[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Shannon]

A local school board wants to close a school it still owes money on.
We'll tell you why.
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[VO-NAT]

Plus, Southside authorities identify a man they'd like to question about Monday's murder.
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[Sports-Head]


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

Tonight on the Big 7, Steve Mason checks in from the Catholic Campus with some big Roundball news. The Dazzle gets new player.
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[VO-NAT]

And Virginia Tech's Kevin Jones has been named the Big East Conference's Freshman of the Year.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Records tumble all over the region. Tomorrow will be fairly mild but the big changes come this weekend. I'll explain in a moment.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 3-Shot]


News 7 is next.
[Video-Open]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=Video Open]



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[SOT 19:56:58]
[IN Q=We can't keep doing]

((SHARON DODSON/SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS: WE CAN'T KEEP GOING THINGS THE WAY WE'VE ALWAYS DONE THEM. WE WON'T HAVE THE MONEY.))
[RUNS=:04 ]
[OUT Q=have the money]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Henry County School administrators say they have no choice, they must close some schools.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]


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

[Henry-School]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-52 TC34:30]
[GRAPHIC=Henry School Consol.]


In a little over a week, the Henry County school board will vote on a plan to consolidate high schools, close three elementary schools, and re-organize others.
The plan has angered many parents, none more so than at one elementary school. [***NEWS 7 @ 6 MB GRAPHIC***]
[TOSS ACROSS=Justin & Shannon /MB SET;]


Justin McLeod is here to tell us why. Justin?
Shannon, the school is Irisburg Elementary, located just east of Martinsville.
[LIVE=Justin /FULL MB SET]
[SUPER=@Justin1;]


It's a school that's newly renovated.
It's also a school that's hard to get to and has the least amount of students of all schools in the county.
For some, it makes sense to close it, while to others it makes no sense at all.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Gray/Irisburg Elementary Principal; :07]
[SUPER=01-Brenda Moxley/Parent; :28]
[SUPER=01-Sharon Dodson/Henry Co. Superintendent; 1:05]
[RUNS=1:12]
[OUT Q=least student impact]

((Irisburg Elementary.
Its school that's more than fifty years old.
But it hardly shows.
[SOT 20:36:55]
[IN Q=The renovations were]

((ELIZABETH GRAY/PRINCIPAL: THE RENOVATIONS WERE COMPLETED IN 1997 ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO.)) [Runs04]
[OUT Q=four years ago]


Renovations that included a new gym, upgraded cafeteria, and several new classrooms.
The money also paid for technological advances including a computer lab and telephones for every classroom.
The total price tag?
More than two million dollars.
[SOT 20:14:25]
[IN Q=This is just a much]

((BRENDA MOXLEY/PARENT: THIS IS JUST A MUCH NICER SCHOOL. THIS IS THE NICEST SCHOOL IN HENRY COUNTY.)) [Runs4]
[OUT Q=in Henry County]


Parents are fighting to keep Irisburg open, arguing its a waste of money to close it.
After all, the county will be paying off the renovations for the next fourteen years.
[SOT 20:36:55]
[IN Q=Two factors are working]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: TWO FACTORS ARE WORKING AGAINST IRISBURG. ONE DEALS WITH ITS RURAL LOCATION. IF THIS SCHOOL WERE TO REMAIN OPEN WHILE ANOTHER CLOSES, KIDS WOULD HAVE TO TRAVEL LONG DISTANCES TO GET HERE. THE OTHER FACTOR COULD BE THE DECIDING FACTOR AND THAT'S THE SCHOOLS DECLINING ENROLLMENT.)) [Runs16]
[OUT Q=declining enrollment]

((NAT SOUND IN CLASSROOM))
Irisburg has a little over two hundred students.
Administrators argue this plan would impact the least amount of kids.
[SOT 20:00:29]
[IN Q=That was important]

((SHARON DODSON/SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS: THAT WAS IMPORTANT TO THE SCHOOL BOARD. THEY WANTED THE MOST EFFICIENCY WITH THE LEAST STUDENT IMPACT.)) [Runs06]
[OUT Q=least student impact]))
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[***NEWS 7 @ 6 MB GRAPHIC***]
[LIVE= Justin /FULL MB SET]


Parents plan to present a petition to the school board at the public hearing scheduled for next Tuesday.
The school board is expected to vote on the plan next Friday.
[TOSS ACROSS=Shannon & Justin /MB Set]


And Shannon, tomorrow we'll take a look at allegations that the consolidation plan is racially motivated.

