[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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Blacksburg High School remains the Home of the Indians, at least for now.
Once again, the issue was at the forefront of a school board meeting.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And layoffs are coming to the furniture industry--
More than 100 Pulaski Furniture employees are losing their jobs.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Wake up with us-- on News 7 Mornin.



[AM-Mascot]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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The Indian Mascot for Blacksburg High School lives on, for the time being, that is.
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In a passionate school board meeting last night, representatives from both sides stated their cases.
Opponents of the Indian mascot called it racist and offensive. Advocates called it tradition and heritage.
After hours of talks the board still could not come to a decision.
Members agreed to talk about it further and meet at a later date.
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[11Pulaski-LAyoffs]


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More than a hundred Pulaski furniture employees will soon be out of a job.
The company says 90 people will be laid off from its Ridgeway plant.
13 more jobs are being eliminated from a support facility in Pulaski.
Pulaski Furniture blames the cutbacks on a slump in the industry.
The Ridgeway plant makes grandfather clocks and curio cabinets.

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An emotional crowd packed the New River Valley Speedway to honor a racing legend.
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[SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./Last Night;]

A candlelight ceremony was held there last night in memory of Dale Earnhardt.
Organizers originally estimated that 15- hundred racing fans of all ages turned out to be part in the event. But by the end of the evening organizers said it was more like three thousand.
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[IN Q=It's very ]

((RAYMOND BITTINGER/RACING FAN: IT'S VERY SELDOM THAT ONE PERSON CAN BRING THIS MANY PEOPLE OUT WITH THIS MUCH REVERENCE AND LOVE AS WAS SHOWN HERE TONIGHT... WHAT WE'RE HERE FOR.)) ((MARY HAGEE/RACING FAN: IT JUST SHOWS THAT PEOPLE OF AMERICA AND THIS COUNTY LOVE RACING AND WANTED TO SHOW THEIR RESPECT AND THAT WAS THE MAIN THING. HE WILL BE MISSED BY EVERYONE.))
[SUPER=01-Raymond Bittinger/Racing Fan; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mary Hagee/Racing Fan; :16]
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[OUT Q=by everyone.]
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[VO-NAT]

The crowd included folks of all ages. Even those who did NOT root for Earnhardt on the track said he was a man to be respected.
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[11Radio-Earnhardt]


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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Earlier in the day, dozens of Earnhardt fans turned out at Tanglewood Mall in Roanoke to pay tribute to the racing legend.
A local radio station had a huge card available for fans to sign.
The radio station plans on sending the card to the Earnhardt family.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Dale Earnhardt's funeral will be held Thursday in Charlotte.
The private service begins at noon.

[Napster]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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If you can't beat 'em, pay 'em.
That appears to be Napster's philosophy toward the record companies.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-San Jose, CA;]


The free Internet song- swapping service is offering a billion dollars to settle a copyright infringement lawsuit.

Napster is proposing the settlement to major record labels and independents who have filed suit and threatened to shut down the service.
The music companies have all but rejected the settlement offer.
Instead, they want Napster to accept a federal injunction ordering it to block the trade of copyright music.
Napster, meanwhile, hopes to reinvent itself as a subscription service.
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[Marketwatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
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In business news, Tech stocks plummeted again yesterday dragging the overall market lower. It may not get any better today with many investors and analysts watching today's C-P-I report. Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[11City-Council]


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Roanoke City Council is looking at new options for Victory stadium, including plans that would preserve the exterior of the structure.
But the cost of the renovation remains a major obstacle.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The two newest alternatives would create a multi- purpose facility within the existing walls of the stadium.
One of the plans would include portable seating that could be moved to create a more intimate setting for concerts.
But the cost of that alternative is estimated at 19- million dollars, and yesterday council also asked the city manager to study how much it would cost to build a new stadium on a different site.
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((I THINK WITH THE TYPE OF DOLLARS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN NINE MILLION AND 20 MILLION DOLLARS I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE INVESTIGATE ALL OF THE OPTIONS, BECAUSE ONCE WE MAKE A DECISION AND BREAK GROUND, IF WE DON'T DO THE RIGHT ONE, IT'S GOING TO BE HARD TO UNDO.))
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[OUT Q=it's going to be hard to undo.]
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City council also voted to move forward with plans for one-way traffic on Wiley Drive though Smith Park. The change will not affect traffic through Wasena Park.

