[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

Southside prepares to present news of its ailing economy to Mark Warner even as another round of layoffs is annou
nced.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

And a local high school band is marching to its own drummers all the way to Richmond.
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[Sports-Head]


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

Tonight on the Big 7 , VMI fantastic freshman Jason Conley gets the nation's attention. The Earnhardt autopsy photos are again making news.
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[VO-NAT]

And the Vikings stay in house thinking Tice will be nice as a head coach.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Second day of super mild weather will end with some passing rain showers. Expect a windy day Friday. Details just ahead.
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[ANCHOR=SHannon 2-Shot]


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



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[SOT]
[IN Q=It's the kind of]

((IT'S THE KIND OF THING YOU WISH YOU HAD 5-10 YEARS TO GET READY FOR, THAT'S NOT THE CASE. WE'RE RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, AND WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT.))
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=deal with it.]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


State Legislators are calling it another nail in the coffin of Southside's economy.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Burlington Industries will close its Halifax plant and lay off six hundred fifty people.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[Burlington]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-50 TC1:59:39]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Burlington blames foreign competition for its latest restructuring plan.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


4-thousand jobs will be cut company-wide and four plants will close if no buyers come forward.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co.]


650 of those cuts will be at the Halifax Weaving Operation come July.
The same goes for Combing and Finishing plants in Clarksville in Mecklenberg County.
The news from Southside traveled quickly to Richmond.
Legislators say the cuts re-inforce the area's need for economic assistance.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The creation of an]

((WARD ARMSTRONG/(D) SOUTHSIDE DELEGATE: THE CREATION OF AN ECONOMIC DISASTER TASK-FORCE, TO COME IN WHEN PLANT CLOSING SUCH AS BURLINGTON HAPPEN. I THINK WE NEED TO GO FORWARD WITH THAT, WE'VE ALSO GOT TO TURN UP THE HEAT ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.))
[SUPER=@armstrong]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=economic development.]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=Mark Warner]


Southside Delegates plan to discuss the situation with the Warner Administration as early as next week.

[Dan-River]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-62 TC35:47]
[GRAPHIC=Dan River]


The news is not all bad for Southside.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./File Tape]


Tobacco money is helping to create jobs in the region.
Dan River plans to expand its facilities in Brookneal and Danville, creating 135 jobs.
Word on that came last month, but today, Governor Gilmore announced the company will receive 175-thousand dollars.. from the state's Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds .. to help assist in the expansion.
Dan River is closing plants in Georgia and South Carolina and moving those jobs to Virginia.
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[Game-Commission]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-54 TC1:06:26]
[GRAPHIC=None]


They say it amounts to deception, larceny, or money laundering.
Supporters of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries are talking about Governor Gilmore's parting budget proposal.
And tonight, Joe Dashiell reports the Game Commission is threatening severe cuts if the budget becomes law.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Game officials say]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :11]
[SUPER=01-Carson Quarles/Game Commission Chairman; :20]
[SUPER=01-Del. Vic Thomas/(D) Roanoke; :33]
[SUPER=04-Game Dept. Video; :41]
[SUPER=01-Dave "Mudcat" Saunders/Mountain Tourism Alliance; :51]
[RUNS=1:22]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Richmond]


((Game officials say they will have to close 90 boat ramps, lay off game wardens, close the Wytheville hatchery, and sell the "Big Survey" Property in Wythe County... and that's just the beginning.
Game Commission Chairman Carson Quarles pulled no punches, as he expressed his anger over a budget proposal that would take more than eight million dollars from the agency. [IN Q]
[SOT 10:06:43]
[IN Q=What has been outlined]

((WHAT HAS BEEN OUTLINED TODAY IS THE POTENTIAL DEVASTATION AND DESTRUCTION OF THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES.))
[RUNS= :07]
[OUT Q=Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.]


Roanoke Delegate Vic Thomas said he is so concerned, he addressed the Commission for only the second time in 29 years.
[SOT 09:53:47]
[IN Q=this doesn't sound]

((THIS DOESN'T SOUND LIKE A TREMENDOUSE AMOUNT, BUT IT COULD DESTROY THE DEPARTMENT THAT A LOT OF FOLKS HAVE BEEN WORKING ON FOR MANY YEARS.))
[RUNS= :07]
[OUT Q=have been working on for many years.]


