The New Year's celebration wasn't nearly as much fun as it could have been for the Virginia football team and Wahoo fans.
Last night the Cavaliers blew a 21 point lead and lost to Georgia 35-to-33.
Steve Mason was inside the Georgia Dome along with 72 thousand others for the finish.
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The Virginia Cavaliers are kicking themselves this morning after squandering a 21-to-nothing lead to Georgia, losing the Peach Bowl 35 to 33 last night.
Steve Mason was inside the Georgia Dome where a lot of folks were trying to add a few extra seconds and inches to 1998.
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News 7 begins
...with U-V-a's loss in the Peach Bowl by just TWO points.
...the celebration of a New Year's arrival in Roanoke.
...a heavier blanket of snow than we expected may foreshadow worse weather for the weekend.
...the state lottery says it's just a game, don't bet the farm.
...and Jesse "the Body" thinks his wife deserves a state paycheck.
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The new year is less than an hour away, and the crowd is ready at First Night, Roanoke, to usher in 1999.
Stacey Martin is there with more.
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inspite of the very chilly conditions organizers say thousands of people braved the elements and came to downtown Roanoke tonight to say goodbye to 1998 and welcome in the new year.
(Rollcue:the new year.)
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((The Ainscoughs are one of the few families discovering First Night Roanoke for the first time--hoping to celebrate the night's fun and festivities together.
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It's a holiday tradition many families have shared these past eight years--whether cuddling close for a carriage ride or putting a personal touch on the colorful New Year's dragon the crowd later parades through the streets.
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((THERESA PATTERSON:WE JUST ENJOY GETTING OUT AND DOING SOMETHING WITH THE KIDS INSTEAD OF JUST OUT--JUST ME.))
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Familiar favorites made a repeat appearance this year offering twisted balloons in preparation for the New Year's countdown..
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as well as temporary tattoos and personal hand-maid buttons..
Vendors were also nearby offering hot snacks and drinks to ward-off the evening's chill.))
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Keith, there are quite a few activities still going on but most people here are just waiting for the countdown to begin--
to usher in the first few minutes of 1999.
Two children are fighting for their lives tonight after a Pittsylvania County crash that killed a woman.
State police say Evelyn Edmonds of South Boston lost control of her car on state route 729, skidded off the road and into a tree. She was thrown out of the car and killed.
Two children in the car were flown to Duke Medical Center where they are in critical condition. Another child was driven to the Medical Center by a parent.
Police say the accident was NOT weather-related.
But the weather was to blame for the vast majority of accidents in our region today.
V-DOT crews say they've cleared three-quarters of today's surprisingly slick snow off of secondary roads.
They'll be working through the night.
Drivers who thought this morning's snow looked soft and harmless got a reality check pretty quickly.
For many, it was too late, as cars slid into piled snow and each other.
Police tried to keep motorists off the side roads.
Of course some took advantage of the snow and tested different types of transportation.
V-DOT reminds us that wet roads will likely freeze and become slick again tonight.
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In Central Virginia, slippery conditions caused dozens of wrecks and kept local and state police busy most of the day.
Authorities were also gearing up for a long night tonight as New Years Eve revelers get back in their cars and drive.
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((SGT. PAUL KVASNICKA/VA STATE POLICE: IT'S ALWAYS A CONCERN ON NEW YEAR'S EVE AND HOLIDAYS, WHEN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DRINKING AND DRIVING AND THE ROADS ARE GOING TO BE HAZARDOUS BECAUSE WHAT MELTS WILL REFREEZE TONIGHT AND IT'S GOING TO BE PARTICULARLY BAD. AND WE CONSTANTLY URGE PEOPLE NOT TO DRINK AND DRIVE AND PARTICULARLY ON NIGHTS LIKE TONIGHT.. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE OUT, STAY AT HOME.))
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Tow truck drivers also were kept hopping.. one driver said he had run close to twenty calls by mid- day.
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The New River Valley apparently received the brunt of the snow in our area -- ending up with four to five inches and even more in the higher
The main roads throughout the New River Valley were clear by noon... but driving on back roads proved to be a treacherous task.
And-- crews are now tackling the secondary roads.
The goal is to get as many clear as possible by tomorrow in preparation for the possibility of bad weather over the weekend.
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A winter whiteout spelled disaster in Michigan, where a huge pile-up left two people dead, 39 injured and more than 100 motorists stranded.
The noon-time accident involved 50 cars, and closed part of Interstate-75 for hours.
Stranded motorists were bused to shelters while ambulances from three counties pitched in to transport injured victims.
Keith tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
And V-DOT wants you to know you can check on the road conditions at any time...
