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Coming up on News 7-
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A man wanted for murder at Hot Rod's car care in Roanoke is caught tonight-
The Indian mascot up for debate in Blacksburg. We'll have the latest.
Plus David Letterman checks out Al Gore's college class.
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[Talent=Jean]


And the Salem Avalanche are in town.
News 7 is next.

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After three months on the run-- a Roanoke man is taken into custody tonight.
Police catch up with him near Richmond.
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[ANCHOR=JEan]
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Good evening .. I'm Jean Jadhon

[Hale]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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29-year-old Earl Hale is wanted for the murder of a Roanoke woman at Hot Rod's Car Care back in January.
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Tonight police say they have their man.
Authorities got a tip tonight from Crimeline that led them to a Petersburg bus stop-
That's where Roanoke Police and U-S Marshals arrested Hale.
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It was January second that police say Hale showed up at Hod Rod's Car Care.
That's where they say he fatally shot a former girlfriend - 27-year-old Charlene Ramsey and wounded 29-year old Rodney Basham.
Hale is charged with murder, malicious wounding, and firearms charges.
Police are transporting Hale back to Roanoke tonight.
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[Pulaski-Body]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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We have more information on the body discovered in the town of Pulaski today...
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Police say it is 50-year-old William Lee Hurley.
He was found in a coal yard at the end of First Street.
Lee is reportedly a Pulaski resident.
Investigators do not suspect foul play in the case but are waiting for a report from the medical examiners office before releasing more details.
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[Mascot]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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A task force voted to keep the Indian Mascot. But one member of the Montgomery County school board says chances are it will go. Teresa Hamilton has more on two proposals that will be put forward by the school board at a public hearing next week.


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Jean, the proposals probably won't sit well with those who treasure the Blacksburg Indian mascot. But others who find it offensive to Native Americans may have a different outlook.
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(( The Indian logo has been associated with Blacksburg high school and its sporting events for at least 50- years.
[nat sound] [runs03] But under two proposals put forth by the Montgomery County school board Blacksburg High may have to find another symbol to represent its teams. Under one proposal... The Indian mascot and Indian name would both be eliminated. The school board has also put forth another option which board member Jim Klagge describes as a middle of the road approach. This policy would eliminate the mascot but would keep the Blacksburg Indian name. Both policies will likely generate debate next week. That's when the school board will hold a public hearing. ))
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The public hearing will be at Blacksburg high school next Tuesday at 7:30 pm. Board member Jim Klagge says chances are the board will adopt one of the policies at its April 17th meeting.


[China-Plane]


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Day Five for 24 U-S servicemen being held in China.
Today the United States says it regrets the loss of life in the spy plan incident, but it stopped short of issuing an apology. Teri Okita has the latest.
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((It was the first olive branch extended -- in the standoff between the two superpowers. The United States offering a short-list of regrets in the collision between an American spy plane and a Chinese fighter.
(SOT: Colin Powell/Secretary of State)

"We regret the Chinese plane did not get down safe and we regret the loss of life of that Chinese pilot." But the statement fell short of an apology, as the Chinese government has demanded. Meanwhile the American plane is still sitting at a Chinese airbase. The Navy aircraft can be clearly seen from space by a commercial satellite. Officials are hoping to get access to it-- and the crew again, in an effort to provide the Chinese with a full explanation of what happened.
(SOT: Richard Boucher/State Dept. Spokesperson)

"We do think we need to talk in detail with our pilots, and air crew about events that led up to the collision." Both sides have conflicting stories of just what occurred over the South China Sea. Pentagon officials speculate -one- of the Chinese fighter's pilots flying on the side of the spy plane-- failed to compensate for the turbulence caused by the plane's propellers. The Chinese say-- the EP-3 aircraft veered without warning, and rammed the fighter jet, sending it plummeting into the ocean.))

[State-Budget]


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The one-day General Assembly veto-session will take longer than expected and stretch into a second day.
The House of Delegates adjourned tonight without taking-up the Senate's action on Governor Gilmore's vetoes and amendments.
The senate voted to override all six of the governor's vetoes and both houses rejected Gilmore's most essential amendments to a bill that would relax Virginia's tough limit on new claims of innocence by death row prisoners.
Earlier in the day, the Governor's scheme to tack state worker and teacher pay raises onto a Senate bill died at the hands of a political ally.
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Lieutenant Governor John Hager today single-handedly killed the Governor's plan to tap the state worker pension fund to pay for the pay raises.
Hager ruled political ally Jim Gilmore's amendment UNconstitutional.
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House Speaker Vance Wilkins has now thrown his support behind a budget compromise that would include pay raises.


