[BUDGET]

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[WRITER=MEL]
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Another delay in the federal budget battle.
Congress won't be voting on the half trillion-dollar spending bill until next week.
Among other things, the bill contains money to hire 100- thousand new teachers.
It provides six billion dollars in emergency relief for farmers and ranchers--- and extra spending for the war on dr

ugs.
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[11:05:37]
The package was produced after a week of bargaining between congresional leaders and White House aides.
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(( BY STANDING TOGETHER WE WERE ABLE ...FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ))
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Top House and Senate aides say the vote's been delayed until at least Monday -- to allow time to put the agreement in writing, and let lawmakers examine it.

[interest-rates]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Interest Rates Down]


The buying binge continues on Wall Street.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]

[10:00:00]
The Dow has moved higher today from the opening bell.
It jumped more than 300 points yesterday, after word that the Federal Reserve had cut two key interest rates by a quarter point.
It was its third-biggest point gain in history.
[SUPER=03-Tokyo, Japan; :13]

[10:16;28]
The markets in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore also posted big gains today.
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[Dammones]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
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[TAPE#98-57 TC1:23:45]
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Four years after he shot and killed his mother's boyfriend, a Lynchburg man is finally going to jail for the crime.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


21- year- old Kevin Lamont Dammones (DAY-minz) pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter today for the murder of Michael Smith in 1994.
Dammones shot Smith once in the head, but was ruled incompetent to stand trial at the time.
After four years of legal wrangling, his defense attorney accepted a plea agreement.
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((JIM HINGELEY/PUBLIC DEFENDER: THIS IS A GOOD WAY TO BRING CLOSURE TO A CASE THAT HAS GONE ON FOR A LONG TIME AND I CERTAINLY THINK THAT FROM THE DEFENSE PERSPECTIVE, WE WOULD AGREE THAT THIS IS A GOOD RESOLUTION OF A COMPLEX CASE.))
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Dammones will be sentenced in December.
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[School-Pledge]


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[TAPE#=98-52 TC1:56:20]
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Patriotism among students is getting a boost from the Roanoke city school board.
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The board unanimously approved a resolution, requiring teachers to lead students through the Pledge of Allegiance every day.
Only SIX city schools already had the pledge as part of their normal routines.
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((MELINDA PAYNE/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: I HAD BEEN IN THE SCHOOLS AND HAD SEEN THAT OUR STUDENTS WEREN'T RECITING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ON A DAILY BASIS AND I THINK THEY NEED TO KNOW THAT. THEY NEED TO KNOW WHAT THE PLEDGE IS AND WHAT IT SAYS AND WHAT IT MEANS TO THEM AND TO OUR COUNTRY.))
[SUPER=01-Melinda Payne/School Board Member;]
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The resolution is expected to take effect city- wide by November first.
School officials must first make sure there are flags hanging in every classroom.
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[Pulaski-Student]


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The Pulaski County superintendent of schools says punishment has been reduced for a seven-year-old who brought a squirt gun to Claremont Elementary School.
Grant Adkins was originally suspended yesterday and today but he's back in school.
The superintendent says Grant's squirt gun looks like a pistol, so it's a weapons violation in school policy.
The seven-year-old says his younger sister put the squirt gun in his book bag -- and his mother says he immediately turned the toy over to his teacher and apologized.
After a hearing yesterday, the school ruled it was not an intentional or serious rules infraction, so the boy

was allowed back into school.[Danville-Fire]


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[TAPE#98-55 TC1:40:10]
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A fire this morning in Danville caused heavy damage to a home on Myrtle Street.
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Firefighters were on the scene just before ten this morning.
Flames and smoke caused extensive damage to the rear of the house.
The people who lived there escaped without injuries.
Fire investigators have NOT determined how the fire started.
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[81-Ax-Folo]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=jmc]
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A truck driver has been charged with reckless driving in connection with yesterday's accident on I-81.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Yesterday]


