[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=shannon]

Murder charges are dropped against an alleged accomplice in exchange for a 7-year prison sentence.
We'll tell you about Roy Hodge's plea.
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[ENG#=1]
[VO-NAT :06]

And, Roanoke County supervisors are expected to pick a site for a new regional jail tonight.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
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[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=2]

Tonight on News 7 sports - preseason testing opens up at Daytona for the new Dodges and others. Plus, the Tire Bowl has a new name,
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[VO-NAT]

and Michael Vick and the Falcons are ready to cut loose in the playoffs this weekend against the St. Louis Rams.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Fasten your belts. Mike may have Nascar but we have temperature changes racing through the region. Details ahead.


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[ANCHOR=Shannon 3-Shot]


News Seven is next.
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[ENG#=3]
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[VO-NAT]

After much criticism and debate -the fight over a proposed jail site in Roanoke County is one step closer to being finalized.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]


Good evening, I'm Shannon Young. Jean and Keith are off tonight.


[Regional-Jail]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sba]
[TAPE#=04-50 TC54:24]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 @ 11]

Roanoke County Supervisors are scheduled to make a decision about the site coming up at their evening meeting.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Susan & Shannon /Microwave;]

Susan Bahorich is standing by at the Roanoke County Administration Building to tell us what's on tap tonight.
[LIVE= Susan /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=@SUSAN1]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke Co.]

Shannon- The board will kick off its evening session tonight at seven o'clock. According to the agenda- the group will first hear a report from the Citizens Advisory Committee, then here public comment concerning the proposed regional jail facility before the supervisors are scheduled to make a decision.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape]

A new regional jail has been narrowed down to two-possibilities: Higginbotham Farms on West River Road or land at the Center for Research and Technology. Both are in the Dixie Cavern region of the county. The Citizens Advisory Committee says the CRT site is an ideal site because the utilities are already there and the county already owns it. But, there could be problems- CRT's convenants won't allow the county to build a jail at that site.
The County says they need to stick to it.
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[LIVE= Susan /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke Co.]
(Susan adlibs interview)
[SUPER=@church]
(Susan wraps and tosses back to Shannon)
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Susan /Microwave;]



[Hodge]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=04-44 TC1:49:02]
[GRAPHIC=Guilty Plea]
[ENG#=1]

The accomplice in a Radford robbery turned deadly is headed to prison. Roy Omar Hodge reached a plea agreement with the Commonwealthtoday which saved him from a first degree murder charge.
New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel DePompa was in the courtroom and has details.
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[IN Q=25 year old ]
[SUPER=03-Radford/May 2004;:00]
[SUPER=01-Richie Davis/Hodge's Attorney;:35]
[SUPER=@Rachel1;:55]
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[OUT Q=RD, News 7. ]

((25 year old Brian Keith Gray died in his Radford apartment last May. He was shot to death in what police call a home invasion drug robbery.
Today, 21 year old Roy Omar Hodge admitted his part in Gray's death and apologized. Police say Hodge went to the apartment with Aamir Brown to steal marijuana, a struggle ensued.. Gray was killed and his roommate Forest Hart was shot in the back. [INSERT GRAPHIC TO THE BITE] In a plea agreement murder charges were dropped in favor of guilty pleas to two counts of robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery.

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[SOT: 12:59:00 to :08]
[IN Q=he did ]

((RICHIE DAVIS: HE DID GO UP THERE WITH CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT ROBBERY. AND HE HAD TO PAY THE PRICE FOR THAT :05 THAT'S WHAT THE AGREEMENT REFLECTS)) [RUNS:09]
[OUT Q=reflects.]


Police say Hodge helped them solve the case from the start. They say he never fired a gun at the scene, started running once shots were fired and didn't even know a weapon was taken to the robbery.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=POLICE SAY]

((RACHEL DEPOMPA: POLICE SAY HODGE EVEN HELPED FIND THE ALLEGED MURDER WEAPON. IT WAS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE NEW RIVER A DIVE TEAM FOUND IT IN JUNE.)) [RUNS:08]
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[IN Q=ROY HODGE]

((RICHIE DAVIS:ROY HODGE DIDN'T GO UP THERE TO HURT OR KILL ANYBODY. THIS WAS ALL ABOUT AN UNFORTUNATE DECISION TO COMMIT ROBBERY. AND AAMIR BROWN IS THE ONE THAT'S GOING TO HAVE ANSWER TO THOSE QUESTIONS. :58 )) [RUNS:12]
[OUT Q=THOSE QUESTIONS.]


