[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

More political fallout from last year's political eavesdropping case.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

And a general assessment from V-M-I's new leader 34-days into the job.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
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Tonight on News 7 sports - the Friday Football Extra previews continue with the Liberty high school Minutemen,
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[VO-NAT]

and there are conflicting reports concerning Pete Rose's reinstatement into Major League Baseball.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Leo]
[SS=None]


Showers and storms will decrease through the week as temperatures increase. I'll have your hometown forecast.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 4-Shot]


News 7 is next.
[Backup-Thomson]
[NEWSCAST=5pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=503-03 23:34]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Keith Humphry.
Another Republican party leader has resigned as a result of his involvement in last year's eavesdropping scandal.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-SHot]
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[VO-NAT :34]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Gary Thomson stepped down today as chairman of the state's Republican Party.
He resigned after pleading guilty to aiding and abetting in the unauthorized publication of a wire communication.
Thomson was ordered to pay a two-thousand dollar fine for committing the misdemeanor.
He was also sentenced to two years of probation.
The plea came out of a 16 month investigation into charges that a Republican operative listened in on two Democratic conference calls last year.
Ed Matricardi, the former executive director of the state's GOP, pleaded guilty to a felony last month for his role in the case.
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[SOT 10:26:33]
[IN Q=THIS THING SEEMS TO HAVE NO]

((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: THIS THING SEEMS TO HAVE NO END. AGAIN WHAT'S GOING ON OVER THERE? WHY HAVEN'T THE TOP REPUBLICAN OFFICIALS GOTTEN TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS. I THINK ALL OF US IN BOTH PARTIES THAT ARE PLAYING BY THE RULES, HOPE THIS IS THE FINAL CHAPTER IN THIS SORRY INCIDENT.))
[SUPER=@MarkWarner]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=CHAPTER IN THIS SORRY INCIDENT.]
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[VO-NAT]


Party officials say they hope to replace Thomson as soon as possible.
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[Griffith]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=03-22 TC1:35:32]
[GRAPHIC=Griffith]


The House Majority Leader supports Thomson's resignation. Delegate Morgan Griffith says he's been concerned because early reports indicated the Chairman had some knowledge of the eavesdropping incident which could have indicated Thomson had done something improper.
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[VO-NAT :07.5]
[SUPER=03-Salem;]

Griffith describes Thomson as hard-working and sincere but says the party's leader should have been more aware.
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[SOT 3:25-3:32]
[IN Q=Gary Thomson]

((DELEGATE MORGAN GRIFFITH/8TH DISTRICT: GARY THOMSON IS A GOOD INDIVIDUAL WHO MADE A MISTAKE IN THIS CASE. AS HE SAID IN HIS STATEMENT HIS INSTINCTS WERE NOT ON TARGET.)) [BUTT BUTT BUTT]
[SOT 4:06-4:16]

((I THINK HE MADE THE RIGHT DECISION. IT'S UNFORTUNATE AND SAD FOR HIM PERSONALLY BUT I THINK HE'S MADE THE RIGHT DECISION.))
[SUPER=@Griffith]
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[OUT Q=he's made the right decision. (second ref.)]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]

As for the state GOP, Griffith says Thomson's departure should not be detrimental. He anticipates a short mourning period but says "somebody will step up" to take Thomson's place and the party will "move on."

[Chatham-Drowning]


[ANCHOR=Keith ]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=None]


An eight-year old boy drowned this morning at a church pool party in Pittsylvania County.
The Life Saving Crew pulled the child from a private pool on Bob Neal Road in Chatham just after 11: A-M.
The boy was part of a group from Mount Hermon Baptist Church in Danville.
The exact cause of death is unknown, but investigators are calling it accidental.
The boy's name was not released.

[Short-Overview]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=03-23 TC1:32:24]
[GRAPHIC=Jennifer Short]


Friday will be the first anniversary of a grisly unsolved murder in Henry County.
Over the next few days, we'll be looking at the investigation of the Short family murders and the people waiting for answers one year later.
Tonight, Marya Jones starts with a look back.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=On August 15th,]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./August 15, 2002;]
[SUPER=10-Frank Cassell/Henry Co. Sheriff/August 15, 2002;]
[SUPER=10-Capt. Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept./August 15, 2002;]
[SUPER=10-Garrison Bowman/"Person of Interest"/November 1, 2002;]
[SUPER=@Marya2; 1:42]
[RUNS=1:50]
[OUT Q=MJ News 7.]

