[News-Heads]

[ANCHOR=Jean]

[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=Heads]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Next on News 7-
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[VO-NAT]


We'll hear from the 3-year old who was missing in the woods.
Satellite Versus cable- Which is for you?
Eric Earnhart compares the two locally.
Tobacco farmers are pulling out all the stops and all the tractors.
And an NFL ref talks about the problems this year.
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[Talent=Jean]
[graphic=none]


News 7 is next.
[Open]
[SUPER=#4064; News 7 at Eleven Headline Banner]
[SUPER=@Jean1;]
[SUPER=@Robin1;]
[SUPER=@Mike1;]



[Video-Open]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=Video Open]
[GRAPHIC=N7 at 11]
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[SOT 11:59:38]
[IN Q=To think that]

((VICKI STOWE/MOTHER: TO THINK THAT A PART OF ME, THAT'S SOMETHING I CREATED, THAT'S MY CHILD, THIS SHOULDN'T HAPPEN TO MY CHILD.))
[SUPER=01-Vicki Stowe/Mother;]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=to my child.]
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[VO-NAT]


A mother recounts her worst nightmare after her son disappears.
He's found alive and well. Today, they both speak.
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[Missing-Child]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-5 20:08]
[GRAPHIC=Ranson Found]


The three-year old boy who spent 24 hours alone in the woods over the weekend is back home with his family tonight.

Steve Smallshaw tells us little Zachary Ranson appears to be doing just fine after his ordeal.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Madison Heights; :00]
[SUPER=01-Vicki Stowe/Mother; :18]
[SUPER=01-Missy Carter/Stepmother; :28]
[SUPER=@ssm2; :42]
[RUNS=:57]
[OUT Q=Smallshaw, News7.]

(( With his dog for warmth and companionship, Zachary Ranson views his night alone in the woods as no big deal.. but it was a long 24 hours for his family.
Mom Vicki Stowe had nearly given up hope until she looked at her boy's picture Saturday night.
[SOT 12:00:14]

((VICKI STOWE/MOTHER: IT WAS LIKE HE WAS ALMOST TALKING BACK TO ME AND I WAS LIKE, FORGET THIS, HE'S NOT GONE, HE'S NOT DEAD, HE'S OUT THERE. I KNOW HE'S OUT THERE.))
[RUNS= 07]
[OUT Q=he's out there.]


So Zachary's family kept going.. hoping their story would not become another tragedy for the nation to read about.


[SOT 12:09:01]

((MISSY CARTER/STEPMOTHER: YOU HEAR OF THIS IN CALIFORNIA, NEW YORK.. NOT IN VIRGINIA AND NOT IN YOUR BACKYARD. AND HE'S SAFE AND HES ALL ...))
[RUNS= 13]


Just one man found Zachary Sunday, but hundreds of volunteers took part in the search over the weekend.. others offered food or words of comfort and support.
For all of them, Zachary and his family have a message..
[SOT 11:52:28]

((ZACHARY RANSON: THANK YOU EVERYBODY..))
[RUNS= 02]


Steve Smallshaw, News7.))



[Apartment-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#=98-76 2:04:34]
[GRAPHIC=Deadly Fire]


Fire investigators say they know what caused a deadly apartment building fire in Danville this morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


They say 65-year-old Donald Daniel was using a charcoal grill for heat because he had no electricity in his apartment.
Some nearby items ignited, and flames quickly spread.
After more than an hour of battling the fire, crews discovered Daniel's body in the rubble.
Police officers on routine patrol were the first to notice the fire, and they helped get two other people out of the burning building safely.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:29:11-:17]
[IN Q=I was glad]

((DONALD JAMES/ESCAPED BURNING APARTMENT: I WAS GLAD TO BE OUT OF THERE. I REALLY DIDN'T CAR ABOUT WHAT I HAD LOST, I WAS JUST THANKFUL TO BE OUT OF THERE.))
[SUPER=01-Donald James/Escaped Burning Apartment;]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=out of there.]
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[VO-NAT]


