[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Ahead on News 7 at noon, it looks like the last meal's been served at the Star City Dinner.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And Elizabeth Dole is about to take her first, formal step toward a possible run for president.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Kosovo]


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


There are more signs today that the American effort to borker a peace agreement in Kosovo is faltering.
A spokesman for the ethnic Albanians, the majority population of Kosovo, now says there is only a 50- 50 chance they will sign the peace agreement.
And the other side, Yugoslavia, has not softened its stance despite NATO threats.
Tom Fenton reports.
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[10:04:05]
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[SUPER=03-Belgrade, Yugoslavia; :00]
[SUPER=01-Richard Holbrooke/U. S. Envoy; :09]
[SUPER=01-Tom Fenton/Reporting; :56]
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[OUT Q=CBS News, London.]

((Washington has sent in its big gun, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, in an attempt to browbeat the other side into accepting the deal.
SOT RICHARD HOLBROOKE/U-S SPECIAL ENVOY: WE MIGHT BE ON A COLLISION COURSE HERE BETWEEN YUGOSLAVIA AND THE WESTERN AU

THORITIES, INCLUDING NATO.. The United States has been threatening to unleash NATO air strikes against Serb military installations if Serbian President Milosovic refuses to accept a deal that includes sending in NATO troops to keep the peace in Kosovo.
(Serb tanks)

Right now, there is no peace to keep. The ceasefire brokered last October by Holbrooke is being broken by both sides in Kosovo. The Serbs have been sending in reenforcements to crush the rebellion by the ethnic Albanians. And the Albanians -- the side that the United States has been trying to protect -- have not given up their fight for independence. They are now making things worse by hesitating to sign the American-backed peace proposals. FENTON OC THE PEACE NEGOTIATIONS THAT STALLED LAST MONTH IN FRANCE ARE SCHEDULED TO RESUME NEXT MONDAY. BUT ALREADY THAT DEADLINE SEEMS TO BE SLIPPING. HOLBROOK HAS ONLY A FEW DAYS TO PULL IT ALL TOGETHER AND RESCUE WHAT IS BEGINNING TO LOOK LIKE A MAJOR FAILURE OF AMERICAN DIPLOMACY. T F, CBS NEWS, LONDON))

[Star-City]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#99-2 TC49:05]
[GRAPHIC=Star City Closed]


The embattled Star City Diner is now HISTORY--
A brief hearing this morning ended the saga between the Roanoke restaurant and the city health department.
[Double Boxes=Mealnie and Kimberly/Newsroom]


Kimberly McBroom spoke with both health department officials and restaurant owner Spanky Macher.
So Kimberly, is the Star City Diner is closed for good?
[Live=Kimberly Full/Newsroom]
[SUPER=@Kimberly1;]


It is indeed, Melanie.
Spanky Macher did NOT attend this morning's hearing with the city health department.
But through his attorney, Macher voluntarily closed his restaurant-- withdrawing his request for an appeal of his restaurant permit revocation.
(Rollcue: permit revocation. )
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[IN Q=White paper now]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]
[SUPER=01-Spanky Macher/Star City Diner Owner;]
[SUPER=01-Molly Rutledge/Roanoke City Health Director;]
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[OUT Q=in the city]

(( White paper now encloses the Star City Diner-- perhaps like the symbolic white flag owner Spanky Macher finally waved to the Roanoke City Health Department.
After a series of failed health inspections, Macher says he was tired of the battle.
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[SOT 10:51:42]

((SPANKY MACHER/STAR CITY DINER OWNER: IT GOT TO A POINT WHERE THEY HAD IT IN FOR US. THEY KNOW WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO. THEY HAD IT IN MIND THAT THEY WERE GOING TO CLOSE US AT ALL COSTS. IT DON'T THINK THERE WAS ANY WAY OUT OF IT. AND I DON'T THINK SOMEBODY LIKE ME CAN BEAT THE BUREAUCRATIC SYSTEM. )) [RUNS:14]
The health department's ongoing reports listed several problems at the restaurant-- especially roach infestation and rotten food.
Since Macher says he couldn't offer a "100- percent" guarantee that there would be no more roaches in the restuaurant, he surrendered his food permit.
Health deaprtment officials say it's a landmark case for city of Roanoke.
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[SOT 9:52:26]
[IN Q=It's the first time]

((MOLLY RUTLEDGE/ROANOKE CITY HEALTH DIR.: IT'S THE FIRST TIME THAT I'VE EVER INITIATED A HEARING FOR REVOCATION IN THE 12 YEARS THAT I'VE BEEN THE HEALTH DIRECTOR. WE DON'T BELIEVE THERE'S EVER BEEN ONE HERE IN THE CITY.)) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=in the city]))




[Live=Kimberly Full/Newsroom]


This resolves the health department battle-- now Macher says he plans to file suit with the exterminating company that was contracted to get rid of the roaches in his restaurant.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Kimberly/Newsroom]
(question: Do you know what Macher plans to do with the building now that Star City Diner is closed?)


