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SUPER=@ROBIN1;
SUPER=70-Mike Stevens;
ANCHOR=Connie
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(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...A STATEMENT FROM THE 39 PEOPLE WHO KILLED THEMSELVES NEAR SAN DIEGO SUGGESTS THEIR SUICIDE IS TIED TO THE HALE-BOPP COMET.
ARE VIRGINIA POLITICIANS ADDICTED TO TOBACCO MONEY?
IT'S FUNDING THE CAMPAIGN FOR GOVERNOR. ))
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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 Thursday, March 27th, our Top Story
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VO-NAT


Some tense moments tonight for Roanoke police as they surround a house in Old Southwest... but negotiations pay off.
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P-Standoff


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#597-08
GRAPHIC=n7pt


Good Evening, you're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, I'm Connie Stevens.
Police were prepared for the worst, but the stand- off ended quietly tonight with one man in custody.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Roanoke police surrounded the home in the 500 block of Elm Avenue after receiving a report that shots had been fired.
Members of the police tactical unit were called in, while a negotiator spoke with the man by phone.
Ultimately, officers persuaded the man to surrender. He walked out the back door and was taken into custody without incident.
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ANCHOR=Connie
SS=NONE


It's unclear whether any shots were actually fired. Police haven't released the man's identity, or the extent of charges he could face.

P-Mass-Suicide


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=cst
TAPE#net-b
GRAPHIC=NONE


The 39 people who killed themselves in Southern California left farewell messages indicating they wanted to leave their bodies on earth so their spirits could get to heaven, perhaps in a UFO traveling with the Hale-Bopp comet.
Police today released video showing the bodies shortly after they were discovered in a million dollar estate in San Diego County-- a warning, some may find the video very unsettling.
Lee Cowan reports.
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SOT 20:00:58
IN Q=This was the scene
SUPER=03-Rancho Santa Fe, CA; :
SUPER=01-Bill Kolender/San Diego Co. Sheriff; :19
SUPER=01-Dr. Brian Blackbourne/Medical Examiner; :39
SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:41
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OUT Q=LC, CBS News, R. Santa Fe.

(( This was the scene that greeted San Diego county sheriff's deputies as they entered the home wednesday.
39 people, lying in cots and beds... all wearing the same black clothing... the same black sneakers... the same purple shroud over their faces.

It was neat and tidy, and disturbing. BILL KOLENDER, SAN DIEGO CO. SHERIFF: THIS APPEARS TO BE A PLANNED SUICIDE... SPECIFIC PLACE AND TIME.
The recipe for death, according to the Medical Examiner, was a mixture of phenobarbital and alcohol, placed in containers of pudding and applesauce. DR. BRIAN BLACKBOURNE, SAN DIEGO CO. MEDICAL EXAMINER: DID IT GROUPS OF THREE, THE FIRST GROUP WENT AHEAD, THE SECOND GROUP ASSISTED THEM AND COVERED THEM WITH THIS RED CLOTH WHEN THEY DID. AND THE SECOND TEAM HELPED THE THIRD TEAM.
And there were farewell tapes, messages from the group's leader... "DOE"/LEADER: YOU CAN FOLLOW US, BUT YOU CANNOT STAY HERE AND FOLLOW US. ... and followers, looking forward to leaving their bodies for some higher level of existence. I DON'T HAVE ANY CHOICE BUT TO GO FOR IT, BECAUSE I'VE BEEN ON THIS PLANET AND THERE'S NOTHING HERE FOR ME.
Their bodies were removed today for further testing and for positive identification by their families.
The police say they called themselves "Heaven's Gate".
Many were computer whizzes who created internet web sites, like this one.
On their own web site, there is talk of the hale-bopp comet marking their way to heaven, perhaps via a ufo traveling alongside it. standup tag
In addition to the videotaped messages, cult members made it very easy for investigators to figure out who they were.
ID was found in the pockets of every single one of them. Apparently they wanted to make it very clear who they were and why they did what they did.
Lee Cowan, CBS News, Rancho Sante Fe.))

p-philip-morris


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=amo
TAPE#597-12
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SOT 54:57
IN Q=i think

((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: I THINK THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FACES A SERIOUS CONFLICT OF INTEREST RIGHT NOW. ON THE ONE HAND HE'S ACCEPTING SERIOUS CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THIS INDUSTRY. ON THE OTHER HAND, HE HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO ENFORCE OUR LAWS AND PROTECT OUR CHILDREN.))
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**CONNIE AUDIO ON CART**
SUPER=@File;


