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Coming up on News 7-
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The candidates who want to be in Washington- took their campaigns into different territory tonight.
What's going on in Washington could affect retired Railroad workers benefits.
And Liza Minelli is out of the hospital.
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Plus A Vick update-
News 7 is next.

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((MUSIC..UHUH.. THAT'S WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU.))
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The candidates are rocking into the final week of the campaign.
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Good evening...

[Campaign]


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George W. Bush is in the entertainment state tonight: California, while Al Gore is fishing for votes in the Great Lakes region.
This race is so tight both Bush and Gore are in states their predecessors would not have been just a week before election day.
Lee Cowan is on the campaign trail with more.
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[SUPER=201-Al Gore/(D) Presidential Candidate; :14]
[Super=201-Joe Lieberman/(D) Vice-Presidential Cand.; :26]
[SUPER=201-Lee Cowan/Reporting; :36]
[SUPER=201-George W. Bush/(R) Presidential Candidate; :48]
[SUPER=204-The Tonight Show - NBC; 1:08]
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(( A more combative Al Gore took to the midwest battleground state of Wisconsin on Monday -- voicing themes he hopes will appeal to voters leaning toward Green Party candidate Ralph Nader instead.
(SOT/AL GORE, DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE)
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The strategy is to paint George Bush as not ready for prime time-- what his aids say will be the theme of the campaign's final 8 days.
(SOT/JOE LIEBERMAN, DEMOCRATIC VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE)

"George W. Bush is not ready to be President.!"
(COWAN ON CAM:)


"In at least 6 key Democratic states, Ralph Nader is siphoning as much as 6 percent of the vote away from Gore -- especially here in California where George W. Bush has been inching up in the polls."
(SOT/GEORGE W. BUSH, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE)
(NARR:)


The Texas Governor has spent $5 million dollars in the last several weeks on advertising here -- and is planning to spend another 3 million this week alone. While analysts don't expect a Republican victory in California -- it's enough to give Democrats the jitters.
(COURTESY: THE TONIGHT SHOW with Jay Leno/NBC)
(SOT/GEORGE W. BUSH, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE)
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His second appearance with Jay Leno will be followed Tuesday night with an appearance by Al Gore -- who for the first time since the campaign started, is wondering why California is suddenly slipping away. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Los Angeles.))

[Carnahan]


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If Missouri Voters elect Mel Carnahan to the Senate- his widow says she will accept the job.
The state's governor says he'd offer the appointment to Jean Carnahan-
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((JEAN CARNAHAN/MEL CARNAHAN'S WIDOW: I DECIDED TO DO WHAT I THINK MEL WOULD WANT TO KEEP THE CAUSE ALIVE TO CONTINUE THE FIGHT FOR HIS VALUES AND IDEALS FOR WHICH HE LIVED.))
[SUPER=201-Jean Carnahan/Mel Carnahan's Widow;]
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[OUT Q=which he lived.]
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Governor Mel Carnahan died in a plane crash October 16th- He was hoping to unseat incumbent Republican senator John Ashcroft.

[Fifth-District]


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Fifth District Democratic Congressional Candidate John Boyd is calling incumbent Virgil Goode's latest ad campaign "untruthful."
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In a statement released today, Boyd says Goode's radio and television ads mislead voters about the congressman's stance on the Patients' Bill of Rights and prescription drug program for senior citizens. Boyd says Goode supports weaker forms of the legislation.
[SUPER=203-Bedford]

But at a forum at Bedford's National Guard Armory tonight, Goode called Boyd's claims "totally off base."
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[IN Q=I support a...]

((VIRGIL GOODE/INCUMBANT CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: I SUPPORT A PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT THAT WOULD HELP ESPECIALLY TO THE NEEDIEST SENIORS FIRST. I ALSO SUPPORT A PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS BUT I DO NOT SUPPORT THE RUNAWAY RIGHT TO SUE AGAINST EMPLOYERS WHICH WILL DECREASE RATHER THAN INCREASE HEALTH INSURANCE.))
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Boyd was invited - but did not attend tonight's forum. But independent 5th District candidate Joseph Spence was on hand. Spence says he's outraged he wasn't allowed to participate in a Congressional debate held at Hampden-Sydney college last Thursday.
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[IN Q=My first...]

((JOSEPH SPENCE/CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: MY FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT WAS VIOLATED BY NOT ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK OR DEBATE. THEY DIDN'T EVEN ASK ME TO HAVE A SEAT OR STAY TO LISTEN OR ANYTHING- THEY JUST FLATLY WALKED AWAY AND MORE OR LESS I GOT THE RUN-AROUND.))
[SUPER=201-Joseph Spence/(I) 5th Dist. Candidate]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Danville/Last Week]

Boyd, Goode and Spence all faced off in a debate in Danville last Tuesday.
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[Grayson-Search]


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The Grayson County Sherrif's Department has been searching for a missing girl this evening.
The girl was reported missing today from her home in the Troutdale area.
Foul play is not suspected.
Deputies used dogs and a helicopter today and will resume the search in the morning.

