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Coming up on News 7-
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Some travelers in and out of Roanoke could be stuck- The pilots of one airline may go on strike.
And a week after a church break in- the stolen items are found. We'll have details.
Plus rockin' into the hall of fame in New York.
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And a wintry mix may be on the way.
News7 is Next.

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A strike may be on the way for a commuter airline with flights in and out of Roanoke.
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[ANCHOR=JEan]
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Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.

[Comair]


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Pilots who fly for Comair today overwhelmingly rejected a proposed five year contract. The vote could lead to a strike next week against the nation's second-largest regional airline.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean/Teresa Microwave;]

As we mentioned, Comair has flights in and out of Roanoke Regional Airport. That's where we find Teresa Hamilton.
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Jean, unless a tentative agreement is reached or President Bush intervenes the pilots say they'll go on strike, as early as next Monday. Passengers we talked to here tonight say it would be a definite inconvenience.
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(( Comair is owned by Delta Airlines and serves more than eight million passengers in a year. This afternoon-- its pilots overwhelming rejected a proposed five year contract from management.
Passengers who use Comair out of Roanoke fly to Cincinnati mainly to connect to other flights.
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((teresa speaks: how often do you fly comair? NEHENNIE KRIEK/PASSENGER: TWO TO FOUR TIMES A WEEK, SO IT WOULD DISRUPT ME A LOT, YES. JOSIAH TLOU/PASSENGER: I FLY QUITE OFTEN MAYBE TWO TIMES A MONTH SOMETHING LIKE THAT. so would this create a hardship for you if that would happen? OF COURSE, IT WOULD BE FOR ANYONE WHO IS TRAVELING AND WHO HAS APPOINTMENTS TO MEET, YEAH, DEFINITELY.)) [RUNS25]
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The contract was overwhelmingly rejected by the pilots. Only six of the nearly eleven hundred pilots voted to accept the offer.))
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More contract talks are scheduled Friday to try and resolve salary, scheduling and other issues.
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Jean, in the past President Bush has said he's inclined to block airline strikes because they could hurt the struggling economy.

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Bomb threats are a reality in our schools, but the way officials handle them may be changing...
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State police say the current policy to evacute schools may not always be the best option.
In a presentation to school officials today, they recommended that sometimes it may be better to keep kids inside.

It's known as a lock down mode- but police say school officials should consider some key factors.
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((LARS HERMANN/VA STATE POLICE; THE SAFETY OF THE STUDENTS THE SIZE OF THE FACILITY THE WEATHER, IF IT WAS 10 DEGREES OUT TO YOU WANT TO MOVE THE KIDS OUT BASED ON ALL THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE THEY MAY TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE AGE OF THE CALLER. ))
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School officials have the final call on evacuation, but police say regardless of an evacuation procedure no bomb threat is ever ignored.
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[CA-Power]


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We've all had it happen- the power goes out without warning.
That's what's happening tonight in California-
They are the first rolling blackouts since January- and the first outside Northern California.
But this energy shortage is NOT just affecting the West Coast.
As Chris Lawrence reports it could mean lights out for the East Coast too.
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((The lights went out ..traffic backed up as blackouts rolled across neighborhoods from Sacramento to San Diego. "No warning..Just shut down." As traffic backed up in Long Beach ..workers shut down businesses and closed up for the day. The stores were different ..the reason, the same. "No power." An auxiliary transformer caught fire and shut down two power-producing units. And just before noon, the first wave of blackouts hit southern California. Minutes later, areas in the northern part of the state went dark. SPENCER ABRAHAM/U.S. ENERGY SECRETARY: "California is not the only state facing a mismatch between supply and demand. The Energy Secretary said Monday he expects shortages in New York this summer. And the Midwest and Southeast could have less power than normal. Spencer Abraham says California's problem is just part of a larger energy crisis ..such as skyrocketing natural gas prices in the nation's capital. ABRAHAM: "Some residents report that their gas bills are higher than their food bills this winter." In California, energy use spiked Monday as temperatures hit the mid-70s ..which prompted a warning to homeowners. Patrick Dorinson/CAL-ISO Spokesperson "Conservation in California is no longer an option ..it's a way of life. And everyone has to understand that." Officials can't fix the damaged units back on-line until at least Tuesday. And with spring on its way, the worst is still to come. Chris Lawrence CBS News Los Angeles.))

