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[TALENT=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


Four candidates.
Three available seats.
This morning, the candidates for Lynchburg City Council met for their first debates.
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[ANCHOR= Kimberly]


And the Bush administration steps up U-S involvement in the Middle East crisis.
We'll have the latest.


[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Leo]

A beautiful sunny day but cold condition continue....I'll have your forecast....
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly 2-Shot]


News 7 at Noon is next.

[Video-Open]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]
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[VO-NAT]


In an attempt to help end the bloodshed in the Arab- Isareli conflict, President Bush is now taking a hands-on approach to the situation.
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[Middle-East]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=News 7]


Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
President Bush announced this morning that he's sending Secretary of State Colin Powell to the Mideast -- in a new push for peace.
Bush is also calling on Israel to end its military offensive against the Palestinians.
Aleen Sirgany has the latest.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]
[SUPER=01-Ariel Sharon/Israeli Prime Minister;]
[SUPER=01-Aleen Sirgany/CBS News;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=Sirgany, CBS News, Washington.]
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SOT/COLD OPEN/BUSH



(sending Powell to Mideast)


CRITICIZED FOR HIS LACK OF LEADERSHIP ON THE MIDDLE EAST, PRESIDENT BUSH IS STEPPING UP U.S. EFFORTS TO HELP RESOLVE THE ISRAELI/PALESTINIAN CONFLICT.

(SOT)BUSH


BUT FOR NOW THERE SEEMS TO BE NO PEACE IN SITE. IN BETHLEHEM, AS THE STANDOFF BETWEEN ISRAELI SOLDIERS AND ARMED PALESTINIANS ENTERS DAY THREE, THERE ARE CONFLICTING REPORTS OVER A POSSIBLE EXPLOSION INSIDE THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY.

(NAT)


PALESTINIANS SAY ISRAELI TROOPS SHOT AT A SMALL BACK DOOR OF THE CHURCH AND BLEW IT OPEN. BUT THE ISRAELI MILITARY DENIES IT AND SAYS ITS FORCES HAVE NO PLANS OF ENTERING THE CHURCH.

(NAT GUNS)


THE FIGHTING HASN'T LET UP IN WEST BANK CITIES WHERE ISRAELI TANKS HAVE ROLLED IN AND TAKEN OVER. NABLUS...THE WEST BANKS LARGEST CITY... IS NOW DESERTED EXCEPT FOR ISRAELI TANKS AND TROOPS THAT CONTINUE TO ROAM THE STREETS AND CLASH WITH ARMED PALESTINIANS. AND IN RAMALLAH, YASSAR ARAFAT REMAINS ISOLATED IN HIS HEADQUARTERS.
Ariel Sharon/Israeli Prime Minister "the decision is he will stay where he is and will be isolated."
But ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER ARIEL SHARON WONT SAY FOR HOW LONG.

(standup: to come: Zinni meeting with Sharon..but Sharon won't let Araft

meet ))



[Afghanistan]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Officials in Afghanistan say they've broken up a plot to overthrow the new government.
About 300 people have been rounded up over the last week.
At least some of them may have connections to al-Qaida.
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[VO-NAT]


Most of those now in custody are belieed to be associated with this man-- a longtime warlord known for his anti- Western views.
[SUPER=03-Kabul, Afghanistan;]


The raids took place in a quiet, well-to-do section of Kabul.
At checkpoints around the city, authorities have been ordered to be on the lookout for other potential suspects.
More arrests are expected.
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[Luna]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=02-14 10:42]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A technology firm in Blacksburg's industrial park is expanding and bringing new jobs to the region...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

Luna Innovations is announcing a spinoff company. Named Luna Energy, it will develop sensors for the oil and gas industry. Officials say it will initially employ 10-people but that they expect to have more than 100 workers in three years. An un-named Fortune 500 oil service company is a partner with Luna in the new venture.
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[Council-Debate]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=02-07 56:57]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2002]


