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ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
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"Case dismissed" before it ever got started.
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VO-NAT


Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, the first of the Virginia Tech football players goes to court.
We'll explain why this case got punted.
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ANCHOR=Keith


And "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" still has throws backs to slavery... we'll review the latest attempts to fix it.

Sports-head


ANCHOR=NONE
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#sports head
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Tonight in sports, the express have to move tomorrow night's game with Knoxville, Dale Jarrett races his Dad to the checkered flag, Jose is headed back to Oakland.
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And Desmond Howard takes his place in the Disney hall of fame with this year's super bowl comercial.
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Winter Weather Advisories are still in place for this evening, but any further precipitation will be on the light side.
The forecast details, and weatherschool are coming up.

Melvin


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=tal
TAPE#96-107
GRAPHIC=Melvin


The first in the group of Virginia Tech football players to stand trial for a campus brawl last August DIDN'T.
Instead, the assault and battery charge against Greg Melvin was DISMISSED.
Tracy Altizer reports.
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IN Q=Former Tech football player
SUPER=03-Christiansburg; :00
SUPER=01-Phil Keith/Montgomery Co. Prosecutor; :10
SUPER=01-Bev Davis/Melvin's Lawyer; :25
SUPER=@Tracy1; :56
RUNS=1:12
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.

(( Former Tech football player Greg Melvin was charged in the assault of Tech track athlete Hilliard Sumner.
But Sumner has now made it clear that Melvin didn't hit him.
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SOT 3:45:48

((PHIL KEITH/MONTGOMERY CO. PROSECUTOR: THEREFORE WE FELT IT WOULD BE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF JUSTICE NOT TO PROSECUTE MR. MELVIN. ))
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Not to mention the best interest of Greg Melvin, says his lawyer, Bev Davis.
Davis says Melvin was a victim of guilt by association.
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SOT 3:55:20

((BEV DAVIS/MELVIN'S LAWYER: JUST BECAUSE HE'S THERE PRESENT AT THE SCENE AND IS EASILY RECOGNIZABLE HE GETS CHARGED. AND IT'S UNFORTUNATE BECAUSE EVERYTHING HE DID THAT NIGHT WAS WHOLLY INNOCENT CONDUCT. ))
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SOT 3:50:10

((GREG MELVIN: I FEEL GOOD, I CAN GET ON WITH MY LIFE NOW. ))
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In a taped conversation with Davis, Sumner says he thought Melvin would've been charged in the attack of Sumner's companion, Jonathan Nelson.
Sumner went on to name his own attackers.
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SOT 3:53:06

((VOICE OF HILLIARD SUMNER/ALLEGED BEATING VICTIM: AND THAT WAS BRIAN EDMONDS, SEAN SULLIVAN, MICHAEL HAWKES AND ANGELO HARRISON. ))
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Harrison still awaits trial on a felony attempted malicious wounding charge stemming from the fight.
The others, along with Cornell Brown, Tyron Edmond and Nathaniel Williams are charged with assault and battery.
Prosecutor Keith says he DOES plan to proceed with those cases.
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))

Campbell-Shooting


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-99
GRAPHIC=Shooting


A Campbell County man faces malicious wounding charges following a shooting near Evington this morning.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Campbell Co.


Authorities responded to this trailer home on Route 673 around 7:15.
That's where they found 38-year-old Edward Lee Miller of Madison Heights on the ground outside the trailer.. he'd been shot in the chest and arm.
Miller was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital where he's listed in serious condition.
Police arrested 28- year- old Kevin Lewis Epperson at the scene and charged him with the shooting.
Investigators believe Epperson hid underneath the porch and waited for Miller to come out.
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SOT 14:10:12
IN Q=It appears he

((CAPT. MIKE HARRIS/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: IT APPEARS HE WAS THERE PRIOR TO THE VICTIM COMING OUT OF THE HOUSEHOLD. AT THAT TIME, ONCE HE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOOT, HE BEGAN THE ATTACK ON THE VICTIM. Reporter: What kind of weapons did you find at the scene? WE HAVE INFORMATION AND HAVE SEIZED SOME ITEMS THAT INDICATE A RIFLE AND A HANDGUN WERE USED IN THE ASSAULT.))
SUPER=01-Capt. Mike Harris/Campbell Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
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OUT Q=in the assault.
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Harris says the shooting apparently stemmed from a domestic dispute between the two men.
Epperson is being held without bond.
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Saul


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#96-104
GRAPHIC=Saul


Christopher Saul was ordered to serve a 42- year prison term today for beating a man to death a year ago.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file


