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[ANCHOR=Jean]

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[WRITER=jja]
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Coming up on News 7-
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[VO-NAT]


Virginia Tech is heading to the ACC- Details and reaction coming up.
A smoky fire fills the sky with smoke out West.
A night out at a D-C club has the Governor answering questions.
And baby won't wait- a delivery in a local police cruiser today.
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[Talent=Jean]


News 7 at Eleven is next.

[Video-Open]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=jja]
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[SOT 1:55:36]
[IN Q=A lot of people]

((JOHN SWOFFORD/ACC COMMISSIONER: A LOT OF PEOPLE WONDERED WHY VIRGINIA TECH WASN'T IN THE ACC YEARS AGO.))
[RUNS=:04]
[OUT Q=ACC YEARS AGO]
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[VO-NAT]


After years of wanting it, Virginia Tech finally has it.
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[ANCHOR =Jean]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 11]



[BOV-Tech]


[ANCHOR=JEan]
[NEWSCAST=11 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-22 TC45:51]
[GRAPHIC=Tech/ACC]


The official announcement came just after five tonight.
After once being snubbed, Virginia Tech is now invited to join the Atlantic Coast Conference. [***TECH/ACC IN MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Justin /BAM;]


Justin McLeod is here now with a day that saw plenty of twists and turns. Justin?
Jean, this whole expansion saga began six weeks ago when the ACC put forth a plan that excluded Virginia Tech.
[LIVE= Justin /FULL]
[SUPER=@justin1]


Several Big East schools including Tech then sued the conference.
But last week came word Virginia Tech was back in the game.
24 hours ago, reports surfaced the ACC would in fact invite Virginia Tech and Miami.
Today, Tech's Board of Visitors met and as one member put it their dreams finally came true.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Charles Steger/Virginia Tech President; :19]
[SUPER=01-William Latham/VT Board Member; :30 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-John Swofford/ACC Commissioner; :50]
[RUNS=1:56]
[OUT Q=AGAINST THE ACC]

((((NAT SOUND OF THE VOTE ON TAPE 1 3:28:06 "ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF THE RESOLUTION......BY SAYING I, "I"))
And with that, Virginia Tech's Board of Visitors unanimously agreed to enter talks with the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Virginia Tech's president says the ACC and the university would be a perfect fit.
[SOT 3:32:56; TAPE 2]
[IN Q=We have a lot]

((CHARLES STEGER/VIRGINIA TECH PRESIDENT: WE HAVE A LOT OF TIES WITH THESE SCHOOLS AND WE THINK THIS WILL ENHANCE THOSE RELATIONSHIPS.)) [Runs04]
[OUT Q=those relationships]


A relationship that does include Tech's main rival.
[SOT 3:24:46; TAPE 1]
[IN Q=I think we also]

((WILLIAM LATHAM/BOARD MEMBER: I THINK WE ALSO NEED TO THANK THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA IN THE PART IT HAS PLAYED IN THIS OPPORTUNITY IF IT OCCUR.)) [Runs09]
[OUT Q=If it occurs]


It did occur just after five o'clock Wednesday evening.
After weeks of speculation, rumors, lawsuits, and several different plans, the A-C-C- officially announced Virginia Tech and Miami have been invited to join the conference.
[SOT 1:56:35]
[IN Q=Certainly these two schools]

((JOHN SWOFFORD/ACC COMMISSIONER: CERTAINLY THESE TWO SCHOOLS COMING IN THE ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE ADD DRAMATICALLY TO THE ACC AND STABILIZES US FOR THE FUTURE CONSIDERABLY.)) [Runs11]
[OUT Q=future considerably]


It will now be up to President Charles Steger to negotiate and then decide whether to join the ACC.
Steger has already said Tech would be inclined to accept an offer.
He realizes the decision will draw praise and criticism.
[SOT 3:36:08; TAPE 2]
[IN Q=I get all kinds]

((CHARLES STEGER/VIRGINIA TECH PRESIDENT: I GET ALL KINDS OF OPINIONS AND I THINK THERE WILL BE PEOPLE WHO DISAGREE WITH WHAT WE HAVE CHOSEN TO DO AND WE CERTAINLY RESPECT THEIR RIGHT TO DO THAT.)) [Runs06]
[OUT Q=to do that]


Those who may disagree include Syracuse and Boston College since they are no longer part of the ACC expansion plan.

