[Open-Heads]

[ANCHOR=Denise]

[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=chr]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=#4070;weekend headline banner]
[SUPER=@Denise1;]
[SUPER=@Leo1;]

Coming up... A hit and run accident in a Roanoke parking lot claims the life of one woman early this morning.
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[vo-nat] And... the word from the Volvo plant in Dublin - is more layoffs are on the way.
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[Roanoke-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=00-41 30:51]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A Vinton woman is dead - a Goodview man is behind bars after reportedly fleeing the scene of the accident that killed her.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Roanoke city police say 42-year-old Teresa Young Hale was walking through the parking lot of the Upper Class Cafe in the 24-hundred-block of Orange Avenue Northeast when she was struck by Anthony Brooks' pickup truck.
She was reportedly thrown onto the hood of the vehicle, then dragged under the truck onto Orange Avenue, where Brooks allegedly ran over her then fled the scene.
Hale was pronounced dead at the scene.
Brooks was stopped by Vinton police on Virginia Avenue.
He's charged with drunk driving - additional charges are pending.
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[6Air-Quality]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=00-39 1:00:06]
[GRAPHIC=Air Quality]


Forest fires are burning across much of West Virginia and Southwestern Virginia.
The 77 fires reported in 19 counties in WEST Virginia...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


are impacting the air quality as far South as Roanoke.
State health officials say there is enough smoke in the air to adversely affect some people with health conditions.
If you are at risk, you are urged to avoid outdoor activities ... and close windows and doors if you notice a lot of smoke in the air.
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[6Forest-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=00-53 00:20]
[GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe]


[WIPE WIPE WIPE]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Surry Co., NC/Thursday]


The forest fire that started in North Carolina and burned its way into Grayson County is now contained.
Most of the numerous fires burning in Southwestern Virginia - are minor and contained.
Eight homes in Virginia were evacuated, but none were damaged.
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[Volvo]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-40 TC51:07]
[GRAPHIC=Volvo Layoffs]


Volvo workers in the New River Valley are bracing for more layoffs.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dublin;]


The company told workers at the Dublin plant yesterday that it estimates at least 200 will be laid off after Thanksgiving.
Another 200 will take a two-week paid furlough this month.
Volvo says it has to cut truck production back 30-percent ... to compensate for an industry-wide drop in new truck orders.
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[anchor=Denise]
[graphic=Hold]


The layoff will affect workers hired after November of 1997.





[11Burruss]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-35 TC1:19:46]
[SS=Plant Closing]


265 people showed up for work in Galax Thursday - only to find out they're out of a job.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Galax;]


Without notice, the Burruss Company told workers in its seven plants in Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee it's closing.
The company makes flooring and dimension components for furniture companies.
In a statement to workers, the company cited, "unforeseeable business circumstances," and the loss of a bank credit line.
Employees picked up their final paychecks at the Galax plant yesterday afternoon.
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[SOT 1:18:51 - 1:19:00]
[IN Q=With my father]

((RANDY BREWER/18-YEAR EMPLOYEE: WITH MY FATHER WORKING HERE FOR YEARS, THAT'S ALL I'VE KNOWN WAS HIM WORKING HERE, AND I WORKED HERE AND MY SON WORKED HERE UNTIL JUST A COUPLE WEEKS AGO.))
[SUPER=01-Randy Brewer/18-Year Employee;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=couple weeks ago.]
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[VO-NAT]


Company officials at the plant commented that they did NOT know the reason for the closing.
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[Cullen-Grandin]
[anchor=Leo]
[newscast=Sat AM]
[tape=Eye on Virginia #1 TC 48:30]
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[IN-Q=Well joining us now]
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[super=04-"The Sanchez Saga"; :23 -- QUICK!]
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[out-q=more on News 7 Saturday morning.]


