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Coming up on News 7-
The first human case of mad cow disease in the U-S. Details coming up.
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Some Northwest Airlink pilots could walk off the job at midnight- it's already affecting some flights out of Roanoke.

Plus the morning after pill is once again on one Virginia College Campus.
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[Talent=Jean]


News 7 at Eleven is next.

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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[SOT 1:21]
[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF PLANE TAKING OFF]
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[OUT Q=NAT SOUND OF PLANE TAKING OFF]
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[VO-NAT]


A bit of turbelence could affect hundreds of airline passengers in our region.
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[ANCHOR =Jean]
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[Mesaba-Strike]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Good Evening. The turbulance is not in the air, but on the ground-
In less than a hour, pilots of Mesaba airlines are threatening to walk off the job.
The possiblity of a strike has already prompted the airline to cancel a number of flights including several in Roanoke. [***MESABA IN MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Justin /BAM;]


Justin McLeod is here now with important information for passengers. Justin?
Jean, this is confusing so you'll want to listen up.
[LIVE=Justin /FULL BAM]
[SUPER=@justin1]


You may be booked on this airline and not even know it.
That's because Mesaba is one of the regional operators for Northwest Airlines so your ticket will probably say Northwest and the plane will as well.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Mesaba operates four daily flights for Northwest between Roanoke and Detroit.
The airline already canceled one flight tonight and another for tomorrow morning.
Even so, passengers will still be able to fly out of Roanoke because Northwest offers another service in the region.

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[SOT 23:53:46]
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((JACKIE SHUCK/ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT DIRECTOR: THE FACT THAT WE HAVE BOTH PINNACLE AIRLINES AND MESABA OPERATING UNDER NORTHWEST AIRLINK, IT'S PROBABLY VERY LIKELY THEY WILL BE ABLE TO REBOOK UNDER A PINNACLE FLIGHT.))
[SUPER=01-Jackie Shuck/Roanoke Regional Airport Director; :]
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[OUT Q=under a pinnacle flight]
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[VO-NAT]


There are two roundtrip Pinnacle flights from Roanoke to Detriot each day.
Airport officials are encouraging Northwest passengers to call the airline and rebook before heading out the door.


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[SOT 23:55:36]
[IN Q=My understanding is]

((JACKIE SHUCK/ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT DIRECTOR: MY UNDERSTANDING IS THROUGH FEBRUARY 9TH FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO REBOOK AND MAKE SURE THEY ARE GETTING ON NORTHWEST OF PINNACLE AIRLINES, THERE IS NO FEE TO CHANGE THEIR RESERVATION.))
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[OUT Q=change their reservation]
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[VO-NAT]


As for the possibility of a strike, negotiators continue to meet in Minneapolis trying to work out a contract that would head off a strike.
Mesaba airlines and its 844 pilots have been unable to agree on pay and benefits.
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[LIVE= Justin /FULL BAM]


It is unclear how many passengers in our region could be affected by a strike because January and February are typically slow travel months for Roanoke Regional.
However, airport officials estimate a little over 100 people use Mesaba airlines in Roaonke on a typical day.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Justin /BAM;]


Jean, we should mention if you're re-booking on a Pinnacle flight it is based on seat availablity but those planes are bigger than the Mesaba ones so there is a good chance there won't be any problems.


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A railroad union is fighting to keep the Roanoke Signal Shop open and nearly 20 members employed. The Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen filed a federal lawsuit against Norfolk Southern late today.
The company gave notice that it would close the shop only yesterday. All 18 positions were eliminated as of today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

The signal shop was closed and the union says workers were escorted off the property. Those 18 employees each have enough seniority to be eligible for field positions. If they transfer, however, less senior workers could be furloughed. N-S calls this a "business decision," designed to cut costs. The company has also gone to court, seeking a preliminary injunction, claiming the union is threatening to strike. If a work stoppage were honored by other N-S employees, the company predicts an immediate shut down of all rail traffic.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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A hearing on the injunction is set for January 28th.

