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NOON-HEADLINES

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A second emergency landing for the pilot of a small plane, this time in a Roanoke mall parking lot,
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and nine days after a gunman opened fire on a Scottish primary school, classes are back in session.
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Clouds today will give way to sunshine and warmer weather for Saturday. I'll have a complete weekend forecast coming up in just a few minutes.
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Don't go away, the news is next.

Plane-Crash


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An investigation is underway into last night's plane crash at Valley View Mall.
Pilot James Lee says he had engine problems and could not make it to Roanoke Regional Airport.
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Scott Prince joins us from the mall with the latest.
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GM-LATEST


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In Ohio, twenty-seven-hundred G-M workers have gathered on the campus of the University of Dayton to vote on ending their 18-day strike.
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The walkout has idled nearly all of G-M's North American production by causing a parts shortage.
A tentative settlement was reached yesterday.
Union leaders have not released details, but they're recommending approval.
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Dunblane


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Classes have resumed in Scotland at the school where 16 young children and their teacher were shot to death last week.
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Parents escorted their children into the Dunblane Primary School this morning for the first time since the March 13th massacre.
The school's headmaster says the town is putting the tragedy behind it.
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((RON TAYLOR/DUNBLANE PRIME SCHOOL: THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT DAY FOR US BECAUSE TODAY MARKES THE BEGINNING OF OUR RECOVERY.WE WILL RECOVER THAT, I PROMISE YOU THAT. ))
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Taylor says he has been overwhelmed by the thousands of floral tributes, cards and stuffed animals sent by people from around the world.
Five children and two adults wounded in the attack remain hospitalized.
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COP-SHOOTING


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A man who shot two police officers at home near New York City ended a long standoff today with suicide.
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Police say the gunman, 26 year old Richard Sacchi (SAH'-chee) opened fire on the officers yesterday when they answered a phone call for help.
One of the officers died.
Officials say Sacchi (SAH'-chee) also killed his grandmother and his dog.
He was found in an upstairs bedroom with a fatal gunshot wound to the head.
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10:13;15 ((JEANINE PIRRO/WESTCHESTER COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY: HE LAYED OUT HIS CLOTHES FOR HIS FUNERL, AND HE WROTE ON THE WALL "FOR MY FUNERAL". ALSO ASKED JESUS TO FORGIVE HIM AND SAID HE WANTED TO SPEND ETERNITY WITH JESUS. ))
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Police say Sacchi was supposed to turn himself in today for a stalking charge.
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Texas-FIRE


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Police in Texas today are investigating a murder- suicide- arson.
Early this morning firefighters found the bodies of two adults and three children in a burning house near Houston.
Authorities say some of the dead had been shot.
Investigators also found a gas can in the house, suggesting possible arson.

County-Fire


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Investigators say a fire at a condemned house and neighboring trailer in Roanoke County appears to be suspicious.
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The blaze broke out late last night at 73-23 Apple Grove Road.
Fire officials had received information that the house and trailer would be set on fire.
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Joseph Schoonover, the property owner's brother, was taken to the hospital suffering from cuts.
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((GILLESPIE: WE SUSPECT HE MAY HAVE BEEN IN THE HOUSE OR AT THE HOUSE WHEN THE FIRE OCCURRED.))
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Apparently a couple who lived in the trailer had been evicted.
While moving yesterday the couple told investigators they came to the trailer and found their furniture on fire in the yard.
Gillespie says he also has suspects in that incident.
There's no word on whether the two incidents are related.
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Up next, a look at a fatal accident in Franklin County,
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and Puppyland is no longer dogged by the threat of criminal prosecution over the death of a pet.
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Franklin-Ax


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An elderly woman is dead following an automoblie accident on Route 2-20 in Franklin County yesterday.
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Eighty-five year old Helen Louise Nolen died when the car she was riding in was struck on the passenger side.
Police say Nolen was with 71 year old Ruth Hash Jones who apparently turned into the path of a car being driven by William Edward Maxwell of Rocky Mount.
Lifeguard 10 transported Nolen to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where she later died.
The accident is still under investigation.
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Puppyland


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Criminal charges will not be filed against a Roanoke dog grooming business due to lack of evidence.
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The death of a dog boarded over-night last September at Puppyland prompted an investigation by city police, animal control and the State Department of Agriculture.
Though the dog had a couple of broken ribs and a punctured lung, the city prosecutor said today there's no way to prove how the dog's injuries were inflicted and who might have been responsible.
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((DON CALDWELL/PROSECUTOR: CERTAINLY THE INJURIES THAT THE ANIMAL SUFFERED WOULD LEAD ONE TO CONCLUDE THAT THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT OCCURRED BY ACCIDENT. BUT SUSPICION IS NOT GOING TO DO IT IN THIS SITUATION.))
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Caldwell says the owner of the dog is free to file a civil complaint against Puppyland.
The owner of the business, Chris Benson, already has a 16-million dollar libel lawsuit pending against W-S-L-S T-V over this case.

