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Coming up on News 7-
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[VO-NAT]


The rain keeps coming down, the Rivers keep going up.
The latest on flooding and what we can expect .
It's not rain, but snow coming down in some parts of Virginia and North Carolina.
Plus another sign that Saddam's empire is crumbling- his burned out yacht.
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[Talent=Jean]

News 7 at Eleven is next.

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[VO-NAT]


Rivers and streams are running high and fast, but so far just a few flooding problems are being reported.
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[ANCHOR =Jean]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 11]



[Parks-Damage]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-05 TC1:23:45]
[GRAPHIC=Flooding]


The danger from flash flooding appears to be over, but forecasters are still concerned about minor river flooding over the next few days.
That's good news for many of those still trying to recover from February's flood.
That flood caused extensive damage in Roanoke.
Two city parks remain closed and it could be several more months before they re-open. [***FLOODING IN MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Justin /NEwsroom Pod;]


Justin McLeod is here now to tell us why. Justin?
Jean, it all has to do with money.
[LIVE= Justin /FULL NEwsroom Pod]
[SUPER=@justin1]


City leaders have applied for federal funds to pay for the cleanup but that request was denied.
Now with more rain on its way, the city fears it could be in for a flood of problems.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Steve Buschor/Parks & Recreation Dept.; :31]
[RUNS=1:08]
[OUT Q=TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN]

((((NAT SOUND OF WATER ON TAPE 2 AT 1:28))
The Roanoke River is on the rise again.
And that's raising concerns among city leaders.
[SOT :35]
[IN Q=Anytime it rains]

((STEVE BUSCHOR/PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR: ANYTIME IT RAINS, I GET NERVOUS.)) [Runs02]
[OUT Q=I get nervous]


And for good reason.
February's floods caused nearly 80-thousand dollars in damage along the Roanoke River.
Two months later, Smith and Wasena Parks remain closed and the city is still trying to figure out how to pay for the cleanup.
[SOT 1:25]
[IN Q=We've done some claims]

((STEVE BUSCHOR: WE'VE DONE SOME CLAIMS AND ALSO DONE SOME THINGS WITH FEDERAL FEMA AND ASKED FOR MONEY TO HELP ASSIST US IN THAT PROCESS AND WE'RE LOOKING TO HEAR FROM THEM.)) [Runs09]
[OUT Q=hear from them]


They've already heard for them once before.
FEMA turned down a earlier request for federal funds but the city is now appealing that decision.
The city has also applied for a seperate grant to cleanup all the debris left in the trees along the river.
If the latest requests are denied, city leaders plan to ask for the public's help.
[SOT 1:56]
[IN Q=We will do everything]

((STEVE BUSCHOR: WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO RECRUIT VOLUNTEERS. THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN HELPING US, SOME VARIOUS THINGS WE CAN DO THROUGH OUR OWN DEPARTMENT THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT, WE'RE IDENTIFYING FUNDS THROUGH OUR OWN DEPARTMENT TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.)) [Runs10]
[OUT Q=make that happen]))
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[LIVE= Justin /FULL NEwsroom Pod]


The city hopes to hear from FEMA within the next few days.
If the request is granted, the work would begin immediately but it could be until late spring before the parks are ready to be re-opened.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Justin/Newsroom Pod;]


Jean, as for the latest threat of flooding, the river is expected to crest tomorrow morning at 9.7 feet. Flood stage along the Roanoke River is 10 feet so as you might imagine the city hopes that prediction sticks.

[Southside-Flooding]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=03-04 TC1:15:56]
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Southside is seeing more high water, although not as much as during the last round of flooding.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville]


The Dan River basin is expecting minor to moderate flooding, mainly around South Boston.
Some secondary roads in the Mount Airy and Kentuck areas of Pittsylvania County have been closed.
But officials say the flooding is confined to the usual low-lying areas and is not a widespread problem at this point.
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[Tree-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-07 TC1:20:39]
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As high winds blew through southwest and southside Virginia today, a number of trees lost their grip on the soggy soil.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


A driver in Bedford County found out the hard way this morning.
He was travelling on route 626 near Smith Mountain Lake State Park.
The driver was distracted by another car pulling out of a driveway, and he ran into a large tree that had fallen across the road.
He suffered minor injuries. A V-DOT crew with chainsaws took care of the tree.
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[NC-Snow]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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As Robin said this storm is dumping snow in the high mountains of Virginia and North Carolina.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Avery Co., NC]


