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Coming up on News 7-
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25 people now reported hurt in Washington state- A live report on today's earthquake- coming up.
To become a town or not to become a town.
Why some think staying a city is just fine in Clifton Forge.
Plus George W. Bush's niece makes her catwalk debut-
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News 7 is next.

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An earthquake rocks Seattle-
This was the scene- chandeliers shook- and the buildings swayed.
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((NAT SOUND OF CHAOS.... GUY TALKING..))
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Tonight a state of emergency in Washington State-
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[ANCHOR=JEan]
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Good evening...

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Toady's quake measured six point eight on the Richter scale-
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The epicenter was centered 35 miles Southwest of Seattle but the shaking was felt as far away as Montana, Idaho and Oregon.
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[Seattle-Earthquake]


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At least 25 people are injured- and thousands are without power- Chris Lawrence is in Seattle tonight with an update.
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((It lasted for less than 30 seconds...but the damage is running into the billions of dollars. The most powerful earthquake in a generation struck the Pacific Northwest, with a magnitude of 6.8 on the Richter scale. The tremor struck near lunchtime, when Microsoft founder Bill Gates was giving a presentation at a downtown Seattle hotel. Lights exploded and crashed to the floor as people ran for cover. Downtown Seattle looked like a warzone, with many older brick buildings taking a beating. At the State Capitol, workers rushed to the exits. The jolt cracking columns and even the dome. Described as a long rolling earthquake, it triggered mudslides. And damaged the front of Starbuck's Coffee Headquarters. Amazingly, no one was injured when this highway split in half. TV cameras waiting for Seattles Mayor to speak caught the earthquake in action. Reporters and camera crews stumbling to keep their balance -- and their shot.))
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[Clifton-Forge]


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In less than a week-- residents will decide if Clifton Forge should remain a city. Six years ago-- city leaders in South Boston decided to make the leap to town status.
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But Mark Perdue, with the group "Citizens for Clifton Forge", says it's unfair to compare the two areas.
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((MARK PERDUE/GROUP SPOKESMAN: SOUTH BOSTON REVERTED BECAUSE OUTSIDE OF THE CITY LIMITS WAS A MAJOR INDUSTRIAL BASE AND SO THEY REVERTED TO ANNEX THAT MANUFACTURING BASE. ))
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[vo-nat] Perdue says in the process very few people in South Boston lost their jobs. But in Clifton Forge-- 43 people would lose their jobs if re-version is approved. Opponents say the city would also lose its "General District Court" and "Voter Registrar office" as well as its Social Services department.
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((MARK PERDUE/GROUP SPOKESMAN: WHENEVER THOSE JOBS ARE LOST IT AFFECTS THE WHOLE TOWN IN FACT YOU CAN LOOK AROUND AT THE TOWN AND SEE WE'RE VERY RELIANT UPON THOSE JOBS.))
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Those who support reversion argue the city can't cope financially because its losing population and jobs. Clifton Forge's mayor says reverting to a town would also result in lower property taxes for residents.
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[Accreditation]


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Hundreds of Virginia schools have a tough assignment-
They have to meet state standards and stay fully accredited.
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Thirteen percent of Virginia schools are accredited with warning because of low S-O-L scores.
Virginia's Department of Education recently sent in academic review teams to make recommendations for changes at each of those schools.
The state says all schools must be fully accredited by 2007.
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((KIRK SCHRODER/BOARD OF EDUCATION: ITS VERY EASY TO SAY OH WE'RE GOING TO SHUT THE SCHOOL DOWN, STOP ITS FUNDING, AND BE ALL TOUGH ABOUT IT. THESE ISSUES DIDN'T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT. THE PROBLEMS, THE CHALLENGES, AND SOLUTIONS ARE NOT GOING TO COME OVERNIGHT.))
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The state recently visited Danville's Woodrow Wilson Magnet School which is accredited with warning because of low S-O-L scores.
As a result, school officials plan to immediately change the schedule, update the curriculum, and establish a reading program.
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[Donnelley-Layoffs]


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One of Lynchburg's biggest employers is making cut-backs.
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R-R Donnelley printing company is laying off 28 workers in its Premedia Technologies department on Creekside Lane.
That number represents about a quarter of the total workforce in that department.
Donnelley says the reduction is necessary as it tries to move its graphic work closer to customers in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.
The company still employs 650 people at its Lynchburg printing department.
Affected employees are being offered work at other Donnelley facilities.
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[Circuit-City]


