[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Shannon]

A local judge tackles the question of reducing the charge against an accused killer.
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[VO-NAT :06]

And, Monday at least, we'll know exactly where Dick Cheney is when the VP swings through the Star City.
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[Sports-head]


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

In sports, the Express loses a key player overseas, the Cave Spring Volleyball team begins defense of its state championship, the Redskins talk about the Jets
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[VO-NAT]


and the new safe wall is in at Richmond, Tony Stewart's thoughts in sports.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch beginning at midnight for much of southwest Virginia as more thunderstorms are in the forecast.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 3-Shot]


News 7 is next.
[Video-Open]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
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[SOT 9:50:49-9:50:51]
[IN Q=This is the heat...]
[RUNS=:02]
[OUT Q=of passion!]
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[VO-NAT :09]

A defense attorney says the motive in the murder of a Roanoke county landlord lies in the classic struggle between the haves and have-nots.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]

Good evening. I'm Shannon Young. Keith has the night off.

[Majeed]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=03-28 TC1:12:41]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]

A grand jury will get to hear the evidence against a young man accused of letting his temper get the best of him. Despite objections by the defense, a Roanoke County judge today certified the first degree murder charge against Muhammed Majeed.
[SOT]
[IN Q=This case bothers me, Judge.]
[SUPER=03-Salem;:00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./July 8;:20]
[SUPER=01-Richard Lawrence/Majeed's Attorney;:27]
[SUPER=01-Det. Bret Altimore/Roanoke Co. Police Department;:48]
[SUPER=01-Randy Leach/Commonwealth's Attorney;1:13]
[RUNS=1:27]
[OUT Q=ruled rightfully on it.]
(([SOT 9:50:05-9:50:10]
[IN Q=This case bothers me...]

((RICHARD LAWRENCE/MAJEED'S ATTORNEY: THIS CASE BOTHERS ME JUDGE. IT'S A MANSLAUGHTER CASE AT MOST.)) [RUNS:05]
[OUT Q=case at most.]

Muhammed Majeed sat calmly while his attorney argued *passion* drove the 23-year old to violence earlier this summer.

Majeed is charged with first degree murder in the July death of his former landlord, businessman Chris Hanes. An autposy showed the 42-year old had been shot multiple times, including once in the back of the head.
[SOT 9:55:53-9:56:07]
[IN Q=I don't know how that happened.]

((RICHARD LAWRENCE/MAJEED'S ATTORNEY: I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT HAPPENED. I DON'T KNOW WHETHER MY CLIENT WAS JUST PULLING THE TRIGGER AS FAST AS HE COULD AND MR. HANES TURNED TO GET AWAY AND WAS SHOT IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD.)) [RUNS:14]
[OUT Q=shot in the back of the head.]

Majeed had gone to Hane's Southwest Roanoke County home in an effort to recover a 575-dollar rental deposit.
[SOT 9:38:52-9:39:00]
[IN Q=Mr. Majeed had told me...]

((DETECTIVE BRET ALTIMORE/ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE: MR. MAJEED HAD TOLD ME THAT HE NEEDED IT BACK, HE WAS LATE PAYING FOR HIS VEHICLE, HE HAD SOME MEDICAL ISSUES HE NEEDED TO PAY FOR.)) [RUNS:08]
[OUT Q=medical issues he needed to pay for.]

The defense says Majeed, who was licensed to carry a gun, never intended to use it. In fact, he called 911 TWICE after the shooting. His attorney asked that first degree murder charge be reduced. Judge George Harris denied the request.
[SOT 9:53:06-9:53:20]
[IN Q=They didn't put on any evidence...]

((RANDY LEACH/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: THEY DIDN'T PUT ON ANY EVIDENCE. THEY JUST ASKED SOME QUESTIONS OF THE DETECTIVE AND THAT MOTION WAS MADE MORE ON THE BASIS OF ASSUMPTION AND STEREOTYPE THAN IT WAS ON ANY EVIDENCE SO I THINK THE JUDGE RULED RIGHTFULLY ON IT.)) [RUNS:14]
[OUT Q=ruled rightfully on it.]))
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=None]

The case will go to the grand jury October fourth. Majeed is being held without bond.


