06:00-01

E-Mccane

ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tbr
TAPE#97-88
GRAPHIC=NONE


Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown's second- in- command, Lieutenant John McCane has resigned.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file;


McCane is the subject of a state police investigation in the possible embezzlement of sheriff's department funds.
In a news release, McCane said he is resigning January 15th over publicity about his personal life.
McCane says he doesn't want the situation to have a negative impact on the department.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


In October a friend of McCane's estranged wife filed stalking charges against the deputy.
That case is scheduled to be heard in next month.
Sheriff Brown, who is also McCane's brother in law, is on vacation and was not availible for further comment.

Armed-Robbery


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-
GRAPHIC=NONE


Another armed robbery of a Lynchburg restaurant last night.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Last Night;


Just before ten, a masked gunman entered the Harbor Inn Seafood restaurant on Old Forest Road and demanded money.
Police at first were concerned the suspect was holding employees hostage.
A SWAT team was called in to search the building but the gunman apparently fled without any money.
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SOT 8:13:39
IN Q=It's no question

((LT. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG POLICE: IT'S NO QUESTION WE JUST MISSED HIM, BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN DOING SOME THINGS IN ORDER TO COMBAT THESE ROBBERIES AND WITHOUT GOING INTO THEM. THERE'S NO QUESTION IN THIS PARTICULAR INCIDENT WE JUST MISSED HIM AND WE JUST WEREN'T ABLE TO GET ENOUGH UNITS HERE IN TIME TO SEAL THE AREA AS WELL AS WE WOULD HAVE LIKED, BUT I THINK CONSIDERING THE CIRCUMSTANCES WE WERE ABLE TO DO PRETTY WELL.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Eugene Wingfield/Lynchburg Police; :00
RUNS=:21
OUT Q=do pretty well.
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VO-NAT


Wingfield says he does NOT know whether last night's robbery is linked to twenty other armed robberies in the area in recent months.
A special task force has been set up to help solve those crimes.
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train-crash


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=train accident


A collision between an Amtrak train and a truck has injured at least ten people in San Jose, California.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-San Jose, CA;


It happened last night when the truck, loaded with mushrooms stalled on the tracks.
The truck driver escaped injury, but his vehicle was demolished.
Police say he will be cited for interfering with the safe operation of a railroad.
The train was traveling from Los Angeles to Oregon and was carrying close 400 passengers and crew.
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BIRD-FLU


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=NONE


In Hong Kong, officials are burying hundreds of thousand of birds slaughtered in attempts to stop the "bird flu" that has so far claimed four lives.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Hong Kong;


Also today, dozens of buddhist monks began a week long chanting session to pacify the souls of the slain birds.
Some believe that mass killing of the birds is an unlucky omen and may lead to disaster for Hong Kong.
As of last night more than one MILLION chickens and other poultry had been destroyed.
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WALL-STREET


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#Net
GRAPHIC=stocks


All eyes are on wall street today... watching to see if the Dow Jones will finish the year above the eight thousand mark.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-New York, NY;


Yesterday, the dow surged 123 points, to close just under 79- hundred.
Analysts credit low interest rates, low unemployment, and higher corporate profits; for the booming economy.
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S-First-Union


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=jmc
TAPE#None
GRAPHIC=none


Virginia's economy has had a successful year too.
An economist with First Union says that should continue in 19-98.
Mark Vitner says business in the Southeast should outperform the rest of the nation.
He's predicting three-point-four percent growth in Virginia, and says the state will add nearly 80-thousand new jobs.
Vitner says cutbacks in defense and government are a thing of the past in the Old Dominion.
But he says most of the growth will be in northern Virginia, Richmond, and Hampton Roads.

