[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A U-S strike on an Iraqi pipeline may affect oil flow in the middleast.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And on Capitol Hill they're already preparing for the Y-2-K bug.
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[TALENT=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


A sunny view outside your window this afternoon, with a bit of a breeze.
Expect some warmer highs today...and some rain on the horizon for tomorrow.
We'll sort it all out for you in the forecast...
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[iraq-latest]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq Attack]


The confrontation with Saddam Hussein is clearly heating up.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Iraq;]

[9:01:34]
Iraq claims U-S warplanes struck a vital oil pipeline for a second straight day.
Iraq is feeling the pain and appealing to world opinion to condemn the air strikes.
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[SOT]
[IN=THE STATION WAS...]

((AL-KAYT:THE STATION WAS SUBJECTED TO A VICIOUS AERIAL ATTACK BY AMERICAN AIRPLANES COMING FROM TURKEY."))
[RUNS=:07]
[SUPER=01-Falih Hassa Al-Kayat/Oil Ministry ;]
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[VO-NAT]


According to U-S officials, American jets dropped more than 30 bombs on Iraqi installations after F-15 fighters were targeted by Iraqi radar.
In Washington, Defense Secretary William Cohen admitted the attack may have affected the flow of oil.
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[SOT]
[in=WE DID IN FACT...]

((COHEN: WE DID IN FACT TARGET A COMMUNICATIONS FACILITY, WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE INTERRUPTED THE FLOW OF OIL TEMPORARILY GOING TO TURKEY.))
[SUPER=01-William Cohen/Secretary of Defense;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT=GOING TO TURKEY.]
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[VO-NAT]


These latest strikes are the heaviest since Operation Desert Fox got underway in mid-December.
Sadaam Hussein met with his revolutionary council yesterday and vowed to continue to challenge American and British warplanes.
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[China-Students]


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


Two missing Chinese teenagers have been found in Los Angeles but 30 more are still missing this afternoon.
The group of exchange students disappeared while at the airport waiting to catch a flight home to China.
Police suspect the students may be involved in a defection.
Sandra Hughes reports.
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[SOT]

[10;11:05]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Cmdr. Dave Kalish/Los Angeles Police; :18]
[SUPER=01-Alicia Suchoparech/Host Mother; :38]
[SUPER=01-Susan Baile/Host Mother; :52]
[SUPER=01-Sandra Hughes/Reporting; :59]
[RUNS=1:19]
[OUT Q=For CBS News, Los Angeles.]


[Y-2-K]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Battling the Bug]


The Year 2000 computer bug dominates business on Capitol Hill today.
The Senate has passed a bill to help small businesses cope with the Y-2-K bug.
The bill now goes to the House.
It would funnel federal loans to small businesses so they could get their computers ready.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]


Meantime, a Senate Panel heard from food industry executives this morning who reported they don't expect any disruptions in their business.
The special committee has been looking into the problem to make sure systems will be upgraded to understand the date change.
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[Bush-Buchannon]


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


Two Republicans are making moves in the race for the White House.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Austin, TX;]

[4:08;48]
Texas governor George W. Bush is expected to announce today.. that he's forming an exploratory committee to examine the likelihood of a Republican nomination.
Yesterday he was urged to run by state lawmakers from North and South Carolina and Connecticut.
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[SOT]
[4:07;19=30]
[IN Q=We believe ....]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=Bring everyone together.]
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[VO-NAT]


And its full steam ahead for conservative political commentator, Pat Buchanan.
This morning in New Hampshire he announced a third run for the presidency.
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[E-Apartment-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#=98-76 2:04:34]
[GRAPHIC=Deadly Fire]


We now know the identity of the man killed in yesterday morning's apartment fire in Danville.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


Investigators say 65-year-old Donald Daniel was using a charcoal grill for heat because he had no electricity in his apartment.
Some nearby items ignited, and flames quickly spread.
After more than an hour of battling the fire, crews discovered Daniel's body in the rubble.
Police officers on routine patrol were the first to notice the fire, and they helped get two other people out of the burning building safely.
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[SOT 1:29:11-:17]
[IN Q=I was glad]

((DONALD JAMES/ESCAPED BURNING APARTMENT: I WAS GLAD TO BE OUT OF THERE. I REALLY DIDN'T CAR ABOUT WHAT I HAD LOST, I WAS JUST THANKFUL TO BE OUT OF THERE.))
[SUPER=01-Donald James/Escaped Burning Apartment;]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=out of there.]
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[VO-NAT]


Police are awaiting autopsy results.