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Richmond based Circuit City is laying off hundreds of people at its corporate and division offices.
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The company blames lower sales- about three hundred people will lose their jobs.
Earlier, the company cut back on new store openings and remodeling projects for the coming year.
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((KEN MEYER/LAID OFF WORKER; I THINK PEOPLE KNEW SOMETHING WAS COMING, BUT THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHERE OR WHEN AS THEY NEVER DO. AND TODAY BEING A TUESDAY OR WEDNESDAY IT KIND OF TOOK THEM BY SURPRISE.))
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The electronics retailer said it had a fairly good Christmas season... but sales numbers have been lower since then.
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[Bush-Economy]


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George W. Bush is on a sales mission- trying to sell the American people on his budget plan.
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Today he did a little direct marketing- taking his plans to the people on how to divide up the surplus.
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((THERE'S A FUNDAMENTAL CHOICE.. DO WE SPEND IT? CROWD: NO!!!! OR DO WE REMEMBER WHO'S MONEY IT IS IN THE FIRST PLACE... APPLAUSE.))
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In states where moderate Democrats could decide if his tax cut lives or dies- Mr. Bush implored voters to get on board.
The debate on Capital Hill- is which way to go- with Bush's plan- or the democratic proposal for smaller targeted tax cuts.
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[Fashion]


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The fashion show of an Italian designer was buzzing with excitement today -- but it wasn't the designer was causing all the talk .. it was President Bush's niece.
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Lauren Bush was one of the runway models .. and the show was her first time modeling on the cat walk.
Reporters and photographers all surrounded the young model backstage to find out what she thought of her famous uncle.
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((LAUREN BUSH/PRESIDENT BUSH'S NIECE; I'M VERY PROUD OF HIM. I'M VERY PROUD OF MY FAMILY.))
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After the show - Lauren headed back to the U-S so she could return to school.
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Virginia's Attorney General and the makers of OxyContin prepare to sit down in Richmond.
That's still ahead on News 7.
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And across the country, Mardi Gras celebrations turn violent.
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[Sports-Preview]


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(( Hey folks this is Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office with highlights of UVa's 20th win of the season. We'll see how the Radford and Liberty women fared in their Big South tournament openers. Plus, Gus Frerotte could be returning to the Redskins, and Temple has been kicked out of the Big East football conference. Details coming up on the Big 7.))

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Tara Munsey's friends say she partied with the man accused of her murder just hours before she died.
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Her friend James "Roach" Moede (MAY-dee) testified that Jeffrey Allen Thomas hung out with Munsey and her friends at his house on the morning of January 25th.
Munsey's coworkers at the Fairlawn Taco Bell were last to see her.
She left work at 7 that day and disappeared.
Thomas' friend Lucy Lambert testified THAT was the same time he left HER house to meet some friends.
Defense attorneys began to attack how evidence was gathered at the crime scene -- implying that investigators did not do enough to prevent contamination.
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[Pulaski-Suit]


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A couple is suing the Town of Pulaski for one-point-seven million dollars- but today the town attorney says there isn't any evidence for the case.
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William and Geneva Summers' home was mistakenly raided by Pulaski Police last May.
Authorities were looking for drugs based on an informant's bad tip.
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Last week the couple and their attorney filed suit naming the Town, it's police force and seven individuals.
But the town's attorney says there's no evidence.
He claims the couple was not injured, they declined medical attention and that the search warrant was legal.
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[Clark]


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Investigators say more than 20 different people have received illegal prescriptions of OxyContin from a physician in Bland County.
Doctor Freeman Lowell Clark was indicted last Fall for distributing OxyContin to one person.
Since then, Prosecutor Randy (Rams-eyer) Ramseyer says, investigators have found more than 100 OxyContin prescriptions... part of a 307-count indictment handed up today against Doctor Clark.
Tomorrow, Attorney General Mark Earley and representatives from seven other states will meet in Richmond.
They'll talk about ways to stem the abuse of OxyContin.

[Patrick-Hospital]


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Patrick County's only hospital is on the road to recovery.
Today a bankruptcy judge approved the re-organization plan for R. J Reynolds -Patrick County Memorial Hospital.
And some local doctors hope the good news --will mean the (ob-stet-rics) obstetrics unit will eventually re-open.


