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WALL-STREET

ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=stocks


Following the lead of the rest of the world's markets, U-S stocks are heading lower today.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-New York, NY;


U-S stocks are continuing to give ground after losses Friday.
The Dow fell 70 points shortly after opening this morning and is now DOWN 143 points.
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Hong Kong, China; :09


The Hong Kong Market that started the selling last week fell nearly six percent today.
SUPER=03-Tokyo; :15


And Japan's Nikkei (nee-kay) fell nearly two percent, to its lowest level in more than two years.
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DEFICIT


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=NONE


The White House confirms a report that the deficit is at a 23 year low.
New figures show that in the fiscal year just ended, the deficit fell to 22-point-six billion dollars -- its lowest level since 1974.
President Clinton is expected to trumpet the figures in a speech later today.


HIV-Children


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=NONE


There's an AIDS horror story developing in western New York -- where officials say at least 100 high school-age children may have been exposed to the H-I-V virus through sex with an infected man who supplied them with drugs.
The health commissioner in Chautauqua (chuh-TAW'-kwah) County says the 20- year- old man knew he was H-I-V-positive when he had sexual contact with young girls at schools and community parks.

Bramblett


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=jmc
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=bramblett


An appeals court says a Roanoke Times reporter will have to testify in the Earl Bramblett trial.
The Virginia Court of Appeals also ordered Diane (STREW-zee) Struzzi to turn over notes and tape of her interviews with the defendant.
The ruling means Struzzi has to be ready to testify tomorrow morning.
Struzzi's story quoted Bramblett as knowing details about the Hodges family murders that the prosecution says only the killer could know.
The capital murder trial began its second week today.

NANNY-TRIAL


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=legal scales


The 19- year- old British Au- Pair charged with killing the baby she was hired to care for is back on the witness stand today.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Cambridge, MA;


Louise Woodward is facing tough questioning from prosecutors, but is calmly defending herself.
The eight- month- old baby boy died last February of a head injury.
A prosecutor is trying to cast doubt on her testimony last week that she had never harmed the boy.
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SOT

11:03;17
IN Q=

((DIDN'T YOU TELL THE POLICE THAT YOU HAD BEEN A LITTLE ROUGH WITH MATTHEW THAT DAY... NO, I TOLD YOU WHAT IS SAID THEY SUGGESTED THAT. I TOLD THEM I WAS TRYING TO GET THE BATH OVER WITH QUICKLY. ))
SUPER=01-Louise Woodward/Defendant;
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OUT Q=OVER WITH QUICKLY;
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Prosecutors say Woodward fatally shook and slammed the boy.
Closing arguments in the case could come as soon as tomorrow.
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Plane-Crash


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=
TAPE#=none
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Investigators today hope to retrieve the small plane that crashed into a tree over the weekend in the Shenandoah National Park.
The pilot was killed yesterday when the plane crashed in rain and fog near the Skyline Drive.
The Cessna was left dangling in tree limbs about 70 feet off the ground.
Authorities believe weather was a contributing factor.
The pilot's identity has not been released.

zemin


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=NONE


Chinese president Jiang Zemin will do some sight seeing in Colonial Williamsburg on the second day of his U-S visit.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Honolulu, HI; :00


After arriving in Honolulu yesterday Zemin traveled to Pearl Harbor where he placed a wreath at the U-S-S Arizona Memorial.
He meets with President Clinton at the White House on Wednesday.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :11


Outside the White House his visit is being met with protest.
Demonstrators are angry over China's human rights policies.
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Cranwell


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lba
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Two plans to do-away with Virginia's personal property tax have come to the forefront in the governor's race, but there's no guarantee either plan will be passed.
House Majority Leader Dick Cranwell has taken Jim Gilmore and Don Beyer to task for their plans.
The Roanoke County Democrat, says it's absurd to cut taxes when the state has unmet needs.
Cranwell said he doubts that the General Assembly will pass either candidate's plan in its current form.

