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Next on News 7-
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The Virginia Tech ladies are making history tonight.
While the fans made a mad dash for the seats.
We'll have two live reports-
Do you often forget things? Volunteers are needed for a memory study.
and a snow ball fights lands two boys in trouble with the law.
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News 7 is next.
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Bonnie Henrickson and the Tech women rock the "Cassell" tonight... and make history.
With a 76 - 61 win over Auburn - the Virginia Tech women's basketball team becomes the first squad in school history to earn a spot in the "Sweet 16."
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[Tech-Women]


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It wasn't that long ago women's basketball at Tech was fighting for recognition.
Now fans are fighting for the best seats.
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Eric Earnhart is outside Cassell Coliseum with the latest.
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[Bath-Snow]


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March Madness took on an all-new meeting throughout the region today, as snow brought slippery roads and power outages to the area --
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In Bath County - more than 25-hundred homes and businesses lost power today... Full service isn't expected to be restored until tomorrow.
Bath, along with northern Botetourt and Rockbridge Counties, got more than a foot of snow by this morning.
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In the New River Valley, nearly 23 hundred customers were without electricity at one point.
Right now, 382 customers remain without power.
Service workers say they can expect power to be fully restored by morning.
The heavy snow also made it difficult for folks clearing roads and sidewalks.
But there were few complaints among kids who got the day off from school.
These children in Radford spent much of their day building a huge snowman.
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Central Virginia also got a dose of winter weather.
About one inch of snow fell in Lynchburg between seven and eleven a-m.
Roadways were slick for a while, but the sun came out and quickly dried things up.
Police say conditions in the more mountainous areas were somewhat treacherous.. but no serious accidents were reported.
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It wasn't just this region that got a blast of winter-
Much of the Northeast woke up to snow today - from Maryland to Maine.
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Dozens of flights were cancelled at Boston's Logan International airport- where snow at times fell at more than an inch an hour.
In New Jersey wet heavy snow brought down power lines forcing police to close some roads.
In Connecticut power outages left over 50-thousand residents in the dark.
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[Toss-2-Robin] Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey

[City-Schools]


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Many school systems delayed or cancelled classes today, but Roanoke city schools were open and on schedule.
That was a decision that angered many parents.
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Wasena school saw a flurry of late arrivals after school buses changed their routes, and students waited for a closing announcement that never came.
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((SUSAN BRADBURY: I HAD MY SON WATCHING TV, UP UNTIL 8:30. MOMMY WE'RE STILL GOING.)) ((CINDY GANLEY: IT PUT MY WHOLE MORNING AND KIDS' IN A TAILSPIN. THEY COULD HAVE AT LEAST CALLED A TWO HOUR DELAY. AND LAST WEEK THEY CLOSED SCHOOLS FOR WET STREETS.))
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School officials say they consulted with forecasters and transportation employees, and were confident they could pick up students and return them safely in the afternoon.
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((MARY HACKLEY/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS: WE MADE THE DECISION THAT EVEN THOUGH IT WAS INTENSE EARLY THIS MORNING, THE SNOW WAS SLUSHY AND TRANSPORTATION FELT THEY COULD GET OUR BUSES AND SERVICE OUR CHILDREN TODAY.))
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By the time students were dismissed for the day, rising temperatures had cleared the roads, and cleared the way for buses carrying them home.
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[Snowball]


