[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

A couple of firms join forces to set up shop in Roanoke and hire 120 workers.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

Lifting the tuition freeze at Virginia colleges. Will it leave state schools out of reach to OUT-of-state students?
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=mike]
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Tonight on the Big 7 - Stacy Compton is coming to Roanoke this Friday to kick up his heels in the name of charity. The Marcus Vick watch continues tonight.
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[VO-NAT]

And UVa's big, bad freshman Elton Brown is the ACC's rookie of the week.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


As you might have guessed, records were set today in the warmth of a late January day. How long will it last? That's the focus of tonight weather forecast.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 4-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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[IN Q=All of a]

((ALL OF A SUDDEN, WE HAD TO GO AND FIND NEW JOBS, NEW LIVELIHOODS FOR OUR FAMILIES.))
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[OUT Q=our families.]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


The death of one company brings life to two others.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Roanoke's first and second economic development announcements of the year were made simultaneously today.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[Economic-Development]
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[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-62 TC53:48]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Two new companies will each lease space in the old Transkrit building creating 120 new jobs.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


InfoSeal and Virginia Utility Protection Services are offering jobs to those laid off by Transkrit.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Jennifer /Microwave;]


Business Reporter Jennifer Miele is at Roanoke's Centre for Industry and Technology where the announcement was made.
Jen.
[LIVE=Jennifer /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=@jennifer1]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke]


Keith and Shannon, to the 250 former employees of Transkrit, its collapse was a blow, mainly because so many of them had worked here for so long.
But two new companies have moved in... and given some of them another shot.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Ralph Smith/Roanoke Mayor; :00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :06]
[SUPER=01-David Yost/InfoSeal General Manager; 14 QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=01-Rick Pevarski/VUPS C.E.O.; :31]
[SUPER=01-Phil Sparks/Economic Development Partnership; :54]
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[OUT Q=for both companies.]
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[tc:17:57:22] ((MAYOR RALPH SMITH: I'M PLEASED TO SEE AN EMPTY BUILDING FILL UP WITH NEW GOOD JOBS.)) [RUNS05]
David Yost shares the Mayor's sentiments... he was laid off from Transkrit last year... and now has a job with InfoSeal.
He and 30 of his former co-workers are back in the business of making labels.
[SOT]

[tc:18:04:46] ((DAVID YOST: THOSE OF US WHO WERE ABLE TO JOIN INFOSEAL ARE JUST ABSOLUTELY EXCITED TO BE HERE.)) [RUNS04]
InfoSeal now shares the building with Virginia utility Protection Service... that's who you call before you dig to make sure there are no power lines in the way.
Together, the two new companies plan to hire 120 people.
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[tc:18:08:14] ((RICK PEVARSKI/VUPS: THE ITEMS THAT THEY'LL HAVE TO UNDERSTAND ARE CUSTOMER SERVICE, BUT AS THEY PROGRESS, THEY'LL GET INTO DATABASE MANIPULATION.)) [RUNS07]
The companies utilize well over 120 thousand square feet of the building and plan to pour six million in for renovations.
For economic development officials, its a deal worth celebrating that took over a year to close.
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[tc:18:06:34] ((SOMETIMES IT CAN BE VERY TIE CONSUMING, LOTS OF BUILDINGS. IT JUST SO HAPPENS THIS CAME ONLINE AND WORKED OUT FOR BOTH COMPANIES.)) [RUNS12]))
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[LIVE=Jennifer /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]


During that search for a new building, the companies said they almost ended up in Franklin County, but credit the recruiting techniques of Roanoke officials for changing their minds.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Jennifer/Microwave;]


Keith, Shannon.

