[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Soldiers have joined the digging for victims of an avalanche in the Austrian Alps.
Several people are dead and more than two dozen still missing.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And the Health Department closes down the Star City Diner for the second time in less than two weeks.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[SS=None]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[avalanche]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Rescue teams in Austria are digging through mountains of snow this morning.. searching for survivors of a massive avalanche.
The avalanche hit a resort town yesterday killing at least 14.
Dozens are still missing.
Some of the fatalities were children playing in the street.
Mark Phillips reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=A lifting of]
[SUPER=03-Landeck, Austria; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mark Phillips/Reporting; 1:05]
[RUNS=1:21]
[OUT Q=cbs News, London.]

(( A lifting of the snow clouds and daylight allowed the first rescue flights to take off for Galtuer this morning. They brought relief into the stricken village... and bad news out.
The helicopters ran a shuttle service, carrying in rescue teams and bringing the injured to the town of Landeck, about 25 miles away. Hospitals were soon overrun with victims.
In Galtuer itself the grim search continued... it's results often confirming the worst fears, that many had been buried in the onrushing snow. Those caught out in the open had no chance. Others, caught in and protected by buildings may yet survive, if they can be found and dug out in time.
Scenes like these have been repeated all over the Alps in the past days and weeks as the heaviest snowfalls in fifty years have overburdened mountainsides and sent massive avalances into the villages in the valleys. The death toll across the mountains is already over sixty this winter.
Today's relative break in the weather has allowed rescue work to begin, but it's a race against time and the elements to get at survivors. - - - - - - - - -
(Phillips O/C close)
(Approximate)

Helicopters from neighbouring countries have been offered to increase the rescue effort as the road into Galtuer is stil closed. The Unites States is sending ten aircraft in from Germany, six have already left and more personnel will follow later... Fatality figures are expected to rise. MP CBSN, London.))

[plane-crash]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Commercial]


A passenger jet has crashed in southeast China, killing all 61 on board.
A state-run news agency says the plane plunged into a field and exploded near a city about 800 miles southeast of Beijing.
No word yet on the cause, but officials say the pilot radioed the airport as he prepared to land -- and then contact was lost.

[Dragging-death]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


John King should soon learn his punishment for chaining a black man to a pickup truck and dragging him to his death.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Jasper, TX;]


It took a Texas juror less than three hours yesterday to find him guilty of capital murder in the death of James Byrd Junior.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[11:20:04-28 and 11l33:33-37]
[IN Q=I think any....]
[SUPER=01-Guy James/Prosecutor;]
[SUPER=01-Mary Verrett/Byrd's Sister;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=don't have him back.]
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[VO-NAT]


Prosecutors have already put on evidence about King's previous criminal activity.
Today, psychiatric testimony is expected.
Then, Jurors must decide between death of life behind bars.
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[Star-City-Diner]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=12]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-?]
[GRAPHIC=Star City Diner]


The Star City Diner has closed its doors again, following another health inspection.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/February 17;]


The Roanoke restaurant closed a week ago Friday, after an earlier inspection revealed roaches and other problems.

The diner reopened on Wednesday after the most serious violations were corrected.
But yesterday, health inspectors found more live roaches, mouse droppings and a dead mouse.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


Health officials say they won't re-inspect the restaurant until a certified pest control company informs the department that the building is free of rodents and insects.

[Finn]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The fight to award Michelle Finn legal fees continues.
State Legislators have revived a 48-thousand dollar payment to Finn who fought Governor Gilmore in court over her right to let her husband die.
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[VO-NAT 98-74 TC 1:49:34]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


Last Week, The House Claims Committee rejected a bill to pay the money to Finn.
But Last night, House and Senate budget negotiators restored the money while working out a compromise spending package. Since the money can't be stripped from the budget in a floor amendment, Governor Gilmore will have to use his line-item veto to prevent paying Finn.
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[Anchor=Melanie]
[ss=none]


Hugh Finn died in a Mannasas nursing home last October after Gilmore sued to try to keep the man's feeding tube

from being removed.[Tultex]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Tultex]


By Friday, 85 percent of the sewing work done for Tultex will be done in Mexico.
The Martinsville-based company is closing its sewing operation in Mayodan, North Carolina.
145 people will be laid off.
Tultex, like many apparel companies, is sending work south of the border to take advantage of cheap labor.
Tultex still operates three sewing plants in Virginia.

