[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A day after losing two Republican primaries, George W. Bush gets some help on the Virginia campaign trail from his famous dad.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And a missing eight year old is found dead in Nelson County.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[SS=None]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[President-Bush]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=12]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-53 TC01:19]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 200]


John McCain's performance in Michigan and Arizona has raised the stakes in Tuesday's Republican primary here in Virginia.
And this morning, former President George Bush brought his son's campaign to the Salem Civic Center.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and JoeD/Microwave]


And that's where Joe Dashiell is this afternoon.
[Live=JoeD Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Joe1;]
[SUPER=05-Salem]


Melanie, the campaigns are now focusing most of their attention on the March 7th primaries including California and New York.
But with McCain's resurgence, Virginia may be an important stepping stone toward Super Tuesday and the Republican nomination.
(ROLLCUE: Candidate of the GOP Establishment.)
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Why is it]
[SUPER=01-George Bush/Former President;]
[RUNS=:27]
[OUT Q=any national test.]
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[VO-NAT]

[***JOE'S MIKE Hot***]
[RUNS=:30]
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[Live=JoeD Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Salem]
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[DOUBLE BOXES=Melanieand Joe D/microwave]



[PRIMARIES]


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


George W. Bush isn't letting yesterday's losses in Michigan and Arizona slow him down.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Burbank, CA;]


He's already in California, one of the jewels in the March seventh Super Tuesday primaries.
[SUPER=03-Southfield, MI;]


Bush got 43 percent of the vote in Michigan to McCain's 50 percent.
But McCain got his with the help of independents and democrats who could vote in the open primary.
Exit polls show two-thirds of his votes came from Non-Republicans.
And Republicans made up only 49 percent of the electorate.
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[SOT]
[2 sot 3:02:52-3:03:27 and 3:09;47]
[IN Q=This is a long processs....]

((BUSH:THIS IS A LONG PROCESS, SOMETIMES YOU WIN, SOMETIMES YOU DON'T. MCCAIN:MICHIGAN SENT A POWERFUL MESSAGE...FROM THE REAL REFORMER.))
[SUPER=01-George W. Bush/(R) Presidential Candidate;]
[SUPER=01-John McCain/(R) Presidential Candidate; :11]
[RUNS=:23]
[OUT Q=from the real reformer...]
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[VO-NAT]


The next primaries are in Virginia, North Dakota and Washington State.
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[executions]


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


Without the intervention of Governor George W. Bush, it looks like Texas will put to death Betty Lou Beets tomorrow.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]


The 62-year-old was convicted for killing her husband for insurance money.
She'd be just the second woman executed in Texas since the Civil War and the 4th in the nation since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 19-76.
Meantime, today Terry Melvin Sims became the first man in Florida history to die by lethal injection.
[SUPER=03-Starke, FL;]


The state legislature gave inmates the option of lethal injection, dodging a constitutional challenge to the electric chair as cruel and unusual punishment.
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[holden]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Holden]


They're now searching for answers in the death of eight year old Jackie Holden.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Nelson Co.]


Her body was found early yesterday evening near Beaver Creek, off Piney Mountain Place.
Three family dogs were still watching over her.
Hundreds helped in the three day search.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=we stayed]
[SUPER=01-Ray Uttaro/Nelson Co. EMS Coordinator;]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=find her alive]
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[VO-NAT]


Nelson County Sheriff Gary Brantley said no foul play is suspected.
A medical examiner will determine the cause and time of death.
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[Marijuana-Growing]


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


Electric bills and thermal imaging led police to a Roanoke marijuana- growing conspiracy.
Five people pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday.
Authorities said the scheme involved the use of high-powered lights inside innocent-looking suburban homes where the plants were cultivated.
The five will be sentenced in May.