[KEEP MUSIC UP TO COVER BUMP!!!!!!]
((Archives: Charles Cullen ))




[6Kirby]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-44 8:46]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Northside High clenched the Blue Ridge District Championship with its 34-14 defeat of Alleghany last night.
It's not the first time Northside player Daniel Kirby has made the news.
He was the Roanoke Valley's first test tube baby. And 17-year-old - Kirby is proving to be a powerhouse on the field.
Tina Tenret reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The Roanoke Valley]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/1983; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lynn Kirby/Mother; :12]
[SUPER=04-1984; :23]
[SUPER=04-1989; :27]
[SUPER=04-Last Week; :32]
[SUPER=01-Jim Hickam/Northside Head Coach; :40]
[SUPER=01-Daniel Kirby/Former Test Tube Baby; 1:01]
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[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke]

(( The Roanoke Valley came alive with the birth of its first test tube baby, Daniel Clayton Kirby.
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[SOT 16:40:22]
[IN Q=It was a big]

((LYNN KIRBY/MOTHER: IT WAS A BIG DEAL AT LEWIS GALE -- BIG SECURITY. WE HAD A NEWS CONFERENCE AND IT WAS PRETTY EXCITING FOR US BECAUSE WE WERE PROUD PARENTS AND WANTED TO SHOW OFF OUR SON.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=show off our son]

Talk about a child star! Daniel made his on-camera debut an hour after he was created -- then staged a comeback when he learned to crawl.
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[SOT]
((nat sot))

[RUNS02] The cameras chased him down again when he was six.
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[SOT fam 89]
[IN Q=]
((NAT SOT: MOMMY I CAN JUMP OFF.))

[RUNS02]
[OUT Q=I can jump off]

But these days -- stay out of Daniel Kirby's way. Number 63 laid a heavy hit on the Blacksburg quarterback just last week.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 17:15:31]
[SOT 17:13:04]
[IN Q=He's been a starter]

((JIM HICKAM/NORTHSIDE HEAD COACH: HE'S BEEN A STARTER SINCE HE WAS A NINTH GRADER. HE PLAYS BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL RIGHT NOW. HE'S AN OFFENSIVE GUARD, HE'S A DEFENSIVE END. HE'S OUR OFF-SEASON TACKLER. JUST AN ABSOLUTE JOY. BUTT BUTT BUTT
NAT SOT: WAY TO GO KIRBY!))

[RUNS13]
[OUT Q=WAY TO GO KIRBY]

So how does this National Honor Society student who excels in math and science feel about being conceived in a petri dish?
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[SOT 17:08:29]
[IN Q=IT HASN'T]

((DANIEL KIRBY/FORMER TEST TUBE BABY: IT HASN'T AFFECTED ME TOO MUCH. I FEEL I'VE PRETTY MUCH HAD A NORMAL LIFE. IT HAS HELPED ME NOT TO THINK LESS OF OTHERS FOR LITTLE DISTINCTIONS THEY MAY HAVE.)) [RUNS11]
[OUT Q=THEY MAY HAVE]

Even though some Roanokers publicly denounced in vitro fertilization when Daniel was born -- he says he hasn't tackled any opposition growing up.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 17:09:09]
[IN Q=For the most part]

((DANIEL KIRBY/FORMER TEST TUBE BABY: FOR THE MOST PART EVERYBODY'S ACTED GOOD. I HAVEN'T HAD ANY BAD EXPERIENCES. NOBODY YET TO THIS POINT HAVE THOUGHT LESS OF ME FOR IT.)) [RUNS07]
[OUT Q=LESS OF ME FOR IT]

So it seems Lynn Kirby's hopes for her son 17 years ago --
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[SOT 9:45]
[IN Q=I hope we can]

((LYNN KIRBY/I HOPE NO ONE WILL SEE HIM AS DIFFERENT. I HOPE THEY'LL SEE HIM AS SPECIAL.)) [RUNS04]
[OUT Q=AS SPECIAL]

have come true. Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke ))


[Diner-tease]


[ANCHOR=Leo]
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[WRITER=lhi]
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[2-shot Leo ad-lib diner tease]

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[IN Q=I'm News 7 reporter]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=right back.]