The Game Department is funded by license and user fees and from a portion of the state sales tax on sporting equipment.
Supporters say budget planners are bankrupting one agency to balance the budget.
[SOT 11:03:05]
[IN Q=You can't go]

((YOU CAN'T GO BIRD HUNTING, IF YOU SHOOT YOUR BIRD DOG. THAT'S WHERE WE ARE. WE'RE WITH YOU. WE'RE GOING TO BE MAKING OUR CALLS. WE'VE ALREADY STARTED. AND YOU HAVE THE TOURISM INDUSTRY OF THE MOUNTAIN REGION BEHIND YOU.))
[RUNS= :14]
[OUT Q=behind you.]


Supporters were encouraged by the presence of Tayloe Murphy, the former delegate who will serve as Mark Warner's Secretary of Natural Resources.
But critics of Gilmore's budget proposal say they will mobilize sportsmen across the state to insure that Warner and state lawmakers get the message.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Richmond))

[Roanoke-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=02-03 TC05:23]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]


Police are investigating a shooting in Northwest Roanoke that left one man dead.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


He died beside his truck at the Ferncliff Apartments around 4-thirty this morning.
He had been shot in the basement hallway of a nearby building.
Witnesses say he ran from the building, started to drive away and collapsed while climbing back out of his truck.

Candice Couser (COW-SER) was awakened when a bullet went through her front door, an interior wall, and then landed in her kitchen.
She says the man sometimes visited nearby apartments.
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[SOT 12:12 - :21]
[IN Q=The truck]

((CANDICE COUSER: THE TRUCK HAD BEEN HERE BEFORE ... HE WAS NOT NEW TO FERNCLIFF, THAT'S FOR SURE. ))
[SUPER=07-Candice Couser;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=that's for sure.]
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[VO-NAT]


The victim was Anthony Moore.
He was a welder from Mississippi, who was working on a job in the Smith Mountain Lake area.
Witnesses saw a large black car -- possibly a Lincoln -- speeding out of the parking lot after the shooting.
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[581-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=01-61 TC51:05]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]


A young man was seriously injured when he was hit by a small truck just over an hour ago.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

State Police say a young black man was pushing a scooter across Interstate 5-8-1 near the Hershberger Road exit when he was hit by a truck. He was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with what are described as very serious injuries. Police say the driver of the truck was traveling at the speed limit, and no charges will be filed.
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[Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]

Speed may be to blame for a single car accident in Salem this morning that killed one man and sent another to the hospital. . 22-year old Leslie L. Gordon of Roanoke died after being ejected when the car he was riding in struck a utility pole on Roanoke Boulevard around one a.m. The impact broke the car in half.
The driver, 33-year old Terry C. Burns, also of Roanoke, is hospitalized in critical condition. Police aren't sure if alcohol played a role or if the men were wearing seatbelts. No charges have been filed.

[L'Burg-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=01-57 TC46:21]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


Fire crews in Lynchburg are still mopping up a house fire this evening.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Crews responded to this house on Fillmore Street at about 4:45 this afternoon.
The back of the house was engulfed in flames when they arrived.
Officials said the blaze appeared to have started in the grass, and then moved to the house.
No one was injured.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]


Big Tom gets big attention tonight on Survivor. Still ahead, Patrick Evans from CBS studios in California.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


And we'll take you to Smyth County, where friends and family care more about the outcome than anyone else.
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[Saltville-Survivor]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#1:08:35 on 01-55]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Tonight's the tonight we find out if Smyth County farmer Tom Buchanan is the the ultimate "Survivor".
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


The reality show's two-hour finale starts at 8.
[Double Boxes=Keith-Shannon and Rachel/Starlink]


Our New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel Cannon went to "Big Tom's" home town tonight, where friends are family are gathering for the big show.
[Live=Rachel Full/Starlink]
[SUPER=@Rachel1;]
[SUPER=05-Rich Valley;]
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[SUPER=03-Saltville; :00]
[SUPER=01-Raymond Buchanan/Tom's Dad; :07]
[SUPER=01-Ralph Comer/Tom's Friend; :19]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA; :32]
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[OUT Q=always be Big Tom.]
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[Double Boxes=Rachel and Patrick/Starlink & KX Digital]



