The ball is now in Virginia Tech's court--
After the A-C-C decided to invite the university in, Tech officials are trying to figure out a game plan.
A live update, is straight ahead.
And Chapter 11 is now HISTORY for the National D- Day Memorial.
Showers and storms will once again develop as we head through the afternoon. Is the weekend still looking nice. I'll let you know in your forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
It's what Virginia Tech has always wanted, now the university may be next to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The A-C-C presidents decided yesterday to reconsider the Hokies in their expansion plans, along with Miami, Syracuse and Boston College.
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New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens joins us now with reaction from Tech.
Kimberly, university officials released a statement this morning,
And they kept it short and sweet..
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It says that Virginia Tech has NOT been extended an offer, either formally or informally, to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.
We do not know if one is forthcoming. We are not in a position to comment on news reports. We have heard of many what-if scenarios, but we can not comment on rumors, innuendos, and intimations.
The expansion plans are the work of the ACC and we have to wait and see what the ACC wants to do.
However, I spoke with Pulaski board of visitors member Rodman Layman over the phone earlier, and he says if the invitation stands, he wished it would've come two months ago.
He says Tech has tried hard NOT to come off as beggars or pleaders, but it has wanted to be apart of the A-C-C for the last 50-years.
He says he knows before, the football team just wasn't good enough, but after things started to change, and they watched other schools become apart of the conference, they started to wonder, What's going on? Why haven't we gotten an invitation?
But Layman says the last thing Tech wants to do is make any harsh decisions and end up not being apart of any conference.
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But, Kimberly President Steger is expected to speak with members of the Board
today to gauge their feelings on whether the university should accept the offer.
The National D-Day Memorial is officially out of bankruptcy.
A federal judge this morning released the foundation from chapter eleven.
The Memorial still owes about three and a half million dollars to its major creditors, but has worked out a plan to repay that money within the next five years.
Foundation president Bill Macintosh said today at least one major donor has been waiting for the memorial to be out of bankruptcy before announcing his gift.
After two nights of rioting in Benton Harbor, Michigan, the street were mostly quiet overnight, except for an arson and one arrest.
As Elizabeth Sanchez tells us, the weather and a massive turnout by police helped keep the peace.
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((THE STREETS OF BENTON HARBOR, MICHIGAN ARE QUIET THIS MORNING. HEAVY
RAIN....OVERWHELMING POLICE PRESENCE AND A CURFEW FOR MINORS...ARE ALL
BEING CREDITED WITH KEEPING THE PEACE FOLLOWING TWO NIGHTS OF UNREST.
"BUT I CAN GUARANTEE YOU, IF IT DIDN'T RAIN, AND IT WAS STILL HOT OUT
HERE, IT WOULD BE GOING DOWN.
MORE THAN 100 STATE TROOPERS WERE ON PATROL TO MAKE SURE THAT DIDN'T
HAPPEN...ESPECIALLY IN AREAS POLICE CALL "HOT SPOTS."
RIOTS IN THE MOSTLY BLACK CITY ERUPTED MONDAY AFTER A MOTORCYCLIST
CRASHED WHILE HE WAS BEING CHASED BY WHITE POLICE OFFICERS. TOWN
OFFICIALS HAVE PROMISED TO RE-EXAMINE THEIR POLICY ON HIGH SPEED
CHASES...BUT THAT WASN'T ENOUGH TO STOP ANGRY RESIDENTS FROM SETTING
FIRES AND THROWING ROCKS AT POLICE OFFICERS.
BUT AFTER 2 NIGHTS OF CHAOS AND MANY CALLS FOR RESTRAINT...REASON
REPLACED ANGER AT LEAST FOR ONE NIGHT... IN THIS TOWN OF 12 THOUSAND.
"IT'S ALL QUIET.
POLICE NOW BELIEVE THE WORST IS OVER.