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As quickly as the snow came and went today, so did a controversy over whether two young boys could face criminal charges for a snowball fight.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( The two boys were exchanging snowballs at this intersection along Route 221 in Forest last Wednesday when one snowball sailed into the road and narrowly missed a passing car.
The driver complained and state police investigated.. the trooper told the boys they could be charged with throwing a missile at an occupied vehicle.
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((SGT. BOBBY RATLIFF/VA STATE POLICE: IF PEOPLE, WHOEVER THEY MAY BE, THROW THINGS AT CARS, WE HAVE TO FOLLOW UP, ESPECIALLY GETTING A COMPLAINT FROM PEOPLE. AND THE MOTORING PUBLIC OUT HERE JUST WILL NOT TOLERATE THINGS LIKE THAT AND WE'RE NOT EITHER.))
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But friends and family of the two boys say police over- reacted..
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((LEIGH DREWRY/BOYS' ATTORNEY: A VIOLATION OF THE LAW REQUIRES CRIMINAL INTENT, THERE WAS NO CRIMINAL INTENT IN THIS SITUATION. THEY WERE PLAYING WITH SNOW.))
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After talking with the Bedford commonwealth's attorney, Drewry says he understands the case will be dropped.
Drewry calls that a "common sense" approach to the situation.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))


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Coming up on News 7 at 11 -- a key endorsement for a presidential candidate in next year's election.
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[VO-NAT]


And straight ahead - Virginia's parole boards are bringing some parole hearings out of prisons and into communities.

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((Hey folks this is Mike Stevens back in the sports office on this Monday with the Tech women as they look to tame the Tigers and advance to Greensboro.
Duke has earned a trip to that East regioonal later this week.
And the Junior Express team has earned a trip to Florida. All that and more in a few minutes on News 7 sports.))
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[Parole-Board]


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A new national statistic shows that one in every 150 Americans is behind bars-- thanks to tougher crime policies and despite a drop in the crime rate.
Certainly, fewer prisoners are getting out in Virginia than ever before.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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(( Virginia completely abolished parole in 1995.
But half the state's inmates did their crimes before, and are still doing their time with the possibility of parole.
But compare the rate at which they're getting parole granted.
Under Governor George Allen -- who abolished parole -- the rate went from 25% to 14, to 18, and back up to a 20-percent grant rate.
But under Governor Jim Gilmore, the rate dropped to the single digits.
Nine percent for 1998.
Seven for January of this year.
Eight percent for February.
The board chairman says he's frustrated-- because most parole eligible inmates remaining in the system are the least desirable to turn loose.
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((RICK ALDERMAN/VIRGINIA PAROLE BOARD CHAIRMAN: FRANKLY IT MAKES IT DIFFICULT FOR US TO HAVE A LOWER PAROLE RATE. BUT ALL OF US ARE GENUINELY COMMITTED TO FINDING PEOPLE TO PAROLE. WE WANT TO.))
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It's a far cry from 1990, when one in every two Virginia inmates who came up for parole was let loose-- because Virginia prisons were massively overcrowded.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))



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Most of the charges are dropped against a crew member of the Marine jet that sliced through the a ski gondola cable in Italy. Captain Joseph Schwietzer will still be charged for obstruction of justice this week in North Carolina. Other charges including involuntary manslaughter and negligent homicide have been dropped. Schweitzer was sitting beside pilot Richard Ashby when last year's accident occurred - killing twenty people. Ashby was aquitted by a marine jury this month and also faces obstruction of justice charges. Virginia Senator Charles Robb says the U.S. should pay compensation to the victim's families immediately.


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A shooting last night in Montgomery County turned out to be deadly.
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64-year-old Carl Hixson died at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital last night.
Investigators found him at 10-thirteen Friendship Road in Shawsville with a bullet wound to the head.
The man who fired the revolver said it went off by mistake but deputies have NOT ruled the death an accident.
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Police have nabbed two men wanted for the armed robbery of the Speedway Convenience Store in Henry County.
William Dudley Smith, Jr. of Martinsville turned himself in yesterday.
Randy Lee Campbell, also of Martinsville, was arrested yesterday in North Carolina.
When Campbell tried to flee a motel armed with two handguns, Greensboro police shot him.
He was treated for his injuries, and both men are now in jail.