E-Zoo


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=sgo
TAPE#97-83
GRAPHIC=Mill Mountain Zoo


Children weren't the only ones playing in this week's snow.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Theodore was as busy as ever at Mill Mountain Zoo yesterday.
He and his colleagues, like Nina the outgoing llama, seemed like they were enjoying themselves yesterday afternoon.
Zookeepers say only a few animals retreat after big snowstorms.
The rest come out and play.
That means zookeepers need to be extra careful because big piles of snow give some animals escape routes.
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SOT 55:21:33
IN Q=SOME ANIMALS

((LAURIE SPANGLER/MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO: SOME ANIMALS WOULD BE ABLE TO CLIMB OUT IF THE SNOW GOT HIGH ENOUGH. SO WE HAVE TO CHECK ALL OUR FENCES AND MAKE SURE IT'S NOT DRIFTED AROUND THE PERIMETERS. ))
SUPER=01-Laurie Spangler/Mill Mountain Zoo;
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=perimeters
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VO-NAT


The zoo was closed to visitors yesterday.
But it normally stays open no matter what the weather's like.
Zookeepers say if you are planning a trip up the mountain, it's a good idea to call first -- just to make sure roads and walkways are clear.
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One-Steve


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=spa
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=NONE


Small Studio
SUPER=15-Steve Pardon;
SUPER=13-Joyce Bradford/AAA;


Toss to break Stocks COMM

E-Mann


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=eea
TAPE#597-47
GRAPHIC=legal scales


The manager of a Clifton Forge car dealership was fined 18-hundred dollars for selling cars without a title.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


In court Monday, Dave Mann was convicted on two misdemeanor counts of failing to obtain a title.
He was also found guilty of improperly using temporary and dealer plates.
One-third of his fine was suspended, on the condition one of the customers involved getting his title by January 16th.
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S-Heat-Pump


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=THa
TAPE#97-81
GRAPHIC=NONE


The big snowstorm this week can mean big trouble for those keeping warm with heat pumps.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;


Technicians recommend clearing ice and snow from the top and sides of your unit.
That's because heat pumps need air to run efficiently.
If your unit isn't running properly there ARE signs to look for.
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5:36:24
SOT
IN Q=You'll

((BOB MARTIN/BLUE RIDE HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING MGR.: YOU'LL NOTICE THAT YOUR THERMOSTAT, YOUR AUXILIARY LIGHT ON YOUR THERMOSTAT IS GOING TO BE ON A LOT WHEN IT SHOULDN'T BE ON AND IN WEATHER LIKE THIS A HEAT PUMP SHOULD PRETTY MUCH TAKE CARE OF THE HOME, IF IT'S SIZED CORRECTLY. ))
SUPER=01-Bob Martin/Blue Ridge Heating & AC; :00
RUNS=:16 approx.
OUT Q=sized correctly.
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VO-NAT


Homeowners should NOT be alarmed about frost-- but ice inside your heat pump should be taken seriously.
Martin says you can turn the unit off and pour warm water inside it to clear the coil and fan blades.
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Better-Attendance


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=djo
TAPE#597-48
GRAPHIC=Express


Improved attendance is what the Roanoke Express's front office has resolved for the New Year.
The hockey team will make changes in its
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;

marketing strategies, and will include more local businesses in its efforts to draw more fans to weekday games.
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SOT-07:46:05
IN Q=WE SWITCHED

((PIERRE PAIEMENT/EXPRESS GENERAL MANAGER; WE SWITCHED THE FAMILY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY NIGHT. SO IT'S NOW FRIDAY FAMILY NIGHT AND WE HAVE REPLACED THE TUESDAY WITH WHAT WE CALL THE MARKET MARDI GRAS.))
SUPER=01-Pierre Paiement/Express General Manager;
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=MARDI GRAS.
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VO-NAT


Paiement says, to help with such plans, the team wants to have a new marketing director by February.
One other front office seat to fill will be Paiement's General Manager position.
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SOT-07:43:23
IN Q=NOTHING HAS BEEN

((NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE SPECIFICALLY TO FIND A CANDIDATE. WE HAVE RIGHT NOW A COUPLE OF RESUMES ON THE TABLE. I GUESS BECAUSE OF THE HOLIDAYS, WE HAVEN'T LOOKED TOO INTENSIVELY FOR A REPLACEMENT FOR ME. ))
RUNS=:13
OUT Q= FOR ME.
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VO-NAT


