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Coming up on News 7-
A baby is dead- a babysitter charged with giving the child so much water it killed her.
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A United nations vote set for tomorrow is now delayed.
Virginia Tech gives the boot to its Basketball coach.
And rocking into the Hall of Fame in New York City tonight.
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News 7 is next.

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U-S officials say everyone should be concerned after the discovery that Iraq has a pilotless drone plane fitted with tanks modified to spray chemical or biological weapons.
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((IT WAS INFORMATION THAT WAS AVAILABLE LAS WEEK SHOULD BE OF CONCERN TO EVERYONE.))
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While President Bush works the phones trying to gain support to disarm Saddam Hussein.
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[Iraq]


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At the United Nations a vote on a resolution to authorize force is now delayed until at least Wednesday.
For more on what that means for a timetable for war we go to Teri Okita in Washington.
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[SUPER=01-Sir Jeremy Greenstock/British Ambassador to U. N.; :11]
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[SUPER=01-Hans Blix/Chief U. N. Inspector; 1:17]
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((THE DIPLOMATIC WHEELING AND DEALING INTENSIFIED AS U-N SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERS DISCUSS A DEADLINE FOR IRAQI COMPLIANCE. BRITAIN SAYS IT MAY CONSIDER EXTENDING THE MARCH 17TH DEADLINE, BUT NOT BY MUCH. Sir Jeremy Greenstock/British Ambassador to U.N.: I think there are people that want greater clarity on the resolution, and that's what were examining at the moment. THE U-S WANTED A VOTE ON THE RESOLUTION GIVING THE GREEN LIGHT FOR WAR SOMETIME THIS WEEK. BUT FRANCE HAS THREATENED A NO VOTE AND A VETO SHOULD IT PASS. RUSSIA HAS DONE THE SAME AND CHINA, GERMANY, AND SYRIA ALL SAY THEY'LL VOTE NO. Ari Fleischer/White House Spokesman: There could be a veto. There also could be nine or ten votes still. We are working very hard on that. AT THIS POINT, ONLY SPAIN AND BULGARIA HAVE JOINED THE U-S AND BRITAIN IN VOTING FOR A RESOLUTION SO PRESIDENT BUSH USED MORE TELEPHONE DIPLOMACY TO CALL UNDECIDED MEMBERS. BOTH THE U-S AND FRANCE AGGRESSIVELY COURTED THE SIX UNDECIDEDS THE FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER TRAVELING TO ANGOLA AND SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL MEETING WITH HIS COUNTERPART FROM GUINEA. TRYING TO STRENGTHEN THEIR CASE, U-S OFFICIALS CRITICIZED THE CHIEF U-N INSPECTOR FOR NOT ALERTING THE COUNCIL LAST WEEK OF TWO ILLEGAL IRAQI WEAPONS FOUND BY U-N TEAMS. ONE IS A CLUSTER BOMB APPARENTLY MODIFIED TO DISPERSE CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND THE OTHER, AN IRAQI DRONE THAT CAN SPREAD CHEMICAL OR BIOLOGICAL AGENTS. Hans Blix/Chief U.N. Inspector: Iraq should have declared this vehicle. Teri Okita/Reporting: Now, diplomats are discussing delaying the deadline for Iraqi compliance for another month to April 17th. That would interfere with U-S hopes to vote on a new resolution this week. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.))

[Burrow]


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The government is asking for a retrial date for the former D-Day memorial director. Until today prosecutors had not said whether they planned to pursue the federal fraud case against Richard Burrow. A hearing was scheduled for one week from today to argue whether the case should be dismissed.
Burrow's lawyers maintained it was too late, that the government had waited so long the clock had run out on the speedy trial act.
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It's been nearly three months since Burrow's first trial ended in a hung jury. Seven jurors held out for acquittal, so the judge declared a mistrial. The National D-Day Memorial that Burrow headed is just now emerging from financial difficulties. In an eight-page motion filed today, the prosecutor says it was Burrow's "fraudulent conduct and half truths that steered the Foundation to the verge of financial ruin."
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The government asked the court to set the case for retrial no earlier than May 15th.

