[1-News-Head]

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[VO-NAT :05]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Local furniture makers say they're getting hammered by illegal competition.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

And, a decision to replace one town's sewer system raises a stink.

[Sports-head]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=]
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In sports the Big East lawsuit against the ACC is alive, Redskins defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson is cut, words from Skins camp,
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[VO-NAT]


and our Cleveland Browns training camp reports continue with former Hokie Ben Taylor's story.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Super soaking rains in the New River, clouds and cool temperatures except southside. A wide range of weather to talk about in a few moments.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 4-Shot]


News 7 is next.
[Video-Open]
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[WRITER=dse]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


They're taking a beating from cheaply-priced imports.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Now the furniture industry and local workers are fighting back.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Shannon Young.
[Furniture]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-17 TC2:02:48]
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[****ANCHOR TAG****]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

Three furniture manufacturers in Southwest Virginia are joining forces to stop what they say is illegal trading.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

And they're not alone. New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens explains.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Galax; :00]
[SUPER=01-Robert Lineberry/Vaughan-Bassett Employee; :12 QUICK!!]
[SUPER=01-John Bassett/Vaughan-Bassett Furniture President; :36]
[SUPER=01-John Vaughan/Vaughan Furniture Board Chairman; 1:09]
[SUPER=@Myranda2; 1:21]
[RUNS=1:27]
[OUT Q=News 7, Galax]

((Their T-shirts may have said it best. Hundreds of workers at Vaughan, Webb and Vaughan-Bassett furniture companies signed a petition Tuesday in hopes of protecting their jobs.
[SOT 1426]

[RUNS04] ((ROBERT LINEBERRY/VAUGHN-BASSETT FURNITURE EMPLOYEE: BEING ABLE TO KEEP MY HOME SUPPORT MY FAMILY TAKE CARE OF MY CHILD 30)) The anti-dumping petition was brought on by the Committee for Legal Trade, a national coalition which accuses China of EXporting wood bedroom furniture at prices far below the market value. The group says so-called dumping has left thousands of American workers without jobs and possibly more if something isn't done about it.
[SOT 5501]

[RUNS16] ((JOHN BASSETT/PRESIDENT OF VAUGHN-BASSETT FURNITURE: WE ARE NOT TRYING TO STOP GLOBAL COMPETITION. WE HAVE SAID FROM THE VERY BEGINNING THAT WE ARE FOR THREE THINGS: FREE, FAIR AND LEGAL TRADE. AS LONG AS IT'S FREE FAIR AND LEGAL, WE'RE FOR IT 17)) The Committee plans to file its petition with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission in October. They will then conduct an investigation. If the petition is successful, bedroom furniture from China would then be subject to anti-dumping duties.
[SOT 4748]

[RUNS12] ((JOHN VAUGHN: WE HAVE THE BEST ATTORNEY IN THE BEST LAW FIRM IN THE UNITED STATES PERHAPS THE WORLD ON OUR SIDE AND HE TELLS US WE HAVE AN EXCELLENT CHANCE.)) And they'll find out just how good a chance soon enough. Myranda Stephens, News 7, Galax.))
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=NONE]

The coalition is made up of about 25-furniture companies across the country. Officials say that number is growing everyday.

[Loan]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-28 TC35:59]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A soldier from Covington is back in the states to recover from injuries sustained in Iraq.
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[VO-NAT]


21 year old Adam Loan was transported Sunday night from Germany to a military hospital in San Antonio Texas.
He was injured last week as he secured fencing around the perimeter of the house occupied by Saddam Hussein's son Uday and Qusay.
Loan suffered electrical burns to his hands, arms, and backside.
[SUPER=03-Covington]


His mother says he is still in a lot of pain but there's no indication how long he'll be hospitalized. The family hopes to fly to Texas sometime next week.
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[Augusta-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
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[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]


A Goshen woman's son is being charged with killing her ex-boyfriend. 18-year-old Christopher Bennett faces capital murder charges for the shooting death of 42-year-old Vincent McDorman. McDorman was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head in his Augusta County home last Friday. He is survived by three young daughters. The oldest, a ten year-old, found his body. Officials say a 15-year old boy is also being charged as an accessory to breaking and entering for giving the accused a ride to and from the victim's home. He is not implicated in the murder.
[TAKE VIDEO!!!]

