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Two very elderly gentlemen are victims of a Lynchburg house fire.
We'll have their story in a moment on NEWS 7 at SIX.
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ANCHOR=Keith


And the freshly-minted state budget bears fruit for colleges and other institutions in Western Virginia and Southside.

Sports-head


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#sports head
GRAPHIC=NONE


Tonight in sports, March Madness is upon us.
I'll have the schedule of games with starting times coming up on WDBJ starting Thursday.
Plus the Radford women talk about dancing with UT
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And Tech talks about getting ending up with a different dancing partner than they expected to have in the men's tournament.
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WX-Head
TALENT=Robin
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A warming forecast...finally...storm problems along the coast. And weatherschool links the moon and tides coming up.

L'burg-Fire


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-5
GRAPHIC=Fatal Fire


Every day, 74- year- old Calvin Floyd would check on his elderly neighbor, 83- year- old Sam Williams.
This morning, both men died when Williams' Lynchburg home went up in flames.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg


The fire at 2-06 "F" Street was reported just before nine a-m.
Smoke and flames were pouring from the two-story building when firefighters arrived.
Authorities say they knew right away they would be looking for victims.
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SOT 1:46:42
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((CMDR. ED JONES/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: WE HAD TO KNOCK IT DOWN FROM OUTSIDE BUT WE PUT CREWS INSIDE PROBABLY WITHIN THE FIRST SIX TO SEVEN MINUTES THAT WE WERE HERE AND GOT A GOOD KNOCK-DOWN UPSTAIRS. AND WE BASICALLY JUST PROTECTED THE FIRST BODY UNTIL WE COULD GET THAT ONE OUT.))
SUPER=01-Cmdr. Ed Jones/Lynchburg Fire Dept.; :00
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OUT Q=get that one out.
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Floyd's body was found just inside a first- floor hallway, about ten feet from the front door.
Williams' body was recovered from his bedroom on the first floor, where the blaze apparently started.
Police say Floyd may have been trying to save Williams from the fire when he died.
Both bodies have been sent to Roanoke for autopsies.
No cause for the fire has been established.
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Arson


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-10
GRAPHIC=Arson


Authorities say they KNOW what caused five vacant buildings to go up in flames yesterday in BEDFORD County.
All of them were the work of an arsonist.
Four separate fires were reported between five and eight a-m Sunday in the Boonsboro- Big Island area.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Last Night;


Then a hay barn off Route 501 was torched around eight last night.
Investigators are still following up leads and have made no arrests.
And Lynchburg authorities say someone set fire to several storage areas behind the Ramada Inn last night.
A security guard there reported the blaze around midnight.
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SOT 1:39:40
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((MIKE THOMAS/DEPUTY FIRE MARSHAL: HE ENCOUNTERED A VAGRANT AROUND BACK IN THE AREA OF THE FIRE, HE RAN HIM OFF, AND NOTICED THE FIRE APPROXIMATELY FIFTEEN TO TWENTY MINUTES AFTERWARDS.))
SUPER=01-Mike Thomas/Deputy Fire Marshal; :00
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OUT Q=twenty minutes afterwards.
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Fire damage was contained to about six storage areas behind the motel.
The rooms in that section were in the process of being renovated.
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County-Fire


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=96-17
WRITER=khu
TAPE#96-17
GRAPHIC=None

wipe/wipe/wipe
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.


Fire severely damaged a two- story structure just over the city line in Roanoke County late this afternoon.
Heavy smoke and flames were pouring from the house on Thirlane Road.
Everybody got out safely, but fire investigators were unusually quick about getting inside to check out the damage- -even before firefighters had the blaze completely extinguished.
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XGR


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-15
GRAPHIC=Session 96


We have a budget.
The longest Virginia General Assembly session lawmakers can remember is wrapping up at this hour.
And harmony reigns.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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Earlier, nine budget negotiators finally signing off on the first truly bi- partisan state budget in modern history.
It was a sight for sore eyes.
But then the sore eyes got down to work, picking out their personal pork in the 35- billion dollar, two year budget.
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((DEL CHIP WOODRUM: MORE MONEY FOR CENTER IN THE SQUARE...DRUG COURT.))
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SOT 12:53:36

