[1-News-Head]

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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

Fifty-seven dogs of all varieties in one house in Roanoke. We'll hear from an unusual animal lover, her neighbors and the local authorities.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

And a former prison camp boss indicted on fraud charges.

[Sports-head]


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


In sports, the Big East steps up its pressure on the ACC again today by asking for a face to face meeting, Tech quarterback Bryan Randall talks about what the potential move does to recruiting, Jon Wood returns to New River
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[VO-NAT]


and NASCAR makes some changes that affect Rockingham.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Small hail, torrential downpours and gusty winds headline the short term weather forecast. Details on a severe thunderstorm watch in a moment.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 4-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=Video Open]



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[SOT 15:28]
[IN Q=I've always loved animals]

((I'VE ALWAYS LOVED ANIMALS AND I ALWAYS WILL. ))
[RUNS=:02]
[OUT Q=an I always will.]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


A Roanoke woman loves animals TOO MUCH for her neighbors.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


They say she proves the city's laws limiting dogs are all bark and no bite.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[Animal-House]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=03-18 TC1:22:58]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


State veterinarians say Caroline Laprad has 57 dogs and at least six cats all living inside her house in Southeast Roanoke.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Nearby residents say they've tried a neighborly approach, they've tried a legal approach and now they're looking for help outside the system.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Marya /NEwsroom Pod;]


Marya Jones talked to Laprad, neighbors and officials today to find out what can be done.
Keith and Shannon,
The city DOES have a law limiting people to FOUR dogs per household
[LIVE= Marya /FULL Newsroom Pod]
[SUPER=@Marya1;]

and SIX cats, IF they're spayed and neutered.
But Laprad's case illustrates that sometimes even the law isn't enough to prevent a public nuisance.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=They are my babies]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]
[SUPER=01-Caroline Laprad/Pet Owner;]
[SUPER=01-Faye Rothrock/Neighbor;]
[SUPER=01-Mike Quesenberry/Animal Control Supervisor;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=can run and play.]
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[SOT 16:15]

((CAROLINE LAPRADE/PET OWNER: THEY ARE MY BABIES AND I JUST WON'T DO WITHOUT THEM.)) [RUNS:07]
There's no question that 75-year-old Caroline Laprad loves animals.
She has 57 dogs that she keeps inside at all hours to keep them from bothering neighbors.
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[SOT 15:02]

((CAROLINE LAPRAD: IT'S EITHER THAT OR LET THEM BE SLAUGHTERED.)) [RUNS:02]
But, despite her best efforts, Laprad's dogs are causing ruckus.
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[SOT]

((NATS: DOGS BARKING.)) [RUNS:02]
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[SOT 21:39]

((FAYE ROTHROCK/NEIGHBOR: IT'S BEEN NOISY. BUT THE WORST PROBLEM IS THE ODOR. YOU CAN IMAGINE SPENDING THE SUMMER LIVING NEXT DOOR TO A HOUSE WITH 50 PLUS DOGS AND 20 OR 30 CATS PROBABLY. )) [RUNS:09]
Neighbors like Faye Rothrock say they've taken Laprad to court four times in 11 years.
She's been fined 250 dollars ... but the dogs never go away... even though city law limits dogs to four per household.
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[SOT24:49]

((FAYE ROTHROCK: WHY THESE LAWS ON THE BOOKS AND THEY TELL US THEY CAN'T ENFORCE THEM?)) [RUNS:03]
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[SOT 2:42]

((MIKE QUESENBERRY/ANIMAL CONTROL SUPERVISOR: SHE TAKES VERY GOOD CARE OF HER ANIMALS. THE DOGS AND THE CATS ARE VACCINATED. )) [RUNS:06]
(///// SOT /////)

