Fog is said to have contributed to Sunday's fatal plane crash in Patrick County.
A live update is straight ahead.
And, firefighters battle a blaze for several hours this morning at a tobacco warehouse in South Boston.
After another foggy start the sunshine has returned and will continue to increase during the afternoon. Will it continue for the rest of the work week. I'll let you know in the forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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Authorities have returned to Bull Mountain this morning to continue the investigation into Sunday's plane crash that killed 10 people.
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While they are looking at many factors, the manager of General Aviation Incorporated at Danville's airport says at least 20 pilots diverted to his facility because they decided the fog made it too dangerous to land at the Blue Ridge airport Sunday.
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Joe Dashiell is near the accident sight this afternoon where investigators briefed reporters this morning.
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The National Transportation Safety Board confirms it was pilot error that led to the country's second deadliest plane crash.
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American Airlines Flight 587 went down in a New York City neighborhood three years ago.
All 265 people on board were killed.
Investigators sat the pilot's rudder movements put too
much pressure on the plane's tail, causing it to break off.
Both presidential candidates are racking up the frequent flier miles today as they hit the battleground states.
John Kerry says bad news from Iraq shows President Bush is painting too "rosy of a picture" there.
Meanwhile, Bush is appealing to the Democrats -- saying Kerry is choosing a path of "weakness and inaction."
Bianca Solorzano has more.
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TODAY PRESIDENT BUSH CROSSES THROUGH WISCONSIN INTO IOWA...STATES HE
NARROWLY LOST TO AL GORE FOUR YEARS AGO. BUT POLLS SHOW HE MAY HAVE A
FIGHTING CHANCE WITH AT LEAST ONE THIS TIME.
.....FIRST STOP THIS MORNING....WESTERN WISCONSIN....TELLING VOTERS
THAT THIS ELECTION COMES DOWN TO FIVE CLEAR CHOICES FOR FAMILIES.
(SOT -Your family's security, your family's budget, your quality of
life, your retirement and the bedrock values that are so critical to our
BUSH'S SPEECH FOCUS- THE ECONOMY. THE PRESIDENT MADE IT CLEAR THAT HE
SENATOR KERRY ARE WORLDS APART ON ECONOMIC PHILOSOPHY.
(SOT - My oponent believes that the economy grows by growing the size of
the federal government. I believe that the economy grows by growing the
size of the coffers of small businesses.)
SENATOR KERRY ALSO STARTED ONE OF HIS LONGEST CAMPAIGN DAYS IN
WISCONSIN...STRESSING THAT VOTERS FACE A CHOICE OF A LIFETIME....
(SOT - ... a choice about the future of our country. I believe that we
need a president who defends America and fights for the middle class in
this country. )
AND FOR THE SECOND DAY IN A ROW KERRY HIT BUSH HARD ON THE MISSING
EXPLOSIVES IN IRAQ.
(SOT - The explosives are missing, unaccounted for, and could be in the
hands of terrorists used to attack our troops or our people, our
KERRY HITS 3 OTHER KEYS STATES TODAY -NEVADA, NEW MEXICO AND IOWA.
7 DAYS AND COUNTING AND POLLS SHOW PRESIDENT BUSH WITH A SLIGHT 3 POINT
BUT WITH A TIGHT MARGIN OF ERROR THIS RACE IS STILL JUST TOO CLOSE TO
BIANCA SOLORZANO...CBS NEWS.
A devastating fire at a tobacco warehouse in South Boston kept firefighters from around the region busy for several hours early this morning.
The blaze at the Planter's Warehouse on Wilburn Street was reported just before two ... it took more than five hours to bring it under control.
Authorities say the building, several vehicles and about 400-thousand pounds of tobacco were destroyed.
No word yet on the cause of the fire.
State police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are investigating.
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LEO in WX Center
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Convicted sniper Lee Malvo is expected to plea bargain in a Virginia court today. Coming up after the break we'll see if that means he could avoid the death penalty.
Plus the family of another man in a capital murder case takes the stand -- offering reasons why Scott Peterson was carrying the evidence being used against him.
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The defense could rest today in the Scott Peterson murder trial.
That after there was more drama in the courtroom yesterday, as the suspect's parents took the stand.
