[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


Federal authorities in Tennessee have delayed an extradition hearing for Carolina Panther Rae Carruth.
He was found hiding in the trunk of a car, while fleeing authorities who charged him with the murder of his girlfriend.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And Columbine High School school in Colorado is closed today and tomorrow, after a threat was made to a student over the Internet.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[SS=None]



[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Carruth]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


Carolina Panther wide receiver Rae Carruth will NOT be extradited right away...
That after federal authorities in Tennessee delayed an extradition hearing.
Carruth is accused in the drive- by murder of his girlfriend in North Carolina.
He fled authorities, but was found last night hiding in the trunk of a car.
Drew Levinson has the latest.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Wildersville, TN/Last Night; :00]
[SUPER=01-Keith Bridges/Charlotte Police Spokesman; :17]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/Reporting; 1:08]
[RUNS=1:27]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Charlotte]

(((LOCATOR: LAST NIGHT, WILDERSVILLE, TN) (natz) RAE CARRUTH FACES AN EXTRADITION HEARING TODAY IN MEMPHIS AFTER HIS CAPTURE WEDNRAE CARRUTH FACES AN EXTRADITION HEARING TODAY IN MEMPHIS AFTER HIS CAPTURE WE���_���� HIDING IN THE TRUNK OF
A CAR OUTSIDE A WESTERN TENNESSEE MOTEL. SOT: KEITH BRIDGES, CHARLOTTE POLICE SPOKESMAN "HE HAD BEEN IN THAT TRUNK FOR

AWHILE WHEN AGENTS GOT HIM OUT." WITH THE HELP OF A FEMALE COMPANION...CARRUTH JUMPED A THREE MILLION DOLLAR BOND AND FLED THE CHARLOTTE AREA WHEN HIS FORMER GIRLFRIEND, CHERICA ADAMS.. DIED TUESDAY NIGHT OF GUNSHOTS WOUNDS INFLICTED ABOUT A MONTH AGO. CARRUTH AND THREE OTHERS ARE CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN THAT SHOOTING. ADAMS WAS SIX MONTHS PREGNANT WHEN SHE WAS SHOT WHILE DRIVING IN HER CAR. HER SURVIVING BABY BOY WAS DELIVERED BY EMERGENCY SURGERY. FOR CARRUTH...HIS DECISION TO FLEE AND SUBSEQUENT CAPTURE IN THE TRUNK OF A CAR. . REPRESENTS A DEVASTATING TURN OF EVENTS FOR A
PROMISING N-F-L PLAYER. SOT: BRIDGES AGAIN "IT'S SAD AND CONFUSING AND I'M SURE MANY PEOPLE ARE WONDERING WHY AND HOW.

" SO INSTEAD OF CATCHING PASSES ON THE FIELD... THE FORMER FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICK HAS BECOME THE FIRST ACTIVE NFL PLAYER TO BE CHARGED WITH MURDER. IF CONVICTED HE COULD BE SENTENCED TO DEATH OR LIFE IN JAIL. (LEVINSON STANDUP) ))

[Columbine-Threat]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


More worries at Columbine High School--
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Littleton, CO;]


Classes are canceled today and tomorrow after a student reported receiving a threat over the Internet last night.


School officials are not disclosing the nature of the threat.
But say they closed the Littleton, Colorado school for the students' safety and emotional well-being.
The threat just brings back memories of last April's shooting rampage in which two students killed 13 people, as well as themselves.
A school spokeswoman says security personnel swept the high school and found nothing.
Students would have been taking final exams today.
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[Comair]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Comair]


An airline that serves Roanoke has had to cancel 270 flights this week because of a pilot-slowdown.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape]


Comair has been in contract negotiations with it pilots since April 1998.
Comair has about 750 scheduled flights daily throughout its system-- about 14 of them are cancelled on an average day.
That increased to 70 on Monday, 120 on Tuesday and 80 yesterday.
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[Monty-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=fatal Accident]


An accident in Montgomery County took the life of a teenager.
The accident happened just before ten last night on Route 8 in the Riner area.
18 year old Jennifer Renee Schneider of Riner was killed when her vehicle hit a tree while going around a curve.