Police say a tractor trailer changed lanes and forced a woman in an Explorer off the road near the Roanoke-Botetourt County line.
Her vehicle hit the median and flipped several times.
Brenda Lee Correll of Blue Ridge remains in stable condition at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
She was wearing her safety belt, and police say that probably saved her life.
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[Shepherd-Funeral]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net]
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Officials in Casper, Wyoming are hoping to stop anti-gay protestors at today's funeral for Matthew Shepherd.
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[VO-NAT]
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Shepherd died Monday after being beaten reportedly for being gay.
Some protestors are expected to show up in an area across the street from the church where the service is being held.
Casper, Wyoming officials have banned any picketing on public property within 50 feet of the service.
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[MIDEAST-PEACE]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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The Mideast peace summit has resumed for a second day on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
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[VO-NAT]
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The talks are part of an earlier commitment from Benjamin Netanyahu and Yasser Arafat to reach a full Israeli- Palestinian peace accord by May.
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(( JAMES RUBIN:THERE ARE THOSE WHO DON'T WANT AN AGREEMENT. THE TWO LEADERS HAVE DEVELPED A CONSTRUCTIVE AND PRAGMATIC APPROACH THAT I THINK WAS CHARACTERIZED BY THE DISCUSSION SO FAR." ))
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[VO-NAT]


The Palestinians want Israel to pull back from another 13 percent of West Bank territory...which would give them control over 40 percent of it.
Israel is demanding that the Palestinians crack down more severely on extremists, like the group Hamas.
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[Nobel-Peace]


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Two politicians from Northern Ireland are the co- winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
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[SUPER=03-Belfast/May 20;]

[7:03:33]
John Hume and David Trimble are being honored for their efforts to bring peace to their troubled homeland.
Hume is leader of Northern Ireland's largest Catholic party and Trimble heads the leading Protestant party.
[SUPER=03-Oslo, Norway;]


The Nobel committee credits the two men for their work on last April's historic Good Friday peace agreement.
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[7:02:25-44] (( HUME:I SEE IT NOT AS AN AWARD BUT AS A POWERFUL APPROVAL OF THE PEACE...ALL THE PEOPLE OF NORTHERN IRELAND. ))
[SUPER=01-John Hume/Nobel Peace Prize Winner;]
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The committee also noted the peace agreement is the work of other Northern Ireland political leaders as well as the goernments of Ireland, Britian and the United States.
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[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


They say they lost their jobs as voter registrars because of partisan politics.
Now their lawsuit against is moving forward.
That's one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And thousands celebrate Pope John Paul the Second's twentieth year as head of the Catholic church.
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[Talent=Patrick]

[Wx-Tease] [Weatherpro] [music up full] [comm1]

[S-Grayson-Murder]


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[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#98-58 1:23:01]
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Attorneys for a white man accused of killing a black man in Grayson County don't want prosecutors to present evidence that might lead jurors to think the crime was racially motivated.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Independence;]


Emmit Cressell's attorneys plan to file a brief Monday asking the judge to prohibit prosecutors from bringing up Cressell's criminal background among other things.
They're concerned the information may lead jurors to believe Cressell is a racist.
In court yesterday--another issue was resolved.
Judge Colin Campbell says if he's NOT able to seat a jury in two weeks, he'll consider a defense request to have Cressell tried outside Grayson County.
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[E-L'burg-Registrar]


[ANCHOR=MElanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#98-65 25:48]
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18 months after a federal judge tossed out their lawsuit, two former Lynchburg registrars may yet have another day in court.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape]


Inez Sales and Debra Miller claim partisan politics forced them out when Republicans appointed Carol Spencer Read to the registrar's post in 1994.
Sales and Miller were assistants who were not kept on when Read took over.
In April, 1997 a federal judge claimed the two women were simply playing on the sympathy of the court and threw out their lawsuit.
But a federal appeals court has overturned that ruling.. opening the way for the lawsuit to be heard again.
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[S-Flood-Grants]


