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This wintry mix is going
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to continue for awhile- possibly into Friday.
Road conditions, school closings and the complete forecast.
President Bush speaks to the nation tonight. What he said.
Plus express delivery takes on a new meaning.
A woman gives birth at a toll booth.
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[talent=Jean]


News 7 at Eleven is next.

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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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((PEOPLE ARE STILL WORKING LONG HOURS AND THE TICKER TAPE IS RUNNING.))
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The snow piles up again... and so does the price for keeping Virginia's roads and interstates safe for travel.
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[anchor=jean]
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Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
[Toss-2-Robin]
Rain, Sleet, Snow. You name it. It's been coming down outside- and this isn't ending anytime soon.
This storm could last well into Friday.
Robin Reed is tracking the storm- Robin what is it doing out there now?


[Night-Snow]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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V-DOT reports most secondary roads are covered with snow tonight.
Some trouble spots-- Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County, Route 460 in Giles County, Route 43 in Botetourt, and most primary roads in Pittsylvania and Halifax Counties. As you might imagine, this winter is proving to be one of the costliest in recent years for Virginia.
[DOUBLE BOXES= Jean & Teresa/Microwave;]

Teresa Hamilton is outside the WDBJ studios tonight-- Teresa, I understand the state has already exhausted its snow removal budget for the year.
[LIVE= Teresa /FULL]
[SUPER=@Teresa1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke]

That's right, Jean. VDOT allocated 48- million dollars for snow removal this year... But officials say it looks like this year's winter weather could easily cost twice that amount or even more.
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At this VDOT office on Route 311 in Roanoke County-- they're loading up and heading out for another round of winter weather. Weather that's been taxing for road crews, motorists and VDOT's budget.
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((LAURA BULLOCK: ORIGINALLY WE DID SET ASIDE 48 MILLION DOLLARS FOR SNOW REMOVAL AND THAT'S JUST AN ESTIMATE, BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW EXACTLY WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN AND NOW WE'RE LOOKING AT 100- MILLION DOLLARS IN THE FACT AND STILL COUNTING.)) [ruins08]
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One of the storms that ate up most of the state's budget occurred earlier this month over President's day weekend... a storm that cost the state of Virginia some 40- million dollars alone.
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(( AND NOT ALL OF THE FIGURES ARE IN YET FROM THAT AND WE HAD FLOODING ASSOCIATED WITH THAT BECAUSE OF THE SNOW AND MOISTURE THAT WAS ALREADY ON THE GROUND AND THE RAIN SO WE'RE STILL DOING CLEANUP FROM FLOODING.)) [runs16]
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So where will the extra funds needed for last weekend's flood cleanup and now even more snow removal come from? VDOT officials say the work will get done-- but other projects may have to be delayed.
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(( IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THE OVERALL MAINTENANCE BUDGET FOR VDOT IS 878 MILLION DOLLARS, SO 48, 50 MILLION DOLLARS IS A SMALL PORTION OF THAT STILL WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PAY FOR SNOW REMOVAL AND WE AREA GOING TO PAY FOR IT, THAT JUST MEANS THAT OTHER MAINTENANCE WORK MAY HAVE TO BE DELAYED. )) [runs14]
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[LIVE= Teresa /FULL Microwave]
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VDOT spent 120- million dollars on snow removal in the winter of 1995- 96.... and while we haven't hit that mark yet the winter isn't over.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Teresa /Microwave;]

Jean, VDOT says it bases it budget on the cost of snow removal for the previous year. Last year-- it was just 32- million dollars... a far cry from this year's tab.

[Winter-Storm]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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School closing early meant some confusion this morning for parents who have kids in Roanoke City Schools.
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Roanoke City first announced they would close two hours early, and then said they would close at noon. Finally school officials decided to close THREE hours early.
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((SCOTT MEADOWS/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS; WE TRIED TO KEEP IT A TWO HOUR SO STUDENTS COULD HAVE LUNCHES, AND THE FOOD SERVICE WORKERS START THAT PROCESS EARLY IN THE MORNING, SO WE DIDN'T WANT TO INTERFERE WITH THAT ONCE IT HAD BEGUN, BUT TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE WEATHER WE DECIDED IT WOULD BE BEST IF WE CLOSED THREE HOURS EARLY.))
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Meanwhile, school officials are trying to figure out when to make up snow days. So far they have missed 10 days. Spring break and two spring holidays are first on the chopping block, but school officials say if they have many more snow days they will have to take a hard look at the calendar.
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[NRV-Snow]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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The back-to-back snowstorms and recent flooding mean the five-year drought is officially over.
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[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]

