Witnesses call it a "horrible sight."
A commuter plane crashes while taking off from Charlotte this morning, killing all 21 people on board.
A live report, straight ahead.
And a man is charged in a murder that happened last summer in Roanoke in a park restroom.
Wind advisories continue through Thursday morning as temperatures begin to soar. I'll have your forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
All 21 people on board a small commuter plane are dead after it crashed this morning on
takeoff in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The U-S Airways Express plane crashed into an airport hangar this morning, just before 9.
There were 19 passengers on board, and two crew members.
The flight was was taking off for Greenville, South Carolina when it crashed.
Federal investigators are on their way to the crash site.
While there are many questions un- answered, an F-B-I official says there were no immediate signs of terrorism.
Part of the airport was shut down right after the crash, but officials say things are now back to normal.
Scott Rapoport is in Charlotte, and joins us now with an update.
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The smoke filled rubble tells a story of tragedy and death in Charlotte
Shortly before 9:00 AM...US AIRWAYS EXPRESS flight 5481... a puddle
jumper ... leaving Charlotte and heading to Greenville
Spartanburg...crashed into a u.s. airways maintenance hangar...just
after take off. Turning the area here into a firey grave.
SOT: T.J. ORR - DIRECTOR AIRPORT OPERATIONS.
"19 PASSENGERS - 2 CRWEW. NO SURVIVORS."
Officials say the commuter plane -- a beech 1900 turbo prop -- was not
able to maintain altitude...
witnesses say they heard a loud roar... just before the crash.
SOT/COVERED: VOICE OF -- BRENT RUDDISILL / WITNESS
"and then the nose went down. and it went out of site...because of the
building and then the smoke."
SOT: T.J. ORR - AVIATION DIRECTOR
"the plane took off...came down. clipped the corner of the us airways
Airport authorities say everyone on the ground is accounted for.
The question at this hour is...what caused the crash. The feds are
already probing all angles...including the one Americans fear most.
SOT: AGENT, CHRIS SWECKER/ FBI, CHARLOTTE.
"at this point ...there's no preliminary indication of any terrorist
Aside from a few flight delays, operations at the Roanoke Airport are not affected by the crash in Charlotte.
An airport spokewoman says no flights from Charlotte were diverted to Roanoke nor were any flights from Roanoke to Charlotte cancelled.
However, some of this morning's US Airways Express flights to Charlotte were delayed.
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((AMANDA DEHAVEN/ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT: IT JUST DEPENDS ON HOW LONG IS TAKES FOR THEM TO DO CLEAN UP OPERATIONS AND RESCUE AND RECOVERY OPERATIONS. SO, WERE DELAYED RIGHT NOW ABOUT FIFTEEN MINUTES BUT, OTHER THAN THAT, EVERYTHING LOOKS LIKE IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE ON SCHEDULE.))
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Currently, the arrival and departure moniters at Roanoke Regional are showing all flights on all airlines on time.
Meanwhile, the 11:45 flights from Charlotte to Lynchburg, and the 12:25 flight from Lynchburg to Charlottle have both been cancelled because of the crash in Charlotte. USAir says they will accomodate all passengers' travel changes.
Roanoke Police have charged a man with murdering another man in a park bathroom five months ago.
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They're looking for 23-year-old Moises (MOY-sis) "Boo" Torres ... and believe he may be in New York.
Police issued warrants for Torres yesterday.
They say he knew the victim, 25-year-old Dorian Dion Pierce.
Pierce was shot in the men's restroom at Loudon Park on July 22nd.
Witnesses identified Torres as the man they saw talking to Pierce beforehand and running from the bathroom after the shooting.
Union workers at Salem's G-E plant say their decision to strike over health care premium increases is for ALL Americans.
Local union leaders say hundreds at the Salem location, and thousands of G-E workers around the country will walk the picket line next week.
The strike is set to begin early next Tuesday morning, and last 48-hours.
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((WILEY FOUTZ/UNION LEADER; IF WE'RE SUCCESSFUL IN OUR FIGHT AGAINST GENERAL ELECTRIC AS LARGE A CORPORATION AS IT IS AND MAKE THEM UNDERSTAND THAT SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE ABOUT HEALTH CARE COST IT WILL AFFECT EVERY AMERICAN WHO NEEDS BASIC HEALTH CARE INSURANCE.))
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G-E workers started paying increased premiums on January 1st.
By striking, they hope to avoid planned "substantial" hikes when national contract negotiations start in May.
Today marks the start of the 2003 Virginia General Assembly.
