[1-News-Head]

[TALENT=Keith]

A soldier has been charged with the murder of 20-year old Tina Louise Foster.
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[V/O-NAT]
And legislators hear from people whose gas bills have gone from 100-dollars a month to almost a THOUSAND.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=Sports-Head]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In sports, The Hokies are still talking about their latest high school football signings the latest on the Roanoke Express.
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[VO-NAT]


And last night in Blacksburg, The Lady Hokies got a big taste of the competition in the Big East.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
[SS=None]


A couple of records tumble today with the unseasonably warm air. One last gasp tomorrow and then winter temperatures return. Your forecast is just ahead.

[Video-Open]


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



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[VO-NAT]


New developments tonight in the murder of Tina Foster.
Police arrest a suspect.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[Foster]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#01-01 TC46:46]
[GRAPHIC=Tina Foster]


The trail led Roanoke detectives to the Richmond-Petersburg area yesterday ... and to an arrest today.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Kate/Microwave]


Kate Weidaw is at the Roanoke police station, where the suspect was brought in late this afternoon.
[Live=Kate Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Kate1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]
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(Rollcue:which led to Haynes arrest.)
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Friday]
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[OUT Q=off Orange Avenue.]
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[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]
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[Double Boxes=Keith and Kate/Microwave]



[Giles-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-55 TC1:08:35]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]


Authorities are back to square one in their investigation into the murder of a Campbell County convenience store owner last fall.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co./October 26]


76- year- old Melvin Giles was shot to death October 26th during an apparent robbery at his store on Route 460.
Sheriff Robert Maxey had called the regional homicide squad back together this week to track down leads in the case.
But the squad disbanded today, and Maxey says his department is no closer to making an arrest.
Giles' family and store owners in the area are offering 11- thousand dollars in reward money for help in solving the case.
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[WIPE TO CRIMESTOPPERS FULL SCREEN]
Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-798-5900.
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[Thomas]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-49 TC1:17:35]
[GRAPHIC=Jeff Thomas]


The trial of the man accused of murdering Radford teen Tara Munsey is now a week away.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski;]


Jeffrey Allen Thomas will stand trial on capital murder charges... starting with jury selection a week from tomorrow.
His attorneys want the trial moved, saying there's been too much publicity.
But the judge says he'll try to seat a jury first.
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[SOT 3:43 - :47]
[IN Q=Do you think]

((MARYA JONES/NEWS7: DO YOU THINK YOU CAN GET AN UNBIASED JURY HERE IN PULASKI COUNTY? JEFF THOMAS: WHAT DO YOU THINK?))
[RUNS=:04]
[OUT Q=what do you think?]
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[VO-NAT]


16-year-old Tara Munsey's body was found shot in the head and chest, just miles from the Taco Bell where she worked.
140 potential jurors have been called to show up next Friday.
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[Millboro-Gun]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The gun was loaded .. carried to school by a fourth-grade student. The 11 year old boy is now under suspension.


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[TAKE FS MAP]
School officials say the boy brought the handgun to Millboro Elementary School yesterday .. in eastern Bath County.
The school principal says he received a tip ahead of time ..
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[GRAPHIC=None]

and took the 4th-grader to his office as soon as the youngster stepped off the bus.
We have no word on why the boy may have brought the gun to school.


[Gas-Hearing]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-52 TC1:41:30]
[GRAPHIC=Heating Prices]


The gas is in the ground -- a half billion dollars in southwest Virginia alone -- just waiting to be drilled.
The good news from the bosses of the natural gas industry today to lawmakers in Richmond: they are betting prices will go down.
Ellen Qualls reports on concerns at the Capitol.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The bill]
[SUPER=01-Eva Littlejohn/Petersburg Resident; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mark Darrell/Columbia Gas; :40]
[SUPER=01-Lilly Hawkins/Lexington Resident; 1:09]
[SUPER=@Ellen1; 1:40 ]
[RUNS=1:55]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]
(([sot tape TWO 11:43:18]

((EVA LITTLEJOHN/PETERSBURG RESIDENT: THE BILL IS SO LARGE AND I CAN'T REALLY PAY IT.))
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Eva Littlejohn now owes more than 15-hundred dollars to Columbia Gas ... 979 past due from one month alone.
[sot tape TWO 11:43:41]

