06:00-01

S-Tobacco-React

ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=jmo
TAPE#97-2
GRAPHIC=Tobacco


Some claim this will bring the tobacco industry to its knees.
The nation's fifth largest tobacco company has admitted that cigarettes cause cancer, are addictive, and that the tobacco industry targets teens.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington DC;


Yesterday afternoon the attorneys general of 22 states announced a settlement of their lawsuits against the Liggett Group.
SUPER=@File;


Those suits seek to recover millions of dollars spent on health care for sick smokers.
Local anti- smoking activists consider the settlement a historic day for public health.
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SOT 14:32:57
IN Q=We really

((TED GLICKMAN/AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION OF VA.: WE REALLY WEREN'T SURPRISED THAT THEY DECIDED TO SETTLE, BUT THE SCOPE OF IT. LIKE YOU MENTIONED. JUST THE OTHER DOCUMENTS. WE'RE FINALLY GOING TO BE ABLE TO FIND OUT WHAT THE TOBACCO COMPANIES KNEW ABOUT THEIR PRODUCTS AND WHEN THEY KNEW IT.))
SUPER=01-Ted Glickman/American Lung Assoc. of Virginia;
RUNS=:13
OUT Q=knew it.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.;


Some Southside farmers consider this yet another hurdle to overcome in protecting their livelihood.
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SOT
IN Q=It doesn't

((CLARENCE BRYANT/CONCERNED FRIENDS FOR TOBACCO CHAIRMAN:IT DOESN'T AFFECT YOU AS MUCH AS IT DOES IN THE BEGINNING BECAUSE SO MANY THINGS ARE THROWN AT YOU AND YOU AND YOU LEARN TO DEVELOP MORE OF A FIGHTING SPIRIT, AND OF COURSE, THAT'S WHY I'M THE CHAIRMAN OF CONCERNED FRIENDS FOR TOBACCO, BECAUSE WE'RE ACTUALLY FIGHTING FOR OUR LIVELIHOOD. ))
SUPER=01-Clarence Bryant/Concerned Friends for Tobacco; :00
RUNS=:19
OUT Q=our livelihood.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=Jim Gilmore


Even though Liggett admits it marketed a deadly and addictive product TO CHILDREN, Virginia Attorney General -- and candidate for governor -- Jim Gilmore says he still has NO plans to sue any tobacco companies.
A Gilmore spokesman says such a lawsuit would devastate Virginia's economy.

SS=Don Beyer


Democrat Don Beyer, Gilmore's opponent for governor, says his goal is keeping cigarettes away from kids.
Beyer says to any degree the Liggett settlement is helpful in those efforts, and he applauds yesterday's developments.

P-Cole


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tbr
TAPE#597-11
GRAPHIC=none


A guilty plea from the man accused of killing his girlfriend's two- year- old son.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Hillsville/File Tape;


Steven Wayne Cole was being tried for first degree murder in the death of two- year- old Joshua Blevins.
Cole told police he was high on drugs when he shoved the child into a wall.
During testimony, Cole agreed to plead guilty to SECOND degree murder.
Charles Blevins, Joshua's father, hopes the end of the trial will bring some closure.
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SOT
IN Q=he was

((CHARLES BLEVINS/JOSHUA'S FATHER: HE WAS A BEAUTIFUL LITTLE BOY AND I MISS HIM SO MUCH. AND THE PART THAT'S JUST SO HARD IS I'D GIVE ANYTHING IF I COULD'VE SPENT MORE TIME WITH HIM. ))
SUPER=01-Charles Blevins/Joshua's Father;
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=time with him.
ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=hold


Cole faces five to 40 years in prison-- he'll remain behind bars until his May sentencing.
Meanwhile his sister Christy Cole is in custody.
She was charged with attempting to intimidate a witness yesterday.