(( On August 15th, 2002, Henry County wakes up to a nightmare: a missing little girl and two murdered parents.
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[SOT tape 02-32, tc 58:24 - :27]

((SHERIFF CASSELL: YOU CAN'T THINK OF A WORSE CASE SCENARIO THAN THIS.))
[RUNS= :03]


Michael and Mary Short are discovered by an employee of their mobile home moving business ... shot and killed in their sleep.
Their 9-year-old daughter Jennifer is nowhere to be found.
Even worse, investigators are left with no clues to suggest who did it and why.
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[SOT tape 1:10:05]

((KIMMY NESTER: FROM WHAT WE'VE SEEN HERE, IT'S HIGHLY LIKELY ONE PERSON COULD'VE DONE IT, BUT IT'S JUST AS LIKELY MORE THAN ONE PERSON MAY BE RESPONSIBLE.))
[RUNS= :05]


Six weeks later, a North Carolina man and his dogs find some of Jennifer's bones near a creek bed.
She's shot in the head ... but, again, her killer leaves no trace.
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[SOT tape 02-43, tc 38:10]

((SHERIFF CASSELL: I WOULD RISK EVERYTHING TO SAVE A LITTLE GIRL'S LIFE. BUT SHE'S GONE NOW AND SHE'S SAFE NOW. NO EVIL CAN BEFALL HER.))
[RUNS= :08]


Days later, a promising lead emerges.
A North Carolina landlord tells authorities his tenant, a carpenter named Gary Bowman, threatened to kill a Virginia mobile home mover and his family after a business deal gone wrong.
He then leaves his mobile home and moves to Canada.
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[SOT tape 02-44, TC 16:23]

((SHERIFF CASSELL: HE'S THE PRIMARY FOCUS RIGHT NOW. HAS BEEN FOR SOME TIME.))
[RUNS= :04]


... Enough that investigators go to Canada to interview Bowman.
He's held in jail as a material witness for nearly a month and brought back to the U-S.
Then he's questioned and let go.
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[SOT tape 02-35, tc 1:24:49 - :52]

((GARY BOWMAN: WHEN ALL THIS IS BEHIND ME, YOU'RE GOING TO GET BOTH BARRELS, BELIEVE ME.))
[RUNS= :03]


In an exclusive interview the next day, Bowman tells News-7 he's never met the Shorts.
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[SOT TAPE 02-45, TC 9:57]

((GARY BOWMAN: GOD KNOWS I DIDN'T DO THIS. I MIGHT BURN FOR SOMETHING ELSE, BUT I AIN'T GONNA BURN FOR THIS ONE, BABY.))
[RUNS= :04]


Almost a year later, sources say he remains the focus of the investigation.
Tomorrow night, more on where it stands. Marya Jones, News-7.))

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]


Roanoke school officials are bracing for the results of a state review of safety procedures and reporting.
More on that next on News 7 at Six.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Plus a hundred firefighters from our area head west to battle an out of control wildfire.
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[School-Board]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-28 TC48:41]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


A long- awaited review of violence and discipline reporting in the Roanoke City Schools is complete.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Tonight, the leader of the state team that conducted the study will brief members of the Roanoke City School Board.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The three- person team visited the school system a month ago, following allegations that officials under- reported incidents of discipline and violence.
School officials say they are looking forward to the state report.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We're looking forward to it]

((SCOTT MEADOWS/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS SPOKESMAN: WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE STATE DELIVERING IT, JUST TO ONCE AGAIN REASSURE THE PUBLIC THAT WHAT WE'RE DOING IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE STATE, THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE SAFE, AND THERE IS NO COVERUP.))
[SUPER=01-Scott Meadows/Roanoke City Schools Spokesman;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=there is no coverup.]
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[VO-NAT]


A spokesman for the Department of Education says the review includes recommendations to improve reporting procedures and build in more checks and balances.
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[Lincoln-Terrace]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-20 TC2:05:00]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Meanwhile, one Roanoke school has found out the hard way Rome wasn't built in a day.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Renovations at Lincoln Terrace Elementary School are several weeks behind schedule.
Construction crews have spent the summer installing new windows and doors, replacing the roof, as well as putting in a central heating and cooling system.
Despite the delays, administrators say school will open as planned on August 25th.
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[SOT 3:11]
[IN Q=We are not sure]

((FREIDA HINES/LINCOLN TERRACE PRINCIPAL: WE ARE NOT SURE WHAT EXACTLY WE ARE GOING TO NEED TO DO BUT WE WILL BE ABLE TO RECEIVE OUR STUDENTS. OUR STUDENTS WILL BE COMFORTABLE AND WHATEVER ELSE WE HAVE TO DO WE ARE READY TO DO IT.))
[SUPER=01-Freida Hines/Lincoln Terrace Principal]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=ready to do it]
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[VO-NAT]


Hines says some classes will have to move temporarily and that construction may have to be limited to after-school hours.
The project is expected to cost a little over two million dollars.
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[Peay]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=03-19 TC1:58:21]
[GRAPHIC=None]

[***ANCHOR TAG***] Virginia Military Institute will have more female cadets this year than ever. When the Institute opened the barracks to women six years ago, THIRTY women enrolled in that first co-ed class at V-M-I; 27 last year. As of today, 46 female rats are expected on Post this weekend.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Lexington; :00]
[SUPER=01-Gen. Binford Peay/VMI Superintendent; :34]
[RUNS=1:56]
[OUT Q=your old hay.]