((DEL. PRESTON BRYANT: TWO MILLION DOLLARS HELPING OUT THE CITY OF LYNCHBURG TO LURE A MAJOR EMPLOYER... STAGE RIGHT NOW.))
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((DEL. WHITT CLEMENT: WELL THE THING THAT I FIND MOST EXCITING IS DANVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE COMES OUT A REAL WINNER.))
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Something for Virginia Tech.
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((DEL. JIM SHULER: INFORMATIONAL TECHNOLOGY BUILDING AT TECH IS A BIG ITEM FOR US. IT'S ABOUT A 24- MILLION DOLLAR OBJECT.))
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And at Radford University.
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((DEL. TOMMY BAKER: WE WERE ABLE TO COME OVER ON THE LONG-TERM BOND PACKAGE WITH 7.5-MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE ACADEMIC BUILDING FOR THE NURSING SCHOOL. SO WE'RE REAL PLEASED ABOUT THAT.))
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House Majority Leader Dick Cranwell now says he's ready to sign off on the massive juvenile justice reform plan.
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((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: I GUESS THAT IN THE WINDING DOWN OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS, IN THE HECTIC HUSTLE AND BUSTLE THINGS CAN GET MISSTATED AND PROBABLY I WAS A LITTLE ANGRY ABOUT THAT.))
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While everyone else was counting their chickens, the Governor's staff counted up George Allen's legislative success rate.
They say he's won 80- percent of his battles.
What a difference a year makes.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
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ANCHOR=Keith
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All eyes were on Wall Street today, after last Friday's big selloff. Len Besthoff talks with a local broker about today's activity.
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We'll have Len's report and also--
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It could be Warner vs. Warner for the U-S Senate. The former State Democratic Chairman throws his hat into the ring--but first he'll have to get past opposition from within his own party.
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Democrats


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=six
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#96-11
GRAPHIC=Campaign '96


Former State Democratic Chairman Mark Warner kicked off his bid for the U.S. Senate today with a promise to limit his time in office and contributions to his campaign.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


Warner began his statewide announcement tour this morning in Richmond.
He says public office should not become a career, or a captive of special interests.
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((MARK WARNER/D- U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: BECAUSE I BELIEVE PUBLIC OFFICE IS AN HONOR AND NOT A CAREER, IF ELECTED, I WILL LIMIT MY TIME IN OFFICE TO TWO TERMS. BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TO RESTORE OUR FAITH IN PUBLIC OFFICE HOLDERS I WILL NOT ACCEPT CONTRIBUTIONS FROM SPECIAL INTEREST COMMITTEES.))
SUPER=01-Mark Warner/(D) U.S. Senate Candidate;
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OUT Q=special interest committees.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Warner's opponent for the Democratic nomination is former northern Virginia congresswoman Leslie Byrne.
Today in Roanoke, Byrne said she is not deterred by Warner's personal bankroll.
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((LESLIE BYRNE/D- U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: IT'S ALWAYS INTIMIDATING TO RUN AGAINST SOMEBODY WHO'S WORTH MORE THAN 100- MILLION DOLLARS, BUT THE FACT IS, IF YOU DON'T HAVE A MESSAGE THE MONEY DOESN'T MATTER. AND I THINK WE HAVE A VERY STRONG MESSAGE AND BY THE TURNOUT OF FOLKS ENDORSING US TODAY, YOU CAN SEE WE'RE GATHERING SUPPORT THROUGHOUT VIRGINIA AND THEY'LL BE THERE ON CAUCUS DAY.))
SUPER=01-Leslie Byrne/(D) U.S. Senate Candidate;
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ANCHOR=Keith
SS=Campaign 96


Senator John Warner and former Reagan Administration Budget Director Jim Miller are vying for the Republican nomination.

Griffis


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6p
WRITER=JMC
TAPE#None
GRAPHIC=Jerry Griffis


Authorities in Franklin County are still investigating the death of a five-month-old boy last month.
The boy's father, Jerry Griffis, remains the chief suspect, although he has NOT been charged.
The 26-year-old man is wanted in Florida on a fugitive warrant, on a charge of sexually abusing another child.
Griffis was scheduled for a hearing on that charge in Roanoke general district court this morning, but that hearing was continued to May.

