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Coming up next on the newscast,
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Two U-S soldiers and a number of anti-Taliban fighters are dead after a B-52 bomber goes off target...
The Pentagon says the new interim leader for Afghanistan MAY be among them.
We'll have a live report.
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AND... a construction worker survives a 25-foot fall from Blacksburg Middle School. [WX-Head]
Unseasonably warm weather will lead to some record breaking highs later today...I'll have your forecast... [Noon-open]
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Two U-S soldiers are dead after an American missile goes off target in Afghanistan.
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[Afghanistan]


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Two American soldiers died and 20 were wounded after an American bomb went off target today. The Pentagon says a B-52 bomber dropped the satellite-guided missile near Kandahar.
It happened outside Kandahar, where troops are trying to oust the Taliban from their last stronghold. An unknown number of anti-Taliban troops were also killed.
The opposition forces include those of Hamid Karzai, who's been named the new head of the provisional government in Afghanistan.
The Pentagon says it's not clear yet whether Karzai was among those hit. Meanwhile, President Bush is offering his sympathies to the grieving families of the two dead soldiers.
Teri Okita has the latest now from Washington.
[LIVE= Okita/FULL]
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((ROLLCUE:...))
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The friendly fire]
[SUPER=03-Afghanistan;]
[SUPER=01-Abdullah Abdullah/Northern Alliance Spokesman;]
[SUPER=01-Colin Powell/U. S. Secretary of State;]
[SUPER=05-Washington, DC;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=back to you.]

THE FRIENDLY FIRE KILLED TWO AMERICAN SOLIDERS AND WOUNDED 20-OTHER AMERICANS, PLUS AN UNKNOWN NUMBER OF OPPOSITION FORCES.
THE PENTAGON CONFIRMS A TWO-THOUSAND POUND U-S BOMB FROM A B-52 MISSED ITS TARGET EARLY THIS MORNING HITTING AMERICANS SOLIDERS AND OPPOSITION FORCES JUST NORTH OF KANDAHAR.

Possible sot: Central Command spokesperson.
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TRACK: THE AMERICANS WERE WORKING SIDE-BY-SIDE WITH ANTI-TALIBAN FORCES AS THE OPPOSITION TRIES TO TAKE OVER THE TALIBANS LAST STRONGHOLD IN KANDAHAR. ITS A CITY NOW IN RUINS LOCAL RESIDENTS SAYING BOMBS HAVE BEEN RAINING DOWN ON THEM AND HOSPITALS OPERATING UNDER HARSH CONDITIONS.

(NATSD FULL OF CLAPPING IN BONN)


TRACK: AFTER AN ALL-NIGHT NEGOTIATING SESSION IN BONN, GERMANY, THE FOUR MAJOR AFGHAN FACTIONS HAVE STRUCK A LANDMARK ACCORD CALLING FOR AN INTERIM GOVERNMENT IN AFGHANISTAN. THEY WILL SHARE POWER FOR SIX MONTHS WHILE MORE TALKS BEGIN FOR A MORE PERMANENT GOVERNMENT.

(Super: Abdullah Abdullah/Northern Alliance Foreign Minister)
SOT: We were determined to make it a success and no agreement will mean

anything without implementation. So, our next job is to make the implementation of it as soft, as smooth, as possible.
TRACK: THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION SAYS THE AGREEMENT IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARD ENDING THE IN-FIGHTING THATS LASTED MORE THAN 20-YEARS IN AFGHANISTAN.

(Super: Colin Powell/Secretary of State) 10:11:13
SOT: Powell: very pleased with work done by afghan leaders themselves.

now the real work is ahead, as put interim government in.

(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)

STANDUP: govt includes women....