[5Sheriff-Candidate]


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Salem's deputy sheriff is running for the top job.
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Roger Surber has announced his candidacy for the office of sheriff. The 47-year old plans to run as an independent. After 22-years with the city's sheriff's department Surber says he knows the office inside out and backwards.
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[IN Q=I've worked every court...]

((I've worked every court right through the court system. I've worked serving papers, in the transportation of inmates and had a good teacher in a chief deputy before me that taught me extremely well.))
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Voters will choose a candidate to replace retiring sheriff Everett Obenchain during November's election. Surber is the first to announce his candidacy for the position.

[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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In medical news, a new blood pressure cuff doesn't mean its more accurate.

Doctor Dave Hnida explains that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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((Information: ON CAM IF YOU MEASURE YOUR OWN BLOOD PRESSURE AT HOME- OLDER MAY BE BETTER.

VT=VO

MEANING- AN OLD-FASHIONED BLOOD PRESSURE CUFF MAY BE MORE ACCURATE THAN SOME OF THE NEW FANGLED COMPUTERIZED DIGITIZED GADGETS. THE BEST CUFFS ARE THOSE FOUND IN THE DOCTORS OFFICE- THE ONES THAT USE MERCURY TO MEASURE THE NUMBERS. BUT ACCORDING TO A STUDY IN THE JOURNAL HYPERTENSION- EVEN DIGITAL OR NON MERCURY CUFFS IN A DOCTORS OFFICE MAY NOT ALWAYS BE ACCURATE.
ON CAM EASY ON THE SALT IS THE WORD FROM A DIFFERENT STUDY IN THE JOURNAL HYPERTENTION. RESEARCHERS SAY SOME PEOPLE ARE VERY SENSITIVE TO THE EFFECTS SALT- MEANING A LITTLE BIT CAN CAUSE BLOOD PRESSURE TO SHOOT UP. THE BIG PROBLEM- THOUGH- IS WE DON'T KNOW WHO EXACTLY IS SALT SENSITIVE- SO EXPERTS RECOMMEND ALL PEOPLE WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE GO EASY ON THE SALT SHAKER.

VT=VO

FINALLY TODAY- WHO ARE BIG USERS OF WEIGHT LOSS DRUGS- WELL ITS NOT ALWAYS BIG PEOPLE. ABOUT 25% OF AMERICANS WHO TOOK WEIGHT LOSS PRODUCTS AND DIET PILLS ARE OF NORMAL WEIGHT- MEANING THEY ARE NOT ONLY WASTING THEIR TIME WITH THESE PRODUCTS BUT ALSO EXPOSING THEMSELVES TO POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS.
ON CAM THAT'S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES. I'M DR. DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
Pulaski furniture is laying off more than one hundred employees.
The company blames the cutbacks on a slump in the industry.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


If the state senate can't agree on a 70- percent car tax "phase-out" this year, House Republicans warn funding could be cut for other items like teacher pay raises and new state troopers.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And the day before the Grammy Awards, Napster makes a settlement offer to the recording industry.
The Internet song- swapping service is offering a billion dollars to settle a copyright infringement lawsuit.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Wednesday, February 21st .
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.



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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Blacksburg High school will keep its Indian mascot for now.
The Montgomery County school board has not made a final decision on the matter.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/File Tape]


A review panel said the mascot should stay.
Opponents call the mascot is offensive and racist.
The board decided last night to put off a final decision and discuss the matter further.
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Pulaski furniture is laying off more than one hundred employees.
The company says 90 people will be laid off from its Ridgeway plant.
13 more jobs are being eliminated from a support facility in Pulaski.
Pulaski Furniture blames the cutbacks on a slump in the industry.
The Ridgeway plant makes grandfather clocks and curio cabinets.