The National Weather Service says a snowstorm has swept through our region every four to seven days, since the beginning of January. They say THAT, along with heavy rains has now put the precipitation level just above normal.
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((MIKE GILLEN/NWS: OVERALL FOR ALL PRACTICAL PURPOSES THE DROUGHT, AND THE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED, THAT EVERYBODY THINKS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH A DROUGHT, ARE OVER WITH. 11:00 SOIL MOISTURE IN THE UPPER LEVELS HAS BEEN BROUGHT BACK TO NORMAL AND ABOVE NORMAL 11:05))
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Gillen says we could see drought conditions again if the precipitation falls significantly below normal late this Spring or early Summer. He says the chances of that happening, though, ares not likely.
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[Bush-Speech]


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President Bush has been saying for months that the United States will go into Iraq alone if that is necessary, but he does want international support.
Tonight, the president took his message to the airwaves to try and convince the world that military action is needed.
According to Bush, ridding Iraq of Saddam will create a ripple effect that will spread democracy throughout the middle east, and improve Arab relations with Israel.
Teri Okita has more on tonight's speech.
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(( OUTLINING HIS VISION FOR A NEW IRAQ POST-SADDAM, PRESIDENT BUSH TOLD A GROUP IN WASHINGTON: ANY FUTURE THE IRAQI PEOPLE CHOOSE FOR THEMSELVES WILL BE BETTER THAN THE NIGHTMARE WORLD SADDAM HUSSEIN HAS CHOSEN FOR THEM. Bush: Bringing stability and unity to a free Iraq will not be easy. Yet that is no excuse to leave the Iraqi regimes torture chambers and poison labs in operation. IT WAS ANOTHER PITCH TO SELL WAR AGAINST SADDAM AND IT APPEARS THE PUBLIC STILL NEEDS CONVINCING. A NEW CBS NEWS POLL SHOWS AMERICANS STILL DONT WANT TO GO IT ALONE. (graphic) 31-PERCENT SAY ACT NOW WHILE 64-PERCENT SAY WAIT FOR U-N APPROVAL. SHOULD IT COME TO WAR, THE PRESIDENT IS ALSO PREPARING AMERICANS FOR WHAT LIES BEYOND AND FOR WHAT HE BELIEVES WILL STABILIZE IRAQ AND THE REGION. Bush Rebuilding Iraq will require a substantial commitment from many nations, including our own. We will remain in Iraq as long as necessary, and not a day more.
THERES EVIDENCE THAT PRESIDENT BUSH IS GAINING SOME GROUND ON THE INTERNATIONAL FRONT WITH MEXICO SIGNALING IT WOULD SUPPORT A SECOND RESOLUTION AT THE U-N. (graphic) THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION WHICH ISACTIVELY COURTING SWING VOTES FROM ANGOLA AND CAMEROON WOULD NEED ONLY FOUR MORE VOTES AND NO VETO TO GET THAT SECOND RESOLUTION AND THE GREEN LIGHT TO GO TO WAR. The President said hed ensure that one brutal dictator was not replaced by another but he didnt mention how long a substantial commitment to rebuilding Iraq would take or how much it would cost. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.))

[WTC-Memorial]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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It's been ten years since the first attack on the World Trade center.
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[SUPER=03-New York, NY]


Today family and friends of the six victims attended a memorial mass at a church near ground zero.
[Super=04-February 26, 1993]


