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Coming up on News 7-
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Hundreds of cattle burning tonight overseas- the latest on foot and mouth disease and the battle to keep it out of the U-S.
Plus the battle for money for Virginia's museums- its teachers and colleges.
And the pioneer of trash talk passes away.
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[Talent=Jean]


don't go away- News 7 is next.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=You say you're frustrated]

((YOU SAY YOU'RE FRUSTRATED. WELL, I'M MAD, REALLY MAD.))
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[OUT Q=well I'm mad.]
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The state's budget woes are hitting home in the Roanoke Valley.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Good Evening I'm Jean Jadhon.

[Budget-County]


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Local governments are beginning to feel the effects of the Governor's stand-off with the State Senate.
Tonight-- the Roanoke County supervisors heard from school board members trying to find money for pay raises, and cultural agencies facing lay-offs and other cutbacks.
Teresa Hamilton has more on the situation.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kay Strickland/VA Transportation Museum; :21QUICK!!!!]
[SUPER=01-Beth Poff/Mill Mountain Zoo; :32]
[SUPER=01-Bob Johnson/Hollins Supervisor; :46]
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[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke County.]


((The news wasn't good as the supervisors sat down with members of the school board.
No additional state money for teacher raises...the prospect of a 250- thousand dollar cut.
And it only gets worse. A long line of cultural organizations and social service agencies are also facing an uncertain future.
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[IN Q=The museum]

((KAY STRICKLAND/VA. MUSEUM OF TRANSPORTATION: THE MUSEUM FOR ONE FACES A LOSS OF 48- PERCENT OF ITS BUDGET FROM STATE CUTS. BETH POFF/MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO: AGAIN, I DIDN'T WANT TO GO SO MUCH OVER THE REQUEST YOU HAVE IN FRONT OF YOU BUT TO ASK YOU TO GIVE YOUR CONSIDERATION TO IT.. YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR THE SAME CONCERNS AND PROBLEMS.)) [RUNS18]
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Earlier in the day, House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith got an earful when he came to brief the supervisors on the General Assembly session...
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[IN Q=We've got police officers]

((BOB JOHNSON/HOLLINS SUPERVISOR: WE'VE GOT POLICE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS, LIBRARIANS. YOU CAN GO DOWN TO THE SCIENCE MUSEUM AND SEE THE PEOPLE WHO WERE JUST FIRED, LAID OFF BECAUSE YOU COULDN'T GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER.)) [RUNS:18]
[OUT Q=couldn't get your act together.]


The supervisors are still hoping lawmakers will return to richmond for a special session... and find the budget compromise that has eluded them so far... but they aren't counting on it.
Teresa Hamilton, News 7 Roanoke Co. ))

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Meanwhile, Schoolteachers, college presidents, and advocates for the mentally ill and disabled took their budget problems to Richmond.
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Governor Jim Gilmore announced his unilateral budget fix yesterday -- with NO plans to call lawmakers back to Richmond for a special session.
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((VAL MARSH/ALLIANCE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL: I DON'T WANT US TO BE BALANCING OUR BUDGETS ON THE BACKS OF DISABLED PEOPLE.))06
[sot 09:09:40 ]

((JEAN BANKOS/VIRGINIA EDUCATION ASSOC.: THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF TALK... IN THE CAPITAL CITY IN RICHMOND.))
[SUPER=01-Val Marsh/Alliance for the Mentally Ill; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jean Bankos/Virginia Education Assoc.; :07]
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[OUT Q=the capital city in Richmond.]
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Senate Finance Committee members of both parties -- who have opposed the speed of the Governor's NO car tax plan -- called in the college presidents this afternoon.
Virginia colleges absorb the bulk of the budget cuts, including the freezing of 215 million dollars of current building and renovation projects.
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((ALAN MERTEN/GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT: TO THIS MOMENT, NO EXEMPTION HAS BEEN GRANTED. PROMISES MADE. PROMISES THAT NEED TO BE KEPT.))
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[OUT Q=that need to be kept.]
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Later, Republican House Speaker Vance Wilkins held a closed door summit with the college presidents.
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House and Senate leaders say a special legislative session that could address some of the cuts the Governor made- could still happen.



