[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Keith]

A manslaughter verdict in the traffic death of a Smith Mountain Lake woman satisfies the victim's family. The sentenc
e is another story.
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[VO-NAT]

And we'll hear from a trucker who knew there was a car headed his way on the wrong side of the road today but was helpless to prevent a fatal wreck.
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[Sports-head]


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


In sports, we will have qualifying from Martinsville, Tecc talks about Rutgers while a few Cavs from Carolina speak up about the Tarheels,
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[VO-NAT]


and the Express begins the home season at 7:30 tonight against Greensboro.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Great weather for big time college football this weekend but Nascar will have to work a little harder on Sunday. Forecast details coming up.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 3-Shot]


News 7 at Six is next.
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[SOT]
[IN Q= 27:21:20]

((RON SCHENCKER; FOR SOMEONE TO KILL SOMEBODY AND ONLY SERVE 12-MONTHS, IT'S JUST NOT RIGHT.))
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=JUST NOT RIGHT]
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[VO-NAT]

The family of a woman killed in an auto accident is pleased with a guilty verdict... but not with the jury's one-year sentence.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]


Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
Shannon is off tonight.

[Fitzgerald]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=02-38 TC46:24]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at Six]


It took about an hour for the jury to sentence William Fitzgerald to one year in jail for the death of Ellen Marie Schenker The Franklin County man hit Schenker in a head-on collision last November. Police say he had alcohol in his car and tests revealed there was a prescription drug in his system.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Rachel /NEwsroom Pod;]


Rachel Cannon has just returned from the courthouse with more on the case...Rachel? Keith this case gained a lot of attention and that's for a couple of reasons.
[LIVE=Keith /FULL]
[SUPER=@Rachel1;]

Fitzgerald has two prior D-U-I convictions and at the time of the accident he had been out of jail just seven hours on one of those of those charges. Because of publicity a judge decided the case would need to be charged out of Franklin County in order to find an impartial jury.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=when it took]
[SUPER=03-Chatham; :]
[SUPER=01-Ron Schenker/Victim's Husband; :]
[SUPER=01-David Nixon/Defense Attorney; :]
[SUPER=01-Tim Allen/Prosecutor; :]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=WASTE OF TIME]

(( When it took the jury only an hour to return with a guilty verdict, Ron Schneker expected the maximum at sentencing.. That would be 10-years. He can't believe the defendant got ONE year.
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[SOT 28:03:00]
[IN Q=HE NEVER]

((RON SCHENKER/VICTIM'S HUSBAND; HE NEVER TOOK RESPONSIBILITY HIS ATTORNEY MR. NIXON JUST BLAMED IT ON EVERYONE. ))
[OUT Q=EVERYONE.]

But Scheneker blames Fitzgerald. The Boone's Mill man crashed head on into his wife on Burnt Chimney Road. Firtzgerald was on a prescription drug at the time of the crash and also had small amounts of alcohol in his blood. But during the trial, the defense challenged medical evidence.
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[SOT 30:13:00]
[IN Q=HE WAS]

((DAVID NIXON/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; HE WAS LOOKING AT A MAX OF TEN YEARS AND THE JURY DID NOT GIVE HIM ANY PENITENTIARY TIME BUT GAVE HIM 12 MONTHS IN JAIL SO I THINK THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT IT WAS A VERY WEAK CASE FOR THE COMMONWEALTH.))
[OUT Q=COMMONWEALTH.]

Weak to the point that the judge dismissed more serious charges against Fitzgerald - which were felony murder and driving under the influence. The judge said there was not enough evidence to convict.

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[SOT 32:21:15]
[IN Q=WE PUT ON]

((TIM ALLEN/PROSECUTOR; WE PUT ON THE BEST CASE I THINK WE COULD HAVE PUT ON THE FAMILY IS DISAPPOINTED IN THE AMOUNT OF THE JURY IMPOSED ON HIM. ))
[OUT Q=ON HIM]
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[SOT 31:44:00]
[IN Q=I PERSONALLY]

((I PERSONALLY EXPECTED MORE TIME TO BE IMPOSED BUT IT DIDN'T HAPPEN. ))
[OUT Q=HAPPEN.]

