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Fire at a plant that uses gamma irradiation could have been a lot worse than it was.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

And more than 100 Virginia National Guard troops appear headed for active duty.

[Sports-head]


[ANCHOR=steve]
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In sports, VMI loses its top basketball player for a week, UVa and Tech are in action tonight on the hard wood,

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and we will offer you a true San Francisco treat as Frank Beamer fires up the Hokie faithful at a pep rally for the Diamond Walnut Bowl.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Will the New Year start out soggy? It seems likely with this latest forecast package. We will check it out in a moment.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 4-Shot]


News 7 at Six is next.
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((THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IT'S HAPPENED HERE, WE'VE BEEN HERE SINCE 1990, AND WE TAKE ALL OF THE PRECAUTIONS, BUT IT HAPPENS.))
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[OUT Q=but it happens.]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


A fire at a Bedford County factory provided a brief scare for emergency responders this afternoon.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Sparks from machinery ignited a blaze at the Gammapar plant in Forest.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Keith Humphry.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-shot]


Gammapar uses irradiation to make treated wood flooring products.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


So the first concern for fire and rescue personnel was the risk of radiation contamination.
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[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


It turned out the fire was in the rear of a building that was separate from the irradiation facility.
A spark had caught a dust collector on fire and it took crews about a half hour to make sure it was completely extinguished.
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((BUD RUSSELL/FOREST V.F.D. CHIEF: THAT WAS THE MAIN CONCERN WHEN WE FIRST GOT HERE, THE FIRST THING WE DID WAS TO CHECK IT WAS NOT IN THE IRRADIATION ROOM. EVERYTHING WAS OKAY THERE AND NO EXTENSION TO THE RADIATION ROOM OR ANY OF THAT.)) ((WAYNE ZIEGLER/GAMMAPAR: THE FACILITY THAT HOUSES THE GAMMA IRRADIATION SOURCE IS A SEPARATE BUILDING AND FIRE WOULDN'T REALLY AFFECT THAT PART OF IT, IT'S IN THIRTY TWO FEET OF WATER AND FIRE'S NOT GOING TO BURN WATER SO IT'S PROTECTED VERY WELL.))
[SUPER=01-Bud Russell/Forest V. F. D. Chief; :00]
[SUPER=01-Wayne Ziegler/Gammapar; :14]
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Ziegler (ZIG-ler) says that part of the plant will be out of service for at least a week.
Gammapar employs about 60 people.
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[Short-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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They took some time off from the case for the holidays ... but investigators hope the New Year will bring new leads in the murders of Jennifer Short and her parents.
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[VO-NAT]


It's been four months since Jennifer was abducted and Michael and Mary Short were found shot to death in their Oak Level home.
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Investigators in Henry County and Rockingham County took a break from the case for the holidays, but Sheriff Frank Cassell says at least two or three people from each department will stay on it in 2003.
He says North Carolina carpenter Gary Bowman is still a "person of interest" in the case... and that drug smuggler Michael Fulcher provided investigators with some leads to check out.
Fulcher told investigators he spoke with Bowman in jail, when Bowman was held as a material witness in the case.
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[Brown]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=khu]
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The Town of Vinton has been vindicated for firing its top two police officers three years ago.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Lieutenant Bill Brown claimed his right to due process was violated when he was confronted with a choice to resign or be fired in November, 1999.
[SUPER=04-File Tape]

But Federal Judge James Turk points out in a recent opinion "Brown was a sophisticated employee" who knew the grievance procedures. When confronted with a letter outlining the case against him, Lieutenant Brown read only one sentence before he resigned. The judge said: "...the plaintiff chose not to stand and fight...." A grand jury determined Brown had kept criminal evidence- -including guns and drugs- -is his office rather than the evidence room.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=Legal Scales]

Judge Turk dismissed Brown's complaint against the Town. He had already thrown out the claim filed by CHIEF of Police Ricky Foutz.

[Virginia-Guard]


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Two more National Guard units from western Virginia are headed for active duty.
The mobilization affects an engineering company in Big Stone Gap, and a quartermaster detachment in Staunton.
About 120 soldiers in all could be called up for at least a year.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/November 4]


Like other units now serving from Virginia, they will begin pre-alert processing at their local armories and at Fort Picket early next month.
About 800 National Guard members are on active duty right now.
More than 300 others were called up and have finished their tour of duty.
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[SB-Yemen]


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In the Middle- Eastern nation of Yemen today, a gunman shot and killed an American doctor and two of her American colleagues at a Baptist mission hospital.
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[V/O-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Jibla, Yemen]

The Yemeni government called it an "Islamic extremist" attack.
Officials in Richmond said the gunman posed as a patient, stood in line and opened fire when it came to be his turn for treatment.
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((JERRY RANKIN/SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION; THE MAN BROUGHT IN A RIFLE UNDER HIS COAT AS IF HE WERE CRADLING A BABY BRINGING HIM INTO THE CLINIC THAT MORNING. HE WAS IMMEDIATELY APPREHENDED AFTER THE SHOOTING BY OUR SECURITY PERSONNEL THERE.))
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Thirty-year old Abed Abdel Razzak Kamel told police he shot the Baptist workers because they're Christian missionaries and he wanted to "cleanse his religion and get closer to God".
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[Brugh-Tavern]


