[Vaughn]

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[TAPE#98-75 TC1:13:13]
[GRAPHIC=Kelvin Vaughn]


A Roanoke man who murdered his toddler son and shot at police is set to be sentenced today.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Tina/Newsroom]


Tina Tenret has more on this story.
[Live=Tina Full/Newsroom]
[SUPER=@Tina1;]


Kelvin Vaughn says he killed his three-year-old son to protect him from suffering.
But he could get less jail time because he signed a plea bargain.
(Rollcue:signed a plea bargain)
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/September;]

[RUNS:00]
Police say Kelvin Vaughn refused to leave his ex-girlfriend's apartment last March.
[SUPER=04-March;]


When police went to the door, Vaughn fired two shots at them, wounding an officer.
He then killed three-year-old Kyrie as they boy lay in bed.
[OUTQ=lay in bed]
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[Live=Tina Full/Newsroom]


Now I talked to the defense attorneys at the plea bargaining stage -- they talked about what a hard worker Vaughn was, and they may use that to reduce his sentence.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Tina/Newsroom]
(Question: Tina, when do we expect to know how much time he'll serve?)


The sentencing is today at 1:30 -- we should have results for you on News7 at Five and Six.

[Clements]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=djo]
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A Roanoke man charged with starting a downtown apartment fire that killed six people is expected to go on trial in early February.
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[VO-NAT 98-60]

Michael Jerrod Clements was formally charged today with six six counts of homicide and one count of arson.
He was arrested earlier this month.
[SUPER=@File;]

He faces a maximum seven life terms in prison if convicted. Two court appointed attorneys will represent Clements in the case.
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[Salem-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=djo]
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Salem authorities say they've determined who set at least one of seven suspicious fires at an apartment complex this summer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]

Yesterday, a 15-year old boy pleaded "NO" contest to arson in connection with the July 28th fire at the "Willow River" apartments. The teenager also entered "NO" contest pleas to a petty larceny charge and two counts of statutory burglary. Police say the boy set the apartment on fire while torching some basketball trading cards he had apparently stolen and was supposed to return. Two months ago, a ten-year-old was acquitted of setting an August 7th fire at the complex. Officials say there is still an open investigation into the other fires.
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[Roanoke-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
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[TAPE#=98-74 TC13:47]
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Authorities are trying to figure out why someone set a Roanoke apartment on fire.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The blaze began around one in an apartment building on Staunton Avenue in Northwest Roanoke.
A district fire chief says the blaze was deliberately set.
Just a few minutes before the fire, police were called to a domestic dispute in the neighborhood-- authorities believe the two events were related.
No one was hurt in that Roanoke fire.
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[Augusta-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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More than 300 acres of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests are burning.
Firefighters from as far away as Oklahoma are fighting the blaze near Deerfield in western Augusta County.
Officials say the fire began on Saturday.
Firefighters set up containment lines, but the blaze jumped them.
The cause is under investigation.

[Gas-Prices]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
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A bottle of soda costs more than a gallon of gas at many area filling stations.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Prices are at least 18 cents lower than this time last year.
Some people are driving all the way across the county just to fill up.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((TODD HOYLE/MOTORIST; THE CHEAPEST YOU'VE GOT ON OUR SIDE OF TOWN, SOUTHWEST COUNTY, WHICH IS A DOLLAR AND THREE CENTS, I MEAN IT'S WORTH THE TWENTY-THREE CENTS YOU SAVE COMING ALL THE WAY OUT HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Todd Hoyle/Motorist; ]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=way out here]
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[VO-NAT]


Economists say the drop's a result of the Asian economic problems.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=What has happened]

((JUERGEN FLECK/ECONOMIST; WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS THAT THE ASIAN COUNTRIES ARE IN A RECESSION SO THEY CONSUME A WHOLE LOT LESS OIL FOR PRODUCTION, ALSO PEOPLE ARE OUT OF JOBS SO THEY DON'T DRIVE AS MUCH, BUT IT'S MOSTLY PRODUCTION, AND IF YOU SEE A DROP IN DEMAND FOR OIL THE PRICES WILL DROP AND WE SEE THAT NOW HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Juergen Fleck/Economist;]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=that now here]
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[VO-NAT]


Nationally, the lowest prices can be found in the Southeast.
Gas is most expensive out West.
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[playpen-recall]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[TAPE#none ]
[GRAPHIC=Product Recall]


A warning to parents.
The government is recalling some ten million playpens, some of them made 40 years ago.
The playpens are the portable mesh models.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says it knows of eight toddlers who strangled in their playpens when pacifier strings or clothing got caught on the playpens' protruding rivets.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN PHONE #]


For more information consumers may call 1 800 794-4115. That number is 1800 794-4115
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[AOL]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]


The world's biggest online service provider is buying a leader in the Internet browser business.
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[VO-NAT]

