Today on News 7, U-S officials say there is hope a standoff with China over a weekend plane collision could be over soon. We'll have a live report.
Also two people are able to walk away from a plane crash in Lexington.
Going for a slightly warmer day tomorrow with readings in the 60s. Forecast details coming up.
Also today, state employees may not get a pay raise after all,
and the federal government says people with food allergies are in danger and aren't even aware of it. We'll tell you why.
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((COLIN POWELL/SECRETARY OF STATE: WE REGRET THE CHINESE PLANE DID NOT GET DOWN SAFELY. WE REGRET THE LOSS OF LIFE OF THE CHINESE PILOT. BUT NOW WE NEED TO MOVE ON. ))
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Those words from Secretary of State Colin Powell, but will it be enough to get China to release 24 U-S Servicemen?
China has demanded an apology from the U-S- but so far U-S officials have stopped short of offering that-
Teri Okita is following this story and joins us from Washington with the latest.
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((SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL STOPPED SHORT OF ISSUING AN
APOLOGY TO CHINA FOR THE MID-AIR COLLISION.
Colin Powell/Sec. Of State:
We regret the loss of life of the Chinese pilot. But now, we need to move on. We need to bring this to a resolution, and were using every
avenue available to us.
CHINA SAYS THE STATEMENT IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION BUT
SAID EARLIER THAT A FORMAL APOLOGY IS VERY IMPORTANT TO REMEDY THE
SITUATION. THE CHINESE AMBASSADOR WOULDNT SAY IF RETURNING THE 24-U-S
CREWMEMBERS HELD IN PROTECTIVE CUSTODY WAS CONTINGENT ON AN
THE WHITE HOUSE REITERATED: THE U-S OWES NO APOLOGY SAYING THE
SPY PLANES CREW DID NOTHING WRONG AND SHOULD BE RETURNED. BUT THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION WOULDNT SAY WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF CHINA DOESNT LET THEM GO.
Ari Fleischer/White House Spokesman:
Because it is a sensitive time, there are moments in
diplomacy, there are times in international relations where the less said is the most productive.
This is my brother, Kenneth Richter
ACROSS THE COUNTRY, FAMILIES OF THE CREW ARE TYING YELLOW RIBBONS
AROUND TREES HOPING FOR A QUICK RESOLUTION THAT WILL BRING THEM HOME SOON.
Barbara DiStefano/Sister of Crewman: hope theyll do everything ...dont' need to go as far as Rambo.
Sensitive material destroy...wait begins to see of Powells regrets enough to at least get crew released. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.))
A small plane crashed at a Rockbridge County airstrip this morning. No one was injured.
The single engine Piper was carrying two people as it took off from the private airstrip about six miles west of Lexington.
The plane hit trees at the end of the runway.
State Police say the cause hasn't been determined. The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.
Pay raises for state workers, teachers, and constitutional officers are back on the drawing table in Richmond.
Lieutenant Governor John Hager today spiked the Governor's plan to tap the state worker pension fund to pay for them.
Hager ruled political "ally" Jim Gilmore's amendment UNconstitutional.
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House Speaker Vance Wilkins has now thrown his support behind a budget compromise that would include pay raises.
That plan's 70 percent "phaseout of the car tax" this year may PLEASE the small throng of protesters at the gate of Capitol Square.
But it's unlikely to pass muster with Senate negotiators in its present form.
Meanwhile, another rally at the Capitol called for a special budget session.
It included teachers, environmentalists, museum supporters, local government officials, and mental health advocates.
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((VAL MARSH/ALLIANCE FOR MENTALLY ILL: THIS IS THE BROADEST GROUP I HAVE EVER WITNESSED IN ALL OF MY YEARS.))
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The "veto override" session got underway at three in Richmond.
Will the Post office deliver for you... on Saturdays?
Today the postmaster General says don't count Saturdays out just yet.
William Henderson told a House committee that changes in mail service would only come after a careful study.
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Henderson says the real problem is a recession and the demand for U-S postal products is down.
He says the U-S postal system used to be the envy of the world. Now he says it's more like a third world system.
Congress has begun looking for ways to overhaul the Postal Service to make it more efficient.
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Still to come on the newscast, a local school system takes action against a bus driver who left a child on the bus,
and we'll tell you why the government is worried about what is hiding in your food.
