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(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
THE GOVERNOR SEEMED TO BE THE WINNER AND THE COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES REMAINS THE LOSER IN THE FINAL ONE-DAY SESSION OF THE 1997 GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
A VIRTUAL MARRIAGE OF SORTS COULD BE IN THE WORKS...AS THE TWO LARGEST ONLINE SERVICES DISCUSS A MERGER.
IT'S WEDNESDAY, APRIL SECOND, OUR TOP STORY
FRIENDS, FAMILY AND NEIGHBORS TRY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT LEAD TO A DOUBLE MURDER LAST NIGHT-- THAT LEFT A ROANOKE MOTHER AND HER DAUGHTER DEAD. SEAN TURNER/VICTIM'S RELATIVE: EVERYBODY LOVED THEM. THEY WERE EASYGOING PEOPLE. IF THEY NEEDED TO THEY'D GIVE THE SHIRT OFF THEIR BACK TO HELP YOU OUT. ))
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P-Ortiz


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=cst
TAPE#597-09
GRAPHIC=NEWS-7 PT


Good Evening,
This is News 7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
SS=SHOOTING


It seems to be the end of a running dispute between 23-year-old Sharon Casey, and her ex-boyfriend, 23-year-old Miguel Angel Ortiz.
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SUPER=01-Sean Turner/Victim's Relative; :56
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Ortiz is accused of killing Casey, along with her mother 42-year-old Deborah Casey at their East Caru Apartment.
Ortiz was shot himself last night-- by police, during a standoff at the apartments.
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IN Q=Are they

((ORTIZ: ARE THEY DEAD MAN? I'M ASKING YOU ARE THEY DEAD? BYSTANDER: I DON'T KNOW. ))
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Ortiz held a gun to his head-- taunting police to come to him.
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((ORTIZ, COME OUT HERE, COME OUT HERE COME OUT HERE. ))
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He also talked to his mother-- telling her he killed Sharon and Deborah Casey.
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((ORTIZ: I SHOT HER, I SHOT HER, I SHOT SHARON AND HER MOM. I SHOT HER. ))
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Eventually, Ortiz ran from police-- then stopped, turned, and pointed the gun at them.
The standoff ended as one officer shot him in the stomach-- Ortiz was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Relatives of Sharon and Deborah Casey are frustrated-- saying Sharon complained to police more than once about her ex-boyfriend.
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SOT 11:14:27
IN Q=Why wasn't he arrested

((SEAN TURNER/VICTIM'S RELATIVE: WHY WASN'T HE ARRESTED BEFORE ALL THIS HAPPENED. THIS COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED. BUT NO ROANOKE CITY WOULD NOT LIFT A FINGER TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. THAT'S WHAT I'M UPSET ABOUT.))
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But today, neighbors had praise for the way officers handled the confrontation with Ortiz.
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((MILDRED MORMON/WITNESS: I'M STILL SCARED. I'M SHAKING LIKE MAD, BUT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT DID A GOOD JOB.))
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OUT Q=did a good job.


Still, because the shooting involved police, the department will investigate-- as will Commonwealth's Attorney Don Caldwell....who says he hasn't decided whether to pursue a CAPITAL murder charge.
At the Clean Machine Car Wash, where Ortiz worked, co-workers tried to make sense of his actions.
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IN Q=He said on a

((RODNEY OTEY/ORTIZ FRIEND: HE SAID ON A COUPLE OF TIMES THAT YOU KNOW HE WOULD KILL HER, BUT LIKE I SAID WE THOUGHT HE WAS JUST JOKING, YOU KNOW BECAUSE HE WOULD ALWAYS LAUGH AFTERWARDS. YOU KNOW AND WHAT NOT. SO WE NEVER THOUGHT HE WOULD DO IT.))
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ANCHOR=Connie
SS=standoff


Meantime, tonight, Ortiz is what they call a "no-news patient" at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, meaning they can't give us information on his condition.
This morning, he underwent surgery-- earlier, police said his injury did not appear to be life threatening.
And as far as the victims-- police say Sharon Casey's children were in the apartment where their mother was shot.
The children are now with relatives.

p-xgr-Veto


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=amo
TAPE#597-15
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


Governor George Allen won out at today's veto session, despite Roanoke lawmakers' best efforts, his veto stood on 700- thousand dollars in funding for the College of Health Sciences.
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(( ))
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SUPER=01-Del. Jack Reid/(R) Henrico Co.; :11
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape;


