[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


The latest on the investigation of V-M-I superintendant Josiah Bunting.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And rescue crews in North Carolina and New Jersey try to find people whose homes were flooded by Hurricane Floyd.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[SS=None]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Bunting]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=KHU]
[TAPE#=99-25 TC1:54:49]
[GRAPHIC=Bunting Investigation]


State officials have decided NOT to prosecute VMI superintendent Josiah Bunting for violating state purchasing guidelines.
Thought the state auditor found 47-thousand dollars worth of questionable purchases, the commonwealth's attorney in Lexington says it doesn't amount to a crime.
Keith Humphry has the story.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Lexington]
[SUPER=01-Gordon Saunders/Rockbridge Co. Prosecutor;]
[SUPER=01-Tom Wright/VMI Class of 1954;]
[RUNS=1:17]
[OUT Q=Humphry, Lexington]



[Wright]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-40 TC27:48]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A guilty plea this morning in the last of three capital murder cases this year in Bedford County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


23- year- old Robert Junior Wright pleaded guilty to first degree murder for his role in the beating death of Jeffrey O'Neill Kirkland in April of 1998.
Wright had been charged with capital murder and could have faced the death penalty had the case gone to trial.
But prosecutors wanted to spare the victim's nephew from having to testify.
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[SOT 00:51:46]
[IN Q=He had been]

((RANDY KRANTZ/PROSECUTOR: HE HAD BEEN ONE OF OUR CONCERNS.. ...IN THE COURSE OF A ROBBERY.))
[SUPER=01-Randy Krantz/Prosecutor]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=course of a robbery.]
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[VO-NAT]


Wright was sentenced to 41 years and nine months in prison.
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[NTL-FLOYD]


[ANCHOR=MEL]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Floyd Aftermath]


Rescue crews are working to save stranded people in two states flooded by Hurricane Floyd.
Hundreds of people are clinging to roofs and treetops in North Carolina.
A half-dozen people have been plucked from roofs in New Jersey.
Cathy Moss has the latest on the storm.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Bound Brook, NJ;]
[SUPER=01-Cathy Moss/Reporting;]
[RUNS=1:22]
[OUT Q=CBS News, NY;]

(((LOCATOR: BOUND BROOK, NJ) THANKS TO FLOYD...THE TOWN OF BOUND BROOK, NEW JERSEY IS ALMOST COMPLETELY UNDER WATER TODAY. FLOYD MAY NO LONGER BE A HURRICANE, BUT THE STORM IS STILL POTENT ENOUGH TO DUMP HUGE AMOUNTS OF RAIN ALL OVER THE NORTHEAST. DESPITE ALL THE WATER FLOWING THROUGH BOUND BROOK, A FIRE BURNED OUT OF CONTROL THIS MORNING. FRUSTRATED FIREFIGHTERS HAD NO WAY OF REACHING THE BLAZE, BUT LUCKILY NO ONE WAS THE BUILDING. THAT WAS NOT THE CASE IN MANY AREA HOMES. PEOPLE WERE FORCED TO SEEK THE HIGHEST GROUND AVAILABLE...THE FLOOD WATERS CATCHING THEM BY SURPRISE.
MOST SOT ???? OR FEMA ???

TRAVEL IN THE AREA WAS DIFFICULT AT BEST. THIS PLANE WILL PROBABLY FLOAT BEFORE IT FLIES.
(NATZ)

EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA IS ALSO STILL DEALING WITH FLOYD'S FLOOD TODAY. RESCUE CREWS ARE OUT PLUCKING PEOPLE FROM STRANDED CARS AND ISOLATED HOMES. OTHERS ARE JUST WAITING UNTIL THE WATERS RECEDE BEFORE ASSESSING DAMAGE.
MOS SOT:

"YOU CAN ANGRY AT ANYTHING BUT MOTHER NATURE YOU HAVE TO GRIN AND BEAR IT, BECAUSE YOU CAN'T DO A THING ABOUT IT. WHEN IT'S ALL OVER I'LL PROBABLY HAVE A BIG CRY."))

[E-Halifax-Death]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-39 10:01]
[GRAPHIC=Floyd Aftermath]


Floyd is blamed for four deaths in Virginia-- including a young mother in Halifax County.
22-year-old Bobbie Wade Jackson was inside her mobile home yesterday when a large tree crashed into the home and killed her.
She was holding her two-week old baby boy at the time.
The baby suffered only minor injuries.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It was quite a tragedy...]

