[1-News-Head]

[TALENT=Keith]

On NEWS 7 tonight: we'll check on funeral plans for the victim of last week's gay-bar shooting- -in light of anti-
gay protests being planned.
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[VO-NAT]


And donations pour in from all over the country from Danny Overstreet's co-workers at Verizon.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sports head]
[GRAPHIC=none]


In sports, a rule change in the ECHL as the Express gets ready to begin practice. In basketball, the Hokies lose point guard Brian Chase for four to 10 weeks and
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[VO-NAT]

Mike Stevens checks in with former William Fleming star Lee Suggs and finds out what's behind his rise to stardom at Tech.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
[SS=None]


Nature is taking this change of season a little too literally. Temperatures should moderate a bit tomorrow.

[Video-Open]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=Video Open]
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[VO-NAT]


More expressions of sympathy outside the Backstreet Cafe today... as the Roanoke Valley prepared for a funeral and the prospect of disruptive demonstrations.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[Funeral]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-24 TC1:46:50]
[GRAPHIC=Cafe Shooting]


Tomorrow evening, the family and friends of Danny Overstreet will gather for his funeral in Vinton.
Also expected are anti-gay demonstrators from a Kansas Church, who plan to picket outside the funeral home.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell reports that prospect is bringing calls for calm, not confrontation.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Outside]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dan Hawes/Nat. Gay and Lesbian Task Force; :16]
[SUPER=04-Friday; :24]
[SUPER=01-Wendy Moore/Conf. for Community and Justice; :40]
[SUPER=@Joe2; :53]
[RUNS=1:00]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke]


((Outside the Backstreet Cafe... the show of sympathy and support continues to grow... for Danny Overstreet and those who were injured on Friday night
But so does concern... with the news that anti-gay demonstrators are planning to picket Overstreet's funeral.

[SOT]
[IN Q=We know that]

[RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=they should do that.]


Since Overstreet was shot to death, and six others wounded on Friday night, Roanoke has become a national focus for the debate over hate crimes legislation and gay rights.
Local leaders are hopeful the Roanoke Valley will avoid an angry confrontation.
[SOT]
[IN Q=He likes confrontation]

[RUNS:14]
[OUT Q=in our valley right now.]


Wendy Moore and others are hoping that healing will take place on Thursday night during a vigil in Elmwood park.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))

[Overstreet]


[ANCHOR=Kieth]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-25 TC1:57:25]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Just days after Overstreet's murder, donations from thousands of people across the country are pouring into Verizon Virginia.
Overstreet was a customer service consultant there.
[Double Boxes=Jennifer and Keith/Microwave]


Jennifer Miele is at the Verizon building on airport road where Overstreet worked.
[Live=JEnnifer Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Jennifer1]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke]


Keith, contributions for Oversteet's family are coming in from as far away as San Francisco.
Verizon officials say they are setting up a special fund in memory of Overstreet.
As a model employee at Verizon, co-workers say he will be missed.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=One month before his]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/August 15;:]
[SUPER=01-David Layman/CWA President;:]
[SUPER=01-Andrea Smith/Overstreet's Co-worker;:]
[SUPER=01-Felix Virto/Overstreet's Co-worker;:]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=they were a real team.]

(([NAT SOUND of Danny Overstreet on Jen's Save Tape]
One month before his death, Danny Overstreet walked Verizon picket lines with the rest of his co-workers.
They went on strike to end mandatory overtime and improve retiree benefits.
And just as he fought for his co-workers, they are now fighting for him.
One the eve of his death, the Communications Workers of America sent a letter to congress asking them to pass a federal hate crimes statute.
[SOT]

[TC: 13:23:39]
[IN Q=We'll do what we have]

((DAVID LAYMAN/LOCAL CWA PRESIDENT: WE'LL DO WHAT WE HAVE TO DO TO MAKE PEOPLE HAVE A NICE PLACE TO LIVE AND TO BE TREATED FAIRLY TO BE ACCEPTED IN THE COMMUNITY AS PART OF THE COMMUNITY.)) [RUNS09]
[OUT Q=part of the community.]


Andrea Smith sat beside Overstreet at work for the last eight months.
Today, she and others wear a white ribbon in his memory.
[SOT]

[TC:14:53:40]
[IN Q=Danny was just]

((ANDREA SMITH: DANNY WAS JUST VERY OUTGOING LOVING PERSON. I DON'T THINK ANYBODY HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH DANNY. WE ALL LOVED HIM.)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=we all loved him.]