Criticism may also come since Virginia Tech said recently it would not join the ACC if invited.
And then there's the issue of Tech joining a conference it was suing just days ago.
[SOT 3:25:42; TAPE 1]
[IN Q=I'm still concerned]

((BOARD MEMBER: I'M SOMEWHAT CONCERN HOW THIS WILL BE PERCEIVED IN THE PUBLIC SINCE WE WERE PART OF THE LAWSUIT AGAINST THE ACC.)) [Runs10]
[OUT Q=against the ACC]))
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[LIVE= Justin /FULL BAM]


There's no indication how long Virginia Tech will take before deciding whether to join the ACC.
But we believe it will come before Monday because that's when the penalty for leaving the Big East jumps from one million to two million dollars.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Justin /BAM;]


Jean, representatives from the ACC were on Virginia Tech's campus today and Mike will have more on that coming up in Sports.

[Kilgore-Lawsuit]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-17 TC1:11:32]
[GRAPHIC=TEch ACC Lawsuit]


Virginia Tech is no longer a plaintiff in the Big East lawsuit against the A-C-C but the school could find itself as a defendant... that according to Attorney General Jerry Kilgore.
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[VO-NAT :09]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Kilgore says Virginia Tech withdrew from the lawsuit today in order to get an invitation from the A-C-C but that further legal issues may arise.
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[SOT 12:59:41]
[IN Q=NONE OF THIS HAS BEEN EASY]

((ATTORNEY GENERAL JERRY KILGORE: NONE OF THIS HAS BEEN EASY, TEMPERS HAVE FLARED ON ALL SIDES WITHOUT THE LITIGATION WILL BE IN THIS POSITION TODAY. ))
[SUPER=@Kilgore]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=BE IN THIS POSITION TODAY.]
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[VO-NAT]


Kilgore also credited University of Virginia President John Casteen and Governor Mark Warner with helping Tech in its bid.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
[SS=HOLD]


A statement issued tonight by the remaining plaintiffs says that Syracuse and Boston College belong in the Big East.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit say they're holding out hope that Miami and Virginia Tech will remain conference members.

[Tech-Reaction]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-13 TC1:51:08]
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Not everyone at Virginia Tech is thrilled over today's news.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

Many students and faculty say they never doubted Tech would accept an offer to join the A-C-C, if given the chance. But, with everything that has happened-- Tech filing a lawsuit against the A-C-C and accusing schools like Miami and Boston College of betrayal-- many say Tech will end up looking hypocritical and that it's better off staying in the Big East.
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[SOT 5:56]
[IN Q=i think it will]

((NICHOLAS MORMAN/STUDENT: 5:56 I THINK EVENTUALLY IT'LL GET STRONGER AND IF WE CAN STAY A TOP TEAM IN THE CONFERENCE RATHER THAN GOING TO THE ACC WE'RE GOING TO BE ON THE BOTTOM OF THE RUNG. I THINK THAT'S TO OUR ADVANTAGE 602)) ((CLARK SIMMERS/STUDENT: 509WITHOUT THE LAWSUIT I WOULD DEFINITELY SAY IT'S A PLUS. IT WOULD BE GREAT TO BE IN A CONFERENCE WITH ALL OF THE OTHER SCHOOLS...VERY TALENTED 523.))
[SUPER=01-Nicholas Morman/Student; :00]
[SUPER=01-Clark Simmers/Student; :08]
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[OUT Q=very talented]
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[VO-NAT]