[JMU-Contraceptives]


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James Madison University will again distribute the controversial "morning after" pill.
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The Board of Visitors voted today to resume dispensing the birth control pill at the student health center.
The school stopped distributing the pill last April,
under pressure from Republican Delegate Bob Marshall of Manassas.
However, Governor Mark Warner appointed successors to five board members whose terms expired at the end of June -- giving supporters of the pill enough votes to reverse the April decision.
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[Schools]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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A few schools have changed their schedules for the weekend due to the snow.
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[TAKE SCHOOL TOUCH FS ]
Danville Community College will be closed Saturday and Sunday.
And Hargrave Military Academy will operate on a one hour delay tomorrow.
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[460-Accidnet]


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State police say traffic is back to normal on 460 westbound tonight.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]

That after four separate accidents blocked the lanes shortly before five. Each of the cars was taking the new bypass at the Cambria Road exit. As the cars were coming through the curve, they skidded and hit the guardrail. Two cars flipped, and those drivers were taken to Montgomery Regional Medical Center- with non life threatening injuries.
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[Mad-Cow]


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A woman in the United States has contracted the human form of mad cow disease. It is possible she got the disease overseas years ago.
So far this the only known human case of mad cow disease in the U-S.
Tonight Sean Keniff talks with the woman's parents in Miami.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Sean Kenniff/CBS News; 35]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Richard A. Neubauer/Ocean Hyperbaric Center; 58 ]
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((CHARLENE WAS A REGGAE LOVING COLLEGE GRAD WHEN VARIANT CREUTZFELDT-JAKOB DISEASE, THE HUMAN FORM OF MAD COW RAVAGED HER BRAIN. TODAY SHE IS THE ONLY KNOWN CASE IN THE COUNTRY.
(sot Dr. Richard A. Neubauer/Ocean Hyperbaric Center)

"Seeing what we've gone through with Charlene, I just hope and pray, no one else gets this disease." AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY HER PARENTS CLAIM THE DISEASE APPEARS TO HAVE STABILIZED, AND CHARLENE HAS EVEN MADE A SMALL IMPROVEMENT. "She's more alert. She's put weight on. Now if you go close to her. She senses you are there, she can hear murmurs..You can hear her murmuring."
(sot: Sean Kenniff reporting)

"Charlene's family credits her weekly treatments with hyperbaric oxygen for the slight improvement. And as a neurologist I can tell you it's pretty significant. Because to date. VCJD has been a uniformly fatal condition." THOUGH THE RESULTS ARE PROMISING, DR. RICHARD NEUBAUER--ONE OF CHARLENE'S DOCTORS --SAYS THIS IS NOT A CURE FOR THE DISEASE.
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"The only thing we can say is that when we took Charlene on she was given two months to live, and that was quite some time now, and we don't know this is the first case ever treated." CHARLENE RAISED IN ENGLAND UNTIL AGE 13, IS BELIEVED TO BE ONE OF THE 129 HUMAN CASES OF THE DISEASE CAUSED BY BRITAIN'S MAD COW OUTBREAK. THOUGH THERE IS NO CONNECTION TO THE CURRENT MAD COW CASE IN WASHINGTON STATE HER FATHER PATRICK OFFERED.
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"I think this is a warning to us basically, not to tamper with the food chain." AUTHORITIES ON TUESDAY KILLED A HERD OF 449 BULL CALVES WHICH INCLUDED AN OFFSPRING OF THE INFECTED COW. AND NOW THEY PLAN TO DO THE SAME TO THE 129 DAIRY COWS AT THE FARM WHERE THAT COW CAME FROM IN WASHINGTON STATE. DR. SEAN KENNNIFF for cbs news))


[Thermage]


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Younger looking skin without surgery or lasers.
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[VO-NAT]
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That's why Mary Bibro (bee-BRO) is undergoing this new procedure known as Thermage to tighten her skin and smooth out wrinkles.
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[SOT22:45:18]
[IN Q=It's something that's a non-surgical]

((MARY BIBRO/PATIENT; IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S A NON-SURGICAL, NON-INVASIVE WAY TO IMPROVE THE APPEARANCE OF YOUR SKIN AND REDUCE FINE LINES AND I DECIDED TO GIVE IT A TRY ))
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[OUT Q=to give it a try]
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[VO-NAT]


Thermage works by cooling the top layer of skin while using radio waves to heat the deeper structure. This helps reduce damage to the surface of the skin.
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[SOT22:52:08]
[IN Q=It works because it's doing something with the collagen]

