[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Shannon]

Governor Gilmore sheds one of his biggest responsibilities.
We'll ask him about stepping down as Republican Party chair.
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[VO-NAT]

And, "At Home" high speed internet service could be evicted at midnight.
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[Sports-head]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


In sports, words from Jeff Gordon hours before the NASCAR awards festivities begin in New York, some last words from the Hokies on Miami
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[VO-NAT]


and girls state final four hoops tipped off today in Salem.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Your weekout outlook features clear skies and temperatures that are out of character for December. We'll explain in a moment.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 3-Shot]


News 7 is next.
[Video-Open]
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[WRITER=dse]
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[SOT 16:10:59 ]
[IN Q=Well I don't know]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WELL I DON'T KNOW. I'M TALKING TO SOME FIRMS AND SOME BUSINESSES AND WE'LL JUST SEE WHAT HAPPENS.))
[RUNS=:06 ]
[OUT Q=we'll just see what happens.]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


What's next for Jim Gilmore?
It's been less than a year since the President named Virginia's governor chairman of the Republican National Committee-- and now he's leaving.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]


Good evening, I'm Shannon Young. Keith is off tonight.

[Gilmore]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=01-39 TC1:58:05]
[GRAPHIC=Jim Gilmore]


Governor Jim Gilmore has said for weeks that he would stay on as RNC chairman for another year, after he leaves the governor's office in January.
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[VO-NAT :15]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; ]


Today, Gilmore announced he would be resigning January 16th.
Gilmore told the RNC staff in Washington, and then talked with reporters tonight in Richmond.
He says the decision was his alone -- after realizing his family "pays a price" when he is gone so much.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 16:11:53]
[IN Q=We've already covered a great deal]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE'VE ALREADY COVERED A GREAT DEAL OF THE COUNTRY THIS YEAR. I'VE BEEN TO 26 STATES. AND SOMETIMES MULTIPLE OCCASIONS. AND EVERY TRIP HAS BEEN ONE THAT'S BEEN ENJOYABLE AND WORTHWHILE FOR ME AND I THINK FOR THE PARTY AND FOR THE PRESIDENT. BUT ALSO, YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER YOUR FAMILY. AND I JUST THINK THERE COMES A TIME WHERE AFTER 14 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE... IT'S TIME TO TAKE A BREAK AND DEVOTE A LITTLE MORE ATTENTION TO ROXANE AND ASHTON AND JAY.))
[SUPER=@Gilmore;]
[RUNS=:30]
[OUT Q=Roxane and Ashton and Jay.]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=HOLD]


Publicly, the President said he was sorry to see Gilmore go.
But sources told the Associated Press the White House had grown dissatisfied with Gilmore's performance at the RNC.

The election was one issue, they said, but was not as significant as the friction between his camp and Bush allies at the RNC and the White House.

[81-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=81 Accident]


It may be slow-going for a while on I-81 in Botetourt County.
State police say an accident in the median is blocking one of the northbound lanes.
The accident is at mile marker 165, about a mile south of Buchanan.

[Cox-Cable]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-57 TC22:11]
[GRAPHIC=Cox Communications]


Some good news and bad news for those who use Cox At Home high-speed internet service.
A federal bankruptcy court judge ruled today the "At Home" network could shut down at midnight.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Vinton]


If that happens, Cox customers are supposed to download Juno software and use a dial-up service.
Customers with macintosh computers will be re-imbursed $21.95 a month for dial up service since Juno doesn't support Macs.
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[SOT 2:09:05]
[IN Q=The way that it works]

((JOEL SINK/COX CUSTOMER: THE WAY THAT IT WORKS IS MY TELEPHONE LINE IS FREE SO I CAN TALK ON THE PHONE OR I CAN GET PHONE CALLS WHILE I'M ON THE INTERNET, WELL, THAT WILL GO AWAY BECAUSE I'LL HAVE TO GO USE A REGULAR DIAL UP SERVICE SO THAT'S JUST ONE MORE THING THAT I WILL LOSE.))
[SUPER=01-Joel Sink/Cox*Home Customer]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=that I will lose]
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[VO-NAT]


Cox is in negotiations with "At Home" and is confident the service will not shut off tonight.
Cox plans to have its own high speed internet network up and running within two weeks.
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[Tech-Package]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-50 TC1:10:10]
[GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech]


Virginia Tech police say a suspicious package found on campus this week was a misunderstanding.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Wednesday;]

Officials say a student has stepped forward to claim responsibility for the package found in War Memorial Hall on Wednesday. The area was evacuated and state police bomb experts were called in. Authorities say there was no intention to create the appearance of an explosive device and no charges will be filed.