[11State-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
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If the state senate can't come to terms on a 70- percent car tax "phase-out" this year, funding could be cut for other items like teacher pay raises and new state troopers.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


That's according to House Republicans -- who displayed a rare show of force behind the House Speaker yesterday.
They warn the Governor's holding all the cards on the car tax.
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((DEL. VANCE WILKINS/SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: IT'S GOING TO BE 70 PERCENT, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO GET SOME THINGS THEY WANT INTO THE BUDGET MIX. BECAUSE IF WE DON'T MAKE THE AMENDMENTS... AND THE GOVERNOR WILL MAKE THE CUTS WHERE HE WANTS TO MAKE THEM.))
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[OUT Q=where he wants to make them.]
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At least one of the four Senate budget negotiators was in NO mood to chat.
But they appear to remain firm in their resolve that the car tax should slow to only a 50-percent phase-out until the economy improves.
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((WE'VE DONE THIS BEFORE. WE'VE HIT THESE BRICK WALLS BEFORE AND GOTTEN THROUGH. THIS IS MY TENTH YEAR AT THIS, BEING A CONFEREE, AND THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETHING THAT TIES US UP. THIS YEAR IT'S A LITTLE TOUGHER THAN USUAL. BUT I THINK WE'LL GET THROUGH IT.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Chuck Colgan/(D) Manassas;]
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[OUT Q=think we'll get through it.]
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[TALENT=Kimberly]
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The budget conferees had a theoretical midnight deadline for a budget compromise to take back to each chamber.
They declared a deadlock as they headed home for the night.

[Memorial]


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The man in black may be gone but he's not been forgotten. Last night-- thousands packed the New River Valley Speedway to remember Dale Earnhardt. Teresa Hamilton brings us the story.
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[SUPER=01-Brenda Hamilton/Racing Fan; :15 ]
[SUPER=01-Raymond Bittinger/Racing Fan; :30]
[SUPER=01-Scott Spangler/Racing Fan; :51]
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((NAT SOUND OF SINGING OF AMAZING GRACE.)) [RUNS05]
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They came by the thousands to the New River Valley Speedway... to say good bye, as a group, to a man who meant so much to so many.
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((BRENDA HAMILTON/RACING FAN: HE WAS A LEGEND IN HIS TIME JUST LIKE ELVIS AND THE REST OF THEM. HE'LL HAVE TO GO DOWN IN HISTORY. HE'LL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS I KNOW THAT.)) [runs10]
[OUT Q= know that.]

Some brought flowers and candles to pay tribute. Many say days later... it's still to hard to believe that number three is gone.
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[IN Q= It was ]

((RAYMOND BITTINGER SR./RACING FAN: IT WAS NOBODY'S FAULT YOU KNOW WHEN THE GOOD LORD PUNCHES YOUR NUMBER IT'S TIME TO GO AND I GUESS GOD JUST NEED ANOTHER ANGEL YOU KNOW. I GUESS HEAVEN JUST GOT A LITTLE LOUDER ON SUNDAY.)) [runs10]
[OUT Q= on Sunday.]

Even those who didn't pull for Earnhardt on the track.. say he was a driver to respected. Words echoed by nearly everyone in the crowd.
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[in q=I'm a Darrell ]

((SCOTT SPANGLER/RACING FAN: I'M A DARRELL WALTRIP FAN AND I REMEMBER BEING MAD AT EARNHARDT A LOT BUT LIKE THE MAN UP THERE SAID YOU WATCHED HIM WHETHER YOU PULLED FOR HIM OR NOT AND I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE IT. RACING WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.)) [runs14]
[OUT Q= be the same.]
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((AMY MYERS: I DIDN'T WATCH RACING ALL THAT MUCH BUT HE SEEMED LIKE THE MAIN GUY. HE MEAN EVERYTHING TO EVERYBODY LIKE MY DAD AND BROTHER.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q= and brother.]
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[IN Q= The turnout]

((MARY HAGEE/RACING FAN: THE TURNOUT HERE WAS JUST TREMENDOUS, THE PEOPLE HERE ARE JUST. IT SHOWED THAT PEOPLE OF AMERICAN AND THIS COUNTY LOVE RACING.))
[OUT Q= LOVE RACING.]

