[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

Lawmakers decide on a budget, boosting pay for some and eliminating others altogether.
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[VO-NAT :06]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

And, we'll check with local nightclubs to see how they keep the nightlife from getting too hot.
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[Sports-head]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]

Tonight on News 7 Sports - the state indoor track meet was held today in Blacksburg. Former Tarheel Jeff Lebo is the subject of tonight's Atlantic Coast Connection.
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[VO-NAT]

And qualifying makes it through the rain today at the Rock. The starting grid later in sports.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


The surge of rain coming out of the gulf of Mexico prompts Flood Watches from the National Weather Service. We will check that out in a moment.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 4-Shot]


News 7 at Six is next.
[Video-Open]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=Video Open]



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[SOT 12:15:22]
[IN Q=NO ONE IS ECSTATIC ABOUT THIS BUDGET BUT HOPEFULLY]
[RUNS=:05]
[OUT Q=SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE CAN LIVE WITH.]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


It's a done deal.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


After a five day stalemate, state lawmakers agreed on a budget today.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[XGR-Budget]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=02-50 TC1:32:40]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


House and Senate budget negotiators have finally agreed on how to spend 52 billion dollars of your money.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


It took some prodding from the Speaker, but after working through the night, lawmakers reached a compromise.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Meghan/State Microwave]


Richmond Bureau Chief Meghan Muldoon joins us now from the State Capitol with more.
Lawmakers are giving Speaker Bill Howell credit for brokering the compromise.
[LIVE=Meghan Full/State Microwave]
[SUPER=@meghan1;]
[SUPER=05-Richmond]


Still, while legislators are happy they've reached an agreement, no one seems happy by what is in it.
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[IN Q=I THINK WE DID THE BEST]
[SUPER=01-Del. Vince Callahan/(R) McLean; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Chichester/(R) Fredericksburg; :20]
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[OUT Q=EXTREMELY DIFFICULT SITUATION.]


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.
[SOT 11:30:29]
[IN Q=IF WE HAVE A SERIOUS ECONOMIC]

[RUNS:05]
[OUT Q=EVERYTHING IS ON THE LINE.]


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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[IN Q=IT'S SOMEWHAT IRRITATING]

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[OUT Q=WHAT WE HAVE OUT THERE.]


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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[IN Q=INSTEAD OF FOUR, FOUR AND A HALF YEARS]

[RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=FIVE 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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[IN Q=I DIDN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO]

[RUNS:02]
[OUT Q=WITH THAT DEAL.]))
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[LIVE=Meghan Full/ State microwave]
[SUPER=05-Richmond]


The House and Senate will vote on the budget tomorrow.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Meghan/State microwave]


Despite the fact that no one seems particularly please with the spending plan, it is expected to pass. Then lawmakers will head home.

[Non-Profits]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=02-49 TC1:46:31]
[GRAPHIC=VA Budget]


Local arts and cultural organizations had hoped for even just a token amount of money from the state.
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[VO-NAT :17]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Center in the Square asked for 750-thousand dollars but President Jim Sears says he didn't expect to receive that much. He did think non-profits would benefit, at least on a small scale, though, and is disappointed, not only in lawmakers, but in the public for not making arts more of an issue.
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[SOT 11:26:08-11:26:26]
[IN Q=Well, I think noise always helps...]

((JIM SEARS/CENTER IN THE SQUARE PRESIDENT; WELL, I THINK NOISE ALWAYS HELPS. WE'VE SEEN THAT WITH THE DMV CLOSINGS, WHEN THE PUBLIC CRIES THEY WANT A SERVICE, LEGISLATORS TEND TO BE BOUND TO PROVIDE THAT AND THAT'S SOMETHING WE HAVEN';T SEEN ACROSS THE BOARD WITH OUR ARTS AND CUTURAL ORGANIZATIONS. SOMETIMES THE PUBLIC DOESN'T REALIZE HOW IMPORTANT THESE THINGS ARE.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Sears/Center in the Square President; ]
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[OUT Q=doesn't realize how important these things are.]
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[VO-NAT :07]

Sears says Center is now focusing not only on ways to cut costs but on new ways to earn money aside from fundraising.


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[Child-Deaths]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=02-48 TC1:53:33]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Parents concerned about their childrens' health are overloading emergency rooms as health officials investigate the sudden deaths of five children since Sunday.
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[VO-NAT - :14]

The children were under 8 years old. Four of them were from the Tidewater area, and one was from the Richmond area.
[SUPER=03-Richmond; ]

Authorities are looking into the deaths, and physicians state wide are looking out for anything suspicious.
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[SOT - 1:55:36 - LOCAL TAPE]
[IN Q=The unexplained deaths...]