[Energy-Bush]


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Meanwhile President Bush says the U-S is facing the most serious energy shortages since the seventies.
And he says there
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are no quick fixes.
Bush says his energy plan will focus heavily on producing more oil and gas-
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((IT IS CLEAR FROM FIRST ANALYSIS THAT DEMAND FOR ENERGY IN THE UNITED STATES IS INCREASING MUCH MORE SO THAN PRODUCTION IS. AND AS A RESULT,WE'RE FINDING IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY WE'RE SHORT ON ENERGY.))
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Bush says any plan will take time to reap the benefits. Today the energy secretary says the nation is faced with the most serious shortage since the days of oil embargos and lines at the pump.
Some answers- more oil exploration.
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[City-Council]


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Roanoke City Council has given the green light to the planned Biomedical Institute. Today, council authorized the Housing Authority to begin acquiring land for the project.
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Planners envision a 110- acre biomedical research park that will bring multi-million dollar investment, high paying jobs and tax revenue to the city.
The housing authority will begin work immediately to acquire and clear the first five acres, and officials say the first building could be up and running within three years.
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((THIS IS THE MOMENT WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR SINCE LAST MAY, SINCE WE FIRST ANNOUNCED THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CITY TO BE THE HOME OF THE BIOMEDICAL INSTITUTE.))
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Wimmer Tire is one of the first businesses that will be affected by the project. Owner Mark Hall supports the Biomedical Institute, and says he's negotiating with Carilion to relocate... but today he encouraged city council to make sure businesses in the area receive fair compensation.
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[D-Day-Memorial]


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A Roanoke man who says he just worked hard and saved his money all his life is the latest million dollar donor to Bedford's D-Day Memorial.
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81-year-old Melvin "Bub" Proffitt served in the 116th Infantry Band and arrived at Normandy nine days after the D-Day invasion.
Proffitt made his million dollar donation today in honor of his former band members and of the men who fought and died on the beaches that day in 1944.
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((RICHARD BURROW/D-DAY MEMORIAL DIRECTOR: YOU COULD SEE IN MR. PROFFITT'S EYES AND PERHAPS HEAR IT IN HIS VOICE HE IS REALLY TOUCHED AND MOVED BY THE MEMORIAL COMPLEX, AND IT HAS THAT EFFECT ON A LOT OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE WHEN THEY COME HERE.))
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Burrow says construction is a little ahead of schedule.
The memorial will be dedicated on June 6th, the 57th anniversary of the invasion.
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The economy may be slowing down now, but it's recent growth spurt is good news for Social Security and Medicare.


Find out why next on News 7.
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And hear the 9-1-1 tape from that deadly AMTRAK derailment.
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[Sports-Preview]


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((Hey folks this is Mike Stevens back in the News 7 Sports office with NIT highlights from Dayton as the Richmond Spiders try to stay out of Oliver Purnell's trap in Dayton. Gary Williams now says he won't get trapped in the Vegas desert. The Panthers cut their heart and soul Steve Beuerlein, while another Florida paper goes after the Earnhardt photos.

And we'll join the party in Martinsville for the state champion Bulldogs tonight on the Big 7.))[Social-Security]


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Will social security be there when you need it?
The economic surge of the past few years has extended the life of Social Security.
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A report released today- shows Social Security will stay afloat until 20-38- a year longer than previously expected.
Medicare will have enough cash until 20-29- four years longer than previously thought.
Lawmakers say it's time to take action to ensure social security and medicare are around for future generations.
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[Senate-Museums]


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The economic picture is not so rosey for Virginia's museums.
Now their directors are talking about ideas to get the word out-- everything from a one week shutdown to marching on the state capitol.
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A Republican and Democratic state senator sat in on the annual meeting in Richmond.
Museums face a loss of all state funds on June 30th, as a result of the Senate's battle with the Governor over the speed of cutting the car tax.
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((WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF WE CLOSED OUR DOORS?))
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((KEN SCHUTZ/SCIENCE MUSEUM OF WESTERN VIRGINIA: WELL, I MEAN, I THINK THE PEOPLE HERE ARE FRUSTRATED AND ANGRY. AND YET RESPECTFUL, OF ALL THE LEGISLATORS AND EVEN THE GOVERNOR....WE CAN SEE OUR FUNDING SLIPPING AWAY. SO I THINK THE FRUSTRATION IS REALLY GROWING.))
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The Science Museum of Western Virginia has laid off its 19 member part-time staff.
It will lay off ten of its 19 member full-time staff if NO state money comes by the end of the fiscal year.
The current staff has taken a pay cut and shut down two days a week.
A spokesperson for the Senators says it is the worst case for a museum in the state.

