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A Saltville pilot is dead after his plane crashes into Interstate 81.
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And residents in Dunblane Scotland begin a solemn week of funerals for the schoolchildren and teacher massacred last week.
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Don't go away, the news is next.

Plane-Crash


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The pilot of a twin- engine plane is dead after a fiery crash onto northbound interstate 81 in Wythe County this morning.
It happened about a mile from the Mountain Empire Airport in SMYTH County, where James Preston Harris of Saltville was attempting to land.
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Tracy Altizer was at the scene earlier this morning and joins us now from our New River Valley newsroom with details.
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Melanie, the plane was en route from the Lonesome Pine Airport in Wise County, where Harris had dropped off three passengers last night.
Authorities believe thick fog may have hampered his efforts to land.
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(( The twin- engine Piper Aztec passed up the Mountain Empire runway once. Harris radioed Atlanta flight officials that he was circling back for another try.
That was his last communication.
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((1ST SGT. D.A. SHAVER/VA STATE POLICE: WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO TRACK THROUGH THE WOODS WHERE HE CLIPPED SOME TREES. THERE'S DEBRIS THERE FROM THE PLANE AND THEN IT CAME IN AND APPARENTLY ROLLED, CRASHED INTO THE EMBANKMENT AND ONTO THE INTERSTATE.))
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At that point, the plane burst into flames.
A firefighter who helped extinguish the blaze heard the aircraft just moments before it crashed.
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((ERIC JOHNSON/RURAL RETREAT FIREFIGHTER: I HEARD THE PLANE COME OVER AND IT SOUNDED LOWER THAN NORMAL. THE ENGINES WAS REVVED VERY LOUD.))
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The wreckage was moved to a hangar at Mountain Empire Airport for further investigation.
The pilot's friends and co-workers there say Harris was an experienced pilot who was no stranger to flying in bad weather.
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((BRIAN BURKETT/ASST. AIRPORT MANAGER: THE CONDITIONS WERE TO WHERE HE WOULD HAVE TO MAKE AN INSTRUMENT APPROACH INTO HERE TO GET IN, CONDITIONS WERE KIND OF BAD. QUESTION: BUT HAD HE FLOWN IN THOSE KINDS OF CONDITIONS? ANSWER: ALL THE TIME, ALL THE TIME. HE WAS VERY EXPERIENCED.))
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Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will go over the wreckage with a fine-toothed comb to determine whether the plane experienced any mechanical failures.

(MEL/QUESTION: Tracy, the plane crashed on the interstate. Was anyone on the

ground injured?)

NC-FIRE


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A fire, sparked by sheets touching an electrical outlet, claimed the lives of eight elderly men last night at a North Carolina nursing home.
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Two other people were injured.
Investigators say a bed was pushed against an uncovered outlet.
The fire spread to eight rooms, and was extinguished within minutes.
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At least 40 residents were evacuated to a local motel.
Six others were taken to other care facilities in the area.
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DUNBLANE


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Dunblane, Scotland begins a grim week of funerals today for the 16 schoolchildren and their teacher killed by a gunman who burst into a school gymnasium.
The first of the funerals was this morning for two five year old girls, best friends, who were buried together.
Cinny Kennard reports.
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((Dunblane begins the week burying four of it's children, private funerals to span the next four days.
The public mourned on Sunday.
The 13th century cathedral crowded with parents in unbearable pain on a sunday which was mothers day in Britain.
When our parents die as one day they must they take with them a large part of the past but when our children die they took away the future as well.
The queen came to comfort the community. away from the cameras she embraced the parents. at the hospital,she thanked the workers who were the first in school gymnasium, the first to witness the carnage. a recovering five year old shot in the arm rallied, because of her visit. Throughout Britain Dunblanes children and their teacher were remembered. PASTOR; WE PAUSE FOR REFLECTION WITH A MINUTE OF SILENCE FOLLOWING THE CHIMES OF BIG BEN.
At the airport, in shops and on the streets, the entire nation came to a standstill. and where the country hurts the most outside of dunblane primary school the moment of silence stretched to four. this morning, Dunblane, in it's grieving, now wants to be left alone.
Cinny Kennard CBS News London.))

Henry-Shooting


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Henry County authorities are investigating an early morning shooting that's left one man hospitalized.
Authorities say 26- year old Troy Lamont Pitzer was shot at least once in the stomach.
He was taken to a local hospital for surgery.
Investigators say they have two suspects, but have not made an arrest.
Authorities do not have a motive.
The shooting happened at about 4-30 this morning in the Ridgeway section of the county.
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When News 7 returns,
President Clinton attends a welcome home celebration for American troops in Haiti,
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and Bosnian Serbs burn homes in Sarajevo's last Serb district, on the eve of the Muslim- Croat takeover.
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CHINA


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China today began another round of war games in the Islands of Taiwan.
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The exercises put troops in Taiwan on high alert and residents are fleeing outline islands.
China's lastest round of manuevers has troops storming ashore.
China regards Taiwan as a renegade province to be reclaimed by force if necessary.
Beijing is determined to squash an independence movement in the week before Taiwan's presidential elections.
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Geneva


