[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Two boys are killed when the creekbed they were playing near explodes into flames.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And the state supreme court issues a ruling that could void the convictions of thousands of juveniles.
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[TALENT=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


Lingering clouds and patchy drizzle has made for a rather gray Friday morning, with no significant moisture.
We make see some sun breaking through at times today, but not enough to warm up temperatures beyond the upper 70s.

[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Juvenile-conviction]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=12]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=VA Supreme Court]


The State Supreme Court has made a decision that could overturn thousands of juvenile convictions.
The case involved a teenager from Stafford County tried as an adult .
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/]


But it could also have an impact on Jawawn (juh-WAHN) Hale's case, a Roanoker who was 15 when he shot and killed a man last year.
Hale is now serving a 14-year sentence, but his case could be one of those that'll be sent back to JUVENILE court, because of today's Supreme Court ruling.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


In both cases- -the one before the appeals court- -and Hale's case- -authorities failed to notify BOTH parents o

f the young man's arrest.[Nolasco]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


The man who hit a Roanoke woman with his car may face more serious charges.
Charlotte Telleez Martinez died from the injuries she recieved on May 30.
(XXXXXXXXXXX)

[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD]
The man she was living with-- Orlando Castro Nolasco-- was charged with aggravated malicious wounding.
But now that Martinez has died, invstigators say they may modify the charge.
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[WA-EXPLOSION]


[ANCHOR=MELANIE]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Explosion]


Two ten year old boys become the third fatalities in yesterday's pipeline explosion and fire in Washington state.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bellingham, WA;]


The youngsters died this morning.
The boys were playing near a creekbed at the time of the pipeline leak.
It ignited a fireball that barrelled down the creek for half a mile.
Both boys suffered second and third degree burns over 90 percent of their bodies.
A third person died at the scene.
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[Kosovo]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Serbia Peace Plan]


The process of turning Kosovo into a protected province under NATO is proceeding slowly but surely, with over 800-thousand refugees eager to get home.
Bobbi Harley has the latest.
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[SOT]

[11:30-update]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Kosovo;]
[SUPER=03-Macedonia;]
[SUPER=01-Madeleine Albright/Secretary of State;]
[SUPER=01-Doug Henderson/British Armed Forces Minister;]
[SUPER=01-Bobbi Harley/Reporting;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=CBS News Washington.]

(((LOCATOR: KOSOVO) AS NATO TROOPS FINALLY MOVE TO BRING PEACE TO KOSOVO ... RUSSIAN SOLDIERS HAVE ALREADY MADE THEIR WAY INTO YUGOSLAVIA ... A SYMBOLIC MOVE BY MOSCOW THAT IT WILL NOT TAKE ORDERS FROM NATO YET WILL STILL HAVE A PART IN THE RECOVERY OF ITS ALLY.
(LOCATOR: MACEDONIA)
NAT SOT - ALBRIGHT ARRIVALS IN CAMP

TO THE SOUTH, IN MACEDONIA, A TIME FOR ALBANIAN REFUGESS TO REJOICE. U-S SECRETARY OF STATE MADELIENE ALBRIGHT DELIVERED THE GOOD NEWS FIRST HAND - TRYING TO RE-ASSURE MANY WHO ARE STILL ANXIOUS WHAT THE END OF THE NATO BOMBINGS REALLY MEANS.
SOT - MADELEINE ALBRIGHT/U-S SECRETARY OF STATE - 41:38sih NATO has been victorious. Milosevic has lost and the Kosovar

s can go home." HOME TO A PROVINCE DIVIDED INTO FIVE REGIONS -- TO BE SECURED BY FIVE DIFFERENT NATO COUNTRIES. THE UNITED STATES AND ITS SEVEN THOUSAND SOLDIERS WILL TAKE ON THE EASTERN SECTION OF KOSOVO. AND WHILE THE ALLIES PLAN TO SET UP HEADQUARTERS IN THE CAPITOL CITY BY TOMORROW AFTERNOON - THE REAILTY IS IT THAT IT WILL TAKE MUCH LONGER FOR PEACE TO TRULY TAKE HOLD HERE.
SOT - DOUG HENDERSON/BRITISH ARMED FORCES MINISTER: 06:41:54 The process of rebuilding as I think all of us know will t

ake years. But the process of healing could take generations (08) HARLEY STANDUP))