Those who knew Overstreet say he will be remembered most for his dedication to the union, his infectious laugh, and the love he had for his dog, Friday.
[SOT]

[tc: 14:06:50]
[IN Q=He was always]

((FELIX VIRTO: HE WAS ALWAYS ON THE PICKET LINE, EVERY RALLY, HE WAS THERE. HE THERE, ACTUALLY EVERY TIME I WAS THERE WITH FRIDAY.)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=there with Friday.]
[SOT]

[Nat SOund] [tc:14:53:50] ((HIS FAVORITE THING WAS HIS DOG.)) [TC: 13:16:53] ((THEY WERE A REAL TEAM.))))
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[Live=Jennifer Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke]


Overstreet's co-workers say they are angered by the possible presence of anti-gay groups at his funeral tomorrow night.
[Double Boxes=Jennifer and Keith/Microwave]


Keith, at least 200 Verizon employees are expected to show their support for Oversteet's right to choose his lifestyle tomorrow night.

[Hate-Crimes]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-37 TC28:23]
[GRAPHIC=Cafe Shooting]


Gay rights activists are hoping that the Back Street Cafe shooting will lend some urgency to hate crimes legislation on the state and federal level.
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[VO-NAT]


For six years, a bill including sexual orientation in the state hate crimes law has been killed in Virginia's General Assembly.
On the federal level, Senator Chuck Robb co-sponsored a bill to include sexual orientation.
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[SOT 06:10:03]
[IN Q=Right now]

((SHIRLEY LESSER/VIRGINIANS FOR JUSTICE: RIGHT NOW, THAT BILL HAS BEEN DIGESTED AS AN AMENDMENT TO A DEFENSE BILL. AND THAT BILL IS SITTING IN CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, OF WHICH SENATOR WARNER IS CO-CHAIR. AND SO WE ARE CALLING ON ALL VIRGINIANS TO CALL SENATOR WARNER AND ENCOURAGE HIM TO ALLOW THAT AMENDMENT TO STAY, AND IN FACT TO GO ON AND HAVE THAT BILL MOVED OUT AND PASSED.))
[SUPER=01-Shirley Lesser/Virginians For Justice;]
[RUNS=:23]
[OUT Q=and passed.]
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[TALENT=Keith]
[SS=HOLD]


Virginians for Justice is helping to organize vigils for Danny Overstreet in five Virginia cities outside Roanoke this week.
Some national vigils are also taking place.

[Gay]


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


So, suspect Ronald Gay will not face any FEDERAL charges. Roanoke's chief prosecutor confirmed today that he has consulted with the U-S Attorney, and they've found nothing suitable under federal law.
Gay is likely to be indicted next week for aggravated malicious wounding. He's already charged with first degree murder in Overstreet's death.

[Bramblett]


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


Earl Bramblett is now scheduled to be put to death exactly seven weeks from today... though the execution is unlikely to be carried out then.
The judge who presided over Bramblett's capital murder trial three years ago set Bramblett's date with death for November 14th.
A Roanoke County jury decided Bramblett should die for the 1994 arson and murder of the Hodges family in Vinton.
Though Bramblett has exhausted his direct appeal for a new trial, his lawyers will now pursue the issue in federal court. So he undoubtedly will NOT be executed in November.

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=NONE]


A controversial demolition plan is underway in a Roanoke neighborhood.
That's next on News 7 at Six.
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[VO-NAT]


And the governor wants to make hurricane evacuations easier-- find out how later in the newscast.
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[SE-Homes]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-33 TC55:51]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Demolition started tonight on historic homes in Southeast Roanoke.
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[SOT]

((NAT SOUND HOUSE FALLING))
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]
[RUNS=:05]
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[VO-NAT]

This house on Fourth Street sat next to the Rescue Mission, which may buy the land to build a women's shelter. The neighborhood is changing -- commercial zones bookend this residential strip. Some say the homes add character.
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[SOT 16:26:50]
[IN Q=They probably relate]

((ANNE BECKETT/ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN: THEY PROBABLY RELATE TO THE RAILROAD SO THEY WERE PROBABLY RAILROAD WORKERS FROM THE 1890'S. THEY PROBABLY LIVED HERE AND WALKED TO WORK SO IT'S A BIG PART OF ROANOKE'S HISTORY.))
[SUPER=01-Anne Beckett/Architectural Historian;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=Roanoke's history]
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[VO-NAT]


Three of the five homes have been approved for demolition. Residents loudly oppose these plans saying their neighborhood will be overrun with litter and crime. The owner of the houses did not return phone calls.
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[Tanner-Lewis]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-28 TC1:50:03]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Two former fugitives have admitted to holding a Wythe County couple hostage in their home for nine hours last spring.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wytheville/Last Spring;]


