[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Teresa]

Ahead on NEWS 7 at six..
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[VO-NAT]

We'll take you a garage- where a willingness to apply a little elbow grease of your own could save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars.
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[anchor=Teresa]

Plus, a possible solution to a lack of parking in downtown Roanoke.

[Sports-head]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]

In sports, lots of basketball form the college ranks as the Tech women and the Uva men were in action. Words from the Roanoke Express, the final round from Pebble Beach
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[VO-NAT]


and the beach at daytona was hardly warm and sunny as qualifying was rained out.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Brent in WXCenter]
[SS=None]


Here we go again. Snow/Sleet even some rain in the forecast for late tonight. Winter weather advisories are already in affect for much of the News-7 viewing area. Details straight ahead. [Video-Open]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dtha]
[TAPE#=Video Open]
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[TAKE WEATHERPRO FS - RADAR] Get ready for the possibility of more winter weather-- Portions of southwest Virginia could see a mixture of precipitation.
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 6]


Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.

[Snow-Days]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-04 TC-6:22]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]


Tonight's snow may force some schools to cancel classes.
And as those snow days continue to pile up, area school children should realize you can enjoy it now but you will end up paying for it later.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Collinsville]


Many school systems may soon have to adjust their school calendar to make up for the days missed at school.
In Henry County for example, students have already missed six school days this year because of the weather.
The school system has budgeted for nine but administrators realize winter is far from over.
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[SOT 1:03:05]
[IN Q=We constantly reassess]

((SHARON DODSON/SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS: WE CONSTANTLY REASSESS WHERE WE STAND AND DECIDE WHETHER WE HAVE TO DO THINGS LIKE EXTENDED SCHOOL DAYS. WE'RE NOT THERE YET BUT IT IS STILL SNOWING. IT'S STILL WINTER.))
[SUPER=01-Sharon Dodson/Superintendent of Schools]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=it's still winter]
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[VO-NAT]


State law requires students to be in school for 180 days or 990 hours a year.
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[Car-Clinic]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=02-49 TC-1:28:35]
[GRAPHIC=none]

If you've ever had work done on your car, you know it can sometimes cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars. But a lot of times all it takes is a few bucks and a little know how. Justin McLeod tells us how to get there.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jesse Lord/VT Student; :13]
[SUPER=01-Becky Reynolds/VT Student; :29]
[SUPER=01-Liz Langer/VT Student; :41]
[SUPER=01-Bob Barfield/Clinic Supervisor; 1:03]
[SUPER=@justin1; 1:28]
[RUNS=1:44]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Blacksburg]

((((NAT SOUND OF GARAGE OPENING AT 12:56:13))
Every weekend, some Virginia Tech students leave the classroom for this garage in Blacksburg. ((QUICK NAT SOUND OF CAR GOING UP AT 17:22:38))
They're taking part in a car clinic.
[SOT 13:02:34]
[IN Q=I've seen parts]

((JESSE LORD/VIRGINA TECH STUDENT: I'VE SEEN PARTS OF MY ENGINE THAT I'VE NEVER SEEN IN MY CAR BEFORE AND IT'S BEEN A REAL GOOD LEARNING FOR ALL OF US.))
[Runs= 06]
[OUT Q=all of us]

((NAT SOUND OF "YOU'RE GETTING BETTER AT THIS" AT 12:51:26))
The clinic began last spring after Bob Barfield kept hearing the same story...students paying too much money to have work done on their cars.
[SOT 12:58:29]
[IN Q=I spent a thousand]

((BECKY REYNOLDS/VIRGINIA TECH STUDENT: I SPENT A THOUSAND DOLLARS ON MY CAR WHEN ALL I NEEDED TO SPEND WAS TEN DOLLARS ON A RADIATOR FLUSH.))
[Runs= 05]
[OUT Q=radiator flush]

((NAT SOUND OF BOB SAYING "THERE WAS NO SUCH THING" AT 12:52:14))
So with Bob's help, these students began learning everything from changing their oil to brake pads.
[SOT 12:59:15]
[IN Q=Recently I went back]

