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Coming up on News 7-
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Two local men are under arrest in Nebraska charged with the shooting death of a Roanoke convenience store clerk. We'll have a live report. Plus, it's time to worry. Virginia's governor tells residents to conserve water. And, turning a cold shoulder on cryogenics. We'll tell you where the practice is shunned.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]

News 7 is next.

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((I DO FEEL A LOT SAFER NOT BECAUSE THEY'RE GOING TO HARM ME BUT THIS WAY THEY WON'T HARM NO ONE ELSE.))
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[VO-NAT]

Peace of mind tonight for the survivor of an attempted robbery and murder at a Roanoke convenience store.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Good evening, I'm Shannon Young in for Jean Jadhon.

[Roanoke-Robbery]


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Two Roanoke County men are in custody tonight thousands of miles from home. They're charged in connection with the murder of Joyce Parrish-- who was killed during an attempted robbery at a Roanoke convenience store. [***NEWS 7@ 11 MB GRAPHIC***]
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Teresa Hamilton has been working on the story-- and joins us with reaction. Shannon, the men were arrested this afternoon after being pulled over by police in Fremont, Nebraska....
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They'd been asked by Roanoke police to keep an eye out for the pair.
We don't yet know why the suspects chose Nebraska... but the man who survived the shooting says he's glad their run is over.
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((((I JUST LEAVE EVERYTHING UP TO GOD....)) [RUNS04]
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Steve Rivera is resting easier tonight-- knowing someone is finally being held accountable for the death of his co-worker, Joyce Parrish.
Rivera was also shot during the attempted robbery here at the Stop In on Hershberger Road--- but says his thoughts ar

e with Parish's family.
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((WORDS CAN'T DESCRIBE WHAT THEY MUST BE GOING THROUGH, I HOPE THEY ARE AT PEACE NOW AND THAT THIS CAN BRING SOME KIND OF CLOSURE.)) [RUNS09] [OUT Q SOME KIND OF CLOSURE.] The men arrested have been identified as 27- year old Mark Lamont Neamo and 18- year old Christopher Brian Krug. Both are listed as having lived here at the Peters Creek Apartments in Roanoke County.... Neighbors we spoke with say Neamo liked to party but was always polite.
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((HE HAD HIS OWN LITTLE CIRCLE OF FRIENDS HE SPEAK TO PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY UP HERE BUT AS FAR AS VISITING A LOT, HE MOSTLY JUST STAYED TO HIS SELF UP ON HIS BALCONY.)) [RUNS13]
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Neamo and Krug are being held in Nebraska on fugitive from justice charges. The two are also charged with abduction and use of a firearm.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Teresa/MB Set]

Shannon, we did some checking and Neamo is a convicted habitual offender in Roanoke. Tonight we also spoke with his ex-girlfriend who did NOT want to comment.

[Carvins-Cove]


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State agencies and colleges are now under orders to conserve water... that's the word from Governor Mark Warner.
He's encouraging Virginians to cut back on their use of water for non-critical purposes.
Warner says climatologists believe the state will not get enough rain anytime soon to ease the drought.
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The water level at Roanoke's main reservoir continues to fall, despite recent rainfall.
It's currently at 24-point-7 feet below the spillway.
City officials, though, say residents and businesses are doing their part.
Water use has dropped 9 percent in the last two months.
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[Redistricting]


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Governor Mark Warner says he will meet with Attorney General Jerry Kilgore tomorrow.
The two will discuss their differences on the recent court decision overturning the state's redistricting plan, and Kilgore's intention to appeal.
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Yesterday, Warner criticized Kilgore for what he described as a "rush to judgment."
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Today in Roanoke, the Governor said he hoped to lower the partisan rhetoric.
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((GOV. MARK WARNER: I'M GOING TO MAKE A DECISION THAT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE COMMONWEALTH. WE ARE REVIEWING THE JUDGE'S DECISION AT THIS POINT. OBVIOUSLY FAIR AND EQUAL REPRESENTATION OF ALL VIRGINIANS IS A FUNDAMENTAL BUILDING BLOCK OF OUR DEMOCRACY, BUT MY HOPE IS THAT THE PARTISAN RHETORIC COULD BE LOWERED.)) ((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH: AND I HOPE THE RHETORIC CAN BE LOWERED THAT WOULD BE GREAT. AND WE CAN GET DOWN TO LETTING THE COURTS MAKE THE FINAL CALL.))
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Judge Richard Pattisal recently overturned the state's redistricting plan and ordered new elections for the House of Delegates this fall.
Republicans have promised to appeal.