[LA-Survivor]


[ANCHOR=Rachel]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=pev]
[TAPE# 49:38 on 01-56]
[GRAPHIC=None]



(Rachel tosses to Patrick)



[Double Boxes=Rachel and Patrick/KU Digital]



[Live=Patrick Full/KU Digital]
[SUPER=@Patrick1;]
[SUPER=05-Los Angeles, CA;]
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[SUPER=01-Kelly Wigglesworth/"Survivor" Contestant]
[Live=Patrick Full/KU Digital]
[SUPER=05-Los Angeles, CA;]
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[Double Boxes=Keith-Shannon and Patrick/KX Digital]



[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Investors continue to take some profits following last week's rally. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
[RUNS=:30]
[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-y/26.23/10067.86/x/2.35/2047.24;]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


The DOW dropped 26 points.
NASDAQ gained two.
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[VO]
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[Mills]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=02-04 TC00:48]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

Former Public Radio Station Manager Steve Mills has lost his case against Virginia Tech.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape]

A judge threw out the case before trial, saying Tech officials were within their rights to fire Mills as G-M of WV-T-F. The radio station is owned by Virginia Tech. Mills had referred to listeners who wanted him to restore broadcasts of the New York Metropolitan Opera as "Opera Nazi's."
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=Lawsuit]


He also said Tech officials had "no experience in broadcasting," and predicted Tech's decision to re-instate the Opera would "make us all look like fools." Judge Sam Wilson chastised Mills for challenging his superiors and insulting listeners, then claiming protection under the First Amendment.

[Hale]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=01-58 TC39:00]
[GRAPHIC=Moonshine]

The Hale family was sentenced today for making moonshine.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

RALPH Hale, Senior, will serve not quite six years in prison for his role in the bootlegging conspiracy.
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[SOT 2:31:52]
[IN Q=It's a sentence he can]

((JOHN FISHWICK/RALPH HALE, SR.'S CO-COUNSEL; IT'S A SENTENCE HE CAN ACCEPT FOR WHAT HE'S DONE. HE'S READY TO GET BACK IN THE COMMUNITY AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY.))
[SUPER=01-John Fishwick/Ralph Hale, Sr.'s Co-Counsel]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=contribute to the community.]
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[VO-NAT]

Judy Rakes Hale will serve four months of home confinement and pay a fine of 25-hundred dollars. Dwayne Hale was sentenced to a year and a half in prison, though it pained the judge to lock up the 22-year old moonshiner. Judge Sam Wilson pointed out: Dwayne Hale was "born into" the family business.
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[SOT 2:26:50]
[IN Q=One purpose of this]

((SHARON BURNHAM/FEDERAL PROSECUTOR; ONE PURPOSE OF THIS PARTICULAR PROSECUTION WAS TO MAKE THE POINT THAT YOU CANNOT BRING YOUR FAMILY INTO YOUR CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES AND EXPECT THAT THEY, TOO, WILL NOT FACE CRIMINAL SANCTIONS.))
[SUPER=01-Sharon Burnham/Federal Prosecutor]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=will not not face criminal sanctions.]
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=None]


Though the Hale's have forfeited nearly 700-thousand dollars in assets to the government, they'll be allowed to keep their 300-thousand dollar home.

[Salem-Band]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=tsa]
[TAPE#=01-59 TC30:33]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Two area high school bands are rehearsing their notes, and their moves, as they prepare to play in Richmond for Virginia's new governor this weekend.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


Salem High School's marching band is one of them. It'll play in Mark Warner's Inuagural parade Saturday, with "God Bless America" as its featured number.
Band members say they've already had some pratice with the patriotic tune.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We played it earlier]

((WE PLAYED IT EARLIER AT THE DISNEY PARADE IN DECEMBER AND WE'RE GOING TO PLAY IT AGAIN THIS WEEKEND)) ((I THINK THEY'RE REAL EXCITED, THEY'RE VERY HONORED TO BE ASKED. THEY'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE TRIP ON SATURDAY))
[SUPER=01-Katy Day/Drum Major]
[SUPER=01-Jim Paxton/Band Director]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=trip on Saturday]
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[VO-NAT]


