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After a wet winter, local gardners have a rosy view of spring.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

And we'll check in with V-M-I military analyst Dale Davis in the Middle East on a war he says could now be just DAYS away.

[Sports-head]


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Tonight in sports, qualifying results from Atlanta, Radford and Liberty are both set for tonight's meeting in the Big South semis, and Steve Mason
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[VO-NAT]


checks in from Salem with a look at arguably the toughest team competition in state wrestling history.
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[WX-Head]
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The prospects for a pleasant weekend weatherwise are shaping up very nicely. Details just ahead.
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News 7 is next.
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((AMY WHITTAKER/RED CROSS: WE FEEL LIKE WE'VE SEEN THE MAJORITY OF THE FOLKS THERE AT SERVICE CENTER. THE NUMBER OF FOLKS COMING IN HAS DIMINSHED SUCH THAT WE CAN HANDLE IT OUT OF THE CENTER HERE.))
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Flood relief services wind down at the Red Cross.
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But the agency says it's still available to help those who need it.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
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And I'm Keith Humphry.
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As flood water recedes, so is the number of people requesting flood assistance from the Red Cross.
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The agency today closed the service center it had opened at Ridgewood Baptist Church in response to recent flooding.
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Officials say the local Red Cross spent more than 300-thousand dollars on flood relief operations and served more than 2-hundred families.
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((AMY WHITTAKER/RED CROSS: ONE FAMILY MAY HAVE A BABY AND THEY LOST A CRIB, DIAPERS, FORMULA SO WE NEED TO HELP THEM WITH THOSE ITEMS. ANOTHER FAMILY MAY HAVE A LOT OF MEDICATIONS OR PRESCRIPTION EYEGLASSES. SOME FAMILIES MAY JSUT NEED FOOD ASSISTANCE WHEREAS OTHER MAYS HAVE LOST EVERYTHING AND E HAVE TO SUPPLY FURNITURE, BEDDING, POTS, PANS, SILVERWARE. SO, IT VARIES WIDELY FROM PERSON TO PERSON.))
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Whittaker stresses that the Red Cross is still providing flood relief.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN PINNACLE] Those in need can drop by the Roanoke Valley Chapter or call 540-985-3560.
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[Greenhouse]


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The flooding was just the latest episode in a cold, snowy, and frequently difficult winter. And that followed a major drought last summer. The drought was hard on many businesses, with nurseries near the top of the list. But as Business Reporter Rachel Cannon tells us, they're getting ready for a year they hope will see plenty of green.
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(( ((NATS 00:12:48 WATERING)) There's growing optimism at Obenchain's Garden and Nursery in Roanoke. ((NATS 00:12:31 PLANTING )) As workers prepare for some of their busiest months of the year, hope is alive for a strong bloom.
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((TYLER PALMER/OBENCHAIN'S GARDEN AND NURSERY CENTER; CUSTOMERS WE'VE TALKED TO ARE EXCITED FOR THE SEASON, THE RAINS AND THE SNOW HAVE HELPED THEY'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK IN THEIR GARDENING BECAUSE IT WAS CUT SHORT LAST YEAR. ))
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That's when greenery and flowers took a back seat to drought conditions. In many areas, people weren't even allowed to water their gardens. Local nurseries also suffered.
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((IT WAS PROBABLY THE WORST YEAR I'VE EVER SEEN BECAUSE WE'D GONE THROUGH TWO TO THREE YEARS OF DRY WEATHER AND THEN THE MAJOR WATER RESTRICTIONS. ))
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((RACHEL CANNON/RCANNON@WDBJ7.COM; LAST YEAR, EXPERTS MAY HAVE RECOMMENDED THAT YOU PICK SOMETHING THAT WAS DROUGHT RESISTANT TO PLANT BUT THIS YEAR THEY SEEM TO THINK ANYTHING WILL GROW. SO WHETHER YOU PICK A BEGONIA OR YOU CHOOSE A GERANIUM AT SOME POINT HOPEFULLY THEY'LL LOOK LIKE THIS.))
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((A NORMAL TO EXCELLENT SEASON WOULD BE GREAT.))
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Palmer says eager customers will be in by the end of March and as the months go on many more local gardeners will come in search of the seeds of spring. Rachel Cannon, News 7, Roanoke.))

[Iraq]


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Saddam Hussein may have 10 days left to avoid war.
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Today, Great Britain proposed a March 17th deadline for Iraq to comply with United Nations weapons inspections.


Diplomats say the U-S supports Britain's proposal, but France says it won't approve anything that could automatically trigger a war.
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Also today, weapons inspectors gave the Security Council a generally positive report on Iraq's cooperation.
The U-N's top nuclear inspector said there's "no evidence or plausible indication'' Iraq is seeking nuclear weapons.
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[Dale-Davis]
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Our expert on military matters and the Middle East says there are signs that war could begin as soon as next Thursday.

[ANCHOR=Keith 2-SHot]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Davis/Satellite]

Lieutenant Colonel Dale Davis of Virginia Military Institute is at his post tonight in Kuwait. President Bush has indicated that March 17th would be the "final" deadline for Iraq to disarm itself. You think war could break out even before that?
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[DAVE WILL CALL FOR MAP DURING TURKEY QUESTION, THEN PICS DURING DMZ QUESTION]



[Tease#1]
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With several area delegates and senators retiring, Republicans and Democrats are lining up to replace them.
Find out who's ready to run when News 7 returns.
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And it's teenage know-how that makes these robots run.
We'll check out some local creations in the state competition.
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[Foster-Budget]
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Lynchburg city council member Joan Foster says she hopes for a compromise.
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She wants to debate and vote on the city budget.
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Foster works for the Alliance for Families and Children, a non-profit agency that is funded by the city of Lynchburg.
Yesterday, commonwealth's attorney Bill Petty said it would be a conflict of interest for Foster to take part in any budget vote.
Foster planned to meet with city manager Kimball Payne today to talk about removing the Alliance funding from the budget and letting the other six council members vote on that separately.
Council has a budget work session scheduled for next Tuesday.
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[Church-Senate]


