[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

A judge says a special election planned for next month can go on as planned. But a former state senator may stil
l try to stop it.
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[VO-NAT :06]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

And, and dozens of police K-9 units are in Roanoke, sharpening their scratch and sniff skills.
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[Sports-head]


[ANCHOR=steve]
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[WRITER=sma]
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In sports, Salem product Nick Schmidt and Tech coach Frank Beamer talk about the freshman's role against Boston College, the Express is a few days away from the season opener,
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[VO-NAT]


and the twins and the Angels are set for game one of the ALCS.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


More clouds than sun. More chill than warmth. A short summary of your forecast. Details ahead.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 4-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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[SOT21:59]

((SO WHAT HAPPENS NEXT THEN? WE'RE GOING TO WEIGH OUR OPTIONS FOR AN APPEAL THAT IS CERTAINLY A POSSIBILITY.))
[IN Q=so what]
[RUNS=:04]
[OUT Q=a possibility]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Former State Senator Madison Marye loses a bid today to stop a special election next month.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


But, his attorney says the fight is far from over.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[Marye-Seat]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=02-35 TC57:18]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Voters in Northern Virginia WILL take part in a special election next month...despite one former senator's attempts to stop it.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


The election will be held to fill the state's 39th Senate district seat, left vacant by retired senator Madison Marye.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Myranda & Keith-Shannon/Microwave;]


New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens joins us now with more.
Keith and Shannon, Marye filed a petition earlier this year challenging the redistricting plan that moved his old district to Northern Virginia.
[LIVE=Myranda/FULL]
[SUPER=@Myranda1;]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]


He argued the voters in the old district would lose the right to decide who would represent them.
But, today a Montgomery County circuit court judge disagreed...and in turn, threw out the former senator's case.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :08]
[SUPER=01-Jonathan McGrady/Marye's Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=01-Frank Ferguson/State Board of Elections Attorney; 1:02]
[RUNS=1:30]
[OUT Q=happen in the future.]
(([SOT 21:44]

[RUNs 07] ((JONATHAN MCGRADY: WE KNEW THAT THIS LAWSUIT OF TRYING TO CHANGE A SPECIAL ELECTION THAT'S IN PROGRESS, THAT'S BEEN IN PROGRESS FOR SEVERAL MONTHS, WOULD BE A MAMMOUTH TASK 21:51)) Disappointed by the outcome of today's ruling, Marye's attorney says he still feels that the people who make up the old 39th district will not have equal representation.
[SOT 22:51]

[RUNS 12] ((THE LOSS OF ONE SENATOR TROUBLES ME A GREAT DEAL AND IT'S PARTICULARLY TROUBLESOME TO KNOW THAT NOW THE PEOPLE IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA WILL NOT ONLY GET OUR SENATOR BASED ON THIS RULING, BUT, THEY WILL HAVE ALREADY ELECTED A SENATOR FROM 1999 TO REPRESENT THEM AS WELL 23:03)) [DROP FULL SCREEN HERE] Under Virginia Code, whenver redistricting takes place, and there happens to be a vacancy once it takes place, then the vacancy should be filled from a district which most closely approximates the old district. Marye's argument was how do you determine that? Do you make that decision based on geography or numbers?
[SOT 23:45]

[RUNS :11] (( WE BELIEVE THAT THAT STATUTE MEANS THAT WHEN A SPECIAL ELECTION TAKES PLACE, IT SHOULD COME FROM A DISTRICT WHICH MOST CLOSELY RESEMBLES SENATOR MARYE'S OLD DISTRICT, CERTAINLY NOT NORTHERN VA, SOME 250-MILES AWAY 23:56))
[SOT 20:11]

[RUNS :14] ((FRANK FERGUSON/STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS ATTY:IN MOST CASES, IT WILL BE GEOGRAPHICALLY PROXIMATE, AND IN THE OTHER THREE, THERE WERE ALL MORE PROXIMATE IN THIS CASE, BUT, THAT'S NOT THE ONLY CRITERIA...YOU HAVE TO DETERMINE WHAT OTHER DISTRICTS ARE AFFECTED, YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE ENDS UP WITH REPRESENTATION 20:25)) Ferguson says he understands Marye's concerns, but, says the law really doesn't work any other way. He says perhaps there may be consideration to address it, so this doesn't happen in the future.))
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[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]


In the meantime, Marye is considering an appeal.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Myranda & Keith-Shannon/Microwave;]


And it may be filed pretty soon.

