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1-News-Head

ANCHOR=Keith

On NEWS-7 at SIX tonight, we start with the story of a capital killer who's trying to avoid a death sentence because he was drunk when committed the crime.
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VO-NAT


And the sacrilege of lottery advertising, according to the Virginia Association of Independent Baptists.
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Sports-Head


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


Tonight in sports, plenty of bowl news as one ACC team locks in with the Carquest.
We'll talk with Houston Astros closer Billy Wagner.
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And tell you how the Hokies placed six players on the all-Big East conference first team squad this evening.
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WX-Head
TALENT=Robin
SS=None


Light rain showers tonight and tomorrow then turning sharply colder after that. More on the forecast just ahead.

Reid


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=THa
TAPE#97-77
GRAPHIC=NONE!!


Attorneys for 52- year old James Reid say the Christiansburg man is an alcoholic who suffers from seizures and black outs.
It's a medical condition the defense hopes will convince a judge to spare their client from death row.
Teresa Hamilton explains.
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SOT
IN Q=Prosecutors
SUPER=03-Christiansburg/October 1996; :03
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Bush/Forensic Scientist; :29
SUPER=@Teresa1; 1:10
RUNS=1:20
OUT Q=NEWS 7, Christiansburg.

(( Prosecutors say Reid beat Annie Lester inside her home with a metal can, strangled her with a cord and stabbed her 22- times in the neck, face and chest.
In court-- Reid entered an Alford plea-- acknowledging the state's evidence-- without admitting guilt.
That evidence includes Reid's fingerprints on a bloody telephone receiver and his DNA on a cigarette butt found near her body.
Reid's jacket was also used as evidence.
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12:05:48--tape 2
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IN Q=I recovered

((ELIZABETH BUSH/FORENSIC SCIENTIST:I RECOVERED DNA FROM THE OUTSIDE RIGHT CUFF OF THE JACKET AND THE TYPES THAT WERE CONSISTENT--WERE WITH THE TYPES OF ANNA B. LESTER AND INCONSISTENT WITH THE TYPES FROM JAMES EDWARD REID. ))
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Reid's attorneys say their client's life should be spared because he'd consumed a large quantity of alcohol that day.
When Reid drinks, the defense says, he becomes violent and blacks out-- NOT realizing or remembering his actions.
His attorneys point to his wearing bloody clothes and shoes when he hitched a ride shortly after the crime as proof.
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14:45:32
SOT
IN Q=I think

((ROBBIE JENKINS/REID'S ATTORNEY:I THINK CLEARLY THAT MR. REID AT THAT TIME DID NOT REALIZE WHAT HE DID AND I HONESTLY THINK TO THIS DAY HE DOESN'T REALIZE WHAT HE DID.))
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OUT Q=he did.

The defense is expected to call about ten witnesses when they begin presenting their case in the morning-- starting with medical testimony.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Christiansburg.))

Lawson


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-86
GRAPHIC=murder investigation


A Lynchburg man caught driving a murder victim's car has now been charged with the elderly man's killing.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg


27- year- old Kenneth Lloyd Lawson was arrested in Maryland on Monday--he was driving a 1993 Lexus belonging to 72- year- old Samuel J. York, who was stabbed to death two weeks ago.
Late this afternoon, Lynchburg police formally charged Lawson with York's murder.
They also recovered a weapon which has been sent to the state crime lab for analysis.
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Byrd-Bus


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=eea
TAPE#97-85
GRAPHIC=none


There were some frightening moments at William Byrd High School this afternoon.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


Fifteen minutes before classes ended for the day, the empty bus rolled 300 feet across a parking lot and crashed into the building.
No one was hurt.
The driver says she parked the bus, set the brake and went inside... when she came out, the bus was rolling away.
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SOT 15:54:04
IN Q=we have to determine

