[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Ahead on News 7 at Noon, Danville police investigate a double shooting.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And Alan Greenspan expresses new concerns about the booming U-S economy, leaving analysts convinced that another interest rate increase is in the works.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[SS=None]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[D'Ville-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=99-59 TC11:13]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]


Danville police are still trying to figure out who shot two brothers while they were walking down a city street.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville]


Darryl and Jeffrey Hood said they were walking down North Main Street just before midnight when someone started shooting at them from the shadows.
Darryl Hood was hit in the leg-- his brother Jeffrey was shot in the hip-- neither injury was serious.
The two were able to call police, though they said they didn't know who fired the shots.
Danville officers say the have no suspects right now.
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[Danville-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=99-56 TC24:44]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


Investigators are still working to determine the cause of a destructive house fire.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville]


The flames were first spotted just before two this morning at this home in Danville.
Flames spread to the roof of a neighboring home as well.
Firefighters had to rescue one resident from the roof of one of the homes.
It took about an hour to get the flames under control.
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[Wind-Fires]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Brush Fires]


Firefighters are back out mopping up the brush fires that were fanned by yesterday's high winds.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; ]


Virginia forestry officials say they fought 15 to 20 fires in the Salem district alone yesterday.
Local fire departments battled 15 to 20 more, including this one on Jeters Chapel Mountain.
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


Though firefighters do not blame the wind for STARTING this house fire, it did tie their hands.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=with these winds]

((CAPT. STEVE SIMON/ROANOKE CO. FIRE: WITH THESE WINDS AND EVERYTHING, IT'S ALMOST LIKE POURING GASOLINE ON A FIRE TO SOME EXTENT. IT JUST FUELED THAT FIRE SO TREMENDOUSLY, ONCE IT GOT THROUGH THE ROOF ON ONE PORTION OF THE HOUSE, IT JUST RAN THE WHOLE LENGTH OF THE HOUSE.))
[SUPER=01-Capt. Steve Simon/Roanoke Co. Fire Dept.; ]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=length of the house]
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[VO-NAT]


Gusty winds also knocked out power to hundred of homes statewide.
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[Flu-Clinic]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tfl]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Flu]


If you haven't gotten the flu this winter and you want to keep it that way, it's still NOT too late to get a flu shot.
(XXXXXXXX)

[TAKE Pinnacle Board]
The Roanoke City Health Department is holding a special flu shot clinic today at the office at 515 Eighth Street in downtown Roanoke.
Vaccinations will be given from 2:00 until 4:30 this afternoon.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=HOLD]


No appointment is necessary -- just show up.
There is a seven dollar fee, but if you bring proof of Medicare Part B or Medicaid -- it's free.

[greenspan]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Interest Rates]


Many analysts expect the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates again early next month.
And the impression was only reinforced last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


Chairman Alan Greenspan expressed new worries that the soaring stock market could lead to an overheated U-S economy.
In his talk before the economic club of New York he said while the economy is humming along nicely NOW, he warns there could be trouble ahead.
He's concerned that strong consumer demand and a dwindling supply of workers could stop the economic expansion in it's tracks.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

(( REGRETTABLY, WE AT THE FEDERAL RESERVE DO NOT HAVE THE LUXURY OF AWAITING A BETTER SET OF INSIGHTS INTO THIS PROCESS. INDEED OUR GOAL IN RESPONDING TO THE COMPLEXITY OF CURRENT ECONOMIC FORCES IS TO EXTEND THE EXPANSION BY CONTAINING ITS IMBALANCES AND AVOIDING THE VERY RECESSION THAT WOULD COMPLETE A BUSINESS CYCLE.))
[SUPER=01-Alan Greenspan/Federal Reserve Chairman;]
[RUNS=:27]
[OUT Q=COMPLETE A BUSINESS CYCLE.]
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[VO-NAT]


Greenspan noted that next month marks the longest economic expansion in U-S history.
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[Havana-protests]


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


The latest mass protest in Havana over the case of Elian Gonzalez will have an unusual twist.
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[SOT]

