[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


V-Dot braces for the artic blast blowing into Virginia.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A holiday act of charity lands one man behind bars.
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[TALENT=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


Holiday travellers can expect some difficulties if you're hitting the road tonight or early tomorrow.
A southern winter storm will bring a mixed bag of light snow, sleet, and freezing rain.
Details, coming up in the forecast.
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[WX-WRAP]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]


After weeks of unseasonably warm weather the sudden blast of winter has caught many off guard.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Austin, TX;]


Traffic accidents have claimed lives in several states.
Two people died in a pair of freeway pileups in Austin, Texas, involving 58 vehicles.
Police say they responded to at least 76 accidents in Austin between midnight and early this morning.
[SUPER=03-Detroit, MI;]

[7:11:41]
In Detroit, the ice fed the flames as fire crews battled a blaze at a senior citizen's high rise.
At least seven residents suffered minor injuries.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((LT. JOHN COLLINS - DETROIT FIRE DEPT "WE HAD A LINE THAT'S FROZEN UP. IT'S HARD TO DISCONNECT THE LINES. IT MAKES IT ALL AROUND REAL BAD." ))
[SUPER=01-Lt. John Collins/Detroit Fire Department;]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=it all around real bad.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Traverse City, MI;]

[7:10:51]
The weather also caused a small plane crash in Traverse City, Michigan airport.
No one was injured.
[SUPER=03-Duluth, MN;]

[7:09:24]
And in Minnesota resident woke up to tempertures well below zero.
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[Kim-Weather]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD!!!]


That wintery weather appears to be headed our way.
Let's find out what we can expect from Kimberly McBroom.
[CK=Full]

WXPRO
(toss back to Melanie)



[VDOT]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-78 TC24:38]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD!!!]

V-Dot is on standby to minimize any potential road problems.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem;]

The highways are expected to be heavy with holiday travelers. VDOT is prepared with about 350-snow removal vehicles and 700-people ready to keep the roads safe.
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[SOT=00:02:59]
[IN Q=WE DON'T HAVE AT THIS POINT]
[SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT Spokeswoman;]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=AND THE FOLKS ARE READY TO ROLL.]
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[VO-NAT]

VDOT has nearly 25-thousand tons of salt and calcium chloride ready for use. For icy situations, 37-thousand tons of chemically treated abrasives and stone available.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD!!!]

Triple-A advises motorists to keep an emergency winter driving kit in their vehicles. Those kits should include tire chains, a small snow shovel, a small bag of rock salt or kitty litter for traction, an ice scraper, a flashlight, and battery jumper cables.

[Howard]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A Bedford County judge says a convicted child molestor should spend 17 years in prison.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape]


Doulgas Howard was convicted of taking indecent liberties with a child, carnal knowledge and sexual battery.
He's already serving a 25 year sentence for sexually abusing boys in Lynchburg.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=HOLD!!!]


Howard will begin serving the latest prison term after he finishes his 25 year sentence.

[Bikes-Bust]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


What looked like holiday generosity may have been fraud.
Investigators say Jody Pendleton donated 340 bicycles to the Bikes or Bust Campaign.
Authorities say the problem is that he bought them with a bogus check.
Pendleton was free on bond from a previous check-kiting case when he allegedly made the purchase.
A federal judge revoked his bond and ordered him to jail.
W-D-B-J Seven was a co-sponsor of the Bikes or Bust Campaign.

[Pulaski-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


Pulaski police have some suspects in a fatal shooting at an apartment complex.
19-year-old John Christopher Dean was shot several times at the Washington Square Apartments on Monday night.
He was pronounced dead at Pulaski Regional Hospital.
Investigators say three possible suspects turned themselves in yesterday.
One, a man from South Carolina, has been charged, with illegal possession of a firearm.
Police believe the shooting came after an argument earlier that night between a friend of Dean and a resident of the apartments.