(( There is a new man in the superintendent's office now. General Binford Peay has been on the job a little more than a month. [16:30:35] ((I'VE WALKED EVERY SQUARE FOOT OF VMI.)) [RUNS:02] From the steam room to classrooms, General Peay has re-examined his alma mater looking for ways it might be better. While he has already sketched out some ideas, he's hesitant to reveal specifics just yet. He will say he thinks V-M-I should encourage more of its graduates to go into military service. As it is now, only 38-percent of the cadet corps accepts commissions in the armed services. [16:04:20] ((BUT I CAN TELL YOU THERE CAN BE NO BETTER EDUCATION. THERE CAN BE NO BETTER ... SOLDIER FOR SEVERAL YEARS IN THE MILITARY.)) [RUNS:09]
[16:00:00] ((RIGHT NOW WE'RE EXPECTING 27 YOUNG LADIES TO MATRICULATE FROM THE STATE OF VIRGINIA. THAT'S UP CONSIDERABLY FROM PREVIOUS YEARS.)) [RUNS10] Binnie Peay's class of '62, a member of the state championship team that beat Tech, Six-Nothing at Victory stadium. Though he says he was a bench warmer, somehow he wound up with the game ball. Another relic of his cadet years adorns the opposite corner. [16:45:00] ((I PUT THOSE INITIALS RIGHT THERE, YOU SEE, PEAY, JHB.)) [RUNS:04] The wooden cot and bedroll are known to cadets as their "rack and hay." When the new superintendent first arrived for work last month, his old rack and hay were waiting for him, courtesy of the widow of Red Pollard, class of '50-B. [16:46:25 ] (( A NICE SURPRISE TO HAVE YOU HAVE YOUR OLD HAY AGAIN AS YOU BEGIN YOUR TENURE AS SUPERINTENDENT AT VMI, SINCERELY YOUR OLD HAY.)) [RUNS:05]))
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=Binford Peay]

General Peay says not much has changed since he first arrived on Post as a cadet in 1957.

[Roanoke-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=03-31 TC47:58]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]


An accident on a busy highway in Roanoke this afternoon injured two people.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The wreck on Franklin Road across from Wal-Mart tied up traffic for about an hour.
Police say a minivan ended up on its top in a ditch after colliding with a tractor-trailer.
A man and a woman in the van were taken to the hospital with what a police officer called serious injuries.
Two other vehicles were involved in the accident.
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[Stocks]


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


Wall Street liked what the Federal Reserve had to say about the economy. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
[RUNS=:30]
[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-x/92.71/9310.06/x/25.50/1687.01;]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


The DOW climbed 93 points.
NASDAQ gained 25 and a half.
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[Sex-Shops]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-29 TC1:01:42]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Adult entertainment is hard to find in Blacksburg, and officials say they want to keep it that way.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

The town is now considering a ZONING ordinance for sexually oriented businesses. That means any business that sells adult novelty items or entertainment must be at least 500-feet away from places such as schools, churches and libraries.
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[SOT 1656]
[IN Q=it's about]

((KATHLEEN DOOLEY/BLACKSBURG TOWN ATTORNEY: IT'S ABOUT CRIME, THE REDUCTION OF REAL ESTATE VALUES AND BASICALLY THE EXPOSURE OF CHILDREN TO THE ADULT MESSAGE THAT WOULD BE INAPPROPRIATE. OTHER THAN THAT, NO WE ARE NOT REGULATING THE MOVIES THEMSELVES OR THE ENTERTAINMENT OR THE GOODS THAT WOULD BE SOLD THERE))
[SUPER=01-Kathleen Dooley/Town Attorney;]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=would be sold there]
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[VO-NAT]

Right now, the closest adult entertainment business is in Christiansburg. The town council will vote on the ordinance tonight, following a public hearing.
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[Firefighters]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-21 TC1:34:42]
[GRAPHIC=Wildfire]


Some fire crews from our region are heading out west to help fight wildfires.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Five crews made up of 20 firefighters each left Roanoke this afternoon for Montana.
They'll be working to contain a fire in the Flathead National Forest.
The Crazy Horse Fire as it is called has consumed nearly two thousand acres and is zero percent contained.
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[SOT 10:29:15; ]
[IN Q=It can be dangerous]

((KIM MORRIS/FIREFIGHTER: IT CAN BE DANGEROUS, NOT SCARY AS LONG AS YOU PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND THE OTHER PEOPLE ON YOUR CREW PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT THEY'RE DOING, AS LONG AS WE WATCH OUT FOR EACH OTHER WE'RE OK.))
[SUPER=01-Kim Morris/Firefighter;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=other we're ok]
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[VO-NAT]


The firefighters are from the National Park Service, the U-S Forest Service, and Virginia's Department of Forestry.