[Virus]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Computers]


Beware of friendly e-mails bearing gifts.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Seattle, WA;]

[7:13:12]
That warning from computer experts today, who have been scrambling to combat the latest outbreak of a computer virus.
The bug -- known as ``Worm-dot-Explore-dot-Zip'' -- infects machines as an attachment to Internet messages.
It then attacks and destroys files on computer hard drives.
So far, it's turned up in a dozen countries.
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[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The commencement speech at a Washington college will be delivered from death-row.
That's just one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And we'll check in on one man's cross-country lawn-mower ride.
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[Talent=Kimberly]

[Wx-Tease]
With all the dry weather we've had, there haven't many lawn mowers in action around here.
It's been a generally cloudy day, with a little bit of drizzle here and there.
The only significant rainfall in the area has been down to our south.... here's the radar.
[Weatherpro] [music up full] [comm1]

[Graduation-speech]


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


Students at a college in Washington state will hear an audio taped commencement speech today from convicted cop killer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file;]

[7:15:16]
Mumia Abu-Jamal (moo-MEE'-ah AH'-boo jah-MAHL') is awaiting execution in Pennsylvania for the 1981 killing of a Philadelphia police officer.
He claims he was wrongly convicted, and has become a symbol for groups that oppose the death penalty.
[SUPER=03-Olympia, WA;]


Students at Evergreen State College say they chose him because of his efforts to draw attention to the relationship between race, poverty and criminal justice.
But the event has sparked a number of protests.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((BILL HANSON:"THEY'RE HONORING A CONVICTED COP KILLER AND A MURDERER AND THAT'S JUST WRONG." BASIL SHADID:"I THINK IT'S KIND OF AN HONOR TO HAVE MUMIA BE MY GRADUATION SPEAKER.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Hanson/WA State Troopers Assoc.; ]
[SUPER=01-Basil Shadid/Evergreen Senior; :06]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=MY GRADUATION SPEAKER.]
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[VO-NAT]


The governor has canceled plans to attend the ceremony, Off-duty police plan to demonstrate and the slain officer's widow says she'll be there, with a photo of her husband.
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[Coke-recall]


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


A major recall of Coca Cola is underway in Brussels today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Brussels, Belguim;]

[7:16:52]
The Belgian branch of the U-S soft drink giant is recalling two and a half million bottles after a group of schoolchilren became ill this week.
Several of the children were taken to hospital with symptoms, which included headache, rapid heartbeat and nausea.

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[VA-Quarter]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tbr]
[TAPE#=99-11 TC1:42:13]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Jamestown it is.
Governor Jim Gilmore has chosen Virginia's design for the 50 states commemorative coin program.
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[VO-NAT]


The back of the Virginia quarter will depict sailing ships that represent the 400th anniversary of English settlers founding Jamestown.
The Governor says Jamestown represents the Virginia General Assembly, since its predecessors first met there.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


The losing designs were Mount Vernon, the Colonial Williamsburg capitol, and the state Capitol.

[E-Trash-Lawsuit]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-22 54:54]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The tough talking that Virginia's politicians did on trash earlier this year will now be put to the test in court.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Dept. of Environ. Quality]


Four trash haulers, including Waste Management Incorporated, filed a federal lawsuit yesterday, challenging Virginia's new out-of-state trash restrictions.
They're set to take effect July first.
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[SOT 16:18:57]
[IN Q=Well I think]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WELL I THINK WHEN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PASSED THE LEGISLATION THAT WE BELIEVED IT WAS PROPER AT THE TIME. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS OPINED THAT. AND I BELIEVE THAT'S IT'S RIGHT.))
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[OUT Q=it's right.]
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[TALENT=Melanie]
[SS=Hold]


The new laws would ban trash barges, cap landfill levels, and more tightly regulate trash trucks.
The trash haulers say they interfere with interstate commerce-- and are therefore UNconstitutional.

