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1-News-head

ANCHOR=Keith

Up next on News 7 at Six-- different court, same question: should alleged crime boss Joe Abbott be released on bond?
Another Tech football player is cleared of charges related to a campus brawl--
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VO-NAT


and Roanoke's Victory Stadium is being readied once again for racing.
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Sports-Head
ANCHOR=Mike


Tonight in sports, Dale Jarrett wins the pole at Darlington while Dale Earnhardt struggles again.
The coaching carousel continues to turn at JMU,
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and the NCAA Division Three final four is tipping off at this hour at the Salem Civic Center with doubleheader action set for the next two nights.
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WX-Head
TALENT=Patrick
SS=None


The gorgeous weather we enjoyed today won't last all weekend long, but the forecast is still fairly pleasant for next several days. Stay tuned for details from the News 7 Weather Center.

Abed


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-7
GRAPHIC=Joseph Abbott


Reputed crime boss Joe Abbott testified today that the racketeering charges have been fabricated.
On the witness stand in federal court just an hour ago, Abbott said: "I challenge these people"- -referring to government agents- -"to show me one person to say 'I got hurt by Joe Abbott.' But," he said, "there are many who say: "I got helped by Joe Abbott."
The issue is whether Abbott should be released on bond.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file


Judge Jackson Kiser is considering much of the same evidence that a federal MAGISTRATE heard Wednesday.
SUPER=04-January 13, 1995


The government says: the Abed family so effectively threatened witnesses that they were too intimidated to testify.
Abbott says he legally changed his name from Abed to Abbott in 1974 in North Dakota.
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ANCHOR=Keith
SS=Legal Scales


Under cross examination, the prosecutor pointed to a statement he made to an arson investigator in 1986, saying the name change occurred in Hawaii in the 60's.
Asked why he left the U-S Army in 1979, Abbott said there was a lot of corruption in the Army at that time.
In the statement Abbott made to the arson investigator, he chalked it up to war wounds from Vietnam.
Judge Kiser hasn't made a ruling on bond.

Hawkes


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=tal
TAPE#97-5
GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech


Another Virginia Tech football player is exonerated in the beating of track athlete Hilliard Sumner.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg;


Sumner identified Michael Hawkes as the person who tackled him just before he was beaten.
But Hawkes and several other players testified Hawkes stood back from the fight- keeping running back Marcus Parker out of it.
In dismissing the charge against Hawkes, Montgomery Circuit judge Ray Grubbs expressed frustration that a person could be severely beaten in downtown Blacksburg and no one who saw it would come forward.
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VO-NAT
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Monday Grubbs dismissed an attempted malicious wounding charge against wide receiver Angelo Harrison, also because various witnesses gave conflicting accounts.
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Rape-Suit


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=tal
TAPE#97-6
GRAPHIC=Wipe wipe wipe
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


In an unrelated case, Tech football players Brian Edmonds and James Crawford have dropped their defamation and extortion suit against the woman accusing them of rape.
Crawford actually withdrew from the suit last month.
A lawyer representing the players, Matt Pethy-bridge, says Edmonds decided to abandon the suit to avoid giving depositions before the N-F-L draft, which could hurt his selection chances.
Pethy-bridge says he expects to refile the suit in June, once the draft is over.
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Tor


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6p
WRITER=jmc
TAPE#97-3
GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech


A Virginia Tech basketball player had a brush with the law this week.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/December 9


Center Alvaro Tor was charged with possession of stolen property.
Tor received a summons for having a license plate that was reported stolen.
A rising junior, Tor started eight games for the Hokies last season.
The case will be heard in Blacksburg district court next month.
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Stump


ANCHOR=scott
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=spr
TAPE#97-8
GRAPHIC=William Stump


Militiaman Bill Stump was hoping to delay his sentencing in Roanoke until he filed an appeal with the U- S Supreme Court.
But his request was denied after a 12- minute hearing this afternoon.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Stump argued he wouldn't have enough time to prepare a Supreme Court petition if he was sent to prison.
Moreover, he didn't think the Federal District Court even had the authority to punish him.
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((BILL STUMP: I'M BEING TREATED UNFAIRLY BECAUSE I'M IN AN ILLEGAL COURT. AS I JUST TOLD YOU, NO OFFICER HAS BEEN ABLE TO TELL ME THE CLAUSE OF THE CONSTITUTION THAT DELEGATES TO CONGRESS THE POWER TO MAINTAIN THIS COURT IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. ))
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ANCHOR=Keith
SS=William Stump


Stump was convicted of possessing illegal silencers.
Last year, he was sentenced to 2 months in prison... but that punishment was well below Federal guidelines.
Because of that, he will be re- sentenced... and given a stiffer penalty.