A two thirds vote was needed to fund the college.
Perhaps the most heated debate focused on teen recreation centers in Fairfax County.
The Governor, the National Rifle Association and rural lawmakers beat back a ban on guns inside the facilities.
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IN Q=

((SEN. JANE WOODS/R-FAIRFAX: HAVE YOUR PICKUP GAMES OF BASKETBALL. AND P.S. BY THE WAY, IF YOU FOUL SOMEONE, WE REALLY CAN'T HELP IT THAT PERSON PULLS OUT A WEAPON, STABS YOU, PULLS OUT A GUN, SHOOTS YOU. WE TRIED TO MAKE THESE SAFE BUT NOT TOO SAFE.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Jane Woods/(R) Fairfax;
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OUT Q=safe but not too safe
ANCHOR=Connie
SS=session 97


The measure is considered a victory for the NRA.

p-Nelms


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-11
GRAPHIC=session 97


The work of the Assembly stretched into the evening, partly because the first hour in the House of Delegates was spent on goodbyes.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


Among them, Lynchburg Republican Joyce Crouch, who's stepping down after eight years in the House.
And then Robert Nelms-- who announced last week he would NOT run again after an embarrasing indecent exposure arrest in a Richmond park.
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IN Q=I am thankful

((DEL. ROBERT NELMS: I AM THANKFUL FOR INDECENT EXPOSURE AND LEGISLATIVE IMMUNITY. THEY HAVE TAUGHT ME GREAT THINGS THAT I WOULD NEVER HAVE LEARNED NOR WOULD EVER HAVE BELIEVED.))
SUPER=01-Del. Robert Nelms/(R) Suffolk;
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OUT Q=have believed.
ANCHOR=Connie
SS=nelms


Delegate Nelms' ban from Richmond city parks expired this year... and the police report will now stay suppressed.
It was only to be made public if Nelms tried to backtrack from his GUILTY plea on the campaign trail this fall.

P-Robb


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=abo
TAPE#597-18
GRAPHIC=robb


Senator Chuck Robb made a stop in Roanoke today-- He's visiting constituents while on the traditional Senate Easter break.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The Democrat told the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce that when the Senate reconvenes Monday he wants to get the ball rolling on a balanced budget.
He's a member of a bi-partisan group he says will make the necessary cuts to adjust the budget. He admits the group is prepared to take the heat for the cuts.
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((SENATOR CHUCK ROBB: THERE'S SOME VERY DIFFICULT CHOICES THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE, AND SOME POLITICALLY SENSITIVE AREAS WE HAVE TO ADDRESS, AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM UNTIL WE DO THAT- SO WE'RE WILLING TO SAY "BLAME US" FOR SOME UNPOPULAR DECISIONS, BUT LET'S GET THE JOB DONE.))
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OUT Q=the job done.
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VO-NAT


Robb told Chamber members he sees signs there's movement towards balancing the budget- but believes Congress has a tough road ahead.
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A standoff at a juvenile detention facility ends peacefully in Danville...that story next on News-7 Primetime...
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VO-NAT


Plus, it's opening day at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest... they're banking on Jefferson's recent television appearance to draw even more visitors this year.
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WEFC!!! go to break

P-Detention


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=THa
TAPE#597-07
GRAPHIC=standoff


There are still many questions surrounding a hostage situation last night inside a Danville juvenile detention home.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Danville;


Three staff members were locked in a room by two juveniles with a gun.
It happened at the W-W Moore Detention Home around one thirty this morning.
Authorities were alerted when someone at the home called police.
The standoff ended about an hour later when an employee managed to grab the gun and ran outside.
Police are still trying to figure out how a gun was smuggled inside.
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((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF:THIS YOUNG MAN HAD BEEN THERE A WHILE SO WE DON'T KNOW WHETHER SOMEONE GAVE IT TO HIM AT A COURT APPEARANCE IN FRANKLIN COUNTY OR WHETHER HIS STORY IS TRUE THAT HE'S TELLING US OR NOT. WE'RE PURSUING THAT RIGHT NOW. ))
SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief; :00
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OUT Q=right now.
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VO-NAT


There were 42- teenagers inside the facility-- police say many of them were involved.
No one was hurt and no one escaped, but police say the interior of the building was heavily damaged.
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P-Boty-Robbery


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10p
WRITER=jmc
TAPE#97-10
GRAPHIC=Armed Robbery


Botetourt County authorities are hoping the public can help catch an armed robber.
A man walked into Scott's Thrift Store in Troutville Saturday night, and robbed the cashier at gunpoint.
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VO-NAT


