[News-Heads]

[ANCHOR=Jan]

[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jja]
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Coming up-
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[VO-NAT]


Butter versus margarine. The latest study-
Plus the drive to DRIVE out I-73-
And a memorable drive for the man behind the wheel of this van-
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[Talent=Jean]


Plus the Dudley award for the top football player in the commonwealth. Here's a hint- the winners's from Roanoke.
News 7 is next.

[Video-Open]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 11]



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[SOT 2:07:18]
[IN Q=I think robbery]

((I THINK ROBBERY IS A STORE OWNER'S WORST NIGHTMARE BASICALLY...))
[RUNS=04]
[OUT Q=worst nightmare basically.]
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[VO-NAT]


Christmas time doesn't just mean higher sales for merchants.. they're also a higher risk of being hit by criminals.
But some are taking steps to protect themselves and their employees.
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[Store-Safety]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=0037 TC01:49]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


It's been more than a month since convenience store owner Melvin Giles was killed during a robbery in his Campbell County business.
His murder remains unsolved, but some of his fellow store owners are now taking steps to prevent becoming a victim of crime as well.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The crime sent]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co./October 26; :00]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :14]
[SUPER=01-Lt. Mark Patterson/Lynchburg Police Department; :36]
[SUPER=01-Bonnie Burley Crews/Store Owner; :52]
[SUPER=@ssm2; 1:09]
[RUNS=1:11]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]

(( The crime sent shock waves through the community.
When 75- year- old Melvin Giles was gunned down during an apparent robbery at his store in October, convenience store owners everywhere were reminded just how dangerous their business can be.
[natsot 2:11:34]

((COME ON LADY, GIMME YOUR PURSE.. QUICK, QUICK, QUICK!!))
[RUNS= 06]


This crime prevention seminar, which included a simulated robbery, was put on by the Lynchburg Police.
Store owners, including Giles' widow, learned about proper lighting, where to place payphones and equipment and how to describe a robbery suspect just minutes after the crime.
[SOT 2:08:39]

((LT. MARK PATTERSON/LYNCHBURG POLICE: I THINK IT'S GOOD INFORMATION ANY TIME OF THE YEAR.. OTHER TIME OF THE YEAR.))
[RUNS= 15]
[OUT Q=time of the year.]
[SOT 2:07:22]

((BONNIE BURLEY CREWS/STORE OWNER: AND SO MANY OF US HAVE HAD ROBBERIES IN THE PAST AND IT DOESN'T MATTER IF IT WAS LAST WEEK OR 20 YEARS AGO, IT'S STILL SOMETHING THAT ALWAYS MAKES YOU AWARE OF AND ANYTHING YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT IT AGAIN, YOU'RE WILLING TO DO.))
[RUNS= 16]
[OUT Q=willing to do.]


Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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[TAKE CRIMESTOPPERS FS]
[ANCHOR=Jean]


The Central Virginia Food Dealers Association is offering a five thousand dollar reward for information that leads to an arrest in the Giles murder.
You can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-798-5900.
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[Beef-recall]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-55 TC11:08]
[GRAPHIC=Recall]


Some Kroger hamburger is being recalled- it may be tainted by E-coli-
(XXXXXXXX)

[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD]
Kroger is asking customers at all 53 stores in Virginia to check their freezers for Kroger brand ground beef in one, three and five pound packages dated November 19th and 20th.
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[VO-NAT]
The Minnesota Department of Health linked 22 illnesses to beef supplied by American Foods Group.


218 thousand pounds of the ground beef went to stores across 15 states.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


There are no reported illnesses in Virginia, but Kroger is taking no chances by issuing a recall.
Customers will get their money back if they return the hamburger to Kroger.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
[SS=HOLD]


Signs of E-coli poisoning include nausea and diarrhea.
People generally become ill two to four days after eating tainted beef.

[Golden-Corral]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=netD]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Lab results indicate a bacteria is to blame for several illnesses connected to a local restaurant.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/October]


Several people got sick after eating at the Golden Corral near Cross Roads Mall in Roanoke on the evening of October 13-th.
Health Officials say food samples collected from the buffet indicate a toxin caused by a staph bacteria caused the illnesses.
The source of the contamination is still unknown.
The Health Department says the restaurant has made several changes in food handling and sanitation.
Officials believe this was an isolated incident.
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[I-73]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-51 TC18:16]
[GRAPHIC=Interstate 73]

V-Dot has several options when it comes to Interstate 73 .. The highway will eventually connect South Carolina with Michigan - and is expected to directly impact some Roanoke County residents. Just WHO those residents are is in question.
[DOUBLE BOXES= Jean & Meredyth/Newsroom;]

