[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

If your eyes are peeled for snowflakes, you're in good company.
We'll check the radar.
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[ENG#=1]
[VO-NAT :08]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

And, the forecast may not be music to the civic center's ears but mother nature won't be allowed to upstage the show.


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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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[ENG#=2]

Tonight on News 7 Sports - the ACC Connection is all about a second generation Strawberry. Plus, the regional schedule is disrupted -

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[VO-NAT]

And the Old Dominion Athletic conference's women's tournament opens this afternoon at the Salem Civic Center.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Snow is now reaching the ground in southwest Virginia. Overnight a few inches is possible from the Roanoke and Lynchburg area south. Details ahead.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 4-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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[WXPRO FULL!!!]
[ANCHOR=2-Shot]


The latest winter storm inches northward.
[ANCHOR=2-Shot]


The national weather service has left winter weather advisories in place until tomorrow morning.
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[ANCHOR=2-Shot]


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


And I'm .
[First-Wx]
[ANCHOR= 2-Shot]


Folks have been keeping an eye on the sky all day... waiting for the expected winter storm to arrive
[ANCHOR= 2-Shot]


So when will that wait be over?
[TOSS ACROSS=Keith-Shannon & Robin/WXCENTER]


Let's talk to meteorologist Robin Reed.
[ANCHOR=Robin]



[SS=NONE]WEATHER CENTER Position #1


[WXPRO/FULL]RADAR LOOP CURRENT ADVISORIES

[TOSS ACROSS=Keith-Shannon & Robin/WXCENTER]
(Toss to Keith & Shannon)



[Schools]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[GRAPHIC=School Info.]


A few schools have cancelled classes for tonight.
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[TAKE SCHOOLTOUCH FS]
No night classes tonight at Patrick Henry Community College.
UVA College at Wise has also cancelled night classes... as has Wytheville Community College.
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[Concert]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-53 TC1:18:37]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]


The storm has prompted a "flurry" of calls to the Roanoke Civic Center.
Country music stars Alan Jackson and Martina McBride are set to the take stage tonight but mother nature may have different plans.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Justin /Microwave;]


Justin McLeod is live at the Civic Center. So Justin is the show still on?
Keith and Shannon, several thousand people have been asking that same question.
[LIVE= Justin /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=@justin1]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke]


Very rarely does the Civic Center cancel an event and because this is one of the hottest acts in country music and it's sold out, the show will go on despite the weather.
[ENG#=3]
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[SOT 28:17]
[IN Q=We are hearing from]
[SUPER=01-Robin Schon/Civic Center Spokesperson; :00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/November, 2002; :08]
[RUNS=:48]
[OUT Q=AND THE ARTIST]

((((ROBIN SCHON/CIVIC CENTER SPOKESPERSON: WE ARE HEARING FROM PEOPLE. A FEW EMAILS, A FEW PHONE CALLS WANTING TO KNOW IF THE SHOW IS STILL GOING ON AND IT'S MOST DEFINETELY GOING ON.)) [Runs05]
[OUT Q=DEFINETELY GOING ON]


It's going on for several reasons.
For one, the artists are already in town.
The Civic Center says it would consider canceling the concert if Alan Jackson or Martina McBride had trouble getting here.
Another factor is whether V-Dot plans to shut down major roadways because of the weather.
Right now, that seems unlikely.
The Civic Center says it is an individual decision whether to attend the concert but stresses there will be no refunds for those who don't show up.
[SOT 29:31]
[IN Q=Our policy is]

((ROBIN SCHON/CIVIC CENTER SPOKESPERSON: OUR POLICY IS IF THE ARTIST GOES ON STAGE AND THE SHOW GOES ON AS PLANNED AS WE'VE SOLD IT THEN IT IS UP TO THE INDIVIDUAL GUEST TO GET HERE. I THINK THAT'S SORT OF THE RELM OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE VENUE AND THE ARTIST.)) [Runs14]
[OUT Q=and the artist]))
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[LIVE= Justin /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]


More than 85-hundred people are expected tonight from all over the state as well as neighboring North Carolina.
Parking is expected to be a problem so people are encouraged to take a shuttle bus from the Williamson Road garage.


[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Justin /Microwave;]


Shannon, that may be smart because when you get back to your car it won't be covered in snow since it will be in a garage.


[Warren]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=03-54 TC1:26:05]
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[ENG#=4]

"Financial pastor" William Thomas Warren was indicted today by a federal grand jury.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.]