Saul used two different weapons to fatally beat 26-year-old Christopher Wilson.
The victim had given Saul a ride to the garage where he worked.
Saul took the witness stand today to apologize for his actions, claiming Wilson made sexual advances and that that prompted him to over-react.
Judge Roy Willett focused on the brutality of the crime, which he said could have supported a capital murder charge.
Saul got 35 years to serve on the first-degree murder conviction, plus 7 years for the robbery.
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Leftwich


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=eea
TAPE#96-106
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


A man convicted of assaulting four police officers took his case before a jury today.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Steven Leftwich is appealing his district court conviction.
Today, Roanoke police officers and a State Trooper testified about the confrontation a year ago when Leftwich's car was stopped for a broken tail light.
The fight broke out after an officer found marijuana in the car, and asked Leftwich to get out.
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SOT tape 4 2:31:00
IN Q=when Mr. Leftwich

((R.J. CARPENTIERY/VA. STATE POLICE; WHEN MR. LEFTWICH BECAME AGRESSIVE OUT THERE AT THE SCENE, THIS IS HOW I WAS, AND I WARNED HIM THAT IF HE DIDN'T CALM DOWN AND STOP RESISTING THAT HE WOULD BE PEPPER SPRAYED.))
SUPER=01-R.J. Carpentiery/Va. State Police;
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But the defense say the officers were the aggressors, beating, punching and kicking a defenseless victim.
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IN Q=were you looking

((VOICE OF HAROLD BARNES/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; WERE YOU LOOKING FOR A FIGHT THAT NIGHT OFFICER? NO SIR WHERE YOU LOOKING TO FIND SOMETHING IN MR. LEFTWICH'S CAR THAT NIGHT OFFICER? WAS I? YES. NO SIR.))
SUPER=02-Harold Barnes/Defense Attorney;
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OUT Q=no sir
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VO-NAT


Police say they did hit and kick Leftwich, as he tried to pull an officer's gun out of it's holster.
The trial will continue tomorrow.
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C'burg-shooting


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-2
GRAPHIC=Hold Legal Scales


A woman shot in the leg last year by Christiansburg Police has filed a five- million dollar lawsuit against the town and the officer who fired the shots.
Stella Arcaro called 9-1-1 last April. She was depressed, threatening to commit suicide.
Her lawyer says she specifically told the dispatcher NOT to send police officers.
Half a dozen town police responded to the townhouse, anyway.
When Arcaro stepped out the back door carrying a rifle, Officer Alicia Smith fired five rounds.
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SOT 4:16:35
IN Q=

((IT WAS INVESTIGATED BY STATE POLICE AND THEY FOUND NO EVIDENCE THAT SHE EVER POINTED THE RIFLE AT THEM.)) ((JUST THE FACT THAT A PERSON HAS A GUN, DOES NOT GIVE ANYBODY THE RIGHT TO SHOOT THEM. ))
SUPER=01-Bill Cruey/Arcaro's Attorney;
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OUT Q=right to shoot them
ANCHOR=Keith


Arcaro was convicted of reckless handling of a firearm.
Her complaint was filed in federal court this afternoon.
Tease#1

HARD MUSIC UNDER
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Still to come on our newscast, Lynchburg police believe they've solved a series of armed robberies,
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and the battle over the state song continues as lawmakers try to find some harmony in Richmond.
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Roanoke-Fire


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=abo
TAPE#97-1
GRAPHIC=Fire


An early morning fire caused heavy damage to a Northwest Roanoke home.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke


Firefighters arrived at this house shortly after two a-m to find that flames had engulfed the upper portion of the home.
The house- which is on the 22-hundred block of Hanover Avenue- was unoccupied and was in the process of being remodeled.
Firefighters say this is the second fire at the house in recent months, and this blaze caused several thousand dollars in damages.
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L'burg-Fire


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-110
GRAPHIC=Fire


A faulty kerosene heater apparently sparked a blaze that damaged a Lynchburg home this morning.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg


Around 11:30, firefighters arrived at 227 Denver Avenue to find heavy smoke pouring from the second floor of the wood-frame building.
Crews had the blaze under control in a matter of minutes, but spent about an hour clearing the house of smoke.
Fire marshal Mike Thomas says a kerosene heater left on in an upstairs bathroom apparently overheated.
Fire damage was contained to the second floor of the house.
No one was home when the fire broke out.
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Robbery-Arrests


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#Net
GRAPHIC=NONE


Lynchburg police believe they've nabbed two men responsible for a series of armed robberies across central Virginia over the past month.
22- year- old Roderick Q. Payne and 18- year- old Darrel A. White were picked up late last night.
Payne is believed to be the gunman who held up three restaurants in the Timberlake Road and Fort Avenue areas of Lynchburg.
White is charged with robbing a Domino's Pizza restaurant last night.
The pair also face armed robbery charges in Campbell and Amherst Counties.
The arrests came after a victim in last night's Domino's robbery was able to pick White out of a photo lineup.


Gilmore


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-109
GRAPHIC=Jim Gilmore


It will do NO harm.
That's the legal opinion of Attorney General -- and Republican candidate for governor -- Jim Gilmore on the controversial parents' rights amendment.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


Actual debate of the amendment was put off for another day in Virginia's Senate.
But Gilmore has finally weighed in on the side of the Christian Coalition and the Family Foundation.
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SOT 02:37:35
IN Q=The law

((JIM GILMORE/VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: THE LAW HAS MADE IT CLEAR THAT ALL OF THESE PROTECTIVE DEVICES FOR CHILDREN REMAIN IN PLACE, ESPECIALLY UNDER LANGUAGE LIKE THIS. AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE STAND UP FOR THE PARENTS OF VIRGINIA AND MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THEY'RE ABLE TO RAISE THEIR CHILDREN PROPERLY AND REASONABLY.))
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TALENT=Keith
SS=Session 97


The amendment would guarantee parents the fundamental right to direct the upbringing and education of their children.
Critics -- who are mostly Democrats -- say it could invite a firestorm of lawsuits against teachers and social workers over issues such as school curriculum and child abuse.
Democratic Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer opposes the bill in its present form.
That means it could be an issue in the all-but-certain race for governor between Beyer and Gilmore this year.

Property-Tax


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=Session 97


The effort to get rid of personal property taxes in Virginia may be over this year.
Manassas Democratic Senator Chuck Colgan says he plans to withdraw his bill in the face of stiff opposition from local government leaders.
Colgan's bill would have eliminated the tax on cars, boats, and other such holdings.
But it would have raised the state sales tax.
The politically popular cut could be revived as part of another budget proposal this year.

Stocks


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=jmo
TAPE#=None
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On Wall Street today, the stock market continued last week's retreat as rising interest rates forced bond prices lower.
The DOW lost 36 points, closing for the day at 66-hundred-61.
NASDAQ was down as well, losing 11 points.
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State-Song


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-102
GRAPHIC=State Song


"Carry Me Back To Old Virginia" may be on the eve of retirement by the state Senate.
Ellen Qualls details the kind of raw emotions the state song conjures up year after year.
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IN Q=Take out
SUPER=03-Richmond; :00
SUPER=01-Sen. Emmett Hanger/(R) Augusta Co.; :11
SUPER=01-Sen. Henry Marsh/(D) Richmond; :19
SUPER=01-Sen. Benjamin Lambert/(D) Richmond; :35
SUPER=@Ellen2; :53
SUPER=01-Sen. Dick Saslaw/(D) Springfield; 1:08
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OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, RIchmond.


(( Take out the word darky and insert dreamer.
That's one of the changes that Augusta County Republican Emmett Hanger thought would make "Carry Me Back" a song Virginians could sing again with pride.
SOT 11:27

((SEN. EMMETT HANGER: ARE THERE ANY WORDS OR PHRASES WITHIN THE VERSION THAT I JUST READ THAT YOU WOULD STILL FIND OBJECTIONABLE?))
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sot 11:47

((SEN. HENRY MARSH: JUST TO CHANGE A FEW PHRASES DOESN'T CHANGE THE MEMORY OF THE SONG, AND THE ERA IN WHICH THE SONG WAS WRITTEN, AND THE MESSAGE THAT THE SONG'S INTENDED TO CONVEY. YOU MIGHT TAKE DARKIES OUT OF THE SONG, BUT IN THE MINDS OF MANY PEOPLE WHO SING THE SONG, THE IDEA WILL STILL BE THERE.))
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SOT 06:31

((SEN. BENJAMIN LAMBERT: JUST LET THE SONG REST LIKE IT IS, AND FORGET IT. ONE DAY, SOMEONE WILL COME UP WITH A SONG THAT WE ALL CAN SING. BUT WE CANNOT FIX "CARRY ME BACK TO OLD VIRGINIA.))
RUNS=:15


Hanger's defense of what he called a pretty tune was destined to fail.
But the plan to gracefully retire it as the state song "emeritus" could fail too.
Steve Newman and Louis Lucas's compromise would follow the retirement with a commission to find a new song.
Political elders remember similar efforts in the 1980's.
SOT 08:01

((SEN. DICK SASLAW: SOME OF 'EM SOUNDED LIKE REJECTS FROM THE GONG SHOW. THE SONGS WERE TERRIBLE. ...GET OUR TOP-NOTCH TALENT INVOLVED IN THIS PROCESS.))
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Get out your banjos Virginia.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

Sports Tease


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


Coming up tonight in sports, we'll hear from Desmond Howard, the former Redskin - who is now a Super Bowl MVP.
Plus, Jose Canseco may be heading back West,
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And I'll show you a very interesting NASCAR race held this off-season between the Jarrett's - Ned and Dale.
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S-Express


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#ICE-97
GRAPHIC=EXPRESS/KNOXVILLE


Express fans listen up!
Tomorrow night's home game with the Knoxville Cherokees has been moved to Wednesday night because of some ice making problems at the Roanoke Civic Center.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke/October 20, 1994;


a mechanical problem with the Civic Center's refrigeration system, similar to the one experienced back in October of 1994 when a gasket interrupted ice making is causing a few headaches.
Civic Center officials say the ice that was in place over the weekend lacked the key ingredient known as glycol.
The bad ice was removed early Sunday morning, the system has been repaired and new ice is being made at this hour.
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S-Super


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=mike
TAPE#RS96-1
GRAPHIC=SUPER BOWL

The Packers and Patriots are back home tonight resting, celebrating and wondering how a man who barely weighs 180 pounds and isn't close to six feet tall could created so much havoc.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA/FOX; :00


Desmond Howard, the former Redskins set a Super bowl record with 244 return yards. including this 99 yard kickoff return for a TD.
Howard is the first special teams player to win MVP honors.
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((MIKE HOLMGREN/PACKERS HEAD COACH:)) ((DESMOND HOWARD/SUPER BOWL MVP:))
SUPER=01-Mike Holmgren/Packers Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Desmond Howard/Super Bowl MVP; :24
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OUT Q=...ALL YEAR LONG."
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S-Disney


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S6-25
GRAPHIC=super bowl


Of course no Super Bowl is complete without the Disneyworld commercial and this year MVP Desmond Howard got to share the moment with a number of Green Bay fans.
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SUPER=04-Disney Commercial; ;00
RUNS=:31
OUT Q=...SHOT FREEZES.
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S-Beer


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#FB96-4
GRAPHIC=SUPER BOWL


They were selling Packers championship T-shirts and hats before the game even ended in New Orleans last night.
But that's no big deal, because we have all grown accustomed to getting souvenirs on the streets in conjunction with the final horn.
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SUPER=03-Milwaukee, WI; :00


But this is a bit unusual! The folks at the Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee were up all night cranking out commemorative cans of Miller Lite.
The one of a kind, limited edition cans are expected to hit store shelves by the end of the week.
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S-Jarrett


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#R-35
GRAPHIC=daytona


The NASCAR road warriors are getting set to return to Daytona next week in preparation for the Busch Clash and the 500.
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pinnacle page --
All of the preseason winter testing is now over, and the five fastest cars of the tests are a little surprising.
John Andretti lead the way with a lap at 189 and a half miles an hour.
But of the other four, only Marlin usually dominates at the beach.
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VO-NAT con;t
SUPER=03-Concord, NC; :00


Dale Jarrett, last year's winner was 13th fastest in the preseason, but he did win a race against his Dad.
Earlier this month, Dale raced his Dad Ned at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
And Ned earned some respect as he drove an authentic 1963 Galaxy, and then let dale try his hand at the old stuff.
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IN Q=sure give...

((DALE JARRETT/QUALITY CARE FORD DRIVER:)) ((NED JARRETT/FORMER NASCAR CHAMPION:))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Quality Care Ford Driver; :00
SUPER=01-Ned Jarrett/Former NASCAR Champion; : :24
RUNS=:43
OUT Q=...STILL HARD WORK."
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S-Canseco


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S6-23
GRAPHIC=MLB


A big trade is in the works tonight in the major leagues.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=04-MLB; :00


The Oakland A's have called a newsconference for this evening, and reports from the Bay area indicate that will announce that Jose Canseco is returning to the A's and leaving the Redsox.
The Reds will get righthander John Wasdin in return.
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S-Reds


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=none
GRAPHIC=reds


The Cincinnati Reds announced today that they have signed free agent infielder Terry Pendleton to a one year minor league contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The 36 year old switch hitter hit .238 with 11 homers and 75 RBI's in 153 games with the Florida Marlins and the Atlanta Braves last season. The Reds hope that Pendleton, who has played for the Cardinals as well as the Marlins and Braves, will bring veteran leadership to the team.
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