Did the Republican gubernatorial candidate crossing the line when he recently picked up a 20-thousand dollar check from Philip Morris?
Soon after, the Attorney General told reporters he had NO plans to withdraw Virginia's friend of the court brief on behalf of the tobacco companies AGAINST the FDA regulations on teen smoking.
SUPER=03-Richmond/Today;


Opponent Democrat Don Beyer picked up 12-thousand dollars himself from Philip Morris last year.
His prospective running mate L-F Payne picked up 10-thousand dollars last year too.
Governor George Allen admits Gilmore's donation didn't come at the best time.
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SOT 23:31 97-12
IN Q=

((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT....DISCLOSED. WHICH MEANS EVERYONE CAN HAVE ALL THEIR POT SHOTS AND COMMENTS ABOUT IT.))
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ANCHOR=Connie
SS=gilmore


Attorney General Jim Gilmore did not make himself available for comment on this story today.

P-Sex-Offenders


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-14
GRAPHIC=Don Beyer


Meantime, Don Beyer spent part of his day talking about tougher mandates for sex offenders.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


He's won "two strikes and you're out" laws and a sex offender registry in Virginia in recent years.
At a Richmond schoolyard, Beyer proposed that convicted molesters and rapists be introduced to the community they're moving into at a public meeting.
He's NOT worried it will get ugly.
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SOT 09:56:36
IN Q=But they

((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: BUT THEY ))
SUPER=@Beyer1;
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OUT Q=children again.
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VO-NAT


The American Civil Liberties Union calls it a novel idea that fits into a new trend of "public shaming."
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SOT 11:53:14
IN Q=Everyone

((KENT WILLIS/VA ACLU: EVERYONE CARES ABOUT FAMILIES...IN THE FIRST PLACE.))
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OUT Q=first place.
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VO-NAT


Beyer says the average child molester has victimized 117 times.
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p-Forest-Folo


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-17
GRAPHIC=None


One man's few minutes of fame apparently lead to his arrest.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00


Authorities say 19- year- old Chad Michael Pedro robbed the Quik-E food store in Forest early Wednesday morning.
After seeing a videotape of the holdup on t-v last night, an acquaintance of Pedro's called police to say she recognized the teenager's voice and clothing.
Detectives arrested the teen this afternoon at his girlfriend's home near Lynchburg.
He reportedly has confessed to the crime.
Pedro has been charged with robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
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tease#1

music under
ANCHOR=Connie
SUPER=x5040; Primetime Tease Load
SUPER=x5045; Start Motion
SUPER=x5041; Primetime Tease Stop


Chelsea Clinton has shyed away from the media throughout her years in the White House--
But during her trip to Africa, the 17-year old speaks up about problems facing American teenagers.
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VO-NAT


And a little later tonight on NEWS-7 Primetime, Central Virginia high school students help create America's Treeways..stick around.
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WEFC!!! go to break

p-simpson


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=amo
TAPE#net-e
GRAPHIC=simpson


The judge in the O-J Simpson civil trial is ordering Simpson to give up one of his prized possessions...his Heisman Trophy.
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VO-NAT

18:24:24 (5-6:30 tape) still photo
Simpson must turn over the trophy to the family of Ronald Goldman.
The judge also says he'll order surrender of expensive crystal and artworks.
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ANCHOR=Connie
SS=HOLD


Nicole Brown Simpson's family won a similar order earlier this week.
It's all part of attempts to collect on the civil judgments against Simpson in the wrongful death case.

p-Autumn-Lane


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#597-07
GRAPHIC=legal scales


A Roanoke developer didn't follow his stop work order, now he's headed to court.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/March 8;


The city filed CRIMINAL charges against Phillip Bane for failing to bring his 11- home project up to code.
Among Bane's alleged violations-- covered storm drains, street debris and improper drainage fields.
This will be the second time Bane's been to court for not following city code.
The first time, he was fined one- thousand dollars, 900 of it was suspended.
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P-State-Schools


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-10
GRAPHIC=Education


Students in Virginia public schools got improved marks this year from the State Board of Education.
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IN Q=There's some

((RICHARD LAPOINTE/VA. SUPERINTENDENT FOR PUB. INSTRUCTION: THERE'S SOME NICE MOVEMENT. I BELIEVE THE MORE RIGOROUS STANDARDS THE BOARD IS MOVING TOWARD WILL TAKE US TO AN EVEN HIGHER PLATEAU.))
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VO-NAT


The Board heard that more students are taking algebra before the 9th grade, and more are receiving advanced studies diplomas.
Last year, Virginia students showed NO improvement on nearly two- thirds of the indicators.
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P-Chelsea


