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Coming up on News 7-
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A father and son talk about life in the Hardware business- as they close shop after nearly half a century.
What Roanoke police are doing to keep themselves rolling along.
And what one area school did today when it got a bomb threat.
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News 7 is up next.

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The signs are up and customers are getting the news-- Brambleton hardware is closing its doors.
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[ANCHOR=JEan]
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Good evening...

[Hardware-Store]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Last night we told you Brambleton Hardware is now on the way out.
Tonight Joe Dashiell talks to the father and son who built the business over the last 45 years.
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[SUPER=01-Doug Basham/Brambleton Hardware; :13]
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[SUPER=01-Warren Basham/Brambleton Hardware; :49 ]
[SUPER=01-Buck Morgan/Customer; 1:01]
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((Customers came on Wednesday, but the doors were locked. Employees were busy inside tagging merchandise for a "quitting the business" sale.
Owner Doug Basham says he agonized over the decision to close.
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((DOUG BASHAM/BRAMBLETON HARDWARE: AND WHEN I LOOK AT THE RETAIL GAME TODAY, AND WHAT I HAVE IN MY HAND AND THE CARDS THAT I CAN PLAY, I'M NOT SURE HOW MANY HANDS I CAN WIN.))
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[OUT Q=not sure how many hands I can win.]


There's no question the competition has gotten tougher, as large retailers including Lowes and Home Depot have established a strong presence in the Valley. [STAND-UP BRIDGE]
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((MANY CUSTOMERS TURNED TO BRAMBLETON HARDWARE FOR SMALLER QUANTITIES, THE ONE OF A KIND, HARD TO FIND PIECES OF HARDWARE... BUT MANY ALSO VISITED LARGER RETAILERS FOR THE BIG TICKET ITEMS.))
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[OUT Q=for the big ticket items.]


And that made it hard to maintain the business that Warren Basham established in the fall of 1956.
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((YES I HATE TO SEE SOMETHING THAT YOU CREATED DISAPPEAR, BUT IT'S TIME TO LOOK AT IT REALISTICALLY.))
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and time to say goodbye to the loyal customers.
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((I HATE THEY'RE CLOSING THEIR BUSINESS. THESE MOM AND POP STORES DON'T SEEM TO BE SURVIVING IN THIS DAY AND TIME.))
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The Small engine service center will remain open for now... The sale will continue until everything is gone.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke County))

[Volvo]


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A slowing trucking industry means Volvo will lay off more workers at its New River Valley location...
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Approximately 3-hundred hourly and salaried employees at the Dublin plant will be eliminated April 30th.
This move is on top of 400-job cuts in February and 11-hundred last year.
A local union leader is not surprised by the cutbacks or optimistic about the future...
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((BILL BURTON/UAW LOCAL 2069 PRES.; IT DON'T LOOK GOOD, THE FUTURE I MEAN LOOKING AT THE ORDER BOARDS, IT DON'T LOOK GOOD AND YOU LOOK AT THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS, HOPEFULLY SOME DOWN WEEKS WILL TAKE CARE OF IT))
[SUPER=01-Bill Burton/UAW Local 2069 President]
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Volvo is the New River Valley's second largest employer behind Virginia Tech.
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[Metalsa]


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A slowdown at Volvo spells trouble for a Botetourt County that supplies it.-
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(ma-TALL-sa) Metalsa -- formerly Tower Automotive- is letting 18 production workers go.
The company produces frame rails for class "A" trucks.
It's main customers, Volvo, Peterbuilt, and Kenworth, are cutting back as well.
(ma-TALL-sa) Metalsa says its been struggling with a continuous downturn in sales throughout 2000.
But, the company says it may call the furloughed employees back to work by the end of the year, if the truck market picks up significantly.
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[Rubatex]


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Big news for Rubatex today...
The company has reached a labor agreement with its union AND money to save the Bedford facility may soon be on the way.
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After months of picketing and months at work without a contract, a majority of the union members voted in favor of the new contract.
In bankruptcy court today, a judge approved a loan will help the company pay its debts and keep the Bedford plant alive.
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((JOHN CANTLIN/RBX EXECUTIVE VP: WE NEED THE HELP OF THE EMPLOYEES, ALL OF THE EMPLOYEES, MANAGEMENT AND UNION. BUT WE'RE VERY OPTIMISTIC THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO TURN THIS THING.))
[SUPER=01-John Cantlin/RBX Executive VP]
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[OUT Q=turn this thing.]
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Union members and Rubatex officials expect to put the deal in writing within the next few weeks.
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[Budget]


