23:00-01

Leftwich

ANCHOR=Joe
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=eea
TAPE#96-106
GRAPHIC=Leftwich


A Roanoke jury will have to decide who to believe tomorrow.
Police say Steven Leftwich sent four officers to the hospital in a violent attack during a traffic stop.
Today Leftwich told his side of the story.
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SOT
IN Q=Steven Leftwich say s
SUPER=03-Roanoke;:00
SUPER=01-Steven Leftwich/Defendant; :10
SUPER=01-William Hayden/Witness; :38
SUPER=01-Owen Hall/Witness; 1:03
RUNS=1:17
OUT Q=E.E., News 7

(( Steven Leftwich says he was never the aggressor the night his car was stopped.
He says he was attacked and overwelmed by police, for no reason.

SOT 15:24:11 TAPE 6
IN Q=I was getting beat

((STEVEN LEFTWICH/DEFENDENT; I WAS GETTING BEAT AT THE SAME TIME WITH THE CHOKEHOLD, AND I COULD FEEL THAT AND I JUST SAID THERE'S TOO MANY OF THEM, I CAN'T GET LOOSE SO I SAID A PRAYER, I SAID LORD JUST DON'T LET ME DIE.))
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=let me die



Leftwich admitted drinking several beers that night, but denied using any drugs....

SOT TAPE 7 15:39:05
IN Q=any kind of

((ANN GARDNER/PROSECUTOR; ANY KIND OF ILLEGAL DRUG? LEFTWICH; NO GARDNER; NEAR THE TIME THAT THE OFFICER STOPPED YOU? LEFTWICH; NO GARDNER; DO YOU SMOKE MARIJUANA? LEFTWICH; OCCASIONALLY...))
RUNS=:08
OUT Q=occasionally



Leftwich's cousin, who was driving the defendant's car, says he saw the officers beat him.

SOT tape 5 13:50:28
IN Q=

((WILLIAM HAYDEN/WITNESS; HE WAS OVER WITH HIS FLASHLIGHT, HITTING HIM, LIKE ON HIS SIDE (SWINGS HIS ARM); ))
SUPER=
RUNS=:05
OUT Q=on his side



One of the few independent witnesses on the street at 4am, a cab driver also testified seeing a state trooper hitting Leftwich with a flashlight... but, when interviewed by police last year, didn't mention it

SOT tape 6 14:35:34
IN Q=when detective

((WHEN DETECTIVE TOLRUDE ASKED YOU WHAT WAS THE TROOPER DOING, YOU DIDN'T TELL HIM THE TRUTH, IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE SAYING? OWEN HALL/WITNESS; NO I WASN'T TELLING HIM A LIE, I JUST DIDN'T TELL HIM WHAT HAPPENED.))
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=what happened



Hall said he was afraid of retaliation.
Testimony wrapped up late in the afternoon. Closing arguments are next, then the case goes to the jury.
Eric Earnhart, News 7

Simpson


ANCHOR=JoeD
NEWSCAST=11
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#Net
GRAPHIC=Simpson


The civil case against O- J Simpson is now in the hands of the jury.
Jurors began their deliberations this afternoon following an emotional rebuttal by the plaintiffs' attorney.
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SOT
IN Q=
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
RUNS=:33
OUT Q=type of shoes as the killer

(( Daniel Petrocelli said the low point of the trial was the closing argument in which defense attorney Robert Baker mocked murder victim Ron Goldman and his dream of owning a restaurant.
Petrocelli told the jurors, "Only a guilty man has his lawyers stand up there and disparage this person and disparage his life and cheapen his father's loss."
Either Simpson is lying, Petrocelli said, or dozens of other witnesses aren't telling the truth.
And if that's not enough, the attorney urged the jurors to consider more than 30 photos that show Simpson wearing the same type of shoes as the killer.))
ANCHOR=JoeD
SS=Simpson


The jurors considered the evidence for two hours before quitting for the night.
They will return tomorrow morning.

Cosby


ANCHOR=JoeD
NEWSCAST=11
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#Net
GRAPHIC=NONE


The wife of Bill Cosby says that she and her husband are a united couple, and that they resolved their marital problems years ago.
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VO-NAT


Camille Cosby issued the statement today in the wake of an interview in which her husband admitted having an affair with the mother of Autumn Jackson, the woman who claims she is Cosby's daughter.
In today's statement Camille Cosby says the affair is unimportant to her, except for the extortion case stemming from it.
She says what is important to her, is for authorities to find the killer of the Cosbys' son Ennis, who was murdered almost two weeks ago.
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ANCHOR=JoeD
SS=NONE


Meanwhile, The boyfriend of Autumn Jackson has pleaded guilty to aiding an extortion attempt.
As part of a plea bargain, Antonay Williams agreed to testify when the case against Jackson and another man reaches court.

