[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Election '98 came and went, and Virginia's delegation to the House of Representatives looks the same.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And a big victory for the prosecution in the Emmitt Cressel murder trial.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Cressell]


[ANCHOR=MElanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#98-75]
[GRAPHIC=Emmett Cressell]


Grayson County prosecutors today received a major victory.
This morning Judge Colin Campbell struck down a lenghty motion by Emmett Cressell Junior's attornies to dismiss the charges against their client.
Cressell accused of burning and beheading G-P-Johnson in July of 19-97.
[Double Boxes=MElanie and Teresa/Starlink]


Teresa Hamilton joins us live from the Grayson County courthouse with the latest.
[Live=Teresa Full/Starlink]
[SUPER=@Teresa1;]
[SUPER=06-Independence;]
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[***ROLLED FROM STARLINK***]
[VO-NAT]

[TERESA's Mike HOT]
[SUPER=03-Grayson Co./July 1997; :06]
[SUPER=03-Independece; :17]



[Live=Teresa Full/Starlink]
[SUPER=06-Independence;]
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[Double Boxes=Melanie and Teresa/Starlink]
(Question: Where are we now in the trial?)


[West]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=98-59 TC1:54:43]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Dennis West is home.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The Salem businessman spent the last nine and a half years in prison for killing his wife.
He was released this morning... to live with his parents in Vinton.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I think people]
[SUPER=01-Dennis West/Paroled Killer]
[RUNS=06]
[OUT Q=none whatsoever.]
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[v/o-NAT]
He declined to say anything more, explaining that he'd been up since 2-A-M, being tranfered from one prison to another before his final release.
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[Sixth-Victory]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=98-76 TC00:13]
[GRAPHIC=Election 98]


All of Virginia's House delegation will return to Washington.
In the Sixth District, Republican Bob Goodlatte won handily--
[Leader #120]


He defeated Roanoke mayor David Bowers by a wide margin.
Goodlatte's fourth victory may not have been as sweet as his first, but his most recent success was a vindication of sorts.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Roanoke]


During the campaign, Bowers tied Goodlatte to the extreme far right of the Republican party.
But Goodlatte said the margin of victory shows that he is in step with the majority of his constituents in the sixth district.
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[SOT 14:17]
[IN Q=I think the voters repudiated]

((REP. BOB GOODLATTE: I THINK THE VOTERS REPUDIATED THAT TONIGHT, I REALLY DO. AND I THINK THAT THIS IS A SIGNAL THAT THEY SHARE THE VALUES THAT I CARRY TO WASHINGTON FOR THEM OF LIMITED GOVERNMENT, INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY, PROMOTING THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM AND A STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE.))
[SUPER=201-Rep. Bob Goodlatte/(R) 6th District]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=strong national defense.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Goodlatte's performance in '98 surpasses his success in the contest two years ago, when he won with 67 percent of the vote.

[Bowers]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-71 TC28:53]
[GRAPHIC=Election 98]


Bowers says he was disappointed by the lack of support from the Democratic party.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Roanoke;]


The national party gave Bowers little money.
He says his lack of campaign funds was the main reason he lost the race.
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[SOT 21:57:59]
[IN Q=I think we should]

((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: I THINK WE SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT TWO THINGS IN THIS COUNTRY. FIRST OF ALL THE UNDUE INFLUENCE OF BIG MONEY AND SPECIAL INTEREST IN POLITICAL LIFE. THAT FACTOR ALONE WILL KEEP PEOPLE LIKE ME OUT OF POLITICS BECAUSE I'M NOT THE WORLD'S GREATEST FUNDRAISER, OBVIOUSLY.))
[SUPER=201-David Bowers/(D) Congressional Candidate;]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=obviously]
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[VO-NAT]


Bowers says it's too early to say whether he'll run again in the next congressional race, but he says he's always willing to be a happy warrior for his party.
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[SOT 22:00:00]
[IN Q=David ran]

((VERNON DANIELSEN/ROANOKE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: DAVID RAN A HARD CAMPAIGN, HE RAN A GOOD CAMPAIGN, HE RAN A POSITIVE CAMPAIGN AS HE SAID HE WOULD ALL ALONG. AND I THINK HE DID EXACTLY THAT AND WE HAVEN'T SEEN THE LAST OF DAVID BOWERS.))
[SUPER=201-Vernon Danielsen/Roanoke Dem. Comm. Chair;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=last of David Bowers]
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[VO-NAT]