Meredyth Censullo met with one I-73 opposition group tonight...
[LIVE= Meredyth Full/Newsroom]
[SUPER=@Meredyth1]

Jean, the I-73 "Regional Action Network" is made up of Southwest Roanoke County and Salem residents who live in what's called the "Western Corridor". They say they're convinced the interstate is driving forward, but they say the Western Corridor isn't the place to put it.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Ken Wright/I-73 Reg. Impact Network;:00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;:06]
[SUPER=01-Kara Robinson/I-73 Reg. Impact Network;:17]
[SUPER=01-Andrew Hurst/I-73 Reg. Impact Network;1:07]
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[OUT Q=what we feel.]
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[SOT @ Tape #1: 1:08:41 - :46]
[IN Q=Somewhere..]

((SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THE MOUNTAIN AND US WILL BE A SUPERHIGHWAY...)) [RUNS:05]
[OUT Q=superhighway.]


The mountain view from Ken Wright's backyard could someday be criss-crossed by I-73. He lives in the "Western Corridor"
[NATS - TONIGHT]
- along with all these people.

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[SOT Tape 2: 9:01 - 9:09]
[IN Q=As it stands...]

((AS IT STANDS RIGHT NOW, THE WESTERN CORRIDOR RUNS PARALLEL TO MY STREET. SO I'LL BE A LITTLE LEMONADE STAND ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.)) [RUNS:08]
[OUT Q=the road.]


The Western Corridor runs from I-81 at Dixie Caverns across the Blue Ridge Parkway to Route 220. A road, opponents say will scar the face of the Roanoke Valley, while placing hundreds of homes, dozens of businesses and a handful of schools in jeopardy. So they're gathering their forces for a campaign to sway V-DOT away from the Western corridor - and into the Central one - which runs along 581 and 220. And they're choosing their weapons - letters to Senators, Supervisors, even V-DOT. Because, they say, this could be their last chance at a full-fledged assault.

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[SOT @ Tape 2: 6:59 - 7:18]
[IN Q=A lot of...]

((A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY "ITS NOT GONNA BE BUILT IN 10 YEARS, 20 YEARS...I'LL BE LONG GONE"...BUT THE CORRIDOR WILL BE SELECTED IN PROBABLY 6 MONTHS AND THIS IS PROBABLY OUR LAST CHANCE TO MAKE A PUBLIC STATEMENT TO VDOT. LAST CHANCE TO SAY WHAT WE FEEL.)) [RUNS:19]
[OUT Q=we feel.]))
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[LIVE= Meredyth Full/Newsroom]

V-DOT will hold public hearings December 13th and 14th at Hotel Roanoke from two until nine p-m. Citizen input will be taken until January 12th.
[DOUBLE BOXES= Jean & Meredyth /Newsroom;]

The Commonwealth Transportation Board could make a decision on where I-73 will go by next summer..

[C'burg-Development]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-38 TC01:27]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Christiansburg town council tonight shot down a plan to develop rural land.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


A developer wanted to turn 89 acres of farmland on Peppers Ferry Road into commercial and residential property.
The proposal designated five acres along the road for businesses.
Behind that: 175 single family homes and 105 townhomes.
Some neighbors worried the development would strain traffic on their congested two-lane road.
Council denied the rezoning request by a 3 to 2 vote, even though the planning commission recommended it.
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[Edwards]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-46 TC36:15]
[GRAPHIC=John Edwards]


He's a former U-S Attorney, a veteran of Roanoke City Council, and a State Senator. Today, Democrat John Edwards said he hopes to win statewide office as Virginia's next Attorney General.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Edwards made the announcement this afternoon at the Roanoke Higher Education Center, a project in which he has played a central role.
Edwards says his experience in elective office, and his work as a federal prosecutor make him the most qualified candidate. He says he would also bring geographic balance to the ticket.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I'm proud to be a Democrat]

((I'M PROUD TO BE A DEMOCRAT AND I'M PROUD TO LEAD US BACK AND REPRESENT THE INTERESTS OF ALL VIRGINIANS, AND THAT IS WHY I AM TODAY OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCING THAT I AM A CANDIDATE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL OF VIRGINIA. APPLAUSE))
[SUPER=01-John Edwards/(D) Attorney General Cand.]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=for Attorney General of Virginia.]
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[VO-NAT]


Though Henrico Delegate Donald McEachin (muh-KEE-chin) enjoyed a head start in the campaign for the Democratic nomination, Edwards believes he is now well-situated to win the June primary.
He estimates the primary campaign will cost between 500- thousand and one million dollars, and tonight he held a fundraiser at the Jefferson Center.
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[Verizon-rates]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Verizon]


