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In the midst of the U-N anniversary celebration, President Clinton and Boris Yeltsin work to resolve their differences on Bosnia and NATO.
The murder of a Roanoke woman puts into question the effectiveness of the state's stalking law.
And one of the singing Andrews Sisters passes away in New England.
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Sunny skies and pleasant daytime temperatures continue across the Old Dominion today, with a few clouds rolling by tomorrow. We'll show you a massive storm in the Central U.S. that will have implications for our weather before the week is over.
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Don't go away. News 7 at Noon is next.

CLINTON-YELTSIN


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President Clinton and Russian leader Boris Yeltsin stepped away from the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations this morning to head for less friendly ground.
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They met in a symbolic setting, the home of the late President Franklin Roosevelt.
A place where Roosevelt held councils of war.
Today the two current presidents tried to resolve their differences over Bosnia and NATO's plans to expand.
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Meantime, Fidel Castro found himself snubbed by President Clinton at the U-N events.
But last night the Cuban leader received a warm welcome further uptown, in Harlem.
Michael O'Looney reports.
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Selena


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The jury will hear closing arguments today in the Selena murder trial.
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There's no dispute that Yolanda Saldivar shot the singer, what the jury has to decide is whether it was deliberate or an accident.
The judge has given attorneys for both sides up to 90 minutes for their closing statements.
Saldivar was Selena's former fan club president.
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Murder


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A 25- year- old Henry County man was shot and killed in what police believe to be a drug related incident.
Orbin Smith Junior was found shot at his home on Carver Road at about ten last night.
He was taken to Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County where he later died.
Police are still investigating.

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Relatives of Alesha Johnson want more done when it comes to Virginia's stalking law.
Johnson was shot and killed by her boyfriend one week after he was arrested and charged with stalking her.
As Denise Allen reports, loved ones HOPE officials will start taking the crime more seriously.
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(( They came to say good bye.
Alesha Johnson had just recently turned 21.
And police say last Thursday, Johnson was shot by her former boyfriend 26-year old Larry Mack.
Family members say she was moving on with her life. ((ANGELA JOHNSON/ALESHA'S SISTER: JUST BECAUSE A WOMAN DOES NOT WANT TO BE WITH YOU ANY LONGER IS NO REASON TO KILL HER AND TAKE HER LIFE. YOU MOVE ON.))
Family members say Mack had been staking out their apartment for weeks.
And shortly before her death Johnson filed stalking charges against him.
The stalking law went on the books in 1992.
Many say its over used and not taken seriously. ((DARLENE YOUNG/THE TURNING POINT WOMEN'S SHELTER: I THINK WE SHOULD STAND UP AND START ENFORCING THESE LAWS AND STICKING UP FOR THESE WOMEN.))
The law states that a person is guilty of stalking if on more than one occasion that person's behavior places another person in reasonable fear of death, sexual assault or bodily injury.
If convicted it's a class two misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of six months in jail. ((BETTINA ALTIZER/ATTORNEY: IF THAT PERSON IS CONVICTED MORE THAN ONCE IT'S A CLASS ONE MISDEMEANOR AND THAT IS UP TO 12 MONTHS IN JAIL. OR A 25-HUNDRED DOLLAR FINE. ON THE THIRD OFFENSE IT'S A CLASS SIX FELONY WHICH IS ONE TO FIVE YEARS IN THE PENITENTIARY.))
Bettina Altizer says maybe using computers to improve communication between the different divisions of the court system will help prevent cases similar to Johnson's.
Alesha Johnson's family says they'll do what ever it takes to help other families avoid losing a loved one.
They says they want Alesha to be more than just a statistic.
Denise Allen News 7,))

Mack


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The family of Larry Mack believes he never intended to harm Johnson.
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Police say Mack shot Johnson in Roanoke County.
He then went to a family member's house and committed suicide.
The Macks say Larry was confused about the break-up with Johnson, who he had dated for two years.
They claim he wasn't stalking her but merely trying to find out why the relationship had ended.
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((THENNIE MACK: IT WASN'T STALKING. I CAN THINK OF MANY ADJECTIVES TO DESCRIBE LARRY, BUT I WOULD NEVER USE THE WORD STALKER, VOLATILE, A PERSON OF RAGE. NO. HE WAS A LOVING AND CARING AND COMPASSIONATE PERSON. HE WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR ANYONE.))
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Thennie (THEE-NEE) Mack says the deaths are a tragedy for both families.