((LIZ LANGER/VIRGINIA TECH STUDENT: RECENTLY I WENT BACK TO THEM TO GET SOMETHING CHANGED AND I TOLD THEM THEY PUT TOO MUCH OIL IN MY CAR AND YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN THIS GUY HE WAS JUST BLOWN AWAY.))
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[OUT Q=just blown away]


You too can be blown away.
Members want to open the clinic to the public.
You can come and learn how to fix your car or have these members do it for you.
All you have to do is bring the parts, the work is free.
[SOT 13:06:43]
[IN Q=We hope to get people]

((BOB BARFIELD/CLINIC SUPERVISOR: WE HOPE TO GET PEOPLE THAT NEED HELP TO BRING THEIR CARS IN LIKE WIDOWS OR WHATEVER THAT CAN'T FINANCIALLY AFFORD TO PAY HIGH PRICES.))
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[OUT Q=high prices]

((QUICK NAT SOUND OF WORK BEING DONE))
If you end up using the garage on a regular basis, members ask that you pay a small monthly fee.
That will help offset the cost of rent which is 16-hundred dollars a month.
[SOT 3:47:21 TAPE 2]
[IN Q=The garage is located]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE GARAGE IS LOCATED HERE IN THE 12-HUNDRED BLOCK OF NORTH MAIN STREET IN BLACKSBURG. IT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC MOST SATURDAY'S BUT YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT. YOU CAN DO SO BY E-MAILING THEM. THAT ADDRESS IS "THEGARAGE@VT.EDU. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7, BLACKSBURG.))
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[OUT Q=JM, NEWS 7, BLACKSBURG]))



[Osteo-School]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-07 TC-16:57]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A new medical school is one step closer to saying "the doctor is in."
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg]


It has been nearly a year since ground was broken on the new school of Osteopathic Medicine.
The new 20 million dollar facility is currently under construction in Virginia Tech's Corporate Research Center.
The goal of the school is to educate students who will one day hopefully work in rural areas.
The school's dean says two thirds of the class has already been accepted.
There are just 150 spots and classes are set to begin in August.
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[Black-History]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-08 TC-47:20]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The U.S Postal service delivered an important message in the Roanoke Valley today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


More than two hundred people attended the postal service's annual black history program this afternoon at Saint Elias Catholic Church in Roanoke.
Those who attended were treated to a free lunch, plenty of local talent, and several children's activities.
The theme for this year's event was "plant a seed, grow a nation."
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[SOT 10:20:13]
[IN Q=Basically it is saying]

((RACHEL IVORY/U.S. POSTAL SERVICE: BASICALLY IT IS SAYING THAT IF WE'RE PLANTING A SEED WHICH ARE THE CHILDREN, WE'RE PLANTING SEEDS, THERE WE'RE GROWING A NATION. THESE OUR ARE CHILDREN OF TOMORROW.))
[SUPER=01-Rachel Ivory/U.S. Postal Service]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=children of tomorrow]
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[VO-NAT]


The Postal Service's black history program has been going strong now for more than a decade.
This is the first year the event also helped a local charity.
Attendees were asked to donate children's items for the Abused Women's Shelter.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[SS=NONE]

Up ahead on the newscast, it's budget time for localities around the state, and this year could be the most difficult to make ends meet.
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[VO-NAT]

and also, the City of Roanoke is getting a head start on some spring cleaning for its public parks.
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[Henry-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=02-53 TC-45:57]
[GRAPHIC=none]


It's budget time again and many localities are struggling to make ends meet.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.]