Clinton


ANCHOR=JoeD
NEWSCAST=11
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#Net
GRAPHIC=Clinton


President Clinton called for campaign finance reform today, even as he admitted he's had second thoughts about at least one White House fundraiser.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington, DC;


At a news conference today, Clinton insisted that White House policy is not for sale.
But he said federal bank regulators should not have been invited to a coffee for bank executives last year.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT
IN Q=Everyone of us

((EVERY ONE OF US WHO HAS PARTICIPATED IN THIS SYSTEM, EVEN IF WE DID IT BECAUSE WE THOUGHT WE HAD TO DO IT TO SURVIVE OR TO JUST KEEP UP, HAS TO TAKE SOME RESPONSIBILITY FOR ITS EXCESSES AND I TAKE MINE. BUT WE HAVE GOT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, AND THE ONLY WAY WE CAN DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT IS TO PASS THE LEGISLATION.))
RUNS=:20
OUT Q=pass the legislation.
ANCHOR=JoeD
SS=HOLD


Clinton was also asked about Republican calls for a special counsel to investigate Democratic fund-raising.
He said that's a decision for the attorney general.

BV-Schools


ANCHOR=JoeD
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=jmo
TAPE#96-107
GRAPHIC=Education


They had their questions...now they have their answers.
Tonight the Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors discussed a request from Buena Vista to study the possible consolidation of their schools.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.;


The supervisors said the city would have to pay the county an annual per- student tuition.
Buena Vista would also have to share the capital cost for the current school and for any new construction.
And the city residents basically would not have a say in how tax dollars are used.
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SOT 7:28:34
IN Q=There weren't any

((BUTCH FLOYD/BUENA VISTA FACILITIES COMMITTEE: THERE WEREN'T ANY PARTICULAR SURPRISES IN THE ANSWERS THAT I HEARD TONIGHT. I THINK THEY'RE WELL CONSIDERED AND WELL THOUGHT OUT ANSWERS AND SOMETHING WE'LL HAVE TO CARRY TO THE FACILITIES COMMITTEE FOR THEIR CONSIDERATION.))
SUPER=01-Butch Floyd/Buena Vista Facilities Committee;
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=for their consideration.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Buena Vista/April 18;


The county based its answers on an agreement signed by Lexington when it consolidated with the county.
Last year a state study found the Parry McCluer School building did not meet minimum state standards.
Buena Vista's facilities committee made a recommendation to city council and the school board several weeks ago that entailed building a new, eight million dollar school.
But it also wanted to hear from the county before making a final decisions.
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Tease#1

HARD MUSIC UNDER
ANCHOR=Jean
SS=NONE


Still to come on the newscast, "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" is put out to pasture,
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VO-NAT


And we'll tell you why a new medical study is nothing to sneeze at.
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ANCHOR=Robin

Roll Lake Level MUSIC UP FULL
COMM#1

Roll
TALENT=Robin
SS=NONE
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SUPER=82-2.18''/minus 0.07''/2.18''/minus 0.07'';
SUPER=83-Down 0.74 foot/Down 1.06 feet; Lake levels


XGR


ANCHOR=JoeD
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-101
GRAPHIC=Session 97


The Virginia Senate today became the burial ground for one of this year's most controversial issues.
On a 21 to 19 vote, the Democrats and one Republican defeated a parents rights amendment to the state constitution.
Ellen Qualls has more.
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SOT
IN Q=It would
SUPER=@Edwards; :06
SUPER=01-Sen. Bill Bolling/(R) Hanover Co.; :12
SUPER=01-Sen. Joe Gartlan/(D) Fairfax; :23
SUPER=01-Sen. Janet Howell/(D) Reston; :39
SUPER=01-Mike Farris/Home School Legal Defense Assoc.; 1:03
SUPER=@Ellen1 1:17
RUNS=1:34
OUT Q=Qualls, News7, Richmond.


