[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A familiar face, makes an expected announcement for the 2-thousand presidential race.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And the latest on the Bland prison drug ring.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[SS=None]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Bland-Prison]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#99-21 TC38:17]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


More than a dozen defendants accused of taking part in a scheme to distribute drugs inside the Bland Correctional center are pleading guilty today.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and JoeD/Microwave]


Joe Dashiell is at the federal building in downtown Roanoke where the hearing is underway at this hour.
[Live=JoeD Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Joe1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]
( ad lib)
(Rollcue:One count of money laundering)
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bland Co./File Tape]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUTCue=did not plead guilty today.]
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[Live=JoeD Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]
( ad lib)



[Double Boxes=Melanie and JoeD/Microwave]



[Thomas]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=VA Death Penalty]


A man who killed his girlfriend's parents in Middlesex County when he was 17 years old is scheduled to die tonight.
Governor Gilmore could still grant Douglas Christopher Thomas clemency.
But two days ago, the Supreme Court refused to block the execution.
Lawyers for Thomas say their client shouldn't have to die when the girlfriend, who was 14 at the time of the 19-90 slayings, received a light sentence as a juvenile and is now free.

[Gore]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Al Gore]


Thousands of people gathered in Carthage, Tennessee today, to watch home-town boy Al Gore announce his bid for the White House.
MAureen Maher reports.
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[SOT]

[11:30-update]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Carthage, TN;]
[SUPER=01-Kathy Frankovic/CBS Polling Unit;]
[SUPER=01-Maureen Maher/Reporting;]
[RUNS=1:36]
[OUT Q=cbs news, Carthage, TN;]

(((LOCATOR: CARTHAGE, TN)
(natz full of gore announcing his candidacy)

IT WAS AN ANNOUNCEMENT THAT MANY HAD SEEN COMING FOR YEARS...
(MORE NATZ OF GORE OR CHEERING CROWD)

BUT NONETHELESS... IT'S A GIANT STEPPING STONE FOR THE TWO-TERM VICE PRESIDENT WHO WANTS TO LEAD THIS NATION INTO THE NEXT CENTURY.
SOT: GORE

AFTER SERVING MORE THAN TWO DECADES IN THE HOUSE, SENATE AND THE WHITE HOUSE, GORE HAS PAID HIS POLITICAL DUES. YET POLLSTERS SAY ALL HIS EXPERIENCE HASN'T REGISTERED WITH VOTERS.
SOT: KATHY FRANKOVIC/CBS POLLING UNIT "I THINK THE MOST STRIKING THING IS THAT MOST PEOPLE TELL US THEY DON'T HAVE AN

OPINION ABOUT VICE PRESIDENT GORE." GORE IS PERHAPS BEST KNOWN FOR HIS WORK ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, ESPECIALLY GLOBAL WARMING. HE STOOD BY THE PRESIDENT DURING THE WILD SWINGS OF THE MONICA LEWISNKY AFFAIR...BUT NOW NEEDS TO DISTANCE HIMSELF FROM THE DELICATE MATTER.
GORE SOT

"FOR ME WHAT WAS UPSETTING THE MOST, WAS THE WASTED TIME AND I'M EVEN MORE ANXIOUS NOW TO MOVE FORWARD SWIFTLY TO MAKE UP FOR THAT WASTED TIME." STANDUP: TENNESSEE IS GORE COUNTRY. MAKING THE ANNOUNCEMENT HERE IS THE EASY PART. STILL AHEAD.... FENDING OFF THE INEVITABLE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE LEWINSKY AFFAIR AS WELL AS THE FORMIDABLE CHALLENGE OF BILL BRADLEY. ALL THAT BEFORE HE EVEN GETS THE CHANCE TO MEET THE REPUBLICANS. MAUREEN MAHER CBS NEWS CARTHAGE, TENNESSEE.))

[Clinton]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Bill Clinton]


President Clinton wasn't able to be on hand for today's annoucement.
But phoned the vice president from Europe to wish him well.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Geneva, Switzerland;]

[7:09:22]
Mr. Clinton is in Paris this afternoon after giving a speech in Switzerland.
In Geneva, he addressed the International Labour Organization's annual conference.
The labor organization is expected to adopt a convention banning the worst forms of child labor such as slavery.


