[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Teresa]

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[VO-NAT]

Coming up on NEWS 7 at six. Nearly 600- workers prepare to head back to work after weeks on strike-- while another group of employees prepare to possibly hit the picket- line in less than 12 hours.
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[anchor= Teresa]
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Plus, Governor Warner sounds off before a national audience.


[Sports-head]


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Tonight in sports, a former Redskin visits the Valley, Lee Suggs is still a holdout just over a week in to training camp, and
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[VO-NAT]


Kevin Harvick puts the hammer down at Indy in qualifying for the Brickyard 400.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Brent]
[SS=None]


A little sunshine made all the difference as far as temperatures go. The almost tropical airmass will bring us a chance of showers and humid conditions for the second half of the weekend. The full forecast coming up. [Video-Open]
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[IN Q=Our pension was increased]

((OUR PENSION WAS INCREASED 54 PERCENT OVER THE TERM OF THE CONTRACT.))
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[OUT Q=of the contract]
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[VO-NAT]

Union workers at I-T-T Night Vision ratify a new contract and get ready to go back to work.
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.


[ITT-Strike]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=03-23 TC-1:11:32]
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The contract between I-T-T Night Vision and union employees expired June 21st and since then they've been walking the picket lines, but today a new agreement was reached. [TAKE ITT FS IN BAM]
[DOUBLE BOXES= Teresa/Jenn;]

Jennifer Wishon has been following the story since the beginning and joins us now with more. Teresa, union workers say it has been a stressful six weeks since they walked off the job, but it seems both the union and company have now reached an agreement both sides can live with.
[LIVE=Jenn/FULL]
[SUPER=@Jennifer1;]

Today the union ratified a new contract with a 69 percent vote. Union leaders say they're pleased with that number considering the diversity of the group.
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[IN Q=There were smiles and hugs]
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[SUPER=01-Lee Dillon/Local 162 President; :07]
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((There were smiles and hugs as union members learned a new contract had been ratified and they were returning to work.
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[SOT 14:17:06]
[IN Q=We were able]

((WE WERE ABLE TO MAKE GAINS IN VACATION FOR THE YOUNGER PEOPLE. GAINS IN VACATION FOR THE OLDER PEOPLE.))
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[OUT Q=the older people]

((Nats of picket line)) Vacation was one of many issues that sent workers to the picket lines more than a month ago. Under the new contract the night- vision manufacturer offered caps on employee insurance premiums, less mandatory overtime and increased pensions by 54 percent. Today, union members met behind closed doors and cast their votes.
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[SOT 13:46:14]
[IN Q=The tension was high]

((THE TENSION WAS HIGH, ANTICIPATION WAS UNDERSTANDABLE. ONCE WE PRESENTED THE ENTIRE PACKAGE THE MEMBERSHIP DECIDED TO RATIFY THE CONTRACT AS A PACKAGE WITH THE GIVES AND THE TAKES AND GO BACK TO WORK.))
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[OUT Q=back to work]

But Dillon says there were times he wasn't sure the two sides would be able to reach an agreement.
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[IN Q=The advancements on]

((THE ADVANCEMENTS ON AGREEMENTS WAS SLOW. WE MET NUMEROUS TIMES AND IT SEEMED THAT WE WERE POSSIBLY HEADED FOR AN IMPASSE.))
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[OUT Q=for an impasse]

In a statement ITT officials, said they were pleased with the agreement. "While the total value of the Company's offer has not changed during the course of negotiations, areas of the offer have been modified. The flexibility of this offer has afforded latitude for adjustment, which both sides have exercised, to achieve the "win-win" contract agreed upon today." Dillon says business is good at ITT and he's happy employees are able to share in the prosperity.
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[IN Q=The ecomony at night]

((THE ECONOMY AT NIGHT VISION IS GOOD. I MEAN, WE'RE SOMEWHAT SHIELDED FROM THE ECONOMY ACROSS THE NATION RIGHT NOW AND WE WERE ABLE TO LOCK IN A FIVE YEAR AGREEMENT WHICH GIVES US SOME PROTECTIONS.))
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[OUT Q=us some protections]))
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Throughout the entire process Dillon says union members have stuck together like glue, and overwhelmed by the support of the community.
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Teresa, employees will get back to work beginning with third shift on Sunday night.


