[1-News-head]

[TALENT=Keith]

Up top on NEWS 7 tonight, we're talking SNOW... where, how much and how much more we might expect.
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[v/o-nat sot]


And coyotes now have a bounty on their heads in Virginia... one of the stories we're following on a busy day in the state Legislature.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Tonight in sports the weathers has forced some postponements on the high school hardwood.
The Liberty Lady Flames are ready to torch the Big South field once again.
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[VO-NAT]


And appropriately, the Express is back on the ice tonight at the Roundhouse.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
[SS=None]


In addition to snow, temperatures stay in the teens and twenties so roadways will be rather slick. Details ahead. [open]
[SUPER=#4054; News 7 at Six Headline Banner]
[SUPER=@Keith1;]
[SUPER=@Mike1;]
[SUPER=@Robin1;]
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[Video-Open]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#=Video Open]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]
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[VO-NAT]


Snow makes a serious comeback, bringing back uncertain driving conditions.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]


Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[Snow]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#98-74 1:56:32]
[GRAPHIC=Snow Returns]


We've all seen the snowflakes today, but so far, the snow has created the most trouble and most accidents in Southwest Virginia.
[Double Boxes=Keith/Teresa]


Teresa Hamilton is outside our Blacksburg newsroom with a word on conditions in the New River Valley.
[Live= Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Teresa1;]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]


Keith, the snow hasn't let up here since this morning and neither have the accidents.
One of the worst areas for motorists was in Floyd County.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=90- year ]
[SUPER=03-Floyd Co.; :00]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :20]
[SUPER=03-Riner; :53]
[SUPER=01-Judy Yon/Bus Driver; 1:01]
[RUNS=1:06]
[OUT Q=will do, ok.]


90- year old Ora Lee Phillips was killed when the car she was riding in, crossed the center line and into the path of a van, this morning.
Phillips' daughter was behind the wheel and reportedly told police-- she lost control on snow covered Route 221, just outside the town of Floyd. [NAT SOUND]
[RUNS=2]


Driving was also difficult for some motorists in neighboring Montgomery County.
Blacksburg police say the driver of this S-U-V lost control after hitting a slick spot underneath this overpass on Route 460..
It was also a trouble spot for other motorists... [NAT SOUND]
[RUNS=2]


VDOT crews were out early applying salt and stone throughout the area.
But some school systems decided the roads were too risky.
Schools in Floyd, Carroll, Patrick and Grayson Counties all closed early...as well as schools in Martinsville.
But schools remained on schedule in Montgomery County.
Judy Yon has been driving a bus for more than ten years-- and decided to go with chains for added security.
[inq=Chains, you know (13:38:24)]

((JUDY YON/BUS DRIVER: CHAINS, YOU KNOW, THEY HELP YOU GET THROUGH THE SNOW, BUT ON THE ICE THERE'S REALLY NOTHING THAT CAN HELP, HOPEFULLY THIS WILL DO, OK))
[runs=7]
[outq=will do, ok.]
[Live=Teresa Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]
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[Double Boxes=ANCHOR/Microwave][First-Wx]



[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Snow Returns]


We'll pass along cancellations in a moment, but first, for the forecast, let's go to Meterologist Robin Reed. [Robin-Wx]
[Runs=:40]


[MCU]ROBIN IN WX STUDIO
[WXPRO/FULL]RADAR LOOP SNOW TOTALS
[MCU]TOSS TO KEITH


[Cancellations]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=tbr]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Hold Snow returns]


The weather has forced some colleges in the area to cancel their NIGHT classes.
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[Take Schoolwatch]
New River Community College, Patrick Henry Community College, and Wytheville Community College have all canceled
evening classes tonight.
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[Rowe-Furniture]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6p]
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=99-4 45:48]
[GRAPHIC=Rowe-Moving]

A Salem furniture plant will move part of its operations to Montgomery County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem;]

Today, Rowe Furniture announced plans to build a 15-million dollar manufacturing facility in Montgomery County.
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[SOT=14:51:18]
[IN Q=WE'VE BEEN]

