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Around a thousand people came out for a celebration rally to honor the Big East Champions and to cheer them on to the national championship.
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Joy Sutton was there for the Hokie hype.
What's going on right now?
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Q & A:
Joy: Why did you feel it was important to have this rally here tonight?

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A major announcement out of Richmond today could boost the economies of Southwest and Southside Virginia.
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Governor Gilmore wants to give tobacco farmers 107 MILLION dollars, from national tobacco settlement money.
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But those numbers are getting smaller every year.
Gilmore would also like to set aside 69- MILLION dollars to boost technology-related programs at colleges in tobacco communities.
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Radford University would also receive 5 million dollars under the Governor's plan.
Longwood, the University of Virginia's College at Wise, and Southwest Virginia Community College would also receive substantial funds.
Gilmore's proposals must be approved by the legislature and a state commission before taking effect.

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A gas leak brings a stop to some traffic in the Roanoke Valley today.
We'll have details.
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Plus the spirit of giving is more than just an idea for one local company's employees.
This year marks nearly four decades that they've made it a reality.
The story, coming up.
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It's the season for giving -- and some local workers are doing just that.
They're donating their time and money to make this holiday a little brighter for the less fortunate in our area.
Joy Sutton has the story.
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(( For the past 15 years the Gardner family has been delivering boxes of food to needy families in the Roanoke Valley during the holiday season.
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((DANN GARDNER:I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S IMPORTANT TO ME AND MY WHOLE FAMILY IS THIS GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO HELP SOME FOLKS WHO REALLY NEED HELP AND THE BOX OF FOOD IS SOMETHING THAT CAN SUSTAIN THE FOLKS THAT GET THIS. THEY USE ALL THE FOOD))
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The Gardners have joined dozens of other General Electric Employees and Retirees and their families in distributing 350 boxes filled with 36-thousand pounds of food to the elderly and less fortunate.
And this holiday gift is something Venice Blair says she definitely needs.
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((VENICE BLAIR: I DON'T GET OUT BUT ONCE A MONTH AND GO TO THE STORE AND GET A LITTLE BIT OF STUFF, I'M ON SOCIAL SECURITY AND I DON'T GET TOO MUCH OF THAT, PAYING HOSPITAL BILLS AND THINGS))
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Inside the boxes are a variety of non-perishable food items -- and enough food to last for several weeks.
Much of the food was donated by local merchants -or purchased from money given by more than 30 businesses.
This holiday giving is a tradition for General Electric employees - dating back 37 years.
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((DICK STANFIELD/GE EMPLOYEE: EVERY YEAR WE TRY TO DO SOMETHING FOR THE COMMUNITY. THE FOLKS HERE ARE VERY BLESSED AS YOU WELL KNOW, AND WE JUST WANT TO HAVE SOME OUTREACH TO FAMILIES AND THE PEOPLE IN THE VALLEY WHO NEED SOME HELP))
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GE employees hope this is one tradition that continues for years to come.
Joy Sutton, News 7.))






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And coming up in sports, Radford hosted James Madison at the Dedmon Center this afternoon. The Hokie football team was honored today in Blacksburg.
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And Hokie quarterback Michael Vick has a front row seat at tonight's Heisman presentation.
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The Virginia Tech-Liberty men's basketball game took a backseat to the Hokie football team this afternoon.
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At halftime coach Frank Beamer received the Big East Coach of the Year Trophy and the team took possession of the conference championship cup.
The loudest cheer of the day was for defensive end Corey Moore who invited the crowd down to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl--the final step in Tech's national championship march.
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The Tech basketball team put on a show as well. The ball ends up in Tony Dobbins' hands and the shot is good for two.
Liberty kept the game in reach. Carl Williams makes the steal then weaves his way down the court for the score. He had a game high 22 on the day.
Hokie Jon Smith finds the ball under the hoop. The Slam gives Tech the seven point advantage.
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But the Flames cook the Hokies 62-to-61. Tech is four and three. Liberty ups its record to six and one.
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After a night in the "Big Apple" Virginia Tech Quarterback Michael Vick is awaiting tonight's presentation of the Heisman Trophy.
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Vick was the center of attention yesterday at the Roanoke Regional Airport as he prepared to board the plane heading to New York.
Vick says he hopes Ron Dayne wins the award and he also gave praise to Florida State wide receiver Peter Warwick who was not invited to the ceremony.
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Vick and Dayne will be joined by Marshall's Chad Pennington, Drew Brees and Georgia Tech's Joe Hamilton at tonight's presentation.
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