((RICHARD FLORA/TRANSPORTATION SUPERVISOR; WE HAVE TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT PERHAPS SHE DIDN'T SET THE PARKING BRAKE OR SOMEONE RELEASED IT AFTER SHE GOT OFF THE BUS. WE'VE GOT SOME DRIVERS THAT WERE IN THE GENERAL VICINITY THAT WE NEED TO TALK TO AND TRY TO FIND OUT FROM THEIR POINT OF VIEW WHAT HAPPENED ))
SUPER=01-Richard Flora/Transportation Supervisor;
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=what happened
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VO-NAT


Fortunately, the classroom on the other side of the wall was part of a renovation project and was empty when the bus hit.
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Bomb-death


ANCHOR=keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=afr
TAPE#97-82
GRAPHIC=none


Authorities don't know exactly what Tammy Lynn Baker picked up off the sidewalk in Louisa County early this morning.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Louisa Co./This Morning;


Whatever it was instantly exploded, killing Baker and her unborn child.
Louisa County Police believe she grabbed a bomb intended for someone in the apartment complex.
The bombing is being investigated as a murder.
Louisa County is just east of Charlottesville.
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Lottery-Xmas


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-76
GRAPHIC=virginia lottery


That "little something" in your Christmas stocking or holiday card this year could be a big winner.
But the Virginia Lottery's latest game is a big loser in some eyes.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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SOT
IN Q=There's NO
SUPER=04-Virginia Lottery; :00
SUPER=03-Richmond; :24
SUPER=01-Penelope Kyle/Va. Lottery Director; :30
SUPER=01-Bill Kincaid/Anti-Gambling Lobbyist; :47
SUPER=@Ellen1; 1:17
RUNS=1:28
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.


(( There's NO getting around it.
It's a cute ad.
But some religious conservatives think the popular lottery's treading where even angels fear to tread-- mixing religion with gambling.
sot 46-52

((JUST SLIDE DOWN IT. NOTHING TO IT HE SAYS. THE VIRGINIA LOTTERY BRINGS YOU THREE GREAT GIFT IDEAS FOR THE HOLIDAYS.))
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It's sacriligious and NOT amusing says the Virginia Association of Independent Baptists.
But lottery officials say it's NOT a Christmas ticket -- it's a holiday ticket.
sot 02:44:04

((PENELOPE KYLE/VA. LOTTERY DIRECTOR: I DIDN'T THINK THERE WAS ANY CHRISTIAN SYMBOL, NOT EVEN OVERT. NO WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY CONCERNS AT ALL. WE ARE EXTREMELY CAREFUL AT THE LOTTERY, BEING A STATE AGENCY, NOT TO DO ANYTHING THAT REPRESENTS ANY PARTICULAR RELIGION.))
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sot 13;52:10

((BILL KINCAID: IT'S KIND OF SHAME ON THE LOTTERY BOARD. AND SHAME ON THE DIRECTOR. THEY'RE JUST KIND OF REACHING NEW LOWS EACH WEEK. THEY'VE NOW OPENED UP NEW LOTTERY DRAWINGS FOR SUNDAY. AND THE NATURAL THING WOULD BE CHRISTMAS LOTTERY TICKETS IN EVERYBODY'S STOCKING. AND THEN WHY DON'T WE JUST -- WE'LL HAVE TO SEE WHAT EASTER BRINGS.))
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sot 02:43:12

((PENELOPE KYLE/VA. LOTTERY DIRECTOR: WE'VE NEVER HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH EASTER. AND I'VE NEVER HEARD ANY PROPOSAL TO DO THAT.))
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In defense of the Lottery, we voted for it.
And the staff's mandate is to make money.
And note again in the ad-- it's just Mom and Dad's stockings.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

Tobacco-quota


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=tte
TAPE#97-73
GRAPHIC=tobacco


Cigarette companies have announced a major reduction in tobacco purchases for next year.
That could mean trouble for farmers here in Virginia
double boxes Keith/Tina


Tina Tenret is in Danville, where the economy leans heavily on the golden leaf.
LIVE=Tina Full/Microwave
SUPER=@Tina1;
SUPER=05-Danville;


