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Get ready for sleet and snow- It may begin by the time you wake up. Robin will have the forecast.
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Hillary Clinton's brother is paid for a pardon granted by Bill Clinton.
Plus a victory for folks who oppose a natural gas pipeline.
And a snowboarder touches off an avalanche-
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[Talent=Jean]


News 7 is Next.

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Was it a PAYOFF for a pardon? It sure looks like it- as word comes out that Hillary Clinton's brother seen here- takes in 200-grand for successfully lobbying a pardon.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Good evening...

[Pardons-Clinton]


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The Associated Press tonight reports that Hugh Rodham was paid for doing months of work to commute a prison sentence- and he received a "success fee" for helping with a pardon.
Teri Okita is following the case and has the latest.
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((IT WAS A PRESIDENTIAL PARDON THAT HIT WAY TOO CLOSE TO HOME...SO CLOSE FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON IS ALREADY TRYING TO DISTANCE HIMSELF FROM IT. HUGH RODHAM -- BROTHER OF -- HILLARY CLINTON-- APPARENTLY RECEIVED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR LOBBYING TO GET PRESIDENTIAL PARDONS FOR TWO MEN. ALMON GLENN BRASWELL WAS CONVICTED OF FRAUD, PERJURY AND TAX EVASION IN THE EARLY '80S FOR MAKING FALSE CLAIMS ABOUT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A TREATMENT FOR BALDNESS. CARLOS VIGNALI -- WAS A CONVICTED DRUG DEALER. HUGH RODHAM SUCCEEDED ON BOTH ACCOUNTS. ACCORDING TO FRIENDS-- HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN VERY CLOSE TO HIS SISTER-- STANDING JUST BEHIND HER--AT HER SWEARING IN TO THE SENATE LAST MONTH. SHE IS SAID BE FURIOUS....AND DENIES KNOWING ANYTHING. THE CLINTONS TOGETHER ISSUED THIS STATEMENT: "I BECAME AWARE THAT HUGH RODHAM RECEIVED A CONTINGENCY FEE IN CONNECTION WITH THE PARDON APPLICATION OF GLEN BRASWELL AND A FEE FOR WORK ON CARLOS VIGNALI'S COMMUTATION APPLICATION. NEITHER HILLARY NOR I HAD ANY KNOWLEDGE OF SUCH PAYMENTS. WE ARE DEEPLY DISTURBED BY THESE REPORTS AND HAVE INSISTED THAT HUGH RETURN ANY MONIES RECEIVED." RODHAM'S ATTORNEY SAYS HE RETURNED THE MONEY. REGARDLESS-- THE RED FLAG HAS AGAIN BEEN RAISED .... ABOUT THE LAST-MINUTE PARDONS. FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER HAS EVEN WEIGHED IN WITH HIS OPINION.
SOT: FMR. PRESIDENT CARTER

"I think that President Clinton has really, ah, made one of his most serious mistakes the way he handled the pardon situation during the last few hours he was in office. There were a number of them that were quit questionable. I think about 40 had not been recommended by the Justice Dept." STANDUP: ONE OF THE TWO CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES --ALREADY LOOKING INTO THE PARDONS....SAYS IT IS ADDING THIS LATEST INCIDENT -- TO THE THINGS IT WILL BE INVESTIGATING. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))