((STEVE SHELOR/ROWE SPOKESMAN; WE'VE BEEN IN OUR CURRENT BUILDING FOR 53-YEARS....OUTPUT'S MORE THAN DOUBLED SINCE 1993.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Shelor/Rowe Spokesman;]
[RUNS=20]
[OUT Q=DOUBLED SINCE 1993.]
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[VO-NAT]

170-new hourly and salaried positions will be added to the company's current workforce of more than five-hundred. Construction on the new site is set to begin this spring. Officials expect to have it complete the first week in January.
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[Hall]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-5 20:44]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A surprising conclusion to a federal lawsuit filed by the parents of a Staunton River Middle School student who took her own life four years ago.
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[VO-NAT]


Lisa Hall's parents sued Bedford County School officials and the guidance counselor who'd heard
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co./September, 1998]

that the 13-year old was suicidal but did not tell her parents.
Before the court rendered a ruling, however, Karen and Floyd Hall notified the judge that they'd decided "it is in everyone's best interest to withdraw the lawsuit."
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[XGR-Wrap]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-1 43:53]
[GRAPHIC=Vistar-Legislature]


The Salem eye doctors lost to the H-M-O.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/1998]


Vistar Eye Clinic will NOT get legislative help to open an eye surgery center outside of Carilion.
[SUPER=03-Richmond/Today;]


That's despite a passionate plea from Botetourt's state senator.
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[SOT 13:28:33]
[IN Q=Are we going]

((SEN. BO TRUMBO/R-FINCASTLE: ARE WE GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE DEEP, DARK RECESSES OF THIS BUREAUCRACY AND SAY LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WAKE UP? NO!))
[SOT 13:32:46]

((SEN. TOMMY NORMENT/R-WILLIAMSBURG: WILL THAT FACILITY TREAT HYPERVENTILATION? trumbo laughs))
[SUPER=@Trumbo; :00 ]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Tommy Norment/(R) Williamsburg; :11]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=laughs]
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[VO-NAT]


Another local issue... the Character Counts program that teaches values to kids at Roanoke's Fallon Park Elementary School got House okay to be a model for other state schools.
And southwest cattle farmers won one amidst howls in the House.
The Delegates voted to place a bounty on the heads of coyotes.
It's already legal to kill coyotes... and about 28- hundred are killed each year in Virginia.
The bounty would pay hunters now to do the job.
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[Animal-Bills]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=98-78 1:18:20]
[GRAPHIC=Legislature-Animal Bills]


Ironically, in the same hour coyotes came into the sights of the big guns in the House, a bill to toughen animal cruelty laws won approval.
In fact, despite the curse of the coyotes, the animal kingdom is having a pretty good year in Richmond.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Bills to stiffen]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :00]
[SUPER=01-Alvina Pitches/Virginia Fed. of Humane Societies; :20]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Russ Potts/(R) Winchester; :34]
[SUPER=01-Del. Dave Albo/(R) Springfield; :50]
[SUPER=@Woodrum; 1:33]
[SUPER=@Ellen1; 1:39]
[RUNS=1:46]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]


(( Bills to stiffen the penalties for animal cruelty. [nat sound beagle]
Bills that would make dog fighting easier to prosecute.
Bills that would help protect little dogs from big mean dogs.
Alvina Pitches has been hounding Virginia lawmakers for 22 years-- and no pun intended, she's from Bassett.
[sot tape animal bills 14:08:43 ]

((ALVINA PITCHES/VIRGINIA FED. OF HUMANE SOCIETIES: THIS IS A VERY GOOD YEAR FOR ANIMAL RELATED AND PROTECTION FOR THE PUBLIC FROM DANGEROUS ANIMALS.))
[runs=:06]


One measure is that lawmakers have been moved to write their own bills by horror stories -- like golden retriever furs.
[sot tape animal bills 16:42:12]

((SEN. RUSS POTTS/R-WINCHESTER: I HAVE A GOLDEN RETRIEVER NAMED MAGGIE. AND SHE'S THE ABSOLUTE LOVE OF MY LIFE.))
[runs=:06]
[sot tape animal bills 14:06:14 ]

