[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

Some Roanoke citizens are gunning for a program designed to diminish the deer problem.
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[VO-NAT :05]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

And, the Radford Arsenal is hiring new employees and firing new explosives.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sports head]
[GRAPHIC=none]

The rookies of the year are picked in the Big League. We'll hear from Al Groh about his big battle with the Terps.
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[VO-NAT]

And it is certainly bittersweet - but Tech's Kevin Jones is the Big East offensive player of the week and part of tonight's Tech 2003 Report.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Temperatures near 70 by Wednesday but then crash to the 50s by the end of the week. More on the forecast straight ahead.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 4-Shot]


News 7 is next.
[Video-Open]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=Video Open]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


The hunt is on in the city of Roanoke.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Police sharpshooters take aim at the city's deer problem.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Shannon Young.
[Deer-Hunting]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-35 TC1:48:54]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-shot]


The first two- man team headed out early this morning to begin Roanoke's deer management program.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


The effort was approved by city council, and officials promise that safety will be their top priority. [***ROLL MONITOR VIDEO***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & JoeD /BAM;]


But Joe Dashiell reports, those assurances haven't quieted the criticism.
[LIVE= JoeD /FULL BAM]
[SUPER=@Joe1;]


Keith and Shannon, the city is acting on the rising number of complaints from citizens and the rising number of traffic accidents involving deer.
While police have stressed safety, critics such as Susan Friedman question whether the controlled hunt is a good idea.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I also believe]

((I ALSO BELIEVE NO MATTER HOW EXPERT PEOPLE ARE THERE IS ALWAYS THAT ROOM FOR THAT UNEXPECTED SITUATION TO CROP UP. AND ONCE BULLET LEAVES A GUN, NO MATTER HOW EXPERT THE SHOOTER IS, YOU CANNOT ALWAYS GUARANTEE THAT IT WILL END UP EXACTLY WHERE YOU'RE AIMING IT.))
[SUPER=01-Susan Friedman/Roanoke Resident; ]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=where you're aiming it.]
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[VO-NAT]


Former police officers and experienced hunters, the sharpshooters will be taking aim with a special Remington rifle, equipped with a scope and noise suppression.
Officials say the shots will be taken from an elevated position to minimize the risk of stray bullets.
Initially, we're told the two-man teams will work on public property, areas on the fringes of the city that have been reviewed for safety.
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[***NEWS 7 @ 6 IN MONITOR***]
[LIVE= JoeD /FULL BAM]


The police department declined our request for an interview to explain their safety procedures in more detail today.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & JOeD/BAM]


Keith and Shannon, we don't know if the hunters hit their mark on the first day of the new program.

[I-81]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-40 TC1:06:54]
[GRAPHIC=I-81 Improvements]


The Virginia Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration have signed an agreement to begin the environmental study of Interstate 81 improvements.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


VDOT officials say the agreement is a first in Virginia, and perhaps the first of its kind in the country.
It defines the scope of the environmental study and the timetable, and state officials say it may help to move the project along more quickly.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I realize]

((I REALIZE MANY TIMES THAT PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW WHY STUDIES TAKE SO LONG, IT'S BECAUSE OF ALL THE DETAIL THAT WE HAVE TO HAVE AND THIS WILL HELP US ON BOTH SIDES OF THE EQUATION REACH THOSE ANSWERS MUCH MORE EFFICIENTLY AND IN A TIMELY FASHION.))
[SUPER=01-Fred Altizer/I-81 Program Manager]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=and in a timely fashion.]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


The first phase of the environmental study will consider major issues including the use of tolls, extra lanes and rail alternatives.
The plan includes many opportunities for public input and could produce its first recommendations by mid- 2005.



[Picard]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#503-06 TC1:15:54]
[GRAPHIC=Picard]

A Franklin County man charged with capital murder won't face the death penalty.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount/April;]

As the trial began this morning, the prosecutor decided not to seek a death sentence for Christopher Picard. Most of the first day of the trial was taken up with jury selection. Picard is charged with murdering Lori Metts Hodges Boyd, a Franklin County teacher's aide and bus driver.
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./September 2002;]

She was found strangled in the back of her burning car in September of last year. Prosecutors say Picard's footprints and fingerprints link him to the crime. His attorneys say he touched some of the items after stumbling across them.
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[Turgeon]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=03-36 TC1:24:30]
[GRAPHIC=None]

A federal jury is considering the case of three men charged with "stealing trees."
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Floyd Co.]

