[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Shannon]

Three suspects in two recent local murders now face charges.
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[VO-NAT]

And, the police presence will hold steady at Roanoke City Schools... at least for the immediate future.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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More on the ACC-Big East world tour, the west side expansion at Lane Stadium is still alive.
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[VO-NAT]

And the Lynchburg Hillcats are playing a double dip tonight in the Hill City. Steve Mason will join us from Merritt Hutchinson stadium.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


The very active weather pattern shows no signs of changing locations, so guess what, rain tomorrow.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 3-Shot]


News 7 is next.

[Williams]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=03-01 TC1:38:38]
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Good evening, I'm Shannon Young. Keith is off tonight.
[SS=Murder Invest.]


Roanoke Police believe they've solved two murders.
In the first case, a Roanoke man now faces a murder charge for a deadly stabbing outside a city bar.
34 year old Michael Keith Williams of Crown Point Road is now charged in the April 5 incident at the Allsports Cafe.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/April 5]


Police say Williams and Jonathan Freel of Salem got into an argument outside the bar.
Freel was stabbed and died at the scene.
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[Orange-Murder]


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[WRITER=jmc]
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Two people from Christiansburg face charge in the fatal shooting of a Roanoke man last winter.
The city grand jury indicted 23-year-old William Henry Brown and 20-year-old Candace Marie Davis in the death of Antwone Lamont Preston.
Brown was charged with murder; Davis, with being an accessory.
Preston was riding in a car on Orange Avenue last January, when he was hit by gunfire from another vehicle that pulled alongside.
Police are not saying what might have led to the shooting.

[81-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
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[TAPE#=03-09 TC2:03:57]
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State Police are trying to identify a woman killed on Interstate 81 last night.
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[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]

The woman was apparently standing on the northbound side of the the freeway near Buchanan when she was struck by the rear end of a tractor trailer. State Police aren't sure why she was on the road. Earlier today officials reported the woman's identity had been determined and that her next of kin was being notified.
They now say that's not the case.
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[SOT 9:04-9:22]
[IN Q=We originally thought we had...]

((SGT. MIKE HONAKER/STATE POLICE: WE ORIGINALLY THOUGHT WE'D POSITIVELY IDENTIFIED THE VICTIM HOWEVER WE LEARNED TODAY THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE THE PROPER ID OF THE VICTIM AND SO NOW WE'RE BACK AS THE PRIMARY FOCUS OF THE INVESTIGATION IS IDENTIFYING WHO THE VICTIM IS.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Mike Honaker/State Police;]
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[OUT Q=is identifying who the victim is.]
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[VO-NAT :12]

The accident happened at about ten minutes to midnight. No charges have been filed against the driver of the truck. A criminal investigation into what the woman was doing on the interstate is underway.
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[Campbell-Wreck]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[TAPE#=03-19 TC32:52]
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State police say a medical condition may have been the cause of a fatal crash near Lynchburg this afternoon.
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[VO-SILENT]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co.]


Just before three, a car carrying three people was headed east on Route 460 near the Route 29 interchange.
That's when the driver swerved off the road and down a steep embankment about fifty feet below the roadway.
He was pronounced dead at Lynchburg General Hospital.. another passenger was flown to U-V-A Medical Center with what were thought to be non-life threatening injuries.
A third suffered only minor injuries in the crash.
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[Bedford-Aircraft]


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An ultra-light aircraft went down in a field in Bedford County late this afternoon.
Authorities say the accident happened near off Joppa Mill Road, near Staunton River High School.
One person was taken to the hospital by Lifeguard 10.
There's no word on how serious the injuries are.

[Tech-Visitor]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WRITER=myr]
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If it's not on the agenda, it may not get passed.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

That could soon be the new rule at Virginia Tech, regarding decisions made by the board of visitors. The board is now considering a resolution that says both the board and the public must be notified at least ten days BFORE a resolution can be passed. The proposal is a response's to the board's March 10th meeting when members made a surprise move to eliminate the university's affirmative action policy.
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[SOT 9:35]
[IN Q=well largely]