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"WELL TONIGHT WILL TELL US WHETHER WE NEED TO CONTINUE THE MASSIVE BUILD
UP OR NOT, OR IF WE CAN SCALE BACK SLIGHTLY, BUT WILL WILL MAINTAIN A
PRESENCE PROBABLY THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK."
Amid U-S led efforts, peace is still nearly impossible to come by in the Middle East.
Israeli soldiers-- in compliance with the road map to peace-- ran into strong resistance today, as they attempted to dismantle a West Bank settlement outpost.
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Meanwhile, a suicide attack in northern Israel today left two people dead.
Officials say a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in a grocery store, along with the store owner.
After the attack, a senior Israeli official says if the Palestinian Authority doesn't take immediate action, it will be impossible to continue the peace process.
More fatal attacks on U-S troops in Iraq.
A military spokesman says a rocket- propelled grenade was fired at a U- S military ambulance today, killing one American soldier and injuring two others.
Meanwhile, just south of Baghdad, Iraqis apparently ambushed a military truck, setting it on fire.
Three U-S soldiers were reportedly killed.
Eyewitnesses say the U-S military immediately removed the bodies.
Roanoke police are looking for a suspect who got away yesterday.
Officers attempted to pull a car over near Highland Park on a suspected drug violation.
One of the people fled the scene and eventually jumped into the Roanoke River near the 5-81 bridge in Smyth Park.
Officers pursued the suspect but could not catch him.
It is believed he got out of the river near the Pizza Hut behind Towers Mall.
Police are not releasing any other details.
They say the suspect is still on the loose.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll see what it took to bring one of the world's wealthiest fugitives back to America.
Also domestic guru Martha Stewart was back in court this morning. We'll tell you why after the break.
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It's not a "good thing" for Martha Stewart, as she arrived in a Manhattan court today.
But the weather helped the domestic diva avoid the press.
Stewart used an umbrella as her FIRST line of defense.
Drew Levinson has more on how defense attorneys are also attempting to shield her from a list of charges.
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WITH A CRUSH OF CAMERAS SET TO CAPTURE HER ARRIVAL....MARTHA STEWART
ENTERED FEDERAL COURT -- AGAIN FACING THE PUBLIC EYE THAT'S BEEN FOCUSED
ON HER FOR MONTHS.
TWO WEEKS AFTER BEING INDICTED FOR SECURITIES FRAUD, STEWART AND HER
BROKER...PETER BACANOVIC WERE ORDERED INTO COURT -- AS BOTH SIDES
PREPARE FOR TRIAL -- SOMETHING STEWART IS HOPING TO AVOID. LAWYERS FOR
THE DOMESTIC DIVA ARE BUSY DRAFTING MOTIONS -- INCLUDING ONE TO DISMISS
THE CHARGES AGAINST HER. STEWART AND PETER BACANOVIC, HAVE PLEADED
INNOCENT....to FRAUD, CONSPIRACY AND OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE CHARGES --
THEY GO TO PRISON IF CONVICTED.
(nats...martha stewart living)
THE FEDS LAUNCHED THE INVESTIGATION AFTER STEWART SOLD 4-THOUSAND SHARES
OF IMCLONE SYSTEMS STOCK... NOT ILLEGAL...BUT SHE DUMPED IT JUST BEFORE
THE GOVERNMENT RELEASED INFORMATION THAT SENT THE STOCK TUMBLING.
THE COMPANY'S FOUNDER, SAM WAKSAL, PLEADED GUILTY TO INSIDER
TRADING...BUT NEVER SUGGESTED STEWART -- A LONGTIME FRIEND OF HIS -- DID
(nats...martha stewart living)
THE HIGH-PROFILE STOCK SCANDAL HAS ALREADY TARNISHED STEWART'S IMAGE --
SHE RESIGNED AS CHAIRWOMAN AND CEO OF MARTHA STEWART LIVING OMNIMEDIA
HOURS AFTER SHE WAS INDICTED..
AND EACH HIGH-PROFILE COURT APPEARANCE SEEMS TO MAGNIFY STEWART'S
TROUBLES - AS SHE TRIES TO WIN IN THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION.