You can see him pointing a gun at the clerk in the upper right hand corner of the store's surveillance tape.
No one was hurt.
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P-Computer-Merger


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=JJA
TAPE#net-c
GRAPHIC=internet


The two largest computer on-line services.... America OnLine and Compu-Serve are competitors-- but that may not be the case for long.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file;


Rumors are flying that America Online is thinking of buying Compu-Serve.
Today Compu-Serve confirmed it is holding talks, but did not name a bidder.
A-O-L isn't commenting.
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P-Poplar-Forest


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#597-16
GRAPHIC=NONE


They're open for business again at the Poplar Forest estate in Bedford County, where tourism officials hope to cash in on the recent attention focused on the life of Thomas Jefferson.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.


A P-B-S series in February and the new Jefferson Passport could boost tourism at nine Jefferson-related sites across Virginia.
And there will be more for visitors to see when they come to his Bedford County estate.
Poplar Forest officials say theirs is a work in progress.
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((SHERYL KINGERY/POPLAR FOREST: WE'VE BEEN, THE FOCUS IS RESTORATION AND WE'RE SLOWLY FOCUSING ON MORE MARKETING AND TRYING TO GET THE WORD OUT THAT `HEY, WE'RE OPEN..WE'RE A SITE THAT'S FUN TO SEE'. AND IT'S A NICE COMPLEMENT TO MONTICELLO WHICH IS COMPLETE AND HAS ITS FURNISHINGS, AND TO SEE IT IN THIS STAGE YOU KIND OF GET A SENSE OF WHAT JEFFERSON WAS DOING AS HE WAS BUILDING HIS DIFFERENT HOUSES.))
SUPER=01-Sheryl Kingery/Poplar Forest; :00
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OUT Q=his different houses.
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VO-NAT


Poplar Forest hopes to finish its exterior renovations by the end of this year.
More than 17-thousand people visit the estate each year.
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Tonight on Primetime sports. A Baltimore Orioles all-star inks a new deal.

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VO-NAT


And on health check-- how did thousand of children around the country become exposed to the Hepatitis A virus? The story when the news continues.
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WEFC!!! go to break

p-Cold-Snap


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=spr
TAPE#97-7
GRAPHIC=None


We're heading into a real warm stretch, but recently we've had some very chilly nights.
Did this cold snap
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;

effect local orchards?
Most of the fruit farmers we talked to said the recent cool air hasn't done any damage to the trees.
But the threat will be around for a little while longer.
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SOT 14:42:41
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((GRAHAM REED/REED ORCHARD: JUST ONE NIGHT IN THE LOW TWENTIES DURING BLOOM TIME WILL KILL EVERYTHING. ))
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The big problems usually occur during those warm days in the winter months.
That causes the fruit trees to bloom early... making them more vulnerable to those cool spring nights.
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P-Hepatitis


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=cst
TAPE#597-12
GRAPHIC=hep. A


They're speculating the worst is over -- after school cafeterias in six states may unknowingly have put a virus on the menu.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Ottawa Co., MI; :


The states-- which do NOT include Virginia -- were sent strawberries, some of which were contaminated with hepatitis A.
So far, the only illnesses are reported in Michigan-- where there are more than 150 cases.
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SOT 15:09:10
IN Q=According

((SOCORRO SERRANO/L.A. UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: ACCORDING TO THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT THEY WERE TAINTED BECAUSE OF FECAL MATTER. WHOEVER WAS PROCESSING THE STRAWBERRIES EITHER DIDN'T WASH THEIR HANDS PROPERLY OR THE FERTILIZER THAT WAS USED CONTAINED FECAL MATTER OR THE WATER THAT WAS USED CONTAINED FECAL MATTER, SO THEY WERE TAINTED DURING THE GROWTH AND PROCESSING TIME. ))
SUPER=01-Socorro Serrano/L.A. Unified School District; :
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Los Angeles; :


Hepatitis A causes a mild liver infection-- it's spread through uncooked food.
The other states that received the tainted berries are Arizona, California, Georgia, Iowa and Tennessee.
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ANCHOR=Connie
SS=HOLD


The strawberries were originally grown in Mexico-- by they were sliced, frozen and shipped-out by a company in San Diego.
The president of that company has just resigned.