That's how the prosecutor summed up her case in court this afternoon. Three men scoured land records in Floyd County looking for property that belonged to out-of-state residents. In some cases the owner was behind in paying taxes or hadn't been to visit the property in years. Normand Turgeon was one of those who claimed the property under a provision of state law known as "adverse possession," along with Greg Mueller and Ken Griffith.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=None]

They sold the timber rights and have already settled a civil suit to pay one land owner 9-thousand dollars. The jury has to decide whether the three were part of a criminal conspiracy to defraud the land owners.

[Boucher-Arsenal]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=03-39 TC1:27:38]
[GRAPHIC=None]


More than 150 new jobs are headed to the New River Valley.
The Radford Army Ammunition plant is about to start work on 2 new contracts totaling more than 130 million dollars.
And as Rachel DePompa found out, even more jobs could be in the plant's future.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Radford; :00]
[SUPER=@Boucher; :15]
[SUPER=19-Rachel DePompa/rdepompa*wdbj7.com; :24]
[SUPER=01-Wayne Farley/Alliant Techsystems; :37]
[SUPER=01-Lt. Col. Anthony Skinner/Plant Commander; 1:21]
[RUNS=1:40]
[OUT Q=Rachel DePompa, News 7, Radford.]

(( Business will soon start booming even more at Radford Army Ammunition Plant. The country's largest active propellant and explosives manufacturing facility has a new 5 year, 130 Million dollar contract to make TNT.

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[SOT:07:23:00]
[IN Q=We expect]

((RICK BOUCHER: WE EXPECT THAT IT WILL BRING UP TO 150 NEW JOBS TO THE RADFORD ARSENAL TO THE GREAT BENEFIT OF THE ENTIRE NEW RIVER VALLEY)) [RUNS:08]
[OUT Q=new river valley.]



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[SOT:17:18:00]
[IN Q=Radford Ammunitions]

((RACHEL DEPOMPA: RADFORD AMMUNITIONS USED TO MAKE TNT. THEY STOPPED IN 1986. THE COMPANY'S NOW GOING TO PUT MONEY INTO MODERNIZING THE OLD PLANT AND COULD MAKE AS MUCH AS 15 MILLION POUNDS OF TNT.)) [RUNS:13]
[OUT Q=TNT]



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[SOT:12:36:00]
[IN Q=Using the base infrastructure]

((WAYNE FARLEY: USING THE BASE INFRASTRUCTURE HERE, BUT THE EQUIPMENT, THE PROCESS WILL ALL BE NEW; ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY AND DESIGNED TO BE FLEXIBLE TO MANUFACTURE THOSE NEW EXPLOSIVES AS THEY'RE DEVELOPED.)) [RUNS:12]
[OUT Q=they're developed.]


Not only will the plant be the only TNT manufacturer in the entire country, it's being asked to produce new training rounds of 25 millimeter ammunition. That contract could open up another 30 positions.

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[SOT:8:57:00]
[IN Q=I think that]

((RICK BOUCHER: I THINK THAT THE AWARD OF THESE CONTRACTS SIGNAL THE CONFIDENCE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IN THIS FACILITY AND THAT I THINK WILL BE FURTHER EXHIBITED IN FUTURE YEARS AS EVEN MORE CONTRACTS ARE AWARDED TO THE ARSENAL.))

[RUNS:13]
[OUT Q=to the arsenal.]


And after more than 50 years in Radford... even more changes could be in the arsenal's future.

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[SOT:14:36:00]
[IN Q=Really, when you look]

((COL. ANTHONY SKINNER: REALLY, WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT YOU WOULD HOPE THAT IT OPENS THE DOOR FOR THE FUTURE OF THE PLANT IN TERMS OF MODERNIZATION AND MAKING THE FUTURE NEEDS OF THE MILITARY.)) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=of the military]


The Army is now being urged to develop a multi-million dollar plan to upgrade the entire plant. Rachel DePompa, News 7, Radford.))

