[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A deadly roller coaster ride at King's Dominion.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And we should know later today if the Fed will raise interest rates, again.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[SS=None]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Kings-Dominion]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=King's Dominion]


Authorities are still trying to determine how a New York man died on a roller- coaster at King's Dominion last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Doswell/File Tape;]


The 20- year- old victim was identified as Timothy Fan of Long Island, New York.
Fan died on the park's Shockwave coaster shortly before nine.
The stand-up roller coaster travels at speeds up to 50- miles- per- hour and makes several loops.
The ride is closed today.
King's Dominion is one of the state's most popular tourist sites, attracting nearly two- and a half million visitors a year.
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[Interest-Rates]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net ]
[GRAPHIC=Interest Rates Up]


Federal policy makers are meeting behind closed door today, with signs pointing to a boost in interest rates, the second in just eight weeks.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]

[10:01:47]
Fed chairman Alan Greenspan's recent pledge to move quickly to deal with any inflation threat has analysts convinced the central bank will boost rates.
Whatever the Fed does, investors appear unconcerned, with speculation now focused on whether another hike will be required later this year.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]

[10:00:43]
Meantime, the Dow opened about 40 points lower this morning, after a record close yesterday at eleven-thousand-299-point-76.
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[Ship-Collision]


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


There was drama on the high seas today... when a luxury cruise ship... packed with Americans... crashed into a burning freighter... in the English Channel.
The collision happened about twenty miles off the southeast coast of England.
Mark Phillips has the story.
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[SUPER=03-Dover, England; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mark Phillips/Reporting; 1:08]
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(( This Morning/Dover, England The cruise ship, the Norwegian Dream, managed to limp into the port of Dover early this morning. Her bow showed the evidence of what had happened. Her largely American passengers provided the testimony.
'Well... All I heard was a loud bang and got up I looked out the window I seen it looked like to me a lot of ship coming by.' 'The first thought I had was Titanic are we sinking are we going to die.' 'I'm glad to be on the ground. It was scary, very scary.' In fact the container ship the Ever Decent took the brint of the damage-- part of her cargo was set on fire by the collision. Some of the cargo ships containers were actually knocked onto the passenger ship's deck. The wasn't much panic but there was come confusion.
(American pasesnger SOTS/no ID available)

'One woman walked down the hallway saying we're all going to die we didn't know if she knew what she was talking about. Fortunately she didn't.' 'And of course everybody was afraid but uh ... he said I got dressed as fast as he's ever seen me dress.'
(Super: Mark Phillips, CBS News)
(Phillips O/C close)

The were some minor injuries but no fatalities. The passengers now head home with some bumps and bruises and a good story to tell. While the maritime authorites here try to figure out how this happened. Mark Phillips, CBS News, London.))

[Murder-suspect]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-37 TC31:31]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


Police have a suspect in the weekend murder of a Roanoke teenager.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Saturday;]


Yesterday, Police filed warrants charging 23 year old Timothy Lee Buford with shooting into an occupied dwelling, and illegal use of a firearm.
Buford is NOT in custody yet.
The charges are connected to the death of 19-year-old Prentice R. Jordan, who was shot several times in Easley's Restaurant on Shenandoah Avenue.
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[Scales]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-30 TC58:48]
[GRAPHIC=LEgal Scales]


The defense is continuing to build its case in the murder trial of Terry and Kerry Scales.
The identical twins are accused of shooting and killing a man inside a Blacksburg nightspot two years ago.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


Attorneys for the twins say their clients admit they fired the guns that struck Richard Bullard-- but say they did so in self defense.
This morning-- the twins mother took the stand.
Janice Scales admitted she could have prevented everything had she not allowed her sons to leave home with weapons that night.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=They were]
(JANICE SCALES/TWINS MOTHER: THEY WERE REALLY GOOD KIDS, IT'S A TRAGIC SITUATION, IT'S A TRAGEDY FOR MY FAMILY AND FOR

