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Coming up on News 7-
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A Florida Supreme Court rules on the Florida recount- A live report is next.
And record setting speed as a new train zooms up the coast.
You'll have to stick around- The Harlem Gospel Choir is in town. We'll hear from them- coming up.
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News 7 is next.

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((THAT THE COUNT CAN CONTINUE IS A VICTORY.. FULLY AND FAIRLY HERE IN FLORIDA.)) [BUTT TO 20:09:43] ((WE'VE MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT WE'RE UNHAPPY WITH THE RECOUNT.. WITH THE LACK OF STANDARD, THE LACK OF UNIFORMITY AND INDEED EVEN MISCHIEF.))
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[OUT Q=even mischief.]
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
[SS=News 7 at Eleven]


Good evening...

[Recount]


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Reaction to today's Florida Supreme Court ruling allowing counties to continue the manual recount.
So the counting continues in four Florida counties- but we still don't know if the tallies will count toward the election outcome
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean and Manny /Newspath;]


Manuel Gallegus is following the story and joins us live from West Palm Beach.
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[SUPER=705-W. Palm Beach]
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[***ROLLED FROM NEWSPATH***]
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[IN Q=Palm Beach]
[SUPER=701-James Baker/Bush Campaign Spokesman;]
[SUPER=701-Suzanne Gunzburger/Broward Co. Elec. Official;]
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[OUT Q=wizard of oz.]

((PALM BEACH COUNTY, A FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC STRONGHOLD, FINALLY GOT ITS WAY TO RE -COUNT BY HAND APPROXIMATELY 462-THOUSAND BALLOTS. A VICTORY, AT LEAST TEMPORARILY, FOR AL GORE.
-SOT- WILIAM DALEY/GORE CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

"THE SUPREME COURT HAS SPOKEN...THE PEOPLE BE DONE." BUT THE REPUBLICANS FEEL IT IS ALREADY A DONE DEAL.
SOT: JAMES BAKER/BUSH CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

THIS DECISION DOES NOTHING MORE THAN PRESERVE THE STATUS QUO. JUST AS IT WAS SUPPOSED TO START, THE PALM BEACH COUNT WAS DELAYED, BECAUSE NOT ENOUGH REPUBLICAN COUNTERS SHOWED UP TO HELP. WITH 30 TEAMS IN PLACE, ITS SUPPOSED TO TAKE ABOUT SIX DAYS.
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ONE HOUR SOUTH, IN BROWARD COUNTY, THEYRE HAND COUNTING TOO, MORE THAN FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND BALLOTS.
SOT: SUZANNE GUNZBURGER, BROWARD COUNTY ELECTION OFFICIAL

ALL OF THIS COUNTING MAY BE FOR NOTHING. FLORIDAS SECRETARY OF STATE, REPUBLICAN KATHERINE HARRIS, HAS REFUSED TO ACCEPT ANY LATE BALLOTS.
(NAT) DEMONSTRATORS OUTSIDE

ON THE STREETS OF PALM BEACH, PARTISAN DEMONSTRATORS EXPRESSED THEIR FRUSTRATIONS WHILE OVERHEAD A BANNER READ --SURRENDER GORETHY-- JUST LIKE THE WIZARDOF OZ. ))
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[Fatal-Accident]


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Roanoke City Police are on the scene right now of what witnesses reported as a fatal hit and run car accident.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Police say witnesses reported a person down on 11-th and McDowell, Northeast.
So far there is no word on the name or age of the person who was killed.
Officials have blocked off those streets while they investigate.
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[School-Retirees]


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A court case in Indiana is raising concern in Roanoke County.
[SS=Roanoke Co. Schools]


The local School Board may be forced to make changes in its retirement system, and some teachers fear they will lose benefits they've been promised.
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Members of the Roanoke County School Board and superintendent Linda Weber are reviewing a ruling that found age discrimination in the early retirement program of an Indiana school system.
[SUPER=03-Williamsburg]


School Board Attorney Pat Lacy says the case could have implications for school systems across the country.
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[IN Q=The school boards are going]

