Hello Eric Wallace,
Thank you for using our services.
Unfortunately the result you are looking for is not present in the functionality out of the box. The Basic tab which you see on a regular News View control is a separate class - a control designer. This class interacts with the news view by setting its properties. What you can do would be to create your own control designer for your user control and make it set properties of the news view control. For example the categories selector is setting the FilterExpression property of News View by adding a filter for the selected categories. More information on how to create control designers can be found here
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