Still the defense is considering options for an appeal. Frustrating news to a family still mourning their loss.
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[SOT 27:52:00]
[IN Q=it's going]

((IT'S GOING TO DRAG IT ALL OUT AGAIN EVEN THE REVOKED LICENSE THEY'RE TALKING ABUT APPEALING IT HAS JUST BEEN A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME. ))
[OUT Q=OF TIME.]))
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[LIVE= Rachel /FULL NEwsroom]

The judge also found Fitzgerald guilty for driving with a suspended license. He was sentenced his to the maximum - - a year in jail and a 25-hundred dollar fine. It means he got the same sentence - - ONE year - - for the traffic violation and the manslaughter charge.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Rachel /Newsroom;]

But Keith, for now he's out on 30-thousand dollars bond pending an appeal.

[Manns]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=02-37 44:44]
[GRAPHIC=Manns]


The trial of a 17 year old accused of murder for hire in Martinsville is over.
The judge today declared a mistrial after the jury said it was deadlocked.
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[VO-NAT]


Lisa Thomas Muhammad was fatally shot in September of 2000 while working in the store she and her husband ran.
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/January 2001]


The Commonwealth argued 17 year old Billy Ray Manns was hired to kill Thomas by her husband, Maverick Muhammed.
The defense questioned that theory suggesting Muhammed could have done the killing himself.
The jury deliberated for more than 7 hours before saying it could not reach a decision.
The judge in the case plans to meet with attorney's next week to set a new trial date.
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[220-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Ketih]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=02-40 TC31:38]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]


A Roanoke woman has died following a head- on collision this morning on US- 220.
The victim, 71- year- old Jovine (JOE-vine) Lynch, was apparently driving in the wrong direction.
The driver of the second car, 29- year- old Stephanie Hallis, was also taken to the hospital, but authorities say her injuries were not life threatening.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Police say Lynch's '97 Ford Escort was headed north in the southbound lanes when the accident occurred.
The cars collided in the stretch of 220 between Colonial and Elm Avenues.
Truck driver Cleveland Green saw the car coming.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The guy told me]

((CLEVELAND GREEN SR.: THE GUY TOLD ME THERE WAS A NORTHBOUND CAR IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANE, SO I GOT IN THE CENTER LANE TO TRY AND AVOID THE ACCIDENT, AND SO I TRIED TO KEEP THIS CAR BEHIND ME AND SHE WENT TO PASS ME AND SHE HIT HEAD-ON.))


[SUPER=01-Cleveland Green, Sr./Truck Driver;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=and she hit head- on.]
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[VO-NAT]


The accident blocked the southbound lanes of US 220, and police closed entrance ramps at Orange and Elm Avenues.

Traffic was routed onto the shoulder of the road for more than three hours.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]


Roanoke Police are not certain whether Lynch entered the expressway at the southbound Franklin Road on- ramp and headed north, or simply turned around in that area. Investigators say they would like to speak with anyone who may have seen her car in the moments before the accident.


[Bowman]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=02-43 TC49:27]
[GRAPHIC=Garrison Bowman]


The man investigators want to question about the death of Jennifer Short and her parents is now clear for deportation back to the U-S.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Yellowknife, Canada/Last Week]


Prosecutors in Canada's Northwest Territories decided Thursday to drop the criminal charges against 66-year-old Garrison Bowman.
Immigration officials would not say when Bowman will be deported.
U.S. Investigators in the Short case say they are considering Bowman a potential witness, NOT a suspect.
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[Drought-Declarations]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Drought]


Governor Warner is adding more counties to his list for federal Drought Disaster Declarations.
Federal approval would make farmers in Carroll, Grayson, Patrick and Roanoke Counties, and the counties that border them, eligible for low interest loans.
Disaster Declarations for Rockbridge, Bedford and Prince Edward Counties have already been approved by the U-S Department of Agriculture.
Requsts on behalf of 58 other communities are still pending.
The governor also asked for an extension of the federal livestock compensation program.