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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A Franklin County man faces first degree murder charges for allegedly killing his wife.
Authorities say 49-year-old Connie Grigg was stabbed to death in her home in the Ferrum section of the county Saturday morning.
Her husband, James Grigg, is being held without bond.
His preliminary hearing is set for May fourth.

[5-Severed-Head]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=598-40 1:18:46]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A severed head was found yesterday morning by a couple walking in a Richmond park.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


Richmond police are providing scant details -- but spent much of the day searching the north bank of the James River in Richmond as a crime scene.
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[SOT 16:02:33]
[IN Q=We did]

((WE DID FIND A SEVERED HEAD THAT APPEARED TO BE THAT OF A WHITE MALE. SOME HOURS LATER AS WE WERE PROCESSING THE SCENE AND CONTINUING TO SEARCH FOR ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE, WE DID LOCATE A TORSO. THE TORSO WAS LOCATED ANYWHERE BETWEEN THREE QUARTERS OF A MILE TO A MILE EAST OF THE FOOTBRIDGE ITSELF.))
[SUPER=01-Teresa Gooch/Richmond Deputy Police Chief;]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=footbridge itself.]
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[VO-NAT]


Police will NOT say how the head appeared to be severed.
It was found on a footbridge that is a main thoroughfare of the park.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


Later yesterday afternoon, police found a headless torso nearly a mile downstream. [tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Cable rates in the Roanoke Valley are going up-- and that's good news to Satellite T-V providers.
Both sides of that story are coming up after the break.
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[VO-NAT ]


And it sounds like a good cause, but how do you convince farmers to give up thousands of dollars and acres of land in the name of erosion control?
That story is coming up in a few moments, but first let's check in with Kimberly McBroom.
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[Talent=Kimberly]

[Wx-Tease] [Weatherpro]
Typical March weather today, Melanie--
The sun is out, temperatures are fairly mild, and once again, you'll catch a breeze if you walk outside.
A storm in the midwest could spring some springlike showers later tonight..you can check that out now on the national radar picture... [music up full] [comm1]

[E-Cable-Rates]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=98-78 1:28:08]
[GRAPHIC=Cable TV]


Cable rates in the Roanoke Valley are going up again.
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[VO-NAT]


Your bill will go up a dollar-76 if you live in the city of Roanoke, Roanoke County or Vinton.
That puts rates close to 32-dollars a month for Cox Communications' most popular basic cable package.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[graphic=HOLD]


Rates for premium channels will go up, too.
Cox said the new rates will help the company pay operating costs and add new channels.

[Satellite-TV]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-7 TC30:34]
[GRAPHIC=Satellite TV]


If the cable rate hike has you considering a satellite dish, you need to compare more than prices.
Eric Earnhart has details.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Another day, another]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Hill/New Satellite Customer; :08-quick]
[SUPER=01-Phillip Cullum/Digital Dimensions; :20]
[SUPER=01-Matt Whitcomb/ACS Home Entertainment; :38]
[SUPER=@Eric1; :51]
[RUNS=1:34]
[OUT Q=EE, News 7]


(( Another day, another dish, and another television viewer hooks up to the world of satellite broadcasting.
[SOT 05:37:00]
[IN Q=i live in Frankin]

(( ELIZABETH HILL/NEW SATELLITE CUSTOMER; I LIVE IN FRANKLIN COUNTY AND WE DON'T HAVE CABLE ACCESS. )) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=cable acces]


Satellite dealers are expecting the latest rate increase to send more current cable customers their way as well...

[SOT 00:04:00 ELLER TAPE]
[IN Q=it definitely]

((PHILLIP CULLUM/DIGITAL DIMENSIONS; IT DEFINITLY HAS A MAJOR IMPACT WHEN CABLE RATES TO UP.)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=rates go up]


But who really has the best deal...
If you go strictly by the numbers, here they are, Cable costs just over 30 dollars for 54 channels, Satellite costs just under 30 dollars for 100 channels.
[SOT 05:33:12]
[IN Q=if they really]

