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Coming up on News 7-
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A confusing battle rages on the outskirts of Baghdad tonight.
US troops have taken the airport.
A local company is pushing up production of shelters for the military.
Construction will shut down part of Interstate 581 tonight.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]


And Robin says change is in the forecast.
News 7 is next.

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((THE FIGHT AND THE LIGHTS AND THE SOUNDS OF EXPLOSIONS NEAR THE AIRPORT. WHICH THE AMERICAN FORCES HAVE APPEARED TO HAVE TAKEN.))
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[Vo-Nat 14] Those are the words of a British journalist who was near the Saddam International airport earlier tonight as American forces moved in.
And this is the scene a few kilometers from the airport on the outskirts of Baghdad- as an Iraqi tank burns.
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((THERE WAS FIRE AND AMBUSH ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ROAD. I'M DOWN ON MY KNEES IN THIS AREA.))
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[Iraq]


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[SUPER=219-Jean Jadhon/jjadhon*wdbj7.com]


Good Evening.
Those are the words of a reporter in the thick of fighting just outside of Baghdad.
Tonight U-S forces are occupying a part of Baghdad's airport.
That puts troops fewer than ten miles from the seat of Saddam Hussein's government.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Chris /Newspath;]


Chris Lawrence is following the latest developments. He joins us live from Kuwait with more.
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(( THIS IS WHAT IT SOUNDED LIKE AS THE ARMY RAN INTO OPPOSITION JUST OUTSIDE BAGHDAD'S AIRPORT. BUT THE FIREFIGHT DIDN'T KEEP TROOPS FROM REACHING THEIR GOAL AND A FEW HOURS LATER, AMERICAN TANKS ROLLED ONTO THE TARMAC. 50 MILES AWAY, U-S SPECIAL FORCES WERE RAIDING A COMPOUND THAT CONTAINED A CASINO AND HOTELS. ITS THE END OF A STUNNING PUSH NORTH FROM KARBALA DURING WHICH IRAQIS GREETED THE TROOPS WITH SMILES NOT SHOOTING. IN NAJAF THE STATUE THAT ONCE STOOD IN THE CENTER OF TOWN IS GONE. ONCE THEY REALIZED SADDAM'S PARAMILITARY MAY BE GONE IRAQIS CELEBRATED IN THE STREETS. BUT SOLDIERS STILL FACE SOME DISTRUST SO THEY HOLD BACK PROMISING TO HELP ONLY WHEN NECESSARY. Hussein Jasem - Najaf Resident: THEY WANT THEM TO STAY TO PROTECT THEM. BUT AFTER THAT THEY WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO BE NATIONAL. THEY WANT DEMOCRACY." THE MOOD IS NOT SO OPTIMISTIC IN BAGHDAD WHERE HOSPITALS AND MORGUES CONTINUE TO FILL UP. SOME SAY PROOF OF AMERICAN MISSILES KILLING CIVILIANS. AS FOR SADDAM AND ANY LAST-MINUTE CHANCE OF EXILE THE U-S SAYS, NO DEAL. DONALD RUMSFELD/SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO PROPOSES IT. THERE WILL NOT BE ONE.
Chris Lawrence/CBS News/Kuwait. Now back to you.))
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The fourth Infantry division is finally on the move. Troops began unloading equipment and supplies today.
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The division's gear left Fort Hood, Texas more than two months ago.
30- cargo ships have been waiting to unload because Turkey refused to allow U-S troops to stage along the border.

For now, five thousand troops AND Apache attack helicopters are the first off.
The cargo ships are strategically loaded so that lead attack equipment can be unloaded and join the fighting even before the rest of the division is ready.
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((STEVE SPEAKS/4TH INFANTRY DIVISION; SO WHILE THE REST OF THE FORCE IS STILL BUILDING, WE CAN TAKE THAT FORCE AND EMPLOY IT. IT'S ANOTHER PART OF WHAT WE'RE SEEING IN A MODERN ARMY, ONE THAT'S MORE VERSATILE, ONE THAT'S MORE FLEXIBLE AND ADAPTIVE.))
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With 200 high tech tanks, the fourth infantry is one of the most modern fighting forces in the military.
That has some worried that the wait at sea could have caused water damage and corrosion to vital equipment.
It could be two weeks before the entire division is ready, but when it is, there will be 30-thousand more troops in the Persian Gulf region.
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[BMI]


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The war in Iraq means big demand for military shelters produced right here in Western Virginia.
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[SUPER=203-Fairfield/November 2002;]