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[Pierre]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=01-48 TC1:32:49]
[GRAPHIC=Vincente Pierre]


A federal jury is deliberating the fate of a Muslim couple charged with illegally trying to obtain a handgun.
44-year old Vincente Pierre and 37 year old Tracy Elaine Upshur were residents of a muslim community in Charlotte County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape]


Authorities say Pierre used his wife to obtain a 40 caliber handgun in March of 19-99.
Pierre is a convicted felon and cannot posses a weapon.
Prosecutors have linked Pierre to the Muslim Al-Fuqra, a terrorist group linked to the 19-93 bombing of the World Trade Center.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=HOLD]


They do not believe he had any involvement in the September 11th attacks.
The jury's been deliberating for about an hour and a half.


[Franklin-Fatals]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=01-49 TC1:13:10]
[GRAPHIC=Highway Safety]

A record number of fatal accidents in Franklin County is promping officials to take action this holiday season.
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[VO-NAT - :17]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount;]

Twenty-one people have died on Franklin County roads so far this year. County officials are beginning an advertising campaign to remind drivers to slow down, buckle up, and drive sober. Franklin County officials say this year's tragedies could have been prevented by people making proper choices.
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[SOT - 09:17]
[IN Q=We need everyone's help...]

((CAPT. ROBERT STRICKLER/FRANKLIN CO. SHERIFF'S OFFICE; WE NEED EVERYONE'S HELP. WE NEED EVERYONE'S INVOLVEMENT AND TO GET OUT HERE AND BE RESPONSIBLE. THINK OF OTHERS, SLOW DOWN. LET'S GET AWAY FROM THE AGRESSIVENESS ON OUR HIGHWAYS, AND JUST LOOK AFTER EACH OTHER.))
[SUPER=01-Capt. Robert Strickler/Franklin Co. Sheriff's Office;]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=just look after each other.]
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[VO-NAT]

To help with safety, the Department of Motor Vehicles has awarded Franklin County a 30-thousand dollar grant for more traffic patrols and checkpoints.
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[Missing-Plane]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-52 TC26:52]
[GRAPHIC=None]

[***ANCHOR TAG***] A World War Two bomber crew will be honored at Arlington National Cemetery next week, more than 55-years after they disappeared. The B-24 Liberator went down in New Guinea carrying ten-young men, two hailing from our region. It took decades for the mystery of the crash to be figured out and for remains to be recovered. But as News 7's New River Valley Bureau Chief tells us, loved ones say it would never have been too late.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Nats STAFF SEARGENT]
[SUPER=03-Meadows of Dan; :00]
[SUPER=01-Cora Grace Foley/Sister; :18]
[SUPER=@Rachel2; :40]
[RUNS=1:45]
[OUT Q=RC, News 7, Meadows of Dan.]

(([TC 20:12:06 STAFF SEARGENT JOEL G WILIAMS WHO GAVE HIS LIFE IN THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS DUTY] [TC 20:14:26 citation shot] When the family received this citation of honor in 19-46, Cora Grace Foley says it was only then, nearly two-years after her brother Joel's plane disappeared, that she had to accept he was gone.
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[SOT 20:04:43]
[IN Q=that was]

((CORA GRACE FOLEY/SISTER; THAT WAS AWFULLY HARD ON MOTHER AND DADDY....AND THE NEXT FEW DAYS WAS REALLY HARD UNTIL WE ADJUSTED TO IT AND THEN TIME JUST WENT ON AND ON.))
[OUT Q=ON AND ON.]

Over 55-years passed. Then Foley got a phone call. If she would agree to blood tests, her brother's remains may be identified.
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[SOT 20:30:30]
[IN Q=i said ]

((CORA GRACE FOLEY/SISTER; I SAID I DON'T BELIEVE IT AND I WAS CRYING cut out [I'M NOT A BIG CRIER BUT SOME POEPLE YOU KNOW ARE BUT IM NOT BUT ANYWAY] cut out I SAID I DON'T BELIEVE IT AND SHE SAYS BUT IT'S TRUE....I TOLD HER I WOULD DO ANYTHING TO HELP.))
[OUT Q=TO HELP]

Her efforts would help, but Joel is one of three out of the 10-man crew whose DNA couldn't be proven.
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[SOT 20:31:32]
[IN Q=SOME OF]

((CORA GRACE FOLEY/SISTER; SOME OF THAT HAD TO BE HIM...MUCH OF IT WAS TOO FAR GONE.)) Remains and artifacts so old, it took 10-years to excavate, recover and test. The bomber, with her air force engineer brother aboard went down in the jungles of New Guinea.
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[SOT 20:18:46]
[IN Q=ALL ALONG]

((CORA GRACE FOLEY/SISTER; ALL ALONG I'VE HAD A PICTURE IN MY MIND OF WHAT THE JUNGLE WAS BUT NOT , NOT AS BAD AS THIS, BUT THAT'S THE WAY IT WAS.))
[OUT Q=way it was]

20:21:27 IT'S JUST...WELL, JUST REAL HARD, ANYWAY. The memorial service in Arlington National Cemetery will be hard too. But Foley says it will bring closure and pride.
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[SOT 20:36:00]
[IN Q=I WANT ]

((CORA GRACE FOLEY/SISTER; I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW I DID HAVE A BROTHER, YEAH, AND HE DID GIVE HIS LIFE FOR OUR COUNTRY AND THAT'S ALL YOU CAN GIVE.))
[OUT Q=ALL YOU CAN GIVE.]

