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=....pick out receivers"]
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[S-Casey]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-63 1:36:25]
[GRAPHIC=Carolina Panthers]


The Carolina Panthers final roster cuts spared former Virginia tight end Casey Crawford.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Spartanburg, SC; :00]


Crawford was signed by the Panthers as a rookie free agent. He was not drafted and, after injuries limited him to a third of the games his senior season at UVa, he had decided to retire from football at this time last year. Carolina had planned to keep only three tightends, but Crawford caught a TD and a two point conversion in the preseason and was too impressive to let go. Also, the Panthers have re-signed former Hokie linebacker Michael Hawkes. He will likely spend this season on the Carolina Practice squad.
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[talent=mike]
[GRAPHIC=COMBS]

And how about Patrick Henry product Chris Combs. He has earned a spot on the Steelers roster. You can watch Chris in his NFL debut this Sunday at one right here On Your Hometown Station.

[S-Wall]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-71]
[GRAPHIC=LOWES SPEEDWAY]

Ever since Adam Petty and then Kenny Irwin were killed in practice crashes into the outside wall at New Hampshire, Lowe's Motor Speedway president Humpy Wheeler has been working with engineers to develop a durable Styrofoam like substance to pad the outside walls.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Concord, NC/This Afternoon; :00]

Today the track unveiled the substance and showed off it's absorptive ability by dropping a car 60 feet onto a bed of the material. (------------) The Speedway may use it at all races this October.