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Coming up on News 7-
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A jury reaches a partial verdict in the dog mauling case.
Plus it may look stable, but it's not. The latest on this Roanoke church.
And we'll meet the Roanoke couple who won the lottery.
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[Talent=Jean]


Plus a sneak peak at a 5- million dollar Oscar dress.
News 7 is next.

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((JOHN MCCAIN: WE WILL ELIMINATE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF UNREGULATED SOFT MONEY.)) [BUTT TO 17:48:28] ((HUGE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT DISTORT THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS.))
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[OUT Q=the democratic process.]
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Sweeping changes in the rules that regulate campaign funds.
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[Campaign-Finance]


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Some say if you have enough money you can win an election.
But legislation passed today could change the way big money contributors can give to campaigns-
A huge campaign finance reform bill passed- and the President says he'll sign it.
Aleen Sirgany joins us from Washington with more.
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[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John McCain/(R) Arizona; :22]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Jean Carnahan/(D) Missouri; :53]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Russell Feingold/(D) Wisconsin; 1:23]
[SUPER=01-Aleen Sirgany/Reporting; 1:30]
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[OUT Q=CBS News, Washington.]

((Some supporters are calling it historic legislation. On Wednesday the Senate voted through a campaign finance reform bill that President Bush is expected to sign into law.

The legislation would make unlimited``soft money'' donations a thing of the past. Donations that added up to a half a billion dollars in 2000. Sen. John McCain/(R) Arizona: Senator John Mccain, who helped author the bill, has been pushing finance reform for years but to no avail. That all changed with the Enron scandal. After the energy company's collapse it was quickly found out that the firm gave millions of 'soft money' dollars to hundreds of lawmakers. Sen. Jean Carnahan/(D) Missouri: Banning unlimited contributions eliminates the worst aspect of our campaign finance system, huge contributions that distort the democratic process. Without soft money politicians would have to rely more on so-called ``hard money''.... contributions given directly to individual candidates. But there is a catch. To win the support they needed to ban soft money, reformers agreed to raise the limits on hard money from 1,000 dollars to 2,000 dollars. Sen. Russell Feingold/(D) Wisconsin: We have spoken now as a congress. And it's really up to the president to review it and make his own decision. The White House says President Bush will sign the bill into law. But opponents say they are not done fighting. They plan to take this issue to the supreme court saying the bill is unconstitutional. Aleen Sirgany, CBS News, Washington.))


[Dog-Mauling]


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A partial verdict in the San Francisco Dog mauling trial-
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Jurors have sent word that they've reached verdicts on four of the five charges in the case- those verdicts are sealed-
The jury will return tomorrow to deliberate the fifth and final count.
A couple is charged after their dog mauled a woman to death.
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[VA-Flooding]


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Governor Warner is asking President Bush to declare flood-ravaged southwest Virginia a major disaster area.
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[SUPER=03-Wise Co.]


Warner estimates that floods damaged 453 homes in Virginia.
The governor requested the disaster declaration today in a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
If FEMA recommends a presidential disaster declaration, federal programs would help flood victims with housing, low interest loans, grants and unemployment assistance.
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[Church-Collapse]


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Solid Rock Pentecostal Church will hold services elsewhere while the Pastor decides what to do with the crumbling church.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Cracks in the front wall of Solid Rock Pentecostal Church on Campbell Avenue were discovered earlier this week after the foundation wall collapsed. Building inspectors who toured the building this afternoon say there's nothing holding the wall up. They've given the church's paster 2-days to come up with a plan to fix the damage.
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((RON SMITH/BUILDING COMMISSIONER: THE PROBLEM IS THIS NEEDS TO BE DONE RIGHT AWAY. WE DON'T HAVE MUCH TIME BECAUSE IT IS SEVERE AND IF THE CHURCH FAILS TO ACT PROMPTLY THE CITY MAY HAVE TO TAKE ACTION TO ABATE THE PROBLEM.))
[SUPER=01-Ron Smith/Building Commissioner;]
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[OUT Q=take action to abate the problem.]
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Smith says the city told Pastor George Taylor to contact an engineer to find out how to repair the more than 50-year old building. Taylor has until Friday to put a plan together.
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[SOT 17:07:02-17:07:12]
[IN Q=It looks kinda gray as far as...]