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Tax cuts are one step closer for most Americans.
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President Bush's plan for tax and spending cuts- clears its first major congressional hurdle.
The House has approved Bush's nearly 2-trillion dollar budget for next year.
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Meanwhile Senators approved an amendement to the campaign finance reform bill- that would actually RAISE the limit on some donations to candidates and political parties-
Perhaps somewhat ironic- being the overall legislation being debated would ban "so-called" soft money- the unlimited donations that individuals, unions and corporations make to political parties.

[Mason-Dixon]


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In Virginia's Capitol, Newport News Delegate Phil Hamilton today unveiled a "no car tax" compromise that phases out the tax 70 percent this year... but keeps the phase-out at 70 percent until state revenues improve.
A new survey shows House Republicans who've broken with the Speaker and the Governor have some public support.
Ellen Qualls looks at the numbers.
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(([Pre-Pro Page ]
Our latest NEWS 7/Mason-Dixon poll shows 53 percent of Virginians would support a car tax compromise.
But 42 percent are for sticking with Governor Jim Gilmore's plan to completely repeal the tax by next year. [Gilmore VO]
In another example of how Virginians are deeply divided on the car tax cut, our pollsters asked if you favor what the Governor's had to do: cut the budget to keep "no car tax" on schedule. [Pre-Pro Page 3]
It's a close one.
47 percent say yes.
44 percent say no. [Pre-Pro Page 4]
Regionally, there are bigger differences.
53 percent of Lynchburg and Southside residents say yes, the budget should be cut to keep "no car tax" on schedule.

Only 39 percent say no. [Pre-Pro page 5]
But in Roanoke and Southwest, the budget cuts are less popular.
Only 42 percent say yes to budget cuts to keep "no car tax" on track.
46 percent say no to budget cuts.
Ellen Qualls, News 7 Richmond.))
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[Child-Death]


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Last month, a Henry County boy was found dead in his bed.
Now sheriff's deputies say they know how he died.
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Four-year-old Stephen Kelly lived with his mother and stepfather at this home on Bassett Heights Extension.
On February first, Herbert Norman called 9-1-1 after finding his stepson unconscious in bed.
Efforts to revive the boy were unsuccessful.
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A preliminary autopsy failed to determine a cause of death.
But deputies say later tests found the boy died from blunt force injuries to the head, chest, abdomen and extremities.
No word on what or who may have caused the injuries.

[Gas-Merger]


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It's official.... Virginia Gas is now owned by a New Jersey-based energy company called N-U-I.
The merger was approved by the State Corporation Commission yesterday.
Officials signed a deal today in hopes of creating a natural gas trading hub in the mid-Atlantic region.
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The General Assembly didn't re-appoint Judge Roy Willett.
Now a new judge is on the bench.
We'll meet him when News 7 returns.
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And a bomb threat ruins the school day at Amherst County High School.
Now authorities are trying to figure out who's responsible.
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[Sports-Preview]


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((Hey folks this is Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office with news of another national championship for Oak Hill Academy. Washington & Lee proves it is indeed number one with an easy win over Roanoke College. The Avalanche is getting ready for another big season, while Al Groh is getting set for his first at UVa. Spring football from UVa and T

ech coming tonight on the Big 7.))[Bike-Cops]


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Some Roanoke city police officers are being put to the test. For the past three days-- they've been hitting the books as well as the pavement. Teresa Hamilton explains.
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(((START WITH NAT SOUND) By the end of the week-- these Roanoke city police officers will have endured 40- hours of training to become a certified bicycle officer.
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((CHRIS PERKINS/INSTRUCTOR: WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT SAFETY, WE WANT THE OFFICERS TO LEARN HOW TO GET OFF AND ON THE BIKE IT'S NOT LIKE BEING KIDS ANYMORE.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q= kids anymore.]

