[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Several students are injured in a school bus accident in Bedford County.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And police investigate a fatal fire in a Boston suburb that killed five family members.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Bus-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#99-41 TC1:00:00]
[GRAPHIC=Bus Accident]


A school bus accident this morning in Bedford County sent a dozen elementary school students and thier bus driver to the hospital.
Some of them apparently suffered broken bones, but none of the injuries appear to be life threatening.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and JoeD/Microwave]


Joe Dashiell is at Stewartsville Elementary school where the wreck caused some anxious moments this morning.
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[SUPER=01-Janet Oakes/School Volunteer; :10]
[SUPER=01-Cindy McCoy/Witness; :32]
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[OUT Q=bookbags of their classmates.]




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[Double Boxes=Melanie and JoeD/Microwave]



[Travel]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Holiday Travel]


A record number of travelers will take to the roads and sky today.
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[VO-NAT]


The American Automobile Association says some 34 million people will travel by car-- another 20 million on planes.

[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The Roanoke Regional Airport will have extra staff on hand to handle the large crowds.
Some things to remember-- your photo I-D, pack lightly and place wrapped gifts in your checked bags.
Parking will be at a premium.
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[IN Q=Have your friends]

((JACQUELINE L. SHUCK/AIRPORT MANAGER: HAVE YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY DROP YOU OFF IF AT ALL POSSIBLE THAT WAY WE WILL HAVE PARKING FOR THOSE WHO HAVE COME 60 MILES.))
[SUPER=01-Jacqueline Shuck/Airport Manager; ]
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[OUT Q=come 60 miles]
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[VO-NAT]


Law enforcement will be on lookout for speeders and aggressive drivers.
There's also a national campaign underway to make sure kids are buckled up.
Roanoke city police will have check points set up around the city.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Motor vehicle]

((SHELLY ALLEY/EDUC. AND INFO. SPECIALIST: MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES ARE THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN CHILDREN 5 TO 14 YEARS OLD AND SO IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THAT CHILD IS BUCKLED UP AND BUCKLED UP CORRECTLY.))
[SUPER=01-Shelly Alley/Roanoke City Police; ]
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[VO-NAT]


The best tip from officials: no matter what your destination or mode of travel, allow plenty of time to get there.

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[ANCHOR=MElanie]
[SS=HOLD]


One bright spot during the holiday travel season-- drivers in Virginia will enjoy the best rest stops in the country.
That's what truckers said in an Overdrive Magazine survey.
Georgia came in second and Wyoming won the award for best views.

[Star]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=None]
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Roanoke should be able to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Mill Mountain Star with style tonight.
Fire officials say they're going to let the fireworks display go on as scheduled.
There was some concern that it would be too dangerous and might start a brush fire.
But the recent rain and light winds have eased that threat.
If conditions change, though, the display could end up being scrubbed.
The 50th anniversary festivities get underway at dark tonight, at Williamson Road and Church Avenue.

[Clinton-home]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
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President Clinton is back home after a ten-day European trip capped by a visit to Kosovo.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Andrew AFB, MD;]

[3:10:17]
The president returned to Washington late last night.
The five nation trip included a new conventional arms treaty for Europe.
But his visit to Greece triggered violent anti-American demonstrations.
The President and his family will spend Thanksgiving day at Camp David.
First Lady Hillary Clinton, who accompanied the President
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[WIPE/WIPE/WIPE]

[Hillary-Senate]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]

throughout most of the trip, returned home early and yesterday made the unofficial announcement that she will run for the U.S. Senate from New York.
She also said she will begin to curtail her duties as first lady and will be moving to her new home outside Manhattan as soon as the Secret Service gives her the green light.
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[IN Q=I should add I will make...]