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]


Still ahead on News 7, will a forum on campus diversity clear the air at Virginia Tech?
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Plus a mobile protest of the government's treatment of black farmers rolls into the state capitol.
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[Tech-Forum]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-42 TC51:57]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Virginia Tech says it wants to increase campus diversity.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Many students and faculty members, however, believe it's done just the opposite.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

During today's campus-wide diversity forum, university officials said one of their main goals is to develop strategies for minority recruitment and retention. But, with the recent elimination of certain diversity programs, many believe the university is saying one thing, and doing another.
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[SOT 5809]
[IN Q=for many]

((FOR MANY MANY YEARS, THE UNIVERSITY, IT WAS ACTUALLY HOUSED OUT OF DIFFERENT OFFICES, SO I'LL SAY THE UNIVERSITY IN GENERAL, HOSTED A RECRUITMENT WEEKEND FOR UNDERREPRESENTED STUDENTS, THE LAST NAME OF IT, I BELIEVE WAS GATEWAY, AND GATEWAY HAS BEEN ELIMINATED.))
[SUPER=01-Beth Wafford/Virginia Tech Faculty;]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=has been eliminated]
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[VO-NAT]

University officials say they are now looking into bringing back programs like Gateway, but hope to steer away from programs that are geared toward race or ethnicity.
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[City-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#03-44 TC40:57]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Roanoke's school superintendent says the schools are safe and the numbers prove it.
But does the school board agree?
That's the focus of a meeting underway right now.
[ROANOKE Double Boxes=Shannon and Justin/Microwave]


Justin McCleod is at Lucy Addison Middle School with more on what's going on.
Shannon this meeting of the school board has been going on for a little over an hour.
[Live=Justin Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Justin1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]


In a matter of minutes, Wayne Harris is scheduled to deliver a 9 week report on student discipline.
We already know what's in that report since he released it last week.
What should be interesting is the school board's reaction to that report.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


So far this school year, the schools have reported 12-hundred disciplinary incidents.
81 of those incidents involved violence or physical abuse.
Doctor Harris says that is cause for concern, but doesn't believe that number is unusually high.
Board Chairwoman Gloria Manns say before the meeting she wasn't surprised by these numbers but says just one incident of violence is too high.
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[Live=Justin Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]
( ad lib)
(Justin will call for boxes)
[ROANOKE Double Boxes=Shannon and Justin/Microwave]



[SOL-Results]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-33 TC2:00:35]
[GRAPHIC=None]


More students are passing the S-O-L tests.
And that means more of Virginia's schools are earning accreditation.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Seventy-eight percent of the state's 18-hundred schools are now fully accredited.
Last year only 65 percent met that goal.
Schools earn full accreditation when at least 70 percent of students pass S-O-L tests in English, math, science and history.
Education officials say an additional 233 public schools met or surpassed state standards in the past year.
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[SOT 13:56:49]
[IN Q=IT SHOWS THERE IS A LOT OF WORK]

((BELLE WHEELAN/VA SECRETARY OF EDUCATION: IT SHOWS THERE IS A LOT OF WORK BEING DONE BY OUR TEACHERS, OUR PRINCIPALS AND ALL THE BUILDING SUPPORT TO MAKE SURE OUR CHILDREN HAVE ALL THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN ADULT LIFE.))


[SUPER=01-Belle Wheelan/VA Sec. of Education]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=THEY NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN ADULT LIFE.]
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[VO-NAT]


Education officials say overall student achievement increased this year on 19 of the 26 S-O-L tests.
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[Reynolds]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=03-43 TC44:52]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Martinsville is in the market for a new city manager.
The man who has the job, Earl Reynolds, is coming back to Roanoke.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/April 2001]


Reynolds is going to be the deputy executive director at the Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority.
He'll be the number two man at the agency, making 100-thousand dollars a year.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=None]


Reynolds served as assistant city manager in Roanoke before taking the Martinsville job eleven years ago.

