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Israel proposes that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat go into exile.
But U-S officials say that won't help peace efforts in the Middle East.
And jury selection begins today in the murder trial of a Kennedy relative.
Sunny and warm across the area today but a few changes are heading our way....I'll have your forecast....
News 7 at Noon is next.
Despite recent developments, Secretary of State Colin Powell says Yasser Arafat is STILL part of the Mideast peace process.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Secretary Powell says sending the Palestinian leader into exile, as Israel has proposed, won't help.
This, as Israeli forces continue their offensive.
Drew Levinson has the latest.
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With Israeli tanks and helicopters continuing their assault on
Palestinian headquarters in Ramallah--and fighting still raging in
Bethlehem, Israel's Prime Minister is proposing exile for Yaser Arafat.
Ariel Sharon told European diplomats they can meet with Arafat-only if
they take him away when they're finished.
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"IT IS GOING TO BE A ONE WAY TICKET."
A Palestinian spokesman said Arafat--who's been holed up in his compound
for five days and has sworn to die a martyr--will not leave Palestine.
(SOT: HANAN ASHRAWI/PALESTINIAN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBER)
" IT SEEMS TO ME SHARON IS ON THE VERGE OF CARRYING OUT POLITICS OF
Today Israeli Helicopters fired on the compound of the Palestinian West
Bank security chief. Israeli claims terrorists are hiding there.
(sot Danny Shek/Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson)
"THESE PEOPLE ARE CONSIDERED BY THE UNITED STATES, BY ISRAEL AND BY
EVERYONE ELSE AS THE LEADERS OF THE TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS. "
The Palestinians deny there are terrorists in the building.
Meantime the suicide attacks continue throughout Israel--last night a
suicide bomber failed to get through an Israeli checkpoint--but not
before he killed himself and a police officer..
Here in the United States Secretary of State Colin Powell says there are
no plans to send US troops to the regions.. and again condemned the
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"IT IS NOT ONLY KILLING INNOCENT ISRAELI CITIZENS, IT'S DESTROYING THE
PALESTINIANS OWN DREAM OF A STATE OF THEIR OWN."
STANDUP: TO COME:
(.....And in a show of support for the Palestinians, Lebanese Hizbollah
guerrillas fired mortar rounds into a disputed zone near the Lebanese
border and the Golan Heights.)
Jury selection gets under way today for a murder committed in the mid '70s.
The defendant is a nephew of the late Senator Robert Kennedy.
Gretchen Carlson reports.
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MICHAEL SKAKEL AND HIS ATTORNEY ARRIVED AT THE COURTHOUSE THIS MORNING
TO START THE LONG AND PAINFUL PROCESS OF ANSWERING A 27-YEAR-OLD MURDER
DID SKAKEL, A KENNEDY COUSIN, KILL HIS GREENWICH CONNECTICUT NEIGHBOR
15-YEAR-OLD MARTHA MOXLEY BACK IN 19-75. (Court artist: Jane Rosenberg)
IN CONNECTICUT TODAY THE FOUR WEEK PROCESS OF SELECTING A JURY GOT
SKAKEL WAS ONLY A TEEN THEN TOO, BUT NEVER CHARGED WITH THE CRIME UNTIL
A GRAND JURY INDICTED HIM IN JANUARY 0F 2000. HE WILL BE TRIED AS AN
SKAKEL HAD BEEN IN AND OUT OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL TREATMENT FACILITIES
SINCE HIS TEENAGE YEARS. PROSECUTORS WILL CALL A NUMBER OF WITNESSES,
SOME, FORMER, FELLOW PATIENTS WHO WILL SAY SKAKEL CONFESSED TO
BLUDGEONING AND STABBING MOXLEY TO DEATH ON THE NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN.
SKAKEL'S ATTORNEY MICHAEL SHERMAN SAYS THE EVIDENCE IS UNRELIABLE.
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MEMBERS OF THE KENNEDY FAMILY ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE TRIAL, ONCE IT
GETS UNDERWAY TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT.
(CLOSE: TO COME: KEY QUESTION OF JURY SELECTION, DO JURORS HAVE STRONG
FEELING ABOUT KENNEDY'S)
Carilion Biomedical Institute is investing in research at Virginia Tech and U-V-A.