STANDUP: TO COME:
An early morning explosion at a Texas refinery has left one person seriously burned.
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It took crews several hours to contain the blaze.
Officials say there is no danger to the surrounding community, and all employees have been accounted for.
The facility is involved in the refinery of petro-chemical products for Sunoco, which provides gasoline to thousands of retail outlets in 23 states.
It also produces petrochemicals that are used in the manufacturing of plastics, fibers, and film.
After five months on the run, convicted rapist Andrew Luster could soon be back on American soil.
The heir to the Max Factor cosmetics fortune was captured yesterday in Mexico, where he'd been staying in a 34- dollar- a night motel next door to a police station.
Hattie Kauffman reports.
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ANDREW LUSTER IS ONCE AGAIN IN CUSTODY .. HE WAS NABBED FIRST BY
A BOUNTY HUNTER.. NAMED DUANE "DOG" CHAPMAN.
(TRACK) CHAPMAN TRAVELLED TO PUERTO VALLARTA WHEN HE SAW THE SAME
TOURIST PHOTOS AN AMERICAN COUPLE HAD TURNED OVER TO THE FBI.
(MAEVE PROSECUTOR) Mr. Luster was up to his usual tricks. People
sitting around in a party atmosphere. Everybody was lookin pretty
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(TRACK) A PLAYBOY MILLIONAIRE, LUSTER IS THE GREAT GRANDSON AND HEIR OF
THE COSMETICS LEGEND MAX FACTOR. (good old max factor video) LUSTER WAS
PUT ON TRIAL AFTER SEVERAL WOMEN SAID HE KNOCKED THEM OUT WITH THE DRUG
-GHB- AND THEN RAPED THEM.
(SOT-from trial describing losing consiousness, etc)All of a sudden I
needed to lie down, it was very confusing.
(TRACK) THE MOST DAMAGING EVIDENCE AGAINST LUSTER CAME FROM HIS OWN
HAND, HE VIDEOTAPED THE ASSAULTS.
(SOT from rape video) there's nothing I like better than a passed out
(TRACK) SINCE GHB ERASES MEMORY, SOME OF HIS VICTIMS DID NOT KNOW THEY'D
BEEN ASSAULTED UNTIL DETECTIVES SHOWED THEM THE PICTURES.
(SOT TANYA ) He showed me a still so I could identify myself. the part
they showed me I was still dressed. I was wearing the outfit I had on
the first night I met him.
(TRACK) IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW, LUSTER TOLD 48 HOURS CORRESPONDENT
TROY ROBERTS, THERE WAS NO RAPE.
(SOT-48 HOURS) All of the sex was consenual.
(TRACK) POLICE HAD CONFISCATED DOZENS OF VIDEOTAPES FROM LUSTER'S BEACH
SIDE HOME, BUT THE JURY NEVER GOT TO HEAR FROM THE DEFENDENT. HE
DISAPPEARED IN THE MIDDLE OF HIS TRIAL. LUSTER WAS CONVICTED IN
(SOT we the jury find luster guilty)
(TRACK) HIS SENTENCE: 124 YEARS FOR MULTIPLE COUNTS OF RAPE, POISONING
AND DRUG POSSESION.
(SOT-MAEVE PROSECUTOR ) I feel very good about the fact that Mr. Luster
is going to spend the rest of his life where he belongs, which is in a
(TRACK) LUSTER'S ATTORNEY HAD FILED FOR AN APPEAL EVEN THOUGH HIS CLIENT
WAS ON THE RUN.
(SOT- DIAMOND ) I didn't talk to him when he was gone, I've had no
communication with him at all, But I have taken legal steps to protect
(TRACK) IN ANOTHER STRANGE TWIST, THE BOUNTY HUNTERS THEMSELVES NOW FACE
CHARGES... BECAUSE IN MEXICO BOUNTY HUNTING IS ILLEGAL.
