12:00-01

Bramblett

ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-85
GRAPHIC=Bramblett


A judge in Roanoke County has followed the jury's lead and handed down a death sentence in the case of Earl Bramblett.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Salem;


Judge Roy Willett said he found it difficult to do, but he praised the jury that convicted Bramblett last month, despite Bramblett's insistence- -even today- -that's he's innocent.
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SOT 9:51:30
IN Q=

((I'M JUST GOING TO SAY ONE MORE TIME FOR THE RECORD: I DID NOT KILL THE HODGES FAMILY. ))
SUPER=01-Earl Bramblett/Condemned Killer;
RUNS=:05
OUT Q=the Hodges family.
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VO-NAT


The jury had found Bramblett
SUPER=03-Vinton/August 29, 1994

guilty of killing Teresa and Blaine Hodges, and their two children, then setting their house on fire.
Bramblett had lived with the family off and on for years.
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SOT 10:17:45
IN Q=It shows cowardice

((IT SHOWS COWARDICE. HE DOESN'T EVEN HAVE THE GUTS NOW, EVEN AFTER IT'S ALL SAID AND DONE TO ADMIT WHAT HE HAD DONE. THE COURT CAN FIND AND DOES FIND NO REASON NOT TO IMPOSE THE PUNISHMENT SUGGESTED BY A JURY OF YOUR PEERS AND THEREFORE SENTENCES YOU TO DEATH.))
SUPER=01-Don Hodges/Victim's Brother; 00
SUPER=02-Judge Roy Willett/Roanoke Co. Circuit Court; :06
RUNS=:17
OUT Q=you to death.
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VO-NAT


Willett set the execution date one year from today to allow time for appeals- -though that will likely take much longer.
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ok-trial


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=ok bombing trial


Jurors in the trial of Oklahoma City bombing suspect Terry Nichols are listening to more closing arguments this afternoon.
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VO-NAT


On a posterboard yesterday prosecutors showed jurors what they called Nichols and Timothy McVeigh's road to destruction,-- a map to help jurors see the connection between two tons of fertilizer, stolen blasting caps, and the eventual detonation of the truck bomb outside the federal building.
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SOT
IN Q=

((JOHN WALSH/FORMER PROSECUTOR: "THEY HAVE GOT ALL THE RAW MATERIAL THEY NEED TO SECURE A CONVICTION."))
SUPER=01-John Walsh/Former Prosecutor;
RUNS=:04
OUT Q= They need to secure a conviction.
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VO-NAT


Today Nichols' lawyers continue to hammer away at the government's case against their client.
After the prosecution's rebuttal, jurors will receive instructions from the judge and begin deliberations.
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IRAQ


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=iraq conflict


After two days of talks, the Chief U-N arms inspector is on his way home after failing to convince Saddam Hussein to open his palaces to weapons inspectors.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Baghdad, Iraq;


Richard Butler left Baghdad for New York this morning.
He will report to the U-N Security Council on Thursday.
Meantime the Iraqi government is ridiculing the Pentagon's decision to inoculate American troops against anthrax, saying it doesn't possess "even one gram" of the deadly biological agent.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


The U-S fears Iraq may have produced anthrax during the standoff with U-N weapons inspectors.

Fatal-Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-90
GRAPHIC=fatal fire


Investigators are still searching for the cause of a fire that killed a Bedford County woman early this morning.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Forest/This Morning;


Firefighters were called to this home on Whistling Swan Drive around 3:15.
The blaze started near the garage and quickly spread to the rest of the house.
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SOT 19:22:32
IN Q=It was just

((LARRY BARBOUR/FOREST V.F.D. CHIEF: IT WAS JUST FIRE COMING OUT OF EVERY WINDOW AND EVERY HOLE IN THE HOUSE. SO WE TRIED TO GO TO THE UNBURNED AREA IN HOPES THAT MAYBE WE COULD LOCATE AND THAT'S WHERE WE FOCUSED AT FOR THE FIRST PART OF THE MISSION.))
SUPER=01-Larry Barbour/Forest Fire Chief; :00
RUNS=:15
OUT Q=part of the mission.
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VO-NAT


The victim has been identified as 73- year- old Barbara Stieglitz
(STEE-glitz).