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A shooting incident at William Fleming High School last week has ended with an arrest.
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School officials- -including school resource officers and city police detectives have charged a 19-year old.
Curtis Jeffery Beverly, Junior, was cited for trespassing at the school, and possession and discharging a weapon on school property.
Authorities say they anticipate charges being filed against at least one under age suspect who was with Curtis Beverly.
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[Church-Break-In]


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Last week a Roanoke church was broken into.
But with a little faith - and the help of Crime Line - Roanoke police were able to intervene.
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Police have recovered several items taken from the Fellowship Baptist Church last week.
A tip from Crime Line led them to the stolen computer, VCR and other merchandise, and the names of two possible suspects.
Investigators searched a home in southeast Roanoke, and found the church's worldly goods.
They also discovered some things that may be from other burglaries.
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Two teenage boys were taken into custody. The mother of one of them has been charged with possession of stolen property.

[Train-Follow]


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Invesigators today released the 9-1-1 tapes-
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from this past weekend's deadly train crash in Iowa.
Federal investigators are inspecting more than a half mile of shredded track, rails and ties-
They want to know what caused 11 cars and two locomotives to derail-
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((WE HAVE... AN AMBULANCE...))
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The conductor says he was travelling at 52 miles an hour- nearly 30 miles below the posted speed.
He says he felt a tug.
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((JOSHUA MAY/PASSENGER: IT FELT LIKE.. A BIT SCARY. ))
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[Vo-nat]
Of then 210 people on board- more than 90 were hurt- and one person was killed-
69 year old Stella (Rile) Riehl was on her way home to Colorado- She was carrying the ashes of her brother who died last week.
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Foot and mouth disease is still a European problem, at least for now.
Still ahead on News 7-- some local cattle farmers say it's appearance in the U-S could be disastrous.
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Virginia farmers who want to protect their livestock from foot- and -mouth disease are finding out prevention is out of their hands.
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Farmers watching the auctions at the Roanoke-Hollins Stockyards worry the disease could strike home.
Hilton Dooley has 700 head of cattle on his Bedford County farms.
He says fear of the virus is driving him to sell off several hundred of them.
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((HILTON DOOLEY/CATTLE FARMER: I GOT CATTLE ON ABOUT 17 DIFFERENT FARMS AND I'M CONCERNED THE DISEASE WOULD HAPPEN.))


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Veterinarians say they've heard from many concerned farmers here.
But the vaccine against foot- and -mouth disease won't be available in the U-S unless there's an outbreak.
Veterinarians advise farmers to watch out for symptoms in their livestock like mouth sores, frothy saliva and slugishness.
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[Hall-Fame]


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New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel is housing some of rock's finest tonight as the class of 2001 is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Among the honorees .. legends such as Steely Dan, Queen, and Paul Simon. Gretchen Carlson joins us with the latest.
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(((Nats) Rocks royalty turned out for a coronation, as the latest inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were honored in New York.
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Michael Jackson and Paul Simon marked their second entrances joined by fellow inductees Aerosmith, Queen and Steely Dan. It was a gala affair at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. With current chart champions honoring legends of yesterday and TODAY.
(SOT) KEITH RICHARDS

Also honored, 50s vocal group the Flamingos, soul singer Solomon Burke and 'La Bamba' singer Ritchie Valens.
(SOT) STEELY DAN

CARLSON STAND-UP CLOSE))

