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Coming up on News 7-
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They don't necessarily want their way but they do want their *say*. We'll hear from opponents of a new jail in Roanoke County. Plus, the prospect of legalizing medical marijuana has protesters all lit up. And Virginia boasts a brand new natural wonder.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]

News 7 is next.

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Opponents of a proposed regional Jail in Roanoke County are gearing up for a bitter fight.
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[SOT 12:50:09]
[IN Q=I am fired up]

((RUTH ASHWORTH: I AM FIRED UP AND I AM WILLING TO TAKE IT AS FAR AS IT NEEDS TO GO.))
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[OUT Q=as it needs to go]
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[Regional-Jail]


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Roanoke County needs a new jail and is considering building one near Dixie Caverns.
But nearby residents don't want a jail in their backyard. More importantly, they don't want it shoved down their throats. [***NEWS 7 @ 11 in MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Justin /BAM;]


Justin McLeod attended a strategy meeting tonight and joins us now with more. Justin?
Shannon, the county says it needs to move quickly to secure state funding.
[LIVE= Justin /FULL BAM]
[SUPER=@justin1]


But opponents say the county is doing too much, too quickly and with too little public input and THAT they say is almost criminal.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ruth Ashworth/Opposes Jail; :18]
[SUPER=01-J. C. Whitlock, Jr./Opposes Jail; :41]
[SUPER=01-Joe "Butch" Church/Roanoke Co. Supervisor; 1:00]
[SUPER=01-Cindy Layman/Opposes Jail; 1:21]
[RUNS=1:28]
[OUT Q=LOOK AT THIS SERIOUSLY]

((((NAT SOUND OF WOMAN AT 23:58 SAYING "I WANT TO KNOW WHERE ELMER HODGE LIVES AND I WANT TO MOVE THE JAIL AND THE INDUSTRIAL PARK TO HIS NEIGHBORHOOD."))
The people you see this room are angry and they say you would be too if someone wanted to build a jail in your backyard.
[SOT 12:49:49]
[IN Q=Yes, I was angry]

((RUTH ASHWORTH/ROANOKE CO. RESIDENT: YES, I WAS ANGRY AND I'VE KINDA GOTTEN OVER THAT NOW NOW I AM DISAPPOINTED AND A LITTLE FREIGHTENED BY WHAT I HEAR.)) [Runs06]
[OUT Q=WHAT I HEAR]


She's freightened over Roanoke County's plans to build a regional jail near Dixie Caverns.
The county looked at a dozen sites, before selecting two parcels located close together near West River Road.
Nearby residents dont want it in their neighborhood but say it's more than that.
[SOT 12:51:21]
[IN Q=I think the county]

((J.C. WHITLOCK JR./ROANOKE COUNTY RESIDENT: I THINK THE COUNTY HAS RAILROADED US. THIS HAS BEEN DONE UNDERHANDED. THEY ARE GOING TOO FAST WITH THIS.)) [Runs07]
[OUT Q=TOO FAST WITH THIS]


That's because residents only found about the plan last week and the county may vote on the sites next week.
The Supervisor who represents that area agrees the process is moving too fast.
[SOT 12:48:17]
[IN Q=They're asking]

((BUTCH CHURCH/BOARD OF SUPERVISOR: THEY'RE ASKING ME QUESTIONS THAT THIS BOARD MEMBER DIDN'T EVEN KNOW AND WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU AND I AM SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT THE COUNTY AND I AM GETTING INFORMATION THAT PEOPLE ON THE STREET HAVE KNOWN FOR SIX WEEKS, THAT BOTHERS THE HECK OUT OF ME.)) [Runs11]
[OUT Q=out of me]


The county is holding a community meeting Tuesday night to answer questions.
Monday night, about a 100 opponents gathered to discuss how to fight the project.
The consensus? Delay the vote.
[SOT 12:53:28]
[IN Q=Nobody wants it]

