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[TALENT=Keith]

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Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
We're LIVE from the site of tonight's Presidential Debate. Ellen Qualls reports from Wake Forest University.
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[TALENT=Keith]


And they won't be handing out any more free gun locks. The things don't work.

[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Tonight on News 7 Sports, the ECHL season begins this weekend and so does our first edition of Roundhouse Wrapup tonight with Steve Mason.
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And Don Nehlen talks about facing Vick and the Hokies with a team that is banged up heading to the Burg.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
[SS=None]


Another delightful forecast ahead. The only rain is in our WeatherSchool question tonight. We will explain.

[Presidential-Debate]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#00-31 TC1:19:50]
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Just be yourselves.
That's what analysts would advise George W. Bush and Al Gore as they gear up for debate number two tonight.
Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem North Carolina is playing host.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/Starlink]


We sent Ellen Qualls into the vortex of Presidential Politics.
Ellen, give us a preview.
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[Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/Starlink]
(QUESTION: Are any Virginians taking part in tonight's events?)



[Floyd-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[TAPE#=00-44 TC00:13]
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We're learning more about the murdered young woman who's body was found in Floyd County Monday.
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[VO-NAT]

18-year-old Leslie Rae White grew up in the town of East Waterford, Pennsylvania.
[SUPER=03-Dauphin Co., PA]

She was a well-liked freshman at Harrisburg Community College. A friend of White's - who did not want to be identified - spoke to reporters in Pennsylvania today.
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[SOT @ 17:31:49 - 17:31:56]
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((SHE WAS VERY NICE...I'M SO SURPRISED THAT ANYONE WOULD DO ANYTHING TO HER.. BECAUSE I NEVER HEARD HER SAY ANYTHING MEAN TO ANYBODY OR ANYTHING.))
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[OUT Q=anybody or anything.]
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[VO-NAT]

White's parents reported her missing on Saturday.
[SUPER=03-Floyd Co./Monday]

Monday, authorities discovered her body in the trunk of a junked car near an abandoned house in Floyd County. Her jeep was found in a field off Sandy Flats Road. Investigators say they're looking for at least two people wanted for questioning in White's death. Investigators from Pennsylvania are in Virginia helping with the case.
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[Gun-Locks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=500-17 TC1:18:59]
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A program that gave gun safety locks to cities, including Roanoke, is on hold.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/June 6;]


It was suspended after police found that the devices could spring open unexpectedly.
The locks are pulled through gun handles or barrels to prevent the weapon from being fired or loaded.
400- thousand of the locks were distributed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation through Project Homesafe.
15- hundred were given to Roanoke police to give away to residents.
Police say they've given most of them away but will hang onto the remainder until they're contacted by the organization.
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[Pulaski-Furniture]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=sch]
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The doors closed for the last time today at the Pulaski Furniture plant in Martinsville.
It was a day for employees to say goodbye.
Surae Chinn has reaction from employees.
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[SUPER=01-Mary Keith/Worked 13 Years at Pulaski; :08]
[SUPER=01-Kathleen Butler/Worked 5 Years at Pulaski; :34 ]
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[SUPER=01-Lucy Poole/Worked 22 Years at Pulaski; 1:03]
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(( Many workers did not look back on their last day at Pulaski Furniture. But they took with them: memories and a few worries.
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((MARY KEITH/WORKED 13 YEARS AT PULASKI: I'VE BEEN HERE 13 YEARS. IT'S BEEN FUN! BUT NOW I HAVE TO GO OUT AND HAVE TO HUNT ME ANOTHER JOB.)) [RUNS:09] About 80 employees transferred elsewhere within the company. Some have found jobs with other furniture companies in the Martinsville area. Dozens of others are in the middle of interviews and some are still looking.
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((KATHLEEN BUTLER/WORKED 5 YEARS AT PULASKI: I HOPE GOD I CAN FIND A JOB SOMEWHERE. I'VE BEEN HERE 5 YEARS AND THE PLANT CLOSING UP. WE GOTTA FIND A JOB WE CAN'T PAY OUR BILLS SITTING AT HOME.)) [RUNS:15]
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((SURAE CHINN/REPORTING: IT'S AN EMOTIONAL DAY AT THE PLANT AS THE WORK DAY WINDS DOWN. MANY CAN'T ACCEPT IT AFTER WORKING HERE DAY AFTER DAY FOR YEARS.)) [RUNS:09]
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((MARY KEITH/WORKED 13 YEARS AT PULASKI: SHE'S MY BEST FRIEND.)) [RUNS:03]
It's especially hard for these two who have been working side by side for years.
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((LUCY POOLE/WITH COMPANY FOR 22 YEARS; IT'S REALLY GOING TO BE SAD. I'M GOING TO MISS HER.))
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((LUCY POOLE; IT JUST DON'T SEEM LIKE TODAY SHOULD BE THE LAST DAY AFTER 22 YEARS.)) [RUNS:13]
As the last hours draw near, Pulaski Furniture grows more quiet, and less people walk the grounds. For the best friends and other memories made here--it's hard for many to part ways.
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((MARY KEITH: I WISH THEY HAD NEVER CLOSED IN THE FIRST PLACE.)) [RUNS:04]
Surae Chinn, News7, Martinsville.))
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[Passenger-rail]


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Amtrak is ready to roll. Passenger trains are still a long way from the station. But Amtrak says it is "firmly committed" to coming up with a plan to bring passenger service back to the tracks between Bristol, Roanoke and Richmond.