[Henry-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=01-39 TC2:02:13]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]

Police in Southside are looking for a man who may have information in the case of an elderly man's murder.
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[VO-NAT]

The body of 72-year old Ralph Hubbard was found Monday night in a parking area near Clearview Elementary in Martinsville.
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.;]

Hubbard's truck was found on fire in a ravine off King's Mountain Road.
[SUPER=04-Surveillance Tape;]

About a half mile away, this surveillance tape caught a man at the Fas Mart who police say may know something about the case. The man is highlighted in this video. If you recognize him or have any information about the crime you are asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff's Department or Martinsville Police.
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[Grandin-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-60 TC51:55]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Roanoke pedestrian was seriously injured this afternoon when he was hit by a city school bus.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The accident happened shortly before one o'clock near the intersection of Grandin Road and Maiden Lane.
Bystanders provided emergency first aid.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 33:26]
[IN Q=So I went]

((JANN SWARTZENDRUBER: SO I WENT INTO HARWOOD PAINT AND WALLPAPER AND ASKED THEM TO CALL 911, AND CAME BACK AND REALIZED THE MAN UNDER THE BUS WITH A SEVERE INJURY, BLEEDING BUT ALSO HAD NO PULSE, SO AT THAT POINT WE DECIDED WE NEEDED TO GET HIM OUT AND BEGIN CPR.))
[SUPER=01-Jann Swartzendruber]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=get him out and begin CPR.]
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[VO-NAT]


75- year- old Lawrence Thomas Saxton was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he is listed in very critical condition.
There were five children and two adults on the bus. They were shaken up, but not seriously injured.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The bus driver is identified as 84- year- old Olin Glidden... He has been employed as a driver with the city schools for 14 years.

[Traffic-Investigation]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=01-50 TC1:14:03]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Some new equipment at the Roanoke City Police Department is speeding up the investigation of car accidents.
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[VO-NAT - :24.5]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Last spring, the city purchased high-tech surveying equipment that does away with the need for measuring tapes and rollers. Since the system is adapted for computers, maps that used to take days to draw up can now be printed in a matter of hours. Since there are no strings or tape measures, traffic is usually allowed to continue to move while officers work. The system is also more precise because it uses lasers.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT - 18:11:51]
[IN Q=If it's a curve...]

((RICK CLARK/ROANOKE POLICE DEPARTMENT; IF IT'S A CURVE, WE CAN CODE IT AS A CURVE OR SCUFF MARK, THE COMPUTER WILL CALCULATE THOSE ANGLES AND DROP IN THE BEST POSSIBLE CURVE FOR IT, SO IT TAKES A LOT OF WORK OUT OF US HAVING TO MEASURE, WE JUST GO IN AND PUT IN THE POINTS))
[SUPER=01-Rick Clark/Roanoke Police Department]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=put in the points.]
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[VO-NAT - :07+]

The equipment was purchased with a 20-thousand dollar grant from the D-M-V.
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[Construction]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-49 TC1:19:12]
[GRAPHIC=None]


There was a close call on a Blacksburg construction site today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

Authorities say 31-year-old Joe Harrington fell some 25-feet off the roof of the new Blacksburg Middle School on Prices Fork Road. The West Virginia resident was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment. His injuries include a leg fracture but are considered non-life threatening.
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[Ames]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-44 TC1:49:13]
[GRAPHIC=AMES Store Closings]


Three Ames Department stores in central and western Virginia are now slated to close.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The chain filed for federal bankruptcy protection in August.
Today, the company announced plans to close 54 locations around the country.
Stores in Lynchburg, Christiansburg and Roanoke will begin liquidation on December 30th and are expected to close in February or March.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=NONE]


Some local martial arts students put their talents on the Silver Screen.
We'll explain the local connection to the movie Black Knight coming up later on News 7 at Six.
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[VO-NAT]


And tree farmers hope Mother Nature soon offers a little convincing... that it's truly time for Christmas Trees.

