[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

A new name crops up as the investigation expands into Republicans eavesdropping on the Democrats conference call.


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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

And a clever way to steal public funds is outlined in the case of a local rescue squad treasurer. We'll show you how he did it.
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[Sports-head]


[ANCHOR=steve]
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In sports, an update on the injury to Tech quarterback Grant Noel, a chat with UVa quarterback Matt Schaub,
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[VO-NAT]


and the Dazzle loses president Donna Daniels to a promotion, words from her and her replacement in sports.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Our short term forecast is more of the same. Heat and humidity. But changes come around this weekend. Details just ahead.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 4-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


A probe of political misconduct expands in Richmond.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


As allegations of eavesdropping involve a second GOP official.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Shannon Young. [Eavesdropping]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=02-20 TC1:11:13]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


A key aide to House Speaker Vance Wilkins is reportedly under investigation.... for allegedly listening in on a Democratic conference call.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Tonight, As the criminal investigation expands, Joe Dashiell reports the political rhetoric is also on the rise.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=The latest story broke]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]
[SUPER=01-Del. Vance Wilkins/House Speaker; :07]
[SUPER=01-Julie Overy/Wilkins' Spokesperson; :24]
[SUPER=01-Lawrence Framme/State Democratic Chairman; :54]
[RUNS=1:26]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 ]


((The latest story broke Wednesday night as lawmakers were wrapping up the veto session. [NAT SOUND OF WILKINS]
[IN Q=Could we get a word with you]
[RUNS= :07]
[OUT Q=don't think it would be.]


House Speaker Vance Wilkins had little to say after the Associated Press reported his chief of staff Claudia Tucker was under investigation for possible involvement in the eavesdropping controversy.
[SOT JULIE OVERY]
[IN Q=This is a highly charged]

((JULIE OVERY/WILKINS SPOKESPERSON: THIS IS A HIGHLY CHARGED POLITICAL AND LEGAL SITUATION WITH THE RPV STUFF. AND CLAUDIA AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW HAS RETAINED LEGAL COUNSEL TO GET THE ADVICE SHE THINKS SHE NEEDS. THAT'S REALLY THE EXTENT OF WHAT WE'RE GOING TO SAY AT THIS POINT.))
[RUNS= :16]
[OUT Q=going to say at this point.]


Democratic officials responded to suggestions that the story was less fact than fiction... by releasing a phone number they say participated in the March 25th teleconference [NAT SOUND OF VOICE MESSAGE]
[FRAMME SOT 01:53]
[IN Q=Our Commonwealth is now faced]

((OUR COMMONWEALTH IS NOW FACED WITH A SITUATION WHERE THAT WRONG MAY WELL HAVE BEEN A PART OF A CONTINUING COURSE OF CONDUCT IN WHICH THAT OFFICE PARTICIPATED. THAT'S NOT A GAME.))
[RUNS= :21]
[OUT Q=that's not a game.]


Meanwhile, Ed Matricardi the former GOP executive director charged in the case earlier this month, is due in court Friday... when his attorney will ask a judge to dismiss the case.
Joe Dashiell News 7 ))

[Haleos]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=02-08 TC1:17:53]
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Montgomery County is taking legal steps to repossess a building that houses a struggling technology company.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]

Officials say it's apparent Haleos will not be able to survive financially at its Blacksburg Industrial Park location.
The company, which makes fiber optic components, has been unable to keep up with lease payments and has furloughed or laid off nearly its entire staff. Today repossession papers were filed in General District Court. The county's Industrial Development Authority owns the 108-thousand square foot building. A spokesman say they've been generous to the company, but that time has run out.
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[Bedford-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=02-10 TC42:55]
[GRAPHIC=Fire Invest.]