((DR. CAROL WRAY/LEWIS-GALE CLINIC; IT WORKS BECAUSE IT'S DOING SOMETHING WITH THE COLLAGEN IT'S TIGHTENING AND ADDING MORE COLLAGEN. SO YOU CAN GET SKIN TIGHTENING BY BUILDING MORE COLLAGEN AND THEN THAT WILL REDUCE YOUR WRINKLES AS IT PULLS THE SKIN TIGHTER ))
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[OUT Q=as it pulls the skin]
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It takes about four months to actually see results.
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[WIPE TO FS PINNACLE] For more information Lewis-Gale Clinic will be holding a seminar on the procedure January 29th from 6 to 7:30. To register call 540- 776-2084.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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One New River Valley school may be closed until next fall... but that doesn't mean students are getting a break.
That's still ahead on News 7 at 11.
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[VO-NAT]


And the terror alert level is dropped for much of the country, but some cities and facilities are still on alert.

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[Sports-preview]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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(( Hey folks Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office tonight as the Express gets roughed for the second straight night. Shane Beamer has a new college coaching home as does Bill Callhan, a number of others in the NFL. Bryan Randall is getting into the swing of things with the basketball team. And Serena kisses the Aussie Open so long. Tonight on the Big 7.))
[Terror-alert]

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The nation's terror alert level has been lowered from high to elevated, but authorities say Americans should still be vigilant- and keep an eye out for unusual activity.
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Based on careful review of intelligence the terror threat level has been lowered from high to elevated. Orange to yellow.
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((TOM RIDGE: ALTHOUGH WE HAVE RETURNED TO YELLOW WE HAVE NOT LET OUR GUARD DOWN.)) (( IT'S USUALLY WHEN IT'S LESS EXPECTED THAT STUFF HAPPENS SO TERROR ALERT SHOULD ALWAYS BE ON AT ALL TIMES.)) ((I'M ALWAYS ON ALERT SINCE 9-11))
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[SUPER=01-Tom Ridge/Secretary of Homeland Security; 00 QUICK!!!]
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[OUT Q=SINCE 9-11.]
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There will still be security added in places like New York, Washington, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
Officials say security will also remain tight at airports, on airliners, and around bridges and nuclear power plants.
Ridge says it may be weeks or months before he can reveal how raising the threat level over the holidays deterred and disrupted an attack.
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[Fries-School]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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A Grayson County school won't be filled with students anytime soon.
Mold forced Fries Middle School to close and officials now say it won't be able to re-open until at least next fall.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Grayson Co.]


130 students are currently sharing space with Independence Middle School.
Renovations to Fries are estimated to cost 750-thousand dollars.
The school board is waiting to hear back from the state on an emergency loan request.
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[SOT:1:33:21:00]
[IN Q=At this point]

((KESTER GREEN/GRAYSON CO. SUPERINTENDENT; AT THIS POINT THE ARCHITECT HAS COMPLETED HIS PLANS FOR RENOVATIONS. THAT HAS BEEN SUBMITTED TO THE STATE. WE PROBABLY SHOULD HEAR WITHIN THE MONTH WHETHER THEY HAVE APPROVED THOSE PLANS OR NOT AND THEN WE CAN PUT IT OUT TO BID.))
[SUPER=01-Kester Green/Grayson Co. Superintendent;]
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[OUT Q=put it out to bid.]
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Green says the project could be put out to bid by February. If all goes well with the renovations, students could be back at Fries Middle by next Fall.
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[VMI-Building]


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A controversial plan to demolish a century old home is moving forward.
Today, the state's architectural review board approved Virginia Military Institute's plan despite outcries from preservationists
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington]


V-M-I wants to tear town the Post Surgeon's residence to make way for an addition to the dining hall.
Three preservation groups oppose the project and say they'll continue to fight it.
V-M-I plans to demolish the home in early March.
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[Marshall-Lodge]


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More than six years after they lost their meeting hall to a fire, members of Lynchburg's oldest Masonic lodge are back home again.
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[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