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[Christmas-Trees]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-57 TC25:02]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The calendar may say December, but the thermometer suggests something closer to June or July.. making it hard for some people to get in the holiday spirit.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Amherst Co.]


A few families "braved" the warm temperatures to pick out their Christmas tree at Morris Orchards in Amherst County today.
The owner says tree sales have been good so far... but he hopes cold weather gets here soon to convince people it's time to get their tree.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 11:50:01]
[IN Q=When it gets]

((SCOTT BARNES/MORRIS ORCHARD: WHEN IT GETS THAT WARM, IT'S JUST A LITTLE BIT TOO WARM FOR PEOPLE TO BE INTERESTED IN CHRISTMAS TREES. TYPICALLY THE TEMPERATURES WHERE THEY'RE REALLY THINKING ABOU CHRISTMAS IS 40 TO 45 DEGREES AND SOME COOL, BRISK WEATHER. WE HAVEN'T HAD THAT FOR A WHILE, MAYBE WE'LL HAVE SOME BETWEEN NOW AND CHRISTMAS.. HOPE SO.))
[SUPER=01-Scott Barnes/Morris Orchards]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=hope so.]
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[VO-NAT]


Barnes expects tree sales to be higher this year as world events are leading many families to return to more traditional ways of celebrating the holidays.
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[Anthrax-Hoax]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Anthrax Scare]


The fugitive suspected of sending Anthrax threats to abortion clinics around the country is in custody.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape]


Clayton Lee Waagner was arrested at a copy store in the Cincinnati today.
He was on the F-B-I's Ten Most Wanted list.
Waagner's suspected of mailing hundreds of Anthrax threats.
Planned Parenthood clinics in Roanoke, Lynchburg and Charlottesville all received similar threats in October.
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[Robertson]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Pat Roberston]


Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson has resigned as president of the Christian Coalition.
He says he plans to re-focus on his Christian ministry.
Robertson, who will be 72 in March ... founded the Virginia Beach-based Christian Broadcasting Network in 19-60 and the Christian Coalition in 19-89.

[Stocks]


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


A big day on Wall Street today. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
[RUNS=:30]
[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-x/220.45/10114.29/x/83.74/2046.84;]


The DOW climbed 220-points, closing above the 10-thousand mark for the first time since September Fifth.
NASDAQ rose 84 and finished above two-thousand for the first time since August Seventh.
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[VO]
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[SUPER=272-h/0.02/58.23/h/0.73/48.80/h/0.20/37.55/h/0.72/22.91/h/0.37/39.50;]
[SUPER=273-h/0.15/25.85/h/0.15/19.08/h/0.02/1.25/i/0.51/46.14/i/0.37/13.84;]
[SUPER=274-h/0.72/64.40/h/0.27/65.36/h/0.17/48.15/h/0.58/31.33/h/1.40/56.57;]
[SUPER=#555; Reset]


[Black-Knight]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-48 TC1:39:04]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Some local residents are taking their martial arts training to the big screen. Black Knight tells the story of a modern day man who travels back to a time when sword fighting ruled the land. New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel Cannon has more on Southwest Virginia's influence on the making of the movie.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Nats movie clip]
[SUPER=04-20th Century Fox; :00]
[SUPER=03-Fairlawn; :05]
[SUPER=01-James Houston/Martial Arts Instructor; :10]
[SUPER=@Rachel1; :30]
[SUPER=01-Donnie Parks/Swordsman Movie Extra; :41]
[RUNS=1:22]
[OUT Q=RC, News 7, Fairlawn.]

((Nats movie clip Funny man Martin Lawrence may know comedy, but it took a local martial arts instructor to help him with medieval moves in his new flick Black Knight.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 2:40:39]
[IN Q=IT WAS]

((JAMES HOUSTON/MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTOR; IT WAS PRETTY EXCITING I MEAN WHEN YOU FIRST GET ON THE SET YOU HAVE THESE HUGE SETS AND ALL THIS GOING ON AND IT WAS A LITTLE OVERWHELMING AT FIRST.))
[OUT=AT FIRST.]