[SU 31:09] ((MARYA JONES/REPORTING: ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS SAY THEY DON'T HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO REMOVE THE ANIMALS UNLESS THEY SHOW SIGNS OF ABUSE OR MISTREATMENT. SO ALL THEY CAN DO IS WORK WITH HER TO TRY TO CONVINCE HER TO GIVE SOME OF THEM UP.)) [RUNS:10]
But Laprad says she won't live without them.
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[SOT 15:12]

((CAROLINE LAPRAD: I'LL JUST GIVE UP MY HOME AND TAKE THEM SOMEWHERE WHERE WE'LL HAVE PEACE OF MIND AND THEY CAN RUN AND PLAY. )) [RUNS:10]))
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[LIVE= Marya /FULL Newsroom Pod]


Laprad would NOT let us inside the house to see the dogs.
But Roanoke city prosecutors say the dogs are taken care of and THAT's why seizing them is a last resort.
Laprad tells us she's now bankrupt from fighting this.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Marya /Newsroom Pod;]


She plans to take her animals and move someplace where there are NO limits on how many pets she can own.
Keith and Shannon?

[Colbert]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=03-23 TC23:40]
[GRAPHIC=None]

They may have gotten the wrong guy when they arrested Vater Colbert (VAY-ter COHL-bert) for bank robbery .
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/April 28]

He says enough people called the police department after seeing this picture taken from the bank's surveillance camera, that investigators zeroed in on Reverend Colbert. He remained in jail until authorities developed a lead on a suspect in some similar robberies. They're interviewing him in Ohio.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=None]

Though the charges were dropped Monday morning, Colbert got out of jail only yesterday, just in time for him to get to his daughter's High School graduation.

[Smith]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=03-22 TC33:29]
[GRAPHIC=None]

A former prison camp superintendent has been indicted for allegedly defrauding the state out of 35-thousand dollars.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford]

For the past four and a half years David L. Smith has lived at 403 Second Street in Radford. The house is owned by his sister, though she lives in Florida. The indictment charges Smith obtained money by false pretenses every time he accepted a check from the Commonwealth for 675-dollars... that was the amount of the monthly housing allowance he got from the Corrections Department.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=None]

Smith's lawyer says it's more of a conflict of interest than a crime. Attorney Jimmy Turk says Smith did give his sister some money to buy the house in 1998 and acknowledges that Smith paid his sister rent. "If the state pays his rent," Turk says, "what difference does it make if it's paid to a family member?" Smith is also charged with covering up the deal, by failing to let the Corrections Department know about it. Smith was fired in April. He's out on bond, pending a September court appearance.

[Bedford-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=03-21 TC1:18:32]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]


A car wreck in Bedford County sent three people to the hospital.
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[VO-NAT :05]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;]

The accident happened this afternoon as the two vehicles headed in opposite directions.
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[SOT 1:20:22-1:20:34]
[IN Q=Apparently the minivan was traveling...]

((TROOPER J.R. MULLINS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: APPARENTLY THE MINIVAN WAS TRAVELING WEST TOWARDS STEWARTSVILLE AND THE PICKUP WAS TRAVELING EAST AND THE TWO VEHICLES COLLIDED ON ROUTE 24 ALMOST A HEAD-ON COLLISION.))
[SUPER=01-Trooper J. R. Mullins/State Police;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=almost a head-on collision.]
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[VO-NAT :15]

The driver of the van, a woman, was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital by helicopter. Witnesses say she was conscious and talking. An adult in the pickup were also transported to the hospital. There's no word on the extent of the injuries.
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[220-Ax-Update]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=]
[WRITER=jwa]
[TAPE#=03-19 TC42:07]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


An accident on Route 220 last month turned deadly, and now the 16-year old driver police believe is responsible is charged with reckless driving.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Month]


Because she is a minor, her name has not been released.
Officers say her car was headed northbound when she lost control, crossed the median and hit two vehicles coming the other direction.
Four people were taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
The 19-year old driver of one of the southbound vehicles was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Police say weather may have contributed to the accident.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]