The Marshall Lodge recently spent 450-thousand dollars building a new meeting place on this spot near the Lynchburg Expressway.
The building has several modern amenities, but it's furnished with furniture saved from the old building that caught fire.
Tuesday was the first official meeting in the new hall and members were excited.
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[SOT 19:07:10]
[IN Q=I don't think]

((JOHN WINGFIELD/MARSHALL LODGE MOST WORSHIPFUL MASTER: I DON'T THINK THEY REALIZED HOW IT WAS GOING TO TURN OUT UNTIL THEY ACTUALLY WALKED IN AND SAW HOW THE LODGE WAS LAID OUT. IT'S VERY WELL LAID OUT, A LOT OF SPACE AND VERY COMFORTABLE.))
[SUPER=01-John Wingfield/Marshall Lodge Most Worshipful Master]
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[OUT Q=and very comfortable.]
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[VO-NAT]


Marshall Lodge is the area's oldest Masonic lodge- it was chartered in 1793.
The club still has all its records dating back two centuries.
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[Tease2]


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President Bush wants to send astronauts back to the moon... and even farther.
Still ahead on News 7, will his expensive plan fly?
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[VO-NAT 08.5]


You can say one man is in deep water- after he gets a water bill for seven MILLION dollars.
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((EVEN IF IT'S REAL THERE'S NOT MUCH CHANCE OF PAYING IT SO.))
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[OUT Q=PAYING IT SO.]
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The story coming up when News 7 continues.
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[Water-Authority]


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Roanoke City and Roanoke County have been working quietly for more than a year to create a regional water authority.
But some important decisions are still ahead.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


The new water authority is set to begin operation on July first, and today board members toured the Carvins Cove Water Filtration Plant.
Next month, they'll consider how best to equalize the rates of city and county water customers, and officials say that's a critical issue.
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[SOT 42:33]
[IN Q=It really is because]

((ELMER HODGE: IT REALLY IS BECAUSE THAT REALLY GETS TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER, WHAT IT IS THAT THE INDIVIDUALS, BUSINESSES AND CITIZENS HAVE TO PAY, THE IMPACT ON THE CITIZENS. AND WHEN YOU TRY TO MAKE IT A STRONG SYSTEM, AND MAKE IT FINANCIALLY BETTER FOR THE CITIZENS, IT'S TOUGH TO DO, BUT IT'S WORTHWHILE.))
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[OUT Q=but it's worthwhile.]
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[VO-NAT]


Roanoke County administrator Elmer Hodge says he's confident the plan that will be revealed on February 10th will satisfy both the city and the county, while it creates a strong financial base for regional water authority.
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[Mars-Moon]


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The latest Mars rover has been sending back stunning images of the Red Planet for days now. But President Bush wants to take a giant leap, and send humans there.
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[VO-NAT]

Whitehouse officials say the President will propose a manned mission to Mars and a permanent base on the Moon that would serve as a "stepping stone" for the mission to Mars.
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[IN Q=I THINK THAT PROVIDING ]

((JOHN M. LOGSDON/GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV. SPACE POLICY INSTITUTE--I THINK THAT PROVIDING THIS KIND LONG RANGE EXCITING CHALLENGE TO NASA WILL GALVANIZE THE ORGANIZATION, AND REVITILIZE IT.))
[SUPER=01-John M. Logsdon/George Washington Univ. Space Policy Inst.;]
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[OUT Q=AND REVITILIZE IT]
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[VO-NAT]

The human space program has been struggling after two shuttle tragedies. NASA has had success with its robotic missions, with one on Mars now and another ready to land, plus a probe headed to Saturn and one to Mercury. Some are calling the proposal political grandstanding in an election year. First Congress must approve the plan which could cost more than half a trillion dollars.
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[S-Extra]


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The Express gambles and loses big time to Atlantic City. Travis Wells checks in with the Tech basketball team. The Astros leave Martinsville. And the coaching carousel is still spinning out of control. But first your Extra Point -
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-USTA; :00]

Serena Williams has pulled out of the Australian Open, delaying her comeback from a knee injury. Williams hasn't played since beating sister Venus in the Wimbledon final in July. She was hoping to return this month to defend her title at the Australian Open. Williams, who won five of six Grand Slam tournaments before her injury, had surgery Aug. 1 to repair a partial tear in the quadriceps tendon of her left knee.
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[S-Express]