Federal agents moved in on Warren's operation a month ago, just as it appears he was about to skip town. As they searched his home, agents found notes Warren had written himself about where he might move and about concocting a story to explain why he has no checking account. He promised a 30 percent return on investors' money, while investing only a small portion of the seven to 20 million dollars the government now estimates he took in. Agents found Warren himself hiding in a crawl space beneath the house. As part of the multi-count indictment handed up today, the prosecution seeks to acquire the property by forfeiture proceedings.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=HOLD]

US Attorney John Brownlee says Warren conducted seminars at Rainbow Forest Baptist among other places in the Roanoke Valley. He and many of the victims of his investment scheme were members of that church. Of the 140 victims identified so far, most are in Washington state where Warren's from. The second largest group of investors is in the Roanoke Valley.

[Lake-Car]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=04-09 TC14:12]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=1]


Investigators know a little bit more about the death of a woman found in her submerged car in an Amherst County lake yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Amherst Co./Yesterday]


47-year-old Carolyn Farmer's husband had reported her missing Tuesday night.
On Wednesday morning, he spotted her car in Otter Lake near the Blue Ridge Parkway.. a spot where she liked to park and read.
Authorities still aren't sure how Farmer's car ended up in the water.
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[SOT 22:17:42]
[IN Q=The ignition was]

((JIMMY AYERS/AMHERST CO. SHERIFF: THE IGNITION WAS IN THE START MODE, THE GEAR SHIFT LEVER WAS IN THE NEUTRAL POSITION. AND THE INDICATION FROM THE DAMAGE THAT WAS DONE TO THE FRONT OF IT INDICATES THAT IT MOST LIKELY WOULD HAVE COME FROM THE IMPACT OF THE WATER.))
[SUPER=01-Jimmy Ayers/Amherst Co. Sheriff]
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[OUT Q=impact of the water.]
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[VO-NAT]


An autopsy revealed Farmer drowned.
Investigators say it did appear she tried to escape from the vehicle.
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[81-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[GRAPHIC=I-81 Accident]
[ENG#=2]

Traffic is back to normal after an accident closed a lane of interstate 81.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Ironto]

This was the scene earlier this afternoon when police say a tractor trailer clipped a VDOT vehicle. The impact flipped the VDOT truck, sending it off the road and over an embankment. The driver, 55 year old Larry E. Long of Roanoke was taken to Roanoke Memorial by helicopter. He's listed as being in fair-condition. His passenger, 59 year old Jackie Williams, also of Roanoke, is in good condition.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]
[ENG#=V10]


As the General Assembly hashes out a budget in Richmond, emergency responders in Central Virginia fear they're being left behind.
Details on that when News 7 returns.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And a Roanoke bakery makes the cut with a global sandwich chain.
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[XGR]
(MINI OPEN)
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=04-03 TC28:52]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-shot]


Birth control and budget issues took center stage today at the General Assembly.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Richmond Bureau Chief Meghan Muldoon has more.
[ENG#=1]
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[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF CHEERING]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :03]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Woolley/Virginians Aligned against Sexual Assault; :]
[SUPER=01-Del. Bob Marshall/(R) Prince William Co.; :]
[SUPER=@Bell; :]
[SUPER=@Armstrong; :]
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(([NAT SOUND OF CHEERING] [RUNS:02]
Abortion rights supporters stood up and cheered when a Senate Committee killed legislation that would have stopped state-supported universities from distributing the morning-after pill.
Opponents of the bill say easy access to the pill is especially important for victims of sexual assault.
[SOT 02:57]

((Jennifer Woolley/Virginians Aligned Against Sexual Assault: Having to figure out how to prevent a pregnancy how to get off campus to a pharmacy to get emergency contraceptive simply adds enough step and an undue burden on these victims.)) [RUNS:10]
But the patron of the bill, Delegate Bob Marshall says rape victims who become pregnant have a DUTY to carry the child to term.
[SOT :21:11]

((DELEGATE BOB MARSHALL/R-PRINCE WILLIAM CO.:WHAT THE HELL OF A NATION HAVE WE COME TO WHEN YOU CAN'T ASK FOR SACRIFICE WE'RE GOING DOWN IF WE REFUSE TO SACRIFICE. :20)) [RUNS:09]
The emotional debates continued on the floor of the House and Senate as members voted on their respective budgets and debated who should or should not get the state's money.
Senator Brandon Bell wants equal funding for museums in Southwest Virginia.
[SOT 02:09:15]