[Verizon]


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Union leaders say they don't expect an agreement to be made with Verizon before their contract runs out at midnight. Leaders say negotiations will continue throughout the evening, but the two sides are nowhere close to hammering out a deal.
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[VO-NAT]
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Union President Guy Angell says workers want job security, but they also want some guarantees for their retired employees.
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[IN Q=We also want to]

((GUY ANGELL/CWA LOCAL 2204 PRESIDENT: WE ALSO WANT TO KEEP OUR HEALTH CARE BENEFITS IN TACT AS IS. THE COMPANY IS WANTING TO SHIFT A LOT OF THE COSTS OF HEALTH CARE TO THE RETIREES AND TO NEW HIRES AND ALSO TO THE YOUNGER MEMBERS WHO HAVE LESS THAN TEN YEARS OF SERVICE.))
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[OUT Q=ten years of service]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Falls Church;]

Verizon employees across the county hit the picket lines a little early this afternoon. Angell says a new contract needs to guarantee job security as technology advances and jobs are consolidated. Local union officials will be briefed about negotiations this evening and are prepared to strike if a tentative agreement is not reached.
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[Mark-Warner]


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Governor Warner took aim at the Bush administration before a national audience this morning. Warner was selected to deliver the Democratic response to the President's weekly radio address. The Democrat told listeners the Bush administration's tax cuts are creating huge federal deficits and a financial crisis for states.
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[IN Q=The major reason]

(( THE MAJOR REASON FOR THE DEFICITS IS THEY FORCED THROUGH MASSIVE TAX CUTS THAT PROVIDE TAX CUTS THAT PROVIDE THE GREATEST BENEFITS TO THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS SO INSTEAD OF GETTING OUR ECONOMY MOVING AGAINST REPUBLICAN POLICY HAVE MADE THE FISCAL CRISIS OF THE STATES ONLY WORSE FORCING MOST STATES TO CUT VITAL PROGRAMS OR RAISE TAXES.))
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[OUT Q=or raise taxes.]
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[anchor=Teresa]
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Warner says the country has lost more than three million jobs and he says Republic policies have created a 455- billion dollar deficit. But the President says recent improvement in the economy shows his policies are working.

[4H]


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The only adult charged so far in a series of alleged organized fights at a 4-H summer camp has turned himself over to authorities.
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Franklin County Sheriff Quint Overton says 20-year-old Joe Cocke faces three misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Overton says that Cocke KNEW about the fights but did nothing to stop them. Three younger teenage counselors are already charged with child abuse, disorderly conduct and assault. Investigators say the teens staged fistfights between campers as young as 10 and charged admission.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[SS=NONE]

Still to come on the newscast, thousands of people are without jobs after a textile company shuts down. We'll take a look at what made business news in the past week.
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[VO-NAT]

Plus, some people and their canine friends compete for big prizes today in Botetourt County.
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[Amazing-Animals]


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Both man and beast had an *amazing* time in Troutville today.
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[VO-NAT]
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The Farm Store hosted the "People and their Amazing Animals Talent Show". Categories included cutest, most unusual, talent, and look alike. Alley and Heather Duvall entered their pets in the competition, but say winning isn't important.
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[IN Q=I don't know]

((ALLEY DUVALL/ENTERED "CHIPPER" IN CONTEST: I DON'T KNOW, I THINK WE MIGHT BE PRETTY GOOD, BUT IT DOESN'T MATTER IF WE WIN REALLY BECAUSE IT'S FUN.))
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[OUT Q=because it's fun]
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[VO-NAT]

Those who DO win will go on to compete on the national level where there's a lot of money at stake.
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[IN Q=We invite our customers]

((BARRY HOLLAND/LAWRENCE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS: WE INVITE OUR CUSTOMERS IN TO SHOWCASE THEIR ANIMALS WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO WIN PRIZES HERE. TROPHIES AND RIBBONS WITH A CHANCE TO WIN A NATIONAL CONTEST UP TO 20,000 DOLLARS IN PRIZES AT A NATIONAL LEVEL.))
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[OUT Q=a national level]
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[VO-NAT]

Today's event was sponsored by Purina, but The Farm Store hopes to hold special events throughout the year.
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[Dog-Show]


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It's a dog-eat-dog world at the Salem Civic Center today.
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[VO-NAT]
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The Mountain Valley Cluster Dog Show is drawing nearly two thousand dogs from three kennel clubs. One of a kind dogs are strutting their stuff in hopes of snagging the event's highest honor- "Best in Show".
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[IN Q=The culmination of course...]
[SUPER=01-Sherry Harman/Dog Show Chairman]

((SHERRY HARMAN/DOG SHOW CHAIRMAN: THE CULMINATION OF COURSE IS BEST IN SHOW. AND I THINK EVERYBODY STRIVES FOR THAT.))


