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Newsbreak

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Good Evening.
Senate Majority leader Trent Lott is trashing the U-N agreement with Iraq- saying it gives in to Saddam Hussein.
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But Secretary of State Madeline Albright says it must be tested.
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((AS I SAID THERE ARE LEGITIMATE QUESTIONS BUT THIS IS NOT A TIME FOR U.N BASHING.))
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Some changes may be in the works for laws governing day care. We'll tell you what they are.
You can see a solar eclipse tomorrow- but how do you watch safely? We'll find out how to without harming your eyes.
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ANCHOR=Jean


Plus another warm day in store- Join us for News 7 at Eleven.

McCloskey


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=11p
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A father says it was hospital workers who fatally injured his son.
John William McCloskey died February 24, 1996- His father says after workers at Western State Hospital violated him with a broom handle or similar device.
Now, two years after his son's death from internal injuries, he's suing the hospital for 10 million dollars.
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Hospital officials deny any wrongdoing--claiming McCloskey was violated by deputies with the Rockbridge County Sheriff's Department when they arrested him in December of '94.
The teen was charged with disorderly conduct and exposing himself at a store in Arnold's Valley. Shortly, afterward a magistrate declared McCloskey mentally ill and ordered him to be sent to Western State Hospital.
Sheriff Day denies his deputies did anything wrong.
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((ROCKBRIDGE CO. SHERIFF BOB DAY: THE DEPUTY MARKED IN ROUTE FROM THE STORE TO THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND ARRIVED HERE IN 22 MINUTES WHICH IS NORMAL DRIVING TIME. THE TIME THE DEPUTY ARRIVED UNTIL ABOUT FOUR MINUTES 'TIL THE ARREST WAS MADE. SO, WE'RE REALLY LOOKING AT 30 MINUTES THERE TO ARRIVE HERE AND PUT IN A HOLDING CELL. THE MAGISTRATE CAME AND ISSUED WARRANTS AND THEN HE WAS ADMITTED TO JAIL.))
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Carl McCloskey is suing the hospital for 20 millions dollars.
A hearing date for the trial has yet to be set.
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Singleton


ANCHOR=Jean
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A jury in Florida recommends the death penalty for Lawrence Singleton- the man convicted of murdering a prostitute.
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((WE THE JURY... SENTENCE TO DEATH.))
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The 70 year old man made headlines 20 years ago after he raped a California girl, cut her arms off and left her for dead.
SUPER=04-Yesterday;


But Mary Vincent survived- she testifed against Singleton yesterday in the penalty phase of his trial.
Singleton had been released early from prison in California when he killed a 31 year mother of three in Florida.
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Iraq


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=11
WRITER=JJA
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The United Nations deal with Iraq is not a good one-
That's the assessment of Senate Majority leader Trent Lott-
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He calls it a cave-in to Saddam Hussein.
Lott says U-N Secretary General SUPER=03-Washington, DC;

Kofi Annan harmed the credibility of the U-N- and did not adequately address the threat posed by Saddam.
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((INSTEAD OF STANDING ON PRINCIPLE HE SAT WITH THE UNPRINCIPLED AND GAVE HIM WHAT HE WANTED.)) BUTT TO 15:26;46 ((IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO REJECT THE DEAL IF IT LEAVES SADDAM HUSSEIN REJOICING AND IT LEAVES UNSCOM OUT IN THE COLD.))
SUPER=01-Senator Trent Lott/(R) Majority Leader;
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But the Secretary of State says it's time to test the agreement not reject it.
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((THE PROOF IS IN THE TESTING AND THAT WILL GO FORWARD. AS I SAID THERE ARE LEGITIMATE QUESIONS BUT THIS IS NOT A TIME FOR U.N. BASHING.))
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The deal has still not been formally accepted by the United States.
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Abed


ANCHOR=Jean
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There won't be a verdict in the Abed trial anytime soon... not this week, maybe not until the end of next week.
The jury foreman today predicted it may take ten working days to render a decision in the racketeering and arson case in federal court.
As he pointed out, this was "day- three." So, by that estimate, the verdict would come a week from Friday.
The judge has another trial in Charlottesville next week, but the foreman in this case told him he'd be "very safe" going to Charlottesville.

