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Coming up on News 7-
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While investigators try to identify the dead at a Rhode Island night club-
Local fire officials talk about club safety locally.
What do Express fans think of more alcohol sales at the Civic Center.
And you may see something bright on the H and C sign.
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[Talent=Jean]


News 7 at Eleven is next.

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[SOT from victims story :12]

((WHEN I TURNED AROUND SOME PEOPLE WERE ALREADY TRYING TO LEAVE AND OTHER PEOPLE WERE SAYING THIS IS GREAT. I WAS THINKING THIS IS NOT GREAT.))
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[OUT Q=THIS IS NOT GREAT.]
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More horrible stories from survivors of that deadly night club fire in Rhode Island- as victims families wait for word on their loved ones.
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[SOT FROM SEARCH STORY : ]

((SHE USUALLY DOESN'T WORK THURSDAY NIGHTS AND IT WAS HER BIRTHDAY.)) [BUTT TO 1:15] ((EVERYTIME THE PHONE RINGS MY MOM STILL HOPES. WE'RE STILL PRAYING AND WE'RE STILL HOPEFUL.))
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Good Evening.
96 people died in the fire- but so far fewer than ten of the dead have been identified.
In a moment, we'll check in with a local club and local fire officials to see what kind of safety precautions they take.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Jennifer /NEwspath;]


But first we go to Jennifer Miller who is live in West Warwick Rhode Island where the search is going on into the night.
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[SUPER=01-Charles Hall/West Warwick Fire Chief; ]
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[OUT Q=HAVE BEEN DENIED. ]

((IT WAS SHEER CHAOS AS A RHODE ISLAND NIGHTCLUB TURNED INTO A FIERY NIGHTMARE NEARLY 300 PANICKED FANS TRIED TO PUSH THEIR OUT - AFTER AN INDOOR FIREWORKS DISPLAY BY THE ROCK BAND GREAT WHITE ERUPTED INTO A FAST-MOVING FIRE.
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AS LAYERS OF PEOPLE JAMMED THE FRONT DOORS (nat pop) OTHER EXITS REMAINED EMPTY. THE TOWNS FIRE CHIEF SAYS IT APPEARED MANY VICTIMS WEREN'T AWARE OF THEM: Super: Charles Hall/West Warwick Fire Chief Sot: 'I wont say we wouldn't be there, but the death toll would be far less..' BEFORE THE FIRE BROKE OUT, A LOCAL CBS PHOTOGRAPHER WAS INSIDE SHOOTING A STORY ON CLUB SAFETY. THE SMALL, 50 YEAR OLD BUILDING HAD JUST PASSED ITS FIRE INSPECTION. BECAUSE OF ITS AGE, WAS NOT REQUIRED TO HAVE SPRINKLERS. Sot: 'if there were sprinklers in this building we wouldn't be here now.' EVEN WITH SPRINKLERS HOWEVER, THE FIRE CHIEF SAYS PYROTECHNICS DIDN'T BELONG IN THE SMALL COMBUSTIBLE BUILDING. HE SAYS NEITHER THE CLUB OWNER OR THE BAND FILED FOR A PERMIT - AND IF THEY HAD, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN DENIED. ))
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[Club-Safety]


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Local fire officials say they concentrate on prevention to help avoid the same tragedy.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

The Coffee Pot in Roanoke is just one example of a nightspot in Roanoke that must follow fire codes. The location has fire exits, extinguishers and a fire exhaust system. The owner says the chance of a blaze is slim to none.
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[SOT 00:05:18]
[IN Q=IT'S SOMETHING]

