[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

A school bus accident on school grounds sends students to the hospital.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

And two men appear as witnesses before a federal grand jury in the Short family murders.
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[Sports-Head]


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

Tonight on News 7 sports - Michael Crawford may play against WVU. The Dazzle finishes the preseason unbeaten. Steve Mason grapples with a coaching dilemma at PH.
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[VO-NAT]

And the Virginia Tech women are in the Cassell tonight getting ready to play an exhibition game against a team from Australia.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Recent rains have relieved some water problems and the state wide restrictions are being lifted which means localities now have a choice. More on that and our 7 day planner in a moment.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 4-Shot]


News 7 at Six is next.
[Bus-Accident]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=02-44 TC50:13]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-SHot]

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

And I'm Keith Humphry. A collision between a car and a school bus this afternoon killed a student from Jefferson Forest High School.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2 Shot]


The accident at Forest Middle School sent the bus driver and several other students to the hospital, with what appeared to be minor injuries.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


A spokeswoman for the school system says the high school student who died was in a car that ran into bus 156 on the road leading to the middle school.
Several area rescue squads responded to check out the students who were hurt, 11 students and the driver were transported to the hospital as a precaution.
The identity of the Jefferson Forest student who died, a girl, has not been released.
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[Short-Murders]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=02-47 TC07:33]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]


Two North Carolina men went before a federal grand jury in Roanoke today to answer questions about the Short family murders.
Garrison Bowman and the man who pointed investigators his way were both subpoenaed to testify. [***NEWS 7 @ 6 GRAPHIC***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Marya /Pulpit;]


Marya Jones was in the federal courthouse during the proceedings.
Marya, what happened?
Shannon, it's hard to say because a grand jury is supposed to be confidential.
[LIVE= MArya /FULL]
[SUPER=@Marya1;]


But government officials involved in the case say the point was NOT to secure an indictment, but to get interviews with both men under oath and on the record.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Clean-shaven]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Gary Bowman/October 31;]
[SUPER=01-Roger Groot/Washington & Lee Law Professor;]
[RUNS=1:01]
[OUT Q=pretty bad consequences.]

(( Clean-shaven and wearing a suit, Gary Bowman arrived with his attorney, telling reporters he felt "fine."
He spent less than an hour before a federal grand jury, where he was called to answer questions about the interstate kidnapping of Jennifer Short.
He told News-7 in an interview last month that he knew NOTHING about it.
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[SOT from 02-41 pkg at 26:39]

((GARY BOWMAN/LAST MONTH: GOD KNOWS I'M INNOCENT. I KNOW I'M INNOCENT.)) [RUN:03]
Bowman's former landlord, Gary Lemons, arrived to testify, flanked by investigators.
He first raised suspicions about Bowman when he told investigators that Bowman had threatened to kill a Virginia mobile home mover.
He passed a lie detector last week supporting his statements.
Washington and Lee law professor Roger Groot says its possible that NO charges will ever come from the today's testimony.
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[SOT 1:04:25]

((ROGER GROOT/W&L LAW PROFESSOR: THAT'S ALWAYS A PROBLEM WITH CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS. A FOCUS ON THE MOST LIKELY SUSPECT AND THAT DIRECTING THE WAY INVESTIGATION GOES... IT TURNS FROM TRYING TO RESOLVE THE ISSUE TO TRYING TO PROVE THAT PERSON IS GUILTY. AND THAT SOMETIMES HAS PRETTY BAD CONSEQUENCES. )) [RUNS:19]))
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[***NEWS 7 @ 6 MONITOR]
[LIVE= Marya /FULL]


Investigators say that even with the grand jury behind them, the case is FAR from closed.
Detectives were still pursuing other leads in North Carolina and Virginia today. [***BOWMAN GRAPHIC***]
Meanwhile, the state crime lab in Roanoke is testing items taken from Gary Bowman's van in Canada.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Marya /Pulpit;]


Government officials say if there's nothing there to link Bowman to the Shorts, they'll probably have to clear him.

Shannon?

[Burrow]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=02-38 TC1:27:57]
[GRAPHIC=Richard Burrow]

[***ANCHOR TAG***] The judge in the case against Richard Burrow said today: "It doesn't seem right that you would get a loan to get matching funds." Burrow is accused of borrowing three-and-a- half million dollars in what the government calls "a shell game" to convince state officials to provide money for the D-Day Memorial.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Burrow made his]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-John Lichtenstein/Burrow's Attorney]
[SUPER=01-Pat Hogeboom/Prosecutor]
[SUPER=01-Bob Slaughter/Former Foundation Chairman]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=so it'll be there.]