Clinton-FL


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=11
WRITER=JJA
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President Clinton says it will take months or years to rebuild what nature destroyed in just seconds.
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SUPER=03-Central, FL;


The President got a first hand view of the destruction in Florida from the air-
Then it was a ground tour- where he talked with people and surveyed the damage.
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((ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY YOUR FELLOW AMERICANS ARE PRAYING FOR YOU AND PULLING FOR YOU AND WHATEVER IT IS WITHIN MY POWER TO DO TO HELP YOU RETURN YOUR LIVES TO NAOMRAL WE WILL DO.))
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39 People in all died in Monday's tornadoes- nine people from the campground where the President spoke.
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CA-WX


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wipe wipe wipe
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The storm that drenched California is now dumping heavy snow in other states.
Blizzard conditions have brought traffic to a halt on highways in Eastern Wyoming and in Salt Lake City, the airport shut down when the plows could not keep up with the snow.
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Tease#1

HARD MUSIC UNDER
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The way credit unions do business could be about to change.
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and new regulations could also change the way day care centers watch over your children. We'll have details on both stories after this break.
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DayCare-Bills


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=11p
WRITER=djo
TAPE#=98-2
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Two bills passed by the Virginia State Senate geared toward tightening day care regulations have some Roanoke child care providers concerned.
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Yesterday the Senate approved imposing 500-dollar fines on day care centers who endanger children in their care.
Some who provide day care services out of their homes agree with the legislation... at least in part.
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((THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN THE HOMES ARE USUALLY BLAMED ON CHILD CARE PROVIDERS, PEOPLE THAT ARE PROVIDING CARE FOR THESE OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN. IT'S JUST GOING TO BE A BIG MESS.)) ((I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE DAY CARE PROVIDERS BEING SET UP BY THE PARENT THAT MAY BE GIVING THEM SOME TROUBLE. OTHERWISE, I FEEL IT'S VERY GOOD BECAUSE EVERYTHING SHOULD BE SAFE IN THE HOME FOR DAY CARE FOR ALL CHILDREN.))
SUPER=01-Barbara Cox/Barbara's Child Care; :00
SUPER=01-Jacqueline Brown/Brown Family Day Care Home; :12
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The Senate also approved a bill requiring licensed day care providers to personally spend at least three-quarters of their time taking care of the children, rather than hiring someone else to do it.
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Credit-Unions


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The Supreme Court handed down a ruling today that local credit unions are calling "disappointing."
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That ruling said banks can sue credit unions for opening up their membership to people outside of a common group.
That group is made of people who live or work in the same place, or belong to a similar organization.
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SUPER=01-Donna Harris/FedStar Credit Union;

((IT MEANS WE HAVE A WHOLE LOT MORE WORK TO DO. IT MEANS NOW MORE THAN EVER WE NEED TO, FOR OUR MEMBERS TO CONTINUE CALLING AND WRITING -- AND THEY'VE BEEN WONDERFUL IN DOING SO TO THEIR SENATORS AND CONGRESSMAN.))
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The ruling was widely seen as a victory for the banking industry.
The Independent Bankers Association of America said:
"The Supreme Court today confirmed that some credit unions have overstepped their bounds."
Banks also urged Congress not to rush to judgment.
Congress is considering a bill that would re-write the law that governs credit unions.
The bill would have the effect of overturning today's court ruling.
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Black-Farmers


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Black farmers say it's an emergency: 30 days before planting season, they're not receiving federal loans.
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The National Black Farmers Association protested in front of the Farm Service Agency -- saying their loans are always rejected.
They say the Farm Service Agency discriminates against black farmers -- and small farms.
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((DOUG WITCHER/FARMER: I DON'T ASK ... ANSWERING UP.))
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None of these farmers applied for loans this year -- saying it was too much paperwork for nothing.
But by the end of the rally, many made appointments with loan officers -- who say there's still more than two million dollars available.
Don Davis of the Farm Service Agency says he cannot refute the farmers' claims of racism -- but he would be happy to talk to each farmer one-on-one.
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Ash-Wed


