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[TALENT=Keith]

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A broken seat belt may have been what cost Dale Earnhardt his life.
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[TALENT=Keith]


I-81 is re-opened after yesterday's 20-vehicle pile-up... but it'll be a while before it's back to normal.

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[WRITER=rst]
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In sports, A big weekend of A-C-C basketball right here on Your Hometown Station. Mario Lemieux will be back on the ice tonight.
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And Richard Childress racing has tapped Kevin Harvick to drive Dale Earnhardt's car for the rest of the season.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
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The snow went away very quickly today. Temperatures in the 50s will finish up the process tomorrow. More on your weekend forecast coming up.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[VO-NAT]


NASCAR Officials say a broken seatbelt likely cost Dale Earnhardt his life.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[Earnhardt]


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[GRAPHIC=Earnhardt Crash Invest.]


Findings released this morning indicate many of the injuries he suffered would have been far less severe without this equipment malfunction.
Mike Stevens has more from the North Carolina Motor Speedway.
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[SUPER=01-Gary Nelson/NASCAR Competition Director; :16]
[SUPER=01-Mike Helton/NASCAR President; :53]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Steve Bohannon/Trauma Physician; 1:10]
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[Trigon-Memorial]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Good news tonight, for some Martinsville and Henry County residents with Trigon insurance.
They won't have to worry about traveling farther or paying more for health care.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/File Tape]


That's because Memorial Hospital in Martinsville and Trigon have finally agreed on a new contract.
That means that the hospital will continue to be a part of the Trigon Network.
The contract goes into effect immediately and will run through 2003.
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[Buffalo-Creek]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-53 TC1:06:56]
[GRAPHIC=81 Accident]

[***ANCHOR TAG***]
The wreckage is gone, and the work continues on Interstate 81 near Lexington.
Traffic is moving through the area where more than 20 cars and trucks crashed yesterday, but Joe Dashiell reports it will be at least a week before repairs are complete and both southbound lanes are re-opened.
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[SUPER=01-Jim White/VDOT Resident Engineer; :33]
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((Crews labored through the night to clear the damaged vehicles, and begin repairs on a half- mile stretch of interstate.
Even as one lane re-opened, highway contractors were busy replacing damaged sections of the guard rail.
And down below, others worked to contain the estimated 800 to 1000 gallons of diesel fuel that flowed into Buffalo Creek.
When the cars and trucks piled up on Thursday morning, several caught fire... and they burned for most of the day, damaging the concrete surface of the bridge, and that may be the most difficult damage to repair.
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[IN Q=The heat from that fire]

((THE HEAT FROM THAT FIRE HAS CAUSED SOME PROBLEMS WITH THE DECK OF THE BRIDGE. AND PIECES OF CONCRETE ARE POPPING UP OUT OF THAT AND AS WE PUT TRAFFIC ON IT THIS MORNING, MORE CONCRETE STARTED POPPING UP AND IT MADE IT A REAL ROUGH SURFACE FOR THE CARS TO GO OVER.))
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Emergency repairs will begin Saturday, and it now appears the work will take at least a week.
One lane of traffic will remain open, but V-DOT is encouraging drivers to consider using a detour from exit 195 to route 11.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=Winter Weather]


State Police responded to more than 15-hundred accidents yesterday statewide.
Nearly a thousand members of the State Police were involved.
On an average Thursday for the same timeframe, troopers respond to about 250 crash calls.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#00-54 TC1:10:32]
[GRAPHIC=Wrapping Up]


Virginia's House and Senate are still full steam ahead with their own versions of the car tax cut and state budget.

With one day left on the legislative calendar, that makes the budget "train wreck" a more likely scenario.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/State Microwave]


Ellen Qualls is at the State Capitol.
Yesterday, the Senate broke with tradition and unanimously passed its own budget.
What did the House do with that?
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[SUPER=@Ellen1;]
[SUPER=05-Richmond;]
[ANCHOR=Ellen]


Collapsed into infighting, Keith.
House Speaker Vance Wilkins of Amherst ruled the Senate bill out of order.
He says it comes too late according to the rules both chambers agreed to in January.
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[SUPER=01-Del. Jay O'Brien/(R) Fairfax Co.; :41 ]
[SUPER=01-Del. Vince Callahan/(R) Fairfax; :54 ]
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((HOUSE SPEAKER VANCE WILKINS: I MADE THE DECISION NOT TO ASSIGN IT TO A COMMITTEE. IT WAS NOT PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED.))
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That ruling ignited House Minority Leader Dick Cranwell.
[sot HOUSE 10:40;30]

((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: THIS IS NOT A NEW MAJORITY. CITIZENS OF THE WORLD HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO THIS KIND OF SHENANIGANS. ... THIS IS THE RAW EXHIBITION OF THE ARROGANCE OF POWER )) [runs:18 ]
Cranwell's attack was apparently NOT expected.
But Republicans fired back with frustrations they built up over years of a Democratic majority.
And they reminded Cranwell why they weren't about to accept the Senate's slow down of the car tax cut.
[sot TRAIN WRECK 09:38]

