[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

Roanoke City Council approves a controversial plan to reorganize the city's fire departments.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

And, two police officers are recovering after their cruisers collided.
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[Sports-head]


[ANCHOR=steve]
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In sports, the Express loses a new face and gains an old one, a Tech football player is hospitalized, a dazzle player is suspended by the NBDL,
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[VO-NAT]


and the Cavaliers put their undefeated season to the test against Charleston Southern.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[SS=None]


We'll track the rain as it moves across the region, and look out for gusty winds tomorrow--a day of transition coming up in weather.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 4-Shot]


News 7 is Next.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=In 8 years]
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[OUT Q=truely totally ashamed.]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Roanoke City Council moves forward with the reorganization of the city's fire stations.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


But today's vote brings more controversy, including charges of racism.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[City-Council]
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[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#01-55 TC41:14]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Good news about the city's fire protection rating was tempered with criticism today.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
[Double Boxes=Keith-Shannon and JoeD/Microwave]


Joe Dashiell is downtown tonight with more on today's developments.
[Live=JoeD Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Joe1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]
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(Rollcue: jeopardize that rating in the future. )
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[IN Q=I think this is]
[SUPER=01-Linda Wyatt/Roanoke City Council; :00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :14]
[SUPER=01-Jim Grigsby/Roanoke Fire Chief; :30]
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[OUT Q=wouldn't have made a reccomendation.]
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[Live=JoeD Full/Microwave]
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[Double Boxes=Keith-Shannon and JoeD/Microwave]



[Bus-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-59 TC19:27]
[GRAPHIC=School Bus Accident]


Seven Franklin County students suffered minor injuries after their school bus crashed into a car on Route 220 this morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


State police say the bus was trying to make a U-turn at state route 605 when its front end hit a Jeep Cherokee.
28 students were on board.
The seven injured students were treated for bumps and bruises.
The bus driver, 50-year-old Diane Kay Colomb of Henry, was charged with failure to yield right of way.
She said she did not see the other car.
Neither driver was hurt.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[Police-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


A Roanoke city policeman was hurt when his car collided with another police cruiser early this morning.
Three police cars were answering the report of a stolen truck on Williamson Road.
After determining that the truck was not the vehicle in question- one of the police cruisers left.
The OTHER two cars continued south and struck each other. Both vehicles flipped.
Officer B.W. Hughes was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for cuts to his head.
Officer H.T. Farris did not need medical help.
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[HCMF]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-49 TC1:35:05]
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The state's third largest nursing home chain will reimburse the government 1-point-7 million dollars for committing health care fraud.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


H-C-M-F Chairman William Cranwell pleaded guilty and got 30 months probation.
He and his partners will be held personally liable for the restitution if the company can't pay it.
H-C-M-F operates 18 nursing homes.
In the 1990s, the corporation expanded into restaurant, construction and real estate management ... all while continuing to bill Medicare and Medicaid.
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[IN Q=EMPLOYEES OF THE]
[SOT 15:l3:39 - :54]

((ERIC BESTE/U.S. JUSTICE DEPT.: EMPLOYEES OF THE COMPANY WERE WORKING ON THINGS NOT RELATED TO OPERATING NURSING HOMES OR RELATED TO OTHER BUSINESSES AND YET SALARIES FOR THOSE PEOPLE WERE INCLUDED ... AND BASICALLY TAXPAYERS PAID FOR THOSE EMPLOYEES SALARIES AND OTHER BENEFITS.))
[SOT 15:15:57 - :15:16:08]

((CHIP MAGEE/HCMF ATTORNEY: THE PRINCIPALS STOOD UP AND ACCEPTED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THINGS THAT WENT WRONG WITH THE COMPANY. SOME ACCOUNTING ISSUES AND SOME OVERSIGHT ISSUES. THEY'VE STEPPED UP AND TAKEN A SPEAR THROUGH THE CHEST FOR THAT AND IT'S OVER.))
[SUPER=01-Eric Beste/U. S. Justice Department; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chip Magee/HCMF Attorney; :16]
[RUNS=:26]
[OUT Q=for that and it's over.]
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


H-C-M-F's attorneys say the company stands on the brink of financial ruin because of legal expenses and an economic decline in the nursing home industry.

