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Coming up on News 7-
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A suicide bombing kills four U-S soldiers and a grave is discovered that may contain the remains of missing soldiers.
Plus, why some see Virginia Tech's decision to honor two black alumni bittersweet.
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]

And, Brent says get ready for cooler temperatures and even the possibility of snow showers. News 7 is next.



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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=tha]
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[VO-NAT]

Coalition bombs continue to fire at members of the Republican guard... while the U-S military copes with the death of four soldiers killed in a suicide bombing.
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 11]

Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.

[Iraq-Latest]


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[NEWSCAST=11pm]
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[SUPER=219-Teresa Hamilton/thamilton*wdbj7.com;]

Iraq says attacks like today's suicide bombing are going to be routine military policy. Chris Lawrence has more on today's developments-- including the discovery of a shallow grave where several American soldiers disappeared.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=201-Gen. Stanley McChrystal; :39]
[SUPER=201-Chris Lawrence/CBS News; 1:01]
[SUPER=204- March 23;]
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[OUT Q=STD]

((AMERICA'S MILITARY MIGHT IS PUMMELING BAGHDAD PREPARING FOR AN UPCOMING GROUND ASSAULT. U-S AND BRITISH FORCES ARE CLOSING IN ON IRAQ'S REPUBLICAN GUARD...WHICH HOLDS THE KEYS TO THE CAPITAL CITY. TO THE SOUTH NEAR NAJAF...SOLDIERS AT CHECKPOINTS LIKE THESE ARE ON A HIGHER ALERT...FOLLOWING A SUICIDE BOMBING THAT KILLED 4-AMERICANS. AN IRAQI DRIVING A TAXI SUMMONED THE U-S SOLDIERS TO HIS CAR-- AND THEN DETONATED A BOMB. IRAQ'S VICE PRESIDENT LATER PRAISED THE MAN AND ALSO WARNED -- MORE SUICIDE BOMBINGS ARE AHEAD. (NAT) THE PENTAGON SAYS OUR TROOPS ARE ALREADY PREPARED.
SOT: Major General Stanley McChrystal IT WON'T CHANGE OUR OVERALL RULES OF ENGAGEMENT. IT DOESN'T AFFECT OUR OPERATION

AT LARGE BUT TO PROTECT OUR SOLDIERS IT CLEARLY REQUIRES GREAT CARE. FURTHER SOUTH-- NEAR BASRA-- BRITISH COMMANDOS WENT HOUSE TO HOUSE SEARCHING FOR SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND TOOK ABOUT A DOZEN PRISONERS. BUT SADDAM'S LOYALISTS STILL HOLD POWER IN SMALL VILLAGES LIKE SAFWAN. STANDUP: EVEN WITH US AND BRITISH FORCES PATROLLING HERE MANY OF THESE PEOPLE ARE VERY AFRAID TO SPEAK OUT.
(DATE: MARCH 23RD) AMERICAN FORCES ARE INVESTIGATING A SHALLOW GRAVE NEAR NASIRIYAH. IT'S BEEN DISCOVERED NEAR LAST WEE

K'S AMBUSH OF AN AMERICAN SUPPLY CONVOY..WHERE AT LEAST 12-SOLDIERS DISAPPEARED. CHRIS LAWRENCE, CBS NEWS, KUWAIT CITY.))

[Red-Cross]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=dgr]
[TAPE#=03-07 TC-1:05:08]
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Your Hometown Station is working with the American Red Cross to send care packages to U-S troops overseas. The department of defense doesn't want individuals sending items to American troops, but by working with the Red Cross you can help get much needed personal supplies through.
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[SOT-08:14:08]
[IN Q=RED CROSS PERSONELL]

((AMY WHITAKER/AMERICAN RED CROSS: RED CROSS PERSONNEL ARE DEPLOYED WITH TROOPS ALL OVER THE WORLD WHEN THEY ARE CALLED TO ACTION, SO WE HAVE THEM THERE IN PLACE WE'RE RELAYING EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS BACK AND FORTH SO THAT ENABLES US TO SEND ITEMS RED CROSS TO RED CROSS UNIT AND THAT KEEPS IT SECURE))
[SUPER=01-Amy Whitaker/American Red Cross]
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[OUT Q=THAT KEEPS IT SECURE]
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[VO-NAT]

Whitaker appeared on NEWS 7 this morning. She says things most needed are puzzle books and paper back novels, individually wrapped candy and chewing gum, snack foods like crackers, batteries and blank greeting cards for troops to send back home. Toiletry items like razors and soap are also needed.
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[ANCHOR=TERESA]
[SS=HOLD]

The collection drive will be held this Monday through Friday, April Fourth. You can drop off items at any Duncan Auto location, Jim Martin Pontiac in Lynchburg, and of course here at the WDBJ Digital Broadcast Center on Hershberger Road.

