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[ANCHOR=Teresa]

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Coming up on NEWS 7 at six. Investigators say a fire late last night may have been intentionally set.
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And, high unemployment prompts the state to make it easier for some workers to receive benefits.


[Sports-head]


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Tonight on News 7 Sports, the Appalachian League wraps up its regular season and
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[VO-NAT]


the Jets lose quarterback Chad Pennington for at least the next 12 weeks with a broken wrist.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Today's weather was a welcome relief to recent days. But as quickly as it arrived, it retreats back north. Your forecast details are just ahead.

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Unemployed workers in parts of Virginia hit hard by plant layoffs and closings are getting a break from the state.

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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 6]

Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.

[Unemployment-Benefits]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
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[WRITER=rle]
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The state is relaxing one of the requirements for receiving jobless benefits in Martinsville, Henry and Patrick counties.
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[VO-NAT]
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The Virginia Employment Commission is exempting workers in those areas from a requirement that people drawing unemployment must make at least one contact a week with a prospective employer. The changes only affect workers who filed for benefits at the V-E-C offices in Martinsville, Stuart, or Ridgeway. Officials say the exemption was made due to high unemployment. Last month's shutdown of the Pillowtex plant in Fieldale added nearly one- thousand additional unemployed workers to an area already hit hard by layoffs.
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[Roanoke-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dgr]
[TAPE#=03-25 TC-1:58:27]
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Investigators say they have a suspect in what fire marshals are calling a suspicious fire in Roanoke last night.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night;]

Fire-fighters were called out just after 10 o'clock to 924 Ninth Street Southeast. The first units arrived to find the back of the building in flames that were spreading to the attic. Investigators were brought in overnight to help determine the cause. Fire officials say the home was vacant, and neighbors say it had been abandoned for several years.
[SUPER=04-This Morning;]

Those same neighbors were out today looking at the damage and making sure their own homes were undamaged. Officials estimate the damage at 25 - thousand dollars.
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[School-Prayer]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=03-21 TC-1:52:09]
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Encouragement, Inspiration and prayer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

That's the goal behind tonight's Back to School Prayer Festival at Elmwood Park. The goal is to encourage teachers, staff and children to pray for a successful school year. A Roanoke pastor got the idea last year after organizing a similar event for his church members.
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[SOT 5:34:35:25]
[IN Q=My inspiration is to]

((BOYD BULLOCK/HAVEN OF HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH PASTOR: MY INSPIRATION IS TO GIVE THE TEACHERS, FACULTY, STAFF, THE ENTIRE CITY THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT TO LET THEM KNOW THAT WE BELIEVE IN YOU, YOU'RE CAPABLE AND THIS SCHOOL YEAR'S GOING TO BE THE BEST YEAR EVER.))
[SUPER=01-Boyd Bullock/Haven of Hope Community Church Pastor;]
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[OUT Q=the best year ever]
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[VO-NAT]

Bullock says teachers are blessed with the job of molding tomorrow's leaders. The event is from six- to- eight and will include music and inspirational messages, including one from City Manager Darlene Burcham. City students start school tomorrow.
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[Henry-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
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[TAPE#=03-34 TC-34:27]
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For one school system, the upcoming year will see a lot of changes.
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[VO-NAT]
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Henry County is getting ready to close five schools and consolidate several others.
The re-configuration is still a year away but the school system is already getting ready.
Committees will soon be formed to deal with the many issues and problems that may arise.
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[SOT 11:33:36]
[IN Q=We have to deal]

((SHARON DODSON/SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH EVERYTHING FROM THE TRANSPORTATION ISSUES, FROM THE EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, TO THE SPECIFIC CURRICULUM ISSUES. SOME SCHOOLS ARE VERY WELL KNOWN FOR CERTAIN CURRICULUM ASPECTS AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE IDENTITY AND THE SUCCESSES OF ALL OUR SCHOOLS GET REFLECTED IN OUR NEW SCHOOLS.))

