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Legislators are crossing the T's and dotting the I's on this year's legislative work in Richmond..we'll have details coming up
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And a new twist in the traditional VMI Rat "breakout" ceremony... no mud... but a lot more work...
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In sports, it's basketball day on your Hometown Station Bridgewater wins the ODAC women's championship, Liberty the Big South Title.
The Lady Hokies work overtime in the Atlantic 10.
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While the Men Hokies cruise to a win over Duquense at the Cassell.
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The last Virginia Legislative session before the calendar hits 2000 is wrapping up.
And, the race for control of the state house for the next century is already underway.
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Ellen Qualls is at the capital. What is left to be done?
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Seniors at Virginia Military Institute want the G-man to send them out into the world.
Upperclassmen have chosen Watergate burgler G. Gordon Liddy as their commencement speaker.
Liddy, a former army officer, is now an outspoken conservative radio talk show host.
He's scheduled to speak on May fifteenth.
Liddy was the cadet's second choice.
Their first was Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who cast the lone vote against forcing VMI to admit women.


Scalia declined the invitation.


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Before graduation, the senior class must fulfill its obligations to make this year's rats the official "Class of 2002"
But this year's version of the ritual known as "Breakout" took on a new--and extended--format. David Johnson was there.
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(( Since 1982, "Breakout" for the "rat mass" always meant climbing a muddy hill. It usually took three to four hours--after which the rats officially earned the category of being a "Class".
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((RUNNING AND SINGING)) [RUNS02] But the senior cadets, who determine what breakout consists of, wanted to do something a little different for the "Class of 2002".
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((JASON BERG/REGIMENTAL COMMANDER; WHAT OUR CLASS DECIDED ON WAS........REAL SENSE OF COMPLETION.)) [RUNS12]
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Over a 48-hour period, the rats are mentally and physically challenged with a series of activities, including an obstacle course, wall climbing and running--among other things.
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((SHOUTING BY AN UPPERCLASSMAN TO A RAT.)) [RUNS03] It's designed to teach the underclassmen teamwork. If they fail at any task, the rats must motivate themselves to get it right.
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((COUNTING AS THEY DO PUSHUPS.)) [RUNS02] The seniors organize, coordinate and supervise the "graduation" portion of rat training. They have no problem making this class wait more than two days--instead of four hours-- to reach that goal.
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((EZRA CLARK/CLASS OF '99 PRESIDENT; THIS IS A LOT MORE PHYSICAL.....TAKING IT A LITTLE FARTHER.)) [RUNS15]
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[STAND-UP/00:25:26] ((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; TO COMPLETE THE TRADITIONAL THEME, THE BREAKOUT CEREMONY WILL CULMINATE TOMORROW WITH AN 18-MILE MARCH FROM HARRISONBURG TO NEW MARKET. THERE THE RATS WILL RE-ENACT THE CHARGE ACROSS THE NEW MARKET BATTLEFIELD, WHERE IN 1864, TEN CADETS LOST THEIR LIVES. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7, LEXINGTON.)) [RUNS16]))

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The Lady Hokies of Virginia Tech needed overtime to advance to the semi finals of the Atlantic 10 tournament in Philadelphia.
Lisa Witherspoon missed the game because of back spasms but Amy Wetzel filled in at the point and scored 22 as Tech beats Dayton 73 to 72 in three overtimes.
Michelle Housewright scored 16 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the Hokie win.

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Winthrop will represent the Big South in the N-C-A-A tournament. This afternoon in Asheville, The Eagles knocked off Radford 86 to 74.
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Ron Bradley and his Highlanders hoping to defend their tournament championship.
And Jason Williams hit two jumpers early in the first half and Radford would take a 5 point lead at the break.
The Eagles began their run halfway through the second half Heson Groves with the jam to tie the game at 51 to 51.


Moments later Winthrop would take the lead when Robby Waltrop keys a 17 to 4 run with this basket.
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The Highlanders would rally near the end of the half Lesile Ballard hitting the three pointer Radford trailed by one but Winthrop holds on for the 86 to 74 win.
Despite being picked to finish last in the conference.
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The men Hokies played their final regular season game at the Cassell hosting Duquesne.
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Tech Coach Bobby Hussey calling out a play to his Hokies.
And the Hokies responded as Andre Ray steps back and nails this three pointer giving Tech a four point lead in the first half.
Duquesne would come back with a jumper of its own but still trailed by two points 19 to 17.
Then Tech went to the big men. Russ Wheeler steps out at the free throw line and hits this jumper Tech would go up by four again.
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And Roland Roberts takes to the hoop along the baseline and scores the hoop and Tech goes on to win it 81 to 60.


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