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Coming up on News 7-
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This man points the finger at Rae Carruth- as the murder trial goes on in Charlotte.
A plane with a Hollywood celebrity crash lands- Details coming up.
And what's going on here? Airport workers caught tossing packages.
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Plus expect higher heating bills-
News 7 is next.

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An admitted killer says a former N-F-L player scared him into committing murder.
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[SOT 13:21:32 CBS]
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[OUT Q=afraid of Rae Carruth.]
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Good evening,


[Carruth]


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The admitted triggerman in the murder of Rae Carruth's girlfriend- took the stand today- saying Carruth made him do it.
Van Brett Watkins was supposed to help the defense of the former Carolina Panther, but instead his testimony may have helped the prosecution.
Jennifer Jones reports.
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[SUPER=01-Van Brett Watkins/Defense Witness; :00]
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[SUPER=01-Jennifer Jones/Reporting; 1:09]
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((It was for 6 months, he dragged me into something I didn't want to be involved. Watkins may have sounded more like an ideal witness for prosecutors...but it was the Defense who called him to the stand. Attorney David Rudolph struggled to convinced jurors that Watkins shot Adams after Carruth reneged on bankrolling a drug deal. The defense laid out Watkins' history of dealing drug as well as his violent criminal past. DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Like how you held a meat clever to somebody's face or how you shot some by stander in the face. The defense also made it clear, that Watkins cut a deal with Prosecutors to avoid the death penalty. But no matter how the Rudolph angled his defense, the triggreman always pointed the finger back at Rae Carruth. --:Defense Attorney Rudlolph: 2 weeks after you caused that, I hope the bitch dies, did you say that? Watkins: That's the bitch I was talking about (pointing at carruth). Rae Carruth, I'm referring to him who got me in this. He didn't stand up. I stood up for mine I said I did it because he made me do it. (points at Carruth)--that's your client. ; And it is still not clear if that client ....Rae Carruth the former Carolina Panther will testify in his own defense. JJ CBS News Charlotte.))

[School-Info]


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This week's winter weather is still causing problems for some schools...
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You can also find an up-to-the minute list on our webpage at W-D-B-J-7- dot- com.
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[Bush-Cabinet]


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George W. Bush is lining up his administration.
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His choice for Treasury Secretary - Alcoa chairman- Paul O'Neill. Bush says the economy is showing signs of a possible slowdown and the Treasury Secretary is key-
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((AND SO IT'S INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TO ME TO FIND SOMEONE WHO HAS EXPERIENCE.))
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O'Neill is a longtime friend of Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.
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((PAUL O'NEILL/SECRETARY OF TREASURY: I'VE MADE IT BUSINESS AT HIS REQUEST HE WAS DOING WRONG AND WHAT HE'S BEEN DOING RIGHT. ))
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[lose bug!]
Former Cuban refugee Mel Martinez becomes Housing Secretary
and the Department of Agriculture will be headed by Ann Venemen-
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[Budget-React]


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Governor Jim Gilmore took his final two year budget to lawmakers today.
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It includes three and six percent budget cuts to state agencies, as well as 600 million dollars in borrowed money for building projects.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WELL, WE'RE NOT IN GOOD TIMES. WE'RE IN DIFFICULT TIMES RIGHT NOW. IT'S AGAIN CREATED BY NATIONAL POLICY, NOT BY ANYTHING WE'RE DOING IN THE STATE.))
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But Gilmore keeps the NO car tax on track.
The budget assumes the General Assembly will agree.
Before lawmakers even vote in the early spring, many localities will have already sent out bills with 70-percent of the tax phased out.
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((SEN. DICK SASLAW/D-SPRINGFIELD: WHEN THIS THING'S AT 100 PERCENT, IT'S 1-POINT-2 BILLION. WHERE ARE WE GONNA FIND THE MONEY TO PAY FOR THIS? YOU'LL BE GONE.))
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((TRUMBO: IF THE GOVERNOR WANTS TO PUT HIMSELF OUT THERE ON THAT LIMB AND ASSUME WE'RE GONNA PASS IT. THAT'S HIS DECISION. NOT OURS.))
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One of the building projects bond money would pay for in the Governor's budget: a 15 million dollar new Natural History Museum in Martinsville.
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[Clement]