[Interstate-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=03-24 TC1:02:34]
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[TAKE TAKE TAKE]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Cocke Co., TN/Last Month;]


Two teenage stepbrothers will stand trial for the shooting of Franklin County woman and another person.
A judge found 16-year-old William Buckner and his 13-year-old stepbrother Joshua mentally competent.
The pair is charged with reckless homicide and aggravated assault in the shootings of Aaron Hamel and Kimberly Bede (BEED-ee) on Interstate 40 in Tennessee last month.
Hamel was killed.
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./July 2;]


Bede was shot in the pelvis.
She's recovering from her injuries at her home in Scruggs.
She says she plans to testify when the brothers go on trial August 28th.
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[Big-Daddy's]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-19 TC1:40:23]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Roanoke nightclub's dancing days are over.
And the owner says the city put him out of business.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & justin /NEwsroom;]


Justin McLeod is here to tell us all about it. Justin?
Shannon, we're talking about Big Daddy's, a hip hop nightclub located in downtown Roanoke.
[LIVE= Justin /FULL Newsroom]
[SUPER=@justin1]


Owner Hugh Mayo admits he's had some problems with fights and drugs but says they were minor.
The club opened in February and for many months Mayo claims there were no arrests or violations.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The problems started in May when Roanoke Police visited the club and found marijuana.
An officer then sent a letter to the owners of the building saying they could be charged since it is their property.

A short time later, the owners terminated Mayo's lease and the club closed three weeks ago.
Mayo claims the city targeted his establishment because he's black and because he caters to a younger crowd.
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[SOT 9:04]
[IN Q=I'm bringing people]

((HUGH MAYO/CLUB OWNER: I'M BRINGING PEOPLE IN FROM EVERYWHERE AND WHEN YOU SEE A LARGE AMOUNT OF BLACK FOLKS, WHITE FOLKS AND EVERYBODY HAVING A GOOD TIME. EVERY HIP HOP CLUB THAT'S EVER BEEN IN THE CITY OF ROANOKE HAS BEEN LABELED AS A PUBLIC NUISANCE AND WE AT BIG DADDY'S IS NOT GOING TO BE LABELED AS A PUBLIC NUISANCE.))
[SUPER=01-Hugh Mayo/Club Owner; :]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=labeled as a public nuisance]
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[VO-NAT]


Roanoke Police declined to go on camera but over the phone denied Mayo's claims.
A department spokesperson says complaints from citizens prompted the investigation.
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[LIVE= Justin /FULL Newsroom]


The property owner said late this afternoon Mayo's lease was terminated not over accusations of drugs but because he was failing to pay his rent.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Justin /NEwsroom;]


Meantime Shannon, the club's owner has contacted Rev. Al Sharpton about holding a protest in Roanoke.
(QUESTION: Justin, do we know when the protest would happen?)


Mayo says it could happen as early as a week from Saturday.

[Blacksburg-Sewer]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-21 TC1:12:38]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The town of Blacksburg has chosen a new sewer plan, and many residents aren't happy about it.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

In a 4-to-3 vote, the town's council approved a new centralized sewage system to replace its current one, now at capacity. The 16-million dollar project will add service to the Tom's Creek area. But many residents say the system will do more harm than good.
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[SOT 2225]
[IN Q=they will be]

((DAVID SCHEIM: THEY WILL BE DYNAMITING AND BULLDOZING THROUGHOUT THE TOM'S CREEK BASIN. IT WILL BE DISRUPTING HOMES PONDS SPRINGS WILDLIFE HABITAT. IT WILL BE DEEP IN A FLOODPLAIN THE LEAKIEST POSSIBLE SEWER DESIGN. IT'S A DISASTER 40))


[SUPER=01-David Scheim/Opposes Sewer Plan;]
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[OUT Q=it's a disaster]
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[VO-NAT]

Although upgrading the town's current system would have cost less, officials say it would have only been a quick fix and would have resulted in more problems down the line.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]


ITT and its striking union could be close to a deal.
More on that when News 7 returns.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Plus we'll remember how Bob Hope brought laughter to Southwest and Central Virginia.
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[City-Schools]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-23 TC1:07:37]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Members of the Roanoke City School Board are reacting to criticism from Roanoke Mayor Ralph Smith.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Late this afternoon, they issued a news release defending their response to recent controversy. [***NEWS7 @ 6 FS***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keiht-Shannon & JoeD /BAM;]