((SENATOR BRANDON BELL/R-ROANOKE CO: WE HAVE A GREAT DISPARITY IN THE STATE, I HAVE A VERY LARGE DIFFICULTY TELLING THOSE BACK HOME THAT WE ARE RAISING REVENUES BUT THESE INSTITUTIONS ARE NOT GOING TO BE THE RECIPIENT.)) [RUNS:13]
Delegate Ward Armstrong wants more money to promote economic development in Southside Virginia.
[SOT 02:36:02]
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((DELEGATE WARD ARMSTRONG/D-HENRY CO: SO ITS MORE IMPORTANT FOR US TO BUILD PARKING GARAGES THAN IT IS TO REVITALIZE A REGION OF THE STATE.)) [RUNS:07]
But regardless of what is decided in the chambers, it is what is negotiated behind closed doors that will ultimately determine where the money goes, and where it comes from.
Meghan Muldoon, News 7, Richmond.))
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[Public-Safety]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[TAPE#=03-51 TC1:19:53]
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[ENG#=2]


Some local public safety officials are worried about the budget version making its way through the General Assembly this session.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


A group of firefighters, police officers and E-M-S personnel gathered in Lynchburg's Miller Park today to protest a freeze in public safety spending.
They say the House of Delegates' proposal to hold back on more than 150 million dollars in funding will only hurt local communities.
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[SOT 22:05:37]
[IN Q=In Lynchburg]

((ART LIPSCOMB/LYNCHBURG FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION: IN LYNCHBURG AND SURROUNDING AREAS, THE FINANCIAL THREATS TO OUR SAFETY ARE VERY REAL. THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES' BUDGET PROPOSAL WILL HAVE A DIRECT AND NEGATIVE IMPACT ON OUR COMMUNITIES. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO HAVE OUR E-M-S AND FIRE SERVICES FUNDING RAIDED. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO CONTINUE UNDERPAYING OUR STATE TROOPERS AND DEPUTY SHERIFFS.))
[SUPER=01-Art Lipscomb/Lynchburg Firefighters Association]
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[OUT Q=deputy sheriffs.]
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[VO-NAT]


The two chambers are nearly four billion dollars apart on their budget proposals.
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[Grundy-Shooting]


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The man accused of killing three people at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy may be negotiating a plea agreement.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Buchanan Co.;]


If it goes through, Peter Odighizuwa could avoid a possible death sentence.
An attorney who represents the family of one of the victims says Odighizuwa would receive multiple life sentences in exchange for his plea.
A hearing is scheduled for Friday.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
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A mixed close on Wall street today. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


The DOW fell 21 points.
NASDAQ gained ten.
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[SPONSOR ANNOUNCE]
[COMMERCIAL]

[Project-Access]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
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[TAPE#=03-52 TC1:43:17]
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[ENG#=1]


A southside project is hoping to provide more access to the uninsured.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville;]

Project Access has compiled the results of a survey conducted three months ago at a Martinsville health fair.
[SUPER=04-November;]

Of those surveyed, more than 60- percent are uninsured. Health officials say there are plenty of doctors willing to offer free services, but many patients can't afford the prescriptions they need.
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[SOT 11:40]
[IN Q=Access to medication]

((KAY CRANE/PROJECT ACCESS DIRECTOR: ACCESS TO MEDICATION IS A GREAT ISSUE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE EVEN IF THEY CAN AFFORD TO GO TO THE DOCTOR, IF THEY CAN'T GET THEIR MEDICATION - WHICH OFTEN TIME IS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THE ACTUAL DOCTOR'S VISIT - THEY'RE NOT GOING TO GET HEALTHY.))
[SUPER=01-Kay Crane/Project Access Director;]
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[OUT Q=going to get healthy]
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[VO-NAT]

Project Access now has a proposal before the General Assembly for funding that would help patients get discounted drugs. Another health fair is planned for July in Wise County.
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[Maple-Leaf]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=03-55 TC1:14:47]
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[ENG#=2]

A Roanoke bakery is rising to the challenge offered by a global sandwich chain.
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[VO-NAT :20]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Maple Leaf Bakery today cut the ribbon on a new production line dedicated to making submarine sandwich rolls for all Quizno's sandwich shops on the east coast. White and wheat rolls will be provided to four distribution centers. Maple Leaf recently expanded but is using only a portion of the additional space for the Quizno's line.
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[SOT 18:25:25 - 18:25:42]
[IN Q=As you can see we're standing...]