((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT; THE UNEXPLAINED DEATHS IN THE TIDEWATER AND RICHMOND AREA CERTAINLY HAVE AN INCREASE IN OUR SURVEILLANCE AT ALL OUR HOSPITALS WITH PHYSICIANS IN TERMS OF ANY UNUSUAL EVENTS OCCURRING WITHIN CHILDREN.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/New River Health District; ]
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[OUT Q=ocurring within children.]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Officials say it could take several days for lab work that could show what killed the children to be completed, but they add there is NO evidence of bioterrorism, and that the deaths could just be a coincidence.

[Smallpox]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=02-51 TC1:35:56]
[GRAPHIC=Smallpox]


Several hundred health care workers in our area could soon get the smallpox vaccine.
Today, local health officials began training their personnel on adminstering the vaccine safely.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Joy /Newsroom Pod;]


Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton was there and joins us with details.
[LIVE= Joy /FULL Newsroom Pod]
[SUPER=@joy1;]


Shannon, health officials say at this point they don't know when they'll begin administering the vaccine to health care workers. For now their focus is making sure people are trained and ready for a possible biological attack.
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[IN Q=These public health nurses]
[SUPER=03-Salem; 00]
[SUPER=01-Tammy Eastham/Roanke Public Health Nurse; :12]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Carol Gilbert/Carilion Emergency Services; :41]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/New River Health District; :56]
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[OUT Q=are slim to none]

(( These public health nurses are learning how to take every precaution when giving the smallpox vaccine. And soon they'll be getting the vaccine themselves so that they can be ready in case of an outbreak.
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[SOT 22:51]
[IN Q=I'm concerned about]

((I'M CONCERNED ABOUT REACTIONS. BUT I'M MORE CONCERNED ABOUT GIVING IT OT SOMEONE IN MY FAMILY OR GIVING IT TO MY HUSBAND. IN FACT WE HAD A DISCUSSION ABOUT IT AND I SAID IS THIS OK WITH YOU AND HIS RESPONSE WAS YES IF IT BECOMES NECESSARY THEY ARE GOING TO NEED PEOPLE TO ADMINISTER IT)) [RUNS19]
[OUT Q=adminster it]


This is just one of the precautions local health officials are taking --they've also joined forces with 17 hospitals in the region to develop a plan for handling a possible attack.
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[SOT 59:15]
[IN Q=They should feel assured]

((THEY SHOULD FEEL ASSURED THAT WE WORKING CLOSELY TOGETHER TO DEVELOP AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEED FOR A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION)) [RUNS06]
[OUT Q=weapon of mass destruction]


And health officials say if there is a smallpox outbreak they would be able to vaccinate everyone in the region in 10 days.
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[SOT51:09]
[IN Q=the beauty of small pox]

((THE BEAUTY OF SMALLPOX IS THAT IF YOU'VE BEEN EXPOSED AS LONG AS YOU'VE BEEN VACCINATED WITHIN THREE TO FOUR DAYS THE CHANCES OF YOU GETTING SMALLPOX ARE SLIM TO NONE)) [RUNS06]
[OUT Q=slim to none]))
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[LIVE= Joy /FULL Newsroom Pod]


Officials say the plan they're developing for smallpox sets the framework to handle any other type of biological, chemical, or nuclear attack,
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Joy/Newsroom Pod ;]


Shannon,

[Burrow]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Richard Burrow]

D-Day may come and go again before federal prosecutors are ready to say whether they intend to pursue their case against Richard Burrow. A jury in Lynchburg last year came within five votes of acquitting the former President of the D-Day Memorial Foundation. He was tried on three counts of fraud. Though the allotted time has not run out for the government to decide whether to retry Burrow, prosecutors have asked for an additional 90 days to review the transcript and make up their minds. That would push the deadline back to the end of June.

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]


As the death toll rises in the Rhode Island nightclub fire, we'll see what clubs and fire marshals are doing to make sure it doesn't happen here.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Plus a Roanoke landmark could soon light up the city's skyline once again.
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[County-Schools]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=02-52 TC2:03:40]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Empty classrooms in Roanoke County this winter could lead to full ones this spring.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
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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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[SOL-Delay]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Students may get 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 in the administration of English Writing Standards of Learning tests.
School systems can choose to give the test either on March 13th or the original date of March 5th.

