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ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=tbr


Coming up on News 7, the Governor's office says it made a mistake when it turned down federal money to fund local Headstart programs.
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And we'll tell you how firefighters from our area are heading out west to repay a favor from last year.
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Sports-Head


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


Tonight in sports, the Panthers finally get their top draft pick to sign, Bill Swift is set to get on the hill in Salem, Billy Wagner continues to make it in the big time,
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and Jeff Burton picks up his first career winston cup pole by taking the top qualifying spot at Michigan today.
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WX-Head
TALENT=Patrick
SS=None


Severe weather abounds all around us, but should be gone for the weekend. We'll examine doppler radar and the complete forecast coming up from the News 7 Weather Center.

Head-Start


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-58
GRAPHIC=Allen


Call them rebels with a cause.
Two appointees of Governor George Allen rejected some Head Start funding that the Governor now says he wants.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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SUPER=01-Clarence Carter/Va. Social Services Director; :18
SUPER=@Beyer; :38
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SUPER=01-Robin DeJarnette/The Family Foundation; :54
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OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.


(( Head Start has broad, bi-partisan support nationally.
In Virginia: two letters, same day, different Allen appointees, one rejecting some Head Start funds -- the other condemning the program's ties to liberal think tanks.
The dying act of a since-dissolved state Council.
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((CLARENCE CARTER/VA. SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR: IT'S NOT CLEAR TO ME HOW THAT HAPPENED. I WOULD TELL YOU THAT THIS LEGISLATION WOULD SUNSET THIS COUNCIL. AND AS IT BEGAN TO CLOSE ITS ACTIVITIES DOWN IN THE MONTHS OF MAY AND JUNE, I SUSPECT SOME THINGS COULD HAVE GOTTEN LOST IN THAT.))
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In steps an angry Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer.
He spoke with local and federal Head Start officials yesterday.
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((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: TO A PERSON, THEY WERE CONVINCED THAT VIRGINIA HAD WITHDRAWN FROM THE PROGRAM.))
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sot standup 10;19:28

((THE ALLEN ADMINISTRATION SAYS IT SUPPORTS HEAD START. BUT ITS OWN APPOINTEES AND FRIENDS LIKE THE CONSERVATIVE FAMILY FOUNDATION BALK AT WHAT THEY PERCEIVE AS A LIBERAL CURRICULUM RECOMMENDED FOR USE IN THE PROGRAM.))
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sot 09:54:43

((ROBIN DEJARNETTE/THE FAMILY FOUNDATION: IF YOU LOOK THROUGH THEIR ANTI-BIAS CURRICULUM, WHICH I HAVE A COPY OF, YOU CAN FEEL FREE TO READ THROUGH IT, IT TALKS ABOUT DOING AWAY WITH THANKSGIVING. THAT IT'S A VERY RACIAL HOLIDAY. NOW THAT'S SOMETHING BETWEEN PARENTS AND CHILDREN TO DECIDE. THAT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT THE STATE SHOULD BE MANDATING THROUGH A CURRICULUM.))
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sot 09:37:36

((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: THEY MAY BE OBJECTING TO THE ANTI-BIAS CURRICULUM. BUT I HAVE NOT SEEN IT OR READ IT. BUT WHAT IS EVIDENTLY CLEAR IS THAT IN HEAD START, DECISIONS ON CURRICULUM ARE MADE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL. THEY ARE NOT FORCED UPON LOCAL PROGRAMS BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.))
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Pre-schoolers in Pittsylvania and Halifax Counties are most in danger of losing funds.
The feds must now decide whether to accept Virginia's change of heart.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond. ))

Pursuit


ANCHOR=jean
NEWSCAST=6p
WRITER=Sta
TAPE#96-65
GRAPHIC=NONE


Police involved in a high speed chase yesterday not only had to dodge other motorists but flying objects as well.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington Co.;


Police say 18-year old David Lucas led them on a high speed chase through four counties before finally crashing near the Washington/Smythe County line. During the chase Lucas and another passenger allegedly threw objects at the police in an effort to escape.
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((SGT. MIKE HONAKER/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE; THEY THREW OUT SEVERAL BOTTLES THAT CONTAINED SOME TYPE OF LIQUID. WE DON'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS AND THEY EVEN THREW OUT A CHILD SAFETY SEAT AT ONE POINT.))
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VO-NAT


Lucas eluded police for 60 miles until he finally crashed into a tractor trailer.
He was taken to the Smythe County jail.
Tammy Lilly, the passenger in the car was flown to Smythe County Hospital where she is in stable condition.
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ANCHOR=jean
SS=NONE


Lucas was allegedly driving on a suspended license and was already wanted by police.

