[11Textile-Relief]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-50]
[GRAPHIC=Va. State Capitol]


Textile workers in Southside have felt the brunt of company layoffs.
Since June, three thousand jobs have been lost in Martinsville and Henry County alone.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


It was a rallying cry for Southside lawmakers, introducing what they call the Textile Workers Relief Act of 2000.
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[SOT SENATE 01:37:10 ]
[IN Q=The maximum]

((SEN. ROSCOE REYNOLDS/D-HENRY CO.: THE MAXIMUM WEEKLY PAY FOR ANY OF THESE PEOPLE STANDING IN LINE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS IS 230 DOLLARS A WEEK. MR. PRESIDENT, A FAMILY, AN INDIVIDUAL AND A FAMILY CANNOT GET BY TODAY ON 230 DOLLARS A WEEK.))
[SUPER=@Reynolds;]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=a week.]
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[VO-NAT]


Senator Reynolds is pushing to raise jobless benefits a hundred dollars a week for any worker who lives or works in an area with double digit unemployment.
Martinsville Delegate Ward Armstrong wants them covered by Medicaid.
Southside Democrats found an unlikely ally in a Tidewater Republican.
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[SOT HOUSE 01:45:10 ]
[IN Q=We have]

((DEL. FRANK WAGNER/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: WE HAVE A SITUATION IN HAMPTON ROADS RIGHT NOW OF THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF THAT THAT'S FACED IN MARTINSVILLE. WE CAN'T GET ENOUGH GOOD WORKERS THAT WANT TO WORK IN OUR SHIPYARDS.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Frank Wagner/(R) Virginia Beach;]
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[OUT Q=in our shipyards.]
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[TALENT=Kimberly]
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Wagner's proposing temporary housing assistance to for laid off textile workers who want to spend a few months working at the shipyards.
None of the bills have come up for any votes yet.



[Cuban-Boy]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Elian Gonzalez]


It looks like six- year- old Elian Gonzalez will soon see his grandmothers.
A church official has confirmed that Elian's grandmothers plan to fly to New York today, then eventually plan to visit with the six- year- old.
Terisa Estacio has the latest.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Havana, Cuba;]
[SUPER=01-Jose Garcia-Pedrosa/Family Attorney;]
[SUPER=01-Terisa Estacio/Reporting;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=Estacio, CBS news, Miami.]



((---
(LOCATOR: HAVANA)


With newly-granted visas in hand, the grandmothers of six-year old Elian Gonzalez are traveling to the United States today ... in the hope of bringing their grandson back with them to Cuba.
Mariela Quintana and Raquel Rodriguez are expected to arrive in New York City this afternoon -- accompanied by members of the National Council of Churches -- who met with the women in Cuba yesterday.
Sources say the grandmothers chose to fly to New York--instead of Miami--to avoid any disturbances that might erupt there. Elian has been living with relatives in Miami since last November ... when he was found floating at sea. The boat he was on capsized -- killing his mother and 10 others.
One of the attorneys representing Elian's Miami family says they would welcome the grandmothers in their home.

((sot: Jose Garcia-Pedrosa/Family attorney))

"They feel that this is their family, this is their blood. If the grandmother's come and they want to see the boy obviously they will be permitted to do so -- even encouraged."
((standup))))

[Car-Bomb]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Explosion]


Two car bombs exploded within an hour of each other this morning in Madrid, Spain.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Madrid, Spain;]


The explosions happened in an area containing military housing, killing at least one person and injuring at least four others.
Police identified the victim as a 47- year- old Lieutenant Colonel.
Authorities say the area is also heavily populated with small businesses and apartment buildings.
The Interior Ministry has warned for weeks that the separatist group E-T-A was planning an attack.
It's intercepted several vehicles loaded with explosives that police said belonged to the armed rebels.
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[Suicide-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-01 17:40]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Suicide]


A Roanoke mother was killed after her boyfriend shot her and then turned the gun on himself.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


It happened shortly after 3-30 yesterday at a home in the 800 block of Kellogg Avenue, Northwest.
Police say it appears that 32 year old Tyrone Turpin shot 33 year-old Linda Miller several times and then turned the gun on himself- taking his own life.
Authorities say the couple had been arguing. Miller's two young children ran next door and asked a neighbor to call police.
Miller died an hour later at the hospital.
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[Pythons]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-57 27:56]
[GRAPHIC=State PD Investigation]


A routine traffic stop on Interstate 81 ended with more than the driver in custody, State Police
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[V/O-NAT SOT]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.]