[Health-Insurance]


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More and more Virginians are living without health insurance. Tonight-- dozens of health care providers, lawmakers and concerned residents came together to raise awareness and talk about possible solutions.
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Teresa Hamilton is in the newsroom tonight with more on what many describe as a growing problem.
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Jean, approximately 15- percent of Virginia residents do NOT have health insurance even though the majority work full or part time jobs. And, figures show residents in other states are also going without medical care and prescription medication.
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(( According to Census Bureau, approximately 41 point two million Americans do NOT have health insurance. Tonight-- the Roanoke Valley Academy of Medicine held a town hall meeting to discuss what many referred to as a growing epidemic. In the Roanoke Valley, for instance, nearly 14 percent of residents are uninsured.
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((DR. EDWARD MURPHY/CARILION CEO: IT'S A TERRIBLE PROBLEM THAT AFFLICTS ALL PARTS OF SOCIETY. THE WORKING, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED, AND AS THE PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE GROWS THAT DON'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE, IT'S PUTTING A LARGER AND LARGER BURDEN ON ALL OF THE REST OF US TO PAY THE BILLS. )) [runs12]
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Dr. Edward Murphy is President and C-E-O of Carilion Health Systems. He and others who addressed the crowd admit there are no easy solutions.... but suggested there needs to be more of a coordinated effort among area health care providers. Sandy Sayre with the Roanoke Rescue Mission Health Care Center agrees.
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((SANDY SAYRE/RESCUE MISSION HEALTH CARE CENTER: USUALLY ON A TYPICAL DAY, WE SEE 20 PATIENTS, AND MANY OF THOSE WE COULD SPEND A WHOLE DAY WITH JUST BECAUSE THEIR NEEDS ARE SO COMPLEX, AND THE CASE MANAGEMENT INVOLVED IN THEIR PROBLEMS IS SO CIRCLE THEY CAN'T ACCESS MEDICATIONS, CAN'T GET TO PHYSICIAN APPOINTMENTS, CAN'T PAY FOR PHYSICIAN APPOINTMENTS. )) [runs12]
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In Danville and Pittsylvania County, more than 21- thousand residents do not have health insurance.
But a fairly new program there is making a difference.
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Jean, it's called Project Access and 97 percent of physicians there are taking part in it-- providing health care through this program for those who can't afford it.

[Water-Overdose]


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A babysitter in Florida is under arrest.
She is accused of killing a toddler by giving it too much water, causing a rare condition called (hypo-na-treemia) hyponatremia.
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34-year-old Nancy Gayoso was arrested at her home Friday night for the death of three year old Rosita Gonzalez in October.
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The medical examiner recently ruled Rosita's death a case of child abuse.
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((LT. TONY RODE/HOLLYWOOD POLICE-LITERALLY, THE CHILD HAD OVER TWO LITERS OF WATER IN HER SYSTEM. ONE OF THE DOCTORS WENT SO FAR AS TO SAY THAT IT IS HUMANLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR A THREE YEAR OLD CHILD WHO PROBABLY WEIGHS 30 OR 40 POUNDS TO INGEST THIS MUCH WATER AND TO DO IT VOLUNTARILY.))
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The child began having seizures while under Gayoso's care and was taken to the hospital where she died.
Goyosa is being held without bond.

[Bank-Robbery]


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Still no sign of the man who robbed a Rockbridge County bank at knifepoint today.
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It happened about 12-30 at Planters Bank in Natural Bridge.
Authorities released photos of the robbery from the bank's surveillance cameras.
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The photos show a man wearing a ski mask and camouflage.
Deputies say he threatened the teller with a knife and ran away with an undisclosed amount of money.
The robber is described as a white man, six feet tall.
Deputies brought in a dog to track him, but so far they've been unable to find him.
The sheriff says its the first bank robbery in Rockbridge County in about 30 years.
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[Giles-Search]


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Rescuers have put off the search for two men who may have drowned in the New River.
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Authorities say the river was too muddy and turbulent to let crews resume efforts today.
They found items belonging to the men yesterday, and have recovered their boat.
But there's no sign of the missing men.
Officials have not released their names, but say one is from Roanoke, and the other is from Vinton.
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[Globetrotter-Baby]


