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July 1, 2012
Liberty University is offering services for the public through this Tuesday following Friday's storms. It's opening the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It'll cost $3 for adults, and kids are able to eat free. Breakfast will be served from 7:00 to 9:00am. Lunch from 11:00am to 1:00pm, and Dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. On-campus laundry facilities will also be open to the public. Cash conversion machines are on-site.
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Hollani Davis and Anchor/Reporter | September 15, 2011
Liberty could be the next university in the Commonwealth to make room for a new medical school. News7 has confirmed the Tobacco Commission could give the school a $12 million dollar grant to set up a new School of Osteopathic Medicine and a School of Health Sciences.   Before the deal is finalized, Liberty would have to agree to match the grant dollar-for-dollar. The school would likely create more than 200 jobs and could be admit students by fall of 2013.
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Web Staff | May 2, 2011
Liberty University could be turning out the next big filmmaker. The school announced Monday plans to build a Cinematic Arts Center opening this fall. The four-year program will also offer studies in costume design and hair and makeup. Here is the full press release: LIBERTY TO ADD ZAKI GORDON CENTER FOR CINEMATIC ARTS Liberty University announced today that plans are under way for a Center for the Cinematic Arts to open in the 2011-12 academic year. The four-year program will operate under the School ofCommunication.
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January 23, 2013
The Dean of Students at Liberty University is looking into a prank on campus. The school told WDBJ7 late Tuesday night someone caused a small explosion at an empty dorm. The dorm is gutted and set to be demolished. The school says a student plugged up a microwave and turned it on sometime last night. That caused the small explosion. The school stresses no one was ever in danger and no one was inside the building.
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Melissa Gaona and WDBJ7 Multimedia Journalist | November 5, 2012
Lynchburg was busy with visitors Monday morning. Before Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney stopped in Lynchburg, Ben Stein spoke to students at Liberty University. Stein is known for a wide range of roles including actor and economist. You may recognize Stein from the Clear Eyes commercial as well as the popular 1986 movie, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". The Vines Center at Liberty University was packed with fans to hear him speak. Stein touched on several topics including the country's debt, porn on the internet, abortion, science and the collapse on education.
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Zach Irby and Associate Producer | March 2, 2013
We're still waiting to get more information about a bus accident at Liberty University. The accident happened around 8:30 this evening. Police tell us the bus went into a ditch. Three people were taken to the hospital but are expected to be okay. We'll update this story as information becomes available.
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Web staff | March 25, 2011
One of the nation's largest universities is right here in our backyard. The U.S. Department of Education ranks Liberty University as the eighth largest school in America, in terms of enrollment. With more than 64-thousand students, L-U is also the largest four-year school in Virginia. It's important to note most of Liberty's students are in the online program. About 12-thousand students take classes on campus.
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WDBJ7 Sports Staff | October 24, 2012
 To the NFL where Liberty University grad Rashad Jennings will get the nod at starting tailback this weekend for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the wake of a foot injury to Maurice Jones Drew.  Jennings rushed 21 times for 44 yards last week against the Raiders.  He's played in 32 career games over the last four years.  Jennings has had durability issues of his own, missing time with a knee injury.  His career high in rushing of 108 yards came...
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Chris Hurst and NEWS7 Anchor | January 3, 2012
Even though Tuesday's caucus is in the midwest, Liberty University has gotten caught in poltical rants, running an ad in Iowa that features one of the candidates.     In the quick commercial, Newt Gingrich promotes the school and now the New York Times is running a story, questioning how the ad is permissible under election laws.     The Times reports non-profits normally wouldn't be allowed to run ads like this, but a loophole in the law says Iowa's caucus isn't an election like a primary would be.      Liberty University did not return NEWS7's request for comment, but the school has told other media outlets the ad is designed to promote the university, not endorse Gingrich.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | May 4, 2013
Seniors at Liberty University are celebrating the end of their college years by partying with the man who runs their school. Liberty's chancellor, Jerry Falwell, Jr., welcomed more than 1,200 students to his Bedford County farm Saturday night.  They enjoyed a large catered picnic with a Ferris wheel and inflatable rides. Students also got to enjoy the outdoors with horseback riding, canoeing, and a large bonfire. Falwell and his wife have held the celebration for seniors every year since 2008.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | June 21, 2013
When you think of personal trainers, people like Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper may come to mind. How about Ben Crosswhite? His name may not be familiar, but he's earning a reputation for helping some of Lynchburg's most well known people slim down. "Since I was younger, I have loved it," Crosswhite said of his chosen career.  "I love the results it brings. " Results are something he's becoming known for.  His clients are dropping pounds, lots of pounds, and they're doing it fast.