Martin


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=THa
TAPE#96-9
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


A Halifax County man charged with killing his wife was indicted today on additional murder charges.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Halifax/November 8;


Authorities say Raleigh Dean Martin confessed to shooting his wife November seventh.
He was arrested that evening.
Martin was considered a suspect in the murders of his wife's sister-n-law and boyfriend.
The couple was found shot to death on the same night in a nearby home.
However, charges were never filed in their deaths-- instead authorities waited to present the case to a grand jury.
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Blevins


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=tal
TAPE#96-16
GRAPHIC=LaDonna Blevins


A man charged with murdering his girlfriend's two year old son, testified he and the woman, Ladonna Blevins, used drugs on several occasions in the presence of her two children.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


Steven "Bones" Cole took the witness stand at Blevins' trial for felony child neglect.
Police say Blevins left two year old Joshua and her infant daughter in Cole's care while she went to work, and then out partying last August.
24 hours lapsed before she checked on Josh and found him dead in his bed.
Cole has admitted he was high on crack and pushed the boy, who died of skull fractures.
The prosecutor says had Blevins checked on her son after she got home she might have saved his life.
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ANCHOR=Keith
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Cole's murder trial is set for june.
Testimony in Blevins trial is still underway at this hour.

Howerton


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=THa
TAPE#96-18
GRAPHIC=None


A Danville teenager wanted for murder turned himself in to police early this morning.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Danville/January 28;


16- year old Lawrence Donal (Don-Nell) Howerton, Junior was taken into custody around three AM.
He's charged with killing another 16- year old.
Tony Spraggins was shot and killed January 28th.
Witnesses say the shooting may have been sparked by a fight that carried over from school.
Both teens were students at George Washington High School.
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Stock-Market


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#None
GRAPHIC=Stock Market


The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 55 hundred 81.
That's up 110-points for the day.
Market watchers have kept a close eye on the Dow following Wall Street's last trading session, when it plummeted 171-points.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Microwave


Len Besthoff has spent some time observing the buying and selling at a few local brokerage houses.
Len, it appears the market staged a bit of a comeback today.
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Stocks


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=six
WRITER=sly
TAPE#=Stocks
GRAPHIC=NONE


As we mentioned, stock prices rebounded in a big way after Friday's plunge.
The Dow gained 110 points to close at 55-81.
NASDAQ was up 17 points.
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Love


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=tho
TAPE#96-7
GRAPHIC=None


Shawn Michael Love, the man who led police on a high speed chase into Roanoke last week, may now find himself facing murder charges.
Love is accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend--Sayanora McLaughlin--in Prince George County.
McLaughlin died at the Medical College of Virginia late yesterday.
Authorities say they may now upgrade the original charge against Love, ATTEMPTED murder, to MURDER.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Week;


Love was arrested last week when he smashed into another car on Orange Avenue--ending a multi-county chase.
In Roanoke--the 22-year-old is charged with attempted malicious wounding, reckless driving, and failing to stop for a police car.
The Prince George County Police Department hopes to have a decision on the murder charge by tomorrow.
Love is being held in the Roanoke City Jail without bond.
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Holt


ANCHOR=keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=spr
TAPE#96-13
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


A twenty- year veteran of the State Police has beaten the rap against HIMSELF.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Back in September, Special Agent John Richard Holt was pulled over on Williamson Road.
Holt was off duty at the time, accused of speeding and driving under the influence.
His blood- alcohol level was point- 0- 7... just below the legal limit.
But the arresting officer testified Holt was successfully able to delay the breathalizer test, possibly reducing his blood- alcohol level.
General District Judge Vince Lilley wasn't completely convinced of Holt's innocence... but threw the case out anyway.
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((JUDGE VINCENT LILLEY/ROANOKE GENERAL DISTRICT COURT: I AM UNABLE TO SAY BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT THAT HE IS GUILTY AND SO THE LAW REQUIRES EVEN THOUGH MY SUSPICION IS THAT HE WAS. BUT SUSPICION IS NOT ENOUGH. THE CASE IS DISMISSED. ))
SUPER=01-Judge Vincent Lilley/Roanoke General District Court;
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OUT Q=case is dismissed
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Holt has not been disciplined by the state police.
But an internal investigation of the incident is still underway.
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Sports Tease