Sergeant Chris Perkins is one of several instructors teaching the week long course which also includes lessons on keeping the appropriate distance from a suspicious subject.
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((CHRIS PERKINS/INSTRUCTOR: AND THEN WE GOT TO BUILD UP SOME ENDURANCE WE'LL TAKE THEM OUT HERE AND RUN THEM HARD, 15 TO 20 MILES A DAY IS WHAT WE'LL AVERAGE. )) [RUNS07]
[OUT Q= what we'll average.]

On this particular day, though, the officers rode approximately 30- miles to learn what it's like to patrol the city at night.
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((SANDY DUFFEY/ROANOKE POLICE OFFICER: WHEN I WAS A KID I RODE IT EVERYWHERE BUT NOW YOU KNOW THE STUFF I LEARNED IN CLASS RIDING DOWN STEPS, UP STEPS, UP HILLS YOU NEVER THINK YOU'D MAKE IT AND HOW YOU CAN USE THE BIKE AS A TOOL. I'VE LEARNED A LOT.)) [RUNS14]
[OTU Q= LEARNED A LOT.]
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((MICHAEL KOCHIS/ROANOKE CITY POLICE OFFICER: I SPENT SIX YEARS IN THE MILITARY AND THIS IS ONE OF THE HARDEST PHYSICALLY HARDEST SCHOOLS I'VE EVEN BEEN TO.)) [RUNS06]
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But the officers say the intensive training is worth it.
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((YOU KNOW KIDS ARE GOING TO REMEMBER THREE THINGS, THE HORSE AND CANINE OFFICERS AND BIKE OFFICERS SO YOU KNOW WE BUILD THAT RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM.)) [RUNS08]
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Once this class finishes up--- approximately a third of Roanoke's officers will be certified bicycle officers.

Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke.))

[Bomb-Threat]


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Students were evacuated and classes disrupted but no bomb was found at Amherst County High School this morning.
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A student found a note yesterday that said a bomb would go off at 11:07 today.. officials searched the building but no explosive was discovered.
About half the school's 14- hundred students stayed home or left early.. and educators called it a frustrating day.
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((JOHN DANIEL/AMHERST CO. SCHOOL SUPT.: AND IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE, IT WAS FRUSTRATING BECAUSE INSTRUCTION IS NOT GOING TO GO ON DURING THAT TIME. A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT IS NOT CREATED OR NOT PERMITTED IN THIS TIME. SO IT REALLY CREATES A LOT OF DISTURBANCE.))
[SUPER=01-John Daniel/Amherst Co. School Supt.]
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[OUT Q=lot of disturbance.]
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Sheriff's authorities are still trying to determine who wrote the note.
Making a bomb threat carries criminal charges as well as possible expulsion from school.
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[altavista]


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Questions tonight about Altavista's finances and why the town might be in trouble.
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This comes one day after town officials laid off 11 people and eliminated ten vacant positions.
One town employee who was just laid off says some restaurants have failed to pay the right amount on their monthly meal tax.
The former town clerk argues the town would be in a better financial shape if leaders enforced the meals tax.
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((JANE POSTIN/FORMER TOWN CLERK: I WOULD SAY IF THE TOWN COLLECTED REVENUE IN THE AMOUNT OF LETS SAY OVER A 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS THAT WOULD CERTAINLY HELP SOMEONE KEEP THEIR JOB.)) ((RAY BURGESS/MAYOR: ANYTIME YOU HAVE ANY TYPE OF TAX EVASION, YOU TAKE IT SERIOUSLY. CERTAINLY, WE'VE TAKEN IT SERIOUSLY. WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT IT AND WE'RE WORKING TO SEE WHAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM OR NOT IF THERE IS A PROBLEM.))
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[SUPER=01-Ray Burgess/Altavista Mayor;:14]
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Town officials are conducting a full investigation into Postin's claims.
But they argue the cuts would have to be made regardless since the town only collects 400-thousand dollars from the meals tax every year.
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[Swanson]


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A Salem lawyer is the newest judge in the Roanoke Valley.
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Jim Swanson was sworn in this afternoon at the County Courthouse. He's been practicing law in Salem since 1978, occasionally filling in as a substitute judge. He pledged to listen more than he talks, to always be accessible, and to remember that while some cases have an impact beyond the courtroom, every case is important to those involved .
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[United]