Keith, cigarette companies say they will buy less tobacco next year, 81 million pounds less than this year.
That's a 15-percent pay cut for a tobacco farmer's family.
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SOT
IN Q=If your employer
SUPER=01-Harry Lea/Tobacco Warehouse Owner; :00
SUPER=03-Danville/File Tape; :12
RUNS=:54
OUT Q=livelihood for him
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SOT 13:08:18
IN Q=If your employer

((HARRY LEA/TOBACCO WAREHOUSE OWNER: IF YOUR EMPLOYER... THAT HURTS.)
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OUT Q=that hurts


Harry Lea says because the government is cracking down on tobacco, cigarette companies don't want to be stuck with surplus.
For the farmer, that means some of his fields will lie barren and his equipment unused.
In Danville, where the tobacco market rang in profits of 100-million-dollars this year, that could mean a 15-million-dollar loss.
And prices have dropped to the 1983 level, which means further loss.
Still, Lea remains optimistic.
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SOT 21:20
IN Q=For the young man

((HARRY LEA/TOBACCO WAREHOUSE OWNER: FOR THE YOUNG MAN... LIVELIHOOD FOR HIM.))
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OUT Q=livelihood for him
LIVE=tina full
SUPER=05-Danville;


From here on out, it's survival of the fittest -- and the fittest are those farms that can quickly adapt to change
double boxes Keith/Tina


as they battle threats not only from the government, but now from cigarette companies themselves.

Sabato


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-75
GRAPHIC=none


One of America's premier election analysts has a warning for Virginia lawmakers who stand in the way of the car tax cut.
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SOT 13;32:30
IN Q=You can

((YOU CAN DISAGREE PHILOSOPHICALLY ALL YOU WANT TO. BUT IF YOU'RE A LEGISLATOR WHO HAS TO GET ELECTED, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT IF YOU'RE IDENTIFIED AS OBSTRUCTIONIST, AS STOPPING THE PEOPLE'S CAR TAX CUT, GOOD LUCK TO YA. ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE FROM A SUBURB OR A RURAL AREA. IF YOU'RE FROM A CENTRAL CITY YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH IT. BUT IF YOU'RE FROM A SUBURB OR A RURAL PART FO THE STATE, YOU'RE DEAD.))
SUPER=01-Larry Sabato/Political Analyst;
RUNS=:26
OUT Q=you're dead.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


Political analyst Larry Sabato told the Virginia Farm Bureau today that -- as a college professor -- he suspects the tax cut will end up hurting education.
But, Sabato says, the voters have spoken.
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Allen-Tree


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-80
GRAPHIC=christmas


It's a 33 foot eastern red cedar.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


And, unlike last year, state capitol groundskeepers did NOT chop down Virginia's "holiday tree" from the scenic capitol grounds.
Governor George Allen and family did the honors on this year's tree -- which was plucked instead from a state juvenile correctional facility.
We're told the juvenile inmates helped transport the tree.
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Acutab


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=six
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-84
GRAPHIC=none


It's tough to make a living with music, and if the music is bluegrass, it's even more of a challenge.
But tonight Joe Dashiell visits with a Roanoke County man who is building a national reputation one note at a time.
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SOT
IN Q=Don't be surprized
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-John Lawless/AcuTab Publications; :30
SUPER=@Joe2; :45
SUPER=01-Sammy Shelor/Lonesome River Band; :57
RUNS=1:48
OUT Q=JD News 7


((Don't be surprized to find John Lawless comparing notes with some of the biggest names in Bluegrass.
NAT SOT
IN Q=And you're probably

((AND YOU'RE PROBABLY HAMMERING ONCE, BUT NOT THE SECOND TIME. SO YOU'RE SLIDING. YEAH.))
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OUT Q=sliding yeah.