((HILLARY: I SHOULD ADD I WILL MAKE A FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT AFTER THE FIRST OF THE YEAR. CHARLES COOK, EDITOR , THE COOK REPORT. "THEY'VE HAD SO MANY MISHAPS THESE LAST FEW WEEKS, THAT THERE WAS SO MUCH DOUBT OUT THERE SHE HAD TO MOVE AND SHE HAD TO MOVE DECISIVELY. SHE DIDN'T HAVE ANY CHOICE. ))
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[VO-NAT]


The worst misstep ...While on recent visit to the middle East Mrs. Clinton sat silent as the wife of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat launched a verbal attack on Israeli security forces.
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[Fatal-fire]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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Five people are dead in a house fire in Massachusetts.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynn, MA;]

[10:06:49]
It happened at about five this morning in a Boston suburb.
A family member who escaped said he tried to rescue the others but was driven back by heavy flames.
The fire chief says the house was quickly engulfed and then flames spread to a neighboring home.
Everyone in that home got out safely.
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause.
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[helicopter-crash]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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Two people are dead and two more injured after an Army National Guard helicopter crashes in New York.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Ronkonkoma, NY/Last Night;]

[3:05:16]
It slammed into the ground last night while attempting to land at a Long Island airport.
The first victim died of a heart attack at the scene.
The other was declared dead at a nearby hospital.
The two survivors are listed in critical condition.
The Army is investigating the incident.
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[Ramdass]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=VA Death Penalty]


Just three hours before he was to become the 14-th inmate executed in Virginia this year, the U-S Supreme Court stepped in and halted the proceeding.
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[TAKE FS GRAPHIC]
The high court's stay last night for Bobby Lee Ramdass (RAM-dass) will remain in effect until the court decides whether to hear his appeal.
Ramdass shot and killed a Fairfax store clerk in 1992.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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His appeal is based partly on the fact that the jury didn't know the only alternative to the death sentence would have been life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The Roanoke County Health department is almost ready to fully open for business in its temporary home.
That's just one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And a small town band gets ready to march in New York's Thanksgiving Day parade while a former member fights for her life.
First, let's talk to Patrick Evans about our wet holiday forecast.
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[Brick-band]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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The woman hit in the head with a brick last week in New York City is slowly beginning to speak.
Twenty seven year old Nicole Barett was struck by a homeless man in an apparent random act.
The attacker is still on the loose.
Barett's family will spend Thanksgiving by her hospital bed.
Meantime, some of her friends from her hometown in Texas are offering support as they prepare to March in the Macy's parade.
Dana Adams reports.
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[6:05]
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((April Mendilla
(i love it...it's so nice to be someplace that you've never been before)

BACK WHEN NICOLE BARRETT WAS A CADET IN 19-91, SHE PROBABLY HAD THE SAME STARRY EYED LOOK...IT WAS HER FIRST TIME IN NEW YORK CITY AND SHE FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. ENOUGH TO MOVE HERE ALMOST SEVEN YEARS LATER. RIGHT ON 8TH AVENUE...AS THE BAND AND CADETS FROM HER HOMETOWN OF ATHENS, TEXAS PRACTICED FOR THE THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE...THEY WERE PERFORMING WITH THEIR HEARTS...IN FACT THEY'RE DEDICATING THEIR MARCH IN THE PARADE TO NICOLE. Jackie Perez
(she is a Cardett sister and a cardett for life...and we were really sad to hear what happened because it could have ha

ppened to anybody. but everybody is supporting us and we're glad we could be up here to dedicate this to her because we know it would mean a lot to her.) ROBBIE ROBERTSON COVERS HOMETOWN SCHOOLS FOR THE ATHENS PAPER...HE'S KNOWN NICOLE AND HER FAMILY FOR YEARS...HE'S FOLLOWED HER BROTHER SCOTT PLAYING FOOTBALL...TO NICOLE WHEN SHE WAS A CARDETT robby robertson/athens daily review
(every time i ever went to the high school and had any kind of contact with her, she was very upbeat about everything..

