Thousands more cattle will be slaughtered and burned, as British officials try to get the upper hand on the Foot-and-Mouth disease epidemic.
And a pair of hijackers overtake a Russian plane in Turkey...they've told officials they have a bomb.
Showers continue throughout today and even longer... stay right here to find out whether or not we have a wet weekend in the forecast as well.
News 7 at noon is next.
A Russian plane hijacked from Turkey has landed in Saudi Arabia.
The hijackers say they have a bomb.
Officials say two Chechens overtook the plane at Istanbul's airport earlier today.
They say the aircraft plunged 13- hundred feet during a struggle, in which a passenger was injured.
More than 170 people are on board.
In hopes of reigning in the highly contagious Foot-and-Mouth disease,
the British government has announced at least 100-thousand more farm animals will be destroyed.
Earlier today British officials confirmed three more outbreaks of the fast-spreading disease.
That brings the total to 234, since the first case was detected last month.
Jury deliberations are underway in the trial of a man accused of killing his girlfriend and her daughter.
Michael Hairston is on trial for capital murder and first degree murder in the death of Evonne Hairston and her 16-year-old daughter Melveena.
Union members and Rubatex have reached an agreement that may end their labor dispute.
The Local 240 Union presented the new contract to its members yesterday afternoon.
No details have been released, but both sides agree they "gave in a little" on their demands.
A vote on the contract has not been scheduled.
Workers walked off the job in September 1999 in a dispute over benefits and overtime.
They returned to the plant last June, but without a new contract.
Officials have released the cause of Monday's fire at the Summit apartment complex.
Investigators have traced it to a discarded cigarette in a flower pot on a deck.
The fire destroyed two apartments and heavily damaged three others.
In business news--
It appears Wall Street is taking its cue from a rallying Tokyo market.
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Stocks are moderately higher so far today, with the Dow moving past the 10- thousand level.
Investors are putting aside their fears of a global recession, which sent blue chips plunging yesterday.
Today's gains follow a great Nikkei performance.
The Japanese index advanced by more than two-and-a-half percent.
On Wall Street at Noon,
, the Dow was up 41 points. Nasdaq up 30 points.
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And finally , News 7 at Noon is wrapping up early today in order to accommodate NCAA basketball. Today's schedule on Your Hometown Station is as follows....
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Kentucky takes on Holy Cross in just a few minutes beginning AT 12:10.
Maryland and George Mason will follow at three right here on WDBJ-7.
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Then tonight Duke takes on Monmouth at 7:30 followed by the Iowa State - Hampton game.