((PASTOR GEORGE TAYLOR/SOLID ROCK PENTECOSTAL CHURCH: IT LOOKS KINDA GRAY AS FAR AS THE PHYSICAL SIDE GOES 'CAUSE IT MAY LOOK IMPOSSIBLE. BUT THEN AGAIN, YOU NEVER KNOW. GOD CAN MAKE ANYTHING HAPPEN.))
[SUPER=01-Pastor George Taylor/Solid Rock Pentecostal Church;]
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[OUT Q=God can make anything okay.]
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[VO-NAT]

In the meantime, Taylor says services will be held at Greater Life Ministries at 16th and Rorer Avenue.
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[WTC-Bodies]


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More than six months after the World Trade Center attack- more remains are found at ground zero.
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The remains of the only city police-woman killed have been recovered.
Authorities say Moira Smith's name tag and shield were discovered near her remains at ground zero.
The remains of several people were carried out today. .. covered in American flags.
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[Ashcroft-interviews]


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The United States is looking for thousands of foriegn nationals-
It is the second round of interviews aimed at getting information about terrorism threats.
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[VO-NAT 05.5]
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Attorney General John Ashcroft says investigators are seeking voluntary interviews-
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((JOHN ASHCROFT/ATTORNEY GENERAL: THESE VISITORS TO OUR COUNTRY HAVE BEEN SELECTED FOR INTERVIEW BECAUS ETHEY FIT CRITERIA DESIGNED TO IDENTIFY PERSONS WHO MIGHT HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF FOREIGN BASED TERRORISTS. WE BELIEVE THAT THESE INDIVIDUALS MIGHT EITHER WITTINGLY OR UNWITTINGLY BE IN THE SAME CIRCLES, COMMUNITIES OR SOCIAL GROUPS AS THOSE ENGAGED IN TERRORIST ACTIVITIES.))
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Ashcroft says the individuals are not suspected of criminal activiity. They are just wanted for interviewing.
Critic say the practice is racial profiling.

[Radford-Visitors]


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Radford University students will pay higher tuition this Fall.
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[SUPER=03-Radford;]

The school's Board of Visitors approved hikes today. The new rates will raise 1.3 million dollars to be used to help meet losses in state funding. Virginia residents will pay a 9-percent increase... which is 145-dollars. Out of state students will see a hike of 6-percent... an increase of 454-dollars.
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[SOT 13:29:30]
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((JAY POOLE/RU BOARD OF VISITORS; EVEN WITH THE INCREASES WE APPROVED TODAY THE TOTAL TUITION IS LESS THAN THE TUITION WAS IN 1992 WHICH IS REMARKABLE SO IT STILL IS AN AFFORDABLE UNIVERSITY. ))
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The state is requiring Radford to meet a total budget reduction of more than two and half million. Officials say since they still have to find 1.4 million in cuts... the effect will be felt at the University.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Students at George Mason University will have it even tougher.
That school's board of visitors approved a 25-percent tuition hike today for in-state undergrads... that comes to about a thousand dollars.

[Lotto-Winner]


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The mystery couple from Roanoke stepped forward today to lay claim to the 21- million dollar Lotto South jackpot.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]

Jimmy and Cindy Tran are the lucky winners. Jimmy Tran didn't know he held the winning ticket for two days. He says he was watching the news, recognized the store where he bought the ticket and some of the winning numbers. That's when he ran to his car-- retrieved the ticket and realized he'd won.
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((JIMMY TRAN/LOTTO SOUTH WINNER; I THANKED THE LORD AND STARTED TO CRY SO, THEN I RAN IN AND TOLD MY WIFE AND SHE COULDN'T BELIEVE IT EITHER.))
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The Trans waited almost three weeks to step forward... they wanted to meet with financial advisors before claiming the prize. They've decided to take the one- time cash payout which amounts to more than ten million dollars before taxes. The Trans, who immigrated to the United States from Vietnam, operate a nail salon in Roanoke.
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The latest plan in Roanoke may have failed, but the Martin Luther King Memorial issue isn't going away anytime soon.
Find out why when News 7 returns.
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Plus it's the latest in genetic engineering... part camel, part lama...
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[Sports-Preview]


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((Hey sports fans I'm Roy Stanley and here's what's happening. The Lady Hokies of Virginia Tech advance to the semi final round of the W-N-I-T, The Salem Avalanche shows off its post season hardware at media day and the Roanoke Express prepares for a game tomorrow night and they're talking playoffs.
All that and more coming up in sports.))
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[Hockey-Death]


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A trip to a local hockey game turned deadly for one teenager-- and now there are some answers...
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[SUPER=03-Columbus, OH]

Brittanie Cecil would have been 14- years- old today... instead her parents got an autopsy report. She was hit in the head with a hockey puck Saturday night at an N-H-L game. A coroner's report today said Brittanie died as a result of damage to an artery when her head snapped back. She walked away from the incident and was taken the hospital, but slipped into a coma on Monday.
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((MIKE ARACHE/ COLUMBUS DISPATCH REPORTER: IN THIS CASE SHE GOT UP AND THE CROWD WAITED TO SEE IF SHE WAS OK, THERE WAS NICE ROUND OF APPLAUSE AND THINGS WENT ON AS BEFORE.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Arache/Columbus Dispatch Reporter]
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But the damage was worse than anyone could imagine. That damaged artery runs from the spine into the back of the brain. And according to the coroner- a vicious cycle of clotting and swelling of the brain led to her death. Brittanie Cecil had gone to the hockey game as an early birthday present.
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[Franklin-Accidents]