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The Harlem Globetrotters did not expect the would be "shown up" at a show in Norfolk... but that's just what happened.
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The real excitement wasn't on the court, but in the bathroom where a 28- year old woman suddenly went into labor during the game.
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((PATRIC ANDERSON/EMT-THE LADY SAID, 'THE BABY'S COMING, THE BABY'S COMING, I SAID, DON---, NO IT ISN'T, SHE SAID, 'YES

IT IS!', SHE WAS RIGHT, I WAS WRONG. JENNY CAMPOS/EMT-EVERYTHING WENT SMOOTHLY, IT WENT INCREDIBLY WELL, THE LITTLE BABY GIRLS IS DOING GREAT, THE MOM'S DOING GREAT ALSO))
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She delivered a baby girl with help from emergency medical technicians who are on staff at every major event at the Constant Centre.
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Still ahead on News 7, why a Supreme Court decision could be bad news for a big local employer.
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(( Hey folks - Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office as good guys do occassionally finish last - Ricky Stokes is fired after four season as the hardwood Hokie. The Tech women give U-Conn a scare in the Big East. Carolina loses its cool in the ACC title tilt. JJ gets some ACC recoginition. And this is not what your Mom menat when she said use your head - tonight on the Big 7.))

[Peanut-Allergy]


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For thousands of Americans eating a peanut can be potentially life threatening.
Now as Jennifer Miller reports- a possible breakthrough could change their lives.
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((WHEN JOE CRAIGHEAD WALKS THROUGH HIS OLD NEIGHBORHOOD HE REMEMBERS GROWING UP ... AND THE DAY HE NEARLY DIED. HE WAS AT A FRIEND'S HOUSE ... EATING CANDY ... WHEN HE BECAME DEATHLY ILL. JOE CRAIGHEAD/ALLERGIC TO PEANUTS: CRAIGHEAD ... IS ONE OF A MILLION AND A HALF AMERICANS ALLERGIC TO PEANUTS. BUT A NEW DRUG ... STILL BEING TESTED ... HAS THE POTENTIAL TO CHANGE THEIR LIVES. DONALD LEUNG, M.D., Ph.D/NATIONAL JEWISH MEDICAL AND RESEARCH CENTER "It will not be a cure, but it will clearly be a major advance in these patients with peanut allergy. MILLER: THE DRUG ... FOR NOW CALLED TNX-901 ... INCREASES TOLERANCE TO A SMALL HANDFUL OF PEANUTS. THAT DOESN'T SEEM LIKE MUCH ... UNTIL YOU CONSIDER EATING ONLY A FEW MOLECULES CAN BE DEADLY. HUGH SAMPSON, M.D./MOUNT SINAI SCHOOL OF MEDICINE "Where someone has actually made a sandwich with peanut butter, wiped the knife clean, made another sandwich and this peanut allergic patient ate it and died. AND BECAUSE PEANUT PRODUCTS ARE FOUND IN UNLIKELY FOODS SUCH AS EGG ROLLS, GRAVY, CHILI AND HOT CHOCOLATE ... CRAIGHEAD AND OTHERS WITH THE ALLERGY LIVE GUARDED LIVES. HE CALLS THE NEW DRUG A SAFETY NET ... AND TAKES IT ONCE EVERY FOUR WEEKS AS PART OF THE STUDY. BUT FDA APPROVAL IS STILL YEARS OFF. JENNIFER MILLER, CBS NEWS DENVER.))

[NS-Asbestos]


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A ruling by the U-S Supreme Court today may open the door to more lawsuits against Norfolk Southern.
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The court says workers who were exposed to cancer-causing asbestos can collect monetary damages in court even if they don't have cancer. The vote was five to four. To collect, workers must already have a separate asbestos-related illness and be able to document their health concerns. Norfolk Southern officials say they're disappointed, but they don't think it will result in substantial claims against the company. The dissenting opinion says previous rulings don't support the finding that workers can collect money when they suffer from another disease that doesn't necessarily lead to cancer.
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[Fort-Eustis]


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They don't know where they're headed yet, but one Virginia-based Army Reserve unit wants to be ready for anything.
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75- soldiers with the 359th Transportation Battalion are undergoing training at Fort Eustis. The men and women have been actively training since reporting for duty last month. Today the soldiers were taught how to protect themselves in the event of chemical warfare. Some of the training included learning how to put on their mask and suit and how to detect different chemical agents.