((CINDY LAYMAN/ROANOKE CO. RESIDENT: NOBODY WANTS IT IN THEIR BACKYARD, I KNOW WE DON'T BUT THE MAIN THING IS THAT THEY NEED TO SLOW DOWN AND LET'S STOP AND LOOK AT THIS SERIOUSLY.)) [Runs07]
[OUT Q=AT THIS SERIOUSLY]))
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[LIVE= Justin /FULL BAM]


The community meeting is scheduled for tomorrow night at the Salem Civic Center beginning at six o'clock.
The county is then scheduled to vote on the proposed sites at its December 7th meeting.
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But Shannon, Butch Church says he will try to delay that vote.

[Lynchburg-Shooting]


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Lynchburg police say they know who shot a cab driver over the weekend, but they don't know where he is.
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[TAKE JOHNSON FS]
Officers say it was 21 year old Desuan Steven Johnson of Lynchburg who shot the cab driver early Sunday Morning.
Officers aren't sure where Johnson is, but say he should be considered armed and dangerous.
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The cab driver-- 51 year old James Marshall Crawford-- was shot twice as he ran from his vehicle at the intersection of Fifteenth and Grace Streets.
Police say his injuries are not life-threatening.

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Investigators in Texas are trying to figure out how a helicopter flew into wires of a TV tower near Waco. 7-soldiers were killed. Jennifer Donelan reports.
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[IN Q=By nightfall, investigators were surveying...]
[SUPER=03-Bruceville-Eddy, TX; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lt. Col. Jonathan Withington/4th Infantry Division; :26]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Donelan/CBS News; 1:16]
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[OUT Q=CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON]

((BY NIGHTFALL, INVESTIGATORS WERE SURVEYING THE WRECKAGE -- AND RECOVERING THE BODIES -- OF SEVEN U.S. SOLDIERS KILLED IN A HELICOPTER CRASH. MEMBERS OF THE 4TH INFANTRY DIVISION WERE HEADED TO AN ARMY DEPOT IN TEXARKANA EARLY MONDAY ...WHEN THE CHOPPER WENT DOWN ... ABOUT 30 MILES NORTHEAST OF THEIR HOME BASE OF FORT HOOD. THE SOLDIERS WERE ON THEIR WAY TO CHECK OUT EQUIPMENT HEADED FOR IRAQ.
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"Our condolences and hearts go out to the families and friends of the 7 soldiers aboard the aircraft. The 4 ID is going to do everything we can to support the families in their time of grief." OFFICIALS SAY THE UH-60 BLACK HAWK HIT SUPPORT WIRES ON A TV TRANSMISSION TOWER WHILE FLYING IN DENSE FOG. ONE WITNESS SAID HE SAW THE HELICOPTER HIT THE GROUND ... ERUPT IN A BIG BALL OF FIRE ... AND THEN EXPLODE. THE MAIN FUSELAGE LANDED ABOUT 200 TO 300 YARDS FROM THE TOWER. OTHER PARTS OF THE HELICOPTER COULD BE SEEN SCATTERED ACROSS THE FIELD. THE U.S. ARMY SAFETY CENTER IS LEADING THE INVESTIGATION. OFFICIALS ARE ALREADY FOCUSING ON THE TOWER'S BROKEN WARNING LIGHTS AS A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR. THE LIGHTS STOPPED WORKING LAST WEEK AFTER SEVERE STORMS HIT THE AREA.
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THE TOWER'S OWNER SAYS HE NOTIFIED THE F-A-A ABOUT THE BROKEN LIGHTS. THE FEDERAL AGENCY SAYS IT THEN ALERTED PILOTS THROUGH ITS COMPUTER DATABASE. JENNIFER DONELAN, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))
[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[Ebersol]


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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[SUPER=03-Montrose, CO;]

A body believed to be that of the 14-year old son of N-B-C Sports chairman Dick Ebersol has been found in the wreckage of a plane that crashed in Colorado yesterday. The chartered plane crashed as it took off from the airport in Montrose. An eyewitness says he saw Ebersol's other son pull his father from the wreckage.
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[SOT :08 - :21]
[IN Q=I believe it was a kid named...]

((DOUG PERCIVAL/WITNESS: I BELIEVE IT WAS THE KID NAMED CHARLIE, HE WAS STANDING ON THE HILL AND YELLING FOR HELP AND I GOT UP HERE AND HE WAS YELLING AT ME TO HELP HIS BROTHER, HIS 14-YEAR-OLD BROTHER'S IN THE PLANE, THE FOURTH ROW, CAN YOU PLEASE HELP HIM.))
[SUPER=01-Doug Percival/Witness;]
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[OUT Q=please help him.]
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Ebersol, his oldest son and the co-pilot survived. The co-pilot's in critical condition. 14-year oldTeddy Ebersol is believed to have died along with two crew members. There are questions as to whether a winter storm played a role in the crash.
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[County-Fatal]


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A 5-year old boy has died after being injured in accident yesterday afternoon. Police say it happened around two on Thompson Memorial Boulevard in Roanoke County. Officers say 31-year-old Glovern Ray Phipps of Salem ran his pickup truck off the right side of the road and hit an embankment. Phipps' five-year-old son Ryan Danson Phipps, was taken to the hospital this morning, where he later died. Phipps was arrested for D-U-I. Officers say he could face more charges.

[L'burg-Cops]


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It's not every day you turn 200 years old, so the Lynchburg police department wants to make sure they do it in style.
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The department is raising money to build a memorial outside the Public Safety building to honor those who have served over the last 200 years.
B-W-X Technologies became the first corporate sponsor to get on board, presenting Chief Charles Bennett with a check today for five thousand dollars.
The department's also selling bricks to create a walkway up to the memorial.
Lynchburg's police department was first formed in January, 1805.
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[Tech-ACC]


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There's something in the air in Blacksburg this week.. Hokie fever.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

Tech plays Miami this Saturday for sole ownership of the ACC title and a BCS bowl bid. Fans around the area are already showing their Hokie pride with signs. Souvlaki (sue-vla-key) in Blacksburg even has a grave already marked for Miami in its famous Tech Graveyard display.
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[SOT: 20:54:00 ]
[IN Q=Oh everybody ]

((MIKE BUCHANAN: OH EVERYONE LOVES IT.. IT'S ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THEY DO GOING TO A GAME. THEY STOP BY AND LOOK AT THE GRAVEYARD TO SEE IF THERE'S COMMENT. OR TO SEE IF WE BURIED THE OPPONENT. BOTH BEFORE AND AFTER THE GAME. ))
[SUPER=01-Mike Buchanan/Souvlaki Owner;]
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[OUT Q=after the game.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Last Season]

The team will leave Lane Stadium for Miami around 10:30 Friday morning. Fans are already planning to have a big send off.
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[Tease1]
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The two likely candidates for Governor court Virginia's rural vote.
How they hope it pays off when News 7 returns.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus eleven states allow medicinal use of marijuana... but will the U-S Supreme Court
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[Sports-preview]


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[OUT Q=THE BIG 7."]

((Hey folks - Mike Stevens back in the News 7 Sports office as the Hustling Highlanders get down to business tonight against Ferrum. JR Reynolds and UVa help the ACC make some hoop history. Randall and Hyman earn ACC player of the week honors. WVU gets a Gator invite, while UVa made be taking long trip to its bowl destination. Right here on the Big 7.))

[State-Voting]

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Virginians need to be more informed of their voting rights.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]

The State Board of Elections found THAT to be the case after examining thousands of calls received on election day. Officials say they'll spend the next year providing more training to local election officials and educating voters.
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[SOT 12:43:32]
[IN Q=We did some public]

((JEAN JENSEN/STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SECRETARY: WE DID SOME PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS ON TV AND RADIO. WE PUT OUT LOTS OF BROCHURES, BUT WE'RE STILL MISSING HUGE GROUPS OF PEOPLE TO EDUCATE THEM AND I THINK AS PART OF THAT PROCESS WE CAN GO INTO HIGH SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES AND TRY TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE TO SERVE AS POLL WORKERS - ELECTION OFFICIALS.))
[SUPER=01-Jean Jensen/State Board of Elections Secretary; :07]
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[VO-NAT]

Jensen says some voters were told to go home and get their I-D's when they could have signed an affirmation of identity oath. She also says many voters were confused by provisional ballots. However, few problems were associated with the new electronic voting machines. Jensen says, overall, Virginia's voting procedure ran smoothly.
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[Farm-Bureau]


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The rural vote helped Mark Warner win the governor's mansion in 2001. And political analysts say voters in rural Virginia will again play an important role in 2005. Today, Attorney General Jerry Kilgore courted the state's farmers, as members of the Virginia Farm Bureau gathered at the Homestead. Joe Dashiell was there.
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[SUPER=03-Hot Springs; :00]
[SUPER=@Kilgore; :07 quick]
[SUPER=04-November 6, 2001; :33]
[SUPER=01-Robert Holsworth/VCU Political Science Professor; :42]
[SUPER=01-Tom Morris/Emory & Henry College President; :59]
[SUPER=@joe1; 1:10]
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[OUT Q=JD News 7 Hot Springs]

((Jerry Kilgore isn't afraid to paraphrase a country song, when he talks about his appeal in rural Virginia.
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[IN Q=how I was country]

((HOW I WAS COUNTRY, BEFORE IT WAS COOL TO BE COUNTRY IN THE UNITED STATES.))
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[OUT Q=in the United States.]

As members of the Virginia Farm Bureau sat down at The Homestead, Kilgore stressed his roots on a Scott County cattle and tobacco farm, and his work to end excessive regulation and taxation of Virginia farmers.
[SOT]
[IN Q=I'm with rural Virginia]

((I'M WITH RURAL VIRGINIA ON ISSUE AFTER ISSUE. THAT'S GOING TO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION.))
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[OUT Q=in the upcoming election.]


The rural vote made a big difference in the last election, helping to propel Democrat Mark Warner into the Governor's office.
And political analysts say the candidates understand they cannot ignore rural voters.
[SOT]
[IN Q=So a candidate]

((ROBERT HOLSWORTH: SO A CANDIDATE LIKE MARK WARNER REALIZED IN 2001 THAT HE MIGHT NOT WIN RURAL VIRGINIA, BUT HE HAD TO REDUCE THE MARGINS THAT FOLKS LIKE GEORGE ALLEN WERE WINNING IN RURAL VIRGINIA, AND WARNER WAS PRETTY SUCCESSFUL.)) ((TOM MORRIS: I THINK ATTORNEY GENERAL KILGORE HAS BIT OF AN ADVANTAGE DOWN STATE. CERTAINLY HE IS THE LOCAL FAVORITE IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA. HE'S FROM A RURAL AREA, BUT I THINK THE DEMOCRATS HAVE LEARNED THEIR LESSON AND KNOW NOT TO IGNORE RURAL AND SMALL TOWN VIRGINIA.))
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[OUT Q=ignore rural and small town Virginia.]

