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Coming up on News 7,
The Hokies spend New Year's Day doing some off-the-field work. We'll have a live report.
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And two people are killed in an early morning fire in Roanoke.
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In sports, Mike Stevens will join us from New Orleans as the Hokies practice for the first time in the Super Dome

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and we will go bowling aroundthe countrey with the likes of Florida State and West Virginia in the Gator Bowl.
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Out with the old, in with the heat. Unseasonably warm temperatures continue across the region. A look it how warm it got in your hometown. The full forecast and including the 7-Day Planner coming up. [Video-Open]
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Sugar Bowl expectations are high for Virginia Tech fans and players as everyone prepares for the big game.
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Good evening, I'm Myranda Stephens.

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It's been non-stop since the Hokies arrived in New Orleans on Tuesday, but today they managed to take some time out not only for themselves, but for others as well.
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Mike Stevens is in New Orleans to explain.
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Mike will soon be joined by thousands of Tech fans making the trip down to New Orleans. But as Jeremy Butterfield tells us, there are options for the fans left behind.
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(( Like a mirror image of Friday, maroon and orange filled the lines at the Roanoke Regional Airport. The beaded fans even had their own security line and parking lot.
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((AMANDA DEHAVEN:WE DIVIDED THE LINE INTO CHARTER PASSENGERS AND INTO REGULARLY SCHEDULED AIRLINE PASSENGERS SO IT CAN GO A LITTLE BIT MORE QUICKLY.))
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The hundreds that flew out over the weekend left behind a large number of fans who will have to find another way to enjoy the game.
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((CLIFF MONEYMAKER:THIS IS THE NEXT BEST THING, THEY CAN COME IN HERE-- PROLLY BETTER THAN THEY WOULD AT THE GAME BECAUSE THEY'RE RIGHT UP FRONT/REPORTER:SO EVERYONE HAS A FIFTY YARD LINE SEAT/RIGHT.))
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The Cinema Cafe behind Crossroads Mall is showing the game on both of its big screens, the owner says the big Tech games always draw a crowd. And of course the local bars expect to see the different faces of the hokie fan.
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((BARRY CALDWELL:THEY'RE QUIET WHEN THEY'RE LOSING BUT WHEN THEY'RE WINNING THEY'RE DEFINITELY WIDE OPEN, WIDE OPEN. IT SHOULD BE A WILD TIME))
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And for those fans staying in Virginia-- they don't have any hard feelings against the Hokies watching the game in person.
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((PHIL HAND:THEY'RE HAVING THE ORIGINAL EXPERIENCE DOWN THERE ALL I CAN DO IS RELIVE IT BY TV. EITHER WAY I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A GREAT GAME. THAT'S WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR, A REAL GOOD GAME.))
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The fans staying in Virginia do have one advantage-- they won't have to deal with the thousands of fans returning from the game on the fourth, when most of the Sugar Bowl ticket holders will be flying back. Jeremy Butterfield, News 7, Roanoke.))

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Two people are dead after an early morning fire in Roanoke.
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Crews responded to a home in the five-hundred block of SIXTH street just before THREE. When they got there, they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the front -- and two bodies inside -- one male and one female. Their identities aren't being released until the family can be notified. Fire officials estimate around 25-thousand dollars of damage to the residence. The cause is still under investigation.
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One man was seriously injured in a farming accident in Roanoke County today. Rescue officials say a man was digging holes with an *AUGER,* when his leg got caught in a moving part of a tractor.
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The man's LEG was amputated at the scene. He was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for his injuries. Officials have not released his name or condition.
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Still to come on the newscast, on the first day of 2005,
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we'll take a look back at what made news in the area in the past year.
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[1st-Wx]
[Yearender]

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As the new year begins, here's a look back at the year just past.
Assignment editor Joe McKean reviews the top stories of 2004, as chosen by the News-7 reporters who covered them.