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Israelis are again on edge today, after another suicide bomb attack.
This time, only the bomber was killed when the explosive went off during the morning rush hour outside a central Jerusalem hotel.
It followed two days of Israeli military strikes, in retaliation for a weekend of deadly attacks in Israel.
David Hawkins has more.
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[IN Q=This morning]
[SUPER=03-Jerusalem, Israel;]
[SUPER=01-Uzi Landau/Israeli Government Minister;]
[SUPER=01-David Hawkins/CBS News;]
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[OUT Q=David hawkins, CBS News, Tel Aviv.]

(( THIS MORNING THERE WAS ANOTHER SUICIDE BOMBING IN ISRAEL.
IT'S THE LATEST IN A WAVE OF ATTACKS THAT ARE ESCALATING HOSTILITIES BETWEEN PALESTINIANS AND ISRAELIS.
DAVID HAWKINS REPORTS.
THE SUICIDE BOMBER DETONATED HIS EXPLOSIVES OUTSIDE A HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN JERUSALEM...KILLING HIMSELF..AND LIGHTLY WOUNDING ABOUT A HALF-DOZEN BYSTANDERS.
JERUSALEM'S MAYOR AND A FEW ISRELI GOVERNMENT MINISTERS WERE AT THE HOTEL AT THE TIME OF THE BLAST..BUT POLICE SAY THEY WHERE PROBOBLY NOT THE BOMBER'S TARGET.

(SOT UZI LANDAU, ISRAELI GOVERNMENT MINISTER)

I wish all bombers would end the way he did, without achieving his atrget.

(RTV/APTN)FOR TWO DAYS NOW...ISREAL HAS LAUNCHED AIRSTRIKES AGAINST

PALESTINIAN TARGETS...TO PRESSURE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY PRESIDENT YASIR ARAFAT TO STOP TERRORIST ATTACKS AGAINST ISRAEL. TODAY...ISRAELI GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS HELD OUT THE POSSIBILITY OF A BOMBING PAUSE.

(RTV/APTN)

ARAFAT MET WITH AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN DIPLOMATS LAST NIGHT...AGAIN PLEADING FRO INTERNATIONAL INTERVENTION TO CALM THE SITUATION. HE SAYS THE ISRAELI ATTAKS ARE MAKINGIT MORE DIFFICULT FOR HIM TO IMPRISON PALESTINIAN TERRORITS..
ON CAM CLOSE DIFFICULT OR NOT...THAT'S THE ULTIMATUM...FROM ISRAEL AND THE UNITED STATES. THE U.S. SAYS IT WILL NOT INTERECEDE TO STOP ISRAEL'S MILITARY ASSAULT UNLESS ARAFAT SHOWS IMMEDIATE RESULTS IN CRACKING DOWN TERRORISM. DAVID HAWKINS CBS NEWS TEL AVIV.))

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A construction worker was injured in Blacksburg this morning.
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Authorities say 31-year-old Joe Harrington fell 20 to 25 feet while working on the roof of the new Blacksburg Middle School on Prices Fork Road. Lifeguard-10 transported the Princeton, West Virginia resident to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment. Officials say his injuries include fractures to his legs but are not life threatening.
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[Accident-Investiagation]


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Some new equipment at the Roanoke City Police Department is helping officers investigate accidents without seriously disrupting normal traffic.
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The department is now using high-tech surveying equipment to map out crime scenes and traffic accidents. The device uses lasers, instead of rollers and measuring tape, to mark important points of a scene.
The information is then downloaded into a computer. Usually, the technology allows officers to keep the roads open while they make measurments and maps. The technology was used in yesterday's incident where a Valley Metro bus hit a pedestrian.
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[SOT - 18:20:32]
[IN Q=Due to the nature...]

((OFFICER RICK CLARK/ROANOKE CITY POLICE; DUE TO THE NATURE OF THAT ONE WE DID HAVE TO SHUT TRAFFIC DOWN CONGESTED DOWNTOWN. THAT'S 2 HOURS OF A ROAD BEING SHUT DOWN VERSUS 6-8 HOURS IT WOULD BE WITH MANUAL ROLLER TAPE.))
[SUPER=01-Rick Clark/Roanoke City Police;]
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[OUT Q=it would be with manual roller tape.]
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The equipment was purchased through a 20-thousand dollar grant from the Virginia Department of Transportation.
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Investigators in Southside want to talk with a potential witness in a murder case.
A person spotted on a surveillance tape at the FasMart on King's Mountain Road near the Martinsville-Henry County line may know something about the murder of Ralph Alvin Hubbard.
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[VO-NAT ]

The 72-year old man was apparently killed by a gun shot to the head Monday night.
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.;]

Moments later, Hubbard's Toyota pickup truck was found burning in a ravine about a mile away. Investigators say they have a tentative motive for the crime but still need more information.
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[IN Q=Mr. Hubbard is a well-known person.]

((CAPT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: MR. HUBBARD IS A WELL-KNOWN PERSON. WE BELIEVE AT THIS TIME HE MAY BE THE VICTIM OF A ROBBERY.)) [BUTT BUTT BUTT]
[SOT 2:27-2:33 ***** UNDER VIDEO *****]

((THE BIGGEST THING THE PUBLIC CAN DO IS TRY TO HELP US IN TIMELINE... WHERE MR. HUBBARD WAS LAST SEEN.))
[SUPER=01-Capt. Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sheriff's Department;]
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[OUT Q=Mr. Hubbard was last seen.]
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[VO-NAT]

An autopsy is scheduled for today. If you have any information you're asked to contact Martinsville police or the Henry County Sheriff's Department.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Coming up next on the newscast, Montgomery County residents could have a hard time paying their personal property taxes. Some people say a computer's to blame,
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and it's a sign of the changing times as women in Japan try to break into a sport dominated by men....really big men.

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Fire and rescue service sparked some heated discussions last year in Roanoke County after paid employees were NOT assigned in certain areas. But the situation has now changed. This week-- paid employees began answering rescue calls in some of those excluded communities. Teresa Hamilton reports.
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[SUPER=01-Colin Gee/Mt. Pleasant Volunteer Fire Chief; :16]
[SUPER=01-David Hafey/Career Firefighter-Paramedic; :46]
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[SUPER=01-Rick Burch/Roanoke Co. Fire & Rescue Chief; 1:22]
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[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS7, Roanoke Co.]

(( For folks in Mount Pleasant the additional staff is welcome. Many in the Roanoke County community-- including the volunteer fire chief, strongly argued that PAID fire and rescue personnel were needed.
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[in q=The community]

((COLIN GEE/MT. PLEASANT VOLUNTEER FIRE CHIEF: THE COMMUNITY HAS GROWN TREMENDOUSLY OVER THE YEARS AND WITH THIS GROWTH MORE CALL VOLUME... VOLUNTEERS JUST CAN'T HANDLE DURING THE DAYLIGHT SO WE HAVE TO HAVE THE STAFFING.)) [runs08]
[OUT Q= HAVE THE STAFFING.]

This week-- the community's request became a reality.
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[sot ]
[in q= I enjoy working ]

((I ENJOY WORKING IN STATIONS LIKE THIS.)) [runs05]
[out q= stations like this.]

From now on-- two paid fire and rescue personnel will help volunteers answer calls in Mount Pleasant. The career staff will both work from six in the morning until six at night Monday through Friday.
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[in q= We have had ]

((DAVID HAFEY/CAREER PARAMEDIC/FIREFIGHTER: WE HAVE HAD SOME OF THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS COMING IN SORT OF ON A MEET AND GREET BASIS WELCOMING US TO THE COMMUNITY. THEY'RE VERY GLAD TO SEE US WE'RE GLAD WE'RE HERE.)) [RUNS10]
[OUTQ= we're here.]

[take su 05:55:42] Mount Pleasant isn't the only community to benefit from career staff... The same set-up also went into effect here at Bent Mountain. [end stand up] Roanoke County's fire and rescue chief says a detailed study showed there was a need for career staff in both locations.
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((RICK BURCH/ROANOKE CO. FIRE AND RESCUE CHIEF: WE LOOKED AT REACTION TIME, RESPONSE TIME, AND AVAILABLE STAFFING AND MADE OUR DETERMINATION OF WHERE TO PLACE THE ADDITIONAL CAREER PERSONNEL.)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q= CAREER PERSONNEL.]
Burch says over the past year--- 35 new fire and rescue positions have been created and says credit goes to the Board

of Supervisors and County administrator for supporting the plan. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke County.))

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Some Montgomery County residents may find it hard to meet today's tax deadline.
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[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]

County Treasurer Ellis Meredith says the problem is with the administration's computer system. Meredith says since the introduction of the MUNIS (Mew-ness) program in 19-99, bills have been wrong, addresses incorrect and tax tickets missing.
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((ELLIS MEREDITH/MONTGOMERY CO. TREASURER; I WOULD SAY IN AN EXCESS OF 2 MILLION DOLLARS THAT'S OUT THERE AND THEY'RE DELINQUENT BECAUSE I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO MAIL A DELINQUENT TAX NOTE TO A TAXPAYER SINCE 98.))
[SUPER=01-Ellis Meredith/Montgomery Co. Treasurer;]
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[OUT Q=since 98.]
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Meredith says there's approximately 75-thousand real estate and personal property tax bills being affected. Meanwhile, the county spokesman says other administrators are using (Mew-ness) MUNIS successfully.
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[SOT 2:29:50]
[IN Q=it is implemented]

((ROBERT PARKER/MONTGOMERY CO. SPOKESMAN; IT IS IMPLEMENTED AND WORKING IN THE FINANCE OFFICE ITS IMPLEMENTED AND WORKING IN THE PAYROLL OFFICE ITS 90-PERCENT IMPLEMENTED IN THE COMMISSIONER'S OF REVENUE OFFICE NOW IN THE TREASURERS OFFICE OF COURSE THAT IS A DIFFERENT STORY.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Parker/Montgomery Co. Spokesman;]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=A DIFFERENT STORY.]
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[VO-NAT]

Parker says they will continue to work through the problems. If residents have a question about a tax bill or lack of one, they can call the county.
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Industry experts say the removal of Optical Cable's president on Monday was a strategic move.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape]


Scott Hoover, a Washington and Lee Finance Professor says former president Bob Kopstein's personal financial troubles took a serious toll on the company's stock price, so his removal by the board of directors WAS warranted.
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[SUPER=01-Scott Hoover/W&L Finance Professor]
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[OUT Q=stake like that.]



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[SS=Bob Kopstein]


Hoover says Kopstein's fiber-optic experience is still important to the company, so he is anxious to see if Kopstein will accept the consultant position offered him.
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[ANCHOR=Marya]


Coming up next, Leo will tell us when this springtime in December will end.
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Then a little later we will see how a catnap landed this tabby halfway around the world.
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[Female-Sumo]


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Women sumo wrestlers are making their first official appearance in the ring this year.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Aomori City, Japan;]


The International Sumo Championships in Japan set aside the rules barring amateur wrestlers, including women and foreigners.
Traditionally, women were not allowed to even touch the sacred ring.
But, thanks to increased foreign influence and popularity of the game, those rules are changing.
34 nations competed in the International Sumo Championships.
Japan boasts more than 300 amateur women wrestlers.
Many women and their fans are hoping it will one day become an Olympic sport.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 161 points.

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Nasdaq has gained 64 points.


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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

Still to come today in sports, The Roanoke Express is making some Christmas wishes come true.....
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[VO-NAT ]

AND the Downtown Club names the best College Football player in Virginia. We'll tell you who it is after this break.