((DAN SLEEPER/HALIFAX CO. EMERGENCY SERVICES COORDINATOR: IT WAS QUITE A TRAGEDY, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT WAS SUCH A NICE SUNNY TIME, IT WASN'T IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STORM, BUT IT WAS JUST WINDY, THE AFTERMATH.))
[SUPER=01-Dan Sleeper/Halifax Co. EMS;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=it was just windy, the aftermath.]
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[ANCHOR=melanie]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


It happened at around 4:30 yesterday afternoon.
Emergency officials say they believe the tree was blown over by a strong gust of wind from the hurricane.
All three of the other deaths in Virginia involved car accidents due to rain or wind.
They occurred in Hanover, Accomack (AK-uh-mack), and Fairfax Counties.

[E-Gilmore-Storm]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-36 32:29]
[GRAPHIC=Floyd Aftermath]


Hundreds of roads are still closed in the Hampton Roads area.
V-DOT hopes to re-open Interstate 64 later today, there's no estimate when route 460 will re-open.
Governor Gilmore plans to visit Hampton Roads today to look at storm damage.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Yesterday the governor toured the state's emergency operations center in the Richmond suburbs.
While the storm could have been worse, Gilmore says he isn't downplaying the damage.
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[SOT 10:07]
[IN Q=We've had people stranded]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE'VE HAD PEOPLE STRANDED. WE HAVE PEOPLE WITHOUT POWER, WHICH I THINK IS VERY INCONVENIENT. WE'VE HAD PEOPLE WITHOUT WATER WHICH I THINK IS MOST TOTALLY INCONVENIENT AND REQUIRES THE EVACUATION OF A PERSON'S HOME OR LIVING QUARTERS UNDER SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES, SO I DON'T MINIMIZE ANY OF THAT.))
[SUPER=@Gilmore]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=don't minimize any of that.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD ]


Nearly 140-thousand Virginians are still in the dark.
Some may not get power restored until next week.
More than 100-thousand residents in Portsmouth and surrounding areas will have to rely in water trucked in by state and federal agencies after flood water overflowed the system's pumping station.

[WX-One]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=afr]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


For the latest on Floyd's location and more on the situation in Eastern Virginia, let's talk to Andrew Freiden. [Andrew in WxCenter]
(Andrew ad libs into video)
(Roll Cue: Cleanup continues today in Coastal Virginia...)
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Jamestown/Yesterday]
[RUNS=:30]

((Andrew calls for wxpro)) [WXPRO FULL] WEATHER MAPS TODAY'S FORECAST

(TOSS BACK TO MELANIE)



[S-Storm-Psychology]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-26 TC1:53:02]
[GRAPHIC=None]


So Floyd didn't live up to his hype --
Certainly not around Roanoke.
But even today ... you could find people still preparing for the proverbial worst.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Inside Lowe's they were snatching up generators.
Because you never know when things might get ugly.
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[SOT 14:19]
[IN Q=the whole notion]

((ESTHER KARGL: THE WHOLE NOTION OF ANYTHING GETTING KNOCKED OUT AND BEING OUT OF POWER ... IT JUST MADE MORE SENSE TO BE PREPARED.))
[SUPER=01-Esther Kargl/Salem Resident]
[RUNS=07]
[OUT Q=be prepared]
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[VO-NAT]


There's a sort of storm psychology at work here.
Roanoke Psychologist Dana Ackley says people here still remember Hugo.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 2:27]
[IN Q=those events]

((DR. DANA ACKLEY: THOSE EVENTS CAN LEAVE A MARK. AND SOMETIMES THE CAN LEAVE US FEELING PRETTY ANXIOUS WHEN SIMILAR TYPES OF EVENTS BEGIN TO COME BACK.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dana Ackley/Clinical Psychologist]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=begin to come back]
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[VO-NAT]


Ackley said it will take more than a non-event like Floyd to wash away bad memories of Hugo ...
Though there's a small danger people won't take the next storm seriously because memories of Floyd are so tame.
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[Typhoon]


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


While we've been busy battling Floyd, Asia's taken a hit from Typhoon York.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Gifu, Japan;]

[yesterday's 15NA - 15:18:10]
Before hitting China today, York pounded Japan with hurricane-force winds for about eleven hours.
So far eight deaths are blamed on York.
At least 500 have been injured.
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[north-Korea]


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


It's the first major thaw in U-S relations with North Korea since the end of the Korean War.
President Clinton is ready to ease sanctions in response to a North Korean promise to freeze long-range missile tests.
Press Secretary Joe Lockhart says the action would involve trade and investment.
An official announcement is expected later today.
[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The financial world seems to have beaten the Y-2-K bug.
The details are still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And Roanoke City is offering a free way to help resident conserve water.
Find out what it is next.
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[music up full] [comm1]

[Shower-Kits]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=12]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-45 TC08:01]
[GRAPHIC=Water Supply]