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[DinerOpen]


[ANCHOR=Leo]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=lhi]
[TAPE#=Diner Open]
[GRAPHIC=Weekend Diner]


In this week's Weekend Diner, News 7 reporter and producer Meredyth Censullo produces a tasty popcorn treat...
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[Weekend-Diner]


[ANCHOR=Leo]
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[WRITER=lhi]
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[IN Q=Here we are]
[SUPER=@Meredyth1; 09]
[RUNS=3:34]
[OUT Q=Weekend Diner]
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[weekend diner address board 7153]
If you want Meredyth's Popcorn Ball recipe or any recipe you see on Weekend Diner check out our web site at WDBJ-7-dot com - just click on Weekend Diner.
Or you can send us a self-addressed, stamped envelope at... ( Ad lib address)
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[2Open-Heads]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
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[ROLL COLD OUT OF THE OPEN]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=#4070;weekend headline banner]


An alleged drunk driver flees the scene after a fatal accident in a Roanoke parking lot.
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[anchor=Denise]
[graphic=None]

And... An all-woman jury finds a Southwest Virginia man guilty of murdering his wife.
Those stories ahead in just a few minutes. [2-shot hello]



[2Roanoke-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=00-41 30:51]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A Goodview is charged with drunk driving after allegedly hitting and killing a Vinton woman early this morning, then fleeing the scene of the accident.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Authorities say 42-year-old Teresa Young Hale was walking through the parking lot of the Upper Class Cafe in the 24-hundred-block of Orange Avenue Northeast when she was struck by Anthony Brooks' pickup truck.
She was reportedly thrown onto the hood of the vehicle, then was dragged under the truck onto Orange Avenue, where Brooks allegedly ran over her then fled the scene.
Hale was pronounced dead at the scene.
Brooks was stopped by Vinton police on Virginia Avenue.
He's charged with drunk driving - additional charges are pending.
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[Riner-Verdict]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=AM]
[WRITER=jha]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A five week murder trial in Wise has ended with a guilty verdict.
After 11 hours of deliberations, an all-female jury convicted Charles Riner of first-degree murder and arson in connection with his wife Karen's death in a house fire in 1998.
Riner HAD faced a capital murder charge and the possibility of the death penalty.
The jury opted for the lesser charge.
The sentencing phase of the trial resumes Monday.


[Bush]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Bush]


George W. Bush will be joined by Colin Powell this morning at a rally in Michigan.
With three days left before the election, the retired general will underscore one of Bush's key arguments -- that the Clinton-Gore administration has failed to provide responsible leadership.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Saginaw, MI;]


Meanwhile Bush's camp is questioning the timing of the release of the news that he has a drunken-driving arrest in 1976.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=it's become clear]
[SUPER=201-George W. Bush/R-Presidential Candidate;]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=those mistakes]
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[vo nat]
24-YEARS ago the Texas governor pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.
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[11React-Bush]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=EQU]
[TAPE#=00-50 TC10:22]
[GRAPHIC=George W. Bush]


Bush's high-profile Virginia supporters are standing behind him. Governor Jim Gilmore is Bush's campaign co-chairman.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Richmond]


Gilmore blames Al Gore.
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[SOT 13:11:19]
[IN Q=It's something]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: IT'S SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED YEARS AND YEARS AGO. ISN'T MATERIAL TO THIS RACE. BUT THE VERY FACT HE RAISED IT IN THAT WAY IS WHAT'S SO TROUBLING.))
[SOT 13:12:12]

((ALLEN: ALL OF US IN OUR LIFE HAVE DONE THINGS IN LIFE THAT WE WISH WE HADN'T DONE. BUT NEVERTHELESS, IT'S HOW HAS HE COMPORTED HIMSELF IN A POSITION OF PUBLIC TRUST. AND I THINK WITH IMPECCABLE CHARACTER. AND I THINK HE WILL BRING A GREAT DEAL OF HONOR AND DIGNITY TO THE WHITE HOUSE.))
[SUPER=207-Gov. Jim Gilmore; :00 ]
[SUPER=201-George Allen/(R) U. S. Senate Candidate; :11]
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[OUT Q=the White House.]