[Japanese-Students]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-23 TC33:25]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Botetourt County company is paying a million yen to send high school students to Japan next month.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


That's about ten thousand dollars -- and it means these kids at Lord Botetourt High School can spend three weeks in Japanese homes and schools.
First, they're training.
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[SOT 15:58:02]
[IN Q=This is rice]

((THIS IS RICE ... IT'S CALLED ... RED RICE.)) ((I HOPE TO BE... CULTURES DIFFERENT FROM MINE.))
[SUPER=01-Courtney Campbell/Exchange Student; :07]
[RUNS=:22]
[OUT Q=different from mine]
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[VO-NAT]


Dynax America, a car parts plant in Botetourt County, doesn't even have local customers but says it's paying for part of the trip to show its appreciation for the region.
Each student must still pay 12-hundred-dollars.
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[E-Smiley-Signing]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-27 4:18]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A new civil war book entilted, "The Stone Wall" tells the true story of a confederate soldier from Amherst County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


The author -Brad Smiley - held a book signing at Barnes and Noble.
Smiley is the great grand nephew of soldier Daniel Knight...
It took Smiley more than 3 year to research Knight's story...based on letters written by the Confederate soldier found in a family bible.
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[SOT 02:27:34]
[IN Q=It talks about]
[SUPER=01-Brad Smiley/Author;]

((BRAD SMILEY/AUTHOR: IT TALKS ABOUT HIS HOME LIFE..HIS GROWING UP...HIS GOING INTO THE CIVIL WAR AS A SOLDIER...WHAT HE FOUGHT FOR..WHAT HE BELIEVED..AND HIS THOUGHT LIKE MAN VIRGINIA BOYS WAS INVASION..HE WAS PROTECTING HIS PROPERTY))
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[OUT Q=protecting his property]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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A percentage of the proceeds from the book is going to the 19th Virginia Flag Fund...to help restore a Confederate flag used in battle. [Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Bill Cosby was always a big fan of pudding.
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[VO-NAT ]


And apparently so are some of his fans.
They we're willing to dive into the stuff for free tickets to tonight's show.
More on the messy story when News-7 at Noon returns.
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[COMM BREAK #2]


[Mow-America]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


After logging thousands of miles and cutting a few lawns on a trek that began two months ago in Atlanta, Brad (Hotter) Hauter has arrived at his final destination -- Santa Monica, California.
Why did it take so long?---because his mode of transportation was a lawnmower.


Manuel Gallegus has the story.
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[SOT 4:31:18]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Brad Hauter/Lawnmowerman; :53]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/Reporting; 1:17]
[RUNS=1:29]
[OUT Q=Santa Monica]

((FROM ATLANTA... THROUGH NEW YORK'S LINCOLN TUNNEL_.
-SOT- "what's a lawnmower cost?"

ACROSS CHICAGO AND OUT WEST_ LAWNMOWER MAN KEPT ROLLING.
-SOT- he sings

ABORD A YARD MAN TRACTOR MOWER, 34 YEAR OLD BRAD HAUTER (pronounced hotter) TRAVELED THE NATION'S` COUNTRY ROADS_ AND SOME MAJOR BOULEVARDS TO RAISE MONEY FOR "THE GREAT AMERICAN CLEAN-UP," A NATIONWIDE ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT. -NAT PIER- THIS MORNING, AFTER 66 DAYS, 5097.9 MILES LATER, HAUTER ARRIVED AT THE SANTA MONICA PIER.
-SOT-8;00 BRAD HAUTER/LAWNMOWERMAN

are you a little sore? No, I really thought I would be. NOT SORE, BUT HE DID BREAK HIS ARM_JUMPING FROM THE MOWER WHEN IT PICKED UP TOO MUCH SPEED ON A HILL. OTHERWISE HE HAD A GREAT TIME.
-SOT: Brad Hauter/lawnmowerman

"it's been people driving through downtown manhattan slowed down to give me a donation, cab drivers on michiganavenue in chicago handed me money, people having us in for dinner, these kind of things restore your faith in this country. AND HE IS AWARE OF HOW WEIRD THIS IS_
-SOT- 9;35

"there was one moment where I looked down and I thought, what am I doing, I'm on a lawnmower, and then it all came back to me." THE CLIPPER ODDESEY RAISED TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS TO HELP KEEP AMERICA'S STREETS CLEAN. BY THE WAY HE DID MOW FOUR LAWNS ALONG THE WAY. MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS SANTA MONICA.))