[Carilion]


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A major expansion and renovation is now underway in Roanoke, bringing major benefits for the patients of two Carilion hospitals.
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The 55- million dollar project includes a new wing at Roanoke Memorial. That project will provide new space for operating rooms and critical care beds.
The plan also includes renovations at Community Hospital, dedicating that facility to the health needs of women and children.
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[IN Q=The amount of the demand]

((DR. EDWARD MURPHY/CARILION CHIEF EXECUTIVE; THE AMOUNT OF THE DEMAND FOR OUR SERVICES HAS GROWN OVER THE YEARS HAS REALLY OUTPACED OUR PHYSICAL CAPACITY AND WE REALLY NEED TO DO THIS EXPANSION TO MEET THE COMMUNITY'S NEED FOR SERVICES.))
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Carilion C-E-O Edward Murphy says most of the work should be completed late next year.
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[Bush-Today]


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The Immigration and Naturalization Service is under intense scrutiny after word the agency sent student visas to two of the September 11th hijackers... six months after their deaths.
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President Bush says he was ``plenty hot'' when he found out about the blunder. He says it's clear the INS needs to be reformed and modernized -- so that officials know who's coming into the country, and who's already here. Bush says he made his anger known.
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((PRESIDENT BUSH: IT GOT MY ATTENTION. I WAS STUNNED. AND NOT HAPPY. LET ME PUT THAT ANOTHER WAY. I WAS PLENTY HOT. AND I MADE THAT CLEAR TO PEOPLE IN MY ADMINISTRATION.))
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[OUT Q=people in my administration.]
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Notices that the visas were approved arrived this week at a Florida flight school where the two hijackers had received training. Attorney General John Ashcroft has already ordered an investigation into what he called ``disturbing failures'' within the I-N-S.
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[Middle-East]


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Meantime, the U.S. is making yet another attempt to bring peace to the Middle East even as Israel and the Palestinians are engaged in the worst fighting in a generation. Teri Okita has the latest from Washington.
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((It was Palestinian small arms versus Israeli big guns ... as the two sides battled in the West Bank City of Ramallah.

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TRACK: Dozens of Palestinians and several Israelis have died in the last three days of violence ... the fighting so bad that the U-S sent another peace envoy to the region. Meanwhile, President Bush is voicing criticism of recent Israeli crackdowns on Palestinians.
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not helpful
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TRACK: Vice-President Dick Cheney ... who's travelling in the Middle East ... echoed the Presidents comments.
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I think the burden both parties
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TRACK: Despite the pressure from the United States and Arab nations, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is showing no signs of halting his country's largest military operation in more than three decades against the Palestinian territories. That's despite strong condemnation from the U-N General Secretary, and Sharon's own defense minister, who has threatened to quit.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)

STANDUP: On Thursday, U-S envoy Anthony Zinni will try for a THIRD time to arrange a cease-fire or at least try to calm hostilities in the mid-east. The Bush administration told both sides that Zinni would keep working for a truce and only as long as he is making progress. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.))

[Crash-Tests]


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If you are in the market for a minivan-- you might want to check out the results of the latest crash test.
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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says the 2002 Kia Sedona did the worst in bumper crash tests. On average the Sedona minivan suffered 24- hundred dollars in damage during four tests conducted at 5- miles- per- hour. The Institute says that the worst damage was caused when the minivan hit a flat barrier-- the air bags deployed and the windshield and dash cracked. Three other vehicles tested got marginal ratings. The 2002 models of the Subaru Impreza came out on top followed by the Mitsubishi Lancer and the Volvo S- 40. A marginal rating is just one notch up from poor.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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A robber got away with some money from a Roanoke bank, but didn't get far.
That's just one of the stories still ahead on News 7.
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Plus there's a new treatment for lazy eye... one that could save your child's eyesight.
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[Sports-Preview]


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((Hey folks this is Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office as the Virginia Cavaliers close out the season with an early exit from the NIT losing to South Carolina. Tech advances in the women's NIT , but it's anything but pretty. Steve Mason previews the state hoops tournament that opens tomorrow in Lynchburg.

And the Greensboro Chrysler Classic is moving to the fall tonight on the Big 7.))[Lazy-Eye]


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It's the most common cause of vision loss in children. But tonight, there's a breakthrough in the treatment of lazy eye. Dr. Mike Rosen shows us how the hard-to-fix can be corrected with simple eye drops.
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((SOT-CHRISTOPHER MONCADA-6 YEAR OLD AMBLYOPIA PATIENT
(can you see the big one?)