(( It would have established the right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children as fundamental.
sot SENATE ONE 14:11:51

((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D-ROANOKE: GOOD PARENTS DO NOT NEED THIS AMENDMENT. BAD PARENTS COULD ABUSE IT.))
runs=:06



sot 14:02:32 EARL

((SEN. BILL BOLLING/R-HANOVER: DO WE BELIEVE, REALLY BELIEVE THAT GOVERNMENT OR SOME OTHER SOCIAL INSTITUTION HAS TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS?))
runs=:11



SOT 12:31:48 EARL

((SEN. JOE GARTLAN: I SUGGEST TO YOU THAT IT WILL THROW OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM...INTO A TAILSPIN.))
RUNS=:16



sot 13:50:41 EARL

((SEN. JANET HOWELL: MANY ABUSERS THINK THEY ARE MERELY DISCIPLINING THEIR CHILD. THEY THINK THEY'RE MERELY EXERTING PARENTAL AUTHORITY --cut out one sentence-- IT'S FRIGHTENING, IT'S HORRIFYING. BUT IT'S REAL.))
runs=:11



SOT 14:30:29 SENATE TWO

((SEN. BILL BOLLING: WHY DON'T WE IMAGINE THAT THE PARENTS OF VIRGINIA MAY ACTUALLY KNOW MORE ABOUT DIRECTING THE EDUCATION AND THE UPBRINGING OF THEIR CHILDREN THAN DO ALL THOSE WE'VE HEARD ABOUT HERE TODAY.))
RUNS=:13



SOT 09:51:22 TAPE ONE

((MIKE FARRIS/HOME SCHOOL LEGAL DEFENSE ASSOC.: I BELIEVE THAT THOSE WHO RIGIDLY AND UNREASONABLY HAVE OPPOSED PARENTAL RIGHTS IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ARE GOING TO BE THE LOSERS IN THE LONG RUN, BECAUSE THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT WILL NOT GO AWAY.))
RUNS=:14



sot standup

(( ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
runs=:18

))

State-Song


ANCHOR=Joe
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=State Song


The Senate did give its final approval to a bill that would retire the state song.
Senators Steve Newman of Lynchburg and Louise Lucas, who represents Halifax County, are pushing the compromise.
It would gracefully retire "Carry Me Back To Old Virginia" as the "state song emeritus."
If the House and Governor approve, a commission would then look for a new state song... that would presumably offend fewer Virginians.
There is, however, a competing bill in the House.
It would make a composition by singer and sausage king Jimmy Dean and his wife Donna the new state song.

Segregated-Cities


ANCHOR=JoeD
NEWSCAST=11
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#None
GRAPHIC=NONE


A new housing study suggests that Danville and Charlottesville are two of the least segregated cities in America.
The study by a researcher at the University of Michigan used 1990 census data, and analyzed the racial patterns in residential neighborhoods.
Gary, Indiana was the most segregated city. Danville and Charlottesville were 14th and 15th on the list of least segregated cities.

Frito-Lay


ANCHOR=JoeD
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-99
GRAPHIC=Frito Lay


Construction delays and wet weather have combined to push back the hiring of hundreds of workers for Lynchburg's new Frito-Lay plant.
Today city leaders got a glimpse at how the work is progressing.
Steve Smallshaw has more.
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SOT
IN Q=A lot has
SUPER=04-May 2, 1996; :00
SUPER=04-Today; :09
SUPER=01-Bob Revay/Frito-Lay Co.; :25
SUPER=01-Lee Cobb/Lynchburg Economic Development; :48
SUPER=01-Belle Wheelan/CVCC President; 1:05
SUPER=@ssm2; 1:15
RUNS=1:24
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.


((
natsot groundbreaking


A lot has changed since Lynchburg first welcomed the Frito- Lay corporation to this 100 acre patch of land last spring.
Now residing on this rolling hillside is a 400- thousand square foot building that will house the snack food giant's newest processing facility.
So much has changed in the last nine months, Frito- Lay invited city council members and civic leaders back for an update.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 5:43:43
IN Q=As you can

((BOB REVAY/FRITO- LAY: AS YOU CAN SEE BY THE FLOOR, ROOFING INSTALLATION IS NOT YET COMPLETE, BUT WE'RE WORKING ON IT, AS MUCH AS WE CAN IN BETWEEN THE WEATHER RIGHT NOW.))
RUNS=:06
OUT Q=right now.


