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Today on News 7, the standoff with China over that downed Navy spy plane is showing signs of easing.
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And the investigation of a troubled military aircraft blames design flaws for a string of crashes.
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In other news, an accused murderer who spent three months on the run will have to wait in Roanoke's jail,
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and Wall Street enjoys one of its most successful days ever. We'll have the numbers in today's Marketwatch.
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That statement.. . just one sign the standoff with China may be easing.
President Bush says the United States is working all diplomatic channels- for the release of 24 Americans and a Navy plane.
Teri Okita is following the story. She joins us live from Washington with the latest.
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(U-S AND CHINESE DIPLOMATS ARE ENTRENCHED IN INTENSE, HIGH-LEVEL TALKS WH LE, FOR THE FIRST TIME, PRESIDENT BUSH, HIMSE

LF, MADE A CONCILLATORY GESTURE TOWARDS THE CHINESE. BUSH: I regret that a Chinese pilot is missing, and I regret that one of their airplanes is lost. BUT LIKE OTHER U-S OFFICIALS, THE PRESIDENT STOPPED SHORT OF AN APOLOGY STANDING FIRM THAT THE U-S OWES NONE. HE ALSO REITERATED THE NEED FOR THE 24-U-S CREWMEMBERS TO RETURN HOME SOON. Bush: We re working all diplomatic channels to effect our priority. WHILE DIPLOMATS IN HAINAN WAIT FOR ANOTHER CHANCE TO SEE THE CREW, CHINA S FOREIGN MINISTER HINTED, EARLIER, THAT THEY WOULDN T BE ALLOWED IN AGAIN UNTIL AMERICA APOLOGIZES. CHINA ALSO SAYS IT HAD THE RIGHT TO INTERROGATE THE CREW. (Super: Rear Adm. Craig Quigley/Pentagon Spokesman: The Chinese have stated that they intend to conduct an investigation of their own into the accident, and I don t think it d be a big surprise that the crew of the EP-3 would be interviewed.

WITH STILL NO WORD FROM THE CREWMEMBERS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE TYING MORE YELLOW RIBBONS HOPING FOR THEIR QUICK RETURN. Marcia Lee/Crewman s Aunt: The first couple days, all I could do is cry. And just worry and worry. And then you go through, you re mad you know, it s like what is taking so long, why don t we hurry up. Teri Okita/Reporting: THE PENTAGON COULDN T CONFIRM A REPORT THAT THE MISSING CHINESE UNTIL IT TALKS TO THE CREW, THE PENTAGON CLAIMS TO KNOW VERY LITTLE ABOUT THE MID-AIR COLLISION.))


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More information into a deadly Osprey Crash in North Carolina-
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Apparently a hydraulics system failure and computer glitches proved to be a deadly combination.
That's the finding of a Marine Corp invesigation-into the December crash that killed four Marines. A Marine Commander says the crew was not at fault.
Meanwhile The Washington Post reports that pilots who helped investigate say the problems with hydraulics and software- were design flaws that had been known for months, but ignored.
Investigators say the flaws slipped by because the Marine crop wanted to win full funding to produce the plane.
Two crashes of Osprey aircraft killed a total of 23 Marines.
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A New Jersey native today admitted to almost killing his ex-girlfriend in Salem last year.
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20-year old Maurice Reynolds went to the apartment they once shared and found her in the shower.
Before it was over he had emptied a six- shot revolver, starting in the bathroom.
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He actually hit the woman three times- -first in the head, in her left side and left hand.
Police interviewed the victim in the Emergency Room, because they weren't sure she'd survive.
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Reynolds pled "no contest" today to attempted capital murder, malicious wounding, three sex offenses and a weapons charge.
The victim who asked not to be identified still has two of the bullets in her body.