A fire that gutted a machine shop in Bedford County last night is now believed to have been intentionally set.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Forest]


Investigators spent several hours at the scene today at Innovative Machining Incorporated on Graves Mill Road.
A state police dog trained to sniff out accelerants also was called in to help.
Damages were estimated at about three million dollars.
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[Dudley]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=02-02 TC1:57:30]
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The former treasurer of the Altavista Lifesaving Crew has pled guilty to embezzling more than 175-thousand dollars from the organization.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Steve/L'Burg Bureau;]


Edward Daniel Dudley paid back all the money he stole, but he could still face some time in a federal prison. Steve Smallshaw is here to tell us about that.
[LIVE=Steve/FULL L'Burg Bureau]
[SUPER=@ssm1]
[SUPER=05-Lynchburg]


Keith, court records show Ed Dudley began embezzling from the Altavista squad not long after he became its treasurer in 1995..
..and the way he did it was fairly ingenious.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Prosecutors say]
[SUPER=03-Altavista; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jennie Waering/Asst. U. S. Attorney; :26]
[SUPER=01-Glenn Berger/Dudley's Attorney; 1:10]
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[OUT Q=wrong he has done.]

(( Prosecutors say they've never seen anything quite like it before.
As treasurer for the Altavista Lifesaving Crew, Ed Dudley was authorized to write checks for any crew expense.
What he also was doing was paying off his credit card bills.. thousands of dollars at a time.
Dudley would write a check to "VISA", and when the check was cashed and returned by the bank, he'd alter the word "VISA" to make it look like a legitimate expense.
[SOT 1:00:40]

((JENNIE WAERING/ASST. U.S. ATTORNEY: IT WAS VERY CLEVER.. ...CHANGE IT FOR HIS RECORDS.))
[RUNS= 17]
[OUT Q=for his records.]


Over a five-year period, Dudley embezzled more than 175-thousand dollars of the crew's money.
Much of it paid Dudley's credit card bills.. he'd apparently been buying large amounts of ham radio equipment.
Beyond that, officials aren't sure why he did it.
[SOT 00:59:40]

((WAERING: BUT HE HAD A GOOD JOB.. ..I HAVE NOT FIGURED OUT.))
[RUNS= 12]
[OUT Q=not figured out.]
[SOT 1:05:01]

((GLENN BERGER/DUDLEY'S ATTORNEY: SO HE'S DONE MANY.. ...WRONG HE HAS DONE.))
[RUNS= 16]
[OUT Q=the wrong he has done.]))
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[LIVE=Steve/FULL L'Burg Bureau]
[SUPER=05-Lynchburg;]


Edward Dudley will be sentenced in July.. he faces up to five years in prison and a 250-thousand dollar fine..

[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Steve/L'Burg Bureau]



[Mascot]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=02-03 TC1:27:23]
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Blacksburg High School is announcing its new mascot today.
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[VO-NAT :19]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

Students voted in Bruins to replace Indians. Last year the Montgomery County School Board decided the mascot should be changed because it offended some people. Nearly two-thousand students in grades eight through twelve voted. 55-percent chose Bruins - 45-percent picked just Blacksburg, with no mascot at all.
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[SOT 2:00:26 - :35 // 2:01:27]
[IN Q=i really ]

((EMILY KWANSA/BHS STUDENT; I REALLY WISH WE DIDN'T HAVE THE BRUINS CAUSE EVERYONE REALLY DOESN'T LIKE THE BEARS BUT I THIN THAT WE WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER OFF WITH OUT A MASCOT CAUSE YOU COULD HAVE BEEN WHATEVER YOU WANTED.)) ((JEFF BAINES/BHS STUDENT; I THINK T CAME OUT PRETTY WELL WE WORKED PRETTY HARD GETTING BRUINS IN THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE WANTED THE BRUIN, CLOSEST TO THE INDIAN.))
[SUPER=01-Emily Kwansa/BHS Student; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Baines/BHS Student; :13]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=TO THE INDIAN.]
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[VO-NAT]

The school has two-years to make the change to bear symbol. One of the next steps will be to pick a Bruins mascot design.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]


It's starting to get a little lonely here at our Colonial Avenue facility.
Still ahead on News 7, Patrick Evans will check out our moving operation.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Plus we'll check in on the RE-building of a Lexington church.
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[Lexington-Church]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=02-05 TC1:40:58]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Reconstruction plans at the Lexington Presbyterian Church are looking up...
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington/July 2000;]

The roof and sanctuary of the church were destroyed by a massive fire in the summer of 2000.
[SUPER=04-Today;]

Now, workers are plastering the ceiling, and rebuilding the balcony that overlooked the sanctuary. But it's not being rebuilt exactly like before... wooden support beams have been replaced with steel.
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[SOT - 9:54]
[IN Q=We're using steel...]