It was February 26th 1993 that a bomb exploded in a trade center parking garage.
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((JUSTIN MAKO/VICTIM'S GRANDSON: I FEEL LIKE A I UNDERSTAND A LOT MORE SPECIALLY AFTER THE EVENTS OF SEPTEMBER 11TH. I FEEL LIKE I HAVE A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF IT. THE HURT DOES NOT CHANGE BEING 13 OR 23.))
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Today a moment of silence for the six who died at 12:18 pm- the exact moment the bomb went off.
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[New-WTC]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Meanwhile today a final decision on a new plan to replace the World TradeCenter.
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The 330-million dollar complex will include angular buildings and a spire reaching 17 hundred feet high.
The official announcement is expected tomorrow.
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[Tease1]
[ANCHOR=Jean]
[WRITER=dse]
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Still ahead, the state's budget problems put the brakes on a plan to memorialize car accident victims.
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Plus what did NASA know about a possible loss of Columbia?
New e-mails show managers may not have known enough.
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[Sports-preview]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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(( Hey folks - Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office as UVa's season continues to tank - tonight the Cavs lose to the Ohio Bobcats in Athens. Tech loses its 16th game of the year falling to Pittsburgh. The Express gets busy on the Roundhouse ice tonight against Trenton. Plus, The Redskins get rid of Steven Davis. All that and more tonight - on the Big 7.))

[Shuttle]


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The day before Shuttle Columbia broke up in the skies over Texas there was clearly concern inside mission control.


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Newly released emails show controllers and engineers discussed nightmare scenarios.
The concern was over this incident when three pieces of foam struck the bottom of the left wing.
Three separate analyses by Boeing experts concluded the debris strikes would not endanger Columbia.
But some at NASA speculated if enough tiles had been damaged heat could make a normal landing impossible and force the astronauts to attempt a highly risky parachute bailout.
In that case, controller Jeff Kling wrote it's going to be set up for a bailout assuming the wing doesn't burn off before we can get the crew out.
Engineer William Anderson responded with a question ...why are we talking about this on the day before landing, and not the day after launch?"
Anderson went on... "If the wing is off, or has a big hole in it, you're not going to make the runway...you won't have to worry about whether to deploy the gear, or ditch, etc. Bailout is your only option probably won't even be able to do that."
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[Nursing-Home]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Ten people are dead and 23- more injured after an early morning fire at a nursing home.
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Police say the three alarm fire broke out in a resident's room at the Greenwood Health Center in Hartford Connecticut.
They want to question at least one resident.
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((BRUCE MARQUIS/HARFORD POLICE CHIEF-ONE OF THE INDIVIDUALS WE'D LIKE TO TALK TO IS UNDER THE CARE OF A PHYSICIAN AND BECAUSE OF THAT WE CANNOT INTERVIEW THIS INDIVIDUAL.))
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Over 100-residents were evacuated taken outside in single digit temperatures... Some were confined to wheelchairs, others were blind, or mentally challenged.
Two rooms were engulfed in flames, but authorities say the home is still operational and some residents are back inside.
Authorities say the building did not have a sprinkler system, but did meet fire codes.
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[VDOT-memorials]


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The state will NOT pay for roadside markers to remember those who have died in traffic accidents.
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V-DOT proposed replacing the private makeshift memorials with black-and-gray markers paid for with public funds.
Officials markers would have cost about 250 dollars each.
The General Assembly decided NOT to fund the program.
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Governor Mark Warner agrees that the state does not have the money for the markers.
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((GOV. MARK WARNER: I THINK THIS HAS BEEN A LITTLE BIT OF A CASE OF TOO MUCH BUREAUCRACY. AND THE CURRENT SITUATION WHERE SOMEBODY WHO HAS LOST A LOVED ONE GOES OUT AND PUTS A ROADSIDE MEMORIAL IN PLACE, AS LONG AS IT DOESN'T INTERFERE WITH SAFETY, I THINK THAT OUGHT TO CONTINUE.))
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The program was intended to keep people from getting hurt along Virginia's busy highways.
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[Medicaid Fraud]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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A federal grand jury indicted two operators of the Pearisburg Cab Service today.
Claude C. Robbins and Teresa Ann Baker are charged with conspiracy, mail fraud, health care fraud and money laundering.
Prosecutors say over two and half years, the two fraudulently obtained over 200-thousand dollars from Virginia Medicaid by submitting bills for taxi service they never provided.
If convicted, they each face 30 years in prison, and a one million dollar fine.

[Maxey]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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They say there's no animosity between them.. now that Campbell County sheriff Robert Maxey has decided to retire and one of his top aides will seek to replace him.
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[SUPER=03-Campbell Co.]