Joe Dashiell is in the studio tonight, with more on this late- breaking story.
[LIVE= JoeD /FULL BAM]
[SUPER=@joe1;]


Keith and Shannon, school board members have been weighing their response since Smith delivered the criticism last week...
within the last hour we received a diplomatic defense.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Today the issue is school violence]

((TODAY THE ISSUE IS SCHOOL VIOLENCE. YESTERDAY IT WAS QUESTIONABLE PROCUREMENT PRACTICES. A DAY EARLIER, IT WAS HIRING SCHOOL EMPLOYEES WITH QUESTIONABLE BACKGROUNDS. I BELIEVE THE TIME HAS COME FOR A NEW DAY OF ACCOUNTABILITY WITHIN OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM.))
[SUPER=10-Ralph Smith/Roanoke Mayor/Last Week;]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=within our school system.]
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[VO-NAT]


Delivering his state of the city address at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast last Wednesday, Mayor Smith said he believes there needs to be a change in how the school system operates, from members of the school board to administrators.
In today's release, school board members said they agree this is an important time for the board, but said they take their responsibilities seriously, and are in constant pursuit of a safe and secure environment. They said they regret the mayor did not acknowledge the positive accomplishments of the Roanoke City School Division.
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[LIVE= JoeD /FULL BAM]


Members of the school board say they are now waiting for results of a review by the Virginia Department of Education... and they promise appropriate changes once they review the findings.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & JoeD /BAM;]


And Keith and Shannon, they say they look forward to the Mayor's continued support.


[ITT]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=503-00 TC22:05]
[GRAPHIC=ITT Strike]

I-T-T Night Vision and its union will head back to the bargaining table this Thursday.
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[VO-NAT ]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./This Month;]

[File Tape @ 03-30 TC-1:04:22] Nearly 400 employees have been on strike since June 21st. They've been holding mass informational pickets like this one in front of the plant on Plantation Road nearly every week. Union leaders say they will bring a new contract offer for the membership to vote on this Saturday. Employees say they're tired of working mandatory overtime and want better pensions and caps on their insurance premiums. The company won't comment on current negotiations.
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[Burlington]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=03-20 TC1:42:18]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]


The sale of a company with local ties is set for approval in bankruptcy court at the end of the month.
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[VO-NAT :15]
[SUPER=03-Glasgow/File Tape;]

[Burlington 92-19] Burlington Industries operates plants in Glasgow and Hurt. The company filed bankruptcy in 2001. The latest bid for its purchase is 620-million dollars. Local economic development officials are confident a sale will keep local plants as they are.
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[SOT 00:20:39 - :53]
[IN Q=this is]

((DAVID KLEPPINGER/ROCKBRIDGE ECONOMIC DEV. PARTNERSHIP; THE PROFITABLE DIVISION IS LEE'S CARPET, THIS IS THE LEE'S CARPET PLANT, LEE'S CARPET IS ONE OF THE, HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST REPUTATIONS IN THE CARPET INDUSTRY AND WOULD BE VERY DESIROUS FOR A COMPANY LIKE MOHAWK TO ACQUIRE THE NAME.))
[SUPER=10-David Kleppinger/Rockbridge Economic Dev. Partnership/Last Week; ]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=ACQUIRE THE NAME.]
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=HOLD]

Mohawk Industries would acquire the Lees carpet plant in Glasgow which employs 12-hundred people.

[VA-Unemployment]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=03-29 TC44:19]
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Danville leads the state in unemployed workers.
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[VO-NAT]

Figures from the month of June show Danville's unemployment rate at 14-point-five-percent. The state's average rose to four-point-two percent.
[SUPER=03-Danville/File Tape;]

[File @ 03-14 2:52:22] The Virginia Employment Commission blames the double digit number in Danville to seasonal unemployment in tobacco and recent textile layoffs. Other parts of Southside also register high numbers of unemployed workers.
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[Stocks]


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


A drop in consumer confidence turned into a drop on Wall Street today. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-y/62.05/9204.46/y/3.96/1731.40;]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


The DOW fell 62 points.
NASDAQ lost four.
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[VO]
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[SUPER=274-i/0.20/9.00/i/0.46/61.46/i/0.58/35.40/i/0.22/43.74/i/0.67/55.49;]
[SUPER=#555; Reset]