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The OB-GYN department closed earlier this month as part of the re-organization.
Doctor Ralph Kramer says he and other obstetricians now have to transfer their patients to other doctors at nearby hospitals once they reach 36 weeks.
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((DR. RALPH KRAMER: PATRICK CO. FAMILY PRACTICE AND OBSTETRICS: THEY'VE BEEN VISIBLY UPSET ESPECIALLY PEOPLE WHO HAVE DELIVERED A COUPLE OF BABIES HERE BEFORE. AND NEVER HAD ANY INTENTION ON GOING ANYWHERE ELSE))
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Sheila Diggs is in her 6 month and switching to a doctor in Martinsville.
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((SHEILA DIGGS/PREGNANT MOM: I KNOW PEOPLE CLOSER TO DELIVERY WHERE PROBABLY MORE UPSET THAN I WAS. I HAVE 3 MONTHS TO GET TO USE TO SOMEBODY ELSE THAT WON'T BE TOO BAD))
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Other Patrick County residents says they hope the re-organization plan makes a difference.
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((WALTER SPENCE: WE LOVE OUR HOSPITAL DON'T GET ME WRONG. WE JUST THINK THEY NEED TO MAKE CHANGE AND PUT THEMSELVES IN ORDER ))
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The re-organization plan also include cuts in ambulance service as well as scaling down the critical care unit.
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[Salem-Paper]


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Four local newspapers have officially been sold.
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After 36 years in charge, Ray Robinson confirmed the sale on the front page of his "former" Newspaper tonight.
He sold the Salem Times Register, New Castle Record, Fincastle Herald, and Vinton Messenger to Main Street Media, which owns the Christiansburg - Montgomery County newspaper.
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He'll continue to act as a consultant to the new owners, and write his weekly column.
News 7 business reporter Jennifer Miele will venture into the press-room tomorrow, and speak with the papers' new owners.
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Police are usually on the lookout for traffic violators... Now school bus drivers are too.
Find out why next on News 7.
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And a catastrophe in the making, as floodwaters rise in Mozambique.
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[Bus-Safety]


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Drivers who ignore the warning lights on Roanoke City School Buses can expect a special delivery... courtesy of the city's police department.
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It's illegal to pass a school bus when its red lights are flashing...
Bus drivers are now recording violators license plate numbers, and police will be sending warning letters.
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((SGT. RANDY SCOTT/ROANOKE POLICE DEPARTMENT: I THINK THE BIGGEST ISSUE FOR MOST DRIVERS IS THEY'RE IN TOO BIG OF A HURRY. THEY DON'T WANT TO TAKE THE 30 SECONDS IT'S GOING TO TAKE TO LET THE CHILDREN GET ON OR OFF THE BUS SAFELY. I'VE HAD REPORTS THAT THEY COME TO A STOP, SEE THERE ARE NO CHILDREN RIGHT IN THE WAY, THEN STEP ON THE GAS AND GO BY.))
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One report will bring a warning, but Sargeant Randy Scott says repeat offenders may receive a warrant instead.


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[Mardi-Gras]


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There'll be no more Mardi Gras celebrations in Seattle-
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That word from the Mayor after a celebration last night turned violent-
More than 70 people were hurt- two critically.
It was a mix of liquor, vandalism and violent attacks. Roving groups attacked people at random.
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((YOU WALK BY AND YOU BUMPED INTO SOMEBODY AND ALL OF SUDDEN THEY TRIED TO HIT YOU.))
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That forced cops to clear the crowds with tear gas-
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The Mardi Gras madness was bi-coastal.
In Philadelphia, they sent out the horses to stop the looting and calm the streets-
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((PHILLY COP: I SEE SOME OF THEM DRUNK.. FALLING DOWN.. CAN HARDLY WALK.. VOMITING ALL ON THE SIDE AND EVERYTHING.. AND THEY'RE CHILDREN.. THEY'RE KIDS.))
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Philly police arrested one hundred people there.
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[Mozambique-Flooding]


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Relief workers and soldiers are forcing thousands of people to leave their homes, as floodwaters rise in Mozambique.
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Flooding has killed 62 people and left more than 81-thousand homeless.
Disaster officials say most rural villagers, who have no T-V or radios, are unaware of the risk.
Many people are more concerned about their homes and livestock than they are about the threat of flooding.
Mozambique is still recovering from devastating floods that killed more than 700 people last year, destroying roads, houses and crops.
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[S-Extra]


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UVa closes out its home schedule by crushing Clemson. The Radford and Liberty women look to advance in the opening day of play at the Big South Tournament. And we'll show you how the Roanoke Civic Center is gearing up for 4 days of Big South hoops. But first in tonight's Extra Point.
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The March edition of Southern Living magazine that is now out is devoted to Springtime in the South. The magazine also features a 5 page spread on the Martinsville Speedway. In the article and the accompanying pictures feature members of the Thompson family from Fairfield in Rockbridge County. Now here are tonight's scores.
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[S-Temple]