[7:00:46]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Havana, Cuba;]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=nat protests]
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[VO-NAT]


An estimated 100-thousand Cubans, all mothers and many of them pregnant, marched outside the U-S interests Section today to demand that the six year old be returned to his father in Cuba.
[SUPER=04-Home Video;]

[3;03:53]
This is home video of Elian in Cuba with his father, celebrating his fifth birthday.
Today was the original deadline for Elian to be returned to his homeland.
The I-N-S has extended the deadline indefinitely to allow time for a federal court hearing.
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[arm-transplants]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Medical News]


A medical first today.
In France a double amputee has undergone a double transplant.
A team of 18 surgeons in Lyon (lee-OHN'), France spent 17 hours attaching donor forearms and hands to a man who lost both arms below the elbows in a factory explosion four years ago.
Hand and forearm transplants have been done before, but never two on the same person.
The man is said to be in satisfactory and stable condition.
[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Virginia carries out its second execution of the week.
Details are still ahead on News 7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And a gambler is suing two casinos after losing a million dollars while he was drunk.
First let's talk with Patrick Evans about our weekend forecast.
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[Talent=Patrick]

[Wx-Tease] [Weatherpro] [music up full] [comm1]

[Drunk-Gambler]


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


Two Las Vegas casinos are demanding that a gambler who lost more than a million dollars pay up.
But the man is suing them, claiming the casinos let him lose the money while he was drunk.
Sandra Hughes reports.
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[SOT]

[10 AM Newspath feed]
[IN Q=Throwing the dice and downing...]
[SUPER=03-Las Vegas, NV; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jim Jimmerson/Roel's Attorney; :12]
[SUPER=01-Sandra Hughes/Reporting; 1:05]
[RUNS=1:15]
[OUT=CBS NEWS, LAS VEGAS.]



[miners-rescued]


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


Nine South African gold miners have been rescued alive after being trapped for several days more than a mile underground.
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[IN=]
[SUPER=03-Orkney, South Africa;]
[RUNS=:04]
[OUT=NAT CHEERING]
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[VO-NAT]


To cheers and clapping, the men were carried out of the mine shaft on stretchers and taken to a waiting ambulance.


Four others are known to have died in the accident, and hopes are fading for two other severely injured men still trapped beneath the surface.
Rescuers tunneled for four days to reach the men, who were trapped following a rockfall inside the mine.
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[BOSNIA-CONVICTIONS]


[ANCHOR=MEL]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


United Nations judges have given five Bosnian Croat militiamen prison sentences varying from six years to 25 years for war crimes.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-The Hague, Netherlands;]

[8:00:40]
It is the biggest conviction yet at the international war crimes court on the Balkan conflict.
A sixth man was acquitted.
The six men were accused of belonging to bands of armed Croatians who descended on a central Bosnian village and killed at least 103 Muslims, including 33 women and children, on a spring day in 1993.
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[Roach]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Va. Death Penalty]


Virginia has carried out its second execution this year.
(+++++++)

[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD]
Steve Edward Roach died by lethal injection shortly after 9 last night, an hour after Governor Gilmore turned down his clemency request.
Roach was 17 when he killed 70-year old Mary Ann Hughes in her Greene County home and took her car.
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[anchor=Melanie]
[graphic=HOLD]


Earlier this week the state put another man to death, who was also a juvenile when he committed murder.

[E-Rubatex]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-46 1:23:06]
[GRAPHIC=Rubatex Strike]


Rubatex says it has half as many workers ... but production is at 100-percent of pre-strike levels.
The striking union says it's 100-percent sure that's not the case.
Scott Goldberg has more on the ongoing dispute at Bedford's biggest employer.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Bedford; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jim Laurin/Rubatex Negotiator; :17]
[SUPER=01-Larry Brookshier/Rubatex Plant Manager; :35]
[SUPER=01-Richard Walker/USWA Local 240 President; :57]
[SUPER=@Scott2;]
[RUNS=1:24]
[OUT Q=N7 Bedford.]
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(([SOT natsound -- tape 2]
[IN Q=]