[Job-Growth]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=jmi]
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Virginia Employment Numbers show 19 thousand more jobs were created in the Commonwealth this November than last, most of them in Northern Virginia.
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[TAKE PAGE 1]
That part of the state gained 20 THOUSAND -- and continues to be the fastest growing metropolitan area in the state. [ADD]
Charlottesville picked up 18 hundred jobs. [ADD]
And Roanoke gained 12 hundred, many in the health and business services sectors. [TAKE PAGE 2]
Norfolk lost a thousand jobs. [ADD]
Lynchburg lost 12 hundred, mainly in transportation. [ADD]
And Danville lost 23 hundred jobs in November, most in manufacturing.
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[Water-Service]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=dse]
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Some 300 Roanoke homes could go without water tomorrow morning.
City crews are installing a new pipe and will have to temporarily shut of serice to some customers in the Garden City area.
The outage will affect houses in the Mill Mountain Estates subdivision and as well as homes and side streets along Garden City Boulevard.
Water service could be interrupted for up to six hours.

[Tech-Tuition]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-58 TC57:32]
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The cost of an education in Virginia will likely go up now that Governor Mark Warner wants to lift the tuition freeze at state colleges and universities. The move is an effort to ease the sting of proposed budget cuts.
[DOUBLE BOXES=SHannon & Rachel /Microwave;]


New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel Cannon has more on this story from Blacksburg tonight. Shannon...Virginia Tech is being asked to cut 31-million dollars.
[LIVE= Rachel /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=@Rachel1;]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]

Officials say it's a number that will not and cannot be met by tuition increases alone. They are also sensitive to the effects a hike will have.
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[SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/Virginia Tech Spokesman; :13]
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((Nats As Communications Director for Virginia Tech, Larry Hincker has had to become comfortable with crunching numbers. The school's biggest challenge this year is finding a way to meet budget reductions
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[IN Q=if were ]

((LARRY HINCKER/VIRGINIA TECH SPOKESMAN; IF WERE ABLE TO RAISE TUITION BY ABOUT 5-PERCENT ACROSS THE BOARD IT WOULD RAISE ABOUT 6-MILLION DOLLARS.))
[OUT Q=million dollars.]

For students the 5-percent translates to a 140-dollar increase for in state and more than 5-hundred for out of state students. It's the second group Hincker is most concerned with.
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[SOT 22:25:12]
[IN Q=for an]

((FOR AN OUT OF STATE STUDENT IT IS ABOUT 580 DOLLARS SO YOU DO THAT ACROSS SEVERAL YEARS AND YEAH IT COULD BEGIN TO HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE FAMILIES BUDGET AND THAT'S WHY WERE EXTREMELY SENSITIVE TO IT. ))
[OUT Q=to it.]

According to Hincker, Large universities like Tech count on out of state students for funds. He doesn't want to see a repeat of what happened in the early 1990's.
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[SOT 21:05:19]
[IN Q=ALL]

(( ALL OF US ACROSS THE STATE OF VIRGINIA RAISED TUITION SIGNIFICANTLY AND WE WOKE UP IN 1995 AND REALIZED WE WERE DOWN IN OUT OF STATE ENROLLMENT AND THAT MEANT A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF REVENUE LOSS AT THE UNIVERSITY.))
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[LIVE=Rachel /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]

Another concern is affordability, the tuition freeze was enacted in Virginia back in 1996 to make the Commonwealth more competitive. So with an increase they don't want to be placed out of range from students.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Rachel /Microwave;]

Shannon, as it does each year, Tech's governing board the Board of Visitors will make a decision on tuition issues this Spring.

[Car-Tax]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WRITER=ssm]
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It may not have much chance for survival, but one local state senator wants to see Virginia's car tax rebate rolled back until the state can better afford it.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Montgomery County senator Madison Marye (muh-REE) is sponsoring a bill that would move the car tax cut back to 55 percent.. instead of the 70 percent Governor Mark Warner has proposed for the current fiscal year.
It's the same issue that caused the Senate and House of Delegates to stalemate on a budget last year..
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[SOT 1:49:46]