((ALVINA PITCHES/VIRGINIA FED. OF HUMANE SOCIETIES: WHAT WE'RE HEARING FROM OUR MEMBERS, AND FROM SOME OF THE SENATORS AND DELEGATES, IS THAT WE DON'T WANT TO WALK INTO A STORE IN VIRGINIA AND PURCHASE A PRODUCT, AND THINK THAT WE'RE BUYING SOMETHING ELSE, AND IT IS MADE FROM THE DOG AND CAT FUR, COMPANION ANIMALS JUST LIKE OURS AT HOME.))
[runs=:13]
[sot tape albo tape 12:06:13 ]

((DEL. DAVE ALBO/R-SPRINGFIELD: MY MOM AND DAD NEVER LET ME HAVE A DOG WHEN I WAS A KID-- CAUSE SHE KNEW SHE'D BE TAKING CARE OF IT. BUT MY EIGHTH GRADE TEACHER ROSALIE LESSER CALLED ME UP WHEN SHE FOUND OUT THAT GARMENTS IN VIRGINIA THAT CONTAIN ANIMAL HAIR LIKE DOG AND CAT HAIR. AND SHE CALLED ME UP AND SAID "DAVID, THIS IS JUST NOT RIGHT. WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS."))
[runs=:19]
[sot tape animal bills 16:42:03 ]

((SEN. RUSS POTTS/R-WINCHESTER: IT'S JUST HARD TO BELIEVE THAT SOMETHING LIKE THIS COULD TAKE PLACE. BUT IT HAS.))
[runs=:05]


And the radical stigma of groups like PETA hasn't stopped these otherwise conservative lawmakers from saying--
[sot tape animal bills 16:42:39 ]

((SEN. RUSS POTTS/R-WINCHESTER: I'M AN ACTIVE ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST. BECAUSE I BELIEVE STRONGLY THAT WE MUST PROTECT ALL OF GOD'S CHILDREN AND ALL OF GOD'S ANIMALS.))
[runs=:11]
[sot tape albo tape 12:07:31 ]

((DEL. DAVE ALBO/R-SPRINGFIELD: WELL I GUESS I'M THE ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST THIS YEAR.))
[runs=:03]
[sot tape animal bills 16:43:53 ]

((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/D-ROANOKE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM FAIRFAX HAS INDEED SHOWN US THAT THERE IS MORE THAN ONE WAY TO SKIN A CAT. I HOPE YOU PASS THE BILL.))
[runs=:09]
[sot standup]


In the irreverent House, more proof that ANY bill -- no matter how well intentioned -- can be dogged.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

[Tease#1]

[HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=NONE]


It's back to the 60's for gasoline prices. Still ahead, find out where it's below 70 cents a gallon.
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[VO-NAT]

And why are so many textile companies moving so many jobs to Mexico? We'll take you across the border "Going South".


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[COMM#1]


[Going-South-2]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#99-13 05:13]
[GRAPHIC=Going South]


Last night we introduced you to a Mexican worker with a new sewing job...
And an American worker who was laid off from hers.
Tonight, the story behind apparel layoffs.
[2-shot= Keith and Scott]


Scott Goldberg is here with the second part of his look at the apparel industry.
[Talent=Scott]


Keith, we've told this story many times:
People who have worked in garment factories for their entire careers come to work one day and find out they've lost their jobs.
It's hard for them to understand why American companies are using foreign labor.
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[VO-NAT]


But ask the companies why they're sending work to Mexico, and they'll tell you that Going South is their only choice.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Matamoros, Mexico;00]
[SUPER=10-Mae Mitchell/Laid-Off Worker/January;17]
[SUPER=@Scott1;29]
[SUPER=01-Bill Wolfe/Nova-Link;1:15]
[SUPER=01-Larry Martin/Amer. Apparel Manf. Assn.;1:42]
[SUPER=01-Kim Adkins/Tultex Spokeswoman; 2:23--QUICK!!!]
[RUNS=2:40]
[OUT Q=seven dollars a day]

((
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[SOT 3:01:24]

[matamoros/chamber tape]
[IN Q=natsound]