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Still to come, a little boy is killed in an A-T-V accident,
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and another tractor trailer accident slows traffic on Route 2-20.
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81-Ax


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A Virginia Tech student is dead following an accident on Interstate 81 in Montgomery County.
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20- year- old Robert Lee Matheson of Danville was killed when another car crossed the median and hit his car in front of the Ironto Rest area.
23-year-old Keith Wallace was the driver of the other vehicle.
He suffered minor injuries.
Wallace suffered minor injuries.
Police are still investigating.
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There was also a fatal accident in Charlotte County yesterday.
Nine- year- old Travis Matthew Byron died after he was struck by a station wagon on route 3-60.

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And a four- year- old boy DIED after an all-terrain vehicle on which he was riding rolled into the path of a pickup truck in Giles County.
State police say Brandon Mulford died Saturday.
Brandon and a teen-ager were riding Thursday on a grassy patch in a trailer park where the younger boy lived, when the older boy fell off the vehicle.
Brandon remained on the vehicle, which then rolled onto Route 4-60 and was struck by the westbound pickup.

Franklin-Ax


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Meanwhile in Franklin County, yet another tractor trailer overturned on route 2-20.
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It happened a little after seven this morning.
Traffic was reduced to one southbound lane on the major road connecting Franklin and Henry counties with Roanoke.
But it was never stopped completely.
The driver was airlifted by helicopter to be treated for his injuries.
No other information on the wreck is available.
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Up next, Bob Dole gets the support of a former G-O-P presidential candidate,
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and part of a legendary singing trio passes away.
The music industry bids farewell to Maxine Andrews.
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DOLE-WILSON


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Less than a month after he dropped out of the race for the White House, California governor Pete Wilson is throwing his support behind
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Senator Bob Dole.
At this hour the two are appearing at a joint press conference at Dole's campaign headquarters in Washington.
Wilson will be Dole's campaign chairman and head Dole's presidential effort in electoral- rich California.

max-Andrews


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During World War Two she was part of the three sister team that cheered Americans through a time of fear and uncertainity.
Maxine Andrews, one of the legendary Andrews' sisters, died of a heart attack this weekend while vacationing in Cape Cod.
She was 79.
John Roberts reports.
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(( Theirs was the sound that defined the war effort.
As America marched off to the battlefields of Europe, sailed off to the Pacific theater, the Andrews sisters were with them...in spirit and voice.
MAXENE ANDREWS: "WHEN I REMEMBER HOW THIS COUNTRY PULLED TOGETHER DURING THAT WAR THAT WASN'T JUST EVERYBODY SAYING, OH, NOW THIS IS WHAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO. EVERYBODY, I THINK, IN THEIR HEARTS WAS SAVING..TRYING TO SAVE THEIR COUNTRY."
They might not have been in the military, but they were the military's favorite daughters, singing at war bond rallies across America, visiting soldiers at military posts and hospitals, traveling to North Africa and Europe for the USO.
In public it seemed the Andrews sisters were in uniform more often than not.
MAXENE: TO THIS DAY, I'M SURE THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO EXPECT ME--WHEN I COME OUT AND DO CONCERTS, EXPECT ME TO COME OUT IN THAT UNIFORM."
Together with her sisters Patty, in the middle, and Laverne on the right, who died in 1967, Maxene Andrews had 19 gold records..and sold more than a hundred million copies of their songs. Even today, Andrews sisters recordings still sell more than a million cd's and audio tapes each year.
Maxene was the only one to move on with her singing career after the Andrews sisters stopped recording..yet she still remained tied to world war two.
She wrote a book about the war years recently..and last month, was a guest of honor at vj day ceremonies in Hawaii.
Toward the end of her life...Maxene didn't think much about the Andrews sisters...never played their records..rarely saw her surviving sister Patty.
Not because she wasn't proud of what the andrews sisters did...she says..it was just a period of her life that was done.
MAXENE ANDREWS: MY CHANCE ON THE MERRY GO ROUND AND GETTING THE BRASS RING HAPPENED ONCE IN MY LIFE AND THAT'S ABOUT--I CAN'T ASK FOR ANYTING MORE THAN THAT. John Roberts, CBS News.))