((SEN. MADISON MARYE/D- MONTGOMERY CO.: AND I THINK ALSO MR. PRESIDENT, THAT THE PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW WHO IS INFLICTING THIS PAIN ON THEM. WHY DO WE HAVE THIS PAINFUL CONDITION THROUGHOUT THE COMMONWEALTH? YOU AND I KNOW HERE IN THIS BODY THAT IT'S NOT THE SENATE.. WE DID OUR BEST LAST YEAR. BUT WHERE IS THE LEADERSHIP? WHY MUST WE, MR. PRESIDENT, BEAR THE PAIN?))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Madison Marye/(D) Montgomery Co.]
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[OUT Q=bear the pain.]
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[VO-NAT]

Governor Warner's spokeswoman says Marye's bill "doesn't have a lot of momentum" in the governor's office.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]


A move that could affect thousands of farmers created a big stink in Richmond today.
We'll explain why next on News 7 at Six.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And a volcano destroyed their homes in the Congo.
Soon, they'll be getting help from a Roanoke area church.
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[XGR-Sludge]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


A fight over the use of biosolids literally created a stink in Richmond today.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Legislators are at odds over whether localities have the right to regulate the use of sewer sludge as fertilizer for farms.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Creigh Deeds/(D) Bath Co.; :21]
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[SUPER=01-Andy Carroll/Appomattox Co. Administrator; :51]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Bill Bolling/(R) Mechanicsville; 1:04]
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((IT'S A SHAME THAT TECHNOLOGY DOESN'T ALLOW US TO BROADCAST THE AROMA..))
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It's not often the most compelling testimony in Capitol Square comes from a plastic bag.. but the aroma of this sewer sludge spoke volumes for Bath County senator Creigh Deeds.
It's the same stuff that ends up on farms next door to subdivisions, neighborhoods and schools.
[SOT 11:06:07]

((SEN. CREIGH DEEDS/D- BATH CO.: THE SHEER ODOR ASSOCIATED WITH THIS PRACTICE HAS THE POTENTIAL FOR HARMFUL IMPACT ON THE QUALITY OF LIFE AND EVEN TOURISM IN THE COMMONWEALTH.. THIS STUFF STINKS.))
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Farmers use sewer sludge because it's far cheaper than other fertilizers.. but it's the smell and potential for water contamination that has some neighbors crying foul.
Right now, only the state Health Department can approve or deny applications for sludge treatment.
Deeds and his supporters want localities like Appomattox County-- where the issue has already come up-- to be able to decide themselves.
[SOT 11:14:06]

((ANDY CARROLL/APPOMATTOX CO. ADMINISTRATOR: THE BOARD CONSIDERS IT TO BE THE SAME AS ANY OTHER ZONING MATTER THAT WE SHOULD DO.))
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But opponents say the bill gives local governments too much leeway in deciding when and where the sludge can be applied.
[SOT 11:34:49]

((SEN. WILLIAM BOLLING/R- MECHANICSVILLE: BECAUSE IF WE DO THAT, THEN I THINK WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A SIGNIFICANT ADVERSE IMPACT ON A LOT OF AGRICULTURAL OPERATIONS IN VIRGINIA THAT USE BIOSOLIDS LEGITIMATELY AND THEY'RE A VERY IMPORTANT PART IN THEIR ABILITY TO ECONOMICALLY SURVIVE.))
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[Standup ] (( A subcommittee will hear testimony from both sides Tuesday night.. but in a session where legislators are preoccupied with budget concerns, some say this bill needs more study and may have to wait until next year.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Richmond.))
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[License-Plates]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Parrotheads also provoked a little controversy at the capitol today.
A bill authorizing a special plate for Jimmy Buffett fans who are members of the Parrothead Club passed the House.

Its sponsor says the Parrotheads do good works in the community, but critics say Buffett songs like "Margaritaville'' send the wrong message to kids.
The House also passed bills authorizing special plates that say "God Bless America,'' "Proud to be an American'' and "United We Stand.''