[Walker]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=01-50 TC1:25:11]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Over and over this afternoon a Roanoke jury watched the videotape of one man shooting another.
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[VO-NAT]

The grainy, black and white images are open to interpretation, though it's clear Bernard Walker took a swing at Reaco Hilton, then shot him.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Defense Attorney David Damico's interpretation is that Hilton came into the Stop and Save Mini Market last Christmas Eve looking for a fight, like he had a score to settle.
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[SOT 16:00:53]
[IN Q=It was something]

((DAVID DAMICO/WALKER'S ATTORNEY; IT WAS SOMETHING TO THE EFFECT, "YOU DON'T GOT YOUR BOYS." IS THAT RIGHT? SOMETHING LIKE THAT.)) ((OSAMA ISMAIL/STORE OWNER; I SEEN REACO HAD HIS FISTS LIKE THIS, SAYING "YOUR BOYS ARE NOT HERE," OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. I ASKED REACO TO "TAKE IT OUTSIDE."))
[SUPER=01-David Damico/Walker's Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=01-Osama Ismail/Store Owner; :07]
[RUNS=20]
[OUT Q=take it outside.]
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[VO-NAT]


But Walker revealed he had a gun. Before he leveled it at Reaco Hilton, Bernard Walker punched him.
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[SOT 15:32:20]
[IN Q=He kinda missed Reaco]

((HE KINDA MISSED REACO AND REACO WENT BACK. THAT'S WHEN BERNARD SHOT HIM.))
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[OUT Q=that's when Bernard shot him.]
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=HOLD]

Walker is claiming self defense. The trial resumes tomorrow.

[Gilmore]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=01-62 TC13:56]
[GRAPHIC=Car Tax]

Governor Gilmore wants to amend the state constitution to complete the phase out of the car tax.
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[VO-NAT :11]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]

The Governor today proposed that the state abolish the car tax by 2004. He also wants the state to share income tax receipts with local governments to make up for the lost revenue.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=In accordance with your program and your plan..]
[SUPER=@Gilmore;]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=...beginning January 2005.]
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[VO-NAT :04]

Governor-elect Mark Warner is being cautious about the proposal.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=One of the things, I think...]
[SUPER=01-Mark Warner/Governor-Elect;]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=revenue side of the House as well as the expenditure side.]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=HOLD]

The proposal to amend the state constitution to eliminate the personal property tax will go before the General Assembly.

[Warner]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=01-53 TC55:$8]
[GRAPHIC=Mark Warner]


Meantime, the Governor-elect is welcoming a former Lynchburg resident into his new administration.
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[VO-NAT :05]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]

Today, Mark Warner named Belle S. Wheelan as Virginia's Secretary of Education. Wheelan was overwhelmed.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Those of you who know me...]
[SUPER=01-Belle Wheelan/Secretary of Education-Designate;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth.]
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[VO-NAT]

Wheelan has served as president of Northern Virginia Community College since 1998. Before that she headed up Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, becoming the first African-American female to serve as president of a two or four year college in Virginia.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]


Another round in the fight over a new historic district in the Hill City.
The latest next on News 7 at Six.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And finding a parking space in downtown Roanoke just got a little easier.
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[Historic-Preservation]
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[TAPE#=01-58 TC19:04]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


A proposal to turn Lynchburg's Rivermont Avenue neighborhood into the city's sixth historic district is officially back on the table tonight.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


The Historic Preservation Commission unanimously voted to designate the three-mile stretch of road as a historic area in order to preserve its unique architectural properties.
Supporters say the move will help save older homes.. others say it infringes on property owner's rights.
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[SOT 4:03:26//4:11:26]
[IN Q=The protection]

((MARILYN MARTIN/SUPPORTS HISTORIC DISTRICT: THE PROTECTION FROM DEMOLITION PROVIDED BY A LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICT IS THE ONLY WAY TO ASSURE THAT 25 YEARS FROM NOW, THERE WILL STILL BE THIS UNIQUE AREA THAT WAS LAID OUT SO THOUGHTFULLY AND WITH GRACE AND BEAUTY.)) ((CHUCK BULLOCK/OPPOSES HISTORIC DISTRICT: WE BELIEVE THAT WITH THE REQUIREMENTS THAT WE'RE PUTTING ON EVERYBODY IT'S GOING TO COST THEM MORE, IT'S GOING TO BE MORE OF A HASSLE TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR PROPERTY, PEOPLE ARE GOING TO LET THEIR PROPERTIES GO TO DECLINE.))
[SUPER=01-Marilyn Martin/Supports Historic District; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chuck Bullock/Opposes Historic District; :14]
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[OUT Q=go to decline.]
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[VO-NAT]


