[1-News-Head]

[TALENT=Keith]

A local business- label manufacturer may be about to fold.
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[VO-NAT]


And an in-depth interview tonight with the Roanoke man recently set free from Louisiana's death row.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=Sports-Head]
[GRAPHIC=None]


And in sports, The Virginia Cavaliers knock off third ranked Duke in Charlottesville last night.
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[VO-NAT]


And Sterling Marlin and Mike Skinner win the qualifying races at Daytona as the field of 43 cars was set today.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
[SS=None]


One more day and the rain will go away. But get ready for a shot of cold air on the backside. Forecast details next.

[Video-Open]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=Video Open]



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[SOT]
[IN Q=The hardest]

((THE HARDEST PART IS SAYING GOODBYE TO THE PEOPLE YOU WORK WITH, WHETHER YOU'VE KNOWN THEM FOR ONE DAY OR ONE YEAR, IT'S HARD TO SAY GOODBYE TO THEM.))
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=hard to say goodbye to them.]
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[VO-NAT]


No more chances for this Roanoke company. 200 employees will be out of work Monday.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[Transkrit]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#00-46 TC1:59:46]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at Six]


Transkrit is a state-of- the-art manufacturer of business labels, but its days appear to be numbered.
Negotiations with a prospective buyer fell through today, and with it, so did the company's chances of survival.


[Double Boxes=Keith and Jennifer/Microwave]


Jennifer Miele is at the Transkrit plant in northeast Roanoke.
[Live=Jennifer Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Jennifer1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]
( ad lib)
(Rollcue: moments after negotiations broke down.)
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=They built our]
[SUPER=01-Dave Serrano/Transkrit Employee; :00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :14]
[SUPER=01-George Farano/Trasnkrit Employee; :31]
[RUNS=1:14]
[OUT Q=stay in touch with each other.]
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[Live=Jennifer Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]
( ad lib)
[Double Boxes=Keith and Jennifer/Microwave]



[Graham]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=01-07 TC20:34]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It was supposed to be a two week trip to Louisiana. But for a Roanoke man, it turned into 14 years sitting on death row.
Now Michael Graham is back home trying to start his life over again.
Kate Weidaw has his story.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Michael Graham/Exonerated Inmate;:00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;:26]
[SUPER=03-Angola, LA/December 28;:53]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/January 30;1:11]
[SUPER=@Kate2; 1:28]
[RUNS=1:41]
[OUT Q=kw news 7 Roanoke.]
(([SOT 3:40:17]
[INQ=]

((MICHAEL GRAHAM: I FEEL I'VE LOST MY MOST PRODUCTIVE YEARS AND MY WHOLE PAST WAS DESTROYED.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 7]



Michael Graham didn't sit in his parents living room for 14 years.
From the age of 22 his world has consisted of a dark jail cell and his books.

[SOT 3:34:16]
[INQ=]

((MICHAEL GRAHAM: THAT WAS MY ESCAPE FROM THERE READING AND WATCHING TELEVISION BUT IT DOESN'T LAST LONG YOU ALWAYS REALIZE WHERE YOU'RE AT.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 7]


Where he was at was on death row in the Louisiana State Penitentiary for a murder he didn't commit. And although Graham says he was angry at the system for convicting an innocent man, he kept a positive attitude.

[SOT 3:35:26]
[INQ=]

((MICHAEL GRAHAM: I HAD FAITH THAT I WOULD GO HOME AND I TRIED TO STAY AS POSITIVE AS I COULD IN THERE AND I REALLY DIDN'T THINK ABOUT DYING I JUST REALLY WANTED TO GO HOME AND I GUESS THAT MADE IT HARDER BECAUSE IT TOOK 14 YEARS.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 14]


On December 28-th of last year Graham walked out of prison a free man after the testimony that convicted him in 1987 ended up making him a free man.

[SOT 3:37:17]
[INQ=]

((MICHAEL GRAHAM: PEOPLE RECANTED, THE WHOLE CASE FELL APART THEY REALLY HAD NO CASE FROM THE BEGINNING AND THE TRUTH CAME OUT.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 10]


Now Graham is going before legislatures asking for changes in the death penalty, especially in Virginia.

[SOT 3:48:49]
[INQ=]

((MICHAEL GRAHAM: IF I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THIS STATE WITH THE 21 DAY LAW I'D BE DEAD RIGHT NOW BECAUSE ALL THE NEW EVIDENCE CAME YEARS DOWN THE ROAD.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 8]


But Grahams main concern right now is readjusting to life and enjoying the freedom he took for granted before.

[SOT 3:39:57]
[INQ=]

((MICHAEL GRAHAM: JUST BEING FREE IS GREAT BUT LIKE I SAID I JUST WANT TO GO TO WORK AND BE ORDINARY.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 7]


Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))

[Death-Penalty]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-53 TC58:39]
[GRAPHIC=VA Death Penalty]


A bill to change Virginia's strictest in the nation 21 day rule is before a House committee at this hour in Richmond.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


And Virginia's only known symbol of wrongful capital convictions is sitting in the front row.
Earl Washington walked out of prison on Monday, after the Governor pardoned him in October.
Washington hopes to speak to the committee tonight.
But despite the Governor's absolute pardon, he's still NOT firmly convinced Washington is innocent of the 1981 Culpeper rape and murder.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=That's been a wide misconception]
[sot tape WEDNESDAY 15:11:43 ]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THAT'S BEEN A WIDE MISCONCEPTION IN THE PRESS. IN FACT IT'S BECOMING ALMOST A CONSENSUS MISINFORMATION IN THE PRESS. Was there any of Earl Washington's DNA found at the crime scene? I DON'T BELIEVE THERE WAS. Then why can you not conclude that he's innocent? BECAUSE THE ABSENCE OF INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE DOESN'T EQUATE TO INNOCENCE.))
[SUPER=@Gilmore;]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=evidence doesn't equate to innocence.]
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[TALENT=Keith]
[SS=None]


The Governor's only evidence of Washington's guilt is the mildly retarded man's confession -- which the Governor admits was led by investigators and riddled with errors.
And the Governor has confirmed that a new State Police investigation is ongoing to find who matches the D-N-A found on the victim.
The Governor says other D-N-A found at the scene matches an incarcerated inmate, who has yet to be charged.

[Barnabei-Evidence]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-55 TC1:15:22]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A Norfolk judge has rejected a request for more D-N-A testing of evidence that some believe could clear the name of executed killer Derek Barnabei.
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[VO-NAT]


Barnabei was put to death last fall for the rape and murder of Lynchburg native Sarah Wisnosky in 1993.
[SUPER=04-File Tape]


Barnabei maintained his innocence to the end.. his supporters want the state to turn over physical evidence from the case so it can be re-tested.
But a judge has denied that petition. Barnabei's lawyer is now asking Governor Jim Gilmore to intervene.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=NONE]


You won't be paying more to get your car inspected.
The latest from the state capitol when News 7 at Six returns.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Je]

((J'ai NEUF ANS. J'ai NEUF ANS.))
[RUNS=:03]
[OUT Q=J'ai neuf ans. DOUBLE OUT!!!!]
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[VO-NAT]


And how many elementary schoolers do you know who are speaking French?
They're taking some early shots at the language barrier in a Henry County school.
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[OxyContin]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-54 TC59:36]
[GRAPHIC=OxyContin]


Virginia's Attorney General wants the makers of OxyContin to do something about the widespread abuse of the drug.


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[V/O-NAT]
It's a prescription painkiller made by Purdue Pharma, a drug that's been blamed for 28 overdose deaths in Southwest Virginia in the last four months.
Mark Earley wants to meet with the President of the company.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 44:30]
[IN Q=We think it's]

((WE THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THEY KNOW, SPECIFICALLY HOW THE DRUG IS BEING ABUSED. WE WANT THEM TO PARTNER WITH US IN HELPING US SOLVE THE PROBLEM.))
[SUPER=@earley]
[RUNS=23]
[OUT Q=in helping us solve the problem.]
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=HOLD]


Earley says Attorneys General from West Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania are also interested in meeting with the makers of OxyContin.


[Pledge-Bill]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-52 TC1:47:55]
[GRAPHIC=None]


If you think people who disagree with you are a bunch of pinkos, sidestep them.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


That's the approach Fairfax Senator Warren Barry is taking today on his mandatory Pledge of Allegiance bill.
Yesterday, Barry called the House committee that tried to amend his bill "spineless pinkos."
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Sometimes my mouth works faster]
[sot tape TWO 12:05:06]

((SEN. WARREN BARRY/R-FAIRFAX: SOMETIMES MY MOUTH WORKS FASTER THAN MY BRAIN. BUT I DON'T HAVE ANY APOLOGY TO MAKE NO. I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT THE FULL COMMITTEE, BUT THERE ARE CERTAINLY SOME IN THERE THAT I WOULD WANT TO DESCRIBE WITH SOME DISDAIN. AND I USED THOSE WORDS TO DO IT. BUT I DATED MYSELF PINKO GOES BACK INTO THE MCCARTHY ERA.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Warren Barry/(R) Fairfax; ]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=the McCarthy era.]
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[VO-NAT]

Today, Barry attached the pledge mandate to another bill on school discipline in the Senate committee he chairs.
That means a version of it can bypass the committee that wanted to let the punishment be decided locally... and the bill can go straight to the full House.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[Inspection-Fees]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-51 TC1:36:03]
[GRAPHIC=]


[WIPE--WIPE--WIPE]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file;]


The House of Delegates spiked another bill today that would have increased vehicle inspection fees.
The bill would have let mechanics charge up to 50 dollars for car inspections-- to help reimburse their actual costs.
The Governor vetoed a bill with smaller fee increases last year.
Today, the House apparently saw the writing on the wall.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


Technology buying gave the stock market a boost today. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
[RUNS=:30]
[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-x/95.61/10891.02/x/61.51/2552.91;]


The DOW gained 96 points.
NASDAQ rose 61- and- a- half.
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[VO]
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[City-Library]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-48 TC1:42:08]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The main office of the Roanoke Public Library hasn't seen major renovations since the early 80s.
But this spring, the Jefferson Street facility will receive a first- floor makeover that will close its doors for several weeks.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The project calls for new carpeting, paint, and shelves.
The first- floor stacks will be reorganized and placed farther apart to accommodate people with disabilities.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=We don't have a firm timeline]

((EMILY KEYSER/ACTING DIRECTOR: WE DON'T HAVE A FIRM TIMELINE YET, BUT WE WILL EVENTUALLY HAVE TO MOVE EVERYTHING OFF THIS FLOOR, BECAUSE IT WILL BE RECARPETED. AND WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR A PERIOD OF MAYBE AS MUCH AS FOUR WEEKS, WHILE WE RECARPET AND PAINT AND THEN PUT EVERYTHING BACK IN PLACE.))
[SUPER=01-Emily Keyser/Acting Library Director]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=put everything back in place.]
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[VO-NAT]


The schedule hasn't been completed, but the improvements will take place during March and April.
The library is also extending loan periods, so customers won't have to return books until the renovation is complete.
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[French-Class]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=00-47 TC1:37:50]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Students typically learn a foreign language in high school... sometimes Junior High.
But in one Henry County school, children as young as kindergarteners are learning to speak French.
Danville Bureau Chief Justin McLeod says educators hope starting early will pay off later.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 1:40:19]
[IN Q=Nat sound of kids speaking french]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Karen Knopp/French Teacher; :13]
[SUPER=01-Chelsey Helms/Student; :41]
[SUPER=01-Alex Kassebaum/Student; :59]
[SUPER=@justin1; 1:19]
[RUNS=1:33]
[OUT Q=Justin McLeod, News 7, Henry Co ]

((((NAT SOUND OF KIDS COUNTING NUMBERS IN FRENCH))
They're counting a different way in Karen Knopp's fourth grade class.
They're speaking in French.
This may seem odd at such a young age but educators believe the earlier the better.
[SOT 1:34:41]
[IN Q=research shows its the best time]

((KAREN KNOPP/FRENCH TEACHER: RESEARCH SHOWS ITS THE BEST TIME TO LEARN BECAUSE YOU ARE TAPPING INTO PART OF THE BRAIN THAT JUST STAYS DORMANT. BY THE TIME THEY ARE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL IF THAT HASN'T BEEN USED ITS HARD TO GET INTO AT THAT POINT.)) [Runs11]
[OUT Q=at that point]

So here at Henry County's Ridgeway Elementary School students in kindergarten, first, second, and fourth grades are learning to speak French.
[SOT 1:42:30]
(NAT SOUND OF CHELSEY SAYING HER NAME)

[Runs02]
[OUT Q=je m'appelle Chelsey]


They're learning the basics like how to say their name in French and counting from one to ten.
[SOT 1:39:09]
[IN Q=I'm surprised I'm learning]

((CHELSEY HELMS/STUDENT: I'M SURPRISED I'M LEARNING IT SO EARLY. I JUST LOVE IT A WHOLE LOT.)) [Runs06]
[OUT Q=love it a whole lot]


Educators don't expect these kids to speak French fluently.
They just want to give these kids a taste of a different language and culture.
Three weeks into the program, kids are eating it up and thinking bon appetite.
[SOT 1:38:07]
[IN Q=I'm not sure if my brother]