Utah-snow


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Winter is still two months away but don't tell that to folks living in northern Utah.
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A Pacific cold front dumped snow on Salt Lake City this weekend.
Some areas recorded up to 6 inches of the white stuff.
The snow wreaked havoc on the roadways, causing fender benders but no serious accidents.
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NATIONS-MERGER


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A blockbuster transaction appears to be underway in the banking industry.
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Today's "Los Angeles Times" reports Nationsbank and BankAmerica are discussing a merger that would create the country's largest financial institution.
Should a deal be completed, it would create a bank with more than 400- billion dollars in assets.
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The paper cites a BankAmerica source as saying one difficulty has been in deciding where the new bank should be located, since NationsBank is headquartered in Charlotte and BankAmerica is based in San Francisco.
Washington, D-C, has been offered as a compromise.

Stocks


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On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was DOWN 27 points.
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Stick around.
Ward Burton plugs away at the A-C Delco 400,
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and the Atlanta Braves are two wins shy of capturing their first World Series.
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MLB


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The Atlanta Braves have control of the World Series after last night's win over the Cleveland Indians.
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In the top of the second, Indian Eddie Murray sends it over the left field wall for a two run homer and a 2 to nothing lead.
But then Dave Justice hits a line drive to right field.
Mark Lemke rounds the bases to score and the game is tied at 2 to 2 in the third.
Atlanta breaks the game open in the
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bottom of the sixth.
Javier Lopez sends one over the centerfield wall for a two run homer.
The Braves win it 4 to 3.
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Race


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South Boston's Ward Burton is the winner of the A-C Delco 400.
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Dale Earnhardt was running 8th-- but having handling problems.
Rick Mast was the leader at this point and just about to pass Jeff Gordon, putting Gordon a lap down.
Mast makes the pass and Gordon gets hit in the rear by Greg Sacks as he tries to go into the pits for a tire change on lap 156.
Michael Waltrip, who started on the outside pole, gets hit by Shane Hall and slides into the barrels at pit row.
Mast has some engine problems and pulls his car behind the wall.
Then Earnhardt loses his chances at winning when he is black-flagged for what appeared to be a missing lug nut.
But when he pitted, the lug nut was there.
To correct the mistake NASCAR pulls out the caution and re-lines the cars putting Earnhardt seventh.
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Burton leads the race on the re-start and pulls away to win his first Winston cup Victory.
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Wallace was second, Mark Martin third, Terry Labonte fourth and Jeff Burton fifth.
And the points race tightened.
Leader Jeff Gordan finished 20-th and leads Earnhardt by 162 with two races left.

Feedback-10/22


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The death of former a former W-D-B-J anchor stunned and saddened his old friends and colleagues here at the station.
We've recieved lots of calls from viewers who liked and respected Rick's Mosher's work.
We also got a couple of letters.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with Feedback.
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(( From Iron Gate, a viewer wrote that she "was stunned at the news of Rick Mosher's passing away. I am so sorry. I really enjoyed Rick on WDBJ. It seems like every time I get used to and really like one of your employees, they go somewhere else. I think a lot of all the newspeople you have on WDBJ, much more so than any other channel. I hope all your people know that."
A viewer from Altavista said "It does please me to know that he was a talented writer and broadcaster and to know that he was held in high regard by his former colleagues...I know I will miss the lost chance, as remote as it would have been, to know Rick Mosher as a friend. I hope all of you treasure the opportunities you had to know him."
On a different topic, a viewer from Christiansburg wrote to says thanks for broadcasting "the races at New River Valley Speedway. I am not able to go to the races and it is really nice of you all to put them on TV. I think Friday Football Extra is the best local TV show anywhere and your station is really our hometown station."
And a football fan from Rural Retreat said "I write on behalf of many people here in Rural Retreat who were very pleased to see our football team highlighted on the past two Friday Football Extras. Since we are about halfway between Roanoke and Bristol, it seems we sometimes get left out of coverage. We thank you and will look forward to seeing Rural Retreat and other teams from our area again on your show."
If you have a topic in the news you'd like to comment on, send your letters to News-7 Feeback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke Virginia, 24022-0007.
Our fax number is 540-343-7269.
And if you prefer E-mail, our address is wdbj7@teleweb.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.)) wrap
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