((FRANK PARSONS/CHURCH RECONSTRUCTION MANAGER; WE'RE USING STEEL BECAUSE IT'S LESS EXPENSIVE, THGE OLD BEAMS WERE REMOVED BY THE BLUE RIDGE TIMBERWRIGHTS OF SHAWSVILLE, AND SOME OF THE WOOD WAS INCORPORATED INTO THE STEEPLE THAT WENT UP AROUND MARCH 5TH.))
[SUPER=01-Frank Parsons/Church Reconstruction Manager; ]
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[OUT Q=up around March 5th.]
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[VO-NAT]

The church is asking worshippers to adopt a part of the church, and volunteers to scrape paint off the 12 old columns that held up the balcony. The columns will be restored and replaced in the church. The reconstruction is expected to be complete by the middle of November.
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[B'Burg-Abduction]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Blacksburg Police are investigating the attempted abduction of an eight-year-old girl. Police say the girl was approached by two men in a teal-colored car near her home. When they asked her to get in the vehicle she ran. The suspects are described as two white males - one with spiked orange hair. Officials say the car had a trash bag covering one window. If you have any information on the case - call Blacksburg Police.

[81-Accidents]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=02-19 TC5:36]
[GRAPHIC=81 Accidents]


Two accidents on Interstate-81 backed traffic up for hours in Montgomery County this morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.]

The first just after 2 a-m involved a tractor trailer traveling north near Christiansburg. State Police say the driver, Kenneth Jaycox crossed the median and landed in southbound lanes. Traffic resumed in the area around nine. His wife, a co-driver had minor injuries. Then, around 6 a-m, a truck pulling a camper collided with a tractor trailer near Ironto. The camper overturned and blocked northbound lanes. No one was injured. The drivers in both accidents face reckless driving charges.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[Truck-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[VO-NAT - 21+]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.;]

Another accident on Interstate 81 this afternoon. Virginia State Police say the driver of this truck lost control and flipped the rig at around 2-o'clock this afternoon. A small amount of fuel leaked from the truck but was quickly contained. The driver and passenger were treated for minor injuries, mostly bumps and bruises. A State Police official says charges against the driver are pending.
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[VA-ER]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=mjo]
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Emergency health care for veterans in our area is getting a shot in the arm.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem;]


Officials at the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center held a ribbon cutting today to show off upgrades to the emergency room.
The hospital doubled the number of E-R beds from 5 to 10...
It also doubled the number of psychological exam rooms from 2 to 4 -- AND upgraded equipment throughout the E-R.
The V-A Medical Center says the expansion and state-of-the-art equipment will help it provide veterans with some of the finest emergency care in the region.
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[Sears]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=khu]
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American Express Financial Advisors fired a local account rep two weeks ago. Now the company is suing her. America Express says Wanda Sears was trying to get clients to leave with her. The complaint filed this week in federal court says Sears failed to return proprietary information when she left April 5th. A hearing on a temporary restraining order has been set for next week.

