12:00-01

Fatal-Fall

ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sta
TAPE#net (edit of 97-95)
GRAPHIC=NONE


A body was found lying in a concrete pit last night alongside an office building in downtown Roanoke.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Roanoke police and firefighters pulled the body of a white male from the concrete basin next to the Professional Arts Building on Franklin Road.
The body was found about 30 feet below the parking lot.
Police identify him as Joel Stephen Elkins of Liberty Road northwest.
Elkins was reported missing a week ago.
His car had been parked in the lot. It was towed away a few hours before his body was found.
Police believe Elkins fell into the pit by accident and was killed.
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Bombs


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tte
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=NONE


Bomb threats disrupted two Botetourt schools yesterday.
Sheriff Reed Kelly says a sixth grade student had all the makings of a pipe bomb and may have been trying to sell the materials to another student.
Both students attend William Clark Middle School and have been suspended for ten days.
The Sheriff says they could face charges of manufacturing a bomb.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, Troutville Elementary School was evacuated yesterday after a woman called in a bomb threat -- but sheriff's deputies found nothing.

unabomber


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=kaczynski, ted


Lawyers on both sides in the Unabomber trial will meet with psychiatrists today who plan to examine suspect Ted Kaczynski.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Sacramento, CA;


They're trying to determine if he's competent to stand trial -- and whether the court can grant Kaczynski's request to represent himself.
Kaczynski is being constantly monitored in his cell today to make sure he doesn't try to harm himself.
This, after an apparent suicide attempt.
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IN Q=

(( LOU BLANAS, SACRAMENTO COUNTY UNDERSHERIFF:WHEN QUESTIONED, HE SAID HE LOST HIS UNDERWEAR IN THE SHOWER. WE ARE ASSUMING, EMPHASIZE ASSUMING, THAT SOMETIME DURING THE NIGHT HOURS, HE ATTEMPTED TO HANG HIMSELF WITH HIS OWN UNDERWEAR. ))
SUPER=01-Lou Blanas/Sacramento Co. Undersheriff;
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OUT Q=with his own underwear.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file;


Yesterday, Kaczynski agreed to the tests, hoping to be allowed to represent himself when his trial resumes.
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WIPE/WIPE/WIPE

OK-JUROR


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=WIPE WIPE WIPE
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VO-NAT
SUPER=04-CBS Public Eye-Wednesday;


Meantime, the jury forewoman in the Terry Nichols' trial has received a bomb threat.
Niki Deutchman (DOYCH'-mahn) tells police she received calls from a man who promised to blow up her house.
After the jury deadlocked on a sentence for Nichols, Deutchman criticized the way the government handled the case.
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E-Jessie


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=THa
TAPE#97-96
GRAPHIC=Jessie


A Montgomery County jury sentenced Kenneth Jessie to 50 years in prison after convicting him of second degree murder and child abuse.
As Teresa Hamilton reports-- the case of the Dickinson County man accused of causing the death of his four- year- old stepdaughter brought out some intense closing arguments.
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IN Q=You're no
SUPER=03-Christiansburg; :10
SUPER=01-Nancy Dickenson/Kenneth Jessie's Attorney; :39
SUPER=@Teresa1; 1:09
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3:18:00
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IN Q=You're no doubt

((NANCY DICKENSON/KENNETH JESSIE'S ATTORNEY: YOU'RE NO DOUBT ANGRY THAT SOMETHING LIKE THIS COULD HAPPEN TO A LITTLE GIRL, A FOUR YEAR OLD, A DEFENSELESS, PRECIOUS PRETTY LITTLE GIRL. ))
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OUT Q=little girl.