[opec-meeting]


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


As fuel prices continue to climb, U-S officials are taking steps to bring them down.
They're meeting with Gulf oil minister today, hoping to get them to cut prices by boosting production.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC/Yesterday;]

[yesterday's 3 P-M newspath 3:11:23]
Yesterday, 200 independent truck drivers converged on the nation's capital to protest the rising cost of diesel fuel.
Many claim it's making it very difficult for them to earn a living.
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[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Nautica is sailing into Henry County and bringing almost 400 jobs with it.
Details are still ahead on News 7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And the murder trial of four New York City cops moves closer to judgement.
First let's talk to Patrick Evans.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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

[clinton-spain]


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


A royal visit today at the White House.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


President Clinton welcomed the King of Spain, Juan Carlos, calling him a champion of democracy and a foe of terrorists.
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[SOT]

[11:30:40-48]
[IN Q=On behalf of the people of the U.S.]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=Back to America.]
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[VO-NAT]


President Clinton and the first lady visited with the King and Queen in Spain in 19-97.
Meantime, later today President Clinton is expected to announce an easing of food-stamp rules to let families own a car and still qualify for help.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


Current rules bar food stamp recipients from owning a car valued at more than four-thousand, 651 dollars.
The change is aimed at helping the working poor get to jobs that are often far from their homes.

[DIALLO]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


The jury is deliberating the fate of four New York City police officers charged with murdering an unarmed African immigrant.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Albany, NY;]


They're charged with the fatal shooting of Amadou Diallo (AH'-meh-doo dee-AH'-loh).
The prosecution portrayed the defendants as trigger-happy patrolmen who made a snap judgment.
But the Defense told the jury the officers had no choice but to fire because they believed a wallet Diallo was holding was a gun.
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[SOT]

[3:15:31]
[IN Q=They're human beings...]
[SUPER=01-John Patten/Defense Attorney;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=doing a difficult job.]
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[VO-NAT]


If convicted -- the officers could face 25 years to life in prison.
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[CARJACKING]


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


In, Missouri a six year old boy was dragged to his death after his mother's car was stolen.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Independence, MO;]


A man tried to push the boy out of the car as he stole it, but the boy became tangled in a seatbelt.
He was then dragged for several miles at speeds of up to 80 miles per hour.
Several motorists eventually surrounded the car at a stoplight after it left the interstate.
One man got a rope from his car and tied the suspect's legs when he tried to run.
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[SOT]

[3:17:27]
[IN Q=we were sitting in our truck...]
[SUPER=01-Brain Zevecke/Witness]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=were kind of dumbfounded.]
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[VO-NAT]


The car was stolen when the boy's mother left it running while she ran into a store to get a sandwich.
The suspect is in custody this morning in a jail near Kansas City.
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[E-Gilmore-Textiles]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-50 1:55:36]
[GRAPHIC=Textile Relief]


After weeks of debate, Governor Jim Gilmore has finally detailed a relief plan for laid off workers.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I want to]
[sot 14:38:09]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I WANT TO RESTORE IN THE PEOPLE OF SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA FAITH THAT TOMORROW IS GONNA BRING THE DAWN OF A BETTER DAY.))
[SUPER=@Gilmore;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=better day.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Gilmore's plan is similar to previous relief bills he opposed in Richmond-- but this plan would increase benefits for workers statewide.
But a laid off Tultex worker says she's disappointed it has NO health insurance coverage.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The bus trips]
[sot 15:14:31]

((ROBIN HAIRSTON/LAID OFF WORKER: THE BUS TRIPS UP HERE, THEY WERE REALLY FOCUSING ON THE INSURANCE, AND IT'S KIND OF SLAP IN THE FACE WHEN NOTHING IS REALLY MENTIONED ABOUT THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Robin Hairston/Laid Off Worker;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=about that.]
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[TALENT=Melanie]
[SS=Hold]


The Governor's bill would provide emergency relief, retroactive to November 28th.
It now competes with other legislative plans in Richmond.

[S-Henry-Jobs]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-54 1:22:52]
[GRAPHIC=New Jobs]


Nautica could be up and running in Henry County by April-- that's the word from the governor's office.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


The high end clothing company will hire 375 workers at a distribution center in the county.
And it came out that it was a Nautica vice-president seeing an article about the Tultex bankruptcy that gave the company the idea.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=In spite of]
[sot 15:09:03]

((SID CLOWER: IN SPITE OF ALL THE ADVERTISING AND EVERYTHING THAT'S BEEN DONE, I MEAN, OUR SITUATION'S GOTTEN PUBLICITY ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. BUT IT WAS ACTUALLY THAT ARTICLE THAT MR. FINK SAW.))
[SUPER=01-Sid Clower/Henry Co. Administrator]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=Mr. Fink saw.]
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[TALENT=Melanie]
[SS=Hold]


Nautica says it will be hiring its first wave of workers in the next two to four weeks.