[Mead-Westvaco]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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The marriage of Westvaco and Mead is another step closer.
Today, shareholders of both paper companies approved the merger.
Executives say it will be the sixth or seventh largest company in the industry.
Westvaco operates a mill in Covington and owns hundreds of thousands of acres of forestland in Virginia and West Virginia.

[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
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[WRITER=dse]
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A fairly quiet day on Wall Street. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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[SUPER=440-x/25.67/9865.75/x/6.21/1943.91;]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


The DOW gained 26 points.
NASDAQ rose six.
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[Church-Mission]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-56 TC1:05:33]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A local a church will be the first in the U-S to head to the Congo to help victims of the January volcano eruption.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


19 members of The Church of the Holy Spirit will leave Saturday for 10 days of medical and humanitarian relief.
Today, they loaded up 800 pounds of medicine they'll use to treat up to 15-hundred people.
Nearly half a million Congolese were dislodged from their homes by rivers of lava from an eruption near the city of Goma.
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[SOT 12:14:44 - :58]
[IN Q=When we get there]

((MICHELE MEINHART/NURSE PRACTITIONER: WHEN WE GET THERE, WE'RE GOING TO SEE A LOT OF DESPERATION... BASIC NECESSITIES GOING TO BE MISSING.)) ((DAVID FULLER/ASSOCIATE PASTOR: ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING COMMUNICATIONS WE GOT FROM THEM WAS THIS MORNING, WHERE THEY SAID WE WELCOME THE FOOD AND HOUSEWARES, BUT DON'T FORGET TO BRING THE JESUS VIDEO, SO WE CAN SHOW THEM THE JESUS WHO DELIVERED THEM FROM THE VOLCANO.))
[SUPER=01-Michele Meinhart/Nurse Practitioner; :00]
[SUPER=01-David Fuller/Associate Pastor; :15]
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[OUT Q=from the volcano.]
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[VO-NAT]


The group is still trying to raise 10-thousand dollars for food, blankets and household items before they leave Saturday.
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[Bluegrass-Festival]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=01-54 TC1:26:02]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Another bluegrass festival is coming to the Roanoke Valley, this one with a twist.
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[VO-NAT :17]
[SUPER=03-Galax/August 1995;]

Organizers of the new event say the festival will be invitation only and will include professionals from around the world as well as winners of other competitions, like the Fiddler's Convention in Galax. They hope, by being particular about contestants, to raise bluegrass music to a higher status.
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[SOT 1:02:32-1:02:53]
[IN Q=We are trying to do for the...]

((JACK ZELL/ROANOKE FIDDLE AND BANJO CLUB: WE ARE TRYING TO DO FOR THE OLD TIME FIDDLER AND BANJO CONTEST WHAT THE MASTERS DID FOR GOLF. WE'D LIKE TO ELEVATE THE EVENT FROM HAVING HAY BALES AND STRAW WAGONS TO A BEAUTIFUL SETTING AT A VIRIGNIA UNIVERSITY LIKE HOLLINS.))
[SUPER=01-Jack Zell/Roanoke Fiddle and Banjo Club;]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=Virginia university like Hollins.]
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[VO-NAT :16]

The Roanoke Invitational Competition: Masters of Traditional String will be held at Hollins University June 29th. The fundraiser is a joint effort of the Roanoke Fiddle and Banjo Club, the Rotary Club of Roanoke and Hollins University. The proceeds will benefit all three groups.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD] For more information call (540) 362-6503.
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[Sports Tease]


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Coming up tonight on the Big 7 - football news, college hoops notes, a NASCAR wish list gone bad.
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[VO-NAT]

And a NASCAR good guy coming to the valley. Details of Stacy Compton's visit to the Star City coming later this week in just a moment.
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[S-Rescue]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-117 32:36]
[GRAPHIC=Stacy Compton]


Rescue, racing and relaxation will go together this Friday night when Winston Cup rising star Stacy Compton teams up with Mostly Sofas to help raise money for the Roanoke Rescue Mission.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