Those were some of the sentiments shared by Kenneth Jessie's attorney as she tried to convince jurors to convict her client ONLY of child abuse-- NOT first degree murder.
To do so--Nancy Dickenson attempted to place the blame on Jessie's wife---

saying it was Elizabeth who killed four year old Annie by placing a gag inside her mouth.
The child, who was severely beaten, suffocated to death last spring, after she was tied to her bed, inside the family's Dickenson County mobile.
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SOT
IN Q=What killed

((NANCY DICKENSON/KENNETH JESSIE'S ATTORNEY: WHAT KILLED ANNIE WAS THE RAG THAT ELIZABETH JESSIE PUT IN HER MOUTH AND TAPED OVER. ))
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OUT Q=taped over.


The commonwealth concedes the little girl could've gagged to death-- but during closing arguments put a slightly different spin on the story-- one that placed even more of the blame on the child's stepfather.
Prosecutors say Kenneth Jessie was the one who tied Annie to her urine soaked bed in such a way-- the position of her body-- was enough to suffocate her-- even without a gag. TAKE SU
The jury recommended the maximum 50- year sentence.
The same sentence facing Jessie's wife.
She pleaded guilty to second degree murder and child abuse earlier this week.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Christiansburg.))

E-TLC


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tte
TAPE#97-88
GRAPHIC=Tap


The only longterm homeless shelter in the Roanoke Valley may have to close its doors due to a clerical mis-hap.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The Transitional Living Center offers food, beds and the chance for families to find work.
All this depends on money from Housing and Urban Development.
But shelter leaders at TAP - or Total Action Against Poverty - forgot to mail part of this year's application for funds --
so the shelter was automatically disqualified.
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SOT 3:30:28
IN Q=I'm just devastated

((ELLEN BROWN/TOTAL ACTION AGAINST POVERTY: I'M JUST DEVASTATED. THIS IS VERY CLOSE TO OUR HEART AND TO THE HEARTS OF MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY. THIS IS AN EFFECTIVE VERY MUCH NEEDED PROGRAM.)) ((JACQULEN BURKS/SHELTER RESIDENT: SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE I'VE GOTTEN MY CHILDREN INTO COUNSELING, I GO TO SCHOOL FOR COMPUTERS, SOMEPLACE TO STAY FOR LONGTERM TIL I CAN GET MY SCHOOLING DONE.))
SUPER=01-Ellen Brown/Total Action Against Poverty;
SUPER=01-Jacqulen Burks/Shelter Resident; :15
RUNS=:26
OUT Q=schooling done
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VO-NAT


The shelter planned to get 300-thousand dollars in national funds.
Without that money -- shelter leaders say they'll need community support to avoid closing.
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ICE-STORMS


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=severe weather


An ice storm continues to plague residents of the Northeastern U-S and Canada.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Montreal, Canada;

10:25:03
About three million people in eastern Canada are still without power and forecasters warned that more freezing rain will add to the region's worst ice storm in decades.
About ten deaths have been attributed to the storm, which has hit hardest in Montreal.
SUPER=03-Tokyo, Japan;

10:23:25
Meantime, a rare snowstorm in Tokyo has left two people dead and hundreds injured.
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MIR-PLANET


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=NONE


In space, two cosmonauts suited up and stepped out into space this morning outside the the MIR space station.
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VO-NAT


Their three hour mission mission included determining why the exit hatch on the station has been loosing pressure.
Next month...MIR will mark its 12th anniversary in space.
It was designed to last only five years.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


In other news from space, Astronomers say there's good evidence of a new planet in our solar system.
A camera on the Hubble Space Telescope has captured a picture of a gas and dust halo around a nearby star.

BONO


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=Bono


Entertainer turned politician Sonny Bono is being buried today in California.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington, DC;

10:03;17
Some forty lawmakers boarded two Air Force planes this morning to travel to the services in Bono's adopted hometown of Palm Springs.
SUPER=03-Palm Springs, CA;

10:04:57
Family, friends and fans filed past the flag-draped coffin during a vigil at a church yesterday.
The 62- year- old Congressman died Monday in a skiing accident.
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E-CT-Lawsuit


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-85
GRAPHIC=Virginia Supreme Court


Virginia's highest court will have to decide how seriously people could take an unflattering title printed in Virginia Tech's Collegiate Times.
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VO-NAT