((music in matamoros market, pan to guy who walks by)) [RUNS04]
[OUT Q=]


It's no coincidence.
Jobs are coming to Matamoros Mexico ... [inside sewing factory] and to factories like this ... while sewing factories in Virginia are becoming extinct.
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[SOT from tape 98-77 at 33:11]
[IN Q=all of our jobs]

((MAE MITCHELL: ALL OF OUR JOBS HAVE GONE TO MEXICO AND THEY JUST CAN'T SURVIVE LIKE IT IS.)) [RUNS04]
[OUT Q=LIKE IT IS]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT "last standup" tape]
[IN Q=when apparel]

((SCOTT GOLDBERG: WHEN APPAREL JOBS LEAVE VIRGINIA, THEY COME TO PLACES LIKE MATAMOROS. AND IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, IT'S BECOME MUCH EASIER FOR AMERICAN COMPANIES TO SEND JOBS SOUTH OF THE BORDER.)) [RUNS11]
[OUT Q=THE BORDER]
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[SOT novalink 1 -- 1:44:47]
[IN Q=gracias]

((NATSOUND (walking through doors into factory) Bill Wolfe says: GRACIAS! )) [RUNS01]
[OUT Q=GRACIAS]


We visited a manufacturing complex called Nova/Link, where the North American Free Trade Agreement is helping American companies save money. [quick nat sound -- more sewing]
NAFTA lets those companies send raw materials here, pay Mexicans a fraction of what they paid American sewers, then ship the finished product back into the states, without paying a tariff when the goods cross the border.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT novalink 2 -- 1:10:04]

[STAY WITH VIDEO AFTER BITE -- JUST LOWER VOLUME]
[IN Q= WHAT YOU'RE]

((BILL WOLFE: WHAT YOU'RE SEEING HERE ARE JOBS COMING BACK FROM ASIA.)) [RUNS04]
[OUT Q= FROM ASIA]


Like anyone familiar with the clothing industry, Nova/Link partner Bill Wolfe will tell you the market is flooded with cheap imports from Asia.
To compete, Wolfe said, American companies must come to factories like his.
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[SOT novalink 2 -- 1:10:10]
[IN Q=or they]

((BILL WOLFE: OR THEY FOLD. THEY SELL THEIR EQUIPMENT FOR 10 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR AND THEY FOLD. )) [RUNS06]
[OUT Q=they fold]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT MEXICO 2 -- 10:47:43]
[IN Q=THE alternative]

((LARRY MARTIN: THE ALTERNATIVE IS ASIA. AND THERE'S A BIG DIFFERENCE.)) [RUNS04]
[OUT Q=DIFFERENCE]

[shot of larry walking through frame]
Larry Martin is president of the American Apparel Manufacturers Association, and said the alternative makes plants like Nova/Link look pretty good.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT -- MEXICO 2 -- 10:48:01]
[IN Q=NAFTA]

((LARRY MARTIN: THOSE PLANTS USE U-S FABRIC, U-S BUTTONS, U-S ZIPPERS, U-S TRANSPORTATION...SO ALTHOUGH THE SEWING IS OCCURRING SOMEPLACE IN MEXICO OR EL SALVADOR, THERE ARE A LOT OF AMERICANS WORKING BECAUSE OF THOSE PLANTS IN MEXICO.))

[RUNS16]
[OUT Q=mexico]


Even though Martin said American companies would ideally make everything in the USA... [back to footage from inside Nova/Link --backtime to bite?]
The economic reality is:
American consumers look at price tags, not labels.
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[SOT novalink 2 -- 1:12:26]

[bill wolfe looks at label in my shirt]
[IN Q=OK]

((BILL WOLFE: OK, THAT SHIRT WAS MADE IN GUATEMALA. YOU JUST CAST A VOTE WHEN YOU PUT DOWN YOUR MONEY. YOU SAID I LIKE SHIRTS MADE IN GUATEMALA.)) [RUNS12]
[OUT Q=GUATEMALA]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT from mexico 3 tape -- 16:03]
[IN Q=natsound]