E-Paper-Endorsements


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sta
TAPE#=97-80
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Virginia's newspapers threw their support behind their candidates of choice this weekend.
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SUPER=@File;


The Richmond Times-Dispatch endorsed Jim Gilmore.
The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot is supporting Don Beyer.
The Roanoke Times also endorsed Beyer.
In endorsements for other races-- The Times-Dispatch is supporting Republican John Hager for lieutenant governor and Republican Mark Earley for attorney general.
In Saturday's edition, the Pilot endorsed Earley and Democrat L-F Payne for lieutenant governor.
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Ward-System


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#97-64
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City


A group of citizens is accusing Roanoke's mayor and city council of using their offices to sway public opinion against a modified ward system of elections.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The Committee for Better Representation says Mayor Bowers AND council members did not keep their promise to remain neutral on the issue.
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SOT WARD SYSTEM TAPE 10:11:37
IN Q=wE DO THINK DEFINITELY

((BILL BESTPITCH/COMM. FOR BETTER REPRESENTATION: WE DO THINK DEFINITELY THAT ELECTION LAWS HAVE BEEN VIOLATED. WE DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY QUESTION ABOUT THAT. AND THAT THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION HAS BEEN VIOLATED. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE PEOPLE'S TRUST IN THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS HAS BEEN VIOLATED. ))
SUPER=01-Bill Bestpitch/Comm. For Better Representation;
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Bestpitch criticized todays's meeting of former council members BECAUSE it was held in council chambers.
But former councilman Lucian Grove says the current council had nothing to do with it-- that the former members were expressing their OWN opposition to a ward system.
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SOT grove tape 06:03
IN Q=The ward system

((LUCIAN GROVE/FORMER CITY COUNCIL MEMBER: THE WARD SYSTEM WILL ABSOLUTELY BE NEGATIVE TO OUR EFFORTS, AND IT WILL IMPEDE, I THINK, FUTURE GROWTH IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY. ))
SUPER=01-Lucian Grove/Former Roanoke City Councilman;
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OUT Q=in the Roanoke Valley
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ANCHOR=MELANIE
SS=HOLD


Meanwhile, Mayor Bowers responded to the citizens' accusations by saying that "public facilities are available to proponents and opponents on this and any other issue," that council promotes public debate in Roanoke.

WESTERN-SNOW


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=Snow

***ANCHOR TAG***
Parts of Colorado are digging out today after a huge blizzard dumped 20 inches of snow over the weekend.
But residents in the midwest are NOT faring so well.
The storm has left at least nine people dead and cut power to tens of thousands from Nebraska to Iowa.
Bob McNamara reports from Omaha.
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10:08:40
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SUPER=03-Omaha, NE; :00
SUPER=01-Cindy Werner/Storm Victim; :09
SUPER=01-Alivar Keruzis/Omaha Fire Department; :21
SUPER=01-Bob McNamara/Reporting; :37 (no SU)
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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That was Bob McNamara reporting.

Stewart-Fire


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NEWSCAST=Noon
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TAPE#97-79
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Firefighters say an electrical spark started a fire this morning in Southeast City.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The call came just after 11.
A passerby saw smoke coming from a house in the 600-block of Stewart.
Nobody was inside the house at the time.
Firefighters say the second floor was engulfed when they arrived.
And even though it didn't take long to get the fire under control...
Firefighters say there's "extensive" damage on the second floor.
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S-Memorial-Service


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sta
TAPE#=97-78
GRAPHIC=none


E-M-S workers fight to save the lives of others and yesterday a service in Roanoke honored 119 E-M-S workers who died in the line of duty in the last four years.
Two Virginia congressmen are trying to take the event national.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


Congressmen Virgil Goode and Bob Goodlatte want to officially call the event the "National Emergency Medical Services Memorial Service".
They proposed legislation for the change in the House of Representatives.
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Gay-Mass


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NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lba
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Sacred Heart Cathedral housed more than 200 gay and lesbian Roman Catholics as they celebrated the Richmond diocese's first Mass for gay and lesbians.
Bishop Walter Sullivan told those attending that they belong in the church.
The congregation included men and women in a wide range of ages.
The Catholic church still teaches that homosexual activity is morally wrong.
But in recent years, the church has said gay orientation isn't freely chosen.