On the other hand, others say Tech made the right decision.
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[SOT 1240]
[IN Q=without Miami]

((MATT WATSON: WITHOUT MIAMI IN THE BIG EAST...I THINK TECH SHOULD GO WHEREVER MIAMI GOES. ))
[SUPER=01-Matt Watson/Student;]
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[OUT Q=miami goes]
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[Pitts-School]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11 PM]
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[TAPE#=03-19 TC 55:28]
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Several school systems in our area will be getting new leaders next week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chatham]


After eight years on the job, Superintendent Jerry Webb is leaving Pittsylvania County to take a job in Mississippi.
During his tenure, half the schools in the county became fully accredited.
He also oversaw the construction of four new middle schools which will open this fall.
Webb says community involvement was the key to his success.
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[SOT 3:37:25]
[IN Q=It's a process of getting]

((JERRY WEBB/SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS: IT'S A PROCESS OF GETTING THE COMMUNITY INVOLVED. LETTING THE COMMUNITY HELP SET THE STANDARD FOR WHICH WE'RE STRIVING AND WE'VE ESTABLISHED A VERY HIGH LEVEL EXPECTATION THAT OUR PEOPLE ARE WORKING TO ACHIEVE AND IT'S GOING TO CONTINUE.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Webb/Pittsylvania Co. Superintendent]
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[OUT Q=GOING TO CONTINUE]
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[VO-NAT]


It will continue under James McDaniel who has been the assistant Superintendent in Pittsylvania County for several years.
He'll begin his new position July first.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
[SS=None]


The city of Danville will also be getting a new school superintendent that day.
His name is William Torok and he's held a similar position in Lewisburg Pennsylvania for the last ten years.

[Corvette-Caravan]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=Eleven]
[WRITER=bwa]
[TAPE#=03-21 TC47:20]
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Hundreds of Corvettes are in the Star City tonight, but they won't be around for long.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

The sports cars are part of the Mid-Atlantic Corvette Caravan traveling to Bowling Green Kentucky. There, they will meet up with 14 thousand others cars to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the popular sports car. One man's job is to document the entire trip. He's outfitted his Corvette with 4 different cameras, including one in the license plate.
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[IN Q=I'm going to...]
[SUPER=01-Mark Weamer/Video Vette; ]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=...the action is going on.]
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[VO-NAT]

If you missed out on tonight's festivities, you can catch the Corvettes at their Kick-Off Ceremony tomorrow at 11:30 in the parking lot of National Tire and Battery at Valley View Mall.
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[Camp-Jeep]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=03-15 TC3:46:33]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It's not hot rods, but 4-wheel drives in Central Virginia.
After a one year hiatus, Camp Jeep is back, parked on the grounds of the Oak Ridge estate in Nelson County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Nelson Co.]


The annual event draws thousands of Jeep owners from around the country for four days of fun, entertainment and off-road adventures.
Oak Ridge last hosted Camp Jeep in 2001.. it was held in Branson, Missouri last year.
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[SOT 13:24:36]
[IN Q=We're back in]

((PETE HOLLINSHEAD/CAMP JEEP ORGANIZER: WE'RE BACK IN NELSON COUNTY BECAUSE THE SITE WORKS SO WELL FOR US. THE OAK RIDGE ESTATE AND THE HOLLAND FAMILY JUST PROVIDE THE PERFECT ENVIRONMENT FOR US, AND THE BEAUTIFUL BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS OF VIRGINIA. IT'S ALSO VERY CENTRALLY- LOCATED FOR MANY JEEP ENTHUSIASTS.))
[SUPER=01-Pete Hollinshead/Camp Jeep Organizer]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=many Jeep enthusiasts.]
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[VO-NAT]


An estimated eight to ten thousand people are expected to attend this year's event.
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[Trooper-Baby]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=03-20 TC47:03]
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Maybe the baby should have gotten a ticket for speeding... speeding up his delivery that is.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Victoria Coleman was in labor and headed to the hospital this morning when she realized the baby wasn't going to wait.
Fortunately she and her husband spotted state trooper Wayne Reed alongside Route 29 near Lynchburg.
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[SOT 16:29:00]
[IN Q=She was about]

