[1-News-Head]

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[ENG#=1]
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

A Tennessee murder suspect is apprehended at a Roanoke motel.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

And there's 55-milion bucks out there for anyone who's ready to bring new business here.

[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
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[ENG#=2]

Tonight on News 7 sports - Tech and UVa are actually working together. Tight competition is the word in tonight's ACC Connection.
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[VO-NAT]

And - the Dazzle crowds have been less than dazzling - but a visit from the Ice Man may change that next Friday.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Don't make wardrobe changes just yet, but you can go with the light jacket tomorrow. Warm details just ahead.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 4-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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[ENG#=3]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


A twelve hour stake-out pays off for Roanoke Police.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


They take a Tennessee murder suspect into custody.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Shannon Young.
[Murder-Suspect]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-55 TC1:01:48]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-shot]


Police arrested 50- year- old Gerald David Thomas as he left a room at the Ramada Inn on Franklin Road.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Officers were prepared for a violent confrontation, but Thomas was taken into custody without incident. [***News 7 @ 6 IN MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & JOeD /Newsroom;]


Tonight Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom with more details on what lead police to the Roanoke motel.
Keith and Shannon, Last night around eight o'clock,
[LIVE= JoeD /FULL Newsroom]
[SUPER=@Joe1;]

Roanoke Police received a tip from Tennessee authorities that Thomas might be in the area.
It wasn't long before they found the car investigators believed he was driving, in the parking lot of the Ramada Inn.
[ENG#=4]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Roanoke Police watched and waited]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Shelly Alley/Roanoke Police Spokesperson; :12]
[SUPER=03-Loudon Co., TN/Tuesday; :30]
[SUPER=01-Tammy Rivers/Carilion Home Care; :59]
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[OUT Q=did alert us for our own safety.]

((Roanoke Police watched and waited for more than twelve hours before moving in to make an arrest.
Then with guns drawn they searched room 207, where Thomas had been staying.
[SOT]
[IN Q=Surveillance was conducted]

((SHELLY ALLEY: SURVEILLANCE WAS CONDUCTED THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT AND AROUND TEN THIRTY THIS MORNING THE MAN WHO WAS IN QUESTION CAME OUT OF THE ROOM THERE WAS A FEMALE WITH HIM. THEY WALKED TO THE CAR AND HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT INCIDENT BY ROANOKE POLICE.))
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[OUT Q=by Roanoke Police.]


Police say the woman was an acquaintance from Tennessee, but late this afternoon she had not been charged with a crime.
Authorities want to talk with Thomas about the death of 43- year- old Adwinna Pamela Hughes, a Kingsport woman who was found shot to death earlier this week.
Investigators say Thomas and Hughes were companions in the past, and were last seen together earlier this month. The vehicle Thomas was driving in Roanoke, a green honda, matches a description of the victim's car.
This morning as police waited for Thomas to leave his room, employees of nearby Carilion Home Care Services were told to stay home.
[SOT]
[IN Q=We've had snow days]

((WE'VE HAD SNOW DAYS. WE'VE HAD FLOODS, BUT NO THIS IS THE FIRST ONE OF THESE. THE FIRST ONE OF POTENTIAL SHOTS FIRED. RIGHT THAT KIND OF SCARES YOU A LITTLE BIT. 15:34 BUT WE WERE GLAD THAT CARILION SECURITY DID ALERT US FOR OUR OWN SAFETY.))
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[OUT Q=did alert us for our own safety.]))
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[LIVE= JoeD/FULL Newsroom]


Thomas was taken into federal custody...
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & JOeD /Newsroom;]


tonight he's facing a variety of charges including possession of a firearm by a career criminal, and two counts of distributing drugs.

[Tech-Carilion]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=04-04 28:54]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=1]

Two of the most powerful businesses in the Roanoke and New River Valleys will pay to bring still more enterprise to the area.
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[VO-NAT :19]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

In front of Governor Warner and a crowd of local business leaders at the Hotel Roanoke today, Virginia Tech and Carilion announced they've joined forces to create the Roanoke-New River Investment Fund. The fund will make about 55-million dollars available to companies that want to build in or relocate to the area.
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[SOT 24:36 - 24:41]
[IN Q=Our strength is technology and healthcare...]