((EVA LITTLEJOHN/PETERSBURG RESIDENT: THE BILLS THAT I HAD BEEN GETTING. I ALWAYS KEPT UP MY BILL, BECAUSE SOMETIMES IT WOULD BE 150 DOLLARS, 176, SOMETHING LIKE THAT. ALL AT ONCE, ALL THIS BIG JUMP. AND THAT'S WHAT REALLY GOT, YOU KNOW? AND I DON'T KNOW WHY.))
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Columbia's C-O-O says the company's quit cutting off service to any its 195-thousand customers across Virginia who can't pay.
But that's just a temporary promise -- giving Littlejohn a four to six week window to raise the money.
[sot tape one 11:21:03]

((MARK DARRELL/COLUMBIA GAS: WE WOULD HAVE TO MAKE INDIVIDUAL ARRANGEMENTS...JOE JOHNSON: ARE YOU JUST GONNA LEAD HER ON, MAKE HER FEEL GOOD, AND THEN DROP THE AX ON HER?))
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Lexington customer Lilly Hawkins saw her Columbia Gas bill jump from 100 to 910 dollars in one month.
[sot tape one 11:26:45]

(( You look like you can probably afford 910 dollars, but it still hurts? LILLY HAWKINS/LEXINGTON RESIDENT: LOOKS ARE DECEIVING. I DON'T THINK ANYONE CAN ABSORB-- AND I GUESS THAT WAS REALLY AN EYE OPENER FOR US... PEOPLE ON FIXED INCOMES... 500 DOLLARS FOR A GAS BILL WHEN THEY WERE GETTING 600 DOLLARS A MONTH.))
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Lawmakers jumped on the state department of social services and the Governor, who are fighting a bill to expand emergency assistance.
Currently, if you can qualify for state aid with your gas bill, 249 dollars is all you can get for the season.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

[Columbia-Gas]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Columbia Gas of Virginia says it wants to help those customers who are having trouble paying their gas bills this winter.
Starting with bills mailed on February 5th, gas customers can enroll in a special "winter budget payment plan".
The plan allows residents to pay just the estimated average of their next six months' worth of heating bills.
Customers can learn more about the plan and how to join it by checking out Columbia's web site.
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[TAKE WEBWATCH FULL]
You can find a link to it in the Webwatch section of our homepage and W-D-B-J-7- dot- com.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=NONE]


Attorneys tell a colleague: "You be the judge." Still ahead, lawyers name a candidate for the bench.
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[SOT FULL 39:07]
[INQ=This is]

((THIS IS WHERE I WAS ... IN SURAP.))
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[OQ=in Surap.]
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[VO-NAT]


And Meena Shah was in the middle of India's devastating earthquake. Now she's back home .. with memories she can't shake.
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[Quake-Survivor]


[ANCHOR=KEith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=00-45 TC1:55:47]
[GRAPHIC=Earthquake]

[***ANCHOR TAG***] India is reaching out for international help following a massive earthquake that killed more than 17-thousand people two weeks ago. At the same time a Roanoke woman who was there is shedding light on the disaster. Shannon Young has her story.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It was morning time...]
[SUPER=03-India/Last Week; :00]
[SUPER=01-Meena Shah/Earthquake Survivor; :13]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :45]
[SUPER=@Shannon2; 1:27]
[RUNS=1:41]
[OUT Q=News 7, Roanoke]

(( It was morning time on Friday January 26th when the world crashed. In a matter of seconds, Indians forgot about alarm clocks, breakfast, the work day ahead, and instead focused on survival.
[SOT 22:03-22:11]
[IN Q=It was the morning time...]

((It was the morning time so there were some people who were in the bathroom taking a shower. So they just wrapped their towel around and kinda ran out.))\ [RUNS:08]
[OUT Q=kinda ran out.]

Meena Shah had just stepped outside to buy vegetables when the earth, and the vegetable cart, started moving.
[SOT 20:59-21:15]
[IN Q=At the same time...]

((At the same time the ground underneath my feet felt like there were waves of water underneath and I'm kind of losing my balance and falling over and trying to hold onto something. And I realize it's an earthquake. And I exclaim in English, "It's an earthquake! It's an earthquake!")) [RUNS:16]
[OUT Q=It's an earthquake!]

Shah had been visiting her parents when the 7-point-9 quake hit. Despite being about 100 miles from the epicenter Shah says the phenomenon shook her to the core.
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[IN Q=I mean, I could...]

((I mean, I could actually see the building sway like that. That's when I really got scared.)) [RUNS:05]
[OUT Q=really got scared.]

