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A medical examiner determines what killed a North Cross student who died during wrestling practice.
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and a Roanoke school bus is hijacked this morning and the driver forced to drive to Salem.
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It's been a foggy morning in many areas... Patchy fog could become a problem again this afternoon even though we're seeing some sunshine. I'll have the forecast in a few minutes. /////////////)
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Don't go away the news is next.

Madison-Fire


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A man died in a house fire in Madison Heights this morning.
The fire broke out at 10 o'clock, at 320 Old Wright Shop Road.
Heavy smoke was coming from the rear of the building when firefighters arrived.
Once they were able to enter the building, they found a man lying on the floor.
There's no word on how he died, or how the fire started.
Officials have not yet released his name.

busjacking


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A Roanoke city school bus driver was hi-jacked at knife-point this morning.
City school officials say the bus had dropped off all its students by the time the incident occurred at about 8:15.
However, city police report the driver's nine- year- old daughter was with her.
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They say a black male- -about 15 years old- -flagged down the bus on Cove Road. The driver reportedly thought he was a student who had missed another bus.
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After driving around for about 20 minutes, the hijacker got off the bus on Route 419 at Midland Road.
Salem police spent 30 to 45 minutes searching for the hijacker but couldn't find him.
Terri Lambiosa, the driver, was NOT injured.

North-Cross


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An autopsy indicates a Roanoke County student-athlete who became ill during practice and later died had a tumor in his heart.
Chief Medical Examiner Doctor David Oxley says the condition, called atrial myxoma (AY-treeal MIX-oma), blocks blood flow to the heart.
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18 year old Grayson Hooper-- Number 71-- was Captain of the Football Team at North Cross School.
During wrestling practice Monday, he told his coach he felt ill
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after a short work-out on the track.
After resting about 45 minutes, his heart stopped beating.
He couldn't be revived despite several attempts at C.P.R.
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((HUGH MEAGHER/NORTH CROSS DEAN OF STUDENTS: WE'RE JUST TRYING THE BEST WE CAN TO ENABLE THE KIDS TO GET THROUGH THIS PERIOD OF GRIEVING, IN RECOGNIZING THIS IS JUST THE FIRST OF MANY DAYS. IT'S NOT GOING TO BE OVER AT THE END OF THE DAY. WE'LL BE CONSCIOUS OF THIS LOSS FOR A WHILE. ))
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Doctors say while Hooper's condition would not have been detected in routine sports physicals, adults should be aware of certain warning signs.
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((DR. TERRANCE MAY/ROANOKE CARDIOLOGIST: CERTAINLY IF YOUNGSTERS ARE FEELING ANY SYMPTOMS OF SHORTNESS OF BREATH, CHEST DISCOMFORT, PALPITATION, OR LIGHT HEADEDNESS, THESE SYMPTOMS WOULD NEED TO BE EVALUATED AND NOT IGNORED. ))
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Counselors at North Cross have been called in to help students through their grief.

VMI


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The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a case that's being closely watched by women's rights advocates.
At issue is the all-male status of the state-funded
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Virginia Military Institute.
Activists say it could wind up as a landmark case.
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The Clinton administration wants to force V-M-I to open its doors to women.

It says Virginia's separate program for women is unlawful.
But the state's lawyer says that V-M-I promotes educational diversity and admitting women would dilute its demanding military-style program.
The court's ruling is expected in June.
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TRAVEL


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Also in Washington --
A House Committee is hearing testimony at this hour on the White House travel office firings.
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Former presidential aide David Watkins has produced a set of notes that link the first lady to the controversial firings.
In the notes Watkins writes that a week before the seven travel office workers were dimissed Hillary Rodham Clinton was ready to fire them all.
Mrs. Clinton has told government investigators that she played no role in the firings.
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RUSSIA