Maxey had fired Lieutenant Terry Gaddy Monday after learning Gaddy planned to oppose him for re-election this fall.
But last night, Maxey reconsidered and decided to retire after thirty years with the department.. the last twenty as sheriff.
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((ROBERT MAXEY/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF: I DID NOT SPEND THIRTY YEARS HERE TO REACH MY RETIREMENT AGE AND LEAVE ON A BAD NOTE, AND HAVE WHAT I HAVE WORKED FOR THIRTY YEARS TO BUILD UP TO HAVE IT TORN DOWN.))
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Virginia sheriffs have a legal right to terminate any employee for political reasons.
Gaddy will seek the Republican nomination for the post this spring.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
[WRITER=dse]
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Still ahead, Dave Letterman takes a rare sick day.
Find out who's filling in next on News 7.
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And this famous killer whale's sick too, but vets say he has no one to blame but himself.
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[Commercial]

[Late-Show]


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Talk Show host David Letterman is sitting out tonight's broadcast because of an eye infection.
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[SUPER=04-Worldwide Pants]


Actor Burce Willis will host- He'll interview Dan Rather about his interview with Saddam Hussein.
A "Late Show" spokesman says it is the first time Dave's called in sick in 20 years.
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[Baby-Toll]


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They say when it's time it's time... and that was the case for a pregnant woman who never quite made it to the hospital to have her child.
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[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


Instead the baby came outside the Queens Midtown tunnel.
36-year old Elva (Na-voh-ah) Novoa was on her way to the hospital when the baby suddenly decided it was time.
While her brother in law drove, Elva pushed.
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((ELVA NOVOA/NEW MOM: I FELT THE BABY COMING OUT. I SAID THE BABY'S COMING. I WAS SCREAMING.)) [butt to] ((RAUL SUAREZ/BABY'S UNCLE; I WAS A LITTLE BIT NERVOUS. I DIDN'T KNOW IF I SHOULD DRIVE FAST OR SLOW. ))
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(Swar-ez) Suarez called for help at the tunnel and officer Weekes cut the umbilicol cord.
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((RENALDO WEEKES/OFFICER; THE MOTHER WAS HOLDING THE BABY THE UMBILICOL CORD WAS STILL ATTACHED. I checked TO MAKE SURE IT WASN'T OBSTRUCTING THE BABY IN ANY WAY AND I GAVE THE MOTHER SOME OXYGEN.))
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[Vo-Nat 06 plus pad]
Mother and child were rushed to a nearby hospital.
The eight pound two ounce baby boy is doing fine.
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[S-Extra]


[ANCHOR=mike]
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UVa highlights from Ohio, Tech hosts Pitt, plus the Express highlights are on the way, as well.
First in tonight's Extra Point -
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[SUPER=03-Landover, MD; :]

Free agency starts on Friday and teams throughout the NFL are cutting players to free up money under the salary cap. Redskins got rid on running back Stephen Davis today. Davis is the Skins 3rd all time leading rusher. The team also released Sam Shade and Walter Rasby. Other notable casualties include former UVa star Germaine Crowell and the Steelers slashed slash - cutting Kordell Stewart.
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[S-UVa]


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After losing their last four games - the Virginia Cavaliers were looking to get well in a hurry last night as they stepped out of conference to play an Ohio University that had won just 9 games all season long.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Athens, OH/Fox-Ohio; :00]

The Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio is the home of the Bobcats. And the air would get mighty thin in the place affectionately known as the "O-Zone." The Bobcats took control of the game from the outset as Steve Esterkemp blistered Virginia from the outside to the tune of 19 first half point. And Brandon Hunter took it right at Travis Watson on the interior as Ohio U. kept the Cavs at bay all night. Travis Watson dropped in two on the baseline but UVa still trailed 36-to-34 at the halftime break. Things would get no better for Virginia in the final 20 minutes. They were out of timeouts with 7 minutes to go, and for the most part out of hustle.
[super=33-Virginia/72/Ohio/78;]

Estercamp drills UVa for a career high 31 points as Ohio University upsets Virginia 78 to 72.
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[ANCHOR=MIKE]
[GRAPHIC=UVA]

Unless the Cavs get it together soon, they are in jeopardy of missing even the NIT. They are now 14-and-12, losers of 5 straight, with games left against Florida State, Ga. Tech and Maryland.

