[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


The Atlantic seaboard braces for Hurricane Dennis.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And the military is brought in to help fight wildfires in California.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[hurricane]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Hurricane Dennis]


Hurricane Dennis is inching its way towards the U. S. coastline, with still no clear picture of where, or even IF, it will strike.
A watch has been posted for part of the Florida coast.
And along the Carolina Coast, thoughts of hurricane Hugo haunt the residents.
Lisa Hughes reports from Charleston, South Carolina.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Charleston, SC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jerry Jarrell/National Hurricane Center; :09]
[SUPER=03-Nassau, Bahamas; :16]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Hughes/Reporting; :58]
[RUNS=1:06]
[OUT Q=]

(( LOCATOR: CHARLESTON, SC
(NATZ)

WHILE FORECASTERS STILL DON'T KNOW IF AND WHEN HURRICANE DENNIS WILL HIT THE U-S COAST... THEY SAY IT NOT TOO EARLY FOR RESIDENTS TO PREPARE FOR THE WORST.
SOT: JERRY JARRELL, DIR., NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

"IF YOU LIVE IN ANY OF THAT AREA, CENTRAL FLORIDA THRU THE CAROLINAS, AT LEAST KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO."
(LOCATOR: NASSAU, BAHAMAS)
(NATZ OF SURF IN BAHAMAS)

RIGHT NOW...DENNIS IS HEADED FOR THE BAHAMAS... WHERE THE SURF HAS ALREADY BEGAN TO RISE... AND TOURISTS ARE HEADING HOME.
SOT: MOS

"WE WERE SUPPOSED TO STAY UNTIL SUNDAY, AFTER WE HEARD ABOUT THAT HURRICANE DENNIS AND THE OTHER ONE THAT SUPPOSED TO BE HITTING AROUND SUNDAY, WE THOUGHT WE MIGHT AS WELL GET OUT OF THERE WHILE ITS STILL GOOD WEATHER."
(NATZ)

FORECASTERS ARE HOPING A WEATHER SYSTEM HEADING EAST WILL KEEP DENNIS OUT AT SEA. BUT HERE IN CHARLESTON...RESIDENTS WHO REMEMBER THE POWER AND WRATH OF HURRICANE HUGO ARE TAKING NO CHANCES.
SOT: NAME UNAVAILABLE
(HUGHES STANUP)))



[WX-One]


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


For more on Hurricane Dennis and how it might affect our weather-- let's talk to Patrick Evans.
[Patrick in CK] [WXPro]

(Toss back to Melanie)



[wildfires]


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


California's governor has called in National Guard troops and military helicopters to help fight raging wildfires.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Butte County, CA;]

[4;06]
He's also declared fire emergencies in four northern counties.
Thousands of firefighters are battling the blaze in triple-digit temperatures and rugged terrain.
And Meteorologists warn lightning strikes may spark new fires.
[SUPER=03-Carson City, NV;]

[4:07:55]
But the problem is not just in California.
Twenty-seven major fires have burned 121-thousand acres in six Western states.
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[E-Gilmore-Drought]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-26 1:32:42]
[GRAPHIC=Drought of 99]


In Virginia, the governor is calling out the national guard to fight the drought.
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[TAKE WATER TRUCK PAGE]
Three Virginia National Guard water trucks are in place-- one in Bedford County and two in the Staunton area.
Distribution of water will probably begin from staging areas in those regions on Monday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Yesterday, Governor Jim Gilmore announced a drought hotline on his monthly radio show.
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[SOT 11:01:38]
[IN Q=We have]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE HAVE PROVIDED HAY WHEN OUR SISTER STATES WERE IN TROUBLE IN THE PAST. NOW OUR SISTER STATES ARE RECIPROCATING FOR US. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET ADEQUATE WATER. WE THINK THERE IS ADEQUATE WATER IN THE RIGHT PLACES IN THE COMMONWEALTH AND ELSEWHERE, AND WE WILL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THAT TO OUR FARMERS. BUT WE DO NEED VEHICLES. AND I'M HOPEFUL THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL ASSIST ME IN THIS.))
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[OUT Q=in this.]
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[TAKE DROUGHT HOTLINE]
The hotline number for farmers who need hay or water is 1-888-824-2457.
Farmers must call this line to request or offer assistance.
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[Missing-Plane]


