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ANCHOR=Connie
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(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME... METAL DETECTORS WILL NOW BE PART OF THE DECOR ON THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING FOLLOWING A SHOOTING SPREE OVER THE WEEKEND.
VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE DETAILS HOW IT WILL PREPARE THE POST FOR WOMEN....INCLUDING PLANS FOR THE RAT LINE. ))
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top-story


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=amo
TAPE#top
GRAPHIC=none
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TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's MONDAY February 24TH- our Top Story
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SOT 6:24:56

((PAUL TORGERSEN/VA TECH PRESIDENT: THE FACT THAT STARTING IN THE FRESHMAN YEAR WE'RE GONNA WORRY ABOUT CAREERS AND JOBS AFTER GRADUATION. I THINK A MOTHER AND FATHER WOULD LOVE TO HEAR THAT.))
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VO-NAT


Virginia Tech unveils a plan it hopes will cut down on student athlete arrests.
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P-Tech-visitors


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=tal
TAPE#597-01
SS=N7PT


Good Evening, this is NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, I'm Connie Stevens.
GRAPHIC=Va Tech


Virginia Tech officials are making plans to ensure athletes will not
embarrass the school OFF the field. (----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Blacksburg;


Athletic Director Dave Braine presented the plan to the Board of Visitors this afternoon.
A committee made up of faculty and students devised the program.
It emphasizes recruiting athletes of good character and installing educational and mentor programs to encourage good behavior and promote academic success.
It also provides automatic sanctions for arrests.
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SOT 5:44:15
IN Q=

((DAVE BRAINE/VA TECH ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: WE WILL BE HARD LINE AND BASICALLY, WE HAVE BEEN EMBARRASSED AND I NEVER WANT TO HAVE TO BE UP HERE BEFORE YOU ALL AGAIN TO TALK ABOUT THIS. ))
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Va. Tech Athletic Director;
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OUT Q=talk about this.
TALENT=Connie
SS=HOLD


The sanctions include automatic suspensions for athletes charged with felonies.
Coaches will no longer have to decide how to discipline for misdemeanor charges or convictions.
Instead, the athletic director may impose sanctions ranging from a warning to dismissal from the team.
President Paul Torgersen said the university expects all of its students to uphold the highest values of sportsmanship, honor, integrity and respect for others.

P-Nelson-Body


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#597-15
GRAPHIC=none


What started out as a car fire has turned into an investigation of a suspicious death in Nelson County.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Nelson Co.;


Around 2 o'clock today, state highway workers spotted smoke in this area of Route 626 near Wingina (win-JY-nuh).
That's where they found a car on fire on a dirt logging road about 50-yards off the highway.
Sheriff's authorities were called after a body was found in the vehicle.
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SOT 7:32:10
IN Q=At this time

((SHERIFF RON WOOD/NELSON CO.: AT THIS TIME, WE'RE INVESTIGATING IT.. INVESTIGATING IT AS.))
SUPER=01-Sheriff Ron Wood/Nelson Co.; :00
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OUT Q=investigating it as. (mumbled)
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VO-NAT


The body was taken to Richmond for an autopsy.
Investigators plan to return to the scene tomorrow.
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P-Empire


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=cst
TAPE#net-d
GRAPHIC=none
(----------------)
VO-NAT


Financial distress may have triggered yesterday's shootings at the Empire State Building.
Relatives say 69-year-old Palestinian teacher, Ali Hassan Abu Kamal was apparently distraught over losing his life savings of more than 300-thousand dollars.
Unchallenged, Kamal bought a ticket and rode the elevators up to the 86th floor-- where he shot six people, one fatally-- before shooting himself.
Kamal bought the semi-automatic pistol at this Florida Pawn Shop, shortly after he arrived in this country.
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SOT 16:51:12
IN Q=He just

(( RUDOLPH GIULIANI/NEW YORK MAYOR: HE JUST SHOW UP IN FLORIDA, WALKS IN AND WALKS OUT WITH A GUN THAT CAN KILL 14 PEOPLE. THAT'S JUST ABSURD, IT MAKES NO SENSE.))
SUPER=01-Rudolph Giuliani/New York Mayor; :
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=makes no sense.
ANCHOR=Connie
SS= shooting


Also tonight, a police source says a note was found in Kamal's pocket-- blaming the U-S for using Israel as an instrument against Palestinians.
Visitors to the Empire State Building will have to walk through metal detectors, as the observation deck re-opens tomorrow.