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Explore Park's Brugh Tavern will close in January ... but the restaurant at the historic pub won't be history.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./1998;]


The company that runs the restaurant says it got too expensive. It'll close January 5th.
But two men from Roanoke say the tavern has a future as a special events facility.
Bill Carder, a Roanoke Councilman and manager of the Patrick Henry Hotel is teaming up with a local caterer ... and working out a deal to run it with Explore Park.
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((BILL CARDER; IT'S ALWAYS BEEN SORT OF A DESTINATION RESTAURANT. PEOPLE ARE GOING OUT THERE FOR A REASON, SO WHAT WE'RE REALLY GOING TO DO IS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT, START PROMOTING A LOT OF DIFFERENT SPECIAL EVENTS. :46, VIP SPECIALTY TYPE DINNERS, DINNERS THAT ARE DONE IN THEME OF THE TIME AND THEN TRY TO BUILD UP CLIENTELE THAT WAY. ))
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[OUT Q=clientele that way.]
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Carder hopes to work things out with Explore Park next month and open the tavern for special events in the spring.


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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
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It may seem like it's a long way off, but work is already underway on a major summer music festival.
We'll tell you about it next on News 7.
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((NAT BELLS))
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Plus, church leaders chime in about the new bells at a Vinton house of worship.
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[Fiddlefest]
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This summer, the Roanoke Valley will take advantage of the bluegrass boom and the region's rich musical traditions.
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Planning is under way for a major festival in July that organizers hope will bring leading musicians and a world- class competition to the area.
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Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom tonight, with more on FiddleFest...
Keith and Shannon, the region's musical traditions are well- documented.
[LIVE= JoeD /FULL Newsroom Pod]
[SUPER=@Joe1;]


A who's who of bluegrass and old-time greats have ties to the area.
This summer, four organizations and a growing chorus of supporters hope to build on that history.
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((Every summer fans of bluegrass and old-time music flock to Galax for the old fiddlers convention... and to many other communities that host festivals and competitions.
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Organizers of FiddleFest are trying to make their own mark... with a week-long series of workshops, roundtable discussions, professional concerts, and an invitational competition.
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THERE ARE SO MANY NEW FANS OF THIS MUSIC. AND EVEN A LOT OF THE OLD FANS THAT DON'T REALIZE THE HISTORY OF THE MUSIC AND THAT'S WHAT A LOT OF THIS FESTIVAL IS GOING TO BE BASED ON, THE HISTORY OF THE MUSIC. 38:19 AND PARTICULARLY ROANOKE'S PART IN THE HISTORY OF THAT MUSIC.
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That history includes Don Reno, Red Smiley and the Tennessee Cutups... [NAT SOUND]
Fiddlefest will include a tribute to the bluegrass pioneers who were featured on WDBJ's Top of the Morning Show.

With a projected budget of 275- thousand dollars, organizers are now lining up sponsors... Fret Mill Music has signed on as one of the first.
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[IN Q=We came here 23 years ago]

((KEN RATTENBURY/FRET MILL MUSIC: WE CAME HERE 23 YEARS AGO, BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT PLAY THIS TYPE OF MUSIC IN THE AREA AND FOR YEARS WE'VE ALL GONE, WHY ISN'T THERE A MAJOR FESTIVAL LOCATED IN THIS AREA.)) ((RALPH SMITH/ROANOKE MAYOR: I THINK IT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE THE ULTIMATE FESTIVAL FOR THE CITY AND SOMETHING THE CITY REALLY BECOMES KNOWN NATIONALLY FOR. ))
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There's still much to accomplish between now and July 21st... when the six day event begins.
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Keith and Shannon, we talked about financial sponsors... Organizers say they will also need between 500 and 1000 volunteers.

[Blood]


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Winter weather and the holidays have not been good combination for the American Red Cross.
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[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]

On average, the organization says 300- pints of blood are needed everyday to treat patients at 38- hospitals throughout central and southwestern Virginia-- as well as West Virginia. But the Red Cross says blood donations are down this time of year-- which is not unusual around the holidays. So the organization is appealing for help.
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((DIANNE MYERS/AMERICAN RED CROSS TEAM SUPERVISOR; WE NEED BLOOD, WE NEED BLOOD EVERYDAY, IT'S, YOU DON'T REALIZE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS UNTIL A FAMILY MEMBER NEEDS IT AND THEN YOU DO. ))
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[OUT Q=AND THEN YOU DO.]
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The local Red Cross says it's close to meeting today's goal for this blood drive held at the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg. By mid-afternoon, 93- people had donated.
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[WIPE TO PINNACLE]
For more information about upcoming blood drives, call 1-800-Give-Life.
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[Natural-History]


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The Virginia Museum of Natural History is gaining and losing a piece of its history.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/File Tape;]

The Martinsville museum is slated to move into a new 15- million dollar building. Museum officials say the project could begin in the coming year-- although about eight- million dollars still needs to be raised for exhibits. But the museum won't be making the move to its new digs with its current executive director. Steve Pike is reportedly leaving the museum in mid-January to take a new job in Memphis, Tennessee.
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[Stocks]