[Tech-Suit]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=503-01 46:32]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Some immigrant rights groups are suing seven Virginia colleges -- accusing them of keeping illegal immigrants out.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Week;]


Virginia Tech, U-V-A and James Madison University are among the defendants.
The lawsuit, filed in Alexandria federal court, claims the colleges followed bad advice from Attorney General Jerry Kilgore.
[SUPER=03-Richmond/Last Year;]


Last year, Kilgore recommended denying admission to illegal immigrants.
The lawsuit says the policy punishes hundreds of students were brought to the U-S by their parents.
But many universities named in the suit say they DO allow illegal immigrants to enroll.
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[Cheney-Visit]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-27 TC1:37:42]
[GRAPHIC=Dick Cheney]


Vice President Dick Cheney will leave Washington D.C. for the Roanoke Valley next week.
He is scheduled to attend a private fundraiser to help with the Bush/Cheney re-election campaign. [***NEWS 7 IN MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Justin /NEWSROOM POD;]


Justin McLeod is in the newsroom tonight with details on the visit. Justin?
Shannon, we know Cheney's disclosed location will be Roanoke County Monday night.
[LIVE= Justin /FULL Newsroom Pod]
[SUPER=@Justin1;]


It will be a private affair meaning the event is closed to the public and news media.
We understand preparations are already underway for the visit, in fact the Secret Service will arrive tomorrow.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


The one thousand dollar a head reception is scheduled to take place at the Clearbrook home of Kent Greenawalt and Nancy Jane Mack.
The couple declined to talk to News 7 about the fundraiser.
But we do know at least two hundred people are expected to attend and the event should raise more than 200-thousand dollars.
One Republican who plans to attend believes the vice president's trip will be well worth it.
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[SOT 3:39:44]
[IN Q=I hope I will be able]

((WILLIAM FRALIN/REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR HOUSE OF DELEGATES: I HOPE I WILL BE ABLE TO TALK TO HIM ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IS IN ROANOKE, HOW IMPORTANT JOBS ARE, HOW WE NEED TO GET THIS ECONOMY TURNED AROUND BECAUSE THAT'S GOING TO HELP ALL OF US, THAT IS GOING TO INCREASE TAX REVENUE, THAT IS GOING TO HELP INCREASE JOBS, THAT'S GOING TO BE TO HELP US GET BACK ON TRACK.))
[SUPER=01-William Fralin/(R) House of Delegates Candidate]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=back on track]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/March 1995; ]


As we mentioned Kent Greenawalt will host the fundraiser.
He is the president of Foot Levelers which is a Roanoke company that makes custom made flexible foot supports.
He is a long time Republican supporter and he's also known for raising nearly a half million dollars for the Red Cross after the 9/11 attacks.
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[LIVE= Justin /FULL Newsroom Pod]


The State Police will be assisting the Secret Service for the vice president's visit.
A spokesperson says they are still planning what their role will be but generally speaking troopers help with traffic control for the motorcade.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Justin /Newsroom Pod;]


Shannon, this will be Cheney's second fundraising visit to Virginia, he helped raise 500-thousand dollars at an event in Richmond back in June.

[Bell-Fralin]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-24 TC2:03:48]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2003]


Two Republican candidates for the General Assembly say they will work to find a stable source of funding for cultural institutions in western Virginia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


State Senate candidate Brandon Bell and House of Delegates hopeful William Fralin met with reporters outside Center in the Square this afternoon.
Both said they will work to insure that museums and other non-state agencies in western Virginia are treated fairly in the state budget process.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=That's what Richmond museums have]

((BRANDON BELL/(R) STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: THAT'S WHAT RICHMOND MUSEUMS HAVE. THEY'RE STATE MUSEUMS THEY HAVE A SET BUDGET AMOUNT THAT MAY BE CUT 10 TO 15 PERCENT IN A TOUGH YEAR, WHEREAS OUR INSTITUTIONS ARE CUT 100 PERCENT. AND THAT'S JUST NOT PARITY, AND THAT'S WHAT I KEEP TALKING ABOUT, DEVELOPING A PLAN TO HAVE SOME PARITY SO THERE'S AN UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THESE, AND SAY LOOK THEY HAVE THE SAME MISSION.))
[SUPER=01-Brandon Bell/(R) State Senate Candidate;]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=look they have the same mission.]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Bell faces Democrat Stephen Emick in the 22nd Senatorial District. Fralin is running against Democrat Linda Wyatt and Independent Gary Bowman in the 17th House District.

