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Coming up-
The State Budget and Bedford County--how the county is trying to save some jobs.
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One controversial Cardinal makes a secret trip to the Vatican-
Tech may going bowling cross country, and so are the fans.
Plus this is a work of mother nature's art- a rarely seen jellyfish.
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News 7 at Eleven is next.

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A SURPRISE admission from the man who runs Iraq's prohibitive weapons program: He admitted there were not only plans to build a nuclear device--the Iraqis were close to having one.
But Iraq says in destroying its weapons, it also destroyed the evidence of that destruction.
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((WHEN YOU REMOVE SOMETHING COMPLETELY IT NO LONGER EXISTS AND IF YOU WANT TO DO IT PROPERLY YOU ALSO REMOVE ALL THE EVIDENCE IT EVER EXISTED.))
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[Iraq]


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Some say it's a case of the dog ate my homework- Iraq claims it destroyed its weapons, but it can't prove it with evidence.
That's just one of the pieces of information coming out of that huge arms declaration from Iraq.
Stacy Case has more.
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((TRACK: IRAQ'S MAMMOTH ARMS DECLARATION BEGINS WITH A 9 PAGE TABLE OF CONTENTS. BROKEN INTO SECTIONS-- IT DETAILS THE COUNTRY'S AMBITIOUS NUCLEAR PROGRAM BEFORE THE PERSIAN GULF WAR -- AS WELL AS ITS CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL AND BALLISTIC MISSILES PROGRAMS. INCLUDED-- ARE NATIONS AND COMPANIES THAT HELPED ALONG THE WAY. ARI FLEISCHER/WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN the question now is what is contained in this voluminous declaration they have submitted. The answer to that is that we don't yet know.
BUT THE U-S CLAIMS IT DOES KNOW IRAQ STILL POSSESSES SOME WEAPONS--- A CLAIM THE IRAQIS DENY. AND IRAQ IS PUTTING THE

BALL BACK IN WASHINGTON'S COURT SAYING-- PROVE IT. Gen Amir al-Sa'adi/SPECIAL ADVISOR TO SADDAM HUSSEIN " we haven't reached the final assembly of a bomb nor tested it." SO FAR, WASHINGTON HAS BEEN UNWILLING OR UNABLE TO PROVIDE THE SMOKING GUN.
THE SECURITY COUNCIL WILL SHARE INFORMATION FROM THE REPORT WITH INSPECTORS ON THE GROUND--- HOPING TO SPEED UP THE SE
ARCH FOR ILLEGAL WEAPONS IN IRAQ. MEANTIME, THE U-S MILITARY RELEASED THESE PICTURES OF "INTERNAL LOOK"--- A WAR GAME

EXERCISE GOING ON IN THE TINY GULF WAR NATION OF QATAR. THE COMPUTER BASED EXERCISE WILL GO ON 24 HOURS A DAY FOR NEARLY 2 WEEKS. MANY VIEW THIS AS A DRESS REHEARSAL FOR A POSSIBLE WAR. STACY CASE/REPORTING: WHILE THE TRAINING CONTINUES THERE, THE FIVE PERMANENT MEMBERS OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL HAVE THEIR WORK CUT OUT FOR THEM HERE. THEY'RE POURING OVER EVERY WORD IN THE DOCUMENT, PREPARING A CENSORED VERSION THAT WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO NON PERMANENT SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERS LIKE MEXICO AND SYRIA.))

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It's another seven years in prison for prison drug smuggler Michael Fulcher.
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The 44-year old was sentenced today in federal court to 7 years behind bars for conspiracy and money laundering. The charges stem from what authorities called a "continuing criminal enterprise" at the Bland Correctional Center during the 1990's. Fulcher was convicted in the case three years ago but the trial was thrown out after a D-E-A agent acknowledged Fulcher may have thought he was working for the government while in prison. Fulcher's 69-year old mother, Ethel, was also sentenced for her role in the crimes. She received two years probation and a 5-thousand dollar fine.
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Invesitgators in the Jennifer Short case were also at the hearing, but would only say they were in search of information.
Judge Jackson Kiser said whatever information was gleaned during the hearing was too vague to be of any use and wouldn't alter Mike Fulcher's sentence.

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The federal fraud trial of former D-Day Memorial director Richard Burrow is underway in Lynchburg's U-S District Court.
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Burrow is charged with improperly using a bank loan to secure millions of dollars in state funding for the project, and with defrauding another bank for two separate loans.
His supporters say Burrow never profited himself from his actions, and that everything was done for the Memorial.

