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[ANCHOR=Keith]

Two former public officials admit to wrong-doing in court.
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[VO-NAT]

And lawmakers take steps to give those convicted of a crime more than just three weeks to present newly discovered evidence of innocence.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Tonight on the Big 7 - one the area's top football coaches is calling it quits. The Hokies have left for New York City
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[VO-NAT]

and Bryant Matthews earns first team all-Big East honors today.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Yesterday's dramatic weather change meant colder air. That continues tonight and a clipper may bring snow showers tomorrow.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 3-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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[VO-NAT]


Prosecutors say he schemed to get a controversial highway project approved for his district..
Now a former Bedford County supervisor could be on the road to prison.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=News 7 @ 6]


Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry. Shannon is off tonight.

[Richardson]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Kirby Richardson still says he did nothing wrong, but pleading guilty was a "reasonable" way to resolve the case.

[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Steve/L'burg Bureau;]


Steve Smallshaw is in our Lynchburg newsroom.. Steve why the guilty plea from Richardson today?
[LIVE=Steve/FULL]
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[SUPER=05-Lynchburg]


Keith, Richardson's attorney says his client had no hand in forging any public documents, but it might have been hard proving that to a Bedford County jury.
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[SUPER=03-Bedford Co./File Tape; :00]
[SUPER=01-Joel Branscom/Special Prosecutor; :41]
[SUPER=01-Carter Garrett/Defense Attorney; :58]
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[OUT Q=too close for comfort.]

(( It all started with a VDOT plan to widen the intersection of Route 608 and 626 in Kirby Richardson's section of Bedford County.
In October of 2002, public sentiment was running against the project.
[natsot 9:43:08]

((MOST OF THE COMMENTS.. ..MR. RICHARDSON'S RESPONSE WAS 'I'LL SEE WHAT I CAN DO ABOUT THAT'.))
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What he did, authorities say, was cook up 39 fake comment sheets in favor of the road project.
They say Richardson told his secretary Angela Hampton to fill them out.. and sign them with the names of friends, family and co-workers.
The scheme was discovered and Richardson faced an 82-count indictment.. a plea agreement reduced that to three felony charges Monday.
[SOT 10:31:03]

((JOEL BRANSCOM/SPECIAL PROSECUTOR: IT'S ALWAYS BOTHERED ME I CAN'T FIND A MOTIVE.. ..CAN'T PROVE IT AT THIS POINT.))
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[OUT Q=at this point.]


But defense attorney Carter Garrett says the forgeries were Hampton's idea.. but proving it would have been difficult.
[SOT 10:35:53]

((CARTER GARRETT/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: IT'S NO QUESTION THOSE DOCUMENTS CAME OUT OF HIS OFFICE.. ..TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT.))
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[OUT Q=too close for comfort.] ))
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But Joel Branscom says Angela Hampton was just a pawn in Richardson's scheme, and it was her cooperation that helped build the case.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Steve/L'Burg Bureau;]


Richardson's facing up to thirty years in prison when he's sentenced in May..

[Clower]


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Another other once-prominent public figure, Sid Clower, entered a guilty plea as well today The former Henry County administrator could go back to prison.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Clower appeared in FEDERAL court, ready to admit to six criminal offenses, ranging from mail fraud to filing false income tax returns. Clower stole more than 800-thousand dollars from Henry County while he was the County Administrator. He failed to report that as income between 1997 and 2001.
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[SOT@4:26.13]
[IN Q=The way this...]

((JOHN BROWNLEE, U.S. ATTORNEY: THE WAY THIS WAS SET UP AND THE WAY WE INTENDED IT, IS THAT HENRY COUNTY REMAINS FIRST IN LINE. OUR HOPE IS THAT THROUGH FURTHER INVESTIGATION FIND THE FUNDS THAT MR. CLOWER STOLE AND RETURN THEM TO THE CITIZENS OF HENRY COUNTY.)) ((DAVID DAMICO, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: OUR GOAL AT THIS POINT IS TO HAVE HIM START MAKING RESTITUTION IN WHATEVER AMOUNT HE CAN...))
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[SUPER=01-David Damico/Defense Attorney; :17]
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[VO-NAT]