[County-Supers]


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A controversy involving new fire and rescue employees is still simmering in Roanoke County.. but today officials said they hope to move fast to address residents' concerns.
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The county's newest fire and rescue recruits are part of a regional class that will graduate from training on Friday.
County officials acknowledge that 20 new positions divided among six stations will not solve all of the county's staffing problems, but they defend the plan as a "fair and equitable" first step.
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[IN Q=I understand the frustration]

((I UNDERSTAND THE FRUSTRATION. I CERTAINLY DO. WE DO HAVE TO SEE THE EFFECT OF THE PERSONNEL WE'RE GOING TO DEPLOY. HOPEFULLY WE CAN IDENTIFY THOSE RESOURCES VERY QUICKLY AND IN A MATTER OF MONTHS IMPROVE THE SERVICE ONE AGAIN.))
[SUPER=01-Dan O'Donnell/Asst. County Administrator]
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[OUT Q=improve the service once again.]
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Some residents are urging the supervisors to move quickly on the second phase of the county's staffing plan. That would bring new paid manpower to stations in Mount Pleasant and Bent Mountain.
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[Kuwait-Bombing]


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The Navy says it was an American ground controller who made a deadly mistake- causing the bombing of an American crew.
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These are the pictures of the scene.. released today.
It now appears the ground controller mistakenly directed Commander David Zimmerman- the pilot of an F-18- to bomb a target area.
When controller realized the mistake.. they say he yelled "abort abort" but it was too late.
The aircraft dropped three 500 pound bombs- killing six people on the ground.
The crew was taking part in a routine training mission.
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((CRAIG QUIGLEY/U.S. NAVY: IT WAS A FAIRLY LARGE SCALE EXERCISE.. 80 SOME SORTIES I BELIEVE WERE SCHEDULED, MOSLTY OF WHICH HAD BEEN COMPLETED BY THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT.))
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[OUT Q=TIME OF THE ACCIDENT.]
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Military experts say these types of operations are not always safe and sometimes accidents do happen.
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[Bassett-layoffs]


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It's called restructuring, but what it means for 100 Bassett Furniture employees is pink slips.
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The company is combining its chair and table plants in Henry County.
The 160 remaining employees left after the layoffs will be offered positions at the consolidated facility.
Bassett also predicts a 13 percent drop in sales this quarter, thanks in part to the bankruptcy of major buyer Montgomery Ward.
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[Optical-Cable]


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A slowing economy isn't stopping another local company from taking its products overseas.
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At its annual shareholders meeting today, Optical Cable announced plans to market fiber optic cable to China.
C-E-O Bob Kopstein says a deal could go through any day.
That deal, he says, would double the company's workforce, sales, and may lead to constriction of a new manufacturing facility there.
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[K9-Unit]


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Lynchburg city council says it's satisfied with how police handled a dog biting incident last month and that it's now "time to move on".
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Officer Rick Ruggieri was seriously injured when a drug dog turned on him at the police training grounds.
It was the fourth attack on a person in two years, but council members say the department's K-9 unit is still a valuable law enforcement tool.
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((COL. CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: I DON'T WANT TO MISLEAD ANYBODY AND SAY THAT THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN, BECAUSE I THINK WE'VE DONE EVERYTHING WE CAN REASONABLY DO TO ENSURE THAT IT DOESN'T HAPPEN AND WE CONTINUE TO REVIEW THAT REGULARLY TO SEE THAT WE HAVE THE VERY BEST POLICIES, TRAINING, EQUIPMENT, SUPERVISION IN PLACE.))
[SUPER=01-Col. Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police Chief]
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Ruggieri and Officer Karen Carter have been reassigned to regular patrol duty.
The unit will operate with three dogs instead of five.
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[Combs-Trial]


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The fate of rapper Sean "Puffy" Combs will soon rest in the hands of a jury.
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[SUPER=03-New York, NY]


Closing arguments in the trial ended today-- the jury will begin deliberating tomorrow.
The entertainer could face up to fifteen years in prison if convicted of illegal gun possession and bribery.
The three victims in the 1999 night club shooting are also filing separate suits against Combs for more than a billion dollars.
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[Tease1]
[ANCHOR=Jean]
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What do the Godfather of Soul and school violence have in common?
FInd out when News 7 returns.
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And fires are burning across Europe tonight, as farmers try to halt the spread of Foot and Mouth disease.
The latest on that and what's being done to keep it out of the U-S next.
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[Sports-Preview]


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[OUT Q=....THE BIG 7"]
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((Hey folks this is Mike Stevens back in the News 7 Sports office all by myself - too bad so few witnessed the Express blow out Toledo 6-to-nothing tonight. The NCAA tournament begins with Winthrop and Northwestern State in Dayton. The Zags get ready for the Cavs. Tech hammers Radford on the dedmon center diamond. And the you can picture a new driver in the Kodak car tonight on the Big 7.))