(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((CLINTON;TODAY, THE TIME HAS COME TO BAN THE MOST ABUSIVE FORMS OF CHILD LABOR. WE WILL NOT TOLERATE PORNOGRAPHY AND CHILD PROSTITUTION... CHILDREN FORCED INTO ARMED CONFLICT... CHILDREN RISKING THEMSELVES IN HAZARDOUS AND RISKY CONDITIONS.))
[RUNS=:33]
[OUT Q=dangerous working conditions.]
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[VO-NAT]


Even though he's in Europe the President is keeping the heat on in Washington for gun control.
The House beings debate today on the Senated passed gun control legislation.
On his way to Geneva, President Clinton called two Democratic lawmakers said to be wavering in their support of the measure.
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[Mexico]


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


The death toll from yesterday's earthquake in Mexico has climbed to 15.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pueblo, Mexico;]


The 6 point 7 quake shattered homes, churches and other historic buildings in Central Mexico.
Hundreds were injured.
The quake is still much smaller than the 8 point 9 quake that struck in 19-85, killed more than 95-hundred.
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[Kosovo]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Serbia Peace Plan]


The Serbs so far are right on schedule to be out of Kosovo by the NATO deadline, this Sunday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pristina, Kosovo;]

[0:08;54]
NATO says nearly all the Yugoslav army and police forces have left the so-called Zone One, in SOUTHERN Kosovo.
The alliance confirms it has given stragglers an extra 24 hours to leave.
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[SOT]

[10:13;06-19]
[IN Q=OUR SOURCES HAVE INDICATED..]
[SUPER=01-Lt. Col. Robin Clifford/NATO Spokesman;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=have left Kosovo.]
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[VO-NAT]

[10:06;02]
They've taken with them 110 tanks, 210 armored personnel carriers, and 150 guns.
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[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The man who led the fight against apartheid has retired.
More on South Africa's new leader is still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And parliamentary debate turns into a punching match.
More on that in just a moment, first let's check in with Patrick Evans.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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

[South-Africa]


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


South Africa has a new leader.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pretoria, South Africa;]


President Nelson Mandela stepped down today -- and handed over power to his successor, Thabo Mbeki (TAH'-boh um-BEH'-kee).
Mbeki (um-BEH'-kee) is the former deputy president of the African National Congress, and he now becomes the country's second post-apartheid president.
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[Parliament-punchup]


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


If you think debate gets heated on capitol hill, check out how they settle politics in Taiwan.
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[SOT]

[7:07:00]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Taipei, Taiwan;]
[RUNS=:04]
[OUT Q=NATS OF PUNCHING]
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[VO-NAT]


No its not hockey match, but the Taiwan legislature.
The fist fight broke out over procedural issues.
Two legislators were injured in what is being described as the most violent clash in the legislature in recent years.
It forced the chamber to put off its screening of many important bills.
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[School-Bond]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-13 TC1:53:37]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Danville voters shot down an 18-million dollar school bond issue that would have improved city school buildings.
(XXXXXXXXX)

[TAKE PINNACLE BOARD]
2-thousand-269 voters cast their ballots yesteray in favor of the bond.
But 3-thousand-912 voted against it....roughly 63 percent.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


That was a low voter turnout, according to the Circuit Court Clerk's office, which counted the votes.
The bond WOULD have been used over six years to bring air conditioning to 7 schools.
It also would have paid for a new elementary school.
Supporters of the bond said it meant only a slight increase in taxes.
But opponents said it was too large to pass all at once and needed to be split up.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


Danville's Mayor says she plans to meet with City Council and School Board officials to discuss what to do next.

[Home-Depot]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#99-17 TC52:34]
[GRAPHIC=Home Depot]


Home Depot has not given up on builduing a second store in Roanoke.
Scott Goldberg spoke to the company's regional president ... who said Roanoke is big enough to support four huge home-improvement warehouses.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;00]
[SUPER=01-Tony Brown/Southeast Division President;27]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./October 1998;40]
[SUPER=@Scott1; 1:15]
[RUNS=1:24]
[OUT Q=SG, News-7.]