[Purgatory-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Forest Fire]


The state wants to be repaid for the money it spent fighting the August forest fire in Botetourt County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./August]


The state spent 166-thousand dollars fighting the 12-hundred acre fire on Purgatory Mountain.
The Department of Forestry has asked Attorney General Mark Earley's office to decide whether to seek civil damages.
The blaze was started by sparks from the metal rim of a truck that blew a tire on nearby Interstate 81.
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[Tripp]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Lewinsky]


Dozens of news photographers gathered around Monica Lewinsky this morning as she arrived at a Maryland courthouse.
Lewinsy offered testimony at a hearing to help the state prosecute Linda Tripp on wiretapping charges.
Lee Cowan has more.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Ellicott City, MD;]
[SUPER=01-Joseph Murtha/Tripp's Attorney;]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting;]
[RUNS=1:24]
[OUT Q=Lee Cowan, CBS News, Ellicott City, MD;]

(((LOCATOR: ELLICOTT CITY, MD)
(NATS, MONICA LEAVES COURTHOUSE)

MONICA LEWINSKY LEFT THE COURTHOUSE AFTER AN HOUR ON THE STAND, TRYING TO HELP THE STATE OF MARYLAND PUT HER FORMER FRIEND LINDA TRIPP BEHIND BARS, AN APPEARANCE THAT SPARKED THE KIND OF MEDIA MADNESS CHARACTERISTIC OF THE PRESIDENT'S IMPEACHMENT TRIAL.
(NATSOT, MEDIA MADNESS)

SHE WAS CALLED HERE BY MARYLAND PROSECUTORS WHO ARE TRYING TO CONVICT TRIPP ON TWO COUNTS OF VIOLATING THE STATE'S WIRETAPPING LAW. TRIPP FACES UP TO TEN YEARS IN PRISON AND A 20-THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE FOR SECRETLY RECORDING THE NOW INFAMOUS CONVERSATIONS WITH LEWINSKY, RECORDINGS THAT LAUNCHED KEN STARR'S INVESTIGATION.
(NATS, TAPES FROM DEC. 22, 1997)

LEWINSKY APPEARED NERVOUS BUT POISED ON THE STAND, SAYING SHE REMEMBERED THAT CONVERSATION ALL TOO WELL. "I WAS PRETTY UPSET", SHE TESTIFIED. "IT WAS ETCHED IN MY MIND BECAUSE IT WAS A PRETTY FRIGHTENING TIME FOR ME." AS FOR LINDA TRIPP, SHE CHOSE NOT TO APPEAR. BUT HER DEFENSE TEAM SAYS THEY'RE READY FOR ANYTHING.
(SOT, JOSEPH MURTHA, TRIPP ATTORNEY, "My goal was... office of the independent counsel.")
(COWAN STANDUP)))[tease1]

[HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


There's some bad news about kids and alcohol.
That's one story still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
(--------------)
[VO-NAT ]


And later volunteers are helping those less fortunate do a little Christmas shopping.
First, let's talk to Patrick Evans.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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

[Child-Killers]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly ]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


There's a new ruling in favor of two 11- year- old British boys convicted of kidnapping and killing a toddler six years ago.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bootle, England/1993;]


This is surveillance video from the shopping mall, from which Robert Thompson and Jon Venables led six- year- old James Bulger away to his death.
Both were sentenced to eight years' detention, a term that was later doubled.
But the European court ruled today that both their adult court trial AND the decision to increase the sentence amounted to a breach of the boys' basic human rights.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 10:15:27]
[IN Q=They will have ]

((MICHAEL HOWARD/FORMER HOME SECRETARY: THEY WILL HAVE VIRTUALLY THE WHOLE OF THEIR ADULT LIVES BEFORE THEM TO LIVE IN FREEDOM. THAT WAS NOT A PRIVILEGE THAT THEY ALLOWED JAMES BULGER TO HAVE.))
[SUPER=01-Michael Howard/Former Home Secretary;]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=Bulger to have]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The ruling does NOT overturn the convictions, but it will put pressure on Britain to re- think the practice of sending minors for trial in an adult court.
(------------)



[Teen-Drinking]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Alcohol]


If you've ever wondered what your kids are actually doing for fun, a new study may have the disturbing answer.
The study finds that they may be binge drinking.
A drug abuse research group says only three- percent of parents think their high-school-aged kids drink.
But one- third of the teens tell researchers they've been drunk in the last month.
The group says one solution to the problem is tough enforcement of underage drinking laws, along with better communication between parents and kids.