[RI-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Fire]


Authorities in Rhode Island say they have now recovered all the bodies from last night's fatal nightclub fire.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-West Warwick, RI;]

At last word, the number of dead was 95. The fire started when the band that was performing set off some pyrotechnics as part of the act. The band says it had permission from the club, but club owners say that's not true.
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[Club-Safety]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=02-53 TC58:35]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD OTS]

Last night's fire and Monday morning's deadly stampede at a club in Chicago have created new concerns about safety. [***NEWS 7 @ 6 IN MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Rachel /Pulpit;]


Rachel Cannon looked into what's being done in this area. Rachel, what did you find? Shannon, obviously anything could happen, a devastating fire is not something you can predict,
[LIVE= Rachel /FULL Pulpit]
[SUPER=@Rachel1;]

but fire officials and nightspot owners in Roanoke say they're doing everything they can to prevent it.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/November; :00]
[SUPER=01-Carroll Bell/The Coffee Pot; :13]
[SUPER=01-Capt. Marlan Morris/Roanoke Fire Marshal; :55]
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[OUT Q=SLIM TO NONE]

(( At the Coffee Pot in Roanoke you'll find good food, friends and music. But its owner says fire safety is just as important as an inviting atmosphere.
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[SOT 00:05:22]
[IN Q=SOMETHING]

((CARROLL BELL/THE COFFEE POT; SOMETHING THAT I TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY BECAUSE WE HAVE THE LIVES OF OTHER PEOPLE IN OUR HANDS AND THAT'S A VERY BIG RESPONSIBILITY.))
[OUT Q=RESPONSIBILITY.]

Restaurants and nightspots in Roanoke are responsible for following fire codes. For example, The Coffee Pot has five-fire exits, several extinguishers and a fire exhaust system. Roanoke's Fire Marshal says the location has a good record with the City.
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[IN Q=the fire marshall]

((CARROLL BELL/THE COFFEE POT; THE FIRE MARSHAL MAKES REGULAR INSPECTIONS OF THE COFFEE POT.))
[OUT Q=coffee pot]

Captain Morris says the goal is to visit a business once a year. In recent years, to avoid a scene like this, the department even restructured to put more focus on prevention. Morris says a majority of owners work with them to comply.
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[SOT 00:14:35]
[IN Q=unfrotunately]

((CAPT. MARLAN MORRIS/ROANOKE FIRE MARSHAL; UNFORTUNATELY THE LAWS THAT WE HAVE ON THE BOOKS NOW HAVE COME AT THE DEATHS OF HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE OVER THE YEARS AND WE JUST DON'T TAKE THAT LIGHTLY.))
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[SOT 00:17:50]
[IN Q=fire code]

((FIRE CODE IS A STATE LAW THERE ARE REPERCUSSIONS FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THAT CODE AND IT COULD EVEN INCLUDE JAIL TIME))
[OUT Q=TIME]

Carroll Bell says his establishment will continue to do what it can to prevent a fire. He says it is a real tragedy.
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[SOT 00:02:05]
[IN Q=THE CHANCES]

((CARROLL BELL/THE COFFEE POT; THE CHANCES OF IT HAPPENING AT THE COFFEE POT ARE SLIM TO NONE.))
[OUT Q=TO NONE]))
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[LIVE= Rachel /FULL Pulpit]

Something The Coffee Pot doesn't have is sprinklers. It's not required too. Captain Morris says new buildings are required to have them but that older locations
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Rachel /Pulplit;]

are exempt by those rules because of a grandfather clause.

[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A positive day and a winning week on Wall Street. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-x/103.15/8018.11/x/17.76/1348.99;]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


The DOW climbed 103 points.
NASDAQ gained 18.
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[Factory-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=02-47 TC2:04:53]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A factory worker was killed on the job this morning in Elliston.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Elliston;]

It happened around 10-45 at the Big Spring Mill plant. Officials say Roy Manning of Salem was cleaning around one of the plant's flour machines, when he became entangled with a piece of moving equipment.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. Big Spring Mill manufactures animal feed, cornmeal and baking flour. The company has been in business since the 19-30s and employs about 25-people. Officials say Manning had been working there for about three years.
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[AEP-Powerline]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Some environmental groups have appealed a decision that would allow A-E-P to build a controversial power line. The 765-thousand-volt line would extend from West Virginia to Wythe County. But, the group says it would threaten wildlife and violate the Endangered Species Act. Construction on the line is scheduled to begin next week.

[Vinton-Suit]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=02-54 TC1:27:49]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The family of a woman killed in an accident involving a Vinton Police officer has filed suit.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Vinton/Last February]


Officer John Munsey was following a speeding motorist last February when his cruiser collided with another vehicle.