The judge accepted the plea deal and sentenced Hodge to 7 years and 6 months in jail in exchange for his testimony against the alleged trigger man Aamir Brown. No trial date is set in that case. Brown is charge with capital murder and faces the death penalty. In Radford, Rachel DePompa, News 7. ))

[Hight]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=04-47 TC1:09:08]
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[ENG#=2]

The man accused of killing a mother and daughter with his car in Montgomery County will go on trial.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Shawsville/June 2004;]

22 year old Christopher Hight was indicted by a grand jury today on two counts of involuntary manslaughter. Police say Hight hit 44 year old Joyce Sirry and her six year old daughter Betty, as they were walking to the Shawsville Post Office last June. A trial date has yet to be set.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[Pritchett]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WRITER=rde]
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[ENG#=3]

[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/December 2003;:00]

Also, a Montgomery County man accused of murder now faces more charges. The grand jury indicted Livingston "Bud" Pritchett on an assault and battery charge.
[SUPER=04-May 1997; :10]

Pritchett is accused of biting a deputy's hand while in an elevator at the Montgomery County jail. In 1999, he was convicted of a murder at the Ironto rest stop, but was later granted a new trial.
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[General-Assembly]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=04-53 TC30:20]
[GRAPHIC=Legistlature]
[ENG#=4]


The Capitol city is bustling as state lawmakers prepare to get back to work.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]

The now quiet House and Senate will overflow tomorrow when the 2005 session convenes. Governor Mark Warner says he's looking forward to a productive session, but urges legislators not to make too many spending commitments. He says more than two- billion dollars in additional spending will be needed during the next budget cycle.
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[SOT 11:52:41]
[IN Q=We will have the resources]

((MARK WARNER: WE WILL HAVE THE RESOURCES TO DO THAT IF WE DON'T GO OFF AND SPEND WILLY NILLY OR END UP TAKING AWAY REVENUES OVER THE LONG HAUL.))
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[OUT Q=over the long haul]
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[VO-NAT]

A number of Republican legislators spent the day promoting bills they'll sponsor this year. Delegate Scott Lingamfelter will push a bill requiring the governor to conduct an independent audit of the Commonwealth. He says the process could cost as much as 13- million- dollars, but thinks a fresh pair of eyes could find waste that internal officials miss.
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[SOT 12:39:09]
[IN Q=I hope that the next]

((DEL. SCOTT LINGAMFELTER: I HOPE THAT THE NEXT GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA, WHOEVER THAT MAY BE, WILL TAKE THIS BILL AND USE IT AS ANY GOOD CEO WOULD AND DO AN AUDIT OF THE COMPANY THAT HE HAS JUST TAKEN OVER TO ENSURE THAT HE HAS THE BEST POSSIBLE VIEW OF THE POTENTIAL FOR REFORM IN THE COMMONWEALTH.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Scott Lingamfelter/(R) Woodbridge;]
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[OUT Q=reform in the Commonwealth]
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[VO-NAT]

Legislators will consider thousands of bills during the 45 day session.
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[WIPE TO STATE OF COMM. FS]
It gets underway tomorrow afternoon.
WDBJ-7 will carry Warner's State of the Commonwealth address live tomorrow evening, beginning at Seven o-clock.


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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[WRITER=dse]
[SS=NONE]
[ENG#=APRISA]


A controversial methadone clinic appears close to opening,
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[VO-NAT]


Still ahead on News Seven, we'll take a closer look at what methadone is and what it's used to treat.
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[1st-Wx]
[Methadone]


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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=04-46 TC1:15:05]
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A methadone clinic is expected to open in Roanoke in the coming days but not without it's share of controversy.
Tonight we take a medical look at methadone --and the addictions it is used to treat. [***NEWS 7 @ 6 IN MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Joy /BAM;]


Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton spoke with an addictionologist today and joins us with more --
[LIVE= Joy /FULL BAM]
[SUPER=@Joy1;]


Shannon --
Methadone actually started out as treatment for pain --but since the 1960's it's also been used to treat narcotic addiction.
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[SOT6:24:01]
[IN Q=It's typically used to treat heroin addiction]