[Stewart-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=ent]
[GRAPHIC=Arson]


New information has led investigators to reconsider the cause of a Roanoke fire that killed five people.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/January 20, 1996]


Four children and their grandmother died when the Stewart Avenue home caught fire.
It was first viewed as an accident, but new information came to light as a lawsuit moved forward, and investigators returned to Stewart Avenue to collect additional evidence.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=We went down]

((WE WENT DOWN TO THE BARE BONES OF ALL THE WOOD, REALLY WASHED THIS PLACE OUT, FOUND SOME ADDITIONAL BURN PATTERNS THAT WEREN'T CONSISTENT WITH OUR INITIAL FINDING AND THEN THERE WAS SOME ADDITIONAL WITNESS EVIDENCE THAT CAME FORTH THAT I CAN'T SPEAK TO AT THE MOMENT, THAT LEAD US TO RETHINK OUR INITIAL FINDING.))
[SUPER=01-Chief Jim Grigsby/Roanoke Fire-EMS; ]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=our initial finding.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Since fire officials reclassified the cause from accidental to incendiary, Roanoke police have renewed their investigation.
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[Henry-Workers]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Henry County is coming to the aid of laid-off textile workers.
The Board of Supervisors yesterday authorized a 300-thousand dollar assistance package for former workers from Tultex, Pluma and Ashmore.
The plan includes waiving penalties on real estate and property taxes... and offering loans of up to 15-hundred dollars to help workers through their unemployment.

[E-Rubatex]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-42 1:47;13]
[GRAPHIC=Rubatex]


Rubatex says its retirees will have to pay part of their health insurance premiums.
It's the first time that's ever happened...
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]

and it's one issue at the heart of the Rubatex strike.
The Steelworkers union has been picketing for nearly 100 days ... and says it's not fair to make retirees pay.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 16:26:17]
[IN Q=we don't]

((RICHARD WALKER/USWA LOCAL 240 PRESIDENT: WE DON'T WANT TO SEE THEM HAVE TO CONTRIBUTE ANYTHING TO RETAIN HEALTH INSURANCE. THEY SPENT 30 OR MORE IN HERE ... THEN TO SPEND A THIRD OF THEIR PENSION CHECK IS RIDICULOUS ... AIN'T NO WAY THEY'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO MAKE IT.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Walker/USWA Local 240 President;]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=TO MAKE IT]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


If the union and Rubatex ever agree on a new contract ... the terms and conditions of the letter sent to retirees could change.
But neither the union nor the company has scheduled a face-to-face meeting.
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[S-Tobacco]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-47 31:26]
[GRAPHIC=Tobacco Quotas]


Tobacco farmers are taking another hit next year.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.;]


The U-S Department of Agriculture yesterday announced an 18-and a half percent cut in the tobacco quota for 2000.


That means farmers will have to plant a lot less tobacco next year.
In the last two years, decreased demand for the leaf has cut back tobacco growers' incomes by 35 percent.
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[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead on News-7 at noon, Santa is reminding kids to buckle up this holiday season.
(-----------------)
[VO-NAT ]


And seven astronauts prepare to spend the holiday in outer space.
(-----------------)

[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]


[E-Christmas-Store]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-50 48:09]
[GRAPHIC=Christmas]


The holidays are a time for giving, but you don't need money to help out.
The Community Christmas Store in Roanoke helps provide the less fortunate gifts they might not be able to afford.

And as Kate Weidaw reports, it works because many people give the gift of their time.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Rebecca Franklin/Volunteer; :14]
[SUPER=01-Terri Lynch/Toy Chairperson; 1:18]
[SUPER=@Kate2; 1:33]
[RUNS=1:47]
[OUT Q=Kate Weidaw, News 7, Roanoke.]


(( Instead of being home watching t.v., Salem High School students Rebecca Franklin and Kirsten Miller have decided to volunteer their time helping others get the Community Christmas Store ready for opening day.
[SOT 7:13:50]
[INQ=]

((REBECCA FRANKLIN/VOLUNTEER: YOU HAVE TO DO ALL THIS INVENTORY AND YOU COUNT STUFF AND SORT IT AND YOU PUT IT IN BOXES.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 7]


So far both girls have volunteered over 15 hours doing things like stacking boxes of toys so the store can open for it's 7-th year of service.

[SOT 7:29:17]
[INQ=]

((TERRI LYNCH: THIS SECTION IS FOR BOYS IT'S DIVIDED BY SIZES 12-14, 14-16.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 10]


Terri Lynch has volunteered her time to the store for five years. She's watched at least 600 families each year walk through the doors -- taking home items for free like clothes, toys, food, and

[SOT 7:31:29 SOUND ONLY]
[INQ=]

((TERRI LYNCH: EACH HOUSEHOLD IS ALLOTTED ONE HOUSE HOLD ITEM, IF THEY NEED A FRYING PAN, AN ELECTRIC SKILLET.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 10]


Eligible families from Roanoke County, Vinton, and Salem go through social services to register -- then come this Friday hundreds will walk through the doors. An escort leads families through the store with a shopping list of needed items. The most popular spot is the toy section.