((935 WELL LARGELY IT IS I SUPPOSED BUT IT'S ALSO A RECOGNITION THAT WHEN SOME OF US WENT TO LOOK AT THE BYLAWS AND WHAT IT PROVIDED WE FOUND THAT THE BYLAWS WERE VERY GENERAL WEREN'T MUCH HELP AT ALL AND THEN THAT THEY HADN'T BEEN AMENDED IN 20-YEARS 952))
[SUPER=01-Rodman Layman/VT BOV Committee on Bylaws Revisions;]
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[OUT Q=in 20-years]
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[VO-NAT]

In other business, the board approved a 720-million dollar budget for the 2003-2004 fiscal year and the restructuring of its academic programs.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=Bruce Smith]

In a surprise announcement, the board announced the resignation of Bruce Smith, citing scheduling conflicts. Smith was appointed to the board last July. He has attended one of six meetings.

[Resource-Officers]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WRITER=jda]
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Roanoke school officials say they hope the decision to keep three resource officers at each of the city's high schools will reassure parents the institutions are safe.
One concerned parent praises the decision, but said she still has questions about the school system's safety record and its plans for the future. [***NEWS 7 @ 6 IN MONITOR***]
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Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom tonight with more on the school board's decision.
[LIVE= JoeD /FULL Pulpit]
[SUPER=@joe1;]


Shannon, board members made the decision at a Saturday workshop, voting to fund the third resource officer at William Fleming and Patrick Henry High Schools.
But they also said they will continue to consider the appropriate role for the resource officers.
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[SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke School Superintendent; :00]
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[SUPER=01-Gloria Manns/Roanoke School board Chairman; :35]
[SUPER=01-Alice Hincker/Patrick Henry Parent; :57]
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[IN Q=They play a vital role]

((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: THEY PLAY A VITAL ROLE ON OUR CAMPUSES. WE DO NOT WANT TO PLAY THAT DOWN. THEY PLAY A VITAL ROLE, AN IMPORTANT ROLE, AND WE SUPPORT THE CONTINUATION OF RESOURCE OFFICERS, BUT WE DO NEED TO RE-EXAMINE THEM.))
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[OUT Q=we do need to re-examine them.]


Superintendent Wayne Harris says Roanoke put resource officers in the schools before many other communities, and today has more than most communities of similar size, but not because city schools are unsafe.
Today, he and School Board Chairman Gloria Manns said they hope the board's decision will reassure parents, while they continue to assess the police officers' place in the city schools.
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[IN Q=We're hoping we can be]

((GLORIA MANNS/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: WE'RE HOPING WE CAN BE A LITTLE BIT STRONGER IN MAKING SURE THAT WE USE THEIR SERVICES APPROPRIATELY AND PUT SOME OF THE RESPONSIBILITY BACK WHERE IT BELONGS ON SOME OF THE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS.))
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One parent who has raised concerns about school safety applauds the school board's decision...
but Alice Hincker says she still has questions about the school system's safety record and its plan for the officers.
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[IN Q=They've been redefining those roles]

((THEY 'VE BEEN REDEFINING THOSE ROLES WITHOUT INPUT FROM PARENTS OR STUDENTS OR TEACHERS OR THE COMMUNITY. AND WITH A SCHOOL BOARD THAT HAS PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT AS A PRIORITY, I'M KIND OF SURPRIZED THEY'RE NOT ASKING FOR INPUT FROM OTHER PARTS OF THE COMMUNITY.))
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[OUT Q=from other parts of the community.]))
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[LIVE= JoeD /FULL Pulpit]


School officials say they have not decided what will happen a year from now...
[DOUBLE BOXES=SHannon & JoeD /Pulpit;]


Shannon, Harris did raise the possibility of a city-wide study that would guage public opinion on a range of issues, including school safety.

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=NONE]


Amid a storm of protest, the F-C-C votes to loosen media ownership rules.
Next on News 7, what that means for local television stations and newspapers.
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[VO-NAT]


And another home satellite company is ready to flip the switch on local stations.
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[Media-Owners]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=03-10 TC1:54:01]
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Today the F-C-C is making it official, loosening media ownership rules and allowing companies to own more media outlets in each market. [2-SHOT]
Business Reporter Rachel Cannon has been following this story and joins us with more on what the decision could mean for our area, Rachel? Shannon, the decision came as no surprise given that the commissioners voted along party lines, 3- 2 in favor of relaxing the restrictions.
[ANCHOR=Rachel]
[SUPER=@Rachel1;]

Companies can now own two television stations and both a TV station and newspaper in the same market. Now people are looking how the media landscape will change.
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[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Matthew McAllister/VT Assoc. Professor of Communications; :17]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :50]
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[OUT Q=ITS OWN POLICIES.]