[4:27:28]
Virginia based American Online announced today its purchasing Netscape Communications in a stock swap valued at 4 point 2 billion dollars.
A-O-L says the purchase will broaden its global audience and expand the growth of electronic commerce.
Microsoft, which has the most to lose from the alliance, says the deal undermines the government's anti-trust case against it.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((WILLIAM NEUKOM, MICROSOFT LAWYER: THERE IS VIGOROUS COMPETITION IN THE MARKETPLACE AND MICROSOFT FACES RESOURCEFUL AND CAPABLE COMPETITORS. FROM A LEGAL STANDPOINT THE DEAL PULLS OUT THE RUGFROM THE GOVERNMENT. ))
[SUPER=01-William Neukom/Microsoft Lawyer;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=out the rugfrom the government.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


News of the possible deal sent Wall Street into record territory yesterday.
The Dow gained nearly 215 points.
[SUPER=03-Tokyo;]


Yesterday's record close on Wall Street sent Tokyo stocks soaring today.
The Nikkei average jumped over two and a half percent today.
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[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Virginians just finished getting used to the 5-4-0 area code, now another new number may be on the way.
That's just one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And Mother Nature sends more suffering to South America-- as a mud-slide wipes out dozens of homes.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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

[IRAQ]


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[NEWSCAST=noon]
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[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq Conflict]


The U-N Security Council meets this afternoon to discuss ways to deal with Iraq's latest defiance.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Baghdad;]

[7:05:45]
Iraqi officials have ignored a request by U-N arms inspectors for paperwork about their weapons programs.
As the U-N weighs its options the Pentagon is sending Saddam Hussein this reminder.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((WILLIAM COHEN/SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: WE HAVE IN PLACE IN THE GULF ENOUGH CAPABILITY TO CARRY OUT ANY MILITARY OPTIONS THE PRESIDENT MIGHT DECIDE WOULD BE REQUIRED. ))
[SUPER=01-William Cohen/Secretary of Defense;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=WOULD BE REQUIRED.]
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[VO-NAT]


Meantime, Iraq today is pleading with fellow Arab states to help it get U-N sanctions lifted.
Front-page editorials in government-run papers also warn of American and British attempts to overthrow Saddam Hussein.
They claim it could destabilize the Mideast.
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[AIDS-Figures]


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


A U-N report out today states more work is needed to prevent the spread of AIDS.
According to the report, 5 -point- 2 million people ages 15 to 49 worldwide have been infected with HIV so far this year.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-London;]

[9:03:34]
The U-N says that puts the number of people worldwide infected with the virus at about 33 million.
Two- thirds of them are in Africa.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

(( PETER PIOT, UN AIDS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR;IN THE US WE SEE THE SHIFT TO MOSTLY POOR PEOPLE, MINORITIES AND WOMEN WHILE IN WESTERN EUROPE IT'S MOSTLY MEN HAVING SEX WITH MEN AND IN SOUTHERN EUROPE ITS DRUG USERS. ))
[SUPER=01-Peter Piot/U. N. AIDS Executive Director;]
[RUNS=:30]
[OUT Q=that is effected]
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[VO-NAT]


National AIDS day is December 1st.
MTV International has helped created a anti- AIDS campaign aimed at young people.
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[MUDSLIDE]


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


A massive clean-up operation is underway in in central Colombia, after weekend mudslide swept away some 30 homes.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-La Catorce, Colombia;]


Although fierce rains caused villagers to flee hours before the mudslide, officials warn that many villagers may be trapped beneath the rubble.
So far only one person has been found dead.
The village hit lies in the heart of the world's most lucrative ermald mining operation.
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[DiMaggio]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=ssa]
[TAPE#=none]
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Joe DiMaggio will celebrate his 84th birthday tomorrow in a hospital bed.
Two television stations reporting that DiMaggio suffered a heart attack last week, and has been diagnosed with lung cancer.
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[VO-NAT]


DiMaggio made the all-star team eleven times, and set a major league record- hitting safely in 56 straight games.
DiMaggio was hospitalized October 12th with pneumonia, just two days before he was to throw out the first pitch at the World Series.
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[Maglev]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Smart Road]


A high-speed rail system will NOT be part of the Smart Road.
Virginia Tech has pulled out of a demonstration project for a magnetically levitated rail system.
Florida-based American Maglev Technology wanted to build a mile-long test bed as part of the Smart Road project in Montgomery County.
But school officials said there was no meaningful research to be done on the project.
American Maglev officials say they'll seek a new partner and a new test site.

[Monty-Supers]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#98-69 TC1:06:20]
[GRAPHIC=Education]


A plan for two Blacksburg middle schools was scrapped by the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors last night.
The plan that was struck down called for building a new middle school...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]

and renovating the existing one.
The supervisors defeated the measure in a four to three vote.
The plan was supported by the county SCHOOL BOARD as well as numerous teachers and parents who feel the existing middle school is severely overcrowded.
The supervisors who ultimately voted against the proposal gave differing reasons--- some simply felt two middle scho

ols are just NOT needed.
Montgomery County's Superintendent supports the two middle school concept but is also open to others.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It's not an ]

((FRED MORTON/MONTGOMERY CO. SUPERINTENDENT: IT'S NOT AN EITHER OR IN MY MIND, IT'S AN ISSUE THAT WE HAVE MULTIPLE NEEDS IN THE COUNTY RIGHT NOW AND YOU COULD SAY WE COULD PROBABLY NEED TO BE CONSIDERING BUILDING MORE THAN ONE SCHOOL AT A TIME. ))
[SUPER=01-Fred Morton/Montgomery Co. Superintendent; :00]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=at a time.]
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[ANCHOR=MEL]
[SS=HOLD]


Now that the two middle school plan has been scrapped the school board and board of supervisors must decide what steps to take next.
One possibility that's being explored is to renovate the existing middle school.