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Some bloody noses and ear-aches on aboard a United Airlines Jet-
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The plane with 126 people aboard had cabin pressure problems- on a flight from Los Angeles to Orlando-
The Airbus- A-320 turned back and returned to L-A.
Nine people were treated for minor injuries-
One passenger says the pressure kept changing as the plane took off. Then, he says, cold air came through the vents and there was an odd, smoky smell. Right after that, the oxygen masks dropped.
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Some call it dangerous, others magnificent.
Still ahead on News 7, the human cloning debate heats up the halls of Congress.
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And the battle over medicinal marijuana heads to the nation's highest court.
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[Medical-Marijuana]


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Should marijuana be available for medical use to help pain and suffering?
That's the question the Supreme Court justices must answer.
Jennifer Jones has both sides of the debate.
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[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Elvy Mvsikka/Medical Marijuana User; :09 QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=01-Mike Alcalay/Medical Marijuana User; :21]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Jones/Reporting; :54]
[SUPER=01-Robert Maginnis/Family Research Council; 1:24]
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((Dozens of medical marijuna users were outside the US Supreme court giving testimony to the power of what they call a miracle drug. Elvy Mvsikka/Marijuana User in: My sight in the left eye is better than ever before Proof they say of how marijuana improves the quality of life for people struggling with illnesses like cancer, glaucomaeven aids. Mike Alcalay/Medical Marijuana User in: I'm not talking about getting stoned, I'm using a small amount and that gets rid of my nausea, quisiness, it keeps me alive. Attorneys took these very arguments before the US Supreme court as the justices review the case of the Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative. The Club opened in 1996distributing marijuana for medical use. California was one of the first states to Pass such a law. But at the same time it violated a federal law, which prohibits the sale and possession of marijuana. Now the Supreme Court must rulewhether the medical use of the drug is legal. Jennifer Jones: ONLY 8 of the 9 justices will decide this case, leaving the possibility of a split vote Which would put the marijuana Club back in business. There are only 8 because Justice Breyer recused himself... his brother is a judge who has been involved in this issue. But Judging from the justices reaction in court a split seems unlikely. Several of the Justices seem unimpressed by the argument that an illegal drug should be considered medicine.
Robert Maginnis/Family Research Council The justices are expected to issue a ruling in June. Jennifer Jones, CBS News, at the Supreme Court.))

[Cloning]


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A few years ago - cloning seemed to be something you'd only find in science fiction.
Then came Dolly.
Now- after the successful cloning of pigs and calves- scientists want to clone a human.
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A Congressional committee is hearing testimony from scientists who claim they'll be the first to clone a human.
One scientist is hoping to use cloning to help infertile couples have children.
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((DR. PANOS ZAVOS/INFERTILITY SPECIALIST: THIS IS A HUMAN RIGHT AND IT SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AWAY FROM PEOPLE BECAUSE SOMEONE OR A GROUP OF PEOPLE HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT IT.))
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[OUT Q=doubts about it.]
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But what about the risks?
While no studies have been done on humans, it's known that animal cloning can produce multiple miscarriages and birth defects.
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((DR. THOMAS OKARMA/GERON CORPORATION PRESIDENT:IT IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE TO SUBJECT HUMANS TO THOSE RISKS.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Thomas Okarma/Geron Corporation CEO]
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[OUT Q=to those risks.]
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But many scientists say human cloning could be the key to finding cures for Ahlzheimers and Parkinsons.
Congress now must decide how it'll write a human cloning law.