Think college means a guaranteed job after graduation?
Many local grads are learning that's not true. We'll hear from some of them next.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And after a nearly 20 year absence, the famous 1218 locomotive rolls back into the Transportation Museum.
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[College-Grads]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=03-27 TC3:16:20]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

They've survived four years of classes and exams,
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

Now many local college graduates are working on what may be their hardest assignment-- finding a job. [***NEWS 7 @ 6 IN MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-SHannoon & Rachel/BAM ;]

Business Reporter Rachel Cannon has some local examples, Rachel? Keith and Shannon, It's not hard to imagine the challenges recent graduates are having looking for work.
[LIVE= Rachel /FULL BAM]
[SUPER=@Rachel1;]

Given the current state of the economy, hearing about layoffs and hiring freezes is a lot more common than seeing signs reading help wanted.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :]
[SUPER=01-Christina Key/Roanoke College Graduate; :]
[SUPER=01-Ashley Mitchell/Roanoke College Graduate; :]
[SUPER=01-Toni McLawhorn/Roanoke College Office of Career Services; :]
[RUNS=1:22]
[OUT Q=LITTLE MORE PERSISTANT.]

(( NATS walking Christina Key and Ashley Mitchell are ready for the real world. With degrees from Roanoke College, each is searching for full-time work.
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[SOT 12:02:23]
[IN Q=i have]

((CHRISTINA KEY/ROANOKE COLLEGE GRADUATE; I HAVE TRIED THE NEWSPAPER, I HAVE TRIED WEBSITES BASICALLY JUST WALKING IN ALSO.))
[OUT Q=ALSO.]

Christina isn't having much luck getting a job in human resources. The same is true for Ashley in graphic design. They say it's frustrating.
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[SOT 12:06:31]
[IN Q=there's a lot]

((ASHLEY MITCHELL/ROANOKE COLLEGE GRADUATE; THEY WANT A LOT OF EXPERIENCE SO NOT ONLY DO YOU NEED A COLLEGE DEGREE BUT YOU NEED ONE TO FIVE YEARS EXPERIENCE FOR MOST OF THE POSITIONS.))
[OUT Q=POSITIONS.]

Career Services Director Toni McLawhorn says it's the biggest challenge for new graduates. Other applicants have education AND experience.
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[SOT 12:16:54]
[IN Q=THEY HAVE]

((TONI MCLAWHORN/ROANOKE COLLEGE OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES; THEY HAVE TO STAY PERSISTENT WITH THEIR SEARCH THEY HAVE TO KEEP THEIR CHINS UP.))
[OUT=CHINS UP.]

She also advises patience. The average job search used to be 12-weeks, now it's more like 20. It can be even tougher if you're set on the Roanoke Valley.
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[SOT 12:14:21]
[IN Q=ROANOKE]

((TONI MCLAWHORN/OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES; IN ROANOKE YOU TEND TO NEED TO KNOW PEOPLE YOU NEED TO KNOW THE RIGHT PLACES TO LOOK IT'S NOT LIKE THOSE JOBS ARE JUST LAID OUT IN FRONT OF PEOPLE TO PICK UP AND GRAB.))
[OUT Q=AND GRAB.]

Ashley and Christina remain on the job hunt ... frustrated but not defeated.
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[SOT 12:08:16]
[IN Q=it would]

((IT WOULD BE NICE TO COME OUT AND HAVE PEOPLE KNOCKING ON YOUR DOOR OR SENDING TO E-MAILS AND REALLY WANTING YOU BUT I GUESS YOU JUST HAVE TO GO OUT THERE AND BE A LITTLE MORE PERSISTENT.))
[OUT Q=MORE PERSISTANT.]))
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[LIVE= Rachel /FULL BAM]

Out of 350-Roanoke College graduates, McLawhorn says about 50-percent have found jobs, but a number of those are out of our area.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Rachel /BAM;]

But Keith and Shannon, not everyone is content to fight the tough job market, an increasing number of recent graduates are going straight to graduate school.