((MATT WHITCOMB/ACS HOME ENTERTAINMENT; IF THEY REALLY SIT DOWN TO LOOK A THE VALUE THAT THEY'RE GETTING FOR THE DOLLAR A LOT OF THEM WILL SWITCH. )) [RUNS06]
[OUT Q=will switch]


The deal becomes more palatable as dealers offer free dishes, and whatever else they can to convince viewers to make the switch. 05:35:23 Satellite dealers are also addressing the concerns of people that just don't want one of these things sitting in their front yard... it is the ultimate marriage of high tech and low tech... meet the satellite recieving rock.
But even the rock can't block this cable counter-punch... satellite tv canNOT deliver local stations...
Viewers who can, will have to use rabbit ears or an outdoor antenna.
[SOT 05:33:23]
[IN Q=their primary concern]

((MATT WHITCOMB/ACS HOME ENTERTAINMENT; THEIR PRIMARY CONCERN IS THEIR LOCAL NETWORKS, THEIR LOCAL AFFILIATES AND BEYOND THAT THEY'RE JUST NOT REALLY INTO A LOT OF TELEVISION, IN THAT CASE THE DISH IS NOT THAT MUCH OF AN INTEREST TO THEM. BUT FOR SOMEBODY THAT HAS A LARGE APPETITE THE DISH IS THE WAY TO GO. )) [RUNS14]
[OUT Q=way to go]


Best advice, figure out what you're hungry for BEFORE deciding whether the dish is right for you.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))

[Tornado-noon]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=afr]
[TAPE#=99-1 tc 51:14]
[GRAPHIC=Virginia Tornadoes]


March is here-- It's time for spring storm season.
If this spring is an average one we'll see several severe storms.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./1996;]


Along with numerous severe thunderstorms, Virginia will experience 6 to 8 tornadoes in an average year.
The unlucky few to witness these powerful storms will have memories to last a lifetime.
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[IN Q=Everything]

((TORNADO WITNESS: WHEN I WOKE UP IT WAS LIKE A LOCOMOTIVE COMING THROUGH THE HOUSE. JUST REAL LOUD. THERE'S NO WAY I CAN REALLY DESCRIBE HOW LOUD IT WAS.))
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=that quick]
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD -- TONIGHT] Typical Virginia Tornadoes are quick movers. They form, touch down, and then dissapear within a minute.
Andrew Freiden begins a two part series called Virginia Tornadoes tonight at six.
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[E-Erosion-Control]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-81 1:23:38]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Farming and land erosion often go hand in hand-- but planting trees along streambanks can curb that.
The trick is getting farmers to do it.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


Eighth-and ninth graders show how it's done.
They hammered more than one thousand live stakes along the stream on the Slotnick property.
When these grow into trees -- they'll stop soil and pollution from washing into the water.
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[SOT 11:34:13]
[IN Q=There is an expense]

((THERE IS AN EXPENSE OUT OF POCKET FOR THE FARMER BUT IN THE LONG RUN WE FEEL IT'S GOING TO BE AN EFFICIENT, COST-EFFECTIVE WAY OF REDUCING THE RUNOFF.))
[SUPER=01-Roger Seale/Ferrum College;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=reducing the runoff]
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[VO-NAT]


Residents must pay at least a quarter of the cost, which can add up to several thousand dollars.
Ferrum College, Virginia Tech and several environmental groups pick up the rest.
They're trying to convince almost three-hundred farmers, from Callaway to Smith Mountain Lake, to protect their banks too.
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[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Get out your Doctor Seuss hat-- it's read across America Day.
That's the next story on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And the lights of Las Vegas get a little brighter tonight when a new resort opens for business.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]


[Seuss-Books]


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


Babies born in West Virginia today will get a special welcome into the world of reading.
Each newborn will receive a Doctor Seuss book in honor what would have been the author's 95th birthday.
The birthday gifts are being presented by the West Virginia Education Association and the West Virginia Hospital Association in conjunction with Read Across America.

[Vegas-Resort]


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


Where can you catch six foot waves and a Broadway show?
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Las Vegas, NV;]

[7:40;34]
At the billion dollar Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas.
The massive hotel casino opens for business late tonight following a V-I-P party.
In addition to gambling, you can watch a surfing competition on a beach or take in the Tony award winning musical "Chicago" at the Mandalay Bay Theatre a short distance away.
The Mandalay Bay is just one of four resorts set to open this year in Las Vegas.
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[Stocks]


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 47 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports, Kerry Collins shows his face in the Big Apple.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus, we'll take a look at what it's like to be an N-F-L official.
The high-profile profession DOESN'T list job security as one of it's benefits.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]


[ACC]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-31]
[GRAPHIC=A-10]


With Virginia Tech out of the way, St. Joseph's made easy work of Xavier in the Atlantic 10 conference tournament.