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.. through V-DOT's special toll-free number.
Here it is ... 800 - 367 - ROAD, that's 800 367- 7623.
Straight ahead on News 7, it's called the Euro, and it could soon change the global marketplace.
We'll talk about the new European currency when we return.
And later in the newscast the Virginia Lottery rings in the new year by urging responsible play.
((Keith, this is Mike Stevens as promised earlier in the newscast much on the Peach Bowl and UVa's disapointing finish to 1998.
Plus, we'll see how Michael Jordan helped Tulane cap off a perfect 12-and-0 season.
And do you want to know who will win the Rose and Sugar Bowls? I'll let you know who the makers of one of Playstation's top games believe will win based on their data base tonight in sports.))
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As the new year rings in, banks worldwide will begin dealing with a new currency.
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The Euro is the single currency that will be used in eleven European economies including Germany, France and Italy.
Until now the dollar has been the benchmark for the world but the Euro is expected alter that affection.
Financial Institutions have until Monday to convert their
systems to be able to deal with the new currency.
A new streamlined time-table for the U-S Senate trial of the President is being discussed by both parties.
The trial would get underway a week from Monday with House impeachment managers presenting a SUMMARY of evidence- -but NO live testimony.
Tuesday the President's lawyers would argue their side of the case.
The next day Senators would be able to ask questions- -by way of written inquiries read by the Chief Justice.
The whole thing would be over in four days, if the Senate decides the facts don't support removing President Clinton from office.
Virginia stands to collect about four billion dollars in the National tobacco settlement.
But how much of that money is likely to filter down to the tobacco growers?
They've seen their livelihood undercut by dimishing domestic demand for tobacco.
So Delegate Whitt Clement is hoping to earmark 60-percent of the tobacco settlement funds for a southside economic development commission.
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The lawmakers were addressing tobacco growers in Danville.
They've sent a letter to Governor Gilmore outlining their intentions, hoping he'll support their plan.
Still to come, former-pro wrestler and future Governor Jessee Ventura says Minnesota shouldn't just pay him... it sh
ould pay his wife for being First Lady.
And a look back at the stories that riveted a nation in 1998.
That coming up later on News 7 at 11.
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How about a New Year's resolution from the Virginia Lottery?
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((LADY LUCK: MMMM. ANNOUCER: TOO MUCH OF ANYTHING...IS A BAD THING.))
((ED SCARBOROUGH/VIRGINIA LOTTERY SPOKESMAN: WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO PERHAPS, EVEN THOUGH WE TALK ABOUT ODDS A LOT, DON'T REALLY HAVE A GREAT UNDERSTANDING OF ODDS. AND I THINK THAT IT'S JUST A NICE REMINDER FROM THE LOTTERY AS FAR AS A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT TO SAY "YOU KNOW, DON'T BET THE FARM." LOTTERY GAMES ARE LONG ODDS.))
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A series of public service announcements on responsible play has begun running on TV stations across the state.
Lady Luck also reminds us -- in her own special way -- that it is actually against the law for children to play.
In Minnesota, Governor- elect Jesse Ventura says his wife should get paid to serve as First Lady.
First ladies typically host hundreds of events, and oversee a staff of eight at the Governor's mansion.
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Ventura says his wife, Terry, will have to quit her paying job to be first lady.
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The Governor proposes paying his wife 25-thousand dollars a year as first lady.
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Steve Mason will join us LIVE in just a moment with the aftermath of UVa's heart-stopping and heart breaking loss to Georgia tonight in the Peach Bowl.
Plus, I'll have some other bowl highlights for you.
But first in tonight's Extra Point, the University of Tennessee has given head football coach Phil Fulmer a new six-year contract worth one million a season.
His base salary will be $175 thousand, but other items like TV and radio committments and his apparel deal take him over a million.
In effect, he gets a $200 thousand dollar a year raise.
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The national championship won't be decided until Monday night in the Fiesta Bowl when Tennessee meets Florida State, but the Tulane Green Wave fans are clamoring for a share of the crown.
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This afternoon Michael Jordan helped propel Tulane past BYU in the Liberty Bowl.
Jordan picks off this Kevin Feterik pass and returns it 79 yards down the left side for the touchdown.
Tulane would never look back as quarterback Shaun
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King leads the offense and Tulane to the 41-to-27 win over BYU. Tulane finishes the season unbeaten at 12-and-0.
The last time TCU played in a bowl game before today was 1994 when the Horned Frogs were beaten by UVa in the Independence Bowl.
Today TCU got back in the bowl mix and pulled off an upset.