((IT'S TYPICALLY USED TO TREAT HEROIN ADDICTION. IN THIS PART OF THE STATE IT'S ALSO USED TO TREAT PEOPLE WHO BECOME ADDICTED TO PAIN KILLERS USCH AS LORTBAB.. OXYCONTIN AND THE LIKE AS WELL))
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[OUT Q=like as well]
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[VO-NAT]


Treatment typically includes a patient coming in for a daily dose of methadone.
Dr. Daum say many patients will have to stay on methadone maintence for life because 90 percent of addicts relapse within 12 months after detox.
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[SOT6:33:10]
[IN Q=Of SW Virginia has had]

((OF COURSE SW VIRGINIA HAS HAD A SEVERE NARCOTIC PROBLEM FOR YEARS ONE OF THE WORST IN THE COUNTRY. ARE WE GOING TO SEE MORE METHADONE CLINICS, I WOULD EXPECT SO I THINK THERE IS DEMAND THERE FOR THE SERVICE))
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[OUT Q=for the service]
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[LIVE=Joy Full/BAM]


Dr. Daum says methadone treatment isn't 100-percent effective. But he says most people can't kick a narcotic addiction without some type of replacement therapy.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Joy /BAM;]

Shannon, Daum say methadone can save lives because narcotic addiction is a highly fatal illness.

[Bus-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=04-45 TC1:10:16]
[GRAPHIC=Bus Accident]
[ENG#=2]

A school bus and car collided today in Roanoke County, but there were no serious injuries.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

The accident happened around noon on Buck Mountain Road. The head-on collision sent the passenger car into a culvert, and blocked the road in both directions. The bus was not carrying any students at the time, and neither driver was seriously injured.
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[Wythe-Meth]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=04-54 TC30:25]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=3]

Wythe County made another Methamphetamine bust this week. Drug Enforcement Agents and sheriff's deputies rounded up four people yesterday, and served warrants to another four people who were already in jail. The group faces federal drug conspiracy charges for making and selling meth. A year long investigation led to the bust.
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[VO-NAT]

One suspect is still on the loose. Police are looking for 23 year old Shawn Michael Wright of Max Meadows. If you have any information you're asked to call the Wythe County Sheriff's office at 276-223-6000.
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[Stocks]


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Concern about fourth quarter earnings sent stocks lower. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW lost 65 points today.
The NASDAQ fell 17.
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[COMMERCIAL]

[L'burg-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
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[ENG#=1]


Fire officials aren't sure what caused a blaze that heavily damaged a Lynchburg home this afternoon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Just before two, firefighters were called to this home on Stoneridge Drive.
Heavy smoke was coming from the front of the single-story house ... and crews found the fire had apparently started in the basement.
It took them about twenty minutes to bring the blaze under control.
No one was home when the fire broke out.
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[Arnold]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=04-43 TC1:35:37]
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[ENG#=2]


A Florida minister who died while delivering his sermon has ties to Roanoke.
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[VO-NAT]

Reverend Jack Arnold was nearing the end of his sermon in Oviedo (Oh-vee-dah) Sunday, when he collasped and died.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Reports say the 69-year-old fell to the floor, after saying the words, "And when I go to heaven." Before moving to Florida, Arnold was the pastor of Grace Church in Roanoke for 17-years. Friends say the *way* he died is not important.
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[SOT 1935]
[IN Q=it's all about]

((PASTOR TIMOTHY MARTIN/GRACE CHURCH: IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MASTER, IT'S ALL ABOUT JESUS CHRIST, AND HIM CRUCIFIED, AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT HE WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE HEADLINES AT THIS TIME, MORE THAN JACK ARNOLD DIES PREACHING.))
[SUPER=01-Pastor Timothy Martin/Grace Church;]
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[OUT Q=dies preaching]
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[VO-NAT]

Martin says Arnold played an integral role in the development of Grace Church, including the formation of its school, Grace Academy. The cause of Arnold's death is believed to be cardiac arrest.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mst]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=APRISA]

Coming up in sports tonight, ACC football and basketball news, plus Michael Vick says he's raring to get the playoffs underway.
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[VO-NAT]

And the preseason thunder begins in Daytona as testing for the Nextel Cup cars including the new Dodge begins at the beach.
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[S-Test]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-186 3800tc]
[GRAPHIC=PRESEASON THUNDER]
[ENG#=1]


The shortest off-season in the history of NASCAR came to a close today as drivers returned to the track for the start of preseason testing at Daytona - known as Preseason Thunder.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL; :00]

Jeff Gordon, the two-time 500 champion, had the quickest test speeds in the morning, but all of the drivers were a little slower due to the smaller restrictor plates. The big buzz in the garage area is the new Dodge for 2005, as the manufacturer replaces the Intrepid with the Charger.