((DR. ED MURPHY/CARILION PRESIDENT: OUR STRENGTH IS TECHNOLOGY AND HEALTHCARE SO I THINK THAT'S WHERE WE'LL GO FIRST.)) [BUTT BUTT BUTT]
[SOT 26:09 - 26:18]

((CHARLES STEGER/VIRGINIA TECH PRESIDENT: I DON'T THINK WE'RE CLOSED TO ANY IDEAS BUT THE COMPANY WILL NEED TO BE PROFITABLE.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Ed Murphy/Carilion President; :00]
[SUPER=01-Charles Steger/Virginia Tech President; :06]
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[OUT Q=will need to be profitable .]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Governor Mark Warner hails the partnership and "rare" and "creative". Carilion and Tech say the fund is "open for business" as of today. They've also created a consortium of firms from across the country to help attract businesses and more investment dollars.

[Kollmorgen]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sra]
[TAPE#=03-48 TC2:06:55]
[GRAPHIC=New Jobs]
[ENG#=2]


A major employer in Radford is expanding-- bringing with it new jobs.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford/1997]


Kollmorgen will open a new customer support center in Radford.
The project will cost 2-point-8 million dollars.
Kollmorgen already employs more than 700 people. The project will add 71 new jobs.
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[Tax-Plan]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-50 TC1:58:32]
[GRAPHIC=NOne]
[ENG#=3]


The Virginia Senate gave the thumbs up today to a plan that jacks up state taxes.
But the measure did not advance without a fight.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The Senate approved legislation that would raise the cigarette tax, increase the sales tax and bump up the income tax on the wealthiest Virginians.
Anti-tax Republicans tried but failed to remove the tax increases.
They also tried to delay action on the bill by offering an amendment that would subject the tax hikes to a voter referendum.
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[SOT 01:14:46]
[IN Q=I BELIEVE FOR A CHANGE OF]

((SENATOR KEN CUCCINELLI/R-FAIRFAX: I BELIEVE FOR A CHANGE OF THIS MAGNITUDE IT IS APPROPRIATE TO PUT IT TO THE VOTERS.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Ken Cuccinelli/(R) Fairfax; :00]
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[OUT Q=TO PUT IT TO THE VOTERS.]
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[VO-NAT]


But the majority of Senators objected, saying they were elected to make these decisions.
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[SOT 39:19]
[IN Q=IT IS OUR JOB, IT IS OUR ELECTION]

((SENATOR CHARLES HAWKINS/R-CHATHAM: IT IS OUR JOB IT IS OUR ELECTION TO STAND UP AND THIS IS WHAT WE BELIEVE IS RIGHT :25))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Charles Hawkins/(R) Chatham; :]
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[OUT Q=THIS IS WHAT WE BELIEVE IS RIGHT.]
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[VO-NAT]


The tax bill raises three-point-seven billion dollars in additional revenue.
It faces a final vote in the Senate tomorrow.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]
[ENG#=V10]


Still ahead on News 7, see how some courts and police department are finding new tactics to fight domestic violence.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=2-Shot]


Plus one local company is lighting up NASCAR tracks around the country.
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[1st-Wx]
[Domestic-Two]
(MINI OPEN)
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=03-48 TC2:06:55]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot 2-Shot]


Domestic Violence hits home for many families in Virginia.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Last year there were five domestic violence related deaths in Roanoke alone.
So, is enough being done to protect victims? [***DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN MONITOR***]
[TOSS ACROSS=Keith-Shannon & Joy/BAM]


Joy Sutton tries to answer that in her account of Domestic Violence.
Keith and Shannon if you ask the Attorney General he says the laws need to place harsher penalties on abusers.
[ANCHOR=JOY FULL BAM]
[SUPER=@JOY1;]


But some domestic violence experts say the problem is not the law but enforcement by the courts.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It does scare me if it was so easy]
[SUPER=03-Salem; 08]
[SUPER=01-Philip Trompeter/Juvenile & Domestic Court Judge; 32]
[SUPER=01-Ruth Micklem/Virginians Against Domestic Violence; 50]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/February 9; 1:03]
[SUPER=04-December 18, 2003; 1:13]
[SUPER=10-Kelvin Edwards/Neesha's Uncle/December 21, 2003; 1:17]
[SUPER=01-Pamela Gold/Domestic Violence Specialist; 1:28]
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[OUT Q=before it's too late]