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The field of Republican candidates who hope to replace State Senator Bo Trumbo is coming into focus.
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Roanoke County Supervisor Butch Church has scheduled a news conference tomorrow morning. He's expected to announce that he will seek the Republican nomination for Trumbo's seat.
Former State Senator Brandon Bell has also confirmed that he plans to run. Today, he said he will make a formal announcement in a couple of weeks.
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[Forest-Plan]


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The Forest Service is touting it's latest draft land management plan as the result of "unprecedented efforts" between citizens and a handful of National Forests.
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The Sierra Club rallied against the plan earlier this week saying the Forest Service needs to reconsider an option that would ban commercial logging on National Forest land.
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The plan, which includes the George Washington and Jefferson National forest also encompasses forests in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. A 90-day public comment period now follows.
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[TAKE WDBJ WEBPAGE FULL] The Forest Service will hold an informational meeting April 17th at the Forest Supervisor's Office in Roanoke. For more information about the plan log onto our website at wdbj7.com.
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[Stocks]


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A big news day meant a choppy stock market. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW climbed 66 points.
NASDAQ gained two.
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[Horse-Center]


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A current member of the Virginia Horse Center staff will temporarily take over the facility while a search for a new director goes on.
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Today the public board of the Horse Center named John Scott to be the interim Executive Director. He has served as business manager for the past ten years.
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Scott's naming followed former director Bob Reel's unexpected death Saturday. Reel had been chief of the Horse Center since before ground was broken in 1986. A search for a permanent director is expected to take months to complete.
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[Robots]


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This week, teams from ten states and the District of Columbia are squaring off in Richmond. And it's an intense competition by remote control.
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The First Robotics Competition brought 61 teams, including several from our area, to Virginia Commonwealth University.
Students from the Galileo Magnet High School in Danville did well today... after making some major changes.
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The competition continues tomorrow, and the winners will head to Houston for the national championship next month.
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Coming up, plenty of post season hoops to talk about, we'll hit the mats at the Salem Civic Center, and
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Ryan Newman blisters the Atlanta Motor Speedway to claim his first pole of the season.
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[S-Qualify]


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The Winston Cup drivers are at the fastest track on the circuit this weekend, the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
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Ryan Newman was the fastest in the morning practice, and then he went out backed that up by laying down a quick lap at 191.417 miles an hour to claim the pole for Sunday's MBNA Bass Pro Shops 500. Now here's the complete starting grid for Sunday's race.
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[SUPER=0107-16. Dale Jarrett//17. Kevin Harvick//18. Robby Gordon//19. John Andretti//20. Greg Biffle//;]
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[SUPER=0107-21. Ricky Rudd//22. Ricky Craven//23. Johnny Benson//24. Matt Kenseth//25. Brett Bodine//;]
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[SUPER=0107-26. Jeff Burton//27. Dave Blaney//28. Jeff Green//29. Mark Martin//30. Jeff Gordon//;]
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[S-Wrestle]


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The single and double A state wrestling tournament is rolling out the mats at the Salem Civic Center over the next two days and Steve Mason says it seems everyone is dangerous.
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((James River finised 22nd out of 44 single A schools last season and coach Harry Falls thinks the Knghts will move up the ladder thanks to an incredibly tough year in Region C. ((TONY DEHART/RADFORD WRESTLING COACH:))
Parry McCluer's Boone Brockenbrough is 42 and OH this season and placed second in the state a seaso ago. Closing out his senior year with an individual title and team title come just before his hope of a local power, like Radford annd Covington, knocking off Brentsville and bring the team crown back to this part of the state. ((BOONE BROCKENBROUGH/PARRY MCCLUER 112 POUND WEIGHT CLASS:)) ((STEVE MASON:))
Christiansburg's Jackie Toney is 36 and OH and the defending state champ. He will get a stiff challenge from Tabb's Jacob Forestiere, who is 44 and 5 and Marion's 34 and OH Daniel Pennington. ((JACKIE TONEY/CHRISTIANSBURG DEFENDING STATE CHAMP:)) ((DANIEL PENNINGTON/PLACED 6TH IN STATE LAST 2 YEARS:))
Botetourt's Ryan Broughman is 38 and 0h with 36 pins. Both VMI and Virginia Tech are interested in the defending state champ who is 78 and 2 over the last two seasons. ((RYAN BROUGHMAN/NUMBER ONE IN STATE AT 112 LBS.:))

the semifinals begin at 10 am Saturday and the finals start at 6:30. Steve mason News 7 sports.))[S-Hoops]


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Radford and Liberty are just under two hours away from their semifinal showdown in the Big South Semifinals. The winner takes on either Winthrop or UNC-Asheville in tomorrow's final. The Flames may have a slight edge playing in the friendly confines of the Vines Center.
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Also on tap tonight, the VMI Keydets try to continue their Cinderella run in their final Southern Conference tourney. Last night, Bart Ball took out top seeded Davidson behind a 36 point effort from Radee Skipworth. VMI tips off in the semis tonight against Chattanooga at 8-30. East Tennessee State and the College of Charleston, led by former UVA assistant Tommy Herrion battle in the other semfinal.
James Madison opens the post season tonight in Richmond. Sherman Dillard and company draw Towson State in the first round of the CAA Tournament.
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[S-Express]


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The Express battles Richmond at the Round House tonight at 7:35. The Express is 4 and 3 vs. the Renegades this season but lost the last meeting 5-1.
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