06:00-01

1-SWatch

ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=school info


Some schools are closed or delayed this morning due to icy conditions.
Here's a look at the list.. take SchoolWatch

Rosser


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=THa
TAPE#96-98
GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation


Neighbors are in shock after an eight- year- old is charged with killing his step-father in Pittsylvania County.
Sheriff Harold Plaster won't confirm the arrest and has placed a gag order on his department.
The Commonwealth's attorney is also refusing comment.
But a source close to the Bernard Rosser murder case confirms the chief suspect is the man's eight- year- old stepson.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.;


The 55- year- old Franklin County probation officer was found dead at his Gretna home in mid-December.
SUPER=04-Franklin News Post;


Authorities say he suffered a severe blow to the head.
Neighbors say prior to the arrest they were concerned for their own safety because of the severity of the crime.
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SOT
IN Q=Naturally

((JACK DALTON/VICTIM'S NEIGHBOR:NATURALLY, ANYBODY WOULD BE, LIVING TWO DOORS DOWN, KNOWING SOMEBODY RUNNING LOOSE, THAT HAD MURDERED SOMEBODY, NATURALLY WE WOULD BE TENSED.))
SUPER=01-Jack Dalton/Victim's Neighbor; :00
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=be tensed.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


Neighbors say the Rosser family moved into the house about two years ago.
They report seeing the eight- year old- boy playing in the yard.
Neighbors tell NEWS 7 the child was large for his age but did not cause any problems in the neighborhood.

Arson-Fires


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Mornin'
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-
GRAPHIC=fire


A suspected arsonist kept Lynchburg fire crews busy last night battling three separate blazes.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg;


Just hours after they extinguished a fire at a Hill City lumberyard, firefighters were called to this house on Marsh Street where the front porch had been set on fire.
It took them about fifteen minutes to bring the blaze under control.
Just across the street, crews hosed down a small pile of tires and debris that had been torched.
Fire marshal John Jennings says all three fires were intentionally set.
No arrests have been made.
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MIDEAST


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=mideast peace


The Israeli cabinet has approved the deal on Hebron and Israeli forces are already pulling out.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Hebron, West Bank;


This morning, troops are taking apart military installations in the West Bank town.
Israel says most of its soldiers will be gone within ten days.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Leader Yassir Arafat sealed the pact for withdrawal yesterday.
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SNOW-SD


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=winter weather


The upper midwest is getting socked by the fifth blizzard of the season.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Watertown, SD;

4:25:44
In the Dakotas, three times the normal amount of snow is crushing buildings and closings roads.
Overnight temperatures dipped to minus 20 degrees with windchills around 60 below.
SUPER=03-Marshall, MN;

4:26:33
In Minnesota, some houses are buried under snowdrifts as highs as 15 feet.


The governor has closed schools today because of windchills of 70 below.
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2-SWatch


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=school info


Freezing rain has changed some school schedules this morning.
Here's a look at the list of schools that are closed or delayed take SchoolWatch

P-Gammon


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=tal
TAPE#596-43
GRAPHIC=legal scales


Two Carroll County brothers who killed their father and shot their step-mother were each sentenced to 48 years behind bars.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Hillsville;


Willie and Chris Gammon could've gotten up to three life terms each.
In pleading for leniency, their lawyers called them psychological hostages of a violent, abusive father, Gary.
They said the brothers feared for their own lives if their father saw they had damaged the car in a failed effort to hot-wire it to run away.
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SOT 18:13:20
IN Q=

((JONATHAN VENZIE/WILLIE GAMMON'S LAWYER: YEAH, THEY WERE HOSTAGES, AND THEY TRIED TO STAND UP TO HIM AND IT JUST EXPLODED IN THEIR FACE. ))
SUPER=01-Jonathan Venzie/Willie Gammon's Lawyer;
RUNS=:06
OUT Q=in their face.
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VO-NAT


Gary Gammon died when his sons shot him in his home in October of 19-94.
His wife, Rebecca Gammon may never walk as a result of her injuries.
She claims Gary was not the violent man his sons made him out to be, and had little to say about their sentence.
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SOT 18:02:57
IN Q=

((REBECCA GAMMON: WELL THERE'S NO AMOUNT OF TIME GONNA BRING BACK GARY'S LIFE OR CHANGE MINE IN ANY WAY, SO I DON'T KNOW, IT JUST HASN'T HIT YET. ))
SUPER=07-Rebecca Gammon;
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=hasn't hit yet.
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VO-NAT


Chris and Willie Gammon both pleaded no contest to the charges.
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Gil-Davis