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((JIM FIELDS/BURROW SUPPORTER: I FEEL LIKE ALL THE VETERANS, ALL THE VETERANS ALL THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE UNITED STATES SHOULD BE HONORED AND PRIVILEGED TO HAVE THIS MEMORIAL IN BEDFORD, AND I THINK ALL THE MONEY, EVERY SINGLE BIT, ALL THE MONEY HAS GONE TO THE D-DAY MEMORIAL.))
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Burrow's attorney says all the loan applications he made were based on good-faith estimates of pledges he expected the memorial to receive.
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[Bedford-Budget]


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State budget cuts are still being talked about and dealt with across Virginia. Tonight-- that impact was one of many topics at the Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting.
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Teresa Hamilton was at this evening's meeting and joins us now.
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Jean, counties across our region have been facing an uphill battle with state budget cuts-- but for now it looks like constitutional officers in Bedford County have dodged the bullet.
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According to the county administrator--
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constitutional officers in Bedford County won't be losing any of their staff and services to the public will not be impacted. Bill Rolfe says the commissioner of revenue and treasurer were able to make cuts in their budget to absorb the loss in state funding with minimal impact. The office of the circuit court clerk and commonwealth's attorney will also remain intact.
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((BILL ROLFE/BEDFORD CO. ADMINISTRATOR: THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT WAS ABLE TO ACTUALLY FIND SOME ADDITIONAL REVUE SOURCES FOR US AND THAT ADDITIONAL SOURCE OF REVENUE IS ACTUALLY GOING TO COVER THE REDUCTIONS WE'LL BE SEEING FROM THE COMP BOARD FOR HER OFFICE AS WELL AS THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY OFFICE. ))
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So right now-- there won't be any layoffs and citizens won't notice any loss in services.
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But Jean-- the county administrator believes more budget cuts are ahead and has asked the sheriff's office and school system to begin looking at budget reductions for the future, as well as other county offices.

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Last week's snow and ice is still causing problems for some school systems.
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[TAKE SCHOOLTOUCH FULL]
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[Route-220]


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Many people can't seem to get rid of questions about the traffic nightmare on Route 220 last week.
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Roanoke County's Board of Supervisors Chairman says officials continue to receive phone calls and e-mails about the mess.
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People want to know what caused traffic to be at a standstill for as many as 8-hours and why police and rescue didn't help.
Butch Church says County services were busy with many accidents, calls and the winter elements.
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((JOE "BUTCH" CHURCH/ROANOKE CO. BOARD CHAIRMAN; WE WERE OVERWHELMED THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT AND I DON'T WANT THE PEOPLE OF THE ROANOKE VALLEY TO THINK THAT WE WERE JUST SITTING THERE NOT CARING. THE MOST FRUSTRATING THING THAT CAN HAPPEN TO A PUBLIC OFFICIAL FOR FIRE AND SAFETY IS TO NOT BE ABLE TO REACH A SITUATION.))
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Church says officials are now gathering a timeline of when, how and what happened. The idea is to figure out what went wrong and to adjust things if they can. Church says it was no one's "fault" but that the situation was bizarre to say the least.
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[Law]


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The latest revelation from the personnel files of the Boston Archdiocese isn't pretty.
The documents say a priest whose file held a warning that he "fools around with kids'' was assigned to several parishes, then accused of raping a 12-year-old girl. He denied it.
Like the first round of files released last week, the documents come from plaintiffs suing the archdiocese for alleged sexual abuse.
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Those lawsuits may be the reason Cardinal Bernard Law made a secret trip to the Vatican today.
The Cardinal has threatened to put the diocese into bankruptcy to avoid payouts to victims.
Law's detractors hope he's been called to Rome to hand in his resignation.
An unprecedented petition by 50 Boston-area priests is calling for his resignation.
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((REV. ROBERT BULLOCK/ BOSTON PRIESTS FORUM; WE'VE COME NOW TO THIS POINT WHERE THE LEADERSHIP HAS BEEN SO CRIPPLED AND SO COMPROMISED THAT WE DON'T SEE HOW IT'S GOING TO CONTINUE. ))
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The Vatican has another option: it could take the unusual step of naming a successor to work alongside law, even if he does not resign.
That would prevent Law from having to step down in disgrace, but essentially make him a lame duck
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They're some of the South's poorest area's and some are right here in Virginia.
Coming up on news 7, more on the latest effort to put them on the road to recovery.
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Plus United Airlines hopes it's on the runway to recovery, now that it's filed for bankruptcy.
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[Sports-Preview]


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(( Hey, folks. Mike Stevens back in the News 7 Sports office as some of the area's top grapplers hit the mat tonight at Patrick Henry. The Lord Botetourt Cavaliers step forward to receive props for behaving on the field. Banks on it - this guy is player of the year.