[Fulcher]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=02-39 TC28:13]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Con artist and prison drug smuggler Michael Fulcher is scheduled to enter a guilty plea in federal court tomorrow afternoon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/1999]

Convicted three years ago of running a continuing criminal enterprise at the Bland Correctional Center, the judge threw out Fulcher's conviction. The reversal came after D-E-A Agent Don Lincoln acknowledged that he may have let Fulcher think that he had Lincoln's approval to work undercover inside the prison. Lincoln was prepared to testify on Fulcher's behalf at the trial next month.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=None]

There's been no plea agreement filed yet. Fulcher's Richmond lawyer says he plans to be in Roanoke for the hearing tomorrow. "Obviously," says attorney David Whaley, "we're talking about the case." "We're darn close," says Prosecutor Joe Mott, though he, too, cautioned: the deal could still fall through.

[Bowman]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=02-42 TC11:28]
[GRAPHIC=Garrison Bowman]


The North Carolina man wanted for questioning in the murders of Jennifer Short and her parents has been moved to a long-term detention center in Canada as he awaits a deportation hearing later this week.
In the meantime, investigators from our area are preparing to leave as early as tomorrow to interview him. [BOWMAN MONITOR GRAPHIC]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Marya /Pulpit;]


Marya Jones is here with more on their plans.
Keith, investigators in Rockingham and Henry County are ready to go.
[LIVE= Marya /FULL Pulpit]
[SUPER=@Marya1;]


Two investigators from each county have been on standby to leave ... awaiting clearance from the F-B-I.
The U-S Attorney General already sought diplomatic approval for them to enter Canada to investigate ... and Canadian officials are expecting them.
Their goal is to interview Garrison Bowman and search his van.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Yesterday]
[SUPER=03-Yellowknife, Canada/Yesterday;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=Church of God.]

(( Yesterday, in a detention hearing, Bowman told Canadian immigration officials he was a suspect in the family's murders ... but indicated it was because someone gave false information to authorities.
According to search warrants filed in North Carolina, his landlord Gary Lemons told investigators Bowman had threatened to kill a Virginia man he'd paid to move his mobile home.
Lemons says investigators have asked him not to comment on the case.
Back in Virginia, Jennifer Short's family is planning a funeral.
A visitation has been set for Friday at 6 and the funeral is scheduled for Saturday at 1.
Both services are being held at the Martinsville Church of God.))
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[LIVE= Marya /FULL Pulpit]


Bowman could be back before Canadian immigration officials Thursday or Friday.
That's when they'll decide if he'll remain in the country or be deported.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Marya /Pulpit;]


Keith?

[Henry-Drugs]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WRITER=dse]
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A four-month drug investigation in Henry County has 41 suspects in hot water.
The Sheriff's office, along with Martinsville and state police, conducted the operation this spring in the Collinsville, Axton, Ridgeway and Horsepasture sections of the county.
Yesterday, a grand jury returned indictments on 72 drug counts.
Deputies say most involve the distribution or possession of cocaine.

[K9-Training]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=02-31 TC1:19:36]
[GRAPHIC=None]


K-9 units from all over the eastern seaboard are in Roanoke this week, learning to trust their nose.
They and their handlers are quite literally honing their animal instincts.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Dig it up! Dig it up! Dig it up!]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]
[SUPER=01-Master Trooper M. V. Moore/Virginia State Police;]
[SUPER=01-Joe Wright/Master Trainer;]
[SUPER=@Shannon2;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=this play time and, that's it.]
(([SOT 14:47-14:53]
[IN Q=Dig it up!]

