[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

Some residents of Botetourt County want to close the gates on growth.
We'll tell you why they say bigger is *not* better for Fincastle.
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[ENG#=1]
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

It was a hot property in late Winter. Once "The Passion" played Buena Vista, it became stolen property.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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[ENG#=2]

Tonight on News 7 sports - The Steelers take care of Cowher, a hall of fame Keydet turns out for Tech,

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[VO-NAT]

and the Seminoles of Florida State fend off the Hokies and Miami to stay on top of the new ACC preseason standings.

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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Soaking downpours for some today. It's a forecast that will work well for tomorrow.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 4-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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[SOT 12:38:35]
[IN Q=Did you wind up]

((Did you wind up hearing from just about everybody short of Mel Gibson, himself? JUST ABOUT EVERYBODY SHORT OF MEL GIBSON. I SURE WAS.))
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=I sure was.]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

A theater print of Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" showed up on e-bay in May.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

Today the suspect appears in a Buena Vista courtroom to answer theft charges.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Shannon Young.
[Film-Theft]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=04-18 TC1:41:18]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

Bootleg copies of first-run motion pictures are big business.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

In this case, though, it wasn't a grainy reproduction on video tape.
[ANCHOR=Keith ]
[SS=None]

It was the real thing, as in reel to reel... SEVEN reels in all.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Buena Vista; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kay Smith/Theater Owner; :41]
[SUPER=01-P. L. Ragland, Sr./Investigator; 1:10]
[RUNS=1:20]
[OUT Q=been millions of dollars.]

(( Dustin Benson had worked at Valley Cinemas almost a year when "The Passion" disappeared. The 22-year old suspect had already posted the film on e-Bay before he allegedly took the print home with him. [12:08:05] ((I DON'T KNOW. EVERYBODY TELLS ME NOT TO TAKE IT PERSONAL. BUT IT'S KIND OF HARD NOT TO.)) [RUNS:05] The film had had a successful one-week run at Valley Cinemas, starting in mid-May. The evidence is: Benson propped open one of the back doors of the theater, came back after work and took the movie. The owners of the theater didn't realize it was gone right away, because it had been left in the lobby and was supposed to be picked up by courier for use in another city. [12:04:35] ((HE DOESN'T THINK HE HURT ME. HE JUST THINKS HE TOOK THE MOVIE OUT AND SOLD IT AND IT DIDN'T BOTHER ME. Because, in a sense, the film didn't belong to you? RIGHT. RIGHT. BUT HE DID BOTHER ME.)) [RUNS:12] Kay Smith is not out any money. The movie print was recovered intact. But she fears first-run movies may by-pass her theater in the future or she may have to start paying up front to show them. After all the print was valuable, particularly if it had fallen into the wrong hands. [12:38:05] ((THE PRINT ITSELF, THE ROUGH ESTIMATE, WAS BETWEEN $1250 AND $1500, THE PRINT. THE BLACK MARKET VALUE COULD HAVE BEEN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.)) [RUNS:11]))
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=Legal Scales]

Judge Gordon Saunders today dismissed a computer fraud charge against Benson. He certified two other charges: breaking- and- entering and grand larceny. The grand jury will consider the case Wednesday.

[Methadone]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[ENG#=1]


Opponents of a Roanoke methadone clinic are gathering to discuss the controversial proposal tonight.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


They are fighting plans for the new facility on Hershberger Road.
CRC Health Corporation is still waiting for state approval, but plans to open at the location within 90 days.
Leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference have organized a meeting tonight at seven in the William Fleming High School Cafeteria.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=This is an opportunity]

((JEFF ARTIS/ROANOKE SCLC CHAIRMAN: THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO TELL THE COMMUNITY WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO, AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO SHUT UP AND LISTEN TO THE COMMUNITY. BECAUSE CERTAINLY THE COMMUNITY MAY HAVE BETTER IDEAS ABOUT THIS THING THAN WE DO.))
[SUPER=01-Jeff Artis/Roanoke SCLC Chairman;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=may have better ideas about this thing than we do.]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Roanoke Delegate Onzlee Ware and representatives of the N-Double A- C- P are also expected to attend tonight's meeting.