Her body was found in a first floor living room, near the front door.
Fire investigators are still on the scene, hoping to determine what caused the blaze.
It is NOT considered suspicious.
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B'burg-Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=THa
TAPE#97-86
GRAPHIC=fire


A Virginia Tech student is in custody charged with setting fire to a fraternity house near campus.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Blacksburg;


Twenty-one- year- old Chad Justin (knee-me) Niemi was arrested this morning by Blacksburg police.
The Kappa Alpha fraternity house on East Roanoke Street was a complete loss.

A student and fire fighter were slightly injured.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/August 5;


Police and fire officials are now exploring a possible connection between this morning's fire and that of another fraternity house over the summer.
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SOT
IN Q=Both of

((KEITH BOLTE/BLACKSBURG FIRE DEPT.:BOTH OF THEM ARE ARSON-- WE SUSPECT ARSON ON BOTH THE FIRES, OTHER THAN THAT, I REALLY COULDN'T COMMENT.))
SUPER=01-Keith Bolte/Blacksburg Fire Department; :00 QUICK!!!
RUNS=:05
OUT Q=couldn't comment.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


Fire fighters were handling another call on campus at the Architecture Annex when the fraternity house caught fire around two this morning.

E-Bank-Robbery


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=khu
TAPE#97-81
GRAPHIC=Bank Robbery


One month after being released from prison 26- year- old Dedric Lee Wiley is back in custody.
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VO-NAT-29:01
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Friday;


He's charged with the last week's hold-up of the Southwest Virginia Savings Bank on Hershberger Road.
The teller slipped a dye pack in with the almost two-thousand dollars in cash.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


The woman he'd been living with in Christiansburg told people Wiley had been trying to wash something red out of the cash.
Police caught Wiley Sunday, after a chase involving state police, Christiansburg and Blacksburg police.

Hate-Crime


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=Reno, Janet


Attorney General Janet Reno won't decide whether to prosecute two men for a hate crime until the murder has been tried here.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file;


Investigators say 40- year- old Garnett Johnson, Junior was doused with gasoline and set afire, before he was be-headed in Grayson County.
Two white men are charged with his murder.
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CLINTON-PRESSER


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=Bill Clinton;


President Clinton is just two hours away from what's expected to be his last formal news conference in 19-97.
It will be held at the State Department, where Kennedy used to met the press, because the White House East room is full of Christmas decorations.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington, DC;


One topic that is expected to come up, his appointment yesterday of Bill Lann Lee as ACTING assistant attorney general for civil rights.
It's a job Lee will do WITHOUT bipartisan support.
Senate Republicans blocked Lee's confirmation saying he supported racial quotas.
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SOT
IN Q=

((CLINTON:SOME PEOPLE WANT TO WAIT FOR ME TO APPOINT SOMEONE TO THIS POSITION WHOM I DISAGREE WITH. BUT AMERICA CANNOT AFFORD TO WAIT THAT LONG, AND IT WOULD BE A LONG WAIT INDEED. ))
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=long wait indeed.
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VO-NAT


Other hot topics include the status of troops in Bosnia, the Middle East and global warming.
The President also plans to announce the name of his new puppy.
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Malnutrition


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


The United Nations says malnutrition today is more lethal than any disease since the bubonic plague.
It's "State of the World's Children" report says between six and seven million children die every year from hunger.
It also says that as many as 13 million children in the United States do not get enough to eat.

Organic-food


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


The U-S agriculture department is offering its first -ever standards for organic food.
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VO-NAT


The U-S-D-A seal would go on raw products that are entirely organic.
It would also go on processed foods with at least 95 percent organic ingredients.
The rules would cover foods grown and processed without manufactured chemicals.
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E-Benedetti


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-89
GRAPHIC=Earley


Voters are off to the polls today in a pivotal state senate election in Chesapeake.
The winning candidate will fill the vacancy left by Republican Mark Earley who was elected attorney general last month.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond/File Tape;


Just yesterday, another vacancy opened in Richmond.
Republican Senator Joe Benedetti resigned to become director of the state's Department of Criminal Justice in Jim Gilmore's administration.
His son was Jim Gilmore's campaign finance director.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


The G-O-P must keep both seats to maintain a 20-20 tie with Democrats and give soon-to-be lieutenant governor John Hager the tie-breaking vote.