Police are waiting for autopsy results to determine Daniel's cause of death.
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[Cable-Rates]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=98-78 1:28:08]
[GRAPHIC=Cable TV]


Cable rates in the Roanoke Valley are going up again.
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[VO-NAT]

[pre pro]
Your bill will go up a dollar-76 if you live in the city of Roanoke, Roanoke County or Vinton.
That puts rates close to 32-dollars a month for Cox Communications' most popular basic cable package.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
[graphic=hold]


Rates for premium channels will go up, too.
Cox said the new rates will help the company pay operating costs and add new channels.

[Satellite]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-7 30:34]
[GRAPHIC=Satellite TV]


When cable rates go up, will customers bail out?
Satellite dish dealers hope so.
[double box=Jean/Eric=newsroom]


But before you switch, get the facts.
We sent Eric Earnhart out to compare the cost of satellite verses cable. [take eric full]
[SUPER=@Eric1]


Jean, as is often the case... there is no easy answer...
The best deal for you, depends on you...
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Another day, another]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Hill/New Satellite Customer; :08-quick]
[SUPER=01-Phillip Cullum/Digital Dimensions; :20]
[SUPER=01-Matt Whitcomb/ACS Home Entertainment; :38]
[SUPER=@Eric1; :51]
[RUNS=1:27]
[OUT Q=the way to go]


(( Another day, another dish, and another television viewer hooks up to the world of satellite broadcasting.

[SOT 05:37:00]
[IN Q=i live in Frankin]

(( ELIZABETH HILL/NEW SATELLITE CUSTOMER; I LIVE IN FRANKLIN COUNTY AND WE DON'T HAVE CABLE ACCESS. )) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=cable acces]



Satellite dealers are expecting the latest rate increase to send more current cable customers their way as well...


[SOT 00:04:00 ELLER TAPE]
[IN Q=it definitely]

((PHILLIP CULLUM/DIGITAL DIMENSIONS; IT DEFINITLY HAS A MAJOR IMPACT WHEN CABLE RATES TO UP.)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=rates go up]


But who really has the best deal...
If you go strictly by the numbers, here they are, Cable costs just over 30 dollars for 54 channels, Satellite costs just under 30 dollars for 100 channels.

[SOT 05:33:12]
[IN Q=if they really]

((MATT WHITCOMB/ACS HOME ENTERTAINMENT; IF THEY REALLY SIT DOWN TO LOOK A THE VALUE THAT THEY'RE GETTING FOR THE DOLLAR A LOT OF THEM WILL SWITCH. )) [RUNS06]
[OUT Q=will switch]



The deal becomes more palatable as dealers offer free dishes, and whatever else they can to convince viewers to make the switch.
05:35:23 Satellite dealers are also addressing the concerns of people that just don't want one of these things sitting in their front yard... it is the ultimate marriage of high tech and low tech... meet the satellite recieving rock.

But even the rock can't block this cable counter-punch... satellite tv canNOT deliver local stations...
Viewers who can, will have to use rabbit ears or an outdoor antenna.

[SOT 05:33:23]
[IN Q=their primary concern]

((MATT WHITCOMB/ACS HOME ENTERTAINMENT; THEIR PRIMARY CONCERN IS THEIR LOCAL NETWORKS, THEIR LOCAL AFFILIATES AND BEYOND THAT THEY'RE JUST NOT REALLY INTO A LOT OF TELEVISION, IN THAT CASE THE DISH IS NOT THAT MUCH OF AN INTEREST TO THEM. (12) BUT FOR SOMEBODY THAT HAS A LARGE APPETITE THE DISH IS THE WAY TO GO. )) [RUNS14]
[OUT Q=way to go]))

[take Eric full]
(ad lib)



[double box=Jean/Eric=newsroom]



[Franklin-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Murder]


A Franklin County man was arraigned in court today for the weekend murder of his wife.
Authorities say 49-year-old Connie Grigg was stabbed to death in her home in the Ferrum section of the county Saturday morning.
Her husband, James Grigg, faces first degree murder charges and is being held without bond.
His preliminary hearing is set for May fourth.