Tech administrator Sharon Yeagle wants an 850-thousand dollar lawsuit reinstated over what the paper says was an unfortunate mistake on her job title.
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SOT 21:30:06
IN Q=Honestly, growing

((JUSTICE LEROY HASSELL: HONESTLY, GROWING UP IN VIRGINIA, GROWING UP IN AMERICA, THAT PHRASE HAS NO MEANING TO YOU? JAMES CREEKMORE: YOUR HONOR, THAT PHRASE "DIRECTOR OF BUTTLICKING," THE ACTUAL LITERAL WORDS USED -- JUSTICE HASSELL: BUT DOES THE WORD BUTTLICKER HAVE ANY MEANING TO YOU? JAMES CREEKMORE: THE WORD BUTTLICKER MAY BE IMPLICATION CONTAIN THE SAME-- JUSTICE HASSELL: NO I'M ASKING DOES IT HAVE ANY MEANING TO YOU? CREEKMORE: YOUR HONOR, I WOULD SUGGEST THAT IT CONVEYS THE SAME MEANING AS BROWN-NOSER OR APPLE POLISHER.))
SOT 21:21:35

((LEISA CIAFFONE/YEAGLE'S ATTORNEY: IT MEANS BOOTLICKER, TO TRY TO GAIN FAVOR BY FAWNING, SERVILITY, ETCETERA. APPLE POLISHER, A PERSON WHO CURRIES FAVOR BY GIFTS OR FLATTERY, BROWN-NOSING, CURRYING FAVOR BY KISSING SOMEONE'S REAR END, QUOTE KISS-ASS, FAWNING TO GAIN ADVANTAGE.))
SUPER=01-Justice Leroy Hassell/Virginia Supreme Court; :00
SUPER=02-James Creekmore/Collegiate Times' Attorney; :07
SUPER=01-Leisa Ciaffone/Yeagle's Attorney; :23
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OUT Q=gain advantage.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


The justices must decide if the suit should be reinstated after a Montgomery County judge said NO reasonable person could conclude the title was factual.
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E-Conference-Center


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=sgo
TAPE#97-87
GRAPHIC=Hotel Roanoke


A Roanoke landmark is suing for nearly eight-million dollars.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The walls are buckling inside the Hotel Roanoke Conference Center.
Management first noticed the damage in November, just three years after the center opened.
The hotel is suing two contractors who built the center...
But the hotel's lawyer says it is possible additional defendants will be named as the lawsuit progresses.
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IN Q=OUR INVESTIGATION

((PAUL BEERS/HOTEL LAWYER: OUR INVESTIGATION IS VERY MUCH ONGOING, WE WANTED TO MOVE PROMPTLY TO TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND THAT'S WHAT WE INTEND TO DO. ))
SUPER=01-Paul Beers/Hotel Lawyer;
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=intend to do.
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VO-NAT


One of the contractors named in the lawsuit said the hotel is going after the wrong people.
He said an independent consultant chose a type of soil used in the building's foundation.
The lawsuit says that soil expanded, and that's what made the walls move.
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S-Partial-Birth


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-93
GRAPHIC=None


Two unlikely Virginia lawmakers are pooling their efforts.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file; :00


Last year, Democratic state senator Louise Lucas and Republican Steve Newman pushed through a bill that retired the state song "Carry Me Back to Old Virginia".
SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :09


Yesterday, Newman announced he and Lucas will team up to sponsor a bill that would ban partial- birth abortions in Virginia.
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SOT 11:52:30
IN Q=We've worked

((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R- LYNCHBURG: WE'VE WORKED TOGETHER ON A NUMBER OF BILLS INCLUDING BUDGET AMENDMENTS AND OTHER BILLS, AND THIS, I THINK, GROWS OUT OF A DESIRE FROM BOTH PRO- CHOICERS AND PRO- LIFERS, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, TO FINALLY ELIMINATE THIS HORRIBLE ACT OF PARTIAL- BIRTH ABORTION.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Newman/(R) Lynchburg; :00
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OUT Q=partial-birth abortion.
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VO-NAT


Lucas voted against the measure last year, when it was defeated by a single vote in a Senate committee.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=None


Newman's bill would ban the procedure except when the life of the mother is at risk.