They'll work fourteen to sixteen hour days for the next two weeks before heading back home.
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[Triplett]


[ANCHOR=Keith ]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Kevin Triplett]


A former NASCAR executive is ready to "swap paint" with Congressman Rick Boucher.
Kevin Triplett is considering a run for the Republican nomination in the Ninth District next year.
Triplett left his job as NASCAR's director of business operations a few months ago to move back to the Abingdon area.
He's filed papers with the Federal Election Commission indicating that he's a potential candidate.
Boucher, the Democratic incumbent, hasn't lost an election in more than 20 years.

[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]

Charlie Hustle - is getting hustled - or someone isn't telling the truth tonight. We'll tel you about a NASCAR move that anything but popular in some places.
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[VO-NAT]

And the Friday Football Extra previews rolls on tonight - with the Liberty Minutemen.
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[S-Rose]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-152 2511]
[GRAPHIC=mlb]


We begin tonight on the big league basepaths with the ongoing saga of Pete Rose.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-MLB; :00]

The internet site - BASEBALL PROSPECTUS - has created quite a stir today by releasing a story saying that Pete Rose and big league officials have signed an agreement assuring that Rose will be reinstated by the 2004 season. However, Major League Baseball is flat out denying such an agreement exists - going as far as to call the story quote - "wholly inaccurate." Commissioner Bud Selig's office says the report is unfounded. The web site says it is sticking by its story.
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[S-Liberty]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-157 ]
[GRAPHIC=FFE]

Our Friday Football Extra preseason world tour rolls into Bedford tonight. Flood Waters were high in the county over the weekend - but no where near as high as the expectations that have been placed on the Liberty high football team. Steve Mason has more on the Minutemen.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Bedford; :00]
[SUPER=01-Nathan Bryant/Liberty Senior Defensive Tackle; :16]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/2002 Divsion III State Championship; :23]
[SUPER=01-Stephen Toler/Liberty Junior Running back; :43]
[SUPER=@Steve1; 1:07]
[SUPER=01-Chris Watts/Liberty Second Year Head Coach; 1:20]
[SUPER=01-Chris Spinner/Liberty Senior Fullback & Linebacker; 1:43]
[RUNS=1:59]
[OUT Q=....News 7 sports"]
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((The practice t-shirts say "stay focussed", the word stay was added before this season thanks to incredible expectations at the school and in the Bedford community created by the schools first football state championship. ((:)) Second year head coach Chris Watts must replace 11 seniors including Liberty single season rushing leader Michael Pennox whose 1900 yards and 14 TD's will hopefully be distributed in the option I formation by fullback Chris Spinner, quarterback O.B. Blake and running back Stephen Toler, who is most likely to follow in Pennox's big footsteps. ((:)) Like the offense, six starters are back on 5-3 defensive unit, a group that gave up just 14 points total while the offense rolled up 81 points in the state semi finals and finals. ((:))
((STEVE MASON:)) ((CHRIS WATTS/LIBERTY SECOND YEAR HEAD COACH:))
79 players came out for football at Liberty this season, 19 more than last year. In Bedford, Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WIPE TO PINNACLE 13078] And again we want to remind you that Friday Football Extra will kick off its 20th season on August 22nd with a special prime time edition of the show. From 7 to 8pm on the 22nd we'll take a look back at the first 19 years of Friday Football Extra - right here on Your Hometown Station.
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[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-159]
[GRAPHIC=TECH]


More practice and more hype for the Hokies today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]

Frank Beamer took his team through its first day of two-a-days in pads this afternoon. The countdown to kickoff with UCF on the 31st is well underway. Also, the Tech sports information office launched its all-star web site today that features the 11 players who are on preseason watch lists for college football's postseason awards. The site is full of information, animation and wallpaper from each player.
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[S-Nascar]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-150 3056tc]
[GRAPHIC=MARTSINVILLE S'WAY]


Governor Mark Warner will be at the Martinsville Speedway tomorrow morning for a Motorsports Economic Development announcement. The Speedway does more to pump up Henry County's economy that any other industry.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville; :00]

That's why it was especially hard for Track president Clay Campbell to digest the news from NASCAR that it is considering staging a truck race in Mexico in the near future. For folks who have seen their jobs head south of the border - they have no reason to want their NASCAR to head that way, as well.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=A LOT HAS...]
[SUPER=01-Clay Campbell/Martinsville Speedway President;:00]
[RUNS=:22]
[OUT Q=...EVENT OR NOT."]

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