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As Virginia Tech awaits a formal invitation from the ACC, its students weigh the pluses and minuses.
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And Tech head coach Frank Beamer is in a Georgia hospital after experiencing chest pain.


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Hazy, hot, and humid conditions continue across the area how long will it last. I'll let you know in your forecast.

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News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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Virginia Tech expects a call fromt he A-C-C, then it faces a big decision. This as Frank Beamer remains under hospital treatment.
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We are still awaiting official word from the A-C-C that it will invite Miami and Virginia Tech to join the conference.

Sources are reporting the two universities will be invited.
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The conference is expected to formally announce its decision later today.
If the ACC indeed takes Tech and Miami, it leaves open the possibility it could snag another team down the road, possibly Notre Dame.
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[Tech-Reaction]


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So .. should they stay with Big East or go with the ACC?
That's a question many students are already debating.
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Myranda Stephens is on Tech's campus this morning getting their thoughts.
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((ROLLCUE:...what Tech should do.))
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(outcue: in the near future.)
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Meantime, friends of Tech football coach Frank Beamer say he is feeling much better.
Beamer was admitted to Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta yesterday after experiencing chest discomfort.
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Yesterday, Beamer was driven to the hospital from his beach home in Georgia.
A hospital spokeswoman says he then underwent a coronary arteriorgram.
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((THE ARTERIOGRAM SHOWS NO MAJOR BLOCKAGES. HE IS QUITE STABLE AND IT IS EXPECTED THAT HE WILL BE DISCHARGED IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.))
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Beamer is under observation.
He apparently wanted to fly back to Roanoke to see doctors at Roanoke Memorial Hospital, but physicians in Atlanta encouraged him to stay.
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In other news today, the union representing workers at a Henry County plant is taking legal action against the Pillowtex Corporation.
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The union filed a grievance over a decision to delay vacation bonuses for 53-hundred employees. Pillowtex employs about a thousand people at the Fieldcrest plant in Southside. An arbitrator is expected to hear complaints. A company spokesman says paying the bonus would violate agreements with bank lenders. Pillowtex is dealing with financial difficulties and considering bankruptcy or selling.
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[Maddox]


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A former governor of Georgia and one-time segregationist is dead.
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Lester Maddox died early this morning at a hospice in Atlanta after developing complications from a recent fall.
Maddox made headlines in the 1960s when he closed his chicken restaurant rather than serve blacks.
But when he became governor in 1967, the views he expressed became more moderate.
Jimmy Carter defeated Maddox when he again ran for governor in 1975.
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((LESTER MADDOX/FORMER GEORGIA GOVERNOR: I RECOGNIZE TOO THAT THERE MAY NOT BE ANY OF US THAT'S TOTALLY HONEST. BUT TO ME, JIMMY CARTER, OF ALL THE PEOPLE I'VE MET, RELATIVES, FRIENDS, BUSINESS ASSOCIATES, THOSE IN CHURCH AND THOSE IN GOVERNMENT, IS THE MOST DISHONEST PERSON I HAVE EVER KNOWN.))
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Lester Maddox was 87.
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British forces are giving leaders of an Iraqi town 48 hours to hand over the killers of six British soldiers.
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Witnesses say the six military policemen were shot by Iraqis who were angry about the deaths of four civilians killed during a demonstration.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair is pledging to send more troops now to southern Iraq ... AND to have them wear body armor.
He says bringing stability to Iraq is the best way to stabilize the rest of the world.
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Back in our region, Martinsville is joining the list of area cities allowing deer hunting with bows and arrows. They'll try it for a year, then decide whether to make it permanent.
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This all came about nearly a year ago after numerous complaints from residents.
Some have problems with deer eating their gardens, others complain about deer jumping in front of their vehicles.
The council then appointed a task force and held several public meetings before proposing this ordinance.
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City leaders believe the bow hunting of deer in the city will work because of several restrictions that will be in place.
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((GENE TEAGUE/MARTINSVILLE MAYOR: IT'S A BOW AND ARROW TYPE HUNTING. IT'S RESTRICTED TO THOSE WHO KNOW HOW TO DO IT, THOSE WHO HAVE A PERMIT, THOSE WHO HAVE TAKEN A SAFETY COURSE. JOE BLOW ON THE STREET WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO PICK UP A BOW AND ARROW AND START HUNTING DEER.)) ((JOEY MOORE/MARTINSVILLE MAYOR: I GREW UP IN MARTINSVILLE AS A KID AND WAS ALWAYS IN THE WOODS AND NEVER SAW A DEER AND NOW ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS RIDE DOWN THE ROAD AND IN THE MORNING JUST KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN BECAUSE YOU ARE GOING TO SEE THEM.))
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Hunters will also have to obtain a permit from the police department.
They will then need written permission from a landowner where they wish to hunt.
And for most people, hunting will have to be from elevated platforms at least seven feet above the ground.
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Henry County deputies are looking for the man who robbed a restaurant last night. An employee at Pat's Pizza in Bassett says a man came into the store around 7 and asked for change.
When she opened the cash drawer, he told her to give him the money.
She did, and he took off.

