[1-News-Head]

[TALENT=Keith]

There's more gas in the pipeline- -the issue is: one line or two?

Also on NEWS 7 at SIX:
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[VO-NAT]


They're still picking up the pieces at Hargrave Military Academy- -from the fire in July.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


In sports, news and notes about Rutgers and Duke the two opponents Virginia Tech and Virginia will face this weekend, a look at tech bound girls basketball star Erin Gibson,
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[VO-NAT]


and a chat with Thomas Jones, the Arizona Cardinals rookie running back to see how he's adjusting.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
[SS=None]


Thursday looks pleasant weatherwise. Florence is downgraded to a Tropical Storm and the weekend forecast looks pretty good.

[Video-Open]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=Video Open]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]



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[SOT]
[IN Q=We hope certainly]

((WE HOPE CERTAINLY THAT VIRGINIA GAS GOES THROUGH WITH THIS PROJECT.))
[RUNS=:04]
[OUT Q=this project.]
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[VO-NAT]


Alternatives for a proposed gas pipeline could add fuel to its opposition's fire.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]


Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[gas-pipeline]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-24 TC1:34:01]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at Six]


Virginia Gas plans to build a 55-mile long pipeline from Montgomery County to Roanoke.
Opponents asked the company to co-locate its line with Duke Energy's existing line.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Jennifer/Newsroom]


Now Duke Energy's has issued a response and Jennifer Miele is here with more on that.
[Live=Jennifer Full/Newsroom]
[SUPER=@Jennifer1]


Keith, Duke Energy has given Virginia Gas three options.
But those who are trying to bring more natural gas to Roanoke say the options are only short term solutions to a long-term problem.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=A new gas]
[SUPER=01-John Williamson/Roanoke Gas Company; :42]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape; 1:10]
[RUNS=1:29]
[OUT Q=with the project.]

(( A new gas pipeline running from Montgomery County to the Roanoke area is expected to affect 165 families in Montgomery County and 215 in Roanoke County.
Opponents say Virginia Gas should run the new pipeline along an existing one owned by Duke Energy.
Duke Energy has offered the following three options. [PRE-PRO]
Virginia Gas can share a pipeline with East Tennessee's existing one.
The lines can run 50 feet apart, but Virginia Gas would have to pay for any expansion.
OR, Virginia Gas can buy some of Duke Energy's existing property, creating a smaller right of way in between the lines. [END PRE-PRO]
John Williamson of Roanoke Gas Company says the proposals are only a short term solutions.
[SOT]
[IN Q=We've forcasted]

((JOHN WILLIAMSON/ROANOKE GAS COMPANY: WE'VE FORECASTED THAT WE NEED ADDITIONAL PIPELINE CAPACITY BY 2002-2003.))
[OUT Q= by 2002-2003.]

[RUNS08]
Williamson is urging Virginia Gas to build the new line using a new easement. [PRE-PRO page 2]
He says one pipeline will meet Roanoke's needs only until 2006. An expansion of co-located pipelines would be two expensive for Virginia Gas. And a co-located right of way, as proposed by Duke Energy, would actually affect 100 more property owners. [END PREPRO]
With more choices, residents who are opposed to the new pipeline may now have more of a reason to fight against it.
Still, Williamson says he'll fight for it.
[SOT]
[IN Q=We've been in this]

((JOHN WILLIAMSON/ROANOKE GAS COMPANY: WE'VE BEEN IN THIS PLANNING MODE FOR A LONG TIME, AND FRANKLY WE THINK A SECOND PIPELINE IS THE BEST ALTERNATIVE. AND WE HOPE VIRGINIA GAS COMPANY GOES THROUGH WITH THE PROJECT.)) [RUNS11]
[OUT Q=with this project.]))
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[Live=Jennifer Full/Newsroom]


Property destruction is still a huge factor in this issue.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Jennifer/Newsroom]


And Keith, residents who oppose the pipeline are scheduled to picket Roanoke Gas Company on Friday.

[Bird]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-23 TC2:01:48]
[GRAPHIC=Murder investigation]


A Roanoke man found murdered inside a Myrtle Beach hotel room was stabbed to death.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Myrtle Beach, SC/Yesterday;]


Housekeepers at the Poindexter Ocean Front Resort found the body of 50- year old John Milton Bird yesterday morning.

