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[TALENT=Kimberly]

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The results are in from the toxicology tests on two men who died in a plane crash in downtown Lexington.
We'll have details, coming up.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And at least one Cuban survivor of the plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico will get to stay in the U-S.
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[TALENT=Jacey]
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We bid farewell to summer today with a reasonable drop in temperatures. Tomorrow should be even cooler and maybe wet. We'll talk about that in a little while.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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News 7 at noon is next.

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Preliminary findings of the N-T-S-B say drugs were NOT a factor in a fatal plane crash in Lexington.
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[Plane-Crash]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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The medical examiner says the victims of the Lexington plane crash did NOT have alcohol or illegal drugs in their system.
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John Kabelka of Florida and Jack Gambino of New York died when their plane dove into downtown Lexington last month. The N-T-S-B's first report, released today, says the plane fell apart in flight and plummeted more than three thousand feet in about 20 seconds. The pilot contacted the Roanoke Airport Air Control Tower about eight minutes before the crash, saying his altitude was falling. He was not heard from again. Witnesses say as the plane corkscrewed downward, the wing broke off first -- then parts fell everywhere. The front section of the airplane, including its engine and propeller, was buried in the sidewalk.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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The pilot's family said he flew the plane about six times a year. The N-T-S-B says it could take a year to determine the cause of the crash. [Take FS-Address] For more information you can link to the agency's website from our website at wdbj-7-dot-com.

[Cuban-Plane]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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U-S immigration officials are deciding which of the Cuban plane crash survivors will get to stay on American soil.
All nine of them could know their fate by the end of the day.
Jennifer Jones has the latest from Miami.
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[SUPER=01-Patricia Manacha/I. N. S. Spokesperson;]
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(LOCATOR: MIAMI, LAST NIGHT)


THEY ARRIVED ON U-S SOIL LAST NIGHT. ONE MAN WALKED GINGERLY...SEVERAL WERE CARRIED ...MOST OF THEM SHOWING VISIBLE SIGNS OF A BRUTAL CRASH IN THE GULF OF MEXICO. SIX OF THE SURVIVORS, INCLUDING TWO CHILDREN, WERE MEDICALLY CLEARED WITHIN HOURS AND TRANSFERRED TO A DETENTION CENTER IN MIAMI.

SOT: PATRICIA MANACHA/INS SPOKESPERSON

"THEY WILL BE INTERVIEWED BY INSPECTORS FROM THE PORT OF MIAMI AFTER WHICH TIME A DETERMINATION WILL BE MADE ON THEIR IMMIGRATION STATUS."
THE CRASH VICTIM WITH THE MOST SERIOUS INJURIES REMAINS IN KEY WEST WITH HIS WIFE AND CHILD. I-N-S OFFICIALS HAVE INTERVIEWED HIM AND SAY HE'S ELIGIBLE TO STAY IN THE U-S. IN THE PAST, CUBAN REFUGEES THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT HERE FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO STAY.
THAT COULD BE GOOD NEWS FOR THE REMAINING EIGHT SURVIVORS.

SOT: MARC WOODRING, U.S. COAST GUARD

"THE DECISION WAS MADE BASED ON THEIR MEDICAL CONDITION TO BRING THEM ASHORE."
IT'S STILL HASN'T BEEN CONFIRMED THAT THE PILOT AND HIS PASSENGERS WERE ATTEMPTING TO DEFECT. BUT RELATIVES OF ONE VICTIM ARE SAYING IT WAS A LONG PLANNED ESCAPE THAT TURNED SOUR WHEN THE PILOT GOT LOST.

(JONES STANDUP, RE: CUBAN DEMANDING THEIR RETURN)

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[Concorde]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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An Air France Concorde jet is flying back to France.
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[VO-NAT]
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It was stranded in New York when Air France grounded the fleet after July's fatal Concorde crash outside Paris.
Investigators believe a piece of metal caused a tire to blow up, triggering a fuel leak and explosion.
113- people died in the crash.
But yesterday, France gave clearance for the stranded jet to fly back to Paris.
Four crew members and a maintenance technician are aboard the plane, but there are no other passengers.
French officials says they expect the Concordes to return to commercial duty after appropriate safety measures are taken.
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[Firestone]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
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New evidence shows tests done four years ago indicated a problem with Firestone tires.
That's the major topic at today's Congressional hearing with officials from Ford and Bridgestone- Firestone.
Investigators say a 19-96 test showed a 13- and- a-half- percent failure rate on hundreds of the kind of tires now under recall.
Another test showed about half the tires pulled off the production line failed speed checks.
Most of those tires came from an Illinois plant.

[Pitts-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
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Two people were trapped in a car for nearly an hour following an accident in Pittsylvania County.
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[VO-NAT]
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It happened around seven last night on Route 29 near Chatham when a car pulled into the path of a Jeep..
Two people were trapped in the car and were taken to Danville Regional Medical Center, as was one person in the jeep.
No word on the severity of their injuries. Their names are not being released, but State Police say charges are pending.
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[Tree-House]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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A Roanoke duplex was damaged after a 100 foot tall Oak tree crashed through the roof.
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It happened around 6:30 last night on Elm Avenue. The Roanoke Fire Department says the owner of the duplex, 61-year old Brent Miller, was home, and heard the tree falling. He got out of the home safely. His wife wasn't home at the time. Miller's 73 year old mother -in- law was outside in the yard- but she wasn't hurt. Officials say the tree's 18-foot root base was rotten, which is why the tree fell over. Damage is estimated at 25-thousand dollars.
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[Lotto-Virginia]


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The Lotto jackpot will continue to grow.
Nobody won the three million dollar jackpot.
The first drawing of Virginia Lottery's revamped "Lotto" game was held last night and it drew a lot of players. Meredyth Censullo has more.
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((LOTTO COMMERCIAL: WHERE IS LOTTO VIRGINIA? CAN I TALK TO YOU BACK HERE? JUST A MOMENT. COME ON.)) [RUNS:05]
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Plenty of folks in Roanoke have "found" Lotto Virginia - at this E-Z-N on Brambleton Avenue.