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((RANDY LOCH/ARMY RESERVIST; WE TRAIN EVERYDAY, TRAIN HARD, WE HAVE MISSIONS WE HAVE TO TAKE, MISSIONS TO MAKE OURSELVES BETTER, TO PROTECT OURSELVES BETTER, AND THE MAIN MISSION I CAN SEE RIGHT NOW IS YOUR CHEMICAL WARFARE, VERY IMPORTANT TO US, WE HAVE TO KNOW IT RIGHT DOWN TO THE T ))
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The unit has not been told when or where it will be deployed.
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[Carder]


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Bill Carder has served three years on Roanoke City Council.
But he will step down soon as he takes a new job outside the Roanoke Valley.
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((BILL CARDER/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: THIS IS THE HARDEST DECISION I'VE EVER HAD TO MAKE IN MY LIFE. THIS IS THE HARDEST DECISION MY WIFE CHRIS AND I HAVE EVER HAD TO MAKE IN OUR LIVES. THIS HAS BEEN OUR HOME. WE LOVE ROANOKE.))
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This morning, friends, supporters and council colleagues joined him for the announcement at the Patrick Henry Hotel.
Carder says he will remain on council until a new budget is approved, and plans to give up his seat in early June.
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((REV. NELSON HARRIS/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: YOU COULD ALWAYS COUNT ON BILL FOR WHAT I PERCEIVE TO BE GOOD JUDGMENT AND PROGRESSIVE, FORWARD THINKING SO HE WILL DEFINITELY BE MISSED.))
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Carder is moving to South Boston to assume management of Berry Hill Mansion, a national historic landmark and a Marriott Conference Hotel.
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The remaining members of Roanoke City Council will choose a successor to fill Carder's unexpired term.
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Five musical acts rock their way into the Hall of Fame.
Find out who's in, next.
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Plus a huge python powers its way to freedom.
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[Commercial]

[Rock-Roll]


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Five rock stars are rocking into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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((NAT SOUND ELVIS COSTELLO))
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Elvis Costello and the Attractions .. just one of three groups inducted from the the British punk movement of the late 1970s -- The Clash and the Police are also hall of famers.
A-C/D-C and the Righteous Brothers are also being inducted at a ceremony in New York City tonight.
Highlights of the ceremony will be shown on V-H-1 March 16th.
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[Python-Escape]


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A scary thing happened on the way to the South Carolina Aquarium- when a python got loose.
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The owner of a reptile park was transporting a 22 foot long, 230 pound python to the aquarium when the snake decided its not where it wanted to go.
Just as the handlers got the giant reptile into the container, the python knocked the lid off and made its escape.


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((OOH.. UT OH. WHERE'S THE HEAD!? OH GOD! LET HER GO. LET HER GO! LET HER GO!))
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The snake slipped under the van, poking its head on the other side of the vehicle.
Handlers closed in and after several attempts they managed to recapture the creature.
The huge python will become part of an exhibit at the aquarium- billed as the largest snake in the state.
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[S-Extra]


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Tonight on News 7 Sports - Ricky Stokes is fired, the Tech women almost fire down on U-Conn. Duke reigns surpeme in the ACC. While JJ gets ACC props and Georgia gets itself in a mess. But first your extra point.
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More spring training as the Reds took on the Orioles this afternoon in Sarasota. Orioles pitcher Sean Douglass stunk

u the joint. Besides hitting Wily Mo Pena in the head with this pitch he gave up six runs and two walks in 2 innings. The Reds win 7-to-4 and Wliy Mo Pena is OK. Now tonight's Scores.
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[S-Stokes]


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At 1:30 yesterday afternoon, Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver and Tech president Dr. Charles Steger fired Ricky Stokes as Virginia Tech head men's basketball coach after four years 45 wins and 70 losses. After tolerating three straight losing seasons, Steve Mason says, the Hokies decided it was time for a change.
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[S-Cremins]


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Maybe Cremins is happy in retirement, but so was Bill Foster when Dave Braine got him to come back to the court and lead the Hokies back to sellouts at the Cassell and an NIT title. Cremins has often said he misses coaching, and if Tech wants a proven winner - he's just that. 354 wins in 19 years at the other Tech - the third winningest coach in ACC history.