[Shell]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=]
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A Radford man has been charged in connection with the death of a North Carolina woman. Radford police say they responded to a call of a possible overdose last Tuesday in the 200-block of West Main Street.

Officers say when they got there they found 19-year-old Marion Franklin of Boone unconscious. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital. While the cause of Franklin's death is still undetermined, police have now charged 56-year-old Robert Edward Lee Shell with sodomy and object sexual penetration in connection with her death. Police say Shell could face more charges.


[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
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[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
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Stocks have again added to their recent rally. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
[RUNS=:30]
[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-x/128.33/9183.22/x/18.35/1646.02;]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


The DOW climbed 128 points today.
NASDAQ gained 18.
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[VO]
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[SUPER=274-h/0.08/7.07/h/0.66/61.04/h/0.42/39.97/h/0.99/42.49/h/0.63/55.39;]
[SUPER=#555; Reset]


[Tax-reform]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-12 TC1:35:00]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The 2004 legislative session may be seven months away but Republicans and the governor are already squaring off over a major issue...tax reform.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


One of Warner's campaign promises was to restructure Virginia's tax code.
The governor says he's working on a tax reform plan but won't release the details until after the November elections.
Republicans say that's too late.
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[SOT 13:17:31]
[IN Q=IT'S A SITUATION WHERE THE]

((BILL HOWELL/HOUSE SPEAKER: IT'S A SITUATION WHERE THE GOVERNOR HAS TO LEAD AND A GOVERNOR HAS TO EXPEND HIS POLITICAL CAPITAL TO MAKE IT WORK AND I DON'T THINK YOU HAVE TIME TO DO THAT BETWEEN DECEMBER AND JANUARY.)) ((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: ANY PLAN THAT WE LAY OUT WILL HAVE MORE THAN SUFFICIENT TIME TO BE FULLY DISCUSSED BEFORE FINAL VOTES TAKE PLACE IN MARCH.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Howell/House Speaker ; :00]
[SUPER=@MarkWarner; :12]
[RUNS=:22]
[OUT Q=TAKE PLACE IN MARCH.]
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[VO-NAT]


Some Republicans say they are concerned that the governor is delaying the release of his tax plan because it includes tax increases.
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[Ware-Reaction]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-13 TC1:28:44]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2003]


Onzlee Ware won Tuesday's Democratic primary with strong support from black voters.
And with no Republican opposition in the general election, he is poised to become the first African American elected to the House of Delegates from western Virginia.
Today, Ware suggested there's also a lesson there for the Democratic Party.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Ware was in his law office this afternoon, fielding congratulations from Democrats in the Roanoke Valley and across the state.
He says the party should take a closer look at his path to the nomination.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We need to as the ]

((ONZLEE WARE/(D) HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE; WE NEED TO AS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, WE NEED TO CHANGE THE WAY WE DO THINGS. WE NEED TO START INCLUDING MORE FOLK LISTENING TO WHAT THEY WANT TO HAVE DONE, RATHER THAN AS YOU ALL SAY PARTY INSIDERS DECIDING THIS IS THE PERSON WE WANT THIS IS THE PERSON YOU HAVE TO HAVE.))
[SUPER=01-Onzlee Ware/(D) House of Delegates Candidate; ]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=the person you have to have.]
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[VO-NAT]


Ware says he hopes the next six months will give him a head start on his legislative career. He says he will spend that time studying the state budget and meeting with churches, civic groups and other constituents.
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[Sports tease]


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


Craftsman truck series driver Jon Wood returns to the New River Valley, Changes at the Rock, a change in Sosa's suspension
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[VO-NAT]


and all the speculation over the Big East/ACC move has not stopped the country from promoting one of the best quarterback tandems in the country.
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[S-ACC]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-137 ]
[GRAPHIC=acc/big east]

Big East Presidents sent out letters to their ACC counterparts today, asking for a meeting about their expansion plans.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape; :00]