.i never saw her down or out about anything...so swat did you think when you heard the news...oh just devastated our whole entire staff and city just really mourned for what happened) NOW THE SMALL TOWN OF ABOUT 12-THOUSAND IS PRAYING FOR HER...AND THIS GROUP WILL BE WEARING PURPLE RIBBONS FOR NICOLE ON THANKSGIVING DAY...WISHING HER A FULL AND FAST RECOVERY. jenny dickenson
(i hope she gets better...we're all praying for her)

Reporting for CBS...I'm Dana Adams, NY.))

[E-Carroll-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=tha]
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She's only 15 years old, but a Carroll County girl will be tried as an adult for allegedly shooting her grandfather in the head as he slept.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Galax/July 9;]


A judge made the decision yesterday-- after listening to the state's evidence which included Robin Martin's confession.
The 15-year old told authorities she shot her grandfather with a 12- gauge shotgun back in July because he was keeping her away from one of her friends.
Prosecutor Greg Goad will seek a first degree murder indictment-- when the case goes before a grand jury next month.
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[E-VA-Prisons]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=equ]
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Virginia has too many prison beds and not enough prisoners.
But the governor who oversaw Virginia's prison building boom says we shouldn't worry-
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chesterfield Co.;]

George Allen made the comment.
It came a day after House budget analysts said 44 hundred empty prison beds and the end of several contracts to house out-of-state prisoners mean the state could see a 74 million dollar shortfall in its prison budget.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: YOU CAN WORRY ABOUT ALL OF THAT. MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THE VIOLENT CRIME RATE IN VIRGINIA IS DOWN TO THE LOWEST LEVEL IT'S BEEN IN 24 YEARS. AND VIRGINIANS ARE LEADING SAFER LIVES.))
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[TALENT=Melanie]
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The out-of-state prisoner contracts had helped fund the new prisons at Sussex II and Wallen's Ridge, as well as an older prison in Chesapeake.
The Gilmore adminstration says the beds will be filled and the budget gap made up.

[E-Higher-Ed]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-47 18:16]
[GRAPHIC=Va. College Funding]


Money for state colleges was also on Gilmore's mind.
The Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission unveiled a sweeping plan yesterday for just how state colleges should be funded and run.
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[VO-NAT]


Six year Institutional Performance Agreements would be forged between the universities and the state.
A base funding figure would be set... and then colleges could earn more money by meeting certain performance goals.

The tuition freeze would be extended to keep colleges affordable, and more financial aid would be offered to students.
But the colleges would be pressured to make sure they're doing as much private fundraising as they can.
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[E-Vinton-Collapse]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tfl]
[TAPE#=99-45 52:07]
[GRAPHIC=None]

The Roanoke County Health Department in Vinton will reopen at its new location at eight Monday morning, but nurses are already seeing some patients.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Vinton; ]


Flu shots are administered in the old teacher lounge, and environmental health managers are becoming carpenters to adjust to using the old Roland E-Cook elementary school as a temporary health department.
Health workers plan to keep shop at the school for about three to six months.
The public should use the Jefferson Street entrance.
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[E-Kroger]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-46 23:43]
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Kroger's new discount card is lowering prices but raising a few concerns.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Kroger has been touting its new Shopper's Card in the last couple of weeks.
It gives you discounts on food ... but also gives Kroger a list of what you like ... information Kroger says is confidential.
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[SOT 19:28:31 //// 19:19:23:59]
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((KROGER CUSTOMER: THE TRADEOFF IS THEY KEEP TRACK OF EVERYTHING THAT I'M DOING IN THE STORE. AND THAT SOUNDS LIKE AN INVASION OF YOUR PRIVACY. //////////ARCHIE FRALIN/KROGER: WE ABSOLUTELY AS WE SAY ON THE APPLICATION WON'T SHARE THE INFORMATION OR RELEASE THE CUSTOMER'S NAME TO ANYBODY.))
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[VO-NAT]