Homeowners in historic districts must get permission before making significant changes to the exterior of their property.
The proposal will go before the planning commission next month.
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[BV-Unemployment]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=01-56 TC27:57]
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A sign in Buena Vista says the city is home to six-thousand-two happy citizens and just three old grouches. Now, adding to the contentment is a new one-stop employment service, which makes finding a job much easier for residents in the area. Richard Lesko has more.
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[SUPER=03-Buena Vista; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jim Fox/Career Cafe Graduate; 21 (quick!)]
[SUPER=01-Sharon Dull/Virginia Employment Commission; :41]
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((For the most part, Rockbridge County has avoided the layoffs which have rocked other parts of the region. The area's unemployment rate has gone up to 3.6 percent in recent months. That's just above the state average. At the Career Cafe just outside of Buena Vista, they were celebrating, sharing success stories of finding people jobs.

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[INQ=We didn't feel...]

((JIM FOX/CAREER CAFE GRADUATE; WE DIDN'T FEEL LIKE WE WERE DEALING WITH THE GOVERNMENT, FELT LIKE SOMEONE WANTED TO HELP US OUT.))
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[OUTQ=wanted to help us out.]

The Career Cafe leases space from the Virginia Employment Commission, and is just one of nearly 10 different state and federal job assistance agencies which work out of the building.
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[INQ=We refer people...]

((SHARON DULL/VIRGINIA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION; WE REFER PEOPLE TO OTHER PROGRAMS AND SERVICES THAT CAN ASSIST THEM IN THEIR BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT. THE CAREER CAFE WHICH IS CO-HOUSED HERE WORKS STRICTLY ONE-ON-ONE WITH PEOPLE.))
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[OUTQ=one-on-one with people.]

The commission serves Buena Vista, Lexington, and Rockbridge County, and because of the rural setting, one-stop employment services saves the unemployed driving time and hassles when finding a job is an urgent need.
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[INQ=It's easier...]

((IT'S EASIER, IT JUST MAKES SENSE TO BE ABLE TO COME TO ONE LOCATION TO GET THE INFORMATION THEY NEED INSTEAD OF BEING SENT HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE.))
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[OUTQ=there, everywhere.]
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((RICHARD LESKO/RLESKO@WDBJ7.COM; ONE STOP EMPLOYMENT SERVICES ARE ON THE RISE. OFFICIALS SAY THEY HELP NOT ONLY JOB SEEKERS, BUT POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS AS WELL. IN A SLOW ECONOMY, THAT SHOULD BE GOOD NEWS TO THE THREE OLD GROUCHES WHO LIVE HERE. RICHARD LESKO, NEWS 7, BUENA VISTA.))
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[Goodlatte]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=ssm]
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Congress is doing its part to help areas like Buena Vista that have been hit by the slowdown in the economy.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


That according to Sixth District representative Bob Goodlatte.
Goodlatte says the House of Representatives has already passed an economic stimulus package that includes a number of tax breaks for businesses.. now it's waiting for the Senate to do the same.
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[SOT 12:28:36]
[IN Q=And there are]

((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- 6TH DISTRICT: AND THERE ARE A NUMBER OF TAX CREDITS AND DEFERRAL OF TAX OBLIGATIONS AND SO ON WHICH WOULD BE JUST THE RIGHT THING TO ENCOURAGE COMPANIES TO PUT IN NEW BUILDINGS, BUY NEW EQUIPMENT AND CREATE THE KIND OF JOBS THAT THEY NEED IN SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA AND A LOT OF OTHER PLACES AS WELL.))
[SUPER=01-Rep. Bob Goodlatte/(R) 6th District]
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[OUT Q=places as well.]
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[VO-NAT]


Goodlatte says he doubts a stimulus package will be passed before Congress adjourns for the Christmas holiday.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
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[TAPE#=None]
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Merger news gave investors hope that the business environment is improving and sent stocks higher. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-x/80.82/9891.97/x/34.28/1987.45;]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


The DOW climbed 81 points.
NASDAQ gained 34.
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[Building-Theft]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=tsa]
[TAPE#=01-48 TC1:55:36]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Construction continues on a new digital facility for your hometown station, despite vandalism over the weekend.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


