[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Keith]

[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=Video Open]
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Elton John lands in Roanoke and prepares for the big night., our big story tonight on News 7.
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[VO-NAT]

And as a beaten dog recovers, a grateful owner thanks police for arresting a suspect.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
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Tonight in sports, more than 200 college wrestlers are taking it to the mat this weekend at Franklin County.
Your Hometown station is getting set for another LIVE broadcast from the Dedmon Dome.
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[VO-NAT]


And even the world famous jet dryer couldn't save qualifying at Rockingham today as both Busch and Winston Cup time trials were washed out.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
[SS=None]


Snow is quickly coming to an end across the region. There will be some flurries tomorrow. [open]
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[Video-Open]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=Video Open]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]
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[VO-NAT]


Elton John is in town, and the weather will NOT get in the way. Roanoke is ready for a big night at the Civic Center.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]


Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.[Elton-John]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#99-8 17:49]
[GRAPHIC=Elton John]


After weeks of anticipation, the stage is set for Elton John's sold-out concert at the Roanoke Civic Center.
The show begins in a couple of hours, but the party is already in full swing at the Hotel Roanoke.
[Double Boxes=Keith & Joe/Microwave]


And that's where Joe Dashiell is tonight.
[Live=Joe Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Joe1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]


Keith, tonight's concert is certainly the biggest in our area since Dave Mathews played Victory Stadium.
Excitement has been building since the road crew arrived in town a couple of days ago... fans here at Q-99's pre- concert party are ready to trade in their recordings in favor of the real thing.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=By mid-morning]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Della Thomas/Elton John Fan; :15]
[SUPER=01-Will Phillips/Elton John Fan; :20]



[RUNS=:41]
[OUT Q=Civic Center.]


((By mid-morning, Elton's piano was on the stage, if not yet in tune. [NAT SOUND]
And a few lucky fans ... who were shut out in the original lottery were able to purchase tickets after the promoter released the last of the unsold seats.
[SOT]
[IN Q=It was fate]

((DELLA THOMAS: IT WAS FATE. I HAD THE CASH ON ME AND EVERYTHING. IT WAS FATE.)) ((WILL PHILLIPS: MY WIFE AND I ARE BOTH BIG FANS OF HIS AND WE WERE REALLY DISAPPOINTED WHEN WE COULDN;T GET TO GO AT FIRST. WE DIDN'T THINK WE WERE GOING TO GO. WE MADE OTHER PLANS. EVERYTHING'S GOING TO GET CANCELLED NOW JSUT TO GO TO THE CONCERT.))
[RUNS= 15]
[OUT Q=go to the concert.]


And the final piece fell into place shortly after four o'clock at the Roanoke Regional Airport when Elton and his entourage stepped from his jet... and into a waiting limousine for the drive to the civic center.))

[Live=Joe Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]


The free shuttle service from the Hotel Roanoke and the Williamson Road Parking Garage begins in about fifteen minutes.
The civic center opens at 6:30, and civic center officials are encouraging everyone to come early Keith,
[Double Boxes=Keith & Joe/Microwave]


Because there is no opening act, concert goers who are stuck in traffic at eight o'clock, will be missing part of

Elton's performance.[First-Wx]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]


There were fears that a winter storm could create troubles for the concert tonight, but the outlook doesn't seem so bad now. Let's go to Robin Reed in our weather center.
[MCU]Robin in Wx Ctr [WXPRO/FULL]Winter Graphic
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[TOSS TO KEITH]

[Winter-Storm]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#98-76 1:48:58]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]


The latest batch of winter weather made its appearance in Southwest Virginia, this morning.
But it doesn't look like nature's latest gift will be causing too many headaches.
[Double Boxes=ANCHOR/Microwave]


Teresa Hamilton has been monitoring the situation from the New River Valley and is outside our Blacksburg newsroom.


What's it like down there?
[Live=Teresa Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Teresa1;]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]


Keith, it's not too bad.
Some snow is falling-- but it's mostly rain which means motorists shouldn't encounter too many problems.
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[Double Boxes=Keith & Teresa/Microwave][Haygood-Sentence]



[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=98-79 1:26:51]
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A woman who was attacked at knifepoint outside Lynchburg General Hospital last year says she's convinced the hospital is trying to cover up what happened.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Melanie Curnutte's (ker-NOOTS) attacker, 57- year- old John Major Haygood, was given a three- year prison term today.
Hospital officials say security video of the incident was erased as part of a routine recycling of its tapes.
But Curnutte says the hospital keeps changing its story as to WHEN the tape was erased.
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[SOT 13:22:32]
[IN Q=Obviously something]