Scott Vestal is one of the country's top banjo pickers, named bluegrass banjo musician of the year. QUICK NAT SOUND OF VESTAL PLAYING
Lawless is a talented musician in his own right, a bluegrass banjo teacher, and an up and coming publisher of musical notation.
SOT 11:04:01
IN Q=When a popular

((WHEN A POPULAR ROCK BAND RELEASES AN ALBUM, WITHIN A COUPLE OF MONTHS THERE'S THE GLOSSY FULL COLOR BOOK WITH ALL THE GUITAR TABLATURE AND HOW TO PLAY THE LICKS AND ALL THAT STUFF , BUT PEOPLE HADN'T BEEN DOING IT WITH BLUEGRASS MUSIC.))
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OUT Q=with bluegrass music.


But now Lawless is... NAT SOUND OF BOOKS COMING OFF PRESS
The books that have rolled off the presses at Valley Printers have found a loyal audience.
And Lawless has signed a deal with one of the country's largest distributors of music, that will put Acutab publications in music stores across the country.
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SOT 11:40:14
IN Q=When I was growing up,

((WHEN I WAS GROWING UP I TRIED TO LEARN NOTE FOR NOTE LIKE J.D. CROWE, TERRY BAUCOM AND EARL SCRUGGS, AND TO WALK AROUND A FESTIVAL AND HEAR A JAM SESSION AND HEAR SOMEBODY PLAYING WHAT YOU DO NOTE FOR NOTE, IT'S VERY FLATTERING.))
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OUT Q=very flattering.


Acutab's first book belonged to Sammy Shelor, a member of the Lonesome River Band, and another bluegrass banjo player of the year. NAT SOUND OF SAMMY PLAYING
Shelor and Lawless are old friends, and Shelor helped introduce him to other musicians.
The success of the first books has produced other successful collaborations.
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SOT 11:08:58
IN Q=Like I joke around

((LIKE I JOKE AROUND WITH PEOPLE SOMETIMES, I'M NOT MAKING A FORTUNE, BUT J. D. CROWE RETURNS MY CALLS. I DON'T HAVE EARL SCRUGGS RETURNING MY CALLS YET, BUT I'M WORKING ON THAT TOO.))
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OUT Q=working on that too.


And working on making a musical sideline... a full-time endeavor.
Joe Dashiell News 7))

Sports Tease


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#SPORTS TEASE
GRAPHIC=NONE


Coming your way tonight in sports, lots of bowl news for you as one ACC team locks in with the Carquest, and several others continue to explore their possibilities.
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VO-NAT eng#


And we'll get up to date with Houston Astros pitcher Billy Wagner, the former Ferrum great who was back in the area over the weekend.
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S-Carquest


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#FB97-3
GRAPHIC=CARQUEST


Georgia Tech officially accepted an invitation to play in the Carquest Bowl on December 29th at Pro Player Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale.
The Jackets got the bid this afternoon.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Last Saturday; :00


Georgia Tech doesn't know who it will play at this time, but right now that isn't a concern. After a six year absence the players are just to be bowling again in the Miami area.
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IN Q=

((GEORGE O'LEARY/GA. TECH HEAD COACH:)) ((RON ROGERS/GA. TECH LINEBACKER:))
SUPER=01-George O'Leary/Ga. Tech Head Coach; :03
SUPER=01-Ron Rogers/Ga. Tech Linebacker; :11
RUNS=:26
OUT Q=...WITH IT."
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S-Rose


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#FB97-4
GRAPHIC=ROSE BOWL


One bowl that is set is the Rose Bowl.
It pits Michigan against Washington State. The Cougars haven't been to Pasadena since 1931.
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IN Q="BEEN A FEW YEARS

((MIKE PRICE/WASHINGTON ST. HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Mike Price/Washington St. Head Coach; :00
RUNS=:16
OUT Q=...FREEZE OVER."
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S-UNC


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6PM
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=GATOR BOWL


The Gator Bowl continues to be a likely destination for the North Carolina Tarheels, but reports out of Jacksonville continue to say that the bowl is not interested in a Virginia Tech-UNC matchup.
SS=tech fb


One individual close to the bowl situation says the best thing Tech fans can do is hope Auburn beats Tennessee on Saturday night. That would likely trigger a chain reaction that would pit The Hokies against Notre Dame in the Gator.
SS=UVA


As for UVa, it still looks like the Cavs best shot is the Independence.
N.C. State is apparently headed to the Motor City Bowl.