Fairfield's Bea Maurer (Maugh-er) Incorporated says employees are working extra hours to meet the need for Base-X military shelters. The company's rapid deployment portable shelters become active military hospitals and command centers. Even though BMI prepared for combat with Iraq by increasing inventory and production, officials say demand has been so high that they're shipping many shelters each week directly to military units in the Middle East and elsewhere.
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[Lynch]


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Rescued P-O-W Jessica Lynch apparently was not shot while in captivity.
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Jessica's father says he talked to his daughter's doctor today.
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((GREGORY LYNCH/JESSICA'S FATHER; WE HAVE HEARD AND SEEN THAT SHE HAD MULTIPLE GUNSHOT WOUNDS AND KNIFE STABBING. THE DOCTOR HAS NOT SEEN ANY OF THIS.))
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Today military men arrived at the Lynch home spending hours inside.
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((DEE DEE LYNCH/JESSICA'S MOTHER; WE FOUND OUT SHE HAD A FRACTURED DISC AND TWO FRACTURED LEGS, A BROKEN ARM AND THAT'S JUST ABOUT ALL WE KNOW AT THIS POINT.))
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Doctors operated today on Jessica's back, and will do surgery tomorrow on her broken legs.
Today more video was released of the rescue where special ops teams rushed inside a hospital and whisked Jessica away.
Reports are now that Jessica shot at the Iraqis who ambushed her unit until she ran out of ammunition.
Jessica is apparently not aware of the media attention her rescue has received. She asked her brother if the story of her capture made the hometown paper in Palestine, West Virginia.
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[581-Traffic]


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You should expect some delays if you're traveling on 581 in Roanoke tonight.
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Two southbound lanes are already shut down near the Liberty Road overpass.
V-Dot plans to completely shutdown the southbound side at midnight for up to a half hour.
Workers will then remove the existing bridge beam.
Southbound traffic will be shut down again sometime after one in the morning so workers can install the new bridge beam.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[Accident-581]


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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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Meantime, crews continue to cleanup an earlier accident on the northbound side of 581.
A tractor trailer overturned this afternoon as the driver was getting onto the highway from Orange Avenue.
The accident closed several lanes and caused a major backup on the interstate and the streets around it.
Tonight, workers came in and unloaded the 40-thousand pounds of dog food so the tractor trailer could be righted.
The State Police expect the on-ramp from Orange Avenue east to 581 north to be closed the entire night.
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[Work-Zones]


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Roanoke Catholic Drivers-ed students got a jumpstart on Work Zone Awareness Week.
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The Vice President of Lanford Brothers Road and Bridge Company presented a mock construction zone to three classes, complete with road signs, and safety equipment the contruction workers wear on the job.
He hopes the message will transfer from the classroom to the roadway.
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Work Zone Awareness Week begins April 7th and runs through the 11th.
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[Danville-Jobs]


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New jobs are being announced in Danville. Columbia Flooring says it will add a third shift at its plant and hire 50-workers. The company is investing one-point-six-million dollars in expanding its hardware floor manufacturing operations. Columbia already employs 159-people. The company is a division of Columbia Forest Products, North America's largest manufacturer of hardwood plywood and veneer.

[Grucci]


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Another company's expansion means more new jobs, this time in Radford. Grucci (Grew-chee), a fireworks and pyrotechnic manufacturing firm, says it will hire 53-people at its existing facility in the Radford Arsenal.
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Grucci began manufacturing at the Arsenal in January 19-97. The company says it will invest 100-thousand-dollars to expand operations and distribution.
Grucci produces fireworks displays for many high-profile special events and provides pyrotechnic components to the Department of Defense. The company is based on Long Island, New York.
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[Overtime]


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More workers could be in line for time off instead of overtime pay.
A House panel approved the bill to let workers choose paid time off or overtime pay, both at a rate of time-and-a-half.
Republicans say it would give flexibility to employers and their workers, who are increasingly juggling demands of career and family.
Democrats and labor unions charge the bill will mean less money for workers and longer hours.
House leaders hope to put it to a floor vote by early May.
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Some embassy personnel are being pulled out of China, the latest consequence of the SARS scare.
That's next on News Seven.
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Plus fire forces guests out of a Roanoke Hotel.
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[Sports-preview]


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(( Hey folks - Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office as Seth Greenberg takes over as the 27th head basketball coach in Tech history. Two Big East bullies battle for the NIT title tonight at the Garden. The Bandit shuts down the Express tonight in Greensboro.

Plus, the final four hype intensifies and Kirby Puckett is a free man tonight on the Big 7.))[SARS]


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The mysterious flu-like illness spreading across the globe has led the State Department to send non-essential personnel home from China.
Now scientists have arrived in Southern China where the outbreak of SARS is the worst.
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Experts are looking for details about how people got sick and how they're being treated.
The World Health Organization says it has seen a drop in the number of cases in the region, but it's concerned about a further spread especially through travelers.
California has 32 suspected cases of SARS- more than half were recently in Southeast Asia.
All are expected to recover.
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(( DR. JULIE GERBERDING/CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL; I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE ARE AWARE OF SARS, AND PARTICULARLY IF THEY DO TRAVEL THEY SHOULD KNOW THE SIGNS AND KNOW THE INFORMATION ABOUT WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION.))
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The Centers for Disease Control wants to track down 140 Americans who stayed at Hong Kong's Metropole Hotel in February. A doctor there is dying of the disease.
The C-D-C has developed a test that appears effective in confirming whether a patient has SARS.
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It apparently was "not" the mystery illness SARS that killed a man in Bedford County yesterday.. but authorities still have not determined how he died.
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The 42-year-old man was visiting his sister from his home in Holland when she found him dead yesterday morning.
He reportedly had been suffering from cold and flu-like symptoms.
An autopsy today ruled out SARS as a cause of death.. authorities say they're still waiting on the results of toxicology tests.
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[Giles-Body]


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The body found yesterday in the New River is that of a Roanoke man who's been missing since early last month.
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[SUPER=03-Giles Co./March 8; ]

A medical examiner identified the body as 50-year-old John Wagner. Wagner and his friend 36-year-old Ty Hodges disappeared after the boat they were fishing in capsized. Last night, authorities found Wagner's body near the Celanese Plant in Giles County, the same general area where a railway employee discovered Hodges' body last week.
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[Motel-Fire]


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A motel in Roanoke is cleaning up after a small fire.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Smoke started pouring out of the Days Inn on Orange Avenue around 9 o'clock this morning. The fire started in a storage room that was filled with rolls of carpeting. Firefighters quickly controlled the blaze, but estimated it did about 50-thousand dollars in damage. 5 adjoining rooms did suffer significant smoke damage. Nobody was injured, and there is no word on what caused the fire.
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Who says winter is over.
Folks out west certainly don't see it that way.
We'll show you when News 7 returns.
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Plus students at one area school will get a real-life lesson in construction.
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[Police-Sculptor]


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Next Spring, the Roanoke Police Department will unveil a memorial to fallen officers.
Today, members of the force helped a Blacksburg artist flesh out his vision for the project.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


A half dozen officers posed for sculptor Lawrence Bechtel (beck-TEL) and photographer Diane Goff.
Bechtel says the session will help him capture the relationship between the kneeling officer and the wounded colleague he is comforting.
Members of the department say they're pleased the work is under way.
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((RICK MORRISON/ROANOKE POLICE OFFICER: IT DID TAKE A LONG TIME, BUT IT'S GOOD THAT THE PROCESS WENT LIKE THIS SO WE KNOW THAT WE'RE DOING THIS RIGHT, SO WE GET A TRUE AND ACCURATE REFLECTION OF WHAT OUR PROFESSION AND WHAT THE MEN AND WOMEN BEFORE US THE PRICE THEY PAID.))
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Bechtel will start by creating a one-third life size scale model. He plans to complete the final sculpture in time for unveiling next May during National Police Memorial Week.
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[ND-Snow]


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While we heard the sounds of birds on this summerlike day, people in North Dakota heard this:
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((NATURAL SOUND OF SNOWBLOWER))
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Yes, the sounds of snowblowers filled the air in Minot, (My-nit) North Dakota.
It may be spring on the calendar, but it sure looks like winter.
Snow may not stop the postman, but it can slow him down.
Maybe bicycling isn't such a bad idea in this weather.
Minot got a foot of snow and some areas saw even more.
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[S-Extra]


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Highlights from Greensboro and game one for the Express. A complete report from Tech on the hiring of Seth Greenberg, plus everything from a Puckett verdict to Final Four comments. But first tonight's Extra Point -
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[SUPER=03-Radford/Last Season; :00]

The New River Valley Speedway is getting ready to crank up yet another racing season this Saturday. The opening night of the season will feature 100 laps of Late Model Stocks, plus Pure Stocks, Mini-Stocks and the Late Model Trucks. Gates open Saturday at 1:30, with practice at three, qualifying at five and the green flag drops at 7.
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[S-Express]


