[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

A little bit of everything: snow, sleet, freezing rain. We'll measure the effects of the latest patch of ice th
at's pasting the area.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

And we'll tag along as the families of a local Guard unit say their goodbyes to the troops.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Tonight on News 7 sports - while the high schools postpone again, the ODAC women play on. A football pioneer at Virginia Tech passes away today.
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[VO-NAT]

And Emmitt Smith and Jerry Jones break bread and break up as the Cowboys release the NFL's all-time leading rusher.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Radar pictures indicate we are on the tail end of this latest icy mess. Forecast details ahead.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 4-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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[SOT 2:40:54]
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(( WE MAY END UP WITH BOTH. IF THE TEMPERATURE DROPS FAR ENOUGH WITH FROZEN ROADS AND TREES COMING DOWN. IT'S SHAPING UP TO BE A PRETTY BUSY NIGHT.))
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[OUT Q=pretty busy night.]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Southwest and Central Virginia brace for an icy evening..
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


..Residents have already spent the day slip-sliding through the latest winter storm.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[First-Wx]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Whether it's been lots of sleet, lots of ice or lots of snow, it's been a rough couple of days weather-wise.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


But the worst will soon be behind us.
[TOSS ACROSS=Keith-Shannon & Robin/WX CENTER]


Wiht more on that, let's talk first to Meterologist Robin Reed.
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=NONE]WEATHER CENTER Position #1


[WXPRO/FULL]RADAR LOOP STORM WARNINGS ICE PICTURES FORECAST

[TOSS ACROSS=Keith-Shannon & Robin/WX CENTER]
(Robin tosses to Keith & Shannon)


[Central-Snow]
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[TAPE#=02-51 TC1:46:12]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


When one part of Virginia gets snow and another gets rain, Danville and Southside always seem to be stuck in the middle.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


As Steve Smallshaw reports, this latest combination of moisture and cold temperatures is putting the freeze on the area.
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[SUPER=01-Richard Drazenovich/Danville Public Works; :11]
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(( Snow in Danville might actually be a welcome change.
As yet another winter storm moves through the area, Southside finds itself straddling the line between snow and freezing rain.
[SOT 2:39:57]

((RICHARD DRAZENOVICH/DANVILLE PUBLIC WORKS: THIS PIEDMONT REGION, STORM AFTER STORM AFTER STORM, WE ALWAYS TRY TO DECIDE IS IT GOING TO BE RAIN, FREEZING RAIN, SLEET OR SNOW? AND ALMOST EVERY STORM WE ALWAYS HAVE ALL FOUR ALTERNATIVES, WE CAN NEVER TELL WHICH ONE COMES.))
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That's left public works and local emergency crews scrambling.
Today it was mostly rain which quickly turned to ice.. coating cars, lawns and trees with a thick layer of frozen precipitation.
Some branches couldn't handle the extra weight.. those that came in contact with power lines caught fire..
..others broke off altogether, forcing motorists to find an alternate route.
[SOT 2:40:34]

((DRAZENOVICH: IT STARTED AS SOME FREEZING DRIZZLE AND WENT TO SLEET THEN WENT TO RAIN AND IT LOOKED LIKE WE WERE GETTING AHEAD OF IT THIS AFTERNOON THE TEMPERATURES WARMED UP A LITTLE BIT AND THE STREETS ARE IN PRETTY GOOD CONDITION. BUT IT STARTED TO BUILD UP ON THE TREES NOW AND WE'RE STARTING TO GET SOME DOWNED TREES AND SOME BLOCKED ROADS.))
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[OUT Q=some blocked roads.]


Emergency crews spent the day chasing down one report after another of downed power lines and trees across roadways.
Just a handful of power outages were reported, but that could change overnight.
[SOT 2:40:56]

((DRAZENOVICH: IF THE TEMPERATURE DROPS FAR ENOUGH WITH FROZEN ROADS AND TREES COMING DOWN. IT'S SHAPING UP TO BE A PRETTY BUSY NIGHT.))
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Steve Smallshaw, News7, Danville. ))

[Truck-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=02-53 TC1:14:54]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]

Police say slippery conditions contributed to an accident this morning in Pulaski County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.;]

It happened in the northbound lane of Interstate-81 near mile marker 104. Police say a Tennessee couple was driving this pickup truck, when they hit a patch of ice and slid off the highway. The driver, Charles Smith was not seriously hurt, but his wife, JoAnn, was thrown from the vehicle. She was taken to New River Valley Medical Center and is in serious condition. Smith told police his wife took off her seat belt to reach for something in the back of the truck, just before the accident occurred.
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[Day-Snow]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=03-07 TC34:58]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]


