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A stalking incident ends in death.
A deadly explosion rocks Sri Lanka when fighting erupts between the government and rebel gunmen.
And the Shuttle Columbia narrowly escapes a rather dubious honor.
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Rain has moved in and will be with us through the overnight hours, but hte good news is this: Saturday does NOT look wet, it DOES look quite cool, however. Stay tuned for your weekend forecast.
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Don't go away. The news is next.

Murder-Suicide


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Authorities say a man accused of stalking his girlfriend killed her and then committed suicide.
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Police were called to 407 Hanover Avenue in Roanoke last night- after a man apparently told a family member he had killed his girlfriend.
When police arrived they found 26- year- old Larry William Mack with a self inflicted gunshot wound.
He later died at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
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Police then searched the Valleypointe area of Roanoke County where they found the body of a woman in shrubbery at a construction site.
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21- year- old Alesha Ann Johnson was shot several times at the scene, according to Roanoke County police.
Last weekend Mack was arrested for allegedly stalking his girlfriend-
Mack was also facing five other charges, including assault and battery and shooting into a vehicle.
He was out on bond on the assault charge, but a hearing was scheduled today to have his bond revoked.

Sri-Lanka


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Guerrillas battling in the capital of Sri Lanka set off a string of explosions in two key oil depots today.
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At least 20 people died in the attack.
The pre-dawn blasts set oil storage tanks ablaze, shrouding the city in black plumes of smoke and prompting thousands of panicked people to flee the capital's suburbs.
Ta-meel (Tamil) rebels have been fighting for a homeland in Sri Lanka for a dozen years.
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riot


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Officials are assesing the damage from a prison riot last night in Alabama.
Inmates, some armed with baseball bats, broke windows and set fire to three buildings.
Six prison workers were injured, along with two inmates.
The riot started as an argument in the prison yard.
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MEDICARE


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President Clinton is renewing his vow to VETO the Republican Medicare plan.
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Yesterday the House approved the G-O-P overhaul that would trim 270- billion dollars from the program over a seven-year peroid.
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During a day of heated debate Democrats charged the Republican plan was a way to pay for a tax hike for the rich.
One member of the opposition noted that the 231- to- 201 vote may not provide Republicans with enough clout to override a Presidental veto.
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Local-Medicare


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The League of Older Americans is unhappy with the plan.
In Roanoke, Executive Director Susan Williams says there will be higher premiums for older folks unless they agree to join H-M-O's.
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The problem with that, she says, is that managed care is still new, and still has plenty of wrinkles.
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Williams is even more concerned about proposed cuts to MEDICAID.
She says medicaid reimbursements are the bread and butter for many in the nursing home industry.
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Williams says that the challenge of providing care for the aging is only going to increase-- as the baby boomers age.

NATO


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NATO'S secretary General (VIH'-lee Klahs) Willy Claes has resigned.
The move comes a day after the Belgium parliament voted to pursue corruption charges against him.
The charges stem from his days as Belgium's Economics Minister in the late 19-80's.
Leading candidates for the next NATO chief include a former Danish foreign minister and a former prime minister of the Netherlands.
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Coming up next on NEWS 7,
Janet Reno calls for the ultimate penalty in the Oklahoma City bombing case,
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and two children are killed when a car collides with a dump truck in Danville.
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Oklahoma


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Attorney General Janet Reno says prosecutors CAN seek the death penalty against both defendants in the Oklahoma Bombing case.
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Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh face federal murder and conspiracy charges in the April 19th bombing that killed 169 and injured 500.
McVeigh's attorney vows to attack the decision.
He says Reno had made up her mind BEFORE a departmental hearing on the issue.
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Davidson


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Mickey Wayne Davidson was executed last night for beating his wife and two stepdaughters to death with a crowbar in 19-90.
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Davidson said he wanted to go QUIETLY but a group of anti- death penalty filed a last minute appeal.
That delayed the execution while the state Supreme Court decided IF he was mentally incompetent.
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Witnesses say Davidson was frustrated by the last minute legal wrangling.
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Davidson purchased a cemetary plot next to his victims.
His wife's family is considering moving the headstones.

Boty-Sheriff


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Botetourt County's sheriff is expressing shock and disbelief over some allegations made against him.
A few days ago Sheriff Reed Kelly
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got a letter from county jail inmate Jason Joseph Jones.
In the note, Jones describes in graphic detail how he plans to murder the sheriff's entire family, then destroy his home.
Jones' mother alleges that Kelly then went to the jail, pulled her son out of his cell, and choked him.
The sheriff admits he went to the jail, but says he never used unnecessary force on Jones.
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Jones is currently serving time for a burglary conviction and Kelly says he's not sure when he'll be released.
The inmate's mother says her son plans to file charges against the sheriff.
Meanwhile, Jones has picked up a new felony charge-- sending a threatening letter through the mail.
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Dump-Truck


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Two people remain hospitilized following a car and truck collision yesterday in Danville that took the lives of two children.
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Police say Norma Jean Daniels pulled out into the path of a dump truck that was travelling north on Route 2-65.
Twelve- year old Jami Renee Earles and 10- year old James Mark Earles were killed in the accident.
Another passenger in the car, four- year- old Santiago Millner is in good condition at Davnville Regional Medical Center.
Daniels is in fair condition.
The driver of the dump truck, Earl Watson Cobbs, was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
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Beale


