[7-11Plane-Crash]

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The plane that crashed in downtown Lexington last month fell more than three thousand feet in twenty seconds, according to a report released by the National Transportation Safety Board.
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The N-T-S-B says eight minutes before the crash, the pilot radioed the Roanoke Airport Air Control Tower to say his plane was losing altitude. Witnesses say the plane spiraled downward and came apart in mid-air. They say the wing fell off first. The front section of the plane, including its engine and the propeller, was buried in the sidewalk.
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The medical examiner says neither the pilot nor his passenger had alcohol or illegal drugs in their systems when they died. The N-T-S-B does not expect to determine a cause for the crash until next year.

[7-11Crown-Jobs]


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Newly laid off workers in Lynchburg had a chance to find new work yesterday.
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Last Thursday, Crown Simplimatic laid off 150 employees to trim costs while filing for bankruptcy protection.
But Lynchburg's unemployment rate is less than two percent, which means many businesses are frantically searching for workers.
Many companies were on display at a job fair for Crown employees yesterday.
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[SOT 13:59:30]
[IN Q=We find ourselves]

((CONNIE STANEK/SOCIETY OF H.R. MANAGERS: WE FIND OURSELVES HAVING TO GO TO NON-TRADITIONAL METHODS TO RECRUIT.. EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE WHAT WE TERM THE EMPLOYER OF CHOICE.))
[SUPER=01-Connie Stanek/Society of H. R. Managers]
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[OUT Q=employer of choice.]
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Crown Simplimatic workers handed out resumes, filled out applications and did some networking yesterday afternoon.
The company says some of the laid- off employees have already found new jobs.
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[7-11Mason-Dixon]


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George Allen is still leading the battle for the U-S Senate race.
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[TAKE PINNACLE PAGE ONE ]
Our latest Mason-Dixon/News 7 poll of likely voters shows Republican Allen with 48 percent over Democrat Chuck Robb's 41 percent support.
Eleven percent are still undecided.
The silver lining for Robb is that he's closed the gap three points over our July poll. [PINNACLE PAGE TWO]
From a regional standpoint, Robb is winning Northern Virginia, 52 to 38 percent.
The candidates are dead even in Hampton Roads, at 43 percent. [PINNACLE PAGE THREE]
But everywhere else in the state, George Allen's on top, including in the Roanoke and Southwest region.
He leads 54 to 35 percent.
In Lynchburg and Southside, Allen's up ten points over Robb, with a 49-39 split.
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Allen continues to have a big lead among men and white voters.
Robb has a big lead among black voters, and finally has eked out a six point advantage with women.

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Taking a break from the news now to check weather--
Becoming mostly cloudy with highs in the lower 70s..


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[45-1181-Ax]


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[GRAPHIC=81 Deadly Accident]

An accident on Interstate 81 killed a Harrisonburg woman after she lost control of her car.
Witnesses say the car split in two yesterday when it hit a tractor-trailer traveling the other direction.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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((The south bound lanes of interstate 81 near Buchanan looked more like a parking lot than a highway Thursday afternoon. Around 4 o'clock 72 year old Juanita Clague from Harrisonburg was driving north when she lost control of her car.

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((SGT. PAUL DULANEY: WITNESSES STATED THE VEHICLE STARTED SWERVING AND THEN SHOT ACROSS THE MEDIAN INTO THE SOUTH BOUND LANE AND STRUCK THE TRACTOR TRAILER HEAD ON.))
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The Mercury then rolled and split into two. Police say Clague was killed instantly. The driver of the tractor trailer was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with head injuries that do not appear to be life threatening. It took officials over three hours to clear the scene before traffic was back to normal. Kate Weidaw News7 Botetourt County.))