[Mexico-K]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Going South]


This week on News-7, we've taken you inside a Mexican factory where copmanies like Tultex use Mexican sewers.
Tonight, you'll hear more from a worker who told us her job pays seven dollars a day.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Matamoros, Mexico;]


Even in Mexico, there's not a whole lot you can buy with that kind of money.
Still, the people earning it say they're happy with their jobs.
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[SOT novalink 3 -- 11:38:31]

[TURN DOWN VOLUME AFTER A COUPLE OF SECONDS]
[IN Q=claro que si]

((ARACELY SANCHEZ/APPAREL WORKER: CLARO QUE SI ...))
[SUPER=01-Aracely Sanchez/Apparel Worker;]
[RUNS=03]
[OUT Q=]
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[VO-NAT]


This woman said of course she's happy, because the factory gave her what might have been her only opportunity to get a job and earn an income.
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[SOT matamoros/jorge tape -- 2:39:14]
[IN Q=i'm sure]

((JORGE GUERRA: I'M SURE WE ALL LOVE MONEY AND THE THINGS MONEY CAN BUY. BUT THERE ARE MANY OTHER THINGS THAT CAN MAKE A PEOPLE HAPPY.))
[SUPER=01-Jorge Guerra/Matamoros Ec. Dev. Committee;]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=happy]
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[take still store --4738 TONIGHT]
Find out how Mexican workers stretch their few dollars on "Going South."
Our look at the apparel industry continues tonight at six.
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[Rowe-Furniture]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=99-4 45:48]
[GRAPHIC=Rowe Furniture]

The Rowe Furniture Company says they have outgrown their Salem Plant.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem;]

The furniture maker announced plans yesterday to move most of its operations to Montgomery County. Only the plant's furniture frame manufacturing will remain in the Salem facility. Officials say it's good news for the company, its employees and stockholders.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT=14:53:31]
[IN Q=WE WERE REALLY]

((STEVE SHELOR/ROWE SPOKESMAN; WE WERE REALLY EXCITED TO RELEASE......PUTTING OUR MONEY WHERE OUR MOUTH IS.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Shelor/Rowe Spokesman;]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=WHERE OUR MOUTH IS.]
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[VO-NAT]

170-jobs will be added to the furniture maker's workforce of more than five-hundred. Officials expect to begin production in the 15-million dollar facility by the first of the new year.
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[General-Assembly]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=none]


State lawmakers beat a midnight deadline and came through with a budget compromise to spend 275- Million dollars in lottery profits on schools.
Half of that money will go to schools with no strings attached, the other half will be restricted to school construction and other specified needs.
The issue was considered the biggest obstacle for General Assembly budget negotiators trying to beat the clock.

[XGR-Wrap]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-1 43:53]
[GRAPHIC=Vistar-Legislature]


Salem eye doctors are not getting support from Richmond for their surgery center .
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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;]


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 in the House.
The Delegates voted to place a bounty on the heads of coyotes.
About 28- hundred coyotes are now legally killed each year in Virginia.
The bounty would pay hunters to do the job.
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[Animal-Bills]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=98-78 1:20:17]
[GRAPHIC=Animal Bills]


Virginia lawmakers were also busy taking a bite out of animal cruelty crimes.
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[VO-NAT]


Yesterday, a bill to stiffen the penalties for animal cruelty got final legislative approval.
The link to human violence has made more lawmakers pro-animal rights.
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[SOT]
[sot tape animal bills 14:05:07 ]

((ALVINA PITCHES/VIRGINIA FED. OF HUMANE SOCIETIES: MOST OF YOUR SERIAL KILLERS, FROM JEFFREY DAHMER TO CHILD ABUSERS AND OTHER CRIMINALS, THEY HAVE A PREVIOUS HISTORY OF ABUSE TO ANIMALS. AND ALL THE RECENT SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, THE CHILDREN INVOLVED IN THOSE CASES-- AT LEAST ONE INVOLVED IN EACH CASE WAS INVOLVED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY IN THE PAST.))
[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.))
[SUPER=01-Alvina Pitches/Virginia Fed. of Humane Societies; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Russ Potts/(R) Winchester; :19]
[RUNS=:29]
[OUT Q=God's animals.]
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[VO-NAT]


Also among the animal-friendly measures: -- a bill that would ban the sale of domestic pet fur in Virginia, -- a bill to study improving animal shelters -- and a bill to make it easier to prosecute people who set up dog fights.
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[grammy]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from Los Angeles tonight right here on the CBS beginning at 8 o'clock.