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It's still unclear WHERE and HOW a two- alarm fire started in southeast Roanoke Sunday morning.
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It took two hours to get the fire under control.
It sent flames a hundred feet into the pre-dawn darkness.
The building was used as rental property, housing old cars and a paint business.
Fire officials says six businesses were damaged in the fire, along with 11 vehicles in the 700 block of Church Avenue Southeast.
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[Gore]


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A big backing for Vice President Al Gore- in his bid for the Presidency.
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House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt endorsed Gore appearing with him at a campaign stop in New Hampshire.
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((HE SEES A FUTURE FOR AMERICA THAT SURPASSES THE PEACE AND PROSPERITY THAT WE EVEN ENJOY TODAY.))
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Until recently Gephardt was considered Gore's primary competitor-
He dropped out of the race saying he'll concentrated on winning back the House Democrats.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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When we return --
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[VO-NAT]

the federal government is taking aim at Alzheimer's - and it needs volunteers.
The story on drugs that MAY delay the onset of that disease, still to come.
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NIGHT DRAWING=

Pick 3:
2-0-8

(two, zero, eight)


Pick 4:
5-1-3-9

(five, one, three, nine)


Cash 5:
2-19-20-25-34

(two, nineteen, twenty, twenty-five, thirty-four)



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New hope for the treatment of Alzheimers.
The Federal government is launching a major study and it's looking for volunteers to take part.
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((NARRATOR: IS YOUR LOVED ONE'S MEMORY LOSS NORMAL? WOMAN: I KNOW IT'S AROUND HERE. NARRATOR: OR IS IT SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS?))
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[Jean audio on tape!!!!]
The national institute on aging wants to recruit more than 700 volunteers in a memory loss study.
The three year experiment will see if two seaparate drugs can keep Alzheimers disease at bay.
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((WILLIAM THIES/ALZHEIMERS ASSOCIATION: IF WE CAN DELAY THE ONSET OF ALZHEIMERS DISEASE WE CAN PREVENT ROUGHLY FIFTY PERCNET OF ALL CASES.))
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[OUT Q=of all cases.]
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[Jean on audio on tape!!!]
The drugs are Vitamin E and (De-nep-a-zil) both already shown to slow down memory loss in people that suffer what researchers call mild congnitive impairment an early stage of forgetfullness they think is probably Alzheimers calling card.
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((SO THE RISK OF GETTING ALZHEIMERS DISEASE IS MUCH HIGHER IN THIS GROUP THAN THE GENERAL AGING POPULATION.))
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The number for more information on the study is 1-888- 455-0655.
Eligible patients for the study must be between the ages of 55 and 90-
exhibit memory impairment but should be able to perform normal everyday activities.
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[Video]


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It's a sight Georgia authorities don't want to see again... and it's tonight's Video of the Day.
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What do you get when a truck carrying hundreds of live chickens collides with a truck carrying tons of chalk?
Mass chaos.
That's what forced officials to close off part of Interstate 16 southeast of Macon today.
Volunteer crews were chasing live chickens amid the chalk dust - and clearing dead chickens off the road.
Neither truck driver was injured.
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[Runaway-Found]


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A happy ending to a story we told you about last week.
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14- year old Brooke Graves ran away from her home in Danville and was missing for a week.
Her mother says Brooke took off after being bullied by some other girls at school.
The very day we aired our story, Danville Police got a tip, found the girl and returned her to her home.
Brooke's mother says her daughter was taken in and cared for by a stranger, who she now calls an angel.
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The Tech women look to tame the Tigers in the Cassell.
We'll have a LIVE report with Denise Allen.
Plus, more highlights from tonight's women's action and a visit with the Junior Express.
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[VO-NAT]


But first in tonight's Extra Point, the Yankees' Joe Torre held a newssonference this afternoon to announce that he has decided to have prostate cancer surgery this Thursday.
In his absence, the Yankees have named Don Zimmer as interim manager.
Torre says there is no timetable for his return, but that he andhis doctors are optimistic.
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[S-Tech]


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The road to the women's Final Four weaved its way through Blacksburg last night as Virginia Tech hosts Auburn with the winner moving on to the Sweet 16 in Greensboro at the east regionals later this week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/NCAA; :00]


