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A guilty plea from a model citizen who walked away from prison a quarter century ago.

That's the top story on NEWS 7.
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And the pipe-bomb at McDonald's in Pulaski leads to the bizarre account of a woman arrested in a murder- for- hire scheme.
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Tonight in sports here at News 7, we'll see what the end of the NBA lockjout holds for Lynch and Curry.
Plus, Welsh gets a national honor.
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And we'll see what's up with Jeff Gordon as the two day General Motors test wraps up in Daytona.
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Looks like we will stay rather cloudy for the next four days with a good dose of showers as we hit the weekend. Details coming up. [open]
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[Martin]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#98-71 1:43:35]
[GRAPHIC=Alfred Martin]


He admits he walked away from the Martinsville prison farm 25-years ago.
And while Alfred Martin faces up to five years in prison for escape, no one seems to want him to serve that much time, including the Commonwealth's Attorney.
[Double Boxes=Jean and Christy/Microwave]


Christy Hubley is in our Danville newsroom with the latest on this case.
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Alfred Martin pleaded guilty today to escaping from the Martinsville prison farm in 1974.
As you might guess, his family and his attorney are hoping for a lenient sentence.
But the Martinsville Commonwealth's Attorney, who has the power to seek the maximum punishment, says she's not going to.
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[SUPER=01-Joan Ziglar/Commonwealth's Attorney; :05]
[SUPER=03-Livonia, MI/Last Year; :15]
[SUPER=01-Jason Martin/Brother; :30]
[SUPER=01-Ben Gardner/Martin's Attorney; :55]
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[OUT Q=carry it out.]

(( Commonwealth's Attorney Joan Ziglar says she'll be happy with whatever sentence the judge hands down.
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[SOT 20:33-:42]
[IN Q=In most of the cases]

((JOAN ZIGLAR/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: IN MOST CASES WHEN A PERSON OWNS UP TO WAHT THEY'VE DONE THE JUDGE TAKES THAT INTO CONSIDERATION AND I DON'T WANT MR. MARTIN BEING TREATED DIFFERENTLY THAN ANYONE ELSE IN ANYWAY.)) [RUNS:09]
[OUT Q=else in anyway.]


But Martin may be different than most escapees.
He was a fugitive for nearly 25-years, living in Michigan with his family and running his own business.
His family in here Virginia says Martin led a model life, and that should count for something.
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[SOT 24:30-:47]
[IN Q=Overall he's a good guy]

((JASON MARTIN/BROTHER: OVERALL HE'S A GOOD GUY AND HE HAS MADE A TREMENDOUS CHANGE THAT'S WHAT JAIL IS BASICALLY ABOUT RIGHT? TRYING TO TURN YOUR LIFE AROUND AND HE DID IT WIHTOUT JAIL. I MEAN HE'S NOT A CRIMINAL.)) [RUNS:17]
[OUT Q=not a criminal.]


The guilty plea came as somewhat of a surprise.
Martin was expected to stand trial next month.
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[SOT 29:54-30:05]
[IN Q=Mr. Martin elected to]

((BEN GARDNER/MARTIN'S ATTORNEY: MR. MARTIN ELECTED TO PLEAD GUILTY AFTER HEARING ALL OF THE ALTERNATIVES. THEY MAKE THE DECISION I CARRY IT OUT.)) [RUNS:11]
[OUT Q=I carry it out.]

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Martin remains in jail.
He's serving the time he was supposed to serve in 1974.
[Double Boxes=Jean and Christy/Microwave]


Sentencing on the escape charge is set for February 8th.




[Powell]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=98-74 1:01:54]
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His life work was taking care of sick children... Lynchburg Pediatrician John Powell today officially owned up to a dark side of his character.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


He's into child pornography.
The 59-year old Pediatrician surfed the Internet- -visiting chat rooms under the on-line alias: "Cook-Doc."
Early on in the investigation he told investigators he believed his wife destroyed SOME of the pictures.
The government says Doctor Powell downloaded images of nine and ten-year olds engaging in sex.
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[SOT 12:33:10]
[IN Q=I can't tel]

((I CAN'T TELL YOU WHETHER IT WAS DURING WORKING HOURS, DURING THE TIME PATIENTS WERE PRESENT, BUT IT WAS CERTAINLY AT THE OFFICE AND AT HOME.))
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[OUT Q=...and at home.]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
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There no indication Powell PRODUCED any pornography or did anything inappropriate with his young patients.