(( Burrow made his way to court on crutches this time, nursing a ruptured Achilles tendon. His lawyer hopes to convince the court to dismiss at least some of the fraud counts against Burrow, before the case goes to trial next month. Burrow borrowed the money in a race to get the Memorial built in time for the dedication. He was "trying to help the Monument out," Judge James Turk said, but he also said the funds should have been pledges from contributors not a bank loan.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=If there's a]

((IF THERE'S A POLICY MATTER THAT NEEDS DETERMINATION, IT'S A LEGISLATIVE FUNCTION. IT'S NOT A BASIS FOR A FEDERAL INDICTMENT.)) [RUNS:06]
[OUT Q=for a federal indictment.]



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[SOT 54:10]
[IN Q=But if you]

((BUT IF YOU HAVE A SCHEME OR ARTIFICE, AND THEN YOU USE THE MAIL OR WIRE, THAT'S THE CRIME. IT'S THE INTENT TO DEFRAUD AND THEN USING U.S. MAIL OR WIRE ACROSS STATE LINES.)) [RUNS:13]
[OUT Q=across state lines.]

What's mailed or wired may actually be legal documents- -tax returns, even a change of address- - but could be considered acts that advance the illegal scheme. D-Day Veteran and Former Foundation Chairman Bob Slaughter concluded: "If the government's got a case, it's a weak one." He still supports Burrow.
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[SOT 45:55]
[IN Q=and we all]

((AND WE ALL BELIEVE THE FOUNDATION WILL SURVIVE. IT WILL. THERE'S NO CHANCE OF ANYBODY CALLING IT AWAY. SO IT'LL BE THERE.)) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=so it'll be there.]))
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=D-Day Memorial]

Slaughter is sure the money will be raised to finish the Memorial and pay its debts- -if not in his life-time, in his grand-children's, he says.

[Murals]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=502-09 TC2:35:29]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Some controversial artwork in a Lynchburg courtroom is a step closer to coming down tonight.
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[VO-NAT From 02-18 1:18:07]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape]


City council is tonight expected to appropriate 25-thousand dollars to take down these bas (bass) relief sculptures in the court lobby.
Residents and minority leaders have been pushing to have the art removed because they feel it's denigrating to blacks and native Americans.
Last month, council voted against removing a mural in the juvenile court that depicts a white tobacco farmer and his slave.
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[New-jobs]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=02-42 TC1:14:44]
[GRAPHIC=New Jobs]


150 new jobs are in store for Lynchburg.
Norcraft is expanding its operation in the Hill City... taking over the old Star-Mark facility.
The company currently employs about a hundred people and hopes to grow to about 250 in the next year.
Meanwhile, Governor Mark Warner is bringing good economic news to Southside and Southwest Virginia.
The Governor will be in Henry County tomorrow to announce the creation of close to 4-hundred new jobs.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./Last Year]


Warner will be at the former VF Imagewear plant which, like many businesses in the county, shut down about a year ago.
The area is currently experiencing double digit unemployment... the highest in the state.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=HOLD]


The governor will start his day in Wythe County where he will also share some job news.

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


A student's halloween prank has Radford University rethinking it's policy on weapons in the classroom.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Find out why when News 7 at Six returns.
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[LIVE=Rachel Full/Microwave]
(Rachel Adlibs Live Tease)
[SUPER=@Rachel1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke]
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[Holiday-Shopping]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=02-34 TC1:46:28]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

It's time to make your holiday wish list and retailers hope it's long.
[ANCHOR=SHannon 2-shot]

Stores are looking to bounce back from a slow year and poor back-to-school sales with a holiday season to be thankful for.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-SHannon & Rachel /Microwave;]

Business Reporter Rachel Cannon joins us from Valley View Mall with more, Rachel?
[LIVE= Rachel /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=@Rachel1; ]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]

Keith and Shannon, extended store hours and more parked cars are just two signs the holidays are fast approaching. Today we talked to retailers and shoppers to see how much they're spending.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Melanie Simmons/Holiday Shopper; :18]
[SUPER=01-Carrie Thomas/Store Manager; :44]
[SUPER=01-Adam Tanoukhi/Store Manager; :54]
[SUPER=01-Janice Waldron/Holiday Shopper; 1:23]
[RUNS=1:28]
[OUT Q=FROM PLACE TO PLACE.]