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((IT SEEMS LIKE IT'S ENTICED PEOPLE TO PLAY MORE.)) [RUNS:02]
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To play, or at the very least return, their old kicker tickets.

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((DO YOU HAVE A NEW ONE? THIS IS NOT A NEW ONE. YES, THE NEW ONE'S AT THE BACK.)) [RUNS:03]
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The new ones have 3 extra numbers to choose from...Some folks aren't too happy about that.

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((TOM HAWES: I DON'T LIKE THAT AT ALL - I DON'T HAVE NO CHANCE TO WIN THEN. (LAUGHS). )) [RUNS:04]
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((DISENCHANTMENT AMONG LOTTERY PLAYERS WITH THE OLD LOTTO'S ONE-TO-TEN MILLION JACKPOT LED TO A DECREASE IN TICKET SALES. SO LADY LUCK HAS GOTTEN A MAKEOVER.)) [RUNS:10]
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[NAT TICKET @ 1:22:38]
Lotto Virginia's jackpot pays up to 30-million greenbacks. A number that sweetens the pot at little more.

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((AL WILMER: WHEN IT GETS BIGGER, WE'LL PROBABLY INVEST A LITTLE MORE.)) [RUNS:04]
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That's what the Virginia Lottery is looking for. And from the scene here at the E-Z-N, their new strategy is working.

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((BETHANY HOLBERT: EVERYBODY'S JUST BEEN REAL EXCITED AND LOOKING FORWARD TO IT...EVERYBODY THINKS THEY'RE GONNA WIN (LAUGHS.) )) [RUNS:06]
[OUT Q=gonna win (laugh)]


And they hope that with this new game, luck will be on their side, even if the odds aren't. Meredyth Censullo, News7, Roanoke. ))
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[Ohio-Tornado]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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The National Weather Service confirms it was a tornado that caused widespread damage in Ohio last night.
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The storm cut a two- mile path of destruction through the town of (ZEEN-yuh) Xenia.
One person was killed, and 100 others were injured-- some of them are still in the hospital.
Heavy rains and 70- mile- per-hour winds tore the roof off a church, blew over cars and downed trees and power lines.
Ohio's governor has declared a state of emergency.
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[Mason-Dixon]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tte]
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The latest statewide poll shows Republican George W- Bush holding a lead among Virginia's voters.
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[VO-NAT]

In a News7 Mason Dixon poll out yesterday, Bush has the support of 49-percent of state voters, while 39-percent back Gore. One percent are for Green Party nominee Ralph Nader, one percent support Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan, and ten percent remain undecided.
The gender gap remains, with Bush winning an extra 21 percentage points among men and Gore leading by a one percent margin among women.
80 percent of black voters favor Gore. 57 percent of whites back Bush.
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[C'burg-Council]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=mjo]
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There may be a change in state campaign rules due in part to an anonymous political attack ad in Christiansburg's last town council election.
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Ann Hess lost her bid for town council by 71 votes in May ... two days after an attack ad ran in a local paper.
The ad could NOT be traced to a REAL group.
State police made a rough sketch of the man who paid for the ad. But they still haven't found out who's responsible.
Hess asked Senator Madison Marye and Delegate Jim Shuler to propose a bill for better screening of groups placing political ads.
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((ANN HESS: THIS IS NOT A CRIME AGAINST ME, IT'S A CRIME AGAINST THE ELECTION PROCESS. IT'S A CRIME AGAINST OUR DEMOCRACY. I'VE HAD PEOPLE TELL ME THAT THEY WOULD NEVER RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS CAN BE DONE TO THEM. IT'S JUST TOO TRAUMATIC. ))
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Placing a phony political ad is a misdemeanor that carries a year in jail or a 25-hundred dollar fine.

[County-Police]


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Police officers often encounter violent situations brought on by people with mental illness.
But the Roanoke county police department says proper training can prevent violent incidents.
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Roanoke County is starting a new program called Crisis Intervention Team.
C-I-T is an intense training program that educates officers about mental illness and the effects some medicines can have on behavior.
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C-I-T also creates a partnership between the police and mental health care providers which they say better serves the community.
The County has invited members of Roanoke City, Salem, and Vinton law enforcement agencies to take part in the week long training program in October.
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[Kickball]


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A popular child's game is becoming popular with some adults.
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[VO-NAT]
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Kickball is making a comeback with a group of young professionals in Blacksburg.
The playground sport combines the rules of softball and dodgeball.
Virginia Tech graduate Heather McElrath started the group after hearing about others in northern Virginia and Washington, D-C.
Participants say the game is a perfect combination of fun and exercise... and it's better the second time around.


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[10:58 - 11:08] ((HEATHER McELRATH: THERE'S NO STRESS. THERE'S LITTLE COMPETITION. IT'S JUST A LOT MORE FUN. AND SUPPOSEDLY IT DOESN'T TAKE AS MUCH ENERGY. I DON'T QUITE BELIEVE THAT ONE YET.)) [13:58 - 14:05] ((WINSTON MATTHEWS: THE BALL IS A LOT SMALLER, THE BASES ARE A LOT EASIER TO RUN TO AND I'M A LITTLE BIT MORE SCARED WHEN PEOPLE THROW THE BALL AT ME.))
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[SUPER=01-Winston Matthews/Kickball Enthusiast; :11]
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There are ten players in Blacksburg- but organizers say they need more teams to they can compete. (------------)