((MELANIE CURNUTTE/ATTACK VICTIM: OBVIOUSLY, SOMETHING IS GOING ON HERE, WHEN I CAN'T GET THE CORRECT DATE THAT MY TAPE WAS DESTROYED. THAT'S ALL I WANT, I JUST WANT MY TAPE, I JUST WANT WHAT HAPPENED TO ME SHOWN TO THE REST OF THE WORLD.))
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[OUT Q=of the world.]
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[VO-NAT]


Curnutte claims the tape would have shown that hospital security guards were laughing and not paying attention just prior to the attack.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=98-81 1:13:33]
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A Bedford County fund-raiser is facing charges of grand larceny and embezzlement.
39- year- old Anthony R. Perrow was the head fundraiser for the Forest Athletic Association up until last fall.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


Perrow was in charge of raising money to expand the group's recreation center on Route 811.
But police say Perrow.. who also claimed he was a contractor.. was writing checks to himself and buying equipment that never showed up on the building site.
Authorities say as much as 60- thousand dollars remains unaccounted for.
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[Tech-Dancer]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#=99-5 19:13]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Virginia Tech fraternity that hired an exotic dancer last fall has been disciplined by the university. The fraternity was placed on a year's probation and members must attend sensitivity training sponsored by the Women's Center.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/October 1998]


A Tech spokesman says the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity was cited for three alcohol beverage violations.
The problems arose when several fraternity members hired a female exotic dancer to perform at a drinking party with underage students.
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[Puppy-Beaten]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=99-6 20:06]
[GRAPHIC=Dog Beating]


A Southwest Roanoke woman says she's grateful her abused puppy is back home safe and sound, and that the man believed to have beaten the dog is now behind bars.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Just over a week ago, Teresa Harmon told police that she'd found her dog in an a alley, beaten with its mouth taped shut.
Sheeba is feeling better now, but still has a scar.
Yesterday, Roanoke police arrrested 19- year- old James Anthony Via and charged him with animal cruelty.
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[SOT 10:40:49]
[IN Q=I FEEL REAL]

((TERESA HARMON/DOG OWNER: I FEEL REAL HAPPY. I MEAN, ANYBODY WHO DOES SOMETHING LIKE THAT TO A PUPPY, THEY DESERVE IT. THAT'S THE MOST I CAN SAY FOR THAT.))
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[OUT Q=say for that]
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[VO-NAT]


It was apparently a random incident, Harmon says she does NOT know Via, who's being held in the Roanoke city jail, without bond.
Harmon says from now on, she's only letting her dogs outside, with supervision.
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[Tease#1]

[HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=NONE]


Is running a utility like eating a child? Just ahead, wait till you hear what a local lawmaker says.
And "Smokey" is about to smother I-81.
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[IN=We're going to]
[RUNS=:05]

((WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN THE SATURATED PATROLS THIS WEEKEND, SO YOU'RE GOING TO SEE A LOT OF STATE POLICE CARS OUT THERE.))
[OQ= police cars out there.]
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[VO-NAT]


But will that overcrowd traffic courts? We'll go inside, next.


[BREAK #][State-Police]



[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-7 23:28]
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State Police plan to saturate the Interstate SUNDAY.
As many as 17 troopers will be patroling I-81 in Montgomery County alone.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=When Governor Gilmore]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :07]
[SUPER=01-Kevin Harth/State Trooper; :28]
[SUPER=01-Judge George Harris/Roanoke Co. Gen'l Dist Court; 1:00]
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(( When Governor Gilmore ordered state police to step up enforcement on 81, he outlined a plan to get troopers out of court... to free them up for "interstate patrol."
As a former prosecutor, Gilmore knows how much time troopers waste waiting for their cases to be called. [11:11:45] ((WE'LL NEVER DO AWAY WITH THE WAITING. ))
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When 229 people descend on General District Court at 8:30 on a Thursday morning with traffic tickets in hand- -most of them are sure to have a long wait. [11:12:19] ((IF WE'RE ALL HERE AT THE SAME TIME, WE'RE WAITING ON ONE ANOTHER. WHEREAS IF WE CAN STAGGER OUR TIMES A LITTLE BETTER, THAT WOULD PROBABLY HELP US.))
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Judge George Harris says he may be able to split the docket into two morning sessions one at 8:30, another at, say: TEN-30... so the troopers AND defense attorneys won't have to wait forever. [11:14:40 ] ((THESE JUDGES DO A REALLY GOOD JOB TRYING TO SUIT US ALL. BUT WHO COMES FIRST?))
[RUNS= :05]