Bowers says he ran a positive campaign and brought honor to his party.
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[Boucher]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=netP]
[GRAPHIC=Election 98]


Incumbent Rick Boucher also survived a challenge for his job.
[Leader #150]


Boucher says his 22 point margin of victory over Republican challenger Joe Barta should send a message to anyone who wants to run a negative campaign in the 9th district.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Abingdon;]


Boucher told supporters last night votors were NOT sending a message to Bill Clinton, but making a decision based on issues.
[SOT 00:13:31]
[IN Q=tonight's campaign]

((RICK BOUCHER; TONIGHT'S CAMPAIGN WAS A REFERENDUM ON NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING.... THE VOTERS REJECT NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING))
[SUPER=201-Rep. Rick Boucher/(D) 9th District]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=reject negative campaigning]
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[VO-NAT]


Boucher doesn't have much time to rest, the House Judiciary Committee reconvenes in less than two weeks, and he expects the impeachment inquiry to occupy all of his time through the end of the year.
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[Barta]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=98-62 TC51:33]
[GRAPHIC=Election 98]


Barta said he was disappointed, but not disheartened by his defeat.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Radford;]


The Radford eye doctor had asked voters to "send a message to Bill Clinton" by voting Republican.
He was surprised Boucher won by such a large margin.
But Barta said he was happy with the way he ran his race.
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[SOT 2:48:23]
[IN Q=it's been]

((BARTA: IT'S BEEN A GREAT EXPERIENCE...I WOULDN'T TRADE IT FOR ANYTHING. REALLY AND TRULY, AS YOU LOOK AROUND, PEOPLE SUPPORTED ME, IT MAKES ME FEEL VERY HUMBLE.))
[SUPER=201-Joe Barta/(R) Boucher Opponent;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=VERY HUMBLE]
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[VO-NAT]


Barta supporters said they couldn't figure out why the conservative ninth district once again elected a Democratic congressman.
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[SOT 2:51:49]
[IN Q=just the]

((MULDOON: JUST THE INCUMBENCY HAS ITS ADVANTAGES. EVERYONE KNOWS RICK BOUCHER..HE BRINGS MONEY BACK TO THE DISTRICT AND RICK ATTACHES HIS NAME TO EVERY ONE OF THOSE DOLLARS.))
[SUPER=201-Patrick Muldoon/1996 Boucher Opponent;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=those dollars]
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[VO-NAT]


Barta said he might consider another run for public office.
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[NTL-contests]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Election 98]


In national elections the Democrats didn't regain control of Capitol Hill but they did do better than most expected.


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[VO-NAT]


They picked up a handful of seats in the House.
And they ousted two Senate incumbents.
[SUPER=203-Raleigh, NC; :06]


In North Carolina, Lauch (Lauck) Faircloth lost to John Edwards.
[SUPER=203-New York, NY; :09]


And Charles Schumer won the New York Senate seat of Alfonse D'Amato.
[SUPER=203-Chicago, IL; :12]


Republicans did win some key races. -- Illinois Democratic incumbent Carol Moseley-Braun lost to Republican challenger Peter Fitzgerald.
[SUPER=203-Austin, TX; :20]


And decisive Republican victories in the Texas and Florida governor's races with the re-election of George W. Bush and the first time win for his younger brother Jeb Bush.
[SUPER=203-Minneapolis, MN; :28]
In another governor's race a one-time pro wrestler goes from the mat to the Minnesota statehouse, shocking his rival

s.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((GOVERNOR-ELECT JESSE VENTURA, MN
WE LIVED THE AMERICAN DREAM, IN 1998 MINNESOTA

SHOCKED THE WORLD (CROWD CHANTS JESSE), I DIDN'T MAKE A LOT OF PROMISES DURING THE CAMPAIGN, BUT I'LL MAKE ONE NOW, I WILL DO THE BEST JOB I CAN. ))
[SUPER=201-Gov. Elect Jesse Ventura/(I) Minnesota;]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=WILL DO THE BEST JOB I CAN.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Los Angeles, CA;]

[4:06;40]
The Democrats picked up a big prize in California.
The Golden state has its first Democratic Governor in 16 years with the election of Lieutenant Governor Gray Davis.


