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An armed robbery recorded in progress at a Motel along I-81.
We'll show you the videotape and tell you why authorities figure it was a professional job.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]


Also coming up on NEWS 7:
Mayor Bowers gets married ...for the third time.

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Tonight on the Big 7 - March Madness opens with a bang as Mayrland wins and several other higher seeds do not.
The Express finally gets to play Checkers tonight.
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[VO-NAT]


And we'll have highlights from this afternoon's state basketball semi-finals in Norfolk where the Cave Spring girls lost by a point to West Springfield.
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Our weather story is clear and cold through Friday. Our next battle with winter weather starts on Sunday. [open]
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((HE'S VERY PROFESSIONAL, SOME OF THE THINGS HE DID WITH THE FIREARM TEND TO INDICATE HE MAY HAVE SOME KIND OF MILITARY BACKGROUND.))
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[OUT Q=military background.]
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[VO-NAT]


Tape from a security camera helps investigators learn more about the pair that robbed a Wythe county motel last night at gunpoint.
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Good evening, I'm Keith Humphrey.

[Motel-Robbery]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Investigators also hope the public will be helpful in determining the couple's identity.
So, today they released the video tape that captured almost every second of the crime.
Here's Teresa Hamilton.
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[SUPER=03-Wythe Co./Surveillance Video; :00]
[SUPER=01-Keith Dunagan/Wythe Co. Investigator; :29]
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[OUT Q=NEWS 7, Wythe Co.]

(( It was shortly before eight o'clock when the two entered the Comfort Inn Motel just off Interstate 81 in Fort Chiswell.
The man was carrying a shotgun and reportedly told the clerk he would NOT harm her if she agreed to hand over the cash.
Sheriff's investigators believe it's a crime the pair has committed before-- based on the fact they remained so calm and the robbery itself lasted less than two minutes.
And while the two did NOT conceal their identity-- they did wear gloves.
[in q= It makes ]

((KEITH DUNAGAN/INVESTIGATOR:IT MAKES ME THINK THAT THEY'RE PROBABLY NOT FROM HERE BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT BEING IDENTIFIED AND PROBABLY THAT THEY DON'T PLAN ON REMAINING IN THE AREA TO BE IDENTIFIED.))
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[OUT Q= to be identified.]

[TAKE SU]
Another reason investigators are convinced the two aren't from this area is the close proximity of the motel to the interstate. [END SU]
Sheriff's officials say it would've been easy for someone passing through to commit the robbery and then quickly leave the area-- via Interstate 81 or 77.
As for the clerk-- she wasn't seriously injured.
But before the couple exited the motel the female suspect did spray the clerk in the eyes with pepper spray. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Wythe County. ))

[Smyth-Murder]


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State police and Smyth County investigators believe they've solved a nearly ten year old murder mystery.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Smyth Co./October 1990]


They now suspect 36- year old Michael Reeves abducted, raped and murdered Betty Shumate in July of 1989.
Reeves is currently on death row in North Carolina.
At one time, Shumate's estranged husband was suspected of killing his wife.
But the charge was later dropped.

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Lynchburg authorities have released the identity of a woman who died under suspicious circumstances last night.
44- year- old Margaret Steele Hawkins was found in her apartment at 11-04 Wise Street around 9 o'clock.
Police say she had suffered "trauma to her body," but they aren't sure what caused her death.
An autopsy is scheduled tomorrow.

[Speed-Crackdown]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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State Troopers issued eight or nine times as many traffic tickets yesterday on Interstate-81... as they would have on an average day.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Yesterday]


There were THREE times as many TROOPERS patrolling the highway.
They blanketed the Interstate from Winchester to Bristol... THIS time without warning... part of the stepped up enforcement plan ordered by Governor Gilmore.
In the area between Christiansburg and Lexington- -they handed out more than 300 traffic tickets during an eight-hour shift yesterday.
That compares to 35 or 40 tickets on a normal day.
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[Spanky-Troubles]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Spanky Macher says he felt "defeated" for the first time when he decided to shut down his Star City Diner.
But when he gave up his fight to correct health violations and keep the place open, it was NOT the first battle he's lost during his 25-years in the restaurant business.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Newsroom;]


Scott Goldberg has more on the controversies surrounding Macher and his restaurants.
[Live= Scott Full/Newsroom]
[SUPER=@Scott1;]


Keith, last year Spanky Macher shut down another of his restaurants in Danville.
Last October he sued that city, blaming it for running him out of business.
Last week, a judge threw out the lawsuit and called it frivolous.
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((
Macher claimed Danville officials forced him to make "excessive" renovations to the restaurant, called "Spanky's."
The city attorney said Danville just wanted Macher to comply with building codes.
Now Macher could face penalties for filing a frivolous lawsuit.