[E-City-Council]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-52 1:30:03]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Seal]


Roanoke officials hope a new policy will keep city employees out of environmental trouble.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/April 1998;]


Following the discovery of hazardous waste buried at the Public Works Service Center, the city has agreed to fines, community service and a clean-up that will cost at least two million dollars.
City Manager Darlene Burcham says every city employee will be trained and monitored, and required to adhere to the new policy.
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[SOT 15:15:07]
[IN Q=I come from a background]

((DARLENE BURCHAM/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: I COME FROM A BACKGROUND WHERE THERE IS A VERY STRONG ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT, WHERE CITIZENS REALLY WANT TO BE AT THE FOREFRONT. AND I BELIEVE THAT'S A PART OF THE RICHNESS OF THIS COMMUNITY AND WE HAVE TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT.))
[SUPER=01-Darlene Burcham/Roanoke City Manager]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=protect the environment.]
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[VO-NAT]


Yesterday, city council also approved funding for new wells to supplement the city's supply of drinking water.
Yesterday morning Carvins Cove was at 10 feet below the spillway. The city's main reservoir hasn't been that high since September of 1998.
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[E-Cafeteria-Workers]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=00-04 24:47]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


The women and men who make food and serve it to Roanoke City school children say they haven't received a full paycheck, since December.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Several cafeteria workers say they're paid by the hour - so they're left out in the cold on snow days and holidays.
Last night - they asked Roanoke's school board to improve their pay and benefits - and give them contracts.
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[SOT]

[15:21:52 - 15:21:05]
[IN Q=There's a lot]
[SUPER=01-Lynn Hagy/Food Services Worker]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=our fair share.]
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[anchor=Melanie]
[graphic=HOLD]


Superintendent Wayne Harris says officials are considering the possibility of restructuring how these employees are paid, and says he's confident the school system WILL address their concerns.
[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Will it be three strikes and your out for Darryl Strawberry?
More on his latest trouble is still ahead in sports.
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[VO-NAT ]


And this fed-ex commercial's not in Kansas anymore.
In fact, it's not anywhere.
We'll explain.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]


[E-Disaster-Relief]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=Sch]
[TAPE#=99-58 56:56]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A volunteer group based in Danville is collecting disaster relief items for tornado victims in Camilla, Georgia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


They're known as "God's Pit Crew," and they're asking people to donate water, canned food and other basic needs.
The group will travel to Georgia with the supplies this Friday.
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[SOT 15:27:40]
[IN Q=This organization]

((RANDY JOHNSON/VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION PRES.: THIS ORGANIZATION IS ONLY 20 PEOPLE BUT IT WILL GROW AND WHEN WE GO IT'S THE WHOLE COMMUNITY SO WE SHOULD BE PROUD.))
[SUPER=01-Randy Johnson/Volunteer Organization Pres.]
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[OUT Q=should be proud.]
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[Take Pinnacle Page]
If you would like to donate, you can call: 804 822-0053 or stop by the River Oak Church of God in Danville.
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[grammys]


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


Tonight in Los Angeles the best in the music world will be honored at the 42nd annual Grammy awards.
We're going to sneak you into the rehearsals for a sampling of tonight's performances.
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[SOT]

[10:32-44, 10:34:45-56, 10;33:44-58]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA; :00]
[RUNS=:34]
[OUT Q=nat music]
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[VO-NAT]


That was Ricky Martin, the Backstreet Boys and Will Smith.
The show airs tonight at 8 right here on her hometown station.
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[FEDEX-COMMERCIAL]


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


The latest Fed Ex commercial won't be playing in Kansas, or anywhere else.
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[SOT]