(( Virginia Tech Professor Matt McAllister says the larger a media company gets, the more likely it will sell a brand or particular image to advertisers. He says local news will become more regional and national.
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[SOT 19:37:48]
[IN Q=now with]

((MATTHEW P. MCALLISTER/VT ASSOC. PROFESSOR OF COMM.; NOW WITH LARGER MEDIA OWNERSHIP OF ESSENTIALLY LARGER LOCAL MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS THERE IS CONCERN THERE IS GOING TO BE MORE STANDARDIZATION OF CONTENT ))
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Roanoke is classified as a medium sized television market. McAllister believes we will feel the effects of the F-C-C decision.
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[SOT 19:38:58]
[IN Q=I THINK]

((I THINK ROANOKE STILL IS PROTECTED BY SOME OF THE RULES THAT ARE IN PLACE AFTER THIS DECISION BUT ROANOKE IS A PRIME MARKET I THINK FOR LARGE MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS TO BUY INTO OR FOR CURRENT EXISTING MEDIA OWNERS TO EXPAND TO OTHER MARKETS.))
[OUT Q=TO OTHER MARKETS.]

In Washington, D.C. reaction to the vote has been critical. Congress has the authority to step in.
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[SOT 19:41:08]
[IN Q=certainly with all]

((CERTAINLY WITH ALL THIS CRITICISM WE'VE SEEN OF THIS LATEST FCC POLICY I BELIEVE WILL SEE CONGRESS LOOKING TO ESTABLISH ITS OWN POLICIES.))
[OUT Q=POLICIES.]))
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[ANCHOR=Rachel]

The Senate Commerce Committee has already scheduled a hearing this week on the issue where all five F-C-C commissioners are expected to testify. [2-SHOT] Shannon, the public can also submit comments to the commission challenging the ruling.

[Directv]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=03-20 TC31:06]
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Direct-TV is joining DISH Network in offering local channels.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape;]
[TAPE#=03-11 TC1:16:36]

Direct-TV says the service begins tomorrow and will be available for customers in the Roanoke television market. Not getting local channels was the biggest complaint from satellite subscribers. Retailers now expect dish sales to steadily increase and say new deals will increase competition among satellite providers.
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[Colbert]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=03-21 27:54]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]

Roanoke police believe they have solved another of the recent bank robberies.
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[VO-NAT]

Police say a grand jury today indicted 41 year old Vater Colbert of Salem for the first of the recent holdups ..
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/April 28]

this one at the F-N-B Branch on Hershberger Road near the Crossroads Mall. Police say Colbert was the man who walked in, demanded money, then fled on foot.
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[Drug-Bust]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
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A grand jury in Botetourt County today indicted a father and son trucking team for allegedly transporting hundreds of pounds of marijuana through the state.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./March]


74 year old Manuel Corey and 43 year old Ralph Corey are charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute and Illegal Transportation of Narcotics into the Commonwealth.
In March, authorities pulled them over on Interstate 81 near Troutville.
They found 17-thousand dollars in cash and 480 pounds of marijuana.
The men, both from Rhode Island, will be tried in July.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WRITER=dse]
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Wall Street took a breather, squandering an early powerful rally and settling for a mixed session. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW gained 47 and a half points.
NASDAQ dropped five.
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[City-Council]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=jwa]
[TAPE#=03-11 TC1:37:06]
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Plans to widen Interstate 81 include six and eight lanes, but Roanoke City Council wants all options to include railroads.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Today members of theg roup unanimously passed a resolution supporting a rail component in V-DOT's expansion planning of the interstate.
Council member Rupert Cutler says a dual-track railroad should run parallel to 1-81 to transport long-distance freight and ultimately passengers.
According to Cutler, it's an improvement that would better the economy and the environment.
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[IN Q=We can't pave our]

((RUPERT CUTLER/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: WE CAN'T PAVE OUR WAY OUT OF THE CONGESTION PROBLEM ON 81. WE NEED TO HAVE RAIL FREIGHT TRAINS IN ADDITION TO THAT.))
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[OUT Q=in addition to that.]
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[VO-NAT]


On Friday, V-DOT commissioner Phillip Shucet (Shoo-KETT) said improvements to I-81 will likely have to wait until an environmental study is completed in 2006.