Rachel Cannon, News 7, Meadows of Dan.))
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=None]

2nd Lieutenant George R. Ellison of Danville was also a member of the recovered bomber crew.

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


Christmas comes to Lexington.
We'll take you there in a live report when News 7 returns.
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[VO-NAT]


And the Roanoke Times welcomes the electronic era with a 31-million dollar downtown expansion.
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[Roanoke-Times]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=01-45 TC1:59:03]
[GRAPHIC=None]

The Roanoke Times hopes its new printing press will usher in an electronic era.
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[VO-NAT :23]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

This morning, the paper held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new 31-million dollar facility. The press will be the first of its kind in the country. Publisher Wendy Zomparelli says the computerized equipment will cut the Times' printing time in half as well as allow increased use of color. She also says the 52-thousand square foot building will serve as a cornerstone for new growth in the community.
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[SOT 1:15:14-1:15:23]
[IN Q=Sometimes we think of the electronic future...]

((WENDY ZOMPARELLI/PUBLISHER, THE ROANOKE TIMES: SOMETIMES WE THINK OF THE ELECTRONIC FUTURE AS ONLY BEING COMPUTERS BUT HOW COMPUTERS INTERRACT WITH OUR LIVES IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS IS ALSO A PART OF THAT FUTURE.)) [BUTT BUTT BUTT]
[SOT 1:15:30-1:15:37]

((THIS WILL BECOME A SHOWPLACE FOR HOW TECHNOLOGY IS TAKING TRADITIONAL BUSINESS INTO NEW AREAS.))
[SUPER=01-Wendy Zomparelli/Roanoke Times Publisher; ]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=traditional business into new areas.]
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[VO-NAT]

The Times hopes to start using the new press in June 2003.
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[Logging-Road]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-53 TC42:05]
[GRAPHIC=None]


There's a decision in the case of a Montgomery County property dispute.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./File Tape;]

Turman Lumber Company and landowner Mary Ann Capp went to court over the use of a small road. The company used the lane to reach its logging operation, but Capp argued it shouldn't because it's her property. In his decision today, Judge Robert Turk granted the Turman company a prescriptive easement. That means they can use the road to come and go. But he also says the company has overburdened the land, and that they can no longer bring the logging trucks on the road. The pair is expected to be back in court in January for arguments over damages.
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[Wythe-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=None]

A Tennessee man is in serious condition after a hunting accident in Wythe County. Authorities say Gary Holbrook was riding a 4-wheeler up a steep slope when the front end lifted and it rolled back. The 43-year-old's rifle went off, causing severe facial injuries. Holbrook was taken to a local hospital and then flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

[Henry-School]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-51 TC1:26:46]
[GRAPHIC=Henry School Consol.]


A public hearing concerning the reconfiguration of some Henry County schools has been changed.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./File Tape]


The meeting was originally set for Monday.
It is now re-scheduled for Tuesday December 11th at 7:00 in the Henry County Administration Board Room.
The school board changed the date to accommodate citizens requests for information and to allow the public additional time to prepare comments.
The plan would consolidate high schools, close three elementary schools, and re-organize others.
A vote on the reconfiguration plan is now set for December 14th.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
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Stocks ended mixed as blue chips edged higher but technology shares slipped. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
[RUNS=:30]
[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-x/22.14/9851.56/y/2.70/1930.56;]


The DOW gained 22 points.
NASDAQ fell three.
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[VO]
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[SUPER=274-i/0.40/63.26/i/0.74/64.65/i/0.46/47.00/h/0.03/30.95/h/0.50/55.15;]
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[Christmas-Parade]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=pev]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Christmas]


A candlelight procession from the cemetery to Hopkins Green in Lexington has brought out a crowd for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree there.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Patrick /Starlink;]


In that crowd is Patrick Evans, waiting for the switch to be thrown, and he has a look at the festivities there this evening
[LIVE=Patrick /FULL Starlink]
[SUPER=@Patrick1;]
[SUPER=06-Lexington;]
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[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Patrick/Starlink;]