((RANDOLPH COLEMAN/FATHER: SHE WAS ABOUT TO HAVE THE CHILD RIGHT THERE. SHE DIDN'T HAVE ANY ANESTHETIC OR ANALGESIA, SO WE JUST HUNG ON, TROOPER FEE HELD HER HAND, I HELD HER OTHER HAND AND SHE PUSHED AND TROOPER REED AND INVESTIGATOR KEESEE WERE ON THE OTHER END AND EVERYTHING WENT GREAT.))
[SUPER=01-Randolph Coleman/Father]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=everything went great.]
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[VO-NAT]


Trooper Reed, Sergeant Scott Fee and Investigator Kristin Keesee (kuh-SEE) from Campbell County all assisted in the delivery.
Silas Coleman came into the world in the back of Trooper Reed's patrol car.. Mother and baby are doing fine.
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[Tease1]
[ANCHOR=Jean]
[WRITER=dse]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
[SS=None]


The Fed hopes to shock the economy back to life by dropping interest rates to levels that haven't been seen since the 1950's.
What that means for your money next on News 7.
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[VO-NAT]


And Native Americans finally get their due at the site of their greatest battlefield victory.
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[Sports-Preview]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[OUT Q=big 7."]

((Hey, folks Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office as now high Tech ACC expansion rolls on. We'll hear more from John Swofford and follow the ACC team on its Tech tour this afternoon. Plus, The Barbers pass the cash in Roy Stanley's memory and one man pays nearly half a million for a Bonds ball tonight on the Big7.))

[Interest-Rates]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jja]
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[GRAPHIC=Interest Rates]

[ANCHOR TAG]
Just how low can it go? That's what some are asking after the Federal Reserve today lowered the short term interest rate to one percent.
It is the 13th cut in just two years and it won't help you if your money's tied in bank C-D's or money market funds.
But how will it affect mortgage rates and credit card numbers?
Elaine (Key-HA-no) reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-James Glassman/JPMorgan Chase; :10]
[SUPER=01-Elaine Quijano/Reporting; :41]
[SUPER=01-William Sullivan/Morgan Stanley Dean Witter; 1:00]
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[OUT Q=News 7]

((IF YOU'VE GOT MONEY TIED UP IN A SHORT-TERM INVESTMENT LIKE A BANK CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT OR A MONEY MARKET FUND ... GET READY TO WATCH THOSE YIELDS DROP EVEN LOWER. James Morgan/JPMorgan Chase: Retired people who depend on interest income are getting hurt badly but you know what in the long run they'll be better off the sooner the Fed can restore the economy. THE FEDERAL RESERVE'S OPEN MARKET COMMITTEE DROPPED THE SHORT TERM INTEREST RATE. THAT'S THE RATE AT WHICH BANKS LEND EACH OTHER MONEY. THE NEW RATE ... NOW ONE PERCENT ... IS A MIXED BAG FOR CONSUMERS. EXPERTS SAY BANKS ARE EXPECTED TO DROP RATES ON HOME EQUITY AND SMALL BUSINESS LOANS. BUT THEY ALSO SAY RATES ON CREDIT CARD DEBTS, MORTGAGES AND AUTO LOANS ... WILL LIKELY *NOT BE DRASTICALLY AFFECTED. ELAINE QUIJANO/REPORTING: -SO WHY DROP THE SHORT-TERM INTEREST RATE AT ALL? IN PART ... TO STAVE OFF WHAT THE FED SEES AS THE REMOTE POSSIBILITY OF DEFLATION... THE CYCLE WHERE PRICES DROP, BUT NO ONE BUYS -- FACTORIES PRODUCE LESS, AND LAY OFF MORE WORKERS -- AND THE ECONOMY, INSTEAD OF JUST SLOWING DOWN, STOPS. William Sullivean/Morgan Stanely Dean Witter: I think a rate cut is appropriate at mid-year to reassure households and businesses that the Fed is here to support economy and will take all the necessary measures to prompt a reacceleration in growth. THE FEDERAL RESERVE IS BANKING ON THE THEORY THAT LOWER RATES WILL ENCOURAGE MORE BORROWING AND SPENDING ... ENOUGH TO CREATE JOBS ... AND PULL THE ECONOMY OUT OF THE DOLDRUMS. IN WASHINGTON, I'M ELAINE QUIJANO, NEWS 7.))
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
[SS=HOLD]