Paiement announced earlier this month he will not renew his contract when the season ends.
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Two-Steve


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=spa
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=NONE


Small Studio
SUPER=15-Steve Pardon
(I'll call for boards)



ESS#8700
ESS#8702
ESS#8703



Double Boxes=SPA & KMC
(toss to Kimberly)


McCane


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-88
GRAPHIC=NONE


News7 has learned that the second in command at the Bedford County sheriff's department has tendered his resignation.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file;


Lieutenant John McCane will step down as of January 15th, according to sources in the department.
McCane currently is the subject of a state police investigation into the possible embezzlement of sheriff's department funds.
He also has been charged with stalking a friend of his estranged wife.
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ANCHOR=MelanieMelanie
SS=NONE


McCane stated in his resignation that he did not want the negative publicity about his personal life to reflect badly on the department.
Bedford sheriff Mike Brown is on vacation and could not immediately be reached for comment.

jet-turbulence


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=NONE


The black box from United Airlines flight 8-26 is revealing new information about the deadly turbulence that rocked the jumbo jet.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Tokyo/Sunday;


Investigators now say the jet plunged only about one hundred feet, rather than the original estimate of one thousand feet, but it all happened in one second.
One woman died and 102 people were injured in Sunday's incident.
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WIPE/WIPE/WIPE

aborted-landing


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=wipe/wipe/wipe
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Columbia, MO;

4:00:44
The missouri "Tiger" football team found itself in a situation that neither its great offense nor tough defense could get it out of last night.
As its boeing 7-27 started to land at Columbia regional airport bad weather caused the pilot to cancel the landing and immediately pull up.
The plane landed safely after the aborted landing without any injuries.
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Storm-Cleanup


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=eea
TAPE#net (edit of 97-90)
GRAPHIC=Winter Storm


Roads are clearer this morning after highway crews attacked the secondary roads yesterday.
For others the snow was a good excuse to have some fun.
Eric Earnhart has more.
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SOT
IN Q=The irresistible
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :05
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT; :30
SUPER=@eric1;
RUNS=1:23
OUT Q=News 7

(( The irresistible pull of the snow-covered hill brought kids and adults out of the house to enjoy the snow while they can...

SOT 12:49:05
IN Q=It's great

((SLEDDING KIDS; IT'S GREAT, IT'S AWESOME MAN... IT'D BE BETTER IF WE WERE IN SCHOOL CAUSE WE DIDN'T GET OUT OF SCHOOL))
RUNS=:05
OUT Q=out of school


Tuesday was business as usual as Roanoke sanitation workers disposed of leftover holiday trash...
Trash collection in Roanoke County will resume Wednesday....
For Department of Transportation workers, the battle moved off the main roads.
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SOT 11:19:25
IN Q=mother nature

((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT; MOTHER NATURE IS HELPING US OUT, THE SUN HAS KICKED IN A BIT AND WE'RE SEEING SOME MELTING, THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE'VE QUIT WORK THOUGH, OUR CREWS ARE CONCENTRATING ON THE SECONDARY ROADS, THOSE NUMBERED 600 AND ABOVE, FOUND PRETTY MUCH IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS))
RUNS=:13
OUT Q=in the neighborhoods



But VDOT officials say they can't do much about this... the construction bottleneck that backed up traffic on highway 220 south.

SOT 11:20:25
IN Q=obviously

((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT; OBVIOUSLY WE'D LIKE TO GET OUT OF THERE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, THE KIND OF LANE CLOSURE THAT'S SET UP YOU CANNOT TEAR DOWN AND TAKE IT OUT SO THE TRAFFIC CAN FLOW THROUGH... IT WOULD HAVE BEEN AN UNSAFE SITUATION, THERE IS NOT ANOTHER ROAD THERE FOR TRAFFIC TO USE.))
RUNS=:13
OUT Q=traffic to use