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Ed Easterling says he believes a fortune of gold and silver is buried beneath the Bedford County countryside.
This week, he's sharing five years of research on the Beale Treasure.
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The Roanoke postal worker has added his name to the list of authors who have published books on the Beale Treasure.
While he hasn't located the treasure himself, he says he HAS uncovered information that may help someone else.
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As legend has it, Thomas Beale and his associates buried treasure in 1819 and again two years later after discovering gold in Colorado.
But many searchers, including famed treasure hunter Mel Fisher, have come up empty-handed.
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Up next -- did Columbia finally do "launch"?
We'll show you.
But first, let's take a look at what's happening in OUR universe.
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Canadian-Jet


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Some scary moments last night for passengers aboard a Canadian jetliner in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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The D-C ten was about to take off when the pilots noticed a problem with the landing gear and aborted take-off, sending the airliner off the end of the runway and onto a field.
All 256 passengers were forced to evacuate.
Five of the passengers and a ground worker were treated for minor injuries.
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Columbia


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Number seven was lucky for NASA this morning.
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After six scrubbed launches, Columbia lifted off this morning on a 16-day scientific mission.
Low clouds and rain almost forced a record seventh scrub.
But the weather improved enough to allow the launch.
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Force-Inc


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A Christiansburg company has beaten some major firms for a role in the 19-96 Summer Olympics.
Tracy Altizer has the story.
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Force, Incorporated's location across from the Christiansburg Livestock Market is the butt of jokes from big-city visitors.
But they quickly find this is a force to be reckoned with.
Never heard of 'em?
Well, if you watched any downhill or cross country skiing of the '94 Olympics in Lillehammer, you have Force to thank for providing the T-V cameras' fiber optic transmitters.
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((BILL NEELY/FORCE PRESIDENT & C.E.O.: SO ALL THOSE NIFTY PICTURES OF THE WINTER OLYMPICS, AT LEAST IN THOSE COMPETITIONS, WERE BROUGHT TO YOU COURTESY OF FORCE. ))
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And if you're planning a trip to the '96 Summer Olympics, you may already be dreading an Atlanta traffic nightmare.
But Force will help get you there.
Georgia's transportation department is buying Force transmitters for a series of traffic control video cameras.
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With 60 employees, Force has beaten out the likes of AT&T and Hewlett-Packard for certain niche-market contracts.
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Educational, military and government markets may be Force's future, all from Park Street, where "down-home" meets "high-tech." Tracy Altizer, News 7. ))

Danville-award


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The city of Danville is shining in the national spotlight.
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The Danville City Beautiful Committee has taken first place in the National Keep America Beautiful Awards.
Volunteers also unveiled a sign that will be placed at every major entrance to the city.
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The City Beautiful Committee has been a part of Danville since 1963.

Stocks


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Stocks are following bonds and the dollar lower with very little news to move the market higher.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was DOWN three points.
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Still to come, what's lined up for Friday Football Extra tonight.
Now let's see what else is happening this weekend.
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Series


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The week off between games is helping the Atlanta Braves recover from some injuries.
Dave Justice, who missed the last game of the championship series with a knee injury, is doing well and is expected to play.
And Jeff Blauser, who missed the series against Cincinnati, has recovered from a bruised thigh.
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The Cleveland Indians held their final workout yesterday before heading to Atlanta for the World Series.
The Indians will put their power hitting squad against one of the top pitching teams in the majors.
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The seven game series begin tomorrow night in Atlanta.

FFE


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But before the series, there's high school football.
There's plenty of it as Friday Football Extra highlights 15 games from around the region.
Those games will include big-district match ups between E-C Glass and Danville and William Byrd at Salem.
For all of the games let's check the schedule.
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Stolen-Art


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And finally, about 40-thousand stolen historical relics are going on exhibit.
The valuables were recovered by Bulgarian police during the past decade, and are now on display at the country's Historical Musuem.
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The artifacts were being held as evidence in major court cases.
Valuables from all chronological periods are represented, with the oldest dating from the 4th Century B.C.
The most valuable exhibit includes a gold medallion from the 4th century, and Greek coins from the Middle Ages.
Only ten percent of historical monuments smuggled out of a country are ever intercepted by police.
Among the European countries, Bulgaria, Italy and Greece hold the most historical relics.
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Yeltsin


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Russian President Boris Yeltsin is full of surprises . Yesterday in Moscow, he said he'll fire his Foreign Minister,
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as soon as a suitable successor can be found. But later, he said he might reconsider.
The Foreign Minister's pro- Western policies have angered Russian nationalists in the Parliament.
But Yeltsin saved his biggest surprise of the day for two secretaries.
As he entered the room for a news conference, he gave the women the kind of greeting that would probably cost an American president his job.
The pinching guarantees photographers will be watching when Yeltsin arrives in New York for a speech at the United Nations.
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Have a good weekend. That's News 7 at NOON.