The last time the short term interest rate was down to one percent was back in 1958 when Dwight Eisenhower was president.

[ITT-Strike]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=ITT Strike]


Some Roanoke County workers are going back to the bargaining table.
I-T-T Night Vision says it's resumed contract negotiations with union members. About 600 employees went on strike this past weekend when a deal couldn't be reached. Production at the plant continues.

[Oil-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=tco]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


A fire at an asphalt plant in California sends black smoke billowing into the air.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Benicia, CA]

The fire broke out at this afternoon in a parking lot of the California asphalt plant. Investigators say they don't know what sparked the fire but believe additives used for making asphalt ignited first. The fire then spread to a surrounding grassy area. About 10 acres were burned and a cloud of black smoke was visible for miles. Firefighters were able to get the flames under control within a couple of hours.
No one was hurt.
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[Little-Bighorn]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=]
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More than a century after Custer fell at the Little Bighorn, the American Indians he was attacking are being memorialized as well.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Near Hardin, MT]


About four-thousand people turned out for the dedication of the first permanent memorial to the Indians who fought on that Montana battlefield.
For more than a century, a granite obelisk and headstones have honored the U-S soldiers, but not the indians.
On June 25th, 1876, Lieutenant Colonel George Custer attacked an Indian village on the Little Bighorn River, but he apparently miscalculated the size of the opposing force.
As many as two-thousand Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho (A-wrap-a-ho) killed Custer and 260 of his soldiers, about half his command.
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[Tease2]
[ANCHOR=Jean]
[WRITER=dse]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[SS=None]


She battled city hall over her lemonade stand... now the 6 year old girl's getting some national attention.
We'll show you.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus a close-encounter with a tornado, and an attempt to get pictures from inside.
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[Commercial]

[Warner]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-14 TC3:59:38]
[GRAPHIC=MArk Warner]


Governor Warner's night-out is causing a stir.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The Washington Post reported yesterday in a gossip column that Warner visited a racy nightclub on Saturday night.
The Post also noted that the governor was without his wife and children, who are on vacation.
The Family Policy Network says Warner has some explaining to do.
Warner admits he stopped by the Home nightclub in Northern Virginia
but says he didn't do anything inappropriate.
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[SOT 12:56:11]
[IN Q=I HAD DINNER WITH]

((I HAD DINNER IN DC WITH A COUPLE OF OUT-OF-TOWN LAW SCHOOL ROOMMATES, FRIEND, WENT OUT FOR A DRINK AFTERWARDS.))
[SUPER=@MarkWarner]
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[OUT Q=WENT OUT FOR A DRINK AFTERWARDS.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Home nightclub is described on their website as a cross between the Playboy Mansion and Pee-Wee's Playhouse.


A spokeswoman for Warner says the event has been "mischaracterized."
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[SD-Twister]


[ANCHOR=JEan]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=Tornado]


Some amazing video captured of a tornado as it tears through eastern South Dakota.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Manchester, SD;]


Strong storms battered much of Eastern South Dakota Tuesday night.
Amazingly only four people were hurt- with minor injuries.
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[Camera-Storms]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


We've seen many pictures of tornados taken from afar, but now National Georgraphic has built an armored device to protect cameras in a storm's path.
So far though it's not working so well.
Yesterday during the South Dakota tornado, the cameras were blown away within seconds.
What's left of the camera was found stuck in the mud- more than 430 feet away.
The device's glass ports are smashed and the cameras inside are ruined.
The film will be processed, but hopes for an image are not high.