The sleet was both a danger and a nuisance for people in the Roanoke Valley.
There were only a few accidents.
But staying ahead of the slush was a challenge for everyone from residents to retailers to road crews.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Marya/PorchCam;]


Marya Jones got a look at conditions around the area today and has more.
Shannon,
The main roads and interstate are fairly clear but the secondary roads still have icy patches.
[LIVE= Marya /FULL PorchCam]
[SUPER=@Marya1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]


Faced with another day of snow shoveling, plowing and staying at home, many people said the winter wonderland has worn out its welcome.
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[SUPER=01-Nirav Patel/Franklin Co. H.S. Student; :44]
[SUPER=01-Jerry Shepherd/Home Depot Manager; 1:02]
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[OUT Q=driveways or sidewalks.]

(( Though road conditions were slick, accidents like this one have so far been fewer than expected.
One child was taken to the hospital, after this pickup skidded, hit the guardrail and turned over.
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[SOT]

((nats: plow)) [RUNS:02]
Keeping the roads free of ice was an uphill battle ... for plows...
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((nats: shoveling.)) [RUNS:02] ... and people.
Though Roanoke School kids had another day off, city employees like Andre Bruno-Deston still had plenty of shoveling to do.
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(( I SHOVEL EVERY 30 MIN., THEN TAKE A BREAK. EVERY 30 MINUTES, TAKE A BREAK. )) [RUNS:04]
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((nats: shoveling)) [RUNS:02]
In Rocky Mount, Nirav Patel and his brother spent the day helping their dad shovel at his gas station.
They say there's not much else to do with their 13 snow day.
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[SOT 15:44:37]

(( IT'S FUN. HELPING DAD... THAT'S ALL I CAN DO BECAUSE WE CAN'T GO NOWHERE IN THE SNOW AND ALL. )) [RUNS:10]
At Roanoke's Home Depot, the last shovel sold out long ago.
In fact, there's not much of anything left to combat the ice.
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[SOT 8:20:36]

(( WE'RE OUT, TOTALLY OUT.... ICE MELT DUE IN 2:00. SNOW SHOVELS WE CAN'T GET. PEOPLE RIGHT NOW BUYING ROCK SALT OR SOFTENERS TO PUT ON THEIR DRIVEWAYS OR SIDEWALKS. )) [RUNS:14]))
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[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]


While most of us were focused on winter today, Roanoke City and County officials were thinking about last summer's drought and ways to fix the area's water problems.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Find out what's in store when News 7 returns.
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[VO-NAT]


And area soldiers head out into the snow and ice... on their way to active duty.
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[National-Guard]
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


They don't know where they'll end up yet, but about 125 men and women from our area headed off to active duty today.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Steve Pardon tells us no matter where the 229th Chemical Company goes, the troops hope their expertise is never needed.
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[SUPER=01-Jennifer Cormier; :37]
[SUPER=01-Steve Gregory; :57]
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(([nat of formation]
They gathered at 0 - 700 to begin a journey that for now, does not have a destination.
Roanoke's National Guard 229th Chemical Company is one of only 6 duel purpose chemical companies in the army.
They provide smoke cover to ground troops in the field- and- in the case of a chemical attack- decontamination operations.
They head in, when other troops are heading out.
[nat if available]
For family members like Jennifer Cormeir knowing what her husband does- makes saying good bye that much harder.
[19:03.16 I definitely worry about...he's going to be. 19:19.19]
The Gregory's worry about their daughters part in a war without boundaries
[20:10.21 Supposedly they don't...any more. 20:16.12]
As truck loads of soldiers headed off to fort Lee for further instruction- the crowd outside the armory showed that where ever the front line is, the 229th won't be the only group providing support.
Steve Pardon, News 7- Roanoke))

[C'Burg-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=myr]
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A fire destroyed a home today in Christiansburg.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]

Flames broke out just before five-p-m at 24-50 Glade Drive. Officials say the owner of the house was working with a kerosene heater on his car, when the garage caught fire and spread to the home. It took firefighters about 20-minutes to put the blaze out. All four residents were able to get out safely.
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[Water-Authority]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=02-49 TC1:56:11]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Roanoke County and the City of Roanoke are a big step closer towards creating a Regional Water and Wastewater Authority.
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[VO-NAT - :18]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]

