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State Police are reporting a fatal accident this morning in Pittsylvania County.

They say a man died after pulling out in front of a tractor trailer.
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And, there are conflicting reports as to whether ailing Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has died. The latest, coming up.
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Rain showers will continue to diminish as we head through the afternoon but the wind will pick up. I'll have your forecast.
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Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.

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One man was killed in Pittsylvania County after pulling out in front of a tractor trailer shortly before 6 o'clock this morning. State Police say 52 year old Donnie Lee Townes, Senior of Chatham was pulling out of the K-B Toys distribution center on Route 29.
A tractor trailer traveling southbound hit Townes' car in the driver side.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the tractor trailer was not hurt.
NO charges will be filed.

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Conflicting reports today on P-LO leader Yasser Arafat.
Israeli television is reporting the 75 year Palestinian leader has died in a Paris hospital.
But French President Jacques Chirac says that's not true.
Meanwhile leaders of the P- L- O are holding emergency meetings today.
Scott Rapoport has more.
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DESCRIBED BY ONE CONFIDANT AS GRAVELY ILL... HIS CONDITION DETERIORATING RAPIDLY...YASSIR ARAFAT IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT OF A FRENCH MILITARY HOSPITAL WHERE HE IS BATTLING A MYSTERY ILLNESS.
VARIOUS REPORTS SAY THE 75 YEAR OLD PALESTINIAN LEADER HAS LAPSED INTO A COMA. REPORTS DENIED BY ONE OF HIS TOP ADVISORS.
Sot: Nabil Abu Rdainah / Arafat Advisor "President Arafat is not in a coma and all what you heard are complete rumors."
ARRIVING BY CONVOY...FRENCH PRESIDENT JACQUES CHIRAC VISITED MR. ARAFAT IN THE HOSPITAL BUT GAVE NO WORD OF HIS CONDITION.
WHAT IS CLEAR IS ARAFAT HAS TAKEN A SUDDEN TURN FOR THE WORSE SINCE BEING AIRLIFTED TO FRANCE LAST FRIDAY FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT. WHILE AIDES TRY TO PORTRAY THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY PRESIDENT, PLO CHAIRMAN AND HEAD OF THE FATAH POLITICAL WING... AS STILL IN CHARGE...TOP PALESTINIAN OFFICIALS ARE SAID TO BE IN EMERGENCY MEETINGS IN RAMALLAH...MONITORING HIS CONDITION.

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THOUGH ARAFAT HAS NOT APPOINTED A SUCCESSOR...OR EVEN A STAND-IN DURING HIS ABSENCE...THERE ARE QUESTIONS ABOUT WHO MIGHT FILL HIS SHOES. THOUGH NO ONE KNOWS FOR SURE WHAT'S NEXT. ISRAELI RADIO REPORTS THAT MAHMOUD ABBAS, ARAFAT'S NUMBER 2 IN THE PLO AND HIS FIRST PRIME MINISTER WAS ON HIS WAY TO PARIS TO SEE HIM.
THIS, AS THE EYES OF THE MIDDLE EAST WATCH AND WAIT FOR DEFINITIVE NEWS ON ARAFAT'S CONDITION.

SCOTT RAPOPORT...CBS NEWS. ))


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Combined American forces launched one of their heaviest attacks yet against targets in Fallujah overnight, but officials say this isn't yet the big push.
They're still waiting for the go- ahead from Iraq's prime minister.
Kimberly Dozier has the latest from Baghdad.
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(( AC-130 GUNSHIPS POUNDED Fallujah WITH HEAVY WEAPONSFIRE - AND FOR THE FIRST TIME, IT WAS REPORTED, TANKS ALSO unleashed their guns. MILITARY SPOKESMEN SAY THE TARGETS WERE SUSPECTED HIDEOUTS OF JORDANIAN MILITANT ABU MUSAB AL ZARQAWI, THE ALLEGED RINGLEADER OF COUNTLESS ATTACKS ON AMERICAN FORCES.

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US MARINES ALSO TOOK TIME OUT TO REMEMBER MEN THEY LOST TO A SUICIDE CAR BOMB ATTACK NEAR FALLUJAH OVER THE WEEKEND.

soldier SOT: IT BREAKS MY HEART TO LOSE ONE OF MY BROTHERS. IT HAPPENED

SO FAST AND IS VERY SHOCKING

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MANY OF THE MARINES ARE IMPATIENT FOR THE FIGHT TO BEGIN, SO THEY CAN TRACK DOWN THOSE THEY BLAME FOR KILLING SO MANY OF THEIR FELLOW TROOPS, IN MONTHS OF BOMBINGS, MORTAR AND ROCKET ATTACKS.

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THERE HAS BEEN A SPIKE OF VIOLENCE ACROSS IRAQ, COINCIDING WITH THE US ELECTION. THE NUMBER OF ATTACKS HAS ALMOST DOUBLED. US DIPLOMATS HERE SAY THE ENEMY KNOWS THERE'S A NARROW WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE IRAQ TOO VIOLENT FOR VOTING TO TAKE PLACE NEXT JANUARY. ONE EMBASSY OFFICIAL SAID, IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE, BECAUSE THIS IS THEIR LAST CHANCE TO DERAIL DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ.
KD, CBS NEWS, BAGHDAD ))

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The Hoover Color factory in Pulaski County is burning. The paint plant caught fire early this morning. Rachel Depompa is on the scene in Hiwassee and she joins us now by phone.
Rachel, how does it look there now? [TAKE RACHEL PHONER FULL]