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March Madness centers on the NIT tonight as we travel to Dayton and check in on the Richmond Spiders. We'll also join the party with the state champion Martinsville Bulldogs. And have some NCAA news concerning Duke and Maryland. But first in tonight's Extra Point.
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Another media outlet has joined in the hunt to have access to Dale Earnhardt's autopsy photos. Again, it's a newspaper but this time it's a college paper. The "Independent Florida Gator" which is run by Florida students, but is not an official university publication has filed a motion in Daytona Beach court seeking the photos. The paper say it is not likely it would print them, but is filing the motion to make sure the courts stick to the letter of the law. Earnhardt's widow reached an agreement with the Orlando Sentinel last Friday.
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[S-Spiders]


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The Richmond Spiders, one of the teams that was left out of the NCAA tournament despite winning more than 20 games, looked to advance to the NIT's elite 8 last night. The Spiders whipped West Virginia by 23 in their NIT opener last Friday.
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Last night they were in Dayton, Ohio looking to win their 23rd game of the year against the team coached by former Radford and ODU boss Oliver Purnell. And the Spiders main man Greg Stevenson almost beat the Flyers by himself. Stevenson was on fire from the baseline, off the drive and from three point range as Richmond managed to hang on to the second half lead with seven minutes left in the game. But in the final 7 minutes, Dayton would outscore the Spiders 21-to-6 behind the play of Flyers' star Tony Stanley.
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Dayton advances to the NIT quarterfinals with the 71-to-56 win. Richmond finishes up its season at 22-and-7.
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[S-Duke]


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WDBJ-7 will have the Duke - UCLA showdown as the late game on Thursday night. Yesterday afternoon, Duke's Carlos Boozer was cleared by doctors to return to practice with the Blue Devils. He likely will not start, but he will play against the Bruins. Boozer broke a bone in his right foot on February 27th.

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The Maryland Terrapins take on Georgetown Thursday night before the Duke-UCLA game and it appears that much of the talk surrounding Maryland's coach Gary Williams has died down.
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Williams agent had been meeting with Nevada Las Vegas brass for a week, and today word leaked out that UNLV was ready to offer Williams $1 million a season to leave Maryland and coach the Running Rebels. But last night Williams says he has no interest in the job, and UNLV now says it will not offer the job to Williams, after all.
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[S-Dogs]


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The newly crowned state Group Two A champions from Martinsville are still riding high this morning. Late Saturday, the Bulldogs captured the school's 11th state title. Steve Mason checked in with the "Kings of the Court".
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((The Bulldogs proudly showed off their championship hardware. In addition to posing, the trophy also did some traveling, to class with one of it's new owners. ((:)) ((:)) The only problem with letting the dogs out for an 11th time, finding space in the gym for another banner. But this is Troy Wells first. ((:)) ((:)) ((:)) The community has also been feeding off the energy, Domino's Pizza and Ryan's both are giving the Dogs serious props. Ryan's will give the team dinner and a championship cake in the newly named Bulldog Room. ((:)) ((:))
The Boosters helped Coach Wells ring in the new title by helping him design a post season gift for each player and discuss the construction of a 250,000 dollar field house.))

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The Carolina Panthers, a team that is desperate to free up come money under the salary cap, became so desperate today
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that the team cut quarterback Steve Beuerlein to save what by NFL standards is a paltry $2 million dollars in cap money. Beuerlein has been one the most popular and durable players in Panthers' history starting 44 straight games. He passed for more than 8000 yards and 55 touchdowns in the past two seasons alone. Now Carolina fans can look forward to untested Jeff Lewis taking over the team next season.
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[S-Express]


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The Roanoke Express will be back in the Roundhouse tonight for the team's next to last home game of the regular season. The Wheeling Nailers will provide the opposition tonight for the 7 oclock faceoff.
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Last Friday night the team beat the Peoria Rivermen 6-to-3 and in the process officially locked up a playoff spot. Roanoke has now won 11 straight games at home. Their last loss at the Roundhouse was all the way back on January 7th.
The team also is within 2 points of Toledo in the chase for the fourth playoff spot in the Northern Conference. However, after tomorrow night's game at home, Roanoke must play four road games in five days traveling from Richmond to Peoria.
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[S-WCW]


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In one other note that has more to do with entertainment than sports - Turner Broadcasting has confirmed that its once wildly popular professional wrestling programs have been canceled.
WCW Nitro and WCW Thunder will no longer appear on WTBS or TNT after next Monday night. Published reports indicate that World Championship Wrestling lost $80 million dollars last season.