((Dig it up! Dig it up! Dig it up! Yoo hoo! Good boy!)) [RUNS:06]
[OUT Q= Yoo hoo! Good boy!]

It sounds like play time and, in a sense it is, but this workshop is also where Police K-9s learn to earn their keep.

Today's lessons are in narcotics and explosives detection, two seperate skills that require two different kinds of dogs.
[SOT 12:34-12:38]
[IN Q=What it is is natural drives in the dog...]

((MASTER TROOPER M. V. MOORE/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: WHAT IT IS IS NATURAL DRIVES IN THE DOG. SOME DOGS HAVE NATURAL DRIVES IN THEM AND THEN YOU CAN TRAIN THEM.)) [RUNS:04]
[OUT Q=then you can train them.]

Narcotics dogs are the more impatient of the two. They're trained with a toy that smells like a particular drug and then led to a room that could hide that drug.
[SOT 17:12-17:17]
[IN Q=Anything that has a seem...]

((JOE WRIGHT/MASTER TRAINER: ANYTHING THAT HAS A SEEM LIKE THIS, THAT ODOR WILL COME OUT AND WE'LL DETAIL IT AND THE DOG WILL PUT HIS NOSE ON IT.)) [RUNS:05]
[OUT Q=dog will put his nose on it.]

Once they've sniffed, the dogs scratch, and are rewarded with their toy. Narcotics dogs are all about instant gratification.
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[IN Q=]

(( ))
[RUNS=:]

[OUT Q] Explosives dogs, however, are more patient. They have to be. Any wrong move could cost lives.
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[IN Q=The reason the dog sits...]

((MASTER TROOPER M. V. MOORE: THE REASON THE DOG SITS IS 'CAUSE THIS COULD BE EXPLOSIVES AND WE DON'T WANT IT GOING WILD ON IT.)) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=going wild on it.]

But, contrary to popular perception, the pooch doesn't necessarily sit next to the suspicious object. That's where it's up to the handler to decipher the dog's body language.
[SOT 7:35-7:42]
[IN Q=What's important is that the handler's watching...]

((MASTER TROOPER M. V. MOORE: WHAT'S IMPORTANT IS THAT THE HANDLER'S WATCHING THE DOG AND SEES WHEN THE CHANGE IN BEHAVIOR OCCURS, WHICH WE CALL AN ALERT.)) [RUNS:07] [OUT Q-which we call an alert.] Once the dog sits, it's led away from the object and, like it's canine counterparts in narcotics, rewarded.
[SOT 20:07-20:13]
[IN Q=Dogs love this, they love to play...]

((JOE WRIGHT: DOGS LOVE THIS. THEY LOVE TO PLAY LIKE THIS AND IT'S THE ONLY THING THEY WORK FOR. A PAN OF FOOD, A PAT ON THE HEAD AND THIS PLAY TIME, THAT'S IT.)) [RUNS:06]
[OUT Q=this play time, and that's it.]))
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[ANCHOR=Shan]
[SS=None]

The workshop runs through Thursday and is being attended by more than 60-canines and their handlers. Trainers include two explosives detection experts from Ireland.

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]


Roanoke County approves mandatory water restrictions... and asks for help for its farmers.
That's still ahead on News Seven.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Plus a good year for the Lynchburg Hillcats keeps getting better.
Find out why next.
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[City-Stadium]
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[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=02-33 TC1:21:56]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


They've been waiting for decades.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Now, long-suffering Hillcats fans will finally have a first-class ballpark to go with their first-place baseball team.
[ANCHOR=SHannon]
[SS=None]


Ground was broken today on a multi-million dollar overhaul of 62-year-old City Stadium.
Steve Smallshaw has more from Lynchburg.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It was a]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/September 10; :00]
[SUPER=01-Paul Sunwall/Hillcats GM; :17]
[SUPER=04-Today; :30]
[SUPER=01-Carl Hutcherson/Lynchburg Mayor; :49]
[SUPER=01-Calvin Falwell/Lynchburg Baseball Corp.; 1:05]
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[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]