[Missing-Man]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WRITER=sba]
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[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=2]

Search teams in the Jefferson National Forest have called it quits.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Thursday]

Crews started looking for James Clayton Hall last Tuesday after a family member reported him missing. A spokesman from the Botetourt County Sheriff's Office says the search was suspended on Saturday night after K-9 units and their handlers exhausted the area and found no trace of the man. He also says the office received a report that Hall was spotted in Roanoke last week. The 82-year-old was last seen by his family July 11th after he left for a solo camping trip in the Kelly Hollow section of the forest.
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[Fincastle-Boundaries]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sba]
[TAPE#=04-19 TC1:33:14]
[GRAPHIC=Non]
[ENG#=3]


A group of citizens is banding together in Botetourt County. They're worried about a proposed boundary adjustment which would increase the size of Fincastle from about 91 to about 22-hundred acres. [***NEWS 7 @ 6 IN MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Susan/NEWSROOM;]

Susan Bahorich spoke with members of this new committee. Susan, tell us what they're concerned about.
[LIVE= Susan /FULL Newsroom]
[SUPER=@SUSAN1;]

Keith They're worried about everything from taxes to the environment... The group says changing the boundaries would change their way of life.
[ENG#=3]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Linnie and Helen...]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :04]
[SUPER=01-Linnie Gregory/Concerned Citizen; :32]
[SUPER=@SUSAN1; 1:14]
[SUPER=01-Rob Hagan/Fincastle Planning Commission; 1:21]
[RUNS=1:35]
[OUT Q=a win-win for everyone.]

((Linnie and Helen Gregory have called these 40-acres in Botetourt County home for years, but if Fincastle officials have their way- the Gregory's address may change. [NATS@2:22:54.12]
[INQ=This is the...]

((THIS IS THE PROPOSED BOUNDARY LINES AROUND HERE AND OUR PROPERTY IS RIGHT HERE.)) [RUNS:06]
[OUTQ=.. is right here.]


Last month, the town presented a plan to expand Fincastle outside its historic limits and encompass nearly 22-hundred acres around the existing border.

[SOT@2:20:13.23]
[INQ=They say it's going...]

((LINNIE GREGORY, CONCERNED CITIZEN: THEY SAY IT'S GOING TO HELP US, AND THAT'S WHY I'M SAYING TO YOU- HOW ARE WE GOING TO HELP THEM? IS IT A NEW TAX BASE? WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN? WE DON'T KNOW...)) [RUNS:11]
[OUTQ=... we don't know...]


Change has already come to the Gregory's hillside. Within the last few years, the view -which used to stretch for miles- has now been clouded with burgeoning subdivisions.
The Gregory's and their neighbors worry this growth will continue until it infringes on the peace and quiet they've found in the county.

[SOT@2:18:28.11]
[INQ=We're afraid...]

((LINNIE GREGORY, CONCERNED CITIZEN: WE'RE AFRAID THE RESTRICTIONS THE TOWN MAY HAVE -WILL IMPOSE ON US THE NECESSITY OF GETTING RID OF OUR COWS, NOT BEING ABLE TO HAVE THIS LAND FOR USE OF HAY, CATTLE AND SO FORTH. WE'D PROBABLY BE FORCED TO SELL OFF JUST TO PAY THE TAX BILLS.)) [RUNS:16]
[OUTQ=.. the tax bills.]



[SOT@2:32:15.07]
[INQ=While the Gregory's...]

((SUSAN BAHORICH, REPORTING: WHILE THE GREGORY'S ARE CONCERNED ABOUT PROTECTING THEIR WAY OF LIFE, LOCAL OFFICIALS SAY THE PROPOSAL WILL HELP MANAGE DEVELOPMENT.)) [RUNS:07]
[OUTQ=... manage development.]



[SOT@2:34:03.04]
[INQ=That's our real focus...]

((ROB HAGAN, FINCASTLE PLANNING COMMISSION: THAT'S OUR REAL FOCUS- IS HOW BEST TO PRESERVE OUR GREEN SPACE AND VIEW SHEDS AND HOW TO MOLD THESE NEW COMMUNITIES INTO A COHESIVE TOWN, WHICH IS A WIN-WIN FOR EVERYONE...)) [RUNS:13]
[OUTQ=... win-win for everyone.]))
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[LIVE= Susan /FULL Newsroom]

County and town officials are scheduled to meet in August to determine public hearing dates.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Susan/Newsroom;]

Keith.