Salem will be joined by Bassett High School in representing western Virginia at the inaugural.
The Spartan band plans to leave for Richmond Saturday morning.
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[Sports Tease]


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

Coming up tonight on the Big 7, the Express needs to toughen up - we'll hear what coach Perry Florio has to say about that! Plus, the Vikings have a new head coach.
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[VO-NAT]

And Roy Stanley takes us on post in Lexington to meet with Jason Conley - the most pleasant surprise in all of college basketball.
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[S-College]


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


The Virginia Tech men's basketball team is in action tonight on the road at U-Conn. The Hokies lost to the Huskies last Wednesday night by a dozen points. If they can win it will be a major accomplishment, the team has lost 14 straight road games.
[GRAPHIC=ACC]

The UVa women are on the road tonight in Atlanta taking on Georgia Tech. Both teams are under 500 on the season in the ACC. UVa comes in with an 8-and-6 mark. Highlights of both games for you on News 7 at 11.

[S-Conley]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-108 (59:51)]
[GRAPHIC=VMI Logo]


V-M-I redshirt freshman Jason Conley is making noise both on and off the court.
He's the leading scorer in Division one but more importantly he's a respected officer in the Corp of Keydets.
Roy Stanley has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="Athletically, ]
[SUPER=03-Lexington; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jason Conley/Leads Nation In Scoring; :12]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/December 29th 2001; :19]
[SUPER=01-Bart Bellairs/VMI Head Coach; :39]
[SUPER=@Roy1; :49]
[RUNS=1:55]
[OUT Q=.....news 7 sports."]

((Athletically, Conley's first year at V-M-I was slow. He sat out that year and focused all his attention to the Corp and his Studies.)) ((JASON CONLEY/LEADS NATION IN SCORING:)) ((The V-M-I coaching staff never questioned Conley's ability on the court. He leads the nation in scoring averaging 28 point 2 points a game. And the Keydet power forward was mentioned in sports illustrated with the likes of Duke's Jason Williams.)) ((BART BELLAIRS/VMI HEAD COACH:)) ((ROY STANLEY:)) ((CONLEY:)) ((The record may not show it, The Keydets are 5 and 8 heading into this weekend's game at East Tennessee State, but Conley brings the same attitude from the corp to the court and its rubbing off on his teammates.)) ((BELLAIRS:)) ((CONLEY:)) ((If Conley continues, He will be an easy choice for rookie of the Year in the Southern Conference.
Roy Stanley News & sports.))
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[S-Dale]


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


With testing bringing the Daytona International Speedway back to life this week, it seems ironic that the death of Dale Earnhardt is again making news. Six Florida newspapers and a Florida TV station are challenging the Florida law that prohibits the viewing or copying of autopsy photos without a court order. The papers filed in Broward County circuit court claim the law that was passed last year at the urging of Teresa Earnhardt is interfering with criminal and civil cases and medical education.

[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-113 33:49]
[GRAPHIC=Express]


The Roanoke Express has been outscored 18 to 15 in it's last five games and the team is winless in it's last four.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


The team had one of it's most physical practices of the season this morning. The players in the Jeff Sproat trade practiced. Defenseman Mike Lankshear is an offensive defenseman and forward Mike Kiesman brings toughness that Perry Florio is having a hard time finding.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Perry Florio/Express Head Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:26]
[OUT Q=.....help us out"]
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[ANCHOR=mike]
[GRAPHIC=express]

The Express plays on the road Friday at Cincinnati and then travels to Johnstown to play the Chiefs Saturday.

[S-Tice]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-115]
[GRAPHIC=VIKINGS]
The Minnesota Vikings won't be replacing Dennis Green with Tony Dungy, afterall.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Eden Prarie, MN; :00]

Today, the Vikings promoted assistant coach Mike Tice and gave him a three year contract to be the team's head coach.

The 42 year old Tice starred at the University of Maryland and briefly played with the Redskins in 1989. (------------) He's been a Vikings' assistant since 1996.