((CARROLL BELL/THE COFFEE POT; IT'S SOMETHING THEY TAKE SERIOUSLY SOMETHING THAT I TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY BECAUSE WE HAVE THE LIVES OF OTHER PEOPLE IN OUR HANDS AND THAT'S A VERY BIG RESPONSIBILITY.))
[SUPER=01-Carroll Bell/The Coffee Pot;]
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[OUT Q=A VERY BIG RESPONSIBILITY.]
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Roanoke's Fire Marshal Marlan Morris says The Coffee Pot has a good record with them. Fire code is a state law and if broken, jail time could be enforced. Morris says a majority of businesses cooperate and work with them to comply. The city's goal is to inspect each location once a year.
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[Civic-Center]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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You've heard from city leaders and church leaders
But what do fans think of the debate over whether the Roanoke Civic Center should be allowed to sell beer and wine at more events? [***BREW BATTLE IN MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Justin/Pulpit;]


Justin McLeod went to tonight's Express game to find out. Justin?
Jean, fans overwhelmingly want to see expanded alcohol sales at Civic Center events.
[LIVE= Justin /FULL Pulpit]
[SUPER=@justin1]


Now, that may not come to much surprise to anyone but it's another side we haven't heard yet in the battle over brew.
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[SUPER=01-Bob Smith/Express Fan; :28]
[SUPER=01-Kelly McFadyen/Mother; :48]
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((((NAT SOUND OF CROWD CHEERING))
The crowds can get rowdy here at Express games, but fans say alcohol is not to blame.
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[IN Q=I haven't seen any]

((AMY STEINER/EXPRESS FAN: I HAVEN'T SEEN ANY WITH THE CROWD, NOT AT ALL.)) ((DAVID LIECHTY/EXPRESS FAN: YOU'VE GOT SOME VOCAL PEOPLE BUT IT'S NOT BECAUSE OF DRINKING ALCOHOL.)) [Runs07]
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The Civic Center can already sell beer at professional sporting events.
But, the city wants expand that and sell alcohol at concerts and other entertainment events.
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[IN Q=You go to any]

((BOB SMITH/EXPRESS FAN: YOU GO TO ANY, YOU GO TO GREENSBORO, YOU GO TO ANY OTHER CITY COMPARABLE TO THIS SIZE, GREENSBORO MAY BE A LITTLE BIG BUT YOU DON'T HAVE ANY PROBLEM GETTING ALCOHOL AT HOCKEY GAME OR ANY EVENT.)) [Runs09]
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It is the kinds of events that worry some.
Opponents fear expanded alcohol sales would hurt the civic center atmosphere especially for families.
This fan however doesn't buy it.
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((KELLY McFADYEN/EXPRESS FAN: WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A BEER AT HOME OR OUT WITH THEM OR WITHOUT THEM. I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT.)) [Runs07]
[OUT Q=problem with it]


Supporters also point out buying beer at the Civic Center is not easy.
You first must show an id and receive a wristband.
You are then limited to three beers per person per event.
Police are also on hand to keep on eye on the crowd.
[SOT 1:15:30]
[IN Q=They stop selling]

((JENNIFER EYE/EXPRESS FAN: THEY STOP SELLING BEER AT THE BEGINNING OF THIRD PERIOD SO YOU HAVE A GOOD 45 MINUTES TO RELAX BEFORE YOU GO HOME I SUPPOSE.)) [Runs06]
[OUT Q=I suppose]))
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[LIVE= Justin /FULL Pulpit]


Like it or not, fans did see changes at tonight's Express Game.
They can now only buy three beers rather than four and they can no longer bring alcohol into the bathroom.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Justin /Pulpit;]


Jean, there's no word on whether these changes came about because of the controversy over expanded alcohol sales.

