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More big developments in the ACC Expansion.

The conference has now formally invited Virginia Tech to play ball.
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Plus, the road ahead's a bumpy one for Camp Jeep. And campers wouldn't have it any other way.
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The ACC site visit to Blacksburg was a successful whirlwind tour of Tech. Travis Wells will trace the ACC delegation's footsteps for us.
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And the Barbers formally give the Roy Stanley scholarship fund A $4000 gift this morning.
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The forecast reads hot so we will emphasize an easy, slower pace for Thursday. Mr. Humiture is the star of the forecast coming up.
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News 7 is next.

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Virginia Tech says it will enter formal negotiations to be part of an expanded Atlantic Coast Conference.
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Good evening, I'm Shannon Young. Keith is off tonight.

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Virginia Tech has now been officially invited to join the Atlantic Coast conference.
The ACC announced the invitation of Tech and Miami on its website about a half hour ago.
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Clemson President and ACC council chairman James Barker says the two institutions -quote- represent and share the values for which the ACC has long been known. He goes on to say "We feel they will be a great addition to our family".
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Virginia Tech President Charles Steger says thes invitation, while welcome, puts Tech in a public relations nightmare because of the lawsuit it filed earlier against the A-C-C.
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Richard Lesko is in downtown Roanoke, where the Visitors met this afternoon.
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Virginia Tech is no longer suing the A-C-C. In fact, the school could find itself on the other side of the lawsuit... according to Attorney General Jerry Kilgore.

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Kilgore says a condition of Tech's offer to join the A-C-C was that the Hokies withdraw from the legal action.
The Attorney General credits the lawsuit with slowing down the expansion process that allowed Tech to re-emerge as a candidate.
He also says Tech should prevail if the school now becomes a defendant.
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Kilgore says he expects Tech to give notice of its Big East exit before Monday to avoid the extra million dollar penalty.
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Students and faculty at Virginia Tech are reacting to today's announcement.
While some say the school should accept the offer to join the ACC, others say it's a bad idea.
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New River Valley Buruea Chief Myranda Stephens in on the Tech campus tonight with that part of the story.
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Mike Stevens will have more on these breaking developments in sports, including a report on today's ACC site visit to Blacksburg.


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In a related story, Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer is out of the hospital.
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Beamer was admitted to Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta after experiencing chest pains yesterday.
He underwent some tests that found no blockages in his heart and was released this afternoon.
Beamer then returned to his vacation home in Georgia.
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It's back to the bargaining table for some 600 striking workers in Roanoke County.
More on that story when News 7 returns.
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Plus one new mother is thanking several law enforcement officers for serving, protecting and delivering.
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People are still talking about the governor's weekend....
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The Washington Post reported in a gossip column yesterday that Mark Warner visited a bedroom-themed nightclub 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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The Home nightclub is described on its 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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A union with local members is taking legal action against the Pillowtex Corporation.
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The Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees has filed a grievance against the company for delaying vacation bonuses for 53-hundred employees. Pillowtex operates a plant in Henry County that employs about a thousand workers. The North Carolina based company says paying the bonuses would violate agreements with bank lenders. Pillowtex is dealing with financial problems and is up for sale An arbitrator will hear formal complaints on the issue.
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Some Roanoke County workers are going back to the bargaining table.
ITT 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.