Also last year, Macher faced a trademark infringement suit...
Claiming he illegally placed a Shoney's "Big Boy" statue on the Star City Diner's roof.
The lawsuit said customers would be fooled into thinking the restaurant was a Shoney's.
Macher said he would sue Shoney's for insulting his customers.
The two parties eventually settled.

Macher still owns seven restaurants -- Spanky's restaurants.
And they apparently have their own problems.
This January, the holding company, Spanky's of Virginia, filed for chapter-seven bankruptcy.))
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[Live= Scott Full/Newsroom]

We tried reaching Spanky Macher for comment on his restaurant woes.
We're told he was out of town.
And he did not return a phone call.
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Keith.[Bowers-married]


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David Bowers has tied the knot... again.
There was apparently no fanfare. His closest friends and relatives didn't know.
But this afternoon, his honor, the Mayor of Roanoke, wed long-time girlfriend Marjorie McKibbin in a simple civil ceremony at the court house in Rocky Mount.
She's FROM Franklin County... a 40-year old Probation and Parole officer based in Roanoke.
It's the THIRD marriage for both of them.


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She's fighting a rare and deadly disease. Still ahead on New 7, a Roanoke woman is one of the first in the world to try a new treatment.
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Next, family members say this girl ran away because she was bullied at school. What experts say you should do, if you think your children face the same problem.
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[School-Bullies]


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What would you do if you found out your child was being bullied at school?
It's a serious matter.
One out of every ten students experiences some level torment by another student.
It got so bad for one Danville girl, she ran away from home.
Christy Hubley has the story.
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[IN Q=Laura Bennett is worried]
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[SUPER=01-Laura Bennett/Brooke's Mother; :17]
[SUPER=01-Rebecca Cook/School Psychologist; :35]
[SUPER=01-Bill Brown/School Psychologist; :44]
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Laura Bennett is worried sick about her 14- year old daughter Brooke Graves.
She says Brooke ran away from home a week ago, after teasing from bullies at school turned into physical fight.
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[IN Q=She's been having]

((<>SHE'S BEEN HAVING A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH GIRLS IN SCHOOL SINCE THE FIRST OF THE YEAR, PICKING ON HER CONSTANTLY.))
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[OUT Q=on her constantly.]
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[IN Q=We just want her]

((LAURA BENNETT/BROOKE'S MOTHER: WE JUST WANT HER HOME. WE JUST FEEL LIKE SHE JUST GOT SO FED UP THAT SHE REACHED HER BREAKING POINT AND SHE DIDN'T CARE ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES. SHE JUST LEFT.))
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[OUT Q=she just left.]


Psychologists say, unfortunately, school bullies are all too common.
And the way to deal with them is to alert school administrators right away.
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[IN Q=If it's something]

((REBECCA COOK/SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST: IF IT'S SOMETHING MILD, IT CAN BE HANDLED IN THE CLASSROOM SETTING. IF IT'S SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE SERIOUS, THEN IT GOES TO THE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL.))
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[OUT Q=to the school principal.]
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[IN Q=I would want to]

((BILL BROWN/SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST: I WOULD WANT TO INVOLVE THE CHILD AS WELL BECAUSE YOU WANT TO SET A PATTERN NOT TO FEEL ISOLATED, NOT TO FEEL AWAY, SORT OF TO BUILD A CONFIDENCE, A TRUST IN THEM.))
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[OUT Q=trust in them.]


Laura Bennett says the harassment her daughter experienced just kept escalating.
She wants Brooke to know no amount of torment is reason to run and hide.
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[IN Q=I don't want]

((LAURA BENNETT/BROOKE'S MOTHER: I DON'T WANT YOU TO FEEL LIKE YOU GOT TO RUN AWAY FROM HOME BECAUSE SOMETHING IS NOT BEING DONE AND FEEL LIKE YOU ALONE.))
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[OUT Q=you alone.]


Anyone with information about Brooke's whereabouts should contact Danville Police.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.
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Pittsylvania County authorities are searching for a gang of robbers.
They held up a woman at gunpoint last night at her home on McDaniel Road in Java.
The Sheriff's Office is looking for four black men.
One of the suspects has been identified as 18- year old Antonio Graves.
Anyone with information about the robbery should call the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office.