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[SUPER=01-Casey Mears/Target Dodge Driver; :00]
[SUPER=01-Richard Petty/Owner - Petty Enterprises; :13]
[RUNS=:27]
[OUT Q=...what the car did last year."]
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[VO NAT CON'T] This week's three day test session continues through Thursday.
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[talent=mike]
[graphic=hold logo]

Also, tonight Terry Labonte announced that he will only run 10 races this season, and neither Martinsville nor Richmond is on the schedule.

[S-NFL]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-188 4752tc]
[GRAPHIC=NFL]
[ENG#=2]


The NFL playoffs roll on this weekend, and Michael Vick and the Falcons can't wait to get after the Rams. Back on week two, the Dirty Birds rolled St. Louis 34-to-17 as Vick passed for 179 yards and ran for 109 more.

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[SUPER=01-Michael Vick/Atlanta Falcons Quarterback; :00]
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[OUT Q=...RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER."]
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[go to aprisa 12000] And Saturday here on Your Hometown Station the Steelers will be in action against the Jets. That game will get underway Saturday at 4:30 here on WDBJ-7.
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[GO TO APRISA 12001] And Sunday at 4:30 is the real intriguing game of the weekend as the Colts travel to Foxboro to play the reigning champs - the Patriots.
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[S-Tire]


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

Speaking of the ACC, the college football bowl game played in Charlotte each season is changing names. The Continental Tire Bowl will now be known as the Meineke Car Care Bowl. The muffler company gets a three-year deal to sponsor the game at Bank of America Stadium.

[TAKE APRISA]

[S-ACC]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[GO TO APRISA BOARD 12002] And the is back on Your Hometown Station tonight as the Wake Forest Demon Deacons host the Maryland Terrapins. The Terps come into the game with a 9-and-3 mark, while Wake is 13-and-1. Hope you can join us tonight at 9 right here on Your Hometown Station.
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[S-Landers]


[ANCHOR=mike]
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One major bright spot for the Radford men's basketball team so far in the Highlanders 7 and 9 season has been the play of Chris Oliver.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford; :00]


The Kernersville, North Carolina native is the leading scorer and rebounder for the Highlanders. Oliver is averaging 16.7 points and over 7 rebounds each time out. Oliver is only a sophomore and he is one of seven Radford players in their first or second year out of a 14 man roster.
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[SUPER=01-Chris Oliver/Radford Sophomore Forward; :03]
[SUPER=01-Byron Samuels/Radford Men's Basketball Coach; :16]
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[OUT Q=......three outside"]
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[S-Randy]


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And the newest New York Yankee spent part of today apologizing for his behavior yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/Yesterday; :00]

Randy Johnson wasn't thrilled that a photographer was in his face as he was heading to the doctor's office for a physical yesterday and he as a result he was less than cordial with the man.
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[Red-Cross]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=04-51 TC40:30]
[GRAPHIC=Tsunami]
[ENG#=1]


A Lynchburg-based architecture and engineering firm has designs on helping tsunami victims in South East Asia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Officials with Wiley & Wilson today presented the Lynchburg chapter of the American Red Cross with a check for more than 37-hundred dollars.
That represents the company's match of thousands of dollars in employee donations over the past two weeks.
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[SOT 12:08:01]
[IN Q=Not surprised]

((TIM GROOVER/WILEY & WILSON C.O.O.: NOT SURPRISED BUT THRILLED. THEY REALLY STEPPED UP AND WE AS A COMPANY WILL CONTRIBUTE TO WHAT OUR EMPLOYEES THINK IS IMPORTANT AND THEY OBVIOUSLY THOUGHT THIS WAS IMPORTANT AND I'M EXCITED ABOUT WHAT THEY DID.))
[SUPER=01-Tim Groover/Wiley & Wilson COO]
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[OUT Q=what they did.]
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[VO-NAT]


Groover says Wiley & Wilson employees have also asked that a portion of the money normally spent on company picnics and events be donated to the Red Cross.
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