[Stocks]


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 17 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Coming up in Sports--
We've got all kinds of news from the NASCAR circuit--
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[VO-NAT ]


And Virginia's big basketball rivalry will return to the Cassell and University Hall.
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[COMM BREAK #3]


[S-Trucks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=TRUCKS SERIES]


The Craftsman Truck series drivers qualified last night in Texas for tonight's Pronto Auto Parts 400 at the Texas Motor Speedway.
Jay Sauter (SOUTER) won the pole with a 179 point 718 mile an hour lap.
Stacy Compton just missed the pole and will start second.
Jimmy Hensley qualified 17th, two miles an hour off the pace.

[S-Winston]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-31]
[GRAPHIC=RICKY CRAVEN]


The Winston Cup drivers roll into Michigan today but Ricky Craven won't be in town.
Last night he was fired as the driver of the S-B THREE Motorsports Ford and replaced by Loy Allen.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/April; :00]


Meantime, R-J Reynolds announced that it will no longer sponsor Jimmy Spencer's Ford after this year.
Winston or Smokin Joe camel have been on the car for the last six years.
That association will end at the end of this season
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[S-Mast]


[ANCHOR=pev]
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[NONE]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Concord, NC/Last Month; :00]


After racing all season long with limited sponsorship dollars, Rockbridge native Rick Mast and Cale Yarborough Motrosorts will annouce they are joining forces with Universal Studios for the next three years.
Mast says the agreement will be one of the most lucrative in Winston Cup racing.
However, now that the team has the money---it needs some workers! Team manager Waddell Wilson was released f

rom the team earlier this week, and crew chief Jerry Pitts also left after just three weeks after coming over frm Bill Elliott's team.
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[S-Remington]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-35]
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bristol, TN; :00]


And on the heels of the Mast announcement, Remington announces that it's moving to the big time next season and becoming an associate sponsor for both Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The two will become national spokemen for Remington.
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[Stanley-cup]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=nte]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Stanley Cup]


In game two of the Stanley Cup Finals last night--
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[VONAT]
[SUPER=03-Dallas]


Bret Hull sparkled for the Dallas Stars-- beating Buffalo goalie Dominik Hasek ((HAH-shehk)) with just under three minutes to go for the game winner.
Dallas added an empty-netter after that to win by a score of four to two.
The series is tied at one game a piece.
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[S-Gymnastics]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-29 (1:28:59)]
[GRAPHIC=Gymnastics Logo]


Some young gymnasts from southside are getting ready for a big trip to the nationals in Florida this weekend.
Roy Stanley caught up with the girls before their departure.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="The team...]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Hugh Gerlach/Head Coach; :18]
[SUPER=01-Jessica McAlexander/Blue Ridge Gymnast; :46]
[SUPER=01-Beck Minter/Blue Ridge Gymnast; :55]
[SUPER=@Roy1; 1:28]
[RUNS=1:33]
[OUT Q=...news 7 sports."]

((The team consists of 4 girls from Danville and three from Martinsville.
They practice for at least 4 hours 4 nights a week under the watchful eye of Hugh Gerlach, who along with his wife runs the Blue Ridge Gymnastics Academy in Henry County.)) ((HUGH GERLACH/HEAD COACH:)) ((Gerlach says certain skills are needed for the nationals. That's why its important for them to develop their own routines.
Gymnastics is 90 per cent mental but working on the same routine day after day helps the young gymnasts develop that toughness.)) ((JESSICA MCALEXANDER/BLUE RIDGE GYMNAST; )) ((BECKY MINTER/BLUE RIDGE GYMNAST;)) ((A couple of years ago, three gymnasts represented the academy at the nationals but this year they're going as a team.)) ((GERLACH:)) ((ROY STANDUP:))
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[S-Hoops]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-41]
[GRAPHIC=TECH/UVA]


For the first time since 19-76, the Hokies and Cavs will begin playing on each other's home courts in Charlottesville and Blacksburg beginning with the 2000-2001 season.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/Last Season;:00]


The school has agreed to a five year agreement yesterday that will begin next season with a game at the Richmond Coliseum during the legislative session.
Then it will shift to Blacksburg the following year, and the first on-campus game at the Cassell will be played the night before the Tech- U-V-A football game in the year 2000.
The schools will alternate years with games being played at the Cassell and University Hall. (------------) The contract runs out in the year 2004.