E-Train-Excursion


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Dal
TAPE#=97-67
GRAPHIC=AMTRAK


Trains are part of Roanoke's past and Mayor David Bowers wants to ensure they are part of its future.
The National Railway Historical Society organized Amtrak excursions to Bluefield, West Virginia and Luray, Virginia.
More than 12-hundred riders took advantage of the opportunity.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


It was the first excursion on Norfolk Southern tracks since the retirement of the old 6-11 steam engine nearly three years ago.
This weekend's trips sold out quickly.
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SOT 10:31:28
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((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: THE STATE STUDY INDICATED THAT IF AMTRAK BROUGHT PASSENGER SERVICE TO SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA IT COULD BE PROFITABLE. THIS IS JUST A CLEAR INDICATION THAT THE PUBLIC WANTS TO RIDE ON TRAINS.))
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The Amtrak Superliner was just in town for the weekend.
And the future of Amtrak nationally is uncertain.
Congress has delayed the Amtrak bill which provides two- point- three billion dollars for improvements and operation changes.
The rail service could go broke in a few months if it's not funded.
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SOT 10:31:28
IN Q=if you are

((BOWERS: IF YOU ARE ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO WANTS TO SEE PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE IN ROANOKE AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA CONTACT YOUR FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVE IN THE CONGRESS AND TELL THEM TO FUND AMTRAK.))
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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The Railway Historical Society would like to make the excursion with Amtrak and annual event.

E-Invention


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=eea
TAPE#97-74
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A snack can provide some extra energy, but for one local inventor it provided a catalyst for the development of a device he thinks could change the manufacturing industry.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


When Tison Wyatt was 13, he got jelly on an electric meter while working on a radio.
He dunked it in his milk to wash it off, and noticed it registered a voltage.
Using that principal, he developed a way to monitor rubbers, plastics and other materials while they're being cured.
It eliminates the need to take product samples, and reduces waste due to improperly cured material.
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IN Q=Oh, I'm extremely

((TISON WYATT/INVENTOR; OH, I'M EXTREMELY EXCITED. I REALLY BELIEVE ONCE IT'S ALL SAID AND DONE, THERE'S GOING TO BE ANOTHER CHAPTER IN THE CHEMISTRY BOOKS OVER IT. 10:21:22
IT APPEARS TO BE A NEW TECHNIQUE TO FOLLOW A CHEMICAL REACTION IN A PASSIVE WAY, AND TO GET A GREAT DEAL ABOUT THE REACTION SPECTRUM AND TO BE ABLE TO FOLLOW SOME OF THE CRITICAL PARTS OF THE REACTION IN A VERY SIGNIFICANT WAY, PARTICULARLY FOR AN INDUSTRIAL APPLICATION.))
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VO-NAT


Wyatt unveiled the discovery at the American Chemical Society's regional meeting in Roanoke last week.
There's more information on the company's website.
The address is posted on the News 7 Webwatch page.
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Mill-Mt-Zoo


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#=net (edit of 97-68)
GRAPHIC=Mill Mountain Zoo


Roanoke Valley residents are helping bring a Siberian Tiger breeding program to Mill Mountain Zoo.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape;


The first phase of fund raising brought in 70-thousand dollars, 20-thousand above their goal.
The zoo is now seeking 250-thousand from the General Assembly, but organizers say small contributions have been key.
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SOT 15:08:38
IN Q=Over two- thirds

((BETH POFF/MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO: OVER TWO- THIRDS OF OUR FIRST PHASING, REALLY CAME FROM A DOLLAR HERE AND A DOLLAR THERE FROM INDIVIDUALS, SCHOOL CHILDREN COLLECTING LUNCH MONEY TO CHIP INTO THE PROGRAM, SO EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE A LOT OF VERY IMPORTANT SPONSORS, IT'S REALLY JUST THE PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE ROANOKE REGION WHO ARE MAKING THIS HAPPEN.))
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Ruby has been a popular zoo attraction since she her arrival in the late 80s.
Officials hope to get started on the breeding program as soon as possible.
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Common-Sense


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WRITER=lbe
TAPE#Common Sense
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The Taxpayer Relief Act of 19-97 may help you to take a bigger profit on the sale of your home.
Here's Len Besthoff with this week's edition of Common Sense.
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(( Last week we talked about a new tax break for first time homebuyers. This time around Gary Duerk of Brown Edwards and Company has some good news for folks who are selling.))
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SOT COMMON SENSE I TOT 14:40:43
IN Q=Under