Tourists hoping for a spring trip to North Carolina were surprised today to find winter conditions.
It was falling at "one inch an hour" at one point.
The weather service said as much as a foot of snow could fall in mountain locations above 4-thousand feet with lesser amounts in the valleys.
Schools closed early in several counties.
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[Radford-Flooding]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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After years of complaining, some folks in Radford may soon say goodbye to their soggy yards.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford;]

Residents in the Sunset Village and Forest Park areas have dealt with flooding in and around their homes for years now. But, city officials say they hope to fix the problem by building a new drainage system. During a public hearing last night, council proposed setting aside two million dollars for the project, money that was originally slated to build a new road.
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[SOT 52:05]
[IN Q=AS A RESULT]

((5205 AS A RESULT OF THEIR REQUEST AND THE COMMENTS THEY MADE, COUNCIL DID CHANGE SOME PRIORITIES THAT WERE ORIGINALLY IN THE BUDGET TO ADDRESS SOME OF THOSE CONCERNS 5216))
[SUPER=01-Tom Starnes/Radford Mayor;]
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[OUT Q=OF THOSE CONCERNS.]
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[VO-NAT]

Starnes says the council will vote on the proposal next Monday. If the money is approved, he says work on the new system could begin as early as July.
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[Smith]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=03-09 TC44:01]
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The Superintendent of the Pulaski Correctional Center has lost his job at Camp One in Dublin. The Department of Corrections confirms David L. Smith "ended service" with the department yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./August 17, 1994]

In 1994, his wife disappeared and local law enforcement officials dug up his back yard, searching for her.
[SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./August 21, 1997]

Three years later state police searched the grounds of the prison Camp. Carol Smith never turned up. David Smith filed for divorce and sought custody of the children almost immediately after she first disappeared.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
[SS=None]

He'd worked in the prison system 25 years. D-O-C won't give a reason for Smith's sudden departure, saying it's a "personnel matter." Smith did not return a phone call to his home in Radford this evening.

[Teen-Death]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Henry County officials hope an autopsy will answer some questions about a young girl's death. The Sheriff's Department says a 13-year-old girl was found dead on the bedroom floor of her Ridgeway home Wednesday night. A Lieutenant involved with the case says they're concerned because of the victim's age. A family member found the body and called 9-1-1. A rescue squad transported her to Memorial Hospital. Officials will not say if they consider the death suspicious but that an autopsy has been requested.

[Amber-Alert]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Congress approved legislation to create a nationwide Amber Alert system.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC]


Lawmakers in the house voted 400 to 25 for a compromise that includes tougher child pornography laws.
Later on today, the Senate approved the same package on a 98 to nothing vote.
The Amber Alert system is a partnership between law enforcement agencies and broadcasters to notify the public immediately of child abduction cases.
Democrats wanted a stand alone Amber Alert bill.
They say amendments to the current one will make it difficult for federal judges to use discretion in sentencing.


President Bush is expected to sign the bill.
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[Tease1]
[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Just a day after celebrations in the Iraqi capitol, chaos is setting in.
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[VO-NAT]


And we'll check out what's left of Saddam's yacht.
The latest from Iraq when News 7 returns.
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[Sports-Preview]


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[IN Q=]
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[OUT Q=..in sports"]
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[Iraq]


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One day after celebrations in Iraq, there was shooting, looting and chaos.
In the North, Saddam Hussein's hometown could be the last stand for what remains of the regime.
Chris Lawrence has more from Kuwait City.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=203-Baghdad, Iraq; :00]
[SUPER=201-Maj. Gen. Stan McChrystal/U. S. Army; :40 QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=203-Kirkuk, Iraq; :45]
[SUPER=219-Chris Lawrence/CBS News; 1:11]
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[OUT Q=CBS NEWS, KUWAIT]

((IF THERE WERE ANY THOUGHTS THE WAR WAS NEARLY OVER ...
(quick nat - shooting)