A Dodge Stratus with Virginia license plates was later seized by police from the hotel's parking lot.
Right now, Myrtle Beach investigators say they do NOT have any suspects.
But they're hoping to locate three people who may have been with Bird in the hours before his death.
Witnesses told police two of the people may have gone by the names Jeremy Hackney and Chrissy and were possibly from Ohio.
Roanoke police are also assisting in the investigation.
They're trying to find out who may have traveled to South Carolina with Bird.
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[Bent-Mt-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-35 TC26:46]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


A fatal accident on Bent Mountain today...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

Authorities say a jeep and a car collided on Route 221 near Tinsley Lane around noon. A female passenger in the maroon car was killed. One other person from that car was taken by ambulance and another was treated at the scene. A man and woman in the jeep were taken by Lifeguard 10 to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. None of the victims' names have been released. The accident is still under investigation.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=HOLD]

Route 221 from Slings Gap Road and Tinsley Lane is still closed. There's no word when the road will be reopened.

[Trucking-Investigation]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-27 TC1:13:05]
[GRAPHIC=None]


For nearly two years federal agents have been investigating a group of trucking companies in Central Virginia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co./October 1998]


They raided the offices of K-and-C Trucking in Rustburg, carted away boxes of records.
Search warrant documents unsealed only this week indicate the feds suspect the firms of fudging records that are supposed to account for the number of hours drivers are on the road and failing to subject drivers to drug testing.
The F-B-I wouldn't discuss it then and federal authorities still aren't talking about it, other than to say the investigation continues.
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[Hargrave-Military]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-29 TC1:25:38]
[GRAPHIC=Fire Aftermath]


Two months ago a historic building caught fire at Hargrave Military Academy. The Pittsylvania School is still trying to pick up the pieces.
Surae Chinn has a progress report.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It's a normal]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Parker Mills/Senior; :18]
[SUPER=01-Wheeler Baker/School President; :39]
[SUPER=@Surae1; :51]
[SUPER=01-Erick Briceno/Junior; 1:18]
[RUNS=1:38]
[OUT Q=News7, Pittslyvania County.]

(([nats 37:37] It's a normal activity for Hargrave students to march every day to lunch. But two months ago was anything but ordinary on this campus. Parker Mills saw Sanford Hall--the oldest building on campus engulfed in flames
[SOT 34:50]

((PARKER MILLS/SENIOR: IT'S WEIRD TO SEE PART OF YOUR SCHOOL BURN DOWN LIKE THAT. AND IT'S KIND O DISAPPOINTING NOT BEING ABLE TO USE A LOT OF WHAT THE BUILDING HAS TO OFFER.)) [RUNS:10] The fire nearly destroyed the top floors of the building. Water damaged every level. Many were proud of was the new roof, completed right before the fire. It was part of a major renovation project that was just beginning.
[SOT 29:45]

((WHEELER BAKER/HARGRAVE PRESIDENT: IT WAS NICE TO SEE A FINE LOOKING ROOF ON THE BUILDING AND YOU JUST HAD A FEELING THAT YOU WERE MOVING FORWARD AND YOU WERE GOING TO BRING IN STUDENTS QUICKER.)) [RUNS06]
Removing the debris took several weeks and pushed back the renovation project.
[SOT 42:18]

((SURAE CHINN/REPORTING: SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY THE MONTH LONG SET BACK IS DISAPPOINTING BUT ALL THE DEBRIS FROM THE FIRE HAS BEEN TAKEN OUT AND NOW THEY CAN GET BACK ON TRACK.)) [RUNS:10]
[SOT 29:36]

((WHEELER BAKER/HARGRAVE PRESIDENT: IT'S A BIT TOUGH YOU ALWAYS HATE TO GET OFF YOUR SCHEDULE LIKE THIS BUT WE ARE VERY CONFIDENT WE'LL OPEN UP IN AUGUST LIKE WE WERE SCHEDULED TO DO.)) [RUNS:08]
And that's what some students are looking forward to...getting back in step with rebuilding old Sanford Hall.
[SOT 35:24]