THE FAMILY THAT IT HAPPENED TO AND I'M SORRY. )
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[OUT Q=i'm sorry]
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[ANCHOR=MEL]
[SS=HOLD]


Testimony will continue this afternoon.
[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


What's left of Bret is still soaking Texas, and the storm has now taken lives.
That's still ahead on News-7 at noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And a Taiwanese jet bursts into flames on the runway.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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

[Taiwan-Plane]


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


A passenger jet burst into flames this morning when it landed in Taiwan.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Hualian, Taiwan;]


28 of the 92 on board were injured.
The fire was apparently started by a broken light bulb.
Eyewitnesses reported a ball of fire on the runway after the plane touched down.
[SUPER=03-Hong Kong, China]


Meantime, the pilot involved in Sunday's China airlines crash apparently recieved faulty information from his own co-pilot about cross winds at the airport.
Two people died and some 200 were injured when the jetliner flipped while landing during a tropical storm.
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[Turkey-deaths]


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


The death toll from the massive earthquake in Turkey has now jumped to 18-thousand, and officials expect it to climb as high as 40-thousand.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Izmit, Turkey;]

[4:03:31]
Many of the international rescue squads are now packing up their bags and heading for home.
Some of the rescue workers such as American team in Izmit are unhappy about leaving and believe there are still people that could be rescued.
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[SOT]

[4:04]
[IN Q=our team]
[SUPER=01-Raphael Pozo/Florida Task Force One;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=does not give up.]
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[VO-NAT]

[4:05;40]
Meantime, there are new worries about the health of survivors.
Doctors have quarantined a Turkish soldier who has typhoid fever -- a potentially deadly infection spread through contaminated food and water.
There are also big concerns about the estimated 200-thousand homeless.
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[bret]


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


Flash flooding remains a threat in southern Texas, as heavy rains keep falling from the remnants of Hurricane Bret.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Laredo, TX;]

[4:00:48]
It's now just a tropical disturbance but could drop up to another ten inches of rain.
It was the strongest hurricane to hit Texas in 20 years, but passed through a relatively rural part of the state.
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[SOT]
[2 SOTS- 4:00:48]
[IN Q=I definitely feel fortunate.....]

((MOS:I DEFINITELY FEEL FORTUNATE MOS:WE'RE A CITY OF ONLY 300 THOUSAND, IT'S NICE TO HAVE PUBLIC EXPOSURE."))
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=HAVE PUBLIC EXPOSURE.]
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[VO-NAT]

[4:02:33]
Official's in Laredo are keeping a close eye on the Rio Grande.
Laredo officials were expecting the worst -- businesses were closed as were the airport and all three bridges linking Texas with Mexico.
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[Drought-Relief]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Drought of 99]


It's a decision that could help a lot of desperate farmers.
Last week, Governor Gilmore gave authorization to the Virginia National Guard to transport supplies to drought stricken livestock producers.
Now, state officials are trying to figure out when the first emergency supplies of hay and water will be delivered.
With 43 Virginia communities deemed drought disasters areas by the Department of Agriculture,
The Shenandoah Valley and northern Virginia areas are hardest hit.
Farm losses in the state are estimated at more than 100 million dollars so far.
But, many farmers have opted to sell animals rather than pay excessive prices for hay and water.

[Rockbridge-Fire]


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


Yesterday's stormy weather is being blames for a small forest fire in a remote part of Rockbridge County.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN]
The blaze - covering about 2 acres - was sparked by lightning just South of Buena Vista near Route 501.
A containment line has been established around the blaze.
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[SML-Buoys]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-23 TC2:00:21]
[GRAPHIC=Buoy Battle]


It's a debate that Smith Mountain lake residents are hoping three county sets of County Supervisors will decided soon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;]


Residents are afraid the lake's policy advisory board will remove their no-wake buoys, which forces boaters to slow down when they enter certain coves.
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[SOT 19:24:23]
[IN Q=We don't]