John Blackstone reports.
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(( SCRIPT Super: Vicki Behringer, Courtroom Artis (as appropriate) Scott Peterson's parents have been in the courtroom everyday but this was the day they could speak up in their son's defense. Jackie was asked by defense attorney Mark Geragos why Scott had close to 15,000 dollars in cash when he was arrested, money that led police to believe he was preparing to flee to Mexico. Jackie said she gave him the cash, largely to pay back money she had mistakenly withdrawn from Scott's bank account. SUPER: CHUCK SMITH, DEFENSE ATTORNEY "WOULD SHE LIE FOR HIM, WHEN HIS LIFE IS ON THE LINE. ONE WOULD THINK THAT MOST MOTHERS WOULD//AND THE STORY ABOUT THIS LARGE AMOUNT OF CASH IS STRANGE ENOUGH THAT A REASONABLE JURY COULD CONCLUDE IT'S SIMPLY NOT TRUE." As Jackie Peterson left the witness stand she was embraced by her husband Lee who was called to testify next. Defense attorney Geragos asked Lee why Scott was carrying his brother's driver's license the day he was arrested. Lee Peterson testified he told Scott to borrow the license to get a 20 dollar resident discount at a San Diego golf course. SUPER: PAULA CANNY, DEFENSE ATTORNEY "TO ME IT DIDN'T EVOKE SYMPATHY AND IF ANYTHING IT MIGHT BACKFIRE.// I DON'T THINK THAT'S HOW MOST PEOPLE DO IT. MOST PEOPLE PAY THEIR BILLS, In a wiretapped phone call to his brother Joe START GRAPHIC/ ISOLATING JOE PETERSON INTO TAPE RECORDER BOX the jury heard Scott hours before his arrest conscious that he was being closely watched. SUPER: APRIL 18, 2003 AUDIO TAPE RECOREDER: SCOTT PETERSON: I CAN'T LOSE THE PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS... STANDUP CLOSE THE DEFENSE HAS JUST TWO MORE WITNESSES TO TESTIFY AND THE JUDGE TOLD THE JURY THAT THE CASE IS STILL ON SCHEDULE FOR CLOSING ARGUMENTS NEXT WEEK. JB CBS NEWS REDWOOD CITY ))
Convicted sniper Lee Malvo is heading back to court today, in an effort to avoid the death penalty.
Malvo will appear on charges he was involved in two sniper attacks in Spotsylvania County two years ago.
He's expected to plead guilty to murder and attempted capital murder, avoiding the possibility of the death penalty.
Malvo still faces charges in Prince William County, and in other states.
He was convicted last year and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of an F-B-I analyst.
A local fire department is getting a big boost from the federal government.
Yesterday, the Pedlar (PED-lur) Volunteer Fire Department in Amherst County more than doubled that amount with one check.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte helped deliver nearly 80-thousand dollars in federal grant money from the Homeland Security department.
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((DANNY TUCKER/PEDLAR VFD CHIEF: WE WERE REAL SURPRISED THAT WE GOT IT THIS YEAR. I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE APPLIED FOR THIS GRANT AND THEY HAVE NOT RECEIVED IT. WE ALL WAS REAL SURPRISED ABOUT A MONTH AGO WHEN I GOT NOTIFIED SO YEAH, WE WERE REAL HAPPY WITH IT.))
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The money will help buy new air breathing apparatus, an air bottle refilling station and a new fire hose.
More than 750 million dollars is being given out to fire departments nationwide.
Montgomery County flood victims now have a place to go for help.
A flood disaster recovery center opened yesterday at the Christiansburg Rescue Squad on Depot Street.
Anyone who suffered flood damage from Tropical Depression Jeanne is asked to call 1-800-621-FEMA and register.
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((GIL BUTLER:THAT'S THE WAY THE WHOLE PROCESS STARTS. THEY CALL, THEY SAY I WAS DAMAGED BY JEANNE, THEN THEY ASK THEM SOME QUESTIONS, THEY GIVE THEM AN INSPECTOR THAT COMES TO THERE HOUSE :07 IF THEY HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS OR WANT TO TALK TO SOMEONE FACE TO FACE. THAT'S WHAT THIS DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER IS FOR.))