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In Switzerland today a U-S representative and other world officials voiced optimism about reaching an agreement for a global ban on nuclear testing.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher called the 38- nation Conference on Disarmament a historic opportunity.
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Meantime, peace tops Christopher's agenda today as he meets with Balkan leaders.
Christopher will play peacemaker in an attempt to relieve tensions between Serb, Muslim and Croat factions in Bosnia.
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Bosnia


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Anarchy reigns in the last of five Serb districts being turned over to the Muslim- Croat federation.
Fires and looting were reported when the first four Sarajevo districts changed hands recently, but unrest in the last suburb seems to be particularly vicious.
Today gangs burned houses, stealing whatever they could lay their hands on in the district that is to come under federation rule tomorrow.
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CLINTON


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President Clinton is in Louisiana this afternoon to honor American troops.
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The President left Washington this morning for Fort Polk.
He will recognize some 240 troops just back from Haiti.
The last combat troops came home Friday, some support troops still remain.
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Still to come on News 7,
A viewer in Radford expresses concern for video used in a recent newscast.
We'll dip into our News 7 mailbag,
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and the Roanoke Symphony tunes in to the direction of its fifth and final candidate.
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Symphony


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Hu's on LAST.
The Roanoke Symphony's final candidate for conductor, Yong Yang Hu auditions tonight.
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Symphony officials are down to five finalists and plan to announce the winner next month.
Ron Jones has the story.
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However, the Roanoke Symphony is going through a transition period.
They are looking for a new conductor... and after nearly two-hundred applicants and a year of searching the WORLD, symphony officials are down to five candidates... they are... David Wiley... presently an assistant Conductor in Indianapolis... NAT SOUND
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Stephen Stein, resident conductor of the Houston Symphony... NAT SOUND
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Leslie Dunner, resident conductor of Detroit's symphony... NAT SOUND
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And last but not least is Yong-Yan Hu.. a music director and conductor in Nebraska.
Roanoke Symphony officials say it will be hard to pick a winner.
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However, the search committee will decide on the future of the symphony April 22nd when they pick a new conductor. Ron Jones, News 7, Roanoke.))

Morris


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A former scientist for Philip Morris is shedding new light on just how much the company knew about the dangers of nicotine.
The Food and Drug administration is about to make public a 24 page sworn affidavit by the employee-- stating the company KNEW nicotine acts like a drug on the brain and carefully controlls nictoine levels.
This insider account could support the F-D-A's efforts to regulate cigarettes.
It could also help a nationwide class-action suit claiming tobacco companies lied to the public about the alleged addictiveness of nicotine.

Stocks


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Stocks would have opened even higher than they did today, if not for a sharp loss in Philip Morris shares.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was UP 51 points.

Feedback


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Television relies on pictures to tell a story, but for one viewer this week, the pictures on this newscast were almost too hard to watch.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with News-7's Feedback.
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((News-7 at noon last Monday carried a story about the death of a motorcycle stunt rider in Nevada.
A viewer from Radford sent us E-mail, saying:
"As someone who considers your noon news an important part of my day, I write to express my disappointment concerning today's broadcast. While feeding my 4-year-old son lunch, I was disturbed to see graphic footage of a motor cycle daredevil's fatal mishap jumping a footbridge. I do not remember hearing any warning that such footage might not be suitable for younger viewers before it appeared on my screen. More importantly, though, I have to wonder whether such footage warrants being shown at all. In a word, this segment was "sensationalistic," not a term I normally associate with your news programs. Please show a little more discretion in the future. Just because something is captured on videotape does not necessarily mean it is worth broadcasting."
Send your comments about our news coverage or subjects in the news, to Feedback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, Virginia, 24022-0007.
For faxes, the number is 540-343-7269.
E-mail goes to wdbj7@teleweb.com.
Joe McKean, News-7. ))

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Patrick has sports next, including a look at how the Icecaps put the deep freeze on the Roanoke Express,
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and he'll show you how Donnie Apple had a fruitful day at the races.
Don't race off -- News 7 at Noon will be right back.
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NCAA


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The scene is set for the sweet-16 in the N-C-Double-A basketball tournament.
The final eight teams that qualified yesterday were Louisville, Wake Forest, Georgetown, Texas Tech, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Arizona and Kansas.



UVA


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The Virginia women will end up playing on their home court until the Final Four if they keep winning.
The Cavaliers defeated George Washington 62-to-43 for a second-round victory in the East region.

Express


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The Roanoke Express was iced by Raleigh last night at the Roundhouse.
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Before the game goalie Daniel Berthiaume receives the team's M-V-P trophy.
But the Icecaps are not intimidated.
Raleigh's John Larson takes the slap shot inside the blue line for a score to make it 3 to nothing in the first.
The Express comes back in the second period.
Michael Smith gets a clear shot and scores but Roanoke trails 3 to 1.
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puck in close and Jeff Reid scores on the back hand flip shot.
The Icecaps win it 5 to 1.
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Race


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Donnie Apple is savoring the fruits of his labor at the Miller 300.
Mike Stevens has more on yesterday's Late Model Stock car event.
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More than 20-million women suffer from hair loss.
Tonight on the Health Check Report-- a look at the signs, causes and some of the newest treatments for women.
That story and more news of the day tonight on NEWS-7 at FIVE, then stick around for NEWS-7 at Six. Buh-Bye.