[Severed-Head]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=598-40 1:18:46]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


A severed head was found this morning by a couple walking in a Richmond park.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


Richmond police are providing scant details -- but spent much of the day searching the north bank of the James River in Richmond as a crime scene.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 16:02:33]
[IN Q=We did]

((WE DID FIND A SEVERED HEAD THAT APPEARED TO BE THAT OF A WHITE MALE. SOME HOURS LATER AS WE WERE PROCESSING THE SCENE AND CONTINUING TO SEARCH FOR ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE, WE DID LOCATE A TORSO. THE TORSO WAS LOCATED ANYWHERE BETWEEN THREE QUARTERS OF A MILE TO A MILE EAST OF THE FOOTBRIDGE ITSELF.))
[SUPER=01-Teresa Gooch/Richmond Deputy Police Chief;]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=footbridge itself.]
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[VO-NAT]


Police will NOT say how the head appeared to be severed.
It was found on a footbridge that is a main thoroughfare of the park.
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[Olympic]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=net-A]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Salt Lake City Olympic Scandal wasn't just Salt Lake City's fault- It came from a culture of corruption that's been going on for years.
That's the result of one investigation- as Bobbi Harley explains.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=It's a multi-billion]
[SUPER=03-Nagano, Japan/February 1998;]
[SUPER=01-George Mitchell/Special Commission Member; 17]
[Super=01-Bobbi Harley/Reporting; 30 no standup]
[SUPER=01-Roberta Cooper Ramo/Special Commission Member; 58]
[RUNS=1:13]
[OUT Q=standard outcue.]

((IT'S A MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS -- THE OLYMPIC GAMES. MONEY, TRIPS AND GIFTS - ALL PART OF A CULTURE THAT GOES HAND IN HAND WITH BIDDING ON THE GAMES - THAT'S THE FINDING OF A SPECIAL ETHICS COMMISSION FORMED TO FIND OUT WHAT WENT WRONG IN SALT LAKE CITY - NOW EMBROILED IN A MILLION DOLLAR BRIBERY INVESTIGATION. George Mitchell/Special Commission What they did was wrong, but they did not invent this culture, it was already flourishing. THE COMMISSION - HEADED BY FORMER SENATOR GEORGE MITCHELL - LEVELED ITS HARSHEST CRITICISM AT THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE. THE PANEL BLAMES THE I-O-C FOR HAVING SOME KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT WAS GOING ON AND THEN NOT ACTING TO STOP IT. SINCE SALT LAKE CITY -- NINE MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION HAVE ALREADY RESIGNED OR BEEN EXPELLED. TODAY'S COMMISSION REPORT CALLS FOR EVEN MORE CHANGE. FROM PUBLIC FINANCIAL AUDITS TO ELECTION RATHER THAN APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO ABSOLUTELY NO GIFT GIVING ON ANY LEVEL. Roberta Cooper Ramo/Commission Member: What the public deserves, what the athletes deserve, is to know that the I-O-C selects its sites based on who puts on the best games, not who gives the best presents to I-O-C members. Bobby Harley, CBS News, Salt Lake City.))

[Wiley-Drive]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=98-79 1:40:00]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke]


Construction along the Roanoke River may bring changes to city parks.
And today, one resident urged members of city council to consider the needs of the disabled, before they make any decisions.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The sewer interceptor project is now under way along the Roanoke River, and flood control improvements are planned.
It's possible that a portion of the road through Wasena Park may have to close.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 01:59:50]
[IN Q=I know that something]

((I KNOW THAT SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE TO STOP THE FLOODING AND I KNOW THE SEWER LINE HAS TO BE INSTALLED AND I'M NOT AGAINST THE RECREATIONAL TRAIL. I DON'T THINK TRAILS SHOULD TAKE THE PARK AWAY FROM ME.))
[SUPER=01-Christene Montgomery/Roanoke Resident]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=take the park away from me.]
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[VO-NAT]


