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Coming up on News 7-
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The second Virginia casualty in yesterday's Iraq attack is confirmed. Plus, Virginia Tech's football team's now sharing the spotlight with the men's basketball team. Good luck getting tickets to home games. And, much of the country no longer has to dream about a white Christmas.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]

News 7 is next.

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[VO-NAT]


Flags are flying at half staff in two Virginia communities.
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[SOT bite at 36]
[IN Q=Word gets]

((WORD GETS AROUND FAST. EVERYONE'S JUST IN SHOCK THAT THIS HAPPENED.))
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[OUT Q=that this happened]
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[VO-NAT]


The military now says a suicide bomber took the lives of two Virginia soldiers and twenty others.
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[Families-React]


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Governor Warner has ordered flags in King George and Stafford Counties lowered to half-staff.
That's where the two Virginia National Guard soldiers killed in yesterday's mess-hall attack were from.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-King George Co.]


A sign outside the King George Fire Department honors 20 year old Nick Mason.
Mason was a volunteer firefighter and had completed his freshman year at Virginia Tech when he was called to active duty with the 276th Engineering Battalion.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I think we're]

((DIANE ESKEY KING GEORGE HIGH SCHOOL; I THINK WE'RE ALL JUST REALLY SHOCKED BECAUSE YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS STUFF. BECAUSE YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS STUFF IN THE NEWS. WE KNOW WHATS GOING . BUT THE REALITY IS JUST LIKE A SLAP IN THE FACE. ))
[SUPER=01-Diane Eskey/King George High School ]
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[OUT Q=a slap in the face]
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[VO-NAT]


Mason was scheduled to return home in February.
The identity of the Stafford County soldier has not yet been released.
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[Mosul-Attack]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
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Tiny details are leading investigators to conclude yesterday's attack was the work of a suicide bomber. Drew Levinson reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The deadly explosion that ripped...]
[SUPER=01-Gen. Richard Myers/Joint Chiefs of Staff; :10]
[SUPER=01-Donald Rumsfeld/Secretary of Defense; :45]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/CBS News; :54]
[SUPER=01-Lt. Gen. Thomas Metz/Multi-National Corps Commander; 1:15]
[SUPER=03-Ramstein Air Base, Germany; 1:19]
[RUNS=1:34]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON]

((THE DEADLY EXPLOSION THAT RIPPED THROUGH THE ROOF OF THIS MESS HALL--AND CLAIMED NEARLY TWO-DOZEN LIVES--WAS MOST LIKELY THE WORK OF A SUICIDE BOMBER ... PENTAGON OFFICIALS SAID WEDNESDAY.
(SOT: GEN. RICHARD MYERS/CHAIRMAN, JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF) - 15:08:28

"At this point, it looks like it was an improvised explosive device worn by an attacker." THE BLAST HAPPENED TUESDAY, WHILE HUNDREDS OF TROOPS WERE EATING LUNCH IN A DINING HALL TENT... AT A BASE NEAR THE NORTHERN CITY OF MOSUL. TWENTY-TWO PEOPLE WERE KILLED -- 13 OF THEM WERE WITH THE U.S. MILITARY. AT FIRST, COALITION LEADERS SUSPECTED A ROCKET WAS THE CAUSE. BUT THEY SAY SHRAPNEL FROM THE EXPLOSION INCLUDED SMALL METAL PELLETS SUCH AS BALL BEARINGS -- TELL-TALE SIGNS OF A SUICIDE BOMBING. DEFENSE SECRETARY DONALD RUMSFELD WARNED OF MORE VIOLENCE AS THE IRAQI ELECTIONS GET CLOSER.
(SOT: DONALD RUMSFELD/SECRETARY OF DEFENSE) -

"These folks have a lot to lose. The extremists and the terrorists and the people who are determined to take back that country are determined not to lose."
(STANDUP BRIDGE)

INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THEY KNOW THE IDENTITY OF THE BOMBER, AND THEY'RE NOW TRYING TO MATCH THEIR SUSPECT TO AN UNIDENTIFIED BODY AT THE SCENE. BUT THE PENTAGON WOULD NOT SAY IF THE ATTACKER WORKED AT THE BASE. THAT BASE NOW HAS BEEN SEALED OFF, AS ARMORED VEHICLES PATROL THE VIRTUALLY EMPTY STREETS OF MOSUL.
(SOT: GEN METZ)