False-Rapes


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-61
GRAPHIC=NONE


Police and rape counselors in Lynchburg say they're frustrated by two recent cases where women claimed they were raped, then later recanted their stories.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( The stories are frightening.
A woman is abducted from a grocery store parking lot, then raped and her car stolen.
Another is attacked and raped in a mall parking lot by two unknown assailants.
The problem is neither story is true.
In the last two weeks, Lynchburg police have spent valuable time investigating two rapes that never occurred.
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((CMDR. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG POLICE: THEN WHEN YOU FIND IT, AFTER GOING THROUGH ALL THIS WORK AND FIND OUT THAT IT'S SOMETHING OTHER THAN WHAT WAS REPORTED, IT'S REALLY.. IT'S FRUSTRATING.))
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Just as frustrated are the city's rape counselors.
They say it's hard enough getting women to report a rape... worrying whether anyone will believe you is an unnecessary burden.
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((DONNA NASH/SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE CENTER: WE WERE VERY OPTIMISTIC IN THE NUMBER OF WOMEN THAT WERE REPORTING RAPE AND NOW I JUST HOPE THAT THIS DOESN'T INTERFERE WITH THAT INCREASE, BECAUSE REPORTING IS VERY IMPORTANT.))
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Donna Nash and her volunteers handle upwards of 125 rape incidents every year.
Like the police, the false reports won't change how they treat each case that comes in.
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((DONNA NASH: WE WILL NOT BE JUDGING PEOPLE, AND THAT'S NOT OUR JOB. WE'LL LEAVE THAT UP TO THE POLICE TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT SOMEONE'S BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED.))
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((A false report can result in criminal charges. One woman already stands accused of perjury for lying to a magistrate... charges are pending against the other. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg. ))
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Va-Firefighters


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=six
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#96-60
GRAPHIC=NONE


Firefighters out west issued an urgent call for help this week, and Virginia is responding.
Wildfires have threatened thousands of acres in several states, and Joe Dashiell reports reinforcements from our area are on the way.
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((High winds and low humidity are fanning wildfires in at least seven western states.
While the trouble is thousands of miles away from western Virginia, state and federal foresters here remain on alert.
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((GARY BRUNK/U.S. FOREST SERVICE: IT'S THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF FIRE ALERT WHICH TELLS US WE NEED TO KEEP OUR OFFICES OPEN. WE NEED TO BE CONTACTING OUR PEOPLE TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE BOTH PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY AVAILBALE TO GO ON FIRES, SO IT'S A PRETTY ACTIVE TIME FOR US RIGHT NOW.))
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When fires burned six thousand acres in Craig County last year, firefighters from the west helped to bring those blazes under control.
This year, Virginians are on the move... with an estimated 200- 300 now pulling duty in Oregon and other states hit hard by the latest fires.
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IN Q=So it takes a special person

((GARY BRUNK/U.S. FOREST SERVICE: SO IT TAKES A SPECIAL PERSON, BUT ONCE YOU IDENTIFY THOSE PEOPLE THEY RAISE TO THE OCCASION. REALLY IT'S A VERY GOOD FRATERNITY.))
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That "fraternity" includes both men and women, and a cooperative spirit that crosses government boundaries.
Just this morning, 20 firefighters from our area, employees of the State Department of Forestry boarded a plane in Tennessee bound for the burning woodlands out west.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
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ANCHOR=Jean
SS=NONE


Still to come on the newscast, a local free clinic leads the way for others to follow in its footsteps,
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VO-NAT

and we'll tell you why Southside is looking to race fans to rev up its bottom line.
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Smart-Road


ANCHOR=jean
NEWSCAST=6p
WRITER=Sta
TAPE#96-53
GRAPHIC=Smart Road


The Smart Road got the final go-ahead yesterday from the Commonwealth Transportation Board.
But, two pending lawsuits may soon stop the project in its tracks.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


At a hearing today a lawyer for three environmental groups claimed environmental impact studies for the road were done improperly.
The National Environmental Policy Act requires government agencies to study the effects of proposed projects on the environment.
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((TOM LINZEY/THE COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND; )) THEY DID NOT PREPARE A WILDLIFE STUDY AT ALL. THEY HAVE NO CLUE AS TO WHAT WILDLIFE SPECIES EXIST WITHIN THE CORRIDOR BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T SEND ANYONE OUT TO DO A SURVEY.
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VO-NAT


The second lawsuit filed by the head of the Roanoke chapter of the Sierra Club has yet to get underway.
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Dead-Cattle


ANCHOR=jean
NEWSCAST=5
WRITER=spr
TAPE#96-55
GRAPHIC=NONE


About two months ago, close to sixty cattle died on a Botetourt County farm from heat exhaustion and dehydration.
The operator of the farm was charged with cruelty to animals.
Today, the case was dismissed.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;


Roger Steele wept on the witness stand testifying in his own defense.
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./June 19;