[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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The news is no better out of Blacksburg last night as the Hokies watched their record slip to 10-and-16 on the season with a 75 to 62 loss to Pittsburgh.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/espn+; :00]

The Hokies shot fairly well in the first half, but again their three point shooting for the game was just 30 percent as they hit 4 of 13. Terry Taylor and Bryant Matthews had 17 a piece for the Hokies. But Pitt shot 56 percent in the opening half and 52 percent for the game. Brandin Knights was even better than that shooting a blistering 70 percent and scoring a game high 25 points.
[super=33-Pittsburgh/75/Virginia Tech/62;]

Pittsburgh improves to 20-and-4 on the season, 10 and 3 in the Big East with the 75-to-62 win.
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[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-147 3140TC]
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1857 fans braves the elements last night to check out the Roanoke Express and Trenton at the Roundhouse.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Titans vs. Express; :00]

Late arrivers at the Civic Center would miss Trenton taking a 1-to-nothing lead - but Roanoke would net 6 of the next 7 goals. Dan Carlson and Joe Dusbakek do a nice job of passing the puck across ice and eventualy Carlson will hammer one by Cody Rudkowsky to tie it at one. 39 seconds later - Jason Jaffray will get his 31st goal of the season as he and Rick Kowalsky keep the heat on the the crease and make it a 2-to-1 game after a period. Roanoke then got three goals in the second and one more in the
[super=38-Trenton/2/Roanoke/6;]

third to put it away as Dusbakek, and Dylan Gyori (GEAR-EE) score and Jaffray and Carlson get their second tallies of the night. The final 6-to-2 Express.
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[ANCHOR=MIKE]
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The Express returns home on Friday March 7th

[S-VHSL]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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For the second straight night - regional basketball and state volleyball action was postponed due to the weather.

No one played last night. Most of the games have been rescheduled for this evening, but that will be tough if the forecast holds true.

[S-Hoops]


[ANCHOR=mike]
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When the playoffs finally resume, Steve Mason says area fans are certain to see Justin Porterfield keeping order. [GO TO FULL SCREEN] Steve Mason has more on the former Northside guard turned referee in this week's edition on Hometown Hoops Weekly.
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[OUT Q=....hometown hoops weekly"]
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((STEVE MASON:JUSTIN PORTERFIELD LED NORTHSIDE TO MORE THAN THE VIKINGS SHARE OF STATE TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES. HIS HIGH SCHOOL TALENTS HONED BY VIKINGS COACH BILL POPE TOOK HIM TO THE NEXT LEVEL AT EMORY AND HENRY WHERE HE PLAYED THREE SEASONS. NOW ITS PAY BACK TIME FOR THE PLAYER MOST HIGH SCHOOL REFS REMEMBER FOR HIS GREAT MOVES AND AND AT TIMES ANNOYING MOUTH.))
((Porterfield is not only reffing high school games, but some college. He worked the Roanoke College JV game against Hargrave recently. And wearing the pin stripes has given Porterfield a chance to understand what refs felt when he played. ((JUSTIN PORTERFIELD/HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE REFEREE:))
While Porterfield always gave refs a hard time, he always admired the tough job they did and he has learned he always had it in him. ((:))
Porterfield, whether at Northside or at Emory & Henry, played with fire and was a leader on the floor. Reffing is just an extension of the game he once played. ((:))
Portefield is climbing the referee ranks quickly and will not stop until he reaches his goal.)) ((:)) ((WHILE PORTERFIELD HAS HIS EYE ON THE ACC, HE DOES HOPE TO ONE DAY CALL THE SALEM/NORTHSIDE GAME. STEVE MASON HOMETOWN HOOPS WEEKLY:))

[Keiko]


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A movie star is recovering tonight.
But he's not a human.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Norway]


Keiko, the star of "Free Willy," is recovering from a small injury after being trapped under ice.
The killer whale famous whale tried to break out of the ice by using his head as a hammer.
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[IN Q=we saw that]

((COLIN BAIRD/FREE WILLY-KEIKO FOUNDATION ; WE SAW THAT THERE WERE NO DEEP WOUNDS AND THAT HE WOULD HEAL. OUR VETERINARIAN'S WORDS WERE: HE LEARNED A GOOD LESSON AND HE'LL GET OVER IT.))
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[OUT Q=he'll get over it.]
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[VO-NAT]


Keiko should be fine - but will be left with a few scars to remember his mistake. (------------)