No decisions have been made, but city manager Bob Herbert says if a portion of the road is closed, picnic shelters and other recreation areas may be moved to provide adequate access.
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[Toss-2-Robin] Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey

[Tease1]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
[SS=None]


When News 7 at 11 returns, tobacco farmers protest to get their fair share of the settlement between states and tobacco giants.
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[VO-NAT]


And the U-S still refuses to sign an international treaty banning land mines - so victims protest in the nation's capital.
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[Sports-Preview]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=Mike]
[TAPE#=Sports-Preview]
[GRAPHIC=None]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=First audio]
[RUNS=:29]
[OUT Q=....7 sports."]

((Hey folks this is Mike Stevens welcome to your Monday night as the Clemson Tigers win the ACC women's crown. An NFL referee was at the sports club meeting tonight. Let's take a look at the instant replay of his appeaance.
Also, Kerry Collins feels the BIg Apple full court press, and Steve Mason introduces us to a courageous wrestler from Staunton River.
All that and more tonight on News 7 sports.))



[Tobacco-Farmers]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Tobacco Settlement]


They're not just blowing smoke.
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[VO-NAT]

[16:57:32]
[SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC]


With 500 tractors in tow, North Carolina tobacco farmers brought traffic to a halt in their state capital today to make a point.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[14:23:36]
[IN Q=Everyone is]

((KENNETH RUDD//FARMER: EVERYONE IS SCRAMBLING FOR THE MONEY, AND WE JUST WANT TO GET OUR PART- IT'S HARD TO SAY WHERE IT IS GOING.))
[SUPER=01-Kenneth Rudd/Farmer]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=where it is going.]
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[VO-NAT]


The farmers say they deserve half of the 4-point-6 Billion dollars coming to the state after a tobacco settlement with cigarette makers.
Not only have cigarette sales slumped over the past two years -- government subsidies to farmers have dropped some 35-percent.
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[Erosion-Control]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-81 1:23:38]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Another obstacle facing farmers is land erosion - but planting trees along streambanks can curb that.
The trick is getting farmers to do it.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


Eighth-and ninth graders show how it's done.
They hammered more than one thousand live stakes along the stream on the Slotnick property.
When these grow into trees -- they'll stop soil and pollution from washing into the water.
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[SOT 11:34:13]
[IN Q=There is an expense]

((THERE IS AN EXPENSE OUT OF POCKET FOR THE FARMER BUT IN THE LONG RUN WE FEEL IT'S GOING TO BE AN EFFICIENT, COST-EFFECTIVE WAY OF REDUCING THE RUNOFF.))
[SUPER=01-Roger Seale/Ferrum College;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=reducing the runoff]
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[VO-NAT]


Residents must pay at least a quarter of the cost, which can add up to several thousand dollars.
Ferrum College, Virginia Tech and several environmental groups pick up the rest.
They're trying to convince almost three-hundred farmers, from Callaway to Smith Mountain Lake, to protect their banks too.
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[Mine-March]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST= Mine-March]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=net-B]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Demonstrators took to the streets in Washington with bells on-
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 15:03:58]
[IN Q=Nat Sound]
((NAT SOT BELL RINGING))
[RUNS=03]
[OUT Q=NAT SOT BELL RINGING.]
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[VO-NAT]


These people are making noise and marching to help get rid of land mines.
The international community has come up with a treaty banning land mines, but the United States has decided NOT to sign the accord.
People who've lost limbs to land mines took part in the protest.
Every year landmines mame and kill 25-thousand people around the world.
133 nations have signed the treaty- 12 countries have already destroyed their stock of the weapon.
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[Iraq]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=net-C]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq Attack]


More United Nations attacks on Iraq today.
And U-S pilots now have the go ahead to target even more Iraqi facilities.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Mosul, Iraq; ]