The lawyers are jockeying for position, lining up to review their cases with the prosecutor. They're eager to move on to cases where the real money is. [9:36] (( ALTHOUGH YOU MAY BE ENTERING A PLEA OF "GUILTY," YOU STILL HAVE A RIGHT TO MAKE AN EXPLANATION AS TO WHY THE OFFENSE OCCURRED, OR WHY YOU'RE ENTERING YOUR PLEA OF GUILTY.))
[RUNS= :08]


Judge Harris likes to say, "this is not a Super Market."
It just LOOKS like the check out line on a day with snow in the forecast.
Many of the people who came to court ready to plead guilty could have mailed in the fine. But they want to have their say. [9:49:40 (Harris)] [NAT] ((WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SAY ABOUT IT?))
[RUNS= :02]


Stepped up enforcement on I-81 may mean the traffic court docket will only get longer.
Trooper Gary Chaffin hopes saturation patrols will have the opposite effect. [13:30:08] ((IF LESS PEOPLE ARE OUT THERE SPEEDING, THERE'S LESS PEOPLE IN THE COURTROOM. You mean slowing them down before they're ticketed. YES SIR. YES SIR.))
[RUNS= :07]))
[ANCHOR=Keith]


Trooper Chaffin was in court FIVE hours yesterday.

[Electric-Dereg]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
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[GRAPHIC=Electric Deregulation]


Southwest Virginia lawmakers say it may be their most important vote this year.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


A bill to deregulate Virginia's electric utilities got a green light from its final committee today -- despite an attempt to delay it.
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[SOT 14:13:58]
[IN Q=I don't]

((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/D-ROANOKE: I DON'T THINK IT'S EVIL, IT'S NATURAL FOR A COMPANY TO WANT TO MAKE MORE MONEY. BUT IT'S NATURAL AS I'VE SAID FOR A LION TO EAT SMALL CHILDREN. THAT'S WHY WE PUT THE BARS UP AROUND THE LION, PUT HIM IN A CAGE.))
[sot 14:22:15 ]

((DEL. ERIC CANTOR/R-HENRICO CO: THERE WERE COMMENTS MADE EARLIER THAT THIS IS GOING TO NECESSARILY MAKE A WINDFALL FOR THE INCUMBENT UTILITIES. BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE STRUCTURE OF THE BILL AND THE WAY IT'S SET UP, THE INCUMBENT UTILITIES ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE ON A HUGE AMOUNT OF RISK.))
[SUPER=@Woodrum; :00]
[SUPER=01-Del. Eric Cantor/(R) Henrico Co.; :20]
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[OUT Q=amount of risk.]
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[VO-NAT]


Southwest Virginia electricity rates are some of the lowest in the nation-- and may RISE in a competitive market.
The full House votes next week.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=None]
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Wall Street is finishing the week on a high note. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
[RUNS=:25]
[SUPER=x5102;]
[SUPER=430-x/41.32/9339.95/x/23.05/2283.60;]


The Dow climbed over 41 points to close out at 9340.
Nasdaq gained 23 points.
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[ AE/ATT/Bank of America/Bell/Columbia]
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[Roanoke Electric Steel/SunTrust/Trigon/Wachovia/Walmart]

[Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=vvo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A shooting in Roanoke this afternoon leaves a man in Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Rodney Brent McNair was found by police at the intersection of Chapman Avenue and 14th street with an apparent gunshot wound to the neck. Witnesses told detectives there had been a fight involving a dozen people prior to the shooting. McNair's condition is unknown.



[Shelor-Tax]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#=98-83 51:16]
[GRAPHIC=Shelor Tax Fight]


The Blacksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce is weighing in on the dispute between the Shelor Automotive group and Montgomery County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/January;]


Shelor opposes the "Merchant's Capital Tax"-- which is a yearly tax that is levied on a businesses' unsold inventory.
The chamber of commerce wants county officials to either reduce or eliminate the tax.
The Chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors has a different point of view.
Joe Gorman, Junior supports it and says if the county were to do away with the "merchant's tax" the only option would be to increase the real estate tax.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Coming up tonight in sports, rain gets the best of racing at the Rock. Radford gets ready to tangle with Liberty on Your Hometown Station.
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[VO-NAT]


And Roy Stanley checks in from the Northwest Regional wrestling event in Rocky Mount where over 200 wrestlers are on the mat this weekend.
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[S-Rock]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-40]
[graphic=the rock]


After almost 10 days of sun and temperatures in the mid to uppper 80's, the Winston Cup regulars came back to reality today as a cold rain put a hurting on qualifying.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC; :00]


The North Carolina Motor Speedway was all set for both Busch and Cup qualifying today, the rain started coming down shortly after lunch.
They hope to requalify all of the Cup cars tomorrow, and starting position will be critical.
13 drivers will have to pit on the back Sunday and the only driver to ever win at the Rock from the back pits was Neil Bonnett in 1988.
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[talent=mike]
[graphic=the rock]


The drivers did get in two full hours of practice before the rains arrived at the Rock. Jeremy Mayfield, Mike Skinner, and Jeff Gordon were the quickest.