[Gas-Merger]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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We've heard over and over from the people who want a proposed pipeline to go alongside an existing one- Tonight they got some support Keep in mind that the State Corporation Commission has already approved the pipeline- Here's the unusual twist- it's a state official examining something different- a proposed merger involving Virginia Gas who now has a question about where the pipeline should go. [TWO-SHOT JEAN/TERESA ON SET] Teresa Hamilton is here now with more on the story. Jean, that state official is a hearing examiner with the S-C-C
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who says the merger between Virginia Gas and a New Jersey company should go forward.
But he says the state should require N-U-I Corporation to consider putting a new natural gas pipeline in an existing corridor.
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((BRENT RILEY/PIPELINE OPPONENT: THIS IS JUST WONDERFUL NEWS.)) [runs03]
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Brent Riley and others fighting construction of a 45 mile natural gas pipeline from Radford to Roanoke support what's called co-location. It's a point of view also supported by a hearing examiner with the State Corporation Commission... The S-C-C hearing examiner believes the proposed merger between N-U-I and Virginia Gas should include a condition that would require the company to consider placing its new pipeline within the right of way of any existing pipeline.
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((BRENT RILEY/PIPELINE OPPONENT: WE THINK THIS IS THE TURNING POINT THAT WILL BRING, GET THIS PROJECT DONE IN A WAY THAT WON'T HARM OUR ENVIRONMENT THAT WILL BRING US BETTER PRICES FOR GAS AND SET A PRECEDENT THAT WILL AFFECT OTHER PIPELINES ELSEWHERE.)) [RUNS10]
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According to the hearing examiner--- co-location should especially be considered where a new easement would have signi

ficant impact on a scenic or environmentally sensitive area.
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((WE'VE BEEN ARGUING THIS FROM THE VERY BEGINNING AND THIS IS JUST WHAT WE HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO PENETRATE VIRGINIA GAS WITH.)) [runs10]
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The hearing examiners report is only a recommendation and is not final. Those involved in the case have 15- days to comment on the hearing examiners report. [2-SHOT] Jean, Virginia Gas has argued in the past that putting its new pipeline next to another one would cost too much.

[Gilmore]


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Tobacco dependent communities could get a lump sum of cash "up front."
That's the latest effort by Governor Jim Gilmore to sell investors shares in the state's 20 year tobacco settlement.
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The Governor says the best plan is to "securitize" half of the state's settlement money already promised to farming communities.
It could mean 580 million dollars now-- instead of nearly one and a half BILLION over 20 years of uncertainty for cigarette companies.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THIS IS VERY GOOD LADIES AND GENTLEMAN FOR SOUTHSIDE AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA. IT ELIMINATES RISK. IT CREATES A LUMP SUM THEY CAN USE FOR REVITALIZATION...MY DREAM VISION... TO REALLY REBUILD THE SOUTHSIDE AND THE SOUTHWEST.))
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[OUT Q=really rebuild the southside and southwest.]
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Lynchburg Republican Kathy Byron will carry the Governor's new bill in the final three days of the session.
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[New-Judge]


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Roanoke city, county, and Salem will soon have a new circuit judge.
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Jim Swanson was approved by the House and Senate today.
But NOT without complaints from Democrats over how the Republican leadership ended the tenure of Judge Roy Willett.

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((DEL. VIC THOMAS/D-ROANOKE: AND I SAW SOMETHING HAPPEN DOWN HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY 28 YEARS, WHEREBY A GOOD MAN WAS TAKEN OFF THE BENCH WITHOUT A WORD BEING SAID BY HIMSELF BEFORE THE PROPER COMMITTEE.))19
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But House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith says his survey of local attorneys is a better system than the political system of the past.
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((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: DO I THINK IT'S FAIR THAT A JUDGE WHO HAS TREMENDOUS INTELLECT BUT WHO DOESN'T HAVE COURTROOM DEMEANOR SHOULD FIND OUT THAT THE BAR IS EXTREMELY UPSET WITH THAT JUDGE IN THE LAST YEAR OF HIS TERM. NO. THAT IS NOT FAIR. BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT I PERSONALLY WAS UNFAIR.))
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Judge Willett was a little more than one year away from retirement, when he was NOT reappointed to the bench last week.
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[Tips]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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State troopers may be seen among the students at Roanoke County elementary schools before long.
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That's because the schools are teaming up with the troopers- It's called Troopers in Partnership with Schools.