And construction here is not scheduled for completion until spring, so if snow returns, be prepared for another slow trip south. STANDUP
And remember, even though roadways may be fine during the day, patches of snowmelt can still re-freeze overnight and cause dangerous driving.
In Roanoke, Eric Earnhart, News ))

S-Zoo


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=sgo
TAPE#97-83
GRAPHIC=Mill Mountain Zoo


Many of the animals at Mill Mountain were among those playing in the snow.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Gregory, the pot-bellied pig, couldn't get enough of the white stuff.
He and his buddies, like Nina the llama, had a good time yesterday, greeting the few people who dropped by for a visit.
Most animals dealt with the snow rather well -- probably better than most humans did.
But zookeepers point out that not all animals are used to bad weather, like Boris the snow leopard.
So the zoo is taking special precautions to keep its tenants safe.
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SOT 05:20:46
IN Q=in the cold

((LAURIE SPANGLER/MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO: IN THE COLD WEATHER LIKE WE HAD TODAY AND YESTERDAY, WHAT WE DO IS MAKE SURE THE ANIMALS HAVE WATER, WE CHECK ON THEM 2 OR 3 TIMES A DAY CAUSE THEIR WATER DISHES DO FREEZE QUICKER ))
SUPER=01-Laurie Spangler/Mill Mountain Zoo;
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=freeze quicker
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VO-NAT


The zoo usually stays open for business when it snows.
But, just to be safe, zookeepers say you should call to see if the animals are out before heading up the mountain for a visit.
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Three-Steve


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=spa
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=NONE


Small Studio
SUPER=15-Steve Pardon;
SUPER=13-Joyce Bradford/AAA;



(toss to Melanie)
Double Boxes=SPA & MEL



2-Armed-Robbery


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-89
GRAPHIC=NONE


An armed robber escaped from a Lynchburg restaurant last night without any money.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Last Night;


Just before ten, a masked gunman entered the Harbor Inn Seafood restaurant on Old Forest Road and demanded money.
Police at first were concerned the suspect was holding employees hostage.
A SWAT team was called in to search the building but the gunman apparently fled without any money.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 8:13:39
IN Q=It's no question

((LT. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG POLICE: IT'S NO QUESTION WE JUST MISSED HIM, BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN DOING SOME THINGS IN ORDER TO COMBAT THESE ROBBERIES AND WITHOUT GOING INTO THEM. THERE'S NO QUESTION IN THIS PARTICULAR INCIDENT WE JUST MISSED HIM AND WE JUST WEREN'T ABLE TO GET ENOUGH UNITS HERE IN TIME TO SEAL THE AREA AS WELL AS WE WOULD HAVE LIKED, BUT I THINK CONSIDERING THE CIRCUMSTANCES WE WERE ABLE TO DO PRETTY WELL.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Eugene Wingfield/Lynchburg Police; :00
RUNS=:21
OUT Q=do pretty well.
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VO-NAT


Wingfield says he does NOT know whether last night's robbery is linked to twenty other armed robberies in the area in recent months.
A special task force has been set up to help solve those crimes.
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2-E-Mann


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=eea
TAPE#497-47
GRAPHIC=legal scales


No title, no sale..at least no LEGAL sale.
The manager of a Clifton Forge car dealership was found guilty of selling cars without a title.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


In court Monday, Dave Mann was convicted on two misdemeanor counts of failing to obtain a title.
He was also found guilty of improperly using temporary and dealer plates.
Mann was fined a total of 18-hundred dollars.
One-third of the fine was suspended, on the condition one of the customers involved getting his title by January 16th.
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5-Heat-Pump


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=THa
TAPE#597-48
GRAPHIC=NONE


As the temperatures outside go down, it's important to make certain your heat pump is free from ice and snow.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;


Technicians recommend if you own a vertical heat pump to keep snow and ice off the top and sides of the unit.
Heat pumps need air to function efficiently.
Some units can develop frost-- but it's ICE that should be taken seriously.
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5:35:25
SOT
IN Q=If you see