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Stocks ended mixed as the market heads for its third straight Losing year. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW gained 29 points.
NASDAQ fell nine.
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[Lex-Church]


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A Lexington landmark is ready to celebrate its rebirth.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington/July 2000]


Next Sunday, Lexington Presbyterian Church will hold its first worship service in its historic sanctuary since a fire more than two years ago.
Workers have finished installing the pews, replacing the steeple and restoring the building that burned down in the summer of 2000.
The service on January 5th will include a procession into the refurbished sanctuary.
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[Thrasher-Bells]


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A Vinton church will be ringing in the New Year with an impressive set of bells.
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((NATS: GOODWIN RINGING BELLS))
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Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church bought 24 bronze and copper bells to place in its steeple.
The bells will replace the church's old electronic chimes and will ring each day at 9 A-M, noon, 3, 6 and 9 P-M.
They'll be played by computer or by using a keyboard.
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((EARLE GOODWIN/CHURCH MUSIC DIRECTOR; I'M NOT GOING TO GIVE THEM A STEADY DOSE OF HYMNS. WE ALL KNOW HYMNS AND THEY'RE GREAT THINGS BUT WE HAVE A VERY DIVERSE COMMUNITY HERE. SO, YOU MIGHT EVEN GET RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN' ON MY HEAD, OR SOMETHING FROM THE SOUND OF MUSIC OR SOMETHING FROM MAME OR SOMETHING FROM BRAHMS LIKE WHEN I GO TO SLEEP AT NIGHT. ))
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[OUT Q=go to sleep at night.]
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Church members contributed 30-thousand dollars to have the bells made in Holland.
They weigh from five to 300 pounds each.
It will take about a month to install them ... but the congregation will get a preview of their sounds at tomorrow night's New Year's Eve service.
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[Sports tease]


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Frank Beamer addresses Tech fans in a pep rally on the west coast, words from Bruce Smith on his memories of the last time Tech played Air Force
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and they are slamming and jamming to fight cancer over at Roanoke College.
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[S-Walnut]


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Virginia Tech and Air Force are just a day away from the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl.
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[SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA; :00]


Yesterday, Tech held a pep rally downtown and coach Beamer addressed the Tech Faithful.
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Then Beamer brought out his seniors to be recognized. We will hear from Senior safety Willie Pile tonight at 11.
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[S-1984]


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Tech and Air Force met in the 1984 Independence Bowl.
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Hokie defensive end Bruce Smith had just been named a consensus All-American, but he was about to be barred by the NCAA from playing in that game. Mike Stevens flashes back to 1984 with the greatest lineman in Tech history.
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(( He had just been named college football's most outstanding lineman - the winner of the Outland trophy. Yet the NCAA said it had evidence that Bruce's dad had been given some firewood by a Tech booster four year earlier when the Hokies' recruited him. ((BRUCE SMITH:)) Petty or not - Bruce spent the three days leading up to the game in courtrooms in Shreveport, Louisiana and back here in Virginia. ((BRUCE SMITH:)) Then Tech president Bill Lavery believed the issue to be important enough that he was the spokesman for the University while the courtroom wrangling took place. Bruce was free to play - but the damage already had been done for the team. The distractions and lost time on the practice field were too much to overcome as Air Force defeated Tech on December 15th, 1984 - 23-to-7.)) ((BRUCE SMITH:))

[S-Coaches]


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A day after the regular season ended, a trio of NFL coaches are fired.
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Cowboys head coach Dave Campo was let go after Dallas went 5 and 11. Only the Houston Texans scored fewer points than the Cowboys. Jerry Jones says he no timetable on naming a replacement. He has met with Bill Parcells twice.
Jacksonville dismissed Tom Coughlin, the only head coach in team history. He was 19 and 29 over the last three years and 6 and 10 this season.
Cincinnati fired Dick LeBeau after the Bengals went 2 and 14, the worst in team history.
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[S-Conley]


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VMI basketball standout guard Jason Conley will be out of action for a week.
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[SUPER=03-Lexington; :00]


The sophomore was diagnosed with a strained tendon in his right foot. He suffered the injury during the first half of VMI's 71-67 win over Harvard Sunday night in the Spider Invitational in Richmond. The injury is to the same bone in the same foot that Conley had repaired by surgery last April after fracturing it in a pick up game. He is averaging 22.2 points a game this season and will miss tomorrow night's game against Georgetown.
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[S-Maroons]


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The Roanoke College men's basketball program and the Lewis-Gale Dominos-Jimmy V Foundation hope to raise 10 grand tonight and tomorrow in their charity basketball tournament.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]


Mount Union and Maryville are playing right now. Maryville's Josh Tummel steals the rock and goes coast to coast for the two handed jam. Mount Union's Andrew Fairman gets the long outlet and also slams it home.
Roanoke battles Transylvania at seven tonight in some tough out of conference action.
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[SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke College Men's Basketball Coach; :00]
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[OUT Q=......challenge ourselves"]

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