Verizon has agreed to cut connection costs by 270 million dollars over the next five years... that could mean lower phone bills for Virginians.
The State Corporation Commission examined how much long distance companies had to pay Verizon to connect calls from one area of the state to another.
The S-C-C determined Verizon's fees were too high -- so they'll now be cut in half.
Certain long distance companies have agreed to pass their savings on to customers.
[Tease1]
[ANCHOR=Jean]
[writer=chr]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
[SS=None]


With just one week before the deadline to pick state electors-- lawyers for George W. Bush and Al Gore burn the midnight oil.
The latest next on News 7.
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[VO-NAT]


And some senior shoppers get the royal treatment for the Christmas holiday.
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[Sports-preview]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=first audio]
[RUNS=:]
[OUT Q=In sports""]
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((HEY EVERYBODY, STEVE MASON WITH YOU TONIGHT AND WE WILL HOOP IT UP OVER AT CAVE SPRING, A BIG NIGHT FOR J.J. REDICK AND THE COMETS CRASH INTO PATRICK HENRY AS WELL. DID LEE SUGGS WHEN THE DUDLEY? FIND OUT IN A FEW, COACH BEAMER COMETS ON THE NEW COACHING MOVES, THE EXPRESS TALKS ABOUT MOVING ON FROM A TOUGH ROAD SWING, ALL OF THIS IN SPORTS.))[Presiden

cy]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jja]
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[GRAPHIC=Election 2000]


Al Gore says he's optimistic- He's banking on his appeal to the Florida State Supreme Court- to try and win the election.
Lawyers for Gore and George W. Bush are burning the midnight oil preparing for cases tomorrow and Thursday- Terisa Estacio has more.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=703-Washington, DC;]
[SUPER=701-Al Gore/(D) Presidential Candidate;]
[SUPER=701-Craig Waters/FL Sup. Court Spokesman;]
[SUPER=701-George W. Bush/(R) Presidential Candidate;]
[SUPER=701-Terisa Estacio/Reporting;]
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[OUT Q=standard outcue.]

((With just one week before the deadline to pick state electors-- Al Gore's hopes of capturing the pivotal state of Florida are pinned --on several court cases. Outwardly-- He shows no signs of giving up. V.P. Al Gore "I don't feel anything other than optimistic." Optimistic-- that a case in Seminole County could go his way. The Vice President started talking about it today. A dem
ocratic lawyer there alleges ---there was voter tampering by Republicans. A ruling in his

favor -- could throw out thousands of absentee ballots... and turn the election. In the meantime, the Gore and Bush teams will also be concentrating on the Florida Supreme Court again: Craig Waters/ Fl State Supreme Court Spokesperson: "This is a case that has been certified as a matter of great public importance requiring the immediate resolution by a Florida's highest court.
On Thursday -- the state Supreme Court will hear Gore's appeal of a lower court ruling ---denying his request for a man

ual recount. Texas Governor George W. Bush for his part-- says he's making progress towards a transition into the White House. In an interview for the CBS' broadcasts " 60 Minutes 2," the governor was mindful of his opponents plight. Texas Gov. George W. Bush: He and I share something. We both put our heart and soul into the campaign.))

[Butter]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Are you a butter or margarine family?
A new study shows making the switch from butter to margarine can lower an entire family's cholesterol and reduce the risk of coronary disease.
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[VO-NAT 17:09:03]


The study is being released in tomorrow's Journal of the American Medical Association-
It shows margarine significantly lowered NOT just total cholesterol, but also bad cholesterol or L-D-L's.
In some cases making the swtich from butter to margarine lowered total cholesterol as much as medication.
The Research was done on 226 individuals- including adults and children.
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[Foundation]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-45 TC28:33]
[GRAPHIC=None]

A company that employs disabled adults in the Alleghany Highlands got an early Christmas gift.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Covington]

The Alleghany Foundation recently awarded Jackson River Enterprises a 250-thouand dollar grant provided it comes up with matching funds. The money will be used to help the business move into a new facility. The agency is in Covington- It employs about 45 disabled adults in a variety of jobs including recycling.
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[SOT 00:22:31]
[IN Q=If it ]

((REPORTER SPEAKS: IF IT WASN'T FOR YOUR JOB HERE ANY IDEA WHAT YOU WOULD BE DOING? DONNA PAXTON/EMPLOYEE: NOTHING, NOTHING.)) ((JIM SNYDER/ALLEGHANY FOUNDATION PRESIDENT: WE'VE HELPED SCHOOLS, NURSING PROGRAMS, CITIES AND COUNTIES IN DIFFERENT WAYS, THERE'S BEEN A TREMENDOUS NUMBER OF BENEFITS IN THE COMMUNITY HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Donna Paxton/Employee; :03 QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=01-Jim Snyder/Alleghany Foundation President; :06]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=in the community here.]
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[VO-NAT]
[super=03-Clifton Forge;]

The Alleghany Foundation also awarded a 502-thousand dollar grant to help improve the look of downtown Clifton Forge.