The government and the court will take into account that Clower admitted responsibility for the crimes when he's sentenced in six to eight weeks. Clower has already served more than 15-months in prison on state charges.
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[XGR]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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It's the end of an era for Virginia's 21-day-rule.
It's the nation's most restrictive law of its kind and today lawmakers voted to do away with it.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Meghan /State Microwave;]


Meghan Muldoon joins us from the State Capitol with the details. Meghan?
The 21-day-rule has been the subject of controversy
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[SUPER=05-Richmond]


for years but now its days are numbered.
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[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF VOTE]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :00]
[SUPER=01-Del. David Albo/(R) Springfield; :32 QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=01-Del. Chapman Petersen/(D) Fairfax; ::42]
[SUPER=01-Del. Bob McDonnell/(R) Virginia Beach; :48]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Ken Stolle/(R) Virginia Beach; 1:16]
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(([NAT SOUND OF VOTE] [RUNS:02]
By a vote of 76-to-23, the House of Delegates joined the Senate in voting to eliminate Virginia's 21-day-rule...
A law that gives inmates only three weeks after sentencing to produce new evidence of their innocence.
The only exception to the current law is D-N-A evidence.
While the Senate version allows inmates unlimited opportunities to prove their innocence, the House voted to give them just one shot.
[SOT 01:00:15]

((DELEGATE DAVID ALBO/R-IF YOU OPEN THIS PETITION PROCESS UP :16 butt 1:00:25 THEY WILL PRESENT THESE PAPERS OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND WILL CLOG UP OUR COURT SYSTEM.)) [RUNS:09]
Some lawmakers say the changes are still too stringent because the bill only applies to defendants who plead innocent.
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(( 01:08:21 THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT PLEAD GUILTY TO CRIMES FOR REASONS OTHER THAN THEY'RE GUILTY OF THAT CRIME. :26)) [RUNS:05]

[SOT 01:14:38]

((DELEGATE BOB MCDONNELL/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: THE QUESTION THAT IS ASKED WHEN A DEFENDANT STANDS IN COURT ARE YOU PLEADING GUILTY AND IF YOU COME BACK INTO COURT NOPE COMMITTED PERJURY I WASN'T REALLY GUILTY NOW I'M ACTUALLY INNOCENT.)) [RUNS:19]
The patron of the bill, Senator Ken Stolle, says he expects the Senate will adopt the House changes.
And he is satisfied that the bill strikes the right balance.
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((SENATOR KEN STOLLE/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: YOU HAVE TO HAVE EVIDENCE OF ACTUAL EVIDENCE. IT'S NOT GOING TO PROVIDE A FORUM FOR FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS.)) [RUNS:05]
[OUT Q=FORUM FOR FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS.]))
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[LIVE=Meghan /FULL State Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Richmond;]


Also today, a Senate panel rejected a bill to decriminalize sodomy in private settings.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Meghan/Microwave;]


That means Virginia's crimes against nature law will remain on the books for at least another year, despite the fact that the U-S Supreme Court struck down a similar anti-sodomy law in Texas.

[Foundation]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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With one week left in the General Assembly session, those for and against tax increases are speaking out.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The Foundation of Virginia held a rally this afternoon in Roanoke.
It is made up of leaders from education, healthcare, transportation, and public safety.
The group wants new revenues for these core services and for the General Assembly to approve a state budget on time.

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[IN Q=We need a budget]

((PAUL TRIBLE/FOUNDATION OF VA BOARD CHAIRPERSON; WE NEED A BUDGET. WE NEED ONE THAT'S TIMELY AND WE NEED ONE THAT WILL INVEST IN THE FUTURE OF VIRGINIA.))
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[VO-NAT]
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Those against a tax increase had their say today in Richmond.
They want to have voters decide the issue through a referendum.
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[IN Q=For all the excuses]

((KATE OBENSHAIN/VA REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIRPERSON; FOR ALL THE EXCUSES AND DISTRACTIONS MARK WARNER NOW TRIES TO THROW AT US, WE SAY TRUST THE PEOPLE MARK.))
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[OUT Q=THE PEOPLE MARK.]
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That rally was attended by Salem Delegate Morgan Griffith and Attorney General Jerry Kilgore.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
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He's a newcomer to politics and to Roanoke.
We'll hear from the latest candidate hoping to become the city's mayor when News 7 returns.
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Plus we'll check out the damage from last night's fierce and fast-moving storm... and find out when the power will be back on.
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[1st-Wx]
[Malpractice]