Summit


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=mornin
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=clinton


President Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin are holding their eleventh Summit this morning in Helsinki, Finland.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Helsinki, Finland;


Mr. Clinton is hoping to gain an assurance from Yeltsin that Russia's parliament will ratify the start-two missile reduction treaty.
Yeltsin, meanwhile, wants to hear some concessions concerning the eastward expansion of NATO.
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p-Salem-VA


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#597-05
GRAPHIC=VETERANS AFFAIRS


Area veterans came to Salem's V-A Medical Center yesterday to show their support for the center's director, Doctor John Presley, who remains on leave.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Salem;


Members of the Roanoke Valley Veterans Council and other Presley supporters demonstrated at the front entrance of the center yesterday.
SUPER=@file;


They say Presley has improved patient care and working conditions at the facility, and they believe charges made against him are unfounded.
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SOT
IN Q=Any time

((WAYNARD CALDWELL/ROANOKE VALLEY VETERANS COUNCIL: ANY TIME THAT SOMEBODY IS A SUPERVISOR, THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE SOME ENEMIES, THAT IS REGARDLESS OF WHO YOU ARE. YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE ENEMIES, BUT I THINK HE'S GOT MORE PEOPLE SUPPORTING HIM THAN HE DOES ENEMIES.))
SUPER=01-Waynard Caldwell/Roanoke Valley Veterans Council;
RUNS=:13
OUT Q=than he does enemies.
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VO-NAT


Both Presley and Associate Director William Delamater (DELL-uh-MAY-tuhr) have been placed on leave.
A V- A panel is reportedly investigating allegations NOT related to patient care.
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S-Rail-Merger


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-5
GRAPHIC=Rail Merger


Norfolk Southern and C-S-X executives have answered questions from lawmakers about their deal to split up Conrail.
The railroad executives were on Capitol Hill yesterday, addressing the concerns of Pennsylvania representatives, who are worried about job losses in their state.
Len Besthoff was there and files this report.
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IN Q=The latest
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :00 quick
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :05
SUPER=01-David Goode/Norfolk Southern CEO; :26
SUPER=@Len1;:36
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OUT Q=Len Besthoff News 7



VA-Tech


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=va tech


Two Virginia Tech football players have withdrawn a 32-million dollar lawsuit against a student who accused them of rape.
But an attorney for the players said one of them plans to refile the case later.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/February;


Brian Edmonds and James Crawford had accused the woman of extortion and defamation.
They face rape and attempted sodomy charges in an incident that followed a December party in their off-campus apartment.
The 19- year- old woman said Edmonds and Crawford took turns holding her down and raping her.
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P-KEMP


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=JMO
TAPE#597-15
GRAPHIC=KEMP


Former Vice Presidential Candidate Jack Kemp was in Lynchburg last night.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg;


He spoke to college students taking part in the National Debate Tournament at Liberty University.
The Republican says democracy can not survive without men and women coming together to discuss, dissect, and debate the great issues of the day.
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SOT 8:42:34
IN Q=the real competition
SUPER=01-Jack Kemp/Former Vice Presidential Candidate;
RUNS=:17
OUT Q=for the world
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VO-NAT


Speaking of debates, when asked whether he'd like to be in the presidential debate in the year 2-thousand, he said for now the American people need a rest, but he plans to make a decision next year.
More than 400- debaters, coaches, and judges from the nation's leading colleges and universities participated in the four day tournament.
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Liggett


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=mornin'
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=tobacco


The maker of Chesterfield cigarettes has other major tobacco companies "fuming."
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington DC;


The Liggett Group has agreed to settle 22 state lawsuits by admitting cigarettes can cause cancer, are addictive, and that the tobacco industry targets teen smokers.
Liggett's competitors, meanwhile, have won a temporary restraining order keeping secret some Liggett documents detailing industry- wide discussions of tobacco dangers and marketing.
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P-Tobacco-Reax


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=jmo
TAPE# 597-06
SS=tobacco