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Some Franklin County High School students are hoping to put a halt to the alarming number of deadly car crashes on county roads.
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[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount;]


Students formed a group called Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety.
They assembled nearly 600 students today ... urging them to drive responsibly and wear their seatbelts.
To drive the message home, the students showed pictures of the car accidents that claimed the lives 21 people, including their classmate Keith LaPrade.
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((MEGAN FLORA/YOVASO PRESIDENT: TEENS ARE SEEN AS THE WORST DRIVERS..... WEAR YOUR SEATBELT, TEACH THEM HERE AND WHEN THEY GET OLDER, IT'S BEEN DRILLED IN THEIR HEAD LONG ENOUGH THAT THEY DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT... IT'S NATURAL.))
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The students blew out 21 candles, as they read the name of each person who died on Franklin County roads last year.
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[Bedford-Shooting]


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Bedford County authorities still have questions about a woman's claim that a man shot her in the chest this afternoon.
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[VO-NAT]
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Police were called to the Graves Mill Shopping Center around 2:30.
44- year- old Linda Moorefield Ferrell says she was watching the ducks at a pond when a man came up and shot her.

Ferrell walked to a nearby restaurant to report the shooting.. she's in serious condition at Lynchburg General Hospital.
Police say they have doubts about the woman's story and are continuing to investigate.
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[King-Council]


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Efforts to honor Dr. Martin Luther King stalled Monday when Roanoke City Council defeated a proposal to rename the north end of Elmwood Park.
But Joe Dashiell reports the issue may soon be at the forefront of the city council campaign.
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(( A divided city council defeated the Elmwood Park proposal... and left supporters of the plan promising to make it an issue in the May election.
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((REV. E. M. MITCHELL/KING COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR: WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT THIS COMMUNITY KNOWS WHO THEY ARE ON ELECTION DAY, AND THE POLLS WILL SHOW YOU THAT WE MEAN BUSINESS.))
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With three seats at stake and only one incumbent seeking re-election... council will welcome at least two new members. All eight council candidates say they support a King Memorial, though they differ on the details.
While the Elmwood Park proposal may not have been a perfect solution, [PRE-PRO PAGE 1] Republicans Mark Hurley and Jack Parrott say they would have voted for the plan that council defeated. [PAGE 2]
Independents Don Hogan and Doug Trout would have voted no. They believe the north end of Elmwood Park was not the proper location for a memorial.
[PAGE 3] Democrat Alfred Dowe says it was an unacceptable compromise because of the way the plan developed. [ADD CUTLER] And while Democrat Rupert Cutler says he appreciates the work of the committee, he believes there are other good options. [END PRE-PRO]
We were unable to reach Republican Steve Mabry for comment.
Among the alternatives that remain on the table include naming the Higher Education Center, the new stadium, or a new elementary school in honor of Dr. King.
Council incumbent, Nelson Harris voted against the Elmwood Park proposal, but says he remains hopeful that council can select an appropriate memorial BEFORE the new council members take their seats.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Still ahead on News 7, some local high schoolers make the hospital a little more fun.
We'll show you how.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus one movie star will look like a million bucks in this dress at the Oscars... actually 5 million bucks.
We'll explain.
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[WEB-ADDRESS]
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[Web Address Announce] [Pinnacle 4885ess]

[Student-Donation]


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Some Botetourt County high school students are trying to make hospital visits more of a game for kids with cancer.

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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The Lord Botetourt students came to Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital to deliver two Sony Playstations and a stack of D-V-Ds.
They raised one-thousand dollars in 10 days for the pediatric cancer center.
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((CARON LEONARD/LORD BOTETOURT JUNIOR: WE JUST CARRIED A JAR AROUND IN CLASS, GAVE SOME TO LOCAL RESTAURANTS AND OUR PARENTS EACH TOOK ONE TO WORK.))
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((DR. DARRYL LONGEE/COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: IT'S TREMENDOUS FOR US FROM THE STANDPOINT OF HAVING TO DISTRACT THE KIDS FROM THE THINGS THAT THEY'RE GOING THROUGH. TREATMENTS THEY'RE TAKING, TRANSFUSIONS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.))
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The students' government teacher Greg Hupp inspired the fundraiser.
His three year old daughter was treated for cancer at the pediatric center.
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[Car-record]


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He's called the "two-million mile" man.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-East Patchogue, NY]