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=NONE]


Helping students, teachers and administrators... All part of Governor Warner's new education plan.
We'll take a look at the details next on News 7 at Six.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus these dogs have finished their schooling and are ready to move from an area jail to the real world.
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[Warner-education]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-30 TC1:44:10]
[SS=MArk Warner]


Governor Mark Warner today unveiled his ideas about improving public education in Virginia.
He is pledging more money, more efficiency and more accountability.
[DOUBLE BOXES=SHannon & Meghan/State Microwave;]


Richmond Bureau Chief Meghan Muldoon has more on the governor's education plan.
Warner is calling his reform program "Education for a Lifetime."
[LIVE= Meghan /FULL State Microwave]
[SUPER=@Meghan1]
[SUPER=05-Richmond]


He says his ideas recognize that a quality education means a better future.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=VIRGINIA'S BOARD OF EDUCATION SAYS]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :08]
[SUPER=@MarkWarner; :17]
[RUNS=1:12]
[OUT Q=RIGHT BACK INTO THE CLASSROOM.]

(( Virginia's Board of Education says public schools are underfunded to the tune of 525 million dollars.
Despite the state's budget challenges, Warner is promising to make up that difference and begin the process of funding millions more in revised standards.
[SOT 15:47:06]

((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: OUR COMMITMENT TO THE OVERDUE REVISIONS OF THE STANDARDS OF QUALITY WILL EVENTUALLY MEAN MORE READING SPECIALISTS FOR KIDS WHO ARE HAVING PROBLEMS, BETTER PREPARED TEACHERS, ENHANCED SCHOOL SAFETY AND BETTER USE OF TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM. IT WILL MEAN THAT OUR CHILDREN WILL GET A BETTER EDUCATION.)) [RUNS:18]
The governor is also proposing a mentoring program for new teachers AND he wants to guarantee better use of the nine BILLION dollars spent every year on public education.
To ensure that money is well spent, Warner wants to put auditors and management specialists into schools to help them improve their efficiency and, ultimately, save money.
[SOT 15:44:57]

((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: IF THERE IS ONE THING I LEARNED IN BUSINESS, IT'S THAT LARGE ENTERPRISES CAN ALWAYS IMPROVE AND BECOME MORE EFFICIENT. IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, EVERY DOLLAR SAVED IS A DOLLAR THAT CAN BE REINVESTED RIGHT BACK INTO THE CLASSROOM.)) [RUNS:16]
[OUT Q=RIGHT BACK INTO THE CLASSROOM.]))
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[LIVE= Meghan /FULL State Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Richmond;]


The governor will be announcing more aspects of his education plan in the upcoming days.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Meghan /State Microwave;]


But one thing he hasn't mentioned yet is the price tag and how the state will pay for it.

[GOP-Health]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-31 TC1:15:55]
[GRAPHIC=None]


State Republican legislators say it is time to do something about the escalating costs of Medicaid.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


G-O-P lawmakers say state spending on Medicaid has doubled since the 1980s.
To slow down that growth they want to make long term care insurance more affordable.
They are proposing a state income tax credit for Virginians who purchase long-term care insurance.
They also want to allow former state employees to buy group policies through the Virginia retirement system.
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[SOT :32:56]
[IN Q=WE NEED TO CHANGE PEOPLE'S]

((DELEGATE BILL HOWELL/R-SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: WE NEED TO CHANGE PEOPLE'S WAY OF THINKING AND MAKE THEM REALIZE OR SUGGEST THAT THEY REALIZE THAT IT'S IN THEIR BEST INTEREST TO GET THIS PROTECTION SO WE WANT TO MAKE IT MORE AFFORDABLE AND MORE ACCESSIBLE.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Bill Howell/Speaker of the House]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=MORE AFFORDABLE AND MORE ACCESSIBLE.]
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[VO-NAT]


Lawmakers say, if more Virginians have long-term care insurance, the state would save millions of dollars on nursing home costs.
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[Boucher]


[ANCHOR=shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-29 TC1:30:42]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A water improvement project in Giles County could bring more jobs to the area.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Giles Co.;]

Congressman Rick Boucher and others broke ground today for a new water system that will serve the towns of Pearisburg and Pembroke. The system will be built along Route 460, and will include a new pump station and two storage tanks. Boucher, who helped get funding for the project, says it will do more than just give residents better fire protection.