((WE DON'T GIVE CAR KEYS TO UNLICENSED DRIVERS AND SAY HERE, GO TO AN UNMARKED ROAD WITH NO SPEED LIMITS AND HAVE FUN. THAT WOULD BE IRRESPONSIBLE.))
[SUPER=01-Peg Peters/Lake Resident;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=irresponsible]
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[VO-NAT]


But the policy advisory board wants the power to REMOVE about 20 no-wake buoys -- saying they belong only in public places, not private coves.
The board's volunteers also take care of the lake and had this warning for opponents.
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[SOT 20:07:43]
[IN Q=If they scuttle]

((KEN DUGAN/POLICY ADVISORY BOARD: IF THEY SCUTTLE THIS ORDINANCE, THEY CAN TAKE CARE OF THEIR OWN NAVIGATIONAL MARKERS, TRY TO KEEP THE LAKE CLEAN. IF THE LAKE FILLS WITH DEBRIS, IT WILL CREEP INTO THEIR OWN PRIVATE LITTLE PARADISES AS WELL.))
[SUPER=01-Ken Dugan/Policy Advisory Board;]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=as well]
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[VO-NAT]


Franklin and Bedford counties have both postponed votes on whether to grant the policy advisory board's wish until next month.
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[Cosmetic-Surgery]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tfl]
[TAPE#=99-33 54:08]
[GRAPHIC=Cosmetic Surgery]


Plastic Surgery is sometimes perceived as Hollywood trend.
But as doctors in southwest Virginia say the area is following a national trend as more people go in for procedures.
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[IN Q=Most of the]

((DR. ERIC DESMAN/PLASTIC SURGEON: MOST OF THE PROCEDURES ARE UNDER 5000 DOLLARS AND PEOPLE ARE A LITTLE BIT SURPRISED WHEN THEY HEAR THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Eric Desman/Plastic Surgeon]
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[OUT Q=hear that]
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[VO-NAT]


Besides the low cost, doctors attribute other reasons for the popularity of plastic surgery.
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[IN Q=I think the]

((DR. ENRIQUE SILBERBLATT/PLASTIC SURGEON: I THINK THE BABY BOOMER GENERATION IS GETTING INTO THEIR 40'S AND 50'S AND SINCE THAT'S A VERY LARGE BLOCK OF PEOPLE, DOING REASONABLY WELL THAT MAY ALSO EXPLAIN WHY THE DEMAND FOR COSMETIC SURGERY HAS INCREASED.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Enrique Silberblatt/Plastic Surgeon]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=has increased.]
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[VO-NAT]


While liposuction is the most popular procedure nationwide, doctors say breast augmentation is the most common surgery in the Roanoke Valley.
But it's NOT just women enhancing their features, older men also make up a large portion of the patients.
There is one segment NOT following the trend -- teenagers.
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[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Yesterday, we showed you pictures of the first pandas born in the Western Hemisphere in nearly ten years.
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[VO-NAT ]


Today on News-7 at noon, we'll get a look at the Panda twins just born in China.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]


[E-Building-Facades]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-25 TC1:15:59]
[GRAPHIC=Lynchburg Seal]


Part of downtown Lynchburg is getting a facelift this week.. and the city is helping to pick up the tab.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Yesterday morning, crews began to dismantle the aluminum facade on the old McGregor furniture building on Main Street, revealing historic brickwork underneath.
The project is costing about 90- thousand dollars, but the city is paying 30 percent of the bill.
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[SOT 9:46:52]
[IN Q=This is something]

((RODNEY TAYLOR/HIGH PEAK SPORTSWEAR: THIS IS SOMETHING WE WANTED TO DO FROM THE VERY BEGINNING AND THE INCENTIVE FROM THE CITY BEFORE WAS TWO THOUSAND, WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO HAVE, BUT IT WASN'T SOMETHING THAT WAS GOING TO MAKE A DECISION ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. WITH THE NEW FACADE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM, IT REALLY HELPED US MAKE A DECISION TO GO AHEAD AND DO IT.))
[SUPER=01-Rodney Taylor/High Peak Sportswear]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=and do it.]
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[VO-NAT]