((PAT LACY/SCHOOL BOARD ATTORNEY: THE SCHOOL BOARDS ARE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT WHETHER A CONTINGENT COULD BE MADE THAT ANY ASPECT OF THE RETIREMENT PROGRAM DISCRIMINATES ON THE BASIS OF AGE, AND IF THEY MAKE A DETERMINATION THAT IT DOES OR MAYBE THAT SOMEBODY COULD SAY IT, AND THEY WILL BE MAKING CHANGES OR PERHAPS MAKING CHANGES TO ELIMINATE THAT POSSIBILITY.))
[SUPER=01-Pat Lacy/School Board Attorney]
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[OUT Q=changes to eliminate that possibility.]
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Teachers are worried that those changes would be retroactive, reducing the benefits of some employees who have already retired.
No decisions have been made. The school board will discuss its dilemma at an open meeting on November 28th.

[Asbestos]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Did workers from the town of Christiansburg illegally remove and dump asbestos?
That's what the Department of Labor is investigating-
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Town workers were told to remove old sewer pipe from this Reading Road neighborhood in order to upgrade sewer service to Falling Branch Industrial Park.
Town officials say the workers hauled pieces of the old asbestos pipe and dumped it at the Christiansburg Industrial Park, without knowing it contained asbestos.
Lab reports show the pipe contained 15 to 20 percent asbestos... enough to be harmful, according to OSHA.
The town removed it from the site yesterday.
OSHA says local residents PROBABLY were not at risk.
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[Plane-Crash]


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A military F-16 collided with a small civilian plane near Sarasota, Florida.
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[SUPER=03-Manatee Co., FL;]


The Federal Aviation Administration says collision happened about 20 miles from MacDill Air force Base.
At least one person has been killed-
The pilot of the F-16 parachuted to safety landing on a golf course.
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[Missing-Plane]


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The ground search in Nelson County for a missing plane is over, but the search will continue from the air.
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[SUPER=03-Nelson Co./This Week]


Volunteers spent the past three days conducting air and ground searches in the Shipman area for a single- engine plane that disappeared last week.
The aircraft went off radar near Diggs Mountain, but no sign of the plane has turned up.
It was flying from College Park, Maryland to Greenville, South Carolina with just the pilot on board.
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[SS=HOLD]


An Air Search will continue tomorrow in a four state area.

[Roanoke-fire]


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Fire swept through a Roanoke home tonight leaving it in ruins.
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The fire broke out at about 5:30 in this home on Barnhill Avenue Southwest-
A neighbor called and firefighters quickly had the blaze under control.
The tenants were at home when flames broke out- but they got out- no one was hurt.
Officials have not determined what started the fire.
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[Salem-abduction]


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A woman and her three children were abducted at gunpoint in Salem this morning.
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It happened in the 400 block of Parkdale Drive.
Kimberly Powell and the children were staying here with her step-father.
The stepfather told police Kimberly's ex-husband broke into the house this morning.
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[SOT 11:24:35]
[IN Q=And we have]

((KEITH HUMPHRY/NEWS-7: AND WE HAVE NO IDEA HOW HE GOT TO THIS AREA, BUT HE WOUND UP TAKING THE WOMAN'S CAR? SGT. TIM GUTHRIE/SALEM POLICE: THE WOMAN'S VEHICLE, YES. NO, NOT EXACTLY HOW HE GOT HERE.))
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[OUT Q=how he got here.]
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39-year old suspect Glenn Dexter Powell, his ex-wife and three children were last seen driving away
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[TAKE FULL-SCREEN PINNICLE] in her teal- green Mazda van, bearing North Carolina license plate: N-S-L- -6-6-7-0.
A business in Winchester reports Kimberly Powell's A-T-M card was used there at 1:40 this afternoon.
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[Harlem-Choir]


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The Harlem Gospel Choir brought people to their feet tonight during their performance at the Roanoke Civic Center.
The energetic group came into town to help raise money for the Roanoke Downtown Music Lab.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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[SUPER=01-Allen Bailey/Harlem Gospel Choir Founder;:22]
[SUPER=01-Charlie Hamill/Downtown Music Lab;:37]
[SUPER=01-Erika Hobson/Performer;1:14 QUICK!!]
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(([NAT SOUND HARLEM CHOIR] [RUNS5]
Their sound and energy makes you want to clap your hands and jump out of your seat. But the Harlem Gospel Choir is here to spread a message about God and to support music education for young people.