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Ever since the 1998 upset, the battle cry in Blacksburg during football season has been remember Temple! Effective last night, that has been updated to Forget Temple! The Owls have been kicked out of the Big East.
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Associate commissioner Tom McElroy says Temple has failed to meet membership criteria since 1996. The Big East hasn't decided when Temple will leave, but it appears that the school will exit before the upcoming football season leaving Tech and others scrambling for a game. Temple hasn't had a winning record since joining the Big East in 1991.
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[S-UVa]


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The 7th ranked Virginia Cavaliers closed out the home portion of their schedule last night,
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as they welcomed upset-minded Clemson to town for an ACC battle at University Hall.
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[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/FoxNet; :00]

This was the final home game for UVa captain Donald Hand and the rest of his fellow seniors including Stefane Don Don who was inserted into the starting lineup on senior night, and he responded wonderfully. Don Don would drop in 11 points in the first half. And Hand would lend a hand with 11 more as the Cavs hit intermission with a 9 point lead. All five of the Cavs seniors would play tonight including Josh Hare the former walk-on who sealed
[SUPER=33-Clemson/65/Virginia #7/84;]

the win over Clemson with this three pointer in the closing seconds. UVa wins it 84-to-65.
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The victory over Clemson gives UVa 20 wins on the season and 9 victories in the ACC.
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[go to pinnacle 1201] You can see the Cavs close out the regular season as part of a Saturday tripleheader on WDBJ-7 this Saturday as they take on Maryland in a two o'clock tipoff.
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[S-Radford]


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Charleston Southern and Radford closed out the first day of Big South action in the Roanoke Civic Center.
The Lady Bucs took the lead early but
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Radford vs Charleston Southern;]

Lubomyr Lichonczak's Highlanders hung tough with Charleston Southern.
Radford's Catrice Horton tips the ball away from Marea Daniels. But Daniels regains control then fires off the ALL NET three pointer.
The Highlanders use patience at the other end. Kylie Williamson is open for the shot at the foul line and gets two points for Radford.
Horton helped keep the Highlanders close. She drives through the defense, pulls up off the dribble and sinks the jumper.
[super=33-Charleston Southern/65/Radford/61/Overtime;]


With just seconds left in the first half the Bucs go on offense. Eboni Littlejohn lets loose the three just as the buzzer sounds. Radford loses tonight 65-61 in overtime.
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[anchor=Mike]
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Charleston Southern now faces Elon tomorrow at 2:30. The Phoenix beat Winthrop last night 67-53.

[S-Liberty]


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The women's tournament began yesterday at noon with number one seed Liberty getting a 57-to-49 win over UNC Asheville.

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Liberty, The regular season champion, was a heavy favorite in the opening game.
And true to form the Flames jumped out to a 32 to 11 lead at the end of the first half.
But UNC-Ashville answered the call late in the second half and slowly cut into the Flames lead.
With 3 minutes left in the game the Lady Bulldogs trimmed the Liberty lead to 2.
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But the Lady Flames put together an 8 to nothing run and Liberty advances with the 57 to 49 win. Michelle Fricke led the Flames with 13 points.
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Liberty will play High Point in the first women's semi-final tomorrow at Noon at the Roanoke Civic Center.

[S-South]


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Many months of planning went into bringing this year's Big South basketball tournament to the Star City. Roy Stanley takes a look back at how things came together for the opening day.
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[S-NFL]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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The NFL's free agency period is fast approaching. Tomorrow teams can begins talking with eligible from other teams. Earlier yesterday the likes of Doug Flutie and Ryan Leaf were released from their current teams. It's unlikely the Redskins will go for either of these two players,
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However, there is a good chance the Skins will at least take a look at re-signing quarterback Gus Frerotte who spent five years with the Redskins before he fell out of favor and ended up the past couple of seasons in Denver. Frerotte signed a four year $18 million dollar deal with the Skins in 1997, but soon fell out of favor.
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Also, look for the Vikings to cut John Randle and the Steelers to release Dermonti Dawson by week's end.

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The Roanoke Steam is hoping this spring's performance is a notch or two above last year's showing. Yesterday afternoon the team's new general manager arrived in town from Nebraska.
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As if NASCAR hadn't had enough headlines already tihs month -
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Rick Hendrick, the man who owns the cars driven by Jeff Gordon, Terry Labonte, Jerry Nadeau is one of more than 100 individuals who received pardons before President Clinton left office. However, there is evidence that Hendrick donated $500 thousand dollars to the Clinton library fund. Congress is looking into any possible conflicts of interest. Hendrick and his lawyer say they did nothing wrong. (------------)