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Coming up on News 7-
A massive walkout at one local plant. Nearly 600 workers hit the picket line this afternoon.
An armed robbery in a Roanoke restaurant parking lot.
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And another ACC President's phone call today. The latest on that plus what one former Tech player thinks of it all.
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Tonight in sports, we'll try to make sense of the ACC's expansion plan, plus the NHL loses one of its own, and

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Ted Musgrave wins the O'Reilly 200 Truck Race in Memphis.
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Nearly 600 union employees at ITT Nightvision go on strike after rejecting a company contract offer.
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Good evening, I'm Jadhon in for Teresa Hamilton.

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The union contract with ITT Nightvision Workers expired just after midnight. Negotiations with local 162 carried on until two AM, but so far, no deal.
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Jennifer Wishon is outside the Nightvision plant in Roanoke County with more on the strike. Jen, how many people are out there?
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Here's the latest on A-C-C expansion plans, or at least what we know.
Conference Presidents held the latest of several recent conference calls today. As with all the previous ones this month, it ended with no decision.
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That leaves Virginia Tech still wondering whether it'll receive an invitation to join the conference. The A-C-C released a statement after today's conference call.
It says in part, the conference "moved closer to the completion of the expansion process", and A-C-C presidents "made progress that will enable the conference to reach its goal of concluding this process by the end of this month."
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Former Tech player Lee Suggs weighed in on the topic during a visit to Roanoke today. He thinks the Big East should stay as, but if it doesn't...
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((LEE SUGGS/FORMER TECH PLAYER: IF MIAMI AND BC AND SYRACUSE LEAVES, TECH SHOULD LEAVE. THEY SHOULDN'T BE THE ONE BIG BAME IN THE BIG EAST AND NO ONE ELSE. MAYBE THE BIG EAST CAN GET SOME BIGGER SCHOOL I THINK. THE BEST RIGHT NOW IS IF EVERYBODY GOES, TECH SHOULD GO TOO.))
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Suggs said personally he thinks the Big East is better than the A-C-C.
He says if both Miami and Tech both go, they'll end up playing each other for the A-C-C championship.
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Suggs was in town today to throw his support behind renovating Victory Stadium instead of building a replacement.
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He and some fellow teammates from William Fleming High are joining forces with Citizens for a Sensible Stadium Decision. The group is hoping to convince city council through a petition that voters want to restore the historic landmark.
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Both Patrick Henry and William Fleming alumni remembered the thrill of playing on the stadium's field.
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((LEE SUGGS: I REMEMBER MY DAD BRINGING ME OUT HERE WATCHING GAMES WHEN I WAS SMALL AND I COULDN'T WAIT TO COME OUT HERE AND PLAY ON THE FIELD.))
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((JOSH BERRY/WILLIAM FLEMING ALUMNI: WHEN I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY HERE AND HAD MY NAME CALLED BY THE ANNOUNCER, IT WAS A MOVING EXPERIENCE.))
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City officials say they considered renovating Victory Stadium, but building a new Stadium- Amphitheater is the best move for the city. Advocates for Victory Stadium say it's not too late to save the landmark.
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Roanoke City police are investigating a daytime armed robbery in a restaurant parking lot.
Police say a masked man with a handgun robbed the manager of the Texas Steakhouse near Valley View Mall around 10-45 this morning.
She was robbed as she was getting in her car to make a bank deposit.


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Neighbors heard shots AND an accident. Still ahead, Danville police try to learn what led to a man's death.
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And one person holds a MegaMillions ticket that lives up to its name.
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A single player is the latest Megamillions winner-
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Lottery officials say the winning ticket from last night's drawing was sold in Baltimore.
It's worth about 180 million dollars.
In addition to the grand price winner, 42 players matched all five numbers, but not the Mega Ball number.
They'll each receive 175 thousand dollars.
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Police in Danville are waiting for autopsy results to determine how a man died last night. Officials say 19-year-old Troy Christopher Reeves was found dead on the 700 block of Chatham Avenue. Neighbors reported hearing shots in the area AND there was a car accident at the same time.



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General Electric and its workers may have a deal, plus, crowds at Wal-Mart, but they aren't shopping. News 7's Rachel Cannon has those stories in this week's Business Review.
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This week in review... Striking may be a thing of the past for local General Electric employees. 4-hundred union workers will vote on a tentative contract proposal on Tuesday. I-U-E/C-W-A Union officials are recommending its passage and say the January strike won the contract battle. The new contract essentially freezes health care costs that workers pay and raises pension benefits for retirees. If approved, it would run through 2007. [MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]
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Wal-Mart is the site of a protest this week. Dozens at the Danville location say the company pays unfair wages and lacks affordable health care.
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Similar protests were held elsewhere in Virginia as well as Maryland and West Virginia.
Wal-Mart had no comment. For News 7, I'm Rachel Cannon and that's this week's Business Review. [MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]))



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A Roanoke library is closed for a while. The details are just ahead.
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And it's more than apples now .. this orchard is also a winery. A one-stop fruit basket and bottle of wine when we return.
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We have more information now on the strike at ITT Nightvision. Jen Wishon is there with the President of local 162 with the latest.