James Houston first came to the set as an extra, but quickly showed off 18-years of training and started working with stunt coordinators.
(///// SOT /////) (COVER WITH MOVIE CLIP)
[SOT 2:40:12]
[IN Q=we actually]

((WE ACTUALLY CHOREOGRAPHED SEVERAL OF THE BACKGROUND FIGHT SCENES YOU WILL SEE IN THE FILM.))
[OUT Q=IN THE FILM.]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 3:05:07]
[IN Q=houston took]

((RACHEL CANNON/RCANNON@WDBJ7.COM; HOUSTON TOOK WITH HIM 6 STUDENTS FROM HIS MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES, THEY SPENT THREE WEEKS OF FEBRUARY FILMING IN WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA.))
[OUT Q=NORTH CAROLINA.]

NATS TC 3:0539 "This is Vincent, that's me."
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 3:00:22]
[IN Q=IT WAS A]

((DONNIE PARKS/SWORDSMAN MOVIE EXTRA; IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE, A BIG PRODUCTION, 20TH CENTURY FOX IT WAS REALLY SOMETHING ELSE IT WAS A REALLY GOOD TIME AND GOOD EXPERIENCE.))
[OUT Q=GOOD EXPERIENCE]

And the final product? Houston says battle scenes look realistic for audiences. NATS TC (looking at swords) The weapons are authentic...combat steel with sharp points
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 2:42:04]
[IN Q=it was ]

((IT WAS VERY DANGEROUS BECAUSE YOU WERE IN VERY CLOSE QUARTERS WITH 30 OR 40 SWORDSMAN ALL SWINGING SWORDS AT THE SAME TIME.))
[OUT Q=SAME TIME.]

Star Martin Lawrence reportedly only picked one up once or twice. While this swordsman took a shot at acting.
[SOT 2:43:00]
[IN Q=I'M ON THE]

((I'M ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE SCREEN AND I GO "IT'S THE BLACK KNIGHT" SO THAT WAS PRETTY FUN TO SEE MYSELF AND SEE SOME OF THE GUYS IN THE BACKGROUND.))
[OUT=IN THE BACKGROUND]

The Black Knight is currently in theaters. Rachel Cannon, News 7, Fairlawn.))

[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=none - LIVE MICROWAVE]
[GRAPHIC=GRAPHIC]


Coming up tonight on the Big 7 - the Dazzle gets new face - the Hokies make their mark on the all- Big East team that was released this afternoon. And Steve Mason is talking hoops tonight at Roanoke Catholic.
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[VO-steve LIVE MICROWAVE]
[SUPER=@steve1]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]

Steve Mason will adlib tease LIVE to the break
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[S-Reynolds]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-105 2:03:28]
[GRAPHIC=high school hoops]


Roanoke Catholic guard J.R. Reynolds, one of the state's top high school basketball players, has decided where he will play college ball.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Mike & Steve/Microwave;]


Steve Mason is at Roanoke Catholic where he is joined by J.R. and Celtics head coach Dick Wall where the junior is set to make his announcement. Steve.
[LIVE=Steve/FULL]
[SUPER=@Steve1; :00]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke; :00]


Mike, I know I speak for you and Roy in saying that one of the great joys of our job is watching student athletes in our WDBJ coverage continue their careers at the next level. And J.R. Reynolds wanted to make his decision official right here on your Hometown Station, so J.R. , the stage is yours.
[SUPER=01-J. R. Reynolds/Officially Commits to UVa; :04]
[STEVE THEN ASKS ONE OR TWO MORE QUESTIONS----PLEASE B-ROLL OVER THE THIRD QUESTION ABOUT HOW REYNOLDS FITS IN TO UVA A

S A PLAYER]
J.R., what were the final determining factors in choosing UVa.?
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[TAPE=SP-105!!!!!!!!]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Season; :00]
[RUNS=:13(PLEASE PUNCH BACK TO LIVE AT 13 SECONDS)]
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J.R. sources inside the Virginia basketball team say you will most likely become the Cavaliers point guard and that you are drawing comparisons to UVa guard Roger Mason. Your thoughts. [STEVE THEN THANKS J.R. AND THEN TURNS TO THE COACH AND ASKS HIM QUESTIONS.]
Now, according to UVa sources, Reynolds, as a junior, is the earliest to commit to Virginia in school history and the Wahoos have been recruiting him since his freshman year. Coach Wall, you have won two straight private school state championships and while the competition is good, marketing J.R. to an ACC power like Virginia has been key.
[SUPER=01-Dick Wall/Roanoke Catholic Head Coach; :00]

