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Next on News 7-
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A multi million dollar development gets the green light in Lynchburg.
While in Bedford it's the jail that may be growing.
A sighting in North Carolina of the suspect wanted for a deadly abortion clinic bombing-
And a quilt arrives in Lynchburg- we'll tell you why it's so special.
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News 7 is next.

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Good Evening.
Homes, restaurants, shopping and fitness clubs-
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It's all part of a multi-million dollar project planned for Lynchburg.
The Wyndhurst development got the go ahead tonight.
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A Marion teenis in serious condition after he was accidentally shot.
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.]


Coca Cola may be the real thing- but it doesn't want to pay real personal property tax.
The company is sueing Botetourt County saying vending machines should be tax exempt.
[super=03-Andrews, NC;]


And the FBI is using bloodhounds after one of its most wanted is spotted in North Carolina.
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Join us for News 7 at Eleven.

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((DOYLE ALLEN/HURT & PROFFITT ENGINEER: WYNDHURST CONTAINS A BROAD ARRAY OF USES: RETAIL, OFFICE, RESIDENTIAL, RESTAURANT, RECREATION AND CIVIC.))
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Imagine having all that within a five- minute walk of your home.
It's all part of a huge multi- million dollar project planned for this stretch of land in Lynchburg.
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Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.

[Wyndhurst]


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A major new residential development that could attract thousands of new residents to the Hill City was given the go- ahead tonight.
It was the first meeting for Lynchburg's newly- elected mayor and two new city council members.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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((
The new- look Lynchburg city council wasted no time approving two projects of very different magnitudes for the Hill City.
First up was a plan to turn this home on Grace Street into a neighborhood education center that also will house a health clinic and day care facility.
It will offer a better choice for kids like 12- year- old Travis Wilson.
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((TRAVIS WILSON/WHITE ROCK HILL RESIDENT: IF THE CENTER WOULD NOT BE HERE, THERE WOULD ONLY BE TWO CHANCES: EITHER TO STAY HOME AND PLAY VIDEO GAMES OR GO OUT AND DO SOMETHING STUPID LIKE STEAL FROM THE CORNER STORE OR SHOOT STUFF.)) [RUNS:12]
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Council also approved the long- awaited Wyndhurst development for Laxton Road.
Investors want to take these 400 acres and build a city within the city: one that would contain homes, shopping, restaurants and fitness clubs.. with room for a nursing home, churches and an amphitheater to boot.
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((DOYLE ALLEN/HURT & PROFFITT ENGINEER: THE DESIGN OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD ALLOWS RESIDENTS TO WORK, SHOP AND CARRY ON MANY OF LIFE'S OTHER ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. WYNDHURST IS DESIGNED SO THAT MANY RESIDENTS- 220 TO 500 HOUSEHOLDS- WILL LIVE WITHIN AN EASY FIVE MINUTE WALK OF SHOPPING, RESTAURANTS AND EMPLOYMENT AREAS IN THE CORE OF THE COMMUNITY.)) [RUNS:21]
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The cost of the ten- year project figures to exceed 100 million dollars.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))

[Coca-Cola]