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=cst
TAPE#net-d
GRAPHIC=chelsea


First Lady Hillary Clinton and daughter Chelsea continue their two-week tour, deep in Africa--
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Tanzania, Uganda; :


It was Chelsea who spoke up today, at the urging of her mother--
A group of school girls asked about the problems of American youth-- and the 17-year-old had some ideas of her own.
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IN Q=We make

((CHELSEA CLINTON: WHETHER WE START OUT UP HERE OR DOWN THERE WE ARE THE ONES WHO ARE GOING TO MAKE UP OURSELVES WHAT WE MAKE, AND MAKE OUR OUR LIVES AND MAKE OF OUR FUTURES WHAT WE MAKE. AND I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY STILL HAVE TO WORK ON. ))
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VO-NAT


The First Lady says she hopes their visit will quote-- "plant a seed" for improving the lives of women in Africa.
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P-Highway-Trees


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-15
GRAPHIC=NONE


Area highways are getting a little greener, thanks to some high school volunteers and a program called "America's Treeways".
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Campbell Co.


Hundreds of redbud and willow oak trees were planted today along several major roadways in Appomattox, Campbell and Pittsylvania Counties.
It's all part of a joint effort between the Virginia Department of Transportation and the National Tree Trust aimed at beautifying the state's highways.
Since 1991, the Tree Trust has helped plant nearly five million trees in 48 states.
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Forecasts
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P-Mammograms


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=cst
TAPE#597-13
GRAPHIC=BREAST CANCER PREVENTION


If you've been confused with all the press surrounding mammography, you're probably not alone.
But today experts in Washington have put the controversy to rest, at least for the time being, by announcing the recommendation that women should get mammograms starting at age 40.
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SUPER=01-Barbara Rimer/National Cancer Inst. Advisory Board; :20
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :28
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((
The National Cancer Institute has been the last holdout in the controversy over the value of mammograms for women in their forties.
And experts at the NCI now say that regular mammograms for women aged 40 to 49 can reduce the death rate from breast cancer by 17 percent.
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SOT 16:46:01
IN Q=For women at

((DR. BARBARA RIMER/NATIONAL CANCER ADVISORY BOARD:FOR WOMEN AT AVERAGE RISK-- FOR WOMEN 40-49 YEARS OF AGE IT IS PRUDENT TO HAVE MAMMOGRAMS EVERY ONE TO TWO YEARS. ))
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President Clinton, whose own mother died of breast cancer, endorsed the recommendations.
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((BREAST CANCER IS THE MOST COMMONLY DIAGNOSED CANCER AMONG WOMEN, IT EFFECTS ONE IN EIGHT WOMEN GET BREAST CANCER, AND HAS TOUCHED NEARLY EVERY AMERICAN FAMILY INCLUDING MY OWN.))
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Now the NCI, The American Cancer Society and breast cancer advocacy groups all agree that women in their forties can benefit from mammograms.
Women in high risk groups should seek medical advice to determine if they should begin even earlier and have mammograms more frequently.
But the biggest issue for many women may not be when to start but how to pay.
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SOT 16:46:49
IN Q=And we certainly

((AND WE CERTAINLY HOPE THAT OUR STATEMENT ENCOURAGING AND REALLY STRESSING THE IMPORTANT OF PAYMENT, THAT THAT MESSAGE GETS OUT TO ALL THIRD-PARTY PAYERS.))
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))
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Connie vo-NAT
And of course, mammography isn't foolproof.
All women must also have yearly breast exams by a health professional.
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cool-video


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=amo
TAPE#597-17
SUPER=x5042; Video of the Day Load
SUPER=x5045; Start Motion
GRAPHIC=News-7 primetime


Tonight's video pick comes from high in the sky-- it was the biggest billboard they could find.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=75-Roanoke; :


The Virginia Lottery wants everyone to know about the Big Game, so they hired sky-writer Jim Butler to get the attention of Roanokers, by smoking out the jackpot.
He calls his craft a lost art--
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SOT 10:31:15
IN Q=This is

((JIM BUTLER/SKY WRITER: THIS IS LIKE AIR SHOW SMOKE, WE CALL IT. IT'S A VERY VERY FINE, ALMOST LIKE BABY OIL TYPE OF SUBSTANCE AND IT'S ACTUALLY JUST PUMPED INTO THE EXHAUST SYSTEM OF THE PLANE AND IT BURNS AND CREATES THE ACTUAL SMOKE. ))
SUPER=75-Jim Butler/Sky Writer; :10
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OUT Q=the actual smoke
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VO-NAT


