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Coming up-
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Kroger is selling its Glenvar distribution center- What will it mean for workers?
If you're thinking of going to the Music City Bowl- We'll have the latest on tickets.
And say goodbye to the small Coca Colas so many have gulped down with Texas Tavern chili.
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[Talent=Jean]


News 7 is next.[Open]
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[SOT 06:58:15]
[IN Q=they haven't told]

((SCOTT PERKINS/KROGER EMPLOYEE; THEY HAVEN'T TOLD US WHAT ANY OF US ARE GOING TO GET, WE JUST KNOW THAT WE'VE GOTTA RE-APPLY. AS FAR AS WE KNOW, THEY SEEM LIKE EVERYBODY'S GOING TO KEEP THEIR JOBS))
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[OUT Q=keep their jobs]
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[VO-NAT]


Kroger is selling it's distribution center in Roanoke County...
Workers are waiting to find out what that means for them.
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[Kroger]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon... Kroger officials say it's out of their hands.
The new owners will decide what happens to the workers.
[double boxes=eric and jean]


Eric Earnhart spoke with some of the warehouse employees tonight, what have they heard? [take Eric full]
[super=@Eric1]


Jean so far the new owner, CSI Retail Services of New Jersey, is re-assuring workers, saying they don't expect layoffs, but they're not saying much else.
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[IN Q=The distribution center.]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jimmy Campbell/Kroger Employee; :10]
[SUPER=01-Tim Thomas/Kroger Employee; :29]
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((The distribution center's future owners met with employees before the sale was announced publically...
Jimmy Campbell didn't attend, and is taking the sale in stride.

[SOT 06:50:31]
[IN Q=aint nothing]

((JIMMY CAMPBELL/KROGER EMPLOYEE; AIN'T NOTHING CAN DO ABOUT THAT... BUSINESS BUSINESS BUSINESS. DO YOU THINK YOUR JOB'S IN JEOPARDY? I DON'T KNOW ITS HARD TO SAY.)) [RUNS13]
[OUT Q=hard to say]



Hard to say because because employees don't know what KIND of jobs they'll have when the transition is complete.

[SOT 06:54:38 ]
[IN Q=they told us]

(( TIM THOMAS/KROGER EMPLOYEE; THEY TOLD US THEY WANT TO KEEP EVERYBODY BUT WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WE'RE GOING TO BE MAKING, OUR WAGES, OUR BENIFITS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=anything like that]



[SOT 06:52:15]
[IN Q=right now they]

(( BRIAN CALLOWAY/KROGER EMPLOYEE; RIGHT NOW THEY AINT GOING TO TELL YOU TOO MUCH, I GUESS WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO WORK ALONG WITH THEM, LIKE HE SAID, BUSINESS IS BUSINESS, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO WORK ALONG WITH THEM AND KEEP OUR JOBS AND EVERYTHING.))
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[OUT Q=and everything]



Most of the workers are members of the Teamsters union, and are hoping that helps them keep the salaries and benifits they have.

[SOT 06:59:56]
[IN Q=the teamsters]

(( SCOTT PERKINS/KROGER EMPLOYEE; THE TEAMSTERS ARE STRONG, AND THEY JUST HAVE TO STAY STRONG TO KEEP IT, THAT'S ALL I REALLY KNOW.)) [RUNS07]
[OUT Q=I really know]))

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[Warner-Chairman]


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Virginia Senator John Warner was elected Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee today.
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[SUPER=@file]

A former Marine and Secretary of the Navy, Warner has been a member of the Committee for two decades. He previously served as the Ranking Minority Member of the Committee from 1987 to 1993.
[super=03-Blacksburg/April]

Senator Warner will be the first Virginian elected to head one of the four major United States Senate Committees in over forty years.
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[National]


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[Animation] [Music Up FULL]
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Former Agricutlure secretary Mike Espy was cleared today of corruption charges.
Espy was accused of accepting gifts from companies doing business with the department.
While there was never any doubt Espy received gifts- the legal problem was to prove that Espy returned Government favors.
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[Clinton]


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President Clinton's lawyers want to go before the House Judiciary committee next week to put on a defense.
They're also asking to see Justice Department memos on campaign fundraising.
Today a judge ruled that two committee members - one democrat and one republican - can see the secret memos as part of the impeachment investigation.
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[Sheppard]