He says several businesses have expressed their interest in leasing the building, and he says he'd like to see another restaurant open there.

[Tibet]


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


Today marks the 40th anniversy of the uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet.
And in India today some 5-thousand called for Tibet to be freed.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]


China sent its army into Tibet in 1950, claiming it was historically a Chinese province.
The uprising took place in 1959 - when the Dalai Lama fled and about 120- thousand Tibetans followed him into exile in India.
Thousands more Tibetans live in Europe and North America.
Today's rally included prayers for those killed in the uprising.
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[Dole]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Elizabeth Dole]


It's Mrs. Dole's turn to take a run at the presidency.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]

[10:09:51]
At a rally in less than an hour in Iowa, Elizabeth will announce that she is forming an exploratory committee for the 2-thousand Republican presidential nomination.
Her husband, Bob Dole, lost his bid for the presidency in 19-96.
Many polls already show Mrs. Dole and Texas Governor George W. Bush leading the other potential candidates.
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[kennedy]


[ANCHOR=MELANIE]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


There's no talk of the White House, but a member of another famous political family is hinting about a possible future in politics.
For the first time John F. Kennedy Junior is indicating he may be ready to follow in his father's footsteps.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


At a press conference yesterday with former Senator Alfonse D'Amato, Kennedy fielded questions on whether he is interested in running for mayor of New York City.
He doesn't seem interested in that office but does seem interested in something.
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[4:12:07-19]
[in=A few people have...]
[SUPER=01-John F. Kennedy, Jr./"George" Editor;]
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[OUT Q=IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT.]
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[VO-NAT]

[4:12-MORE D'AMATOO]
D'Amato, who is a Republican, will be writing a political advice column for Kennedy's magazine "George."
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[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


After weeks of controversy, Franklin County decides to keep school busses rolling on Route 220.
That's one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And we got off easy compared to our friends in Northern Virginia-- where they're digging out from under as many as ten inches of snow.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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

[DC-CLEANUP]


[ANCHOR=MELANIE]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Storm]


The nation's capitol continues to dig out from yesterday's snow storm.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]

[10:01;47]
Snowfall totals ranged from around five to ten inches.
It was the first major snowstorm of the season in Washington and forced the Senate to adjourn early and postponed all floor votes in the House.
Both Virginia airports serving D-C had to cancel flights.
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[Henry-Robbery]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Armed Robbery]


Two Martinsville men are wanted for the armed robbery of a convenience store early yesterday morning.
The Henry County Sheriff's Office is looking for Randy Lee Campbell and William Dudley Smith Junior.
The two men allegedly held up the Speedway Center on the Fairystone Park Highway just after four in the morning.
They're accused of locking a clerk and a delivery man in a refrigerated cooler while they stole money from a safe.
So far, neither of the men has been arrested.

[Campbell-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


Authorities say they've cracked a Campbell county murder case.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co./File Tape]


Six months after Nick Olivarri's body was found along this roadway in Campbell County, two people have been charged with his murder.
Olivarri's 29- year- old estranged wife Sandra Ann Olivarri and 32- year- old William Curtis Tidwell were arrested Tuesday afternoon in Lynchburg.
Police say they had been suspects from the start.. although Olivarri denied any involvement.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=But there were]

((ROBERT MAXEY/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF: BUT THERE WERE QUITE A FEW OTHER INCONSISTENT STATEMENTS THAT MS. OLIVARRI MADE AS WELL AS HER FRIEND MR. TIDWELL THAT WOULD LEAD US TO SUSPECT THEM FROM THE VERY BEGINNING.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Maxey/Campbell Co. Sheriff; ]
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[OUT Q=the very beginnning]
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[VO-NAT]


Police believe Nick Olivarri was killed in Appomattox County and that's where the case will be tried.
The suspects will be transferred to Appomattox for arraignment today.
It took the work of investigators from several jurisdictions to bring the investigation to a close.
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[E-Bus-Stops]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-1 1:01:00]
[GRAPHIC=Franklin Co. Bus Safety]