[Gore]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=Gore]


Al Gore is shying away from the subject of Bush's DUI conviction.
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[VO-NAT]


While on the campaign trail in Missouri, Gore said he want's to keep the focus on the future.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=why no comment]
[SUPER=201-Al Gore/D-Presidential Candidate;]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=at all]
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[VO-NAT]


Gore will appear at a prayer breakfast in Memphis, Tennessee, today.
From there, it's on to West Virginia. That state traditionally votes Democrat, but polls say Bush is making head way.
Later he'll attend get-out-the-vote rallies in Pittsburgh.
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[11Breast-Cancer]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-49 3:15]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


George Allen and his wife are crying foul over Democratic Senator Chuck Robb's campaign bringing up an Allen vote concerning breast cancer research.
Allen voted against the bill that would have provided breast and ovarian cancer research funding.
He says he voted NO because it also funded fetal tissue research.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Richmond]


But yesterday, the Allen family said bringing up the vote was a "vicious falsehood" meant to "tear down George Allen."
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[SOT 13:06:02]
[IN Q=To my husband's]

((SUSAN ALLEN/CANDIDATE'S WIFE: TO MY HUSBAND'S OPPONENT I WOULD ONLY SAY YOUR DESPERATION POINT HAS RISEN GREATLY. BUT YOU HAVE REACHED AN ALL-TIME LOW. AND WE ARE OFFENDED.))
[SUPER=201-Susan Allen/Candidate's Wife;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=are offended.]
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[VO-NAT]


Susan Allen says she's offended because she's worked hard for breast cancer prevention, and George's mother is a breast cancer survivor.
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[Talent=Denise]
[SS=Chuck Robb]


Robb responded saying he's dealing with Allen's record straight up.

[Robb]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-52 TC01:24]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


Robb made a stop at the Roanoke Visitors Bureau to rally support yesterday.
He says even though he's behind in the polls, he's not worried. Kate Weidaw has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=203-Roanoke;:07]
[SUPER=201-Chuck Robb/(D) U. S. Senate Candidate;:35]
[SUPER=240-Kate/Weidaw/kweidaw*wdbj7.com;:57]
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[OUT Q=kw news 7.]
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[INQ=]

((CHUCK ROBB: ARE YOU READY TO WIN AN ELECTION? AUDIENCE: YEAH!))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 6]


As election day draws closer Senator Chuck Robb is stopping in areas he hasn't had a chance to campaign in recently. The last time Robb came to Roanoke was August 9-th. He says he would have come here sooner except he was fulfilling the job he was elected for. And although polls show he's behind he's pushing forward.

[SOT 18:37:17]
[INQ=]

((CHUCK ROBB: YOU ALWAYS WORRY ABOUT THE PERCEPTION THAT YOU MIGHT BE BEHIND BUT YOU HAVE TO WORK REALLY HARD.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 5]


Robb told the crowd he's working hard to clarify the distortions Allen has made about his record.

[SOT 22:15:08]
[INQ=]

((CHUCK ROBB: GEORGE SAYS I'M AGAINST EXPELLING STUDENTS WHO BRING GUNS TO SCHOOL WHEN I VOTED FOR IT. GEORGE SAYS I'M FOR THE MARRIAGE PENALTY TAX WHEN I VOTED TO ELIMINATE IT.))
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[RUNS= 15]


Robb says he hopes voters will compare his record against Allen's on education, a woman's right to choose, and gun control when they head to the polls.
[STANDUP]
[INQ=]

((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: ROBB WILL BE STOPPING IN CHRISTIANSBURG THIS MORNING AT 9 TO RALLY EARLY MORNING VOTERS. HE THEN HEADS OFF TO 5 OTHER PLACES ACROSS THE STATE. GEORGE ALLEN IS ALSO EXPECTED TO STOP IN ROANOKE SOMETIME THIS AFTERNOON. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7.))
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))



[USS-Cole]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=USS Cole]


Crew members of the USS Cole were greeted by a cheering crowd waiving flags and carrying flowers.
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[SOT 5:11:19]
[IN Q=nat sot cheering]
[RUNS=03]
[OUT Q=nats cheering]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Norfolk Naval Air Stn.;]