They will not only be able to respond to missile and artillery attacks. They can also strike communications and command control hubs as they did this past weekend.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 15:06:18]
[IN Q=There's only one person]

((WILLIAM COHEN/SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: THERE'S ONLY ONE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT IS TAKING PLACE IN IRAQ TODAY. THAT IS SADDAM HUSSEIN'S REFUSAL TO COMPLY WITH UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION.))
[SUPER=01-William Cohen/Secretary of Defense]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=COUNCIL RESOLUTION.]
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[VO-NAT]


Cohen says the U-S did target a power station that controls flow of Iraqi oil and possibly some communications for Iraqi military.
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[Tease2]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
[SS=None]


Straight ahead on News 7, a booming economy makes for a happy ending to the most recent General Assembly session.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]


And later in the newscast, you won't have to be a rocket scientist to head to space in this vehicle -- and some experts say that could be less than a decade away.
(----------------)



[lotto]
[SUPER=135-9 3 5/4 2 9 3/11 16 23 25 28]



NIGHT DRAWING=

Pick 3:
9-3-5

(nine, three, five)


Pick 4:
4-2-9-3

(four, two, nine, three)


Cash 5:
11-16-23-25-28

[XGR-Follow]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-4 51:15]
[GRAPHIC=Va. Capitol]


It may have been the most harmonious session of the Virginia General Assembly this decade.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


Political analysts are crediting a booming state economy and a strong two party system.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 14:48:00 ]
[IN Q=Largely I]

((ROBERT HOLSWORTH/VCU POLITICAL ANALYST: LARGELY I THINK...TO BE A LOT EASIER.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Holsworth/VCU Political Analyst; ]
[RUNS=:24]
[OUT Q=a lot easier.]
[TALENT=Jean]
[SS=Hold]


The Assembly's regular annual session wrapped up Saturday night.
Among its accomplishments: a plan to cut the sales tax on groceries, a military tax cut, a cut to college tuitions, and more money for education.

[Wx-Almanac]


[ANCHOR=Robin]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=rre]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Winds are still up around the region, but they will relax a bit tomorrow and temperatures are on the way up. Here's a peek at the almanac numbers for March.
(///// SOT /////)
[RUNS=1:00]
[OQ=Graphic of March snow numbers]


[COMMERCIAL]
[Forecasts]
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[SUPER=X5000;]
[SUPER=330-Clearing/Winds Diminish/30-32/Mostly Sunny/Wind SW-10/56-58;]
[SUPER=331-Clear And/Cold/28-32/Sunny And/Milder/58-60;]
[SUPER=332-Becoming/Clear/28-30/Partly Sunny/And Milder/54-56;]
[SUPER=333-Clearing/Winds Diminish/28-30/Partly/Sunny/53-56;]
[SUPER=334-Gradual/Clearing/22-25/Increasing Clouds/Late/54-56;]

[SUPER=X5001;][S-Extra]



[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]



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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL; :00]


No one has a more comfortable driving enviroment than Rusty Wallace's truck driver, Bob Tracey.
He is the envy of his counterparts in the garage area now that he has this brand new state of the art, $350 thousand dollar, all stainless-steel tractor trailer.
It has a full size refrigerator inside of it along with a 10 disc CD changer, plus it's an automatic. And, it gets 10 miles to the gallon, which is good for these big machines. Before the year is over, Tracey will have driven it some 90 thousand miles.
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(BYE BYE)



[S-ACC]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-31]
[GRAPHIC=A-10]


The Atlantic 10 conference crowned St. Joseph's as its tournament champion last night in Philadelphia.
The Hawks extended their current winning streak to 11 games with an 85-to-73 win over Xaviers. Tech's Amy Wetzel was named to the all-conference team.
[graphic=acc]


In the ACC last night, the Clemson Tigers got the best of North Carolina to claim the title.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/HTS; :00]