((
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[NAT SOT19:31:36]
[IN Q=It does scare me]
((NAT SOT: IT DOES SCARE ME IF IT WAS SO EASY FOR HIM TO DO IT ONCE. WHAT'S GOING TO HOLD HIM BACK FROM DOING IT SECOND

TIME OR THIRD TIME)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=or a third time]


This isn't real trial but a courtroom training exercise to help these social workers deal with domestic violence cases. But Judge Philip Trompeter sees real cases like it every day. That's the reason he started a domestic violence program in his jurisdiction that doesn't just focus on punishment but rehabilitation for abusers and assistance for their families.
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[SOT19:18:08]
[IN Q=We feel we are showing to]

((WE FEEL WE ARE SHOWING TO THE COMMUNITY AND THESE VICTIMS AND THE FAMILIES THAT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS A SERIOUS ISSUE THAT IT CAN BE OVERCOME. AND WE CAN HAVE SUCCESS)) [RUNS12]
[OUT Q=can have success]


But some domestic violence experts say Trompeter is the exception rather than the norm.
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[SOT 5:44, virginians against domestic violence]
[IN Q=We still hav]

((VIRGINIANS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: WE STILL HAVE AN INCREDIBLY LOW CONVICTION RATE. AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL THAT ARE CONVICTED BUT AREN'T SENT TO JAIL OR AREN'T SENT TO CERTIFIED BATTERER INTERVENTION PROGRAMS)) [RUNS12]
[OUT Q=intervention programs]


But then there are those cases that never make it to court until tragedy strikes -- like the case involving Carl Richardson charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Neesha Edwards.
Edwards uncle said days after her murder he felt the system failed her too.
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[SOT6:01:00]
[IN Q=Her attempt to get away that's]

((HER ATTEMPT TO GET AWAY THAT'S WHAT SHE WAS TRYING TO DO AND NO ONE WAS TAKING HER SERIOUS AS FAR AS THE SYSTEM GOES)) [RUNS06]
[OUT Q=the system goes]


In fact, just before her death she had taken out a warrant against Richardson.
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[SOT16:31]
[IN Q=One thing thing iwth Neesha's that is different]

((ONE THING WITH NEESHA THAT IS DIFFERENT FROM MOST OF THE ONE'S I SEE IS THAT SHE HAD A LOT OF PROPERTY DAMAGE AND OTHER THINGS GOING ON BESIDES ASSAULT)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=besides assault]


Pamela Gold is the domestic violence specialist for Roanoke City Police. She says because different types of crimes go to different departments it makes it hard to track.
But now Roanoke has a new computerized system that will help.
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[SOT14:01]
[IN Q=The officers are now able]

((THE OFFICERS ARE NOW ABLE TO TYPE IN THEIR REPORTS AND WE CAN RETRIEVE THEM FASTER IN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS. IT'S A HUGE TOOL TO BE ABLE TO FOLLOW-UP ONE THESE AND PULL A LOT OF DATA VERY QUICKLY)) [RUNS14]
[OUT Q=data very quickly]

Police believe by better tracking repeat offenders, they can help more domestic abuse victims, like Neesha Edwards, before it's too late.))
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[WIPE TO FULL SCREEN BOARD]
[ANCHOR=Joy]

If you are victim and need help call 1-800-915-8164.
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[TOSS ACROSS=Keith-Shannon & Joy/BAM]


Keith and Shannon, Tomorrow on News 7 at 5 & 6 we'll talk to a survivor --and tell victims where they can find help and safety.

[Holcomb]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=04-01 T37:46]
[GRAPHIC=Roger Holcomb]
[ENG#=2]


More alleged victims testified today against a former Giles County pastor accused of molesting several children.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Giles Co.]