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Coca-Cola is suing Botetourt County to avoid paying personal property tax.
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The soda company says its vending machines should be exempt from taxes since they're used for manufacturing.
But the county attorney says the machines are used to sell, not manufacture.
A judge could force Botetourt County to refund nine-thousand dollars in back taxes plus forfeit all future taxes from Coke vending machines.
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((JAY ETZLER/COMMISSIONER OF THE REVENUE: IT'S SIGNIFICANT. IT'S MORE THAN THE AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD PAYS IN TAXES, PROBABLY TWO OR THREE TIMES THAT AMOUNT. BUT IF THEY DON'T PAY AND THEY SHOULD BE PAYING, THAT'S THAT MUCH MORE THAT EVERYONE ELSE NEEDS TO PAY.))
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Etzler says the tax money would typically be spent to improve schools.
The judge says he will decide within the week.
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Special Prosecutor Ken Starr has subpoenaed the head of President Clinton's security detail.
Special Agent Larry (KAH-kuhl) Cockell must go before the grand jury investigating the Monica Lewinsky case.
Meanwhile the justice department will fight the court ruling that would force secret service agents to testify.
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A sighting of one of the FBI's most wanted.
Eric Rudolph is wanted for the deadly bombing at an Alabama Abortion clinic.
Federal agents say he was sighted in Andrews, North Carolina, southwest of Asheville.
Authorities say Rudolph is thinner and more ragged than seven months ago.
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((HE IS DESCRIBED AS HAVING LONGER HAIR PULLED INTO A PONYTAIL HE ALSO HAS A BEARD.)) [RUNS06]
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Agents believe Rudolph drove this pickup truck and may have rounded up a six month supply of food before heading back into the mountains.
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((THE NEWS OF THE DEATH OF THESE BOYS HAS TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF PEPOLE ACROSS THE CONTINENT.)) [RUNS06]
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In Northern Ireland, family members buried three young Catholic boys-
Their home was firebombed over the weekend-
Not far away, protestants again protested violently at police barricades.
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General Motors went to court today- seeking an order to force the union into arbitration-
G-M claims the strike violates existing contracts.
The union disagrees.
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((RICHARD SHOEMAKER/UAW PRESIDENT: THEY CAN'T SETTLE THIS IN COURT. THEY CAN'T SETTLE IT IN ARBITRATION, ULTIMATELY THEY WILL SETTLE IT WITH LOCAL UNION AND THE INTERNATIONAL UNION AND MEMBERS OF THESE LOCAL UNIONS.)) [RUNS12]
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Lynchburg police still are NOT sure of the identity of a man found inside a burning car Sunday.. they DO know he was murdered before the car was set on fire.
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The man's body was discovered Sunday morning in a wooded area near Graves Mill Road.
Police say he'd been shot in the head and the car was apparently torched to cover the crime.
The car was leased from a rental car company in Boston.. but authorities don't know if the man who rented it is the same person who was murdered.
They hope dental records will help provide a positive identification.
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A Marion teenager was accidentally shot in the neck yesterday while visiting his grandparents in
(MEB-un) Mebane N-C.
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Thirteen-year old Ronnie Eastwood is in serious condition.
He and several other teens were playing with a disassembled rifle.
They put the weapon back together and loaded it.
The rifle fired and the bullet hit Eastwood in the neck.
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Bedford County's jail is growing. The Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority has expansion plans. But before ground can be broken on the project, the Authority had to get special permission from the city Council.
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David Johnson is in our newsroom with more.
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Jean, officials say the plan is to make that jail part of the overall Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority network.
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(( The plan is to more than double the size of the jail in an effort to bring it up to state department of corrections standards. That will include 15 more beds and extra support space for food service and recreational activities. Officials say the Bedford jail will then serve as a pretrial facility for inmates who are tried within the area.
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((CHRIS WEBB/AUTHORITY ADMINISTRATOR; THEY'LL HAVE SOME SENTENCED INDIVIDUALS TO HELP OUT WITH THE CADRES NEEDS AND JUST GENERAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JAIL. BUT MOST OF THE SENTENCED PEOPLE WILL THEN BE SENT INTO THE CENTRAL JAIL OF OUR AUTHORITY IN LYNCHBURG.)) [RUNS16]
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With council's approval of the project, Webb says a groundbreaking will be held in the next couple of weeks. In other business, Bedford city council is looking for a replacement for Councilman Skip Tharp. The owner of Carder-Tharp has resigned to pursue a business venture.
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((MIKE SHELTON/BEDFORD MAYOR; WE'LL DO IT THROUGH PUBLIC NOTICE, SEEKING ALL INTERESTED INDIVIDUALS IN THE COMMUNITY TO STEP FORWARD. PRESENT IN WRITING THEIR INTEREST. WE'LL CONDUCT INTERVIEWS AND HOPEFULLY MAKE A SELECTION WITHIN A 30 DAY TIME FRAME.)) [RUNS12]
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Tharp was midway through his second four year term. Council has until August 11 to appoint someone. Jean.
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David, Do we know why Tharp resigned?
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Tharp is bidding to run Bedford's cemeteries. According to a conflict of interest act, Tharp is prohibited from recieving a business contract from the local government that he is a member of. [Toss-2-Robin] Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey

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Transportation is the key.
It's Virginia's new target as authorities fight organized crime.
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And
Some say a new drug gaining acceptance in our area is similar to valium.
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((IT'S LIKE TAKING A DEEP BREATH BEING ABLE TO RELAX FOR ANXIETY ATTACKS, THAT SORT OF THING))
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We'll have more on this natural drug when the news continues.
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((Hey everybody this is Mike Stevens and coming later in sports we will hear from Steelers boss Bill Cowher who got a big contract and got rid one in the same afternoon.
Herman Moore wants Mo Money in Motown, Jeff Burton gives the Brickyard a workout and we'll find out who won the Roanoke valley Junior title later in sports. ))

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Debbie Reynolds' ex-husband has spent the last two years trying to get out from under the Las Vegas divorce decree that orders him to pay her nearly 9-million dollars.
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Today Richard Hamlett was shuttling between two federal judges in Roanoke, hoping to convince the courts HERE that they should wait to see what the Nevada Supreme Court does.
Hamlett is appealing the judgement, claiming it was entered in his absence without all the facts before the court.