[SUPER=01-Sharon Dodson/Henry Co. School Superintendent; :05]
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[OUT Q=our new schools]
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Students will be asked to be on the committees, which should be formed within a month.
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[Ritchie]


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[WRITER=jwi]
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While some spent the summer lounging by a pool, a Roanoke man was burning thousands of calories a day and loving every minute of it. Jennifer Wishon introduces us to a retired city employee who has fulfilled a dream.
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[IN Q=Not too many people]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jim Ritchie/Bicycled across America; :12]
[SUPER=@Jennifer2; :48]
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[OUT Q=JW, News 7, Roanoke]
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((HOW YA DOING)) Not too many people get past Jim Ritchie without hearing a kind word. Maybe that's because he's just returned from a trip where he learned a lot by talking.
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[SOT 10:37:58:03]
[IN Q=If I'd been in a car]

((JIM RITCHIE: IF I'D BEEN IN A CAR I NEVER WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MEET THE PEOPLE I MET THIS SUMMER AND ALMOST HOURLY I WAS ABLE TO TALK WITH PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO KNOW WHERE I WAS GOING AND WHAT I WAS DOING.))
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[OUT Q=what I was doing]

Ritchie's trip fulfilled one of his goals of retirement... Bicycle across America, while sharing his faith.
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[SOT 10:40:56:20]
[IN Q=Physically I was ready]

((PHYSICALLY I WAS READY, THANK GOD I WAS READY, BECAUSE THE SECOND DAY OUT OF SEATTLE WE STARTED CLIMBING. [INSERT PICTURE HERE] CLIMBING STEVEN'S PASS WHICH WAS A 25 MILE CLIMB.))
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[OUT Q=a 25 mile climb]

The 60- year- old cycled 4- thousand miles in less than three months with a group called Wheel Power. Surprisingly, the plains posed the biggest challenge.
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[IN Q=The toughest physical]

((THE TOUGHEST PHYSICAL PART OF THE TRIP WAS NOT THE MOUNTAINS, IT WAS THE HEAD WINDS IN SOUTH DAKOTA.))
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[OUT Q=in South Dakota]

Ten of them made it all the way across the country with [INSERT ROAD DIRECTIONS HERE 10:48:29] instructions like these to guide their way. But for Ritchie, living his dream has been an uphill battle.
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[SOT 10:44:14]
[IN Q=A year and a half]

((A YEAR AND A HALF AGO I WAS PREPARING TO DO A SELF CONTAINED TRIP WITH ANOTHER FRIEND OF MINE ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, I SUFFERED BLOCKED ARTERIES AND HAD ANGIOPLASTY.))
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[OUT Q=and had angoplasty]

Ritchie's team burned thousands of calories per day, but they picked up [INSERT ROAD TREASURES HERE 10:49:16] plenty of "road treasures" to make up for them.
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[SOT 10:46:40:19]
[IN Q=I thank God everyday]

((I THANK GOD EVERYDAY FOR THE OPPORTUNITY AT MY AGE AND PHYSICAL CONDITION TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT AND TO RIDE A BICYCLE ACROSS AMERICA AND TO SHARE MY FAITH.))
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[OUT Q=share my faith]

Ritchie says too often we speed through life without stopping to enjoy it, that's why he enjoyed cruising through a summer at 13 miles per hour. Jennifer Wishon, News 7, Roanoke.))

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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[SS=NONE]

Still to come on the newscast, The Roanoke Civic Center's new director says she has big plans for the facility...
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[VO-NAT]

and it's a sure sign that summer is drawing to a close. Today was your last chance to dip your toes in a Roanoke City pool.
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[Civic-Center]


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A new face in the Roanoke Valley wants to entertain you.
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Mina Boyd is the new director of facilities for the Roanoke Civic Center.
She began her job in late May after nearly four years at a similar position in Dallas.
Boyd says one of her top priorities is to the upgrade the Civic Center's facilities.
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[IN Q=I know that]

((MINA BOYD/DIRECTOR OF CIVIC FACILITIES: I KNOW THAT MANY MANY CITIES HAVE HAD ECONOMIC PROBLEMS AND MANY TIMES DON'T HAVE THE FUNDS TO DO THE THINGS THAT YOU WANT SO WE HAVE DEVELOPED A PLAN WHERE WE WILL INCREMENTALLY IMPROVE THE FACILITY AND WE'VE STARTED THAT.))
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[OUT Q=we've started that]
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Boyd says a better facility will eventually bring bigger acts and shows to the Roanoke Civic Center.
She also believes an aggressive marketing campaign will help to achieve that goal.
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[Rke-Pools]


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[WRITER=jwi]
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Roanokers took their last dip in the city's pools today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Both Fallon and Washington Park pools closed for the summer this evening. The pools are usually opened through the Labor Day holiday, but Parks and Recreation decided to close them early this year. A spokesman says many lifeguards are students who have to return to school and attendance this time of year is usually low.
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[Health-Review]