Fifty- three year old Roger Holcomb is charged with six counts of aggravated sexual battery and four counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.
The three girls and a boy range in age from seven to 10.
A fifth alleged victim and charge against Holcomb was dropped from the case this week.
A seven year old girl took the stand today and testified Holcomb took off her underwear, fondled her and then threatened her with a knife.
The defense questioned the girl for over an hour, trying to point out inconsistencies in her story.
The trial continues tomorrow.
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[Gay-Marriage]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=03-52 TC1:31:52]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=3]

The gay marriages were only symbolic. In fact, the couples aren't really couples. But they posed as such to send a message on the Virginia Tech campus today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


Several hundred people gathered on Tech's Drill Field for symbolic ceremonies.
The event was hosted by the University's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance.
Organizers say the demonstration is not just about gay marriages, they say it's also a civil rights issue.
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[SOT:3:20:02:00, 3:19:04:00]
[IN Q=I hope that people]

((CHRISTINE BROWNLIE: I HOPE THAT PEOPLE WILL SAY THAT THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA SHOULD NOT BE UP HOLDING THROUGH ITS LEGAL SYSTEM PARTICULAR RELIGIOUS VIEWS AND THAT ALL CITIZENS DESERVE EQUAL RIGHTS AND EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAWS. MICHAEL SUTPHIN: WE'RE TRYING TO TAKE A NATIONAL ISSUE AND PUT IT IN A LOCAL CONTEXT SO THAT PEOPLE CAN UNDERSTAND AND SEE WHY ITS IMPORTANT TO US IN OUR COMMUNITY.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Christine Brownlie/Blacksburg Unitarian Universalists;]
[SUPER=01-Michael Sutphin/Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Alliance;]
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[OUT Q=us in our community.]
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[VO-NAT]


Same-sex marriages are illegal in Virginia, and for the moment, all other states, but those bans face increasing challenges in state and federal courts.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
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[WRITER=dse]
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Stocks closed lower, despite positive economic data and strong earnings in the retail sector. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-y/7.26/10664.73/y/30.51/2045.96;]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


The DOW lost seven points.
NASDAQ dropped 30 and a half.
[SUPER=271-i/2.52/39.50/h/0.12/55.24/i/0.30/33.78/i/0.23/82.60/i/0.20/81.37;]
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[SUPER=274-h/0.08/12.64/i/0.04/73.26/i/0.76/37.35/h/0.55/48.15/h/1.18/58.38;]
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[SPONSOR ANNOUNCE]
[COMMERCIAL]
[Everbrite]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=03-54 TC1:13:54]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

NASCAR has undergone some major changes recently-- new tires, a new points system, even a new sponsor.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

But it's a new gasoline that has fueled a major undertaking in Buena Vista. Richard Lesko has the story.
[ENG#=1]
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL; :00]
[SUPER=03-Buena Vista; :12]
[SUPER=01-Jimmy Flint/Plant General Manager; :32]
[SUPER=@richard2; 1:22]
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[OUT Q=News 7, Buena Vista]

(( When NASCAR announced that Sunoco would be a new fuel sponsor for the next 10 seasons, that meant dozens of signs at tracks would have to be replaced. Sunoco approached Everbrite in Buena Vista about making 48 signs, to be installed at 22 tracks across the country. The signs are hard to miss, they stand 18 feet tip to tip, and hold more than 250 feet of fluorescent tubing each. And they got their first test at the Daytona 500.
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[SOT - 5:26]
[IN Q=Felt like Sunoco...]

((JIMMY FLINT/PLANT GENERAL MANAGER; FELT LIKE SUNOCO GOT A GOOD BIT OF COVERAGE, HOPE THEY GOT THEIR MONEY'S WORTH THEY'VE GOT A HUGE INVESTMENT IN THIS PROJECT, WE WERE ALL PROUD TO DEATH.)) [RUNS8]
[OUT Q=all proud to death.]

The project has been about as fast paced as a caution free race. Everbrite got the project in October, and just a few weeks later the signs started popping up at the nation's fastest ovals.
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[SOT - 4:31]
[IN Q=They already had]

((JIMMY FLINT/PLANT GENERAL MANAGER; THEY ALREADY HAD SOME PRELIMINARY DESIGNS, SOME IDEAS. WE DEVELOPED PROTOTYPES, WE HAD THEM AT DAYTONA THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 12TH.)) [RUNS8]
[OUT Q=week of December the 12th.]

Signs at 10 tracks are already up, and 12 more remain. Add to that the company is also making dozens more smaller signs for smaller tracks as well.
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[SOT - 3:42]
[IN Q=A fast track project...]

