[1-News-Head]

[TALENT=Keith]

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[V/O-NAT]
Roanoke Police are looking for a suspect in a shooting at a local car shop.
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[TALENT=Keith]


And Lynchburg officials cut, borrow and re-allocate to solve the needs of city schools over the coming decade.

[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sports head]
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In sports, Virginia puts its undefeated record on the line at Wake Forest tonight as the men open conference play.

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[VO-NAT]


And the Hokies are headed home as Gator Bowl Champions. Mike Stevens assesses the season and takes a look ahead.


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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
[SS=None]


One more cold blast and then a moderating trend for the weekend...it's about time! Details and school closings for tomorrow just ahead.


[Video-Open]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=Video Open]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]



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[VO-NAT]


Two people are gunned down at a Roanoke business.
Police are searching for suspects.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[Roanoke-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[TAPE#00-47 TC40:10]
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The two victims are in surgery at this hour-- both were very seriously wounded.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Meredyth/Microwave]


Meredyth Censullo is at Hot Rods Car Care where the shooting occurred.
[Live=Meredyth Full/Microwave]
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[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]
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(Rollcue:visiting him.)
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[SUPER=01-Shelly Alley/Roanoke Police Department; 17]
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[OUT Q=Roanoke Memorial Hospital.]
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[Double Boxes=Keith and Meredyth/Microwave]



[Franklin-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6p]
[WRITER=jmc]
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[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]


Two men charged with strangling a man in Rocky Mount will be arraigned tomorrow.
22-year-old Charles English is accused of murder and robbery in the death of his father.
Rocky Mount police discovered the body of 61-year-old Ralph English at his home on Anderson Street on Saturday night.
The other defendant, 18-year-old Christopher Dorman, is also facing murder and robbery charges
Authorities have arrested a 14-year-old boy in the case as well.
The town police chief says all three suspects visited the victim earlier in the day, and some type of struggle took place.
They were arrested the next day in the Charlottesville area.

[Danville-Body]


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A Danville man was found dead last night in the Sandy River near the Wal-mart Supercenter.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville]


Police identified the victim as thirty-four year old Robert Early Lipford.
Friends of the victim went looking for him and discovered his body just before ten o'clock last night.
Friends say Lipford ended up in there after a dispute inside Wal-mart Saturday night.
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[SOT 1:48:19]
[IN Q= My understanding is someone was chasing him]

((DARRYL AVERETT/VICTIM'S FRIEND: MY UNDERSTANDING I HEARD SOMEBODY WAS CHASING HIM FROM WAL-MART. I DON'T KNOW THE REASON. EVIDENTLY, HE WAS TRYING TO GET AWAY FOR SAFETY I GUESS.))
[SUPER=01-Darryl Averett/Victim's Friend]
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[OUT Q= Safety I guess]
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[VO-NAT]


No one from Wal-mart would comment today.
Police are not sure how Lipford died.
They're waiting for an autopsy report from the medical examiner.
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[Jail-Death]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-46 TC1:06:18]
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A Radford man being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail died on New Year's Day ... apparently because of health problems.
51-year-old Kurt Fox had been arrested by Radford Police on New Year's Eve, charged with making false 9-1-1 calls.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dublin/File Tape;]


He died 24 hours after he was booked at the regional jail in Dublin.
Jail personnel say Fox was "observed to be drunk" and said he had epilepsy when he came in.
The next day, nurses noticed him gasping and rushed him to the hospital.
A jail spokesman says autopsy results show Fox died of a heart attack.
No one could be reached at the medical examiner's office.
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[School-Construction]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-43 TC1:21:34]
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Lynchburg officials may have found the plug for a gaping hole in their school repair budget for the next ten years.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith and Steve/Lynchburg Bureau;]


And they say they can do it without raising taxes.
Steve Smallshaw's here to explain..
[LIVE=Steve Full/Lynchburg Bureau]
[SUPER=@ssm1]
[SUPER=05-Lynchburg]


The big thing, Keith, is the amount of money school officials say they need is down from an original one hundred million dollars to about 80 to 85 million..
50 million of that is already budgeted for... finding the rest will require some more borrowing and a little sacrifice.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Faced with a]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Newman/(R) Lynchburg; :28]
[SUPER=01-Bonnie Svrcek/Asst. City Manager; :48]
[SUPER=01-Carl Hutcherson/Lynchburg Mayor; :59]
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[OUT Q=next year's budget.]