In all-- the Foundation has awarded more than ten million dollars to various organizations over the past five years.
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[Disabled-Shoppers]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-41 TC58:53]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Seniors received special treatment today at Target in Roanoke.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


They got a free breakfast and a personal assistant to help with their holiday shopping.
Not to mention a 10 percent discount on all purchases.
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[SOT10:10:35]
[IN Q=I bought my two dogs]

((RUTH CLODSELPER/SHOPPER: I BOUGHT MY DOGS A COUPLE OF PLAY THINGS. I'VE HAD AN ENJOYABLE MORNING))
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[SOT9:42:58]
[IN Q=It's a big saving, ]

((VIRGINIA SAUNDERS: IT'S A BIG SAVINGS. I THINK THE STORE IS GREAT))
[SUPER=01-Ruth Clodselper/Shopper]
[SUPER=01-Virginia Saunders/Shopper]
[RUNS=20]
[OUT Q=great]
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[VO-NAT]


Free gift wrapping was also part of the deal.
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[SOT9:55:13]
[IN Q=Well i think it's important]

((LISA SWINEY: WELL I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO MAKE THEM FEEL SPECIAL TO LET THEM KNOW WE'RE HERE AND WE CARE))
[SUPER=01-Lisa Swiney/Target]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=here and we care]
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[VO-NAT]


This is annual event held by Target stores nationwide.
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[Tease2]
[ANCHOR=Jean]
[writer=chr]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
[SS=None]


Some Roanoke employees are saving the city hundreds of thousands of dollars on their way to work.
Find out how when News 7 returns.
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[VO-NAT]


And it was a memorable ride for the driver of this van, when a wall of debris came crashing down from an overpass.
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[Shuttle-Bus]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-42 TC1:39:50]
[GRAPHIC=None]

More than 300 Roanoke city employees have lost their free parking.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The city manager has taken free parking stickers away from 313 workers to make room for new businesses and their staffs.
Those city employees must now ride a shuttle bus downtown from the civic center or pay fifty dollars a month for a space.
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[SOT 12:12:01]
[IN Q=The program]

((THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN VERY CONVENIENT FOR ME. IT OFFERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO MISS DOWNTOWN TRAFFIC.))
[SUPER=01-Greg Emerson/Shuttle Rider]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=DOWNTOWN TRAFFIC]
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[VO-NAT]

Even non-city employees are hopping a ride on the free shuttle. Angela Henegar takes classes at the Higher Education Center.
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[SOT 12:31:16]
[IN Q=It's very convenient]

((I HAVE NO OTHER WAY TO GET DOWNTOWN TO GET MY LUNCH AND WITH THE BUS RUNNING EVERY TEN MINUTES I DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT MISSING THE NEXT BUS TO GET BACK TO SCHOOL.))
[SUPER=01-Angela Henegar/Shuttle Rider;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=to school]
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[VO-NAT]

The city manager has kept her free parking sticker, along with other employees who leave the municipal building several times a day. She says she might expand the shuttle system so more downtown businesses can use satellite parking for their employees.
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[Impaled-Van]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Here's an accident that may make you think twice when you drive under an overpass.
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[VO-NAT]
[Super=X5052 (loads FX)]
[Super=X5045 (starts FX)]
[SUPER=75-Houston, TX]


This van was traveling on Highway 59 in Houston when it was impaled by a wooden beam.
The beam fell from the ramp above, where an 18-wheeler turned over and lost its cargo of construction debris.
The van driver said he saw the wall of falling debris at the last minute, and had no choice but to drive through it.
Although somewhat unnerved by the experience, neither driver was seriously injured.
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[Super=X5043 (clears FX)]



[Space-Station]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Two Astronauts are doing some walking today- high above the earth.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-NASA Video;]


They're finishing up installation of giant new solar wings- that provide power for the station.
Astronauts Joe Tanner and Carlos Noriega are making the electrical connections so that the power can be distributed to the rest of the station.
This is the second of three spacewalks planned for this shuttle mission.
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[S-Extra]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-74 15633tc & Extra]