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Lieutenant Governor Tim Kaine will speak to Farm Bureau members by teleconference on Wednesday morning.
Political analysts say they're confident his strategy will also include a strong appeal to Virginia's rural voters.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Hot Springs))

[Medical-Marijuana]


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Supreme Court justices seemed reluctant to back medical marijuana laws today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]

The high court heard arguments this morning on whether sick people in eleven states that allow medical marijuana use can have pot since federal law considers the drug illegal. Opponents of medical marijuana say it's a back-door effort to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
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[SOT :48 - :56]
[IN Q=It has nothing]

((ROBERT DUPONT/NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE; IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MEDICINE, IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COMPASSION - IT HAS TO DO WITH THE FACT THAT THEY WANT THE SYMBOL OF A MEDICALLY AUTHORIZED SMOKING OF MARIJUANA.))
[SUPER=01-Robert DuPont/National Institute on Drug Abuse;]
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[OUT Q=smoking of marijuana.]
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[VO-NAT]

Supporters carrying signs that read *stop arresting patients*, say there is much more to the issue.
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[SOT :35 - :43]
[IN Q=It is about]

((ANGEL RAICH/PLAINTIFF; IT IS ABOUT LIFE OR DEATH, I'M NOT HERE TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA, THAT'S NOT WHAT MY ISSUE IS, I'M HERE TO SIMPLY SAVE MY LIFE.))
[SUPER=01-Angel Raich/Plaintiff;]
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[OUT Q=save my life.]
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One justice said medical marijuana supporters should take their case to federal drug regulators. Others repeatedly referred to America's drug addiction problems. The court is slated to rule in the case next summer. Meanwhile, the court refused to hear a challenge of a Massachusetts law allowing same sex marriages.
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Robin says rain is in the forecast.
The details when News 7 returns.
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[VO-NAT]


And this Santa's all wet... as he takes to the surf for a little pre-Christmas R and R.
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[Commercial]

[Falling-Spring]


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The Commonwealth of Virginia is now the proud owner of a natural wonder near Covington.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Covington]

Today, MeadWestvaco donated Falling Spring and its surrounding property to the Virginia State Park system. Unlike most falls in the Commonwealth that are cascades or slides, Falling Spring is a drop of about 150-feet "off an overhanging ledge." It's one of the most visited sites in the Alleghany Highlands, and officials say the donation is a big step toward increasing the area's recreation and tourism.
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[Surfing-Santa]


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This may be Santa's busiest time of year but he's still finding time for fun in the sun.
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[VO-NAT :18]
[SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;]

Take this surfing scene in Santa Monica, California, for example. Windy conditions made Saint Nick's paddle to shore a little tougher than usual. But once on the beach he was greeted by helpers. Santa may feel right at home in the Golden State... the L-A area is experiencing relatively cold temperatures.
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[S-Extra]


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College hoop highlights tonight from the Dedmon Dome. Plus, three Hokies earn player of the week honors. UVa will be bowling somewhere, afterall this postseason. And WVU is headed to the Gator.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Clemson, SC/November 20; :00]

But first your Extra Point - The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that six Clemson football players have been suspended, and four others reprimanded, as a result of the fighting incident that occurred at the South Carolina-Clemson football game on November 20. Following a thorough review of available video footage, the ACC decided to issued the one-game suspensions.
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[SUPER=0098-j/N.C. State #16/60//Purdue/53////James Madison/69/j/Appalachian State/78///;]
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[SUPER=0098-j/Oklahoma State #6/76//S.M.U./57///j/Kansas #2/85//Nevada/52///;]
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[OC=...LAST SCORE]
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[S-Radford]


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The Radford University men's basketball program is bringing it roundball to the Roanoke Valley next week. RU is moving its men's game against Hampton University to the Salem Civic Center on December 8th. The game will tipoff at 7:00 and it will feature the return of Salem native Richard Morgan - Hampton's head coach.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford/Panthers vs. Highlanders; :00]

But tonight Radford played its home opener at the Dedmon Center taking on the Ferrum College Panthers in a non-conference game for both. Ferrum's Kerry Johnson would take a liking to the dome as he sets up Ken Holley for the alleyoop and the Panthers drop in two early. Radford would look to push its lead into double figures in first 20 minutes, Olumuyiwa Popoola anticipates the pass and takes the steal in for the jam for the Highlanders. He had 23. Ferrum would try to counter that with Jeremy Yancey, who slices through the defense and converts the bucket to stay within striking distance. But RU's pressure would pay off. Another steal, this time by Chris Goodin leads to a Popoola behind the back pass to Chris Oliver, who slams it home.
[SUPER=33-Ferrum/60/Radford/89;]