(( It was a September to remember.
The same night the Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, Lynchburg city council voted to spend more than five million dollars to upgrade the team's 60-year-old ballpark.
A week later the Pittsburgh Pirates signed the team to a new four-year contract.
[SOT 23:14:12]

((PAUL SUNWALL/HILLCATS GM: TEAMWISE IT WAS A GOOD YEAR, AND ATTENDANCE-WISE WE REALLY HAD A GREAT YEAR. THE WEATHER WAS GREAT, WE HAD A GOOD LINE OF PROMOTIONS, THE TEAM WAS GOOD AND TO HAVE THE RENOVATIONS PASSED ON THE NIGHT WE CLINCHED THE MILLS CUP FOR THE CAROLINA LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP, IT COULDN'T HAVE BEEN A BETTER SCENARIO.))
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[OUT Q=a better scenario.]
[natsot groundbreaking ]
[RUNS= 02]


Now an even better one is shaping up.
Over the next ten months, the city will spend 5-point-4 million dollars to overhaul the league's oldest and most dilapidated ballpark.
Seating will be expanded, clubhouses renovated and skyboxes added.. and handicapped access will be improved.
[SOT 23:17:50]

((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT WHAT'S TAKING PLACE AND I THINK IT'S REALLY GOING TO ADD TO THE QUALITY OF LIFE HERE IN LYNCHBURG AND WE'RE GOING TO COME UP AND MEET SOME STANDARDS THAT WE'VE NEEDED TO MEET FOR QUITE A WHILE.))
[RUNS= 10]
[OUT Q=quite a while.]


Calvin Falwell saw the first game in City Stadium back in 1940.. this was a day he's been waiting for.
[SOT 23:20:53]

((CALVIN FALWELL/LBC PRESIDENT: WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND ALWAYS HAD SOME PROBLEM, SHORTAGE OF MONEY AND WHAT HAVE YOU, BUT OUR PRESENT ADMINISTRATION AND OUR CITY MANAGER REALLY GOT ON THE BALL AND MADE IT INTO A REALITY AND I'M REAL PROUD OF WHAT'S BEEN DONE.))
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[OUT Q=what's been done.]


Construction should be completed by next July.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))


[Car-Parts]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=02-28 TC1:43:06]
[GRAPHIC=None]

The latest developments with the lockout on the West Coast ports may help businesses in our area avoid any of the fallout. President Bush is looking to the courts to end the dispute ... while dock workers say they'll come back on the job for at least 30-days.
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[VO-NAT :19]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

If the lockout continues ... local auto dealers say their new vehicle supply could be affected in a month's time. Mike Coyle, general manager at a Roanoke Honda dealership, says many new cars, domestic or foreign, are built with parts from all over the world. If one part is not being shipped, it puts a hold on production.
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[SOT 2:13:09]
[IN Q=both japanese]

((MIKE COYLE/RICK WOODSON HONDA GM; BOTH JAPANESE AND AMERICAN CAR COMPANIES WORK ON JUST IN TIME DELIVERY THEY DON'T STOCK A LOT OF PARTS SO IT WOULDN'T TAKE REAL LONG FOR IT TO BE AN ISSUE AND I THINK THAT'S WHY YOU'RE SEEING CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT ALREADY INVOLVED IN IT.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Coyle/Rick Woodson Honda GM;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=INVOLVED IN IT.]
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[VO-NAT]

Coyle say all Honda dealerships received a memo from the company outlining how the lockout could affect their business and how Honda is trying to help solve the problem. Honda is one of the many companies that has shipments sitting off the west coast.
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[Stocks]


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


The bulls pulled out a win after a wild ride on Wall Street. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-x/78.65/7501.49/x/9.82/1129.22;]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


The DOW gained 79 points.
NASDAQ gained ten.
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[Nickens]


[ANCHOR=Keith ]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=02-38 TC33:10]
[GRAPHIC=Water Restrictions]


The Roanoke County Supervisors have declared a drought emergency. This afternoon they requested state and federal disaster assistance for county farmers.
They also approved mandatory water restrictions.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