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=eea
TAPE#96-99
GRAPHIC=Davis, Gil


A Pittsylvania County woman is raising questions about the character of a prominent Virginia lawyer.
Gil Davis is running for Virginia Attorney General, and represents Paula Jones in her sexual harrassment suit against President Clinton.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.;


Ramona Hines says Davis behaved innappropriately, when she and her husband met him at a Roanoke Hotel for a conference on her case.
She says the three began drinking and partying, and talking about a playboy photo-shoot.
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SOT
IN Q=now what do you
(((/////SOT/////)

off the preprod tape 16:44:18 Davis; "Now what do you want to do?" Hines: "what did I tell you?" Davis; "You want to take your clothes off" Hines; "No I didn't say that...(laughter) 3:18:04 RAMONA HINES: THIS, WHAT YOU HAVE JUST SEEN IS NORMAL, THAT'S CHARACTER FROM MR. DAVIS, AND WHEN I WOULD HEAR HIM ON CNN AND I WOULD HEAR HIM SPEAK, HE TO ME WAS SPEAKING OUT OF CHARACTER;))
SUPER=07-Ramona Hines
RUNS=:25
OUT Q=speaking out of character
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


A spokesman for Davis says he can not respond to Hine's statements because he still represents her, and is bound by attorney client confidentiality.
Hines says she is considering a lawsuit against Davis, and may sell the rights to the video tape, though she says she is not actively seeking a buyer.


Earley


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-110
GRAPHIC=Davis


There will surely be SOME political fallout for Gil Davis.
He's running against three other Republicans for the Virginia Attorney General nomination in a June 10th primary.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


Religious conservative Mark Earley is one of his two opponents in the state Senate.
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SOT 01:26:21
IN Q=Clearly I

((SEN. MARK EARLEY/R-CHESAPEAKE: CLEARLY I WOULD HOPE IT'S NOT TRUE. FOR A LOT OF DIFFERENT REASONS. NUMBER ONE I THINK IT REFLECTS POORLY ON THE BAR ACROSS VIRGINIA. LAWYERS. IT CLEARLY WOULD REFLECT POORLY ON A CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL. BUT YOU KNOW I WANT TO WITHHOLD JUDGMENT IN ALL FAIRNESS UNTIL I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE EXACTLY WHAT THE ALLEGATIONS ARE.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Mark Earley/(R) Chesapeake;
RUNS=:20
OUT Q=allegations are.
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VO-NAT


Virginia Beach Senator Ken Stolle (STAH-lee) declined to comment on camera, but says the tape could be "extremely damaging" to Davis.
Former George Allen cabinet secretary Jerry Kilgore says he's anxious to hear Gil Davis's side of the story.
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3-SWatch


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=school info


Icy road conditions are keeping some students home from school today.
Here's a look at the list of delayed and closed schools today... take SchoolWatch

Israel


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=mideast peace


The Israeli flag has been lowered in Hebron.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Hebron, West Bank;


And this morning Israeli troops are packing up and moving out.
Dozens of trucks have been loaded up with equipment and bulldozers are taking down cement barriers near the Israeli military headquarters.
The withdrawal was approved by Israel's cabinet late yesterday by an eleven-to-seven vote.
Troop withdrawal should be finished by tomorrow.
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S-DAKOTA


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=winter weather


Another blizzard has hit the midwest.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Watertown, SD;

4:25:44
In the Dakotas, winds of up to 55 miles per hour and blinding snow have shut down highways.
SUPER=03-Marshall, MN;

4:26
In Minnesota, 15 foot high snowdrifts are burying homes.


And schools are closed today throughout the state because of wind-chills of 70 below.
SUPER=03-Omaha, NE;

4:28:20
Meantime, in Nebraska some dramatic pictures of a snowmobiler who was rescued from an icy lake.
The 35- year- old spent more than 30 minutes in the frigid water.
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PERU


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


A possible break in the month old hostage standoff in Lima, Peru.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lima, Peru;


Leftist rebels who still hold seventy-four men have agreed to a government proposal to set up a negotiation commission.
But they say everything must be up for discussion, including their demand for release of jailed comrades.
The government has yet to respond to the proposal.
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CLINTON-ETHICS


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=clinton


President Clinton is telling Congress to, quote, "get on with it."
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington DC/Yesterday;


"IT" is the ethics troubles of House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
The President said he thinks the House should settle the matter quickly and move on.
Mr. Clinton also said that way too much time and energy is spent on these types of issues.
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Pierpont