[Area-Code]


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Northern Virginia may have another area code change.
The state corporation commission has given Bell Atlantic permission to create a new area code in that part of the state.
Once the last 7-0-3 number is assiged, new subscribers will be assigned a new three digit number.
No word on what that number would be or if a timetable has been set.


[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The latest pictures from outer space are still ahead on New-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


The stars you see here are actually billions of years old, but have never been seen before.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]


[12-Confederate-Treasure]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=12]
[WRITER=khu]
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[GRAPHIC=Treasure Trails]


133 years after the Civil War you'd think the trail might have grown cold- -in the search for the long-lost Confederate Treasury.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville]


"Big Ed" Powers is from North Carolina, but he's so fascinated by the trail of clues in and around Danville, he thinks the city ought to capitalize on it.
He wants to spread the story that 11 tons of gold and silver coins were last seen in Danville just before the fall of the confederacy.
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[SOT 23:15:07]
[IN Q=Of all the trains]

((OF ALL THE TRAINS THAT CAME INTO DANVILLE, THE OTHER TRAINS WENT OFF THAT WAY TO THE DEPOT. AND THE TREASURE TRAIN WENT OFF ON A DOG-LEG STRETCH.))
[SUPER=01-Ed Powers/Treasure Hunter]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=dog-leg stretch.]
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[VO-NAT]


"Big Ed" will take you right to the spot where the treasure train was parked on the evening of April 3rd, 1865.
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[Treasure Trails FULL SCREEN]
Join Keith Humphry for part one of his series of reports on News 7 at Six and 11 tonight and tomorrow.
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[HUBBLE-PICTURES]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The latest images from the Hubble Telescope have produced some spectacular pictures of deep space.
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[VO-NAT]

[10:17:35]
NASA's space telescope has peered down a corridor in deep space some 12 billion light-years long loaded with thousands of never before seen galaxies.
Astronomers believe the images will contribute to man's understanding of the history of the universe since it doubles the number of galaxies astronomers are able study.
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[Stocks]


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[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE# none]
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 61 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports, the Cleveland Indians make it a family affair.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus, with a bowl bid in their hands, the Cavaliers begin warm-ups for this weekend's big game with in-state rival Virginia Tech.
We'll have a report coming up, when News 7 at Noon continues.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]


[Cavs]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#SP-27]
[GRAPHIC=UVA]


The Virginia Cavaliers have their sights set on the Peach Bowl, but first priority is this weekend's matchup with the Hokies.
Steve Mason reports from Charlottesville.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville;]
[SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :08]
[SUPER=@Steve1; :20]
[SUPER=03-Atlanta/1995 Peach Bowl; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Aaron Brooks/Nine T-D Passes This Season; 1:13]
[SUPER=04-November 29, 1997; 1:25]
[SUPER=01-Patrick Kerney/14 Sacks This Season]
[RUNS=1:49]
[OUT Q=News 7 Sports]

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[TAPE#=sp-12]
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One of the keys to Saturday's game will be how well Tech's secondary handles UVa quarterback Aaron Brooks.
The Tech defense tallied six interceptions last Saturday against Rutgers, but they know they'll have to work a lot harder to handle Brooks.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=BITE]
[SUPER=01-Ike Charleton/5 Interceptions This Season; :00]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=...come to play too."]
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[VHSL]


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[TAPE#=SP-17]
[GRAPHIC=VHSL/FB]


The Tech-UVa game kicks off at noon, which creates a conflict with the state's high school football semi-finals.
Those games get get underway at 1:30, and some think the Virginia High School League would have been better off playing the games on Friday or Saturday night.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=BITE]
[SUPER=01-Willis White/Salem Head Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=...salem and martinsville."]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bristol/Last Friday;:00]


Larry Johnson, the boy's program director for the V-H-S-L, said the only team to request that their game be moved was Giles High School.
Johnson says the VHSL can only consider a switch if both teams agree to one, and Powell Valley opted to keep the kickoff at 1:30.
He says the league will probably lose money because of the scheduling conflict.
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[MLB]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
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[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-26]
[GRAPHIC=MLB]


On to the diamond, where the Alomars are planning a family reunion in Cleveland.
Yesterday the Indians, who already have catcher Sandy Alomar, now have his brother, Roberto.
The Indians have given the former Oriole a reported 4 year $32 million dollar contract.
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[vo-nat eng#]
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Last Night; :00]


The Braves went one up on Cleveland, signing free agent Brian Jordan to a five year $40 million dollar contract.
Jordan last played for the Cardinals, but makes his home in Atlanta. (--------------)