The Doctor was taken into custody today, though he won't be sentenced until sometime later.[Pipe-Bomb]


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[NEWSCAST=6pm]
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[TAPE#98-79 48:35]
[GRAPHIC=Pulaski Co. Pipe Bomb]


A Dublin woman was unaware investigators were watching and listening yesterday afternoon when she allegedly asked an undercover officer to kill someone.
39- year old Peggy Jo Sullivan wasn't the only one to get an unexpected surprise.
Teresa Hamilton has been on the story from the start.
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[SUPER=01-Jim Davis/Pulaski Co. Sheriff; :23]
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[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.]

(( The conversation between Peggy Sullivan and the undercover officer took place in the parking lot of a Dublin fast food restaurant.
Sources say Sullivan arranged the meeting to have her former boyfriend killed.
After gaining enough evidence, Sullivan was arrested.
That's when sheriff's investigators found out she was travelling with two deadly devices-- they hadn't planned for.


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[9:46:10]
[SOT]
[IN Q=Routinely]

((JIM DAVIS/PULASKI CO. SHERIFF: ROUTINELY WE INVENTORY A VEHICLE BEFORE IT IS TOWED AWAY AFTER A PERSON IS ARRESTED AND SHERIFF'S INVESTIGATORS FOUND WHAT THEY DETERMINED TO BE A FUNCTIONAL EXPLOSIVE DEVICE. ))
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[OUT Q=explosive device.]


The two pipebombs were removed by state police and taken to a nearby landfill and disarmed.
After that, investigators searched Sullivan's apartment.
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[9:47:30]
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((IS ONE QUESTION FOR YOU, WHO BUILT THESE? JIM DAVIS:WHO BUILT THEM? YES. ))
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Sheriff's officials say they organized the set- up after receiving a tip that Sullivan was searching for a hit man.


The intended victim was also notified.
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((WE'RE REQUIRED FOR THE POTENTIAL VICTIM'S OWN SAFETY TO NOTIFY THEM AND ARRANGEMENT WERE MADE TO CARRY US THROUGH THE INVESTIGATION. ))
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[OUT Q=the investigation.]

[TAKE SU]
Right now, Sullivan is being held in the Pulaski County jail without bond.
In the meantime, authorities are continuing their investigation.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.


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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[TAPE#=98-80 1:12:03]
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Fifty-thousand dollars worth of illicit drugs have made their way into Bland Prison over the last three and a half years.
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Today federal authorities unveiled a 47-count indictment- -that names four prison guards and 18 other people- -inmates, along with their friends and relatives on the outside.
They're alleged to have carried on a continuing criminal enterprise run by inmate Mike Fulcher.
Fulcher's 65-year old Mother is named as a co-conspirator in the drug trafficking scheme.
The indictment says she laundered money and set up a drop-box at the post office under a phony name.
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((THIS IS THE WAY I FEEL ABOUT IT: YOU CAN INDICT A HAM SANDWICH. ISN'T THAT WHAT THEY SAID ON CLINTON'S THING THE OTHER DAY? "YOU CAN INDICT A HAM SANDWICH."))
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[OUT Q=ham sandwich (DOUBLE OUT!)]
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ETHEL Fulcher is charged with obstruction of justice AND the government has taken steps to seize her home and the nearly nine acres she owns on Plantation Road.
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[Stanley]


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A Henry County man will spend a year behind bars for killing his brother.
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Jason Stanley was sentenced this afternoon.
The judge gave him 12-months in jail and a 25-hundred dollar fine.
It's the same sentence the jury recommended when they convicted Stanley in October.
They found him guilty of voluntary manslaughter for shooting his older brother Scott to death last Febraury.
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Roanoke begins the search for a new city manager. That story is just ahead on News 7.
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And the man with a different porch wins his battle, but does it set a bad precedent?
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Roanoke City Council is preparing to launch a national search for Bob Herbert's successor.
The longtime city manager surprised council members with his resignation late yesterday.
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Tonight, Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom with more from Herbert and from council members who will select his replacement.
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Keith, Bob Herbert had council's support. He wasn't facing any pressure to resign. But he says conversations with Virginia Tech officials since late last fall produced an offer he couldn't refuse.
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((BOB HERBERT/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: SOME CITY MANAGERS ACTUALLY GO OUT AND START WINE MAKING. I'VE ALWAYS HOPED THERE WOULD COME A TIME WHEN I WOULD MOVE INTO PERHAPS A LITTLE LESS STRESSFUL ENVIRONMENT. BUT STILL MAKE A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY.))
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Bob Herbert says the offer from Virginia Tech fit the bill. As a fellow in the Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement, he'll develop workshops, short courses and other educational programs, while helping to bring new business to the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.
Meanwhile, council members say they want to begin the search for Herbert's replacement as soon as possible.
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[IN Q=These are critical years]

((JIM TROUT/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: THESE ARE CRITICAL YEARS AHEAD AND WE WANT TO DO A NATIONAL SEARCH, SO OUR CITIZENS ARE COMFORTABLE IN THE SELECTION WE WILL MAKE BY ALL SEVEN OF US.))
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While Roanoke searches for a Herbert's successor... the city has named a new Planning Director.
Evie Lander, a city planner since 1983, is the new chief of the Department of Planning and Community Development.