(( Faced with a huge school repair bill over the next ten years, city leaders tried to convince a dubious populace that raising the state sales tax was the only way to pay for it.
But voters soundly rejected that plan at the polls in November.. that sent educators, lawmakers and city council back to square one trying to come up with a plan everyone could agree on.
They gathered in a rare show of unity today to announce they may have solved the problem.
[SOT 12:34:51]

((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R- LYNCHBURG: I THINK EVERYONE WAS WAITING FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO DO IT AND SO IT WAS NICE TO ACTUALLY COME UP WITH A PLAN THAT PAYS 85 MILLION FOR THE SCHOOLS.))
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[OUT Q=for the schools.]


Lawmakers say they can squeeze 500- thousand a year from the state for the next ten years.. the school board will have to come up with 400- thousand out of its annual budget and the city will try to trim costs and borrow the rest.
[SOT 12:28:52]

((BONNIE SVRCEK/ASST. CITY MANAGER: IT'S A WORK IN PROGRESS, BUT THIS IS AGAIN SOMETHING FOR US TO SHOOT AT AND IT'S FURTHER THAN WE'VE COME IN A WHILE, SO IT'S ONE APPROACH.))
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[OUT Q=it's one approach.]
[SOT 12:32:45]

((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: I DON'T THINK IT'S GOING TO BE THE KIND OF ACRIMONIOUS DEBATE AND DISCUSSION, I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE VERY SERIOUS AND VERY DELIBERATIVE AS WE PREPARE FOR NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET.))
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[OUT Q=next year's budget.]))
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[LIVE=Steve Full/Lynchburg Bureau]
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Mayor Hutcherson says he doesn't expect the city to renege on any of its previous financial commitments, like spending 3 million dollars to renovate City Stadium.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith and Steve/Lynchburg Bureau;]


But, he says, nothing is untouchable once budget time rolls around. Keith?



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


Improvements to the Henry Street area of Roanoke have been planned for years.
Now some city council members want to see progress.
Details are still ahead on News 7.
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[VO-NAT]


And folks are already lining up for one-cent stamps.
Another rate hike goes into effect on Sunday.
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[Stamps]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[GRAPHIC=Postal Rate Increase]


The new year brings new postal rates.
Beginning next week, it will cost you a penny more to mail a first class letter.
Justin McLeod says not everyone is giving the rate increase their stamp of approval.
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[SOT]
[IN Q= NAT SOUND]
[SUPER=03-Danville]
[SUPER=01-Laura Lackey/Postal Customer; :09]
[SUPER=19-Justin/McLeod; :35]
[SUPER=01-Kathy Shelton/Postal Customer; :50]
[SUPER=01-Richard Hall/Business Owner; 1:09]
[SUPER=01-Thomas Giffin/Danville Postmaster; 1:36]
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[OUT Q= JUSTIN McLEOD, News 7, Danville]

((((OPEN WITH NAT SOUND OF PEOPLE STANDING IN LINE))
Already people are lining up to buy the new stamps....even though the increase is still a week away.
[SOT 1:36:59]
[IN Q= I thought the rate increase]

((LAURA LACKEY/POSTAL CUSTOMER: I THOUGHT THE RATE INCREASE WAS GOING TO BE ON THE FIRST. AND I SENT MY HUSBAND HERE ON NEW YEARS EVE AND MADE HIM MAIL LETTERS FOR ME IN THE COLD.)) [Runs07]
[OUT Q= letters for me in the cold]
[SOT 1:42:52]
[IN Q= I thought it took]

((CHRISTI YOUNG,/POSTAL CUSTOMER: I THOUGHT IT TOOK EFFECT JANUARY FIRST.)) [Runs03]
[OUT Q=effect January first]


Actually, the new rates take effect next Monday January 7th.
It will cost 34 cents to mail a first class letter...a one cent increase.
It will cost you slighty more to use priority mail. That goes up from 3.20 to $3.50.
And for express mail, it increases from 11.75 to $12.25.
[SOT 1:47:53]
[IN Q= If you still have the old stamps]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: IF YOU STILL HAVE THE OLD STAMPS WHEN THE NEW INCREASE GOES INTO EFFECT, DON'T WORRY, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS USE ONE CENT STAMPS. FOR MANY OF US, THAT WILL BE THE EASIEST WAY. BUT FOR SOME BUSINESSES, THAT'S ACTUALLY THE HARD WAY.)) [Runs13]
[OUT Q= actually the hard way.]