The county currently has an ample supply of water, but the deepening statewide drought has prompted mandatory conservation.
As approved, the ordinance doesn't restrict the watering of golf courses or athletic fields, but officials say they will develop a policy to cover them.
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[SOT 17:38:03]
[IN Q=I hope this doesn't]

((I HOPE THIS DOESN'T COME ACROSS TO THE PEOPLE THAT ARE WATCHING AS OUR CONCERN FOR GOLF COURSES. IT IS NOT GOLF COURSES FOLKS, IT'S GOING TO BE EVERYBODY AND IF IT DOESN'T RAIN WE'RE GOING TO BE IN TROUBLE NEXT SPRING AND SUMMER.))
[SUPER=01-Fuzzy Minnix/Cave Spring Supervisor;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=next spring and summer.]
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[VO-NAT]


This was also the final meeting for longtime supervisor Harry Nickens.
He steps down at the end of the month to take a new job in Kentucky.
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[DuBose]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=02-37 TC34:49]
[GRAPHIC=TECH]


Virginia Tech's athletic family is hoping the Hokies will dig down deep for one of their own on homecoming weekend.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]

When the Hokies host Rutgers on October 19th, they will literally be passing the hat at Lane Stadium in an effort to help former women's basketball player Rayna Dubose. She's the young woman hospitalized with meningococcal meningitis in early May of last year. She later had parts of all four limbs amputated. She has since been fitted with prosthesis and she plans to return to school. The university has established a fund to help with her medical expenses.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=IT'S BEEN REAL...]
[SUPER=01-Russ Whitenack/Va. Tech Monogram Club Director; :00]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=...FUND FOR HER."]
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[Sports tease]


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


The Twins and the Angels hit the diamond tonght, the wahoos talk about growing confidence
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[VO-NAT]

and Salem's Nick Schmidt gets his first taste of big time college football Thursday againsst Boston College.
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[S-Hokies]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-129]
[GRAPHIC=TECH]


Josh Spence will miss this week's game at Boston College after being suspended for one game for violating a Tech team rule. But Mike Stevens says another former Friday Football Extra star is more than ready to get his kicks.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Nic Schmitt/Will Kick Against Boston College; :16]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :22]
[SUPER=@mike1; 1:31]
[RUNS=1:50]
[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS]
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[S-UVA]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-130 1:12:35]
[GRAPHIC=ACC]


Virginia and Clemson clash in an ACC battle Saturday in Charlottesville.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Durham, NC; :00]


The young Wahoos continue to grow up and the maturity from four straight wins and a few fourth quarter comebacks is really paying off.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Al Groh/UVa Second Year Head Football Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=....aspect of things"]
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[S-MLB]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-126 1:24:04]
[GRAPHIC=Twins/Angels]
The MOnnesota Twins and the Anaheim Angels open the American League Championship Series tonight.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Minneapolis, MN; :00]
The game is in Minnesota and the Twins seem relaxed in pre series workouts despite second baseman Denny Hocking having

been scratched from the playoff roster. He says his team better be focussed, even without him.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Denny Hocking/Twins Second Baseman; :00]
[RUNS=:05]
[OUT Q=...a job to do"]
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[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-132 1:09:03]
[GRAPHIC=Express]


Hard to believe but Friday night the Roanoke Express opens the regular season on the road against Atlantic City.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]

The roster is now intact and players continue working out the preseason kinks.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Rick Kowalsky/10th Year in Pro Hockey; :00]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=......used to each other"]
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[VO-NAT]


Team chemistry is crucial to the Express, and so far so good.
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[S-NASCAR]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-125]
[GRAPHIC=NASCAR]


Winston Cup drivers teamed up with EA Sports to compete against each other over the weekend.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Talladega, AL; :00]


Jeff Gordon joined drivers like Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, and Jimmie Johnson in a few one on one virtual Talladega Superspeedway races at the EA Sports NASCAR 2003 launch party.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Driver of #24 Chevrolet; :00]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=......definetly done it"]
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