[Texas-Baptists]


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Texas Baptists have voted to slash five-million dollars in funding to Southern Baptist seminaries and programs.
They say the nation's largest Protestant denomination has become too rigid in its doctrine.
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Delegates from many of the six thousand churches from across Texas are meeting in Corpus Christi.
In recent years, the Southern Baptists have barred women pastors, declared that wives should ``submit graciously'' to their husbands, boycotted Disney and condemned homosexuality.
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((RUSSELL DILDAY/PAST TEXAS CONVENTION PRESIDENT; WE BELIEVE THE AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL THEY HAVE EXCLUDED TEXAS BAPTISTS FROM DECISION MAKING, THEY WANT THE MONEY BUT THEY WON'T LET US HAVE A VOICE. THEY ARE AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL FAR MORE AUTHORITARIAN IN THEIR APPROACH.))
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The Baptist General Convention of Texas will still send some 19 million dollars to the denomination, mostly for missionary work.
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[Minute-Silence]


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A federal judge says Virginia's minute of silence law is Constitutional.
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[VO-NAT 00-12 1:36:09]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./July 5;]


Judge Claude Hilton today upheld the statute saying the law's purpose is secular... NOT religious.
Hilton says the law allows students to think religious thoughts or secular ones.... and does NOT amount to excessive government entanglement in religion.
The American Civil Liberties Union says it will appeal the ruling to the federal appeals court in Richmond.
The A-C-L-U claims the minute of silence was intended to re-introduce prayer into public schools.
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[Campbell-Murder]


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The search is on for the killer in last weeks murder of a Campbell County store owner- while police today respond to another armed robbery in Lynchburg.
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75-year-old Melvin Giles was murdered during an apparent robbery at his convenience store on Route 460 last Thursday night.
Investigators are still tracking down leads in that case.
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[SOT 12:44:45]
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((ROBERT MAXEY/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF: WE DO HAVE A WITNESS THAT BETWEEN NINE AND NINE-FIFTEEN WAS TRAVELING ON ROUTE 460 HERE AND SAW TWO INDIVIDUALS RUNNING FROM THE DIRECTION OF THE STORE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARKING LOT.))
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Lynchburg police today arrested and charged two juveniles in connection with the armed robbery of a convenience store on Campbell Avenue.
A pellet gun authorities believe was used in that crime has also been recovered.
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[Brush-Fire]


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A Pittsylvania County man is found dead amid a brush fire today- but officials aren't sure if the fire caused his death.
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Firefighters were called to a house on Mount Cross Road in the Tunstall section of the county this afternoon.
The homeowner, 87-year-old Oscar Winn, was burning some brush when the flames got out of hand.
It was Winn's brother who found the body.
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[Bus-Belts]


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Some Smyth County parents want seatbelts on school buses after an accident last week injured dozens of children.
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[SUPER=03-Smyth Co./Friday]

The bus was hit by a car that ran a stop sign Friday. 46-children and 3-adults were hurt. Now, some parents say seatbelts could have cut down on the number of injuries.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

But at least one transportation expert disagrees. The Director of Transportation for Roanoke City Public Schools says seatbelts can trap kids inside an overturned bus.
David Prince adds that, even without seatbelts, buses are built with safety in mind.
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((DAVID PRINCE/ROANOKE TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR; THE WAY THE BUSES ARE DESIGNED WITH HIGH SEAT BACKS AND THE SAFETY CUSHIONS ON THE BACK OF 'EM... THAT KIND OF JARS THE IMPCT IF A BUS IS HIT FROM THE SIDE OR IF A BUS IS HIT FROM THE BACK OR THE FRONT.))
[SUPER=01-David Prince/Roanoke Transportation Director]
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Prince also says adding seatbelts to school buses wouldn't be cost effective. Doing so would limit the number of students on each seat to two, meaning more buses would be needed to carry the same number of students.
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A Roanoke family is trying to get a life-saving kidney transplant for its dog.
But you might be surprised how much it could cost.
That's next on News 7.
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[VO-NAT]


And Southwest Virginia's getting a little spookier.
We'll have some tips for safe trick- or- treating.
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[Sports-Preview]


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((GOOD EVENING EVERYBODY THIS IS DENISE ALLEN WITH YOU TONIGHT IN THE NEWS 7 SPORTS OFFICE....MIKE STEVENS CATCHES UP WITH THE MAN IN CHARGE OF HEALING MICHAEL VICK'S ANKLE...THE BIG SOUTH TALKS BASKETBALL IN ROANOKE...BRIAN GRIESE IS CHARGE WITH SPEEDING AND DUI, PLUS HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE NHL. THOSE STORIES AND MORE IN SPORTS.))

