Coming up on News 7-
We'll head live to New Orleans as the Hokies battle for the national title.
Plus we'll check out Hokie Fans watching the big game in this region.
And the man arrested with his girlfriend for the death of his newborn 3 years ago is free tonight.
News 7 is next.
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The big night is finally here.
Right now the Hokies are fighting to be called the best in the Nation.
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Virginia Tech and Florida State are more than halfway through the championship Nokia Sugar Bowl.
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Steve Mason has been following the game and has an update for us from just outside the Super Dome.
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Believe it or not - the Seminoles had a cheering section in the Roanoke Valley tonight.
Wendy, Amber and David Beidler have been flying the Florida State colors with pride... and enduring the good-natured ribbing of Virginia Tech fans.
David Beidler's father was a Florida State professor. He grew up in Tallahassee, and attended classes there in the early 70s.
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((IT'S BEEN GOOD-NATURED GRIEF, BUT SURE WE'VE HAD LOTS AND WE EXPECT MORE.))
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Andrea Schirmer's Kindergarten class at Raleigh Court Elementary has its share of Virginia Tech fans, but they aren't all Hokies.
Schirmer has followed F-S-U football since she moved to Tallahassee as a high school junior, and a member of her class, Max Davidson, is the son of Florida State alumni.
The Seminole fans hope a Florida State victory tonight would give them vindication tomorrow.
You couldn't find any Florida State fans at the Brambleton Deli tonight.
That's where Kate Weidaw has been throughout the game.
Do Hokie fans there match up to those in Blacksburg and New Orleans tonight?
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Two 14-year olds have been charged in connection with a shooting that left two women wounded in Henry County.
The shooting happened yesterday afternoon on Axton Road.
58-year old Ruby Holland and 49-year old Nancy Whitaker of North Carolina were traveling in a van when they were reportedly struck by the same bullet.
Holland was struck in the hand - Whitaker in the arm.
The teenagers are facing several gun-related charges as well as 2 counts of malicious wounding.
Fear of higher interest rates sent the Dow spiraling today-
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It closed down 350 points-
Nasdaq was down by well over 2-hundred points in a broad-based selloff.
The big drop comes as Alan Greenspan announces he will remain on the job as Federal Reserve Chairman four more years.
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A Franklin County man is charged with attempted murder for allegedly trying to kill a man whose testimony could put him behind bars.
Authorities say Gary Tiller stabbed Chanton (SHAN-ton) Claybrooks in the stomach this morning, near Boones Mill.
Investigators say Tiller was angry that Claybrooks had provided police with information against him in an arson and grand larceny case.
He made national headlines when he was arrested for the death of his newborn- along with his girlfriend. The baby was found in a trash bin.
Now a New Jersey man is home after serving prison time. Bobbi Harley has more.
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TWENTY-ONE YEAR OLD BRIAN PETERSON WALKED OUT OF A DELAWARE PRISON
TUESDAY A FREE MAN WITH A PROMISE.
BRIAN PETERSON: I can assure everyone that I ll reward their confidence in me and make them proud of me in the future.
SOMETHING DIFFICULT TO DO IN THE PAST PETERSON ADMITTED TO MANSLAUGHTER
IN THE 1996 DEATH OF HIS NEWBORN SON ALONG WITH HIS HIGH SCHOOL
SWEETHEART AMY GROSSBERG. THE TWO GREW UP IN A WEALTHY NEW JERSEY
SUBURB AND KEPT THE PREGNANCY A SECRET.
THEIR INFANT S BODY WAS FOUND IN A PLASTIC BAG INSIDE A GARBAGE DUMPSTER AT A DELAWARE MOTEL.
BRIAN PETERSON I want everyone to know how sorry I am for my part in the
tragic events that occurred three years ago.
HE SPENT EIGHTEEN MONTHS IN PRISON FOR HIS PART RELEASED A LITTLE
EARLIER THAN THE TWO-YEAR SENTENCE BECAUSE OF TIME SERVED AND GOOD
HIS FORMER GIRLFRIEND IS DUE FOR RELEASE NEXT SPRING.
FOR THE TIME BEING, PETERSON WILL REMAIN AT HIS PARENTS NEW JERSEY HOME.
BARBARA PETERSON/MOTHER We re very thrilled to have him home and
give him a chance to start over.
THE FIRST STEP THREE HUNDRED HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE HIS LAWYERS SAY
WILL INCLUDE TALKING TO TEEN-AGED BOYS ABOUT THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF
Bobbi Harley, CBS NEWS, NY.))
The latest from the F-B-I on a threatening letter sent to a local Planned Parenthood, coming up.
Plus - is this what the next Republican presidential ticket will look like?
Today - former rivals join forces.
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((THIS IS DENISE ALLEN IN THE NEWS 7 SPORTS DEPARTMENT. COMING UP THE LATEST FROM THE SUGAR BOWL IN NEW ORLEANS. HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MEN'S HOOPS TOURNAMENT AT ROANOKE COLLEGE. AND ACTION FOR THE NBA. WE'LL SEE YOU LATER IN SPORTS.))
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A big boost today for Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush-
With a handshake and a hug two former political rivals became political allies.
Elizabeth Dole - a former candidate herself- announced her support of Bush.
No word on whether Bush will bring Dole onto the ticket as his Vice Presidential nominee.
Clinics across the country are finding out threatening letters claiming anthrax contamination are false.
The FBI says Planned Parenthood of the Blue Ridge is the only one in Virginia that received a terrorist letter, but 18 other clinics across the country were also targeted.