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28 years after his death Dr. Sam Sheppard will get a third trial.
The Ohio Supreme Court is allowing a wrongful imprisonment lawsuit filed by Sheppard's son to go to court. To win Sheppard must be declared innocent by a judge- but lawyers say they would consider settling.
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[SOT 20:03:50 ]
[IN Q=Is it that]

((TERRY GILBERT/SHEPPARD'S ATTORNEY: IS IT THAT DIFFICULT FOR THE STATE OR PROSECUTORS OFFICE TO SAY 45 YEARS EARLIER WE MADE A MISTAKE.)) [BUTT TO 20:04:06] ((STEPHANIE TUBB-JONES/PROSECUTOR: I WANT TO CLEARLY STATE TODAY'S DECISION IN NO WAY SUGGESTS SAM SHEPPARD SHOULD BE DECLARED INNOCENT OR HIS CLAIM OF MONEY DAMAGES HAS ANY MERIT.))
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[OUT Q=has any merit.]
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Sam Sheppard served ten years before a second trial which ended in an acquittal.
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[AIDS-Trial]


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A mother whose son has AIDS took the stand against the boy's father today-
Brian Stewart is on trial for allegedly injecting his son with HIV-tainted blood- to avoid paying child support.
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[SOT 14:04:17]
[IN Q=He made threats]

((JENNIFER/BOY'S MOTHER: HE MADE THREATS THE HE COULD TAKE STUFF FROM THE LAB WHERE HE WORKED AND HE COULD INFECT PEOPLE WITH IT.))
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[OUT Q=people with it.]
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[Space-Station]


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[VO-NAT]


Space Shuttle Endeavour is ready for a pre-dawn liftoff-
It'll carry America's first piece of the international space station.
Questionable weather had threatened the launch but the weather has improved.
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[Manila-Fire]


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A fire at a Philippines orphanage has left 25 people dead, mostly children.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Manila, Philippines]


At least 70 people were inside the two story building and two cottages.
Officials say the dead include about 20 children and more victims may be buried in the debris.
City officials suspect faulty electrical wiring.
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[Von-Eime]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Late night deliberations produced a conviction for a Pittsylvania County man charged in a shooting death --
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Keeling/April;]

The jury found David Barry (Vaughn EYE-Me) Von Eime guilty of voluntary manslaughter and malicious wounding, but but he was acquitted of firearms charges. Von Eime shot Franklin Gardner in the chest in Keeling last spring. Earlie Boles Junior was also injured.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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The jury settled on a TWO-year jail term, though (Vaughn Eye-me) Von Eime won't be officially sentenced before the end

of January.[L'burg-Schools]


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Are blacks being treated unfairly in the Lynchburg city school system?
That's a question state educators hope to answer next week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


A minority citizens committee claims black students are more likely to be suspended and not enough black teachers are being hired or promoted.
They've been pressuring school administrators for answers to these concerns.
A Department of Education review team will spend two days next week meeting with parents, teachers and students to discuss the problem.
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[Legislative-Pay]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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A 44-percent pay raise could be in the works for Virginia state legislators.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


That's if they have the political courage to adopt the recommendations of a citizen advisory panel.
The panel -- headed up by former Governors Holton and Baliles -- says lawmakers' annual salary should go from 18-thousand to 26-thousand dollars.
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[SOT 12:52:34]
[IN Q=It's non-partisan.]

((WILLIAM WOOD/INST. FOR POLITICAL LEADERSHIP: IT'S NON-PARTISAN. WE DON'T HAVE A DIRECT STAKE IN THE POLITICS OF THE MATTER. SO I THINK CONCEPT IN VIRGINIA IS TO HAVE A CITIZEN LEGISLATURE. AND THIS IS REALLY THE CITIZENS GETTING TOGETHER TO MAKE A RECOMMENDATION TO THE LEGISLATURE.))
[SUPER=01-William Wood/Inst. for Political Leadership;]
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[OUT Q=the legislature.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file;]


The panel's also recommending increasing the daily pay for out-of-session meetings, and the office expense budgets of the lawmakers.
Their most recent pay raises are currently being challenged in court because of the way they were adopted.
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[Toss-2-Robin] Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey

[Tease1]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Still ahead a Franklin County teen sings his way to Italy.
Details on the promising opera talent coming up.
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[VO-NAT]


And one day of sales and Hokie fans have already gobbled up half the tickets to this year's bowl game in Music City.