(( It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at a shopping mall near you. Whether you think it's too early for the carolers, some early birds shoppers are already picking out presents. Melanie Simmons is checking out deals for her kids at FAO Schwarz's outlet store at Tanglewood Mall.
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[SOT 16:24:52]
[IN Q=i think]

((ERNIE SIMMONS/HOLIDAY SHOPPER; I THINK PEOPLE ARE MORE CONSCIENTIOUS ABOUT WHAT THEY'RE BUYING AND WHAT THEY'RE SPENDING THERE ARE JUST SO MANY UNCERTAINTIES YOU KNOW WITH WHAT WE'RE SEEING.))
[OUT Q=SEEING.]

On a national level we're seeing a soft economy, job uncertainty, sagging consumer confidence and the prospect of war with Iraq. But local store managers are seeing the positive of what some experts say will be a mediocre shopping season.
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[SOT 16:22:16]
[IN Q=their kids]

((CARRIE THOMAS/STORE MANAGER; THEIR KIDS ARE THEIR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY THAT'S FOR SURE AND SO WE HAVE FOUND THAT THE TOY INDUSTRY DOES NOT SUFFER AS MUCH AS OTHER INDUSTRIES DO ESPECIALLY IN A DECLINING ECONOMY THAT WE'RE IN.))
[OUT Q=WE'RE IN.]
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[SOT 15:55:00]
[IN Q=we're a retailer]

((ADAM TANOUKHI/STORE MANAGER; WE'RE A RETAILER AND RETAILERS DON'T WANT TO GET TOO GLOOMY THAT'S WHERE WE PLAY OUR GAME WE KEEP A SMILE ON OUR FACE ALWAYS PUSH THE POSITIVE THERE IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE NEGATIVE THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETHING GOING ON.))
[OUT Q=GOING ON.]

Friedman's say it counts on customer service and quality products to reach sales goals. According to the National Retail Federation, holiday sales are estimated to rise four-percent from last year's figure of 201-billion dollars. It would be the smallest percentage increase since 19-97. In 2001 there was a rise of five-point-six percent.
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[SOT 16:09:03]
[IN Q=i have]

((JANICE WALDRON/HOLIDAY SHOPPER; I HAVE TO SHOP BUT I HAVE TO ECONOMIZE ON EVERYTHING THAT I DO SO I HAVE TO SHOP FROM PLACE TO PLACE.))
[OUT Q=PLACE.].))
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[LIVE= Rachel /FULL]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]

Another place people are going is on-line
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Rachel /Microwave;]

Keith and Shannon, e-commerce is expected to be high this season with sales reaching 8-billion.

[Transportation]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=02-45 TC19:07]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A fight is brewing over transportation funding... and local lawmakers fear the dispute may pit southwest Virginia against other parts of the state.
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[VO-NAT]


With the recent defeat of sales tax referendums in northern Virginia and Tidewater, some lawmakers from those areas have suggested the state re- write its highway funding formula.
[SUPER=03-Salem;]


But today in Salem, western Virginia lawmakers told state transportation officials they're prepared to fight to keep the funding formula the way it is.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It wasn't my fault]

((DEL. WARD ARMSTRONG: IT WASN'T MY FAULT OR OUR FAULT THAT IT DIDN'T PASS IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND HAMPTON ROADS AND I DON'T THINK THAT NOW WE SHOULD BE PUNISHED FOR A DECISION THAT WAS MADE IN THOSE LOCALITIES.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Ward Armstrong/(D) Martinsville;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=made in those localities.]
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[VO-NAT]


Martinsville Delegate Ward Armstrong says it's no secret that southwest Virginia is struggling economically, and has a critical need for those transportation dollars.
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[Stocks]


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


Stocks pulled ahead at the open today, but the Blue Chips couldn't keep up the momentum. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
[RUNS=:30]
[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-x/27.05/8386.00/x/30.33/1349.52;]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


The DOW gained 27 points.
NASDAQ rose 30.
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[VO]
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[RU-Gun]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=02-39 TC1:00:42]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It was supposed to be a Halloween prank but, officials at Radford University aren't laughing.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford;]


James Whitten, the fourth, allegedly took a b-b gun to class on Halloween... and pointed it at a professor.
Whitten was dressed in a costume and told police it was a joke.
He was suspended and charged with brandishing a gun.
No one was hurt, and Whitten has since left the university.
But, the incident has prompted university officials to pay closer attention to the way it handles situations in which someone's safety is threatened.
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[SOT 5:22]
[IN Q=SINCE THIS]

((DAVID BURDETTE/RU SPOKESPERSON:SINCE THIS PARTICULAR SITUATION, DR. COVINGTON HAS ELEVATED TO A HIGHER DEGREE OF URGENCY A TASK FORCE DEALING WITH PARTICULARLY FACULTY AND STUDENT BEHAVIOR IN THE CLASSROOM AND THEN EMPLOYEE TO EMPLOYEE IN THE WORKPLACE. 5:39))
[SUPER=01-David Burdette/RU Spokesperson;]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=THE WORKPLACE]
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[VO-NAT]