In a letter to the local Congressional delegation, Amtrak President and C-E-O George Warrington also promises to provide the "rolling stock" to operate the service.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte calls it an "important first step" to bringing passenger rail service to the area.

[Wheelchair-Lawsuit]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=ssm]
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A disabled Lynchburg man is considering a lawsuit against the city after he broke his neck while police were serving him with a criminal warrant.
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Wayne Cunningham has used a wheelchair since he was shot and paralyzed in Viet Nam.
His wife swore out a domestic assault charge against him last month.
Police were helping bring Cunningham into the magistrate's office when he fell out of his wheelchair and broke his neck.
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((WAYNE CUNNINGHAM/DISABLED VETERAN: I HAVE NO ANIMOSITY TOWARDS THE LYNCHBURG POLICE FORCE, LIKE I TOLD YOU, I THINK THEY'RE THE FINEST POLICE FORCE IN THE WORLD. BUT HE JUST DIDN'T KNOW WHAT HE WAS DOING. THEY NEED SOME TYPE OF TRAINING WHERE THEY HANDLE THE DISABLED COMMUNITY.))
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Cunningham's attorney would not comment on a possible lawsuit against the city.
Police officials say the officer was simply trying to help Cunningham when the accident occurred.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
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A-E-P has fired up its electricity choice program-- but customers still don't have a choice.
We'll explain when News 7 returns.
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[VO-NAT]


And they're preparing for traffic trouble at tomorrow night's Virginia Tech football game.
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[Hate-Crimes]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-39 TC36:47]
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Concern about hate crimes brought together community and religious leaders today in Roanoke.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Month]


The meeting was planned long before last month's shooting at the Backstreet Cafe where a gay man was killed and six other people injured.
Organizers of the Interfaith Breakfast say the shooting highlights the "tragic timeliness" of the issue here in the Roanoke Valley.
Among the speakers at Temple Emanuel was the Reverend Max Powell, a methodist minister from Ohio who has tracked hate groups throughout the United States.
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((REV. MAX POWELL/METHODIST MINISTER: IF WE DON'T STAND UP, THEY WILL. I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE TAKE A FIRM STANCE AND SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.))
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[VO-NAT]


U-S Attorney Bob Crouch told the group that he supports the expansion of federal hate crime legislation, to include crimes prompted by the victim's sexual orientation, gender, or disability.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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The interfaith breakfast was organized by the National Conference for Community and Justice, and the Roanoke Valley Ministers' conference.

[Pitts-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=tha]
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A car crash in Pittsylvania County claimed the lives of two Martinsville women.
State police say 18- year old Natalie Ann Beard was traveling on route 58 east when she apparently lost control of her car, struck two trees and overturned.
Beard and her passenger, 21- year old Shannon Faye Bridges were killed.
Authorities aren't certain when the crash occurred.
A motorist discovered the vehicle shortly before six A-M.

[AEP-Kiwanis]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-27 TC1:48:25]
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American Electric Power has begun its electricity choice pilot program in Virginia.
Just one problem -- customers only have one choice.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


During a visit to Roanoke today, A-E-P's number two man says 10 companies have expressed interest in competition.
But not one has taken all the necessary steps to compete.
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((WILLIAM LHOTA/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: COMPETITION IS A GOOD DISCIPLINARIAN IN THE MARKET PLACE, IT PUSHES DOWN PRICES. HOPEFULLY AEP WILL BE ABLE TO COMPETE WITH THE BEST OF THEM.))
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[OUT Q=best of them.]
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[VO-NAT]


13 thousand Southwest Virginia Customers have signed up for the program. They'll be able to chose their provider as soon as another electric company offers service.
Dominion Resources and Allegheny Power may be the first to take on A-E-P.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Bad earnings news from some big high-technology names sent stocks lower. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
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The DOW lost 111 points, NASDAQ fell 72.
The Bloomberg News 7 Index dropped more than a point.
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[Seniors-Program]


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When it comes to a 100-million dollar budget, 18-hundred bucks doesn't sound like a whole lot.
But a group of Lynchburg senior citizens will tell you it makes a BIG difference in their lives.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Budget cuts had forced the Parks and Recreation Department to close its Fairview Senior Center on Wednesday mornings.
When financial advisors Rick Huff and Sandy Stuart heard about the problem, they donated the money to keep the center open.
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[IN Q=For some of]