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((ROY TUBERGEN/FBI ASST. SPECIAL AGENT: THE NUMBER OF THESE CASES HAS RISEN DRAMATICALLY SINCE 1996 WHEN THERE WAS ONLY ABOUT 37 SUCH CASES AT THE BUREAU OPEN AND INVESTIGATED SINCE THEN THE NUMBER HAS MORE THAN TRIPLED IN 1999.))
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The F-B-I does not yet know whether the letter sent to the local Planned Parenthood had Anthrax on it, but test results on the substance are expected tomorrow.
A bomb threat in Franklin County today turned out to be a hoax - but several kids got the day off from school.
Someone phoned in the threat to the high school around 8 this morning.
Students were put back on buses and sent home while authorities searched the school.
They found nothing.
Classes had to be canceled at the (CAT-see) CATCE center and Benjamin Franklin Middle School, too.
That's because those students are on the same bus routes as the high school.
Roanoke's new manager sits down with City Council for the first time.
We'll have details.
And a rock-and-roll veteran tops the Grammy nominations, announced today.
Still ahead - we'll tell you who's up for the coveted awards.
Darlene Burcham took office on January first. Today, she sat down with city council for the first time as the city's chief executive.
After several weeks of meetings and other preparations, Burcham is now on the job.
Today, she wondered when the warm welcomes will give way to more serious business.
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Also today, Roanoke Mayor David Bowers introduced Roanoke's Citizen of the year.
The 1999 honor goes to Jere Hodgin (JEHR-ee HAHJ-in), the producing artistic director of Mill Mountain Theatre.
Even little first graders were betting on the outcome of the Sugar Bowl --
with a mock spelling championship.
In their version, the Hokies won.
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((TRAIN. I RODE A TRAIN TO NEW ORLEANS. T-R-A-I-N. YEAH! GO HOKIES!))
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All day the young orange and maroon fans learned New Orleans culture, music and phrases.
They also added up imaginary touchdowns and studied a map for the quickest route to the Crescent City.
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In sports, the latest from New Orleans, and Roanoke College is headed to the championship game of its own tournament.
but first our extra point.
Former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry is back in
a hospital tonight as he continues his fight against a form of leukemia.
A hospital statement says only that Landry is being treated.
Now here are the scores.
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So far, the national championship Nokia Sugar Bowl has been anything but sweet for Virginia Tech.
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Steve Mason is outside the Super Dome with the latest.
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Five Radford University basketball players suspended last week for missing practice will suit up for the next game.
Coach Ron Bradley announced today, Jamar Betz, Byron Hall, Lamar King, Camara Mintz and Jason Williams have been reinstated.
They missed R-U's games against Chattanooga, Tennessee State and 13th ranked Tennessee.
The Highlanders are four and six and play Friday at Hampton.
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Two matinee games kicked off the seventh annual Domino's Lewis Gale Men's Hoops Tournament at Roanoke College.
The tournament raises money for the V-Foundation and cancer research. This year the charity silent auction featured a Tech jersey autographed by Coach Ricky Stokes and a Sacremento Kings jersey signed by Chris Webber.
On to the action, Jason Strickland picks off the inbounds pass and starts the give and go, Strickland finishes the play with the bucket at the other end.
Lehman would come right back, Dennis Kumnipa on the break away, takes the pass and goes the length of the court and the Lightning takes the nine to eight lead.
But the Maroons would have none of that, crisp passing by Roanoke gets Paris Butler the ball in three point range.
He downs it and the Maroons have the adavantage.
The Roanoke defense stifles Lehman, the steal leads to the Kyle Murphy jam and the Maroons win it 96-to-57.
Roanoke will play (WUSS-ter) Worcester State in the championship tomorrow night at seven.
Still to come, highlights from the professional ranks.
We'll check in with the NBA and the NHL.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves were looking to hit the 500 mark when they hosted the defending NBA champion San Antoni
This game was close, Tim Ducan parked underneath gets two here with the putback.
But Kevin Garnett gives the Wolves their first lead since the first quarter with this three pointer in the third.
The Spurs hang tough, Ducan battles for the rebound and gets the points and draws the foul. This one ends with the T'Wolves on top 91-to-88.
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In the NHL, Boston is one of the few teams the Islanders have had success against, but the Bruins came into tonights game in need of a win.
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In the second period, Marty McSorley with the nice shot, he lays it right infront of the net where Anson Carter tips it in for the Bruins.
Boston continues to find the net. PJ Axelson gets his fifth goal of the season here and the Bruins beat the Islanders 7-to-3.
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The Jets thought they had a new coach lined up after Bill Parcels announced his resignation.
But just a day after being named Parcels replacement, Bill Belichick has resigned.
Belichick says he feels he just can't lead the Jets in 2000.
He was promoted from defensive coordinator to the head post yesterday when Parcells stepped aside.
New England is interested in Gary
The Denver Broncos have given the Patriots permission to talk with their offensive coordinator.
The Pats fired Pete Carroll yesterday and are searching for his replacement.
And Mike Ditka's days as New Orleans Saints coach could be numbered.
The head coach meets with Saints owner Tom Benson later this week. Ditka says he wants to return to the
Saints, but he has a 15-and-33 mark in three years on the job.
The Grammy nominations are out and a Veteran Rocker leads the pack.
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((THIS LIFE AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH. I COULD CHANGE....))
Carlos Santana is up for ten Grammys including record, song and album of the year.
Close behind Santana, the hip hop group TLC with six nominations.
Teen idol Brittany Spears gets the nomination for best new artist.
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((FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY BROKEN HEART.))
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Spears is up against Macy Gray, Kid Rock, Blues Singer Susan (Ta-Desh-ee) Tedeschi and Christina (A-gyou-lera) Aguilera.
There are 98 categories- Winners will be announced February 23rd.
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