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Tim Saunders and Bedford-Lynchburg Bureau Chief | June 20, 2013
A new approach to building tunnels is being tested out in Lynchburg. Liberty University is building a new entrance to its campus from Wards Road.  It involves digging two tunnels underneath the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks. To complete the project, contractors are building a pair of boxes.  Each is more than 130 feet long. Cables will pull them, inch by inch, underneath the railroad.  This will allow the tunnels to be finished faster.  They're scheduled to open in September.
SPORTS
June 1, 2013
Virginia Tech's baseball team defeated Coastal Carolina 9-1 Saturday afternoon in an elimination game of the Blacksburg Regional in the NCAA Baseball Championship.  The Hokies got on the board first in the 6 th inning with an infield hit from Mark Zagunis that scored Alex Perez.  Andrew Rash made it a 2-0 lead with a lead-off homerun in the 7 th and the Hokies blew it open with a 5-run 9 th inning. Zagunis led the way for Tech at the plate, finishing 4-5 with 3 RBI. Rash and Pinder, who each had a homerun in the game, finished with 3 hits apiece.  Tech starter, Devin Burke, was working on a complete game shut-out into the 9 th when he gave-up a solo homerun.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | May 31, 2013
BLACKSBURG REGIONAL - Connecticut 5, Virginia Tech 2 : The Huskies knocked-off the top-seeded Hokies thanks to a 3-run 5 th inning and 16 hits in the game. Mark Zagunis led the way at the plate for Tech, going 2-4. Sean Keselica got the Hokies' only RBI in the loss. Virginia Tech plays Saturday at 1:00 in an elimination game against Coastal Carolina. - Oklahoma 7, Costal Carolina 3: Jonathan Gray tossed a complete-game, and Max White and Matt Oberste each drove in two runs apiece.
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WDBJ Web Staff | May 17, 2013
The North Carolina student who was offered a full scholarship to Liberty University is now admitting he lied. Cole Withrow was arrested at the end of April for bringing two unloaded shotguns to his high school.  He claimed it was an accident, saying he forgot to take the weapons out of his truck after skeet shooting.  At the time he was charged with a felony. Withrow now admits he knew the guns were in his truck all along.  In exchange prosecutors are allowing him to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge, which carries a less serious punishment.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | May 4, 2013
Seniors at Liberty University are celebrating the end of their college years by partying with the man who runs their school. Liberty's chancellor, Jerry Falwell, Jr., welcomed more than 1,200 students to his Bedford County farm Saturday night.  They enjoyed a large catered picnic with a Ferris wheel and inflatable rides. Students also got to enjoy the outdoors with horseback riding, canoeing, and a large bonfire. Falwell and his wife have held the celebration for seniors every year since 2008.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | May 4, 2013
Seniors at Liberty University are celebrating the end of their college years by partying with the man who runs their school. Liberty's chancellor, Jerry Falwell Jr., welcomed more than 1,200 students to his Bedford County farm Saturday night. They enjoyed a huge picnic with a ferris wheel and inflatable rides. Students also got to enjoy the outdoors with horseback riding and canoeing.  Falwell and his wife have held this celebration for seniors every year since 2008. "It's overwhelmingly cool," Senior Maame Danso says.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | May 3, 2013
PRINCETON, N.C. (AP) -- A lawyer for Johnston County schools says a teen who said he left two unloaded shotguns in his car at school will be allowed to graduate. Eighteen-year-old David Cole Withrow was arrested Monday on a felony charge of bringing a weapon onto school grounds after he left the guns in his car at Princeton High School. School board attorney Jimmy Lawrence said Thursday that Withrow has not been expelled and will be allowed to graduate if he meets the normal graduation requirements.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | April 18, 2013
Planning for a new civic center in Lynchburg is moving forward. City leaders have moved into what they call the "study" phase of the project.  They're trying to figure out if a large arena will fit on a parcel of land at River Ridge Mall, and how that would impact existing roads and businesses. As WDBJ7 first reported last fall, Liberty University has purchased the old Sears building at the mall.  School officials believe the site would be perfect for a civic center. "We need to get our hands around what the traffic impacts are and what the parking impacts are," said Bryan David, executive director of the Region 2000 partnership.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | April 10, 2013
The Academy of Fine Arts and Liberty University announced an initial $500,000 matching gift from the university to help with restoring the historic Academy of Music Theatre in Lynchburg. The pledge is in response to the campaign announced by the Academy in March. With Liberty University's contribution and additional fundraising, the Academy of Music Theatre will be restored and a two-story connector will be built between the theatre and the administration building next door. This will expand lobby, gallery, concession, and meeting spaces.
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