(toss to Robin)



[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=NONE]


State employees begin getting the bad news. Layoffs have started.
Details on that Next on News 7 at Six.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus see what kind of hair-raising things Virginia Tech students will go to get on M-T-V.
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[State-layoffs]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=02-31 TC1:42:32]
[ANCHOR=-Shot]


Governor Mark Warner has said all Virginians will feel the impact of the state's budget cuts.
[ANCHOR=-Shot]


But no group is more affected than the 18-hundred state workers who lost their jobs this week.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-SHannon & Meghan/State Microwave;]


Richmond Bureau Chief Meghan Muldoon took a closer look at the state layoffs. She joins us now from Richmond.
Keith and Shannon, state agencies had until today to tell employees who were losing their jobs.
[LIVE= Meghan /FULL State Microwave]
[SUPER=@Meghan1]
[SUPER=05-Richmond]


All over the state, the casualties of the state's fiscal crisis packed up and went home.
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[IN Q=IT WAS A DIFFICULT WEEK]
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[SUPER=01-Shellie Knight/Laid off after 9 years at DMV; :12]
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[OUT Q=WHO WAS GOING.]


It was a difficult week for many state workers.
More than 18-hundred of them were forced to clean out their desks and say good-bye to their jobs and colleagues.
Shellie Knight was one of them.
[SOT 12:25:02]
[IN Q=IT WAS A GRAY DAY]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=THAT GOT CAUGHT UP IN IT.]


D-M-V was one of the hardest hit agenices, absorbing nearly one-third of the layoffs.
587 D-M-V workers received pink slips.

[SOT 12:25:13]
[IN Q=THERE WAS A LOT OF CRYING]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=THEY WERE GONE.]


Knight says she understands why she and so many of her colleagues lost their jobs.

[SOT 12:25:36]
[IN Q=IF WE'RE ONE-POINT-EIGHT BILLION.]
[RUNS=:04]
[OUT Q=DOLLARS IN THE RED.]


Like many state workers, she's prepared for the next step, looking for a new job.
[SOT 12:26:08]
[IN Q=I HAVE A MORTGAGE]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=WHO WAS GOING.]




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[LIVE= Meghan /FULL State Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Richmond;]


One D-M-V worker we spoke to described the layoffs as a tragedy.

[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Meghan /State Microwave;]


And they've been told to prepare for the possibility of more layoffs later in the year.


[VMI-Cuts]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=02-35 TC1:11:07]
[GRAPHIC=Budget Cut]

Virginia Military Institute officials say they probably won't have any layoffs despite losing about 2 million dollars in funding over the next two years because of state budget cuts.
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[VO-NAT - :11]
[SUPER=03-Lexington;]

In preparation for the cuts, V-M-I scaled back its hiring of open positions. V-M-I officials say they are trying to keep class sizes small, and avoiding cutting the number of classes.
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[SOT - 29:24]
[IN Q=One of the things...]

((COL. KEN WHITE/VMI COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR; ONE OF THE THINGS WE'VE DONE AT VMI IS BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT OUR VACANT POSITIONS. WE HAVE MORE OR LESS FROZEN THOSE POSITIONS, AND SO WE SHOULD BE OK WHEN IT COMES TO LAYOFFS, IN THAT WE SHOULDN'T HAVE ANY. BUT IF WE MANAGE THOSE VACANCIES, AND WORK TOGETHER ON POST, WE SHOULD BE OK. AND AGAIN, IT'S NOT A GREAT SITUATION, BUT WE KNOW WE HAVE TO GET IT DONE.))
[SUPER=01-Col. Ken White/VMI Communications Director;]
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[OUT Q=know we have to get it done.]
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[VO-NAT - :15+]

Also, the school says they are trying to avoid implementing a mid-year surcharge to students, or any sort of tuition increase. The final decisions about how to deal with the budget cutbacks will be made by the Board of Visitors when it meets the second weekend of November.
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[Stocks]


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


A late-session burst of buying gave stocks a solid win. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-x/47.36/8322.40/x/15.58/1287.87;]