At a joint meeting of the Board of Supervisors and City Council, both communities formally authorized their staffs to jointly proceed with the planning and design of the partnership. City and County leaders say the partnership is a milestone, and a testament to what both localities can do if they work together.
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((RALPH SMITH/ROANOKE MAYOR; THERE WILL BE A DROUGHT AGAIN IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY AND WE'RE GOING TO BE BETTER PREPARED FOR IT THAN WE WERE THIS PAST YEAR.)) ((JOSEPH MCNAMARA/ROANOKE CO. SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN; SOMETIMES YOUR EFFECTIVE ELECTED LEADERS ARE THE LEADERS WHO GET OUT OF THE WAY AND LET THE STAFFS WORK THROUGH THE AGREEMENTS. WE'VE DONE THAT TODAY. I'M REALLY EXCITED AND IT'S AN UNPRECEDENTED LEVEL OF COOPERATION BETWEEN THE CITY AND COUNTY.)) ((JOE "BUTCH" CHURCH/ROANOKE CO. SUPERVISOR; THIS IS REALLY A FIRST MILESTONE FOR BOTH LOCALITIES. AND I THINK IN THE FUTURE YOU ARE GOING TO SEE MORE AND MORE REGIONAL COOPERATION. IT'S JUST A GREAT THING FOR ALL OF ROANOKE VALLEY.))


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[VO-NAT - :11]

The utility directors from the county and the city still have to make sure all contractual agreements are correct, and also figure out how to share the existing water infrastructure.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
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[WRITER=dse]
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Investors breathed a sigh of relief after the government decided to lower the terror alert a notch. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


The DOW gained 78 points.
NASDAQ rose 20.
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[FCC-Hearing]
[NEWSCAST=6]
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[TAPE#=02-50 TC1:40:55]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

What you watch on television may be on the verge of changing.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

The Federal Communications Commission is considering some sweeping changes when it comes to ownership rules of radio, television and newspapers.
Business Reporter Rachel Cannon has more on that from Richmond.
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[SUPER=01-Michael J. Copps/FCC Commissioner; :13]
[SUPER=01-Andrew Jay Schwartzman/Media Access Project; :38]
[SUPER=01-Jay Ireland/NBC Television Stations; :56]

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(( Members of the FCC describe their task as daunting and enormous. They're looking at changing six rules that dictate how many media holdings, whether that be radio, television or newspaper, a company can own.
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[SOT 10:26:40]
[IN Q=today we]

((MICHAEL J. COPPS/FCC COMMISSIONER; TODAY WE KNOW FAR TOO LITTLE TO MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION NOT ONLY DO WE NOT HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS WE HAVEN'T EVEN TEED UP ALL THE QUESTIONS YET.))
[OUT Q=QUESTIONS YET.]

Current regulations prevent a company from owning a large concentration of media in one market. The FCC is relying on studies, various industry experts and public comment for its decision. Twenty-one panelists testified for and against the regulations.
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[SOT 11:31:40]
[IN Q=the relaxation]

((ANDREW JAY SCHWARTZMAN/MEDIA ACCESS PROJECT; THE RELAXATION OF NATIONAL OWNERSHIP CAPS AND THE CREATION OF LARGER LOCAL OWNERSHIP COMBINATIONS HAS PERMITTED SOME BROADCASTERS TO IGNORE NEW PROGRAMMING AND ABANDON THEIR COMMUNITIES IN FAVOR OF VOICE TRACKING AND CENTRAL CASTING.))
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But many say the rules are outdated. Some haven't been changed for 30-years.
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[SOT 11:13:33]
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((JAY IRELAND/NBC TELEVISION STATIONS; THOSE RULES WERE BASED ON A VIEW WHERE BROADCAST TELEVISION WAS THE ONLY SOURCE FOR VIDEO PROGRAMMING THAT WORLD NO LONGER EXISTS AS WE KNOW THEREFORE THE RULES MUST REFLECT TODAY'S MARKETPLACE. ))
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The FCC says in determining public policy it must be committed to retaining localism, diversity and competition in media. Of the 20 or so public comments, all were in favor of keeping regulations.
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[SOT 12:29:06]
[IN Q=it is already ]

((IT IS ALREADY DIFFICULT TO GET THE MEDIA TO ADDRESS CONSUMER CONCERNS ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS COMPLEX AND BIG COMPANIES HAVE DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES FROM CONSUMERS. ))
[OUT Q=FROM CONSUMERS.].))
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[ANCHOR=Keith]


That was Rachel Cannon reporting The FCC is expected to make a decision by the end of May. The rules must be revisited every two years.

