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It's not the holiday crowd --but Hokie Fans --that are making for a busy travel weekend at Roanoke's airport.
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And things are about to take off in Roanoke and Vinton as we prepare to bring in the New Year.
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Tonight in sports, much more from New Orleans where curfew is a little earlier tonight, and
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the VMI Keydets took to the hardwood right down the street from the Superdome today against Tulane.
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60 degree weather will greet us for the new year. How long before it gets cold? Detail in the forecast just ahead.
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Hokie hordes invade the Roanoke airport. Hundreds make their way south-west to New Orleans.
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((MELINDA FREDAY: I'M VERY PREPARED, I CAN'T WAIT, I'M EXCITED.))
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Good evening, I'm Joy Sutton.
Keith and Jean are off tonight.

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If you're planning to fly out of the Roanoke Regional Airport tomorrow, officials say you better get there early. They expect record crowds as more Hokie fans head to the Big Easy. News 7's Rachel DePompa was at the airport this morning as the first big wave started taking off.
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((A sea of maroon and orange took over the Roanoke Regional Airport.
NATS: TECH FANS TO WHEELING BAG BY.. GOOD SHOT... 8:01:26:00
As hundreds of Sugar Bowl Bound Hokies waited for one of three chartered flights to destination.. Big Easy.
NATS: plane zipping by....

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((KRISTIN GOFF/KARI VAUGHN HAVE YOU BEEN BEFORE. NO.. NO NEVER BEEN TO NEW ORLEANS. :26 WHAT DO YOU THINK? :WE'RE EXCITED WE CAN'T WAIT GET ON BOURBON STREET.. THERE'S A GAME TOO. OH YEAH THERE'S A GAME. WE'LL BE THERE TOO. LAUGHS.)) [RUNS:11]
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((JAMES LANG: I THINK WE'RE GOING TO BEAT THE AUBURN TIGERS... NUMBER THREE TEAM IN THE LAND? THEY SAID WE WERE WHAT? GOING TO BE 6TH IN THE ACC.. TALK IS CHEAP)) [RUNS:09]
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Those headed west made sure they were easy to spot. They sported Hats, even ones that jingled through security... along with feather boas, and of course plenty of mardi Gras beads.

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((JENNIFER KENNEDY AND TANNER 13 MONTHS THIS IS HIS SECOND TRIP TO A TECH FOOTBALL GAME. HE WENT TO THE MIAMI GAME AND HE'S GOING DOWN TO NEW ORLEANS TO THE SUGAR BOWL.)) [RUNS:07]
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Sure there's a game next week, but not everyone in the airport was thinking only about football.

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((MARTY SMITH: I'M JUST GOING TO CHAPERONE THESE GUYS. REALLY HIS WIFE WOULDN'T LET HIM GUY UNLESS I CAME. WE NEED TO BE BABY SAT AND HE'S THE GUY THAT'S GONNA DO IT... YOU NEED TO BE BABY SAT., WELL AS A GROUP WE DO, YEA. WE NEED ADULT SUPERVISION AND THIS IS THE CLOSEST WE COULD COME TO IT.)) [RUNS:15]
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((RACHEL DEPOMPA: THIS PLACE WILL BE FILLED WITH HOKIES AGAIN ON NEW YEARS DAY. THAT'S WHEN FOUR MORE CHARTERED FLIGHTS LEAVE AND ONCE AGAIN THE ARE ASKING EVERYONE TO GET HERE. TWO HOURS EARLY.)) [RUNS:11]
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The airport expects record crowds again on January 4th, the day after the big game, when everyone returns home. Rachel DePompa, News 7, Roanoke.))