[S-Radford]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-35]
[GRAPHIC=big south]


Big South basketball is back on Your Hometown Station.
I hope you can join us at 3:30
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[vo nat eng#]


as we present LIVE coverage of the regular season finale between Radford and Liberty. The Highlanders beat LU by 26 earlier this year and Radford knows what it needs to do to avoid an upset tomorrow.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=WELL BASICALLY..]
[SUPER=01-Leslie Ballard/RU's Leading Scorer; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ron Bradley/Radford Head Coach; :10]
[SUPER=01-Correy Watkins/Radford Freshman; :21]
[RUNS=:29]
[OUT Q=...THIS TIME (2)."]
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[VO NAT CON'T]
This will be the final home game for high scoring guard Leslie Ballard.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=BITE]
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[OUT Q=...GET IT GOING."]
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[S-High]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-31]
[GRAPHIC=HIGH SCHOOL]


Tonight at 11, we will crown four high school district basketball champs. Two in the Roanoke Valley, one in the Blue Ridge and another in the Seminole.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :00]


Last night the only remaining unbeaten team in the area, Roanoke Valley Christian improved to 22-and-0 with a double digit win over North Cross.
K.C. Gilbert led the way with 30 points.
Josh Foster also had a big game as he topped the 1000 career point mark.
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[S-Wrestling]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-32 (40:08)]

[GRAPHIC Logo]
The best in the Northwest are in Rocky Mount this weekend for the regional wrestling tournament.
And Roy Stanley says the top two teams in the region expect to be challenged this weekend.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="23 TEAMS....]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kris Kahila/Franklin Co. Head Coach; :20]
[SUPER=01-Bill Cameron/Stonewall Jackson Head Coach; :49]
[SUPER=@Roy1; 1:26]
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[OUT Q=.....news 7 sports."]

((23 teams and 224 wrestlers are competing for regional titles and a spot in the state wrestling tournament.
Franklin county, The power in the R-V-D have won regional titles 5 of the last 10 years. However, the Eagles finished second in the region last season.)) ((KRIS KAHILA/FRANKLIN CO. HEAD COACH; :)) ((Stonewall Jackson is back to defend its title. This will be head coach Bill Cameron's last seat at the mat because he's retiring at the end of the season.
Cameron says the Raiders will have a tough time defending that title in the competative Northwest Region.)) ((BILL CAMERON/STONEWALL JACKSON HEAD COACH:)) ((Individual performances are the key to team success and it's too late for the grapplers to make last minute changes.)) ((KAHILA:)) ((ROY STANDUP:))
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[S-Collins]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-29 tc 44:03]
[GRAPHIC=Giants]


The New York Giants have given quarterback Kerry Collins a new lease on a career in the NFL.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Spartansburg, SC/July 1998;]


Collins has agreed to a four year 16-million dollar contract to play in New York.
The 26 year old was released from the Panthers in October after he told then coach Dom Capers his heart was no longer in the game.
Collins then went to New Orleans. While with the Saints he was arrested for driving under the influence.
He received a 4-point-8 million dollar signing bonus from New York.
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[Anchor=Mike]
[SS=hold]


The Giants released Q-B Danny Kannell to make room for Collins.[Wx-Tape]
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The crowds are starting to gather outside the Roanoke Civic Center for tonight's big concert.
[Double Boxes=Keith & Stacey/Microwave]


Stacey Martin is just outside the center with more.
[Live=Stacey Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Stacey1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]

Keith, in just a few minutes, they'll open the doors and begin letting the fans in. Now for those who haven't arrived, there are still shuttle buses bringing fans here. You can catch them at the garage at Williamson Road and Tazewell Avenue. We understand Elton John is now meeting with Roanoke's mayor backstage, but the singer will soon get ready to take the stage for his performance at eight o'clock.
[Double Boxes=ANCHOR/Microwave]

We will have highlights from tonight's concert and reaction from fans at News 7 at 11.





[Truck-Training]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#=99-4 42:51]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A new truck driver training school may be credited for attracting new businesses to Halifax County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co.;]


The first crop of students graduated today from the six- week course.
Some of these newly licensed truck drivers already have jobs lined up.
The recent addition of the truck driver training school to the industrial park area along Route 58 was, in part, responsible for drawing new companies, like the Dollar General Distribution Center.
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