[Transplant-Girl]


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The odds don't look good for 17- year- old Jesica (Sahn-TEE-on) Santillan after her second double-organ transplant in the past two weeks.
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((DR. KAREN FRUSH: THE FINDINGS INDICATE SEVERE AND IRREVERSIBLE BRAIN INJURY.))
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[OUT Q=irreversible brain injury]
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A family spokesman says tests will be performed tomorrow to see if Jesica is indeed brain dead. But Duke University Hospital says no tests are planned. Two weeks ago Jesica received a heart and lungs of the wrong blood type and yesterday underwent another transplant with the correct organs. Some have expressed anger towards the hospital, but officials say they've been upfront from the start.
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[SOT 20:39:03]
[IN Q=I think we've been ]

((WILLIAM FULKERSON/DUKE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL CEO : I THINK WE'VE BEEN HONEST AND FORTHCOMING WITH JESICA'S FAMILY ABOUT HER MEDICAL CARE EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.))
[SUPER=01-William Fulkerson/Duke University Hospital CEO]
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[OUT Q=step of the way]
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Jesica had been waiting for a new heart and lungs for three years.
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[Child-Deaths]


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State health officials are trying to figure out what has killed five children in Virginia this week. All of the children were younger than 8 years old and had suffered respiratory symptoms before dying.
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Four of the children were from the Tidewater region, and another was from Richmond. So far, no link has been established, and officials have not pinpointed a cause of death. Meanwhile, health officials around the state are warning physicians to watch out for anything suspicious.
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((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT; WE'RE PUTTING OUT A LOT OF INFO TO PHYSICIANS PROVIDERS, TO BE AWARE OF ANY UNUSUAL OCCURRENCES OR EVENTS THAT WOULD BE SPECIFICALLY TARGET TO CHILDREN ))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/New River Health District;]
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[OUT Q=targeted to children.]
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Health officials say there is NO evidence of bioterrorism. Officials hope lab work will show what caused the childrens' deaths in a few days.

[Smallpox]


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Meanwhile, Several hundred health care workers in our area could soon get the smallpox vaccine.
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[SUPER=03-Salem]


Today, local health officials began training their personnel on administering the vaccine safely.
Health officials are also joining forces with 17 hospitals in the region to develop a plan for handling a possible attack.
They say if there is a smallpox outbreak they would be able to vaccinate everyone in the region in 10 days.
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[H&C-Sign]


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Come this spring, Roanoke's skyline may be a little brighter.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

The Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation is teaming up with other organizations to re-light the H & C Coffee Sign.
[SUPER=04-December 1991;]

The 1947 landmark was last renovated in December 1991 to the tune of 28-thousand dollars. But owner, John Williams, says it wasn't 6 weeks before the sign needed more repairs. The struggle now is not only getting the sign turned back on but, KEEPING it on.
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[IN Q=We would like to see the long-term care...]

((KENT CHRISMAN/ROANOKE VALLEY PRESERVATION FOUNDATION: WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE LONG-TERM CARE AND SUPPORT OF THE SIGN. IT'S SUFFERED OVER THE YEARS FROM CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP...SOMETIMES IT'S RENOVATED AND OTHER TIMES IT'S NOT SO WE'D REALLY LIKE TO WORK TOWARDS LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS.))
[SUPER=01-Kent Christman/Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation;]
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[OUT Q=like to work towards long-term solutions.]
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Chrisman hopes to be able to flip the sign back on by Preservation Week in May.
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The General Assembly's budget agreement is giving teachers and state employees a reason to celebrate. But some groups are left empty-handed.
Details and local reaction next on News 7.
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Plus new pictures of a huge explosion and fire at an oil refinery.
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[Sports-preview]


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(( Hey folks - Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office as the Express finally comes back home to the Roudnhouse.

Speaking of coming home Curtis Staples is back in the NBDL but not with the Dazzle. The Radford women win tonight. Cave Spring eanrs a spot in the regionals and we'll check on the western valley.