Franklin County school officials say schoolchildren would be in more danger if they were picked up OFF of Route 220 -- so they're KEEPING most highway bus stops.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./January 25;]


When a flatbed trucker crashed into a schoolbus and a car --killing two people on Route 220 about a month ago-- school officials wondered if school bus stops on Route 220 were unsafe.
But they say moving bus stops off the highway would force buses to MERGE again into 55 mile per hour traffic.
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[SOT 14:12:05]
[IN Q=When we]

((WHEN WE GET OFF 220 AND MERGE BACK TRAFFIC'S MOVING AT FULL SPEED. AT LEAST WHEN WE'RE ON ROUTE 220 WE HAVE SOME CONTROL OVER THE TRAFFIC.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Oakes/Transportation Director;]
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[OUT Q=control over the traffic]
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[VO-NAT]


Even the grandfather of the girl hurt in the bus wreck agrees -- the bus stops should stay where they are.
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[SOT 14:45:39]
[IN Q=If I was]

((IF I WAS GOING TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT I'D PUT ESCORTS ON SCHOOL BUSES ON 220 ESPECIALLY WITH FLASHING LIGHTS. AS FAR AS I'M CONCERED THAT'S THE ONLY THING THAT WOULD DO ANY GOOD.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Young/Student's Grandfather;]
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[OUT Q=do any good]
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[VO-NAT]


School officials say they WILL move a couple stops where visibility is blocked by steep hills.
Other than that, they plan to run safety awareness advertisements.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Rod Stewart comes to the Roanoke Civic Center tonight.
We'll have a preview next on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And we'll check out Amtrak's train of the future.
It will cut the time between Washington and New York to under two and a half hours.
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[COMM BREAK #2]


[New-Train]


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


Amtrak has unveiled its answer to Japan's ``bullet'' train."
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


A 150-mile-per-hour train for the Northeast corridor.
The new service debuts in November or December.
The railroad plans to cut the New York to Boston time from four and a- half hours to three.
And some New York to Washington runs are expected to take less than two and a- half hours.
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[IN Q=]

((BILL TRYON/AMTRAK PASSENGER "TIME IS MONEY, AND IF YOU CAN GET HERE QUICKER, AND BACK HOME QUICKER, THAN THAT'S GREAT!" ))
[SUPER=01-Bill Tryon/Amtrak Passenger;]
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[OUT Q=than that's great.]
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[VO-NAT]


There are already plans to deploy similar lines in other parts of the country.
Amtrak also says it's planning a new commitment to service.
The faster trains will have amentities usually reserved for first class.
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[E-Bagpiper]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=98-78 1:07]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A local band will open for Rod Stewart tomorrow night at the Roanoke Civic Center.
But it isn't just any rock group.
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[NAT SOUND OF BAGPIPES]
[IN Q=nat sound bagpipes]
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[OUT Q=nat sound bagpipes]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.]


C-Y Davis is a member of the Virginia Highland Pipe and Drums, a familiar presence in local parades and ceremonies.
Tonight will bring an unusual assignment for some members of the group and others recruited for the occasion.
They'll perform a short program before Rod Stewart takes the stage.
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[SOT 03:08:41]
[IN Q=I'm really looking forward to it.]

((I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. IT'S GOING TO BE EXCITING. AND I'M ANXIOUS TO PUT ON MY GEAR AND PIPE AND MEET ROD AND HAVE A GOOD TIME.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. C. Y. Davis/Bagpiper]
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[OUT Q=and have a good time.]
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[VO-NAT]


A Blacksburg gynecologist, Davis started playing the bagpipes about nine years ago.
Though nervous about playing in front of ten thousand Rod Stewart fans, Davis says the group is well- practiced and prepared.
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[Stocks]


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 14 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports, the N-C-A-A fights back against a federal judge's ruling.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus, as Virginia Tech prepares for Saturday's battle at the Cassell, two lady Hokies crack the All-American lineups.
We'll tell you who they are, when News 7 at Noon continues.
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[COMM BREAK #3]


[Torre]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=ssa]
[TAPE#=net-]
[GRAPHIC=NY YANKEES]


A new, and larger, battle looms ahead for Yankee's skipper Joe Torre.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-1998 Season]


The Yankees announced this morning that the man who led the team to the world championship has prostate cancer.
Torre led New York to a record 114 wins last season, before sweeping the San Diego Padres in the World Series and collecting the A-L Manager of the Year award.
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[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[ss=Yankees]


This is the second blow cancer has dealt to the Bronx Bombers in two days.
Yankee legend Joe DiMaggio died Monday after a battle with lung cancer.