Bonds


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Roanoke County School Board members say they've done their best to see that all parts of the county benefit from capital improvements.
Yesterday, they called for the entire county to rally around the proposed bond issue that will pay for a new Cave Spring High School.
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((JERRY CANADA/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: I THINK IT'S VERY UNFAIR THAT WE'RE BEING ACCUSED OF FAVORING ONE PART OF THE COUNTY OVER ANOTHER PART OF THE COUNTY, BECAUSE WE'VE MADE SPECIAL EFFORTS TO TRY AND STAY AWAY FROM THAT.))
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Supporters of the bond issue held their latest news conference at William Byrd Middle School.
They say it's a state- of- the- art school building and just one example of the effort to deliver a high- quality education in all corners of the county.
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((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D- VINTON: ROANOKE COUNTY IS A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION. AND WE'VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE KIDS IN EVERY PART OF THE COUNTY GET A QUALITY EDUCATION. AND I THINK IT ALL WORKS IN CYCLES.))
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Regional questions aside, opponents question the location of the new school, the cost, and the financing.
Don Terp says the county simply cannot afford the long-term debt.
The issue goes to the voters of Roanoke County with a referendum on April 2nd.
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Still to come --
Astronomers say a once in a lifetime opportunity is over your head, but we'll show you how you can still get in on it,
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and Atlantis may not be over our heads for as long as originally scheduled.
Why NASA is talking about cutting the mission short, next.
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Update


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We've just learned that G-M workers have ratified a settlement, ending a strike at two brake plants.
The United Auto Workers union says the deal won approval from 99 percent of the Ohio plant workers who voted.

Atlantis


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Just hours after Atlantis launched into space, NASA is cutting its nine-day mission short because of a leaky steering system.
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About a quarter of the hydraulic fluid leaked from a critical power unit during the pre-dawn liftoff.
There are three such units aboard the shuttle - two are required for landing.
The crew will go on with docking with the Russian space station MIR scheduled for tomorrow, but safety rules may force the shuttle to shorten its visit after transferring U-S astronaut Shannon Lucid to the station.
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Comet


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You might want to turn your head toward the skies over the next few nights to glimpse an astronomical event of historic proportions. ESS/FULL
Comet Hyakutake (Ya-ku-talk-ee) is scheduled to get as close to earth as a comet has ever come before, and this comet is so big and so bright it will be visible to the naked eye.
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Hopkins Planetarium Director Britt Rossie is here to tell us about this phenomenon.
There's been a lot of talk about this comet, is it really that big of a deal?
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(Where should skywatchers look and what can they expect to see?)
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(Any tips for better viewing?)



(I understand Sunday night may be the best night for viewing the comet?)



(Tell us about the discovery of the comet?)



(There have been some disapointments in the past with other much publicized

comets, like Haley's Comet ten years ago, are we going to be disappointed this time?)

(And this is really a once in a lifetime opportunity, when is the comet

expected to make a repeat appearance?)
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ESS/FULL/1030
You can find more information about the comet on our WEB site.
Again -- Comet Hyakutake (Yah- ku- talk-ee) should be visible every clear night from this weekend through late April.
And while a telescope or binoculars will provide the best view, the comet should also be visible to the naked eye.

British-beef


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Four more countries have joined in a ban on British beef imports.
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That word comes as Britain's largest consumer organization warns people to shun British beef to avoid the risk of catching a strain of cattle brain disease.
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((PROFESSOR JOHN PATTISON, BRITISH GOVERNMENT'S CHIEF ADVISOR ON BSE: IT'S NOT A QUESTION YOU CAN SIMPLY ANSWER YES OR NO DEPENDS ON AN ASSESSMENT OF RISK. IF BY SAFE YOU MEAN THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO RISK WHATSOEVER THEN WE CAN NOT SAY THAT. IF YOU MEAN BY SAFE, IS IT AS SAFE AS THE ORDINARY DAY TO DAY THINGS WE DO, THE ANSWER TO THAT IS YES IT'S MUCH SAFE THAN MANY OF THEM))
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France, which enforced the ban immediately, is the largest importer of British beef.
The U-S has excluded British beef since 1989.
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Stocks


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Stocks have been showing little movement today.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was UP only a half a point.
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Stick around.
Patrick will have the latest on the N-C-Double-A tournament,
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and Steve Mason takes us to Lexington for football -- already!
We'll tackle sports, next, on News 7 at Noon.
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Scores


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Massachusetts and Georgetown have advanced to the N-C-Double-A East Regional basketball finals.
U-Mass topped Arkansas 79-to-63, while John Thompson's Hoyas beat Texas Tech 98-to-90.
Tomorrow's Midwest Finals pit Kentucky against Wake Forest.
The Wildcats routed Utah 101-to-70, while Wake Forest beat the Louisville Cardinals 60-to-59. ESS/FULL
You can catch continued coverage of N-C-Double-A Tournament action this weekend right here on your Hometown Station.
At 7:40 tonight, Mississippi takes on Connecticut - then following that game, stay tuned for the Georgia Tech- Cincinnati game.

VMI


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Basketball may be taking center stage this month but football season will be here before you know it.
Steve Mason was in Lexington yesterday with the VMI Keydets for their first week of spring training.
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((Head coach Bill Stewart begins his third season with a team that is hungry. ((THOMAS HASKINS/VMI TAILBACK:))
and humble! Haskins will try and improve on his 17 touchdown, 1548 yard performance last season. A tall order now that the opponents know he's a first team All-American. ((BILL STEWART/VMI HEAD COACH:)) Success will depend on the output of quarterback Al Lester and the 5 other returning offensive starters. ((AL LESTER/VMI QUARTERBACK:)) ((BILL STEWART/VMI HEAD COACH:))
Most of VMI's defensive punch will come from the linebackers. Former E.C. Glass standout Mike Rogers is part of a linebacker corp that welcomes every starter back from a year ago. ((MIKE ROGERS/85 TACKLES LAST SEASON:)) ((STEVE MASON:)) ((STEWART:))
VMI opens the regular season September 7th against the Ole Mississippi on the road. In Lexington Steve Mason News 7 sports.))

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Today on Health Check-- more information on the British beef scare, and what it means for us in this country. Thanks for joining us, and have a great weekend. That, plus all the latest news, sports and weather-- on News 7 at FIVE.