Even as they dodged mud and water, everyone seemed impressed.
Economic development director Lee Cobb was instrumental in bringing Frito Lay to the Hill City.. he pays a visit to the site almost every day, as if to convince himself that the 150 million dollar project is for real.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 6:12:32
IN Q=We're about

((LEE COBB/LYNCHBURG ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: WE'RE ABOUT TWO THIRDS ON THE WAY TOWARDS COMPLETION, AND I THINK HOW WE'RE REALLY GOING TO START SEEING IT TAKE SHAPE, AND THAT WILL BE EVEN MORE EXCITING, BECAUSE WE'LL KNOW THAT WE HAVE A FACILITY THAT'S READY TO GO TO WORK.))
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=go to work.


So will an estimated 800 employees.
Pre-training for some of them is already underway at Central Virginia Community College.
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SOT 6:15:23
IN Q=In addition to

((BELLE WHEELAN/CVCC PRESIDENT: IN ADDITION TO THE ECONOMIC BOOST THAT IT'S GOING TO BRING TO ALL KINDS OF BUSINESSES, IT'S JUST EXCITING TO HAVE ANOTHER NATIONALLY NAMED PRODUCT THAT'S GOING TO BE HERE.))
RUNS=:08
OUT Q=to be here.


Weather and contractor delays have pushed back the hiring of those employees about six months.
The first chips should be rolling out of here by next summer.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))

Amtrak


ANCHOR=JoeD
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-2
GRAPHIC=Hold Frito Lay


Frito- Lay officials also made a presentation to Lynchburg city council during its bimonthly meeting tonight.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape;


AND council voted unanimously to apply for federal funds to renovate the city's old Amtrak station.
Plans call for refurbishing the building, sprucing up the grounds and making the area more attractive to retail businesses.
Lynchburg's hoping three million dollars in transportation money will pay for the project.
Amtrak has indicated it is willing to contribute a quarter million dollars.
It could be another year before the city knows if the money will be available.
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Tease#2

Soft Music Under
ANCHOR=Joed
SS=none


Coming up next, Singer Furniture may become a thing of the past,
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VO-NAT

and we'll see how one young lady who is breaking barriers in high school sports.
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MUSIC UP FULL
COMM#2



Singer


ANCHOR=Joed
NEWSCAST=11
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-8
GRAPHIC=Singer Furniture


The Singer Company may soon get out of the furniture business altogether.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape;


Less than a year ago it announced the closing of its Roanoke plant.
Last month it restructured even further, cutting jobs in North Carolina.
Now the company says it lost 20- million- dollars in its fourth quarter.
It blames the shortfall on its furniture division.
It says for that reason it may have to shut it down.
But some Singer Furniture executives are looking at another option.
They're considering whether to buy the division and spin it off into an independent company.
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Flu-Pill


ANCHOR=JoeD
NEWSCAST=11
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#Net
GRAPHIC=Flu


Medical reasearchers haven't found a cure for the common cold yet, but they're hot on the trail of another troublesome illness... the flu.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Foster City, CA;


Today, researchers announced that human tests will begin early this year on a chemical compound that could prevent influenza.
Known as G-S 41- 04, the pill apparently works on animals, but clinical trials must be done to determine if it is safe and effective on humans.
Unlike vaccines, the new compound appears to be effective against several strains of the flu.
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ANCHOR=JoeD
SS=HOLD


For most of us, a case of the flu means a few days of discomfort, but each year influenza claims thousands of lives in the U-S alone. Wx-Tape
SUPER=305-47/31/73/1975/4/1963;
SUPER=306-32/13/45/N-8mph/30.39r/7:26am/5:41pm;


Forecasts
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SUPER=332-Clear and Cold/Wind NW-10/16-19/Increasing Clouds/Wind NE-10/36-39;
SUPER=333-Clear and Cold/Wind N-15/19-21/Mostly Sunny/Wind N-10/28-32;
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S-Score


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#ice-97
GRAPHIC=none
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Roanoke;:00

Hockey fans do not worry the ice at the Roundhouse is frozen solid and ready for tonight's game with the Knoxville Chiefs.
The Express will get in a quick skate this morning and then get ready for the Chiefs.
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S-UVa


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#VB97-1
GRAPHIC=UVA LOGO


The Virginia Cavaliers and N.C. State didn't exactly put on a show earlier last night on Your Hometown Station but UVA does get the 56-to-50 win.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/N.C. State vs. Virginia; :00