Irv Gordon and his '66 Volvo have traveled that many miles together. And his world record is broken every time he gets behind the wheel. The retired science teacher credits his car's life to obsessive maintenance habits. Any day now the odometer will click over to zero for the twentieth time. Gordon's racked up many of the 2- million miles through a daily 125- mile commute to work.
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[Camas]


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You've probably seen camels and llamas but have you ever seen a "cama?"
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[VO-NAT 14:27:24]
[SUPER=03-Al Awir, United Arab Emirates]


The hybrid combines the best of both animals.
A specialized vet center in the United Arab Emirates mated the symbol of the desert with the more exotic Llama.
A British Vet is breeding camas to create an animal with the sought after coat of the llama and the endurance of the camel.
The experiment is the first of its kind in the world- and it's been successful.
Rama, a male, was born in 1998 and he was joined by Kamilah- a brown and white female who looks like both her parents.
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[S-Extra]


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The Lady Hokies were at the Cassell for a third round game in the W-N-I-T and the Salem Avalanche showed off some post season hardware today. But first out extra point.
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Cave Spring fans, coaches and players can now relax and let their hair down after the Knights win the Group Three A state title.
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[VO-NAT]

a phrase that took on new meaning for Knights senior guard Tom Hagan. Hagan and head coach Billy Hicks, in keeping with story of Sampson and Delilah,
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]

made a pact that he would not cut his hair, for fear of losing his powers, until the Knights won the title.
Today, Hagan let go of some of some locks at the Country Hair Saloon.
Four year old Tyler Hampton is Hagan's biggest fan and grew his hair out like Tom's and also got his hair cut like his hero.
And here are tonight's numbers.
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[S-Tech]


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The Lady hokies are in the semi finals of the W-N-I-T. Sarah Hicks scored 22 points to lead Virginia Tech to a 76 to 48 win over Vermont at the Cassell.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Virginia Tech vs Vermont; :]


Bonnie Henrickson coaching the Hokies from the bench.
Vermont's Libby Smith drives to the hole and hits a wide open Morgan Hall outside for three and the Cats led by 1 early in the first half.
Tech answers when Sarah Hicks pulls up and hits a three pointer from the top of the Key Hicks scored 22.
Then Hicks finds Nicole Jones under the hoop she goes up and scores off the glass and the Hokies led 24 to 17.
[SUPER=34-Virginia Tech/76/Vermont/48/; :]


The Hokies get it to Ivea Kublina she scores in the paint hitting the short jumper and Tech advances with the 76 to 48 win.
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[S-WDBJ]


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The Road to the Final Four resumes tonight right here with doubleheader action from the Sweet 16.
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[go to pinnacle 6998] The games begin tonight with Duke and Indiana from the South region with coverage beginning at 7:30. The second game has Pittsburgh and Kent State - a team that has now won 20 straight contests.
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[go to pinnacle 6999] Tomorrow night U-Conn carries the Big East banner against one of the remaining Cinderellas - Southern Illinois and former Hokie Rolan Roberts. And Friday night late - Maryland takes on Kentucky. All the action is right here on WDBJ-7.
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[ANCHOR=Roy]


The Salem Avalanche holds media day. More later on Mornin.

[S-Avs]


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The Salem Avalanche 2002 season begins April fifth.
But the roster for the defending Carolina League champions will not be complete until the end of March.
Steve Mason was at the Avalanche media day and has this report.
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[S-Amherst]


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The rainy weather this week has slowed the progress of area high school softball teams, but rest assured that once things dry out, Amherst County will again be making some noise in the Seminole district.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]

The Lancers have been a perennial playoff participant in the past decade, and this year the team will look to continue that success and post season trend with a new head coach in Larry Thomas.
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[VO-NAT CON'T]

Thomas would have liked to have inherited a few more experienced players, but like all good coaches he knows what it takes to be successful.
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[S-Express]


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The Roanoke Express has made it to the playoffs each year of its existence... and the team's closing in fast on that goal again.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


The team notched win 34 on the season against the always controversial John Brophy and his Wheeling Nailers Tuesday night. With only five games left in the regular season, a playoff mentality has already set in.
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[ANCHOR=roy]
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The Express is back in action tonight at the Round House against the Cincinnati Cyclones.
That's it for sports, have a great day everybody.


[5-Million-Dress]


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We're used to movie stars wearing expensive clothes.. but this dress we're about to show you is over the top .. even for Hollywood.
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The gown dripping with diamonds... is worth 5-million dollars.
But the lady who'll wear it remains a mystery. She won't be seen until Oscar night.
This is a sneak peak at the world's most expensive Oscar dress- hand sewn with 5-thousand perfectly cut diamonds- each gem is worth about one thousand dollars.
After the Oscars- the gown will be auctioned off- half the proceeds will go to charity. (------------)