AMERICAN TROOPS GOT AN ABRUPT REALITY CHECK. ONE MARINE WAS KILLED -- SEVERAL INJURED - FIGHTING ALL DAY ON BAGHDAD'S NORTHERN EDGE. IN THE HEART OF THE CAPITAL, A SUICIDE BOMBER WOUNDED FOUR MARINES AT A MILITARY CHECKPOINT. AND IF THERES ANY LAW LEFT IN THE CITY
(natz looting)

IT HASN'T DONE MUCH GOOD.
(nat - looting)

LOOTERS DID SOME SPRING CLEANING AT SADDAM'S SUMMER PALACE. AND AT THE LAVISH HOME OF HIS DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER - EVERYTHING WAS FREE.
(nat)

THE PENTAGON HAS NOW ORDERED U-S TROOPS TO TRY AND STOP THE LOOTING BUT THE FOCUS REMAINS ON FIGHTING.
(SOT: Maj. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Vice Director of the Joint Staff)

"Looting is a problem, but is not a major threat. People are not being killed in looting."
(nat - Kirkuk)

IN THE NORTH -- KURDISH FIGHTERS AND U.S. SPECIAL FORCES SEIZED THE OIL-RICH CITY OF KIRKUK.
(nat - from eve news pizzey)

"I want to thank Mr. Bush! RESIDENTS CELEBRATED -- AND ANYTHING RESEMBLING SADDAM WAS SET ON FIRE ... PAINTED OVER ... OR TORN DOWN. THE COALITION IS ALSO CLOSE TO CONTROLLING MOSUL . THEN IT'S ONTO SADDAM'S HOMETOWN OF TIKRIT ...WHERE ALLIED TROOPS COULD FACE THEIR TOUGHEST BATTLE YET.
(STANDUP)

suggestion ... describe what awaits them in Tikrit CHRIS LAWRENCE, CBS NEWS, KUWAIT.))

[Bush-Message]


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What used to be Iraqi state television is now Coalition Television.
For five hours a day, the Pentagon is broadcasting on the same channel that used to show Saddam Hussein and his government at work.
Today Iraqis saw an address from President Bush.
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[SOT 1:44 ]
[IN Q=]

(( IN THE NEW ERA THAT IS COMING TO IRAQ, YOUR COUNTRY WILL NO LONGER BE HELD CAPTIVE TO THE WILL OF A CRUEL DICTATOR. YOU WILL BE FREE, FREE TO BUILD A BETTER LIFE, INSTEAD OF BUILDING MORE PALACES FOR SADDAM AND HIS SONS, FREE TO PURSUE ECONOMIC PROSPERITY WITHOUT THE HARDSHIP OF ECONOMIC SANCTIONS, FREE TO TRAVEL AND FREE TO SPEAK YOUR MIND. ))
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[OUT Q=SPEAK YOUR MIND.]
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
[SS=George W. Bush]


President Bush told the Iraqi people they would also be free to join in the political affairs of Iraq.

[Saddam-yacht]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=jja]
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Another sign that Saddam Hussein's ship is sinking.
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[VO-NAT 15 plus pad]
[SUPER=203-Near the Port of Basra;]


The bombed out shell of Saddam's private yacht- The Al Mansour" sits near the port of Basra.
The yacht took several hits from bombs in the last week.
The huge vessel is another proof of the luxury life the dictator led relative to the poverty of most Iraqi people.
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[Troops-Packages]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
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[TAPE#=03-14 TC2:42:35]
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A large group of volunteers worked throughout the day to sort through and send a taste of home to our troops.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Roanoke]


80 U-Haul boxes weighing 50 pounds each are now ready to be shipped to service men and women.
The boxes contain donated items like shaving cream, hard candy, playing cards, and snack food.
Other donated items will help troops cope with hot temperatures in the Middle East. Sunscreen, sunglasses and sweet drink mixes are heading out.
The Red Cross says the 4-thousand pounds of items will be shipped over as soon as possible.
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[221-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Rescue workers are still cleaning up an accident in Roanoke County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


The wreck happened around 9 this evening in front of the Ye Olde English Inn on Route 221.
Two poeple were taken to area hospitals.
One of the victims was trapped for a time.
No word on their conditions or idenities at this hour.
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[Picard]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=mjo]
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He says he stumbled onto a crime scene... but prosecutors say his footprints implicate him in a murder.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount; QUICK!!!]