((QUICK NATS INSIDE PLANT.))
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[OUT Q=]


They say they can't prove it.
But managers at Bedford's Rubatex plant insist 200 replacement workers are rolling out as much foam rubber as more than 400 union workers did before they went on strike.
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[SOT 14:22:02 TAPE 1]
[IN Q=what it tells me]

((JIM LAURIN/RUBATEX NEGOTIATOR: WHAT IT TELLS ME IS I HAD A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF INEFFICIENCIES IN THE PLANT AS A RESULT OF UNION CONTRACTUAL ITEMS.))
[RUNS= 08]
[OUT Q=contractural items]


Still ... the company's chief negotiator and its plant manager refused to make public their shipping records proving production IS at 100 percent.
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[SOT 14:20:33 TAPE 1]
[IN Q=i don't mean]

((LARRY BROOKSHIER/PLANT MANAGER: I DON'T MEAN TO BE SHORT WITH YOU, BUT WE GIVE YOU TRUTHFUL INFORMATION. I DON'T KNOW THAT IT WOULD BE OUR OBLIGATION TO SATISFY YOU ON THAT.))
[RUNS= 10]
[OUT Q=ON THAT]
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[SOT TAPE 2]
[IN Q=NATSOUND]

((QUICK!!! NATS INSIDE PLANT))
[RUNS= 01]
[OUT Q=]


The union charges it's all a scare tactic.
That saying it can get by with half as many workers is the company's ploy to make the union accept a contract it doesn't like.
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[SOT 13:15:06]
[IN Q=you see it]

((RICHARD WALKER/UNION PRESIDENT: YOU SEE IT ALL THE TIME. THEY WANT PEOPLE TO THINK THAT THEY'RE GOING TO LOSE THEIR JOBS -- IF THEY'RE NOT GOING TO COME BACK NOW, THEY'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE THEM. BUT I CAN GUARANTEE YOU, IF WE WAS TO GO BACK THERE TODAY, THEY'D BE GLAD TO HAVE EVERY ONE OF US BACK.))
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[OUT Q=every one of us back]


The strike at Bedford's biggest employer is now four months old.
The two sides say they go back and forth exchanging written information ... but they're not talking face-to-face...
Nor are they expecting the back-and-forth to bounce back to the bargaining table anytime soon.
Scott Goldberg, News-7, Bedford.))

[E-Job-Fair]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-47 TC1:16:06]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Thousands of laid off textile workers in the Martinsville area are looking for new jobs.
That's why the city sponsored
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville]

a job fair yesterday at the Martinsville National Guard Armory.
60 prospective employers from all across Virginia and North Carolina were on hand to accept applications and conduct interviews.
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[SOT 2:11:04]
[IN Q=I think what]

((WILL WHITE/FORMER BASSETT MIRROR EMPLOYEE: I THINK WHAT THEY'RE HAVING HERE TODAY IS VERY GOOD. NOT ONLY FOR ME BUT FOR THE OTHER PEOPLE HERE IN THE COMMUNITY WHO DID LOSE THEIR JOBS, DUE TO TULTEX AND OTHER COMPANIES THAT HAVE SHUT DOWN))
[SUPER=01-Will White/Former Bassett Mirror Employee;]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=have shutdown]
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[VO-NAT]


About one thousand people came out in search of employment.
Martinsville City Officials hope the job fair will help reduce the city's unemployment rate -- which is currently at 20 percent.
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[S-Trigon]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tfl]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Trigon]


Some insurance workers in the Roanoke area may not be looking for new jobs afterall.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-October 1999]


In October, Trigon announced it would lay off about 200 people from its Mid-South Insurance company subsidiary.
Now Trigon says its overall business is growing enough to keep more than 100 workers from the Mid-South staff, and transfer them to other positions within Trigon.
As for Mid-South, Trigon announced yesterday it is selling the company to a Nebraska-based carrier.
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[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


One area university is standing behind Governor Gilmore's proposed tuition freeze.
That's one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And the British royal family cuts up its Harrod's charge cards.
Find out why when we return.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]


[harrods-royals]


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


For years, the luxury London department store Harrod's has counted the British Royal family among its most treasured customers.
Not anymore.
The palace account is the latest casualty of the crash that killed Princess Diana.
Mark Phillips has the story.
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[SOT]

[10am NEWSPATH FEED]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-London, England; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mohammed Al Fayed/December 21, 1999; :44]
[SUPER=01-Mark Phillips/Reporting; 1:04;]
[RUNS=1:33]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS, LONDON.]