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[OUT Q=everybody stives for that.]
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[VO-NAT]


A best-in-show winner is selected on each day of the five day competition.
The dog show showdown continues until Sunday night.
To learn more about the event, and one dog that traveled all the way from Hong Kong tune in to News 7 Sunday Morning.
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[Biz-Review]


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Thousands of jobs are lost in Henry County, and more labor troubles for Verizon. Richard Lesko has more in this week's Business Review.
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(([MUSIC AND GRAPHICS] This week in review.... [MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]
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Nine Hundred fifty workers are out of a job at Pillowtex Corporation. The company closed 16 of its plants nationwide including the one in Fieldale. Henry county leaders say it is just another setback in a region already hit hard by declines in manufacturing.
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[IN Q=Just a few]

((DEBRA BUCHANAN/HENRY CO. SUPERVISOR: JUST A FEW YEARS AGO, WE RANKED NUMBER TWO AND NUMBER THREE IN THE STATE IN JOB CREATION AND CAPITAL INVESTMENT AND WE TOOK PRIDE IN THAT, BUT WHEN NAFTA TOOK HOLD HERE WE COULD NOT CREATE JOBS FAST ENOUGH WE WERE LOSING JOBS, FASTER THAN WE COULD CREATE THEM. ))
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Governor Warner made the trip to Fieldale to let out of work residents know what state and federal assistance is available. He says the state will help find a buyer for Pillowtex, but that chance gets slimmer everyday. [MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]
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Verizon and union leaders continue to try and work out a new contract. The current one expires at midnight Saturday and workers say differences on health insurance and job security have not been resolved. Three years ago, Verizon employees struck for more than three weeks, preventing new customers from getting service. This time the company says they are prepared for a strike. There are roughly 13-thousand Verizon employees in Virginia and 900 in the Roanoke region and Southwest Virginia. For News 7, I'm Richard Lesko and that's this week's Business Review. [MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]))


[Tease#2]
[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[SS=NONE]

Still ahead on NEWS 7 at six, Brent says expect a few clouds and the chance of showers. Your full forecast is still ahead.
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[VO-NAT]

and, we'll take you to one Bath County attraction where music is in the air.
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[Garth-Newel]


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There's a place in Bath County that has served as a haven for musicians for the past 30 years, but you might hear some tunes that you don't expect. In this week's Time Off, Shannon Young explains the Garth Newel experience.
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A barn in Bath County might be fit more for a hoe-down than the whimsical sounds of the Solaris Wind Quartet. But fans of the Garth Newel Music Center don't think so.
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[IN Q=We're lucky here...]

((JACOB YARROW/GARTH NEWEL MUSIC CENTER: WE'RE LUCKY HERE. WE DO CHAMBER MUSIC AND WE DO IT THE WAY IT WAS INTENDED TO BE DONE - IN A CHAMBER.)) [RUNS:05]
[OUT Q=in a chamber.]

A chamber that once served as an excercise ring for Arabian horses. The animals and the grounds belonged to artists William Sargent Kendall and Christine Herter Kendall, who also dabbled in music. Their legacy resonates from the intimate performance hall to the Manor House where they lived.
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[IN Q=They were both painters so we have a great collection of their art...]

((JACOB YARROW: THEY WERE BOTH PAINTERS SO WE HAVE A GREAT COLLECTION OF THEIR ART AND MUSIC THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY HERE.)) [RUNS:08]
[OUT Q=throughout our history here.]

A history that's grown to encompass dozens of resident musicians.
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[NATS - PIANO] [RUNS:03] Paul Nitsch, who's returned to Garth Newel after years away, says his time here changed his life.
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[IN Q=I discovered that I am a chamber pianist...]

((PAUL NITSCH/PIANIST: I DISCOVERED THAT I AM A CHAMBER PIANIST RATHER THAN A SOLOIST. I KNEW THAT BUT IT WASN'T IN MY CONSCIOUSNESS UNTIL I CAME TO GARTH NEWEL AND PLAYED CHAMBER MUSIC AND I THOUGHT, WOW, THAT'S IT.)) [RUNS:14]
[OUT Q=and I though, wow, that's it.]

It took an entire summer for Nitch to come to favor chamber music. You might only need one concert.
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[IN Q=We've had a large number of people...]

((JACOB YARROW: WE'VE HAD A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO, WHEN TREATED TO THE GARTH NEWEL EXPERIENCE, REALLY BECAME CONVERTS.)) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=really became converts.]
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[IN Q=Classical music is not for everybody...]

((PAUL NITSCH: CLASSICAL MUSIC IS NOT FOR EVERYBODY LIKE FINE FOOD IS NOT FOR EVERYBODY. BUT I DON'T QUITE UNDERSTAND WHAT'S NOT TO BE LIKED.)) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=what's not to be liked.]

The Summer Chamber Music Festival runs weekends through August.
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[IN Q=music]

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[OUT Q=that's the whole piece.]