Report-Cards


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=Education


Virginia schools will no longer just be issue report cards.
The State Board of Education is set to send parents report cards on the performance individual public schools.
Parents will get the numbers to compare how their children's learning environment measures up.
The reports are another part of outgoing Governor George Allen's campaign to raise school standards and increase accountability to parents.
The reports are expected to start going to parents in early fall.

Cops-Coaches


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sta
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=NONE


Some police officers in Roanoke County are taking on a new role.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


Officers like Dale Clark will be coaching high school student athletes as part of the "Cops for Coaches" Program.
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IN Q=I coached a

((OFC. DALE CLARK/ROANOKE CO. POLICE: I COACHED A LITTLE BIT WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND COACHED LITTLE LEAGUE BALL AND I UMPIRED AND I REALLY RESPECTED UMPIRES AT THAT TIME WHEN I WENT THROUGH THAT AND I LEARN SOMETHING EVERYDAY. SO, WHATEVER I LEARN I CAN TRY TO PASS ON TO THEM IF THEY WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT.))
SUPER=01-Dale Clark/Roanoke Co. Police Dept.;
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OUT Q=hear about it.
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VO-NAT


Police and school board officials kicked-off the program yesterday.
It targets "at risk" youths--giving them an opportunity to build a rapport with police officers.
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SOT 16.00.31 - 16.00.46
IN Q=At home, for

((MIKE STOVALL/CHRMN. ROANOKE CO. SCHOOL BOARD: AT HOME FOR EXAMPLE THERE MAY BE PEER PRESSURE THAT YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN WITH YOUR PARENTS AND TELL THEM ABOUT A PROBLEM BUT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO WALK UP TO THE POLICE OFFICER AND SAY HEY, I'VE GOT A PROBLEM. A LOT OF TIMES COACHES CAN DO THAT. A LOT OF TIMES COACHES FORM THAT BOND WITH THEM AND THEY CAN DO THAT.))
SUPER=01-Mike Stovall/Roanoke Co. School Board;
RUNS=:15
OUT Q=can do that.
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VO-NAT


The Department of Criminal Justice has put up the funds for "Cops for Coaches."
Officers will take to their new posts next month.
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Rodeo


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=spa
TAPE#97-97
GRAPHIC=NONE


Its time to get out your western gear because World Championship Rodeo comes to the Salem Civic Center this weekend.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=04-January 1997;


The Kroger Valleydale Stampede will feature over 300 cowboys and COW GIRLS from across the United States as well as right here in Virginia.
One of the crowd's favorite stars is always the rodeo clown.
John Hayden has spent his life entertaining audiences and saving riders from the wrath of bucking bulls. He says life on the road is tough but rewarding.
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(( ))
SUPER=01-John Hayden/Rodeo Clown;
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OUT Q=Thats why I clown rodeo
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VO-NAT


From here most contestants will head to the International Finals Rodeo next weekend in Oklahoma City.
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BALLOON


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=NONE


It was a short trip today for two American balloonist attempting to circle the globe non stop.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Albuquerque, NM;


Less than two hours after lifting off this morning in New Mexico, Dick Rutan and Dave Melton had to bring down their 170-foot silver balloon.
There apparently was a rip in the helium part of the balloon.
The one million dollar assault on one of aviation's last frontiers was the third such attempt by a balloon team since December 31st.
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WEATHER
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SUPER=301-54/50/West 15-24mph/29.73r/74/1930/-1/1970;

Forecasts
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SUPER=330-Partly Cloudy/& Colder/32-35/Partly Sunny/& Cooler/50-54;
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SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/& Colder/28-32/Partly Sunny/& Cool/47-50;
SUPER=334-Becoming Partly/Cloudy/27-30/Partly Cloudy/& Chilly/43-47;
SUPER=X5001;