That's why this woman exchanged the old for the new.
[SOT 1:40:50]
[IN Q= We do a lot of mailing]

((KATHY SHELTON/POSTAL CUSTOMER: WE DO A LOT OF MAILING SO I HAD 103 PACKS OF THE OLD STAMPS. INSTEAD OF BUYING ONE CENT STAMPS TO COMPENSATE OR TWO, WHATEVER THE CHANGE WAS. I CAME IN ACTUALLY UPGRADED. I GAVE THEM ALL MY OLD STAMPS AND GOT 103 NEW PACKS OF THE NEW STAMPS.)) [Runs14]
[OUT Q= of the new stamps]


Business must also decide whether to pass the increase onto the consumer.
[SOT 1:45:00]
[IN Q= I produce envelopes for commercial use]

((RICAHRD HALL/BUSINESS OWNER: I PRODUCE ENVELOPES FOR COMMERCIAL USE AND EVERYTIME I MAIL ONE ITS A PENNY MORE. AND I DO MAYBE FIVE THOUSAND A YEAR SO YOU CAN SEE THE INCREASE IS COSTING ME. I ABSORB THE INCREASE I DON'T PASS IT ONTO MY CUSTOMERS)) [Runs14]
[OUT Q= onto my customers]


The U.S. Postal service defends the increase.
The Danville Postmaster says when the cost of doing business goes up, they have no choice but to pass onto the customers.
And even though rates are changing, they promise one thing will remain the same.
[SOT 1:29:22]
[IN Q= The same good service]

((THOMAS GIFFIN/POSTMASTER: THE SAME GOOD SERVICE THAT WE GIVE NOW ARE GOING TO PREVAIL THROUGHOUT THE RATE INCREASE.))
You will just have to dig a little deeper in your pocket to get that same good service.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Danville.))

[City-Council]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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The pace of improvements on Henry Street brought concern today from members of Roanoke City Council.
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[VO-NAT]
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Council voted to extend a contract with the Roanoke Neighborhood Development Corporation for another six months, but not before some members questioned the amount of progress on the Henry Street redevelopment effort.
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[SOT 15:31:33]
[IN Q=It's time that we]

((ALVIN HUDSON/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: IT'S TIME THAT WE GET SOME ACCOUNTABILITY. IF WE'RE GOING TO PUT MONEY, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TAXPAYERS MONEY INTO THIS, THEN IT'S TIME FOR SOMEONE TO SHOW US WHERE OUR MONEY'S BEING SPENT.))
[SUPER=01-Alvin Hudson/Roanoke City Council]
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[OUT Q=where our money's being spent.]
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[VO-NAT]


Other members of council defended the R-N-D-C, and said the group HAS tried to keep council informed of its progress.
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[SOT 15:30:56]
[IN Q=If people offer to tell you]

((LINDA WYATT/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: IF PEOPLE OFFER TO TELL YOU AND YOU DON'T LISTEN OR YOU DON'T WANT TO FIND OUT, THEN DON'T COMPLAIN BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW.))
[SUPER=01-Linda Wyatt/Roanoke City Council]
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[OUT Q=because you don't know.]
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Council requested a progress report... to determine how much money has been spent, and what has been accomplished.

[County-Supervisors]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-54 TC24:16]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Co. Seal]


The Roanoke County Supervisors are starting the new year with a new chairman.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Today, the board elected Fuzzy Minnix to serve as chairman for 2001.
A Republican, Minnix is now in his tenth year representing the Cave Spring District. He's served as chairman twice before.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((FUZZY MINNIX: EDUCATION IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE A PRIORITY FOR US. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WILL HAVE TO BE BECAUSE WE'LL HAVE TO TRY TO FIND WAYS TO PAY MORE OF THE BILLS SO CITIZENS OF ROANOKE COUNTY CAN PAY LESS. REGIONAL COOPERATION IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST AND SERVICE TO THE CITIZENS OF ROANOKE COUNTY.))
[SUPER=01-Fuzzy Minnix/Supervisors Chairman]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=service to the citizens of Roanoke County.]
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Catawba Supervisor Butch Church will serve as vice chairman for the next year.

[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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The new year picked up just where 2000 left off-- with stocks sinking. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-y/140.70/10646.15/y/178.65/2291.87;]


The DOW lost 141 points.
NASDAQ dropped 179.
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[Agee]


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Former state delegate Steve Agee became a judge today.
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[V/O-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


He was sworn in at Roanoke College, as the newest member of the Virginia Court of Appeals.
All but one of the state's appeals court judges was in Salem for the occasion.
His wife, Nancy, and son, Zachary, held the Bible as Justice Cynthia Kinser administered the oath of office.
Agee noted he'd been given a "precious opportunity."
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[SOT 14:19:52]
[IN Q=So many events]