((QUICK: Tultex truck drives by)) [RUNS01]
[OUT Q=]


As long as consumers demand low prices, companies like Tultex ... driven by their bottom line ... say they have to lay off workers.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT mexico 3 -- 31:04]
[IN Q=when you]

((KIM ADKINS/TULTEX SPOKESWOMAN: OVERALL YOU HAVE TO DO THE BEST YOU CAN TO BE PROFITABLE.)) [RUNS03]
[OUT Q=PROFITABLE]

[inside sewing plant]
The solution: Instead of paying Americans an average of nine or ten dollars an hour, apparel companies are going south .. creating new jobs in places like Nova/Link...
Where Alicia Lopez told us she's making seven dollars a day.))
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[Talent=Scott]


Even in Mexico, seven dollars a day is not a lot of money.
How can somebody earning that make ends meet?
[2-shot=Keith & Scott]

The answer to that question tomorrow.


[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


Blue chips dip ... but tech stocks roll. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
[RUNS=:25]
[SUPER=x5102;]
[SUPER=430-y/8.26/9544.42/x/34.39/2376.40;]


The Dow gave up eight points from yesterday's big gain. But NASDAQ kept going, up 39.

[SUPER=431-ic/42c/ir/85d/h1e/66d/i3!/57/hb/18g;]

[ AE/ATT/Bank of America/Bell/Columbia]
[SUPER=432-h1r/41!/i@/4&/i1#/38r/ib/54!/i#/47%;]

[Dana/Dimon/Dominion Resources/First Union/First VA]
[SUPER=433-id/103a/h2#/64e/ic/27g/ha/12/i!/40&;]

[General Electric/Kroger/Norfolk Southern/Optical Cable/Philip Morris]
[SUPER=434-i#/13r/ic/68%/hb/35&/i!/89d/i1a/87a;]

[Roanoke Electric Steel/SunTrust/Trigon/Wachovia/Walmart]

[County-Supers]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#98-83 52:40]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The debate isn't over yet, but the Roanoke County supervisors are moving closer to a decision on the construction of a new south county high school.
[Double Boxes=Keith/Joe--Microwave]


Joe Dashiell is at the county administration center tonight, where the school board and supervisors have been meeting.
[Live= Full/Joe -- Microwave]
[SUPER=@Joe1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke Co.;]


Keith, the school board members and some supervisors have been at odds over the location of the new school, and they have NOT resolved their differences. [TAKE FULL SCREEN MAP]
But the school board is now requesting a special use permit to build a school on the Wood's End property, and that has put the issue back in the supervisors' court.
(Rollcue: supervisors' court.)
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[SOT]
[IN Q=These projects]
[SUPER=01-Elmer Hodge/County Administrator; :00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape; :11]
[SUPER=@Nickens; :23]
[RUNS=:32]
[OUT Q=a few months before.]
[Live=Joe Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke Co.;]
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[Double Boxes=Keith/Joe -- Microwave]



[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Coming up tonight in sports, the weather is playing havoc with the regional high school sports schedule.
NASCAR makes another mark in the national mainstream.
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[VO-NAT]


And the Liberty women aren't undefeated like they were at this time last year, but they are still seeded number one in the upcoming Big South tournament
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[S-Tourney]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=TOURNEY TIME]


Unfortunately, some of tonight's regional and state high school action has been adversely affected by the snowfall in the area.
One of tonight's two Region Three games set for the Salem Civic Center has been postponed until tomorrow although one is still on.
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[GO TO boards]
[SUPER=#556]
[SUPER=x5027;]
[SUPER=0097-/Heritage///Wm. Byrd///Tonight at 6pm//Tunstall///Salem///PPD Wednesday Night/;]


Heritage and Byrd are at this hour, but the nightcap between Tunstall and Salem originally set for 7:30 this evening has been postponed until tomorrow night at 7:30.
[SUPER=x5009;]
[SUPER=0097-/Magna Vista///Carroll Co.///PPD Wednesday Night//Galax///Auburn///PPD Wednesday Night/;]


The region IV quarterfinal game between Magna Vista and Carroll County in Hillsville also has been moved to tomorrow night.
And the Region C game pitting Galax at Auburn also has been moved to tomorrow night.
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[talent=mike]
[graphic=volleyball]


Also keep in mind, the Group Two-A state volleyball quarterfinal matchup between Byrd and Bassett in Vinton has been postponed until tomorrow evening.