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#96-106
GRAPHIC=NONE


One Salem resident is among the unsung heros of World War Two, partly because he never came back.
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VO-NAT


George Hobart Pierpont died in a plane crash in 19-44.
SUPER=03-Mao'er Mtn., China


Until now, his family only knew the B-24 he was piloting did not return from a bombing run over a Taiwan harbor.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 5:45;45
IN Q=

((I'VE THOUGHT ABOUT HIM AND I FIGURED THAT HE'D GONE DOWN OVER THERE IN THE TAIWAN STRAITS. EVEN IF THEY CRASH LAND AND GOT OUT OF IT, EITHER THE JAPS WOULD HAVE SHOT THEM OR THE SHARKS WOULD HAVE GOT THEM. ))
SUPER=01-J.C. Penn/High School Friend
RUNS=:13
OUT Q=got them.
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VO-NAT


The mystery began to unravel last October when a chinese farmer discovered the wreckage of the B-24 on the tallest peak in South China.
The remains- -Pierpont and his nine-man crew- -were handed over to U-S officials yesterday.
They'll be shipped to Hawaii for positive identification and will eventually be returned to the States for burial.
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2-Arson-Fires


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Mornin'
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-
GRAPHIC=fire


Lynchburg fire crews kept busy last night battling three separate blazes set by a suspected arsonist.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg;


Just hours after they extinguished a fire at a Hill City lumberyard, firefighters were called to this house on Marsh Street where the front porch had been set on fire.
It took them about fifteen minutes to bring the blaze under control.
Just across the street, crews hosed down a small pile of tires and debris that had been torched.
Fire marshal John Jennings says all three fires were intentionally set.
No arrests have been made.
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5-Ear-Infections


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Mornin
WRITER=cst
TAPE#597-05
GRAPHIC=ear infections


Ear infections are the most common health problem in young children.
Treating them usually involves 10 days of an oral antibiotic.
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VO-NAT


But a new study in the journal "Pediatrics" finds that a single injection of an antibiotic works just as well.
The researchers say the single dose approach could be helpful for kids who won't-- or can't-- take medicine by mouth.
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5-Kids-Growth


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Mornin
WRITER=cst
TAPE#597-07
GRAPHIC=child development


The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a statement about the use of a growth hormone in children.
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VO-NAT


Many healthy children are receiving the drug to make them grow taller.
Now the Academy says only those children who are deficient in growth hormones should receive the drug.
Concern about the physical and psychological effects of the drug sparked the new policy.
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5-Weight-Watchers


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Mornin
WRITER=cst
TAPE#597-01
GRAPHIC=mornin health check


The Dutchess of York has found a company to endorse.
Sarah Furgeson, better known as Fergie-- has signed on as the new face-- and body-- of Weight Watchers International.
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SOT 15:29:35
IN Q=It's not just

((SARAH FERGUSON/WEIGHT WATCHERS INTERNATIONAL: IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT AN ENDORSEMENT THOUGH, IT'S ABOUT A LIFESTYLE IT'S ABOUT ME STANDING UP HERE WITH REAL PASSION AND WANTING TO TRY AND NOT LET OTHER MEN AND WOMEN GO THROUGH SUCH TURMOIL AS I'VE BEEN THROUGH. IN TRYING TO RETAIN AND REGAIN MY CONTROL OF MYSELF. IT'S A PART OF LIFE, IT'S NOT JUST A BIG PROMOTIONAL WORK OR A BIG PROMOTIONAL TOUR. ))
SUPER=01-Sarah Ferguson/Weight Watchers International; :
RUNS=:20
OUT Q=PROMOTIONAL TOUR.
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VO-NAT


Fergie says she remembers when the media ridiculed her about her weight-- and she says while she can laugh about it now, it certainly hurt at the time.
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4-SWatch


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=school info


Some schools are closed or delayed this morning.
Here's a look at the list.. take SchoolWatch

5-Rosser


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=spr
TAPE#596-42
GRAPHIC=murder investigation


A bizarre twist to a Pittsylvania County murder investigation-
It's now confirmed that the chief suspect is the victim's young step- son.
Neither the sheriff nor the Commonwealth's attorney would comment.
But a source close to the case says the person arrested for the murder of 55- year- old Bernard Rosser, was in fact Rosser's eight- year- old stepson.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=04-Franklin News Post;


The Franklin County probation officer was found dead in his Gretna home last month.
He was killed after suffering a blow to the head.
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./December 19;


The boy's name is not being released... and officials declined to say whether the child is being kept in custody.
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Gammon


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=tal
TAPE#96-104
GRAPHIC=legal scales