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[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The motor voter law was supposed to put voter registration in the fast lane.
But when some voters tried to cast their ballots yesterday, they hit a roadblock.
That story is still ahead on News-7 at Noon, as well as the results of the constituional amendment and referendum voting.
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[VO-NAT ]


And it's a holiday in Iran-- the nineteenth anniversary of the takeover of the U-S embassy in Tehran.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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


[Motor-Voter]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-65 TC40:47]
[GRAPHIC=Election 98]


In an election where voter turnout was an issue, many were turned away at the polls.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Roanoke;]


Registrars in the Roanoke Valley had to tell about 90 people they could not vote yesterday.
Those people said they registered at the D-M-V under the new motor-voter law, but registrars never received their forms.
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[SOT 11:28:31]
[IN Q=The only thing]

((DIANE ST. JOHN/ROANOKE CO. REGISTRAR: THE ONLY THING WE HAVE TO GO BY IS THE HARD COPY THAT GETS TO OUR OFFICE AND IF WE DON'T HAVE A RECORD OF ANYWHERE THEY WENT TO D-M-V THERE'S NO WAY I CAN LET THEM VOTE ON ELECTION DAY.))
[SUPER=201-Diane St. John/Roanoke Co. Registrar;]
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[OUT Q=election day]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Registrars say they get some voter forms months after they were filed at the D-M-V.
They say if people do not get a confirmation card in the mail within a month -- they should call the registrar.
In the meantime, there will be a December training session for agencies involved with the motor-voter law.

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[Amendments]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Election 98]


Voters approved three constitutional amendments--
but two others went down in defeat.
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[boards 220]
Amendements three and four did not pass-
They were intended to boost economic development- First by allowing localities to establish a governing body for a regional industrial park- [board 230]
and second by allowing communities to share the cost and tax revenue from such a venture.
Republican leaders opposed 3 and 4 saying they would lead to taxation without representation.
Ultimately last night voters also rejected Amendemments three and four. [board 210]
Voters did say yes to allowing lawmakers to determine how much information to make public when a judge is investigated. [board 200]
Virginias are also expanding voting opportuntiies for Virginians living overseas- [board 240]
And Amendment number five also passed- which will enable local governments to elimate a tax on businesses.
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[Referendum]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tbr]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Election 98]


Besides the Congressional Races, there were several other issues on local ballots.
Voters in Pearisburg and Chatham were asked to decide if restaurants should be allowed to sell mixed drinks. [BOARD 380]
Both localities approved the issue, but it was by a very narrow vote in Pearisburg.
The referendum passed by just EIGHT votes. [BOARD 330]
The margin was a little wider in Chatham. Mixed Drinks passed there by a 58-to-42 percent margin. [BOARD 370]
Voters in Henry County approved a meals tax-- the tax was approved with 64 percent of the vote. [BOARD 320]
In Buena Vista voters decided AGAINST the direct election of their mayor by a 57-to-43 percent margin. [BOARD 340]
and in Clover, voters decided overwhelmingly to repeal the town charter.
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[Mitch]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net]
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In Central America, the death toll from hurricane Mitch has risen to nine-thousand.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tipitapa, Nicaragua;]


And rescue workers fear that number will grow unless help soon gets to survivors.
Many have gone days without food and water.
[SUPER=03-Tegucigalpa, Honduras; 7:27 ]


In Honduras alone, one third of all homes in the country have been swept into raging floodwaters or badly damaged.


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[IRAN-PROTEST]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In Iran, they're celebrating the 19th anniversary of the U-S embassy takeover.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tehran, Iran;]

[8:12:57]
The day is officially known as anti-global arrogance day.
Schoolchildren are given the day off to join in the demonstrations against imperialism.
[SUPER=04-November 4, 1979;]

[7:43:36]
On November 4th, 19-79, about 500 Iranian students stormed the embassy in Tehran taking about 90 hostages.
The students were enraged that the Shah was permitted to enter the U-S even though he faced charges in Iran.
The hostages were freed 444 days later.
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[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A police officer in Page County faces pornography charges in Pittslyvania County.
That's one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And the F-B-I wants to question a man in connection with the murder of a Buffalo doctor who performed abortions.
More on that when we return.
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[COMM BREAK #2]


[ABORTION-SUSPECT]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


The F-B-I has issued a warrant in connection with the murder of New York abortion doctor.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]

[11:08:04]
A Vermont man is wanted for questioning in the murder of Dr. Barnett Slepian.
[SUPER=03-Amherst, NY/October 23; :05]


He was gunned down at his home October 23rd.
[SUPER=03-Buffalo/Today; :08]


The F-B-I says James Charles Kopp isn't a suspect.
He's wanted only as a material witness.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((ONCE WE HAVE LOCATED...MOST LIKELY RELEASED. ))
[SUPER=01-Denise O'Donnell/U. S. District Attorney;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=Most likely released.]
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[VO-NAT]


The warrant for Kopp was based on the sighting of his car.
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[Shenandoah-Chief]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A former police officer Halifax County faces a pornography charge.
A grand jury indicted Martin Davis on a misdemeanor count of distributing obscene material.
Davis said the photos involve a woman he dated and the mother of his six year old son.
Davis is now the police chief in the community of Shenandoah, which is in Page County.