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Relatives of a Franklin County man who died after surgery say they still have questions surrounding his operation. Now after nearly four years, they may get some answers. [***NEWS 7 @ 6 IN MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Myranda & Keith/BAM;]

Myranda Stephens join us now to explain. Keith, David Hudson's family believes the doctors hid the truth ...
[LIVE=Myranda/FULL BAM]
[SUPER=@Myranda1;]

about what really happened during his surgery. Now they're turning to the state for a second opinion.
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((Time has not healed all wounds for Mark Hudson and Donna Wilkes.
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[RUNS06] ((ALL THIS TIME, WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO FIND THE TRUTH THAT'S WHAT WE WANT IS THE TRUTH 04)) Their 22-year-old son David Hudson died eleven weeks after having skin graft surgery in May of 2000.
[SOT 304][COVER BITE!!!]

[RUNS02] ((THERE WAS AN ACCIDENT AT WORK, HE GOT BURNED.)) Doctors told Mark and Donna that David's surgery was a success... at least until the end, when they tried to remove his breathing tube.
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[RUNS08] ((MARK HUDSON/DAVID'S FATHER: THE WAY THEY TALK I THOUGHT IT WAS SPLIT SECOND OR SO I THOUGHT CAUSE THEY SAID WE TOOK IT OUT, HE STOPPED BREATHING, WE PUT IT BACK.)) But Mark and Donna say they later learned David was actually left unmonitored for several minutes, leaving him in a coma for the next two months, and eventually contributing to his death.
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[RUNS09] ((DONNA WILKES/DAVID'S MOTHER: ULTIMATELY DAVID WAS BRAIN DEAD MAY NINTH, HE WAS NEVER GONNA COME BACK, BUT FOR ALMOST THREE MONTHS THEY GAVE US HOPE.)) Following David's death, his family filed a lawsuit against U-V-A hospital for malpractice. The suit was settled out of court. The family, however, still filed a complaint with the Department of Health Professions against David's anesthesiologist, Thomas Pajewski (Py-yeh-skee). And on Friday, Doctor Pajewski will go before the board of medicine to defend his performance.
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[RUNS07] ((AND OUR HOPES AND PRAYERS ARE THAT HE WILL TELL US THE TRUTH AND WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED TO OUR SON.)) [BUTT BUTT BUTT BUTT]
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[RUNS05] ((WHAT HAPPENED TO DAVID? WHAT DID DAVID GO THROUGH? AND WHY DID THEY HIDE IT?))))
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Doctor Pajewski's (Py-yeh-skee) attorney declined an interview, but told us he and his client are prepared to answer any questions from the board and the family.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Myranda & Keith/BAM;]

Keith, if Pajewski is found in violation of any medical regulations, there will be a formal hearing, where he could be fined, or even have his license suspended.

[Concept-One]


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A school for troubled youth could still be coming to Radford.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford/File Tape;]


The issue is back on the agenda for tonight's City council meeting.
A Tidewater company wants the old New River Industries plant rezoned so it can create the private academy for 15 to 17 year olds.
Town council killed the issue at it's last meeting when no one seconded a motion to rezone the property.
Council members have said they don't want to lose industrial space.
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[Sgouros]


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New York native George Sgouros (s-GOR-us) believes being new to the area AND to politics may help him win the office for Mayor of Roanoke.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Sgouros, who moved to Roanoke last year, says he visited the area frequently over the years and kept up with its development. Now, he wants to help the city use its resources to the fullest.
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((GEORGE SGOUROS/CANDIDATE: WE HAVE SO MUCH BUILT HERE NOW THAT IS BEING UNDERUTILIZED AND THAT COULD BE FILLED UP AND ALSO SAVE THE CITY MONEY AND CREATE GROWTH WITHIN.))
[SUPER=01-George Sgouros/(I) Candidate for Roanoke Mayor;]
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[OUTQ=create growth within.]
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Sgouros' background includes work in engineering, architectural design, and photography. If elected, the 51-year old says he would like to work as mayor full-time. Changes at the top of his list include revamping the transit system, and bringing more jobs to the city.