The four candidates hoping to fill the three at-large seats on Lynchburg city council squared off in their first debate this morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Independent candidate Joan Foster joined incumbents Bert Dodson, Carl Hutcherson and Stewart Hobbs at a forum hosted by the Chamber of Commerce.
All four took questions on issues like economic development, the city's tax rate and the closing of a city elementary school.
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[SOT 7:52:18//7:53:00]
[IN Q=I'm not saying]

((BERT DODSON/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: I'M NOT SAYING I SUPPORT IT OR DISAGREE WITH IT, BUT I CAN UNDERSTAND THE POSITION THEY'RE IN.. IT'S GOING TO BE VERY EMOTIONAL. I'VE TALKED WITH SEVERAL PARENTS OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS IN RELATION TO THIS ISSUE AND IT'S TOUGH MOVING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KIDS TO ANOTHER SCHOOL. HOWEVER, YOU'VE GOT TO FACE REALITY. IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE DOLLARS TO OPERATE, YOU'VE GOT TO SPREAD THE RESOURCES.)) ((JOAN FOSTER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: THE UPSIDE OF THAT, THAT THE CHILDREN THAT ARE GOING TO THE FOUR OTHER SCHOOLS MAY HAVE ACTUALLY MORE RESOURCES AND MORE ADVANTAGES AT THE LARGER SCHOOL THAN WHAT WAS AVAILABLE AT A SMALLER SCHOOL. AND I THINK FOR THE OVERALL EFFICIENCY OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, THAT IT IS MORE EFFICIENT TO CLOSE KIZER.))
[SUPER=01-Bert Dodson/Lynchburg Council Member; :00]
[SUPER=01-Joan Foster/Lynchburg Council Candidate; :19]
[RUNS=39]
[OUT Q=more efficient to close Kizer.]
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[VO-NAT]


Voters will head to the polls on May 7th.
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[Clower]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jmi/tha]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=Sid Clower]

New information now about the embezzlement case involving Henry County administrator Sid Clower.
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[VO] Sources close to the investigation say Clower used some of the money he allegedly embezzled to pay child support for an illegitimate child. The court has ordered a D-N-A sample taken from Clower-- Source say this is to confirm that Clower is indeed the child's father. Sources also tell NEWS 7 that the child's mother was instrumental in initiating the criminal investigation. Clower is under house arrest, out of jail on 100 thousand dollars bond. Because Clower was such an influential manager in Henry County, a change of venue is possible.
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[Teacher-Sex]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The teenager who had an affair with his teacher is due back on the witness stand today outside Seattle, Washington.
As Hattie Kauffman reports, his million dollar lawsuit claims the relationship should have been prevented.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Villi Fualaau/Plaintiff; :04]
[SUPER=01-Hattie Kauffman/CBS News; :30]
[SUPER=01-Don Obermiller/Des Moines Police Chief; :45]
[SUPER=01-Timothy Ward/Des Moines Police Department; :57]
[RUNS=1:38]
[OUT Q=Kauffman, CBS News, Los Angeles.]

((


(Kent, WA)



(SOT-VILLI FUALAAU ) We were kissing for half an hour, I was on top of

her.

(TRACK) (INSERT GRAPHIC) VILLI FUALAAU WAS JUST TWELVE YEARS OLD WHEN

THE AFFAIR WITH HIS TEACHER BEGAN. NOW 18, HE'S SUING A SUBURBAN SEATTLE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR FAILING TO PROTECT HIM FROM THE SEXUAL ADVANCES OF MARY KAY LETOURNEAU.

(SOT ) V: One time she said she'd strip for me// V: For every answer I

got right on a test, she was going to take an article of clothing off.

(STAND UP) THE LAWSUIT CLAIMS THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IGNORED OBVIOUS SIGNS

OF THEIR AFFAIR. AND THE SUIT TARGETS THE POLICE FOR NOT FULLY INVESTIGATING WHEN OFFICERS FOUND THE TWELVE YEAR OLD IN A PARKED CAR WITH LETOURNEAU IN JUNE OF 1996.

(SOT Don Obermiller/Des Moines Police Chief) There was nothing that

would indicate child abuse.

(TRACK-over pic of police report) (INSERT GRAPHIC) THOUGH THE ENCOUNTER

WAS LABELED "SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES", DETECTIVES DID NOT FOLLOW UP WITH AN INVESTIGATION, AND IN FACT RELEASED VILLI BACK TO THE CARE OF LETOURNEAU.

(SOT-TIMOTHY WARD/Des Moines Police Dept.) "The aunt and mother were

contacted, they showed no concern, felt that it was on the up and up."

(TRACK) LETOURNEAU IS SERVING TIME FOR SECOND DEGREE CHILD RAPE. SHE

MAY TESTIFY FROM PRISON. THE TWO CHILDREN SHE BORE TO FUALAUU ARE BEING RAISED BY HIS MOTHER, WHO IS ALSO SUING.

(NATSOT-flashbulbs)



(TRACK) VILLI CLAIMS THE INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT ON THE AFFAIR MADE HIM

THE TARGET OF TEASING. HE DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL AND HAS HAD TROUBLE KEEPING A JOB. HIS TESTIMONY RECAPTURED HIS MINDSET AS A SIXTH GRADER.

(SOT ) V: I asked her if she'd marry me.



(TRACK) THE LAWSUIT SEEKS A MILLION DOLLARS FROM BOTH THE SCHOOL

DISTRICT AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. HK, CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES. ))
[Tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A familiar face in morning television is calling it quits. We'll tell you who it is after the break,
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[VO-NAT ]

Also the U-S mint says you will soon be seeing a lot less of the(sack-uh-juh- wee- uh) Sacagawea dollar.
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[11Fitzgerald]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=02-11 TC34:30]
[SS=None]


A legal technicality has set free a man accused of killing a women in a drunk driving accident.
State police said William Fitzgerald was intoxicated when he killed Ellen Marie Schenker in a head-on collision back in November.
That WOULD have made it Fitzgerald's THIRD drunk driving arrest in 10 years -- allowing prosecutors to charge him with felony murder.
But a judge's omission allowed him to go free yesterday.
Marya Jones reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=William Fitzgerald]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount; :00]
[SUPER=01-David Nixon/Fitzgerald's Attorney; :22]
[SUPER=@Marya1; 1:20]
[RUNS=1:33]
[OUT Q=MJN7, Rocky Mount.]

(( William Fitzgerald wheeled out of court a free man, after a judge dismissed murder and drunk driving charges against him.
Judge George Jones said that because Roanoke County judge George Harris convicted him of a previous drunk driving offense, but did NOT mark a box on paper saying he was guilty, the charges of murder during a THIRD D-U-I could NOT stand.
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[SOT 36:22 - :28]

((DAVID NIXON: THE GENERAL DISTRICT JUDGE DID NOT MARK IT AS A CONVICTION AND AS LONG AS IT'S NOT MARKED AS A CONVICTION, IT CAN NOT BE COUNTED AGAINST HIM.)) [RUNS:06]
On November 2nd, state police say Fitzgerald stuck Ellen Marie Schenker head on ... killing her and injuring her son Tommy.
The accident happened just seven hours after he was released from jail for drunk driving.
State police found alcohol in his car.
Witnesses today said his blood alcohol level was .01 -- well below the legal limit of .08.
His attorneys say the wreck was the result of improper medication.
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[SOT 37:56 - 38:05]

((DAVID NIXON: WE THINK THAT WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS CASE IS HE MERELY PASSED OUT, HE FAINTED AT THE WHEEL DUE TO THE LIBRIUM HE WAS PRESCRIBED BY A DOCTOR.)) [RUNS:09]
Schenker's husband and sons left the hearing disheartened.
Ron Schenker says: "I'm in total disgust that the man is now walking free that killed my wife because a judge didn't check a box that said he was convicted.... Courts work on technicalities and guilty people go free." [SU 46:40 - :53] ((MARYA JONES/NEWS-7: THOUGH PROSECUTORS SAY THE JUDGE'S DECISION RULES OUT THE POSSIBILITY OF SEEKING A MURDER OR DUI CHARGE, THEY WOULD NOT RULE OUT THE POSSIBILITY THAT THEY MIGHT SEEK A GRAND JURY INDICTMENT ON OTHER CHARGES LATER ON. MJNT, ROCKY MOUNT.)) [RUNS:13]))

[11Redistricting]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=02-15 TC43:24]
[GRAPHIC=VA Redistricting]


A Salem judge has issued the final order on his ruling that the state's 2001 redistricting plan was racially gerry-mandered.
That formality allows Democrats and Republicans to begin their appeals to the state Supreme Court.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/File Tape]


Judge Richard Pattisall's final decree and judgment wraps up HIS involvement in a Democratic lawsuit.
It challenges the REPUBLICAN drawn re-apportionment of House of Delegates and state Senate districts.
Pattisall found the re-alignment un-constitutionally packed election precincts that are dominated by Democratic-leaning black voters together in bizarrely shaped, far-flung districts.
His initial decision touched off weeks of partisan conflict and intrigues at the highest levels of state government.
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[Gumbel]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A familiar face is leaving C-B-S's "The Early Show."
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-"The Early Show";]


Bryant Gumbel has announced he's calling it quits after anchoring the morning program for two-and-a-half years.
Gumbel says it's time for him to move on and do something else.
But he didn't say WHAT he'll be doing.
C-B-S hoped that hiring Gumbel would help the network news show get out of third place in the ratings.
Gumbel says while he's "naturally disappointed" the show didn't do better, he's pleased with the quality of the program.
No word yet on when Gumbel's last broadcast will be.
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[Dollar-Coin]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tbr]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Move over, Susan B-Anthony -- the (sack-ah-juh WEE'-ah) Sacagawea dollar isn't doing so well, either.
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[VO-NAT]


The Mint is scaling back production of the Sacagawea dollar coin because of weak demand.
For now, it won't make any more dollar coins for circulation.
It WILL make some for collectors.
Since their debut just more than two years ago, the golden-colored dollar coins have struggled to catch on.
The sour U-S economy knocked down demand for the coins. In fact, demand for ALL U-S coins is down.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Coming up next on the newscast, a new product to help smokers quit may have been inspired by Telly Savalas,
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[VO-NAT ]

Also we will see why some people should not take their work home with them, as a dentist builds a tower out of human teeth.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]



[Nicotine-Lollipops]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=Smoking]


There's a new candy on the market that's helping people to "lick" the habit--
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Yorba Linda, CA;]


It's a nicotine lollipop that some fear could be a threat to children.
The nicotine- laced lollipops sell for two to three dollars each, and go by names like "Nico-stop", "Nico-pop", and "Licotine."
Pharmacists say they are not marketed to kids, and are not sold over the counter.
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[SOT 6:49:01 ]
[IN Q=We dispense]

((MARK GONZALEZ/PHARMACIST: WE DISPENSE THEM IN CONTAINERS THAT IS CHILD PROOF SO CHILDREN DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO THEM AND WE DON'T SELL THEM TO CHILDREN WE ONLY SELL TO ADULTS WITH PRESCRIPTIONS." ))
[SUPER=01-Mark Gonzalez/Pharmacist;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=with prescriptions.]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


Each lollipop dispenses about two to four milligrams of nicotine. That's the same amount as nicotine gum-- it's also like smoking anywhere from three to five cigarettes.
But unlike the gum, the lollipops use a different kind of nicotine formula.
Users of the nicotine lollipops say they taste better than the gum.

[Tooth-Tower]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Chinese dentist has fought TOOTH and NAIL to get into the record books--
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Beijing, China;]


He's claiming a world first, with a tower made entirely of human teeth.
Doctor (Yoo Chee-yen) Yu Qian used 28- thousand decaying human teeth to construct his dental edifice.
Standing eight- feet- four inches tall, the tower took six months to make.
(Chee-yen) Qian has been working as a dentist for over 30 years.
He sank his teeth into building the monument, in hopes of encouraging people to look after their pearly whites.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE# none]
[GRAPHIC=stocks]


On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 54 points. The NASDAQ was UP FIVE.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

Still to come on the newscast, Radford University is set to announce a new women's basketball coach....
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[VO-NAT ]

And...UVA tries to break a 13-game winning streak by going head to head with Virginia Tech.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]



[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=EXPRESS/TITANS]

The Roanoke Express has evened the odds in its best of five series with the mighty Trenton Titans.
The series now holds at one game apiece. Last night in Trenton - the Express got the game to the third period tied at zero-zero. Roanoke then exploded for four goals in the final 20 minutes. Mike Peron, Pete Gardiner, Rick Kowalsky and Chad Mazurak each scored. Game 3 is tomorrow night at the Roundhouse, game four is Sunday afternoon, also at the Roanoke Civic Center.

[S-UVa]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-113 10958TC]
[GRAPHIC=UVA/TECH]

The Moyer complex was where UVa and Tech matched up last night. UVa won the opener 3-to-2, and ended Tech's 13 game winning streak.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Virginia vs. Virginia Tech; :00]

But the time the nightcap rolled around, there was a serious "nip" in the air, not to mention an unpredictable wind.

In the first inning, Tech gets on the board with Clarisa Crowell's bloop hit into shallow center field.
That will plate Amy Voorhees from second.
The Hokies lead it 1-to-nothing. UVa would fail to make any noise until the third, when Ruby Rojas hits one to shallow left field.
It will be enough to score Valerie Sevilla.
The score is tied at one-all.
Rojas would try to squeeze out another base, but the Hokies catch her and tag her out. Things stayed tied until the 8th.
Voorhees is at the plate and she smacks one right down the first-
[super=34-Virginia Tech/2/Virginia/1;]

base line.
It heads into right field and Tiffany Hurt hustles home for the game winner.
Tech beats Virginia 2-to-1 in the nightcap.
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[S-Rad-Coach]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#NONE]
[GRAPHIC=RU Hoops]


Radford University will name Jeri Porter as the new head coach of its women's basketball team this afternoon. She comes from the University of North Alabama, where school officials confirmed last night that she tendered her resignation yesterday. She is a former Coach of the Year in the Gulf South Conference. She was a star player and an assistant coach at Liberty University, where she is a member of the school's hall of fame.

[S-Avalanche]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-118 48:17]
[GRAPHIC=Avalanche]


The Salem Avalanche sharpened its skills in a practice at the Salem Memorial Stadium. First year manager Stu Cole thinks this team will be bringing more power to the plate when it opens the season on Friday.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Stu Cole/Avalanche Manager; :00]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=......scoring a few runs"]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]


Of course to win a championship, a team must have strong pitching as well
And the Avs feel the rotation will be solid.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Kip Bouknight/Avalanche Pitcher; :00]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=in my opinion"]
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[S-Kodak]


[ANCHOR=kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-110]
[GRAPHIC=TEXAS]


The Winston Cup circuit had a week to rest - now they return to the fast track in Roanoke, TEXAS later this week.

[GRAPHIC=MARTINSVILLE]

Earlier in the week, a number of teams tested at Martinsville-- including Mike Skinner and the Abingdon based Morgan McClure race team. It's a team that has struggled mightily the last three seasons, and is trying to recover.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I SEE LIGHT...]
[SUPER=01-Mike Skinner/31st In Points Standings; :00]
[RUNS=:43]
[OUT Q=...LITTLE TIME."]
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