Today the program kicked off at the Roanoke County Schools Administrative Building. State troopers will volunteer their time to help teach crime prevention and more.
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((SGT. TOM FOSTER/VA STATE POLICE: TO BE THERE TO CONDUCT PROGRAMS, SECURITY SURVEYS AND CHECKS, ARRIVE IN THE MORNING AND JUST BE A LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENCE ON THE SCHOOL GROUNDS.))
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Each trooper will be assigned to a school so they can get to know the facility and students.
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[Burton]


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Dale Earnhardt was quietly laid to rest today in an undisclosed Kannapolis, North Carolina cemetery.
Meanwhile- fellow driver and South Boston native Ward Burton plans to attend tomorrow's memorial.
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Burton worked alongside Earnhardt for more than a decade and considered him a mentor and a friend.
Earnhardt's death has prompted concerns abou whether drivers should use more safety devices.
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Burton says he has no choice but to try the HANS device.
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((WARD BURTON/NASCAR DRIVER: ITS AWFUL DIFFICULT TO EXPLAIN TO YOUR FAMILY, CLOSE FRIENDS BECAUSE PEOPLE DON'T WANT THE SAME RESULT TO HAPPEN TO SOMEONE ELSE.))
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Burton plans to test the hans device next week in Atlanta.
But he's not sure if it could have saved Earnhardts life.
Thats why he won't say for sure whether he plans to wear the safety device from now on.
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[Condolence-Book]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Local funeral homes are doing their part to help fans of the late Dale Earnhardt share their thoughts with the family of the Nascar great.
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All five branches of Oakey's Funeral Service are displaying memorial record books for fans to sign.
The V-P of Oakey's says leaving messages for Earnhardt's relatives is helping fans cope with their own grief.
Oakey's plans on leaving the books out for about a week - then they will have them delivered to Earnhardt's family.

Other condolence books can be found at Lotz Funeral Homes and the McCoy Funeral Home in Blacksburg.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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If your child is using a high-chair or crib you may want to grab a pencil.
We have some recalls to tell you about when News 7 returns.
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And we'll hear from the 16 year-old now facing life in prison for killing his mother.
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[Sports-Preview]


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((O-K sports fans here's what's happening tonight, The basketball was bouncing all over the viewing area as high schools continued tournament play, Dale Earnhardt was buried in a private funeral service today in his hometown of Kannapolis but a memorial service will be held tomorrow in Charlotte and Sterling Marlin, who tapped Earnhardt's car on that final lap, says the Intimidator would want racing to continue.
All that and more coming up in sports.))
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[Spying]


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Federal Agents searched the home of the veteran F-B-I Agent accused of spying.
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Robert Hanssen apparently kept an off limits room in his basement which contained two computers.
Authorities believe he may have used those computers to spy on his own country.
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((LOUIS FREEH/FBI DIRECTOR: HE GAINED ACCESS TO SOME OF THE MOST SENSITIVE AND HIGHLY CLASSIFIED INFORMATION IN THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT.))
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[vo-nat]
But many are asking if the cold war is over- why does Russia want U-S secrets?
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((THE COLD WAR IS OVER, BUT BOTH SIDES STILL WORRY THE OTHER SIDE COULD BE A POTENTIAL, LONG-TERM MILITARY ADVERSARY. THAT'S ONE THING THAT DRIVES THE SPY-COUNTERSPY BUSINESS. ))
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[vo-nat]
One of Russias major exports now is weapons and American secrets.
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[Skakel]


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Kennedy Nephew, Michael Skakel may be charged with murder, but his attorney says he's innocent.
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Skakel's charged with killing his 15 year old neighbor- more than 25 years ago.
Prosecutors say the murder weapon was a golf club- a club linked to Skakel- who was neighbors with the victim- Martha Moxley.
Today Skakel did not enter a plea- his attorney instead requested a probable cause hearing to figure out if there's enough evidence. His attorney says' Michael Skakel did not do it.
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((MICKEY SHERMAN/SKAKEL'S ATTORNEY; THE QUESTION IS THERE ANY CHANCE FOR A PLEA BARGAIN IN THIS CASE. THE ANSWER IS NOT A SHOT IN HELL. I CAN'T BE CLEARER THAN THAT.))
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Meanwhile prosecutors are working to get the trial moved to another city.
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[Maddox]