Victory-Stadium


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=six
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-10
GRAPHIC=Victory Speedway


It won't be known as the "South Roanoke Speedway," but Victory Stadium will host a new round of auto racing this year.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


This morning, paving crews were laying asphalt at the south end of the stadium.
Promoter Danny Taylor has a contract with the city that provides for 20 races a year for the next three years.
The schedule will feature at least four different classes, and will include full- size, late model stock cars.
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((DANNY TAYLOR/RACING PROMOTER: THE PARTICIPANTS HAVE COME TO ME AND SAID HEY WE WANT TO PARTICIPATE AT A RACETRACK HERE IN THE CITY. THE FANS HAVE SAID THE SAME THING. THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE. IT'S BECAUSE OF THE PARTICIPANTS AND FANS.))
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Encouraged by the continuing popularity of racing at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston Salem, Taylor believes racing can succeed in Roanoke.
The first night of racing at the Victory Stadium Speedway is scheduled for Friday, April 4th.
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HARD MUSIC UNDER
ANCHOR=Keith
SS=NONE


Still to come on News 7 at Six-- new life and new direction for an abandoned riverfront office building in Lynchburg.
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VO-NAT


also, Virginia enhances its status as holy land for civil war buffs.
A world class museum of the common soldiers who fought America's bloodiest war is unveiled.
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Monty-Fire


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=tal
TAPE#97-17
GRAPHIC=Fire


Billowing smoke and flames stopped traffic on I-81 near Christiansburg this morning.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;


State police say some motorists pulled over to watch the fire that destroyed this house on Pine Hollow Road.
The blaze started in an electrical box.
Firefighters tried to snuff it out quickly but exploding shotgun shells forced them out.
No one was home at the time but a family pet was killed.
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Cop-Shot


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-6
GRAPHIC=Shooting


An accidental shooting this afternoon involving a police officer in Campbell County.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Campbell Co.


It happened at the police firing range outside Lynchburg.
The female officer- whose identity has not been released- apparently shot herself in the thigh.
Police say the bullet passed through the woman's leg, and the wound did "not" appear serious.
She was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital.
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Incubator


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-15
GRAPHIC=Lynchburg Seal


Would-be entrepreneurs and business owners are celebrating the rebirth of one of Lynchburg's empty downtown buildings.
Steve Smallshaw has more on the Hill City Renaissance Center.
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Where some might see a run-down vacant building on Lynchburg's riverfront, Claude Gunn sees an opportunity.
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((DO YOU KNOW WHERE THE LYNCHBURG FOUNDRY USED TO BE IN THE LOWER BASIN?))
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Two years after the foundry closed for good, its old office complex is getting a second chance.
Since buying the property last year, Gunn has applied a fresh coat of paint and a fresh attitude to the building.
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((CLAUDE GUNN/HILL CITY RENAISSANCE CENTER: YOU'RE SEEING THE REBIRTH AND WE INTEND TO BE A PART OF IT. AGAIN, AS I SAID, RECYCLE THIS OLD BUILDING AND HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY AND THE LYNCHBURG CITY'S TAX BASE.))
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The plan is to turn the 50- thousand square feet of space into an incubator for small businesses... a place where profit and non- profit groups alike can come and get their start, in particular minority- owned projects.
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((Claude Gunn says the Hill City Renaissance Center will be open to anyone, regardless of race, but as a black man, he sees a definite need for minority job training and business development opportunities.. a need he hopes the center can satisfy.))
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((GAIL JACKSON/WHITE ROCK HILL N'HOOD COUNCIL: IT GIVES US SOME TIME TO BUILD AND TO CREATE SOMETHING AND A PERIOD OF TIME TO NOT HAVE TO WORRY AS MUCH ABOUT THE RENT UNTIL WE CAN BEGIN TO GENERATE SOME INCOME.))
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Gunn knows the money will come eventually...for now he's working with a surplus of time, space and ideas.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))