"It's a feeling of resolve. we are not going to be intimidated by these thugs."
(nat - Ramstein Air Base, Germany)

DOZENS OF AMERICAN SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS WOUNDED IN THE BLAST FLEW TO A U.S. MILITARY HOSPITAL IN GERMANY. SEVERAL HAD TO BE CARRIED OFF THE PLANE IN STRETCHERS. MANY OF THE PATIENTS HAVE CHEST WOUNDS AND BROKEN BONES ... ALONG WITH A SHATTERED SENSE OF SECURITY. DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))

[Natural-Gas]


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A clerical error may cause an increase in natural gas prices this winter.
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[VO-NAT]

Last month, a clerk for Dominion gas accidentally emailed the wrong storage report to the Energy Information Administration. The file wrongly indicated a large, unexpected withdrawal from natural gas inventories, causing prices to soar for the month of December.
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[SOT 652 ]
[IN Q=that price]

((JOHN WILLIAMSON/ROANOKE GAS COMPANY CEO: THAT PRICE DIDN'T LOOK REASONABLE TO US AND SUSTAINABLE BASED ON WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS GOING ON IN THE INDUSTRY, SO WE ONLY BOUGHT WHAT WE HAD TO BUY FOR THAT BASE LOAD FOR DECEMBER.))
[SUPER=01-John Williamson/Roanoke Gas Company CEO;]
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[OUT Q=base load for December]
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[VO-NAT]

To make up for those costs, Roanoke Gas Company says customers should still expect an increase of about five dollars over the winter period. Meanwhile, Dominion says it has changed its procedures to prevent future mistakes.
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[Monty-Water]


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Crews in Montgomery County are still working to repair leaks in the Price's Fork Water System.
Additional supply connections were brought online today that should help speed up the repairs.
Officials are still asking residents to conserve, though water quality has not been affected.

[Tech-Tickets]


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There's a lot of hoopla in Blacksburg these days.
It seems the hottest ticket in town is a seat at a Virginia Tech men's basketball game. [***TICKETS GRAPHIC IN MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Justin/BAM ;]


Justin McLeod is here to tell us why. Justin?
Shannon, it's the result of Virginia Tech entering the ACC.
[LIVE= Justin /FULL BAM]
[SUPER=@justin1]


The games are so popular you'll probably have trouble getting a ticket.
That's because a record number of fans want to see hokie hoops.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Annette Perkins/VT Basketball Fan; :16]
[SUPER=01-Sandy Smith/Asst. Athletic Director for Ticketing; :29]
[SUPER=01-Fred Tilley/VT Basketball Fan; :59]
[SUPER=01-Rich Carpenter/VT Basketball Fan; 1:15]
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[OUT Q=HOW TO PLAY IN THE ACC]

((((NAT SOUND OF PLAY AND THEN CHEERING AT 31:23))
You'll hear a lot more noise these days at Virginia Tech men's basketball games. ((NAT SOUND OF CHEERING AT 34:29))
That's because there are a lot more people, thanks to Tech's membership into the ACC.
[SOT 10:08]
[IN Q=I think it's wonderful]

((ANNETTE PERKINS/BASKETBALL FAN: I THINK IT'S WONDERFUL. I THINK WE'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR IT FOR A LONG TIME. I THINK IT'S GREAT.)) [Runs04]
[OUT Q=IT'S GREAT]


It's so great virtually every home basketball game is sold out this season. (SIGN)
Take Sunday's game against North Carolina, there were very few empty seats.
[SOT 3:14]
[IN Q=I don't think]

((SANDY SMITH/ASSISTANT ATHLETIC DIRECTOR FOR TICKETING: I DON'T THINK WE'LL EVER SEE WHERE YOU CAN JUST COME IN AND BUY A TICKET ANYMORE JUST OFF THE STREET.)) [Runs06]
[OUT Q=JUST OFF THE STREET]


Here's why.
Two years ago, Tech had sold just over three thousand season tickets, now it's more than 8 thousand.
That leaves roughly 1800 tickets, and those go to students.
The only tickets available to the public will be the ones the students fail to pick up.
[SOT 3:59]
[IN Q=But I don't see]

((SANDY SMITH/ASSISTANT ATHLETIC DIRECTOR FOR TICKETING: BUT I DON'T SEE ANY CONFERENCE GAME THIS YEAR WHERE WE'LL HAVE A TICKET FOR SALE.)) [Runs04]
[OUT Q=ticket for sale]