[E-Tuition-Freeze]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-45 1:41:00]
[GRAPHIC=Va. College Tuition]


Officials at Radford University are backing Governor Gilmore's call for a continued freeze on tuition at the state's public colleges and universities.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford]


Radford actually rolled back tuition by 20 percent for the current school year, and officials say they can live with the latest proposal to extend the freeze for another four.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I think this is a clear]

((DAVID BURDETTE/V.P. FOR BUSINESS AFFAIRS: I THINK THIS IS A CLEAR MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE THAT THE PRICES HAVE MAYBE GOTTEN A LITTLE BIT TOO HIGH AND THIS IS A GOOD LEADERSHIP EXAMPLE OF REDUCING THOSE PRICES, BUT STILL MAINTAINING THE QUALITY AND ACCESS THAT WE NEED TO DO.))
[SUPER=01-David Burdette/V. P. for Business Affairs; ]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=that we need to do.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=None]


With 86- hundred students, Radford is currently enjoying an increase in enrollment... up by more than 200 students this year.

[Stocks]


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 137 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still to come in sports, Tech football's dance with the spotlight is not over yet.
The Hokies phenomenal season is commemorated by magazine,
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[VO-NAT ]

and an area football coach is calling it quits after a legendary career in both college and professional football.
Patrick has the details, next.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]



[Rutigliano]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tar]
[TAPE#=sp-60]
[GRAPHIC=Liberty]


Liberty University is saying good bye to a football coaching legend.
Sam Rutigliano (roo-tig-lee-AH'-noh) has retired after eleven seasons as Liberty's head football coach.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file]


The 67-year-old Rutigliano appeared at Liberty when creditors were threatening to close the school.
He amassed a 67 and 53 coaching record and was 4 and 7 last season.
Rutigliano became coach of the Cleveland Browns in 1978 and won coach of the year after leading the team to an A-F-C Central title.
His retirement from Liberty is effective immediately.
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[S-Glenvar]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-58]
[GRAPHIC=Friday Football Extra]


A local football standout is returning to the high school football field next season as a head coach.
Former Salem standout Stephen Magenbauer will fill the shoes of Brian Hooker as the Highlanders new head coach.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./1999 Season; :00]


The 26 year old has been Glenvar's offensive coordinator for the last four years.
During that time, the Highlanders produced about 300 yards of offense a game.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="first]
[SUPER=01-Stephen Magenbauer/New Glenvar Football Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=....for next year"]
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[S-Sapp]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-45]
[GRAPHIC=Tampa Bay]


Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Warren Sapp has been named the Associated Press defensive player of the year.
He had 12 and a half sacks this season.
His 11 and 5 Bucs meet the Washington Redskins this weekend in the playoffs, but the Skins seem more concerned with his teammate, rookie quarterback Shaun King.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="I think]
[SUPER=01-Darrell Green/Redskins Cornerback; :00]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=...like a veteran"]
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[S-Hokies]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-61]
[GRAPHIC=Tech football]


Hokie football is still making the national spotlight, even with its Sugar Bowl loss.
The commemorative "Virginia Tech Hokies" Sports Illustrated issue is hot off the press.
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[VO-NAT]


The 88 page issue contains eight feature stories with countless pictures of Tech's 11 and 1 year.
Also, the Hokies 2000 starting line up is previewed.
60-thousand issues will be distributed only to Virginia area supermarkets, drug stores, and newstands today.
Sports Illustrated says this is the first time the losing team has been celebrated with a commemorative issue. (------------)