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A Singapore Airlines jetliner crashes in Taiwan.
Nearly 180 people were on board, some are believed to be Americans.
We'll have the latest.
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And Congressman Virgil Goode is catching some heat from his latest ad campaign.
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Sunny skies and breezy conditions persist... plus we're setting dry records. Stay here to find out more about our weather.
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All the latest, right here on News 7 at noon.



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A jetliner crashes as it takes off from Taiwan in the middle of a torrential rainstorm.

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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
A Singapore Airlines jetliner en route to Los Angeles has crashed in Taiwan.
An emergency official says the plane was carrying 179 people when it slammed into a China Airlines plane on the runway at Taipei's international airport.
Media reports say the plane is a Boeing 747.
Rescue workers are headed to the crash site.
One emergency official says strong winds played a role in the accident.
The island is bracing for a typhoon, and heavy rains have already begun soaking Taipei.
Gretchen Carlson joins us now from New York with the latest.
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[Fifth-District]


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The 5-th district congressional race is heating up in its final week. Incumbent Congressman Virgil Goode's latest ad campaign is coming under fire from his Democrat opponent.
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In a statement released yesterday, John Boyd says Goode's radio and television ads mislead voters about the congressman's stance on the Patients' Bill of Rights and prescription drug program for senior citizens. Boyd says Goode supports weaker forms of the legislation.
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But at a forum at Bedford's National Guard Armory last night, Goode called Boyd's claims "totally off base."
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((VIRGIL GOODE/INCUMBANT CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: I SUPPORT A PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT THAT WOULD HELP ESPECIALLY TO THE NEEDIEST SENIORS FIRST. I ALSO SUPPORT A PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS BUT I DO NOT SUPPORT THE RUNAWAY RIGHT TO SUE AGAINST EMPLOYERS WHICH WILL DECREASE RATHER THAN INCREASE HEALTH INSURANCE.))
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Boyd was invited - but did not attend last night's forum. But independent 5th District candidate Joseph Spence was on hand. Spence says he's outraged he wasn't allowed to participate in a Congressional debate held at Hampden-Sydney college last Thursday.
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((JOSEPH SPENCE/CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: MY FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT WAS VIOLATED BY NOT ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK OR DEBATE. THEY DIDN'T EVEN ASK ME TO HAVE A SEAT OR STAY TO LISTEN OR ANYTHING- THEY JUST FLATLY WALKED AWAY AND MORE OR LESS I GOT THE RUN-AROUND.))
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Boyd, Goode and Spence all faced off in a debate in Danville last Tuesday.
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[Mock-Election]


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Students from across Virginia are taking part in what is being called the largest Internet mock election ever.

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The University of Virginia Center for Governmental Studies' Youth Leadership Initiative is sponsoring the event.
Organizers say more than 65- thousand elementary, middle and high school students, both public and private, are taking part in the mock election.
This morning-- students at Cave Spring High School in Roanoke County voted for the candidate they support for president, U-S Senate and U-S House of Representatives.
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Results from the mock election will be announced Thursday.
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[Campbell-Murder]


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Authorities are trying to figure out who killed a Campbell County store owner.
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75-year-old Melvin Giles was murdered during an apparent robbery at his convenience store on Route 460 last Thursday night.
Investigators are still tracking down leads in that case.
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((ROBERT MAXEY/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF: WE DO HAVE A WITNESS THAT BETWEEN NINE AND NINE-FIFTEEN WAS TRAVELING ON ROUTE 460 HERE AND SAW TWO INDIVIDUALS RUNNING FROM THE DIRECTION OF THE STORE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARKING LOT.))
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Meanwhile, police responded to another armed robbery yesterday in Lynchburg.
Police arrested and charged two juveniles in connection with the armed robbery of a convenience store on Campbell Avenue.
A pellet gun authorities believe was used in that crime has also been recovered.
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[Brush-Fire]


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An autopsy is being performed today to determine whether a brush fire led to the death of an elderly man in Pittsylvania county.
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Firefighters were called to a house on Mount Cross Road in the Tunstall section of the county yesterday afternoon.

The homeowner, 87-year-old Oscar Winn of Pittsylvania County, was burning some brush when the flames got out of hand.
It was Winn's brother who found the body.
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[Mideast-Peace]


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An American journalist is one of the latest casualties of the violence in the Middle East.
Ben Wedeman of C-N-N is in stable condition after being shot in the back.
He was caught in the crossfire while covering the clashes in the Gaza Strip.
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Meanwhile, the anger among Palestinians has intensified after Israeli helicopter attacks on several offices belonging to a Yasser Arafat movement.
The helicopters hammered at least four offices, as well as other targets in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
They attacked as retaliation for the killings of two Israelis.
The Israeli military said it zeroed in on posts belonging to Arafat's bodyguards, as well as his para- military organization.
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[Space-Station]


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The space program is reaching new heights today--
The first crew is on its way to man the international space station.
Three astronauts blasted off from Kazakhstan this morning.
Gretchen Carlson has the story.
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Locator: Kazakhstan
This morning's picture perfect take-off of a Russian built Soyuz Rocket is steeped in history. Not only will it bring the first permanent crew to the International Space Station, but the launch pad is the same one used to blast the first man into space 39 years ago.