More than 200 sailors arrived at Norfolk Naval Air Station yesterday.
17 of their fellow crew members were killed by a suicide bomber on October 12th while the destroyer was docked in Yemen.
Yet it COULD have been WORSE: the latest photo from the Navy shows a 40-by-60-foot hole in the destroyer's hull.. much of it BELOW the waterline.
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[Tease#2]



[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[SS=None]

[BOTH MICS HOT]
An injured Michael Vick's preparing for today's Tech-Miami showdown.
Steve Mason reports, coming up.
[ANCHOR=Leo]

Plus -
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[VO-NAT]

do "Charlie's Angels" pack a punch - the second time around?
And what about "The Legend of Bagger Vance" starring Will Smith, Matt Damon, and Charlize Theron?
Anna Wentworth checked them both out. Her review's still ahead.
But first if you are traveling today........
[Leo ad-lib the travel forecast -- WX PRO]
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[Leo MIC hot] [ No 2-shot toss go straight to Travel Bump] [soft music under]

[11Campbell-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-42 29:10]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


An anonymous tipster may have provided Campbell County authorities the break they need in their investigation into the murder of a store owner last week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co./Last Week]


75- year- old Melvin Giles was shot to death during an apparent robbery last Thursday.
Police say someone saw a suspicious vehicle near the store that night and called the Bedford Sheriff's Office to report it.. now they need that person to call them back.
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[SOT 15:08:51]
[IN Q=They can either]

((ROBERT MAXEY/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF: THEY CAN EITHER CALL THE CAMPBELL COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND REMAIN ANONYMOUS OR IF THEY'RE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH DOING THAT, THEY CAN CALL CRIMESTOPPERS AND THEY CAN REMAIN ANONYMOUS THERE. BUT WE DO HAVE A LIST OF 5 OR 6 QUESTIONS THAT WE'D LIKE FOR THEM TO ANSWER IF THEY COULD.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Maxey/Campbell Co. Sheriff]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=if they could.]
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[TAKE PINNACLE FULL SCREEN]
The numbers to call are 804- 592- 9580 or 1- 888- 798- 5900.
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[Sports-Plays]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-74 (1:37:57)]
[GRAPHIC=Express/Renegades]


The Roanoke Express treated fans to a big home win over the Richmond Renegades last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Renegades vs Express]


The Express enters the Roundhouse before the opening faceoff.
Roanoke Goalie Dave Gagnon would hold the Renegades in check in the first period here blocking this shot for the only action of the evening.
But the Express would rally in the second period when Adam Dewan takes the pass and he slips it by the Richmond goalie to make it 2 to nothing.
[SUPER=38-Roanoke/5/Richmond/2/;]


Then still in the second Dewan would get the rebound and score in close and the Express beats the Renegades 5 to 2.
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[Bluegrass-Weekend]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat-AM]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-54 TC 01:00]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Hotel Roanoke will be ringing with the sound of bluegrass music this weekend.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


More than one hundred banjo, guitar and mandolin players are taking part in the Roanoke Bluegrass Weekend.
Students from across the country began arriving Thursday night for workshops, performances and jam sessions.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT17:47:16]
[IN Q=We're delighted]

((WE'RE DELIGHTED WITH THE PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE. THE HOTEL SEEMS TO LIKE IT WE WERE AFRAID AT FIRST HOW THEY WOULD FEEL ABOUT EVERY CORRIDOR OF THE HOTEL JAMMED UP WITH PEOPLE PLAYING BANJOS AND MANDOLINS, BUT THEY SEEM TO BE HAVING FUN WITH IT. AND THEY KIND OF GET CAUGHT UP IN THE SPIRIT TOO.))
[SUPER=01-John Lawless/Bluegrass Weekend Organizer]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=caught up in the spirit too.]
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[VO-NAT]


Well-known bluegrass musicians including Herschel Sizemore, Sammy Shelor, Kenny Smith, and Chris Thile (THEE-lee) are teaching workshops.
They'll get together for a public concert at the Hotel Roanoke, tonight at 8:30pm.
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