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The recovery center will be open all this week from 9 in the morning until 6:00 at night.
It will close Saturday evening and be moved to Patrick County.
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The politicians are slinging mud in America, but not in Taiwan.
After the break, we'll find out what food the politicians there prefer throwing at their adversaries.
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A deal signed in Richmond today will allow some students to save nearly 10- thousand dollars on a four- year- college- education.
Community college students, who meet certain requirements, are now guaranteed admission to Virginia Tech's Agriculture and Life Sciences Program.
Tech is now accepting applications for next fall.
The deal is designed to afford more students the chance to earn a four- year- degree.
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((GLENN DEBOIS/VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM CHANCELLOR: EMPLOYERS WANT COLLEGE EDUCATED WORKERS. THEY WANT WORKERS THAT GO BEYOND THE 12TH GRADE IN SCHOOL. OVERWHELMINGLY K-12 IS JUST NOT ENOUGH TO GET THAT GOOD JOB SO IT'S THE DEGREE THAT COUNTS.))
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The "guaranteed admission initiative" applies to all 23 community colleges in Virginia.
Governor Mark Warner hopes to see more partnerships in the future.
One lawmaker says she smelled like a "lunch box" after the latest melee in the Taiwanese legislature.
Tempers flare almost daily in the governing body.
But today, legislators decided to use food as their weapon of choice, while arguing over whether Taiwan should spend billions on weapons sold by the U-S.
They chucked white cardboard takeout boxes full of rice, meat, and vegetables at each other.
Yelling, insults, and other uncivilized behavior appear to be typical of Taiwan's political culture.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 51 points. The NASDAQ has dropped two.
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The latest college and high school polls are out. Coming up in Sports we'll find out how the Friday Football Extra teams fared.
Plus, it's been more than a decade since the Bengals played a Monday night football game -- and their first time back proved a success.
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In sports, the Cincinnati Bengals hadn't played a Monday night game in 15 years, and they made the most of the opportunity.
First quarter, third and 16 for the Bengals, when Carson Palmer hurls a 50 yard touchdown pass to a wide open Chad Johnson.
It's 7-nothing over Denver at that point.
The Broncos get on the board in the second quarter on Jake Plummer's three yard touchdown strike to Rod Smith.
That makes it 10-7 Bengals.
Cincinnati takes a ten point lead in the fourth when Rudi Johnson takes off for a 36 yard scoring run.
The Bengals protect their lead when Tory James makes a one-handed interception.
Add three field goals by former Hokie Shayne Graham, one of them for 53 yards, and Cincinnati downs Denver 23 to 10.
The Cavaliers are off this week before Maryland rolls into town.
Steve Mason talked with the 13th ranked Cavs about the getting ready for the stretch run.
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Also for the second time this year and the fourth time in his career, UVa's Elton Brown is the ACC's offensive lineman of the week.
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The brand new statewide Associated Press high school football polls numbers are out .
And again the Friday Football Extra teams are well represented.
In Group A George Wythe is up to number two.
Lebanon is eighth, Floyd County ninth and William Campbell 10th.
In Group Two- A Gretna is still number one, while Liberty is 4th.
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The team making the big move this week is Christiansburg.
The Blue Demons move up to number six after beating Salem and Cave Spring in back-to-back weeks.
This week Christiansburg hosts Pulaski County.
Salem is 7th this week, while Amherst County is 9th.
The latest BCS poll was also released, and the Oklahoma Sooners have moved into the spot that most expected them to occupy last week.
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The Sooners are now second behind number one Southern Cal and in front of Miami.
Auburn is fourth and Florida State fifth.
UVa dropped a spot falling to number 16.
The Hokies moved up three spots to number 22 without even playing.
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Tech is in Atlanta this Thursday night playing Georgia Tech.
The Hokies are favored by four and a half points over the Ramblin Wreck.
Each team has two losses on the season.
Also, ABC TV is exercising its six day option on the start time for both the Virginia Tech at North Carolina game on November 6th, and the Maryland at UVa game.
They will either be at Noon or 3:30, and we'll know the answer no later than this coming Sunday afternoon.
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