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((I WAS REPRESENTED BY COUNSEL, AND HE TOLD ME NOT TO COME, BECAUSE THE JUDGE COULDN'T RULE, BECAUSE WE REVERSED ORDER ON THE STIPULATIONS UP TO THE SUPREME COURT. AND THEY HAD TO RULE ON THAT FIRST. AND NOT TO COME TO COURT, BECAUSE THERE WASN'T ANY USE IN ME BEING THERE. THEY WEREN'T GOING TO LET ME TESTIFY TO ANYTHING THAT I'D GIVEN THEM. Surprise, surprise. You're not there and the judge comes down anyway. $8.9 MILLION JUDGMENT. ))
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Reynolds' attorneys refused to discuss the case on camera, and Debbie Reynolds herself was NOT here today.[Organize


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Organized drug crime is nothing new in Virginia.
But the state's approach to those who transport it may be.
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((SEN. KEN STOLLE/STATE CRIME COMMISSION: WE HAVE A TRANSPORTATION STATUTE. BUT IT HAS THE SAME PENALTY AS IF YOU SELL DRUGS IN VIRGINIA. IF YOU SELL A GRAM OF COCAINE, THAT'S THE SAME AS OUR TRANSPORTATION STATUTES ARE. CAN WE LEGISLATIVELY PROVIDE TOOLS FOR THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITIES TO MAKE IT LESS DESIRABLE TO SELL DRUGS IN VIRGINIA SO WE DON'T HAVE THESE PEOPLE SAYING VIRGINIA'S OPEN FOR BUSINESS BECAUSE SOMEBODY ELSE GOT OUT OF THERE, NOW I'M GONNA RUN IN THERE? YES, ABSOLUTELY. ))
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In Virginia, methamphetamine labs, like this one busted in Franklin County two years ago, are increasingly common.
Marijuana's thriving.
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[IN Q=The climate]

((COL. WAYNE HUGGINS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE SUP'T.: THE CLIMATE, AND RURAL TERRAIN OF VIRGINIA IS CONDUCIVE TO SUCCESSFUL GROWING OPERATIONS, AND THE HINDRANCE OF DETECTION AND ERADICATION EFFORTS. MARIJUANA REMAINS A POPULAR CHOICE AMONG TRAFFICKERS AND ABUSERS.))
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[OUT Q=and abusers.]
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So Virginia's Crime Commission kicked off a study today-- aimed at retooling drug laws to get more of the big time dealers.
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[Crook]


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A grand jury today indicted a Montgomery County man accused of murdering a man and then disposing of his body, near Blacksburg.
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Robert Crook, Senior is accused of shooting Michael Durham several times back in March.
The murder weapon has NOT been found.
But a witness who testified during last month's preliminary hearing said Crook shot Durham with what appeared to be a small handgun while they were riding down the road.
Durham's body was discovered several hours later by a passerby.
A trial date was set for September.
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[Drug-Sentencing]


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Two men who sold an imitation drug will not go to jail.
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Kai Safran was part of a group that sold cough medicine disguised as ecstacy.
His two year prison sentence was suspended.
Richard Gluth, another member of the drug ring, also had his three-year prison sentence suspended.
Both men will spend the next few years on probation.
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[Kava]


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A new stress reliever is gaining popularity in Roanoke. It's the natural alternative to Valium.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; ]

The tropical herb is new to the Roanoke Valley, but has been used by Pacific Islanders for three thousand years. Kava Kava gives a euphoric effect of tranquility.
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((WANDA MORRIS/NATURE'S OUTLET MANAGER: VERY RELAXING WITHOUT MAKING YOUR MIND SLOW DOWN, YOU STILL FEEL VERY MENTALLY ALERT, BUT JUST TAKES THE EDGE OFF. ))
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Morris says Kava in any form should not be taken with alcohol, any other herbs, drugs or antidepressants.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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So far, there has been little research done on Kava Kava in the United States, but studies in Europe have been promising.



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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Still to come...
A national tribute on display in Lynchburg shows piece by piece how some people have given of themselves.
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and
In tonight's Video of the Day, we will show you that dogs are NOT only a man's best friend.
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[Donor-Quilt]


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They gave part of themselves so that others may live.. now Virginia residents can see firsthand a tribute to organ and tissue donors from around the country.
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The National Donor Family Quilt is made up of individual squares designed by the donors' family members.
Kidney transplant recipient Randy Harper says he's a living reminder of one person's selflessness.
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((RANDY HARPER/KIDNEY TRANSPLANT RECIPIENT: YOU HAVE A BETTER LIFE WITH A KIDNEY OR ANY KIND OF ORGAN TRANSPLANT. YOU COULD GO OUT AND DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO, NOTHING WILL STOP YOU.))
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[OUT Q=will stop you.]
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The quilt tour will wrap up in Charlottesville on Thursday.
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The Rescue Mission celebrates fifty years of continuing service to those in need,
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and artists have contributed to the party.
More than fifty local and regional artists provided nearly 100 works of art that now hanging in the Rescue Mission.