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And the Hokie fans had better be ready once they get to the Big Easy.
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Mike Stevens is here now to tell us that things got a little out of hand last night on Bourbon Street.
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The new year arrives in just under six hours. Still ahead,many communities prepare for a busy night.
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[Enchanted-Eve]


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There's something for everyone in the Roanoke Valley tonight, with major events to celebrate New Year's Eve. "Midnight on the Market" will ring in the new year in downtown Roanoke, while "Enchanted Eve" will make its debut in Vinton.
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That's where Joe Dashiell is tonight. Joe, are these events competing with one another?
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((ROLLCUE:...organizers say there is room for both.))
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It looks like Montgomery County car dealers are NOT moving cars off their lots this New Year's Eve.
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For several years, dealers like Shelor have hauled their vehicles out of the *county* to avoid paying the Merchants Tax. Many business owners claimed the tax was too high. It's assessed each year on New Year's Day on a business' inventory. But this year, the *county* cut the tax in half. David Hagan of Shelor Motor Mile told News 7 in July he would not move his cars. And from the looks of his lot this morning, it appears this dealership is keeping its vehicles right where they are.
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A Carroll County Rescue service is hoping to start the New Year on the right foot.
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Hillsville will get its rescue squad back early next year. The Carroll County Board of Supervisors shut down the squad last spring after the captain admitted to misusing an ambulance. Now a doctor with the Twin County Regional Hospital has agreed to become the squad's lifeline and act as its supervisor. The squad will have an organization meeting January 8th to elect new officers and could be up and running again by the end of next month.
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Stocks closed down for the day, but up for the year. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The Dow dropped 17 points today. Nasdaq fell three.
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More aid is on its way from Roanoke to people in South Asia.
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Doctor Sam Samarasignhe (SAM-mah-rah-SING) says he and his family have been overwhelmed by the response, since they started asking valley residents to help.
They spent part of New Year's Eve loading a truck for shipment to Sri Lanka (SHREE- Lonk-UH).
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((DR. SAMARASIGNHE: THE MEDICAL SUPPLIES THAT ARE BADLY NEEDED AT THIS STAGE OF THE DISASTER ARE BEING AIRLIFTED BY SRI LANKAN AIR A COUPLE OF TIMES A WEEK. THAT GETS OUT FIRST.))
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He says other items will have to go by sea, a voyage that takes over a week.
Doctor Samarasignhe (SAM-mah-rah-SING) says he hopes to go to Sri Lanka (SHREE- Lonk-UH). to see the tsunami relief efforts in about two weeks.
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[Take WDBJ Web FS] If you would like a list of agencies providing relief to the earthquake and tsunami victims, and how to contact those agencies, you can go any time to our web page at wdbj7-dot-com.
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One local legislator seeks to change the way Virginia's public schools report violence on campus.
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Delegate William Fralin is proposing a bill that he says would simplify the reporting process, and would reduce confusion on what types of incidents must be reported.
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((DEL. WILLIAM FRALIN/(R) ROANOKE; IF SOMEONE IS CHARGED WITH THAT OFFENSE THAT WILL BE REPORTED. SO IF THERE'S A DIFFERENTIATION BETWEEN WHAT SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS BELIEVE, OR MAY DETERMINE WHAT HAPPENED, AND WHAT POLICE OFFICERS DETERMINE HAPPENED, THAT THE POLICE OFFICERS WILL WIN, AND THAT WILL BE THE REPORT MADE TO THE STATE.))
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Fralin says this system would make school safety data more accessible, more accurate, and would provide a clear picture of what needs to be fixed in Virginia's schools.

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Coming up, the bowl season rolls on on this New Year's Eve, and the city of New Orleans is gearing up for a wild and crazy night,
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Play time is just about over for Virginia Tech and Auburn. New Year's Eve means the last night of extended curfew for the two Sugar Bowl participants.
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Mike Stevens joins us now from the Crescent City, where gameday is just around the corner, Mike.
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The VMI Keydets are enjoying the holiday in New Orleans as well. Perhaps they would have enjoyed it a little more had they beaten Tulane today on the court.
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Bart Bellairs and company came out like gang busters in the opening half shooting 52 percent from the floor.
Matt Coward buries a long three ball as part of his 17 point afternoon and the Keydets led by 13 at the break and the VMI contingent was smelling the upset.
Matt Murrer then takes the pass from Coward down low and puts in the reverse lay-in. He scored 14.
Reggie Williams would go back door for an alley-oop slam.
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But Tulane outscored the Keydets 51 to 30 in the second half to win 82 to 74.
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In case you somehow haven't heard by now, the Hokies play a football game tonight. Not just any game: other than tomorrow's national championship contest, tonight's Sugar Bowl features the highest-ranked teams to meet in the post-season. Mike Stevens will get you caught up with the latest news from New Orleans tonight on News 7 at 6.