Plus, state track meet news from Blacksburg tonight on the Big 7.))[XGR-Budget]


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An election year ploy.
That's Governor Warner's characterization of the compromise budget agreed to by House and Senate negotiators today.
Warner chided lawmakers for being overly optimistic and including raises for teachers and state employees.
Richmond Bureau Chief Meghan Muldoon has more on what's in the budget... and who's been left out.
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Lawmakers say the budget negotiations were a give and take.
They gave to D-M-V which will now open six days a week, instead of five.
And lawmakers are giving a two-point-25 percent pay raise to state workers and teachers.
But the increase is conditional.
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To pay for the plan, the state will take in more money on the sale of alcohol.
And collect five extra bucks from those renewing their drivers licenses.
Funding for non-profit cultural agencies, like Roanoke's Center in the Square, Virginia Museum of Transportation and Mill Mountain Theatre, was completely cut out of the budget.
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The budget also includes a seven percent cap on tuition increases at Virginia's colleges and universities.
Some lawmakers says the cap means more layoffs and less course offerings, at schools like Virginia Tech.
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[RUNS:10] [OUT QFIVE TO FIVE AND A HALF YEARS.]
As for the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, it will get 800-thousand dollars next year and less funding in later years.
Delegate Lacey Putney says he's not happy with the compromise.
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The House and Senate will vote on the budget on Saturday.
It is expected to pass. Then lawmakers will head home.
Meghan Muldoon, News 7, Richmonod.))
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[Non-Profits]


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Many local non-profit organizations are facing another year in the red now that they've been zeroed out of the state budget.
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Center in the Square asked for 750-thousand dollars even though President Jim Sears says he didn't expect to receive that much.
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[IN Q=I was hoping we would get some of our request...]

((JIM SEARS/CENTER IN THE SQUARE PRESIDENT: I WAS HOPING WE WOULD GET SOME OF OUR REQUEST, A TOKEN AMOUNT WHICH WOULD BE GREATLY BENEFICIAL TO CENTER IN THE SQUARE. BUT NOW WE'RE FACED WITH A DEFICIT THAT WE'LL BE RUNNING FOR THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE.))
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[OUT Q=running for the forseeable future.]
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Sears says Center in the Square is now focusing not only on ways to cut costs but on new ways to earn money aside from fundraising.
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[Shuttle]


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It appears there was a warning from a NASA safety engineer days before the Columbia shuttle crashed.
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[SUPER=03-Cape Canaveral, FL/January]


A NASA safety engineer warned that Columbia was at risk of a dangerous breach near its left wheel.
And he suggested people in the space agency were not adequately considering the threat.
NASA released the e-mail today.
Another just released report indicates three chunks of foam, not just one, hit the wing on takeoff.
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[Refinery-Fire]


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U-S Coast Guard cameras captured that barge explosion on videotape today-
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Staten Island, NY/U. S. Coast Guard Video;]


The black and white video shows the huge blast on Staten Island New York.
The explosion rocked a barge that was unloading fuel at a storage depot.
We'll show you that one more time in case you missed it- the blast set off a huge fire.
Thick smoke could be seen for miles away.
Two workers were killed in that blast.
A third is in critical condition.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Winter weather cancellations are forcing big school changes statewide.
Find out what's in store next on News 7.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus the pup rescued from the middle of a river just can't seem to catch a break.
Now he needs a new home.
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[Sea-Rage]


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It wasn't road rage, rather sea rage that caused three fishermen to hit the deck and it sent one to the mainland in handcuffs.
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[VO-NAT 13:05:30 & Server 28 + pad]
[SUPER=03-Hellendale Beach, FL/Yesterday;]

The battle began over a good fishing hole. The 40- foot "Baits Factor" was trying to get a good spot to catch dolphin, but the 20-foot "Instigator" had the same idea. An argument broke out between the men on the two vessels and shortly thereafter the owner of "Baits Factor" allegedly fired a shot from his handgun. Men on the "Instigator" retreated and hit the deck until the coast guard arrived. The man who fired the shot was arrested and faces one count of aggravated assault with a firearm.
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[SOL-Delay]


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Winter Weather may give students a little extra time to study for part of the S-O-L's.
The Virginia Department of Education today approved an optional 8-day delay for the English Writing test.
School systems can choose to give the test either on March 13th or the original date of March 5th.