Those lucky enough to see the games say Virginia Tech and the ACC are a perfect combination.
[SOT 8:36]
[IN Q=I think the ACC]

((FRED TILLEY/VT BASKETBALL FAN: I THINK THE ACC IS THE BEST BASKETBALL CONFERENCE IN THE COUNTRY AND EVERY ACC TEAM THAT COMES IN HERE IT'S EXCITING TO PLAY)) [Runs08]
[OUT Q=exciting to play]

((QUICK NAT SOUND OF THE GAME))
But fans also realize expectations are greater now that they're in a premier conference.
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[IN Q=It's going to be]

((RICK CARPENTER: IT'S GOING TO BE A STRUGGLE. WE'VE BEEN BAPTIZED AND NOW WE HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO PLAY IN THE ACC.))
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[OUT Q=TO PLAY IN THE ACC]))
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[LIVE= Justin /FULL BAM]


Tech's membership in the ACC is expected to strengthen player recruitment and draw national television coverage.


Men's basketball has already become so popular Tech says it now has scalpers at the games.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Justin /BAM;]


Something Shannon, the university has never seen before.


[Sayre]


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Meanwhile, Tech's success on the football field means big business for a Buena Vista company.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Buena Vista;]

Sayre Enterprises manufactures sports apparel for its University Sportswear stores across Virginia. Since Virginia Tech's win at Miami, Hokie merchandise has been flying off the shelves. The company also makes apparel for other schools, and is anticipating higher sales for J-M-U merchandise after its Division one - double-A national championship. Sayre employs about 140 people in Buena Vista.
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An inmate takes a holiday break from an area jail... and officials aren't happy about it.
How he got out when News 7 returns.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus the F-A-A clears Santa's Sleigh for takeoff.
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[Sports-Preview]


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[Jail-Escape]

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After less than five-hours on the run- a Roanoke City inmate is back behind bars tonight.
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[VO-NAT]

33-year-old Christopher Grant Brenner was apprehended just after two o'clock this afternoon at the Laurel Ridge Apartments. The Roanoke City Sheriff's Office says Brenner switched identification armbands with 27-year-old Gregory Lee Ledbetter and was
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

released from the Roanoke City jail at 9:40 this morning. Ledbetter- who authorities say could have been released as early as April - had been granted a week long holiday furlough.
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[SOT@22:15:42.05]
[IN Q=Sometime between last couple of days...]

((MAJ. JIM BRUBAKER/ROANOKE CITY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: SOMETIME BETWEEN LAST COUPLE OF DAYS THESE TWO INMATES POSSIBLY OTHERS, I NOT SURE YET AT THIS TIME, CAME UP WITH AN ELABORATE SCHEME TO WHERE THE INMATES SWITCHED IDENTITIES AND WHEN WE WENT TO GET THE INMATE FROM FRANKLIN COUNTY, THE OTHER ONE CAME OUT.))
[SUPER=01-Maj. Jim Brubaker/Roanoke City Sheriff's Department]
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[OUT Q=.. one came out.]
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Both Brenner and Ledbetter are under segregated lock down tonight.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Major Brubaker says the jail processes about 10-thousand inmates every year and that the public shouldn't be concerned- this is only the second escape he remembers in his more than 23-years with the department.

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Danville police are asking for help finding the man who robbed a bank there last week.
(XXXXXXXXX)

[TAKE MARSHALL FS] Officers say Thirty-seven year old Anthony *Todd* Marshall of Danville entered Virginia Bank and Trust armed with a gun. He robbed two tellers of an undisclosed amount of money. He left the scene on a red and white dirt bike, which was recovered by police a short time later behind the Parker Road Trailer Park.
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[TAKE NEXT APRISA PAGE]

[Henry-Robbery]


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(XXXXXXXXX)

[TAKE BAILEY FS] Meanwhile, Henry County sheriff's deputies are looking for a man they say robbed the Bojangles in Collinsville last night. Officers say just after midnight, nineteen year old Robert Eugene Bailey of Martinsville and another white male approached a Bojangles worker as he was leaving to make a bank deposit.
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Authorities say they demanded money and left on foot going south on Virginia Avenue.

