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SUPER=70-Connie Stevens;
SUPER=70-Robin Reed;
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ANCHOR=Connie
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(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
BUYING NEW FIRE TRUCKS IS FIRING UP SOME CONTROVERSY IN ROANOKE.
A RUSSIAN-BORN TEEN-AGER IS CHARGED WITH MURDERING BILL COSBY'S SON, IN WHAT APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN A RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE.
IT'S THURSDAY, MARCH 13TH, OUR TOP STORY
RESCUE CREWS SPENT THE LATE AFTERNOON HOURS SEARCHING THE NEW RIVER IN FEAR OF A DROWNING NEAR THE PEPPERS FERRY BRIDGE. ))
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P-Drowning


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=tal
TAPE#97-15
GRAPHIC=N7PT


Good Evening, you're watching News-7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
Officials in the New River Valley are worried someone either jumped or fell from the bridge in Fairlawn.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Fairlawn;


Rescue boats dragged the river this afternoon after two witnesses alerted authorities.
One witness reported seeing a man sitting on top of the Peppers Ferry Bridge.
Another man sitting below said he heard and saw a large splash, but nothing resurfaced and he couldn't tell what had hit the water.
Dangerous currents prevented divers from entering the water.
The search has been called off for the night.
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P-Cosby


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=cst
TAPE#net-c
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VO-NAT


Police say a Russian-born teenager is being charged with the murder of Ennis Cosby.
The suspect is identified as 18-year-old Mikail (MAR-kuh-sez) Markhasez.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles/January 16;


Los Angeles Police Chief Willie Williams says they've also found the gun believed to be the murder weapon.
It was a tip received by the National Enquirer that led to the arrest.
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SOT 20:03:49
IN Q=What we know

((WILLIE WILLIAMS/LOS ANGELES POLICE CHIEF: WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE MOTIVE RIGHT NOW IS THAT IT APPEARS THAT ROBBERY WAS THE MOTIVE. IT WAS HAPPENSTANCE, THEY PASSED BY, MR. COSBY WAS THERE WHEN THE GENTLEMAN PASSED BY. WE DO KNOW THAT HE ARRIVED AND LEFT IN A MOTOR VEHICLE. ))
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VO-NAT


The son of entertainer Bill Cosby was gunned down January 16th as he changed a tire on his Mercedes convertible near an L-A freeway.
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P-SPCA


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=jmo
TAPE# 597-03
GRAPHIC=Alexander, Al


The Roanoke S-P-C-A's executive director is apparently being investigated for a second time on sexual harrassment charges.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape;


Three former workers say the State Council on Human Relations has decided to investigate their harrassment complaints against Al Alexander.
This, after an investigation from the S-P-C-A board in November.
DEBRA FLANARY, Diane Farren, and Melinda Chambers took their complaints to the board but were not satisfied with the outcome.
A board member says it conducted a thorough investigation and IS satisfied.
Alexander was suspended for about 10 days during that investigation.
When contacted by phone this afternoon, Alexander said the allegations were totally surprising and unfounded.
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P-Salem-VA


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=jmc
TAPE#None
SS=VETERANS ADMINISTRATION SEAL


The Veterans Administration has placed the two top men at the Salem VA Medical Center on administrative leave.
GRAPHIC=John Presley


The action against director John Presley and associate director William Delameter came today, after a team of V-A officials completed a preliminary investigation into what the hospital calls "issues of concern."
NO word on what those issues might be.
Presley and Delameter will remain on leave until the team can prepare a final report.

P-Olympic-Bombing


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=JJA
TAPE#net-a
SS=olympic bombing


Federal agents are again asking the public for help in solving the Olympic Park Bombing.
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VO-NAT


Today the FBI released a series of photographs-
They're hoping to find nine people in all- in hopes that they may have some information.
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((WOODY JOHNSON/FBI SPECIAL AGENT: I VIEW THIS THING VERY MUCH LIKE A ONE THOUSAND PIECE PUZZLE AND WE ARE SLOWING FILLING IT ALL IN. HOWEVER WE THINK WE CAN MOVE MORE RAPIDLY IF WE PUT THIS INFORMATION OUT AND SEEK ADDITIONAL HELP FROM THE PUBLIC.))
SUPER=01-Woody Johnson/FBI Special Agent;
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OUT Q=FROM THE PUBLIC."
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VO-NAT


Johnson stressed the people are not suspects- but they may have been in the
SUPER=03-Atlanta/July 27, 1996;

right place at the right time to have seen something crucial.
The bomb exploded July 27th killing one woman and injuring more than 100 others.
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P-Hazing