The Institute today announced the awarding of one million dollars to both schools.
The money is part of a partnership that has C-B-I giving each school five million dollars over five years.
The Vice President of Business Development for CBI says everyone involved benefits from the deal.
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((GEORGE BLANAR/CARILION BIOMEDICAL INSTITUTE: THE IDEA BEHIND THIS FUNDING IS TO ENCOURAGE BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH, STRENGTHEN THEIR DEPARTMENTS, TO FIND PRODUCTS FROM AMONG THE RESEARCH AND FIND A RAPID WAY TO COMMERCIALIZATION.))
[OUT Q=rapid way to commercialization.]
Blanar (Bluh-NARR) says Tech and UVA will focus their research in four areas: eldercare, patient monitoring, therapeutics and laboratory and hospital automation.
The city of Roanoke is having to deal with some costly headaches.
Members of city council had to approve a half-million dollar infusion for trash collection.
But the problems don't end there, as they learned that another expansion of the regional sewage treatment plant could cost millions more.
Joe Dashiell reports.
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((Roanoke went to curbside collection, and made other changes to improve efficiency, but with increasing trash flow, costs are up dramatically... and now projected to exceed budget estimates by more than 600- thousand dollars.
That brought complaints from city council members who had questioned the controversial changes.
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((ALVIN HUDSON/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED, IT'S OUT OF CONTROL, TOTALLY OUT OF CONTROL WITH TAXPAYERS MONEY.))
((LINDA WYATT/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: WELL, IF WE DID THAT IN EVERY BUDGET IN EVERY DEPARTMENT THIS CITY WOULD SOON BE BANKRUPT.))
[OUT Q=would soon be bankrupt.]
Meanwhile, problems with the regional sewage treatment facility will require a 30- million dollar fix. Negotiations with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will bring another plant expansion, to double its peak capacity.
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((MIKE MCEVOY/UTILITIES DIRECTOR: GENERALLY, THE IMPROVEMENTS ARE AIMED AT INCREASING THE PLANT'S WET WEATHER CAPACITY, WHICH ESSENTIALLY MEANS THAT DURING RAIN EVENTS, WE SEE INCREASED FLOWS AT THE PLANTS AND THESE IMPROVEMENTS ARE DESIGNED TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE.))
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There won't be an immediate impact on city residents. Construction won't begin until September 2003, but eventually residents will bear a 30 percent increase or about three dollars a month on the average sewage treatment bill.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
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Still to come on the newscast, Henry County's administrator is accused of embezzlement,
Also the tax deadline is less than two weeks away--
Coming up next, we will speak with a financial consultant on the common mistakes people make with their taxes and individual retirement accounts.
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Henry County Administrator, Sid Clower, was indicted on six counts of embezzlement yesterday.
Clower could face up to 120 years in prison if convicted.
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Special prosecutor Don Caldwell says Clower's accused of taking at least 200-thousand dollars out of county funds.
As the criminal investigation unfolded last week, Clower and one of his assistants, Rosemary Pace, were suspended.
Now, Caldwell says investigators are focusing their attention on Clower and have NO other suspects in the case.
Clower was found wandering in a wooded area and threatening suicide while investigators searched his office last week.
13- days and counting until the deadline to file your federal income taxes.
Millions of Americans will rush to file their taxes AND meet the contribution deadline to put money into their I-R-As.
During that rush is when mistakes are often made.
Joining us today to help prevent some of those mistakes is Bob Corcoran, who's with Fidelity Investments Retirement Services.
Thanks for joining us this afternoon.
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The Queen Mother's coffin has made its way to London, as Britain begins a week of national mourning.
Hundreds came out to watch the procession.
The royal matriarch died on Saturday at the age of 101.
Her coffin is draped in her personal flag, and was carried into the chapel at St. James Palace.
It'll remain there until Friday, when it'll be moved to the House of Parliament to lie in state.
The funeral is set for next Tuesday, April 9th at Westminster Abbey.
The Church of England today issued special prayers in her honor.
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The Maryland Terrapins are the national basketball champions.