Women dominate the Awards show this year, with Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Shania Twain, Celine Dion and Brandy leading the way.
Manuel Gallegus has a preview of tonight's show.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles; :00]
[SUPER=01-Celine Dion/Singer; :15]
[SUPER=01-Rosie O'Donnell/Grammy MC; :54]
[SUPER=01-Kirk Franklin/Singer; 1:31]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/Reporting; 1:36]
[RUNS=1:54]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES.]

((


--NAT SOT-CELINE DION PERFORMS "THE PRAYER"



CELINE DION REHEARSING FOR HER POP/OPERATIC DUET WITH ANDREA
BOCCELI_. DION IS NOMINATED IN FOUR BIG CATEGORIES_ SHE TOLD US SINCE
"TITANIC" SHE'S BEEN TRYING TO SLOW DOWN.

--SOT-CELINE DION, SINGER


Now, I'm not doing anything_ I'm just completing the year. I'm
touring the world until the end of '99/ year 2000 at home, then
see-ya! I'm going to do something else."

--NAT SOT-LAURYN HILL



WITH A VERY DIFFERENT STYLE, LOOK-OUT FOR LAURYN HILL_ WITH 1O
NOMINATIONS FOR HER SOLO ALBUM "THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL,"
SHE'S THE FRONT-RUNNER THIS YEAR_AND SHE'S ONLY 23_

IN FACT, AGAIN WOMEN DOMINATE THE AWARDS_ MADONNA, SHERYL CROW,
SHANIA TWAIN, AND BRANDY LEAD THE WAY_ EIGHT OF THE TEN RECORD AND
ALBUM OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS ARE FOR WOMEN.
HOST ROSIE O'DONNELL IS GLAD IT'S ON HER WATCH.

--SOT-ROSIE O'DONNELL/ENTERTAINER


It really is the year of the women and deservedly so.
Whenever any minority gets recognized by the masses, and says that
you're here, you're deserving, you're invited to the party, it's a
great thing. And this year it happens to be women.

--NAT SOT-AEROSMITH



MEN AREN'T COMPLETELY OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT. PERENNIAL ROCKERS
AEROSMITH WILL PERFORM THEIR SONG OF THE YEAR NOMINATION_

--NAT SOT-RICKY MARTIN



IN AN EFFORT TO RECOGNIZE LATIN POP, SINGER RICKY MARTIN ALSO
PERFORMS.

--NAT SOT-KIRK FRANKLIN


AND WITH A NEW STYLE OF RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL KIRK FRANKLIN HAS FIVE
NOMINATIONS_

--SOT-KIRK FRANKLIN, NOMINEE


"nowadays, it's not popular to talk about your faith in your music,
but I choose to.

--STAND-UP--
AND REMEMBER THE TEMPTATIONS ? THEIR 56TH ALBUM PHOENIX RISING IS
NOMINATED FOR BEST R&B PERFORMANCE - BURT BACHARACH, ARETHA FRANKLIN,
SHIRLEY BASSEY ARE ALSO NOMINATED PROVING THE STANDARDS NEVER GO OUT
OF STYLE.
MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS, HOLLYWOOD.))

[Rare-Whale]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A rare deep sea whale has been filmed for the first time off the coast of Western Australia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Busselton, Australia;]

[7:15:49]
The Grey Beaked whale, a dolphin look a like, has never been filmed before.
There are fears that the mammal is sick.
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[IN=HALF OF ITS BACK..]

