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[TALENT=Keith]

359 and counting. They're almost finished with the re-count of Presidential ballots in Florida. News-7 begins wi
th a LIVE report from Florida.
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And we'll try to find out what's behind the layoffs at Burruss in Galax.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
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Tonight on News 7 sports, UVa is ready to wreck Tech tonight as the Cavs battle the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta. We'll check out the VHSL football playoffs.
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[VO-NAT]

And Michael Vick is one of 8 semi-finalists for college football's quarterback of the year award.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
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Very nice rainfall. Most areas received significant moisture. It ends later tonight. We'll have forecast details coming up.

[Recount]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#]
[GRAPHIC=Election 2000]
[Super=701-Bush leads by 362/64 of 67 counties counted;]


As the Florida recount continues, George W. Bush's lead continues to shrink.
And even when the recount is complete, legal action could still drag out the result, whatever it turns out to be.


[Double Boxes=Keith and Jones/Newspath]


Jennifer Jones is in West Palm Beach with the latest.
[Live=Jones Full/Newspath]
[SUPER=720-Jennifer/Jones;]
[SUPER=705-W. Palm Beach;]
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[***ROLLED FROM NEWSPATH***]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=703-W. Palm Beach, FL; :00]
[SUPER=701-Jim Dwyer/Florida Voter; :05 QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=701-James Baker/Bush Recount Monitor; :30]
[SUPER=701-William Daley/Gore Campaign Manager; :52]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=should become president.]

((THE STREETS OF WEST PALM BEACH WERE PACKED WITH DEMONSTRATORS TODAY.
(MORE NATZ)

DISGRUNTLED VOTERS WHO CLAIM.. AS MANY AS 20,000 BALLOTS WERE INCORRECTLY RECORDED FOR PAT BUCHANAN OR NOT COUNTED AT ALL.
SOT: JIM DWYER/FLORIDA VOTER

"I REALLY DON'T KNOW WHO I VOTED FOR." THE CONTROVERSY STEMS FROM A BUTTERFLY TYPE BALLOT USED IN PALM BEACH COUNTY THAT APPARENTLY LEFT MANY VOTERS CONFUSED ABOUT WHERE TO PUNCH.
SOT: JAMES BAKER/BUSH CAMPAIGN RECOUNT MONITOR

"IT'S A BALLOT THAT'S BEEN USED BEFORE, IT WAS APPROVED BY AN ELECTED DEMOCRATIC OFFICIAL AND THERE WERE NO COMPLAINTS..WHEN IN ACCORDANCE WITH FLORIDA LAW... EVERYBODY HAD A CHANCE TO COMPLAIN."
(NATZ AGAIN, "RECOUNT, RECOUNT)

BUT THEY ARE COMPLAINING NOW... WHILE THE GORE CAMP IS ASKING FOR A HAND COUNT OF OVER ONE MILLION BALLOTS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY AND THREE OTHER COUNTIES.
SOT: WILLIAM DALEY/GORE CAMPAIGN MANAGER

"WITH SO MUCH AT STAKE, STEPS SHOULD BE TAKEN TO MAKE SURE THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE SHOULD BECOME PRESIDENT."))
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=HOLD]
[Super=701-Bush leads by 362/64 of 67 counties counted;]


Once again the numbers as they stand now--
George W. Bush leads by 362 votes with 64 of 67 counties recounted.
If that changes, we'll bring you an update as soon as we get it.


[Wood]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6p]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=00-34 TC01:29]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]


A man from Knoxville, Tennessee has been charged with the rape and murder of a Pittsylvania County woman.
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[VO-NAT]


28-year-old Michael Wood was arrested this week and is being held without bond.
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.]


Wood is accused of capital murder in the death of 47-year-old Sandra Oakes two weeks ago.
Oakes was found dead in her mobile home near Blairs
Officials say Oakes and Wood knew each other.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=In the course]

((MAJOR GARY GOODSON/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: IN THE COURSE OF THE INVESTIGATION WE FOUND SOME DISCREPANCIES IN A CHECKING ACCOUNT THAT MS. OAKES HAD AND IT LED US TO HIM AS BEING A SUSPECT INVOLVED IN THE CASE.))
[SUPER=01-Maj. Gary Goodson/Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff's Dept.]
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[OUT Q=in the case.]
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Goodson says it appears Wood will not fight extradition.