[Tax-Reform]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-30 TC1:16:14]
[GRAPHIC=Mark Warner]


Governor Warner has pledged to modernize Virginia's tax code.
But one political observer says that is a promise Warner will be unable to keep.
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[VO-NAT]


Larry Sabato, a professor at the University of Virginia, says partisan politics will likely doom efforts to overhaul the state's tax structure.
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[SOT :32:45]
[IN Q=THERE'S NO WAY TO WIN]
[SUPER=01-Larry Sabato/UVA Political Science Prof.]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=NOT GOING TO GO ANYWHERE.]
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[VO-NAT]


Warner says he will release his tax reform plan after the fall elections.
A bipartisan panel of lawmakers is also looking at changing Virginia's 88-year-old tax code.
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[Hope-Roanoke]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-22 TC1:22:52]
[GRAPHIC=Bob Hope]


Whether he was touring the country or entertaining troops overseas, Bob Hope often took his act on the road.
And thirty two years ago, he brought his one-liners to western Virginia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/October 1971;]


In October 1971, local dignitaries welcomed Hope as he arrived at Woodrum Field.
He received a key to the city and met with reporters before an appearance later that night at the Roanoke Civic Center.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I'm picking up a few pins]

((BOB HOPE: I'M PICKING UP A FEW PINS HERE. DON'T KNOW IF IT'S SAFE FOR ME TO WALK OUT OF THIS WITH A KEY TO WINE CELLAR, VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS AND WE TRY HARDER.))
[SUPER=10-Bob Hope//1971]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=and we try harder.]
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[VO-NAT FROM 03-25 TC27:35]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/September 14, 1977;]


Bob Hope played Lynchburg early in his Vaudeville career, and returned to the Hill City in 1977 for a Virginia Baptist Hospital fundraiser.
On that visit, Hope also teed up at the Ivy Hill Golf Course for an exhibition round of golf.
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[Sports tease]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=]
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ACC is not out of the woods yet on the Big East lawsuit, a former Tech linebacker is taylor made for the Cleveland Browns starting line up
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[VO-NAT]

while the Redskins part ways with defensive lineman Dan Wilkinson. a trip to Skins camp coming up.
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[S-Skins]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-151 15:50]
[GRAPHIC=redskisn]


The Redskins held their seoncd day of training camp workouts from Redskins Park today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Ashburn; :00]


The Skins have no doubt trimmed the in camp this season.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Steve Spurrier/Redskins Head Coach; :08]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=..helpful for us"]
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[VO-NAT]


Spurrier put his money where his mouth is today when he cut Redskins defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson. Wilkonson had no sacks and only 17 tackles last season yet was due three and a half million bucks this season.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Vinny Cerrato/Redskins General Manager; :00]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=.....in that area"]
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[S-Ben]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-159 227TC]
[GRAPHIC=BROWNS CAMP]


It's not often that teams in the NFL clean house at the same spot in the same year.
But the Browns did just that when they got rid of each of their starting linebackers from a season ago.
Mike Stevens tells us how the radical move has opened the door for former Hokie Ben Taylor.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Berea, OH; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ben Taylor/Browns Starting Linebacker; :15]
[SUPER=04-2001 Va. Tech Season; 1:03]
[SUPER=@mike1; 1:56]
[RUNS=2:10]
[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
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[S-ACC]


[ANCHOR=STEVE]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-144 1:57:57]
[GRAPHIC=acc]

A Connecticut judge has decided to keep the Big East's lawsuit against Miami and the ACC going.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-ACC; :00]


The judge denied an A-C-C motion yesterday that would have prevented the case from proceeding.
Four Big East football schools are seeking millions of dollars in damages claiming the A-C-C conspired with Big East member Miami to join the A-C-C and weaken the Big East. Depositions will begin late next month.
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[S-AVS]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-156 5:27 ]
[GRAPHIC=Avalanche]

The Avalanche will try and avenge last night's 5-3 setback to Frederick tonight at Salem Memorial at 7:05. Avs first baseman and outfielder Todd Self is second in the Carolina League in hitting with a .324 average, five homers and 43 RBI's.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Todd Self/Avalanche First Baseman & Outfielder; :00]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=..help your team"]

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