[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Keith]

The prosecutor decides NOT to charge anyone in three unusual cases.
A reward is offered for the tire fire arsonist.
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[VO-NAT]

And two suspects are brought back from Nebraska to stand trial in last month's fatal convenience store robbery.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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Tonight on News 7 sports, Tech softball highlights from this glorious afternoon, plus this is your next to last chance to catch the Express in the regular season tonight.
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[VO-NAT]

And the Roanoke Valley's Big Mac Daddy - JJ Redick gets ready to devour the Big Apple with a big McDonald's All-American send-off today.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


A strong threat of showers beginning tonight and continuing through Sunday highlights our forecast segment tonight. Details ahead.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 3-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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[V/O-NAT] No new charges will be filed against the 82-year old man who was accused of shooting his 16-year old neighbor.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]


Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry. Shannon has this Good Friday off.

[Hallis-Jamison]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
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The plan not to pursue the case against Hallis Jamison was one of three similar decisions Roanoke's chief prosecutor reached today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/February 26]

Though police ultimately found Jamison had three guns in his house, he had no phone and apparently felt trapped inside his home. Two girls had been harassing the man. When their cousin went to the door to warn Jamison the girls were trying to get his car keys, Jamison fired a single shot from his 30-30 rifle. Sixteen year old Charlotte Brown died the next day.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=HOLD]

Commonwealth's Attorney Don Caldwell cited Jamison's age, the presence of unidentified intruders and his physical helplessness among the reasons for not seeking additional charges.

[Grandin-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=02-10 TC28:49]
[GRAPHIC=Accident Investigation]


The city prosecutor has also decided against filing charges in two traffic accidents.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/December 5, 2001;]


A Roanoke school bus struck and killed Lawrence Saxton last December in the Grandin Court neighborhood.
Bus driver Olin Glidden told police that he was making a left, heard the bus hit something, and then stopped.
Caldwell says he won't prosecute Glidden for several reasons, including the lack of a marked crosswalk at the accident scene, and Saxton's apparent inattention.
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[Market-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/December 2001;]


The other case involved auctioneer Stephen Sheets, who was hit by a Valley Metro bus near the Roanoke City Market.

Caldwell says there wasn't enough evidence to determine whether the victim or the bus driver was responsible for the accident.
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[Tire-fire]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=02-07 TC53:28]
[GRAPHIC=Tire Fire]

There's now a reward for finding whoever set the Keeling tire fire. Roanoke County put up 10-thousand dollars. That, together with another five grand posted by the International Association of Arson Investigators, brings the reward money to a total of FIFTEEN thousand dollars.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

As the enforcement division focuses on finding a suspect, the Environmental Protection Agency was getting ready to smother the smoke.
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[SOT 16:27:30]
[IN Q=I want to make]

((CHRIS WAGNER/EPA ON-SCENE COORDINATOR; I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR WE'RE NOT TRYING TO EXTINGUISH THAT FIRE TODAY. MOST OF THAT FIRE IS SMOLDERING BENEATH. WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS GET THE SMOKE DOWN.))
[SUPER=01-Chris Wagner/EPA On-Scene Coordinator; ]
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[OUT Q=the smoke down.]
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[VO-NAT]

Six days after someone set the fire that burned upwards of 2 million tires on Willie Keeling's 140- acre make- shift dump, the tires are still smoldering. A temperature inversion this morning prompted the health department to issue an advisory. A rainy weekend will likely keep that from re-occurring.
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[SOT 16:26:35]
[IN Q=What we're really]
[SUPER=01-Rick Meeks/Va. Dept. Enviromental Quality]
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[OUT Q=out of the air.]
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[VO-NAT]

Unless there's a heavy downpour, producing runoff, rain's a good thing.
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[WIPE TO FULL SCREEN PINNACLE] The County has made a new phone line available for citizens to call in their concerns, questions... or to provide information about possible arson suspects. The number is 561-8060.
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[Neamo-Krug]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=01-61 TC1:32:13]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Both suspects in the killing of a convenience store worker are back in Roanoke.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Roanoke detectives flew in from Nebraska late this afternoon with 27-year-old Mark Lamont Neamo.
He'll be taken to the city jail.
18-year-old Christopher Brian Krug landed a few minutes later.
Authorities say Krug will be jailed in Roanoke COUNTY.
Both are being held without bond on abduction and firearms counts, in the shootings at the Stop-In on Hershberger Road.
The grand jury will consider additional charges on Monday.
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[Workman]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=02-08 TC55:28]
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Friends of Keith Bailey were hoping to learn more today about the case against the federal agent charged with his murder.
They left disappointed.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/February 23; :18]


D-E-A agent Timothy Workman made a brief appearance in Roanoke General District court.
He waived his scheduled preliminary hearing, and will let the case move on to the grand jury.
Workman is accused of shooting Bailey three times in the chest after a scuffle in a restaurant parking lot last month.
He remains free on bond.
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[Stripers]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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It's a strange situation at Smith Mountain Lake. Because of low water levels, state officials may not be able to stock striped bass into the lake this year, but there's still a chance it will happen. Richard Lesko has the line on the story.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bud LaRoche/Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries; :17]
[SUPER=01-Rex Smith/Smith Mountain Striper Club; :39]
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[OUT Q=RL, News 7.]

(( Fishing for striped bass is big business on Smith Mountain Lake. Without spring rains, spawning at hatcheries downstream might be disrupted, which may mean 450-thousand juvenile stripers may not be stocked into the lake this year.
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[INQ=We're going to meet...]

((BUD LAROCHE/DEPT. OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES; WE'RE GOING TO MEET AND TRY TO DECIDE WHETHER WE WERE GOING TO GO WITH A FISH RELEASE FOR THE RIVER BELOW LEESVILLE FOR THE STRIPED BASS TO MOVE OUT OF KERR RESERVOIR OR TO MAYBE NOT EVEN HAVE IT THIS YEAR.))
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[OUTQ=not even have it this year.]

For this time of year, the lake has seen its lowest water levels since the early 80's. However, the Smith Mountain Lake fishing community is optimistic the rains will come.
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[SOT - 3:50:21]
[INQ=I'm hoping we get...]

((REX SMITH/SMITH MOUNTAIN STRIPER CLUB; I'M HOPING WE GET THE SPRING SPAWN SO THAT THEY CAN STOCK THE LAKE AGAIN, THEY HAVE PROMISED 450,000 FINGERLINGS, AND THAT'S WHAT THEY'VE GIVEN US FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS, AND IT SEEMS LIKE IT'S WORKING, SEEMS LIKE WE'RE GETTING MORE FISH IN THE LAKE.))
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[OUTQ=more fish in the lake.]

Meanwhile, there's a balance between fishing and recreation. If more water is released, lake water levels will drop, making it difficult for residents and visitors to launch their boats.
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[SOT - 3:46:16]
[INQ=Folks want to have the...]

((BUD LAROCHE/DEPT. OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES; FOLKS WANT TO HAVE THE LAKE FULL, AND WE REALIZE THAT. BUT WE HAVE THE RESOURCES DOWNSTREAM TO TRY TO BALANCE OUT. WE HAVE ANOTHER FISHERY DOWN BELOW AND A RIVER THAT NEEDS SOME WATER.))

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[OUTQ=needs some water.]
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[INQ=The consensus...]

((RICHARD LESKO/RLESKO@WDBJ7.COM; THE CONSENSUS IS THE ONE THING THAT WILL SOLVE THIS PROBLEM IS IF THE AREA SEES SIGNIFICANT RAIN, AND SOON. IF THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN, THEN THAT COULD MEAN A LONG SUMMER. RICHARD LESKO, NEWS 7.))
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[ANCHOR=Keith ]
[SS=NONE]


Still ahead on News 7, the lastest on the investigation of the head of the state Republican Party.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus, bluegrass broke out at this year's Grammy awards... so why aren't you hearing more of it on local radio stations?
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[Matricardi]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
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The head of the Republican Party of Virginia kept a low profile today, the day after allegations surfaced that he may have eavesdropped on a Democratic conference call.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/File Tape]

Ed Matricardi was in his Richmond office today, but wasn't answering the phone or knocks at the door. He's accused of listening in on two conference calls in which Democratic legislators, including Governor Warner, discussed strategy on the state redistricting case. If the phone number and password for the conference call were obtained under false pretenses, authorities could file charges.
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[SOT 3:03; 6:57]
[IN Q=If these allegations are true]

((LARRY FRAMME/VA DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIRMAN: IF THESE ALLEGATIONS ARE TRUE THAT HE WAS LISTENING IN AND PERHAPS EVEN TAPING THESE CONVERSATIONS WHAT'S INTERESTING IS HE APPARENTLY LEARNED NOT ONLY THE TELEPHONE NUMBER AND THE PASSWORD BUT ALSO THE TIME OF THE CALL BUT I WOULDNT HAVE THE FIRST IDEA HOW HE GOT IT, I COULDN'T EVEN SPECULATE.)) ((GARY THOMPSON/VA REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIRMAN: IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT'S FAVORABLE FOR US BUT AT THE SAME TIME I THINK IT'S FAIR, I THINK IT'S PRUDENT THAT WE WAIT UNTIL THE INVESTIGATIONS ARE DONE THAT WE ARE FULLY INFORMED AS TO WHAT DID OR DID NOT OCCUR AND THEN MAKE CONCLUSIONS AT THAT TIME.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Framme/VA Democratic Party Chairman; :00]
[SUPER=01-Gary Thompson/VA Republican Party Chairman; :18]
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[OUT Q=at that time]
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[VO-NAT]

Matricardi's attorney released a statement this afternoon saying his client was cooperating fully and that he believes he will be vindicated.
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[Williams]


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[WRITER=jus]
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[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]

A Henry County Sheriff's Deputy has been suspended without pay. Donald Williams is accused of assaulting his girlfriend on two separate occasions once on February 4th, the second time on March 14th. Sheriff Frank Cassell (Castle) says Williams was immediately placed on leave pending the investigation. Williams has been with the Sheriff's Department less than three years.

[Bluegrass]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=02-05 TC1:13:19]
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Franklin County resident and Bluegrass star Dan Tyminski will make an appearance on WVTF radio this weekend.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Nashville, TN/Country Music Association - CBS;]


He'll be interviewed on the show "Back to the Blue Ridge" Sunday at two.
Tyminski had a hand in winning six Grammys last month for his work on the "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" soundtrack and with the group Allison Krauss and Union Station.
Despite the national recognition, Tymninski's voice is rarely heard on local mainstream country stations.
Their programmers weren't available for comment.
WVTF's Music Director Seth Williamson says radio consultants advise against playing bluegrass music -- even if it comes from a local source.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The research people]

((SETH WILLIAM SON/WVTF MUSIC DIRECTOR: THE RESEARCH PEOPLE ARE TELLING THE MANAGERS THAT THE AUDIENCE IS TOO SOPHISTICATED FOR THIS MUSIC... THEY ARE PROGRAMMING PRIMARILY FOR YOUNG ADULT WOMEN WHO MAKE MOST OF THE BUYING DECISIONS, AND IT NEVER GETS HEARD, IT'S VERY SAD.))
[SUPER=01-Seth Williamson/WVTF Music Director]
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[OUT Q=very sad.]
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[VO-NAT]


WVTF's interview with Tyminksi will air again on April 6th at six a-m.
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The stock market was closed today to mark the Good Friday holiday.
Still ahead on News 7....
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[VO-NAT]

baseball season is almost upon us.
We'll check out the changes at Lynchburg's City Stadium next.
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[City-Stadium]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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It's the oldest ballpark in the Carolina League.. and it shows.
When the Lynchburg Hillcats return next week, they'll start play in the same 60-year-old stadium.. their fans will cheer from the same uncomfortable seats.
But as Steve Smallshaw reports, change is on the way.
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[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Paul Sunwall/Lynchburg Hillcats GM; :28]
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[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]

(( Springtime.. green grass, blue skies and the promise of a new season.
But in Lynchburg, Hillcats fans already are saying "wait 'til next year".
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It's not their team they're talking about, it's their ballpark.
Five years ago, they were calling it "Historic City Stadium".. now it's just plain old.
Years of discussion and debate finally evolved into a 5-million dollar renovation plan.. the problem is, those improvements won't happen for another year.
[SOT 13:33:56]

((PAUL SUNWALL/LYNCHBURG HILLCATS GM: IT WILL ALSO SHOW THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE RENOVATIONS HAVE STARTED AND IT'S BEEN FIVE YEARS SINCE WE FIRST STARTED TALKING ABOUT DOING THIS.))
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Except for the lights.
350-thousand dollars has been spent to bring the field up to Double-A standard or better lighting.. players and the fans will notice the difference.
[SOT 13:34:59]

((PAUL SUNWALL: I THINK THE FAMILIES WILL BE ABLE TO SEE IT TOO.. JUST THE GAME MUCH BETTER AND THE PLAYS THAT HAPPEN ON THE FIELD AND JUST THE NEWNESS OF THE LIGHTS, I THINK, WILL GET THEM A LITTLE MORE EXCITED ABOUT BEING OUT HERE TOO.))
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[OUT Q=out here too.]

[Standup ] ((That will have to be enough for now. Construction on the rest of the upgrades.. the skyboxes, better seating and new amenities won't start until after the end of this season. So the message to the fans is: be patient for just a little while longer.))
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[OUT Q=while longer.]
[SOT 13:37:16]

((SUNWALL: I THINK IT WILL BE LIKE A NEW RESTAURANT THAT OPENS IN TOWN.. EVERYBODY'S GOING TO WANT TO COME OUT AND CHECK US OUT AND HOPEFULLY WE'RE GOING TO PROVIDE THEM A GOOD SHOW AND A GOOD TIME AND A NICE ATMOSPHERE AND GOOD AMENITIES THAT THEY'LL WANT TO COME BACK AND BRING THEIR FAMILIES OUT HERE.))
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[OUT Q=families out here.]


Just wait 'til next year.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))

[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
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Coming up tonight on the Big 7, JJ Redick gets a Big Apple send-off under the Golden Arches. The Express is home tonight for scout night.
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[VO-NAT]

And we're getting in our swings with the Tech women's softball team this afternoon in Blacksburg.
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[S-Redick]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-113 1:06:34]
[GRAPHIC=j.j. rEDICK]


Next Thursday April fourth, Cave Spring senior basketball star J.J. Redick will take the court in the McDonald's All-American basketball classic
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]


Today, J.J. was given his official send off by the McDonald's at Oak Grove. The Duke bound Redick received several gifts from McDonald's and his state championship team was also recognized. All of the hype surrounding his appearance in the Mcdonald's classic at Madison Square Garden is starting to rub off.
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[SOT]
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[SUPER=01-J. J. Redick/McDonald's All-American; :00]
[SUPER=01-Billy Hicks/Cave Spring Head Basketball Coach; :12]
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[OUT Q=.....one of his personal goals"]
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[S-Final]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
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[GRAPHIC=FINAL FOUR]


The Final Four wait is over for the men. Today, all four teams practiced and talked in Atlanta. Maryland carries the banner for the ACC - but more than anything the Terrapins want to win their school's first ever national hoop title for their head coach Gary Williams.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Yeah you know....]
[SUPER=01-Lonny Baxter/Maryland Center; :00]
[SUPER=01-Juan Dixon/Maryland Guard; :19]
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[OUT Q=...two wins."]
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[S-NCAA]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[go to pinnacle 6999] As we have been telling you all week long -Your Hometown Station is the only place for the national semi-finals tomorrow night.
Oklahoma and Indiana tip off the evening shortly after six pm. Then 40 minutes after the completion of that one the marquee game of the final four takes center stage as Maryland and Kansas get it on right here on WDBJ-7.
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[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-116 11856tc]
[GRAPHIC=TECH SOFTBALL]


The Virginia Tech softball team was in action this afternoon playing two and looking to reach the 20 win mark on the season.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Hokies vs. Gardner-Webb; :00]

It was a gorgeous spring afternoon in Blacksburg as these two got a jump on the Easter Weekend. In the bottom of the first with a runner at second, Mindi Wylie sends one to the left field fence to score Carmen Farmer. It's one to nothing Hokies. In the bottom of the second, Tech's Tiffany Hurt will get things rolling again with a line drive over second for a standup double. Wylie will then make her presence felt again. This time she takes it to deep center - driving in both Hurt and Farmer. It's now 3-to-nothing Hokies after two. In the bottom of the fifth, Clarisa Crowell sends one smoking past the Gardner-Webb shortstop. Amy Voorhees score.
[super=34-Gardner-Webb/0/Virginia Tech/8;]

The Hokies pound Gardner-Webb 8-to-0 in game one as Ashlee Dobbe (DOBY) pitched a no hitter.
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[talent=mike]
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In the second game Tech beat Radford 7 to nothing.

[S-Hockey]


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[WRITER=sma]
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[GRAPHIC=Express]


The Roanoke Express plays tonight against Dayton and the tomorrow night Richmond is in town for the final game of the regular season. The Express is already in the playoffs which makes the approach to these games interesting for the players. Dayton is still chasing a divisional title.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="they're...]
[SUPER=01-Rick Kowalsky/Express Right Wing; :00]
[SUPER=01-Duncan Dalmeo/Express Defenseman; :20]
[RUNS=:34]
[OUT Q=......best of our ability"]
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[BIG-BROTHER]


[ANCHOR=KEITH]
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[WRITER=pev]
[TAPE#=]
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CBS and Your Hometown Station are giving some local people a chance to make it big on Prime Time Network television.
[DOUBLE BOX=KEITH & PATRICK/Microwave]


Patrick Evans has the details on an open casting call for the program "Big Brother", which is preparing for a third installment
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