[Sports tease]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


The Hokies offer some final thoughts on playing number one ranked Miami tomorrow, the latest on the UVa/Michigan State basketball game, will it be replayed?
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[VO-NAT]


and we will hear from Jeff Gordon him as the NASCAR awards banquest shifts into high gear.
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[S-Hoops]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-108]
[GRAPHIC=VHSL]


The girls Group A state semifinals tipped off today, lets begin with the second game between Glenvar and Altavista.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Colonels vs. Highlanders; :00]


Glenvar coach Bryan Harvey going over some final X's and O's.
The Highlanders Allison Fasnacht weaves her way through the defense and the hits the jumper to make it 41-39 Glenvar.
[SUPER=33-Glenvar/64/Altavista/54;]Altavista's Taylor Frazier then shows off her ball handling skills, going down the

left side and scoring on the layup.
But Glenvar reaches the state championship game. Sarah Frazier dishes to Fashnacht, she scores and the Highlanders win 64-54.
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[S-Girls]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-111]
[GRAPHIC=none]
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[VO-NAT wipe to #eng!!!!!]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Goochland vs. Radford; :00]

In the first single A final four, Goochland battled Radford. The Bobcats get things going right here when Casey Lewis passes to Sydni day and she makes good on the lay up.
[super=33-Radford/ /Goochland/ ;]

Day would score 25 points on the afternoon, here she connects again on the easy bucket and the Bobcats dominate Goochland 57-to-36 and will meet Glenvar in an all three rivers district state championship.
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[S-Boards]


[ANCHOR=steve]
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[WRITER=sma]
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[VO-NAT WIPE TO #ENG!!!!!!!]


Now tonight be sure to return to the Salem Civic Center for the two night state group A semifinals. First, Northside battles King George at seven, then Fleming and Charlottesville meet at 8:30.
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[S-UVA]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-114]
[GRAPHIC=UVA]


UVa athletic director Craig Littlepage announced today that the UVa/Michigan State basketball game stopped Wednesday at the Richmond Coliseum due to unplayable court conditions will NOT be completed or replayed. Tickets will be refunded but fans must check with UVa or the Richmond Coliseum.
[GRAPHIC=UVA/Virginia Tech]


In Women's hoops, Virginia beat Virginia Tech 60-58 last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Hokies vs Cavaliers; :]


Virginia Tech's Nicole Jones passes to Ieva Kublina who hits the jumper for 2 of her 18 points.
But the Cavaliers Latonya Blue passes to Brandy Teamer and she hits the shot, Virginia wins by 2.
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[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-109 3324TC]
[GRAPHIC=TECH/MIAMI]


Tomorrow's Tech-Miami game marks the final time 22 Tech seniors will step on the field at Lane Stadium. It also marks an opportunity for Miami to get its first win in Blacksburg in nearly a decade.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Last Season; :00]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/1999 Season; :10]
[SUPER=01-Ken Dorsey/Miami Quarterback; :19]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :55]
[SUPER=01-Ben Taylor/Virginia Tech Senior Linebacker; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Daryl Jones/Miami Senior Receiver; 1:07]
[SUPER=@mike1; 1:15]
[RUNS=1:33]
[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
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[S-Bridge]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-113 755TC]
[GRAPHIC=STAGG BOWL]


The Road to the Stagg Bowl is still winding through Bridgewater. Tomorrow afternoon the unbeaten Eagles host Widener College in a third round division three game at noon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bridgewater/Saturday;:00]

Last week the Eagles had to come from behind to beat Trinity University 41-to-37. The Eagles know they need to stay focused, but it's hard not to dream of playing in Salem on December 15th.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I THINK EVERYBODY...]
[SUPER=01-Marcus Richardson/Bridgdewater Receiver from South Boston; :00]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=...that's our goal."]
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[ANCHOR=steve]
[graphic=stagg bowl]

Again, tomorrow's game at Jopson Field kicks off at Noon.

[S-Catholic]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 sports]


There is a Heisman trophy for the colleges top football player, but there is also a heisman award for high school athletes and Roanoke Catholic senior cross country and track and field star Brian Doherty is one of 102 state winners across the country eligible for the Wendy's High School male and female Heisman Award. Brian has been named the top male athlete in the state.

[S-Gordon]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-110]
[GRAPHIC=NASCAR]


The NASCAR awards banquet is tonight in New York City.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00]


Jeff Gordon has been up in the Big Apple all week long enjoying himself. he made an appearance on David Letterman last night.
[SUPER=04-NASCAR;]


Gordon captured his fourth Winston Cup Championship this year, an impressive feet considering he did it without Ray Evernham.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/2001 Winston Cup Points Champion; :00]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=to the next one"]
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[Correction]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


A correction to the story on the hunting accident in Wythe County.
We said the man's rifle went off when his all terrain vehicle had a mishap. That was NOT the case; the sheriff says the gun did NOT discharge.