[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
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Coming up tonight on the Big 7 - former Hokie John Dobbins passes away this morning. Emmitt Smith is released by the Cowboys.
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[VO-NAT]

And while the high school were again frozen off the winter sports courts - the ODAC women are playing on schedule today at the Salem Civic Center.
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[S-Smith]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-139 5545TC]
[GRAPHIC=BAM]


Joe Namath did it, Joe Montana had to do it and now Emmitt Smith will have to do it - change teams in the twilight of his career. Today, the Cowboys got rid of the NFL's all-time leading rusher.
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[S-Dobbins]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-148 459tc]
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The Virginia Tech football family lost one of its most important members from an historical sense today when John Dobbins passed away on his way to work at Volvo plant in Dublin where he was a supervisor.
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[VO-NAT]

After a tremendous high school career with the Radford Bobcats, Dobbins became the first African-American scholarship football player in Virginia Tech history in 1970 - and he was as humble a man as you've ever met. Dobbins, lettered for the Hokies from 1970 through 1972 and played in the same backfield with Don Strock. He finished his career with over 12 hundred all-purpose yards. When he finished up at Tech he taught distributive education in the Roanoke County School system for a year before heading to Volvo-White. The Claytor-Deans funeral home in Radford is handling arrangements. The funeral is set for next Tuesday at the Zion Hill Baptist Church. John Dobbins was 52.
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[S-Hollins]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-138 TC5328]
[GRAPHIC=BAM]


The ODAC Women's Tournament tipped off this afternoon with the first of four quarterfinal showdowns. Top seeded Guilford struggled today before finally putting away a pesky Hollins team.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Guilford vs. Hollins; :00]


Karen Harvey's troops found themselves up by a point at halftime and they tried to build on it in the second stanza.

Northside grad Emily Ferrell bombs away on the three ball and it was 39-37 Hollins.
Later, former Carroll County standout Brandi Cochran goes right down the lane for another bucket. She finished with 13 points, but Guilford regrouped.
[SUPER=33-Hollins/57/Guilford/67/;]

Jackie Hardenbergh crosses over and gets to the hole. The Quakers went on to win and advance 67 to 57.
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[S-Lynchburg]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-143 TC3317]
[GRAPHIC=ODAC Tournament]


The Quakers would get the winner of Randolph-Macon and Lynchburg in tomorrow's semis.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Randolph-Macon vs. Lynchburg; :00]


The fourth seeded Hornets came out hot in the game's opening minutes, jumping on top 8-3.
Abby Pyzik makes the nice pass to a cutting Lori Fletcher for the bucket down low.
[SUPER=33-Randolph-Macon/85/Lynchburg/73/;]

But Macon then went inside to Emily Crider who puts in the turnaround jumper. The Yellow Jackets move on beating Lynchburg 85 to 73.
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[anchor=mike]
[graphic=odac]


Bridgewater is underway with Emory & Henry at this hour. Roanoke and Eastern Mennonite finish things off at 8 o'clock.

[S-VHSL]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-136 TC11352]
[GRAPHIC=VHSL POSTPONMENTS]

The regional basketball and state volleyball matches have again been postponed tonight. Most of the school plan to play tomorrow night and then regroup.
[GRAPHIC=REGION C]

The basketball teams in Region C already have a game plan. They have moved the semi-finals and finals at Lord Botetourt high school until next Monday and Tuesday nights.
[GRAPHIC=REGION 3]

Region 3 hopes to play its first round games tomorrow night at various high school sites and then move inside the Salem Civic Center for the semi-finals Saturday night and the championship game next Monday.
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[SOT]
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[SUPER=01-Carey Harveycutter/Salem Director of Facilities; :00]
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[OUT Q=...regionals this weekend."]
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[S-Vegas]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-141 TC5704]
[GRAPHIC=Nascar]


The Nascar circuit heads to Sin City this weekend for the UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400. Roush Racing has won the past three races at Vegas, but Dale Jarrett comes in with all the momentum.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC/Sunday; :00]


D-J dusted Kurt Busch for his 31st career victory this past weekend at the Rock. Although he hasn't won in the five previous Vegas races, he does have two poles at the track, but he hasn't found a comfort zone just yet.
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[SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/UPS Ford Driver; :00]
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[OUT Q=battle for each position."]

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