[L'burg-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-45 TC10:30]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Lynchburg police are urging a teenager being sought on murder charges to turn himself in.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


19- year- old Rahmon Rashad Robey is the suspect in the fatal shooting of 21- year- old Leon Alphonzo Strange Monday night.
The shooting occurred during a confrontation inside the Sunshine Market convenience store.
Police say Robey should be considered armed and dangerous.
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[SOT 15:14:21]
[IN Q=At this particular]

((LT. WAYNE DUFF/LYNCHBURG POLICE: AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING CONCRETE.. HE COULD VERY WELL STILL BE IN LYNCHBURG, SO WE'RE TREATING ALL OF THE POTENTIAL SIGHTINGS OF MR. ROBEY VERY SERIOUSLY, AND WE HAVE ENCOURAGED HIS FAMILY TO CONTACT HIM AND TO PLEASE HAVE HIM TURN HIMSELF IN, BECAUSE WE DO NOT WANT ANYONE ELSE TO GET HURT.))
[SUPER=01-Lt. Wayne Duff/Lynchburg Police]
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[OUT Q=to get hurt.]
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[VO-NAT]


Robey stands about six feet tall and weighs around 180 pounds.
Anyone with information as to his whereabouts should call the Lynchburg police.
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[Rogers]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-51 TC10:26]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A Franklin County man smiled today as he was sentenced to 30 years in prison for murder.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]

Mickey Rogers shot 41-year-old Mike Campbell, because Campbell was ready to report him to investigators for stealing.

Campbell was still letting Rogers hide in his trailer the night Rogers killed him.
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[SOT 11:03:55]
[IN Q=He had called]

((DIANE MCGUIRE/VICTIM'S SISTER: HE HAD CALLED ME ON THE PHONE AND TOLD ME HE WAS SCARED. HE WAS SCARED FOR HIS LIFE. HE HAD EVEN CALLED THE DETECTIVES AND TOLD THEM MICKEY HAD STOLEN HIS GUN. HE HAD CALLED ME AND ASKED ME TO COME DOWN THERE AND FOR SOME REASON I DIDN'T GO. MAYBE IF I WOULD HAVE, MAYBE HE WOULD BE THERE TODAY.))
[SUPER=01-Diane McGuire/Victim's Sister;]
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[OUT Q=there today]
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[VO-NAT]

Prosecutors reached a plea agreement with Rogers, rather than take it to a jury which might not find him guilty of first- degree murder. 15-year-old Sarah Edwards still awaits trial for her alleged role in the murder.
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[Burruss]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-35 TC1:34:36]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Last week 265 workers in Galax lost their jobs with no warning or explanation.
Today, answers were still in short supply as they met with local officials.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith and Marya /Microwave;]


Marya JOnes was at a meeting between former Burruss Company workers and local officials and has more information.


[LIVE=Marya FULL/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Marya1;]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]


Keith, the meeting was mostly informational.
But there was a lot of confusion in the air.
Workers in Carroll County know there's not a lot of jobs out there for them. And they still don't understand why theirs were taken away.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We had plenty]
[SUPER=03-Galax;]
[SUPER=01-Ray Wagoner/36 Year Employee; QUICK!]
[SUPER=01-Bill Webb/VEC Manager; QUICK!]
[SUPER=01-Del. Tom Jackson/(D) Carroll Co.;]
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[OUT Q=answers to that.]
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[SOT 9:19 - :24]

((RAY WAGONER/36-YEAR EMPLOYEE: WE HAD PLENTY OF ORDERS. I DON'T KNOW.)) [RUNS:05]
At a meeting with local officials, workers discovered their former employer had left them with no more paychecks, insurance and little recourse.
The Burruss Company, which makes flooring and dimension components for the furniture industry, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Lynchburg Tuesday.
It abruptly shut down 7 offices, including its Galax headquarters, last Friday.
The company issued a statement citing "unforseeable business circumstances" and the loss of a bank credit line as its reason.
Now, workers have unpaid insurance claims stretching back to July and no idea who will pay them.
They are, eligible for up to 26 weeks unemployment and job hunting help from the Virginia Employment Commission.
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[SOT 11:09 - :14 ]