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This time TCU took on tradition rich USC from the PAC-10.
This one was mostly all TCU early, as Basil Mitchell turned the game into his own playground
rushing for 185 yards & two TDs as TCU went up 21-to-nothing.
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USC would come back in the second half, but TCU hangs on to beat the Trojans 28-to-19.
In the Independence Bowl tonight, Texas Tech ___ Ole Miss ___ to __ in the ___.
More bowls are on tap tomorrow, and when we come back,
I'll tell you who the folks who make the NCAA Gamebreaker video game for Playstation project as winners in the Rose and Sugar Bowls.
Finally tonight, the bowl season heats up tomorrow with the traditional smorgasboard of New Year's Day college football fare.
If you can't watch the games, don't worry.
The folks at 989 Sports, who make the popular Sony Playstation college football game, NCAA Gamebreaker 99, have already played tomorrow's two big ones for you.
Their videogame data says that UCLA will bounce back from the Miami loss and beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl 31-to-20.
And the Sugar Bowl won't be nearly as close as some folks think. Gamebreaker 99 says Ohio State whips Texas A&M 34-to-17.
Before we say goodbye to 1998 tonight, we leave you with a look back at the stories that gripped the nation over the year... from scandal in Washington to heros on the baseball diamond.
Lee Cowan reports.
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(((( NAT JUDICIARY VOTING ))
1998 WAS A YEAR OF REPEATS - MOSTLY ONES FEW WANTED TO SEE A SECOND TIME
IT ENDED WITH A DEBATE TO IMPEACH A PRESIDENT, AGAIN, INTERRUPTED BY A
U.S. LED ATTACK ON IRAQ, AGAIN. WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARED, BILL CLINTON'S
PROBLEMS AT HOME REMAINED.
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IT WAS A YEAR WHEN SCHOOL YARDS IN SMALL TOWNS LIKE JONESBORRO ARKANSAS
AND SPRINGFIELD OREGON, ONCE AGAIN BECAME THE FOCUS OF NATIONAL GRIEF.
IT WAS A YEAR WHEN HATE REARED IT'S FAMILIAR HEAD, FIRST ON A
LONELY ROAD IN JAPSER TEXAS AS WHITE SUPREMICISTS DRAGGED A BLACK MAN TO
HIS DEATH - THEN ON A WOODEN FENCE OUTISDE OF LARAMIE WYOMING_WHERE A
GAY STUDENT WAS TIED AND HEARD INSULTS THAT TURNED FATAL.
(( NAT ATLANTA CLINIC BOMBING ))
IT WAS A YEAR WHEN A MOUNTAIN MAN FOUND HE HAD MORE TO RUN
FROM -- ALREADY CHARGED WITH ONE BLAST, ERIC RUDOLPH WAS TAGGED FOR
(( NAT HURRICANE ))
THIS YEAR'S VIOLENCE ON THE STREETS WAS OUTMATCHED ONLY BY MOTHER NATURE
- WIND AND WATER HER BEST WEAPONS.
12-THOUSAND PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES TO HURRICANES THIS YEAR -
MITCH WAS THE MONSTER, BUT HURRICANES BONNIE, EARL, AND GEORGES WERE
(( NAT FLORIDA FIRES ))
IF MOTHER NATURE COULDN'T BLOW IT DOWN, SHE TRIED BURING IT
DOWN - CENTRAL FLORIDA LOST TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ACRES TO WILDFIRES THIS
YEAR - BUT FEW HOMES - A VICTORY IN A LONG HOT SUMMER.
(( NAT MCGUIRE ))
BUT IN THE MIDST OF IT ALL, 1998 WAS A YEAR OF HEROES TOO - BASEBALL
GREATS MARK MCGUIRE AND SAMMY SOSA GAVE US ALL SOMETHING TO CHEER ABOUT,
WHETHER YOU WERE A SPORTS FAN OR NOT.
AND THE FEAR OF GROWING OLD SEEMED TO SLIP AWAY, AS JOHN GLENN ROCKETED
BACK TO SPACE - AND BACK INTO OUR HEARTS.
EVEN `UNKNOWN' HEROES WERE FINALLY GIVEN A NAME - WHILE
OTHERS WERE HONORED IN THE PLACE THEY FELL - UNDER THE CAPITOL DOME
DEFENDING DEMOCRACY AT HOME.
FROM FIRES AT SEA, TO ROMANCE AT SEA, IT WAS A YEAR WITH A
LITTLE OF EVERYTHING - HOPEFULLY THE GOOD MEMORIES OUTNUMBER THE BAD.
LEE COWAN CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))
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