[1-News-Head]

[TALENT=Keith]

The top man at Tultex calls it quits.

And that's our top story tonight: the company's fortunes and misfortunes put in perspective by Scott Goldberg.
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[VO-NAT]


And irrigating the crops. We'll show you how this guy's got enough wet stuff to water the roof- -and WHY?
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
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Tonight in sports, football news from both Tech and UVa in on the horizon along with a qualifying update from rainy Watkins Glen.
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[VO-NAT]


and the Redskins plan to start Stephen Davis at tailback tonight in their preseason opener against the Patriots.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
[SS=None]


Isolated but strong thunderstorms light up the evening forecast. Details just ahead.

[Video-Open]


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



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[VO-NAT]

[video from lb 11 after 4:50] [USE VIDEO OF SPINNING MACHINES!!!!]
Its stocks and profits have been tumbling to record lows.
Can changes at the top save Tultex?
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[ANCHOR=Keith]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[Tultex]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#99-28 TC41:40]
[GRAPHIC=Tultex]


Martinsville's second biggest employer announced today its top two executives are stepping down.
This comes after months of losing money.
It's a big change -- but is it too little, too late?
[Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Microwave]


Scott Goldberg has more on the Tultex shakeup.
[Live=Scott Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Scott1;]


Keith, what happened today is what shareholders have been demanding for months.
C-E-O Chuck Davies led Tutlex to historic lows.
His company has been hurt badly by foreign competition and what some anaylsts have called bad management.
In stepping down, Davies said the company needs a new leader.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville]
[SUPER=01-Randy Rollins/New Tultex CEO; :17]
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The history of Tultex under Charles Davies --CEO since 1995 -- is a riches to rags story.
For 60 years Tultex turned profits.
But the last two years have been multi-million dollar losers.
And though Davies kept promising things would get better -- they never did.
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[SOT 1:58:22]
[IN Q=optimism]

((RANDY ROLLINS: OPTIMISM AND PESSIMISM ARE NOT WORDS IN MY VOCAUBLUARY RIGHT NOW.))
[RUNS=04]
[OUT Q=RIGHT NOW]


Davies successor has a reason to sound uneasy about the company's future.
Its stock has plummeted to an all-time low ... it was higher than eight dollars two years ago ... today worth less than 50-cents.
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((QUICK!!!!!! SOUND: MACHINES INSIDE FACTORY ))
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The company has tried to cut costs by dumping some of its product lines and sending virtually all of its sewing jobs to Mexico.
And new C-E-O Randy Rollins hopes a new strategy to market more expensive clothes will save a company that's been spiraling south.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((RANDY ROLLINS: OUR SUCCESS IS NOT GOING TO BE A RESULT OF CUTTING MORE COSTS IN THE BASIC PRODUCT, OUR SUCCESS IS GOING TO BE IN ADDING MOVE VALUE TO THOSE PRODUCTS.))
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[OUT Q=THOSE PRODUCTS.]
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[Live=Scott Full/Microwave]


Another executive resigned today -- company president Jim Chriss stepped down after only three months with Tultex -- a spokeswoman wouldn't say why.
The new CEO Randy Rollins inisists there's no danger Tultex will go out of business...even though one analyst said today "this company is so far under water ... I don't see how it can survive."
[Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Microwave]


Keith

[Security-Robot]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-26 TC1:08:06]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A squadron of robots made in Roanoke is the U-S Army's newest line of defense.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


They're called "CyberGuards" ... and they're made at the local company Cybermotion.
The robots will go on patrol inside supply depots.
They'll replace human security guards ... and save the government lots of money.
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[SOT 27:53 -- cover first second of bite///////32:53]
[*******BUMP SOTS*********]
[IN Q=i think taxapayers]

((BOB GOODLATTE: I THINK TAXPAYERS WILL SAVE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WITH THIS TYPE OF A DEVICE DEPLOYED IN LOTS OF GOVERNMENT FACILITIES./////////JOHN HOLLAND/CYBERMOTION PRESIDENT: YOU CAN TAKE THE FIRST 18 MONTHS AND SAY IT'S A WASH COST-WISE. AFTER THAT THE COST OF THE ROBOT DROPS TO A COUPLE OF DOLLARS AN HOUR TO MAINTAIN IT AND RUN IT.))
[SUPER=@Goodlatte;00]
[SUPER=01-John Holland/Cybermotion President;11]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=RUN IT]
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[VO-NAT]


The robots can detect intruders and environmental dangers...
And they can work 24-hour shifts.
For Cybermotion, the army contract is worth 27-million dollars.
Over the next few years ... the company says it will grow from 15 to 250 workers.
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[Red-Cross]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=tfl]
[TAPE#=99-21 TC1:32:42]
[GRAPHIC=Blood Supply]


Several blood types are below emergency inventory levels in Southwest Virginia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; ]