((ALEX KASSEBAUM/STUDENT: I'M NOT SURE IF MY BROTHER IS LEARNING IT. BUT HE'S GETTING REALLY IMPRESSED WHEN I TALK TO HIM.)) [Runs05]
[OUT Q=when i talk to him]


This coming from kids who still haven't mastered the English language.
But their teacher believes learning two languages at once will put them at the head of the class.
And that's something these kids can count on.
[SOT 1:43:36]
(NAT SOUND OF KID COUNTING)

[Runs02]
[OUT Q=Un, Deux, Trois]
[SOT 1:45:33]
[IN Q=Right now this is just a]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: RIGHT NOW THIS IS JUST A PILOT PROGRAM IN ONE SCHOOL HERE IN HENRY COUNTY. AT THE END OF THE SEMESTER, SCHOOL AND DISTRICT OFFICIALS WILL GET TOGETHER TO DECIDE WHETHER TO CONTINUE TO THE PROGRAM AND WHETHER TO EXPAND IT TO THE OTHER SCHOOLS. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7, HENRY COUNTY.)) [Runs15]
[OUT Q=Justin McLeod, News 7, Henry County.]))



[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=Sports Tease]
[GRAPHIC=None]


And coming up in sports, Sterling Marlin and Mike Skinner win the qualifying races at Daytona.
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[VO-NAT]


And the Virginia Cavaliers knock off third ranked Duke last night in Charlottesville.
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[S-Daytona]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-91]
[GRAPHIC=Twin 125's]


It was another Dodge and a Chevy making the noise at Daytona today Mike Stevens and Photographer have all the details.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="First audio....]
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sterling Marlin/First Twin 125 Winner; :22]
[SUPER=01-Felix Sabates/Marlin's Co-Car Owner; :35]
[SUPER=01-Rick Mast/Failed to Make Daytona 500; :56]
[SUPER=01-Elliott Sadler/Finished 25th in Second Twin; 1:14]
[SUPER=01-Mike Skinner/Second Twin 125 Winner; 1:33]
[SUPER=01-Kyle Petty/Petty Enterprises CEO; 2:00]
[SUPER=01-Ward Burton/Finished 4th in Second Twin; 2:15]
[SUPER=01-Stacy Compton/Finished 23rd in Second Twin; 2:25]
[SUPER=@Mike1; 2:40]
[RUNS=2:49]
[OUT Q=....Daytona 500."]
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[SUPER=#556]
[SUPER=X5016;]
[SUPER=0107-1. Bill Elliott/49.029/2. Stacy Compton//3. Sterling Marlin//4. Mike Skinner//5. Jerry Nadeau//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Dale Earnhartd, JR//7. Dale Earnhardt//8. Jeff Burton//9. Andy Houston//10. Ward Burton//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Jimmy Spencer//12. Rusty Wallace//13. Jeff Gordon//14. Ken Schrader//15. Jason Leffler//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Matt Kenseth//17. Jeff Purvis//18. Ricky Craven//19. Michael Waltrip//20. Dave Blaney//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Casey Atwood//22. Mark Martin//23. Kenny Wallace//24. Tony Stewart//25. Steve Park//;]
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[SUPER=0107-26. Kurt Busch//27. Mike Wallace//28. Kyle Petty//29. Buckshot Jones//30. Ricky Rudd//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-31. Dale Jarrett//32. Joe Nemechek//33. Johnny Benson//34. Terry Labonte//35. Bobby Hamilton//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-36. John Andretti//37. Bobby Labonte//38. Jeremy Mayfield//39. Robert Pressley//40. Elliott Sadler//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-41. Robby Gordon//42. Ron Hornaday//43. Brett Bodine//;]
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[OUT Q=...LAST DRIVER."]
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[S-ACC]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-86 (51:33)]
[GRAPHIC=ACC Logo]


Last month, Third Ranked Duke routed Virginia in Durham. Well last night in Charlottesville the Cavaliers got their revenge beating the Blue Devils 91 to 89 and ending Duke's 27 game road win streak.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/ESPN; :]


The lead changed several times in the closing minutes but Virginia's Adam Hall picks up the lose ball and lays it in with 9 tenths of a second on the clock and the Cavaliers get the upset ending a string of heartbreaks for coach Pete Gillen against the Blue Devils.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="We knew...]
[SUPER=01-Chris Williams/21 Points, 10 Rebounds; :00]
[SUPER=01-Pete Gillen/Virginia Head Coach; :14]
[RUNS=:28]
[OUT Q=......on blocks tonight."]
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[ANCHOR=Roy]
[GRAPHIC=Hold Logo]


Virginia plays Florida state on Saturday and you can see it right here on your hometown Station at four.