21-year-old Angel Tanner and her 38-year-old boyfriend, Dennis Lewis, pled guilty today to abduction, carjacking and a slew of other charges.
He got four life sentences because of prior felonies.
She faces a minimum of 23 years, when she's sentenced in January.
The charges stem from a two-day crime spree that began when they overpowered officers in Tennessee.
It ended at the home of the Wythe County couple.
Ricky and Toni Sexton were held for nine hours, before authorities coaxed the drugged fugitives out safely.
Tanner and Lewis still face Tennessee charges.
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[Chapman-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6p]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=00-34 TC38:58]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A man who had been riding a bicycle was found dead in northwest Roanoke this afternoon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Police aren't sure what happened to Ronnie D. Miller of Marshall Avenue.
The 60-year-old man was found next to his bike on Chapman Avenue.
He had a gash in his head. But police don't know how he died.
Witnesses saw a car driving away a few minutes after Miller's accident.
But police say there's no evidence that any vehicle hit him.
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[eBay]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-29 TC1:46:24]
[GRAPHIC=none]


She's the fifth most powerful woman in American business-- according to Fortune Magazine.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Today Meg Whitman shared her secrets to success with students in Roanoke.
Whitman is president and C-E-O of the Internet auction site known as e-Bay.
Today she urged students at the Roanoke Valley Governor's School to pick a career they'll enjoy.
The mother of two sons also encouraged the teens to keep technology related jobs in mind.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Even what]

((MEG WHITMAN/EBAY PRESIDENT AND CEO: EVEN WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF AS MORE TRADITIONAL COMPANIES ARE GOING TO BE INFLUENCED BY TECHNOLOGY, WHETHER THAT'S SALES OR MARKETING OR FINANCE, OR EVEN ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT SO I SAY YOU KNOW REALLY BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND THE TECHNOLOGY AND IF YOU LOVE COMPUTERS YOU CAN BE A COMPUTER SPECIALTY BUT EVEN IF YOU DON'T YOU NEEDED TO LEARN ABOUT IT.))
[SUPER=01-Meg Whitman/eBay President & CEO;]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=learn about it.]
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[VO-NAT]


Fortune Magazine says Whitman is worth about one BILLION dollars.
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[Commerce-Park]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-31 TC54:03]
[GRAPHIC=None]


After months of waiting, a high-tech Commerce Park involving a dozen cities and counties in this area has gotten the green light.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dublin/September 15;]


Pulaski County Supervisors approved rezoning land for the park from rural to industrial.
Some neighbors had worried about environmental problems from industries the park would attract.
The park joins 12 jusisdictions from Roanoke to Bland County.
It's intended to bring major hi-tech companies to the region.
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[Stocks]


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


Worries about earnings once again sent stocks tumbling. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
[RUNS=:30]
[SUPER=x5102;]
[SUPER=430-y/175.82/10632.33/y/51.31/3689.91/y/0.18/118.65;]


The DOW plunged 176 points, NASDAQ lost 51.
The Bloomberg News 7 Index fell about a quarter of a point.
[SUPER=431-h*/36$/i%/28#/i1@/53&/ie/21a/ha/3;]
[SUPER=432-h1%/56%/u/30g/hb/42f/u/58!/h1@/38$;]
[SUPER=433-h%/22$/if/14c/i1f/37/h!/28a/if/10a;]
[SUPER=434-id/48c/i1e/53e/he/43b/i&/54$/i1c/47b;]



[Hurricane-Evacuation]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-32 TC1:02:41]
[GRAPHIC=None]


When hurricanes hit the Virginia coast, getting out may be twice as easy.
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[VO-NAT ]
[SUPER=03-Virginia Beach/August 1995]


Governor Jim Gilmore has approved a lane reversal plan on Interstate 64.
That plan would allow both eastbound and westbound lanes of the Interstate to carry evacuation traffic out of the Hampton Roads region.
The Governor says he'd only turn the Interstate around for extremely dangerous hurricanes.
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[Falwell-Bush]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-30 TC1:54:21]
[GRAPHIC=George W. Bush]


It's doubtful he'll come, but presidential hopeful George W. Bush has been invited to speak at Liberty University next week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Bush is listed as a "tentative" speaker at the Reverend Jerry Falwell's Super Conference at Liberty University.
It's Falwell's annual gathering of pastors and church leaders from across the country.
Falwell says Bush may be reluctant to campaign in a state where he leads in the polls.
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[SOT 15:38:13]
[IN Q=My argument is]