[Foot-Mouth]


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The U-S is stopping imports of fresh meat and livestock from Europe- after Foot and Mouth disease was found in France.
Tom Fenton reports- no one knows how long the epidemic will last.
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[SUPER=01-Simon Lethbridge/Farm Hand; 41]
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((Today's U.S. ban on all animals and meat from Europe followed news that foot and mouth disease has now spread to France. And it's not likely to stop there. The French army has been called in to burn the carcasses of 50,000 sheep and cattle. In Britain, where the epidemic began, animal bonfires are burning from one end of the country to the other. OC: NO ONE IS SURE HOW THE DISEASE GOT TO BRITAIN AND THEY MAY NEVER KNOW. BUT EVERY TIME A NEW CASE IS FOUND THE GOVERNMENT HAS NO QUESTION ABOUT WHAT SHOULD BE DONE. EVERY COW PIG OR SHEEP ON THE FARM MUST BE KILLED. So many are being slaughtered that the government is having trouble disposing of them all. SIMON LETHBRIDGE / FARM HAND: IT'S PRETTY GORY REALLY BECAUSE ALL MY STOCK IS LYING ON THE DECK, YOU KNOW WITH BAGS ON THEIR HEADS, UM THE SMELL IS UNBELIEVABLE. British farming had barely recovered from mad cow disease, which kills humans as well as animals, when it was hit by this. And though the foot and mouth virus affects animals only, it is so contagious the measures to contain it are devastating farming communities. The Jones's pedigree dairy herd has just been slaughtered. JO JONES / FARMER: IT'S A BEREAVEMENT. I DON'T THINK I'VE EVER FELT AS DESPERATE AS I DID LAST NIGHT WHEN I COULD HEAR THE GUN GOING OFF.

Trevor Kligg can't leave his farm and visitors can't come in, for fear of spreading the virus on their footwear or tires. Tom Fenton, CBS News, Oxfordshire, England.))


[Disease-Symptoms]


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Foot and Mouth disease is a severe, highly contagious viral disease of cattle and swine-
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD]
This country has been free of the disease since 1929- when the last of nine U-S outbreaks was eradicated. [SECOND PINNACLE BOARD]
The disease is characterized by fever and blisterlike lesions on the tongue and lips- in the mouth and between the claws.
Many affected animals recover- but the disease leaves them debilitated- It causes severe losses in the production of meat and milk.
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[Cloning]


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It's a controversial idea being condemned by scientists and lawmakers, but an Italian doctor says he plans on cloning the first human..
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But David Ayares is against human cloning. He's the V-P of Research and Development for P-P-L Therapeutics. The company is responsible for cloning pigs, cows and the famous sheep dolly.
He says that while the procedure has both safety and ethical issues, a lack of regulations in other countries is one reason why human cloning will happen...
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((DAVID AYARES/PPL THERAPEUTICS; I THINK IT WILL FOR REPRODUCTIVE PURPOSES THERE WILL BE INFERTILE COUPLES, GAY COUPLES ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE THAT WOULD WANT TO FOR THE RIGHT PRICE GENERATE A LIVE OFFSPRING WHO'S FROM PART OF THEIR GENETICS))
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Those involved with the human cloning project say results could happen in a year.
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[School-shooting]


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A California student accused in a shooting rampage planned to use the last bullet to kill himself.
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That's according to court records unsealed today- 15 year old Charles Andy Williams made up his mind to shoot randomly.. days before the rampage.
[SUPER=03-Santee, CA/Last Week;]


During an hour long questioning- Williams reportedly said that he planned to run away and shoot himself.
Williams allegedly told detectives that he was angry at Santana high School partly because he was disciplined for repeated tardiness.
The March 5th shooting left two teenage boys dead and wounded 13 others.
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[James-Brown]


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Recent school violence has caught the attention of the "Godfather of Soul" -
James Brown was in Charlotte recently working on his latest recording.
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((NAT MUSIC))
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Brown says he's upset by the violence and wanted to put his feelings into song to inspire young people to do what's right.
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[Tease2]
[ANCHOR=Jean]
[writer=chr]
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For centuries, they towered over Afghanistan.
Next on News 7, see what's left of the country's historic Buddhist statues.
Also tonight-
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((NAT MUSIC))
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And we'll check in on a jazzed-up Oak Grove Elementary School, where the arts took center stage tonight.
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[Downey]