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]
[ENG#=V10]


Still ahead on News 7, one local university welcomes a new president.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


While another welcomes the challenge of preparing a new class of freshmen for college life.
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[1st-Wx]
[Roanoke-Fire]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Investigators now say the fire at a Roanoke apartment building was an accident.
[ENG#=]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Thursday]


The fire on Mountain Avenue last Thursday night caused some 50-thousand dollars in damage and forced seven residents out into the street.
Today, investigators said the blaze was caused by unattended smoking materials in one of the upstairs apartments.
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[Blacksburg-Bus]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
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There are some new wheels travelling between the Roanoke and New River Valleys.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Today Valley Metro put its Smart Way commuter bus service into motion. Regular fare is six dollars round trip or you can purchase an unlimited-ride monthly pass for one-hundred dollars. There are seven stops on the bus route that runs Monday through Friday with additional services on Friday and Saturday.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I think it provides]

((1:50:23, DAN BRUGH/BLACKSBURG METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; I THINK IT PROVIDES BETTER ACCESS FOR PEOPLE THAT MAY NOT HAVE VEHICLES, IF THEY WANT TO COME TO THE ROANOKE AREA FROM THE NEW RIVER VALLEY OR VICE VERSA.))
[SUPER=01-Dan Brugh/Blacksburg Metropolitan Planning Org.]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=Valley or vice versa.]
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[TAKE WDBJ WEBPAGE FS] For more information on the bus routes and times, you can find a link on our homepage at WDBJ7-dot-com. Just click on websites in the news.
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[C'Burg-Institute]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WRITER=rde]
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Workers in Christiansburg may have some new training available. The Appalachian Regional Commission is sending a 20-thousand dollar grant to the Christiansburg Institute. The federal money will pay for a study to help find new educational programs. The Institute plans to work with local leaders and economic development officials in the New River Valley to decide what workforce training programs may be needed in the region.

[Kerry]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Senator John Kerry's path to the Democratic national convention in Boston brings him through Virginia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Norfolk;]

Kerry arrived in Norfolk less than an hour ago. He used a back-up plane, because of mechanical problems with his normal campaign aircraft. Kerry did not offer any public comments upon arriving. Aides say he will do some work on his convention acceptance speech tonight, then hold a public rally tomorrow morning before continuing his trip north to Boston.
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[Holsworth-Kerry]


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[ENG#=4]

[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Cocoa Beach, FL]


A political science professor says Kerry is testing the waters in a number of southern states.
Robert Holsworth says Kerry is also spending time and money in Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee.
He says the campaign will likely take some polls in early September before narrowing its focus to only a couple of southern states.
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[SOT 16:23:55]
[IN Q=WE KNOW HE'S LOOKING AT VIRGINIA]

((ROBERT HOLSWORTH/POLITICAL ANALYST: WE KNOW HE'S LOOKING AT VIRGINIA VERY SERIOUSLY, THAT HE'S THINKING OF CONTESTING IT BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY JOHN KERRY IS GOING TO MAKE A VERY COOL CALCULATION ABOUT WHETHER ITS WORTH THE TIME AND MONEY TO SPEND HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Holsworth/VCU Political Analyst]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=THE TIME AND MONEY TO SPEND HERE.]
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[VO-NAT]


The last Democratic presidential candidate to win in Virginia was Lyndon Johnson.
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[TAKE 7TOO FS]
WDBJ-7 is presenting both Democratic and Republican party conventions gavel-to-gavel.
You can find both conventions on our Digital Channel 7-too. Cox digital cable customers can see it on Channel 107.
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[Stocks]


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A quiet start to the week on Wall Street. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW was off a fraction.
NASDAQ fell 10.
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[SPONSOR ANNOUNCE]
[COMMERCIAL]

[Gray]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=04-17 TC1:26:07]
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[ENG#=1]


Hollins University is getting to know its President-Elect.
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[VO-NAT :15]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]

Nancy Oliver Gray today visited the Roanoke County institution for the first time after being named it's next leader.

Gray will be the school's eleventh president.
[SUPER=04-November 2002;]

She was recently hired to take the reins after the death of Nora Kizer Bell in January.
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[SOT 20:46:30 - 20:46:48]
[IN Q=I can't begin to walk in her shoes...]

((NANCY OLIVER GRAY/HOLLINS PRESIDENT-ELECT: I CAN'T BEGIN TO WALK IN HER SHOES BUT I CERTAINLY WANT TO WALK IN THAT DIRECTION. AND I HOPE THAT THE CAMPUS CAN COME TOGETHER AND BE HEALED.))
[SUPER=01-Nancy Oliver Gray/Hollins President-Elect;]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=come together and be healed.]
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[VO-NAT :17]

For the past five years Gray has been president of Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She attended Vanderbilt University and North Texas State. She is married with three grown children and four stepchildren. Nancy Gray will officially take office in January of next year.
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[Tech-Orientation]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=04-20 TC1:34:36]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=2]

Freshman are invading Blacksburg this week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

It's the last week of orientation for the newest batch of Tech students, so expect some crowded streets and restaurants over the next few days. The school is trying to get them ready for classes and show them around town. There will be more than seven thousand new faces in Blacksburg next month.
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[SOT:2:30:46:00; 2:36:10:00 ]
[IN Q=It's pretty big.]