[County-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Meanwhile, Roanoke County classrooms emptied by winter weather could be full this spring.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Tuesday;]


The school system had ten snow days in the calendar this year.
They've missed eleven.
Today, officials said that means school WILL be in session on Memorial Day.
If any MORE time is missed, officials will scrap that plan, cancel another make-up day scheduled for June 11th, and cancel part of the spring break in April.
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[S-Extra]


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Hockey, Hoops, track,and hot laps are on the way but first in tonight's Extra Point -
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[SUPER=03-Washington, DC/NBA; :00]

On Monday - Michael Jordan turned 40 years old - tonight he just plain turned out the MCI Center. Four days after going over the hill Jordan torched the New Jersey Nets - the best team in the east for 43 points. The Wizards win it 87-to-86 as Jordan becomes the first 40 year old in NBA history to shoot his age in a game.
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[S-Western]


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We begin this morning on Grandin Road as Patrick Henry looked to complete a perfect year in the district by adding the Western Valley tournament title to the regular season crown it already claimed.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Comets vs. Patriots;:00]

Last night the Patriots would have to take down a fired up Halifax Comets team from South Boston. With one minute left in third - Marlon Kemp will hit the spot-up three pointer and PH is on top 44-to-33 and in control. But Halifax would slowly chip away at that lead - the back door cut leads to a nice hoop and the lead it down to 8 with 7 to go. The lead would evaporate to just two, before Cornelius Penn floated in this shot to make it a 50-to-46 game. But Halifax would come all the way back and hand PH its first
[super=33-Halifax Co./61/Patrick Henry/58;]

district setback of the the year. Keith McCargo scores again. Halifax beats PH 61-to-58 for the western valley title.
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[S-Blue]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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In the Blue Ridge last night Blacksburg beat Alleghany 67-to-63 in overtime for the tournament title. Both teams already knew they were in the regionals. But that wasn't the case in the consolation game. The Cave-Northside winner would advance and loser would go home and get ready for baseball season.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Vikings vs. Knights; :00]

The Vikings had dropped two games to Cave in the regular season - could the third time turn out to be the charm? Not hardly. Andrew Davison follows his miss and gets the touch pass to the big man Jake Kaplan inside for the bucket.
Cave Spring has a 32-to-24 lead with four minutes left in the third. Northside's Keith Carter will hit ahead to Tyler White on this breakaway score. Northside got the lead down to six points. But Cave would maintain the advantage as Kaplan powers in
[super=33-Cave Spring/59/Northside/45;]

another one. The Knights beat Northside 59-to-45 and advance to the regionals next week in Lynchburg.
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[S-Radford]


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[WRITER=mst]
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On the women's college hardwood last night - the Radford Highlanders were on the road in Asheville, North Carolina hoping to move into double digits victories for the season.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Asheville, NC/Big South Network; :00]

First year head coach Jeri Porter would have one of her easier nights at the office. The Highlanders who were just 4-and-7 in league play coming into the game got a huge career high 27 points effort from Heather Perez. First she grabs the air ball and beats the shot clock for two. Then later in the half she will knock down the three pointer.
[super=33-Radford/70/UNC Asheville/60;]

The Lady Highs improve to 5 and 7 in the Big South, 10 and 15 overall with the 70-to-60 win over UNC Asheville.
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[S-Staples]


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[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-134]
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The ODAC men's tournament opens later today at the Salem Civic Center with four games. Tonight Randolph-Macon swept the postseason awards winning players of the year, coach of the year and freshman of the year.
[graphic=dazzle]

The Dazzle also is home this afternoon. The team hosts Huntsville. No big deal except that yesterday the Flight signed former PH and UVa star Curtis Staples. He'll play today wearing number 13.
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[SUPER=01-Curtis Staples/Signs with Huntsville Flight; :00]
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[OUT Q=...BEST OUT OF IT."]
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[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-149 113TC]
[GRAPHIC=express]