That plan's 70 percent phaseout of the car tax this year may please the small throng of protesters at the gate of Capitol Square.
But it's unlikely to pass muster with Senate negotiators in its present form.
Meanwhile, another rally at the Capitol called for a special budget session.
It included teachers, environmentalists, museum supporters, local government officials, and mental health advocates.
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((VAL MARSH/ALLIANCE FOR MENTALLY ILL: THIS IS THE BROADEST GROUP I HAVE EVER WITNESSED IN ALL OF MY YEARS.))
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The redistricting session kicks off tomorrow.
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[Toller]


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A Campbell County man could spend decades in prison for a drunk driving accident that killed three people last fall.
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Maurice McKinley Toller (TOH-ler) was convicted today on three counts of involuntary manslaughter, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.
Toller's blood alcohol was more than twice the legal limit when his truck crossed the center line and struck another vehicle head-on October 27th.
Taron (ta-RONE) Woodruff, his mother Ramona and Jonathan Anthony all died in the crash.
Toller faces up to 67 years in prison when he's sentenced in June.
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[Drowning-Charges]


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A Franklin County grand jury has charged the parents of a 10-month old baby girl with her drowning death in December.
Rocky Mount residents Kimberly Jenkins and John Ratliff (RAT-liff) face charges of involuntary manslaughter.
A search warrant affidavit filed in Circuit Court says Jenkins put the baby down for a nap in the bathtub on December 8th ... and that she said the baby turned on the water.

[Threat-Charges]


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Police say they know who made two different bomb threats at Blacksburg Middle School.
The school was evacuated yesterday after a threat was found on the wall of the girl's bathroom.
Charges are expected to be filed against a 13-year-old girl next week.
Three other girls ages 12 and 13 are being charged with making a bomb threat last Wednesday after they allegedly slipped a note under an office door.

[Montgomery-Bus]


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The Montgomery County school bus driver who forgot a child last month is out of a job.
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The unidentified employee had been on suspension for leaving seven-year old Justin Nester on the bus. The Christiansburg boy fell asleep on his ride home and woke to find the bus empty and parked at Shawsville Middle School.
He says he started walking, but was quickly picked up by a woman named "Maggie" who brought him home safely.
Yesterday, the bus driver was fired.
School officials say drivers are supposed to check the bus before leaving.
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For the second time in less than two years, a Lynchburg plant has new owners.
That's still ahead on News 7.
And more on the trouble at the U-S Postal service.
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((WE HAVE A PROBLEM THAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING DON'T RAISE THE RATES. DON'T RAISE THE RATES.))
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So the postmaster general tries to figure out what to do- His thoughts on eliminating Saturday service- when we come back.
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[Sports-Preview]


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((Hey folks this is Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office with the Avalanche making their return to Salem. Buzz comes home to Tennessee, Wang -- arrives in Dallas from China. Jon Wood is getting a little political, Michael Vick is getting a little pub and Al Groh open up tonight on the Big 7.))

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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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If the thought of no mail on Saturday suprises you- you're note alone.
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It clearly suprised lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
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((REP. DAN BURTON/R- INDIANA: MY FIRST REACTION WAS DISBELIEF ESPECIALLY IN THE VIEW OF LAST COUPLE YEARS THERE'S BEEN A SURPLUS.))
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But today the Postmaster General told a house committee something has to change.
He says Americans don't want to pay more- and the post office is losing money.
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((WILLIAM HENDERSON/POSTMASTER GENERAL: AND WE HAVE TO LOOK AT EVERY POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVE WE HAVE AND GIVEN THE FACT THAT THE REAL PROBLEM IS A RECESSION AND THE DEMAND FOR POSTAL PRODUCTS IS DECLINING.))
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Henderson says a stop in Saturday service would only come after careful study.
Congress has begun looking for ways to overhaul the Postal Service to make it more efficient.
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[Post-Office]


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Closer to home, the Postal Service is offering a 50-thousand dollar reward for information about the robbery of the Nathalie Post Office.
The post office was robbed about 4:30 yesterday afternoon.
The suspect is described as a black male wearing a dark mask, red flannel shirt and blue jeans.
A postal inspector says the man got away with an undetermined amount of cash.
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Any one with information is asked to call the Postal Inspector's office at (540) 985-8755.
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[Winney]