Even though Liggett admits it marketed a deadly and addictive product TO CHILDREN,
SS=gilmore

Virginia Attorney General -- and candidate for governor -- Jim Gilmore says he still has NO plans to sue any tobacco companies.
GRAPHIC=tobacco


Meantime, anti-smoking activists say they're not surprised the Liggett Group is settling.
But they're interested to see what's in the agreement.
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SOT 14:32:29
IN Q=We think

((TED GLICKMAN/AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION OF VA.: WE THINK IT'S A VERY HISTORIC DAY FOR PUBLIC HEALTH. THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION OF COURSE APPLAUDS THE LIGGETT GROUP'S DECISION TO ADMIT SOMETHING THAT THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS HAVE KNOWN FOR YEARS, THAT CIGARETTES ARE ADDICTIVE AND THEY'RE DEADLY.))
SUPER=01-Ted Glickman/American Lung Assoc. of Virginia;
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=they're deadly.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.;


The Chairman of "Concerned Friends for Tobacco" says Southside farmers are worried about the economic impact this announcement could have on their livelihood.
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SOT
IN Q=You have

((CLARENCE BRYANT/CONCERNED FRIENDS FOR TOBACCO CHAIRMAN:YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT A FARMER, LIKE MYSELF, MOSTLY, EVERYTHING WE HAVE IN ASSETS IS TIED, YOU KNOW, TO OUR FARMS, SO YOU KNOW, OUR LIVELIHOOD IS REALLY AT STAKE. ))
SUPER=01-Clarence Bryant/Concerned Friends for Tobacco; :00
RUNS=:13
OUT Q=at stake.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=none


22- percent of Virginia's adult population are smokers, as are one in four teenagers.

Israel-Explosion


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=none


A six- month- old baby is among the injured in an explosion at a coffee shop in Tel Aviv, Israel.
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VO-NAT


Paramedics say at least 20 people have been wounded.
One officer at the scene says there are some deaths.
The explosion was so loud it was heard throughout the crowded city.
Police in Tel Aviv are now blaming the explosion on a terrorist's bomb.
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HELSINKI


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=MORNIN
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=clinton


President Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin have begun what's expected to be a long day of talks at their Summit in Finland.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Helsinki, Finland;


Topping the agenda is the trickiest East-West dispute since the Cold War -- the planned expansion of NATO.
Yeltsin strongly opposes it.
Arms control and economic reform are also on the agenda.
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P-Glasgow-Police


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-8
GRAPHIC=State Police Investigation


Two local law enforcement officers have been cleared of using excessive force.
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VO-NAT


Bedford County Sheriff's Lieutenant John McCain was cleared of any wrong- doing involving the arrest of David Fielder last Summer.
Glasgow Town Sergeant Leonard Stewart will also not face charges.
And neither will the man he arrested in January.
Because Sergeant Stewart was actually out of jurisdiction- -in Rockbridge COUNTY when he tried to arrest Gary Gibson,
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=None

prosecutor Joel Branscom says it could technically be considered assault.
But there were also racial overtones to this incident- -as Gibson indicated he was not about to be apprehended by a black officer.

5-Nurse-Practitioners


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Mornin
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#597-09
GRAPHIC=nurse practitioners


This morning on Health Check-- many patients have learned first-hand, the effects of managed care on primary care physicians.
They're busy-- often you can tell that, just by time spent in the waiting room.
But now many doctors are turning to nurse practioners to help lighten their load.
Kimberly McBroom reports.
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IN Q=Still having headaches?
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :05
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Guilfoyle/Nurse Practitioner; :15
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Schleck/Nurse Practitioner; :47
SUPER=@Kimberly2; :56
SUPER=01-Dr. Bill Ward/Family Practitioner; 1:01
SUPER=01-Dr. Lee Helms/Roanoke Valley Academy of Medicine; 1;18
SUPER=01-Debra Smith/Patient; 1:38 quick
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OUT Q=McBroom, for Health Check

