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[TALENT=Keith]

On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight we'll check on jury selection in a capital murder trial getting underway in Pulaski.
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[VO-NAT]


And see what state budget cuts will do to such places as the Danville Science Center.
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[Sports-Head]


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[WRITER=rst]
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In sports, The Trucks took the spotlight at Daytona today the Roanoke Express has a big game tonight at the Roundhouse.
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[VO-NAT]


And Yankee pitcher Mariano Rivera is the highest paid relief pitcher in Major League Baseball history.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
[SS=None]


We slip out of the tropical rain and back into February. An abrupt weather change coming up.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
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[VO-NAT]


Jury selection is underway in the capital murder trial of Jeffrey Allen Thomas.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[Thomas]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#01-01 TC54:34]
[GRAPHIC=Thomas Murder Trial]


A record number of potential jurors turned out today in Pulaski County for the trial of the man accused of killing Tara Munsey.
But so far, only a handful have been picked for the jury pool.
At least two more days of jury selection are in store before testimony begins a week from Monday.
[Double Boxes=Keith and MArya/Starlink]


Marya Jones is outside the Pulaski County courthouse.
Marya, how many potential jurors have been picked so far.
[Live=Marya Full/Starlink]
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(ROLLCUE:punishable by death. )
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[OUT Q="...once in the chest.]
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[Double Boxes=Keith and Marya/Starlink]



[Bedford-neglect]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=None]
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Authorities in Bedford County say an elderly woman's death was the result of her family's neglect.
83-year-old Nellie Paxton died of pneumonia due to chronic starvation last September.
She also suffered from dehydration and severe bed sores.
Today, Sheriff's deputies arrested the victim's daughter, Shirley Correll, along with her granddaughters... Charlotte Correll and Lyn Thurston... charging them with felony elder neglect.

[Gilmore-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-47 TC1:41:24]
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Borrowing money while cutting taxes is making the state Senate queasy.
But there's a fourth way.
That's what Governor Jim Gilmore told General Assembly budget negotiators today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


If the Senate doesn't like his plan to borrow 700 million dollars... or the House's plan to borrow 1-point-4 BILLION... he's suggesting they accept each other's proposed budget cuts and revenue gimmicks.
That could still keep the 70 and 100 percent car tax phase-out on schedule -- without borrowing money.
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[IN Q=There's been a lot of]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF HOT TALK ABOUT YOU KNOW IMPASSES, AND NOT BEING ABLE TO REACH AGREEMENT. AND MY MESSAGE TO BOTH HOUSES WAS THERE'S NO NEED FOR THAT. IF THE SENATE IS CONCERNED ABOUT DEBT BEING USED IN ORDER TO MAKE A CENTRAL PART OF THIS BUDGET, THEY CAN STILL DO 70 AND 100 WITH NO DEBT.))
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[OUT Q=and 100 with no debt.]
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The Senate budget team worries the Governor's "Frankensteined" version of each chamber's budget cuts may go too far.
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[SOT 14:46:36]
[IN Q=He's just cutting budgets far]

((SEN. JOHN CHICHESTER/R-STAFFORD CO.: HE'S JUST CUTTING BUDGETS FAR BEYOND HIS ORIGINALLY INTRODUCED BUDGET. AND OF COURSE, NOT INCURRING ANY DEBT TO COVER THE CAR TAX. BUT USING SAVINGS FROM CLOSING DOWN PART OF THE GOVERNMENT. AND I DON'T KNOW HOW DEEP THAT IS. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE EXTENT OF THAT IS.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Chichester/(R) Stafford Co.;]
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[OUT Q=the extent of that is.]
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[TALENT=Keith]
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The Senators want a budget with a slowed down tax cut.
They would restore money for new state troopers, new drugs for the mentally ill, cuts in the prison budget, and building needs for colleges and universities.

[Science-Museum]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#00-49 TC1:26:46]
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The state budget crunch means some major changes for the Science Museum of Virginia and all its branches.
The museum plans to reduce its hours, cut employees' salaries, and increase ticket prices.
The cost cutting moves are all in an effort to keep the museum from running over budget.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Justin/Danville Bureau]


Danville Bureau Chief Justin McLeod has been working on this story. Justin, what effect will these changes have on the Danville branch?
[Live=Justin Full/Danville Bureau]
[SUPER=@justin1;]
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Keith, for one, the Danville Science Center will now be closed on Sundays and Mondays.
The museum will also cut workers pay by about ten percent.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/File Tape]

[***JUSTIN'S MIKE HOT***]
But this will not affect ticket prices like it will at other branches.
So admission to the Danville Science Center will remain the same.
The budget cuts come after Governor Gilmore announced in December that the museum would get less state funding to finance its 8.4 million dollar budget.
The museum's director in Richmond says operating costs have also increased significantly over the past year.
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[Live=Justin Full/Danville Bureau]
[SUPER=05-Danville;]


Altogether The Science Museum of Virginia has seen a more than 700-thousand dollar cut in state funding.
The director believes these cuts will bring the museum within its budget.
[Double Boxes=Justin and Keith/Danville Bureau]


As for the new schedule at the Danville Science Center, that takes affect on Sunday February 25th.
Again, they'll be closed now on Sunday and Monday.