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#sports tease
GRAPHIC=NONE


coming up tonight in sports, we'll give you a rundown of the first round NCAA games you can catch on your hometown station starting Thursday afternoon.
We'll also check in with the NCAA bound Radford men
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and talk with the Virginia Tech Hokies who have to overcome some injuries and injured egos as they get set to invade Dallas.
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S-Hokies


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#BB96-4
GRAPHIC=TECH HOOPS


After a decade long wait, the Virginia Tech Hokies finally got an invitation to the NCAA's big dance last night.
But they also got a first round dancing partner that's capable of cutting a mean rug on the hardwood.
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SUPER=01-Shawn Smith/Va. Tech Forward; :31
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Head Coach; :39
SUPER=01-David Jackson/Tech Junior from Janesville, Wisconsin; 1:05
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OUT Q=...OUT OF THE DANCE."
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(( The Last time Tech played in the NCAA tournament the 3 point line didn;t even exist.
That year even a dash of Curry couldn't prevent a first round exit in the 1986 southeast regionals.
The program weathered those 10 dry years and managed to spend this entire season in the top 25.
So you can imagine their dismay when the NCAA selection committee gave them a low number number 9 seed and paired them against dangerous Wisconsin-Green Bay in Thursday's opening game. ((SHAWN SMITH/VA. TECH FORWARD:)) ((BILL FOSTER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
Wisconsin-green Bay will test Tech's patience and toughness with its motion offense and textbook half court defense - two things the Hokies' Wisconsin native Jackson twins know all about. ((DAVID JACKSON/TECH JUNIOR FROM JANESVILLE, WISCONSIN:))
The Hokies biggest first round concern right now is the condition of Damon Watlington's damaged ankle and Shawn Smith's dislocated shoulder. ((BILL FOSTER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:)) ((SHAWN SMITH/VA. TECH FORWARD:))

S-NCAA


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=NCAA LOGO


Your Hometown station is your one and only home for the Hokies opener and the rest of the March Madness happenings.
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pinnacle board
We'll get the festivities started this Thursday just after Noon when top seeded Kentucky takes on San Jose State.
Then after that game you'll be able to watch the Hokies in action against Wisconsin-Green Bay.
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pinnacle board
The action continues Thursday night with Mississippi State taking on VCU in Indianapolis.
Then the Thursday nightcap pits the Clemson Tigers against the Georgia Bulldogs from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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pinnacle board
Friday afternoon you'll be able to watch the Georgetown Mississippi Valley state game at 12:10 followed by Santa Clara and Maryland.
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Then Friday night, it's Wake Forest and NE Louisiana followed by former Tech star Tic Price and his Privateers of UNO playing UNC.
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S-Radford


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#BB96-3
GRAPHIC=RADFORD WOMEN


The Radford University women are making their third straight trip to the NCAA tournament.
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SUPER=03-Radford/Saturday Night; :00


The Lady Highlanders are seeded 16th in the East and must play three time national champ Tennessee on the Lady Vols home floor this Saturday night in Knoxville.
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((LUBOMYR LICHONCZAK/RADFORD HEAD COACH:)) ((DE DE LOGEMANN/RADFORD SENIOR CENTER:))
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S-Dale


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=R-31
GRAPHIC=Atlanta Motor Speedway


Dale Earnhardt heads into the TranSouth 400 at Darlington in two weeks with two wins in just four races after beating Terry Labonte by over 4 seconds yesterday.
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((DALE EARNHARDT/PUROLATOR 500 WINNER:))
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OUT Q=...great job"
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1995 rookie of the year Ricky Craven had a very special guest watch him finish 12th. Travis Roy; the Boston University freshman hockey player who was paralyzed in his first collegiate game, made his first public appearance at the race and cheered on Craven; who has dedicated his entire racing season to Travis.
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S-NFL


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=S6-1
GRAPHIC=NFL


There are a couple of NFL notes to mention today.
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SUPER=04-NFL; :00


The Buffalo Bills have signed 29 year old running back Thurman Thomas to a three year contract extension worth more than 9 million dollars over the next four seasons.
And, after five concussions in 14 months; Quarterback Chris Miller says (-------------) he's done! St. Louis has released him.