[Motel-Murder]


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Police have finally identified the man who was murdered at a Roanoke motel.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Monday]


He is 52 year old Lonnie Marsh.
On Monday, police discovered Marsh's body in a room at the American Motel on Williamson Road.
He'd been stabbed.
Roanoke Police have made no arrests and are asking anyone with information about the crime to give them a call.
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[Packing-Heat]


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Firearms opponents are taking issue with a Virginia law that allows gun owners to openly display their weapon.
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[VO-NAT :22]

The statute, passed in July, prohibits local communities from banning open carry laws. In Virginia, as in many states, you need a permit to carry a concealed weapon, but no paperwork is required to openly display a gun in public. Firearms opponents say the law goes too far in catering to the Virginia Citizens Defense League. Others are concerned about safety.
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[SOT 1:14 - 1:25]
[IN Q=That ready access to...]

((DANA SCHRAD/VA. ASSOC. OF CHIEFS OF POLICE: THAT READY ACCESS TO A WEAPON...WHEN WE KNOW WE HAVE CRIMES THAT OCCUR IN THE HEAT OF PASSION OR INFLUENCED BY ALCOHOL OR DRUGS.))
[SUPER=01-Dana Schrad/VA Assoc. of Chiefs of Police;]
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[OUT Q=by alcohol or drugs.]
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[VO-NAT :08]

But the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police admits there's been no overall increase in the rate of gun crimes in recent years.
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[Warner]


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Governor Mark Warner says 2004 was a good year for Virginia finances.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/File Tape;]

It took nearly two months longer than expected, but lawmakers passed a tax reform package that Warner says made Virginia's tax code more fair. It also raised the sales and cigarette tax- a move Warner says was necessary to meet future demands on state money.
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[SOT 23:12:57]
[IN Q=I can predict with absolute]

((MARK WARNER: I CAN PREDICT WITH ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY THAT NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE WITH CAR TAX, K-12 EDUCATION AND MEDICAID, OUR HEALTH CARE FOR OUR POORER VIRGINIANS, ABOUT TWO AND A HALF BILLION DOLLARS OF MANDATED NEW SPENDING REQUIREMENTS.))
[SUPER=@MarkWarner;]
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[OUT Q=NEW SPENDING REQUIREMENTS.]
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[VO-NAT]

Warner says he's proud of the way lawmakers put partisanship aside to agree on a state budget.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=HOLD]

Coming up tomorrow at Six, we'll hear Warner's goals for 2005 and what he plans to do after his term as governor.

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Any chance of a white Christmas?
Leo Hirsbrunner has the answer for us when News 7 returns...
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[VO-NAT]

while it's a guarantee for folks in the Midwest.
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[Commercial]

[Fresh-Market]


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Another supermarket is coming to southwest Roanoke.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Fresh Market has signed a lease with Towers mall.
The gourmet food chain based in Greensboro will move into the old Heironimous space.
Fresh Market specializes in perishable and specialty foods.
It has locations across the southeast.
The company says the new Roanoke store should open sometime this spring.
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[Midwest-Snow]


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From New Mexico to Michigan, a blanket of snow is stretching across the center of the country
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[VO-NAT :25]
[SUPER=03-Scott Co., IN;]

As a huge midwest storm stretches across the map, forecasters are calling for a foot of snow -- or more -- in parts of Indiana and Ohio. Eight inches of snow has already fallen in Evansville, Indiana, which recorded only seven inches all of last winter.
[SUPER=03-Columbus, OH;]

Airports in Ohio are preparing for as much as 20 inches. And the precip's heading east. Rain and snow are possible tomorrow from the Gulf of Mexico up through New England.
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[S-Extra]


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Tech falls to Western Michigan, Byrd and Salem and UVa's football team in Boise, Idaho,
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-NFL; :00]


But first our extra point. Tiki Barber has made his first Pro Bowl. Barber makes the NFC squad. He is second in the league in yards from scrimmage with 1, 857 and has 1, 314 rushing yards and 12 TD's.
Brother Ronde also makes the NFC pro bowl roster, its Ronde's second. He has 92 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions for Tampa Bay. Ronde is the first cornerback in franchise history to make the pro bowl multiple times.
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[S-Hokies]


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Virginia Tech hoped to rebound from Sunday's loss to UNC tonight against Western Michigan.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Broncos vs. Hokies; :00]


To the Cassell we go where Tech was 4 and 1 entering this game.
Veteran Tech senior Carlos Dixon led all Tech scorers with 14 points including this up and under mid way through the first half.
Western Michigan seemed to answer Tech on every hoop. Here, Joe Reitz drives hard to the iron, goes over a tech defender and scores. He was one of four Broncos in double digit scoring.
[SUPER=33-Western Michigan/74/Virginia Tech/68;]Zabien Dowdell was one of four Hokies to tally 10 or more, he Hits

a trey from the left side to tie it at 21 all with 8:15 left in the first half.
Shawn Harris registered 3 of his 10 on this three ball but the Broncos remain perfect against the Hokies with a 74-68 win. Tech is now 5 and 4.
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[S-Cavs]