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[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#98-53]
[GRAPHIC=Flood Relief]


Two years after Hurricane Fran destroyed their homes, folks in a Danville neighborhood are finally getting money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/September 1996;]


FEMA has approved a 700-thousand dollar grant to help people on Water Street.
More than 25-homes there were flooded during Fran in 1996.
The grant money will be used to buyout or relocate property owners who applied for assistance.
The Department of Commerce has also approved a grant providing money to replace damaged water lines and build a retaining wall.
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[Correction]


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[WRITER=dse]
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We need to make a correction-- On News-7 at Noon on Monday we incorrectly identified the Virginia Tech fraternity under scrutiny for a party that got out of control as Phi Sigma Kappa.
We should have said Phi Kappa Sigma.


[POPE]


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[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net]
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Today is a holiday at the Vatican.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Vatican City;]


Pope John Paul is marking the 20th anniversary of his election.
Thousands of Poles joined worshipers as John Paul celebrated an anniversary Mass this morning.
The Polish-born pope is the first non-Italian to lead the Catholic church in 455 years.
He's now held the position longer than any other man this century.
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[E-NC-Furniture]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=98-67 TC26:07]
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[there is an anchor tag!]
Furniture is big business in Southwest and Southside Virginia- so the International Home Furnishings market just down the road in North Carolina is a BIG deal.
The twice a year event brings buyers and sellers together from all over the world.
Jean Jadhon takes us to High Point, North Carolina.
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[SUPER=01-Werner Schaeffer/German Buyer; 13]
[super=01-Bill Sibbick/Stanley Furniture Sales VP;40]
[SUPER=01-Rob Spilman/Bassett Furniture Pres.;50 quick!]
[SUPER=01-Robert Bolling/Rowe Salesman;1:04]
[super=01-Robin Campbell/Stanley Marketing; 1:24]
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((Take a walk into the Furniture market and you'll find more furniture than you can imagine- more than 8 million square feet of showroom space- where Furniture makers sell their stuff to buyers from all over the world. WERNER SCHAEFFER/GERMAN BUYER: SO WE COME TWICE IN A YEAR TO HIGH POINT TO SEE ALL THE FURNITURE HERE AND ACCESSORIES WE ARE HERE TWICE A YEAR.
And This isn't just sofas.
Buyers will have no problem brightening up their day or reflecting on their purchases. You get the picture- if it goes in the home- it's on sale here. Among the hundreds of exhibors- are companies based right in this region. For them, market is big business. BILL SIBBICK/STANLEY VP SALES: IT BASICALLY SETS THE TONE FOR THE FOLLOWING SIX MONTHS AND PEOPLE WANT TO CHANGE THEIR FLOORS AND SPRUCE IT UP FROM DESIGN STANDPOINT IT HAS TREMENDOUS IMPACT. ROB SPILMAN/BASSETT PRESIDENT: THIS IS OUR TIME TO INTROUDCE OUR NEW PRODUCTS, EXCITE THE DEALERS.. SEE WHERE THE COMPANIES GOING.
Throughout the market you'll find buyers from across the globe-
And salesman's peddling the newest products- from morning until night. ROBERT BOLLING/ROWE SALESMAN: IT'S BEEN A MADHOUSE ABSOULUTELY FROM EIGHT IN THE MORNING UNTIL FIVE OR SEVEN AT NIGHT IT'S NON STOP IT'S A MADHOUSE.
Media swarm high piont as well- and we're not just talking about your hometown station. ROBIN CAMPBELL/STANLEY MARKETING: WE'VE ALREADY HAD BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS HERE, WE'VE HAD A COPULOF BRIDAL PUBLICANS, NEWSPAPERS TRADE PUBLICATSIONS JEAN JADHON/NEWS 7: HIGH POINT HAS A NEW YORK CITY FEEL TWO TIMES A YEAR. 70 THOSUAND PEOPLE FROM ALL ACROSS THE WORLD- COME HERE FOR MARKET. AND THIS ISN'T OVER YET. MARKET GOES UNTIL NEXT THURSDAY. IN HIGH POINT NORTH CAROLINA, JEAN JADHON, NEWS 7.))
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Tonight on News 7 at Six- we'll hear from local companies about how sales are going this year- and we'll check out the latest styles and trends you can expect to see at furniture stores.