Lynchburg has allocated 100- thousand dollars this year for its facade improvement program.
It's designed to revamp the look of the downtown area.
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[Panda-Twins]


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


First it was triplets, now twins.
China is experiencing a baby boom among its Panadas.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Beijing, China;]

[7;38:25]
A giant panda gave birth to twins yesterday.
They are now being cared for in an incubator.
They were born an hour apart at the Beijing zoo.
Another Panada gave birth to triplets last week, although one of them died.
Giant pandas are highly endangered.
There are fewer than 1,000 in China's bamboo forests and about 110 in captivity.
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[Tobacco-Tour]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#99-27 TC41:54]
[GRAPHIC=Tobacco]


Senator Chuck Robb is in Southside this afternoon talking with farmers about tough times for tobacco.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Marya/Microwave]


Marya Jones is at a Pittsylvania County tobacco farm where Robb is meeting with growers.
[Live=Marya Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Marya1;]
[SUPER=05-Pittsylvania Co.;]
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[Live=Marya Full/Microwave]
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[Double Boxes=Melanie and Marya/Microwave]



[Stocks]


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


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


Still ahead in sports-- an express fan favorite will be back for another year.
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[VO-NAT ]


And tense moments for Packers fans as Brett Favre goes down with an injury.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]


[S-Packers]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-45 606TC]
[GRAPHIC=PACKERS/BRONCOS]


X-Rays did not reveal any damage to Brett Favre's thumb on his throwing hand.
Favre injured it during last night's pre-season rout of the Denver Bronocos.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Madison, WI/ABC Sports;:00]


Packer fans held their breath during the first quarter when his thumb got caught in the pads of Broncos linebacker John Mobley.
Favre left the game and remained on the sideline with his hand and thumb wrapped.
His replacement, former Boston College Q-B, Don Hasselback was impressive in
[super=30-Denver/12/Green Bay/27;]

relief as he three three TD passes including this one to Halifax County native Tyrone Davis. The former UVa star gets the score, the Pack get the win 27 to 12.
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[S-Redskins]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-37]
[GRAPHIC=REDSKINS]


The Skins head to Pittsburgh Saturday night for their third preseason game.
So far, they're are unbeaten, and the team's defense has been much
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Frostburg, MD; :00]


improved over last season. Rookie Champ Bailey has been impressive so far with two interceptions and a touchdown in two games.
The team's new director of player personnel thinks the future looks bright if the players continue to mesh.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="We've got...]
[SUPER=01-Vinny Cerrato/Redskins Personnel Director; :00]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=...ON THE DEFENSE."]
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[VO-NAT]


Cerato has been running non-stop since he arrived in Washington to basically take over for lame duck former general manger Charley Casserly.
He knows his football. Among other things he's a former college quarterback and a recruiting coordinator for Lou Holtz at Notre Dame.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="You've been...]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=...very important."]
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[S-Bengals]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-42 15528tc ]
[GRAPHIC=BENGALS]


The third pick of this year's N-F-L draft has come to terms with the Cincinnati Bengals.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-NFL; :00]


Akili Smith missed all of training camp and two preseason games due to nasty negotiations.
But his agent Leigh Steinberg got him a seven year deal worth $56 million.
He gets $11 just for signing as a bonus.
He meet the Cincinnati media today.
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[S-Irvan]


[ANCHOR=PAtrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=IRVAN]


Ernie Irvan is out of the hospital this morning and back home in North Carolina.
Irvan suffered a bruised lung and a mild head injury when he crashed in Busch practice on Friday.
Believe it or not, his race team says he may be ready to drive Saturday night at Bristol.

[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-48 6:48]
[GRAPHIC=Express]


The Roanoke Express continues to make moves to solidify its team for the upcoming season.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


The Express signed fan favorite J.F. Tremblay to a one year contract yesterday.
The left winger registered 31 points last season and was second on the team in penalty minutes with 153.
This will be Tremblay's fourth year with the Express.
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[talent=Patrick]
[graphic=express]

Today the team is also expected to name its new radio announcer for 1999.