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He's only sixteen years old.. but the next time he sees freedom, he'll be closer to sixty.
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[VO-NAT]
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Daniel Wayne Maddox is headed to prison for killing his mother and wounding his father in Amherst County last June.
He was sentenced to 43 years in prison for his crime, and says the judge didn't seem interested in giving him a second chance at life.
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[SOT 12:15:53]
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((Do you think you need to be punished, though, for what you did? MADDOX: YEAH, I MEAN SOME, YEAH. I DIDN'T SAY NONE AT ALL, BUT YEAH, SOME. What would be a fair sentence then? I'D SAY LIKE TEN YEARS, TWENTY YEARS.))
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Maddox says he's scared about heading to prison at his age.
He'll be transferred from the Amherst County jail to a state facility within the next two months.
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[Crib-Recall]


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Two companies are recalling products that might be a potential hazard for children..
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A Wisconsin company is recalling more than 68-thousand cribs that may have faulty mattress hooks.
Simmons Juvenile Products has received over 800 reports in the past four months of mattresses falling after the hooks failed.
The cribs -- sold under the name "Little Folks" - come in a variety of different colors with the name Simmons printed on the top rail.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD]
The majority of the recalled cribs were made in 1998.
You can contact the company at 1-800 - 421-2951
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[High-Chair]


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A Pennsylvania company is recalling about 860-thousand high chairs because they could collapse.
The government reports that Graco (GRAY'-koh) Children's Products has received more than 100 reports of chair legs coming out of the seat.
There have been dozens of reported injuries --- everything from mild concussions to cuts and bruises.


The high chairs have a white plastic seat with white metal legs -- "Graco" appears on the front of the tray.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD]
The recalled chairs contain the model number -- 3-1-7-0 3-6-0-5-1 or 7-4-0-0-1. [TAKE NEXT PAGE]
The chairs were manufactured from January 1, 1995 through December 8 of 1997.
Consumers can call 1-800 617-7447 for a free repair kit.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
[writer=chr]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
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Did civilians keep U-S-S Greenville crewman from plotting the course of a Japanese fishing boat?
The latest next on News 7.
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And watch as a snowboarder causes an avalanche, then escapes from it.
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[Submarine]


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Did civilians on board distract the crew of the U-S-S Greenville?
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Federal Investigators report the Navy Submarine spotted a Japanese Fishing boat on sonar more than an hour before crashing into it.
A crewman told the National Transportation Safety Board that civilians on board DISTRACTED him from plotting the sub's position.
The Navy has declined comment.
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[Avalanche]


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A snowboarder caught in an avalanche amazingly makes it out alive.
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[***MUST TAKE BUG OUT***]
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Check out the pictures as it's all caught on film.
Watch what happens as the snowboarder makes his way down the hill.
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((NAT SOUND MAN YELLING; AVALANCHE.. MAN YELLING))
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[vo-nat]
You can see the man- a small black dot amongst the white snow- then he disappears- as thousands of tons of snow tumble down.
Amazingly Benny Caron is alive- His years of skill allowed him to manuever through a blinding cloud of snow-


Caron suffered a broken knee and some broken ribs.
Ironically it was Caron cutting through a snowface- that triggered the avalanche- The reason this is on on film- the snowboarding was part of a documentary shoot.
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[S-Extra]


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Scores and highlights from High School basketball and the Lady Hokies of Virginia Tech played their final home game at the Cassell tonight.
But first our Extra Point.
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Sports Illustrated is dedicating the cover of this week's regular issue to Dale Earnhardt. Jerry Spangler from Anderson News Company here in the Roanoke Valley says that copies are already out at many area stores, and will be everywhere by tomorrow afternoon.
And here are tonight's scores.
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[S-Spartans]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
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[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-79 1:38:40]
[GRAPHIC=Blue ridge tourney time]


The Blue Ridge District basketball final four tipped off at the Salem Civic Center last night. Salem and Christiansburg opened the double header.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Blue Demons vs. Spartans; :00]