The American Red Cross is urging first time and repeat donors throughout the region to give blood at the closest blood drive site.
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[SOT ub 10 14 53]
[IN Q=We're having ]

((BOB LUTJEN/AMERICAN RED CROSS: WE'RE HAVING SPECIAL BLOOD DRIVES ALL THROUGH THE 45 COUNTIES THAT WE ARE HOSTING AND WE ARE ALSO HAVING A SPECIAL BLOOD DRIVE HERE AT THE DONOR CENTER TOMORROW, SATURDAY, FROM 8:30 TO 12:30 AND ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO CALL IN, MAKE APPOINTMENTS OR WALK IN TOMORROW TO HELP BY DONATING A PINT OF BLOOD.))
[SUPER=01-Bob Lutjen/American Red Cross; ]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=pint of blood]
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[VO-NAT]


Lutjen (Loo-zhen) says summer blood collections are running about 400 pints below last year.
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[Fire-Update]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jbi]
[TAPE#=99-20 TC1:35:57]
[GRAPHIC=Forest Fire]


The Purgatory Mountain fire carried a pretty big price tag.
But it has yet to be determined who should pay for it: the state or the trucker suspected of causing it.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./ File Tape]

The fire raged for days and firefighters worked around the clock. It all adds up. Wages and lodging for workers as well equipment, such as helicopters at a thousand dollars an hour. State forestry officials estimate the total cost above 100- hundred thousand dollars. They whole thing started with a tractor-trailer.
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[SOT 00:01:32]
[IN Q=Somehow]

((SOMEHOW HIS FRONT WHEEL ON THE TRACTOR CAB ITSELF MALFUNCTIONED -- IT SEIZED UP -- IT STARTED THROWING METAL PARTS. THOSE HOT METAL PARTS ENTERED THE GRASS AND SET THE FIRE.))
[SUPER=01-Chris Thomsen/ Resource Forester]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=the fire.]
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[VO-NAT]

Now it's up to the Botetourt County Commonwealth's Attorney to decide whether anyone should be charged. If the state has to foot the bill, the Forestry Department says it'll face a budget crunch for the up-coming fall fire season.
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[Walter-Hussa]


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


Sheriff's deputies say they caught a well-known Smith Mountain Lake man going into women's bathrooms dressed in a female's bathing suit.
71-year-old Walter Hussa is charged with trespassing.
The Franklin County sheriff says twice this week, Hussa walked into women's changing rooms near the pool at Bernard's Landing.
The owner of Shoreline Marina says residents there also spotted Hussa taking a shower in the women's restroom, again dressed in a woman's bathing suit.
Walter Hussa did not return our phone calls.

[Tease#1]

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


It cools, irrigates and saves water at the same time.
And it was invented in Southwest Virginia.
We'll have more on a revolutionary sprinkler system when News-7 at Six returns
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[VO-NAT]


AND you know how you find stuff- -you never knew you had- -on moving day?
How about documents signed by the most famous names in Virginia history?
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[SUPER=84-Down 27.5 feet/Mandatory Conservation][Farm-Auction]



[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-19 TC2:00:02]
[GRAPHIC=Farming]


A Lexington farmer's selling out -- a sign of the times as fields dry up and milk prices fall.
Tina Tenret shows us what it's like to watch your business hit the auction block.
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[IN Q=For about 17-hundred-dollars]
[SUPER=03-Lexington; :08]
[SUPER=01-David Tardy/Owner; :15]
[SUPER=@Tina2; :25]
[SUPER=01-Lee Wagstaff/Farmer; :38]
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[SOT]
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For about 17-hundred-dollars in spare change this cow can be yours.
After 28 years in the business, David Tardy's selling his dairy.
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[SOT 1:36]
[IN Q=Trouble with]

((DAVID TARDY/FARMER: TROUBLE WITH LABOR, TROUBLE WITH DRY WEATHER, FRUSTRATED WITH MILK PRICES, TIRED OF ALWAYS BEING TIED DOWN SO DECIDED TO SELL THE WHOLE OPERATION.)) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=WHOLE OPERATION]


He expects to get at least half a million dollars for about 140 cows and his equipment.
Lee Wagstaff hopes to snatch something up but the Holsteins are too pricey for his wallet.
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[SOT 23:38:22]
[IN Q=I'd say most of these]

((LEE WAGSTAFF/FARMER: I'D SAY MOST OF THESE GUYS ARE AVERAGE SIZE DAIRYMEN GETTING BIGGER, THE GUYS BUYING COWS. A LOT OF TIMES AT SALES IN VIRGINIA YOU'LL SEE GUYS FROM FLORIDA AND THE DEEP SOUTH BUYING COWS. THEY HAVE MEGAHERDS -- THREE, FOUR, FIVE THOUSAND COW HERDS -- AND THEY'LL BUY 20, 30, 40 COWS AT A TIME, A WHOLE TRUCKLOAD AT A TIME. AND THAT'S DRIVEN THE PRICES UP IN VIRGINIA.)) [RUNS:22]
[OUT Q=TO BUY]