[Black-Alumni]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-02 TC-1:34:22]
[GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech]

Several hundred alumni returned to Virginia Tech this weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the school's first black student. It comes at a time when the university is under fire over a new admission's policy that ends affirmative action. As Justin McLeod reports-- it's criticism shared by the men honored today.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Charlie Yates/Virginia Tech Alumnus; :13]
[SUPER=01-Irving Peddrew/Virginia Tech Alumnus; :35]
[SUPER=@justin1; :49]
[SUPER=01-Charles Steger/Virginia Tech President; 1:21]
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[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Blacksburg]

((((NAT SOUND OF CHOIR SINGING AROUND 51:17))
It is a day of celebration (QUICK NAT SOUND) one that seemed unthinkable fifty years ago.
[SOT 1:39:41]
[IN Q=It's good to be back]

((CHARLIE YATES/VIRGINA TECH ALUMNUS: IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK ON CAMPUS. I SPENT A LOT OF YEARS HERE ON THE CAMPUS SO IT IS INDEED LIKE COMING BACK HOME.))
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[OUT Q=coming back home]


It is a home that honored Charlie Yates Saturday afternoon for being the first black graduate from Virginia Tech.
The university also recognized Irving Peddrew for being the first black student. ((QUICK NAT SOUND OF UNVEILING OF PLAQUE))
These two pioneers now have a residence hall named after them.
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[IN Q=This is all]

((IRVING PEDDREW/VIRGINIA TECH ALUMNUS: THIS IS ALL NEW TO ME AND I HAD EVEN RESERVATIONS ABOUT COMING HERE.))
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[OUT Q=about coming here]


Reservations because of the Board of Visitors recent decision to ban consideration of race during admissions.
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[IN Q=Public outcry from]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: PUBLIC OUTCRY FROM STUDENTS, FACULTY, ALUMNI AND EVEN THE GOVERNOR HAS PROMPTED THE BOARD OF VISITORS TO HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING NEXT SUNDAY. IT WILL MEET TO DISCUSS ITS RECENT DECISION BUT THERE IS NO INDICATION ON WHETHER THEY'LL ACTUALLY CHANGE THEIR MINDS.))
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[OUT Q=their minds]

((NAT SOUND OF WOMAN SAYING "WE REFUSE TO GO BACK TO THE POLICIES AND THE PRACTICES OF THE 1950'S AT 1:05:21))
Many black alumni used this occasion to speak out and protest against the board's recent decision.
Some even wore white buttons that said "we won't go back."
Virginia Tech's president says the university has no intention of doing so.
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[IN Q=We actively recruit]

((CHARLES STEGER/VIRGINA TECH PRESIDENT: WE ACTIVELY RECRUIT THEM. WE WANT THEM TO FEEL WELCOME HERE BECAUSE THEY HAVE A VERY SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO PLAY TO MAKE IN LIFE AS YOU GO FORWARD.))
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But many black alumni fear the university is moving backward rather than forward.
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[IN Q=I hope we can]

((IRVING PEDDREW/VIRGINIA TECH ALUMNUS: I HOPE THAT WE CAN CORRECT THAT, MAYBE RESCIND IT, OR MAYBE MODIFY IT TO THE POINT WHERE IT WON'T HAVE THE TREMENDOUS NEGATIVE EFFECT THAT I THINK IT WILL HAVE.))
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[OUT Q=it will have]


And for that reason, on this day as Tech celebrates its past many worry about its future.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Blacksburg. ))

[Civic-Beer]


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The Roanoke Civic Center says it has policies in place to ensure additional alcohol sales don't lead to more problems.
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[VO-NAT]
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Currently, anyone who wants to buy a beer at a Civic Center event must first go to an I-D station to get a wristband.
Concession stand workers then mark the wristband each time someone buys alcohol.
Fans can only buy one beer at a time with a limit of three for the entire event.
Workers also go through several hours of alcohol awareness classes.
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[SOT 1:14:10]
[IN Q=There are certain]