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"THIS IS IT WERE STARTING OFF ON A PERMANENT HUMAN PRESENCE IN SPACE, WE'RE BRINGING THE SPACE STATION TO LIFE."
American astronaut Bill Shepard is the mission commander. He's joined by two Russian Cosmonauts who've spent the last four years prepping for this mission. Besides the rigorous training, they've faced a series of problems that have put the project two years behind schedule.
Daniel Goldin/NASA ADMINISTRATOR SPACE AINT EASY..IT'S TOUGH....
FONT: ANIMATION: Once onboard the International Space Station, the crew will inhabit the Russian built living quarters launched earlier this year. They're main job will be to prepare the craft for the crews that will follow.
When its finished in 2005, the station will be seven stories high, weigh 418 tons and having living space equal to a 747 jet. Gretchen Carlson CBS News, ))

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An Italian cargo ship carrying chemicals is sinking, just off a French island.
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The tanker is loaded with six- thousand tons of chemicals.
It sent out distress signals yesterday, as gale- force winds lashed out on the coast.
A helicopter and rescue tug were dispatched to the vessel, but they were unable to keep it from sinking.
Officials don't know yet whether the accident poses an environmental threat.
France is still reeling from a massive oil spill last December that polluted many of the region's beaches.
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Another tense day for Americans caught in a land dispute South of the Border.
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Hundreds of eviction notices have been served to Americans, most of them retirees.
They've been fighting for months to keep their homes in Baja.
Although they built their homes on the land years ago, the Mexican government is taking it back.
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((I DON'T KNOW.. I'M JUST SO SHOCKED WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO MAKE A DATE, AND A WAY TO GET OUR THINGS OUT. WE'RE FROM ARIZONA. WE'LL GO TO ARIZONA, AND FIGURE OUT THINGS FROM THERE.))
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The evictions have been looming since last year, when the Mexican Supreme Court ruled the land was sold to Americans ILLEGALLY.
While an appeal is unlikely, retirees are hoping Mexico's new president will allow them to stay.
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The Railroad Retirement and Survivor's Improvement Act of 2-thousand could change retirement benefits.
But the act fizzled, at least in this session of Congress.
News 7 business reporter Jennifer Miele explains what the bill would mean to retirees.
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(( Joe Sailor put nearly 30 years in at three different railroads. He's retired now, and says the railroad retirement act would make things much easier for him and his fellow retirees. [TC:02:09:55]
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[Tc:01:58:24] ((JOE SAILOR: IF I DIE, OR MY WIFE DIES FOR EXAMPLE, IN STEAD OF RECEIVING 50 PERCENT OF MY RAILROAD RETIREMENT PENSION, MY WIFE WOULD GET 100 PERCENT. SO IT MEANS AT LEAST THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS A MONTH, JUST ANY RAILROAD SPOUSE RETIREE SURVIVOR.))
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The railroad retirement act would lower worker retirement age to 60 from 62. It would also cut railroad retiree taxes by 15 billion dollars.... and the tax money saved would then be invested in stocks and bonds. [PRE-PRO PAGE 2]
But those who oppose the bill say the retirement fund is like a mini social security fund.
There are already three times as many retirees as active workers, not enough to support retirees.
The government already subsidizes the fund, and some don't want to spend anymore government money.
And just because the saved tax money would be invested, it doesn't guarantee the fund will make a profit. [END PRE-PRO]
Sailor has written letters to senators, representatives and even the president. He says the Clinton administration backs the bill, as does most of the house and Senate.
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So why hasn't the bill reached the Senate floor?
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((JENNIFER MIELE/REPORTING: SENATE MAJORITY LEADER TRENT LOTT SAID HE WOULD SUPPORT THE BILL IF A MEASURE TO REPEAL A DIESEL FUEL TAX WAS ATTACHED TO IT. THAT DID HAPPEN, BUT THE VOTE IS STILL NOT LIKELY TO HAPPEN IN THIS SESSION OF CONGRESS. JENNIFER MIELE, NEWS 7.)) [RUNS13]
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[Halloween-Safety]


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Halloween is here. Before the trick or treaters head out this evening, there are some important things EVERYONE needs to keep in mind.
Steve Pardon joins us now with some safety tips.
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