Despite recent rain, Roanoke's water emergency continues... And today the city began passing out free kits to help citizens conserve.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Acting Assistant City Manager Diane Akers and other city employees set up shop in the parking lot of the Roanoke Civic Center during the morning commute.
The water conservation kits include shower heads, faucet aerators, and devices for the toilet tank.
More than 100 kits were passed out this morning, and city officials plan to do it again. The next giveaway is Tuesday morning from 7:00 until 8:30 at the Sonic Restaurant on Franklin Road.
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[B'Burg-Stabbings]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Three 19-year olds were stabbed in an early morning fight in Blacksburg.
Police were called to building 16-04 of the College Park Apartments just after midnight to find Virginia Tech student Joseph Edward Kim with stab wounds to his side, neck and arm.
During police interviews, two more victims went to Columbia-Montgomery Regional Hospital. They're identified as Winsen Peele, another Virginia Tech student, and David Casey Miller of Sterling.
Police say the stabbings happened during a fight involving five to ten people in front of building 16-08.
No arrests have been made.

[E-Mueller-Execution]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=99-38 15:50]
[GRAPHIC=VA Death Penalty]


A convicted child killer was put to death last night.
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[VO-NAT]


Everett Lee Mueller is 11-th inmate to be executed in Virginia this year.
In 1990, he raped and murdered a 10-year-old Chesterfield County girl.
Mueller was pronounced dead shortly after 9 o'clock.
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[E-Bus-Radio]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-31 1:04:12]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It's not uncommon to find child listening to the music on their way to and from school--especially on the bus.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski;]


That's because many buses, these days, are equipped with radios which pipe music through the bus' speakers.
In Pulaski County, school officials believe the set-up actually contributes to better behavior by making the ride more enjoyable.
Angela Kegley disagrees with the school's position and wants the radio turned off when her daughter is on board-- for religious reasons.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=They play]

((DAVID COX/PULASKI CO. SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: THEY PLAY IT KIND OF AT A LOW LEVEL AND THAT HELPS MAINTAIN, YOU KNOW, A LEVEL OF QUIETNESS ON THE BUS, THAT THEY HAVE TO BE QUIET TO LISTEN TO THE RADIO TO THE MUSIC. ANGELA KEGLEY/PARENT: I DID NOT HAVE A RADIO ON THE BUS WHEN I GREW UP AND I HAD A VERY STRICT BUS DRIVER, IF THERE WAS SOMETHING GOING ON SHE PULLED OVER, PERIOD.))
[SUPER=01-David Cox/Superintendent; :00]
[SUPER=01-Angela Kegley/Parent; :12]
[RUNS=18]
[OUT Q=over, period.]
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[VO-NAT]


School officials say they see no reason to turn the radio off.
But Kegley is adamant in her beliefs and plans to take her complaint to the school board.
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[Russia-Explosion]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Explosion]


Russian authorities have rounded up more than eleven-thousand people, following a series of deadly apartment building bombings.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-St. Petersburg, Russia;]

[4:13:01]
The latest explosion happened this morning in St. Petersburg.
Two people were killed.
Authorities have yet to link it to four other blast in the past two weeks that have killed close to 300.
Of those rounded up today, only about 30 are thought to be linked to the bombings.
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[Barker]


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


Game show host Bob Barker is expected to be released from a Washington D-C hospital sometime today after being treated for fatigue.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]

[4;26:22]
Barker was taken to the emergency room at George Washington University Hospital yesterday morning.
He was in Washington for a breakfast meeting with members of Congress.
As a longtime supporter of animal rights, he's backing a measure that would ban elephants from circuses and traveling shows.
Barker, who is 75, has hosted ``The Price Is Right'' on C-B-S since 1972.
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[Y2K]


[ANCHOR=MEL]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Battling the Bug]


When the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, Alan Greenspan says there's no need to panic.
In a speech today in Washington the Federal Reserve Chairman says threat of massive computer failures in the U-S because of Y-2-K is virtually nonexistent.
He credits testing, backup plans and the billions of dollars spent by the private sector upgrading computer systems.
[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead on News-7 at Noon-- a Bedford County landmark is back--
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[VO-NAT ]


But how it got there is still a mystery.
We'll try to get to the bottom of it when we return.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]


[5-Rhino]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=598-42 1:43:27]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The missing baby rhino statue from Route 460 in Bedford County reappeared Tuesday after being gone for almost ten months.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


But after the owner of the property took a good look at it he discovered it wasn't the original.
The disappearance of the statue was as bizarre as the reappearance when the alleged thief called the property owner.
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[SOT 00:01:31]
[IN Q=He said]