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


After days of searching, rescuers have found a missing plane in Greene County.
Three of the four passengers are confirmed dead-- their bodies have been recovered.
Rescuers are still looking for the fourth passenger.
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[TAKE MAP FULL SCREEN]
The plane was bound for the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Augusta County.
It was discovered in western Greene County about 10 miles from the airport.
Two adults and two children were on board when it took off Wednesday from the Newport News /Williamsburg International Airport.
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[Scales]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net S]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Terry and Kerry Scales have each been sentenced to 24 years in prison.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg]


It took the jury about seven hours to find the twins guilty of second degree murder for killing 30- year old Richard Bullard.
Terry Scales was also convicted of malicious wounding -- for shooting Paul Shoemaker.
After court-- the victim's family and friends didn't want to speak on camera but indicated they were satisfied.
Prosecutor Skip Schwab says there's almost an element of poetic justice.
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[SOT]
[in q=From the ]

(( SKIP SCHWAB/PROSECUTOR: FROM THE BEGINNING, IT WAS THE IDENTICAL TWINS, AND EVEN THOUGH, THEIR ACTIONS WERE DIFFERENT INSIDE THE BAR, IT WAS STRESSED ON HOW MUCH THEY'D DONE THINGS TOGETHER, HOW MUCH ALIKE THEY LOOK AND NOW THEY, WHEN IT'S ALL OVER WITH, HAVE EXACTLY THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME TO SPEND IN PRISON.))
[SUPER=01-Skip Schwab/Prosecutor;]
[RUNS=20]
[OUTQ=spend in prison]
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[VO-NAT]


The twins maintained they shot Bullard in self defense.
Immediately after sentencing-- the defense asked if the twins could remain free on bond pending a pre-sentence report-- the judge denied the request-- saying the jury has spoken.
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[Fulcher]


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


No verdict yet in the Bland prison-drug case.
The jury is still deliberating.
They got the case yesterday.
[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The war on drugs moves to a new battleground-- Peru.
That's just one story still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And after more than a dozen years in space and countless problems, the Russians say goodbye to Mir.
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[music up full] [comm1]

[Mir-Abandoned]


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


After 13 years, and 77-thousand orbits around Earth, the MIR space station will be abandoned today.
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[VO-NAT]


The two Russian cosmonauts and a French astronaut crew aboard Mir says goodbye to the aging space station today.
A crew will be sent up in late February or March to lower its orbit.
Once the crew leaves, the 140-ton station will be sent burning up into the atmosphere.
Mir has had several safety troubles -- including a fire, a near-fatal collision with a cargo ship and many computer breakdowns.
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[ohare]


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


United Airlines is sill feeling the effects of yesterday's security breach at its terminal at O'Hare International Airport.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chicago, IL;]

[4:13:32]
It's canceled 80 flights today and dozens yesterday when a man bolted through a security checkpoint carrying a canvas bag.
The security breach forced the United terminal to be closed, and six thousand passengers were ordered outside or off their planes.
The man still has not been found.
But police said a security sweep of the area has uncovered nothing suspicious.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((ANDY PLEWS; "THIS WAS AN INDIVIDUAL WHO SEEMED DETERMINED TO BREECH SECURITY AND THAT'S WHAT HE SUCCEEDED IN DOING."))
[SUPER=01-Andy Plews/United Airlines; ]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=he succeeded in doing so.]
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[VO-NAT]


F-A-A Security investigators are now reviewing surveillance video tape shot at the moment the man ran past a security guard and up the down escalator.
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[Peru-drugs]


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


The nation's drug czar is in Peru, a country that is now the world's leading source of cocaine.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lima, Peru;]

[7:16:36]
Barry McCaffrey met with Peru's president, Alberto Fujimori, to discuss Peru's role in the cultivation of coca leaf, the base ingredient in the production of coocaine.
There are number of new laborities in Peru processing the leaf.
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[SOT]

(("THERE IS AN ARGUMENT THAT THE DEBATE MUST NOT JUST FOCUS ON COLOMBIA. (SPANISH TRANSLATOR SPEAKS AFTER). WE MUST TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THAT THIS IS A REGIONAL PROBLEM. I HAVE ASKED THE CONGRESS TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE SITUATION IS DYNAMIC, IT IS NOT THE SAME AS TWO YEARS AGO."))
[SUPER=01-Barry McCaffrey/U. S. Drug Czar; :06]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=the same as two years ago]
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[VO-NAT]


He told journalists the force of law alone would not solve the situation.
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[anchor=melanie]
[SS=None]


Anti-drug campaigns must instead encourage the farmers who grow coca leaf to opt for legal cash crops.
And drug trafficking in neighbouring Colombia has also become a growing concern, doubling its coca production in the last three years.