The story's straight ahead.
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[Sports-Preview]


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[OUT Q=...NEWS 7."]

((Hey Jean welcome to your Wednesday and good evening everyone this in Mike Stevens with highlights of a Highlander win in the Dome.
Plus, we'll meet tonight's Dudley award winner in Richmond.
Poindexter gets another award.
And we'll preview the final four weekend in Salem for the girls tonight on News 7 sports.))
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[Tech-Game]


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Virginia Tech's football team won't be lacking in support when they play in the Music City bowl later this month.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


Tickets to the Nashville game went on sale this morning at the Tech ticket office.
So far, half of the university's 12- thousand tickets have been sold.
About a dozen Hokie fans were waiting in line when the doors opened, this morning.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I was ]

((NORMAN HALL/HOKIE FAN:I WAS HOPING TO BE GOING TO THIS ONE BECAUSE OF IT'S CLOSE AND NOT TOO FAR TO TRAVEL AND I LIKE NASHVILLE. BILL STADER/HOKIE FAN:I DROVE UP FROM ROANOKE THIS MORNING, I KEPT TRYING ON THE PHONE LINE AND IT KEPT BEING BUSY SO I DECIDED TO DRIVE UP AND GET TICKETS THAT WAY.))
[SUPER=01-Norman Hall/Hokie Fan; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Stader/Hokie Fan; :07]
[RUNS=:15 approx.]
[OUT Q=that way.]
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[VO-NAT]


The tickets are 35- dollars each.
Tech officials say if interest continues they may order even more tickets.
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[Selective-Service]


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The U-S government says if young men use a new website -- they will save taxpayers money.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


Starting today, eligible men can register for selective service online instead of filling out forms at the post office.
That way the government saves money on printing and postage and men avoid the hassle of paperwork.
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[SOT 12:57:18]
[IN Q=It's convenient]

((IT'S CONVENIENT, IT'S QUICK, EASY ACCESS FOR THE STUDENT THROUGH LIBRARIES, THROUGH SCHOOLS OR IF THEY HAVE THEIR OWN COMPUTERS.))
[SUPER=01-Maj. Mitchell Toms/U.S. Selective Service;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=their own computers]
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[VO-NAT]


The law requires young men to sign up by the time they're 25.
Last year 91-percent registered, and officials hope the new website will boost that number.
Of course, registration forms are still available at the post office.
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[Coke-Bottles]


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For 68 years, Roanokers have washed down their cheesy westerns with six and a half ounce bottles of Coca Cola.
But soon that tradition may come to an end.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The Texas Tavern has been in business since 1930, and the owners estimate they've served up more than three and half million bottles of coke during that time.
But Coca Cola has told the Texas Tavern that once the current supply is exhausted, the six and a half ounce returnable bottles won't be available any more.
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[SOT 03:35:53]
[IN Q=I think it has been a long time coming ]

((MATT BULLINGTON/TEXAS TAVERN: I THINK IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME COMING, BUT WE DIDN'T WANT TO SEE THAT TIME COME. WE'D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THAT PRODUCT TO OUR CUSTOMERS.))
[SUPER=01-Matt Bullington/Texas Tavern]
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[OUT Q=to our customers.]
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[VO-NAT]


The salespeople at Grand Home Furnishings have been handing cokes to customers since 1953.
They switched to the non-returnable eight ounce bottle a year ago.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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The Texas Tavern will continue to serve Coca Cola from the soda fountain, but for now the restaurant is NOT planning to stock the non-returnable eight ounce replacement.