[E-Miss-Virginia]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=khu]
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A changing of the guard ceremony was held in Roanoke yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Nita Booth of Chesapeake was formally crowned Miss Virginia.
She assumed the title the moment Nicole Johnson was named Miss America last month.
This made it official.
Both women made it a point to downplay their physical beauty and promote the pageant as a source of scholarship money.
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((ONCE I HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO SOMEBODY, THEY SEE THE PASSION INSIDE MY HEART.))
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A parade through downtown Roanoke is planned for four this afternoon- -in honor of the second Miss Virginia to become Miss America.


[Clipper]


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[NEWSCAST=noon]
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Yankees great Joe DiMaggio is in a Florida hospital, suffering from pneumonia.
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[VO-NAT]


The Hall of Famer has been hospitalized since Monday- a friend says he's been ill for three months.
The 84- year-old is expected to be released from the hospital early next week.
This will prevent DiMaggio from attending tomorrow's World Series opener between the Yanks and the Padres.
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[Daytona]


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[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-18]
[GRAPHIC=PEPSI 400]


The wildfires that smoked out the Pepsi 400 in July left a spark that ignited the Winston Cup drivers in Daytona last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/espn2; :00]


Bobby Labonte- who won the Daytona 500- led the way in last night's time trials, taking the pole.
Points leader Jeff Gordon will start 8th, Mark Martin will be right in front of him in 6th.
Here's the top 25.
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[SUPER=0107-1. Bobby Labonte/193.611/2. Jeff Burton//3. Dale Jarrett//4. Terry Labonte//5. Dale Earnhardt//;]
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[SUPER=0107-6. Mark Martin//7. Rusty Wallace//8. Jeff Gordon//9. Mike Skinner//10. Hut Stricklin//;]
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[SUPER=0107-11. Kenny Irwin//12. Ward Burton//13. Derrike Cope//14. John Andretti//15. Steve Park//;]
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[SUPER=0107-16. Ken Schrader//17. Sterling Marlin//18. Billy Standridge//19. Brett Bodine//20. Chad Little//;]
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[SUPER=0107-21. Geoff Bodine//22. Kevin Lepage//23. Andy Hillenburg//24. Steve Grissom//25. Jeremy Mayfield//;]
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Michael Waltrip was 27th, Bill Elliott 29th, Rick Mast 42nd and Kyle Petty 46th.

[Packers]


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[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-22 10141TC]
[GRAPHIC=PACKERS/LIONS]


N-F-L Thursday night action heated up in Detroit last night, with the Lions hosting the Green Bay Packers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI/ESPN; :00]


The Packers- with the support of some cheeseheads- would strike first. Brett Favre hooks up with former Hokie Antonio Freeman on the 67 yard t-d in the first quarter.
Now pick it up early in the fourth. Rookie Germane Crowell out of UVa gets the step up on another Commonwealth standout to haul in the
[SUPER=30-Green Bay/20/Detroit/27;]

Charlie Batch pass with one hand. He beats former William & Mary star Darren Sharper. Detroit goes on to win it 27- 20.
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[Express]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-25]
[GRAPHIC=Express]


One day into the season, the Roanoke Express is oh- and one.
But Steve Mason reports that despite the one-nothing loss to Hampton Roads, there are good things to come.
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[SUPER=34-Hampton Roads/1/Roanoke/0; 1:02]
[SUPER=01-Chris Lippsett/Express Center; 1:09]
[SUPER=01-Scott Gordon/Express Head Coach; 1:32]
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