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Keith, Lander has served at acting chief since April 1998, when John Marlles resigned.

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Last night, Roanoke City Council told a resident of historic "Old Southwest" he could keep his non-traditional porch.

That's raising concern with the group charged with making such decisions.
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The Architectural Review Board had ruled Aubrey Hicks' porch railings "out of character" with the neighborhood. [nat-sound] ((This is my house the way it looked in the spring of 1994.))
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After Hicks showed council what improvements he had made, the group overturned the board's decision. The board feels council has taken the teeth from its guidelines.
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((DON HARWOOD/ARB MEMBER; ANY TIME WE DEVIATE FROM THAT, WE HAVE THE POTENTIAL OF BREAKING DOWN THE OVERALL CHARACTER AND FIBER OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD IN FAVOR OF INDIVIDUAL SITUATIONS.))
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And some Old Southwest neighbors fear council has set a precedent for other residents to seek variances.
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A Montvale man was killed in an industrial accident this morning at the Virginia Forge Company in Buchanan.
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Company officials say they're not sure how it happened.
Somehow a worker got his head caught in a metal press.
Forty- three year old Lewis C- Wheeler, Junior, died of massive head injuries. It happened around 9-30 this morning.
The plant closed around noon, sending employees home.
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A mixed day on Wall Street, although most stocks of local interest were down. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
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Congressman Virgil Goode's chief-of-staff has resigned.
But Goode says it has nothing to do with rumors that he might switch parties.
Disaffected Democrats complained about Goode's votes FOR impeachment last month.
But Goode says Jim Sievert quit over how the office was run.
As for whether he'd feel more comfortable in the G-O-P, Goode says he plans to attend the Blue Dog Democratic Caucus meeting next month.


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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#98-83 25:57]
[GRAPHIC=Va Capitol]


The Grayson County burning and beheading case that shocked the nation has inspired a tough new death penalty bill in Richmond.
But it may surprise you to know that the victim's family wants nothing to do with the bill.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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(( Garnett "G.P." Johnson was burned alive.
His corpse was then beheaded.
But it was only the theft of his watch that allowed Virginia to charge his killers with the death penalty.
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((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R-LYNCHBURG: IF YOU ARE GRUESOME ENOUGH TO BEHEAD OR DISMEMBER AN INDIVIDUAL AS A PART OF KILLING THEM, THEN THOSE PEOPLE UNFORTUNATELY DESERVE THE DEATH PENALTY, IF ANYTHING DESERVES THE DEATH PENALTY.))
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So Lynchburg Senator Steve Newman wants to make dismemberment the 13th way a murder becomes a death penalty crime in Virginia.
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But the victim's cousin says don't do it on the family's behalf.
It won't bring G-P Johnson back and it wouldn't have worked in that case because with two defendants, how would you identify which one mutilated the body?
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Jeff Johnson says "This case doesn't need to be used by anyone for any political gain."
And "This family's been under the scrutiny, under the light, long enough."
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((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R-LYNCHBURG: ACTUALLY WE HAVE TALKED TO A NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN GRAYSON COUNTY. THERE'S A LOT OF EMOTIONS THAT AN INDIVIDUAL GOES THROUGH DURING A TRAUMATIC EVENT LIKE THIS. AND I RESPECT THAT IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE. BUT WHEN YOU COME TO REALIZE THAT THE COMMONWEALTH HAS A HOLE IN ITS DEATH PENALTY, THAT ALLOWS AN INDIVIDUAL TO BEHEAD AN INDIVIDUAL, AND STILL NOT BE CAPABLE OF GETTING THE DEATH PENALTY, THAT'S A WHOLE THAT NEEDS TO BE FILLED.))
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Newman says his bill is likely to pass-- with or without family support.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))


[Tobacco]


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[TAPE#=98-77 49:38]
[GRAPHIC=Tobacco Settlement]


Governor Jim Gilmore traveled to North Carolina today, where he said a lawsuit by the federal government won't stop tobacco companies from helping farmers.
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[SUPER=03-Durham, N.C.]