And Steve Mason checks in from the Hargrave Combine with westward bound Hokies tonight on the Big 7.))[United]


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A turbulent day for United Airlines.
This morning the airline filed bankruptcy, becoming one of the ten largest corporate bankruptcies in American history.
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The company's stock has plunged and the airline owes almost one billion dollars to creditors. United's C-E-O visited airports today to reassure passengers that the bankruptcy won't have any effect on them - and that the airline will maintain its schedule. But 83-thousand employees are not sure how long they'll be keeping theirs.
A bankruptcy court judge could cut jobs and shrink United's flight schedule to get it back on track.
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((GLENN TILTON/UNITED AIRLINES CEO: THEY'RE WORRIED. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, FRANKLY, I THINK EXPERIENCE IS GOING TO PROVE TO THEM THAT THEY NEED NOT BE.))
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United says if there are service changes in the future, the airline will give passengers plenty of notice.
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President Bush hopes his choice for Treasury Secretary won't be snowed under by the nation's economy troubles. In fact,
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he hopes Railroad Mogul John Snow can help dig the nation out of its money troubles.
Business leaders tonight are applauding Bush's choice of the former C-S-X chairman.
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((JOHN SNOW WILL BE A KEY ADVISOR ON THE ECONOMY AND A KEY ADVOCATE OF MY ADMINISTRATION'S AGENDA FOR GROWTH, NEW JOBS AND WIDER AND MORE INTERNATIONAL TRADE.)) [BUTT TO ] ((JOHN SNOW: I AM BOTH HUMBLED AND DEEPLY HONORED BY YOUR DECISION. SHOULD THE UNITED STATES SENATE CONFIRM ME, I LOOK FORWARD TO JOINING YOUR ECONOMIC TEAM TO ADVANCE A PRO-GROWTH, PRO-JOBS AGENDA.))
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If approved, he would replace Paul O'Neill who was forced out last week.
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[Black-Belt]


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The government needs to lend a hand if residents of the Southern ``Black Belt'' are to overcome the region's entrenched poverty.
That's the finding of a study commissioned by Congress.
The study says the focus should be on developing a modern work force in the string of counties from Southside Virginia to Texas.
The term Black Belt was first used a century ago by Booker T. Washington to describe a part of Alabama with dark soil ideal for growing cotton. It's been broadened to include the entire region.

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Lieutenant Governor Tim Kaine is proposing changes in state law to boost education spending by about one-billion-dollars a year.
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Kaine says the state underfunds education by almost 600-million dollars a year.
He is proposing a constitutional amendment to compel the state to pay its fair share.
He says Virginia ranks near the bottom in state spending for public education.
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((LT. GOVERNOR TIM KAINE: THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE TALK A GOOD GAME. WE TALK A GOOD GAME. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO REALLY VALUING EDUCATION, ALL THE STATISTICS SHOW VIRGINIA AS A STATE DOESN'T. INSTEAD, WE PUSH IT OFF ON CITIES AND COUNTIES.))
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Kaine also wants to raise teachers' pay.
He says salaries in Virginia are from 8-hundred to 3-thousand dollars below the national average.
Kaine is also pushing for annual performance reviews of all public school teachers.
He says the additional funding for education should come from spending cuts, NOT tax increases.
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The "City by the Bay" is a long way from the "Burg," but thousands of Tech fans are getting ready to make the trip anyway.
Still ahead on News 7, we'll track down some deals for the Hokies' bowl experience.
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Plus, see why this tiny jellyfish is wowing the world of marine science.
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[Christmas-Cake]


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What has 2-million raisins and 13 hundred pounds of butter?
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It is a monster Stollen, a huge version of the traditional German cake.
This cake is so big, a horse drawn carriage pulled it through the streets of Dresden.
The Stollen is made with more than a ton of flower and 24 liters of rum for good measure.
100 bakers across Dresden helped bake this cake.
Hopefully the stollen will steal the hearts of Germans, who are buying slices for three dollars a piece. The money will go to charity.
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[Jellyfish]


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It's the catch of the day at California's Monterey Bay Aquarium, but it might be better described as the catch of a lifetime.
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It is the spotted comb jellyfish.
It's barely visible in the plastic bag divers used to capture it.
But carefully released into a display tank, the spotted comb jelly can be seen in all its glory.
It is the first time spotted comb jellies have ever been displayed in captivity.
Check out the lights- this is a show put on by nature.
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((BRUCE UPTON/MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM: THEY'RE ONE OF THE MOST AWESOME MARINE ANIMALS I'VE EVER SEEN.))
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It is rare the creatures are caught alive. They are so fragile they can disintegrate with little more than a touch.