Neither team shot well in the first half of this game, but Curtis Staples was able to knock down this three pointer to cut the State lead to 9-to-8.
Staples would later shoot UVa into the lead in the first 10 minutes of the half with this 2 pointer.
Jamal Robinson, starting in place of the injured Courtney Alexander then gets the old fashioned three point play. UVa lead 13-to-9 with six to go.
State Justin Gainey would break an 11 minute drought for the pack with this Hoop.
SUPER=33-N.C. State/50/Virginia/56;


The Pack led by as many as five in the second half, but Staples would not be denied scoring a game high 27 as UVa wins it 56-to-50.
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S-Crotty


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#bb97-1
GRAPHIC=UVA LOGO


A former Cavaliers men's star, who has been a journeyman in the NBA, had one of the best night's of his
(----------------)
VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Last Night; :00


career last night! Watch John Crotty takes the no-look pass from Mike Austin and drop in the fingeroll on the fast break for the Miami Heat.
Crotty would then show his stuff from the outside draining the three pointer. He had 18 points as the Heat set the Suns 125-to-97. By the way, both Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway were named to the NBA all-star team as reserves today. The Heat was of tonight.
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S-Tech


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#tb97-1
GRAPHIC=tech hoops


Tim Duncan scored a season low 12 points but still dominated the Virginia Tech Hokies last night as he second ranked Demon Deacons topped Tech 61-to-44.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC/HTS; :00


Head coach Bill Foster knew he would have his hands full with Duncan, but he did not expect Jerry Goolsby to light up the sky with 3 straight three pointers in the first ten minutes to give Wake a 23-to-8 lead.
Duncan would then rear his head with the block on the defensive end, beat everybody else down the floor, and convert on the offensive end for 2 of his 12 points. Ace Custis would nail this three pointer late in the first half, but the Hokies still trailed 30-to-17 at halftime.
Wake went up by as many as 24 in the second half, and this play says it all. Duncan at 6-11, leads the break dribbling through the defense and passing the
ball to Joe Amonett, then getting it back SUPER=33-Virginia Tech/44/Wake
Forest #2/61;

and getting the assist to Jerry Braswell, as the Demon Deacons pound the Hokies 61-to-44. Tech is now 10-and-9.
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S-Blues


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#BB97-4
GRAPHIC=HIGH SCHOOL


In high school action tonight, Bland, Liberty, Cave Spring, Glenvar and Alleghany came up with wins along with Parry McCluer.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Buchanan/Blues vs. Knights; ;00


Nelson Fox's team came into Buchanan tonight hoping to stay unbeaten on the season.
And Mikey Clark would do his part by finding Robert Snyder at the top of the key for the 3 pointer as the Blues take a 35-to-15 halftime lead.
In the second half James River's Joey Ingram gets an assist of his own to Tommy Blankenship for a three pointer.
SUPER=33-Parry McCluer/74/James River/45;


But the Blues would coast tonight as Mike Decker dishes to David Downs in the paint for the bucket and the foul the Blues win it 74-to-45.
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ANCHOR=Mike
SS=hold logo


Altavista, Floyd County. Bath County and Fleming also won tonight

S-High


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=BB97-2
GRAPHIC=High School hoops


The Vinton/Moneta area was also rockin with high school basketball tonight.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Vinton/Wildcats vs. Terriers; :00


Paul Bernard's William Byrd Terriers had a cat and dog with the Rockbridge Wildcats.
Byrd guard mayo Wilson snaps the nylon on a three pointer but the first half belonged to the visitors.
Rockbridge's Ricky Wright dishes to SUPER=33-William

Byrd/52/Rockbridge/45; Jason Hannah and he answers Wilson with a three pointer of his own. The cats led 30-21 at half.
The Terriers came back to win though. Josh Wheeler hits this shot and Byrd gets by Rockbridge 52-45.
SUPER=03-Moneta/Cavaliers vs. Golden Eagles;


In Moneta, Staunton River hosted Jefferson Forest.
Watch Forest's Doug Stewart nail the shot from inside the paint late in the 4th period.
The River's Chris Martin then gets SUPER=33-Jefferson Forest/52/Staunton

River/45; the blue collar bucket inside, grabbing the rebound and the stick back.
But the Cavaliers prevail 52-45. Kenneth Hancock finishes the fast break, Forest wins by 7.
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Sports Tease


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#sports tease
GRAPHIC=NONE


Coming up tonight in sports, we'll turn our attention to football,
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VO-NAT eng#


as Mike Ditka officially takes over the New Orleans over the Saints today.
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S-Hendrick