The Highlanders hammer Ferrum tonight 89 to 60 and improve to 3 to 1.
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[talent=mike]
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In another Radford note from the women's court, sophomore Ashley Young, who starred at Blacksburg high has left the program for personal reasons. She started the first two games of the season.

[S-ACC]


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The ACC hardwood is on fire this week with the ACC-Big 10 challenge. And today, UVa helped the league set a record.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville; :00]

Virginia is now a member of the top 25 checking in at the number 24 spot this week in the Associated Press poll. That gives the ACC a record-tying 7 schools in the top 25 with Wake Forest still at the top at number one. UVa plays Northwestern, Wednesday night.
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[S-Dazzle]


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The Roanoke Dazzle has picked one of its stars from last season.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Season; :00]

Forward Terrence Shannon, who was in training camp with the Detroit Pistons, returns to Roanoke where he was an honorable mention All-NBDL selection in each of the last two seasons. To make room for him, the Dazzle cut George Williams.
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[S-Hokies]


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The Hokies have defied the odds and the so-called experts this season, but they are finally earning some respect. This week's ACC player of the week awards provide the proof. Josh Hyman is the rookie of the week, Vinnie Burns the special teams player of the week, and Bryan Randall the ACC offensive back of the week.
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[IN Q=I THINK IT'S EXCITING...]
[SUPER=01-Bryan Randall/VT Senior Quarterback; :00]
[RUNS=:37]
[OUT Q=...THEN IT FEELS GOOD."]
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In keeping with that underdog theme this season, Miami is favored by 6 points.

[S-UVa]


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UVa's football team may end up in Shreveport, Louisiana playing in the Independence Bowl next month.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Saturday; :00]

After Saturday's loss to Tech UVa president John Casteen issued a statement saying that the Cavs would not take part in any bowl that conflicted with final exams. That knocked UVa out of the December Champs Sports Bowl, however, it appears that the ACC is now close to finalizing a deal to send the Cavs to the Independence Bowl on December 28th in Shreveport, Louisiana to play Oklahoma State. Athletic Director Craig Littlepage said tonight that nothing is final and that the Micron PC bowl in Boise, Idaho also is still an option.
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The Gator invited West Virginia to represent the Big East in Jacksonville this afternoon.
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Bob Smith, Chairman of the Toyota Gator Bowl, officially extended the invite to WVU head coach Rich Rodriguez during a three o'clock news conference in Jacksonville. The 60th Annual Toyota Gator Bowl will be played on January 1, 2005 at 12:30 p.m. in Alltel Stadium.
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The Mountaineers had been the front-runner for the Big East's guaranteed B-C-S bowl bid before their 36-to-17 upset loss to Boston College two weeks ago. And their 16-to-13 loss to Pittsburgh on Thanksgiving night. WVU finished with an 8-and-3 record, 4-and 2 in the Big East. The Mountaineers most certainly will face Florida State in the January 1st game.
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[go to bcs rankings 1074] The new BCS rankings have the Hokies and Canes closer than ever this week. The significance is that if they end up with identical records the higher ranked team get the ACC's BCS bid. The top four spots remain unchanged, and Oklahoma actually increased its lead over third place Auburn.
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Before the University of Miami takes on the Hokies this weekend, it has another challenge to face.
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Trappers at the University are trying to snare a rare Florida crocodile that took up residence in the campus lake about a year ago. University officials are concerned that the croc isn't showing enough fear of humans and is getting too close for comfort. Trappers say every hour the croc comes up for a matter of seconds and that catching it involves being in the right place at the right time (------------)