((DEL. JAY O'BRIEN/R-FAIRFAX CO.: WE'RE GRANDSTANDING.. IT IS AN ELECTION YEAR FOR US. AND WE'RE TRYING TO LAY DOWN THE GROUNDWORK FOR WHAT WE'RE GONNA RUN ON. AT THE END OF THE DAY IT'S THE TAX CUT. DON'T FORGET IT!)) [runs:15 ]

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((DEL. VINCE CALLAHAN/R-FAIRFAX: BUT WE'RE GONNA -- BEFORE THIS PROCESS IS THROUGH...WE WILL HAVE A BUDGET THAT WILL ENHANCE... NEEDED TAX RELIEF. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.)) [runs:23 ]
But if the House and Senate stay on their collision course for the next day, the much threatened legislative train wreck will be upon us.
[sot TRAIN WRECK]

((THE HOUR IS ....EXPLOSION.)) [runs:12 ]))
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[Live=Ellen Full/State Microwave]
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We do our best to bring complex matters to you in an understandable way.
The train wreck analogy here means that lawmakers may do what is to many unthinkable, and adjourn tomorrow without a new budget.
That would leave Governor Jim Gilmore with the previously enacted budget, based on revenues the state thought would be higher... so perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars of cuts to make to get completely to NO car tax by next year.


[Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/State Microwave]
(QUESTION: So, have the budget negotiators given up?)


Essentially, Keith. Delegate Callahan is one of them... and he's already starting to talk about what they can do at their April 4th veto session.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Even here in Southwest Virginia, sexually transmitted disease cases are on the rise.
Next we'll hear about some places to turn for education, counseling and treatment.
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[VO-NAT]


And if NASCAR's popularity is on the rise, then why is the NASCAR Thunder chain shutting down?
We'll get to the bottom of that later on News 7 at Six.
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[STD-Four]


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More than two dozen sexually-transmitted diseases are making the rounds in America right now.
Health officials say despite all the awareness campaigns, it remains a growing problem.
But in this report on Sexual Responsibility, Healthcheck reporter Joy Sutton shows us there are places hoping to make a difference.
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(([Joy at chroma wall]
Teen health centers and local health departments are two places teens can turn to for education, counseling, and help with dealing with a S-T-D.
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This teenager who we'll call Joe --says he came to the Teen Health Center to get tested for a sexually transmitted disease.
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[IN Q=So I'll be on the safe side]

(("JOE": SO I'LL BE ON THE SAFE SIDE. ALL THESE LITTLE BOYS AND GIRLS THEY RUN AROUND THEY HAVE DISEASE I REFUSE TO CATCH A DISEASE)) [RUNS07]
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Joe says most teens he knows are most concerned about catching gonorrhea or chlymdia. He say he knows 20 teens with chlymdia...and
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(("JOE": ABOUT 40 THAT HAVE GONORRHEA)) [RUNS04]
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That's no surprise to the three Roanoke Teen Health Centers. Their testing last year found 70 cases of chlamydia and 20 cases of gonorrhea.
While both of these disease are treatable and curable, they may not have symptoms.
And if left untreated they can cause serious health problems.
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[IN Q=So it's just sitting there causing problems]

((SUZANNE: IT'S JUST SITTING THERE CAUSING PROBLEMS AND MAY EVENTUALLY LEAD TO INFERTILITY. THAT'S A SCARY TO THING TO ABOUT WHEN YOU'RE DEALING WITH AND ADOLESCENT POPULATION THAT TRULY HAS THEIR WHOLE LIFE AHEAD OF THEM)) [RUNS11]
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The Teen Centers make S-T-D testing part of every well check-up --and offer counseling and education.
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((SUZANNE:WE TRULY EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF ABSTINENCE)) [RUNS07]
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Teens and Young Adults can also turn to the Health Department for help and information.
The Health Department gives out condoms.
There's confidential and anonymous testing .. and it's free.
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((DR. MOLLY O'DELL: THERE IS NOR REASON FOR ANYBODY TO HAVE A SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE IN THIS DAY AND AGE)) [RUNS05]
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And two of the young people we assembled for this story --say they aren't taking any risk --they are still virgins.


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((KELLY: I JUST WANT TO WAIT, I JUST WANT TO WAIT)) [RUNS05]
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[IN Q=Most my friends that have had sex]

((TUMMY: MOST OF MY FRIENDS THAT HAVE HAD SEX, ARE LIKE THEY WISH THEY HAD WAITED, THEY'RE VERY SUPPORTIVE)) [RUNS05]
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[Joy at the chroma wall]
To get more information on S-T-D's, you can contact your local health department.
The departments also provide treatment services ... at reduced or no cost.))