[SOT 43:23]
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((ALLEN BAILEY/FOUNDER HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR: HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR IS FIRST AND FOREMOST A MINISTRY AND WE WORK WITH CHILDREN'S CHARITIES AND AGENCIES ALL OVER THE WORLD TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHILDREN'S CHARITIES.))
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One organization they're singing the praises of is the Downtown Music Lab. One was just started in Harlem and the lab in Roanoke has been attracting hundreds of teenagers.

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((CHARLIE HAMMEL: ALL THE PROCEEDS ARE GOING TO GO AND HELP BUILD SOME NEW ROOMS AT OUR STUDIO GET SOME NEW EQUIPMENT AND MAYBE HOPEFULLY A VAN SO WE CAN TRANSPORT THE KIDS.))
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[RUNS12]
Two teenagers who takes advantage of the recording studios is Gerald Gregory a senior at Patrick Henry High School and Erika Hobson a senior at North Side High School.
[NAT SOUND HER SINGING] [RUNS5] [FADE THE MUSIC INTO THE BITE]
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((ERIKA HOBSON: THE WHOLE MEANING BEHIND AMAZING GRACE IS SALVATION AND THAT'S REALLY THE SONG THAT GOD STARTED ME OUT ON.))
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[FADE BACK INTO HER SINGING] [RUNS5]
Roanoke's Downtown Music Lab has given her a place to share her gift.

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((ERIKA HOBSON: YOU JUST GET TO RELIEVE YOURSELF WHATEVER GIFTS YOU HAVE WRITING YOUR MUSIC, SINGING IT, PLAYING IT, SO IT'S COOL))
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And if the Harlem Gospel Choir has its way music labs for teenagers would pop up across the country. Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))
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The F-B-I raids the home of a former K-K-K leader and politician.
Find out why next on News 7 returns.
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And remembering a man who's been arrested 125 times-
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((NAT SOUND.. NAT SOUND))
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Commotion like this was part of his life- A civil rights leader passes away.
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[Sports-Preview]


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((Hey sports fans here's what's happening tonight, We'll check in on the girls high school basketball playoffs, Three members of the Virginia tech football team were up early this morning to share their Christian faith in Roanoke, still no change on the Frank Beamer front tonight and San Francisco's Jeff Kent is the National League M-V-P.
All that and more coming up in sports.))
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[Coke-Suit]


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It wasn't always a coke and a smile for minority workers- who say Coca Cola discriminated.
Today the World's largest Soft drink maker said it will pay a record 192 and half million dollars to settle a racial bias case-
It covers hundreds of black workers who said they lost out on pay and promotions-
The settlement includes $113 million in payments to the plaintiffs.
It also includes programs to improve working conditions for minority employees.
Coca-Cola has denied the allegations.

[Williams]


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One man at the front at the civil rights fight- has died.
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[VO-NAT 20:14:35]
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Hosea Williams was an aide to Martin Luther King Junior.
Williams was jailed more than 125 times for his cause-
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((YOU'LL GET ON THE SIDEWALK... WE ARE ON PUBLIC PROPERTY. IT'S ON THE SIDEWALK. WE ARE THE SIDEWALK. YOU KNEW WE WAS COMING.))
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At one point he took a traffic conviction all the way to the U-S. Supreme Court.
Williams later held elective office in Atlanta and organized holiday dinners for the poor.
Hosea Williams died of an infection after cancer surgery- he was 74.
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[Duke]


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Federal agents have raided the Louisiana home of former Ku Klux klan leader David Duke.
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[SUPER=03-Mandeville, LA]


Agents spent seven hours searching his home before removing boxes and a rifle.
A man who identified himself as Duke's bodyguard said agents were looking into whether Duke was illegally mis-using his organization's funds.
Duke now heads the National Organization for European American Rights, or ``NO-FEAR.''
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[Walmart-Graves]


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The past meets the future- Work near a new Walmart is slowed so contractors can figure out if they're in danger of digging up several Civil War grave sites
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[SUPER=03-Bedford]


Crews have been hauling away dirt from this site on Lowry Road and using it as fill for the new store next door.