[Grisetti]


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A talented Franklin County student is jumping from his high school choir to the opera in Rome.
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[NATSOT]

((josh singing))
[RUNS=:10]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


International judges selected 17-year old Josh Grisetti to join the Operafestival di Rome, a month-long program in Italy next summer.
Top performers will teach him to sing Mozart operas and speak Italian.
The program costs 45-hundred dollars and Grisetti is counting on public contributions to attend.
He says this will advance his career in musical theater.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Coming up, blackhawk choppers get in some practice after being placed on standby in the event of an emergency fire situation in Virginia.
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[VO-NAT]


And trees are lighting up everywhere, from the state capital, to midtown Manhattan.
A look, later in the newscast.
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[lotto]

[SUPER=137-3 1 4/0 5 4 1/10 11 13 24 31/7 9 13 23 24 36/8 4 0 6 8 2][Alleghany-Grant]



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A 300-thousand dollar grant to improve recreational areas is the Alleghany Foundation's latest gift to the Highlands.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Clifton Forge;]


The group is paying to put up new lights at Clifton Forge's memorial field.
[SUPER=03-Covington;]


It's also helping to build a new sports complex near two ball fields in Covington.
The foundation gives grants to various projects twice a year to improve the quality of life in the Highlands.
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[SOT 8:00:33]
[IN Q=it is]

((SNYDER: IT IS TOUGH TO CHOOSE. WE DO HAVE A NUMBER OF APPLICANTS. YOU CAN'T PICK THEM ALL. WE TRY TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Snyder/Alleghany Foundation President;]
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[OUT Q=our ability]
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[VO-NAT]


The foundation gets its money from the assets of Alleghany Regional Hospital, which was sold in 19-95.
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[Blackhawks]


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The last time they fought a real fire was in 1995.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henrico Co.]


But today, Virginia Army National Guard Blackhawk crews were on standby.
That means they can be at a forest fire anywhere in Virginia in two hours.
Governor Jim Gilmore ordered the state of emergency last night due to extreme fire danger.
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[SOT 11:32:45]
[IN Q=What we'll]

((MAJ. PAUL SMITH/VIRGINIA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD: WHAT WE'LL BE USING TODAY IS A 650.. OR AS A PINPOINT BOMBARDMENT.))

[SUPER=01-Maj. Paul Smith/Virginia Army National Guard;]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=pinpoint bombardment.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Sullivan Co., TN;]


Forest fires in Tennessee and Kentucky, but close to Virginia's borders, make extreme drought conditions dangerous throughout Virginia.
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[Forecasts]
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[SUPER=333-Mostly Clear/Light Winds/30-32/Sunny And/Warm/68-70;]
[SUPER=334-Partly/Cloudy/30-32/Partly Sunny/And Warm/66-68;]

[SUPER=X5001;][S-Extra]



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Radford stops the Thundering Herd tonight and stops the bleeding!
We'll meet the 1998 Dudlay award winner from tonight's ceremony in Richmond.
And Hometown Hoops Weekly has a preview of the final four.
But first in tonight's Extra Point,
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=75-Martinsville/September; :00]


Darrell Waltrip will be back in the Winston Cup saddle for at least two more years. He will drives Fords next year for Travis Carter and be the teammate of Jimmy Spencer.
Waltrip's cars will be sponsored by KMart.
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[S-Marshall]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-18]
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The Radford Highlanders were back home last night trying to get back on track after an horrendous road swing through Richmond and Clemson.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford/Marshall vs. Radford; :00]


The Rowdy Redheads - not to be confused with Rowdy Red were raising a little cain in the Dome last night.
Radford's Ryan Everett gets off to a nice start as he uses the screen and drains the jumper as the Highs look to play catchup.
RU's Ryan Charles would then try to establish himself down low as he turns and hammers down the jam.
Charles finished the night with a game high 24.
Marshall then makes a move as Terrell McKelvy passes to Cornelius Jackson who completes the give and go with the nice assist back for the jam. McKelvy had a team high 16 points.
Correy Watkins then gets an assist of his own for
[SUPER=33-Radford/73/Marshall/65 ;]

the Highlanders on the other end.
Radford beats Marshall 73-to-65.
The Highlanders are now 4 and 2.
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[S-Dudley]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-20]
[GRAPHIC=DUDLEY AWARD]


Last night in Richmond, the Dudley award ceremnies were held at the Downtown Club.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/Last Night;:00]


This is the ninth straight year that the award has been given to the best college football player in the state.
All but one of those years the award has gone either a Virginia Tech or UVa player.
Last night the trend was interrupted as University of Richmond star Marc Megna was voted the honor by a statewide panelists of media members.
He beat out Tech's Corey Moore and UVa's Anthony Poindexter.
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[IN Q="Corey...]
[SUPER=01-Marc Megna/1998 Dudley Award Winner; :00]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=...tough competitors."]
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[vo-nat con't]
Megna is considered a solid linebacking prospect by the NFL.
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[talent=mike]
[graphic=dudley]


By the way, the only other non-UVa or Tech player to win was Emory & Henry's Cary Perkins in 1992.