72-year old Audrey Bryant St. Clair was making a left turn into her driveway when her car was struck by the officer.

St. Clair and her sister Mary Onita Bryant both died.
The family of Bryant is suing officer Munsey, the town of Vinton, as well as the estate of her sister.
A special prosecutor declined last year to file any criminal charges against Munsey.
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[H&C-Sign]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=02-55 TC1:07:19]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It's been years since a Roanoke landmark percolated for all to see but, that could change in the next couple months.
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[VO-NAT :25]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/December 1991;]

The H & C Coffee Sign was last renovated in December 1991 to the tune of 28-thousand dollars. But owner, John Williams, says it was just weeks before the sign needed more repairs. Now, the sign's been dark for years. That's why The Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation is teaming up with other organizations to get the neon flowing again. The Foundation hopes to be able to flip the sign back on by Preservation Week in May.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]

Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports - the state indoor track meet was held today in Blacksburg. The rain held off to allow qualifying today at the Rock!
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[VO-NAT]

and this week's Atlantic Coast Connection zeroes in on former North Carolina Tarheel Jeff Lebo.
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[S-Indoor]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-148 TC118]
[GRAPHIC=VHSL]


Athletes from all over the state converged on Blacksburg this afternoon for the fifth annual Double A State Indoor track meet.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]


Nearly 600 participants invaded Rector Field House at Virginia Tech for the event--a tribute to the growing popularity of indoor track at the high school level.
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[SUPER=01-Randy Bailey/Meet Director; :00]
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[OUT Q=will have indoor track."]
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[ANCHOR=mike]
[GRAPHIC=VHSL]


Heritage won the boy's competition and WesternAlbemarle the girls. Travis Wells will profile some of the local competitors tonight at 11.

[S-Qualify]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-142 3539TC]
[GRAPHIC=NASCAR 2003]


The Winston Cars were no chance whatsoever to make it through qualifying today, but they did just that this afternoon - dodging the rain drops.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC/Fox Sports Net; :00]

The wildest ride of the day belonged to new dad - Jerry Nadeau. The day after Daytona his wife Jada gave birth to their first child. Today - he looked like he needed some care as he put his US Army Pontiac in the spin cycle. 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//;]
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[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/;]
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[S-Coast]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-146 37:14]
[GRAPHIC=ACC 50 year anniversary]


The ACC men's basketball tournament in three weeks away in Greensboro. The North Carolina Tarheels are 14 and 11
[graphic=acc connection full screen]


with conference games to go. Carolina's former star guard Jeff Lebo is the focus of this week's WDBJ Atlantic Coast Connection.
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[SUPER=@Steve1; :00]
[SUPER=03-Lexington; :18]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/This Season; :28]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Lebo/4 NCAA Final 8 Appearances at UNC; :41]
[SUPER=03-Durham, NC/This Season; 1:32]
[RUNS=2:08]
[OUT Q=..your WDBJ atlantic coast connection"]
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((STEVE MASON:PERHAPS NO OTHER TEAM IN THE ACC HAS DEEPER TRADITION THAN NORTH CAROLINA. THE TARHEELS WENT TO FIVE FINAL FOURS IN THE 90'S AND HAVE GONE TO 14 TOTAL IN TARHEEL BASKETBALL HISTORY. FORMER GUARD AND NOW UT CHATTANOOGA HEAD COACH JEFF LEBO WENT TO TWO FINAL FOURS WITH CAROLINA. WE CAUGHT UP WITH HIM EARLIER THIS WEEK TO TALK TARHEELS.))
((In his first season, Lebo has guided the Mocs to a 17 and 7 record, which surpasses the in total for UT-Chatanooga from all of last season. Lebo's old team ha struggled over the last season and a half. Matt Dougherty is 22 and 31 in that span but Lebo isn't worried. ((JEFF LEBO/4 NCAA APPEARANCES WHILE PLAYING AT UNC:))
Lebo has also watched Dougherty develop a very young team. UNC is 14 and 11 with a roster that includes six freshman, four of which start most games. But now that most players aren't staying in college long, Lebo understands why first year players are thrust into big roles early. ((:)) While Lebo joins his Carolina brethren in an incredibly heated rivalry with Duke, he did manage to say some nice things about Blue Devils star shooting guard J.J. Redick.)) ((:)) ((NORTH CAROLINA STILL HOLDS THE NATION'S LONGEST STREAK IN CONSECUTIVE TRIPS TO THE NCAA TOURNAMENT WITH 24. STEVE MASON FOR YOUR WDBJ ATLANTIC COAST CONNECTION.))