[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

Will a decision by the zoning board against new lights black out one high school's plans for a football stadium?


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[VO-NAT :08]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

And, rather than trash their neighbors, Salem residents will work WITH off-campus college students to keep their neighborhoods clean.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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Tonight on News 7 Sports - Willis MaGahee is turning pro despite a bad wheel. The UVa players talk about the challenge of playing JJ Redick tomorrow night.
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[VO-NAT]

And the Tech men hope a local freshman with a 37 inch vertical leap can help jump start their disappointing season tonight in Connecticut.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Cold weather and snow showers highlight the weather today with more snow in the forecast. Details just ahead.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 4-Shot]


News 7 at Six is next.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Roanoke city residents speak out against Roanoke County's plans for a lighted football stadium.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


A city zoning panel tells the county school board to look somewhere else.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[Rezonings]
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[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#02-46 TC1:30:02]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


The Roanoke Board of Zoning Appeals denied the request for a lighting variance at Hidden Valley Junior High, a county school located within the city limits.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


The county school board was considering the site to build a football stadium for the new Hidden Valley High School.
[Double Boxes=Keith-Shannon and JoeD/Microwave]


Joe Dashiell joins us now with more on today's decision.
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[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]
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(Rollcue: brought the school's neoighbors out in force.)
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[SUPER=01-Phillip Anderson/Hidden Valley High Parent; :19]
[SUPER=01-Mark Greenwald/City Resident; :46]
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[OUT Q=vote for the neighborhood.]
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(Shannon Question: So Where does this leave the stadium project?)
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[GE-Strike]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=03-02 TC06:05]
[GRAPHIC=GE Strike]


General Electric workers in Salem are part of a nationwide strike effort involving over 15-thousand union members. For two days they are walking the picket line to protest rising health care premiums and co-payments. Business Reporter Rachel Cannon has more on the story.
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[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]
[SUPER=01-Reginald Berry/GE Worker; :17]
[SUPER=01-Roy Rogers/IUE-CWA Local President; :47]
[SUPER=01-James Smith/Retired GE Worker; 1:12]
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((NATS "COME ON LET US HEAR IT, YEAH." Reginald Berry is one of 4-hundred local workers enthusiastic about the cause. An employee at the Salem plant for nine-years, he has seen his health care costs continue to go up. The latest hike on January First.
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((REGINALD BERRY/GE WORKER; I HOPE IT LETS THE OTHER COMPANIES KNOW AND LETS THE PEOPLE OF THE NATION KNOW THAT WE'RE STANDING HERE IN FAVOR OF HEALTH CARE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FOR EVERY AMERICAN AND THAT'S WHAT WE DEMAND NOTHING LESS.))
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Union leaders say the average employee saw a 2-hundred dollar increase last year and that General Electric is looking for more hikes come May, when national contract negotiations start. Workers hope this strike gives them some leverage at the bargaining table.
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((ROY ROGERS/UNION PRESIDENT; WE'VE HAD A REALLY GOOD TURNOUT FOR THIS THAT THE COMPANY WILL SEE THAT AND I DON'T THINK THE COMPANY WANTS A LONG NATIONAL STRIKE AND NEITHER DO WE BUT WE'RE PREPARED TO GO THERE IF ITS NECESSARY. ))
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Even G-E retirees like James Smith are prepared to help. He says the union is in his blood but that's it's also very hard to meet health care increases.
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((THE COST OF MEDICATIONS AND THEN HOPEFULLY I DON'T HAVE TO GO INTO THE HOSPITAL BUT IF I DO ITS GOING TO INCREASE A LOT.))
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((IT MAKES IT HARDER BECAUSE MY PENSION IS ABOUT THE SAME AS IT WAS. ))
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NATS "THURSDAY, THURSDAY, THURSDAY." The strikers go back to work Thursday. Until then, GE says the it's business as usual since those on the picket line make up only about 5-percent of its total workforce. Rachel Cannon, News 7, Salem.))

[K-Mart]


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K-Mart is closing 326 stores around the country, but Southwest and Central Virginia stores have been spared.
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[TAKE PINNACLE FULL]
The company is shutting down five stores in Virginia-- Exmore, Leesburg, Richmond, Virginia Beach and Woodbridge.