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10p
WRITER=jmc
TAPE#597-05
GRAPHIC=roanoke college


Hazing charges against some Roanoke College students have been dropped in a deal worked out in General District court today,
The hazing charges were dropped for 17 students in return for guilty or no contest pleas on other charges, including trespassing and being drunk in public.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./February 26;


The students were arrested after police found four young men face down in Carvins Cove one night last month.
The students say "it was all part of a "bonding experience."
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ANCHOR=Connie
SS=legal scales


Prosecutor Skip Burkart says he dropped the hazing charges because no one was hurt.
State law says hazing must involve physical injury.
The students will each have to do 40 hours of community service.

P-Quints


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=jda
TAPE#597-06
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal


The purchase of two new fire trucks is turning into a major controversy for members of Roanoke City Council.
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VO-NAT


They'll decide next week whether to buy the city's first "quints," vehicles that combine the capabilities of a pumper and an aerial ladder truck.
SUPER=03-Salem;


Salem and other communities have been using quints for years, but Roanoke fire fighters believe the purchase is a step toward downsizing the department.
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SOT 14:37:36
IN Q=We know the quints

((ED CRAWFORD/ROANOKE FIRE FIGHTERS ASSOCIATION: WE KNOW THE QUINTS ARE THE FIRST STEPS IN THE CHIEF'S PLAN WHICH IS TO LEAD TO EVENTUALLY CLOSING OF A FEW FIRE STATIONS AS WELL AS REDUCTIONS OF STAFFING LEVELS, 20 TO 30 PERSONNEL AND WE HAVE SOME SERIOUS CONCERN ABOUT THAT AND HOW IT WILL AFFECT THE DELIVERY OF SERVICE TO THE NEIGHBORHOODS AND BUSINESS COMMUNITY THAT WE SERVE.)) ((JIM GRIGSBY/ROANOKE FIRE CHIEF: THIS IS NOT A STAFFING ISSUE. THIS IS AN EQUIPMENT PURCHASE ISSUE PERIOD. NOTHING MORE NOTHING LESS THAN JUST BUYING THE BEST PIECE OF APPARATUS TO SERVE THIS COMMUNITY.))
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SUPER=01-Jim Grigsby/Roanoke Fire Chief; :20
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OUT Q=to serve this community.
ANCHOR=Connie
SS=HOLD


Members of the firefighters association will be distributing leaflets door to door over the weekend.
And city council will take up the issue on Monday.
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Governor Allen adds a meaningful tax cut to his resume....while giving Virginia business owners a few more pennies to pinch...
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VO-NAT


Plus it's the most popular sport in the world, but it faces a rocky future in Lynchburg...we'll explain, when NEWS-7 Primetime returns-- right here on WEFC.
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P-Tax-Cut


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#597-08
GRAPHIC=va seal


A healthy economy and a political deal made it possible.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


And today, Governor George Allen put pen to paper to make the first real tax cut of his term a reality.
It's a cut to the "unemployment insurance tax" business owners pay.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: OF THE MORE THAN 89- THOUSAND VIRGINIA BUSINESSES WHO WILL PAY NO STATE UNEMPLOYMENT TAX UNDER THIS PROPOSAL, OF THAT 89- THOUSAND, OVER 68- PERCENT OF THEM HAVE LESS THAN FIVE EMPLOYEES.)) butt*butt
sot 02:50:36

((OVER 99- PERCENT OF THEM WILL HAVE LESS THAN 100 EMPLOYEES. SO THIS LEGISLATION IS OBVIOUSLY VERY GOOD NEWS, VERY GOOD NEWS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES.))
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file;


House Majority Leader Dick Cranwell helped engineer the tax cut in February.
In return, he won expanded benefits for those who lose jobs... and new legal protection for workers who develop repetitive motion injuries.
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P-Deanwood


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#597-07
GRAPHIC=None


The completion of a longstanding project is responsible for creating and keeping a total of 100 jobs in Roanoke.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The Roanoke Housing and Redevelopment Authority announced the completion of the second phase of the Deanwood Re-development program in Northeast Roanoke.
Three small businesses will move into the remaining space left in the Deanwood Commerce Center.
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((WICK ANDERSON/HOUSING & REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY: VERY GRATIFYING. THE REGRET I HAVE IS THAT THE PROJECT IS FINISHED AND WE DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER LAND AT PRESENT ON WHICH TO DO SOMETHING OF A SIMILAR NATURE BUT WE'RE LOOKING. ))
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VO-NAT


All of the new businesses expect to double their workforces in the next few years.
The news conference took place at Quality Coffee, a current Deanwood tenant which says a new contract could increase its revenues by 75- percent.
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p-Volvo-GM


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=tal
TAPE#97=17
GRAPHIC=NONE


Salaried workers at Volvo-G-M won't be voting on whether to join the United Autoworkers union.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Dublin/File Tape;


About 60 percent of those employees had signed a petition filed with the National Labor Relations Board to request a vote.
The N-L-R-B only requires 30 percent.
But sources say the union complained that not enough workers attended organizational meetings.
The U-A-W withdrew the petition, cancelling the membership vote scheduled for tomorrow.
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P-Va-Transformer


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-10
GRAPHIC=Wipe wipe wipe
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


A union vote DID take place today at the Virginia Transformer plant in Roanoke.
The International Union of Electrical workers lost by just seven votes.
SUPER=@File;


Twice before, the union had withdrawn its election request just a few days prior to the votes.
Virginia Transformer has more than 200 hourly and salaried employees.
It's been in Roanoke since 1971.
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P-L'burg-Parks


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=abr
TAPE#597-02
GRAPHIC=Lynchburg City Seal


It's a battle soccer parents have been waging for years in Lynchburg.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg;


They say there aren't enough fields to accommodate the twelve hundred players.
They practice and play on rock-strewn, uneven fields.. where patches of dirt compete with grass.
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IN Q=and we're going

((AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO SOON BE TURNING KIDS AWAY IF WE DON'T GET MORE FIELDS. WE'RE ALREADY IN A MAKE-DO SITUATION.))
SUPER=01-Lea Larson/Lynchburg United Soccer;
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OUT Q=a make-do situation
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VO-NAT

prepro 17:25
Parks and Recreation studies show the fields are poorly maintained -- finding the shortage of fields has been a problem for the last eight years and the current fields are over- utilized.
A new sports complex off Nationwide Drive would help eleviate the problem.
But the project is lacking investors and has even spawned a lawsuit from the neighbors who don't want the facility in their backyards.
Among the neighbors-- Lynchburg Mayor Jim Whittaker.
But he says the city wants to fix the problem, though it won't be done this season.
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P-Planned-Parenthood


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=cst
TAPE#597-09
GRAPHIC=teen health


That conversation about the birds and the bees-- is often dreaded, on both sides of the fence.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :


Today, Planned Parenthood of the Blue Ridge announced a new video kit-- titled "Talking About Sex: A Guide for Families"
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VO-NAT


Planned Parenthood says the timing of the video guide is crucial, since parental notification is likely to become state law in July.
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SOT 10:14:45
IN Q=It will allow

((DAVID NOVA/PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF THE BLUE RIDGE: IT WILL ALLOW PARENTS TO COMMUNICATE WITH MINORS AND WILL THEREFORE MAKE MINORS MUCH MORE LIKELY TO COMMUNICATE WITH PARENTS WHEN THEY'RE FACING A DIFFICULT SEXUAL QUESTION OR A SEXUAL CIRCUMSTANCE THAT THEY NEED PARENTAL GUIDANCE OVER. )) ((AMY HASELTON/PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF THE BLUE RIDGE: THERE ARE MANY STUDIES THAT SHOW THAT WHEN PARENTS DO TALK TO THEIR KIDS, THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE MORE LIKELY TO POSTPONE SEXUAL INTERCOURSE AND LESS LIKELY TO ENGAGE IN RISKY SEXUAL BEHAVIOR.))
SUPER=01-David Nova/Planned Parenthood; :00
SUPER=01-Amy Haselton/Planned Parenthood; :16
RUNS=:27
OUT Q=risky sexual behavior.
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VO-NAT


The kit will be available in many libraries within the next few days.
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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


The kids at the Carilion Medical Center for Children supply us with our video of the day-- as they pick up some lessons in basketball from one of the masters.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=75-Roanoke; :


"The Big O"-- as he's called, Orlando Williams with the Harlem Globetrotters-- made a stop through the children's hospital, to share a few tricks of his trade.
Whether balancing a basketball on his fingertip-- or just a game of keep away, Williams was certainly true to the mission of his team....
Put a smile on your audience's face, with a few smooth moves.
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SP-Score


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S6-26
GRAPHIC=PRIMETIME BIG


Tonight on Primetime sports March madness takes over as we bring you highlights of tonight's Glenvar-Floyd County matchup in the Single-A boy's state basketball tournament.
Plus, Carolina dodges a bullet and Kansas rolls in the NCAA's.
In fact there were nor upsets in the first eight games of the day.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC/Cal vs. Princeton; :00


In the East down in Winston-Salem, cinderella Princeton was again looking to work its upset magic against California.
But Tony Gonzalez took care of those thoughts with this jumper to give Cal a 55-to-52 win.
Now the first round scoreboard.
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Regional//Indiana/3//Colorado/9/1/East Regional/;
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Tip Off/;
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SP-Glenvar


ANCHOR=mike
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=twe
TAPE#-BB97-4
GRAPHIC=Tourney time (A)


Glenvar and Floyd squared off for a 5th time this season tonight with a state final berth on the line in Lynchburg.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Highlanders vs. Buffaloes;


The Vines Center was rockin' before tipoff as the Buffs and Highlanders readied themselves for the semifinal grudge match.
Allen Cantrell's club took control early. Derek Saunders takes the feed and scores in the post for a 4 point Floyd lead.
Glenvar hung tough. Seth Noonkester knocks down the foul line jumper, but the Highlanders still trailed 16-10 after a quarter.
Josh Williamson started to cook early in the 2nd. He misses the chippie, but stays after it, scoring the bucket and drawing the harm.
Not to be outdone, Travis Cantrell SUPER=33-Floyd Co./65/Glenvar/56;

pulls up and kisses the runner off the window. He had 19 at halftime and Floyd wins it 65 to 56.
The Buffs will face Surry County in the final, a 93 to 58 winner over Washington & Lee.
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Sp-UNC


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S6-28
GRAPHIC=FINAL FOUR


There was a near upset in the East regionals tonight in Winston-Salem as Fairfield had North Carolina on the ropes before losing 82-to-74.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC/Fairfield vs. UNC; :00


The Tarheel faithful were hoping Dean Smith would tie Adolph Rupp on the all-time wins list easily by picking up his 876th victory.
But Greg Francis had other ideas as he rips the three pointer and Fairfield takes a shocking 35-to-28 halftime lead.
And the Stags would not go away in the second half, as Francis hits his 6th three of the game to keep the Stags on top.
Carolina would move in front with 5 minutes to go thanks to the inside presence of Serge Zwikker. He had a team high 19 points.
SUPER=33-North Carolina/82/Fairfield/74;


The Tarheels escape with an 8 point win and the Dean gets his 876th win of the year.
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SP-Kansas


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S7-1
GRAPHIC=FINAL FOUR


One of Dean Smith's former assistants didn't have nearly as much trouble in his first round game the Kansas Jayhawks opened the NCAA tournament by beating Jackson State this afternoon 78-to-64 in Memphis.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Memphis, TN/Kansas vs. Jackson St.; :00


Roy Williams knew his inside game was much stronger than Jackson State's coming into the game, and he turned out to be a prophet as the Jayhawks outrebounded the Tigers 61-to-27.
Scot Pollard had 12 points and 19 rebounds, while Raef LaFrentz had 18
SUPER=33-Kansas/78/Jackson St./64;

points and 14 boards as the Jayhawks advance in the Southeast region with the 78-to-64 win.
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SP-Cincy


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S6-25
GRAPHIC=FINAL FOUR


In the Midwest regional in Auburn Hills, Michigan, one of the more dangerous teams in the tournament, Cincinnati, beat Butler 86-to-69.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Auburn Hills, MI/Cincinnati vs. Butler; :00


The Bearcats were in control of this one from the outset leading by 22 points as all-american Danny Fortson led the way with a game high 24.
The Bearcats turned the game into a SUPER=33-Cincinnati/86/Butler/69;

slam dunk competition at one point as they by as many as 25 before winning 86-to-69.
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SP-UVA


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=ST5-26
GRAPHIC=Final Four


Still to come tonight, the Virginia Cavaliers open the tournament in Salt Lake City against Iowa in the West Region Opener.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT; :00


Iowa Coach Tom Davis is a perfect 9 and OH in NCAA first round games and while some say the hawkeyes deserved a higher seed, he, like Jeff Jones is just happy to be at the dance.
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((TOM DAVIS/IOWA HEAD COACH:)) ((JEFF JONES/VIRGINIA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Tom Davis/Iowa Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Jones/Virginia Head Coach; :30
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OUT Q=...tremendous game"


bye
ANCHOR=Connie

tomorrow...goodnight. That's all for us-- Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, see you back here