He says dairy isn't dead -- but small farmers need to get bigger or get out.
In fact, many are consolidating -- ganging up to become more efficient.
David Tardy, meanwhile, will plant veggies on his 500 acres and raise beef cattle instead.
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[SOT 2:04]
[IN Q=Dairy's always]

((DAVID TARDY/FARMER: DAIRY'S ALWAYS BEEN A REAL CONSTANT INCOME AND IT'S A WHOLE LOT EASIER TO MAINTAIN A CASH FLOW, SO IT'S A GAMBLE TO GROW THESE OTHER THINGS BUT I HOPE THE LIFESTYLE WILL BE BETTER AND WE CAN ENJOY THINGS MORE.)) [RUNS:17]
[OUT Q=ENJOY THINGS MORE]


So don't cry for this small farmer yet -- he says getting out feels good.
Tina Tenret, News7, Lexington.))

[Irrigation-System]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-24 1:38:31]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


A central Virginia man has come up with an irrigation system that he says could help keep farmers in the black financially.. because it conserves their most precious commodity.
Steve Smallshaw has more on that.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It's taken twenty]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bert Bertolotti/Irrigation System Inventor; :22]
[SUPER=01-Scott Barnes/Morris Orchard Owner; :55]
[SUPER=@ssm1; 1:02]
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[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]

(( It's taken twenty years to perfect it, but Italian- born inventor Bert Bertolotti is ready to market his revolutionary pulse irrigation system.
Unlike systems that cast water in a wide spray, wasting most of it.. pulse irrigation concentrates small bursts of water where it's needed most.
[SOT 21:18:26]

((BERT BERTOLOTTI/PULSE IRRIGATION INVENTOR: THE TREE LIKES IT BECAUSE, WITH THE SYSTEM, YOU WET THE FULL ROOT ZONE AND SO THE TESTS SHOW THAT WETTING THE FULL ZONE YOU GET MORE CROPS.))
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[OUT Q=get more crops.]


The system also cools the roof of Bertolotti's Lynchburg headquarters.. in five minutes, the roof temperature dropped nearly forty degrees, making the building more energy efficient.
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But the real test is in the fields.
Morris Orchards in Amherst County installed the pulse system twelve years ago.. it's been a lifesaver this summer.
[SOT 9:41:02]

((SCOTT BARNES/MORRIS ORCHARD OWNER: THE PULSE IRRIGATION SYSTEM IS VERY EFFICIENT. WE'RE ABLE TO PUT OUR WATER EXACTLY WHERE WE WANT IT, WE'RE ABLE TO METER IT, WE'RE ABLE TO CUT IT ON, CUT OFF WHEN WE NEED IT.))
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[OUT Q=we need it.]

[Standup 9:51:36] ((Water for the orchard is drawn from this lake, which as you can see, the summer drought has nearly dried up. Scott Barnes estimates he has about two weeks worth of water left, but without the pulse irrigation system, Barnes says he would have run out of water weeks ago.))
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[OUT Q=weeks ago.]


Instead, Barnes estimates he'll have just enough to make it to harvest season.. the difference between a profit and a loss this year.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))

[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=]
[TAPE#=None]
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Good news about inflation turned into a good day on Wall Street. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
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The Dow rose 184-points to close at 10-thousand- 973.
NASDAQ gained 86-points.
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[Bedford-Move]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-23 TC1:45:13]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Today was moving day in Bedford, the start of a month- long process to relocate the county's courthouse complex.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


Court offices are moving into a shell building for the next two and a half years while the county's 70- year- old courthouse is renovated and expanded.
Circuit court clerk Carol Black says packing up all of the county's records has been an eye- opening experience.

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[SOT 9:55:13]
[IN Q=The equipment is]

((CAROL BLACK/CIRCUIT COURT CLERK: THE EQUIPMENT IS SO OLD AND EVERYTHING'S GOT TO BE KEPT IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMEN THAT ARE MOVING US HAVE DONE A NICE JOB WITH THAT, BUT WE FOUND LOTS OF DIRT, LOTS OF THINGS THAT WE DIDN'T KNOW WERE AROUND HERE AND THAT THINGS HAVEN'T BEEN MOVED FOR YEARS AND YEARS.))
[SUPER=01-Carol Black/Circuit Court Clerk]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=years and years.]
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[VO-NAT]


Among the discoveries were 200- year- old land grant documents bearing the signatures of Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry from the time when each man served as Virginia governor.
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[Antique-Boats]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-29 TC35:12]
[GRAPHIC=None]