((REV. JERRY FALWELL/LIBERTY U. CHANCELLOR: MY ARGUMENT IS IT'S MORE THAN A GEOGRAPHICAL MATTER HERE. THERE'LL BE TEN THOUSAND PASTORS AND CHRISTIAN WORKERS PRESENT AND THEY COME FROM ALL FIFTY STATES, ALL OF WHOM ARE REGISTERED VOTERS WITH INFLUENCE.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Jerry Falwell/Liberty U. Chancellor]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=voters with influence.]
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[VO-NAT]


Bush was scheduled to speak on October 3rd, the same day he's debating Al Gore in Massachusetts.
Falwell now wants Bush to appear the next day.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sports tease]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Just ahead, the emergence of Lee Suggs at Tech. Mike Stevens catches up with the Roanoke native.
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[VO-NAT]


And the ECHL has made some rule changes. The Roanoke Express season is just around the corner.
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[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-71]
[GRAPHIC=BIG EAST]


The Va. Tech Hokies lead the Big East Conference in rushing - averaging just under 300 yards a game. And Mike Stevens says a lot of the success on the ground can be attributed to a grounded star from the Star City.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lee Suggs/7 Touchdowns This Season; :11]
[SUPER=01-Michael Vick/Averaging 9 Yards a Carry; :35]
[SUPER=01-Andre Kendrick/Averaging 39 Yards a Game; :55 ]
[SUPER=@mike1; 1:30]
[RUNS=1:47]
[OUT Q=....NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
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[S-Game]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=VT Football]


Tech has announced that the start of the Temple homecoming game on October 7th is at Noon and NOT one.
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[PINNACLE TECH-BC]
THIS Saturday afternoon Your Hometown Station is the place to be as we bring you the Tech-BostonCollege game.
Coverage starts at three with pre-game festivities. Kickoff is set for 3:30.
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[S-CHASE]


[ANCHOR=DENISE]
[NEWSCAST=SIX]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sp-68 tc 1:44:53]
[GRAPHIC=vt basketball]


Some bad news for the Hokie men's basketball squad. Point guard Brian Chase is out for four to 10 weeks with a broken foot.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Season;]


Chase suffered a fracture on his right foot while playing a pick up basketball game this past Saturday.
The five foot 10 sophomore will have surgery on Thursday, to insert a screw to help speed up the healing process.


Last season he averaged nearly 13 points a game and led the Hokies in three pointers.
Officials say he will miss the season opener against VMI in November and maybe other games as well.
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[S-Rule]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-73]
[GRAPHIC=ECHL]


The ECHL made a major rule change official today--adding part of the NHL's format, at the end of a regulation tie, a five minute four on four sudden death overtime will be played.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


If the game is still tied, THEN, it will go to a shootout.
The reasoning behind the rule change, the ECHL, wanting to be the premiere developmental league for the NHL, wants to model its game format as closely to the NHL as possible.
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[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-63 1:55:03]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Valley Sports Club]


The Roanoke Valley Sports Club has a fresh understanding of what the Roanoke Express hockey team is all about going into its 2000 season.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night; :00]


Last night, Express head coach Perry Florio and three players were the featured guests at the club's monthly meeting.

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[SOT]
[IN Q="the more]

((PERRY FLORIO/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
[SUPER=01-Perry Florio/Express Head Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:24]
[OUT Q=.....to our team"]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/1999 Season;]


One of the mainstays again this season will be the two veteran goalies in Daniel Berthiaume and Dave Gagnon.
They will shoulder some of the responsibility of bringing along 13 new players. Many of these guys will be expected to play tough.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=This is]

((DAVE GAGNON/EXPRESS GOALIE:))
[SUPER=01-Dave Gagnon/Express Goalie; :00]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=....make sure it's getting done"]
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[Promo]


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


Another forum to discuss the future of Roanoke's Washington Park tonight -
[Double Boxes=Keith & Jean/Newsroom]

Jean Jadhon joins us with details.
[Live= Jean Full/Newsroom]
[SUPER=@Jean1]

The public forum is being held to receive and discuss the results of several public meetings held over the summer.
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[VO-NAT @ 00-29 1:01:03]

The Catholic Diocese has offered to donate 300-thousand dollars to the city to build two soccer fields, a baseball field and additional parking under the condition that only Roanoke Cathlolic can use it at scheduled times. That proposal hit a nerve with residents of nearby neighborhoods, who say it isn't fair for the school to use portions of the park when it's convenient for them.
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[Live= Jean Full/Newsroom]

The forum starts at 6:30 at the Lucy Addison Aerospace Magnet School.
[Double Boxes=Keith & Jean/Newsroom]

We'll be there and have more tonight at 11.