Lots of sports coming your way, including high school hoops and the Dudley award from Richmond but first in tonight's Extra Point -
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=75-Salt Lake City, UT; :00]


Karl Malone became the NBA's second leading scorer with this basket as the Jazz took on the Toronto Raptors. He passes Wilt Chamberlain who held the previous second spot with 31 thousand 419. His wife and kids were on hand for the special event.
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[GO TO SCORES] [WIPE TO MOTION]
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[OUT Q=...last score."]
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[S-Dudley]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-86 10:09]
[GRAPHIC=Dudley award]


The Dudley award is given each year to the top college football player in the commonwealth and last night, for the first time in the 11 year history of the award, a sophomore won it. Mike Stevens has more.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lee Suggs/2000 Dudley Award Winner; :33]
[SUPER=01-Byron Thweatt/2nd in Dudley Voting; :40]
[SUPER=01-Lee Suggs, Sr./Lee's Father; :57]
[SUPER=01-Juanita Suggs/Lee's Mom; 1:09]
[SUPER=01-George "Kila" Miller/Lee's High School Coach; 1:28]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; 1:36]
[SUPER=@Mike1; 1:54]
[RUNS=2:00]
[OUT Q=...news 7 sports"]
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[S-Coaches]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-76 1:57:20]
[GRAPHIC=Tech football]


Before watching Lee Suggs win the Dudley award last night Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer made some coaching changes yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA; :00]


Billy Hite has been promoted from assistant head coach to associate head coach. He will take on some additional administrative and staff related tasks to go along with his duties as the Hokies running backs coach. Hite is completing his 23rd season at Tech.
Bryan Stinespring has been named assistant head coach. He is Tech's offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. He will deal with high school relations in addition to his current duties.
Safety and outside linebackers coach Jim Cavanaugh was considering the assistant head coaching job at Maryland but has decided to stay at Virginia Tech.
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[S-Beamer]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-88]
[GRAPHIC=Hold tech football]


Coach Beamer has always said he wants to take care of his assistant coaches and last night he commented on the promotions.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=WELL I THINK]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Football Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=....things work"]
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[S-Gator]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-82 2137tc]
[GRAPHIC=GATOR BOWL VT-CLEMSON]

It seems the Hokies are getting over the BCS snub. One thing that definitely helps that process is the opportunity play Clemson.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=You know....]

((MICHAEL VICK:))
[SUPER=01-Michael Vick/Va. Tech Quarterback; :00]
[RUNS=:28]
[OUT Q:=...the most of it."]
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[VO-NAT con't]
[SUPER=04-ACC; :00]

To put even more bite in the Gator is the fact that this game will showcase two of the most exciting players in the nation in Vick and his counterpart Woodrow Dantzler.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=WITH ALL THE]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=...in Jacksonville."]
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[S-Mims]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-83 28:03]
[GRAPHIC=Tech hoops]


Virginia Tech men's basketball coach Ricky Stokes announced today that Dennis Mims is no longer with the team.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]


The Tech center has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules pertaining to class attendance. The junior is in his third season with Tech and has missed the last two games with an ankle injury.
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[S-Cave]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP_87 10:34]
[GRAPHIC=high school hoops]


The Cave Spring boys basketball team played host to Northside last night on what turned out to be a special evening for Duke bound J.J. Redick.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Vikings vs. Knights; :00]


The Knights went through warm ups and then mobbed each other before tip off.
In the opening minutes of the game, watch J.J. Redick dish to Bryan Hamilton, he rips rope from three point land.
Northside's Jason Salter drives through the lane and makes good on the two point shot, But Cave Spring was still out in front.
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Redick then shows his skill. He steals the rock goes coast tot coast, spins and lays it in for two points.


J.J. would tally 27 on the night and he needed 25 to pass one thousand points in his career, he gets the mark and Cave gets the win 76-43
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[VO-NAT WIPE TO #ENG!!!!!!]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Comets vs. Patriots; :00]


Over to Patrick Henry where the Patriots and the Comets of Halifax would do battle.
We pick it up in the second half, Halifax's Shamoni Faulkner says not in my house....he gives the ball to Sterling Williams for the easy deuce and the Comets had the lead.
[SUPER=34-Halifax/76/Patrick Henry/63;]PH comes back Eugene Newman goes hard to the iron and scores to Keep the Pa

triots close.
But the Comets had to much for PH, Carlton Roach for two of his 16. Halifax wins 76-63
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The Express plays at Greensboro Friday and then returns to the Round House Saturday and Sunday to play Johnstown.
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((PERRY FLORIO/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
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