((
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[SOT 41:59]
[IN Q=looking for a door]

((TONY BROWN: LOOKING FOR A DOOR? Customer: Yes sir. TONY: YOU'RE AT THE RIGHT PLACE! WE HAVE ALL KINDS OF DOORS HERE.)) [RUNS03]
[OUT Q=DOORS HERE]


Working the crowd inside one of 190-stores he oversees...
Southeast Division President Tony Brown ... who happens to be a Roanoke native ... couldn't be prouder of his hometown Home Depot.
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[SOT 31:41]
[***QUICK SOT; STAY WITH VIDEO, FADE AUDIO***]
[IN Q=this store]

((TONY BROWN: THIS STORE IS DOING VERY WELL FOR US.)) [RUNS02]
[OUT Q=WELL FOR US]


He won't say how much money they're making on Hershberger Road.
The typical Home Depot has sales of 40-million dollars a year.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 36:41]
[IN Q=Basically]

((TONY BROWN: BASICALLY, WHEN I TELL YOU WE'RE LOOKING TO PUT A NEW STORE HERE IN THE NEXT TWO TO THREE YEARS, IT'S BECAUSE OF THE PERFORMANCE OF THIS STORE.)) [RUNS06]
[OUT Q=THIS STORE]


The company says it's committed to Roanoke but hasn't bought any land for a second store.
It's looking for something with at least 10 acres ...
And without the rough terrain of Cave Spring Corner, where last year Home Depot decided it would be too expensive to build.
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[SOT 43:55]
[IN Q=it was]

((BROWN: IT WAS VERY COSTLY. ADN WHEN WE LOOKED AT IT FROM A FINANCIAL STANDPOINT WE DECIDED THE RIGHT THING TO DO WAS TO BACK OFF AND MAYBE LOOK FOR ANOTHER AREA.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=ANOTHER AREA]
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[SOT 53:52 -- lowe's tape]
[IN Q=natsound]

((QUICK!! SOUND OF CAR OUTSIDE LOWES SITE.)) [RUNS01]
[OUT Q=]


The competition has a head start.
Lowe's opens its second Roanoke store this fall.
But the nation's biggest home-improvement chain insists this town's big enough for one more home-improvement super center. [STANDUP]
Lowe's and Home Depot have a habit of following each other into the same markets.
And when that happens, Tony Brown said the customer benefits.
Competition, he said, is a healthy thing.

Scott Goldberg, News-7.))[E-General-Shale]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-11 1:446:35]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The proposed expansion of a Botetourt county brick factory is building concerns for some residents.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


General Shale Brick employs 120 at its plant near Blue Ridge.
Formerly known as Webster Brick, the plant has been in business since the 1920's, and it needs a new source of shale.
Neighbors including Marvin and Elizabeth Flowers are concerned about the company's plan to mine 40 acres near their homes.
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[SOT ]
[IN Q=If it messes up my well]

((ELIZABETH FLOWERS/BLUE RIDGE RESIDENT: IF IT MESSES UP MY WELL, IT'LL BOTHER ME. AND THEN IF THEY TURN THE WATER OFF THAT MOUNTAIN AND COME OUT DOWN THROUGH HERE AND FLOOD EVERYTHING THAT WOULD BOTHER ME. AND I'M JUST MORE OR LESS THINKING ABOUT MY OWN RIGHTS.)) ((DAN GREEN/PLANT MANAGER: WE WANT TO EXPRESS OUR CONCERNS AND LISTEN TO THEIR CONCERNS AND THEN WORK OUT A COMPROMISE.))
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Flowers/Blue Ridge Resident; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dan Green/Plant Manager; :15]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=work out a compromise.]
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[VO-NAT]


The property must be rezoned for industrial use before General Shale can begin mining.
The company's rezoning application could come by the end of the Summer or early Fall.
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[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


You know "everyone Loves Lucy"-- but not everyone can pass for Lucy.
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[VO-NAT ]


But these ladies, and men are giving it their best shot.
More on a Lucy-Look-Alike contest when News-7 at Noon.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]


[E-Magic]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-16 TC1:08:35]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Only a few miles separated two local magicians from the April massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


The tragedy left Kevin and Cindy Spencer wondering what they could do to prevent a similar incident from happening at home.
So the couple will be putting on a benefit magic show this Saturday night at E.C. Glass High School.
[SOT 6:33:43]

((KEVIN SPENCER/ILLUSIONIST: AND IT SEEMS LIKE EVERY TOWN WE HIT, THEY WERE SHUTTING SCHOOLS OR THERE WERE POLICEMEN AT SCHOOLS, THAT SORT OF THING. SO THAT'S WHEN IT REALLY POPPED INTO CINDY'S MIND, SHE SAID `YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING AT HOME, BUT WE SHOULD DO SOMETHING TO MAKE SURE THIS NEVER HAPPENS HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Kevin Spencer/Illusionist; :00]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=never happens here.]
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[VO-NAT]