[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
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[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
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Wall Street took a wild ride today. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-y/15.50/10205.28/y/8.24/1802.43;]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


The DOW finished the day 15 and a half points lower.
NASDAQ lost eight.
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[6-MOVE]
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[TAPE#=02-11 TC43:01]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-SHot]


Moving a TV station is a giant task, and the packing up has been a lot of work.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Now just imagine the UNpacking at our new building, where we head this weekend.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Patrick/Microwave]


Patrick Evans is outside our "Building for the Future" with a look at the daunting task ahead.
[LIVE=Paatrick full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Patrick1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]
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(rollcue:we were there when the trucks started unloading.)
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[Building for the Future FS]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Tonight on News 7 at 11, Patrick will report, with a wink I suspect, on "Things we will miss from our current building".
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[Sports tease]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
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Tech and UVa play in Salem in baseball tonight, the latest on the injury to Tech quarterback Grant Noel,
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[VO-NAT]

and we will check in with Matt Schaub in Charlottesville to see how he is doing in his new role as the Cavs main guy.
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[S-Noel]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-115 1:20:17]
[GRAPHIC=TECH football]


MRI this morning at seven at Montgomery Regional Hospital revealed that Virginia Tech quarterback Grant Noel has a torn ACL in his left knee.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Spring Practice; :00]


Noel, who will miss the spring game this Saturday, also underwent tests to measure the looseness of the knee. Results showed no significant looseness.
The next two weeks are crucial. If he does not require surgery, he should be back, with a brace by August. But if it is determined Noel needs surgery, the rehab time is six months.
Reserve quarterback Bryan Randall will play for both teams in the spring game.
Noel and coach Frank Beamer were unavailable for comment.
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[S-Schaub]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-112]
[GRAPHIC=UVa football]


The Virginia football program raps up spring ball this Saturday with the Spring Festival. Saturday will not be a regular spring game format. The offense will scrimmage the defense with points given out for touchdowns as well as receptions, completions, sacks, and interceptions.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville; :00]

Now that Bryson Spinner has left he program, Matt Schaub is now the man under cetner everyone looks to. Schaub has made sure to garner everyone's respect.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Al Groh/UVa Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Matt Schaub/UVa JUnior Quarterback; :13]
[RUNS=:23]
[OUT Q=.....at all costs"]
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[S-Rivals]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
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[GRAPHIC=Tech/UVa baseball]


Speaking of Teach and UVa, the two state rivals meet in baseball tonight at seven at Salem Memorial Stadium. The Hokies are 17 and 17 while the Cavaliers are 21 and 19. Highlights for you at 11.

[S-MLB]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-119]
[GRAPHIC=MLB]


After a 3 and 12 start, the Milwaukee Brewers have fired manager Davey Lopes. His replacement on an interim basis is bench coach Jerry Royster.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/Devil Rays vs. Tigers; :00]


Lets go to some highlights from today. In Detroit, at Commercial Park, the Tigers hosted Tampa Bay.
IN the sixth inning, watch the devil rays Brent Abernathy slip this hit into the outfield,
[SUPER=35-Tampa Bay/6/Detroit/4;]that is gonna plate a run and it's 2-2, we are all tied up.


Not for long. The next batter is Chris Gomex and he cranks this shot down the third baseline, two more runs come on down and Tampa Bay downs Detroit 6-4.
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[S-Dazzle]


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


A big promotional day for the Roanoke Dazzle.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


Donna Daniels has been promoted from Roanoke Dazzle team president to NBDL vice president of marketing. The NBDL approached her and she's happy with one year in Roanoke.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Donna Daniels/NBDL Marketing Vice President; :00]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=.....accomplish so much"]
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[VO-NAT]


Her promotion means that Joe Preseren, a NBDL league administrator, becomes the new Dazzle president. Late season momentum should help him in his new role.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Joe Preseren/Dazzle New Team President; :]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=....grow further""]
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[S-Talladega]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-104 5208TC]
[GRAPHIC=TALLADEGA]


After racing on the shortest track on the circuit this past Sunday at Martinsville, the Cup cars wheel into Talladega - the longest track - for race number nine of the season. The Drivers used to look forward to this stop on the schedule, but now they are pretty darn scared of the restrictor plate danger it creates every year.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=BITE]
[SUPER=01-Mark Martin/Viagra Ford Driver; :00]
[SUPER=03-Talladega, AL; :10]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Burton/Citgo Ford Driver; :27]
[SUPER=01-Rusty Wallace/Miller Ford Driver; :46]
[RUNS=:59]
[OUT Q=that's the problem."]

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