Mostly Sofas founder Jeff Rorer and Compton became friends on a golf outing. Both agreed local charitable organizations were suffering due to September 11th.
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[IN Q="i think]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Rorer/Mostly Sofas Founder; :00]
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[OUT Q=......local rescue mission"]
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[VO-NAT]


Rorer was busy promoting the event today.
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[OUT Q=......fast cars"]
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[VO-NAT]


Compton will sign autographs at Mostly Sofas from five to seven PM Friday. Stacy will also bring two of his show cars, including the A.J. Foyt Conseco Pontiac. A race simulator will also be on hand but the highlight of the night could be the raffle. Fans who donate money can win a number of items.
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[anchor=mike]
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All of the proceeds go to the Roanoke Rescue Mission.

[S-NASCAR]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-110 4157tc]
[GRAPHIC=NASCAR]


In one other Winston Cup note - here's more proof that you better watch what you wish for.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL; :00]

Ever since Testing wrapped up at Daytona the Ford teams were complaining that they needed some aerodynamic help to help with GM & Dodge. NASCAR gave in an allowed them to shave a a quarter of an inch off their rear spoilers.
[SUPER=03-Concord, NC; ]

Now there is word that the change keeps the car from fitting the template. Until that problem is solved the Fords will be spending a lot of time in inspection once Speedweeks begin.
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[S-Vick]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-107 10037tc]
[GRAPHIC=MARCUS VICK]


The Marcus Vick sweepstakes is still a three team race although it appears that Virginia Tech is still a nose ahead of the other suitors. Marcus took his official visit to Tech this past weekend, and brother Michael was also in Blacksburg on Saturday night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Newport News/Last Season; :00]

However, Vick is apparently sticking to his guns and staying firm on his desire NOT to announce his college choice until next Tuesday, February 5th. His final three schools are Tennessee, Virginia and the Hokies. In recent weeks, Marcus reportedly has been leaning toward Tech, but the official word isn't expected to come until one week from tomorrow.
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[S-Stagg]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-106 11544TC]
[GRAPHIC=SPORTS CLUB]


The Roanoke Valley Sports Club holds its monthly meeting tonight at the Salem Civic Center and the featured guest

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/2001 Stagg Bowl; :00]

is Bridgewater head football coach Michael Clark - who charmed many of the sorts patrons in the valley last December when he as his Eagles almost beat Mount Union in the Stagg Bowl. Clark will speak to the club's membership tonight and on News 7 at 11 we'll get his thoughts on how the national exposure has affected his program and Bridgewater College in general.
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[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
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The Virginia Tech women have dropped two straight games on the road and now they must regroup in a hurry. Top ranked U-Conn comes to the Cassell tomorrow night with a 22-and-0 record. Connecticut received all 44 first place votes in the new top 25 poll. The Hokies fall seven spots from 16th to 23rd. Tip-off tomorrow night is set for seven o'clock.

[S-ACC]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-111 4520TC]
[GRAPHIC=COLLEGE HOOPS]

The Virginia Cavaliers only fell one spot in the new Top 25 poll released today. The Cavs, who host Maryland Thursday night are now 8th.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Durham, NC/Last Night - Fox-Net; :00]

The Cavs gave Duke all the Blue Devils wanted last night. Six - Nine freshman Elton Brown has been named the ACC's rookie of the week. He had 47 points and 18 rebounds in three games last week. He had 12 points and 4 rebounds against Duke.
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[S-WDBJ]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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This Thursday night at nine right here on WDBJ-7 you can catch the Blue Devils in action against their hated rivals from Chapel Hill. Duke and Carolina this Thursday night at nine right here on Your Hometown Station at nine.
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[S-Super]


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


The Super matchup that most folks had anticipated when the playoffs began never materialized. As a result the upstart New England Patriots will face the St. Louis Rams this coming Sunday night in a 6:20pm kickoff from New Orleans. The Rams are solid 14 point favorites and the line is expected to increase if it does anything.