((Nick Gales, Zoologist: "Half of its back is actually out of the water when it is lying at the surface and it shouldn't be like that. So there may well be a problem with its lungs, like a pneumonia or something like that." ))
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT=SOMETHING LIKE THAT.]
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[VONAT]
The great fear is that the whale will ultimately beach itself.
Until then, there is great international interest in what can be learned about one of the most secretive mammals to swim earth's oceans.
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[Express]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-36 ]
[GRAPHIC=Express/Chiefs]


A win on the ice has the Express in front of Richmond by two points in the Northeast Division.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Chiefs vs. Express;]


Straight to the action. Roanoke's Dave Gagnon turned away 33 of 34 shots, including this point blank stop in the second period with the Express clinging to a 2-1 lead.
[SUPER=34-Roanoke/4/Johnstown/1;]


Roanoke's Jason Dailey switched lines and showed a big improvement, scoring this wrap- around goal to put the Express up 3- 1.
Tim Christian would score his 19th goal on the season, becoming the Express' number- two all time scorer, surpassing Jeff Jablonski. The Express take this one from Johnstown 4 to 1.
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[Danville]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-38]
[GRAPHIC=NORTHWEST REGION]


On to the hardwood, where high school tournaments are heating up all over the region.
We start off in the Northwest region, where G-W Danville played host to the Knights of Cave Spring.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/Cave Spring vs. G.W. Danville; :00]


And this would be a close one. Cave Spring's Kevin Connally misses the shot, but J-J Redick gets the nice putback.
But the Eagles Brian Gunn gets out on the fast break and scores the layup for two.
Mike Hamlar would answer that with an outlet pass to Jess Seamon, who hammers in the dunk on the other end.
[SUPER=33-Cave Spring/67/G.W. Danville/71;]


But G-W prevails. Lavar Wright gets the layin, and the Eagles advance with the 71-to-67 win.
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[Fleming]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-42 tc 11:46:13]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


Danville will face long time rival William Fleming on Thursday night, after the Colonels pulled out a victory over Albemarle.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Albemarle vs. William Fleming;]


But Fleming had to fight for this win. Alvin Logan drives through the Albemarle defense to score two for Fleming.


Then, Cedric Preston gets it to Michael Fleshman. 41-38 Colonels.
[super=33-Albemarle/43/William Fleming/54;]


And Fleming sinks a string of fourth quarter foul shots to beat Albemarle 54-to-43.
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[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[GRAPHIC=none]


In Region C action, Glenvar beat Bland to advance to the semi-finals. George Wythe hammered Covington 80-to-59. And Parry McCluer whipped John Battle 65-to-44.


[Three]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-34]
[GRAPHIC=REGION THREE]


In Region Three, William Byrd hammered Seminole champ Heritage at the Salem Civic Center.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Heritage vs. William Byrd;]


The Terriers get out in front, when Curt Hetherington gives to Matt McGuire for the bucket.
Heritage would cut into that advantage. Maurice Buck passes to Andre Gill for the jump shot.
The Pioneers Russell Henderson fires in this shot from the corner to tie it up late.
But Byrd's persistence paid off in the end. Matt McGuire's shot is blocked,
[super=33-William Byrd/55/Heritage/45;]

Josh Wheeler gets the putback, and Byrd moves on to face Gretna with the 55-to-45 win.
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[Cave]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-26 1:22:56]
[GRAPHIC=Northwest Tourney]


On to the ladies, where Cave Spring played host to Albemarle in the Northwest regional opener.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Albemarle vs. Cave Spring; :00]


And the R-V-D champs would strike first. Sarah Rutherford feeds Renee Gagnier inside, her shot falls to give the Knights a four point lead.
But the visitors from Charlottesville were anything but pushovers. Jess Evers gets two to tie it all up.
Then Cave's Sherri Rickman takes the Jessica Caldwell pass and converts inside to give the Knights the lead.
[super=33-Albemarle/46/Cave Spring/55;]


And Rutherford clinches it with the three pointer. Cave Spring wins its 20th game of the year 55-to-46.
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[Girls]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-38 1248TC]
[GRAPHIC=hold]


The Lady Knights will meet G-W Danville in the girls Northwest semi-finals tomorrow night. The Eagles ended Fleming's season in Southside.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/Northwest Regionals;:00]


In the second half, GW's Raynisha Johnson drives up the middle, gets through heavy traffic and eventually puts in the layup.
Fleming's Shaunaray Walker would answer that drive by taking the cross court pass and turning it into a hoop. This one is neck and neck deep into the fourth quarter.
[super=33-William Fleming/52/G.W. Danville/61;]


But G-W would get the win. Shanna Price passes to Tokisha Burton for the easy 2 points and the Eagles advance to the(------------) semi-finals with the 61-to-52 win.