[SOT 7:42:45]
[INQ=]

((TERRI LYNCH: YOU WANT YOUR CHILDREN TO HAVE A NICE CHRISTMAS YOU DON'T WANT THEM TO FEEL LIKE THEY WERE OVER LOOKED SO IT REALLY MEANS A LOT TO THE FAMILIES TO PICK OUT SOME THINGS THEY THINK THEIR FAMILY WOULD ENJOY.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 13]


And thanks to the charity of local schools, churches, and organizations for donating everything in the store, the Community Christmas Store is able to make the season a little brighter for the less fortunate. Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))

[E-Santa-Safety]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-39 TC1:32:43]
[GRAPHIC=None ]


The world's busiest traveller will be hitting Virginia this month... and state safety advocates want it to be a safe trip.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


So Drive Smart Virginia and the Governor's top transportation officials added a few safety features to Santa's sleigh yesterday: airbags, belts, and booster seats for the elves.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 11:48:16]
[IN Q=You know in]

((COL. WAYNE HUGGINS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: YOU KNOW IN VIRGINIA, OUR LAW REQUIRES THAT ALL CHILDREN AND ELVES THAT WEIGH LESS THAN 40 POUNDS HAVE TO BE SECURED. AND WE RECOMMEND THAT CHILDREN AND ELVES THAT WEIGH ABOVE 40 POUNDS BE PROPERLY SECURED EITHER IN SEATBELTS OR IN AN APPROVED BOOSTER SEAT.))
[SUPER=01-Col. Wayne Huggins/State Police;]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=booster seat.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Santa reminded parents that kids whose mom and dad don't buckle tend NOT to buckle up themselves.
Along with the safety message, Santa doled out a few holiday gifts for the kids.
(------------)



[Shuttle-Launch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Discovery Launch]


It's all systems go for tonight's scheduled launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Ctr., FL;]


The main mission for the seven astronauts is to make repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope.
But some NASA workers who will be helping to support the mission are said to be unhappy about having to work during the Christmas holiday.
NASA has only three chances to launch the shuttle-- either tonight, tomorrow, or Saturday before giving up for the year to avoid any potential Y-2-K problems.
Tonight's liftoff is set for 9:18.
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[Stocks]


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 85 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still to come in sports, Frank Beamer meets his Sugar Bowl rival in New Orleans after being named the A-P coach of the year,
(----------------)
[VO-NAT ]

and the citizens of Salem toast the pride of their city...the state champion Salem Spartans football team.
Patrick has more, next.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]



[S-Beamer]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-46]
[GRAPHIC=sugar bowl]


Frank Beamer made an early trip to New Orleans last night to speak at the Touchdown Club.
[GRAPHIC=Frank Beamer]


Beamer arrived shortly after being named the Associated Press coach of the year.
Despite the award, Beamer chose to praise his counterpart Bobby Bowden who was also a speaker.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="they]

((FRANK BEAMER/A.P. COACH OF THE YEAR:))
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/A. P. Coach of the Year; :00]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=.....got there"]
(--------------)
[VO-NAT]


Beamer collected 27 of the 84 votes and receives his second coach of the year award for leading Tech to an 11 and OH record and the school's first ever national championship appearance.
His lofty resume prompted Bowden to spend most of his time complimenting the 53 year old Beamer.
(-----------)
[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


Yesterday's A-P award may not be the last for Beamer. He is also a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award.

[S-Salem]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-48]
[GRAPHIC=FFE]


It was a party fit for champions.
Citizens of Salem got together last night to honor its state champion football team.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]


The community threw the party for it's group 2A state champs at the Salem Civic Center.
Head coach Willis White spoke to the crowd and thanked them for all of their support throughout the season.
The championship team was also introduced and a few players spoke to the audience as well.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=01-Willis White/Salem Football Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=....]
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[S-Hockey]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-55 (39:16)]
[GRAPHIC=Express Logo]


The Roanoke Express has spent much of the early hockey season away from home, playing 15 of its first 26 games on the road. Tomorrow night, the team returns to the Roundhouse to battle Trenton.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :]


The Express will get a few days off for Christmas, but beginning with the Titans this Friday night, Roanoke will play 10 of its next 11 games at the Roundhouse.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="We got...]
[SUPER=01-Scott Gordon/Express Head Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=....every week."]
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[S-NASCAR]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-53]
[GRAPHIC=NASCAR]


In this racing offseason, several Busch Series drivers are heating it up in the islands.
(------------)
[SUPER=03-Negril, Jamaica; :00]


Check out Dale Earnhardt Junior on your left. He was part of the first annual Race Fan Beach Bash in Jamaica.
Race fans who attended were able to enjoy fun in the sun with Earnhardt Junior and other Busch Series drivers.
Benny Parsons conducted his radio show from the beach.
Earnhardt even mingled with fans after hours, and fans had a chance to prove their metal on tire changing as well.
(------------)