[S-Dex]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-16]
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Poindexter missed last night's ceremony so he could attend the ACC awards banquet and pick up a special honor.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Last Month; :00]


The former Jefferson Forest star who blew out his knee against N.C. State was given the Brian Piccolo award that is given annually to the "most courageous player in the ACC."
He shares the award with Florida State's Corey Simon.
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[S-ACC]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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The ACC sports writers association also named Poindexter the league's top defender.
In addition, they selected Torry Holt the ACC's player of the year.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-1998 Season; :00]


The explosive wide receiver from N.C. State received 54 of the 72 first place votes that were cast.
He is expected to be one of the top players picked in the NFL draft next spring.
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(BYE BYE)[S-Ville]



[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-26]
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On the recruiting front, one of the Martinsville Bulldogs top players from this past season is ready to commit to the Hokies.
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[VO-NAT]
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All-everything defensive end Joe Simington wearing number 80 in the red is a six foot four inch 200 pound defensive end, who also played tight end for the Bulldogs. He is expected to sign with Virginia Tech today.
Simington has been recruited by Rickey Bustle. The recruiting period for colleges began Tuesday.
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Still to come tonight Steve Mason joins us with Hometown Hoops Weekly.
Tonight we will
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preview the upcoming state final four at the Salem Civic Center that begins on Friday.
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The girls state basketball final four is all set to hold court in Salem.
Here's Steve Mason with a preview in Hometoen Hoops Weekly.
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((STEVE MASON:)) ((RICHARD THRASHER:)) (( Byrd is looking for it's third straight win over Turner Ashby, after beating the lady Knights in last year's state championship. The lady Terriers final four warm up came in the form of a down to the wire 54-48 win over Grundy last night. ((:))
Like Turner Ashby, Bassett's season ended at the hands of Byrd in a 66-50 loss in the quarterfinals last year. This year, the 26 and 1 Lady Bengals not only have the awesome Heather Miller, but an improved supporting cast that expects teams to key on their top player. ((:)) Northside coach Jim Robinson runs marathon's in his spare time. He's watched his Lady Vikings go on an incredible run, earning a state tournament berth before falling to Bassett. ((:)) The double A bracket pits 24 and OH Prince Edward County against the Lady Bengals Friday night at 7. Then at 8:30, Byrd battles Turner Ashby.
In single A25 and 2 Northwood is back. The Lady panthers lost to Glenvar is the state championship a season ago.
They will play George Mason at 3:30 Friday, just after the first semi final of the tourney between Sussex Central and J.J. Kelly at 2pm. )) ((:))

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Powell Valley superstar Julius Jones, the younger brother of UVa great Thomas Jones is attracting his share of attention.
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The six foot 190 pounder is one of the most sought after running backs in the nation.
He has narrowed his college choices to UVa, Tennessee, Michigan and UCLA.
This afternoon, Michigan head coach Loyd Carr was in Big Stone Gap visiting with Julius.
This season he has rushed for 2243 yards on 196 carries and scored 37 TDs.
The Vikes play Madison Co. for the division two title Saturday.
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And don't forget about the weekend worth of sports coming your way on WDBJ in a couple of days.
At Noon Saturday we will have the traditional favorite, the Army-Navy game.
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And on Sunday an NFL doubleheader is coming your way with the red hot Patriots taking on the Steelers in Foxboro.
And then catch the Chiefs and the Broncos right here on Your Hometown Station.
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'Tis now officially the season to be jolly in Virginia.
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A ceremony this evening at the State Capitol featured songs from the Richmond Boys Choir, and handbells from a local church.
Governor Jim Gilmore and First Lady Roxane Gilmore rode in on a country surrey to do the honors.
With the flick of a switch, the 1998 Commonwealth Christmas Tree was lighted by the Governor.
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It's also time to deck the halls in midtown Manhattan, where the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lit up the sky tonight for the first time this year.
It's the 66-th year a lit Christmas tree has graced Rockefeller Center.
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