[1-News-Head]

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[V/O-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

An overturned tractor trailer produces major traffic headaches on 581 at rush hour.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

And a block away fire closes one entire side of a Roanoke motel.

[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
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Tonight on News 7 sports - The Lynchburg Hillcats arrive in the Hill city to begin defense of their title. Sosa tries again to hit his 500th.
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[VO-NAT]

and Seth Greenberg may not have been the first choice but he is officially the new head basketball coach at Tech.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


One more warm day then a weekend of transition to cooler and wetter weather. Details just ahead.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 4-Shot]


News 7 at Six is next.
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[LIVE=Mill Mt. Camera Full]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


You're looking at live piucture of a serious traffic jam in downtown Roanoke tonight.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


It could be several hours before the area around the Roanoke Civic Center is back to normal.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[581-Accident]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-14 TC2:36:25]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Just one lane of traffic is open on 581 northbound and several on-ramps to the interstate are closed at this hour.

[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


That is causing a major backup on 581 and all the streets nearby.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


A tractor trailer overturned as it was getting onto 581 northbound from Orange Avenue around four o'clock this afternoon.
State Police say the driver was going too fast and his load shifted.
The tractor trailer then overturned and hit a flatbed truck.
Troopers say they may have to unload the 40-thousand pounds of dog food before righting the truck.
The on-ramp from Orange Avenue east to 581 north and the on-ramp from Williamson Road to 581 north are currently closed.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=None]


State Police say the driver will most likely face reckless driving charges.
No was seriously injured.

[Iraq-Latest]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=War in Iraq]
[SUPER=219-Keith Humphry/khumphry*wdbj7.com]


Baghdad is dark tonight, but it's anything but quiet.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Baghdad, Iraq]


Most of the city lost power today, after a series of explosions that lasted nearly 15 minutes on the outskirts of the Iraqi capital.
U-S commanders say they don't know what happened.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Central command]

((GEN. RICHARD MYERS/CHAIRMAN, JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF; CENTRAL COMMAND HAS NOT TARGETED THE POWER GRID IN BAGHDAD.))
[SUPER=201-Gen. Richard Myers/Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff]
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[OUT Q=power grid in Baghdad.]
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[VO-NAT]


American troops are closing in on the city.
They've captured Saddam International Airport on the edge of the capital.
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[BMI]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=03-03 TC1:46:10]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]

Orders for military shelters produced right here in Western Virginia are on the rise because of the war.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Fairfield/November 2002;]

Fairfield's Bea Maurer 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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[Danville-Jobs]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=New Jobs]

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]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=03-12 TC14:25]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]

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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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford/File Tape;]

Grucci began manufacturing at the Arsenal in January 19-97. The company says it will invest one-hundred-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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[Motel-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=03-08 TC53:00]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]

A small fire has had a big impact on a Roanoke motel.
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[VO-NAT - :12]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Fire broke out in a storage room at the Days Inn on Orange Avenue around 9 o'clock this morning. Fire officials were worried the fire would spread to other rooms, but the flames were contained quickly.
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[SOT - 24:00]
[IN Q=They did a direct attack...]

((JIM GRIGSBY/ROANOKE FIRE CHIEF; THEY DID A DIRECT ATTACK WITH 500-600 GALLONS PER MINUTE DIRECTLY ON THE FLAMES, AND IMMEDIATELY SURROUNDED IT ON BOTH SIDES. YOU GO INTO THE ROOMS NEXT TO IT, AND PULL THE CEILINGS DOWN TO MAKE SURE IT HASN'T EXTENDED THROUGH THE CEILING AND MOVING BEHIND THE WALLS ON YOU.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Grigsby/Roanoke Fire Chief; ]
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[OUT Q=behind the walls on you.]
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[VO-NAT - :16+]

About 5 adjoining rooms suffered smoke damge, and the motel's owners closed the whole side of the building where the fire happened. Nobody was injured and the cause of the blaze is still under investigation. Officials estimate about 50-thousand dollars in damage.
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[Bedford-Death]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=03-06 TC58:24]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Bedford County authorities say a man found dead in his sister's home near Forest yesterday was *NOT* a victim of the SARS disease.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Forest/Yesterday]


The 42-year-old man was visiting from his home in Holland when he died sometime yesterday morning.
Relatives told emergency personnel the man had been suffering from cold and flu-like symptoms.
An autopsy ruled out SARS as the reason.. but more testing is needed to determine the cause of death.
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[Giles-Body]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Authorities have now confirmed 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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[VO-NAT]
[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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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]


A 50-year-old high school is about to get a new look.
More on that when News 7 at Six returns.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And it's a scene police officers hope they never have to be a part of... as they pose for a memorial to fallen officers.
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[Tax-Tips]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=03-15 TC2:13:25]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


The month of April means Spring but it also means tax time.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

The April 15th deadline to file is less than two weeks away. [***NEWS 7 @ 6 in Monitor***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Rachel /Newsroom Pod;]

Business Reporter Rachel Cannon has some tips to help make filing your taxes easier, Rachel? Keith and Shannon, the Internal Revenue Service has quite a few suggestions for taxpayers.
[LIVE= Rachel /FULL Newsroom Pod]
[SUPER=@Rachel1;]

To start with, many are common sense. They say make sure you have the right forms, that your paperwork is organized. Also be sure that your social security number is correct on your return and that once you do the math, double check it.
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This year, as an alternative to mailing a return, the I-R-S is encouraging people file on-line. Tax officials say this year, filing on a personal computer will reach over 60-percent of Americans and about two-million Virginians.
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[SOT 01:07:37]
[IN Q=they like]

((GLORIA WAJCIECHOWSKI/IRS SPOKESMAN; THEY LIKE IT IT'S FAST IT'S EASY THE REFUND COMES IN TEN DAYS IF YOU HAVE DIRECT DEPOSIT, IT'S MORE ACCURATE AND THERE ARE OTHER BENEFITS TO ELECTRONIC FILING THEY GET AN ACKNOWLEDGMENT THAT THE RETURN HAS BEEN RECEIVED.))
[SUPER=01-Gloria Wajciechowski/IRS Spokesman;]
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[OUT Q=BEEN RECEIVED.]
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[VO-NAT]

The IRS says the cost savings and accuracy make e-filing the fastest growing way of electronic filing. Now some people can also file over the telephone, which is called telefile. If you qualified for this service you would have received a telefile packet in the mail early this year.
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[LIVE= Rachel /FULL NewsroomPod]

Some other tips from the IRS. If you do have trouble meeting the April 16th deadline, officials say don't just let it pass. A taxpayer can get a four month extension. If you find yourself in a position where you can't afford a tax bill, the IRS does have payment options.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Rachel /Newsroom Pod;]

And Keith and Shannon, given the current situation in Iraq, there are special filing guidelines for military personnel, those affected can contact the I-R-S for guidance.

[Glass-Renovations]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=03-10 TC34:57]
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They'll have to dodge bulldozers and workmen for a while, but E.C. Glass students will soon see some major improvements to their school.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Educators and city leaders today broke ground on a 28-million dollar renovation project at the fifty-year-old facility.
The renovations will add a science wing, a new heating and air conditioning system and make the building more handicapped accessible.
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[SOT 4:08:37]
[IN Q=The mechanical]

((SUSAN MORRISON/E.C. GLASS PRINCIPAL: BUT THE MECHANICAL AND THE ELECTRICAL AND BEING ABLE TO MOVE STUDENTS TO DIFFERENT FLOORS WITH DISABILITIES AND HAVING ALL THOSE THINGS THAT WILL HELP US BETTER PREPARE OUR STUDENTS.))
[SUPER=01-Susan Morrison/E. C. Glass Principal]
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[OUT Q=prepare our students.]
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[VO-NAT]


Because of the age of the building and its local significance, the project has qualified for about two million dollars in historic tax credits.
The work should be finished in three years.
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[Work-Zones]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=cpa]
[TAPE#=03-02 TC1:44:08]
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Stay alert and slow down in a work zone.
Thats the message Drivers-ed students got today at Roanoke Catholic School.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Represenatives from V-DOT, Lanford Brothers Construction, and the Virginia Road and Transportation Builders Association were at the school today.
They joined forces to illustrate for the students the potential hazards in work zones.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="Drivers are more at risk..."]
[SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT Spokesperson]
[RUNS=20]
[OUT Q="...in the wallet."]
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[VO-NAT]

Almost 600 accidents occured in Virginia work zones last year, resulting in seven deaths.
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[Warner-tobacco]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-13 TC06:15]
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First it was a recession, then the unexpected costs of the sniper investigation and homeland security...now an Illinois lawsuit is threatening to poke holes in Virginia's budget.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


An Illinois judge ordered Philip Morris to post a 12-BILLION dollar bond to appeal a recent court ruling.
Philip Morris officials say paying the bond could prevent the company from making a scheduled payment of 52 million dollars to Virginia.
Forty percent of that payment goes straight into the state's treasury.
The loss of those funds would leave a 21-MILLION dollar dent in the state's budget.
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[SOT 12:44:43]
[IN Q=LIKE MOST STATES WE'RE]

((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: LIKE MOST STATES WE'RE HOPING THAT PHILIP MORRIS AND THE OTHER TOBACCO COMPANIES WILL CONTINUE TO HONOR THE MASTER SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT.))
[SUPER=@MarkWarner]
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[OUT Q=THE MASTER SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT.]
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[VO-NAT]


The payment is due April 15th.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
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Wall Street put an an end to its two day rally. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


The DOW dropped 45 points.
NASDAQ was off a fraction
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[First-Responder]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-05 TC1:15:25]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Blacksburg residents will soon be able to receive emergency information at the touch of a button.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

The town recently installed an emergency notification system called First Responder. The system is set up to automatically send general and emergency information to a person's cell phone, email or palm pilot. Officials say the town is one of only four communities in the country with such a system/
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[SOT 41:35]
[IN Q=THERE ARE ]

((HEATHER BROWNING/BLACKSBURG SPOKESPERSON: 41:35 THERE ARE SIMILAR VERSIONS OF FIRST RESPONDER OUT THERE IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT NONE OF THEM HAVE THE CAPABILITY OF SENDING INFORMATION OUT THROUGH ONE OUTPUT BUT THEN DISTRIBUTING IT TO MULTIPLE CHANNELS 41:46))
[SUPER=01-Heather Browning/Blacksburg Spokesperson;]
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[OUT Q=TO MULTIPLE CHANNELS]
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[VO-NAT]

Residents will get a look at the system TONIGHT at the town's annual citizens appreciation dinner. Officials say they hope to have the system FULLY in place by the summer.
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[Police-Sculptor]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-11 TC22:46]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The City of Roanoke commissioned Blacksburg artist Lawrence Bechtel (beck-TEL) to create a memorial to fallen police officers.
He is now beginning his work, and Joe Dashiell reports, members of the department have a hand in the project.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=A policer officer kneels]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lawrence Bechtel/Sculptor; :12]
[SUPER=01-Rick Morrison/Roanoke Police Officer; :43]
[SUPER=@Joe2; 1:01]
[RUNS=1:18]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke]


((A police officer kneels to comfort a wounded colleague.
By next May that scene will be rendered in bronze, but first in flesh and blood.
[SOT 06:10]
[IN Q=It's an abstract]

((LAWRENCE BECHTEL: IT'S AN ABSTRACT UNTIL YOU ACTUALLY HAVE THE LIVE MODELS IN PLACE, AND THEN YOU SEE THINGS THAT YOU MISSED IN THINKING ABOUT IT. ))
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[OUT Q=thinking about it.]


The life size sculpture, "Officer Down," will stand outside the new Roanoke Police Building on Campbell Avenue.


Blacksburg artist Lawrence Bechtel and photographer Diane Goff enlisted a half dozen officers to pose for the project .
At this point, Bechtel says, he isn't focusing on details, but the relationship between the two figures.
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[IN Q=Last half-hour]

((RICK MORRISON/ROANOKE POLICE OFFICER: LAST HALF HOUR FORTY FIVE MINUTES HAVE TAKEN EVERY ANGLE POSSIBLE OF PHOTOGRAPHS TO GET AN ACCURATE DEPICTION OF THIS. SO I THINK IT'S REASSURING.)) ((LAWRENCE BECHTEL/SCULPTOR: MINISTRY AND KINSHIP ARE THE TWO THINGS I REALLY HOPE TO CONVEY AND I FEEL STRONGLY THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONVEY SOME SENSE OF HEALING THROUGH THAT, SO THAT'S THE MAIN THING.))
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[OUT Q=so that's the main thing.]


Bechtel will take the information back to his Blacksburg studio, where he will start by creating a one third life size scale model.
He plans to complete the final sculpture in time for an unveiling next May during National Police Memorial Week.

Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))


[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
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Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports - the Hokies make it official - Seth Greenberg is the new Head Hoop coach. Sosa looks for his 500th homer - again.
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[VO-NAT]

and the Lynchburg Hillcats arrive in town today looking for a repeat performance.
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[S-Seth]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-147]
[GRAPHIC=TECH HOOPS]


The search for a new head basketball coach at Virginia Tech ended last night as Jim Weaver and
[GRAPHIC=SETH GREENEBERG]

Seth Greenberg came to terms on a six year contract worth $429 thousand bucks a season. Travis Wells has more on the official annoucement that came this afternoon.
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[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Seth Greenberg/New Va. Tech Head Coach; :23]
[SUPER=01-Carlos Dixon/Virginia Tech Rising Senior; :41]
[SUPER=01-Jim Weaver/Va. Tech Athletic Director; 1:03]
[SUPER=@travis1; 1:49]
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[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
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[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=EXPRESS]


The Express opens the playoffs in less than an hour as the team takes on the Greensboro Generals in game one of their best of five opening round series. Tonight's game is at the Greensboro Coliseum, and we will have highlights for you on News 7 at 11.

[S-Hillcats]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-143 5325tc]
[GRAPHIC=HILLCATS]


The defending Carolina League champion Lynchburg Hillcats arrived in the Hill City today looking for a repeat.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/This Afternoon; :00]

Lynchburg's baseball savior and top supporter 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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[SOT]
[IN Q=YOU KNOW...]
[SUPER=01-John VanBenschoten/Hillcats Pitcher; :00]
[SUPER=01-Walter Young/Hillcats First Baseman; :10]
[SUPER=01-Nate McLouth/Hillcats Outfielder; :19]
[RUNS=:25]
[OUT Q=...live up to them."]
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[ANCHOR=MIKE]
[GRAPHIC=HILLCATS]

The Hillcats home opener is next Friday - the 11th.

[S-Sosa]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-146 5438tc]
[GRAPHIC=MLB]


Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett has been found innocent of all charges in the alleged sexual assault of a woman in a restaurant bathroom. A jury in Minneapolis returned the verdict today after 12 hours of deliberation.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/Mets-MLB; :00]

On the field - Sammy Sosa is still looking for his 500th career homer. He had a two run single in the first inning today and a bases loaded infield single in the third, but no homer again.

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