((ROBYN SCHON/CIVIC CENTER SPOKESPERSON: THERE ARE CERTAIN RULES THAT ARE REQUIRED AS FAR AS SELLING ALCOHOL IN A FACILITY OR A VENUE AND WE TAKE IT A STEP FURTHER. WE ARE VERY CONSCIENTIOUS ABOUT THE RESPONSIBILITY THAT GOES WITH THE PRIVILEGE OF SELLING ALCOHOL.))
[SUPER=01-Robyn Schon/Civic Center Spokesperson]
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[VO-NAT]


An ABC hearing officer this week ruled that a license for more beer and wine sales should be granted to the Civic Center.
A group of ministers plans to appeal that decision.
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[SARS]


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The first doctor to identify the mystery illness that is rapidly spreading around the world died today.
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[SUPER=03-]

Worldwide, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS has claimed more than 50- lives, including that of Doctor Carlo Urbani. Urbani was the first to realize that the world was dealing with an unfamiliar disease. Scientists now believe the illness is caused by a virus, similar to the common cold.
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[IN Q=WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT ]

((DR. JULIE GERBERDING/CDC DIRECTOR--WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF AIRBORNE TRANSMISSION ACROSS BROADER AREAS AND ALSO THE POSSIBILITY THAT OBJECTS THAT BECOME CONTAMINATED IN THE ENVIRONMENT COULD SERVE AS MODES OF SPREAD.))


[SUPER=01-Dr. Julie Gerberding/CDC Director]
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More than 15- hundred people worldwide have been diagnosed with the illness.... with the largest number of cases in China. Here in the United States-- 62- people have been diagnosed with the disease. As of now, there is no known cure or treatment for the illness.
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[American-Airlines]


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[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=net]
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American Airlines and its unions are working on wage reductions.
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[VO-NAT 15:27:05]

And, a key union leader is warning workers that the cuts will be worse if the world's largest airline goes bankrupt. American has reached tentative wage cutting agreements with more than 21- hundred of its workers. But talks are continuing with about 39- thousand pilots, flight attendants and mechanics. American has about 99- thousand workers. It says it has to cut labor costs by nearly two- billion dollars a year to avoid bankruptcy.
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[WRITER=rle]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
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Still ahead on the newscast, with a number of openings, many newcomers are throwing their hats into the political ring.
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[VO-NAT]

and some Bath County residents are hoping a new grant will help keep their homes in one place.
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[Sports-preview]


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((Hey, folks. Travis Wells here in the News 7 Sports Office. Coming up, the Golden Eagles and the Jayhawks fly to New Orleans by taking out some Top Cats. The Express tries to improve its post season position, and both Tech and Uva get into the spring of things on the gridiron, plus Nemechek's a winner deep in the heart of Texas. All that and more on the way in sports.))

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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
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[WRITER=rle]
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Residents of the Bath County Trailer Park may get to keep their spots after all.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bath Co./February 7;]

Bath County has issued a request for a Community Development Block Grant for 1-point-4 million dollars to the state. If approved, the grant would pay for upgrades to the park's roads and sewer system, as well as financial assistance and workforce development services for the residents. The current owner of the park wants to scale it back, and has given most of the residents until June first to move out. Bath County officials say someone from the region is interested in buying the land and maintaining the park, if the grant is approved.
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[Biz-Review]


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The war in Iraq makes for jittery investors, and the Governor's veto may keep around what some call an unfair tax. Here's News 7's Rachel Cannon with this week's Business Review.
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[SUPER=203-New York, NY; :14]
[SUPER=201-Paul Higgins/Legg Mason Financial Advisor; :26]
[SUPER=03-Chilhowie; :31]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :36]
[SUPER=01-Andy Overbay/Farm Owner; :48]
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(([MUSIC AND GRAPHICS] This week in review..... [03-02 TC1:24:27] Analysts say pictures of POWs and gruesome video from the battlefield can upset Americans and affect the choices they make when it comes to investing their money. This week the Dow suffered its worst one-day sell off in almost six months. The belief that this war may last longer than some thought lends to uncertainty.
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((PAUL HIGGINS/LEGG MASON FINANCIAL ADVISOR; WE FEEL LIKE THERE'S GOING TO BE CONTINUED VOLATILITY THROUGHOUT THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS MONTHS AND THAT'S TO BE EXPECTED.))
[OUT Q=EXPECTED.]

[02-53 TC1:56:44] A tax on farms and businesses worth more than a million dollars may be here to stay, at least for now. Thanks to Democratic support, a Republican backed bill to eliminate the estate tax, may end with Governor Warner's veto. People who want to get rid of it say it hurts small businesses and is driving family farms out of business.
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((ANDY OVERBAY/FARM OWNER; WE WERE RIGHT ON THE VERY EDGE OF HAVING NO INHERITANCE TAX WHATSOEVER AND HAVING 335-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR INHERITANCE TAX.))
[OUT Q=INHERITANCE.]

The Overbay's decided sell a major part of the farm to avoid paying. But supporters of the tax say it affects few, wealthy estates. Governor Warner says with budget shortfalls, now is not the time to change the tax. For News 7, I'm Rachel Cannon and that's this week's Business Review. [MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]))



[Mike-Wray]


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A Roanoke County man who works for Norfolk Southern hopes he is on the right track to become the county's next supervisor.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Michael Wray today announced his candidacy for the Board of Supervisors seat in the Cave Spring district.
He hopes to replace retiring supervisor Fuzzy Minnix who currently serves the area.
Wray plans to make education, economic development, and regional cooperation the focus of his campaign.
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[IN Q=I feel like I can]

((MICHAEL WRAY/(R) BOARD OF SUPERVISOR CANDIDATE: I FEEL LIKE I CAN HELP THE PEOPLE IN THE CAVE SPRING AREA AND ROANOKE COUNTY. I'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN COUNTY ISSUES, SCHOOL ISSUES, COMMUNITY ISSUES WITH THE CITIZENS AND I FEEL LIKE I CAN BE THE LIAISON FOR THE CAVE SPRING SEAT.))
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[VO-NAT]


Republicans will choose their nominee in a mass meeting May 31st.
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Businessman Mark Harrell plans to announce his candidacy for the seat on Wednesday. [Tease2]
[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[WRITER=rle]
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Still ahead, a chill is in the air for the rest of the weekend. Brent Watts will be along in just a bit with the forecast...
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[VO-NAT]

and despite the colder weather it's about that time of the year to play ball. We'll take you to one park in Pulaski County coming up next.
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[Randolph-Park]


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[TAPE#=Time Off 4 42:23]
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Spring has definitely sprung at one Pulaski County playground. In this week's Time Off Shannon Young explores the options at Randolph Park.
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[IN Q=It won't be long before chatter echoes...]
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[SUPER=01-Anthony Akers/Park Manager; :17]
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((It won't be long before chatter echos from these ballfields and crowds cheer from the sidelines. In fact, late spring will bring a host of athletic opportunities to Randolph Park, 90-acres of Pulaski County fun.
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[IN Q=Everything from swimming, walking, hiking...]

((ANTHONY AKERS/MANAGER, RANDOLPH PARK: EVERYTHING FROM SWIMMING, WALKING, HIKING, BASKETBALL COURTS, TENNIS COURTS, BASEBALL FIELDS, SOCCER FIELDS, PICNIC SHELTERS, GAZEBOS...))
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[OUT Q=soccer fields, picnic shelters, gazebos.]

A longtime resident willed the land to the County on the condition that a community pool be built. In the park's 2-year history the water features have proven to be the biggest draw.
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[IN Q=We have toys that dump...]

((AKERS: WE HAVE TOYS THAT DUMP WATER, SPRAY WATER, SKIDES, ADULTS LIKE SLIDE JUST AS MUCH AS THE KIDS, SO...))
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[OUT Q=just as much as the kids, so...]

[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
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[IN Q=The water's cold now but come Memorial Weekend...]

((Shannon Young: The water's cold now but come Memorial Weekend the heaters will kick on and the temperature will rise to about 81-degrees. For just a few bucks you can come out here and soak all day long.))
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[OUT Q=soak all day long.]

A wristband will allow you to come and go as you please, giving you the chance to walk a mile in trails, climb on the playground or rest with the wildlife by the pond. As for friends, bring a few or a slew... the shelter can handle hundreds. Even with all the grounds have to offer, Akers says there's room and vision to spare...meaning someday Randolph Park will be able to cover even more bases. Shannon Young, News 7, Pulsaski County.))
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[anchor=Teresa]

[TAKE WEBADDRESS FS - ESS 4472] For more information about Randolph Park, visit our website at wdbj7 dot com and click on News 7 Saturday and Sunday morning.
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Coming up, half of the Final Four field is set, the Hokies hold their first scrimmage of the spring, and Steve Mason checks in with Uva spring news, and the Express tries to improve its post season position, and
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


speaking of hockey, Roanoke's Jason Jaffray, who was named to the ECHL's All-Rookie team earlier this week, today took home Rookie of the Year honors in the league. He becomes the first non-goaltender to win the award since 1997-98. The 21 year old Jaffray ranks 7th in the league in scoring.
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[S-Wildcats]


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One side of the bracket for next week's Final Four is filled in, and it doesn't include top seeds Kentucky and Arizona.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Minneapolis, MN/Eagles vs. Wildcats; :00]


In the Midwest Region, Tubby Smith's Wildcats were limited by Keith Bogans and his severely sprained ankle this afternoon against Marquette, but it didn't much matter.
The Golden Eagles Dwayne Wade put on a show. Wade led Marquette to a 19 point halftime lead and the rout was on.


Wade recorded a triple double, which included 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. He threw in 4
[SUPER=33-Marquette/83/Kentucky/69/;]

blocks for good measure leading Marquette back to the Final Four for the first time since 1977, as the Eagles took care of Kentucky in impressive fashion 83 to 69.
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[SUPER=01-Tubby Smith/Wildcats Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dwyane Wade/Midwest Region MVP; :20]
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[OUT Q=that much better."]
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[S-Jayhawks]


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[WIPE to ENG!!]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Anaheim, CA/Jayhawks vs. Wildcats; :00]


Out west, Kansas and Arizona battled for the second time this season.
Two days after a miserable outing against Duke, the Jayhawks Kirk Hinrich threw down by scoring 28 for Kansas as the Jayhawks led by 3 at the half.
They took a 14 point lead early in the second frame only to see Arizona rally. Jason Gardner buried 3 of his 23 points on the day, but Lute Olson's team trailed by three with 7 seconds left.
Gardner gets two cracks at a game tying triple but comes up empty as Kansas moves back into the Final
[SUPER=33-Kansas/78/Arizona/75/;]

Four for the second straight year 78 to 75.
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[S-Boards]


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[WIPE to Pinnacle #12999]


And two more tickets to New Orleans will be punched tomorrow here on Your Hometown Station. Syracuse and Oklahoma will start things off in the East Region at 2-40. The Sooners are looking for their second straight trip to the Final Four while the Orangemen haven't been since 1996.
That one is followed up by the South Regional Final between Michigan State and top seeded Texas. The Spartans and Longhorns are scheduled to tip off just after five o'clock on Sunday.

[S-Express]


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[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-147 TC5527]
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The Roanoke Express clinched a playoff spot on Friday night, but this evening the team hoped to improve its seeding for the ECHL's upcoming post season.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Royals vs. Express; :00]


Reading was in town for the final regular season home contest, and the Express broke out the camo for U.S. Army night at the Roundhouse.
The Royals got on the board first when Brian McCullough skates around the defender and centers the puck back to Tom Rouleau for the goal. Reading on top 1-nothing.
David Silverstone got the Express going with the steal and feed to Dylan Gyori who slaps it home tying the game at 1.
[SUPER=38-Reading/2/Roanoke/6/;]

Roanoke exploded from there winning 6 to 2. The Express wraps up the regular season tomorrow in Richmond.
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[S-Tech]


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The Virginia Tech Hokies held their first scrimmage of the spring practice session this afternoon in Blacksburg and quarterbacks Marcus Vick and Bryan Randall were pretty sharp.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]


Kevin Rogers had to like what he saw today from both Vick and Randall.
Vick played a part in the day's only touchdown, tossing this 49 yard bomb to Chris Shreve. Marcus finished the day 6 of 7 for 95 yards.
Randall completed 8 of 11 passes for 67 yards. The Hokies next scrimmage is set for Wednesday at 2pm.
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[S-UVA]


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Virginia football fans got their first look at the 2003-2004 Cavaliers yesterday in the first practice of spring football. Steve Mason has a few early impressions.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville; :00]
[SUPER=01-Al Groh/UVa Third Year Head Coach; :10]
[SUPER=01-Kwakou Robinson/Sophomore Defensive End; :36]
[SUPER=01-Chris Canty/UVa Defensive End; 1:05]
[SUPER=@Steve1; 1:19]
[RUNS=1:28]
[OUT Q=....news 7 sports"]
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[S-Busch]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-149 TC2648]
[GRAPHIC=Nascar]


We finish up on the track where Joe Nemechek took the checkered flag in today's O'Reilly 300 Busch Series event in Texas.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fort Worth, TX/FX; :00]


Late in the race, Todd Bodine was out front on a restart when Mike Bliss got the love tap from Ashton Lewis triggering a 15 car pileup, and bringing out one of 12 caution flags on the day.
Then with just 4 laps to go, Hermie Sadler hit the wall bringing out the yellow for the final time.
That allowed Joe Nemechek to take the checkers for his 2nd Busch win of the season. Scott Riggs was 2nd and Shane(------------) Hmiel third.