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((Shots of jet crash, from tape 04-17 An Air Force jet crashing in Franklin County last spring is the first story on our list.
The F-15 went down on a practice run over Robert and Julie Paulitzy's farm, two hours after returning from a week of prayer.
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((JULIE: AND THEN, WHEN WE RETURNED THERE WAS AN F-15 IN OUR FRONT YARD! AND WE WERE PROTECTED SO... PRAYER WORKS...)) [RUNS:07]
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[Speedway shots, from tape 04-19] Our staff also though the sale of the Martinsville Speedway was one of the biggest stories of the year. The new owners, for now, intend to keep the track's April and October NASCAR dates. [Victory Stadium flooding, from aerials tape]
The continuing controversy over the future of Roanoke's Victory Stadium made headlines all year. Local football teams had to move some of their home games after floodwaters once again covered the field. A citizens committee is supposed to have some recommendations for city council in 2005. [Burrow shots, from tape 04-35] For former D-Day Memorial Executive Richard Burrow, years of legal trouble came to an end. A federal jury failed again to reach a verdict in his second fraud trial, and U.S. Attorney John Brownlee gave up pursuing the case.
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[Tech game, from tape SP-185] Legal troubles marred a spectacular season for Virginia Tech football. [Vick outside court, from tape 04-03] As it headed into its first season of A-C-C play, three players worked out plea agreements on morals charges, including star quarterback Marcus Vick. [More of Miami game, tape SP-185] But a sound thrashing of Miami gave Tech its first A-C-C title, and a trip to the Sugar Bowl against unbeaten Auburn.


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[Hendrick plane crash, tape 04-36] The crash of the Hendrick Motorsports plane made news for days across the country.
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[More of site, 04-36] The plane went down on Bull Mountain near the town of Stuart, about seven miles from the Blue Ridge Airport in Spencer. Team owner Rick Hendrick was NOT on the plane, but his brother, John, the team president; Rick's son Ricky Hendrick and engine builder Randy Dorton were among the 10 people killed. [Bedford troops, tape 03-52] The U.S. efforts to subdue the insurgents and rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan touched hundreds of families in Virginia. Deaths and injuries of local troops reminded the reserve units called up how hazardous their duty it.
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[Richmond storm damage, tape 04-27] Topping our list this year was severe weather...remnants of hurricanes and tropical storms that devastated downtown Richmond, [Henry tornado damage, tape 04-24] touched off a tornado in Henry County and created the worst flooding the Roanoke Valley and western Virginia have seen in almost 20 years. [Flooding shots from tape 04-31] Hurricane forecasters are predicting another busy year in the Atlantic in 2005. Joe McKean, News-7.))

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Still ahead on the newscast, will the unseasonable temperatures continue well into the new year? We'll have your full forecast in just a few minutes...
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and also, one family is welcoming a special new addition to the new year.
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The new year ushered in some new lives in Roanoke.
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Kimora (Kee-Mora) Ashanti Jones came a couple weeks earlier than expected and is crowned the first baby born in Roanoke in 2005. Her mother, Gabrielle Jones, says her new *five-pound-14-ounce* baby is healthy and doing well. Jones says she wasn't the only one anticipating her new baby girl, the hospital staff were also waiting for the new child.
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((GABRIELLE JONES:WHEN WE CAME IN THIS MORNING THEY WERE REAL EXCITED ABOUT IT. THEY WERE WAITING TO SEE WHO WAS GOING TO BE THE FIRST BABY. SO THEY WERE EXCITED JUST LIKE I AM.))
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Hospital officials say in the past there have been so many babies born on New Year's, it was difficult to keep track of who was first. But, this year baby Kimora clearly got the title.
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Several Bowl games are in the books today as the seminoles top West Virginia, but what about those bowling from Blacksburg to New Orleans
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Temperatures in New Orleans hit 75 degrees todaybut depitedf the balmy conditions the Hokies went inside for practice.

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and we find our Mike Stevens outside that pracrice facility that they call the Super Dome Mike.
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Of course the last time Tewch played in the Super Dome it was against ACC power Florida State. Today,
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the Noles beat West Virginia in the Gator Bowl. The Noles beat the Mountaineers 30 to 18 at Alltell Stadium. Leon Was
hington finished with 195 [SUPER=34-Florida State/30/West Virginia/18;]yards rushing. WVU has lost eleven of its las

t 12 bowls games and is oh-and-5 in the Gator.
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David Greene passed for 264 yards and two touchdowns in his final game with Georgia to lead a 24-to-21 win over 16th r
anked Wisconsin in the [SUPER=34-Georgia/24/Wisconsin/21;]Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa today. . Gree

ne leaves Georgia with 42 victories, the most by any N-C-A-A quarterback.
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In the Cotton Bowl, Tennessee jumped out to a 38-and-0 lead in a 38-to-7 rout of number-22 Texas A-and-M in Dallas. Ric
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