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((STILL HAVING HEADACHES? MIGRAINES. HOW LONG ARE THEY LASTING? ))
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Debra Smith is being re- examined for her ongoing battle with migraine headaches.
But instead of waiting for an appointment with a physician, she's getting treatment from a nurse practitioner.
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SOT 10:00:39

((ELIZABETH GUILFOYLE/NURSE PRACTITIONER: I THINK PATIENTS ALWAYS HAVE THE RIGHT TO SEE A PHYSICIAN IF THEY WANT TO SEE A PHYSICIAN. AND I KNOW WHEN THEY CALL IN INITIALLY, THEY'RE GIVEN THAT OPTION. WE'RE JUST HERE TO SEE THEM IF THEY FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE A SIMPLE COMPLAINT AND THEY NEED TO BE SEEN RIGHT AWAY. ))
RUNS=:14


Carilion's Brambleton Family Physicians clinic began hiring nurse practitioners several months ago.
The new assistants have Master's degrees, and routinely handle cases like sinusitis, sore throat, and other minor ailments.
They leave the more severe cases to physicians.
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SOT 10:07:48

((ELIZABETH SCHLECK/NURSE PRACTITIONER: A NURSE PRACTITIONER IS TRAINED TO BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE THOSE THINGS THAT AREN'T STRAIGHTFORWARD, AND TO REFER THEM, OR TO CONSULT AS NEEDED. ))
RUNS=:08


The extra help has meant less waiting time for patients-- and fewer caseloads for doctors.
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SOT 10:11:55

((DR. BILL WARD/FAMILY PRACTITIONER: HAVING NURSE PRACTITIONERS IN THE OFFICE HAS ALLOWED THEM TO DO A LOT OF THE THINGS THAT WE WOULD NORMALLY HAVE TO DO, TIMEWISE. SO, IT'S FREED US UP TO SPEND TIME WITH THE MORE COMPLICATED PATIENTS THAT SPECIFICALLY NEED THE TIME OF THE PHYSICIAN. ))
RUNS=:16
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SOT Helms tape 18:37:23

((DR. LEE HELMS/ROANOKE VALLEY ACADEMY OF MEDICINE: WHEN YOU CAN PERFECTLY BALANCE THAT LEVEL OF CARE AND EXPERTISE THAT'S NEEDED, THEN YOU'RE GOING TO DELIVER THE MOST EFFICIENT MEDICINE AND CERTAINLY, NURSE PRACTITIONERS FIT IN THAT WHOLE SPECTRUM. ))
RUNS=:13


Patients say the only real difference between physicians and nurse
practitioners is in their bedside manner. (/////SOT/////)
SOT 10:46:18

((DEBRA SMITH/PATIENT: THEY SPEND A LITTLE MORE TIME WITH YOU THAN THE DOCTOR DOES-- I THINK BECAUSE THEY WANT TO GET TO KNOW YOU. ))
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Kimberly McBroom, for Health Check.))
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P-Rail-merger


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=amo
TAPE#597-04
GRAPHIC=Washington DC


On Capital Hill yesterday, Lawmakers questioned the chief executives of Norfolk Southern and C-S-X about their deal to take over and split up Conrail.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


Pennsylvania representatives are worried if the two Virginia based railroads divide Conrail, it could mean jobcuts in the Keystone state.
SUPER=03-Washington DC;


N-S Chief Executive David Goode testified before a Senate subcommittee-- addressing concerns about shutting down a repair shop in Altoona, Pennsylvania-- similar to the one Norfolk Southern has in Roanoke.
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SOT 42:35
IN Q=we're in a position
SUPER=01-David Goode/Norfolk Southern CEO;
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=we're gonna need them
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VO-NAT


Goode would NOT speculate on any job cuts the deal might create-- saying only the transaction is based on growth.
N-S and C-S-X agree breaking up Conrail will open up the Northeast for competitive rail service.
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2-P-Cole