[SLEPIAN-UPDATE]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


The F-B-I says it's found another clue in the sniper shooting of New York abortion doctor Barnett Slepian.
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[VO-NAT]

[10:35:04]
A car registered to James Kopp has been found in the Newark, New Jersey, airport parking lot.
[SUPER=03-Amherst, NY]


Authorities want to question Kopp, but they aren't calling the anti-abortion activist a suspect.
[SUPER=@File;]

[10:59:46]
A bullet fired through Slepian's kitchen window in October struck and killed him.
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[SOT]

[10:34:10-18]
[IN Q=]

(( MCMANUS:WE WANT TO KEEP THIS INVESTIGATION A HIGH PRIORITY IN THE PUBLIC'S MIND AND WE ARE DETERMINED TO SOLVE THIS CASE." ))
[SUPER=01-Major Michael McManus/NY State Police; ]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=TO SOLVE THIS CASE.]
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[VO-NAT]


Police call the discovery a lucky break, since there are 32-thousand cars parked in the lot at any given time.
No word on the car's contents.
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[Israel]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Mideast Peace]


The Mideast peace effort may have been dealt yet another blow today.
The Palestinians have released the spiritual leader of Hamas from two months of house arrest.
Israel has said that Yasser Arafat isn't doing enough to fight groups like Hamas.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Kiryat Shemona, Israel;]

[7:04:20]
Meantime, the war between Israel and Lebanese guerrillas is intensifying.
At least 13 were injured by a hail of rockets this morning in northern Israel.
The Guerrilla group Hezbollah has claimed responsibilty.
[SUPER=03-Baalbek, Lebanon;]


The attack is in retaliation for an Israeli air strike Tuesday that killed a Lebanese woman and her six children.
Hundreds of mourners gathered today for their funeral.
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[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new president.
More on that in coming up on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And doctors say they're encouraged about the progress of theeight little babies born at a Texas hospital.
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[music up full] [comm1]

[octuplets]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


An update now, on those 8 little wonders in Texas.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Houston, TX]

[7:17:42]
Doctors in Houston say they're so far encouraged by the conditions of the Chuckwu octuplets, although they are concerned about the smallest.
Baby E, as she is known, has a hole in her heart.
Doctors will treat the condition with medication.
The first born baby is now breathing on her own.
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[SOT]

[7:18:06-16]
[IN Q=]

((THE BEST THING WE'VE SAID IS NO NEW IS GOOD NEWS... SMALL INCREMENTAL CHANGES. ))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Leonard Weisman/Texas Children's Hospital;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q= SMALL INCREMENTAL CHANGES.]
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[VO-NAT]

[7:18:29]
The parents, meanwhile, continue to maintain their privacy.
They have released a statement, however, saying they appreciate the worldwide support and prayers.
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[AIDS-TESTING]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=AIDS]


Nationwide testing begins today on what could be the world's first vaccine to prevent H-I-V.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]

[7:28:38]
Troy Masters is one of 5-thousand who are taking part in the clinical trial of a geneticall engineered vaccine, called AidsVax.
The volunteers include sexually active gay men who are H-I-V negative.
During the next three years, doctors will draw Masters blood and inject him seven times with the vaccine.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((TROY MASTERS, TRIAL PARTICIPANT IT SEEMS THE ONLY ANSWER SCIENCE HAS BEEN ABLE TO COME UP WITH SO FAR IS THAT AIDS SHOULD BE A CHRONIC, MANAGEABLE ILLNESS, I'M HERE TO SAY THAT'S NOT ACCEPTABLE. ))
[SUPER=01-Troy Masters/Trial Participant;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=that's not acceptable.]
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[VO-NAT]


Doctors say the volunteers won't contract aids from the injections, but there's still no guarantee the vaccine will protect them from getting the aids virus.
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[CLINTON-HOMELESS]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Bill Clinton]


President Clinton is hoping a stop in Baltimore will be the first step in breaking the cycle of homelessness.
In a speech today he called for a 15 percent increase in homeless assistance.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD;]


The president is proposing some one and a quarter billion dollars as part of his budget for the fiscal year 2000 budget.
Mr. Clinton also announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development will award 850 million dollars in grants.
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[SOT]

[11:36-23]
[IN Q=]

((a family without a home...and since of thier community. ))
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=of their community.]
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[VO-NAT]


Today's proposals will help more than 330-thousand homeless people to obtain housing and receive social services.
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[Home-Repair]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-76 TC34:48]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Roanoke volunteers are starting a new program to repair homes.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Roanoke now has a branch of the national program, Christmas in April.
Next spring volunteers will start repairing homes with low-income, elderly or disabled owners.
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[SOT 10:17:25]
[IN Q=The point is]

((THE POINT IS TO RENOVATE HOMES ... COME ALONSIDE THEM AND HELP THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Todd Meyer/Project Leader;]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=help them]
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[VO-NAT]


Mary Hale will be the first to benefit.
She has lived on Marshall Avenue in Southwest Roanoke for 21 years.
The porch needs repairing, the house needs insulation, and the pipes downstairs are caked with asbestos and rust.


She recently took out a second mortgage.
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[SOT 10:25:38]
[IN Q=Termites]

((TERMITES THEY CHARGED ... TO PAY MY BILLS OFF))
[SUPER=01-Mary Hale/Homeowner;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=pay my bills off]
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[VO-NAT]


Project leaders say they're counting on volunteers and donations to succeed.
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[Stroud]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=98-71]
[GRAPHIC=Business NEws]


The president of Roanoke's Regional Chamber of Commerce is stepping down.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


John stroud made the announcement this morning.
He's been chamber president for seven years.
In that time, Stroud helped the business organization get its finances in order and increase its membership.
Stroud said he'll take some time off and maybe go after a job in the private sector.
The chamber will name an interim president while it looks for a successor.
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[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The winter weather appears to be closing in on Southwest Virginia.
The holiday forecast is still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And the Roanoke Rescue Mission got a little Christmas financial cheer thanks to a Roanoke County nursery.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]


[Hot-Dog]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tbr/JJA]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Meat Recall]


The Sara Lee Corporation is recalling hot dogs and other packaged meats because of a bacteria threat.
(XXXXXXXXXXXX)

[Pinnacle Page 1000]
The recall includes products sold nationally under the Sara Lee, Ball Park, and Mr. Turkey brands.
Sara Lee officials say they're acting on reports the meats could contain listeria.
All of the affected products are coded E-S-T-P 2-6-1. or E-S-T 6-9-1-1.
The bacteria can cause flu like symptoms in healthy people.
But it can kill by causing meningitis or blood infection.
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[Rescue-Trees]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=98-64 TC1:59:01]
[GRAPHIC=Christmas Ornaments]


Christmas tree sales at a Roanoke County business grew into a big donation to the City Rescue Mission.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Greenbrier Nurseries this morning gave the mission a check for more than 17-hundred dollars.
The company donated 10 percent of its sales of cut Christmas trees, as part of the Mission's "Very Beary Christmas" program.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE# none]
[GRAPHIC=stocks]


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 102 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports, women's professional basketball suffers a major setback.
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[VO-NAT]


And on the men's side, the players are still saying "show me the money", and now Nike is saying NO.
We'll have details on that straight ahead.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]


[NBA-Nike]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=ssa]
[TAPE#=net-]
[GRAPHIC=NBA Lockout]


The N-B-A lockout is hurting fans, the sport of basketball, and the value of certain athletic wear.
That's according to a spokesman for Nike, which has taken the stand-- No play, no pay.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Nike Commercial]


Michael Jordan and the others who are used to seeing a check from Nike in their mailbox will walk away empty- handed this quarter.
The company is withholding endorsement payments to most of the 230 players it has under contract.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=HOLD!!!]


Fila U-S-A has also cut payments to some players, while Adidas is still writing out checks.