((JESSICA ARRAZOLA: IT'S PRETTY BIG, I'M SURE I'M GOING TO MEET A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE THAT I'LL HOPEFULLY KNOW FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. IT'S PRETTY HOMEY I REALLY ENJOY THE VISIT SO FAR. DAN RICHARDSON: IT'S A GOOD INTRODUCTION FOR ALL THAT KIND OF STUFF. IT GETS THEM TO KNOW WHAT BLACKSBURG'S ALL ABOUT, THE WEATHER, AND WHAT THE CAMPUS LOOKS LIKE DEFINITELY.))
[SUPER=01-Jessica Arrazola/VA Tech Freshman; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dan Richardson/VA Tech Orientation Leader; :10]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=like definitely]
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[VO-NAT]

Classes start August 23rd. Students will begin moving back to town in the next three weeks.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[ENG#=V10]

Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - the ACC preseason media poll is out and UVa gets way more respect than the Hokies. Plus, a VMI Keydets tries on some new colors,
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[VO-NAT]

and ISC puts its money where its short track is - and for Martinsville's future that's money in the bank.
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[S-ACC]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-184 20012tc]
[GRAPHIC=ACC]
[ENG#=1]


The annual ACC preseason media gathering is wrapping up in Greensboro tonight. This afternoon reporters picked the preseason poll and neither of the new kids on the block earned the top spot.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-ACC; :00]

The Florida State Seminoles, the ACC's most dominant team was once again voted the preseason number one. That makes 13 straight seasons FSU has been picked to win it all. Miami was picked second, with the Virginia Cavaliers a strong third, Clemson fourth, Maryland fifth, and Virginia Tech back in the six spot. State, Ga. Tech, Wake, North Carolina and Duke round out the preseason poll. We'll hear from some of the coaches tonight on News 7 at 11.
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[S-Cowher]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-179 2913tc]
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[ENG#=2]

NFL training camps open this week and when the Steelers hit the field in Latrobe, Pennsylvania they will have at least one happy camper in head coach Bill Cowher.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-NFL; :00]

Today he was given a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2007 season. This despite the fact that the Steelers have missed the playoffs four of the past six seasons. In 12 seasons with the Steelers, the 47-year-old Cowher has a 115-76-1 record with nine winning seasons. The new contract is projected to be worth more than $3 million a season.
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[S-Better]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-174 5651TC]
[GRAPHIC=MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY]
[ENG#=3]


When the Martinsville Speedway was sold back in May, count me in as one of the folks who said - OK there goes a least one date. But now - just over two months later it appears that reports of the Speedway's death were greatly exaggerated.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville; :00]

While Clay Campbell always used the time in between races to improve the track in the past - since the sale - the work done has been mind boggling. And the fact that the railroad tracks are now moving - is the best sign fans could have - that one of Martinsville's race dates will NOT be moving.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=BITE]
[SUPER=01-Clay Campbell/Martinsville Speedway President; :04]
[RUNS=:23]
[OUT Q=...PRIOR TO THE PURCHASE."]
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[VO-NAT CON'T]

In fact, since the purchase the track is also in better shape physically. All of the improvements to the racing surface will likely make the competition this fall unbelievable.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=WELL, IT'S GONNA...]
[RUNS=:36]
[OUT Q=...WHAT THEY DO."]
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[vo nat con't] All of this work will be completed by early October. The Bailey's 300 Late Model race takes place at the track on October 10th.
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[S-Damon]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-178 3531TC]
[GRAPHIC=VMI ]
[ENG#=4]

Former VMI stars Ramon and Damon Williams are gearing up for the third and final session of their Twin Hoops basketball camp next week at Roanoke Catholic.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]

Each summer the twins reach hundreds of boys and girls with their well attended and well received camps. But now Damon is reaching a whole new audience. The former VMI great, who was inducted into the Institute's Hall of fame in 2001 is modeling Hokie apparel in the latest Tech alumni catalog.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=THE GUY...]
[SUPER=01-Damon Williams/VMI Hall of Famer & Model; :00]
[RUNS=:28]
[OUT Q=...GLAD TO DO THAT."]

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