CHRISTOPHER MONCADA CAN... BECAUSE DOCTORS CAUGHT.. AND TREATED HIS LAZY EYE.... KNOWN TO DOCTORS AS AMBLYOPIA. THE EYE IS ACTUALLY FINE... THE PART OF THE BRAIN INVOLVED IN VISION FOR THE EYE, THOUGH, IS ESSENTIALLY SHUT OFF. UNTREATED, VISION LOSS THROUGH THAT ONE EYE BECOMES PERMANENT. DR.MIKE ROSEN STANDUP
(so the trick to treating amblyopia, and really this has to be done before the age of seven or eight, is to force the c

hild to use the bad eye, and strengthen the connection to the brain. the standard way has been to place an eye patch over the good eye. but this is far from perfect.)
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( one eye is entirely excluded from the visual experience.)
SOT--DR. MICHAEL REPKA, JOHNS HOPKINS RESEARCHER
( and their behavior is devastated. It is not unusual to see them want to sleep, to become introverted, to not want to

go out, not to want to play.) CHRISTOPHER WAS ORIGINALLY TREATED WITH AN EYE PATCH, AND HE WAS TEASED, HE FOUND IT ANNOYING, AND HE COULDN'T SEE THE T-BALL. repka
(some children.. active children, pull the patch off.)

BUT NOW, A NEW STUDY SHOWS, FORGET THE PATCH.... IN MOST KIDS, YOU CAN SIMPLY USE THESE... ATROPINE EYE DROPS, GIVEN ONCE A DAY. CHRIS AND DOC
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(easy, right? Yeah.)

JOHNS HOPKINS RESEARCHERS COMPARED THE TWO TREATMENTS... AND IN THE LONG RUN, THE DROPS.. WHICH DECREASE THE VISION JUST ENOUGH SO THAT THE BAD EYE STARTS TO SEE.... WORK JUST AS WELL AS THE PATCH.
sot-REPKA
( there is one hypothesis that atropine is better because the child is able to use both eyes all the time.)

CHRISTOPHER, WHO SWITCHED OVER TO THE DROPS, IS CURED.. IN FACT, HE'S A TEE-BALL STAR.
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( i am the bestest.)

DR. MIKE ROSEN, CBS NEWS.))

[Brown-Trial]


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'60s radical H. Rap Brown will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing a sheriff's deputy.
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The Muslim cleric now called Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin was convicted Saturday of killing Fulton County Deputy Ricky Kinchen as the officer tried to serve him with an arrest warrant. Another deputy was wounded. A jury today decided against sentencing the 58-year old to death after hearing testimony from such character witnesses as former Atlanta Mayor, Andrew Young.
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((ANDREW YOUNG/FORMER ATLANTA MAYOR: HE WAS A VERY AND IS A VERY PEACEFUL MAN.))
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Al-Amin was once a prominent member of the Black Panthers in the 1960's. He will *not* have a chance for parole.
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[Bank-arrest]


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A robbery suspect was quickly apprehended by Roanoke Police this morning just minutes after a holdup at Bank of America on Melrose Avenue.
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It happened around 11:20 A-M. A man went in, presented a note and said he had a gun. A teller gave him some money, and he ran out of the bank. Going only on a description of his clothing, police caught up with the man at 11th Street and Fairfax Avenue.
He took off running, but uniform officers and detectives managed to arrest 30-year old Maurice Daniel Dooley of Christiansburg. They got the money back but did not find a gun.
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[JOCO-Estate]


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The long battle over a millionaire's will is finally over.. and everyone from his grandchildren to Roanoke Valley charities stand to benefit.
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Reid Jones Junior died in 1996, leaving behind a seven million dollar estate, including this 700-acre dairy farm in Bedford County.
Jones' adopted daughter had challenged the will, claiming his attorney talked him into changing it to leave his two grandchildren just 100 dollars each.
A circuit court judge today approved a settlement of all the lawsuits involving Jones' estate.. one grandchild will get 200- thousand and both will split 62 acres of prime farmland.
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((JONATHAN ROGERS/ATTORNEY FOR MARGARET IRVIN: SHE'S MAINLY SATISFIED, OF COURSE, ANY SETTLEMENT YOU DON'T GET 100 PERCENT OF WHAT YOU WANTED, BUT OVERALL IT WAS A VERY JUST SETTLEMENT AND I THINK OVERALL SHE'S SATISFIED, BUT OF COURSE SHE'S GONE THROUGH A LOT OF TRAUMA.))
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The settlement also frees up the assets of the JOCO Foundation.. a non-profit organization Jones created to benefit local charities.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Roanoke's Rescue Mission will receive 300-thousand dollars and the Smith Mountain Lake 4-H club gets 240- thousand from the settlement.