Leaders in Henry County expect revenues to be flat for the upcoming 2004 budget year.
This will also be the first year the county feels the full effects of the recent closing of V-F Imagewear.
The county is set to lose 1.6 million dollars in revenue from V-F.
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[SOT 1:09:48]
[IN Q=VF Imagewear was a major]

((TIM HALL/COUNTY SPOKESPERSON: VF IMAGEWEAR WAS A MAJOR TAX PAYER IN HENRY COUNTY AND OBVIOUSLY THEY DON'T HAVE A PRESENCE HERE ANYMORE SO THAT'S GOING TO EFFECT OUR BUDGET AND THAT'S WHERE RIPPLE COMES IN. IF IT EFFECTS THE COUNTY'S BUDGET IT ALSO EFFECTS THE SCHOOL'S BUDGET, IT EFFECTS PUBLIC SAFETY'S BUDGET, IT EFFECTS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT'S BUDGET SO THERE IS TOUGH CHOICES AND TOUGH DECISIONS TO BE MADE.))
[SUPER=01-Tim Hall/County Spokesperson]
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[OUT Q=to be made]
[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Hall says he doesn't see the county raising taxes to make up for any budget shortfall.
The county will hold several public hearings in the next few months before the Board of Supervisors adopts a budget.


[Rke-Parks]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-05 TC-5:00]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Some city parks in Roanoke are about to get a major facelift.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The city plans to demolish and rebuild the restrooms at five parks in Roanoke.
They include the parks at Washington, Loudon, Staunton, Breckinridge, and Garden City.
The new facilities will cost 80-thousand dollars a piece but city leaders say it's money well-spent.
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[SOT 1:43:40]
[IN Q=There was definetely]

((LAURIE WOOD/PARKS AND RECREATION DEPT.: THERE WAS DEFINITELY NEED FOR THEM. THE FIXTURES OR THE BATHROOMS IN MOST OF OUR CITY PARKS ARE REALLY OLD AND REALLY NEED TO BE REPLACED. WE REPLACED 11 LAST YEAR AND WE'RE WORKING ON THESE FIVE FOR THIS YEAR. WE EVEN HAD THE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS COME OUT AND MEET WITH US TO DECIDE WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST BATHROOMS FOR THEIR PARKS IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS.))
[SUPER=01-Laurie Wood/Parks and Recreation Dept.]
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[OUT Q=in their neighborhoods]
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[VO-NAT]


The new bathrooms will have stainless steel fixtures and will be designed to prevent vandalism.
The project should be completed by the summer.
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[City-Parking]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=02-52 TC-1:48:26]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A new study has confirmed what visitors to downtown Roanoke already know. There aren't enough parking spaces to meet the demand.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The city study found a deficit of more than 450 parking spaces in the Church Avenue corridor alone.
City officials are considering construction of a parking garage that could serve the courthouse, police department, Red Cross, YMCA, and Jefferson Center.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=One of the things]

((BILL BESTPITCH/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I AM MOST HAPPY ABOUT JOE IS THE FACT THAT WE'RE THINKING MORE IN TERMS OF STRUCTURED PARKING INSTEAD OF SURFACE PARKING. I JUST THINK THAT DOWNTOWN LAND IS WAY TOO VALUABLE TO HAVE SURFACE PARKING WHEN WE CAN USE THAT FOR SO MANY OTHER GOOD ENTERPRISES IN THE CITY.))
[SUPER=@Bestpitch]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=other good enterprises in the city]
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[VO-NAT]


The parking study identified at least four possible sites, but city officials say they want to talk with potential partners before deciding where a new parking garage should be located.
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[Tease#2]
[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[SS=NONE]


Up ahead, the wintery forecast, plus the latest news from Daytona, where we are getting closer to the big 5-hundred.


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[VO-NAT]

but before that the story of a Roanoke woman who's making a difference by keeping food on people's plates. We'll have her story up next.
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[VA-Profile]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=Profile #6 43:11]
[GRAPHIC=Va. Profile]

The holidays may be the busy season, but Pamela (Err-vin) Irvine is making sure that thousands of people have food on their plates all year long.
News 7's Rachel Cannon has this week's Virginia Profile.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Pamela Irvine/Second Harvest Food Bank; :20]
[SUPER=@Rachel2; :29]
[RUNS=1:28]
[OUT Q=RC, News 7, Roanoke.]