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[S-Dudley]


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The Dudley award was handed out last night at the Downtown Club in Richmond. The award goes to the best college football player in Virginia, as voted on by a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :00]


The three finalists were Virginia tech linebacker Ben Taylor, UVa receiver Billy McMullen and William and Mary quarterback David Corley. McMullen would take home the honor. He racked up one- thousand- 60 receiving yards on 83 catches.
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[SUPER=01-Billy McMullen/2001 Dudley Award Winner;]
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[OUT Q=against us"]
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[VO-NAT]


McMullen received 13 first-place votes....
While Taylor was the only other participant to garner a first place vote, he came in second.
Taylor had 117 tackles for the Hokies during the regular season.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Ben Taylor/Second Place in Dudley Award Voting;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=....put on a show that game"]




[S-MD]


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The Bowl Championship Series welcomed an ACC team this season. Maryland accepted a bid to the Orange Bowl yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-College Park, MD; :00]


The seventh-ranked Terps finished the regular season 10 and 1 and will play in the January second Orange Bowl for the first time in 46 years.
It's Maryland's first bowl since 1990.
Maryland's opponent will be announced Sunday, following the SEC championship game.
The Terps could face either Florida, Tennessee or Nebraska.
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In women's basketball last night, Roanoke College played host to Randolph Macon women's college in an ODAC battle.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Wildcats vs. Maroons; :00]


Roanoke head coach Susan Dunagan has lost to the Wildcats only once in her career and was not about to make it twice.
But Macon had other ideas, in the second half, Amy Dameron gets the pass and goes baseline for the lay up. She gets the foul and she converts the three point play.
[SUPER=33-Roanoke/85/RMWC/42;]


Former Glenvar star Katrina Williams makes the three point shot to make it 54- 27 with Maroons out in front.
Roanoke would cruise to the 85-42 win.
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[S-PH]


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[TAPE#=SP-106 42:36]
[GRAPHIC=hometown hoops weekly]


Roanoke Catholic star guard J. R. Reynolds will announce where he will play college basketball tonight.
We will have the star pick for you tonight on News 7 at six.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Colonels vs. Patriots; :00]


last night, Patrick Henry and William Fleming would renew their city rivalry on the Patriots floor, instead of the Salem Civic Center.
Fleming's Taurus Boyd takes the pass from the interior and shoots for three to give the Colonels an early lead.
[SUPER=33-William Fleming/63/Patrick Henry/73;]


P-H's Eugene Newman fights his way around two defenders for the basket in the first quarter.
The Colonels C-J Bannister would take the inbounds and hit the jump shot.
But the Patriots answer as Marlin Kemp gets the rebound and scores. PH wins it 73-to-63.
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[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sma]
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The Roanoke Express lifted some kids' spirits at Carilion Community Hospital yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


The players spent a couple of hours with youngsters in the hospital, putting smiles on the faces of children with health problems.
The team signed autographs and sang karaoke.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Perry Florio/Express Head Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=keeps everything in the proper perspective"]
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[Stowaway-Cat]


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[WRITER=mjo]
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A stowaway cat that sailed to South Korea from New Zealand by mistake has returned home.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-South Korea;]


18 days ago, the nine year old cat named Collins took a nap on a South Korea-bound tanker, which had been anchored in the harbor.
An engineer on the tanker brought the cat on board to feed him.
His worried owner at the port eventually tracked him down ... and the cat food company, Wiskas, volunteered to ship him to Korea to pick up his pet.
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[SOT 10:30:13 - :23]
[IN Q=It's a unique]

((JAMES GORDON MACPHERSON: IT'S A UNIQUE CAT, VERY SPECIAL TO US, VERY FRIENDLY. IT'S KEPT US COMPANY ON MANY LONG NIGHTS FOR MANY YEARS AND SHE HAS A BEAUTIFUL PERSONALITY. ))
[SUPER=01-James Gordon McPherson/Owner;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=a beautiful personality.]
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[VO-NAT]


The reunited cat and owner returned to New Zealand ... this time by plane.
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