Burdette says the task force is made up of both students and staff, who will work with police to train others how to respond in any emergency situation.
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[Nursing-homes]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=02-40 TC1:16:33]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Virginians looking for a good nursing home now have a new tool at their disposal.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The federal government has assembled the first comprehensive survey of nursing homes nationwide, including 282 in Virginia.
The survey lists information like the number of nursing staff per resident and the percentage of residents with pain, bed sores and infection.
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[SOT 11:17:10]
[IN Q=BECAUSE THE INFORMATION]

((SALLIE COOK/VA HEALTH QUALITY INITIATIVE: BECAUSE THE INFORMATION IS RISK-ADJUSTED, IT ALLOWS MORE OF WHAT IS COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS APPLE-TO-APPLE COMPARISONS OF FACILITIES. SO THIS IS REALLY MUCH-IMPROVED INFORMATION OVER WHAT WE'VE HAD IN THE PAST.))
[SUPER=01-Sallie Cook/Va. Health Quality Initiative]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=WHAT WE HAD IN THE PAST.]
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[VO-NAT]


The report also shows that the quality of care at Virginia's nursing homes is about average compared with the industry nationwide.
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[WIPE TO WEBPAGE FS]
You can find a link to the survey on our homepage at wdbj7-dot-com.
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[Sports Tease]


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

Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports - hoops news from the Tech women and the Dazzle, plus the AL MVP and
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[VO-NAT]

usually it's the coach who recruits the players - but in the case of this Patrick Henry grappler and his coach. Steve Mason will pin down the unique situation when we come back.
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[S-Dazzle]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-128]
[GRAPHIC=DAZZLE]


The Roanoke Dazzle closed out the preseason last night with a perfect record. The team opens up its 50 game regular season this Friday night at home against Huntsville.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]

Today the team held its preseason media gathering as the NBA league office dropped in to shoot photos of the players - including the real reason this year's team will be much better - point guard Cory Alexander. The Waynesboro native starred at UVa and spent six years in the NBA.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="I think the...]
[SUPER=01-Cory Alexander/Dazzle Point Guard;:07]
[RUNS=:35]
[OUT Q=...COMMON GOAL."]
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[S-Women]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-129 14111TC]
[GRAPHIC=TECH]


The Virginia Tech women's basketball team is in action tonight at Cassell Coliseum in a 7 o'clock exhibition game against the Melbourne, Australia Tigers. For Tech - it's a chance to see how well the 6 newcomers are blending with the returners.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=BITE]
[SUPER=01-Emily Lipton/Va. Tech Senior Point Guard; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bonnie Henrickson/113 and 43 as Tech Head Coach; :16]
[RUNS=:23]
[OUT Q=...my coaching staff."]
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[S-Crawford]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=MIKE CRAWFORD]


There is a good chance that Virginia Tech's Michael Crawford may play against West Virginia next Wednesday. Doctors did their best to keep the incision size at a minimum yesterday when they did an open biopsy on his neck. As long as Crawford feels OK , and as long as the sutures in his neck are healed by next Wednesday he will play against WVU.

[S-Wrestle]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-122 1:44:20]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 sports]

The high school wrestling season officially began yesterday as teams began practice. Matt Hand is an Iowa native who has been hired as Patrick Henry's new coach. Steve Mason has the incredible story of how he got here.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Matt Hand/Patrick Henry Wrestling Coach; :13]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Joyce/Patrick Henry Sophomore Wrestler; :20]
[SUPER=@Steve1; 1:47]
[RUNS=1:58]
[OUT Q=..News 7 sports"]
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((Matt Hand, who wrestled at Iowa, the top college program in the world, would agree that patriots sophomore wrestler Jeff Joyce executed the best move in his young wrestling career when he recruited his coach to come to Patrick Henry. ((:)) ((:))
This past summer, when PH coach Kevin Clifford took over as the head football coach , Joyce was without a coach. He put out a nationwide bulletin advertising the coaching vacancy. Hand responded. The Joyce family then flew him in for a
visit and he was sold on southern hospitality. ((:)) ((:))
Hand has a solid program in place thanks to Kevin Clifford. Joyce is one of two Patriot wrestlers who have mats in their basements, actually, for Joyce, he truly does eat, sleep and breathe the sport. His coach knows with this kind of dedication and character he has wrestlers who will do what it takes to win.)) ((:)) ((:)) ((:))