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tbr
TAPE#597-11
GRAPHIC=legal scales


The man accused of killing his girlfriend's young son pleaded guilty to second degree murder last night.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Hillsville/File Tape;


Steven Wayne Cole was being tried for FIRST degree murder in the death of two- year- old Joshua Blevins.
Cole told police he was high on drugs when he shoved the child into a wall.
During testimony, Cole agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge.
Charles Blevins, Joshua's father, hopes the end of the trial will bring some closure.
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SOT
IN Q=he was

((CHARLES BLEVINS/JOSHUA'S FATHER: HE WAS A BEAUTIFUL LITTLE BOY AND I MISS HIM SO MUCH. AND THE PART THAT'S JUST SO HARD IS I'D GIVE ANYTHING IF I COULD'VE SPENT MORE TIME WITH HIM. ))
SUPER=01-Charles Blevins/Joshua's Father;
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=time with him.
ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=hold


Cole faces five to 40 years in prison-- he'll remain behind bars until his May sentencing.
Meanwhile his sister Christy Cole is in custody.
She was charged with attempting to intimidate a witness yesterday.


2-VA-Tech


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=va tech


A 32-million dollar lawsuit filed by two Virginia Tech football players against a student who accused them of rape has been withdrawn.
But an attorney for the players said one of them plans to refile the case later.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/February;


Brian Edmonds and James Crawford had accused the woman of extortion and defamation.
They face rape and attempted sodomy charges in an incident that followed a December party in their off-campus apartment.
The 19- year- old woman said Edmonds and Crawford took turns holding her down and raping her.
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P-Tire-Amnesty


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#597-07
GRAPHIC=none


This April Roanoke Valley residents will have an excuse to round up old tires and tell them to hit the road.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Roanoke City, Roanoke County and the town of Vinton are sponsoring tire Amnesty days on April 11th and 12th.
Residents will be able to bring old tires to five drop- off sites in the valley and dispose of them without charge.
Roanoke city is also scheduling curbside collection of brush, and large bulky items during the month of April.
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SOT
IN Q=I think it will really enhance

((CHARLES ANDERSON: I THINK IT WILL REALLY ENHANCE THE NEIGHBORHOOD BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT SO MUCH LITTER AND TRASH HAS BEEN AROUND AND SINCE WE HAVE BEEN IN THIS PROGRAM IT HAS ALREADY ENHANCED THE NEIGHBORHOOD THUS FAR. SO HOPEFULLY THIS WILL CONTINUE TO HAPPEN AND BEAUTIFY OUR NEIGHBORHOODS.))
SUPER=01-Charles Anderson/Melrose Rugby Neighborhood Forum;
RUNS=:18
OUT Q=beautify our neighborhoods.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


Clean Valley Day is April 5th.
Last year, more than one thousand people pitched in to pick up trash.

4-Scores


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#=none
GRAPHIC=final four


In sports,
Utah struggled with Stanford before advancing to Saturday's N-C-A-A West Regional Final.
For last night's scores, let's check the boards.
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WIPE TO SCORES
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SUPER=X5027;
SUPER=0098-j/Minnesota/90//Clemson/84//Overtime/j/Utah/82//Stanford/77//Overtime/;
SUPER=x5009;
SUPER=0098-j/UCLA/74//Iowa State/73//Overtime/j/Kentucky/83//St.

Joseph's/68///;
SUPER=X5009;
SUPER=0098-j/Michigan/67//Notre Dame/66//NIT Third Round/;
SUPER=X5028
SUPER=0096-/Golden State/95/j/Orlando/100///j/L.A. Lakers/89//Cleveland/76///;
SUPER=X5009;
SUPER=0096-j/Portland/97//Milwaukee/78////Washington/90/j/Houston/96///;
SUPER=X5009;
SUPER=0096-j/Phoenix/113//San Antonio/106///j/Seattle/123//Denver/97///;
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