[L'burg-Firefighters]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-31 35:02]
[GRAPHIC=Lynchburg]


For years, minorities in Lynchburg have said the city's fire department good-ole boy network has excluded them.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape; :00]


So last night, members of the NAACP chapter voiced their concerns to Lynchburg's fire chief and city manager.
Their concerns included poor recruitment and the lack of changes in the department make-up.
Since Fred Mills became the fire chief three years ago- only two of the two dozen new hires have been black.
And of the 11 percent of the minorities that make up the overall department.. only FIVE percent are in command positions.
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[SOT 11:35:52]

((FRED MILLS/LYNCHBURG FIRE CHIEF: I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT IT HASN'T BEEN ANYTHING TO DO WITH DISCRIMINATION OR ANYTHING OF THAT NATURE, THAT IT WAS JUST A MATTER OF OUR DEPARTMENT HAVING A CONCENTRATION ON HIRING PEOPLE THAT ALREADY HAD THE TRAINING.))
[SUPER=01-Fred Mills/Lynchburg Fire Chief; :59]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=had the training.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=HOLD]


Changes are in store this fall when the fire department has to hire seven new firefighters.
Mills says this new group will be more diverse.

[Henry-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-25 TC1:21:30]
[GRAPHIC=Accident Investigation]


The woman who accidentally hit a boy on his way to school earlier this week is now charged with reckless driving.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.;]


State police say preschool teacher Toni Yvonne Craig of Martinsville was driving at least 10 miles an hour over the speed limit when she hit 13-year-old Corey Mayo.
Mayo was on his way to the bus stop outside his house on Summit Road for his first day of school.
The boy is still in serious condition at a North Carolina Hospital.
Henry County school officials and authorities changed the bus route on Corey's street yesterday to make it safer for children to walk.
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[E-Coaster]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-28 1:00:02]
[GRAPHIC=Kings Dominion]


The Shockwave roller coaster at Kings Dominion is running again.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Doswell/Kings Dominion;]


Yesterday, the Hanover County Sheriffs Department concluded Monday's death of a New York college student was his own fault.
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[SOT 14:09:58]
[IN Q=Witness interviews]

((CAPT. DAVID HINES/HANOVER CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: WITNESS INTERVIEWS INDICATE THAT MR. FAN, WHO WAS RIDING IN THE SECOND CAR OF A SIX CAR TRAIN, FAILED TO ABIDE BY THE SAFETY RULES ASSOCIATED WITH RIDING THE ROLLER COASTER.))
[SUPER=01-Capt. David Hines/Hanover Co. Sheriff's Dept.;]
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[OUT Q=roller coaster.]
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[TALENT=melanie]
[SS=HOLD]


Investigators say 20- year old Timothy Fan was seen by witnesses partially loosening his restraints after park workers checked them.
The park re-opened the coaster yesterday after the results of the probe were released.

[E-Tattoo-Dispute]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jbi]
[TAPE#=99-24 1:56:12]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A local tattoo artist is back in business after a court battle.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Mark Bell opened Urban Tribe and began tattooing soon after leaving Danny's Ancient Art. Owner Danny Fowler got an injunction against Bell because he says he violated a no-compete clause in his contract.
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[SOT 02:33:42]
[IN Q=Well, we're]

((DANNY FOWLER/ DANNY'S ANCIENT ART: WELL, WE'RE JUST TRYING TO PROTECT OUR BUSINESS INTEREST AND ENFORCE A CONTRACT.))

[SUPER=01-Danny Fowler/Danny's Ancient Art]
[RUNS=:05]
[OUT Q=contract.]
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[VO-NAT]

The judge says Bell did violate the contract, but he lifted the injunction. He says Fowler failed to prove that Urban Tribe was taking business away from Ancient Art. Bell says he isn't competing.
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[SOT 02:38:08]
[IN Q=I mean he runs]

((MARK BELL/ URBAN TRIBE: I MEAN HE RUNS A MILLION OR MORE DOLLAR A YEAR BUSINESS AND HE JUST OPENED A THIRD SHOP. I DON'T THINK TWO GUYS SITTING IN DOWNTOWN ROANOKE IS GONNA MAKE A DIFFERENCE.))
[SUPER=01-Mark Bell/Urban Tribe]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=difference.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Fowler says he's disappointed but will continue fighting.
[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