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Stocks dropped as investors reacted to the Federal Reserve's decision to cut interest rates by a quarter point. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW fell 98 points.
NASDAQ dropped three.
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Thousands of people are expected to converge on central Virginia this weekend, all of them with one thing in common: they own a Jeep.
Steve Smallshaw has more on the return of a summer camp for cars.
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(( After a year's hiatus, Camp Jeep is back home in the mountains of central Virginia.
For three weeks, crews have been getting the Oak Ridge Estate in Nelson County ready to host a horde of off-road vehicles and their owners.
Over the next four days, Jeep people can camp out, talk cars and put their vehicles through a variety of off-road tests.
Organizers say it's all part of the Jeep experience.
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((PETE HOLLINSHEAD/CAMP JEEP ORGANIZER: THAT THEY WANT TO BE A PART OF THE BRAND AND DO EVEN MORE THAN JUST DRIVE THEIR JEEPS EVERY DAY, THEY WANT TO COME TO AN EVENT WITH OTHER JEEP OWNERS AND HAVE FUN.))
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((PETE HOLLINSHEAD/CAMP JEEP ORGANIZER: IT'S ALSO VERY CENTRALLY LOCATED FOR MANY JEEP ENTHUSIASTS. IT'S CLOSE TO THE NORTHEAST, CLOSE TO MAJOR, MAJOR CITIES LIKE WASHINGTON AND BALTIMORE.))
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It's also close to cities like Lynchburg and Charlottesville, where this weekend hotel rooms are scarce and tourism officials are excited.
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((ROBERT SOBIESKI/CAMP JEEP VISITOR: JUST FOR ALL THE GOOD EXPERIENCES I HEARD FROM OTHER PEOPLE THAT THEY HAD, JUST HOW BEAUTIFUL VIRGINIA IS, I KNOW FROM MY WIFE GOING TO SCHOOL HERE ALL THE PICTURES AND THE TIMES THAT I CAME TO VISIT HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS HERE.))
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Business owners also figure to benefit.
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At Debbie Massie's flower shop just up the road from Oak Ridge, she's already starting to see her business bloom.


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((DEBBIE MASSIE/BLOSSOMS FLOWER SHOP: YESTERDAY WE SOLD SOME THINGS EVEN THOUGH IT WAS BEFORE CAMP JEEP ACTUALLY STARTED, WE SOLD SOME THINGS THAT PEOPLE WANT TO PUT OUT ON THEIR CAMPSITES, FLAGS, THINGS LIKE THAT (23) AND THEN PEOPLE HAVE COME IN HERE WITH THEIR ANNIVERSARY AND THEY COME IN HERE TO GET FLOWERS AND STUFF, SO WE LOOK FORWARD TO IT.))
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Organizers say it's too early to tell whether Camp Jeep will be back next year.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Nelson County. ))


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Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - the Barbers step up for the Roy Stanley Memorial,
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and we'll have more on the ACC expansion effort in Blacksburg as we check out today's site visit and hear from folks at Tech and Miami.
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Virginia Tech is one step closer tonight to joining the Atlantic Coast Conference. Today, a delegation of four ACC leaders visited the Tech campus.
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Travis Wells spent most of the day chasing the group around and checks in now to tell us how their tour of Hokieland went.
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Mike, the group was on campus for most of the afternoon. Following a lunch in the south endzone suites, the tour began in Lane Stadium and then moved to Cassell Coliseum. From every indication, the expansion process is nearing a conclusion. ((ROLLCUE:...nearing a conclusion."))
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Now, less than an hour ago, the ACC released a statement announcing that it has extended formal invitations to both the Hokies and Miami.
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Mike, it appears that Tech is on its way to Tobacco Road.

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Tech fans and foes who remember the "All dirt roads lead to Tech" bumper stickers - must be wondering if the new highway improvements in Blacksburg are responsible for the ACC finally realizing the Hokies are good enough? For long time followers of college sports in the Comonwealth. This is truly a day no one ever imagined would occur in his or her lifetime.
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Also, Frank Beamer is out of the hospital and back at his summer home in Georgia in good spirits. He was released from an Atlanta hospital this afternoon after being checked out for chest pains.
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The Barbers announced earlier this week that they had decided to make a sizable contribution to the Roy Stanley Memorial scholarship fund, and today the Twins did just that.
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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 of Roy goes back to the kindness he expressed to their mom Geraldine.
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[GO TO PINNACLE] And don't forget you will have a chance to pick up some Tiki and Ronde sports memorabilia this Friday at the Roy Stanley Stanley Memorial auction at 7pm at Hanging Rock. All of Friday's events are open to the public.
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For her first baby, Victoria Coleman spent about 23 hours in labor.. her second baby came in about 23 minutes.
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It all happened around 8:30 this morning on Route 29 south of Lynchburg.
Coleman and her husband were heading to the hospital when they realized the baby wasn't going to wait that long.
That's when they spotted state trooper Wayne Reed alongside of the road.
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((RANDOLPH COLEMAN/FATHER: WE WERE JUST HAPPY TO HAVE SOME HELP. EVERYTHING WENT FINE, IT WAS A GOOD DELIVERY. HE'S A NICE-LOOKING BABY.))
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Trooper Reed, Sergeant Scott Fee and Investigator Kristin Keesee (kuh-SEE) of Campbell County all helped with the delivery.
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