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((GEORGE MATSUMOTO/MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM RESEARCH INSTITUTE: THE WATER CURRENTS FROM MY HAND MOTION WOULD ACTUALLY ALMOST RIP IT APART, TEAR IT IN TWO, SO IT IS VERY DIFFICULT ANIMAL TO COLLECT AND THE FACT THAT IT'S ON EXHIBIT IS JUST AMAZING.))
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Scientists using green dye discovered the jelly employs jet propulsion forcing water through its body to move up like a rocket.
But it is the natural show of lights that is the most amazing for people to see.
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Wrestling from Patrick Henry tonight, plus the Civitan Sportsmanship award winner, the NCAA player of the year, and Steve Mason checks in from the Hargrave combine with Frank Beamer.
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First in tonight's Extra Point - UCLA Today the school fired head coach Bob Toledo who led the team to a 7-and-5 record this season. UCLA boosters have reportedly pledged to pay the $1.3 million buyout of Toledo's contract. He will not coach the team in the Las Vegas Bowl later this month.
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[S-Rassle]


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We begin this morning inside the friendly confines of the Patrick Henry high school gym on Grandin Road where yesterday evening
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the hallowed hardwood was completely covered by mats as PH hosted both Lord Botetourt and Salem in high school wrestling. Patrick Henry dominated the Cavaliers to win that match 50-to-17 with a total of 5 pins. The Patriots then managed to keep their perfect record intact with a tight 32-to-31 victory over Salem. PH is now 5-and-0 on the season with other wins over Cave Spring, Eastern Montgomery and Fleming. The Patriots open district play this Wednesday at George Washington high school in Danville.
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[S-Tech]


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The Virginia Tech men's basketball team is headed no where in a big hurry. After a heralded recruiting class, a promising preseason and decent start to the year, the Hokies have now lost to Wofford, William & Mary and last night East Carolina. The Pirates whip Tech 76-to-60.
Meanwhile on the women's side - Carrie Mason is this week's Big East Rookie of the week. She averaged 17 points a game in wins over UVa and JMU.

[S-Combine]


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The Virginia Tech players and coaches are warming up the idea of ringing in the New Year against Air Force in the inaugural San Francisco Bowl. But yesterday the Head Hokies were in Chatham checking out Hargrave Military Academy's annual combine. Steve Mason has our story.
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As you heard Steve say - Al Groh prohibits his UVa assistant coaches from talking to the media about anything. We can tell you that the Virginia fans snapped up 4,000 tickets yesterday for the December 28th Tire Bowl.

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The Associated Press college football player of the year isn't from Miami or Southern Cal.
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Iowa's number 7, quarterback Brad Banks was voted the honor today in what has to be a mild surprise. He completed 155 passes for 2,369 yards, with 25 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He also ran for 387 yards and five scores. He was the nation's top rated passer, even though he never started a college game until this season.
He will lead the Hawkeyes against USC in this year's Orange Bowl.
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[S-Civitan]


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A first-year head coach and a Friday Football Extra program that know how to do things in the right manner were honored today.
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The Roanoke Civitan Club served up its 52nd annual Sportsmanship award this afternoon. The Western Virginia football officials association votes on the winner each season and today Lord Botetourt and coach Keith Robinson were honored at the Patrick Henry Hotel.
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Lord Botetourt senior receiver and defensive back Joe Park also was given the Civitan Club's $500 scholarship.
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[Tech-Trip]


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Hokie fans aren't wasting any time to get to San Francisco New Year's Eve.
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That's where the Hokies are set to play Air Force, for the Diamond Walnuts Bowl in San Francisco.
And according to area travel agents, the three-thousand mile trip is not stopping fans from joining their team.
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University Travel is the official travel agency for Virginia Tech.
It booked over two-thousand reservations last year for the Gator Bowl, and agents say they expect just as many this year.
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((BILL ORTEGA/UNIVERSITY TRAVEL PRESIDENT; SO FAR THE AMOUNT WAS JUST AS STRONG AS THE GATOR BOWL FOR US, LAST YEAR FOR US. WE'RE LOOKING AT PEOPLE FIND OUT MORE TALK MORE TO THEIR FRIENDS, IT'LL BUILD UP.))
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Fans can expect to pay 13-hundred dollars for a deluxe package through University Travel, but that does NOT include the price of the ticket.
Tickets for the bowl range anywhere from 40-to-65 dollars. (------------)