[Iraq-Bombing]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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U-S and British warplanes attacked targets in Iraq this afternoon.
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[VO-NAT]
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The attack targetted Iraqi command and control sites south of Baghdad.
Pentagon spokesmen called the bombing a self-defense measure against sites threatening U-S jets patrolling the Iraqi no-fly zone.
[SUPER=03-San Cristobal, Mexico]


President Bush approved the mission yesterday.
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[SOT]

[15:48:28]
[IN Q=Saddam Hussein]

((GEORGE W. BUSH; SADDAM HUSSEIN HAS GOT TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE EXPECT HIM TO CONFORM TO THE AGREEMENT HE SIGNED AFTER DESERT STORM. WE WILL ENFORCE THE NO FLY ZONE.))
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[OUT Q=enforce the no fly zone.]
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[VO-NAT]


The attack came as residents in the Iraqi capital were observing the Muslim Sabbath.
Iraqi T-V reports that one person was killed.
All 24 planes involved in the attack returned safely.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=NONE]


Virginia Military Institute deals with another first-- its first pregnant cadet.
That story is still ahead on News 7 at Six.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I'm Steve Smallshaw]

((I'M STEVE SMALLSHAW IN LYNCHBURG.. IF YOU THINK YOUR BASEMENT IS DIRTY AND CLUTTERED WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE WHAT THEY'RE FINDING UNDERNEATH THE ACADEMY OF MUSIC THEATER.. THAT STORY'S NEXT ON NEWS7.))
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[OUT Q=next on News 7.]
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[Academy-Booze]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Call it Lynchburg's version of Al Capone's vault.. except this time, they're actually finding something.
Lynchburg Bureau Chief Steve Smallshaw tells us the Academy of Music Theater is quickly turning out to be a time capsule filled with history.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The discoveries]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lester Jones/Contractor]
[SUPER=01-Arnold Breman/Executive Director]
[SUPER=@ssm1]
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[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]

(( The discoveries began last month.
Contractors inspecting the foundation of the century- old Academy of Music Theater had been digging out and hauling away eighty years worth of dirt and debris.. and that's when the bottles started coming to light.
[SOT 19:56:17]

((A LOT OF WINE BOTTLES, WE HAVE SOME FLASKS, OLD FLASKS WITH THE CORKS STILL IN 'EM..))
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The bottles, some of which still held liquor, were a mystery until Academy director Arnold Breman checked the theater's log book from 1918. [nat 19:45:03] ((JANUARY 31ST.. POLICE RAID ACADEMY, ARREST ROLAND HAMNER WHO WAS THE MANAGER..))
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Hamner, Breman believes, was an amateur bootlegger who kept an illegal stash in the building's basement.
But more than just whiskey has been turning up.
[natsot 20:01:29]

(( (newspaper crinkle) THIS IS MAY 14TH, 1911..))
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Tobacco tins, popcorn boxes, even a man's hat have come to light with every turn of the shovel.
Each artifact helps tell the story of turn-of-the-century Lynchburg and its most popular attraction.
[SOT 19:56:42]

((LESTER JONES/CONTRACTOR: LIKE BEING IN A TREASURE HUNT. THE TICKETS, WE FOUND TICKETS DOWN HERE THAT WERE STILL IN THE TICKET BOX FROM THE BURNT- DOWN BUILDING, AND WE FOUND CANDY WRAPPERS WITH 'FIVE CENTS' ON THEM.. SO IT'S VERY AMAZING.))
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[OUT Q=it's very amazing.]
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((ARNOLD BREMAN/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: IT'S VERY EXCITING.. WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE CONTRACTOR'S GOING TO RUN IN HERE WITH. BUT THEN WHO KNOWS, MAYBE WE'LL FIND A TREASURE AND BE ABLE TO PAY OFF THE WHOLE ACADEMY.))
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[OUT Q=whole Academy.]