[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=EXPRESS/JOHNSTOWN]


The Roanoke Express' date with the Johnstown Chiefs at the Roanoke Civic Center is still set for tonight at seven o'clock.
The Express comes in tied for first in the Northeast division. The last time out over the weekend at Charlotte, the team snapped its four game losing streak.


[S-ACC]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]
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[PINNACLE PAGE TONIGHT!!]
The final week of the ACC regular season is winding down and while North Carolina is assured of the third seed in the upcoming ACC tournament, Wake Forest is in need of wins. The Deacons have 15 and they would like a couple of more before the tourney.
You can watch the two teams play tonight at 7 right here on Your Hometown Station.
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[S-Flames]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-31 43:33]
[GRAPHIC=Big South Tournament]


The Lady Flames are hoping to repeat as Big South Tournament Champions.
Rick Reeves' Liberty squad leaves for Ashville, North Carolina, tomorrow.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg;]


The Flames head down south with the regular season title under their belts.
Liberty is 18 and seven overall and eight and one in the conference.
Last year the Lady Flames entered the post season undefeated.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=this team]
[SUPER=01-Elena Kisseleva/Liberty Forward; :00]
[SUPER=01-Rick Reeves/Liberty Head Coach; 16]
[RUNS=:30]
[OUT Q=hostile environment]
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
[GRAPHIC=Big South Tournament]


The Women's Big South Tournament starts Thursday, but the Flames have a first round bye and don't play until Friday.

[S-ODAC]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-32 43:31]
[GRAPHIC=ODAC]


Virginia Tech women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson will serve as the guest speaker at the ODAC women's tournament banquet tomorrow night. Ladies tourney tips off Thursday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night; :00]


Last night at the Salem Civic Center, Hampden-Sydney became only the second team in conference history tot win three straight men's ODAC tournament titles. The Tigers beat Randolph-Macon 73-61. T.J. Grimes 21 points earned him most valuable player honors.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="We're]
[SUPER=01-T.J. Grimes/ODAC Tournament MVP; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kevin Garst/Five Points in Championship; :07]

((T.J.GRIMES/ODAC TOURNAMENT MVP:WE'RE PRETTY DEEP AND WE RAN OUR PRESSING TYPE OFFENSE. I DON'T THINK THEY ARE AS DEEP AS US AND THAT WAS ONE OF OUR PLANS GOING INTO THE GAME, TRY AND WEAR THEM DOWN A LITTLE BIT.)) ((KEVIN GARST/HAD FIVE POINTS IN CHAMPIONSHIP:THEY BEAT US AT OUR PLACE AND WE WANTED TO GET THEM BACK A LITTLE BIT. I THOUGHT WE PLAYED WELL AND I GUESS THIS ONE HAS TO BE THE SWEETEST SINCE IT'S THE LAST ONE.))
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=...it's the best one"]
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[S-Mayfield]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-33]
[GRAPHIC=NASCAR 99]


NASCAR continues to make inroads into mainstream America. This week Jeremy Mayfield, Jeff Gordon, Dick Trickle and Mark Martin are part of an article in Newsweek magazine off all places.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford/1995; :00]


In one other racing note, the New River Valley Speedway announced today that it plans to hold six Friday night racing cards at the track starting on June 4th.
Among the classes of cars that will be run on those nights are the Legends, Mini-Cups and the Enduros.
Two demolition derbies are also planned for the summer.
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Bellbottoms have made a comeback, so why not another relic of the '70's.. cheap gas?
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To attract customers to the newly-opened Sheetz Gas Station in New London, regular unleaded gas is selling for just 69 cents a gallon.
That's six cents cheaper than its neighbors.
Nationwide, the average price of all gasoline has dipped below one dollar for the first time in decades.
However, experts expect prices to increase again this spring.
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