((GARY DUERK/CPA-BROWN, EDWARDS & CO.: UNDER THE PRIOR LAW, TAXPAYERS COULD EXCLUDE UP TO 125- THOUSAND- DOLLARS OF PROFIT ON THE SALE OF THEIR PERSONAL PRIMARY RESIDENCE. UNDER THE NEW LAW, THAT'S BEEN EXPANDED ON A JOINT RETURN THEY CAN EXCLUDE UP TO 500- THOUSAND- DOLLARS OF PROFIT ON THE SALE OF THEIR PERSONAL RESIDENCE. AND ALSO UNDER THE OLD LAW THAT WAS A LIFETIME EXCLUSION THAT COULD ONLY BE USED ONCE. UNDER THE NEW LAW, YOU CAN ELECT THIS EXCLUSION ONCE EVERY TWO YEARS. AND IF BETWEEN THAT PERIOD, YOU HAVE TO MOVE BECAUSE OF EMPLOYMENT CHANGE OR HEALTH CHANGES OR SOME OTHER UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, THEY WILL ALLOW YOU TO PRO- RATE THAT EXEMPTION FOR THE PERIOD THAT YOU MIGHT BE ENTITLED TO GET SOME PARTIAL RELIEF FROM.))
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((I'm Len Besthoff with this week's edition of Common Sense, let's send it back to the newsdesk.))
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Series


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=aje
TAPE#net (edit of 04:03:12)
GRAPHIC=World Series


The Florida Marlins became the youngest team to ever win the World Series last night.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/MLB-NBC Sports;


Cleveland opened the scoring in the third. Tony Fernandez singled home two runs.
In the seventh, rookie Jaret Wright got a pitch up.. and Bobby Bonilla got under it. His home run got the Marlins within 2-1.
The action went into extra innings.
In the 11th Renteria singled up the middle. Counsell scored.. and a 3-2 victory made the Florida Marlins, in just their fifth season, World Series champions.
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Skins


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#ent (edit of RS97-1)
GRAPHIC=Skins/Ravens


Bam Morris carried the ball 36 times for 176 yards a career best as the Baltimore Ravens beat Washington 20 to 17.
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-Raljon, MD/NBC Sports; :


The Ravens took the advantage early in the first quarter Vinny Testaverde hooks up with Derrick Alexander on the 13 yard touchdown pass to make it 7 to nothing.
But after a Brian Mitchell 61 yard punt return Gus Frerotte pump fakes and hits Leslie Shepherd on the 15 yard touchdown toss and the game was tied at 7. Baltimore came right back Testaverde hands off to Morris who goes up the middle from the five to score and the Ravens went back on top 14 to 7.
After a Testaverde fumble and SUPER=30-Baltimore/20/Washington/17/;

trailing 20 to 14 Scott Blanton nails this 26 yard field goal but the Redskins come up short 20 to 17.
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Giants


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#net (edit of FB97-2)
GRAPHIC=Giants/Bengals


The Giants padded their lead in the N-F-C east yesterday with a 29 to 27 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ/NBC Sports; :


Charles Way scored on this one yard touchdown run the Giants took the 10 to 7 lead early in the second quarter.
That lead would be wiped out on the kickoff. Cincinnati's Eric Bieniemy takes the kickoff and he races down the field for a 102 yard touchdown the longest in Bengal history and Cincinnati was back on top 14 to 10.
But the Giants sealed the win in SUPER=30-N.Y.

Giants/29/Cincinnati/27/;the fourth quarter when Tyrone Wheatley scored on this one yard run and the Giants win it 29 to 27.
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NFL


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Roy
TAPE# net (edit of FB97-3)
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-Orchard Park, NY/NBC Sports;


In other news from the gridiron, former Hokie Bruce Smith has added a new page to the N-F-L record book.
He sacked John Elway on this play to become the first player in N-F-L history to have 10 or more sacks a season in the past 11 years.
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Promo-Beyer


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=NONE


The campaign for Governor is entering its final week, and tonight we'll begin our profiles of the candidates.
Up first is Democrat Don Beyer... Joe Dashiell will take a look at Beyer's personal history and his political journey... tonight on News 7 at six and eleven.

Cats


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=NONE


It was a weekend to show off your pet.
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VO-NAT

05:04:48
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN;


In Indianapolis, some 200 cats showed off their talents at a cat show.
Some played the piano while others had a talent for getting a treat.
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