He told the court he had no idea the herd was being brought to his farm off Route 220.
Steele said if he DID know, he would have taken care of the cows.
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((PAUL TUCKER/STEELE'S ATTORNEY: ROGER CERTAINLY HAD NOTHING TO HIDE AND HE WANTED TO LET THE COURT KNOW THAT. SO ULTIMATELY, THAT WAS HIS DECISION.))
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VO-NAT


The cattle apperently went without food or water for more than a week.
The loss is estimated at 25-thousand dollars.
Commonwealth's Attorney Joel Branscom says he has no plans to pursue the case any further.
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BRADLEY-CLINIC


ANCHOR=JEAN
NEWSCAST=SIX
WRITER=DAL
TAPE#96-56
GRAPHIC=NONE


The Bradley Free Clinic has a prescription for any community in need of medical care for the poor.
The Roanoke center has published a how-to-book for anyone interested in starting a free clinic.
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VO-NAT


An avalanche of letters fell on the clinic after a "Parade Magazine" article.
The story on clinics offering free medical care to the working poor told readers to contact the Bradley Free Clinic for more information.
The clinic first published the book in 1990.
Estelle Nichols Avner says it takes readers step by step through the process of developing a clinic.
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((ESTELLE NICHOLS AVNER/BRADLEY FREE CLINIC DIR.: YOU NEED TO HAVE A LAWYER TO HELP YOU WITH THE LEGAL MATTERS AT FIRST. YOU NEED TO HAVE THE SUPPORT AND COMMITTMENT OF THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY.))
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SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The book also covers fundraising and job descriptions of all the Roanoke volunteers.
The Bradley Free Clinic has been serving the Roanoke Valley for 22 years.
It offers dental work, eye care and physical exams.
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Tech-Housing


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=tal
TAPE#96-67
GRAPHIC=Tech


Virginia Tech is asking students who still need housing for the Fall to contact the university.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Blacksburg;


Tech is expecting about 600 more students than anticipated, and the university dorms are full.
Meanwhile apartments off-campus are already reporting near 100 percent occupancy.
Tech has set up a hotline number to determine whether to use contingency plans, such as shuttle service from Radford.
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((LARRY HINCKER/VA. TECH SPOKESPERSON: WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AT AN OLD HOTEL HERE IN TOWN, WE'VE BEEN DISCUSSING WITH RADFORD THE POSSIBILITY OF OPENING UP A DORM. WE'RE LOOKING AT OLDER HOMES HERE IN THE AREA THAT MIGHT BE QUICKLY CONVERTED. ))
SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/Va. Tech Spokesman;
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Pinnacle Board #1001


The hotline number is 540-231-6906.
It will be open until midnight tonight and through this weekend- It'll also be open from eight A-M to 11 P-M all next week.
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Stocks


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=six
WRITER=tbr
TAPE#=None
GRAPHIC=NONE


On Wall Street today, a strong bond market pushed stock prices higher.
The DOW was UP 23 and a-half points to close for the week at 56-hundred-89.
Nasdaq finished lower but just by a point.
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Racing


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=THa
TAPE#96-57
GRAPHIC=NONE


The Southside is at a unique advantage-- the area is home to two successful race tracks.
The sport brings thousands of fans to the area each season---something area

Chambers of Commerce want to capitalize on.
Teresa Hamilton explains.
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(( The Martinsville Speedway apparently fuels the local economy.
There race fans pump an estimated 60- million dollars into the area each season.
The multiplier affect is also felt in Halifax County-- where the South Boston Motor Speedway is a major attraction.
Area Chambers of Commerce plan to take advantage of the sports growing legion of fans.
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((DEBRA DODSON/DANVILLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: ONE OF OUR MAIN GOALS THAT WE'RE WORKING ON RIGHT NOW IS PUBLISHING A 1997 VISITORS GUIDE AND IT WILL SHOW THEM ALL THE OTHER THINGS THERE IS TO DO IN THE WHOLE REGION AS WELL AS GIVING THEM THE ANNUAL SCHEDULE TO BOTH RACEWAYS. ))
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Once completed, a Virginia racing museum in Patrick County is expected to be included.
The guide will also list local restaurants and hotels.
It will also include racing trivia, with stories on local drivers.
And, it's virtually guaranteed to make its way into the hands of race fans, at both speedways.
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((STEVE SHEPPARD/MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY:FOR ALL THE TICKETS THAT WE MAIL OUT FOR FANS WHO'RE COMING TO OUR RACE, WE'RE GOING TO INCLUDE THAT BROCHURE IN WITH ALL THEIR TICKET PURCHASES. ))
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The brochure has yet to be printed. Chamber officials are in the process of hiring someone to help put it all together by October-- in time for the first batch of tickets to go out for next seasons races. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))

Sports Tease


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


Coming your way tonight in sports, a local driver wins the pole at Michigan, the Panthers finally get Biakabatuka to sign on the dotted line,
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and Steve Mason checks in from Charlottesville with an update on how the former Friday Football Extra stars are making a serious impact on the Cavaliers roster this season.
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S-Qualify


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#r-33
GRAPHIC=MICHIGAN


The Winston Cup cars are in MICHIGAN this weekend, and Jeff won the pole today during qualifying.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Brooklyn, MI/ESPN2;:00


Jeff Gordon had won five poles already this year and he just waited patiently for his turn to light up the track.
But the Dupont Chevy was only 7th fastest today.
The man was THIS JEFF, South Boston native Jeff Burton, who went out early in the Exide battery Ford and posted a lap at 185 point 395 miles an hour.
It turned out to be good enough for the top spot in the GM Goodwrench 400.
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((JEFF BURTON/GM GOODWRENCH 400 POLE WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Burton/GM Goodwrench 400 Pole Winner; :00
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Bobby Labonte qualified third while, Jeff's older brother ward was 24th, and Dale Earnhardt was 16th. Now the entire top 25
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Trickle//5. Bobby Hamilton;
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Speed//10. Michael Waltrip;
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Burton//25. Wally Dallenbach;
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ANCHOR=Mike
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Rick Mast failed to make the top 25 as he qualified the Hooters PONTIAC 29th.

S-Cavaliers


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#VF96-1
GRAPHIC=cavaliers


Of the 13 starters returning for the Virginia Cavaliers, 5 hail from our Friday Football Extra coverage area.
Steve Mason updates us on the fab 5, and some other locals who should play big roles this season.
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SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/UVa Defensive Back; :42
SUPER=01-Rafael Garcia/UVa Kicker; 1:00
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((Former Northside standout Walt Derey caught earned ACC honorable mention honors last season. But football is just one of his passions. He really loves stock car racing. ((WALT DEREY/UVA TIGHT END:))
Heisman trophy hopeful Tiki Barber grew up playing against Derey and is one of his best friends. ((TIKI BARBER/UVA RUNNING BACK:))
Brother Ronde has added 10 pounds of muscle to his already impressive resume. As the ONLY returning starter in the secondary, the 2 time all conference selection will need every ounce of strength he can muster. ((RONDE BARBER/PRE-SEASON 1ST TEAM ALL AMERICAN:))
Former G.W. Danville standout Rafael Garcia has worked on consistency in the off season, but hardly gets HIS kicks out of being touted an all american in pre season polls. ((RAFAEL GARCIA/1ST TEAM ALL ACC KICKER:)) ((STEVE MASON:)) ((SHANNON TAYLOR/UVA LINEBACKER:))
George Welsh says more plays have been designed for former Halifax star Darrell Medley. Though the fullback hardly minds blocking for Tiki. ((DARRELL MEDLEY/UVA FULLBACK:))
Former Jefferson Forest great Anthony Poindexter packs a bigger punch at strong safety, he now weighs in at 220 pounds. Steve mason news 7 sports.))
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S-Panthers


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Ksh
TAPE#FB96-1
GRAPHIC= Carolina Panthers


The Carolina Panthers have finally signed their top draft pick.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Spartansburg, SC/May; :00


After heated negotiations, Tim Biakabutuka has agreed to a seven year 12-point-seven million dollar contract.
The Panthers were hoping the running back would be their offensive cornerstone, but he'll probaly see limited time after skipping training camp.
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S-Swift


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Ksh
TAPE#S6-14
GRAPHIC=Avalanche


The Rockies Avalanche of players continue to fall into Salem this season.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=04-MLB; :00


Pitcher Bill Swift, shown here hitting a homerun, had off-season shoulder surgery.
Tonight he will start for the Salem Avalanche tonight in a rehab assignment.
He'll be the fifth Big Leaguer to play for Salem this year.
He'll also reunite with manager "Moose" McGuire, Swift's catcher in Seattle for two years.
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S-Walker


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S6-13
GRAPHIC=avalanche


The man who just finished rehabbing in Salem last week,
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Rockies vs. Marlins; :00


Larry Walker made it back to the big leagues last night for the Rockies.
He went one for five at the plate in his return.
Former Avalanche star Jamey Wright gave up 8 hits and 4 runs in 6 and two thirds innings. He would not take the loss but the Rockies did lose to the Marlins 7 to 6.
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S-Wagner


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#s6-13
GRAPHIC=NONE
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VO-NAT ENG#


In one other quick baseball note, you might want to check out this week's Sports Illustrated , if you have a chance.
In the major league baseball section of the magazine on page 73, former Ferrum star Billy Wagner is featured.
The Tazewell County native is already making a name for himself as the Astros closer out of the bullpen.
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