[Spy-Kids]


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It's a James Bond type movie- but this is for the younger set.
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[VO-NAT 20:37]
[SUPER=04-Spy Kids - Miramax Films;]


The film is called Spy kids.
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((BETTER STOP..... DROP.))
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[OUT Q=DROP em]
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Child spies have several high tech gadgets at their disposal, including jetpacks, ultralight aircraft, super guppy submarine pods, electroshock bubblegum-
Space Kids is rated PG and opens March 30th.
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[S-Extra]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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You have to be a number one to get in the mix tonight as we check in with Oak Hill hoopers and W& L stickmen. Plus, spring football notes from Tech and UVa are on the way along with a preseason word from the Avalanche. But first in tonight's Extra Point.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=76-NCAA; :00]

Duke alum, Tommy Amaker is the new head basketball coach at Michigan. He leaves Seton hall after four successful seasons. Amaker, who is now 36 years old, replaces Brian Ellerbe - a former assistant at UVa under Jeff Jones.
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[S-Oak]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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The high school basketball season is now history, but many area fans can boast that they saw the nation's best team in action this season. Oak Hill Academy has been crowned the national champs of high school basketball.
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[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]

The Warriors under head coach Steve Smith finished 33-and-0. The Warriors started the season number one and stayed there all season despite playing the final two weeks without injured center DeSagana Diop (Sagana Jop). The title is Oak Hill's 4th national championship.
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Oak Hill will be playing a charity game in Wytheville next Thursday night against some George Wythe high school stars from the past. It tips off at 7.

[S-Lax]


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The number one ranked division three lacrosse team in the nation, Washington & Lee, did absolutely nothing to hurt its standing yesterday afternoon as it battled Roanoke College.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Generals vs. Maroons; :00]

Roanoke's Bill Pilat and W&L's Jim Stagnitta exchanged a few pleasantries before the 34th meeting between the two schools. The Generals opened the scoring as senior attackman Matt Dugan finds the back of the net for one of his four goals of the day. But 20 seconds later, Maroons' freshman attackman Chris Davis ties it at 1-all with the unassisted goal. This one went back and forth the whole first period as Roanoke takes a 3-to-2 lead on this Colin Burke tally with 5:54 left in the opening period. But W&L would outscore Roanoke 14-to-1 the rest of the way. Pope Hackney, the senior all-American -midfielder will net three of those goals.
[SUPER=34-W & L #1/16/Roanoke #15/4 ;]

Washington & Lee moves to 7-and-0 on the season with the 16 to 4 win over Roanoke.
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[TALENT=MIKE]
[GRAPHIC=ODAC]

W&L has now won the last four meetings between the two rivals. The 14 goal margin of victory is the largest since 1985 - when Roanoke beat W&L 20-to-6. Back then Dennis Daly was coaching the Generals and Roanoke's Bill Pilat in his senior season in goal as an All-American.

[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-88 12716TC]
[GRAPHIC=TECH FOOTBALL]


The Virginia Tech football team is now in its first full week of spring practice.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]

The Hokies began last Saturday and the team will go through its first scrimmage this weekend. The Tech defense is loaded with nine returning starters - but in order to fill the holes left by the Cory Bird, Nick Sorensen and Phillip Summers - some players likely will be playing new positions by the time the fall gets here.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=BITE]
[SUPER=01-Ronyell Whitaker/VT Cornerback; :02]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/VT Head Coach; :17]
[RUNS=:28]
[OUT Q=...younger guys."]
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[S-Groh]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-90 12629tc]
[GRAPHIC=UVa football]

The Virginia football team opens the first spring practice of the Al Groh era this Friday. Yesterday afternoon Groh met with members of the media including our own Steve Mason.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville; :00]
[SUPER=01-Al Groh/UVa Football Coach; :14]
[SUPER=04-2000 Season; :27]
[SUPER=@Steve1; 1:21]
[RUNS=1:30]
[OUT Q=....News 7 sports"]
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[S-Avalanche]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-80 15618TC]
[GRAPHIC=AVALANCHE]


The Salem Avalanche is getting set to open up another year in the Carolina League.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]

The grounds crew already has the Salem Memorial stadium playing surface in excellent shape. The Avalanche players will arrive in town next week, and the team's home opener is set for Tuesday night April 11th.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=BITE]
[SUPER=01-Joe Preseren/Avalanche General Manager; :00]
[RUNS=:25]
[OUT Q=...REALLY DON'T KNOW."]
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[VO-NAT CON'T]

The Avalanche also is a little uncertain how new start times will affect attendance this year. The team is playing a number of afternoon games not only on weekends, but also during the work week during the months of April and May.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=WE PLAY....]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=...SOME SUCCESS."]

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