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Danville Democrat Whitt Clement is running for the state's top law job.
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Clement had ruled out a bid for lieutenant governor earlier this year... but sent out a fundraising letter to run for attorney general late last week.
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((DEL. WHITT CLEMENT/D-DANVILLE: IT'S NOT A STEALTH CAMPAIGN. BUT IT'S NOT A CAMPAIGN THAT HAS BEEN BORN. THERE'S AN AWFUL LOT THAT GOES INTO WAGING A STATEWIDE CAMPAIGN.))
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Clement has served Danville for 13 years in the House of Delegates.
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Roanoke state Senator John Edwards and Richmond Delegate Don McEachin are also running for the Democratic nomination for attorney general.

[Santa-Run]


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Santa traded in his sleigh and reindeer tonight for a ride of a different sort in Botetourt County this evening. Teresa Hamilton tagged along with Santa and his helpers to find out who's been naughty and nice.
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((HO HO HO, MERRY CHRISTMAS.)) [RUNS04]
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Santa traded in his sleigh and reindeer for a ride aboard a Troutville fire engine. With less than a week until Christmas-- Santa decided to enlist a little help from local fire fighters and rescue volunteers to make a few last minute rounds.
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((HO HO HO, MERRY CHRISTMAS)) [runs05]
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((Had you been excited about him coming? OH, MY HOUSE, I WAS JUMPING UP AND DOWN, I WAS SO EXCITED.)) [runs05]
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5 year old Meredith wasn't the only one excited by Santa's visit. Despite the cold there was no shortage of excited little ones as Old Saint Nick and his helpers made their way through several Botetourt County neighborhoods. The trip also gave Santa an opportunity to brush up on a few Christmas lists from his biggest fans.
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((HE'S GREAT, I LIKE HIM BECAUSE HE COMES EVERY YEAR WITH PRESENTS AND I LIKE HIS FIRE DOG.)) [runs07]
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Santa also made a house call to check in on seven year old Lauren Robertson... who suffers from cerebral palsy. This is the fifth year... Santa has made his annual trek through the Troutville/Daleville area.
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((WE JUST WANT ALL THE KIDS IN THE VALLEY, IN THE AREA, TO HAVE A VERY SAFE AND MERRY CHRISTMAS AND FOR THEM TO KNOW WE'LL BE BACK IN A FEW DAYS TO VISIT THEM.)) [runs06]
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((WAVE TO SANTA, BYE SANTA.))
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((BYE, MERRY CHRISTMAS.)) But days from now... you can bet the red glow of the engine will be replaced by another red glow... that of Rudolph's nose. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Botetourt County.))
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If you shipped your packages this holiday season, you may want to close your eyes for a moment.
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Because you may not want to see how some airline employees handled these packages.
The story-- when News 7 returns.
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[Sports-preview]


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((STEVE MASON HERE TO WARM THINGS UP A LITTLE WITH SPORTS. TRIGGER HAPPY VMI LOOKED FOR WIN NUMBER THREE AGAINST MARY WASHINGTON, PATRICK HENRY WENT OUT OF DISTRICT TO BATTLE LORD BOTETOURT, THE HOKIES ARE ROAD TRIPPING IT TO JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA STATE WILL BE WITHOUT IT'S TOP RECEIVING THREAT IN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AND THE EXPRESS GIVES UP AN EARLY MID SEASON PROGRESS REPORT, ALL OF THIS IN SPORTS.))

