[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

A new way of getting tech firms up and running fast... unveiled at Virginia Tech.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And the presure's on the Avalanche... win tonight and the wild card team wins it all.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
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Tonight on News 7 sports, UVa gets ready for an invasion from Penn State. The Tech 2001 report this week features the Rock, some Jets and a Suggs surgery update.
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[VO-NAT]

Plus, the Avalanche looks to take care of business tonight and make the Blue Rocks even bluer.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Showers are already moving out but hurricane Erin is going nowhere for the moment. Forecast details just ahead.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 4-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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[SOT 40:45:18 - :52]
[IN Q=virginia tech]

((VIRGINIA TECH REALLY REPRESENTS THE CROWN JEWEL IN TERMS OF CUTTING EDGE RESEARCH IT NOT ONLY THE STATE BUT REALLY THE REGION.))
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=REALLY THE REGION]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

Turning Tech research into big business.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

The university announces plans today to "accelerate" Southwest Virginia's economy.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[Va-Tech]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-26 TC1:55:34]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

It's called V-T Knowledgeworks-- an initiative to get technology businesses up and running - quickly.
[ANCHOR=SHannon 2-Shot]

Virginia Tech is joining forces with three national company creators to form a "business accelerator".
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Rachel/Microwave;]

New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel Cannon joins us from Blacksburg with the story. Keith, Shannon, Officials want to utilize the high-caliber research coming out of Virginia Tech laboratories.
[LIVE=Rachel /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=@Rachel1; ]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]

By commercializing developments in wireless and bio-informatics they believe they can have a major impact on the local economy.
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[SOT 26:02:20]
[IN Q=this accelerator]

((CHARLES STEGER/VT PRESIDENT; THIS ACCELERATOR IS GOING TO BE A PIPELINE CHANNELING MONEY COMPANY BUILDING RESOURCES AND A HIGH LEVEL OF EXECUTIVE TALENT TO THIS AREA, CHANNELING OUR REGIONS KNOWLEDGE PROJECTS BACK INTO THE WORLD.))
[SUPER=01-Charles Steger/VT President;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=back into the world]
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[VO-NAT]

[***RACHEL'S MIC HOT***]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

VT knowledge works will be based in Tech's Corporate Research Center but as mentioned Tech will not be doing this alone. Its three partners are E-Incubator LaunchFuel, and Redleaf - - all technology companies. Tech and the companies are putting forth a combined 2-million dollars to get VT Knowledge works up and running,
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[LIVE=Rachel /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]

They hope to develop over 40 companies within the next five years.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Rachel /Microwave;]

But Keith Shannon, officials say even one major corporation out of this venture would be a significant step for this region.

[Grant]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-30 TC1:47:20]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The embattled secretary of the Lynchburg Electoral Board made his resignation official today.. while promising to clear his name against allegations of financial misconduct.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape]


Al Grant has been the subject of scrutiny in the past week over his use of a city credit card for electoral board expenses.
The Republican- controlled board has also lost two court battles for improperly firing former voter registrar Linda Arnold and her two assistants in 1995.
Through his attorney today, Grant released a statement saying he resigned because the "blizzard of false accusations" has made it impossible for the board to conduct its business.
He calls it a "persistent campaign of irresponsible political charges dressed up as charges of financial misconduct".
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[Bedford-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-32 TC1:30:22]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]


Six months after his house caught fire, a Bedford County homeowner was calling his insurance agent again.. this time after a truck crashed into his living room.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


State police say the driver of this pickup suffered a diabetic problem as he was headed north on Cottontown Road around noon.
He lost control and plowed directly into James Jones' house.
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[SOT 17:51:20]
[IN Q=I was sitting]

((JAMES JONES/HOMEOWNER: I WAS SITTING AT THE KITCHEN TABLE PROGRAMMING A TELEPHONE I HAD JUST RECEIVED YESTERDAY AND I HEAR THIS 'THUMP' NOISE. I TURNED AROUND AND LOOKED AND SAW A TRUCK SITTING IN MY DEN.))
[SUPER=01-James Jones/Homeowner]
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[OUT Q=sitting in my den.]
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[VO-NAT]


45- year- old Eugene L. Reed Junior was not injured in the crash.
Police aren't sure whether he'll be charged.
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[Fire-Station]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-44 TC31:48]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The battle over Roanoke City Fire stations heated up today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Protesters from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference picketed city hall.
They say the city's plan to close one fire station and consolidate several others is a cost-saving measure that targets the black community.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=That is life threatening]

((PERNELLER WILSON: THAT IS LIFE THREATENING. IT ONLY TAKES A BLINK OF AN EYE TO TAKE SOMEONE'S LIFE AND OUR FIRE STATIONS ARE NOT TO BE CLOSED, RIGHT IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, THAT IS BLATANT RACISM.))
[SUPER=01-Perneller Wilson/SCLC]
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[OUT Q=blatant racisim.]
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[VO-NAT]


City officials say the protesters don't understand the plan that would actually reduce emergency response time in neighborhoods around the Salem Turnpike.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We're going to be]

((DARLENE BURCHAM/CITY MANAGER: WE'RE GOING TO BE ADDING AN AMBULANCE TO BRING ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEMS TO THAT PART OF THE CITY THAT TODAY HAS TO BE SERVED FROM DOWNTOWN WHERE THE RESPONSE TIMES ARE MUCH MUCH LONGER.))
[SUPER=01-Darlene Burcham/Roanoke City Manager]
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[OUTQ=times are much much longer.]
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The first of the changes is set to take place on December 31st when station 12 shuts down.