Tina McConchie (mick-con-chee)of Buchanan won first place, but with all this great art on display, everyone wins.
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The artwork can be seen from 10 to 4 each day, and a new art exhibit will open after the 28th of July.
The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge was a cosponsor of the display.
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The Tour De France returned to French soil today after hanging out in Ireland for the first three days.
The return to the homeland produced a fantastic finish as Jens Heppner on the left of Germany edged Xavier Jan to win the stage by a few feet.
Bo Hamburger is the new race leader with George Hincappie seconds overall.
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Area junior golfers teed it up yesterday at Countryside Golf Course for the final round of the Roanoke Valley Junior Golf tournament.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]

Going into yesterday's round the lead was shared by Lee Taylor and southpaw Scott Wise, who both shot one under par 70's at Blue Hills on Monday. Wise who is seemingly still on fire after winning the Virginia State Golf Association Junior Match Play, fired a second round 72 yesterday to secure the championship with a two day even par total of 142. Second Place was shared by Ryan Crush and Robbie Craft, both fired second round 75's to finish four back with two day totals of 146. As for first round co-leader Taylor, he had a rough day on the links, he fires 79 to finish fourth with a total of 149.
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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If you are a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, you have no doubt been on an emotional roller coaster yesterday.
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For starters head coach Bill Cowher, who had been rumored as the top candidate for the new Cleveland franchise, inked a three year contract extension that will pay him $2 million a season and keep him in Pittsburgh through the the year 2001.
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[vo-nat con't]
But moments after making those statements Cowher had to the break the news that he had cut one of his favorite players.
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Lloyd has been spent his entire nine year career with the Steelers and he played in 5 pro bowls before injuries cut down his productivity the las t two seasons.







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The Detroit Lions might have to do without Hemran Moore once training camp begins next week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Raljon, MD/Last Season; :00]


The Danville native says he is considering boycotting the team's upcoming training camp unless he gets a new contract.
Now we hear this kind of junk all the time, but in this case Herman's might have a legitimate gripe.
Besides being the best receiver in the game right now, Moore has helped Detroit management by reworking his contract and taking salary cuts each of the past three years.
His current deal expires after the 2000 season. He is scheduled to make $2 point 7 million next season.
He would like to be the highest paid receiver in the game.
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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The Buffalo Bills broke out a new contract today for quarterback Rob Johnson.
Mark Brunell's former backup in Jacksonville made $400 thousand last season.
Today he signed with the Bills for for $25 million over the next five years.
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News 7 sports has learned that the Roanoke Express has locked up its affiliation with the NHL New York Islanders and the AHL Lowell Lockmonsters.
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Lowell director of hockey operations Greg Carvel confirmed yesterday that he and Lockmonster general manager Tom Lowe will be in Roanoke tomorrow morning for a 10:30 news conference.
Roanoke's affiliation with Lowell and New York is the result of tireless efforts by former Express coach Frank Anzalone, now an employee of the Islanders.
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The Express has also hired Scotty Luhrnan as it's new equipment manager. He has 6 years experience with the New York Rangers,

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The New York Yankees improved their record to 66-and-21 last night with a 7-to-1 trouncing of the Indians.
That is the best 87 games start to any season this century.
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Yanks' ace Andy Pettite hit Jim Thome with this pitch in the first inning to load the bases, but he settled down to get his 12th win of the season.
Chuck knoblauch homered to seal the win as the Yanks continue to roll.
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By the way x-rays on Thome's arm were negative he will only be sore today.
Yanks win 7-to-1.
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Still to come on the Big 7 tonight some soccer new for kids down in Bedford, and a day of hitting
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the Bricks for Jeff Burton, as he tunes up for Nascar's trip to Indy on the first of next month.
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The Winston Cup cars are off this week so, many of the drivers are spending part of this week at Indianapolis testing for the August 1st Brickyard 400.
40 cars are expected to give the track a workout.
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So far one of the fastest times belongs to the lastest winner on the circuit Jeff Burton.
The South Boston native says the desire to preform well at Indy has kept him from celebrating his win this past Sunday.
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Burton's best finish in the first four Indy events is 11th. [graphic=hold it]