Shah lost two relatives to the temblor, but her parents are fine thanks to the strong standing of their high rise home. Nearby, others were not as lucky.
But where tons of concrete debris kept impromptu rescuers from reaching many victims, Shah, a nurse, says something even stonger prevented her from pitching in.
[SOT 25:28-25:38]
[ IN Q=I think I was...]

((I think I was just too shocked, too stunned by all I'd seen. Really, this was just beyond my realm. I couldn't handle any of it.)) [RUNS:20]
[OUT Q=handle any of it.]

She, like so many others, is learning. But the road ahead still feels shaky.
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[IN Q=You worry about...]

((You worry about what's still holding up in the future... but you have no control over it.)) [RUNS:07]
[OUT Q=no control over it.]

Shannon Young, News 7, Roanoke.))
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=HOLD]

If you'd like to make a cash donation or send supplies you can contact the Red Cross or the India Heritage Society.

[Kidney-Center]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-47 TC1:30:16]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Four people from the Lexington area were hospitalized yesterday after receiving dialysis, and relatives are looking for answers tonight.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington]


The four were at Gambro Healthcare when the problems developed. Relatives say they were told the patients were given "a bad batch of heparin (HEP-uh-rin)." Heparin is a blood thinner.
Today, an employee said the company is investigating, but officials declined to comment further.
Jennifer Schommer (SHOW-muhr) and other relatives want to know more about what happened.
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[SOT 03:18]
[IN Q=Just that I hope they can figure out]

((JENNIFER SCHOMMER: JUST THAT I HOPE THEY CAN FIGURE OUT WHAT'S GOING ON AND GET DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF IT, BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO BE ANSWERED AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED.))
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Schommer/Dialysis Patient's Granddaughter;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=a lot of people are concerned.]
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[VO-NAT]


Schommer's grandmother was released from Stonewall Jackson Hospital this morning, but at least one of three patients transferred to Carilion Roanoke Memorial remains in the hospital in stable condition.
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[Va-Gas]


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


Virginia Gas says building its proposed new pipeline along side an existing one would cost 10 and a half million dollars more than just building a new one.
Local residents have been waiting for justification -- because, they say, the environmental damages far outweigh the financial costs.
The State Corporation Commission got that 10-million dollar figure yesterday in support of a merger between Virginia Gas and New Jersey-based N-U-I.
If the merger DOES go through, the pipeline will most likely be built.
A hearing examiner from the S-C-C is due to make a recommendation on the merger within two weeks.

[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=]
[TAPE#=None]
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Uneven sales reports from the nation's largest retailers sent stocks lower. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW lost 66 points.
NASDAQ fell 46.
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[County-Bar]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-46 TC1:50:48]
[GRAPHIC=Roy Willett]


Lawyers in Salem and Roanoke County have picked one of their own as a candidate to replace Judge Roy Willett on the Circuit Bench.
Willett has just one more week in his term, though he's not hearing any more cases. Willett was not re-appointed by the legislature after serving 24 years as a judge.
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[V/O-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


Salem lawyer Jim Swanson was endorsed by the County Bar Association this afternoon.
The 47-year old former prosecutor has been in private practice for 20 years. He won on the first ballot.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I'm pleased.]

((I'M PLEASED. I'M HONORED, OBVIOUSLY, WITH THE RESULTS....))
[SUPER=01-Jim Swanson/Attorney]
[RUNS=04]
[OUT Q=with the results....]
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[* * * Keith on ENG * * *]
Swanson didn't want to say any more, before the CITY Bar Association meets next Tuesday.
In the meantime, a Task Force of judges and lawyers is already striving to develop a plan to evaluate sitting judges.
County Commonwealth's Attorney Skip Burkhart is the only prosecutor on the statewide task force- -one of just two lawyers in this part of the state- -on the panel.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=If it's accepted]

((SKIP BURKHART/JUDICIAL PERFORMANCE EVALUATION; IF IT'S ACCEPTED AS WE PROPOSE, EACH JUDGE WOULD BE EVALUATED ON AT LEAST THREE TIMES DURING THEIR TENURE... SO THAT IT'LL BE HELPFUL TO THE JUDGES, WE THINK.))
[SUPER=01-Skip Burkhart/Judicial Performance Evaluation]
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[OUT Q=judges, we think.]
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=None]


Burkhart says the Task Force will hold public hearings next month.