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Friends of Talk show host Morton Downey Junior are remembering his as a warm, sweet funny person-
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far from his brash- trash T-V image.
Downey died yesterday at age 68.
While on camera- he pioneered the "in your face" brashness now found on many programs.
But friends say off camera he was quite different.
Downey was a chain smoker- until he lost a lung to cancer- he then became an anti- smoking crusader.
Downey died of Pneumonia .. he was 68 years old.
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[Buddhas]


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All of Afghanistan's ancient buddha statues have been destroyed.
The (Tally-bon) Taliban militia, a hard-line Islamic group that controls most of Afghanistan, ordered the statues destroyed.
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This is all that's left of one statue after Taliban soldiers used pickaxes to carry out an order from their reclusive leader that all statues be destroyed.
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[ANCHOR=JEan]
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Last week, Taliban soldiers used explosives to destroy what was believed to be the world's tallest standing Buddha.

[AED]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Government buildings, fire trucks and ambulances in Roanoke County will soon have Automatic External Defibrillators.

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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Roanoke County Fire and EMS will get 20 A.E.D machines.
The machines are used to shock the heart of someone in cardiac arrest.
Officials say they'll save lives -- because the'll be quickly accessible to help someone whose heart has stopped beating.
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((CAPT. STEPHEN SIMON: SO IF WE CAN GET THEM IN THAT 4 TO 6 MINUTES. WE HAVE A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF THE PATIENT SURVIVING. SO THAT'S WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO PROVIDE THAT ELECTRIC SHOCK TO SOMEONE))
[SUPER=01-Capt. Stephen Simon/Roanoke Co. Fire & EMS]
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Roanoke County will be one the first communities in the Valley to place the devices in government buildings.
Officials hope to have the A-E-D's in place in April.
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[S-Extra]


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Express highlights from a less then full Roundhouse. The NCAA tournament opens. The Zags are ready for UVA. And Tech takes care of RU on the Highlanders home diamond today.
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[SUPER=76-NBA; :00]

But first in tonight's Extra Point - Hakeem Olajuwan will miss the rest of the season and he may be forced to retire from the league all together. Doctors say the 17 year veteran is suffering from a blood clot like problem in the lower half of his left leg. He will be out at least 3 to 6 months. Hakeem is the NBA's all time shot blocking king.
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[S-Express]


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The Roanoke Express returned to the Roundhouse last night to host Toledo after spending almost a month on the road away from the team's home ice. Last night's game faced off at seven, and apparently
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Toledo vs. Roanoke; :00]

a large number of folks still thought the team was on the road, less than 23 hundred showed up at the Roanoke Civic Center. On the power play watch this slap shot. Calvin Elfring with the pass to Ben Schust and he just cranks one in the net to make it 1-to-nothing Express. Mark Bernard, who made 27 saves through 2 periods, gave the Express one here as he clears the puck to Adam Dewan who shoots, and Mike Peron bangs in the rebound.
[SUPER=38-Toledo/0/Roanoke/6;]

Roanoke wins it tonight 6-to-0 as Gagnon gets the shutout. The team will be back home this Friday and Saturday night hosting Peoria and Richmond.
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[S-Winthrop]


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The new expanded 65 team NCAA men's tournament began last night with the Big South champion Winthrop Eagles battling Northwest State.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dayton, OH/TNN; :00]

Winthrop is coached by Cave Spring alum Gregg Marshall, who was banking on his team not to slip up. Northwestern State meanwhile is barely from northwestern Louisiana in (NAH-KAH-TISH). But the Demons made their first ever NCAA trip a memorable one thanks in part to D'or Fisher. But give Winthrop credit. The Eagles hit 10 straight three pointers in the second half to claw their way back in contention for the win.
[SUPER=33-NW State/71/Winthrop/67;]

But Northwestern State hit the only three ball in the final minute of play as the Demons win 71-to-67 and move on to play Illinois.
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[S-WDBJ]


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[WIPE TO PINNACLE THURSDAY AFTERNOON] Starting tomorrow the March Madness is exclusively here on WDBJ-7. Tomorrow afternoon its Kentucky Wildcats and Holy Cross followed by Maryland and George Mason.
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[WIPE TO PINNACLE THURSDAY NIGHT] Then tomorrow night Duke takes on Monmouth at 7:30 followed by Iowa State & Hampton. The Hampton Pirates are in the big dance for the first time in school history.
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[WIPE TO PINNACLE FRIDAY NIGHT] Friday afternoon the UVa-Gonzaga game tips off right here on WDBJ-7 shortly after high noon. And right after that game the Tennessee Vols battle UNC Charlotte.
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[WIPE TO FRIDAY NIGHT PINNACLE] The Friday night session has Penn State and Providence followed by North Carolina and Princeton. Of course you will get bonus coverage of the rest of the madness each night.
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[S-Gonzaga]