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Products containing the fat-substitute Olestra have new requirements for labelling, and despite documented benefits, most mothers don't continue breast feeding past the first month.
Joy Sutton has those stories and more in this week's Health Review.
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[IN Q=Foods that contain the fat substitute]
[SUPER=01-Heather Cox/Kroger Dietitian; :23]
[SUPER=01-Nancy Forrest/Carilion Certified Lactation Consultant; 1:11]
[SUPER=04-Columbia Pictures; 1:24]
[SUPER=07-Katherine Green; 1:35]
[SUPER=01-Joanne Chiglinsky/Licensed Clinical Social Worker; 1:56]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dennis Garvin/Lewis-Gale Clinic Urologist; 2:30]
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[OUT Q=That's health review, I'm Joy Sutton.]
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Foods that contain the fat substitute Olestra will no longer be required to carry a label advising consumers of potential gastrointestinal side effects.
That's because the FDA has decided the side effects aren't significant enough to warrant special labeling.
Kroger Dietitian Heather Cox says consumers should still be careful.
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[SOT4:25:28]
[IN Q=There have been complaints to the FDA, ]

((THERE HAVE BEEN COMPLAINTS TO THE FDA, THOUSANDS OF COMPLAINTS OF ADVERSE REACTIONS TO OLESTRA AND BECAUSE OF THAT I JUST REALLY THINK IF YOU THINK ARE THINKING ABOUT USING THIS YOU NEED TO BE ADULT OVER 18 AND NOT SERVE IT TO YOUR CHILDREN ))
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[OUT Q=and not serve it to your children]
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In other health news,
Ethan Covington is getting breast milk by the bottle --it's another tactic his mother is trying to make sure he gets the benefits of breast milk. [***PRE-PRO FROM PACKAGE GOES HERE]
Benefits to the baby include a lower risk of disease, a higher IQ, and better visual development.
There are also many pluses for mom -- such as weight loss, reduced risks of breast and ovarian cancer, and financial savings. Formula can cost more 12-hundred dollars a year.
But many moms give up after the first month, even thought the American Academy of Pediatric recommends breast feeding for the first year of a child's life.
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[IN Q=It's not neccesarily]

(( IT'S NOT NECESSARILY ALL OR NOTHING. A LOT OF MOTHER'S THINK IF THEY'RE GOING TO BREAST FEED THEY HAVE TO ONLY BREAST FEED. WE SAY DEPENDING ON YOUR LIFE STYLE -- YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO EXCLUSIVE BREAST FEEDING. ))
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[OUT Q=exclusive breastfeeding]
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Also in health news, Images in the media of women who appear to have the perfect body -- are making it hard for some young women to accept their own bodies.
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[IN Q=You think you have to be that way]

((YOU THINK YOU HAVE TO BE THAT WAY.. SO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU FAILED AND YOU'RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH AND JUST HAVE A VERY NEGATIVE SELF ESTEEM))
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[OUT Q=very negative self-esteem]

Licensed Clinical Social Worker Joanne Chiglinsky says she seen girls as young as 12 develop eating disorders.
She says that's why parents have to start early --counteracting these images by reassuring their daughters and encouraging them to think positively.
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[IN Q=A lot of young people will look in the mirror]

((A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE WILL LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND IMMEDIATELY FOCUS ON WHAT THEY DON'T LIKE ABOUT THEIR BODIES.. I TELL THEM TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND LOOK AND STRENGTHS AND LOOK AT THINGS YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF AND FOCUS ON THAT))
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[OUT Q=focus on that]

[TAPE 503-00 at 38:26 ]
And finally in medical news, A recent study found that the PSA test used to screen for prostate cancer--missed the majority of tumors --especially the ones in men under 60. The problem is not with the test but how it's interpreted.
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[IN Q=This blood test is so remarkable that it's]

((THIS BLOOD TEST IS SO REMARKABLE THAT IT'S TAKEN US THE 15 TO 20 YEARS THAT WE'VE HAD IT AVAILABLE OUTSIDE OF CLINICAL RESEARCH TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO INTERPRET IT --AND THIS STUDY IS ONE OF THE WAYS WE ARE CONTINUING TO REVISIT THIS ISSUE AND TRYING TO GET BETTER AT INTERPRETING IT))
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Doctor Dennis Garvin says age adjustments, and changes for people who are at higher risk for prostate cancer --should also be taken into consideration when determining an abornmal PSA level for a patient.
That's health review, I'm Joy Sutton.))