[Stocks]


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A slide in tech stocks pushed the stock markets lower. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW fell 66 points.
NASDAQ lost 39.
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[Wind-Damage]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-53 TC1:28:44]
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The high winds that passed through the area last night lifted at least one roof, toppled trees and knocked out power for thousands.
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Christy Camp was watching television and her seven year- old daughter Cassie (KAY-see) was nearby when the storm tore the roof from their Penhook home.
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((CHRISTY CAMP: THE BEAM FELL DOWN IN THE CENTER OF THE ROOM AND I HAD TO CLIMB OVER IT AND I RAN IN THE OTHER ROOM AND GRABBED MY DAUGHTER AND JUST RAN. I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO.))
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[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


The wind also uprooted trees on the Bedford County side of Smith Mountain Lake.
Doris and Joe Sleeper were counting their blessings today, as they waited for an insurance adjustor to assess the damage.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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About 23- hundred AEP customers are still without power.
Most of those outages are in the Fieldale area, and AEP says it may be late Tuesday before all of those customers have power.

[Franklin-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
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A house in Franklin County burned to the ground this afternoon.
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[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.]


The log structure was located on Timber Ridge Road in Glade Hill. A motorist passing by on route 40 spotted the smoke.
No one was at home and no one was injured fighting the blaze, but the house was destroyed.
There's no word yet on the cause.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - one of the area's coaching icons is retiring. Tech's Bryant Matthews earns first team all-Big East honors.
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[VO-NAT]

as the Hokies set sail for the Big Apple hoping to make the most of their one and only Big East tournament appearance.

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[S-Willis]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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We begin tonight with news from the Friday Football Extra front.
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Willis White, the head coach at Salem High school for the past 21 years is retiring. The six-time Friday Football Extra coach of the year told News 7 sports last week that he would know something definite in a couple of weeks, but sources within the Salem school system and the City itself have confirmed that he is stepping down.
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[SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00]

White won four state titles and 8 regional championships in his more than two decades as the Spartans' head coach. During that time he also won the admiration of perhaps the most football crazed community in the entire state. In 2001, the Commonwealth also took note of his accomplishments and inducted him into the Virginia High School League's hall of fame. The Spartans has uncharacteristically missed the playoffs each of the past two seasons, but that had nothing to do with White's decision.
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[S-Coach]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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White began his head coaching career at Ft. Chiswell where he was by his own admission "a flop." He later became an assistant to Merrill Gainer at Patrick Henry.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00]

and White would accept the challenge of succeeding Gainer and he would go on to lead Patrick Henry to the 1979 state title game where the Patriots lost to Petersburg 17-to-6. Now the question is who will succeed him in what promises to be an even tougher act to follow?
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[ANCHOR=MIKE]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD WILLIS]

Hidden Valley's Stephen Magenbauer, Byrd's Jeff Highfill, Frankin County's Billy Miles, and William Campbell's Brad Bradley - all with Salem ties - are just a few of the possibilities.

[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-168 1225TC]
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[ENG#=3]

The Virginia basketball team rolled out of Blacksburg this afternoon and headed north to New York City for what will be their first and last Big East tournament.
[GRAPHIC=VT]

The Hokies not only played their way into Madison Square Garden, but this afternoon their senior leader Bryant Matthews became the first Tech player ever to earn all-Big East first team honors.
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[SUPER=01-Seth Greenberg/Va. Tech First Year Head Coach; ]
[SUPER=01-Bryant Matthews/First Team All-Big East Selection;]
[SUPER=01-Allen Calloway/Va. Tech Forward from Tunstall;]
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[OUT Q=...BIG STEP FOR US."]
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Greenberg will be the first to tell you this is not the most traditional of basketball teams. The Hokies rarely shoot the lights out, but they almost never get outhustled by another team.
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[IN Q=BITE]
[SUPER=01-Phillip McCandies/Va. Tech Sophomore Forward; :00]
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[OUT Q=...WORK YOUR HARDEST TO GET IT."]
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[VO NAT CON'T] The Hokies play Rutgers in the tournament's opening game Wednesday at Noon.
[SUPER=04-2003-04 ODAC Season; ]

And the NCAA's division three player of the year award is staying right here in southwest Virginia this year. The Josten's Award is going to Emory and Henry's Justin Call. The award will be presented by the Salem Rotary Club later this month.
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