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Catholics around the world are observing Ash Wednesday-
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Today Pope John Paul the second celebrated Mass in Italy.
Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and observance-
Ashes are used to mark a crucifix on the forehead as symbolic reminder of human mortality.
Ash Wednesday begins the Christian period of Lent- the forty days leading to Easter.
The pope is calling on people to use Lent to renew ties with the church and re-establish dialogue with God.
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Tease#2



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After this break, we'll let you know how to view tomorrow's lunar eclipse,
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and it's a good night for a Franklin County musician as he takes three of tonight's grammys.
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3-Bluegrass


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The Grammies have been good to Dan Tyminski (ti-MIN-skee).
As a member of the group Alison Krauss and Union Station, the Franklin County musician won three of the awards today. DISSOLVE TO FULLSCREEN BLUEGRASS SPOTLIGHT
Joe Dashiell visits with Tyminski as we conclude our series, Bluegrass Spotlight.
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((Dan Tyminski was raised on acoustic music, but in Vermont, not Virginia. He followed friends here and now makes his home near Ferrum with his wife Elise, and their children.
IN Q=This has become my home

((DAN TYMINSKI/ALISON KRAUSS AND UNION STATION: THIS HAS BECOME MY HOME. IT'S BECOME ALL OUR HOMES. MY WIFE. MY KIDS, EVERYONE LOVES IT HERE.)) ((I FOUND WHEN I LIVED IN NASHVILLE THAT I STILL SPENT SO MANY HOURS OUT OF THE YEAR ON THE ROAD, IT DOESN'T REALLY FEEL ANY DIFFERENT TO ME. I THINK THIS IS A NICE RETREAT FOR ME.)) RUNS :19
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Formerly a member of the Lonesome River Band, he was invited to join Alison Krauss and Union Station about four years ago, as the group's popularity was soaring. NAT SOUND OF ALISON KRAUSS VIDEO
He's played the White House, collected national awards, recorded million- selling albums, but it isn't the spotlight he craves.
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((DAN TYMINSKI/ALISON KRAUSS AND UNION STATION: WE'VE MET ABOUT EVERYONE THERE IS TO MEET, AND WE'VE HAD A GREAT TIME, BUT I THINK WE ALL STILL PLAY FOR THE LOVE OF THE MUSIC. I THINK ANY OF THE FAME, OR THE POPULARITY, THAT'S DEFINITELY A BONUS. THAT MAKES US SMILE THROUGHOUT THE DAY, BUT I THINK THE FIRST SMILE COMES FROM PLAYING THE MUSIC TO BEGIN WITH.)) RUNS :24
OUT Q=to begin with.


Despite the pressure that commercial success brings, Tyminski says members of the band have been able to continue making the kind of music that makes them happy.
And for that he feels fortunate.
Joe Dashiell News 7))

Eclipse-Advice


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A partial solar eclipse can be seen in Virginia tomorrow afternoon, but getting a first hand view can be dangerous.
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A local optometrist has some advice on how to get the full benefit of the moon covering the sun, without hurting your eyes.
Doctor Scott Mann says there are many safe ways to indirectly view the eclipse, but only two methods of looking directly into the sun.
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((DR. SCOTT MANN/OPTOMETRIST:ONE IS A MYLAR FILTER WHICH IS A SPECIAL FILTER USED BY NASA QUITE A BIT AND THERE MADE IN SPECIAL CLIP SUNGLASSES, THEY'RE ACTUALLY AVAILABLE IN THIS AREA, I TALKED TO THE PEOPLE AT THE PLANETARIUM AND THEY HAVE SOME PAIRS AVAILABLE AT THIS SHOP AT CENTER IN THE SQUARE AND YOU CAN VIEW THE ECLIPSE SAFELY THROUGH THOSE.))
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Eclipse watchers can also use Number 14 welder's goggles for protection.
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Forecasts
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SUPER=334-Clear With/Northwest Winds/27-29/Partly Cloudy/Much Warmer/60-63;
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Sports Tease