Switzer


ANCHOR=PATRICK
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=dallas cowboys


The Dallas Cowboys have called a news conference for 1:30 this afternoon to discuss the team's coaching situation.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;

4:20:40
A team source says Coach Barry Switzer has agreed to resign.
The Cowboys were six-and-ten this season and failed to make the playoffs for the first time in seven years.
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HEISMAN-PRO


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=NFL


Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson of Michigan announced today that he is giving up his final year of eligibility and will enter the N-F-L draft.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Ann Arbor, MI;


Woodson helped the Wolverines win a share of the National Football championship with a 21-16 Rose Bowl victory over Washington State on New Year's Day.
Woodson, a defensive back, last month became the first primarily defensive player to win the Heisman.
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Tarheels


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#net (edit of BB98-2)
GRAPHIC=ACC


The North Carolina Tarheels showed once again why they are collectively the number one team in the nation.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC/Raycom-JP Sports; :00


The Tarheels faced Georgia Tech.
Antawn Jamison to Ademola Okulaja for the dunk inside as the Tarheels start to turn up the tempo.
Vince Carter goes in the back door for the two handed alleyoop throwdown.
But here's the play of the night, not one but two behind the back Carolina passes lead to a Jamison jam.
Matt Harpring knocked in 21 points for Georgia, but the Heels roll to the 96 to 75 win.
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Hollins


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#net (edit of BB98-3)
GRAPHIC=ODAC


The Generals returned to Lexington with a win over Hollins.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./W&L vs. Hollins;


Senior Amy Worley of Blacksburg became the third Hollins player ever to top the 1000 career point mark.
Off the inbound pass Ansley Miller gets three of her game high 22 points for Washington and Lee on this jumper.
Kellie Duncan drives her way to the hoop and scores for Hollins.
SUPER=33-Washington & Lee/64/Hollins/45;


Then the Generals' Tonia Dean would work the baseline and use a little pump fake to get the basket.
The Generals win it last night 64-to-45.
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Cantu


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Dal
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=EXPRESS


This is the big weekend for the Express as the team has two games on tap at the Roundhouse. Tonight Roanoke hosts the Raleigh Icecaps in a 7:30 faceoff.
Then on Saturday night, the Northeast division leading Richmond Renegades skate into town for a key game.
Roanoke is currently in third place, five points behind the first place Renegades.

Promo


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NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=NONE


And there's even more sports coming up in the newest edition to the News 7 line up.
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This weekend will be the start of News 7 Saturday Morning and News 7 Sunday Morning.
Denise Allen and Andrew Freiden will have the news, weather and sports,
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ANCHOR=Patrick
SS=NONE


Every Sunday Denise Allen will introduce us to an unlikely sports hero.
This week she takes a visit to the dentist's chair where on any given day you'll find professional hockey players.
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CROSSWORD-PROPOSAL


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=NONE


For a marriage proposal, it was rather puzzling.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-New York, NY;


Yesterday morning, just like every morning as Emily Mindel completed the crossword puzzle in the New York Times she found some very personal answers to the clues.
As the puzzle took shape Mindel not only found her name and her boyfriend's name in the puzzle, but a marriage proposal.
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10:43:06 ((EMILY MINDEL:I HAD ALMOST THE ENTIRE PUZZLE COMPLETED AND THOUGHT I HAD TO SAY SOMETHING TO HIM BECAUSE THIS IS JUST TOO RIGHT TO ME. 10:43:13
BILL GOTTLIEB: SHE LOOKS AT ME AND SAYS THIS PUZZLE AND I SAID WHAT DO YOU MEAN AND SO I LOOKED AT HER AND SAID WILL YOU MARRY ME. ))
SUPER=07-Emily Mindel;
SUPER=07-Bill Gottlieb; :10
RUNS=:18
OUT Q=WILL YOU MARRY ME.
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VO-NAT


Mindel's answer was identical to 57 down, YES. (----------------)