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The Express ran into a buzz saw last night in a 7-to-2 loss to the Greensboro Generals in the first game of their best of five ECHL playoff series.
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[SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Express vs. Generals]

To the Greensboro Coliseum we go where Daniel Berthiaume would stop 39 of 41 Express shots for the Generals. The Express defense did play strong in the first period only giving up this Rod Audott goal at the 2:18 mark. But the Generals would explode in the second for five goals in the period. Matt Turek gets the run started at the 5:28 mark with the shot that beats Evan Lindsey. Jay Murphy makes the count 3-to-nothing Generals halfway through the second with this tally. The Express finally scored with Chad Mazurak capitalizing on a second chance to cut it to 3-to-1 in the second.
[super=38-Roanoke/2/Greensboro/7/Generals Lead 1-to-0;]

The Generals would score four more to win it 7-to-2. Game two is tonight in Greensboro.
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[S-Seth]


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The search for a new head basketball coach at Virginia Tech took some unusual turns during the past few weeks before finally ending up in Tampa.
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Seth Greenberg leaves South Florida for a six year contract worth $429 thousand bucks a season to lead the Hokies. Travis Wells has more on his hiring.
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Dick Vitale, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and former Hokie boss Bill Foster all released statements last night in support of Greenberg's coaching, recruiting ability and his moral fiber. However, many folks in Tampa do not appear sorry to see him leave. The Tampa Tribune notes that Greenberg was 0-for-20 against Ranked teams and in one column says quote "It's a great day for Hokies' basketball. It's a greater day for Bulls' basketball."

[S-NIT]


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The NIT title last night featured two members of the Big East as Georgetown and St. John's went right down to the final buzzer.
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[SUPER=03-New York, NY/espn2; :00]

St. John's Elijah Ingram stepped to the line with a one point lead and 4 point 1 seconds to play. He made both free throws to give the Red Storm a three point lead on the Hoyas. Georgetown hustles down and Tony Bethel will lean in for a
[super=33-St. John's/70/Georgetown/67;]

three pointer - that banks in and out. The Red Storm wins the NIT title 70-to-67.
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[S-Blitz]


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The Sammy Sosa 500 homer watch is still on. Sammy got two hits yesterday as the Cubs beat the Mets, but still no homers this season.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Minneapolis, MN; :00]
Elsewhere, Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett, the former Minnesota Twin, was found innocent of all charges in the alleged se

xual assault of a woman in a restaurant bathroom. A jury in Minneapolis returned the verdict yesterday after 12 hours of deliberation. Puckett would only say he has the best lawyers in the world.
[SUPER=03-Inglewood, CA;]

Tech wasn't the only school formally introducing a coach yesterday. UCLA welcomed Ben Howland to the hot seat. He leaves Pitt for a deal worth more than $900 thousand dollars a year.
[SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA;]

And the Final Four participants have arrived in New Orleans to get ready for Saturday night's National semi-finals. The only coach with Final Four experience is Jim Boeheim of Syracuse - the pick of Jean Jadhon.
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[GO TO FINAL FOUR PINNACLE] And the only place you can watch the national semi-finals this Saturday night is right here on Your Hometown Station.

The coverage begins at four, the first game begins at 6, and the second one follows around 8:30 on WDBJ-7.
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[S-Hillcats]


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The Lynchburg Hillcats - the reigning kings of the Carolina League arrived in the Hill City today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/This Afternoon; :00]

Lynchburg's baseball savior and Hillcats' President Calvin Falwell welcomed the players and coaches to town at a gathering at Cattle Annies. The players on this year's team not only the Carolina League title last season, but many were members of the South Atlantic league champs in Hickory.
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The Hillcats home opener is next Friday - the 11th.

[Glass-Renovations]


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Freshmen at Lynchburg's E.C. Glass High School will have to endure a lot of construction headaches over the next three years.. but they'll also be the first class to graduate from a fully-renovated facility.
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The city is spending 28 million dollars to completely overhaul and update the 50-year-old school.
They'll be adding a 12-classroom science wing, an auxiliary gymnasium and a new heating and air conditioning system.
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((JAMES MCCORMICK/LYNCHBURG SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: WE HAVE TEACHERS AT THIS EXEMPLARY HIGH SCHOOL WHO FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS ARE GOING TO WORK AGGRESSIVELY TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR STUDENTS PROSPER EDUCATIONALLY, BUT ALSO PROSPER EMOTIONALLY.))
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[OUT Q=also prosper emotionally.]
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The renovations will keep the architectural and historic significance of the school intact.
The project has qualified for about two million dollars in historic tax credits. (------------)