But some of that digging was halted earlier this week when local residents told contractors the site used to be home to a number of soldiers' graves.
The Bedford Historical Society hopes those graves.. if they're there.. can be preserved.
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[SOT 11:50:18]
[IN Q=We'd like to]

((ELLEN WANDREI/BEDFORD CITY-COUNTY MUSEUM: WE'D LIKE TO BUT YOU DO HAVE TO FIRST FIND OUT WHERE THEY ARE, I THINK THAT'S THE FIRST THING THAT HAS TO BE DONE.. FIND OUT WHERE THEY ARE AND THEN DO SOMETHING.))
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[OUT Q=then do something.]
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It's believed the graves are of soldiers killed during a fight between local forces and Union troops in 1864.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Pretty soon, you won't be able to complain that all the good ones are taken.
Good Internet names, that is.
Find out what's in store when News 7 returns.
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[VO-NAT]


And later-- a ground breaking and record-breaking train ride from Washington to Boston
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[Internet]


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All those Internet addresses squeezed into dot-com will soon have breathing room.
An Internet oversight board today gave the Web seven new domain names, including dot-biz and dot-name.
The batch of new domain names are the first additions since the Internet was developed in the 1980s.
There are 20 million names registered as dot-com alone.

[Pet-Insurance]


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Humans aren't the only ones covered by health insurance these days -- so are some dogs and cats.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Trish Fisher has pet health insurance for her dogs Domino and Remington.
She says because her pets are getting older she wants make sure they're taken care of --so that they can live as long as possible.
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[SOT21:40]
[IN Q=It just makes me feel better]

((TRISH FISHER: IT JUST MAKES ME FEEL BETTER THAT IT'S THERE FOR THEM AND I DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT MAKING THAT DECISION BETWEEN HAVING TO TAKE CARE OF MY PET OR FOOD OR SOMETHING))
[SUPER=01-Trish Fisher/Pet Owner;]
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[OUT Q=food or something.]
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[VO-NAT]


Fisher pays about 40 dollars a month for each dog for her policies through Veterinary Pet Insurance.
That covers everything from emergency services to routine care such as dental cleanings, vaccinations and heart worm medication.
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[SOT46:59]
[IN Q=Pet owners are realizing]

((DR. DAVID ROLFE: PET OWNERS ARE REALIZING THAT THERE ARE MORE DIAGNOSTIC TESTS THAT CAN BE DONE WITH THEIR ANIMALS, ANYTHING FROM CAT SCANS, TO MRI'S, EVEN THE KIDNEY TRANSPLANT THAT'S HOT IN THE LOCAL NEWS RIGHT NOW))
[SUPER=01-Dr. David Rolfe/Roanoke Animal Hospital]
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[OUT Q=right now]
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[VO-NAT]


Rolfe says sometimes pets have to be put down because their owners can't afford to pay for certain procedures -- so he believes pet insurance can save animals.
For more information on pet insurance contact your local veterinarian.
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[S-Extra]


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A big night for girls high school basketball and San Francisco's Jeff Kent is the National League's Most Valuable player.
But first out Extra Point.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=75-Atlanta, GA; :]


Richard Petty unveiled a speical paint scheme for his STP Pontiac for this Sunday's final Winston Cup race in Atlanta. It's the same colors used by Petty in 1972.
Petty also announced that S-T-P will remain with Petty Enterprises for the 2001 and 2002 season extending the longest running motorsports sponsorship into the 30-th and 31-st seasons.
And here are tonight's scores.
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[S-Glenvar]


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The Lady Highlanders of Glenvar have advanced to the championship game of the Region C basketball tournament.
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[SUPER=03-Elliston/Glenvar vs Galax; :]


A good crowd last night in Elliston for the Region C-Semi Finals between Galax and Glenvar.
In the fourth quarter the Lady Highlanders up by 4 but Galax gets the steal and Lindsey Nelson knocks it in for 2.