[Thomas]


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The judge hopes to wrap up jury selection in the capital murder trial of Jeffrey Allen Thomas tonight.
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Tensions between the judge and defense attorneys over jury questions slowed down the process today.
Judge Colin Gibb denied a motion by the defense to move the trial.
Defense attorney Brian Scheid said selection was proving too difficult.
So far, attorneys have picked 20 of the 28 potential jurors that will be narrowed down to 12 next week.
They will decide whether Thomas is guilty of killing Radford teenager Tara Munsey last year.
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A new judge is on the bench in Southside.
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Joseph Walton Milam (My-lum), Junior, was sworn in today as a judge for the twenty-second Judicial Circuit of Virginia.
The General Assembly elected Milam a judge just a few weeks ago.
Judge Milam has spent most of his career in private practice. He says he has just a few simple goals.
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((JUDGE JOSEPH MILAM: SIMPLY TO TRY THE CASES FAIRLY THAT COME BEFORE THE COURT. TO APPLY THE LAW CORRECTLY AND ADMINISTER THE CASES FOR THE COURT.))
[SUPER=01-Judge Joseph Milam/22nd Judicial Circuit]
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Circuit Judges serve an eight year term.
He succeeds Judge James Ingram who retired earlier this year after nearly 30 years on the bench.
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[Stocks]


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It could have been a terrible end to a bad week on Wall Street.
At one point today, the DOW was down 232points. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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It finished 88 points lower.
NASDAQ gained 16.
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[ICS]


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[WRITER=jmi]
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A walk-in freezer manufacturer is giving Albemarle County the cold shoulder, but that's good news for Nelson County.
International Cold Storage Company is set to move to from Albemarle to Nelson and invest more than three million dollars in a new facility.
The re-location will save 73 jobs and create 74 new ones.
Governor Gilmore approved a 150 thousand dollar grant to assist Nelson County with site preparation.

[NASCAR-thunder]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
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Official NASCAR gear will now be officially harder to come by.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Eleven NASCAR Thunder stores, including this one at Valley View Mall, are set to close within the next six weeks.

Seven people will lose their jobs in Roanoke, 60 across the country.
NASCAR Thunder in Roanoke has been open for two years.
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[IN Q=The store has been great]

((SHERRY LOCKHART/STORE CO-MANAGER: THE STORE HAS BEEN GREAT, WE'VE HAD TONS OF GREAT CUSTOMERS. MERCHANDISE HAS ALWAYS BEEN TOP NOTCH BECAUSE WE COULD GET THINGS THAT OTHER SHOPS COULDN'T BECAUSE WE'RE A NASCAR SANCTIONED SHOP.))
[SUPER=01-Sherry Lockhart/Store Co-Manager]
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Managers say the stores were making money, but their parent company has decided to get out of the retail business.
About half of the inventory is already gone -- and all of the Dale Earnhardt memorabilia has been sold.
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[WRITER=rst]
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And coming up in sports, Kevin Harvick will drive Dale Earnhardt's car for the rest of the season Mike Stevens will have a report.
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And the ODAC semi finals were played this afternoon at the Salem Civic Center.
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[S-Dale]


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[WRITER=rst]
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[GRAPHIC=Earnhardt Obit]


As promised those closests to Dale Earnhardt returned to Rockingham today trying to get their lives back to normal.
Mike Stevens has more from the North Carolina Motor Speedway.
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[SUPER=01-Richard Childress/Goodwrench Chevy Owner; 1:55]
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Roanoke and Guilford this afternoon at the Salem Civic Center in the first Old Dominion Athletic Conference semifinal of the day.
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[SUPER=03-Salem/Roanoke vs. Guilford; :00]


Amy Evans passes the ball to Arden Miller for the lay up giving Guilford an easy two points.
The Maroons answered the call on the other end as Katrina Williams passes to Crystal Barrett and lays one in.
Kate Goodman takes the pass from Erin Beacham and takes advantage of the wide open lane. Beacham had 17 points for Guilford.
[SUPER=34-Roanoke/48/Guilford/65 ;]The Maroons Katrina Williams and Crystal Barrett help Suzanne Webb put two on the

board with the lay up.
The Quakers go on to win 65 to 48 and will meet the Wasps Saturday in the championship.
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[VO-NAT wipe to #eng!!!!!!!!!!!]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Emory & Henry vs. Bridgewater; :00]


The Emory & Henry Wasps will meet the Guilford Quakers Saturday afternoon in the ODAC championship game.
To the action, The Wasps Danielle Moore passes to Kelly Smith giving the ball to Jenny Gibson who puts it in from way outside. Then, the wasps go to some good ball movement as Moore dishes to Aaron Connolly, she is gonna pass to Karen Pursiful, who finishes the play.
[SUPER=34-Emory & Henry/71/Bridgewater/59;]The Bridgewater Eagles would not quit. Angela Osborn drives to the bas

ket and puts it in for two points.
But the Wasps were to much. Connolly to Smith to Ann McNeally and she scores. Emory & Henry advances to the title game with the 71-59 win.
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[SUPER=01-Joy Scruggs/Emory & Henry Head Coach]
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A big weekend of Atlantic Coast Conference basketball right here on Your Hometown Station.
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It starts tomorrow afternoon at 1-pm when the Duke Blue Devils take on Wake Forest. [PINNACLE PAGE 1212]
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