[Rabies]


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


A rabies scare in Bedford has officials there urging city residents to avoid stray animals and keep their own pets' vaccinations up to date.
A Bedford man is undergoing treatment, because he was scratched by a stray cat over the weekend.
The animal later tested positive for rabies.
It's the second case in Bedford since July, and the tenth in the Lynchburg district this year.

[Avalanche]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#01-31 TC1:09:40]
[GRAPHIC=Salem Avlanche]


The excitement is building in Salem tonight.
The Avalanche will make one last attempt to capture the Carolina League Championship.
It's the first time in 13 years a Salem team has come this far.
[Double Boxes=Shannon and Teresa/Microwave]


Teresa Hamilton is at Salem Memorial Stadium where fan support has been strong.
[Live=Teresa Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Teresa1;]
[SUPER=05-Salem;]
( ad lib)
(Rollcue:on their side.)
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[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]
[SUPER=01-Stan Macko/Avalanche General Manager; :15]
[SUPER=01-Kelvin Bowles/Avalanche Owner; :38]
[RUNS=:49]
[OUT Q=for baseball.]
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[Live=Teresa Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Salem;]
(TERESA TOSSES TO ROBIN!!!!)
[Double Boxes=Robin and Teresa/Microwave]



[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]


Winter may be a little more tolerable this year.
The Good news on natural gas prices when News 7 returns.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


It's the choice of Radford University.
Find out what a new contract with Pepsi will mean to the school a little later.
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[Web Address Announce] [Pinnacle 4885ess]

[Comm#1]


[Natural-Gas]
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[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-23 TC1:49:56]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


The supply of Natural Gas is on the increase.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


That news has a Roanoke company predicting a 15 to 20 percent drop in prices this winter.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Last Year]


The cost of natural gas was unusually high last year, and Roanoke Gas blamed meager supplies.
Today the company forecast the average consumer will pay 150 to 200 dollars less this winter.
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[SOT]

[tc:11:48:33]
[IN Q=Here locally]

((JOHN WILLIAMSON/ROANOKE GAS: HERE LOCALLY, WE'VE ACQUIRED ADDITIONAL STORAGE CAPACITY IN OUR SALTSVILLE FACILITY IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA. SO WE'LL HAVE ADDITIONAL STORAGE WITH GAS HAVING BEEN PUT IN AT A LOWER PRICE THAN THE PREVIOUS SUMMER.))
[SUPER=01-John Williamson/Roanoke Gas Co.]
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[OUT Q=the previous summer.]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Since so many Roanoke Gas customers are still paying off last year's bills, the company has initiated a budget payment plan to help manage heating bills.
The company urges customers to settle debts now before cold winter weather sets in.

[Moonshine]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=01-24 TC1:58:04]
[GRAPHIC=Moonshine]


They spent the day in federal court today picking a jury that'll spend the next three weeks getting a master's degree in making moonshine.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Ralph Hale, his son, wife and sister, along with William Helms and two others- -seven defendants all told- -are all that's left of 28 people indicted under Operation Lightning Strike. Most of the rest have pled guilty... and some of those may be called as witnesses against the Hales.
The jury will hear opening statements tomorrow.
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[Holt-Correction]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=01-50 TC01:50]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The victim of a shooting in Roanoke last year denies he's gay.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


For two years Raymond Charles Peggins shared an apartment with the man who shot him October 17th.
Paul Holt told the jury that the two were roommates, friends and lovers.
Peggins told NEWS 7 today: "I am not to no extent- -never will be- -gay. I have a wife and daughter."
He said Holt had threatened to "slander" him, if Peggins testified against Holt.
Holt was found guilty Friday of unlawful wounding- -a felony- -and sentenced to six months in jail.
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[Redistricting]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=01-36 TC1:11:52]
[GRAPHIC=None]

A Salem judge held court in South Carolina today. Circuit Judge Richard Pattisall presided over the case in Hilton Head where he is vacationing. It's part of the redistricting lawsuit against the state filed by Virginia Democrats.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/July 27;]

Judge Pattisall was expected to hear motions on whether to step down from the case. He's also expected to rule on the Democrats' request to force the state to keep existing legislative districts in place when voters choose General Assembly members this November.
Attorneys for Governor Gilmore and legislators named in the lawsuit had fought to move the case to Richmond.
But Judge Richard Pattisall denied their request, saying that "irreparable harm outweighs convenience."
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
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A cautious day on Wall Street, with stocks ending not far from where they began. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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[SUPER=440-y/0.34/9605.51/x/7.68/1695.38;]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