[Animal-Transplant]


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Animal organ transplants are not very common.
But a dog in our area may get one.
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Azlyn's owners are hoping their dog can get a kidney transplant.
His kidneys were damaged after he ate meat apparently tainted with anti-freeze.
The procedure is costly.
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((DR. LINDA JENNINGS:FOR A DOG THE PROCEDURE IS GOING TO COST BETWEEN 4 AND 6 THOUSAND DOLLARS, AND PROBABLY FOR A 60 POUND DOG YOU'RE PROBABLY GOING TO PAY BETWEEN 600 AND 800 DOLLARS A DAY FOR IMMUNO SUPPRESSANT DRUGS AFTER THE SURGERY))
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The cost for cats is a little less.
Jennings says cats fare better than dogs and can live eight to nine years after the surgery.
Dogs generally live an average of a year and a half.
And finding a donor for a dog isn't easy.
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((THEY SAY IN DOGS IT'S MUCH BETTER THAT IT BE A RELATIVE THAT IT BE SIBLING BECAUSE DOGS HAVE MUCH MORE TENDENCY TO REJECT THE TRANSPLANT))
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For cats the only criteria is that the other cat has the same blood type.
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Jennings says the University of California at Davis is only place in the U-S that performs the transplants.
HUMAN kidney transplants usually cost about 110-thousand dollars and anti-rejection medication is about 15 to 20 thousand dollars a year.

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A bill in Washington could change the retirement benefits.
It's called the Railroad Retirement and Survivor's Improvement Act of 2-thousand. The act fizzled in this session of Congress- So what does that mean?
News 7 business reporter Jennifer Miele explains.
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(( Joe Sailor put nearly 30 years in at three different railroads. He's retired now, and says the railroad retirement act would make things much easier for him and his fellow retirees. [TC:02:09:55]
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[IN Q=If I die]

[Tc:01:58:24] ((JOE SAILOR: IF I DIE, OR MY WIFE DIES FOR EXAMPLE, IN STEAD OF RECEIVING 50 PERCENT OF MY RAILROAD RETIREMENT PENSION, MY WIFE WOULD GET 100 PERCENT. SO IT MEANS AT LEAST THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS A MONTH, JUST ANY RAILROAD SPOUSE RETIREE SURVIVOR.))
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The railroad retirement act would lower worker retirement age to 60 from 62. It would also cut railroad retiree taxes by 15 billion dollars.... and the tax money saved would then be invested in stocks and bonds. [PRE-PRO PAGE 2]
But those who oppose the bill say the retirement fund is like a mini social security fund.
There are already three times as many retirees as active workers, not enough to support retirees.
The government already subsidizes the fund, and some don't want to spend anymore government money.
And just because the saved tax money would be invested, it doesn't guarantee the fund will make a profit. [END PRE-PRO]
Sailor has written letters to senators, representatives and even the president. He says the Clinton administration backs the bill, as does most of the house and Senate. [STAND UP]
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((JENNIFER MIELE/REPORTING: SENATE MAJORITY LEADER TRENT LOTT SAID HE WOULD SUPPORT THE BILL IF A MEASURE TO REPEAL A DEISEL FUEL TAX WAS ATTACHED TO IT. THAT DID HAPPEN, BUT THE VOTE IS STILL NOT LIKELY TO HAPPEN IN THIS SESSION OF CONGRESS. JENNIFER MIELE, NEWS 7.)) [RUNS13]
[OUT Q=jm news 7.]))


[Logan-Airport]


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Chaos at Boston's Logan airport today- after a man tries to get on a plane with two guns.
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[VO-NAT]
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An X-ray machine spotted one gun inside a carryon bag- but things got out of hand after security apparently stopped the wrong person.
Concerned that an armed passenger was on the loose, police evacuated one of the terminals, stopped 5- American airlines flights from taking off and re-screened hundreds of passengers.
The man with the guns says they were family heirlooms. One was an antique toy pistol. The other- an unloaded handgun.
Police say he will not be charged.
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A homecoming and a reunion as Liza Minnelli is released from the hospital.
We'll explain next on News 7.
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[VO-NAT]


And we'll meet one farmer who takes his politics very seriously.
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[Minnelli]