Allen-Martinsville


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tte
TAPE#97-80
GRAPHIC=Allen, George


Governor Allen's full budget proposal will be out Friday.
Until then he's touring the state giving localities a bit of a preview.
The Virginia Museum of Natural History will get ten million dollars.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Martinsville;


Allen expects opposition from some General Assembly members -- this is two million dollars more than the state would typically give the museum.
But the museum is expanding to a new building which will cost 16 million dollars.
Allen says it's worth it.
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SOT 11:39:27
IN Q=Getting this new museum

((GOV. ALLEN: GETTING THIS NEW MUSEUM IN HERE WILL BE A TREMENDOUS ATTRACTION FOR THIS AREA. PEOPLE WILL DRIVE FROM MANY MILES AWAY TO SEE IT. AND THEY'LL COME FROM NORTH CAROLINA, OTHER PARTS OF VIRGINIA, AND OTHER STATES AND THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO DO WITH TOURISM.))
SUPER=@Allen;
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=do with tourism
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VO-NAT


Allen also says the new museum will lure industry to Martinsville.
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E-Gilmore-Money


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-77
GRAPHIC=Gilmore


Virginians gave Jim Gilmore the win on election day...but it was contributors who kept him going on the campaign trail.
Virginia residents weren't the only ones opening their wallets.
Ellen Qualls looks at who else poured money into the Old Dominion.
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SOT
IN Q=He spent
SUPER=@file; :00
SUPER=@Gilmore; :23
SUPER=@Beyer; :38 quick!
SUPER=@Ellen1; :43
RUNS=1:45
OUT Q=Qualls News 7.

(( He spent more than any other candidate for governor in Virginia.
It worked.
He won.
But of the 10- point-three dollars Jim Gilmore spent, how much came from Virginians?
The majority: 72- percent.
But a hefty 28- percent of Gilmore's money poured in from the Republican National Committee and its various wings -- as well as from individual donors in 25 other states.
SOT 22:06

((GOV.-ELECT JIM GILMORE: NATURALLY IN ORDER TO FUND A MAJOR, STATEWIDE CAMPAIGN IN THE LATE 20TH CENTURY YOU HAVE TO RAISE A LOT OF MONEY. AND WE DID. WE WERE VERY SUCCESSFUL WITH IT.))
RUNS=:08


Democrat Don Beyer spent 8-point-7 million dollars... only about ten-percent from out of state -- mostly because his party's virtually broke.
SOT 02:07:59

((DON BEYER: WELL ONE OF THE THINGS I LEARNED IS IT'S VERY BAD TO BE OUTSPENT TWO TO ONE IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF THE CAMPAIGN.))
RUNS=:05


standup
So how does it work?
And why did it happen?
First you have to remember that only New Jersey and Virginia had major elections this year.
Then you have to know who people like Heinz Prechter are.
runs=:00


Heinz Prechter's the guy who started putting sunroofs in cars in the 1960s.
Today, the Michigan auto parts magnate is a very good friend of the Republican National Committee.
The RNC and its committees gave more than 2-point-1 million dollars to Jim Gilmore.
It gave almost 200- thousand to the Republican Party of Virginia -- which helped Gilmore big time.
Individual donors give money to the RNC -- in the sunroof guy's case, more than 180- thousand dollars in the last four years.
And then the Gilmore campaign hits up those national donors individually.
So on election day, when Gilmore didn't even need his help, Heinz Prechter gave five thousand dollars directly to Gilmore.
It's all legal.
It probably won't buy the sunroof guy any influence in Virginia.
But it may in Washington.
And he may sell a few more sunroofs in Virginia if we get rid of that car tax.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))

Elks-Rezone


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=djo
TAPE#5-97-43
GRAPHIC=Roanoke city seal