Christoper Picard is charged with the capital murder of 38-year-old Lori Metts Hodges Boyd, a school bus driver and teacher's aide.
She was found strangled in the back of her burned- out car last September.
Five days later, deputies arrested Picard, a 22-year-old saw mill worker.
There were scratches on Picard's chest... and a forensic expert says his fingerprint and footprint were on items linked to Boyd.
Picard's attorney says his client came across the items while walking near his house.
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[SOT 19:29:25]
[IN Q=He had absolutely]

((WILLIAM STANLEY/PICARD'S ATTORNEY: HE HAD ABSOLUTELY NO KNOWLEDGE OF MS. BOYD, HAS NEVER MET MS. BOYD AND CERTAINLY HE HAD NO RELATIONSHIP TO MS. BOYD. AND CERTAINLY I CAN TELL YOU THAT HE SENDS OUT ALL HIS SYMPATHY TO THE BOYD FAMILY. ))
[SUPER=01-William Stanley/Picard's Attorney;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=to the Boyd family.]
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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The case was certified to a grand jury for next month.
[Tease2]
[ANCHOR=Jean]
[WRITER=dse]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[SS=None]


Two Bengal tigers are lending their roar to an area zoo.
More on that when News 7 returns.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus an era is about to end in the world of passenger aviation.
The supersonic Concorde is going to be grounded for good.
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[Commercial]

[Goodyear]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=03-13 TC15:26]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Goodyear officials say their Danville plant will land on its feet after losing a prestigious airline client.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]

Goodyear makes nose tires for Air Frances's seven Concorde jetliners. Today that airline and British Airways announced they will stop flying the supersonic aircraft because sluggish passenger demand is not covering rising costs. Goodyear officials say the Danville plant made 50 to one-hundred tires for Air France each year. They say while they will miss being a supplier but it will have a minimal affect on operations. The facility continues to make tires for airlines and trucks.
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[White-Tigers]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=03-06 TC1:10:46]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Mil Mountain Zoo is roaring about the arrival of two Bengal tigers, including one with a rare white coat.
The one year old females were expected to arrive from Atlanta around 6:00.
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[VO-NAT :08]
[SUPER=04-November 1990;]

It's the first time since brothers Kubla and Khan visited in 1990 that one of the stunning animals has gone on display at the zoo.
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[SOT 3:00-3:13]
[IN Q=Very, very pretty animal.]

((BETH POFF/MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO: VERY, VERY PRETTY ANIMAL. VERY EYE CATCHING, VERY COLORFUL. JUST TO SEE SOMETHING THAT RARE IS GONNA BE A FUN OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE IN THIS AREA.))
[SUPER=01-Beth Poff/Mill Mountain Zoo;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=for people in this area.]
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[VO NAT :15]
Poff hopes Sareeka (shar-EE-kah) and My-Lee (my-LEE) will help focus attention on the zoo's tiger conservation program. She says, of the five sub-species of tigers left, two are in danger of going extinct. The zoo hopes to begin breeding the big cats over the next few years.
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[S-Extra]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=extra]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Ricky Rudd and the Wood brothers gave fans a grand welcome tonight, and Radford's Darris Nichols has a new college basketball coaching fan. But first our extra point. Georgia has hired Dennis Felton as its new head basketball coach. He is leaving Western Kentucky.
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[VO-NAT]


At Chapel Hill, UNC athletic director says talks with Kansas coach Roy Williams will continue through the weekend and Williams isn't yet ready to make a decision about returning to his alma mater.
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[S-Rudd]


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[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-143 59:37]
[GRAPHIC=ricky rudd]


The Virginia 500 is this weekend at Martinsville. Wood Brothers Motorcraft Quality Parts Ford driver Ricky Rudd was in Roanoke tonight.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]

Rudd joined his team to sign autographs at the winners circle cafe' inside Grand Furnishings at Valley View. If he ever decides to retire he might find a second job is sales.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Ricky Rudd/23 Career Winston Cup Victories; :00]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=.....same time"]
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[VO-NAT]

Rudd has four career wins at Martinsville and he will bring the same car that he came in fourth in at Bristol.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=.......a little doubtful"]
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[S-Craven]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-136 TC13032]
[GRAPHIC=Martinsville Speedway]

The former Tide ride driver isn't the only Ricky to watch out for at the Virginia 500.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/Last Week; :00]