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Mike
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More high school regional basketball news is on the way.
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Right after a quick break, Steve Mason joins us with this week's edition on Hometown Hoops Weekly.
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S-Extra


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Also last night at halftime, the Hokies welcomed back Ace Custis!
The injured Dallas Maverick returned home to watch his retired jersey be unveiled by the Hokies Bird alongside Dell Curry and Bimbo Coles.
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((ACE CUSTIS/1706 POINTS & 1177 REBOUNDS:))
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OUT Q=...FOR ME."
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GO TO BREAK

S-Tech


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#TB98-1
GRAPHIC=ATLANTIC 10


The Virginia Tech Hokies watched their record fall to 9-and-16 last night with a 14 point loss to George Washington at the Cassell.
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SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Colonials vs. Hokies; :00


Mike Jarvis and the GW Colonials came to the Cassell last night looking to keep Tech locked in the cellar of the West Division.
The Hokies freshman sensation Rolan Roberts gave Jarvis and eyeful working the perimeter and finding Jenis Grindstaff. He gets the 3 to drop, plus he draws the foul.
GW would counter as Shawnta Rogers gets the loose ball, drives, and dished to 7-1 Alexander Koul for the powerful slam. And GW is in front.
Tech would continue to fight as Brendan Dunlap drives through four Colonials and makes the underhanded scoop.
SUPER=33-George Washington/64/Virginia Tech/50;


But GW was just too much last night as Rogers gives it up off the steal to Mike King. The Colonials win their 21st game of the year 64 to 50.
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S-Liberty


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#BB98-2
GRAPHIC=BIG SOUTH


The first day of the men's Big South tournament is history and so are three first round losers.
Last night host Liberty avoided that label by beating Coastal Carolina 78 to 70.
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SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Coastal Carolina vs. Liberty; :00


Former Liberty head coach Jeff Meyer was in the crowd last night watching his old team with mixed emotions.
And he would see Coastal get the upper hand as Marcus Stewart drives in the scores early in the game.
Liberty Freshman Jeremy Day would answer that with an inside bucket of his own, plus he draws the foul.
The Chanticleers come back as Andrew Hinton moves outside and knocks in the shot from just inside the three point line.
SUPER=33-Liberty/78/Coastal Carolina/70;


But Liberty is able to pull out the 78 to 70 win as Jay Boykin scores. The Flames play UNC Asheville Friday night in the semi-finals.
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Radford University also earned a Big South semi final spot last night.
The highlanders beat Charleston Southern and will now face UMBC on Friday night.
And don't forget the women's Big South tournament opens later today in the Vine's Center.

S-Radford


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#BB98-1
GRAPHIC=BIG SOUTH


This afternoon Radford University beat Charleston Southern to earn a semi-final date with UMBC on Friday night.
Roy Stanley tells us how the Highlanders won their eighth straight game.
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SUPER=01-Ron Bradley/Radford Head Coach; :1:02
SUPER=@Roy1; 1:23
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ANCHOR=Mike
SS=COLONIAL


The Colonial Conference tournament also opened tonight with the play-in game.
And VCU extends Sonny Smith's career one more game as VCU beats East Carolina 65-to-62

S-Blacksburg


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=Mike
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GRAPHIC=REGION 3


The one game a night format in the Region 3 continued last night with Blacksburg and Dan River meeting in the quarterfinals at Rustburg high school.
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The Dogwood Dominators from Ringgold made quick work of the Blue Ridge runners-up last night.
Early in the game Alan Petty with the dish to six-five Lloyd Tillman who hammers down the alleyoop slam.
Blacksburg would have to play catchup as Randy Cross gets the rock to Matt Maher and the Indians cut the Wildcats lead down to four points.
But Dan River would win this one
SUPER=33-Dan River/57/Blacksburg/45;