took in a pair of pythons as well.
The snakes are being held at the Natural Bridge Zoo... where they say these reptiles are in poor condition.
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[SOT 4:33:32]
[IN Q=They get up]

((THEY GET UP TO 10, 12 15-FEET, AND THEY CAN CONSUME SMALL DOGS, CATS AND SMALL CHILDREN. UNLESS YOU'RE AN ACKNOWLEDGED HERP., YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE THESE.))
[SUPER=01-Karl Mogensen/Natural Bridge Zoo;]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=shouldn't have these.]
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[V/O-NAT SOT]


The snakes are being kept in a 90-degree tank at the Zoo.
Trooper Andy Fisher found them in a pillow case in the suspect's car, along with a small amount of cocaine.
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[SOT 5:07:50]
[IN Q=After he got]
[SUPER=01-1st Sgt. Joe Peters/Virginia State Police;]

((AFTER HE GOT THE COCAINE, HE GOES BACK TO THE CAR TO TALK TO THE DRIVER AND THAT'S WHEN THE DRIVER INFORMED HIM THAT IT WAS TWO PYTHONS IN THE PILLOW CASE IN THE FRONT SEAT.))
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[OUT Q=the front seat.]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[graphic=Hold]


24-year old Jewell Boyd was charged with possession of cocaine and reckless driving on a suspended license. [take VO take VO take VO]




[Pit-Bulls]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=99-59]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Roanoke police shot and killed the pit bull that attacked an animal control officer.
They've been searching for the animal ever since it bit the woman Wednesday night.
This morning, police found a pit bull on Eastern Avenue, near the place the incident happened.
The dog was swollen and bleeding.
It tried to attack one of the officers, and he pulled out his gun and shot it.
The officer who was bitten will continue to consult with her physician about possible treatment for rabies.

[Lunar-Eclipse]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Last night marked the first total lunar eclipse in more than two years..
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dallas, TX;]


This was the view of the sky over Dallas, Texas.
The eclipse turned the moon to shades of red and other un- usual colors.
Other areas saw the moon disappear completely.
[SUPER=03-Chicago, IL;]


Meanwhile, Chicago sky watchers had to brave bitter cold weather to catch a glimpse.
In addition to being seen all over North and South America..the eclipse was also visible over Europe and Africa.

The next total eclipse of the moon is July 16th...those with the best view of that one will be on the West Coast.


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[Tanker-Fire]


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A train car burning at a C-S-X railyard led to the evacuations of hundreds of people from their homes in Flint, Michigan.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Flint, MI;]


Authorities are worried about a possible explosion.
The tanker -- full of propane -- began leaking and started to burn early today.
It's near several other tankers --which are also also carrying thousands of gallons of propane.
Police say they evacuated homes in the area, and several schools are closed.
A two-mile stretch of interstate is also shut.
So far, no injuries have been reported.
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[Shooting-Tapes]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=kmc]
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On the heels of the release of the Columbine shooting tapes, police in Oregon have released tapes related to the school slayings in that state.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Police Video;]


In May of 19-98, 15- year- old Kip Kinkel walked calmly into his high school cafeteria and opened fire.
Just hours after he killed two students and wounded more than 20 others, Kinkel took police on a tour of the crime scene and explained what he did.
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[SOT 10:09:22]
[IN Q=Are you taking]

((ARE YOU TAKING SPECIFIC AIM AT THE KIDS? A. NO, I WAS JUST WAVING IT AROUND. ))
[RUNS=:04]
[OUT Q=waving it around]
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[VO-NAT]


In police AUDIO tapes, Kinkel describes his suicidal thoughts after killing his parents the night before the school rampage.
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[SOT 10:11:29]
[IN Q=I held my glock]

((I HELD MY GLOCK TO MY HEAD AND I WANTED TO KILL MYSELF, BUT I COULDN'T. I DON'T KNOW WHY.))
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=I don't know why]
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[VO-NAT]


Kinkel-- now 17-- will spend the rest of his life in prison.
In November, he was given a more than hundred- year- sentence.
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[Voter-ID]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-53 42:49]
[GRAPHIC=Va. Voter ID]


Virginia Democrats successfully beat Voter I-Ds in court last year, but that doesn't mean won't happen in the future.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


This year's Republican-controlled legislature means voter I-Ds will likely be required at the polls soon.
The chairmen of the two major parties explain their views.
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[SOT THURSDAY 12:53:10]
[IN Q=We have]