Craven has led at least 25 laps in each of his last four trips to the Martinsville Speedway, and he won the fall race two years ago. The Tide Pontiac driver already has a win this season and sits 6th in the points chase, proving that a single car team can be successful in Winston Cup.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Ricky Craven/6th in Winston Cup Points; :03]
[RUNS=:30]
[OUT Q=been able to do that."]
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[S-Jon]


[ANCHOR=steve]
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[TAPE#=SP-147 1:05:17]
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[VO-NAT wipe to #eng!!!!!!]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville; :00]


Jon Wood knows Martinsville all too well and he is coming off a second place finish at Mesa Marin. He seems to have his strategy for the half mile track ready to go.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Jon Wood/6th in CraftsmanTruck Series Points; :00]
[RUNS=:22]
[OUT Q=.....be up front at the end"]
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[vo-nat]
While signing autographs at Grand with Rudd, Wood had to be thinking, with all of this rain, he might have to go with plan B.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=I dont think we will"]
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[S-Darris]


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[TAPE#=SP-140 1:19:15]
[GRAPHIC=High school basketball]


News 7 sports learned yesterday evening that new Virginia Tech men's basketball coach Seth Greenberg is heavily recruiting Radford junior point guard Darris Nichols.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Sources told News 7 sports that Greenberg went to Radford high school and met with Nichols about the possibilities of the junior coming to Tech. Nichols led the Bobcats to the single A state championship game this season. He has also been offered by Clemson but has yet to make a decision.
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[S-Green]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-149 3512TC]
[GRAPHIC=TECH]


Injuries have plagued Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster this spring.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/This Spring; :00]

But one player who has been making noise back on the field is defensive back Eric Green.
[super=04-August 5, 2002;]

The redshirt junior missed all of last season after injuring his knee before fall practice even started.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=FOR SOMETHING...]
[SUPER=01-Eric Green/Back After ACL Knee Surgery; :00]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=...NEXT SEASON."]
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[VO-NAT CON'T]

Green played in 23 of 24 games at cornerback his first two years at Tech. He feels like the knee is more solid than ever and that he's once again ready to challenge for a starting position.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I FEEL...]
[SUPER=01-Bud Foster/VT Defensive Coordinator; :21]
[SUPER=01-Mike Goforth/VT Director of Athletic Training; :34]
[RUNS=:39]
[OUT Q=A NEW MAN."]
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[S-Wahoos]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-145 57:50]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


The NCAA allows UVa 20 practice hours a week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville; :00]


No one on the UVa staff wants to win more than head coach Al Groh but, being UVa graduate, he knows how important academics are. So he has made some changes to his practice schedule to give players a better chance in the class room.

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Al Groh/UVa Head Football Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:24]
[OUT Q=.......whatever the case may be"]
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[VO-NAT]


Virginia punter Tom Hagan, whose shoulder injury forced him to miss most of the baseball season, will have surgery at the end of spring football.
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[S-Masters]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-139 TC11647]
[GRAPHIC=Masters]


Augusta National's top contender is the rain.
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[SUPER=03-Augusta, GA; :00]


Persistent rain has postponed round one of the Masters. The course was waterlogged by mid morning . It's the first time since 1939 that the opening round has been postponed. Officials hope to get in 36 holes on Friday.
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Buena Vista is hoping a new project will help the city's economy, and provide some relaxation at the same time.
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Buena Vista has finalized all the financial arrangements and contracts to build an 18 hole, Par 72 golf course on city land. City officials hope the course can be a major influence to Buena Vista's economy.
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((SCOTT DADSON/BUENA VISTA CITY MANAGER; SOME OF THOSE EXPECTATIONS ARE LODGING AND MORE FOOD SERVICES, PLUS SOME HIGHER END HOUSING. I DON'T KNOW IF WE'LL BE HOT SPRINGS TO THE SOUTH BUT I THINK THIS WILL BE AN EXPERIENCE THAT NOT ONLY THE PEOPLE OF BUENA VISTA WILL LIKE, BUT THE PEOPLE UP AND DOWN THE VALLEY WILL ENJOY AS WELL.))
[SUPER=01-Scott Dadson/Buena Vista City Manager;]
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[OUT Q=will enjoy as well.]
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Construction is scheduled to start next week, and the first golfers could be teeing off in July of 20-04. (------------)