(SOT-BETH, WIFE OF CHAPMAN)
(TRACK) FOR LUSTER THE PARTY IS OVER... WHICH MUST BRING SOME COMFORT
TO HIS VICTIMS.
sot beth- the reward is when tanya doe called us this morning and said
thanks, i can sleep tonight cause i know andrew luster is behind bars.))
That was Hattie Kauffman reporting.
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Next on the newscast, a rained out show is rescheduled for Roanoke.
Also a woman with dozens of dogs and cats is told she must do something about her living conditions and soon.
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The city of Roanoke is telling a woman with 57 dogs she must do something about her pets.
Caroline Laprad got a letter from the city attorney's office yesterday telling her she has 30 days to "remedy the problem."
Laprad's neighbors have complained for years about the smells and noise.
City laws limit homeowners to four dogs.
Laprad says she plans to take her dogs and move, but she hasn't been able to find a new place that will accept them.
The city says if Laprad doesn't comply with the law OR move in 30 days, it will take "whatever action" is necessary.
Bibleman's performance during the Southwest Virginia Festival with Franklin Graham was cut short last month because of rain, but he's coming back and rain won't be an issue this time.
The Franklin Graham Festival organization is bringing Bibleman back into town, but this time he'll perform at the Roanoke Civic Center.
The performance is scheduled for September 6th at 11 A-M and is free of charge.
Bibleman is played by actor Willie Aames, who produced the show after deciding that children need an exciting Christian role model.
During the 1980's, Aames also played roles in the television shows "Charles in Charge" and "Eight is Enough."
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 78 points. The NASDAQ has lost 13.
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coming up in sports...
NASCAR makes it official as it announces it next multi million dollar deal.
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In sports today, Nascar is officially going wireless.
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((BILL FRANCE, JR./NASCAR CEO: TODAY, NASCAR TAKES ANOTHER GIANT STEP FOR THE FUTURE OF THE SPORT. ON BEHALF OF NASCAR DRIVERS, TEAMS, TRACKS, SPONSORS, AND 75 MILLION FANS, ITS AN HONOR FOR ME TO WELCOME NEXTEL AS A NEW TITLE SPONSOR OF OUR PREMIUM SERIES.))
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After 32 years with Winston, Nascar has selected Nextel as its title sponsor.
Nextel has signed a 10-year agreement with Nascar that begins next year.
It will promote the "Nascar Nextel Cup" Series, which covers stock car racing's premiere circuit.
Limits on tobacco marketing and financial obligations forced R-J Reynolds to step down as chief Nascar sponsor.
Reynolds was partnered with Nascar since 1971.
Legendary golfer Sam Snead passed away last May at the age of 90.
But his legacy lives on, with the construction of a new golf course that bears his name in Greenbrier, West Virginia.
Steve Mason has the story.
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((The 18 hole, par 71 seven thousand yard course is nestled in the blue ridge mountains in White Sulfur Springs West Virginia. And while the course is still under construction, it is quite clear this course is quickly taking on some very distinct characteristics of its name
sake, Slammin Sammy Snead.
The course was designed by famous golf architect Tom Fazio. It will also have the touch of Sam's son Jack, who carries on his fathers name in his own golf course design work from his home in Hot Springs.
The Snead will be a private club with a membership initiation fee of 95 thousand bucks. Dolan, Pollak and Schram Development is building 500 lots around the course and 200 of them have already been purchased. Many of the buyers were sold on the chance to play on a course with a big name.
This is the Greenbrier's fourth course and it will showcase the areas natural landscape. Many holes will have five tee boxes and the elevation changes will make the course challenging but not playable to the ordinary hacker. Just the way Sam Snead would have wanted it.))
There are some impressive new structures towering over an area in Germany, near the remains of the Berlin Wall.
But they probably won't last that long.
That's because they're all made of sand.
It's one of the main features of the first- ever International Sand Sculptures Festival.
17- sand artists have until Sunday to finish their projects, and then a jury will pick a winner.
Participants can mold anything or ANYONE they want-- as long as the finished creation is at least 13- feet high.
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