S-Dudley


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#VF97-2
GRAPHIC=DUDLEY AWARD


The Dudley award, the honor given annually to the best college football player in the Commonwealth by the Downtown Club of Richmond, will be announced in next few minutes.
This year's three finalists are former Friday Football Extra player of the Week Anthony Poindexter, William & Mary's Alvin Porch, and Va. Tech's Ken Oxendine.
SS=BIG EAST


Oxendine was named to the Big East conference's second team all-star squad tonight.
But the Hokies dis have players named first team all-conference.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00


Place Kicker Shayne Graham who had a record setting season for the Hokies is a first team selection for the second straight year.
Safety Pierson Prioleau, who saved the Miami game with this interception on a two point conversion also grabbed a spot on the first team.
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ANCHOR=Mike
SS=BIG EAST


Gennaro DiNapoli, Todd Washington, Kerwin Hairston and punter Kimmy Kibble also made first team all-Big East.

S-Wagner


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S7-
GRAPHIC=BILLY WAGNER


This past weekend, Billy Wagner, one of the area's up and coming pro sports stars was back in town for a brief visit.
Both he and his Astros have been very busy in the off-season.
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IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Saturday; :00
SUPER=04-MLB; :13
SUPER=01-Billy Wagner/Houston Astros Pitcher; :24
SUPER=03-Roanoke/January 23; 1:04
RUNS=1:45
OUT Q=...150 DOLLARS."
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(( Wagner spent a couple of hours at the Roanoke Civic Center's annual Thanksgiving weekend card show signing autographs on Saturday.
This past season he also attempted to make his signature fast ball a fixture in the big leagues.
In his first full year as the central division champion Astros closer he appeared in 62 games, struck out 106, and picked up 23 saves. ((BILLY WAGNER/ASTROS RELIEF PITCHER:))
The former Tazewell high school and Ferrum College standout was joined in Roanoke by his Mom - and although he now lives in Houston his ties to the area remain tight. His wife is from Dublin and back on January of this year, he returned to southwest Virginia to talk to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes about his faith. Something you have to have when you're only 60 feed and 6 inches away from danger every time you go to work. ((BILLY WAGNER:))
Although he's part of the big leagues, Wagner lacks the big time attitude. In fact, he was amazed that one of his rookie cards is already worth $150 dollars.))
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Promo
ANCHOR=Keith
(toss to Jean)
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=afr
TAPE#Promo


When the Blue Bird Bus Company drove out of Buena Vista five years ago, it left a huge hole in the city's economy.
But that hole is now filled by one of Virginia's fastest growing businesses.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom


Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom with more.
Jean-- it seems Des-Champs (Deh-Sham) Laboratories founder Nick Des-Champs isn't your average businessman?
Live=Jean Full/Newsroom
SUPER=@Jean1;


That's right Keith.
In fact he's Virginia's (Ontra-preneur) Entrepeneur of the Year for 1997.
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And he managed to get three localities to work a deal allowing him to move into the vacant Blue Bird plant.
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SOT 4:36:43
IN Q=we definitely

((NICK DES-CHAMPS/DES CHAMPS LABORATORIES: WE DEFINITELY NEEDED SPACE. FOR THE LAST THREE OR FOUR YEARS, WE'VE GROWN AT ABOUT 30-40 PERCENT A YEAR, AND WE GOT TO THE POINT WHERE ARE FACILITIES IN NATURAL BRIDGE HAD ALL THE MACHINERY AND INVENTORY, AND NO PLACE TO MANUFACTURE.))
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OUT Q=to manufacture
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VO-NAT


The building, big enough to house three football fields, is now humming with activity.
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Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom


We'll have that story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight on News 7 at 11--Keith? (ad lib byes) Talent=Keith