[Standup ] ((No treasure yet, but every day turns up something new. Breman says he has enough artifacts to fill a museum.. he'll settle for a display case in the theater lobby when it re-opens in a few years. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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[Stocks]


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An unexpected spike in inflation and trouble in the Middle East combined to send stocks lower. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW dropped 91 points.
NASDAQ fell 127.
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[VMI]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-53 TC59:38]
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Virginia Military Institute's first pregnant cadet is determined to remain on post, in barracks and anonymous.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington]


She's said to be an athlete and from Virginia, but V-M-I released very little information beyond that, except to say it was her choice to remain enrolled and live in barracks.
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[SOT 4:04:15]
[IN Q=It's not going]

((IT'S NOT GOING TO BE EASY FOR HER. SHE'LL HAVE TO BE HARD NOSED.))
[SUPER=01-Col. Mike Strickler/VMI Spokesman]
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[OUT Q=hard nosed.]
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Her fellow cadets found more information on line than on post... reading the story on the Washington Post's web site.
Cadet Sean Collins said most cadets were more concerned about whether their weekly dress parade would be called on account of rain.
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[SOT 4:07:45]
[IN Q=I think right]

((I THINK RIGHT NOW THERE MAY BE AN OVER ALL SENSE OF DISAPPOINTMENT WITHIN THE CORPS THAT A SCHOOL WITH A 160-YEARS OF TRADITION BEHIND IT MAY BE JUDGED BY ONE CADET'S ACTIONS.))
[SUPER=01-Sean Collins/VMI Cadet]
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[OUT Q=judged by one cadet's actions.]
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There are 61 women enrolled at V-M-I now, 14 set to graduate in May.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Senator John McCain will be this year's Commencement speaker. The former Naval Aviator, P-O-W and Presidential Candidate has agreed to address the Class of 2001, the first co-ed class.

[Gun-Shop-Crash]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=00-52 TC1:48:54]
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A Southwest Virginia business owner is picking up the pieces today after a car crashed into his store...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Daleville]


Police believe a seizure caused a woman to drive through the front of the Shooters Discount Warehouse in Daleville last night.
The owner estimates that 350-guns were damaged with a loss of about 100-hundred-thousand dollars.
The driver was treated for minor injuries.
Botetourt County Sheriff's deputies stood guard at the gun shop overnight untill repairs began around seven this morning.
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[Promo]


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[WRITER=kwe]
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A bill that would require a 24-hour hour waiting period for abortions in Virginia is one step closer to becoming law.
Today, the state Senate passed the bill by a vote of 24 to 15.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Kate/Microwave]


Kate Weidaw is talking to people on both sides of the abortion issue to find out what this means for women.
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(Rollcue: do with their bodies.)
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[SUPER=01-Andrea Sexton/VA. Society for Human Life; :09 (QUICK)]
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[OUT Q=risk and alternatives]
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(Kate adlibs)

[OQ: child birth and child rearing]
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[Sports Tease]


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[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
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And coming up in sports, The Express and Checkers square off tonight at the Roundhouse the Yankees spend big money to keep relief pitcher Mariano Rivera in the "Big Apple."
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[VO-NAT]


And Joe Ruttman holds off the young bucks and wins the Truck race at Daytona this afternoon.
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[S-Trucks]


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[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
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[GRAPHIC=Speedweeks Logo]


Joe Ruttman started on the pole and he had to hold off a rookie and a second year driver to win the Craftsman Truck Series Florida Dodge 250.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/ESPN; :]


A crash with less than 2 laps to go set up the three lap shootout and Ruttman got the jump on the restart and he would hold off Rookie Ricky Hendrick and Scott Riggs taking the checkered flag winning a truck race a fifth time from the pole.
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[OUT Q=.....get some of it."]
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[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
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[GRAPHIC=Speedweeks Logo]


The Dodges have dominated Daytona in the manufacturers return to NASCAR. Sunday the first three cars in the Daytona 500 lineup will be dodge Intrepids. But the truth is they'll all be following a Pontiac.
Mike Stevens has more tonight from Pit Road.
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[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL; :13]
[SUPER=01-Don Butler/Aztek Product Manager; :32]
[SUPER=01-Tony Stewart/Home Depot Pontiac Driver; :49]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Labonte/Starts 37th in Daytona 500; 1:41]
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[OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."]
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[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
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The Roanoke Express opens a two game weekend set at the Roundhouse tonight and the first opponent is the Charlotte Checkers, a team the Express has handled this season.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="We're fighting...]
[SUPER=01-Perry Floria/Express Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mike Peron/Express Center; :22]
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[OUT Q=.....after that."]
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[TALENT=Roy]
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Face off tonight at the Roundhouse is 7:30.


[S-MLB]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
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[WRITER=rst]
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The New York Yankees have reached an agreement with relief pitcher Mariano Rivera.
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[SUPER=04-MLB; :]


Rivera signed a 4 year 39 point 99 million dollar contract with the Yankees making him the highest paid relief pitcher in major league history.
His annual salary average of 9 point 99 million dollars surpasses San Francisco's Rob Nen, who averages 8 point one million.
The 31 year old Rivera also gets an 8-million dollar signing bonus and a no trade clause for the first two years of the contract.
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[S-TV]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=None]
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The Virginia Cavaliers return to the hardwood tomorrow afternoon on the road at Florida State.
Earlier this week, Virginia knocked off third ranked Duke. [PINNACLE PAGE 1201]
And you can catch the game at 4 oclock right here on Your Hometown Station.