[S-Women]


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Unlike Stokes, Bonnie Henrickson has managed to compete in the Big East. Over the weekend she secured her sixth straight 20 win season in Blacksburg. But this afternoon - her team's task was tall as the Hokies faced U-Conn in the conference semi-finals.
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Diana Taurasi and the number one ranked Connecticut Huskies are the Hokies' opponent in the semi-finals of the Big East tournament that is underway at this hour. Taurasi cane out smoking and she was hoping that her hot hand would send Tech away quietly. But Ieva Kublina had other ideas as the Hokies actually led the game for most of the first half. Ieva had a team high 16 points. And she got some serious help from senior Chrystal Starling, who scored 11 points in the first half alone. But U-Conn shut down Starling in the second half and the Huskies began flexing their muscle. Taurasi finishes with 18 and U-Conn get the 71-to-54 win - the school's 70th straight victory.
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The Tech women are now 21-and-9 and destined for the NCAA tournament - likely as a five or six seed.
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The Duke Blue Devils won the ACC women's championship last night in Greensboro by putting away a pesky Carolina team in the second half.
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[SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Fox-Net; :00]

Carolina had lost to Duke eight straight times coming into last night's game, but the Tarheels were on their game in the first half as they led 31-to-25 at intermission. But Duke roared back in the second half and by the five minute mark in the game the Blue Devils were back in front by 9. That's when UNC's Sylvia Hatchell got a technical foul and Duke got all it needed to win it's 43rd straight ACC game.


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Iciss Tillis earns MVP honors and 31-and-1 Duke earns the ACC title 77-to-59 over Carolina.
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[S-ACC]


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The 50th annual ACC tournament opens this Thursday night in Greensboro at the coliseum.
Today many of the stars who will be showcased at the event picked up postseason accolades from the Associated Press.


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For starters - Roanoke's own J.J. Redick caps his first regular season in the league by earning a spot on the five man all-freshman team. J.J. also impressed voters enough to capture a spot on the all-ACC third team squad. The Virginia Cavaliers placed just one player on the three all-ACC teams. Travis Watson, the senior from Brookneal, is a second team selection.
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[ANCHOR=MIKE]
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UVa's Todd Billet earned honorable mention all-ACC props. Wake Forest's Josh Howard - made first team all-ACC and the league's all-defensive team.


[S-Georgia]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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The University of Georgia basketball program is one big mess this morning.
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[SUPER=04-NCAA; :00]

Yesterday afternoon the university suspended head coach Jim Harrick with pay, just as they did his assistant coach son several weeks ago before just plain firing him. The problem as athletic director Vince Dooley puts it is a number of allegations of academic fraud. It's so bad Georgia has pulled out of the SEC tournament and the upcoming NCAA tournament.
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[City-Cemetery]


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More than 135 years after it was first constructed, a historic brick wall is finding new life in Lynchburg's oldest burial ground.
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This wall used to be a mile long and completely surround the Old City Cemetery.
But years of weather and decay have taken their toll, and only 800 feet of the wall still stands.
Even that would be gone were it not for a restoration campaign that raised 130-thousand dollars to save it.
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[IN Q=It makes you]

((JANE WHITE: OLD CITY CEMETERY: IT MAKES YOU VERY PROUD THAT EVEN THOUGH IT USED TO BE A MILE LONG, THIS IS ONLY 800 FEET, AT LEAST YOU SAVED THAT LITTLE PIECE AND YOU CAN TELL THAT STORY.))
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Money to restore the wall was raised entirely through private donations.
15-thousand people visit the cemetery every year making it the city's busiest tourist destination. (------------)