((BILL WEBB/VEC MANAGER: WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO SOME WAY, SOME HOW HELP THESE FOLKS, BECAUSE THERE'S NOTHING COMING IN FOR THEM. .)) [RUNS:05]
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[SOT 15:37 - :54]

((TOM JACKSON/(D) CARROLL CO.: THERE'S A LOT TO BE INVESTIGATED IN TERMS OF RECOURSE.. I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE THAT IT'S LEGAL OR PROPER PUBLIC POLICY TO LEAVE THESE FOLKS WITHOUT ANY ALTERNATIVE. I THINK THERE HAS TO BE SOME ANSWERS TO THAT.)) [RUNS:17]))
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[LIVE=Marya /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]


Caroll County already has an 11 percent unemployment rate. This will knock it up even further into the double digits.
Delegate Tommy Jackson said it appeared the workers should have been given 60 days notice, according to law.
Of course, their only option is to sue, but, as several people pointed out, you don't gain much by suing a bankrupt company.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith and MArya /Microwave;]



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


A-E-P cracks down at Smith Mountain Lake again.
Details are still ahead on News 7 at Six.
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[VO-NAT]


And Patrick Henry Coummunity College hopes to help get the Southside economy back on track-- by teaching about racing.
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[Motorsports]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-44 TC12:07]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Southside Virginia is steering its economy in a new direction: race car technology. The first motorsports degree program in Virginia is at Patrick Henry Community College, so people from all walks of life can see why race cars run. As Tina Tenret shows us, this might re-fuel an economy that ran dry when textiles failed last year.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Vicky Linkous has five]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville; :00]
[SUPER=01-Vicky Linkous/Motorsports Student; :06]
[SUPER=01-Steve Sheppard/Martinsville Speedway; :33]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/October 1; :38]
[SUPER=01-Earl Dodrill/Program Administrator; 1:06]
[SUPER=@Tina1; 1:22]
[RUNS=1:43]
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Martinsville]

(( Vicky Linkous has five children and no insurance.
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[SOT 19:16:27]
[IN Q=I was]

((VICKY LINKOUS/MOTORSPORTS STUDENT: I WAS A TULTEX WORKER. I KNITTED. I MADE 18-DOLLARS AN HOUR. AND THEY SHUT DOWN ON ME.)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=DOWN ON ME]

Now Vicky's tuning engines in Virginia's ONLY motorsports degree program -- hoping to rev up a new family business. 60 people are learning not only the mechanics but also the marketing of race cars -- qualifying for everything from pit crews to public relations. The pros say these jobs pay 20 dollars an hour and up.
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[SOT 17:27:45]
[IN Q=There is a]

((STEVE SHEPPARD/MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY: THERE IS A GREAT DEMAND FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MARKETING PEOPLE IN RACING. EVERY RACETRACK, EVERY RACETEAM, EVERY SPONSOR HAS P-R AND MARKETING PEOPLE, SO THERE ARE A LOT OF JOBS OUT THERE THESE PEOPLE CAN BE TRAINED FOR.)) [RUNS13]
[OUT Q=TRAINED FOR]

An anonymous donor plans to give the class a Busch Grand National car. And even people on the West Coast are calling to find out more about this program.
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[SOT]

((BEN HARRIS/HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT: IT'S REALLY MENTALLY DEMANDING.)) [RUNS02] Ben Harris, a high school student, knows this is not just for grease monkeys. He'll use sophisticated computer software to test the engines.
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[SOT 19:55:24]
[IN Q=This is a way]

((EARL DODRILL/PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR: THIS IS A WAY WE THINK TO BRING SOME HIGHPAYING, HIGH TECH JOBS IN THE AUTOMOTIVES AND MOTORSPORTS INDUSTRY HERE.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=INDUSTRY HERE]