((DEL. KEN PLUM/D-RESTON: WE HAVE SOME OF THE LOWEST VOTER PARTICIPATION IN THE COUNTRY IN VIRGINIA. WE'RE FAVORABLE TO MATTERS THAT WILL HELP PEOPLE REGISTER EASILY AND GET OUT THE VOTE. NOT TO IMPEDE THEIR VOTING.))
[SOT THURSDAY 13:09:25 ]

((SEN. RANDY FORBES/R-CHESAPEAKE: WE THINK THAT YOU HAVE TO SHOW AN I-D ANY TIME YOU GET A LIBRARY CARD, YOU BUY A VIDEO, SO WE DON'T THINK IT'S ASKING TOO MUCH TO SHOW THAT WHEN YOU VOTE. ESPECIALLY GIVEN THAT IF YOU DON'T HAVE IT, YOU CAN ALWAYS JUST SIGN A STATEMENT AND STILL VOTE. WE'RE NOT STOPPING ANYBODY FROM VOTING.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Ken Plum/(D) Reston; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Randy Forbes/(R) Chesapeake; :14]
[RUNS=:27]
[OUT Q=from voting.]
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[VO-NAT]


Another measure likely to pass this year: putting party labels next to candidates' names.
Currently, Virginia only does that for presidential candidates.
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[L'burg-Registrar]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-50]
[GRAPHIC=Lynchburg]


It's not voter IDs but the most basic rule of business that's bringing change to Lynchburg's voter registrar.
That rule is - go where your customers are.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


The city's electoral board has voted to move the registrar from City Hall to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
That's where 85 percent of Lynchburg's new and current voters register every year anyway.
If the federal government approves the plan, the registrar's office will pick up and move after the May city council elections.
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[Tech-Admission]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-60 50:13]
[GRAPHIC=Tech]

[****ANCHOR TAG*****]
The number of students applying to Virginia Tech for fall 2-thousand -- is expected to reach a record high.
One reason, the football teams success. Joy Sutton has details.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/October 16, 1999;00]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;09]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Head Coach;24]
[SUPER=01-Karen Torgersen/Undergraduate Admissions;45]
[SUPER=01-Matthew Williams/Tech Student;1:38]
[SUPER=@Joy2;1:55]
[RUNS=2:05]
[OUT Q=n7 Blacksburg]


(( All the national attention the Hokie football team has received -- has meant a lot of free publicity for Virginia Tech.
Publicity that has helped increase the number of students applying to the University for fall of 2-thousand.
Even before the Hokies went to the Sugar Bowl -- Coach Frank Beamer was talking about the impact of team's success.


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[SOT beta tape 30:36]
[IN Q=They tell me]

((FRANK BEAMER: THEY TELL ME THERE ARE MORE APPLICATIONS THAN EVER BEFORE. THE ECONOMY OF THIS AREA IS GOOD. THERE IS JUST SO MANY GOOD THINGS COMING OUT OF THIS. WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS KEEP IT GOING)) [RUNS7]
[OUT Q=keep it going]


Karen Torgersen the Director of Undergraduate Admissions agrees with Beamer that this publicity has been invaluable.

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[SOT 8:25:41]
[IN Q=You can't pay]

((KAREN TORGERSEN: HAVING GAME DAY ON CAMPUS TWICE. YOU CAN'T PAY FOR THAT TYPE OF PUBLICITY AND FOR THEM TO SAY ALL THE WONDERFUL AND POSITIVE THINGS THEY'RE SAYING NOT JUST ABOUT FOOTBALL, BUT THE COMMUNITY THE UNIVERSITY. )) [RUNS13]
[OUT Q=the university]


Torgersen says this fall Tech is expecting a record 17 thousand freshman applicants -- to fill 4-thousand-two hundred -fifty available spaces.
And she says we are only beginning to see affect of the Hokie's success.
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[SOT8:26:47]
[IN Q=I think the]

((KAREN TORGERSEN: I THINK THE INCREASE IN APPLICANTS THAT WE ARE GOING TO SEE IS REALLY GOING TO HIT US NEXT YEAR)) [RUNS5]
[OUT Q=next year]


And while the applications keep stacking up -- so are the requirements for admission.
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[SOT 8:27:17]
[IN Q=Students who ]

((KAREN TORGERSEN:STUDENTS WHO HAVE LESS THAN A B+ AVERAGE AREN'T GOING TO BE ADMITTED THIS YEAR. IT'S GOING TO BE INCREASINGLY COMPETITIVE.)) [RUNS8]
[OUT Q=increasingly competive]


And out-of-state students say Virginia Tech is becoming more popular nationwide.
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[SOT 8:34:58]
[IN Q=I'm from Conneticut]

((MATTHEW WILLIAMS: I'M FROM CONNECTICUT AND I WAS OF TWO PEOPLE I THE LAST FIVE YEARS TO GO FROM MY SCHOOL HERE. AND KNOW JUST BEING HOME LAST SEMESTER THAT AT LEAST 6 TO 7 PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE COMING HERE NEXT YEAR)) [RUNS15]
[OUT Q=next year]


And Williams say as Virginia Tech becomes more selective -- a degree from the University will be even more valuable.