Organizers originally said there were 15- hundred people in the crowd... but by the end of the evening said it was more like three thousand. A fitting finish for a man whose popularity could never be underestimated. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Pulaski County. ))



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On the eve before the Grammy Awards, Napster makes an offer to the recording industry.
But it's an offer music industry analysts consider a public relations move.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-San Jose, CA;]


The free Internet song- swapping service is offering a billion dollars to settle a copyright infringement lawsuit.

Napster is proposing the settlement to major record labels and independents who have filed suit and threatened to shut down the service.
The music companies have all but rejected the settlement offer.
Instead, they want Napster to accept a federal injunction ordering it to block the trade of copyright music.
Napster, meanwhile, hopes to reinvent itself as a subscription service.
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[Sub-Collision]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morni]
[WRITER=kmc]
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Federal investigators are looking to a new revelation from the U-S Navy.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Honolulu, HI/File Tape;]


Navy officials say sonar on the U-S-S Greeneville detected the presence of a Japanese fishing boat more than an HOUR before it surfaced.
Authorities want to know whether that's true and WHY the sub still sank the ship.
Meanwhile, the Navy's court of inquiry is delayed until Monday.
The panel will determine whether any criminal charges should be filed.
The Navy also faces the task of recovering the remains of the Japanese boat from 18-- hundred feet of water.
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[Hanssen]


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The F-B-I is looking into how much damage an alleged spy has caused national security.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


56- year- old F-B-I agent Robert Philip Hanssen is accused of supplying top- secret information to the Russians.
The F-B-I says Hanssen's been at it for more than 15 years, earning more than one-point-four million dollars in cash and diamonds.
Over the weekend, agents arrested Hanssen at a park in Virginia after he allegedly placed this package under a bridge for Russian agents to pick up.
Speaking aboard Air Force One yesterday, President Bush called the charges against Hanssen "deeply disturbing".
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[IN Q=Allegations]

((ALLEGATIONS OF ESPIONAGE ARE A REMINDER THAT WE LIVE IN A DANGEROUS WORLD, A WORLD THAT SOMETIMES DOES NOT SHARE AMERICAN VALUES. ))
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[OUT Q=American values.]
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If convicted, Hanssen could face the death penalty.
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[11Cornette]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-50 TC1:46:26]
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A woman who pled guilty to embezzlement has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and owes a half-a- million dollars in restitution.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Patricia St. Clair actually took 660-thousand dollars during the five years she worked for (Able) Abal Material Handling.
She pled guilty. But when she went to court last Fall for sentencing, she was still trying to conceal a stash of jewels and other items worth thousands of dollars.
In a tearful plea to the court for mercy, she said she would work two jobs to finish making restitution.
Judge Pat Doherty said she can do that after she serves 12-years in prison.
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[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Kmc/Syo]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

Pulaski furniture says 90 people will be laid off from its Ridgeway plant.
13 more jobs are being eliminated from a support facility in Pulaski.
Pulaski Furniture blames the cutbacks on a slump in the industry.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Blacksburg High School will keep its Indian mascot for now. Representatives from both sides stated their cases at last night's Montgomery County school board meeting. After hours of talks the board still could not come to a decision.
Members agreed to talk about it further and meet at a later date.

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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

A candlelight ceremony was held at the New River Valley Speedway last night in memory of Dale Earnhardt. Organizers said more than three thousand people turned out. The crowd included folks of all ages. Even those who did NOT root for Earnhardt on the track said he was a man to be respected.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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