Next spring the motorsports students will share this new, two million dollar building in the industrial park -- with a local engine company.
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[SOT 18:04:33]
[IN Q=HERE THE COMPANY]

((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: HERE THE COMPANY CALLED ARRINGTON ENGINES WILL BUILD ENGINES FOR SOME OF THE BIGGEST RACETEAMS LIKE PETTY ENTERPRISES -- ALL THE WHILE SHARING THEIR EQUIPMENT AND EXPERTISE WITH STUDENTS.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=WITH STUDENTS]

So will motorsports be safer than the textiles industry that once drove Martinsville's stalled economy?
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[SOT 19:18:44]
[IN Q=as long as]

((VICKY LINKOUS/MOTORSPORTS STUDENT: AS LONG AS THERE'S CARS YOU'LL ALWAYS NEED A MECHANIC!)) [RUNS02]
[OUT Q=a mechanic]

Tina Tenret News7 Martinsville))
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[ANCHOR=KEITH]
[SS=None]

Since we visited the motorsports program, students have been donated a late model dirt track car which they are getting ready for races next year.

[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=]
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Political turmoil has caused plenty of uncertainty on Wall Street. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
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The DOW lost 73 points, NASDAQ fell 31.
The Bloomberg News 7 Index gained about a point and a quarter.
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[AEP-Lawsuit]


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


American Electric Power is going after a developer at Smith Mountain Lake over boat docks being built close to the water line.
A-E-P is asking a federal judge to block J-W Holdings of Forest from building additional slips at Craddock's Creek Cove and Tom's Branch Cove.
The power company says they appear inconsistent with the "scenic, recreational and environmental values" of the lake.

[S-Cavs]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-74 1:41:39]
[GRAPHIC=ACC]


ACC rivals Virginia and Georgia Tech meet for the 23rd time tonight in an eight o'clock kick off in Atlanta.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/1998; :00]

In the Cavaliers last trip to Atlanta, They watched a 38-17 lead evaporate as the Yellow Jackets scored 24 unanswered points to win 41-38. No doubt the two teams have put together a string of exciting games of late. Over the last three years each has averaged over 35 points against the other in one of the hardest hitting rivalries in the ACC.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=BITE]

((GEORGE O'LEARY/GEORGIA TECH FOOTBALL COACH:)) ((BRENT KEY/GEORGIA TECH GUARD:))
[SUPER=01-George O'Leary/Georgia Tech Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Brent Key/Georgia Tech Guard; :15]
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[OUT Q=....against Virginia"]
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[S-Vick]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-77 14253TC]
[GRAPHIC=MIKE VICK]


Despite a less than fairy tale season to this point, Michael Vick has been named one of the 8 semi-finalists for the Davey O'Brien national quarterback award.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chestnut Hill, MA/September 30th; :00]

Vick has been slowed by injuries and often under siege this season, yet he still has accounted for over 1600 yards of offense and rushed for 8 TDs. He has 7 TD passes and 6 interceptions. He faces stiff competition from the likes of Chris Weinke, Drew Brees, Woodrow Dantzler, Eric Crouch and Josh Heupel.


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[TALENT=MIKE]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD VICK]

Vick has spent this week in practice riding a stationary bike. Unless there is a dire emergency he will not play on Saturday against Central Florida.


[S-VHSL]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-]
[GRAPHIC=VHSL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS 6129]


The Virginia High School League football playoffs open tomorrow night with a surprise guest that hopes to prove that it belongs.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]

Blacksburg high school was given an invitation to the division four regional semi-finals, but only after getting an extra win from Cave Spring. Despite entering the postseason through the backdoor, Blacksburg feels it belongs.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Our kids...]
[SUPER=01-Dave Crist/Blacksburg Head Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=...to go."]
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Crist has won multiple state titles and is one of the most respected coaches in the state. He has sympathy for the Cave Spring situation but also undertands the importance of not making exceptions to a rule.
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[IN Q=IT'S A VERY...]
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[OUT Q=...THE LEAGUE."]
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