((FRANCES HAYMORE/SENIOR CITIZEN: FOR SOME OF US, THIS PLACE IS A HAVEN BECAUSE WE LIVE ALONE AND WE COME HERE FOR THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE COMFORT THAT WE RECEIVE FROM THE OTHER CITIZENS THAT COME HERE.)) ((RICK HUFF/HUFF & STUART FINANCIAL SERVICES: WE DO A LOT OF WORK WITH RETIREES AND SENIORS, WE'RE AWARE OF THE NEED THAT IN ORDER TO STAY HEALTHY, SOCIAL ACTIVITY, INTERACTION ACTIVITY IS IMPORTANT.))
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[SUPER=01-Rick Huff/Huff & Stuart Financial Services; :12]
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About 100 seniors use the rec center three days a week, taking part in activities like crafts, line dancing and card games.
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[Tech-Parking]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=00-35 TC53:23]
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Virginia Tech football fans usually like to arrive on campus early for the big games. But for tomorrow night's showdown with West Virginia, campus police are urging fans to take their time and be patient.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]

Because many students and staff members occupy the same parking lots that are used by the football fans, campus police are asking fans NOT to arrive on campus until late in the afternoon.
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Getting to a parking lot could also be a little tough tomorrow night. Fans traveling to the game on route 460 East are being encouraged to exit early before they reach the stadium.
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((W.R. FLINCHUM:))
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[OUT Q=...460 EAST."]
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports, Don Nehlen says his Mountaineers may be too banged up to hang with the Hokies. And it's opening weekend for the Roanoke Express.
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[VO-NAT]

That means the Roundhouse will be full of new players, a new head coach in Perry Florio and an old head coach Frank Anzalone. Steve Mason has the latest in the first Roundhouse Wrapup of the season.
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[S-WVU]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-77 12306TC]
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The Big East will be in the national spotlight tomorrow night as the Hokies host West Virginia at a sold out Lane Stadium.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Morgantown, WV/Last Saturday; :00]

The Mountaineers certainly will be looking for revenge after last year's last second loss to Tech. But after barely getting by Idaho last Saturday, the Eers are more concerned about having enough healthy bodies to battle Tech.
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And if the injuries weren't enough of a concern, the thought of stopping Vick is again making him a little sick.
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[S-VMI]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
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Once again this season there have been very few bright spots for the VMI football team. However, a few special teams' players are providing some positives for the Keydets.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington; :00]

Place Kicker Matt Maxey, a former Friday Football Extra player of the week from Franklin County, leads the Southern Conference in field goal percentage. Maxey has hit 6 of 7 kicks on the year including a school record 57 yarder. That's an 86 percent accuracy mark. Plus, the Keydets Richard Holland leads the Southern Conference and the nation in kickoff returns averaging 38 yards a return.
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[TALENT=MIKE]

[GRAPHIC-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE] VMI plays on the road at UT Chattanooga this Saturday night. The Keydets and the Moccasins are the only 2 teams in the league who have yet to win a conference game. VMI has now lost 20 straight road games. The Keydets last road win came in 1996 at Chattanooga.

[S-Ferrum]


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Ferrum is home this weekend taking on Chowan. The Panthers are now the number one ranked defense in the nation.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Ferrum; :00]

Ferrum is giving up just 154 yards a game this season and allowing less than 7 points a contest. Ferrum is 3 and 2 on the season.
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[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-70]
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The Express opens the season Friday at home against Richmond.
[GRAPHIC=round house rap up]

Steve Mason gets the hockey season started with Round House Wrap up.
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[SUPER=01-Daniel Berthiaume/Starts in Goal for Express Friday; :30]
[SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Pee Dee Pride Head Coach; :58]
[SUPER=01-Perry Florio/Express Head Coach; 1:10]
[SUPER=01-Dave Gagnon/Played for Anzalone in Roanoke; 1:25]
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[OUT Q=round house rap up"]
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((:)) ((It's usually a bloody war when the Express and the Renegades get together and This season opener should be no different. The Gades come into this season with arguably one of the best lineups in the league. ((:)) The drama hits a peak Saturday night when former Express coach Frank Anzalone, who lead Roanoke to the playoffs each year he coached in the Star City, brings his new team, the Pee Dee Pride into the Round House for the first of seven games against the Express. Anzalone and his family are still well connected to Florio and Roanoke. ((:)) ((:)) ((:)) ((:))
Adam Dewan is on the 14 day I.R. with a pulled left hamstring. The Express locker room is complete and features pict

ures of players past and present on the walls, Steve Mason Round House Wrap up.))[S-WDBJ]


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[GO TO PINNACLE 13043] And the college action on Your Hometown Station this weekend serves up Notre Dame and Navy and Noon followed by Auburn and Florida at 3:30 this Saturday.
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[GO TO PINNACLE 13041] And keep in mind the Redskins are on WDBJ-7 this Sunday at one as they take on the Baltimore Ravens in a one o'clock kickoff.
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