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Award-winning entertainer Liza Minnelli was released from a Fort Lauderdale hospital today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fort Lauderdale, FL]


A happy Minnelli is wheeled out with her sister Lorna Luft close at hand.
The two sisters have been estranged for some time.
Minnelli has been hospitalized for the past three weeks after suffering viral encephalitis, a potentially deadly inflammation of the brain.
Encephalitis is normally contracted from an insect bite.
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[Halloween-Safety]


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Local police are offering tips to make this Halloween a safe one for the area's ghosts and goblins.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Roanoke police say parents should make sure costumes are flame retardant, light colored and not too long.
They also recommend using make-up rather than masks.
Police say younger children should always be accompanied by a parent and older kids should travel in groups.
Homeowners can also do their part.
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[SOT 11:20:19]
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((SGT. BUTCH STEAHLY/ROANOKE POLICE DEPT.: AS FAR AS RESIDENTS IN THE HOUSE, IT WOULD BE NICE FOR THEM TO KEEP THEIR LIGHTS ON, PORCH LIGHTS ON AND KEEP CLUTTER AWAY FROM THE SIDEWALKS AND ANYTHING THE CHILDREN COULD TRIP OVER.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Butch Steahly/Roanoke Police Dept.;]
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Parents should check their children's candy in a well lit area.
They say all unwrapped candy should be tossed out.
They also recommend closely inspecting any homemade goodies and fruit.
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[S-Extra]


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Coming up, the Tech injury report-the latest on Michael Vick. NHL highlights, the Big South Conference invades the Roanoke Civic Center and Bronco quarterback Brian Griese is charged with DUI.
First NASCAR drivers get spooked in our Extra Point.
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The New Jersey Devils haven't lost in their last five games. They needed an extra period to get the 'W' last night against Florida.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ/Fox Sports;]


In the second period, Patrik Elias' goal on the power play gives the Devils the five to four advantage, but New Jersey can't hold on to the lead.
[super=31-Florida/5/New Jersey/6;]


Bobby (HO-Leek) Holik saves the day in overtime. His fourth goal of the season gives the Devils the six to five win over the Panthers.
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[S-POLLS]


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A number of high school teams in the Friday Football Extra coverage area are being recognized by the Associated Press.
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[full screen group aaa]
The weekly polls are out and Pulaski County is in the fifth spot in group three-A.
The Cougars are nine and oh. [take full screen group aa]
In Double A, Liberty is fifth with an eight and one record.
Northside is also eight and one on the season and holds down the ninth spot. [take group a full screen]
In the single A poll you'll find George Wythe at eight and one on the season locked in at number four.
Giles has a seven and two record and comes in this week at number five.
Bath County is in the ninth spot with a seven and one record.
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[S-Injury]


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Michael Vick's injured right ankle is the talk of the state, and in college football circles the talk of the nation. This afternoon, he had more treatment on the leg and an MRI performed at Montgomery Regional Hospital. Tonight, Mike Stevens talks with the man who is trying his best to get Vick well in time to face the Hurricanes.
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[SUPER=01-Mike Goforth/VT Head Athletic Trainer; :19]
[SUPER=04-This Afternoon; :32]
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[OUT Q=....NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
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[S-Griese]


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Denver Bronco quarterback Brian Griese says he's taking full responsibility for this weekend's arrest on charges of driving under the influence.
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[VO-NAT]
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Griese was pulled over Saturday for going 80 miles per hour in a zone posted 65.
He failed roadside sobriety and breathalyzer tests. Police say his blood alcohol content was above the point-one legal limit.
In addition to the legal penalties, Griese could be fined up to 20-thousand dollars from the NFL.
Griese was the league's highest rated passer before injuring his right shoulder in September.
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[S-South]


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The Roanoke Civic Center becomes a basketball mecca in February.
That's when the Big South Conference men's and women's basketball championships descend upon the Star City.
Steve Mason was at yesterday's media day.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ron Bradley/Radford Head Coach; :21]
[SUPER=01-Jason Williams/Radford 2001 Conference MVP; :39]
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As Steve said the Liberty women are the preseason number one.
The Lady Flames have also been named to the Top 25 Academic Teams by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association,
Liberty is 13th with a team grade point average of three-point-three.
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Liberty's Michelle Fricke is the preseaon pick for player of the year.

[Video]


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An ordinary yard sign wouldn't do for an Ohio farmer.
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He's endorsed the Republican presidential ticket, by mowing it into his crop.
John Parkinson mowed the names Bush and Cheney in eight-foot letters onto a hillside overlooking his farm in Newark.
He began the project by doing a computer layout and painted the letters white to help them better stand out.
Parkinson says motorists have been honking day and night after witnessing his display.
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