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A clear plan to rebuild Fincastle's waste water treatment plant, may be getting a little murky.
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This summer the town and Botetourt County agreed to a plan which would replace the current lagoon- style treatment system. But, according to Fincastle Planning Commission member Rob Hagan, the cost of the new waste water treatment plant, which was 800-thousand dollars, will double. Hagan says there's concern from the town and the county as to why the cost has increased, and where the additional funding will come from.. A meeting with both parties is scheduled for December.
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A new Virginia law designed to eat away at internet spam spawned the nation's first ever felony conviction yesterday. Jeremy Jaynes, of Raleigh, North Carolina was sentenced to nine years in prison. His sister, Jessica DeGroot was fined 75- hundred dollars. That after the two were found guilty of fraudulently sending thousands of illegal, unsolicited emails.
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The case was prosecuted by members of the Attorney General's Computer Crimes Unit.
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((JERRY KILGORE/VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL: IT WAS IMPORTANT TO SEND THE MESSAGE FROM VIRGINIA, THE INTERNET CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, WHERE OVER 50- PERCENT OF THE INTERNET TRAFFIC GOES THROUGH, LOUDON COUNTY VIRGINIA THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE OPEN TO FOR SPAMMERS. THAT WE'RE GOING TO TARGET THESE SPAMMERS AND WE'RE GOING TO BRING THEM TO JUSTICE.))
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The trial was held in Loudon County because the e-mails went through a server belonging to America Online, which is based there. Recent statistics say spam makes up 60 to 80 percent of e-mail.
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Up next on the newscast, deliberations resume in the Scott Peterson case,
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and President Bush holds his first press conference since winning re-election.
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The day after he claimed his prize in the 2004 elections, President Bush is is talking about his upcoming second term in office. Jennifer Donelan reports from the White House.
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The jury in the Scott Peterson murder trial is back to work trying to reach a verdict.
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After five months, the sequestered jury received the case yesterday.
They must decide whether Peterson killed his pregnant wife Laci and their unborn child.
Legal analysts say the most compelling evidence is how close the bodies were found to the spot where Peterson was fishing.
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((WENDY MURPHY/FORMER PROSECUTOR AND LEGAL ANALYST: MARK GERAGOS CAN SAY ALL DAY.....DEADLY EVIDENCE. )) ((MICKEY SHERMAN/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: BODIES BEING FOUND....NOT OVERWHELMINGLY ))
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Peterson could face the death penalty if convicted of the most serious charges.
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Singer Michael Jackson wants a new prosecutor in his child molestation case, but legal experts say it's unlikely he'll get one.
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Today a California judge is expected to rule on the request to remove District Attorney Tom Sneddon, and allow the state attorney general to intervene.
Jackson says his upcoming trial is nothing more than a grudge match by a vindictive prosecutor.
Meanwhile, Sneddon has denied any bias towards Jackson .
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An explosion at a fireworks factory in Denmark has killed one of the men fighting to put it out.
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Sparks could be seen shooting high into the air.
Hundreds of Danish firefighters are still battling the blaze that also injured six people and destroyed 25 homes.
Authorities believe the fire started yesterday, as two containers of fireworks were being loaded onto a truck.
It quickly spread to a nearby building-- leading to a chain reaction of explosions.
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Still to come on the newscast,
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police cordon off a neighborhood after an unwelcome visitor is found in one person's garage.
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A New Jersey neighborhood is dealing with an unwelcomed visitor.
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A black bear was spotted roaming near the neighborhood this morning.
Animal control authorities have tried to approach the animal.
Authorities first responded to a call that a bear was in a homeowners garage.
However, by time the police arrived, the bear had headed for the outdoors, and is still believed to be on the loose.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 47 points. The NASDAQ has gained one.

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The River Ridge district volleyball championships started last night.
In sports, we'll find out how the first round went.
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Plus Shaquille O'Neal makes his hardwood comeback in Miami -- scoring more than a dozen points in less than two dozen minutes.
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Shaquille O'Neal was a winner in his Miami Heat debut.
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He decided to play in last night's game against the New Jersey Nets, after his strained left hamstring felt better during the morning shoot-araound. O'Neal shot 7-for-9 and finished with 16 points and five rebounds in 21 minutes. The Heat won last night's game 100-to-77.
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Steve Spurrier will not be returning as head football coach at the University of Florida. The former Gators coach took his name out of the running to succeed Ron Zook, who was fired last week effective at the end of the season.

In a statement, Spurrier said he believes the 12 years he previously spent as Florida coach were enough.
In local Sports, Cave Spring shuts out Hidden Valley in the opening game of the River Ridge district Volleyball semi-finals last night.
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Karl Lippa and his Blacksburg Bruins took on Salem in the nightcap. The Bruins play big in game number one.
In game 3, Meredith Sterrett takes the set on the left side, and drives one into the floor for the Blacksburg point. But despite that effort, Salem was in front when number 24 Candace Dowell turned it into a one woman game, by spiking it, and then coming back to touch it over for the point.
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As you can see, this one was contested above the net - as Erin Burnop stuffs the volley back.
Blacksburg gets the point - but Salem gets the match 3 games to 2.
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One of yesterday's A-C-C quarterfinal soccer matches turned into a blowout.
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The Virginia Cavaliers took on Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals. The regular season meeting between the two was competitive, with UVa winning 3-to-0. But yesterday afternoon it was all Cavaliers, as Kristin Weiss and Jamie Fabrizio dominated from the outset, and led the Cavs to an 8-to-nothing win.
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Weiss had 3 assists and 7 points, as UVa outshot Tech 19-to-3. While UVa moves on, Tech ends the tourney at 11-and-8.
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