[Baggage-Handlers]


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Northwest Airlines has suspended three baggage handlers for playing basketball ...... with customer's holiday packages.
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A T-V news crew caught these 3 workers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport - unloading packages and tossing them over their heads and behind their backs into a large bin.
At least once - a worker missed and sent a package crashing to the ground.
Northwest spokesman Dirk McMahon says the airline is embarrassed and disturbed.
McMahon says their behavior tarnishes the hard work of other employees who handle packages with care.
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[Chapman]


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A Northside High School graduate could serve up to 12 years behind bars for selling small amounts of marijuana to an undercover cop.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]

19-year-old Derek Chapman pled no contest today to selling less than a half ounce of pot to Officer Katrina Moulton -- twice. Moulton posed as a Northside High School student last year to catch students selling marijuana, ecstacy and L-S-D -- as part of the so-called Operation Babyface. Today Derek Chapman also pled no contest to conspiring with a 15-year-old student to sell more pot. Chapman will be sentenced in February.
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[SBA-loans]


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A recent partnership will allow small business owners to get bigger loans with better interest rates.
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The Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce has aligned with Total Action Against Poverty to bump credit lines up from 25 thousand dollars to 75 thousand dollars.
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((ROY BALDWIN/CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: WE'LL REVIEW THE BUSINESS PLAN, HELP PUT IT TOGETHER, AND FIND MORE INFORMATION FOR THEM. TAAP HAS A PROGRAM THAT THEY WILL PUT THEM THROUGH THAT GENERATES THE SAME SORT OF EXPERTISE TO PREPARE A BUSINESS PLAN.))
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The program is designed to provide funds for entrepreneurs who might not otherwise be able to finance their businesses.
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[Drake]


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A Henry County Company is working to be the largest manufacturer in the business.
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Drake Extrusion makes the fiber for trunk lining in automobiles.
It's competitors withdrew from manufacturing, so Drake Extrusion decided the time to expand is now.
The company plans to hire seven new employees, and expand its facility in Martinsville.
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((GEOFF SCHOFIELD: IF YOU THINK OF COTTON OR WOOL, IT'S WHAT POLYPROPYLENE STAPLE IS MAKE TO PERFORM LIKE. IT'S A MAN-MADE FIBER THAT'S CUT INTO THREE TO FIVE INCH PIECES THEN PROCESSED BY OUR CUSTOMERS.))
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New hires will make in excess of eleven dollars an hour.
Drake currently employees 210 people in Henry County.
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[Gift-Shop]


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Plans to open a new gift shop today at Roanoke Regional Airport were put on hold after the sprinkler system accidentally went off.
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Water came flooding down on a portion of Hudson News and Gift shop.
Crews spent much of the day just trying to clean-up all of the water.
No word yet on how much was damaged.
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((REALLY WE'RE HOPEFUL THAT FOLKS COMING OUT ESPECIALLY DOING HOLIDAY TRAVELING WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE NEW SHOP CAUSE EVEN WET IT'S A BEAUTIFUL SHOP IT REALLY IS))
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The water also seeped through the floor to the U-S Airways offices below.
Some of the airlines' computers and files got wet.
Shuck says the goal now is to get the shop opened by Friday at the latest.
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[writer=chr]
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Actress Sandra Bullock's plane crash lands in Montana.
We'll have the latest next on News 7.
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[VO-NAT]


And you may get a surprise when you open your next gas bill.
Cold weather and higher prices are combining for big increases.
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[Bullock-Plane]


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A close call for Actress Sandra Bullock- after the jet she was on missed a runway and crashed-
It happened at Wyoming's Jackson Hole Airport at 1:30 this morning.
The jet was heavily damaged but none of the four people aboard was hurt.
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Bullock is starring in the film "Miss Congeniality-"
She plays an FBI agent who enters a beauty pageant to try and catch terrorists.
No one could say why the pilot missed the runway- but the airport manager did say poor night visibility can make landing difficult- The airport is preparing to install new lights.
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[L'burg-Crash]