[PLEASE B-ROLL OVER COACH AFTER HE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR 10 SECONDS.]
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[TAPE=SP-109!!!!!!]
[SUPER=04-Roanoke Catholic Practice; :00(PLEASE PUNCH OUT OF THIS AFTER 14 SECONDS)]
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[LIVE=Steve/FULL]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]


Coach, thank you for your time. Now J.R. has verbally committed to UVa, the first time he can put it in writing is next November during the early signing period. Mike, He's averaging over 20 points a game in his fourth year as a starter and will stay at Catholic for his senior year.

[DOUBLE BOXES= /Microwave;]



[S-Big]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-113 943tc]
[GRAPHIC=BIG EAST]


The Big East Conference passed out its postseason honors today and Miami dominates the all-Big East team by placing 14 players on the first team. The Hokies meanwhile placed four players on the first team unit and picked up a player of the year honor.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]
[RUNS=1:06]
[OUT Q=...quarterback sacks."]
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(( Kevin Jones arrived in Blacksburg as the most highly touted recruit in school history. He more than lived up to his billing rushing for a Big East freshman record 957 yard and five touchdowns. Jones only started three games yet he came within 43 yards of reaching the 1000 mark. As a result he has been voted the Big East freshman of the year by the league's head coaches. Tech's only first team selection on offense was Andre Davis who had 39 catches for 623 yards and 7 touchdowns. Three Hokies including Ben Taylor made the first team defensive unit. Taylor had 121 tackles - 18 for losses. David Pugh also makes the first team after recording 50 tackles - 14 for losses. The final first team selection on defense was Ronyell Whitaker who had 53 tackles and 10 pass breakups. Chad Beasley made all-Big East second team honors. The senior from Gate City had 57 tackles and 2 quarterback sacks.))
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[ANCHOR=MIKE]
[GRAPHIC=BIG EAST]

Miami's Larry Coker was named the Big East's coach of the year.

[S-Dazzle]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-97 (2:02:09)]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Dazzle]


The Roanoke Dazzle made its first player acquisition of the N-B-D-L season today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :]


Guard Andre McCollum will be in uniform this Friday night when the Dazzle hosts the Asheville Altitude.
He played in Italy last season and averaged over 16 points a game.
McCollum also played for head coach Kent Davison in the C-B-A and the U-S-B-L.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=It's going...]
[SUPER=01-Andre McCollum/Dazzle Guard; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kent Davison/Dazzle Head Coach; :15]
[RUNS=:22]
[OUT Q=....capable of."]
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


Tipoff at the Roanoke Civic Center is 7:30.


[S-SEC]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]



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[go to pinnacle 6998] The SEC will dominate the college football spotlight this Saturday here on WDBJ-7 as Tennessee meets LSU at the Georgia Dome. Catch the SEC title game Saturday night only on WDBJ-7 at 8.
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[S-Stacy]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=STACY COMPTON]


Grit's Stacy Compton has signed to drive the Kingsford Charcoal Chevy full-time on the Busch series next season. Stacy also is close to coming terms on a new Cup deal for next year is well. He will NOT be back with Melling Racing. Stacy also plans to drive a select number of truck races, as well in a Dodge.

[State-Tree]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=01-51 TC1:28:56]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Despite the heat, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the State Capitol.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Governor Jim Gilmore presided for the last time at the annual lighting of the state Christmas tree.
The tree's from Culpeper, and is 30 feet tall, with 2-thousand lights and ornaments.
The governor called it a beacon of freedom.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=We can be very thankful]
[SUPER=@Gilmore;]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=on the world stage.]
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[VO-NAT]


Those footlights will be shining on the president in Virginia this Friday.
He'll be at the Norfolk Naval Station to mark the 60th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. (------------)