There will be quite a few classics in the crowd this weekend on Smith Mountain Lake.
More than 50 vintage watercraft are expected for the Ninth Annual Smith Mountain Lake Antique and Classic Boat Show.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


Boats from eleven states will be featured in the event, the largest antique boat show in Virginia.
Though restoring a classic can take many years and thousands of dollars... boat owners say it's worth the effort.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Some of 'em]

((JIM GILBERTSON/BOAT CLUB OWNER: SOME OF THEM HAVE BEEN BROUGHT BACK FROM ALMOST THE DEAD, FROM WHERE THEY JUST HAD A SHELL TO WORK WITH, BUT THESE PEOPLE ENJOY THAT OR THEY WOULDN'T DO IT.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Gilbertson/Boat Club President]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=or they wouldn't do it.]
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[VO-NAT]


Parkway Marina is located three miles past Smith Mountain Lake State Park on Route 626.
The boat show will be open to the public Saturday from 10am to 4:30pm.
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[Sports Tease]


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


Coming up tonight a qualifying up date from Watkins Glen. The Hokies get a middle of the road ranking from Sports Illustrated.
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[VO-NAT]


and Steve Mason checks in from Charlottesville for the Cavaliers' annual preseason football media day festivities.


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[S-glen]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-40]
[GRAPHIC=watkins glen]


The Winston Cup cars have had a long afternoon trying to qualify on the road course at Watkins Glen.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Watkins Glen, NY/espn2; :00]


Rain caused all kinds of problems at the track and threatened to wash out qualifying until tomorrow morning.
But it turned into just a two hour delay and shortly after 5:30 the cars went out on the track. Right now Jeff Gordon the man who has won the last four Cup road races is on the provisional pole. Less than half the cars have qualified at this time. I'll have the complete top 25 tonight at 11.
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[S-Cavs]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-48]
[GRAPHIC=UVa]


The Virginia football team met the media today on picture day. Steve Mason has "hoos" who in Charlottesville.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville; :00]
[SUPER=01-John St. Clair/UVa All-ACC Center; :13]
[SUPER=01-Dan Ellis/UVa Junior Quarterback; :25]
[SUPER=@Steve1; :31]
[SUPER=01-Travis Griffith/UVa Tri-Captain; :45]
[SUPER=01-Shannon Taylor/UVa Linebacker; 1:08]
[SUPER=01-Byron Thweatt/UVa Linebacker; 1:16 QUICK]
[SUPER=01-Thomas Jones/1,303 Yards Rushing Last Year; 1:39]
[SUPER=01-George Welsh/18th Season at UVa; 1:47]
[RUNS=1:56]
[OUT Q=...news 7 sports"]
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[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-45]
[GRAPHIC=TECH FB]


The Virginia Tech football team has been ranked as high as third in the preseason polls, but the team has failed to make the top 15 in Sports Illustrated's eyes.
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[VO-NAT]


The magazine's college football issue is on newsstands this week, and if you peek inside you'll find the Hokies ranked a modest 17th.
At least one team leader thinks that relatively low mark, isn't all bad.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="Well, you know...]
[SUPER=01-John Engelberger/Va. Tech Defensive End; :00]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=...SUPPOSED TO."]
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[VO-NAT con't]


If begin 17th isn't enough to irratate Tech fans, wait until they see who is one spot ahead of them - the Alabama team it whipped 38-to-7 in last year's Music City Bowl.
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[S-NFL]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-42]
[GRAPHIC=REDSKINS]


The Washington Redskins open the preseason tonight at seven o'clock against the New England Patriots. The Skins still aren't saying if Darrell Green will play. He has a dislocated finger.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Frostburg, MD; :00]


If he doesn't play, rookie Champ Bailey will start in his place at one of the cornerback spots with Darryl Pounds.


In a mild surprise, the Redskins have picked Stephen Davis to start at tailback tonight ahead of Skip Hicks.
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[WIPE TO PINNACLE 99000!!!!]
And don't forget tomorrow night at 8, the NFL is back on WDBJ-7 as the Green Bay Packers with former UVa quarterback Aaron Brooks take on the New York Jets right here on Your Hometown Station.
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[Promo]


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


It's a night-time walk on the wild side, sponsored by the Mill Mountain Zoo and the Science Museum of Western Virginia.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom]


Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom with details.
[Live=Jean Full/Newsroom]


It's a chance for people to observe nocturnal animals... by taking a walk through the park using ITT night vision goggles.
[SUPER=@Jean1]
(rollcue...vision goggles )
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[VO-NAT]


The goggles are usually used in military operations or police work.
And with these goggles a person can see nearly as well as they can see during the day.
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[Live=Jean/Newsroom]


Tonight on News 7 at 11, we'll take you on the nature walk and show you how the animal world looks through the eyes of night vision goggles.
[Double Boxes=Jean and Keith/Newsroom]


Keith (toss back to anchor)