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A local aviation expert says last month's plane crash in Lynchburg was "not" caused by failure of the aircraft's two engines.
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This twin-engine King Air crashed shortly after take- off from the Lynchburg airport on November 24th.
The plane was being test- flown by a pilot and mechanic from Virginia Aviation...both escaped injury.
Company owner Stewart Hobbs said today the plane was equipped with a sensor that tells the engines to reverse thrust on landing.
Hobbs says it appears that sensor failed shortly after take- off and the propellers went into a "flat pitch", forcing the plane to drop from the sky.
Hobbs expects the F-A-A to issue an "airworthiness directive" instructing other plane owners to deactivate those sensors if they have them.
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[Gas-Bills]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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As the temperature continues to drop, gas bills keep heating up.
Roanoke gas officials say customers could see a big increase in their bills this winter.
Kelli Thompson has more.
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[SUPER=01-Karen Chapman/Homeowner; :06]
[SUPER=01-John Williamson/Roanoke Gas President; :48]
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(( When Karen Chapman received her gas bill she was surprised at how high it was.
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((KAREN CHAPMAN:JUST FRUSTRATED, VERY FRUSTRATED. I WAS HOPING THIS YEAR WOULD BE A BETTER YEAR MONEYWISE FOR ME AND SEAMS LIKE SOMETHING HAS COME UP NOW TO KINDA PULL A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT I'VE MADE EXTRA AWAY. )) [RUNS14] Karen isn't alone. [PRE-PRO] Last December the average customer paid ninety six dollars for their gas bill. This year customers are using one third more gas and the average bill has gone up seventy five dollars. [END PRE PRO]
55 thousand Roanoke gas customers will see an increase in their bills. and The customer service center at Roanoke gas has to put out the flames.
One customer service rep received more than 150 complaints in one day.
[SOT:23:19-:23:29]

((JOHN WILLIAMSON: NOW WE HAVE A SITUATION WHERE DEMAND IS GREATER OR AS GREAT AS SUPPLY AND PRICES ARE SPIKING UP IN RESPONSE TO THAT.)) [RUNS10]
Williamson says the company will work with customers and set up a payment plan if needed. But Chapman is asking for more than a payment plan, she's hoping from some help above...
[SOT:14:25-]

(( KAREN CHAPMAN:I AM JUST PRAYING AND HOPING IT DOESN'T GET ANY COLDER, IF ITS POSSIBLE I HOPE IT DOESN'T GET ANY COLDER.))
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(( OFFICIALS SUGGEST SETTING YOUR THERMOSTAT BACK A COUPLE DEGREES, SO IF IT IS SET ON SEVENTY YOU MAY WON'T TO PUSH IT BACK TO AROUND 68. THAT WAY YOU CAN SAVE SOME MONEY. ANYWHERE FROM TEN TO FIFTEEN DOLLARS. KELLI THOMPSON NEWS 7 ROANOKE.))
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[S-Extra]


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Basketball highlights from VMI, Patrick Henry and William Fleming headed your way.
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[SUPER=75-Baltimore;]

But first our extra point. Shortstop Mike Bordick is back with the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles say he has signed a two-year contract. Bordick first joined Baltimore in 1997, replacing Cal Ripken at shortstop. The Orioles traded him to the New York Mets in July. Now your numbers.
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[S-VMI]


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We start up in Lexington where 2 and 6 VMI welcomed 4 and 4 Mary Washington to Cameron last night.
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[SUPER=03-Lexington/Eagles vs. Keydets; :00]


The visiting Eagles looking to go above 500 under the direction of Rod Wood.
In the first half, VMI's Richard Bruce finds Adam Trombley in the corner, he buries the shot just inside the three point line, three of his 14.
[SUPER=33-VMI/77/Mary Washington/47;]


The Eagles come right back, Ryan Kenna takes the pass along the baseline and snaps nylon on the short Jumper.
VMI just to strong tonight. Renard Phillips, the 5 foot 7 junior from DeMatha, dishes to Bruce, he nails the trey, three of his 16, and the Keydets win 77-47.
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[S-PH]