You are seeing a live picture of Bedford delegate and acting Speaker Lacey Putney opening the session.
The first order of the day will be electing Putney's successor.
Stafford County Delegate Bill Howell is expected to take the job.
Balancing the state's ailing budget will be the dominant issue for the 46- day session.
Governor Mark Warner will apear before the assembly tonight in the annual State of the Commonwealth Address.
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News 7 will be at the capitol for Governor Warner's address.
Join us tonight for the governor's message, along with analysis from our political expert Tom Morris.
We also hope to have live Republican reaction from Richmond. Our coverage begins at 7.
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Up next on the newscast, Iraq accuses of U-N inspectors of spying as England tries to get more support for a possible war.
Plus a train accident in South Africa leaves 11 people dead and more injured.
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It was a deadly evening for passengers aboard a train in South Africa.
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11 people were killed and dozens of others are injured after a passenger train collided with a cargo train.
The impact of the wreck derailed the first four coaches of the passenger train.
About 40 passengers managed to walk away from the accident with minor injuries.
As the U-S continues its troop build-up in the Persian Gulf, British officials are trying to get other allies on board for a possible war.
As Teri Okita reports, Iraq is once again accusing U-N weapons inspectors of being spies.
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TRACK: U-N ARMS INSPECTORS STEPPED UP THEIR SEARCHES VISITING AT
LEAST EIGHT QUESTIONABLE SITES NEAR BAGHDAD TODAY. IRAQS DEPUTY PRIME
MINISTER, TAREQ AZIZ, LASHED OUT AT INSPECTORS ACCUSING THEM OF SPYING
FOR THE U-S AND ITS ALLIES.
(Super: Tareq Aziz/Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister)
SOT: They are searching for other information, information about Iraqi
conventional military capability, information about the Iraqi scientific
and industrial capability.
TRACK: AZIZ SAYS, DESPITE THE FACT THAT IRAQ IS COOPERATING WITH
INSPECTORS, THE U-S CONTINUES ITS PREPARATIONS FOR WAR. BUT HE SAYS, THE
U-S ACTIONS WILL BACKFIRE BECAUSE THE ANTI-WAR, ANTI-AMERICAN MOVEMENT
SOT: (Aziz) Many honest men and women in the world do not believe the
lies which are being fabricated in Washington and London.
TRACK: BRITAIN HAS JOINED THE U-S IN TRYING TO GET MORE ALLIES ON THE
SAME PAGE. THE BRITISH DEFENSE MINISTER HEADED TO TURKEY HOPING
OFFICIALS THERE WOULD PROVIDE AIRBASES AND LOGISTICAL SUPPORT FOR A
(Super: Geoff Hoon/British Defense Minister)
SOT: We need to demonstrate to Saddam Hussein that we mean business
that were not simply going to pass resolutions and not see them
TRACK: TURKEY WANTS TO AVOID WAR AND WONT MAKE A DECISION UNTIL U-N
INSPECTORS REPORT BACK TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: The inspectors' findings will likely say that Iraqs arms
declaration which it turned in last month has serious omissions.
However, there are reports that they've yet to find any real evidence of
banned weapons. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.
If you make New Year's resolutions, here's another one to add to the list.
Financial experts say now is a good time to review those investment account statements, in order to plan a financial strategy for 2003.
Tracey Esherick is Executive Vice President of Fidelity Personal Investments and has 20 years experience in the finance industry.
She joins us now via satellite with some advice.
Good Afternoon, Tracey.
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(With all of the holiday bills coming in, and tax season about to get under way, how crucial is it for investors to tak
e another look at their account statements?)
(What is a good way for investors to evaluate their gains and losses on their statements? How do they know when they
should make a change?)
(How can investors use their account statements to help with their overall financial planning?)
Thanks for joining us today, Tracey.
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Coming up next on the newscast, one of the nation's largest police forces decides to change the way it pursues criminals.
Plus we'll tell you what Anna Nicole Smith, Cameron Diaz, and Kelly Osbourne all have in common.
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In Los Angeles, officials have approved a new policy to stop those often- deadly high- speed police chases.
Sandra Hughes reports.
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SOME MAY CONSIDER IT GRIPPING REALITY TV.
BUT THE LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT INTENDS TO PROVIDE LESS OF IT.
AFTER WATCHING THEIR CITY BECOME THE NATION'S LEADER IN DANGEROUS HIGH
SPEED CHASES, THE LAPD STARTING REVIEWING ITS POLICY.
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"We will be able to hopefully reduce the speed of the vehicle being
pursued and ultimately have that chase come to successful conclusion."
SIXTY PERCENT OF THE POLICE PURSUITS INVOLVE MINOR INFRACTIONS--.LIKE
THE CASE OF HENRY AND ANN POLIVODA WHO WERE STRUCK BY A CAR FLEEING
POLICE OVER CRINKLED LICENSE TAGS.
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"He hit a mercedes and then he hit my parents, kept going, hit five
other cars before he come to a stop." (:08)
YESTERDAY THE POLICE COMMISSION ADOPTED STRICT NEW GUIDELINES THAT
WOULD LIMIT PURSUITS TO FLEEING FELONS OR PEOPLE VISIBLY DRIVING UNDER
THE INFLUENCE. AND POLICE PLEADED WITH LOCAL TELEVISION STATIONS NOT TO
GLAMORIZE HIGH SPEED CHASES..
BUT THAT MAY BE TOO LATE, THERE ARE WEB SITES THAT CHRONICLE THE BEST
HIGH SPEED CHASES,-AND COMPANIES THAT EVEN PAGE PEOPLE TO LET THEM KNOW
A PURSUIT IS ON AIR.
SOME CRITICS FEAR IT MAY BE TOO LATE TO PULL THE PLUG.
(SOT: Howard Rosenberg/ LA Times TV critic,)
"I don't think media interest or television interest will ever wane in
these things. I mean, whenever they have the chance I think they will
do it." (:08)
THE NEW GUIDELINES WILL NO DOUBT SAVE THE LIVES OF OFFICERS AND
INNOCENT BYSTANDERS...BUT THE POLICE CAN'T OUTLAW VIEWER INTEREST IN
GRISLY T.V. SH CBS NEWS LA.
In another story out of Hollywood, Mr. Blackwell has released his list of the Worst- Dressed Celebrities of 2002.
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Topping the list of the worst- dressed women is former Playboy Playmate and reality T-V star Anna Nicole Smith.
But she's not alone.
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Kelly Osbourne, singers Shakira and Pink, actress Cameron Diaz, and fashion DESIGNER Donatella Versace also made the list.
But every "worst dressed" list is always accompanied by a "Best dressed" list.
Among those ranking on Mr. Blackwell's A-list are Halle Berry, Oprah Winfrey, and Nicole Kidman.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 87 points. The NASDAQ has dropped 22.
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Next on the newscast, a winning Winston Cup driver decides to retire...
and Coach Perry Florio sits out on the Express game last night.
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Nascar racer Bobby Hamilton says he is retiring from the Winston Cup series.
The 45 year old driver says he would have liked to raced one more year, but the lack of a quality team moved his schedule up 12 months.
Hamilton won four races and more than 15 million dollars since his debut in 1989.
He will still drive a truck he owns in the Craftsman Truck.
The Roanoke Express was back in the Roundhouse ice last night,
But head coach Perry Florio was in the stands instead of on the bench.
Florio was suspended by the ECHL for one game yesterday.
He was put in the league's TIMEOUT chair for his ejection on Sunday.
Florio felt the refs in Sunday's game made not one , but SEVEN bad calls.
And he not only filed a grievance, but sent the league videotape to prove it.
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Not only did the Express not have Florio on the bench, but second leading scorer Rick Kowalsky was out as well with the flu.
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The man in charge was assistant coach Tony MacAulay and he would see the players get off to a shaky start as Jim Henkel scores on the power play opportunity to give the visitors a 2-to-nothing lead in the first period.
But Roanoke would re-group and score three unanswered goals with two coming in the second period.
The League's player of the month Jason Jaffray gets this one, and the Express gets the 3-to-2 win.
The Continental Tire Bowl not only was a hit with fans buying tickets, but it also turned out to be a winner for those watching on TV.
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The December 28th battle between UVa and West Virginia averaged one point seven million households - the second most watched scheduled program in ESPN- 2 history.
It was surpassed only by this year's GMAC bowl between Marshall and Louisville.
Even more amazing is the fact that the Tire Bowl's web site had almost 4 million hits in a 20 day period leading up to the game.
This year's baseball hall of fame class will include just two players.
11-time all-star catcher Gary Carter was voted into the Cooperstown shrine, along with
8-time all-star Eddie Murray.
The former Oriole great is the only switch hitter in baseball history to rack up 500 home runs and 3- thousand hits.
Murray also is just the 38th player in history to be elected to the hall during his first year of eligibility.
Murray was named on 85 percent of the ballots.
Bruce Sutter was third in the voting, but fell short of the 75% needed for election.
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