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The Roanoke Regional Airport is tightening security, after the F-A-A found inadequate safeguards at several airports across the country.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

The government surveyed five airports, and found it was much too easy to get unauthorized people past security points.
Auditors told a congressional committee yesterday that they were able to board 51 planes and enter 46 security doors unchallenged. Roanoke Regional Airport officials say they expect an F-A-A security check here sometime.
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[IN Q= At this point;]
[SUPER=01-Jackie Shuck/Dir. Roanoke Regional Airport]

((JACKIE SHUCK/DIR. ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT: AT THIS POINT I KNOW THE F-A-A IS CONSIDERING WHAT THEY CAN DO IN THE FUTURE TO HELP INCREASE SECURITY OR TIGHTEN UP SECURITY, PROBABLY NOT SO MUCH INCREASE IT AS TIGHTEN IT UP, BUT WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY SPECIFIC INFORMATION RIGHT NOW, BUT PROBABLY OVER TIME THAT WILL BE FORTHCOMING.))
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[OUT Q= will be forthcoming.]
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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For the next six weeks, the F-A-A will look into the compliance of the nation's 78 largest commercial airports to see how well they're controlling secured areas.

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There's mixed news from Wall Street this evening. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
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The Dow gained nearly 125 points to finish out the day at 9897.
Nasdaq dropped just over 6 points.
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[Von-Hippel]


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Von Hippel Lindau is a life threatening disease. There may be only seven thousand people in the United States who have it. One of them lives in Roanoke. As Tonya Flory reports, though Linda Williams suffers from this rare disease, she posseses an equally- rare strength to overcome it.
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47-year old Linda Williams look perfectly healthy, but her body has been riddled with cancerous tumors her entire life.

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[IN Q=She's had one eye]

((DR. WILLIAM FINTEL/MEDICAL ONCOLOGIST: SHE'S HAD ONE EYE REMOVED. THE OTHER'S NOW DISEASED WITH THESE BLOOD VESSELS TUMORS, SHE'S HAD DISEASE OF THE BRAIN, THE SPINE, MULTIPLE SURGERIES, RADIATION THERAPY, BUT SHE IS A FIGHTER AND HAS BEEN TOLD BY OTHER PHYSICIANS YOU'LL NEVER WALK AGAIN, YOU WON'T LIVE PAST THIS AGE, YOU'LL NEVER DO THIS AND SHE HAS BEEN ABLE TO THUS FAR BEAT THE ODDS.))
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[OUT Q=beat the odds.]

Now a tumor behind her right eye is pushing on her retna and effecting her vision.
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[IN Q=I worked in ]

((LINDA WILLIAMS: I WORKED IN A LOCAL DOCTORS OFFICE IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY AND I TOO DIDN'T WANT TO ADMIT...I SPENT TWO YEARS IN COLLEGE TO GET BETTER EDUCATED AND NOW I CAN'T USE IT.))
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[OUT Q=use it]

Williams does appreciate her job at the drug store and she says her manager and friends have given her immense support.
Which she needs now more than ever as she becomes one of the first to attempt an experimental treatment.
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[SOT 10 22 34]
[IN Q=The risks]

((LINDA WILLIAMS:THE RISKS THAT THEY HAVE GIVEN ME WITH THIS ARE BLEEDING OF TUMORS...AND I COULD LOSE MY EYESIGHT PERMANENTLY. ))
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=eyesight permanently.]

Williams will fly to Boston for her first of eight treatment at the Dana Faber Cancer Institute on April 4th.
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[IN Q=The cost of travel ]

((THE COST OF TRAVEL AND ACCOMODATIONS IS OVER 8000 DOLLARS, SO LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS AND THE CAVE SPRING LION'S CLUB ARE COLLECTING DONATIONS SO WILLIAMS CAN FORGET ABOUT THAT WORRY AND CONCENTRATE ON BEING THE FIRST PERSON TO BEAT THE DISEASE, TONYA FLORY, NEWS 7.))
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[OUT Q=News 7.]







[Legacy-Museum]


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[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=98-81 1:35:42]
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After months of fundraising, a museum to honor Lynchburg's black history is closer to becoming a reality.
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[VO-NAT]
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Armed with hammers, supporters of the Legacy Project helped kick off the renovation of this century- old home on Monroe Street.
The museum will commemorate the contributions of Lynchburg's black population over the years.
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[SOT 9:38:39]
[IN Q=It'll mean to]

((JOE BERRYMAN/LEGACY MUSEUM: IT'LL MEAN TO THE COMMUNITY THAT A PERSON WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE WHAT HAS GONE ON IN THE PAST, WHAT CONTRIBUTIONS ALL PERSONS HAVE MADE TO THE LYNCHBURG AREA IN ITS DEVELOPMENT, BOTH IN THE CULTURAL AND COMMERCIAL AND EDUCATIONAL, ALL THOSE SIDES.))
[SUPER=01-Joe Berryman/Legacy Museum; :00]
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[OUT Q=all those sides.]
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[VO-NAT]


Renovations are expected to take four months to complete.
The board has raised nearly 75 percent of its 300- thousand dollar goal.
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Coming up tonight on the Big 7, the Cave Spring girls lose in the semi-finals of the state basketball tournament.