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


One local university is bracing for a record class. That story is still ahead on the newscast.
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[VO-NAT]

and the summer rains may have disrupted some of your outdoor plans, but that could mean a GREEN Christmas coming up. We'll explain in a little bit.
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[Salem-Phone]


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About 150- Verizon customers have spent most of the weekend without phone service.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem;]

Crews have been working around the clock in Salem since Saturday morning. A Verizon spokesman says the damage occurred when a car hit a pole on East Main Street, cutting a line. He says it was an older cable, which makes it harder to repair. Service has been restored to half of the affected residents, Verizon hopes to have the other half restored by midnight.
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[Averett]


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[WRITER=tha]
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It looks like it could be a record breaking year for Averett University in Danville.
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[SUPER=03-Danville/File Tape; ]

According to the school, enrollment is at an all time high. A record 746 full- time students are enrolled for fall classes. A record number of students will also be living on site. This year, 457 students will be living on campus... that's the largest number of students in 20- years. Classes at Averett begin August 27th.
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[Christmas-Trees]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=03-23 TC-1:50:37]
[GRAPHIC=none]

It's not perfect, but this year's weather is an improvment over last year for the state's Christmas tree growers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Carroll Co./File Tape;]

Last year's drought took a toll on Christmas tree farms around the state. This year has been much wetter, but still hasn't been ideal. John Trobaugh, an educational adviser for the Virginia Christmas Tree Grower's Association says high rainfall and high humidity could lead to more foliage disease. But he says most of the disease are manageable if farmers scout the trees for such signs as needle loss and discoloration.
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[Sports tease]


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Coming up, Appy League baseball from Southside, another NFL quarterback goes down,
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and two of Friday Football Extra's longest tenured coaches address the breakup of the Blue Ridge District.
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The Martinsville Astros are wrapping up the Appalachian League season at this hour against the Danville Braves. And while most of the players in the league are hopping on an airplane tomorrow to head for home, the Astros will stick around this week for a playoff series against Elizabethton which begins on the road Tuesday.
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[OUT Q=is gonna be wonderful."]
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[WRITER=twe]
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Kurt Busch is still celebrating his 2nd straight Bristol win tonight, but Busch did manage to ruffle some more feathers on his way to the checkered flag, including those of Sterling Marlin.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bristol, TN/TNT; :00]


Busch appeared to shove Marlin out of the way at lap 372, but was apologetic in Victory Lane after the race.
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[SUPER=01-Kurt Busch/2nd Straight Win at Bristol; :00]
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[OUT Q=tried to let me go."]
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[anchor=travis]
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Matt Kenseth finished fourth last night and now owns a whopping 351 point lead over Dale Earnhardt, Junior. Kenseth has finished outside the top 15, just twice all season.

[S-Hickam]


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[WRITER=twe]
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This week marks the start of the high school football season, and nowhere will fans notice a bigger change this coming Friday night than in the slimmed down Blue Ridge district. The Blue Ridge has split and now has just five members. The other six are now in something called the River Ridge. And the move doesn't sit too well with the area's two veteran coaches.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=BITES]
[SUPER=01-Jim Hickam/30th Season as Northside Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Willis White/21st Season as Salem Head Coach; :27]
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[OUT Q=MOVE ON WITH THAT."]
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The split put Northside and Salem in opposite districts - the Vikes stay in the Blue Ridge while the Spartans now anchor the River Ridge. Northside will be the next team featured in our preseason Friday Football Extra previews on Monday night at six.

[S-NFL]


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[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-149 TC15002]
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For the second straight week, the NFL preseason has proven costly to a young quarterback. Last night the Jets Chad Pennington left the game against the Giants after suffering a broken and dislocated wrist.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ/Fox Sports; :00]


The former Marshall star is expected to miss at least the next 12 weeks. The injury occurred when Pennington was tackled by Brandon Short. Pennington underwent surgery and had seven pins inserted in the left wrist. It will be in a splint for the next week, followed by a cast for four weeks after that. 17 year veteran Vinnie Testaverde becomes the starter for the Jets at quarterback.
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[anchor=travis]
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In other NFL news, the New England Patriots have released former Virginia Cavalier Antoine Womack, just a day after linebacker Merrill Robertson, another former Wahoo, was cut by Philadelphia.

[S-Golf]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-158 TC2051]
[GRAPHIC=PGA Tour]


Darren Clarke has won the World Golf Championships NEC Invitational at the Firestone Country Club in Akron.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Akron, OH/WGC-NEC Invitational; :00]


Clarke fired a final round 67 to finish at 12-under par. He made it look easy with shots like this one. The approach from 153 yards out, safely on the dance floor just a few feet past the cup.
Tiger Woods finished 6 shots off the pace after a round of 70. Tiger tied for fourth after three birdies and thr(------------) ee bogeys today.