57-to-45 as Petty scores and the Wildcats advance to play Salem in Friday night's semi-finals.
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S-Hoops


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=11pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=ST5-32
GRAPHIC=Hometown Hoops Weekly


Berths in the state tournament will go to the winners of tomorrow night's regional semi-final games.
Steve Mason has the regional wrapup for us in Hometown Hoops Weekly.
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SUPER=03-Danville/Colonels vs. Eagles; :32
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SUPER=04-Girls NW Region First Round; :55
SUPER=01-Linda Long/Cave Spring Head Coach; 1:07
SUPER=03-Buena Vista/Region C Quarterfinals; 1:13
SUPER=01-Nelson Fox/Parry McCluer Head Coach; 1:23
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Region C Quarterfinal; 1:32
SUPER=01-Art Lawrence/Glenvar Head Coach; 1:43
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OUT Q=...hometown hoops weekly...MUSIC COMES FULL"...
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((Eyes and ears listened and watched as Cave Spring advanced to the Northwest region semifinal and, in the process won 18 games; two school firsts.
tomorrow; a David and Goliath matchup tips off with Danville's awesome Charles Stephens and Marquis Cunningham. ((:)) The 4 time regional champion Ladies must beat Fleming a fourth time this season to end a two year Northwest title game absence. ((:))
Parry McCluer; which plays John Battle in one Region C semifinal tomorrow; ended Floyd County's state championship defense with a 81-69 win over the Buffaloes. ((:))
Glenvar faces Bland in the Highlanders 5th straight trip to the region C final four. A 4th consecutive visit to state hinges on lessons learned from a close win over George Wythe.))
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Grammies


ANCHOR=Jean
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Tonight's the night the music industry gathers to honor its best and brightest.
Liz Mullen has more on Grammy Night.
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(NATS--"And the winner is...WillN Smith") (8:10)


MUSIC'S BIGGEST AWARD SHOW GOT OFF TO A BIG START WEDNESDAY NIGHT. BEST RAP SOLO WENT TO WILL SMITH FOR HIS MONSTER HIT "MEN IN BLACK".
(SOT: Will Smith/Best Rap Solo) (8:14)

"I want to dedicate this to Tupac and Biggie."

(8:52)

THE SURPRISE OF THE NIGHT CAME DURING THE PRESENTATION FOR "SONG OF THE YEAR". WHILE ACCEPTING HER AWARD FOR "SUNNY CAME HOME", WRITER SHAWN COLVIN WAS UPSTAGED BY THE RAP GROUP "WU-TANG CLAN'S" LEAD SINGER. SINGER O-D-B HIJACKED THE MICROPHONE FROM HER, LIVE BEFORE A NATIONWIDE AUDIENCE.

(SOT: Shawn Colvin/Song of the Year)

"I'm confused now...."
OTHER BIG WINNERS INCLUDED.... R KELLY FOR BEST R AND B VOCAL....
(9:10)


AND TRISHA YEARWOOD FOR BEST FEMALE COUNTRY VOCAL PEFORMANCE FOR "HOW DO I LIVE."
THE NIGHT WAS A STAR-STUDDED EVENT WITH PERFORMANCES BY...LEANN RIMES
(8:19)...


FLEETWOOD MAC
AND...HANSON.

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BUT CONSPICUOUSLY ABSENT WAS BARBRA STREISAND, WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO SING A DUET WITH CELINE DION. SHE WENT ON ALONE, SINGING HER NUMBER ONE HIT FROM THE WORLD'S FAVORITE MOVIE "TITANIC".

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EARLIER IN THE EVENING GRAMMYS WENT TO ELTON JOHN FOR HIS TRIBUTE TO PRINCESS DIANA FOR "CANDLE IN THE WIND." SARAH MCLACHLAN FOR BEST FEMALE POP PERFORMANCE IN "BUILDING A MYSTERY".
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AND FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR, KENNETH "BABYFACE" EDMONDS FOR PRODUCER OF THE YEAR..., A GRAMMY RECORD.
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