Kroger-Warehouse


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-2
GRAPHIC=Kroger


Workers at the Kroger distribution center in Roanoke County could lose their jobs because of union seniority.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


Kroger is expanding its warehouse here and closing one in West Virginia.
West Virginia workers get first crack at the 125 new jobs being created.
SUPER=@File;


If transfers outnumber the new positions though, ROANOKE COUNTY workers could get displaced.
The County says it didn't know this when it was trying to convince Kroger to stay here and expand.
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((ELMER HODGE/ROANOKE CO. ADMINISTRATOR: WE DID NOT HAVE ACCESS TO ANY INFORMATION ABOUT EMPLOYEES. WE NEVER DO WHEN WE ARE WORKING WITH A PROSPECT. IN THIS CASE WE LOOKED FOR A COMPANY THAT WAS A GOOD COMPANY AND KROGER IS.))
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ANCHOR=Keith
SS=Kroger


Both Kroger and the county believe chances of local workers getting bumped remain slim.

Stocks


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=tbr
TAPE#=None
GRAPHIC=NONE

The stock market finished the week on a down note. The Dow lost nearly 16 points. NASDAQ dropped five points.
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Pamplin-Park


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-12
GRAPHIC=None


A wealthy Virginia Tech alumnus is giving Virginia Civil War buffs the ultimate gift.
A 40 million dollar state-of-the-art National Museum of the Civil War Soldier.
And that's NOT all that's going on near Petersburg.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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Shadows of the Civil War past and antebellum South are giving way to visions of the future in Virginia.
Visions of a 40 million dollar National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, slated to open in just two years.
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((RIGHT NOW EVERY DOLLAR ... ALLOW US TO PROCEED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PARK MAYBE A LITTLE FASTER.))
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It's the latest project of Robert Pamplin and his family here in Dinwiddie County.
Their Pamplin Park Civil War Site's been open two years.
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((THIS SITE COMMEMORATES THE ELABORATE DEFENSE LINE OF THE CONFEDERATE ARMY WHICH HELD PETERSBURG FOR 38 WEEKS. IN 15 MINUTES ON APRIL 2ND, 1865, 11- HUNDRED UNION SOLDIERS WERE KILLED BREAKING THROUGH THE CONFEDERATE LINE. THREE THOUSAND CONFEDERATES SURRENDERED, WERE WOUNDED OR DIED. ONE WEEK LATER, LEE SURRENDERED HIS ARMY AT APPOMATTOX.))
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But behind the earth fortifications of this decisive battle site lay what Confederates were defending.
Opening this weekend -- a new exhibit called "A Land Worth Fighting For."
The basic premise is to show life on a middle class plantation...and to show why a slave-based plantation lifestyle was worth fighting for.
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((WILSON GREENE/PAMPLIN PARK CIVIL WAR SITE: RATHER THAN MAKING JUDGMENTS FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF PEOPLE IN 1997, WE'RE TRYING TO PRESENT THE VIEWPOINTS OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED DURING THE 1840'S AND '50S.))
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Those viewpoints often held that slaves were faceless possessions to be counted as a symbol of social status.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Dinwiddie County.))

Slave-Exhibit


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-14
GRAPHIC=Wipe wipe wipe
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SUPER=03-Richmond;


A closer look at slave life -- from the slave perspective -- can be found just up the road in Richmond.
The Virginia Historical Society is playing host to "Back of the Big House," an exhibit so controversial it was kicked out of the Library of Congress by black employees who found it demeaning.
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((JIM KELLY/VA. HISTORICAL SOCIETY: WE OF COURSE, OUR ATTITUDE IS THAT IT'S SLAVERY THAT WAS DEMEANING, NOT THE DEPICTION OF SLAVERY. NOT ANYMORE THAN THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM. IT'S NOT THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM THAT'S DEMEANING, IT'S THE HOLOCAUST ITSELF.))
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"Back of the Big House" runs through April 19th.
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More-Abed