(( There's always something to do at the Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank. Working to provide items to about 450 non-profit feeding agencies, efforts by employees and volunteers help fulfill a basic need many people go without.
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[SOT 03:08:42]
[IN Q=on an]

((PAMELA IRVINE/SW VA SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK; ON AN AVERAGE THEY CAN SERVE ANY WHERE FROM BETWEEN 25 TO 40-THOUSAND INDIVIDUALS EVERY MONTH AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ILL, ELDERLY, CHILDREN AND DISADVANTAGED PEOPLE. ))
[OUT Q=PEOPLE.]

To do so they collect food from all over the country. As Executive Director, Pamela (Err-vin) Irvine is responsible for keeping this warehouse full and financial donations coming in. She says it's a challenge made even harder by a struggling economy.
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[SOT 03:07:54]
[IN Q=It means]

((PAMELA IRVINE/SW VA SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK; IT MEANS JUGGLING A LOT OF THINGS IT MEANS THAT YOU ARE HANDED A CHALLENGE THAT ALMOST SEEMS UNREALISTIC AND WITH VERY LITTLE RESOURCES TO ACCOMPLISH IT. ))
[OUT Q=ACCOMPLISH IT.]

Irvine knows how to make things happen. She has been working with non-profits for almost her entire adult life. She also uses her training as a Minister in her daily life and says living the life is as rewarding as preaching it.
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[SOT 03:08:23]
[IN Q=it's very]

((IT'S VERY REWARDING, YOU WALK AWAY KNOWING THAT YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLES LIVES, THOUSANDS OF THEM, THAT YOU'LL NEVER MEET. ))
[OUT Q=NEVER MEET]

The Second Harvest Food Bank is now on a mission to get the word out about the good it does. They hope people will support them on March 14th at an event Irvine dubs as food, fun and friends. Rachel Cannon, News 7, Roanoke.))

[Food-Bank]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=02-55 TC-50:19]
[GRAPHIC=none]

The Second Harvest Food Bank is also on another mission.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Jim Pearman is president of the Food Bank's Board of Directors. He says the board and staff have begun exploring ways to replace the food bank's facilities in Roanoke and Abingdon.
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[SOT 00:02:45]
[IN Q=The facilities have been ]
[SUPER=01-Jim Pearman/Food Bank Board of Directors; ]

(( THE FACILITIES HAVE BEEN GOOD FOR THE TIME PERIOD WE'VE HAD THEM BUT THE QUANTITY OF FOOD, WHEN YOU'RE MOVING OVER NINE MILLION POUNDS THROUGHOUT THE FACILITIES THAT WE HAVE, THEY'RE JUST NOT ADEQUATE TO HANDLE THIS LEVEL OF FOOD. ))
[RUNS=20]
[OUT Q=handle this level of food.]
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[VO-NAT]

Pearman says the food bank would also like to establish an endowment.
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[Sports-tease]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


A rain out at Daytona today but we will have some news from the track, college hoops highlights from Tech and UVa


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[VO-NAT]

as well as high school as Roanoke Catholic battled Benedictine today.
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[S-Daytona]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-137 ]
[GRAPHIC=Nascar]


Rain the threatened at Daytona International Speedway for two days finally arrived today and postponed Bud Pole qualifying for the Daytona 500.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL; :00]


The normally sunny and pleasant Daytona area looked more like a mild monsoon had hit as crews and teams worked quickly to get their cars out of the rain and into the garage.
Qualifying has been moved to tomorrow at 1:05. Winston Cup qualifying that was originally scheduled for tomorrow afternoon has been canceled.
Drivers and teams worked on their cars inside today.
Joe Nemechek had the fastest speed in Saturday's two Winston cup practice sessions.
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[S-VT]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-139 45:01]
[GRAPHIC=Tech hoops]


The Virginia Tech Lady Hokies beat Notre Dame for the first time in five tries, edging the Irish 53-50 at the Cassell. Freshman point guard Carrie Mason converted a three point play with 13 seconds left in the gam. She gives Tech the 53-50 win the week of her birthday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Big East Network; :00]