The Roanoke Express finally returned home for the first time in nearly a month. Last night the team hosted Greensboro in the first of two games this weekend.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Generals vs. Express; :00]

It was college and government officials night as discounts were in order - and the crowd was tad bit bigger than usual. The Express took a 2-to-nothing lead and then it looked like Greensboro got back in it as the puck trickles by Evan Lindsey. But a penalty on Mike Peron whistled before the goal wiped it off the board. The Express would then get another that did count by just hanging around the net. Jason Jaffray's shot won't go home, but it also won't go away and Joe Dusbabak slaps it by Seastian Centomo for the tally.
[super=38-Greensboro/2/Roanoke/3;]

Roanoke wins it 3 to 2. The Express is home tonight at 7:30 against Pee Dee.
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[S-Track]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-137 TC4903]
[GRAPHIC=VHSL]


The Group Two-A State Indoor Track Meet featured hundreds of area high school students today in Blacksburg.
Travis Wells has more from Virginia Tech's Rector Field House.
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[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Randy Bailey/Meet Director; :15]
[SUPER=@travis1; :33]
[SUPER=01-Adam Linkenauger/Top Ranked High Jumper in Virginia; :48]
[SUPER=01-Michaela Morton/Christiansburg Distance Runner; 1:17]
[RUNS=1:40]
[OUT Q=News 7 Sports."]
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[S-Qualify]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-142 3539TC]
[GRAPHIC=NASCAR 2003]


Dave Blaney and Jasper Motorsports shocked everybody today by winning the Winston Cup pole for Sunday's Subway 400 at the Rock. That car has a crew chief from Halifax in Robert Barker and car chief from Tazewell in Kevin Kidd.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC/Fox Sports Net; :00]

Jerry Nadeau could have used their help today. The day after Daytona his wife Jada gave birth to their first child. Today - he looked like the nervous dad as his US Army Pontiac smoked and spun, but never hit the wall. Here's a look at the starting grid for the Subway 400.
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[go to qualifying boards] [WIPE TO MOTION]
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[SUPER=0107-1. Dave Blaney/154.683/2. Johnny Benson//3. Mark Martin//4. Sterling Marlin//5. Bill Elliott//;]
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[SUPER=0107-6. Ricky Craven//7. Jamie McMurray//8. Rusty Wallace//9. Dale Jarrett//10. Bobby Labonte//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Elliott Sadler//12. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.//13. Greg Biffle//14. Joe Nemechek//15. Ward Burton//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Casey Mears//17. Kenny Wallace//18. Matt Kenseth//19. Robby Gordon//20. Mike Skinner//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Ryan Newman//22. Michael Waltrip//23. Jeff Gordon//24. Jerry Nadeau//25. Steve Park//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-26. Kevin Harvick//27. Kurt Busch//28. Ricky Rudd//29. Jeremy Mayfield//30. Kyle Petty//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-31. Terry Labonte//32. John Andretti//33. Tony Stewart//34. Jack Sprague//35. Ken Schrader//;]
[SUPER=X5009;]
[SUPER=0107-36. Jimmy Spencer//37. Jimmie Johnson/Prov/38. Jeff Burton/Prov/39. Jeff Green/Prov/40. Todd Bodine/Prov/;]



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[SUPER=0107-41. Larry Foyt/Prov/42. Tony Raines/Prov/43. Derrike Cope/Prov/;]
[RUNS=:45]
[OUT Q=.....last driver."]
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[Dog-rescue]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=tbr]
[TAPE#=]
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The New Jersey dog rescued from a floating chunk of ice will soon have a new home.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Newark, NJ;]


His elderly owners say they can not afford to feed and care for him.
The Rottweiler-mix was on TV screens around the nation Wednesday when he was rescued from the from the Passaic River.
Authorities in a rowboat were able to save him.
The owners say he probably slipped through a hole in their back fence, as he had several other times.
A Humane Societies worker says so far, 25 people have offered to adopt the dog.
She says he should be with a new family by the beginning of next week.
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