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The owner of a Smith Mountain Lake water company has three months to fix it or find a new buyer... after appealing criminal charges today.
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Robert Winney says he CAN'T fix the waterworks or pay 24-thousand dollars in fines because he's bankrupt, in bad health and can't find any buyers.
He supplies water to 54 residents in three lake subdivisions.
State health officials say he's ignored tainted water samples, failed to fix leaks and overcharged customers.
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((RICHARD LAWRENCE/WINNEY'S ATTORNEY: THEY CAN SAY WHAT THEY WISH, BUT A RATE OF RETURN OF ONLY 4 - 7-THOUSAND AND DAILY AGGRAVATIONS AND DAILY WORK ON IT AND THE RESPONSIBILITY TO TRY AND MAKE ALL THESE REPAIRS ON BETWEEN 4 AND 7-THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR IS NOT REASONABLE, IT IS TOTALLY UNREASONABLE AND UNFAIR TO THIS MAN. ))
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The judge asked the state to help Winney sell the waterworks for 30-thousand dollars.
Customers on the system say they hope to buy it and run it themselves.

[Ericsson]


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A little more than a year after it separated from its parent company Ericsson, Com-Net Ericsson has been sold again.
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Published reports say Bermuda- based Tyco International has purchased Com- Net, which makes mobile radio systems for local governments and emergency personnel.
Com- Net employs about 650 people at three different facilities in Central Virginia.
It's not clear whether any jobs will be affected by the move which still must be approved by the federal government.
Com-Net bought the mobile radio division from Ericsson in January of last year.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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The Florida election recount is in and there's some irony in the results.
That's still ahead on News 7.
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And Dave Letterman goes back to college, to study under Professor Gore.
It's not a Late Show skit, it's real life.
We'll explain.
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[Bush-Taxes]


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A double whammy for President Bush in the Senate today-
Lawmakers tentatively cut 450-billion dollars out of his one point six trillion dollar tax cut plan.
And today Bush apparently lost the support of one republican. Vermont's James Jeffords says he may vote against the plan- which he says is too expensive.

[Florida-Recount]


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And speaking of numbers- and George W- the numbers are in his favor in Florida.
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The Miami Herald released results today of a hand recount.
Those numbers show President Bush would have STILL defeated Al Gore even if the recount had continued.
The Miami Herald along with U-S-A Today also reports that Bush would have expanded his 537 vote lead to a margin of more than 16-hundred votes.
Ironically, the Herald says Gore would have won if only fully-punched ballots were counted.
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[Letterman-Gore]


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So what does Al Gore think of the results- he was asked today- Gore's teaching a class at Columbia University- where Dave Letterman showed up today-
Gretchen Carlson takes us to Columbia University-
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((Its one of the coolest classes to get into here at Columbia University- former Vice-President Al Gores Journalism class on Covering National Affairs in the Information Age. And Wednesdays class got a whole lot cooler with David Letterman as the special guest. Hey Dave, what are you going to talk about today? Even though Letterman didn't want to reveal what his top secret speech was going to be, Al Gore did. He says he invited the Late Night host to talk about humor in the media. Al Gore - Former Vice-President The line between news and entertainment has been shifting a little so I thought it would be interesting to explain these things. So what did the students think? While the class is off the record for students and off limits to the media - a few students still shared their impressions of Letterman. Jay Newton-Small - Columbia Student When he was a local weatherman how local news was a lot more serious - more Murrow-esque - and at this point its much more entertainment. Maggie Reardon - Columbia Student We sort of talked about public discourse and how humor sort of plays into that. Gretchen Carlson Reporting But one thing Gore may not have gotten a laugh out of - the latest recount results in Florida. They show Bush still won the Presidency. Al Gore I'm not going to comment on it now. After class Dave wasn't commenting either. While Gore says Letterman earned an A-plus Dave only had this to say. How was the class? I flunked! No dimples or chads here. Just a little fun. Gretchen Carlson, CBS News, New York.))