((JUDGE STEVE AGEE/VIRGINIA APPEALS COURT: SO MANY EVENTS COULD HAVE HAPPENED WHERE I WOULD NOT BE HERE AT ALL TODAY. QUITE EASILY, SOMEONE ELSE COULD BE STANDING HERE TODAY, AND ONE OF THESE DAYS SOMEONE ELSE WILL BE.))
[SUPER=01-Judge Steve Agee/Virginia Appeals Court]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=else will be.]
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[V/O-NAT]
Armed with two decades in the private practice of law and a Master's Degree in tax law- -on top of his law degree from U-V-a- -he takes the bench well qualified.
However, his political and family connections helped ensure his position on the bench ...ahead of sitting judges who aspired to the Appeals Court.
Agee's successor in the legislative seat representing Salem said the headline for the story should read: "Roanoke Valley boy does good."
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[Subway-Diet]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-41 TC1:40:15]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Eating at subway twice a day paid off for one local woman -- she not only lost more than a hundred pounds -- but is now being featured in commercials.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dublin]


Kimberly Johnston used to wear a size 28 and weighed more than 300 pounds.
But when she started eating a diet that included low-fat Subway sandwiches for lunch and dinner, the pounds starting coming off.
So far, she's lost 114 pounds.
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[SOT14:32]
[IN Q=It was this feeling of pride]

((IT WAS THIS FEELING OF PRIDE, THIS IS REALLY WORKING, BY THE THAT TIME I HAD STARTED EXERCISING, DOING TAE-BO AND WEIGHTLIFTING, AND WALKING, SO I NOTICED THE CHANGE HEALTH WISE IN MY HEART))
[SUPER=07-Kimberly Johnston]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=in my heart]
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[VO-NAT]


Now Johnston is appearing in Subway commercials, and on the company's posters.
She says she's learned to love herself no matter what the size, but still wants to lose 52 more pounds.
And she says even when she reaches her goal -- Subway will still be one her favorite places to eat.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sports tease]
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Coming up, the 2000 season is in the books for the Virginia Tech Hokies. Mike Stevens takes a look back.
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[VO-NAT]

And the basketball game of the night pits Cavaliers against the Demon Deacons. Who will remain undefeated.
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[S-Hokies]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
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The Tech players headed home today from Jacksonville with many driving themselves back on treacherous Interstate 95. But Mike Stevens says the Hokies road back to another New Year's Day bowl game shouldn't require nearly as much patience to negotiate.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Jacksonville, FL/Monday; :00]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/99 Career Wins at VT; :16]
[SUPER=01-Anthony Lambo/VT Senior Lineman; :39]
[SUPER=01-Charley Wiles/VT Defensive Line Coach; 1:05]
[SUPER=@mike1; 1:17]
[SUPER=01-Jarrett Ferguson/VT Fullback; 1:52]
[SUPER=01-Lee Suggs/30 Rushing TDs in 2000; 1:57]
[RUNS=2:05]
[OUT Q=....NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
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[S-CAVS]


[ANCHOR=DENISE]
[NEWSCAST=SIX]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sp-81 tc 36:34]
[GRAPHIC=uva hoops]


A battle of the unbeatens opens Atlantic Coast Conference play tonight.
Fourth ranked Wake Forest and eighth ranked Virginia meet tonight on the college hardwood.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-This Season;]


The biggest game in the ACC pits two teams that haven't been to the NCAA tournament since 1997.
The Demon Deacons are looking for their 17th straight victory in a win streak dating back to last season.
The Cavaliers go into Winston-Salem, winners of 10 straight games this season.
Including an 18 point victory over then unbeaten and fourth ranked Tennessee.
Highlights of the Wake-UVA game tonight at 11.
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[S-Orangebowl]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sp-87 tc 28:04]
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Just two bowl games left. Tonight at eight Miami and Florida meet in the Sugar Bowl
IF MIAMI BEATS Florida and if Okalhoma beats Florida State tomorrow night Butch Davis thinks his Hurricanes should

[ss=orangebowl]

share the national-title with the Seminoles.
If FSU wins tomorrow night in the Orange Bowl it will be back to back title rings for Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=this]

(())
[SUPER=01-Chris Weinke/FSU Quarterback;]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=icing on the cake]
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[S-Stuff]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sp-91 tc 10:35]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke College]


And if you're tired of sitting on the couch getting your fill of sports you can head out to Bast Center on the Roanoke College campus for the V Foundation Classic.
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[vo-nat]
[super=03-Salem;]


First game has all ready started but the Maroons play at 7:30 admission is free. Donations are accepted. There's an auction and raffle of sports memoriabilia you're looking at to raise money for cancer research.
A Frank Beamer autographed football and Dell Curry singed jersey to name just a few items.
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[anchor=denise]
[ss=express/greenville]


Or your can head out to the Roanoke Civic Center as the Express hosts the Greenville Grrrowl. The puck drops at seven.