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[SOT 741]
[IN Q=increased water]

((RICK BOUCHER/9TH DISTRICT: INCREASED WATER PRESSURES WILL LOWER INSURANCE PREMIUMS. PROVIDING SERVICE TO THE INDUSTRIAL PARK WILL MAKE SURE THAT AN AREA THAT COULD NOT ATTRACT BUSINESS BEFORE CAN IN THE FUTURE.))
[SUPER=@Boucher;]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=in the future]
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[VO-NAT]

The cost of the project is one-point-two million dollars. Officials say the system should be up and running by the end of January.
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[Stocks]


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


Wall Street closed higher for the fourth straight session. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
[RUNS=:30]
[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-x/45.19/9568.46/x/11.42/1852.90;]


The DOW gained 45 points.
NASDAQ rose 11.
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[VO]
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[Prison-Dogs]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=03-39 TC04:47]
[GRAPHIC=None]


After two months in the state pen, three stray dogs have a whole new lease on life.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Last Month;]


Lola, Princess and Brooke are going on to new homes.
Today, they graduated from obedience training at the Botetourt Corrections Unit.
Before the prisoners started working with the animals, they were headed for doggie death row.
Two of the three will be picked up by their new families this week. Another is still up for adoption.
The prisoners will get a new set of dogs to train in a few weeks.
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[Sports tease]


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


The Redskins talk about their season opener against the Jets, Tony Stewart speaks out on the new safe wall at Rchmond, the Express bids farewell to arguably the most popular player ever
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[VO-NAT]


and this manager is good on the diamond or in the boxing ring, the Hillcats Dave Clark story coming up.
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[S-Skins]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-160 27:45]
[GRAPHIC=Redskins]


The Washington Redskins kick off the NFL season tomorrow night at nine o'clock against the New York Jets. The Redskins began the Steve Spurrier tenure with a win over Arizona last season but then lost four of their next five. Spurrier seems ready and relaxed for the Jets.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Steve Spurrier/Redskins Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chris Samuels/Redskins Offensive Lineman; :22]
[RUNS=:30]
[OUT Q=...see what happens"]
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[S-Richmond]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-159]
[GRAPHIC=NASCAR]


Winston Cup drivers head to Richmond this weekend. Richmond International Raceway has completed installation of the Steel and Foam Energy Reduction barrier, which is expected to reduce the forces absorbed by drivers in crashes at the 0.75-mile oval. The Richmond barrier has been modified slightly from the original version that made its debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2002. Stewart likes soft wall and the track.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Tony Stewart/Defending Winston Cup Champion; :00]
[RUNS=:32]
[OUT Q=.....places we go"]
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[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-156 31:47]
[GRAPHIC=ECHL]


The ECHL players strike is now in its second week and at this time the signing of players is in freeze mode.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]


Roanoke Express general manager Chris Pollock said by phone today that the team WILL be playing hockey at the Roanoke Civic Center by opening night October 17th the only question right now is what the make up of the team will be. The Express owners join other ECHL owners this week in Las Vegas to try and come to a collective bargaining agreement.
In other news, the Roanoke Express announced today that center Mike Peron has signed a contract with a team in Sheffield England. He played for the Express for six seasons and parts of two seasons in the AHL. Peron, easily one of the most popular players ever in the Roanoke Valley, racked up 262 points with 90 goals and 172 assists.
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[S-Hillcats]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-157 23:40]
[GRAPHIC=]


The Lynchburg Hillcats open the Carolina League Division playoffs best of three tonight in Wilmington.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]


Tomorrow, Hillcats manager Dave Clark, the league manager of the year, and his Hillcats play game two in Lynchburg. Clark has his team fighting hard and why not, he was a golden gloves boxer in high school, a craft he applies to managing. He fell in love with boxing early in life.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Dave Clark/Hillcats First Year Manager; :00]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=......I just loved"]
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[S-Volley]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-150 44:40]
[GRAPHIC=Voleyball]


Cave Spring's volleyball team opens defense of its' group 2A state championship tomorrow night against Northside.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]


Under second year coach Tamalyn Tanis, the Knight s werea perfect 29 and OH last season and with three starters back, she feels good about this years team.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Tamalyn Tanis/Cave Spring Volleyball Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Katie Morrison/Cave Spring Player; :07]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=.....for a while"]
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[VO-NAT]


Tanis and other coaches are dealing with new rules this season. Games now go to 25 points and teams can score regardless of who is serving. They also play the best three out of five.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=......now it does"]
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[S-Schaub]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-152]
[GRAPHIC=Tech]


Virginia tech's football program knows UVa's pain with the loss of the Cavaliers star quarterback in Matt Schaub. Over the last several years, starting with Michael Vick, the Hokies played without theri number one signal caller.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Bryan Stinespring/Va. Tech Offensive Coordinator; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bryan Randall/Va. Tech Junior Quarterback; :29]
[RUNS=:47]
[OUT Q=..damper on the team(double out)]

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