[B-Burg-Sewer]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-13 TC1:12:52]
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Blacksburg officials say plans to improve the town's sewer system could have a major effect.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

The system is now nearing capacity and officials say in order to prevent overflow, the town has a few options. It could upgrade the current system or build a new system to include service in the Tom's Creek area. Officials say, either way, they're worried the two-year project could disrupt traffic and the environment.
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[SOT 10:46]
[IN Q=and then]

((10:46 ADELE SCHIRMER/DIRECTOR OF PLANNING & ENGINEERING; AND THEN ON THE, BUILD THE TOM'S CREEK SEWER OPTION, THE CONCERNS WE HAVE THERE ARE AGAIN IT'S LARGELY NOT INROADS, BUT IT'S IN FIELDS AND IN CREEKS, VALLEYS AND IN WETLANDS, AND WE WOULD NEED TO DO THAT IN SUCH WAYS TO MINIMIZE DISRUPTIONS TO THE CREEKS 02))
[SUPER=01-Adele Schirmer/Director of Planning & Engineering;]
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[OUT Q=to the creeks]
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[VO-NAT]

Schirmer says a third option includes building more treatment sites, but that could take more time. A public hearing is scheduled for June 24th.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
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Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - Steve Mason checks in from Lynchburg where the Hillcats are playing two tonight.
John Swofford says the Big East-ACC expansion is about more than just money,
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[VO-NAT]

and the expansion plans for the west side of Lane Stadium - aren't dead afterall. More on that in a moment.
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[S-Stadium]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-149 10554tc]
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The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors meeting this afternoon put an end to the speculation that the West Side stadium expansion at Lane Stadium is a dead issue.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]

Ever since the whole Big East-ACC situation reared its headed - nearly $2 million dollars has been pledged to keep the project on schedule. These gifts will allow the design and planning for the west side expansion to continue. Because private funding for the $15 million dollar project, that will push the capacity to 70 thousand, has not been secured at this time - construction cannot begin.
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[S-ACC]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-143 13104TC]
[GRAPHIC=ACC/BIG EAST]


The ACC entourage wrapped up its two day tour of Boston College today. Of the three schools being courted for membership- BC has been the most outspoken about wanting to join.
[graphic=boston college]

However, if the Eagles join the ACC they will have to do some serious cutting of sports. BC currently has teams in 31 sports and 17 of those are women's sports. They also have mens' and women's skiing, and men's and women's sailing which aren't offered anywhere in the ACC.
[GRAPHIC=BC/ACC]

In fact, the ACC only offers 25 sports. As he did last week at Miami, commissioner John Swofford says this move is about the future - and not any get rich quick scheme.
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[talent=mike]
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The Big East presidents still plan to meet with Miami's Donna Shalala this Wednesday. The meeting will take place in Washington ,DCTERMS.


[S-Brown]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-138 13750TC]
[GRAPHIC=NBA]


Lots going on the in the NBA today. Michael Jordan spent part of this afternoon talking with the new ownership group in Charlotte. Former Charlotte coach Paul Silas was formally hired in Cleveland. And Larry Brown was formally introduced as the new coach of the Pistons. After 6 years of working with Allen Iverson - Brown says he truly understands why people say what won't kill you will make you stronger.
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[S-Cats]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-147]
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The Lynchburg Hillcats are battling the Potomac Cannons at this very moment at Merritt Huthinson Stadium. Steve Mason is there and he is actually dry! [DOUBLE BOX TOSS TO STEVE]
[SUPER=@steve1;]
[SUPER=05-Lynchburg; ]



[ROLL CUE:...MVP DOESN'T EVEN WEAR A BASEBALL UNIFORM]

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[SUPER=01-Paul Sunwall/24th Year as Hillcats General Manager; :11]
[SUPER=01-Dave Clark/Hillcats Manager; :32]
[SUPER=01-Chris Shelton/Hitting .342; :49]
[SUPER=01-Josh Higgins/Hillcats Reliever; :59]
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