A new assisted living center is moving into Roanoke's Raleigh Court community, but that has many residents upset.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Roanoke City Council approved a rezoning request for Manor Care Health services, which assists patients who are in the early stages of Alzheimer's.
Many residents don't like the commercial infringement in their residential area.
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SOT 19:38:16
IN Q=MANOR CARE

((MARYELLEN GOODLATTE/MANOR CARE REPRESENTATIVE: MANOR CARE ASKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE A VERY SPECIFIC, AND NOW NEGLECTED PART OF OUR COMMUNITY, WHO HAVE A VERY GREAT NEED FOR HELP. ))
SUPER=01-Maryellen Goodlatte/Manor Care Representative;
RUNS=:08
OUT Q=need for help.
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VO-NAT


The group is purchasing three acres from the Elks 197 Club, which is right in the middle of Raleigh Court.
Some residents are in FAVOR of the plan.
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SOT 20:05:41 tape 2
IN Q=FOR A COMPASSIONATE

((RICHARD HUGHES/RALEIGH COURT RESIDENT: IF THEY CONSTRUCT A FACILITY LIKE THIS, I THINK YOU'LL BE VERY PLEASED WITH IT. ))
SUPER=01-Richard Hughes/Raleigh Court Resident;
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=PLEASED WITH IT.
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VO-NAT


Developers say the 56-bed, single story structure will fit the neighborhood, while generating an economic impact of nine million dollars over the next few years.
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E-Rental-Towel


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=THa
TAPE#97-83
GRAPHIC=NONE


"Rental Towel Service" isn't letting a fire slow it down, even though it did gut the downtown Pulaski location.
Teresa Hamilton explains.
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SOT
IN Q=The fire
SUPER=03-Pulaski; :00
SUPER=01-Eddie Linville/Plant Manager; :14
SUPER=01-Albert Upchurch/Rental Towel Co-Owner; :34
SUPER=01-Jennifer Gray/Rental Towel Employee; :1:02
SUPER=@Teresa1; 1:10
RUNS=1:22
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.

(( The fire that spread through "Rental Towel Services" destroyed nearly everying in its path.
Plant Manager Eddie Linville still gets choked up-- thinking about one of the few items-- he managed to pull from the rubble.
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SOT
IN Q=We had

((EDDIE LINVILLE/PLANT MANAGER: WE HAD A BIBLE, THAT'S REALLY SOMETHING, THERE WAS A BIBLE THAT WAS IN THE FIRE THAT, IT SEEMED LIKE EVERYTHING AROUND IT BURNED, BUT IT DIDN'T. ))
RUNS=:00
OUT Q=


Linville calls the company's quick turnaround a "Christmas Miracle".
Co-Owner Albert Upchurch says there was never any doubt-- he'd rebuild.
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SOT
IN Q=

((ALBERT UPCHURCH/RENTAL TOWEL CO-OWNER:I GUESS THE HARDEST PART IS GETTING AROUND TO SEE ALL THE OUR CUSTOMERS, TO INFORM THEM OF WHAT'S GOING ON, A LOT OF THEM THINKS WE'VE GONE OUT OF BUSINESS, SOME OF OUR COMPETITORS WILL TELL THEM THAT WE'RE OUT OF BUSINESS BUT WE'RE CERTAINLY NOT. ))
RUNS=:15
OUT Q=certainly not.


The owners plan to construct a new building on the original site.
In the meantime-- they've set up temporary headquarters in the Pulaski County Industrial Park.
So far-- about half of the plant's 75 employees are back at work.
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2:24:04
SOT
IN Q=We're just

((JENNIFER GRAY/RENTAL TOWEL EMPLOYEE: WE'RE JUST LIKE ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY, EACH DEPARTMENT, EVERYBODY'S BEEN STICKING TOGETHER, READY TO GET BACK TO WORK AND GET THE COMPANY GOING. ))
RUNS=:08
OUT Q=company going.