[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Wall Street has pulled back for the fourth time in the past five trading days. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
[RUNS=:30]
[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-y/53.26/9756.53/y/29.10/1941.64;]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


The DOW fell 53.
NASDAQ dropped 29.
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[VO]
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[SUPER=274-i/0.08/9.72/i/0.35/68.62/h/0.30/32.47/i/0.44/45.56/i/0.30/58.12;]
[SUPER=#555; Reset]


[Black-Farmer]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-41 TC46:46]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Virginia man is driving to a rally in Washington and he's bringing his mules with him.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


John Boyd Junior is riding a mule-drawn wagon to the U-S Capitol to protest the government's treatment of black farmers.
Boyd and his mules, Jake and Jewel, made a stop today in Richmond.
In 1999, the U-S Department of Agriculture agreed to settle claims of discrimination brought by black farmers.
But Boyd says many have never received their checks
AND that black farmers are still being denied their fair share of federal subsidies.
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[SOT 13:53:42]
[IN Q=THINGS ARE ACTUALLY WORSE]

((JOHN BOYD, JR./NATIONAL BLACK FARMERS ASSOC.: THINGS ARE ACTUALLY WORSE WITH THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION AND WE HOPE TO MAKE SOME NOISE WHILE WE'RE THERE IN WASHINGTON D.C. AND WE'RE CALLING ON AFRICAN-AMERICAN FARMERS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY TO JOIN US.))
[SUPER=01-John Boyd, Jr./National Black Farmers Assoc.]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=FARMERS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY TO JOIN US.]
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[VO-NAT]


Boyd started his trip in Mecklenberg County.
He and his mules are expected to travel 200 miles.
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[Control-Tower]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=03-45 TC1:35:20]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It could be months before the Roanoke Airport opens its new control tower for tours.
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[VO-NAT :30]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

An airport spokeswoman says construction on the nearly 200-foot tall tower is a couple months behind schedule because of a rainy period earlier in the year. The building is now expected to open for tours next spring and should be fully functional by fall 2004.
This is the second year of construction. The tower will replace the fifty year old control tower currently being used by the airport and will feature the latest in aviation technology and radar equipment. The more than 9-million dollar price tag is being picked up by the FAA.
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[Sports Tease]


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

Keeping up the Joneses is part of the focus of this week's Tech 2003 report.
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[VO-NAT]

And the Cavs are set for a Thursday night date with Maryland - in a game that means the world to both programs.
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[S-TECH2003]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-160]
[GRAPHIC=TECH 2003]


This week's Tech 2003 Report focuses in on Kevin Jones, the loudest Tech fans who were in attendance last Saturday night at Pittsburgh, and an injury update on who may not make it back to the Keystone state this weekend.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/Last Saturday; :00]
[SUPER=01-Billy Hite/VT Associate Head Coach; :28]
[SUPER=01-Kevin Jones/Big East Player of the Week; :37]
[SUPER=01-Katie Meier/Marching Virginians Drum Major; 1:18]
[SUPER=01-Joanna Swift/Marching Virginians Drum Major; 1:39]
[RUNS=2:08]
[OUT Q=...TUESDAY EVENING."]

(( Thanks to his record setting performance on Saturday night against the Panthers - Kevin Jones has been named the Big East Co-offensive player of the week. KJ set the all-time single game rushing record with 241 yards on 30 carries. He scored 4 touchdowns as he shattered the 25 year old record originally set by Danville Kenny Lewis. Jones now leads the Big East in rushing and is 7th nationally. ((BILLY HITE/VT ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH:)) ((KEVIN JONES/BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK:)) Jones must share the award with Pittsburgh quarterback Rod Rutherford who passed for 300 yards and two TDs. He ran for a another score and engineered the game winning drive. Rutherford wasn't the only one at Heinz Field hoping to torch the Hokies BCS aspirations, but Tech got some reinforcement in the form of the Marching Virginians. 8 buses of musicians and equipment made the trip to Pittsburgh. ((KATIE MEIER:)) Last year the team didn't make it to a single away game because of the cost. Besides the charters, there are 100 hotel rooms and meals to purchase. In all, it's a one night $30 thousand dollar road trip. ((JOANNA SWIFT: )) On the injury front - Jason Lallis is day to day with a separated shoulder, Ernest Wilford's x-rays are negative - he just has a neck strain. And Jacob Gibson will have an MRI on his knee in Roanoke on Tuesday Evening.))

[S-UVA]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-152 15:58]
[GRAPHIC=ACC]

UVa takes on Maryland Thursday night in a battle of the third and fifth place ACC teams. Steve Mason says the margin of error is now a matter of inches, not yards for the Wahoos.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/November 23, 2002; :00]
[SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC/November 1, 2003; :10]
[SUPER=01-Al Groh/1-1 Record vs Maryland at UVa; :17]
[SUPER=@Steve1; :28]
[RUNS=1:00]
[OUT Q=....News 7 sports"]

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