P-Stroke


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=cst
TAPE#597-05
GRAPHIC=strokes


Researchers say they may have uncovered another silent killer.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File; :


They say an inflammation that smolders for years inside the arteries, perhaps as a result of an infection, may be a major cause of heart attacks and strokes.
It' still a mystery why the micro-inflammation occurs.
The study-- from Brigham and Women's Hospital, is reported in the "New England Journal of Medicine."
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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


For our video of the day-- hope you're stocked up on cocktail sauce.
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((THIS IS IT. THE BIG OF THE BIG. THE GIANT TASMANIAN CRAB. ))
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SUPER=75-Seattle; :


That certainly is one big Tasmanian crab claw.
The whole crab weighs in at about 35 pounds.
It's four and a half pound claw feeds four-- for about 200-bucks.
The monster crab is one of the feature attractions in Seattle's Fifth Annual Crabfest.
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SP-Scores


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#S7-2
GRAPHIC=Primetime sports


A busy night for PrimeTime Sports, Cal Ripkin signs a new deal with the Orioles while Florida's Gary Sheffield becomes the highest paid player in professional baseball.
But First lets check out this N-F-L football news.
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SUPER=04-NFL; :


St. Louis Rams running back Lawrence Phillips was released today after serving 23 days of a 30 day sentence for violating his probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor assault in an attack on a former girlfriend at Nebraska.
Now here's the numbers.
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SP-Orioles


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#S7-1
GRAPHIC=Orioles Logo


Baltimore Oriole infielder Cal Ripken has agreed to a two year contract extension.
The deal will pay the All-star infielder 15 point one million dollars over the 1998 and 1999 seasons.
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-Baltimore/KCWB; :


Its the first opening day in 15 years that Ripken has not started at Shortstop. He started at third and immediately came up with the defensive play of the game.
At the Plate, Ripkin Doubled twice and belted this solo homer deep over
SUPER=35-Baltimore/4/Kansas City/2/;the left field wall giving the Orioles a

one to nothing lead in the fourth and Baltimore beats Kansas City this afternoon 4 to 2.
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SP-MLB


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#St5-27
GRAPHIC=MLB Logo


The Florida Marlins have made Outfielder Gary Sheffield the highest paid player in professional baseball.
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=04-MLB; :


The Marlins and the all star outfielder have agreed to a six year extension worth 61 million Dollars. Its the Largest contract package in baseball history surpassing the 55 million over five years given to Albert Belle of the Chicago White Sox.
The 28 year old Sheffield hit 314 last year with 42 homers and 120 R-B-I's. He'll make over six million this year and 10 million a season from 1998 to 2002 and 11 million in 2003.
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((GARY SHEFFIELD/SIGNS 61 MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT: ))
SUPER=01-Gary Sheffield/Signs 61 Million Dollar Contract; :
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SP-Softball


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=S7-6
GRAPHIC=Softball


The Rivers Edge was busy tonight with a softball showdown between single A power Floyd County and group 3A contender Patrick Henry.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Buffaloes vs. Patriots; :00


The Lady Buffaloes came in guarding a perfect 4 and OH record and were in for a high scoring affair with PH.
Here in the fifth; Leigh Ann Bishop connects on the pitch to bring home Tracy Poff from third base and the lady Buffaloes had the lead 11-9 in the 6th inning.
SUPER=34-Patrick Henry/13/Floyd/13/ ;

The lady Patriots stormed back. Kim Kays crushes this pitch to center. The solid hit brought home three runners; Patrick henry took a 12-11 lead and the game was called with the score tied 13 to 13.
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SP-Texas


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S6-28
GRAPHIC=TEXAS SPEEDWAY


The Winston Cup stars are in Texas this week for the first weekend of racing at the brand new Texas Motor Speedway.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Roanoke, TX;:00


The one and a half mile tri-oval track has produced some mixed reviews from those who have tested at the facility.
Dale Earnhardt says he hates it, while other think it's great.
Most are waiting until the track is full cars tomorrow before making a true judgement.
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((RICKY CRAVEN/DRIVER - BUD CHEVY:)) ((DERRIKE COPE/DRIVER - SKITTLES PONTIAC:))
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SUPER=01-Derrike Cope/Skittles Pontiac Driver; :12
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OUT Q=...NICE FACILITY."
ANCHOR=Mike
SS=TEXAS S'WAY


Winston Cup practice begins Thursday morning at 10. Qualifying for the Cup cars takes place Thursday at 3.
And don't forget you can watch both the Busch race on Saturday and the Interstate Batteries 500 Cup race on Sunday LIVE right here on WDBJ-7.

preview-boards


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


That's all for us-- but for more news in 30- minutes ...Jean Jadhon will be goodnight. along over on WDBJ-7 with NEWS-7 at 11. Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime,