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[TALENT=Keith]

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They're counting the ballots in Florida- -AGAIN. Whoever wins the recount is the next President of the United States.
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On NEWS 7 tonight we'll hear from a member of the electoral college, a local woman whose vote is among just 538 that really count.

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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, Cave Spring quarterback Jacob Lewis gets some national pub in USA Today. It's national signing day for high school athletes.
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[VO-NAT]

This afternoon at Hargrave Military 9 players signed division one scholarship papers including UVa bound Jason Clark.


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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
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Still watching for some decent rains over the next 24 hours. The latest radar pictures coming up.


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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=ejo]
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[IN Q=No American will ]

((NO AMERCIAN WILL EVER BE ABLE TO SERIOUSLY SAY AGAIN, MY VOTE DOESN'T COUNT.))
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[VO-NAT]


The presidential recount is underway in Florida .. as a Lynchburg elector prepares to cast a REAL vote for president.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[National-Election]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=00-42 TC33:33]
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The results of that recount may not be known until late tomorrow afternoon.
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[VO-NAT]


At last count, George W. Bush was ahead in Florida by about 17-hundred votes.
Never- the- less, both Bush and Democrat Al Gore say they're confidant they'll come out on top when the count is finished.
Whichever candidate gets Florida's 25 electoral votes will be the new president.
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[Electors]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-36 TC1:38:56]
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So who are these presidential electors, whose votes were so desperately sought after and who now hold the fate of Al Gore and George Bush in their hands?
Steve Smallshaw introduces us to one local woman who is on the verge of helping to make history.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Edie Light]
[SUPER=703-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=701-Edie Light/Republican Pres. Elector; :20]
[SUPER=740-Steve/Smallshaw/ssmallshaw*wdbj7.com; :58]
[SUPER=701-Dennis Logue/Lynchburg College Professor; 1:20]
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[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]

(( Edie Light woke up this morning to premature headlines proclaiming George W. Bush the next president of the United States.
But with the election now in turmoil, Light finds herself part of the most exciting process in American history.
She is a Republican presidential elector.. one of 538 members of the electoral college.
[SOT 13:48:11]

((EDIE LIGHT/PRESIDENTIAL ELECTOR: THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE SOUNDS SO REMOVED, IT SOUNDS LIKE A BUNCH OF ELDERLY MEN WHO CAST THESE VOTES.))
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[OUT Q=cast these votes.]


But this self-described soccer mom represents Virginia's 6th Congressional District which George Bush easily carried Tuesday night.. so she'll cast her vote for the Texas governor when the state electors meet on December 18th.
It is a 210- year- old process that Light says has served the country well.
[SOT 13:49:36]

((LIGHT: IT'S A VERY HISTORICAL ACT AND YOU KNOW, IT'S PRETTY AMAZING THAT IT'S SOMETHING THE FOREFATHERS SET UP AND IT SEEMS TO WORK WELL.))
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[OUT Q=to work well.]

[Standup ] ((Except, perhaps, when the winner of the popular vote loses the electoral college. It also raises the question: what if not all of the winner's electors vote for him next month? While they're not legally bound to vote for their candidate, electors are generally chosen as a reward for their dedication to their political party. Experts say it would be highly unlikely for anyone to subvert the process.))
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[OUT Q=subvert the process.]
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((DENNIS LOGUE/LYNCHBURG COLLEGE PROFESSOR: BECAUSE THEY ARE THE MOST RABID PARTISANS THAT THE PARTY COULD FIND AND THEY ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE LEAST LIKELY TO SWITCH FROM ONE SIDE TO ANOTHER.))
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[OUT Q=side to another.]


We should know in a matter of days.

Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))[Exit-Polls]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-41 TC36:26]
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The use of exit polls may be getting a second look, too.
Within a six-hour span last night, TV networks declared two different winners in Florida ... and then took it all back.
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[SUPER=703-Nashville, TN/Last Night;]


Early exit poll data from the networks first had Al Gore celebrating victory in Florida.
[SUPER=703-Austin, TX/Last Night;]


Later exit polls and results led the media to declare George W. Bush the next president.
[SUPER=703-Blacksburg]


Virginia Tech Political Scientist Charles Walcott says that in the race to call elections first, botched calls are inevitable ... but fairly harmless.
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[IN Q=It does a greater disservice]

((CHARLES WALCOTT/VT POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR: IT DOES A GREATER DISSERVICE TO THE POLITICIANS AND THE CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS AND THE SUPPORTERS WHO ARE BECOMING ELATED AND DEPRESSED A LITTLE MORE OFTEN THAN THEY REALLY HAVE TO BE. I DON'T THINK IN THE LONG RUN THE DISSERVICE IS GREAT BECAUSE WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT THE ELECTION, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE COVERAGE OF THE ELECTION.))
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[OUT Q=coverage of the election.]
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[VO-NAT]


Walcott says the errors may shame the media into reconsidering their reliance on exit polls.
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[Allen]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=equ]
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[GRAPHIC=George Allen]


As control of the U-S Senate hangs in the balance, Republicans are back-slapping over sending George Allen to Washington in place of Chuck Robb.
Allen won by four percentage points last night.
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Ellen Qualls is at the state capitol where Allen held a free-wheeling post-victory news conference today.
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[Democrats]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
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With the loss of their only statewide office, Virginia Democrats now have nowhere to go but up.
Party leaders insist that Robb's exit from the U-S Senate will not cast a shadow on their efforts to reclaim statewide significance.
Joe Dashiell has more from McLean.
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[IN Q=Chuck Robb's defeat]
[SUPER=703-McLean/Last Night; :00]
[SUPER=701-Sen. Chuck Robb/(D) Virginia; :20]
[SUPER=701-Mark Warner/Candidate for Governor; :58]
[SUPER=741-Joe/Dashiell/jdashiell*wdbj7.com; 1:10]
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[OUT Q=JD News 7 McLean]


((Chuck Robb's defeat, and the end of his 12- year career in the U.S. Senate are difficult disappointments for a family whose political history includes the White House.
There were tears on stage as the candidate conceded the election. Lynda Robb wore her emotions on HIS sleeve.
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[IN Q=SO FOR BEING THERE FOR ME AND MY FAMILY]

((CHUCK ROBB: SO FOR BEING THERE FOR ME AND MY FAMILY AND MY EXTENDED FAMILY TIME AND TIME AGAIN FOR THE COMMITMENTS YOU HAVE MADE TO THE CAUSES IN WHICH WE BELIEVE AND THE FRIENDS WE HAVE WORKED WITH, AND FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITIES YOU HAVE GIVEN ME TO SERVE OUR COMMONWEALTH, MAY I SIMPLY SAY THANK YOU.))
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[OUT Q=may I simply say thank you.]


In his latest election, Robb claimed 48 percent of the vote. That was two percent more than in 1994 when a divided Republican party handed the incumbent his second six- year term.
On Tuesday night, Virginia Democrats were left with little, but the prospect of another fight on another day.
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[IN Q=It leaves me fired up and ready to go]

((MARK WARNER: IT LEAVES ME FIRED UP AND READY TO GO. MY CAMPAIGN STARTS TOMORROW AND WE'RE GOING TO LAY OUT A VISION FOR VIRGINIA. AND I'LL BE ANXIOUS TO HAVE THIS DISCUSSION WITH YOU AND THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA OVER THE NEXT 12 MONTHS.))

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[OUT Q=over the next 12 months.]


Mark Warner, the likely Democratic candidate for Governor next year... and other party leaders say they don't consider Robb's defeat a setback in their bid to reclaim the governor's office.
But as a string of Republican office holders have proven... Virginia voters will have the final say on that. Joe Dashiell News 7 McLean))

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Roanoke makes good on its promise to help other communities learn from its environmental mistakes.
We'll explain later on News 7 at Six.
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And next the Greenbrier may have lost yesterday's fight over casino gambling.
But resort says the battle isn't over yet.
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[Greenbrier]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-34 TC1:28:25]
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The president of the Greenbrier resort says he will campaign for a casino until voters say yes. But local pastors say the community will not heal until he lets go of this gambling idea. Tina Tenret reviews the numbers.
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[IN Q=58 percent of]
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[SUPER=701-Scott Buell/Local Pastor; :37]
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(( 58 percent of Greenbrier County voters do NOT want a casino at the Greenbrier resort.
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[IN Q=That the majority]

((TED KLEISNER/GREENBRIER PRESIDENT: THAT THE MAJORITY OF VOTERS IN GREENBRIER COUNTY DECIDED TO STEP AWAY FROM CREATING JOBS AND REJUVENATING THE ECONOMY IN OUR COUNTY IS DISAPPOINTING BUT IT'S SOMETHING WE'LL BUILD ON FOR THE FUTURE.))

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The casino would have filled a former government bunker at the Greenbrier. Managers say they could have hired 75 people and promoted 300 more to full time -- in a county where unemployment stands at six percent.
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((SCOTT BUELL/LOCAL PASTOR: THE GREENBRIER HAS NOT INVESTIGATED ONE OTHER OPTION FOR THAT BUNKER.)) [RUNS:03]
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Local pastors led the charge AGAINST the casino.
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[SOT 17:20:03]
[SOT 16:48:38]
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((SCOTT BUELL/PASTOR: THERE ARE OTHER THINGS THAT CAN BE DONE WITH THE BUNKER. THEY CAN BUILD JOBS THAT WILL BE GREAT JOBS FOR GREENBRIER COUNTY AND WEST VIRGINIA. WE DON'T NEED A CASINO THAT HURTS PEOPLE, THAT WILL DRAIN THE ECONOMY AND HURT THE WAY OF LIFE WE HAVE HERE IN GREENBRIER COUNTY. BUTT BUTT BUTT TINA TENRET/NEWS7: MEANWHILE THE PRESIDENT OF THE GREENBRIER HAS STARTED CAMPAIGNING TO WIN A CASINO IN THE 2004 ELECTION. HE SAYS HE LOBBIED STATE LEGISLATORS FOR EIGHT YEARS TO GET THIS FAR. SO HE'S CONFIDENT THAT VOTERS, TOO, WILL ULTIMATELY SEE THINGS HIS WAY. TINA TENRET NEWS7 WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS WEST VIRGINIA.)) [RUNS:33]
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=mjo]
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The man who served 33 years as Radford's City Attorney has died.
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John "Bunny" Spiers (Spy-ers) was 74 years old.
He wrecked while riding his motorcycle in Carroll County nearly two weeks ago.
Spiers passed away yesterday in a North Carolina hospital.
His funeral will be held Saturday at 11 at Grace Episcopal Church in Radford. Visitation is Friday at Mullins Funeral Home.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Earnings worries and the unresolved presidential election sent stocks lower today. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
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The DOW dropped 45 points, while NASDAQ lost 184.
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[Bramblett]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=khu]
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Earl Bramblett's lawyers have filed a legal petition in federal court that will block his execution that was set for next week.
A Roanoke County jury sentenced Bramblett to die three years ago for the arson and murder of the Hodges family in Vinton in 1994.
The Habeous Corpus petition filed today starts the FEDERAL review of the case.

[Hazmat-class]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-49 TC04:00]
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When Roanoke officials admitted burying barrels of hazardous waste over the years, the city struck a deal to get put on probation. Among other things the city promised to host a seminar for other local government leaders.
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[V/O-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The first one got underway today.
It's part of the city's 475-thousand dollar public service project to warn other localities about the financial and legal consequences of running afoul of the E-P-A.
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[SOT 15:47:15]
[IN Q=Well, this is about]

((WELL, THIS IS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DO NOT HAVE A FULL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IN PLACE.))
[SUPER=01-Bob Herbert/Former Roanoke City Mgr.]
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[OUT Q=in place.]
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[V/O-NAT]
Two dozen government officials from around the Commonwealth
[SUPER=04-December 1997]

learned they could be held criminally liable for such blunders as the burial of barrels- full of road paint and asphalt at the Public Works Service Center in the 1970's and 80's.
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[Blacksburg-Mascot]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-39 TC1:03:33]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Blacksburg Middle School students will be the Braves no more.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/File Tape;]


