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Some of the Tech players are on their way home from New Orleans, and despite last night's loss many say wait until next year.
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And family members in Florida are expected to protest -- but U-S government officials say they're ready to let a six-year-old refugee return to his father in Cuba. (/////////////)
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Partly sunny, with some scattered flurries from time to time today..
We're still experiencing gusty winds up to 25 miles an hour...but the winds should calm down tonight.
The latest forecast, just moments away.
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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News 7 at noon is next.

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Their taste of sugar may not have been the sweetest, still fans returning today from the Sugar Bowl say they couldn't be prouder of their hokies.
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Scott Goldberg is at the Roanoke Airport this afternoon-- a busy place as tech fans fly back from New Orleans.
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(Rollcue:dropped it in New Orleans.)
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[Sugar-Bowl]


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The Virginia Tech Hokies fell short of a 12 and oh season with last night's 46-29 defeat at the hands of Florida State.
But the boys from Blacksburg have a lot to proud of.
Mike Stevens and Steve Mason have a recap from New Orleans.
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The Hokies' loss to Florida State in New Orleans last night was a disappointment for fans watching the game from their home turf.
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.))[CUBAN-BOY]


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It looks like six year old Elian (eh-lee-AHN') Gonzalez is a step closer to being returned to Cuba.
U-S officials say the Immigration and Naturalization Service has decided that the boy's father in Cuba has a right to custody.
The boy was found clinging to an inner tube at sea, after his mother and several others died while trying to reach Florida.
Lisa Hughes has the story.
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Another bump in the road in the in the search for Virginia's new state song.
That's one of the stories still ahead on News 7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And Asian markets follow Wall Street's downward spiral. Can they rebound today?
First, let's talk to Kimberly McBroom.
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[Wx-Tease] [Weatherpro]
Well, one thing that's NOT rebounding much is the temperatures.
Most of the viewing area is hovering in the 30s....
Meanwhile, colder than that back in West Virginia....

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Another letter threatening it contained the potentially deadly anthrax bacteria has turned up in Virginia.
Police say a Richmond homeless shelter named The Daily Planet got such a letter yesterday.
The F-B-I lab is still analyzing a letter received in Roanoke by Planned Parenthood of the Blue Ridge.
Some of the 18 other letters sent to other parts of the country in the past few weeks have been tested for anthrax and identified as hoaxes.
The Richmond letter has now been forwarded to the F-B-I for testing.

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Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the November shootings at a Seattle Shipyard.
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Police say the 30-year old man was a former employee at the shipyard who had been fired last year.
November Third two men were shot to death and two others wounded by a lone gunman.
An apparent break in the case came Sunday, when someone found a backpack with a handgun and camouflage jacket in a park a few blocks from the shipyard.
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The man arrested last night is being held for investigation of homicide and attempted murder.
His name has not been released.
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In Henry County, two 14-year olds have been charged 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.

[State-Song]


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The General Assembly committee reviewing the finalists for Virginia's new state song may dissolve without recommending a winner.
That's what the committee's chairman said he'll propose later today.
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Augusta County Senator Emmett Hanger said he hopes the panel will 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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[E-State-Computers]


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Yesterday was the Y-2-K reality check for state agencies-- whose employees had the day off Monday.
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All appeared in good working order at the Department of Information Technology-- which oversees all state computers.

The state's computer programmers say they feel like they won their own Sugar Bowl over the last few days.
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((EDGAR AUSBERRY/VIRGINIA DEPT. OF INFO. TECH.: JUST TO SEE THAT BALL DROP...GOOD JOB.))
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The state is spending an estimated 211-million dollars to beat the Y-2-K bug.
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It's been planned for months--
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and next on News 7 at Noon, we'll check in on Hillary Clinton's big move.
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Hillary Clinton is in a New York state of mind today.
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[10:09:20]
She's moving from the White House to her own house.
She's getting some help with the unpacking from the President.
The White House says they plan to sleep at the house overnight.
The Clintons bought the home last fall to establish a New York residence so the first lady can run for Senate.
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Stock prices in Asia took a hit today.
The sell-off followed yesterday's plunge on Wall-Street.
Barry Petersen reports.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 72 points.

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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still to come in sports, the Hokies' second half comeback is thwarted by the Seminoles.
We'll have more Sugar Bowl highlights,
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[VO-NAT ]

and head coaches come and go for the New York Jets, as another coach resigns.
We'll have more on that story, when we return.
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[Bowl-Recap]


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Despite orchestrating a comeback in the second half of the Sugar Bowl, Virginia Tech is not experiencing the sweet taste of victory.
The Hokies lost to Florida State 46 to 29.
The Seminoles led by 21 points in the second quarter, but Tech didn't give up.
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[VO-NAT]
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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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Florida State is the unanimous choice for the top spot in the final A-P poll.
Tech holds on to the number two spot, despite the loss.
Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Michigan round out the top 5.

[S-Coaches]


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The New York Jets are having a hard time keeping head coaches.
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Just one day after being named Bill Parcels' replacement, Bill Belichick resigned.
Belichick says uncertainties about the team's sale sparked his decision.
He stunned both the media and the Jets organization with his announcement.
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[S-Maroons]


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Roanoke College hosted Lehman yesterday afternoon in the seventh annual Domino's Lewis Gale Men's Hoops Tournament.
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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 Sacramento 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 advantage.
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The Roanoke defense stifles Lehman, the steal leads to the Kyle Murphy jam and the Maroons win it 96-to-57. (------------)