[S-Extra]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=EXTRA]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]

Much more on the ACC's Tech-nical expansion with John Swofford. And we'll follow the ACC committee on its site visit in Blacksburg from this afternoon. Plus, the Barbers give it up for Roy. But first your extra point.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-MLB; :00]

The homerun ball that Barry Bonds hit for his major league record 73rd dinger was auctioned off tonight. The ball fetched $450 thousand dollars and the man who bought it is Todd McFarlane - of Spawn Fame. He also paid three point two million for the ball McGwire hit for his 70th homer in 1999.
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[S-ACC]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-139 20043tc]
[GRAPHIC=ACC/TECH]


The ACC's sudden acceptance of Virginia Tech - after years of considering the Hokies a second class citizen - unworthy of such an elite club - has both stunned and delighted sports fans throughout the Commonwealth.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC; :00]

Commissioner John Swofford discussed the all but finished plan to take Tech and Miami shortly before seven tonight. He sees the expansion from 9 to 11 schools to be an outstanding fit, and he admits that the Hokies and Canes have immediately given ACC football new found respect.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=BITE]
[SUPER=01-John Swofford/ACC Commissioner; :00]
[RUNS=:30]
[OUT Q=...an academic standpoint."]
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[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-145 TC15344]
[GRAPHIC=ACC/Tech]


Swofford made those comments after his traveling "inspection" team checked out the Tech facilities.
Travis Wells and photographer Greg Moore spent the day in Blacksburg trying to keep up with the group.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=BITE]
[SUPER=01-Minnis Ridenour/VT Executive Vice President; :04]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :13]
[SUPER=01-Fred Barakat/ACC Associate Commissioner; :31]
[SUPER=01-Paul Dee/Miami Athletic Director; 1:29]
[SUPER=@travis1; 1:38]
[RUNS=1:50]
[OUT Q=News 7 Sports."]
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[S-Cuse]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=SU]

Syracuse officials elected not to talk tonight, but the athletic department issued a statement stating "we are disappointed that a decision like this was made." Syracuse officials say they vow to make the Big East an even stronger conference.

[S-Beamer]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-134]
[GRAPHIC=TECH]


Tech coach Frank Beamer has been released from the hospital.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Season; :00]

The 56 year old coach yesterday in Atlanta and spent last night there as doctors tried to figure out what was causing him discomfort in his chest area. He did not have any kind of blockage. Beamer has returned to his summer home in Georgia in good spirits.
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[S-Barbers]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-142 15109TC]
[GRAPHIC=THE BARBERS]

The Barbers made their contribution to the Roy Stanley scholarship fund a reality yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]

Tiki and Ronde Barber presented two checks totaling $4000 to the foundation from themselves and their NFL Twins camp.
WDBJ's Mike Bell accepted on behalf of Roy's family and the scholarship fund. The Barbers admiration for Roy goes back to the kindness he expressed to their mom Geraldine.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=BITE]
[SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/N. Y. Giants Tailback; :00]
[RUNS=:30]
[OUT Q=...this day we do."]
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[GO TO PINNACLE] And don't forget the auction at Hanging Rock Friday. All of Friday's events are open to the public. And we will be accept cash, check or credit cards for the auction items.
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[Lemonade-Girl]


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How could you forget the story about the little girl who's lemonade stand was shut down by police- it was neighbors actually who complained the girl did not have a permit.
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Now six year old Abigail (war-dine) Wardein is telling her story on the Late Show with David Letterman-
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((HI ABIGAIL. THAT'S A PRETTY NAME. SILENCE.. LAUGHTER.))
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Abigail did get a bit more talkative as the show went on.
Police actually gave her a whole stack of permits for free when her mom went to city hall. (------------)