Shannon Young, News 7, Bath County.))
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[TAKE WEBADDRESS FS] Music plays at Garth Newel all year long. For more information about the schedule and tickets log onto our website at wdbj7.com and click on News 7 Saturday and Sunday Morning.
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[Sports tease]


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Coming up, Kevin Harvick outclasses the field at Indy, Serena Williams is out of the US Open, and
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[VO-NAT]


former Cavalier Thomas Jones helps the Bucs knock off the Jets in the NFL's first preseason game of the year.
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[S-Qualify]


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Cloudy skies were a good thing for those drivers lucky enough to draw an early qualifying number today at the Brickyard. Kevin Harvick took advantage of near perfect conditions to shatter the track record.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/TNT; :00]


Harvick was the tenth of 52 drivers out and he toured the 2 and a half mile track at 184.34 miles per hour to claim the second pole of his career.
Larry Foyt had just a little trouble during his run and will start way back in provisional land. Now here's the complete starting lineup for the tenth Brickyard 400.
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[go to qualifying boards]
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[SUPER=0107-1. Kevin Harvick/184.34/2. Ryan Newman//3. Bill Elliott//4. Ward Burton//5. Michael Waltrip//;]
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[SUPER=0107-6. Kurt Busch//7. Joe Nemechek//8. Bobby Labonte//9. Jimmie Johnson//10. Jeremy Mayfield//;]
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[SUPER=0107-11. John Andretti//12. Sterling Marlin//13. Robby Gordon//14. Rusty Wallace//15. Tony Stewart//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Elliott Sadler//17. Matt Kenseth//18. Greg Biffle//19. Jeff Gordon//20. Dave Blaney//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Kevin Lepage//22. Jamie McMurray//23. Steve Park//24. Mike Skinner//25. Mark Martin//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-26. Jason Leffler//27. Casey Atwood//28. Casey Mears//29. Kenny Wallace//30. Jeff Green//;]
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[SUPER=0107-31. Todd Bodine//32. Jimmy Spencer//33. Tony Raines//34. Dale Jarrett//35. Ricky Craven//;]
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[SUPER=0107-36. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.//37. Jeff Burton/Prov/38. Terry Labonte/Prov/39. Ricky Rudd/Prov/40. Johnny Benson/

Prov/;]
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[SUPER=0107-41. Kyle Petty/Prov/42. Larry Foyt/Prov/43. Derrike Cope/Prov/;]
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[oc...last name]
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[S-Browns]


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[WRITER=twe]
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The Cleveland Browns scrimmaged the Buffalo Bills this afternoon and Roanoke's Lee Suggs is still not in uniform for Cleveland. Suggs is now in week two of his holdout.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Berea, OH; :00]


Also absent from today's scrimmage was another former Hokie Andre Davis who has fluid on his knee. Linebacker Andra Davis fell on the knee last Sunday forcing the receiver to miss practice ever since. Andre has missed five days and eight practices because of swelling in the knee. An MRI earlier this week was negative. The Browns are counting on Davis to be an integral part of the offense and a major threat on kick returns this season.
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[S-Bruce]


[ANCHOR=travis]
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[WRITER=sma]
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The Washington Redskins continue to power through NFL training camp at Redskins Park in Ashburn.
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Former Virginia Tech All-American Bruce Smith usually sits out one or two of the practices at camp so as not to over work himself. The 40 year old future hall of famer is entering his 19th season in the league.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Ashburn; :00]


The time off does give him a chance to think about his alma mater's move from the Big East to the ACC next college football season.
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[OUT Q=we're in the acc now"]
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[S-McDole]


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One of the most popular Redskins of all-time is in the Roanoke Valley this weekend.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]

Ron McDole, the man known affectionately as the "Dancing Bear" is in town to help the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. McDole was named one of the 70 greatest Redskins of all-time during the 70th anniversary season.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=WELL, IT MEANT...]
[SUPER=01-Ron McDole/Redskins' Lineman 1971-78; :00]
[RUNS=:25]
[OUT Q=...GREAT EXPERIENCE."]
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[VO-NAT con't]

McDole and Celtics star Eric Williams will be at tomorrow night's silent auction at the Wyndham hotel that gets underway at six and is open to the public.
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[S-Bucs]


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[WIPE to ENG!!]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tokyo, Japan/ESPN; :00]


The Bucs and Jets opened up the NFL preseason bright and early at 5am eastern time this morning. It was a little later in Japan where former Virginia star Thomas Jones rushed 11 times for 45 yards and this touchdown to help the cause of the defending Super Bowl Champs.
One time Texas Longhorn Chris Simms was wingin' it to the tune of 79 yards and a score as the Bucs
[SUPER=30-Tampa Bay/30/N.Y. Jets/14/;]

whipped the Jets 30 to 14 in the second annual American Bowl.
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[S-Serena]


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[WRITER=twe]
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There won't be a repeat women's winner at the US Open this year. Serena Williams underwent knee surgery yesterday and will miss the year's final Grand Slam event.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-WTA; :00]


The top ranked player in the world had the procedure to repair a torn tendon in her left knee. She is expected to miss 6 to 8 weeks of action, but should make a full recovery. Williams has won five titles in her last 6 Grand Slam t(------------) ournaments. The US Open begins on August 25th in the Big Apple.