P-Atlanta-Bomb


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=cst
TAPE#net-e
GRAPHIC=none
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Atlanta/Friday; :


A group calling itself the Army of God says it's behind two recent bombings in Atlanta.
The Reuters news agency says it received a letter from the group--
The Army of God claims to have details about the make-up of bombs that exploded at both an abortion clinic and at a gay and lesbian nightclub.
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P-Wiley


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=eea
TAPE#597-03
GRAPHIC=wiley


The trial began today for the man charged with the July 4th murder at a Roanoke motel.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Cepada (se-PAY-da) Wiley admits shooting 22 year old Jesse Darnell Ferguson outside the Embassy Inn.
Ferguson was fighting with Wiley's brother over a woman.
The prosecution says Wiley and his brother turned an argument into a fatal confrontation.
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SOT 11:22:59
IN Q=Because they brought

((TOM BOWERS/ASST. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; BECAUSE THEY BROUGHT A GUN, AND THEY CHANGED THE TONE AND DIMENSION OF THE RELATIONSHIP AND AS A RESULT OF THOSE BAD CHOICES, OF THOSE BAD DECISIONS, JESSE FERGUSON IS DEAD;))
SUPER=01-Tom Bowers/Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney;
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OUT Q=Ferguson is dead
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VO-NAT


But the defense says Wiley opened fire to save his life.
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SOT 11:37:17
IN Q=Jesse Ferguson

((ALTON PRILLAMAN/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; JESSE FERGUSON WAS A MAN OF VIOLENCE, HE HAD A PROPENSITY FOR VIOLENCE, HE CARRIED A GUN WITH HIM AT ALL TIMES.))
SUPER=01-Alton Prillaman/Defense Attorney;
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OUT Q=at all times
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VO-NAT


The jury is expected to get the case tomorrow.
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P-Tinsley


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#597-02

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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


A Roanoke County man accused of a fatal shooting over the weekend will remain behind bars for now.
56-year old Paskel Tinsley Junior was arraigned today on a first- degree murder charge.
Authorities say he was having a dispute with 37-year old Rick (KA-nobel) Knobel when Tinsley allegedly shot him.
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P-Floyd-Murder


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#96-108
SS=


In Floyd County, a teenager faces a charge of capital murder.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Floyd Co./Last Wednesday;


18- year- old Mark Anthony Beavers is accused of killing Stanley W. Harmon last week.
The 38 year old was found dead at his home in the Buffalo Mountain area.
His rifle was missing along with a 19- 77 Pontiac Firebird.
Beavers and 21- year- old Jerry Wayne McKinney were arrested later in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.
(----------------)
ANCHOR=Connie
SS=Murder Investigation


Beavers faces capital murder, robbery, and grand larceny charges. He's being held without bond.
Authorities believe McKinney became involved after the murder.
He's being held on 100- thousand dollars bond.
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ANCHOR=Connie
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Tonight on NEWS-7 Primetime-- the head of the Wythe County School system talks about racial incidents at two schools.
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VO-NAT


And move over March Madness-- the Hill City is just fine with February-- a profitable month for basketball in Lynchburg.
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p-Wythe-Schools


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=spr
TAPE#597-13
GRAPHIC=race relations


Wythe County's school superintendent says the administration is working to eliminate racial problems in the classroom.
Jim Vaught points to a task force that was assembled a few years ago.
The group promotes multi-cultural differences.
And one of its first courses of action was to require Wythe County eight graders to take an ethnic diversity class.
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SOT 11:09:58
IN Q=This has

((JIM VAUGHT/WYTHE COUNTY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: THIS HAS BEEN IN PLACE AND I THINK AS WE GO ON AND GO FORWARD, I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A GOOD VEHICLE IN PROMOTING WORKING TOGETHER TO MAINTAIN THE KIND OF CLIMATE THAT WE WANT IN OUR SCHOOLS. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Vaught/Wythe Co. Schools Superintendent;
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OUT Q=our schools
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Wythe Co./Last Week;;


Last week a hate message aimed against blacks was spray painted on the road leading up to George Wythe High School.
Before that, several students were suspended for knotting their jacket drawstrings to resemble nooses.
One day later, the same incident happened at Scott Memorial Elementary School.
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P-VMI


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#597-04
GRAPHIC=VMI


The Virginia Military Institute has already accepted 21-women out of 43 applicants so far.
Perhaps the real story is that the number of applications- -overall, male AND female- - has INCREASED 21-percent since the school agreed to admit women last year.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lexington/Thursday;


In the latest status report filed today in federal court, V-M-I sets out a plan to exchange six cadets with other military schools.
It's partly designed to have a few upperclassWOMEN on post when the first co-ed class of "rats" arrives in August.
The female exchange students at V-M-I will team up with male mentors, called "dykes," to help the "rats" get used to barracks life and the rigors of the "rat line."
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P-Va-Economy


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=abr
TAPE#597-05
GRAPHIC=virginia economy


Virginia's economy is moving away from the traditional industries-- that's according to a study at the University of Virginia.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Charlottesville;


More modern types of industry are replacing tobacco, coal and textiles as mainstays in the Commonwealth's economy.
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SOT 96-104 57:55
IN Q=Certainly in the

((JOHN KNAPP/UVA BUSINESS AND ECON RESEARCHER: CERTAINLY IN THE SERVICES SECTOR WE'VE HAD A LOT OF GROWTH. FINANCE, INSURANCE, THAT AREA HAS GROWN, AND HEALTH SERVICES. ))
SUPER=01-John Knapp/UVA Business and Econ. Researcher; :02
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OUT Q=and health services
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VO-NAT


In fact they now account for four percent more earnings than traditional industries.
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ANCHOR=Connie
SS=HOLD


As new industry grew, older businesses reduced in size.
The reduced workforce isn't blamed on business leaving the Commonwealth, but automation.
The extra workers were forced to find other employment.

P-Manpower


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#597-10
GRAPHIC=manpower


Manpower, Incorporated is expecting moderate- to- strong job growth in our area this Spring.
(----------------)
VO-NAT


In Roanoke, 23- percent of companies polled intend to add jobs.
That's up slightly.
Job prospects appear best in trade, education, and services.
36- percent of the Lynchburg employers polled say they'll add workers, an increase compared to last spring.
Manpower says the best opportunities should be in construction, manufacturing, trade, and services.
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ANCHOR=Connie
SS=HOLD


Manpower Incorporated is the world's largest temporary help firm.

P-L'burg-Hoops


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10 pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#597-11
GRAPHIC=l'burg seal


The Hill City has been host to several hoops tournaments, recently.
In a two week span, the basketball spotlight is shining on Lynchburg, which is playing host to five different basketball tournaments.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Saturday;


An estimated 45- hundred people turned out for the Hill City Shootout this past Saturday, where some of the nation's top high school stars were in action.
Starting Wednesday the Big South mens and womens basketball tournaments are in town.
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SOT 4:06:47
IN Q=The big thing

((CHRIS ELLIS/SPORTS CAPITAL OF VA: THE BIG THING ABOUT THE BIG SOUTH TOURNAMENT IS BRINGING THE COLLEGE TOURNAMENT HERE, GETTING GOOD PUBLICITY FOR THE CITY WITH THE ESPN. IT HAS A GOOD ECONOMIC IMPACT, BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THAT IS THE SPOTLIGHT IT GIVES TO THE CITY.))
SUPER=01-Chris Ellis/Sports Capital of Va.; :00
RUNS=:19
OUT Q=to the city.
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VO-NAT


On the heels of the Big South tournaments, the Virginia high school championships arrive in town on March 13th.
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ANCHOR=Connie
SUPER=x5040; Primetime Tease Load
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Tonight on Health Check-- Scientists and ethicists around the world are experiencing a bit of future shock today over the cloning of an adult mammal.
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VO-NAT


And get ready for a competition of another sort at the Roanoke Academy of Math and Science-- an old fashioned Spelling Bee.
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WEFC!!! PAGE 504 MAX 2
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P-Spelling-Bee


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=cst
TAPE#597-14
GRAPHIC=education


In some circles, words like lumbago and belfry don't come into everyday conversations.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :


It's one thing to know their meaning-- but can you also spell them?
Those aren't all the words they nailed, at the Roanoke Academy of Math and Science.
25 champion spellers took to the stage, in front of some anxious parents.
After four rounds, it was down to two competitors.
Wilson Middle School's Bethany Jones EVOKED a win.
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SOT 10:51:31
IN Q=Evocative.

((EVOCATIVE. E-V-O-C-A-T-I-V-E. There's your champion ladies and gentleman. CLAP ))
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VO-NAT


And yes, that was Robin Reed doing the calling!
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ANCHOR=Connie


THere's more News-7 Primetime straight ahead right here on WEFC. cc sponsor go to break

P-Cloning


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=cst
TAPE#597-06
GRAPHIC=cloning


Scottish researchers have done what was once thought to be the impossible.
They've cloned an adult animal.
Dolly is a seven-month old lamb, the first exact genetic duplication of another adult sheep.
(----------------)
VO-NAT


She was created when scientists combined a single cell from the udder of a six-year-old ewe with an unfertilized egg stripped of its genetic code.
Researchers say this breakthrough could help defy the aging process, and find cures for diseases such as cystic fibrosis.
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P-Genetics


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=cst
TAPE#597-07
GRAPHIC=HOLD



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IN Q=There are a
SUPER=01-Dr. Ian Wilmut/Embryologist; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Ron James/Research Sponsor; :23
SUPER=01-Dr. Patrick Dixon/Genetics Expert; :40
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OUT Q=then thousand times.
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SOT 10:15:26
IN Q=There are a

((DR. IAN WILMUT/EMBRYOLOGIST: THERE ARE A NUMBER OF GENETIC DISEASES FOR WHICH THERE ISN'T A CURE AT THE PRESENT TIME, SERIOUS DISEASES, AND THIS WILL ENABLE US TO CARRY OUT RESEARCH INTO THE CAUSES OF THOSE DISEASES AND PERHAPS DEVELOP METHODS TO TREAT THEM.))
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OUT Q=methods to treat them.


That gives rise to the ethical questions of how far this technique will be taken -- are human clones next?
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SOT 10:15:44
IN Q=In the UK

((DR. RON JAMES/RESEARCH SPONSOR: IN THE U.K. AND ALMOST CERTAINLY IN THE U.S. IT WOULD BE ILLEGAL TO DO WHAT WE'VE DONE WITH ANIMAL CELLS WITH HUMAN EGGS. IT WOULD JUST NOT BE POSSIBLE TO DO IT. ))
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OUT Q=to do it.


Others say that's what scientists thought about cloning animals -- that it couldn't be done.
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SOT 10:16:03
IN Q=What kind of

((DR. PATRICK DIXON/GENETICS EXPERT: WHAT KIND OF WAYS COULD THIS TECHNOLOGY BE ABUSED BY A DICTATOR, THAT'S WHAT I ASK MYSELF. PERHAPS SADDAM HUSSEIN WOULD LIKE TO GIVE BIRTH TO HIMSELF, TO SEE HIS OWN TWIN BROUGHT UP IN HIS OWN HOME, NOT JUST ONCE BUT A HUNDRED TIMES, TEN THOUSAND TIMES. ))
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OUT Q=thousand times.

))
ANCHOR=Connie
SS=HOLD


So human cloning may be illegal and unethical.
But what scientists are really worried about is-- will it be done?

cool-video


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=amo
TAPE#cool
SUPER=x5042; Video of the Day Load
SUPER=x5045; Start Motion
GRAPHIC=News-7 primetime


Tonight's video pick is actually just a tour of the bedroom of an eight year old boy from Charlotte North Carolina.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=75-Charlotte; :


Jonathan Slaughter just may be one of the country's biggest Star Wars fans....and it's no passing fad for this kid.
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SOT 16:15:58
IN Q=When I was

((WHEN I WAS ABOUT FIVE I STARTED COLLECTING STAR WARS THINGS. SOME ARE GIFTS AND SOME I HAD TO USE MY OWN MONEY. THESE ARE SOME OF MY EMPIRE STRIKES BACK FIGURES. AND THESE RIGHT HERE ARE ACTION FLEETS. THIS IS MY STAR WARS HAT. ON THE BACK IT SAYS MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU. THIS IS MY DARTH VADER SHIRT. OH, I ALSO KNOW MOST OF THE ACTORS. YODA, OB1, SIR ALEC GUINESS, AND THE CHIEF JAWA IN THE FIRST MOVIE WAS JACK PERVIS. I KNOW A FEW IMPRESSIONS. ONE WAS, THE FORCE IS WITH YOU LUKE SKYWALKER. BUT YOU'RE NOT A JEDI YET. breathing heavy! ))
SUPER=75-Jonathan Slaughter/Star Wars Collector;
RUNS=:58
OUT Q=NAT SOUND Darth breathing
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VO-NAT


