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Today on News 7 at 5, Air Force investigators look for the cause of yesterday's jet crash in Franklin County.
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Meanwhile an experimental plane has to make an emergency landing in a Bedford County field.
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Outdoor plans for this Mother's Day weekend should be in good shape. But it will be warmer Sunday with a few showers popping up.

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It took 115 days of a bitter fight, but the House and Senate official approved a new state budget.
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On Healthcheck, area young people find a place to rant about the dangers of cigarette smoking.
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Plus Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tells the Senate Armed Forces Committee he will not resign. News 7 at 5 is next.

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An historic impasse over the state budget has finally ended in Richmond.
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Today both the House and Senate approved a two-year, 59-billion dollar spending plan.
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Steve Smallshaw is at the State Capitol.. Steve what's the feeling there tonight?
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Jean, they say a true compromise leaves everyone unhappy, and that seems to be the case at least among the legislators here.. but by narrowly avoiding a government shutdown, most agree the citizens of Virginia have won.
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As they leave the Capitol tonight, there's still some hard feelings among lawmakers, especially within the G-O-P ranks where some members broke from the party's hard-line, no-tax mantra to help produce this compromise.
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We'll have more on that on News7 at Six.

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One day after a military plane crashes in Franklin County, a small plane makes an emergency landing near Lynchburg. The home-built airplane was carrying two people when it began experiencing engine trouble.
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The pilot put the plane down on Heathwood Drive, a rural road off [Street Level Map] route 668- between US 460 and the community of Goode.
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Joe Dashiell has more details on what happened.
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Jean, compared to the crash of the military jet in Franklin County yesterday, this was a minor incident... but there were some tense moments for the pilot Jerry Bass and his passenger after the plane started experiencing engine trouble over Bedford County.

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Both men were strapped into the plane and they weren't injured in the landing. The plane, a two seat Van's RV-6A, was however damaged by the impact.
Bass built the plane himself, and has 165 hours in the cockpit since it was completed four years ago.
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Bass says he doesn't know what may have caused the problems this morning.
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Jean, investigators were expected to take a closer look this afternoon.

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Air Force investigators are on the scene of yesterday's plane crash in Franklin County.
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An "F-15-E" fighter jet crashed around 5:15 yesterday in the Callaway section of the county, just west of Rocky Mount.
Witnesses say they saw something fall off the plane moments before the pilot and weapons systems officer ejected safely.
The jet was performing a low- level training mission out of Goldsboro, North Carolina.
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Richard Lesko is back at the scene in Franklin County today.
Richard, is there any indication investigators are close to finding the cause?
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Changes are coming in the Veteran's Hospital System. We'll have the details after a break.
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Plus Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld apologizes to Iraqi prisoners abused at the hands of some American soldiers.
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Just who knew what about prisoner abuse in Iraq- and when did they know it?
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is testifying on Capitol Hill today- His words could make or break his career, but today Rumsfeld says he's not going anywhere.
Jennifer Miller reports from Washington.
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(( THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WASTED NO TIME...HIS FIRST WORDS.... AN APOLOGY.
DONALD RUMSFELD - "These events occured on my watch, I take full responsibility." RUMSFELD'S APOLOGY WASN'T ENOUGH FOR SOME PROTESTERS.... AND LAWMAKERS ARE FURIOUS THAT THEY WERE LEFT IN THE DARK ABOUT THE PRISON SCANDAL, UNTIL PHOTOS SHOWED UP ON CBS 60 MINUTES TWO. SENATOR ROBERT BYRD/(D) WEST VIRGINIA Why did it take the televised broadcast of graphic photos of prisoner abuse?..a broadcast general myers has acknowledged he tried to supress."
RUMSFELD "The idea that this was a story broken by the media is simply not the fact."
BYRD "We'll put my timeline in the record and compare it with yours." THE IMAGES OF ABUSE AND HUMILIATION SURFACED A WEEK AGO -- AND RUMSFELD SAYS THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. HE WARNED LAWMAKERS AND THE PUBLIC, THAT MORE PHOTOS EXIST.... EVEN VIDEO. EDWARD KENNEDY/(D) MA "It's been published that you were notifed about this a series of times and advised to do something about it, nothing was done."
RUMSFELD "It's not correct to say nothing was done, you're making a set of conclusions that is simply not accurate."
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SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R) ARIZONA "I was asking who was in charge of the interrogation, I'm asking who was in charge!."
JENNIFER MILLER/CBS NEWS: AND ASKED WHETHER HE SHOULD STAY ON THE JOB, RUMSFELD SAID HE WOULD RESIGN IN A MINUTE IF HE THOUGHT HE COULD NOT BE EFFECTIVE ... BUT SAYS HE WILL NOT RESIGN BECAUSE OTHERS WOULD MAKE A POLITICAL ISSUE OF IT. JENNIFER MILLER CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))

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The Department of Veterans Affairs announced a plan today to modernize its health care facilities.
The changes include adding 13 new outpatient clinics in Virginia, including ones in Staunton, Radford and Lynchburg.
The Medical Centers in Richmond and Hampton will also undergo an expansion and renovations. The Secretary of Veteran Affairs says the improvements will provide greater access to care for veterans.

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Some local young people are ranting that smoking is stupid.
It's all part of the "Y Campaign"- the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation's program to prevent underage tobacco use.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton joins us with details
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Jean, you may have seen the commercials for the campaign, like the one that warns young girls they are seven times more likely to develop facial hair if they smoke.
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Well, today students at Aurburn Middle School had a chance to record their thoughts in the rantmobile.
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If you'd like to have the rantmobile come to your school or organization you can call 804-225-3624 or find a link to the campaign web site on our web page
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The New River Valley Community Services actually got grant to bring the campaign to schools in that area.
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Jean,

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Coming up next, Robin will tell us if we can expect nice weather for Mother's Day.
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[VO] Then a little bit later Brent Watts gets Mother's Day gift giving advice from some preschoolers.
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Still to come
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[VONAT] in Sports, another N-B-A coach feels the sting of unemployment.
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Good afternoon everybody and welcome to your weekend, which starts on the links at the Roanoke Country Club, where next week the Scott Robertson Memorial Tournament will return for the 21st consecutive year.
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This afternoon, the tournament committe announced Coca-Cola as its main sponsor and uveiled the field for this year's event--a field that includes 180 golfers from 30 states and 10 foreign countries.
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The tournament runs next Friday thru Sunday. Steve Mason will update us on what's new at the Robertson tonight at six.

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The NCAA softball regionals are underway in Salem this afternoon. This morning Bethany College beat Averett 2 to nothing. Roanoke takes to the Moyer diamond tonight at 7:30 when the Maroons will face Emory, a 1-nothing winner over Sewanee.
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Roanoke had the luxury of a first round bye in the tournament. And Coach Alan Bayse hopes that can be a positive for the ODAC Tourney champs.
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The axe has fallen on two more NBA coaches, bringing the number to 5, since the end of the regular season.
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Today the New Orleans Hornets fired Tim Floyd after just one season. Floyd's overall NBA record is just 93 and 235, including his time in Chicago.
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That's it for the ticker. Tonight at six, a Roanoke Catholic Celtic chooses a school. We'll see you then everybo

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A strong jobs report worried investors today. As Alexis Christoforous tells us they are afraid it could lead to higher interest rates.
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Mothers Day is this Sunday, and the celebration wouldn't be possible without children. Brent Watts and photographer Lynn Eller stopped by Thrasher Memorial Pre-School in Vinton to talk with the kids about their very special moms.
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