The Fighting Irish would go inside in the first half as Teresa Borton benefits form the nice inside pass.
Tech with some nice ball movement. Eva Kublina to Aaron Gibson to freshman Mason, no relation, and she buries her only three pointer of the game.
The Hokies also got 16 points and a game high 9 rebounds from Crystal Starling. She rips rope here form three land. Tech trailed 26-23 at the half.
[SUPER=33-Notre Dame/50/Virginia Tech/53;]


In the second Half, Kublina was again hot. She scored 21 points and tied a career high with 7 blocks on the day. Starling and company was sharp from the field and from the line. The Hokies were 23 of 24 from the charity stripe and are now tied for third in the Big East.
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[S-UVa]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-141]
[GRAPHIC=UVa]


The Virginia Cavaliers put together another impressive win today, downing North Carolina State 61-58 in Charlottesville.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Jefferson Pilot; :00]

The wahoos came into the game having lost five in a row to the Wolfpack, including a 75-63 setback to State in early January.
The Cavs got another huge day from Travis Watson as the All-American candidate registers another double double he had 15 points and 14 rebounds.
Majestic Mapp was also tough on the day, here he gets the roll on the break away lay up.
Julius Hodge was the man for the Pack, he had a team high 15 points including this basket.
Elton Brown is gonna score coming up here as UVa beats State to end a five game skid against the pack.
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[S-Scores]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-140 45:16]
[GRAPHIC=]
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[VO-NAT wipe to #eng!!!!!!]
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Terrapins vs. Yellow Jackets; :00]

Eighth ranked Maryland had former stars and now NBA players Steve Francis and Juan Dixon on hand in Atlanta to support the Terps against Georgia Tech.
The Yellow Jackets led by as much as 13 in the second half and B.J. Elder extends that lead after a Maryland turnover with this hoop. Gary Williams team rallied late as Drew Nicholas rips rope from three point land and is fouled, he converted the four point play.
But Anthony Mchenry breaks the press and the Terps back with this slam and Georgia Tech extends its home winning streak to 13 straight with the 90-84 victory.
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[S-Catholic]


[ANCHOR=stve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-138 40:52]
[GRAPHIC=high school hoops]


In high school action today. Roanoke Catholic battled Benedictine.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Cadets vs. Celtics; :00]


The Celtics would hear some emotional words from head coach Dick Wall during the first quarter.
Catholic down early, the Celtics move the ball around the key to Steve Nowlin who rips rope from behind the arc that cuts the Cadets lead to 1.
Benedictine's Vernon Hamilton floats the running J from 15 feet away and the Cadets were up by a bucket.
Catholic's Tony Haiston again goes to the long ball and he connects from the right side.
[SUPER=33-Benedictine/ /Roanoke Catholic/ ;]This time, the Celtics go inside to Tadas Stanaitis who takes it along

the baseline and scores with the one hander.
Tadas then drives one more time but this time gives to Haiston. he hits, Catholic takes the lead and ____wins __to___.
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[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-146 23:51]
[GRAPHIC=Express]


The Roanoke Express does not play again until next Friday on the road against Atlantic City. Roanoke improved to 30-19 and 3 with a 5-2 win over South Carolina Last night. Despite a tough few weeks the team continues to produce.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Rick Kowalsky/Express Right Wing; :00]
[RUNS=:41]
[OUT Q=.....for alot of guys"]
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[S-Golf]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-147 20:32]
[GRAPHIC=Golf]


The final round of the PGA's Pebble Beach Pro-am teed off today after a third round in which six players held the lead at one point.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pebble Beach, CA; :00]


Mike Weir would go to three under on this birdie putt on the par 72 Spy Glass Hill golf course.
Davis Love would answer that with a birdie putt. He goes to 10 under and is one stroke off the lead.
On the 10th hole, Weir goes for birdie on the eight footer to keep pace with Love.
But Davis would sink three straight birdies to go two strokes up on Weir. Love makes the turn with a one-stroke lead over Rocco Mediate and Weir.
And it is smooth sailing for Love as he goes on to win the AT & T Pebble Beach Pro-Am with a final round 68. (------------)