More on Dennis and your weekend forecast are still ahead on NEws-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And boaters at Smith Mt. Lake are hoping it includes rain-- as more boats hit bottom and put a dent in owner's wallets.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]


[Boat-Repairs]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-21 1:58:17]
[GRAPHIC=Drought of 99]


It could be a costly Labor Day holiday for some boaters.
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[VO-NAT]


The drought conditions at Smith Mountain lake has resulted in shallow water in some areas.
Many boaters who get shored up on shallow spots are wrecking their propellers and fixing them can cost up to two hundred dollars.
Linwood Ransom says he is repairing twice as many boat propellers as before the drought.
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[SOT 13:07:40]
[IN Q=THE EDGES ARE PRETTY]

((LINWOOD RANSOM/W&L PROP REPAIR: THE EDGES ARE PRETTY WELL TORN UP AND PIECES ARE MISSING OFF IT.))
[SUPER=02-Linwood Ransom/W&L Prop Repair; :13]
[RUNS=:04]
[OUT Q=MISSING OFF IT]
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[VO-NAT]


The shallow water is also forcing construction of docks to be done by hand which can raise the cost by a thousand dollars.
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[SOT 11:19:21]
[IN Q=It takes longer]

((ERIK PLYLER/PLYLER DOCKS: IT TAKES LONGER AND IT'S MORE EXPENSIVE. AND IN SOME PLACES YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GET IN A DOCK AT ALL.))
[SUPER=01-Erik Plyler/Plyler Docks; :38]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=AT ALL]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=Drought of 99]


The recent rain showers have NOT done enough to fill in the shallow spots.

[Stocks]


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


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


Still ahead in sports, the first high school football games of get underway tonight and Friday Football Extra will be there.
We'll have the complete rundown of the games we'll be covering.
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[VO-NAT ]


And an old track and field record gets a new owner.
It's all ahead on NEws-7 at Noon.
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[COMM BREAK #3]


[S-FFE]


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


From Danville to Wytheville, the Friday Football Extra crews will be on the scene at 14 games in all on tonight.
Here's a look at our week one schedule.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=S-FFE]
[RUNS=:35]
[OUT Q=....LOGO COME FULL (YOU FADE)]
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[S-Hoops]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-48 8:57]
[GRAPHIC=Basketball]


As the football season prepares to get underway-- the girl's basketball season has already tipped off.
Here in the dog days of summer, Steve Mason says the William Byrd Tip Off Tournament went to the dogs on it's first night.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=03-Vinton; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sheila Turpin/Liberty Head Coach; :18]
[SUPER=@Steve1; :28]
[SUPER=01-Larry "Scrooge" Hairston/Martinsville Head Coach; :54]
[SUPER=01-LaToyia Carter/Martinsville Point Guard; 1:02]
[RUNS=1:36]
[OUT Q=...News 7 sports"]
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((Brookville dropped out so William Byrd got a first round bye. But six other teams were in action along with two new coaches. Liberty 16 year assistant Sheila Turpin officially took over the reins against Group 2A runner up Bassett. The Minutes lost 56-48. ((:)) ((:)) In the middle of a Martinsville comeback a dog marched onto the floor and introduced itself to the entire Bulldog bench. He was quickly removed and all Scrooge Hairston could do was shake his head. ((:)) ((:))
In a display of coaching composure, Hairston and the dogs, excluding the outcast, kept their poise and beat Northside 56-48.
Glenvar mustered only 10 first half points but came back after intermission and threw down 29 to beat Louisa 39-30, at the Dog Pound, Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
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[S-track]


[ANCHOR=PAtrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-42 15752tc]
[GRAPHIC=TRACK AND FIELD]


The longest standing men's track world record was shattered yesterday at the world championships in Seville, Spain.
11 years ago, Butch Reynolds set the standard in the men's 400 meters when he ran the distance in 43 point 29 seconds.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Seville, Spain; :00]


Last night American Michael Johnson beat the mark by more than a tenth of a second.
Johnson ran the first 100 meters in just over 10 seconds and then watch him on the final 100, as he turns what looks like a diagonal line into a T formation.
Johnson, in the middle of the track obliterated the competition and the record by running the 400 meters in 43 point 18 seconds.
He now has 8 of the 10 fastest times ever run at 400 meters, plus he is the 200 meter record holder (------------)