Big East schools like Tech want to know more about the plans to invite Miami, Syracuse and Boston College so the ACC presidents chair is trying to arrange a meeting. Part of the focus of the letter was to ask them not to rush to judhgement and to offer complete information on an expansion plan the Big east calls potentially harmful.
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[S-Bryan]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-142 1:43:25]
[GRAPHIC=ACC/Big East]

The ACC is in the middle of another conference call at this time. The chat between presidents and chancellors was scheduled to begin at six.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]


Of course, losing Miami, Boston College and Syracuse would damage football recruiting for the remaining Big East football schools, an issue Tech junior quarterback Bryan Randall addressed recently.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Bryan Randall/Virginia Tech Junior Quarterback; :05]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=...year in and year out"]
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[VO-NAT]

Whatever happens, Randall is confident in his coach and the name he has built in Blacksburg of a national football powerhouse.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=....no matter what happens"]
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[S-Mag]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
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[wipe to eng#!!!!!!!!!!!!]



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[VO-NAT]

The Big East-ACC bantering hasn't stopped the countdown to kick-off at Virginia Tech. 80 days remain until Tech meets Central Florida - and the preseason magazines are already in stores. Randall and Vick grace the cover of the new Athlon's. Jerry Spangler at Anderson News says Kroger, Wades Foods and all Wal-Marts have them in stock.
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[S-Jon]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-140 15454tc]
[GRAPHIC=nascar]


One of the stars of the Craftsman Truck Series is returning to his roots this weekend.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford/1999 Season; :00]

Jon Wood is racing in a Late Model Truck at the New River Valley Speedway for the Harvey's 200. Wood got his first taste success on the track in 1999 when he ran all but four races and won two. The Gates open Saturday night at four, qualifying is at five, and the racing begins at 7.
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[S-NASCAR]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-143]
[GRAPHIC=]


NASCAR is changing its Winston Cup schedule for next year.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC; :00]

The change -- expected to be announced tomorrow -- could strip one of two races each year run at Rockingham, North Carolina. International Speedway Corporation is expected to move the fall race at North Carolina International Speedway to another of its tracks at Fontana, California. The Southern 500 at Darlington could be moved to Rockingham, but could no longer be held on Labor Day weekend.
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[S-NBA]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-145 14520tc]
[GRAPHIC=NBA]


The San Antonio Spurs take on New Jersey in game four of the NBA finals tonight. Sunday night the Spurs regained the home court advantage in the series and tonight they are going for the jugular.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=BITE]
[SUPER=01-Tim Duncan/Spurs Forward; :00]
[RUNS=:22]
[OUT Q=....take this game."]
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[talent=mike]
[graphic=hold nba]

Tonight's game four tips-off at 8:30 in New Jersey.

[S-KJ]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=Sp-144]
[GRAPHIC=Tennis]


Roanoke tennis product KJ Hippensteel has climbed over 100 spots in the ATP rankings over the last month.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


KJ is now ranked 455th in the men's division in the world. Even more amazing he is ranked 45th in the entire United States. His jump is courtesy of one singles and two doubles tournament wins. This past weekend he won the Yuba City satellite tournament in singles Yuba City California. He won two doubles tournaments in Vero Beach, FL and in Tampa in the last month. he has bern named pro circuit player of the week by the usta.
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[1218]
[NEWSCAST=6PM]
[WRITER=tst]
[TAPE#=03-14 TC3:42:20]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


This was homecoming day at the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-shot]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


A diesel engine today eased steam locomotive number 12-18 into its new home in downtown Roanoke.
[SUPER=04-May 10, 1985;]


The locomotive was a key exhibit at the museum back when it was located in Wasena Park, but the engine was towed out in 1985 and restored for passenger excursion service.
It had been taken apart for an overhaul when Norfolk Southern ended the steam excursion program in 1994.
Museum workers recently put the engine back together and gave it a new paint job.
It's now back on display, with a new roof to keep it out of the rain. (------------)