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[TAPE#=SP-186 27:58]
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[ENG#=2]


Tomorrow night, it's 25th ranked UVa's turn to go out of conference against Loyola Marymount. Eight games into the season, Cavs freshman Sean Singletary is fourth on the team in scoring and has 17 steals in what has been a tough tranistion from high school to college hoops.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Sean Singletary/UVa Freshman Point Guard; :00]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=....just play I'll do alright"]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :00]


Singletary is averaging 10 points and 4 assist a game and has started all eight of the Cavaliers games, which has cost T.J. Bannister some playing time.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=.....as a team"]
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[S-Salem]


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Lets go to some high school hoops, Salem taking on William Byrd in a battle of Blue Ridge and River Ridge teams.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Terriers vs. Spartans; :00]


David Culicerto had his Terriers ready to ruin the Spartans night on their home floor
But Grant Smythers had something for the visitors.
Byrd's Mark Nester with the no look pass to James Childress who is in three point real estate and he rips rope on the shot shot that cut Salem's lead to 8.
[SUPER=33-Salem/82/ William Byrd/32;]Salem's Melvin Felix finds Jeremy Adams who steps inside the arc and buries th

e jumper to extend the Spartans advantage to 10.
Nester then bullies his way in on Kenny Belton and hits the short J.
But Belton had the final word or exclamation point I should say when he gets the ball on the Byrd turnover and finishes with the thunder dunk. Salem wins 82-32.
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[S-Dazzle]


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Tomorrow night at the Dazzle game, admission for the Roanoke/Huntsville game is non-perishable food items, toys or clothing for the Rescue Mission.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=IT'S THE CIVIC CENTER...]
[SUPER=01-Dennis Robarge/Roanoke Dazzle President; :00]
[RUNS=:29]
[OUT Q=...less fortunate at the Rescue Mission."]
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[GRAPHIC=DAZZLE]

The Dazzle also will be giving away that all-expenses paid Tech Sugar Bowl Package tomorrow night.

[S-Wahoos]


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The Virginia Cavaliers December 27th date with Fresno State in the Micron PC Bowl is fast approaching.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Boise, ID; :00]


The Cavaliers arrived in Boise, Idaho last night and were escorted to their hotel. The Wahoos received a warm welcome with signage and banners at the team headquarters.
Today, the Wahoos went through practice on the famous blue turf, the home of the Boise State Broncos. Bronco Stadium seats 30-thousand fans. 22 offensive and defensive players from UVa and Fresno State will go head to head tomorrow in the first annual Brawley Beef Bowl for charity in what the Cavs say will be a fun bowl despite the cold, out west setting.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Al Groh/UVA Head Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:29]
[OUT Q=get ready for the game."]
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[S-Vick]


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The Virginia Tech football team its their final pre-Christmas practice today. Mike Stevens has a report on Hokies on and off the team.
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(( With the chilly workouts in Blacksburg now behind them, the Hokies will celebrate Christmas then return to campus and head to New Orleans. As has been the case all season long - Marcus Vick will not be a part of anything. Yet in many ways he is as close as ever. ((BRYAN RANDALL:)) Even though Vick competed head to head with Randall and took his job in 2003 - the two have spoken often this season.

((BRYAN RANDALL:)) All indications are that Vick has done everything that has been asked of him since he was kicked out of school. And most believe he will be back in 2005. ((FRANK BEAMER:)) The Hokies are scheduled to arrive in New Orleans on December 28th. Mike Stevens News 7 sports.))


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Before Santa checks his list, some F-A-A officials had to check his sleigh.
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Transportation secretary Norman Mineta conducted a government safety inspection today on Santa's sleigh. He announced the sleigh was in perfect condition for flying from rooftop to rooftop on Christmas Eve.
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((NORMAN MINETA/TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY; IT IS AIRWORTHY IT HAS THE PROPER SAFETY FEATURES AND IT IS EQUIPPED TO HANDLE THE KIND OF WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS THAT YOU WILL FACE.))
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Mineta says they will make sure to clear the air space for Old Saint Nick's big night- which is only two nights away.

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