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After three months on the run, an accused murderer is behind bars in the Roanoke City jail.
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29 year old Earl Allen Hale was arraigned in a Roanoke courtroom today on murder, malicious wounding, and related firearms charges. Hale stands accused of killing 27 year old Charlene Ramsey at an auto detailing company in January. Hale was arrested at a Richmond bus station last night after Crime Line tip. He is currently being held in the Roanoke City jail without bond. Hale is expected in court again in May.
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There is a new resource in the Valley for children who need dental work, but can't afford it. We'll have that story after the break,
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and investors on Wall Street have reason to celebrate as the stock markets have one of their best days ever.
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On Wall Street today, the DOW chalked up what appears to be its second-biggest one-day point gain in its history -- with an advance of nearly 400 points today.
Alexis Christoforous has the details
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Former Republican Party chairman Randy Forbes is running again.
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Forbes kicked off a campaign today for the Tidewater congressional seat now open because of the death of Democrat Norm Sisisky.
That means the Chesapeake state senator is officially dropping out of the Republican contest for Lieutenant Governor.
That leaves Fauquier County Delegate Jay Katzen unopposed for the nomination.
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Rescue Crews in Danville spent the day testing their skills.
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They took part in a simulated Hazmat drill at the waste water treatment plant.
Crews treated the exercise as the real deal as they worked to rescue victims and then contain a chemical leak.
The goal was to see what needs improvement and more importantly how communication is the key.
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((DOUG YOUNG/DANVILLE EMGERGENCY SERVICES: ITS NOT EVERYDAY ONE OF THESE DEPARTMENTS WORK ON AN EMERGENCY LEVEL WITH EACH OTHER. THIS WAY THEY CAN GET THEM TOGETHER, SEE WHAT CAN BE IMPROVED, SEE WHAT NEEDS TO BE WORKED ON BUT IT GETS THEM FACE TO FACE WITH EACH OTHER.)) ((B. G. LEWIS/DANVILLE FIRE CHIEF: ITS JUST LIKE A FIRE YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN ONE WILL OCCUR SO YOU KEEP YOUR EQUIPMENT MAINTAINED, YOU KEEP YOUR PEOPLE TRAINED AND MAKE SURE THEY KNOW HOW TO USE THE SKILLS AND GOOD AT WHAT THEY KNOW.))
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Firefighters take part in three large scale drills like this one a year.
The training does come in handy.
Five years ago, the waste water treatment plant had a small chlorine leak which happens to be the most dangerous chemical at that plant.
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Underserved children in the Roanoke Valley now have a place to go for dental care.
Carilion's Pediatric Dental Clinic is open for business.
As Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton tells this clinic could serve as model for the nation.
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((Carilion's Pediatric Dental clinic is one of the first in the country to to bring the public and private sector together to address a growing problem facing children across the nation and here at home.
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((DR. CHARLES CONKLIN/CARILION DENTAL CARE: WE ESTIMATE THAT IN THE CARILION AREA THAT ARE SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 30 TO 50 THOUSAND WHO ARE UNDERSERVED AND DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO DENTAL CARE BECAUSE OF THEIR FINANCIAL SITUATION)) [RUNS12]
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And with the help Pediatric Dentist Gabe Brown -- Carilion hopes to meet as much as that need as possible.
The Executive Director of The American Pediatric Dentistry says if the clinic is successful --it could serve a national model of what can be accomplished when a community works together.
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And Carilion hopes this clinic is just the beginning of improving the quality of health for children in valley for years to come.
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Now that Spring and the warm weather have gotten together, it's time to think about your garden. Jacey Birch is standing by with some suggestions to add a little color to your world.
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If Spring caught you by surprise and you're itching for some beautiful color in your house or yard... we may have your solution.
In this year's first edition of Growin' It...
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Still to come on the newscast, Steve Mason will have an update on the Masters tournament,
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It's a big day for Golf as the Masters tees off. But there's something else that is proving a big hit with golfers...it's a new ball.
Gretchen Carlson has more.
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((Its what everyones talking about on the links this spring -- the Titleist Pro V 1 golf ball.

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First hit of the season, its good!

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Its a ball some claim can add 20 yards to your drive -- even more ping to your putt. Its a ball some people are calling magic.

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I heard its really worth trying.

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But we wanted to see how the ball would play for just the regular kind of golfer, so we asked this foursome to tee it up for 9 holes. Would it improve their game?

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While Tiger doesnt use the ball - hes a Nike guy not Titlelist -- other pros say the new ball has definitely helped their games. In fact, players using the Pro V 1 -- won 9 of the first 11 PGA Tour events this year. One of those guys -- Joe Durant - once ranked 208th -- now has 2 of those wins.

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Its been a tremendous factor for me. Ive picked up a lot of distance.

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So what makes the ball so special? For starters it has a solid core - that means better distance. But for years players have complained extra distance meant less control. Somehow this ball has been able to combine both.

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Golf Pro Dick Smith says that combination has made consumers crazy for the ball -- even at 5 bucks a piece.

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We get 24 dozen a month. Thats all we get. When theyre gone after the first couple of days of the month then we have to wait until the next month.

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And there's another drawback ... some experts argue the ball really only works for the pros ... players with incredibly high swing speed. Still, the four amateurs in our uscientific study were impressed.

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The ball performed especially on a day like today there was a terrible wind out there and the ball held its line on most of the shots.
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I have a tendency to go right. It stayed low and it went straight and it holds the green very well putting.

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If the new golf ball can't help your game, perhaps our website of the day can.
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The people behind the golf academy dot-com have put together an excellent site to help the amatuer golfer. It can help you cure your slice, your hook, and your fear of hitting out of the bunker.
With a wealth of free advice from some top pros, you should be able to take a couple strokes off your game.
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You can find the Golf Academy through a link to our site at WDBJ-7-dot-com.

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The Masters got underway earlier today from Augusta National. Chris DiMarco is the leader so far. He tore up the course with it's tricky greens with a seven under 65 in his first round of play. He leads Steve Stricker by one stroke and Phil Mickleson by two strokes. DiMarco managed eight birdies and only one bogey. Tiger Woods is at one under through 12 holes. More on the first round of the Masters tonight at six.

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The Roanoke Express opens it's ECHL best of five first round playoff series in Toledo against the Storm tomorrow night at 7:30. The Storm has a 1-4 and 2 record in it's last seven games of the season but the team feels the post season is a new start.
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The Carolina League Lynchburg Hillcats are getting ready to start the season.
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Today, the Hillcats held their annual luncheon to introduce the teams and listen to the manager talk about what fans can expect this season. The news conference was held at Cattleannies and the team should have a lot of beef at the plate and speed as well.
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That's it for the ticker, coming up at six, more from the Storm and we will hear from Winston Cup driver Steve Park. See ya then everybody.

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It is something most everyone in the nation's capitol looks forward to.
It is a rite of spring that can even make the most hardened politician pause for a minute or two.
Drew Levinson explains.
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((While the Nation's capital goes about the business of domestic policy, economic tailspins and international incidents, something magical is happening along the banks of the Potomac...it's cherry blossom time.

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"They're a nice reminder that spring is here and it's time to get outside and have fun again."

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"I come every year and this is the best I've seen."

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"THE CHERRY TREES CAME TO WASHINGTON 89 YEARS AGO. IT WAS IN 1912 THAT THE CITY OF TOKYO GAVE THE PEOPLE OF WASHINGTON A GIFT OF THREE THOUSAND CHERRY TREES. SINCE THEN THESE BLOOMING BEAUTIES HAVE BEEN BRINGING JOY TO THE NATION'S CAPITAL."
The blooming of the cherry trees have traditionally been recognized as a harbinger of the season...mother nature's good bye kiss to old man winter. For some, it comes not a moment too soon

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"It's nice. I'm enjoying myself."

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"I just think they look very peaceful and thy're just beautiful. I really do."
Narr: This annual rite of spring is a favorite for tens of thousands of tourists and locals alike, who flock to the shores to wander through the pink paradise and bask in the sweet perfume.
A national treasure...a reminder of a simple gift of friendship from a distant country ..but above all the arrival of spring .. in all it's glory. DL...CBS News))
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