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Russian forces have launched what they intend as a final attack against Chechen rebels holding hostages in southern Russia.
Meanwhile, Chechen gunmen say if the attacks on the village don't end, they'll blow up a Turkish ferry with nearly 200 on board.
Jonathan Sanders has more on both stories.
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((All morning russian military commanders have been pounding at the rebel Chechen held village of permaiskoye with their deadliest rockets - the grads.
They have backed up this indiscriminate firepower with airstrikes from hind gunships - it is all part of a plan to flatten and destroy the village.
Two days of cautious house to house assaults by russian anti-terrorist forces freed more than two dozen of the civilians held captive--some for more than a week by the lone wolf brigade of the chechen liberation army.
The russian authorities say they've done all they can to free the innocent--now they are determined to wipe out the rebels and pervomaiskaia by nightfall...which will bring to a bloody end this 8 day hostage crisis. But the crisis has grown into an international incident: last night muslim activists seized a ferry boat at the Turkish port of Trabzon. The russian bound ship with 225 people on board is now steaming towards istambul....where these terrorists say they will blow it up unless their chechen brothers in pervomaiskaia are freed. The shipboard hijackers, who've been giving radio interviews, are apparently turkish citizens...with relatives in russia's troubled southern territories...
While they have agreed to release the turkish passengers on board they are still demanding the entire region be freed from mosgo's control. its another nightmare for the kremlin which has worked hard to keep the civil war in chechnaia from spreading to neighboring republic...not to mention a neighboring country thats a member of NATO. Jonathan Sanders, CBS News, Moscow.))

kobe


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In Kobe, Japan, mourners are remembering the victims of a powerful earthquake.
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One year ago today, the devastating quake ripped through the city, killing more than six thousand and leaving some 300-thousand homeless.
Some were crushed to death as they slept, others were trapped and burned to death in fires that swept whole nieghborhoods.
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Today, some of the city has been rebuilt, but thousands still live in temporary homes and many still can't find jobs.
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When News 7 returns,
It could be up to 25 years in jail for a car salesman convicted of food stamp fraud.
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and it was a not so picture-perfect day for employees of a Roanoke County frame store when they showed up for work.
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It's been a cold and damp morning but we're seeing plenty of sunshine right now... Enjoy it while you can because the clouds and damp weather will move in again.
I'll have the forecast in a few minutes. music up full
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Picture-Parts


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Some workers in Roanoke County feel they're being HUNG out to dry.
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Employees at Picture Parts were told they no longer had jobs when they showed up for work today.
The sign on the door reads "closed today for inventory."
And while the inventory IS being counted... it's also being taken to another store in Charlottesville.
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Cummings admits the Roanoke Valley store has been losing money, but says employees were told the store would remain open.
Picture Parts is owned by Tygart Moulding (MOLE-ding) in Randolph County, West Virginia.
The company's owner was not available for comment.
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Direct-Mail


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State police are investigating claims that the former managers and owners of a now-defunct Bedford County direct-mail company embezzled from their workers' health-insurance fund.
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According to a search warrant filed in Bedford County Circuit Court, former employees of Direct Mail Communications Incorporated of Forest say their payroll deductions for their health insurance were not deposited into a special checking account as required by law.
They say that caused the employee insurance plan to collapse.
With 340 employees, D-M-C once was Bedford County's second-largest employer.
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Lautenschlager


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Salem Rescue Squad officials say they have initiated another investigation concerning accounting irregularities.
That, after former Salem City Councilman Gary Lautenschlager was sentenced for embezzling twenty-four thousand dollars from the squad.
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In court yesterday he received a ten year suspended sentence and twenty years probation.
Lautenschlager testified that he took the funds to pay off credit card debts.
His attorney says justice was done.
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Lautenschlager was also sentenced to 300 hours community service.
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Joseph-Spangler


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A Roanoke used car dealer could receive up to 25 years in prison when he's sentenced in March for food stamp fraud.
Joseph Spangler -- owner of the "Sport Motors" car lot-- pleaded guilty to the charges yesterday.
He was given a 75- hundred dollar fine and ordered to pay more than nine- thousand dollars in restitution.
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Trigon-Cranwell


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House Majority Leader Dick Cranwell is representing
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Trigon Blue- Cross Blue- Shield as its lawyer in its effort to convert to a for- profit company.
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But the Roanoke County Democrat says there is no conflict of interest between his job as majority leader and his representation of Trigon.
According to a report filed with the clerk's office in the House of Delegates, Cranwell made more than ten-thousand dollars last year working on the Trigon conversion.
The company disclosed Cranwell's role in its latest filings at the State Corporation Commission.
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Still to come,
A daring rescue of a Connecticut man stranded in a river,
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and if you think it's cold here....astronauts of the Endeavour are walking around in temperatures 100 degrees below zero.
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RIVER-RESCUE


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In Connecticut last night a daring river rescue.
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For more than an hour a 36-year man clung to a chunk of ice in the frigid Connecticut river.
The man was too far out for firecrews to reach him by rope so a special Hover craft, which travels on ice and water, and two divers were called to the scene.
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The man, identified as Donald Jones, was hospitilized overnight but is expected to be released later today.
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STAR


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The Hubble Telescope has produced some amazing photographs of never before seen cosmic events deep in space.
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You're looking at the death of a star, going out in a blaze of heat, gas and dust.
It's the first close-up image ever of a star other than our own sun.
It's the giant star Betelgeuse (Beetle Juice).
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SPACE-WALK


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And closer to earth, two Endeavour astronauts donned their space suits today and went for another lengthy spacewalk.
The primary objective of the six hour excursion was to test new space suit modifications.
The suits need to be thick enough to keep the astronauts warm in temperatures approaching one hundred below zero.
NASA plans to use the new gear in the building of an international space station.
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Williams


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It's a new year and the attention of the American taxpayer is once again focusing on which income tax laws have changed and how those changes affect their individual returns.
Len Besthoff brought in a tax expert for some answers.
Len?
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Mel, I'm joined by Bill Williams, a top executive at H & R Block Tax Services and former Deputy Commissioner of the I-R-S.
What are the principal changes in the federal tax laws for the 1996 tax season and how will they affect us?
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Has the partial government shutdown affected the process, or will it, if we enter a third shutdown at the end of the month?

What are the most common errors by taxpayers who file their returns?
What tips do you have?

What about electronic filing?

What kind of red flags get you audited by the I-R-S?

How many taxpayers get refunds and what is the average amount?

Is it better to have access to your money all year, and pay a chunk? Or is it better to claim another deduction and get a refund? If so, isn't this like giving the government an interest free loan? )

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Virginia-Employment


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Virginia's November unemployment was four-point-two percent, the lowest jobless rate for that month in six years.
The rate was down two-tenths of a percent from October's figures, and well below the national unemployment rate of five-point-three percent.
Wise County had the highest rate at 16-point-three percent.

ECONOMY


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The Index of Leading Economic Indicators has hit its lowest level in nearly two years -- after dropping three-tenths of a percent for November.
Some experts says that means the economy is headed for trouble, while others say the report isn't based on complete numbers.
Meantime, the nation's trade deficit registered its best showing in almost a year.
The Commerce Department says the trade gap narrowed two-point-five percent in October.
But the imbalance with Japan was dramatically worse.
It rose by eleven percent.

Stocks


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Stocks are seesawing as investors react to the economic reports.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was DOWN five points.
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Coming up, the Express plays checkers and gets crowned,
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and Northside slam dunks the Salem Spartans.
High school basketball ball highlights, next, on News 7 at Noon.
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Interleague


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Major League baseball has taken its first step toward interleague play.
The ruling executive council yesterday unanimously approved a measure to install interleague games by 1997.
Owners would have to approve the move before the Players Association takes it to a vote.

Bucs


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Turning now to the N-F-L --
The "Tampa Tribune" reports that Tampa Bay Buccaneer officials have renewed talks with representatives in Cleveland in recent days.
The Bucs have said they would move out of Tampa if they can get a new stadium.

Express


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The Roanoke Express is fifth in the east division after losing to the Charlotte Checkers.
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Last night Frank Anzalone was shooting for club victory number 100 in the season's fifth meeting with Charlotte.
Jason Clarke's shot hits the post, but Jeff Jestadt picks up the loose puck and scores for his 15th goal on the year.
But Charlotte answers. Matt Robbins finds Daryl Noren
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to tie things up and the Checkers go on to beat the Express 6 to 2.
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The two teams meet again Saturday night in the Queen City.

Northside


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After a week of postponements, some area high school basketball teams were back on the hardwood last night.
Salem and Northside renewed an old rivalry in the Blue Ridge District race.
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Salem's Sammy Lazarro finds Herschel Thomas who finishes with the easy layin.
Then Northside's Adam Wimmer picks up the loose ball and puts it in, but the Vikings still trail at the half.
Salem extends the lead in the second half when Scott Hall scores.
But the Vikings go on a run.
Justin Porterfield makes the basket and Northside wins it 61 to 54.
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Charlotte


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Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina will become a stop on the 1996 International Race of Champions circuit.
Neither series nor speedway officials would confirm it.
But sources tell The Associated Press plans were being made to hold an I-ROC race at Charlotte on May 17th.


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Coming up on tonight's Health Check Report on NEWS-7 at FIVE--
There's more evidence that eating bran can help you avoid cancer.
Connie Stevens has more on the findings tonight on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- then Have a great day! Buh-Bye stick around for NEWS-7 at SIX.