[ABL]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-26 tc 50:57]
[GRAPHIC=Women's Pro Basketball]


The W-N-B-A is now the only women's professional basketball league in America.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/March 1997;]


The nine- team American Basketball League filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday, and will cease operations immediately.
It was in it's third year.
League officials say they were unable to get the television exposure and sponsorship they needed to make the league successful.
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[VMI]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-23 tc 1:42:25]
[GRAPHIC=VMI]


V-M-I again ventured into University Hall and again, the Cavaliers weren't exactly kind to their holiday guests.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/VMI vs UVA;]


The U-V-A pep band tried to provide the Cavs with a little inspiration.
Virginia's Chris Williams gets the defensive rebound, makes the long pass to Willie Dersch for the easy two.
But the Keydets come right back. Andre Quarles drives and then dishes to former Cave Spring standout Matt Matheny- who hits for three.
Then, V-M-I goes on the move again. Watch Jason Bell get out on the fast break and make the pass to Quarles and the Keydets would lead 15-10.
The Cav's Donald Hand plays the theif in the backcourt. He drives to the hoop for the score and things weren't looking good for the Keydets.
[SUPER=33-Virginia/82/VMI/64/;]


And the Cavaliers come on strong at the end and sink the Keydetts for the 20th straight time 82-to-64.
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[College]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-18 tc 1:58:15]
[GRAPHIC=college basketball]


The number two and three teams in the country met at the Continental Arena in the Jimmy V Classic.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ/ESPN;]


Duke and Kentucky are two of the most successful teams of the decade, and last night they were playing for bragging rights.
The Blue Devils led most of the game. Here, they go inside to Elton Brand for the score.
Duke looking in the paint again, and Brand is there again for the bucket underneath.
[SUPER=33-Kentucky/60/Duke/71;]


And Kentucky could not overcome a scoring drought in the beginning of the second half. Duke comes away with the 71 to 60 win.
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[1995]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-28]
[GRAPHIC=Peach Bowl]


New Year's Eve is approaching, and that means the Virginia Cavaliers will be trying to resurrect the ghost of Peach Bowls past.
Steve Mason reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/1995 Peach Bowl; :00]
[SUPER=01-Adrian Burnim/UVa Senior Defensive Back; :23]
[SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :54]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; 1:06]
[SUPER=01-Walt Derey/1995 UVa Tight End; 1:20]
[SUPER=@Steve1; 1:50]
[RUNS=2:02]
[OUT Q=news 7 sports"]
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((The 95 Peach Bowl pregame festiveties were much like the first several minutes of the game [nat sound]
fireworks! Virginia opened with two interceptions, one from the handy work of linebacker Skeet Jones. But it was freshman Adrian Burnim's head hunting hit that put the defensive stamp on the Bulldogs. ((:)) Offensively, Tiki Barber earned the offensive player of the game award. But 150 pound reciever Demetrious petey Allen had the games biggest impact. First, he hauled in a 82 yard Mike Groh touchdown pass that gave the Cavs their largest lead, 24-6, in the second quarter. His encore came just after a huge scare. ((GEORGE WELSH:)) Then tight end Walt Derey, who now lives in Roanoke with his wife Meagan, remembers that play well, after all, it was his only fumble of the entire season. ((WALT DEREY:))
Georgia returned the fumble for a touchdown and tied the game at 27 all with 53 seconds left. But an unsportsmanlike penalty enabled Allen to field the ensuing kickoff from the UVa 17. His 83 yard TD return erased the Georgia threat and eased another players nerves.)) ((:)) ((:))
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[Game]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-22 tc 1:43:25]
[GRAPHIC=Tech/UVA 6382]


State football fans are getting what they asked for.
The UVA-Tech game will be earlier next season.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/November 28;]


The 19-99 contest will be held October second, instead of the traditional regular-season finale.
The in-state match-up has been the last game of the season for each team in eight of the last nine seasons.
UVA won this year 36-to-32. (------------) Maryland will replace the Hokies as UVA's final game.