((JIMMY FLINT/PLANT GENERAL MANAGER; A FAST TRACK PROJECT WE GOT ON IT, KEPT UP. WE'VE GOT SOME PRODUCTION WAITING FOR INSTALLATION NOW, THINGS ARE MOVING ALONG AT A GOOD PACE.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=moving along at good pace.]

In fact, the workers at Everbrite will have to keep up the fast pace, as the company is expected to reach the finish line on the project this April. Richard Lesko, News 7, Buena Vista.))

[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]
[ENG#=V10]

Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - The Ice Man is coming to the star city. Tech and UVa are teaming up in the name of the Benjamins.
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[VO-NAT]

and this week's edition of the ACC Connection will tell us why no lead or team safe in this league this season.
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[S-Dazzle]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-169]
[GRAPHIC=DAZZLE]
[ENG#=]

The Roanoke Dazzle hasn't exactly been tearing up the box office with ticket sales - but next Friday night - you need to make plans to be in attendance at the Roanoke Civic Center.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-NBA; :00]

George Gervin, the "Ice Man", who once played in the Civic Center in the early 70s as a member of the Squires is coming to next Friday's game to help the Dazzle celebrate Black History Month. The basketball hall of famer will be part of "Retro Weekend" as the Dazzle turns back the clock, trims prices and even encourages Disco Music.
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[S-ACC]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-163 1:17:08]
[GRAPHIC=ACC]
[ENG#=2]

Last night in the ACC - Wake beat Duke, Clemson stopped State and who knows what will happen tonight as Maryland hosts Georgia Tech.
For the first time in 44 years, all four North Carolina ACC basketball programs are ranked in the top 20. Steve Mason has more on this ultra-competitive year in this week's ACC Connection.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Mike Krzyzewski/Duke Head Coach; :19]
[SUPER=01-Gary Williams/Maryland Head Coach; :32]
[SUPER=01-Oliver Purnell/Clemson Head Coach; :52]
[SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC; 1:04]
[SUPER=01-Rashad McCants/ACC Leading Scorer; 1:11]
[SUPER=01-Brad Daugherty/TV Basketball Analyst; 1:20]
[SUPER=@Steve1; 1:36]
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[OUT Q=...your wdbj acc connection"]
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((Duke is number three, Wake Forest is 15th, Georgia Tech 16th, N.C State 18th and North Carolina 19th. Not only are five of the nine ACC basketball schools ranked in the top 20 put they have maintained those rankings while playing the 13th toughest combined schedules according to CollegeRPI.com. ((:)) ((:)) ((:))
But why is the ACC among the nations best conferences, there are varying opinions.)) ((:)) ((:)) (( BE SURE TO TUNE INTO YOUR HOMETOWN STATION THIS WEEKEND AS THE ACC JOINS FORCES WITH THE BIG TEN AND BIG EAST. SATURDAY NOTRE DAME AND CONNECTICUT SET THE STAGE FOR UVA AND CLEMSON.
THEN SUNDAY CATCH BIG TEN RIVALS WISCONSIN AND MICHIGAN BEFORE THE MARYLAND DUKE GAME, RIGHT HERE ON WDBJ-7 STEVE MASON FOR YOUR WDBJ-7 ACC CONNECTION.))

[S-Hokie]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=SP-167 ]
[GRAPHIC=TECH/UVA]
[ENG#=3]


Some of you diehard Tech and UVa fans may not want to hear this - but the two universities are about to team up on a project.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


That's right, the mortal enemies are officially going into the rivalry business.
For the first time, U-V-A and Tech have agreed to license rivalry products like this little statue of a giant Hokie keeping a football from some Hoos.
Local stores will soon have items such as shirts and hats that take little digs at the opposition.
Officials say its the first of many new things to come - now that Tech's headed to the A-C-C.
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[SOT:3:13:05:00 ]
[IN Q=We're working]
[SUPER=01-Locke White/VT Director of Licensing and Trademarks; :00]

((LOCKE WHITE: WE'RE WORKING TOGETHER ON DIFFERENT THINGS AND CAN COORDINATE AND CAN BOTH GET ON THE SAME PAGE AND BOTH MAKE MONEY WHICH IS GREAT FOR BOTH OF US.))
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[OUT Q=both of us.]
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[VO-NAT CON'T]


Officials say this new line of rivalry gear will make plenty of money for both schools.
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