Maryland gets March Madness started in the NCAA's with an easy victory.
The Express is on the home ice tonight.
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[VO-NAT]


And Michell Houseright the Hokie "Mom" talks about making the big dance two years after many thought her college basketball days were over.
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[S-Cave]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-40]
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We begin tonight at the Norfolk Scope where the girls' Triple-A final four semi-finals took place this afternoon with Cave Spring taking on West Springfield.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Norfolk/W. Springfield vs. Cave Spring; :00]


The Lady Knights knew they were for a tough semi-final battle today as they faced the Spartans from Northern Virginia.
Kara Lawson, the University of Tennessee-Bound guard shows why she is a division one player as she goes coast-to-coast on the dribble drive and scores in the first quarter.
But Cave Spring would be up to the challenge and more as Jessica Caldwell takes the pass from Mindy Reynolds and drops in the tough leaner to shot the Knights into the lead.
West Springfield's Coleen McIlwerth will then set a pick, roll back door and take Cassie Wainright's pass. She turns it into a bucket to cut Cave's lead to four.
The Knights' Renee Gagnier would miss this free throw, but someone doesn't box out and Sherrie Rickman gets the board and the putback to increase the Cave lead.
West Springfield's Selia Monroe gets the ball to McIlwerth and then gets it back for a three point attempt that is good to put West Springfield in front.
[super=33-W. Springfield/47/Cave Spring/46;]


Mindy Reynolds would do everything in her power to keep the Knights' in the lead.
But a questionable call late would seal the Knights fate as they lose 47-to-46.
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The Group Three-A boys will be in the spotlight later tonight. G.W. Danville takes on South Lakes at seven.[S-Terps]


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[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-26]
[GRAPHIC=NCAA Final Four]


The road to the final four tipped off this afternoon right here on your Hometown Station with the Maryland Terrapins and the Valaparaiso Crusaders in the South regional first round.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Orlando, FL/Crusaders vs. Terrapins; :00]


Valpo, known as a giant killer after reaching the sweet 16 last year, would leave the floor today with a sour taste in it's mouth.
Watch Maryland's Laron profit steal the rock and go coast to coast for the slam and an 8 point lead early in the first half.
[SUPER=33-Maryland/82/Valaparaiso/60;]The Terps Steve Francis dished out 7 assists, one going to Terrence Morris w

ho scored 18 points on the day.
Francis also hooked up with Profit on this slam, two of profits 18 as Maryland advances with the 82-60 win.
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[S-WDBJ]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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[GRAPHIC=MEN'S FINAL FOUR]


Other opening round winners today include Arkansas, Iowa, Oklahoma State, Auburn, Gonzaga, and Creighton were also winners. STabdford leads Alcorn State in the second half, and
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[wipe to pinnacle 7517]
Tonight here on Your Hometown station the action fires right back up at 7:30 with Penn taking on Florida in the early and the night will close out with North Carolina and Weber State.
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[S-Coaches]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-27]
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Reports out of the north today say that UVa men's assistant basketball coach Bobby Gonzalez is leaving UVa to become the new head coach at the University of Manhattan.
Gonzalez is an awesome recruitor. The official hiring should be announced tomorrow.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Last March;:00]


Also, there is talk tonight that former UVa head coach Jeff Jones may be in line to become a head coach and general manager in the new International basketball league. Jones' name is being mentioned with the Cincinnati franchise.
The new men's pro league will be start on November 26th of this year.
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[S-Houseright]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-32 tc 51:40]
[GRAPHIC=women's final four]


For one Virginia Tech senior going to the NC-Double-A Tournament one last time this coming weekend is especially sweet.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/January 4th;]


This is Tech's fourth bid in the past six years and Michelle Houseright has played a big part in that success.
Michelle returned to the court last season after taking a year off to have her daughter Jordan.
Playing again, not to mention experiencing such success, was not a certainty.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I thought]
[SUPER=01-Michelle Houseright/Va. Tech Senior Forward; :03]
[RUNS=21]
[OUT Q=it's going to be exciting]
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[VO-NAT]


Tech is hosting a bracket in the East Region. The Hokies play Saturday night at 6:30 in the Cassell. Auburn and Texas will follow their game.
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[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-28 1:43:18]
[GRAPHIC=Express/Checkers]


The Express begins a three games in three nights home stand tonight at the Round House with the Charlotte Checkers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


The Express has won four straight at the Roanoke Civic Center and is 3 and OH this season against the Checkers and a perfect five and OH against the Southeast Division, but, by no means does Roanoke expect an easy time of it tonight.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="It]
[SUPER=01-Scott Gordon/Express Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ben Schust/Express Center; :15]
[RUNS=:26]
[OUT Q=...have they been easy games"]
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