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A Pennsylvania girl who admitted to shooting and wounding a classmate will spend time in a psychiatric center.
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A Williamsport judge is sending 14-year-old Elizabeth Bush to the facility until psychiatrists determine she's no longer a threat.
The judge says although she'll be treated, her isolation from society will serve as punishment.
Earlier, Bush admitted to shooting 13-year-old Kimberly (Mar-Kay-zee) Marchese at a Catholic high school.
Bush says she had been depressed because her classmates teased her. The judge called the shooting a premeditated attempt at murder.
Meanwhile, three local juveniles are facing criminal charges for making bomb threats to their school.
Police say the trio called in threats to Blacksburg Middle School.
Authorities say another student is being investigated for a separate threat made to the Middle School just yesterday.
In both incidents, the building was evacuated and no explosives were found.
A Montgomery County bus driver is out of a job... after leaving a child on the bus.
Last month, Justin Nester found himself stranded on the empty bus that was supposed to take him home.
The seven-year-old boy had fallen asleep and the driver failed to notice him before parking the bus at Shawsville Middle School.
The boystarted to walk home, but was picked up by a woman who got him there safely.
The still unidentified bus driver was immediately suspended before being fired yesterday.
The district says driver training includes checking the bus after each run.
There's new concern about what you eat and it's not because of the fat and calories.
Safety groups say seven million people suffer from food allergies and what is hiding in their food can kill them.
Chris Chmura (kuh-MORE-uh) has the details.
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(( EXAMINING FACTORIES, RESEARCHERS ARE FINDING A QUARTER OF FOOD
INCLUDES INGREDIENTS THAT AREN'T ON THE LABEL. MOST COMMONLY EGGS,
PEANUTS, OR MILK.
WHILE THEY'RE HARMLESS TO MOST, THEY COULD KILL ANY OF THE 7 MILLION
PEOPLE WHO SUFFER SEVERE ALLERGIES TO THEM.
"With 25 percent of firms producing food with allergens that's too
many. It should be 1 percent or less. We've got to be doing something
to protect the people who are dying."
INVESTIGATORS FAULT PRODUCTION METHODS WHICH CAN LEAD TO MISTAKEN
MIXING OF INGREDIENTS FROM ONE PRODUCT INTO ANOTHER. SO, SAFETY GROUPS
ARE ASKING FOR MORE TESTING BY FEDERAL FOOD INSPECTORS.
"The problem is that companies aren't paying close enough attention to
the cross contamination of food with allergies and the FDA doesn't
have resources to adequately monitor it."
"The nation's food processors believe they're doing everything that
possible... and that there's no need for additional federal food
"Together, between the food industry and government labeling
regulations, the steps are in place to ensure labeling provides
ingredient information that allergic consumer can use."
MANUFACTURERS ALSO MAINTAIN THEY'RE DEVELOPING NEW WAYS TO KEEP
FACTORIES FREE OF CONTAMINATION. STILL, IT'S ESTIMATED MORE THAN 150
PEOPLE DIE EVERY YEAR FROM FOOD ALLERGIES.
IN WASHINGTON, CHRIS CHMURA REPORTING.
IN WASHINGTON, CHRIS CHMURA ))
Breast feeding moms who eat peanuts could potentially cause peanut allergies in their children.
That's according to new research.
A study demonstrates that peanut protein is in breast milk- In fact researchers analyzed breast milk from 23 nursing women- after they had consumed half a cup of peanuts. Peanut protein was found in the breast milk up to six hours later.
Researchers at the University of Toronto- also say babies are more prone to developing allergies- They say women with a family history of allergies should avoid eating peanuts while nursing.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Jacey Birch will show us a new place in the Valley to meet and eat.
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Many people are meeting together for lunch and dinner at the "Meeting House."
If you're not sure what we're talking about then you probably haven't tried South Roanoke's newest restaurant.
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Our restaurant connoisseur Jacey Birch is at the Meeting House in Crystal Springs to show us the tasty details.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Mike Stevens takes a look at the Salem Avalanche as the team prepares to open its season. Stay with us.
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If you didn't like what you saw today on the stock market today, you just had to wait a minute for it to change.