The school's faculty decided to retire the American Indian mascot this week.
Critics called the moniker an offensive stereotype.
Blacksburg Middle School will remain mascot-less until a new one is adopted.
The Blacksburg High School Indians are now the area's only Native American mascot.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR= Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
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Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, a Cave Spring player gets national recognition. It's national signing day for a number of high school athletes.
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[VO-NAT]

And as UVa gets ready for its Thursday night date with Ga. Tech - we'll talk with the Atlanta native who keyed the win over the Jackets last season - but will have watch the game as a spectator this year.
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[S-Bailey]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-85 ]
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Today is national signing day for high school athletes all over the country, and in particular right here in the commonwealth.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co; :00]

This afternoon one of the best softball prospects to ever come out of the Roanoke Valley put her name on the dotted line. Northside's Brandy Bailey signed a full scholarship with Mississippi State. She became a phenom during her sophomore season when she tossed nine no-hitters. She also has been named the state's Gatorade player of the year.
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[IN Q=When I went...]

((BRANDY BAILEY:))
[SUPER=01-Brandy Bailey/Signs with Mississippi State; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lynn Richmond/Northside Softball Coach; :10]
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[OUT Q=...FOR HER TODAY."]
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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But no school had a signing bonanza quite like Hargrave Military head coach Kevin Keatts did this afternoon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chatham; :00]

The military prep school in Chatham had 9 of its basketball players sign scholarship papers with Division one schools during this early signing period. Cornelius Pigford signed to play for Ricky Stokes and the Hokies next season, while UVa landed two of these blue chip players - Keith Jenifer and Jason Clark. Clark is excited about making a big splash once he arrives in Charlottesville.
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[IN Q=THEY WANT ME...]
[SUPER=01-Jason Clark/Signs With UVa; :00]
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[OUT Q=...hard enough."]
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[S-Rivers]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-80 16:07]
[GRAPHIC=ACC]

Tomorrow night, Virginia and Georgia Tech meet in Atlanta. Last year's 45-38 UVa win featured then back up quarterback David Rivers who transferred to Western Carolina. Steve Mason takes a look back on what was and what might have been.


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[SOT]
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/November 6, 1999; :00]
[SUPER=03-Lexington/Western Carolina vs. VMI; :21]
[SUPER=01-David Rivers/13 TD's Passing for WCU; :30]
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[SUPER=01-Dan Ellis/1,506 Passing Yards This Season; 1:03(QUICK)]
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((His first start comes against his home state's powerhouse that snubbed him in recruiting for no ordinary Joe. He throws for 228 yards and three touchdowns and beats the nation's sixth rated team, knocking it out of the BCS. It's what dreams are made of. But only nightmares followed. Rivers was not part of the future at UVa. So he left Virginia to play his senior season at 1-AA Western Carolina. ((:)) ((:)) ((:)) Rivers was rocking and rolling last year against the Rambling Reck while Ellis nursed an injury. Rivers led an offense that outscored Florida State by a field goal against Georgia Tech. ((:)) Rivers needs to average 375 yards through the air in his last two games to break the WCU single season passing record. He also has a strategy for his former teammates against a team he mastered once before. ((:))


The Cavaliers and the jackets kick it off at 8pm. Steve Mason news 7 sports.))[S-Cave]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-82 935TC]
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Cave Spring's forfeitures off the football field have been the talk of the state for the past few days, but now the football program
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[VO-NAT]

is getting a little national publicity in USA Today. Cave Spring quarterback Jacob Lewis who riddled Pulaski County last Friday night makes the USA Today prep honor roll this week.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Friday; :00]

Lewis had a school record 408 yards passing. He threw for 6 touchdowns and ran for another in the Knights' 49-to-14 win.
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[IN Q="I'm just....]

((JACOB LEWIS:))
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[OUT Q=...THAT GAME."]
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[VO-NAT CON'T]

The Cave Spring players cleaned out their lockers this afternoon. Head coach Ben Foutz thought he'd had a tough day on Tuesday until he checked out the presidential race last night.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I've...]

((BEN FOUTZ:))
[SUPER=01-Ben Foutz/Cave Spring Head Coach; :00]
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[OUT Q=...FOR THE BEST."]
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