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=khu
TAPE#None
GRAPHIC=Joseph Abbott
(Keith ad lib results of Abbott bond hearing)


Sports Tease


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#sports tease
GRAPHIC=NONE


Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports, the NCAA Division Three final four is underway in Salem, Roanoke Expresses itself tonight in South Carolina,
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and Dale Jarrett wins the pole in qualifying at Darlington, while the man in black has another rough day in time trials.
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S-Qualify


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#r-35
SS=DARLINGTON


Dale Jarrett has already led 748 laps this season, and he's on top of the points race.
Today he picked up his first pole of the year as the top qualifier for Sunday's Transouth 400 in Darlington.
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-Darlington, SC/ESPN2; :00


Jarrett rolled his Thunderbird out, and knocked Mark Martin off out of the top spot with a blistering lap at 171 point 095 miles an hour to win the pole.
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((DALE JARRETT/TRANSOUTH 400 POLE WINNER:))
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As for the locals, Jeff Burton had the best day qualifying sixth, older brother Ward who won the pole last Spring was 44th fastest.
Rick Mast wasn't much better checking in at 41st. Michael Waltrip just missed the top 25 at 26, and Earnhardt continues to struggle. He was 39th.
Now let's look at the top 25.
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Marlin//10. Jeff Gordon//;
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Bradberry//15. Rusty Wallace//;
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Marcis//20. Ted Musgrave//;
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S-Nemechek


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=DARLINGTON


The show went on as scheduled today at Darlington but not without a few
SS=NEMECHEK

tears being shed in the garage area. John Nemechek, the younger brother of Winston Cup star Joe Nemechek died this morning in Miami,
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SUPER=03-Homestead, Fl/Sunday; :00

where he had been in a coma since suffering brain damage in a super truck race this past Sunday.
The director of the neuro-trauma at Jackson Memorial hospital in Miami said the brain injury was inoperable.
John Nemechek was 27.
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S-JMU


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S7-2
GRAPHIC=JMU


Virginia Tech isn't the only division one school in the state losing both its men's and women's head basketball coaches this year.
At JMU, Lefty Driesell has been replaced by Sherman Dillard,
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SUPER=04-NCAA; :00


and tonight Sheila Moorman, the Lady Dukes highly successful coach quit after 15 seasons as JMU's head coach.
Her teams won 302 games in those 15 years.
Moorman will stay on in athletic administration as an events coordinator.
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S-NCAA


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#BB97-4
GRAPHIC=NCAA Logo


At last night's NCAA championship banquet hosted by WDBJ, the players from the final four teams competing for the Division three Pinnacle 18087 championship this weekend were ready to step on the court with coats and ties on.
Fortunately they waited. Alvernia and Illinois Wesleyan opened the tournament a few minutes ago and tonight at eight Nebraska Wesleyan plays Williams.
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SUPER=03-Salem; :


Nebraska Wesleyan won four straight games go get through the tournament to the final four.
And the Plainsmen will continue to run the transition game that got them into this weekends championship.
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S-Express


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=ICE-97
GRAPHIC=Express/South Carolina


The Express is in South Carolina tonight for an East Division battle with the Stingrays. Roanoke is 2 and 4 against the Rays this season, and, in their last meeting The Express was shutout 3-nothing.
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ANCHOR=Mike
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The Express will get back into Roanoke early tomorrow morning and then get ready to play two homes in less than 20 hours. They play Richmond Saturday night at 7:30,
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Then on Sunday, South Carolina returns to the Roundhouse. Don't forget Sunday's game starts at three in the afternoon. Forecasts
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Promo


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=
TAPE#None


A reminder--to catch the late news a little earlier tonight,
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Take Prime Time Board Fullscreen there's the region's first TEN O'clock newscast, News-7 Prime Time on W-E-F-C.
It's on Channel 38 "over the air," and on a lot of cable systems--we're on Cable Channel three in Buena Vista and Lexington, for example.
Talent=Keith


News 7 at 11 is pre-empted tonight because of basketball tournament (ad lib byes) coverage.