((BOB MARTIN/BLUE RIDE HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING MGR.:IF YOU SEE ICE DOWN IN THE UNIT, TURN THE UNIT OFF AND SIMPLY TAKE SOME WARM WATER AND POUR DOWN THE UNIT TO CLEAR THE FAN BLADES AND COIL AND SO FORTH AND INSIDE AND THAT USUALLY DOES THE TRICK WITHOUT HAVING TO CALL A SERVICE TECHNICIAN OUT. ))
SUPER=01-Bob Martin/Blue Ridge Heating & AC; :00
RUNS=:13
OUT Q=technician out.
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VO-NAT


Martin recommends having your heat pump serviced twice a year and changing disposable filters every 45 days.
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E-Express-98


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=djo
TAPE#97-86
GRAPHIC=Express


Roanoke Express management is happy with the team's improved success of late and is now looking to make things go its way off of the ice as well.
David Johnson explains what hockey fans can expect in the New Year.
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SOT
IN Q=The Express
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :01
SUPER=01-Pierre Paiement/Express General Manager; :14
SUPER=@David2; :44
RUNS=1:26
OUT Q=DJ, News 7


((The Express is looking for ways to improve its game attendance numbers. The Roanoke Civic Center has a seating capacity of nearly nine-thousand, but the team is only averaging about 56-hundred fans during the first half of the season.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT-07:45:41

((PIERRE PAIEMENT/EXPRESS GENERAL MANAGER; THE SECOND PART OF THE SEASON IS ALWAYS MUCH GREATER IN ATTENDANCE SO, OUR GOAL THIS YEAR WAS SIX-THOUSAND AND I THINK WE WILL REACH THIS GOAL THE SECOND PART OF THE SEASON.))
RUNS=:10


Part of the strategy to get the team on the fast track is with its approach to marketing. For example, for the last four years, Tuesdays were family nights.
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SOT-07:46:05

((WE SWITCHED THE FAMILY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY NIGHT. SO IT'S NOW FRIDAY FAMILY NIGHT AND WE HAVE REPLACED THE TUESDAY WITH WHAT WE CALL THE MARKET MARDI GRAS.))
RUNS=:09


To put it all together, the Express is going to need some teamwork, but not on the ice.
It must fill some of it's front office holes, beginning with a marketing director.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT-07:48:25

((WE HAVEN'T HAD A MARKETING DIRECTOR TO REPLACE TOMMY BENEZIO THAT WE LOST. THAT'S JUST ONE OF OUR MAIN GOALS. ))
RUNS=:06


Another gap to fill is the General Manager's spot.
Paiement announced earlier this month his plans to resign at the end of this season.
He says the club has a couple of resumes on the table, but also says there has not been an intensive search for a new GM due to the holidays.
The front office has until April to complete that process.
Paiement says the Express is looking for someone who can help the team's numbers continue to grow.
David Johnson, News 7.))

4-Scores


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=NBA


In sports,
Detroit shook off an early 15-point deficit and beat Toronto.
For yesterday's scores, let's check the scoreboards.
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WIPE TO MOTION
SUPER=#556
SUPER=X5028;
SUPER=0096-/New Jersey/91/j/Indiana/109///j/Miami/90//Cleveland/78///;
SUPER=X5009;
SUPER=0096-/Toronto/95/j/Detroit/100///j/New York/84//Orlando/79///;
SUPER=X5009;
SUPER=0096-/Chicago/95/j/Minnesota/99////Dallas/98/j/Milwaukee/105//Overtime/;
SUPER=X5027;
SUPER=0098-j/Duke#3/89//Portland St./39////Purdue#5/57/j/Michigan St./74///;
SUPER=X5009;
SUPER=0098-j/South
Carolina#11/65//Towson/55///j/Mississippi#16/99//Northwestern/52///;
SUPER=X5009;
SUPER=0098-/Maryland#20/79/j/Missouri/83///j/Kentucky#6/95//Ohio U./58///;
SUPER=X5020;
SUPER=0101-/Oklahoma St./20/j/Purdue/33//Alamo Bowl/;
RUNS=:49

(-------------) OUT Q=.........last score."