[6:01:20]
[IN Q=package for the lollypop]
[SUPER=04-TV Commercial;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=that's better.]
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[VO-NAT]


Fed Ex is revising the ad because of the controversy over the helium balloons.
Some complained it was sending young people the wrong message about inhalants.
FedEx says it consulted with national health officials and was assured helium was not a drug.
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[Stocks]


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 121 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still to come in sports, bad news for the Lady Hokies, a marathon Blue Ridge district tournament basketball battle,

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[VO-NAT ]

and it may be three strikes and you're out for Yankees outfielder Darryl Strawberry as major league baseball decides his fate.
Patrick returns with more.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]



[Strawberry]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=MLB]


Darryl Strawberry could be looking at his third drug-related suspension.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tampa, FL]


A decision on possible punishment will be made by tomorrow at the latest.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Till something else]
[SUPER=01-Joe Torre/Yankees Manager]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=like you guys did.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-MLB]


Records on file at the Florida Department of Corrections show Strawberry recently tested positive for cocaine.
They also show the Yankees outfielder admitted to buying an illegal drug or controlled substance.
He was already on probation for possession of cocaine and soliciting a prostitute.
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[Tech-Williams]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tar]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Tech Hoops]


Virginia Tech women's basketball lost the services of a key member of its offense.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file;]


The school announced yesterday that the Lady Hokies will be without their leading scorer and rebounder for the next three to four weeks.
Junior forward Tere Williams tore a ligament in her right knee during Tech's win at Duquesne on Sunday.
Williams is averaging 15 points and eight rebounds per game.
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[S-Paris]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-47 20429TC]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke College]


Victory for Roanoke College's Paris Butler is sweet.
The Maroon's point guard helped lead his team to the O-DAC title Monday.
Now, Butler is one of ten finalists for the Division Three player of the year honor, known as the Josten's award.


Butler is known as a tough slasher who can also shoot the three.
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[SUPER=04-1999-2000 Season; ]


He also excels in the classroom. He has a three point seven G-P-A with a double major in Biology and Sociology.


He has made the Dean's list every semester he's been in college.
The winner will be announced on March 16th in Salem.
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[S-Botetourt]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-56 tc 1:28:35]
[GRAPHIC=Blue Ridge]


A normal high school hoops game is 32 minutes, but last night's Lord Botetourt and Alleghany match up needed 20 extra minutes to determine a winner.
After FIVE overtimes, Lord Botetourt advanced in the Blue Ridge District Tournament.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Daleville/Alleghany vs. Lord Botetourt;]


The fans packed the home of the Cavaliers to cheer Botetourt on in its tough battle with the Mountaineers.
The game was tied at 38 at the end of regulation. In OT, Cavalier Anthony Ford goes inside to Chad Hutchins, who had 13 on the night.
On the other end, Montel Watson drives to the hoop to the hoop for the score.
The Mountaineers then hit the boards, Demarco Reynolds gets the rebound and the points with the put back.
[super=33-Alleghany/61/Lord Botetourt/63/5 Overtimes;]


Botetourt survived the marathon, as Hutchins gets it into Chris Tucker. Tucker scores in traffic and draws the foul. The Cavaliers take the first step in the Blue Ridge District Tournament with the 63-61 win in five overtimes.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[S-Northside]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=DENISE]
[TAPE#=SP-57 14343TC]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Wildcats vs. Vikings; :00]


In the other Blue Ridge District matchup Bill Pope's strategies led Northside past Rockbridge.
The Vikings' Nat Franklin feeds Sam Fertitta. Fertitta drains the baseline jumper for two of his team high 17.
The Wildcats stay in the game early as George Tyler drives to the hoop then dishes to Tyler Falls for the easy bucket.
Rockbridge then goes outside, Devon Otey gets the roll on the shot from three point land.
[super=33-Rockbridge/39/Northside/57;]


But Northside gets tricky as Fertitta goes behind the back to Tommy Morgan. Morgan gets the score and the Vikings get the 57-39 victory,
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[GRAPHIC=HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS]


In the Three Rivers quarterfinals last night - Giles beat Shawsville 68-to-37, and Glenvar downed Floyd County 66 -to-58.