More than five thousand dollars worth of construction equipment was stolen from the building site on Hershberger Road.
Vandals used a crowbar to break into a toolbox owned by construction crews.
Lasers used to install ceiling and floor tiles were stolen.
Bear Dry Wall, which owns the lasers, is offering a five thousand dollar reward for information that helps recover the stolen equipment.
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[Gainsboro-Garage]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=01-54 TC44:22]
[GRAPHIC=None]


There's a new place to park in downtown Roanoke.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Today city officials cut the ribbon on the new Gainsboro Parking Garage.
It's located near the Roanoke Higher Education Center and will serve other planned developments in the Henry Street area.
The garage has four levels, 358 spaces and free shuttle service to other downtown locations.
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[Sports tease]


[ANCHOR=steve]
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[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=]
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The Roanoke Dazzle player is suspended, an Express player is called up, a Redskin will play a 20th season,
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[VO-NAT]


and after coming within three points of a national title, Bridgewater talks about getting back to the Stagg Bowl next year
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[S-Cavs]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-117 :25]
[GRAPHIC=UVa]


The 5 and OH Virginia Cavaliers are ranked sixth and seventh in the country in the two major polls. Tonight they battle Charleston Southern at University Hall.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville; :00]


Speaking of Hall, Adam Hall has watched the Wahoos go from bad to really good in his four years.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Adam Hall/UVa Senior Guard; :00]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=.......in our minds this year"]
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[S-Dazzle]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-108]
[GRAPHIC=Dazzle]


The Roanoke Dazzle next plays the Columbus Riverdragons on the road this Wednesday and the team will play without JaRon Rush.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :]

the NBDL has suspended Rush for one game without pay for striking a North Charleston player at halftime December 10th. Despite the incident the Dazzle team play is good.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Kent Davison/Dazzle Head Coach; :00]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=....not bad"]
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[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-109 47:29]
[GRAPHIC=Express]


The Roanoke Express will try and snap a two game home losing streak to the Greensboro Generals tomorrow night at the Roanoke Civic Center. Roanoke will be without the services of Olivier Morin. The right wing was called up to the AHL Norfolk Admirals today. Morin played four games for the Express and did not have a point.
Also, Roanoke added former Express defenseman Steve Sabo to the roster today from Baton Rouge in exchange for future considerations.

[S-Eagles]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-110 1504tc]

[GAME STORY ALSO ON THIS TAPE]
[GRAPHIC=STAGG BOWL]

Bridgewater's presence in the Stagg Bowl Saturday generated a sellout and incredible excitement. Now, the Eagles' challenge is to make it back to Salem. Mike Stevens has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=BITE]
[SUPER=03-Salem/2001 Stagg Bowl; :00]
[SUPER=01-Michael Clark/Bridgewater Head Coach; :23]
[SUPER=@mike2; :35]
[SUPER=03-Bridgewater; 1:12]
[RUNS=1:45]
[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
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(( It will be long after the holidays before folks quit talking about the 2001 Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl. It won't, however, take the Bridgewater coaching staff that long to start looking ahead to next season. The Eagles second postseason run to the national championship should pay big dividends on the Division Three recruiting trails. ((MICHAEL CLARK:)) Clark and his staff lose 16 seniors - including the biggest playmakers on the team. But a number of skilled people will be back in 2002 including receiver Brian Ratliff. ((CLARK:)) But keeping it will not come without a price. If Bridgewater is to remain a D-3 power, the school's administration and its alumni will have to literally pay the price ((CLARK:)) This from a team that took advantage of every opportunity it was afforded this season. Mike Stevens News 7 Sports.))[

S-Chad]


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


Yesterday, the 15th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies resumed practice for the January first Gator Bowl against Florida State.
[GRAPHIC=Chad Cooper]


But inside linebacker and special teams contributor Chad Cooper will not play in the bowl game. This morning he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre (GHEE-yan Bah-ray) disease, a rare inflammatory disorder of, mainly the nerves that control your arms and legs. Chad is expected to recover for next year.

[S-Green]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-101]
[GRAPHIC=Redskins]


Retirment will have to wait for 41 year old Washington Redskin Darrell Green. Today, he announced his plans to play next season.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Frostburg, MD; :00]


Green, the oldest cornerback in the NFL, announced September fourth that this would be his last season But he chan(---------------)ged his mind thanks to the fans and an improved relationship with Marty Schottenheimer.