Joy Sutton, News 7, Blacksburg.))
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Admission officials want to point out that it's not just the football team that has had an impact -- but also the University's commitment to technological advancement.




















[Panda-Update]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


We have an update on one of the best- loved "California girls"...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-San Diego Zoo, CA;]


Hua Mei, the giant panda cub is healthy, weighing in at almost 19- pounds.
She's 35- inches long and has 15- teeth.
The bear was born last year at the San Diego Zoo.
Officials say she's doing so well, she might have her public debut next month.
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[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
[GRAPHIC=WEBWATCH]


By the way, you can check out how the baby panda's doing every day.

There is a link to the San Diego Zoo on our web site at W-D-B-7-7-DOT-COM.[S-Australian-Open]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Tennis]


Top-seed Andre Agassi has cruised into the fourth round of the Australian Open. He routed Mario Zabaleta in straight sets to advance.
On the women's side, Lindsay Davenport, Mary Pierce, and Jennifer Capriati were all third round winners.

[S-Radford]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-60 1739tc]
[GRAPHIC=RADFORD HOOPS]


The Radford Highlanders are presumably resting up today, after playing their second game within 48 hours last night .. welcoming UNC-Asheville.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford/UNC Asheville vs. Radford; :00]

The Highlander did his part to wipe out at least one of the visiting Bulldogs before the opening tap. Radford would look sharp in the early going as Jason Williams dumps it down to Corey Watkins. He calls bank from 12 feet away and the basketball is good. The Bulldogs would then try to run with RU as Andre Smith takes the inbounds pass and goes coast to coast for the layin'. But no one gets up and down the floor in the Dedmon Dome like Williams, and he makes a sweet move down low for two of his game high 26 on the night.
[SUPER=33-UNC Asheville/79/Radford/92;]

Four other Highlanders also hit in double digits, including Peanut Arrington who scored 15 in RU's 92-to-79 win.
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[S-Byington]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-52 11730tc]
[GRAPHIC=UVa]


Former Salem Spartan and UNC Wilmington basketball standout Mark Byington is now making his mark with the men's team at UVa.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville; :00]


Byington is a graduate assistant for the Cavaliers. He sits courtside at games and charts plays and keeps stats for Pete Gillen.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="I'm]
[SUPER=01-Mark Byington/UVa Graduate Assistant; :00]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=....coach Gillen"]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/March 12, 1994;]


Byington is no stranger to University Hall. Back in 1994, he won Salem's first state championship as the Spartans marquee player. He went on to earn all state honors. With his playing days now behind him, he has his sights set on being a head coach and learning from Coach Gillen has been extremely productive.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="Coach....]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=....believes in"]
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[S-Chase]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-48 (1:51:59)]
[GRAPHIC=Tech Logo]


The men's basketball fortunes at Virginia Tech appear to be on the rise.
There are many reasons ... one of them the arrival of point guard Brian Chase. Roy Stanley has his story.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="After a...]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Brian Chase/Va. Tech Point Guard; :17]
[SUPER=01-Ricky Stokes/Va. Tech Head Coach; :28]
[SUPER=@Roy2; :36]
[SUPER=01-Andre Ray/Va. Tech Forward; :48]
[RUNS=1:12]
[OUT Q=........news 7 sports."]

((After a stint at Hargrave Military, Chase joined the Hokies on December 17-th. Three days later Chase began his collegiate career at the San Juan Shootout where he was named to the all tournament team and later named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the week.)) ((BRIAN CHASE/TECH GUARD)) ((RICKY STOKES/TECH HEAD COACH)) ((Chase is shooting 43-per cent from the field and he's averaging over 12 points a game third on the team.
And Chase quickly earned the respect from his Hokie teammates.)) ((ANDRE RAY/TECH FORWARD)) ((Support from his teammates has been a positive for the point guard and it's also helped his confidence.)) ((CHASE)) ((Chase and the Hokies hope to make it 4 straight wins in a row when they visit Temple this weekend.
Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
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