But Glenvar would control the ball and the clock as Amanda Kite drains the short jumper for a 34 to 29 lead.
[SUPER=34-Glenvar/44/Galax/36/;]


The Highlanders were to much for the Tide as Allison Fasnacht controls the ball and then drives the lane getting the hoop and Glenvar advances with the 44 to 36 win.
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[S-Floyd]


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[SUPER=03-Elliston/Floyd Co. vs PH Glade Spring; :]


In the night cap P-H Glade Spring made the long trip down 81 to face the Lady Bucs of Floyd County.
And Floyd wasted little time showing that tough defensive trap to force the turnover and Adria Mannon finishes it off with the lay in for an early lead.
But the Rebels would show some life as Kendall Rainey drops the long ball from the left for two to close the lead to two.
[SUPER=34-Floyd Co./77/PH Glade Spring/42/;]


The Bucs then worked the ball around and find Dara Phillips who drives in the lane and kisses it off the glass and Floyd wins it 77 to 42.
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[S-Scores]


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No scores reported from the Region Three girls basketball tournament over in Lynchburg.
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And only one score reported in region four Laurel Park beat Marion 45 to 42.


[S-Hokies]


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The Virginia Tech women's basketball team opens its regular season tonight against Liberty University at the Cassell.
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[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :]


The Hokies are excited about the upcoming season which will include competing in the Big East.
Even though the Hokies finished last season with a 20 and 11 record and advanced to the "Sweet 16" of the Women's N-I-T the team is expecting better things this year.
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[OUT Q=...this season out."]
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Tech and the Lady Flames will tip it off tonight at 7 oclock.
Three Virginia Tech football players share their Christian faith with some of the Valley's athletes, later on Mornin.

[S-FCA]


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Three members of the Virginia Tech football team got up early yesterday morning to share their Christian faith in Roanoke.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]

Senior Quarterback Dave Meyer dropped by Calvary Baptist church to talk with the area's Fellowship of Christian Athletes group. Fellow senior Nick Sorensen also talked to the high school students, along with sophomore Billy Hardee. Both Meyer and Hardee say they are almost fully recovered from the injuries they suffered against Central Florida last Saturday night.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=IT'S MY...]

((DAVE MEYER/VA. TECH QUARTERBACK:)) ((BILLY HARDEE/VA. TECH CORNERBACK:))
[SUPER=01-Dave Meyer/Va. Tech Quarterback; :00]
[SUPER=01-Billy Hardee/Va. Tech Cornerback; :12]
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[OUT Q=...ready to go."]
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[VO-NAT con't]

Sorsensen says all of the speculation concerning Frank Beamer and the coaching job at Alabama hasn't fazed the players.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=BITE]

((NICK SORENSEN:))
[SUPER=01-Nick Sorensen/Va. Tech Linebacker; :00]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=....YOU KNOW."]
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[vo nat con't] Next Monday in the Tech 2000 report we'll examine how each player's faith has helped him overcome some tough times this season.
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[S-Beamer]


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Still no change on the Frank Beamer front. The folks in Alabama have not offered the job to anyone and Beamer remains high on their short list of candidates. All along we have said that Beamer wants to stay in Blacksburg as long as he is compensated fairly, and as long as he gets some pay raises for his assistants. Sources says that Tech athletic director Jim Weaver has been working on those things. But it now appears that this distraction will carry over into next week's preparation for UVa.
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Beamer is scheduled to be out of town this weekend, and that means the uncertainty will linger at least into the first part of next week, unless something happens this morning. That seems unlikely.
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That's it for sports, have a great day everybody.

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Six regional championships will be on the line from Culpeper to Ridgeway to Hot Springs Friday night. Here's a look at the matchups coming up tomorrow night on Friday Football Extra.
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The National League Most Valuale player award was passed out this afternoon, and a few folks passed out when they heard who won it.
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The very-deserving Jeff Kent of the San Francisco Giants picked up the coveted award een thought most figured he would have a tough time beating his teammate Barry Bonds and Mike Piazza. Kent got 22 first place votes after hitting 334 with 33 homers. He also knocked in 125 runs. Bonds was 2nd and piazza 3rd.
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Amtrak's new high-speed rail service between Washington and Boston debuted today with record-breaking results.
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A full load of V-I-P's left Washington's Union Station this morning and set an Amtrak speed record in New Jersey.

The train, named (a-Sell-uh) Acela, arrived in New York City two hours and 26 minutes later, two minutes ahead of schedule.
It then broke it's own record during the New York to Boston leg when it hit 150 miles an hour.
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