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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Virginia Tech students are getting ready to dig deeper to pay for their education.
Find out just how much tuition could increase next on News 7.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus he wanted to keep his parents bodies until science could save them.
But a court says the couple must go six feet under.
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[WEB-ADDRESS]
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[Web Address Announce] [Pinnacle 4885ess]

[Tech-Tuition]


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The price of higher education in the Commonwealth is on the rise.....
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Virginia Tech students will know next week how much their tuition will go up. The University's Board of Visitors will vote on hikes at a meeting on Monday. Officials say it will be in the six to nine percent range. For in state students the change may be only a couple hundred dollars...but officials say out of state costs will be higher.
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((LARRY HINCKER/TECH SPOKESMAN; WE'VE GO TO BE VERY VERY SENSITIVE TO THE NEEDS OF THOSE STUDENTS I MEAN THIS IS TOUGH ON STUDENTS SURE THEY'RE FROM OUT OF STATE BUT THEY'RE STILL OUR STUDENTS AND THEY'RE HERE TO GET A GOOD EDUCATION AND TWO ))
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For out of state students a 5-percent hike translates into 6-hundred dollars. Hincker says that cost adds up over time. Tech is being required to cut 26-million out of its budget...while tuition increases will provide an additional 9-million dollars.
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[Frozen-Parents]


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You cannot keep your parents frozen in France...
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[SUPER=03-Samur, France]

...you must bury them. A French court ruled today that a French man can not keep his parents frozen in a crypt at the family's chateau. Remy Martinot's father had his wife frozen when she died at early age in hopes that scientific developments one day would bring her back to life. His father had the same death wish. Martinot argued in court today that a man's last wish is sacred-- but the court said not so. The man's crypt had actually become an attraction-- tourists with a travel agency have paid to see it.
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[S-Extra]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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UVa looks to salvage some respect in the NIT. The Tech women survive at the Cassell in the WNIT. And we'll preview the state final four basketball participants.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Last April; :00]

But first in tonight's Extra Point - he Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic is moving to the fall. The GGCC has been held in the spring since 1938, but starting next year the tournament is moving to October. In 2003, the event will run from October 16th through the 19th. Chrysler will remain as the sponsor for the event, having signed a new four year extension with the Greensboro Jaycees.
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[S-UVa]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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We begin this segment with the Virginia Cavaliers. A team that began the season 9-and-0, but somehow managed to lose 12 of its last 20 games including last night's debacle in the opening round of the NIT.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/espn2; :00]

Travis Watson disappeared in the ACC tournament loss to N.C State, but last night he was a man possessed in the first half as he hit 8 out of 10 shots, scoring 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead UVa to a 33-to-27 halftime lead. But South Carolina got Watson in foul trouble in the second half and let their own big man take over. Rolando Howell, who himself had 16 points in the first half and finished with a career high 24 points, gave UVa fits all game. The Gamecocks took advantage of UVa's weak defense down the stretch and got some easy baskets as Virginia was never able to get any closer than three in the closing minutes.
[super=33-South Carolina/74/Virginia/67;]

Virginia ends an extremely disappointing season with a 74-to-67 loss, while South Carolina advances under former UVa assistant Dave Odom.
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[S-Tech]


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Virginia Tech will open its season next year against UNC-Greensboro.
Well, last night the Spartans coached by former Roanoke Lynne Agee were at the Cassell for a first round game in the W-N-I-T.
Roy Stanley has more.
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[S-Hoops]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[graphic=Hometown Hoops Weekly]


Martinsville, Blacksburg, Cave Spring and Altavista are still carrying the banner for this part of the state as the final four opens play tomorrow at the Vines Center at Liberty University. But to get us in a championship frame of mind Steve Mason brings us Hometown Hoops Weekly tonight from a roundball mecca here in the star city.
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[SUPER=01-Jarhon Giddings/Blacksburg Forward; 1:00]
[SUPER=01-Paul Velander/Blacksburg Guard; 1:08]
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[OUT Q=...hometown hoops weekly"]
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((:)) ((Martinsville comes into the final four having won 11 state championships. The Bulldogs are looking for their second straight title but must first go through Robert E. Lee high school. The Leemen have won four state titles and coach Paul Hatcher is the winningest coach in VHSL history with 666 victories. They meet Friday at 8:30.
In the other double A final four, Blacksburg continues it's quest for the school's first state title since 1968. The Indians play Friday at seven PM against a tough King George team. ((:)) ((:)) ((:))
In triple A, Cave Spring is 16 and 10 and has reeled off seven straight wins. 26 and 2 Hayfield is the next step Thursday at the Vine center at 4:30. While J.J. Redick is averaging over 30 points in the last seven games, he is the first to attribute success to a group effort. ((:)) ((:))
Altavista, looking for it's first state title, is the lone area team still alive in the single A state tournament. The Colonels are 24 and 5 and will battle Honaker Friday at 2:30. Steve Mason Hometown hoops weekly.))

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[GO TO PINNACLE 6996] And the March Madness begins this afternoon here on WDBJ-7. Kentucky opens the day with Valparaiso. Tip-off is at 12:25pm. The second game has Wake Forest against Pepperdine.
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[GO TO PINNACLE 6997] The night session night features North Dame and Charlotte. The late game tonight has Duke battling Winthrop. (xxxxxxxxxxxxxx)