Bonnie Henrickson and her team were blown out at this point by Florida last year. And for a while it looked like they would suffer a similar fate as the Auburn Tigers dominated the boards, especially on the offensive end.
But Tech had the great equalizer in - "Hot Shooting".
Maria Albertson steps behind the arc and bangs in the three pointer as the Hokies start to shoot the lights out in the Cassell.
Then Tere Williams would do her thing in the low post, moving without the ball and then scoring inside to puch Tech in front.
Lisa Witherspoon then shows her versatility by beating three defenders and scoring the hoop.
Tech shot 67 percent in the opening hale to take a 42-to-31 lead at the break.
Auburn would get within 11 points in the second half, but never any closer as
[super=33-Va. Tech/76/Auburn/61;]

Michelle Houseright knocks the bottom out of the three pointer and the Hokies put five players in double figures as they destroy Auburn 76-to-61.
They now move on to the Oh so Sweet 16.
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[S-Duke]


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Old Dominion was the first women's team in the east to advance, and then the focus shifted to Durham where Duke hosted
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Durham, NC/NCAA Productions; :00]


St. Joseph's and husband and wife coaching tandem of Stephanie and Frank Gaitley.
St. Joe's would keep the tempo down and stay in the game most of the way thanks in part to efforts like this one from Susan Moran.
But Duke was too much!
[SUPER=33-St. Joseph's/60/Duke/66;]


Lauren Rice feeds Michelle Van Gump with a perfect high -low entry pass and Duke advances to Greensboro to meet ODU on Saturday with the 66-to-60 win.
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Still to come tonight, we'll turn our attention to the ice and check
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[VO-NAT]


with the junior Express team that is preparing to make it's mark in Florida later this week.
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[S-LIVE]


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The game just ended, and Denise Allen was on hand to take in all of the excitement at Stuart Kent Cassell Coliseum. [TOSS TO DENISE DOUBLE BOX]
She now joins us from the loudest house in the state on Monday night with a very special guest. [DENISE FULL SCREEN]
[SUPER=@denise1; ]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]

[DENISE WILL ADLIB INTERVIEW WITH AMY WETZEL]
[BRING IN B-ROLL!!!!! OVER INTERVIEW, BRING IT OUT BY 22]
[DENISE TOSSES BACK TO MIKE]


[S-Express]


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The big Express is town tomorrow night hosting the Richmond Renegades in a seven o'clock faceoff.
Roanoke is still first place in the Northern Conference and the Northeast division despite losing three straight over the weekend.

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The Roanoke Valley Junior Express hockey team is also getting set for a big series of games.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co; :00]


This team of 16 to 18 year olds leaves for the "Districts" in Fort Myers, Florida tomorrow. If the team wins this tournament, it qualifies for the hockey national championships.
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[IN Q="we...]

((JOE MALINE/JUNIOR EXPRESS COACH:))
[SUPER=01-Joe Maline/Junior Express Coach; :00]
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[OUT Q=...and intensity"]
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[VO-NAT]


The Junior Express, made up of players from Roanoke, Blacksburg and Appomattox, qualified for Districts by winning the Mid-Atlantic Hockey League title in Charlotte, North Carolina the last weekend in February, which earned the team a championship banner. The Carolina Hurricanes were so impressed with the Junior Express that the NHL team donated nearly 500 dollars tot pay for the Roanoke team's entry fee in the Florida tournament the 18th through the 20th.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="Well]

((JARED MALINE/JUNIOR EXPRESS CAPTAIN:)) ((JESSE LONG/JUNIOR EXPRESS ASSISTANT CAPTAIN:))
[SUPER=01-Jared Maline/Junior Express Captain; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jesse Long/Junior Express Assistant Captain; :05]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=...getting in the valley"]
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[S-Stuff]


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In one other football note, the Bills re-signed Doug Flutie to a four year $22 million dollar contract extension.
He will get $6 million up front.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-NBA; :00]


And the New Jersey Nets, the team considered to be on the verge of greatness last season - today fired its head coach John Calipari.
The not so-great Nets are just 3-and-17 this season.
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