But police had to intervene in Maryland and Indiana as fans let their enthusiasm get the best of them. We'll have the details next.
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Maryland and Indiana squared off in what would be an exciting and competitive game from start to finish.
But first, fans paid their respects as---
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---the flag that flew atop the World Trade Center Towers was courtside, in a fitting ceremony.
Maryland's go- to guy Juan Dixon would prove why he holds one of the best "steal" records in the country, stealing the ball and finishing the play with the lay- up.
Indiana stayed close in the first half with sharp shooting at key spots.
Tom Coverdale hits the shot from near the top of the key.
Maryland led 31-25 at the half.
The Hoosiers went on a run several minutes into the second half.
Dane Fife hit a pair of three pointers and Kyle Hornsby's 3 pointer helped the cause.
He had 14 on the night.
But Lonnie Baxter and the four horsemen for the Terps were too much.
Baxter scores his 15th point inside.
Maryland is strong at the finish, and the Terrapins win their FIRST EVER national championship with the 64-52 win in Atlanta.
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[SUPER=01-Juan Dixon/Championship MVP; :00(QUICK!!!!!!!!)]
[SUPER=01-Gary Williams/Maryland Head Coach; :05]
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Thousands of Maryland students were out in the streets celebrating their team's historic win.
But some eager fans got out of hand--
15 people are facing charges, ranging from aggravated assault to disorderly conduct.
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Four bonfires were set near the College Park campus, and students were seen jumping through the flames.
Just after midnight, police were spotted heading toward the
largest of the bonfires.
Dozens of arrests were reported--
But most of them were in Indiana.
Some bitter Hoosier fans set fires and threw bottles at police.
Authorities say 30 people were rounded up for public drunkenness, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 66 points. The NASDAQ was DOWN 39.
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Coming up in sports- we'll have the highlights from opening day at the ball parks,
Also we will visit with the drivers of D-E-I as they test the flat track of Martinsville.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks got to work on defending their world series title yesterday. The team took on San Diego.
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Obviously before the first pitch was thrown, the champs would hold their championship ceremony.
Manager Bob Brenly carried out the new trophy to a standing ovation.
The Champs would count on one of their big guns for a 2-nothing opening day win.
Johnson threw a six-hitter.
He struck out eight, and walked one in a game that saw his fastball top 100 miles an hour.
Mark Grace homered and Danny Bautista doubled home a run.
That's former Gretna star Tony Womack showing he still has wheels.
Last year the Diamondbacks snatched the World Series right out the hands of the popular New York Yankees. But the Yankees are back and ready to give it another try...
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Yesterday the Bronx Bombers took on Baltimore and an inspirational moment in this one as former Orioles manager Johnny Oates, who is suffering from brain cancer, threw out the first pitch.
The legends were everywhere. Recently retired Iron man Cal Ripken Jr. was taking in the game from a luxury box.
Another future hall of famer got into some trouble in the fourth. Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens tries to bat down this David Segui hit and gets tagged in the hand.
He stayed in the game and then loads the bases and gives up a Tony Batista grand slam to left center field that blows the game open, O's up 4-1.
Melvin Mora brings in Jeff Conine and Jay Gibbons to make it 8-1 in the fifth and the Birds cruise 10-3 Camden Yards.
The Martinsville Speedway is getting a lot of traffic these days. Winston Cup drivers are in and out of the half mile track in preparation for the April 14th Virginia 500.
Mike Stevens and photographer Lawrence Young take a spin with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Michael Waltrip.
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(( Five race teams gave Henry County's most famous bull ring an April Fool's Day workout - only this time no one was kidding around. Well almost no one. Michael Waltrip decided to do his post lunch interviews with his six foot five inch frame stretched across the infield asphalt.
But before he could take it to the house, both Michael and Dale Junior spent hour after hour trying to get a real grasp on this nasty little track.
Mike Skinner is hoping to do the same thing. The Abingdon based team wants the speed and handling to last for more than a Kodak moment.
Randy Renfro, who is trying to make the Virginia 500, also tested along with Bill Elliott. The 15 time most popular said he was too busy to talk with the media. In Martinsville Mike Stevens News 7 Sports.))
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