K-Mart says stores targeted for closure include those with unprofitable leases, money-losing locations and those that are being pressured by nearby rivals like Wal-Mart and Target.
Up to 35-thousand employees company-wide will lose their jobs.
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[Radford-Fire]


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An overloaded power strip appears to be the cause of a fire today in Radford.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford;]


The blaze broke out around eleven this morning at the New River Garden Apartments.
Officials believe it may have started from an electrical outlet inside the study room of one of the apartments, where it was contained.
No one was at home at the time, but officials say the woman who lives there does NOT have insurance.
The total damage is around 60-thousand dollars.
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[Pitts-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WRITER=mjo]
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Investigators still don't know what caused the house fire that killed a two-year-old boy in Pittsylvania County yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.;]


They were back at the house looking for clues today.
The fire broke out in the living room.
2-year-old Nathan Collins was inside and died of smoke inhalation, despite the efforts of a volunteer firefighter and a passing motorist to save him.
His parents, Suzanne and Brian Collins were outside fixing the car when the fire started.
They'd just told Nathan to go inside to get his shoes when they looked up and noticed the house in flames.
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((BRIAN COLLINS/FATHER: PEOPLE HAVE REALLY HELPED US OUT WHEN WE REALLY NEED IT. I'D LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY THAT COME AND STOPPED AND TRIED TO HELP. IT WAS MORE THAN WHAT WE COULD DO.))
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[VO-NAT]


Investigators say they're treating the fire as accidental.
The Collins family is staying with relatives until they can find a new home.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]


Republicans say the Lieutenant Governor's support of a conservative bill is just a marriage of convenience.
Find out why when News 7 returns.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And students and neighbors are ready to start working together, to make the area around Roanoke College a little more liveable for everyone.
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[Task-Force]
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[***ANCHOR TAG***]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


There is a song about School Days that says "these are golden rule days".
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

That's the lesson law enforcement and many residents in Salem hope to teach off-campus Roanoke College students tonight at the first meeting of a task force created to address excess noise and garbage.
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[SUPER=01-Houston Johnson/Roanoke College Student Body President;:18]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. David Rorer/Salem Police Department;:29]
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[SUPER=01-Drew Mena/Task Force Member;1:06]
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((Craig Avenue is one of many historic Salem streets that's seen generations of families born and raised. But in the past three years, some of those families have left for good, leaving behind properties ripe for renting. Properties that appeal to college students.
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[IN Q=Roanoke College students and community residents...]

((HOUSTON JOHNSON/STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT, ROANOKE COLLEGE: ROANOKE COLLEGE STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY RESIDENTS AREN'T GOING TO KEEP THE SAME HOURS OR ENJOY THE SAME THINGS AND THEY'RE RUNNING INTO PROBLEMS JUST IN TERMS OF LIVING TOGETHER IN CLOSE PROXIMITY.)) [RUNS:12]
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((SGT. DAVID RORER/SALEM POLICE: WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PROBLEMS THAT RESULT IN A LOWER QUALITY OF LIFE FOR RESIDENTS ON CRAIG AVENUE, RED LANE AND AREAS THAT ARE PROXIMATE TO ROANOKE COLLEGE.)) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=approximate to Roanoke College.]

Problems like trash. The problems came to a head last year when 24 students were charged with misdemeanors for dozens of trash related infractions. They signed a plea agreement promising to clean up Craig Avenue by 8 o'clock the morning after a party. In exchange, the court promised to drop the case if the students stayed out of trouble. Some of their peers blame the problem on the generation gap but say they're more than willing to cross it.
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((DREW MENA/TASK FORCE MEMBER: I THINK IT'S A CULTURE CLASH AND WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND EACH OTHERS' DIFFERENCES AND IT'S SOMETHING WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE.)) [RUNS:08]
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Sgt. Rorer agrees, saying he has no doubt the group can come to a "reasonable and constructive solution." But as one student points out there is no other choice.
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((DREW MENA/STUDENT: IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, ROANOKE COLLEGE ISN'T GOING ANYWHERE AND NEITHER IS THE COMMUNITY SO WE REALLY HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER.)) [RUNS:05]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=None]

They'll get their chance starting tonight at 7 at the Salem Civic Center. The task force will meet every other Tuesday through March.

[Patel]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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A resident of a Roanoke nursing home died recently, after being given her roommates' medicine by mistake.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

A temporary worker at Brandon Oakes gave the woman at least a dozen drugs intended for her roommate on August 31st, 2001. Brandon Oakes admitted negligence only yesterday. Brandon Oakes reported the error to her physician. Dr. Bharat Patel told the nursing home staff to go ahead and give her her regular doses of drugs, except for Xanax. Marie Ayers had her own regimen of prescriptions for pneumonia, chronic asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and a cardiac condition. Sixteen hours after being administered the wrong medication, Mrs. Ayers was dead.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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The nursing home says if she'd gone into cardiac arrest a few hours later, that might be an indication the wrong drugs caused her death. But Brandon Oakes insists no one can say why she died. There was no autopsy. Trial in the malpractice case against the Doctor and the Nursing Home began today. Settlement talks were underway just before news time.

[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
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Investors shook off weak retail sales data and war worries to push stocks higher. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW gained 57 points.
NASDAQ rose 15.
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[Covenant-marriage]


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Conservative Republicans have long been wedded to the issue of covenant marriages but now a Democrat is taking up the cause.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Lieutenant Governor Tim Kaine says he supports requiring marriage license applicants to choose between a traditional union OR one that requires pre-wedding and pre-divorce counseling.
Under Kaine's legislation, couples choosing covenant marriages would also sign an oath declaring their lifelong commitment.
Kaine says he supports the bill because he is troubled by Virginia's divorce rate.
But conservative Republicans say the move is political.
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Kaine says Louisiana, Arkansas and Arizona offer similar forms of covenant marriages.
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[L'burg-Council]


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Lynchburg's commitment to its sister city program could be put to the test at tonight's city council meeting.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


At issue is whether taxpayers should pay for mayor Carl Hutcherson's flight to Paris for the retirement ceremony of the mayor of Lynchburg's sister city Rueil-Malmaison (ray-mahl-may-ZONE).
At least one council member says 90-thousand dollars has already been wasted on this six-year relationship.
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((JULIAN ADAMS/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: LOTS OF OTHER MAYORS ARE RETIRING IN LOTS OF OTHER PLACES AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO THOSE, I DON'T SEE ANY REASON TO GO TO THIS ONE AT TAXPAYER'S EXPENSE.)) ((PETE WARREN/FORMER LYNCHBURG MAYOR: WHEN YOU REALLY LOOK AT WHAT COUNCIL MEMBERS AND THE MAYOR GETS PAID FOR ALL THE WORK THAT THEY DO, THEN TO ME TO SPEND MONEY TO SEND CARL OVER THERE TO BE A PART OF A MAJOR CELEBRATION IN RUEIL-MALMAISON IS REALLY BEGGING THE QUESTION.))
[SUPER=01-Julian Adams/Lynchburg Council Member; :00]
[SUPER=01-Pete Warren/Former Lynchburg Mayor; :09]
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[OUT Q=really begging the question.]
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[VO-NAT]


Mayor Hutcherson says he'll foot the bill himself if he needs to.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
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Coming your way tonight on the Big 7 - Tech hopes a local talent can help inspire the men's hoop team tonight. UVa talks about battling JJ this week.
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[VO-NAT]

And Ward Burton - the defending 500 champ gets his first preseason licks in at Daytona as testing continues.
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[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-141 2027TC]
[GRAPHIC=TECH]

The Virginia Tech men's basketball team is again on the road tonight trying to pick-up a rare Big East conference victory. The Hokies take on third ranked U-Conn tonight. Tech is a disappointing 6-and-7 right now
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]

Coach Ricky Stokes has been trying to shake up his lineup in recent games. Tonight marks the third straight game that freshman Allen Calloway has been inserted into the starting lineup. Callaway - is six-eight freshman from Gretna who played his high school ball at Tunstall.
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[OUT Q=...VERY,VERY IMPRESSIVE."]
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[TALENT=MIKE]
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The game tips-off tonight at seven. We will have highlights on the late news.

[S-JJ]


[ANCHOR=mike]
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[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-138 23:44]
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The ACC's featured game tomorrow night pits number one ranked Duke against the Virginia Cavaliers at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville; :00]


The game against the Blue Devils marks the first of three straight road contest for the Cavs.
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[SUPER=01-Pete Gillen/UVa Head Men's Basketball Coach; :00]
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[OUT Q=...a chance to win"]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Durham, NC;]


The Wahoos will face not only a talented Duke team, but perhaps the best freshman shooter in the country in J.J. Redick. Redick was recruited heavily by UVa but decided on Duke. Several UVa players know all about Redick from AAU ball, and they have made sure to let their teammates know just how good of a shooter he is.
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[SUPER=01-Keith Jenifer/UVa Point Guard; :00]
[SUPER=01-Todd Billett/UVa Shooting Guard; :17]
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[OUT Q=.....you have to worry about""]
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[wipe to pinnacle 12999!!!!!!!]

[S-ACC]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[go to pinnacle 12999] The Duke-UVa game is on ESPN - but tomorrow night at 9 right here on WDBJ-7 - there is more ACC hoops for you as Maryland takes on Wake Forest. That's tomorrow night at 9 right here on Your Hometown Station.
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[S-Daytona]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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The second wave of Winston Cup teams invaded Daytona today for three days of testing. 26 teams were at the track today
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL; :00]

including the defending Daytona 500 champ Ward Burton who was only 14th fastest in the Caterpillar Dodge. Dale Earnhardt Junior was 10th fastest in the morning session with a lap at just under 182 miles an hour. Ryan Newman had the fastest time, but the big surprise was that Kyle Petty turned in the fourth fastest circuit at 182 and a half. For the veterans testing is a breeze compared to the race.
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[SUPER=01-Ricky Rudd/New Wood Brothers Driver; :03]
[SUPER=01-Mark Martin/Second in Points Last Year; :21]
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