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Air conditioning problems have forced a Roanoke library to close for a while.
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[TAKE LIBRARY FS] Library officials hope to re-open the Jackson Park Library on Wednesday. This problem affects the Jackson Park Library only.
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From grapes to your glass- one local farm is turning out wine and fruit to go with it.
For nearly a century Johnston's Orchards has been known for its apples , but it's grown into much more than that.
Shannon Young explains in this week's Time Off.
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Blackberries may be the only fruit the Johnsons haven't mastered. From grapes to peaches to figs, the family's 250 acre farm is bursting with variety. But, with about 200 different kinds, apples are the biggest sellers.
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The Johnsons have been farming for five generations. Less than a decade ago they expanded to include the Peaks of Otter Winery. Now, the mom, pop and son business puts out up to two thousand cases of wine a year, with each getting personal treatment.
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90-percent of the fruit used to make 28-different flavors is grown on site.
The transition from vine to wine can take more than half a year.
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Time is of the essence at the Orchards. If you have it you can spend it visiting the animals.
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[RUNS:03] The pigs will be happy to see you. If you want more of it you can rent out the old Johnson family homestead for a taste of life on the farm. Danny says he's not in the agriculture industry... rather, with orchards, a winery, and a vacation rental he thinks of himself as being in the education and entertainment business.
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Proving that variety, even on a small scale, is the spice of life. Shannon Young, News 7, Bedford.))



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Coming up, we'll try to shed some light on what the ACC Presidents discussed in this morning's conference call, truck racing highlights from Memphis, and
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Lee Suggs says his ailing shoulder is feeling much better these days.
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The conference call between the nine ACC Presidents this morning failed to produce a vote on expansion, but sources say that the group did discuss three different scenarios, two of which included Virginia Tech. One plan involved expanding with Miami only. Another would make the ACC a 13 team league by adding Miami, BC, Syracuse, and Virginia Tech. And the final plan included Tech, Miami, and one or the other between Boston College and Syracuse. North Carolina is said to favor the Miami only option, but hasn't garnered much support for that.


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Earlier in the newscast, we heard Lee Suggs offer his thoughts on expansion. Forgive Lee if he has other things on his mind, like rehabbing his injured shoulder to get ready for Browns training camp which is just a few weeks away.
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Suggs says that he has gotten an education during his short time in Cleveland, and that getting used to being a professional has been quite the adjustment.
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Stuart's Jon Wood started on the pole for today's O'Reilly 200 truck race in Memphis, but Ted Musgrave will go down in history as the winner of the 200th race in the history of the Craftsman Truck Series.
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Wood is having a solid season in 7th position in the points race despite losing the Navy as his sponsor just 3 weeks ago.
Rick Crawford was a victim of some beating and bangin as he gets turned around and barely grazes the wall.
Bill Lester then went out with a flat right front tire.
And Chad Chaffin didn't fare much better with a blown engine although Chaffin made a great save to keep his truck off the wall.
In the end Ted Musgrave held off Travis Kvapil for the win while Wood finished 4th.
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The 32nd Roanoke Valley Horse Show comes to an end tonight with the 19th Grand Prix of Roanoke. Six time champ Aaron Vale will be among the pros competing for the big money in the 50 thousand dollar event. The Grand Prix should get underway between 8-30 and 9 o'clock at the Salem Civic Center.

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In the big leagues today, the Cubs and White Sox renewed their Windy City rivalry on the North Side.
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The White Sox jumped all over the Cubbies early in this one. Joe Crede rips a double off the ivy in deep left field, just missing a homer.
But Sammy Sosa led the Cubs back with an Rbi single in the ninth to make it 7-6.
That's as close as it got though as Billy Koch picked up his tenth save of the season as the White Sox won game two of the series 7-6.
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We finish up with one sad note tonight from the NHL. Hall of Fame Coach Roger Neilson passed away today at the age of 69, losing his bout with cancer.
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Neilson was the head coach for 8 franchises during his 15 year career. He never won a Stanley Cup but he made it to the playoffs eleven times. He spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach with the Senators. Neilson had been battling skin and bone cancer. He passed away this morning at his home in Ontario, and the league honored his memory at the NHL Draft in Nashville.
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