Gilmore was at a conference with tobacco executives in the tar Hell State.
He responded to President Clinton's State of the Union address.
Last night the president announced a federal lawsuit, trying to get big tobacco to pay for smoking-related illnesses.

[SOT 12:41:26]
[IN Q=certainly the president]

((GILMORE: CERTAINLY THE PRESIDENT DID INJECT A NEW ELEMENT WHICH IS NOT HELPFUL FOR OUR GOALS, WHICH IS TO PROTECT THE FARMING COMMUNITY. BUT IT STILL SHOULD NOT CHANGE THE UNDERLYING COMMITTMENTS BY COMPANIES FOR TODAY.))
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At today's conference the tobacco executives talked about creating a five-billion dollar trust fund.
That money would support farmers if demand for tobacco drops.

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Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, we'll check in with Jeff Gordon from Daytona after his second day of testing.


George Welsh get s national honor.
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And with the lockout set to end tomorrow, we'll explore what's in store for the area's free agents.
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[S-Lynch]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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With the NBA lockout now officially set to end at two o'clock tomorrow look for a whilwind of deals to be announced.


[GRAPHIC=GEORGE LYNCH]


As far as our local NBA talent is concerned, it looks like George Lynch definitely will not be back in Vancouver with the Grizzlies.
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[SUPER=03-Vancouver, BC; :00]


The free agent forward who now lives in Plano, Texas has been working out during the lockout with members of the Dallas Mavericks.
But right now it appears that George will end up with the Milwaukee Bucks. That would be a good fit for Lynch since both he and new Bucks head coach George Karl are UNC grads.
Lynch also is looking at Philadelphia and Charlotte.
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[S-Curry]


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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/1997; :00]


Speaking of Charlotte, it looks more and more like Dell Curry, the last remaining original Hornet will NOT be re-signed by Charlotte.
It appears that Curry will be the odd man out as the team has its eyes on free agent Eldridge Recasner, who spent last year with the Hawks.
Curry is the Hornets' all-time leading scorer.
He could possibly end up in Chicago with the Bulls.
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The final day of Daytona testing for the General Motrors cars wrapped up this afternoon at the world center of racing.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL; :00]


Jeff Gordon posted the fastest GM speed today with a lap at 192 point 452 miles an hour.
Gordon and the Rainbow warriors are testing two different Chevys this week.
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[OUT Q=...SO FAR."]
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Gordon posted an amazing 13 wins last season, but he was more impressed with another statistic.
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[OUT Q=...victory lane."]
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30 drivers tested a total of 47 cars at the track today. Kyle Petty also topped 192 miles an hour.

[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-28 1:17:02]
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The Northern Conference second place Roanoke Express is back in the Round House this Friday Night to face the Peoria Riverman.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning; :00]


There IS no place like home for the Express. The team, which practiced at the Roanoke Civic center this morning, has played eight of their last nine games on the road. In one of those games the Riverman scored five goals.
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[OUT Q=...get back here"]
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And News 7 sports has learned that Slam Duncan will be back this friday night as the Express P-A Announcer.
However, Duncan will serve a one game suspension when the Express plays the Hampton Roads Admirals on April second.


The Express will now be soley responsible for any negative comments over the P-A in the future and could face a 3 thousand dollar fine.


[S-Stuff]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-27]
[GRAPHIC=NCAA FOOTBALL]


On the college football front tonight, the University of Colorado has hired Gary Barnett to take overits program.
Barnett comes from Northwestern, where he served in the same capacity for seven years.
He will be formally introduced at Colorado on Friday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/1998 Peach Bowl; :00]


And closer to home, George Welsh has been named the division one college coach of the year by the Metropolitan New York football writer's association.
The winningest coach in ACC history will pick up the honor at the Eastern College Football Awards banquet on February 16th.
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And don't forget tomorrow night at eight catch the Cavaliers' hoopsters in action as they take on North Carolina right hear on Your Hometown Station.
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Last time Dave Matthews came to town, it was a 33-thousand fan blowout at Victory Stadium. Tonight the Charlottesville native is back, in a more intimate setting.
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Jean Jadhon is here with a preview. [take jean full]
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Keith, Matthews seems to pop up on Southwest Virginia when he kicks off something big.
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Last spring he kicked off his national tour with a sellout performance at Victory Stadium.
His new C-D was released yesterday, and tonight he'll make an acoustic appearance at Virginia Tech.
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We'll bring you the sights and sounds, tonight on News 7 at 11.

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