A Carroll County judge says Chris and Willie Gammon have lived a sad and tortured life.
But, Judge Duane Mink says, that does NOT justify their actions.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Hillsville;


Mink sentenced the half-brothers to 48 years each for murdering their father and shooting their step-mother.
During their three-day sentencing hearing, Chris, Willie, and a string of family members told horror stories of violence and abuse on the part of their father, Gary Gammon.
The brothers' lawyers begged for leniency.
They could have gotten up to three life terms in prison.
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P-Gil-Davis


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=eea
TAPE#596-46
GRAPHIC=va seal


A videotape from 19-94 could effect the Attorney General nomination in June.
In the tape candidate Gil Davis is drinking and partying with a client at a Roanoke hotel.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.


Davis, who is representing Paula Jones in her sexual harrassment suit against President Clinton, also represents Pittsylvania County resident Ramona Hines in a lawsuit.
In 19-94, Hines video taped a meeting she and her husband had with Davis in a Roanoke Hotel, where the three drank, and discussed a Playboy Magazine appearance.
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SOT
IN Q=this, what you have just seen

((RAMONA HINES: THIS, WHAT YOU HAVE JUST SEEN IS NORMAL, THAT'S CHARACTER FROM MR. DAVIS, AND WHEN I WOULD HEAR HIM ON CNN AND I WOULD HEAR HIM SPEAK, HE TO ME WAS SPEAKING OUT OF CHARACTER;))
SUPER=07-Ramona Hines
RUNS=:16
OUT Q=Speaking out of character
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=Gil Davis


A spokesperson for Davis says he can not comment on Hine's remarks, because he still represents her and is bound by attorney-client confidentiality.

NUCLEAR-TESTING


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


More secrets from the cold war are spilling out.
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VO-NAT


These films of cold-war atomic bomb tests were made public yesterday.
During the tests, the U-S military deliberately exposed soldiers to radiation.
The soldiers were assured they were in no danger.
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Renfro


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=tal
TAPE#97-4
GRAPHIC=Renfro


A sock maker that employs about 13-hundred people in Pulaski is closing its flagship plant in North Carolina.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Pulaski/File Tape;


Renfro officials are NOT saying what impact that may have in Southwest Virginia.
Some of the Mount Airy workers will be able to relocate.
But the company also announced completion of a new 100 thousand square-foot addition in Pulaski.
As a condition of a loan for that project, Renfro is obligated to bring 250 NEW jobs to Pulaski by the end of this year.
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Virginia-Transformer


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#net u
GRAPHIC=business news


A big overseas deal should translate into big bucks for a Roanoke firm.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/1987;

file cued from 87-124
Virginia Transformer has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Crompton Greaves (GREEVES) of Mumbai (mum-BUY), India.
The contract is expected to generate as much as three- to- five- million- dollars annually in additional sales for the company.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=hold


Virginia Transformer has been in a strong growth mode for a while now.
It recently opened a plant in Mexico, and last year it hired about 50 new people in Roanoke.

4-Scores


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#=none
GRAPHIC=news 7 generic/college hoops


In college hoops,
Second-ranked Wake Forest barely escaped the Virginia Cavaliers.
For last night's scores let's check the boards.
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WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=#556
SUPER=X5027;
SUPER=0098-j/Wake Forest #2/58//Virginia/54///j/Clemson #3/67//Maryland
#11/63///;
SUPER=X5009;
SUPER=0098-j/Louisville #10/92//Houston/78///j/Duke
#13/87//UNC-Greensboro/49//UNCG @ Radford - Saturday/;
SUPER=X5009;
SUPER=0098-/Ga. Southern/41/j/Virginia

Tech/76////Averett/63/j/Ferrum/75//M.Hunter 22 Pts & 10 Rebs./;
SUPER=x5009;
SUPER=0098-j/East Carolina/65//V.C.U./61////Richmond/86/j/George Mason/98///;
SUPER=x5009;
SUPER=0098-/Old Dominion/77/j/American/80//Overtime//N.C. State/56/j/North

Carolina/59///;
SUPER=x5009;
SUPER=0098-/Florida State/58/j/Ga. Tech/71///j/Syracuse/83//Seton Hall/66///;
SUPER=x5009;
SUPER=0098-/Bridgewater/70/j/Roanoke/83///j/Lynchburg/83//Wash. & Lee/77///;
SUPER=x5009;
SUPER=0098-j/Maryville/96//Emory & Henry/70//J. Light Tops 1000 pts./j/Indiana
#17/66//Northwestern/63///;
RUNS=:56

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