The DOW was a fraction below Friday's close.
NASDAQ gained eight.
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[Heart-Disease]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=01-29 TC1:32:06]
[GRAPHIC=Heart Disease]


Heart disease kills more women every year than breast cancer --and all other cancers combined.
But many people still think of it as a disease that mainly affects men.
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[VO-NAT:10]
[SUPER=03-]


(Ahn-dray) Andree' Brooks says even though there was a family history of heart disease -- she never imagined it would happen to her -- especially at the age of 50.
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[SOT3:51:05]
[IN Q=It wasn't a big pain --it was just]

((ANDREE' BROOKS/HEART ATTACK VICTIM; IT WASN'T A BIG PAIN --IT WAS JUST A LITTLE ACHE --BUT IT WAS RIGHT HERE - RIGHT HERE IN MY HEART --AND IT WAS DEEP ENOUGH THAT I KNEW THAT WAS INSIDE MY HEART AND I KNEW IT WAS SERIOUS ))
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[OUT Q=knew it was serious]
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[VO-NAT:09]


Doctors say because women often have different symptoms than men -- they don't recognize the warnings signs -- and therefore don't seek treatment.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN PINNACLE]
Lewis-Gale Medical Center will sponsor a Women and Heart Health Symposium on Sunday from 12-30 to 4 at the Hotel Roanoke.
You must pre-register by Friday at 1-888-633-4860.
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[RU-Pepsi]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-46 26:36]
[GRAPHIC=Radford University]

Coke or Pepsi? It depends on what New River Valley university you are visiting.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford;]

Radford says it signed a 10-year exclusive contract with Pepsi. As part of the deal, teh soda giant will provide just over one-million dollars to help with construction of a new student union. Pepsi representatives will meet with Radford officials today to present over 3-hundred thousand dollars for the project.
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

Earlier this month, Virginia Tech announced it's an exclusive Coke campus...with a 17-million dollar deal over 10-years.
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[Sports Tease]


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

Coming up tonight on the Big 7, tonight's edition of the Tech 2001 report takes us to the air in an F15. The Avalanche prepares to deliver the knockout punch.
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[VO-NAT]

And Joe Pa is coming to Charlottesville later this week with his Nittany Lions.
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[S-Carolina]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-100]
[GRAPHIC=CAROLINA]

The for the first time since John Torterella and the Lancers brought the area a hockey title in a deciding game at the Lancerlot, the Salem Avalanche will host a deciding game in the valley tonight against Wilmington for the Carolina League title.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night - Game Four; :00]

Last night the Blue Rocks picked up a 4-to-1 win to force tonight's 5th and deciding game. But hey, no one expected Salem to be here and now that the players are in this position they plan on taking care of business.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="WE'RE...]
[SUPER=01-Dave Collins/Avalanche Manager; :00]
[SUPER=01-Seth Taylor/Avalanche Third Baseman; :10]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=...WE GET."]
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[S-Tech2001]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-99]
[GRAPHIC=TECH 2001]


This is an off week for the Virginia Tech football team, but not for our Tech 2001 report. This is the second of 14 Tuesday morning reports, and it is also quite possibly the loudest.
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[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Saturday; :00]
[SUPER=01-Col. Rock Roszak/Corps of Cadets Alumni Programs; :33]
[SUPER=01-Mike Goforth/VT Head Athletic Trainer; :1:55]
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[OUT Q=...GREAT PROCEDURE."]
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((NAT SOUND)) (( Just as the national anthem was wrapping up this past Saturday at Lane Stadium, four f-15 Es from the Seymour Air Force base in Goldsboro, North Carolina appeared over the jumbo tron scoreboard and rocked Lane Stadium. Getting the aircraft to time their entrance just right takes teamwork, getting them to Blacksburg takes the Rock. Colonel Rock Roszak, the associate director for Tech's Corp of Cadets alumni programs is the all-important point man behind these types of events. ((COL. ROCK ROSZAK:)) A great show and a great day for the Rock - especially this particular mission. 6 of the eight pilots were tech grads and 3 were members of the Corps of Cadets. ((COL. ROCK:)) If those in attendance looked closely on the Tech sideline this past Saturday, they may have seen Lee Suggs milling around in street clothes. Suggs signed autographs and talked to fans but not to the media. He and his family have decided not to discuss the injury and its implications until after his surgery. Originally, it was thought that surgery would take place this week, but the Tech training staff now tells News 7 Sports that early next week is new the target date. Head trainer Mike Goforth shows us just what doctors will do to make the knee as good as new.)) ((MIKE GOFORTH:))






[S-Cavs]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-102]
[GRAPHIC=UVA FB]


The Virginia Cavaliers face their stiffest challenge of the season to date Thursday night on national TV when they battle Penn State. The Nittany Lions are coached by the legendary Joe Paterno, a coach who is respected by all in Charlottesville including Al Groh. Steve Mason has more from Charlottesville.
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[SUPER=03-Charlottesville; :00]
[SUPER=01-Al Groh/UVa Head Coach; :14]
[SUPER=@STEVE1; :40]
[SUPER=01-Bryson Spinner/UVa Quarterback; :57 quick]
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[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."]

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