Proceeds from Saturday's show will benefit local crime prevention programs, including the new Crimestoppers Hotline for area high schools.
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[Lucy-contest]


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


It debuted in 19-51, and the sitcom " I love Lucy" continues to live on in re-runs.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


The U-S postal service is promoting it's new Lucy stamp with a look alike contest in New York City.
The Lucy impersonators all had red hair, but they weren't all woman.
Acting was a big part of the competition and the winner was a professional actress.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[10;36:02]
[IN Q=RAH, RAH, OKAY MRS. RICARDO...]
[SUPER=01-Justine Rossi/Lucy Lookalike Winner;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=AND WAS FUNNY.]
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[VO-NAT]


Rossi's prize was a five hundred dollar U-S savings bond.
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[Stocks]


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 172 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And still ahead in Sports, the Busch Series Exxon Superflo team is looking for a new driver.
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[VO-NAT ]


And the Stanley Cup Finals are all tied up-- thanks to Dallas turnovers.
Those stories and more when we return.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]


[Cup]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=csm]
[TAPE#=SP41 1:15:52]
[GRAPHIC=stanley cup]


Game four of the Stanley Cup finals once again pitted Dallas against Buffalo, with dallas leading 2-1.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Buffalo, NY ]


Buffalo's Doug Sanderson scores this unassisted goal at the 8:09 mark of the first period to make the count 1- nothing.
Dallas answers with Jere Lehtinen's power
[SUPER=31-Buffalo/2/Dallas/1;]

play goal minutes later to tie the score one to one.
Buffalo holds on to win two to one and tie the series at 2 all.
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[Avs]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-38 1:09:52]
[GRAPHIC=Avalanche]


The Avalanche and the Winston Salem Warthogs got down to business twice last night and had the same result both times..
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Warthogs vs. Avalanche; :00]


The Players weren't the only ones active last night....
Winston Salem takes the lead when Avalanche pitcher Josh Kalinowski's pitch
[SUPER=34-Salem/4/Winston-Salem/3;]

gets away from catcher Jose Gonzales, allowing Jim Terrell to score. 3-2 Hogs.
Salem ties it in the 7th. Chone Figgins smacks this shot to right and watch John Lindsey show his hustle, leveling the catcher, he's safe.
Salem wins game one 4-3 in 11 innings.
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[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[SS=HOLD]


The Avalanche also won the second game by the same score.

[Manager]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-42]
[GRAPHIC=Atsros]


The Houston Astros manager Larry Dierker is recovering after five and a half hours of successful surgery yesterday to remove a mass of blood cells in his brain.
His surgeon says the manager is on the road back.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="he's]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Rob Parrish/Neurosurgeon; :00]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=.....good recovery"]
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[Sadler]


[ANCHOR=PAtrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-43 1:22:04]

[Graphic Busch Nascar]
Chuck Brown has lost his Busch Grand National ride in the number 63 Exxon Superflo car.
HVP Motorsports released Brown last night after making 16 starts and only one top ten finish this season.
The team does no intend to name a new driver before the next scheduled event in Watkin's Glen
Elliott Sadler's driving duties are about to double.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-South Boston; :00]


Sadler, who won the South Boston track championship in 95, and Amick Motorsports have announced that Elliott will dr
ive the #35 Scana Powertel Chevy for the remainder of the Busch Series Schedule.


He will make his debut July 17th at Myrtle Beach.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="Elliott]
[SUPER=01-Lyndon Amick/Driver of Scana-Powertel Chevy; :00]
[RUNS=:23]
[OUT Q=...good race"]
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[Elliott]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-35]
[GRAPHIC=Bill Elliott]


Bill Elliott stopped in Roanoke last night to help raise money for the American Cancer Society.
He greeted fans and signed autographs at Magic City Ford.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=...]
[SUPER=01-Shirley Niday/Cancer Survivor; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Elliott/'99 Average Finish of 20th; :10]
[RUNS=:24]
[OUT Q=what we do]
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[vo-nat]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


Fans are hoping Elliott will comeback in '99 after a 1998 that included the death of his father, injuries and finishing 18th in the points standings.
Elliott qualified fifth last weekend and despite some mechanical problems felt last week's performance in Michigan (------------------------) could be the turning point for this season.