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Morgtage rates keep going down. What this could mean for you in a live interview just ahead.
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And guess what that means for home sales. Another month, another record.
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The Federal Reserve is expected to lower interest rates once again later today. Most analysts expect a drop of either one quarter or one half percent. If mortage rates follow, they would continue to set lows not seen since the 19-60's.
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[Take Mortgatge Rates FS]
Here's a look at some national averages for mortgages as reported today by Bankrate-dot-com. 30-year rates are under five per cent, a 15-year fixed mortage is around 4-point-4 per cent, and a 5-1 adjustable is about three and three quarter per cent.
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It means the cost of borrowing is the lowest in 40 years, which bankers hope will convince more people buy a home for the first time or refinance their existing mortgage. One of the institutions serving our area is Bank of America,
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and Senior Vice President Gene Morris joins us from Charlotte to talk about some of options they hope you might consider.
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(We're used to always hearing that "this is a great time" to buy a house or a car. What makes this any different?)



(What are other important things besides interest rates that buyers should consider?)



(Should we worry about interest rates going up in the future, or should we presume they will stay at or near current le

vels?)

(How can you tell whether refinancing will produce longer-term benefits?)



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(Thank Gene Morris, Bank of America Senior Vice President in Charlotte.)





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And speaking of home sales, those low mortgage rates helped sales soar to record levels last month. The Commerce Department says they rose 12 and a-half percent from April, to an adjusted annual rate of one-point-one-six (m)million. That's the best month ever.

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Cars are getting smarter. We'll wise up to some of the latest news on wheels.
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And another destructive tornado touches down. That and our own weather story are just ahead.
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Transportation officials are paving the way for "Smart Cars" to hit the roads soon. New technology will make the vehicles respond better, and as Teri Okita reports, the driving force behind them is an increase in deadly traffic accidents.
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((TRACK: RUBBERNECKING COULD BE A THING OF THE PAST ONCE "SMART CARS" TAKE TO THE STREETS. THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS UNVEILING NEW TECHNOLOGY AIMED AT ALERTING CARELESS DRIVERS OF POTENTIAL HAZARDS LIKE RUNNING OFF THE ROAD.

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SOT: It has sensors on the vehicle that can sense where the edge of the

roadway is and simulate a rumble strip kind of effect that can wake you up, if you're about to drift off.
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an alarm goes off if you are about to run a red light.
TRACK: OVER ONE-AND-A-HALF MILLION CRASHES HAPPEN IN INTERSECTIONS EACH YEAR.

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TRACK: THE D-O-T IS ALSO LOOKING AT SYSTEMS THAT ALERT DRIVERS THROUGH AUDIO OR VISUAL CUES IF THEY'RE ABOUT TO SIDE SLAM OR REAR-END ANOTHER CAR OR IF THEY'RE GOING TOO FAST AROUND A CURVE.

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STANDUP BRIDGE: With six MILLION crashes on the nation's roads each year and 42-thousand deaths the Department of Transportation says it had to start inventing new ways to make the roads safer.
TRACK: BUT TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS ARE QUICK TO SAY THESE TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES CAN'T REPLACE PLAIN, OLD STREET SMARTS.

(Super: Mary Peters/Federal Highway Administrator)
SOT: We still need you, the driver. (BUTT) They bring the driver back

to alert. So, the driver's still going to control the vehicle, and primarily, that's the driver's responsibility and needs to be. (:09)
TRACK: THE D-O-T HOPES TO HAVE "SMART CAR" TECHNOLOGY AFFORDABLE AND IN EVERY VEHICLE WITHIN THE DECADE BARRING ANY SPEED BUMPS ALONG THE WAY. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, MCLEAN, VIRGINIA.))

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Tornadoes and other severe weather left their mark on at least three states overnight.
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Twisters roared through South Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska.


One in South Dakota leveled the small town of Manchester.
Near Buffalo Lake, Minnesota, a tornado ripped the roofs off homes and tore down powerlines.


No one was seriously injured in ANY of the tornadoes.
Recovery workers are now assessing the damage.
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On Wall Street at Noon,
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the Dow was UP 28 points. Nasdaq UP 20 points.


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Even some dogs may take offense to being called "dog-breath". We'll look at a possible solution when we return.
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And there's nothing like a nice soft mattress .. even if you're a bear.
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Tiki and Ronde Barber have done it all in their short but productive careers ... from Bogle Stadium to the Bowl. And Steve Mason says they've done it all while keeping it in the proper perspective.
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((Ronde Barber's 92 yard interception touchdown return against the Eagles in the NFC championship secured the Buccaneers a spot in the super bowl. The DB went on to help the Buc win their first championship and he did it with a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament. ((:))
Ronde's new super bowl jewelry has been a source of humor with his brother, who played in , but came up short in his super bowl debut back in 2000. ((:)) The barbers are all business when it comes to their hands on approach to their camp, which has touched the lives of 400 youngsters each summer for the last six years. ((:)) ((:)) ((STEVE MASON:)) ((:)) ((:))
For the sixth year, the Barbers offer scholarships to their camp. Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
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[Bear-Mattress]


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A bear in Colorado found a way to catch a nap in comfort.
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He found a mattress stashed near the woods Monday night and decided it was JUST RIGHT.
Wildlife officers observed from a safe distance while he got some rest.
They say he's a cub that was orphaned by his mother last year.
When the nap was over, the bear ambled back in the woods.
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It's a contest most animal lovers hope their pet will never win.
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But the "Worst Dog Breath" contest in New York had no shortage of dogs vying for the title.
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((RACHEL BAUM: she has the worst breath in upstate New York and now probably the worst breath in country, maybe even the world.))
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The contest was sponsored by the makers of doggie breath mints.
Already, there are mints and breath strips on the market for that "ready to lick" breath.
Shatya, an 11-year-old mini-dachaund won the halitosis award.
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