((SGT. TIMOTHY HAYDEN/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: HE SAID IF HE WANTED TO SEE HIS BABY RHINO AGAIN HE COULD DIG A FOUR INCH DEEP HOLE AND FILL IT FULL OF QUICK CRETE, IT WILL SHOW UP IN 24 HOURS.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Timothy Hayden/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=in 24 hours.]
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[VO-NAT]


Investigators say they believe they know who the alleged thief is.
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[Comedy-Writer]


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


Shows like the Academy Awards, the Grammy's and the Emmy's don't just spring to life -- they are shaped, more often than not, by comedy writer Bruce Vilanch (vih-lanch).
You may recognize him from his prominant role in "Hollywood Squares", and now, as Mark McEwen tells us, you can learn all about him in the new documentary "Get Bruce."
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Bruce Vilanch/Comedy Writer; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mark McEwen/Reporting; :25]
[SUPER=03-"Get Bruce"/Mirmax Films; :47]
[RUNS=1:25]
[OUT Q=CBS News.]

((BRUCE: "GET BRUCE" IS WHAT PEOPLE SAY WHEN THEY'RE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO WRITE ONE OF THESE AWARDS SHOWS OR TO COME UP WITH SOME AMUSING QUIP FOR THEMSELVES. WHOOPIE: MADELINE ALBRIGHT JUST FOUND OUT THAT SHE'S JEWISH AND I CAN RELATE. (CLINTONS LAUGH) BUT WHAT'S EVEN BIGGER IS THAT SHE'S MY COUSIN. TRACK: THE DOCUMENTARY INCLUDES INTERVIEWS WITH A WHO'S WHO OF HOLLYWOOD -- ALL DEPEND ON BRUCE TO MAKE THEM SHINE BRUCE: I DIDN'T KNOW THAT WHAT I DID WAS FILM FODDER BUT IT'S FASCINATING IT'S BEHIND THE SCENES IT'S A WHOLE GLIMPSE OF SHOW BUSINESS THAT PEOPLE DON'T KNOW EXISTED AND IT'S HILARIOUS. WHOOPIE: PART OF THE WAY THAT PEOPLE VIEW ME IS BECAUSE OF THE WAY THAT HE'S WRITTEN FOR ME
NATSOT: BILLY AND BRUCE PLAY WITH FOOD

BRUCE: WE'RE JEWS. THE FOOD IS VERY IMPORTANT. NO COMEDY CAN BE CONSTRUCTED WITHOUT FOOD. BILLY: EVERY YEAR THE FIRST PHONE CALL IS TO BRUCE. WE'RE LIKE A BASEBALL TEAM, ONCE I KNOW HE'S ON BOARD I KNOW WE'LL BE STRONG IN CENTER FIELD.
NATSOT: BRUCE PULLS T-SHIRT FROM CLOSET, ALL FALL DOWN.

BRUCE: "GET BRUCE" IS FROM MIRAMAX, THE COMPANY THAT BROUGHT YOU GWENNETH PALTROW. THEY'VE FOUND ANOTHER BLOND. (HEAD TOSS) MARK MCEWEN CBS NEWS.))

[Stocks]


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 89 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports, a veteran Cowboy may be hanging up his spurs permanently.
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[VO-NAT ]


And U-V-A may be worried about Wake Forest.
But B-Y-U can put on quite a show too.
More on last night's showdown with Colorado State when we return.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]


[S-BYU]


[ANCHOR=Andrew]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-52 222tc]
[GRAPHIC=College Football]


Brigham Young took the inaugural Mountain West Conference game.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Provo, UT/ESPN; :00]


Last night, Brigham Young -- U-V-A's opponent on the September 25th-- crushed top 25 member Colorado State.
BYU quarterback Kevin Feterik burned the State defense repeatedly and Lucas Staley scored three touchdowns.
Feterik also tossed this 15 yard TD pass in the first half to Jaron Dabney.
[SUPER=36-Colorado State/13/Brigham Young/34/ ;]


BYU took the win - 34-to-13
The game against UVa is in Utah.
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[S-Roll]


[ANCHOR=Andrew]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-49]
[GRAPHIC=FFE]


It's a jam-packed Friday football extra schedule tonight.
Here's the run-down.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=first audio]
[RUNS=:35]
[OUT Q=...LOGO COMES FULL - YOU FADE]
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[S-Cowboys]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-44]
[GRAPHIC=COWBOYS]


The man known affectionately as "Moose" is calling it quits.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Landover, MD/Sunday;:00]


Daryl Johnston, the Cowboys veteran fullback announced yesterday that he is out for the season.
He's having neck problems again and he says the latest problem could end his career.
After the Cowboys' comeback this past Sunday he sounded like a man who had no intentions of quitting.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=BITE]
[SUPER=01-Daryl Johnston/Out for the Season; :00]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=...a football team."]

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