The DOW gained 47 points.
NASDAQ rose 15 and a half.
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[VO]
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[MTV-Audition]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=02-36 TC1:08:06]
[GRAPHIC=None]

[****ANCHOR TAG****]
It's a big hit on M-T-V.
Now, the makers of the get-rich-quick show, "I Bet You Will" are at Virginia Tech...to see just how far students will go to make a fast buck.
Myranda Stephens has more.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lyndsay Hailey/Shaved Head for MTV; :17 QUICK]
[SUPER=01-Godfrey/"7-Up Guy"; :42]
[SUPER=01-Morgan Spurlock/Creator-Producer of 'I Bet'; :53]
[SUPER=@Myranda2;]
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[OUT Q=News 7, Blacksburg]
(([SOT 51:59]
[RUNS=:09]

((NATS THREE TWO ONE....YELLS 52:08)) It's hands-down the worst haircut a girl can get.
[SOT 7:16]

[RUNS03] ((AND YOU WANT TO SEE THE CROWN THERE YOU GO THERE'S THE BALD SPOT 7:19)) But, this girl volunteered to look like this...why?
[SOT 4:48]

[RUNS:02] ((LYNDSAY HAILEY/SHAVED HEAD FOR MTV SHOW: 2,000 BUCKS UNTAXED, THAT'S ALL I WAS THINKING 4:50)) And that she'll at least get noticed, even if she doesn't win this year's homecoming queen.
[SOT 52:24]

[RUNS09] ((MTV HOST TALKING TO LYNDSAY: AND THEN AFTER THE PARADE WE'RE GOING TO MEET YOU RIGHT HERE AND PAY YOU 2,000 DOLLARS 52:33)) But, Lyndsay is like thousands of other college students who've performed outrageous and many times, disgusting stunts for the M-T-V show I Bet You Will.
[SOT 42:25]

[RUNS:03] ((GODFREY/7-UP GUY: SOME PEOPLE EATING SOME COW BRAINS PIG BRAINS AND LAMB BRAINS...ATE EM ALL.42:28)) The show is airing a homecoming special next Saturday...and out of all the schools in the country, Virginia Tech got the spot.
[SOT 54:58][COVER SOME]

[RUNS:15] ((MORGAN SPURLOCK/CREATOR OF 'I BET': A SCHOOL OF THIS SIZE AND A STUDENT BODY THIS MASSIVE WITH SUCH A CLASS ACT FOOTBALL TEAM AND A HOMECOMING THAT IS SO GIGANTIC THAT THERE IS STUFF GOING ON ALL WEEK, FOR US TO BE HERE FOR ALL OF IT IS JUST MAGICAL. 55:13)) As for Lyndsay...the only magic she'll want is the kind that'll make her hairstyle disappear. Myranda Stephens, News 7, Blacksburg.))
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[ANCHOR=KEITH]
[SS=None]


Lyndsay says she plans to donate her locks to the Wigs for Kids foundation.
As for the two-grand, she plans to use that for a vacation, after she graduates next Spring.

[Sports tease]


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


Fans get their first look at the Express as they open at home against Greensboro, previews of the Tech and UVa games
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[VO-NAT]


and Ryan Newman gets out of his car with a lap hotter than one turned in by Jeff Gordon in Martinsville qualifying.
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[S-Qualify]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst/twe]
[TAPE#=SP-129 12122tc]
[GRAPHIC=JEAN CENTERED]


The final short track stop of the Winston Cup schedule is this weekend in our own backyard at the Martinsville Speedway.
[GO TO DOUBLE BOXES]

And that's where we find Travis Wells tonight with an update on this afternoon's time trials for the Old Dominion 500.