((PARKER MILLS/SENIOR: I'VE TALKED TO THE PRESIDENT AND IT'S GOING TO BE NICE UP THERE.)) [RUNS:03]
[SOT 39:17]

((ERICK BRICENO/JUNIOR: I SEE IT AS A GOOD THING FOR OUR SCHOOL, MORE STUDENTS, BARRACKS MORE PEOPLE TO WORK WITH; THAT'S GOOD.)) [RUNS:10]
The renovated building will have about 30 dorm rooms, an auditorium, and classrooms.
The project should be completed by August next year. Surae Chinn News7, Pittsylvania County.))
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=NONE]


A group of orphans from around the world is taking their Christian music act around the country-- thanks to some help from our area.
We'll introduce you to them later on News 7 at Six.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=NAT Demolition]
[RUNS=:02]
[OUT Q=NAT Demolition]
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[VO-NAT]


And it was always known for its loud music. A landmark Roanoke nightspot goes out with a bang.
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[Law]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-25 TC1:35:59]
[GRAPHIC=None]


People said they saw Amos Law standing behind enormous sacks of sugar and gallon jugs used to transport illegal whiskey.
But federal jurors today found him NOT guilty of lying about his involvement. What's more they weren't convinced he was making moonshine.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Amos Law/Acquitted Perjury Suspect; :10]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount/March; :23]
[SUPER=01-Alfred Blankenship, Jr./Jury Foreman; :37]
[SUPER=01-John Fishwick/Law's Attorney; :59]
[RUNS=1:04]
[OUT Q=overall investigation.]

(( Amos Law has done time before ...for lying about his illegal liquor exploits.
He just got out in May, having served two years in prison.
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[SOT 13:46:40]
[IN Q=I served two ]

((I SERVED TWO YEARS. I ASKED THEM, "WHY BRING ME BACK? JUST LEAVE ME ALONE." I HAVEN'T FOOLED WITH NO WHISKEY SINCE '95.)) [RUNS12]
[OUT Q=since '95.]


During questioning before the grand jury, Law was asked about Hale's Farmers Exchange records that go back to 1991 documenting large purchases of sugar- -the prime ingredient of homemade whisky.
He denied buying sugar OR liquor from anyone.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 13:44:50]
[IN Q=Amos Law was confused]

((AMOS LAW WAS CONFUSED. WE THINK HE HAD IN HIS MIND THE PRIOR CONVICTIONS. ABC AND ATF AGENTS NEVER PROVED THAT HE WAS ACTUALLY MAKING MOONSHINE.)) [RUNS14]
[OUT Q=actually making moonshine.]


The investigation continues- -as more substantive charges in Operation Lightening Strike go to trial at the end of the month.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We're pleased]

((WE'RE PLEASED WITH THIS VERDICT. IT'LL BE UP TO THE U.S. ATTORNEY TO DETERMINE HOW THIS AFFECTS THEIR OVERALL INVESTIGATION.)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=their overall investigation.]))
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[VO-NAT]


Prosecutor Craig Jacobsen says Law's acquittal will have no impact on the prosecution of moonshine cases.
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[Neely]


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


Imprisoned attorney Keith Neely made a personal appearance in federal court this morning- -claiming the government had withheld specific information that could have aided in his defense.
Convicted in 1993 of drug trafficking, Neely is hoping to win a new trial.
Judge Jackson Kiser said he found no evidence of "agency misconduct" on the part of the F-B-I, but he did not make a ruling today on Neely's request for more information or on the motion for a new trial.

[Taylor]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-33 TC40:28]
[GRAPHIC=Whitey Taylor]

The owner of the Franklin County speedway will have to pay 130-dollars for holding an illegal carnival.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount/October 1999;]
[TAPE#=00-30 TC48:38]

Whitey Taylor was convicted today of holding a carnival without the proper permit. Taylor says he thinks he could win an appeal, but doesn't have the time.
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[Scooch's]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-30 TC1:27:29]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The roof came down on a Roanoke nightspot today.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
((NAT SOT))
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]
[RUNS=:03]
[OUTQ=NAT Demolition]
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[VO-NAT]

Demolition has started on Scooch's on Williamson Road. The nightclub closed in July and now, it's being turned into a parking lot for the Bank of America branch next door. Contractors say the job could take six weeks.
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[Heilig-Myers]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Heilig-Myers Ch. 11]


Heilig-Myers may begin closing 298 stores within a week.
A federal bankruptcy judge has okayed liquidation sales and closings at the stores, along with a new credit program.
Five stores in our area will close-- those in Radford, Martinsville, Christiansburg, Collinsville and Rainell, West Virginia.

[Stocks]


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


Chase Manhattan is buying rival financial institution J-P Morgan.
But the news wasn't enough to move the DOW into positive territory. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
[RUNS=:30]
[SUPER=x5102;]
[SUPER=430-y/51.05/11182.18/x/44.38/3893.89/y/0.47/118.82;]


The DOW lost 51 points, while NASDAQ gained 44.
The Bloomberg News 7 Index fell about half a point.
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[VO]
[SUPER=431-i*/37g/h1@/31*/i@/56&/u/24g/u/3a;]
[SUPER=432-hf/58b/ia/30e/i#/43f/u/59!/hc/36!;]
[SUPER=433-ia/23a/h!/15*/h3/39e/i1/28a/he/11e;]
[SUPER=434-ha/52d/h!/49e/i1/43d/i!/58d/i!/53d;]



[Orphan-Choir]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-26 TC1:40:32]
[GRAPHIC=None]


There's a new singing group that's ready to take America by storm.. but it's probably not one you've ever heard of.
Steve Smallshaw introduces us to a children's choir whose personal story is as touching as their songs.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=natsot]
[SUPER=03-Forest; :00]
[SUPER=01-Vernon Brewer/World Help; :26]
[SUPER=01-C. V. John/Indian Missionary; 1:16]
[SUPER=@ssm2; 1:32]
[RUNS=1:35]
[OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.]
(([natsot singing 10:06:00]

((ALL AROUND THE WORLD..)) [RUNS03]
Until recently, none of these children had much to sing about.
They are orphans from countries like India, Burma and the Phillipines.
Their parents are either dead, destitute or in prison.. and in their short lives, the children have known only poverty and deprivation.
[SOT 10:40:55]

((VERNON BREWER/WORLD HELP: ONE OF THESE CHILDREN, SHE AND HER MOTHER LIVED IN A PUSHCART ON THE STREETS OF A CITY IN THE PHILLIPINES. ANOTHER ONE LIVED IN A SLUM AREA, ONE OF THE LITTLE BOYS, HE AND HIS MOTHER LIVED IN AN 8-BY-1O WOODEN SHACK ON THE STREETS IN A SLUM AREA.)) [RUNS18]
[OUT Q=a slum area.]
[SOT 10:49:41]

((C.V. JOHN/INDIAN MISSIONARY: SO EACH ONE HAS GOT A VERY TRAGIC STORY, AND WHEN WE LOOK TO THEM THEY ARE EXTREMELY HAPPY BECAUSE WE TRY TO GIVE THEM NOT ONLY FOOD AND LODGING AND CLOTHES, BUT, ABOVE ALL, LOVE THAT THEY REALLY NEED.)) [RUNS12]
[OUT Q=really need.]


That's where the non-profit group World Help comes in.
With World Help's assistance, the children will spend the next eight months on the road, giving Christian music concerts all across the U-S.
The proceeds will help build new orphanages overseas.. organizers also hope to find sponsors for another three thousand orphans just like these.
[SOT 10:51:32]

((C.V. JOHN: THEY NEED TO LIFT UP THEIR EYES AND LOOK TO THE WORLD WHERE THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN THAT ARE NEEDING LOVE AND CARE AND IF THEY SUPPORT THEM, IF THEY SPONSOR THEM, IF THEY LOVE THEM, AND BRING THEM UP THEN THESE PEOPLE WILL BE MISSIONARIES OF THE FUTURE.)) [RUNS16]
[OUT Q=of the future.]
[natsot singing]

[RUNS01]
Some might say they already are.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))


[Sports tease]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Tiki barber and Thomas Jones talk about their recent NFL reunion, we will hear from Tech bound girls basketball phenom and Carroll County star Erin Gibson
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[VO-NAT]


and Roanoke Express training camp starts at the end of this month, and the coach and his workers are busy getting ready.
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[S-Barber]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-67 1:29:27]
[GRAPHIC=Tiki Barber]


Former Cave Spring and UVa standout Tiki Barber leads the NFL in rushing so far this season. Thanks to number 21, the New York Giants are ranked number one out of 31 teams in rushing after two games.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ; :00]


Barber broke bad in his 2000 debut, rushing for 144 yards and two touchdowns in the Giants win over the Arizona Cardinals. Tiki is averaging 120 yards on the ground a game and already has three touchdowns.
Arizona rookie running back and former Powell Valley star Thomas Jones, Tiki's understudy at UVa, witnessed Barber's unbelievable season opener. Jones had a tough NFL debut, rushing for 16 yards on 12 carriers. While he did not have the kind of game he wanted, he did enjoy his reunion with the man whose records he broke at Virginia.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="i taught...]
[SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/10 Yards Per Carry Avg.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Thomas Jones/2.5 Yards Per Carry Average; :10]

((TIKI BARBER/10 YARDS PER CARRY AVG.:)) ((THOMAS JONES/2.5 YARDS PER CARRY AVERAGE:))
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=..BEST OF LUCK"]
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[VO-NAT]

The Cardinals are 28th out of 31 NFL teams in rushing so far this young season, averaging just 70 yards a game. With Jones's work ethic, that will change as he gets deeper into his rookie campaign. So what's the difference between college the pros.?
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="it's]

(())
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=....play well every game"]
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[S-Duke]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-72 1:32:08]
[GRAPHIC=ACC]


Barber and Thomas's Cavaliers open ACC play Saturday at Duke in a six pm kick off in Durham.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/October 9, 1999; :00]


While UVa holds a substantial win-loss edge in the series with the Blue Devils, Duke always seems to play Virginia tough.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=we've]
[SUPER=01-Carl Franks/3-10 Record as Duke Coach; :00]

((CARL FRANKS/3-10 AS DUKE COACH:))
[RUNS=:28]
[OUT Q=....ready to go after each other"]
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[S-Rutgers]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=dwi]
[TAPE#=SP-75]
[GRAPHIC=Big East]


The Virginia Tech Hokies will face Rutgers at home in their first Conference game of the 2000 season.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Piscataway, NJ]


The Scarlet Knights of Rutgers, led by the nation's sixth-rated quarterback Mike McMahon, have already improved upon last year's 1-10 performance, opening the season with a 34-21 win over Villanova and a 59-0 rout of Buffalo. Virginia Tech leads the all time series 7-3.

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[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-74 56:19]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Express]


Roanoke Express training camp begins September 29th. The team will makes it's 2000 debut October 13th against Richmond wearing new uniforms.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


The players will put on those new uniforms in a revamped locker room. Head coach Perry Florio along with his two equipment managers, spent the day painting the locker room. New ceiling fans and other improvements are instore as well.


(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=01-Perry Florio/Express First Year Head Coach; :00]

((PERRY FLORIO/EXPRESS FIRST YEAR HEAD COACH:))
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=....play that way"]
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[S-Gibson]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sp-70 tc 1:27:14]
[GRAPHIC=Hometown hoops]


One of Hometown Hoops' stars has helped her team to a six and one start so far this season.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/Last Night;]


Senior Erin Gibson led all scorers with 19 in Carroll County's 36-31 win over Radford last night.
The 6-3 Cavalier committed to Virginia Tech before her junior year at Carroll County.
Tech enters Big East basketball play this season. Gibson is looking forward to matching up with some of the best ball players in the country.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=it's intimidating]
[SUPER=01-Erin Gibson/Carroll Co. Senior;]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=your goals are]
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[S-NBA]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=sp-71 tc 1:26:48]
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[VO-NAT WIPE TO #ENG!!!]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/NBA;]


Speaking of hoops, the NBA and Intel Corporation are partnering to develop and distribute interactive NBA programs.

The agreement, announced today includes interactive game broadcasts, customized highlights and access to the NBA archives.
The NBA will join Intel and Excalibur Technologies to form a new company called Convera Corporation. (------------) The NBA will receive 10 percent equity stake in the company.