Clemson trailed at the half, but some key adjustments to break opena tied game in the final 8 minutes.
The Tigers big gun was Itoro Uhmo who scored 26 points including three on this bomb from way beyond the arc.
[super=33-Clemson/87/North Carolina/72;]


Nikki Teasley led the Tarheels with 19 points. But Clemson gets the 87-to-72 win over the Heels.
(------------)



[S-Refs]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-43 tc 14:19]
[GRAPHIC=NFL]


An NFL veteran talked to the Roanoke Valley Sports Club about great plays and game day preparations last night at the Salem Civic Center.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem;]


Gerry Austin has been wearing zebra strips in the National Football League for 17 years.
The officiating of NFL games made national sports headlines in the '98 season, a botched coin toss on Thanksgiving Day and controversial game deciding calls come to mind.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 04:56:14]
[IN Q=When you have]
[SUPER=01-Gerry Austin/Veteran NFL Referee;]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=pretty good job]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The refs are graded each week and after several seasons if they don't measure up they are let go. In fact the NFL has the highest let-go rate of all professional officials.
Preparation for the next season actually begins in March. Officials take written tests, study videos then go to their own camp in July.
Then they spend four days at camp with an NFL team before the preseason begins.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 03:08:05]
[IN Q=during the course]

(())
[RUNS=18]
[OUT Q=three page test]
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[anchor=Mike]
[ss=hold]


The 10 officials with the highest ratings officiate playoff games.

[S-Collins]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=GIANTS]


Former Panthers' star Kerry Collins met the New York media for the first time since signing a contract that makes him the highest paid player on the Giants' team.
He says his drunken behavior from the past is behind him and he's ready to move on and stay alcohol free.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="You know...]
[SUPER=01-Kerry Collins/New York Giants Quarterback; :14]
[RUNS=:25]
[OUT Q=...PART IN THAT."]
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[wipe to eng#]
(BYE BYE)



[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-40 15:23]
[GRAPHIC=express/storm]


The Roanoke Express welcomes the Toledo Storm to the Roundhouse tomorrow night for a crucial Northern conference encounter.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


The Storm is third in the conference with a 30-17 and 5 record while the Express is the number one team in the conference. Toledo is 2-0 and 1 against Roanoke. This is one of 18 games before the playoffs for the, hopefully, well rested Express.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="our team]

((SCOTT GORDON/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
[SUPER=01-Scott Gordon/Express Head Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=....ready to go"]
(------------)


[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Still to come on News 7 sports, Steve Mason takes it to the mat and introduces us
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


to a young high school grappler who may be the biggest winner at this coming weekend's state championships - even though he won't be wrestling.
(------------)


[S-Wrestle]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-36 17:56]
[GRAPHIC=Wrestling]


Many of the state's top wrestlers will in Salem later this week for the state championships.
Staunton River freshman Jordan Karnes will be there, but only as a spectator. But Steve Mason says, for this teenage wrestler, there's more to life than being macho on the mat.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=03-Vinton/Region III Tournament; :00]
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((Jordan lost in his first regional tournament match at William Byrd and finished the season with only one win, but his life has been all about victory ever since that horrible doctors appointtment. ((:)) ((:)) ((:)) He has been in remission since the summer of 97. His scheduled check ups at the Roanoke memorial Radiology center involve cat scans which search his entire body for the cancer that cost him 35 percent of his left quadricep. But the pain Jordan has been through has made him, and those around him stronger. ((:)) In addition to school, wrestling and his church involvment, Jordan also video tapes his dad's girls basketball games. While he prefers to be behind the camera, this 15 year old doesn't hesitate to step up to the mic with an encouraging word to other people with cancer. ((:))

Jordan's next check up is sometime this summer, In Bedford steve mason, news 7 sports.))[Video]


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How would you like to really get away?
The Rotary Rocket company says in just 5 to 10 years, your vacation destination could be space.
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And today the company unveiled the machine that could take you there one day.
The "Roton" rocket is a product of the private industry - NOT NASA.
Some dub it the forerunner to space tourism.
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