((RICHARD LAN/MAPLE LEAF BAKERY CEO: AS YOU CAN SEE WE'RE STANDING IN AN AREA THAT'S NOT BEING USED. WE'VE RECENTLY COME UP WITH ANOTHER CAPITAL PROJECT, A SIMILAR LINE TO THIS TO PUT IN THIS.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Lan/Maple Leaf Bakery CEO;]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=similar line to this to put in this.]
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[VO-NAT :07]

The new mega-line runs 24-hours a day and can produce just under 5-thousand loaves an hour.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]
[ENG#=V10]

Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - the snow is messing up the high school regionals - but it can't touch the ODAC women. Highlights from this afternoon's semi-finals -
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[VO-NAT]

plus- Darryl Strawberry and his son are part of tonight's ACC Connection.
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[S-Region]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS]

Several area high school basketball teams were hoping to nail down spots in the state tournament tonight, but they'll have to wait another day. The threat of snow has postponed tonight's semi-finals
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[take 100ess C FS - game ppd] for the boy's in Region Three at Appomattox and Nelson County Those games will take place tomorrow night at those same sites. And the girls' Region C semi-finals scheduled for Northside have been moved back to tomorrow night at the Vikings' gym.
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[S-Emory]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-173 TC256]
[GRAPHIC=ODAC]
[ENG#=1]

The ODAC men's tournament that wrapped up on Monday night was one of themost competitive in history. Today the women's event opened in the same fashion.
Guilford tangled with Emory & Henry in the 4-5 game this afternoon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Wasps vs. Quakers; :00]


Emory came out of the blocks firing.
Fort Chiswell product Danielle Moore dishes to Amy Hensley and Hensley buries the triple from the wing and the Wasps led by 3.
But Guilford's A-J Robertson cuts right down the lane and gets the friendly bounce from the iron as the Quakers gained some breathing room.
[SUPER=33-Emory & Henry/63/Guilford/66;]

Jennifer King then got free for two more on the backdoor cut. Guilford went on to win it 66 to 63.
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[S-ODAC]


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Generals vs. Royals; :00]

Earlier - top seeded Eastern Mennonite got quite the scare from Washington & Lee.
The Royals trailed by as many as 7 in the opening half.
Check out the Generals Emily Barker spot up and drain the foul line jumper. W&L was thinking upset.
But Laura Ludholtz scored 10 straight points at one point for Mennonite. She gets the steal and lay-in on the other end. EMU led by 9 at the break.
In the second half, Regina Sours
[SUPER=33-Washington & Lee/61/Eastern Mennonite/64/;]

scores two down low as EMU held off a furious Washington & Lee rally to win and advance 64-61.
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[S-ACC]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-162 TC12626]
[GRAPHIC=ACC Connection]
[ENG#=3]


The Maryland Terrapins are in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time in eleven years. But they are getting a helping hand from a freshman guard who has some pretty athletic bloodlines. Travis Wells has this week's ACC Connection.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=04-MLB; :00]
[SUPER=01-D. J. Strawberry/Maryland Reserve Guard; :26]
[SUPER=01-Gary Williams/Maryland Head Coach; 1:01]
[SUPER=@travis1; 1:11]
[SUPER=01-Chris Ellis/Wake Forest Sophomore Forward; 1:31]
[RUNS=1:42]
[OUT Q=your WDBJ ACC Connection."]

((Darryl Strawberry has survived a drug addiction, prison time, and cancer. The eight time MLB All-Star now works for a Tampa church and in his free time, doesn't miss an opportunity to catch his son D-J in action for the 14 and 10 Maryland Terrapins. Despite his father's checkered past, the younger Strawberry has used his dad as a valuable resource, to help him along in the nation's top ranked hoops conference.
D.J.:
While his father, hit 335 career big leauge homers, D.J. chose to spurn the diamond for roundball. He is currently six in the ACC in steals with just under 2 a game.
D.J.: Gary: Travis: Chris:
The Deacs and Terps meet Saturday at 1 in College Park. Travis Wells with Your WDBJ ACC Connection.))

[S-Jamal]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-170]
[GRAPHIC=NFL]
[ENG#=4]


Baltimore Ravens star Jamal Lewis turned himself in and proclaimed his innocence today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA; :00]

Lewis was accompanied by attorneys today as faced reporters after pleading innocent to federal drug charges. Authorities say he tried to help a childhood friend buy cocaine in the summer of 2000. He's free on a half-million dollar bond following today's 15-minute hearing in federal court. (------------)