Even though the message didn't last long-- lottery officials hope it sunk in.
Tomorrow's 56-million dollar jackpot is the largest ever in the Commonwealth.
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SUPER=x5043; Video of the Day Stop



SP-Score


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S7-4
GRAPHIC=PRIMETIME


Tonight on Primetime sports, Lefty is formally introduced as the new boss man in Georgia.
Michigan wins the NIT title tonight. Botetourt has a new girl's head basketball coach, and the W&L lacrosse team is off to its best start in over 20 years.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=04-MLB; :00


But first, the Atlanta Braves continue to clean house in the outfield today.
After shipping Marquis Grissom and Dave Justice to Cleveland on Tuesday,
the Braves get rid of Jermaine Dye this afternoon.
The only former Danville Brave to make it to the big leagues was traded along with minor league pitcher Jamie Walker to the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Michael Tucker and infielder Keith Lockhart.
Now your scores.
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Grizzlies - LATE/;
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Championship//Arkansas/64/j/Connecticut/74//N.I.T. Consolation/
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TAKE A BREAK

SP-NIT


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


The NIT crowned its 1997 champion tonight and unfortunately for you ACC hoop fans out there, it was not Florida State.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-New York/ESPN; :00


The big reason the Noles were denied was Robert Traylor the big 250 pound Michigan center.
Traylor had a career high 26 points and 13 rebounds scoring on an array of power moves in the paint.
But FSU came back from an 18 point halftime deficit thanks to the shooting of James Collins, who scored a team high 20.
SUPER=33-Michigan/82/Florida St./73;


But Maurice Taylor threw down this alleyoop to put the game away as Michigan wins the first ever meeting between these two teams 82-to-73 to capture the NIT title.
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SP-Lefty


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#s6-27
GRAPHIC=NCAA HOOPS


Elsewhere in the College basketball today, while the NCAA final four teams were continuing their travels to Indianapolis, former JMU head coach Lefty Driesell was formally accepting his new job as the head coach of Georgia State.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Atlanta; :00


The 10th winningest coach in NCAA history inherits the worst team in all of Division one basketball.
Georgia State has had just 3 winning season in the program's 34 years of existence.
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IN Q="This program...

((LEFTY DRIESELL/NEW GA. STATE HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Lefty Driesell/New Ga. State Head Coach; :00
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OUT Q=...GOTTA PERFORM."
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Sp-Coach


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#ST5-26
SS=GIRL'S HOOPS


Speaking of coaches, Lefty isn't the only one with a new job tonight.
The top high school girls' program in the state the past two years completed its changing of the guard today in Daleville.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Bristol/November 23, 1996; :00


Last November, the Lord Botetourt girls' basketball team captured its second straight state championship.
It also was the final game for head coach David Wheat, who later resigned his post.
SUPER=03-Daleville/This Afternoon;


This afternoon, Chuck Pound was given the keys to run the girls team as its new head coach.
Pound is also the Cavaliers head baseball coach and a longtime basketball assistant at the school.
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SOT
IN Q="I'M NOT FEELING...

((CHUCK POUND/NEW BOTETOURT GIRLS COACH:))
SUPER=01-Chuck Pound/New Botetourt Girls Coach; :00
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=...THAT TRADITION."
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SP-Lacrosse


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#ST5-27
GRAPHIC=W & L LACROSSE LOGO


If you like great college rivalries and fast paced, hard hitting action you might want to be in Lexington this weekend the unbeaten Generals of Washington and Lee host Roanoke College in lacrosse.
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-Lexington; :


W & L is off to its best start since 1974. The Generals are 6 and 0 and ranked third in the latest division three national poll.
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IN Q="I just think...

((JIM STAGNITTO/W & L HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Jim Stagnitto/W & L Head Coach; :00
RUNS=:18
OUT Q=......all around."
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VO-NAT (cont.)


The last three meetings between the two division three powers have been decided in sudden death overtime, with Roanoke winning the last two games.
This year Roanoke is 3 and 2 on the season and currently ranked sixth nationally.
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IN Q="It's the same...

(( ))
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=.....IN THE COUNTRY."
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SP-Bristol


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#r-35
GRAPHIC=BRISTOL


The winston cup stars are off this week for their traditional Easter break, but in just a couple of weeks they will be back in area in Bristol on April 13th.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Bristol, TN; :00


This afternoon, Ernie Irvan stopped by the track to check out some of the expansion works.
The track will have 118 thousand seats for the spring race, plus new luxury suites and a bigger track.
The back stretch wall has been moved back four week making way for a wider racing groove.
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bye
ANCHOR=Connie

right here on WEFC...have a good night. That's all for us-- Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, see you tomorrow,