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Hometown Hoops weekly is taking a holiday break, but schools are not. George Wythe beat Rural retreat 77-55 and Byrd topped Glenvar 64-30.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Cavaliers vs. Patriots; :00]


Patrick Henry played host to Lord Botetourt on the Patriots home floor.
Watch Patrick Henry's Dujuan Johnson take the loose ball, go coast to coast. He takes the shot, and misses, but is gonna collect his own rebound and he make good on the second chance.
[SUPER=33-Patrick Henry/59/Lord Botetourt/49;]


Then, the Cavaliers Chris Tucker finds a cutting Austin Bousman under the iron, he rips rope from underneath.
Anthony Ford pulls Botetourt closer when he intercepts the pass goes down floor and finds Matt Linkenauger for two.

PH's Melvin Smith answers with the rebound and bucket, PH wins 59-49.
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[S-NBA]


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Vince Carter took his high flying act to Indianapolis last night where his Toronto Raptors looked for another win against the Pacers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/Raptors vs. Pacers; :00]


Carter battles for the shot and hits the fade in the third quarter.
Indiana coach Isiah Thomas says, he doesn't have a ring yet, he hasn't earned every call. Travis Best tried to keep the Pacers close, he drives and rips rope on the pull up. 64-62
[SUPER=32-Toronto/99/Indiana/98;]


Toronto out in front with six minutes left in the third. Charles Oakley intercepts the telegraphed pass and quarterbacks it to Carter who says "whaaaa zuuuupppp" he scored a game high 45, Jalen Rose, a career high 42 but Toronto wins it 99-98 in overtime.
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[S-UVa]


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The Virginia Cavaliers are in Hawaii getting ready for their December 24th game against Georgia.
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Ohio State defensive coordinator John Tenuta is a candidate to replace George Welsh.
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Tenuta was interviewed by Virginia athletic director Terry Holland yesterday in Columbus. In two of the past five years, the Buckeyes defense has been second in the country.
[SUPER=03-Chestnut Hill, MA;]

Sources told news 7 sports today that Boston College coach and former UVa offensive coordinator Tom O'Brien, also a possible candidate, has an offer from Boston College to extend his contract.
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[S-Travel]


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It's family time for the Tech football players. Then it's off to the Gator Bowl. Mike Stevens says traveling could be interesting.
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((With a blanket of snow covering the Tech campus, Virginia Tech closed out it pre bowl Blacksburg workouts inside. The players will now break for Christmas and then make their way to Jacksonville. The team is expected to arrive in Florida on December 26th - but this time they aren't traveling as one big group. ((JOHN BALLEIN/VT. ASST. ATHLETIC DIRECTOR:)) Anything would be easier than what the Hokies went through last year when the players spent more time in New Orleans than the NFL's Super Bowl teams spent in Miami. ((JOHN BALLEIN:)) Our Tech 2000 coverage begins next week in that other place as we follow the Hokies Gator Bowl happenings from Jacksonville. Mike Stevens News 7 Sports.))

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Frank Beamer announced today that tight end Derek Carter will not travel with the Hokies to Jacksonville due to a violation of team rules. The senior played in seven games this season.

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The National championship between Florida State and Oklahoma is still a couple of weeks away, but a key player has gone down.
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Florida State receiver Marvin Minnis is academically ineligible for the National championship Orange Bowl against Oklahoma.
This season, he caught 63 passes for one-thousand-340 yards and eleven touchdowns.
Athletic director Dave Hart says Minnis is nine hours from graduation but did not satisfy the semester's requirements
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The Express travels to Augusta with a 17 and 11 record.
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Roanoke notched win number 17 with a 7-1 whipping of Charlotte last night. The Express is in second place in the Northeast Division just eight games from the season's midway point.
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Where can you find flags, farms and flowers?
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The answer is the new 34 cent stamps-
The stamps are hot off the presses and available for sale.
The new postage is not going into effect until January 7th but the post office is selling the stamps now so customers can avoid a last minute rush. (------------)