[NCAA-Appeal]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=ssa]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=NCAA]


N-C-A-A officials are worried that a federal judges' decision will create chaos in college athletics.
The organization is fighting to keep standardized test scores as a requirement for athletic eligibility.
In his decision, judge Ronald Buckwalter cited the NCAA's own research, showing the practice harmed black students' chances of scoring a minimum of an 8-20 on the S-A-T's.
The N-C-A-A is trying to block the ruling until an appeal can be heard. Officials say that schools risk forfeiting games if they suit up players who are considered academically ineligible.

[ACC]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-43]
[GRAPHIC=notre dame]


The Fighting Irish hoops team has never won a Big East tournament game, and has not made it to the NCAA tournament in the past eight years.
So head coach John MacLeod will not be back in South Bend next season.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Last Week; :00]


In a more positive coaching note, the ACC sportswriters have named Duke's Mike Krzyzewski the conference coach of the year. His Blue Devils are 32-and-1 and they were unbeaten in league play this year.
Coach K got 77 of the 95 votes.
And UVa's Pete Gillen came in second with ten votes.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[Tech]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-29]
[GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe]



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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-This Season; :00]


Two Lady Hokies earned All-America honors on the Associated Press teams.
Sophomore forward Tere Williams, who was named to the first all-Atlantic 10 team, was given an honorable mention nod, along with her teammate, senior point guard Lisa Witherspoon.
Both will lead the Hokies against St. Peter's Saturday night at the Cassell.
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[Hornets]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-36]
[GRAPHIC=HORNETS]


Head coach Paul Silas got his first taste of life as a Hornet-- and his team rewarded him with a victory.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Celtics vs. Hornets; :00]


Silas was all smiles most of the game as he watched his Hornets out-hustle the Celtics.
Here, J-R Reid works hard on the baseline, maneuvering his way inside for the hoop. The Hornets were up at the break.
[super=32-Boston/87/Charlotte/105;]


Ron Mercer would try to shoot the Celtics back into contention, but his points were not enough. The Hornets win this one for Silas 105-to-87.
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[Express]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-35 29:04]
[GRAPHIC=Express]


The Express game with the Charlotte Checkers originally scheduled for last night will now be played tomorrow night at 7 at the Roundhouse.
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[GRAPHIC=FULL SCREEN ROUNDHOUSE WRAP UP]


And as the regular season rolls into it's final weeks, Steve Mason gives us a look inside the boards.
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[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=@Steve1; :03]
[SUPER=01-Scott Gordon/Express Head Coach; :14]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :26]
[SUPER=01-Dave Gagnon/Express Goalie; :35]
[SUPER=01-Tim Christian/Express 2nd Leading Scorer; :55]
[SUPER=01-Tony Mancuso/Express General Manager; 1:24]
[RUNS=1:54]
[OUT Q=Roundhouse Wrap Up.]
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((STEVE MASON:)) ((SCOTT GORDON:EXPRESS HEAD COACH))
((A second Northeast Division championship banner is coming into focus. And while a few players have relaxed at times, the message has been sent that playoff form is expected. ((DAVE GAGNON:))
Tim Christian is having a banner year, the right winger is four goals short of tying the Express all-time career record of 98, set by Ilya Dubkov. ((TIM CHRISTIAN/21 GOALS & 23 ASSISTS:))
Timmy C's injury free season has reached 56 games. Calvin Elfring's pulled groin is almost one hundred percent and Ben Schust's strained knee is nearly healed. Dasher boards move over. Express fans can't escape this Roanoke Civic Center new advertiser, no matter where they sit. Express Gereral manager Tony mancuso addressed some recent rumors that the franchise was financially strained.)) ((TONY MANCUSO/EXPRESS GENERAL MANAGER:))


[Dogs]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=EXTRA]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


It's a dog's life up north these days.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Nikolai, Alaska;]


The Iditarod trail race is about 314 miles into its eleven- hundred mile journey across Alaska.
Each team has 14 dogs to pull it's sled.
Some of the dogs do suffer shoulder injuries, but these pooch's paws are well taken care of - with special doggy bo(--------------) oties.