[Wythe-Wreck]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-56 TC1:37:41]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]


A tractor-trailer accident in Wythe County closed two lanes of Interstate 81 last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wythe Co.]


The truck, hauling a load of Cool-Whip, was traveling south when it hit the guardrail, went over it and crashed into the median.
Police say the driver was taken to the hospital, there's no word on his condition.
No other vehicles were involved in the accident, but at least one other truck was damaged by flying debris.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE# none]
[GRAPHIC=stocks]


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 122-points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports, a U-V-A football player faces charges after a scuffle on the field.
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[VO-NAT ]


Plus, one high school team follows the N-B-A's example. We'll tell you why the Covington girls didn't take the court at Glenvar, when News 7 at Noon continues.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]


[Girls]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=Sp-21 1:15:19]
[GRAPHIC=NBA]


Ten arenas stood closed up and quiet last night, on what should have been opening day for the N-B-A. Instead, it was day 1-25 of the player lockout.
[SS=Girls Basketball]


So we go to the high school hardwood, where it should have been a different picture.
It wasn't.
A dispute during the jay-vee game led to the cancellation of the varsity contest.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]


At haltime of Glenvar's dominant win, Highlander athletic director Roger Martin suggested the game be shortened.
Covington varsity coach Rob Bennett did not agree with this decision, and his Lady Cougars, who did not even dress, packed up and left, refusing to play their game.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="their a.d.]
[SUPER=01-Rob Bennett/Covington Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Roger Martin/Glenvar Athletic Director; :]
[RUNS=:30]
[OUT Q=....embarass anyone"]
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[wipe to pinnacle 18072]
Steve Mason will have more on the Glenvar-Covongton fiasco later today on Hometown Hoops Weekly at 5 & 11.
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[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[GRAPHIC=girls hoops]


Elsewhere last night, Gretna beat Dan River and Byrd clinched the Blue Ridge with a 5 point win over Blacksburg.
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[UVA-Battery]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssa]
[TAPE#=net- /from sp-15]
[GRAPHIC=UVA]


A U-V-A football player is being charged with assaulting a fan after last month's loss at Georgia Tech.
The incident allegedly took place when hundreds of people rushed the field after the game.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/October 17;]


Derrick Ellerman says Yubrenal Isabelle "came out of nowhere" and struck him in the face before an unidentified U-V-A coach pulled the player away.
Virginia's associate athletic director says that based on what he knows, the report "isn't accurate", and that fans who rush the field put themselves and the players in "great jeopardy".
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[Express]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-20]
[GRAPHIC=Nailers/Wheeling]


On the ice, the Roanoke Express hammered the Nailers with a 5-3 win, to improve to 4 and 2 on the year.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Nailers vs. Express; :00]


It was homecoming for former Roanoke center Jeff Loder- who is now a Nailer.
In the third, the Express up 5-2, Daniel Berthiaume sees the skater, sees the puck,
[SUPER=34-Roanoke/5/Wheeling/3;]

and stops the both at point blank range. Bert would have 21 saves on the night.
Wheeling's Jeremy Brown did close Roanoke's lead to 5-3 at the 15-0h-3 mark, but the Express outshoots Wheeling 48 to 24 in front of 3,651 fans.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="we got]
[SUPER=01-Scott Gordon/Express Head Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=...put it together"]
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[wipe wipe wipe]

[NHL]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssa]
[TAPE#=sp-]
[GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe]



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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA]


On to the big boys, where the Penguins overcame a three-oh deficit to tie it up with the Flyers.
Eric Lindros, back from suspension, takes the puck from John LeClair. He puts it in. Philadelphia goes up 2-nothing.

But the Pens come back with their own franchise player- Jaromir Jagr brings Pittsburgh within one.
Then in the third, the Penguins Maxim Galanov gets his second goal of the game.
It'll end in a 4-4 tie, as Philadelphia snaps a three-game losing streak and takes posession of first place in the A(------------) tlantic Division.