Both teams would fight for a spot in the tournament championship with Salem already earning a sport in the regionals.
Emanuel Lewis got things started in the second half for Salem, scoring off the in bounds play to give the Spartans a 8 point lead.
The Blue Demons answer. Aaron Creed dribbles to the hoop and hits the jumper and the count goes to 40-34 Salem in the third.
[SUPER=34-Salem/57/Christiansburg/47;]


Then, Irvin White takes matters into his own hands, going strong to the iron. He connects on the shot off the glass and Salem's lead was down to four.
But Salem was the better team on this night. Keith Rochford scores here as the Spartans advance to the title game with the 57-47 win.
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[S-Vikings]


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[VO-NAT wipe to #eng!!!!!!!!!!]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Indians vs. Vikings; :00]


In the night cap, Northside would try and beat Blacksburg, a team that beat the Vikings twice this season.
Here the Vikings are on the break as Jeremy Naff dishes to Darren Naff. He takes it the rest of the way for the bucket off the window.
The Indians go inside. Marcus Travis reels in the nice entry pass and he makes good on the power move to the basket.
[SUPER=34-Northside/65/Blacksburg/50/ ;]


The Indians can also hurt you from outside, Chris Kampe steps up and tickles the twine from three point land.
Northside comes right back as Phillip Watkins drains the shot from way downtown. Northside wins it 65 to 50 and will meet Salem for the title.
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[S-Rivers]


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Radford has advanced to the championship game of the Three Rivers tournament beating Giles 80 to 33.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/Bobcats vs Spartans; :]


Lets go to the action Marcus Holm throws the bullet pass to Michael Charlton he scores the hoop and the Bobcats took the lead.
The Spartans break the ice when Carson Ward goes in for the layup off the glass.
[SUPER=33-Radford/80/Giles/33/;]


But the Bobcats answer that behind the line Andrew Forrest hits the three pointer and Radford wins it 80 to 33.


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[TALENT=Roy]
[GRAPHIC=Hold Logo]


Auburn beat Glenvar 58 to 46.
That's it for Sports, have a great day everybody.


[S-Lovelace]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-83 1:28:43]
[GRAPHIC=High school Hoops]


The assault charge against William Fleming high school basketball coach Roland Lovelace was dropped Tuesday.
News 7 sports spoke with him yesterday.
Lovelace is on medical leave and plans on returning to his teaching duties after speaking with his doctor.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


Coach Lovelace's personal policy on HIS coaching status has been to always decide whether or not he will coach the next season shortly after the season that just ended.
Lovelace said today that he will probably coach the Fleming varsity boys next season but nothing is definite at this time.
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[S-Tech]


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Because of injuries, Virginia Tech suited up only 8 players last night. It was the final regular season game for Seniors Amy Wetzel and Tere Williams.
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The Hokies honor Wetzel and Williams following the final game at the Cassell.
Leva Kublina takes the pass from Sarah Hicks and hits the easy two off the glass.
Providence would answer the call when Dani Trippany hits the short jumper in the second half.
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But the Lady Hokies sent Wetzel and Williams out in style Chrystal Starling hits the three pointer and the Hokies win it 71 to 64.
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Dale Earnhardt's formal funeral services are still to tap for tomorrow at the 6000 seat Calvary Church in Pineville, North Carolina. The church is located just outside of Charlotte. However, Earnhardt was actually buried today in very private funeral service in his hometown of Kannapolis. The funeral was held this afternoon and was open only to family members. The burial site is unknown.
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After tomorrow's service the NASCAR world will attempt to shift its focus back to racing. Of biggest concern to most fans is what will happen to the fabled number 3 Goodwrench Chevy. News 7 Sports has learned that plans right now are to not only retire the number, but also the color scheme before Sunday's race at Rockingham.
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It's also been a tough week for the man who was driving the car that touched with Earnhardt's car on that final lap, Sterling Marlin. Sterling's web site has been bombarded by hateful emails, and he and his family have received phone threats. Yet he too says racing this weekend at Rockingham is the right thing to do.
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[OUT Q=...love doing it."]
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