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Nomo tosses a No-No tonight for the Sox. We'll also check in with the Avalanche as they arrive in Salem. Plus, Vick, Groh and the Wood-Warner connection.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=75-Dallas, TX; :00]

But first in tonight's Extra Point, the NBA has its first Chinese player. Wang ZhiZhi (Joo Joo) a seven one center signed a two year contract with the Dallas Mavericks. There is a good chance he will play his first game tomorrow against Atlanta.
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[S-Nomo]


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When the Boston red Sox acquired journeyman pitcher Hideo Nomo in the off-season it turned a few disbelieving heads. Last night Nomo turned a few of his own as he turned his first start for Boston into a no-hitter.
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[SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/Red Sox - NESN; :00]

We pick it up with two outs in the bottom of the ninth in Baltimore as the O's Delino Deshields looks to break up the no-hit bid. He gets good wood on the first pitch, but drills it foul down the first base line. The next pitch would be pop up into shallow left field.
[SUPER=35-Boston/3/Baltimore/0/Nomo - No Hitter;]

The catch is made and Nomo gets his second career no-hitter as he blanks Baltimore with 11 strikeouts.
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[S-Masters]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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The Masters golf championship, the greatest tournament in the world, opens this morning at the Augusta National Golf Club. Yesterday David Toms made sure that he has no chance of winning the green jacket. Toms won the event's par three tournament. No player has ever won both.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Augusta, GA; :00]

Toms was one of four golfers to score a hole in one on day. This guy Darren Clarke used a wicked backspin to drop in his ace. Watch the ball not only back up, but also turn right to the hole. Tiger Woods is the favorite to win this weekend. Late night highlight are on WDBJ-7 tonight and tomorrow night, as is third and fourth round coverage this weekend.
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[S-Avs]


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The 2001 version of the Salem Avalanche arrived in town yesterday.
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[SUPER=03-Salem; :]


The players and coaches got their first look at their summer hope yesterday afternoon as they stepped on the Salem Memorial diamond.
Salem opens the season on the road at Kinston this Friday night, and this could be the best team in Salem since the Rockies took over the franchise.
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[SUPER=01-Choo Freeman/Avalanche Outfielder; :21]
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[VO NAT CON'T]
Salem will play three games in Kinston before returning to Salem Memorial for the season opener next Tuesday, April 10th.
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[S-W&L]


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The Washington and Lee lacrosse team, that is ranked number one in the nation in Division Three crushed Greensboro yesterday afternoon 23-to-2. 14 different players scored including all-American Matt Dugan, who had 5 goals. The Generals, who are now 9-and-0, outshot Greensboro 53-to-9.

[S-Vick]


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Michael Vick is once again gracing the cover of a national magazine and putting himself and Virginia Tech in the spotlight.
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[VO-NAT]

Yesterday Vick got a pre-draft push from ESPN the magazine. The April 16th edition features Michael on the cover and inside with a 5 page article titled - "Number one with a Bullet." The magazine also has a very interesting four page spread entitled filling the void with a look at what Vick's absence means for Tech.
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Buzz Peterson, the son of Tennessee grad returned to the Volunteer state today to officially take over the UT basketball program. His new five year deal is worth $700 thousand \a year. He says if nothing else - his teams will be well conditioned.
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[S-Groh]


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George Welsh was never big on letting TV crews and newspaper photographers inside his practices. In fact, Welsh only opened one practice year to the media, and that day you were lucky if you were allowed to witness much more than stretching exercises. That's a stark contract from the policy of most schools, and one that new head coach Al groh has already changed. Steve Mason has more from Charlottesville.
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((Al Groh's media friendly approach is giving fans early and often looks at the 2001 Cavaliers. Of the 15 spring workouts, Groh is allowing the media to video tape seven of those. Media access like this was unheard of under George Welsh, but Al says exposure is needed in order to grow the program. ((:)) ((:))
Groh's defense has some huge holes. Gone are linebacking veterans Byron Thweatt, Donnie Green and Yubrenal Isabelle, the team's three leading tacklers last season. Look for junior Angelo Crowell to pick up some of the slack. ((:)) ((:))
Matt Schuab and Bryson Spinner continue their battle for the quarterbacks job. The annual spring game kicks off at 1pm April 21st at Klockner Stadium. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))


[S-Jon]


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It's not unusual to see politicians hanging out at the Martinsville Speedway, in fact the track has become a popular place to court fans and secure votes.
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 2001 Mark Warner will be at the track on Saturday for the Advance Auto Parts 250 in more ways than one.
Warner will be their in person pressing the flesh, plus the Warner campaign is sponsoring the Truck driven by Jon Wood. The Warner campaign will make the sponsorship deal official tomorrow.
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Along with sponsoring Jon's truck at Martinsville this weekend, Warner also will provide sponsorship dollars all season long for Wood's Late Model stock car efforts at the New River Valley Speedway.
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((JON WOOD:))
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[VO NAT CON'T] Jon Wood is hoping to race at both Martinsville in the afternoon and at New River in the evening this Saturday. (------------)