[Martinsville]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-50 TC1:26:56]
[GRAPHIC=None]


An acknowledgement from the state Senate today that the money for a new natural history museum in Martinsville is probably gone for the year.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Unfortunately, ]
[SOT SENATE 02:20:20]

((SEN. WALTER STOSCH/R-HENRICO CO.: UNFORTUNATELY, DURING THE PROCESS OF LOOKING AT ALL THE WORTHY PROJECTS...THE BILL FAILED AND THE FUNDING WAS NOT AVAILABLE.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Walter Stosch/(R) Henrico Co.; ]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=not available.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


Henry County Senator Roscoe Reynolds made a plea for the 15 million dollars.
Reynolds says a new Virginia Museum of Natural History would do wonders to boost a community hard hit by layoffs.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=Sports Tease]
[GRAPHIC=None]


And coming up in sports, The Lady Hokies of Virginia Tech suffer their worst loss so far in the big East. Tech signed 21 players yesterday including 13 all americans.
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[VO-NAT]


And Roanoke Express management says no formal or verbal offer has been made to purchase the E-C-H-L franchise.
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[S-Hokies]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sp-92 tc 07:10]
[GRAPHIC=big east]


Virginia Tech is recovering from last night's 90 to 38 thrashing at the hands of Connecticut.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Night;]


The Hokies shot almost 24 percent from the field for the game and missed all of its three point attempts.
UCONN on the other hand, hit 55 percent from the field and made 50 percent of its three pointers.
But all is not lost and Tech is looking to the future.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=we finish]
[SUPER=01-Bonnie Henrickson/Va. Tech Head Coach; :04]
[super=01-Amy Wetzel/Va. Tech Senior; :10]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=in practice]
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[vo-nat]
The Huskies physicalness wore down Tech.
Connieticut came into the game focused and aware of what the Hokies could do.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=we knew]

(())
[SUPER=01-Geno Auriemma/UCONN Head Coach;]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=we're pretty good]
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[S-Beamer]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sp-80 tc 1:28:39]
[GRAPHIC=vt football]


Virginia Tech harvested much of the state's brightest high school football talent.
Defensive back DeAngelo Hall of Chesapeake and running back Justin Hamilton of Clintwood join
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[VO-NAT]


quarterback Bryan Randall, a Williamsburg native on the Hokies' recruiting roster.
Tight end/defensive end Jeff King hails from Pulaski County.
13 Virginians are part of this class of 21 signees.
Coach Frank Beamer says his staffs stability is one reason recruiting is going well.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=this class]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach;]
[RUNS=22]
[OUT Q=a lot to do with that.]
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[S-GW]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-83 12051TC]
[GRAPHIC=FFE]


One of Friday Football Extra's most powerful franchises is staying close to home to sure up its coaching situation.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/Last Summer; :00]

News 7 Sports has learned that tomorrow afternoon, GW Danville will take the interim tag off of Everett Woods title and officially make him the Eagles head football coach. Woods is a fixture in the Danville community and has twice served as interim coach following illnesses and the death of Ed Martin. The official word will come tomorrow at 1:30pm.
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[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-89 (31:13) ]
[GRAPHIC=EXPRESS]


The Roanoke Express is still for sale, but contrary to popular believe no offer for the team has been made at this time - much less refused.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]

Team general manager Mark Fackrell told News 7 Sports today that contrary to recent reports, the current management has not received either a formal written or verbal offer for the team from former owner John Gagnon. Fackler says that negotiations are still alive with several groups to keep the team in the valley. At this time it appears there is little chance the team will move. The options are be sold and stay in Roanoke or simply fold as franchises in Miami and Huntington did in recent years.
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[S-NASCAR]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-79 12605TC]
[GRAPHIC=SPEEDWEEKS]


Daytona Speedweeks sift into high gear tomorrow as the Winston Cup cars arrive at the track for their first practice sessions. News 7 Sports is the place to get your NASCAR news this Saturday night at 7 as Mike Stevens presents and hour long preseason special.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=@mike1; :00]
[RUNS=:40]
[OUT Q=....hometown station."]
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[S-Soccer]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=SOCCER]

And in one soccer note, William Byrd star Jennifer Hasis (HAY-SIS) has decided to play her college soccer on the other side of the country at division two South Dakota State. It a long trip but not really that farfetched of a move. South Dakota State's head coach is Roanoke native and PH graduate Lang Wedemeyer.