The Hawks used a homecourt advantage to cruise to an 85- 73 victory.
The lady Hokies were represented on the all-tournament team-- by Amy Wetzel.
[graphic=acc]


In the ACC last night, the Clemson Tigers outlasted North Carolina to claim the title.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/HTS; :00]


Clemson trailed at the half, but some key adjustments broke open a tie game in the final eight minutes.
The Tigers relied on (ee-torroh ooh-moe)Itoro Uhmo, who scored 26 points including this three from way beyond the arc.
[super=33-Clemson/87/North Carolina/72;]


Nikki Teasley led the Tarheels with 19 points.
But Clemson takes home the banner with the 87-to-72 win.
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[Refs]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-43 tc 14:19]
[GRAPHIC=NFL]


A few bad calls could cost you your job-- that is, if you're an NFL official.
Veteran zebra Gerry Austin talked to the Roanoke Valley Sports Club last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem;]


He's been an official in the National Football League for 17 years.
The officiating of NFL games made national sports headlines in the '98 season, with a botched coin toss on Thanksgiving Day and controversial game-deciding calls.
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[SOT 04:56:14]
[IN Q=When you have]
[SUPER=01-Gerry Austin/Veteran NFL Referee;]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=pretty good job]
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[VO-NAT]


The refs are graded each week and are let go if they don't measure up. In fact the NFL has the highest release rate of all professional officials.
Preparation for the next season begins in March. Officials take written tests, study videos then go to their own camp in July.
Then they spend four days at camp with an NFL team before the preseason begins.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 03:08:05]
[IN Q=during the course]
[RUNS=18]
[OUT Q=three page test]
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[Collins]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-35]
[GRAPHIC=Giants]


Former Panthers quarterback Kerry Collins was introduced to the New York media yesterday, for the first time since signing a sixteen million dollar contract with the Giants.
He says the bad boy behavior is behind him, and he's ready to move on and remain alcohol free.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="You know...]
[SUPER=01-Kerry Collins/New York Giants Quarterback; :14]
[RUNS=:25]
[OUT Q=...PART IN THAT."]
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[Vinny]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-42]
[GRAPHIC=WIPE WIPE WIPE]



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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-NFL;]


The New York Jets rewarded Vinny Testeverde for bringing the team within one game of the SuperBowl.
The native of the Big Apple received a three-year contract extension worth over nineteen million dollars.
The thirty-five year-old was 13-and-2 as a starter in the regular season.
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[Express]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-40 15:23]
[GRAPHIC=Express/Storm]


The Roanoke Express welcomes the Toledo Storm to the Roundhouse tonight for a crucial Northern conference encounter.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


The Storm is third in the conference with a 30-17 and 5 record, while the Express is the number one team in the conference.
Toledo is 2-0h and 1 against Roanoke. This is one of 18 games before the playoffs for the Express.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="our team]

((SCOTT GORDON/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
[SUPER=01-Scott Gordon/Express Head Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=....ready to go"]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[ss=hold!!!]


Faceoff is tonight at seven o'clock.

[Nascar]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-26]
[GRAPHIC=LAS VEGAS]


The NASCAR Winston Cup circuit heads west to Las Vegas this weekend.
[graphic=darlington]


But several drivers spent yesterday in South Carolina-- testing at Darlington.
The fastest on the track was rookie Tony Stewart, with a lap of a hundred-sixty-eight point 9-3-1 miles per hour.


(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="The track...]
[SUPER=01-Tony Stewart/Fastest in Darlington Testing; :00]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=....by far."]
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[Truck]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=Extra]
[GRAPHIC=WIPE WIPE WIPE]



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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL;]


Rusty Wallace's truck driver is the envy of his peers in the garage. Bob Tracey is driving this state of the art, 350 thousand dollar, stainless-steel tractor trailer.
It has a full size refrigerator inside, along with a 10 disc C-D changer.
The automatic gets 10 miles to the gallon, which will help out with the ninety-thousand miles Tracey will put on th(------------) e truck before the end of the racing season.