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Virginia's opening round opponent in the NCAA tournament this Friday will not be pushover. In fact, many folks think the lower seeded Bulldogs are actually the better team.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Spokane, WA; :00]

Part of that outlook can be attributed to the fact that Gonzaga is tournament tested. The Bulldogs are one of just five teams in the entire nation to advance to at least the Sweet 16 each of the past two seasons.
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((CASEY CALVARY:))
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[OUT Q=...THE POSTSEASON."]
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[VO-NAT con't]

Gonzago, which is 24-and-6 won the West Coast Conference title way back on March 5th. Despite that lay-off, the Zags insist they will be ready for UVa.
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((ZACH GOURDE:))
[SUPER=01-Zach Gourde/Gonzago Sophomore Forward; :00]
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[S-American]


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The Associated Press all-American team was released later this afternoon and the ACC put three players on the first team. Duke's Shane Battier and Jason Williams are joined by North Carolina's Joseph Forte. Notre Dame's Troy Murphy and Stanford's Casey Jacobsen round out the top five.



[S-Radford]


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Virginia Tech's Chuck Hartman coached his 800th win for the Hokies.
Yesterday afternoon Tech scored a season high 18 runs against Radford at the Dedmon Center Park.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford/Highlanders vs. Hokies;]


The Highlanders dug deep into their bench looking for a slugger who could connect.
But Tech was the team that found the bat. Brad Bauder hits down the third baseline. Addison Bowman and Chris Hutchison score. The Hokies take an 11-nothing lead after four innings.
Tech kept hammering at Radford. Ryan Murphy goes over the right centerfield wall for a round tripper.
[super=34-Virginia Tech/18/Radford/0;]


John West is up next for the Hokies. The breeze carries his hit to the river for another homerun. West had two dingers yesterday and Tech beats Radford 18 to zero for Coach Hartman's 800th win at Tech.
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[S-NHL]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-92 2913tc]
[GRAPHIC=NHL]


Today marked the dealine for NHL teams to swap player before the start of the playoff run. The St. Louis Blues were big winner as they get Keith Tkachuk, the Coyotes captain.
[GRAPHIC=CAPS]

The Caps traded forwards Jan Bulis and Richard Zednik to Montreal in exchange for Trevor Linden, Dainius Zubrus and a second round pick. They also get defenseman Jason Marshall from Anaheim.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-NHL; :00]

Eric Lindros never hit the block at all today as the Flyers refused to trade him. As a result Lindros, who will not report to the Flyers because of an ongoing feud with general manager Bobby Clarke will not be able to play until next fall.
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[S-Gordon]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-87 11617tc]
[GRAPHIC=darlington]


The Winston Circuit rolls into Darlington later this week but one team will have a new driver.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/February; :00]

Later today the Abingdon based Morgan McClure race team, which fields the Kodak Chevy, will announce that it is replacing driver Robby Gordon. The former open-wheel driving star has needed provisionals to get in three of the first four events this season. Rick Mast, Morgan Shepherd and Kenny Wallace are considered the front runners to take over the car.
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[Jazz]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=01-16]
[GRAPHIC=None]

In this S-O-L conscious age in which the arts are often forced to take a back seat, one area elementary school made sure that its students and parents got a heavy dose of jazz tonight.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]

Oak Grove elementary in Roanoke County welcomed the William Penn Quartet to the school's monthly P-T-A meeting.
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[NAT SOT]
[IN Q=AUDIO FULL]
[RUNS=:04]
[OUT Q=...MUSIC FADES]
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[VO NAT] Penn is a Pulaski native. He's been a fixture in the valley's music scene since 1981.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="If People...]
[SUPER=01-William Penn/"The William Penn Quartet"; :00]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=...DONE OUR JOB."]
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[VO-NAT]


Tonight during the school's "Evening of the Arts", Penn, his longtime drummer Ronnie Law, along with bass player Leroy Taylor and lead guitar player Richard Kelley also made a strong effort to inspire the students to pick up an instrument and make music a major part of their lives.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="Well, music...]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=...IT'S FUN (DOUBLE OUT!!!)]

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