The second episode of the Star Wars Trilogy-- "The Empire Strikes Back" made its 90-s debut over the weekend.
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SP-Score


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#vf96-2
GRAPHIC=PRIMETIME SPORTS


Coming up tonight on Primetime sports here on WEFC - Hampden-Sydney wins the ODAC tournament title and an automatic trip to the NCAA tournament, the Hokies and Cavaliers get ready to hook up tomorrow night.
And two Virginia women's players earn all-conference honors.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=04-NFL; ;00


But first a little football news from the NFL, as the Falcons acquire quarterback Chris Chandler from the Oilers.
The Falcons give up two draft picks for the 10 year veteran who is 31.
In his two season in Houston he passed for 33 TDs and over 45 hundred yards.
Now the scores.
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Mary/58///;
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SP-ODAC


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=BB97-4
GRAPHIC=ODAC


Hampden Sydney captured the Old Dominion Athletic Conference mens basketball tournament championship tonight by beating Lynchburg 102 to 70.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Salem/Hornets vs. Tigers; :00


The Hornets and the Tigers exchanged the lead several times in the first half. Otis Tucker led Lynchburg with 12 first half points.
Hampden Sydney broke away a few minutes before intermission. Watch Byran Sheridan make the nice pass to Jeremy Harris for the basket and the Tigers led 48-39 at halftime.
The Tigers then went on a huge run that Lynchburg could not answer. Andy Habenicht contributed, scoring all 5 of his points during the game deciding run.
Sydney had 6 players score in double figures. Only two Lynchburg
SUPER=33-Hampden-Sydney/102/Lynchburg/70;

players would hit the double digit mark. Tucker and David Ross who tallied 10 points.
Hampden Sydney goes on to win the ODAC tournament championship by the score of 102 to 70. The Tigers are now 21 and 6 while Lynchburg finishes its season at 13 and 14.
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SP-Tech


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#ST5-26
GRAPHIC=TECH/UVA


Tomorrow night the hoop spotlight shifts to the Richmond Coliseum where the UVa and Virginia Tech meet
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The Hokies and Hoos tip things off at 8 o'clock tomorrow night, and you can catch the game right here on Your Hometown station.
We'll have it for you LIVE at eight.
This afternoon Tech head coach Bill Foster had this to say about the rivalry.
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IN Q="I think...

((BILL FOSTER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
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OUT Q=...they'll compete."
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SP-Mercer


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S6-24
GRAPHIC=NCAA HOOPS GENERIC


The first trickle of what could be another flood of underclassman leaving college hoops early for the NBA started today.
(----------------)
VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Lexington, KY; :00


Kentucky sophomore Ron Mercer, who prepped at Oak Hill Academy, decided today to try his hand at the NBA.
The six foot, seven inch sophomore is averaging 18 points a game this year.
Kentucky head coach Rick Pitino says he counseled Mercer like he was his own son.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT
IN Q="You have...

((RICK PITINO/KENTUCKY HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Rick Pitino/Kentucky Head Coach; :00
RUNS=:16
OUT Q=...go ahead and decide."
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ANCHOR=Mike
SS=NCAA LOGO


Mercer is projected to be one of the top four picks in the June draft.

SP-Gordon


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=10PM
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#R-35
GRAPHIC=JEFF GORDON


Jeff Gordon continues to make the 1997 NASCAR season his own little parade.
After two races he has two wins and winnings over $550 thousand dollars.
(----------------)
VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC/TNT; :00


Gordon slipped by Dale Jarrett and into Victory Lane yesterday for the 21st win of his career.
That's 21 wins in 126 starts for the 25 year old phenom.
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Gordon leads the points race heading to Richmond and that is scary in itself.
Last year at this time he was 41st in the points race, but won at Richmond.
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SUPER=0112-1. Jeff Gordon/360/2. Ricky Craven/320/3. Terry Labonte/316/4. Jeff

Burton/300/5. Ricky Rudd/298;
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preview-boards


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=amo
TAPE#bds
GRAPHIC=none


That's it for us on NEWS-7 Primetime-- See you tomorrow. goodnight. Jean Jadhon will be along in half an hour on WDBJ-7 with more news.