STAND UP
The company doesn't have an exact figure figure, just yet, but estimated damage in excess of a million dollars. END SU
The new building could be fully operational by early March.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))

E-Holiday-Recall


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tfl
TAPE#97-84
GRAPHIC=christmas


The Christmas season may be filled with decorations, but the Virginia department of Health says some ornaments are dangerous.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling several holiday products--some sold in southwest Virginia.
Curtain-style Christmas lights are being taken off the shelves because they are an electrocution hazard.
To see if you have these indoor/outdoor lights check for the names "Curtain", Icicle", and "Wonder Lights."
The miniature lights were sold between September 19-95 and November 19-97.
(XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX)

Take Fullscreen Live/Consumer Product Hotline-essC
Consumers with questions about this recall should call the store where they bought the products, or contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission toll free hotline at 800-638-2772.
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E-Moores


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sgo
TAPE#97-78
GRAPHIC=NONE


Moore's Lumber and Building Supplies has new owners, but now many of the store's employees are looking for new jobs.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Oklahoma-based Hope Lumber Company bought Moore's.
According to the new owners, Moore's was losing money.
So the Hope Lumber closed 18 of Moore's 50 stores.
Of the four area stores, only the Moore's on Franklin Road will remain open.
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Express


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=ICE-98
GRAPHIC=Express


One major hockey note this afternoon.
Roanoke Express general manager Pierre Paiement announced today that he will not renew his contract with the franchise at the end of the season.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00


Paiement, who is in the middle of his fifth season as the Express G-M, says he wants to spend more time with his family and pursue other business opportunities.
His contract runs out in April. He will remain general manager until a replacement can be found.
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ANCHOR=Patrick
SS=Hold Express


He will also remain involved as an owner and a member of the board of directors.
We'll have more on News 7 at five and six.

Monday-football


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=aje
TAPE#net (04;22:16)
GRAPHIC=N-F-L


In Monday night football action, the 49ers welcomed Jerry Rice back onto the field and retired Joe Montana's jersey before they charged over the Broncos 34-to-17.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA/NFL-ABC Sports;


Rice proved a little knee surgery can't slow him down as he scored the Niners first T-D, which made him the first N-F-L non-kicker to score one-thousand points.
Merton Hanks returned one of John Elway's two interceptions for a 55-yard score. And Kevin Greene scored on a 40-yard fumble return to cap the scoring.
And San Francisco takes it 34-to-17.
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Players-Arrest


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=aje
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=sports generic


Seven U-N-C football players are in legal hot water.
The Chapel Hill students were charged with misdemeanor assault after a brawl at a nightclub.
Eighteen- year- old David Beyer reportedly suffered a fractured cheekbone, bruised ribs, and nerve damage in the incident.
Among the players facing charges are defensive starters Greg Williams and Robert Williams.
No word yet if this will affect the team's Bowl roster.

Fleming


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=afr
TAPE#net (fb97-5)
GRAPHIC=FFE LOGO


Friday Football Extra's team of the year, the William Fleming Colonels
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


were formally honored by city council for their outstanding season.
Mayor Bowers presented proclamations, and pins to the whole team.
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SOT
IN Q=BITES
SUPER=01-Shakir Majied/Fleming Center; :00
SUPER=01-Sherman Lea/Fleming Quarterback; :11
SUPER=01-Tim Lovelace/Fleming End; :20
RUNS=:25
OUT Q=....GO TO."
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Bulls


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#net (S7-19)
GRAPHIC=Nba


In N-B-A action, Danny Manning and the Suns were taking on the Bulls
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/SportsChannel; :00

or make that watching Michael.
Jordan first on the left block, rocks and then drills the fade away jumper over the defense.
Next time down - Jordan with the beautiful pass inside to Randy Brown, who kicks it out to Jason Calfee - he throws down the jam and the Bulls set the Suns 111 to 104.
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Royal-Spice


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


In London last night the stars met the royals.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-London;


Britain's Prince William and Prince Harry joined the the Spice Girls for the world premiere of the female rock group's first movie, "Spice World."
Prince Charles was also on hand for the movie premiere.
Ginger Spice even offered him a job as the group's new manager, he responded "I'm very expensive." (----------------)