The Dow industrials plunged more than 100 points, gained 100 points and finally ended modestly higher.
Alexis Christoforous has the ups and downs in today's Marketwatch.
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Welcome everybody to the midweek ticker that begins with a little more sponsorship news pertaining to the Martinsville Speedway's upcoming race weekend.
Yesterday, fan favorite Jimmy Hensley secured a sponsored Truck for Saturday's Advance Auto Parts 250, and today's Jon Wood's entry acquired sponsorship from an unusual source.
Mark Warner the democratic candidate to be Virginia's next governor will officially announce his campaign's sponsorship of Wood tomorrow at one pm.
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Besides sponsoring Jon's truck at Martinsville this weekend, Warner also will provide sponsorship dollars all season long for Wood's Late Model stock car efforts at the New River Valley Speedway.
Jon Wood is hoping to race at both Martinsville and New River this Saturday.
Those of you longtime NASCAR fans no doubt remember when the front stretch grandstand at Martinsville had a roof over it. To sit in there during a race was deafening.
But that ear drum shattering experience pales in comparison to what is being planning just outside of Pittsburgh.
Bob Brant, a developer from Morgantown, West Virginia is planning to build a $300 million dollar domed indoor speedway for NASCAR events.
The completely indoor facility would seat 120 thousand fans.
The track would be one mile in length and would be built near the Pittsburgh International Airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration has given the project a thumbs up saying it would not have a significant impact on the environment around the airport.
The signs of spring are getting clearer and today the Salem Avalanche introduced its manager and team for the 2001 Carolina League Season.
These seats will be occupied when the Avalanche opens its home season April 10-th against Myrtle Beach.
Salem will open the season on the road at Kinston this Friday night and this could be the best team in Salem since the Rockies took over the franchise.
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Salem will play three games in Kinston before returning to Salem for the season opener April 10-th.
More on the Avalanche and a look at UVa spring football tonight on News 7 at 6.
Jean will be back in just a moment.
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A song written by Bruce Springsteen that sparked police protests during his last U-S tour is being released for the first time. VH-1's Rebecca Rankin has more.
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((PLENTY OF NEW MUSIC HITS THE SHELF TODAY. THE ALWAYS HOT SELLING 'NOW'
COMPILATION CD PUTS OUT VOLUME 6.... A
SOUNDTRACK TO GO WITH THE MOVIE VERSION OF BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY... AND
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN'S GOT A NEW RECORD AS WELL.
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NARR:IN CASE YOU MISSED THE BOSS' LAST U.S. TOUR... THERE'S A DOUBLE
C-D that captures the concert action.
'LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY' FEATURES 19 SONGS FROM SPRINGSTEEN'S 10-DAY
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN....INCLUDING THE CONTROVERSIAL SONG 'AMERICAN SKIN'
WHICH WAS WRITTEN BY SPRINGSTEEN IN REACTION TO THE HIGHLY PUBLICIZED
SHOOTING OF WEST AFRICAN IMMIGRANT AMADOU DIALLO IN NEW YORK CITY.
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SHAGGY IS JUST ONE OF MORE THAN A DOZEN POP STARS WHOSE HITS MAKE UP
6 OF THE RED-HOT SERIES: "NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC".
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"I think with each of these NOW compilations the expectations have gotten
higher. I think a year ago everyone was shocked that-- to even see one of
those records in the Top 20. Now it's at the point where everyone expects
those records to debut at the top of the charts."
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THE ECCLECTIC 'NOW' MIX ALSO FEATURES JENNIFER LOPEZ'... 'LOVE DON'T
THING.. AND 'AGAIN' BY LENNY KRAVITZ.
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THE SOUNDTRACK FOR BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY, STARRING RENNE ZELWEGGER,
TWO SONGS BY GRAMMY WINNER SHELBY LYNNE PLUS EX-SPICE GIRL GERRI
COVERING THE WEATHER GIRLS' CLASSIC, 'IT'S RAINNING MEN.'
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ANASTACIA...makes her debut with "not that kind". The album FEATURES THE
SINGLE 'I'M OUTTA LOVE.'
ALSO IN STORES TODAY, 'ARRIVAL'.. THE LATEST ALBUM BY JOURNEY. IN NEW
YORK,I'M VH1'S REBECCA RANKIN. ))