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We have school announcements to pass along.
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Grayson County schools are delayed one hour today, except Mount Rogers, which is closed.
And Tazewell County schools will open two hours late.


[7-Bowl-Recap]


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It was a story book season for Virginia Tech, but the Hokies did not get the national championship happy ending.
Tech lost last night's Sugar Bowl to Florida State 46 to 29.
Tech trailed Florida State by as many 21 points in the second quarter, but the team didn't give up.
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In the third, Anthony Midget picked off this Florida State pass.
That set up a six yard touchdown run by Andre Kendrick to give Tech a 29 to 28 lead.
But Florida State poured it on in the fourth quarter.
Chris (winky) Weinke hit Peter Warrick for a 44 yard touchdown to give Florida State the 46 to 29 win and the national championship.
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Last night's loss was a disappointment to Tech fans watching the Big Game in Blacksburg.
But, as Marya Jones reports, losing the Sugar Bowl didn't leave Hokie fans feeling sour.
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(( Right up to the last moment, fans watching the Sugar Bowl from Hokie home turf showed strong and steadfast support for their team.
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[NATSOUND: FANS] ((NATSOUND FANS )) [RUNS:02]
But even after a disappointing end to a nail-biting game, Virginia Tech alumni and fans said they were proud the Hokies' made a strong stand, showing they were Sugar Bowl material.
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((BEN FITZGERALD: PEOPLE HAVE BEEN QUESTIONING OUR SCHEDULE AND IF WE BATTLE FLORIDA STATE, THERE COULD BE NO DOUBTERS ABOUT HOW GOOD WE ARE. )) [RUNS:05]
And proving itself on the field, many fans say, is already helping Tech make strides in other areas.
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((SHAYA MISRA/VA. TECH ALUMNUS: PLAYING IN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IS GOING TO INCREASE RECRUITING, IT'S GOING TO INCREASE VISIBILITY, NOT JUST FOR THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM, BUT FOR THE UNIVERSITY AS A WHOLE. IT'S GOING TO DO GREAT THINGS FOR TECH.)) [RUNS:10]
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((BILL LAVERY/FORMER VA. TECH PRESIDENT: WHAT AN EXCITING TIME FOR THIS UNIVERSITY THAT HAS COME SO FAR. WE'RE SO PLEASED WITH WHAT A GREAT STUDENT BODY AND ALUMNI AND A TEAM THAT IS JUST UNBELIEVABLE. )) [RUNS:16]
Fans say getting to a national championship -- regardless of the outcome -- proves Virginia Tech's capabilities.
And the pride of its fans proves that Hokies have a lot of heart.
Marya Jones, News 7, Blacksburg.))

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Hokie fans also found other local places to party like it was New Orleans.
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The Brambleton Deli in Roanoke County was filled to capacity.
Dozens of fans came out to cheer on their favorite team.
Despite Virginia Tech's loss, fans are still devoted to the Hokies.
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((FLORIDA STATE JUST GOT LUCKY THAT IS ALL THAT WAS.))
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Tech fans say the team made a good effort and they believe the Hokies will return next year to play for the national championship again.
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Here's a look at your mid week forecast. Partly sunny and windy today. Highs in the upper 30s to low 40s. Tonight, clear and cold with light winds. Low temperatures fall to the low to mid 20s. The extended forecast...

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[45-School-Watch]


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We have school announcements to pass along.
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Grayson County schools are delayed one hour today, except Mount Rogers, which is closed.
And Tazewell County schools will open two hours late.


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A brilliant comeback and a spectacular effort from quarterback Michael Vick weren't enough for the Virginia Tech Hokies last night in New Orleans.
Florida State claimed the national championship in the Sugar Bowl.
Tech trailed Florida State by as many as 21 points in the second quarter, but the Hokies didn't give up.
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In the third, Anthony Midget picked off this Florida State pass.
That set up a six yard touchdown run by Andre Kendrick to give Tech a 29 to 28 lead.
But Florida State poured it on in the fourth quarter.
Chris (winky) Weinke hit Peter Warrick for a 44 yard touchdown to give Florida State the 46 to 29 win and the national championship.
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In Henry County, two 14-year olds face charges in connection with a shooting that left two women injured.
It 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.

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Darlene Burcham sits down with city council for the first time as the city's chief executive.
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After several weeks of meetings and other preparations, Burcham was officially on the job yesterday.
She wondered when the warm welcomes will give way to more serious business.
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((I KNOW THAT WE'VE GOT SOME CHALLENGES AHEAD THAT WILL PROBABLY TRY OUR PATIENCE AND AT TIMES OUR WIT, BUT HOPEFULLY WE'LL KEEP OUR SENSE OF GOOD HUMOR AND WE'LL MOVE FORWARD AND MAKE ROANOKE THE BETTER PLACE THAT IT CAN BE.))
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Also, 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.
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The future of a new state song remains in question this morning.
The chairman of the General Assembly committee reviewing the songs says he plans to dissolve the list of finalists recommending a winner.
Augusta County Senator Emmett Hanger says he would like to see the panel decide to offer all eight finalists for consideration so that a public consensus can form behind one of the songs.
The selection process has been under way for a year and a half.

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Taking a moment now to check the forecast...
Partly sunny today and windy, with highs around 40.
Clear and cold tonight, with lows near 25.
The five day forecast stays partly to mostly cloudy, with our next chance of showers on Monday.

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[8-School-Watch]


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We have school announcements to pass along.
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Grayson County schools are delayed one hour today, except Mount Rogers, which is closed.
And Tazewell County schools will open two hours late.


[8-Bowl-Recap]


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Freshman phenom Michael Vick played the biggest game of his young career last night.
He threw for 225 yards and a touchdown and ran for a touchdown, but it wasn't enough to run away with the Sugar Bowl win.
Florida State led by 21 points in the second quarter, but Tech didn't give up.
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In the third, Anthony Midget picked off this Florida State pass.
That set up a six yard touchdown run by Andre Kendrick to give Tech a 29 to 28 lead.
But Florida State poured it on in the fourth quarter.
Chris (winky) Weinke hit Peter Warrick for a 44 yard touchdown to give Florida State the 46 to 29 win and the national title.
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Travelling to New Orleans wasn't necessary for fans looking to cheer on the Hokies.
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The Brambleton Deli in Roanoke County was filled to capacity.
Dozens of fans came out to cheer on their favorite team.
Despite Virginia Tech's loss, fans are still devoted to the Hokies.
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((FLORIDA STATE JUST GOT LUCKY THAT IS ALL THAT WAS.))
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Tech fans say the team made a good effort and they believe the Hokies will return next year to play for the national championship again.
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Even the smallest Tech fans bet on the outcome of the Sugar Bowl --
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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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[8-E-Florida-State]


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Some local Florida State fans have a lot to cheer about this morning.
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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.
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Checking the mid- week weather outlook---


Partly sunny and still windy today, with highs around 40.
Clear skies tonight, and not as breeze.
Lows in the mid 20s.
The five day forecast stays partly to mostly cloudy, with our next chance of showers on Monday.

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