[SUPER=@travis1; ]
[SUPER=05-Martinsville;]


[ROLL CUE: ...HOW THEY COULD HANDLE THE NEWLY SHAPED CORNERS]
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[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/MW Windows Pole Day; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ryan Newman/Old Dominion 500 Pole Winner; :15]
[SUPER=01-Rick Heinrich/Goodyear Spokesman; :39]
[SUPER=01-Bill Wilburn/Rusty Wallace's Crew Chief; :55]
[SUPER=01-Hermie Sadler/Qualified 8th; 1:21]
[SUPER=01-Ward Burton/Qualified 4th; 1:29]
[RUNS=1:41]
[OUT Q=....we'll take that."]
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[SUPER=@TRAVIS1;]
[SUPER=05-Martinsville;]

Travis will adlib to the roll of chyron boards. [ROLL CUE: ....THE OLD DOMINION 500."]
[GO TO QUALIFYING]
[SUPER=#556]
[SUPER=X5016;]
[SUPER=0107-1. Ryan Newman/92.837/2. Jeff Gordon//3. Bill Elliott//4. Ward Burton//5. Rusty Wallace//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Joe Nemechek//7. Jimmie Johnson//8. Hermie Sadler//9. Mike Skinner//10. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Johnny Benson//12. Robby Gordon//13. Kevin Harvick//14. Ricky Craven//15. Dale Jarrett//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Steve Park//17. Matt Kenseth//18. Ricky Rudd//19. Ted Musgrave//20. Mark Martin//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Jimmy Spencer//22. Casey Atwood//23. Bobby Hamilton//24. Jeremy Mayfield//25. Ken Schrader//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-26. Mike Wallace//27. Mike Bliss//28. Jeff Green//29. Bobby Labonte//30. Dave Blaney//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-31. Tony Stewart//32. Todd Bodine//33. Brett Bodine//34. Terry Labonte//35. Jeff Burton//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-36. Kurt Busch//37. Michael Waltrip/Prov/38. Kyle Petty/Prov/39. Elliott Sadler/Prov/40. John Andretti/Prov

/;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-41. Geoffrey Bodine/Prov/42. Steve Grissom/Prov/43. Hideo Fukuyama/Prov/;]
[RUNS=:55]

[OC....LAST DRIVER]
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[TRAVIS WILL TOSS BACK TO STEVE ON DOUBLE BOXES]






[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-130 1:23:50]
[GRAPHIC=Express]


The Express opens the home season tonight at the Roanoke Civic Center against Greensboro. The Express compiled a 6 and 1 record against the Generals last year but this is a different team.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Perry Florio/Express Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Rick Kowalsky/Express Right Wing; :10]
[RUNS=:22]
[OUT Q=.....first home game"]
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[Brookneal]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=02-33 TC1:37:44]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It's perhaps best known as the birthplace of Patrick Henry.. but the small town of Brookneal will showcase all its 200 years of history during a bicentennial celebration this weekend.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Brookneal]


Volunteers have been busy sprucing up the town in preparation for the weekend's events.
A parade will roll through downtown Saturday morning, followed by a full day's worth of music, food and activities.
Organizers say it's the biggest thing to hit their small town in years.
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[SOT 1:23:56]
[IN Q=It just means]

((PHYLLIS CAMPBELL/BROOKNEAL MAYOR: IT JUST MEANS A LOT. FOR THIS TOWN IT'S JUST MEANT A LOT OF EXCITEMENT, IT'S BROUGHT THE BUSINESS PEOPLE TOGETHER, IT'S BROUGHT THE CITIZENS TOGETHER. EVERYBODY'S PARTICIPATING, YOU CAN FEEL THE EXCITEMENT, THERE'S MORE CARS IN TOWN AND IT IS JUST A SPECIAL BLESSING FOR A TOWN TO BE SURVIVING AS WELL AS WE ARE. WE'VE HAD SOME HARD TIMES, BUT WE'RE LUCKIER THAN A LOT OF OTHER SMALL TOWNS, AND WE'RE JUST DOING A GOOD JOB.))
[SUPER=01-Phyllis Campbell/Brookneal Mayor;]
[RUNS=25]
[OUT Q=doing a good job.]
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[VO-NAT]


The parade gets underway at 11 a-m.. fireworks are scheduled for Saturday night.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=None]


This weekend's celebration also features the reunion of the local rock band "The Dazzlers" who were regular perfor mers on W-D-B-J's "Saturday Session" in the late 50's.