[45-Safety-Improvements]


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V-DOT hopes new funding from a six year transportation plan will reduce the number of fatal accidents on I-81.
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[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./August 22]


Yesterday, the Commonwealth Transportation Board approved nearly 1 billion dollars in funding for projects on interstate 81 and Routes 58 and 220.
37 and a half million dollars will upgrade the interstate by installing median guardrails, additional rumble strips, and message boards.
Some folks believe improvements are needed but it's the drivers who have to be careful.
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[IN Q=if they're]

((WILLIAM SANDERS/EAGLE ROCK RESIDENT: IF THEY'RE GOING TO WIDEN IT AND PUT THREE LANES ON IT YOU COULD PUT FIVE ON IT AND YOU'D STILL HAVE THE SAME MESS.))
[SUPER=01-William Sanders/Eagle Rock Resident]
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[VO-NAT]


VDOT will hold a public hearing on the plan on October 5th at the Wyndham Hotel in Roanoke.
The transportation board will make a final decision on the plan October 19th and if it's approved it will go into effect November first.
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[45-11Fifth-wheel]


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[GRAPHIC=81 Deadly Accident]

Three new Volvo truck tractors broke loose on the Interstate last summer killing a truck driver in the on-coming lane of traffic.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./June 19, 1999]


The widow of Georgia trucker Robert (Ga-rard) Garrard went to court, hoping to prove that either negligence or defective equipment was to blame.
Now a federal judge has ruled it was neither.
Judge Sam Wilson found no proof of any defects in the "fifth wheel" and no evidence of negligence on the part of those who stacked the piggy-backed tractors at the Volvo terminal in Dublin.
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Skies will become mostly cloudy with temperatures in the 70s for highs this afternoon...


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[8-11Plane-Crash]


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It only took 20 seconds for a plane to plunge thousands of feet before crashing in dowtown Lexington last month.
That's according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington/August 31;]

The N-T-S-B says eight minutes before the crash, the pilot radioed the Roanoke Airport Air Control Tower to say his plane was losing altitude. Witnesses say the plane spiraled downward and came apart in mid-air. They say the wing fell off first. The front section of the plane, including its engine and the propeller, was buried in the sidewalk.
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The medical examiner says neither the pilot nor his passenger had alcohol or illegal drugs in their systems when they died. The N-T-S-B does not expect to determine a cause for the crash until next year.

[8-6-Armed-Robbery]


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A man is charged with armed robbery after an incident at a Danville flower shop.
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Police say a man brought a gun into the Dan Valley Florist late yesterday morning, demanded money, and got it.
Officers arrested 36 year old James Garnell Mosby less than an hour later at an apartment complex. He's charged with armed robbery.
Police say they recovered the money.
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[8-11Tech-Transfer]


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Wanna- be Virginia Tech transfer students will have to stay where they are, at least for now.
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[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


The university is turning away all spring applicants because this year's freshman class was 10 percent larger than expected.
Tech had 430 more first year students than it planned ... even though officials say the schools is getting more selective.
And more students are STAYING, which means NO spots for transfers.
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[IN Q=It's really all]

((LARRY HINCKER/UNIVERSITY RELATIONS DIRECTOR: WE'VE ACCEPTED 2,000 MORE VIRGINIA STUDENT IN THE LAST SEVERAL YEAR WITHOUT HAVING ANY INCREASE IN FUNDS FROM THE STATE OF VIRGINIA. WE DID THAT AS A PRODUCTIVITY MEASURE. WE REACHED OUT TO THE STATE OF VIRGINIA. BUT WE REALLY ARE PACKED TO THE GILLS RIGHT NOW AND WE CANT ACCEPT ANY MORE STUDENTS UNTIL WE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE REVENUE SITUATION.))
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[VO-NAT]


About 15 percent of Tech's students transfer from other colleges.
University officials say the applicant boom was caused partly by a rise in Virginia high school graduates.
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[8-11Cancer-Walk]


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Some people took generous steps at last night's "Light the Night Walk"...
Participants raised nearly 58- thousand- dollars.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Hundreds of people walked two miles around South Roanoke last night.
The money raised will be used to fight blood-based cancers like Leukemia and Lymphoma.
Cancer survivors carried white balloons.
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[IN Q=You Never]

((YOU NEVER KNOW FROM DAY TO DAY WHEN YOUR LIFE'S GOING TO BE TOUCHED BY THIS. WHETHER IT BE YOU HAVE CANCER YOURSELF OR YOUR LOVED ONES HAVE CANCER.))
[SUPER=01-Martha Brinkley/Cancer Survivor]
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[OUT Q=loved ones have cancer.]
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Six other Virginia cities and hundreds of communities across the country also held walks last night.
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Taking another look at your Friday forecast...
We'll keep the clouds around today...with highs in the lower 70s..


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