Kroger says it's keeping other discounts on top of the card -- like double coupons.
The store says it can afford the promotions because it keeps attracting more customers.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The City of Lights is lit up for the new millenium.
That's still ahead on News-7 at noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And Harry and Troy prepare for a Presidential pardon.
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[Paris-preps]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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France is already getting ready for the New Year.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Paris, France;]

[10:09:47]
These days the city of lights is living up to its name.
All of the 36 bridges in Paris were lit up last night as part of its pre-millenium celebrations.
The lights-- will stay switched on even after January first.
The special lighting will cost the city around 13 MILLION dollars.
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[turkeys]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Thanksgiving]


Big and small...turkeys are making their way into American homes this week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wilmar, MN;]

[3:34:33]
Harry and Troy are two that won't have to put up their drumsticks.
Harry is this year's official national Thanksgiving bird.
Troy is his backup.
In a rose garden ceremony in about an hour President Clinton will issue a presidential pass and spare Harry the Thanksgiving Day Ax and he and Troy will spend the rest of their days at a petting zoo.
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[Stocks]


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


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


Still to come in sports, several area college football players win All American honors, and
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[VO-NAT ]

the Roanoke Express returned to their home ice and put visiting Charlotte in check.
Patrick has the highlights from the Roundhouse, next.
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[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
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[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sp-46 tc 1:16:14]
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The Roanoke Express had won three in a row when the Charlotte Checkers came to town last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Checkers vs. Express;]


And the fans in attendance were hoping to see that streak stretched to four at the expense of the six and eight Charlotte Checkers.
Fans weren't disappointed as the home team came out of the blocks shooting. Charlotte keeper Derek Wilkinson knocks away the first attempt, but Joe Murphy ends up with the puck front and center. The shot is good for the score.
The Express again on the offensive, Tim Christian does an end around of sorts and slips it by Charlotte's keeper one more time.
[super=38-Charlotte/2/Roanoke/7;]


Roanoke jumped out to a five to nothing lead by the end of the first period and gets its fourth straight win beating the Charlotte Checkers 7-to-2.
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[S-HARMER]


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[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dal]
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The Express played last night's game without captain Duane Harmer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Harmer was called up to the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League.
He's expected to miss at least four games with Roanoke.
Harmer leads Roanoke in scoring with 16 points on four goals and 12 assists.
He spent time in A-H-L last season with the Lowell Lock Monsters and Providence Bruins.
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[S-AllAmerica]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=VT Football]


The national honors keep coming in for area college football players.
Virginia Tech's defensive end Corey Moore has been named to the Football News All American team and is a finalist for the magazine's Defensive Player of the Year Award.
[ss=UVA Football]


Virginia tailback Thomas Jones is also a Football News first team All American and finalist for Offensive player of the year.

[S-Clair]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-57 12:13]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Football News has also named former William Fleming star John St. Clair to its second team.
The U-V-A offensive lineman has been voted the most outstanding blocker in the A-C-C as well.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville; :00]


Thanks in part to his efforts as a center, the Cavaliers have won four of their last five, and with seven wins, are guaranteed a bowl bid.
Thomas Jones is averaging over 150 yards a game and St. Clair has not only been there to snap the ball, but he has also opened big holes for his Heisman Trophy teammate.
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[IN Q="He may be]

((GEORGE WELSH/UVA HEAD COACH:))
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[VO-NAT]


Number 50 received his Bachelors Degree this past May and is completing this season as a first year graduate student.
While he has the smarts to excel off the field, his sites are set on the NFL.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="I always]

((JOHN ST. CLAIR/UVA SENIOR CENTER:))
[SUPER=01-John St. Clair/UVa Senior Center; :00]
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[OUT Q=...next level"]
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[OCain]


[ANCHOR=PAtrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=College Football]


N-C State is looking for a new football coach this afternoon.
Mike O'Cain was fired this morning.
The Wolfpack has lost five or more games in all but one season under O'Cain. Maybe even worse for State fans, he lost all seven games he's coached against U-N-C.