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The Roanoke Express opened up its two game weekend homestand at the Roundhouse on a down note tonight losing to Atlantic City 5-to-1. Only 27 hundred and 10 fans were on hand,
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Boardwalk Bullies vs. Express; :00]

one of those was ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna who would see the Roanoke defense at its best and at its worst. In the first period, Jason Wolfe will make the glove save on this rocket shot by the Boardwalk Bullies John Longo. Unfortunately, that was it for the goal stoppage. Luke Curtin was one of five different Atlantic City players to
[super=38-Atlantic City/5/Roanoke/1;]

score as the visitors went up 4-to-nothing and win it by a count of 5-to-1. Roanoke has now been outscored 12-to-1 in last 48 hours.
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[ANCHOR=MIKE]
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Roanoke is back at the Roundhouse tomorrow night against Toledo - a 3-to-2 winner over Columbia tonight.

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Coaches don't often play hop scotch in the SEC, but Shane Beamer is doing just that.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Knoxville, TN;:00]

The son of Tech head coach Frank Beamer, has been named a full-time assistant coach for Sylvester Croom at Mississippi State. For the past three seasons, the 26 year old Beamer has been a graduate assistant coach at Tennessee coaching kicker, punters and long snappers. Shane graduated from Tech in 1999 where he also handled the long snapping duties.
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[S-NFL]


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Joe Gibbs got the ball rolling yesterday and today the new coaching avalanche in the NFL picked up some serious steam.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Flowery Branch, GA; :00]

Just outside of Atlanta this afternoon the Falcons named Jim Mora, Junior their new head coach. Mora will be one of the youngest coaches in the entire league. He's just 42 years old, and looks even younger.
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[SUPER=01-Jim Mora, Jr./New Falcons Head Coach; :00]
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[OUT Q=...this organization."]
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[VO NAT CON'T]
[SUPER=03-Phoenix, AZ; :00]

And out in the desert this afternoon - Dennis Green returned to the NFL officially taking over the Cardinals. Green won four divisional titles with the Vikings, but he inherits a team that was just 4 and 12.
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[S-Nebraska]


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[WIPE TO ENG!!!!]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lincoln, NE; :00]

While those guys were gearing up for a pro challenge, recently fired Raiders coach Bill Callahan was accepting the challenge of coaching the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
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[OUT Q=...AT NEBRASKA."]
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[S-Bryan]


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While the Virginia Tech women are in South Bend, Indiana tonight getting set for their Noon tip-off tomorrow against Notre Dame, the 7 and 5 Tech men's team has been getting in some much needed practice
The Hokies are in the midst of an 8 day layoff following Tuesday's loss at Pittsburgh. Travis Wells checks in from the Cassell with an update on the newest Hokie Bryan Randall and his new teammates.
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[WIPE TO PINNACLE 12996] Thanks Travis - if you're looking for ACC action tomorrow you can catch the Clemson-Wake Forest game at Noon right here on WDBJ-7.
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[GO TO PINNACLE 12999] Then Sunday right after the Colts and Chiefs game we'll join the NC State- Florida State game in progress ar 4:30. ACC actioon right here.
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As if the folks in the Martinsville - Henry County area needed some more bad news they got some today.
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The Houston Astros have announced that they will move their Appalachian League affiliate from Martinsville to Greenville, Tennessee.
The Astros completed a 5 year run at Hooker Field this past season. The team won the Appy League title in 1999, but will now compete on the campus of Tusculum College in a brand, spanking new facility. They pulled out so late, there no way for Martinsville to get another team for this coming season.
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If you think your bills are high at this time of year, imagine what
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a Texas man thought when he got a water bill for more than seven million dollars from the city of Corpus Christi.
But Chuck has managed to keep his sense of humor about it all.
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((CHUCK RICHARDSON; IT'S KIND OF LIKE WINNING THE LOTTO THERE IS A WHOLE LOT OF SCREAMING JUMPING UP AND DOWN EXCEPT THE WORDS ARE A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN LOTTO WINNERS.))
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Of course he knows the bill is a mistake. For that amount he would have had to have used more than 771 million gallons of water in one month.
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