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#R-35
GRAPHIC=RICK HENDRICK


It's been an up and down couple of months for NASCAR's Rick Hendrick.
And yesterday the ride hit another bump in the road when it was learned that
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Concord, NC/January 9; :00


the multi-millionaire Charlotte-based businessman is suffering from a life-threatening form of Leukemia.
His condition was revealed in a court document at his money laundering trial in Asheville, North Carolina.
Hendrick's attorneys are asking the trial be moved to Charlotte where he is undergoing treatment for the disease.
Hendrick drivers Jeff Gordon and Terry Labonte have won the last two Winston Cup stock car championships.
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S-Ditka


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#ST5-26
GRAPHIC=saints


The New Orleans officially welcomed Mike Ditka to the Crescent City this afternoon, naming him the franchise's latest head coach.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-New Orleans; :00


ditka averaged ten wins a season while he was the head coach of the Bears from 1982 to 1992, and you get the feeling he isn't coming to the Saints to be mediocre.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT
IN Q="Pretty good coach...

((MIKE DITKA/NEW SAINTS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Mike Ditka/New Saints Head Coach; :00
RUNS=:41
OUT Q=...ENOUGH AT THEM."
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S-Desmond


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#RS96-1
GRAPHIC=SUPER BOWL


NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue has temporarily barred Bill Parcells from negotiating with any other NFL team until he rules on his committment to the Patriots.
Parcells says he is free to move on, while the Pats says they have his employment rights in 1997.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL; :00


The man who beat Parcells' Patriots on Sunday made it to Disney World yesterday.
Desmond Howard the Super Bowl MVP was honored with a parade on Main Street, and the ultimate thrill of anyone's life.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT
IN Q="This is..

((DESMOND HOWARD/SUPER BOWL MVP:))
SUPER=01-Desmond Howard/Super Bowl MVP; :00
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=...MICKEY HA HA!!
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Wrestler


ANCHOR=joe
NEWSCAST=11
WRITER=spr
TAPE#96-102
GRAPHIC=Wrestling


Like many high school seniors, Heather Cash has participated in a couple of different sports.
But now she's helping to break new ground in high school athletics.
Scott Prince has more.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT
IN Q=It's easy
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Otis Timberlake/James River Wrestling Coach; :37
SUPER=01-Heather Cash/High School Wrestler; 1:00
SUPER=@Scott2; 1:13
RUNS=1:28
OUT Q=S.P., N-7, Botetourt County


((It's easy to see that Heather Cash is grappling with a lot these days... and we're not just talking about homework.
You see she's the first girl to ever hit the mat for James River High School... and she's doing it to prove a point.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 15:57:40
IN Q=I just

((HEATHER CASH/WRESTLER: I JUST WANTED TO SHOW EVERYBODY THAT A GIRL CAN WRESTLE. ))
RUNS=:03
OUT Q=can wrestle


Heather has definitely made the cut.
In fact she's the STARTER in the 125 pound weight class.
(/////SOT/////)
NAT SOT 16:19:37
IN Q=Back to your

((BACK TO YOUR BASE HEATHER. BACK TO YOUR BASE. HIPS UP. C'MON UP. GRAB THE WRIST.))
RUNS=:04
OUT Q=the wrist


At first, Coach Otis Timberlake wasn't thrilled with the idea of having a girl on the team.
But now that she's proven that she belongs... the coach has reversed his way of thinking.
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((OTIS TIMBERLAKE/WRESTLING COACH: I'VE GOT A LITTLE MORE ADMIRATION FOR HER FOR COMING OUT AND GIVING IT A TRY-- ESPECIALLY, SHE'S A SENIOR BY DOING THAT-- THAN I HAVE FOR THE FORTY OR FIFTY GUYS WE'VE GOT WALKING THE HALLS AROUND HERE THAT WON'T GIVE IT A TRY. ))
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According to the Virginia High School League, about a DOZEN girls are wrestling in the Commonwealth this year.
Heather says she'd like to see that number rise... and she's offering up some advice.
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((HEATHER CASH: I'D LOVE TO SEE A LOT MORE GIRLS... BECAUSE GIRLS CAN DO IT. THEY JUST HAVE TO SET THEIR MIND TO IT, WORK OUT A LOT AND BE AGRESSIVE. ))
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At this point she has more losses than wins.
But Heather says its not because she's a girl.
She attributes her record to a lack of wrestling experience.
And even though she's having some problems taking down the competition... she's scoring big points when it comes to taking down the gender barriers of high school athletics.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Botetourt County.))

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